Monday, November 29, 2010
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
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
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
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".
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
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
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)
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
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]
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
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]
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
LeMaire toured with Bob Hope and Johnny Grant doing standup for USO shows, ending each set with a song on his guitar. His passion for playing occasionaly overshadowed his love of comedy, and he can be heard on recordings with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, who nicknamed LeMaire "Chords."
LeMaire started working vaudeville as a toddler with his father, George, in "The Ziegfeld Follies," and soon moved on to film work, making 33 silent comedies with Pathe.
Among his other credits were 1958 TV series "Mac King," 1959's "The Lawless Years" and "Bat Masterson" plus 1964's "The Farmer's Daughters."
Later in life, LeMaire appeared as Colonel Sanders in a number of KFC advertisements. Just last year, he performed in a sketch on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
Survivors include a son, two daughters, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made to Actors and Others for Animals at actorsandothers.com.
Born: 7/1/1911, Bronxville, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/18/2010, North Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Jack LeMaire's westerns - actor:
Sky King (TV) - 1958 (Mac)
Bat Masterson (TV) - 1959 (Detective Shorty Mason)
A memorial will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Church of the Hills. Forest Lawn -- Hollywood Hills 6300 Forest Lawn Dr. Los Angeles, 90068.
Monday, November 15, 2010
By age 12, Marie had left the movie screen, only to return in her twenties with the help of Henry King for his film Caroline (1934). At Fox, Marie also did stand-in work for Ginger Rogers in Change of Heart (1934) and also appeared in the Gay Divorcée (1934); she later did stand-in work for Deanna Durbin. At Paramount, Marie did stand-in work for Betty Hutton. Marie would stop working before the camera altogether as she developed a new talent as a costumer, beginning with the Western Costume Company, then with Republic.
Her work as a costumer included these films: Guys and Dolls (1955) with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons; This Earth is Mine (1959) with Rock Hudson and Jean Simmons; Spartacus (1960) with Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, and Jean Simmons; Circus World (1964) with John Wayne and Rita Hayworth; The Chase (1966) with Jane Fonda and Robert Redford; The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968) with Kim Novak and Peter Finch; The Way We Were (1973) with Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford; Mame (1974) with Lucille Ball and Bea Arthur, and many others, including The Godfather, Part II, as well as becoming special costumer for Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra (1963).
Marie married twice, to Frank J. Dempsey on May 2, 1931, whom she divorced in 1937. Dempsey was the father of Marie’s only child, Joan, born May 13, 1932. In the 1940s, Marie married Murray F. Yeats on June 14, 1945, a fellow actor with whom she enjoyed a conjugal life till his death on January 27, 1975.
After her retirement, Marie moved to San Clemente in 1977 until her death with her daughter, Joan, and son-in-law Don Young.
Baby Marie always savored the moment, exhibiting a kind and responsible tenderness toward those around her: family, friends, and all living things, including her special appreciation of the animal world. In order of importance, Marie was most grateful for her Roman Catholicism, for her excellent health throughout her full and interesting life, for her cherished daughter, Joan, and for the beauty of nature.
Marie is survived by her loving daughter Joan and son-in-law, Don Young, and their five children, Mark, Gary, Brian, Joyce, and Karen.
OSBORNE, Marie (Helen Alice Myres)
Born: 11/5/1911, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 11/11/2010, San Clemente, California, U.S.A.
Marie Osborne's western - actress:
A Daugher of the West - 1918
In the late 1960's he encounter with a friend, Conrad. Whom he owes hiss fame for his role as a conductor for the the Bulls, first, to Conrad and then, Gerry Scotti. After abandoning a controversial program of Channel 5, which took place in 2009 due to disagreements with its production, he joined the cast of the Recommended Rai1.
Next to "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" his score for "The Forgotten Pistoler" is probably heard more than any other Spaghetti western score. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMS0hbX9_tg
Born: 12/6/1928, Catania, Catania, Sicily, Italy
Died: 11/15/2010, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Roberto Pregadio's westerns - composer:
Django the Last Killer - 1967
A Hole in the Forehead - 1968
Shotgun - 1968
Ciccio Forgives, I Don't - 1968
Wrath of God - 1969
The Forgotten Pistolero - 1969
Paths of War - 1969
Twice a Judas - 1969
Mallory Must Not Die - 1971
Four Gunmen of the Holy Trinity - 1971
Three Supermen of the West - 1974
Saturday, November 13, 2010
POWELL, Addison (Addison Powell Shelburne)
Born: 2/23/1921, Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 11/8/2010, Shelburne Bay, Vermont, U.S.A.
