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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/09/2019, 10:02

Fortunato Arena in Ercole sfida Sansone (1963)

Fortunato Arena was an actor, stuntman and generico whose career stretched from the start of the 50's until the end of the 80's, during which time he appeared in somewhere around 250 films.

Various sources agree that his birthday is on May 23rd, but you have a choice of years with 1921 (Wikipedia), 1922 (IMDb) or 1925 (Il grande libro di Ercole). Wikipedia gives his place of birth as Catanzaro, Italy, and his date of death as March 7th 1994 in Rome.

He was the father of actor/stuntman Ettore Arena. The pair often appeared in films together, though they only very rarely shared scenes.

There is also a rumour that he was brother to Alberico Donadeo, though this seems to be due to the fact that Donadeo was frequently confused for Arena before he was identified and I know of no evidence to support this. Other actors to whom Arena could be said to bear some physical resemblance are Humphrey Bogart, Fernandel, Aldo Pini and stuntman Bruno Arie.

I have found a number of previously unreported early appearances by Arena in peplum and historical films and I feel sure there will be more roles to be found from the 50's and maybe the 80's.

  1. Messalina (uncredited) .... Gladiator

  2. Il romanzo della mia vita (uncredited) .... Man listening to singing in courtyard
  3. Il tallone di Achille (uncredited) .... Deputy chairman at medical convention
  4. Roma ore 11 (uncredited) .... Onlooker at the scene of the accident
  5. Wanda, la peccatrice (uncredited) .... Carabinieri guard at the trial

  6. Capitan Fantasma (uncredited) .... Ship crew member
  7. Frine, cortigiana d'Oriente (uncredited) .... Prison guard
  8. I sette dell'orsa maggiore (uncredited) .... Sergeant Guerrini
  9. La voce del silenzio (uncredited) .... Onlooker at the scene of the car accident
  10. Teodora (uncredited) .... Guard / Man watching Teodora dancing in tavern

  11. Disonorata - Senza colpa (uncredited) .... Guard in court room
  12. I tre ladri (uncredited) .... Shop customer
  13. Il Maestro di Don Giovanni (uncredited) .... Nobleman
  14. Tempi nostri (uncredited) .... A generico
  15. Un americano a roma (uncredited) .... Man who welcomes Nando
  16. Un giorno in pretura (uncredited) .... Pool player

  17. Don Camillo e l'onorevole Peppone (uncredite) .... Man taking his wife away from the parade
  18. Il principe dalla maschera rossa (uncredited) .... Guard pushed into pool
  19. L'angelo bianco (uncredited) .... Police agent
  20. Lo scapolo (uncredited) .... Bus passenger
  21. Piccola posta (uncredited) .... Member of crowd outside Cinecitta
  22. Siamo uomini o caporali (uncredited) .... Editor of the magazine Ieri-oggi-domani
  23. War and Peace (uncredited) .... French soldier carrying jewels

  24. Giovanni dalle Bande Nere (uncredited) .... Soldier hit in the head
  25. Mio figlio Nerone (uncredited) .... Guard

  26. Il Conte di Matera (uncredited) .... Prison guard
  27. La venere di Cheronea (uncredited) .... Soldier in the tavern

  28. Afrodite, Dea dell'amore (uncredited) .... Soldier who kills angry traveller
  29. La Maja desnuda (uncredited) .... Guard

  30. La battaglia di Maratona (uncredited) .... Oarsman
  31. Ben-Hur (uncredited) .... Centurion / Oarsman
  32. Cartagine in fiamme (uncredited) .... Guard on ship
  33. I Reali di Francia (uncredited) .... Soldier
  34. Il figlio del corsaro rosso (uncredited) .... Pirate
  35. Il terrore dei barbari (uncredited) .... Blonde barbarian
  36. Jovanka e le altre (uncredited) .... Partisan
  37. La cento chilometri (uncredited) .... Angry bather

