Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Voices of the Spaghetti Western ~ “The Last Gun”

 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 “The Last Gun”

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

Bill/Jim Hart – Cameron Mitchell (I) Riccardo Cucciolla, (G) Gert Günther Hoffmann

Guitar - Carl Möhner (I) Silvano Tranquilli, (G) Rainer Brandt

Jane - Ketty Carver (I) Mirella Pace, (G) ?

Jess – Capobanda – Livio Lorenzon (I) Alessandro Sperli, (G) Werner Lieven

Alessandro Sperli  (1925 – 1990 )

Alessandro Sperli was born in Borzoli, Genoa, Italy on February 23, 1925. He was an Italian actor and voice actor, sometimes credited as Sandro Sperlì or Nick Sperlì. He graduated from the National Academy of Dramatic Art in 1951 and appeared in numerous television dramas in the 1960s and 1970s. He appeared in such films as “Giants of Rome” (1964), “The Possessed” (1972) and “The Valachi Papers” (1972). In addition to this activity, he combined cinema, theater and dubbing. He voiced Burt Young in the two chapters of the Rocky saga (in the second and third films) with Sylvester Stallone and many other actors including Christopher Lee, Robert Loggia, Charles Durning, Ernest Borgnine. His daughter Valentina, born in 1960, is an actress and worked as a voice actress in the 1980s. He died in Rome on November 2, 1990.

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