Sunday, June 16, 2019

RIP sean McCann

Canadian actor Sean McCann dies at 83

The Star
By Jacob Lorinc, Emma Sandri
June 15, 2019

Sean McCann, an award-winning actor known for his role on the Canadian TV series Night Heat, died on Thursday. He was 83.

A prolific character actor, McCann performed in hundreds of productions, ranging from a Canadian politician in The King Chronicle (1988) to an animated bear in TV series Little Bear (1995-2003).

He was also known for his roles in films such as Tommy Boy (1995), Chicago (2002), Naked Lunch (1991) and Miracle (2004). McCann played supporting roles in films with big names such as Meryl Streep in ... First Do No Harm (1997) and Nick Nolte in Affliction (1997).

McCann was born in Windsor, Ont. in 1935, the son of Alta Tobin and Jack McCann, and had seven siblings. He studied to become a priest at St. Peter’s Seminary in London, Ont. before turning to acting in the 1960s.

In a Star article from 2002, he recalled his early days in theatre, working as the spotlight operator at the Covent Garden Opera House in London, England during a premiere attended by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. A self-styled mischief-maker, McCann recalled calling out to Prince Philip’s limousine after the show.

“I yelled, ‘Up the republic!’ ...(and) before I knew it, I was being frisked and questioned,” he said.

Later in his acting career, he said, his Canadian patriotism led him to turn down some roles in American TV shows and movies.

“They made me an offer ... and it’s out the window,” McCann said of a 2002 TV series starring Rob Morrow. “And damn it, I could’ve used the money!”

But he performed in dozens of Canadian films and TV shows, and was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Gemini Award for Best Guest Actor in a Series for Power Play (1998-2000) and the Earle Grey Award for his lifetime achievement in television.

Beyond acting, McCann was also a poet, a political candidate and a baseball scout.

An avid baseball fan since he was young, he began as an amateur associate scout for the Toronto Blue Jays in the late 1990s, and sat on the board of directors for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

“I’ve got a background in baseball,” he explained to in 2008. “It (scouting) started as a hobby for me, but I’ve coached baseball in the past.”

A self-described “political junkie” who often sought out the roles of Canadian politicians, like William Lyon Mackenzie King in The King Chronicle, McCann ventured briefly into real-life politics when he ran for the Liberals against Progressive Conservative MPP Roy McMurtry in 1979.

John Dadosky, a professor of theology and philosophy at the University of Toronto’s Regis College, said he developed a friendship with McCann more than 20 years ago due to their common interest in religion.

“He had an insatiable intellectual curiosity for philosophy and theology,” said Dadosky. “This deep interest was something not well known about Sean. I will miss our conversations.”

A funeral mass will be held on Monday at the Blessed Sacrament Parish, 24 Cheritan Ave., in Toronto.

McCANN, Sean
Born: 9/24/1935, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Died: 6/13/2019, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sean McCann’s westerns – actor:
Death Hunt – 1981 (newspaper reporter)
Silence of the North – 1981 (man on soup line)
The Campbells (TV) – 1986 (Sean McArthur)
Bordertown (TV) – 1990 (Jeremiah Ironstone)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

RIP Sean Hewitt

Toronto Sun
June 13, 2019

HEWITT, SEAN KENNETH Born October 4, 1935 Died June 6, 2019 Actor, producer and possessor of an infectious laugh up until his last day, Sean Hewitt passed peacefully in his sleep on June 6, 2019. Sean's life began humbly with his beloved adopted mother Lena in Matheson, Ontario. By 25, he was running two successful businesses and supporting his family. When night classes ignited a passion for acting, he sold everything and settled in London, UK; where he met his wife Claire with whom he had two amazing children, Emma and Christopher. His brooding good looks, exotic charm and a remarkable singing voice generated work both in the UK and Canada; on film, television and the West End stage. Notable landmarks were Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret opposite Judi Dench and the cult horror movie The Sender. In his 70's, he pursued his dream of being a film producer, producing Carry Me Home for Showtime and creating EmChris Films. His creative stamina burnt bright and he was still working on projects to his last moments. After the end of his marriage, Sean embarked on a new journey as a Gay man. He embraced this identity with all the passion and determination he had as a Husband and Father, becoming an active participant in Gay rights in his beloved NYC. Sean sang, told stories and lived his life with a soulful fervour. He was fiercely proud of his children and deeply grateful for his friends. He has left an indelible impression that will stay with Emma and Christopher, with his grandchildren Lily and Ruby, with his children-in-law Jason and Lauren, with Claire and with all who knew him forever. P.S. If there is a life beyond, let's hope they have Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. The Funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. on June the 17th at the Toronto Necropolis, 200 Winchester Street, M4X 1B7.

