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=== FRESH GRAVES ===
 
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*'''PINORI, Giuseppe''' - 9/15/1928, Tagliacozzo, Abruzzo, Italy - 3/3/2021, Rome Lazio, Italy
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*'''O'BRIEN, Donal (Donal Timothee O’Brien)''' - 9/15/1930, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France - 4/23/2018, Andernos-les-Baines, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France
  
Cinematographer, director of photography Giuseppe Pinori died in Rome on April 3. He was born in Tagliacozzo on September 15, 1928. His filmography includes significant films of the new auteur cinema such as “Ecce bombo” by Nanni Moretti, “Maledetti vi amerò” and “La caduta degli angeli ribelli” by Marco Tullio Giordana. He has collaborated with directors such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Lucio Fulci and Romano Scavolini. He has taught Photography for Cinema at the Cinecittà Cinema Academy (ACT Multimedia), together with Franco Di Giacomo. Pinoori was the cinematographer on 1972’s “The Return of the Holy Ghost” starring Vasili Karis.
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I received an e-mail today from Philippe Rege with a copy of the official announcement of the passing of actor Donal O’Brien back in April, 2018.
  
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O’Brien was born Donal Timothee O’Brien on September 15,1930 in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France and died on April 23, 2018 in Andernos-les-Baines, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. He appeared in 19 Euro-westerns starting with a small role in 1960’s “Dynamite Jack” starring Fernandel and ending in 1982 with “2020 Texas Gladiators”. He was a leading actor in the genre and starred in “Run, Man, Run” (1967) as Daniel/Nathaniel Cassidy with Tomas Milian; “Finders Killers” (1971) as Jack Forrest/Dan with Gordon Mitchell; “Jesse and Lester, Two Brothers in a Place Called Trinity” (1972) with Richard Harrison; “The Judgment of God” (1972) as ‘The Ace of Hearts’; “4 of the Apocalypse” (1974) as Sheriff of Salt Flat with Fabio Testi and Tomas Milian; “Keoma” (1975) as Caldwell with Franco Nero; “A Man Called Blade” (1977) as Burt Craven with Maurizio Merli and John Steiner and “Silver Saddle” (1978) as Fletcher with Giuliano Gemma. 
  
*'''FILIPELLII, Gerard''' - 12/12/1942, Paris, Ile-de- France, France - 3/30/2021, France
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In 1980 Donal slipped in the bathroom of a Parisian hotel and hit his head. He was in a coma for three days and discovered half of his body was paralyzed shortly after waking up. It took him nearly four years to recover from his injuries though he would have limited mobility for the rest of his life. This would also reduce the range of roles he could play. His last film was “Honey Sweet Love”, in 1999.
  
French composer, singer, musician, writer, actor Gérard Filippelli died on March 30, 2021. He was 78. Born in Paris on December 12, 1942 Filippelli was a founder and  member of the ‘Charlots’. Gérard appeared as Phil as well as with the Charlots in the 1969 Euro-western TV film “The Man Who Came from Cher”.
 
  
  
*'''McMURTRY. Larry (Larry Jeff McMurty)''' - 6/3/1936, Archer City, Texas, U.S.A. - 3/25/2021, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
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*'''GESCHER, Norbert (Norbert Gescher-Ringelnatz)''' - 12/14/ 1939, Berlin, Berlin, Germany - 4/30/2021, Germany
  
