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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 magnifica sfida (uncredited) .... role?
  29. L'uomo che ride (uncredited) .... Borgia soldier
  30. Operazione poker (uncredited) .... Russian agent
  31. Superseven chiama Cairo (credited) .... Nikos

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

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

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

    1969
  50. 5 per l'inferno (uncredited) .... German soldier
  51. Django il bastardo (uncredited) .... Murdok hanchman
  52. Gli specialisti (uncredited) .... One of El Diablo's men
  53. I quattro del Pater Noster (uncredited) .... Casino brawler
  54. La morte sull'alta collina (uncredited) .... role?
  55. Sono Sartana, il vostro becchino (uncredited) .... Hitman
  56. Una lunga fila di croci (uncredited) .... Santana
  57. Zorro marchese di Navarra (uncredited) .... Soldier

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

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

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

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

    1974
  82. Arrivano Joe e Margherito (credited) .... "Gorilla" Paco
  83. The arena / La rivolta delle gladiatrici (uncredited) .... Gladiator

    1975
  84. Carambola, filotto... tutti in buca (credited) .... Word
  85. Colpo in canna (uncredited) .... Police car driver
  86. Giubbe rosse (uncredited) .... Bank robber
  87. Simone e Matteo - Un gioco da ragazzi (credited) .... Jean

    1976
  88. Il grande racket (uncredited) .... Hood
  89. Il vangelo secondo Simone e Matteo (credited) .... Joe
  90. L'unica legge in cui credo (uncredited) .... Hitman
  91. Pronto ad uccidere (credited) .... Giovanni Caputo

    1977
  92. La malavita attacca. La polizia risponde (uncredited) .... Barman
  93. La polizia è sconfitta (uncredited) .... Bank robber
  94. Orca (credit only as Underwater Stuntman)

    1978
  95. Lo chiamavano Bulldozer (uncredited) .... Security in gambling den
  96. Piedone l'africano (uncredited) .... Wrestler in red
  97. Squadra antimafia (uncredited) .... Prisoner on the roof

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

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

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

    1984
  102. Guerreros de la jungla / Jungle Warriors (credited) .... Mastranga's bodyguard

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

    1996
  104. 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)
  • Esecutore oltre la legge (1974) as Steig (maybe credited)
  • Noi non siamo angeli (1975) as Shark henchman (maybe credited)
  • Il pentito (1985)
  • Bersaglio sull'autostrada (1988) - beware of another film named Moving Target from the same year that comes up in searches for this one.

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
  • Non sparate sui bambini (Squadra antisequestro) (1978) Emilio reportedly should have a credit in this one for "Collaborazione alla regia", but the English language/Greek subbed copy I saw only had minimal credits. If anyone has an Italian copy please check.
  • 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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