Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Who Are Those Guys? – Luciano Catenacci

Luciano Catenacci was born in Rome, Italy on April 15, 1933. He was an actor and production manager who worked on mainly Italian produced films during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Catenacci was a first cousin of stuntman Biagio Gambini and second cousin of actress, stuntwoman Nella Gambini [1953–2016]. He started his career as a production manager, and was later persuaded by several directors including Mario Bava to take a role as an actor. Soon he was acting regularly, his appearance - mostly bald, expressive eye area, macho male - playing mostly deceitful, sadistic-inclined figures and played in a number of stately utility films as mafiosi, pistoleros and henchmen, always bad guys. He appeared in several films with the pseudonyms Luciano Lorcas and Max Lawrence, until in the early 1970s he then started being credited with his real name. Mainly cast in the roles of villains and criminals, he is best known for his performance as Benito Mussolini in Damiano Damiani's “The Assassin of Rome”. At the beginning of the 1980s, he retired from acting. Shortly after resuming this activity but dying of heart disease on October 4, 1990.

CATENACCI, Luciano (aka Luciano Catanacci, Lucianno Catenacci, Max Lavrence, Lewis Lawrence, Max Lawrence, Luciano Lorcas) [4/15/1933, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 10/4/1990, Rome, Lazio, Italy (heart disease)] – producer, production manager, film, TV actor, cousin of stuntman, actor Biagio Gambini, cousin of stuntwoman, actress Nella Gambini (Nella C. Gambini) [1953-2016].
A Colt in the Hand of the Devil - 1967 (Angel) [as Luciano Lorcas]
The Fury of Johnny Kid - 1967 (Campos henchman) [as Lewis Lawrence]
Halleluja for Django - 1967 (Jarrett gang member)
The Stranger Returns - 1967
A Colt in the Hand of the Devil - 1970 (El Loco) [as Luciano Lorcas]
The Price of Death – 1971 (Sheriff Tom Stanton) [as Luciano Lorcas]
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie – 1972 (Kurt van Niessen) [as Luciano Lorcas]
It Can Be Done Amigo - 1972 (James)
Another Try, Eh Providence? – 1973 (Count DeOrtega)
Carambola – 1973 (Captain Howard Johnson)

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