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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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FRESH GRAVES

  • NOLAN, Fred (Frederick William Nolan) - 3/7/1931, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, U.K. - 6/16/2022, Chalfont St. Giles Buckinghamshire., England, U.K.

Frederick William ‘Fred’ Nolan died at his home in Chalfont St. Giles Buckinghamshire., England, U.K. He was 91. Fred was born in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, U.K on March 7, 1931 and was the foremost authority on Billy the Kid. Fred wrote several books on Billy and the Lincoln County War and also the screenplay for British produced film “Birth of a Legend: Billy the Kid & The Lincoln County War” (2011). Besides that, Fred was the English language translator of all the Lucky Luke comic books.


  • MAESTOSI, Walter - 9/23/1939, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 6/12/2022, Rome, Lazio, Italy

RIP Walter Maestosi. Italian theater, film and TV actor Walter Maestosi died in Rome, Italy on June 12, 2022. He was 87. Born in Rome on September 24, 1934, after graduating in law, Maestosi graduated in 1960 from the National Academy of Dramatic Art and began his career in theater, landing almost immediately also in the radio prose of Rai. Particularly active in this area, he participated for Radio Rai in more than a thousand productions including radio dramas, comedies and cultural programs of various kinds. In the second half of the 1960s, Walter Maestosi became a well-known face on television by participating in many Rai dramas, such as ‘Le inchieste del commissario Maigret’, ‘Ritorna il tenente Sheridan’, ‘Sheridan, squadra omicidi’, ‘Un certo Harry Brent’, ‘Nero Wolfe’, ‘La donna di picche’. Maestosi has also acted in the cinema: he appeared in about thirty films including three Spaghetti westerns: “In a Colt’s Shadow” – 1966 as a Mexican bandit; ‘El Rojo’ as settler and ‘Ringo’s Big Night as John Crowl, both 1967. He also dubbed two other Spaghetti westerns: “Death Rides a Horse” 1967 (Romano Puppo) and “Beyond the Law” 1968 (Carlo Gaddi).


  • TRINTIGNANT, Jean-Louis - 12/11/1930, Piolenc, Vaucluse, France – 6/17/2022, Gard, France

Legendary French actor Jean-Louis Trintignant died in Gard, France on June 17, 2022, of old age. He was 91. Trintignant, one of France's greatest actors had his acting career shadowed when his life was plunged into tragedy by the murder of his daughter at the hands of her pop star boyfriend. Trintignant was devastated when Marie, an actress, was beaten to death by rock star Bertrand Cantat in a hotel room in Lithuania in 2003. She was 41. Yet nine years later he returned in triumph in Michael Haneke's Oscar-winning "Amour", playing a man in his eighties struggling to look after his wife after a stroke. It also won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival, where Trintignant made a final emotional return in 2019 aged 88 despite being weakened by cancer for a sequel of "A Man and a Woman", the 1966 love story that made his name. Jean-Louis appeared in only one Euro-western as a mute gunfighter named ‘Silence’ in the 1968 Sergio Corbucci directed “The Great Silence” with Klaus Kinski and Frank Wolff.


  • VARELA, Jordi - 19??, Spain - 6/?/2022, Spain

Spanish voice actor and dubber Jordi Varela passed away in Spain in June 2022. His age is unknown. He was a big name in dubbin video games and was most famous as the Spanish voice of Professor Hershel Layton of the Nintendo series. Important adventures such as Professor Layton and the Mask of Prodigies , Professor Layton and the Specter's Call or Professor Layton and Pandora's Box will forever remain in our memory. Varela was the Spanish voce of Mayor Thadeus Collins in the 2005 animated film “Lucky Luke: Ballad of the Daltons”, he was also the narrator in “Lucky Luke” 2005.


  • BRAUNS, Karin (Karin Isabell Brauns) - 1990 Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden - 6/10/2022, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Artist, actress Karin Brauns died in Los Angeles, California on June 10, 2022. She was only 32. Born in Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden in 1990, the Swedish & Latvian lived in England, New Zealand & Australia. She was based in Los Angeles, California. Karin had an early passion for acting and she modeled around the world since the age of nineteen. Karin was a SAG-Aftra actress & professional model. She is credited with TV shows such as; ‘New Girl’, ‘Young & Hungry’, ‘Matador’, ‘Sangre Negra’ and one Spaghetti western in 2019’s “Once Upon a Time in Deadwood” as Ursula with Robert Bronzi.


  • REUSSE, Peter - 2/15/1941, Teltow, Brandenburg, Germany- 6/11/2022, Germany

In East Germany, the actor Peter Reusse made a career for himself in films and on stage. In the 1960s and 1970s he became known as the “James Dean of the East”. After reunification he played alongside Iris Berben, Nadja Tiller and Charles Aznavour. He died on June 11, 2022, at the age of 81. After studying at the Babelsberg Film School, he acted in various theaters in the GDR. In 1970 he became a permanent member of the ensemble at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. He then went on to appear in nearly 80 films and TV appearances including one TV Euro-western: ‘Alaska-Kids großer Coup’ 1979 as the Alaska Kid.


  • FISER, Stanislav - 12/14/1931, , Horice, Podkrkonosi, Czechoslovakia - 6/112022, Prague, Czech Republic

Czech actor and drummer Stanislav Fišer died at the age of 90 in Prague, Czech Republic on June 11, 2022. He was 90. He performed in more than a hundred roles in comedies and chamber musicals at the Municipal Theaters of Prague. But he celebrated his greatest success in dubbing. He lent his voice to Inspector Clousea, and especially to the Apache Chief Winnetou. In 2004, Fischer underwent surgery for laryngeal cancer. He lost his atypical voice at the time and had to use a special electronic speaker to communicate. However, Fišer did not forget about the ABC Home Theater, so he returned to his stage in several silent roles, which he enjoyed even after his eighties. Stanislav was the Czech voice of Pierre Brice in all the Winnetou films and also was the voice of Gojko Mitic in “Osceola” and Tecumseh” along with being the Czech voice of Marco Zuanelli in “Once Upon a Time in the West” and “Josef Egger in “Fistful of Dollars”.


