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=== FRESH GRAVES ===
 
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*'''CARLO CROCCOLO''' - 4/9/1927, Naples, Campania, Italy - 10/12/2019, Naples, Campania, Italy
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*'''THOMAS, Peter - 12/1/1925, Breslau, Silesia, Germany - 6/17/2020, Lugano, Switzerland
  
Italian director, writer and actor and voice dubber Carlo Croccolo died in his home town of Naples, Campania, Italy on October 12, 2019. He was 92 years-old. Croccolo started his career in the 1949 comedy film “I pompieri di Viggiù” sppearing with the great Italian comedian Totò. He would then go on to appear in over a hundred films. He won a David di Donatello in 1989 for his interpretation of “'O re”, the historical film by Luigi Magni. He was known to Euro-western fans under the pseudonyms Lucky Moore and Charlie Foster and Carlo Veo as he directed, wrote and acted in four westerns: “The Sheriff was a Lady” (1964) as Sheriff Mickey Stanton; “A Fistful of Songs” (1966) [as writer Carlo Veo; “Black Killer” (1971) as Deputy Fred which he also directed as Lucky Moore, and co-wrote as Charlie Foster; “Gunman of 100 Crosses” (1971) as Slim which he also directed as Lucky Moore, and wrote.
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Film composer Peter Thomas died in Lugano, Switzerland on May 17, 2020, he was 94. He was the composer for such legendary series as "Raumpatrouille", "Derrick" and "Der Alte" as well as numerous works for films like "Der Hexer", "Der Zinker" and "Der eheimliche Mönch" or "Onkel Toms Hütte", "Thunder at the Border” and “ Steiner - The Iron Cross ”, to name but a few. He became one of the busiest composers in Germany in the 1960s. He also contributed soundtracks to several catalog films on the film label Darling Berlin of UCM.ONE by director Will Tremper ("The Endless Night", "Playgirl" and "Escape to Berlin").
  
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He also created the film music for the horror classic " Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel" by Harald Reinl, which will be released in a remastered deluxe edition at M-Square Classics later this year. He worked tirelessly to the end - together with Walter Potganski (moviemax, Munich) - to reconstruct the previously unpublished soundtrack for a first release in this collector's edition. Thomas’ Euro-western compositions include ‘The Last Tomahawk” (1964); ‘Thunder at the Border” 1966; ‘My Friend Winnetou” (TV 1979).
  
*'''BARROS, Esmeralda (Esmerlinda de Barros)''' - 9/4/1944, Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil - 10/10/2019, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 
  
Brazilian actress Esmerlinda Barros has died she just celebrated her 75th birthday on September 4. Born in Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil, a mulatto, Esmerlinda started as a dancer in the nightclub shows of Carlos Machado aka "The King of the Night". She appeared in the local Renaissance Club’s beauty contest in 1964 where the winner goes on to appear in the Miss Brazil contest. Many feel she finished second in the Renaissance Club contest because of her professional status as a performer. Barros attracted enough attention to be offered film roles in Brazilian and Italian films and television novellos. While in Italy she was called Esmeralda Barros and appeared in six Euro-westerns but her most remembered role was as Eva the savage jungle girl in "Kong Island" (1968) with Brad Harris. Later she appeared in the July 1976 edition of the Brazilian Playboy. After her career ended she returned to Brazil and as of 2011 was a grandmother and living happily in Rio de Janeiro. Esmeralda appeared in eight Euro-westerns: “Run, Man, Run” (1967) as a waitress; “And for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars” (1968); “God May Forgive You, Not Me” (1968) as Conchita; “Django’s Cut Rate Corpses” (1971) as Pilar; “A Man Called Django!”  (1971) as Lola; “Paid in Blood” (1971) as Zelda; “God is My Colt .45” (1972) as Paquita and
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*'''PICCOLI, Michel (Jacques Daniel Michel Piccoli) - 12/27/1925, Paris, Île-de-France, France - 5/12/2020, Saint-Philbert-sur-Risle, Normandy, France
“Where the Bullets Fly” also 1972 (as a whore)
 
