Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Voices of the Spaghetti Western “Renegade Gunfighter”

 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 “Renegade Gunfighter”

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

Hud Backer – Zachary Hatcher (S) Simón Ramírez, (G) Karlheinz Brunnemann

Steven Benson – Mimmo Palmara (S) José Guardiola, (G) Edgar Ott

Jason Clark - Rubén Rojo (S) Jesús Nieto, (G) Horst Niendorf

Wayne Clark – Mirko Ellis (S) Ángel María Baltanás, (G) Jochen Schröder

Carranza - José Calvo (S) Pedro Sempson, (G) Wolfgang Amerbacher

Betty Benson - Pier Angeli (S) Mati Ángeles Herranz, (G) Uta Hallant


Karlheinz Brunnemann  (1927 – 2013)

Karlheinz Brunnemann was born in Berlin, Germany on January 6, 1927. He received acting lessons from Walter Stegemann from 1942 to 1944 and passed his entrance examination at the Reich Theatre Chamber in 1944. In 1946 he began as a speaker and director at the youth radio station at Berlin Radio; Activities which he continued in 1948 at the Leipzig radio station. While he worked as a dialogue director at Phönix-Film from 1948 to 1951, he studied theatre studies in Berlin during this time, from 1948 to 1952. He then worked as a freelancer at RIAS Berlin, as a dubbing director for various companies and as a production manager and director for Mars-Film and Universum-Film.

In the field of dubbing, Brunnemann's name is primarily associated with his work as a producer of German versions of foreign television series and films. In 1963, he founded his own company, Deutsche Synchron Filmgesellschaft mbH & Co. Karlheinz Brunnemann Produktions KG, based in Berlin. It is one of the oldest dubbing studios still in existence in Germany and has been based on the former UFA site on Oberlandstraße in Berlin-Tempelhof from the very beginning.

Among the most famous dubs under Brunnemann's direction were “Dirty Dancing”, “Harry and Sally”, “Pretty Woman” and “A Matter of Honor”, as well as television series such as ‘Starsky & Hutch’, ‘Quincy’ and ‘Remington Steele’. In 1993, he handed over the management to his son producer Markus Brunnemann [1972- ].

In 1979, Brunnemann founded Phoenix Film Karlheinz Brunnemann GmbH & Co. Produktions KG with Hans Redlbach. Phoenix Film was merged into the new UFA Fiction in August 2013.

Brunnemann lived in Berlin-Grunewald, was married and had a daughter besides his son Markus. Karlheinz died on January 25, 2013, in Berlin. He was 86.


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