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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Italian actor Venantino Venantini died on October 9, 2018 in Viterbo, Italy from postoperative consequences of a femoral surgery suffered last summer. He was 88. Born in Italy on April 17, 1930, he participated in 150 films. An athletic physicist, he made his debut in the cinema with an appearance in “Un giorno in pretura” under the direction of Steno. His first important part in 1961 with “Odissea nuda”, directed by Franco Rossi. He later performed in dozens of films, some of which became cult favorites like “Emanuelle near”, “Luca il contrabbandiere”, “Apocalypse domain” and” Paura nella città dei morti viventi”. He’s best remembered by Euro-western fans for his portrayal of Billy Kane in 1967’ “Bandidos” and as Sweetley in “Hate is My God” in 1969. He also had an uncredited appearance in 1976’ “Apache Woman”.
Italian composer Stelvio Cipriani died in Rome, Italy on October 1, 2019. He was 81. Stelvio had been ill since December 2017. Born in Rome on August 20, 1937 and graduated in piano and musical composition at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia and began working as a writer for light musical singers. After a few years he moved for a short time to the United States to perfect himself in jazz music. Back in Italy he began composing film music and in the seventies he became the most requested composer in the field of soundtracks. He also composed the music of many documentaries, including some pieces commissioned by the Holy See. Known for his police and crime film scores Stelvio was one of the most prolific composers for the Euro-westerns in the 1960s and 1970s composing 16 soundtracks.
Canadian cameraman Andy Chmura died in Toronto, Canada on September 17, 2018. He was 72. Born in Trani, Italy of Polish descent, he grew up in London, England. A camera operator since 1972, Andy worked on 116 feature films and numerous TV productions. He was a cameraman on the modern day 1999 Euro-western “Grey Owl”.