Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Paul Naschy (1934-2009)

Paul Naschy , the Spanish actor, director, and writer, best known for his werewolf character, Waldemar Daninsky, whom he played in 12 films, died yesterday in Madrid at the age of 75, losing his battle with pancreatic cancer.

Naschy, born Jacinto Molina Alvarez, was something of a one-man Universal studios, creating movies which featured most of the classic monsters in a more garish manner. Not only did he write and direct many of these movies, but he also starred in them. Besides his famous role as Daninsky in the "El Hombre Lobo" series, Naschy also played monsters such as Dracula and the Mummy, and was often labeled as "the Spanish Lon Chaney."

His films are great fun, and he will be missed.

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