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Re: Database of voice artists in Italian films
« Reply #15 on: 19 Sep 2008 - 08:32 »

so Johann, are you like my Scandinavian clone or what?  I'm still quite shocked that anyone else knows or cares who "Bruno Corazzari" is... or noticed Michele Soavi's cameo in THE GREATEST BATTLE....
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« Reply #16 on: 19 Sep 2008 - 15:47 »

Haha! Maybe I am?  ;D
But really... I honestly think that without people like Bruno Corazzari (and Ernesto Colli and Franca Scagnetti etc for that matter), these films just wouldn't be the same! These supporting actors contribute so much to these films and I often find them more interesting than the actual stars!
And those "photo only" roles like Soavi in THE GREATEST BATTLE seem to have been fairly common...

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« Reply #17 on: 05 Nov 2010 - 11:50 »

 Has anyone noticed a camp sounding English dubbing artist , you only ever hear him
 in the cheapest exploiters , off the top of my head Ive heard him in
 VIOLENCE FOR KICKS / DEVIL HUNTER / and God knows how many more Franco films
 In BEAST IN HEAT I think he does a couple of the voices ( not very well disguised ..) Also in ETC
 it was mentioned Fred Ward dubbed Franco Neros voice in DJANGO ...
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« Reply #18 on: 23 Aug 2011 - 22:56 »

Just discovered this fascinating and very informative interview with dubbing legend Ted Rusoff over at writer John Charles' blog.

By John Charles:Meet me,and meet Il Mostro
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Re: Database of voice artists in Italian films
« Reply #19 on: 24 Aug 2011 - 07:54 »

Just discovered this fascinating and very informative interview with dubbing legend Ted Rusoff over at writer John Charles' blog.

By John Charles:Meet me,and meet Il Mostro


Nice find!  :'(
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Re: Database of voice artists in Italian films
« Reply #20 on: 18 Mar 2013 - 18:53 »

Gregory Snegoff has had a fair amount of on-screen roles - one of his more sizeable roles being that of Godan, the guy with the glowing green eyes in the godawful post-apocalypse remake of SHE.
According to the Nick Alexander interview in Profondo Argento, Snegoff also dubbed Stefano Dionisi in SLEEPLESS, btw. Too bad about the overall quality on that dub...
  I remeber him doing the English dub of Golgo 13 in 1983
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Re: Database of voice artists in Italian films
« Reply #21 on: 19 Mar 2013 - 07:38 »

My favourite dubber, who always cracks me up is the guy that dubbed Ray Lovelock in Manchester Morgue, he has that forced cockney accent. I think he also dubbed John Steiner in Violent Rome. He didn't seem to pop up much. They are the main 2 i've noticed him in. :)
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Re: Database of voice artists in Italian films
« Reply #22 on: 10 May 2013 - 05:18 »

Hi, I was an adminstrator at CrystalAcids.com, a database of English-language dubs. The site's kind of in stasis now as far as new content, but I added some entries for Italian live-action films toward the end of my time there.

The Big Racket
Caligula: The Untold Story
Cannibal Holocaust
Confessions of a Police Captain
Contraband
The Cop in Blue Jeans
The Cynic, the Rat & the Fist
The Dark Is Death's Friend
Deep Red
Don't Torture a Duckling
Emergency Squad
Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Great White
The Heroin Busters
House by the Cemetery
How to Kill a Judge
The Inglorious Bastards
The Last Hunter
Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man
Magnum Cop
Make Them Die Slowly
Mister Scarface
Revolver
Seven Blood-Stained Orchids
Street Law
Suspiria
Violent Naples
Young, Violent, Dangerous

