Saturday, May 25, 2019

RIP Alberico Motta

Farewell to the cartoonist Alberico Motta

By Redazione Comicus
May 23, 2019

The comic artist Alberico Motta left us today at age 81, as reported by his colleague Sandro Dossi in a post on Facebook .

Born in Monza on 6 October 1937, Motta is particularly known for having designed several humorous series for the Bianconi Editions, such as Tiramolla, Geppo, Nonna Abelarda, and the Braccio di Ferro and Tom & Jerry comics. He is also the author of the Big Robot series, known to be one of the first examples of "Italian manga".

His debut dates back to 1954 on the Cri-Cri children's magazine. Later, in addition to Edizioni Alpe and Edizioni Bianconi, he will also collaborate with Mondadori, drawing several stories for Mickey Mouse starting from the 80s. He will make some of the first colorful computer stories and, together with his sons Dario and Valeria, Disney's first digital comic book.

In 1992 he will say goodbye to the world of comics to devote himself to advertising graphics as an art director in an advertising agency devoting himself to the study of digital technique in the illustration.

The funeral will be held tomorrow at 3.30 pm in Villasanta at the church of San Fiorano.

The Comicus Editor tightens up to family and friends for heartfelt condolences.

MOTTA, Alberico
Born: 10/6/1937, Monza, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died: 5/23/2019, Villasanta, Lombardy, Italy

Alberico Motta’s western – comic book artist:
Capitan Miki – 1952-1953
Kinowa – 1952-1953
Buffalo Bill – 1952-1953
El Coyote - 1954

Thursday, May 23, 2019

RIP Bobby Diamond

Bobby Diamond, Boy With a Horse on the 1950s TV Series 'Fury,' Dies at 75

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
May 24, 2019

He also was on 'The Twilight Zone' and 'The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis' but passed up a chance to play one of the boys on 'My Three Sons.'

Bobby Diamond, who portrayed a young orphan opposite Peter Graves and a wild stallion on the 1950s NBC series Fury, has died. He was 75.

Diamond died May 15 of cancer at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif., author and longtime friend Laurie Jacobson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Diamond also starred with Jack Klugman on "In Praise of Pip," a 1963 episode of The Twilight Zone, and played Duncan "Dunky" Gillis, a cousin of Dwayne Hickman's title character, on the final season of another CBS series, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.

Legend has it he was in the running to portray Robin the Boy Wonder on ABC's Batman before producers decided that at 21 he was too old and went with Burt Ward instead.

On Fury — "the story of a horse and the boy who loves him," as it said in the opening — Diamond starred as Joey Clark, a troubled youngster. He's adopted by Graves' Jim Newton, the owner of the Broken Wheel Ranch in California, and forms a strong bond with a wild horse named Fury. (Newton's wife and son recently had been killed by a drunk driver.)

The show ran for five seasons, from October 1955 through March 1960, and then for years afterward in syndication.

When Fury ended, Diamond said he turned down an opportunity to play one of the boys, Robbie Douglas (Don Grady), on a new show, ABC's My Three Sons, in favor of working on another sitcom, NBC's The Nanette Fabray Show.

My Three Sons ran for 12 seasons, The Nanette Fabray Show one.

"Great decision, eh? I could have been a multi-multimillionaire just from that alone," he said in a 1990 interview with the Los Angeles Times.

A son of a real estate broker and a housewife, Robert Diamond was born Aug. 23, 1943. His mother, Pearl, guided him into show business, and he made his way into such films as The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), 3 Ring Circus (1954) and To Hell and Back (1955).

Later, he received top billing in Airborne (1962), a movie about paratroopers, and appeared in Billie (1965), a comedy that starred Patty Duke as an athletic tomboy.

Diamond also landed on other TV shows like Father Knows Best, The Loretta Young Show, The Andy Griffith Show, Lassie, Medical Center and Divorce Court.

He attended Ulysses S. Grant High School in Los Angeles and was an outstanding gymnast on the rings at San Fernando Valley State College (now Cal State Northridge). He then became a lawyer, representing, among others, actors Paul Petersen and Kelsey Grammer.

Survivors include his sons, Robbie and Jesse. His funeral will be private.

DIAMOND, Bobby (Robert Leroy Diamond)
Born: 8/23/1948, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/15/2019, Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.

Bobby Diamond’s westerns – actor:
Ride Vaquero! – 1953 (boy)
The Silver Whip – 1953 (Jody)
The Americano – 1955 (Steve Dent)
Fury (TV) – 1955-1960 (Joey Clark Newton)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1960, 1964 (Matt Basham, Joey Henshaw)
The Rebel (TV) – 1961 (Jody Webster)
The Silent Gun (TV) – 1969 (Eddie)

Saturday, May 18, 2019

RIP Carlo Marini

Italian actor and director of dubbing films, Carlo Marini died in Rome, Italy on January 5, 2019. As an actor he starred in films such as “W la seal” directed by Nando Cicero, “My Cousins” by Marcello Avallone and “Von Buttiglione Strurmtruppenfuhrer by Mino Guerrini and the Rai fiction film “Can I Call You Love?” also the Mediaset “The Witness”.
He was also a theater actor appearing in two operas.

He was a dubbing director of films such as “Platoon”, “Terminator” and “Edward Scissorhands”.

For many years he was the narrator of many documentaries of “The Time Machine” program broadcast on Rete 4.

Born: 4/27/1950, Spoleto, Perugia, Umbria, Italy
Died: 1/5/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Carlo Marini’s western – voice dubber:
Alamo – 2004 [Italian voice of Leon Rippy]

RIP Sammy Shore

Sammy Shore, Legendary Stand-Up Comedian, Dies at 92

The Wrap
By Beatrice Verhoeven

Sammy Shore, the legendary stand-up comedian and co-founder of the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, has died. He was 92.