  38. I cosacchi (uncredited) .... Cossack
  39. I giganti della Tessaglia (uncredited) .... Argonaut / Citizen of Jolco
  40. Jovanka e le altre (uncredited) .... Thug with Velko
  41. Noi duri (uncredited) .... A gangster
  42. Revak, lo schiavo di Cartagine (uncredited) .... Rebel

  43. Dinamite Jack (credited) .... Fernandel's body double (uncertain)
  44. Don Camillo monsignore... ma non troppo (uncredited) .... Truck driver
  45. Il ladro di Bagdad (uncredited) .... Guard
  46. L'arciere delle mille e una notte (uncredited) .... Bandit

  47. Cronaca familiare (uncredited) .... Morazzi
  48. I moschettieri del mare (uncredited) .... Naval officer playing cards
  49. Io Semiramide (uncredited) .... Captain of the guards
  50. La congiura dei Dieci (uncredited) .... Night watchman who finds the body of Serenella
  51. Maciste contro lo Sceicco (uncredited) .... Fighter
  52. Maciste, il gladiatore più forte del mondo (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  53. Totò diabolicus (uncredited) .... Henchman assisting in the torture of the postman

  54. Ercole contro Moloch (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  55. Ercole sfida Sansone (credited) .... Eriphos
  56. Finché dura la tempesta (uncredited) .... Italian marine
  57. I dieci gladiatori (uncredited) .... Archer / Soldier
  58. Totò contro i quattro (uncredited) .... Grafta's partner

  59. Coriolano eroe senza patria (uncredited) .... Servant
  60. Gli invincibili dieci gladiatori (uncredited) .... Prison guard
  61. I due gladiatori (uncredited) .... Guard
  62. I pirati della Malesia (uncredited) .... Officer confronting Sandokan
  63. I predoni della steppa (uncredited) .... Mongol guard
  64. I tre centurioni (uncredited) .... Soldier
  65. Il colosso di Roma (credited as Arena Fortunato) .... Milone
  66. Il magnifico gladiatore (uncredited) .... Dacian prisoner
  67. Il trionfo di Ercole (uncredited) .... Archer
  68. L'ultimo gladiatore (uncredited) .... Bearded soldier
  69. La rivolta dei pretoriani (uncredited) .... Guard
  70. La rivolta dei sette (uncredited) .... Soldier
  71. La vendetta dei gladiatori (uncredited) .... Guard (uncertain)
  72. La vendetta di Spartacus (uncredited) .... Praetorian
  73. La vita agra (uncredited) .... Miner
  74. Le voci bianche (uncredited) .... Captain of the guards
  75. Maciste gladiatore di Sparta (uncredited) .... One of Maciste's accomplices
  76. Maciste nelle miniere di Re Salomone (uncredited) .... Prisoner working in mines
  77. Sandok, il Maciste della giungla (uncredited) .... Temple guard
  78. Sandokan alla riscossa (uncredited) .... Native
  79. The Secret Invasion (uncredited) .... Sailor Firing Signal Rocket

  80. A 008 operazione sterminio (credited as Lucky Arena) .... Kemp henchman
  81. Erik il vichingo (credited) .... Thormann
  82. I criminali della galassia (uncredited) .... Astronaut in the red car
  83. Il conquistatore di Atlantide (uncredited) .... Golden man
  84. Il tesoro della foresta pietrificata (uncredited) .... Nieblung warrior / Second role
  85. Il vendicatore dei Mayas (uncredited) .... One of Manur's men
  86. L'uomo che ride (uncredited) .... Guard
  87. L'uomo di Toledo (uncredited) .... Guard
  88. La congiuntura (uncredited) .... Furniture mover
  89. Slalom (uncredited) .... Assassin
  90. The Agony and the Ecstasy (uncredited) .... Pope's bodyguard
  91. Un dollaro bucato (uncredited) .... Juez

