Friday, December 31, 2010

RIP Brigitte Burdine

Mortal Kombat, WoW Casting Director Brigitte Burdine Killed

News by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Police in Los Angeles are looking for the driver of a car who hit and killed a well known figure in the video game world -- before taking off.

Brigitte Burdine, 48, was crossing a street in Playa del Rey early Wednesday morning when a car ran her down and sped off. She was rushed to a nearby hospital, but the head trauma she suffered was too severe to save her.

LA Weekly, which confirmed that the victim is indeed Burdine, described her like this:

She was a legendary talent in an overwhelmingly male market, and a true entertainment-business character who helped make L.A. a leader in the new age of consumer art.

Burdine gained fame for her work as a casting director on some of the biggest video games ever, including "Mortal Kombat" and "World of Warcraft." She also served as head director for "SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Confrontation," among many others.

Right now police have no leads, saying only that the car was a dark sedan and likely has some front-end damage from the hit-and-run crash.

BURDINE, Brigitte
Born: 1962
Died: 12/29/2010, Playa del Rey, California, U.S.A.
Brigitte Burdine's western - casting director:
Yellow Rock - 2011

RIP Lee B. Winkler

Business Manager Lee B. Winkler Dies

Lee B. Winkler, a talent business manager for four decades, died in Hollywood on Christmas Eve on his way home from work. He was 84.

Winkler's firm, Global Business Management, handled more than 150 celebrities over the years, including John Ford, Anthony Hopkins, Burt Reynolds, Roddy McDowall, Renee Valente, Ernest Thompson, Jonathan Demme and James Whitmore. He became a business manager in 1970.

“In a business not always known for its kindness and unconditional support, Lee Winkler was the beautiful exception,” said Thompson, who won a screenwriting Oscar for 1981’s On Golden Pond. “When he took you on as a client, he adopted you as a friend, a father figure, a confidant.

“He was the first to believe in me, long before I won my Oscar, and was my fiercest champion, through good times and not so good. His old-school toughness was matched by unbounded charm and a genuine appreciation for the artists he represented. He’ll be sorely missed.”

Winkler also executive produced several films that starred football player turned actor Fred Williamson, including Black Bounty Hunter (1975), Joshua (1976), Adios Amigo (1976) and Mean Johnny Barrows (1976).

Winkler was awarded knighthoods by the Holy Cross of Jerusalem and the Sovereign Order of Cyprus in 1970.

He is survived by his wife Maria; son James; brother Laurance; and granddaughter Dyana.

Born: 1926
Died: 12/24/2010, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Lee B. Winkler's westerns - executive producer:
Boss Nigger - 1975
Joshua - 1976
Adiós Amigo - 1976

Thursday, December 30, 2010

RIP Pablo S. Gomez

Comics veteran Pablo S. Gomez dies.

MANILA, Philippines - A day after Christmas, veteran komiks novelist Pablo S. Gomez passed away. He was 81.

Gomez died at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Sta. Teresita Hospital in Quezon City after suffering a heart attack. His body is at St. Peter Mortuary Chapel, also in Quezon City, and is set to be cremated on December 30.

According to a family member, Gomez was deeply affected by the untimely death of his sister, Leonora, who passed away on Christmas Eve.

Gomez made his name in the komiks industry in the 1950s, and among his works that made it to the silver screen are Guy and Pip, Rosa Mistika, Magdusa Ka, Machete, Hilda, Kurdapya, Torkwatta and Susanang Daldal.

He was also a recognized screenwriter of films which starred the late Fernando Poe Jr., hailed as the King of Philippine Cinema, such as Tulad ng Eseng ng Tondo, Probinsyano, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, Sta. Quiteria, Kalibre 45 and Mahal San Ka Nanggaling Kagabi?

On top of these, Gomez was the man behind ABS-CBN television series Wansapanataym and Kampanerang Kuba.

Just recently, his works were brought to life yet again by ABS-CBN in film and television -- Petrang Kabayo and Juanita Banana, respectively.

GOMEZ, Pablo S.
Born: 1/25/1929, Manila, Philippines
Died: 12/26/2010, Quezon City, Philippines

Pablo S. Gomez's western - screenwriter:
Deborrah - 1968

Monday, December 27, 2010

RIP Dary Reis

Actor dies of Globo in Rio de Janeiro at age 84

The Gaucho artist Hugo Dary Reis, known as Dary Reis made his final work on the small screen in 2005, the TV series 'Bang Bang'

Brazilian TV lost on Monday December 27, 2010, actor Hugo Dary Reis, known as Dary Reis.

The artist, who appeared in novelas like "A Force of Desire ',' Tower of Babel ',' For Love ',' Angel of Me ',' The Next Victim ',' Dreaming My 'and' Women of Sand ', died at the age of 84, in Rio de Janeiro. In addition to novelas, the actor starred in the miniseries 'Hurricane Hilda' and the programs 'Chico Anysio Show' and 'Class of Didi'. His last work on the small screen was in the novel 'Bang Bang' in 2005.

The wake is being held at St. John the Baptist Cemetery and cremation is scheduled for Wednesday December 29th at Cemetery of Caju.

REIS, Dary (Hugo Dary Reis)
Born: 2/12/1926, Formigueiro County-São Sepé, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Died: 12/26/2010, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dary Reis' western - actor:
Bang Bang (TV) - 2005

RIP Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu

French actor Bernard-Pierre Donnedieu has died.

Donnedieu died at Versailles, near Paris, today December 27, 2010 Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, 61, died of cancer. This was announced by director Gilles Katz, who had directed some of his work.

A student of Robert Hossein, he had worked with directors like Roman Polanski and Jean-Jacques Annaud, finding his consecration in "Joss professional," alongside Jean-Paul Belmondo.

In recent times he was mainly devoted to theater and television, his last film appearance was in 2008, "Faubourg 36" directed by Christophe Barratier.

DONNADIEU, Bernard-Pierre
Born: 7/2/1949, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 12/27/2010, Versailles, Île-de-France, France

Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu's western-actor:
Shadow of the Wolf - 1992 (Brown)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

RIP Lina Romay

Lina Romay dies at 91; Cugat singer, MGM actress

Later in life, the daughter of a Mexican-born diplomat had another career as a Spanish-language radio announcer for Hollywood Park.

December 29, 2010
By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles TimesLina Romay, whose role as a lead singer with Xavier Cugat's orchestra in the early 1940s led to a career in the movies and a stint decades later as a Spanish-language radio announcer for Hollywood Park, has died. She was 91.

Romay died Dec. 17 of natural causes at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, said her son, Jay Gould IV.

As Cugat popularized Latin music in North America, he made sure that he had "beautiful ladies who could sing fronting his band," including Romay — pronounced "Rome-eye" — "a warbler with surprising depth and range," Newsday reported in 1997.

Performing with Cugat for two years was so perfect, it "was like putting a glove on a hand," Romay told The Times in 1980. Spotted onstage with Cugat's band at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, she was soon signed to a seven-year contract with MGM about 1943. Over the next decade, she made 15 films — and Hollywood made much of her Latin heritage.

Her father, Porfirio Romay, was a Mexican-born diplomat who had served in several Mexican consulates in the U.S., including in Los Angeles. Her mother, the former Lillian Walstead, was Irish and Norwegian. A 1945 Times article began: "Lina Romay may be the songbird — and actress — to bring the Latin-American type to a new state of permanence in pictures." Her films included "Bathing Beauty" (1944) with Esther Williams, "Adventure" (1945) with Clark Gable and "Love Laughs at Andy Hardy" (1946) with Mickey Rooney. On a hayride in Brentwood, Romay met Jay Gould III, a great-grandson of the railroad baron. After they married in 1953, she stopped performing and raised three children in Bel-Air. Gould died in 1987.

In 1980, her performing career was resurrected when Hollywood Park hired her to provide horse-racing reports in Spanish to local radio stations. "It's an exciting job," she said in 1980 in The Times, pointing out that she had "a flair for announcing these results."

She was born Maria Elena Romay on Jan. 16, 1919, in New York City. As a recent high school graduate, she sang at a Pan-American event honoring her father, which led to a 15-minute weekly radio show in Detroit. When Cugat heard her on the radio, he arranged for an audition. "She was the life of every party, the center of attention in everything she did," her son said. "Even late in life, she would sing in restaurants or at weddings. You just couldn't keep her down."

In 1992, she married Robert O'Brien, a writer for Lucille Ball's television shows. He died in 2005.

In addition to her son, Jay, Romay is survived by a daughter, Gloria Gould Gunter; and two grandchildren. A daughter, Anne, died in 1991.

ROMAY, Lina (Maria Elena Romay)
Born: 1/16/1919, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/17/2010, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.

