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Cemetery with crosses - legends lost but remembered

From The Spaghetti Western Database

This 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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  • HAMILL, Pete (William Peter Hamill) - 6/24/1935, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. - 8/5/2020, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

The celebrated reporter, columnist and the top editor of The New York Post and The Daily News and the author of numerous books Pete Hamill died on August 5, 2020. He was 85. A high school dropout who turned a gift for storytelling, a fascination with characters and a romance with tabloid newspapers into a storied career as a New York journalist, novelist and essayist for more than a half century, died from the results of a fall he took on Saturday August 1st. Mr. Hamill became a celebrated reporter, columnist and the top editor of The New York Post and The Daily News; a foreign correspondent for The Post and The Saturday Evening Post; and a writer for New York Newsday, The Village Voice, Esquire and other publications. He wrote a score of books, mostly novels but also biographies, collections of short stories and essays, and screenplays, some adapted from his books. He wrote the 1971 Euro-western ‘Doc’ starring Stacy Keach and Faye Dunaway.

  • SANTONI, Reni - 4/21/1939, New York City, New York, U.S.A. - 8/1/2020, U.S.A.

American actor of French and Spanish decent Reni Santoni died on August 1, 2020 he was 81. Born in New York City on April 21, 1939, he began his acting career appearing in Off-Broadway theater. His first significant film role was an uncredited appearance in the 1964 film “The Pawnbroker” (starring Rod Steiger), in which he played a junkie trying to sell a radio to the title character. He’s probably best remember as Chico, Dirty Harry Callahan’s partner in “Dirty Harry” (1971) starring Clint Eastwood. His steady career employment, however, has been on the small screen. His 1970s series work consisted of ably assisting such crimefighters as "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law" and "Matt Houston. Decades later Santoni received great attention from newer generations of audiences in his occasionally hilarious recurring role as "Poppie" the unsanitary restaurateur on "Seinfeld." Rene appeared as Max in the Euro-western “Guns of the Magnificent Seven” (1969) starring George Kennedy and Michael Ansara.

  • SAXON, John (Carmine Orrico) - 8/5/1936, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. - 7/25/2020, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, U.S.A.

One of the good guys John Saxon died today July 25, 2020. He was 83. His portrayal of the brutal Mexican bandit opposite Marlon Brando in “The Appaloosa” (1966) earned him a Golden Globe, and he had a recurring role on ABC's ‘Dynasty’ as Rashid Ahmed, a powerful Middle East tycoon who romanced Alexis Colby (Joan Collins). And on another1980s primetime soap, CBS' ‘Falcon Crest’, he played the father of Lorenzo Lamas' character. Saxon was such a good actor Burt Lancaster had him removed from “The Unforgiven” because his mere presence and acting were stealing scenes from Lancaster. He’s remembered by many of us for his roles in “Joe Kidd” (1972) as Luis Chama and “Enter the Dragon” (1973) as Roper. John appeared in three Euro-westerns: “I Came, I Saw, I Shot” (1968) as Clay Watson; ‘Lucky Luke’ (TV) (1992) as the Black Sheriff and “Jonathan of the Bears” (1994) as Fred Goodwin.

  • DRAGHETTI, Roberto - 8/24/1960, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 7/24/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy

The world of Italian voice actors must bid farewell to one of its great interpreters. On the night of July 24, 2020, a heart attack struck the well-known voice actor and actor Roberto Draghetti, cutting him off at just 59 years old. Draghetti would have turned 60 next month. Brother of the actress Francesca Draghetti, he has been working in the world of dubbing for a long time, ranging between cinema and TV series, both live action and animation. He was the Italian voice of Noah Emmerich and Idris Elba, but also of Mickey Rourke in Sin City. He has also lent his talent several times to actors of the caliber of Terry Crews, Josh Brolin, Jean-Cloude van Damme. He was the Italian voice of Dwight Yoakam in “Bandidas” (2006), Mickey Rourke in “Dead in Tombstone” (2013), Ben Hall in “White Fang” (2018).

  • HINZ, Dinah - 2/14/1934, Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany - 7/14/2020, Zürich, Switzerland

German born theater, film and voice actress Dinah Hinz died in Zurcih, Switzerland on July 14, 2020. She was 86. Born Dinah Eleanora Hinz on February 14, 1934, Hinz came from a family of actors and was discovered by Fritz Kortner as a high school student. She made her debut at the Hebbel Theater in Berlin at the age of 15. During her acting training at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich, she played at the Residenz Theater and the Munich Kammerspiele. Dinah was also a speaker in radio play productions and for documentaries and features. As voice actress, she lent her voice to Carroll Baker, Elizabeth Taylor and Joanne Woodward, among others. She appeared in two Euro-western TV shows. ‘Aye, Aye Sheriff’ - 1973 as Mrs. Rosemary Wilson and ‘Huckleberry Finn and His Friends’ – 1979 as Aunt Sally.

  • PALLASCIO, Aubert - 8/19/1937, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 7/5/2020, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Canadian actor Aubert Pallascio, known for many roles on the small screen, in the movies and on stage, died Sunday July 5, 2020 of cancer. He was trained at the Paris Conservatory of Dramatic Art. During his career, which spanned more than 60 years, he stepped on the boards of many stages ranging from the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde to Jean-Duceppe, passing by the Rideau Vert and Le Trident. On television, he was seen more recently in the Unit 9 series, as well as in Destinies, Providence and The Black Dog Inn. Many will also remember his character of Gabriel Galarneau in the L’Héritage series, broadcast in the late 1980s. His voice will also be familiar to fans of American cinema, since he has dubbed several Hollywood actors, including Morgan Freeman more than a dozen times.

  • MORRICONE, Ennio - 11/10/1928, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 7/6/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Ennio Morricone the Oscar winner whose haunting, inventive scores expertly accentuated the simmering, dialogue-free tension of the spaghetti Westerns directed by Sergio Leone, died in Rome, Italy on July 6, 2020. He was 91. The Italian composer was born in Rome on November 10, 1927, scored more than 500 films, seven for his countryman Sergio Leone and fellow classmate in elementary school. Ennio, whose first instrument was the trumpet, won his Oscar for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight (2015) and also was nominated and robbed for his original scores for Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven (1978), Roland Joffe’s The Mission (1986), Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables (1987), Barry Levinson’s Bugsy (1991) and Giuseppe Tornatore’s Malena (2000). Known as “The Maestro,” he also received an honorary Oscar in 2007 (presented by Clint Eastwood) for his “magnificent and multifaceted contributions to the art of film music,” and he collected 11 David di Donatello Awards, Italy’s highest film honors. Morricone’s ripe, pulsating sounds enriched Leone’s low-budget Spaghetti westerns: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), starring Clint Eastwood, and his masterpiece, Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and Duck, You Sucker (1971). “The music is indispensable, because my films could practically be silent movies, the dialogue counts for relatively little, and so the music underlines actions and feelings more than the dialogue,” Leone, who died in 1989, once said. “I’ve had him write the music before shooting, really as a part of the screenplay itself.” The composer loved the sound of the electric guitar and the Jew’s harp and employed whistles, church bells, whips, coyote howls, chirping birds, ticking clocks, gunshots and women’s voices to add textures to scores not associated with the typical studio arrangement. He leaves his wife Maria Travia whom he married in 1956 and four children Marco, Alessandra, Andrea and Giovanni.

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