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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

  • BAILIE, Davoid - 12/4/1937, Springs, Gauteng, South Africa - 3/6/2021, South Africa

South African born British stage, film and TV actor David Bailie died March 5, 2021 in South Africa. Bailie, born in Springs, Gauteng, South Africa on December 4, 1937, is perhaps best known for his appearance as Taron Capel in Robots of Death, who also appeared in Blake's 7 ("Project Avalon"), Cotton in the Pirates Of The Caribbean films, and the voice of The Celestial Toymaker in Big Finish audio adventures, has passed way. He was 83. Bailie appeared as Sheriff Snow in the 2015 Euro-western “The Timber”.


  • MATZ, Katharina - 6/11/1930, Haindorf, Czechoslovakia - 3/3/2021, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Czech born German actress Katharina Matz died in Berlin, Germany on March 3, 2021 at the age of 90. The actress appeared on stage, film and television since the mid- 1950s. She appeared in the 1970 Euro-western TV movie ‘Maximilian von Mexiko’ as Kaiserin Eugenie.


  • KLEVENOW Jr., Heinz - 8/28/1940, Prague, Czech Republic – 3/4/2021, Germany

German actor Heinz Klevenow Jr. died on Thursday March 4, 2021. He was 80. Heinz was the son of the acting couple Marga Legal and Heinz Klevenow and was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia on August 8, 1940, He completed his acting training at the State Drama School in Berlin before joining the Landestheater Halle appearing in engagements in Weimar, Stendal and Senftenberg. He later became artistic director of the Halle Puppet theater from 1978-1982. He appeared in only one Euro-western as Arrowhead in the 1967 DEFA western “Chingachgook, the Great Snake”.


  • CORTIZAS, José Manuel (José Manuel Cortizas Valladares) - 1963, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain - 2/27/2021, Barakaldo, Vizcaya, Spain

Spanish sports commentator and voice actor José Manuel Cortizas died in a hospital in Barakaldo, Vizcaya, Spain of Covid-19. He was only 58. He was a well-known sports commentator and the Spanish voice of the cartoon character Crayon Shin-chan. Cortizas was the Spanish voice of Serge Marquand in 1967’s “Wanted” starring Giuliano Gemma and the voice of Klaus Kinski in 1971’s “Black Killer”. 2/27/2021, Barakaldo, Vizcaya, Spain


  • RATICI, Danilo - 1950, Italy - 2/26/2021, Naples, Campania, Italy

Italian guitarist Danilo Rustici, founding member of Osanna, one of the most important Italian progressive bands ever, died at the age of 72. The musician, whose health had already been weakened in the past, died at the Cardarelli Hospital in Naples due to complications deriving from Covid, as reported by Repubblica. Rustici gave life, with Osanna, one of the most important Italian musical experiences, bringing the music of our country far beyond national borders and becoming one of the world reference points of prog. Danilo was the brother of fellow musician Corrado Ratici. As a member of Osanna Ratici appeared on the soundtrack to the Spaghetti western “Stay Away from Trinity… When He Comes to Eldorado” (1972).


  • SANTI, Giancarlo - 10/7/1939, Rome, Lazio, Italy - 2/19/2021, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Jean Francois Gire announced on Sunday February 21, 2021 the passing of director Giancarlo Santi in Rome. He was 81. Santi was born in Rome, Italy on October 7, 1939. Santi began his career as production assistant for Gian Vittorio Baldi and later became and assistant director of Marco Ferreri on “L’ape regina”, La Donna scimmia” “Controsesso” and “Marcia nuziale” Santi collaborated with Sergio Leone on “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and “Once Upon a Time in the West”. He was chosen by Leone to direct “Duck You Sucker! After Peter Bogdanovich was fired, but the American production rejected this decision and Leone was forced to direct the movie. At any rate, Santi was the second unit director. He finally debuted as director in 1972, with the spaghetti western “The Grand Duel”.


  • CHATEL, Philippe - 2/23/1948, Paris, Île-de-France, France - 2/19/2021. Paris, Île-de-France, France

French author, composer and performer Philippe Chatel died in Paris on Febraury 19 at the age of 72, his family announced to Agence France-Presse. "My father died last night of a heart attack, at his home in Paris," said his daughter Émilie, to whom was dedicated this world-famous musical tale, created in 1979 and which has been the subject of several versions in forty years. Born in Paris on February 23, 1948, he was a writer on the 1994-1995 TV series ‘Davy Crockett’.


  • DORI, Sandro (Alberto Schiappadori) 12/21/1938, Ostiglia, Lombardy, - Rome, Lazio Italy – 2/15/2021

French author, composer and performer Philippe Chatel died in Paris on Febraury 19 at the age of 72, his family announced to Agence France-Presse. "My father died last night of a heart attack, at his home in Paris," said his daughter Émilie, to whom was dedicated this world-famous musical tale, created in 1979 and which has been the subject of several versions in forty years. Born in Paris on February 23, 1948, he was a writer on the 1994-1995 TV series ‘Davy Crockett’.


Italian actor Sandro Dori died in Rome on February 15, 2021. He was 82. Born Alberto Schiappadori in Ostiglia, Italy on December 21, 1938, he began his film career in the first half of 1960s alternating his activity as a film actor with a career in theater and dubbing. The role that the public first noticed him was that of Dr. Zucconi in “Il medico della mutualua”, in which he played one of Guido Tersilli's perfidious colleagues, a role also played in the sequel “Professor. Dr Guido Tersilli primario della clinica Villa Celeste convenzionata con le mutue”. During his career, Sandro was able to work with such directors Dario Argento, Mario Monicelli, Steno, Carlo Vanzina, Pupi Avati, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luigi Zampa, Luciano Salce and Sidney Lumet. Sandro Dori appeared in two Euro-westerns: “The Hills Run Red” (1966) as a saloon barker and “And for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars” (1968) as the sideshow owner.


  • STALMASTER, Lynn (Lynn Allen Stalmaster) - 11/17/1927, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A. - 2/12/2021, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Legendary Hollywood casting director died in his Los Angeles home on the morning of February 12, 2021. He was 93. He impacted hundreds of films and jump-started the careers of unknowns including Dustin Hoffman, Christopher Reeve, LaVar Burton and Ned Beatty. He was born Lynn Allen Stalmaster on November 17, 1927 and at the Governors Awards in November 2016 became the first casting director in history to receive an Academy Award. Lynn cast the Euro-westerns: “Return of the Seven” (1966); “Guns of the Magnificent Seven” (1969); “Cannon for Cordoba” (1970) and “Billy Two Hats” (1974).

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