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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The National Association of Interpreters (ANDI) informed through its social networks that the Spanish actor Eduardo MacGregor died on December 16, 2018. The actor developed his career in Mexico as a dubbing actor in productions such as Oz, El Poder , Carancho and El Álamo. He also ventured into films such as The Stone Book (1969), Christ 70 (1970), Blue Demon, Spies Destroyer (1968), The World of the Dead (1970) and The Jeremias (2015). This actor also worked with director Luis Buñuel , in Simón en el Desierto , in which Silvia Pinal, Enrique Álvarez Félix and Claudio Book also participated in 1965. MacGregor played Judge Thompson in 1995’s Euro-western “Sons of Trinity”.
Laya Raki Randell-Wood passed away peacefully in the evening of December 21, 2018, in Hollywood, California. She was born Brunhilde Marie Jorns in Hamburg, Germany on July 27, 1927. Her mother left when Laya was only five years old. Her father remarried soon thereafter. He worked with the circus, where Laya learned acrobatics at a very young age, and performed in several circus acts. In her late teens, she partnered with fellow acrobat, Ricardo U. Partnerin, performing a 2-person dance/acrobatic act. From there, she learned ballet and other forms of dance. She developed a passion for dance, and was best known for her exotic dances. She performed throughout Europe and Italy in the 1940’s to 1950. She adopted the screen name, ‘Laya Raki’, at the suggestion of her manager. In 1954, she got a major part in the movie, ‘The Seekers’, (released in the U.S. as, 'Land of Fury’), as the exotic Moari dancer, alongside actor Jack Hawkins. It was shot in New Zealand, and was a big hit, bringing Laya into the spotlight. In 1955 Laya went to London to continue her acting career. Her roles in British films and TV productions made her an international star. She met and married actor Ron Randell in September 1957. They decided to move to the U.S. in the 1960’s, working between New York City and Los Angeles. Laya appeared in the popular TV series, ‘I Spy’, and other shows over the years in Los Angeles. Laya appeared as the gypsy girl alongside Randell in the Euro-western “Savage Pampas” 1966.
Sandy Gibbons, a popular Phoenix, Arizona actor and media personality for decades, died Saturday, December 29, 2018. He was 85. Born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 15, 1933 he was usually billed as Sanford Gibbons and was a successful actor, with 33 film and television credits including roles in “Tombstone,” “Tin Cup” and “Used Cars.” He never really stopped acting, playing a reporter in the 2018 film “Warning: No Trespassing.” As Sandy Gibbons he appeared as the horse dealer in the 1987 Terence Hill modern day Euro-western: “They Call Me Renegade”.
Richard Marks, four-time Oscar-Nominated film editor, Died on December 31, 2018 at 75. Born on November 10, 1943, in New York City, Marks was nominated along with Walter Murch, Gerald B. Greenberg and Lisa Fruchtman for Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) — contracted for six months, he spent three years on that project, much of that time in the Philippines — and for the Brooks classics Terms of Endearment (1983), Broadcast News (1987) and As Good as It Gets (1997). He was sound editor on the 1971 Euro-western ‘Doc’ starring Stacy Keach and Faye Dunawway.
American film, TV actress died in Burbank, California on December 25, 2018. She was 55. Martinez was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 12, 1963 and will be remembered for her leading role in “The Three Amigos” (1986) as Carmen but most of all as Victoria Escalante on the 1990-1993 TV series “The New Zorro” starring Duncan Regehr. Patrice also appeared as Kish-Kao-Ko in 1998 German TV film Winnetous Rückkehr with Pierre Brice.
Mexican film, TV and theater actress Rosenda Monteros died in Mexico City on December 29, 2018. She was 83. Born Rosa Méndez Leza in Vera Cruz, Mexico on August 31, 1935. Known in Mexico mainly for her theater work, in 1990 she received the recognition of the Mexican Association of Theater Critics for the record of 263 theater performances, and in 2003 she won the Best Actress award in Classic Theater of the Golden Age. To the rest of the world she’ll be remembered for her role as the Mexican peasant girl, Petra in 1960’s “The Magnificent Seven”. She would go on to appear in 48 films and TV series. She appeared in three Euro-westerns: “Les Indiens” (TV) – 1966 as Wany; “Savage Pampas” – 1966 as Rucu and “My Friend Winnetou” (TV) – 1980 as Hehaka Win.
Swedish model, film actress and fashion designer Agneta Eckemyr died in her New York City apartment on December 29, 2018 of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 68 years old. Born in Karlsborg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden on July 2, 1950. Initially a model, her looks took her into film and television roles. She was photographed by Life Magazine appearing opposite the five semi-finalist actors for the role of James Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." Shortly after appearing in the 1974 Disney family film production "The Island at the Top of the World," Eckemyr appeared on the front cover and within the October 1975 edition of Playboy magazine, as a Playboy Playmate. After retirement from being an actress, she turned her talents to clothing design. Her most recent designs are featured at Älskling (Swedish for Darling), on Columbus Avenue, New York City; a block from where she died in an apartment overlooking Central Park. Agneta appeared in two Euro-westerns: “And for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars” – 1968 (the dead stagecoach passenger shown in the opening scene of the film), “Blindman” – 1971 (Pilar)
Beloved Danish animator, comic artist and musician Børge Ring has passed away in Overlangel, Holland on December 27, 2018. He was 97. Born in Ribe, Denmark on February 7, 1921, he was best known for directing the Oscar-winning short “Anna and Bella” (1984) and the Oscar-nominated “Oh My Darling” (1978), Ring also worked on an impressive list of animated features, such as “Heavy Metal”, “The Smurfs and the Magic Flute”, “We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story” and two Euro-western animated features “Lucky Luke: Ballad of the Daltons” and “Asterix in America”
Italian actor and model Lugi Giuliani died in Rome, Italy on December 21st. He was 78. Born on July 18, 1940 in San Giuliano Terme, Tuscany, Italy, he appeared in fourteen films from 1961 to 1966 sometimes under the aliases of Jim Reed and Louis McJulian. He’s bet remember for his appearance with Sophia Loren in “Boccaccio ‘70”, After his film career ended he was employed by Giorgio Armani as a model and spokesperson. He appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Golden Sheriff” (1966) (Arizona Roy) using the alias Luis McJulian and “The Ruthless Colt of the Gringo” 1966 (Sol Lester) using the alias Jim Reed.
Danish theater, film, radio, TV actor Henning Palner died in Mindebog on December 20, 2018. He was 86. Palner participated in film successes such as "Komtessen" in 1961, "Vil du se min smukke navle" in 1978 and "Solkongen" in 2005. Also the television series "Huset på Christianshavn", "Gøngehøvdingen" and "Bryggeren". Most of his acting career revolved around the theater which began in 1956 when he was admitted to Royal Danish Theater School. Palner's distinct deep voice was by many in audiobooks. Where he has spoken in over 200 titles, as well as having toured the country with talks about his life on the boards. Palner was at one time married to actresses Yvonne Ingdal and Beatrice Palner. He appeared as Oscar Wilde in the 1965 television western ‘Wilde west’.