Friday, April 28, 2017

RIP Eric Mason

Forest Lawn Mortuaries

Ernesto Benitez Macias, 90, born on February 12, 1927, passed away on April 26, 2017. He resided in Studio City, California, at the time of his passing. He was a World War II Veteran, successful television actor and is survived by Sharon, Laura, and Sean Macias. He was also the father of Jason Macias who passed.
Ernesto was also known as Eric Mason in television and theater and also worked over 30 years as a branch manager and marketing expert for Royal, Konica, and other companies. He donated his time as a veteran in the US Veterans Honor Guard and produced and directed projects for the latino community at Olivera Street and was a longtime member of Theatre 40. He touched everyone he met with his dynamic charisma, amazing imagination and amazing cooking skills. He was of Spanish descent and proud of his heritage and had the heart and soul of a lion. He was an officer and a gentleman and most importantly an amazing friend, uncle, brother and father. He will be missed but his legacy and charm and humor will live on.

MASON, Eric (Ernesto Benitez Macias)
Born: 2/12/1927
Died: 4/26/2017, Studio City, California, U.S.A.

Eric Mason’s westerns – actor, voice dubber:
Cade’s County – 1971 (newscaster)
The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour (TV) 1980-1982
The New Adventures of Zorro (TV) – 1981 [English voice of Ramon]

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

RIP Kathleen Crowley

Wimberg Funeral Home
April 23, 2017

Crowley-Rubsam, Betty Jane “Kathleen”, 87, of Green Bank died peacefully at home on Sunday April 23, 2017. She was a graduate of Egg Harbor City High School in 1946. In 1949, her dreams came true when she won the title of “Miss New Jersey”. She then entered the “Miss America” pageant held in Atlantic City, NJ in 1949 and was a finalist and won “Miss Congeniality” with a scholarship to New York’s Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Her acting career took off in 1951 when she appeared in “A Star is Born”. She moved to Hollywood, CA where she became an extremely accomplished actress including many television and movie titles like Batman, Bonanza, Gidget, Maverick, Perry Mason, Westward Ho the Wagons, Showdown, The Lawyer, Downhill, Racer with Robert Redford and many more. Her career spanned from two decades until she met her husband, John Rubsam and they returned to Green Bank, NJ to raise their son, Matthew. There she was a devoted mother and became the bridge tender for the Green Bank Bridge. She is predeceased by her parents, Bert and Alice Crowley and brother, William Crowley.

Kathleen is survived by John Rubsam; her son, Matthew and wife, Stacey Rubsam; her granddaughter, Samantha; nephew, William Crowley Jr.; niece, Leslee and Gary Miller and their children; as well as many other friends and family.

Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 27th from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at Wimberg Funeral Home 400 Liverpool Ave., Egg Harbor City 609-965-0357. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 AM at St. Nicholas Church, 525 St. Louis Ave, Egg Harbor City. Interment will immediately follow at Green Bank Cemetery.

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CROWLEY, Kathleen (Betty Jane Kathleen Crowley)
Born: 12/26/1929, Green Bank, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 4/23/2017, Green Bank, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Kathleen Crowley’s westerns – actress:
The Silver Whip – 1953 (Kathy Riley)
The Westerner (TV) - 1953
The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1954 (Cindy Powers)
Ten Wanted Men (TV) – 1955 (Mrs. Marva Gibbons)
The Adventures of Champion (TV) – 1956 (Ellie Powell)
Along the Oregon Trail (TV) – 1956 (Laura Thompson)
Westward Ho, the Wagons (TV) – 1956 (Laura Thompson)
The Phantom Stagecoach – 1957 (Fran Maroon)
The Quiet Gun – 1957 (Teresa Carpenter)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1957 (Marilee Curtis)
Maverick (TV) – 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 (Daisy Harris, Melanie Blake, Flo Baker, Kiz Bouchet, Marla, Modesty Blaze)
Bronco (TV) – 1958, 1962 (Redemption McNally, Belle Siddons)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1958 (Claire Norris)
Colt .45 (TV) – 1958 (Elena)
The Restless Gun (TV) – 1958 (Mary Blackwell)
The Rough Riders (TV) – 1958 (Tess Pearce)
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1958 (Nurse Wyn Simmons)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1958 (Ann Jamison)
Yancy Derringer (TV) – 1958 Desiree)
Curse of the Undead – 1959 (Dolores Carter)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Martha Jackson)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1959
Rawhide (TV) – 1959 (Millie Wade)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1959, 1962 (Gilda, Royal Maroon)
The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Martha Jackson)
Laramie (TV) – 1960 (Laurie Allen)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960, 1963, 1968 (Kathleen, Lory Hayden, Miss Denise, Mademoiselle)
Showdown – 1963 (Estelle)
Redigo (TV) – 1963 (Laura)
Branded (TV) – 1965 (Laura Rock)
The Virginian (TV) – 1965 (Jennifer McLeod)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1969 (Countess Maria Kettenden von München)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

RIP Gustavo Rojo

Gustavo Rojo Dead At 93: Telenovela Actor Dies, Report

Latin Times
April 22, 2017

Gustavo Rojo has sadly passed away at the age of 93 years old. The initial reports of the death of the actor doesn't reveal the cause, but many celebrities on social media have taken their time to express their sadness. Rojo lived in México, but originated from Uruguay. His last telenovela was on Televisa's "Un Camino Hacia El Destino." The legendary actor is the famous father of actress Ana Patricia Rojo.