  92. 2 mafiosi contro Al Capone (uncredited) .... Minasi henchman
  93. 3 colpi di Winchester per Ringo (uncredited) .... One of Sanders' men
  94. 7 dollari sul rosso (uncredited) .... Troublemaker in the saloon
  95. 1000 dollari sul nero (uncredited) .... Laughing bandit
  96. A 077: sfida ai killers (uncredited) .... Fighter in bar
  97. Agente 3S3 massacro al sole (uncredited) .... Man on plane
  98. Django spara per primo (uncredited) .... One of Kluster's men
  99. Djurado (uncredited) .... Dallas
  100. I due figli di Ringo (uncredited) .... Indio's right hand
  101. Il ladro della Gioconda (uncredited) .... Romeo's servant
  102. Johnny Oro (uncredited) .... Perez henchman
  103. Johnny Yuma (uncredited) .... Poker player
  104. L'arcidiavolo (uncredited) .... Guard
  105. Missione Apocalisse (credited) .... Kruger
  106. Navajo Joe (uncredited) .... Gunman reflected in mirror
  107. Per qualche dollaro in meno (uncredited) .... Poker player in saloon
  108. Per un pugno di canzoni (uncredited) .... Gangster
  109. Spie contro il mondo (uncredited) .... Taxi driver
  110. Superargo contro Diabolikus (uncredited) .... Diabolikus henchman on boat
  111. Un angelo per Satana (uncredited) .... Man at the fire
  112. Uno sceriffo tutto d'oro (credited as Ares Lucky) .... Vargas
  113. Wanted (uncredited) .... Barman in Poorland City

  114. 7 donne per i Mac Gregor (uncredited) .... Bank robber
  115. Colpo doppio del Camaleonte d'oro (uncredited) .... Traffic warden
  116. Il bello, il brutto, il cretino (uncredited) .... Mexican
  117. Killer Kid (uncredited) .... José, el santo soldier
  118. L'assalto al centro nucleare (credited) .... role?
  119. La cintura di castità (uncredited) .... Knight
  120. La morte viene dal pianeta Aytin (uncredited) .... Snow devil
  121. Le due facce del dollaro (uncredited) .... Mexican bandit
  122. Se vuoi vivere... spara! (uncredited) .... Lookout
  123. Un dollaro per 7 vigliacchi (uncredited) .... Pastore
  124. Un dollaro tra i denti (credited) .... Captain Cordoba
  125. Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola (uncredited) .... Plein henchman
  126. Wanted Johnny Texas (uncredited) .... One of O'Connor's men

  127. Carogne si nasce (uncredited) .... One of Adams' men
  128. Chiedi perdono a Dio... non a me (uncredited) .... Man carrying the corpse
  129. Donne... botte e bersaglieri (uncredited) .... Actor-gangster
  130. E per tetto un cielo di stelle (uncredited) .... Man with false sheriff
  131. ... e venne il tempo di uccidere (credited as Fortunato Areno) .... One of Mulligan's men
  132. Gangsters per un massacro (uncredited) .... Assassin
  133. I lunghi giorni dell'odio (credited) .... Jack
  134. Il grande silenzio (uncredited) .... Outlaw
  135. Il lungo giorno del massacro (uncredited) .... Green
  136. Il suo nome gridava vendetta (uncredited) .... Crazy Joe
  137. La vendetta è il mio perdono (uncredited) .... Prisoner delivered by Django
  138. Samoa, regina della giungla (uncredited) .... Man in pre-credit bar fight
  139. Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte (uncredited) .... One of Tampico's men
  140. Se te lo raccontassi (TV series, episode: Rebus per un sedentario) (credited) .... role?
  141. Sigpress contro Scotland Yard (uncredited) .... Little John from Tunisia
  142. Spara, gringo, spara! (uncredited) .... Sheriff
  143. Stasera Fernandel (TV series, episode 2: Terrore al castello) (credited) .... Bar keeper
  144. Un minuto per pregare, un istante per morire (credited) .... Man in saloon
  145. Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola (credited?) .... Trent
  146. Una forca per un bastardo (credited) .... One of Foster's men
  147. Vivo per la tua morte (uncredited) .... Card player

