GEORGE HILTON, THE ACTOR AND THE SPAGHETTI WESTERN STAR HAS DIED
George Hilton died, the actor was 85 years old and was the protagonist of many spaghetti westerns and films of Italian genre cinema.
By Fabio Fusco
George Hilton died today at age 85. The actor was one of the most fascinating and popular faces of Italian genre cinema, especially the westerns. This was confirmed by George Hilton's partner, Gabriela, on her Facebook profile. "George did his best to stay healthy" - read the long post shared by the woman - "he wanted to be with his family, the people he loved, including you, his fans. Unfortunately his efforts were not quite fulfilled"
George Hilton, whose real name was Jorge Hill Acosta y Lara was born Montevideo in Uruguay 85 years ago. After his beginnings on the radio, in the mid-1950s he moved to Argentina and appeared in several national photo stories and films. In 1963 he moved to Italy, attracted by the chance to make a fortune in Italian cinema, anglicized his name and got a role in “Il corsaro nero nell'isola del Tesoro”.
In those years, thanks to the interest of Lucio Fulci, Hilton became a star of westerns on a par with Franco Nero and Giuliano Gemma and interpreted “Massacre Time”, “Any Gun Can Play” and many other such films.
Beginning in the early 1970s, George Hilton, in addition to westerns, portrayed cult thrillers and horror films, such as “Lo strano vizio della signora Wardh” with Edwige Fenech and “Tutti i colori del buio”. He had a charming and gloomy face that also lends itself to black stories.
The 80s will also see him as a performer of comedies, including “Ricchi, ricchissimi... praticamente in mutande e College.”
In the long post announcing the disappearance of George Hilton, his partner recalled that they had met 32 years ago but had decided to take different paths also because of the distance and other issues that would hinder their relationship. A few years later, however, they had found each other and decided to stay together, even despite the strong age difference.
HILTON, George (Jorge Hill Acosta y Lara)
Born: 7/16/1934, Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: 7/28/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy
GEORGE Hilton’s westerns:
The Brute and the Beast – 1966 (Jeff ‘Slim’ Corbett)
Hallelujah for Django – 1966 (Billy ‘Rum’ Cooney/Django)
Kitosch, the Man Who Came from the North – 1966 (David Kitosh]
The Two Sons of Ringo – 1966 (Joe)
Any Gun Can Play – 1967 (The Stranger/Bounty Hunter/Django)
Last of the Badmen – 1967 (Kitosch)
The Moment to Kill – 1967 (Lord/Django/Johnny King)
Poker With Pistol – 1967 (Bronson/Ponson Terrail/George Benson)
Professionals for a Massacre – 1967 (Tim Dooley/Steel Downey/Frank the Preacher)
The Ruthless Four – 1967 (Manolo Sanchez)
Dead for a Dollar – 1968 (Glenn Reno)
Full House for the Devil – 1968 (Johnny King/Django)
A Bullet for Sandoval – 1969 (Corporal John Warner)
Fistful of Lead – 1970 (Sartana/Django)
Guns for Dollars – 1971 (Hallelujah/Alleluia)
The Return of Hallelujah – 1972 (Johnny la Faine/Alleluja/Hallelujah)
The Man Called Invincible – 1973 (Tresette/Tricky Dicky )
The Crazy Bunch – 1974 (Tresette/Tricky Dicky)
Trinity, the Clown, the Guitar – 1974 (Trinity/Johnny Chitarra/Guitar)
Eh? Who’s Afraid of Zorro! – 1975 (Philip ‘Felipe’ Mackintosh/Don Pablo Maria Fernando
Alba de Mendoza/Zorro)
Macho Killers – 1977 (Hidalgo/’TheDuke’)
Ein Halleluja für Anthony Ascott – 2005 [himself]
Rouge Western – 2007 [himself]