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Tony Kendall (actor)

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Tony Kendall 22 August 1936 – 28 November 2009 was an Italian model turned film actor with over 50 film credits that reflect the trends of popular European cinema in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Selected filmography
  • 3 Death
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


Born as Luciano Stella, Kendall was formerly a model for Italian Fumetti, comics done in photographs

He changed his name to Tony Kendall at the suggestion of Vittorio De Sica in the fashion of many Italian actors whose films were shown in countries outside of Italy in the days when European films proliferated Stella made his film debut in Femmine Tre Volte in 1959 but didn't make another appearance until he used his new name of Tony Kendall in Brennus, Enemy of Rome 1963 one of the sword and sandal craze of films popular in the early 1960s

Kendall is most famous for his various teamings with Brad Harris, with the two predating Terence Hill and Bud Spencer as a popular and prolific action team In the derivative world of the European cinema of the 1960s, Kendall and Harris first teamed up in two sauerkraut western films "inspired" by the successful German Karl May Winnetou series with Harris as a Lex Barker clone and Kendall as a Native American "Chief Black Eagle" in The Pirates of the Mississippi 1963 and Black Eagle of Santa Fe 1965

With the international success of the James Bond films and the German Jerry Cotton series, Kendall became best known for his role as private detective Joe Walker in the seven films of the Eurospy Kommissar X series where he played opposite Brad Harris in the role of New York Police Captain Tom Rowland The popularity of Batman TV series led to Harris and Kendall appearing in The Three Fantastic Supermen 1967 the first in a long series that interestingly enough had stunt work performed by a young Jackie Chan “The Three Fantastic Supermen in the Orient”

Kendall has prominently appeared in other varieties of European cinema in the 1960s and 1970s such as Giallo horror The Whip and the Body, 1963, spaghetti westerns as Django in Django Against Sartana, 1970, and Gunman of 100 Crosses, 1971, crime movies such as Machine Gun McCain 1969, and adventure films such as Oil! 1977 He also appeared in European versions of women in prison The Big Bust Out, 1972, zombie horror Return of the Blind Dead, 1973, and films inspired by The Godfather Corleone, 1978 Aside from an appearance in Alex l'ariete 2000, Kendall's last film role was in On the Dark Continent in 1993

Selected filmography

  • The Whip and the Body 1963
  • Brennus, Enemy of Rome 1963
  • The Pirates of the Mississippi 1963
  • The Masked Man Against the Pirates 1964
  • Black Eagle of Santa Fe 1965
  • Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill 1965
  • Kommissar X – Drei gelbe Katzen 1966
  • Kommissar X – In den Klauen des goldenen Drachen 1966
  • The Three Fantastic Supermen 1967
  • Kommissar X – Drei grüne Hunde 1967
  • Machine Gun McCain 1969
  • Kommissar X – Drei goldene Schlangen 1969
  • Hate Is My God 1969
  • Django Defies Sartana 1970
  • Tiger Gang 1971
  • The Big Bust Out 1972
  • La dernière bourrée à Paris 1973
  • Return of the Blind Dead 1973
  • The Loreley's Grasp 1974
  • Oil! 1977
  • Yeti 1977
  • Corleone 1978
  • Cop or Hood 1979
  • Le Guignolo 1980
  • Der Stein des Todes 1987


Tony Kendall died in a hospital in Trigoria, Rome, Italy on 28 November 2009, aged 73, from an undisclosed illness


  1. ^ Blake, Matt, The Europspy Guide, Luminary Press 2004

External links

  • Tony Kendall on IMDb

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