Saturday, October 20, 2018

RIP Donald Ewar

Ewer, Donald Alan

Donald Alan Ewer passed away peacefully on Monday October 15th, 2018 at the age of 95.
Dearly loved husband of the late Jenny Turner (2013)

Dear ‘Dad’ of Roddy Turner and his wife Mary-Frances of Aurora, Laura Walker and her husband Greg of Mississauga, Karen Tomarchio and her husband Corrado of Brooklin, and Wendy Turner and her partner Bruce Curtis of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Grandfather figure to Corrie, Susie, Ian, Alex, Robin and Adriana.

Predeceased by his brother Derry. Survived by his nephew Nick Ewer (Mary) of England.

When he was barely 18 Donald joined the Navy, moving up the ranks to become a Naval Officer with the Royal Navy, surviving a Christmas Day torpedoing during his service. In 1946, following the war, Donald won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, studying with classmates including such famous names as Robert Shaw. Donald graduated with an Acting Diploma in 1948. Donald worked in London's West End, with repertory companies and with British Radio and Television.

After doing a lot of stage work over a six year period in England and Scotland, Donald decided to see the world. He travelled to the U.S. where he spent two months exploring the country, then in 1954 emigrated to Canada.

In Canada he directed for Montreal's Lunch Time Theatre, and served as Drama Director of McMaster University.

He played major roles with the Crest Theatre as well as Theatre Toronto, and has appeared at the Antioch and the Shaw Festival. He appeared on Broadway in "Alfie" with Terrence Stamp, "Under Millwood," and Off-Broadway in "Billie Liar."

Donald made his acting debut at Stratford in 1958 and returned in 1969, performing there for a total of five seasons. In 1970 he won an Obie Award for his performance in"Saved" in the Off-Broadway production at the Chelsea Theatre Centre.

Donald became a regular on the Wayne and Shuster Show. He also acted and directed for many seasons at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and had several appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. National Tours included "Girl in My Soup" with Don Ameche, "The Caretaker" with Barry Morse and "Hadrian VII" with Hume Cronyn.

He has numerous film credits to his name including Doolittle in Pygmalion with Peter O'Toole and Margot Kidder, and Spider with Ralph Fiennes.

1n 1987 Donald and his future wife Jenny Turner acted together in the well-known, made-for-TV production of "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

Donald and Jenny were married on December 19th, 1990 (Jenny's birthday) and lived happily together in their home in Brooklin Ontario until her death in August of 2013.

Donald always said that the key to life was to "keep going, don't stop."

He had a great and well-lived life, always the character and ever true to his motto.

Visitation at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby on Saturday October 27th from 10:30-11:30AM, followed by a celebration of life service in the Barnes Chapel.

Donald will be laid to rest beside his beloved Jenny at Groveside Cemetery.

EWAR, Donald (Donald Alan Ewar)
Born: 9/10/1923, Great Dunmow, Essex, England, U.K.
Died: 10/15/2018, Brooklin, Ontario, Canada

Donald Ewar’ westerns – actor:
Hawkweye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1957 (Hicks)
The Campbells (TV) – 1989, 1990 (Jack McVie, Ezra Adams)

Friday, October 19, 2018

RIP Michael J. Reynolds

By Richard Fitzpatrick
October 18, 2018

Canadian actor Michael J. Reynolds passed away on March 22, 2018 after a battle with cancer. Several years earlier, Michael and his wife Katherine had moved from Toronto to an idyllic Somerset village in England to be close to family.

Michael’s career covered the gambit of Canadian, British and American movie, television, documentaries and theater and included a long stretch as spokesperson for Nabob coffee in Canada.

Because of Michael’s strong on-screen presence, he was frequently cast as prominent figures of the period from Joe Kennedy to George Marshall to Gene “Buzz” Aldrin.

The early years of Canadian TV, film and theater found Michael in many featured roles in projects including Escape from Iran, The Canadian Caper, The National Dream and many more. His career spanned over 100 film and TV shows and his versatility allowed for a wide portfolio.

Michael’s talents were not limited to his chosen profession. He was a skilled craftsman in every sense. He was a loving husband to Katherine, a devoted and caring stepfather to the late Helen and her two boys and a central and respected figure in local politics.

He was a good and kind man and will be missed.

REYNOLDS, Michael J. (Michael John Reynolds)
Born: 8/5/1939, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 3/22/2018, Somerset, England, U.K.

Michael J. Reynolds’ westerns – actor:
Fih Hawk – 1979 (Mr. Gideon)
Wild Horse Hank – 1979 (Rankin)
Louisiana (TV) – 1984 (General Bank)
Clearcut – 1991 (hunter)

RIP Donald G. Payne

Author of Walkabout who preferred anonymity
The Sydney Morning Herald

Using three pseudonyms, one with Australian connections, Donald Payne, who has died aged 94, was the author of some 40 books including Walkabout which was made into the film of the same name starring Jenny Agutter. He was also a consultant editor for many years for the Readers Digest.

