Monday, May 6, 2013

Remembering Livio Lorenzon

Livio Lorenzon was born on May 6, 1923 in Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy. He was the brother of actor Gianni Solaro [1926- ].
Livio played minor roles in some memorable Italian comedy films directed by the likes of Dino Risi and Mario Monicelli. On the international stage Lorenzon is best known for his small roles in 18 Euro-Western films in the 1960s, appearing in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966) as well as “The Last Gun” (1964), “Ace High” (1967), “Cjamango” and “God Will Forgive My Pistol” (1969) to name a few.
Other genres he starred in were sword and sandal films “Tharus Son of Attila” (1962), “Goliath and the Sins of Babylon” (1963), “The Last Gladiator” (1964) and pirate movies like “The Queen of the Pirates” and “Pirates of the Coast” (both 1960).
He had a mature manliness in his demeanor which made him believable in many disparate roles: clad in the sandals and lorica as a roman centurion, donning a poncho and sombrero of a desperado or even as a "tough as nails" sergeant in World War I in La Grande Guerra. Seldom if ever cast as protagonist Lorenzon made up by working hectic schedules, appearing in some 75 movies between 1952 and 1969.
He died in 1971 in Latisana in his native Friuli, victim of a traffic collision, he was only 48.
Today we remember Livio Lorenzon on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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