Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death “

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 “If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]

Sartana - John Garko (I) Adalberto Maria Merli, (S) Juan Antonio Castro, (G) Claus Jurichs
Lasky – William Berger (I) Giorgio Piazza, (S) Juan Miguel Cuesta (G) Michael Chevalier
Morgan – Klaus Kinski (I) Renato Izzo, (S) Luis Varela, (G) Fred Maire
General Jose Manuel Francisco Mendoza Montezuma de la Plata Caressa ‘Tampico’ Rodriguez – Fernando Sancho (I) Mario Bardello, (S) José María Cordero, (G) Arnold Marquis
Jeff Stewall - Sydney Chaplin (I) Sergio Rossi, (S) Antolín García, (G) Friedrich Schoenfelder
Al Hollman - Gianni Rizzo (I) Antonio Guidi, (S) Eduardo Moreno, (G) Friedrich W. Bauschulte

CLAUS JURICHS  (1935 – 2005)
Claus Jurichs was born in Berlin, Germany on March 28, 1935. He was the son of a dentist and first began studying medicine and an internship as a dentist before going to the Max Reinhardt drama school in Berlin. He received acting lessons from Lucie Höflich and Hilde Körber. In 1955 he made his theater debut in Bremen. This was followed by engagements in Leipzig, Meiningen and Berlin.

From 1959 Jurichs received larger roles in DFF productions and became known to a wide audience in East German through roles in a Reise ins Ehebett oder Papas neue Freundin. Even after the Berlin Wall was built, the West Berlin Jurichs was still active in film productions in East Berlin. Later he was mainly seen in TV productions such as Nonstop Nonsens, the youth series Peter is the Boss and the crime series Liebling Kreuzberg and In the Name of the Law.

In addition, Claus Jurichs was a writer, moderator and worked extensively in the dubbing industry for forty years beginning in 1960. He lent his voice to prominent colleagues such as Terence Hill (including Die Nibelungen and Last of the Renegades), Lex Barker (Tarzan’s Savage Fury), James Caan (El Dorado), Robert De Niro (The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight), Alec Guinness (Great Expectations) and Robin Hood in the Walt Disney cartoon version of. His voice should be known to a large audience especially through the eternal loser Cliff Barnes (Ken Kercheval), whom he dubbed for many years in the television series Dallas. Claus Jurichs was also doubly involved in the US crime series Hawaii Five-O, in which he directed 244 dubbing episodes and also starred Jack Lord as Steve McGarrett. In all Claus voiced more than 1,300 speaking roles.

In addition, Jurich was a certified lifeguard and passionate motor sports enthusiast. In 1966 he became a Berlin wagon master, since 1964 he had an international license for motorsport and from 1975 he was also an instructor for driving courses.

Claus Jurichs died in Meschede, Arnsberg, Germany at the age of 70.

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