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Fortunato Arena in Ercole sfida Sansone (1963)
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Fortunato Arena was an actor, stuntman and generico whose career stretched from the start of the 50's until the end of the 80's, during which time he appeared in somewhere around 250 films. Various sources agree that his birthday is on May 23rd, but you have a choice of years with 1921 (Wikipedia), 1922 (IMDb) or 1925 (Il grande libro di Ercole). Wikipedia gives his place of birth as Catanzaro, Italy, and his date of death as March 7th 1994 in Rome.

He was the father of actor/stuntman Ettore Arena. The pair often appeared in films together, though they only very rarely shared scenes.

There is also a rumour that he was brother to Alberico Donadeo, though this seems to be due to the fact that Donadeo was frequently confused for Arena before he was identified and I know of no evidence to support this. Other actors to whom Arena could be said to bear some physical resemblance are Humphrey Bogart, Fernandel, Aldo Pini and stuntman Bruno Arie (topic coming soon!).

I have found a number of previously unreported early appearances by Arena in peplum and historical films and I feel sure there will be more roles to be found from the 50's and maybe the 80's.


FILMOGRAPHY
1949
  1. L'imperatore di capri (uncredited) .... Guard in ancient rome

    1951
  2. Messalina (uncredited) .... Gladiator

    1952
  3. Il romanzo della mia vita (uncredited) .... Man listening to singing in courtyard

    1953
  4. Frine, cortigiana d'Oriente (uncredited) .... Prison guard
  5. La voce del silenzio (uncredited) .... Onlooker at the scene of the car accident
  6. Teodora (uncredited) .... Guard / Man watching Teodora dancing in tavern

    1954
  7. Disonorata - Senza colpa (uncredited) .... Guard in court room
  8. I tre ladri (uncredited) .... Shop customer
  9. Il Maestro di Don Giovanni (uncredited) .... Nobleman
  10. Tempi nostri (uncredited) .... A generico
  11. Un americano a roma (uncredited) .... Man who welcomes Nando
  12. Un giorno in pretura (uncredited) .... Pool player

    1955
  13. Il principe dalla maschera rossa (uncredited) .... Guard pushed into pool
  14. L'angelo bianco (uncredited) .... Police agent
  15. Lo scapolo (uncredited) .... Bus passenger
  16. Piccola posta (uncredited) .... Member of crowd outside Cinecitta
  17. Siamo uomini o caporali (uncredited) .... Editor of the magazine Ieri-oggi-domani
  18. War and Peace (uncredited) .... French soldier carrying jewels

    1956
  19. Mio figlio Nerone (uncredited) .... Guard

    1957
  20. Il Conte di Matera (uncredited) .... Prison guard
  21. La venere di Cheronea (uncredited) .... Soldier in the tavern

    1958
  22. Afrodite, Dea dell'amore (uncredited) .... Soldier who kills angry traveller
  23. La Maja desnuda (uncredited) .... Guard

    1959
  24. La battaglia di Maratona (uncredited) .... Oarsman
  25. Ben-Hur (uncredited) .... Centurion / Oarsman
  26. Cartagine in fiamme (uncredited) .... Guard on ship
  27. I Reali di Francia (uncredited) .... Soldier
  28. Il terrore dei barbari (uncredited) .... Blonde barbarian
  29. Jovanka e le altre (uncredited) .... Partisan
  30. La cento chilometri (uncredited) .... Angry bather

    1960
  31. I cosacchi (uncredited) .... Cossack
  32. I giganti della Tessaglia (uncredited) .... Argonaut / Citizen of Jolco
  33. Noi duri (uncredited) .... A gangster

    1961
  34. Dinamite Jack (credited) .... Fernandel's body double (uncertain)
  35. Don Camillo monsignore... ma non troppo (uncredited) .... Truck driver
  36. Il ladro di Bagdad (uncredited) .... Guard
  37. L'arciere delle mille e una notte (uncredited) .... Bandit

    1962
  38. I moschettieri del mare (uncredited) .... Naval officer playing cards
  39. Io Semiramide (uncredited) .... Captain of the guards
  40. La congiura dei Dieci (uncredited) .... Night watchman who finds the body of Serenella
  41. Maciste contro lo Sceicco (uncredited) .... Fighter
  42. Maciste, il gladiatore più forte del mondo (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  43. Totò diabolicus (uncredited) .... Henchman assisting in the torture of the postman

