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This page is our personal hall of
fame. A reminder to us all that even though considered a B-genre, Spaghetti Westerns were full of great characters, played by great people. Many have passed away, and while we are young growing up re-watching all these classics, many more will probably leave us. May they be remembered. What follows, is a work-in-progress, a growing list of legends who have passed away...
This page is our personal hall of . A reminder to us all that even though considered a B-genre, Spaghetti Westerns were full of great characters, played by great people. Many have passed away, and while we are young growing up re-watching all these classics, many more will probably leave us. May they be remembered. What follows, is a work-in-progress, a growing list of legends who have passed away...
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=== FRESH GRAVES ===
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*'''VILARINO, Matilde F. (Matilde Fernandez Vilariño)''' - 8/13/1921, Spain - 8/20/2021, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Spanish theater, film, radio TV actress and voice actress Matilde Vilariño died in Madrid, Spain on August 20, 2021. She was 100. Born Matilde Fernandez Vilariño in Spain in 1921 she began her career as a stage actress then appeared in a few films and then radio and television but found her niche as a voice actress especially in dubbing children’s voice. For 16 years she was the radio voice of Periquin on the popular radio series “Matilde, Perico and Periquin” between 1955 and 1971. She’s best remembered as the voice of child actor Pabito Calvo aka Joselito in all his films. She was also the Spanish voice of Maya the Bee a popular 1978 Japanese TV series. She was the Spanish voice of Monica Randall in 1965’s “Charge of the 7th”; Maria Badmajew in 1966’s “Two Violent Men”; Solvi Stubing in 1966’s “The Sheriff Won’t Shoot”; Miguelito in 1975’s “Zorro” with Alain Delon.
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*'''GERICKE, Gerd''' - 4/20/1935, Behnsdorf, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany - 8/7/2021, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
East German screenwriter and script editor Gerd Gericke died on August 7, 2021 in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany after a long illness. He worked as at East Germany’s ‘Hollywood studios’ – Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft, better known as DEFA – and worked on the Oscar- nominated book adaption, Jakob der Lügner. Gericke was born in Behnsdorf, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany on April, 20, 1935. After his DEFA career he became a professor at the University in Potsdam. He was married to Gabriele Herzog and was the father of singer and DJ Nik Sleazy (Henryk Gericke). Gerd wrote the screenplay for 1979’s “Blue Bird” and was a script advisor on “Sing, Cowboy, Sing” (1981), “The Scout” (1983) and “Bloody Heart” (1986).
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*'''LOPEZ, Giorgio''' - 2/16/1947, Naples, Campania, Italy - 8/10/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Italian voice actor and director Giorgio Lopez died in Rome on August 10, 2021. He was 73. Giorgio Lopez, was actor Massimo Lopez older brother, has died. He was 74 born in Naples on February 16, 1947, he had voiced, among others, Danny DeVito and Dustin Hoffman. Like many voice actors, Giorgio Lopez was first of all a great actor. After graduating in Literature at the Sapienza University of Rome, in 1974, he entered the Silvio D' Amico National Academy of Dramatic Art where he obtained his diploma. His theatrical activity began in early 1969 RIP and continued until 2016. He then landed in directing in recent years. A career that has seen him compete with authors such as Shakespeare and Beckett, passing through Totò and dialect theater. In 2009, he won the Leggio d'oro award for directing the dubbing of the film “Houdini - The Last Magician” and in 2015 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival of Acting Voices. Giorgio was the voice of Ennio Gioroliam in 1994’s “Jonathan of the Bears”
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*'''CORD, Alex (Alexander Viespi Jr.)''' - 5/3/1933, Floral Park, New York, U.S.A. - 8/9/2021, Valley View, Texas, U.S.A.
American actor Alex Cord who became best known in Hollywood for his 1960s and 1970s work in action- adventure roles, died in his sleep on August 9, 2021. He was 88. Born Alexander Viespi Jr. in Floral Park, New York on May 3, 1933, he was riding horses from the age of 2. Stricken with polio at the age of 12, he was confined to a hospital for a long period of time before he overcame the illness. He was left with one leg shorter and a damaged lung. He held his dream of becoming a jockey until realizing he would soon be too tall. He then was determined to be a cowboy. Anything that would put him near horses. Prodded by an interest in acting, Alex studied with some of the best teachers in New York. He began his professional career in summer stock (The Compass Players in St. Louis, Missouri) and at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Connecticut where he played “Laertes” in a production of “Hamlet”. At every opportunity he pursued his passionate love of horses with endless hours of training to become the best all- around horseman he could. He guest-starred in TV classics such as ‘Route 66’, ‘Naked City’, ‘Branded’, ‘Murder She Wrote’, ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘Fantasy Island’, ‘Laramie’, ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’, ‘Police Story’, Police Woman’. He gained his most TV fame as Archangel in 1984’s ‘Airwolf’ alongside Jan-Michael Vincent and Ernest Borgnine. He’s probably best remembered for his film role as the “Ringo Kid” in the remake of “Stagecoach” with Ann-Margret, Bing Crosby, Van Heflin and Bob Cummings. Cord made one Euro-western: 1968’s “A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die” as Clay McCord.
