Saturday, June 6, 2009

Remembering Julian Ugarte

Julián Ugarte Landa was born on June 6, 1929 in Sestao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain. He would settle in Madrid where he studied painting, sculpture, pottery and ballet. He made his film debut in 1953 under the direction of Fernando Fernan-Gomez in the film “The Message”. His tall thin, pale appearance made for the perfect villain, vampire etc. which he did with relish in several horror and Euro-westerns. Most of us remember him for his role as Yancy Hobbitt the travelling pastor pursuing Lee Van Cleef and Lo Leigh in 1974’s “The Stranger and the Gunfighter”. He also appeared in “A Man Called Noon” (1973) and “Revenge of the Black Wolf” (1981). Ugarte was married for a time to actress Didi Sherman and died in Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain on December 27, 1987. We remember Julián Ugarte today on what would have been his 80th birthday.

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