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This page is our personal hall of fame. A reminder to us all that even though considered a B-genre, Spaghetti Westerns were full of great characters, played by great people. Many have passed away, and while we are young growing up re-watching all these classics, many more will probably leave us. May they be remembered. What follows, is a work-in-progress, a growing list of legends who have passed away...
  
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 ===
 
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*'''CORTESE, Valentina (Valentina Rossi-Coenzo)''' - 1/1/1923, Milan, Lombardy, Italy - 7/10/2019, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
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*'''MOLINA, Juan Ramón''' - 19??, Spain - 2/?/2020, Spain
 
 
RIP Valentina Cortese. Valentina Cortese, an Italian actress who held the extremely rare distinction of having been nominated for best supporting actress for her work in a foreign film, Francois Truffaut’s 1973 classic “Day for Night,” died in her home town of Milan, Italy on  July 10, 2019, according to Italian news agency Ansa. She was 96. Valentina Cortese was born in Milan on January 1, 1923. She made her movie debut in 1940 and played ingenue parts in many Italian films early in her career including what many consider the first Euro-western as Madge Curtis in 1942’s “The Girl of the Golden West”. In Hollywood she appeared in a supporting role in the historical melodrama “Black Magic,” starring Orson Welles; starred opposite Richard Conte in Jules Dassin’s brilliant film noir “Thieves’ Highway”; starred with Spencer Tracy and James Stewart in the atmospheric adventure film “Malaya”; and, perhaps most significantly on a personal level, starred opposite Richard Basehart in Richard Wise’s excellent 1951 film noir “The House on Telegraph Hill.” (Cortese, who was unaccountably credited as Valentina Cortesa in her Hollywood efforts, she married Basehart in 1951; they divorced in 1960, and he died in 1984.) Cortese never remarried after her divorce from Richard Basehart, with whom she had a son, actor Jackie Basehart, who died in Milan in 2015, predeceasing Cortese.
 
 
 
 
 
*'''BRAUNER, Artur (Abraham Brauner)''' - 8/1/1918, Łódź, Kingdom of Poland - 7/7/2019, Germany
 
 
 
Berlin film producer Artur Brauner has died. As reported by the "Bild" newspaper  citing his family, he died on Sunday July 7, 2019. Brauner would have turned 101 on August 1st. Abraham Brauner was born on August 1, 1918 in the Polish city of Łódź. The son of a bourgeois-Jewish home, he survived the Second World War because he hid in the woods. The largest part of his family, however, fell victim to mass murder. His future wife Maria, daughter of a Jewish theater director in Lviv, survived the persecution by the Nazis with Aryan papers. Brauner was married to her for over 70 years until her death in December 2017. Like no one else, Artur "Atze" Brauner shaped German post-war cinema. His CCC founded in 1946 in Berlin-Spandau is the oldest still active production company in Germany. In the CCC studios stars such as Romy Schneider, Heinz Rühmann, Curd Jürgens, OW Fischer, Peter Alexander and Caterina Valente. Brauner's films include "Dr. Mabuse", "Girl in Uniform" and "The Tiger of Eschnapur".Brauner was best known to Western fans as the producer of the Winnetou film series in the 1960s. His contribution to the western genre will not be forgotten. RIP.
 
 
 
 
 
*'''FAJARDO, Eduardo''' - 8/14/1924, Meis, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain - 7/4/2019, Mexico
 
 
 
