Rik Battaglia (byname of Caterino Battaglia; born 18 February 1930) is a retired Italian film actor. He was born at Corbola, near Rovigo, Veneto. We know him by his stage name of Rik Battaglia although alternate names he used for his films were also Rick Austin, Riccardo Battaglia and Rick Battaglia. He would go on to appear in over 100 films from the 1955 to 1999. He was raised by his grandmother. Rik went to sea at the age of 17 and worked on a freighter. He was discovered in a bar and producer Carlo Ponti hired him on the spot and signed to his first film in 1955's “La donna del fiume” directed by Mario Soldati and opposite Sophia Loren. He played a cigarette smuggler who has a tempestuous love affair with a young and sexy Sophia Loren (Ponti’s wife) in hot pants. The film was an obvious attempt to recapture the success of Riso Amaro/Bitter Rice (1949, Giuseppe De Santis) with Silvana Mangano. He then took two years of drama classes. He then appeared in a number of costume and sword and sandal films. He played supporting parts in the Peplums (Sandal and sword epics) La Gerusalemme liberate/The Mighty Crusaders (1958, Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia) with Francisco Rabal and Sylva
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