Italian film-maker, Spencer, dies at 86

Italian actor and filmmaker, Bud Spencer, who starred in a number of Spaghetti Westerns, has died aged 86.

He passed away peacefully last Monday in Rome “and did not suffer from pain,” his son said.

Spencer, whose real name was Carlo Pedersoli, was known among his fans as the “big friendly giant” of the screen because of his height and weight.

The actor, who was also a professional swimmer, appeared in more than 20 films from the 1950s to the 1980s.

He frequently appeared as part of a double act alongside Terence Hill – whose real name was Mario Girotti.

Spencer’s movies included Double Trouble, Go For It, Ace High, They Call Me Trinity and A Friend is a Treasure.

“With our deepest regrets, we have to tell you that Bud is flying to his next journey,” Spencer’s family said on his Twitter account.

The actor’s son, Giuseppe Pedersoli, added: “He had all of us next to him and his last words were ‘Thank you’.”