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Bud Spencer is a Actor and Scriptwriter Italien born on 31 october 1929 at Naples (Italie)

Bud Spencer

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Birth name Carlo Pedersoli
Nationality Italie
Birth 31 october 1929 at Naples (Italie)
Death 27 june 2016 (at 86 years)

Bud Spencer (born Carlo Pedersoli; 31 October 1929) is an Italian actor, filmmaker and a former professional swimmer. He is known for past roles in action-comedy films together with his long-time film partner Terence Hill. Growing from a successful swimmer in his youth, he got a degree in law, and has registered several patents. Spencer also became a certified commercial airline and helicopter pilot, and supports and funds many children's charities, including the Spencer Scholarship Fund.

Bud Spencer and Terence Hill both appeared in, produced and directed over 20 films together and thus became and still remain best friends to this present day.

In a recent interview, Spencer commented: "Terence is like a brother to me, and like brothers we don't always agree, and he can be a pain in the neck sometimes." [laughs] "... our relationship I suppose is reflected in our movies, but he can always count on me as I can on him. We always enjoyed working together, probably why we made so many films together.


Spencer was born on 31 October 1929 in Santa Lucia, a historical rione of the city of Naples.

From 1947 to 1949 he worked in the Italian consulate in Recife (Brazil), where he learned fluent Portuguese. He changed his screen name in 1967, reportedly choosing to pay homage to Spencer Tracy as well as his favorite beer, Budweiser. Another possibility is that he adopted the name of a character from a 1954 Dragnet episode, The Big Producer ( Season 4 of 1954/55 series, episode 1) ( Other sources report that he found it funny to call himself "bud" despite his weight and his imposing height at almost 6 ft 4 in (193 cm).

Swimming and water polo career
A professional swimmer in his youth, Spencer was the first Italian to swim the 100 m freestyle in less than one minute. He achieved this on 19 September 1950, when he swam the 100 m in 59.5 s.

In the 1951 Mediterranean Games, he won a silver medal in the same 100 m freestyle event.

Spencer participated in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, reaching the semi-finals in the 100 m freestyle (58.8 s heats, 58.9 s semi final). Four years later, in Melbourne, he also entered the semi-finals in the same category (58.5 s heat, 59.0 s semi final).

As a water polo player, he won the Italian Championship in 1954, with S.S. Lazio. His swimming career ended abruptly in 1957.

On 17 January 2005 he was awarded with the Caimano d'oro (Gold Caiman) by the Italian Swimming Federation.

On 24 January 2007, he received from the Italian Swimming Federation's president Paolo Barelli, swim and water polo coach diplomas.

Acting career
Spencer's first movie role was in Quel fantasma di mio marito, an Italian comedy shot in 1949 and released in 1950. Then he played a member of the Praetorian Guard in Quo Vadis, a film shot in Italy, in 1951. During the 1950s and part of the 1960s, Spencer appeared in some Italian films but "his career was strictly minor league until the late 1960s."

Spencer met his future film partner, Terence Hill, on the set of Hannibal in 1959. They went on to work together on over 20 films, including (named using their most common US titles):

Hannibal (1959), as Carlo Pedersoli together with Mario Girotti
God Forgives... I Don't! (1967), first time as Bud Spencer together with Terence Hill
Ace High (1968)
Boot Hill (1969)
They Call Me Trinity (1970)
Blackie the Pirate (1971)
Trinity Is Still My Name (1971)
All the Way, Boys (1972)
Watch Out, We're Mad (1974)
Two Missionaries (1975)
Crime Busters (1976)
Odds and Evens (1978)
I'm For the Hippopotamus (1979)
Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure (1981)
Go For It! (1983)
Double Trouble (1984)
Miami Supercops (1985)
Troublemakers (1994)
Films with Spencer alone include:

The Five Man Army (1969)
The Fifth Day of Peace (1969)
It Can Be Done Amigo (1972)
Flatfoot (1973)
They Call Him Bulldozer (1978)
The Sheriff and the Satellite Kid (1979)
Everything Happens to Me (1980)
Banana Joe (1982)
Bomber (1982)
Superfantagenio (1986)
Many of these have alternative titles, depending upon the country and distributor. Some have longer Italian versions that were edited for release abroad. These films gathered popularity for both actors, especially in Europe.

