Friday, August 23, 2019

RIP Carlo Delle Piane

Rome, farewell to the actor Carlo Delle Piane: he worked with the greats of Italian cinema, from Totò to Pupi Avati

He died at the age of 83: he had recently celebrated 70 years of career
August 24, 2019

Carlo Delle Piane died in Rome at the age of 83. His wife, Anna Crispino, reported. The actor had recently celebrated his 70-year career, during which he had worked with some of the most important Italian directors and interpreters, recalling the multiple successes alongside Alberto Sordi, Aldo Fabrizi, Totò, De Sica and many others, until the highly successful decade with Pupi Avati .

Still recovering from the cerebral hemorrhage that struck him in January 2015 which that had brought him into the coma, he had celebrated with his loving wife, the singer Anna Crispino, the 70-year career last year at the Pesaro cinema exhibition. 110 films in the assets, of which about fifteen under the direction of his great friend Pupi Avati, Delle Piane had made his first film when he was only 12 years old.

"I was in junior high at the Pius XI in Rome and the assistants of the director Duilio Coletti arrived there, looking for boys for the film Cuore among the students. I, who was always at the last desk and didn't do too well at school, didn't understand who they were, I thought they were going to question me and I almost hid. But I was chosen, even though at the time I looked like a small extraterrestrial with thin slender legs. Since then I found myself working with great artists, but I didn't give them importance, for me cinema was a way to not go to school and put some money in my pocket," he said.

One film after another for him, usually comedies brilliant and he starred with everyone, Sordi, Totò, Gassman, Fabrizi, directed by De Sica, Vadim, Steno, Monicelli, Polanski and Corbucci. But his great friend was Aldo Fabrizi, "one not too loved by his colleagues for his frankness. I did with him the Passaguai family and then Rugantino di Garinei and Giovannini. I also remember that Fabrizi used to empty a rosette and fill it with rigatoni to the sauce. His reference actor Buster Keaton : "I wanted to be like him. I liked his dryness in acting, his mania in stealing". Finally for Carlo Delle Piane the therapy for everything, also for his idiosyncrasy in being touched, was in the work: "When I'm on the set I do everything I touch embrace I open the doors".

Born: 2/2/1936, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 8/23/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Carlo Delle Piane’s western – actor:
Judge Roy Bean – 1971

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

RIP Orlando Suero

Orlando Suero, Famed Hollywood Photographer, Dies at 94

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
August 21, 2019

He worked on the sets of 'Torn Curtain' and 'Chinatown' and took intimate shots of Brigitte Bardot, Dennis Hopper and Shirley MacLaine.

Orlando Suero, who photographed Brigitte Bardot in bed on a beach, Dennis Hopper in a bathtub and Shirley MacLaine dancing the Frug with Rudolf Nureyev during his long career in Hollywood, has died. He was 94.

Suero died Monday night of natural causes in a nursing home in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, his son Jim Suero told The Hollywood Reporter.

Suero also served as a still photographer on the sets of such movies as Torn Curtain (1966), Hell in the Pacific (1968), Play It Again, Sam (1972), Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Save the Tiger (1973), Chinatown (1974), The Towering Inferno (1974), Rocky II (1979) and Young Doctors in Love (1982).

Along the way, he shot Natalie Wood, Sharon Tate, Faye Dunaway, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Eartha Kitt, Michael Caine, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Diana Ross, Tony Randall, Bob Hope and Russ Meyer.

Suero thought he had lined up an exclusive shoot in Mexico with Bardot, but when he got to the set of the 1965 film Viva Maria!, "all sorts of photographers were there," his son explained in an interview to promote the release last year of the long overdue coffee-table book Orlando Photography.

"He was short, so he was standing in front of all of them, not taking any pictures. Bardot noticed that and inquired, 'Who is that man who is not taking pictures of me?' So that started their repartee, and that later comes through in the photos they did."

Suero photographed Bardot in bed in a white negligee with the waves behind her and also when she dressed as Charlie Chaplin.

He also shot Hopper and then-wife Michelle Phillips sharing a joint in a bathtub in Taos, New Mexico, and MacLaine and Nureyev dancing at a party in Malibu.

Born in New York and raised in Washington Heights, Suero took up photography when he was 14 when his father gave him a used Kodak Jiffy camera. He attended the New York Institute of Photography and during World War II served with the U.S. Marines.

Returning to photography after he was discharged afforded him relief from PTSD, he said in his book: "For me, my work was an escape from the war. It allowed me to detach from it because when you come back, the war doesn't end for you. It stays with you for life for the most part. Photography was my solace."

While working as a printer in 1954 on Edward Steichen's Museum of Modern Art exhibition The Family of Man, Suero was hired by the Three Lions photo agency. That led to an assignment for McCall's magazine in which he spent five days with up-and-coming Massachusetts senator John F. Kennedy and his new wife, Jackie, in their Georgetown duplex. (His photos can be seen in the 2001 book Camelot at Dawn.)

