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*'''REYNAUD, Janine (Janine Lucienne Reynaud Godard)''' - 8/13/1930 Paris, Île-de-France, France - 5/13/2018, Sugar Land, Texas, U.S.A.
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*'''SMERCZAK, Ron (Ronald Smerczak)''' - 3/7/1949, Blackpool, England, U.K. - 5/13/2019, Johannesburg, South Africa
  
Word has come from Robert Monell that French model and actress Janine Reynaud passed away recently in 2018 date unknown. I did some research and found that she passed away on January 30, 2018 in Oradour-Saint-Genest, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Haute-Vienne, France.  
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Veteran, British-born South African actor Ron Smerczak has died from a heart attack on May 12, 2019. He was 69. Born in Blackpool, England on March 7, 1949, Ron Smerczak's decades-long career on South African television ranged from roles in SABC productions like Shaka Zulu, John Ross, Generations and Isidingo, e.tv's Rhythm City, to kykNET's (DStv 144) Villa Rosa, Jongo on BET (DStv 129) and many more. He also appeared in international series filmed in South Africa and Cape Town like Warrior and Strike Back on M-Net (Dstv 101), and Black Sails that was shown on History (DStv 186). Ron appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Trigger Fast” 1994 as (Sergeant Tring) and “Hooded Angels” 2002 (as Packer).
  
Reynaud began her career as a fashion model for designer Jean Patou but became bored of the industry. She wanted to become and actress and in the mid-1960s, when she was almost 35 years-old, Janine first appeared on the big screen. She appeared in films in France, Italy and Germany, most often in B-movies and sex exploitation films. She starred in films by Jess Franco "Succubus." and Max Pécas “Je suis une nymphomane”. In the 1970s, she then appeared in films with her filmmaker husband Michel Lemoine.
 
  
Reynaud’s last film was “Tire pas sur mon collant” in 1978. Lemoine and she divorced and she married Herbert Hamilton from Texas and lived in Sugar Land, Texas a suburb of Houston. Apparently Hamilton died or they divorced and Janine returned to France where she lived and died in Oradour-Saint-Genest.
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*'''BONESCHI, Giampiero''' 1/31/1927, Milan, Lombardy, Italy - 5/12/2019, Segrate, Lombardy, Italy
  
Reynaud appeared as a prostitute in Tony Anthony's 1971 Euro-western "Blindman".
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Italian composer, arranger, keyboardist, conductor and producer Giampiero Boneschi died in Segrate, Lombardy Itay on May 12, 2019. He was 92. Boneschi was born on January 31, 1927 in Milan, Italy. He’s probably best known for his early ventures in electronic music, being one of the first Italian artists who started using synthesizers in the early 1970's. He was married to  singer Nuccia Bongiovanni and had two daughters Danila and Mila. After Nuccia died in 1970 he married writer producer Fatma Ruffini and had another daughter author Valentina Boneschi. Giampiero composed the score for one animated Euro-western; 1964’s “West and Soda”.
  
  
*'''VANCE, William (William van Cutsem)''' - 9/8/1935, Anderlecht, Belgium - 5/14/2018, Belgium
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*'''TERRON, José (José Terrón Peñaranda)''' - 7/5/1939, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 5/12/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  
Belgian comic book artist William Vance, whose action adventure series XIII was popular in the French-speaking world, died late May 14, 2018 in Belgium, his publisher announced. Born William van Cutsem in Anderlect, Belgium on September 8, 1935. He launched his career by drawing for Tintin, translated into English and other languages, in the 1960s. In 1967, he worked with Gerald Forton to sketch Bob  Morane. Vance drew “Ringo” (1966-1969) and Marshal Blueberry (1991-1992).
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José Terrón hijo son of José Terrón Peñaranda, who we called ‘Shorty” for many years until we found out his identity posted the following on Facebook on Sunday May 12, 2019; “Quiero que sepas que alli donde estes siempre me has demostrado que eras un luchador nunca mejor dicho siempre has sido un referente en tu profesion pero sobre todo como padre luchando por la vida eres y seras un ejemplo para mi
  
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Te quiero papa JOSE TERRON PEÑARANDA alli donde estes❤” along with two photos of his father.
  
