Monday, June 24, 2019

RIP Andrei Kharitonov

Died Soviet “Gadfly” actor Andrey Kharitonov

The Gal Post
By Lily Nice
June 23, 2019

On the evening of June 23 after a long illness died the famous Soviet actor Andrey Kharitonov. He died one month before his 60th birthday. On the death of actor his wife, Olga Seregina said in a Facebook post wife Olga Seregina. She wrote: “Today Andrew has gone… Gone from the life of the beloved, talented and incredibly beautiful people. I bow to his theatre colleagues, friends, and spectators that helped us live through this terrible year. Andrew will be buried in Kiev”.

Famous film Director Vitaly Mansky wrote on his page on Facebook: “life is such a thing… My condolences to everyone who remembers him and loves you.”

Andrey Igorevich Kharitonov was born on 25 July 1959 in Kiev. In 1980 he graduated from the Kiev national University of theatre, cinema and television. Karpenko-Kary. In the same year, Soviet television showed the serial film “The Gadfly”, in which Kharitonov played Arthur Burton.

His debut made a splash. The audience admired not only the game but also the beauty of the actor. He was immediately called to Moscow. From 1984 to 1990, he became a leading actor of the Maly theater.

Kharitonov continued to play. Most popular films with his participation have become “the Star and Death of Joaquin Murieta”, “Secret” “Blackbirds”, “The Invisible Man”, “the Riddle of Anthousa”.

In January 2019, it became known that Kharitonov had stomach cancer.

KHARITONOV, Andrei (Andrei Igorevich Kharitonov)
Born: 7/25/1959, Kyiv, Russia, U.S.S.R. -
Died: 6/23/2019, Moscow, Russia

Andrei Kharitonov’s western – actor:
The Star and Death of Joaquin Murieta – 1982 (Joaquin Murieta)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

RIP Edle Bakke

Edle Bakke, Longtime Scripe Supervisor and Disney Pioneer, Dies at 91
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
She started out at the all-female Ink & Paint animation department at the studio and spent a decade on ‘Gunsmoke’
Edle Bakke, a veteran script supervisor at Disney whose credits included Being There, Tron, Gunsmoke and MacGyver, has died. She was 91.

Bakke died March 10 at her home in Oxnard, California, her niece, Lucile Bosche, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Born in Brooklyn in 1927, Bakke and her family moved to the Toluca Lake section of Los Angeles in 1941.

Soon after graduation from North Hollywood High School in 1945, the Walt Disney Co. hired her as a secretary in its Ink & Paint department, the all-female finishing school that completed hand-drawn animation projects at the studio.

She then worked for director Ward Kimball on "Man in Space," a groundbreaking 1955 installment of The Magical World of Disney series.

"I was assigned to take notes in shorthand of all the conferences on subjects like weightlessness, centrifugal force, rocket stages and orbital trajectories, all of which were Greek to me," Bakke wrote in 2006. "Since Walt never liked seeing someone taking notes, I was discretely placed behind a tall screen where I jotted down everything being said,minus fur-letter words that often crept into Walt's vocabulary. We didn't use tap recorders in those days, so I was very busy ibdeed."

She became the first person the studio trained to be a live-action script supervisor and kept track of things on Old Yeller (1957) and Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks With a Circus (1960) and on TV shows like Davy Crockett, Spin & Marty, The Hardy Boys, Zorro and The Mickey Mouse Club.

Bakke had a gig on Gunsmoke from 1961-70, worked on the movies Hatari! (1962), Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Being There (1979), Tron (1982) and Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) and did MacGyver for a season before retiring in 1987.

In August 2017, she and her sister, Lucile (another Disney animation alum), were among those honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a celebration that recognized women at the forefront of film animation. Both are featured in Mindy Johnson's 2017 book, Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney's Animation.

