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Ted Rusoff

Ted Rusoff was an extremely prolific dubbing editor, director, and voice actor. He started as an opera singer in Los Angeles in the early 1960's before landing ADR work with his uncle Samuel Z. Arkoff at American International Pictures. Arkoff sent Rusoff to Italy in the late 60's to help get their dubbing system set up to American standards but Rusoff ended up living in Rome for the rest of his life. Rusoff's voice can be heard in the English versions of over 250 Italian, Japanese, Russian, and various European films. He also lent his voice to several big budget American films including THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST. Beginning in the late 1970's, Rusoff tried his hand at acting in front of the camera too as it was relatively easy for native English speakers in Italy to find acting work at the time. He acted alongside greats including Bob Hoskins and Max von Sydow, and in the dubbing studio alongside such dubbing legends as Robert Rietty, Geoffrey Copleston, Nick Alexander, Lewis E. Cianelli, and Mickey Knox. Cast mostly as monks, elders and religious figures due to his large beard, Rusoff appeared in such bible epics as THE DAY CHRIST DIED and THE NATIVITY STORY as well as monks in DOUBLE TEAM and CATACOMBS. His most prestigious role is perhaps as the chief elder in PASSION OF THE CHRIST who throws the bag of money at Judas. Rusoff, being fluent in several languages including traditional Hebrew and ancient Aramaic, worked as chief translator for the film as well. Rusoff married fellow voice actor / dubber Carolyn De Fonseca but the two had an open marriage. Rusoff fathered 9 daughters to different mothers over a span of 40 years, including one who was still an infant at the time of his death in 2013.


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Born:
May 20, 1939 In Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
16
First Appeared:
In the movie Violent Naples 1976-08-07
Latest Project:
Movie Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s 2012-03-30
Known For
Poster of The Nativity Story
Poster of Rome
Poster of Nightworld: Lost Souls
Poster of The Day Christ Died
Filmography
Movie Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s Himself 2012-03-30
Movie The Scarlet Worm Print's Attorney 2011-08-27
Movie The Nativity Story Strabo 2006-12-01
Series Rome Unknown 2005-08-28
Movie The Passion of the Christ Elder 2004-02-25
Movie Nightworld: Lost Souls Humphrey Garrett 1998-11-12
Movie The Eighteenth Angel Benedetti 1997-01-01
Movie Double Team Brother Ramulu 1997-04-04
Movie Catacombs Brother Brandt 1993-03-24
Movie Cy-Warrior Mr. Cooper (voice: English version) (uncredited) 1989-01-01
Movie Sinbad of the Seven Seas Torture Chamber Keeper (uncredited) 1989-04-01
Movie The Last Temptation of Christ Crowd Member (voice) 1988-08-12
Movie Monster Hunter Dr. Kramer 1981-10-11
Movie The Day Christ Died Temple Guard 1980-03-26
Movie Violent Naples Head Racketeer (voice: English version) (uncredited) 1976-08-07
Movie The Big Racket Sgt. Salvatore Velasci / Jersey #42 / Supermarket Collar (voice: English version) (uncredited) 1976-08-12