*'''KIDDER, Margot (Margaret Ruth Kidder)''' - 10/17/1948, Yellowknife North West Territories, Canada - 5/13/2018, Livingston, Montana, U.S.A.
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Translated it says; “I want you to know that wherever you are you have always shown me that you were a fighter never better said you have always been a reference in your profession but especially as a father fighting for life you are and you will be an example for me
  
Margot Kidder, the actress best known for playing Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve in the original “Superman” films, has died. She was 69. The actress died in her sleep at her home on Sunday May 13, 2018 in Livingston, Montana, her publicist Camilla Fluxman Pines confirmed to Variety. Born October 17, 1948 in Yellow Knife, North Western Territories, Canada, Kidder got her start in low-budget Canadian films and TV shows before landing a role in 1970’s “Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx” opposite Gene Wilder. She later appeared in 1973’s “Sisters,” “The Great Waldo Pepper” with Robert Redford, and 1979’s “The Amityville Horror.” Kidder appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Lousiana” a TV film made in 1984 as Virginia Trgean and the modern day 1969-1970 TV western series “Adventures in Rainbow Country” as Dr. Janet Rhodes and in another episode a sports car driver.
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I love you dad jose terron peñaranda wherever you are ❤”
  
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I interpret this as a posting of his father’s passing. He has not mentioned that his father was ill or had been suffering from some incapacitation so this comes as a surprise and shock.
  
*'''TSULADZE, Baadur (Baadur Sokratovich Tsuladze)''' - 3/5/1935, Batumi, Transcaucasian, U.S.S.R. - 5/13/2018, Tbilisi, Georgia
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José Terrón Peñaranda was born in Madrid, Spain on July 5, 1939 and would have been 80 years old this coming birthday. He along with his brothers Pedro Terrón (Pedro Terrón Peñaranda), Ángel Terrón (Ángel Terrón Peñaranda), Víctor Terrón (Victor Terrón Peñaranda) formed a stunt riding team that performed in circus and shows throughout Spain in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Most of us became aware of his presence when he portrayed Guy Callaway in 1965’s “For A Few Dollars More” when he was shot down in the street by bounty hunter Colonel Douglas Mortimer. His face left an indelible mark in our minds and when many of the Euro-westerns became available to us in the U.S.A. via video, TV and later DVD we began to seek out who this character was as he usually went uncredited. We noticed he was in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” playing Shorty Larson and therefore we called him shorty. We found other western he appeared in such as “Django” (1965) as Ringo, “God Forgives… I Don’t” as ‘Flatface’, “The Man from Nowhere” 1966 (as a Gordo Watch henchman. He often played several parts as in “White Comanche” 1968 as a Comanche and a townsman and again in Shalako also 1968 as a soldier and an Apache. Along with his role as Shorty Larson in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly you can spot him as a Confederate spy tied to the front of a locomotive. His last credited role was as a member of “The Wild Bunch” and a stuntman (riding the white horse) in “My Name is Nobody”. A truly memorable character actor and one most of us  will always remember has left us but his work and talent will always be remembered in the films and stunt work he’s left on film. “Sorry Shorty”, RIP. 
  
Russian actor and filmmaker Baadur Tsuladze died in Tbilisi, Georgia today May 13, 2018 at the age of 83, reports GPB's First Channel. Baadur Tsuladze was born on March 5, 1935 in, Batumi, Transcaucasian, U.S.S.R. and graduated from the directing faculty of the Moscow State Union of Cinematography. He appeared in about 50 films. Since 1961 he has worked as a director in the Georgian film studio. Baadur appeared as Carlucci in the 1993 Euro-western TV series “Alaska Kid”.
 
  
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*'''PANARO, Alessandra''' - 12/14/1939, Rome, Lazio, Italy -  5/1/2019, Geneva, Switzerland
  
*'''FERRARI, Paolo''' - 2/26/1929, Brussels, Belgium - 5/6/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Italian actress Alessandra Panro died in a health clinic in Geneva, Switzerland on May 1, 2019 he was 79. Born in Rome on December 14, 1939 she studied acting under Teresa Franchini and made her film debut at 16 years old, and found success in 1956 thanks to the Dino Risi's comedy film “Poor, But Handsome”. She then specialized in romantic comedies. In 1957-1958, together with her “Poor, But Handsome” co-star Lorella De Luca, she assisted Mario Riva in presenting the popular RAI game show Il Musichiere. She appeared in over 40 films including Peplum and three westerns: “Pyramid of the Sun God” and “Treasure of the Aztecs” (1965) as Rosita Arbellez, “30 Winchesters for El Diablo” (1965) as Pamela Webb under the pseudonym Topsy Collins.
  
The great Italian actor of theater, cinema and television, died in Rome on May 6, 2018. He worked with directors such as Blasetti, Zeffirelli and Petri and was also a famous voice actor. Born in Brussels, Belgium where his father worked in the Italian Consul, he started his career on radio at the age of 9. Paolo would go on to appear in films, radio and as a voice dubber, probably most famous as the Italian voice of Humphrey Bogart.  Ferrari appeared in the 1973 Euro-western “Another Try, Eh Providence” as a rifle salesman. He was also the voice of Anthony Steffen in "A Coffin for the Sheriff" (1965), Espartaco Santoni in "Raise Your Hands, Dead Man" (1971), Francisco Rabal in “It Can Be Done Amigo” (1972), and Stanley Baker in "Zorro" (1975).
 
