Sunday, December 8, 2019

RIP René Auberjonois

René Auberjonois Dies: ‘Benson’ And ‘Star Trek’ Actor Was 79

By Anita Bennett
December 8, 2019

René Auberjonois, an actor who rose to prominence with roles on Benson, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the film M.A.S.H., died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles of metastatic lung cancer, the Associated Press reported. He was 79.

Auberjonois was a character actor and performed in theater of the 1960s. He made the transition to film in the 1970s, and appeared on a string of popular television series in the 1980s and ’90s.

He made a mark as Father Mulcahy in Robert Altman’s 1970 film M.A.S.H.

Auberjonois would later win over a legion of television fans as Clayton Runnymede Endicott III, chief of staff at a governor’s mansion on the sitcom Benson, which aired from 1979-1986. He segued to sci-fi television with his portrayal of Constable Odo, the station’s chief of security, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The series ran from 1993-1999.

In 1984, he received a Primetime Emmy nomination for his role on Benson, and picked up a second Emmy nomination in 2001 in the guest actor drama series category for playing Judge Mantz on legal drama The Practice. 

His other memorable recurring roles were as Walter Nowack in Madam Secretary; a cardinal in Archer; and a judge in Judging Amy.

Auberjonois also did extensive voice work in animation, including as the singing French chef in Disney’s 1989 The Little Mermaid. He played Kangent in The Pirates of Dark Water; and Dr. March in Batman: The Animated Series.

The actor was born in New York in 1940. He graduated from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon. Auberjonois later decided to pursue a career as a performer, joining theater companies and landing roles on Broadway in 1968. He earned Tony nominations for his stage work in 1973’s “The Good Doctor,” 1984’s “Big River,” and 1989’s “City of Angels.”

AUBERJONOIS, René (Rene Murat Auberjonois)
Born: 6/1/1940, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/8/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

René Auberjonois’ westerns - actor:
McCabe and Mrs. Miller – 1971 (Sheehan)
The Wild Wild West Revisted (TV) – 1979 (Captain Sir David Edney)
More Wild Wild West (TV) – 1980 (Captain Sir David Edney)
Billy the Kid (TV) – 1989
Lucky Luke (TV) – 1992 (Mr. Edgar Rockbottom / Mendez)
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (TV) – 1992 (Marquis)
The Ballad of Little Jo – 1993 (Streight Hollander)
Los Locos – 1997 (Presidente)
Longarm – 1998 (Governor Lew Wallace)

RIP Wolfganf Winkler

Polizeiruf actor Wolfgang Winkler is dead

mdr culture
December 8, 2019

The actor Wolfgang Winkler is dead. He died at the age of 76 years after a cancer, as the director of the New Theater Halle, Matthias Brenner, announced. Winkler could look back on a long career as an actor - but it was winding and rocky. Only the police call made him famous since 1996.

Child of Upper Lusatia

Winkler was born in 1943 in Görlitz. He grew up with his grandparents, simple people who regularly went to the theater. After school, he began training as a train driver and founded the cabaret "The purposes" in parallel. It quickly became clear that he felt more at home on the stage than in the railway: Winkler applied to the Filmhochschule Babelsberg as a drama student.

The attempt worked and led first on the road to success: With just 21 years Winkler got his first supporting role, director Kurt Maetzig turned with him "The rabbit I am". But the joy did not last long, the cultural bureaucrats of the SED banned Maetzig's film (only 1989 witnessed the premiere of Winkler) and a little later, even the Filmschool, because he had taken over without permission roles.

Winkler gets his way

The dream of the film career had once burst. Winkler had to rethink: He went to the theater, but did not get there as hoped for a commitment in Berlin, but in Görlitz and Zittau. In 1967 he jumped to the Hallesche Landestheater, also not a big house, but used it in a variety of roles. At the same time, Winkler regularly received small and medium-sized television roles, for example in production of the Moritzburg Television Theater and in the children's film Das Pferdemädchen. But the great fame did not come.

Complex relationship with Peter Sodann

As Intendant Horst Schönemann went to Berlin with his actors, he left Winkler in Halle, again a bitter blow. In 1980, Peter Sodann followed as acting director in Halle, but Winkler had a hard time with the new boss. Finally, he quit in 1986, hoping again for a job at a Berlin theater - but again, nothing came of it. For financial reasons, it moved in the Nachwendewirren back to the "new theater" in Halle, until Schönemann but again announced and offered him Dresden. Winkler became a state actor in the Saxon capital at the age of 50.

