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Unger, Goffredo

Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 13:43

Goffredo Unger in Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (1971)
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Goffredo Unger, often credited as Fredy, Freddy or numerous other spelling variations of his christian and surnames, was a blue-eyed, usually bearded stuntman, actor, master of arms and assistant director active in Italian and European films between at least 1954 to 2004.

All sources seem agreed that he was born on June 6th 1933 in Oslo, Norway. IMDb says he came from a German circus family who were performing in Norway at the time of his birth. There is some confusion about his date of death with IMDb and English Wikipedia giving an unspecified date in May 2009 (aged 75), while Italian Wikipedia gives the more specific date of June 16th 2009 in Rome, aged 76 (still other sources give May 1st, June 6th and June 17th as possible dates of death). He is known to have had 2 sons, Mario and Genesio, both of whom worked at some point in the film industry.

He began his known acting career in Fellini's La strada (1954) after which there is currently a 5-year gap before his next known role. From the end of the 50's he worked steadily as a stuntman, small part actor and master of arms in peplums, eurospies, space operas and westerns and he also has more than 20 credits as an assistant director. He would often appear in small roles in films where he had production credits, though his on-screen appearances declined from the mid-80's.

I've uncovered a couple of undocumented appearances, so it's quite possible there may be more to be found, particularly from the 50's and early 60's.

Filmography
1954
  1. La strada (uncredited) .... Man restraining Zampano

    1959
  2. Agi Murad il diavolo bianco (credited as Goffredo Ungaro) .... Woronzow's guard
  3. Le notti di Lucrezia Borgia (uncredited) .... Guard slapped by Diana

    1961
  4. La schiava di Roma (credited + Master of arms as Fredy Hunger) .... Does not appear

    1962
  5. I moschettieri del mare (credited as Master of arms as Fredy Unger) .... Does not appear
  6. Odio mortale (credited as Assistant director as Fredy Hunger) .... Does not appear
  7. Solo contro Roma (credited as Federico Hunger) .... Does not appear

    1963
  8. Brenno il nemico di Roma (credited) .... One of Brenno's captains
  9. Il crollo di Roma (credited as Master of arms as Fredy Unger) .... Does not appear
  10. Il figlio del circo (credited?) .... Bailor (role unconfirmed)
  11. Il magnifico avventuriero (credited as master of arms) .... Tavern brawler
  12. Sfida al re di Castiglia (credited as Fredy Ungher) .... Bertrand

    1964
  13. Anthar l'invincibile (uncredited) .... Ganor's henchman
  14. Cadavere per signora (uncredited) .... Marine in bar fight
  15. Genoveffa di Brabante (uncredited) .... Nobleman
  16. I giganti di Roma (credited as Freddy Unger) .... Varo
  17. Maciste e la regina di Samar (credited) .... Mogol
  18. Sei donne per l'assassino (uncredited) .... The masked killer (uncertain identification)

    1966
  19. A 077, sfida ai killers (credited as Freddy Unger) .... Mark
  20. Black Box Affair - Il mondo trema (uncredited) .... Russian
  21. I coltelli del vendicatore (uncredited) .... Hagen henchman
  22. I criminali della galassia (uncredited) .... Charles
  23. I diafanoidi vengono da Marte (credited as Freddy Unger) .... Freddy Duvall
  24. Il pianeta errante (credited as Freddy Unger) .... Captain Frank Perkinson
  25. La spia che viene dal mare (credited?) .... Albert
  26. Operazione Goldman (uncredited) .... Wicks
  27. Un fiume di dollari (credited as Master of arms) .... Union colonel

    1967
  28. 7 pistole per un massacro (uncredited) .... Stagecoach driver
  29. Colpo maestro al servizio di Sua Maestà britannica (credited as Master of arms) .... Hitman
  30. Duello nel mondo (uncredited) .... Barroom brawler
  31. L'uomo del colpo perfetto (credited as Freddy Unger) .... Kurt
  32. La morte viene dal pianeta Aytin (credited as Freddy Unger) .... Captain Frank Pulasky
  33. Troppo per vivere... poco per morire (credited as Fred Unger) .... Agent

    1968
  34. Black Jack (credited + Master of arms as Fredy Unger) ... Billy
  35. Corri uomo corri (uncredited) ... Arthur
  36. Joko invoca Dio... e muori (credited as Fredi Unger) .... Yuma
  37. Se vuoi vivere... spara! (uncredited) ... Marlow henchman
  38. Tutto sul rosso (credited as Master of arms as Fredy Hunger) .... Fred
  39. Uno di più all'inferno (uncredited) ... Ward henchman
  40. Uno dopo l'altro (uncredited) ... Burt

    1969
  41. 36 ore all'inferno (credited as Fredy Unger) .... Sergeant Missouri
  42. La battaglia del deserto (credited as Freddy Unger) .... Spencer
  43. O Cangaceiro (credited as Assistant director) .... Geologist

