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*'''ROHM, Maria''' - 8/13/1945, Vienna, Austria - 6/18/2018, Canada
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*'''CORTESE, Valentina (Valentina Rossi-Coenzo)''' - 1/1/1923, Milan, Lombardy, Italy - 7/10/2019, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
  
Austrian actress Maria Rohm passed away in Canada on June 18th. She was 72. Rohm started her acting career at the very young age, working at the famous Viennese Burgtheatre as a child actor from the age of 4 through 13. She continued her theatrical work until the age of 18 when she auditioned for British film producer, Harry Alan Towers, whom she would later marry. Working with Towers she became famous for appearing in a number of films directed by Jesús Franco in the late 1960s. She remained married to film producer Harry Alan Towers from 1964 until his death in 2009. She retired from acting since 1976, and continued to produce independent films. Rohm appeared as Mercedes in the 1972 Euro-western “Call of the Wild” starring Charlton Heston.
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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.
  
  
*'''PAUDITS, Béla''' - 8/19/1949, Budapest, Hungary - 6/13/2018, Budapest, Hungary
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*'''BRAUNER, Artur (Abraham Brauner)''' - 8/1/1918, Łódź, Kingdom of Poland - 7/7/2019, Germany
  
Hungarian actor Béla Paudits 68, was transported to the hospital last Friday after having a stroke in his home. His caretaker informed the Story magazine of his death. Paudits was born on 19 August 1949 in Budapest. Between 1968 and 1972 he studied at the College of Theater and Film, and in 1986 he completed the College of Catering. From 1972 to 1974, Attila József Theater, from 1974 to 1983, member of the Madách Theater; Between 1983and 1985, and since 1997 he was freelancer. Between 1993 and 1997 he lived in Toronto. In 1993 he was awarded the Mari Jászai Prize. Béla appeared in only one Euro-western the 1980 Hungarian TV film “Hol colt, hol nem colt” (Singing Colts) as a cowboy.
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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.  
  
  
*'''GOVORUKHIN, Stanislav (Stanislav Sergeevich Govorukhin)''' - 3/29/1936, Berezniki, Russia, U.S.S.R. - 6/14/2018, Bravikha, Moscow, Russia
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*'''FAJARDO, Eduardo''' - 8/14/1924, Meis, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain - 7/4/2019, Mexico
  
Stanislav Govorukhin an actor, celebrated film director, screenwriter and political figure, died on June 14, 2018 in Barvkha, Moscow, Russia after a long illness, as reported in Russian media. He was 82 years old. At the time of his death he was a deputy in the State Duma from the United Russia Party. Born in Berezniki, Russia on March 29, 1936 Stanislav directed and wrote the screenplay for the Russian TV film “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” (1981) and directed the 2001 film “Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer”.
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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.
  
  
*'''BONNOT, Françoise''' 8/17/1839, Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France - 6/9/2018, Paris, Île-de-France, France
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*'''MERINO, José Luis(José Luis Merino Boves)''' - 6/10/1927, Madrid, Madrid, Spain - 7/4/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  
Françoise Bonnot a French film editor died in Paris, France on June 9, 2018. Born on August 17, 1939 in Bois-Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France, she began her career working with a fellow film editor, her mother Monique Bonnot, on several productions by Henri Verneuil, who she later married. Though initially known for her work in France she later moved abroad, working with directors such as Julie Taymor (Titus), Michael Cimino (The Sicilian) and Ridley Scott (1492: Conquest of Paradise). Françoise was a film editor on the Euro-western “Guns for San Sebastian” (1968).
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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.
  
  
*'''GASCON, Gabriel''' - 1/8/1927, Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 5/30/2018, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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*'''FLETCHER-COOK, Graham''' - 11/3/1963, Edmonton, London, England, U.K. - 6/?/2019, U.K.
  
