Tuesday, December 31, 2013

RIP Charlie Hill


Comedian Charlie Hill Walks On

 
By Kendra Meinert
Press-Gazette Media
 
Comedian Charlie Hill, who grew up in Oneida and became a groundbreaking influence for Native American comedians and other Native Americans in the entertainment industry, died Monday. He was 62.
 
Hill attended the University of Wisconsin before moving to California to pursue show business. He made his debut on “The Richard Pryor Show” in 1977 and went on to become the first Native American comedian to be on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”
 
He was a regular at the famed Comedy Store in Los Angeles and forged friendships that led to appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Late Show with David Letterman” throughout his career. He also wrote for the TV sitcom “Roseanne.”
 
Hill had been battling lymphoma, according to Indian Country Today. News of his death sparked condolences and tributes on Twitter:
 
Funeral arrangements for Hill are pending with Ryan Funeral Home & Crematory in De Pere.


HILL, Charlie
Born: 7/6/1951, Oneida, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 13/30/2013, Oneida, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

Charlie Hill's western - himself:
Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian (TV) - 2012 [himself]

Monday, December 30, 2013

RIP Joseph Ruskin


Stage and screen actor Joseph Ruskin died of natural causes at UCLA Santa Monica on December 28. He was 89.
 
Joe was a long serving actors' union member and officer. In 1979 he became the first Western Regional Vice President of Actors Equity Association, and was on the board of the Screen Actors Guild from 1976-1999 with eight of those years serving as 1st National Vice President. He was honored for distinguished service by AEA with the Lucy Jordan Award in 2003 and the Patrick Quinn Award in 2013, and by SAG with the Ralph Morgan Award in 2011.
 
Born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Joe attended High School in Cleveland and enlisted in the Navy in 1942. He returned to study drama at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie-Mellon University) and began his professional career at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and the Rochester Arena Stage. His list of 124 television credits include multiple appearance on such shows as "Twilight Zone," "Star Trek," "Mission Impossible" and "Alias." His 25 film appearances include "The Magnificent Seven," "Prizzi's Honor," "Indecent Proposal" and "Smokin' Aces." Over the years Joe always returned to theatre, performing at the Mark Taper Forum, UCLA's Freud Playhouse, Theater 40 and his final appearance this year as a member of the Antaeus Theatre Company.
 
Joe is survived by his wife Barbara Greene Ruskin; daughter Alicia Ruskin and son-in-law Larry Bucklan; step-daughters Rachel Greene and her husband Jim, Martha Greene and her son Jake, and Liza Page, her husband Joe Page and their children Zoe and Eli; and brother and sister-in-law David and Helene Schlafman and their children Daniel and Lani.
 
Plans for a memorial service are forthcoming, and in lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to The Actor's Fund, the SAG Foundation or the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
 
 
RUSKIN, Joseph (Joseph Schlafman)
Born: 4/14/1924, Haverhill, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 12/28/2013, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
 
Joseph Ruskin’s westerns – actor:
Bronco (TV) – 1959 (Jackson)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1959 (Gus Vogel)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1959 (Chief)
Black Saddle (TV) – 1960 (Obie Wilkins)
Colt .45 (TV) – 1960 (Jace Kirby)
Hell Bent for Leather – 1960 (Shad)
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1960 (Crow)
Lawman (TV) – 1960, 1961 (Ed James, Reed Benton)
The Magnificent Seven – 1960 (Flynn)
Stagecoach West (TV) – 1960 (Clyde Hardisty)
Outlaws (TV) – 1961 (Kopek)
Two Faces West (TV) – 1961 (Coley)
Whispering Smith (TV) – 1961 (Jess)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1961 (Shelby)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962, 1966 (Curt Hansen, Judge)
The Dakotas (TV) – 1963 (Rider)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1963 (Jeb Daley)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Viper Black, Felice Munez)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1969 (Ainsworth Pardee)

RIP Roger Gentry


RIP Roger Gentry
 
Austin American-Statesman
December 29-30, 2013
 
James Edgar Rodgers (Oct. 25,1934-Dec 16,2013) was born in San Antonio, Texas, of parents, Gladys Duke and James E Rodgers, Sr. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he played football for a short time in the early 1950s.
 
From a stint in the military, Jim learned and spoke Russian fluently before moving to Hollywood in the early 1960s where he owned the Hollywood Free Press. During that time he also became an actor under the stage name, Roger 'Jim' Gentry, a name that he used the rest of his life. He appeared in many movies and TV shows during the 60s including Combat and Star Trek.
 
Co-starring with John Carradine in one of that actor's last movies called, 'The Wizard of Mars,' Jim also appeared in movies with Rosie Greer, Ray Milland and many other actors. In later life he liked to show people the SAG (Screen Actor's Guild) card which he received from then SAG president, Ronald Reagan. See more at http://bit.ly/1dL8uQs.
 
He is preceded in death by most of his family including his son, Lance. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Gentry, who continues to live in Los Angeles. His family & friends invite those who knew him to a memorial service at 10 am on January 4th at St. Philips Anglican Church, 1408 West 9th Street.
 
 
GENTRY, Roger (James Edgar Rodgers)
Born: 10/25/1934, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 12/16/2013, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
 
Roger Gentry’s westerns – actor:
Ramrodder – 1969 (Rick Thompson)
Fandango - 1970 (miner)

RIP Eugenia Avendaño

One of the great figures of dubbing died yesterday.
 
This is the actress Eugenia Avendaño, who was the voice of Betty Rubble on The Flintstones.
 
Eugenia Avendaño was born in Mexico on October 4, 1930, he worked in film, theater, and television dubbing. She was married to actor Claudio Brook, with whom he had to Simone Brook, actress and singer who has emerged as a figure of musical theater in Mexico.
 
Among the outstanding works of actress Eugenia Avendaño are Bubú voice in "Yogi Bear", the Aunt Polly "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"; Lucero Sonic from "The Jetsons", Miss Heidi Rotenmeier and grandmother in "Los Locos Adams".
 
 
AVENDANO, Eugenia
Born: 10/4/1930, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: 12/29/2013, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
 
Eugenia Avendaño’s western – actress:
Astucia - 1986

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

RIP Addison Cresswell


Addison Cresswell, top agent in British comedy, dies aged 53
 
Comedy world pays tribute to agent whose clients included scores of stars, including Jonathan Ross, Jack Dee and Jo Brand
 
Conal Urquhart
The Guardian
Tuesday 24 December 2013 13.30 GMT
 
Addison Cresswell, the comedy agent who represented many well known stars including Lee Evans, Jack Dee and Jonathan Ross, has died at the age of 53.
 
A spokesman said the agent and producer died in his sleep at home on Sunday night. The spokesman said he is survived by his beloved wife, Shelley, his dogs Bonnie and Nessie and many, many pet fish.
 
One of the most influential people in British comedy, Cresswell – unlike many agents – liked to leave the limelight to the scores of stars he represented.
 
He started his management company Off the Kerb 32 years ago, working from his kitchen table after a period as entertainments officer at Brighton Polytechnic, where he studied. Other clients included Jo Brand, Dara O Briain and Alan Carr.
 
Many of the comedians he worked with spoke of their shock and recalled the contribution he made to their careers, as well as his extrovert personality.
 
Jon Plowman, the producer of scores of BBC comedies including 2012 and Little Britain, said Cresswell had revolutionised British comedy and launched and supported countless careers. "He had boundless energy which was devoted to helping the careers of people he was enthusiastic about. Lots of comedians owe their exposure to him. It's impossible to imagine Lee Evans for example without Cresswell in the mix," he said."He was one of the people who decided that comedy was going to be the new rock and roll and he was determined to price it high to the TV channels and get big audiences."
 
