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=== FRESH GRAVES ===
 
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*'''RUMPF, Bernd''' - 3/2/1947, Gottingen, Lower Saxony, Germany - 10/1/2019, Germany
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*'''POLLARD, Michael (Michael John Pollack, Jr.)''' - 5/30/1939, Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.A. - 11/21/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  
German voice actor and actor Bernd Rumpf, who voiced Alan Rickman and Liam Neeson, died on October 4, 2019. He was 72 years old. Actually, he was never a fan of dubbed films, but then he himself became one of Germany's most famous voice actor. Bernd Rumpf was best known for his work as a German voice in the "Harry Potter" films, in the role of Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and in numerous films with Liam Neeson. Bernd was the German voice of Michael Tylo in the 1990-1992 TV series ‘The New Zorro’ starring Duncan Regehr.
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Veteran American actor Michael J. Pollard died in a Los Angeles, California hospital on January 21, 2019. He was 80. Born Michael John Pollack, Jr. on May 30, 1939 in Passaic, New York. Pollard had been acting since 1958. A character actor, he accumulated almost a hundred appearances in movies and television series since then. An early career break occurred when Pollard was brought in as a replacement during the first season of TV's "Dobie Gillis." Co-star Bob Denver, who was stealing the show as Dobie's beatnik buddy Maynard G. Krebs. He was going to be drafted into the Army and had to exit the series. When Denver was classified "4-F" due to a longstanding neck injury and returned, Pollard's character of weird cousin Jerome Krebs was quickly written out. Pollard played the role of "Hugo" in the original Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" (costarring with Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, Paul Lynde, and Dick Gautier) in the early 1960s. In 1967, Pollard earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role of C.W. Moss in the film “Bonnie and Clyde”. He also earned two Golden Globe nominations for that role, one for Best Supporting Actor and one for Most Promising Newcomer. In addition, his performance in Bonnie and Clyde won Pollard a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles. Michael appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Legend of Frenchie King” (1971) as Marshal Jeffords and “Four of the Apocalypse” (1974) as Clem.
  
  
*'''GOTT, Karel''' - 7/14/1939, Pilsen, Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia - 10/1/2019, Prague, Czech Republic
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*'''DAVION, Alexander''' - /31/1929, Paris, Île-de-France, France - 9/28/2019, Norfolk, England, U.K.
Czechoslovakian pop singer Karel Gott, who became a star behind the Iron Curtain, has died. He was 80. Gott died late Tuesday October 1, 2019 at his home in Prague after battling a long illness, his wife Ivana said in a statement. Gott recently announced he had acute leukemia. Gott released some 300 albums starting in the 1960s and sold tens of millions of copies in his country, the Soviet Union and elsewhere in the Communist world. But he was also a rare example of a pop singer from Eastern Europe whose music became popular in some Western European countries, especially in West Germany. "The golden voice from Prague" as Gott was called in that country, had one of the biggest hits there with "Maya the Bee" ("Die Biene Maja" in German), the title song from a 1970s cartoon television series. Gott appeared or was heard in three Euro-weterns:  Karel Gott: Zdvorilý Woody (TV) - 1963 (Woody); Revue pro banjo – 1963 where he also sings duet “Nestálá láska (Careless Love)”; Lemonade Joe – 1964 sings: “Oh Ye Gods, What a Dime Drink”.
 
  
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British-American actor Alexander Davion died in Norfolk, England on September 28, 2019 according to probate records. He is an actor, known for “Valley of the Dolls” (1985) “The Man from Moscow” (1985) and “Paranoiac” (1963). He appeared on several TV western series including “Zane Grey Theater” (1959) “Death Valey Days”  and  “Have Gun – Will Travel” (both 1961), “Custer” (1967) and as Tony in the Euro-western “Charley-One Eye (1973). He was married to actresses Ellen Caryl Klein and Anne Lawson and had two children professor Victoria Michele Davion [1960-2017] and Nicholas Davion [1966- ].
  