Television is Calling

A well-rehearsed team: Wolfgang Winkler and Jaecki Schwarz.Image rights: IMAGO
In 1995 the career continued uphill: Winkler joined the SAT1 series "Kurklinik Rosenau". Only a few months later, the supplement for the role of Commissioner Schneider in Police Call 110 followed. A role in which much had always set itself, as Winkler once described it: "He sets the tone, he is always normal, he is never artificial, that's a great art to play like this. "

A total of 50 episodes turned the Jaecki Schwarz / Wolfgang Winkler alias Schmücke / Schneider with the police call 110 from Halle. Over time Winkler was approached on the street with "Schneider". Only one dream never came true: the theater engagement in Berlin.

WINKLER, Wolfgang
Born: 3/2/1943, Görlitz, Saxony, Germany
Died: 12/7/2019, Germany

Wolfgang Winkler’s western – actor:
Karl May (TV) – 1992 (Gevatter Weisspflug)

Friday, December 6, 2019

RIP Ron Leibman

Ron Leibman, Actor in 'Angels in America,' 'Where's Poppa?' and 'Friends,' Dies at 82

The Hollywood Reporter
By Chris Koseluk

He won a Tony and an Emmy and also stood out in 'Slaughterhouse-Five,' 'The Super Cops' and 'Norma Rae.' 

Ron Leibman, the dependable actor known for his Tony Award-winning performance in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and for his turns in such films as Where's Poppa?Slaughterhouse-Five and Norma Rae, died Friday. He was 82.

Robert Attermann, CEO of Abrams Artists Agency, confirmed his death.

Survivors include his wife, Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter, whom he married in 1983. (They met at a party hosted by actress Brenda Vaccaro, and he joined her in the cast of Archer in 2013.) From 1969-81, he was married to actress Linda Lavin.

Leibman, a native New Yorker who also played Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) nasty, no-nonsense father on Friends, received an Emmy Award in 1979 for portraying a former car thief turned criminal attorney on the CBS series Kaz. Despite critical acclaim, the sophisticated drama, which he co-created, was canceled after only 23 episodes.

As Leibman explained it in a 2011 interview for The A.V. Club: "I didn't know much about television then, because I was a theater actor who had been snatched up and taken out there. And suddenly I was on this television show, which I'd helped write. It was my idea, basically, a guy who had been in prison and then gets out and joins a law firm. A man haunted by his past. A sort of Les Misérables theme.

"I had no idea if it was going to be successful, but when it went on the air and I saw the commercials, they were for trucks. And I said, 'Wait a minute, the audience watching this show ain't buying trucks.' I'm sitting at my desk now, and there's an Emmy award right in front of me that I got from that. I got an Emmy, and the show was canceled two weeks later. [Laughs.] What a business, huh?"

Leibman won his Tony in 1993 for playing a fictional version of Roy Cohn, Sen. Joseph McCarthy's infamous chief counsel, in Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play imagines the final days of the attorney, who died of AIDS in 1986.

"Mr. Leibman, red-faced and cackling, is a demon of Shakespearean grandeur, an alternately hilarious and terrifying mixture of chutzpah and megalomania, misguided brilliance and relentless cunning," Frank Rich wrote in his New York Times review. "He turns the mere act of punching telephone buttons into a grotesque manipulation of the levers of power, and he barks out the most outrageous pronouncements ('I brought out something tender in him,' he says of Joe McCarthy) with a shamelessness worthy of history's most indelible monsters."

Leibman made his big-screen debut in Where's Poppa? (1970), Carl Reiner's dark comedy about an aging mother (Ruth Gordon) driving her attorney son Gordon (George Segal) batty as he tries to honor his father's dying wish not to put mom in a home.

As Gordon's hapless younger brother, Sidney, Leibman can't stay out of trouble. Rushing to the aid of his mother, Sidney takes a shortcut through Central Park and runs afoul of a street gang. They instruct him to run, and each time they catch him, they're going to take an article of his clothing. "You remember Cornel Wilde? You remember The Naked Prey? Well, you better start prayin', 'cause you gonna be naked," the gang leader (Joe Keyes Jr.) tells Sidney.

By the time Sidney reaches the other end of the park, the only thing he's wearing is his glasses. After it happens again, Sidney goes home wearing a gorilla suit Gordon had bought in the hopes of scaring his mother to death. The gang sees him and forces Sidney, still dressed as a gorilla, to accost a woman. His victim turns out to be an undercover cop.

