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Unger, Goffredo

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

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Goffredo Unger in "Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo" (1971)

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 3-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 .... Man restraining Zampano (uncredited)

    1957
  2. Rascel-Fifì .... Street brawler (uncredited)

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

    1960
  5. Messalina Venere imperatrice .... Tavern brawler (uncredited)
  6. Revak, lo schiavo di Cartagine .... Guard (uncredited)

    1961
  7. La schiava di Roma .... Not found (credited and Master of arms as "Fredy Hunger")

    1962
  8. I moschettieri del mare .... Not found (credited as Master of arms as "Fredy Unger")
  9. I normanni .... Prison guard (uncredited)
  10. Odio mortale .... Does not appear (credited as Assistant director as "Fredy Hunger")
  11. Solo contro Roma .... Does not appear (credited as "Federico Hunger")

    1963
  12. Brenno il nemico di Roma .... One of Brenno's captains (credited)
  13. Il crollo di Roma .... Does not appear (credited as Master of arms as "Fredy Unger")
  14. Il figlio del circo .... Bailor (role unconfirmed - credited?)
  15. Il magnifico avventuriero .... Tavern brawler (credited as Master of arms)
  16. Sfida al re di Castiglia .... Bertrand (credited as "Fredy Ungher")

    1964
  17. Anthar l'invincibile .... Ganor's henchman (uncredited)
  18. Cadavere per signora .... Marine in bar fight (uncredited)
  19. Genoveffa di Brabante .... Gontrano (uncredited)
  20. I giganti di Roma .... Varo (credited as "Freddy Unger")
  21. Maciste e la regina di Samar .... Mogol (credited)
  22. Sei donne per l'assassino .... The masked killer (uncertain identification - uncredited)

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

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

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

    1969
  45. 36 ore all'inferno .... Sergeant Missouri (credited as "Fredy Unger")
  46. La battaglia del deserto .... Spencer (credited as "Freddy Unger")
  47. O' Cangaceiro .... Geologist (credited as Assistant director)

    1970
  48. Città violenta .... Hitman (uncredited)
  49. Hornets' Nest .... Merkel (credited as "Freddie Unger")
  50. I Leopardi di Churchill .... Roland (credited as "Fredi Unger")
  51. L'oro dei bravados .... Chapagua henchman (uncredited)
  52. Operazione terrore .... Doctor carrying out autopsy (uncredited)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1982
  101. Bakterion .... Angry man outside cinema (credited as Assistant director)
  102. Bekenntnisse des hochstaplers Felix Krull (TV mini-series) - ep. 2 .... Salvatore (credited as "Freddy Unger")

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2004
  133. Germanikus .... Does not appear (credited for Special effects, 2nd unit direction, Stunt coordinator and Assistant director)
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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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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Re: Goffredo Unger

Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 14:06

Le notti di Lucrezia Borgia (1959) as Guard slapped by Diana
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Re: Goffredo Unger

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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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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Post by PeplumParadise » 16/03/2021, 14:35

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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