  
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*'''San MARTIN, Conrado (Conrado San Martin Prieto)''' - 2/20/1921, Higuera de las Dueñas, Ávila, Castilla y León, Spain - 4/26/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  
*'''LASTRETTI, Adolfo''' - 11/18/1937, Tempio Pausania, Sardinia, Italy - 5/5/2018, Loiano, Bologna, Emilia- Romagna, Italy
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Spanish actor Conrado San Martin died in Madrid, Spain on April 26, 2019. He was 98. San Martin was born in Higuera de las Dueñas, Ávila, Castilla y León, Spain on February 20, 1921. Conrado wante to be an agricultural engineer, but the Spanish Civil War changed his plans. At age 18 he worked as an extra in 'Oro vil' (1941), in which they needed someone who knew how to punch. He was recruited by the stunt coordinator, a former boxer, with whom San Martin knew from the gym where he trained as a boxer. He was paid five dollars a day and given a  hotel room. Then came more than a hundred movies and series which made him one of the classic gallants of our cinema. Conrado appeared in nine Euro-westerns: Dirty Gold (1941); In a Colt's Shadow (1965) as Duke Buchanan; Long Days of Revenge (1967) as Mr. Cobb; Turn I’ll Kil You (1967) as Ted Shaw; Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) as a neighbor seen at the funeral; And God Said to Cain (1969) as the prison warden; Duck You Sucker (1970): Al este del Oeste (1983) as the Alcalde and archive footage of him was used in 2016’s Stop Over in Hell.
  
Theatrical, cinematographic and television actor Adolfo Lastretti died of heart failure on May 5, 2018 in Loiano, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He was 80.  His daughters, Viola and Ariadne, announced that their father died peacefully, surrounded by the affection of friends and relatives, due to a heart condition. Born in Tempio Pausania, Sardinia on November 18, 1937, he soon moved to Liguria, in Rapallo, with his family for work related reasons. Here he completed his studies and, in 1957, he played in the short “La spiaggia”. Wanting to be an actor, in 1959 during the university period in Genoa, he enrolled in a national competition for actors, and won. In the beginning of his artistic career; he settled in Rome, where he enrolled at the Silvio D'Amico National Academy of Dramatic Arts, obtaining a scholarship in 1960. Two years later he passed an audition for a show created by Giancarlo Menotti Album Sheets, with a young Tomás Milián. From the 1960 and 1970s on he continued his career playing in various films, with character and supporting roles and sometimes being billed using the aliases Peter Lastrett and Guy Ranson, alongside such great actors as James Coburn, Alain Delon, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Richard Roundtree, until he withdrew from the scene in 2003 with a final appearance in the soap opera Vivere. Lastretti appeared in four Euro-westerns: “Find a Place to Die” (1968) as Reverend Riley, “Massacre at Fort Holman” (1972) as Will Fernandez/Will Culder, “Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears” (1973) as Williams and  “The Four of the Apocalypse” 1975 as Reverend Sullivan. Lastretti was sometimes billed as Peter Lastrett and Guy Ranson.
 
  
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*'''SCHWIERS, Ellen''' - 6/11/1930, Stettin, Pomerania, Germany - 4/26/2019, Berg, Bavaria, Germany
  
*'''VERZIERA, Marcello''' - 1/22/1935, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 5/3/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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German stage, film, TV actress Ellen Schwiers died at her home on Lake Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany on April 26, 2019 as the result of a neurological disease. She was 88. Schwiers was born in Stettin, Pomerania, Germany on June 11, 1930, into a family of actors she toured in several theater plays and then appeared in more than 100 films and television shows between 1949 and 2017. Ellen appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Bandits of the Rio Grande” (1965) as Lida and  “Ballad of a Gunman” (1967) as Maruja’s mother.
  
Word from the Carlo Pedersoli family, that on May 3, 2018 boxer, stuntman and actor Marcello Verziera had died in Rome. He was 83. Verziera was a middleweight boxer before starting his career in films. His first film was in 1968’s “If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death”  as a Tampico henchman. His first appearance in the Spencer / Hill universe came in 1970 “They Call Me Trinity”, where he played one of the three bandits Bud shoots during his first appearance in the film. Verziera's roles with Bud and Terence were always rather small, but very numerous. A total of 20 times he appeared Bud and Terence, the last time in 1988 in the series “Big Man”. Other westerns include: “Trinity is STILL My Name” (1971), “It Can be Done Amigo” (1972), “Life Is Tough, Eh Providence?” (1972), “Man of the East” (1972), “The Crazy Adventures of Len and Coby” (1974), “Macho Killers” (1977), “Buddy Goes West” (1981), “Arizona Road” (1990).
 
