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Cemetery with crosses - legends lost but remembered

From The Spaghetti Western Database

This page is our personal hall of faml'e. 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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  • WEISS, Ulrich - 4/2/1942, Wernigerode, Harz, Germany - 5/3/2022, Ferch, Brandenburg, Germany

German director and screenwriter Ulrich Weiß died in Ferch, Brandenburg, Germany on May 3, 2022. He was 80. Weiß attended elementary school from 1948 to 1956 and advanced high school from 1956 to 1960 in Klingenthal. He became an assistant cameraman for a TV station in East Germany. From 1965 to 1968 he studied camera and then directing at the Academy for Film and Television in Potsdam , where he graduated in 1970. In 1971, Weiß became a director at DEFA 's studio for short films in the Effekt group led by Karl Gass . Among other things, he made a film about the censorship of Eisenstein 's battleship Potemkin in the Weimar Republic. He directed and wrote screenplays for eleven films between 1969 and 1992. Among them was one western Blauvogel (Blue Bird) in 1979.

  • WATERMAN, Dennis - 2/24/1948, Chapham, London, England, U.K. - 5/8/2022, Spain

British actor Dennis Waterman died in a Spanish hospital on May 8, 2022. He 74. Born in Chapman, London, England on February 24, 1948. He who starred in the TV shows Minder, The Sweeney and New Tricks – has died at the age of 74. He was best known for his role as bodyguard Terry McCann in ITV’s Minder. He has a showbiz career that spanned 60 years. He was known for singing the theme songs to many of his shows and was caricatured by David Walliams in Little Britain. He married four times. He left his second wife, with whom he had two daughters, for the actor Rula Lenska. The couple divorced in 1998 and Waterman married Pam Flint in 2011. His daughter Hannah Waterman played Laura Beale in EastEnders and guest starred in New Tricks in 2007. Waterman appeared in only one Euro-western as Jamie Lowrie in 1971’s “Man in the Wilderness” starring Richard Harris.

  • Arno ((Arno Charles Ernest Hintjens) - 5/21/1949, Oostende, Belgium - 4/23/2022

Belgium singer Arno died of pancreatic cancer on April 23, 2022. He was 72. Born on May 21, 1949 in Ostend, a Flemish coastal town to which he remained very attached and which he evokes in his songs, Arno Hintjens began his career with the rock group TC Matic in the 1980s, notably with the song " Putain, putain" ("Damn, damn, it's really good, we are still all Europeans") - a title recently taken up in duet with another Belgian, Stromae. It was in solo that he then revealed himself to a wider audience, thanks to songs like "My mother's eyes" or his cover of "Girls by the sea" by another Belgian, Adamo. The announcement of his illness came while he was promoting an album ("Santeboutique", released in September 2019). Arno wrote and sang the song “Land of Milk and Honey” in the 2009 animated film “Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers”.

  • SPAAK, Catherine 4/3/1945, Boulogne-Billancourt, Hsuts-de-Seine, Belgium - 4/17/2022, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Actress, singer and TV presenter Catherine Spaak died in a Rome clinic on Easter Sunday April 17, 2022. She was 77. Spaak suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2020 and had been in poor health ever since. She was the daughter of director, assistant director, writer, songwriter, Charles Spaak [1903-1975] and the sister of actress Agnes Spaak. Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hsuts-de-Seine, France on April 3, 1945. she made her film debut in Italian films at the age of 15 in 1960. She’d go on to appear in over 85 films and TV series. Spaak was also a singer and model. She was married four times and has two children. Her only Spaghetti western was a Catherine in 1975’s “Take a Hard Ride” starring Jim Brown and Fred Williamson.

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