Friday, April 29, 2011

RIP William Campbell

Actor William Campbell died on April 29, 2011 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was 84. Campbell was born October 30, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Fagin’s School for Drama and debuted in the 1950 film "The Breaking Point". He would go on to appear in over 80 films and TV appearances and several genre roles, including the roles of Koloth in the ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ episodes TheTrouble withTribbles and Blood Oath. He also appeared in the original series as Treane in The Squire of Gothos". Campbell also appeared in such films as "The High and the Mighty" (1954), "Battle Cry" and "Man Without a Star" both 1955. He sang with Elvis Presley in "Love Me Tender" (1956). On TV he appeared in the movie The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and in an episode of the television series Shazam! and The Wild, Wild West.

CAMPBELL, William (William J. Campbell)
Born: 10/30/1926, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 4/29/2011, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

William Campbell's westerns - actor.
Escape from Fort Bravo - 1953 (Cabot Young)
Man without a Star - 1955 (Jeff Jimson)
Backlash - 1956 (Johnny Cool)
Love Me Tender - 1956 (Brett Reno)
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw - 1958 (Keeno)
Money, Women, and Guns - 1958 (Clinton ‘Clint’ Gunston)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) - 1960 (Crail)
Natchez Trace - 1960 (Virgil Stewart)
Stagecoach West (TV) - 1961 (Cole Eldridge)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1962, 1965, 1975 (Luke, Striker)
Wild Wild West (TV) - 1966 (Sgt. Bender)
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) - 1967 (Hobbs)
Bonanza (TV) - 1968 (Wilburn White)
Heck Ramsey (TV) - 1974 (Vince Alexander)

RIP Ted Quillin

THEODORE QUILLIN Theodore Ross Quillin, 81, of Las Vegas, passed away April 20, 2011. He was born Feb. 17, 1930, in Oklahoma City. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. His career as an American radio personality spanned 64 years. At one time, he was rated the #1 Personality Disc Jockey in the nation. He was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005. Ted became one of the original "Seven Swingin' Gentlemen" who took a Top-40, Rock and Roll music format into its first major market, at KFWB in Hollywood. His listeners became known as the "Quiverin' Quillin Clan." His years in radio included KFWB, 1958-61; KRLA-Pasadena, 1962-64; KORK-Las Vegas, 1964-1966, KFI-LA, 1969; KFOX-1969-71; XPRS-1972, and finally, KORK-Las Vegas, 1972, when he became a permanent resident of Las Vegas, and recently on KDSS-Ely. In addition, Ted did a show on Armed Forces Radio and Television Network for 10 years and was heard on 530 radio stations worldwide. Following his radio career, he opened Quillin Country Advertising in Las Vegas. He was preceded in death by his father, Randall Quillin; mother, Josephine Arnold; and sister, Sugar Quillin. He is survived by his wife, Eve; brother, Ray (wife, Margaret); daughters, Jo Williams and Janet Titus (husband, Rick); son, Tim (wife, Sharry); four stepchildren; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, in the Penthouse Suite at the Red Rock Resort & Casino. The family requests that any donations in Ted's memory be made to the Zelzah Shriners Transportation Fund at 2222 W. Mesquite Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89106. Just as Ted always signed off his radio programs with this familiar wish for his fans, those of us that love and miss him, in turn, now wish him "Blue Skies and Green Lights" forever.

QUILLIN, Ted (Theodore Ross Quillin)
Born: 2/17/1930, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 4/20/2011, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Ted Quillin's western - actor:
Lawman (TV) - 1962 (Gus Baker)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

RIP Roger Gimbel

Emmy Award-winning TV producer Roger Gimbel, who worked with stars including Bing Crosby and Sophia Loren, has died. He was 86.

Spokesman Dale Olson said Thursday that Gimbel died of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Gimbel's wife, actress Jennifer Warren, was at his side.

Gimbel's 500-plus productions received 18 Emmys, including one for 1973's "A War of Children," about Irish and Protestant friends engulfed by strife in Belfast.

He worked on TV movies including "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman" and "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" and produced specials with Crosby, Loren, Dean Martin and others.

Gimbel, a Philadelphia native, was a member of the Gimbels department store family. Besides his wife, Roger Gimbel's survivors include four children.

Born: 1925, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 
Died:  4/26/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Roger Gimbel's westerns - producer:
The Legend of Walks Far Woman (TV) - 1982
Montana (TV) - 1990

Thursday, April 21, 2011

RIP Robert Yannetti

Yannetti, Robert P.
May 30, 1953 - April 15, 2011

Robert P. Yannetti, 57 of Los Angeles California died very suddenly Friday April 15th, 2011.