Addison Powell's western - actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1959 (Tal)
Thursday, November 11, 2010
In 1962, the prolific producer began building a sprawling studio complex on the outskirts of Rome that he called Dinocitta — Dino City. During the 1960s — he is credited with pioneering the now-common practice of financing films by pre-selling the distribution rights in foreign countries — De Laurentiis produced films such as director Richard Fleischer's “Barabbas,” starring Anthony Quinn; John Huston's star-studded “The Bible”; and Roger Vadim's “Barbarella,” starring Jane Fonda. After selling his studio and moving to the United States in the 1970s, De Laurentiis produced films such as “Serpico,” “Death Wish,” “Three Days of the Condor,” “The Serpent's Egg,” “Ragtime” and “Conan the Barbarian.” But De Laurentiis' name also became synonymous with expensive box-office failures such as “Dune,” “Tai-Pan” and “King Kong Lives.” The son of a pasta manufacturer, he was born Agostino De Laurentiis on Aug. 8, 1919, in Torre Annunziata, some 17 miles from Naples. One of seven children, he dropped out of school at 15 and traveled as a salesman for his father's pasta factory. But he wasn't enamored of the family business. He worked for a time as an extra, stagehand, electrician and director's assistant before changing his first name from Agostino to Dino and launching a production company.
DeLAURENTIS, Dino (Agostino DeLaurentis)
Born: 8/8/1919, Torre Annunziata, Campania, Italy
Died: 11/11/2010, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
Din DeLaurentis' westerns - producer, presenter:
The Hills Run Red - 1966 [producer]
Navajo Joe - 1966 [producer]
A Man Called Sledge - 1971 [producer]
The Deserter - 1972 [producer]
Chino - 1973 [producer]
The Shootist - 1976 [presenter]
The White Buffalo - 1977 [producer]
Monday, November 8, 2010
Originally trained as an artist, Taylor thought of his work not as pieces of a wardrobe, "but as a painting." He won an Emmy and a Costume Designers Guild lifetime achievement award.
By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
November 9, 2010
Noel Taylor, an award-winning costume designer whose career spanned seven decades and started almost by accident after artist Marc Chagall sought his help, has died. He was 97.
Taylor, a longtime resident of West Hollywood, died of natural causes Thursday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, said Patrick Munoz, executor of his estate.
Nominated four times for an Emmy Award, Taylor won in 1978 for costume design for the PBS drama "Actor: The Paul Muni Story." He also had designed for more than 70 Broadway plays, many local stage productions and nearly 30 television shows and films.
At 16, Taylor dropped out of high school to work in the theater and at 22 was starring on Broadway in "Cross Ruff," a play he also wrote.
Trained as a painter, Taylor turned toward costume design when Chagall asked him to help paint costumes in the late 1940s for a New York City Ballet production of "The Firebird." "When I'm doing a costume, I don't think of it as a piece of wardrobe," Taylor told The Times in 1980. "I think of it as a painting."
On Broadway, he was prominent and prolific until his early 80s. In the 1950s, he laboriously dyed fabric for "The Teahouse of the August Moon" and did costumes for "Dial 'M' for Murder," and the early 1960s plays "The Night of the Iguana" and " One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." He was nominated for Emmys for the 1991 Civil War miniseries "Ironclads," the 1982 special "Eleanor, First Lady of the World" and the 1965 Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of "The Magnificent Yankee."
"He was a brilliantly talented designer," said Rachael Stanley, interim director of the Costume Designers Guild, which gave Taylor a lifetime achievement award in 2004. "His sketches are really pieces of art in and of themselves. One he did of Katharine Hepburn is on my wall."
