ROME -- Sergio Leone, 60, the critically acclaimed director of such stark and moody westerns as "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "A Fistful of Dollars," died at his home here April 30 after a heart attack. Despite a career that spanned four decades, he is best known for the handful of westerns he made in Italy during the 1960s, typically featuring terse, gunslinging loners dueling on a spare and sun-scorched landscape. Widely imitated, his films spawned the "spaghetti western" genre and made an international film star of Clint Eastwood. Mr. Leone welcomed the label "father of the spaghetti western." "It makes me very proud . . . . 'Father' is a noble word and 'spaghetti' in the Italian sense of the word is certainly not a pejorative expression," he said in a 1987 interview. Italian President Francesco Cossiga called Mr. Leone "one of the most internationally appreciated and well-known directors . . . . He knew how to pass on to spectators the gusto and enjoyment of making films." Mr. Leone, the son of film director Vincenzo Leone, began his film career in 1948 as an assistant on Vittorio De Sica's "The Bicycle Thief." He was assistant director on dozens of other films, including "Ben Hur" and "The Last Days of Pompeii," working with Hollywood directors such as William Wyler and Fred Zinneman. The first film Mr. Leone directed was "The Colossus of Rhodes," one of a series of popular mythological films made in Rome in the 1950s. The film won the young director a wide following and a flood of offers to direct similar films. But his imagination was captured by the American westerns he saw as a child. In the early 1960s, he began to make "A Fistful of Dollars," despite the prevailing opinion that the genre was in decline. He differed from many other directors of westerns in paying careful attention to historical detail and infusing his films with the sort of realism characteristic of much of the best Italian cinema. He also attracted a solid cast led by Eastwood, an American television cowboy who was catapulted to worldwide fame by the role. The film, which Mr. Leone released in 1964 using the pseudonym Bob Robertson, was a box-office smash. It was followed in 1965 by "For a Few Dollars More" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" in 1966. "The universal attraction of the western is that it is a great fable, a myth like Achilles," he told an interviewer in 1968. "For me personally, the attraction is the joy of making justice . . . without asking permission -- bang, bang." After the three westerns, he turned his attention to a saga about American gangsters in the early 1900s. But he fell in love with a film he had cowritten, "Once Upon A Time in the West," and directed it himself, working with a cast that included Henry Fonda and Charles Bronson. He followed it with yet another western, "Duck You Sucker," in 1972. Mr. Leone had trouble in the 1970s finding producers who would finance his lavish productions and turned to producing other people's films. Finally, in 1983, he managed to finish his dream project about American gangsters, "Once Upon A Time in America," an impressionistic film using flashbacks and flash-forwards. The movie won plaudits at the Cannes film festival and was a hit in France and Italy, but it was drastically cut for its U.S. release and got lukewarm reviews. Survivors include his wife and three children. DONALD DESKEY Industrial Design Pioneer Donald Deskey, 94, a pioneer in the field of industrial design whose work ranged from interior building designs to distinctive packaging for soaps and toothpastes, died of pneumonia April 29 at a hospital in Vero Beach, Fla. He lived in Vero Beach. For 20 years, he was associated with the Procter & Gamble company and designed the package for Crest toothpaste when that product was introduced in the 1950s. The package has never changed. He also won prizes for his designs for such other Procter & Gamble products as Aqua Velva, Prell shampoo, Gleem toothpaste, Jif peanut butter, Bounty towels, and Cheer and Oxydol laundry soaps. He also invented a widely used textured plywood, and helped produce and sell modern furniture featuring the now widely popular tubular steel and leather combination. Mr. Deskey was born in Blue Earth, Minn., and studied architecture at the University of California at Berkeley.