  
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Veteran French actor Michel Piccoli, renowned for a string of celebrated performances for directors such as Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, died may 12, 2020 in France, he was 94. Piccoli’s acting career stretched back to the 1940s, but he began his association with major directors in Jean Renoir’s French Cancan in 1955. He was first cast by Bunuel a year later in Death in the Garden, where he played a priest; he would go on to act in a further six Bunuel films, including Diary of a Chambermaid, Belle de Jour and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. However, the high point of his 1960s work was arguably Godard’s Contempt, in which he played opposite Brigitte Bardot as the scriptwriter hired to work on an adaptation of The Odyssey. n subsequent decades, Piccoli became a stalwart of French art films, appearing in Death in a French Garden (1985), Leos Carax’s Mauvais Sang (1986) and Jacques Rivette’s La Belle Noiseuse (1991). In 2011 he played the reluctant pope in Nanni Moretti’s We Have a Pope, and one of his final appearances was in another Carax film, Holy Motors in 2012. Piccoli was married three times: first to Eléonore Hirt, then to singer Juliette Gréco (until 1977), and to Ludivine Clerc, who survives him. Piccoli appeared in the French Euro-westerns: “Terreur en Oklahoma” (1951)  as Tommy Goudchote; “Don’t Touch the White Woman!” (1973) as Buffalo Bill and “Far West”  (1973) as the Indian chief.
  
*'''EFRON, Marshall''' - 2/3/1938, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. - 9/30/2019, Englewood, New Jersey, U.S.A.
 
  
American actor and humorist Marshall Efron died from cardiac arrest at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. on September 30, 2019. He was 81. He was originally known for his work on the listener-sponsored Pacifica radio stations WBAI New York and KPFK Los Angeles, and later for the PBS television show The Great American Dream Machine (the original showcase of Chevy Chase). Efron also produced features of his own such as A Satirical View. Marshal Efron was also the author of a number of children's works such as Bible Stories You Can't Forget: No Matter How Hard You Try. He also starred in the Sunday-morning television program Marshall Efron's Illustrated, Simplified, and Painless Sunday School on CBS from 1973 to 1977. Efron appeared in one Euro-western as the Mexican bartender in the opening cantina scene in 1971’s ‘Doc’ starring Stacy Keach and Faye Dunaway.  
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*'''ERICSON, John (Joseph Alexander Ottokar Meibes)''' - 9/25/1926, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany - 5/3/2020, U.S.A. Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
  
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German born American actor John Ericson died of pneumonia in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born Joseph Meibes on Sept. 25, 1926, in Düsseldorf, Germany, Ericson studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in the same class as Grace Kelly, Jack Palance and Don Rickles. Ericson appeared on Broadway in the original production 1951 of Stalag 17, directed by José Ferrer, and he made his film debut in Teresa (1951), directed by Fred Zinnemann. Three years later, he starred with Elizabeth Taylor in Rhapsody (1954). Ericson played "Man Friday" Sam Bolt opposite Francis' private eye title character and a pet ocelot named Bruce on ABC's Honey West. John appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Vengeance of Pancho Villa” (1966) as Don Diego Alvarado/Diego Owens/Django and “Heads or Tails” (1968) as Will Hunter/Bill Abilene/William Huston/Black Talisman.
  
*'''RUMPF, Bernd''' - 3/2/1947, Gottingen, Lower Saxony, Germany - 10/1/2019, Germany
 
  
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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*'''MATASSI, Goffredo''' 11/8/1933, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 4/28/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy
  
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Italian actor Goffredo Matassi died today in Rome. During his career he had voiced Morgan Freeman's caliber actors in "The Ruthless", Paul Brooke in "Bridget Jones Diary", Donnelly Rhodes in "Tron Legacy" and David Bradley in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Gifts of Death Part II". On TV Eddie Jones as Jones as Jonathan Kent in the first season of "Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman" and Peter Vaughan in those of Master Aemon in "The Thrones". He was the voice of Droopy in the series "Droopy Chief Detective" and Amphitrion in the Disney movie "Hercules". Among his latest works were the dubbing of Dr. Teeth in "The Muppet" and "Muppets 2-Wanted". Matassi was also a film actor and appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Hills Run Red” (1966) as a croupier and “Pray and Kill” (1967) as a gambler.
  
