Cemetery with crosses - legends lost but remembered

From The Spaghetti Western Database

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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FRESH GRAVES

  • RODRIGUEZ, Claudio - 8/31/1933, La Bóveda de Toro, Zamora, Spain - 12/4/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

The voice and dubbing actor Claudio Rodriguez who was the voice of actors like Burt Lancaster, John Wayne and Anthony Quinn, has passed away December 4, 2019 at age 86, it was confirmed by Adoma, the association of dubbing artists in Madrid. Born in the Zamora town of La Bóveda de Toro in 1933, Rodríguez gave his voice in Spanish to well-known characters such as Albus Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter movie saga or to the Willy Fog of the eighties cartoon series “The Return of the World of Willy Fog. The actor also read the text of characters played by Max von Sydow and Charlton Heston, who once told Rodriguez that he was known in Spain thanks to him. The doubler, who also worked as a dialogue adapter and dubbing director, gave voice to other iconic characters such as the Dracula of the Francis Ford Coppola film version. He was the voice of Lee Van Cleef, Robert Hundar, Rod Cameron, Fernando Casanova, Cameron Mitchell and Luis Induni to name just a few.


  • TEJADA, Manuel - 7/8/1940, Puente de Génave, Jaen, Spain - 12/3/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Spanish theater, film, TV actor Manuel Tejada died in Madrid on December 3, 2019. He was 79. Born Manuel Tejada de Luna in Puente de Génave, “a small town in Jaén about an hour from Linares,” the actor recalled in an interview; “but my first representative told me that it was better to give a better known birthplace and I ended up being born in Linares”. Moving to Madrid he became a theater actor and then branched off into films and television before returning to the theater to end his career. He appeared in three Euro-westerns; “One by One” (1968) as Sheriff Blackie; “Death Knows No Time” (1969) and “Cut-Throats Nine” (1972) as Dean Marlowe.


  • CONGIA, Vittorio - 11/4/1930, Iglesias, Sardinia, Italy - 11/27/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Italian film, TV and voice actor Vittorio Congia died in Rome on November 27, 2019. He was 89 years-old. Born in Iglesias, Sardinia, Italy on November 4, 2019, He was a familiar face, between cinema and TV, especially between the end of the 1950s and the end of the 1970s. Congia appeared in about forty films - including twelve musicals - between 1957 and 1978. He appeared in three Euro-westerns: Don’t Sing, Shoot (TV) (1967) Colonel Gaudenzio Forrester; “The Ballad of Ben and Charlie” (1972) as Alan ‘3%’ Smith and “The Three Musketeers of the West” (1973) as the wedding announcer. He was the Italian voice of Philip Ahn from 1972-1975 in the TV western “Kung Fu”.


  • POLLARD, Michael (Michael John Pollack, Jr.) - 5/30/1939, Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.A. - 11/20/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Veteran American actor Michael J. Pollard died in a Los Angeles, California hospital on November 20, 2019. He was 80. Born Michael John Pollack, Jr. on May 30, 1939 in Passaic, New York. Pollard had been acting since 1958. A character actor, he accumulated almost a hundred appearances in movies and television series since then. An early career break occurred when Pollard was brought in as a replacement during the first season of TV's "Dobie Gillis." Co-star Bob Denver, who was stealing the show as Dobie's beatnik buddy Maynard G. Krebs. He was going to be drafted into the Army and had to exit the series. When Denver was classified "4-F" due to a longstanding neck injury and returned, Pollard's character of weird cousin Jerome Krebs was quickly written out. Pollard played the role of "Hugo" in the original Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie" (costarring with Dick Van Dyke, Chita Rivera, Paul Lynde, and Dick Gautier) in the early 1960s. In 1967, Pollard earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role of C.W. Moss in the film “Bonnie and Clyde”. He also earned two Golden Globe nominations for that role, one for Best Supporting Actor and one for Most Promising Newcomer. In addition, his performance in Bonnie and Clyde won Pollard a BAFTA Award as Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles. Michael appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Legend of Frenchie King” (1971) as Marshal Jeffords and “Four of the Apocalypse” (1974) as Clem.


