Saturday, September 6, 2014

Remembering Paul Naschy

Paul Naschy was born Jacinto Molina Álvarez on September 16, 1934 in Madrid, Spain. Nachy was a Spanish movie actor, screenwriter, and director working primarily in horror films. Early in his life he wrote several Western dime novels, published under the pseudonym Jack Mills. His portrayals of numerous classic horror figures — the Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster, Count Dracula, the Hunchback, and the Mummy — earned him recognition as the Spanish Lon Chaney. He had one of the most recognizable faces in Spanish horror film. Naschy also starred in dozens of action films, historical dramas, crime movies, TV shows and documentaries as well. In addition to acting, Naschy also wrote the screenplays for most of his films and directed a number of them as well. King Juan Carlos I presented Naschy with Spain's Gold Medal Award for Fine Arts in 2001 in honor of his work, the Spanish equivalent of being knighted.
As Jacinto Molina, Naschy appeared in only one Euro-western “The Fury of Johnny Kid” (1966) as Blackie.
Naschy died from pancreatic cancer on December 1, 2009 in Madrid, Spain.
Today we remember Paul Naschy on what would have been his 80th birthday.

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