Sunday, September 14, 2014

RIP Del Roy

Del Roy 1921 – 2014
Eugene Register-Guard
By Staff
Sept. 13, 2014
A wonderful and truly special man has left us. Del Roy, born Roy Weinedel Jr. on September 24, 1921 in Louisville, Kentucky, died Friday, September 5, 2014, just shy of his 93rd birthday.
He served in the Merchant Marine as a tugboat captain in Marseilles during World War II. After the war, he attended The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, returning to Kentucky to begin a career in broadcasting. After a move to California and years working in the record business and real estate, he returned to his first loves, acting, television and movie voice-overs and reading books on tape. His distinctive voice can be heard on a "Hire a Vet" commercial still airing on KVAL and on several audio books available at the Eugene Public Library. He and his wife moved to Eugene in 2010 to be near his daughter and grandchildren.
A man of great intellect and integrity, charm and wit, he loved reading, music, film, the arts, and anything French. He was an avid supporter of public libraries and vocal advocate for women's rights. Maintaining his great sense of humor, he recalled, on one of his last days, a favorite New Yorker cartoon depicting these words on a tombstone, "I told you I was sick." In the words of the great Frank Sinatra, he "did it his way."
He leaves behind his best friend and wife of 46 years, Fran Roy; his daughter, Beverly Roy and son-in-law, Ned Forman of Eugene; a son, Roy Weinedel and grandson, Tony Weinedel of Mississippi; brother, Jim Weinedel of North Carolina; sister, Pat Denny (pre-deceased); granddaughter, Kim Fulton Menjou and husband, Richie; and grandson, Zane Fulton and his fiancée, Stephanie Dizikes. Great-granddaughter, Bryce Menjou, will also miss her Grandpa Del, but will have the pleasure of hearing his voice on taped bedtime stories as she gets older.
Del was loved by his family and many friends. He will be missed and remembered by all. He requested that his ashes be sprinkled over wine country. A private gathering for family and friends will be held at a later date.
ROY, Del (Roy Weindel, Jr.)
Born: 9/24/1921, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Died: 9/15/2014, Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
Del Roy’s western – actor:
Wild Bill – 1995 (gambler)

RIP Theodore J. Flicker

R.I.P. Theodore J. Flicker, Creator of ‘Barney Miller’
Deadline Hollywod
By: The Deadline Team
September 13, 2014
Known for its deadpan comedy banter and one act play-like structure, Barney Miller, which Flicker co-owned, took place in a fictional 12th precinct Greenwich Village police station, with the action largely occurring between two sets: the detective’s squad room and Captain Barney’s Miller’s office. The series grew out of an unsold TV pilot that Flicker wrote titled The Life and Times of Captain Barney Miller, that aired on August 22, 1974 as part of an ABC summer anthology series Just for Laughs. Barney Miller ran from 1975 to 1982 on ABC and finally won an outstanding comedy series Emmy during its final season on the air.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creators Michael Schur and Dan Goor have cited Barney Miller in several interviews as a big inspiration for their Fox comedy series, which is going into its second season. Flicker’s creative part.
Born in Freehold Borough, New Jersey on June 6, 1930, Flicker attended the Admiral Farragut Academy in Tom’s River, New Jersey from 1947-49, before studying at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts alongside such notables as Joan Collins and Larry Hagman.  During the early ’50s, Flicker was one of the early members of the improv comedy troupe, Chicago’s Compass Players, where he performed alongside Elaine May. By the end of the decade, Flicker wrote the book and directed the Broadway “beat”musical The ner on Barney Miller, Danny Arnold, died at the age of 70 on Aug. 19, 1995.
Prior to a big career in TV as both a director and a writer, Flicker helmed and co-wrote the film The Troublemaker in 1964, followed by his 1967 political satire The President’s Analyst starring James Coburn which earned him a WGA nomination for best original screenplay. As a TV writer and director he was involved with episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and The Streets of San Francisco. Flicker also had the occasional acting gig in 1971’s Night Gallery, 1972’s Beware! The Blob, and as Buffalo Bill Cody in The Legend of the Lone Ranger.
Flicker retired from film and TV and for the last 20 years has worked as a sculptor in Santa Fe.  He wrote extensively on expressionism and penned the epic novel The Good American, about a Jewish boy during the 19th century, who conceals his identity while working for a German general, ultimately making his way onto the Civil War battlefield.
FLICKER, Theodore J.
Born: 6/30/1930 Freehold Borough, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 9/12/2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Theodore J. Flicker’s western – screenwriter:
Nichols (TV) - 1971