Lina Romay's westerns - actress:
Cheyenne Cowboy - 1949 (Kate Harmon)
Six Gun Music - 1949 (Judy)

RIP Aldo Berti

Italian actor Aldo Berti died shortly after midnight in Florence, Italy from brain cancer on December 26, 2010 . He was 74. Aldo was born on February 29, 1936 in Florence. Aldo appeared in over 40 films from 1956's “Time of Vacation” with Vittorio De Sica until 1972's “Return of the Holy Ghost”and shot a television series. Half of his films were Euro-westerns. Among them were supporting roles in “A Stranger in Sacaramento” and “Why Go On Killing?” both 1965, “The Dirty Outlaws” and “A Stranger in Town” both 1967, “Once Upon a Time in the West” (1968), “El Puro” (1969), “The Ballad of Death Valley” (1970), “Have a Nice Funeral” and “Mallory Must Not Die” both in 1971 and two Spirito Santo films in 1972. Aldo lived a nomadic life traveling all over the world after giving up his film career. Aldo was living life with no cares and a mind like a sponge soaking up everything he could see and hear. He was friends with William Berger, had a romantic relationship with actress Barabara Steele after which he almost committed suicide. Berti was friends with Sarah Churchill, became a poet and wrote a book of poems entitled ‘Canto Finale’. On February 14, 1984 while traveling up the Nile with a load of patients for Juba and the first Doctors Without Borders they were attacked by armed men with machine guns, grenades and burned. Hundreds died and Aldo’s spirit died with them. From that point on he lived a personal life of shame for not dying with them. For many years he lived a simple life in Morocco. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in October of this year and returned to Florence to face death. One of the most recognized Italian character actors has left us. We should best remember Aldo by one of his famous sayings, “To be born is the privilege of all, having lived a privileged few.”

Born: 2/29/1936, San Clemente, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Died: 12/26/2010, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Aldo Berti's westerns - actor:
A Stranger in Sacramento - 1965 (Green Bean)
Why Go on Killing? - 1965 (Gringo)
Go With God Gringo - 1966 (Bill)
Ramon the Mexican - 1966 (Jack Castro/Carson)
Born to Kill - 1967 (Dodge/Dudgett)
The Dirty Outlaws - 1967 (Jonathan/Gionata)
A Strange in Town - 1967 (Marinero)
15 Scaffolds for a Killer - 1968
Once Upon a Time in the West - 1968 (Frank’s henchman)
El Puro - 1969 (Cassidy)
The Ballad of Death Valley - 1970 (Pete Craig/George Douglas)
Hey Amigo! A Toast to Your Death - 1970 (Blackie/Blake)
Have a Nice Funeral - 1971 (Colorado Joe)
Mallory Must Not Die - 1971 (Block Stone)
A Gunman Called Dakota - 1972
Gunmen and the Holy Ghost - 1972 (Coccola)
Return of the Holy Ghost - 1972 (Coccola)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

RIP Fred Foy

Fred Foy, famous for Lone Ranger intro, dead at 89

By Associated Press

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - Added 3 minutes ago

BOSTON — Fred Foy, the radio announcer best-known for calling out "Hi-Yo, Silver!" in his passionate lead-in to The Lone Ranger radio program, has died at his Massachusetts home.

His daughter, Nancy Foy, said her father died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 89.

Nancy Foy said her father began his career as an actor before landing the job as the announcer on the Lone Ranger show in 1948. Radio historian Jim Harson said Foy’s dramatic introduction, performed over and over for the live program, was so good it "made many people forget there were others before him."

Nancy Foy said to the end of his life, her father never tired of repeating the intro to anyone who would ask.

Fred Foy, who died at his Woburn, Mass., home, is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances Foy, and their three children.

FOY, Fred (Frederick William Foy)
Born: 12/27/1921, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 12/22/2010, Woburn, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Fred Foy's western - announcer, narrator:
The Lone Ranger (TV) - 1959-1957

Monday, December 20, 2010

RIP Steve Landesberg

'Forgetting Sarah Marshall' Actor Steve Landesberg Dies

Steve Landesberg, a comic actor who played the intellectual Det.

Arthur Dietrich in the long-running ABC sitcom "Barney Miller," has
died. He was believed to be 74.

Landesberg died early Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los
Angeles, said his agent, Jeff Leavitt. No cause was given.

"Barney Miller" starred Hal Linden in the title role as a New York
police captain managing his offbeat group of officers in a Greenwich
Village police station.

The show, which ran from 1975 to 1982, included Abe Vigoda as Det.
Phil Fish, Ron Glass as Det. Ron Harris and Max Gail as Det. Stanley
"Wojo" Wojohowicz.

Landesberg joined the cast in 1976 as Dietrich, whom a Times reviewer
once referred to as "infuriatingly cerebral."
"I'm not really much like Dietrich," he told the Washington Post in
1979. "He reads everything. Science, technology, economics. I have no
interest in that stuff.… I try to play him as a cop. Intellectual and
funny, but a good cop."

Landesberg said police officers "tell me they know guys like Dietrich
… most cops never fire their guns. That's why they like our show."

Landesberg was born in New York on Nov. 23, 1936, according to public
records. In the Washington Post profile, he wouldn't disclose his age.
"Let's just say I started late," he said. "It hurts you with casting
directors.… If you tell them your age — let's say you're middle-aged —
and they've never heard of you, they figure you're no good, or else
they would've heard of you already. I tell my friends not to tell
their ages."

Landesberg said he was quiet growing up. " And when I was in the
service I was quiet, but in the barracks I'd get crazy," he told the
Alameda (Calif.) Times-Star in 2003. "And then one day I took it

He started doing stand-up comedy in New York clubs in 1969, working on
the same stages as David Brenner and Jimmie Walker.

"Before that I worked in a lot of hotels, as an assistant credit
manager," he told the Detroit Free Press in 1997. "That's part clerk,
cop and manager. To check out scam artists and bad credit cards, that
was my early police training to train for playing a fictional cop."

Landesberg made his first appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring
Johnny Carson" in the early 1970s and became a familiar face on

Before "Barney Miller," he also appeared on "Dean Martin Presents the
Bobby Darin Amusement Co." in 1972 and "Paul Sand in Friends and
Lovers" in 1974-75.

He had guest roles on "The Golden Girls" in 1991 and "That '70s Show"
in 2007. His most recent film role was as pediatrician Dr. Rosenbaum
in the 2008 comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," starring Jason Segel
and Kristen Bell.

Landesberg also did commercials, including one for a truck company in
1985. During filming he met his wife, Nancy, a producer who survives
him along with a daughter.

Born: 11/23/1936, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/20/2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Steve Landesberg's westerns - actor:
Sodbusters (TV) - 1974 (Gunther Schteuppin)
Black Bart (TV) - 1975 (Reb Jordan)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

RIP Rodica Tapalaga

Actress Rodica Tapalaga died on Saturday after a long suffering, her family announced. Known and loved for her numerous roles on stage and in movies, Tapalaga was 71. Her body was laid at the Coltea Sfintii Trei Ierarhi Church in downtown Bucharest on Sunday and colleagues and admirers can pay their respects until the morning of December 21.

"My mother had multiple ailments and a more severe one, collagenosis, for seven years, but she was only hospitalized in the last few months. We tried all treatments but the disease was in an advanced stage and she just braved it, she didn't want to give up the active life style she had, and her condition got worse in the last couple of months. She was in hospital at Floreasca but her condition was not getting any better and in seven days, she died at home. It happened yesterday. Her body was taken to Coltea Church, where her colleagues can come and say goodbye and pay their respects. We didn't announce this earlier because we wanted time to mourn her," the actress's son Barbu Popescu told Realitatea TV.

The actress was awarded with the ACIN Moviemakers' Association Award in 1976 for her role in Tanase Scatiu and in 2001, she got a lifetime achievement award from UNITER. Tapalaga was also awarded at the Bucharest City awards for arts and literature on December 14, 2009, at the Ion Dacian Operetta Theater.

She was married to stage designer Ion Popescu Udriste with whom she had a son, Barbu Popescu, and was the sister of actor Stefan Tapalaga.

Born: 1/12/1939, Dorohoi, Moldova, Romania
Died: 12/18/2010, Bucharest, Romania

Rodica Tapalaga's western - actress:
The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians - 1979 (The Actress)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

RIP Derek Brown

Cinematographer, cameraman Derek V. Browne died on December 16, 2010 from Alzheimers disease. Born in 1927 in Middlesex, England he was 83.

Browne worked on over 60 productions, as a camera operator on such films as “Dark Crystal” (1982), “Memphis Belle” (1990), “Hamlet” (1992), “Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1989) and ater as a cinematographer on “The Phoenix and the Magic Carpet” (1995). Initially elected to the BSC as an Associate Member in 1976 he was later elevated to Full Membership. He leaves a wife Isabel. Browne was cameraman on one Euro-western “Welcome to Blood City” (1977) with Jack Palance.

BROWNE, Derek V.
Born: 1927, Middlesex, England, U.K.
Died: 12/16/2010, England, U.K.

