Thursday, January 17, 2019

RIP Robert W. Christiansen

Bob Christiansen, Emmy-Winning 'Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman' Producer, Dies at 85

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He also worked on 'Queen of the Stardust Ballroom' and telefilms directed by Nicolas Roeg and Maya Angelou.

Bob Christiansen, an Emmy-winning producer on Cicely Tyson's The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman who guided other high-profile telefilms starring Bette Davis, Alan Alda, James Caan and Alfre Woodard, has died. He was 85.

Christiansen died Dec. 4 of complications from cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, family friend Joie Gould Gati told The Hollywood Reporter.

He worked in the THR sales department in the 1960s before becoming a producer.

With Rick Rosenberg at Chris/Rose Productions, Christiansen also produced telefilms that included 1972's The Glass House, based on a Truman Capote story and starring Alan Alda; 1975's Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, toplined by Maureen Stapleton and Charles Durning; 1979's Stranger: The Story of a Mother and Daughter, featuring Davis and Gena Rowlands; and 1993's Heart of Darkness, starring John Malkovich and Tim Roth and directed by Nicolas Roeg.

For 1974's The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Tyson became the first African-American to win a lead actress Emmy when she was honored for her astonishing performance as a woman who ages from 23 to 110 — from the 1850s to the civil rights era. The CBS telefilm raked in nine Emmys in all.

Christiansen and Rosenberg also received producing noms in 1978 for A Death in Canaan, starring Stefanie Powers and directed by Tony Richardson; in 1985 for Robert Kennedy and His Times, starring Brad Davis; and in 1988 for the Gore Vidal miniseries Lincoln, featuring Sam Waterston and Mary Tyler Moore.

The pair also produced 1980's Hide in Plain Sight, starring James Caan; 1986's As Summers Die, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Bette Davis and Scott Glenn; 1989's The Heist, featuring Pierce Brosnan and Tom Skerritt; 1998's Down in the Delta, starring Woodard and Wesley Snipes and directed by Maya Angelou; and 2008's Accidental Friendship, starring Chandra Wilson.

Chris/Rose projects received more than 40 Emmy noms, and their 2000 telefilm The Crossing, starring Jeff Daniels, won a Peabody Award.

Born on Oct. 24, 1933, in Porterville, California, Christiansen served with the U.S. Marines before coming to Los Angeles in the '60s. Chris/Rose's first effort was the 1970 feature Adam at 6 A.M., which starred Michael Douglas and was executive produced by Steve McQueen.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy; children Mark, Julie and Tim; daughter-in-law Barbara; and grandchildren Mason and Sadie.

CHRISTIANSEN, Robert W. (Robert W. Christiansen)
Born: 10/24/1933, Porterville, California, U.S.A.
Died: 12/4/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Robert W. Christiansen’s western – producer:
Lincoln – 1988 (TV)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

RIP Bill Anagnos

William G. Anagnos

The Daily Freeman
January 17, 2019.

RED HOOK- William G. Anagnos, 60, a lifelong Red Hook resident, has performed his last stunt by rolling one into the Gates of Heaven. Bill passed on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 after a long fought battle with cancer. Born on August 19, 1958, in Rhinebeck, N.Y., he was the son of Jeanette (Lampariello) Anagnos of Red Hook and the late William H. Anagnos. Bill is a graduate of the Red Hook Central Schools. At the age of 16, Bill toured with the “Joey Chitwood Thrill Show”, as a motorcycle stunt rider. Bill broke into the motion picture industry in 1976- doubling for John Travolta in “Saturday Night Fever”. He appeared in hundreds of movies, commercials, and TV shows; doubling for and working with prominent actors and actresses, such as; Paul Newman, Patrick Swayze, Robin Williams, Robert Downey, Jr., Farah Fawcett, Angelina Jolie, and many more. Bill made his mark in the stunt world, and was known to all as the “Wheelman of the East Coast”. There was not a vehicle he could not drive, wreck or rollover. He was a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild. Locally, Bill developed, owned, and operated a bulk water facility in Red Hook called Cokertown Springs. Bill was a talented mechanic and fabricator. He could build or fix just about anything. Along with his mechanical talents, all will miss his kindness, compassion, and humble demeanor. He was an amazing man, father, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. In addition to his loving Mmother, Jeanette; his is survived by his two loving children, Nicole Kristine Anagnos, and William John Anagnos, both of Albany, N.Y.; his brother and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Maryellen “Gidget” Anagnos and their two sons, Samuel and William D. Anagnos, all of Red Hook; along with extended family, and countless friends, and colleagues. The Anagnos family cannot thank all of Bill’s friends- and you know who you are- that stood by his side. Our gratitude is with you all! This world has lost an amazing man and he will truly be missed, but never forgotten. A longer life was the one and only stunt Bill could not accomplish…but he sure gave it his all. Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, from 3 to 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at St. Christopher’s Church, Red Hook, N.Y. Father Patrick Buckley will officiate. Burial will be in the Anagnos family plot at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Red Hook. Memorial donations may be made in William’s memory to the St. Christopher’s Church, 7411 S. Broadway, Red Hook, N.Y., 12571. Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, N.Y. For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit

ANAGNOS, Bill (William G. Anagnos)
Born: 8/19/1958, Rhinebeck, New York., U.S.A.
Died: 1/15/2019, Red Hook, New York, U.S.A.

