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*'''LOMMEL, Ulli (Ulrich Manfred Lommel)''' - 12/21/1944, Zielenzig, Brandenburg, Germany - 12/1/2017, Germany
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*'''KOSTELKA, Lubomír''' - 3/31/1927, Přerov, Czechoslovakia - 11/28/2018, Prague, Czechoslovakia
  
German producer, director, writer, cinematographer, composer, actor Ulli Lummel died December 1st of heart failure. He would have turned 73 on December 21st. Lommel has dozens of film credits under his belt but will no doubt be best remembered by fans for his wonderfully obscure 1980 film “The Boogey Man”. Ulli worked just about up to the day he passed and leaves behind a myriad of projects for interested fans to look into. He was the voice of Predrag Ceramilac in 1963’s “Flaming Frontier” and produced and played the part of Frank Nicholson in Werner Fassbinder’s 1971 Euro-western “Whity”
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Veteran Czech theater, film and TV actor Lubomír Kostelka died of a heart attack in a Prague hospital on November 28, 2018. He was 91. Kostelka was born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia on March 31, 1927, He was one of the most popular Czech actors of the 20th century, although he was seen mostly in minor and TV roles. Kostelka had only one major role, that one in Pavel Juráček's “Případ pro začínajícího kata” (1969) and he was very proud of it. For children, however, for many years he was mainly known as grandfather Lubin in ‘The Magic Kindergarten’, and his role in the TV series ‘Ranc U Zelené sedmy’ (1998-2005) was also significant. Kostelka appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Massacre at Marble City” (1964) as the bartender and “The Claim at Deaf Creek” (1972) as Bill Rogers).
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*'''BERTOLUCCI, Bernardo''' - 3/16/1941, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy - 11/26/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy
  
*'''HARVEY, Anthony''' - 6/3/1930, London, England, U.K. - 11/23/2017, Water Mill, New York U.S.A.
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Bernardo Bertolucci, whose epic “The Last Emperor” won nine Oscars and who influenced generations of filmmakers with other groundbreaking works such as “The Conformist” and “Last Tango in Paris,” in which he explored politics and sexuality through personal storytelling and audacious camera work, has died. He was 77. Bertolucci died at his home in Rome at 7 a.m. November 26, 2018. He had been suffering from cancer. Born March 16, 1941, into a wealthy family in the northern Italian city of Parma, Bertolucci was a prodigious talent from a young age. The son of well-known poet and writer Attilio Bertolucci, he himself won an award for poetry at age 21, then decided to become a filmmaker. He was co-writer of the main story for “Once Upon a Time in the West” which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in December.  
  
Acclaimed director, film editor Anthony Harvey, died at his Water Mill, New York home on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23. He was 87. Born in London on June 3, 1930, Mr. Harvey’s best known turn in the director’s chair was “The Lion in Winter,” a 1968 historical drama based on a play by James Goldman starring Peter O’Toole as King Henry II and Katharine Hepburn as Queen Eleanor. The film gleaned seven Academy Award nominations, including a Best Director nod for Mr. Harvey. Ms. Hepburn tied with Barbra Streisand for Best Actress, and Mr. Harvey accepted the Oscar on her behalf in her absence. Harvey directed only one Euro-western: 1979’ “Eagle’s Wing”.
 
  
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*'''KUUSLA, Matti''' - 8/7/1933, Helsinki, Finland - 11/22/2018, Espoo, Finland
  
*'''HEERMANN, Christian''' - 9/11/1936, Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany - 11/27/2017, German
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Finnish film and TV actor Matti Kuusla died in Espoo, Finland. He was 83. He was well known to the general public, especially for his television work, but he also paired with actors Arvo and Irja Kuusla and had a colorful movie career. With Pasanen, Kuusla and Pentti Nevaluoma he formed the humorous Bluff Brothers band, which was seen in Veikko Itkonen's revival film, Mullin malli (1961) and later on Spide's TV shows. For television Kuusla had been working since 1958. He appeared as Konna in the Finnish Wild North film “Villi Pohjola” (1955).
  
