Thursday, March 31, 2011

Before they were PEPLUM stars: Bud Spencer

Bud Spencer, aka Carlo Pedersoli, was the first Italian to swim the 100 m freestyle in less than one minute. He achieved this on 19 September 1950. Spencer participated in the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, reaching the semi-finals in the 100 m freestyle (wikipedia).

Spencer would have a brief cameo in QUO VADIS in 1951 and one of his first speaking roles in HANNIBAL (last photo). Amazing how Bud would turn out. Arf.


Anonymous said...

Bud Spencer became a very popular actor in Europe. Terrance Hill had a big part in HANNIBAL, which not being a great film was I think a huge box office hit. I remember seeing this when it was released and the show I went to see this the theater was packed! (600 seats filled) I think that Victor Mature had a lot to do with that. Hill and Spencer were great as a team so much so that there were pair of lookalikes that made some fun euro films in late 70's.

Anonymous said...

You really know your stuff... Keep up the good work!