Bill Anagnos’s westerns – stunts:
The Cowboy Way – 1994

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

RIP Maty Huitrón

The actress Maty Huitrón dies, mother of Carla Estrada

January 14, 2019

The actress died at age 82 in Mexico City. In 2014 he was diagnosed with pulmonary emphysema.

The actress Maty Huitrón died on Monday, January 14 in Mexico City at 82 years old, this was announced by the entertainment program '¡Cuéntamelo ya!'.

"We send our condolences to the producer Carla Estrada, because her mother has died the actress Maty Huitrón, at the age of 82. Until now it is known that there will be a body mass present in - informed the presenter Cynthia Urias.

So far the details of the death are unknown. However, in 2014 she was diagnosed with pulmonary emphysema, for which the artist had to breathe with the help of an oxygen tank 24 hours a day. Due to the disease decided to move away from the scenarios.

For more than 20 years he directed the Casa del Actor and participated in almost 30 telenovelas, as well as several plays.

Maty Huitrón was part of the cast of some of the successful telenovelas produced by his daughter Carla Estrada, among which are: 'Real love' (2003), 'The privilege of love' (1998), 'Lazos de amor' (1995) ) and 'Mothers egoístas' (1991), just to mention some.

Born: 1/30/1936, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died:  1/14/2019, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Maty Huitrón’s western – actress:
Crisal – 1967 (Maria)

RIP Arell Blanton

Memory Alpha

Actor Arell Blanton played Lieutenant Dickerson in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Savage Curtain". Among his acting resume are films such as Blood Mania (1970), House of Terror (1975), Pennies from Heaven (1981, with Nancy Parsons, Jim Boeke, and William Frankfather), Code of Vengeance (1985, with Chad Allen and George Aguilar), Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story (1992, with Erich Anderson, Marc Alaimo, and Jack Shearer), King Cobra (1999, with Joseph Ruskin), and A Day Without a Mexican (2004, with Todd Babcock, Brian Brophy, and Maureen Flannigan).

Blanton has also guest starred in television series such as Adam-12 (1969), Starsky & Hutch (1979, with David Soul and Malachi Throne), Knight Rider (1983-1984, with Patricia McPherson, Mary McCusker, Joel Kramer, Allan Graf, and Spike Silver), Matlock (1990, with Earl Boen, Roger Aaron Brown, and James Cromwell), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1996), Dark Skies (1996-1997, with Conor O'Farrell, Roger Aaron Brown, Raphael Sbarge, Art Chudabala, Brian Cousins, Jennifer Hetrick, and Jeri Ryan), Ally McBeal (1998, with J. Patrick McCormack, Marty Rackham, and Dina Meyer), 10-8:Officers on Duty (2003, with Max Grodénchik and Derek Mears), and had a recurring role as Bob in That's Life (2000-2001, starring Paul Sorvino and Kristin Bauer).

In the '70s he also worked as an assistant director and composer. Blanton died on 21 September 2018. (Screen Actors Guild Magazine, Special Edition 2019, p. 89)

Born: 11/2/1943, U.S.A.
Died: 9/21/2018, U.S.A.

Arell Blanton’s western – actor:
The Virginian (TV) – 1969 (Tom Rawlins)

RIP Victor Campos

Film and TV, actor Victor Campos passed away at the age of 83 on October 15, 2018 from prostate cancer. Capos was born on January 15, 1935 in New York City, New York. He was of Spanish (Castilian), Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage. He began his acting career in 1966 and some of his credits include the TV-Series "Hawk", "The FBI", "The Rookies", "The Mod Squad", "Kojak", "Doctors Hospital", "Cades County" the film "The Adversary", "Black Sunday" "Scarface", "Juice" "Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor", "Shallow Ground" and "Locker 13" to name a few. Victor Campos died on October 15th, 2018 in Sherman Oaks,Ca. He is survived by his daughter Lee Campos Montesino, his grandchildren Tristen Montesino and Trenten Montesino, his sisters, Laura Romano, Elba Campos, Roseanna Rizzo, his nieces Lisa Rose, Kim Libretta, Grace Rizzo and nephew Josiah Rizzo.

CAMPOS, Victor
Born: 1/15/1935, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/15/2018, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.

Victor Campos’ westerns – actor:
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1969 (Lieutenant Garcia)
Bonanza (TV) – 1970 (gunman)
Lancer (TV) – 1970 (Julio)
The Master Gunfighter – 1975 (Maltese)