"There's a funny supporting performance by Ron Leibman as Segal's brother. He keeps dashing across Central Park to save his mother after Segal makes threats over the phone," Roger Ebert wrote. "And he keeps getting mugged. Never mind how he got into that gorilla suit. Never mind about anything in the movie, really. Reiner goes for laughs with such a fanatic dedication that there's no time for logic, plot, character. And why should there be?"

Leibman also was quite funny as the mustachioed Captain Esteban, who fumbles in his attempt to capture the hero (George Hamilton), in the campy Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981).

In Gordon Parks' The Super Cops (1974), Leibman enjoyed one of his few leading movie roles as he and David Selby played real-life renegade New York City policemen.

He held his own alongside Robert Redford and Segal as crooks pulling off a gem heist in the comedy The Hot Rock (1972) and was powerful as a volatile prisoner of war in George Roy Hill's Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). And he brought fire to New York union rep Reuben Warshowsky, inspiring Sally Field's character to stand up for her rights in Martin Ritt's Norma Rae (1979).

Yet despite a solid film résumé that also included Your Three Minutes Are Up (1973), Phar Lap (1983), Rhinestone (1984), Sidney Lumet's Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), Paul Schrader's Auto Focus (2002) and Garden State (2004), a breakthrough role always eluded him.

"Everybody thought I'd have more of a film career," he told Entertainment Weekly in 1993. "I don't look for answers anymore. It's pointless because there are no answers. I don't know how I'm perceived in Hollywood. Or if I'm perceived in Hollywood."

Ronald Leibman was born on Oct. 11, 1937, and raised in Manhattan, the son of Murray Leibman, a garment businessman, and Grace, a homemaker. At age 6, he spent several months in the hospital with polio; a bit later, his parents divorced.

In 1954, he enrolled in Ohio Wesleyan University to study acting. While in college, he became a member of The Compass Players, an improv troupe that also served as the training ground for Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Ed Asner, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller.

Leibman returned to New York in 1958, studied at the Actors Studio and appeared off-Broadway in Camino RealLegend of Lovers and A View From the Bridge. He made his Broadway debut in 1963 in Dear Me, The Sky Is Falling and became romantically involved with Lavin when both starred in the two-hander Cop-Out in 1969.

He also was honored with Drama Desk Awards in 1969 and '70 for his performances in We Bombed in New Haven and Transfers; originated the role of Herb in Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures in 1980 (he replaced Tony Curtis); and played Lenny Ganz in 1988's Rumors, another Simon comedy (Walter was in that as well).

Leibman said his experience with Kaz soured him on television, but he kept returning to the small screen, turning up on such series as Murder, She WroteLaw & Order; and Law & Order: SVU. He also appeared on three 2006 episodes of HBO's The Sopranos as Tony's (James Gandolfini) doctor. "Whoa, I've just found Jimmy Hoffa," his character, Dr. Plepler, once cracked as he attended to Tony's gunshot wound.

In his A.V. Club chat, Leibman admitted that he relished the opportunity to torment Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel's romantic interest, as Dr. Leonard Green on NBC's Friends. He originally passed on the role.

"It sounded stupid to me, so I turned it down. And my daughter, then, who was of that age, said, 'No, you have to do it, you have to do it! I love that show, and I want to meet those kids,' " Leibman said. "I said, 'All right. I'll do it. I'll do it once, but that's all I'm doing.' So I did and had a very nice time, and they asked me back, and my daughter did get to meet those kids, so I was a big hero in the house. It's amazing, the power of the tube. I've done all this body of work, and they say, 'Oh yes, Rachel's father.' I go, 'Give me a break.' "

When the opportunity arose, Leibman and Walter tried to work together. In 1986, they starred in a Los Angeles Theatre Center production of the Molière comedy Tartuffe and appeared on a 1996 episode of Law & Order and in the 2002 film Dummy.

In season four of the FX animated comedy Archer, Leibman joined the cast as Ron Cadillac, the shady new husband of Malory Archer (Walter), the boozy mother of master spy Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin).

"There are no egos when it comes to our work. We don't compete, we're not trying to prove anything to each other," Walter told the Los Angeles Times in 1986. "I think that's why we got married: We'd both reached a point in our lives where we weren't fighting."

Survivors also include his stepdaughter Brooke Bowman, a TV programming executive.

LEIBMAN, Ron (Ronald Leibman)
Born: 10/11/1937, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/6/2019, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

Ron Leibman’s western – actor:
Zorro: The Gay Blade – 1981 (Esteban)

RIP Robert Walker Jr.

Robert Walker Jr., 'Star Trek' Actor and Son of Hollywood Superstars, Dies at 79

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He also starred in the 1960s films 'Ensign Pulver,' 'Young Billy Young' and 'The Ceremony.' 