    1970
  44. Città violenta (uncredited) ... Hitman
  45. Hornets' Nest (credited as Freddie Unger) .... Merkel
  46. I Leopardi di Churchill (credited as Fredi Unger) .... Roland
  47. L'oro dei bravados (uncredited) ... Chapagua henchman
  48. Operazione terrore (uncredited) ... Doctor carrying out autopsy

    1971
  49. Anda muchacho, spara! (credited) .... Chris
  50. Gli fumavano le Colt... lo chiamavano Camposanto (uncredited) ... Fred
  51. L'occhio del ragno (credited?) ... Driver
  52. Lo chiamavano King (credited as John Silver + Master of arms) .... Ben Benson
  53. Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (credited as Master of arms) .... Skelton
  54. Testa t'ammazzo, croce... sei morto - Mi chiamano Alleluja (credited + Master of arms as Freddie Unger) .... Slim

    1972
  55. Casa d'appuntamento (uncredited) ... Man repairing a van
  56. I due figli di Trinità (credited as Freddy Hungar) .... Father superior
  57. Il West ti va stretto, amico... è arrivato Alleluja (credited as maestro d'armi) .... Laredo sheriff
  58. Jesse & Lester - Due fratelli in un posto chiamato Trinità (credited as Master of arms as Freddy Unger) .... Doc
  59. La mano lunga del padrino (uncredited) .... Pedro, Henchman of Don Carmelo
  60. Terza ipotesi su un caso di perfetta strategia criminale (uncredited) ... Don Salvatore henchman
  61. Trinità e Sartana figli di... (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear
  62. Uomo avvisato mezzo ammazzato... Parola di Spirito Santo (credited as Fredy Unger) .... Captain Ortega

    1973
  63. Dio, sei proprio un padreterno! (credited as Master of arms) .... Anunziata henchman
  64. E il terzo giorno arrivo il corvo (credited as Master of arms as Fredy Unger) .... Does not appear
  65. Fuori uno...sotto un altro, arriva il passatore (credited as Assistant director) .... Does not appear
  66. Il re della mala (uncredited) ... Man buying a newspaper
  67. L'altra faccia del padrino (credited) .... Don Vito henchman
  68. Lo chiamavano Tresette... giocava sempre col morto (credited as Assistant director) .... Sheriff Pat Gray
  69. Pugni, pirati e karatè (credited?) .... role?
  70. Storia di karatè, pugni e fagioli (uncredited) ... Freddy

    1974
  71. Di Tresette ce n'è uno, tutti gli altri son nessuno (credited as Assistant director) .... Pirate
  72. Il ritorno di Zanna Bianca (credited as Master of arms) .... Barroom brawler
  73. La badessa di Castro (uncredited) .... Commanding officer

    1975
  74. I quattro dell'Apocalisse (credited as Master of arms) .... Altaville bidder
  75. Il lupo dei mari (credited as Assistant director) .... Does not appear
  76. La polizia accusa: il servizio segreto uccide (uncredited) ... Getaway driver
  77. La polizia interviene: ordine di uccidere! (credited) .... Marshal Celesti
  78. Von Buttiglione diventa capo dei servizi segreti (credited as Assistant director) .... Does not appear

    1976
  79. Cattivi pensieri (uncredited) ... Angry motorist
  80. Italia a mano armata (credited as Supervisor of acrobatic scenes) .... Bank robbery getaway driver
  81. Kidnap in Rome (uncredited) ... Charlie
  82. Napoli spara (credited as Assistant director) .... Does not appear
  83. Roma a mano armata (credited as Assistant director) .... Panicking man at the market
  84. The Swiss Conspiracy (credited as Stunt director as Fred Unger) .... Does not appear
  85. Una donna chiamata Apache (credited as Assistant director) .... Does not appear

    1977
  86. Kakkientruppen (uncredited) ... See-saw sergeant
  87. La polizia è sconfitta (uncredited) ... Valli henchman

    1979
  88. Concorde Affaire '79 (credited as Assistant director) .... Lochner
  89. L'umanoide (credited as Master of arms as Freddy Unger) .... Does not appear

    1980
  90. Apocalypse domani (credited as Stunt co-ordinator) .... Mall guard

    1981
  91. Comin' at Ya! (credited for Special effects as Fredy Unger) .... Not found
  92. I carabbimatti (credited as Assistant director) .... Does not appear
  93. Mia moglie torna a scuola (credited as Assistant director) .... Does not appear
  94. Pierino contro tutti (uncredited) ... Man knocked down by taxi
  95. Pierino medico della SAUB (uncredited) ... Film director
  96. Rosso sangue (uncredited) ... Machine shop janitor

