Friday, April 19, 2019

RIP David Mooney

Magnum Funeral Home
April 2, 2019

David Lamar Mooney, 77, of Live Oak, Texas, passed away on April 1, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born on August 26, 1941 in Center, Texas to Lawrence H. “Bob” Mooney and Lonita Carnahan Mooney. A graveside service will be at 10:30 AM on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Fairview Cemetery in Center, Texas with Linda Searcy officiating.

David received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin before pursuing a career as a teacher. He also had a passion for the arts which carried him to another career in acting. His filmography is extensive from the 1970’s through the present. Some of his most notable films are The Baby, from 1973, Chaplain, from 1992, and most recently, My All-American, from 2015, as well as many television commercials. David’s acting career allowed him the opportunity to become a member of the Screen Actors Guild. He continued working as a teacher as well for twenty years and even after retirement, he remained a substitute to stay connected to the students that he loved so much. David was a genuine, kind-hearted individual who never met a stranger. Every person he encountered during his life’s journey can speak of the positive memories David left with them.

David is survived by his sister, Giovanna Mooney Searcy and brother-in-law, James L. Searcy, Sr.; nephew, James L. Searcy, Jr.; niece, Linda Searcy; great-nephews, Jason L. Searcy and Nathan M. Searcy; cousin, Susan Mooney Chrane and husband, Calvin; and a host of other family and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence H. “Bob” Mooney and Lonita Carnahan Mooney and brother, Lawrence Henry Mooney, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Go Fund Me account for David Mooney Medical Care Support.

MOONEY, David (David Lamar Mooney)
Born: 8/26/1941, Center, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 4/1/2019, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

David Mooney’s western – actor:
The Oregon Trail (TV) – 1976 (young man)

RIP Teddi Sherman

The Malibu Times
February 22, 2019

Hollywood veteran and well-known Malibu acting coach Teddi Sherman, 97, died of natural causes on Jan. 16, 2019.

In true Teddi style, a close friend shared, she made her entrance into the world on a train, born in Minnesota on April 1, 1921. When Teddi was two years old, her parents divorced and she ended up living in a convent for the next 14 years. At 16 years old, she escaped convent life by wiring her father, legendary producer Harry (Pop) Sherman, that she was joining the convent. The desired result by Teddi was achieved, as he immediately sent her a ticket to Los Angeles. Once she arrived, she never looked back, the friend said.

She started her career as an actress, starring in westerns such as “Colt Comrades” and “Dodge City” with Errol Flynn. Teddi then moved on to screenwriting as one of only seven women writers working in film and television at the time. She wrote her first screenplay, “Four Faces West,” in 1948; according to her friend, it was hailed by famed western director John Ford as one of the best westerns ever written. She wrote many other movies as well as television shows including “Everglades,” “Sea Hunt,” “Mannix,” “Rip Cord,” “Wagon Train” and “The Rifleman.” In between writing, she also starred on Broadway with Leon Ames for a season.

What was most important to Teddi, however, was her devotion and love for the Malibu community, her loved ones shared. She is survived by her beloved daughter, Sherman Baylin, many animals, and “one hell of a legacy.”

There will be a celebration of life for Teddi in Malibu at the Point Dume Clubhouse (29500 Heathercliff Road) on March 3 from 2-5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made on Facebook to the Malibu charity Healthcare for Homeless Animals.

SHERMAN, Teddi (Theodora Lois Sherman)
Born: 4/1/1921, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Died: 1/16/2019, Malibu, California, U.S.A.

Teddi Sherman’s westerns – actress, writer:
Colt Comrades – 1943 (Lucy Whitlock)
The Woman of the Town – 1943 (Fanny Garretson)
Four Faces West – 1948 [writer]
The Man from Bitter Ridge – 1955 [writer]
Tennessee’s Partner – 1955 [writer]
Cheyenne (TV) – 1958 [writer]
The Rifleman (TV) 1959-1960 [writer]
The Rough Riders (TV) – 1959 [writer]
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1960 [writer]
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 [writer]
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1960 [writer]
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1960 [writer]
The Virginian (TV) – 1962 [writer]
4 for Texas – 1963 [writer]
Wagon Train (TV) – 1964 [writer]
The Rounders (TV) – 1966 [writer]

RIP Jerry Antes

Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2019

Jerry Antes, Actor, Singer, and Dancer of Palm Springs, California passed away on February 8th, 2019, age 91 at Desert Regional Medical Center. Born Gerald Irvin Antes on June 2nd, 1927, in Seattle, Washington, he was the son of Margaret Loretta (Burns) and Irvin Albert Antes.

Jerry's career spanned over 66 years. At age 11, he performed at Seattle's Palomar Theater with his father at the piano. His family moved to "Hollywood" in the 1940s. He attended the Hollywood Professional School and North Hollywood High, Class of '45 working as a chorus dancer in musical films.

He served in the Navy during World War II stationed in Hawaii. He wrote for the base newspaper, Aiean. The Navy had him perform as a part of Specialized Entertainment.

