Charles Allen Southwood was born in Los Angeles, California on
August 30, 1937. He moved to Oregon in 1945 and later attended Oregon State
University as a Philosophy Major. After college he decided to see the world and
went to Lyon, France where he worked as a dock worker. Later he worked as an
Auto Insurance Executive from 1964-1966 selling insurance to American GI’s
stationed in Europe. While in France he became interested in acting and his
first experience with film work was as a stand-in for Lex Barker in “Woman
Times Seven” (1966) starring Shirley MacLaine. This led him to a role in a
French TV film “The Battle of Hastings”. He was spotted and signed by an agent
who got him a role in his first film role in “The Stranger Who Made the Sign of
the Cross” (1967) a Euro-western directed by Demofilo Fidani. He then
participated in four more Euro-westerns before his last film appearance in
1981’s “Documenteur” directed by Agnes Varda. Returning home to the United
States, Charles founded Death Tobacco Company which produced the cigarettes of
the same name. He later worked as a private research physicist in Grants Pass, Oregon where he died on April 8, 2009.Today we remember Charles Southwood on what would have been his 75th birthday.
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.