Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RIP Dana Craig


Actor Dana Craig Dies at 68
 

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
10:19 AM PDT 4/23/2014 by Mike Barnes
 
The veteran theatrical performer also appeared in the film "Chaplin" and on such TV shows as "The Waltons" and "Murder, She Wrote."
 
Actor Dana Craig, who appeared in such films and plays as Chaplin and Picasso at the Lapin Agile during his five-decade career, has died. He was 68.
 
Craig died March 20 of a heart attack at his home in West Hills, Calif., his wife Bettyann said. His death came three days before he was to appear in Incorruptible at Pierce College in Woodland Hills; it would have been the 200th play of his career.
 
A native of Los Angeles who attended UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge, Craig stood out as the barfly Gaston in a 2002 Company Rep production of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the El Portal Center for the Arts in North Hollywood.
 
He performed in Saint Joan with Richard Thomas at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, toured with Florence Henderson in The Sound of Music and appeared at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He taught acting at Cal State Northridge.
 
In addition to Robert Downey Jr.'s Chaplin (1992), Craig had roles in such films as Book of Love (1990) and Running Time (1997) and appeared on television in The Waltons, Tales From the Crypt, Murphy Brown, Growing Pains, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Step by Step and The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
 
He did extensive voiceover work and appeared in ads for the Got Milk? campaign and for the Sizzler restaurant chain.
 
Survivors also include his son, Dana Jr., his grandson, Ryan, his sister, Durrie, his brother, John, and several nieces and nephews.
 
 
CRAIG, Dana
Born: 12/22/1946, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 3/20/2014, West Hills, California, U.S.A.
 
Dana Craig’s western – actor:
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) – 1994 (Pearson)

RIP Antonio Visone


RIP Antonio Visone (aka Julian Wilson)
 
Italian production designer, art and set decorator, Antonio Visone passed away in Rome, Italy on April 14th. Antonio was 79 years-old. Visone began his career as a set and art director in 1960 working on “The Giants of Thessaly” directed by Riccardo Freda and “Le olimpiadi dei mariti” directed by Giorgio Bianchi. He worked on more than 50 films during his career that ended with  “Fatal frames: Fotogrammi mortali” in 1996. He was sometimes credited under the alias Julian Wilson.
 
Visone also wrote two screenplays: “Hero of Rome” (1964) and “Warriors of the Wasteland” (1983).
 
VISONE, Antonio
Born: 5/10/1934, Melito di Naples, Campania, Italy
Died: 4/14/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Antonio Visione’s westerns – production designer, set decorator, art director:
El Cisco – 1966 [set decorator]
Reverend Colt – 1970 [production designer]
The Price of Death – 1971 [art director]

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

RIP Arlene McQuade


Arlene McQuade, Daughter on 1950s Sitcom 'The Goldbergs,' Dies at 77
 
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
4/21/2014
 
The actress also had a memorable moment menacing Janet Leigh in the Orson Welles film noir classic "Touch of Evil."
 
Arlene McQuade, who played teenage daughter Rosalie on the 1950s sitcom The Goldbergs and later appeared in a terrifying scene in Orson Welles’ classic Touch of Evil, has died. She was 77.
 
McQuade died Monday in a nursing home in Santa Fe after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, her daughter, Marita de Vargas, told The Hollywood Reporter.
 
McQuade was the first wife of actor Valentin de Vargas, who led the group of hoods who terrified Janet Leigh in a darkened Mexican motel room in Touch of Evil (1958). His soon-to-be real-life wife was a member of the threatening group as well. De Vargas died in June 2013.
 
McQuade, though, is most famous for playing Rosalie on the CBS version of The Goldbergs, which began in 1928 as a daily serial drama on radio.
 
The program, about an immigrant family assimilating to life in America, was created by Gertrude Berg, who wrote most of the scripts and starred as Jewish matriarch Molly Goldberg. (“Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Bloo-oom,” she often cried out to a neighbor.)
 
Berg brought The Goldbergs from radio to Broadway and then to CBS television in 1949, with McQuade joining the fictional family that lived in an apartment on 1030 East Tremont Ave. in the Bronx. (Her Rosalie character, as well as that of her brother Sammy, had grown up on radio but was back as a teenager for the CBS version.) Later, the Goldbergs, like many American families, moved from the city to the suburbs.
 
McQuade stayed with the series for its 1949-56 run. She also appeared as Rosalie on several episodes of Milton Berle's popular variety show and in the 1950 film The Goldbergs (aka Molly).
 
She was born in New York City on May 29, 1936. Her father was an attorney and a graduate of Fordham University, her mother an artist and homemaker.
 
McQuade had already worked on radio and television shows when at age 12 she landed a role in the original 1948 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke. Her performance attracted the attention of CBS executives, who signed her to play Rosalie.
 
