Frank Braña

Frank Braña (born Francisco Braña Pérez; 24 February 1934 – 13 February 2012) was a Spanish film actor.

Frank Braña
Frank Brana as Sheriff Lewis Burton in Hai sbagliato... dovevi uccidermi subito! (1972)
Francisco Braña Pérez

(1934-02-24)24 February 1934
Died13 February 2012(2012-02-13) (aged 77)
Other namesPaco


He was born Francisco Braña Pérez in Pola de Allande, Asturias, Spain on 24 February 1934.[1] Also credited as Frank Blank, Francisco Brana, Frank Brana, Frank Branya, Francisco Braña and Paco Braña, his career has been mostly based in Spanish and Italian movies of the spaghetti-western, horror and sword and sandal genres, having worked in more than 200 productions from the early 1960s, not always as a supporting actor.[1]

He appeared in Dollars Trilogy by Sergio Leone: Per un pugno di dollari (1964),[2] he played Blackie in Per qualche dollaro in più (1965),[3] and Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966).[4] He appeared in Jessy Does Not Forgive... He Kills! (1965) along Vivien Dodds, Óscar Pellicer and Luis Induni.[5]

He appered in And the Crows Will Dig Your Grave (1971) and Dallas (1972), by John Wood, Django Does Not Forgive (1967), by Julio Buchs, Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! (1967), by Giulio Questi, If You Shoot... You Live!, by Javier Elorrieta, and Three Supermen of the West (1974), by Italo Martinenghi.[6] He played Dan Robinson in Kilma, Queen of the Amazons (1976).[7] He played Prince in Perseus Against the Monsters (1963) in a supporting role along Antonio Molino Rojo and Lorenzo Robledo,[8] in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) along Benito Stefanelli, Antonio Molino Rojo, Fabio Testi and Spartaco Conversi,[9] federal agent Sam Puttnam in Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (1970) along Massimo Serato, Nieves Navarro and Jose Jaspe,[10] and Battle of the Amazons (1973) along Alberto Dell'Acqua, Benito Stefanelli and his son Marco.[11]

One of his last film was Tiovivo c. 1950 (2004), by Jose Luis Garci, which received a nomination for Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.[12] On 13 February 2012, 3:15 pm, Brana died from respiratory failure at a hospital in Madrid, Spain, he was 11 days away of his 78th birthday.[13]

Selected filmography


  1. Lentz III, Harris M. (19 April 2013). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2012. McFarland Publishing. p. 39. ISBN 9781476603858.
  2. Neibaur 2015, p. 7.
  3. Neibaur 2015, p. 19.
  4. Neibaur 2015, p. 31.
  5. Prickette, James (20 January 2012). Actors of the Spaghetti Westerns. Xlibris Corporation. p. 433. ISBN 9781469144290.
  6. Weisser, Thomas (11 March 2004). Spaghetti Westerns--the Good, the Bad and the Violent: A Comprehensive, Illustrated Filmography of 558 Eurowesterns and Their Personnel, 1961-1977. McFarland Publishing. p. 498. ISBN 9781476611693.
  7. Easter, Alvin (2004). Lash!: The Hundred Great Scenes of Men Being Whipped in the Movies. Xlibris Corporation. p. 275. ISBN 9781413463132.
  8. Hughes 2011, p. 21.
  9. Hughes 2011, p. 158.
  10. Hughes 2011, p. 160.
  11. Hughes 2011, p. 285.
  12. Amengual Colom, Antoni (2005). Hablando de física a la salida del cine. Universitat de les Illes Balears. p. 15. ISBN 9788476329382.
  13. "Fallece Frank Braña, actor en 170 películas de acción y del oeste". La Razón (in Spanish). Madrid. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2018.


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