HEWITT, Sean (Sean Kenneth Hewitt)
Born: 10/4/1935, Matheson, Ontario, Canada
Died: 6/6/2019, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Sean Hewitt’s western – actor:
The Campbells (TV) – 1989 (Rannigan)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

RIP Kathleen O'Malley

SAG/AFTRA Bulletin
Spring edition

Film, TV actress Kathleen O’Mally died February 25, 2019. She was 94. Born Mary Kathleen O'Malley in Worcester, Massachusetts to vaudevillian, stage and film actor Pat O'Malley. She made her screen debut at age 13 months in the film “My Old Dutch”, starring her father and including her older sister Sheila. It was released the following year in 1926. All three sisters (Eileen, Sheila & Kathleen) worked in show business as children. Kathleen was married to Jim Maloney who was also her agent. O'Malley went on to appear in several films and television shows during a seven decade career, including “Cover Girl”, “Lady on a Train”, “Two Tickets to Broadway”, “Gunsmoke”, “Maverick”, “Rawhide” and “General Hospital”. Her last acting credit came in 1998 when she appeared in the short-lived American crime drama “Buddy Faro”.

O’MALLEY, Kathleen (Mary Kathleen O'Malley)
Born: 3/21/1924, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 2/25/2019,

Kathleen O’Malley’s westerns – actress:
Salome Where She Danced – 1945 (Salome girl)
Wagon Master – 1950 (Prudence Perkins)
Westward the Women (TV) – 1951 (pioneer woman)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1957 (Doreen)
The Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1957 (Peggy)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1957, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964 (wagon train member, Sherry O’Toole,
     Dolly, Emmo Beaufort, mother)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1958 (Jamie)
Bronco (TV) – 1959 (Mrs. Graham)
Laramie (TV) 1959 (wife)
Maverick (TV) – 1959 (Amy Ward)
Rawhide (TV) – 1959, 1962 (Mrs. Dobkins, Mrs. Henry
Bonanza (TV) – 1963 (Miss Payne, Janey Breckenridge)
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 (nurse)
The Legend of Jesse James (TV) – 1965 (Mrs. Bentley)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1966, 1970 (mother, Bridget O’Reilly)
The Virginian (TV) – 1967 (Katy Anderson)
The Shootist – 1976 (school teacher)

RIP Sylvia Miles

Sylvia Miles, Oscar-Nominated for ‘Midnight Cowboy’ and ‘Farewell My Lovely,’ Dies at 94

By Pat Saperstein, Jordan Moreau
Actress Sylvia Miles, who was Oscar-nominated for “Midnight Cowboy” and “Farewell, My Lovely,” died Wednesday at her home in New York. Her friends, journalist Michael Musto and actress Geraldine Smith, confirmed her death. She was reportedly 94, although she gave various accounts of her age.

Celebrity journalist Musto, who was about to appear with Smith and Miles in an indie film, said, “She was one of my first celebrity interviews (in the 1970s) and was charismatic and career driven. She’d run up to directors at Studio 54 and say ‘Hire me!’ She was very proud of her two Oscar nominations.”

Smith said “Her family was her New York friends,” and related how she had been excited to get back to acting.

Miles’ first major role came in the 1969 film “Midnight Cowboy” alongside Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. Despite only appearing on screen for about six minutes, her role as Cass earned her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. The award later went to Goldie Hawn for “Cactus Flower.” Her second nomination for the same award came in 1975 for Robert Mitchum and Charlotte Rampling’s noir remake “Farewell, My Lovely.” She played Jessie Halstead Florian in another brief appearance, but Lee Grant took home the award for “Shampoo.”

A fixture on the New York scene for many years, she often appeared on the red carpet in exuberant hats and outfits. The saying “She would attend the opening of an envelope” was said to have been originated by puppeteer Wayland Flowers to describe both her and Andy Warhol, and she famously dumped a plate of food onto critic John Simon’s head after a negative review.

She appeared in landmark counterculture films like the Warhol-Paul Morrissey film “Sunset Boulevard” parody “Heat” and Dennis Hopper’s “The Last Movie.”

After beginning her career on stage and in films in the ’40s and ’50s, the New York actress appeared on the pilot episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” as Sally Rogers, the role that later went to Rose Marie for the series.

Miles’ more mainstream roles came in the 1982 adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel “Evil Under the Sun” and Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” in 1987. She played a real estate agent named Dolores in the drama starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen, and reprised the role in 2010’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” one of her final film appearances. She also played Meryl Streep’s mother in the 1989 comedy “She-Devil.”

Among her other notable roles were as a carnival fortune teller in Tobe Hooper’s “The Funhouse,” as matchmaker Hannah Mandelbaum in “Crossing Delancey” and as a lunch counter lady in “Sex and the City.”