*'''GOTT, Karel''' - 7/14/1939, Pilsen, Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia - 10/1/2019, Prague, Czech Republic
 
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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*'''MELLIES, Otto''' - 1/19/1931, Schlawe, Pomerania - 4/27/2020, Germany
  
*'''EVANS, John (John  Franklin Evans)''' -  3/10/1943, Macedonia - 9/28/2019, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Theater, film, radio, TV actor and voice dubber Otto Mellies died on Monday April 27, 2020. He was 89. Born in Schlawe in Pomerania on January 19, 1931. His mother, older sister and their children died shortly before the end of the war. His father was still a soldier at that time. His brother Eberhard, who later also worked as an actor, was drafted in the war, so that Mellies was on his own when he was 14 and worked as a groom for Russian soldiers. After attending school interrupted by the turmoil of the Second World War, Mellies applied to the Schwerin Theater at the age of 16 and received from the well-known actress. In 1956 the director Wolfgang Langhoff brought him to the German Theater in Berlin, where he had been a member of the ensemble for 50 years. His leading role was Nathan in Lessing's “Nathan the Wise” – he played this role a total of 325 times and wrote stage history with it. . “For me, theater was the mother of art. I did everything else, film, television, radio, on the side. But I enjoyed everything.” He was known to German Spaghetti Western fans as the German voice of Alberto Farnese in the 1985 western “White Apache” starring Sebastian Harrison.
  
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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*'''RISI, Claudio''' - 11/12/1948, Bern Switzerland - 4/26/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy
  
*'''PADOVAN, Marta(Conxita Alà i Miquel)''' - 1/9/1938, Poblenou, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain – 9/29/2019, Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
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Italian director, assistant director, writer, cameraman Claudio Risi died in Rome, Italy on April 26, 2020 from complications of a heart attack he has in February. The son of director Dino Risi and the older brother of producer, director Marco Risi he was involved more in television where he was twice awarded the Italian Telegatto equivalent to our Emmy for his direction of the TV series ‘The Boys of the 3rd C. Cludio was a cameraman on 1972’s “Life Is Tough, Eh Providence?” starring Tomas Milian and Gregg Hunter.
  
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.
 
 
 
*'''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.
 
 
*'''DELL'ACQUA, Roberto''' - 4/16/1946, Rome, Lazio, Italy – 9/16/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
 
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”.
 
  
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 14:59, 19 May 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...

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FRESH GRAVES

  • THOMAS, Peter - 12/1/1925, Breslau, Silesia, Germany - 6/17/2020, Lugano, Switzerland

Film composer Peter Thomas died in Lugano, Switzerland on May 17, 2020, he was 94. He was the composer for such legendary series as "Raumpatrouille", "Derrick" and "Der Alte" as well as numerous works for films like "Der Hexer", "Der Zinker" and "Der eheimliche Mönch" or "Onkel Toms Hütte", "Thunder at the Border” and “ Steiner - The Iron Cross ”, to name but a few. He became one of the busiest composers in Germany in the 1960s. He also contributed soundtracks to several catalog films on the film label Darling Berlin of UCM.ONE by director Will Tremper ("The Endless Night", "Playgirl" and "Escape to Berlin").

He also created the film music for the horror classic " Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel" by Harald Reinl, which will be released in a remastered deluxe edition at M-Square Classics later this year. He worked tirelessly to the end - together with Walter Potganski (moviemax, Munich) - to reconstruct the previously unpublished soundtrack for a first release in this collector's edition. Thomas’ Euro-western compositions include ‘The Last Tomahawk” (1964); ‘Thunder at the Border” 1966; ‘My Friend Winnetou” (TV 1979).


  • PICCOLI, Michel (Jacques Daniel Michel Piccoli) - 12/27/1925, Paris, Île-de-France, France - 5/12/2020, Saint-Philbert-sur-Risle, Normandy, France

