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 ~ “And for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German (F) French, (E) English]
Giuliano Gemma (I) Pino Locchi, (G) Erik Schumann, (F) Michel Le Royer
Mario Adorf (I) Aldo Giuffrè, (G) Mario Adorf, (F) Jacques Dynam
Magda Konopka (I) Rita Savagnone, (G) Sylvia Frank, (F) ?
Anthony Dawson (I) Bruno Persa, (G) Mogens von Gadow, (F) ?
Franco Balducci (I) Manlio De Angelis, (G) ?, (F) : Raymond Loyer
Rick Boyd (I) Sergio Tedesco, (G) Erich Ebert, (F) Jacques Torrens
SERGIO TEDESCO [4/23/1928 - 6/3/2012]
Sergio Tedesco was born in La Spezia, Italy on April 23, 1928. His father died when he was nine years old and he moved to Rome with his mother to help get a head start on his career. He eventually made his film debut in the 1941 film “Il bazar delle idee” directed by Marcello Albani. He then acted in two other films that same year.
As the years passed, Tedesco showed a natural talent for singing. He performed as a tenor at the Rome Opera House a few times and acted and sung in several plays while collaborating with Mario Zafred, Tito Gobbi, Renato Capecchi and Carlo Maria Giulini. Tedesco also performed at the Carignano Theatre in Turin and La Fenice in Venice. In 1998, Tedesco officially retired from opera singing.
Tedesco turned his attention and career to becoming a voice dubber. He voiced Kaa in the Italian version of “The Jungle Book” and reprised the role in the 2003 sequel. Sergio also dubbed Avery Bullock in the Italian dub of “American Dad” and Sam the Eagle and Statler in ‘The Muppets’ from 1979 to 1999.
Tedesco had two children. His daughter Paola Tedesco is an actress and his son Maurizio Tedesco is a film producer.
Sergio Tedesco passed away on June 3, 2012 at the age of 84. He spent the last 17 years of his life in Perugia, Italy.