Before Hepburn would agree to Taylor designing costumes for her 1986 TV movie "Mrs. Delafield Wants to Marry," she insisted on seeing samples of his work, according to the 2006 biography "Kate: The Woman Who Was Hepburn." After Hepburn pronounced his designs beautiful, "we were best friends," Taylor said in the book. He worked with her on several more TV movies.
In 2005, he accompanied Julie Harris to Washington, D.C., when the actress received a Kennedy Center Honor while wearing a Taylor design. Their friendship began "20 plays and 30 years ago," Taylor had told The Times in 1980.
In 1961, when Harris was uncomfortable with a costume for Broadway's "A Shot in the Dark," Taylor said he made another overnight because "nobody ever has to wear anything I make that they don't like."
He was born Harold Alexander Taylor Jr. on Jan. 17, 1913, in Youngstown, Ohio, the second of two sons of a stockbroker and his wife, a painter. At 7, he moved with his family to Paris for two years and acquired
"Noel" as a childhood nickname. In his 20s, Taylor often summered in Austria, where he witnessed the growing discrimination against Jewish people during the rise of Adolf Hitler.
He wired his mother to tell her, "Forget everything you thought you knew," Taylor later said, and solicited her help in raising $200,000 to help exiled Jews. Jailed for participating in illegal meetings, he was released after four days by a sympathetic Austrian interrogator and soon returned to the U.S., he said in several interviews.
During World War II, Taylor was an equestrian trainer for the Coast Guard.
In Los Angeles, he had worked on theater stages both large and small, and had designed costumes for the Laguna Playhouse's "Harvey" in 2003 when he was 90.
He had two major life partners, George Sullivan and artist Adnan Karabay. Taylor is survived by a nephew.
TAYLOR, Noel (Harold Alexander Taylor, Jr.)
Born: 1/17/1913, Youngstown, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 11/4/2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Noel Taylors' western - costume designer:
The Legend of the Lone Ranger - 1981
Sunday, November 7, 2010
experience for the upstart Creative Artists Agency in the late 1970s.
By Claire Noland, Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2010
Martin Baum, an old-time New York theatrical talent agent who became a
veteran voice of experience for the upstart Creative Artists Agency in the late 1970s and who brought to the firm such established star clients as Sidney Poitier and Peter Sellers, has died. He was 86.
Baum died Friday at his home in Beverly Hills, the agency announced. The cause was not given.
"To those of us in his CAA family, Marty was a hero," the agency's partners said in a statement. "He was not only a brilliant agent, but a generous mentor to so many."
Since the late 1940s, Baum's clients included Bette Davis, Richard Attenborough, Richard Harris, Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards, Joanne Woodward, Cliff Robertson, Maggie Smith, Red Buttons, Gene Wilder, Bo Derek, John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Rock Hudson, Dyan Cannon and Carroll O'Connor, among others.
CAA founding partners Michael Ovitz, Ron Meyer, Michael Rosenfeld Sr., Rowland Perkins and Bill Haber invited Baum to join CAA in 1977, two years after the ambitious young guns left the William Morris Agency en masse. They coveted Baum's A-list talent roster, but they also saw his value as a shrewd deal-maker.
Baum was known as a "packager," someone who brought together actors, directors, writers and others he represented and then delivered the bundled group to a studio for a film production. One of his early film successes was gathering Poitier, director Ralph Nelson and screenwriter James Poe - all Baum clients - for "Lilies of the Field" in 1963.
And he knew another side of the business. From 1968 to 1971, Baum had been president of ABC Pictures, the television network's motion picture division. He was responsible for such films as "Cabaret," "Straw Dogs" and "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
As the first head of CAA's motion picture department, he brought credibility as well as an ability to scrutinize projects as a studio executive would.
Baum got his start in the entertainment business in his native New York City. Born March 2, 1924, he served in the Army during World War II. After returning from military duty, he became a stage manager - but the
shows kept flopping, he told a Times reporter in 1969. "Finally, we opened a show in which it seemed everyone lost money," Baum said. "I looked around to see just who had made money in this particular disaster. Only the actors and their agents. So I decided to became an agent."
In 1948, he and another agent, Abe Newborn, formed the Baum-Newborn Agency and began to turn a profit. They sold the firm to General Artists Corp., and in 1960 Baum moved to Los Angeles as the head of GAC's motion picture department. After GAC, Baum took a similar position with the Ashley Famous Agency and then formed his own firm, which later merged with CAA.
