Sunday, October 18, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Captain Apache”

 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 “Captain Apache”

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

Captain Apache – Lee Van Cleef (I) Renato Turi, (S) Paco Hernandez, (G) Holger Hagen

Maude – Carroll Baker (I) Angiolina Quinterno, (S) ?, (G) Margot Leonard

Griffin – Stuart Whitman (R) Renzo Montagnani, (S) Hector Contolla, (G) Michael Cramer

Moon – Percy Herbert (I) Roberto Villa, (S) Julio Nunez, (G) ?

Rosita – Elisa Montes (I) Livia Giampalmo, (S) Elisa Montes, (G) ?

General Ryland – Hugh McDermott (I) Manlio Busoni, (S) Javier Franquelo, (G) ?









PACO HERNANDEZ (19?? – 2009)

Paco Hernández was born Francisco Javier Hernández Méndez in Zamora, Castilla y Leon, Spain. He was a theater, film and dubbing voice actor for Paco dedicated a large part of his professional work to dubbing. Among innumerable other characters, he was the voice for such Hollywood actors as Charles Bronson, Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman and the Spanish voice of Professor Xavier from the X-Men film saga and the voice of Zordan of Power Rangers. Paco died in Majadahonda, Madrid, Spain on October 28,2009.

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