Bob was born in the Bronx, New York, May 30th,1953. He was the youngest of 2 sons born to Albert and Emily Yannetti and is survived by his brother Richard P.Yannetti. Bob graduated from Fox Lane high school in New York in1971 and continued his education at UCLA, earning his MFA in Theater Arts in 1978.

Bob was a cherished Husband and Father survived by his wife of 30 years, Leslie Winston Yannetti and his 2 daughters Allison Yannetti (16) and Joanna Yannetti (13). Bob was First Assistant Director in the Director's Guild of America since 1982. He began directing episodic television in 2002. Bob's career spanned 30 years and included work on such films as Scarface, Witches of Eastwick , The River and many, many more. Television series include LA Law, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal, and most recently, Parenthood. He was beloved by cast and crew alike.
He will be missed every minute of everyday.

The memorial service will be Wednesday April 20th, 2011 at 2PM at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church 5700 Rudnick Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

Born: 5/30/1953, Bronx, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/15/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Robert Yannetti's westerns - assistant director:
Stranger on My Land (TV) - 1988
Buffalo Soldiers (TV) - 1997

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

RIP Gerald Perry Finnerman

Gerald Perry Finnerman died on April 6, 2011. He was the primary director of photography for Star Trek and then, two decades later, Moonlighting. In between came Night Gallery, The Bold Ones, Kojak, Police Woman, and a number of TV movies (he won an Emmy for 1978's Ziegfeld: The Man and His Women).

Star Trek was Finnerman’s debut as a DP. Prior to his voyage on the Enterprise, Finnerman had been a camera operator for the legendary cinematographer Harry Stradling (Suspicion, Johnny Guitar, A Face in the Crowd, My Fair Lady), who personally recommended him to Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Finnerman had another mentor in the family: his the British-born Perry Finnerman, was also a director of photography who spent his last few years (he died in 1960) shooting episodes of Maverick, Lawman, and Adventures in Paradise.

It’s difficult to write about cinematographers without looking at the work again, but the imagery of the original Star Trek is certainly stamped on my brain. Idiots chortle over how the original Star Trek looks "dated" – they’ve even replaced the special effects with digital upgrades, which look cool but miss the point. But it’s precisely the look of Star Trek – the costume and set design, the makeup, the visual effects – that make Star Trek special, much more than the scripts or the utopian ideas of Gene Roddenberry. I love the bright colors and the strange shapes and spaces of the Star Trek world. The show’s budget meant that the Enterprise consisted of a lot of bare walls – and Finnerman wasn’t afraid to shine an orange or green or fuchsia lamp on them, for no particular reason.

Obit per Stephen Bowie

FINNERMAN, Gerald Perry
Born: 12/17/1931, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/6/2011, Los Angeles, Caliornia, U.S.A.

Gerald Perry Finnerman's westerns -cinematographer:
The Viriginian (TV) - 1962
Barquero - 1970
Hitched (TV) - 1971
Little Moon and Jud McGraw - 1975
Go West, Young Girl (TV) - 1978
The Legend of the Golden Gun (TV) - 1979
September Gun (TV) - 1983

RIP Jon Cedar

'Hogan's Heroes' Actor Jon Cedar Dies
by Mike Barnes
Veteran character actor Jon Cedar died April 14 at Providence Tarzana
Medical Center in Los Angeles after a brief battle with leukemia. He
was 80.

Cedar had a regular role as the lovable Corporal Langenscheidt on the
1965-71 sitcom Hogan's Heroes. He also appeared on such shows as Ben
Casey, Barnaby Jones, Kojak, The Rockford Files, Moonlighting, The
Greatest American Hero and Matlock. He wrote, produced and appeared in
The Manitou, a 1978 film starring Tony Curtis.

Cedar and his late wife, Barbara, created and ran the Barbara's Place
script-typing service during the 1970s and '80s.

As a youngster, Cedar traveled the country with his family appearing
off-Broadway and in national tours with such shows as Irma la Douce,
The Deputy and South Pacific. He and his brother George also did many
performances at the Players Ring, a Hollywood theater troupe.

In addition to his brother, survivors include his daughter, Loren
Thompson, his son, Michael Cedar, and his longtime companion, Elynore

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Groman Eden Mortuary
in Mission Hills, Calif. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
the American Leukemia Society or to the Screen Actors Guild
Foundation, Emergency Assistance Fund.

Born: 1/22/1931, U.S.A.
Died: 4/142011, Tarzana, California, U.S.A.

