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Messina, Roberto

Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 11:28

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. Queste pazze pazze donne (uncredited) .... Thug in disco brawl
  20. The Fall of the Roman Empire (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  21. Tre dollari di piombo (credited as Rob Messanger) .... Mark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1978
  98. Battaglie negli spazi stellari (uncredited) .... Guard
  99. Il commissario di ferro (uncredited) .... Kidnapper who collects the ransom money
  100. Il figlio dello sceicco (credited) .... Bedouin leader
  101. Non sparate sui bambini (uncredited) .... Beaumont henchman
  102. Piedone l'africano (uncredited) .... Police nun
  103. Quel maledetto treno blindato (uncredited) .... American prisoner
  104. Sam & Sally (TV series) - season 1, episode 2: "Bedelia" (uncredited) .... Henchman
  105. Squadra antimafia (credited) .... Commissario Tozzi
  106. Un poliziotto scomodo (uncredited) .... Corchi henchman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1994
  117. 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.
  • S+H+E (1980) I'm pretty certain he plays one of the henchmen who make a human bridge, but it would take a good quality copy to confirm this and to get images.
  • 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, 11:31

L'ira di Achille (1962) as Soldier
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 11:33

Maciste, il gladiatore più forte del mondo (1962) as Gladiator
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 11:36

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, 11:40

Ercole contro Moloch (1963) as Gladiator
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 11:43

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, 11:46

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, 11:49

Ercole l'invincibile (1964) as Soldier
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I tre centurioni (1964) as Wrestler
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/05/2020, 12:10

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