Friday, May 13, 2022

Spaghetti Western Voices ~ “Shango”

 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 be 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 – “Shango”

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


Shango – Anthony Steffen (I) Anthony Steffen, (G) Rainer Doering

Droster – Eduardo Fajardo (I) Glauco Onorato, (G) Gerald Paradies

Martinez – Maurice Poli (I) Sergio Tedesco, (G) Steffan Gossler

Consuelo – Barbara Nelli (I) Vittoria Febbi, (G) Schaukje Könning

Pedrito – Valerio Fioravanti (I) Valerio Fioravanti, (G) ?










Gerald Paradies  (1956-2016)

Gerald Paradies was born on March 23 1956 in Berlin, Germany. He was a voice actor who dubbed Floyd Pepper in Die Muppets (The Muppets) and the German dub of Muppets Most Wanted. He also dubbed episodic roles on Farscape - Verschollen im All (Farscape) and Leif Tilden's cameo as a Foot messenger in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Paradies was a busy voice actor, often lending deep or raspy tones to tough guy actors like Vinnie Jones (including X-Men: The Last Stand), Danny Trejo, Denis Leary, and M. C. Gainey. He also dubbed Thomas Haden Church in Spider-Man 3, Trevor Goddard in Pirates of the Caribbean, John C. McGinley in Fat Man and Little Boy, Alice Cooper in Suck, Tony Sirico in Goodfellas, Cheech Marin in Fatal Beauty, Peter Marinker in Love Actually, and assorted bikers, gangsters, and cops. For TV, he dubbed Wayne Rogers on M*A*S*H, Brian Thompson on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and several guest stars on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

In animation, Paradies had more opportunities to show his range, as Owen on Gargoyles, Lex Luthor on Superman, Starscream on Transformers Prime, Krumm on Aaahh!!! Real Monsters, Nute Gunray and Hondo Ohnaka on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Nasty Canasta in Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Nappa on Dragonball, Killer Croc and Scarface on The Batman, and Fred in the German animated feature The Snurks. In video games, he supplied the sounds of Snoopy in both German and English versions of Where's the Blanket, Charlie Brown?, dubbed multiple parts in the Assassin's Creed franchise, Venom in Disney Infinity, and the Witchking and others in The Lord of the Rings: War in the North.

Paradies died in Berlin, Germany on June 20, 2016. He was 60 years old.

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