At his CAA office in Century City, Baum displayed the Academy Award statuette his client Gig Young won as best supporting actor for the 1969 film "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Before committing suicide in 1978, Young indicated that he wanted the Oscar to go to Baum, his friend and his agent, who had cast him as the dance-marathon promoter. Jennifer Young, the actor's daughter, sued for the rights to the statuette, but a judge ruled in Baum's favor in 1997. At the time, the agent said he planned to bequeath the Oscar to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences when he died.
Baum's wife Bernice died in 1997. Survivors include his girlfriend of 12 years, Vicki Sanchez; his daughter, Fern; his son, Rich; and three grandchildren.
Born: 3/2/1924, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/5/2010, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
Martin Baum's western - producer:
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia - 1974
Friday, November 5, 2010
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:16 PM on 4th November 2010
Actor and nightclub owner Emilio Franco has been gunned down after a suspected 'hit' at his California home.
Franco, 53, was pronounced dead at the scene of the shooting in the 9300 block of Gainford Avenue in Downey, police officials said in a written statement.
The owner of several night spots including Los Angeles club El Farallon.
Police and local reports say Franco was killed when he attempted to confront two suspects thought to be trying to rob Franco's Downey residence in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
One man was wounded at the scene and is being treated at a hospital while police are looking for a second suspect who is believed to have fled the scene after a 'home-invasion robbery'.
Police believe Franco, an actor and singer turned businessman, may have been followed to his home by the suspects before the apparent attempted robbery.
Relatives have since confirmed that Franco's wife and pregnant daughter are alive and were in the home when the shooting took place.
'Officers were dispatched to a possible prowler call with 'shots heard' at a residence on Gainford Avenue,' said a statement from Downey police.
'When officers arrived, family members contacted them and said there were intruders inside the residence.'
Officers said Franco was found lying on the floor of his home suffering from a fatal gunshot wound.
One of the suspects in the deadly intrusion was also found inside the home suffering from a gunshot wound, Downey police Detective Sam Gatfield told the Whittier Daily News.
'That suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital where he is listed in serious condition and expected to survive,' Gatfield added.
A second suspect in the killing was spotted by witnesses fleeing the area on foot and remained at large. He was only described as wearing dark clothing.
Franco's neighbour said the late nightclub owner was a pleasant and personable man. 'My mom use to be the secretary down in Lynwood at El Farallon night club for about 14 years,' she said. 'He was a very funny man, a very helping person and even though he had money he was just a down to earth person. He was really nice. 'I remember on Tuesdays he would do a barbecue for all of his workers on his ranch. It was fun. He would let us borrow his horses,' Renteria added. 'He would always give people whatever he could.'
Franco's residence was said to be in a peaceful and quiet area but an anonymous source quoted by Indiepropub.com suggested the actor and businessman 'had a dark side, with ties to drug dealing'.
The same source alleged Franco's nightclubs in El Monte, Riverside and Lynwood, California, were 'hangouts of the narco-criminal element' and said Franco's death was the result of a 'hit'.
Franco's family could not be reached for comment by local outlets on Wednesday.
Born: 1956 Mexico
Died: 10/3/2010, Downey, California, U.S.A.
Emilio Franco's western - actor:
La fuga de los Pérez - 1995
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
As an L.A. theater director, one of Robert Ellenstein's most notable
productions was his staging of 'Hamlet' using only six actors and no
props. He appeared in more than 20 films and many television shows.
By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
11:01 AM PDT, November 3, 2010
Robert Ellenstein, an actor and director with a varied career, including a long list of Los Angeles theater productions over several decades, died Oct. 28 of natural causes at a nursing home in West Los Angeles, said his son David. He was 87.
Ellenstein also had more than 20 film roles, including "North by Northwest" in 1959 and "Star Trek IV" in 1986, and a long television resume that began in the mid-1950s.
He was the first artistic director of the Company of Angels, co-founder and artistic director of the Los Angeles Repertory Company and a founding member of Theatre West in Hollywood.
The Company of Angels, a longtime nonprofit professional theater in Los Angeles, recently honored him as part of its 50th anniversary.