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*'''POLESELLO, Franca''' - 7/27/1936, Oderzo, Treviso, Veneto, Italy - 3/8/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Italian actress Franca Polesello passed away in Rome, Italy on March 8, 2021 . She was 84. The news was made public on August 7th. Born in Oderzo, Treviso, Veneto, Italy on July 27, 1936.
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Franca began her career in the late 1950s after becoming Miss Lombardy. She worked as a television model and model, before appearing in sword and sandal films. She was later cast in comedy, western, drama and spy story films.
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Franca Polesello's career lasted a little over a decade, with about thirty film participations overall, after which the actress abandoned the artistic activity to be a wife and mother.
Franca appeared in three Euro- westerns: “The Twins from Texas” (1964) as Madame Duval, probably her most famous role “Navajo Joe” (1966) as Barbara and in “Joe Dakota” (1967) as Rosy.
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*'''GRANT, Saginaw (Saginaw Morgan Grant)''' - 7/20/1936, Pawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.A. - 7/28/2021, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Saginaw Grant, a prolific Native American character actor and hereditary chief of the Sac & Fox Nation of Oklahoma, has died. He was 85. Grant died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes on July 28, 2021, at a private care facility in Hollywood, California. Born July 20 , 1936, in Pawnee, Oklahoma, Grant was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He began acting in the late 1980s and played character roles in dozens of movies and television shows over the last three decades, including 2013s “The Lone Ranger, ” 2005's “The World’s Fastest Indian” and “Breaking Bad, ”. His Euro-westerns were; “Grey Owl” (1999) as a Pow Wow Chief; 2003’s TV “DreamKeeper” as the old medicine man.
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*'''NAZZARO, Gianni''' - 10/27/1948, Naples, Campania, Italy - 7/27/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy
pop singer and actor Gianni Nazzaro died at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome on July 27, 2021. He was 72. Born in Naples on October 27, 1948, he’s best remembered for his 1970s hit Quanto è bella lei. He also performed at the San Remo Festival six times. He appeared as a performer in the 1966 Euro-musical western “A Fistful of Songs”.
*'''KOFER, Herbert''' - 2/17/1921, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Prussia, Germany – 7/24/2021, Potsdam-Mittelmark, Brandenburg, Germany
East German stage, film and TV actor Herbert Köfer has died. The native of Berlin died on Saturday July 24, 2021 in Potsdam-Mittelmark, Brandenburg, Germany at the age of 100, his widow actress Heike Köfer announced. His star role was as grandpa Paul Schmidt in the GDR television series "Rentner haben niemals Zeit". Köfer, born on February 27, 1921 in Berlin, Germany, never looked his age. He always dressed in fashion and well-groomed, he looked like a young senior. He was seen on the screen, on stage and on television in dramas and comedies , but also in plays on serious topics. “A nice role in a film is fun, on stage it's completely different, the stage is my podium,” he said. He didn't want to hear about retirement. “The job is connected with beauty and the strenuous work with fulfillment.” But he never wanted to be carried on stage. Köfer appeared as Mac in the DEFA 1972 “Tecumseh” and as a director in the 1992 TV mini-series “Karl May”.
This page is our personal hall of faml'e. 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...
- DAHL, Arlene (Arlene Carol Dahl) - 8/11/1925, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A. - 11/29/2021, New York, U.S.A.
Arlene Dahl, MGM star and 1950s glamour queen who later became a beauty writer and cosmetics entrepreneur, died Monday November 29, 2021 in New York at age 96. Dahl was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 11, 1925 and is of Norwegian heritage. Following high school she joined a local drama group and did a variety of odd jobs including modeling for department stores. She arrived in Hollywood in 1946, and signed a short-lived contract with Warner Brothers. However, her name is most commonly associated with her work under contract at MGM. Some of her notable films were “Reign of Terror” (1949), “Three Little Words” (1950), “Woman’s World” (1954), “Slightly Scarlet” (1956) and “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1959). She left movies in 1959 and parlayed her reputation as a classic beauty into becomin a beauty columnist and later a businesswoman, founding Arlene Dahl Enterprises which marketed lingerie and cosmetics. She was married six times. Two husbands were actors Lex Barker and Fernando Lamas. She is survived by her husband Marc Rosen, son Lorenzo Lamas, as well as two other children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
- LECHTENBRINK, Volker - 8/18/1944, Cranz, East Prussia, Germany - 11/22/2021, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
German actor, singer, general manager and director Volker Lechtenbrink has died in Hamburg, Germany on November 22, 2021, at the age of 77 as a result of a serious illness. Lechtenbrink, first appeared on stage at the Hamburger Schauspielhaus at the age of ten. He became famous in 1959 at the age of 14 with the role of schoolboy Klaus Hager in Bernhard Wicki’s famous anti-war film “Die Brücke”. In addition to his work at the theater and as a musician, the all-rounder with the smoky, memorable voice and the almost insatiable longing for life was regularly in front of the camera for television films and series (for example in “Derrick” and “Ein Fall für Zwei”). Volker appeared as Diener Jürgen in the German Euro-western TV mini-series “By Way of the Stars” in 1992.
