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Horst Buchholz (1932 -- 2003)

Horst Buchholz, the handsome German actor who was born and died in Berlin, is best known for his role as Chico, the youngest of The Magnificent Seven (1960), the part played by Toshiro Mifune in Kurosawa's Japanese original.

Out of the classic Seven, today only Charles Bronson and Robert Vaughn survive. Buchholz began his career dubbing overseas movies for German audiences. For his third film before the cameras, Sky Without Stars (1955), he won an award at Cannes, which brought him international attention. He played the Polish sailor in Tiger Bay (1959) with Hayley Mills, then moved to Hollywood, where he worked for the next decade.

Billy Wilder cast him in One, Two, Three (1961), alongside James Cagney. In the 1970s, he returned to Germany for a film, and subsequently divided his time between Europe and the US. More recently, he appeared as a Nazi camp commandant in Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful (1997). He is survived by his wife, the French actress Myriam Bru, whom he married in 1958, and their two children.