  148. Dio perdoni la mia pistola (uncredited) .... Stagecoach driver
  149. Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso! (uncredited) .... Ranch hand
  150. Franco, Ciccio e il pirata Barbanera (credited) .... Timoniere
  151. Franco e Ciccio ...ladro e guardia (credited) .... Circus presenter
  152. I quattro del Pater Noster (credited) .... Post carriage escort
  153. It Takes a Thief (TV series) - season 3, episode 9: "The King of Thieves" (uncredited) .... Max's henchman
  154. L'odio è il mio dio (credited?) .... Sheriff henchman
  155. Le avventure di Gerard (uncredited) .... Tavern keeper
  156. Le calde notti di Poppea (uncredited) .... Cilla
  157. Quintana (uncredited) .... Prison guard
  158. Tarzana, sesso selvaggio (uncredited) .... Guard on expedition
  159. Un esercito di 5 uomini (uncredited) .... Officer who orders Esteban's execution
  160. Zorro marchese di Navarra (credited) .... El Moko

  161. Buon funerale amigos... paga Sartana (uncredited) .... Trouble maker in casino
  162. Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta (uncredited) .... Asylum worker
  163. La moglie più bella (credited) .... Piero Colosimo
  164. Lo chiamavano Trinità... (uncredited) .... Store keeper
  165. Roy Colt e Winchester Jack (uncredited) .... Lookout in the cave
  166. Shango la pistola infallibile (uncredited) .... One of Martinez's soldiers

  167. Armiamoci e partite! (credited) .... German soldier
  168. Arriva Durango: paga o muori (uncredited) .... Poker player
  169. Blindman (credited) .... Mexican officer
  170. ...Continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità (credited) .... Bandit who gets stunned
  171. Cose di cosa nostra (credited) .... One of Manzano's men
  172. Detenuto in attesa di giudizio (uncredited) .... Prisoner
  173. È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta! (uncredited) .... Saloon owner
  174. Fratello Sole, sorella Luna (uncredited) .... Citizen of Assisi
  175. Gli fumavano le colt... lo chiamavano Camposanto (uncredited) .... Man at town meeting
  176. Il ritorno del gladiatore più forte del mondo (uncredited) .... Guard with Caio Appio
  177. Il sole nella pelle (uncredited) .... Truck driver
  178. Il tredicesimo è sempre Giuda (credited) .... Judge Stump
  179. Il venditore di morte (uncredited) .... Hangman
  180. Le calde notti di Don Giovanni (uncredited) .... One of Aiscia's Wardens
  181. Le juge (All'ovest di Sacramento) (uncredited) .... Black Bird saloon gambler
  182. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (credited as Ares Lucky) .... Coachman
  183. Rimase uno solo e fu la morte per tutti (credited) .... Jackson
  184. Riuscirà il nostro eroe a ritrovare il più grande diamante del mondo? (credited + Master of arms) .... Brett
  185. Tara Poki (credited) .... Alphonso
  186. Tre nel Mille / Storie dell'anno Mille (uncredited) .... Knight
  187. Testa t'ammazzo, croce... sei morto, mi chiamano Alleluja (credited) .... Sheriff in Yucca
  188. The Statue (uncredited) .... Customs officer
  189. W Django! (uncredited) .... Blake

