Joaquín Blanco Calvache was born in Almeria, Andalucia, Spain on June 21, 1938. Joaquín grew up without a father and moved as an infant with his mother to Terrassa. At eight, he worked with his mother in a hosiery mill. As a teenager he tried, among other things bring a bullfighter and an insurance agent. At18 years-old, he was working in commercial art and comics. During a six-year-long stay in Rome, he met his wife Sandra Blanch, with whom he had a daughter.
His acting career began in 1964 with a small role in “Paths of Glory” 1964 and thus began a career of 21 film and television appearances put them with occasional appearances until a final video appearance in 2002’s “Soul Man”. Blanco often appeared in spaghetti westerns, even erotic films; two of which he directed in 1983 and 1991, and wrote his own screenplays for such films he chose the pseudonym J. White and John Russell.
Blanco was a student of the martial arts and practiced karate. He died of complications from liver cancer on Febraury 28, 2011 in Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain. He was 72 years-old.
BLANCO, Joaquín (aka John Russell, J. White) (Joaquín Blanco Calvache) [6/21/1938, Almeria, Andalucia, Spain - 2/28/2011, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain (liver cancer)] - director, screenwriter, TV, voice actor, married to Sandra Blanch, father of a daughter.
Epitaph for a Fast Gun - 1965
Heroes of the West - 1965 (Fred)
Django Kill – 1966 (Oaks’ gang member)
Gentleman Killer - 1967 (Sam)
And God Said to Cain - 1969
Dig Your Grave Friend... Sabata’s Coming - 1971 (Murdy)