Thursday, January 19, 2023

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “Billy the Kid”

 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 “Billy the Kid”

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

Billy Carter – George Martin (S) Simón Ramírez, (F) Rene Berthier

Black Jack – Jack Taylor (S) Ángel María Baltanás, (F) S. Daubry

Helen – Juny Brunell (S) Celia Honrubia, (F) Jacqueline Carrel 

Tom Carter – Tomás Blanco (S) Tomás Blanco, (F) ?

Pryce – Luis Induni (S) José Martínez Blanco, (F) ?

Sheriff – Aldo Sambrell (S) Benjamín Domingo, (F) ?

[Thanks to Mike Ferguson for the French voice actors.]

José Martínez Blanco  (1931 – 1990)

José Martínez Blanco was born in 1931 in Spain. He was an actor, and very familiar voice dubber for many years and was best known to the Spanish speaking world as the voice of Ernie (Epi) on TV’s ‘Sesame Street’ and as Kermit the Frog on ‘The Muppet Show’  DiedOctober 2, 1990. Blanco was also the Spanish voice of Dick Van Patten on the TV sitcom series ‘Eight is Enough’. Blanco died in Madrid, Spain on October 2, 1990, at the age of 59.

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