Jon Ceadar's westerns - actor:
The Quest (TV) - 1976 (Sawyer)
Death Hunt - 1981 (Hawkins)

RIP Kevin Jarre

Kevin Jarre dies at 56; screenwriter of 'Glory' and 'Tombstone'

Kevin Jarre had a lifelong love of history, especially the Civil War, that helped inspire him to write the screenplay for 'Glory.' His other writing credits include 'Tombstone,' 'Rambo: First Blood Part II' and 'The Mummy.

By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times

April 22, 2011

Kevin Jarre, a screenwriter steeped in American history who wrote the Civil War saga "Glory" and the western "Tombstone," died unexpectedly of heart failure April 3 at his Santa Monica home, said his aunt, Patty Briley Bean. He was 56.

Jarre had been a self-described "Civil War freak" since childhood, when he received toy soldiers from the era for Christmas.

His interest in the 54th Massachusetts, a regiment that was one of first black units during the Civil War, was piqued when a friend, Lincoln Kirstein, observed that a photograph of Jarre on horseback resembled a statue of Col. Robert Gould Shaw, the regiment's white leader.

Moved to research the 54th, Jarre read the colonel's letters and two books, Kirstein's "Lay This Laurel" and Peter Burchard's "One Gallant Rush," which became source material for the 1989 film "Glory."

"I never thought I could interest anybody in it," Jarre told The Times in 1990. "A Civil War epic, about black people? But I'd got really attached to the story.... I'd end up in tears when I got through writing."

The script initially engendered controversy and was called racist, partly "because Jarre is white and partly because the language is outspoken and the characterizations not invariably idealized,"  Charles Champlin, then The Times' arts editor, wrote in 1990.

"Glory," which was directed by Edward Zwick, went on to win three Academy Awards, including one for actor Denzel Washington. The New York Times review praised Jarre's "good, lean screenplay."

His screenplay for 1993's "Tombstone" "was really the first time anyone has tried to present Wyatt Earp in his entirety,"Kurt Russell, who portrayed Earp in the movie, told The Times in 1994.
Val Kilmer, who played Doc Holliday in the film, called the script "one of the greatest that he'd ever read," the Portland Oregonian reported in 1996.

Hired to direct "Tombstone," Jarre was removed as director six weeks into filming. His attention to detail "may have paid off in atmospheric detail" but also may have slowed him down as a director, The Times said in 1994.

The western garnered mixed reviews but was a hit at the box office.

"He was a fabulous raconteur," his aunt said, "and knew the history of just about everything."

Jarre was born Aug. 6, 1954, in Detroit and moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s with his mother, Laura Devon, an actress who made her film debut in "Goodbye Charlie" (1964).

His parents divorced, and for a time he lived with his father in Wyoming.

In the 1960s, Jarre had small acting parts in the TV series "Flipper," which starred Brian Kelly, then married to his mother. She subsequently married Oscar-winning composer Maurice Jarre, who adopted Kevin.

Among Jarre's other writing credits are "Rambo: First Blood Part II" (1985), "The Devil's Own" (1997) and "The Mummy" (1999).

He occasionally produced films and acted. In "Glory," he had a small role as a white soldier who picks a fight. As the regiment heads for battle, he yells, "Give 'em hell, 54th."

Besides his aunt, Jarre is survived by cousins.
JARRE, Kevin Alexis
Born: 8/6/1954, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 4/3/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Kevin Jarre's westerns - director, screenwriter actor:
The Tracker (TV) - 1988 [screenwriter]
Glory - 1989 [screenwriter, actor]
Tombstone - 1993 [director, screenwriter]


Monday, April 18, 2011

RIP Michael Sarrazin

MONTREAL - Michael Sarrazin, the understated star of films like They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? and The Flim-Flam Man, died Sunday, April 17 in Montreal after a brief, quiet battle with cancer, surrounded by his family. He was 70 years old.

Sarrazin was born Jacques Michel André Sarrazin in Quebec City in 1940. The family moved to Montreal, first to Frontenac St. in the east end, and then to Notre Dame de Grâce, where Sarrazin attended Loyola High School.

“He wasn’t a particularly good student,” his brother Pierre Sarrazin recalled, “but he was a great actor, and the Jesuits and fellow students loved him. His first high school role was in The Bishop’s Candlestick, and he was very upset when he came offstage and everyone in the crowd was laughing. He thought they were laughing at him. They were laughing with him.”

As tributes poured in, love was a word often repeated. “I loved my brother dearly,” said Pierre, a producer and writer for television and film who worked with Michael on the 1993 George Mihalka hit comedy La Florida. “We were an ordinary family that happened to have a star in it. We knew it from an early age.”