A member of the New York Actors Studio, McQuade inked a contract with Universal Pictures and left for California in 1957.
 
She also appeared in such TV series as Telephone Time, The Lawless Years, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Have Gun -- Will Travel, Hawaii Five-O and Death Valley Days.
 
McQuade had a lasting passion for art, with her work including oil and watercolor paintings, wood and glass sculptures, welded sea glass lamps and many other nature-inspired creations. She relocated to Santa Fe in 2002 to live near her son Valentin and Marita.
 
In addition to her two children, survivors include her granddaughter Nevada and her husband, Chad; grandson Gavin and his wife, Felice; grandson Dylan; great-grandsons Liam and Owen; and sister Sharon.
 
 
McQUADE, Arlene
Born: 5/29/1936, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/21/2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
 
Arlen McQuade’s westerns – actress:
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1966 (Princess Aouda)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1970

Monday, April 21, 2014

RIP Javier Ibarretxe


RIP Javier Ibarretxe

 

He died at age 52 the film producer Javier Ibarretxe in Bilbao
 
El Correo
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 
Basque cinema has been shocked after learning Tuesday the death of Javier Ibarretxe , died at age 52 at the Hospital de Basurto victim of complications from liver cancer . He was a pioneer who wanted at all costs from his native Bilbao stable producer, Ibarretxe & Co , with his brothers , with whom he had since the late 80s struggling to shoot short and long mostly in the genre of comedy. The company supplies water inherited from his father served as a theater for these wonderful crazy even reached Hollywood.
 
So , Javi Ibarretxe was the producer of '7 : 35 AM ' . , The short film Oscar nominee Vigalondo in 2005 Together with his brothers signed ' Only Dies Twice ' , a delirious comedy filmed in 1997 with Álex Angulo Santiago Segura and starring a zombie actor. Three years later, faced Ibarretxe the most ambitious project of his career, ' Sabotage ' , an expensive period comedy set in the Battle of Waterloo and Stephen Fry as Wellington. Its failure at the box office prompted took four years to return as a producer with thriller Norberto Ramos ' common Muertos ' .
 
Javier Ibarretxe again Vigalondo produce his first feature, ' Timecrimes ' title already become cult among international cinephilia restless. The Comedy ' A nearly perfect world ' , directed by his brothers Esteban and José Miguel , and the Argentine film " Las acacias " are his latest works . "It was a great producer who dreamed Bilbollywood make Bilbao ," he cried yesterday Eduarno partner Carneros . "A man who always showed his modesty, humility and humanity ."


IBARRETXE, Javier
Born: 1961, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Pais Vasco, Spain
Died: 4/15/2014, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Pais Vasco, Spain

Javier Ibarretxe's western - producer:
Six Shooters - 2010

RIP Craig Hill


U.S. actor Craig Hill dies in Barcelona at 88
 
eldiario.es
4/21/2014

The actor Craig Hill, who lived in Barcelona for years, died today in the Catalan capital at age 88, as reported by the newspaper Ara, citing family sources .
 
Born March 5, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., Hill appeared in such films in the 1950s as "All About Eve", "Fixed Bayonets" and "Brigade 21". In 1965 he moved to Spain, where he rolled out fifteen "Spaghetti westerns".
 
These films "Hands of a Gunman," were the first he starred in Spain , "I Want Him Dead", "Bury Them Deep" and " Fifteen Scaffolds for a Killer."
 
In Spain, he participated in a film , "Anguistia," directed by Bigas Luna, and byVentura Pons, "Menjà d'amor" .
 
His last acting job was in 2003, when he had a small role in the film by Oscar Aibar, "Flying Saucers".
 
In addition to his career, Craig Hill was known to be the husband of actress and model Teresa Gimpera, while residing in Barcelona.
 
 
HILL, Craig (Craighill Fowler)
Born: 3/5/1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/21/2014 Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

Craig Hill's westerns - actor:
Siege at Red River - 1954 (Lieutenant Baden)
My Friend Flicka (TV) - 1956 (Lieutenant Blake)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1956, 1957 (Bret Harte)
Sugarfoot (TV) - 1961 (Rance Benbow)
Hands of a Gunfighter - 1965 (Dan Murphy/Richard Marci)
A Taste for Killing – 1966 (Hank ‘Lanky Fellows)
Rick & John Conqueror the West – 1967 (Captain Stuart Smith)
7 Pistols for a Massacre – 1967 (Will Flaherty)
Bury Them Deep - 1968 (Captain Clive Norton)
15 Scaffolds for a Killer - 1968 (Billy Mack)
I Want Him Dead - 1968 (Clayton)
No Graves on Boot Hill – 1968 (Jerry)
The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Your Grave - 1971 (Jeff Sullivan)
Drummer of Vengeance - 1971 (O’Connor)
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Colt - 1971 (Sheriff Bill/Jeff Nolan/Mace Cassidy)
An Animal Called Man - 1972 (Mark Forester/Foster)
My Horse… My Gun… Your Widow – 1972 (Doctor Janus Saxon)
Return of the Holy Ghost – 1972 (Colonel John Mills)
Stay Away from Trinity When He Comes to Eldorado – 1972 (Eldorado)
Court Martial - 1973 (colonel)
Aragon, Land of the Western - 2003 [himself]

