Cemetery with crosses - legends lost but remembered
From The Spaghetti Western Database
Revision as of 14:40, 6 April 2021 by Tom B.
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...
- PINORI, Giuseppe - 9/15/1928, Tagliacozzo, Abruzzo, Italy - 3/3/2021, Rome Lazio, Italy
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.
- FILIPELLII, Gerard - 12/12/1942, Paris, Ile-de- France, France - 3/30/2021, France
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.
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.
- LIBRALESSO, Natalino - 11/22/1941, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 3/24/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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. 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.
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”.
- GARRIGA, Francisco (Francisco Javier Garriga Vial) - 1935, Spain - 3/20/2021, Spain
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”.
- SZERSEN, Gyula - 11/22/1940, Budapest, Hungary - 3/17/2021, Budapest, Hungary
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].
- ABRIL, Anton Garcia - 5/19/1933, Teruel, Aragón, Spain - 3/17/2021, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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).
- MANKOFSKY, Isidore - 9/22/1932, New York City, New York, U.S.A. - 3/11/2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
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.
- 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.
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).