Tuesday , 18 June 2024

Bud Spencer. The man of art and Olympism passed away

Italian sport cries Bud Spencer, a pool and cinema myth, who passed away on Monday, in the Italian capital city, at the age of 86. He was born Carlo Pedersoli, on October 31, 1929 in Naples, and had built his youth fame in the swimming world: with his historical 59.5 in the 100 freestyle in Salsomaggiore in 1950, thanks to which he became the first Italian to break the wall of the minute in the specialty. His performances list also included 11 Italian titles, including 7 individual and 4 in the relay, as well as two silver medals at the Mediterranean Games in 1951 in Alexandria, Egypt.

He participated in two editions of the Olympic Games in Helsinki in 1952 and Melbourne 1956. He became a popular water polo center of the S.S. Lazio and won a gold at the Mediterranean Games in 1955 in Barcelona. His extraordinary professional career continued in the film industry: in 2010 he adorned the David di Donatello. But he is above all well- known for action-comedy roles in “spaghetti westerns” with his long-time film partner Terence Hill – the two appeared in, produced and directed over 20 films together.

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