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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  • SANS, Santi - 7/?/1933, Gràcia, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain - 1/22/2020, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

The humorist and actor Santi Sans died January 22, 2020 in the Hospital de Mataro, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain, after more than half a century career, as reported by his family to Europa Press. He was 86. He was born in July 1933 in the Barcelona neighborhood of Gràcia, where, as a child, he was already an amateur actor; and debuted professionally in 1956 with a small role in the play Just Married, Do Not Disturb , directed by Adolfo Marsillach at the Windsor Theater in the city. In the party halls he also performed in the 60s with singers such as Julio Iglesias and Raphael, whom he presented and imitated, entertaining the shows. One, two, three and Filiprim . In the 70s he performed in various spaces of TVE Catalunya, especially humorist, and also in the first stage of the 'One, two, three' contest, when presented by Kiko Ledgard. In the 80s Sans became very popular on TV3, with humorous performances and imitations in various programs, among which Filiprim and Tres i l'astròleg stand out , in addition to acting later in the drama series Laberint d'ombres. His only Euro-western appearance was in the film short “Peacemaker” in 2005.

  • DEVEREAUX, Marie (Patricia Sutcliffe) - 11/27/1940, Edmonton, London, England, U.K. - 12/30/2019, Meridian, Idaho, U.S.A.

Hammer actress Marie Devereux died on December 30, 2019 according to a post on Facebook by her family. Bborn November 27, 1940 in Edmonton, London, England as Patricia Sutcliffe) was a nude model in magazines and had a career in films, usually as a sexy girl in comedies, dramas and horror films. After appearing in Terence Young's "Serious Charge", she was seen to good advantage in three Hammer Film productions: first, under the direction of genre master Terence Fisher, she played a follower of goddess Kali in "The Stranglers of Bombay" (1959), and she was one of the "Brides of Dracula" (1960); these were followed in 1962 by John Gilling's "The Pirates of Blood River", in which she played a village girl. She was also in Guy Green's much praised drama "The Mark (1961), and then traveled to Italy to work as the stand-in of Elizabeth Taylor in "Cleopatra" (1963). Devereux went to Hollywood after the production closed in Rome, and appeared in television and two motion pictures directed by Samuel Fuller, "Shock Corridor" (1963) and "The Naked Kiss" (1964). After these roles she decided to marry and have children in the United States, and retired from films. She also appeared in a few television shows including one episode of The Avengers. Marie appeared in one Euro-western as a barmaid in “The Singer Not the Song (1961).

  • BYRNES, Edd (Edward Byrne Breitenberger) - 7/30/1933, New York City, New York, U.S.A. - 1/8/2020, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

American film and TV actor Edd Byrnes died unexpectedly at his Santa Monica, California home. He was 86. Born in New York City as Edward Byrne Breitenberger on July 30, 1933, he became famous acting in movies like "Grease" and iconic TV shows like "77 Sunset Strip". As for “77 Sunset Strip” which ran from 1958-1964 was one of the most popular shows on TV. He became a breakout star as Kookie. Edd even scored a gold record with Connie Stevens “Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb), which made it to #4 in 1959 and spent 13 weeks on the Billboard charts. Other American TV appearances were ‘Charlie’s Angels’, ‘Fantasy Island’, ‘Married With Children’, ‘Murder She Wrote’, ‘Maverick’ and ‘Love Boat. Edd appeared in three Euro-westerns: “Any Gun Can Play” as Clayton; “Payment in Blood” as Stuart and “Professionals for a Massacre”: as ‘Chattanooga Jim’ all in 1967.

  • SANJUST, Gianni - : 6/22/1934, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 1/8/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian jazz musician, composer and songwriter Gianni Sanjust died in a Rome nursing home on January 8, 2020. He was 85. The musician was born in Rome on June 23, 1934 into a family of the Sardinian nobility, the barons of Teulada. He played the self-taught clarinet and, as a musician, together with Peppino De Luca, from 1952 to 1955 he formed the group "Traditional Dixielanders". In 1955 he was part of the Second Roman New Orleans Jazz Band, where in 1960 he was replaced by Lucio Dalla. From 1960 to 1962 he played with Romano Mussolini, then moved to Milan where he worked for the Ricordi record company and, then, in 1977 he resumed his jazz activity in Rome while maintaining the record producer activity. Gianni Sanjust has edited the music of numerous film projects: among his best known compositions, the soundtrack of the second episode of "Capriccio all'italiana", "The Sunday Monster" directed by Steno. Sanjust was co-composer for the 1967 Euro-western $20,000 on #7 starring Jerry Wilson.

  • BROWN, Carol (Carla Calo) - 9/21/1926, Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 12/29/2019, Italy

Italian actress Carla Calo died in Italy on December 29, 2019. She was 93. Born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy on September 21, 1926, she began he acting career in the theater before appearing in more than 100 films beginning with “Il falco rosso” (1949). She then appeared with Toto in several films. She appeared in seven Euro-westerns mostly using the alias Carol Brown. “Zorro at the Court of Spain” 1962 (Francisca Di Villaverde); “Bullets and the Flesh” 1964 (Aunt Peggy); “Blood at Sundown” 1966 (Rhonda Liston); “Seven Dollars to Kill” 1966 (Rosa/Rosita/Rosario); “The Tramplers” 1966 (Mrs. Temple Cordeen); “The Taste of Vengeance” 1968 (Mother Douglas); “Sting of the West” 1972.

  • BELI, Milan (Milan Bosiljcic-Beli) - 9/20/1931, Konjane, Serbia, Yugoslavia - 12/31/2019, Belgrade, Serbia

One of Serbia’s most respected actors Milan Beli died on New Years Eve 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia he was 88. He was born Milan Bosiljčić-Beli in Konjane, Serbia, Yugoslavia on September 20, 1931. He studied physical education in Belgrade and at that time, also established his first contacts with the world of film. At that time in Yugoslavia they were filming western and adventure film co-productions and stuntmen were often chosen from among the students of the Belgrade High Schools. In 1957 he received his first small film role in the Franco-Yugoslav film “Burlak”. In addition to his mother tongue he also knew German, English and French, therefore he was able to gain since 1968, a greater number of offers from production companies such as DEFA, who were filming Indian films. Beli was twice married, has a daughter and a son who is also a well-known actor. He was good friends with Gojko Mitic, who arranged for him roles in three of his Indian films (Tecumseh, Apaches, The Scout). Beli appeared in four Euro-westerns: Thunder at the Border - 1966; Tecumseh – 1972 (Raffael); Apaches – 1973 (Johnson) and the The Scout – 1983 (Major Brannigan).

  • LYON, Sue (Suellyn M. Lyon) - 7/10/1946, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.A. - 12/27/2019, Studio City, California, U.S.A.

American actress Sue Lyon, famous for her performance in 1962’s “Lolita” died in Los Angeles, California on December 27, 2019. She was 73. Lyon, who was born on July 10, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa, acted for over 20 years, but never again achieved the notoriety or praise "Lolita" brought. It also brought her a Golden Globe, a juicy role, the opportunity to act with heavyweights James Mason, Peter Sellers and Shelley Winters, and a shot at singing; she recorded two songs for the movie. Her other noteworthy roles were in "The Night of the Iguana" (1964) and "7 Women" (1966). She left acting after a small role in the cult-classic horror flick "Alligator" (1980). She appeared as Myra Polson in the Euro-western “Four Rode Out” with Pernell Roberts and Leslie Nielsen.

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