Veteran French actor Michel Piccoli, renowned for a string of celebrated performances for directors such as Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard and Louis Malle, died may 12, 2020 in France, he was 94. Piccoli’s acting career stretched back to the 1940s, but he began his association with major directors in Jean Renoir’s French Cancan in 1955. He was first cast by Bunuel a year later in Death in the Garden, where he played a priest; he would go on to act in a further six Bunuel films, including Diary of a Chambermaid, Belle de Jour and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. However, the high point of his 1960s work was arguably Godard’s Contempt, in which he played opposite Brigitte Bardot as the scriptwriter hired to work on an adaptation of The Odyssey. n subsequent decades, Piccoli became a stalwart of French art films, appearing in Death in a French Garden (1985), Leos Carax’s Mauvais Sang (1986) and Jacques Rivette’s La Belle Noiseuse (1991). In 2011 he played the reluctant pope in Nanni Moretti’s We Have a Pope, and one of his final appearances was in another Carax film, Holy Motors in 2012. Piccoli was married three times: first to Eléonore Hirt, then to singer Juliette Gréco (until 1977), and to Ludivine Clerc, who survives him. Piccoli appeared in the French Euro-westerns: “Terreur en Oklahoma” (1951) as Tommy Goudchote; “Don’t Touch the White Woman!” (1973) as Buffalo Bill and “Far West” (1973) as the Indian chief.


  • ERICSON, John (Joseph Alexander Ottokar Meibes) - 9/25/1926, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany - 5/3/2020, U.S.A. Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

German born American actor John Ericson died of pneumonia in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Born Joseph Meibes on Sept. 25, 1926, in Düsseldorf, Germany, Ericson studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York in the same class as Grace Kelly, Jack Palance and Don Rickles. Ericson appeared on Broadway in the original production 1951 of Stalag 17, directed by José Ferrer, and he made his film debut in Teresa (1951), directed by Fred Zinnemann. Three years later, he starred with Elizabeth Taylor in Rhapsody (1954). Ericson played "Man Friday" Sam Bolt opposite Francis' private eye title character and a pet ocelot named Bruce on ABC's Honey West. John appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Vengeance of Pancho Villa” (1966) as Don Diego Alvarado/Diego Owens/Django and “Heads or Tails” (1968) as Will Hunter/Bill Abilene/William Huston/Black Talisman.


  • MATASSI, Goffredo 11/8/1933, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 4/28/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian actor Goffredo Matassi died today in Rome. During his career he had voiced Morgan Freeman's caliber actors in "The Ruthless", Paul Brooke in "Bridget Jones Diary", Donnelly Rhodes in "Tron Legacy" and David Bradley in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Gifts of Death Part II". On TV Eddie Jones as Jones as Jonathan Kent in the first season of "Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman" and Peter Vaughan in those of Master Aemon in "The Thrones". He was the voice of Droopy in the series "Droopy Chief Detective" and Amphitrion in the Disney movie "Hercules". Among his latest works were the dubbing of Dr. Teeth in "The Muppet" and "Muppets 2-Wanted". Matassi was also a film actor and appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Hills Run Red” (1966) as a croupier and “Pray and Kill” (1967) as a gambler.


  • MELLIES, Otto - 1/19/1931, Schlawe, Pomerania - 4/27/2020, Germany

Theater, film, radio, TV actor and voice dubber Otto Mellies died on Monday April 27, 2020. He was 89. Born in Schlawe in Pomerania on January 19, 1931. His mother, older sister and their children died shortly before the end of the war. His father was still a soldier at that time. His brother Eberhard, who later also worked as an actor, was drafted in the war, so that Mellies was on his own when he was 14 and worked as a groom for Russian soldiers. After attending school interrupted by the turmoil of the Second World War, Mellies applied to the Schwerin Theater at the age of 16 and received from the well-known actress. In 1956 the director Wolfgang Langhoff brought him to the German Theater in Berlin, where he had been a member of the ensemble for 50 years. His leading role was Nathan in Lessing's “Nathan the Wise” – he played this role a total of 325 times and wrote stage history with it. . “For me, theater was the mother of art. I did everything else, film, television, radio, on the side. But I enjoyed everything.” He was known to German Spaghetti Western fans as the German voice of Alberto Farnese in the 1985 western “White Apache” starring Sebastian Harrison.


  • RISI, Claudio - 11/12/1948, Bern Switzerland - 4/26/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian director, assistant director, writer, cameraman Claudio Risi died in Rome, Italy on April 26, 2020 from complications of a heart attack he has in February. The son of director Dino Risi and the older brother of producer, director Marco Risi he was involved more in television where he was twice awarded the Italian Telegatto equivalent to our Emmy for his direction of the TV series ‘The Boys of the 3rd C. Cludio was a cameraman on 1972’s “Life Is Tough, Eh Providence?” starring Tomas Milian and Gregg Hunter.

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