Richard Harrison

Born: 26 May 1935, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Harrison was another American actor struggling to make it big in his own country who travelled to Italy to appear in the Sword-and-Sandal epics of the early 60's and some early pre-Leone Spaghetti Westerns.

When casting the 'Man with No Name' role for 'A Fistful of Dollars', and realising that his budget would not stretch to his first two choices of Henry Fonda and James Coburn, Leone approached Harrison to play the part. Unable to accommodate due to other commitments, it was Harrison that suggested Clint Eastwood. How he must kick himself to this day. And whilst it is difficult to imagine Fonda or Coburn playing the mysterious stranger in the same minimalist style, Harrison may have been well suited to the role.

He went on to appear in numerous other Spaghetti Westerns, but sadly never with the success of this lost opportunity.

Spaghetti credentials:
Gunfight at High Noon (1963)
Gunfight at Red Sands (1963)
One Hundred Thousand Dollars for Ringo (1966)
Rojo (1966)
Between God, the Devil and a Winchester (1968)
One after Another (1968)
Vengeance (1968)
Dig Your Grave, Friend ... Sabata's Coming (1970)
Reverend Colt (1970)
His Name Was King (1971)
Holy Water Joe (1971)
Sheriff of Rock Spring (1971)
With Friends, Nothing is Easy (1971)
Deadly Trackers (1972)
Jesse and Lester, Two Brothers in a Place Called Trinity (1972)
Shoot Joe, and Shoot Again (1972)