Friday, February 13, 2015

Who Are Those Guys? - Luigi Bonos

Luigi Bonos was born in Berlin, Berlin, Germany on November 30, 1909.  The son of Hungarian parents and circus artists, Luigi worked in the 1930s and 1940s with his brothers Gianni (1907-1956) and Vittorio (1908-1966), forming a trio of playmaker comedians.  Along with his brothers he debuted in film in 1943.

He is often remembered for his presence in films with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill where his acting, albeit marginally, remains significant.

Among the most significant films shot with the famous actor, is his role of Deputy Allen in “Uno sceriffo extraterrestre... poco extra e molto terrestre” (E.T. and the Sheriff) (1979), a marine mechanic in “Uppercut” (1978) and as Ozgur the cantina owner forced to endure bullying customers in “They Call Me Trinity” (1970), among his other best-known films as a supporting and character actor may be remembered the sympathetic role of Dr. Schnautzer in “L'esorciccio” (The Exorcist Italian Style), alongside Ciccio Ingrassia and Lino Banfi. Often credited as Gigi Bonos, he appeared in 72 films between 1945 and 1992.

Married to actress Antonella Steni [1926- ], Luigi died in Italy sometime in 2000.

BONOS, Luigi (aka Gigi Bonos, Lewis Bonos, Duane Bowland, Luis William, Louis Williams, Luis Williams) [11/30/1909, Berlin, Berlin, Germany - 2000] - circus acrobat, TV actor, brother of actors Gianni Bonos [1907-1956], Vittorio Bonos [1908-1966], married to actress Antonella Steni [1926-    ] (19??-1965).
Il bandolero stanco - 1952 (Reverend)
The Sign of Zorro – 1962 (Miguel) [as Gigi Bonos]
Killer Caliber .32 – 1967 (Lawrence) [as Gigi Bonos]
The Longest Hunt – 1968 (Sergeant Peck) [as Duane Bowland]
And God Said to Cain - 1969 (Joe/Uncle Jonathan)
The 5-Man Army - 1969 (priest) [as Gigi Bonos]
Franco & Ciccio on the Warpath - 1969 (barman)
Fistful of Lead - 1970 (posada owner) [as Gigi Bonos]
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 (Oscar)
Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 (Oscar)
Two Sons of Trinity – 1971 [as Gigi Bonos]
Now They Call Him Sacramento – 1972 (Old Tequila) [as Gig Bonos]
They Call Him Veritas – 1972 (Pierre)
For a Book of Dollars - 1973 (Timothy) [as Gigi Bonos]
Three Supermen of the West – 1973 (Professor Aristide Panzarotti) [as Gigi Bonos]
They Call Me Renegade – 1987 (café cook) [as Gigi Bonos]

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