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...
- WOOSTER, Arthur (Arhtur George Wooster) - 5/18/19299, Hendon, Middlesex, England, U.K. - 8/30/2020, Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, U.K.
James Bond film cameraman and director Arthur Wooster, who masterminded action shots for Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore died at his home in Little Gaddesden, Hertfordshire, England of dementia. He was 91. Arthur was born in Hendon, Middlesex on May 18, 1929, to May and Sidney Wooster, and grew up in Wembley, north-west London. Wooster was hired by the director John Glen to bring scenes of daredevil action to the screen as second unit director on all the James Bond movies of the 1980s. He was an assistant director on two Euo-westerns: ‘Alaska Kid’ (1993) and “Ravenous” (1999).
- GWISDEK, Michael - 1/14/1942, Weissensee, Berlin, Germany - 2/22/2020, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
German character actor Michael Gwisdek died on September 22, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. He was 78. Born in Berlin-Weißensee on January 14, 1942, his acting career also began in East Germany: first he worked at a theater in Chemnitz from the late 1960s, before joining the ensemble of the East Berlin Volksbühne in 1973. Ten years later, Gwisdek moved to the German Theater and became known in the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1980s. He made his directorial debut in 1988 with "Treffen in Travers". His other directorial work included "Abschied von Agnes" and "Das Mambospiel". Gwisdeck appeared in three Euro-westerns: “The Falcon’s Trail” (1967) as a miner; “White Wolves” (1969) and “The Adventures of Huck Finn” (2012) as King.
- LONSDALE, Michel - 5/24/1931, Paris, Île-de-France, France - 9/21/2020, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Anglo-French actor Michael Lonsdale, who played the villain opposite Roger Moore's James Bond in the 1979 film Moonraker, died at the age of 89 in his Paris home on September 21, 2020. Lonsdale had a varied career in film, TV, radio and stage. Before becoming a Bond villain, he played the Deputy Commissioner Claude Lebel in 1973 political thriller “The Day of the Jackal”. He later appeared as Jean-Pierre in 1998 US action film “Ronin”, alongside Robert De Niro, and as Papa in Steven Spielberg's 2005 historical thriller “Munich”. Lonsdale’s only Euro-western was as the French voice of Bartleby in 2007’s “Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure”.
- CAREL, Roger (Roger Henri Eli Bancharel) - 8/14/1927, Paris, Île-de-France, France - 9/11/2020, Aigre, Charente, France
French actor and voice dubber Roger Carel died September 11, 2020 in Aigre, Charente, France. He was 93. He was born Roger Henri Eli Bancharel on August 14, 1927 in Paris and after a brief acting career found fame as a voice dubber. Approached by Disney he became inseparable from around forty cartoon characters, such as that of Mickey Mouse, Kaa the snake from “Jngle Book. In “Winnie the Pooh” he manages to play both the famous little bear and Coco Rabbit and Piglet at the same time. Alf in the eponymous television series, Kermitt the frog from the "Muppet Show", Fred Flintstone and even the droid C-3PO from the Star Wars saga are all characters to which Roger Carel lent his voice. Among his Euro-westerns that he dubbed are Roberto Camardiel in “The Man from Nowhere” (1966), Ming Foo Lee, Mathias Bones in the Lucky Luke film series and Jolly Jumper on the 1983-1984 TV series. He was also the French voice of Asterix in 1994’s “Asterix in America”.
- POZZOBON, Atilio (Atilio Angel Pozzobón) - 3/24/1938, Llavallo, Lomas de Zamora, Argentina - 9/12/2020, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Renowned film, television, theater and publicity actor Atilio Pozzobón, Saturday at the age of 82, according to the Argentine Association of Actors. He worked uninterruptedly from 1959 to 1976 mainly as a sports journalist, film and TV actor. He appeared as the barman in 2009’s “Lucky Luke” which starred Jean Dujardin.
- CELEA, Şerban - 6/10/1952, Bucharest, Romania – 8/20/2020
Romanian actor Şerban Celea died on August 20, 2020, at the age of 68, the Romanian Theater Union announces. Born on June 10, 1952, graduated from the College “St. Sava ”from Bucharest and the Institute of Theater and Cinematographic Art, class of 1975, in the class of teacher Sanda Manu. He started his career as an actor at the “George Bacovia” Dramatic Theater in Bacău (1975-1976), he continued at the Giuleşti Theater (today Odeon) between 1976-1979, the Comedy Theater (1979-1994), the Bulandra Theater (1994- present). For the most part, Celea has appeared in horror and action films released directly to the video, such as My Enemy’s Enemy , Witchouse II: Blood Co. and The Prince of Darkness: The True Story of Dracula. He has also appeared in Steven Seagal ’s Attack Force and Jean-Claude Van Dammen’s Second in Command and Assassination Games. Serban appeared in two Euo-westerns: “Phantom Town” (1997) as a cowboy and as the bartender in “Aliens in the Wild, Wild West” (1999).
- GAWRONSKI, Andrzej - 2/10/1935, Warsaw, Poland - 9/4/2020, Warsaw, Poland
Polish theater, film, TV and voice actor Andrzej Gawronski died in a Warsaw, Poland hospital on September 4, 2020. He was 85. Born in Warsaw on Febrauary 2, 1935. He appeared on the stage of theaters, but he died not avoid films and TV productions, including dubbing. He appeared in four Euro-westerns as a voice actor: “Old Surehand” (1965); “The Halfbreed” (1966); “Bolek and Lolek in the Wild West” (1986) and Lucky Luke - Go West – 2007.
- KLYUYEV, Boris (Boris Vladimirovich Klyuyev) - 7/13/1944, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R. - 9/1/2020, Moscow, Russia
Russian theater and film actor Boris Klyuyev died in Moscow, Russia on September 1, 2020. He was 76. Boris Vladimirovich Klyuev was born on July 13, 1944 in Moscow. On the stage of the Maly Theater, he began to appear in extras while still a fourth-year student, and after graduation he received an invitation to his troupe. Among the most famous film roles of the actor are Mycroft Holmes, the Count of Rochefort in “D’Artagnan and the Three Musketeers”, Nikolai Petrovich in the sitcom “The Voronins”. He appeared in one Euro-western as Cameron Brody in the 1993 TV series ‘Alaska Kid’.
- CASS, David S. (David Stanley Cass) - 3/1/1942, U.S.A. - 8/28/2020, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
David S. Cass Sr., a top stunt coordinator of the 1980s and 1990s, who segued to a directing career, died August 27. 2020 in Woodland Hills, California of complications from cancer. He was 78. Cass began his movie career as an extra. He transitioned to alternating between acting parts and stunt work, starting with the 1963 John Wayne film McLintock!, on which he performed stunts. He went on to become a sought-after stunt coordinator and second unit director with such credits as Smokey and the Bandit Part 3, Knight Rider 2000, Walker, Texas Ranger and the Desperado TV movie franchise. He directed the 2002 German, U.S.A. co-produced TV western film ‘Johnson County War’ starring Tom Berenger and Burt Reynolds.