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Constantine Dan Vafiadis

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Nationality USA
Birth 3 january 1938 at Shanghai (Chine)
Death 11 june 1987 (at 49 years) at Lancaster (USA)

Dan Vadis (born Constantine Daniel Vafiadis in Shanghai, China 3 January 1938, died 11 June 1987 in Lancaster, California, U.S.) was famous for his lead roles in many Italian films made in the 1960s.


Vadis (originally Vafiadis) was an American actor of Greek descent with lineage tracing back to the island of Chios in the Aegean Sea. This former U.S. Navy sailor and decorated NAVY SEAL was a member of the Mae West Muscleman Revue in the late 1950s. He was a brawny, handsome durable 6'4" man with curly brown hair, bluish green eyes and an affable demeanor. He was probably one of the most memorable actors in the Roman epic movies created in the 60's and early 70's to portray Hercules - the most infamous Greek warrior.

He was also one of many muscle men to take a stab at fame and fortune with the Italian sword and sandal films of the 1960s - also known as the peplum films. Noted film critic Raymond Durgnat famously asked if he was "the brother of Quo?". The peplum films (pepla plural), also known as sword-and-sandal, is a genre of largely Italian-made historical or biblical epics (costume dramas) that dominated the Italian film industry from 1958 to 1965, eventually being replaced in 1965 by the Spaghetti Western. The pepla attempted to emulate the big-budget Hollywood historical epics of the time, such as Spartacus, Samson and Delilah and The Ten Commandments.

The terms "peplum" (referring to the tunic-style Greek and Roman garment often worn by characters in the films) and "sword-and-sandal" were used in a condescending way by film critics. Italian director Vittorio Cottafavi called the genre "Neo-Mythology".[1]

Dan's most notable role was The Triumph of Hercules (1964), in which Vadis portrayed Hercules battling golden giants and trying to save his princess love from her evil relative. The film was quickly followed by Hercules the Invincible retitled Son of Hercules in the Land of Darkness, in The Sons of Hercules television package by Embassy Pictures.Cahill U.S. Marshall

After the sword and sandal films faded he moved into spaghetti westerns, then became a recurring face in Clint Eastwood westerns such as High Plains Drifter.

He died 11 June 1987 in Lancaster, California, USA, in a car in the desert (accidental drug overdose; acute ethanol and heroin-morphine intoxication). He was survived by his wife Sharon Jessup and his son Nick Vadis, known as "Nick V".

Usually with

Fritz Manes
Fritz Manes
(4 films)
Chuck Hicks
Chuck Hicks
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Constantine Dan Vafiadis (20 films)

