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:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z|}


  • DELLE PIANE, Carlo 2/2/1936, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 8/23/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian film actor Carlo Delle Piane died in Rome on August 23, 2019. He was 83. He was born in Rome on February 2, 1936 and made his film debut at the age of twelve in Duilio Coletti's “Heart and Soul”; he starred in the stereotypal role of an arrogant but basically kind-hearted boy for a large number of films until mid-fifties. The turning point of his career was an encounter with Pupi Avati, with whom Delle Piane experienced more significant and varied roles, going from comic surreal performances to melancholic and even dramatic shades. He appeared in more than 100 films winning the Nastro d'Argento for Best Actor for his performance in “Una gita scolastica”. For his role in “Regalo di Natale” (1986) he won the Volpi Cup at the 43rd Venice International Film Festival. Delle Piane appeared in only one Euro-western, 1971’s “Judge Roy Bean” starring Robert Hossein.

  • BODEGAS, Roberto - 6/3/1933, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 8/2/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Film director Roberto Bodegas, founder along with José Luis Dibildos of the well-known as “The Third Way of Spanish Cinema” died in Madrid, Spain on August 2, 2019, he was 86. Bodegas began his career in feature films in the early 1970s with Spaniards in Paris, work in which actors such as José Sacristán, Máximo Valverde, Tina Sainz or Ana Belén shared screen. The film talked about the difficulties of Spanish women when emigrating to France in the 60s. Subsequently, other titles such as “Vida Conyugal sana” (1974), also with Ana Belén and José Sacristán, in which divorce in Spain, or “Libertad Provisional” (1976), with Concha Velasco and Patxi Andión addressing the social reintegration of the prisoners. He was an assistant director on 1973’s “Chino” starring Charles Bronson.

  • HILTON, George (Jorge Hill Acosta y Lara) - 7/16/1934, Montevideo, Uruguay - 7/28/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Uruguayan actor George Hilton died in Rome, Italy on July 28th of an undisclosed illness. He was 85. Jorge Hill Acosta y Lara on July 16, 1934 in Montevideo Uruguay. Hilton grew up in England where began his career working in radio. In 1955 he moved to Argentina, adopting the pseudonym Jorge Hilton. He soon began to appear in several soap operas and film production for Argentina's domestic market. In 1963 he moved to Italy, following the footsteps of other famous South American actors such as the Argentines Jorge Rigaud and Alberto de Mendoza, who were attracted by the thriving Italian film industry of the '60s. Here he Anglicized his name to George Hilton and began a successful film career in Euro-westerns, action, giallo and police films. Hilton appeared in over 20 Euro-westerns such as” “Any Gun Can Play” (1967), “The Ruthless Four” (1968), “A Bullet for Sandoval” (1969), “The Return of Halleluja” (1972). He is fondly remembered as one of the biggest stars of Italian cinema, along with Terence Hill, Franco Nero and Giuliano Gemma. His legacy as a film star also remains intact. Hilton recently was the subject of a documentary on his life produced and directed by Daniel Camargo called “The World Belongs to the Daring” (2019).

  • GOMEZ, Eduardo (Eduardo Gomez Manzano) 7/27/1951, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 7/28/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Eduardo Gomez Manzano has died in Madrid, Spain. He died one day after his 68th birthday. Gómez began acting late in life. In his early forties, he was accompanying a friend to a shooting. The production team persuaded him to say a few phrases to the camera. Andrés Pajares, a comedian and actor, saw him during the production and asked him whether he acted. Gómez answered that he was not an actor but if he paid him, he would act. Of the experience, Gómez has said, "The next day I went, he paid me and to this day! [...] What has happened to me doesn't happen to many people. I'm very happy." He went on to perform in small parts in Spanish television and cinema, including parts in the Goya Award-winning movies La comunidad and La lengua de las mariposas He later appeared in a sequel of Santiago Segura’s Torrente series, Torrente 3: El Protector. He also had a part in the movie version of the legendary Spanish comic strip Mortadelo y Filemón. He’s best remembered by Euro-western fans as ‘The Hanged Man’ in 2002’s “800 Bullets.”

  • ARLORIO, Giorgio - 2/27/1929, Turin, Piedmont, Italy - 7/25/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

The screenwriter Giorgio Arlorio (Turin, February 27, 1929), a leading figure in Italian cinema, author with Franco Solinas and Gillo Pontecorvo of Queimada , but also many successful films and works, died July 25, 2019 in his Roman house after a long illness. of quality as Nanny Loy 's family man . He was also assistant director for Pietro Germi, Mario Soldati and Michelangelo Antonioni. Author mostly engaged in films with strong political connotations (besides Queimada, Tepepa, Il mercenario, Ogro), Arlorio also worked on comedy films and collaborated anonymously with Franco and Ciccio. Arlorio was involved as a writer on “The Mercenary” (1968) and “Zorro” (1975).

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