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Tom B.
RIP Sam Shepard / Nicola Di Gioia
Tue Aug 1, 2017 9:39am

Director, writer, actor, singer, Sam Shepard died July 30, 2017 at his Midway, Kentucky home of ALS. Sam was a multi-talented performer and won a Pultizer Prize for drama for the play “Buried Child” and was nominated for the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "True West" and the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Fool for Love". Sam was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as author of a Best Play nominee: in 1996 for "Buried Child" and in 2000 for "True West." Sam was also bronc and bull rider on the rodeo circuit and was a member of the rock band Holy Modal Rounders (1968-1971). involved with four Euro-westerns: "Silent Tongue" 1993 as director and writer, the modern day "Don't Come Knocking" 2005 as Howard Spence and singer, "Bandidas" 2006 as Bill Buck and "Blackthorn" 2006 as James Blackthorn/Butch Cassidy and as a singer.

Italian stuntman, actor, location manager and cinema historian Nicola Di Gioia died in Rome, Italy on July 31st. He was 73. Di Gioia was a regular on Marco Giusti’s Stracult and was indispensable in helping Marco find old actors, directors and other film personnel from the Italy’s Golden age of film who had virtually disappeared. Nicola began his career in the eraly 1960s on Sword and Sandal films and the merged into the Spaghetti western genre and continued working till the present time. Di Gioia appeared in seven Euro-westerns: “My Name is Pecos” 1966 (Mexican policeman), “Death Walks in Laredo” 1967 (gunman), “Don’t Wait Django… Shoot!”1967 (Hondo), “Poker With Pistols” 1967 (gunman), “A Stranger in Town” 1967 (bandit) “A Stranger in Paso Bravo” 1968 (gunman) and “Arrapaho”1984 [stunts].

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