George Eastman (actor)
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Eastman in Django, Prepare a Coffin
August 16, 1942
George Eastman (born Luigi Montefiori; August 16, 1942) is an Italian B-movie actor and screenwriter well known for his frequent collaborations with notorious director Joe D'Amato. He is most famous for his role as the insane, cannibalistic serial killer Klaus Wortmann in the gory 1980 horror film Antropophagus (aka The Grim Reaper). He also played a similar role in its 1981 follow-up, Absurd. Both films were directed by D'Amato and written by Eastman.
Eastman was born in 1942 in Genoa, Italy and studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and at the Drama School held of Alessandro Fersen. He took his Americanized alias "George Eastman" when he was cast as a "heavy" in many spaghetti westerns made in the late 1960s and early 1970s. In 1972 he played the villain in The Call of the Wild which starred Charlton Heston and was directed by Ken Annakin.
Eastman later became a regular performer in many movies directed by Joe D'Amato, for whom he also wrote many screenplays. Their first work together was Cormack of the Mounties (aka Giubbe Rosse) in 1975.
He was a very familiar face in Italian B-cinema in the early 1980s, being generally cast as a villain, thanks to his towering height (he is 6'9" tall) and his dark and menacing looks. He co-starred in many Italian futuristic sci-fi films such as Bronx Warriors, The New Barbarians, Endgame, Ironmaster, 2020 Texas Gladiators and After the Fall of New York. His most famous movie is the gory horror film Anthropophagous, directed by Joe D'Amato in 1980, in which he played the monster. He also starred in D'Amato's Erotic Nights of the Living Dead, Porno Holocaust and Absurd (aka Anthropophagous 2).
Two of his greatest major villain roles were in Rabid Dogs (aka Kidnapped, 1974) and Blastfighter (1984). He appeared in Paramount's 1985 biblical film King David playing Goliath in David's childhood flashback scene. In 1986, he performed as Stefano in the movie Regalo di Natale, directed by Pupi Avati. He also wrote and directed the sci-fi film Metamorphosis (produced by Joe D'Amato) in 1990, after which he quit acting to concentrate on his screenwriting. He is now a well regarded author in Italian television and only acts occasionally. (In 2003, he returned to acting in La rivincita di Natale, a film directed by Pupi Avati.)
|Django, Prepare a Coffin||1968||Yes||Lucas|||
|Bootleggers||1969||Yes||McGowan "The Irish"|||
|Fellini Satyricon||Yes||The Minotaur|||
|Ben and Charlie||1972||Yes||Charlie|||
|The Call of the Wild||Yes||Black Burton|||
|Blood and Bullets||1976||Yes||Dan Caputo, "Knell"|||
|Antropophagus||Yes||Yes||Nikos Karamanlis||Also producer|||
|Porno Holocaust||1981||Yes||Professor Lemoine|||
|1990: The Bronx Warriors||1983||Yes||N/A|||
|The New Barbarians||1983||Yes||One|||
|Il deserto del fuoco||1997||Yes||Television film|||
|Rabid Dogs||1998||Yes||Trentadue / Thirty-two|||
|2020 Texas Gladiators||N/A||Yes||Yes|||
|2019, After the Fall of New York||N/A||Yes|||
|Django Shoots First||N/A||Yes||Jesse Kluster|||
|Emanuelle Around the World||N/A||Yes|||
|My Name Is Pecos||N/A||Yes||Member of Kline's group|||
|Bill il taciturno||N/A||Yes||Bill|||
|Master Stroke||N/A||Yes||Western actor|||
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- The Great Alligator River (1979) directed by Sergio Martino (Eastman got plot credit only)
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