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:

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  • GREENE, James (James Thomas Nolan) - 12/1/1926, Lawrence, Massachusetts, U.S.A. - 11/9/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

James Greene, a character actor with an illustrious stage career perhaps best known for his four-year stint on TV’s “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd,” died on November 9, 2018 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 91. Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts on December 1, 1926. He graduated from Emerson College in 1950 and made his Broadway debut in 1951 in Romeo and Juliet starring Olivia de Havilland. His films include Road to Perdition, Patch Adams, The Hustler, The Lincoln Conspiracy, The Missouri Breaks, and The Philadelphia Experiment II. His most recent television appearances were in “Parks and Recreation” as Councilman Milton, “Modern Family,” “Cold Case,” and “Las Vegas.” Frank appeared as Frank McLowery in the 1971 Euro-western ‘Doc’ starring Stacy Keach and Faye Dunaway.

  • LAI, Francis (Francis Albert Lai) - 4/26/1932, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France - 11/7/2018, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France

France’s Culture Ministry says French composer Francis Lai who won an Oscar for his iconic movie score in “Love Story,” has died. He was 86. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, who led nationwide tributes to Lai, who died on Wednesday, said he hopes to name “an emblematic place of our city” after the self-taught music legend who was born in the city in 1932. Lai started as an accordionist but quickly rose through the ranks as a composer, writing songs for singers including Edith Piaf and Yves Montand. Lai also composed “A Man and a Woman” for 1966’s Academy Award-winning movie of the same name. It featured the well-known musical jingle “Ddabadabada.” Lai’s success culminated with his 1970 Academy Award for the score of “Love Story,” one of the most enduring romantic movies of all time. Its main song “Where Do I Begin?” boasts household recognition even among those unfamiliar with the movie, thanks to popular vocal renditions by Andy Williams and Shirley Bassey. Lai composed three scores for Euro-westerns: "In the Dust of the Sun" (1971), "The Legend of Frenchie King" (1971), "Another Man, Another Chance" (1977).

  • de LUNA, Alvaro (Álvaro de Luna Blanco) - 4/10/1935, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 11/2/2018, Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

Prolific film, TV, stage actor Álvaro de Luna died of liver cancer today November 2, 2018. He was 83. Born in Madrid on April 10, 1935, he studied medicine and he was aroused for a desire to become an actor.. He started as a voice dubber, which gave him the opportunity to work in Hollywood. He dubbed tapes of westerns in productions by the Italian Dino de Laurentiis and action scenes for Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis in the Spartacus, by Stanley Kubrick (1960), and for Anthony Quinn in the Barabbas, by Richard Fleischer (1962). After five years as a professional in this field outside of Spain (France, North Africa, Yugoslavia and Italy), De Luna devoted himself entirely to interpreting, especially on television and Spanish cinemas. In the decade of the 1960 he acted in films like Objetivo: Las estrellas (1963); The Mask of Scaramouche (1963), Aventuras del Oeste (1965), by Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent; Las que tienen que sevir (1967); Gunmen of the Rio Grande (1965) and Navajo Joe (1966). In the seventies and eighties his film career became more discontinuous, with collaborations with Mariano Ozores or Jaime de Armiñán, among others. However, popularity came first through television: the Curro Jiménez series captivated Spanish homes with those noble bandits that hid the Serranía de Ronda in Spain occupied by the French. His career also came to the theater, where he highlights his role in the adaptation of The Son of the Bride with Tina Sáinz.

  • GILDAS, Philippe (Philippe Lepretre) - 11/12/1935, Auray, Morbihan, France - 10/28/2018, Paris, Île-de-France, France

The French journalist and host Philippe Gildas has died at the age of 82, it was announced Sunday morning October 28, 2018 by his former sidekick, Antoine de Caunes. He died during the night of Saturday to Sunday following a bout with cancer. According to Europe 1, where he worked for a long time, he had been hospitalized for seven weeks in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. A man of radio and television, he was one of the first to mix journalism and entertainment in France, notably at the helm of Canal +'s flagship program "Nulle Part Ailleurs". Philippe Leprêtre was born November 12, 1935 in Auray in Morbihan. At the end of the 1950s, he was a student of classics at the Sorbonne, he understood that he was not made for professors and turned to journalism on the advice of Jean Yanne. Born Philippe Lepretre in Aury, Morbihan, France on November 12, 1935. He quickly chose a pseudonym one night when he was forced to take to the airwaves to plug a hole. It would be Gildas, the first name of his eldest son. He created the morning drive, a slice of information that accompanied the listener while awakening on his way to work, and would be one of the pillars, to RTL and Europe 1. In 1969. Gildas was a producer on the 1990-1993 Euro-western TV series ‘The New Zorro’ starring Duncan Regher.

  • LIVANOVA, Marina - 5/30/1952, Gorky, Russia, U.S.S.S.R. - 10/28/2018, Moscow, Russia

Marina Livanova died in Moscow, Russia on Sunday, October, 28, 2018. She was 66. She was born on May 30, 1952 in Gorky, Russia, U.S.S.R. and graduated from the faculty of history and English of the GGPI named after Gorky, in 1978 - the acting faculty of the Higher Theater School named after BV Shchukin with a red diploma. She first worked at the Leningrad State Academic Comedy Theater at the invitation of Pyotr Naumovich Fomenko, and then at the Arkady Raikin Theater. She then came to television in 1986, and in 1997 she was recognized as one of the the Best Leading Ladies in Russia. Marina Livanova became the founder and the first host of Radio Rendezvous. Livanova appeared as Fifi/Coco in the Euro-western TV series ‘The Alaska Kid’ (1993)

  • Del PAPA, Piero (Pierluigi Del Papa) - 8/25/1938, Pisa, Tuscany Italy - 10/27/2018, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Pierluigi Del Papa was born in Pisa, Tuscany, Italy on August 25, 1938, he was a former Olympic boxer, Italian light heavyweight champion [1962-1964], European Italian light heavyweight champion [1966-1967, 1970-1971]. After his sports career was over he acted in a two-part movie along with Bud Spencer in 'Lo chiamavano Bulldozer', and in 'Bomber'. Del Papa in 'Lo chiamavano Bulldozer' interpreted the role of the barber Osvaldo. He appeared in only one Euro-western as a gunfighter in “Man Called Amen” (1968). Piero died in Pisa today October 27, 2018. He was 80 years-old.

  • KARACHENTSOV, Nikolay (Nicolai Petrovich Karachentsov) -10/27/1944, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R. - 10/26/2018, Moscow, Russia

Russian theater, film, TV actor Nikolai Karachentsov died in Moscow on Friday October 26, 2018, one day before his 74th birthday, his son Alexei Karachentsov told TASS. Karachentsov was one of the most popular Russian actors. He acted in tens of films, such as "Elder Son," "Dog in the Manger," "White Dew," "The Trust That Went Bust" and "A Man from the Boulevard des Capucines.".