Veteran French Canadian actor Gabriel Gascon died on May 30, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was 91. Born in Montreal on January 8, 1927 and was known mainly for his theater work but he also appeared in films and on TV. He was the brother of comedian Jean Gascon. He began his career in 1951 and from 1965 to 1980, he lived in France, where he multiplied the roles in the theater and in front of the camera. Gascon appeared in the Euro-western TV mini-series “The Leatherstocking Tales” (1969) as Doctor Battius.
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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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Fletcher-Cook is survived by his wife, Jeanette
  
  
*'''CARUSO, Pippo (Giuseppe Caruso)''' - 12/22/1935, Belpasso, Catania, Italy - 5/28/2018, Passo Corese, Rieti, Italy
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*'''DRAGO, Billy (William Eugene Burrows Jr.)''' - 11/30/1945, Hugoton, Kansas, U.S.A. - 6/24/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
  
Italian composer, conductor and music arranger Pippo Carusso died on May 28, 2018. He w 82 years-old. Born in Belpasso, Catania, Italy, Caruso linked his professional success to the television presenter Pippo Baudo, who had been a university fellow and that Caruso was regularly flanked as conductor in his TV programs starting from Canzonissima 1973. Caruso composed several successful songs, including Mita Medici's "A ruota libera" and Lorella Cuccarini/Alessandra Martines' "L'amore è", and, starting from sixties, Caruso also signed several film soundtracks, such as “Kill Johnny Ringo” and “Maladolescenza”.
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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.
  
  
*'''GRAZIANI, Sergio''' - 11/10/1930, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giuli, Italy - 5/25/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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*'''MARSHALL, Bryan''' - 5/19/1938, Battersea, London, England, U.K. - 6/25/2018, Rende, Calabria, Italy
  
Italian actor, voice dubber and director Sergio Graziani died May 25th in Rome. He was 87. Graziani was born on November 10, 1930 in Udine, Italy and was active as an actor and dubber since the 1950's. He’s best remembered as the Italian voice of Donald Sutherland, Peter O’Toole, Gianni Garko, Terence Hill and Klaus Kinski. His first western dubbing was as the Italian voice of Benito Stefanelli and Aldo Sambrell in “Fistful of Dollars” (1964). He was Terence Hill’s Italian voice in “God Forgives... I Don’t (1967), “Ace High” (1968), “Boot Hill” (1969), and “Trinity Sees Red” (1970). He was also the Italian voice of James Mason in “Bad’s Man River” (1971), George Hilton’s in “The Brute and the Beast” (1966), “Sartana’s Here… Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin” (1970) “A Man Called Invincible” (1973), “The Crazy Bunch” (1974) and Gianni Garko in “$1,000 on the Black” (1966), “$10,000 for a Massacre” (1967), “Have a Good Funeral” (1970), “Light The Fuse… Sartana is Coming” (1970). Sergio was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Grand Prix International Dubbing convention in 2008.
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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.
  
  
*'''WALKER, Clint (Norman Eugene Walker)''' - 5/30/1927, Hartford, Illinois, U.S.A. - 5/21/2018, Grass Valley, California, U.S.A.
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*'''de KEYZER, Bruno''' - 8/11/1949, Maintenon, Eure-et-Loir, France - 6/25/2019, Villerville, Calvados, France
  
Veteran American actor Clint Walker died of heart failure in Grass Valley, California on May 21, 2018. He would have been 91 on May 30. Born Norman Eugene Walker in Hartford, Illinois on May 30, 1927, he was discovered as a doorman and security guard working in Las Vegas in the mid-1950s. He was hired to portray Cheyenne Bodie on the Warner Brothers TV series Cheyenne (1955-1962). Clint at 6’6” was a mountain of a man and a favorite of the kids. His career was just starting to expand into films when he had a freak accident while skiing at Mammoth Mountain in 1971. In a fall from a ski lift, Walker was pierced through the heart with his ski pole. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. However, a doctor detected faint signs of life and rushed Walker to surgery, where his damaged heart was repaired. Within two months, Walker was working again. He would go on to appear in over 40 films and TV series often portraying the Cheyenne character. Clint appeared in only one Euro-western as Scotty in 1972’s “Pancho Villa” starring Telly Savalas.
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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.
  