*'''EVANS, John (John  Franklin Evans)''' -  3/10/1943, Macedonia - 9/28/2019, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
  
Canadian actor, director, producer, playwright, father, friend John Evans passed away at his home in Toronto surrounded by love on September 28, 2019, following a diagnosis of cancer ten months ago. He was 76. John Franklin Evans was born in Macedonia on March 10, 1943 nd brought great precision and deep feeling to his craft. He was warm and supportive of those he worked with, but he was not known to suffer fools gladly, and if that happened to include the director, so be it. John was married to actress, singer, dancer Lyne Tremblay and the two had two daughters Michelle and Lisa. John appeared s Lyle in the 1976 Euro-SiFi-western “Welcome to Blood  City starring Jack Palance and Keir Dullea.
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*'''CORSELLAS, Arseni (Arsenio Corsellas Serra)''' - 9/17/1933, Figueres, Girono, Catalonia, Spain - 11/15/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  
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One of Spain’s great voice actor’s Arseni Corsellas died Saturday November 16, 2019 at age 86, according to his son who published his passing on social networks. Corsellas gave voice to iconic characters like JR of " Dallas " and also to actors like Sean Connery or Charlton Heston . Corsellas debuted in the 1950s on Radio Juventud. However, the work that opened the door to dubbing was the performance at the National Radio Invisible Theater. Since then he made more than a thousand dubbing and was the voice of actors such as Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Albert Finney, in addition to those already mentioned. He also directed almost all the films that were dubbed in the Voice of Spain studios in the sixties and seventies in Barcelona and, in addition, we have also been able to see him perform in films such as "Own Love" by Mario Camus or "The best thing it can happen in a croissant "by Paco Mir. His dubbing for Euro-westerns is too great to cover and list all the films and actors among which are Lex Barker in 1964’s “Last of the Renegades”; Robert Shaw “Custer of the West” (1967); Tomas Milian “Death Sentence” and Yul Brynner “Villa Rides” (1968); Anthony Steffen “Gentleman Killer” and Sean Connery “Shalako (both 1969); Raf Vallone “Cannon for Corsoba”, Fernando Rey “Companieros” and Richard Crenna “The Deserter” (all 1971); Charles Bronson “Chato’s Land” and Jim Brown “El Condor”, James Garner “A Man Called Sledge” Burt Lancaster “Valdez is Coming!” (all 1972); Richard Harrison “Jesse & Lester, Two Brothers in a Town Called Trinity”, Stephen Boyd “Those Dirty Dogs” (both 1973); and Robert Mitchum “Dead Man” 1996.
  
*'''PADOVAN, Marta(Conxita Alà i Miquel)''' - 1/9/1938, Poblenou, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain – 9/29/2019, Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
 
  
Spanish film, TV and voice actress and theater actress died in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday September 29, 2019. She was 81. Born in Poblenou, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain in 1938 she made her film debut at the age of 20 in “La muralla” (1958) directed by Luis Lucia. She would go on to appear in more than 60 film and television series. In the 1980s she turned to the theater and even started her own company ‘Romea Theater’. Padovan was also very active as a voice dubber and was best remembered as the voice of Roseanne Barr in the TV series “Roseanne”. She appeared in two Euro-westerns; “Ruthless Colt of the Gringo” 1965 in the role of Lois Duvall and “The Secret of Captain O'Hara” (1966) in the role of(Mary McQueen/Mary MacQuint.
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*'''JASNY, Vojtěch''' - 11/30/1925, Kelc, Czechoslovakia, U.S.A. - 11/16/2019, Prague, Czechoslovakia
  
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Czech director Vojtěch Jasný died in Prague on November 16, 2019. He was 93. From the 1950s, Jasny made some 50 movies in Czechoslovakia and later in the West when he emigrated after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. His most famous film, “All My Good Countrymen,” from 1968, about the brutal changes in the country under communism, was banned in his homeland. It won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969. He also won a Cannes special jury prize for his 1963 film, “The Cassandra Cat.” In the 1980s, Jasny settled in the United States, lecturing at Columbia University. He later returned home. He directed the 1965 Euro-western TV film “Magnetické vlny lécí”.
  
