Friday, October 18, 2019

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Ace High”

As we know most of the Euro-westerns were co-productions from Italy, Spain, Germany and France which incorporated British and American actors to gain a worldwide audience. The films were shot silent and then dubbed into the various languages where they were sold for distribution. That means Italian, Spanish, German, French and English voice actors were hired to dub the films. Even actors from the countries where the film was to be shown were often dubbed by voice actors for various reasons such as the actors were already busy making another film, they wanted to paid additional salaries for dubbing their voices, the actor’s voice didn’t fit the character they were playing, accidents to the actors and in some cases even death before the film could be dubbed.

I’ll list a Euro-western and the (I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German and (F) French, (E) English voices that I can find and once in a while a bio on a specific voice actor as in Europe these actors are as well-known as the actors they voiced.

Today we’ll cover “Ace High”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German (F) French, (E) English]

Eli Wallach (I) Carlo Romano, (S) Joaquín Díaz, (G) Gerd Martienzen, F) Philippe Dumat, (E) Eli Wallach
Terence Hill (I) Sergio Graziani, (S) Constantino Romero, (G) Claus Jurichs, (F) Denis Savignat, (E) ?
Bud Spencer (I) Glauco Onorato, (S) Pepe Mediavilla, (G) Arnold Marquis, (F) Claude Bertrand, (E) ?
Brock Peters (I) Ferruccio Amendola, (S) Ricardo Solans, (G) Michael Chevalier, (F) Sady Rebbot, (E) Brock Peters
Kevin McCarthy (I) Pino Locchi, (S) Camilo García, (G) Heinz Petruo, (F) Jacques Thébault, (E) Kevin McCarthy

DENIS SAVIGNAT [1937-1998]

Denis Savignat was born on May 3, 1937 in Vanves, Paris, Île-de-France, France. He was a resident of the Comédie-Française from 1960 to 1966. He also dubbed Clint Eastwood and George Peppard in some of their films and played with Michèle Mercier in “Soleil Noir” in 1966. He also appeared in “C'est bon pour la santé” in 1975.

He took part in many serials and dramas including “Mademoiselle de la Ferté, Rencontre sur commande”, “L'Homme de Londres”, “Le Cardinal d'Espagne”, by Georges Bizet, “La Rencontre”, etc. It was however the feuilleton “Châteauvallon” in 1985 that will make him equal alongside Chantal Nobel and Jean Davy, as one of the first great comedians to dub.

He died of cancer on October 5, 1998 at Ambroise-Paré Hospital in Boulogne-Billancourt.

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