    1963
  44. Ercole contro Moloch (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  45. Ercole sfida Sansone (credited) .... Eriphos
  46. Finché dura la tempesta (uncredited) .... Italian marine
  47. I dieci gladiatori (uncredited) .... Archer
  48. Totò contro i quattro (uncredited) .... Grafta's partner

    1964
  49. Coriolano eroe senza patria (uncredited) .... Servant
  50. Gli invincibili dieci gladiatori (uncredited) .... Prison guard
  51. I due gladiatori (uncredited) .... Guard
  52. I pirati della Malesia (uncredited) .... Officer confronting Sandokan
  53. I predoni della steppa (uncredited) .... Mongol guard
  54. I tre centurioni (uncredited) .... Soldier
  55. Il colosso di Roma (credited as Arena Fortunato) .... Milone
  56. Il magnifico gladiatore (uncredited) .... Dacian prisoner
  57. Il trionfo di Ercole (uncredited) .... Archer
  58. L'ultimo gladiatore (uncredited) .... Bearded soldier
  59. La rivolta dei pretoriani (uncredited) .... Guard
  60. La rivolta dei sette (uncredited) .... Soldier
  61. La vendetta dei gladiatori (uncredited) .... Guard (uncertain)
  62. La vendetta di Spartacus (uncredited) .... Praetorian
  63. La vita agra (uncredited) .... Miner
  64. Maciste gladiatore di Sparta (uncredited) .... One of Maciste's accomplices
  65. Maciste nelle miniere di Re Salomone (uncredited) .... Prisoner working in mines
  66. Sandok, il Maciste della giungla (uncredited) .... Temple guard
  67. Sandokan alla riscossa (uncredited) .... Native
  68. The Secret Invasion (uncredited) .... Sailor Firing Signal Rocket

    1965
  69. A 008 operazione sterminio (credited as Lucky Arena) .... Kemp henchman
  70. Erik il vichingo (credited) .... Thormann
  71. I criminali della galassia (uncredited) .... Astronaut in the red car
  72. Il conquistatore di Atlantide (uncredited) .... Golden man
  73. Il tesoro della foresta pietrificata (uncredited) .... Nieblung warrior / Second role
  74. Il vendicatore dei Mayas (uncredited) .... One of Manur's men
  75. L'uomo che ride (uncredited) .... Guard
  76. L'uomo di Toledo (uncredited) .... Guard
  77. Slalom (uncredited) .... Assassin
  78. The Agony and the Ecstasy (uncredited) .... Pope's bodyguard
  79. Un dollaro bucato (uncredited) .... Juez

    1966
  80. 2 mafiosi contro Al Capone (uncredited) .... Minasi henchman
  81. 3 colpi di Winchester per Ringo (uncredited) .... One of Sanders' men
  82. 7 dollari sul rosso (uncredited) .... Troublemaker in the saloon
  83. 1000 dollari sul nero (uncredited) .... Laughing bandit
  84. A 077: sfida ai killers (uncredited) .... Fighter in bar
  85. Agente 3S3 massacro al sole (uncredited) .... Man on plane
  86. Django spara per primo (uncredited) .... One of Kluster's men
  87. Djurado (uncredited) .... Dallas
  88. I due figli di Ringo (uncredited) .... Indio's right hand
  89. Il ladro della Gioconda (uncredited) .... Romeo's servant
  90. Johnny Oro (uncredited) .... Perez henchman
  91. Johnny Yuma (uncredited) .... Poker player
  92. L'arcidiavolo (uncredited) .... Guard
  93. Missione Apocalisse (credited) .... Kruger
  94. Navajo Joe (uncredited) .... Gunman reflected in mirror
  95. Per qualche dollaro in meno (uncredited) .... Poker player in saloon
  96. Per un pugno di canzoni (uncredited) .... Gangster
  97. Spie contro il mondo (uncredited) .... Taxi driver
  98. Superargo contro Diabolikus (uncredited) .... Diabolikus henchman on boat
  99. Un angelo per Satana (uncredited) .... Man at the fire
  100. Uno sceriffo tutto d'oro (credited as Ares Lucky) .... Vargas
  101. Wanted (uncredited) .... Barman in Poorland City

