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Battaglia, Rik

Post by PeplumParadise » 24/10/2021, 20:22

Rik Battaglia in La donna del fiume (1954)
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Rik Battaglia (or Rick, the spellings are split roughly 50/50) was a supporting actor and occasional lead, active in Italian films and television from 1954 until 1999. He graduated from Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in 1957.

He was born Caterino Bertaglia in Corbola, Italy on February 18th 1927. He died of heart failure on March 27th 2015, also in Corbola, aged 88. In an interview Rik says he never met his father, rarely saw his mother and was raised by his grandmother.

After having worked a few years as a seaman, legend has it that he was discovered working as a bartender, but, depending which source you choose to believe, the discovery could have been made by director Mario Soldati, producer Carlo Ponti or writer Goffredo Parise, while Rik himself said it was a talent scout. Regardless of who it was who found him, with looks reminiscent of a young Elvis Presley he was cast in the leading role opposite Italy's hottest starlet of the time, Sophia Loren, in La donna del fiume (1954). He followed up on this with a number of other leading roles over the next few years, while in 1955 he also enrolled to study acting at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, putting him in the rather unique position of being an established leading man before and during his studies.

Following his graduation he relinquished his leading man status in favour of playing large supporting character roles, more often than not playing the part of the villain. With genuine acting talent beyond his matinee idol looks, Rik continued to work steadily for the next 40 years, appearing in all the popular genres of Italian cinema. From the 70's onwards his roles tended to be smaller, but he continued working regularly until retiring in 1999. From around 1977 onwards he always used the spelling "Rick".

Perhaps his best remembered roles today are from the series of Karl May westerns he appeared in during the mid-60’s, shot in Germany and Yugoslavia. He acquired something of a reputation for being romantically involved with the actresses in his films, which he confirms in an interview from 2014.

Filmography
1954
  1. La donna del fiume .... Gino Lodi (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1956
  2. La risaia .... Gianni (credited)
  3. Orlando e i Paladini di Francia .... Orlando (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  4. Ragazzi di Trastevere (short feature) .... Righetto (credited)

    1957
  5. I fidanzati della morte .... Carlo (credited)
  6. La Gerusalemme liberata .... Rinaldo d'Este (credited)
  7. Liana, la schiava bianca .... Ibrahim (credited)

    1958
  8. Adorabili e bugiarde .... Giorgio Pitagora (credited)
  9. Nudi come Dio li creò .... Joschi Turk (poster credit - role unconfirmed)
  10. Raw Wind in Eden .... Gavino (credited)

    1959
  11. Annibale .... Hasdrubal (credited)
  12. I battellieri del Volga .... Lieutenant Lisenko (credited)
  13. I Reali di Francia .... Roland, Count of Besançon (credited)

    1960
  14. Esther and the King .... Simon (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  15. Il conquistatore d'Oriente .... Nadir (credited)
  16. La giornata balorda .... Carpiti (credited)
  17. Teseo contro il minotauro .... Demetrio (credited)

    1961
  18. Don't Bother to Knock .... Giulio (credited)

    1962
  19. Giulio Cesare, il conquistatore delle Gallie .... Vercingetorix (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  20. Sodoma e Gomorra .... Melchior (credited)
  21. Una regina per Cesare .... Lucius (credited)

    1963
  22. Il figlio del circo .... Steffi (poster credit - role unconfirmed)
  23. Il giorno più corto .... Austrian soldier (picture-credited)
  24. Il leone di San Marco .... Jandolo (credited)
  25. Rocambole .... Conrad Von Berthold (credited)
  26. Sandokan, la tigre di Mompracem .... Sambigliong (credited)

    1964
  27. Der Schut (Una carabina per Schut) .... Nirwan (credited)
  28. Freddy und das Lied der Prärie .... Steve Perkins (credited)
  29. Old Shatterhand (La Battaglia di Forte Apache) .... Dixon (credited)

    1965
  30. Amanti d'oltretomba .... David (credited)
  31. Das Vermächtnis des Inka (Viva Gringo) .... Antonio Perillo (credited)
  32. Der Schatz der Azteken (I violenti di Rio Bravo) .... Captain Lazoro Verdoja (credited)
  33. Die Pyramide des Sonnengottes (I violenti di Rio Bravo) .... Captain Lazaro Verdoja (credited)
  34. L'avventuriero della Tortuga .... Pedro Valverde (credited)
  35. Winnetou - 3. Teil (Desperado Trail) .... Rollins (credited)

    1966
  36. Winnetou und sein Freund Old Firehand .... Captain Mendoza (credited)

    1967
  37. I frutti amari .... Sebastian (poster credit - role unconfirmed)
  38. Per 50.000 maledetti dollari .... Drummer (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1968
  39. Black Jack - Un uomo per 5 vendette .... Skinner (credited)
  40. I lunghi giorni dell'odio .... Vic Graham (credited)
  41. Spara, Gringo, spara .... Captain Norton (credited)
  42. Ti darò un posto all'inferno .... Manuel (credited)
  43. Winnetou und Shatterhand im Tal der Toten (L'uomo dal lungo fucile) .... Murdock (credited)

    1969
  44. La battaglia del deserto .... Bob (credited)

    1970
  45. Ehi amigo... sei morto! .... Barnett
  46. L'oro dei bravados .... Murphy (credited)

    1971
  47. Addio fratello crudele .... The father (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  48. Giù la testa .... Santema (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  49. La grande scrofa nera .... role? (poster credit)

    1972
  50. L'isola del tesoro .... Captain Smollett (credited)
  51. La lunga cavalcata della vendetta .... Montana (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  52. The Call of the Wild (Il richiamo della foresta) .... Dutch Harry (credited)

