Friday, November 10, 2023

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Ottaviano Dell’Acqua


Ottaviano Dell’Acqua is the youngest member of the Dell’Acqua stuntman and acting brothers. He was born on March 13, 1955, in Rome the son of circus owners Fausto Del’’Acuqa and his wife Giovanna Huesca. He’s the brother of Alberto Dell’Acqua, Alberto Dell’Acqua, Roberto Dell’Acqua and stuntwoman, actress Fernanda Dell’Acqua who was credited as Fern Water.

He started acting in Spaghetti Western productions as a child. Appearing as Clay McCord as a boy in “A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die”. Due to his boyish looks and enthusiasm for taking risks, he found himself more and more in demand as both a stunt performer and character actor throughout the 1970's, often appearing alongside one or more of his siblings. In the 1980's he turned to stunt coordinating and has worked steadily on both major Hollywood productions, as well as smaller European films, ever since. He may be best remembered by horror fans as the man behind the worm-eyed zombie mask on the poster for Lucio Fulci's ZOMBIE (aka ZOMBI 2) though he’s had mainstream exposure in “Gangs of New York” as one of Bill the Butcher's lead henchmen. His only leading roles have been under the name "Richard Raymond" for director Bruno Mattei, particularly in 1983's “Rats: The Nights of Terror” in which he is top billed. Curiously the same year he appeared in numerous other post-apocalyptic films such as “Rage” and “After the Fall of New York” in which he isn't billed at all.

In all he's appeared in over 100 films as an actor with 15 being Spaghetti westerns and 350+ as a stuntman. Today he works as a stunt coordinator and

Dell’ACQUA, Ottaviano (aka Ottaviano dell'Acqua, Ottaviano Dell'acqua, Richard Raymond, Raymond Richard, Robert Thomas) [3/13/1955, Rome, Lazio, Italy -     ] – stuntman, master of arms, film, TV actor, son circus owners  Fausto Dell'Acqua, Giovanna Huesca,  brother of stuntman, film, TV actor Alberto Dell’Acqua [1937-    ], stuntwoman, actress Fern Water (Fernanda Dell'Acqua) [1941-    ], stuntman, film, TV actor Alberto Dell’Acqua [1944-    ],  stuntman actor Roberto Dell’Acqua [1946-2019] married to ? father of Stefania Dell’Acqua.

A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die – 1967 (Clay McCord as a boy)

They Call Me Providence – 1972 (James' henchman)

They Called Him Amen – 1972 (bank guard)

Trinity, the Clown, the Guitar – 1974 [stunts]

Apache Woman – 1976 (Master’s son) [as Robert Thomas]

A Man Called Blade – 1977 (miner)

Buddy Goes West – 1981 (Colorado Slim henchman) [stunts]

Buck at the Edge of Heaven – 1991 (Natty/Matt) [as Richard Raymond]

Troublemakers – 1994 (Sasha)

Gunslinger’s Revenge - 1998

They Called Him Bulldozer – 2016 [himself]

Twenty Dollars – 2016 (Bill Parker) [stunts]

Gold and Lead – 2017 [master of arms]

Sie nannten ihn Spencer – 2017 [himself]

Black Town – 2022 [stunt coordinator]

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