The respected Karl May researcher Christian Heermann, born September, 11, 1936 in Chemnitz, died on November 27, 2017. Heermann was from 1993 to 2013 Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board Karl May House Hohenstein Ernstthal and for many years Chairman of the Karl May Circle of Friends Leipzig. Even in GDR times, he published the Karl May biography "The Man Who was Old Shatterhand", updated in 2002 under the title " Winnetous Blutsbruder" (Karl-May-Verlag). A settlement with the GDR authorities appeared in 1995 under the title "Old Shatterhand Rode Not on Behalf of the Working Class".
 
  
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*'''CARROLL, Anne''' - 6/?/1940, U.K. - 11/15/2018, London, England, U.K.
  
*'''COLNAGHI, Ignazio''' - 6/16/1924, Milan, Lombardy, Italy - 11/25/2017, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
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British actress and director Anne Carroll died in London on November 15, 2018. She was 78. Born in the U.K. in June of 1940 she received an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours, "for services to community theatre in Barnes", as she had run the youth theatre group, Barnes Theatre Company in Barnes, London for two decades. Carroll is the founder of the OSO Arts Centre (Old Sorting Office) arts venue in Barnes. Carroll appeared as Isobel James in the British western oriented TV series “Bootle Saddles” (1984).
  
Italian actor, writer and voice dubber Ignazio Colnaghi died in Milan, Italy on November 25th. He was 83. Colnaghi was born on June 16, 1924, Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Known by the stage name of Ignatius Colnigee he began his career at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan with Dario Fo and Franco Parenti, then followed them into variety shows on radio, but he preferred to devote himself early into voice dubbing. He was the voice of the cartoon characters Calimero, the black chick protagonist of the lucky carousels and the caterpillar John Little the friend of Rat Gigio. Ignazio was also the Italian voice of Fernandel in his early films and Pierre Brasseur. With Angio Zane he wrote the screenplay of the 1964 Euro-western “Okay, Sheriff” which starred Frank Senis.
 
  
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*'''BLUTHAL, John''' - 3/28/1929, Jezierzany, Galicia, Poland - 11/15/2018, New South Wales, Australia
  
*'''HOWARD, Rance (Harold Rance Beckenholdt)''' - 11/17/1928, Oklahoma, - 11/25/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
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Veteran actor John Bluthal died in Australia on November 15, 2018. He was 89. Born in Poland Bluthal emigrated to Australia at the age of 9 and studied drama at the University of Melbourne. Over 6 decades he worked in the UK, Australia and the US frequently in character and comedic roles on both stage and screen. His many films included three Carry On films, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Casino Royale, Doctor in Trouble, Superman III, The Fifth Element, Labyrinth, Hail Caesar! and two of the Pink Panther films. His lone Euro-western was “A Talen for Loving” 1969 where he portrayed the character Martinelli
  
Actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard and Clint Howard, died on Saturday November 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. He was 89. Born in Oklahoma on November 17, 1928, Howard’s acting career spanned several decades. His film credits include “Chinatown” and Alexander Payne’s 2013 drama “Nebraska.” On the small screen, he appeared in several TV shows like “Seinfeld,” “Murder, She Wrote” and Ron Howard’s “Happy Days.” He appeared in only one Euro-western; 1977’s “Another Man, Another Chance” as the wagon master.
 
