DEAD: Sergio Leone

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Sergio Leone (aged 60)
Italian film director, screenwriter and producer

Sergio Leone (3 January 1929 – 30 April 1989) was an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter, credited as the inventor of the Spaghetti Western genre.

Leone’s film-making style includes juxtaposing extreme close-up shots with lengthy long shots. His movies include the sword and sandal action films The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) and The Colossus of Rhodes (1961), the Dollars Trilogy of Westerns featuring Clint Eastwood: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966); Once Upon a Time in the West(1968); Duck, You Sucker! (1971) and the crime drama Once Upon a Time in America (1984).

DEATH: Leone died on 30 April 1989 of a heart attack at the age of 60. His body was buried in the cemetery of Pratica di Mare.

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