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Saturday, June 6, 2020

RIP: Dan Van Husen

Three time LVC co-star Dan Van Husen passed away in May at age 75.  Dan co-starred in El Condor, Captain Apache, and Bad Man's River.

Dan van Husen was born in Gummersbach. He was first discovered by Italian producers while working as a club disc jockey in Spain and began working increasingly seriously as an actor in the late 60's. He has appeared in twenty Italo Westerns in six or seven years and before branching out to diverse roles and genres. In the years 1968-1974 he participated in more than 24 Italo Westerns, amongst others directed by Sergio Corbucci, Sergio Martino, Enzo G. Castellari etc. In 1977 Dan was also involved in the play Courage at the Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany, directed by Jérôme Savary. 
Van Husen is credited for numerous further film appearances such as Fellini Casanova, by Federico Fellini, in Salon Kitty by Tinto Brass and Nosferatu the Vampyre directed by Werner Herzog, amongst others. 
Dan has also worked in German TV series such as The Old Fox, Derrick, Alarm für Cobra 11 - Die Autobahnpolizei and many more. He has often been cast as a rogue as in the television disaster film Tsunami or in the '80s cult film Ritchy Guitar of Michael Laux, and in the film Cold and Dark directed by Andrew Goth. 
In 2001 he worked on Band of Brothers, a Steven Spielberg production, Perfect Strangers (BBC TV series) directed by Stephen Poliakoff and in Enemy at the Gates directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, as well as Hart's War directed by Gregory Hoblit in 2002. 
In 2006, he acted in the German television film Karol Woityla directed by Gero von Boehm and in 2007 in Gellert, a motion picture film under the direction of Ayassi with Ken Duken and the German TV crime series SOKO Wismar. 
In February/March 2008 he worked on Oorlogswinter (Winter in Wartime) a Dutch movie based on the hit novel by the same name, written by Jan Terlouw and directed (and written) by Martin Koolhoven. In June and July 2010 worked in southern California in the American Western film Scarlet Worm, the role of the antagonist Heinrich Kley, directed by Michael Fredianelli. 
In 2011, he worked in the American film production Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, directed by Jo Kastner, and got invited to the Spaghetti Western Film Festival in Los Angeles on 19 March of that year. He attended the Almería Western Film Festival from 8 to 11 September 2011, and received a lifetime achievement award in the western film genre. He then got invited to the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival in Sweden, from 15 to 24 September 2011. He attended the Cinefest 2011, VIII. Internationales Festival des deutschen Film-Erbes Hamburg from 12 to 20 November 2011.


  1. Thanks. Wasn't aware he had passed away. El Condor, Captain Apache and Bad Man's River were shot in that order. And all in Spain. So Lee saw him in three of Lee's projects in a row then.

  2. Dan Van Husen was also with Lee in The Squeeze.