RIP, Bambino

Italian Olympian and spaghetti western legend Carlo Pedersoli (whose screen name was Bud Spencer, taken from his favorite beer and his favorite actor Spencer Tracey) has passed in Rome at age 86.

Starting as a praetorian in 1951’s Quo Vadis, the 6′ 4″ he-man went on to play in more than a dozen Westerns alongside fellow Italian Terence Hill (Mario Girotti) including the Trinity series where he was known as Bambino.

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He was also the first Italian to swim the 100 m freestyle in less than one minute in 1950. He represented his country in the 1952, 56 and 60 Olympic Games.

He was also the first Italian to swim the 100 m freestyle in less than one minute in 1950. He represented his country in the 1952, 56 and 60 Olympic Games.

One comment

  • That’s sad news. I enjoyed his acting in many films. He never seemed to take himself too seriously, but was a real presence.

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