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

    1962
  4. Maciste, il gladiatore più forte del mondo .... Gladiator / Tavern brawler (uncredited)
  5. Ursus gladiatore ribelle .... Gladiator (uncredited)

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

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

    1965
  10. Sette contro tutti .... Palace guard (uncredited)

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

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

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

    1972
  15. Tutti fratelli nel west... per parte di padre .... Barn brawler (uncredited)

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

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

    1975
  18. Il torcinaso .... Gym owner (uncredited)
  19. La polizia interviene: ordine di uccidere! .... Man training in the gym (uncredited)
  20. Mondo Candido .... Bulgarian officer (uncredited)
  21. Noi non siamo angeli .... Shark henchman (credited)
  22. Zorro .... Hitman (uncredited)

    1976
  23. Il conto è chiuso .... Henchman (uncredited)
  24. Il grande racket .... Cuomo (credited)

    1977
  25. La via della droga .... Leroy henchman (credited)
  26. Mr. Mean .... Hitman (uncredited)

    1979
  27. Il giocattolo .... Judo practitioner (uncredited)
  28. Squadra antigangsters .... Eusebio Navarro (credited)

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

    1982
  30. 1990: I guerrieri del Bronx .... Paul (uncredited)
  31. La gorilla .... Judo student (credited as "Gianni Bonadonna")
  32. Monsignor .... 2nd killer (credited)

    1983
  33. Hercules .... Challenger of Hercules (uncredited)
  34. I nuovi barbari .... Member of Amos' group (uncredited)
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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Re: Giovanni Bonadonna

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2021, 18:26

Maciste, gladiatore di Sparta (1964) as Fighter with Maciste
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Re: Giovanni Bonadonna

Post by PeplumParadise » 09/01/2021, 18:30

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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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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