Sunday, April 21, 2019

RIP Fay McKenzie

By Scott K. Ratner

Fay McKenzie passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday morning. From playing Gloria Swanson’s baby in STATION CONTENT (1918), to Gene Autry’s leading lady in several of his films in the 1940’s, to singing and dancing with Groucho on USO tours, to having her house destroyed by Peter Sellers as hostess Mrs. Clutterbuck in Blake Edward’s riotous THE PARTY, she had an amazing career and life (she told me— hilariously— of her surprise that HUAC didn’t come after her: “I don’t know why... I wasn’t in the marches, but I went to all the parties afterward!”). Here she is doing me the supreme honor of making her final movie appearance in the upcoming KILL A BETTER MOUSETRAP— her performance marking not only the first time she worked opposite her son Tom, but also the first century-spanning career in motion pictures! A wonderful lady!"

McKENZIE, Fay (Eunice Fay McKenzie)
Born: 2/19/1918, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/16/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Fay McKenzie’ westerns – actress:
A Knight of the West – 1921 (Fray Morten)
Boss Cowboy – 1934 (Sally Nolan)
Ferocious Pal – 1934 (girl at dog fight)
Sundown Trail 1934 (Mickey Moore)
Arizona Bad Man – 1935 (girl at barn dance)
Lawless Riders – 1935 (girl in candy kisses booth)
Thunderbolt – 1935 (Annie)
The Border Patrolmn – 1936
Lucky Terror – 1936 (young girl spectator)
Ride ‘Em Cowboy – 1936 (stamp buyer)
Tex Rides With the Boy Scouts – 1937 (girl at dance)
Ghost Town Riders – 1938 (Molly Taylor)
Death Rides on the Range – 1939 9Letty Morgan)
Man of Conquest – 1939 (young lady)
When the Daltons Rode – 1940 (Hannah)
Down Mexico Way – 1941 (Maria Elena Alvorado)
Sierra Sue – 1941 (Sue Larrabee)
Cowboy Serenade – 1942 (Stephanie ‘Steve’ Lock)
Heart of the Rio Grande – 1942 (Alice Bennett)
Home in Wyomin’ – 1942 (Clementine)
The Singing Sheriff – 1944 (Caroline)
Bonanza (TV) – 1961 (Victoria Gates)

RIP Klaus Sonneschein

Klaus Sonneschein is dead
April 21, 2019

Unfortunately we have just learned with great sadness that Klaus Sonnenschein passed away on Good Friday 4/19/2019 at the age of 83 years in Berlin.

Klaus Sonnenschein was the German voice of Hollywood stars like Morgan Freeman , John Goodman , Captain Kirk , William Shater , Bob Hoskins , Gene Hackman , Danny Glover and Denny DeVito .

His nickname was "Sun" and so we loved him!

In his long career as a voice actor, he came up with over 1,294 speaking roles. The Harry Potter fans also know his voice as the voice of Ciarán Hinds playing the role of Aberforth Dumbledore in the movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (movie 2).

Of course, Klaus Sonnenschein was also a welcome actor in front of the camera. For example, he starred in films such as Tatort, Ich heirate eine Familie, Hotel Paradies, Direktion City oder Der Trotzkopf mit.

From 1972 to 1997 he took over the Theater Berliner Tribune, with a focus on artistic stage work.

Klaus Sonnenschein was happily married to actress Edith Hancke for over 40 years until her death in 2015.

As an advertiser you could not book him - he did not want that.
But he has always had nice films, lyrics and quotes!

So we want with this beautiful quote from the movie The best comes last Klaus Sonnenschein in loving memory 🌹.

