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Paul Naschy 1934 – 2009

1 December 2009 9:56 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Spanish horror legend dies.

Jacinto Molina Álvarez, better known worldwide as Paul Naschy, died at his Madrid home Tuesday morning following a year long battle with cancer. The actor, writer, producer and director publicly played down the extent of his ill health, attributing his appearance in a wheelchair at last October’s Sitges Festival to mere fatigue after a long journey and few people were aware of the gravity of his illness. I last talked to Paul three weeks ago and he spoke as enthusiastically as ever about the numerous projects he had on the go: sound editing on the vampire movie Empusa which he directed, the completion of the script for a wartime horror thriller titled Groton El Grande and his pet project, Mi Perro Aquiles, for which he had secured the services of Christopher Lee in the role of Don Quijote.

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Spanish Horror Film Legend Paul Naschy Dies

1 December 2009 9:41 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Spanish actor Paul Naschy was a leading star in horror films for forty years from the late 1960s.  He was best known for his role as the tragic werewolf, Waldemar Daninsky, which he originated in the 1968 film La Marca del Hombre Lobo (Mark of the Wolfman) from his own script.  Though the film pitted Daninsky against a pair of vampires, the movie was oddly retitled Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror when it was released in the United States.  He went on to play the werewolf in nearly a dozen subsequent films, many that he also co-scripted under his real name, Jacinto Molina.

Naschy was born Jacinto Alvarez Molina in Madrid on September 6, 1934.  He began working in films as an extra in the 1961 biblical feature King of Kings.  He appeared in small roles in a handful of films in the 1960s before creating the role of the werewolf Daninsky.

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