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Víctor Israel

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Birthplace:   Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Victor Israel is one of the most prolific and ubiquitous, yet anonymous, often overlooked and hence underrated character actors in Spanish film history. Born on June 13th in 1929 in Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain, Israel began acting in films in the early 1960s. Short and dumpy, with a plain, round, pudgy face, thinning hair, medium height and build, snaggle teeth, a benign, humble, unassuming demeanor, and wide, moist, dark saucer eyes, Israel frequently portrays ordinary working class types, timid cowards, men of the cloth and meek victims. He soon began making frequent appearances in rugged action films and gritty Italian spaghetti Westerns; he has an especially memorable uncredited part as a weary sergeant at a rundown Confederate fort who Lee Van Cleef talks to in Sergio Leone's magnificent Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo. (1966) (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, ). In the late 1960s and up until the mid-'80s, Israel acted in an enjoyable slew of spooky horror features and entertainingly trashy exploitation fare. Among his more notable roles are a creepy handyman in La residencia (1969) (The House That Screamed); a slimy, greedy, unctuous cemetery caretaker in Necrophagus (1971) (Graveyard of Horror); a craven coachman in Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971); a whistling train baggage handler in the fantastic Horror Express (1972); a near deaf, vaguely menacing innkeeper in El Monte de las brujas (1972) (The Witches' Mountain); a despicable and untrustworthy sniveling wimp nightclub owner in the splendidly sleazy Ricco (1973) (The Mean Machine); a scruffy, spineless mountain trail guide in the outrageous La maldición de la bestia (1975) (Night of the Howling Beast); a zombie priest in Virus (1980/I) (Hell of the Living Dead); and a boozy dock night watchman in the laughably lousy Serpiente de mar (1984) (The Sea Serpent). Now in his mid-70s, Vic Israel still occasionally acts in both movies and TV shows alike.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Dynamite Jim
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Hell of the Living Dead (Virus)(Zombie Creeping Flesh)(Zombie Inferno)(Night of the Zombies)
  • Actor
1981
No Score Yet Jaguar Lives!
  • Sicilian Party Guest
1979
No Score Yet Crimson
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet What Changed Charley Farthing? (El tramposo)(The Bananas Boat)(The Swindler)
  • Christmas
1976
No Score Yet Devil's Kiss
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Don't Turn the Other Cheek
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet His Name Was Holy Ghost (Uomo avvisato mezzo ammazzato... Parola di Spirito Santo)
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet Graveyard of Horror
  • Mr. Fowles
1972
No Score Yet The Light at the Edge of the World
  • Das Mortes
1971
No Score Yet The Finishing School (The House That Screamed) (The Boarding School) (La Residencia)
  • Brechard
1971
No Score Yet Cutting Heads
  • Doctor
1970
No Score Yet The Texican
  • Station Master
1966
No Score Yet Dinamite Jim
  • Actor
1966
No Score Yet Up the MacGregors
  • Trevor, the Dentist
1966

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