- VERSINI, Marie (Marie Claude Versini) - 8/10/1940, Paris, Île-de-France, France - 11/22/2021, Guingamp,, Côtes-d'Armor, France
French actress Marie Versini died November 22, 2021 in Guingamp,, Côtes-d'Armor, France at age 81. Marie was born on August 10, 1940 in Paris. She was very talented, gifted and worked very hard and it paid off since she became the youngest ever member of the famous Comedie Francaisse in 1957. She got a chance at tender age of 16 and her first film was called “Mitsou” (1956). Her second film “A Tale of Two Cities” where she had big part with main start Dick Bogarde. In other films she starred with t\he likes of J. P. Belmondo, Paul Newman, Louis Armstrong, Alain Delon, Lex Barker, J. L. Trintignant and Pierre Brice. The mega successful Winnetou series made her a star. She was fluent in English, French, German and Italian. This also enabled her to play in various European films with great success. In 1974 she married director Pierre Vialett who died in 2013 and played mainly in his films. Versini appeared as Nscho-tschi, Winnetou’s sister in 1963’s “Apache Gold” and “Thunder at the Border”. She had a cameo appearance as an elderly woman in the 2016 German TV film ‘Winnetou - Der letzte Kampf'.
- GATLIN, Jerry (Gerald Joseph Gatlin) - 11/15/1933, Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A. - 3/4/2021. Sheridan, Wyoming, U.S.A.
American actor, stuntman and stunt coordinator Jerry Gatlin died in Sheridan, Wyoming on March 4, 2021. He 87. Born Gerald Gatlin in Colorado Springs, Colorado on November 15, 1933. One of the premier Hollywood stuntmen who started in films in the mid-1950s and continued, also becoming and actor until the late 1990s. Sometimes credited as Gerry Gatlin his primary work was in westerns and was seen in several John Wayne films. Sad to say no obituary has been written and I just found out about his passing today on what would have been his 88th birthday. He appeared in two Euro-westerns: “Triumphs of a Man Called Horse” (1982) as Winslow) and as stunt coordinator on 1989’s “Blood Red”.
- FOX, David - 3/24/1941, Swasticka, Ontario, Canada - 11/13/2021, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Stage and screen actor David Fox, revered for his commitment to bringing Canadian stories to life in the theatre, has died. Fox died of cancer in Toronto, Canada on November 13, 2021. Born in Swasticka, Ontario on March 24, 1941, he rose to prominence for his naturalistic performances in the early days of Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille, originating roles in such seminal productions as The Farm Show, and 1837: The Farmer's Revolt. Fox was made a member of the Order of Canada in 2018 for his contributions as a champion of Canadian theatre.David appeared in two Euro-western TV series: ‘The Campbells’ (1989-1990) as Alistari MacDonald; ‘By Way of the Stars’ (1992-1993) and one Euro-western film “Grey Owl” (1999) as Jim Wood.
- ZIESCHE, Peter - 5/5/1955, East Berlin, German Democratic Republic - 11/3/2021. Berlin, Berlin, Germany
German cinematographer and cameraman Peter Ziesche died in Berlin, Germany on November 3, 2021. He was 65. Ziesche was born in East Berlin on May 5, 1955. He worked with knowledgeable directors such as Frank Beyer, Roland Gräf, Siegfried Kühn and Lothar Warneke. After working for DEFA process, he was a free-creative worker and became a wanted cameraman in the German film and television business. For his work in Bernd Sahlings' successful youth film DIE BLINDGANGER (2004) he was nominated for the German Camera Award. Ziesche was the cinematographer on the 2014 TV modern day Euro-western “Winnetou’s Weiber” (Winnetou’s Women).
- LAURENZI, Silvio - 5/20/1936, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 11/5/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Italian costume designer and actor Silvio Laurenzi died in Rom, Italy on November 5, 2021. He was 85. Born in Rome on May 20, 1926, Silvio began his career in cinema in the first half of the 1960s as an actor, an activity that around the first half of the following decade began to alternate with that of stage costume designer - which over time became his actual profession, especially in the vein of comedies. In 2009 he won the gold medal at the A life for cinema event Laurenzi worked on two Spaghetti westerns: Dead Men Ride – 1971 [assistant costume designer]; The White, the Yellow and the Black – 1975 [costume designer]