He served in the Fleet Air Arm as a 21-year-old pilot flying Swordfish during World II, escorting convoys across the Atlantic and to Russia.

He was later to write about his wartime experiences in several books that were well received. He was best known in Australia as the author of Walkabout, made into the film by Nicolas Roeg in 1971.

Donald Gordon Payne was born in Denmark Hill in South East London in January 1924. His father, Francis, was a New Zealander, who served in the First World War with the ANZACS. His mother was Evelyn Rodgers, a nurse during the Great War.
Donald Payne's novel Walkabout has remained in print since its first publication in 1959.

Donald Payne's novel Walkabout has remained in print since its first publication in 1959.Credit:

He was educated at Dulwich College Preparatory School and then at Charterhouse School. As a child he travelled with his parents to New Zealand and parts of the East coast of Australia – an experience which left him with a lifelong affection for these countries.

PAYNE, Donald G. (Donald Gordon Payne)
Born: 1/3/1924, Denmark Hill, London, England, U.K.
Died: 10/?/2018, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Donald G. Payne’s western – novelist
Santa Fe – 1951

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

RIP Vincent Korda

Nicholas Korda, Sound Editor on 'E.T.,' 'Fatal Attraction' and 'Basic Instinct,' Dies at 73
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
October 17, 2018
The Emmy winner also worked on two 'Star Trek' movies and alongside Clint Eastwood on four films.

Nicholas Korda, an Emmy-winning sound editor who worked on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and Dick Tracy for the big screen, has died. He was 73.

Korda died Oct. 8 at his Los Angeles home after a nine-year battle with brain cancer, his daughter, Sarah, announced.

Korda entered the industry as an assistant editor and went on to build a 40-year career as an ADR (automated dialogue replacement) editor on dozens of movies.

His father was Hungarian-born director Zoltan Korda (The Four Feathers, Humphrey Bogart's Sahara and Cry, the Beloved Country), and his mother was British actress Joan Gardner (The Scarlet Pimpernel).

Korda was a member of the team that received the Oscar for best sound for Steven Spielberg's E.T. in 1983, and he received his Emmy two years later for his work on the Donald P. Bellisario action drama Airwolf.

Korda collaborated with Clint Eastwood on the best picture Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby (2004) as well as on Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) — for which he won a Golden Reel Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors — and Invictus (2009), his last film.

His résumé also included The Black Hole (1979), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), The Breakfast Club (1985), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), The Addams Family (1991), Hoffa (1992), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Twister (1996), As Good as It Gets (1997), Three Kings (1999) and Get Smart (2008).

After his parents came to the U.S. from England in 1940, Nicholas Vincent Korda was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1945. He attended grade school in Switzerland before returning to attend Harvard School, a military academy in L.A.

Korda began college at UC Berkeley in the late 1960s, where he studied U.S. history. He proudly completed his degree at Cal State Northridge in 2006 and also took up the bassoon in his 60s.

His daughter said that he was unpretentious and humble and often told stories about his fears of being called in to be fired — only to find out he was being rewarded with praise.

In addition to Sarah and her spouse Maria, survivors include his son Andrew (Pille); his brother, David — a former producer and production manager in Hollywood who now works as a completion guarantor — and his granddaughter, Cleo.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Woodland Hills. For details, please email Donations in his memory can be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund or to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

KORDA, Vincent (Nicholas Vincent Korda)
Born: 1/15/1945, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/8/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Vincent Korda’s westerns
The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday – 1976
Hot Lead and Cold Feet – 1978
Zorro: The Gay Blade - 1981  

Saturday, October 13, 2018

RIP Mike Relon Makiling

Veteran director Mike Relon Maikiling dies at 86

By Krissy Aguilar
October 11, 2018

Veteran Mike Relon Maikiling has passed away due to colon cancer. He was 86.

Hi fifth son Joachim Pineda Maikiling confirmed this on Facebook.

“Wacky! I am gonna miss you Old Man… Rest well Okay! I’ll see you on the other side,” he wrote.

It was in July 2018 when the director was last confined in the hospital and his family learned about his colon cancer.

Makiling was know for his blockbuster Filipino movies from 70s up to the 80s like “Iskul Bukol” (1980), “Age Doesn’t Matter” (1981), “Goodah” (1984), “Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You (1985) and “Fly Me To The Moon” (1988), among others.

He had 58 credits as a screenwriter and 89 credits as a film director.

Born: 6/30/1932, Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
Died:  10/11/2018, Philippines

Mike Relon Makiling’s western – director:   
Panlaban: dos por dos

Friday, October 12, 2018

RIP Carol Hall

Carol Hall, Composer-Lyricist of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Dies at 82

By Andrew Gans
Otober 12, 2018

Carol Hall, the Drama Desk Award-winning composer and lyricist of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, passed away October 11 at the age of 82.

For the past three years, Ms. Hall had been wrestling with a rare form of dementia, logopenic Primary Progressive Aphasia, and died of complications from the disease. She resided in New York City and passed away at home, surrounded by her children and husband.