  • CORSELLAS, Arseni (Arsenio Corsellas Serra) - 9/17/1933, Figueres, Girono, Catalonia, Spain - 11/15/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

One of Spain’s great voice actor’s Arseni Corsellas died Saturday November 16, 2019 at age 86, according to his son who published his passing on social networks. Corsellas gave voice to iconic characters like JR of " Dallas " and also to actors like Sean Connery or Charlton Heston . Corsellas debuted in the 1950s on Radio Juventud. However, the work that opened the door to dubbing was the performance at the National Radio Invisible Theater. Since then he made more than a thousand dubbing and was the voice of actors such as Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Albert Finney, in addition to those already mentioned. He also directed almost all the films that were dubbed in the Voice of Spain studios in the sixties and seventies in Barcelona and, in addition, we have also been able to see him perform in films such as "Own Love" by Mario Camus or "The best thing it can happen in a croissant "by Paco Mir. His dubbing for Euro-westerns is too great to cover and list all the films and actors among which are Lex Barker in 1964’s “Last of the Renegades”; Robert Shaw “Custer of the West” (1967); Tomas Milian “Death Sentence” and Yul Brynner “Villa Rides” (1968); Anthony Steffen “Gentleman Killer” and Sean Connery “Shalako (both 1969); Raf Vallone “Cannon for Corsoba”, Fernando Rey “Companieros” and Richard Crenna “The Deserter” (all 1971); Charles Bronson “Chato’s Land” and Jim Brown “El Condor”, James Garner “A Man Called Sledge” Burt Lancaster “Valdez is Coming!” (all 1972); Richard Harrison “Jesse & Lester, Two Brothers in a Town Called Trinity”, Stephen Boyd “Those Dirty Dogs” (both 1973); and Robert Mitchum “Dead Man” 1996.


  • JASNY, Vojtěch - 11/30/1925, Kelc, Czechoslovakia, U.S.A. - 11/16/2019, Prague, Czechoslovakia

Czech director Vojtěch Jasný died in Prague on November 16, 2019. He was 93. From the 1950s, Jasny made some 50 movies in Czechoslovakia and later in the West when he emigrated after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia. His most famous film, “All My Good Countrymen,” from 1968, about the brutal changes in the country under communism, was banned in his homeland. It won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1969. He also won a Cannes special jury prize for his 1963 film, “The Cassandra Cat.” In the 1980s, Jasny settled in the United States, lecturing at Columbia University. He later returned home. He directed the 1965 Euro-western TV film “Magnetické vlny lécí”.


  • BLUDAU, Oliver - 11/26/1971, Lennestadt, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany - 11/8/2019, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

German businessman and actor Oliver Bludau died November 8, 2019. He was 47. Born on November 26, 1971. He was the grandson of actress Maria Bladau and the son of actor Jochen Bludau and actress Irmgard Bludau. Oliver appeared on stage at the Elipse Karl-May Festival from 2011-2014. He played Old Shatterhand in “Winnetou 1” (2012), “The Oil Prince” (2013) and “Among Vultures” 2014. He appeared in 2011 as Engineer Leverent in “Halfbreed”. He was also the managing director during this same time. He then turned his attention to his position as managing director of the Berghoff Group.


  • SAGNER, Martin - 8/11/1932, Podravski, Novigrad, Yugoslavia - 11/12/2019, Zagreb, Croatia

Martin Sagner a Croatian theater, television and film actor known not only in Croatia but also internationally died in Zagreb, Croatia on November 12, 2019. He was 87. Born in Podravski, Novigrad, Yugoslavia on August 11, 1932 Sagner first studied law before attending the Acting Academy in 1955. . He then started acting at the Croatian National Theater in Varaždin and then at the Comedy Theater in Zagreb. He appeared in 32 films and television series from 1961 to 2005. Later in life he entered politics and was the HDZ s representative in the first post-communist convocation of the Croatian Parliament (1990-1992), as well as in the second Croatian Parliament (1992-1995). Sagner appeared in only one Euro-western as Bonoja in 1965's "Old Surehand".


  • BONGUSTO, Fred (Alfred Antonio Carlo Buongusto) 4/6/1935, Campobasso, Campobasso, Italy - 11/8/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Pop composer, songwriter and musical performer Fred Bongusto died in Rome, Italy on November 9th he was 84. Bongusto was big in the 1960s and 70s and he had several international hits. He was also very popular in South America, especially Brazil, as well as in his homeland. He composed the soundtracks of many movies too including three Euro-westerns: “Adios Gringo”, Blood for a Silver Dollar” (both 1965) and “Day After Tomorrow” where his composition and singing of “I Have to Kill a Man” became a cult classic among Euro-western fans.”


  • POWELL, Nik - 11/4/1950, Great Kingshill, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K. - 11/7/2019, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.

British music and film producer Nik Powell, who was among the Virgin Group co-founders with Richard Branson and became an influential force in U.K. cinema, producing more than 60 titles including Neil Jordan’s Oscar-winning “The Crying Game,” died Thursday at age 69. The cause of death was an unspecified form of cancer, Britain’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) – which Powell headed for more than a decade – said in a statement. He died in Oxford surrounded by his family. Born on November 4, 1950, in the small village of Great Kingshill, in Buckinghamshire, Powell started out running a record shop and was among the founding partners in 1972 of Virgin Records, which became one of the U.K.’s top recording labels before being sold to EMI 20 years later. Powell was a producer on the 2016 Euro-western “Btimstone” starring Guy Pearce and Dakota Fanning

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