Cemetery with crosses - legends lost but remembered
From The Spaghetti Western Database
KÜLOWThis page is our personal hall of fame. A reminder to us all that even though considered a B-genre, Spaghetti Westerns were full of great characters, played by great people. Many have passed away, and while we are young growing up re-watching all these classics, many more will probably leave us. May they be remembered. What follows, is a work-in-progress, a growing list of legends who have passed away...
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Respected Soviet and Russian actor Leonid Bronevoi died in Moscow on December 9, 2017, at the age of 88. Born Leonid Solomonvitch Bronevoy on December 17, 1928 in Kiev, Ukrain he appeared in many Soviet films, most famously in the World War II spy thriller “Seventeen Moments of Spring”. He never played in a leading role, but was renowned as a talented supporting actor. He also was a prominent figure in Soviet and Russian theater. Bronevoi was the recipient of numerous professional and state honors, including the honorary title of People's Artist of the Soviet Union. His lone Euro-western was 1977’s “Armed and Dangerous: Times and Heroes of Bret Harte” as Piter Damfi.
Artist and filmmaker Juan Luis Buñuel, eldest son of Luis Buñuel, his assistant director for a decade and other filmmakers, including Orson Welles and Louis Malle died in Paris on December 7. He was. Before cinema and sculpture, he leaned towards photography. When he was 12 years old, he was given a camera, and during his life he took photos and kept them as if he were preserving an exceptional treasure, which he exhibited at the Buñuel de Calanda Center under the title 'Friends, shootings, encounters and some nonsense'. Juan Luis, under the protection of his father, made the leap towards the direction, both fiction films and documentaries. He was Assistant director on “Viva Maria!” (1965) and “Guns for San Sebastian” (1968) and director on “The Rebellion of the Hanged” (1986).
Native American actor (Blackfoot Tribe) Steve Reevis passed away December 7, 2017, at a hospital in Missoula, Montana. He was 56. Reevis was born on August 14, 1962 in Browning Montana. Among his three dozen films were the films he was featured in: "Twins," "Dances with Wolves," "Last of the Dogmen," "Fargo," and "The Longest Yard." Steve played Two Bears in 1993 Euro-western "Posse".
French singer and actor Johnny Hallyday died after a battle with lung cancer in Paris, France on December 5, 2017. He was 74. Born Jean-Philippe Léo Smet on June 15, 1943 in the Paris suburb of Malesherbes, he was known as the “French Elvis” for his massively popular recordings and acting career. Widely credited as the first French star to popularize early rock ‘n roll in France, Halladay sold more than 110 million records over his 50-year career. He sang French-language covers of American pop, starting with his 1960 debut album. His appearances soon set off near-riots, and his popularity paved the way for American rock acts to break into the French market. Hallyday reportedly gave the Jimi Hendrix Experience its first France performance, opening for him at the Paris Olympia in October, 1966. Hallyday appeared in one Euro-western: as Hud in Sergio Corbucci’s 1969 “Gli specialist” (Drop Them or I'll Shoot).
German producer, director, writer, cinematographer, composer, actor Ulli Lummel died December 1st of heart failure. He would have turned 73 on December 21st. Lommel has dozens of film credits under his belt but will no doubt be best remembered by fans for his wonderfully obscure 1980 film “The Boogey Man”. Ulli worked just about up to the day he passed and leaves behind a myriad of projects for interested fans to look into. He was the voice of Predrag Ceramilac in 1963’s “Flaming Frontier” and produced and played the part of Frank Nicholson in Werner Fassbinder’s 1971 Euro-western “Whity”
Acclaimed director, film editor Anthony Harvey, died at his Water Mill, New York home on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23. He was 87. Born in London on June 3, 1930, Mr. Harvey’s best known turn in the director’s chair was “The Lion in Winter,” a 1968 historical drama based on a play by James Goldman starring Peter O’Toole as King Henry II and Katharine Hepburn as Queen Eleanor. The film gleaned seven Academy Award nominations, including a Best Director nod for Mr. Harvey. Ms. Hepburn tied with Barbra Streisand for Best Actress, and Mr. Harvey accepted the Oscar on her behalf in her absence. Harvey directed only one Euro-western: 1979’ “Eagle’s Wing”.