    1967
  102. 7 donne per i Mac Gregor (uncredited) .... Bank robber
  103. Il bello, il brutto, il cretino (uncredited) .... Mexican
  104. Killer Kid (uncredited) .... José, el santo soldier
  105. La cintura di castità (uncredited) .... Knight
  106. La morte viene dal pianeta Aytin (uncredited) .... Snow devil
  107. Le due facce del dollaro (uncredited) .... Mexican bandit
  108. Se vuoi vivere... spara! (uncredited) .... Lookout
  109. Un dollaro per 7 vigliacchi (uncredited) .... Pastore
  110. Un dollaro tra i denti (credited) .... Captain Cordoba
  111. Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola (uncredited) .... Plein henchman
  112. Wanted Johnny Texas (uncredited) .... One of O'Connor's men

    1968
  113. Carogne si nasce (uncredited) .... One of Adams' men
  114. Donne... botte e bersaglieri (uncredited) .... Actor-gangster
  115. E per tetto un cielo di stelle (uncredited) .... Man with false sheriff
  116. ... e venne il tempo di uccidere (credited as Fortunato Areno) .... One of Mulligan's men
  117. Gangsters per un massacro (uncredited) .... Assassin
  118. I lunghi giorni dell'odio (credited) .... Jack
  119. Il grande silenzio (uncredited) .... Outlaw
  120. Il lungo giorno del massacro (uncredited) .... Green
  121. Il suo nome gridava vendetta (uncredited) .... Crazy Joe
  122. La vendetta è il mio perdono (uncredited) .... Prisoner delivered by Django
  123. Samoa, regina della giungla (uncredited) .... Man in pre-credit bar fight
  124. Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte (uncredited) .... One of Tampico's men
  125. Sigpress contro Scotland Yard (uncredited) .... Little John from Tunisia
  126. Spara, gringo, spara! (uncredited) .... Sheriff
  127. Un minuto per pregare, un istante per morire (credited) .... Man in saloon
  128. Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola (credited?) .... Trent
  129. Una forca per un bastardo (credited) .... One of Foster's men
  130. Vivo per la tua morte (uncredited) .... Card player

    1969
  131. Dio perdoni la mia pistola (uncredited) .... Stagecoach driver
  132. Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso! (uncredited) .... Ranch hand
  133. Franco, Ciccio e il pirata Barbanera (credited) .... Timoniere
  134. Franco e Ciccio ...ladro e guardia (credited) .... Circus presenter
  135. I quattro del Pater Noster (credited) .... Post carriage escort
  136. It Takes a Thief (TV series) - season 3, episode 9: "The King of Thieves" (uncredited) .... Max's henchman
  137. L'odio è il mio dio (credited?) .... Sheriff henchman
  138. Le avventure di Gerard (uncredited) .... Tavern keeper
  139. Le calde notti di Poppea (uncredited) .... Cilla
  140. Quintana (uncredited) .... Prison guard
  141. Tarzana, sesso selvaggio (uncredited) .... Guard on expedition
  142. Un esercito di 5 uomini (uncredited) .... Officer who orders Esteban's execution
  143. Zorro marchese di Navarra (credited) .... El Moko

    1970
  144. Buon funerale amigos... paga Sartana (uncredited) .... Trouble maker in casino
  145. Ciakmull - L'uomo della vendetta (uncredited) .... Asylum worker
  146. La moglie più bella (credited) .... Piero Colosimo
  147. Lo chiamavano Trinità... (uncredited) .... Store keeper
  148. Roy Colt e Winchester Jack (uncredited) .... Lookout in the cave
  149. Shango la pistola infallibile (uncredited) .... One of Martinez's soldiers

    1971
  150. Armiamoci e partite! (credited) .... German soldier
  151. Arriva Durango: paga o muori (uncredited) .... Poker player
  152. Blindman (credited) .... Mexican officer
  153. ...Continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità (credited) .... Bandit who gets stunned
  154. Cose di cosa nostra (credited) .... One of Manzano's men
  155. Detenuto in attesa di giudizio (uncredited) .... Prisoner
  156. È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta! (uncredited) .... Saloon owner
  157. Fratello Sole, sorella Luna (uncredited) .... Citizen of Assisi
  158. Gli fumavano le colt... lo chiamavano Camposanto (uncredited) .... Man at town meeting
  159. Il ritorno del gladiatore più forte del mondo (uncredited) .... Guard with Caio Appio
  160. Il sole nella pelle (uncredited) .... Truck driver
  161. Il tredicesimo è sempre Giuda (credited) .... Judge Stump
  162. Il venditore di morte (uncredited) .... Hangman
  163. Le calde notti di Don Giovanni (uncredited) .... One of Aiscia's Wardens
  164. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (credited as Ares Lucky) .... Coachman
  165. Rimase uno solo e fu la morte per tutti (credited) .... Jackson
  166. Riuscirà il nostro eroe a ritrovare il più grande diamante del mondo? (credited + Master of arms) .... Brett
  167. Tara Poki (credited) .... Alphonso
  168. Testa t'ammazzo, croce... sei morto, mi chiamano Alleluja (credited) .... Sheriff in Yucca
  169. The Statue (uncredited) .... Customs officer
  170. W Django! (uncredited) .... Blake