One of the leading actors of the Spaghetti western genre Eduardo Fajardo, died in Mexico on July 4, 2019 at the age of 94. Born in Meis, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain on August 14, 1924 his family moved within a few days of his life to La Rioja. His childhood would take place in Haro, which he confessed liking very well. While still a teenager, he moved to Santander, where he studied the Baccalaureate and began his acting career in 1942, starting as a voice actor, a career he developed until 1946. With Cifesa he signed a contract as an exclusive actor for several years for his greatest successes. He debuted in the cinema with the film Heroes of 95, by Raúl Alfonso (1947), thus inaugurating one of the most bulky filmographies of Spanish cinema, which reaches over 180 titles. He also developed a career in the theater which he carried on and off throughout his career. In 1953 he moved to Mexico, where he combined his participation in the cinema of that country with television appearances; among them Tehuantepec by Miguel Contreras Torres (1954), Tizoc: Indian love by Ismael Rodríguez Ruelas (1957). On his return to Spain he resumed his film career with a frenetic activity that led him to shoot an average of fifteen titles a year in which the roles of the villain abound in the Spaghetti Westerngenre most notably in Django (1966) ) by Sergio Corbucci. In his final years he moved to Almeria where he instituted their Walk of Fame and worked as a director in the theater working with disabled  children. He worked on 183 films, 75 plays and some 2,000 appearances on television in Spain and Mexico, as well as participating in productions from Italy, Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States.
 
 
 
 
 
*'''MERINO, José Luis(José Luis Merino Boves)''' - 6/10/1927, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 7/4/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
 
 
 
Spanish director, writer, actor José Luis Merino died in Madrid, Spain on July 3, 2019. He was 92. Screenwriter and director with more than 30 films to his credit in various capacities, José Luis Merino Boves was born in Madrid, Spain on June 10, 1927. He received the Jimeno Award for the direction of “Aquellos tiempos del cuplé” (1958), where he made his debut with Mateo Cano with whom he would direct “El vagabundo y la estrella”, starring the Canarian tenor Alfredo Kraus. Merino directed and wrote screenplays for nine Euro-westerns: “A Fistful of Songs” (1966); “Kitosch, the Man Who Came from the North” (1966); “Duel in the Eclipse” (1968) director only; “Gatling Gun” (1968) writer only; “Zorro's Latest Adventure” (1969) director only; “Another Dollar for the McGregors” (1970); “Zorro the Invincible” (1971); “Zorro, Rider of Vengeance” (1971) and “7 cabalgan hacia la muerte” (1979) where he also appeared in the role of Zachary Carter.
 
 
 
 
 
*'''FLETCHER-COOK, Graham''' - 11/3/1963, Edmonton, London, England, U.K. - 6/?/2019, U.K.
 
  
Graham Fletcher-Cook, a British actor and older brother of Rocketman director Dexter Fletcher who appeared in such acclaimed films as Sid and Nancy, The French Lieutenant's Woman and Cry Freedom, has died. He was 55. A spokesperson for the family sid that Fletcher-Cook died recently following a battle with cancer. Born in London on Nov. 3, 1963, Fletcher-Cook got his start in the business when his mother took him and "pretty much my entire extended family of brothers, cousins and aunts" to a drama club run by noted acting teacher Anna Scher in Islington, he recalled in a 2016 interview. "By an extreme stroke of good fortune, the first movie set that both myself and my brother Dexter walked onto was [the 1976 Alan Parker crime comedy] Bugsy Malone," he said. "This was also an amazing opportunity to watch people at work on film sets and explore the myriad of different jobs that go toward making a film." He then was cast with Laurence Olivier in A Little Romance (1979) and with Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons in The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981). He went on to work in Defense of the Realm (1985), starring Gabriel Byrne; Sid and Nancy (1986), starring Gary Oldham; Absolute Beginners (1985), which featured David Bowie; Cry Freedom (1987), directed by Richard Attenborough and starring Denzel Washington; and The Fool (1990), featuring Derek Jacobi. Cook appeared as Whitey/Jeeves in Alex Cox’ “Straight to Hell” (1987) and “Straight to Hell Returns” (2010).
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Spanish Special Effects Director Juan Ramón Molina has died (Molinafx). The list of work in Almeria that he worked on since the beginning of his career learning the trade in titles such as 'Treasure Island ' (1972): 'Straight to Hell' (1987), 'Here Comes Condemor... ' (1996 ), 'A Dollar for the Dead' (TV 1998), 'The Year of Maria' (2000), '800 Bullets' (2002), 'Four Lions' (2010), 'A War' (2015), 'Game of Thrones s' (2016), 'Assassin's Creed' (2016), 'The Sister Brothers ' (2018), 'Hanna' (TV 2019), 'The Spanish Princess' (TV 2019), 'Domino' (2019). Among His awards he received a Goya for the best special effects for '800 Bullets'.
Fletcher-Cook is survived by his wife, Jeanette
 