The respected Karl May researcher Christian Heermann, born September, 11, 1936 in Chemnitz, died on November 27, 2017. Heermann was from 1993 to 2013 Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board Karl May House Hohenstein Ernstthal and for many years Chairman of the Karl May Circle of Friends Leipzig. Even in GDR times, he published the Karl May biography "The Man Who was Old Shatterhand", updated in 2002 under the title " Winnetous Blutsbruder" (Karl-May-Verlag). A settlement with the GDR authorities appeared in 1995 under the title "Old Shatterhand Rode Not on Behalf of the Working Class".
Italian actor, writer and voice dubber Ignazio Colnaghi died in Milan, Italy on November 25th. He was 83. Colnaghi was born on June 16, 1924, Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Known by the stage name of Ignatius Colnigee he began his career at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan with Dario Fo and Franco Parenti, then followed them into variety shows on radio, but he preferred to devote himself early into voice dubbing. He was the voice of the cartoon characters Calimero, the black chick protagonist of the lucky carousels and the caterpillar John Little the friend of Rat Gigio. Ignazio was also the Italian voice of Fernandel in his early films and Pierre Brasseur. With Angio Zane he wrote the screenplay of the 1964 Euro-western “Okay, Sheriff” which starred Frank Senis.
Actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard and Clint Howard, died on Saturday November 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. He was 89. Born in Oklahoma on November 17, 1928, Howard’s acting career spanned several decades. His film credits include “Chinatown” and Alexander Payne’s 2013 drama “Nebraska.” On the small screen, he appeared in several TV shows like “Seinfeld,” “Murder, She Wrote” and Ron Howard’s “Happy Days.” He appeared in only one Euro-western; 1977’s “Another Man, Another Chance” as the wagon master.
Peter Berling, a husky German character actor best known for his many collaborations with Werner Herzog, who also appeared in Hollywood films such as Gangs of New York and The Name of the Rose, has died. He was 83. Berling died on Monday in Rome, his agency confirmed. Berling was born on March 20, 1934 in Obrawalde, Meseritz, West Prussia. He was also a successful film producer and accomplished novelist and had lived in the Italian capital since the late 1960s.Berling acted in more than 130 films in his decades-long career but his best-known work was for Werner Herzog, who cast him in several of his early films, including Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), Fritzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987). Berling also worked for Herzog's contemporary, legendary German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In addition to walk on roles in numerous Fassbinder films, Berling produced the director's 1971 drama Beware of a Holy Whore. His Euro-western films include: Whity – 1971 (hefty bartender,)Return of Halleluja - 1972 (Lt. Schultz, The Three Musketeers of the West - 1973 (Hans,Tex and the Lord of the Deep - 1985 (El Morisco) and Texas - Doc Snyder hält die Welt in Atem - 1993 (Hank Snyder)
Argentine composer Luis Enriquez Bacalov died at San Filippo Neri Hospital in Rome today November 15th. He was 84. He had been hospitalized in recent days due to an ischemia. In the 1960s he worked as arranger for Claudio Villa and Milva, as well as for Nico Fidenco, Rita Pavone, Umberto Bindi and Gianni Morandi. He formed a compositional association with Sergio Endrigo who lasted for twenty years. Bacalov composed soundtracks for several westerns and police films including “A Bullet for the General”, “Django” and“The Price of Power”. He worked for Fellini, Pasolini, Damiani, Scola, Rosi. Quentin Tarantino re-used his music for Kill Bill and Django unchained. Bacalov won an Academy Award for ‘Il Postino” in 1996.