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Saturday, February 6, 2021

RIP: Alberto Grimaldi

Frequent LVC producer Alberto Grimaldi has passed away at age 95.

Full article from Variety below-

By Ellise Shafer

Jan 24, 2021

Alberto Grimaldi, a film producer whose credits include the Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York,” has died. He was 95.

For a Few Dollars More

Grimaldi’s son, Maurizio Grimaldi, confirmed his death to Variety, adding that his father died of natural causes.

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Born in Naples, Italy on March 28, 1925, Grimaldi originally studied law before starting his own production company, Produzioni Europee Associati, or P.E.A., in 1961. The first feature film Grimaldi produced was the Spanish western film “L’ombra di Zorro,” which released the following year. Grimaldi produced his first Spaghetti Western film, “I due violenti,” in 1964. P.E.A. became known for its low-budget action movies that were often co-productions with Spain and West Germany, and remained active until the early ’80s.

The Big Gundown

In 1965, Grimaldi first collaborated with Sergio Leone on the international co-production “For a Few Dollars More,” starring Clint Eastwood. The two also worked together the following year, when Grimaldi produced Leone’s epic Spaghetti Western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” which scored $25 million at the box office and is credited with skyrocketing Eastwood to fame.


Grimaldi worked as a producer on over 80 films in Europe and the United States during his career, which spanned four decades. Other notable titles include “Burn!” in 1969, 1972’s “Last Tango in Paris” starring Marlon Brando, “Man of La Mancha” in 1972 starring Sophia Loren, “Illustrious Corpses” in 1976 and “Ginger and Fred” in 1986. His last film production was Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” in 2002, which starred Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz and Liam Neeson and was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture.

Return of Sabata

Grimaldi is survived by his three children, Massimo, Maurizio and Marcello, and three grandchildren.



  1. RIP. This actor was determined to get in films as a boy. And HE DID!!!

    1. Alberto Grimaldi was the Hal B. Wallace of Itslian Cinema. Produced many hits in Italy and the US. I remember an interview in which Grimaldi said of Lee Van Cleef " Sergio once said to me about Lee Van Cleef ' His glance burns holes in the screen'".

  2. Alberto Grimaldi was the Hal B. Wallace of Iglay. Many successful films. I remember an interview and when talking about Lee Van Cleef, Grimaldi said "Sergio said of Lee Van Cleef ' Gis glance burns holes in the screen "