Gustavo Rojo was born September 5, 1923 in Montevideo, Uruguay. His mother, Mercedes Pinto was a prominent author from Spain, who had left her country to Uruguay for political reasons. Rojo made his debut in a play that his mother wrote. His first on-screen role was in the 1938 Cuban movie, "Ahora Seremos Felices," that also starred older sibling Pituka de Foronda. In the 1940s his family made their way to México.

He starred in movies like "Tarzan and the Mermaids," "La Reina del Mambo," "From Madrid to Heaven," "Under The Sky In Spain," "Alexander The Great," "Julius Ceesar Against The Pirates," "Spy Today, Die Tomorrow" and "The Valley of Gwangi."

In telenovela he worked on telenovelas like "Mundo De Juguete," "Pobre Señorita Limantour," "María Mercedes," "Esmeralda," "Alma Rebelde," "Soñadoras," "La Intrusa," "Destilando Amor," "Triunfo Del Amor," "Abismo De Pasión," "Que Pobres Tan Ricos" and "Un Camino Hacia El Destino."

ROJO, Gustavo (Gustavo Rojo Pinto)
Born: 9/23/1923, Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: 4/22/2017, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Gustavo Rojo’s westerns – actor:
Apaches Last Battle – 1964 (Corporal Bush)
Pyramid of the Sun God – 1965 (Lieutenant Potoca)
Treasure of the Aztecs – 1965 (Lieutenant Potoca)
The Christmas Kid – 1966 (Mayor Louis Carillo)
Django Does Not Forgive – 1966 (Corporal Lex)
A Fistful of Songs – 1966 (Chief Big Vulture)
The Tall Women – 1966 (Gus Macintosh)
Kitosch, the Man Who Came from the North – 1967 (José)
The Vengeance of Pancho Villa – 1967 (General Urbina)
A Bullet for Sandoval – 1969 (Guadalupano)
El Condor – 1969 (Colonel Anguinaldo)
Land Raiders – 1969 (Indian)
The Valley of Gwangi – 1969 (Carlos)

RIP Maureen Steindler

Chicago Tribune
April 22, 2017

Maureen Steindler, nee Westerberg, age 92, died at her home in Elmwood Park on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Maureen was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where, as a child, she performed with the Toronto Children's Players. She came to the United States to attend Northwestern University where she met and, in 1946, married Emanuel (Manny) Steindler. She and Manny remained married until his death in 2001. Maureen graduated with honors from Northwestern in 1948. While at NU, she directed children's theater and after graduating, wrote, and directed children's plays for community theaters and Hull House Theater. Maureen was very active in Chicago's acting community throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, teaching and performing at Second City, Hull House, and other Chicago Theaters. Maureen was a member of Actors' Equity, serving in many leadership positions throughout her professional acting career. She was nominated for a 1975 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actress in a Principal Role for her performance in "Ruffian on the Stair" at the Orphans Theatre Company in Chicago. Beginning in the 1970s until her death Maureen was active in the film and advertising community, appearing in several movies, including Robert Altman's "A Wedding" (1978) and "Poltergeist III" (1988), as well as numerous TV commercials, print ads, and voice overs. From the early 1990s, Maureen was involved with the Senior Radio Players, a performance group of the Screen Actors' Guild and the American Federal of TV and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA) dedicated to bringing the art of old time radio to the stage. A natural comedienne, she appeared on stage in several roles over the years, including recent appearances as Baby Snooks and Chaquita Banana. In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Maureen was admired for her humor and giving, compassionate heart. Maureen is survived by her three children, Kathryn (Salvador) Ramos, Arthur (Mary) Steindler, and Wallace Steindler, three grandchildren Nathan Ramos, Corynne Steindler Cirilli, and Ellen Steindler Serafin, and her great grandson, Kai Cirilli, many loving cousins, nieces and nephews, neighbors, and friends. A memorial and celebration of her life is being planned for June.

Born: 1925, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 4/9/2017, Elmwood, Park, U.S.A.

Maureen Steinder’s western – actress:
The Chisholms (TV) – 1979 (Millie Bain)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

RIP Erin Moran

‘Happy Days’ Star Erin Moran Dies at 56

April 22, 2017

Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on “Happy Days,” has died. She was 56.