Note that there are some errors in there. I can't edit anything anymore to fix things. John Karlsen as the records man in Street Law is wrong. It's actually the same guy who does Cyril Cusack in Italian Connection (Cusack himself? [the same voice shows up as one of Vittorio Caprioli's subordinates in The Boss]). Steven Luotto as Joe Edwards in Young, Violent, Dangerous is wrong. Oliver Reed dubbing himself in Revolver is conjecture. If it's someone else, they're very skilled; it's excellent work. Greg Snegoff playing the man interviewing Harold Monroe in Cannibal Holocaust is definitely correct, but I'm not 100% on him also playing Chaco Losojos. On that note, Snegoff being the pianist and love interest in Suspiria sounded right at the time, but I've since come to realize quite how many actors dubbed themselves in the English version (more than already listed on CrystalAcids) and fear I may have mistaken the real McCoy for Snegoff doing accent work.
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« Reply #23 on: 01 Oct 2013 - 23:21 »

I wasn't aware of that site and somehow seem to have missed this post but that's very cool! It could use some updating/correcting, though, as several of the credits for Richard McNamara on that site (and also on IMDb) really belong to Tony La Penna instead. And the woman who dubs Barbara Bach in STREET LAW is definitely not Pat Starke. Actually, I'm not sure who she is but I've heard her voice in dozens of films. She's also the voice of Paola Morra in THE KILLER NUN, Zora Kerova in TERROR EXPRESS, Cinzia Monreale in THE BEYOND, Paola Tanziani in ZEDER, Sonia Viviani in HERCULES II and lots of others. I'd really like to know who this woman is!

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Re: Database of voice artists in Italian films
« Reply #24 on: 02 Oct 2013 - 00:51 »

Ah, okay. Thanks for the corrections. I was always iffy on McNamara being responsible for both those voices. I've submitted corrections on some of the wrong McNamara credits.

Yeah, with Starke, I've never really been very good at identifying the Female dubbers of Rome. I'm trying to get some help from Ted Rusoff--identifying voice clips.
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« Reply #25 on: 02 Oct 2013 - 21:41 »

In all fairness, McNamara and La Penna sometimes do sound a bit alike and they tended to dub the same type of roles, plus both did a lot of narrator voices, trailer voices etc. I think La Penna was a bit more versatile, though, and very good at various types of European accents. It seems he was often used to dub American actors who for whatever reason did bother to dub themselves, such as Dana Andrews in THE TEN MILLION DOLLAR GRAB, Vincent Gardenia in THE BIG RACKET, Martin Balsam in THE WARNING etc. He frequently did Adolfo Celi's voice too. Definitely a very good voice actor.

That's great! I'd love to hear about it if you're able to put some names to more familiar voices!

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« Reply #26 on: 04 Oct 2013 - 05:33 »

I don't know a whole lot more of the Roman voices--aside from the ones that have already been unearthed. McNamara, Borromel, Spafford, Rusoff, deFonseca, Dolgin, Ciannelli, Alexander, Gayford, Forest, Starke, Sturkie, Copleston, Sommer, Knox, Steven Luotto, Mannix, Snegoff, McNamara...  The exceptions--

Jason Klassi: Massimo Vanni in Bronx Warriors, Marcel Bozzuffi, Enrico Maisto, et alii in Contraband, one of the cops (the other, Larry Dolgin) at the beginning of Pieces. and incidental parts in at least two others I can't remember. He followed in the direction of Greg Snegoff, Mike Forest, and Ed Mannix in a move to Los Angeles and entrance into working in their dubbing scene--doing more live action dubbing but also moving into animation dubbing, especially anime. Snegoff and Klassi seem to have some personal and/or working relationship. Contraband's dub was clearly directed by an uncredited Snegoff, and Klassi may have sync-assisted, co-directed, or something. Has that kind of vibe to me, and Snegoff gave Klassi work in other stuff he directed in LA, namely Wicked City (barman Ken) and Megazone 23 (various incidentals). Also, he can be heard extensively in incidental parts all over the series, Robotech, which he adapted along with Snegoff et alii, and as musketeer Aramis in Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, another series he adapted for. Doesn't seem to have really pursued a live action career. Outside of The Lonely Lady, which every Rome English dub talent seems to have squeezed their way into (even Mannix, in possibly his only on-screen performance), Klassi's only other credits are bit cameos in two Peter Bogdanovich joints. Bogdanovich and Klassi are friends, and the former wrote the intro to the latter's space exploration book.