Jenny Eclair tweeted: "Stunned and shocked by news of Addison Cresswell's death, he was there at the beginning for so many of us, love to his family and friends."
 
Ash Atalla, who produced The Office, said: "The fact that you once threatened to hit me will only make me miss you more. RIP'"
 
James Corden tweeted: "Such sad news about Addison Cresswell. An incredible man. An incredible talent. May he rest in peace x."
 
Omid Djalili tweeted: "Shocking news about Addison Cresswell. 52. Way too young. I miss the headlocks already RIP".
 
The spokesman said: "Addison will be fondly remembered by all whose lives he touched as a devoted mentor, a dear friend and an unforgettable character. He will be sorely missed.
 
"He leaves behind a proud legacy in his tireless charity work, initiating and organising the annual Channel 4 Comedy Gala in aid of Great Ormond Street hospital. It was his dearest wish to raise enough to fund the opening of a brand new wing of the hospital, a goal that is now in sight."
 
He was listed at number 68 in the Media Guardian 100 in 2010. He was described as: "Agent, producer and deal-maker extraordinaire, Cresswell was responsible for Ross's infamous three-year contract with the BBC worth almost £6m a year. Legend has it Cresswell was spotted celebrating the deal burning money at the bar of Edinburgh's Assembly Rooms."
 
Cresswell preferred his stars to be in the spotlight rather than himself although the BBC hoped he could rival Simon Cowell on a projected talent show.
 
Cresswell also produced shows through his company, Open Mike Productions, including a series starring Michael McIntyre, another of his clients.
 
Cresswell once said: "I don't see us as in any way different from the people who run the channels. They're complete bastards as well, but we all have to work with each other."
 
Cresswell set up his first production company, Wonderdog Productions, with Julian Clary and Paul Merton, and Clary's Channel 4 show Sticky Moments was one of his first big hits.
 
 
Addison Cresswell
Born: 6/28/1960 Brighton, East Sussex, England, U.K.
Died: 12/22/2013, London, England, U.K.
 
Addison Cresswell’s westerns – producer:
How the West Was Lost - 2008
Rich Hall's Inventing the Indian - 2012

Monday, December 23, 2013

RIP Albert P. Wilson


Film Editor Albert Wilson Dies at 91

 
The Hollywood Reporter
Staff
12/22/2013
 
He worked for years at MGM on such projects as TV's "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E." and the 1972 film "The Wrath of God."
 
Albert Wilson, a veteran film editor who worked for years at MGM, died Dec. 12 in Los Angeles. He was 91.
 
Wilson worked on such TV series as The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., Then Came Bronson, Kung Fu, Police Woman, The Dukes of Hazzard and CHiPs and on such films as Corky and The Wrath of God, both released in 1972.
 
A native of Monticello, Miss., Wilson served in the U.S. Army Air Force at the end of World War II, then studied at Southern Methodist University and the University of Southern California.
 
Wilson, who lived in Manhattan Beach, was a longtime member of the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts & Sciences, the American Cinema Editors and the Motion Picture Editors Guild.
 
Survivors include his brothers Jack and Melvin.
 
 
WILSON, Albert P.
Born: 1922, Monticello, Mississippi, U.S.A.
Died: 12/12/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Albert P. Wilson’s westerns – film editor:
The Wrath of God – 1972
Kung Fu (TV) – 1972, 1974, 1975

Sunday, December 15, 2013

RIP Joan Fontaine


Legendary Actress Joan Fontaine Dies at 96
 
The Hollywood Reporter
4:32 PM PST 12/15/2013
By Mike Barnes
 
The star of the Hitchcock classics "Suspicion" and "Rebecca" famously won an Oscar in 1942 over her bitter rival -- her older sister Olivia de Havilland.

  
Joan Fontaine, the polished actress who achieved stardom in the early 1940s with memorable performances in the Alfred Hitchcock films Suspicion — for which she earned the best actress Oscar over her bitter rival, sister Olivia de Havilland — and Rebecca, has died. She was 96.
 
THR awards analyst Scott Feinberg spoke with the actress' assistant, Susan Pfeiffer, who confirmed the death of natural causes Sunday at Fontaine's home in Carmel, Calif.
 
Fontaine earned a third best actress Oscar nomination for her role in The Constant Nymph (1943), She also was notable as Charlotte Bronte's eponymous heroine in Jane Eyre (1944) opposite Orson Welles; in the romantic thriller September Affair (1950) with Joseph Cotton; in Ivanhoe (1952) with Robert Taylor; and in Island in the Sun (1957), where she plays a high-society woman in love with an up-and-coming politician (Harry Belafonte).
 
It was Hitchcock, with his penchant for “cool blondes,” who brought Fontaine to the forefront when he cast her as the second Mrs. de Winter in Rebecca (1940), the director’s American debut. Her performance as the new wife of Laurence Olivier in a household haunted by the death of his first wife earned her an Academy Award nomination for best actress.
 
A year later, Hitchcock placed her opposite Cary Grant in Suspicion, and she won the Oscar for her turn as Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth, a shy English woman who begins to suspect her charming new husband of trying to kill her. She thus became the only actor to win an Oscar in a Hitchcock film.
 
Among those Fontaine beat out at the 1942 Academy Awards was her older sister de Havilland, up for Hold Back the Dawn (1941). Biographer Charles Higham wrote that as Fontaine came forward to accept her trophy, she rejected de Havilland’s attempt to congratulate her and that de Havilland was offended. The sisters, who never really got along since childhood, finally stopped speaking to each other in the mid-’70s.
 
De Havilland, a two-time Oscar winner, is 97 and living in Paris.
 
Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland was born in Tokyo on Oct. 22, 1917, to British parents. Her father was a patent attorney who had a thriving practice in Japan. Due to the ill health of her and Olivia, their mother, Lilian, moved them to California and pushed them into acting.
 
While de Havilland pursued acting, Fontaine returned to Tokyo and attended the American School. Ultimately, their parents divorced and Fontaine returned to the U.S. at age 17 to live in San Jose, Calif. As de Havilland was already having some success as an actress, Fontaine joined a local theater group and moved to L.A.
 
She received a screen test at MGM and was given a bit part in No More Ladies (1935), credited as Joan Burfield. After changing her last name to Fontaine (from her stepfather, George Fontaine) to avoid confusion with her sister, she signed with RKO and garnered small parts in several movies, including The Women and Gunga Din, both released in 1939.
 
Capitalizing on her emotional turns in Rebecca and Suspicion, Fontaine appeared in several romantic films in the ’40s, including Constant Nymph (where she falls for composer Charles Boyer), Frenchman’s Creek (1944), The Affairs of Susan (1945), From This Day Forward (1945) and Ivy (1947).
 
Fontaine moved into more mature roles in the movies and starred on Broadway opposite Anthony Perkins in Tea and Sympathy in 1954. Her last movie appearance was in The Witches (1966).
 
Fontaine made regular TV appearances in the late ’50s and early ’60s and served as a panelist on the game show To Tell the Truth from 1962-65. In 1986, she co-starred in the TV movie Dark Mansions and the miniseries Crossings, and her last credited performance came in the 1994 telefilm Good King Wenceslas.
 
Fontaine was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1980 for her guest-starring stint in the soap opera Ryan’s Hope and served as jury president at the 1982 Berlin International Film Festival.
 
In 1978, she published her autobiography, No Bed of Roses, which detailed her feud with de Havilland.
 
Off the screen, Fontaine was a licensed pilot, an accomplished interior decorator and a Cordon Bleu-level chef who was married and divorced four times. In the ‘40s, she and William Dozier, the second of her four husbands, formed Rampart Productions, which oversaw her 1948 film Letter From an Unknown Woman, Billy Wilder’s The Emperor Waltz (1948) starring Bing Crosby and Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948) with Burt Lancaster.
 
