Thursday, October 1, 2020

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Sabata”


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]

Sabata – Lee Van Cleef (I) Renato Turi, (S) Rafael Luis Calvo, (G) Heinz Petruo, (F) Georges Atlas

Banjo – William Berger (I) Sergio Graziani, (S) Constantino Romero, (G) Rolf Schult, (F) René Arrieu

Carrincha – Pedro Sanchez (I) Aldo Giuffre, (S) Felipe Peña, (G) Alexander Welbat, (F) Henry Djanik

Stengel – Franco Ressel (I) Massimo Foschi, (S) Arsenio Corsellas, (G) Harry Wüstenhagen

Ferguson – Antonio Gradoli (I) Alessandro Sperli, (S) Joaquín Díaz, (G) Heinz Giese

Jane – Linda Veras (I) ?, (S) María Luisa Solá, (G) ?








GEORGES ATLAS  (1926 – 1996)

Georges Atlas was born in Geneva, Switzerland on August 14, 1926. He was a French actor and voice actor. Atlas was incredibly prolific during his career since the arly 1950s, particularly with voice acting and dubbing, where he worked on European originals (such as the Tintin and the Astérix franchises).

He was the regular French voice of Lee Van Cleef, Will Sampson and Ernest Borgnine, but also Boba Fett in The Star Wars Holiday Special and The Empire Strikes Back.  

In animation, his roles included the French voices of Crag in Captain Future, the narrator in Dragon Ball and Ganon in the animated The Legend of Zelda series.

Atlas died on February 26,1996 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

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