    1982
  97. Bakterion (credited as Assistant director) .... Angry man outside cinema
  98. Bekenntnisse des hochstaplers Felix Krull (TV mini-series, episode 2) (credited as Freddy Unger) .... Salvatore

    1983
  99. 2019 - Dopo la caduta di New York (uncredited) ... Eurac
  100. Hercules (credited for Special effects) .... Does not appear
  101. Il giustiziere della strada (credited as Assistant director) .... Water truck driver
  102. Il tesoro delle 4 corone (credited as Special effects supervisor as Fredy Unger) .... Does not appear
  103. Thunder (credited + Assistant director) .... Thomas's friend
  104. Zero in condotta (credited as Assistant director) .... Does not appear

    1984
  105. Rolf (credited as Assistant director as Fred Unger) .... Boa
  106. Shark: Rosso nell'oceano (credited as Assistant director as Fredy Unger) .... Fisherman shark attack victim

    1985
  107. Dèmoni (uncredited) ... Jeep driver-father
  108. King Solomon's Mines (credited as Special effects technician as Fred Unger) .... Does not appear

    1986
  109. Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (credited as Mechanical effects coordinator as Fred Unger) .... Does not appear

    1987
  110. Hammerhead (uncredited) ... Man in beach bar (uncertain identification)

    1988
  111. Man spricht deutsch (credited as Assistant director as Fred Unger) .... Does not appear
  112. Minaccia d'amore (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear
  113. Missione finale (credited for Special effects as Fredy Unger) ... Does not appear
  114. Un maledetto soldato (credited for Special effects as Fredy Ungher) .... Tortured helicopter pilot

    1990
  115. La maschera del demonio (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear

    1991
  116. Fantaghirò (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear

    1992
  117. Fantaghirò 2 (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear

    1993
  118. Fantaghirò 3 (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear

    1994
  119. Fantaghirò 4 (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear

    1995
  120. Desideria e l'anello del drago (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear

    1996
  121. Fantaghirò 5 (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear
  122. Sorellina e il principe del sogno (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear

    1997
  123. La principessa e il povero (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear
  124. M.D.C. - Maschera di cera (credited) .... Puppeteer

    1998
  125. L'elefante bianco (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear

    1999
  126. Caraibi (TV mini-series) (credited as Master of arms) .... Does not appear

    2001
  127. Shaka Zulu: The Citadel (TV movie) (credited as Stunt co-ordinator and Special effects supervisor) .... Does not appear

    2002
  128. Julius Caesar (credited as Stunt co-ordinator as Freddie Unger) .... Does not appear

    2004
  129. Germanikus (credited for Special effects, 2nd unit direction, Stunt coordinator and Assistant director) .... Does not appear
No Unger!
Films where Goffredo is listed as appearing somewhere online, but cannot be found. There always has to be one!
  • Le spie uccidono a Beirut (1965) IMDb as Baalbek tribe leader. Not found
  • Diabolik (1968) IMDb as Diplomat and stunt double for John Phillip Law. Not found
  • E poi lo chiamarono il magnifico (1972) IMDb as Saloon patron. Not found
  • Ci risiamo, vero Provvidenza? (1973) IMDb as Soldier. Not found, the actor identified as Goffredo by euro-bis is not him.
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Re: Goffredo Unger

Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 13:59

La strada (1954) as Man restraining Zampano.

This is currently Goffredo's earliest known role, alongside an equally young Nazzareno Zamperla (with whom he would work many times over the years). There is currently a 5 year gap between this and his next known role, so there are presumably some more 50's roles waiting to be found.
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Re: Goffredo Unger

Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 14:03

Agi Murad il diavolo bianco (1959) credited as Goffredo Ungaro, as Woronzow's guard
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Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 14:06

Le notti di Lucrezia Borgia (1959) as Guard slapped by Diana
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Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 14:21

La schiava di Roma (1961) credited as actor and Master of arms, both as Fredy Hunger, but does not appear.

This is one of several films that were shot in Yugoslavia where Goffredo, along with Rinaldo Zamperla and Giancarlo Bastianoni, is credited as an actor but does not appear. Various websites mistakenly list him as playing a character named Trucillus.
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Re: Goffredo Unger

Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 14:24

I moschettieri del mare (1962) credited as Master of arms as Fredy Unger.

I'm pretty certain that he does not appear.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 14:28

Solo contro Roma (1962) credited as Federico Hunger, but does not appear.

This is another film shot in Yugoslavia where Goffredo and several other stuntmen are credited as actors, but do not appear.
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Re: Goffredo Unger

Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 14:31

Brenno il nemico di Roma (1963) credited, as One of Brenno's captains
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Il crollo di Roma (1963) credited as Master of arms, as Fredy Unger.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 14:39

Il magnifico avventuriero (1963) credited as Master of arms, as Tavern brawler
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