Friday, April 18, 2014

RIP Don Ingalls


Donald G. Ingalls, 95, of Olympia, Washington, passed away on March 10, 2014, after a long illness. He was born July 29, 1918, to Park Ingalls and Luella “LuLu” Morris Ingalls in Humbolt, Nebraska. He lived an unassuming, but remarkable life.
 
Don considered Stafford, Kansas his happy childhood home, despite harsh economic conditions. He returned to visit as often as possible. He moved to Southern California with his mother in the 1930s. There he attended North Hollywood High School while working at various menial jobs to help support the family.
 
He served as a bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and afterwards was a test pilot for North American Aviation, before joining the Los Angeles Police Department.
 
A writer since childhood, Don wrote freelance for publications such as Desert Magazine. He was a columnist for “The Valley Times” in North Hollywood, and was editor of “The Beat” magazine for the LAPD.
 
There he formed a friendship with fellow police officer Gene Rodenberry of later Star Trek fame, and both transitioned to the burgeoning television industry where Don spent over 35 years as a prolific film and television writer and producer.
 
As a young man, he became a member of North Hollywood Masonic Lodge and later the Master of that lodge. In 1978-79, he served as Grand Master to the states of California and Hawaii.
 
During his Hollywood career, Don wrote and produced for numerous highly regarded TV series, such as “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “Bonanza,” “The Big Valley,” “The Virginian,” “Gunsmoke,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Star Trek,” “Police Story” and “Fantasy Island.” He also wrote the feature film, “Airport 1975,” along with TV films, such as “Captain America” and “The Initiation of Sarah.”
 
On retiring to Olympia, Washington in 1987, Don wrote a novel, “The Watchers on the Mountain.” As a man of strong faith, he enthusiastically used his talents for the church, writing many skits, directing children in puppetry and drama, and writing a stage play for Westwood Baptist Church. He also mentored and encouraged younger writers.
 
He is survived by Mary, his second wife of almost 49 years, and daughter Lori Harasta, son-in-law Jim Harasta and two grandchildren, Nicole and Logan Harasta. He is also survived by first wife, Annie Smith Ingalls, daughter Diana Ingalls-Farrell, and son-in-law Thomas “Nick” Farrell. His older sisters, Parkina “Pat” Jimenez and Luella Sides preceded him in death. He is survived by niece Norma Stemple and her sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and by the children of niece Marvel Lee Richardson: Randy Richardson (Dawn), Debbie Cardin (Joel), Patty Bird (Brian), David Richardson, Kathy Ruesnik and Bruce Butler (Janet).
 
In honor of his wish to have no funeral, but to “simply join Jesus Christ in all humility,” a graveside service for family and close friends will be held at 11:00 a.m., March 26, 2014 at Masonic Memorial Park in Tumwater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Olympia Union Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 7668, Olympia WA 98507, or to Masonic Center for Youth and Families, 1111 California St., San Francisco, CA 94108.
 
 
INGALLS, Don (Don G. Ingalls)
Born: 7/29/1918, Humbolt, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Died: 3/10/2014, Olympia, Washington, U.S.A.
 
Don Ingalls’ westerns – screenwriter:
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1958. 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963,
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1959
Tate (TV) - 1960
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960
Whiplash (TV) - 1961
Bonanza (TV) – 1961, 1971, 1972
The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (TV) – 1963, 1964
The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1965
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1967
The Road West (TV) – 1967
The Bull of the West (TV) - 1972

Thursday, April 17, 2014

RIP Gabriel García Márquez


Farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature
 
l’Unita
By Staff
April 17, 2014
 
The 1982 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, the Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez is dead. The Mexican and Spanish press reports. Marquez had been admitted to hospital on April 3 in Mexico City. The author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude," the novel of magical realism key Ibero-American, was 87 years old.
 
As reported a few days ago by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Marquez had been hospitalized for pneumonia and not, as reported in the press, for a tumor.
 
After the first rumors about his illness, the family of Garcia Marquez had issued a statement calling the health of the writer "very fragile" and "risk of complications."
 
 
MARQUEZ, Gabriel García (Gabriel José García Márquez)
Born: 3/6/1927 , Aracataca, Magdalena, Colombia
Died: 4/17/2014, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
 
Gabriel García Márquez’s western – screenwriter:
Time to Die - 1966