Messina, Emilio

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Messina, Emilio

Post by PeplumParadise » 14/07/2019, 0:19

Emilio Messina in Una lunga fila di croci (1969)
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Stuntman and actor Emilio A. Messina was born in Casablanca, Morocco on February 24th 1936. He died on April 21st 2007, aged 71. His wife was called Incontrata and he had a daughter, Stephanie, a son, Gabriele, a sister, Lidia and his stuntman/actor brother Roberto Messina, with whom he had a pretty much parallel career[[1]].

Both Messina brothers began their film careers at the start of the 60's as stuntmen in peplum movies, often but not always working together. When those faded out they proved equally adept through the cycles of eurospies, spaghetti westerns and police buddy movies.

The brothers both moved to Miami, Florida in 1982, after which they only made a few more odd movies, most of which were Italian productions shot in Florida. They were still resident in Florida at the time of Emilio's death[[1]].

Emilio always stood out from the pack of peplum stuntmen being the burliest and hairiest of the lot. With only two exceptions he had some sort of facial hair in all of his films, which helps as an aid to identifying him. I continue to find uncatalogued appearances from Emilio in all genres, so I am certain there will be additional titles being added to his filmography.

[1] Source: Emilio Messina Memorial page
Filmography
1961
  1. Ursus e la ragazza tartara (uncredited) .... Battle victim

    1962
  2. Drammi marini (TV series, episode 1: La luna dei Caraibi) (credited) .... Sailor
  3. Il gladiatore di Roma (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  4. L'ira di Achille (uncredited) .... Greek soldier
  5. Maciste, il gladiatore più forte del mondo (uncredited) .... Gladiator / Tavern brawler
  6. Sodoma e Gomorra (credited as Emilio and Roberto Messina) .... Hebrew
  7. Ursus gladiatore ribelle (uncredited) .... Gladiator

    1963
  8. Ercole contro Moloch (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  9. Goliath e la schiava ribelle (uncredited) .... Macedonian wrestler
  10. I dieci gladiatori (credited) .... Gladiator
  11. Maciste, l'eroe più grande del mondo (uncredited) .... Prison guard

    1964
  12. Due mafiosi nel Far West (uncredited) .... Cowboy
  13. Ercole contro i tiranni di Babilonia (uncredited) .... Wrestler
  14. Ercole l'invincibile (uncredited) .... Palace guard
  15. Gli invincibili dieci gladiatori (credited as Don Emilio Messina + Master of arms) .... Leptus
  16. Golia alla conquista di Bagdad (uncredited) .... Wrestler
  17. I magnifici brutos del West (uncredited) .... One of Tom's men
  18. I tre centurioni (uncredited) .... Wrestler
  19. Il leone di Tebe (credited as Giovanni Messina) .... Wrestler
  20. Il magnifico gladiatore (uncredited) .... Gladiator with Hercules
  21. Il trionfo dei dieci gladiatori (credited as Don Emilio Messina + Master of arms) .... Leptus
  22. L'ultimo gladiatore (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  23. La spia che venne dall'ovest (uncredited) .... Thug (uncertain identification)
  24. Maciste gladiatore di Sparta (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  25. Queste pazze pazze donne (uncredited) .... Thug in disco brawl
  26. The Fall of the Roman Empire (uncredited) .... Gladiator

    1965
  27. Asso di picche - Operazione controspionaggio (credited as Emil D. Messina + Master of arms) .... Frank
  28. I grandi condottieri (uncredited) .... Philistine soldier
  29. Il mistero dell'isola maledetta (credited) .... Man at the market
  30. La magnifica sfida (uncredited) .... Tavern brawler
  31. L'uomo che ride (uncredited) .... Borgia soldier
  32. Operazione poker (uncredited) .... Russian agent
  33. Superseven chiama Cairo (credited) .... Nikos

    1966
  34. Agente 070: Thunderbay missione Grasshopper (credited as "Mills Mason") .... Paco
  35. James Tont operazione D.U.E. (uncredited) .... Gorilla
  36. L'affare Beckett (uncredited) .... Major Blasco
  37. Perry Grant agente di ferro (credited) .... Albrecht
  38. Requiem per un agente segreto (uncredited) .... Henchman
  39. Superargo contro Diabolikus (credited) .... One of Diabolikus' men
  40. Tre notti violente (credited) .... Thug
  41. Un angelo per Satana (uncredited) .... Man attacking Vittorio in the town square

