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Italian actor, professional swimmer and water polo playerwd:Q221074
country of citizenship: Kingdom of Italy, Italy
native language: Italian
language of expression: Italian, Spanish
educated at: Sapienza University of Rome
occupation: comedian, singer, record producer, aircraft pilot, screenwriter, film producer, composer, swimmer, writer, water polo player, film actor, politician, recording artist, film director, autobiographer
award received: David di Donatello Award for Lifetime Achievement, Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Jupiter for Best International Actor, Bambi Award
Carlo Pedersoli (31 October 1929 – 27 June 2016), known professionally as Bud Spencer, was an Italian actor, professional swimmer and water polo player. He was known for action-comedy and Spaghetti Western roles with his long-time film partner Terence Hill. The duo "garnered world acclaim and attracted millions to theater seats". Spencer and Hill appeared in, produced and directed over 20 films together.
In his youth, Bud Spencer was a successful athlete and swimmer for the Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Oro. He obtained a law degree and registered several patents. Spencer also became a certified commercial airline and helicopter pilot, and supported and funded many children's charities, including the Spencer Scholarship Fund.
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