The They Call Me Trinity star, real name Carlo Pedersoli, passed away "peacefully" on Monday (27Jun16), according to his son, film producer Giuseppe Pedersoli.

A post on Spencer's official Facebook page reads: "With our deepest regrets, we have to tell you that Bud is flying to his next journey".

He appeared in a string of action and comedy films in the 1970s and early 1980s, including the Flatfoot movies and A Friend is a Treasure.

He was also a professional swimmer and the first Italian to swim the 100 metres freestyle in less than one minute. He twice participated in the Olympic Games.