In 1939, Fontaine married British actor Brian Aherne, and they divorced in 1945. She was married to Batman TV show producer Dozier from 1946-51, to producer Collier Young from 1952-61 and to journalist Alfred Wright Jr. from 1964-69.
 
 
FONTAINE, Joan (Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland)
Born: 10/22/1917, Tokyo, Japan
Died: 12/15/2013, Carmel, California, U.S.A.
 
Joan Fontaine’s westerns – actress:
Man of Conquest – 1939 (Eliza Allen)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1957 (Naomi Kaylor)

RIP Tom Laughlin


Tom Laughlin, the maverick actor and filmmaker best known for the "Billy Jack" films, has died. He was 82.
 
Laughlin died Thursday in Thousand Oaks, his family announced.
 
Laughlin had been married to actress Delores Taylor since 1954 and also had several ill-fated runs for president. But he was best known for the "Billy Jack" films, which also starred Taylor. In 1967, he wrote and directed (under the pseudonym T.C. Frank) and starred in "The Born Losers," a motorcycle exploitation film that became a big box-office hit. It introduced the world to the part-Native American Vietnam veteran title character.
 
The 1971 sequel, the vigilante-themed "Billy Jack," was, after a legal battle with studio Warner Bros., released independently. It also became a box-office smash, though it generated controversy for its suggestion of guns and violence as a justice-seeking tool.
 
Laughlin co-produced and starred in all four "Jack" films, including the little-seen final one, 1977's "Billy Jack Goes to Washington." The third film, "The Trial of Billy Jack," was one of the first movies to get a major television and national advertising push.
 
Laughlin was also known for his activism -- he started a Montessori preschool and ran for president on three occasions. He had spoken in recent years of trying to bring the Jack character back to the big screen.
 
 
LAUGHLIN, Tom (Thomas Robert Laughlin)
Born: 10/10/1931, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Died: 12/12/2013, Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.
 
Tom Laughlin’s westerns – producer, director, screenwriter, actor.
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957 (Jess Wilson)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1957, 1959 (Earl 'Laramie Kid' Halstead, Jocko Naughton)
The Deputy (TV) – 1959 (Jim Stanton)
Riverboat (TV) – 1959 (Tom Fowler)
The Born Losers – 1967 (Billy Jack) [producer, director]
Billy Jack – 1971 (Billy Jack) [producer, director, screenwriter]
The Trial of Billy Jack – 1974 (Billy Jack) [producer, director, screenwriter]
Billy Jack Goes to Washington – 1977 (Billy Jack) [director, screenwriter]
The Master Gunfighter – 1975 (Finley)
The Legend of the Lone Ranger – 1981 (Neeley) [screenwriter]

RIP Peter O'Toole


Peter O'Toole, star of Lawrence of Arabia, dies aged 81

 

Actor who shot to fame in David Lean's 1962 masterpiece and received eight Oscar nominations has died in hospital in London


Robert Booth
The Guardian
Sunday 15 December 2013 17.58 GMT
 
The actor Peter O'Toole, who found stardom in David Lean's masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, has died aged 81, his agent has said.
 
The acclaimed leading man who overcame stomach cancer in the 1970s passed away on Saturday at the Wellington hospital in London following a long illness, Steve Kenis said.
 
O'Toole announced last year he was stopping acting saying: "I bid the profession a dry-eyed and profoundly grateful farewell."
 
He said his career on stage and screen fulfilled him emotionally and financially, bringing him together "with fine people, good companions with whom I've shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits."
 
Early in his career O'Toole became emblematic of a new breed of hard-drinking Hollywood hellraiser.
 
"We heralded the '60s," he once said. "Me, [Richard] Burton, Richard Harris; we did in public what everyone else did in private then, and does for show now. We drank in public, we knew about pot."
 
Last month it was reported he had been coaxed out of retirement to act in a film about ancient Rome called Katherine of Alexandria in which he would play Cornelius Gallus, a palace orator.
 
O'Toole is believed to have been born in Connemara in County Galway in Ireland, and lived in London. He shot to stardom in the 1962 film of TE Lawrence's life story and went on to star in Goodbye Mr Chips, The Ruling Class, The Stunt Man and My Favourite Year. He received an honorary Oscar in 2003 after receiving eight nominations and no wins - an unassailed record.
 
He is survived by his two daughters, Pat and Kate O'Toole, from his marriage to actress Siân Phillips, and his son, Lorcan O'Toole, by Karen Brown.
 
 
O’TOOLE, Peter (Peter Seamus O'Toole)
Born: 8/14/2013, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland
Died: 12/14/2013, London, England, U.K.
 
Peter O’Toole’s western – actor:
Highway to Hell – 2012 (narrator)

Saturday, December 14, 2013

RIP Zafer Önen


Zafer Önen an Actor Featured in Victory has died
 
A star of Turkish cinema who appeared in cinemas, theaters in a range of characters died as a result of heart failure. Featured in Victory, Önen died at the age of 92 after a six month stay in a rehabilitation center in Pendik
 
Featured in the film Victory, Zafer was born in 1921 in Çorum. Onen, in 1941, entered the Music Department of the Ankara State Opera. In 1943, at the Theatre of Sound "Air Mercury" operetta where he began acting career with Muammer Karaca, at the Istanbul City Theatre. At the Theatre he starred in many plays performed in theaters such as "Lüküs Life", " Şöminedeki Ceset", “Cibali Karakolu". He went on to appear in many movies, TV series and advertising commericals.


ONEN, Zafer
Born: 1921, Çorum, Turkey
Died: 12/13/2013, Istanbul, Turkey
 
Zafer Önen's western - actor:
Kovboy Ali - 1966

RIP Audrey Totter


Audrey Totter, 95, a blond leading lady of 1940s film noir who starred as a tough-talking dame in "Lady in the Lake," "The Set-Up" and "High Wall," died Thursday at West Hills Hospital, said her daughter, Mea Lane. Totter, a Woodland Hills resident, had a stroke and suffered from congestive heart failure.
 
Although she had a relatively short film career, Totter created memorable movie moments while under contract with MGM from 1944 to the early '50s. A former radio actress, she had a small part in "The Postman Always Rings Twice," the 1946 movie based on James M. Cain's pulp novel. She landed her breakthrough role in "Lady in the Lake," the 1947 film version of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe detective story that Robert Montgomery directed and starred in. She also appeared opposite Claude Rains in the 1947 thriller "The Unsuspected," acted with Robert Taylor in "High Wall" (1947), starred in Robert Wise's 1949 gritty boxing drama "The Set-Up" and snarled her way through "Tension" (1949).
 
"The bad girls were so much fun to play," Totter told the New York Times in 1999.
 
But in 1952 Totter put aside her performing career to focus on her family, marrying Dr. Leo Fred, who taught at the UCLA School of Medicine, and giving birth to her daughter. Totter later returned to acting, mainly on television, with recurring roles on "Our Man Higgins," "Dr. Kildare" and "Medical Center" and guest spots on "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Perry Mason," "Hawaii Five-O," "Murder, She Wrote" and other series.
 
Totter was born in Joliet, Ill., on Dec. 20, 1917, according to her daughter, and began acting in the '30s in radio dramas.
 
After her husband died in 1995 and movie buffs rediscovered her film noir scenes on video and cable TV, Totter said she began receiving job offers.
 
"What could I play?" she said in a 2000 interview with the Toronto Star. "A nice grandmother? Boring! Critics always said I acted best with a gun in my hand."
 
 
TOTTER, Audrey (Audrey Mary Totter)
Born: 12/20/1917, Joliet, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 12/13/2013, West Hills, California, U.S.A.
 