  
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*'''MIRIC, Voja (Vojislav Miric)''' - 4/7/1933, Trstenik, Serbia, Yugoslavia -  4/23/2019, Belgrade, Serbia
  
*'''VÖLZ, Wolfgang (Wolfgang Otto Isaak Treppengeländer)''' - 8/16/1930, Free City of Danzig - 5/2/2018, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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Serbian actor Vojislav (Voja) Miric died in Belgrade, Serbia on April 23, 2019. He was 86. Born on April 7, 1933 in Trstenik, Serbia, Yugoslavia, he and his brother left home for Belgrade where Voja was offered a role in a stage play. He intended to study architecture although his family wanted him to become a lawyer. He started studying acting at the Novi Sad Theater which was interrupted by military service. After his afterwards he continued in the Belgrade drama where he graduated. In films, he played fifty roles (ten major films), in 1964 won the Silver Arena for the film "Official Position" by Fadil Hadzic, and ten years later the Golden Arena for "Dervish and Death" by Zdravko Velimirovic. He appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Frontier Hellcat” (1964) as Stewart with Elke Sommer and Stewart Granger and “Flaming Frontier” (1965) as Joe with Granger and Pierre Brice.
  
German actor and voice dubber Wolfgang Völz died in Berlin, Germany on May 2, 2018. The voice of "Käpt'n Blaubär" was 87 years old. Völz was born August 16, 1930 in Gdansk. In the 1950s, he starred opposite stars such as Hans Albers and Gert Fröbe in several movies.  He also celebrated great successes in the TV series " Graf Yoster gibt sich die Ehre." There he was seen in 78 episodes as the chauffeur Johann, who together with his boss, a noble crime novelist and hobby detective, solved all sorts of criminal cases in the “better society”. Völz appeared as Randolfo Fierro in the 1966 German Mexican Revolutionary TV film “Mexikanische Revolution” and was the voice of Joe Dalton in “Lucky Luke – Ballad of the Dalton” (1971), and “Lucky Luke’s Great Adventure” 1983”, while voicing the Mayor in “Lucky Luke – Daisy Town” (1971) and Jolly Jumper in the Terence Hill “Lucky Luke” 1990 TV series. Wolfgang was the German film voice of Luigi Pistilli in 1965’s “For a Few Dollars More”, Piero Lulli in 1967’s “The Fury of Johnny Kid”, Dino Strano in 1967’ “The Dirty Outlaws”, Enzo Fiermonte in 1969’s “Boot Hill”, Salvatore Billi in 1971’s “Vengeance Trail”, Richard Bsehart in “1972’s “Chato’s Land”,  Fernando Sancho in 1973’s “Son of Zoro” Ernest Borgnine in “Renegade” (2004). 
 
  
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*'''RAWLINGS, Terry''' - 1933, London, England, U.K. - 4/23/2019, London, England, U.K.
  
*'''CUCCHIARA, Tony (Salvatore Cucchiara)''' - 10/30/1937, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy - 5/3/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Terry Rawlings, who received an Oscar nomination for best picture winner Chariots of Fire and edited the Ridley Scott films Alien, Blade Runner and Legend, has died. He was 85. Rawlings died April 23, 2019 at his home in Hertfordshire, England. He was best known as the film editor on 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' and 'Chariots of Fire. Rawlings was the dubbing editor on one Euro-western: “Chato’s Land” (1972).
  
Italian entertainer, singer, playwright, actor Tony Cucchiara died in Rome, Italy on May 3, 2018. He was 80. Cucchiara was married to singer Nelly Fioramonti (Maria Grazia Fioramonti) [1939-1973] and together they formed a folk duo in the 1960s. She died in 1973 during childbirth of their second child. Tony was a writer for several RAI TV shows and also a playwright. His daughter is singer, actress Annalisa Cucchiara. Tony was a performer in the 1966 Euro-western musical “A Fistful of Songs”.
 
