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Eastman in Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968)
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/ DNA Formula Lethal(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 Shoots First||1966||Yes||Jesse Kluster|
|My Name Is Pecos||1966||Yes||Member of Kline's group|
|Django Kills Softly||1967||Yes||Bill|
|The Last Killer||Yes||Ramon/Chico|
|Poker with Pistols||Yes||Lucas|
|Django, Prepare a Coffin||1968||Yes||Lucas|
|Bootleggers||1969||Yes||McGowan "The Irish"|
|Fellini Satyricon||Yes||The Minotaur|
|Bastard, Go and Kill||1971||Yes||N/A|
|Ben and Charlie||1972||Yes||Charlie|
|The Call of the Wild||Yes||Black Burton|
|Cormack of the Mounties||1975||Yes|
|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||Yes||One|
|2019, After the Fall of New York||Yes||Big Ape|
|Il deserto del fuoco||1997||Yes||Television film|
|Rabid Dogs||1974||Yes||Trentadue / Thirty-two|
|2020 Texas Gladiators||N/A||Yes||Yes|
|Emanuelle Around the World||N/A||Yes|
|Master Stroke||N/A||Yes||Western actor|
Antonio Margheriti, also known under the pseudonyms Anthony M. Dawson and Antony Daisies, was an Italian filmmaker. Margheriti worked in many different genres in the Italian film industry, and was known for his sometimes derivative but often stylish and entertaining science fiction, sword and sandal, horror/giallo, Eurospy, Spaghetti Western, Vietnam War and action movies that were released to a wide international audience. He died in 2002.
Aristide Massaccesi, known professionally as Joe D'Amato, was an Italian film director, producer, cinematographer, and screenwriter who worked in many genres but is best known for his horror, erotic and adult films.
Ator 2 – L'invincibile Orion is a film directed by Joe D'Amato. It stars Miles O'Keeffe as Ator, Charles Borromel as Akronos, Lisa Foster as Mila, the daughter of Akronos, and David Brandon as Zor.
Antropophagus is a 1980 Italian horror film directed by Joe D'Amato and co-written by D'Amato and George Eastman, who starred in the film as a cannibal. The film also starred Tisa Farrow, Zora Kerova, Saverio Vallone, Serena Grandi, Margaret Mazzantini, and Mark Bodin.
Umberto Lenzi was an Italian film director, screenwriter, and novelist.
Ator, the Fighting Eagle is a 1982 Italian adventure-fantasy film directed by Joe D'Amato, and the first film to feature the character Ator. It is a mockbuster of the film Conan the Barbarian, which was released in the same year.
Beyond the Darkness is a 1979 Italian horror film directed by Joe D'Amato. It stars Kieran Canter, Cinzia Monreale, Franca Stoppi and Sam Modesto.
Deep Blood, also known as Sharks and Sangue negli abissi, is a 1989 Italian sharksploitation drama.
Absurd is a 1981 slasher film directed, lensed and co-produced by Joe D'Amato and starring George Eastman, who also wrote the story and screenplay.
Quest for the Mighty Sword is a 1990 Italian fantasy adventure film directed by Joe D'Amato. It is the final film in the Ator film series.
Alberto De Martino was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Born in Rome, De Martino started as a child actor and later returned to the cinema where worked as a screenwriter, director and dubbing supervisor. De Martino's films as a director specialised in wellcrafted knock-offs of Hollywood hit films. These films were specifically created films in Western, horror and mythology genres which were developed for the international market. The Telegraph stated that his best known of these film was probably The Antichrist. The Antichrist capitalized on the box-office appeal of The Exorcist (1973) and in its first week in the United States earned a greater box office than Jaws.
Heroes in Hell is a 1974 Italian Macaroni War film written, directed and lensed by Joe D'Amato, produced by Walter Brandi and starring Klaus Kinski, Luciano Rossi and Franco Garofalo.
Interzone is a 1987 Italian sci-fi action film produced by Joe D'Amato and directed by Deran Sarafian, with original music composed by Stefano Mainetti, starring Bruce Abbott, Beatrice Ring, and Teagan Clive.
Balsamus, l'uomo di Satana is a 1970 Italian film. It is the debut film of director Pupi Avati.
Cinzia Monreale is an Italian actress. She is probably best known for her role in the horror classics Beyond the Darkness and The Beyond.
Giubbe rosse / Red Coats is a 1975 Italian adventure film co-written and directed by Joe D'Amato. It is part of a brief series of films that tried to market the commercial success of Lucio Fulci's White Fang presenting very similar plots and settings. D'Amato co-wrote the film with writer/actor Luigi Montefiori, who went on to star in a dozen or more D'Amato films.
Candido Erotico is a 1978 Italian erotic romance-drama film written and directed by Claudio Giorgi. George Eastman co-wrote the screenplay.
Terror Express is a 1979 Italian crime film directed by Ferdinando Baldi and starring Silvia Dionisio. The screenplay was written by George Eastman.
Tough to Kill is a 1978 Italian action film shot in the Dominican Republic written and directed by Joe D'Amato and starring Luc Merenda and Donald O'Brien.
2020 Texas Gladiators is an Italian science fiction action film co-directed by Joe D'Amato and George Eastman.