Friday, June 26, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Taste of Vengeance”

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

Bryan Clarke – Gianni Garko (I) Gianni Garko, (S) Jesus Nieto, (G) Klaus Kindler
Daniel – Sean Todd (I) ?, (S) Ángel María Baltanás, (G) Wolfgang Hess
Julie - Elisa Montés (I) ? (S) Ana Maria Sazar, (G) ?
Robert Clarke – Jerry Wilson (I) Roberto Miali, (S) Carlos Revilla, (G) ?
John Murray – Julio Peña (I) ?, (S) Julio Peña, (G) ?

KINDLER, Klaus (1930 – 2001)

Klaus Kindler was born in Heidelberg, Germany on January 1, 1930, After attending an acting school in his hometown, Kindler made his 1950 debut as Georg in Götz von Berlichingen at the Wiesbaden State Theater. This was followed by appearances on the stages of Hamburg, Dortmund and from 1954 at the German Theater Göttingen under Heinz Hilpert. Initially cast as the young lover (Romeo, Leonce, Mortimer), and in later roles like Andres in Woyzeck were also were part of his repertoire.

From 1960 onwards, Klaus Kindler withdrew from the stage more and more. Modern theater did not meet his expectations, nor did German film at the time. He now focused almost exclusively on the dubbing of foreign films. Actors he often dubbed include Clint Eastwood (in For a Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and all films from 1976 to Kindler's Death), Al Pacino (in Carlito's Way and The Scent of a Woman), Steve McQueen ( in The Great Escape and Papillon), George Segal (in Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf?), Jean-Paul Belmondo (Adventure in Rio) and Alain Delon (in Le samouraï). In the first James Bond film Dr. No he spoke for Sean Connery, in the western series Big Valley lent both Lee Majors and - 25 years later - Richard Long his voice, in the western series The Virginian he was heard mainly as trampas (Doug McClure). In the Nikita television series, Kindler was the voice actor for Don Francks the first three seasons. Until 2005 you could still hear him in a radio commercial for Liebherr refrigerators. From 1985 to 1991 he also gave the character Gruffi his voice in the children’s series Disney's Gummy Bear gang.

In between, Kindler also occasionally took on roles on television. In the multi-part The Fifth Season, he was synchronized by his colleague Siegfried Rauch himself, because he mastered the required Tyrolean dialect better.

Klaus Kindler was married to actress Monika Dahlberg.  He died on April 16, 2001 in Pfaffenhofen an der Ilm, Bavaria, Germany.

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