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Nat Bush

Post by Johan Melle » 22/05/2020, 22:10

Nat Bush in Contamination (1980)
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Nathaniel "Nat" Bush is an American dancer, singer and choreographer who spent the majority of his career in Italy, where he also supplemented his income by appearing in small, uncredited roles in numerous films. For many years he has been erroneously identified as Martin Sorrentino, so it's really about time that things are finally put straight.

Unfortunately, there's very little biographical information available on Nat. In the US, he was a member of The Archie Savage dancers and his earliest is a very small part alongside Savage in Hollywood production South Pacific (1958). Archie Savage relocated to Italy shortly afterwards, and Nat was among the dancers who followed him. He can be seen appearing as part of The Archie Savage Dancers in the mondo movie Europa di notte (1959) and very probably also appears with Savage in some other mondo movies from the same period.

In the 1960s, he began to appear in acting roles - usually in small uncredited parts in films as well as some fotoromanzi, but he also played the leading role of Brother Rat in the Adrienne Kennedy play "La messa dei topi" ("A Rat's Mass"), performed at the New American Theatre in Rome in 1966.

He also had a career as a singer, most notably as a member of the New Folkstudio Singers (a new incarnation of the 1960s group The Folkstudio Singers) in the 1970s, and released the 12" single "Taste of Love Again" in 1983.

Nat can be seen in small uncredited roles in a number of Italian films from the late 1970s and early 1980s, including several well-known gory horror films (among them three movies directed by Lucio Fulci).

Nat's last known on-screen appearances are from 1983, but he appears to have continued to work as a choreographer and dance teacher. The most recent mention of him that I've been able to find is in the CV of dance teacher Fabrizio Laurentaci, who lists that in January 1988 he studied "Afrojazz technique with Nat Bush, American choreographer and teacher".


FILMOGRAPHY
1958
  1. South Pacific (credited) .... Firetender

    1959
  2. Europa di notte (credited as Natt Bush) .... Member of The Archie Savage Dancers

    1966
  3. Il grande colpo dei 7 uomini d'oro (uncredited) .... Radio host / One of the general's soldiers

    1967
  4. Dossier Mata Hari (TV mini series) - episode 1 (credited) .... The notable Javanese

    1973
  5. La rappresentazione della terribile caccia alla balena bianca Moby Dick (TV mini series) (credited) .... Role?

    1976
  6. Il grande racket (uncredited) .... Tourist

    1977
  7. Anno zero - Guerra nello spazio (uncredited) .... Journalist

    1978
  8. Goodbye & amen (uncredited) .... CIA agent
  9. Papaya dei Caraibi (uncredited) .... Man at the macumba ritual
  10. Top Secret (TV movie) (credited) .... Sergeant
  11. Via della prostituzione (uncredited) .... Madame Claude henchman

    1980
  12. Contamination (uncredited) .... Warehouse guard
  13. Paura nella città dei morti viventi (uncredited) .... Sergeant Clay

    1981
  14. Rosso sangue (uncredited) .... Policeman

    1982
  15. 1990: I guerrieri del Bronx (uncredited) .... Member of The Tigers
  16. Lo squartatore di New York (uncredited) .... Police detective
  17. Manhattan Baby (uncredited) .... Building caretaker

    1983
  18. Fuga dal Bronx (uncredited) .... News photographer

Additional credits
  • New Folkstudio Singers 76 (1976) A 25 minute television concert of Nat and the rest of the New Folkstudio Singers performing various song. Nat and the rest of the group members are credited in the end titles.

Fotoromanzi
  • Le avventure di Jacques Douglas n. 38: "Nell'aria c'è un profumo di morte" (November 1968)
  • Letizia n. 102: "I fiori della metropoli non hanno sorriso" (25 November 1968)
  • Le avventure di Jacques Douglas n. 46: "I pirati di Isla Grande" (July 1969)
  • Kimba re dell'Africa nera n. 5: "Il messaggio della morte" (31 March 1970)

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Re: Nat Bush

Post by Johan Melle » 22/05/2020, 22:14

South Pacific (1958) as Firetender during a ceremonial dance sequence. In his earliest known role, Nat appears alongside Archie Savage, who dance group he was a member of. There are four firetenders, and I think Nat is the one of the far left.
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Re: Nat Bush

Post by Johan Melle » 22/05/2020, 22:20

Europa di notte (1959) credited as Natt Bush, as Member of The Archie Savage Dancers. Nat's first appearance in an Italian production was in this mondo movie. Unfortunately, I'm not able to point out Nat among the dancers as the print isn't terribly good, plus the male dancers are largely relegated to the background while most of the spotlight is awarded to the females.
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The Archie Savage dancers are also supposed to appear in various other mondo movies made around the same time, so it's likely that Nat may appear in those as well, but I haven't been able to find any of them...

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Re: Nat Bush

Post by Johan Melle » 22/05/2020, 22:24

Il grande colpo dei 7 uomini d'oro (1966) as Radio host. This role comes a full seven years after his previous known film appearance.
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I believe he also has a second role in the film as One of the general's soldiers, but the scene is rather dark and he's only glimpsed for a second or two
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Re: Nat Bush

Post by Johan Melle » 22/05/2020, 22:26

Nat played the leading role in the stage play "La messa dei topi" ("A Rat's Mass") by Adrienne Kennedy, performed at the New American Theatre in Rome in 1966. Here's a short notice about the play in the La Stampa newspaper on 27 October 1966
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Post by Johan Melle » 22/05/2020, 22:32

Dossier Mata Hari (1967) (TV mini series) - episode 1, as The notable Javanese. Nat has a larger than usual role here, appearing in several scenes alongside Cosetta Greco in the role of Mata Hari. Unfortunately, I could only find a cropped and poor-looking version that's missing the credits, but Nat is credited in the cast list printed in Radiocorriere TV.
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Re: Nat Bush

Post by Johan Melle » 22/05/2020, 22:36

Fotoromanzo Letizia n. 102: "I fiori della metropoli non hanno sorriso" (25 November 1968). Nat has an uncredited but reasonably large role here as Tom, a servant to the bad guys who helps the two protagonists to escape from the clutches of his employers.
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Re: Nat Bush

Post by Johan Melle » 22/05/2020, 22:49

Fotoromanzo Le avventure di Jacques Douglas n. 38: "Nell'aria c'è un profumo di morte" (November 1968). Another uncredited but fairly large role for Nat as a hotel servant. There's a running gag (albeit not a very funny one) throughout the story that the protagonist Jacques Douglas (played by Luciano Francioli) keeps addressing Nat's character as Joe even though he repeatedly points out that his name is actually Donald.
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Re: Nat Bush

Post by Johan Melle » 22/05/2020, 22:54

Fotoromanzo Le avventure di Jacques Douglas n. 46: "I pirati di Isla Grande" (July 1969). Just a small henchman role this time. This is also the earliest role to feature Nat with a beard, which he would keep throughout most of his later career.
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Re: Nat Bush

Post by Johan Melle » 22/05/2020, 22:59

Fotoromanzo Kimba re dell'Africa nera n. 5: "Il messaggio della morte" (31 March 1970). Nat has a reasonably large role as a tribal warrior in Tarzan-inspired jungle adventure. In France, this was published under the title "Le message de la mort" in April 1967. Why it took three years for it to be published in Italy I do not know...
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