Her sister and niece are among her survivors.
Born: 6/6/1927, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 3/10/12019, Oxnard, California, U.S.A.
Edle Bakke’s westerns – script supervisor:
Spin and Marty: The Movie (TV) – 1955
Old Yeller – 1957
Zorro (TV) – 1957
Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks in a With a Circus – 1960
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1961-1970

Saturday, June 22, 2019

RIP Helmut Nickel

RIP Helmut Alfred Nickel

Naples Daily News
June 23, 2019

Helmut Nickel, a resident of Marco Island from 1988 and of The Arlington of Naples since 2016, died on June 5, 2019 at the age of 95. Helmut was born in a small village near Dresden, Germany, on March 24, 1924. His parents were teachers and ran the local two-room school and it is undoubtedly from them that he developed his intellectual curiosity. Following military service in World War II, Helmut enrolled in the Free University in Berlin, receiving his Ph.D. in the field of art history in 1958. The subject of his doctoral dissertation, "The Medieval Cavalry Shield in the West," reflected his interests in arms and armor, medieval history and literature, and heraldry, subjects he would pursue throughout his professional career.

A precociously talented artist, Helmut had his first work published at age 16 in 1940. To support himself as a student in post-war Berlin, he wrote and illustrated a series of comics, including swashbuckling adventures loosely based on such literary classics as The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Robinson Crusoe, as well as Winnetou, tales of the American West written by the famous German author Karl May. Helmut's comics were distinguished by lively stories and illustrations incorporating historically accurate costume. A modern generation of adult German comic book aficionados have rediscovered his work and consider him a "super star." Most of the comics, now colorized, have been reprinted.

It was also in Berlin that Helmut met and married the love of his life, Hildegard Wesemann (d. 2017), to whom he was married for 62 years.

In 1960 Helmut was offered the position as a curator in the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Promoted to department head in 1968, he had charge of one of the finest collections of its kind in the world, comprising almost 14,000 objects spanning the globe. He lectured and published extensively on the subject and was recognized as one of the field's leading authorities.

Following his retirement in 1988, he and Hilde moved to Marco Island, where they flourished. Helmut and Hilde were especially active in monitoring the activities of the endangered manatee, work for which they received Collier County's recognition as Manatee Alert's 1990 "Rangers of the Year." In 1995 they volunteered at the archaeological dig in Old Marco Village, where they uncovered remains of a settlement of the islands early Calusa inhabitants. They were instrumental in establishing the Marco Island Historical Museum, where Helmut's professional experience was particularly valuable in the early stages of planning. Helmut and Hilde are honored today among the museum's founding members.

In recent years, in spite of age and infirmity, Helmut continued to write scholarly papers, which now number more than 125. His final work, "An Armorial of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table," a volume of over 400 pages that he finished only weeks before his death, will be published later this year.

Helmut will be remembered by all who knew him with esteem and affection. He was kind, gentle, and courteous, a man of remarkable talent and intellect who wore his learning and achievements lightly. He was generous with his knowledge and time, and his enthusiasm was infectious. His irrepressible creativity and good humor never failed him.

Helmut is survived by his sister Rosemarie Nickel in Dresden, Germany, and three nephews Ralph Usbec of Berlin, Bernd Usbec of Nuremberg, and Tilo Usbeck of Birmensdorf, near Zurich. Closer to home, he will be missed by his friends Stuart Pyhrr in New York and Eugene Erjavec on Marco Island.

Cremation has been entrusted to The Beachwood Cremation Society, 4444 Tamiami Trail N., Naples (239) 261-1767.

NICKEL, Helmut Alfred
Born: 3/24/1924, Quohren, Dresden, Germany
Died: 6/5/2019, Arlington, Naples, Florida, U.S.A.

Helmut Nickel’s westerns – comic book artist:
Karl May – 1963-1965
Winnetou – 1964-1966
Winnetou – 1989-1994
Besy and Winnetou – 2006-2007
Winnetou – 2012-2013

Friday, June 21, 2019

RIP Dennis Farnon

Dennis Farnon, Last Survivor of the Recording Academy's Five Founders, Dies at 95

By Paul Grein

The Recording Academy grew out of a request made by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for names of musical artists who merited inclusion on its Walk of Fame.

Dennis Farnon, who had been the last surviving founder of the Recording Academy, died last month at age 95, Billboard has learned. He died on May 21 of natural causes in Aalst, Buren, Netherlands.