RIP Vivienne Chandler

British actress Vivienne Chandler died in London, England on June 6, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Chandler made her first appearance on TV in ITV Playhouse in 1970 but she immediately began acting in minor parts in a number of major early 1970s films including “Lust for a Vampire”, “Duck You Sucker” and Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange (all 1971). She made several small appearances in the 1980s, including the music video for "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes" by the British super group ASIA in 1983, and appeared in Babies in 1997 but since then she had become a professional photographer working in the U.S. and many countries across Europe including France, Italy and the U.K.. She went to University Paris Diderot between her film and television roles but during that time was always interested in the process of image-making.
As a photographer she reinvented her name and went by Holly Bush and later Holly Bund as her career changed direction. Photographing mainly children, she had exhibited in London, Oxford and Kent and sold to private collectors in France, England and Japan. Battling cancer, she lived in the new millennium in Paris, where she continued to work until her return to London where she died last June.
Vivienne was married and had two sons and a daughter Oonagh Bush, who is a photographer and designer in London.
CHANDLER, Vivienne
Born: 11/6/1947, Abington, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.
Died: 6/6/2013, London, England, U.K.
Vivienne Chandler’s western – actress:
Duck You Sucker - 1971 (Coleen)

Friday, September 12, 2014

RIP Darrell Zwerling

RIP Darrell Zwerling
American character actor Darrell Zwerling died in Hollywood, California in May 2014. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1929 Darrell appeared in over 50 films and TV appearances. His first film appearance was an uncredited role as a fan in The Secret Life of an American Wife (1968). His last as a doctor in TV’s Murder She Wrote in 1991. His most famous role was Hollis Mulwray, the unfortunate water authority commissioner in Roman Polanski's "Chinatown".
Born: 1929 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 5/?/2014, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Darrell Zwerling’s westerns – actor:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1977 (Horace)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (Prosecuting Attorney)
Best of the West (TV) – 1982 (Fredericks)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

