Saturday, March 28, 2015

RIP Rik Battaglia

The World of Cinema is in Mourning, Rik Battaglia has Died

The great actor has died at his home in Corby, had 88 years

March 28, 2015

Rovigo, March 28, 2015 – He died yesterday seized by an illness at his home in Corbola, in the province of Rovigo where he was born 88 years ago, Rik Battaglia.  He was a great film actor.  He participated in more than 100 films (many as the main character) from 1955 to 1999 in Italy, the U.S. and Germany.

He owed his fame to the friendship with the writer Goffredo Parise who noticed him at a bar in the restaurant Agip Milan. He was then presented to the director Mario Soldati that engaged hiu for the film " La donna del fiume" (1955) with Sophia Loren, shot in the Delta, and it opened the doors to an extraordinary career.  Soldiers even escorted him when he attend the Experimental Cinema Centre and has since taken the road of continued success.  He worked in the films of the great masters, of all Sergio Leone which was also a friend.  He worked for him in "A Fistful of Dynamite" (1971).  The cinema of Rik Battaglia was also that of the great Hollywood star Esther Williams, Liza Minnelli.  With the latter he shot "Nina" (1976), the latest film by Vincente Minnelli.  He met the great writers and writers, in addition to Parise, Moravia, Pasolini, Flaiano.

BATTAGLIA, Rik (Caterina Bertaglia)
Born: 2/18/1927, Corbola, Rovigo, Italy
Died: 3/27/2015, Corbola, Rovigo, Italy

Rik Battaglia’s westerns – actor:
Shatterhand – 1963 (Dixon)
The Sheriff was a Lady – 1964 (Steve Perkins)
Pyramid of the Sun Gods – 1964 (Captain Lazoro Verdoja)
The Desperado Trail - 1965 (Rollins)
Legacy of the Incas – 1965 (Antonio Perillo)
Pyramid of the Sun Gods – 1965 (Captain Lazoro Verdoja)
The Treasure of the Aztecs – 1965 (Captain Lazoro Verdoja)
Thunder at the Border – 1966 (Sergeant/Captain Mendoza)
This Man Can’t Die – 1967 (Vic Graham)
Black Jack - 1968 (Skinner/Sanchez)
The Longest Hunt – 1968 (Major York/Norton) [as Rick Austin]
This Man Can’t Die – 1968 (Vic Graham)
The Man With the Long Gun – 1968 (Murdock)
Chapaqua’s Gold - 1970 (Mexico/Murphy)
Hey Amigo, to Your Death - 1970 (Barnett/Burnett)
Duck You Sucker - 1971 (Santerna)
The Long Ride of Vengeance – 1972 (Montana) [as Rick Battaglia]
The Call of the Wild - 1972 (Dutch Harry)
White Fang - 1973 (Jim Hall)
Challenge to White Fang - 1974 (Jim Hall)
The Genius - 1975 (captain)
A Man Called Blade - 1977 (Gerard Merton)
Buck at the Edge of Heaven - 1991 (Bauman)

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