Robert Walker Jr., the son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones who starred on a memorable Star Trek episode and in such films as Ensign Pulver and Young Billy Young, died Thursday in Malibu, his wife, Dawn, reported. He was 79.

Walker also appeared with his first wife, Ellie Wood, in the hippie commune scene in Easy Rider (1969), and he and Dick Clark played robbers and murderers in Killers Three (1968).

On the second aired episode of Star Trek, "Charlie X," the slender, blue-eyed Walker portrayed Charles "Charlie" Evans, the sole survivor of a transport-ship crash who possesses strange powers. Walker was actually 26 when he played the 17-year-old Charlie during filming in 1966.

He starred in Jack Lemmon's role as the title character in Ensign Pulver (1964), a sequel to the 1955 classic comedy Mister Roberts, and portrayed a kid sharpshooter opposite Robert Mitchum in Young Billy Young (1969).

Walker's parents were married from 1939 until their 1945 divorce. Jones won the best actress Oscar for The Song of Bernadette (1943), and Walker Sr. is best known for his creepy turn in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train (1951).

His folks separated when he was 3, and Hollywood mogul David O. Selznick became his stepfather when Jones remarried in 1949.

Robert Walker Jr. was born on April 15, 1940, in Queens, New York, and educated in the U.S. and Europe. He trained at the Actors Studio, appeared on episodes of Route 66 and Naked City in 1962 and made his film debut as a private in The Hook (1963), a Korean War film starring Kirk Douglas.
He played Laurence Harvey's brother in the crime drama The Ceremony (1963), receiving a Golden Globe for most promising male newcomer, and starred off-Broadway in 1964 in I Knock at the Door and Pictures in the Hallway.

He later appeared with John Wayne in The War Wagon (1967), with Celeste Yarnall in Eve (1968) and with Rita Hayworth in Road to Salina (1970).

Walker played Harding Devers on a handful of Dallas episodes and also appeared on Ben Casey, Combat!, The Time Tunnel (as Billy the Kid), Charlie's Angels, Columbo, CHiPs, Murder, She Wrote and L.A. Law and in other films including The Happening (1967), Richard Rush's The Savage Seven (1968), The Man From O.R.G.Y. (1970), Beware! The Blob (1972) and The Passover Plot (1976).
In addition to his wife, survivors include his seven children, Michelle, David, Charlie, Jordan, Colette, Henry and Emily, and five grandchildren.

"Bob always beat to his own drum and stayed true to himself in all of his endeavors," his wife said in a statement. "Although an accomplished actor, his true art was living fully. He was a photographer, drummer, raconteur and gallery owner. His love of the ocean kept him in Malibu, and he had great tales of his adventures paddling to Catalina from there. Bob [also] had a constant interest in developing his internal martial arts practice."

Robert Walker Sr. died in 1951 at age 32, his death believed to have been caused by a combination of alcohol and a sedative. Jones died in 2009 at age 90.

His half-sister, Mary Jennifer Selznick, 21, jumped to her death from a building in Los Angeles in 1976. His younger brother, Michael, also an actor, died in 2007.

WALKER Jr., Robert (Robert Hudson Walker Jr.)
Born: 4/15/1940, Queens, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/5/2019, Malibu, California, U.S.A.

Robert Walker Jr’s westerns – actor:
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965 (Evan)
The Road West (TV) – 1966 (Corporal Marsh Courtney)
The War Wagon – 1967 (Billy Hyatt)
Bonanza (TV) – 1967 (Mark Cole)
The Monroes (TV) – 1967 (Quint Gregger)
Young Billy Young – 1969 (Billy Young)
Gone With the West – 1974 (Sheriff of Black Miller)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

RIP Leonard Goldberg

Leonard Goldberg, Producer of 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Blue Bloods,' Dies at 85

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

Aaron Spelling's former partner also was instrumental in making 'Broadcast News,' 'Brian's Song,' 'Starsky and Hutch' and 'The Simpsons.' 

Leonard Goldberg, the respected network executive and film and television producer behind such landmark projects as Charlie’s Angels, Broadcast News, Brian’s Song and The Simpsons, has died. He was 85.

The Emmy Award winner, often credited for developing and introducing the made-for-TV movie format, died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from injuries resulting from a fall, a publicist announced.

Most recently, Goldberg, as president of Panda Productions, served as an executive producer on the hit CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, starring Tom Selleck, and served on the CBS board of directors from 2007-18.