RIP Denny Miller

Former MGM Star, ‘Wagon Train’s’ Denny Miller Has Died At The Age Of 80, Highlight Hollywood News
September 12, 2014  
Celebrity News
Six-feet four inch tall leading man Denny Miller, best known as Duke Shannon in the 1950s Western series “Wagon Train” has died at the age of 80, at his home in Las Vegas.  He was born in Bloomington, Indiana, where his father, Ben Miller, was a physical education instructor at Indiana University.
Being very tall and athletic, he played basketball almost from the day they were born, friends say.  The Miller family left Bloomington when Denny was in the fourth grade. He and his brother played basketball in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Baldwin, New York, before the family moved to Los Angeles.
It was at University High School in Los Angeles where Denny and Kent came to the attention of coach John Wooden. They were given full-ride scholarships to UCLA.  Which eventually led to Denny being discovered on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood by a talent agent, who quickly signed him with MGM.
His first role was a bit part in “Some Came Running” in 1958.   Denny once said in an interview,  “I was the only one who came running. I came running to tell Dean Martin that somebody was in town to shoot him!”
He soon became the first blond Tarzan in “Tarzan, the Ape Man” in 1959.  He found his studio contract very short-lived, as Hollywood studios were changing in that era, and it has been previously recorded that his contract lasted for 20-months, and he spent only two of those months as Tarzan.
But he became a prolific actor on TV, which included stints on “Dallas,” “Fantasy Island,” “Hart to Hart,” “The Fall Guy,” “Vega$,” “M*A*S*H,” “Knight Rider,” “Voyagers,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Magnum PI,” “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,” “Simon and Simon,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Rockford Files, “Battle Star Galactica,” “Barnaby Jones, “Wonder Woman,” “Quincy, M.E.,” “Alice,” “Canon,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “McCloud,” “The Brady Bunch,” “Gunsmoke,” “Ironside,” “Hawaii Five O,” “The Fugitive,” amongst dozens of other spots.
Though it was the Westerns that gave him the most fame.  In particular, “Wagon Train.”   These past decades Denny and his beautiful wife Nancy have traveled the country meeting fans, and in 2007, he received a plaque at the “LITTLE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME,” in Kanab, Utah, which is sponsored by Utah’s Western Legends Committee.
He later found a career as a teacher of relaxation.
No details about his memorial were given at press time.
MILLER, Denny (Dennis Linn Miller)
Born: 4/25/1934, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 9/9/2014, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Denny Miller’s westerns – actor:
Northwest Passage (TV) – 1958 (Ranger Cooper)
Overland Trail (TV) – 1960 (Jimmy/Nicky Michaels)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1960 (Svenska)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (The Dublin Boy)
Laramie (TV) – 1960 (Toby, Wilkie)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1960 (Reuben Miles)
Stagecoach West (TV) – 1961 (Dunn)
The Deputy (TV) – 1961 (Bill Jason)
Wagon Train (TV) 1961-1964 (Scott Miller)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1968 (Tommy)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1968 (Kolos)
The Virginian (TV) – 1971 (Joe Terry)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1971 (Lijah)
Buck and the Preacher – 1972 (Floyd)
Dusty’s Trail (TV) – 1974 (Butch)
Young Maverick (TV) – 1979 (Clancy Flannery)
Outlaws (TV) – 1987
Bordertown (TV) – 1989, 1990 (Obediah Winslow, Vince Stockard)
Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV) – 1994-1995 (Sherriff Owen Kearney)
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV) – 1996 (Noah McBride)
Hell to Pay – 2005 (Horace)

RIP Stefan Gierasch

RIP Stefan Gierasch
New York Times
September 11, 2014
Stefan Gierasch passed away Saturday, September 6, 2014, surrounded by loved ones, in Santa Monica, California; and yet, Stefan lives on through the profound affect he had on his family, friends, and the theatrical world. Born in NYC on February 5, 1926, Stefan began his Broadway career in To Kiss and Tell, and joined the Actors Studio in 1952. He brought to life many characters for the stage and screen, including for productions of the Iceman Cometh, Of Mice and Men, the Hustler, High Plains Drifter, Jeremiah Johnson, Carrie, and countless television appearances. Acting chose him, and Stefan embraced it with a lifelong passion; a brilliant artist to the end. Stefan defined life for those that loved him, including his wife Hedy Sontag-Gierasch, son Matthew Hogan, and daughters Elisa and Amanda Gierasch. A memorial will be announced shortly.
Born: 2/5/1926, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/6/2014, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
Stefan Gierasch’s westerns – actor:
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 (Graf Erlich)
Empire (TV) – 1965 (Jack Morgan)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1966 (Mark Douglas)
The Traveling Executioner – 1970 (Willy Herzallerliebst)
Bonanza (TV) – 1969, 1971 (Orville Winters, Grady)
Nichols (TV) – 1971 (Doc Bernstein)
Jeremiah Johnson – 1972 (Del Gue)
High Plains Drifter – 1973 (Mayor Jason Hobart)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1974 (Logan McBurney)
This Is the West That Was (TV) – 1974 (Carmedly)
Big Bend Country (TV) – 1981 (Sam Purdy)
Dream West (TV) – 1986 (Trenor Park)
The Legend of the Phantom Rider – 2002 (Nathan)
The Hunter’s Moon – 2009 (The Sage)

