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Franco Gulà

Post by PeplumParadise » 07/10/2020, 14:12

Franco Gulà in Dio perdona... Io no! (1967)
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Franco Gulà was a bit-part and character actor active in Italian films from at least the early 60's until the early 70's.

A late starter, at least as far as his known roles are concerned, Franco was obviously already in his 60's or 70's when his known film career commenced. While he appeared in many genres, it is undoubtedly for his appearances as mischievous old men in spaghetti westerns that he is best known. Since he was credited as Francesco Gulà on a number of occasions it seems likely that this was his proper name. No biographical details are currently known.

According to the book "Il Teatro La Fenice: cronologia degli spettacoli, 1792-1936" by Michele Girardi and Franco Rossi, it appears that Franco was a theatre actor and maybe singer in the 1930's at Teatro La Fenice in Venice (thanks to FatmanDan for finding this info).

He was short and usually easily recognisable for his floppy white hair and scruffy white beard. He has, however, occasionally appeared clean-shaven, notably in his 2 earliest roles found, giving him a somewhat different appearance, so it's quite possible there will be more clean-shaven roles, maybe earlier ones, to be found. I have found several undocumented roles for him and I'm sure more will follow.


FILMOGRAPHY
1963
  1. Il gattopardo (credited) .... Servant in Don Salina's household

    1964
  2. Extraconiugale (uncredited) .... Renato's grandfather

    1965
  3. 30 Winchester per El Diablo (uncredited) .... Telegraph operator
  4. Scaramouche (TV mini-series, episodes 3 & 4) (credited as Francesco Gula) .... Role?
  5. Un dollaro bucato (uncredited) .... Townsman
  6. Uno straniero a Sacramento (credited as Frank Ghula) .... Sourdough

    1966
  7. 2 once di piombo (uncredited) .... Smith
  8. 7 dollari sul rosso (credited) .... Walt
  9. Amore all'italiana (uncredited) .... Grandfather
  10. Arizona Colt (uncredited) .... Bank clerk
  11. El Rojo (uncredited) .... Saloon customer
  12. James Tont operazione D.U.E. (credited) .... Mr. Brown
  13. Le colt cantarono la morte e fu... tempo di massacro (uncredited) .... Farmer
  14. Testadirapa (credited) .... Pinzi
  15. Uccidete Johnny Ringo (credited as Frank Gulas) .... Whiskey Pete
  16. Un fiume di dollari (uncredited) .... Saloon customer
  17. Una questione d'onore (credited) .... Agostino Sanna

    1967
  18. Arrriva Dorellik (credited) .... Pet shop owner
  19. Dio perdona... Io no! (credited) .... Gravedigger-clockmaker
  20. Il figlio di Django (credited) .... Hotel clerk
  21. Il tigre (uncredited) .... Man at the traffic lights
  22. Joe l'implacabile (uncredited) .... Telegraph operator
  23. Little Rita nel West (credited) .... Lawyer
  24. Nato per uccidere (credited) .... John Storm
  25. Ric e Gian alla conquista del West (poster credit) .... Medical officer (role unconfirmed)
  26. Wanted Johnny Texas (uncredited) .... Morty

    1968
  27. 20.000 dollari sporchi di sangue (uncredited) .... Saloon customer
  28. Barbarella (credited) .... Credit only
  29. I lunghi giorni dell'odio (credited) .... John Benson
  30. I quattro dell'Ave Maria (uncredited) .... Al
  31. Il profeta (uncredited) .... Monk participating in TV debate
  32. L'ira di Dio (uncredited) .... Maurice
  33. Odia il prossimo tuo (uncredited) .... Doc
  34. Oggi a me... domani a te! (uncredited) .... Saloon customer
  35. Preparati la bara! (uncredited) .... Deputy
  36. Se vuoi vivere... spara! (uncredited) .... Grandpa McGowan
  37. T'ammazzo!... Raccomandati a Dio (uncredited) .... Old man being shot at
  38. Tre croci per non morire (uncredited) .... Ortega servant
  39. Tutto per tutto (uncredited) .... Priest
  40. Un minuto per pregare, un istante per morire (uncredited) .... Happy old man

    1969
  41. Capricci (credited) .... Mosbie
  42. Fellini Satyricon (uncredited) .... Old man
  43. Il pistolero dell'Ave Maria (credited as Francesco Gula) .... Preacher
  44. Satyricon (credited) .... Role?

    1970
  45. E Dio disse a Caino... (credited) .... Gun dealer
  46. Kidnapping! Paga o uccidiamo tuo figlio (uncredited) .... Old drunk
  47. L'homme orchestre (uncredited) .... Sicilian family member
  48. La lotta dell'uomo per la sua sopravvivenza (TV series, episode 4: "Un'arca nel diluvio: il monachesimo" (credited) .... Monk
  49. Una colt in pugno al diavolo (uncredited) .... Old villager

    1971
  50. I pirati dell'isola verde (credited as Francesco Gula) .... Fisherman
  51. Le juge (credited) .... Jeremy
  52. Policeman (credited) .... The beggar

    1972
  53. Un uomo chiamato Dakota (uncredited) .... Old man who gets shot

Additional credits
  • A proposito di 'Arden of Feversham' (1968) Documentary, as himself

Gulà is gone!
As always there are some titles where he is credited somewhere online, but does not seem to appear. It looks like, in several cases, people have found an unknown old man in a film and have credited it as Franco since he was the only old man they knew.
  • Ramon il Messicano (1966) IMDb as Joselito. There is an unfamiliar old man in the role, but it isn't Franco.
  • Cosi sia (1972) IMDb. Someone has clearly mistaken him for similar-looking Czech whitebeard Mila Beran.

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Re: Franco Gulà

Post by PeplumParadise » 07/10/2020, 14:16

Il gattopardo (1963) credited, as Servant in Don Salina's household.

This is currently Franco's earliest confirmed appearance.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/10/2020, 14:22

Extraconiugale (1964) as Renato's grandfather, in the segment "La moglie svedese".
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/10/2020, 14:25

30 Winchester per El Diablo (1965) as Telegraph operator
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/10/2020, 14:29

Scaramouche (1965) TV mini-series. Franco appears, credited as Francesco Gula, in episodes 3 and 4, role uncertain.

Episode 3
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Episode 4, credited but only seen in the background
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/10/2020, 14:32

Un dollaro bucato (1965) as Townsman
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/10/2020, 14:34

Uno straniero a Sacramento (1965) credited as Frank Ghula, as Sourdough
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/10/2020, 14:37

2 once di piombo (1966) as Smith
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/10/2020, 14:39

7 dollari sul rosso (1966) credited, as Walt
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Post by PeplumParadise » 07/10/2020, 14:41

Amore all'italiana (1966) as Grandfather
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