  
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*'''HOPPE, Rolf''' - 12/6/1930, Ellrich, Thuringia, Germany - 11/14/2018, Dresden, Saxony Germany
  
*'''BERLING, Peter''' - 3/20/1934, Obrawalde, Meseritz, West Prussia - 11/20/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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German theater and film actor Rolf Hoppe died at his home in Dresden, Germany on November 16, 2018. He was 87 years-old. Born in Ellrich, Thuringia, Germany on Decebmer 6, 1930. Even as a teenager he played in a amateur theater group.  After an acting education he came 1961 to Dresden.  At the Staatstheater he played hundreds of roles - for him the artistic breakthrough. The actor became internationally known in 1981 through the film "Mephisto".  In addition to Klaus Maria Brandauer, he played a Nazi general - demonic, brutal and seductive at the same time.  The film received an Oscar.  In the fairytale classic "Drei Haselnüsse für Cinderella", which has been on television for many years at Christmas, Hoppe plays the king. He became a regular in the DEFA westerns usually playing a villain or army officer. His roles included:  The Falcon’s Trail – 1967 (Bashan), Fatal Error – 1969 (Allison), White Wolves – 1969 (James Bashan), Apaches – 1973 (Captain Brown/Burton), Kit & Co. – 1974 (Shorty), Ulzana – 1974 (Captain Burton), The Long Ride from School – 1983 (trapper).
  
Peter Berling, a husky German character actor best known for his many collaborations with Werner Herzog, who also appeared in Hollywood films such as Gangs of New York and The Name of the Rose, has died. He was 83. Berling died on Monday in Rome, his agency confirmed. Berling was born on March 20, 1934 in Obrawalde, Meseritz, West Prussia. He was also a successful film producer and accomplished novelist and had lived in the Italian capital since the late 1960s.Berling acted in more than 130 films in his decades-long career but his best-known work was for Werner Herzog, who cast him in several of his early films, including Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), Fritzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987). Berling also worked for Herzog's contemporary, legendary German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. In addition to walk on roles in numerous Fassbinder films, Berling produced the director's 1971 drama Beware of a Holy Whore. His Euro-western films include: Whity – 1971 (hefty bartender,)Return of Halleluja - 1972 (Lt. Schultz, The Three Musketeers of the West - 1973 (Hans,Tex and the Lord of the Deep - 1985 (El Morisco) and Texas - Doc Snyder hält die Welt in Atem - 1993 (Hank Snyder)
 
  
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*'''GRUNWALD, Morten (Walter Morten Grunwald)''' - 12/9/1934, Odense, Denmark - 11/14/2018, Hellerup, Denmark
  
*'''BACALOV, Luis (Luis Enriquez Bacalov)''' - 8/30/1933, San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina - 11/15/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Danish actor Morten Grunwald has died in Hospice Sankt Lukas, in Hellerup, Denmark. He was 83. Grunwald was best known for the films about the Olsen Gang.  But the theater was close also to him. Grunwald slept quietly Wednesday evening after a day's hospitalization at Sankt Lukas hospice.  A long course of cancer had taken place before. Morten Grunwald had won a lot of prizes and participated in more than 50 films, but he was probably most famous for the 14 Olsen Gang films where with yellow socks, a goose's goose and the reply 'Skide goed Egon', Morten Grunwald made himself known to Danes as the ever-optimistic Benny in the Olsen Gang. The 14 'Olsen Gang' films were made for Grunwald from 1968 to 1998. Grunwald appeared as Chuck Cooper in the 1965 Danish TV western film "Wilde West".
  
Argentine composer Luis Enriquez Bacalov died at San Filippo Neri Hospital in Rome today November 15th. He was 84. He had been hospitalized in recent days due to an ischemia.  In the 1960s he worked as arranger for Claudio Villa and Milva, as well as for Nico Fidenco, Rita Pavone, Umberto Bindi and Gianni Morandi.  He formed a compositional association with Sergio Endrigo who lasted for twenty years. Bacalov composed soundtracks for several westerns and police films including “A Bullet for the General”, “Django” and“The Price of Power”.  He worked for Fellini, Pasolini, Damiani, Scola, Rosi.  Quentin Tarantino re-used his music for Kill Bill and Django unchained. Bacalov won an Academy Award for ‘Il Postino” in 1996.
 
  
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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.
  
