Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy 90th Birthday Franco Balducci

Franco Balducci was born on November 23, 1922 in Bettone, Perugia, Umbria, Italy. Franco’s film career began in 1947 with an appearance in “Il passatore”. His career included over 80 film and TV appearances. His most famous film appearance was in 1960’s “Two Women” with Sofia Loren as the German in the haystack. In 1968, he also worked with Franco Zeffirelli in the film “Romeo and Juliet”, where he played the part of Benvolio. Most of his career he played supporting and character roles among which were appearances in 15 Euro-westerns: among his westerns were such films as “The Tramplers” (1965) as Pete Wiley, “Day of Anger” as Slim, “A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die” as a Kraut henchman, “Viva Django” as the sheriff (all 1967) and “Death Rides a Horse” (1968) as the Lyndon City Sheriff. In addition to his career as an actor Balducci worked as a still photographer in the biopic of Raphael Pacini “The Angel of Assisi” (1960). Balducci retired after his final film appearance in the TV film “Closed Circuit” in 1978. Today we celebrate Franco Balducci’s 90th birthday. 

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