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...

sorted by their last names:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z|}


  • HATET, Pierre (Pierre Marius Alfred Hatet) - 4/20/1930, Auffay, Seine Inferecure, France - 5/24/2019, Paris, Île-de-France, France

French actor and voice dubber Pierre Hatet died in Paris, France on May 24, 2019. He was 89. Born Pierre Marius Alfred Hatet in Auffay, Seine Inferecure, France n April 20, 1930, He found fame in 1985 by superimposing his voice on the face of American actor then unknown in France, in a film that few people had expected success: "Back to the Future ". He became thee voice of Christopher Lloyd even though he also voice such big names as lent his voice to Tom Selleck, Donald Sutherland, James Corburn, Clint Eastwood and Kris Kristofferson, among many others. Hatet was also the voice of the Joker in the animated ‘Batman’ cartoon series. He appeared in only one Euro-western as Frank Rogers in “Cemetery Without Crosses” in 1969.

  • SMERCZAK, Ron (Ronald Smerczak) - 3/7/1949, Blackpool, England, U.K. - 5/13/2019, Johannesburg, South Africa

Veteran, British-born South African actor Ron Smerczak has died from a heart attack on May 12, 2019. He was 69. Born in Blackpool, England on March 7, 1949, Ron Smerczak's decades-long career on South African television ranged from roles in SABC productions like Shaka Zulu, John Ross, Generations and Isidingo, e.tv's Rhythm City, to kykNET's (DStv 144) Villa Rosa, Jongo on BET (DStv 129) and many more. He also appeared in international series filmed in South Africa and Cape Town like Warrior and Strike Back on M-Net (Dstv 101), and Black Sails that was shown on History (DStv 186). Ron appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Trigger Fast” 1994 as (Sergeant Tring) and “Hooded Angels” 2002 (as Packer).

  • BONESCHI, Giampiero 1/31/1927, Milan, Lombardy, Italy - 5/12/2019, Segrate, Lombardy, Italy

Italian composer, arranger, keyboardist, conductor and producer Giampiero Boneschi died in Segrate, Lombardy Itay on May 12, 2019. He was 92. Boneschi was born on January 31, 1927 in Milan, Italy. He’s probably best known for his early ventures in electronic music, being one of the first Italian artists who started using synthesizers in the early 1970's. He was married to singer Nuccia Bongiovanni and had two daughters Danila and Mila. After Nuccia died in 1970 he married writer producer Fatma Ruffini and had another daughter author Valentina Boneschi. Giampiero composed the score for one animated Euro-western; 1964’s “West and Soda”.

  • TERRON, José (José Terrón Peñaranda) - 7/5/1939, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 5/12/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

José Terrón hijo son of José Terrón Peñaranda, who we called ‘Shorty” for many years until we found out his identity posted the following on Facebook on Sunday May 12, 2019; “Quiero que sepas que alli donde estes siempre me has demostrado que eras un luchador nunca mejor dicho siempre has sido un referente en tu profesion pero sobre todo como padre luchando por la vida eres y seras un ejemplo para mi

Te quiero papa JOSE TERRON PEÑARANDA alli donde estes❤” along with two photos of his father.

Translated it says; “I want you to know that wherever you are you have always shown me that you were a fighter never better said you have always been a reference in your profession but especially as a father fighting for life you are and you will be an example for me

I love you dad jose terron peñaranda wherever you are ❤”

I interpret this as a posting of his father’s passing. He has not mentioned that his father was ill or had been suffering from some incapacitation so this comes as a surprise and shock.

José Terrón Peñaranda was born in Madrid, Spain on July 5, 1939 and would have been 80 years old this coming birthday. He along with his brothers Pedro Terrón (Pedro Terrón Peñaranda), Ángel Terrón (Ángel Terrón Peñaranda), Víctor Terrón (Victor Terrón Peñaranda) formed a stunt riding team that performed in circus and shows throughout Spain in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Most of us became aware of his presence when he portrayed Guy Callaway in 1965’s “For A Few Dollars More” when he was shot down in the street by bounty hunter Colonel Douglas Mortimer. His face left an indelible mark in our minds and when many of the Euro-westerns became available to us in the U.S.A. via video, TV and later DVD we began to seek out who this character was as he usually went uncredited. We noticed he was in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” playing Shorty Larson and therefore we called him shorty. We found other western he appeared in such as “Django” (1965) as Ringo, “God Forgives… I Don’t” as ‘Flatface’, “The Man from Nowhere” 1966 (as a Gordo Watch henchman. He often played several parts as in “White Comanche” 1968 as a Comanche and a townsman and again in Shalako also 1968 as a soldier and an Apache. Along with his role as Shorty Larson in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly you can spot him as a Confederate spy tied to the front of a locomotive. His last credited role was as a member of “The Wild Bunch” and a stuntman (riding the white horse) in “My Name is Nobody”. A truly memorable character actor and one most of us  will always remember has left us but his work and talent will always be remembered in the films and stunt work he’s left on film. “Sorry Shorty”, RIP.  

  • PANARO, Alessandra - 12/14/1939, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 5/1/2019, Geneva, Switzerland

Italian actress Alessandra Panro died in a health clinic in Geneva, Switzerland on May 1, 2019 he was 79. Born in Rome on December 14, 1939 she studied acting under Teresa Franchini and made her film debut at 16 years old, and found success in 1956 thanks to the Dino Risi's comedy film “Poor, But Handsome”. She then specialized in romantic comedies. In 1957-1958, together with her “Poor, But Handsome” co-star Lorella De Luca, she assisted Mario Riva in presenting the popular RAI game show Il Musichiere. She appeared in over 40 films including Peplum and three westerns: “Pyramid of the Sun God” and “Treasure of the Aztecs” (1965) as Rosita Arbellez, “30 Winchesters for El Diablo” (1965) as Pamela Webb under the pseudonym Topsy Collins.

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