|ACTOR, SWIMMER (ITALY)|
BORN 31 Oct 1929, Napoli, Campania: Santa Lucia - DIED 27 Jun 2016, Roma, Lazio|
BIRTH NAME Pedersoli, Carlo
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Monumentale del Verano, Piazzale del Verano, 1 (Monte Portonaccio, di fronte al 2░ Gradone, Cappella V)
Bud Spencer was born Carlo Pedersoli. He was born in the same building as the writer Luciano De Crescenzo (1928-2019) and they were classmates. He won prizes as a swimmer and in 1940 he moved with his family to Rome. There he studied chemistry at the Sapienza University until the family moved to South-America in 1947. From 1947 to 1949 he worked at the Italian consulate in Recife, Brazil.
In 1949 he returned to Rome to play water polo for SocietÓ Sportiva Lazio Nuoto and he won further prizes in swimming. He also participated in international swimming games. In 1950 he had his first film role in "Quel fantasma di mio marito", playing a swimmer. Further films followed. He married Maria Amato, the daughter of film producer Giuseppe Amato (1899-1964), in 1960. They had three children.
In 1967 on the set of "Dio perdona... io no!" he met Mario Girotti, better known as Terence Hill. They had previously met in 1959 but now they became a duo. They collaborated on 18 films including several Spaghetti Westerns. Their last collaboration was in "Botte di Natale" ("Troublemakers") in 1994. For some of his movies he wrote the screenplay himself.
In 2005 he was a candidate as regional councilor for the Forzia Italia party but he wasn't elected. In 2011 he published an autobiography. He died in 2016 in Rome and was buried at the Amato mausoleum at the Campo Verano cemetery in Rome. He was very popular in Hungary and a memorial was erected for him in Budapest in 2017.
is son-in-law/daughter-in-law of Amato, Giuseppe
Bud Spencer - Wikipedia