Larry McMurtry, a prolific novelist and screenwriter who demythologized the American West with his unromantic depictions of life on the 19th-century frontier and in contemporary small-town Texas, died on March 25, 2021 at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 84. Norn Larry Jeff McMurtry on June 3, 1936 in Archer City, Texas, U.S.A. McMurtry wrote more than 30 novels and many books of essays, memoir and history. He also wrote more than 30 screenplays, including the one for “Brokeback Mountain” (written with his longtime collaborator Diana Ossana, based on a short story by Annie Proulx), for which he won an Academy Award in 2006. But he found his greatest commercial and critical success with “Lonesome Dove,” a sweeping 843-page novel about two retired Texas Rangers who drive a herd of stolen cattle from the Rio Grande to Montana in the 1870s. The book won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 and was made into a popular television mini-series. Larry was a producer and writer on the 2002 Euro-western TV film “Johnson County War” in 2002 starring Tom Berenger and Burt Reynolds.
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German actor and voice dubber Norbert Gescher died on April 30, 2021. He was 81. Born in Berlin, German on December 14, 1939 as Norbert Gescher-Ringelnatz, he was is a German voice actor. Gescher was well known for being the German voiceover of Steve Martin, Richard Dreyfuss, and Beau Bridges. Gescher is the son of German translator Muschelkalk Ringelnatz, who was also the widow of German author, painter and cabaret artist Joachim Ringelnatz. Gescher managed his legacy until his recent passing and was responsible for exhibitions. His voice was heard in three Euro-westerns: “His Name was Holy Ghost” (1972) [German voice of a soldier]; “Lucky Luke” (TV 1984) [German voice of Augustus Oyster] and in Bandidas (2006) [German voice of Jose Maria Negri],
  
  
*'''LIBRALESSO, Natalino''' - 11/22/1941, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 3/24/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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*'''DOUGLAS, Anne (Hannelore Marx)''' - 4/23/1919, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany - 4/29/2021, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
  
Italian actor and voice actor Natalino Libralesso also known as Stefano Carraro died in Rome, Italy on March 24, 2021. Born in Rome on November 22, 1941 he began his career as a radio speaker of the Giornale Radio Rai, but due to the exclusive contract with the radio that was signed at that time, he began to dub under the pseudonym Stefano Carraro. Among the actors he has voiced are Charles Bronson, Roy Scheider and Liam Neeson.
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Film producer Anne Douglas, philanthropist and widow of Kirk Douglas, Died at her Beverly Hills, California home at 102. She was born Hannelore Marx on April 23, 1991 in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany. She worked for director John Huston as a location scout and assistant on Moulin Rouge (1952), then began a three-year stint in 1953 as head of protocol at the Cannes Film Festival, scheduling parties and making sure they were filled with celebrities and media. She later became a casting director and a film producer after marrying Kirk Douglas in 1954. Anne was a producer on the 1973 Euro-semi-western “Scalawag”.
Natalino was the Italian voice of Michel Lemoine in 1969's "Cemetery Without Crosses"; Angel Aranda in 1969's "Law of the Violence"; Vassili Karis in 1971's "He Was Called the Holy Ghost" and Paolo Resino in 1973's "Anything for a Friend"
 
  
  
*'''SEGAL, George (George Segal Jr.)''' - 2/13/1934. Great Neck, Long Island, New York, U.S.A. - 3/23/2021, Santa Rosa, California, U.S.A.
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*'''RENIER, Yves''' - 9/29/1942, Berne, Switzerland - 4/23/2021, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France
  
American actor and musician George Segal died March 23, 2021 in Santa Rosa, California due to complications from bypass surgery. He was age 87. "The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery," his wife Sonia Segal said in a statement. Born on February 13, 1934 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, he discovered an interest in acting at age 9 when he saw Alan Ladd in the 1942 film noir This Gun for Hire. After appearing in a few roles on stage, including an understudy part in Broadway's The Iceman Cometh, Segal enjoyed a few minor film roles in the early 1960s. His first substantial part came in 1961 with The Young Doctors. He’s perhaps best known for his performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. George appeared in one Euro-western; as Gottlieb in the 1980 TV mini-series “My Friend Winnetou”.
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RIP Yves Rénier. The actor Yves Rénier , who played between 1976 and 2006 the commissioner Moulin on TF1, has died, his family announced. He was 78. The actor succumbed to a heart attack on April 24, 2021 at his home in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), his wife confirmed to AFP. Son of actor Max Régnier, Yves Rénier began his career in the 1960s, playing in a film adaptation of the Count of Monte Cristo. Yves Rénier had since appeared in the cinema in Diabolo mint (1977) by Diane Kurys, Frantic (1988) by Roman Polanski, Merci la vie (1990) by Bertrand Blier or even Les Anges gardiens (1995) by Jean-Marie Poiré. Always small roles. The actor then moved on to directing in recent years with some success, with a series of fictions inspired by recent police cases. Yves appeared as Donald McRae in the 1994 Euro-western TV series “Tales of the Wild”.
  
