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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1966
  77. 2 mafiosi contro Al Capone (uncredited) .... Minasi henchman
  78. 3 colpi di Winchester per Ringo (uncredited) .... One of Sanders' men
  79. 7 dollari sul rosso (uncredited) .... Troublemaker in the saloon
  80. 1000 dollari sul nero (uncredited) .... Laughing bandit
  81. A 077: sfida ai killers (uncredited) .... Fighter in bar
  82. Agente 3S3 massacro al sole (uncredited) .... Man on plane
  83. Django spara per primo (uncredited) .... One of Kluster's men
  84. Djurado (uncredited) .... Dallas
  85. I due figli di Ringo (uncredited) .... Indio's right hand
  86. Il ladro della Gioconda (uncredited) .... Romeo's servant
  87. Johnny Oro (uncredited) .... Perez henchman
  88. Johnny Yuma (uncredited) .... Poker player
  89. L'arcidiavolo (uncredited) .... Guard
  90. Missione Apocalisse (credited) .... Kruger
  91. Navajo Joe (uncredited) .... Gunman reflected in mirror
  92. Per qualche dollaro in meno (uncredited) .... Poker player in saloon
  93. Spie contro il mondo (uncredited) .... Taxi driver
  94. Superargo contro Diabolikus (uncredited) .... Diabolikus henchman on boat
  95. Un angelo per Satana (uncredited) .... Man at the fire
  96. Uno sceriffo tutto d'oro (credited as Ares Lucky) .... Vargas
  97. Wanted (uncredited) .... Barman in Poorland City

    1967
  98. 7 donne per i Mac Gregor (uncredited) .... Bank robber
  99. Il bello, il brutto, il cretino (uncredited) .... Mexican
  100. Killer Kid (uncredited) .... José, el santo soldier
  101. La cintura di castità (uncredited) .... Knight
  102. La morte viene dal pianeta Aytin (uncredited) .... Snow devil
  103. Le due facce del dollaro (uncredited) .... Mexican bandit
  104. Se vuoi vivere... spara! (uncredited) .... Lookout
  105. Un dollaro per 7 vigliacchi (uncredited) .... Pastore
  106. Un dollaro tra i denti (credited) .... Captain Cordoba
  107. Un uomo, un cavallo, una pistola (uncredited) .... Plein henchman
  108. Wanted Johnny Texas (uncredited) .... One of O'Connor's men

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

    1969
  127. Dio perdoni la mia pistola (uncredited) .... Stagecoach driver
  128. Ehi amico... c'è Sabata, hai chiuso! (uncredited) .... Ranch hand
  129. Franco, Ciccio e il pirata Barbanera (credited) .... Timoniere
  130. Franco e Ciccio ...ladro e guardia (credited) .... Circus presenter
  131. I quattro del Pater Noster (credited) .... Post carriage escort
  132. L'odio è il mio dio (credited?) .... Sheriff henchman
  133. Le avventure di Gerard (uncredited) .... Tavern keeper
  134. Le calde notti di Poppea (uncredited) .... Cilla
  135. Quintana (uncredited) .... Prison guard
  136. Tarzana, sesso selvaggio (uncredited) .... Guard on expedition
  137. Un esercito di 5 uomini (uncredited) .... Officer who orders Esteban's execution
  138. Zorro marchese di Navarra (credited) .... El Moko

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1978
  223. La banda del gobbo (credited) .... Psychiatric nurse
  224. Lo chiamavano Bulldozer (uncredited) .... Thug
  225. Return of the Saint (TV series, episode 22: Dragonseed) (credited) .... Peasant
  226. Solamente nero (uncredited) .... Antonio, the waiter
  227. Tanto va la gatta al lardo... (uncredited) .... Butcher

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

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

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

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

    1989
  235. 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...

Per un pugno di canzoni (1966)
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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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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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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