The main dubber of Bud Spencer in Italy is Glauco Onorato who, with his characteristic voice, successfully enriched the character of Bud Spencer. Sergio Fiorentini dubbed Spencer in Troublemakers, To the Limit (1997) and the series of Detective Extralarge, (1991–93) while in the movie Everything Happens to Me the dubber is Ferruccio Amendola.

Spencer also wrote the complete or partial screenplay for some of his movies. His feature film career slowed down after 1983, shifting more toward television. In the 1990s, he acted in the TV action-drama Extralarge. His autobiography was published by Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf in 2011.

Personal life
Spencer married Maria Amato in 1960, with whom he had three children: Giuseppe (1961), Christine (1962) and Diamante (1972). After appearing in Più forte, ragazzi!, Spencer became a jet airplane and helicopter pilot. He established Mistral Air in 1984, an air-mail company that also transports pilgrims, but later sold it to Poste Italiane to buy a textile mill that produced clothes for children.

Career in politics
In 2005, he entered politics, unsuccessfully standing as regional counselor in Lazio for the Forza Italia party. Spencer has stated: "In my life, I've done everything. There are only three things I haven't been – a ballet dancer, a jockey and a politician. Given that the first two jobs are out of the question, I'll throw myself into politics." The opposition criticised him for engaging in "politica spettacolo" ("showbiz politics").

Best films

Watch Out, We're Mad (1974)
Trinity Is Still My Name (1971)
I'm for the Hippopotamus (1979)
Odds and Evens (1978)
They Call Me Trinity (1970)
Double Trouble (1984)

Usually with

Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Bud Spencer (51 films)

