It's been reported at Legends of the Cinema that French stage, film, TV actor, screenwriter, production manager and director Jean Lara died on September 25, 2010 in France. Lara first appeared in the 1946 film “Mr. Orchid” under the stage name Jean Varas. His last film appearance was in the 1986 film “Paris minuit”. Born Juan Usnadivaras on September 20, 1922 in Dijon, France he shortened his name to Jean Varas and eventually Jean Lara. He appeared in such films as “The Iron Mask” (1962) and headed the French production unit for “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” (1977). Jean appeared in only one Euro-western as Baby in the 1956 film “Fernand Cowboy” starring Fernand Raynaud and directed by Guy Lefranc.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.