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*'''HALLYDAY, Johnny (Jean-Philippe Léo Smet)''' - 6/15/1943, Malesherbes, Paris, Île-de-France, France - 12/6/2017, Paris, Île-de-France, France
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French singer and actor Johnny Hallyday died after a battle with lung cancer in Paris, France on December 5, 2017. He was 74. Born Jean-Philippe Léo Smet on June 15, 1943 in the Paris suburb of Malesherbes, he was known as the “French Elvis” for his massively popular recordings and acting career. Widely credited as the first French star to popularize early rock ‘n roll in France, Halladay sold more than 110 million records over his 50-year career. He sang French-language covers of American pop, starting with his 1960 debut album. His appearances soon set off near-riots, and his popularity paved the way for American rock acts to break into the French market. Hallyday reportedly gave the Jimi Hendrix Experience its first France performance, opening for him at the Paris Olympia in October, 1966. Hallyday appeared in one Euro-western: as Hud in Sergio Corbucci’s 1969 “Gli specialist” (Drop Them or I'll Shoot).
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Austrian actress Maria Rohm passed away in Canada on June 18th. She was 72. Rohm started her acting career at the very young age, working at the famous Viennese Burgtheatre as a child actor from the age of 4 through 13. She continued her theatrical work until the age of 18 when she auditioned for British film producer, Harry Alan Towers, whom she would later marry. Working with Towers she became famous for appearing in a number of films directed by Jesús Franco in the late 1960s. She remained married to film producer Harry Alan Towers from 1964 until his death in 2009. She retired from acting since 1976, and continued to produce independent films. Rohm appeared as Mercedes in the 1972 Euro-western “Call of the Wild” starring Charlton Heston.
  
  
*'''LOMMEL, Ulli (Ulrich Manfred Lommel)''' - 12/21/1944, Zielenzig, Brandenburg, Germany - 12/1/2017, Germany
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*'''PAUDITS, Béla''' - 8/19/1949, Budapest, Hungary - 6/13/2018, Budapest, Hungary
  
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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Hungarian actor Béla Paudits 68, was transported to the hospital last Friday after having a stroke in his home. His caretaker informed the Story magazine of his death. Paudits was born on 19 August 1949 in Budapest. Between 1968 and 1972 he studied at the College of Theater and Film, and in 1986 he completed the College of Catering. From 1972 to 1974, Attila József Theater, from 1974 to 1983, member of the Madách Theater; Between 1983and 1985, and since 1997 he was freelancer. Between 1993 and 1997 he lived in Toronto. In 1993 he was awarded the Mari Jászai Prize. Béla appeared in only one Euro-western the 1980 Hungarian TV film “Hol colt, hol nem colt” (Singing Colts) as a cowboy.
  
  
*'''HARVEY, Anthony''' - 6/3/1930, London, England, U.K. - 11/23/2017, Water Mill, New York U.S.A.
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*'''GOVORUKHIN, Stanislav (Stanislav Sergeevich Govorukhin)''' - 3/29/1936, Berezniki, Russia, U.S.S.R. - 6/14/2018, Bravikha, Moscow, Russia
  
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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Stanislav Govorukhin an actor, celebrated film director, screenwriter and political figure, died on June 14, 2018 in Barvkha, Moscow, Russia after a long illness, as reported in Russian media. He was 82 years old. At the time of his death he was a deputy in the State Duma from the United Russia Party. Born in Berezniki, Russia on March 29, 1936 Stanislav directed and wrote the screenplay for the Russian TV film “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” (1981) and directed the 2001 film “Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer”.
  
  
*'''HEERMANN, Christian''' - 9/11/1936, Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany - 11/27/2017, German
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*'''BONNOT, Françoise''' 8/17/1839, Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France - 6/9/2018, Paris, Île-de-France, France
  
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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Françoise Bonnot a French film editor died in Paris, France on June 9, 2018. Born on August 17, 1939 in Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France, she began her career working with a fellow film editor, her mother Monique Bonnot, on several productions by Henri Verneuil, who she later married. Though initially known for her work in France she later moved abroad, working with directors such as Julie Taymor (Titus), Michael Cimino (The Sicilian) and Ridley Scott (1492: Conquest of Paradise). Françoise was a film editor on the Euro-western “Guns for San Sebastian” (1968).
  
  
*'''COLNAGHI, Ignazio''' - 6/16/1924, Milan, Lombardy, Italy - 11/25/2017, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
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*'''GASCON, Gabriel''' - 1/8/1927, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 5/30/2018, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  
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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Veteran French Canadian actor Gabriel Gascon died on May 30, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was 91. Born in Montreal on January 8, 1927 and was known mainly for his theater work but he also appeared in films and on TV. He was the brother of comedian Jean Gascon. He began his career in 1951 and from 1965 to 1980, he lived in France, where he multiplied the roles in the theater and in front of the camera. Gascon appeared in the Euro-western TV mini-series “The Leatherstocking Tales” (1969) as Doctor Battius.
  