    1972
  171. Bada alla tua pelle Spirito Santo! (credited) .... Suomi's father
  172. Cosi Sia (uncredited) .... Stagecoach driver
  173. ...e poi lo chiamarono il Magnifico (credited) .... Danny Dillman
  174. Girolimoni - Il mostro di Roma (credited) .... Caccavallo
  175. I due figli dei Trinità (credited) .... Jack Gordon
  176. Il sindacalista (uncredited) .... Striking worker
  177. Il west ti va stretto, amico... è arrivato Alleluja (credited?) .... Sheriff Hall
  178. Jesse & Lester due fratelli in un posto chiamato Trinità (uncredited) .... Joe
  179. L'emigrante (uncredited) .... Restaurant owner
  180. Meo Patacca (credited) .... Not found
  181. Metti lo diavolo tuo ne lo mio inferno (credited) .... Trottolino
  182. Roma (uncredited) .... Judge of fascist gymnastic tests
  183. Seminò morte... lo chiamavano il castigo di Dio (uncredited) .... Card player
  184. Senza famiglia nullatenenti cercano affetto (credited) .... Officer removing Agostino
  185. Spirito Santo e le 5 magnifiche canaglie (credited) .... Killer
  186. Terza ipotesi su un caso di perfetta strategia criminale (credited) .... Don Salvatore Aniello
  187. Trinità e Sartana figli di... (uncredited) .... Sheriff
  188. Un uomo dalla pelle dura (credited) .... Man watching fight
  189. Uomo avvisato mezzo ammazzato... parola di Spirito Santo (credited) .... Colonel Matatodos

    1973
  190. Anche gli angeli mangiano fagioli (credited) .... McIntosh's partner
  191. Di tresette ce n'è uno, tutti gli altri son nessuno (credited?) .... Camp card player
  192. Fuori uno sotto un altro... arriva il Passatore (credited) .... Sergeant
  193. Il consigliori (credited) .... One of Garofalo's men
  194. Il suo nome faceva tremare... Interpol in allarme! (uncredited) .... Prison warder
  195. Kid il monello del west (credited) .... Sheriff Stone
  196. Lo chiamavano Tresette... giocava sempre col morto (credited?) .... Tangarango
  197. Patroclooo! E il soldato Camillone (credited as Arena Fortunato) .... Tamara's father
  198. Rappresaglia (uncredited) .... Man in meeting with Giorgio
  199. Sono stato io (uncredited) .... Prisoner

    1974
  200. Anche gli angeli tirano di destro (credited) .... Peluso
  201. ...Altrimenti ci arrabbiamo! (uncredited) .... Diner at restaurant table hit by car
  202. Corte marziale (uncredited) .... Farmer
  203. Moses the lawgiver (uncredited) .... Guard accompanying Moses when he visits the workers
  204. Pane e cioccolata (uncredited) .... Shantytown resident
  205. Quelli che contano (uncredited) .... Scannapicco henchman
  206. The Godfather Squad (uncredited) .... Smiling assassin

    1975
  207. ...Che botte ragazzi! (credited) .... Sheriff Wilson
  208. Due cuori una cappella (uncredited) .... Police officer
  209. Il soldato di ventura (uncredited) .... French soldier
  210. La liceale (uncredited) .... Police officer
  211. La peccatrice (credited) .... Miner
  212. La polizia accusa: il servizio segreto uccide (uncredited) .... Man dragging body of Scanni
  213. La polizia interviene: ordine di uccidere! (uncredited) .... Police officer Lagiurani
  214. Lo sgarbo (uncredited) .... Assassin

    1976
  215. Bluff storia di truffe e di imbroglioni (credited) .... Officer escorting Philip
  216. Il conto è chiuso (uncredited) .... One of Rico's men
  217. Il vangelo secondo Simone e Matteo (uncredited) .... Cashier
  218. Italia a mano armata (credited) .... Morell
  219. La dottoressa del distretto militare (uncredited) .... Builder
  220. La poliziotta fa carriera (uncredited) .... Man who falls into fountain
  221. Poliziotti violenti (uncredited) .... Thug