Derek Browne's western - cameraman:
Welcome to Blood City - 1977

RIP Caruth Byrd

Byrd, Caruth Caruth Byrd is a third generation family member of the Byrd and Caruth families of Dallas, Texas. For many years, they were the largest land owners of Dallas, with a long history of charitable support to their city through their foundations. He was born March 25, 1941 in Dallas, TX and passed away December 16, 2010 at the age of 69 at his home in Van. Caruth is survived by his brother, D. Harold Byrd, Jr. and wife, Roberta, along with their son, D. Harold Byrd III and his family. Caruth has been involved in producing movies, television productions and concerts for over forty-five years. He was a gifted musician. Caruth Byrd, a resident of Van, founded the Caruth Byrd Wild Life Foundation, located in Van, Texas. The foundation reflects his appreciation of all animals and his commitment to their welfare. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to the John Wayne Cancer Institute, 2200 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

BYRD, Caruth C.
Born: 3/25/1941, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 12/16/2010, Van, Texas, U.S.A.

Caruth Byrd's westerns - actor, producer:
Sam - 1967 [actor]
Comanche Crossing - 1968 [actor, producer]
Santee - 1973 (piano player) [producer]

Thursday, December 16, 2010

RIP Blake Edwards

Director Blake Edwards dies in Southern California.

LOS ANGELES — Blake Edwards, the director and writer known for clever dialogue, poignance and occasional belly-laugh sight gags in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," ''10" and the "Pink Panther" farces, is dead at age 88.

Edwards died from complications of pneumonia at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, said publicist Gene Schwam. Blake's wife, Julie Andrews, and other family members were at his side. He had been hospitalized for about two weeks.

Edwards had knee problems, had undergone unsuccessful procedures and was "pretty much confined to a wheelchair for the last year-and-a-half or two," Schwam said. That conceivably may have contributed to his condition, he added.

At the time of his death, Edwards was working on two Broadway musicals, one based on the "Pink Panther" movies. The other, "Big Rosemary," was to be an original comedy set during Prohibition, Schwam said.

"His heart was as big as his talent. He was an Academy Award winner in all respects," said Schwam, who knew him for 40 years.

EDWARDS, Blake (William Blake Crump)
Born: 7/26/1922, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 12/15/2010, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

Blake Edwards westerns - producer, director, screenwriter, actor:
Marshal of Reno - 1944 (Lee)
Panhandle - 1948 (Floyd Schofield) [also producer, screenwriter]
Stampede - 1949 [producer, screenwriter]
Wild Rovers - 1971 [producer, director, screenwriter]
Sunset - 1988 [director, screenwriter]

RIP Günter Grabbert

German actor Günter Grabbert has died. The 79-year-old stage and voice actor died on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, after a heart attack in the Leipzig University Hospital, his wife said Thursday. The news agency dpa. reported that the former ensemble member of the Leipziger Schauspielhauses theater was admitted on Monday to the intensive care unit. He had a stroke in the spring, from which he had all but recovered, "said his widow. Grabbert played numerous theatrical, film and television roles in the GDR and after reunification.

Born: 1/15/1931, Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Died: 12/15/2010, Leipzig, Danzig, Germany

Günter Grabbert's western - voice dubber:Osceola - 1970 [German voice of Daniel Michev]

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

RIP Neva Patterson

Neva Patterson dies at 90; actress played Cary Grant's fiancee in 'An Affair to Remember'

Patterson's career spanned six decades and more than 100 film and TV roles. She played an ambitious mother in the science-fiction NBC-TV movie 'V' and its sequel, the miniseries 'V: The Final Battle.'

By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times

December 16, 2010

Patterson's career spanned six decades and more than 100 film and TV roles. She played an ambitious mother in the science-fiction NBC-TV movie 'V' and its sequel, the miniseries 'V: The Final Battle.'

Neva Patterson, a character actress who portrayed Cary Grant's fiancee in the 1957 movie "An Affair to Remember" in a career that spanned six decades and more than 100 film and TV roles, has died. She was 90.

Patterson died Tuesday at her Brentwood home of complications from a broken hip, said her daughter, Megan Lee.

The actress was a veteran of Broadway when she was cast as Lois, the socialite who would not make it to the altar with Grant in "An Affair to Remember."

"She just loved the fact that she kissed Cary Grant the first day on the set," her daughter said. "She really loved Cary Grant."

The characters she played were often "brittle, overwrought ladies, notoriously glamorous, usually business-oriented, and more often than not, quite overbearing," according to an Internet Movie Database description that her family seconded.

After making her film debut in "Taxi" (1953), Patterson appeared in more than a dozen movies. She played a worried mother in the well-reviewed "David and Lisa," a 1962 film about two teens with mental illness who fall in love. In the 1957 movie "Desk Set" she portrayed Spencer Tracy's prim, uptight computer expert and assistant.

On television, Patterson was the governor's secretary in the CBS sitcom "The Governor & J.J." that starred Dan Dailey and originally aired from 1969 to 1970. She also played a powerful matriarch opposite James Garner on "Nichols," a short-lived 1971 western on NBC.

Neva Louise Patterson was born Feb. 10, 1920, on a farm outside Nevada, Iowa, and was named for a friend of her mother's, not her hometown, she told the Des Moines Register in 2002.

Patterson, the daughter of a letter carrier and his seamstress wife, moved to New York City in 1938.

On Broadway, Patterson debuted in "The Druid Circle," one of 10 plays that she appeared in on the Great White Way between 1947 and 1959. Originating the role of Helen Sherman in 1952 in "The Seven Year Itch" on Broadway was a highlight of Patterson's life, her daughter said. During the play's run, the twice-divorced Patterson met James Lee, who worked in the prop department.

After they married in the late 1950s, the couple adopted their daughter as an infant and a 13-year-old Italian boy. Lee became a writer best known for contributing to the 1977 miniseries "Roots." He died at 79 in 2002.

She taught herself to speak six languages and always had a quip at the ready, her daughter said.

In the early 1980s, Patterson played an ambitious mother in the science-fiction NBC-TV movie "V" and its sequel, the miniseries "V: The Final Battle."

Fan mail and unexpected visitors continued to show up at her door, her family said. Last month, five "V" fans from France brought gifts and a request for her autograph.

In addition to her daughter, Megan Lee of Brentwood, Patterson is survived by her son, Filippo Quaretti-Lee of Florida; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

PATTERSON, Neva Louise
Born: 2/10/1920, Nevada, Iowa, U.S.A.
Died: 12/14/2010, Brentwood, California, U.S.A.

Neva Patterson's westerns - actress:
Skin Game (TV) - 1971 (Mrs. Claggart)
Nichols (TV) - 1971-1972 (Ma Ketcham)
Bret Maverick (TV) - 1982 (Emma Crittenden)

RIP James Tartan

TARTAN, James Richard Sept. 11, 1931-Nov. 26, 2010 Film director/producer, actor, and longtime Hollywood community activist James Tartan has died after a brief illness. He was 79. Tartan specialized in non-theatrical films. Working for Los Angeles County in the late 1960's and early '70's, he made movies and public service announcements. Later he formed his own production company, Bronson Films. A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Jim graduated from UCLA's motion picture division in 1964. Throughout his career, he combined acting, directing and producing, embracing live theatre and both sides of the camera. "I didn't mind even sweeping up the stage," he later reflected. Jim was also a formidable community activist. In 1998, he was recognized by the California State Assembly for his anti-crime efforts in Hollywood. Jim is survived by his wife of 29 years, Christine; daughter, Kelly; three sons, Dieter, Christopher, and Anthony; and four grandchildren, Kate, Olivia, Alice, and Joseph. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Heifer International or the Pan Pacific Park Youth Programs. A service celebrating his life will be held Sunday, Dec. 19 at 1:00 p.m. at Hollywood United Methodist Church, located at the intersection of Highland and Franklin.

TARTAN, James Richard
Born: 9/11/1931, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 11/26/2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

James Tartan's westerns - actor:
Bonanza (TV) - 1963, 1964 (townsman)
Cimarron Strip (TV) - 1967 (Tullis)
Guns of Paradise (TV) - 1989 (Dr. Morse)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

RIP Pedro Vidal

Pedro Vidal dies, the assistant director of the Hollywood favorite Welles

Pedro "Perico" Vidal, the assistant director's favorite Hollywood Joseph Mankiewicz and Orson Welles, has died at age 84 after a lifetime of "passion" to the movies, for which he made films like "Lawrence of Arabia" "Ryan's Daughter" or "Doctor Zhivago."

Alana, daughter of Vidal, stated that her father died, "of a heart attack while asleep" on Sunday, December 5, 2010 and his remains were cremated at the cemetery in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid).

"He was passionate about life, funny, witty and delighted with what he had done, plus a taste for jazz and bossa nova. He came to this world as a gentleman and has been bein a gentleman," she stated.

Vidal, who was born in Paris in 1926, always lived in Madrid, was the first assistant director of big Hollywood names such as David Lean, Stanley Kramer, Nicholas Ray, Orson Welles and Joseph Mankiewicz.

Vidal worked on major Hollywood productions as "Mr. Arkadin" by Orson Welles, "Dr. Zhivago" by David Lean, and "The Pride and Passion" by Stanley Kramer. He was a friend of Ava Gardner, and an intimate of one of her husbands Frank Sinatra.

