Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Voices of the Spaghetti Westerns ~ “Sons of Great Bear”

 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 “Sons of Great Bear”

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

Tokei-Ihto – Gojko Mitic G) Karl Sturm

Red Fox - Jirí Vrstála (G) Fred Düren

Tobias - Rolf Römer (G) Rolf Römer

Tschetansapa - Jozef Majercík (G) Ezard Haußmann

Tschapa - Jozef Adamovic (G) Klaus Bergatt

Bill - José Lepetic (G) Horst Schön

Mongschongschah – Zofia Slaboszowska (G) Ursula Mundt

Schonka - Martin Tapák (G) Horst Manz

Karl Sturm  (1935 – 2017)

Karl Sturm was born in Germany on January 22, 1935, and began appearing as an actor in the mid-1950s. In East Germany, Sturm was particularly known for dubbing the voice of Gojko Mitić, who spoke German himself, but was mostly dubbed due to his accent. Even after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Karl was often active as a voice actor, for example for Richard Anderson as Lt. Drumm in the TV series ‘Perry Mason’, for Bernard Fox as Colonel Crittendon in “A Cage Full of Heroes” and for Paul Dooley as John Shirley in the sitcom ‘Grace’.

He was married to Marina Sturm and they had a daughter, Victoria Sturm [1973- ], is also an actress and voice actress.

On September 28, 2017, Karl Sturm passed away at the age of 82in Birkenwerder, Brandenburg, Germany.

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