Zamperla, Nazzareno

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Zamperla, Nazzareno

Post by PeplumParadise » 21/06/2020, 14:20

Nazzareno Zamperla in Sette contro tutti (1965)
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Nazzareno Zamperla was a stuntman, actor and Master of Arms, active in Italian films from the early 50's, working steadily for the next 50 years until 2003. For awhile, in the mid-late 60's, he scored some larger, credited acting roles, but he was back in uncredited stunt roles from the start of the 70's. Later he worked more often behind the scenes as a stunt coordinator or weapons master.

He was born in Treviso, Italy on April 25th 1937 and died in Rome on March 19th 2020, aged 82. He came from a well known circus family and was the brother of stuntman Rinaldo Zamperla. His sons, Mirco and David, followed their father into the business. (these details found on all available sources).

Along with Franco Fantasia and Goffredo Unger, he was among the first of the generation of stuntmen who worked through the cycles of historical swashbucklers, peplums, eurospies, spaghetti westerns and crime films of the 70's

I have started his filmography only with titles found by myself, so there are still quite a few to be added, particularly westerns, films from later in his career and titles where he has production credits.

Filmography
1953
  1. Capitan Fantasma (uncredited) .... Pirate

    1954
  2. La strada (uncredited) .... Man restraining Zampano

    1956
  3. Giovanni dalle bande nere (uncredited) .... Soldier
  4. Lo spadaccino misterioso (uncredited) .... role?

    1957
  5. Il cavaliere dalla spada nera (uncredited) .... Soldier
  6. Il diavolo nero (uncredited) .... One of Osvaldo's men
  7. Kean - Genio e sregolatezza (uncredited) .... Acrobat
  8. La Gerusalemme liberata (uncredited) .... Soldier
  9. Il conte di Matera (credited) .... Marco

    1958
  10. Il pirata dello sparviero nero (uncredited) .... Pirate with the French ambassador
  11. La maja desnuda (uncredited) .... Soldier

    1959
  12. Ben-Hur (uncredited) .... Fighter in sea battle
  13. La battaglia di Maratona (uncredited) .... Gladiator

    1960
  14. I giganti della Tessaglia (uncredited) .... Rebel from Jolco / Argonaut
  15. Morgan il pirata (uncredited) .... Pirate
  16. Teseo contro il minotauro (uncredited) .... Rebel

    1961
  17. Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide (uncredited) .... Fighter in tavern
  18. Gli invasori (uncredited) .... Fighter in sea battle
  19. La schiava di Roma (credited) .... Roman soldier / Gaul
  20. Le meraviglie di Aladino (uncredited) .... Street acrobat
  21. Rosmunda e Alboino (uncredited) .... One of Alboino's generals
  22. Una spada nell'ombra (uncredited) .... Soldier

    1962
  23. I moschettieri del mare (uncredited) .... Seaman
  24. I Normanni (uncredited) .... William
  25. I sette gladiatori (credited as Tony Zamperla) .... Vargas
  26. La tigre dei sette mari (credited) .... Rick
  27. Zorro alla corte di Spagna (credited as Nazareno Zamperla) .... Paquito

    1963
  28. Il magnifico avventuriero (uncredited) .... Police officer in tavern fight
  29. Sandokan, la tigre di Mompracem (credited) .... Hirangu
  30. Zorro contro Maciste (credited) .... Sadoc
  31. Zorro e i tre moschettieri (credited as Tony Zamperla) .... D'Artagnan

    1964
  32. I pirati della Malesia (credited) .... Durango
  33. I tre sergenti del Bengala (credited as Nick Anderson) .... Sergeant John Foster
  34. Il magnifico gladiatore (credited) .... Horatio
  35. Il trionfo di Ercole (credited) .... Thief
  36. Sansone contro il corsaro nero (credited) .... Watchman

    1965
  37. La montagna di luce (credited) .... Sitama's henchman
  38. Sette contro tutti (credited as Nick Anderson) .... Gladiator
  39. Un dollaro bucato (credited as Nicholas St. John) .... Philip O'Hara
  40. Una pistola per Ringo (credited) .... Sancho gang member

    1966
  41. 7 pistole per i MacGregor (credited as Nick Anderson) .... Peter MacGregor
  42. Bacia e spara (credited as Master of Arms) .... Henchman disguised as bus driver and waiter
  43. Sugar Colt (credited as Nazareno Zamperla) .... Sergeant Preston