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Killing Is My Business, Honey, 1h47
Directed by Sebastian Niemann
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors Richard "Rick" Kavanian, Nora Tschirner, Bud Spencer, Franco Nero, Ludger Pistor, Günther Kaufmann
Roles Pepe
Rating57% 2.8630352.8630352.8630352.8630352.863035
Enrico Puzzo (Franco Nero) is an eccentric Italian author who claims he knows the mafia from inside. Based on these allegations he wrote a book and sold it under a pen name to a German publishing house. Puzzo lives in an expensive hotel, where he doesn't hesitate to threaten employees with his pistol in case something isn't to his liking. He also consumes a great deal of cocaine, sometimes even at broad daylight on the balcony of his hotel suite. As crazy as he is, he writes on a typewriter and sends a unique typescript to his publisher who is already about to have a huge press conference on this book. That is when Toni Ricardelli (Rick Kavanian), a German-born hitman of suave behaviour, comes into play. He intercepts the script just in time, leaving the publisher Christopher Kimbel (Hans-Michael Rehberg) empty-handed. Not the mafia, but the publisher is embarrassed.
Singing Behind Screens, 1h38
Directed by Ermanno Olmi
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Biography, Adventure, Historical, Musical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Pirate films
Actors Bud Spencer, Jun Ichikawa
Roles Old Captain Andorrano
Rating62% 3.1437753.1437753.1437753.1437753.143775
Dans une maison close chinoise, un vieux capitaine raconte, sur une scène, l'histoire de la célèbre pirate Ching Shih, veuve du capitaine Ching.
Troublemakers, 1h41
Directed by Terence Hill
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Romance, Western
Themes Buddy films
Actors Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Jonathan Tucker, Ruth Buzzi, Frank Braña, Ron Carey
Roles Moses
Rating60% 3.002783.002783.002783.002783.00278
Travis, a gunslinger receives a letter from his mother Maw, asking him to bring his brother Moses and his family to a Christmas reunion and to give them an unknown treasure she claims to have inherited it from his father. Moses is a bounty hunter, who is angry at Maw, for letting his stolen horses loose, forcing Travis to set up a plan. Travis saves an outlaw named Sam Stone from being hanged and teams up with his brother to catch him. When the brothers stay at Moses' family's house, Travis gives them plans to get to Maw's. When they head off the next morning, Moses' family heads on their way to Maw's.
Speaking of the Devil, 1h35
Directed by Enzo Barboni
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy
Actors Bud Spencer, Carol Alt, Thierry Lhermitte, Ian Bannen, Jean Sorel, Riccardo Pizzuti
Roles Bull Webster
Rating59% 2.952422.952422.952422.952422.95242
Bull Webster est un chauffeur de taxi sans le sou dont la petite entreprise va être absorbée par une grande société concurrente. Par chance, il gagne à la loterie 150 millions de dollars. Ce gain est connu par avance aussi bien en Enfer qu'au Paradis, qui se dépêchent d'envoyer chacun un émissaire, une diablesse et un ange, ayant pour mission de mener Bull la première sur la mauvaise route et le second sur le bon chemin. Néanmoins, aucun des deux n'aura gain de cause car c'est Bull Webster lui-même qui convainc les deux agents de l'au-delà de partir à la recherche du billet perdu. Ainsi, aussi bien la diablesse que l'ange perdent leurs pouvoirs surnaturels et deviennent de communs mortels travaillant pour Bull qui, grâce à l'argent de la loterie, transforme sa compagnie en grosse société de transport de limousines.
Aladdin (1986)
, 1h30
Directed by Bruno Corbucci
Origin Italie
Genres Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Films about school violence
Actors Bud Spencer, Janet Ågren, Tony Adams, Giancarlo Bastianoni, Venantino Venantini, Umberto Raho
Roles Genie
Rating53% 2.6573452.6573452.6573452.6573452.657345
The story revolves around a teenage boy named Al Haddin, nicknamed "Aladdin", who is living with his widowed mother Janet and his alcoholic grandfather Jeremiah in Miami, Florida. He and his family live in poverty since his father's untimely demise; his mother slaves away in the nightclub of Monti Siracusa, a local mobster boss who runs a city-wide protection racket. Jeremiah gravely contributes to this situation, as he blows the little money Janet makes on alcohol and horse races. Al has to work part-time in an antique shop to support his family as best he can.
Miami Supercops, 1h36
Directed by Bruno Corbucci
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action
Themes Buddy films
Actors Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Richard Liberty, Michael Warren, Luke Halpin, Bruno Corbucci
Roles Steve Forest / L.A. Ray
Rating61% 3.0581353.0581353.0581353.0581353.058135
In 1978, $20 million was stolen from a Detroit bank. One of the robbers was caught, one was found dead, and the third disappeared. The money was never found. Seven years later, the robber who was caught was released from jail. He immediately went to Miami, only to be found dead the next day. Now FBI agents Doug Bennet and Steve Forest have been called in to investigate the case while posing as Miami police officers. Somewhere in Miami the third robber is hiding with his $20 million, and he has a seven-year head start on the authorities.
Double Trouble, 1h39
Directed by Enzo Barboni
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Action
Themes Buddy films
Actors Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Giancarlo Bastianoni, Carlos Kurt
Roles Antonio Coímbra / Greg Wonder
Rating70% 3.547093.547093.547093.547093.54709