Despite his advanced age the late filmmaker was recently involved in Isaki Lacuesta’s documentary "The Night that Never Ends," a production of TCM based on the book of Mark Ordonez "Drink of Life: Ava Gardner in Spain" and presented last September at the Festival of San Sebastian. Lacuesta recalls in the film's production notes that Vidal, "a splendid type, extraordinary, writer of film and jazz", met at a Cannes Film Festival Welles, who shared the same zest for life. Welles said he was going to shoot a film in Spain, "Mr. Arkadin" and was seeking an assistant director, to which Vidal responded that he had no idea how a movie was filmed. "Cinema is learned in twenty minutes if you're an idiot. If you are normal, in ten and you know everything," replied the director.

The film was encouraged to be made in Spain, and so there the movie was made with Vidal as assistant director, from there, he was first assistant on "55 Days at Peking," "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago”.

The last movie he did, added his daughter was two years ago in the United States, where he shot "I Love Miami."

VIDAL, Pedro
Born: 1926, Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Died: 12/5/2010, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Pedro Vidal's westerns - producer, assistant director:
The Desperados - 1969 [assistant director]
The Valley of Gwangi - 1969 [assistant director]
Four Rode Out - 1970 [producer]

Thursday, December 9, 2010

RIP Alexander Kerst

A striking face, a squeaky voice, and great versatility - for decades, Alexander Kerst was one of the most popular actors in the German television landscape. On Thursday December 9, 2010, he died at the age of 86 in Munich. His daughter said. “He had been ill for some time".

Kerst was born on 2/23/1924 in Kralupy u Chomutova, Czechoslovakia. The Bohemian actor as a TVPioneer: Since the 1950s, he appeared in numerous television productions. In 2005 he played in the ZDFMiniseries "Die Patirarchin" and a year later he was in the critically acclaimed for his appearance on ARDTV movie "Silberhochzeit".

Kerst’s film appearances include Alfred Weidemann's "Stern von Afrika," Frank Wisbar Stalingrad-Film "Hunde, wollte ihr ewig leben" and "Mein Schulfreund" with Heinz Ruehmann. He appeared in numerous television thrillers such as "Tatort", "Derrick" and "Der Alte". Kerst had numerous guest roles, and appeared on entertainment shows like "Das Erbe der Guldenbergs” and in a Rosamunde-Pilcher-With film.

The actor appeared regularly on the theater stage. At the Munich games he acted under Kerst Hans Schweikart in leading roles in plays such as Goethe's "Faust," Büchner's "Woyzeck" and Borchert's "Draußen vor der Tür". In the weeks before Christmas 2008 Kerst had performed in the role of the grandfather Earl of Dorincourt in the musical version of the novel "Little Lord Fauntleroy" in many German theaters.

Kerst was trained at the renowned Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna. After a theater science and Germanic-Studies, he earned his living first as a radio reporter, but soon he fully concentrated on acting. His first engagement was held at the Vienna Burgtheater, also in Munich, Berlin and Hamburg. In addition to his work in theater or in front of the camera Kerst also worked as a voice actor. He was at one time married to actress Susanne Korda [1940- ].

KERST, Alexander (aka Stanley Kerst) (Friedrich Alexander Kerst)
Born: 2/23/1929, Kralupy u Chomitova, Czechoslovakia
Died: 12/9/2010, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Alexander Kerst's western - actor:
The Last Tomahawk - 1965 [as Stanley Kerst]

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

RIP Alan Armer

'Fugitive' producer Armer dies
He won an Emmy for the 1960s ABC series

By Alexa Harrison

Alan Armer, known best for producing 1960s skein "The Fugitive," died
Dec. 5 of colon cancer in Century City, Calif. He was 88.
Armer produced 90 episodes of the ABC skein, starring David Janssen,
and won a Primetime Emmy and Edgar Allan Poe award for drama and best
episode in a TV series respectively.

He produced an episode of "My Friend Flicka," several episodes of
"Broken Arrow" and "Man Without a Gun" in the late 1950s. He also lent
his expertise to "The Untouchables" from 1961-62 as executive

Armer went on to produce for "The Invaders," "Lancer" and "Cannon,"
and television movies like 1973's "Birds of Prey" and "The Stranger."

Armer wrote three books on writing and direction for television:
"Writing the Screenplay: TV and Film," "Directing Television and
Film," and "Twenty Tested Television Playlets," which was co-written
with Walter E. Grauman.

He served as president of the Hollywood chapter of the National
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also was a California
State U., Northridge, professor and upon retirement, donated $1
million to the school. In return, the university named the
cinematheque the Alan and Elaine Armer Theater after Armer and his
late wife.

Survivors includes two daughters and two sons, six grandchildren and
two great-grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Alcott Center for Mental Health at

ARMER, Alan A.
Born: 7/7/1922, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 12/5/2010, Century City, California, U.S.A.

Alan A. Armers westerns - producer:
My Friend Flicka (TV) -1956 [producer]
Broken Arrow (TV) - 1956-1958 [producer]
Man Without a Gun (TV) - 1957-1959 [producer]
Lancer (TV) - 1968-1970 [producer]

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

RIP Gus Mercurio

Gus Mercurio, the gravelly voiced actor who was one of the most recognised and loved faces in Australian television, has died in the Epworth Hospital following complications during surgery. He was 82.

Mercurio was the father of dancer and actor Paul Mercurio, who starred in the hit 1992 film Strictly Ballroom, and who posted a message on his website yesterday before his father's ''fairly major'' operation: ''My dad is at this very moment [lying] on a table in a hospital getting cut open to fix an aneurysm in his chest. Spare a thought for him if you can. He is a tough old bugger, so he should be fine. However, he is getting on - 82 and has become a little frailer over the last few years.''

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in a boxing family, he served three years in the US Marines where he put his ring skills to good use, as the marines looked after their fighters. He became a professional boxer, was injured in his last two fights, was treated by a chiropractor and decided to become one. He was a have-a-go man.

He came to Melbourne with the US Olympic boxing team in 1956 and never left.

He worked as a chiropractor and was involved in boxing as a world-class referee, commentator and administrator.

But it was his knockabout looks and laid-back attitude that earned him a string of character acting roles and made him a favourite with local audiences.

Sigrid Thornton, who worked with him in The Man from Snowy River and All the Rivers Run, said he always had a positive attitude.

''He had his life as an actor and as a boxer and you have to be a fighter to stay in the acting process,'' she said. ''I imagine there was something about Australia that attracted him. He had a relaxed charm about him.''

Although he played tough characters, there was a lot more to him, Thornton said. ''He had a rugged kind of look, but that belied the sensitivity of his personality. He was a kind, generous, spirited human being.''

She saw him at a Man from Snowy River reunion at Mansfield last year and she knew that he was not well. ''He made a supreme effort to get there and I am glad I had that time with him,'' she told The Age.

Mercurio is survived by his second wife Rita and six children.

Born: 8/10/1928, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 12/7/2010, Melbourne, Australia, U.S.A.

Gus Mercurio's westerns - actor:
Raw Deal - 1977 (Ben)
The Man from Snowy River - 1982 (Frew)
Five Mile Creek (TV) - 1983-1985 (Ben Jones)
Lightning Jack - 1994 (tough guy)

RIP Virgilio Teixeira

Legendary Portuguese actor Virgilio Teixeira passed away in Hospital João de Almada in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal from a respiratory ailment. Virgilio Gomes DelgadoTeixeira was born in Funchal on October 26, 1917 and was an avid sportsman especially swimming, tennis and soccer. He debuted in films at the age of 26 in “O Costa de Castelo” (1943). He had his first leading role two years later in “José do Telhado”. From there he became one of Portugal’s most beloved and respected actors and a matinee heartthrob. His good looks were quick to draw the attention of producers in Spain and Hollywood. He became as equally or more popular in Spain and appeared in several Spanish films. He appeared in such American films as “Alexander the Great” (1956), “The Fall of the Roman Empire” (1964), and the U.S./Spanish co-production “Return of the Seven” (1966). His other Euro-western was in "The Sign of Zorro" (1963) with Sean Flynn under the alias John Teixeira. Virgilio left films in 1967 to become a staple on television only to return in 1984. In all Virgilio made over 90 films, and more than 150 television appearances. Among other functions, was a delegate of the Portuguese Society of Authors in Funchal, councilman of Culture of the PSD in the CM Funchal (1980-83). Married four times he had four children. One of the great Portuguese actors has passed and we wish him God speed.

TEXEIRA, Virgilio Gomes Delgado
Born: 10/26/1917, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Died: 12/5/2010, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Virgilio Teixeir's westerns - actor:
The Sign of the Zorro - 1963 (Sacerdote) [as John Teixeira]
Return of the Seven - 1966 (Luis

Monday, December 6, 2010

RIP Renato Terra

Italian actor Renato Terra Caizzi died on November 28, 2010 in Rome, Italy. He was 88. Born in Naples, Italy on July 26, 1922 to a poor family, he attended the Experimental Center of Cinematography in Rome. Changing his name to Renato Terra he found work as a character actor in more than one-hundred films during the 1950s to 1970s. He participated in seven Euro-westerns such as “Massacre at the Grand Canyon” using the alias Ryan Earthpick and, “$3.00 of Lead” both 1964 “The Man from Canyon City” (1965), “Savage Gringo”, “Kill or be Killed” and “$7.00 to Kill” all (1966) and “Kill and Pray” (1967). During the filming of one of these westerns he fell from a horse and broke his nose badly enough to disfigure his face. Renato was convinced that the accident had ruined his so far successful acting career. Undeterred he continued acting and appeared with some of the biggest names in Italian cinema such as Toto and director Franco Zeffirelli in the TV series “Jesus of Nazareth” (1977). He retired from acting in 1977 to devote his life to his other great passion, poetry of which he published a book ‘Che Strano Paese’.

