Bud Spencer an Italian filmmaker and actor who starred in a number of Spaghetti Western films succumb to death at the age of 86.
According to his son, Spencer died peacefully on Monday in Rome.
Spencer’s real name was Carlo Pedersoli. He was known among his fans as the “big friendly giant” of the screen due to his weight and height.
Spencer, who was also a professional swimmer, starred in more than 20 films between 1950 and late 1980s including Go For It, Double Trouble, They Call Me Trinity, Ace High and A Friend is a Treasure. Often, he did a double act alongside Terence Hill whose real name is Mario Girotti.
On his Twitter account, his family released a statement passing the sad news to the world. The statement said that ‘it is with sincere regrets that Spencer is flying to his next journey.’
According to Giuseppe Pedersoli, Spenser’s son, they were all next to their father before he died and according to him, the last words his father said were ‘thank you.’
When the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was paying his last tribute to the actor, he tweeted “Ciao #BudSpencer we loved you so much.”
Russell Crowe a Hollywood passed his tribute saying ‘REST IN PEACE Bud Spencer’. He said that his heart goes out to Spencer’s family. Russell was a fan of Spencer’s work. Early this year, at the Cannes Film Festival he thanked a journalist who compared his double act with Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys to Terence Hill and Spencer. Crowe said that the reporter had made a flattering compliment and gave thanks to him.
Spencer was born in 1929 in the Southern Italian city of Naples. Later on, he moved to Rome where he became a gifted swimmer.
In 1950, he was recognized as the first Italian swimmer to swim 100m in one minute.
Later on, he ended his swimming career and started acting in comedy and westerns films alongside Hill in 16 films. He said that he chose his acting name as a tribute to US actor Spenser Tracy and his favorite beer Budweiser.