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      Rik Battaglia

      Rik Battaglia

      Highest Rated: 92% A Fistful of Dynamite (1971)

      Lowest Rated: 40% Esther and the King (1960)

      Birthday: Feb 18, 1927

      Birthplace: Corbola, Veneto, Italy

      Handsome Italian matinee idol Rik Battaglia lived out many of the fantasies of the male filmgoer of the 20th century. Since the 1950s, Battaglia has often played gunfighters, ancient Roman soldiers, and gangsters in a career that stretched over five decades. Born in 1930 and raised by his grandparents, Battaglia was working as a sailor when a movie talent scout discovered him in a bar. Producer Carlo Ponti cast Battaglia in his first role, playing a smuggler who seduces a small town wife, played by Ponti's wife Sophia Loren, in the '55 film "The River Girl." The film's success led to further interest in Battaglia, who then attended two years of acting classes. He emerged to work steadily in the popular genres of Italian cinema, first in sword and sandal films in the '50s, spaghetti westerns in the '60s, and mafia films in the '70s. Among his career highlights are roles in Robert Aldrich's '62 biblical epic, "The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah," Sergio Leone's '71 western, "Duck, You Sucker, AKA A Fistful of Dynamite," and a '72 production of "Treasure Island," in which he played Captain Smollett across from Orson Welles' Long John Silver. Battaglia continued to work in Italian and German productions through the '80s and '90s, retiring from acting in '99.

      Highest rated movies

      A Fistful of Dynamite poster
      A Fistful of Dynamite
      A Matter of Time poster
      A Matter of Time
      Sodom and Gomorrah poster
      Sodom and Gomorrah
      Esther and the King poster
      Esther and the King

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      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 80% Detective School Dropouts Don Zanetti (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Giuro che ti amo Don Vito (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lo scugnizzo Don Salvatore Tramontano (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Naples: The Camorra Challenges Rampone (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Godfathers Don Calogero Avallone (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 63% Mannaja: A Man Called Blade Gerald Merton - Mannaja's father (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 17% Il prefetto di ferro Antonio Capecelatro (Character) - 1977
      63% 30% A Matter of Time Nina's Father (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet 12% The Legend of Sea Wolf Unknown (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 57% A Genius, Two Friends, and an Idiot Captain (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 18% Treasure Island Captain Smollett (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 46% Call of the Wild Dutch Harry (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 14% White Fang Jim Hall (Character) - 1972
      92% 83% A Fistful of Dynamite Santerna (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kings of France Roland (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hey Amigo! A Toast to Your Death Unknown (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet 27% This Man Can't Die Vic Graham (Character) - 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Jack Unknown (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet 56% Sandokan the Great Sambigliong (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Winnetou The Last Shot Rollins (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 38% Nightmare Castle David (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Faceless Monster David (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mercenaries of the Rio Grande Capt. Lazoro Verdoja (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 40% The Desperado Trail Rollins (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Steel for Tortuga Pedro Valverde (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pirates of Malaysia Unknown (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventurer of Tortuga Pedro Valverde (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sheriff Was a Lady Steve Perkins (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shoot Nirwan (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lion of St. Mark Giandolo (Character) - 1963
      50% 38% Sodom and Gomorrah Melchior (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Caesar the Conqueror Vercingetorix (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conqueror of the Orient Nadir (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Roland the Mighty Orlando/Roland (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete Demetrio (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Why Bother to Knock Guilio (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Caesar, The Conquerer Vercingetorix (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet 36% Hannibal Hasdrubal (Character) - 1960
      40% 28% Esther and the King Simon (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Attack of the Moors Roland (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jungle Girl and the Slaver Ibrahim (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Prisoner of the Volga Lt. Lisenko (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Raw Wind in Eden Gavino (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mighty Invaders Rinaldo d'Este (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Engaged to Death Carlo (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet 17% Woman of the River Gino Lodi (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nature Girl and the Slaver Ibrahim (Character) - 1957