  
  
*'''DRAGO, Billy (William Eugene Burrows Jr.)''' - 11/30/1945, Hugoton, Kansas, U.S.A. - 6/24/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
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*'''BUCCI, Flavio''' - 5/25/1947, Turin, Piedmont, Italy - 2/18/2020, Passoscuro, Lazio, Italy
  
Billy Drago, a character actor whose best-known roles were as Hollywood villains, has died. He passed on Monday, June 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, according to his publicity firm. No cause of death was given. Born William Eugene Burrows Jr., in Hugoton, Kansas on November 30, 1945. Drago appeared in more than 100 film and television roles. His most well-known roles were as hitman Frank Nitti in Brian De Palma’s 1987 film “The Untouchables” and as John Bly in “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.”. The versatile character actor whose career spanned four decades, Drago worked with Clint Eastwood, Michael Jackson, Chuck Norris and Takashi Miike, among others. His diverse roles spanned action, comedy and horror films, television series, and music videos. Drago appeared in two Euro-western TV films: “Copperhead” in 2008 as Jesse Evans and “Ghost Town” 2009 as Reb Holland.
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Italian actor Flavio Bucci died of a heart attack in his home in Passoscuro, Lazio, Italy on February 18, 2020. He was 72 years old. He was a producer, theatrical, film, TV and voice actor. Born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy on May 25, 1947,  everyone remembers him in some of his memorable roles in equally unforgettable films: Il Marchese del Grillo, alongside Sordi, Suspiria by the master of terror Dario Argento, and Il divo by Paolo Sorrentino, just to name a few. He was married to actress Micaela Pignatelli and had two sons Alessandro and Lorenzo. He also had another son Rube from a relationship with Dutch director Loes Kamsteeg. He appeared in one Euro-western as Kanas in 1985’s “Tex and the Lord of the Deep” starring Giuliano Gemma and William Berger.
  
  
*'''MARSHALL, Bryan''' - 5/19/1938, Battersea, London, England, U.K. - 6/25/2018, Rende, Calabria, Italy
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*'''ZIEMANN, Sonja''' - 2/8/1926, Eichwalde bei Berlin, Germany - 2/17/2020, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
  
English actor Bryan Marshall, who played Commander Talbot in the 1977 James Bond film, died on June 25, 2018 in Australia at the age of 81. He was born on May 19, 1938 in Battersea, London on 19th May 1938 and was educated at the Salesian College, Battersea and trained as an actor at RADA where he graduated in 1963. Marshall began his big-screen career in the mid-1960s with an uncredited role in the iconic 1966 Michael Caine film 'Alfie.' He went on to land roles in films such as 'Quatermass and the Pit,' 'Mosquito Squadron,' and 'The Long Good Friday.' His television work included popular series The Forsyte Saga, Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, The Saint, The Avengers, The Onedin Line, Out, The Professionals, Robin of Sherwood, Heartbeat, The Bill and Dalziel & Pascoe. Marshall appeared as Potts in the 1971 Euro-western “Man in the Wilderness” starring Richard Harris and John Huston.
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German actress, singer, dancer Sonja Zieman died in an Munich retirement home on Monday February 17, 2020. She had just turned 94. Born Alice Toni Selma Ziemann in Eichwalde bei Berlin, Germany on February 8, 1926 she left school at the age of 14 to start dancing. She appeared in her first film “Ein Windstoß” as Gina Galassi and made her final appearance after 92 films television shows  as Vera Stern in TV’s ‘Park Hotel Stern’ in 1997. Zieman appeared in one Euro-western; 1958’s “Texas Serenade” as Sylvia.
  
