Monday, March 10, 2014

RIP Tonino Ricci

Italian producer, director and screenwriter Tonino Ricci (aka Ted Richmond) died yesterday March 9th in Rome, Italy. He was 86. Born October 23, 1927 in Rome, he was one of the best of the Italian ‘B’ directors. Ricci was known for his kung-fu, post-atomic war and Spaghetti westerns. Ricci directed such Euro-westerns as “The Great Treasure Hunt” (1972), “Karate, Fists and Beans” (1973) and his White Fang trilogy: “White Fang to the Rescue” (1974), “Buck at the Edge of Heaven” (1991) and “Buck and the Magic Bracelet” (1997). Often billed as Ted Richmond he also was a stand alone co-writer such as “Showdown for a Badman” (1971) as well as many of his own films. Over his career he worked with such stars Klaus Kinski, Gianni Garko, George Hilton, Maurizio Merli and Dean Reed. He was also know for his children's western "Bad Kid's of the West with child actor Andrea Balestri.

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