The Jerez player participated with supporting roles in over 70 films in genres such as ' western ' or terror also starred in numerous television commercials
By J.D. Jerez
Yesterday morning Antonio Pica Serrano died April 26th at the age of 82. Pica participated in more than 70 films throughout his life, mainly in secondary roles, and was well known for his television commercials. His last work was the short film 'The Cockroach ' by Manuel Ruiz, a small film in the ‘western’ field, a genre in which the actor Jerez worked fluently and who wanted to work selflessly for "stoking the desires students of this art thundered," as it says in the end credits of this film.
As recounted in an interview last year when he was awarded the prize of honor Asecan (Film Writers Association of Andalucía) in last year's edition, Pica came to making movies by accident. He worked as a technician on oil rigs and resided in Madrid when one day came in the famous Café Gijón, "the bar of the actors", and one of the principals of the Moro Studios offered him the chance to do a test.
From there began a long career in which he combined with western advertising and terror. He worked in some Hollywood blockbusters like 'The Fall of the Roman Empire' (1964) or 'The Man Who Killed Billy the Kid” (1966).
José Luis Jiménez , anywhere 'People from Jerez' stresses that Pica had a "factions and markedly Anglo presence, combined with his elegant manners and a natural photogenic face," which made it to be continuously required for many advertising agencies, a task that he combined with his appearances in film productions. Thus, he worked for brands such as Veteran, Founder, Iberia or LM plus the English Court.
His filmography is full of supporting roles in both Spanish and American productions. He worked for Anthony Mann, Fernando Merino, Jesus Franco, José María Forqué or Julio Buchs, among others. However, his film credits were quite lavish in the sixties and seventies where he primarily was assigned roles of the villain. "It will be my face sieso" he said in the interview I had.
As explained Jimenez, Antonio Pica’s movie career went away coinciding with the decline of American blockbusters . The Jerez returned to work as a diver on oil rigs, work will be done somewhere between Spain and the North Sea. However, in 1985 he had a short-lived return to cinema with Italian Cucho Tessari. Now retired, early last decade, he returned to films participating in various shorts.
Atonio Pica married to four times and had five children. For more than one year, and because of his
health problems, lived in the residence La Torre El Puerto de Santa María.
PICA, Antonio (Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Pica Serrano)
Born: 3/21/1931, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalucía Spain
Died: 4/26/2014, El Puerto de Santa María, Andalucia, Spain
Antonio Pica’s westerns – actor:
Weeping for a Bandit – 1963
A Fistful of Dollars - 1964 (Baxter henchman)
Django Kill - 1966 (Tembler henchman)
Bandidos - 1967 (Sam)
A Few Bullets More - 1967 (John Tunstill)
Ringo: The Lone Rider – 1968 (sheriff)
Tierra Brava - 1968
A Bullet for Sandoval - 1969 (Sam Paul)
Death on High Mountain - 1969
Two Crosses at Danger Pass – 1967 (Doc)
Spaghetti Western – 1974 (Foster)
Eh? Who’s Afraid of Zorro! - 1975 (Major de Colignac)
The Cockroach – 2012 (Anselmo ‘Cockroach’ Galera)
Cuando Éramos Pistoleros – 2012 [himself]