He attended UCLA where he starred their theater productions but left to resume his professional career on stage and film.

In the 50s and 60s, he was part of the Tony Charmoli Dancers, appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts, Celebrity Playhouse, The Danny Kaye, Dinah Shore, Alan Young and The Rosemary Clooney Shows to name a few. He danced and sang in the film The Opposite Sex alongside Joan Collins in 1956. He married in 1957 and had three children. They divorced in 1972. He toured with Betty Hutton, Anne-Marie Alberghetti and Debbie Reynolds. He was under contract with Columbia Studios, Lucille Ball's Desilu Productions, the Choreographer on many commercials and the film The Lawless Street with Angela Lansbury. In Las Vegas, he starred in The Ziegfeld Follies at the Thunderbird Hotel and Vive Les Girls at the Dunes. He made two record albums under Dot Records, Paris Smiles and Jerry Antes Sings, Sings & Sings. He worked on The Debbie Reynolds Show, joined her Las Vegas show and on tour. He starred as Billy in the national tour of No, No, Nanette and won The Drama Critic's Award in 1972 for that role. He starred in many stage productions all over the United States. He sold real estate in the San Fernando Valley in the 1980s and Coachella Valley in the 1990s. He performed in The Palm Springs Follies for 11 years and briefly the Branson Follies. In 1997 he was featured in the documentary Still Kicking: The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies. In 2005, at the age of 78, he joined Debbie Reynolds on her world tour. In 2007, he was honored with the Gypsy Robe by the Professional Dancer's Society.

He enjoyed spending time with family. He loved the beach, staying fit, getting way too tan (preferably on a beach) and everything ice cream.

Jerry will be remembered for his awe-inspiring life-long commitment to fitness, his tireless quest for self-realization, truly amazing talent and fabulous sense of humor.

Jerry is survived by his three children, two sons and a daughter; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister; his cousins; five nieces and a nephew.

It was his wish to be laid to rest near his parents. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 27th at 12:30 Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068.

ANTES, Jerry (Gerald Irvin Antes)
Born: 6/2/1927, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Died: 2/8/2019, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.

Jerry Antes’ western – choreographer:
A Lawless Street - 1955

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

RIP Jose Mari

He was Philippine cinema’s original “Baby Face”

Before politics became his world, Jose Mari Gonzales was a studio era matinee idol, a recording industry mover, and was credited to have started the trend for Tagalized Mexican telenovelas

ANC News
By Isidra Reyes
April 17, 2019

His movies hark back to more innocent times—Baby Face, Handsome, and Amy, Susie and Tessie among them—when filmgoers swooned over, well, baby-faced leading men and pretty and demure leading ladies. Jose Mari Gonzales was among the icons of Philippine cinema’s studio era, when Spanish and American mestizos lit up the silver screen like gods and goddesses from Olympus.

Gonzales was at the height of his movie star fame in the late 50s and early 60s. He was part of a group of young men and women who possessed classically beautiful faces, wavy, light brown hair, statuesque heights, fair complexions, and proficiency in the Spanish and English languages. Jose Mari was among the most sought-after matinee idols of the era. Handsome, mestizo, educated, and de buena familia, he was the embodiment of the niño bonito dreamboat peddled by the movie studios. 

Born July 1938, Jose Mari was the eldest of seven children of Roque Ma. Gallegos Gonzalez of Cebu and Carmen Orozco Chacarrategui of Mauban, Quezon, both born July 15, 1910.  He had four brothers—Ramon, Roque, Jr. “Chiqui,” Luis+, and Francisco “Paco”—and two sisters, Marilou Gonzalez Joaquin and Connie Gonzalez Araneta.

In 1945, his father founded ROMAGO Electric Co., Inc. a company which dealt with electromechanical system engineering and installation services, now known as ROMAGO, Inc. and run by his brother, Francisco. He went to Colegio de San Juan de Letran for his grade school and high school education, later transferring to De La Salle College Taft  for his college education. Thereafter, he enrolled in the distance learning program of the Cleveland Institute of Electronics Broadcast Engineering, earning a degree in Broadcast Engineering, and then at Grantham School of Electronics (later Grantham College of Engineering) where he took a home study course on Electronics Engineering.

While appearing as a commercial model for print ads in the late 1950s, Mrs. Azucena Vera-Perez, wife of Dr. Jose Perez of Vera-Perez Productions, sister company of Sampaguita Pictures, took notice of him and offered him a movie contract. He was introduced in Mar S. Torres’  Palaboy (1958) with co-stars, Gloria Romero and Luis Gonzales, followed by Tony Cayado’s Tawag ng Tanghalan (1958), Jose de Villa’s Ulilang Anghel  (1958),  and Mar S. Torres’ Mga Anghel sa Lansangan (1959).  He achieved stardom in Carlos Vander Tolosa’s Baby Face (1959) with Amalia Fuentes, and Handsome (1959) with Susan Roces.