According to his family, Shore passed away Saturday from natural causes while in his home in Las Vegas, surrounded by his wife, Suzanne, and the rest of his family.

Shore co-founded the world-famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles with his writing partner Rudy De Luca in 1972 — it would soon become to premier stand-up club in the world.

Shore’s career began in the Catskills, where he partnered with Shecky Greene. When Elvis Presley chose him to open for his comeback at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in 1974, Shore’s career took off, and he continued to open for Presley over the next seven years.

Over the course of his 70-year career, Shore opened for people like Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Tom Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., Connie Stevens and Glen Campbell, among many others. While he lived in Los Angeles, he became a member of the famous “Friars Club.” He was voted Best Comedy Act in Atlantic City by the Atlantic City Press and even had a day named after him on July 24, 1990 by the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors. He’s also known to be the only comedian who worked Harrah’s Casinos and Hotels more than any other entertainer.

Over the last 25 years, Shore toured and performed with his son and fellow comedian, Pauly. But Shore was also an accomplished author, publishing books such as “The Man Who Made Elvis Laugh” and “The Warm-Up.” Before his death, he was finishing up a book titled, “Last Comic Sitting (Confessions of a Pissed-Off Comic).”

“Dad, you lived an amazing life and I’m so proud to say that you are my father. When you’re in heaven I’ll be killing the crowds night after night and carrying on your legacy. Love you Dad. Rest in peace,” Pauly wrote in a long Twitter thread, retelling his experience working with his father on stage.

He recorded several albums titled “Brother Sam, Come Heal With Me” and “70 Sucks, but 80 is Worse,” among others. He also performed in several one-man shows and appeared in several films including “The Bellboy” with Jerry Lewis and ‘Life Stinks” with Mel Brooks. He also appeared on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

When Shore moved to Las Vegas, he and his wife joined with the Nevada SPCA to host fundraisers under “Funny Bones” to raise money to pay for the critical care of animals who weren’t otherwise adoptable.

Shore is survived by his wife, his three dogs and his four children, as well as two grandchildren.

SHORE, Sammy (Samuel Shore)
Born: 2/7/1927, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/18/2019, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Sammy Shore’s western – actor;
Texas Across the River – 1966 (Indian)

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

RIP Ron Smerczak

TV With Thinus
May 13, 2019

The veteran, British-born South African actor Ron Smerczak has died from a heart attack. He was 69.

Ron Smerczak's decades-long career on South African television ranged from roles in SABC productions like Shaka Zulu, John Ross, Generations and Isidingo,'s Rhythm City, to kykNET's (DStv 144) Villa Rosa, Jongo on BET (DStv 129) and many more.

He also appeared in international series filmed in South Africa and Cape Town like Warrior and Strike Back on M-Net (Dstv 101), and Black Sails that was shown on History (DStv 186).

Besides television he appeared in several roles on stage and in film.

"That moment when you think back to the last time you spoke to someone for whom you have the greatest respect & admiration. You agreed to coffee and catch up. Then he's gone. Actor, icon, legend & guide Ron Smerczak is no more," wrote Jack Devnarain, the former Isidingo actor and chairperson of the South African Guild of Actors (SAGA), in a tribute.

SAGA in a statement said "SAGA mourns the passing of the veteran actor and industry stalwart Ron Smerczak. His love for Shakespeare, stage, TV and film defined his decades of service to the industry. We remember him as a friend, mentor and inspiration and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family. We are all poorer for his loss."

Born: 3/7/1949, Blackpool, England U.K.
Died: 5/13/2019, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ron Smerczak’s westerns – actor:
Trigger Fast – 1994 (Sergeant Tring)
Hooded Angels – 2002 (Packer)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

RIP Giampiero Boneschi

Addio Giampiero Boneschi

By Massimo Privitera
May 16, 2019

The famous Maestro Giampiero Boneschi, a rather important and historical figure of the Italian music and author of several soundtracks for cinema and multiple films, left us on May 12th at his home in Segrate, in the Milanese province, at the venerable age of 92 years. acronyms for Rai and Mediaset. Born January 31, 1927 in Milan, he was a pianist, composer, arranger, producer and conductor, as well as the founder of the first post-war Italic jazz group and a member of a trio called Gambarelli-Mojoli-Boneschi and popular jazz ensembles.

His famous television themes have accompanied legendary Rai and Canale 5 programs such as ‘Lascia o radoppia’? and ‘Scherzi a parte’, and has collaborated with names such as Luigi Tenco, Gino Paoli, Umberto Bindi and Fabrizio De André, recording with famous record labels, see La voce del padrone, Odeon, Philips, Cam and Dischi Ricordi. He composed the scores for animated films such as the cult feature “West and Soda” by Bruno Bozzetto in 1965, in which he uses the typical stylistic features of the western symphonic tradition of the Hollywood Golden Age, with some winks to experimentations Morriconiane of the progenitor of the Leonian trilogy, “For a Fistful of Dollars” in 1964, and for the short film “Mr. Rossi Buys the 1966 Automobile”, and for another animated film, “The Long Green Stocking” by R. Gavioli from 1961. Care for music from Duccio Tessari's 1965 film, “A Wish to Die”.

BONESCHI, Giampiero
Born: 1/31/1927, Milan Lombardy, Italy
Died: 5/12/2019, Segrate, Lombardy, Italy

Giampiero Boneschi’s western - composer:
West and Soda – 1964