*'''GAMBI, Quinto''' - 1939, Tor Marancia, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 11/13/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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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.
  
Italian actor, stuntman and double for Tomas Milian died in Italy on November 13th. He was 78. Marco Giusti announced the passing on his Facebook page November 14th. Quinto worked in a fish market before being discovered for his resemblance to Cuban actor Tomas Milian. Milian and Quinto became great friends and Gambi studied all of Milian’s nuances until he could pass for Milian and double him in most of his crime films. Gambi can also be seen in “Viva Cangaceiro” (1970) as Pedro and “Another Try, Eh Providence?” (1973) as a bank client.
 
  
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*'''LAI, Francis (Francis Albert Lai)''' - 4/26/1932, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France - 11/7/2018, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
  
*'''de la CALZADA, Chiquito (Gregorio Esteban Sánchez Fernández)''' - 5/28//1932, Málaga, Málaga, Andalucía, Spain - 11/11/2017, Málaga, Málaga Spain
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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).
  
Spanish flamenco singer, actor and comedian Chiquito de la Calzada died in Málaga Spain on November 11, 2017. He was 85. Calzada became very popular in Spanish TV shows during the mid-nineties due to his unique style, strongly based on a surreal approach to jokes and language and constant movement while telling his jokes, putting his hands in his waist as if he was in pain. On October 14th he fell in his home, and was rescued by firemen and hospitalized in Malaga where he recuperated favorably. On October 31st he returned to the Hospital Carlos Haya of Málaga, with chest pains and underwent blood tests. Finally his condition stabilized. On November 10th his health worsened and he was induced into a coma and was hospitalized at the intensive care unit. There he passed away on November 11th due to cardiac catheterization. Chiquito’s lone Euro-western was in 1996 as Condemor in Here Comes Condemor (The Sinner of the Plains).
 
  
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*'''de LUNA, Alvaro (Álvaro de Luna Blanco)''' - 4/10/1935, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 11/2/2018, Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
  
*'''LOVELOCK, Raymond''' - 6/19/1950, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 11/10/2017, Trevi, Umbria, Italy  
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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.
  
Italian actor Raymond Lovelock died from a brain tumor in Trevi, Lombardy, Italy today at the age of 67. Lovelock was born to an Italian mother and a British father who met during WWII. Ray’s career spanned over 90 films and TV appearances from 1965-2016. He was discovered by an acting agent while performing in the Roman nightclub the Piper in a rock band with longtime friend and fellow thespian Tomas Milian. This lead to his first role in the spaghetti Western Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967). He would also appear in the Euro-western “The Return of El Coyote” in 1998. He is best remembered for his roles in Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Almost Human (1974), Violent City (1975), The Cassandra Crossing (1976) and the TV series Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man (1976). He is survived by his wife Gioia, their daughter Francesca Lovelock Romana and his brothers Michael and Andrea.
 
  
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*'''GILDAS, Philippe (Philippe Lepretre)''' - 11/12/1935, Auray, Morbihan, France - 10/28/2018, Paris, Île-de-France, France
  
*'''DOR, Karin (Kätherose Derr)''' -  2/22/1938, Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany - 11/6/2017, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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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. 
  
German actress Karin Dor died on November 6, 2017 in a Munich nursing home. She was 79. Dor had been in ill health since suffering a bad fall last year. Karin Dor, who starred in the 1967 Bond film “You Only Live Twice” alongside Sean Connery also portrayed Juanita de Cordoba in Alfred Hitchcock's 1969 thriller “Topaz” and starred in six Karl May ‘Winnetou’ films: The Treasure of the Silver Lake - 1962 (Ellen Patterson), Last of the Renegades - 1964 (Ribanna), The Last Tomahawk – 1964 (Cora Munroe), The Desperado Trail – 1965, The Last Tomahawk – 1965 (Cora Munroe), The Valley of Death - 1968 (Mabel Kingsley). Born in Wiesbaden, Germany on February 22, 1938, Karin is survived by her only child, a son named Andreas Renell. She was married to actor George Robotham from 1988 until his death in 2007.
 