    1973
  53. Canterbury n° 2 - Nuove storie d'amore del '300 .... Averagus (credited)
  54. L'isola misteriosa e il capitano Nemo .... Finch (credited)
  55. L'isola misteriosa e il capitano Nemo (TV mini-series) Eps. 5 & 6 .... Finch (credited)
  56. Zanna Bianca .... Jim Hall (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1974
  57. Diez negritos (And Then There Were None) .... Vendedor (credited)

    1975
  58. Il lupo dei mari .... Johnson (credited)
  59. Un genio, due compari, un pollo .... Captain (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1976
  60. A Matter of Time (Nina) .... Nina's father-Not found (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  61. La fine dell'innocenza .... Superintendant (credited)
  62. Le deportate della sezione speciale SS .... Dr. Schubert (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1977
  63. Il mondo dei sensi di Emy Wong .... Captain (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  64. Il prefetto di ferro .... Antonio Capecelatro (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  65. Mannaja .... Gerald Merton (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  66. Ritornano quelli della calibro 38 .... Police commissioner (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  67. Suor Emanuelle .... Catsabriaga (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1978
  68. Il grande attacco .... French partisan (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1979
  69. I contrabbandieri di Santa Lucia .... Don Calogero Avallone (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  70. Lo scugnizzo .... Don Vincenzo Tramontano (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  71. Napoli... la camorra sfida, la città risponde .... Doctor Rampone (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1980
  72. La tua vita per mio figlio .... Don Calogero (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  73. Zappatore .... Don Andrea Amitrano (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1981
  74. La casa rossa (TV mini-series) Eps. 1, 2 & 4 .... Athos (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  75. Quell'antico amore (TV mini-series) Eps. 2 & 3 .... Rousselot (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1982
  76. Bomber .... Trainer (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  77. Giuramento .... Frank Geraci (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  78. La vela incantata (TV movie) …. role? (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1983
  79. L'amante dell'Orsa Maggiore (TV mini-series) Ep. 4 .... Graduato (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1985
  80. Il pentito .... Officer at the morgue (credited)
  81. Schiave bianche - Violenza in Amazzonia .... Catherine's father (credited as "Dick Marshall")

    1986
  82. Asilo di polizia .... Don Zanetti (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  83. Giuro che ti amo .... Don Vito (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  84. Strada senza uscita (TV mini-series) Ep. 2 .... The man with the scythe (credited as "Ric Battaglia")

    1988
  85. Don Bosco .... Michele Cavour (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1989
  86. Diva Futura - L'avventura dell'amore .... role? (credited as "Rick Battaglia")
  87. La ragazza del metrò .... Andrea (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1991
  88. Buck ai confini del cielo .... Bauman (credited as "Rick Battaglia")

    1992
  89. Omicidio a luci blu .... Bill (credited?)

    1994
  90. Rodjen kao ratnik .... Bogie (credited as "Rick Bataglia")
Titles to check
  • Una vita venduta (1976) IMDb with no role. He is not credited on the Italian poster.
  • Liberté, égalité, choucroute (1985) IMDb as De La Fayette.
  • Cuore in gola (1988 TV movie) IMDb as Mr. Charles Jones.
  • La carne e il diavolo (1992 TV movie) IMDb.
  • Pumuckls Abenteuer (1999 TV series) IMDb, Episode 12: Pumuckls Abschiedsfoto, as Kuster. This should be Rik's final screen appearance, however IMDb says it is an animated series, so it is unclear if Rik appears or just provides voiceover.
  • He should also appear as an interviewee in several documentary features found as extras on DVD's
No Rik!
Titles where Rik is listed as appearing somewhere online, but he couldn't be found.
  • Liane, das Mädchen aus dem Urwald (1956) IMDb as Crewman. Rik does not appear, presumably confused with his appearance in the sequel.
  • Caterina Sforza, la leonessa di Romagna (1959) IMDb with no role. Rik is not credited and does not appear.
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Re: Battaglia, Rik

Post by PeplumParadise » 24/10/2021, 21:34

La donna del fiume (1954) credited as "Rick Battaglia", as Gino Lodi.

Rik made his film debut playing the love interest of Italy's hottest starlet, Sophia Loren. Given his total lack of experience he equips himself well, playing mean and moody opposite the more experienced Loren.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 24/10/2021, 21:55

La risaia (1956) credited, as Gianni
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Post by PeplumParadise » 24/10/2021, 22:02

Orlando e i Paladini di Francia (1956) credited as "Rick Battaglia", as Orlando (Roland in English versions)
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Post by PeplumParadise » 24/10/2021, 22:08

Ragazzi di Trastevere (1956 short feature) credited, as Righetto.

This student film from Umberto Lenzi came during Rik's days at C.S.C. and it must have presumably been a bit of a shock to go from leading man in major movies to bottom billing in a barely noticable role. He would work for Lenzi again in Sandokan, la tigre di Mompracem (1963)
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Post by PeplumParadise » 24/10/2021, 22:11

I fidanzati della morte (1957) credited, as Carlo
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La Gerusalemme liberata (1957) credited, as Rinaldo d'Este
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Post by PeplumParadise » 24/10/2021, 22:17

Liana, la schiava bianca (Liane: Die Weisse Sklavin) (1957) credited, as Ibrahim
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Adorabili e bugiarde (1958) credited, as Giorgio Pitagora
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Post by PeplumParadise » 24/10/2021, 22:24

Nudi come Dio li creò (Nackt, wie Gott sie schuf) (1958) credited and pictured on the posters, as Joschi Turk (role to be confirmed)
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