Rarely Seen Pictures Of A Young Terence Hill And Bud Spencer

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Everyone knows Bud Spencer, the famous actor who often hit before asking questions. Only his heart was bigger than his slaps, so the huge Italian actor will forever be a favorite of many of us. However, fewer people know that before he became an actor under the name Bud Spencer, he lived in Brazil and visited the Olympics.

The family moved to Brazil in 1947, at which time he was not known as Bud Spencer, but as Carlo. He was only 18 years old, so he had to interrupt his studies due to the move.

He started swimming in 1948, became the Italian breaststroke champion, and in 1950 he won the 100-meter freestyle with a time of less than one minute. This was considered outstanding at the time.

“Pedersoli was a handsome, tall, slender, broad-shouldered guy. Water polo is not a sport known for its gentleness, it is easy to lose a few teeth, and cracked eyebrows are quite common. He turned to the team members with the request to protect the integrity of his face. They promised him that they wouldn’t mind if he sang them a song at the dinner after the game. The Hungarian national team eventually won 7:3, and the promised song was sung at the victory banquet.”

Although Bud Spencer is Italian, he always calls himself Neapolitan. Even in the film Piedone in Africa, he states that the two things are completely different.

He competed in two Olympics, but retired in 1956. He completed his law degree but did not want to work as a lawyer, so he traveled to Venezuela and worked on construction sites.

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Fewer people know that, but the original name of the Italian-born star is Carlo Pedersoli, and he did not start his career as an actor. He was the very first Italian swimmer who managed to complete the 100-meter distance in one minute, and he was also a member of the Italian water polo team. Some very old photos of the actor from his swimming days have also been found. It is particularly interesting that Bud Spencer played in Budapest for the last time as a member of the Italian water polo team, because after that he received his Hollywood film contract, thus ending his sports career. The legendary Hungarian water polo player, György Kárpáti, remembers Bud Spencer like this.

Terence Hill didn’t always go by that name either. His original name is Mario Ginotti, he also liked swimming, he also went to a club with Spencer, but due to the 10-year age difference, they didn’t get to know each other too well. Mario Ginotti appeared in films from 1951, at first under his own name, then in America, when filming God Forgives Me, he chose the name Terence Hill from a list, because of his mother’s initials.
It is interesting that he was also involved in acting as a child, as evidenced by this rare video:

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