Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Voices of the Spaghetti Western – “Buffalo Bill Hero of the Far West”

 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 “Buffalo Bill Hero of the Far West”

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

Buffalo Bill – Gordon Scott (I) Emilio Cigoli, (G) Michael Chevalier, (F) Jean-Claude Michel

Moonbeam – Catherine Ribeiro (I) Rita Savagnone, (G) Claudia Brodzinska, (F) Catherine Ribeiro

Monroe – Jan Hendricks (I) Arturo Dominici, (G) Jan Hendriks, (F) Jacques Beauchey

Colonel Peterson – Roldano Lupi (I) Roldano Lupi, (G) Harald Wolff, (F) Jean Michaud

Mary Peterson - Ingeborg Schöner (I) Rosetta Calavetta, (G) Margot Leonard, (F) Catherine Sola

Big Sam Donaldson – Mario Brega (I) Renato Turi, (G) Martin Hirthe, (F) Claude Bertrand

Jean-Claude Michel  (1925 – 1999)

Jean-Claude Michel was born in Paris, France on January 5, 1925. was a French actor. He worked as a voice dubber for 50 years and was known in France as the "French voice" of Sean Connery, Clint Eastwood and Leslie Nielsen. He also sometimes dubbed Gregory Peck, Rod Taylor, James Garner, Walter Matthau, Charlton Heston, Gene Hackman, Rock Hudson, Max Von Sydow, Jack Palance, Roger Moore, Paul Newman, Vittorio Gassman, James Franciscus, Robert Webber, Tony Curtis and Richard Burton. He was married to actress Paule Emanuele [1927- ]. Michel worked in dubbing for 50 years and was known for being the French voice of Sean Connery and Clint Eastwood in most of their films. He also dubbed Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Vittorio Gassman, Leslie Nielsen, Robert Mitchum and many others. In 1960, Heston sent Michel a letter praising his vocal performance in dubbing Heston for Ben-Hur. Michel was married to actress Paule Emanuele [1927- ](m. ?–1999) and was the father of three children.

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