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 “Sabata”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]
Luke - Jim Brown (I) Adalberto Maria Merli, (S) Arsenio Corsellas, (G) Edgar Ott
Jaroo Lee - Lee Van Cleef (I) Renato Turi, (S) Felipe Pena, G) Gerd Martienzen
General Chavez - Patrick O’Neal (S) Rafael Luis Calvo, (G) Rolf Schult
Claudine - Marianna Hill (I) Valeria Valeri, (S) Maria Luisa Sola (G) Anneliese Priefert
Santana - Iron Eyes Cody (S) Joaquin Diaz, (G) ?
FELIPE PENA [1921 – 1989]
Felipe Peña was born in Barcelona, Spain on May 25, 1921. He alternated between theater, television, cinema and dubbing, although he is especially remembered for the latter role, in which he made his debut in the 1940s for the Barcelona M-G-M dubbing studios , where he did dubbing for films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, interpreting the voice of the HAL 900 computer , and his work in My Fair Lady (1964) was also well remembered and recognized, in which he voiced Professor Higgins (Rex Harrison), both in the dialogues and in the songs repeating the same formula in The Extravagant Doctor Dolittle (1967). In the 1950s and 1960s he became the regular voice of Laurence Olivier, Burt Lancaster, Alec Guinnes, John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Rex Harrison, Robert Mitchum, Lee Marvin, George C. Scott,, Spencer Tracy, Ernest Borgnine, Broderick Crawford, Luis Induni, Van Heflin, Karl Malden, At this same time, he made small appearances in some films, but his face did not become known until the following decade, when he took part in a series of dramatic programs for RTVE carried out in the Barcelona studios. He doubled in more than 1700 movies.
Later, his presence also became common in a series of theatrical and fictional adaptations for the Catalan circuit of RTVE. In 1983, he appeared in the TV series Massagran, created by Josep Maria Folch and was also the voice of King Grog in the series Los aurones by Josep Viciana in 1987. He also collaborated in the writing of two film scripts, The Foreign (1965) and The Cowards (1959).
He was married to the actress Montserrat Carulla [1930- ] and their daughter is actress Vicky Peña [1954- ].
In 1988, a year before his death, Peña was awarded the Honorary Award for his entire career at the delivery of the Golden Lecterns for The Great Night of Dubbing. He died in Barcelona on April 8, 1989.