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Andrea Fantasia

Post by PeplumParadise » 03/01/2021, 16:48

Andrea Fantasia in Le maledette pistole di Dallas (1964)
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Andrea Fantasia was a character actor, stuntman, Master of arms and occasional bit-part actor active in Italian films from at least the mid-1950's to the mid-1980's. He was the lesser-known brother of actor/stuntman Franco Fantasia.

Andrea's date and place of birth are unknown. His date of death, found on numerous websites, is given as November 2nd 1985 in Rome. He is widely assumed to be the older brother of Franco, though presumably this is based on his looks alone.

Andrea was an accomplished fencer and rider and he was credited as Master of arms or Fencing master on a number of films, often together with Franco. He could have equally fitted into our stuntmen section, but while he unquestionably performed his own stunts in duels and riding, he very rarely got involved in physical fight scenes and generally his roles were more driven by character than action.

His known film career started in 1955, although since Franco had already been working in films for a few years by that time I think it highly likely that there could also be some earlier appearances to be found for Andrea. Up until the mid-60's Andrea worked almost exclusively in swashbucklers and peplums, making his mark playing the role of King Laertes in Le fatiche di Ercole and reprising the role in 2 further films. In the late 60's he moved into westerns, being cast as sheriffs or judges. While not prolific, he nevertheless continued working steadily through the 70's in smaller parts with his final known roles being in the early 80's.

I have previously found a few undocumented roles for Andrea and I'm sure there will be a few more to come.

FILMOGRAPHY
1955
  1. Il sacro esperimento (TV movie) (credited) .... Naguacu
  2. War and Peace (uncredited) .... Constand

    1957
  3. Il ricatto di un padre (uncredited) .... Nightclub customer
  4. Orizzonte infuocato (poster credit) .... Role?

    1958
  5. Le fatiche di Ercole (credited) .... Laertes

    1959
  6. Annibale (credited) .... Consul Paulus Emilius
  7. Due selvaggi a corte (credited?) .... Guglielmo
  8. Ercole e la regina di Lidia (credited) .... Laertes
  9. I cavalieri del diavolo (credited and as Fencing master) .... Duménil
  10. I Reali di Francia (credited) .... Hamel
  11. Il cavaliere senza terra (poster credit) .... Role?
  12. Il terrore dei barbari (uncredited) .... Father of Emiliano and Lidia
  13. L'arciere nero (credited and as Master of arms) .... The scarred one
  14. La congiura dei Borgia (credited?) .... Role?
  15. La Pica sul Pacifico (credited) .... The policeman
  16. La scimitarra del saraceno (credited) .... Leader of the slave caravan

    1960
  17. David e Golia (credited as Master of Arms) .... Does not appear
  18. I cosacchi (credited) .... One of the Tsar's officers
  19. Il terrore della maschera rossa (credited as Master of Arms) .... Does not appear
  20. La furia dei barbari (credited) .... Nogaric
  21. Maciste nella valle dei Re (credited and as Master of arms) .... The blacksmith
  22. Saffo - Venere di Lesbo (uncredited) .... Pittaco

    1961
  23. Capitani di ventura (credited) .... Prince Romualdi
  24. Gordon, il pirata nero (credited and as Fencing master) .... Bonifacio
  25. Il conquistatore di Corinto (credited and as Technical advisor) .... Lucius Mummius
  26. La vendetta della maschera di ferro (credited) .... Officer

    1962
  27. Il colpo segreto di d'Artagnan (credited) .... Role?
  28. La congiura dei dieci (uncredited) .... Nobleman
  29. La spada del Cid (credited and as Master of Arms) .... Enrico
  30. Taras Bulba, il cosacco (credited as Master of Arms) .... Does not appear
  31. Zorro alla corte di Spagna (uncredited) .... Nobleman

    1963
  32. D'Artagnan contro i 3 moschettieri (credited) .... Role?
  33. Ercole sfida Sansone (credited) .... Laertes
  34. I diavoli di Spartivento (credited as Weapons master) .... Does not appear
  35. Il boia di Venezia (uncredited) .... Role?
  36. Zorro e i tre moschettieri (credited) .... Spanish dignitary