"If I'd realized what a wonderful photographer you were, and how nice McCall's was about doing a story, I never would have been the jittery subject I was," Jackie wrote in a letter to Suero.

He worked with Globe Photo from the late 1950s through the '60s, covering many of the era's events and celebrities, before going off on his own.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Peggy; his children, Wendy, Chris and Jim; and his four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

SUERO, Orlando
Born: 1925, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/19/2019, Valley Village, California, U.S.A.

Orlando Suero’s westerns – still photographer:
The Honkers – 1972
Emperor of the North – 1973
Posse - 1975

Monday, August 19, 2019

RIP Freda Dowie


East Anglican Daily Times
August 16, 2019

THOMPSON Freda Mary (nee Dowie), Actress. On August 10, 2019. Service to be held at Seven Hills Crematorium on Wednesday, August 28, at 10:30 a.m. No flowers please, but donations, gratefully received, to the RNLI Aldeburgh, c/o. Tony Brown’s Funeral Service, New Cut, Saxmundham, IP17 1EH.

DOWIE, Freda
Born: 7/22/1928, Cralisle, Cumbria, England, U.K.
Died: 8/10/2019, Suffolk, East Anglican, England, U.K.

Freda Dowie’s western – actress:
North and South (TV) – 1966 (Fanny Thornton)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

RIP Giulio Chierchini

Giulio Chierchini passed away

August 18, 2019

Just received from Moreno Chisté: "Good evening, I want to inform you of death, tonight in Genoa, at the age of 91 years of Disney designer Giulio Chierchini. Together we have collaborated for many years in the realization of the famous "painted boards". Among the many drawn with four hands, Little Gum, Paperin pestle and the Via delle Indie .. "

CHIERCHINI, Giulio (Giulio Ernesto Chierchini)
Born: 5/22/1928, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Died: 8/18/2019, Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Giulio Chierchini’s western – cartoon artist:
Pop e Fuzzy – 1960s

RIP Adrià Frías

Voces en Imágenes

Spanish voice actor and dubbing director Adrià Frías died on August 17th. He was active as a voice actor, mainly in Barcelona, from 1983-2009 and directed many sessions from 1988 to 2008. He was best known as the voice of Dr. Lloyd Steam from Steamboy.

More information will be posted if forthcoming.

FRIAS, Adrià
Died: 8/17/2019, Spain

Adrià Frías’s westerns – voice actor:
They Call Me Trinity – 1986 [Spanish video voice of Luciano Rosi]
Geronimo – 1994 [Spanish voice of Indian]
The Last Outlaw – 1994 [Spanish voice of Paul Ben-Victor]
Tombstone – 1994 [Spanish voice of Buck Taylor]
Asrterix in America – 1995 [Spanish voice of Ordenalfabétix]
Gunfight at Comanche Creek – 1995 [Spanish voice of John Milford]
Open Range – 2003 [Spanish voice of Julian Richings]

Friday, August 16, 2019

RIP Lou Wills Jr.

Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home

Lou Wills, Jr. died on August 7th, 2019, in Highlands County, Florida where he lived full time since 1997. Lou was the loving husband to Beverly Dixon Wills, caring father to Jamie Wills and Doug Wills, stepfather to Tracy Calvan, beloved grandfather to Michael Wills, Kathryn Wills, Cameron Fearey and Kaila Fearey, and great grand father to Oliver Wills and cared deeply for his children's spouses Julie Wills and Gordon Fearey. He leaves behind many friendships with whom he shared great happiness, stories and laughter. Lou Wills, born Sherman Charles Biener in Yonkers, NY in 1927, changed his name in honor of his teacher and mentor, vaudevillian Lou Wills.

Lou Wills had a lifelong and successful career as an acrobat, tap dancer, television actor, stunt choreographer, tap teacher, and film producer. As a young adult, Lou Wills had his own vaudeville act that opened the show for Milton Berle, Lena Horne, and Carol Channing, among others. In 1941, he first appeared on Broadway, in the musical comedy Best Foot Forward, directed by Gene Kelly. Often as a dancer, Lou Wills was a regular on the Broadway stage for decades, performing in the original productions of Cole Porter’s Something for the Boys and Kurt Weill’s One Touch of Venus, as well as in the musical version of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Television parts included Three's Company, McMillan and Wife, Get Smart, The Dick Van DykeShow, F Troop, Hank, Mister Roberts, Friends, Rosanne and Murphy Brown.

Lou Wills performed from the age of five until his seventies on the stage and television screen and enriched the lives of his family and friends in the communities of New York City; Los Angeles, California; and Lake Placid, Florida. Lou lived a life of humor and kindness, embracing people from all parts of his life. A service will be held at Temple Israel of Highlands County on Sunday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m.Refreshments will be served. A celebration of his life will be held in New York in the fall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Temple in honor of his mother and father, Lewis and Ida Biener.

