Saturday, February 22, 2014

Remembering Furio Meniconi

Furio Meniconi was born on February 22, 1924 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. The brother of producer Nello Meniconi [1911-2002], actor Mario Meniconi [1912-1984], make-up artist Alfio Menicono [1924- ]. His family was very active on movie sets and he had a continuous presence with the the casts, technicians, or engaged in the general organization of a movie. Furio became active as a character actor and appeared in a lot of films beginning in the early 1950s. He soon established himself as one of the faces which were fixed in Italian movies.
Tall, with a robust physique, brown, shaggy hair, a face perpetually sullen, Furio Meniconi was certainly one of the pillars of that group of  unheralded supporting actors. He found much work in spaghetti westerns, Sword and Sandal and adventure movies. He Americanized his name in many films transforming it into Men Fury.
He remained one of the busiest but least appreciated characters of Italian cinema, portraying the roles he was entrusted with, with much effort and sincere honesty.
Meniconi appeared in over 30 Euro-westerns between 1966’s “Fort Yuma Gold” with Giuliano Gemma and 1975’s “The Genius” with Terence Hill.
Father of film editor Enzo Meniconi [1950- ], uncle of make-up artists Marcello Meniconi [1950- ] and Mauro Meniconi [1960- ], he died in Rome, Lazio, Italy on December 12, 1981.
Today we remember one of the great character actors of the Euro-western genre Furio Meniconi on what would have been his 90th birthday.

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