  • GUINON, Rosa - 4/11/1932, Spain - 6/5/2022, Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Spanish dubbing and voice actress Rosa Guiñón died in Spain on June 5, 2022. She was 90. Guiñón was one of the most important professionals in her specialty in Spanish. Her voice remains in the memory of several generations, having been the usual dubber of Barbra Streisand, Julie Andrews, Natalie Wood, Audrey Hepburn and above all, Meryl Streep. She dubbed several Euro-western actresses from Karin Dor, Elke Sommer and Dahlia Lavi in the “Winnetou films to Rosalba Neri, Adriana Ambessi, Brigitte Bardot, Carroll Baker, Cristina Galbo, Daniela Giordana, Giovanna Ralli and Lucretia Love. Last of the Renegades – 1964 [Karin Dor], The Halfbreed – 1965 [Daliah Lavi], Frontier Hellcat – 1966 [Elke Sommer], The Tall Women – 1966 [Adriana Ambessi], Twice a Judas – 1968 [Cristina Galbo], Villa Rides – 1968 [Maria Grazia Burcella], Shalako – 1969 [Brigitte Bardot], Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die – 1970, And God Said to Cain – 1971 [Marcella Michelangeli], Boot Hill – 1971 [circus girl], Cannon for Cordoba – 1971 [Giovanna Ralli], El Puro – 1971 [Rosalba Neri], Have a Good Funeral – 1971 [Daniela Giordana], Catlow – 1972 [Jo Ann Pflug], Go With God Gringo – 1972 [Lucretia Love], Captain Apache – 1974 [Carroll Baker], The Crazy Bunch – 1974 [Rosalba Neri], Son of Zorro – 1974 [Elisa Ramirez], The Ballad of Death Valley – 1975 [Josiane Tanzilli], The Emmigrants – 1985 [Liv Ullmann].


  • JOHNSON, Brad 10/24/1959, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. - 2/18/2022, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.

American film and TV actor Brad Johnson died of complications from COVID-19 on February 18, 2022. He was 62. Born in Tucson, Arizona on October 24, 1959 the son of a horse trainer, Brad grew up with a passion and love for the outdoors, and his younger years would see him hunting and competing in rodeo whenever he had the chance," his obituary recalled. "Brad started his professional rodeo career in 1984, and the circuit would lead him to Dallas, Texas, where he would meet the love of his life, Laurie. They were married for 35 very full years. While working the rodeo circuit, he attracted the attention of commercial talent scouts and started booking work, soon becoming the Marlboro Man for a period of time. This led to an acting career in such films as“Always”, “Flight of the Intruder”, “Philadelphia Experiment II”, “The Birds II: Land's End”, “Rough Riders”, the Left Behind ‘Riverworld’ among others. Brad appeared in the 2007 U.S.A., Bulgarian television co-production ‘Copperhead’ as Wild Bill Longley.


  • MASE, Marino - 3/21/1939, Trieste, Venezia Giulia, Italy - 5/28/2022, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian supporting actor Marino Masè died in Rome, Italy on May 28, 2022. He was 83. Masè was born in Trieste, Venezia Giulia, Italy on March 21, 1939 and began his career on stage and began his film career by participating in the film “The Rape of the Sabine Women” by Richard Pottier. He had a small role in Luchino Visconti's “Il Gattopardo”, released in 1963, he also had a role in Jean-Luc Godard's “Les Carabiniers”. Marino appeared in three Euro-westerns: ‘Questa sera parla Mark Twain’ (TV) – 1965 (Charles Langdon); “The 5-Man Army – 1969 (train engineer/Mexican soldier); Zorro – 1975 (Miguel de la Serna).


  • SACHTLEBEN, Horst- 9/24/1930, Berlin, Berlin, Germany - 5/24/2022, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

As Bishop Rossbauer, Horst Sachtleben was an integral part of the ARD series "Um Himmels Willen". His career took him from the theater stage in front of the camera to behind the microphone - as a voice for others. The actor died in Munich, Germany on May 24, 2022 at the age of 91. Born in Berlin on September 24, 1930. In addition to his role as Bishop Rossbauer, Sachtleben was also involved with guest appearances in other TV productions. For example, he was seen in "Tatort" and in the series "Der Alte" and "Der Kommissar". The actor's voice went on to have an international career - as a dubbing actor, Sachtleben lent it to Peter Falk as investigating Inspector Columbo and to Jim Broadbent in the role of Professor Horace Slughorn in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". Sachtleben also was the voice behind Niles, the butler in the sitcom "The Nanny". Horst was the German voice on several Euro-westerns such as: “Massacre at Marble City: (1964); Black Eagle of Santa Fe (1965) [German voice of Lorenzo Robledo]; “30 Winchesters for El Diablo” (1965) [German voice of Antonio Garisa]; “Sugar Colt” (1966) [German voice of Al Thomas]; “A Stranger in Paso Bravo” (1968) [German voice of Ignazio Leone]; “A Rope for a Bastard” (1968) [German voice of Renato Lupi]; “The Price of Death” (1971) [German voice of Franco Abbina] and ‘My Friend Winnetou’ (TV) 1979 [German voice of Jean-Claude Deret].

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