"Leonard Goldberg was a friend of mine for almost 50 years," David Geffen said in a statement. "He was a pioneer in broadcasting … he was talented, creative, inventive, warm and devoted to his family. He gave many people their first job in TV including Barry Diller and Michael Eisner. I will miss him."

"Though the word is so often misused, Leonard Goldberg was the mentor of mentors to me and so many others — he gave you confidence and support and the leeway to make mistakes and he had the sure sense of himself to let you shine," Diller added. "He gave me my first job and nurtured a wrangly kid into something of an executive, and he was decent, kind and clever and a first class citizen."

During his many decades in show business, Goldberg worked at ABC from 1961-69, advancing to head of programming; served as vp production at Screen Gems (now Columbia Pictures Television) from 1969-72; partnered with producer Aaron Spelling from 1972-84; and was president of Twentieth Century Fox from 1987-89. He launched Panda and Mandy Films in 1984.

The Brooklyn native and graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania shared an Emmy for outstanding drama special for Something About Amelia, a 1984 ABC telefilm about incest that starred Ted Danson and Glenn Close. He was nominated three other times (1977, ’78 and ’80) for outstanding drama series for producing Family, the ABC hit that starred Sada Thompson and James Broderick. The critical favorite amassed 17 noms during its five-season run.

Goldberg, inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 2007, also earned a Peabody Award for the tearjerker Brian’s Song, the ABC telefilm about the cancer death of Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan). He set that project in motion while serving as a production head at Screen Gems.

With Spelling, Goldberg produced some of TV’s biggest hits, including Charlie’s Angels, Hart to Hart, The Rookies and its spinoff S.W.A.T., Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island, T.J. Hooker and Family.

"I met Len 40 years ago on a show called Charlie's Angels," actress Jaclyn Smith said. "He was an important part of the richest years of my career. It was this shared history that became a wonderful friendship. I have the greatest respect for him not only professionally but more importantly as a loving family man. Len, you are now truly surrounded by angels."

Spelling/Goldberg Productions also produced more than 35 movies for TV, including the 1976 project that brought John Travolta to national attention, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, and the 1977 ratings sensation Little Ladies of the Night, which starred David Soul and Louis Gossett Jr. and centered on the lives of young prostitutes.

During his tenure as head of Fox, Goldberg oversaw production on such hit films as seven-time Oscar nominee Broadcast News (1987) with William Hurt and Holly Hunter; Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987) with Oscar winner Michael Douglas; Die Hard (1988) starring Bruce Willis; and six-time Oscar nominee Working Girl (1988) with Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith. He helped get The Simpsons off the ground in 1989.

Independently, Goldberg produced such features as WarGames (1983), Sleeping With the Enemy (1991), The Distinguished Gentleman (1992), Double Jeopardy (1999) and the Charlie’s Angels films.

Goldberg also produced the highly regarded Alex: The Life of a Child, a 1986 TV movie based on a book by Frank Deford, and with Martin Starger, the 1999 TV adaptation of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters.

At ABC, Goldberg was instrumental in the decision to have The Fugitive end with a definitive conclusion. At the time, long-running series just faded away, but he felt viewers deserved to learn whether the man on the run (David Janssen) ever found out who killed his wife.

"Our viewers invested four years with Richard Kimble," Goldberg recalled telling his bosses in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "He's become real to them. And they want to know what happens to him."

Part 2 of the finale was seen in a then-record 72 percent of the homes watching television that night.
As head of ABC Daytime, he introduced such shows as The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and Dark Shadows and mentored such newcomers as Diller and Eisner (he hired Diller directly from William Morris who, in turn, plucked Eisner from CBS.)

Ultimately, Goldberg’s heart was not in the corporate executive offices.

“I became a producer because I wanted to get closer to the creative process,” he said in a 1986 interview with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He also said at the time that his favorite project was Family.

“What a joy; except for a few instances, a very happy company,” he said. “No one threatening to quit unless they got more money or tearing up scripts and refusing to do them. I would have done it for nothing, though I didn’t say so at the time.”

He was similarly sanguine about motion-picture executives, once noting, “Most [movie] executives have very little relationship to the audience. The creative executive who wants to make a movie because he thinks it’s going to be a great movie is rare indeed.”

Goldberg also produced such films as California Split (1974) with Elliott Gould and George Segal, Baby Blue Marine (1976), All Night Long (1981) and Aspen Extreme (1993).