TERRA, Renato (aka Renato Caizi, Ryan Earthpick) (Renato Terra Caizzi)
Born: 7/26/1922, Naples, Campania, Italy
Died: 11/28/2010, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Renato Terra's westerns - actor:
Massacre at the Grand Canyon - 1964 (Curly Mason) [as Ryan Earthpick]
$3.00 of Lead - 1964
The Man from Canyon City - 1965
Savage Gringo - 1966
Kill or be Killed - 1966 (doctor)
$7.00 to Kill - 1966 (Manuel)
Kill and Pray - 1967 (Dean Light)

RIP Don Meredith

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Don Meredith, one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcast team, died Sunday. He was 72.

Meredith's wife, Susan, told The Associated Press on Monday her husband died in Santa Fe after suffering a brain hemorrhage and lapsing into a coma. She and her daughter were at Meredith's side when he died.

Don Meredith's professional career included two All-America seasons at SMU, three Pro Bowl seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and a television career that included more than a decade on Monday Night Football. Photo Gallery

"He was the best there was," she said, describing him as kind, warm and funny. "We lost a good one." She said a private graveside service was being planned and that family members were traveling to Santa Fe.

Meredith played for the Cowboys from 1960-1968, becoming the starting quarterback in 1965. While he never led the Cowboys to the Super Bowl, Meredith was one of the franchise's first stars.

Over his nine-year career, Meredith threw for 17,199 yards and 111 touchdowns. He retired unexpectedly before the 1969 season.

Just two years after retiring from football, Meredith joined Keith Jackson and Howard Cosell in the broadcast booth as part of the "Monday Night Football" crew.

He quickly became one of the most popular broadcasters in sports because of his folksy sayings and country humor. Meredith's signature call was singing the famous Willie Nelson song "Turn Out the Lights" when it appeared a game's outcome had been determined. Meredith left ABC after the 1973 season for a three-year stint at NBC. He returned to the "MNF" crew in 1977 before retiring in 1984, one year after Cosell left the team. Before a generation knew Meredith for his colorful broadcasting career, he was one of the most recognizable figures of the early Dallas Cowboys teams.

Meredith was drafted in the third round by the Chicago Bears in 1960 and was traded to the expansion Cowboys franchise for future draft picks.

"Dandy Don", as he was affectionately known, shared time under center with Eddie LeBaron before winning the starting job in 1965.

Meredith led the Cowboys to three straight division titles and to consecutive NFL Championship games in 1966 and 1967. Dallas lost both games though to eventual Super Bowl winners Green Bay. In 1966, Meredith guided the Cowboys to their first-ever winning season (10-3-1). He was named NFL Player of the Year after throwing a career-high 24 touchdown passes and 2,805 yards. Meredith was one of nine Dallas players selected to the Pro Bowl that year -- the first of his two Pro Bowl years. Although Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman made the Cowboys' quarterback job synonymous with greatness, both credit Meredith for launching that tradition. "He did it without as much help as some of the other guys had," said Lee Roy Jordan, a former Cowboys linebacker. "Our offensive line was not very good early on. He got beat up pretty bad -- broken noses and collarbones and ribs, everything you can think of, Don had it. But he was one tough individual. He played with many an ailment and injury, and was very, very competitive. He and Bob Hayes really set the standard for the wide-open offense, the motion guys and big plays."

Meredith's last moment in a Cowboys uniform was painful. Meredith threw three interceptions in a 1968 playoff game against the Cleveland Browns and was pulled in favor of Craig Morton. "I tried to talk him out of it," Dallas head coach Tom Landry said after Meredith announced his retirement. "But when you lose your desire in this game, that's it."

Meredith and Don Perkins were the second and third players inducted to Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1976.

Meredith was one of the first athletes to make the transition from the field to the color analyst -- and the move to calling "Monday Night Football" was an easy one for him. While on the show, Meredith was part of many memorable moments on ABC's landmark hit. In 1970, Meredith was in the booth for the St. Louis Cardinals' 38-0 whitewashing of his former team. The Cotton Bowl crowd late in began chanting "We want Meredith!" Meredith quipped, "No way you're getting me down there." Another famous Meredith moment occurred in 1974 at the Houston Astrodome. The Oakland Raiders were in the process of beating the Houston Oilers 34-0. A cameraman had a shot of a disgruntled Oilers fan, who then made an obscene gesture. Meredith said of the fan: "He thinks they're No. 1 in the nation."

In addition to his broadcasting career, Meredith appeared in several TV shows and movies after his playing career ended. He had a recurring role in "Police Story" and was a spokesman for Lipton.

Before his career with the Cowboys, Meredith was a three-year at quarterback for SMU. He was an All-America selection in 1958 and 1959.

Meredith was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Texas -- which is about 100 miles east of Dallas. He never played a home game outside of North Texas.

MEREDITH, Don (Joseph Donald Meredith)
Born: 4/10/1938, Mount Vernon, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 12/5/2010, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Don Meredith's westerns - actor:
Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free (TV) - 1976 (Banjo Hackett)
The Quest (TV) - 1976 (Shanklin)
Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (TV) - 1978 (Clint Allison)
Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone - 1994 (Clay)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

RIP Gene Polito

POLITO, Eugene "Gene" Emmanuel Cinematographer, devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather Eugene ("Gene") Emmanuel Polito passed away peacefully at his Irvine home on November 28, 2010, after a three-year battle with esophageal cancer. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 13, 1918 to Sol and Frances Polito, Gene was eight months old when his family moved to the west coast, where his father continued his career as a cinematographer for Warner Brothers Studios. Gene graduated from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, and went on to attend Loyola University and the University of Southern California, earning his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Throughout WWII he worked as an engineer for Douglas Aircraft where he designed an ingenious weight-saving heating and air conditioning system using the existing structural framework of transport planes. As the war drew to a close, Gene followed in his father's footsteps, becoming a director of photography. An active member of the American Society of Cinematographers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, over the course of his 40-year career Gene worked on hundreds of productions with Hollywood's finest directors and actors. A perfectionist at his craft, he enjoyed challenging his camera crews--whether for television series or feature films--to produce the highest quality products within the limits of production budgets. He was a pioneer in the use of "available light" photography, working in close collaboration with his colleagues in film laboratories to "push" his films 1- to 2-stops to create the look he wanted. Among his many inventions is the "Polito Bracket." His numerous television and feature film credits ("Westworld," "That's Entertainment," "Eight is Enough," "Lost in Space," to name a few) are documented on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). At age 62, Gene became a professor at USC's School of Cinematic Arts, a calling that gave him great pleasure. He pushed students toward a deeper understanding of such things as the mathematical derivation of optical formulas so they would understand the science undergirding the art of what they were doing. His dedication and enthusiasm made him a favorite among film students. He retired from teaching at age 70. An avid golfer, Gene launched the annual ASC Golf Classic, which is now in its 27th year. In addition to his very busy role as a grandfather and great grandfather, he enjoyed writing letters to the editor on political topics about which he felt passionate. Gene was unabashedly in love with his wife of 66 years, Lucy. The fruits of their love are nine children: Gregory Polito, M.D. (Pamela), Whittier; Stephen Polito (Barbara), San Juan Capistrano; Mary Aaselund (Steven), Redmond, WA; Christine Parsons (Donald), Danville CA, Richard Polito, DDS (Krista), San Diego; Michele Seboldt (Craig), Yorba Linda; Joan Accomazzo (David), Danville, CA; Douglas Polito (Colleen), Moorpark; and Lisa Minier (Mike), San Clemente; 24 grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. Gene is also survived by his loving brother, S. Robert Polito, M.D., and his wife, Rose of Valley Center, CA, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank our parents' devoted caregiver, Theresa Dunn, for her compassionate and loving companionship for the past few years. Theresa, you are an angel! Gene Polito's funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 4th, at 10 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 9 Hillgate, Irvine, 92612. Please remember Gene in your loving prayers. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gene's honor may be made to: USC School of Cinematic Arts Office of Development & Alumni Relations 900 West 34th Street Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

POLITO, Gene (Eugene Emmanuel Polito)
Born: 9/13/1918, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/28/2010, Irvine, California, U.S.A.
Gene Polito's westerns - cinematographer:
Zane Grey Theater (TV) - 1960
The Plunderers - 1960
Ride to Hangman's Tree - 1967
Sam Hill: Who Killed Mr. Foster (TV) - 1971
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) - 1971-1973
Westworld - 1973

RIP Antonio Gómez de Vicente

Another of the great Spanish voice actors has passed away. Antonio Gómez de Vicente died on November 23, 2010 in Spain. He was 81. Born in Spain in 1929, he was active as an actor and voice dubber since the early 1960s and was the Spanish voice of Star Trek’s George Takei. He’s best remembered as the voice of the clock in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”. His list of Spanish voices for Euro-westerns is shown below.

