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Cemetery with crosses - legends lost but remembered

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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...

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  • SANJUST, Gianni - : 6/22/1934, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 1/8/2020, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian jazz musician, composer and songwriter Gianni Sanjust died in a Rome nursing home on January 8, 2020. He was 85. The musician was born in Rome on June 23, 1934 into a family of the Sardinian nobility, the barons of Teulada. He played the self-taught clarinet and, as a musician, together with Peppino De Luca, from 1952 to 1955 he formed the group "Traditional Dixielanders". In 1955 he was part of the Second Roman New Orleans Jazz Band, where in 1960 he was replaced by Lucio Dalla. From 1960 to 1962 he played with Romano Mussolini, then moved to Milan where he worked for the Ricordi record company and, then, in 1977 he resumed his jazz activity in Rome while maintaining the record producer activity. Gianni Sanjust has edited the music of numerous film projects: among his best known compositions, the soundtrack of the second episode of "Capriccio all'italiana", "The Sunday Monster" directed by Steno. Sanjust was co-composer for the 1967 Euro-western $20,000 on #7 starring Jerry Wilson.

  • BROWN, Carol (Carla Calo) - 9/21/1926, Palermo, Sicily, Italy - 12/29/2019, Italy

Italian actress Carla Calo died in Italy on December 29, 2019. She was 93. Born in Palermo, Sicily, Italy on September 21, 1926, she began he acting career in the theater before appearing in more than 100 films beginning with “Il falco rosso” (1949). She then appeared with Toto in several films. She appeared in seven Euro-westerns mostly using the alias Carol Brown. “Zorro at the Court of Spain” 1962 (Francisca Di Villaverde); “Bullets and the Flesh” 1964 (Aunt Peggy); “Blood at Sundown” 1966 (Rhonda Liston); “Seven Dollars to Kill” 1966 (Rosa/Rosita/Rosario); “The Tramplers” 1966 (Mrs. Temple Cordeen); “The Taste of Vengeance” 1968 (Mother Douglas); “Sting of the West” 1972.

  • BELI, Milan (Milan Bosiljcic-Beli) - 9/20/1931, Konjane, Serbia, Yugoslavia - 12/31/2019, Belgrade, Serbia

One of Serbia’s most respected actors Milan Beli died on New Years Eve 2019 in Belgrade, Serbia he was 88. He was born Milan Bosiljčić-Beli in Konjane, Serbia, Yugoslavia on September 20, 1931. He studied physical education in Belgrade and at that time, also established his first contacts with the world of film. At that time in Yugoslavia they were filming western and adventure film co-productions and stuntmen were often chosen from among the students of the Belgrade High Schools. In 1957 he received his first small film role in the Franco-Yugoslav film “Burlak”. In addition to his mother tongue he also knew German, English and French, therefore he was able to gain since 1968, a greater number of offers from production companies such as DEFA, who were filming Indian films. Beli was twice married, has a daughter and a son who is also a well-known actor. He was good friends with Gojko Mitic, who arranged for him roles in three of his Indian films (Tecumseh, Apaches, The Scout). Beli appeared in four Euro-westerns: Thunder at the Border - 1966; Tecumseh – 1972 (Raffael); Apaches – 1973 (Johnson) and the The Scout – 1983 (Major Brannigan).

  • LYON, Sue (Suellyn M. Lyon) - 7/10/1946, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.A. - 12/27/2019, Studio City, California, U.S.A.

American actress Sue Lyon, famous for her performance in 1962’s “Lolita” died in Los Angeles, California on December 27, 2019. She was 73. Lyon, who was born on July 10, 1946, in Davenport, Iowa, acted for over 20 years, but never again achieved the notoriety or praise "Lolita" brought. It also brought her a Golden Globe, a juicy role, the opportunity to act with heavyweights James Mason, Peter Sellers and Shelley Winters, and a shot at singing; she recorded two songs for the movie. Her other noteworthy roles were in "The Night of the Iguana" (1964) and "7 Women" (1966). She left acting after a small role in the cult-classic horror flick "Alligator" (1980). She appeared as Myra Polson in the Euro-western “Four Rode Out” with Pernell Roberts and Leslie Nielsen.

  • NENADOVIC, Đjorđe 7/27/1935, Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia - 12/26/2019, Belgrade, Serbia

Serbian actor and radio presenter Đjorđe Nenadović, best known for his humorous and satirical show “Caravan”, as well as for entertainment and music shows “Microphone is Yours” and “Evening Wish Show” of the first program of Radio Belgrade, passed away December 26, 2019 at the age of 85 in Belgrade, Serbia. Born on July 27, 1935 in Belgrade, Nenadović graduated from the Theater Academy in the class of Professor Mate Milosevic. He starred in radio dramas as well as in theater, and in more than 40 films and series in domestic and foreign productions, most commonly under the pseudonym George Heston. Nenadović appeared in three Euro-westerns: “Frontier Hellcat” 1964 (Miller); “Last of the Renegades”1964 (Captain Tom Bruce) and “The Treasure of the Aztecs”1965 (Count Embarez).