Audrey Totter’s westerns – actress:
Woman They Almost Lynched – 1953 (Kate Quantrill/Kitty McCoy)
Massacre Canyon – 1954 (Flaxy)
The Vanishing American - 1955 (Marion Warner)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1955 (Martha Fullerton)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1956 (Martha Phillips)
The Californians (TV) – 1957 (Dr. Louis Kendall)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1957 (Goldie)
Man or Gun – 1958 (Fran Dare)
Rawhide (TV) – 1959 (Vada Nordquist)
Bonanza (TV) – 1959 (Beth Riley)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1958-1959 (Beth Purcell)
The Virginian (TV) – 1962 (Mrs Arhcer, Audry)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again – 1979 (Martha Osten)

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

RIP Glauco Mirko Laurelli

Glauco filmmaker Mirko Laurelli dies at age 83 in Sao Paulo.
 
BR Cine
December 11, 2013
 
The director Glauco Mirko Laurelli died in São Paulo, on Wednesday December 11 at the age of 83. He directed five films, four of them for comedian Amácio Mazzaropi. His last and most important work was in the film “The Moreninha” (1970), reviewed here in BRCine recently.
 
With friend and filmmaker Luis Sérgio Person, Laurelli Lauper founded the Movies (which carries the initials of their last names) in the late 1960s. Apart from films, Lauper also produced commercials. Laurelli also worked with theater shows.
 
To Mazzaropi, Laurelli directed the films “O Vendedor de Linguiças” (1962), “Casinha Pequena” (63), “O Lamparina” (63) “Meu Japão Brasileiro” (64). In film, Laurelli began acting as assistant choreographer in the early 1950s. He was also a film editor, assistant director and scriptwriter.

 
LAURELLI, Glauco Mirko
Born: 6/3/1930 São Paulo, Brazil
Died: 12/11/2013, São Paulo, Brazil
 
Glauco Mirko Laurelli’s westerns – screenwriter, film editor:
Adventurer’s Fate – 1958 [screenwriter]
Trindade… e Meu Name – 1973 [film editor]

RIP Louis Waldon

The New York Times

December 10, 2013
Louis Waldon, Actor in Warhol Films, Dies at 78
By DANIEL E. SLOTNIK

Louis Waldon, an actor who appeared in several Andy Warhol films including
"Lonesome Cowboys" and "Blue Movie," which the authorities seized for obscenity
shortly after it was released, died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 78.

The cause was complications of strokes, JoAnne Maite, a friend, said.

Mr. Waldon was a rare Warhol Superstar, as members of his stock company were
known, because he had acting experience. Warhol recruited him after seeing him
in Edward Albee's "Ballad of the Sad Cafe" on Broadway in the early 1960s.

Mr. Waldon appeared with the actress Viva in the Warhol films "The Nude
Restaurant" (1967), a series of random conversations carried on between
almost-naked waiters, waitresses and restaurant patrons; and "Lonesome Cowboys"
(1968), a homoerotic Western.

"Blue Movie," which included scenes of Mr. Waldon and Viva having sex, appeared
briefly at the Andy Warhol Garrick Theater in 1969 before censors removed it and
fined the theater's manager. A program note said it was "about the Vietnam war
and what we can do about it."

In a review in The New York Times, Vincent Canby wrote: "It opens with a medium
close-up of Viva, looking rather more fit than usual (and sometimes even
beautiful), and Louis Waldon, a pleasant, stocky, 30-ish man, fully clothed,
wrestling on a bed. Without too much hesitation they make love, then talk a
great deal, have some hamburgers, talk, take a shower - all of which, of course,
dramatizes what we can do about Vietnam."

Louis Willard Waldon was born on Dec. 16, 1934, in Modesto, Calif. He graduated
from Modesto High School and took drama classes in junior college.

In 1962 he appeared in the Off Broadway opening of Arthur L. Kopit's play, "Oh
Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad." In 1968
he appeared in the Warhol films "Flesh" and "San Diego Surf," then moved to
Europe to act in movies.

Mr. Waldon is survived by two sons, Scott and Barry; a daughter, Janet
Patterson; two sisters, Shirley Anderson and JoAnne Lewis; five grandchildren;
and three great-grandchildren.

Many former Superstars contend that Warhol did not compensate them adequately.
Mr. Waldon found a way to profit from his association with Warhol by making and
selling silk screens of Warhol's classic images.

Warhol would have understood, Mr. Waldon told The Los Angeles Times in 2002.

"He certainly wouldn't stand in your way," he said. "If you could make any money
on your own with Andy, he never said a word."

WALDON, Louis
Born: 12/16/1934, Modesto, California, U.S.A.
Died: 12/6/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Lous Waldon's westerns - actor:
The Double Barrelled Detective Story - 1965 (Shadbelly Higgins)
Lonesome Cowboys - 1968 (Mickey)

RIP Don Mitchell


Don Mitchell, 70, an actor best known for his regular role on the original "Ironside" series, died in Encino on Sunday of natural causes. He played Mark Sanger, the aide and bodyguard to Raymond Burr's wheelchair-using title character, in the NBC drama that ran from 1967 to 1975. He reprised the role in the made-for-TV reunion film in 1993.
 
In 1972, Mitchell married actress Judy Pace. They officially divorced in 1986. He and Pace have two daughters. An actress Julia Pace Mitchell, who currently appears on the CBS daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless, and an Attorney, Shawn Meshelle Mitchell.
 
From 1969 to 1970, Mitchell was married to the model Emilie Blake, with whom he had a daughter, Dawn Mitchell.
 
 
MITCHELL, Don (Donald Michael Mitchell)
Born: 3/7/1943, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 12/6/2013, Encino, California, U.S.A.
 
Don Mitchell’s westerns – actor:
The Virginian (TV) – 1967 (Private Martin, Preble)

Monday, December 9, 2013

RIP Eleanor Parker


Eleanor Parker, Oscar-nominated actress and baroness in ‘Sound of Music,’ dies at 91

 
The Washington Post
By Adam Bernstein
Monday, December 9, 3:16 PM

 
Eleanor Parker, an actress of patrician beauty nicknamed “the woman of a thousand faces” for the range of parts she played, from a terrified prisoner in “Caged” to the icy baroness in “The Sound of Music,” died Dec. 9 at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 91.
 
The cause was complications from pneumonia, a family friend, Richard Gale, told the Associated Press.
 
Ms. Parker was nominated three times for an Academy Award. But if she is not remembered with the instant recall of a Bette Davis or Joan Crawford, it may be because she was not entirely comfortable with film-star stereotyping.
 
“I'm primarily a character actress,” she told the Toronto Star in 1988. “I've portrayed so many diverse individuals on the screen that my own personality never emerged.”
 
In more than 45 films, she often used wigs, makeup and convincing accents to play characters who were sad, flawed or downright despicable.
 
A ravishing brunette, then blond and later a redhead with a husky, sultry voice, she exuded sex appeal in such films as “Pride of the Marines” (1945) with John Garfield, “Scaramouche” (1952) with Stewart Granger, and “Escape From Fort Bravo” (1953) with William Holden.
 
In “The Naked Jungle” (1954), she is the mail-order bride who intimidates a virginal South American plantation owner (Charlton Heston) with sex-charged repartee.
 
“The piano you're sitting at was never played before you came here,” Heston says at one point.
 
“If you knew more about music,” she says, “you'd know that a piano is better when it's played.”
 
She was the sluttish waitress Mildred Rogers in a remake of “Of Human Bondage” (1946), winning raves even if the film tanked. In “The Man With the Golden Arm” (1955), she played the needy and ultimately deceitful wife of a former drug addict (Frank Sinatra) struggling to stay clean.
 
