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

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Emilio Messina in Una lunga fila di croci (1969)

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. Il segno di Zorro (uncredited) .... Prisoner of Don Ramon / Street brawler
  12. Maciste, l'eroe più grande del mondo (uncredited) .... Prison guard

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

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

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

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

    1968
  48. Angelica e il Gran Sultano (uncredited) .... Guard to Turkish Ambassador / Seaman
  49. Corri uomo corri (uncredited) .... Partner of Steve Wilkens
  50. Eva, la Venere selvaggia (uncredited) .... Mercenary shot by Albert
  51. Il circolo Pickwick (TV mini-series, ep. 1) (uncredited) .... Man at the street brawl
  52. Joe... cercati un posto per morire! (uncredited) .... Chato henchman
  53. L'invincibile Superman (uncredited) .... Wrestler
  54. Lucrezia (uncredited) .... Guard
  55. Niente rose per OSS 117 (uncredited) .... Assistant to OSS 117
  56. Uno dopo l'altro (uncredited) .... Herb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1996
  120. 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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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 & Roberto Messina", as Hebrew fighter.

Despite receiving their first credits here, neither brother appears on screen for more than a few seconds and then only in the background.
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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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