Bud Spencer (1929-2016): Nobody hit like him! Bud Spencer (1929-2016): Nobody hit like him!
A Legend is Gone. Bud Spencer (1929-2016): Nobody hit like him!

Italian actor Carlo Pedersoli, better known under his nom de plume Bud Spencer, died peacefully in his home at the age 86 today, June 27th 2016.

A lot of our readers from the US and Canada and maybe even the UK won’t recognize the name, but Spencer was, together with his frequent onscreen partner Terence Hill (born as Mario Girotti) a movie legend and superstar in mainland Europe throughout the 70s and 80s, whose legacy lives on on Saturday afternoon TV.
He and Hill starred in several buddy comedies of varying quality, but he was also very successful with his solo outings, like the Banana Joe movies. Spencer usually played the grumpy brawler with a heart of gold, who had to reluctantly team up with the jokester and sly dog played by Hill. The recipe of their movies was simple yet effective, they persiflaged all kinds of popular genres, from cop movie to Western to spy movie and added pretty elaborate slapstick fisticuffs that always remained child-friendly in terms of depicted violence. The German dubbing usually added some excellent jokes.

My favourite movies with them is the pitch-perfect Spaghetti Western spoof Trinity Is Still My Name from 1971, a rare case of a sequel (to They Call Me Trinity, 1970) that is better than the original and the almost surreal spy comedy Go For It! (1983).

Bud Spencer aka Carlo Pedersoli had a very interesting life outside his movie-stardom too, he was swimmer at the Olympic Games 1952, musician and later even dabbled in politics. My he rest in peace, nobody hit ’em like him.

 

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  • Kylo Ronin

    Sorry for your loss, guys.

  • Sagamanus

    Wow. I only saw my first Bud Spencer film recently.

  • Dee-abolik

    What was it?

  • Sagamanus

    It was some film he was in Hong Kong. I can’t recall the name.

  • KilliK

    damn. RIP.

  • KilliK

    his best films are with Terence Hill.

  • Sagamanus

    Yeah that might be it. Thx.

  • Stalkeye

    Never heard of him before but Godspeed anyway.

  • I_am_better
  • Dee-abolik

    THE Spencer/Hill song.

  • I_am_better

    The only movie from them I own on DVD too. Donald Pleasence’s most underrated performance, lol

  • Bop

    MOTHERFUCKING LEGEND. R.I.P. You were faster with your article than me, Dee. πŸ™‚

  • Bop

    Cool.

  • Bop

    Bud Spencer is a European legend for me and so is Terence Hill.

  • Bop

    How many times did they replay Banana Joe, Dee? πŸ™‚

  • Bop

    I wonder in how many in countries in Europe they were known.

  • Dee-abolik

    a felt 500 times

  • Dee-abolik

    I will publish it nonetheless, as it is an homage rather than an obit.

  • Sagamanus
  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    That is music to my ears!

  • Bop

    At least. πŸ˜€

  • Bop

    Thanks, Kumpel.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Ha…In other words, he basically said…

    https://i.imgflip.com/yqbto.jpg

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  • KilliK

    thanks! Love it how he dismisses that TFA garbage while being polite at the same time.
    now that’s diplomacy.