Farnon co-founded the Academy in 1957 with Sonny Burke, who died in 1980; Lloyd W. Dunn, who died in 1991; Paul Weston, who died in 1996; and Jesse Kaye, whose date of death is unknown.

All five founders were top executives at leading record companies of the period. Farnon was from RCA; Burke, from Decca; Dunn, from Capitol; Weston, from Columbia; and Kaye, from MGM.

The Recording Academy grew out of a request made by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for names of musical artists who merited inclusion in its Walk of Fame, which was being developed in the mid-1950s. These label execs formed a music committee, but as they worked to compile a list, they realized there were more recording artists who deserved recognition than could ever be honored with a bronze star.

The first Grammy Awards, for the year 1958, were presented on May 4, 1959. The Grammys were the last of the four EGOT awards to be created. The first Oscars were presented in May 1929, the first Tonys in April 1947 and the first Emmys in January 1949.

Farnon, who was born in Toronto in 1923, was a composer, arranger and conductor. In the 1950s, Capitol hired him to serve as musical director for singer Johnny Holiday. In 1956, RCA tapped him to head its West Coast A&R department. During that time, the Dennis Farnon Orchestra recorded numerous albums, including Chet Atkins in Hollywood and Velvet Carpet--The George Shearing Quartet.

In the early 1960s Farnon moved to London and composed music over the next 20 years. His movie credits include the score for the 1966 Tony Curtis film Arrivederci, Baby!

Both of Farnon's older brothers, Brian and Robert, were also successful orchestral composers, arrangers and conductors.

Dennis Farnon is survived by his wife of 40 years, Thea; his daughter Joanna by his first marriage to Christine Farnon; and daughters Katherine and Andrea and son Christopher by his second marriage to the late Helena Farnon.

Christine Farnon, who was divorced from Dennis Farnon in 1960, was the first full-time employee at the Recording Academy in 1957. She rose to the position of executive vp, the title she held when she retired from the Academy 1992.

FARNON, Dennis
Born: 8/13/1923, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 5/21/2019, Aalst, Buren, Netherlands

Dennis Farnon’s western – songwriter:
Casa de mi Padre - 2012

RIP Peter Matić

Castle actor Peter Matić is dead


The chamber actor Peter Matić died on Thursday completely unexpectedly at the age of 82 years, has informed the Burgtheater today. He belonged since 1994 to the ensemble of the Theater am Ring.

Born in Vienna, he was not only a member of the Burgtheater as a fixed star of the local cultural life, but also in numerous films and as a voice actor. He acted as German voice of Ben Kingsley. Born in Vienna on March 24, 1937, the graceful public favorite with the mischievous-friendly appearance.

Private education with Dorothea Neff

After a private acting education with Dorothea Neff he was engaged from 1960 to 1968 at the Theater an der Josefstadt. Following stations in Basel and the Münchner Kammerspiele, he moved to the Berlin Schiller Theater in 1972, where he played around 50 roles as one of the stars of the ensemble in the following 22 years.

In 1993 he appeared in the Austrian premiere of Hans Hollmann's piece "Croatian Faust" for the first time at the castle. The following year he was admitted to the ensemble and worked at the Burgtheater with Giorgio Strehler, Adolf Dresen, George Tabori, Dieter Giesing, Georg Schmiedleitner, Andrea Breth, Barbara Frey and Leander Haußmann.

Farewell was scheduled for Tuesday

In addition, Matić, who was allowed to call himself a chamber actor since 2006, was regularly seen in Vienna at the Volksoper and the State Opera as well as at the Reichenau Summer Festival. At the Burgtheater he was last seen as a district judge in "faith love hope" by Ödön von Horvath and as a rabbi in "Job" by Joseph Roth.

With his role as host in Johann Nestroy's "love stories and marriage affairs" Matić should have retired on Tuesday actually at the house on the ring in retirement. Like many other members of the ensemble, he was there on Wednesday to honor the outgoing Burgtheater director Karin Bergmann. The Burgtheater is in deep mourning after Matic's surprising death.

Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art

Since the 1960s, Matic was also in front of the camera, most recently in Austria "Tatort" "True Lies". In addition, he worked in 50 ORF radio play productions and was known as audiobook interpreter and voice actor. His personal opus Magnum may be Marcel Proust's monumental work "In Search of Lost Time", which was named "Audiobook of the Year" in 2010 and awarded the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik" in 2011.

