Friday, September 7, 2018

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ Robert Ryan as Colonel Mortimer

When Sergio Leone’s “Fistful of Dollars” became an international box office smash he was quickly offered by producers Arrigo Colombo and Giorgio Papi money to make a sequel. Sergio came up with a story of two bounty hunters in search of the same prey. He quickly signed Clint Eastwood to return as ‘The Man with No Name” and went in search of another actor to play the role of Colonel Douglas Mortimer. He offered the role to Hollywood veteran Robert Ryan who turned down the opportunity and role eventually was given to Lee Van Cleef.

1 comment:

  1. Biltmore: Never heard that. Weeks before filming Variety mentioned that Jack Palance was too play opposite Eastwood & Volonte. Then less than a week before starting Van Cleef was signed.