  
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*'''ELSNER, Hannelore (Hannelore Elstner)''' - 7/26/1942, Burghausen, Bavaria, Germany - 4/21/2019, Bavaria, Germany
  
*'''KRAMER, Frank (Gianfranco Parolini)''' - 3/20/1925, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 4/26/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy]
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German actress Hannelore Elsner died in  her sleep on April 21, 2019. She was 76. While not well known outside continental Europe, Elsner was a major star in Germany, one of the country's most famous actresses and a regular in both film and television. She was also one of the last great originals, a larger-than-life personality who seemed fearless in her choice of roles and in her intense acting style. She quickly moved to film and TV roles, but spent the first two decades of her career playing roles in a series of largely forgettable light comedies and romantic dramas, often as the sexy scarlet alongside 1960s German heartthrobs such as Bubi Scholz and Peter Alexander. It was not until the 1970s and '80s that she began to earn a reputation as a character actress, thanks to roles from New German Cinema auteur Edgar Reitz (The Trip to Vienna, The Tailor from Ulm) and Hungarian master Istvan Szabo (1980's The Green Bird). Her role as police detective Lea Sommer in German series The Commissioner, which ran from 1994 to 2006, made Elsner a bona fide TV star and broke new ground for the portrayal of women in German television. Elsner appeared in only one Euro-western “Challenge to White Fang” (1974) as Jane Leclerc.
  
Enzo G. Castellari posted on Facebook this evening that Gianfranco Parolini better known to us film fans as Frank Kramer died today. Born in Rome, Italy on March 20, 1925, the Italian producer, film director, writer and overall film maker was, much like Enzo Castellari, a man of action. He was probably best known for his “Sabata” trilogy (1969-1971) and “If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death” (1968). One of the last of the great Italian western and action directors is gone.
 
  
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*'''BOTTCHER, Martin (Martin Hermann Böttcher)''' - 6/17/1927, Berlin, Berlin, Germany - 4/20/2019, Rendsburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
  
*'''NEVILLE, Charles''' - 12/28/1938, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A - 4/26/2018, Huntington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
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German composer, arranger, conductor Martin Böttcher died on April 20, 2019, he was 91. Known to all Germans and western film fans as the composer for the majority of the Winneotou films of the 1960s. Böttcher’s melodic compositions set the tone for the series of West German Indian films which were succeeded by the so called Spaghetti westerns in the mid to late 1960. Without Böttcher there would be no Morricone. Born in Berlin, Germany on June 17, 1927, during WWII as a prisoner of war, Böttcher managed to get hold of a guitar and taught himself to play it. Following his release from captivity, he went to Hamburg. There he started his musical career with the then Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk, in the dance and entertainment orchestra which had been newly founded by Willi Steiner, and which was held in high esteem in England. Thanks to producer Artur Brauner, Böttcher made his cinematic debut in 1955, composing the music for the military satire Der Hauptmann und sein Held. His second film score turned out to be a milestone in German film history. Die Halbstarken directed by Georg Tressler and starring Horst Buchholz, met with tremendous success. Mr. Martin's Band comprised the top German jazz musicians, among them Horst Fischer, Fatty George, Bill Grah, Ernst Mosch and Hans 'James' Last. Martin Böttcher found his greatest success in the 1960s composing the score for ten of the Karl May films, the first being Der Schatz im Silbersee with the famous "Old-Shatterhand-Melodie". The films starred, among many others, American actor Lex Barker and British actor Stewart Granger. The audience was enthusiastic about the wistful melodies, the fanfare-like music accompanying attacks, and the cheerful hillbilly tunes. Martin Böttcher's main themes from these films reached top positions in the German charts and sold thousands of records. The music for the Winnetou films is a landmark in German film music history. The success of these films, accompanied by Böttcher's music, made possible the "Spaghetti Westerns" with the music of Ennio Morricone. RIP to one of the great film composers of our time.
 
 
Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville died Thursday April 26, 2018 of pancreatic cancer in Huntington, Massachusetts, where he had lived for many years. He was 79. Charles Neville was the second oldest of the four brothers who, for three decades, formed the core of the Neville Brothers, one of the most important and influential bands to emerge from New Orleans. For many years, the Neville Brothers were the closing act on the final Sunday of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Born on December 28, 1938 in New Orleans, Charles grew up on Valence Street and in the Calliope housing development. In the 1950s, he toured with bands that backed such rhythm & blues stars as Johnny Ace, Jimmy Reed and B.B. King. He enlisted in the Navy in 1956 and was stationed in Memphis. He also led his own jazz combos, which performed at Snug Harbor whenever he was in town. After the Neville Brothers called it quits in 2012, he continued to tour as a member of Aaron Neville’s solo band. He was onstage when Aaron made his French Quarter Festival debut in 2017. Charles performed with Dr. John's band during last year's Jazz Fest. Charles as part of the Neville Brothers wrote and performed the song “Let That Hammer Fall” in 1993’s Euro-western “Posse” starring Mario Van Peebles.
 