In 2001, Matić was awarded the Albin Skoda Ring for a "particularly outstanding speaker among the living actors of the German-speaking region", 2005 as "actor of the year" at the "ORF-Hörspielpreis". In 2010 he was awarded the Golden Medal of Merit for the Province of Vienna and in 2015 the Golden Medal of the Province of Lower Austria, followed the year after by the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art 1st Class.

Van der Bellen praised "exceptional actor"

At the Burgtheater they showed up in dismay at the decease of the chamber actor. "With Peter Matic we lose a unique actor, but beyond artistic loss we mourn the loss of one of the noblest, friendliest, most generous colleagues who lived that credo in his daily work in dealing with all the staff of this house," said Karin Bergmann quoted in the broadcast.

Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen said he was "deeply affected" in light of the passing away of Matic: "He was an exceptional actor, as there are only a few," wrote the head of state on Twitter. Whether in the theater, in the film or on the radio - Matić always knew how to use the "unmistakable timbre of his voice" confidently.

Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg, who was responsible for the Kulturagenden, praised the actor and speaker as a "linguistic artist". Schallenberg saw in him a "gifted stage actor" whose play was "distinctive and unique" by the peculiarity of his voice.

State Opera adopted "Grandseigneur"

Also for President of the National Council Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP) Matić was "for decades an important bearer of Austrian acting", which had shaped the cultural life in the country substantially. For the Vienna City Councilor for Culture Veronica Kaup-Hasler (SPÖ), the 82-year-old had "the unique gift of expressing the entirety of his open character and alert mind with his voice".

"Infinitely sad," commented the Vienna State Opera Matić 'death. "Peter Matić was a grand seigneur, both artistic and human, without giving in as such. We are very grateful for the common past years - and will now miss him hard, "says Director Dominique Meyer. The castle actor had debuted in 2012 as steward in "Ariadne auf Naxos" at the State Opera.

MATIC, Peter
Born: 3/24/1937, Vienna, Austria
Died: 6/20/2019, Vienna, Austria

Peter Matić’s westerns – voice dubber:
The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1957 [German voice of Tom Brown]
Lucky Luke (TV) – 1990 [German voice of ReneAuberjonois]

Thursday, June 20, 2019

RIP Brian Taggert

Brian Taggert, Screenwriter on 'Poltergeist III,' Dies at 81

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He also wrote 'Visiting Hours,' a slasher film that starred Lee Grant, and the miniseries 'V: The Final Battle.'

Brian Taggert, a screenwriter who worked on such horror films as Poltergeist III and Visiting Hours, has died. He was 81.

Taggert died June 1 at his home in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County coroner's office confirmed.

In the 1970s, Taggert wrote episodes of Adam-12 and its spinoff Emergency!, then penned the 1984 three-part NBC miniseries V: The Final Battle. He also worked on the subsequent V series that lasted a season.

Taggert made his feature debut on the slasher pic Visiting Hours (1982), which starred Lee Grant as a TV journalist who is the target of a serial killer (Michael Ironside). Critics complained about the violence, but the screenwriter said the movie was a "feminist" film.

"It was about Brian Taggert loving women, loving Lee Grant and saying this will be our metaphor," he said in an undated interview. "I don't know if anybody is going to get it. [Grant] said, absolutely. She approved it. They thought I was a misogynist, hated women and wanted to kill them. So, so much for the critics. But Lee Grant was delighted to take the money and run."

Taggert and director Gary Sherman were credited as the co-writers on Poltergeist III (1988). A year earlier, they had collaborated on the drama Wanted: Dead or Alive (1987), starring Rutger Hauer.

Taggert's résumé also included another horror feature, Of Unknown Origin (1983), featuring Peter Weller, and three telefilms: 1974's The Mark of Zorro and two that aired in 1991, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and Omen IV: The Awakening.

Born: 1/29/1938, U.S.A.
Died: 6/1/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Brian Taggert’s western – writer:
The Mark of Zorro (TV) - 1974