She is survived by a sister.

MILES, Sylvia
Born: 9/9/1924, Greenwich Village., New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/12/2019, New York City, New Yotk, U.S.A.

Sylvia Miles’s western – actress:
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday – 1976 (Mike)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

RIP Jim McMullan

Jim McMullan, Actor in 'Dallas,' 'Downhill Racer' and 'Shenandoah,' Dies at 82

The Hollywood Reporter
By: Mike Barnes
June 11, 2019

Jim McMullan, who portrayed one of Jimmy Stewart's six sons in Shenandoah and a top ski racer in the Robert Redford-starring Downhill Racer, has died. He was 82.

McMullan died May 31 of complications from ALS at his home in Wofford Heights, California, his wife of 49 years, Helene McMullan, told The Hollywood Reporter.

McMullan and Dirk Benedict starred as police helicopter pilots on 1974's Chopper One, an ABC drama that was produced by Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, and he toplined the 1980 CBS series Beyond Westworld, based on the Michael Crichton movie. Both shows, however, were quickly canceled.

Dallas fans will recognize him as Texas Sen. Andrew Dowling, who had an affair with political lobbyist Donna Culver Krebbs (Susan Howard) during the CBS series' 10th season (1986-87).

McMullan also was a regular guest star on shows from Quinn Martin Productions, including The F.B.I., 12 O'Clock High, Barnaby Jones, Cannon and The Streets of San Francisco, and he played Brent Davis on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless in the '80s.

McMullan portrayed John Anderson in Andrew V. McLaglen's Shenandoah (1965) — the other sons of Stewart's farmer in the Civil War-era picture were played by Glenn Corbett, Patrick Wayne, Charles Robinson, Tim McIntire and Phillip Alford — and he stood out as American skier Johnny Creech in Downhill Racer (1969), which marked the directorial debut of Michael Ritchie.

His first encounter with Redford and Ritchie was "the greatest meeting I ever had," he told the Kern Valley Sun last year. "All they wanted to know was, 'Do you ski?' 'Yeah, I ski.' I was hired."

Born on Oct. 13, 1936, in Long Beach, New York, McMullan studied architecture and design at NYU, the Parsons school and Kansas University. At that last stop, he acted for the first time in a production of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms. "I'd never even thought of acting before, but boy, I got the bug," he said.

After graduating in 1961 with an architecture degree and waiting to see if he would be accepted in the Peace Corps, McMullan was introduced to playwright and screenwriter William Inge, and that led to a screen test at MGM for Ride the High Country (1962), directed by Sam Peckinpah.

He didn't get a role in that film, but Universal saw his test and signed him to a 7-year contract, and he appeared on such TV shows as Wagon Train, The Virginian, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Ben Casey and as Buffalo Bill Cody opposite Brian Keith and Robert Culp in The Raiders (1963), his movie debut.

(Things came full circle when McMullan starred in a Buffalo Bill "Wild West Show" staged in a 1,000-seat dinner theater near Disneyland Paris from 1998-2002.)

His feature résumé also included a starring turn as a reporter turned voyeur in Jeannot Szwarc's Extreme Close-Up (1973) and smaller roles in The Happiest Millionaire (1967), The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), Assassination (1987), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Batman & Robin (1997) and Shadow of Doubt (1998).

McMullan and the late Dick Gautier wrote the 1992 coffee-table book Actors as Artists, showcasing artwork from the likes of Gene Hackman, Katharine Hepburn, Peter Falk and Pierce Brosnan, and he followed that with Musicians as Artists, bringing to light work done by Tony Bennett, Jerry Garcia, Miles Davis, Ringo Starr and others.

He was an artist in his own right, turning discarded materials into art under the name Harry Kovair.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons Tysun, a film editor and photographer, and Sky.

Born: 10/13/1936, Long Beach, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/31/2019, Wofford Heights, California, U.S.A.

Jim McMullen’s westerns – actor:
Frontier Circus (TV) – 1962 (Charlie)
Laramie (TV) – 1962 (Sy Crossland, Virg Walker)
The Virginian (TV) – 1962, 1964 (Tom Tyrone, Jess Kroeger)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1962, 1963 (Barker, Arnie Swenson)
Wide Country (TV) – 1962, 1963 (Johnny Devlin, Spence Roebuck)
The Raiders – 1963 (William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody)
Destry (TV) – 1964 (Morgan Motley)
Shenandoah – 1965 (John Anderson)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966 (Frank Craddock)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (Frank Gurney)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1968-1970 (Mason Pruitt)
The Desperate Mission – 1969 (Arkansaw)
Law of the Land (TV) - 1976 (Lt. Dwayne Hollinger)
Centennial (TV) – 1979 (prosecutor)