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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, 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. Maciste gladiatore di Sparta (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  24. The Fall of the Roman Empire (uncredited) .... Gladiator

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

    1966
  31. Perry Grant agente di ferro (credited) .... Albrecht
  32. Superargo contro Diabolikus (credited) .... One of Diabolikus' men
  33. Tre notti violente (credited) .... Thug
  34. Un angelo per Satana (uncredited) .... Man attacking Vittorio in the town square

    1967
  35. Flashman (credited) .... Kid's henchman
  36. Killer calibro 32 (uncredited) .... Freeman
  37. Qualcuno ha tradito (credited as Emil Messina) .... Willy

    1968
  38. Angelica e il Gran Sultano (uncredited) .... Guard to Turkish Ambassador / Seaman
  39. Eva, la Venere selvaggia (uncredited) .... Mercenary shot by Albert
  40. L'invincibile Superman (uncredited) .... Wrestler
  41. Niente rose per OSS 117 (uncredited) .... Assistant to OSS 117
  42. Uno dopo l'altro (uncredited) .... Herb

    1969
  43. 5 per l'inferno (uncredited) .... German soldier
  44. Django il bastardo (uncredited) .... Murdok hanchman
  45. Gli specialisti (uncredited) .... One of El Diablo's men
  46. I quattro del Pater Noster (uncredited) .... role?
  47. La morte sull'alta collina (uncredited) .... role?
  48. Sono Sartana, il vostro becchino (uncredited) .... Hitman
  49. Una lunga fila di croci (uncredited) .... Santana
  50. Zorro marchese di Navarra (uncredited) .... Soldier

    1970
  51. Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta (uncredited) .... Big John
  52. Le Mans - Scorciatoia per l'inferno (uncredited) .... Announcer
  53. Lo chiamavano Trinità...(uncredited) .... Brawler
  54. Wanted Sabata (uncredited) .... Mexican

    1971
  55. Il provinciale (uncredited) .... Thief
  56. Quel maledetto giorno della resa dei conti (uncredited) .... role?
  57. Riuscirà il nostro eroe a ritrovare il più grande diamante del mondo? (uncredited) .... Nurse
  58. Se t'incontro t'ammazzo (credited) .... Dexter's henchman

    1972
  59. Anche gli angeli mangiano fagioli (uncredited) .... Tag wrestler
  60. Arriva Durango... paga o muori (credited) .... Diego Avenaja
  61. ...e poi lo chiamarono il Magnifico (uncredited) .... Fighter in saloon
  62. Il prode Anselmo e il suo scudiero (uncredited) .... One of Ottone's men
  63. Jesse & Lester due fratelli in un posto chiamato Trinità (credited) .... Grizzly Joe
  64. Man of La Mancha / L'uomo della Mancha (uncredited) .... Patrol
  65. Poppea una prostituta al servizio dell'impero (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  66. Sotto a chi tocca! (uncredited) .... Palace guard
  67. Un uomo dalla pelle dura (credited) .... Bookmaker

    1973
  68. Dagli archivi della polizia criminale (uncredited) .... Leader of attack force
  69. E il terzo giorno arrivò il Corvo (uncredited) .... Gunman
  70. Elena sì, ma... di Troia (uncredited) .... Ajax 2
  71. Piedone lo sbirro (uncredited) .... Ferramenti bodyguard

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

    1975
  74. Carambola, filotto... tutti in buca (credited) .... Word
  75. Colpo in canna (uncredited) .... Police car driver
  76. Simone e Matteo - Un gioco da ragazzi (credited) .... Jean

    1976
  77. Il grande racket (uncredited) .... Hood
  78. Il vangelo secondo Simone e Matteo (credited) .... Joe
  79. Pronto ad uccidere (credited) .... Giovanni Caputo

    1977
  80. La malavita attacca. La polizia risponde (uncredited) .... Barman
  81. La polizia è sconfitta (uncredited) .... Bank robber
  82. Orca (credit only as Underwater Stuntman)

    1978
  83. Lo chiamavano Bulldozer (uncredited) .... Thug
  84. Piedone l'africano (uncredited) .... Wrestler in red
  85. Squadra antimafia (uncredited) .... Prisoner on the roof

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

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

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

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

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

    1996
  92. 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 magnifico West (1972) (maybe credited and master of arms)
  • Esecutore oltre la legge (1974) as Steig (maybe credited)
  • Noi non siamo angeli (1975) as Shark henchman (maybe credited) - image on CIDb
  • 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 looked and couldn't see him.
  • 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 but need to look more closely at this title.
  • Il giorno del giudizio (1971) Does not appear. Credited on CIDb as playing a poker player, but the image accompanying the credit is of brother Roberto, and it is Roberto who appears in the role in the film, not Emilio. (I have now corrected this on CIDb in case you are looking and can't see it)
  • Giubbe rosse (1975) credited on CIDb as One of Wolf's men. I've looked and didn't see him but again I need to give this one a closer look.
  • 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) Listed on CIDb with no role given, this looks like another case where he has been misidentified for brother Roberto - who does appear but is missing from CIDb.
  • 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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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 » 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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