Russel Case: George Eastman in Blastfighter, one of the rapists in To Be Twenty, incidentals in Atlantis Inferno, Massimo Vanni in Zombi 3, Saverio Marconi and Fabrizio Jovine in Contraband, Al Cliver and Antonio Mayans in Devil Hunter, himself in the Valentina miniseries English version, and many more. Also moved to LA and got more work with Snegoff, Guy in Lily C.A.T. (underrated and soon to be re-released by the venerable Eastern Star label) and incidentals in Megazone and Crying Freeman.

Cyril Cusack: I might be late to the party here, but in addition to dubbing his Mala Ordina role, Cusack did a lot of other dub work. Always incidental roles, but his rather memorable voice always stands out. Mario Pisu in The Boss, the guy Toni Ucci (dubbed by Charles Borromel) pickpockets in Italia a Mano Armata, the hotel clerk in Caliber Nine, the "satan-be-gone!" guy in Violent Naples, one of the gabbing guys in line behind Merenda in Kidnap Syndicate, the bank worker and Charlie's partner (one of Mazzarelli's club thugs) in The Big Racket, the aforementioned records man in Street Law, and a bunch others I can't remember.

John Karlsen: Mentioned by Ted Rusoff in the excellent Video Watchdog piece. I tracked down an old sci-fi film role of his. He only had one line, a short one too, but it was live sound, and I knew the voice. Dubs incidentals in Heroin Busters, Saxon's accountant in Cynic, the Rat, and the Fist, and a few others. Rusoff described him well in the interview--a heavy British sound that doesn't lend itself well to these dubs usually. But when John Gayford was too young and Geoffrey Copleston also too young, Karlsen seemed to be their choice.

Andy Luotto: Harry Baer in Rulers of the City, Massimo Vanni in Heroin Busters and Italia a mano armata, Giancarlo Giannini in Hector the Mighty, Roberto Dell'Acqua in Big Racket, Assi Dayan in Uranium Conspiracy, himself in the Italian-language only (well, no known English dub at least) of the Superman parody, SuperAndy, and a boatload more. Haven't seen it in a while, but I wanna say he did Walter Lucchini in Cannibal Ferox, and right now I'm watching Naked Violence, and I'm pretty sure he's one of the students. His brother Steven certainly plays another one of them (the sleepy, alcoholic one). They're often in the same dubs, sometimes paired together in the same scene (the two Bar Italia punks in Street Law), clearly the result of their father Gene being the director for that partcular film. Speaking of...

Gene Luotto: Passed away two years ago now. Sounds similar to his sons, with a touch of the New York accent with him always (Rusoff notes this in the Watchdog interview). No live action roles that I know of, but it becomes easy to realize his voice after watching a lot of his stuff. Like other actor-directors like Rusoff, Alexander, Leslie Daniels, et cetera, Luotto liked to give himself the best roles (either in line count, prominence, amusement, et cetera) if his particular voice, always a little accented, fit it. Did Gian Maria Volonté in Lucky Luciano, Baba Subraniam, Tom Tully, et alii in Who Finds a Friend Finds a Treasure, Chico in They Call Me Trinity, Daniele Dublino et alii in Racket, Vittorio Caprioli in Hector the Mighty, Enzo Andronico in Italia a mano armata, Giovanni Bonadonna in Heroin Busters, and Empedocle Buzzanca in Mala Ordina.

Also, did you or anyone ever make any progress on the idenity of the guy who dubs Giancarlo Prete in Street Law? That guy is in everything. Kind of sounds like Mike Forest at times, good range... Did Hill in Trinity, David Warbeck in Last Hunter, Robert Kerman in Eaten Alive, Romano Puppo (and Angelo Ragusa, I think) in Racket, Merenda in Kidnap Syndicate (and at least one other Merenda picture), Milian in Emergency Squad... Drives me bonkers that this guy is still unknown.

