Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Little Known Spaghetti Western Actors ~ Brandy

[These daily posts will cover little known actors or people that have appeared in more recent films and TV series. Various degrees of information that I was able to find will be given and anything that you can add would be appreciated.]

Brandy was the stage name of Ildebrando José Rodríguez Rossetti. He was born in 1944 and worked in a French circus as an acrobat and specialized being shot from a cannon. He toured North American with the circus in the mid-1960s and then moved to Spain where he made his screen debut in “Circus World” (1964) with John Wayne, Rita Hayworth and Claudia Cardinale. He would go on to appear in some sixty plus co-productions.

In Spain he met Samuel Bronston's chief specialist, who would later invite him to the filming of "Cromwell" (1970) due to the difficulty of continuing his sporting career in Spain. His mastery of the trampoline, minitramp and fencing earned him many successes, but he did not get off to a good start. "They had prepared a 30-metre-wide pit filled with boxes and explosives," he recalls. It was "covered by a tarpaulin to fool the horses." But his horse halted, and Brandy jumped into the air, hitting his neck. "When they said, 'Cut!' I just felt tingling. But I got up," he recalls. He was 29 years old and didn't want to lose his job. There were no impossible sequences for him, as he demonstrated when he made a fall to a net from 24 meters high (79 feet).

Brandy doubled Alain Delon in “Zorro”, Michael York in the Musketeer films by Richard Lester. Also, Terence Hill in “March or Die” and Herbert Lom in “Murders in the Rue Morgue”. Many other uncredited roles as a stuntman as a member of the José Luis Chinchilla stunt team.

He became a voice actor and dubber in Seville and dubbed numerous Hollywood stars and became involved in well-known Spanish Horror films, even dubbing Paul Naschy in “The Curse of the Beast”. Gordon Hessler's “Murders in the Rue Morgue” was the film with the greatest prominence for his career, and in Spain he worked under the orders of filmmakers such as Eugenio Martín and Jesús Franco.

He was awarded the Mystic Award at the The Algeciras Fantástika fantasy and horror film festival in November of 2016.

BRANDY (aka Brandy Rodríguez, Brandy Rodríguez Magano, Hildebrando Rodríguez) (Ildebrando José Rodríguez Rossetti) [1944, Spain -     ] – stuntman, film actor, voice dubber, married to Lola Magano father of three children.

Man in the Wilderness – 1971 [stunts]

Zorro – 1975 [stunts] [doubled Alain Delon]

Massacre at Fort Holman – 1972 [stunts]


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