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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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  • 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.

  • VILARINO, Matilde F. (Matilde Fernandez Vilariño) - 8/13/1921, Madrid, Madrid, 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.

  • 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).

  • 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”

  • 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.