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Emilio Messina

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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) .... Soldier on dock
  5. Maciste, il gladiatore più forte del mondo (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  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. The Fall of the Roman Empire (uncredited) .... Gladiator

    1965
  26. Asso di picche - Operazione controspionaggio (credited as Emil D. Messina + Master of arms) .... Frank
  27. Il mistero dell'isola maledetta (credited) .... Man at the market
  28. La decima victima (uncredited) .... Man at the practice range
  29. La magnifica sfida (uncredited) .... role?
  30. L'uomo che ride (uncredited) .... Borgia soldier
  31. Operazione poker (uncredited) .... Russian agent
  32. Superseven chiama Cairo (credited) .... Nikos

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

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

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

    1969
  52. 5 per l'inferno (uncredited) .... German soldier
  53. Django il bastardo (uncredited) .... Murdok hanchman
  54. Gli specialisti (uncredited) .... One of El Diablo's men
  55. I quattro del Pater Noster (uncredited) .... Casino brawler
  56. La morte sull'alta collina (uncredited) .... role?
  57. Sono Sartana, il vostro becchino (uncredited) .... Hitman
  58. Una lunga fila di croci (uncredited) .... Santana
  59. Zorro marchese di Navarra (uncredited) .... Soldier

    1970
  60. Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta (uncredited) .... Big John
  61. Le Mans - Scorciatoia per l'inferno (uncredited) .... Announcer
  62. Lo chiamavano Trinità...(uncredited) .... Brawler
  63. Wanted Sabata (uncredited) .... Mexican

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

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

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

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

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

    1976
  93. Il grande racket (uncredited) .... Hood
  94. Il vangelo secondo Simone e Matteo (credited) .... Joe
  95. L'unica legge in cui credo (uncredited) .... Hitman
  96. Pronto ad uccidere (credited) .... Giovanni Caputo

    1977
  97. La malavita attacca. La polizia risponde (uncredited) .... Barman
  98. La polizia è sconfitta (uncredited) .... Bank robber
  99. Orca (credit only as Underwater Stuntman)

    1978
  100. Lo chiamavano Bulldozer (uncredited) .... Security in gambling den
  101. Non sparate sui bambini (credited as Assistant director) .... Credit only
  102. Piedone l'africano (uncredited) .... Wrestler in red
  103. Squadra antimafia (uncredited) .... Prisoner on the roof
  104. Un Poliziotto Scomodo (uncredited) .... Killer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1996
  113. 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.
  • Agente segreto 070 - Thunderbay missione Grasshopper (1966) (maybe credited)
  • 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.
  • Un poliziotto scomodo (1978) This looks like another case where he has been misidentified for brother Roberto
  • 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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Ursus e la ragazza tartara (1961) as Battle victim
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Maciste, il gladiatore più forte del mondo (1962) as Gladiator
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L'ira di Achille (1962) as Soldier on dock
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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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Post by PeplumParadise » 13/07/2019, 22:44

Sodoma e Gomorra (1962) credited as Emilio and Roberto Messina, as Hebrew
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Post by PeplumParadise » 13/07/2019, 22:46

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 » 13/07/2019, 22:53

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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