Sunday, May 31, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Dallas”

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

Dallas – Anthony Steffen (I) Sergio Graziani, (S) Rogelio Hernández, (G) Andreas von der Meden
Aguadulce – Fernando Sancho (I) Carlo Romano, (S) Felipe Peña, (G) Arnold Marquis
Glenda Kelly – Gillian Hills (I) ?, (S) María Luisa Solá, (G) ?
Rompemanos – Ricardo Palacios (I) ?, (S) Antonio Fernández Sánchez, (G ) ?
Brownville Sheriff – Sergio Dore (I) Sergio Dore, (S) Luis Posada Mendoza, (G) ?

Sergio Graziani [1930-2018]

Sergio Graziani was born in Udine, Italy on November 10, 1930. He  attended the Silvio d'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts, and began his career on stage in the late 1950s with an appearance in “The Power and the Gloru” by Graham Greene and directed by Luigi Squarzina. He then went on to appear in other plays by authors such as Camus and Pasolini. Since the 1950s he dedicated to voice dubbing. He dubbed Donald Sutherland and Peter O'Toole in most of their films. In 1999 he gave his voice to Professor Farnsworth from ‘Futurama’ for the first five seasons of the show, until he was replaced by Mino Caprio in the second run of the show. He also appeared in a few films and TV dramas between 1960 and 2000. Graziani officially retired from his career in 2014. He then worked as a painter and showed his work in numerous exhibitions both in Italy and abroad. He published two volumes of poems on of which, Chiaro di rabbia was a finalist for the Martina Franca Prize. Graziani died in Rome on May 25, 2018, at the age of 87.

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