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The Seven Magnificent Gladiators, 1h23
Directed by Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso
Origin Italie
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Actors Lou Ferrigno, Sybil Danning, Bradford Harris, Mandy Rice-Davies, Constantine Dan Vafiadis, Giovanni Cianfriglia
Roles Nicerote
Rating37% 1.874081.874081.874081.874081.87408
Un chef bandit doté de pouvoirs magiques, qu'il tient de sa mère sorcière, effectue de sanglants raids, faisant régner la terreur sur un pacifique village. Un jour, les femmes du village découvrent une épée magique aux pouvoirs extraordinaires. Elles décident alors de partir à la recherche d'un homme héroïque capable de la manier afin de détruire le despote...
Bronco Billy, 1h56
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure, Romance, Western
Themes Circus films
Actors Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Scatman Crothers, Bill McKinney, Sam Bottoms
Roles Chief Big Eagle
Rating61% 3.0517853.0517853.0517853.0517853.051785
"Bronco Billy's Wild West Show" is a rundown traveling circus, the star of which is Bronco Billy McCoy (Clint Eastwood), the "fastest gun in the West." For the show's finale, a blindfolded Bronco Billy shoots balloons around a female assistant on a revolving wooden disc, and for the last balloon, he throws a knife. However, the assistant's leg is nicked, so she quits. The show is not making any money, and nobody has been paid for months.
Any Which Way You Can, 1h56
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Films about apes, Musical films, Le boxe anglaise, Buddy films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Ruth Gordon, Harry Guardino, William Smith
Roles Frank
Rating60% 3.047843.047843.047843.047843.04784
Two years after throwing his fight with Tank Murdock at the end of Every Which Way but Loose, Philo Beddoe (Clint Eastwood) keeps fighting in underground bareknuckle boxing matches to make money on the side. Philo decides to retire when he realizes that he has started to enjoy the pain. Philo and his manager Orville (Geoffrey Lewis) decide to end his career. The problem is Jack Wilson (William Smith), a new breed of East Coast brawler who mixes martial arts with boxing. He is so effective at maiming his opponents that his handlers cannot book fights for him.
Mr. Horn
Mr. Horn (1979)
, 3h
Directed by Jack Starrett
Origin USA
Genres Western
Actors David Carradine, Richard Masur, Richard Widmark, Karen Black, Pat McCormick, Jack Starrett
Roles Gene Laughoff
Rating69% 3.454133.454133.454133.454133.45413
Tom Horn's life is covered from his early days as an army scout, to his time as a Pinkerton agent, concluding with the events surrounding his death by hanging in 1903.
Every Which Way but Loose, 1h54
Directed by James Fargo
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about animals, Films about music and musicians, Sports films, Transport films, Motocyclette, Martial arts films, Boxing films, Films about apes, Musical films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, Ruth Gordon, Beverly D'Angelo, John Quade
Roles Frank, Assistant Head Biker
Rating62% 3.14863.14863.14863.14863.1486
Philo Beddoe is a truck driver living in the San Fernando Valley. He lives in a small house, with an orangutan named Clyde, behind that of his friend, Orville Boggs, and his mother. Philo makes money on the side as a bare-knuckle fighter; he is often compared to a legendary fighter named Tank Murdock.
The White Buffalo, 1h37
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Horror, Western
Themes Films about animals
Actors Charles Bronson, Jack Warden, Will Sampson, Kim Novak, Slim Pickens, Clint Walker
Roles Tall Man (uncredited)
Rating60% 3.047913.047913.047913.047913.04791
Wild Bill Hickok is haunted by his dreams of a giant white buffalo. So much that he travels the West to find the beast. Along the way, Hickok meets Crazy Horse, who is also searching the plains for the giant white buffalo, who has killed Crazy Horse's daughter. Hickok and Crazy Horse team up to kill the elusive buffalo.
The Gauntlet, 1h49
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, William Prince, Bill McKinney, Carole Cook
Roles Biker (wearing white scally cap)
Rating64% 3.200813.200813.200813.200813.20081
Ben Shockley, an alcoholic cop from Phoenix, is well on his way to becoming a down-and-out when he is given the task to escort witness Gus Mally from Las Vegas. His superior, Commissioner Blakelock says that it's a "nothing witness" for a "nothing trial." Mally protests that they are both set up to be killed in a hit, which a jaded Shockley doubts. Mally soon reveals herself to be a belligerent prostitute with mob ties and is in possession of incriminating information concerning a high figure in society.
High Plains Drifter, 1h45
Directed by Clint Eastwood, James Fargo
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Horror, Western
Themes Assassinat
Actors Clint Eastwood, Verna Bloom, Marianna Hill, Geoffrey Lewis, Mitch Ryan, Jack Ging
Roles Dan Carlin
Rating73% 3.69983.69983.69983.69983.6998
A stranger on horseback rides into the isolated mining town of Lago. Three gun-toting men follow him into the saloon, taunting him to fight. When they follow him to the barbershop and begin threatening him, the Stranger quickly dispatches the three with little effort. Impressed with this performance, a dwarf named Mordecai, who works in the barbershop, befriends the Stranger. A woman named Callie Travers arranges to bump into the Stranger in the street, claiming loudly it was his fault. When she slaps the cigar from his mouth while insulting him, he drags her into the livery stable and has sexual relations with her in a very rough and aggressive manner (the scene is initially depicted as a rape, but by its end, the woman has clearly given her consent, as she is portrayed as an active, and seemingly enthusiastic participant in the act). Next, the Stranger rents a room at the hotel but declines to give a name to the hotelier. That night, he dreams about a man being brutally whipped. In the morning he returns to the barbershop for a bath. Callie Travers shoots at him after he is in the tub; inexplicably, he remains uninjured.