One of her most heralded but least seen performances was in “Lizzie” (1957), a film about a woman with multiple personalities. The movie had the misfortune of being released the same year as “The Three Faces of Eve,” which was heavily promoted to advance the career of newcomer Joanne Woodward.
 
Still, “Lizzie” remained a powerful and convincing portrayal of three separate identities in one body — a pathologically shy museum worker, a lusty barfly and a well-adjusted woman.
 
Instead of relying on film-editing tricks, Ms. Parker showed subtle but convincing shifts in character in view of the camera. The movie critic Judith Crist once called “Lizzie” a “neglected but fascinating” film that “boasts a stunning performance” by Ms. Parker.
 
To play the polio-stricken opera singer Marjorie Lawrence in “Interrupted Melody” (1955), Ms. Parker had to memorize 22 arias in 10 days. She locked herself in mountain cabin to do it. Although the soundtrack did not feature her voice — soprano Eileen Farrell dubbed the vocals — Ms. Parker needed to mimic convincingly in a foreign tongue. She said later she had no idea what she was singing.
 
Eleanor Jean Parker was born June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, and raised in Cleveland Heights. She was a veteran stage actress by her late teens and turned down early screen test offers, once to finish high school and another time to study at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.
 
She then signed with Warner Bros. and served her apprenticeship in low-budget crime and suspense films. Gradually, she won ingenue parts in major productions, including Michael Curtiz's “Mission to Moscow” (1943) starring Walter Huston.
 
She became a leading lady as the wife of crippled concert pianist (Paul Henreid) in “Between Two Worlds” (1944) and “Pride of the Marines” (1945), as the wife of a blinded World War II hero (Garfield).
 
In 1950, she starred in “Caged,” for which she received her first Academy Award nomination as best leading actress. She played a woman unjustly sent to prison, where she is abused by a prison matron and hardens to the environment.
 
Her second Oscar nomination, for best supporting actress, came the next year in “Detective Story.” In the film, she harbors a secret that may destroy her husband, a crusading policeman (Kirk Douglas).
 
Her final nomination, as best actress, came for “Interrupted Melody” (1955).
 
Director Robert Wise, who had worked with her on the film “Three Secrets” (1950) and admired her portrayal of cool reserve, cast her as Baroness Elsa Schraeder in “The Sound of Music” (1965), one of the biggest film successes of all time.
 
She also worked in television, winning the 1963 Emmy Award for outstanding single performance by an actress on the medical drama “The Eleventh Hour.” She played a woman whose fear of men leads her to drink and hallucinations.
 
Onstage, she replaced Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing in the touring company of “Applause,” based on “All About Eve,” the celebrated Bette Davis movie about theater people and ambition.
 
Richard L. Coe, reviewing the show in 1972 for The Washington Post, wrote of Ms. Parker that her intelligence and discipline proved “a deeper revelation than Miss Bacall’s original achieved.”
 
Perhaps the greatest notice of all came years earlier, when a gossip columnist did not even recognize the versatile actress when she dined out. “Who was that attractive girl with Eleanor Parker's husband last night?” the columnist wrote.
 
Her marriages to Dr. Fred Losee, businessman Bert Friedlob and portrait painter Paul Clemens ended in divorce. Her fourth husband, businessman Raymond Hirsch, whom she married in 1966, died in 2001. A complete list of survivors could not be immediately confirmed.
 
 
PAKER, Eleanor (Eleanor Jean Parker)
Born: 6/26/1922, Cedarville, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 12/9/2013, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.
 
Eleanor Parker’s westerns – actress:
They Died With Their Boots On – 1941 [scenes deleted]
Escape from Fort Bravo – 1953 (Carla Forester)
Many Rivers to Cross – 1955 (Mary Stuart Cherne)
The King and Four Queens – 1956 (Sabina McDade)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

RIP Kate Williamson


'Ellen' actress Kate Williamson dead
 
Dec. 7, 2013, 1:50 PM EST
By Tim Kenneally
TheWrap
 
Actress Kate Williamson, whose extensive credits include a run on the Ellen DeGeneres comedy "Ellen," died Friday night after a period of failing health.
 
Williamson's death comes mere weeks after the death of her husband, actor Al Ruscio, who died at age 89 on Nov. 12.
 
The actress died surrounded by her four children at her Encino, Calif., home.
 
Born Robina Jane Sparks to actress/singer Nydia Westman and producer/writer Salathiel Robert Sparks, Williamson's decades-long acting career included the 1994 Barry Levinson film "Disclosure,"  the 2002 film "Dahmer," which starred Jeremy Renner as cannibalistic serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and the 1993 James Spader film "Dream Lover."
 
On the television side, Williamson appeared on "Falcon Crest," "Beauty and the Beast," "Murder, She Wrote," "JAG" and "7th Heaven," among many more.
 
Willliamson and Ruscio married in 1954, and had four children together — actress and poet Elizabeth Ruscio, director and editor Michael Ruscio, production designer Nina Ruscio and teacher Maria Ruscio.
 
Judy Fox, who managed both Williamson and Ruscio, remembers Williamson as a "lovely character actress, like Al." Fox told TheWrap that the pair "have raised a remarkably talented family. A wonderful legacy.  No doubt Kate and Al are together, dancing in the heavens & free at last from debilitating illnesses."
 
Williamson is also survived by five grandchildren.
 
 
WILLIAMSON, Kate (Robina Jane Sparks)
Born: 1930, U.S.A.
Died: 12/6/2013, Encino, California, U.S.A.
 
Kate Willimason’s westerns – actress:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1980 (nurse #2)
The Hi-Lo Country – 1998 (Mrs. Young)

Friday, December 6, 2013

RIP Larry Pennell


Film and TV actor Larry Pennell died on August 28, 2013, place unknown. Born Lawrence Keneth Pennell on February 2, 1928 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Before becoming an actor he was a professional baseball player for the Boston Braves [1948-1953]. He then drifted into acting appearing in several films before he was given the lead in the 1961-1963 TV series ‘Ripcord’ about skydivers. He made his most lasting impression on the TV series, ‘The Beverly Hillbillies” as Elly May’s boyfriend Dash Riprock. His career continued with small parts in films and television including “Mr. Baseball” (1992) with Tom Selleck. His last film appearance was in “The Passing” (2011).

 
PENNELL, Larry (Lawrence Kenneth Pennell)
Born: 2/21/1928, Uniontown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died:  8/28/2013, U.S.A.
 
Larry Pennell’s westerns – actor:
Seven Angry Men – 1955 (Oliver Brown)
The Far Horizons – 1955 (Wild Eagle)
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1958 (Bill Doolin)
The Rough Riders (TV) – 1958 (Creed Pearce)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1958 (Drew McGowan)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1959 (Henry Carver)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1960 (Ben Hardie)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1960 (Roner Maxwell)
Klondike (TV) – 1960 (Rule Lukas)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960 (Tully)
Outlaws (TV) – 1961 (Bob Dalton)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1961 (Cal Beamus)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1964 (Marshal Trace McCloud)
The Virginian (TV) – 1964, 1967 (Wally Koerner, Carl Rand)
Branded (TV) – 1965 (Tuck Fraser)
Flaming Frontier - 1965 (General Jack O’Neal)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1967 (Jack Kilbain)
Rango (TV) – 1967
Custer (TV) – 1967 (Chief Yellow Hawk)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Rapp)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1968, 1974 (Ben Akins, John Woolfe)
The Revengers – 1972 (Arny)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1977 (Ben Griffin)

Monday, December 2, 2013

RIP Chris Howland


His taste in music and his British accent won him much sympathy : Chris Howland aka "Mr. Pumpernickel " was one of the most popular radio and TV presenters in Germany. Now he has died at the age of 85 years.

