Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Who Are Those Guys ~ Lando Buzzanca

Gerlando Buzzanca, best known as Lando Buzzanca, is an Italian theatrical, film and television actor, whose career spanned over 55 years. Born in Palermo on August 24, 1935, he is the son of a cinema projectionist and actor Empedocle Buzzanca. At 16 years of age Lando left high school and moved to Rome to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. In order to survive, he took many jobs including those of a waiter, furniture mover, and a brief appearance as a slave in the film "Ben-Hur". He made his official debut in Pietro Germi's "Divorce, Italian Style", and soon specialized in the role of the average immigrant from southern Italy. After two successful "James Tont" films in which he played a parody of James Bond, starting from the late 1960s, Buzzanca found success in a series of satirical comedies and sexy all'italiana films which satirized major institutions such as politics, religion, trade unions and the financial world. With the decline of the genre, he slowed his film activities, focusing on theatre and television, in which he enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in the early 2000s thanks to a series of well-received TV-series. In 2013, following the death of his wife Lucia and a battling heavy depression, Buzzanca attempted suicide by cutting his veins. In 2015 he has fully recovered from his depressive period undertaking a relationship with a younger woman, Antonella. In 2016 he participatd as dancer in the television program "Ballando con le stelle" and has a new and intense romance with a younger actress and journalist Francesca della Valle.

BUZZANCA, Lando (Gerlando Buzzanca) [8/24/1935, Palermo, Sicily, Italy -     ] – theater, film, TV, voice actor, son of actor Empedocle Buzzanca [1910-1987], nephew of actor Gino Buzzanca [1912-1985], married to Lucia Peralta [1973-2010] (1956-2010) father of jeweler Mario Buzzanca [1957-    ], actor Massimiliano Buzzanca [1963-    ].
For a Few Dollars Less – 1966 (Bill)
Ringo and Gringo Against All – 1966 (Sergeant Gringo)
The Beast – 1970 (stagecoach driver)

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