Friday, December 19, 2014

RIP Giorgio Ardisson

RIP George Ardisson
 
L’Ortica
By Felicia Cagginelli
December 15, 2014
 
Cerveteri: has died at 83 years, the actor George Ardisson. His memory through the last interview
 
The actor Giorgio Ardisson had chosen to live in Cerveteri, known for numerous films and for being in the cinema "Zorro the Fox". The debut film of the blond actor, athletic and good looking thanks to Mauro Bolognini, who chose him for a secondary but important role in “Arrangiatevi!”  (You're on Your Own). His athletic prowess and his boldness to make his characters real made him ideal for adventure films and so called peplum-movies, for Spaghetti westerns and, especially, for the cult police/crime films exploiting the reckless adventures of secret agents like James Bond / 007, much in vogue in the early 1960s. George Ardisson, was born in Rocca, Canavese, Turin, Italy 1931 and died at his home in Cerveteri on December 11th.
 
 
ARDISSON, Giogio
Born: 12/31/1931, Rocca, Canavese, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Died: 12/11/2014, Cerveteri, Rome, Lazio Italy
 
Giorgio Ardisson’s westerns – actor:
Massacre at Grande Canyon - 1963 (Tully/Rudy Dancer)
God May Forgive You, Not Me - 1968 (Cjamango McDonald)
A Man Called Amen - 1968 (Amen/Johnny)
Zorro the Fox - 1968 (Riccardo de Villaria/Don Diego/Zorro)
Chapaqua’s Gold - 1970 (Jack ‘Doc’ Harrison)
Django Defies Sartana - 1970 (Sartana)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

RIP Loren Ewing

RIP Loren Ewing
 
Valley Daily Bulletin
December 18, 2014
 
William Russell Ewing, 77, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2014. He was born in Aberdeen, North Dakota to Loren and Leona Ewing on October 14, 1937. The family relocated to Southern California where Mr. Ewing was a 20th Century Fox Studio security guard. While spending time at the studios, William developed a strong interest in acting. He adopted the stage name of Loren Russell Ewing and joined the Screen Actors Guild. Loren was involved in numerous television series including Rawhide, Batman, Black Sheep Squadron and Chips. Movie roles included the Bermuda Triange and Across the Great Divide. While acting in a western film production in the 1970's he incurred a severe head injury which eventually ended his acting career. He moved to Upland where he met Bobbie Ruth Jordan and enjoyed a loving relationship for 40 years. He is survived by his companion, Bobbie, family and friends in Southern California. Loren is interred at Pomona Valley Memorial Park.
 
 
EWING, Loren (William Russell Ewing)
Born: 10/14/1937, Aberdeen, North Dakota, U.S.A.
Died: 12/2/2014, Pomona, California, U.S.A.
 
Loren Ewing’s westerns – actor:
Rawhide (TV) – 196?
Across the Great Divide – 1976 (Club)
The Oregon Trail (TV) – 1976 (Slim)

RIP Booth Colman

Booth Colman was an actor from Portland, Oregon, who played Penno in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Nemesis". According to Booth’s Official Website he died on December 15th.
 
Colman had been acting in film and television since the early 1950s, amassing well over one hundred credits. One of his earliest film roles was as a reporter in the 1954 science fiction classic Them!, in which he, Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Dobkin, and William Schallert appeared uncredited. He also appeared in the 1958 B-movie The Beast of Budapest alongside John Hoyt. This was followed with small roles in numerous other films, including 1961's The Comancheros (with Michael Ansara, Jon Lormer, Gregg Palmer, and Nehemiah Persoff). He also had a recurring role as Dr. Zaius on the 1970s television series Planet of the Apes, co-starring Mark Lenard, and appeared in the 1977 TV-movie In the Glitter Palace with Salome Jens, Robert Sampson, Stanley Kamel, Lee Delano, and Anthony Zerbe.
 
Colman was 91 years of age.
 
COLMAN, Booth
Born: 3/8/1923, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Died: 12/15/2014, U.S.A.
 
