Anthony ‘Tony’ La Penna acted since childhood and was a self-taught pianist. He began acting school in Greenwich Village and later started teaching Off-Broadway, among his students including Kirk Douglas. Fascinated by the stories of Italy he had heard since childhood, La Penna traveled to Rome in 1945, where he would be cast in Roberto Rossellini's “Paisan” in 1946. There he met his wife, actress Natalia Ray, during a party at The Excelsior Hotel during the Carnival of 1946. La Penna and Ray later moved back to New York, where they would stay for several years before moving back to Rome in 1964.
Starting in the late 1960's, La Penna largely moved toward dubbing (something he had done prior for Titra Studios in New York) for the English Language Dubbers Association (later Associated Recording Artists), including voice acting, voice direction, dialogue adaptation, casting, and supervising synchronization and sound mixing.
La Penna retired in the mid 1980's to look after his wife, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the late 70's. Her health declined, and eventually died in 1991. Through retirement, La Penna enjoyed playing the Piano, and would occasionally do some minor dubbing or commercial roles. La Penna died in January 2011.
La PENNA, Anthony (aka Leslie Daniels) [4/22/1918, New York City, New York, U.S.A. – 1/27/2011, Rome, Lazio, Italy] – writer, film, TV, voice actor, married to Natalia Ra
Anthony La Penna’s Euro-western dubbing:
A Fistful of Dollars – 1964 [English additional voices]
Johnny Yuma – 1966 [English voice of himself]
The Grand Duel – 1972 [English unidentified voices]
Silver Saddle – 1978 [English dubbing director]