Terence Hill turns 82: the amazing career with Bud Spencer and the love for his wife Lori
Terence Hill turns 82, after a life of success, but also of great pain, and two fixed points: love for his wife Lori and friendship with Bud Spencer. Real name Mario Girotti, he was born in Venice, but spent his childhood in Germany. After 1945 the family returned to Italy and settled in Umbria. At the age of 12 Mario is noticed by the famous director Dino Risi who wants him in the film On vacation with the gangster.
From that moment on, Girotti's career took off and numerous films arrived, including Il Gattopardo, a masterpiece by Luchino Visconti, in which at the age of 24 he plays the role of a very young Garbaldino, acting alongside Claudia Cardinale and Alain Delon. The film is a success and Girotti gets international fame, but above all the first roles in western films.
In 1967 during the filming of God forgives… I don't! the character of Terence Hill was born, but above all the long artistic partnership with Bud Spencer (Carlo Pedersoli). The actors form an amazing duo that will lead them to act in numerous blockbuster films, from Lo They Called Trinity to Louder Guys !, to Altrimenti we're angry !, Turn the other cheek and The two almost flat super feet. In 1993 the duo made their last film, Botte di Natale, but in fact the bond between the actors will never dissolve, thanks to a friendship that lasted until Pedersoli's death in 2016.
To tell about their relationship, at the actor's funeral, it will be Terence Hill: "Bud every time we met or invited me to eat spaghetti at his house reminded me that we had never quarreled – he will say movedly -. The reason is that we respected and loved each other and had fun together ”. And perhaps also for this reason the public has never stopped loving the two actors. An affection also confirmed in the 2000s, when Terence Hill first took on the role of Don Matteo, in the fiction of the same name, then of a forest guard in A Step from Heaven.
For over fifty years, Terence has been joined by a special person: his wife Lori Zwicklbauer, met on the set and married in 1967. "My secret is to ask you for advice – confessed the actor -. There are things I have to decide for myself, such as whether to do Don Matteo, or launch into new films. But my name is Thomas nobody wanted to produce it. I threw a lot of our money into it. So I asked her for advice. She smiled at me and said “Absolutely yes. Do it! ". An indestructible couple who had to face even the toughest test: the pain of the death of Ross, the second son who died in a car accident at the age of 17 in the United States. Hill also has another son, Jess.