In December 2015, he and his wife, author Wendy Goldberg (her sister is ICM agent Toni Howard), donated $10 million to UCLA Health Sciences to support migraine research. They endowed several programs at Penn, and in 2012, the couple were honored by Cedars-Sinai with the inaugural Hollywood Icon Award in recognition of their achievements in film, television and charitable endeavors.

In addition to his wife, he's survived by his children Amanda, an author; Richard, a producer; and John, the mayor of Beverly Hills; their spouses; and five grandchildren.

"Leonard was one of the finest people I have ever known," Sherry Lansing said. "He was highly intelligent and had a great sense of humor. Above all, he was nice to everyone he met — and was admired and loved by them in return. His films and television series will live forever.

"He also was that unique individual who achieved great success and had a balanced life. He had an extraordinary marriage, wonderful children and grandchildren. He was a great friend, and I will miss him every day for the rest of my life."

Born: 1/24/1934, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/4/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Leonard Goldberg’s westerns – producer, executive producer:
The Bounty Man (TV) – 1972 [producer]
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV) – 1972 [producer]
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return (TV) – 1975 [executive producer]
The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV) – 1976 [executive producer]

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

RIP Claude Earl Jones

Claude Earl Jones, Actor in 'Bride of Re-Animator,' Dies at 86

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He also appeared in two Robert Zemeckis movies and opposite Andy Griffith in a pair of NBC telefilms. 

Claude Earl Jones, a character actor who appeared in such films as Bride of Re-Animator and Miracle Mile and on TV shows including Buffalo BillBattlestar Galactica and Little House on the Prairie, has died. He was 86.

Jones died Nov. 25 of complications from dementia at a senior living facility in Claremont, California, his wife of 48 years, Nancy Jones, said.

Jones' first love was the theater, and his favorite gig was portraying lawyer Henry Drummond in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Inherit the Wind. (The role was made famous by Spencer Tracy in Stanley Kramer's acclaimed 1960 film adaptation after Paul Muni played Drummond on Broadway.)

Jones also directed the courtroom drama several times and served as artistic director for the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts in San Bernardino, California.

He had small roles in the Robert Zemeckis movies I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) and Used Cars (1980) and appeared as a deputy working for Andy Griffith's small-town police chief Abel Marsh in two 1977 NBC telefilms, The Girl in the Empty Grave and Deadly Game.

He also recurred as sound man Stan Fluger on the short-lived but brilliant Dabney Coleman NBC comedy Buffalo Bill. (A running gag had Coleman's character never pronouncing his last name correctly.)

In Bride of Re-Animator (1989), the second of three films in the series based on an H.P. Lovecraft short story, Jones played the cop who is given a fatal heart attack by Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) and then re-animated.

He also starred as a guy named Philby in another cult horror project, the 1981 CBS telefilm Dark Night of the Scarecrow, a perennial Halloween favorite.

Born on April 29, 1933, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jones was raised in Phoenix. At Phoenix Union High School, he got his first acting job after he went to a casting session to support a friend. He then studied the craft at Phoenix College and the Pasadena Playhouse around a stint in the U.S. Army.

After earning his master's degree in theater from Cal State Los Angeles in 1966, Jones taught theater at Ganesha High School in Pomona, California, from 1969-72. He often remarked his work at the school was among the most important he ever did.

His acting résumé included the films Thunder and Lightning (1977), Evilspeak (1981), Impulse (1984), No Man's Land (1987) and Cherry 2000 (1987) and the TV shows DallasSimon & SimonWho's the Boss?, 21 Jump Street and the Griffith-starring Matlock.

Jones also wrote four books: Specially Not No Chocolate, a collection of short stories about his childhood; Hello Devil, Welcome to Hell, about his work on Inherit the WindThe Real Ones Learn It Somewhere, about his education and teaching experiences; and I'd Drink It, a novel.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons, Steve and Tawn; his daughter, Julie; and his stepdaughter, Beth. Donations in his memory can be made to the Theatrical Workforce Development Program at the Roundabout Theatre Company.

JONES, Claude Earl
Born:4/29/1933, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died:11/25/2019, Claremont, California, U.S.A.

Claude Earl Jones’ westerns – actor:
Centennial (TV) – 1979 (Matt)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1982, 1982 (Mr. Prescott, Mr. Gibson)
Lone Star (TV) – 1983 (Sheriff Pritchett)
Cherry 2000 – 1987 (Earl from Adobe Flats)

RIP Claudio Rodriguez

Voice actor Claudio Rodríguez, voice of Charlton Heston and John Wayne dies

The Zamorano played characters such as the Willy Fog from the series of drawings of the eighties or Albus Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter saga

El Pais
December 4, 2019

The dubbing actor Claudio Rodriguez, voice of actors like Burt Lancaster, John Wayne and Anthony Quinn, has passed away this Wednesday at age 86, as confirmed by Adoma, the association of dubbing artists in Madrid.

