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On this Day in Movie History, April 30, 1989: Sergio Leone Dies

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It was on this day, April 30, 1989, Sergio Leone died.

An Italian film director, producer and screenwriter most associated with the “Spaghetti Western” genre. his movies include The Last Days of Pompeii, The Colossus of Rhodes, the Dollars Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), Once Upon a Time in the West, Duck, You Sucker! and Once Upon a Time in America.

Leone’s film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. He was 60 years old.

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1923 – Al Lewis (Albert Meister) (actor: The Munsters, Car 54 Where are You?, My Grandpa is a Vampire, Married to the Mob; died Feb 3, 2006)

1926 – Cloris Leachman (Academy Award-winning actress: The Last Picture Show [1971]; Emmy Award-winner: A Brand New Life [1972-73], The Mary Tyler Moore Show [1973-74], Cher [1974-75], Screen Actor’s Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration [1983-84]; Phyllis, Backstairs at the White House, The Facts of Life)

1938 – Gary Collins (actor: Born Free, The Iron Horse, Roots, The Sixth Sense, The Wackiest Ship in the Army)

1940 – Burt Young (actor: Excessive Force, A Family Matter, Rocky series, Once Upon a Time in America, Convoy, Chinatown, Cinderella Liberty, Roomies)

1944 – Jill Clayburgh (actress: An Unmarried Woman, Luna, Portnoy’s Complaint, Semi-Tough, The Silver Streak, Terminal Man, Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland, Honor Thy Father and Mother; died Nov 5, 2010)

1948 – Perry King (actor: A Cry in the Night, Kaleidoscope, The Lord’s of Flatbush, Mandingo, Search and Destroy, Switch)

1956 – Lars von Trier (Writer/Director/Producer: Melancholia (written by), Dimension 1991-2024 (video short), Antichrist (written by), The Early Years: Erik Nietzsche Part 1 (as Erik Nietzsche), The Boss of It All. Manderlay (written by / as Lars Von Trier), Dear Wendy (written by) Kingdom Hospital (TV series), Dogville: The Pilot (video short), others; A Royal Affair (executive producer), The Erotic Man (producer), All About Anna (video) (co-executive producer – uncredited), Visions of Europe (producer), Kingdom Hospital (TV series) (executive producer), South (co-producer), Kayaking on the Top of the World (TV documentary) (executive producer), Italian for Beginners (associate producer – uncredited), HotMen CoolBoyz (video) (co-executive producer – uncredited), Pink Prison (video) (co-executive producer – uncredited), Constance (video) (co-executive producer – uncredited))

1965 – Adrian Pasdar (Actor: Secondhand Lions, The Big Day, Desert Son, A Brother’s Kiss, Wounded, Ties to Rachel, Carlito’s Way, Grey Knight, Just Like a Woman, Torn Apart, others)

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