de VICENTE, Antonio Gómez
Born: 1929, Spain
Died: 11/23/2010, Spain

Antonio Gómez de Vicente's westerns - voice actor:
Joe Dexter - 1964 [Spanish voice of Jim]
$100,000 for Ringo - 1965 [Spanish voice of Frank Oliveras]
A Pistol for Ringo - 1965 [Spanish voice of Pajarito]
The Return of Ringo - 1965 [Spanish voice of Pajarito]
Dynamite Jim - 1966 [Spanish voice of Carlos Miguel Solá]
Yankee - 1966 [Spanish voice of Jacques Herlin]
Clint the Stranger - 1967 [Spanish voice of Miguel de la Riva]
El Puro - 1968 [Spanish voice of Aldo Berti]
Four Gunmen of the Holy Trinity - 1970 [Salvatore Funari]
Blazing Guns - 1971 [Spanish voice of Federico Boido, Mayor Alvardo]
His Name was Holy Ghost - 1971 [Spanish voice of Federico Boido]
Too Much Gold for One Gringo - 1972 [Spanish voice of Francisco Jarque]
Watch Out Gringo! Sabata Will Return - 1972 [Spanish voice of Manuel Bronchud, Manuel Gas, Luciano Rossi]
Billy Two Hats - 1973 [Spanish voice of photographer]
The White, the Yellow and the Black - 1974 [Spanish voice of Victor Israel]
God’s Gun - 1976 [Spanish voice of Rafi Ben Ami]
Cold Mountain - 2003 [Spanish voice of Tom Aldredge]

RIP Salvador Arias

The pioneering voice actor and teacher of actors Salvador Arias died November 22, 2010 at the age of 92. His life was an example of passion, tireless work and commitment both to his profession and his principles. In his youth, his love of literature led him to the Residencia de Estudiantes, where he befriended members Generazione of 27. He was part of the Alliance of Antifascist Intellectuals and the Guerrillas del Teatro, directed by Rafael Alberti and María Teresa León, who discovered his true vocation, interpretation, and he began working in theater. After the war, Franco's obligation to translate and dub films into Spanish led to the development of an industry in which Salvador has developed his craft with absolute mastery. He voiced thousands of characters and directed the dubbing of hundreds of historical films such as Citizen Kane (for which he develope a relationship of friendship and mutual admiration with Orson Welles), and directed the studies Arcofón. Later he founded his own school in which they trained generations of voice actors, which today are now teachers, instructing mainly interpretation ("A an actor cannot be voiced without you yourself being a good actor" preached Salvador), but also in humanism, passion and commitment.

ARIAS, Salvador (Salvador Arias Martin)
Born: 1918, Spain
Died: 11/22/2010, Badajoz, Badajoz, Extemadura, Spain

Salvador Arias's westerns - voice dubber:
The Judgment of the Coyote - 1954 [Spanish voice of Senor Cardenas]
Four Bullets for Joe - 1963 [Spanish voice of Tullio Altamura]
Gunfighters of Casa Grande - 1963 [Spanish voice of Emilio Rodríguez]
Sign of the Coyote - 1963 [Spanish voice of Arturo Dominici]
Ride and Kill - 1964 [Spanish voice of Luis Induni]
The Secret of Captain O’Hara - 1964 [Spanish voice of Black Hawk]
The Tomb of the Pistolero - 1964 [Spanish voice of Luis Induni]
Adios, Gringo - 1965 [Spanish voice of Pierre Cressoy, Herrero]
Mutiny at Fort Sharp - 1965 [Spanish voice of Broderick Crawford]
Outlaw of Red River - 1965 [Spanish voice of Jesús Tordesillas]
Ringo’s Big Night - 1965 [Spanish voice of José Bódalo]
Seven Guns for the MacGregors - 1965 [Spanish voice of Fernando Sancho]
The Avenger - 1966 [Spanish voice of Livio Lorenzon]
The Ballad of a Bounty Hunter - 1966 [Spanish voice of James Philbrook]
Django Kill - 1966 [Spanish voice of Roberto Camardiel]
The Fury of Johnny Kid - 1966 [Spanish voice of Andrés Mejuto]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966 [Spanish voice of a padre]
The Long Days of Vengeance - 1966 [Spanish voice of Juez]
Face to Face - 1967 [Spanish voice of John Karlsen]
Run, Man, Run - 1967 [Spanish voice of Gianni Rizzo]
Seven Pistols for a Massacre - 1967 [Spanish voice of Roberto Camardiel]
A Stranger in Paso Bravo - 1967 [Spanish voice of José Calvo]
Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die - 1967 [Spanish voice of Franco Pechini]
Kill Them All and Come Back Alone - 1968 [Spanish voice of Furio Meniconi]
Killer Adios - 1968 [Spanish voice of Bob]
Ringo: the Lone Rider - 1968 [Spanish voice of Alfonso Rojas]
The Taste of Vengeance - 1968 [Spanish voice of Luis Induni]
The Price of Power - 1969 [Spanish voice of Wallace]
Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid - 1969 [Spanish voice of Antonio Casas]
Blood and Guns - 1970 [Spanish voice of Orson Welles]
Gunman in Town - 1970 [Spanish voice of José Jaspe]
Hannie Caulder - 1970 [Spanish voice of Strother Martin]
They Call Me Triity - 1970 [Spanish voice of Steffen Zacharias]
The Grand Duel - 1972 [Spanish voice of Jess Hahn]
Sonny and Jed - 1972 [Spanish voice of Pedro]
Trinity is STILL My Name - 1972 [Spanish voice of Harry Carey, Jr.]

Monday, November 29, 2010

RIP Irvin Kershner

'Empire Strikes Back' director Kershner dies in L – The film director Irvin Kershner is seen in France in 2007. Ke


PARIS (AFP) – US director Irvin Kershner, renowned for making the second Star Wars film, "The Empire Strikes Back", has died in Los Angeles, his goddaughter Adriana Santini told AFP on Monday. He was 87 years old.

Kershner, who besides the 1980 sci-fi epic also directed Sean Connery as James Bond in "Never Say Never Again" (1983) and Peter Weller in "Robocop II" (1990), died at home after a long illness, said Santini, who lives in France.

Born in Philadelphia in 1923, Kershner trained as a musician and in photography before starting making documentaries and then feature films.

Born: 4/29/1923, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 11/29/2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Irvin Kershner's westerns - director:
The Rebel (TV) - 1959-1961
The Return of a Man Called Horse - 1976

Sunday, November 28, 2010

RIP Leslie Nielsen

“Surely you can’t be serious? I am serious and don’t call me Shirley”.

Actor Leslie Nielsen, best known for his film roles in "Airplane" and "The Naked Gun" series, died Sunday November 28 of complications from pneumonia, his family said. Nielsen, 84, died in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his wife and friends.

Leslie William Nielsen was born on February 11, 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canad and grew up 200 miles from the Arctic Circle in Fort Norman where his father was officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was often beaten by his father and when he turned 17 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. After World War II he became a disc jockey then trained at a Toronto radio school operated by Lorne Greene. A scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse brought him to New York where he began his career in television. He made over 150 TV appearances. His first film role was in “Forbidden Planet” and his best dramatic roles was as the captain of the ocean liner in “The Poseidan Adventure” (1972), but he’s best remembered for his role in “Airplane” and “Naked Gun”. Nielsen appeared in one Euro-western “Four Rode Out” (1970) with Sue Lyons and Pernell Roberts.

NIELSEN, Leslie William
Born: 2/11/1926, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: 11/28/2010, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
Leslie Nielsen's westerns - actor:
The Sheepman - 1958 (Col. Stephen Bedford / Johnny Bledsoe)
Rawhide (TV) - 1958 (Eli Becker)
The Swamp Fox (TV) - 1959-1961 (Col. Francis Marion)
Wagon Train (TV) - 1960, 1964 (Jeremy Dow/Jeff Durant, Brian Conlin)
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1964 (William Russell)
The Virginian (TV) - 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969 (John Hagen, Harry Lightfoot, Cleve 
     Mason Winthrop, Ben Stratton)
The Loner (TV) - 1965 (McComb)
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1965 (Major General Ball)
The Plainsman - 1966 (Col. George Armstrong Custer)
Bonanza (TV) - 1967 (Sheriff Paul Rowan)
Gunfight in Abilene - 1967 (Grant Evers)
Cimarron Strip (TV) - 1967 (Rowan Houston)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1969 (Jess Trevor)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1969 (Sgt. Maj. Earl Conway)
Four Rode Out - 1970 (Mr. Brown)
Kung Fu (TV) - 1975 (Vincent Corbino)
The Chisolms (TV) - 1980 (Sinclair)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

RIP Christopher Shea

Christopher Dylan Shea Passed away on August 19th of natural causes near his home in Honeydew, California. Born on February 5, 1958 in Los Angeles, Christopher had made Humboldt County his home for over twenty years. As a young boy, Christopher acted in such iconic television shows as The Odd Couple, Bonanza, and Green Acres, as well as numerous appearances in the Sunday evening classic series The Wonderful World of Disney. His most recognized role was that of voicing the character of Linus Van Pelt in the original Charles Schulz's Peanuts television specials, A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown among others. Christopher was a colorful person with a playful spirit and a big heart. His smile was contagious and his family enjoyed his wonderfully sincere hugs. Christopher influenced many who crossed his path in a positive and creative way: he frequently lent a hand to others when they were in need. He had a generous nature and took genuine pleasure in other people's good fortune. He loved communing with nature, listening to music, and he had a lifelong passion for literature. Christopher was a loving father, a devoted son, and a caring brother and uncle. He is deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Christopher is survived by his wife Sara Straton, and his beloved daughters, Nicea Straton-Shea and Teal Straton-Shea. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2010. Care is under the direction of Pierce Mortuary, Eureka, Washington.