    1967
  42. Dick Smart 2.007 (uncredited) .... Attacker
  43. Flashman (credited) .... Kid's henchman
  44. Killer calibro 32 (uncredited) .... Freeman
  45. Qualcuno ha tradito (credited as Emil Messina) .... Willy
  46. Un colpo da re (uncredited) .... Fighter testing The Swede's strength

    1968
  47. Angelica e il Gran Sultano (uncredited) .... Guard to Turkish Ambassador / Seaman
  48. Corri uomo corri (uncredited) .... Partner of Steve Wilkens
  49. Eva, la Venere selvaggia (uncredited) .... Mercenary shot by Albert
  50. Joe... cercati un posto per morire! (uncredited) .... Chato henchman
  51. L'invincibile Superman (uncredited) .... Wrestler
  52. Lucrezia (uncredited) .... Guard
  53. Niente rose per OSS 117 (uncredited) .... Assistant to OSS 117
  54. Uno dopo l'altro (uncredited) .... Herb

    1969
  55. 5 per l'inferno (uncredited) .... American soldier / German soldier
  56. Django il bastardo (uncredited) .... Murdok hanchman
  57. Gli specialisti (uncredited) .... One of El Diablo's men
  58. I quattro del Pater Noster (uncredited) .... Casino brawler
  59. La morte sull'alta collina (uncredited) .... role?
  60. Sono Sartana, il vostro becchino (uncredited) .... Hitman
  61. Una lunga fila di croci (uncredited) .... Santana
  62. Zorro marchese di Navarra (uncredited) .... Soldier

    1970
  63. Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta (uncredited) .... Big John
  64. Le Mans - Scorciatoia per l'inferno (uncredited) .... Announcer
  65. Lo chiamavano Trinità...(uncredited) .... Brawler
  66. Wanted Sabata (uncredited) .... Bandit

    1971
  67. Il provinciale (uncredited) .... Thief
  68. Quel maledetto giorno della resa dei conti (uncredited) .... Barroom brawler
  69. Riuscirà il nostro eroe a ritrovare il più grande diamante del mondo? (uncredited) .... Nurse
  70. Se t'incontro t'ammazzo (credited) .... Dexter's henchman

    1972
  71. Anche gli angeli mangiano fagioli (credited as Master of Arms / Stunt co-ordinator) .... Tag wrestler
  72. Arriva Durango... paga o muori (credited) .... Diego Avenaja
  73. ...e poi lo chiamarono il Magnifico (uncredited) .... Fighter in saloon
  74. Il magnifico west (credited + Master of Arms) .... Henchman
  75. Il prode Anselmo e il suo scudiero (uncredited) .... One of Ottone's men
  76. Jesse & Lester due fratelli in un posto chiamato Trinità (credited) .... Grizzly Joe
  77. Man of La Mancha / L'uomo della Mancha (uncredited) .... Patrol
  78. Poppea una prostituta al servizio dell'impero (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  79. Seminò morte... lo chiamavano il Castigo di Dio! (credited) .... Pedro
  80. Sotto a chi tocca! (uncredited) .... Palace guard
  81. Un uomo dalla pelle dura (credited) .... Bookmaker

    1973
  82. Dagli archivi della polizia criminale (uncredited) .... Leader of attack force
  83. Diario di una vergine romana (uncredited) .... Fighter (re-used footage)
  84. E il terzo giorno arrivò il Corvo (uncredited) .... Gunman
  85. Elena sì, ma... di Troia (uncredited) .... Ajax 2
  86. Piedone lo sbirro (uncredited) .... Ferramenti bodyguard
  87. Provaci anche tu, Lionel (uncredited) .... Goran henchman
  88. Società a responsabilità molto limitata (uncredited) .... Boxer

    1974
  89. Arrivano Joe e Margherito (credited) .... "Gorilla" Paco
  90. Esecutore oltre la legge (credited) .... Steig
  91. The arena / La rivolta delle gladiatrici (uncredited) .... Gladiator

