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Mike Brendel

Post by PeplumParadise » 25/07/2020, 11:18

Mike Brendel in Joaquín Murrieta (1965)
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Mike Brendel was a granite-faced, Hungarian-born, former wrestler who carved himself an acting career in small roles and bit parts, mostly in Spanish productions (including many Italian and international co-productions), from the early 50's until his death in 1969.

He was born Mihaly Orogovanyi in Erdőkürt, Hungary in 1910. He became first the Hungarian, then European wrestling champion (400 wins, no defeats). He lived in America for awhile in the early 30's, originally fighting under his own name, then later adopting the stage name of Mike Brendel. He is known to have been wrestling in Britain and France during the mid-late 30's. The Wrestling Heritage website mentions that he may have served 4 years in a prisoner of war camp during WW2. At some point in the late 40's he made his home in Spain, wrestling there under the title the "El Tigre Americano".
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From the early 50's he started appearing in small roles in films, his battered looks and expressionless face making him perfectly suited to playing tough prisoners, gangsters or henchman (though he rarely did much physical stuntwork).

He died on August 18th 1969 in Madrid, Spain, aged 58 or 59.

Biographical information comes from a variety of wrestling websites combined with some research by the always-reliable Tom Betts from the Westerns All'Italiana! blog.

I have turned up a couple of undocumented appearances by Mike in historical productions so I think it is quite likely there could be more to be found.

FILMOGRAPHY
1953
  1. Vuelo 971 (credited) .... Plane passenger

    1954
  2. Malaga (credited) .... Tiger

    1959
  3. La vida alrededor (credited as Mike Brendell) .... Gangster
  4. Marinai, donne e guai (credited) .... Pablito
  5. Solomon and Sheba (uncredited) .... Egyptian ally
  6. Un hecho violento (credited) .... Prisoner

    1960
  7. Robinson et le triporteur (credited?) .... Plane passenger
  8. The Boy Who Stole a Million (credited) .... Carlos I

    1963
  9. Cleopatra (uncredited) .... Roman soldier
  10. El llanero (credited?) .... Role?
  11. The Castilian (uncredited) .... Nobleman

    1964
  12. Gunfighters of Casa Grande (credited) .... Barman
  13. I cento cavalieri (uncredited) .... Prisoner
  14. I due violenti (credited as Mike Brendell) .... Amos
  15. La muerte silba un blues (credited) .... Pulgarcito
  16. Rueda de sospechosos (credited) .... El Tigre's manager

    1965
  17. La valle delle ombre rosse (credited?) .... Chingachgook
  18. Marc Mato, agente S. 077 (uncredited) .... Henchman
  19. Joaquín Murrieta (credited) .... Buck Winters
  20. Solo contro tutti (uncredited) .... Gunman

    1966
  21. Kid Rodelo (credited) .... Turnkey

    1967
  22. Agente speciale L.K. (uncredited) .... Henchman
  23. La casa de las mil muñecas (uncredited) .... Nightclub doorman
  24. La isla de la muerte (credited) .... Baldi / Baldi's brother

    1968
  25. Krakatoa: East of Java (credited) .... Prisoner
  26. Operación Mata Hari (credited) .... Condemned prisoner

    1969
  27. 99 donne (uncredited) .... Boatman
  28. Il castello di Fu Manchu (uncredited) .... Pacha henchman
  29. Justine ovvero le disavventure della virtù (credited) .... Pierre
  30. Tempo di Charleston - Chicago 1929 (uncredited) .... Gangster
  31. Viva América: La vera storia di Frank Mannata (uncredited) .... Nightclub waiter

More Mike!
There are a few additional titles for Mike, mostly Spanish productions, where I have been unable to find images or credits, so if anybody has any of these please fill in the gaps
  • La danza de los deseos (1954) IMDb as Policeman
  • El guardián del paraíso (1955) IMDb
  • Los peces rojos (1955) IMDb as Tavern customer
  • Horas de pánico (1957) IMDb
  • Los misterios del Rosario (1957) from Christoffer Slotte, as Barabbas
  • ...Y eligió el infierno (1957) IMDb
  • En las ruinas de Babilonia (Der Löwe von Babylon) (1957) Karl May website, as Turkish officer
  • King of Kings (1961) from Christoffer Slotte
  • Objetivo: las estrellas (1963) IMDb
  • Las hijas de Helena (1963) IMDb
  • El rayo desintegrador (1966) IMDb
  • La vergine di Samoa (Tabú) (1966) IMDb as Yawata's henchman
  • Eroe vagabondo (1966) IMDb
  • Run Like a Thief (1967) IMDb as Turk
  • No somos de piedra (1968) IMDb

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Re: Mike Brendel

Post by PeplumParadise » 25/07/2020, 11:21

Vuelo 971 (1953) credited, playing himself as Plane passenger
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La vida alrededor (1959) credited as Mike Brendell, as Gangster
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/07/2020, 11:52

Solomon and Sheba (1959) as Egyptian ally, whose provinces include the port of Melish.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/07/2020, 11:54

Un hecho violento (1959) credited, as Prisoner, the ex-boxer
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/07/2020, 11:59

The Boy Who Stole a Million (1960) credited, as Carlos I
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/07/2020, 12:02

The Castilian (El valle de las espadas) (1963) as Nobleman
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Post by PeplumParadise » 25/07/2020, 12:03

Cleopatra (1963) as Roman soldier
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Gunfighters of Casa Grande (Los pistoleros de Casa Grande) (1964) credited, as Barman
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I cento cavalieri (1964) as Prisoner
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