  
*'''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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*'''KHARITONOV, Andrei (Andrei Igorevich Kharitonov)''' - 7/25/1959, Kiev, Russia, U.S.S.R. - 6/23/2019, Moscow, Russia
  
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 May 13, 2018 in Sugar Land, Texas.  
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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”.
  
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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*'''NICKEL, Helmut Alfred''' - 3/24/1924, Quohren, Dresden, Germany - 6/5/2019, Arlington, Naples, Florida, U.S.A.
  
Reynaud appeared as a prostitute in Tony Anthony's 1971 Euro-western "Blindman".
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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".
  
  
*'''VANCE, William (William van Cutsem)''' - 9/8/1935, Anderlecht, Belgium - 5/14/2018, Belgium
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*'''MATIC, Peter''' - 3/24/1937, Vienna, Austria - 6/20/2019, Vienna, Austria
  
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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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”.
  
  
*'''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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*'''McCANN, Sean''' - 9/24/1935, Windsor, Ontario, Canada - 6/13/2019, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  
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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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.
  
  
*'''TSULADZE, Baadur (Baadur Sokratovich Tsuladze)''' - 3/5/1935, Batumi, Transcaucasian, U.S.S.R. - 5/13/2018, Tbilisi, Georgia
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*''' VALERI, Valeria (Valeia Tulli)''' - 12/8/1921, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 6/10/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy
  
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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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).
  
  
*'''FERRARI, Paolo''' - 2/26/1929, Brussels, Belgium - 5/6/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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*'''WITLIFF, William D. (William Dale Wittliff)''' - 1/21/1940, Taft, Texas, U.S.A. - 6/9/2019, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
  
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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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.   
 
 
 
 
*'''LASTRETTI, Adolfo''' - 11/18/1937, Tempio Pausania, Sardinia, Italy - 5/5/2018, Loiano, Bologna, Emilia- Romagna, Italy
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 
*'''VERZIERA, Marcello''' - 1/22/1935, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 5/3/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
 
 
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).
 
 
 
 
 
*'''VÖLZ, Wolfgang (Wolfgang Otto Isaak Treppengeländer)''' - 8/16/1930, Free City of Danzig - 5/2/2018, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
 
 
 
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 moviesHe 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). 
 
 
 
 
 
*'''CUCCHIARA, Tony (Salvatore Cucchiara)''' - 10/30/1937, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy - 5/3/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
 
 
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”.
 
  
  

Latest revision as of 14:15, 10 July 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...

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FRESH GRAVES

  • CORTESE, Valentina (Valentina Rossi-Coenzo) - 1/1/1923, Milan, Lombardy, Italy - 7/10/2019, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

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). 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.

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.


  • MARSHALL, Bryan - 5/19/1938, Battersea, London, England, U.K. - 6/25/2018, Rende, Calabria, Italy

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.


  • de KEYZER, Bruno - 8/11/1949, Maintenon, Eure-et-Loir, France - 6/25/2019, Villerville, Calvados, France

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.


  • KHARITONOV, Andrei (Andrei Igorevich Kharitonov) - 7/25/1959, Kiev, Russia, U.S.S.R. - 6/23/2019, Moscow, Russia

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”.


  • NICKEL, Helmut Alfred - 3/24/1924, Quohren, Dresden, Germany - 6/5/2019, Arlington, Naples, Florida, 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".


  • MATIC, Peter - 3/24/1937, Vienna, Austria - 6/20/2019, Vienna, Austria

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”.


  • McCANN, Sean - 9/24/1935, Windsor, Ontario, Canada - 6/13/2019, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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.


  • VALERI, Valeria (Valeia Tulli) - 12/8/1921, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 6/10/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

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).


  • WITLIFF, William D. (William Dale Wittliff) - 1/21/1940, Taft, Texas, U.S.A. - 6/9/2019, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

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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