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Roberto Messina

Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 9:28

Roberto Messina in Niente rose per OSS 117 (1968)
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Roberto Messina was a stuntman, actor and stunt co-ordinator active in Italian films from the start of the 60’s until the end of the 70’s and in international films into the early 90’s. He was the older brother of stuntman Emilio Messina.

Roberto was born in Casablanca, Morocco on January 2nd 1934. Along with his brother Emilio, alongside whom he often appeared, he first appeared in peplums, then continued working steadily through the cycles of the eurospy, spaghetti western and poliziotteschi genres. On those occasions where he was credited it was often under the pseudonym of Bob or Robert Messenger. He also worked as an Italian dubbing artist for Italian films and later as a stunt co-ordinator.

At the start of the 80’s both brothers relocated to Florida, USA and throughout the next decade he continued to work as a stuntman and stunt co-ordinator, predominantly for Italian productions shot in Florida. As far as is known, Roberto is still living at the time of writing, his brother having passed away, still resident in the USA, in 2007.

I have started his filmography only with roles found by myself, so there are plenty more to be added, particularly westerns and films from later in his career.


FILMOGRAPHY
1962
  1. L'ira di Achille (uncredited) .... Soldier
  2. Maciste, il gladiatore più forte del mondo (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  3. Sodoma e Gomorra (credited as Emilio and Roberto Messina) .... Hebrew

    1963
  4. Ercole contro Moloch (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  5. I dieci gladiatori (uncredited) .... Praetorian / Gladiator
  6. Il duca nero (uncredited) .... Soldier

    1964
  7. Ercole l'invincibile (uncredited) .... Soldier
  8. Gli invincibili dieci gladiatori (uncredited) .... Man in Spartacus' camp
  9. I magnifici brutos del West (uncredited) .... One of Tom's men
  10. I tre centurioni (uncredited) .... Wrestler
  11. Il colosso di Roma (uncredited) .... Guard outside Porsenna's tent
  12. Il magnifico gladiatore (uncredited) .... Dacian prisoner
  13. Il trionfo dei dieci gladiatori (uncredited) .... Guard / Gladiator
  14. Il trionfo di Ercole (uncredited) .... Golden fighter
  15. L'ultimo gladiatore (uncredited) .... Guard at the arena
  16. La spia che venne dall'ovest (uncredited) .... Furio
  17. Le maledette pistole di Dallas (credited as Rob Messanger) .... Zeke
  18. Maciste gladiatore di Sparta (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  19. The Fall of the Roman Empire (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  20. Tre dollari di piombo (credited as Rob Messanger) .... Mark

    1965
  21. Asso di picche - Operazione controspionaggio (uncredited) .... Oakes henchman
  22. Il boia scarlatto (credited as Robert Messenger) .... One of Anderson's henchmen
  23. La magnifica sfida (credited) .... role?
  24. Operazione poker (credited as Bob Messenger) .... Omar, OS-10
  25. Superseven chiama Cairo (uncredited) .... Trainer

    1966
  26. Agente segreto 070 thunderbay missione grasshopper (poster credit as Bob Messenger) .... Sgt. Bear of Scotland Yard (role unconfirmed)
  27. James Tont operazione D.U.E. (uncredited) .... Spring henchman
  28. L'affare Beckett (credited) as Bob Messenger .... Hammond
  29. Le spie amano i fiori (uncredited) .... Henchman in street fight
  30. Uno sceriffo tutto d'oro (credited as Bob Messenger and as Maestro d'armi) .... Jane's husband

    1967
  31. Bandidos (credited) .... Doc
  32. Il figlio di Django (credited as Bob Messenger) .... Logan
  33. Il magnifico Texano (uncredited) .... Deputy
  34. Strategic command chiama Jo Walker (uncredited) .... Khemal hanchman
  35. Un colpo da re (credited as Bob Messenger) .... Truefinger (role unconfirmed)

    1968
  36. Carogne si nasce (uncredited) .... Bill Ryan
  37. L'invincibile Superman (uncredited) .... Wrestler fighting Superargo
  38. Niente rose per OSS 117 (uncredited) .... Assistant to OSS 117
  39. T'ammazzo!... Raccomandati a Dio (credited) .... Ralph
  40. Uno dopo l'altro (uncredited) .... Bartender

