Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Remembering Luis Barboo

Luis Barboo was born on March 20, 1927 in Vigo, Pontevedra, Spain. He was a gifted athlete and before entering films was a circus performer. He appeared in more than 135 films during his career specializing in westerns and horror. Luis was often seen in his many Euro-westerns in character roles as henchmen, townsmen, and farmers. The powerfully built actor appeared in over 40 Euro-westerns from "A Fistful of Dollars" in 1964 until "Comin’ At Ya!" in 1981. Barboo was seen but seldom heard in such westerns as "The Big Gundown" (1967), "Clint the Stranger" "Sugar Colt" and "The Ugly Ones" (1967), "The Dead are Countless" and "A Bullet for Sandoval" (1969), "Cannon for Cordoba" (1970), "Doc" and "Hannie Caulder" (1971), "Montana Trap" (1976), "China 9, Liberty 37" (1978). Barboo was also credited under the names Lew Wills, Luis Bar-Boo and Luis Baar-Boo. His agent was Aldo Sambrell’s wife Cándida López and along with another of her clients Frank Braña often appeared together in the same films. Although Luis, like Aldo and Frank, seldom lived to see the end of a film he was a mainstay of the westerns filmed in Spain during the heyday of the Spaghetti Westerns. Luis died September 30, 2001 in Madrid, Spain. Today we remember Luis Barboo on what would have been his 85th birthday.


  1. Can't forget his many appearances in Jess Franco's films as well. He's just one of those familiar faces, like Romano Puppo, that makes me smile every time I see him.

  2. Luis Barboo also appears in "Between God, The Devil, And A Winchester" from 1968 as Zeb. He tries to shoot the character of Bob Ford played by Folco Lulli but is killed by Ford with a shot to the head. Turns out he was trying to claim the reward on him. Interesting fact. Bob Ford was a real person who was responsible for killing outlaw Jesse James in April of 1882. Or so I heard.