Wednesday, September 23, 2009

RIP Victor Israel

Veteran Spanish actor Victor Israel passed away on Saturday September 19, 2009 in Spain. His funeral was held on Sunday. Born Maria Soler Vilanova on June 13, 1929 in Barcelona, Spain. The impish actor with the bad eye which reminded many fans of Jack Elam was a mainstay in the Spaghetti western and horror genres for more than three decades. His first Euro-western was in “Savage Guns” (1961) and he continued acting in westerns until his last appearance in “Al este del oeste” (1983). Seldom did he have more than a few lines of dialogue and often he appeared in uncredited roles, but his face was so easily recognizable that you knew him in heartbeat. One of his best and important roles was as the Confederate sergeant in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966). Angel Eyes played by Lee Van Cleef goes to a Confederate field hospital and talks with Israel about Bill Carson and where if captured he might turn up. This scene was cut from the U.S.A. print and most of us never saw the scene until it was inserted in the restored DVD version released several years ago. It's sad to see one of the best of the Spanish character actors leave us as quietly as most viewers were of his long career.

ISRAEL, Victor real name osé Maria Soler Vilanova
Born: 6/13/1929, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Died: 9/19/2009, Spain

Victor Israel's westerns – actor:
The Savage Guns – 1961
Shoot to Kill –1963
A Place Called Glory – 1965 (hotel clerk)
7 Guns for the MacGregors 1965 (piano player)
The Two Sergeants of General Custer – 1965
Dynamite Jim – 1966 (hotel clerk)
5 Giants from Texas – 1966 (barber)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 (Confederate soldier)
The Texican – 1966 (Wilkins)
The Treasure of Padre O’Hara – 1966
Sugar Colt – 1966 (gravedigger)
Up the MacGregors – 1966 (Trevor)
Yankee – 1966 (sheriff)
Bandidos – 1967 (train conductor)
Gentleman Killer – 1967
And for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars – 1968 (inn keeper)
Garringo – 1968 (barman)
I Came, I Saw, I Shot – 1968 (chef)
Killer, Adios – 1968 (Dixon)
A Pistol for 100 Coffins – 1968 (Barrett)
White Comanche – 1968 (Carter)
The Magnificent Bandit – 1969
Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid – 1969 (henchman)
Companeros! – 1970 (Rosenbloom henchman)
The Arizona Kid - 1971
Blazing Guns – 1971 (Preacher)
Catlow – 1971 (Pesquiera)
The Legend of Frenchie King – 1971
Long Live Your Death – 1971 (Manuel Mendoza)
Thunder Over El Paso – 1971
What am I Doing in a Middle of a Revolution? – 1972 (actor)
The Return of Alleluia – 1972
Sonny & Jed – 1972 (Felipe)
Three Supermen of the West – 1973 (banker)
The White, the Yellow and the Black – 1974 (prisoner)
Al este del oeste – 1983 (Tumbas)

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