  190. Bada alla tua pelle Spirito Santo! (credited) .... Suomi's father
  191. Cosi Sia (uncredited) .... Stagecoach driver
  192. ...e poi lo chiamarono il Magnifico (credited) .... Danny Dillman
  193. Girolimoni - Il mostro di Roma (credited) .... Caccavallo
  194. I due figli dei Trinità (credited) .... Jack Gordon
  195. Il sindacalista (uncredited) .... Striking worker
  196. Il west ti va stretto, amico... è arrivato Alleluja (credited?) .... Sheriff Hall
  197. Jesse & Lester due fratelli in un posto chiamato Trinità (uncredited) .... Joe
  198. L'emigrante (uncredited) .... Restaurant owner
  199. Meo Patacca (credited) .... Not found
  200. Metti lo diavolo tuo ne lo mio inferno (credited) .... Trottolino
  201. Roma (uncredited) .... Judge of fascist gymnastic tests
  202. Seminò morte... lo chiamavano il castigo di Dio (uncredited) .... Card player
  203. Senza famiglia nullatenenti cercano affetto (credited) .... Officer removing Agostino
  204. Spirito Santo e le 5 magnifiche canaglie (credited) .... Killer
  205. Terza ipotesi su un caso di perfetta strategia criminale (credited) .... Don Salvatore Aniello
  206. Trinità e Sartana figli di... (uncredited) .... Sheriff
  207. Un uomo dalla pelle dura (credited) .... Man watching fight
  208. Uomo avvisato mezzo ammazzato... parola di Spirito Santo (credited) .... Colonel Matatodos

  209. Anche gli angeli mangiano fagioli (credited) .... McIntosh's partner
  210. Di tresette ce n'è uno, tutti gli altri son nessuno (credited?) .... Camp card player
  211. Fuori uno sotto un altro... arriva il Passatore (credited) .... Sergeant
  212. Il consigliori (credited) .... One of Garofalo's men
  213. Il suo nome faceva tremare... Interpol in allarme! (uncredited) .... Prison warder
  214. Kid il monello del west (credited) .... Sheriff Stone
  215. Lo chiamavano Tresette... giocava sempre col morto (credited?) .... Tangarango
  216. Patroclooo! E il soldato Camillone (credited as Arena Fortunato) .... Tamara's father
  217. Rappresaglia (uncredited) .... Man in meeting with Giorgio
  218. Sono stato io (uncredited) .... Prisoner

  219. Anche gli angeli tirano di destro (credited) .... Peluso
  220. ...Altrimenti ci arrabbiamo! (uncredited) .... Diner at restaurant table hit by car
  221. Corte marziale (uncredited) .... Farmer
  222. Moses the lawgiver (uncredited) .... Guard accompanying Moses when he visits the workers
  223. Pane e cioccolata (uncredited) .... Shantytown resident
  224. Quelli che contano (uncredited) .... Scannapicco henchman
  225. The Godfather Squad (uncredited) .... Smiling assassin

  226. ...Che botte ragazzi! (credited) .... Sheriff Wilson
  227. Due cuori una cappella (uncredited) .... Police officer
  228. Il soldato di ventura (uncredited) .... French soldier
  229. La liceale (uncredited) .... Police officer
  230. La peccatrice (credited) .... Miner
  231. La polizia accusa: il servizio segreto uccide (uncredited) .... Man dragging body of Scanni
  232. La polizia interviene: ordine di uccidere! (uncredited) .... Police officer Lagiurani
  233. Lo sgarbo (uncredited) .... Assassin
  234. Salvo d'acquisto (credited) .... Villager

  235. Bluff storia di truffe e di imbroglioni (credited) .... Officer escorting Philip
  236. Il conto è chiuso (uncredited) .... One of Rico's men
  237. Il vangelo secondo Simone e Matteo (uncredited) .... Cashier
  238. Italia a mano armata (credited) .... Morell
  239. La dottoressa del distretto militare (uncredited) .... Builder
  240. La poliziotta fa carriera (uncredited) .... Man who falls into fountain
  241. Poliziotti violenti (uncredited) .... Thug

