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Antonio Margheriti (19 September 1930 – 4 November 2002), also known under the pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson, was a prolific Italian filmmaker. He was born in Rome and died in 2002 from a heart attack in Monterosi, Viterbo, near Rome at the age of 72.

Margheriti started out in the Italian film industry in 1956 as a screenwriter. He started directing in 1960, his first film being "Spacemen" (aka "Assignment Outer Space"). Margheriti is known for his science fiction, horror, spaghetti western and action movies. He was the director of such cult movies as Cannibal Apocalypse, Castle of Blood, The Virgin of Nuremberg, Assignment Outer Space, Wild Wild Planet, Naked You Die, Mr. Super Invisible, The Last Hunter, Battle of the Worlds and numerous others. Most of his films were directed under the pseudonym of Anthony M. Dawson. He stopped using his real name in the USA early in his career, when he realized the English translation of the name "Antonio Margheriti" was "Anthony Daisies", and he thought it sounded too effeminate.

He was the only Italian director who worked directly for American production companies like MGM, United Artists, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, etc. with films like: Yor, the Hunter from the Future, Take a Hard Ride, Killer Fish, etc. Margheriti said his action/adventure films were his favorites, and his least favorite movies were the sword-and-sandal peplum films he made in the early 1960s (such as "Devil of the Desert" and "Giants of Rome").

For years, director Richard Morrissey disputed Margheriti's claim that he had directed "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein" in the early 1970s, saying that Margheriti was mostly just a technical advisor on that film. Morrissey said Margheriti did however direct a very, very brief segment of the movie (mostly the scenes involving the two children roaming around in the lab).

Margheriti worked with many well-known genre actors such as Lee Van Cleef, John Saxon, Claude Rains, John Morghen, Klaus Kinski, Barbara Steele, Reb Brown, Donald Pleasence, Yul Brynner, David Warbeck, Luciano Pigozzi, Marvin Hagler, Terence Hill, Fred Williamson, Christopher Lee and many others. Most of his later films were shot in the Philippines (especially his war films). Margheriti also collaborated on the special effects in two Italian cult films which he did not direct, Sergio Leone's "Fistful of Dynamite" (1971) and Aldo Lado's "The Humanoid" (1979).

Margheriti retired from filmmaking in 1996 at age 66. He died in 2002 of natural causes. Margheriti's son Edoardo and his daughter Antonella are both also involved in filmmaking. Eli Roth's character in the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Bastards took Margheriti as his namesake.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Antonio Margheriti,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.  

Antonio Margheriti (19 September 1930 – 4 November 2002), also known under the pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson, was a prolific Italian filmmaker. He was born in Rome and died in 2002 from a heart attack in Monterosi, Viterbo, near Rome at the age of 72.

Margheriti started out in the Italian film industry in 1956 as a screenwriter. He started directing in 1960, his first film being "Spacemen" (aka "Assignment Outer Space"). Margheriti is known for his science fiction, horror, spaghetti western and action movies. He was the director of such cult movies as Cannibal Apocalypse, Castle of Blood, The Virgin of Nuremberg, Assignment Outer Space, Wild Wild Planet, Naked You Die, Mr. Super Invisible, The Last Hunter, Battle of the Worlds and numerous others. Most of his films were directed under the pseudonym of Anthony M. Dawson. He stopped using his real name in the USA early in his career, when he realized the English translation of the name "Antonio Margheriti" was "Anthony Daisies", and he thought it sounded too effeminate.

He was the only Italian director who worked directly for American production companies like MGM, United Artists, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, etc. with films like: Yor, the Hunter from the Future, Take a Hard Ride, Killer Fish, etc. Margheriti said his action/adventure films were his favorites, and his least favorite movies were the sword-and-sandal peplum films he made in the early 1960s (such as "Devil of the Desert" and "Giants of Rome").

For years, director Richard Morrissey disputed Margheriti's claim that he had directed "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein" in the early 1970s, saying that Margheriti was mostly just a technical advisor on that film. Morrissey said Margheriti did however direct a very, very brief segment of the movie (mostly the scenes involving the two children roaming around in the lab).

Margheriti worked with many well-known genre actors such as Lee Van Cleef, John Saxon, Claude Rains, John Morghen, Klaus Kinski, Barbara Steele, Reb Brown, Donald Pleasence, Yul Brynner, David Warbeck, Luciano Pigozzi, Marvin Hagler, Terence Hill, Fred Williamson, Christopher Lee and many others. Most of his later films were shot in the Philippines (especially his war films). Margheriti also collaborated on the special effects in two Italian cult films which he did not direct, Sergio Leone's "Fistful of Dynamite" (1971) and Aldo Lado's "The Humanoid" (1979).

