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Italian actor and filmmaker Bud Spencer passes away

86-year-old Hollywood actor and filmmaker Carlo Pedersoli, who popularly known as Bud Spencer died on Monday.

Spencer died on Monday, his son Giuseppe Pedersoli confirmed the news in a statement, reports hollywoodreporter.com. "My father died peacefully at 18:15 (on Monday) and did not suffer from pain, he had all of us next to him and his last words were 'Thank you'," the statement read.

Bud Spencer
Bud Spencer. Pic/AFP

Bud Spencer was born on 31 October 1929 in Naples, Italy. Bud Spencer was an Italian actor, filmmaker and professional swimmer. He was the first Italian to swim the 100-meter freestyle race in under a minute. He earned a degree in law and registered several patents in his name.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi took to Twitter to pay his respects to the actor. He wrote in Italian (translated), "Ciao #BudSpencer We loved you so much."

Bud Spencer began acting in the late 1940s, but it wasn't until the late 1960s that his career took off. He was known for action-comedy roles with his long-time film partner Terence Hill. Bud Spencer and Terence Hill appeared in, produced and directed over 20 films together. Their first film together was 'God Forgives... I Don't!' they went on to make several films together, 'They Call Me Trinity', 'Double Trouble', 'Watch Out, We're Mad', 'I'm For the Hippopotamus' to name a few.

'They Call Me Trinity' became the highest grossing Italian film of the time.

He chose his screen name 'Bud Spencer' to pay homage to Spencer Tracy as well as his favorite beer, Budweiser.

With inputs from agencies

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