    1969
  41. 5 per l'inferno (uncredited) .... German soldier
  42. Gli specialisti (uncredited) .... One of Boot's friends
  43. Le calde notti di Poppea (uncredited) .... One of Druso's men
  44. Sono Sartana, il vostro becchino (uncredited) .... Gunman
  45. Una lunga fila di croci (uncredited) .... Rodriguez

    1970
  46. Le Mans - Scorciatoia per l'inferno (uncredited) .... Race car driver
  47. Lo chiamavano Trinità... (uncredited) .... Brawler
  48. Wanted Sabata (credited and as Master of Arms) .... Conrad Hilton

    1971
  49. Arriva Durango...pago o muori (credited also as Master of Arms) .... Morris
  50. Continuavano a chiamarlo Trinità (uncredited) .... Monastery attack henchman
  51. È tornato Sabata... hai chiuso un'altra volta! (uncredited) .... McLintock henchman
  52. Il diavolo a sette facce (credited) .... Driver in car chase
  53. F.B.I. operazione Pakistan (credited) .... Bosco
  54. Il giorno del giudizio (uncredited) .... Poker player
  55. Il ritorno del gladiatore più forte del mondo (uncredited) .... Soldier at the tavern
  56. Quel maledetto giorno della resa dei conti (uncredited) .... Barroom brawler
  57. Se t'incontro t'ammazzo (uncredited) .... Outlaw

    1972
  58. Afyon oppio (credited) .... Henchman
  59. E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico (uncredited) .... Barman
  60. I bandoleros della dodicesima ora (uncredited) .... Saloon diner
  61. Il prode Anselmo e il suo scudiero (uncredited) .... One of Ottone's men
  62. Io monaca... per tre carogne e sette peccatrici (uncredited) .... Killer
  63. Poppea una prostituta al servizio dell'impero (uncredited) .... Cook
  64. Seminò morte... lo chiamavano il Castigo di Dio! (credited and as Master of Arms) .... Miller henchman
  65. Sotto a chi tocca (uncredited) .... role?

    1973
  66. Anche gli angeli mangiano fagioli (uncredited) .... Tag wrestler
  67. Dagli archivi della polizia criminale (uncredited) .... role?
  68. ...E il terzo giorno arrivò il corvo (uncredited) .... Gunman (re-used footage)
  69. Kid il monello del west (uncredited) .... Saloon brawler
  70. Ming, ragazzi! (uncredited) .... Footballer
  71. Piazza pulita (uncredited) .... Pole henchman
  72. Piedone lo sbirro (uncredited) .... Tunis fighter
  73. Provaci anche tu, Lionel (credited, also as Maestro d'armi) .... role?
  74. Sentivano uno strano, eccitante, pericoloso puzzo di dollari (uncredited) .... Bank robber

    1974
  75. ...altrimenti ci arrabbiamo! (uncredited) .... Gymnast
  76. Arrivano Joe e Margherito (credited) .... Henchman
  77. Carambola (uncredited) .... Clydeson henchman
  78. Le amanti del mostro (uncredited) .... Farmer
  79. Quelli che contano (uncredited) .... Henchman in red
  80. The Arena / La rivolta delle gladiatrici (uncredited) .... Gladiator

    1975
  81. Colpo in canna (uncredited) .... Don Calo henchman
  82. L'esorciccio (uncredited) .... Man in Pasquale's garage
  83. Noi non siamo angeli (credited as stunt man) .... Boxing referee
  84. Simone e Matteo - Un gioco da ragazzi (credited for Special effects) .... Henchman on ship

    1976
  85. Keoma (uncredited) .... Caldwell henchman / Caldwell henchman
  86. Quelli della calibro 38 (uncredited) .... Nistri's man
  87. Squadra antifurto (credited) .... Commissioner Tozzi
  88. Squadra antiscippo (credited) .... Commissioner Tozzi

    1977
  89. Cuibul salamandrelor (credited) .... Fred
  90. I due superpiedi quasi piatti (credited) .... Fred henchman
  91. La malavita attacca. La polizia risponde (uncredited) .... Gunman at the Alicomo
  92. La polizia è sconfitta (uncredited) .... Friend of the Tunisian
  93. Squadra antitruffa (uncredited) .... Commissioner Tozzi
  94. Zanna Bianca e il grande Kid (credited as Stunt co-ordinator) .... Miner