  
*'''GARRIGA, Francisco (Francisco Javier Garriga Vial)''' - 1935, Spain - 3/20/2021, Spain
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*'''FRITSCH, Thomas''' - 1/16/1944, Dresden, Saxony, Germany - 4/21/2021, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  
Spanish voice actor and dubber Francisco Garriga died on March 19, 2021. He was 86 years old. Born Francisco Javier Garriga Vial, he began his career on the radio in 1964 as an announcer which led to his career as a dubber. One of his most difficult films was “Days of Fury” where he had to dub three characters; one who was miserable, one mentally retarded and one a revolutionary. He was the Spanish voice of Germano Longo in “5 Giants from Texas”; Moises Rocha in “Dynamite Joe”; Jose Canalejas in “A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die”; Rudy Ugland in “Chato’s Land”; Poldo Bendandi in “His Name was Holy Ghost”; James Doohan and Henry Wilcoxon in “Man in the Wilderness”; Lee Burton in “Who Killed Johnny Ringo?”; Luis Induni in “Karate, Fists and Beans”; Cesar Ojinaga in “Watch Out Gringo Sabata Will Return”; Vito Salier in “Captain Apache”; George Martin in “Return of Clint the Stranger”; Benito Stefanelli in “W Django”; Franco Ressel in “The Ballad of Death Valley”; Richard C. Adams in “China 9, Liberty 37”; Paul Breitner in “Potato Fritz”; Jimmie Ray Weeks in “Dead Man”; Salvatore Puntillo in “A Man Called Blade”; Richard Harrison in “Vengeance”; Glauco Onorato in “John the Bastard”; John Bartha in “His Name was King” and Enzo Fiermonte in “Boot Hill”.
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German film, TV and voice actor Thomas Fritsch died in a senior citizens facility in Berlin, Germany on April 21, 2021. He was 77. Fritsch was born on January 16, 1944 in Dresden, Germany but fled to Hamburg with his family as a toddler, he attended a drama school, graduating with a degree where he trained as an actor. He was discovered for film while still at school. “Das schwarz-weiß-rote Himmelbett” (The Black-White-Red Four-Poster Bed) was his first big box-office success in 1962, followed by roles in films such as “The Last Ride to Santa Cruz” and “Uncle Tom's Cabin” and “Three Men in the Snow”. He switched to TV in the 1970s and is probably best known as the German voice of Scar in 1994’s “The Lion King” and its 1998 sequel “The Lion King II: Simba’s Ptide”. Fritsch appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Last Ride to Santa Cruz” (1963) as Carlos and “Legend of a Gunfighter” (1964) as Chris Harper. Fritsch was also the voice of Eli Wallach in the deleted scenes of the restored version of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.
  
  
*'''SZERSEN, Gyula''' - 11/22/1940, Budapest, Hungary - 3/17/2021, Budapest, Hungary
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*'''HELLMAN, Monte (Monte Jay Himmelbaum)''' - 7/12/1932, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.A. - 4/20/2021, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.
  
Hungarian actor and voice dubber Gyula Szersen died in Budapest on March 17, 2021. Gyula was born on November 22, 1940 in Budapest. He graduated from the Theater Academy in 1965, but has been performing at the State Deryne Theater and the Comedy Theater since 1958. He appeared in over 75 films and at the same time was also a voice dubber who dubbed voices for nine Euro-westerns; “Buddy Goes West” [Hungarian voice of Riccardo Pizzuti]; “A Genius” 1981 [[Hungarian voice of Gerard Boucaron] both 1981; “Man of the East” (1984) [[Hungarian voice of Jean Louis]; “Trinity Sees Red” (1991) [Hungarian voice of Maximo Valverde]; “Flaming Frontier” [Hungarian voice of Larry Pennell]; “God Forgives… I Don’t” [[Hungarian voice of Terence Hill] both 19932; “Killer Kid” (1993) [Hungarian voice of Jan Hendriks]; “It Can Be Done Amigo” (1999) [Hungarian voice of Jack Palance] and “A Genius” (2001) [Hungarian voice of Patrick McGoohan].
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American maverick director Monte Hellman died in a Palm Springs, California hospital on April 20 after a fall in his home. He was 91. Hellman directed such films as such films as “Two-Lane Blacktop,” “The Shooting” and “Road to Nowhere.” Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 12, 1932, Hellman was an exec producer of Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 “Reservoir Dogs.He was also a directing teacher at California Institute of the Arts. Monte directed the Euro-western “China 9, Liberty 37” starring Warren Oates, Jenny Agutter and Fabio Testi in 1978 and was also the director of 1977’s CBS-TV prologue for “A Fistful of Dollars”.
  