Billionaire cousins Bastiano (Terence Hill) and Antonio (Bud Spencer) are two savvy businessmen, at least in one regard. They want to close a large deal, although they have to fear for their lives because of it since their competition won't even stop at murder. Therefore they have an agency find two look-alikes from the United States, stuntman Elliot Vance (Terence Hill) and the jazz saxophonist Greg Wonder (Bud Spencer). These accept the job offer, initially not knowing why they really have been hired. Nonetheless Elliot and Greg manage to fight their way through all kinds of situations without too much trouble. Additionally they quickly come to like the jet-set life. The resulting damage to their reputation provokes the Coimbras to return to Rio ahead of time. This puts them right into the sights of their enemies, alongside the cousins' look-alikes.
Thieves and Robbers, 1h41
Directed by Bruno Corbucci
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Buddy films, Escroquerie
Actors Bud Spencer, Tomás Milián, Margherita Fumero, Marc Lawrence, Raymond Forchion, Bruno Corbucci
Roles Alan Parker
Rating56% 2.81692.81692.81692.81692.8169
Florida. Tony is a playboy who makes a living doing petty theft. Lieutenant Alan, a burly man and gruff, is always on his trail, and tries to change lifestyle of Tony. One day, however, the two must work together in order to save their lives, because they are accused by the government of being in collusion with the Mafia.
Go for It
Go for It (1983)
, 1h44
Directed by Enzo Barboni
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Spy films, Buddy films
Actors Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, David Huddleston, Riccardo Pizzuti, Faith Minton, Giancarlo Bastianoni
Roles Doug O'Riordan / Mason
Rating70% 3.5462453.5462453.5462453.5462453.546245
The charming dodger Rosco Frazer and the recently released convict Doug O’Riordan meet each other during a rough brawl in a roadhouse. After this they drive off in a truck, each one thinking of the other as the trucker. Not long afterwards a highway patrol stops them for speeding, and since they cannot produce proper papers, they are mistaken for truck-jackers the police has been looking for. Thanks to Rosco being a ventriloquist however, they are able to get away.
Banana Joe
Banana Joe (1982)
, 1h32
Directed by Steno
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Actors Bud Spencer, Gianfranco Barra, Enzo Garinei, Gunther Philipp, Giovanni Cianfriglia, Gisela Hahn
Roles Banana Joe
Rating63% 3.1592053.1592053.1592053.1592053.159205
Bud Spencer plays Banana Joe, a brawny yet friendly man who lives in a small rainforest village called Amantido with a huge number of his own children and regularly delivers bananas to a South American river port (hence his name). One day, the henchmen of a local gangster boss named Torsillo come ashore in Amantido to initiate the construction a banana processing plant. Of course, Joe (in typical direct-approach manner) evicts the goons, who promptly return to their boss.
Bomber (1982)
, 1h36
Directed by Michele Lupo
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films
Actors Bud Spencer, Jerry Calà, Valeria Cavalli, Angela Campanella, Nando Paone, Rik Battaglia
Roles Bud Graziano
Rating62% 3.1056153.1056153.1056153.1056153.105615
Bud Graziano said "Bomber" is a former heavyweight boxing champion who retired to private life on a ship. Jerry Calà is instead a Lombard punter who finds himself always in trouble and one day gets really big. In fact, he unwittingly sets himself against a group of thugs who answer only to the orders of a new boxing champion who is making the rounds in the area with his victories. Even Bomber collides later with this sample name Rosco. So Bomber, suddenly awakened his passion for boxing, opening a gym for amateurs and begins to train the promising young George. Below Bomber organizes meetings which also participates Rosco which, being too strong, knocks the young George. After so many other battles, Bomber is on the verge of losing everything he has slowly and painstakingly put together and so decides to confront himself in combat Rosco.
Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure, 1h39
Directed by Sergio Corbucci
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Buddy films
Actors Terence Hill, Bud Spencer, Salvatore Borgese, John Fujioka, Tom Tully, Giancarlo Bastianoni
Roles Charlie O'Brien
Rating70% 3.544083.544083.544083.544083.54408
Alan is an inveterate gambler who accumulates a lot of debt and therefore is forced to flee, pursued by shady employers in the area. Charlie is an actor who advertises a jam taste horrible and must return home with a boat trip. Alan, still fleeing, hiding their Charlie's boat which just do not see it starting to not stand for his gab and his little tricks from young prankster.
Buddy Goes West, 1h30
Directed by Michele Lupo
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Action, Western, Spaghetti Western
Actors Bud Spencer, Amidou, Sara Franchetti, Renato Scarpa, Giovanni Cianfriglia, Riccardo Pizzuti
Roles Buddy
Rating64% 3.243683.243683.243683.243683.24368
Malabar et Girolamo, deux hors-la-loi, viennent défendre un petit village attaqué par des bandits afin de piller l'or qui a été découvert...
Buddy Goes West
Directed by Sergio Corbucci, Michele Lupo
Origin Italie
Genres Comedy, Action, Western
Actors Bud Spencer, Giancarlo Giannini, Mariangela Melato, Renato Scarpa, Stefania Sandrelli, Amidou
Roles Buddy
Rating62% 3.1325853.1325853.1325853.1325853.132585
Malabar et Girolamo, deux hors-la-loi, viennent défendre un petit village attaqué par des bandits afin de piller l'or qui a été découvert...
Why Did You Pick On Me?, 1h39
Directed by Michele Lupo
Origin Italie
Genres Science fiction, Comedy
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Bud Spencer, Cary Guffey, Ferruccio Amendola, Lawrence Montaigne, Robert Hundar, John Bartha
Roles Sheriff Hall
Rating58% 2.912152.912152.912152.912152.91215
Following the events of The Sheriff and the Satellite Kid, Sheriff Hall and H7-25 (using the official identity of Charlie Warren) still get no rest from the military: because the little alien has not yet grasped the meaning of keeping a low profile, they are constantly on the move, and H7-25's father has had to pick them out of a tight spot too many times already.