  
*'''de KEYZER, Bruno''' - 8/11/1949, Maintenon, Eure-et-Loir, France - 6/25/2019, Villerville, Calvados, France
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*'''MIMICA, Vatroslav - 6/25/1923, Omis, Croatia, Yugoslavia - 2/15/2020, Zagreb, Croatia
  
Bruno de Keyzer, Bertrand Tavernier's beloved chief camera operator, died on June 25, 2019 in Villerville, Calvados, France. He was 69. He received a Caesar for best photography in 1985. He was the cinematographer fetish Bertrand Tavernier with whom he has worked many times including A Sunday in the Country, Round Midnight, The Passion of Beatrice, Princess of Montpensier ... renowned Professional. Bruno was the cinematographer on the 1996 Euro-western “The North Star” starring James Caan and Christopher Lambert.
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Croatian producer, director, writer Vatroslav Mimica died in Zagreb, Croatia on February 15, 2020. He was 97. Mimica was born on June 25, 1923 in Omis, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He studied at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb and was a participant in the anti-fascist movement in World War II. He had been working in films since 1950, first as director of Jadran Film, of which he is one of the artists. Croatian cinema will remember him primarily for feature films such as “Prometheus from the Island of Visevica”, the internationally acclaimed “Kai, I'll Kill You”, Monday or Tuesday”, “Event”, “Peasant Revolt” and “Banović Strahinja”.  Mimica co-wrote the story and screenplay for 1957’s short film “Cowboy Jimmy”.
  
  
*'''KHARITONOV, Andrei (Andrei Igorevich Kharitonov)''' - 7/25/1959, Kiev, Russia, U.S.S.R. - 6/23/2019, Moscow, Russia
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*'''MARCHENT, Rafael Romero''' - 5/3/1926, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 2/13/2020, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  
On the evening of June 23, 2019 after a long illness the famous Soviet actor Andrei Kharitonov died. He died one month before his 60th birthday. Andrey Igorevich Kharitonov was born on 25 July 1959 in Kiev. In 1980 he graduated from the Kiev national University of theatre, cinema and television. Karpenko-Kary. In the same year, Soviet television showed the serial film “The Gadfly”, in which Kharitonov played Arthur Burton. His debut made a splash. The audience admired not only the game but also the beauty of the actor. He was immediately called to Moscow. From 1984 to 1990, he became a leading actor of the Maly theater. Kharitonov continued to play. Most popular films with his participation have become “the Star and Death of Joaquin Murieta”, “Secret” “Blackbirds”, “The Invisible Man”, “the Riddle of Anthousa”. He was married to pianist, actress Olga Seregina. He starred as Joaquin Murieta in the 1983 Russian Euro-western; “The Star and Death of Joaquin Murieta”.
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Legendary Spanish filmmaker Rafael Romero Marchent died in Madrid, Spain on February 13, 2020. He was 94. The director, writer, actor along was born into a family of filmmakers and along with his brothers Joaquin., Carlos and his sister Ana were pioneers in the Euro-western genre that brought international cinema and film making to Spain. He was involved with 20 Euro-westerns as production manager, director, assistant director, writer and actor. Some of the titles are: “The Shadow of Zorro”; “Zorro the Avenger” both 1962; “Sign of the Coyote” (1963); “Gunfight at High Noon” (1965); Two Crosses at Danger Pass” (1967); “Dead Men Don’t Count” (1968), “The Dead are Countless” (1969) and he finished his western career with “The Black Wolf” and “Revenge of the Black Wolf” in 1981. One of the greats of the genre has passed.
  
