Spaghetti western film star Bud Spencer dies

Italian actor Bud Spencer, who starred in a string of spaghetti westerns, died in Rome aged 86, his family confirmed.

Published: 28th June 2016 02:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th June 2016 03:04 PM   |  A+A-

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A screen grab from the movie 'Trinity' starring Bud Spencer. | Courtesy: Youtube

By AFP

ROME: Italian actor Bud Spencer, who starred in a string of spaghetti westerns, died on Monday in Rome aged 86, his family confirmed.

"With our deepest regrets, we have to tell you that Bud is flying to his next journey," his family said on Spencer's Twitter account in English.

Spencer, born Carlo Pedersoli in Italy in 1929, played in 16 films alongside Terence Hill, whose real name was Mario Girotti.

Spencer died in hospital in Rome, La Repubblica daily reported.

The news of his death prompted a flood of online.

"Ciao #BudSpencer We loved you so much," Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tweeted.

Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini hailed Spencer as "a great actor of our cinema industry, who over the course of his long career entertained whole generations".

"RIP Bud Spencer... My heart goes out to your family," Hollywood star Russell Crowe wrote on Twitter.

Spencer was born in the southern Italian city of Naples, but moved with his family to Rome aged 11, where he became an excellent swimmer.

After World War II, the family moved again, this time to Rio de Janeiro, where the young Spencer quit his studies and started taking odd jobs, including in construction and as a librarian.

He later returned to Rome, where he went back to school and took up competitive swimming, and in 1950, he became the first Italian to swim the 100-metre freestyle in under a minute.

 

Dabbled in politics

Over the next decade, he was crowned Italy's swimming champion seven times. But after the 1960 Olympics in Rome, he abandoned his swimming career.

He married the daughter of a film producer and had three children.

It was only at the age of 38, in 1967, that he starred in his first western, "God forgives... I don't!"

He and Girotti then decided to change their names -- and the name he chose, Bud Spencer, was a tribute to his favourite beer and American actor Spencer Tracy.

With "They call me Trinity", he and Hill sprung to international fame, with Spencer playing a friendly giant of a cowboy who saves a widow and an orphan from danger while keeping his broad grin.

Throughout his career, he appeared in around 40 films.

He also dabbled in politics, running for office in regional elections in 2005 on the list of then prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

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