One of Ellenstein's most notable Los Angeles productions starting in the late 1980s was his staging of "Hamlet" using only six actors and no props.
David Ellenstein, who played Hamlet, said his father's direction was memorable because of "the accessibility and clarity of the production. It glorified the actor and the words."
Robert Ellenstein was born June 18, 1923, in Newark, N.J., where his father, Meyer, was mayor from 1933 to 1941. Ellenstein attended New York University and graduated with a degree in theater from the University of Iowa. He also served in the military during World War II and was wounded in Holland, his son said.
Ellenstein's career started with the Cleveland Play House in 1947. By the time he moved his family to Los Angeles in 1957, he was appearing on such television shows as "The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse" and " Robert Montgomery Presents."
In the 1960s, his stage work included co-starring with Juliet Prowse in the national tour of "Irma La Douce."
Ellenstein directed and was directed by his sons. David is artistic director of the North Coast Repertory Theater in Solana Beach; Peter is artistic director of the William Inge Center for the Arts in Kansas.
"I don't feel any extra pressure with him here," Peter Ellenstein told
The Times in 1992 during a production of "Rocket to the Moon," in which he directed his father. "A lot of what I do is based on what I learned from him."
In 1999, Robert Ellenstein played the title role in "King Lear" for the Los Angeles Repertory Company with Peter Ellenstein directing. Philip Brandes, writing in The Times, said Ellenstein "renders Lear's dark journey with admirable clarity."
In addition to his sons, Ellenstein is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois; daughter Jan Ellenstein-Keeva of Evanston, Ill.; and four grandchildren.
Born: 6/18/1923, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 10/28/2010, West Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Robert Ellenstein's westerns - actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1956 (Tewksbury)
3:10 to Yuma - 1957 (Ernie Collins)
The Californians (TV) - 1957 (Collie Andrews)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) - 1958 (‘Johnny Appleseed’ Chapman)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) - 1958 (Alf Stokes)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) - 1959 (Mr. Sims)
The Rifleman (TV) - 1959 (Bart Jamison)
The Man from Blackhawk (TV) - 1959 (Matthew Larkin)
Rawhide (TV) - 1959 (Orderly)
Riverboat (TV) - 1960 (Sheriff Stone)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) - 1962 (Augustus Parmalee)
The Dakotas (TV) - 1963 (judge)
Bonanza (TV) - 1966 (Harry Fitts)
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 (Luis Vasquez, Arthur Tickle, Dr. Theobald Raker, Dr. Horatio Occularis II)
The Virginian (TV) - 1967 (Milo Temple)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1967, 1969 (Salazar, Dr. Amos Pearce)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1970
Monday, November 1, 2010
May 8, 1925 - October 12, 2010
Michael "Mick" Galloway 85, husband, father, actor. A familiar face on many TV series, including "The Blue Angels" in the early 60s, Michael's career encompassed more than 350 roles on stage, screen and TV.
Born into a family of Boise, Idaho lawyers, Michael was the youngest of four brothers. Following his Air Force service during WWII, he attended the University of Idaho and USC on basketball scholarships. When his athletic ambitions were sidelined by a car accident, Michael discovered his passion for acting and theater.
In 2008, he campaigned vigorously for Obama. His childhood memory of listening to Marion Anderson sing at FDR's Inauguration on the radio with his mother inspired him to post a YouTube video on behalf of that effort.
Michael Galloway is survived by wife Karen, children from his first marriage, Steve Galloway (Ellen) and Kathleen Rogan (Tim), grandsons Sean and Cameron Rogan; and brother, Robert, Michael will be remembered for his humanity, decency, intelligence and a wacky sense of humor.
GALLOWAY, Michael F.
Born: 5/8/1925, Boise, Idaho, U.S.A.
Died: 10/12/2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Michael Galloway's westerns - actor:
Zane Grey Theater (TV) - 1957 (Thompson)
Broken Arrow (TV) - 1958 (Sgt. Galloway)
Maverick (TV) - 1959 (Jim Hedges)
Frontier Doctor (TV) - 1959 (Sam Ross)
The Texan (TV) - 1959 (Frank Kincaid)