Roberto Messina was born on January 2, 1934 in Casablanca, Morocco. He is the brother of actor, stuntman Emilio Messina [1936-2007]. Roberto became a prolific character actor known to the general public for having played under the direction of Bruno Corbucci, as Mr. Tozzi in the first four films in the series of “Maresciallo Nico Giraldi” alongside Tomas Milian, where he is voiced by Sergio Fiorentini. Active for thirty years in the Italian film industry he was a regular in the peplum, westerns and detective genres. Messina was often credited in some of these films under the pseudonyms: Bob Messenger, Red Buchanan, Robert Messenger, Messenger Roberto, Robert Messina. Roberto appeared in over 20 Euro-westerns from “The Magnificent Brutes of the West” (1964) to “The Crazy Adventures of Len and Coby” in 1974.
Roberto was also a stuntmen in several of these films and later became an master of arms and an assistant director. His last film appearance was as Collins in the 1992 film “Over the Line”.
Today we celebrate Roberto Messina’s 80th birthday.