SHEA, Christopher Dylan
Born: 2/5/1958, Honeydew, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/19, 2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Christopher Shea's westerns - actor:
Shane (TV) - 1966 (Joey Starch)
Bonanza (TV) - 1968 (Sean)
Firecreek - 1968 (Aaron Cobb)
Smith - 1969 (Alpie)
Here Come the Brides (TV) - 1969 (Joseph)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

RIP Ingrid Pitt

Hammer horror actress Ingrid Pitt dies aged 73

Her popularity in Hammer Film Productions made her a cult figure.

Hammer horror actress Ingrid Pitt, best known for starring in cult classics such as Countess Dracula, has died at the age of 73.

The Polish-born star passed away at a hospital in south London after collapsing a few days ago.

She was regarded by many fans as the queen of Hammer Horror films.

The star's death comes weeks after film-maker Roy Ward Baker, who directed Pitt in The Vampire Lovers, died at the age of 93.

Pitt's daughter told the BBC News website that her mother's death had come as a "huge surprise".

After the actress has collapsed recently, doctors told her was she suffering from heart failure.

"She could be incredibly generous, loving, and she'll be sorely missed," Mrs Blake said.

She added that she wanted her mother to be remembered as the Countess Dracula with the "wonderful teeth and the wonderful bosom".

'Gloriously uninhibited'

Official Hammer historian Marcus Hearn paid tribute to the star, calling her a "talented actress and fine writer". All fans of Hammer and of British horror are going to miss her terribly” He added: "She was partly responsible for ushering in a bold and brazen era of sexually explicitly horror films in the 1970s, but that should not denigrate her abilities as an actress." A good friend of the actress, Mr Hearn said she was "gloriously uninhibited" and "great fun to be with".

Although she was not the first female star of a Hammer film, Mr Hearn said she had always been "very proud" of becoming the first prominent female protagonist in a Hammer after her role in The Vampire Lovers.

She began her career with fairly minor roles in several Spanish films in the mid-1960s.

But in 1968 she landed a supporting role in war movie Where Eagles Dare, appearing alongside Clint Eastwood and Richard Burton.

The actress got her breakthrough role two years later in the horror thriller The Vampire Lovers, which was a box office success.

Several Hammer movies followed, firmly establishing her as one of the key women of British horror of the 1970s.

Her other film credits included The Wicker Man (1973), Who Dares Wins (1982), Smiley's People (1982) and Wild Geese II (1985).

Pitt made regular appearances at horror conventions and penned several books about her career in the genre.

PITT, Ingrid (Ingoushka Petrov)
Born: 11/21/1937, Treblinka, Poland
Died: 11/23/2010, South London, London, England, U.K.

Ingrid Pitt's western - actress:
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) - 1967 (Tallie Montreaux)

Monday, November 22, 2010

RIP Rosemary Dexter

I’ve just found out from Matt Blake’s website ‘The Wild Eye’ that Rosemary Dexter passed away this past September 8, 2010. She was only 66. Rosemary was born on July 19, 1944 in Quetta, Pakistan to British parents. She moved to Italy in the late 1950s and decided to become an actress. Her first film was 1963's “Omicron” in 1968 she appeared in “Romeo and Juliet” directed by Franco Zeffirelli. Rosemary appeared in three Euro-westerns: “For a Few Dollars More” (1964) as Col. Mortimer’s sister seen in the flashback scene with Peter Lee Lawrence and Gian Maria Volonte. In 1967 she appeared as Katy in “The Dirty Outlaws” with Chip Corman (Andrea Giordana) and in 1969 “In the Name of the Father” as Miss Baxter, directed by Ruggero Deodato and starring Paolo Villaggio. In all she appeared in over 30 films as well as in a 1975 Playboy layout. She retired from the film industry in the mid-‘70s. Being a friend of Count Vanni and his family she moved to Via Leopardi in Recanati, Italy. She had been suffering from a long term illness.

DEXTER, Rosemary
Born: 7/19/1944, Quetta, Paksitan
Died: 9/7/2010, Via Leopardi, Recanati, Marche, Italy

Rosemary Dexter's westerns - actress:
For a Few Dollars More - 1965 (Col. Mortimer’s sister)
The Dirty Outlaws - 1967 (Katy)
In the Name of the Father - 1969 (Miss Baxter)

Friday, November 19, 2010

RIP Antony Alda

Tony Alda was the only child of his father's second marriage (Robert Alda and first wife Joan Browne, Alan's mom, divorced in 1957), was born in Saint-Julien, France, in 1956 and spent his first six years in Europe, where his father did film and stage work. Later, during the family's periods back in New York City, he got to know his half brother, who's 20 years older. "We'd go to Alan's place in New Jersey," he says. "His oldest daughter, Eve, was about my age, so I would play with her. We would get together on birthdays." And as a step-mom-and-stepson act, says Tony, Alan and Flora got along beautifully.

When it came to his own acting, Tony says, the most important advice he ever got from Alan was, "Know what you want in a scene." For a while, though, he wasn't into that scene at all. Despite a few boyhood acting experiences, including a 1967 episode of TV's Daniel Boone, he decided to study music and attended New York's Juilliard School. Fed up with Manhattan after his apartment was burglarized, he moved to Los Angeles in 1977 and switched to acting. His first role was—ha! Poetic justice strikes!—a rock musician on a detective series called Switch. That was followed by parts on Knots Landing, Quincy and Alan's sitcom M*A*S*H (where Robert and Tony appeared together in an episode).

The family name, of course, opened mc than a few doors. But though Robert had starred on Days of Our Lives in 1980 and the soap's executive producer, Ken Corday insists, "Antony won us over during the screen test." Tony's half brother believed the family resemblance helped. "My father was one of the most charming actors of his generation," says Alan, "and there was some of that natural charm and charisma in Tony. Plus, Tony's basic honesty added to that, which made him an appealing person to watch." Tony said it did not bother him a bit that he was less watched than Alan. "It's never been a bummer," he sais. Besides, "it's conceivable that teenagers who haven't seen M*A*S*H might say, 'Hey, that's an Alda—he must be related to Tony.' "

Acting dynasty aside, it was Tony's resemblance to a guy named Jeff that helped him get to know his musician-actress wife, Lori. They met in 1978 in Columbus, Ohio, where he was starring in the musical King of Hearts, and she was playing piano in a nightclub. "I was instantly attracted to him," says Lori. "He had a zest for life." She went home that night to find that her mother had left out a newspaper article about him and the play. "It was so weird," Alda says. "Her mother asked her, 'Doesn't this guy look like Jeff?' He was an ex-boyfriend."

"Marriage was good for Tony," says his mom. "It changed him and made him more mature." But some things—such as practical joking—not even love can cure. When Alda and Lori were starring together in St. Petersburg, Fla., in a play about Da Vinci, one scene called for Alda—as Leonardo—to show Lori his drawing tablet. The script called for her to be overwhelmed by the beauty of a sketch of the Mona Lisa. Instead, says Alda, "I had drawn a penis. Lori started crying out, 'Oh, Leonardo!' She was supposed to be crying, but she was laughing so hard she had tears coming down her face." No, it would probably be easier to reform Johnny Corelli.

Tony Alda passed away on July 3, 2009 in California caused by alcoholism.

ALDA, Tony (Antony Alda)
Born: 12/9/1956, Saint-Julien, Rhône-Alpes, France
Died: 7/3/2009, California, U.S.A.

Tony Alda's western - actor:
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1968 (Rudi)

RIP Carroll Pratt

Emmy-Winning Sound Pioneer Carroll Pratt Dies at 86

Pratt was a co-founder of the Cinema Audio Society and a key figure in the development of the television laugh track.

November 16, 2010

Carroll Pratt, a Primetime Emmy-winning sound mixer who was at the forefront of the development of the laugh track, died November 11, 2010, in Santa Rosa, California. He was 89. According to news reports, Pratt died of natural causes.

Pratt shared six primetime Emmys for 1985’s Motown Returns to the Apollo, 1987 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and the 1989 Grammy Awards.

The son of a sound engineer, Pratt worked as re-recording mixer at MGM. During World War II served in the Air Force and was captured as a prisoner of war in Germany. After about two years of captivity he escaped.

