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Frankie Sparo

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Vocalist/songwriter Frankie Sparo delivers his own brandish of acoustic imagery with eclectic consumer electronics and curdling vocals. Agreed upon to Southern Information, Sparo released his debut My Crimson Scare in fall 2000. The Area Hostile EP made an appearance a year afterwards.

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Profession Singer
Nationality Canadian
Music Songs City as Might Have Been, Back on Speed, My Sistr, Hospitalville, Sleds to Moderne, The Night That We Stayed In, Akzidenz Grotesk, Diminish Me NYC, This Lie, Novak Again, Bright Angel Park, The Loneliest Mademoiselle, Bastard Heart, My Stunning Debut, A Citizen's Farewell, See My Film, This Side of Her, If You're Fancy Free, Here Comes the Future, Send for Me, I Am Waiting, Dimish Me NYC, Godzilla_Utter_Mutation, Broken Off, Caméra
Albums Welcome Crummy Mystics, My Red Scare, Arena Hostile


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1 Died before shooting of his last movie When Women Lost Their Tails (1972) was finished.
2 He provided the role of The Stranger to actor Tony Anthony and played the villain in The Stranger's first movie A Dollar Between the Teeth (1967) as a favor for Anthony. The part became Anthony's most famous role besides his Blindman (1971) and he repeated it three times. Several months before Frank Wolff's death, according to Anthony himself, Frank Wolff asked him for a similar favor, wanting the role in Blindman (1971), which was finally taken by Ringo Starr. It was kind of deal between them, Anthony would provide him role, because Wolff had done him a favor earlier. But the producers wanted Ringo Starr for the role - Wolff was dropped and had a falling out with Anthony. About one year later Frank Wolff killed himself. There have always been rumors, one reason for the suicide was, he saw his career at an end/thought he couldn't get the roles he wanted anymore.
3 According to quite a lot of his colleagues, he was very friendly and helpful. Moreover it has been reported, he proverbially always had a smile on his face and seemed to be very lucky. Among movie people he was also kept for one of the best actors in the Italian cinema era, he was part of. Only few colleagues claim, they recognized psychological problems, he could have had, for example actor Robert Hoffmann and a former companion from his UCLA time, who wrote an article about him.
4 Actor Brett Halsey wrote a book, called 'The Magnificent Strangers', which includes a lot of characters based on Halsey's real movie business colleagues and is kind of autobiographic in a way. The character Frank Ward, who's suicide is thematized in the book, is said to have been written with Frank Wolff in mind.
5 Starred and co-starred in movies by most of the most important Italian western directors of all time: Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Enzo G. Castellari, Giuseppe Colizzi, Giuliano Carnimeo (aka Anthony Ascott) and Sergio Sollima. Only with Sollima he did no western, but the agent-action-adventure Agent 3S3, Massacre in the Sun (1966).
6 Was offered the role of the villain in Sergio Leone's legendary A Fistful of Dollars (1964), but dropped it more or less for artistic reasons.
7 Actor Robert Hoffmann, who starred in Alberto De Martino's Carnal Circuit (1969), co-starring Frank Wolff, settled in his Hilton Hotel apartment in Rome after his suicide, because they had the same agent (Michele Pietravalle) at this time. Hoffmann, searching immediately for a roof over the head, didn't care much about the fact his predecessor had been found dead in the bath tub.
8 His last agent was Michele Pietravalle in Rome.
9 Won two times the UCLA best actor award: for "Macbeth" (1951), playing the title role, and "The Lower Depths" (1952), playing Satin.
10 Went to Italy in the early 1960s for making movies there on the advice of director Roger Corman. He had starred in two Corman movies (Ski Troop Attack (1960) and Atlas (1961)) and had also appeared in a fistful of other Corman works shortly before traveling to Italy.
11 His parents were politically active and more or less left oriented. They supported corresponding theatre projects at the UCLA, when Frank Wolff studied there in the 1950s.
12 His parents helped set up the bookings for an anti-war play at the UCLA titled "The time is tomorrow" in the early 1950s. Frank Wolff appeared in the tour version of this UCLA production.
13 His father was a Bay Area doctor.
14 He became quite good friends with director Monte Hellman when they studied and worked together at the UCLA in the 1950s. As a result, one of his first movies was Hellman's Beast from Haunted Cave (1959).
15 Directed two original one acts for the advanced direction class at the UCLA: "The woman in Strindberg's room" and "The lucky guy".