Born in the Zamorano town of La Bóveda de Toro in 1933, Rodríguez gave his voice in Spanish to well-known characters such as Albus Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter movie saga or to the Willy Fog of the eighties cartoon series "The Return to the World of Willy Fog.

The actor also read the text of characters played by Max von Sydow and Charlton Heston, who once told Rodriguez that he was known in Spain thanks to him. The doubler, who also worked as a dialogue adapter and dubbing director, gave voice to other iconic characters such as the Dracula of the Francis Ford Coppola film version.

As they explain on the Adoma website, “since he was little he felt an inordinate fondness for the theater. After finishing high school studies, he moved to Madrid, to study the career of Industrialists. But in his mind the idea of ​​getting on the boards and triumphing over them was still present.”

After leaving the studies, Rodriguez presented himself to the tests of Radio Juventud de España, where he worked several years before devoting himself to dubbing. One of his first works was in the film The Longest Day , although his first professional project was as Charlton Heston in The Torment and Ecstasy.

Born: 8/31/1933, La Bóveda de Toro, Zamora, Spain
Died: 12/4/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Claudio Rodriguez’s westerns – voice dubber:
The Sign of Zorro – 1963 [Spanish voice of Ferdinando Poggi]
Bullets and Flesh – 1964 [Spanish voice of Rod Cameron]
Fort Apache – 1964 [Spanish voice of John Wayne]
4 Bullets for Joe – 1964 [Spanish voice of Fernando Casanova]
Frontier Rangers – 1964 [Spanish voice of Buddy Ebsen]
Gringo – 1964 [Spanish voice of Richard Harrison]
Gunmen of the Rio Grande – 1964 [Spanish voice of Jorge Mistral]
Minnesota Clay – 1964 [Spanish voice of Cameron Mitchell]
Pistols Don’t Argue – 1964 [Spanish voice of Rod Cameron]
Relevo para un pistolero – 1964 [Spanish voice of Luis Davila]
Ride and Kill – 1964 [Spanish voice of Robert Hundar]
The Sign of the Coyote – 1964 [Spanish voice of Fernando Casanova]
Tomb of the Pistolero – 1964 [Spanish voice of Todd Martin]
Finger on the Trigger – 1965 [Spanish voice of Rory Calhoun]
For a Few Dollars More – 1965 [Spanish voice of Lee Van Cleef]
Heroes of the West – 1965 [Spanish voice of Juan Antonio Peral]
Major Dundee – 1965 [Spanish voice of Charlton Heston]
The Man of the Cursed Valley – 1965 [Spanish voice of John Bartha]
One Foot in Hell – 1965 [Spanish voice of Karl Swenson]
Outlaw of Red River – 1965 [Spanish voice of George Montgomery]
The Big Gundown – 1966 [Spanish voice of Lee Van Cleef]
A Coffin for the Sheriff – 1966 [Spanish voice of Anthony Steffen]
Kid Rodelo – 1966 [Spanish voice of Don Murray]
Savage Pampas – 1966 [Spanish voice of Ron Randel]
Django – 1967 [Spanish voice of Franco Nero]
A Few Bullets More – 1967 [Spanish voice of Fausto Tozzi]
A Few Dollars for Django – 1967 [Spanish voice of Anthony Steffen]
The Hellbenders – 1967 [Spanish voice of Joseph Cotton]
A Man, a Gun – 1967 [Spanish voice of Robert Hundar]
The 7 of Pancho Villa – 1967 [Spanish voice of John Ericson]
Apache Uprising – 1968 [Spanish voice of Rory Calhoun]
Duel in the Eclipse – 1968 [Spanish voice of Lang Jeffries]
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid – 1968 [Spanish voice of James Coburn]
Rebels in Canada – 1968 [Spanish voice of George Martin]
The Secret of Captain O’Hara – 1968 [Spanish voice of German Cobos]
A Time for Killing – 1968 [Spanish voice of Glenn Ford]
True Grit – 1969 [Spanish voice of John Wayne]
Beyond the Law – 1970 [Spanish voice of Lee Van Cleef]