    1967
  44. 7 donne per i MacGregor (credited as Nick Anderson) .... Peter MacGregor
  45. Sette pistole per un massacro (credited) .... Tom, Peggy's brother
  46. Troppo per vivere...poco per morire (credited) .... Flash, newspaper photographer

    1968
  47. Karin un corpo che brucia (poster credit) .... role?
  48. Oggi a me...domani a te! (credited as maestro d'armi) .... Does not appear
  49. Sette volte sette (credited as Neno Zamperla) .... Bananas
  50. Un minuto per pregare, un istante per morire (credited as maestro d'armi) .... Does not appear

    1969
  51. La collina degli stivali (credited as Neno Zamperla and as Stunt director) .... Franz, the acrobat

    1970
  52. Corbari (credited as maestro d'armi) .... Does not appear
  53. Le tigri di Mompracem (uncredited) .... Prisoner

    1971
  54. L'arciere di fuoco (credited as Neno Zamperla) .... One of Robin Hood's men

    1973
  55. Tony Arzenta (Big Guns) (credited as Master of Arms) .... Cutitta henchman

    1974
  56. Il cittadino si ribella (credited as Nazareno Zamperla) .... Thug
  57. Uomini duri (Tough guys) (uncredited) .... Snake's henchman

    1975
  58. Africa Express (credited as Master of Arms as Nazareno Zamperla) .... Does not appear
  59. Cipolla colt (credited as Neno Zamperla) .... Oblo aka Monocle
  60. Il bianco, il giallo il nero (credited as Nazareno Zamperla) .... Donovan's sergeant

    1976
  61. Il secondo tragico Fantozzi (uncredited) .... Office worker carrying Fantozzi up the stairs
  62. La madama (credited) .... Bad guy

    1977
  63. California (credited as Stunt director as Neno Zamperla) .... Brother of northern soldier

    1979
  64. L'importante è non farsi notare (credited as Master of Arms as Nazareno Zamperla) .... Agent O'Hara
  65. Un uomo in ginocchio (credited as Master of Arms as Nazareno Zamperla) .... Police officer

    1980
  66. Apocalypse domani (uncredited) .... American soldier
  67. L'avvertimento (credited as Master of Arms as Nazareno Zamperla) .... Inspector Toniatto

    1982
  68. Banana Joe (uncredited) .... Henchman

    1983
  69. Thor il conquistatore (uncredited) .... Man of Gnut's tribe
  70. Thunder (credited) .... Thomas' friend

    1984
  71. Rolf (credited as Nike Anderson) .... Bearded mercenary

    1986
  72. I giorni dell'inferno (credited as Stunt supervisor as Neno Zamperla) .... Does not appear

    1988
  73. La notte degli squali (credited as Stunt co-ordinator) .... Vic

    1989
  74. I promessi sposi (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms)

    1995
  75. Cutthroat Island (credited as Swordmaster as Neno Zamperla) .... Does not appear

    1998
  76. Dangerous Beauty (credited as Stunt coordinator as Neno Zamperla) .... Does not appear

    1999
  77. Cleopatra (TV mini-series) (credited as Sword master as Neno Zamperla) .... Does not appear

    2001
  78. Vercingétorix, la légende du druide roi (credited as Fencing master) .... Does not appear

Additional credits
  • Kino kolossal - Herkules, Maciste & Co (2000) Documentary which appeared as an extra on DVD releases, as interviewee

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Re: Nazzareno Zamperla

Post by PeplumParadise » 21/06/2020, 14:29

Capitan Fantasma (1953) as Pirate. Nazzareno's earliest known role, when he was just 16 years old. He reportedly also body-doubled for lead actor Frank Latimore.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 21/06/2020, 14:32

La strada (1954) as Man restraining Zampano, with an also very young and less recognisable Goffredo Unger.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 21/06/2020, 14:35

Giovanni dalle bande nere (1956) as Soldier
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Lo spadaccino misterioso (1956) role uncertain
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Post by PeplumParadise » 21/06/2020, 14:42

Il cavaliere dalla spada nera (1957) as Soldier
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Post by PeplumParadise » 21/06/2020, 14:45

Il diavolo nero (1957) as One of Osvaldo's men. My notes say he should also play a second role, with a moustache, as One of Lorenzo's guards, but I'll need to search harder to find that one.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 21/06/2020, 14:49

Kean - Genio e sregolatezza (1957) as Acrobat in the tavern
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La Gerusalemme liberata (1957) as Soldier
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Post by PeplumParadise » 21/06/2020, 14:54

Il conte di Matera (1957) credited (his earliest known credited role), bleached blonde, as Marco.
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