Wednesday, May 27, 2015

RIP Bob Hornery

Melbourne Theatre Company's Bob Hornery Passes Away

Broadway World
May 26, 2015

Melbourne Theatre Company is saddened to announce that much loved and respected actor Bob Horneryhas passed away.

A funeral will be held at Southbank Theatre on Sunday 31 May at 11am.

Bob Hornery first performed with MTC in 1961 (then known as the Union Theatre Repertory Company) in a touring production of musical melodrama Sweeney Todd and was later asked to join the Company by founding Artistic Director John Sumner.

Bob went on to enjoy a long association with MTC and some of his more recent performances with the Company included Scarlett O'Hara at the Crimson Parrot, Don Juan in Soho, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Festen, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Visit, Great Expectations, The Tempest, Trelawny of the 'Wells, Burnt Piano, and The Comedy of Errors.

'Bob Hornery will always hold a special place in the Company's history and in the memories of everyone who knew and loved him,' MTC Executive Director Virginia Lovett said. 'He was very much a part of the MTC family and his presence on our stages will be sorely missed. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at this incredibly sad time.'

Bob Hornery took his final bow with Melbourne Theatre Company in the 2011 production of The Importance of Being Earnest alongside Geoffrey Rush and directed by Simon Phillips.

Working in both the UK and Australia, Bob's distinguished career spanned stage, TV and film. Among his many stage credits are A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Merry Widow for Opera Australia, The School for Scandal for STC and The Great Man for STCSA. On television he played Hec O'Farrell in Blue Heelers, Tom Kennedy in Neighbours, Cedric in Something in the Air, and the Pilot in Dr. Who, and he also featured in the Australian film Crackerjack. In 2010, Bob received the prestigious Equity Lifetime Achievement Award.

HORNERY, Bob (Robert Hornery)
Born: 5/28/1931, Australia
Died: 5/26/2015, Melbourne, New South Wales, Australia

Bob Hornery’s western – actor:
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (TV) – 1995 (Sir James Hamilton)

RIP Nevin Akkaya

Nevin Akkaya has died

Tiyatro Dunyasi

Thespian and Nevin Akkaya of Turkish cinema's most famous voice actor died.  Akkaya in many films was the name that the Turkan Soray the voice.

Born in 1919 from the artist Turkan Soray Soygazi to Hale, Nariman until the desired Okay Koksal gave life to the sound of many artists.  Turkan Soray Akkaya signature has more than 50 films.

Akkaya's funeral Tuesday at 10.00 at Harbiye Muhsin Ertugrul Stage will be held after the ceremony to send off to infinity Teşvikiye Mosque.

In 1937 came the Istanbul City Theatre.  Muhsin Ertugrul established by the Small Stage (1951-52).  Actors in 1959 appeared on the scene in the city.  In 1952 he left the theater with Tariq Gürcan married.  After many theater artists the voice of Akkaya 1960 did voice-over work only.  Doing voice-over work until the 1990s Akkaya, his voice close to 500 films.

Born: 7/29/1916, Istanbul, Turkey
Died: 4/5/2015, Instanbul, Turkey

Nevin Akkaya’s westerns – voice actress:
Zorro Kamcili Suvari – 1969 [Turkish voice of Nebahat Cehre]
Zagor – 1970 [Turkish voice of Nukhet Egeli]
Dag Kurdu – 1973 [Turkish voice of Nolan Col]

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

RIP Mike O’Brien

 RIP Mike O’Brien
National Post
Nathan Liewicki,
May 26, 2015

REGINA — In his final blog posting, Mike O’Brien said he exuded faith — faith in his radiologist, surgeons, nurses, pharmacists and counsellors — but not in God.

“Of course, I may be wrong. I often am. Fortunately, if God really exists, I’m confident he’ll look at my overall record and let me slide on the faith/skeptic issue. It just sounds like the kind of decent thing he’d do,” he wrote on Sunday.

That same day O’Brien died, succumbing to synovial sarcoma, a cancer first diagnosed in the summer of 2011. He was 51.

The actor, known for his role on the TV show Corner Gas, started the blog in March 2014 to chronicle in a humorous way what was happening to his body. He called it The Big Diseasey.

“There’s so much stuff out there that will make you sad and depressed, and if you have cancer, why on Earth would you want to get more sad and depressed?” he said in an interview earlier this month. “Cancer pretty much gives you that. You don’t have to go find more written material to make it worse.”

Growing up in Inuvik and Victoria, O’Brien discovered early the power of making other kids laugh. Though he considered becoming an actor, he chose journalism instead, starting his career at the Medicine Hat News in Alberta, then moving east to the Regina Leader-Post. It was there he started acting again, and landed a recurring role on Corner Gas as small town liquor store/insurance agency owner Wes Humboldt. He had a regular role on HBO Canada’s Less Than Kind, and, after a series of small movie roles, he’d landed a leading role as the killer in a horror movie.

