Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Men With No Credit ~ Bernie Fuchs (ILLUSTRATOR)

Part two of a five part series on the designers and artists who were involved with the Man With No Name ad campaign for the American release of "A Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". The biographies for each man were researched and written up by Canadian Film Researcher Mike Ferguson.

By Mike Ferguson

Born Bernard Fuchs on October 29, 1932 in O'Fallon, Illinois, United States. He lost three fingers on his right hand in an industrial accident the summer after he graduated from high school. Went to the Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He painted in various media and styles. Started out illustrating car advertisements for New Center Studios in Detroit. In the late 1950s, Fuchs moved to Westport, Connecticut. At the age of 30 he was named “Artist of the Year” by the Artists Guild of New York. He was the youngest person to be honored in the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. Fuchs did many of the 60's celebrity portrait covers for TV Guide and later was commissioned for a series of 1998 U.S. postage stamps. Worked with fellow Westport based illustrator David Blossom, Fred Otnes, Mitchell Hooks & Ted CoConis on the "The Man with No Name" campaign (sources conflict on who did what). Fuchs drew the "This belonged to the Man with No Name" teaser posters. He died at 76, on September 17, 2009 of Esophageal cancer, in Fairfield, Connecticut, United States. He was survived by his high school sweetheart Anna Lee Hesse, and their children: Cynthia, Derek, and Ellise. Fuchs can be viewed on YOUTUBE talking about his career in a piece by Tim Johnson & Ramona Bruland.

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