Monday, January 2, 2012

Who Are Those Guys? - Lloyd Battista

Lloyd Battista was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 14, 1937. After graduating from the renowned Drama Dept. of Carnegie Tech. Battista has spent a lifetime in theater and film and has produced an impressive list of credits. As an actor he has been seen on and off Broadway well over a dozen times ranging in vehicles as diverse as “Sexual Perversity” in Chicago to “The Homecoming” with The Royal Shakespeare Company. On television he has guest starred on countless prime time shows ranging from "Here's Lucy" and "Mission Impossible", to "Perry Mason" and "Walker, Texas Ranger". He has been seen in over a dozen movies made for television, plus Spelling Entertainment's mini-series of James Michener's "Texas". Mr. Battista is also recognizable from being a regular for five years on CBS's classic daytime drama, "Love of Life". In film appearances Lloyd’s been killed by John Wayne, hit over the head by Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, been the President of Nicaragua, been brother to Ringo Starr and rode into the sunset in four Spaghetti Westerns where he’s always worn a black hat. Perhaps his favorite action sequence was his underwater struggle with Flipper in "Flippers New Adventure". His voice is easily recognized from the long running radio drama, CBS “Mystery Theatre of the Air”. Lloyd has directed for the theatre in New York, Hollywood, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland as well as on the radio air waves for the BBC. He is a published poet and restaurant critic who’s "The Nose Knows" (with an intro by Dom DeLuise) was published in 1996. As a screenwriter, he is rather well known in the world of Spaghetti Westerns for his authoring and coauthoring of "Blindman” “Get Mean” and “Comin' At Ya" along with “Treasure of the Four Crowns”.

BATTISTA, Lloyd (aka Lloyd Batista, Llyod Batista) [5/14/1937, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. –
     ] - screenwriter, radio, TV actor, poet, author.
The Silent Stranger – 1968 (The American)
Blindman - 1971 (Domingo) [screenwriter]
Get Mean - 1975 (Sombra) [screenwriter]
Comin’ At Ya! – 1981 [screenwriter]
The New Zorro (TV) – 1990 (Ricardo Cortez/Senor Moreno) [as Lloyd Batista]

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