Alberto De Mendoza

Born: 21 January 1923, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alberto De Mendoza appeared in only a handful of Spaghetti Westerns but his roles are distinctly memorable.

In 'Awkward Hands' he is the black clad bounty killer Latimore who, trailing a group of bandits, leads our hero (Peter Lee Lawrence) into a plague ridden town in one of the genre's most surreal excursions - climaxing with Latimore serving justice on the last surviving outlaw in a uniquely disturbing fashion.

In 'Forgotten Pistolero' he interprets well the role of chief villain. But my favourite performance is as Lucky, one of John Warner's gang of renegades, in 'Bullet for Sandoval' - a great performance in an outstanding example of the genre.

He also appeared in many classic giallos including Fulci's 'One On Top of the Other' and 'A Lizard in a Woman's Skin', and Sergio Martino's 'Next' and 'Case of the Scorpion's Tail'.

Spaghetti credentials:
Awkward Hands (1968)
Bullet for Sandoval (1969)
Forgotten Pistolero (1970)