  
*'''NICKEL, Helmut Alfred''' - 3/24/1924, Quohren, Dresden, Germany - 6/5/2019, Arlington, Naples, Florida, U.S.A.
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*'''DOUGLAS, Kirk (Issur Danielovitch)''' - 12/9/1916, Amsterdam, New York, U.S.A. - 2/5/2020, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  
Karl May comic artist Helmut Nickel died June 5, 2019. He was 95. He was born Quohren, Dresden, Germany on March 24, 1924. In 1962, shortly before Pierre Brice and Lex Barker rode across the cinema screen, the Walter Lehning publishing house began publishing Winnetou comic books written by Helmut Nickel on March 24, 1924 near Dresden, due to its high quality of writing and drawing the comic books of Karl May's work was  given a high priority. Nickel went into his descriptions of the May characters from the descriptions in the stories, Old Shatterhand, for example, wearing his hat and beard, and Winnetous hair, the "helmet-like head" described by author Karl May. The stories of the comics were largely based on the books, but Nickel did not bring it to heart to let Winnetou die, as he once said in an interview. Already in the 1950s, Nickel had drawn comics, such as "Robinson" and "Francis Drake".
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Although Kirk Douglas never made a Euro-western a couple of his westerns had scenes that were filmed in Europe. Mike Ferguson e-mailed me the following information. A Gunfight (bullfight ending shot outside Madrid. They couldn't kill the bull Stateside or in Mexico, so they went to Spain. Rest of the film shot in US)
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Light at the Edge of the World (flashback scene filmed in Madrid, set in a typical western saloon, has American actor John Clarke as the town sheriff confronting, I think Douglas, who has stolen the man's wife as I recall. Or they used to be bandits together? I think Douglas shoots him? Anyway they're both dressed in frontier garb. Of course some western aficionados count his appearance as Peg in 1973’s Scalawag as a western because the action takes place in 1840’s California.
  
  
*'''MATIC, Peter''' - 3/24/1937, Vienna, Austria - 6/20/2019, Vienna, Austria
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*'''MINERVINI, Gianni (Giovanni Minervini)''' - 10/26/1928, Naples, Campania, Italy - 2/4/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy
  
The chamber actor Peter Matić died on Thursday June 20, 2019 completely unexpectedly at the age of 82 years. Born in Vienna, he was not only a member of the Burgtheater as a fixed star of the local cultural life, but also in numerous films and as a voice actor. He acted as German voice of Ben Kingsley. Born in Vienna on March 24, 1937, the graceful public favorite with the mischievous-friendly appearance. Matić was the German voice of Rene Auberjonois in the 1991 ‘Lucky Luke’ TV series episode “Caffè Olè”.
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Italian producer, production manager and supervisor Gianni Minervini died in\ Rome, Italy on February 4, 2020. Born Giovanni Minervini in Naples, Italy on October 26, 1928, he was the son of the journalist Roberto (1900-1962) and brother of the sculptor Annamaria. He began his film career as an actor and then debuted as a producer in 1976, when he co-founded with the brothers Antonio and Pupi Avati the production company A.M.A. Film. The Avati brothers left the company in the late 1983, leaving the sole Minervini leading the company. He won a best foreign film Oscar in 1991 for “Mediterraneo”. He was a production manager on “The Sign of the Coyote” (1963) and “Death Rides a Horse” (1967), a production supervisor on “Blood and Guns” (Tepepa)” (1969) and a producer of “Night of the Serpent” (1969).  
  
  
*'''McCANN, Sean''' - 9/24/1935, Windsor, Ontario, Canada - 6/13/2019, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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*'''FRANK JR., Harriet - 3/2/1917, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. - 1/28/2020, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  
Sean McCann, an award-winning actor known for his role on the Canadian TV series Night Heat, died on June 13, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was 83. A prolific character actor, McCann performed in hundreds of productions, ranging from a Canadian politician in The King Chronicle (1988) to an animated bear in TV series Little Bear (1995-2003). He was also known for his roles in films such as Tommy Boy (1995), Chicago (2002), Naked Lunch (1991) and Miracle (2004). McCann played supporting roles in films with big names such as Meryl Streep in ... First Do No Harm (1997) and Nick Nolte in Affliction (1997). McCann was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on September 24, 1935, the son of Alta Tobin and Jack McCann, and had seven siblings. He studied to become a priest at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ont. before turning to acting in the 1960s. McCann appeared in two Euro-western TV series: “The Campbells” (1986) as Sean McArthur and “Bordertown” (1990) as Jeremiah Ironstone.
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American writer Harriet Frank Jr. died in Los Angeles, California on January 28, 2020. She and her husband, Irving Ravetch, collaborated on provocative screenplays that explored the social conflicts and moral questions of postwar American life in movies like “Hud” and “Norma Rae,” died on Tuesday January 28, 2020 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 96. Harriet co-wrote the screenplay for 1974’s Euro-western “The Spike’s Gang”.
  
