Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Adios Gringo”

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 “Adios Gringo”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German (F) French, (E) English]

Giuliano Gemma (I) Pino Locchi, (S) Simón Ramírez, (G) Erik Schumann, (F) ?, (E) ?
Evelyn Stewart (I) Rita Savagnone, (S) ?, (G) ?, (F) ?, (E) ?
Roberto Camardiel (I) Carlo Romano, (S) Roberto Camardiel, (G) Erik Jelde, (F) ?, (E) ?
Jesús Puente (I) Emilio Cigoli, (S) Jesús Puente, (G) Wolf Ackva, (F) ?, (E) ?
Max Dean (I) Massimo Turci, (S) Víctor Agramunt, (G) Fred Maire, (F) ?, (E) ?
Peter Cross (I) Bruno Persa, (S) Salvdor Arias, (G) Heinz Engelmann, (F) ? (E) ?
Grant Laramy (I)? , (S) Benjamín Domingo, (G) Niels Clausnitzer, (F) ?, (E) ?

FRED MAIRE [1932 -     ]

Fred Maire was born in Munich, Bavaria, Germany on May 20, 1932. He completed a classical acting education and received theater engagements in Cologne , Basel , Bremen , Berlin and Munich . Maire was particularly influenced by his collaboration with some great directors such as Hans Schweikart, Hans Lietzau and Peter Zadek.

Among other things, Maire had permanent engagements at theaters in Berlin, Munich, Basel, Bremen and Cologne. In Munich, for example, he played at the Residenztheater, where he performed in 1968 in Hans Lietzau's performance of “Was ihr wollt”. In the 1970s, Maire traveled to Indonesia where he worked for a time at a Balinese-Javanese theater. Back in Munich, he took over a private theater for a year, but failed financially, despite large audience success. He then worked until 2000, reinforced as a voice actor, author and director. From 2000 he played again in the theater, where he made his second debut in Carl Orff's “Die Bernauerin”.

He lent his German voice to such actors as Klaus Kinski, Dennis Hopper, David Bradley and Spencer Tracy. In the Harry Potter movies, he spoke for the janitor Argus Filch aka David Bradley. In The Lord of the Rings (film trilogy) he speaks as the gatekeeper Heinrich honeysuckle ( Martyn Sanderson ).

His daughter Laura Maire [1979-    ] is also active in the drama and dubbing sector.

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