“He was the greatest, most wonderful soul," said Daniaile Jarry, who was a dialogue and singing coach to Sarrazin on La Florida, and was shocked to hear of his passing. “He had a great passion for life. We had so much fun on the set. It was a coup for us. He was working with his brother, whom he loved, and was working in French, something he hadn’t done in years.”

The veteran director Mihalka, still absorbing the news, said, “I have had the honour of not only working with Michael but being a friend for almost 20 years. This is truly a sad time for all of us in the Canadian film community.

“Michael was one of the most talented, generous and committed actors I have ever worked with. He never stopped surprising me with his wit, charm, and, above all, his humility and simple decency. Montreal and the world have lost a truly outstanding man. Rest well, my dear friend, you have enriched the lives of all of us.”

Sarrazin’s longtime agent Michael Oscars said in a statement from Toronto: “Michael was an actor of great sensitivity and unparalleled grace. He was also an impeccable raconteur, valued client and a great friend. It is a very great loss.

Sarrazin was one of the last actors to come up through the old studio system, signing with Universal in 1965. After an indifferent start in television and TV movies of the week, his true talent as a soulful reflection of the tumultuous 1960s was revealed opposite singer-actor Bobby Darin in the post-Civil War drama Gunfight in Abilene, in 1967, and as the reluctant apprentice to grifter George C. Scott in The Flim-Flam Man, that same year.

Work came fast and furious. He played a tenderfoot Confederate soldier in 1968’s Journey to Shiloh with fellow Hollywood rookie Harrison Ford, and was nominated for a Golden Globe as a slacker surfer in The Sweet Ride (1968) opposite Jacqueline Bisset. They began a relationship that lasted 14 years.

Sarrazin’s career peaked the next year as he provided quiet, essential support for partner Jane Fonda in the harrowing dancing marathon They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? The film was nominated for nine Oscars, but only Gig Young won for best supporting actor.

His critical run continued when he played Paul Newman’s misunderstood half-brother in Sometimes a Great Notion, Newman’s criminally underseen 1970 adaptation of novelist Ken Kesey’s great logging yarn. Henry Fonda and Lee Remick co-starred. Sarrazin worked more or less continuously thereafter, in films as varied as The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), The Gumball Rally (1976), Joshua Then and Now (1985), Bullet to Beijing (1995), and 2008’s The Christmas Choir.

Claude Chamberlan, co-founder and chief programmer of Montreal's Festival du nouveau cinéma, wrote in an email: “Funny, only three days ago, I was talking to friends about the very discreet Michael Sarrazin, the only Hollywood film star living around Boulevard Saint-Laurent. I saw him many times strolling the Main and always respected his incognito.

“I will always remember him in They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, a film we showed at the end of our 250-hour film marathon in 1992, celebrating the 100th birthday of cinema.”

In the beginning of the 21st century, Sarrazin relocated from the West Coast to Montreal to be closer to his beloved daughters Catherine and Michelle, organizational pillars of the editorial department of the Gazette for many years.

“We had a 3,000-mile relationship with him for so long, it was great to be able to rediscover him,” said Michelle bravely, shortly after his passing. “He was a great, loving dad. He really loved us, and we really loved him. We’re so glad we had these years together.”

A service will be held in Lady Chapel of St. Patrick’s Basilica, 460 René Lévesque Blvd. W. on April 26 at 10:30 a.m.

SARRAZIN, Michael (Jacques Michel Andre Sarrazin)
Born: 5/22/1940, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Died: 4/17/2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Michael Sarrazin's westerns - actor:
The Virginian (TV) - 1965 (Sam Coates)
Gunfight in Abilene - 1967 (Cord Decker)
A Man Called Gannon - 1968 (Jess Washburn)
Journey to Shiloh - 1958 (Miller Nalls)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean - 1972 (Rose's husband)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