According to TMZ, Moran’s body was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana. The cause of death is unknown.

The California-born actress, who also starred in “Happy Days” spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi” opposite Scott Baio, had fallen on hard times in recent years. She was reportedly kicked out of her trailer park home in Indiana, according to tabloid reports, because of her hard-partying ways.

Moran was just 14 when she signed on to play Ron Howard’s sister in the TV classic “Happy Days,” which aired from 1974 to 1983. Her TV credits also include “The Love Boat,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

She most recently appeared on VH1 reality show “Celebrity Fit Club” and low-budget film “Not Another B Movie” in 2010.

In 2012, Moran and three of her “Happy Days” co-stars – Williams, Marion Ross, Don Most and the widow of Tom Bosley – sued CBS for $10 million, claiming they never received merchandise royalties they were owed under their contracts. The case was later settled out of court. Neither Henry Winkly, who famously starred as the Fonz on the show, nor Ron Howard were part of the lawsuit.

MORAN, Erin (Erin Marie Moran)
Born: 10/18/1960, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/22/2017, Corydon, Indiana, U.S.A.

Erin Moran’s westerns – actress:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1971 (Jenny, Rachel)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1969 (Mary, Mary Tugwell)
Bearcats! (TV) – 1971 (Elisa Tillman)

RIP Jacques Robioles

Death of the director and actor Jacques Robiolles

Actor notably for Jean Rollin but also Truffaut and Chabrol, Jacques Robiolles died on April 19 at the age of 82 years. He also directed art and essay films, short films and documentaries.

Jacques Robiolles began his career as an actor. He is also known for his work with Claude Chabrol (Landru, 1962), François Truffaut (La mariée était en noir, 1967, Baisers volés, 1968, Domicile conjugal, 1970), et Philippe Garrel (Marie pour mémoire, 1967).

After a short film career without a future (Reflection in a Henri III buffet), Robiolles returns to directing in the late 1960s. Henri Langlois, the cofounder of the French Cinémathèque, is interested in him, participating in the production Of his first film The Dagmaluakh (1968). He then made a dozen poetic films, such as Les Yeux de Maman (1971), Le Jardin des Hespérides (1975), dedicated to Langlois, and shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1975. He had a fantastic Scene The Transylvanian Train, and appeared in Jean Rollin's La Vampire nue et Le Frisson des vampires. He was also seen in small roles for Jean-François Davy in Bananes Mécaniques and Au Plaisir des dames. In 1981, he directed Fabrice Luchini in a short film called La forêt désenchantée.

His last appearance on the screen dates from 2004 for the documentary film The Phantom of Henri Langlois of Jacques Richard. Robiolles was also featured in Gérard Courant's experimental documentary entitled Cinématon in 2002, which featured filmed portraits of personalities from the 7th art. He had retired for many years to Normandy.

Born: 3/6/1935, Coutances, Manche, France
Died: 4/19/2017, Coutances, Manche, France

Jacques Robioles’ westerns – actor:
Fortune (TV) – 1967 (British commandant)
Don’t Touch the White Woman! – 1973

RIP Witold Pyrkosz

Witold Pyrkosz died.  He was 90 years old

The death of the actor and theatrical was announced on the official Facebook profile of the series "M as love", in which Pyrkosz played since 2000.


A wonderful man, a great master and a great friend, went away, and with him a piece of us left ... There is a vast emptiness, an indescribable sadness and sorrow. "We thank you for every beautiful moment, and we will miss you very much and will never forget."

Witold Pyrkosz was born on December 24, 1926.  He graduated from the State Higher School of Actors in Cracow.  He played, among others.  In "The End", "Vabank", "Janosiku", "Alternatives 4" or "Four Armor and Dog" series.  He co-wrote and directed the cabaret "Dreptak".  Since 2000 he played Lucjan Mostowiak on the show "M as love".

 Pyrkosz also played a number of theatrical roles, including Cheerick's "Revenge" and Paweł's "Life" by Aleksander Fredro, George in "Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck and Kalaf in "Princess Turandot" by Carl Gozzi.

 Laureate of many honors.  He received, among others, Super Wiktor, Telekamera in the category of Best Actor in 2005 and Special Award "Golden Pin" in the Telekamery 2007. He was awarded the Golden Cross of Merit, Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta and Gold Medal of Merit of Gloria Artis.

 In 2014, the actor received the Special Prize of the President of Polish Television and the Honorary Award - the statuette of the Aquarius Jury at the National Film Festival Prowincjonalia.

Born: 12/24/1926, Krasnystaw, Lubelskie, Poland
Died: 4/22/2017, Warsaw, Ploand

Witold Pyrkosz’s western – actor:
Alaska Kid (TV) – 1991 (Andy Carson)