Booth Colman’s westerns – actor:
The Big Sky – 1952 (Pascal)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1956 (Lantanac, Brissac, Jacques)
Broken Arrow (TV) – 1956, 1958 (Wilkins, Spruance)
The Gray Ghost (TV) – 1957 (Grady)
The Californians (TV) – 1959 (Ralph Keel)
Yancy Derringer (TV) – 1959 (Henry Duval)
Zorro (TV) – 1959 (Pineda)
The Comancheros – 1961 (hotel clerk)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1961 (Jeremiah)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961, 1962 (defense attorney, Dr. Frank Shelton)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1962 (Colonel Travers)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1962 (Tyler)
Bonanza (TV) – 1962, 1964, 1966 (Henry P. Quince, Flint Durfee, Reverend Parley)
Temple Houston (TV) - 1963
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963, 1972 (Gant, Rand)
Arizona Raiders – 1965 (Ohio Gazette editor)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965 (Ambassador Xavier Perkins)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965, 1967, 1969 (High Private A. Slimpsey, Goverenor Patrick Henry,
Whitmore)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (land investor)
The Virginian (TV) – 1970 (Jeff Turner, Mr. Compton)
Scandalous John – 1971 (Governor Murray)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Carlton)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (sentinel)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (Dr. Mattwick)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1979 (Kingsley)

RIP Virna Lisi

Italian Hollywood star Virna Lisi dies at 78
 
The Local
December 18, 2014
 
Italian actress Virna Lisi, who played opposite Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra in the 1960s and later established herself an acclaimed character actress, has died at the age of 78.
 
Italian media quoted her son as saying that Lisi had passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, a month after being diagnosed with an incurable illness.
 
Born in Ancona in 1936, she was an established cinema and theatre actress before Hollywood producers looking for a new Marilyn Monroe came calling in the mid-1960s.
 
With Jack Lemmon she made How to Murder Your Wife in 1965 and followed up by starring alongside Tony Curtis in Not with my Wife, You Don't, and with Sinatra in Assault on a Queen the following year.
 
Reluctant to be restricted to love-interest roles based on her looks, she turned down the sexy part taken by Jane Fonda in Roger Vadim's Barbarella (1968) and moved back to Europe after only three years of a seven-year contract with Paramount studios.
 
While in Hollywood, she maintained a parallel career in European cinema, notably playing a lead role in The Birds, the Bees and the Italians, which shared the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes film festival in 1966.
 
After taking a break from acting in the early 1970s, Lisi successfully reinvented herself as a character actress with a broad range. Her portrayal of Catherine de' Medici in La Reine Margot (1994) saw her pick up both a French Cesar and the best actress award at Cannes.
 
She also worked extensively in television and made the last of her nearly 80 films, Il Piu Bel Giorno Della Mia Vita, in 2002.
 
She is survived by her son Corrado Pesci and three grandchildren. Her husband of 53 years, the architect Franco Pesci, died in 2013.
 
LISI, Verna (Virna Pieralisi)
Born: 11/8/1936, Jesi, Ancona, Marche, Italy
Died: 12/18/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Virna Lisi’s westerns – actress:
White Fang - 1973 (Sister Evangelina)
Challenge to White Fang - 1974 (Sister Evangelina)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

RIP Stu Erwin, Jr.

RIP Stu Erwin, Jr.
 
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
12/17/2014
 
Stu Erwin, a former drama development executive at Grant Tinker’s MTM Enterprises, died Nov. 22 at his home in Solana Beach, Calif., after a brief illness, his wife said. He was 82.
 
At MTM, a production company that had been known for hit comedies (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda), Erwin was instrumental in getting such noteworthy dramas as Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, Lou Grant and The White Shadow on the air.
 
He later worked as creative director for Tinker’s GTG Entertainment (Grant Tinker/Gannett), the home of Baywatch.
 
Earlier, Erwin supervised such network series as Marcus Welby, M.D. and McCloud as an executive at Universal Studios.
 
Erwin, who attended Beverly Hills High School and Brown University, began his career in show business as an associate producer on The Ed Sullivan Show, then ran the advertising division at Ralston Purina in St. Louis.
 
He was the son of actors Stuart Erwin and June Collyer, the real-life husband and wife who starred on the 1950-55 ABC comedy show Trouble With Father, later retitled The Stu Erwin Show. Erwin also starred as Joe Palooka in a 1934 film and was nominated for an Oscar for playing a hillbilly quarterback in Pigskin Parade (1936).
 
Survivors include his wife Diane, five children and their spouses and six grandchildren.
 
ERWIN, Jr., Stuart
Born: 9/15/1932, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2014, Solana Beach, California, U.S.A.
 
