Bonadonna, Giovanni

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Bonadonna, Giovanni

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2021, 18:18

Giovanni Bonadonna in Black Jack (1968)
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Giovanni Bonadonna was a stuntman and actor who was active in Italian films from at least the start of the 1960's until the early 1980's.

He was the brother of stuntman Elio Bonadonna and the brothers often appeared in films together. No biographical details are currently known.

While I have found a few early peplum roles for Giovanni, his 60's and early 70's filmography is still rather sparse, so I'm certain there must be more roles to be found, almost certainly some more westerns. In the mid-late 70's he maintained a dark goatee, giving him a more distinctive, somewhat-Arabic look.

In addition to his film work, Giovanni was also very active in fotoromanzi, and from 1966 to 1971 and again from 1974 to 1975, he appeared in a significant amount of fotoromanzi for the well-known publisher Lancio He specialized in playing henchmen, thugs, cops or other parts that required some physicality, and was either credited as Gianni Bonadonna or went uncredited. After leaving Lancio, he began to appear in fotoromanzi for rival publisher Condor in 1976 and continued to appear in these until Condor ceased production in 1981. He played mostly the same kind of roles here, but was also awarded larger, more comedic character parts. His brother Elio also appeared alongside him in fotoromanzi, but only very occasionally.

Filmography
1961
  1. Barabba (uncredited) .... Gladiator
  2. Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide (uncredited) .... Tavern brawler
  3. La vendetta di Ursus (uncredited) .... Guard

    1963
  4. Maciste, l'eroe più grande del mondo (uncredited) .... Soldier on the ship

    1964
  5. Maciste gladiatore di Sparta (uncredited) .... Fighter with Maciste
  6. Queste pazze pazze donne (uncredited) .... Thug in disco brawl
  7. The Visit (uncredited) .... Villager

    1966
  8. Cifrato speciale (uncredited) .... Asylum orderly
  9. Due mafiosi contro Al Capone (uncredited) .... Mafiosi gunman

    1967
  10. L'uomo del colpo perfetto (uncredited) .... Henchman

    1968
  11. Black Jack (credited) .... Miguel

    1973
  12. La visita della vecchia signora (TV movie) (credited) .... First gangster

    1974
  13. Carambola (uncredited) .... Clydeson henchman

    1975
  14. La polizia interviene: ordine di uccidere! (uncredited) .... Man training in the gym
  15. Noi non siamo angeli (credited) .... Shark henchman
  16. Zorro (uncredited) .... Hitman

    1976
  17. Il conto è chiuso (uncredited) .... Henchman
  18. Il grande racket (credited) .... Cuomo

    1977
  19. La via della droga (credited) .... Leroy henchman
  20. Mr. Mean (uncredited) .... Hitman

    1979
  21. Il giocattolo (uncredited) .... Judo practitioner
  22. Squadra antigangsters (credited) .... Eusebio Navarro

    1980
  23. Il giorno del cobra (uncredited) .... Coatcheck guard

    1982
  24. 1990: I guerrieri del Bronx (uncredited) .... Paul
  25. La gorilla (credited as Gianni Bonadonna) .... Judo student
  26. Monsignor (credited) .... 2nd killer

    1983
  27. Hercules (uncredited) .... Challenger of Hercules
  28. I nuovi barbari (uncredited) .... Member of Amos' group

More Giovanni!
Titles to check.
  • S+H+E (1980) I'm pretty certain he plays a judo trainee (or trainer), but it would take a good quality copy to confirm this and to get images.
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Re: Giovanni Bonadonna

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2021, 18:21

Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide (1961) as Tavern brawler.

This is currently Giovanni's earliest known role.
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Re: Giovanni Bonadonna

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2021, 18:24

Maciste, l'eroe più grande del mondo (1963) as Soldier on the ship, on the left in the first image
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Maciste, gladiatore di Sparta (1964) as Fighter with Maciste
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Due mafiosi contro Al Capone (1966) as Mafiosi gunman
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Re: Giovanni Bonadonna

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2021, 18:36

Black Jack (1968) credited, as Miguel.

This was Giovanni's first known credited role.
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Re: Giovanni Bonadonna

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2021, 18:39

Carambola (1974) as Clydeson henchman
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Re: Giovanni Bonadonna

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2021, 18:43

La polizia interviene: ordine di uccidere! (1975) as Man training in the gym
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Re: Giovanni Bonadonna

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2021, 19:11

Noi non siamo angeli (1975) credited, as Shark henchman
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Re: Giovanni Bonadonna

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2021, 20:52

Il conto è chiuso (1976) as Henchman
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