Thursday, July 4, 2019

RIP Eduardo Fajardo

One of the leading actors of the Spaghetti western genre Eduardo Fajardo, died in Mexico on July 4, 2019 at the age of 94. Born in Meis, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain on August 14, 1924 his family moved within a few days of his life to La Rioja. His childhood would take place in Haro, which he confessed liking very well. While still a teenager, he moved to Santander, where he studied the Baccalaureate and began his acting career in 1942, starting as a voice actor, a career he developed until 1946. With Cifesa he signed a contract as an exclusive actor for several years for his greatest successes. He debuted in the cinema with the film Heroes of 95, by Raúl Alfonso (1947), thus inaugurating one of the most bulky filmographies of Spanish cinema, which reaches over 180 titles. He also developed a career in the theater which he carried on and off throughout his career. In 1953 he moved to Mexico, where he combined his participation in the cinema of that country with television appearances; among them Tehuantepec by Miguel Contreras Torres (1954), Tizoc: Indian love by Ismael Rodríguez Ruelas (1957). On his return to Spain he resumed his film career with a frenetic activity that led him to shoot an average of fifteen titles a year in which the roles of the villain abound in the Spaghetti Westerngenre most notably in Django (1966) ) by Sergio Corbucci. In his final years he moved to Almeria where he instituted their Walk of Fame and worked as a director in the theater working with disabled  children. He worked on 183 films, 75 plays and some 2,000 appearances on television in Spain and Mexico, as well as participating in productions from Italy, Germany, France, Great Britain and the United States.

Charge of the 7th – 1964 (Colonel George Bonnet)
A Coffin for the Sheriff – 1965 (Russell Murder/Murdock/Banner)
Django – 1965 (Major Jackson)
Ringo’s Big Night – 1965 (Mayor Joseph Finley)
Ringo, the Face of Revenge – 1966 (Tim)
A Stranger in Paso Bravo – 1966 (Acombar/Akenbar)
Gentleman Killer – 1967 (Colonel Fernando Ferreras)
Last of the Badmen – 1967 (Don Jaime Morelos/Mendoza)
7 Pistols for a Massacre – 1967 (Tilly/Tiny)
Go for Broke – 1968 (Paco Nunez)
Killer, Adios – 1968 (Sam Ringold)
The Mercenary – 1968 (Alfono Garcia)
One by One – 1968 (Sheriff Lyman)
Tierra Brava – 1968 (Trevor)
A Pistol for 100 Coffins – 1968 (Chavel)
Companeros – 1970 (colonel)
Dead Men Ride – 1970 (Redfield)
A Man Called Apocalypse Joe – 1970 (Berg)
Sabata the Killer – 1970 (Mangosta)
Shango – 1970 (Major Droster)
Bad Man’s River – 1971 (General Duarte)
The Bandit Malpelo – 1971 (Juan Cisneros Malpelo)
Long Live Your Death – 1971 (General Huerta)
Sonny & Jed – 1972 (Doñ Garcia Moreno)
Sting of the West – 1972 (Grant)
Tequila – 1972 (Dekovan/Di Koven/Cogan)
The Three Musketeers of the West – 1973 (Horatio Maurice DeLuc)
Valley of the Dancing Widows – 1974 (Dynamite Dick)
Arrivano i Vostro (TV) – 1983 [himself]
El bueno, la bomba y el malo – 2000 [himself]
Once Upon a Time in Europe (TV) – 2001 [himself]

1 comment:

  1. He was one of the many giants of the European Cinema that will be greatly missed...
    Stephan. from Brazil