 
Hamburg / Cologne - He was the most famous Englishman on German television: The actor , presenter and entertainer Chris Howland is dead This was confirmed by a spokesman for the West German Radio (WDR) in Cologne. Howland died at the age of 85 years at his home in Rösrath near Cologne.
 
Howland came in 1946 as a gunner into occupied Germany. After the war he worked as a radio announcer in the British Army. Soon he had a large following in the German population. So he got his own show at the former North West German Broadcasting NWDR. From this initial period, his nickname was "Mr. Pumpernickel". His German audience he stood like before as
"Heinrich Pumpernickel".
 
Howland became famous as host of "gimmicks with records", but especially with his TV show
"caution Camera". In 1959 he moved for two years back in his home country. There, however, he never achieved the fame he had in Germany.
 
The London-born played - mostly as a quirky supporting cast - in many films with, including Karl May movies and in the Edgar Wallace series. Most recently he was seen on the side of Oliver lime kiln and Bastian Pastewka in the movie parody "Neues vom Wixxer" in the cinema.
 
"The term ' legend ' is often used and much too often, but Chris Howland was really a " explained
WDR director Tom Buhrow in a message to the death of the entertainer.
  
 
HOWLAND, Chris (John Christopher Howland)
Born: 7/30/1928, London, England, U.K.
Died: 11/30/ 2013, Rösrath, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
 
Chris Howland’s westerns – actor:
Apache Gold - 1963 (Lord Jefferson Tuff Tuff)
Legacy of the Incas – 1965 (Don Parmesan)
Blood at Sundown - 1966 (Doodle Kramer)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

RIP Jane Kean


Jane Kean, who played Trixie on 'The Honeymooners,' dies at 90

 
L.A. Times
By By Greg Braxton
November 28, 2013
 
Jane Kean, best known for her role as Trixie, the long-suffering wife of Ed Norton on the 1960s TV revival of "The Honeymooners" with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, has died. She was 90.
 
Kean, a resident of Toluca Lake, died Tuesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications from a fall. Her niece, Deidre Wolpert, confirmed her death.
 
Although she played diverse roles during a career spanning more than four decades, including performing at London's Palladium before moving to Broadway, Kean said her role in "The Honeymooners" was the character that most people remembered.
 
"There's something about the show -- people relate to it," Kean said in a 1991 interview with The Times. "People believed the show was real, and that we really were the characters we played."
 
"The Honeymooners," which started as a sketch on "The Jackie Gleason Show" in the early 1950s, starred Gleason as Ralph Kramden, a struggling New York bus driver who lived in a cramped apartment with his wife Alice (Audrey Meadows). Carney played Norton, Kramden's dim-witted neighbor and best friend who was married to Trixie (originally played by Joyce Randolph), who was Alice's best friend.
 
Kean first started working with Gleason in the 1940s, when they were both on the vaudeville circuit. They also appeared in several stage productions in the 1950s.
 
She joined the cast of "The Honeymooners" in 1966 as Trixie when Gleason moved to Miami Beach for another version of "The Jackie Gleason Show," where he revived "The Honeymooners" for new sketches that reunited him with Carney. Sheila MacRae took on the role of Alice.
 
Those "Honeymooners" segments expanded to an hour and were crafted as musical comedies, with several original songs within each installment. The cast also appeared in 1976 for an ABC special, "The Honeymooners -- The Second Honeymoon."
 
Born April 10, 1923, in Hartford, Conn., Kean first started working professionally in the 1940s on stage. She appeared in starring roles on Broadway in the 1950s in shows such as "The Pajama Game" and "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" in which she replaced Jayne Mansfield.
 
During the 1950s, she also teamed up with her sister Betty for a popular nightclub act that blended singing, dance and comedy. The sisters performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and had a successful run at the London Palladium.
 
In the 1980s, Kean performed at colleges, on cruise ships, at dinner theaters and what she called Florida's "condo circuit." She wrote and performed in a two-woman musical, "We," at the Forum Theater in Yorba Linda in 1991. The project, which also starred Barbara Perry, featured comedy and musical numbers from numerous Broadway shows the two women had appeared in.
 
Kean performed a tribute to Gleason during the show titled, "How Sweet It Was."
 
Kean’s first marriage, to Richard Linkroum, ended in divorce. She later married her manager, Joe Hecht. He died in 2006. Her sister Betty died in 1986.
 
Besides Wolpert, Betty Kean's daughter, Jane Kean is survived by Wolpert's husband and two children, along with a stepson, Joseph Hecht Jr., and his son.

 
KEAN, Jane
Born: 4/10/1923, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Died: 11/26/2013, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
 
Jane Kean’s western – actress:
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1989 (Mildred)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

RIP Tony Musante


Italian American actor Tony Musante died November 26, 2013 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City due to complications following surgery. He was 77. Antonio Peter Musante, Jr. was born on June 30, 1936 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and Northwestern University.
 
Musante acted in numerous feature films, in the United States and elsewhere, including Italy. Among his body of work are the television series ‘Toma’ (1973-1974) (predecessor to ‘Baretta’ with Robert Blake) and the soap opera ‘As The World Turns’, and the 1975 Broadway play, ‘P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!’, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work in a 1975 episode of ‘Medical Center, A Quality of Mercy’. Musante also played Antonio "Nino" Schibetta, a feared Mafia boss and the Italian gang leader inside of Emerald City during the first season of the HBO critically acclaimed television series ‘Oz’. He’s known by Spaghetti western fans for his portrayal of Paco Roman alongside Franco Nero in the 1968 film “The Mercenary”.
 
Tony was married to writer Jane Sparkes [1937- ] since 1962.
 
 
MUSANTE, Tony (Antonio Peter Musante, Jr.)
Born: June 30, 1936, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Died: November 26, 2013, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
 
Tony Musante’s western – actor:
The Mercenary – 1968 (Paco Roman)

RIP Marcello Gatti


Marcello Gatti dies at the age of 89 years, one of the most important directors of Italian photography
 
Marcello Gatti has died, he photographed Brando and the Battle of Algiers
 
In the course of his long career the cinematographer won 5 Silver Ribbons, photographed 2 films
nominated for an Oscar (in addition to Pontecorvo 's masterpiece, even The Four Days of Naples Nanny Loy) and another Palme d'Or at Cannes (Chroniques des années de braise), worked with among others with Polanski, and Lizzani Cosmatos. In TV he did Moses with Burt Lancaster, various series of the Octopus, the first drama of Morandi and then, behind the 'Secret Mirror'
(first Italian candid camera), he was there to film .
 
The film he is often remembered for is that The Battle of Algiers (1966), which earned the Golden Lion in Venice and 3 Oscar nominations which stood out for the grainy photography and documentary that Gatti had already begun to develop in The Four days of Naples (1962) Nanni Loy, which was also nominated for an Oscar. With Pontecorvo he also turned out  Queimada
(helping to bring Marlon Brando on the set after an argument with the director) and Ogro .
 
After the success of the Battle of Algiers Roman Polanski entrusts his movie Italian What? (1972; What ?) With Mastroianni. And Mohammed Lakhdar - Hamina him back to Algeria to turn Chroniques des années de braise Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1975.
 
Among the more than 150 films we can also mention the stage of genre cinema, from 'cop': Mark il poliziotto e La polizia ha le mani legateMark; thriller: The Black Belly of the Tarantula comedies: Mr. Robinson, Bluff history scams and crooks and Three tigers against three tigers.
 
Of the 5 Silver Ribbons obtained two overcame them even in the same year, in 1970, winning the award in both the black and white category for Giannarelli of the Sierra Maestra, which in that color for Anonymous Venetian by Enrico Maria Salerno.
 
