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By Lee Pfeiffer
Bud Spencer, the burly former Italian athlete who became an iconic film star in his native country, has died at age 86. Spencer, whose real name was Carlo Pedersoli, chose his stage name as a tribute to Budweiser beer, which he loved, and Spencer Tracy, his favorite film star. Although Spencer's film found some exposure in the American market, his greatest success was found in European comedy westerns that often co-starred his friend Terence Hill. Among the films that are best known to English-speaking audiences are "Ace High", "The Five Man Army", "They Call Me Trinity", "Trinity is Still My Name!", "Four Flies on Grey Velvet" and "A Reason to Live, A Reason to Die". Among the contemporary actors Spencer counted among his admirers was Russell Crowe. For more click here. »
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Known for his work in Spaghetti Westerns and action-comedy films, Italian actor Bud Spencer died on Monday night in Rome. He was 86. Working primarily from the 1950s to the 1980s, Spencer was best known for his roles with longtime onscreen partner Terence Hill, and was also a professional swimmer. His official Twitter account announced the news to fans: With our deepest regrets, we have to tell you that Bud is flying to his next journey.Fam. Pedersoli pic.twitter.com/nHjEU… »
Rome — Bud Spencer, the burly Italian actor who starred in dozens of genre movies including many widely exported Spaghetti Westerns such as “Trinity is Still My Name,” which is among Italy’s all-time top grossing titles, has died. He was 86.
In the late 1960s, just as his acting career was starting to take off, Carlo Pedersoli changed his name to Bud Spencer as an homage to Budweiser beer and Spencer Tracy. He also reportedly thought it was ironic to call himself Bud despite his Herculean physique, which made him known to his fans as “the big friendly giant” of the screen.
Born in Naples in 1929, Spencer first gained a measure of fame as an athlete, becoming the first »
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