Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Who Are Those Guys? - Sal Borgese

Giuseppe Salvatore ‘Sal’ Borgese was born in Rome, Lazio, Italy on March 5, 1937 to parents were from Calabria. Borgese participated as a stuntman and actor in over 80 films of various genres, from comedies, westerns, to the adventure films. Later he would become a master of arms.

His career began as a stuntman in Sword and Sandal films in the late 1950s to early 1960s.

Sal is best remembered for his work with Bud Spencer and Terence Hill in the following films: “The Black Pirate” (1971), “IT Can Be Done Amigo” (1972), “Man of the East” (1972), “Evan and Odd” (1978), “Super Fuzz” (1980) and “Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure” (1981).  He also participated in two episodes of Terence Hill’s TV series ‘Don Matteo’: "The Strategy of the Scorpion" (2000) and "False Start" (2006).

Some of his other more well-known films are “The Battle of El Alamein” (1969), “The Black Pirate” (1976), “The Tiger is Still Alive: Sandokan Fights Back!” (1977) (in the role of Kammamuri), “Brothers Till We Die” (1978), “Hello Enemy” (1982), “I picari” (1988), “Paradise Hell” (1988), “The Godfather - Part III” (1990), “The Three Stooges” (1990) and “Johnny Toothpick” (1991).

Borgese was a supporting actor in Euro-westerns and is best remembered for his roles in “Blood at Sundown” (1966), “Sartana” (1968) “Sartana the Gravedigger” (1969), “Adios, Sabata” (1970) and “Patience Has a Limit, We Don’t” (1974).

Sometimes credited as Sal Borgese, Salvatore Borghese, Michael Franz and Dick Gordon, Sal’s last appearance was in “It May Be Love But It Doesn't Show” in 2011.

BORGESE, Salvatore (aka Sal Borgese, Salvatore Borghese, Michael Franz, Dick Gordon, Borgese Salvatore) (Giuseppe Salvatore Borgese) [3/5/1937, Rome, Lazio, Italy -     ] - master of arms, SFX, stuntman, father of stuntman Alessandro Borgese.
Blood for a Silver Dollar - 1965 (henchman) [as Sal Borgese]
Blood at Sundown - 1966 (Mexican)
The Brute and the Beast - 1966 (Scott henchman)
A Bullet for the General - 1966 (bandit) [as Sal Borgese]
Halleluja for Django - 1966 (Jarrett henchman)
My Name is Pecos – 1966 (Slim) [as Sal Borgese]
Any Gun Can Play - 1967 (prison guard) [as Sal Borgese]
Sartana – 1968 (El Moreno) [master of arms]
Two Pistols and a Coward – 1968 (Coleman henchman) [as Borgese Salvatore]
In the Name of the Father - 1969 (Jackson brother) [as Sal Borgese]
Sartana the Gravedigger – 1969 (Sheriff Fisher) [as Sal Borgese]
Adios, Sabata - 1970 (Septiembre) [as Sal Borgese]
Gunman in Town - 1970 (informer)
It Can be Done Amigo - 1972 (deputy)
Man of the East – 1972 (bounty hunter)
Karate, Fists and Beans - 1973 (Ken Goldenhand)
The Man Called Invincible – 1973 (Salvatore Pappalardo]
Quelle del Texas – 1973 [film was never made]
Three Supermen of the West – 1973 (Sal)
Patience Has a Limit, We Don’t – 1974 (Pistolero/Duke McDonald)


  1. Biltmore: Early on he was on the Italian Olympic archery team.

  2. Thanks Biltmore, I was unaware of that.