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
When Women Lost Their Tails 1972 Grr
Caliber 9 1972 Commissioner
La morte cammina con i tacchi alti 1971 Dr. Robert Matthews
Gli occhi freddi della paura 1971 Arthur Welt
The Beloved 1971 Hector
Trasplante de un cerebro 1970 Dr. Chambers
When Women Had Tails 1970 Grr
The Lickerish Quartet 1970 Castle owner
Corbari 1970 Ulianov
La morte risale a ieri sera 1970 Duca Lamberti
Metello 1970 Betto
Lo stato d'assedio 1969 Vallauri
La battaglia del deserto 1969 Red Wiley
L'amica 1969 Guido Nervi
Sartana the Gravedigger 1969 Buddy Ben
Barbagia (La società del malessere) 1969 Spina
Carnal Circuit 1969 Frank Donovan
I dannati della Terra 1969 Fausto
Eat It 1968 Commendatore / Mister Eat it
Ecce Homo 1968 Quentin
Kill Them All and Come Back Alone 1968 Captain Lynch
The Libertine 1968 Dr. Giulio, the dentist
Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Brett McBain
The Great Silence 1968 Sheriff Gideon Burnett
I tre che sconvolsero il West (Vado, vedo e sparo) 1968 Edwin Kean
Villa Rides 1968 Ramirez
Sequestro di persona 1968 Osilo
Le dolci signore 1968 Cesare, Paola's husband
God Forgives... I Don't! 1967 Bill San Antonio
The Stranger Returns 1967 El Plein (English version, voice, uncredited)
Last of the Badmen 1967 Joshua Tracy
The Million Dollar Countdown 1967 Paul Lefèvre
Ringo; Face of Revenge 1967 Trikie Ferguson
A Stranger in Town 1967 Aguilar (as Frank Wolf)
Make Love, Not War 1966 Charlie Morgan
The Treasure of San Gennaro 1966 Joe
A Few Dollars for Django 1966 Jim / Trevor Norton
Agent 3S3, Massacre in the Sun 1966 Ivan Mikhailovic
The Baron 1966 TV Series Frank Martin / Miros
Court Martial 1966 TV Series Giolitti
Judith 1966 Eli
The Man in a Looking Glass 1965 TV Movie Frank Martin
Situation Hopeless... But Not Serious 1965 Quartermaster Sergeant
Once Upon a Tractor 1965 Short Truck Driver
The Saint 1965 TV Series Jim Reston
Amori pericolosi 1964 Il marito (segments "Il passo" and "La ronda")
Via Veneto 1964
Un commerce tranquille 1964 Ginger
America America 1963 Vartan Damadian
Il demonio 1963 Antonio
Il processo di Verona 1963 Count Galeazzo Ciano
The Four Days of Naples 1962 Salvatore (uncredited)
Salvatore Giuliano 1962 Gaspare Pisciotta
Atlas 1961 Proximates the Tyrant
The Runaway 1961 Wetback Vagrant (uncredited)
The Subterraneans 1960 Bearded Man (uncredited)
The Twilight Zone 1960 TV Series Baron
Ski Troop Attack 1960 Sgt. Potter
Wagon Train 1960 TV Series Slim
Rawhide 1960 TV Series Ernie Holzman
The Lawless Years 1960 TV Series Mike Dameri
The Untouchables 1960 TV Series Tony Rio
Beast from Haunted Cave 1959 Alexander Ward
The Wasp Woman 1959 First Delivery Man
Five Fingers 1959 TV Series Rudi
The Wild and the Innocent 1959 Henchman
I Mobster 1959 Man (uncredited)
Jefferson Drum 1958 TV Series Sam Creighton
Sea Hunt 1958 TV Series 1st Policeman
Kathy O' 1958 Man (uncredited)
General Electric Theater 1957 TV Series Cab Driver

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Western, Italian Style 1968 TV Short documentary Commentary / Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bud's Best - Die Welt des Bud Spencer 2012 TV Movie documentary Bill San Antonio

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