Aldo Sambrell

Alfredo Sánchez Brell (23 February 1931 – 10 July 2010), known as Aldo Sambrell, was a Spanish actor, director, and producer who appeared in over 150 films between 1961 and 1996.

Aldo Sambrell
Aldo Sambrell in For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Alfredo Sánchez Brell

(1931-02-23)23 February 1931
Died10 July 2010(2010-07-10) (aged 79)
OccupationActor, Director, Producer
Years active19612004
Cándida López Cano
(m. 1964; died 2010)
ChildrenAlfredo Xavier Sánchez Cavaleiro


He was born in Vallecas, Madrid, on 23 February 1931.[1] He travelled to Mexico because his parents were exiled there, beginning a football career in Puebla F.C., where he was known as Madrileño Sánchez.[2] When he returned to Spain he played for Alcoyano and Rayo Vallecano, and finally worked as an actor.[3]


He was best known in the world of cinema for his roles as henchmen in Sergio Leone's Spaghetti Western films, portraying gang members in the trilogy of films A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More, (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), as well as in Once Upon a Time in the West in 1968, and 100 Rifles in 1969. He also played the part of firing squad leader in A Fistful of Dynamite (1971), and a member of Sinbad's crew in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973).

He acted in many other westerns, including Sergio Corbucci's Navajo Joe.[4] He appeared in several international productions as an extra or bit actor, including Doctor Zhivago and The Wind and the Lion.

He died in Alicante, Spain on 10 July 2010 from a cerebral infarction, at age 79,[5] the result of three strokes he suffered in early June.[6] He was cremated and his ashes were spread on Fort Bravo, Tabernas.[7][8]

He was married with Cándida López Cano, with whom he had a son, and Sergio Leone was his best man.[9]



  1. Berástegui, Jorge (13 July 2010). "Aldo Sambrell, secundario de lujo de los 'spaghetti western'". El País (in Spanish). Prisa. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  2. "Adiós a Aldo Sambrell, histórico secundario del "espagueti western" español". Noticine (in Spanish). 2010. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  3. Marañón, Carlos (19 November 2013). "Raquel Welch, vestida (del Chelsea) para matar". Cinemanía (in Spanish). Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  4. Lund, Carson (18 August 2015). "Navajo Joe". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  5. "Muere el actor Aldo Sambrell, el malo de los 'spaghetti western'". Público (in Spanish). Display Connectors, SL. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  6. Belategui, O. L. (13 July 2010). "Fallece el actor Aldo Sambrell, villano en decenas de 'spaguetti westerns'". El Correo (in Spanish). Vocento. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  7. Juan Penalva, Joaquín (October 2011). "El western regresa a casa". El Espectador Imaginario (in Spanish). ISSN 2013-438X. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  8. "Almería Western Film Festival 2011". Tercera Información (in Spanish). 16 September 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  9. Huesca García, Paco (15 February 2012). "Morir con dignidad en el cine". Diario Información (in Spanish). Prensa Ibérica. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
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