His star continued to rise in the early 1960s with a succession of movies for his home studio, Sampaguita Pictures. Among these movies were Beatnik (1960) with Susan Roces; 7 Amores (1960) with Susan Roces; Amy, Susie, & Tessie (1960) with Amalia Fuentes, Susan Roces and Tessie Agana; Armando Garces’ Operetang  Sampay Bakod (1961) with Amalia Fuentes and Dolphy; The Big Broadcast (1962), a musical with an all-star cast; Dance-O-Rama (1963) with Susan Roces; and the comedy, Amaliang Mali-Mali vs. Susanang Daldal (1963). 

Perhaps inspired by Billy Wilder’s comedy classic, Some Like it Hot (1959) starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon as cross-dressing musicians, Jose Mari starred in  two cross-dressing movies, Mar S. Torres’ Joey, Eddie, and Lito (1961) with Eddie Gutierrez, Lito Legaspi, Amalia Fuentes, Susan Roces, and Liberty Ilagan, and Tony Cayado’s Kaming Mga Talyada (1962) with the special appearance of Miss Christine Jorgensen, an American trans woman actress who was the first widely known person to have a sex change operation in the U.S. 

After a succession of movies with Amalia and Susan (the Amy and Susy in the abovementioned flick, if you don’t know your ‘60s cinema) as leading ladies, he began to be paired with his then girlfriend, Liberty Ilagan, daughter of National Artist for Film Gerry de Leon and actress Fely Vallejo. Among the movies they made were Carlos Vander Tolosa’s Lover Boy (1958) with Romeo Vasquez and Susan Roces; Tindahan ni Aling Epang (1961); Sweet Valentines (1962); and Lauro Pacheco’s I Miss You So (1965) which was produced by Larry Santiago Productions.

After achieving stardom in a succession of movies, Jose Mari Gonzalez married the beautiful Charito Malarky in 1964 and they had five children:  former actress and now Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzalez Romualdez, Jose Luis, Michael, Ana Margarita, and Jose Mari, Jr.

Apart from acting, Gonzales was into music. He founded the Electromaniacs Band in 1960, established the then state-of-the-art Cinema-Audio recording studio and became an officer of the Resources Management Group, the Philippine Recording Industry Association, Rainbow Communications Organization, and the Philippine Amateur Radio Association. He was made Director of the Bureau of Broadcast during the term of President Corazon Aquino and in 1994 headed RPN 9 where he started the trend of dubbing Spanish language teleseryes like Marimar in Filipino, to great success.

Like many actors in the country, Gonzales was lured by politics later on and last caught the spotlight as the San Juan rep who “slapped”—Gonzales would later on say it was actually a karate chop—former House of Representatives sergeant-at-arms Bayani Fabic during the height of the impeachment deliberations for then President Joseph Estrada.

He ran and won as Congressman of San Juan in 1998 but his political career was cut short after he got involved in the abovementioned incident in November of 2000. He then retired from public life and recently relocated from his former residence in San Juan City to Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa City.

Jose Mari passed away at age 80 at the Asian Hospital & Medical Center at 6:30 AM, April 16, 2019 after suffering from pneumonia and cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife, Charito, and five children. He is remembered dearly by his family, friends, showbiz colleagues, and fans with the outpouring of posts mourning his sudden passing—messages accompanied by vintage photographs of local cinema’s original Baby Face.

MARI, Jose (Jose Mari Gonzales)
Born: 6/15/1938, Tacloban, Leyte, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Died: 4/16/2019, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines

Jose Mari’s western – actor:
Barilan sa baboy-kural - 1962

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

RIP Ferenc Bács

Ferenc Bács, Hungarian actor, Died at 82

April 16, 2019

Ferenc Bacs, aka Francisco Bacs was born on June 19, 1936, in Sibiu, Romania, and died on April 16, 2019, he was a Hungarian actor, winner of the Jaszai Grand Prize.

Ferenc graduated in 1960 from the Hungarian-language courses of the “Szentgyorgyi István” Theater Institute in Targu Mures and was, then employed an actor at the National Theater in Târgu Mures.

He went to Hungary in 1977, where he played one season on stage theatres in Miskolc and Győr respectively, then at the Budapest Comedy Theater from 1979 to 1987.

Since 1990, he has been freelance, and since 1991, he has played again at Jozsef Attila Theater in Budapest and from 1992 to 1998, at the National Theater in Budapest.

In September 1998, he became a freelance actor and played at the Petofi Theater in Sopron from 2000 to 2003.

Ferenc taught at the Academy of Dramatic Art and Film in Budapest. He has worked as a theatre actor and has performed many roles in cinema and television.

Ferenc Bacs passed away at the age of 82 on April 16, 2019.

BACS, Ferenc
Born: 6/19/1936, Sibic.Nagyszeben, Romania
Died: 4/16/2019, Budapest, Hungary

Ferenc Bács’ western - actor:
The Prophet, the Gold and the Transylvanians - 1978