Dead Men Don’t Count – 1970 [Spanish voice of Anthony Steffen]
The Forgotten Pistolero – 1970 [Spanish voice of Alberto De Mendoza]
Another Dollar for the MacGregors – 1971 [Spanish voice of Carlos Quiney]
Apocalypse Joe – 1971 [Spanish voice of Anthony Steffen]
The Grissom Gang – 1971 [Spanish voice of Hal Baylor]
Gunman in Town – 1971 [Spanish voice of Luis Induni]
Johnny Guitar – 1971 [Spanish voice of Ward Bond]
Matalo! – 1971 [Spanish voice of Corrado Pani]
Zorro the Invincible – 1971 [Spanish voice of Mariano Vidal Molina]
Buck and the Preacher – 1972 [Spanish voice of Cameron Mitchell]
The Cowboys – 1972 [Spanish voice of Roscoe Lee Browne]
Dead Men Ride – 1972 [Spanish voice of Rufino Ingles]
The Legend of Frenchie King – 1972 [Spanish voice of Jose Maria Caffarel]
Prey of Vultures – 1972 [Spanish voice of Alfredo Mayo]
Raise Your Hands, Dead Man, You’re Under Arrest – 1972 [Spanish voice of Rafael de
     la Rosa]
Silver River – 1972 [Spanish voice of Thomas Mitcgell]
Zorro the Lawman – 1972 [Spanish voice of Luis Induni]
Bad Man’s River – 1973 [Spanish voice of Sergio Fantoni]
The Bandit Malpelo – 1973 [Spanish voice of Antonio Cintado]
Fast Hand is Still My Name – 1973 [Spanish voice of Fernando Bilbao]
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 [Spanish voice of David Carradine, Keith Carradine]
Tequila! – 1973 [Spanish voice of Giovanni Betti]
Pancho Villa – 1975 [Spanish voice of Telly Savalas]
The Revengers – 1974 [Spanish voice of Jorge Martinez De Hoyos]
San Antonio – 1974 [Spanish voice of John Litel]
The Virginian (TV) – 1974 [Spanish voice of James Drury]
The Last Wagon – 1975 [Spanish voice of Douglas Kennedy]
Cut-Throats Nine – 1978 [Spanish voice of Jose Manuel Martin]
The Shootist – 1978 [Spanish voice of Richard Boone]
The White Buffalo – 1978 [Spanish voice of Clint Walker]
Goin’ South – 1979 [Spanish voice of Jeff Morris]
Blindman – 1980 [Spanish voice of Raf Baldassarre]
Bronco Billy – 1980 [Spanish voice Scatman Crothers]
Garden of Venus – 1981 [Spanish voice of Jorge Rivero]
Kid Vengeance – 1981 [Spanish voice of Lee Van Cleef]
The Revenge of the Black Wolf – 1981 [Spanish voice of Frank Brana]
Apache – 1983 [Spanish voice of John Dehner]
Lone Wolf McQuade – 1983 [Spanish voice of David Carradine]
Have a Good Funeral – 1984 [Spanish voice of Luis Induni]
I Will Fight No More Forever – 1984 [Spanish voice of James Whitmore]
The Ruthless Four – 1984 [Spanish voice of Woody Strode]
Timerider – 1984 [Spanish voice of LQ Jones]
Broken Arrow – 1985 [Spanish voice of Jay Silverheels]
Houston: The Legend of Texas (TV) – 1986 [Spanish voice of John P. Ryan]
Rose Marie – 1986 [Spanish voice of David Niven]
Viva Max – 1986 [Spanish voice of Henry Morgan]
The Alamo – 1988 [Spanish voice of Brian Keith]
Distant Drums – 1988 [Spanish voice of Gary Cooper]
Montana Belle – 1988 [Spanish voice of George Brentt]
Rio Bravo – 1988 [Spanish voice of John Wayne]
Ulzana’s Raid – 1989 [Spanish voice of Burt Lancaster]
Ace High – 1990 [Spanish voice of Eli Wallach]
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again – 1990 [Spanish voice of Kenneth Mars]
Kid Blue – 1990 Spanish voice of Ben Johnson]
The Outlaw – 1990 [Spanish voice of John Huston]
Tulsa – 1990 [Spanish voice of Chill Wills]
Cattle Empire – 1991 [Spanish voice of Don Haggerty]
White Fang – 1991 [Spanish voice of Seymour Cassel]
Tom Horn – 1995 [Spanish voice of Richard Farnsworth]
Lone Star – 1996 [Spanish voice of James Clifton]
Song of Hiawatha – 1998 [Spanish voice of Gordon Tootoosis]
Ebenezer – 1999 [Spanish voice of Jack Palance]
One Man’s Hero – 2000 [Spanish voice of James Gammon]