Of his television work remain Mirror Secret Nanni Loy; dramas with Gianni Morandi Want to sing, and the fifth and sixth series of The Octopus detective with the poignant farewell Vittorio Mezzogiorno; insurance on the death of Charles Lizzani and Moses Burt Lancaster.
 
Always close to the ideals of the left Gatti was arrested in 1943 for having defaced a portrait of Mussolini on the walls of Cinecittà being sentenced to five years in prison, then turned into exile, and in 1968 occupied the Experimental Center of Cinematography with students and other characters of Italian cinema as Bellocchio and Bertolucci. It has long been president of the Association of Italian directors of photography (AIC).


GATTI, Marcello
Born: 2/9/1924, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 11/26/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Marcello Gatti's westerns - cinematographer:
The Ruthless Colt of the Gringo – 1965 (co)
The Tall Women - 1966
Bastard, Go and Kill – 1971

Monday, November 25, 2013

RIP Elke Neidhart


Ring Cycle pioneer Elke Neidhardt dies at 72
 
The Australian
By Tim Douglas and Mark Schliebs
November 26, 2013

 
ELKE Neidhardt, the actress turned opera visionary who went on to become the first director to stage Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle in Australia, died yesterday, aged 72.
 
The German-born actress and director appeared in the television series Skippy and 1973 film Alvin Purple early in her career, but Neidhardt was most celebrated for directing the 2004 production of Ring Cycle.
 
The Adelaide production was the first Australian adaptation of the opera, and it was praised by critics around the world.
 
Three years earlier she had directed another Wagner opera, Parsifal, to similar fanfare.
 
Fellow director Noel Staunton, who worked alongside Neidhardt and had been a friend for many years, said her passing was a loss for opera in Australia.
 
"She had an enormous contribution to opera in Australia, and left it with some great productions," Staunton said. "In the opera world, she was a big influence. She will be sadly missed." Neidhardt recently had an operation after the discovery of several tumours but friends last night said they were uncertain of the cause of her death.
 
A graduate of the Stuttgart Drama and Opera School, she had her first experience directing as an assistant director at Zurich State Opera before appearing in productions around Europe.
 
The actress first made her name on Australian screens in 1968 as Anna Steiner in Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, before being appointed in 1977 as resident director at Opera Australia, a position she held for 13 years.
 
After taking on the directorship at Cologne State Opera, Neidhardt became well acquainted with Wagner's Ring Cycle, staging the work there three times. The 16-hour epic is currently being staged by Opera Australia in Melbourne. She returned to Australia and became the first director to stage the four-opera work in this country in the State Opera of South Australia's critically acclaimed production.
 
Neidhardt, also known as a judge on the ABC's amateur opera reality show Operatunity, married Australian actor Christopher Muir in the 1960s.
 
They had a son, Fabian, but divorced in 1967. Neidhardt went on to have a 35-year relationship with actor Norman Kaye, who died in 2007.

 
NEIDHART, Elke (Elke Cordelia Neidhart)
Born: 1941 Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Died: 11/25/2013, Melbourne, Australia
 
Elke Neidhart’s western – actress:
The True Story of Eskimo Nell – 1975

Sunday, November 24, 2013

RIP Juan Pelaez


Juan Pelaez Dies: Mexican Telenovela Actor Dead At 64 From Cancer.
 
Latin Times
By Oscar Lopez
November 24, 2013
 
Juan Peláez, a regular actor on many Mexican soap operas, passed away Saturday morning from cancer. The actor's niece, Monica Fernandez, broke the news on Twitter, revealing that the 64-year-old actor died from a respiratory failure as a result of the illness. Televisa, for which the actor worked for many years, also lamented the actor's death. Peláez was best known for playing Miguel Hidalgo in the historical soap opera "La antorcha encendida."
 
Juan Peláez was much loved throughout the Mexican entertainment industry. Other actors expressed their sadness at losing a great talent and a great friend via social media. Verónica Castro wrote: "A great friend and colleague for so long! My dear Juan Peláez, you went to soon!" She also posted a video from "La Fuerza Inutil" where the two acted together. Victoria Ruffo also reacted to the actor's death saying "Farewell.".
 
Juan Peláez, was the son of spanish refugees. He began his career in 1970 with the film "Jóvenes de la Zona Rosa," directed by Alfredo Zacaría. He worked on films such as  "Chin Chin El Teporocho, "Keiko En Peligro y and even made an appearence in  007: Licence to Kill. He acted in telenovelas such as "Cuidado Con El Angel," "Las Tontas No Van Al Cielo," "Mundo de Fieras" and "Como Dice el Dicho."
 
 
PELAEZ, Juan (Juan Fernandez Pelaez)
Born: 12/12/1948, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: 11/23/2013, Coahuila, Mexico
 
Juan Pelaez’s westerns – actor:
Los doce malditas – 1976
Te solte la rienda – 1980 (Luis Jasso)
El Cain del bajio – 1981
Maverick… Lluvia de sangre – 1991

Friday, November 22, 2013

RIP Dan Gerrity

Dan Gerrity, 1959-2013: News director at KSFR ‘lit up stage’ as actor, writer.
 
Santa Fe New Mexican
By Robert Scott
November 20, 2013
 
 
Theater artist and KSFR news director Dan Gerrity died early Wednesday morning, apparently of a heart attack, the radio station reported.
 
Gerrity’s voice was well known to the community station’s listeners as he often read news reports.
 
A New Jersey native, Gerrity worked as a writer, director and actor in theater on the east and west coasts before settling in Santa Fe some years ago.
 
He served as a member of the Santa Fe Playhouse board of directors and oversaw the theater’s
popular “Benchwarmers” series of one-act plays.
 
Among other Santa Fe credits, he appeared in the Santa Fe Stages production of Death and the Maiden in 2000, Ironweed Productions’ version of Our Town in 2012, and the Lensic Performing Arts Center’s The Laramie Project in 2010.
 
He also played roles in a number of television and film projects over the years, including Swing Vote and Wildifre (both films shot in New Mexico) and the television series Frasier.
 
Gerrity and Jeremy Lawrence co-authored the play Melody Jones: A Striptease in Two Acts, in the early 1990s.
 
Gerrity was directing a comedic production of A Christmas Carol — slated to open on Dec. 5 — for the Santa Fe Playhouse. It is unclear whether the playhouse will still mount the show.
 
A statement issued Wednesday night by the theater group said, “Dan Gerrity lit up the stage of the Santa Fe Playhouse for many years and served as a member of its board for the last six. In that time, he became the driving force behind the Playhouse’s effort to showcase local writing, directing and acting talent, primarily through the annual Benchwarmers production. He brought tenacious intelligence and exuberant poise to all these efforts, raising the bar — and everyone’s expectations — about what community theater could and should be.”
 
Though the Internet Movie Database says that Gerrity was born in 1958, local sources, including KSFR, report that he was 59.
 
According to his bio on the website, Gerrity’s work has been honored by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
 
No information about funeral arrangements or memorial services was immediately available.
 
 
GERRITY, Dan
Born: 12/21/1954, Red Bank, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 11/20/2013, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
 
Don Gerrity’s western – actor:
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) – 1993 (Jonah Collier)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

RIP Marta Garcia


Marta Garcia dies, a pioneer figure in 'Weather' on TVE
 
Marta Garcia, host of 'Time' on TVE for 15 years and voice dubber 'The Big Bang Theory', died Thursday November 21.
 
The presenter and voice actress Marta Garcia, who gave, on Spanish TV, weather reports for 15 years died Thursday, as announced on Monica Lopez’s Twitter, who’s responsible for this area of public television.
 
"For the team at ‘Time’ TVE today is a painful day. Monica Garcia has left us. We’ll miss her sweet smile, " tweeted Monica Lopez in her profile.
 