  
*''' VALERI, Valeria (Valeia Tulli)''' - 12/8/1921, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 6/10/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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*'''PARSONS, Nicholas (Christopher Nicholas Parsons) - 10/10/1923, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, U.K. - 1/28/2020, Aylesbury, Buckinhamshire, England, U.K.
  
Italian actress of stage, film, TV and voice dubber, Valeria Valeri died in Rome, Italy at the age of 97. The actress was born in Rome on December 8,1921 as Valeria Tulli, she had never stopped working. Along with her theatrical and television career, she also participates in some cinematographic participations, while her career as a voice actress was also very important. She lent her voice to Julie Andrew, Natalie Wood and Anne Bancroft. She was a longtime companion of actor Enrico Maria Salerno from which they had a daughter, actress Chiara Salerno. Valeri was the Italian voice of Emma Valloni in 1965’ “The Tramplers” and Marianna Hill in “El Condor” (1969).
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Born Christopher Nicholas Parsons in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England on October 10, 1923, he was an British actor and radio and television presenter. He was the long-running presenter of the comedy radio show ‘Just a Minute’ and hosted the game show “Sale of the Century” during the 1970s and early 1980s. His Euro-western connection was the English voice of Sheriff Tex Tucker, telegrapher Dan Morse and Billy Pinto in the 1960 British TV western series “Four Feather Falls”. He was married to actress Denise Bryer from 1954-1989, who was the voice of Martha 'Ma' Jones and Little Jake on the same series.
  
  
*'''WITLIFF, William D. (William Dale Wittliff)''' - 1/21/1940, Taft, Texas, U.S.A. - 6/9/2019, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
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*'''SANS, Santi''' - 7/?/1933, Gràcia, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain - 1/22/2020, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
  
Popular American screenwriter Dr. Bill Wittliff passed away on Sunday June 9, 2019 in Austin, Texas, at the age of 79. Wittliff authored films “Legends of the Fall”, “The Cowboy Way” and screenplays for the TV miniseries "Lonesome Dove" and "The Perfect Storm,and the modern day Euro-western “A Night in Old Mexico” (2013) starring Robert Duvall.
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The humorist and actor Santi Sans died January 22, 2020 in the Hospital de Mataro, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain, after more than half a century career, as reported by his family to Europa Press. He was 86. He was born in July 1933 in the Barcelona neighborhood of Gràcia, where, as a child, he was already an amateur actor; and debuted professionally in 1956 with a small role in the play Just Married, Do Not Disturb , directed by Adolfo Marsillach at the Windsor Theater in the city. In the party halls he also performed in the 60s with singers such as Julio Iglesias and Raphael, whom he presented and imitated, entertaining the shows. One, two, three and Filiprim . In the 70s he performed in various spaces of TVE Catalunya, especially humorist, and also in the first stage of the 'One, two, three' contest, when presented by Kiko Ledgard. In the 80s Sans became very popular on TV3, with humorous performances and imitations in various programs, among which Filiprim and Tres i l'astròleg stand out , in addition to acting later in the drama series Laberint d'ombres. His only Euro-western appearance was in the film short “Peacemaker” in 2005.
  
  
  
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Latest revision as of 20:16, 20 February 2020

This page is our personal hall of fame. A reminder to us all that even though considered a B-genre, Spaghetti Westerns were full of great characters, played by great people. Many have passed away, and while we are young growing up re-watching all these classics, many more will probably leave us. May they be remembered. What follows, is a work-in-progress, a growing list of legends who have passed away...