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*'''DIAS, Pavel''' -  12/9/1938, Brno, Czechoslovakia - 4/19/2021, Prague, Czech Republic
  
*'''ABRIL, Anton Garcia''' - 5/19/1933, Teruel, Aragón, Spain - 3/17/2021, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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Czech photographer Pavel Dias died in Ptague on April 19, 1921. He was 82. Born in Brno on December 9, 1938 he studied photography at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Brno. From the end of the 1950s, he contributed photographs to various magazines, especially Young World, collaborated with film, photographed horses and races, and devoted himself to advertising photography. From 1989 he taught for 20 years at FAMU, from 2005 to 2018 he also taught photography at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. Dias was a still photographer on the 1972 Euro-western short “A Canyon of Gold”.
  
Spanish composer Anton Garcia Abril died in Madrid on March 17, 2021. He was 87. Born in Teruel, Aragón, Spain on May 19, 1933 he composed more than 200 soundtracks during his career which includes the composition of works for orchestras, cantatas, concerts and chamber music. He composed scores for five Euro-westerns: “The Savage Guns” (1961); “The Avenger” (1966); “When Satan Grips the Colt” (1969); “Awkward Hands” (1970) and “Pancho Villa” (1971).
 
  
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*'''BRADLEY, Harold (Harold Willard Bradley, Jr.)''' - 10/13/1929, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. - 4/13/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy
  
*'''MANKOFSKY, Isidore''' - 9/22/1932, New York City, New York, U.S.A. - 3/11/2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
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American actor, singer, former professional football player Harold Bradley died in Rome, Italy from pneumonia on April 13, 2021. He was 92. Bradley was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 13, 1929 and played football at the University of Iowa before turning pro and playing for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. He and his wife, Hannelore Zacharias moved to Italy in 1959 to study art and pursue careers in music and acting, getting his foot in the door of the latter by appearing in stuntman roles in a succession of peplum films playing servants and slaves. At the same time, he developed his love of the arts by becoming a painter and singer in 1960 he, along with sculptor Bob Cowgill, opened a studio called ‘The Folkstudio’ and founded the ‘Folkstudio Singers’. Harold became an accomplished Blues, Gospel and Jazz singer. Harold appeared in two Euo-westerns. The TV film “Questa sera parla Mark Twain” (1965) as George and “Days of Vengeance” (1967) as Nathan. In 1975 “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was re-released as ‘Cassy’ as more of a western and Harold appeared in the role of Harris.  
  
American cinematographer Isidore Mankofsky died on March 11, 2021. He was 89. Born in New York City. A three-time Emmy nominee, Mankofsky got his start at Encyclopedia Britannica Films, then made his feature debut on the AIP sequel Scream Blacula Scream (1973), starring William Marshall. He’d go on to photograph The Muppet Movie, Somewhere in Time and dozens of telefilms including the Farrah Fawcett-starring The Burning Bed. Isidore was a cameraman on 1972’s “The Proud and the Damned with Chuck Connors.
 