Cahill: United States Marshall, 1h43
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Western
Actors John Wayne, George Kennedy, Neville Brand, Marie Windsor, Gary Grimes, Morgan Paull
Roles Brownie
Rating63% 3.197043.197043.197043.197043.19704
While J.D. Cahill (John Wayne), a widower and U.S. Marshal, is away from home, his two sons Danny (Gary Grimes) and Billy (Clay O'Brien) aid Abe Fraser (George Kennedy) and his gang to escape from jail and to rob a bank. The town's sheriff is shot and killed during the robbery. Billy hides the stolen money while his brother and the rest of the gang return to locked jail cells as an alibi. When Cahill returns, he and Danny look for the perpetrators with the help of half-Comanche tracker Lightfoot (Neville Brand). Cahill arrests four suspects and although they are innocent, they are found guilty and scheduled to be hanged. While on the tracks of the kids, Cahill and Lightfoot are ambushed by Brownie (Dan Vadis). Lightfoot hurts him but is eventually killed. Cahill's sons try to return the gang's share of the money to Fraser, resulting in a showdown between Cahill and his boys on one side and Fraser's gang on the other.
The Scalphunters, 1h42
Directed by Sydney Pollack
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Western
Actors Burt Lancaster, Ossie Davis, Telly Savalas, Shelley Winters, Dabney Coleman, Paul Picerni
Roles Yuma
Rating66% 3.3456253.3456253.3456253.3456253.345625
Joe Bass (Burt Lancaster), an American fur trapper, is making his way back home with a full cargo of hides when he encounters a group of Kiowa Indians led by Two Crows (Armando Silvestre), who insist on taking his furs. As "payment" they offer him a slave, Joseph Lee (Ossie Davis), who they had previously taken from a group of Comanches. Reluctantly, realising he cannot fight them, Bass agrees to the trade.
For a Few Extra Dollars, 1h40
Directed by Giorgio Ferroni
Origin Italie
Genres War, Western
Actors Giuliano Gemma, José Calvo, Sophie Daumier, Jacques Sernas, Ángel del Pozo, José Manuel Martín
Roles Riggs
Rating59% 2.999132.999132.999132.999132.99913
The film related the story of Southerner Major Sanders (Jacques Sernas), who continues fighting the North after the conclusion of the American Civil War. Former Rebel Gary Diamond (Giuliano Gemma), now a guide, leads a pair of Union soldiers to obstruct Sanders before he can pull off a raid on Fort Yuma. However the others are unaware that Diamond knows that one of the Union officers is actually Sanders' spy. More complications ensue, pairing Diamond with the aptly named saloon-girl Connie Breastful (Sophie Daumier). Later Diamond is found to be a traitor and is tortured severely before Sanders' plot is foiled.
Hercules the Invincible, 1h22
Origin Italie
Genres Fantasy, Adventure, Peplum
Themes Films based on mythology, Dans la Grèce mythologique, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Carla Calò, Špela Rozin, Ken Clark, Howard Ross, Maria Fiore, Rosemarie Lindt
Roles Hercules
Rating36% 1.8373351.8373351.8373351.8373351.837335
Hercules saves a woman named Telca from a lion and arrives in triumph in her village. Telca's father King Tedaeo offers Hercules Telca's hand in marriage, if he brings back the tooth of a dragon. Hercules seeks help from a witch who gives him a spear that will kill the dragon but wants the same tooth as her reward. As Hercules has promised the tooth to King Tedaeo the witch warns him that the magic of the tooth will only work once.
Spartacus and the Ten Gladiators, 1h39
Directed by Nick Nostro
Genres Comedy, Adventure, Historical
Actors Constantine Dan Vafiadis, Helga Liné, Ivano Staccioli, Alfredo Varelli, Enzo Fiermonte, Vassili Karis
Roles Roccia
Rating43% 2.195872.195872.195872.195872.19587
Rocca and his nine gladiators have just completed a triumphal show in the arena in front of the Emperor. However their ebullient mood changes to horror and sadness when they are followed by a group of a dozen gladiators from Thrace who are ordered to kill each other until one man is standing. In this group is a father and son. They reluctantly comply but when the son faces his father one of the gladiators steps in to prevent the son from killing his father then throws his sword at the Emperor's box.
Hercules vs. the Giant Warriors, 1h16
Directed by Alberto De Martino
Origin Italie
Genres Adventure, Peplum
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films based on mythology, Dans la Grèce mythologique, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Marilù Tolo, Moira Orfei, Enzo Fiermonte, Pierre Cressoy, Piero Lulli, Constantine Dan Vafiadis
Roles Ercole
Rating45% 2.262932.262932.262932.262932.26293
Hercules is called upon to fight seven golden giants summoned by the Dagger of Jae, sister of Juno (Hera), who dislikes Hercules "for certain family reasons." Hercules also fights to protect his princess love, but matters are complicated by her evil relative Milo, who has murdered her father the king but has tricked her into thinking it was someone else because she trusts him too much. Milo tricks Hercules into killing his friend, for which he is punished by his father Jove (Jupiter/Zeus) who takes away his enormous strength, because he has misused it. Milo is conspiring with his sorceress mother to take the throne for himself.