Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Happy 85th Birthday Alan Collins

Luciano Pigozzi was born on January 10, 1927 in Novellara, Reggio Emilia, Italy and was often credited under the pseudonym of Alan Collins and affectionately called the Italian Peter Lorre. He was a specialist in roles as villains with more than one hundred films to his credit. His career is linked to directors like Antonio Margheriti, and adventurous productions that range from crime and espionage to horror. His beginnings were in prestigious works of Alberto Lattuada, Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini's “The General Della Rovere” (1959). Other films include: “Elementary School” (1955) by Alberto Lattuada; “Il tettp” (1956) by Vittorio De Sica, “Two Women” (1960) by De Sica, “La monica di Monza” (1962) by Carmine Gallon “La frusta e il corpo” (1963) by Mario Bava, “Sei donne per l'assassino” (1964) by Bava “Due marines e un generale” (1965) by Louis Scattini; “Delitto quasi perfetto” (1966) by Mario Camerini; “Agent 077 dall'Oriente con furore” (1965) by Sergio Grieco. During his career Pigozzi appeared in 12 Euro-westerns from “Death at Owell Rock” (1966) to “White Apache” (1986). Luciano’s last film was 1989’s “Born to Flight”. Today we celebrate Luciano Pigozzi’s aka Alan Collin's 85th birthday.

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