 
 
 
 
*'''BITENC, Demeter''' - 7/21/1922, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes - 4/22/2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia
 
 
 
Demeter Bitenc, one of the best known Slovenian film actors, has died aged 95. His first film was the first Slovenian feature film “Na svoji zemlji” (On Our Own Land). He appeared in more than 230 theatre and film roles in his seventy-year career, web portal RTV Slovenija reported. Born on July 21, 1922 in Ljubljana, he spent his childhood and youth in Gorenjska. He graduated from the Trade Academy in Ljubljana, but already during his studies he was impressed by theater, film and acting. During the war, he attended private lessons with the theater actor and director Slavko Jan, and in 1943 he made an audition for admission to the ensemble of the Ljubljana. He first received a short film experience in his first feature film by France Stiglitz. “On His Land” in 1948, he made his first real film debut in 1959 with a role of a German officer in the film “Good Old Piano”. In the next decade, he recorded nearly 40 co-production films shot by foreign producers in the then Yugoslavia. He often appeared in the uniforms of German soldiers. Bitenc appeared in six Euro-westerns: Apache Gold (1963) as Dick Stone, “Legend of a Gunfighter” (1964), “Bandits of the Rio Grande” (1965) as Elgaut, “Duel at Sundown” (1965) as Mack, “Starblack” (1966) as Burt and “Ballad of a Gunman” (1967) as Bradley.
 
 
 
 
 
*'''MEDIAVILLA, Pepe (José Fernández Mediavilla)''' - 5/1/1940, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain -  4/19/2018, Spain
 
 
 
The Spanish dubbing actor Pepe Mediavilla has died at 77 years of age. Mediavilla was the Spanish voice of Morgan Freeman, the magician Gandalf (played by Ian McKellen), Dr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), among others. Born in Barcelona on May 1, 1940, he was considered one of the great voice actors and began his career in 1964 after his studies in La Voz de España and in 1967 he voiced Jim Brown in Twelve of the Gibbet. A career that he completed over more than fifty years as a doubler in more than 2,800 films. Pepe was the Spanish voice of several different actors in over 20 Euro-westerns. He’s probably best remembered as the Spanish voice of Bud Spencer in “Boot Hill”, “Ace High” and “The 5-Man Army”. He was also the voice of James Whitmore in “Chato’s Land”, Eduardo Fajardo in “Companeros” and Claude Akins in “A Man Called Sledge”.
 
 
 
  
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Latest revision as of 14:19, 19 May 2019

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

  • SMERCZAK, Ron (Ronald Smerczak) - 3/7/1949, Blackpool, England, U.K. - 5/13/2019, Johannesburg, South Africa

Veteran, British-born South African actor Ron Smerczak has died from a heart attack on May 12, 2019. He was 69. Born in Blackpool, England on March 7, 1949, Ron Smerczak's decades-long career on South African television ranged from roles in SABC productions like Shaka Zulu, John Ross, Generations and Isidingo, e.tv's Rhythm City, to kykNET's (DStv 144) Villa Rosa, Jongo on BET (DStv 129) and many more. He also appeared in international series filmed in South Africa and Cape Town like Warrior and Strike Back on M-Net (Dstv 101), and Black Sails that was shown on History (DStv 186). Ron appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Trigger Fast” 1994 as (Sergeant Tring) and “Hooded Angels” 2002 (as Packer).


  • BONESCHI, Giampiero 1/31/1927, Milan, Lombardy, Italy - 5/12/2019, Segrate, Lombardy, Italy

Italian composer, arranger, keyboardist, conductor and producer Giampiero Boneschi died in Segrate, Lombardy Itay on May 12, 2019. He was 92. Boneschi was born on January 31, 1927 in Milan, Italy. He’s probably best known for his early ventures in electronic music, being one of the first Italian artists who started using synthesizers in the early 1970's. He was married to singer Nuccia Bongiovanni and had two daughters Danila and Mila. After Nuccia died in 1970 he married writer producer Fatma Ruffini and had another daughter author Valentina Boneschi. Giampiero composed the score for one animated Euro-western; 1964’s “West and Soda”.


  • TERRON, José (José Terrón Peñaranda) - 7/5/1939, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 5/12/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

José Terrón hijo son of José Terrón Peñaranda, who we called ‘Shorty” for many years until we found out his identity posted the following on Facebook on Sunday May 12, 2019; “Quiero que sepas que alli donde estes siempre me has demostrado que eras un luchador nunca mejor dicho siempre has sido un referente en tu profesion pero sobre todo como padre luchando por la vida eres y seras un ejemplo para mi

Te quiero papa JOSE TERRON PEÑARANDA alli donde estes❤” along with two photos of his father.

