Friday, January 3, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “A Coffin for the Sheriff”

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 “A Coffin for the Sheriff”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German]

Anthony Steffen – (I) Paolo Ferrari, (S) Claudio Rodriguez, (G) Horst Niendorf
Eduardo Fajardo – (I) Alessandro Sperli, (S) Eduardo Fajardo, (G) Wolfgang Amerbacher
Arturo Dominici - (I) Arturo Dominici, (S) Benjamin Domingo, (G) Fritz Tillmann
Luciana Gilli – (I) Luciana Gilli, (S) Anglea Gonzalez, (G) Ursula Herwig
George Rigaud  (I) Mario Bardella, (S) Antonio Garcia Quijada, (G) Curt Ackermann
Lucio De Santis – (I) Adalberto Maria Merli, (S) Carlos Revilla, (G) Karlheinz Brunnemann

PAOLO FERRARI [1929 – 2018]

Paolo Ferrari was born Paolo Vitta in Brussels, Belgium on February 26, 1929, his father was at the time the Italian consul in the Belgian Congo, and was in Belgium for a diplomatic mission. His mother, Giulietta, was a concert pianist. He made his acting debut at 9 years of age in Alessandro Blasetti's Ettore “Fieramosca” and he’d go on to appear in over 45 films between 1938 and 2018. He became first known as "the balilla Paolo", a character he played in numerous radio programs for children and teenagers during the fascist era. After the war he studied at the Silvio d’Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts. Ferrari became a voice dubber and was the Italian voice of Humphrey, Bogart Jean-Louis Trintignant as well as many others.

Paolo married actress Marina Bonfigli in 1956 and they were the parents of actor Fabio Ferrari and Daniele Ferrari. He then married Laura Tavanti in 1970 and they had one child Stefano Ferrari.

Paolo Ferrari died in Monterotondo, Rome, Italy on May 6, 2018

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