Lorenzo Robledo


(Phil H) #1

Having just watched poor old Lorenzo Robledo in another 2 minute cameo ending in his violent death in Four of the Apocalypse I started wondering if he ever had a substantial part in any of the 30 odd westerns he appeared in. Can anyone remember one at all? Or did he only ever turn up just to be shot down?

For those of you not familiar with the name, you would recognise his face as he turns up everywhere and is probably best remembered as the front guy laughing at Blondie’s mule in Fistful of Dollars.


(Dorado) #2

I mostly remember him for his role in “For a Few Dollars More”.
He was the guy whose family El Indio slaughtered before he killed him in a duel.


(Phil H) #3

That’s the guy. And another 2 minute role ending in a bloody death.


(Silver) #4

[quote=“Phil H, post:1, topic:689”]Having just watched poor old Lorenzo Robledo in another 2 minute cameo ending in his violent death in Four of the Apocalypse I started wondering if he ever had a substantial part in any of the 30 odd westerns he appeared in. Can anyone remember one at all? Or did he only ever turn up just to be shot down?

For those of you not familiar with the name, you would recognise his face as he turns up everywhere and is probably best remembered as the front guy laughing at Blondie’s mule in Fistful of Dollars.[/quote]

Yep, the poor guy did get killed off a lot. I do remember seeing him in a very small role in Garringo as a stagecoach driver, where he managed to stay unscathed. It’s one of those peculiar things to the genre; so many recognisable faces that tend to turn up in brief cameos or as part of a gang, only to be dispatched pretty quickly. Sometimes it seems hardly worth putting in an appearance (Frank Brana in Pistol For A Hundred Coffins, or Federico Boido in They Call HIm Cemetary for instance). At least some of them got the occasional more substantial villain role (one of the reasons i quite like E Per Tetto Un Cielo Di Stelle is that “Rick Boyd” actually gets quite a bit of screen time and actually survives til (almost) the end of the film). Can’t recall ever seeing Robledo in a substantial part though!


(Bill san Antonio) #5

Lorenzo Robledo’s sw filmography.http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/Category:Lorenzo_Robledo


(seanmallory) #6

He had a great face… :wink:

Oh, poor guy. I was shocked in Four or the Apocalypse… :’( Eviiiiil Tomas. ;D


(Phil H) #7

I think I may have an answer to my own question as a result of seeing Navajo Joe for the first time.
Although Robledo doesn’t get any lines of note he is part of Duncan’s gang of scalphunters and is seen throughout the entire film, surviving until about ten minutes from the end. (when of course he is cut down in a violent death) This could well be his longest surviving performance I think!


(seanmallory) #8

Is he still alive?


(Phil H) #9

Sadly not.
He died about this time last year I believe. He was about 85.


(Søren) #10

Nope. Died last year. There’s a small obituary in Tom Betts Western All’Italiana #67.


(seanmallory) #11

At least he had a nice long life. :slight_smile:


(Reverend Danite) #12

Hee hee I think this thread needs reviving. Although Phil has answered his own question, LR’s untimely and multifareous deaths are worthy of further study.

Coincidentally, he has appeared in my last two chosen spaghetti-fare, which put the thought of a revival in my head.

So… he meets with an inglorious demise in Cowards Don’t Pray - mistakenly shot in the back by his own buddy, in the bar at about the 18 minute mark.

BUT… I do believe he survives Clumsy Hands :o in which he has a small part as one of the ranch-hands that go and get Dorothy back from a night of rumpy with PLL, and uncomfortably watches his whipping from her father. (You’d need to check this out in your rewatching Phil to check that he doesn’t get snuffed and I just missed it though!) :wink:

Oohh! And what was that film where he gets shot in the belly, whilst he’s on fire, and falls in the horse trough to drown. That’s got to be the best of the bunch? ;D 8)


(Phil H) #13

From memory I think it might have been Dust in the Sun, Rev. Shot, burned and drowned. Just another day at the office for Lorenzo. 8)


(Tom B.) #14

He plays the sheriff in one of Anthony Steffen’s films, the title escapes me at the moment, and is in it for most of the flm. Like Phil I’ve always thought of him as the most tortured character actor in Spaghetti westerns.


(scherpschutter) #15

The Godfather of torture porn

Without Lorenzo, no Hostel, no Saw, no nothing

http://img822.imageshack.us/i/lorenzoj.jpg/

Thanks Lorenzo …


(Reverend Danite) #16

That’d be the one. ;D


(Reverend Danite) #17

Kill Django… Kill First! - Lovely Lorenzo gets through this one without so much as even a scratch. BOOoo! Not what we want. A couple of lines and 6th. billing on the English version titles as well.


(Phil H) #18

This is one I clearly need to move to the top of my to watch pile.
Anything in which Lorenzo survives to the end is worthy of note no matter how many other failings it may have. :slight_smile: