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Cemetery with crosses - legends lost but remembered

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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...

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  • MAFAI, Giulia - 1/13/1930, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 9/26/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy

RIP Giulia Mafai. Internationally renowned costume designer, set designer production designer, art director and wardrobe designer, Giulia Mafai died in Rome. She was 91. Giulia experienced firsthand the abomination of racial laws and subsequent persecution, when in1938 racist laws were enacted and all certainty, all sweetness, the dream of a future is destroyed in all Jewish homes. A destiny that she shared with her mother, an extraordinary artist who will soon be remembered in an exhibition in preparation for the Galleria Nazionale in Rome, and with her older sisters. In her career, Giulia Mafai worked with various post-war directors and actors, from Vittorio De Sica to Mario Monicelli, from Sophia Loren to Marcello Mastroianni. And again, Elliott Gould, Harvey Keitel, Keith Carradine. She was the creator and curator of the Venice Carnival Laboratory from 1978 to 1985. Her list of Euro-westerns in working on “The Ruthless Four” (1965) [costume designer]; “Yankee’ (1966) [costume designer, set designer]; “Death Walks in Laredo” (1967) [set designer, wardrobe]; “Two Faces of the Dollar” (1967) [production designer, set designer]; “A Hole in the Forehead” (1968) [set designer, art director]; “I’ll Sell My Skin Dearly” (1968) [costume designer, production designer]; “The Stranger’s Gundown” (1969) [costume designer, set designer]; “Roy Colt and Winchester Jack” (1970) [costume designer]; “Shango” (1970) [art director]; “Kill Django… Kill First” (1971) [costume designer, production designer].

  • Van GREGORY, Jon - 5/21/1944, Lahore, India - 9/19/2021,

British film editor Jon Gregory died on September 9, 2021. He was 77. Born in Lahore, India on May 21, 1944, he began his career with TV series Shoestring (1981), A Year in Provence (1994), Deeply (2000), The Proposition, (2005), In Bruges (2008), and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) for which he received an Academy Award for Best Film Editing nomination at the 90th Academy Awards. Gregory was previously nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Editing for Four Weddings and a Funeral (directed by Mike Newell - 1994). He was a member of the American Cinema Editors. Gregory was film editor on the 2015 Euro-western “Slow West”.

  • Van PEEBLES, Melvyn - 8/21/1932, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. - 9/22/2012, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

Filmmaker Melvyn Van Peebles died in his Manhattan, New York home on September 22, 2021. He was 89. The father of actor, director Mario Van Peebles was born in Chicago, Illinois August 21, 1932. melvyn was an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer. He was most well-known for creating and starring in the film “Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song”. Melvyn appeared in the Euro-western “Posse” (1993) as Poppa Joe. The film starred his son Mario and a number of Black rap artists and actors.

  • GASPAR, Luis (Luis Gaspar Cortina) 11/6/1933, Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain - 9/22/2012, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Spanish actor, writer, died in Madrid, Spain on September 21, 2021. He was 88. Gaspar appeared in some 1,500 supporting roles in films, TV and the theater but is most memorable to a scene often cut from Lee Van Cleef’s “The Big Gundown” (1966). Three outlaws are scene making their way through a mountain forest and when they reach the top they think they have met their guide Gulick but it’s lawman, bCCounty hunter Jonathan Caorbett who awaits. Corbett, an honorable and fair man offers the three outlaws a chance to escape if they beat him to the draw in a duel. He puts three bullets on a log in front of the men and each one makes the decision to load his gun and try and outdraw Corbett. Two instantly draw and are slain but the third, the youngest of the bunch surrenders and as Corbett examine the dead outlaws young John O’Leary tries to shoot him in the back. Corbett knows this trick and is ready and shoots and kills his would be slayer. O’Leary is played by Luis Gaspar. Gaspar was born in Burgos, Spain on November 6, 1933 and appeared in five other Euro-westerns: “Dollars for a Fast Gun” in 1965 as Todd Martin; “A Stranger in Paso Bravo” (1966) as the bartender; “Two Crosses at Danger Pass” (1967) as Mark/Marty/Matt), “Zorro the Lawman” (1969) and “The Black Wolf” (1980) as Ernesto.

  • VASQUEZ, Rey (Jaime Arturo Vásquez Blanco) - 1/6/1938, Bogota, Colombia - 9/17/2021, Bogota, Colombia

Colombian film and TV actor Rey Vásquez died in a Colombian hospice of diabetes and COVID 19 on September 17, 2021. He was 83. Vásquez was born in Mexico in 1938 and had a large acting career, as he worked in this field for five decades. Some of his most popular soap operas are: 'Don Chinche' and 'Romeo y Buset' from the 80s ′, as well as' Café con aroma de mujer 'in 1994. He also appeared in feature films such as "Agent Ñero Ñero 7", "Condors do not bury every day", "The agony of the deceased", "Canaguaro", "The Proud and Damned" and "Each voice carries its anguish". Vásquez appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Proud and the Damned” (1972) starring Chuck Connors as the innkeeper and “Now My Pistols Speak” (1982) with Emilio Fernández and Aldo Sambrell.

  • CAMUS, Mario (Mario Camus Garcia) - 4/20/1935, Santander, Cantabria, Spain – 917/2021, Santander, Cantabria, Spain

Spanish film director and writer Mario Camus Garcia died in his home town of Santander, Spain after a long illness on September 17, 2021. He was 86. Born in Santander on April 21, 1935 he He studied Law and later at the Official Film School. He belongs to the generation of New Spanish Cinema of which, among others, Carlos Saura , Basilio Martín Patino, José Luis Borau , Julio Diamante , Miguel Picazo and Manuel Summers are part of. Winner of the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 1983 for “The Beehive”. In 1984, at the Cannes International Film Festival, he won the special mention of the ecumenical jury for “Los santos inocentes”, one of the Spanish films best known to viewers. For these two films, he gains great recognition as a filmmaker, both internationally and nationally. His work in television series is equally notable, with very popular hits in the 1970s. Camus was involved in three Euro-westerns directing two and writing for three: “Weeping for a Bandit – 1964 [writer]; The Return of El Coyote – 1968 [director, writer]; Trinity Sees Red -1970 [director, writer].

  • RUDY, Thomas (Vittorio Gagliardi) - 1941, Puglia, Apulia, Italy, - 9/14/2021, Fontana Liri, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy

Vittorio (Vito) Gagliardi known to Spaghetti western film fans as Thomas Rudy died in Fontana Liri, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy on September 15, 2021. I can find no reference to where and when he was born but estimate he was born in the early 1940s in Italy. He was an Italian character actor appeared in small roles in the Italian Spaghetti westerns and comedy sex films of the 1970s. He’s probably best remembered as Emiliano in “They Call Me Trinity”; and as Luis Miguel Cortejo in “Adiós, Sabata both 1970.

  • GAYFORD, John (John Gayford Harry) - 2/20/1933. Hertfordshire, England, U.K. - 7/9/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy

British film actor, dubbing director and scriptwriter John Gayford died in Rome, Italy on July 9, 2021. John Gayford Harry was bon in Hertfordshire, England on February 20, 1933. John was brought up in India, schooled in Britain, RAF officer, Drama school, London, 10 years an actor, theatre, film, TV, then wrote & directed. Gayford went to Rome to appear as a guard in Cleopatra, then stayed and became involved in voice dubbing and writing English dialogue for Italian films.

  • ALIGHIERO, Carlo - 2/2/1927, Ostra Marche, Italy - 9/11/2021, Ostra, Marche, Italy

Italian theater, film, TV and voice dubber Carlo Alighero died in Ostra, Marche, Italy on September 11, 2021. He was 94. Born in Ostra on February 2, 1927. He first appeared on stage with “L’Agamennone” by Aeschylus directed by Gianfranco De Bosio. With the theater came his relationship with Elena Cotta, they married and had two daughters, Barbara and Olivia, and then came grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Carlo appeared in only one Euro-western in 1969 as Captain Gutierrez “The 5-Man Army.” He specialized in dubbing and did yoeman’s work in the genre, voicing Craig Hill, Luis Induni and Anthony Quinn as well as many others.

  • GRAZIOSI, Franco - 7/10/1929, Macerata, Marche, Italy - 9/8/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian film and theater actor Franco Graziosi died in Rome, Italy on September 8, 2021 at the age of 92. Graziosi was born on 10 July 1929 in Macerata. He was an actor for both theater and cinema. The beginning of his artistic career is on the stage of the Piccolo Teatro di Milano directed by Giorgio Strehler, but the actor boasts in his curriculum various works directed by other leading directors, such as Orazio Costa, Luigi Squarzina, Luca Ronconi, Diego Fabbri, Giorgio Albertazzi, Vittorio Gassman, Mario Missiroli. He’s probably best remembered as Governor Don Jaime in 1970’s “Duck You Sucker” starring Rod Steiger and James Coburn. He also appeared in “One Damned Day at Dawn... Django Meets Sartana!” (1970) and as General Lucius Morton in “Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears” in 1972.

  • CASTELNUOVO, Nino (Francesco Castelnuovo) - 10/28/1936, Lecco, Lombardy, Italy - 9/6/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian actor of stage, film and television has died in Rome on September 6, 2021. He was 84. Born in Lecco, Italy on October 28, 1936, after practicing artistic gymnastics and dance in 1955 he moved to Milan where he became a pupil of Giorgio Strehler's Piccolo Teatro school. He then began working for television in 1957, and made his film debut as the protagonist in Un cursed imbroglio in 1959 directed by Pietro Germi. He continued playing supporting roles as a young actor in films such as Il hunchback (1960) by Carlo Lizzani and Rocco and his brothers (1960) by Luchino Visconti. He also starred in one of the most awarded films, The English Patient (1996). Nino appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Brute and the Beast” (1966) as Jason Scott Jr./Jonah/Junior) and “The 5-Man Army” (1969) as Luis.

  • WILLIAMS, Michael K. - 11/22/1966, Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. - 9/6/2021, New York City, New York, U.S.A.

American actor Michael K. Williams was found dead in his New York City apartment on September 6, 2021. He was 54. Born Michael Kenneth Williams in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York on November 22, 1966. He found playing the role of Omar Little in award winning drama “The Wire”. Williams also appeared in such films as “Boardwalk Empire”, “Lovecraft County” and the 2013 Euro-western “They Die by Dawn” as Nat Love.

  • MARTIN, George - 9/18/1937, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain - 9/1/2021, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

Spanish stuntman, director, writer and leading actor George Martin died in Miami on September 1, 2021. He would have turned 84 on September 18th. Born Francisco Martínez Celeiro in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain he was a member of the Spanish acrobatic team which led to him being cast in films in the late 1950s. His good looks and athletic ability led to lead roles in Spaghetti westerns and action films. George appeared in 40 films between 1956 and 1975. He also wrote scripts and directed a few films along the way. Some of his best known films were “A Pistol for Ringo” and “Return of Ringo” both in 1965. “A Taste of Killing” (1966); “Clint the Stranger” and “15 Scaffolds for a Killer” both (1967); “Return of Clint the Stranger” (1972) and “3 Supermen Out West” (1973). He ended his career abruptly and moved to Miami, Florida where he became a successful land developer. He was given an award in recognition of his contribution to the Spanish westerns at 2017 Almeria Western Film Festival and more recently married Mercedes Piedra in 2018.

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