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Fortunato Arena

Post by PeplumParadise » 07/09/2019, 10:02

Fortunato Arena in Ercole sfida Sansone (1963)

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.

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

  2. Messalina (uncredited) .... Gladiator

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

  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

  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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  78. 2 mafiosi contro Al Capone (uncredited) .... Minasi henchman
  79. 3 colpi di Winchester per Ringo (uncredited) .... One of Sanders' men
  80. 7 dollari sul rosso (uncredited) .... Troublemaker in the saloon
  81. 1000 dollari sul nero (uncredited) .... Laughing bandit
  82. A 077: sfida ai killers (uncredited) .... Fighter in bar
  83. Agente 3S3 massacro al sole (uncredited) .... Man on plane
  84. Django spara per primo (uncredited) .... One of Kluster's men
  85. Djurado (uncredited) .... Dallas
  86. I due figli di Ringo (uncredited) .... Indio's right hand
  87. Il ladro della Gioconda (uncredited) .... Romeo's servant
  88. Johnny Oro (uncredited) .... Perez henchman
  89. Johnny Yuma (uncredited) .... Poker player
  90. L'arcidiavolo (uncredited) .... Guard
  91. Missione Apocalisse (credited) .... Kruger
  92. Navajo Joe (uncredited) .... Gunman reflected in mirror
  93. Per qualche dollaro in meno (uncredited) .... Poker player in saloon
  94. Per un pugno di canzoni (uncredited) .... Gangster
  95. Spie contro il mondo (uncredited) .... Taxi driver
  96. Superargo contro Diabolikus (uncredited) .... Diabolikus henchman on boat
  97. Un angelo per Satana (uncredited) .... Man at the fire
  98. Uno sceriffo tutto d'oro (credited as Ares Lucky) .... Vargas
  99. Wanted (uncredited) .... Barman in Poorland City

  100. 7 donne per i Mac Gregor (uncredited) .... Bank robber
  101. Il bello, il brutto, il cretino (uncredited) .... Mexican
  102. Killer Kid (uncredited) .... José, el santo soldier
  103. La cintura di castità (uncredited) .... Knight
  104. La morte viene dal pianeta Aytin (uncredited) .... Snow devil
  105. Le due facce del dollaro (uncredited) .... Mexican bandit
  106. Se vuoi vivere... spara! (uncredited) .... Lookout
  107. Un dollaro per 7 vigliacchi (uncredited) .... Pastore
  108. Un dollaro tra i denti (credited) .... Captain Cordoba
  109. Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola (uncredited) .... Plein henchman
  110. Wanted Johnny Texas (uncredited) .... One of O'Connor's men

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  232. Caligula (uncredited) .... Man carrying Caligula's corpse
  233. S+H+E (credited) .... Peasant

  234. La salamandra (credited) .... Corpse of General Pantaleone

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

  238. Dagobert (uncredited) .... Soldier in the tavern

  239. 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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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/09/2019, 10:04

Messalina (1951) as Gladiator

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Frine, cortigiana d'Oriente (1953) as Prison guard

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Teodora (1953) as Guard

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Il Maestro di Don Giovanni (1954) as Nobleman

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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/09/2019, 10:16

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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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/09/2019, 10:29

War and Peace (1955) as French soldier carrying jewels

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Mio figlio Nerone (1956) as Guard

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