  
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*'''TOMMASI, Amedeo''' - 12/1/1935, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy - 4/14/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy
  
*'''DARROW, Henry (Enrique Tomás Delgado)''' - : 9/15/1933, New York City, New York, U.S.A. - 3/14/2021, Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A.
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Italian composer, arranger and musician Amedeo Tommasi died in Rome, Italy on April 14, 2021. He was 85. Amedeo was born in Trieste, Italy on December 1, 1935. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 6 and was thought to be one the most talented pianist of his generation, Tommasi came to light in 1960, during a radio transmission entitled "La coppa di jazz". He joined trumpet player Chet Baker’s group in 1961 and then worked as an arranger for RCA Italy. He became a film composer towards the end of the 1960s. Amedeo worked with Ennio Morricone for over 20 years providing him with electronic sound material for his films, and subsequently collaborated with him on the music for the film “The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean” by Giuseppe Tornatore. He composed the score for the 1967 Euro-western “This Man Can’t Die” starring Guy Madison.
 
 
American film and TV actor Henry Darrow died March 14, 2021 at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was 87. Born Enrique Tomás Delgado in New York City of Puerto Rican heritage on September 15,1933, he appeared in over 150 films and television performances. Best known as Manolito Montoya for 5 seasons on TV’s ‘The High Chaparral’ he also appeared in the Euro-western TV series ‘The New Zorro’ as Don Alejandro de la Vega for 4 seasons from 1990-1993. The series was filmed in Spain and starred Duncan Regehr.
 
 
 
 
 
*'''HRGOVIC, Stjepan (Stjepan Mladen Hrgović)''' - 4/25/1944, Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia - 3/9/2021, Zagreb, Croatia
 
 
 
Croatian stuntman Stjepan Hrgović died in Zagreb, Croatia on March 9, 2021. Born Stjepan Mladen Hrgović in Zagreb on April 25, 1944 he was a stuntman in five of the Karl May Winnetou’s westerns.  He was married to Bidou Hrgovic and the father of Mark Hrgovic. His western film include “Apache Gold” (1963), “Frontier Hellcat” and “Last of the Renegades” (both 1964), “The Halfbreed” and “Thunder at the Border” (both 1966).
 
 
 
 
 
*'''De SRATIS, Franca (Francesca De Stratis)''' - 4/23/1939, Italy - 3/9/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
 
 
According to Il Mondo dei Doppiatori film, TV and voice actress Franca De Stratis died in Rome, Italy on March 9, 2021. She was 81. Born Francesca De Stratis on April 23, 1939 in Italy. She began her career as an actress in theater, radio, television and in films. However, she was not particularly active in any of these professions, usually playing minor roles. From the mid-seventies she devoted herself almost exclusively to dubbing, and is remembered mainly for having given the voice to Lindsay Wagner on the TV series ‘The Bionic Woman’ and of the main series from which this spin-off was based, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’. She retired from acting in the early 1990s and appeared in the theatrical play “In the Hour of the Lynx” directed by Claudio Frosi and occasionally as a director of dubbing. Frana appeared in one Euro-western as Carmen Morales in “The Price of Death” (1971).
 
 
 
 
 
*'''VEGA, Isela (Isela Vega Durazo)''' - 11/5/1939, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico - 3/9/2021, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
 
 
Mexican, actress, singer, songwriter Isela Vega died on March 9, 2021. She was 81. Born Isela Vega Durazo in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico she was chosen “Princess of the Carnival” in 1957 which led to a modeling career. In 1960 she began her acting career which she continued until her death. Her most best known role was that of Elita in Sam Peckinpah’s “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia. She also wrote the song, "Bennie's Song", which appears in the film. She was subsequently photographed nude for the July 1974 issue of Playboy magazine. In the 1980s, Vega made her debut behind the camera by writing, producing and directing a number of films. Vega appeared in the 1981 Euro-western “Bordello” (aka Garden of Venus).
 
  
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 14:28, 12 May 2021

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

  • O'BRIEN, Donal (Donal Timothee O’Brien) - 9/15/1930, Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France - 4/23/2018, Andernos-les-Baines, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

I received an e-mail today from Philippe Rege with a copy of the official announcement of the passing of actor Donal O’Brien back in April, 2018.