  242. I due superpiedi quasi piatti (uncredited) .... Employee at bowling alley
  243. Il... Belpaese (uncredited) .... Restaurant owner
  244. Il cinico, l'infame, il violento (credited) .... Prisoner trying to kill Di Maggio
  245. Kakkientruppen (credited) .... Soldier Marlene
  246. La banda del trucido (uncredited) .... Taxi driver
  247. Napoli si ribella (credited) .... Bank robber
  248. Squadra antitruffa (uncredited) .... Porter

  249. La banda del gobbo (credited) .... Psychiatric nurse
  250. Lo chiamavano Bulldozer (uncredited) .... Thug
  251. Return of the Saint (TV series, episode 22: Dragonseed) (credited) .... Peasant
  252. Solamente nero (uncredited) .... Antonio, the waiter
  253. Tanto va la gatta al lardo... (uncredited) .... Butcher

  254. Caligula (uncredited) .... Man carrying Caligula's corpse
  255. S+H+E (credited) .... Peasant

  256. La salamandra (credited) .... Corpse of General Pantaleone

  257. Ciao nemico (credited) .... Santoni
  258. Giovani, belle... probabilmente ricche (uncredited) .... Man buying adult magazine
  259. Gunan il guerriero (credited as Lucky Aras) .... Gunan's father

  260. Dagobert (uncredited) .... Soldier in the tavern

  261. La casa delle anime erranti (credited) .... Ugo Brandini

More Fortunato!
There are around 20 further titles where Fortunato is rumoured to appear that I have been unable to find copies of, so if anybody has any of the titles below you know what to do...
  • Storia di sangue (1972)
  • ...e continuavano a mettere lo diavolo ne lo inferno (1973) credited
  • Il lupo dei mari (1974)
  • Pugni, dollari & spinaci (1978)
  • Brillantina rock (1979)
  • Kenn' ich, weiss ich, war ich schon! (1981)

Missing Arena!
As always seems to be the case with little-known actors with large online filmographies, there are a number of titles where he is credited somewhere online, but either he does not appear or else I was unable to find him for some reason.
  • L'imperatore di Capri (1949) as Guard in ancient Rome, originally posted in the topic, but later decided the actor was too old to be Arena in 49.
  • Sugar Colt (1966) listed on IMDb as playing "Man in saloon". I could not see him, possibly confused for Alberico Donadeo, who does appear.
  • Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966) credited on IMDb as playing "3rd Sombrero Onlooker at Tuco's 1st Hanging". He does not appear in this scene, again maybe confused for Donadeo.
  • Come rubammo la bomba atomica (1967) credited on IMDb with no role given. I could not find him.
  • Django sfida Sartana (1970) I originally posted an image of another actor I thought could possibly be Arena, but unanimous opinion was that it was not him, so it has been removed.
  • C'è Sartana... vendi la pistola e comprati la bara (1970) Credited on IMDb as playing "Old man". I didn't see Fortunato, but Donadeo is there in a role that could fit the description (if you consider men in their 40's to be "old")
  • Indio Black sai che ti dico (1970) Donadeo and his son Ettore both appear, which could provide an explanation.
  • La bella Antonia, prima Monica e poi Dimonia (1972) Listed on IMDb with no role, he definitely does not appear.
  • Contro 4 bandiere (1979) listed on IMDb as "Soldato Anziano", I could not see him anywhere.
  • Due strani papà (1983) listed on IMDb as "Man at poker table". His son Ettore is at the poker table, Fortunato is not.


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Messalina (1951) as Gladiator

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Frine, cortigiana d'Oriente (1953) as Prison guard

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Teodora (1953) as Guard

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Il Maestro di Don Giovanni (1954) as Nobleman

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Tempi nostri (1954) as A generico

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Lo scapolo (1955) as Bus passenger (on the right, facing away)

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Il principe dalla maschera rossa (1955) as Guard pushed into pool

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War and Peace (1955) as French soldier carrying jewels

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Mio figlio Nerone (1956) as Guard

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