Sorted by last name: 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

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FRESH GRAVES

  • MOLINA, Juan Ramón - 19??, Spain - 2/?/2020, Spain

Spanish Special Effects Director Juan Ramón Molina has died (Molinafx). The list of work in Almeria that he worked on since the beginning of his career learning the trade in titles such as 'Treasure Island ' (1972): 'Straight to Hell' (1987), 'Here Comes Condemor... ' (1996 ), 'A Dollar for the Dead' (TV 1998), 'The Year of Maria' (2000), '800 Bullets' (2002), 'Four Lions' (2010), 'A War' (2015), 'Game of Thrones s' (2016), 'Assassin's Creed' (2016), 'The Sister Brothers ' (2018), 'Hanna' (TV 2019), 'The Spanish Princess' (TV 2019), 'Domino' (2019). Among His awards he received a Goya for the best special effects for '800 Bullets'.


  • BUCCI, Flavio - 5/25/1947, Turin, Piedmont, Italy - 2/18/2020, Passoscuro, Lazio, Italy

Italian actor Flavio Bucci died of a heart attack in his home in Passoscuro, Lazio, Italy on February 18, 2020. He was 72 years old. He was a producer, theatrical, film, TV and voice actor. Born in Turin, Piedmont, Italy on May 25, 1947, everyone remembers him in some of his memorable roles in equally unforgettable films: Il Marchese del Grillo, alongside Sordi, Suspiria by the master of terror Dario Argento, and Il divo by Paolo Sorrentino, just to name a few. He was married to actress Micaela Pignatelli and had two sons Alessandro and Lorenzo. He also had another son Rube from a relationship with Dutch director Loes Kamsteeg. He appeared in one Euro-western as Kanas in 1985’s “Tex and the Lord of the Deep” starring Giuliano Gemma and William Berger.


  • ZIEMANN, Sonja - 2/8/1926, Eichwalde bei Berlin, Germany - 2/17/2020, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

German actress, singer, dancer Sonja Zieman died in an Munich retirement home on Monday February 17, 2020. She had just turned 94. Born Alice Toni Selma Ziemann in Eichwalde bei Berlin, Germany on February 8, 1926 she left school at the age of 14 to start dancing. She appeared in her first film “Ein Windstoß” as Gina Galassi and made her final appearance after 92 films television shows as Vera Stern in TV’s ‘Park Hotel Stern’ in 1997. Zieman appeared in one Euro-western; 1958’s “Texas Serenade” as Sylvia.


  • MIMICA, Vatroslav - 6/25/1923, Omis, Croatia, Yugoslavia - 2/15/2020, Zagreb, Croatia

Croatian producer, director, writer Vatroslav Mimica died in Zagreb, Croatia on February 15, 2020. He was 97. Mimica was born on June 25, 1923 in Omis, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He studied at the Faculty of Medicine in Zagreb and was a participant in the anti-fascist movement in World War II. He had been working in films since 1950, first as director of Jadran Film, of which he is one of the artists. Croatian cinema will remember him primarily for feature films such as “Prometheus from the Island of Visevica”, the internationally acclaimed “Kai, I'll Kill You”, Monday or Tuesday”, “Event”, “Peasant Revolt” and “Banović Strahinja”. Mimica co-wrote the story and screenplay for 1957’s short film “Cowboy Jimmy”.


  • MARCHENT, Rafael Romero - 5/3/1926, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 2/13/2020, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Legendary Spanish filmmaker Rafael Romero Marchent died in Madrid, Spain on February 13, 2020. He was 94. The director, writer, actor along was born into a family of filmmakers and along with his brothers Joaquin., Carlos and his sister Ana were pioneers in the Euro-western genre that brought international cinema and film making to Spain. He was involved with 20 Euro-westerns as production manager, director, assistant director, writer and actor. Some of the titles are: “The Shadow of Zorro”; “Zorro the Avenger” both 1962; “Sign of the Coyote” (1963); “Gunfight at High Noon” (1965); Two Crosses at Danger Pass” (1967); “Dead Men Don’t Count” (1968), “The Dead are Countless” (1969) and he finished his western career with “The Black Wolf” and “Revenge of the Black Wolf” in 1981. One of the greats of the genre has passed.


