Friday, November 10, 2023

Voices of the Spaghetti Western - “Son of Jesse James”

 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 “Son of Jesse James”

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

Jesse/Bill Smith/Bill James/Mr. Howard – Robert Hundar (I) Cesare Barbetti, (S) Simón Ramírez, G) Rainer Brandt

Dorothy Parker/Power – Mercedes Alonso (I) Fiorella Betti, (S) Mercedes Alonso

Sheriff Allan Davies/Davis – Adrian Hoven (I) Pino Locchi, (S) Jesús Nieto

Old sheriff - Hilario Flores (S) Hilario Flores

Bruce – Raf Baldassarre (I) Sergio Graziani, (S) José María del Río, (G) Erich Ebert

Bob Ford – Luis Induni (I) Renato Turi, (S) Francisco Sánchez

Alonzo – Roberto Camardiel (I) Carlo Romano, (S) Roberto Camardiel, (G) Gerd Duwner






José María del Río  (1942 -  )

José María del Río was born in Madrid Spain on November 25, 1942. He is a Spanish veteran film and documentary voice actor, with over 700 dubbing to his credit.

Among his many works is having dubbed Carl Sagan on Spanish TV, in the television documentary series ‘Cosmos: A Personal Journey’ or simply ‘Cosmos’, as well as a large number of nature documentaries broadcast in after-hours by TVE's second channel during the 1980s and 1990s. such as ‘A Bird's Eye View’ or films such as “American Beauty”, giving voice to Kevin Spacey. He is also a narrator in the animated children's series ‘Pocoyo’ and a frequent narrator in the program ‘Cuarto Milenio’ on the Spanish channel Cuatro. He has lent his voice to actors such as Kevin Spacey, Billy Bob Thornton, Richard Dreyfuss, and Dustin Hoffman. In addition, he has been one of the recurring voices for documentaries and advertising for decades.

He received the Ondas Award in 1971 for the best radio actor for his participation in serials and programs on Radio Nacional de España.4​.

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