*'''OBREGON, Rodrigo (Rodrigo Obregón Osorio)''' - 10/28/1951, Montélimar, Rhone-Alpes, France – 9/25/2019 Barranquilla, Atlantica, Colombia
 
  
Colombian actor Rodrigo Obregón died in Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia on September 25, 2019, due to complications of prostate cancer he suffered from. He was 68.  Obregón was born in Montélimar, Rhone-Alpes, France on October 28, 1951. He was the son of painter Alejandro Obregón and choreographer Sonia Osorio. Rodrigo appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Django Strikes Again” as a henchman of 'El Diablo' Orlowsky played by Chrisstopher Connelly and as  Kaspar in 1994s’ “Jonathan of the Bears” starring Franco Nero.
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*'''BLUDAU, Oliver''' - 11/26/1971, Lennestadt, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany - 11/8/2019, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  
*'''DELL'ACQUA, Roberto''' - 4/16/1946, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 9/16/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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German businessman and actor Oliver Bludau died November 8, 2019. He was 47. Born on November 26, 1971. He was the grandson of actress Maria Bladau and the son of actor Jochen Bludau and actress Irmgard Bludau. Oliver appeared on stage at the Elipse Karl-May Festival from 2011-2014. He played Old Shatterhand in “Winnetou 1” (2012), “The Oil Prince” (2013) and “Among Vultures” 2014. He appeared in 2011 as Engineer Leverent in “Halfbreed”. He was also the managing director during this same time. He then turned his attention to his position as managing director of the Berghoff Group.
  
Italian acrobat, stuntman, actor Roberto Dell’Acqua died in Rome, Italy on September 16, 2019. He was 73 years old. Born into a family of circus people he worked as an acrobat along with his older brothers and later transformed this talent into a career as a stuntman in films and television. He also appeared as a supporting actor in over 60 films. Sometimes billed as Robert Stevenson and Leo Widmark he appeared in over 20 Euro-westerns from “Killer Caliber .32” in 1967 to  “Buck at the Edge of Heaven” in 1991. The Italian film industry put his natural talents as an acrobat to good us as Robert was usually seen as a saloon and barroom brawler, while playing henchmen soldiers and deputies in most of the westerns he appeared.  Some of his better known Euro-westerns included “Boot Hill” (1969), “Have a Nice Funeral My Friend” (1970); “Trinity is STILL My Name” (1971); “Shanghai Joe” (1973); “The Son of Zorro” (1973); “Keoma” (1975) and “Buddy Goes West”.
 
  
  
*'''CARILLO, Luis (Luis Martin Carillo)''' - 19??, Spain - 9/12/2019, Spain
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*'''SAGNER, Martin''' - 8/11/1932, Podravski, Novigrad, Yugoslavia - 11/12/2019, Zagreb, Croatia
  