O’Brien was born Donal Timothee O’Brien on September 15,1930 in Pau, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France and died on April 23, 2018 in Andernos-les-Baines, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. He appeared in 19 Euro-westerns starting with a small role in 1960’s “Dynamite Jack” starring Fernandel and ending in 1982 with “2020 Texas Gladiators”. He was a leading actor in the genre and starred in “Run, Man, Run” (1967) as Daniel/Nathaniel Cassidy with Tomas Milian; “Finders Killers” (1971) as Jack Forrest/Dan with Gordon Mitchell; “Jesse and Lester, Two Brothers in a Place Called Trinity” (1972) with Richard Harrison; “The Judgment of God” (1972) as ‘The Ace of Hearts’; “4 of the Apocalypse” (1974) as Sheriff of Salt Flat with Fabio Testi and Tomas Milian; “Keoma” (1975) as Caldwell with Franco Nero; “A Man Called Blade” (1977) as Burt Craven with Maurizio Merli and John Steiner and “Silver Saddle” (1978) as Fletcher with Giuliano Gemma.

In 1980 Donal slipped in the bathroom of a Parisian hotel and hit his head. He was in a coma for three days and discovered half of his body was paralyzed shortly after waking up. It took him nearly four years to recover from his injuries though he would have limited mobility for the rest of his life. This would also reduce the range of roles he could play. His last film was “Honey Sweet Love”, in 1999.


  • GESCHER, Norbert (Norbert Gescher-Ringelnatz) - 12/14/ 1939, Berlin, Berlin, Germany - 4/30/2021, Germany

German actor and voice dubber Norbert Gescher died on April 30, 2021. He was 81. Born in Berlin, German on December 14, 1939 as Norbert Gescher-Ringelnatz, he was is a German voice actor. Gescher was well known for being the German voiceover of Steve Martin, Richard Dreyfuss, and Beau Bridges. Gescher is the son of German translator Muschelkalk Ringelnatz, who was also the widow of German author, painter and cabaret artist Joachim Ringelnatz. Gescher managed his legacy until his recent passing and was responsible for exhibitions. His voice was heard in three Euro-westerns: “His Name was Holy Ghost” (1972) [German voice of a soldier]; “Lucky Luke” (TV 1984) [German voice of Augustus Oyster] and in Bandidas (2006) [German voice of Jose Maria Negri],


  • DOUGLAS, Anne (Hannelore Marx) - 4/23/1919, Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany - 4/29/2021, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.

Film producer Anne Douglas, philanthropist and widow of Kirk Douglas, Died at her Beverly Hills, California home at 102. She was born Hannelore Marx on April 23, 1991 in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany. She worked for director John Huston as a location scout and assistant on Moulin Rouge (1952), then began a three-year stint in 1953 as head of protocol at the Cannes Film Festival, scheduling parties and making sure they were filled with celebrities and media. She later became a casting director and a film producer after marrying Kirk Douglas in 1954. Anne was a producer on the 1973 Euro-semi-western “Scalawag”.


  • RENIER, Yves - 9/29/1942, Berne, Switzerland - 4/23/2021, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France

RIP Yves Rénier. The actor Yves Rénier , who played between 1976 and 2006 the commissioner Moulin on TF1, has died, his family announced. He was 78. The actor succumbed to a heart attack on April 24, 2021 at his home in Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine), his wife confirmed to AFP. Son of actor Max Régnier, Yves Rénier began his career in the 1960s, playing in a film adaptation of the Count of Monte Cristo. Yves Rénier had since appeared in the cinema in Diabolo mint (1977) by Diane Kurys, Frantic (1988) by Roman Polanski, Merci la vie (1990) by Bertrand Blier or even Les Anges gardiens (1995) by Jean-Marie Poiré. Always small roles. The actor then moved on to directing in recent years with some success, with a series of fictions inspired by recent police cases. Yves appeared as Donald McRae in the 1994 Euro-western TV series “Tales of the Wild”.