Born: 6/13/1935, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: 4/19/2019, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Klaus Sonneschein’s westerns – voice dubber:
The Texas Rangers (TV) – 1949-1957 [German voice of Lyle Talbot, Hal Price, Douglas
     Kennedy, Wade Crosby]
Sergeant Preston (TV) – 1955-1957 [German voice of Charles Fredericks, Gene Roth, Glenn
     Strange, Murvyn Vye]
Bonanza (TV) – 1959-1973 [German voice of Kenneth Tobey, Richard X Slattery, Bing Russell,
     Sunshine Parker, Simon Oakland, Robert Middleton, Lee McLaughlin, Richard Kiley, Arch
     Johnson, Harry Hickox, Ben Hammer, Raymund Guth, Victor French, Lane Bradford, Hal
     Baylor, Christian Anderson 
El Dorado – 1966 [German voice of John Mitchum]
Nevada Smith – 1966 [German voice of Sandy Kenyon]
The Return of Ringo – 1966 [German voice of Victor Bayo]
Thompson 1880 – 1966 [German voice of Claudio Ruffini]
Gentleman Killer 1967 [German voice of barkeeper]
$10,000 for a Massacre – 1967 [German voice of Aldo Cecconi]
Cimarron Strip (TV) 1967-1968 German voice of Percy Herbert]
The High Chaparral (TV) 1967-1971 [German voice of Leonard Stone, Ed Begley]
Bandolero – 1968 [German voice of Clint Ritchie]
Black Jack – 1968 [German voice of Federico Chentrens]
The Man With the Long Gun – 1968 [German voice of Voyo Goric]
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 [German voice of Benito Stefanelli]
Réquiem for a Gringo – 1968 [German voice of Aldo Sambrell]
Lancer (TV) – 1968-1972 [German voice of Richard X Slattery]
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 1969 [German voice of Charles Dierkop]
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here – 1969 [German voice of Erik Holland]
True Grit – 1969 [German voice of Jeremy Slate]
Barquero – 1970 [German voice of Armando Silvestre]
Chisum – 1970 [German voice of William Bryant]
Doc – 1970 [German voice of John Scanlon]
Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (1970) [German voice of Bruno Corazzari]
A Man Called Apocalypse Joe – 1970 [German voice of Gilberto Galimberti]
Rio Lobo – 1970 [German voice of Ed Faulkner]
Sartana's Here… Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin (1970) [German voice of Marco Zuanelli]
The Deserter – 1971 [German voice of John Alderson]
His Name was Holy Ghost (1971) [German voice of Cris Huerta]
The Hunting Party 1971 [German voice of William Watson]
Support Your Local Gunfighter – 1971 [German voice of Michael Wagner]
Wild Rovers – 1971 [German voice of Joe Don Baker]
Yankee – 1971 [German voice of John  Frederick]
The Cowboys – 1972 [German voice of Jerry Gatlin]
Jesse and Lester, Two Brothers in a Place Called Trinity – 1972 [German voice of Osiride
Blazing Saddles – 1974 [German voice of David Huddleston]
Dodge City – 1939 [TV 1975] [German voice of Guin ‘Big Boy’ Williams]
Lockruf des Goldes (TV) – 1975 [German voice of Nicolae Iordache]
Butch & Sundance: The Early Years – 1979 [German voice of Brian Dennehy]
Cherry 2000 – 1987 [German voice of Brion  James]
Lucky Luke – 1990 [German voice of Dave Thomas]
Back to Hannibal: The Return of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn – 1990 [German voice of
     Ned Beatty]
Conagher (TV) – 1991 [German voice of James Gammon]
Son of the Morning Star (TV) – 1991 [German voice of George Dickerson]
Thunderheart – 1992 [German voice of Graham Greene]
Rio Diablo (TV) – 1992 [German voice of Kenny Rogers]
Posse – 1993 [German voice of Richard Jordan]
Wyatt Earp – 1994 [German voice of Gene Hackman]
The Education of Little Tree – 1997 [German voice of Graham Greene]
Open Range – 2003 [German voice of Peter MacNeill]
Doc West – 2008 [German voice of Paul Sorvino]
Trigger Fast – 2008 [German voice of Paul Sorvino]
True Grit – 2010 [German voice of Dakin Matthews]

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