  
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*'''LIVANOVA, Marina''' - 5/30/1952, Gorky, Russia, U.S.S.S.R. - 10/28/2018, Moscow, Russia
  
*'''HARRIS, Brad (Brad Jan Harris)''' - 7/16/1933, St. Anthony, Idaho, U.S.A. - 11/7/2017, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
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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)
  
Brad Harris, best known for his work in sword-and-sandal movies, died Tuesday November 7th. He was 84. Born in St. Anthony, Idaho on July 16, 1933, Harris later moved to California and attended UCLA on an athletic scholarship where he studied economics. After sustaining injuries from football, he was advised to take up weightlifting, which then sparked an interest in bodybuilding. The actor and stuntman followed his friends Steve Reeves, Gordon Mitchell and Gordon Scott to Europe for the majority of his career. Harris appeared in over 50 spy films and spaghetti Westerns in the 1960s, including “The Fury of Hercules,” “River Pirates of the Mississippi,” “Black Eagle of Santa Fe,” “Kiss, Kiss, Kill, Kill,” “Spy Today, Die Tomorrow,” “Death Trip,” “The Mad Butcher” and “Supermen.” Harris married actress Olga Schoberova in 1967. They had a daughter, Sabrina, before they divorced in 1969. In 1971, Schoberova remarried studio executive and producer John Calley, who adopted Sabrina. Later in his career, he served as an executive producer on several of his films including “King of Kong Island” and “The Mutations.
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*'''Del PAPA, Piero (Pierluigi Del Papa)''' - 8/25/1938, Pisa, Tuscany Italy - 10/27/2018, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
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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.
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*'''KARACHENTSOV, Nikolay (Nicolai Petrovich Karachentsov)''' -10/27/1944, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R. - 10/26/2018, Moscow, Russia
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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.".
  
  

Latest revision as of 03:57, 29 November 2018

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|}

FRESH GRAVES

  • KOSTELKA, Lubomír - 3/31/1927, Přerov, Czechoslovakia - 11/28/2018, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Veteran Czech theater, film and TV actor Lubomír Kostelka died of a heart attack in a Prague hospital on November 28, 2018. He was 91. Kostelka was born in Přerov, Czechoslovakia on March 31, 1927, He was one of the most popular Czech actors of the 20th century, although he was seen mostly in minor and TV roles. Kostelka had only one major role, that one in Pavel Juráček's “Případ pro začínajícího kata” (1969) and he was very proud of it. For children, however, for many years he was mainly known as grandfather Lubin in ‘The Magic Kindergarten’, and his role in the TV series ‘Ranc U Zelené sedmy’ (1998-2005) was also significant. Kostelka appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Massacre at Marble City” (1964) as the bartender and “The Claim at Deaf Creek” (1972) as Bill Rogers).


  • BERTOLUCCI, Bernardo - 3/16/1941, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy - 11/26/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Bernardo Bertolucci, whose epic “The Last Emperor” won nine Oscars and who influenced generations of filmmakers with other groundbreaking works such as “The Conformist” and “Last Tango in Paris,” in which he explored politics and sexuality through personal storytelling and audacious camera work, has died. He was 77. Bertolucci died at his home in Rome at 7 a.m. November 26, 2018. He had been suffering from cancer. Born March 16, 1941, into a wealthy family in the northern Italian city of Parma, Bertolucci was a prodigious talent from a young age. The son of well-known poet and writer Attilio Bertolucci, he himself won an award for poetry at age 21, then decided to become a filmmaker. He was co-writer of the main story for “Once Upon a Time in the West” which celebrates its 50th Anniversary in December.