Arrangements entrusted to:

Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home

WILLS Jr., Lou
Born: 12/26/1927, North Braddock, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 8/7/2019, Highlands, Florida, U.S.A

Lou Wills, Jr.’s westerns – actor:
F Troop (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Running Bull, Beware of Dog)
Texas Across the River – 1966 (Indian)

RIP Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda Dead at 79 After Respiratory Failure from Lung Cancer: 'Please Raise a Glass to Freedom'

Peter Fonda was best known for his starring role as Wyatt in 1969’s Easy Rider 

By Elizabeth Leonard and Joelle Goldstein
August 16, 2019

Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 79.

Peter’s family confirmed the sad news in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday and said that the two-time Oscar-nominee died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said. “[Peter] passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family.”

“The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer,” they continued.

“In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy,” they wrote.

“And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” the Fonda family finished. “In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”

Peter, who became a movie star and counterculture icon with his 1969 movie Easy Rider, was born in New York City to screen legend Henry Fonda and Frances Ford Seymour.

The star spent his early years growing up alongside his older sister, Jane, until he was sent to boarding school at just 6 years old.

Their childhood was struck by tragedy when their mother, who struggled with her mental health, died by suicide when Peter was 10 and Jane was 12.

In his 1998 book, Don’t Tell Dad: A Memoir, Peter said his mom’s death was something that his “forbidding figure” father, who was remote and often away on set, lied about and subsequently “ignored”.

“When I walked toward [my family] they told me to go through the closed doors and into the living room. I opened the doors and saw Jane, Grandma, and Dad sitting on the couches. Jane was on Dad’s lap,” Peter recalled in the memoir. “I went to Grandma, and she told me Mother had died of a heart attack, in a hospital.”

“After that, no one ever talked about Mom. No one seemed to miss her. It was almost as if she had never lived. Jane and I never went to a funeral or service for her; I didn’t know where she was buried,” he added.

When he finally did learn what happened to his mother, Peter said “he was stunned. I sat there for two or three minutes, speechless … Everyone else knew. Knew everything! But not me.”

Speaking to PEOPLE in March 2014, Jane recalled how Peter “was much more affected by the fact that no one talked about our mom.”

“It was like she’d just been erased,” Jane said. “[The Christmas after she died], Peter filled a chair with presents and a letter for her. He couldn’t stand that there was no acknowledgment of her. He was such a sensitive, sweet, vulnerable kid.”

Later in life, Peter would reconcile with his father by offering him a role in the 1979 film Wanda Nevada.

According to his memoir, one day after spending the afternoon together, dad Henry started to cry.

“Slowly and choking on the high-powered emotion, he said, ‘I love you very much, son. I want you to know that,'” Peter wrote.

Despite their tough relationship, Peter followed in his father’s footsteps and went on to study acting in college and made his professional stage debut in 1961 in the Broadway production of Blood, Sweat, and Standley Poole.

That same year, Peter married Susan Brewer and they had two children — actress Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda.

Two years after his Broadway debut, the actor transitioned into the film world and made his debut in Tammy and the Doctor, before playing an ensemble role in the World War II saga The Victors.

He also appeared in 1966’s Wild Angels, opposite Nancy Sinatra and Bruce Dern, and The Trip in 1967.

His breakout role, however, came in 1969 when he starred as Wyatt in Easy Rider, which he also produced and co-scripted. For his work on the project, Peter earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Around that time, Peter “dove headlong into the era’s sea of drugs and sexual freedom,” which eventually led to his 1972 divorce from Brewer, according to his memoir.

Three years later, Peter married Portia Crockett and continued to act in a series of films, such as Ulee’s Gold, The Hired Hand, and 3:10 to Yuma.

He also directed a number of projects and earned himself several accolades along the way, including four Golden Globe nominations (two of which he won), one Emmy nomination and earned another Oscar nomination for Ulee’s Gold.

In 2011, however, Peter and Crockett called it quits. His final marriage came in June of that year to Margaret “Parky” DeVogelaere.

More recently, Peter was featured on television series, including CSI: NY, Hawaii Five-O, The Blacklist, and Milo Murphy’s Law.

At the time of his death, he was in pre-production for a movie called Skate God, expected to release in 2020, according to his IMDb. The last film he acted in was The Last Full Measure which is expected to be released later this year.

FONDA, Peter (Peter Henry Fonda)
Born: 2/23/2940, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/16/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Peter Fonda’s westerns – director, actor:
Wagon Train (TV) - 1962 (Orly French)
The Rounders – 1965
High Noon: The Clock Strikes Noon Again (TV) – 1966 (Will Kane Jr.)
The Hired Hand – 1971 (Harry Collings) [director]
Wanda Nevada – 1979 (Beaudray Demerille) [director]
Hawken’s Breed – 1988 (Hawken)
South of Heaven, West of Hell - 2000 (Shoshonee Bill)
3:10 to Yuma – 2007 (Byron McElroy)
American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James – 2010 (Marshal Kane)
Cooperhead – 2013 (Avery)
Jesse James Lawman – 2015 (mayor)
The Ballad of Lefty Brown – 2017 (Edward Johnson)