Almeria Western Film Festival will award the Tabernas de Cine award to Gianni Garko. He is a star of Europe's spaghetti westerns.
Gianni Garko is often credited with Gary Hudson or John Garko. He was eventually the pseudonym that he used to carve out a place for himself in the collective imagination as well as in the pantheons of 'eurowestern legends. This explanation was provided by the festival organization in an article.
Gianni Garko was born in Zadar in 1935. He later moved to Trieste and Rome for his studies in interpretation.
His role in the Nazi soldier in "Kapo" was his first step towards a successful career. He then took on several roles in historical adventure films. It was precisely one of these roles, 'Saul y David (1964), that brought him to Almeria.
He returned to Tabernas Desert in 1966 to shoot his first Western, titled 'Bano de sangre al sunrise'. The province would host four more films, including 'Like Thirsty Wolves (1967), Your Head for a Thousand Dollars (1968), A Pair of Murderers (1970), and 'The Four From Fort Apache (1973). Gianni Garko starred alongside Lee Van Cleef in cult films like 'And They Stopped Calling It a Graveyard' and 'The Man From Rio Malo'.
Garko, who was a member of the AWFF jury 2012, was shown after being notified of this recognition and declared that he is "excited to return to this land" and "wanting to go back to Tabernas and Almeria, and its extraordinary Andalusia".
Almeria Western Film Festival will hold its 12th edition on September 28-October 2. His name joins that of other actors and directors such as Sara Montiel and Monica Randall. To keep the memories of these icons of western cinema alive, all the winners will be seated at the Paseo De Cine de Tabernas.