Stuart Erwin, Jrs. western - executive producer:
The Busters (TV) - 1975

Monday, December 15, 2014

RIP Robert Taylor

Robert Taylor, director of ‘Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,’ dies at 70
 
Reuters
By: Lisa Schulz
December 15, 2014
 
LOS ANGELES — Robert “Bob” Taylor, an award-winning animator, producer and director best-known for animated TV series, including “Talespin,” and animated films, such as “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,” died Dec. 11 in Woodland Hills of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 70.
 
Born in Boston, Taylor began his career in animation in 1966 at Terrytoons in New York with Ralph Bakshi. He worked on Bakshi’s X-rated animated feature “Fritz the Cat,” and in 1974 directed sequel “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,” which played in competition in Cannes. He also worked with Bakshi as an animator on “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin” and “Wizards.”
 
Taylor went on to direct the animated film “Heidi’s Song” in 1982 and animated TV series, including Emmy award-winning “TaleSpin,” “Goof Troop,” “The Flintstone Kids” and “Challenge of the GoBots.” Though he was uncredited, it was well-known that Taylor was the co-director of Hanna-Barbera’s “Rock Odyssey,” which traced American history through a talking jukebox and was shelved for its graphic content.
 
After retirement, Taylor became an accomplished jazz guitarist. His son, Scott, followed his musical path as a composer for TV and film and lives in Joshua Tree, California.
 
Taylor is survived by five children, including his son and three grandchildren.
 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery chapel in Chatsworth, California.
 
 
TAYLOR, Robert
Born: 1944m Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 12/11/2014, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
 
Robert Taylor’s western – animator:
The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (TV) - 1988

RIP Mary Arden

RIP Mary Arden
 
New York Times
By Staff
December 15, 2014
 
Mary Dawne Arden, a former American actress and model, who worked in both Hollywood and Italy, died Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Calvary Hospital in Brooklyn. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to NYC at the age of 12 to attend art school.
 
Mary Dawne had a successful modeling career in Europe and appeared in numerous Italian movies during the 1960s.
 
Arden modeled for the runway shows and top fashion magazine photographers for some of the world's greatest couture designers including Valentino, Yves St.Laurent, Christian Dior, Lanvin, and Karl Lagerfeld. She worked for and was on the cover of fashion magazines, including Italian Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Bellezza, L'Art et la Mode, Novita, Cosi, and Madam.
 
Her best known film role is Peggy Peyton in Blood and Black Lace, directed by Mario Bava. She also appeared as an uncredited cameo in Juliet of the Spirits. While in Italy, Mary Dawne also appeared in photo novels, including Sadistik. Arden has been credited for over a dozen roles in foreign and domestic films.
 
Arden spent four years in the Caribbean and Latin America as a marketing director and general manager for Helena Rubinstein International. Arden hosted and created fashion segments for the Channel 11 Noon News in Los Angeles California. She lived in Mexico City, where she taught at the modeling, self-improvement, and acting school that she created. With respected news anchor, Juan Lopez Moctezuma, she co-hosted television documentaries for Mexican Public Television and created special events for top designers for the leading department store El Palaccio de Hierro.
 
When Mary Dawne returned to NYC, she began her own marketing and body language consulting firm, Arden Associates. The firm has developed marketing, public relations, training and new product introductions for many fashion, cosmetic and consumer-product companies such as Elizabeth Arden, Clairol, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany and Co., May Co. California, Lanvin, Estee Lauder, and Lancome.
 
Mary Dawne appeared as a Communications Expert for the NBC Today Show, Weekend Edition as well as FOX 5 and CBS. Arden was on the faculty of New York University's Department of Culture and Communication, where she taught cross-cultural and business communication. She was also a member of the Commission for the Arts and Humanities in Education at NYU.
 
Arden is predeceased by her parents and former husband, Arthur A. Hansl. She is survived by her cousins Allan Ohaver, his wife Glenna and their children Dawn and Aaron, and Mike, his wife and their children Tamara and Kelly.
 
In memorial to Mary Dawne, please consider a donation to the Jarvie Commonweal Service. Jarvie partnered with Mary Dawne with extraordinary grace and compassion throughout her illness..
 
 
ARDEN, Mary (Mary Dawne Arden)
Born: 7/30/1933, St. Louis Missouri, U.S.A.
Died: 12/13/2014, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
 
Mary Arden’s western – actress:
They Called Him Marcado - 1971