Italian actor Bud Spencer dies at 86

Italian actor Bud Spencer dies at 86

Rome, June 28 (IANS) Italian actor-filmmaker Bud Spencer, known for his action-comedy roles, is dead. He was 86.

Spencer died on Monday, his son Giuseppe Pedersoli confirmed the news in a statement, reports

“My father died peacefully at 18:15 (on Monday) and did not suffer from pain, he had all of us next to him and his last words were ‘Thank you’,” the statement read.

Matteo Renzi, Prime Minister of Italy, also paid tribute to the actor.

“Ciao Bud Spencer. We loved you so much,” Renzi posted on Twitter.

Born in Naples, Spencer started as an Olympic athlete in both swimming and water polo, competing in 1952 and 1956. He was the first Italian to swim the 100-meter freestyle race in under a minute. He earned a degree in law and registered several patents in his name.

He began acting in the late 1940s, but it wasn’t until the late 1960s that his career took off.

Spencer, whose real name was Carlo Pedersoli, chose the name Bud Spencer after his favourite brand of beer, Budweiser, and for American actor Spencer Tracy.

He grew to become a star of Spaghetti Westerns — western films primarily produced and directed by Italian and other European production companies. Known for his towering height and friendly spirit, Spencer partnered with Terence Hill for a string of successful hits including 1970’s “They Call Me Trinity”, which became the highest grossing Italian film of the time.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here