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 “The Three Musketeers of the West”
[(I) Italian, (S) Spanish, (G) German, (F) French, (E) English]
Dart Coldwater Jr. – Timothy Brent (I) Massimo Turci, (S) Víctor Agramunt, (G) Tommi Piper
Mac Athos – George Eastman (I) Cesare Barbetti, (S) Juan Miguel Cuesta, (G) ?
Aramirez - Leo Anchóriz (I) Lucinao De Ambrosis, (S) Luis Carrillo, (G) Herbert Weicker
Portland – Chris Huerta (I) Sergio Fiorentini, (S) Vicente Bañó, (G) ?
Dr. Alice Ferguson – Karin Schubert (I) Maria Pia Di Meo, (S) María Del Puy, (G) Heidi Treutler
Horation Maurice DeLuc – Eduardo Fajardo (I) Arturo Dominici, (S) Eduardo Fajardo, (G) Paul Bürks
Maria Pia Di Meo (1939 - )
Maria Pia Di Meo was born Maria Pia Tempestini in Rome, Italy on September 23, 1939. She is the daughter of actors Giotto Tempestini and Anna Di Meo. She began as a child in 1944 to work in dubbing and in the theater, often alongside her parents.
She voiced, among others, Meryl Streep , Barbra Streisand , Audrey Hepburn , Julie Andrews , Joanne Woodward , Julie Christie , Ursula Andress , Sandra Dee , Shirley MacLaine , Susan Sarandon , Sally Field , Jane Fonda , Faye Dunaway , Vanessa Redgrave , Mia Farrow , Betty Buckley , Romy Schneider , Catherine Deneuve , Cher , Tippi Hedren, Paula Prentiss , Natalie Wood . Maria also voiced, for six seasons (150 episodes), plus two films, the character of Dr. Michaela Quinn, (Jane Seymour), in the famous TV series “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”.
Maria was also active in Disney animated cinema , she voiced Aurora in “Sleeping Beauty”, Anita Radcliff in “The Charge of a Hundred and One”, as well as the character of Mary Poppins. In these films she is replaced in the parts sung by Tina Centi. She voiced the evil witch Gothel in “Barbie Rapunzel”.
Pia De Meo has also starred in commercials and in 2006 made a small appearance in the fifth season of the TV series “A Doctor in the Family”, playing the role of Emilio Villari's mother.