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Born in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Died in Rome, Italy
Birth NameDomenico Palmara
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mimmo Palmara was born on July 25, 1928 in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy as Domenico Palmara. He is known for his work on Le fatiche di Ercole (1958), Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959) and Lo straniero (1967). He died on June 10, 2016 in Rome, Italy.

Trivia (5)

In 1967 he founded SINC Cinematografica, an Italian dubbing company.
He was a very ethnic looking Italian actor/bodybuilder whose motion picture career spanned almost 45 years.
His greatest international exposure came with his supporting roles in Steve Reeves' movies including the two Hercules films ("Hercules" (1958) and "Hercules Unchained" (1959)), "The Last Days of Pompeii" (1959), "The Trojan Horse" (1961), "Sandokan the Great" (1963), "Sandokan: Pirate of Malaysia" (1964) and Reeves last film, the spaghetti western "A Long Ride from Hell" (1968).
He was good friends with director Sergio Leone. He was Leone's first choice to play Ramon Rojo in "A Fistful of Dollars" (1964) opposite Clint Eastwood. In what may have been the worst decision of his career, he turned down the role in order to appear in another spaghetti western, Mario Caiano's "Bullets Don't Argue" (1964). The role of Ramon Rojo was played by Gian Maria Volonte.
During the 1960s, many Italian, and other European actors, would select an Anglicized pseudonym for use in the credits of their films, especially in the sword and sandal and the spaghetti western genres. During this period, Domenico "Mimmo" Palmera would be listed in the credits as "Dick Palmer.".

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