Translated it says; “I want you to know that wherever you are you have always shown me that you were a fighter never better said you have always been a reference in your profession but especially as a father fighting for life you are and you will be an example for me

I love you dad jose terron peñaranda wherever you are ❤”

I interpret this as a posting of his father’s passing. He has not mentioned that his father was ill or had been suffering from some incapacitation so this comes as a surprise and shock.

José Terrón Peñaranda was born in Madrid, Spain on July 5, 1939 and would have been 80 years old this coming birthday. He along with his brothers Pedro Terrón (Pedro Terrón Peñaranda), Ángel Terrón (Ángel Terrón Peñaranda), Víctor Terrón (Victor Terrón Peñaranda) formed a stunt riding team that performed in circus and shows throughout Spain in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Most of us became aware of his presence when he portrayed Guy Callaway in 1965’s “For A Few Dollars More” when he was shot down in the street by bounty hunter Colonel Douglas Mortimer. His face left an indelible mark in our minds and when many of the Euro-westerns became available to us in the U.S.A. via video, TV and later DVD we began to seek out who this character was as he usually went uncredited. We noticed he was in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” playing Shorty Larson and therefore we called him shorty. We found other western he appeared in such as “Django” (1965) as Ringo, “God Forgives… I Don’t” as ‘Flatface’, “The Man from Nowhere” 1966 (as a Gordo Watch henchman. He often played several parts as in “White Comanche” 1968 as a Comanche and a townsman and again in Shalako also 1968 as a soldier and an Apache. Along with his role as Shorty Larson in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly you can spot him as a Confederate spy tied to the front of a locomotive. His last credited role was as a member of “The Wild Bunch” and a stuntman (riding the white horse) in “My Name is Nobody”. A truly memorable character actor and one most of us  will always remember has left us but his work and talent will always be remembered in the films and stunt work he’s left on film. “Sorry Shorty”, RIP.  


  • PANARO, Alessandra - 12/14/1939, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 5/1/2019, Geneva, Switzerland

Italian actress Alessandra Panro died in a health clinic in Geneva, Switzerland on May 1, 2019 he was 79. Born in Rome on December 14, 1939 she studied acting under Teresa Franchini and made her film debut at 16 years old, and found success in 1956 thanks to the Dino Risi's comedy film “Poor, But Handsome”. She then specialized in romantic comedies. In 1957-1958, together with her “Poor, But Handsome” co-star Lorella De Luca, she assisted Mario Riva in presenting the popular RAI game show Il Musichiere. She appeared in over 40 films including Peplum and three westerns: “Pyramid of the Sun God” and “Treasure of the Aztecs” (1965) as Rosita Arbellez, “30 Winchesters for El Diablo” (1965) as Pamela Webb under the pseudonym Topsy Collins.


  • San MARTIN, Conrado (Conrado San Martin Prieto) - 2/20/1921, Higuera de las Dueñas, Ávila, Castilla y León, Spain - 4/26/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Spanish actor Conrado San Martin died in Madrid, Spain on April 26, 2019. He was 98. San Martin was born in Higuera de las Dueñas, Ávila, Castilla y León, Spain on February 20, 1921. Conrado wante to be an agricultural engineer, but the Spanish Civil War changed his plans. At age 18 he worked as an extra in 'Oro vil' (1941), in which they needed someone who knew how to punch. He was recruited by the stunt coordinator, a former boxer, with whom San Martin knew from the gym where he trained as a boxer. He was paid five dollars a day and given a hotel room. Then came more than a hundred movies and series which made him one of the classic gallants of our cinema. Conrado appeared in nine Euro-westerns: Dirty Gold (1941); In a Colt's Shadow (1965) as Duke Buchanan; Long Days of Revenge (1967) as Mr. Cobb; Turn I’ll Kil You (1967) as Ted Shaw; Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) as a neighbor seen at the funeral; And God Said to Cain (1969) as the prison warden; Duck You Sucker (1970): Al este del Oeste (1983) as the Alcalde and archive footage of him was used in 2016’s Stop Over in Hell.


  • SCHWIERS, Ellen - 6/11/1930, Stettin, Pomerania, Germany - 4/26/2019, Berg, Bavaria, Germany

German stage, film, TV actress Ellen Schwiers died at her home on Lake Starnberg, Bavaria, Germany on April 26, 2019 as the result of a neurological disease. She was 88. Schwiers was born in Stettin, Pomerania, Germany on June 11, 1930, into a family of actors she toured in several theater plays and then appeared in more than 100 films and television shows between 1949 and 2017. Ellen appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Bandits of the Rio Grande” (1965) as Lida and “Ballad of a Gunman” (1967) as Maruja’s mother.