Ms. Hall was a trailblazer on Broadway, one of the first women to write both music and lyrics for a Broadway musical, the 1978 hit The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The Tommy Tune-Peter Masterson-directed production was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning two prizes. Hall received Drama Desk Awards for both her score and lyrics.

The production ran for almost five years on Broadway, received a Grammy nomination for its cast album, and was subsequently turned into a motion picture in 1982 starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Parton’s recording of Hall’s song “Hard Candy Christmas” earned an ASCAP Award. A revival and national tour of the show played across the country starring film icon Ann-Margret. On the cast album of that production, Hall recorded a bonus track, performing a new song, "A Friend to Me," written for Ann-Margret.

Carol Hall was born in Abilene, Texas, April 3, 1936, the daughter of Elbert E. Hall and Josephine Grisham. A serious student of classical piano, Ms. Hall attended Sweetbriar College, in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she began writing songs and musicals. She then transferred to and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. She was later invited to join the newly formed BMI Workshop, under the tutelage of Broadway musical director Lehman Engel, where her musical theatre career was launched.

Ms. Hall's other Broadway outing was a short-lived sequel to The Best Little Whorehouse, entitled The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, which opened in May 1994. Her other stage work included Good Sports (Goodspeed Musicals), Paper Moon (Paper Mill Playhouse), Are We There Yet? (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and the Off-Broadway musical To Whom It May Concern. She also wrote individual songs for A... My Name Is Alice and A… My Name Is Still Alice, and the musical, Hats!, based on the Red Hats Society.

Her non-musical writing included The Days Are As Grass, an evening of one-act plays, which received a premiere at the Woodstock Fringe Festival.

Ms. Hall was also a major contributor to Marlo Thomas’ Peabody and Emmy Award-winning TV special and gold album Free to Be… You and Me; her contributions included the songs “It’s All Right to Cry,” “Parents Are People,” and “Glad to Have a Friend Like You.” She also acted as contributing editor and songwriter to its sequel, Free To Be… a Family.

Her songs have been performed by Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Lisa Loeb, Mabel Mercer, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, Olivia Newton-John, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Phyllis Newman, David Campbell, Maureen McGovern, Margaret Whiting, Miriam Makeba, RuPaul, Frederica von Stade, Big Bird, and Kermit the Frog, among others. A CD of her most recent songs, Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall, was released in 2007.

Ms. Hall was a teacher at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Sundance Theatre Institute, and the Cabaret Conference at Yale University, as well as a guest panelist in the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop. She served on the Board of Directors of the Dramatists Guild Foundation, Young Playwrights, Inc., and The American Place Theater. She was a lifetime member of the Dramatists Guild Council, was a Tony voter, and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women who, in 2017, bestowed upon her a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Hall is survived by her husband, media producer Leonard Majzlin; her two children with first husband Richard Blinkoff, Susannah and Daniel; her grandson Wally Corngold; and her sister Jane Hall.
HALL, Carol
Born: 4/3/1936, Abilene, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 10/11/2018, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Carol Hall’s western – lyricist:
Death of a Gunfirhter - 1969 ('Sweet Apple Wine')

Thursday, October 11, 2018

RIP Jerry Thorpe

The Desert Sun
October 11, 2018

Palm Springs - Jerry "Richard Jerome" Thorpe, 92, a 28-year resident of Palm Springs, California passed away on September 25, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California.

He was born on August 29, 1926 to Richard and Belva Thorpe in Los Angeles, California. Jerry married his wife Diane on December 17, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, and they have a son Trevor Thorpe of Santa Barbara, California. Jerry is also survived by his daughters and son Tiana, Trish, and Tracy, and grandchildren Angelo and Tyler Thorpe.

Jerry was an Emmy Award-winning Television Director and Producer, with a career spanning more than four decades. He shares a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars with his father Richard, a Director of MGM Motion Pictures. He was Executive Producer and directed many episodes of "Kung Fu" with David Carradine (1972-1975). In 1973, he was awarded the "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama" Emmy for the episode "An Eye for an Eye."

A partial list of credits includes: Director of eight episodes of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" (1958), Executive Producer of "The Untouchables" (1960-1961), Producer/Director of MGM theatrical feature "Day of the Evil Gun" with Glenn Ford (1968), Executive Producer/Director of "Harry O" with David Janssen (1973-1976), Co-Executive Producer/Director of "Our House" (1986-1988), and Executive Producer of 22 episodes of "Falcon Crest" with Jane Wyman (1989-1990).

A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:30 am at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California.

THORPE, Jerry (Richrd Jerome Thorpe)
Born: 8/29/1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/25/2018, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.

Jerry Thorpe’s westerns – producer, director, assistant director:
Westward the Women – 1951 [assistant director]
The Wild North – 1952 [assistant director]
Ride, Vaquero! – 1953 [assistant director]
The Texan (TV) 1958 [director]
Guestward Ho! (TV) – 1968 [producer, director]
Day of the Evil Gun – 1968 [producer, director]
Lock, Stock and Barrel (TV) – 1971 [director]
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973-1975 [producer, director]