    1977
  222. I due superpiedi quasi piatti (uncredited) .... Employee at bowling alley
  223. Il... Belpaese (uncredited) .... Restaurant owner
  224. Il cinico, l'infame, il violento (credited) .... Prisoner trying to kill Di Maggio
  225. Kakkientruppen (credited) .... Soldier Marlene
  226. La banda del trucido (uncredited) .... Taxi driver
  227. Napoli si ribella (credited) .... Bank robber
  228. Squadra antitruffa (uncredited) .... Porter

    1978
  229. La banda del gobbo (credited) .... Psychiatric nurse
  230. Lo chiamavano Bulldozer (uncredited) .... Thug
  231. Return of the Saint (TV series, episode 22: Dragonseed) (credited) .... Peasant
  232. Solamente nero (uncredited) .... Antonio, the waiter
  233. Tanto va la gatta al lardo... (uncredited) .... Butcher

    1979
  234. Caligula (uncredited) .... Man carrying Caligula's corpse
  235. S+H+E (credited) .... Peasant

    1981
  236. La salamandra (credited) .... Corpse of General Pantaleone

    1982
  237. Ciao nemico (credited) .... Santoni
  238. Giovani, belle... probabilmente ricche (uncredited) .... Man buying adult magazine
  239. Gunan il guerriero (credited as Lucky Aras) .... Gunan's father

    1984
  240. Dagobert (uncredited) .... Soldier in the tavern

    1989
  241. La casa delle anime erranti (credited) .... Ugo Brandini

More Fortunato!
There are around 20 further titles where Fortunato is rumoured to appear that I have been unable to find copies of, so if anybody has any of the titles below you know what to do...
  • Assalto al centro nucleare (1967)
  • Chiedi perdono a dio, non a me (1968)
  • Storia di sangue (1972)
  • ...e continuavano a mettere lo diavolo ne lo inferno (1973)
  • Il lupo dei mari (1974)
  • Salvo d’acquisto (1975)
  • Pugni, dollari & spinaci (1978)
  • Brillantina rock (1979)
  • Kenn' ich, weiss ich, war ich schon! (1981)

Missing Arena!
As always seems to be the case with little-known actors with large online filmographies, there are a number of titles where he is credited somewhere online, but either he does not appear or else I was unable to find him for some reason.
  • Sugar Colt (1966) listed on IMDb as playing "Man in saloon". I could not see him, possibly confused for Alberico Donadeo, who does appear.
  • Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966) credited on IMDb as playing "3rd Sombrero Onlooker at Tuco's 1st Hanging". He does not appear in this scene, again maybe confused for Donadeo.
  • Come rubammo la bomba atomica (1967) credited on IMDb with no role given. I could not find him.
  • Django sfida Sartana (1970) Credited on CIDb as "Bandit" - with an image of Donadeo! I originally posted an image of another actor I thought could possibly be Arena, but unanimous opinion was that it was not him, so it has been removed.
  • C'è Sartana... vendi la pistola e comprati la bara (1970) Credited on IMDb as playing "Old man". I didn't see Fortunato, but Donadeo is there in a role that could fit the description (if you consider men in their 40's to be "old")
  • Indio Black sai che ti dico (1970) listed on CIDb as playing "Observer at duel". There are no duels in the film, and he is not a spectator at any other gunfights or anywhere else in the film as far as I can see. Donadeo and his son Ettore both appear, which could provide an explanation.
  • La bella Antonia, prima Monica e poi Dimonia (1972) Listed on IMDb with no role, he definitely does not appear.
  • Contro 4 bandiere (1979) listed on IMDb as "Soldato Anziano", I could not see him anywhere.
  • Due strani papà (1983) listed on IMDb as "Man at poker table". His son Ettore is at the poker table, Fortunato is not.

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Messalina (1951) as Gladiator
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Teodora (1953) as Guard
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Il Maestro di Don Giovanni (1954) as Nobleman
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Tempi nostri (1954) as A generico
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Lo scapolo (1955) as Bus passenger (on the right, facing away)
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Il principe dalla maschera rossa (1955) as Guard pushed into pool
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War and Peace (1955) as French soldier carrying jewels
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Mio figlio Nerone (1956) as Guard
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