Friday, January 24, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western “A Few Dollars for Django”

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 Few Dollars for Django”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Anthony Steffen (I) Giancarlo Maestri, (S) Claudio Rodriguez, (G) Gert Günther Hoffmann
Frank Wolff (I) Emilio Cigoli, (S) Joaquin Vidriales, (G) Alf Marholm
Gloria Osuna (I) Gloria Osuna, (S) Mari Angeles Heranz, (G) Ursula Heyer
Ennio Girolami (I) Ennio Girolami, (S) Angel Maria Baltanas, (G) Arne Elsholtz
Joe Kamel (I) Joe Kamel, (S) ?, (G) Heinz Palm
Ángel Ter (I) ?, (S) Ángel Ter, (G) Wolfgang Lukschy
José Luis Lluch (I) ?, (S) Carlos Rivella, (G) Hans Walter Clasen

Giancarlo Maestri [1933 – 1995]

Giancarlo Maestri was born in Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy on November 10, 1933. He was the son of actor Toni Maestri and brother of actress Anna Maestri ]1924-1988]. Giancarlo split his career as a film actor and a voice actor. He appeared in 35 films and was known for his work on “Caravaggio” (1967), “Valley of the Lions” (1961) and “La badessa di Castro” (1974). He died on November 11, 1995 in Trento. As a voice actor he was dubbed the voices of such actors as Sean Connery, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman, Dennis Hopper, Warren Beatty, Robert Duvall, Kris Kristofferson and was best remembered as the TV voice of Andy Griffin on ‘Matlock’. Maestri died on November 10, 1995 in his hometown of Trento, Italy.

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