Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Who Are Those Guys? ~ Antonio Casas

Antonio Casas Barros was born in A Coruña, Galicia, Spain on November 11, 1911. Originally the 6’ 3” Casas started his career as a soccer player for Atlético Madrid for three seasons. Due to injuries he left the team. At the time he already had three films under his belt beginning in 1941. He then entered the film industry for good in 1943 and made over 180 film and TV appearances in film and TV between then and 1982. Among them were 20 Euro-westerns. Casas appeared in “A Pistol for Ringo” in 1965 but is probably best remembered as the farmer Stevens in Sergio Leone's “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” in 1966, a film that has consistently been voted one of the greatest of all time. He’s almost unrecognizable as Brother Smith & Wesson in Sergio Sollima’s “The Big Gundown”. One of his best non-western known roles was in Luis Buñuel's “Tristana”.

Casas usually played sympathetic characters and men of distinction. In the early 1970s he worked mainly in television but returned to film after 1975 until his death on February 14, 1982.

CASAS, Antonio (aka Anthony Casas) (Antonio Casas Barros) [11/11/1911, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain – 2/14/1982, Madrid, Madrid, Spain] – soccer player for Atletic de Madrid, theater,  film, TV actor.
Juanito – 1958 (President Meza)
Minnesota Clay – 1964 (Jonathan Mulligan)
Ride and Kill – 1964 (Sheriff Clymer)
$4.00 of Revenge – 1965 (General/Colonel Jackson)
A Pistol for Ringo – 1965 (Major Clyde)
The Return of Ringo – 1965 (Sheriff Carson)
Son of a Gunfighter – 1965 (Pecos)
The Big Gundown – 1966 (Brother Smith & Wesson)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 (Mondrega/John Stevens)
The Texican – 1966 (Frank Brady)
Face to Face – 1967 (Wild Bunch leader)
The Price of Power - 1969 (Mr. Willer)
Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid – 1969 (Barnds)
Twenty Thousand Dollars for Seven - 1969 (bandit)
When Satan Grips the Colt – 1970 (Warren)
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie – 1971 (gambler)
The Legend of Frenchie King – 1971 (wine merchant)
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie – 1972 (gambler)
Pancho Villa – 1972 (General Goyo)
Three Supermen of the West – 1973 (Reverend)

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