Also, here are the clips on my YouTube channel of several actors to be identified--hopefully by Ted Rusoff or someone else in the know.
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« Reply #27 on: 04 Oct 2013 - 05:37 »

Oh yeah, and I just discovered Larry Ward (not the Jabba the Hutt voice actor). Did Luigi Pistilli in Caliber Nine and Michel Bardinet in Naked Violence.
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« Reply #28 on: 06 Nov 2013 - 22:46 »

R.I.P. Ted Rusoff

From Tim Lucas' facebook page

I received sad confirmation this morning of the passing of dubbing legend Ted Rusoff, the subject of John Charles' feature interview in VIDEO WATCHDOG 159. This from Ted's sister-in-law, by way of Harvey Chartrand: ""I just got official word from Rome that Ted died on September 28, 2013. He was hit by a car in August and hospitalized near Rome for more than a month. He died in the hospital." Ted loved language like no one else I've ever known. According to his daughter Giulia, "He has written poetry, lyrics to songs, music for songs and an opera, 500-plus dubbing scripts, a textbook on the Finnish language, short stories, and screenplays - all of them damn good, but I honestly think this [limerick] ranks near the top of his entire life's literary output...

A certain young dubber from Venice
Was greatly addicted to tenice
He practiced the serve
With both vim and with verve:
Said it lengthened the shaft of his penice."

That was Ted. We became pen pals as the VW piece was heading into print, especially after he received a gift copy of the Bava book, which he admired and respected so much that it replaced the dictionary he considered the best in the world on the lectern in his home. I wish I'd known him a lot longer.
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« Reply #29 on: 30 Jan 2015 - 04:20 »

Put together a YouTube channel of audio samples of various English-language dub actors. Finally got around to adding some of the Romans:

Nick Alexander
Charles Borromel
Russel Case
Lewis E. Ciannelli
Larry Dolgin
William Kiehl
Jason Klassi
Frank Latimore
Andy Luotto
Gene Luotto
Edward Mannix
Richard McNamara
Anthony la Penna
Ted Rusoff
Robert Sommer
Robert Spafford
Larry Ward
Mel Welles

P.S. I made another discovery. Actor Marc Smith, known for dubbing anime (and probably other types of material including live action) in London, turns out to have been a Roman dubber in the sixties and seventies. The clip posted earlier doesn't contain any of this work in Rome, but I've discovered him to have dubbed Testi in Four of the Apocalypse, Gazzara in The Sicilian Connection, Jean-Pierre Marielle in Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Glauco Mauri in Deep Red, James Morrison in Machine Gun McCain, and small villains in They Call Me Trinity and the Hill-Spencer plane picture, All the Way Boys. Unquestionably a lot more too. Pretty memorable voice, so we'll probably be able to beef up his credits fairly easily.

P.P.S. Can anybody get me a confirmed voice clip (or refer me to a role done with live sound) of Dan Sturkie? I always assumed he dubbed himself in Trinity. But checking out the Mel Welles-adapted and directed Spectreman, he might have actually been dubbed in Trinity by Mel Gaines. Spectreman doesn't have a credited dubbing cast, but a forums post lists a cast [Corey Burton, Mel Welles, Mel Gaines, Rod Dana, Tony Pope, Charles Howerton, Linda Gary, & Patricia Parris.] that is both too plausible and contains too many obscure names for it to not somehow be legit. There's a voice in the show that sounds quite similar to Sturkie's voice in the Trinity dub. Spectreman's dub was done in LA; however, we know from Rodd Dana that Gaines was also a Roman dubber. Could be Rodd Dana too, I guess. Never really got a handle on his voice from his westerns, but I could swear he sounded more "manly."
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