Veteran Spanish voice actor and dubber Luis Martín Carrillo died on September 12, 2019 in Spain. He was an actor and actor of Spanish dubber and director. He was the usual voice in Spain of Spencer Tracy, Michael Caine, Peter Falk and Jean-Paul Belmondo. He participated in the dubbing of the Colombo, Team A, Charlie's Angels and Xena La Princesa Guerrera TV series. He also participated in the dubbing of the classic series of Saint Seiya, The Knights of the Zodiac in Spanish. He made his debut in Episode 54 by voicing Agora de Loto. He was the Spanish voice of Virgilio Teixeira in 1966s “Return of the 7”; James Mitchum in 1967s “The Tramplers”; Jack Taylor in 1968s “The Christmas Kid”; Tatsuya Nakadai in 1968's “Today We Kill… Tomorrow We Die”; Burt Reynolds in 1969’s “100 Rifles”; Peter Lee Lawrence in 1970s “Sabata the Killer”; Al Lettieri in 1970s “A Town Called Hell”; Pierre Brice in 1970s “Winnetou and Old Shatterhand in the Valley of Death”; George Eastman in 1972s “Call of the Wild”; Peter Lee Lawrence again in 1972s “Garringo”; Raimund Harmstorf in 1973s “White Fang”; Guy Rolfe in 1974s “Land Raiders”; Leo Anchoriz in 1974s “The 3 Musketeers of the West”, “Spaghetti Western” and “What Am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution”; Julian Ugarte in 1976s “The Stranger and the Gunfighter”; Chris Avram in 1977s “California”; the Spanish voice of Joe Dalton in the 1983 animated TV series “Lucky Luke” and Michael Tylo in 1990s  TV Series “New Adventures of Zorro”.
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Martin Sagner a Croatian theater, television and film actor known not only in Croatia but also internationally died in Zagreb, Croatia on November 12, 2019. He was 87. Born in Podravski, Novigrad, Yugoslavia on August 11, 1932 Sagner first studied law before attending the Acting Academy in 1955. . He then started acting at the Croatian National Theater in Varaždin and then at the Comedy Theater in Zagreb. He appeared in 32 films and television series from 1961 to 2005. Later in life he entered politics and was the HDZ s representative in the first post-communist convocation of the Croatian Parliament (1990-1992), as well as in the second Croatian Parliament (1992-1995). Sagner appeared in only one Euro-western as Bonoja in 1965's "Old Surehand".
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*'''BONGUSTO, Fred (Alfred Antonio Carlo Buongusto)''' 4/6/1935, Campobasso, Campobasso, Italy - 11/8/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Pop composer, songwriter and musical performer Fred Bongusto died in Rome, Italy on November 9th he was 84. Bongusto was big in the 1960s and 70s and he had several international hits. He was also very popular in South America, especially Brazil, as well as in his homeland. He composed the soundtracks of many movies too including three Euro-westerns: “Adios Gringo”, Blood for a Silver Dollar” (both 1965) and “Day After Tomorrow” where his composition and singing of “I Have to Kill a Man” became a cult classic among Euro-western fans.”
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*'''POWELL, Nik''' - 11/4/1950, Great Kingshill, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K. -  11/7/2019, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.
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British music and film producer Nik Powell, who was among the Virgin Group co-founders with Richard Branson and became an influential force in U.K. cinema, producing more than 60 titles including Neil Jordan’s Oscar-winning “The Crying Game,” died Thursday at age 69. The cause of death was an unspecified form of cancer, Britain’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) – which Powell headed for more than a decade – said in a statement. He died in Oxford surrounded by his family. Born on November 4, 1950, in the small village of Great Kingshill, in Buckinghamshire, Powell started out running a record shop and was among the founding partners in 1972 of Virgin Records, which became one of the U.K.’s top recording labels before being sold to EMI 20 years later. Powell was a producer on the 2016 Euro-western “Btimstone” starring Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning
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*'''CONROY, Jack (Jack Conroy Sr.) - 19??, Clonad, Lois, Ireland - 11/3/2019, Naas, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland
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Irish cinematographer Jack Conroy passed away from Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Naas, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland on November 3, 2019. Conroy leaves behind a considerable and highly rated body of work in the sphere of cinema and television, but he will be best remembered for his collaboration with Director Jim Sheridan and producer Noel Pearson on the hugely successful and highly acclaimed movies, ‘My Left Foot’ (1989) and ‘The Field’ (1990). Among the westerns he was a cinematographer on were “The Magnificent 7” TV series in 1998’; “The Last Outlaw” (TV) 1993; “The Cherokee Kid” (TV) 1996; “Blind Justice” (TV) 1994 and the Euro-western “Silent Tongue” 1993 starring River Phoenix.
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*'''GRAF, Maurizio''' - 1941, Gorizia, Gorizia, Italy - 10/25/2019, Lugo, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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Italian singer actor and performer Maurizio Graf passed away on Ocotber 26 in Lugo, Rome, Italy. He was 78. Graf was born in Gorizia, Italy in 1941 and was one of the most recognized voices of the Euro-western genre. He’s best remembered for his vocals on “A Pistol for Ringo” and “The Return of Ringo” (1965), but also for his song “Find a Man from” from 1968’s “Johnny Hamlet” (aka The Wild and the Dirty”. He also sang the main themes for “Killer Caliber .32” (1967), "Killer, Adios" (1967).
  
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 07:38, 22 November 2019

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...