    1978
  95. Il commissario di ferro (uncredited) .... Kidnapper who collects the ransom money
  96. Il figlio dello sceicco (credited) .... Bedouin leader
  97. Non sparate sui bambini (uncredited) .... Beaumont henchman
  98. Piedone l'africano (uncredited) .... Police nun
  99. Quel maledetto treno blindato (uncredited) .... American prisoner
  100. Squadra antimafia (credited) .... Commissario Tozzi
  101. Un poliziotto scomodo (uncredited) .... Corchi henchman

    1979
  102. Return of the Saint (TV series, episode 19: Murder Cartel) (credited) .... Mario
  103. Sette uomini d'oro nello spazio (uncredited) .... Boxing match referee

    1980
  104. Popeye (credited and as stunt co-ordinator) .... Gozo

    1981
  105. Chi trova un amico trova un tesoro (uncredited) .... Pirate
  106. Freddie of the Jungle (credited as Stunt co-ordinator) .... Credit only

    1983
  107. Cane e gatto (uncredited) .... One of Don Salvatore's men

    1984
  108. Jungle Warriors (credited and as stunt co-ordinator) .... Probably credit only

    1985
  109. Miami supercops (uncredited) .... Duran henchman

    1989
  110. Bersaglio sull'autostrada (credited as Assistant director?) .... Bodyguard
  111. Cat Chaser (credited as stunt co-ordinator only)

    1994
  112. Botte di Natale (credited as stunt only)
More Roberto!
There are still a few movies where Roberto is credited by various online sources, so if anybody has images of him in the films below you know what to do.
  • Un colpo da re (1966) ANICA as Truefinger
  • Uno sceriffo tutto d'oro (1966) already in filmography, IMDb says he should have a stunt coordinator credit, but the closing credits were cut short on my copy
  • Spara, Gringo, spara (1968) IMDb as Soldier in Doneghan's Army
  • Quel giorno Dio non c'era (Il caso Defregger) (1969) IMDb
  • La modification (1970) IMDb as Policeman
  • Quel giorno Dio non c'era (1970) ANICA
  • Senza famiglia, nullatenenti cercano affetto (1972) He plays a rioter, identifiable from his unique comb-over, but I couldn't get any usable shots of him from the rather soft "HD" copy on You Tube.
  • Final Justice (1989) IMDb as stunt coordinator (may not appear)
  • Curse II: The Bite (1989) IMDb as stunt coordinator (may not appear)
  • Sonny Boy (1989) IMDb as stunts (may not appear)
  • Out of Control (1992) IMDb as Collins
Messina is missing!
As often seems to be the case we also have a selection of films where Roberto is credited by some online resource, but where we have been unable to find him.
  • Asso di picche - Operazione controspionaggio (1965) IMDb with no role given, Emilio appears but Roberto doesn't.
  • Gli fumavano le Colt... lo chiamavano Camposanto (1971) IMDb as Saloon patron. Searched for by several people, but not found.
  • Carambola, filotto... tutti in buca (1975) IMDb as Hitman. Emilio has a large credited role, but I couldn't see Roberto and there were no roles that could really be described as hitmen. Check for Master of Arms credit

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Re: Roberto Messina

Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 9:31

L'ira di Achille (1962) as Soldier
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 9:33

Maciste, il gladiatore più forte del mondo (1962) as Gladiator
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 9:36

Sodoma e Gomorra (1962) credited as Emilio and Roberto Messina, but barely seen, as Hebrew
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 9:40

Ercole contro Moloch (1963) as Gladiator
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 9:43

I dieci gladiatori (1963) in duel roles as Praetorian (according to IMDb this role is called Methodius) and Gladiator
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 9:46

Il duca nero (1963) as Soldier. That's him with his head down, in the film he's identifiable but is constantly moving so this is the nearest you can get to a good shot of him.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 9:49

Ercole l'invincibile (1964) as Soldier
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 10:07

I tre centurioni (1964) as Wrestler
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 10:10

Il colosso di Roma (1964) as Guard outside Porsenna's tent
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