Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Gabriele Antonini, RIP


Gabriele Antonini, famous for playing Ulysses in both HERCULES films starring Steve Reeves, died last Saturday. He was 80 years old. Antonini starred a good number of PEPLUM films before his career ended when the genre ended. It's a shame. He was good. I really liked him. Though his other films are good he'll always be remembered as Ulysses. RIP. Here's a quick overview of his major roles.

HERCULES (1958)
Hercules (Steve Reeves) shows Ulysses (Antonini) how to use a bow and arrow. Classic, timeless scene.

Hercules (Steve Reeves), Ulysses (Gabriele Antonini) and Orpheus (Aldo Fiorello). In the HERCULES films, Antonini played a crucial part of bringing fun and levity (and intelligence) against Reeves' super muscular character.

The Argonauts from HERCULES (1958)

The actors are: Fulvio Carrara as Pollux, Willy Colombini as Castor, Fabrizio Mioni as Jason, Aldo Pini as Tifi, Steve Reeves as Hercules, Gabriele Antonini as Ulysses, Andrea Fantasia as Laertes and Gino Mattera as Orpheus.


HERCULES UNCHAINED (1959)

Iole (Sylva Koscina) sings Evening Star. Ulysses (Antonini) enjoys the melody. Below, with Steve Reeves. In this scene, Ulysses character figures out the secret to Antaeus' strength.



HEAD OF TYRANT (1959)
Antonini had a substantial role in this film

THE SEVEN REVENGES (1961)
Antonioni with Bella Cortez in this excellent PEPLUM

THE MONGOLS (1961)
Gabriele had a small role in this crowded film

SAMSON & THE SEVEN MIRACLES OF THE WORLD (1961)
Antonini starred with Gordon Scott in this story set in China

IL SEGNO DI VENDICATORE (1962)
Gabriele Antonini, as Zorro sans mask, is pinned by Claudio Undari. A leading role for a change.

GOLIATH & THE REBEL SLAVE (1963)
Ombretta Colli as Princess Cori and Gabriele Antonini as Alexander the Great

REVOLT OF THE BARBARIANS (1964)
Gabriele Antonini and Roland Carey run away from Roman soldiers

COLOSSUS OF ROME (1964)
Gordon Scott burns his hand in defiance as Gabriele Antonini watches on



RIP


2 comments:

Scott Ochiltree said...



Thanks. Most interesting and complete compilation.

Brrrodie the Westie said...

Thanks, great retrospective ... no idea that was him in some of those movies