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Bud Spencer (1929 - 2016)

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Bud Spencer (1929 - 2016)

Bud Spencer, an Italian actor who starred in many spaghetti Western films, died June 27, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 86.

His family announced his death on Twitter.

"With our deepest regrets, we have to tell you that Bud is flying to his next journey," the family said on Spencer's Twitter account in English.

Spencer was born Carlo Pedersoli in Naples, Italy. He was a competitive swimmer who appeared in the 1952 and the 1956 Olympics. He was the first Italian to swim a 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute.

When he started out as an actor, a production company asked him to change his name to something more marketable. He chose Bud Spencer for his idol Spencer Tracy and his love of Budweiser beer.

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He starred in many spaghetti Western action comedies in the 1960s and 1970s. He usually starred with his good friend and fellow actor Terrence Hill. Some of their international hit films included “Ace High” and “They Call Me Trinity.” Spencer also wrote the screenplays for some of his movies. Later on, he starred in movies on TV.

Spencer later learned to pilot helicopters and planes.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years and three children.

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