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FRESH GRAVES

  • POLLARD, Michael (Michael John Pollack, Jr.) - 5/30/1939, Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.A. - 11/21/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Veteran American actor Michael J. Pollard died in a Los Angeles, California hospital on January 21, 2019. He was 80. Born Michael John Pollack, Jr. on May 30, 1939 in Passaic, New York. Pollard had been acting since 1958. A character actor, he accumulated almost a hundred appearances in movies and television series since then. An early career break occurred when Pollard was brought in as a replacement during the first season of TV's "Dobie Gillis." Co-star Bob Denver, who was stealing the show as Dobie's beatnik buddy Maynard G. Krebs. He was going to be drafted into the Army and had to exit the series. When Denver was classified "4-F" due to a longstanding neck injury and returned, Pollard's character of weird cousin Jerome Krebs was quickly written out. Pollard played the role of "Hugo" in the original Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" (costarring with Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, Paul Lynde, and Dick Gautier) in the early 1960s. In 1967, Pollard earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role of C.W. Moss in the film “Bonnie and Clyde”. He also earned two Golden Globe nominations for that role, one for Best Supporting Actor and one for Most Promising Newcomer. In addition, his performance in Bonnie and Clyde won Pollard a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles. Michael appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Legend of Frenchie King” (1971) as Marshal Jeffords and “Four of the Apocalypse” (1974) as Clem.


  • DAVION, Alexander - /31/1929, Paris, Île-de-France, France - 9/28/2019, Norfolk, England, U.K.

British-American actor Alexander Davion died in Norfolk, England on September 28, 2019 according to probate records. He is an actor, known for “Valley of the Dolls” (1985) “The Man from Moscow” (1985) and “Paranoiac” (1963). He appeared on several TV western series including “Zane Grey Theater” (1959) “Death Valey Days” and “Have Gun – Will Travel” (both 1961), “Custer” (1967) and as Tony in the Euro-western “Charley-One Eye (1973). He was married to actresses Ellen Caryl Klein and Anne Lawson and had two children professor Victoria Michele Davion [1960-2017] and Nicholas Davion [1966- ].


  • CORSELLAS, Arseni (Arsenio Corsellas Serra) - 9/17/1933, Figueres, Girono, Catalonia, Spain - 11/15/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

One of Spain’s great voice actor’s Arseni Corsellas died Saturday November 16, 2019 at age 86, according to his son who published his passing on social networks. Corsellas gave voice to iconic characters like JR of " Dallas " and also to actors like Sean Connery or Charlton Heston . Corsellas debuted in the 1950s on Radio Juventud. However, the work that opened the door to dubbing was the performance at the National Radio Invisible Theater. Since then he made more than a thousand dubbing and was the voice of actors such as Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Albert Finney, in addition to those already mentioned. He also directed almost all the films that were dubbed in the Voice of Spain studios in the sixties and seventies in Barcelona and, in addition, we have also been able to see him perform in films such as "Own Love" by Mario Camus or "The best thing it can happen in a croissant "by Paco Mir. His dubbing for Euro-westerns is too great to cover and list all the films and actors among which are Lex Barker in 1964’s “Last of the Renegades”; Robert Shaw “Custer of the West” (1967); Tomas Milian “Death Sentence” and Yul Brynner “Villa Rides” (1968); Anthony Steffen “Gentleman Killer” and Sean Connery “Shalako (both 1969); Raf Vallone “Cannon for Corsoba”, Fernando Rey “Companieros” and Richard Crenna “The Deserter” (all 1971); Charles Bronson “Chato’s Land” and Jim Brown “El Condor”, James Garner “A Man Called Sledge” Burt Lancaster “Valdez is Coming!” (all 1972); Richard Harrison “Jesse & Lester, Two Brothers in a Town Called Trinity”, Stephen Boyd “Those Dirty Dogs” (both 1973); and Robert Mitchum “Dead Man” 1996.


  • JASNY, Vojtěch - 11/30/1925, Kelc, Czechoslovakia, U.S.A. - 11/16/2019, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Czech director Vojtěch Jasný died in Prague on November 16, 2019. He was 93. From the 1950s, Jasny made some 50 movies in Czechoslovakia and later in the West when he emigrated after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. His most famous film, “All My Good Countrymen,” from 1968, about the brutal changes in the country under communism, was banned in his homeland. It won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969. He also won a Cannes special jury prize for his 1963 film, “The Cassandra Cat.” In the 1980s, Jasny settled in the United States, lecturing at Columbia University. He later returned home. He directed the 1965 Euro-western TV film “Magnetické vlny lécí”.


