Friday, February 24, 2017

RIP Antonio Casale

Italian director, assistant director and actor Antonio Casale died February 4th. He was 84 years-old. Casale was best known as an Italian character and supporting actor, who appeared in eight Italian spaghetti westerns-between 1965 and 1976, sometimes credited as Anthony Vernon. Casale is probably most famous throughout the world for his brief appearance in the role of the dying Bill Carson in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. He also appeared as the bounty hunter Hoak in the opening scene of “The Grand Duel” and in the role of one of the passengers on the coach that humiliates the protagonist Juan naively considering him only as an insignificant peon in “Duck You Sucker”. When the Euro-westerns were finished his face was often seen in police and crime films.

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