Leader-Post reporter Barb Pacholik was a colleague of O’Brien’s from 1988 to 2002. “I think what people now remember a lot was the humour and that’s what brought him to radio and CBC, where he got into comedy programs,” said Pacholik.

O’Brien’s ability to crack repeated off-the-cuff jokes — even about the stage four cancer that was cutting his life shorter than he could have predicted — is who he was.

O’Brien was admitted to palliative care in February. It was there that the cancer spread to his lungs, lymph nodes and kidney.

In the early days of March, friends and family flew to Winnipeg to say their goodbyes, thinking he was about to die. Instead, he kept blogging.

“I want to thank him for showing us all how to live while dying,” said Pacholik. He filled what time he had left remarkably well and made the most of it,” she said.

O’Brien is survived by his wife Robin Summerfield and young son Will Lang.

O’BRIEN, Mike (Michael O’Brien)
Born: 1964, Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada
Died: 5/25/2015, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Mike O’Brien’s western – actor:
The Pinkertons (TV) – 2015 (Judge John Shirley)

Friday, May 22, 2015

RIP Marty Pasetta

Marty Pasetta, Longtime Oscarcast Director, Dies at 82

By Reece Risatu
May 22, 2015

Marty Pasetta, best known for directing the Academy Awards telecast annually from 1972 to 1988, died Thursday night. He was 82.

Pasetta was struck by a car he had just exited in La Quinta, Calif. in Riverside County, The Desert Sun reported. He died at the scene, police said.

The driver, identified as Keith Stewart, 75, of La Quinta, stopped his vehicle to drop off Pasetta and another passenger, according to the sheriff’s department. Stewart then went to exit his vehicle, but accidentally left the car’s transmission engaged, causing him to crash into his passengers.

Pasetta also helmed “Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii,” which aired on Jan. 14, 1973, in more than 40 countries. The concert special, featuring Elvis Presley at the Honolulu International Center, remains one of the most watched TV programs in history.

When Pasetta was chosen to take reigns of the 60th Annual Academy Awards in 1988, he set an all-time 17-year record for directing the event. He also produced and directed eight live Grammy Awards and Emmy telecasts.

Pasetta’s other notable works include “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire” (1981), “The Smother Brothers Comedy Hour” (1967) and TV inaugural galas for President Jimmy Carter and President Ronald Reagan.

To circumvent a strike by screen and television writers prior to the 1988 Oscars, Pasetta used stand-up comedians for the broadcast, including Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal.

Pasetta is survived by his children Martin Pasetta, Gregory Pasetta and Debbie Palacio.

Born: 1933, Santa Clara, California, U.S.A
Died: 5/21/2015, La Quinta, California, U.S.A.

Marty Pasetta’s western – director:
Saga of Sonora (TV) - 1973

RIP Greg Rumohr

Former Buffalo Bill Rodeo Bullfighter Dies

By: Courtesy: Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
May 13, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  Greg Rumohr, the 1990 world champion freestyle bullfighter and a three-time reserve world champion, died May 11 when a piece of heavy equipment he was delivering to a ranch in Cranfills Gap, Texas, fell on him. He was 53.

Rumohr, a native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in May 1988 and spent the next 24 seasons developing a reputation for being one of the toughest and most athletic bullfighters the sport has ever seen.

Before moving to Texas and making rodeo his career, Rumohr had been a four-time Golden Gloves champion, a Junior Olympic Boxing champion, a two-time Alberta Junior Hockey League All-Star Team participant and a Class A hunting and fishing guide.

He got his first big bullfighting break in 1989 when his mentor, Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Rex Dunn, was forced into retirement by an injury and gave Rumohr all of his remaining contracts, including the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, Neb.

“This guy thrives on the impossible,” Dunn once said of Rumohr. “He thrives on doing what no one else can do.”

Rumohr worked the North Platte event for the next 23 years, until his retirement in 2011, when he was presented with the committee’s Trail Boss Award for his longtime service.

“He’s just done a wonderful job for us inside and outside the arena as far as public appearances, autograph signings and anything else we need,” rodeo co-chairman Marty Petersen told the North Platte Telegraph at the time. “Not to mention that he’s one of the best cowboy protection bullfighters in the nation.”

Rumohr worked the 2003 Tour Finale in Dallas and served as a bullfighter at the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo in 1991.

His athleticism allowed him to excel on the Wrangler Bullfight Tour for many years. Rumohr made the freestyle finals, held in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, 11 times from 1989-2000 (when the competition ended).

He won the world championship in 1990 by 21.5 points over Donny Sparks and was runner-up in 1995, 1997 and 1999.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted on as soon as they become available.

Born: 6/3/1961, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
Died: 5/11/2015, Cranfills Gap, Texas

Greg Rumohr’s western – stuntman:
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys - 1991