    1975
  92. Carambola, filotto... tutti in buca (credited) .... Word
  93. Colpo in canna (uncredited) .... Police car driver
  94. Giubbe rosse (uncredited) .... Bank robber
  95. Noi non siamo angeli (credited) .... Shark henchman
  96. Simone e Matteo - Un gioco da ragazzi (credited) .... Jean

    1976
  97. Il grande racket (uncredited) .... Hood
  98. Il vangelo secondo Simone e Matteo (credited) .... Joe
  99. L'unica legge in cui credo (uncredited) .... Hitman
  100. Pronto ad uccidere (credited) .... Giovanni Caputo

    1977
  101. La malavita attacca. La polizia risponde (uncredited) .... Barman
  102. La polizia è sconfitta (uncredited) .... Bank robber
  103. Orca (credit only as Underwater Stuntman)

    1978
  104. Lo chiamavano Bulldozer (uncredited) .... Security in gambling den
  105. Non sparate sui bambini (credited as Assistant director) .... Credit only
  106. Piedone l'africano (uncredited) .... Wrestler in red
  107. Sam & Sally (TV series) Season 1, Ep. 6: "Laura" (uncredited) .... Henchman on the boat
  108. Squadra antimafia (uncredited) .... Prisoner on the roof
  109. Un Poliziotto Scomodo (uncredited) .... Killer

    1980
  110. S+H+E (credited) .... Zec

    1982
  111. Gunan il guerriero (credited as Emil Messina) .... Nuriak

    1983
  112. Cane e gatto (uncredited) .... One of Don Salvatore's men
  113. I sette magnifici gladiatori (credited as Ivan Beshears) .... Goliath

    1984
  114. Guerreros de la jungla / Jungle Warriors (credited, and for Stunts) .... Mastranga's bodyguard

    1985
  115. Miami Supercops (I poliziotti dell'8ª strada) (uncredited) .... Duran henchman

    1989
  116. Bersaglio sull'autostrada (credited?) .... Bodyguard

    1994
  117. Botte di Natale (credited as Stunts only)

    1996
  118. Potenza virtuale (uncredited) .... Van Axel's man on the boat
A little more Emilio!
There are still a few movies where Emilio is credited by various online sources that I have been unable to find, so if anybody has images of Emilio in the films below you know ahat to do.
  • Il pentito (1985)
Messina is missing!
As often seems to be the case we also have a selection of films where Emilio is credited by some online resource, but where I have been unable to find him. I may have missed him in some, while in others he has been misidentified, mistaken for his not-at-all-look-alike brother or simply mysteriously does not appear. In all these titles he is uncredited.
  • Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte (1968) credited on IMDb as playing a Tampico henchman. I've searched for him multiple times with no success so I'd say he almost certainly does not appear.
  • Spara, Gringo, spara (1968) IMDb says he is credited under the pseudonym of Van Lanen and plays Soldier in Doneghan's army. I haven't found him.
  • Il giorno del giudizio (1971) Does not appear.
  • La via della droga (1977) Listed on IMDb with no role given. I couldn't see Emilio, but there is a similar-looking unidentified actor who he may have been mistaken for.
  • Sangraal, la spada di fuoco (1982) Listed on IMDb as playing Nantuk's warrior, but while there are a number of roles that could fit this description, none of them vaguely resembles Emilio.
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Re: Emilio Messina

Post by PeplumParadise » 14/07/2019, 0:30

Ursus e la ragazza tartara (1961) as Battle victim
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Post by PeplumParadise » 14/07/2019, 0:33

Maciste, il gladiatore più forte del mondo (1962) as Gladiator and now added in a second role as a Tavern brawler
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L'ira di Achille (1962) as Greek soldier
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Il gladiatore di Roma (1962) as Gladiator
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Ursus gladiatore ribelle (1962) as Gladiator
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Sodoma e Gomorra (1962) credited as Emilio and Roberto Messina, as Hebrew
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Maciste, l'eroe più grande del mondo (1963) as Prison guard
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Ercole contro Moloch (1963) as Gladiator
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Post by PeplumParadise » 14/07/2019, 0:53

I dieci gladiatori (1963) credited, as Gladiator. One of the 10 and his biggest role so far - in the sequels he is called Leptus, but in this first in the series I believe he remains nameless.
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