  • BRILEY, John (John Richard Briley) 6/25/1925, Kalamazoo, Michigan, U.S.A. - 12/14/2019, U.K.

Screenwriter John Briley died in the UK on December 14, 2019. He was 94. Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on June 25, 1925 and raised in Detroit, his education was interrupted by World War II: he spent three years in the US air force, rising to the rank of second lieutenant before resuming his studies at the University of Michigan. One of his professors, the noted Shakespeare scholar GB Harrison, encouraged him to pursue a PhD at the Shakespeare Institute at Birmingham University, in the UK, where he found himself under the supervision of another literary scholar, Allardyce Nicoll. He remained in Britain after finishing his doctorate, and began writing for television, theatre and film. The shows he had written and produced for US air force employees attracted the attention of MGM, which hired him as a staff writer. His work on the horror film “Children of the Damned” (1964). Other screenplays included “That Lucky Touch” (1975), a romantic caper with Roger Moore and Susannah York; “The Medusa Touch” (1978), a preposterous but gripping psychological horror starring Richard Burton as a man compelled to cause death and disaster; and “Eagle’s Wing” (1979), a ruminative western with Martin Sheen and Harvey Keitel. After winning the Oscar for “Gandhi”, he wrote “Marie” (1985), starring Sissy Spacek as a woman fighting corruption in the US prison system. Thereafter he specialized in historical dramas: “Tai-Pan” (1986), “Sandino” (1991) and the unloved “Christopher Columbus: The Discovery” (1992) in which Marlon Brando gave, according to the critic Roger Ebert, his “worst performance in memory” as Torquemada.

  • HENDERSON, Kelo (Paul Lars Henderson Jr.) - 8/8/1923, Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A. - 12/10/2019, Ridgecrest, California, U.S.A.

American actor and trick gun specialist Kelo Henderson. Born Paul Lars Henderson Jr. in Pueblo, Colorado on August 8, 1923 he was a foreman on a ranch before working as an actor. He appeared on several western TV series before being cast as Ranger Clint Travis in 1957’s “26 Men” which ran for three years. Later he taught actors fast draw and other gun tricks. His young son Paul Lars Henderson was so good with six-gun tricks he was hired as Matty Matel and was seen in many commercials for Mattel’s Fanner .50. Kelo’s other son John Eric Henderson was also featured in the commercials. The pair often put on exhibitions. Kelo went to Germany in 1964 and appeared in “Pyramid of the Sun God” followed by “Treasure of the Aztecs” in the role of Frank Wilson. While making the two films Kelo was used to train the other actors how to use their weapons and how to ride horses. Later in life he appeared at many film festivals and was usually busy taking photographs instead of sitting behind a table signing autographs. He received a Golden Boot for his western work in 2003.

  • KARINA, Anna (Hanne Karin Blarke Bayer) - 9/22/1940, Solbjerg, Denmark - 12/14/2019, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Anna Karina, the Danish-born actress who became a symbol of the French New Wave, or Nouvelle Vague, in Jean Luc Godard’s 1960s films, died on Saturday in Paris. She was 79. Whether playing a streetwalker or a terrorist, Ms. Karina managed to look flirtatious, with her dark hair, wispy bangs, heavy eyeliner and lycée-chic wardrobe of sailor-uniform tops, knee socks, lots of plaid and perky headwear, from berets to boaters. Karina also pursued a singing career, with late-1960s hits like “Sous le Soleil Exactement” and “Roller Girl,” written by Serge Gainsbourg. And she wrote four novels, including “Golden City” (1983), which she described to the quarterly Film Comment as “a kind of thriller, with gangsters.” Anna Karina appeared as Clara in the 1971 TV pseudo-Euro-western “Carlos” which also starred Gottfried John, Host Frank, Geraldine Chaplin and Thomas Hunter.

  • SCIPIONI, Bruno - 7/29/1934, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 12/5/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian theater, film, TV and voice actor Bruno Scipioni died in Rome, Italy on December 5, 2019. He was 85. Born in Rome on July 29, 1934, Scipioni graduated as an accountant and then, in 1958, he attended the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia. He started his film career with Kapò (1959) and he was particularly active during the 1960s, usually being cast as a character actor. He was also active on stage, in television series, in commercials and as voice actor. He was the father of voice actor Carlo Scipioni. Scipioni appeared in 10 Euro-westerns: “The Terrible Sheriff” (1962); as a juryman in “4 Bullets for Joe” (1963); as Verdugo in “Heroes of the West” (1963); as Damon henchman “Lost Treasure of the Aztecs” (1964); “Ranch of the Ruthless” (1964); “Renegade Gunfighter” (1965); “A Fistful of Songs” (1966); “0For One Thousand Dollars per Day” (1966); a townsman in “Ringo and His Golden Pistol” (1966); “The Handsome, the Ugly, and the Stupid” (1967).

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