Marta García joined the Spanish TV weather information in 1989 and shared the work of reporting with other historical figures as Ana Roque, Paco Montesdeoca and Jose Antonio Maldonado .
 
But Marta Garcia's career did not just include talking about isobars and storms. Perhaps more important was her work as a voice actress, an occupation that came from her father, the renowned broadcaster Antolin Garcia, who put Spanish voices to Cary Grant, Alain Delon, and Peter O'Toole .
 
Marta Garcia was the Spanish voice of Amy Farrah Fowler in the series The Big Bang Theory, but also participated in the dubbing of series such as Falcon Crest, Alf and CSI New York.
 
Her studies led her to a journalism professional and she debuted as Top 40 and Radio 80 Gold Series, where she reported the news .
 
She went on to Spanish TV, where her later works were linked to the corporate voice and La 2 Clan TV.
 
 
GARCÍA, Marta
Born: 196?, Spain
Died: 11/21/2013, Spain
 
Marta Garcia’s westerns – voice actress:
Rose Marie – 1936 [Spanish voice of minister’s daughter, 1986 TV broadcast]
Kid Blue – 1986 [Spanish voice of Lee Purcell]
One Man’s Hero – 1998 [Spanish voice of Mexican girl]
Bandidas - 2004 [Spanish voice of Audra Blaser]

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

RIP Mickey Knox


Abraham ‘Mickey’ Knox, known to all Europena western fans for writing the English dialogue for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” passed away in Los Angeles, California on November 15, 2013. He was 88. Born in New York City on December 12, 1921 Knox began his career in show business as an actor who appeared in several films before being blacklisted. Moving to Italy to find work, he worked on the English dialogue for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), “Black Jack” (1968) and “Once Upon a Time in the West” and appeared in a small role in “Beyond the Law” (1968) with Lee Van Cleef. When the blacklist ended, he returned to acting, appearing in such films as “Bolero” (1984) and “The Godfather Part III” (1990). Woody Harrelson's character in Natural Born Killers was named after him.
 
 
KNOX, Mickey (Abraham Knox)
Born: 12/21/1921, Coney Island, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/15/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Mickey Knox’s westerns – producer, writer.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966 [English dialogue]
Black Jack - 1968 [English dialogue]
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 [English dialogue]
Long Live Your Death – 1971 [producer]

Monday, November 18, 2013

RIP Cristóbal García


Cristobal Garcia, actor, director a good man.
 
la opinion de Almeria
By Emilio Ruiz
11/18/2013
 
He was 46 years-ol, his height was 1.72 and the weight of 78 kilos. His eyes were green, his graying brown hair, normal complexion and his occupation in Spain was originally of a Telephone Technician. This he said himself. What Cristobal Garcia never said was that in this life he was an honest, clean, loved and excited, that person was him.
 
This last night Cristobal died from a heart attack. So accustomed to his practical jokes, we thought they were playing it to the last. Too macabre it was, but Cristobal, a vital and outgoing man, could not wait .
 
The imaginary reality has returned from his world of fantasy to the cruel reality. Yes, Cristobal has left us, and he went as he never used to go to the sites: without a goodbye without a back, because he, again, always returned.
 
This time the trip seems to be definitive. It seems, I say? Seems to say because we are still confusing dreams with reality. We cannot think of the idea that he’s no longer going to be with us.
 
These moments are unbearable. The tragedies always hit with much greater emphasis than reality. This is not, this exceeds all our imaginations .
 
Because good men never deserve to die. Because our life is miserable without them. Because without people like Cristobal life for many people is meaningless. We miss you, Cristobal. But do not go alone. Take with yoiu a piece of the dreams of thousands of fans who watched you enjoy life.
 

GARCÍA, Cristóbal (Cristóbal García Muñoz)
Born: 1967, Spain
Died: 11/17/2013, Almeria, Andalusia, Spain
 
Cristobal García’s western – actor:
The Man Without Time – 2013 (gunslinger)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

RIP Al Ruscio

Character Actor Al Ruscio Dies at 89

Al Ruscio, an often-seen character actor who appeared on TV, in films and on stage for more than a half-century, died Tuesday, his daughter Elizabeth said. He was 89.
Ruscio played the new restaurant manager at Monk’s whom Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) accuses of employing only buxom women as waitresses (they turn out to be his daughters) in the 1993 Seinfeld episode “The Pilot”; a casino owner on Showgirls (1995); and an opera-loving grandfather on the late-1980s ABC drama Life Goes On, the first TV series to have a major character with Down syndrome
In The Godfather: Part III, he plays crime boss Leo Cuneo and screams at Joe Mantegna’s character, “Joey Zaza, you son of a bitch!

Ruscio also played a foul-mouthed ex-cabbie on Steambath, an early series for pay-TV outlet Showtime; Bonnie Franklin’s dad in one episode of One Day at a Time; and Elder No. 4 on The X-Files.

Ruscio appeared on scores of other shows, including 77 Sunset Strip, Bonanza, Sea Hunt, Peter Gunn, The Untouchables, McCloud, Phyllis, Lou Grant, Shannon, Barney Miller, Falcon Quest, St. Elsewhere, Matlock, Hillstreet Blues, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, NYPD Blue and 7th Heaven.
He also acted in the soap operas Santa Barbara, Port Charles and Days of Our Lives.

His film résumé includes Fever Heat (1968), Any Which Way You Can (1980), The Hunter (1980), Jagged Edge (1985), Guilt by Suspicion (1991), The Silence of the Hams (1994) and The Phantom (1996).

A native of Salem, Mass., Ruscio moved to New York and trained for two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse School for the Theatre. He moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and that year appeared on TV’s Gunsmoke and then in the Rod Steiger film Al Capone (1959).

In the '60s, Ruscio created the drama department at the newly formed Midwestern College in Denison, Iowa. He then served as a professor of acting at the University of Windsor in Canada and as artistic director of the Academy of Dramatic Art at Oakland (Mich.) University. Over the years, he conducted workshops with his wife, actress Kate Williamson.

His book, So Therefore …: A Practical Guide for Actors, was published last year.

“Every scene or action or speech has a ‘so therefore.’ It is the goal, the ultimate statement of the character. You should know the so therefore as you begin your scene … The climax and the payoff is the ‘so therefore.’ ”
 
RUSCIO, Al
Born: 6/2/1924, Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 11/12/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Al Ruscio’s westerns – actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958 (Haley)
Zorro (TV) – 1958 (Luis)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960 (Pietro Poli)
Wrangler (TV) – 1960 (Wes Martin)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960, 1961 (Vaca, Delgado)
Whispering Smith (TV) – 1961 (Philippe Carmotta)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1963 (Machado)
Outlaws (TV) - 1987
Blood Red - 1988 (Antonio Segestra)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

RIP Luciano Melani


Luciano Melani an actor, a voice dubber and a director of dubbing died on November 12, 2013 in Rome, Italy. As a performer on television he was a member of the cast of the miniseries “The Queen of Hearts”, 1969, in which he played the role of Callum, and “The Queen of Spades”, 1972, in which he played the role of Captain Blanco.
 
At the beginning of his career he was involved in dubbing and has long been a member of the SAS - Company of Actors, synchronizers and was later one of the founders of CVD - Cine Video voice actors with so many other actors. His voice dubbing including Giancarlo Giannini, Oreste Lionello, Corrado Gaipa, Giancarlo Masters, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood.
 
 
MELANI, Luciano
Born: 3/3/1940, Cerignola, Apulia, Italy
Died: 11/12/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Luciano Melani’s westerns – voice actor:
The Great Silence – 1967 [Italian voice of Luigi Pistili]
Sartana the Gravedigger – 1969 [Italian voice of Sal Borgese]