After the war he returned to MGM. During the 1950s he joined forces with Charley Douglass, the creator of the Laff Box, and assisted with the looping of laugh tracks on sitcoms. The business eventually expanded to other human sounds.

As the laugh track increased in popularity among television producers, the business expanded. In the 1970s Pratt and his brother John set up their own company, Sound One. They worked on such sitcoms as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which included the longest laugh he recorded, and Married … with Children.

In addition, he was a founder and past president of the Cinema Audio Society.

John Pratt died earlier this year. Carroll Prat’s survivors include his wife, a son, a daughter, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

On June 12, 2003, Carroll Pratt had the distinction of being interviewed by the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television. During the two-and-a-half hour interview, conducted in Philo, California by the director of the Archive, Karen Herman, Pratt talked about his start in feature films at MGM in the sound department where his father worked.

He spoke in great detail about the audience reaction (laugh) machine created by engineer Charley Douglass, for whom Pratt worked for after leaving MGM. Pratt described the device and the types of responses that the machine was capable of creating, from whistles to belly laughs.

Pratt went on to describe the updated version of the laugh machine, which he created with his brother, John, in the 1970s, when he split from Douglass and started his own company, Sound One.

Pratt also talked about providing laugh tracks for numerous television series throughout the years (including the longest laugh he ever recorded, for The Mary Tyler Moore Show), until his retirement from Sound One in the mid-1990s.

PRATT, Carroll (Carroll Pratt Holmes)
Born: 4/19/1921, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/11/2010, Santa Rosa, California, U.S.A.

Carroll Pratt's western - sound engineer:
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV) - 1957-1958

Thursday, November 18, 2010

RIP William Self

William Self, a producer and television executive who was in charge of television production at 20th Century-Fox during the 1960s and early '70s when its list of successful shows included "Peyton Place," "Batman" and "MASH," has died. He was 89.

Self died Monday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack Nov. 11, said his daughter, Barbara Malone.

A former movie actor who launched his television career behind the camera in the early 1950s, Self produced the "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" for four years.

After producing the short-lived "The Frank Sinatra Show," which aired from 1957 to '58, he became director of development at CBS, where his first pilot was for Rod Serling's landmark series "The Twilight Zone."

In late 1959, Self was lured to 20th Century-Fox Television.

During his 15 years at Fox, he reportedly was responsible for 44 TV series, including "Daniel Boone," "Room 222," "Julia," "Twelve O'Clock High," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," "Lost in Space," "Land of the Giants," "Nanny and the Professor" and "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir."

"He was a major influence on television programming during that period, and Fox became very successful as a major television-producing company," said Alan Silverbach, who was senior vice president in charge of worldwide television distribution at 20th Century-Fox Television at the time.

"I credit the whole television success to Bill," said Richard Zanuck, who was vice president in charge of production at the studio at the time. "My contribution really was appointing Bill and letting him run with the ball. I had great confidence in him."

One of the biggest hits to come from 20th Century-Fox Television in the '60s was "Batman," the campy fantasy-adventure series starring Adam West as the famous comic-book hero.

But the series pilot didn't go over well with a test audience, Self recalled in a Starlog magazine interview with Tom Weaver in 2002.

"It was," Self said, "a disaster."

Enough so, he said, that ABC wanted to get out of the deal.

"But we analyzed it and thought about it, and finally decided the (test audience) didn't know what we were trying to do," he said. "In the original version, those animated POWs and BAMs (in the fight scenes) and other things like that, were not in the show. We decided we had to say to the audience, 'We're kidding all this. We're having fun. It's a comic strip.' And we re-did the whole post-production on it."

By the time Self left Fox at the end of 1974, he had risen through the ranks to become president of 20th Century-Fox Television and vice president of 20th Century-Fox Corp.

He then teamed with Mike Frankovich to form a company that would be involved in both television and feature films.

Frankovich-Self Productions produced a couple of TV pilots and two movies, both of which were released in 1976: "The Shootist," John Wayne's final film; and "From Noon Till Three," starring Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland.

"I loved the movie business, but it was too slow for me," Self said in a 2001 interview with the Archive of American Television.

In 1977, he returned to CBS as vice president/head of the West Coast; the following year, he became vice president in charge of television movies and miniseries.

Named president of CBS Theatrical Film Production in 1982, he supervised the making of 10 movies over the next three years. He then created the independent William Self Productions to develop television and feature films.

In partnership with Norman Rosemont, he produced a number of productions for television's "Hallmark Hall of Fame," including the high-rated "Sarah, Plain and Tall."

The son of an advertising executive who wrote plays on the side, Self was born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 21, 1921, and earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Chicago in 1943.

Exempt from the military draft during World War II for medical reasons, he worked for about a year as a copy writer at an ad agency in Chicago, where he also made his professional acting debut playing a small part in one of his father's plays.

Self moved to Hollywood in 1944 with the intention of becoming a movie actor and landed a succession of mostly uncredited small roles in films such as "Story of "G.I. Joe," "Red River," "Operation Pacific," "Sands of Iwo Jima" and "Adam's Rib."

One of his credited roles was that of Air Force Cpl. Barnes in "The Thing from Another World," the 1951 science fiction-horror classic about a flying saucer that crash-lands at the North Pole.

Although it was a decent part, Self readily acknowledged in the 2001 interview that "not many people cared that I was an actor."

He broke into television in 1952 when a producer friend, Bernard Tabakin, asked him to help on "China Smith," a syndicated adventure series starring Dan Duryea.

The series was so low-budget, Self later recalled in the Television Archive interview, that they shot 13 half-hour episodes in 19 days.

But it was a start. And, as he said in the 2001 interview, "I never acted a day since then."

Margaret, his wife of 66 years, died in 2007.

In addition to his daughter, Self is survived by his son, Edwin; his sister, Jean Bright; four grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

SELF, William Edwin
Born: 6/21/1921, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 11/15/2010, Westwood, California, U.S.A.

William Self's westerns, actor, executive in charge of production, producer, executive producer:
Marshal of Cripple Creek - 1947 [actor]
Red River - 1948 [actor]
A Ticket to Tomahawk - 1950 [actor]
The Big Sky - 1952 [actor]
Hotel de Paree (TV) - 1959 [executive producer]
Daniel Boone (TV) -1964-1969 [executive in charge of production]
The Monroes (TV) - 1966-1967 [executive in charge of production]
Custer (TV) - 1967 [executive in charge of production]

Lancer (TV) - 1968-1969 [executive in charge of production]

The Shootist - 1976 [producer]
From Noon Till Three - 1976 [producer]

RIP Claudio Obregón

Claudio Obregón dies of respiratory attack

Claudio Obregón, one of the great Mexican actors in the theater and film, died at age 74 on Saturday night, a victim of respiratory failure.

Remembered for his memorable participation in such films as The Alley of Miracles (as in love with Salma Hayek), De noche vienes Esmeralda, Pedro Páramo and Finding a single man, Obregon is survived by two sons, Claudio and Gerardo.

His remains were veiled in a funeral home last night from Mexico City as reported by Notimex. In 2005 he was awarded the Gold Medal of Fine Arts.

In the theater was part of large pieces such as art, King Lear, All My Sons and Engdame.

He also participated in traditional telenovelas as Toy World, Mama bell and in the nineties in the home at the end of the road with the also deceased Eduardo Palomo, and selfish mothers with Maria del Sol.

OBREGON, Claudio (Claudio Obregón Posadas)
Born: 7/11/1935, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Died: 11/13/2010, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Claudio Obregón’s westerns - actor:
Zapata - 1970
Reed, Insurgent Mexico - 1973 (John Reed)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

RIP Roberto Risso

Actor Roberto Risso died on November 16, 2010 in Milan, Italy six days short of his 85th birthday. Born Pietro Roberto Strub on November 22, 1925 in Geneva, Switzerland he studied architecture before turning to acting. He made his film debut in 1950s “Il leone di Amalfi” directed by Pietro Francisci which led to his appearance in “Domani e un altro giorno” directoed by Leonide Moguy in 1951 where he played the seducer of Anna Maria Pierangeli. This led to a number of roles as boyfriends and other light weight sentimental roles.

He would gain fame in “Pane, amore e fantasi” (1953) and “Pane, amore e gelisia” (1954) both directed by Luigi Comencini playing a policeman in love with Gina Lollobrigida. His career peaked with his appearance in “Una pelliccia di visione” (1956) directed by Glauco Pellegrini. He appeared with Gordon Scott in “Zorro and the 3 Musketeers” (1963), but his stereotypical roles convinced him to leave films and he turned to television where he appeared on the RAI TV show “Quelli della domenica” hosted by Paolo Villaggio. He then became a fashion designer and appeared in several soap operas. His last film was his only Euro-western appearing as Duke in “Hate Thy Neighbor” (1968) under the pseudonym Robert Rice.

RISSO, Roberto (aka Robert Rice) (Pietro Roberto Strub)
Born: 11/22/1925, Geneva, Switzerland
Died: 11/16/1925, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Roberto Risso's western - actor:
Hate Thy Neighbor - 1968 (Duke) [as Robert Rice]