A short post for actor Al Mulock, who was born on this day in 1926 in Montreal, Canada. He worked in British TV during the early 60's, but is probably best known for his short (but highly memorably) roles in two Sergio Leone westerns - 1966's THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY and ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST from 1968. In the former his unforgettable face filled Leon's widescreen vista in the film's opening moments and in the latter he's one of a trio of gunfighters (along with Woody Strode & Jack Elam) who are waiting for Charles Bronson at a train station in the opening sequence. Leon clearly loved Mulock's craggy expressionistic face and his opening close up in THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY is one of the most iconic moments in the spaghetti western genre.
During the filming on ONCE UPON TIME IN THE WEST he committed suicide by jumping out of his hotel window in Guadix, Spain.