Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Kill or Be Killed”

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 “Kill or Be Killed”

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


Jerry – Robert Mark (I) Gigi Proietti, (G) Klaus Kindler,

Lisa Drummond – Elina De Witt (I) Gabriella Genta, (G) Uta Hallant

Spot Griffith – Fabrizio Moroni (I) ?, (G) Thomas Danneberg,

Sheriff – Andrea Bosic (I) Michele Malaspina, (G) Wolfgang Lukschy

Jonathan Griffith – Furio Meniconi (I) Roberto Bertea, (G) Hans W. Hamacher










Gigi Proietti  (1940 – 2020)

Gigi Proietti was born on November 2, 1940 in Rome, Italy. He was a director, musician, actor, comedian, voice dubber. Proietti studied law before embarking on a long and highly successful career in theater, film, TV and music in the early 1960s. Gigi was also known for his dubbing work, being the Italian voice of actors such as Roberto De Niro and Sean Connery. He also had a long association with Rome’s Globe Theater as artistic director of the summer Shakespearean festival. Proietti’s European western career included being the Italian voice of Robert Mark in “Kill or Die” (1966), Massimo Serato in “The Magnificent Texan”, Craig Hill in “15 Scaffolds for a Killer”, Gino Pernice in “The Hellbenders”, Benito Stefanelli in “Day of Anger” and Luigi Pistilli in “Death Rides a Horse” all in 1967. Gig Proietti died in Rome on his birthday November 2, 2020.

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