Post by maphillips3 on Feb 21, 2010 17:43:02 GMT -5
This is the actor that fought Bronson, in the final battle in the movie "Hard Times". I feel this is one of the best fight scenes in the history of movies, but I would like to know more about this actor, because their isn't much on the INTERNET, about this guy, so was wondering if you guys could shed some light, on this great great guy?
One of the unsung tough guy bit players. Even when he only had a line or two he would say it with such tough crispness you knew he could back it up. He really added a lot of interesting shading to the Street character in "Hard Times", not just the ability to throw and take a punch. The moment where Bob Tessier is forced to carry his bag is priceless, and when he refuses to fight dirty against Charlie it really shows what respect these two fighters have for one another.
In addition to his great fight with Charlie, he had memorable bits mouthing off to Eddie Murphy in the cowboy bar in "48 Hrs" and Steven Seagal in "Out for Justice". He played a pretty notable zombie in the cult early 70's TV movie "The Norliss Tapes". I remember him best beating up James Garner once or twice a TV season on "The Rockford Files". He was 6'2" and 200 pounds with leading man looks and did have a lead in a rare early 60's film called "The Last Moment" (aka A Chance to Live). That would be interesting to see.
Dimitri became a top stuntman and doubled for Sean Connery some and his good friend William Smith on occasions when that tough guy needed a double. There was a "Laredo" episode where Dimitri played an Indian outlaw and Smith masqueraded undercover as him. The two ended up having a fight with one another. Dimitri was on the set for early run throughs for the famous fight scenes in "Darker Than Amber" and "Any Which Way You Can" but William Smith ended up doing everything on screen. He did do a stair fall for Smith in the big fight in "Grave of the Vampire", one of the most brutal low-budget fights ever put on film as a father and son vampire battle it out.
After time in the U.S. Navy during the 1950's, Dimitri became a fitness trainer and was one of the musclemen in the "Lil' Abner" line-up. He toned down the bodybuilder-look and began to concentrate on stunt work and acting in the 1960's, making a name for himself on TV's "The Rat Patrol", where he got blown up a lot. Think he got killed something like 86 times on screen in a one year period.
He played one of the boxers in Charlie's camp in "Kid Galahad" and was good friends with Elvis off the set. They used to play football together on the weekends. He was also good friends with Dean Martin and Arnold Schwarzenegger and shows up in many of Arnie's movies in blink or you miss him parts. Arnold punches him out in "Commando", "Raw Deal", and "Last Action Hero".
Dimitri posed in the buff for the woman's mag "Viva" in the 1970's and married one of the actresses from Russ Meyer's "Supervixen" film. Dimitri should definitely be better known, but as it is he's sort of a cult tough guy legend.
Post by Jennifer Hicks on Sept 9, 2013 18:04:51 GMT -5
I recently saw Hard Times on a cable TV channel. Nick Dimitri's scenes in that movie are amazing! He was without a doubt one of the hottest men I have ever seen, in person or in a movie. If not the hottest. OMG Fantastic!