  • KUUSLA, Matti - 8/7/1933, Helsinki, Finland - 11/22/2018, Espoo, Finland

Finnish film and TV actor Matti Kuusla died in Espoo, Finland. He was 83. He was well known to the general public, especially for his television work, but he also paired with actors Arvo and Irja Kuusla and had a colorful movie career. With Pasanen, Kuusla and Pentti Nevaluoma he formed the humorous Bluff Brothers band, which was seen in Veikko Itkonen's revival film, Mullin malli (1961) and later on Spide's TV shows. For television Kuusla had been working since 1958. He appeared as Konna in the Finnish Wild North film “Villi Pohjola” (1955).


  • CARROLL, Anne - 6/?/1940, U.K. - 11/15/2018, London, England, U.K.

British actress and director Anne Carroll died in London on November 15, 2018. She was 78. Born in the U.K. in June of 1940 she received an MBE in the 2011 New Year Honours, "for services to community theatre in Barnes", as she had run the youth theatre group, Barnes Theatre Company in Barnes, London for two decades. Carroll is the founder of the OSO Arts Centre (Old Sorting Office) arts venue in Barnes. Carroll appeared as Isobel James in the British western oriented TV series “Bootle Saddles” (1984).


  • BLUTHAL, John - 3/28/1929, Jezierzany, Galicia, Poland - 11/15/2018, New South Wales, Australia

Veteran actor John Bluthal died in Australia on November 15, 2018. He was 89. Born in Poland Bluthal emigrated to Australia at the age of 9 and studied drama at the University of Melbourne. Over 6 decades he worked in the UK, Australia and the US frequently in character and comedic roles on both stage and screen. His many films included three Carry On films, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Casino Royale, Doctor in Trouble, Superman III, The Fifth Element, Labyrinth, Hail Caesar! and two of the Pink Panther films. His lone Euro-western was “A Talen for Loving” 1969 where he portrayed the character Martinelli


  • HOPPE, Rolf - 12/6/1930, Ellrich, Thuringia, Germany - 11/14/2018, Dresden, Saxony Germany

German theater and film actor Rolf Hoppe died at his home in Dresden, Germany on November 16, 2018. He was 87 years-old. Born in Ellrich, Thuringia, Germany on Decebmer 6, 1930. Even as a teenager he played in a amateur theater group. After an acting education he came 1961 to Dresden. At the Staatstheater he played hundreds of roles - for him the artistic breakthrough. The actor became internationally known in 1981 through the film "Mephisto". In addition to Klaus Maria Brandauer, he played a Nazi general - demonic, brutal and seductive at the same time. The film received an Oscar. In the fairytale classic "Drei Haselnüsse für Cinderella", which has been on television for many years at Christmas, Hoppe plays the king. He became a regular in the DEFA westerns usually playing a villain or army officer. His roles included: The Falcon’s Trail – 1967 (Bashan), Fatal Error – 1969 (Allison), White Wolves – 1969 (James Bashan), Apaches – 1973 (Captain Brown/Burton), Kit & Co. – 1974 (Shorty), Ulzana – 1974 (Captain Burton), The Long Ride from School – 1983 (trapper).


  • GRUNWALD, Morten (Walter Morten Grunwald) - 12/9/1934, Odense, Denmark - 11/14/2018, Hellerup, Denmark

Danish actor Morten Grunwald has died in Hospice Sankt Lukas, in Hellerup, Denmark. He was 83. Grunwald was best known for the films about the Olsen Gang. But the theater was close also to him. Grunwald slept quietly Wednesday evening after a day's hospitalization at Sankt Lukas hospice. A long course of cancer had taken place before. Morten Grunwald had won a lot of prizes and participated in more than 50 films, but he was probably most famous for the 14 Olsen Gang films where with yellow socks, a goose's goose and the reply 'Skide goed Egon', Morten Grunwald made himself known to Danes as the ever-optimistic Benny in the Olsen Gang. The 14 'Olsen Gang' films were made for Grunwald from 1968 to 1998. Grunwald appeared as Chuck Cooper in the 1965 Danish TV western film "Wilde West".


  • 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.".


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