Giuliano Gemma died today October 1st in a head-on car accident outside of Rome. He was 75. One of the icons of the Euro-western genre, he was a huge star and very popular in Italy. His happy go lucky, handsome, boyish image contrasted with the anti-heroes of the genre. Such was his power he was able to demand that Albert DeMartino be replaced by Giorgio Ferroni on “Fort Yuma Gold”. He appeared in 14 Euro-westerns from “A Pistol for Ringo” in 1965 to “Tex and the Lord of the Deep” (1985) a 20 year career, before he became an award winning dramatic actor. He was also an accomplished sculptor and had his own studio where he would spend most of his time. He was honored at this year’s Los Angeles Italian Film Festival and the documentary of his life made by his daughter Vera was shown. Gemma leaves a wife, journalist Baba Richerme and two daughters Vera and Giulana from a previous marriage.
YouTube death announcement link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXE-uHZ_KOg