  • FRITSCH, Thomas - 1/16/1944, Dresden, Saxony, Germany - 4/21/2021, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

German film, TV and voice actor Thomas Fritsch died in a senior citizens facility in Berlin, Germany on April 21, 2021. He was 77. Fritsch was born on January 16, 1944 in Dresden, Germany but fled to Hamburg with his family as a toddler, he attended a drama school, graduating with a degree where he trained as an actor. He was discovered for film while still at school. “Das schwarz-weiß-rote Himmelbett” (The Black-White-Red Four-Poster Bed) was his first big box-office success in 1962, followed by roles in films such as “The Last Ride to Santa Cruz” and “Uncle Tom's Cabin” and “Three Men in the Snow”. He switched to TV in the 1970s and is probably best known as the German voice of Scar in 1994’s “The Lion King” and its 1998 sequel “The Lion King II: Simba’s Ptide”. Fritsch appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Last Ride to Santa Cruz” (1963) as Carlos and “Legend of a Gunfighter” (1964) as Chris Harper. Fritsch was also the voice of Eli Wallach in the deleted scenes of the restored version of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.


  • HELLMAN, Monte (Monte Jay Himmelbaum) - 7/12/1932, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.A. - 4/20/2021, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.

American maverick director Monte Hellman died in a Palm Springs, California hospital on April 20 after a fall in his home. He was 91. Hellman directed such films as such films as “Two-Lane Blacktop,” “The Shooting” and “Road to Nowhere.” Born in Brooklyn, New York on July 12, 1932, Hellman was an exec producer of Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 “Reservoir Dogs.” He was also a directing teacher at California Institute of the Arts. Monte directed the Euro-western “China 9, Liberty 37” starring Warren Oates, Jenny Agutter and Fabio Testi in 1978 and was also the director of 1977’s CBS-TV prologue for “A Fistful of Dollars”.

  • DIAS, Pavel - 12/9/1938, Brno, Czechoslovakia - 4/19/2021, Prague, Czech Republic

Czech photographer Pavel Dias died in Ptague on April 19, 1921. He was 82. Born in Brno on December 9, 1938 he studied photography at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Brno. From the end of the 1950s, he contributed photographs to various magazines, especially Young World, collaborated with film, photographed horses and races, and devoted himself to advertising photography. From 1989 he taught for 20 years at FAMU, from 2005 to 2018 he also taught photography at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. Dias was a still photographer on the 1972 Euro-western short “A Canyon of Gold”.


  • BRADLEY, Harold (Harold Willard Bradley, Jr.) - 10/13/1929, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. - 4/13/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy

American actor, singer, former professional football player Harold Bradley died in Rome, Italy from pneumonia on April 13, 2021. He was 92. Bradley was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 13, 1929 and played football at the University of Iowa before turning pro and playing for the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. He and his wife, Hannelore Zacharias moved to Italy in 1959 to study art and pursue careers in music and acting, getting his foot in the door of the latter by appearing in stuntman roles in a succession of peplum films playing servants and slaves. At the same time, he developed his love of the arts by becoming a painter and singer in 1960 he, along with sculptor Bob Cowgill, opened a studio called ‘The Folkstudio’ and founded the ‘Folkstudio Singers’. Harold became an accomplished Blues, Gospel and Jazz singer. Harold appeared in two Euo-westerns. The TV film “Questa sera parla Mark Twain” (1965) as George and “Days of Vengeance” (1967) as Nathan. In 1975 “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was re-released as ‘Cassy’ as more of a western and Harold appeared in the role of Harris.


  • TOMMASI, Amedeo - 12/1/1935, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy - 4/14/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian composer, arranger and musician Amedeo Tommasi died in Rome, Italy on April 14, 2021. He was 85. Amedeo was born in Trieste, Italy on December 1, 1935. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 6 and was thought to be one the most talented pianist of his generation, Tommasi came to light in 1960, during a radio transmission entitled "La coppa di jazz". He joined trumpet player Chet Baker’s group in 1961 and then worked as an arranger for RCA Italy. He became a film composer towards the end of the 1960s. Amedeo worked with Ennio Morricone for over 20 years providing him with electronic sound material for his films, and subsequently collaborated with him on the music for the film “The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean” by Giuseppe Tornatore. He composed the score for the 1967 Euro-western “This Man Can’t Die” starring Guy Madison.

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