  
*'''HOWARD, Rance (Harold Rance Beckenholdt)''' - 11/17/1928, Oklahoma, - 11/25/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
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*'''CARUSO, Pippo (Giuseppe Caruso)''' - 12/22/1935, Belpasso, Catania, Italy - 5/28/2018, Passo Corese, Rieti, Italy
  
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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Italian composer, conductor and music arranger Pippo Carusso died on May 28, 2018. He w 82 years-old. Born in Belpasso, Catania, Italy, Caruso linked his professional success to the television presenter Pippo Baudo, who had been a university fellow and that Caruso was regularly flanked as conductor in his TV programs starting from Canzonissima 1973. Caruso composed several successful songs, including Mita Medici's "A ruota libera" and Lorella Cuccarini/Alessandra Martines' "L'amore è", and, starting from sixties, Caruso also signed several film soundtracks, such as “Kill Johnny Ringo” and “Maladolescenza”.
 
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*'''BERLING, Peter''' - 3/20/1934, Obrawalde, Meseritz, West Prussia - 11/20/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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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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*'''BACALOV, Luis (Luis Enriquez Bacalov)''' - 8/30/1933, San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina - 11/15/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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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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*'''GAMBI, Quinto''' - 1939, Tor Marancia, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 11/13/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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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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*'''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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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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*'''LOVELOCK, Raymond''' - 6/19/1950, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 11/10/2017, Trevi, Umbria, Italy
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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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*'''DOR, Karin (Kätherose Derr)''' -  2/22/1938, Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany - 11/6/2017, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
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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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*'''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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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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Latest revision as of 12:41, 25 June 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...

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FRESH GRAVES

  • ROHM, Maria (Helga Grohmann) - 8/13/1945, Vienna, Austria - 6/18/2018, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Austrian actress Maria Rohm passed away in Canada on June 18th. She was 72. Rohm started her acting career at the very young age, working at the famous Viennese Burgtheatre as a child actor from the age of 4 through 13. She continued her theatrical work until the age of 18 when she auditioned for British film producer, Harry Alan Towers, whom she would later marry. Working with Towers she became famous for appearing in a number of films directed by Jesús Franco in the late 1960s. She remained married to film producer Harry Alan Towers from 1964 until his death in 2009. She retired from acting since 1976, and continued to produce independent films. Rohm appeared as Mercedes in the 1972 Euro-western “Call of the Wild” starring Charlton Heston.


  • PAUDITS, Béla - 8/19/1949, Budapest, Hungary - 6/13/2018, Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian actor Béla Paudits 68, was transported to the hospital last Friday after having a stroke in his home. His caretaker informed the Story magazine of his death. Paudits was born on 19 August 1949 in Budapest. Between 1968 and 1972 he studied at the College of Theater and Film, and in 1986 he completed the College of Catering. From 1972 to 1974, Attila József Theater, from 1974 to 1983, member of the Madách Theater; Between 1983and 1985, and since 1997 he was freelancer. Between 1993 and 1997 he lived in Toronto. In 1993 he was awarded the Mari Jászai Prize. Béla appeared in only one Euro-western the 1980 Hungarian TV film “Hol colt, hol nem colt” (Singing Colts) as a cowboy.


  • GOVORUKHIN, Stanislav (Stanislav Sergeevich Govorukhin) - 3/29/1936, Berezniki, Russia, U.S.S.R. - 6/14/2018, Bravikha, Moscow, Russia

Stanislav Govorukhin an actor, celebrated film director, screenwriter and political figure, died on June 14, 2018 in Barvkha, Moscow, Russia after a long illness, as reported in Russian media. He was 82 years old. At the time of his death he was a deputy in the State Duma from the United Russia Party. Born in Berezniki, Russia on March 29, 1936 Stanislav directed and wrote the screenplay for the Russian TV film “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” (1981) and directed the 2001 film “Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer”.


  • BONNOT, Françoise 8/17/1839, Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France - 6/9/2018, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Françoise Bonnot a French film editor died in Paris, France on June 9, 2018. Born on August 17, 1939 in Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France, she began her career working with a fellow film editor, her mother Monique Bonnot, on several productions by Henri Verneuil, who she later married. Though initially known for her work in France she later moved abroad, working with directors such as Julie Taymor (Titus), Michael Cimino (The Sicilian) and Ridley Scott (1492: Conquest of Paradise). Françoise was a film editor on the Euro-western “Guns for San Sebastian” (1968).


  • GASCON, Gabriel - 1/8/1927, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 5/30/2018, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Veteran French Canadian actor Gabriel Gascon died on May 30, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was 91. Born in Montreal on January 8, 1927 and was known mainly for his theater work but he also appeared in films and on TV. He was the brother of comedian Jean Gascon. He began his career in 1951 and from 1965 to 1980, he lived in France, where he multiplied the roles in the theater and in front of the camera. Gascon appeared in the Euro-western TV mini-series “The Leatherstocking Tales” (1969) as Doctor Battius.


  • CARUSO, Pippo (Giuseppe Caruso) - 12/22/1935, Belpasso, Catania, Italy - 5/28/2018, Passo Corese, Rieti, Italy

Italian composer, conductor and music arranger Pippo Carusso died on May 28, 2018. He w 82 years-old. Born in Belpasso, Catania, Italy, Caruso linked his professional success to the television presenter Pippo Baudo, who had been a university fellow and that Caruso was regularly flanked as conductor in his TV programs starting from Canzonissima 1973. Caruso composed several successful songs, including Mita Medici's "A ruota libera" and Lorella Cuccarini/Alessandra Martines' "L'amore è", and, starting from sixties, Caruso also signed several film soundtracks, such as “Kill Johnny Ringo” and “Maladolescenza”.


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