  • DOUGLAS, Kirk (Issur Danielovitch) - 12/9/1916, Amsterdam, New York, U.S.A. - 2/5/2020, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Although Kirk Douglas never made a Euro-western a couple of his westerns had scenes that were filmed in Europe. Mike Ferguson e-mailed me the following information. A Gunfight (bullfight ending shot outside Madrid. They couldn't kill the bull Stateside or in Mexico, so they went to Spain. Rest of the film shot in US) Light at the Edge of the World (flashback scene filmed in Madrid, set in a typical western saloon, has American actor John Clarke as the town sheriff confronting, I think Douglas, who has stolen the man's wife as I recall. Or they used to be bandits together? I think Douglas shoots him? Anyway they're both dressed in frontier garb. Of course some western aficionados count his appearance as Peg in 1973’s Scalawag as a western because the action takes place in 1840’s California.


  • MINERVINI, Gianni (Giovanni Minervini) - 10/26/1928, Naples, Campania, Italy - 2/4/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian producer, production manager and supervisor Gianni Minervini died in\ Rome, Italy on February 4, 2020. Born Giovanni Minervini in Naples, Italy on October 26, 1928, he was the son of the journalist Roberto (1900-1962) and brother of the sculptor Annamaria. He began his film career as an actor and then debuted as a producer in 1976, when he co-founded with the brothers Antonio and Pupi Avati the production company A.M.A. Film. The Avati brothers left the company in the late 1983, leaving the sole Minervini leading the company. He won a best foreign film Oscar in 1991 for “Mediterraneo”. He was a production manager on “The Sign of the Coyote” (1963) and “Death Rides a Horse” (1967), a production supervisor on “Blood and Guns” (Tepepa)” (1969) and a producer of “Night of the Serpent” (1969).


  • FRANK JR., Harriet - 3/2/1917, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. - 1/28/2020, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

American writer Harriet Frank Jr. died in Los Angeles, California on January 28, 2020. She and her husband, Irving Ravetch, collaborated on provocative screenplays that explored the social conflicts and moral questions of postwar American life in movies like “Hud” and “Norma Rae,” died on Tuesday January 28, 2020 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 96. Harriet co-wrote the screenplay for 1974’s Euro-western “The Spike’s Gang”.


  • PARSONS, Nicholas (Christopher Nicholas Parsons) - 10/10/1923, Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, U.K. - 1/28/2020, Aylesbury, Buckinhamshire, England, U.K.

Born Christopher Nicholas Parsons in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England on October 10, 1923, he was an British actor and radio and television presenter. He was the long-running presenter of the comedy radio show ‘Just a Minute’ and hosted the game show “Sale of the Century” during the 1970s and early 1980s. His Euro-western connection was the English voice of Sheriff Tex Tucker, telegrapher Dan Morse and Billy Pinto in the 1960 British TV western series “Four Feather Falls”. He was married to actress Denise Bryer from 1954-1989, who was the voice of Martha 'Ma' Jones and Little Jake on the same series.


  • SANS, Santi - 7/?/1933, Gràcia, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain - 1/22/2020, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

The humorist and actor Santi Sans died January 22, 2020 in the Hospital de Mataro, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain, after more than half a century career, as reported by his family to Europa Press. He was 86. He was born in July 1933 in the Barcelona neighborhood of Gràcia, where, as a child, he was already an amateur actor; and debuted professionally in 1956 with a small role in the play Just Married, Do Not Disturb , directed by Adolfo Marsillach at the Windsor Theater in the city. In the party halls he also performed in the 60s with singers such as Julio Iglesias and Raphael, whom he presented and imitated, entertaining the shows. One, two, three and Filiprim . In the 70s he performed in various spaces of TVE Catalunya, especially humorist, and also in the first stage of the 'One, two, three' contest, when presented by Kiko Ledgard. In the 80s Sans became very popular on TV3, with humorous performances and imitations in various programs, among which Filiprim and Tres i l'astròleg stand out , in addition to acting later in the drama series Laberint d'ombres. His only Euro-western appearance was in the film short “Peacemaker” in 2005.

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