    1964
  37. Buffalo Bill, l'eroe del far west (uncredited) .... Sergeant
  38. Il Leone di Tebe (uncredited) .... Bodyguard of Amenophis
  39. La rivolta dei barbari (uncredited) .... Barbarian (re-used footage)
  40. La rivolta dei pretoriani (uncredited) .... One of Rufo's men
  41. La vendetta dei gladiatori (uncredited) .... Role?
  42. Le maledette pistole di Dallas (credited as Andrew Hart) .... Sheriff
  43. Tre dollari di piombo (credited as Andrew Hart) .... Raf

    1965
  44. Il gladiatore che sfidò l'impero (uncredited) .... Gulba's general

    1967
  45. Faccia a faccia (uncredited) .... Pinkerton official
  46. L'avventuriero (credited) .... Sailor
  47. La cintura di castità (uncredited) .... Knight
  48. Wanted (uncredited) .... Poker player

    1968
  49. Don Chisciotte e Sancio Panza (credited) .... The mayor
  50. El Zorro (uncredited) .... Don Carlos de Altamura
  51. Il lungo giorno del massacro (credited) .... The judge
  52. I nipoti di Zorro (credited) .... Lieutenant Gonzales
  53. Omicidio per vocazione (credited and as Production inspector) .... Notary
  54. Sangue chiama sangue (credited) .... Sancho henchman
  55. Tre passi nel delirio (uncredited) .... Producer

    1969
  56. 20.000 dollari sporchi di sangue (credited) .... Miller
  57. Italiani! È severamente proibito servirsi della toilette durante le fermate (credited) .... Cavalier Giusti, Benito's father
  58. La battaglia di El Alamein (credited) .... Dr. Horst

    1972
  59. Roma (uncredited) .... Man with hair-net in the shelter

    1973
  60. Il figlio di Zorro (credited) .... Don José Herrera

    1974
  61. Prostituzione (credited) .... Antique dealer

    1975
  62. Il Giustiziere Sfida La Città (uncredited) .... François
  63. La spacconata (credited) .... The sheriff
  64. The Count of Monte-Cristo (uncredited) .... Angry banker

    1976
  65. Gli Esecutori (uncredited) .... Mafia boss
  66. Il trucido e lo sbirro (uncredited) .... Supermarket manager
  67. Roma a mano armata (uncredited) .... Ambulance passenger

    1977
  68. La bestia in calore (uncredited) .... Doctor

    1978
  69. Il grande attacco (uncredited) .... French partisan

    1979
  70. Da Corleone a Brooklyn (uncredited) .... Taxi driver at the station

    1983
  71. The Scarlet and the Black (TV movie) (uncredited) .... Caretaker

More Andrea!
There are more titles in which Andrea reportedly appears, so if anyone has shots of him in any of the titles below, you know what to do!
  • Il mantello rosso (1955) IMDb

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Re: Andrea Fantasia

Post by PeplumParadise » 03/01/2021, 16:51

Andrea's earliest role found so far comes from War and Peace (1955) as Constand
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Post by PeplumParadise » 03/01/2021, 16:55

Le fatiche di Ercole (1958) credited, as Laertes
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Post by PeplumParadise » 03/01/2021, 16:58

Annibale (1959) credited, as Consul Paulus Emilius
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Post by PeplumParadise » 03/01/2021, 17:05

Due selvaggi a corte (1959), it would appear his character is called Guglielmo.

This film is impossible to find, however it does exist in fotoromanzo form and Andrea can be clearly identified in a number of images. Andrea should reportedly be credited in the film (he wasn't on the poster or in the fotoromanzo) and should also have a joint Stunt co-ordinator credit with brother Franco.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 03/01/2021, 17:10

Ercole e la regina di Lidia (1959) credited, as Laertes.

Reprising his role from Le fatiche di Ercole, he would play the role again 4 years later in Ercole sfida Sansone
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Post by PeplumParadise » 03/01/2021, 17:14

I cavalieri del diavolo (1959) credited, as Duménil.

Andrea is also credited along with Franco as Fencing Masters in some versions.
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Thanks to Johan for identifying the role and providing the second credit

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Post by PeplumParadise » 03/01/2021, 17:18

I Reali di Francia (1959) credited, as Hamel
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Post by PeplumParadise » 03/01/2021, 17:22

Il cavaliere senza terra (1959) Role uncertain.

This is another impossible-to-find 50's swashbuckler, however Andrea can be spotted (at least I think that's him in the centre doing the knighting) in an image from the French press book and is credited on the poster.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 03/01/2021, 17:25

Il terrore dei barbari (1959) as Father of Emiliano and Lidia
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