Margheriti retired from filmmaking in 1996 at age 66. He died in 2002 of natural causes. Margheriti's son Edoardo and his daughter Antonella are both also involved in filmmaking. Eli Roth's character in the 2009 Quentin Tarantino film Inglourious Bastards took Margheriti as his namesake.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Antonio Margheriti,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender -

Known Credits 62

Birthday 1930-09-19

Day of Death 2002-11-04

Place of Birth Rome, Italy

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Anthony M. Dawson
  • Anthony Dawson
  • Antony Daisies
  • Raymond Homer
  • Marco Vicario
  • Anthony Matthews

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1997 Virtual Weapon Director
1991 Indio 2 - The Revolt Director
1989 Alien from the Deep Director
1989 Indio Director
1988 The Commander Director
1987 Treasure Island in Outer Space (7 episodes)Director
1985 Commando Leopard Director
1985 Jungle Raiders Director
1984 Code Name: Wild Geese Director
1984 The Ark of the Sun God Director
1983 Yor, the Hunter from the Future Director
1983 The Last Blood Director
1982 Escape from the Cursed Arcipelago Director
1982 The Hunters of the Golden Cobra Director
1981 Car Crash Director
1980 The Last Hunter Director
1980 Invasion of the Flesh Hunters Director
1979 Killer Fish Director
1978 The Squeeze Director
1976 Death Rage Director
1976 Whisky and Ghosts Director
1975 Take a Hard Ride Director
1974 Blood for Dracula Assistant Director
1974 The Stranger and the Gunfighter Director
1973 Mr. Hercules Against Karate Director
1973 Seven Dead in the Cat's Eye Director
1972 Treasure Island Director
1972 House of 1000 Pleasures Director
1971 Web of the Spider Director
1970 Mr. Superinvisible Director
1970 And God Said to Cain Director
1969 The Unnaturals Director
1968 Io ti amo Director
1968 Vengeance Director
1968 Naked You Die Director
1967 Dynamite Joe Director
1967 The Snow Devils Director
1967 Lightning Bolt Director
1966 War Between the Planets Director
1966 The Wild, Wild Planet Director
1966 The War of the Planets Director
1966 Killers Are Challenged Director
1964 The Long Hair of Death Director
1964 Giants of Rome Director
1964 Hercules, Prisoner of Evil Director
1964 Devil of the Desert Against the Son of Hercules Director
1964 Castle of Blood Director
1964 Mondo Inferno Director
1963 Horror Castle Director
1963 The Fall of Rome Director
1962 The Golden Arrow Director
1961 Battle of the Worlds Director
1960 Assignment: Outer Space Director
1958 Gambe d'oro Co-Director

Writing

1983 Yor, the Hunter from the Future Screenplay
1980 Invasion of the Flesh Hunters Screenplay
1975 Lo sgarbo Screenplay
1974 The Stranger and the Gunfighter Screenplay
1973 Mr. Hercules Against Karate Adaptation
1973 Seven Dead in the Cat's Eye Screenplay Story
1972 House of 1000 Pleasures Screenplay
1970 And God Said to Cain Screenplay
1969 The Unnaturals Writer
1968 Io ti amo Story Screenplay
1968 Vengeance Screenplay
1968 Naked You Die Screenplay
1967 The Snow Devils Writer
1964 The Long Hair of Death Screenplay
1963 Horror Castle Screenplay
1963 The Fall of Rome Writer
1958 Gambe d'oro Screenplay
1958 A Sailor's Promises Writer

Crew

1990 The Black Cobra 3 Special Effects
1983 Yor, the Hunter from the Future Special Effects
1981 Car Crash Special Effects
1973 Flesh for Frankenstein Makeup Effects
1971 Duck, You Sucker Special Effects

Production

1967 The Snow Devils Producer
1966 War Between the Planets Producer
1966 The Wild, Wild Planet Producer
1966 The War of the Planets Producer

Acting

2013 The Outsider as Himself
2000 Kino kolossal - Herkules, Maciste & Co as Himself
1981 Car Crash as Racing Official (uncredited)

Visual Effects

1979 The Humanoid Special Effects Supervisor

Costume & Make-Up

1974 Blood for Dracula Makeup Effects Designer

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