  • BLUDAU, Oliver - 11/26/1971, Lennestadt, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany - 11/8/2019, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

German businessman and actor Oliver Bludau died November 8, 2019. He was 47. Born on November 26, 1971. He was the grandson of actress Maria Bladau and the son of actor Jochen Bludau and actress Irmgard Bludau. Oliver appeared on stage at the Elipse Karl-May Festival from 2011-2014. He played Old Shatterhand in “Winnetou 1” (2012), “The Oil Prince” (2013) and “Among Vultures” 2014. He appeared in 2011 as Engineer Leverent in “Halfbreed”. He was also the managing director during this same time. He then turned his attention to his position as managing director of the Berghoff Group.


  • SAGNER, Martin - 8/11/1932, Podravski, Novigrad, Yugoslavia - 11/12/2019, Zagreb, Croatia

Martin Sagner a Croatian theater, television and film actor known not only in Croatia but also internationally died in Zagreb, Croatia on November 12, 2019. He was 87. Born in Podravski, Novigrad, Yugoslavia on August 11, 1932 Sagner first studied law before attending the Acting Academy in 1955. . He then started acting at the Croatian National Theater in Varaždin and then at the Comedy Theater in Zagreb. He appeared in 32 films and television series from 1961 to 2005. Later in life he entered politics and was the HDZ s representative in the first post-communist convocation of the Croatian Parliament (1990-1992), as well as in the second Croatian Parliament (1992-1995). Sagner appeared in only one Euro-western as Bonoja in 1965's "Old Surehand".


  • BONGUSTO, Fred (Alfred Antonio Carlo Buongusto) 4/6/1935, Campobasso, Campobasso, Italy - 11/8/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Pop composer, songwriter and musical performer Fred Bongusto died in Rome, Italy on November 9th he was 84. Bongusto was big in the 1960s and 70s and he had several international hits. He was also very popular in South America, especially Brazil, as well as in his homeland. He composed the soundtracks of many movies too including three Euro-westerns: “Adios Gringo”, Blood for a Silver Dollar” (both 1965) and “Day After Tomorrow” where his composition and singing of “I Have to Kill a Man” became a cult classic among Euro-western fans.”


  • POWELL, Nik - 11/4/1950, Great Kingshill, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K. - 11/7/2019, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.

British music and film producer Nik Powell, who was among the Virgin Group co-founders with Richard Branson and became an influential force in U.K. cinema, producing more than 60 titles including Neil Jordan’s Oscar-winning “The Crying Game,” died Thursday at age 69. The cause of death was an unspecified form of cancer, Britain’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) – which Powell headed for more than a decade – said in a statement. He died in Oxford surrounded by his family. Born on November 4, 1950, in the small village of Great Kingshill, in Buckinghamshire, Powell started out running a record shop and was among the founding partners in 1972 of Virgin Records, which became one of the U.K.’s top recording labels before being sold to EMI 20 years later. Powell was a producer on the 2016 Euro-western “Btimstone” starring Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning


  • CONROY, Jack (Jack Conroy Sr.) - 19??, Clonad, Lois, Ireland - 11/3/2019, Naas, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland

Irish cinematographer Jack Conroy passed away from Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Naas, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland on November 3, 2019. Conroy leaves behind a considerable and highly rated body of work in the sphere of cinema and television, but he will be best remembered for his collaboration with Director Jim Sheridan and producer Noel Pearson on the hugely successful and highly acclaimed movies, ‘My Left Foot’ (1989) and ‘The Field’ (1990). Among the westerns he was a cinematographer on were “The Magnificent 7” TV series in 1998’; “The Last Outlaw” (TV) 1993; “The Cherokee Kid” (TV) 1996; “Blind Justice” (TV) 1994 and the Euro-western “Silent Tongue” 1993 starring River Phoenix.


  • GRAF, Maurizio - 1941, Gorizia, Gorizia, Italy - 10/25/2019, Lugo, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian singer actor and performer Maurizio Graf passed away on Ocotber 26 in Lugo, Rome, Italy. He was 78. Graf was born in Gorizia, Italy in 1941 and was one of the most recognized voices of the Euro-western genre. He’s best remembered for his vocals on “A Pistol for Ringo” and “The Return of Ringo” (1965), but also for his song “Find a Man from” from 1968’s “Johnny Hamlet” (aka The Wild and the Dirty”. He also sang the main themes for “Killer Caliber .32” (1967), "Killer, Adios" (1967).

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