RIP Joachim Fuchsberger

TV legend Joachim Fuchsberger has died
Der Standard
By Staff
September 11, 2014
The presenter and actor died at 87 years old in his home near Munich
Munich - Joachim Fuchsberger was one of the greats of television: For decades, he entertained people - as an entertainer, emcee and actor. "I am a television dinosaur", "Blacky" had joked on his 80th birthday. In this case, the occurrence of Stuttgarters so do not meet the massive prehistoric creatures. He was a gentleman of the old school - and gallant.
Just like the big show he loved the challenge, often involving the Television company to despair. However, no matter whether on television, in the theater or cinema - "Blacky" remained popular. Now Fuchsberger has died on Thursday at the age of 87 years at his home in Gruenwald near Munich, his wife told the news agency dpa.
A untroubled old age was the fun-loving actor and his wife Gundula was not granted. In October 2010, their son Thomas was killed. An infinite pain. "It is in our old age, a brutal termination of our zest for life that we still had" Fuchsberger had declared in an interview shortly thereafter. "We have lost our most precious gift - our only son." What remained was a couple who dearly loved and was concerned with touching devotion for each other.
Their time together lasted since 1954, well over 60 years - without infidelities and scandals. During which an actor who stood as a youthful lover with movie beauties such as Romy Schneider, Senta Berger or Marianne Hold on set Fuchsberger knowledge: "Opportunity makes not only thieves, but also love." Therefore, his wife would accompany him during most filming assignments. And then there were the four vows: ".. Understanding, trust, forgiveness, renunciation That sounds terribly easy, but produced during the times when it comes down to it, then it becomes quite difficult"
From the glamor of the film world Fuchsberger was initially far away. In 1927, he was born in Stuttgart, his father was a representative for typesetting machines. After school, he tried out a lot. He mounted typesetting and printing machines, was a miner and texted hit. In 1950, he landed at the Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich Radio at that time, three years later, he was in television and soon in film. There he played the handsome beau, "this very thread, dussligen young lovers," as he described it himself. Therefore, the role as a police detective in horror films of Edgar Wallace seemed just right. Movies like "The Witcher" or "The Dark Eyes of London" were cult in the 1960s. In 2007, he continued the shower movies with a movie role in the Edgar Wallace parody "Neues vom Wixxer".
The peak of his popularity reached Fuchsberger as an emcee. His first-rate program "Nur nicht nervös werden," 1960 was followed by many more. But it also rained criticism. In addition to lack of depth, many lamented its loose sayings. For a storm of protest he attended, when he appeared at the ARD in his live-show rate "Auf los geht's loson" in her nightgown, to a bet of "Wetten, dass? .." Redeem. As the criticism subsided and also decreased the audience, he threw 1986 Moderation back.
Fuchsberger retired to Australia and directed documentaries. In 1990, he returned with "Ja oder Nein" as emcee. For many years the couple lived alternately in Grünwald near Munich and in The Land Down Under.
In his last years Fuchsberger seemed fragile, tired. Nevertheless, always the joker was flashed in his eyes and let the great man seem surprising teen with snow-white hair. On his 85th birthday in 2012 he had a wink muses in a poem before death. "From hollow eyes he grins now and says: Will you come voluntarily, old man weirs is pointless, get ready for the final step in the eternity you look and put the end in his hands your trembling hands In?.. breaking eye a glimmer of hope, and then gibste the spoon - forever. "(APA, dpa, Cordula Dieckmann, 09/11/2014)
FUCHSBERGER, Joachim (Joachim Karl Fuchsberger)
Born: 3/11/1927, Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, Germany
Died: 9/11/2014, Grünwald, Bavaria, Germany
Joachim Fuchsberger’s westerns – actor:
The Last Tomahawk - 1964 (Captain Bill Hayward)
Who Killed Johnny R.? - 1966 (Clyde Smith)