  • MIRIC, Voja (Vojislav Miric) - 4/7/1933, Trstenik, Serbia, Yugoslavia - 4/23/2019, Belgrade, Serbia

Serbian actor Vojislav (Voja) Miric died in Belgrade, Serbia on April 23, 2019. He was 86. Born on April 7, 1933 in Trstenik, Serbia, Yugoslavia, he and his brother left home for Belgrade where Voja was offered a role in a stage play. He intended to study architecture although his family wanted him to become a lawyer. He started studying acting at the Novi Sad Theater which was interrupted by military service. After his afterwards he continued in the Belgrade drama where he graduated. In films, he played fifty roles (ten major films), in 1964 won the Silver Arena for the film "Official Position" by Fadil Hadzic, and ten years later the Golden Arena for "Dervish and Death" by Zdravko Velimirovic. He appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Frontier Hellcat” (1964) as Stewart with Elke Sommer and Stewart Granger and “Flaming Frontier” (1965) as Joe with Granger and Pierre Brice.


  • RAWLINGS, Terry - 1933, London, England, U.K. - 4/23/2019, London, England, U.K.

Terry Rawlings, who received an Oscar nomination for best picture winner Chariots of Fire and edited the Ridley Scott films Alien, Blade Runner and Legend, has died. He was 85. Rawlings died April 23, 2019 at his home in Hertfordshire, England. He was best known as the film editor on 'Alien,' 'Blade Runner' and 'Chariots of Fire. Rawlings was the dubbing editor on one Euro-western: “Chato’s Land” (1972).


  • ELSNER, Hannelore (Hannelore Elstner) - 7/26/1942, Burghausen, Bavaria, Germany - 4/21/2019, Bavaria, Germany

German actress Hannelore Elsner died in her sleep on April 21, 2019. She was 76. While not well known outside continental Europe, Elsner was a major star in Germany, one of the country's most famous actresses and a regular in both film and television. She was also one of the last great originals, a larger-than-life personality who seemed fearless in her choice of roles and in her intense acting style. She quickly moved to film and TV roles, but spent the first two decades of her career playing roles in a series of largely forgettable light comedies and romantic dramas, often as the sexy scarlet alongside 1960s German heartthrobs such as Bubi Scholz and Peter Alexander. It was not until the 1970s and '80s that she began to earn a reputation as a character actress, thanks to roles from New German Cinema auteur Edgar Reitz (The Trip to Vienna, The Tailor from Ulm) and Hungarian master Istvan Szabo (1980's The Green Bird). Her role as police detective Lea Sommer in German series The Commissioner, which ran from 1994 to 2006, made Elsner a bona fide TV star and broke new ground for the portrayal of women in German television. Elsner appeared in only one Euro-western “Challenge to White Fang” (1974) as Jane Leclerc.


  • BOTTCHER, Martin (Martin Hermann Böttcher) - 6/17/1927, Berlin, Berlin, Germany - 4/20/2019, Rendsburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

German composer, arranger, conductor Martin Böttcher died on April 20, 2019, he was 91. Known to all Germans and western film fans as the composer for the majority of the Winneotou films of the 1960s. Böttcher’s melodic compositions set the tone for the series of West German Indian films which were succeeded by the so called Spaghetti westerns in the mid to late 1960. Without Böttcher there would be no Morricone. Born in Berlin, Germany on June 17, 1927, during WWII as a prisoner of war, Böttcher managed to get hold of a guitar and taught himself to play it. Following his release from captivity, he went to Hamburg. There he started his musical career with the then Nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk, in the dance and entertainment orchestra which had been newly founded by Willi Steiner, and which was held in high esteem in England. Thanks to producer Artur Brauner, Böttcher made his cinematic debut in 1955, composing the music for the military satire Der Hauptmann und sein Held. His second film score turned out to be a milestone in German film history. Die Halbstarken directed by Georg Tressler and starring Horst Buchholz, met with tremendous success. Mr. Martin's Band comprised the top German jazz musicians, among them Horst Fischer, Fatty George, Bill Grah, Ernst Mosch and Hans 'James' Last. Martin Böttcher found his greatest success in the 1960s composing the score for ten of the Karl May films, the first being Der Schatz im Silbersee with the famous "Old-Shatterhand-Melodie". The films starred, among many others, American actor Lex Barker and British actor Stewart Granger. The audience was enthusiastic about the wistful melodies, the fanfare-like music accompanying attacks, and the cheerful hillbilly tunes. Martin Böttcher's main themes from these films reached top positions in the German charts and sold thousands of records. The music for the Winnetou films is a landmark in German film music history. The success of these films, accompanied by Böttcher's music, made possible the "Spaghetti Westerns" with the music of Ennio Morricone. RIP to one of the great film composers of our time.


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