RIP Myrna Dell

MYRNA DELL, 86 - February 11, 2011

Actress Myrna Dell, who was a film femme fatale in the 1940s and 1950s, died in Studio City, California, on February 11, 2011. She was born Marilyn Adele Dunlap in Los Angeles on March 5, 1924. She began her career on the New York stage as a showgirl in the "Earl Carroll Revue" in the late 1930s, and was featured in the 1940 film "A Night at Earl Carroll's". She appeared in a small role in MGM's "Ziegfeld Girl" in 1941, and performed on stage at the Billy Rose Nightclub and the Broadway revue "George White's Scandals". She returned to Hollywood several years later, appearing in several westerns including PRC's "Raiders of Red Gap" (1943) with Robert Livingston, Republic's "In Old Oklahoma" (1943) with John Wayne, and Monogram's "Arizona Whirlwind" (1944) with Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard and Bob Steele, before signing with RKO. She was seen in small roles in the films "Jive Junction" (1943), "Up in Arms" (1944), "Show Business" (1944), "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1944), "Wanderers of the Wasteland" (1945), "The Falcon in San Francisco" (1945), "Radio Stars on Parade" (1945), "Man Alive" (1945), "The Spiral Staircase" (1945), "Deadline at Dawn" (1946), "The Falcon's Alibi" (1946), "Ding Dong Williams" (1946), "Step By Step" (1946), "Lady Luck" (1946), "Nocturne" (1946), "Vacation in Reno" (1946), "The Falcon's Adventure" (1946), and "The Locket" (1946). Dell was also featured in several comedy shorts including "Double Honeymoon" (1945) with Edgar Kennedy, and "Double Honeymoon" (1945), "Beware of Redheads" (1945), "Maid Trouble" (1946), "Oh, Professor, Beware" (1946), "Twin Husbands" (1946), "I'll Take Milk" (1946), and "The Uninvited Blonde" (1948) all with Leon Errol. She continued her career over the next decade. frequently in supporting roles as a femme fatale or a tough broad. Her film credits include "Fighting Father Dunne" (1948), "Guns of Hate" (1948), "Rose of the Yukon" (1949) with Steve Brodie, "Search for Danger" (1949) with John Calvert as the Falcon, "The Lost Tribe" (1949) with Johnny Weissmuller as Jungle Jim, "The Judge Steps Out" (1949), "Lust for Gold" (1949), "The Girl from Jones Beach" (1949) starring Ronald Reagan, "The Gall Who Took the West" (1949), "Radar Secret Service" (1950), "Destination Murder" (1950), "The Furies" (1950), "Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle" (1950) starring Joe Kirkwood, Jr., "Secrets of Beauty" (1951), "Never Trust a Gambler" (1951), "The Strip" (1951), "Reunion in Reno" (1951), "The Bushwhackers" (1951) as the murderous daughter of Lon Chaney, Jr., "Here Come the Marines" (1952), "Night Freight" (1955), "The Toughest Man Alive" (1955), "Last of the Desperados" (1955), "The Naked Hills" (1956), and "Ma Barker's Killer Brood" (1960). She was also seen on television in the 1950s and 1960s, appearing regularly as Empress Shira in the adventure series "China Smith" with Dan Duryea, and guest-starring in episodes of "Lux Video Theatre", "Gang Busters", "Jungle Jim", "Crusader", "Dragnet", "Ethel Barrymore Theater", "The Millionaire.", "Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars", "State Trooper", "The Adventures of Jim Bowie", "Maverick", "U.S. Marshal", "The Texan", "Pete and Gladys", "The Donna Reed Show", and "Batman". She married actor Herbert Patterson in the 1960s, and retired from the screen to raise their daughter. Dell was featured in small roles in several films later in her career including "The One Man Jury" (1978) and "Buddy Buddy" (1981). She was also a popular guest at film and nostalgia festivals.

DELL, Myrna (Marilyn Adele Dunlap)
Born: 3/5/1924, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/11/2011, Studio City, California, U.S.A.

Myrna Dell's westerns - actress:
Raiders of Red Gap - 1943 (Jane Roberts)
In Old Oklahoma - 1943 (blonde)
Arizona Whirlwind - 1944 (Ruth Hampton)
Belle of the Yukon - 1944 (Chorine)
Wanderer of the Wasteland - 1945 (gambler’s girl)
Guns of Hate - 1948 (Dixie Merritt)
Roughshod - 1949 (Helen Carter)
Lust for Gold - 1949 (Lucille)
The Gal Who Took the West - 1949 (Nancy)
The Furies - 1950 (Dallas Hart)
The Bushwackers -1951 (Norah Taylor)
Last of the Desperadoes - 1953 (Clara Wightman)
The Naked Hills - 1956 (Aggie)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) - 1958 (Helen Harris)
Maverick (TV) - 1958 (Anita)
U.S. Marshal (TV) - 1959
The Texan (TV) - 1959 (Miss Delly)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

RIP Sidney Lumet

Legendary director Sidney Lumet has died at the age of 86.

The New York Times reported early Saturday that Lumet, a four time Oscar nominee, died of lymphoma, according to his daughter.

Lumet helmed countless big screen classics. His first film, "12 Angry Men," established him as a top director in 1957, while his 1970's hits "Serpico," "Murder on the Orient Express," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Network" sealed his reputation as a screen legend.

While he never won an Oscar for films he directed, in 2005 he was awarded an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Lumet worked with Hollywood's biggest names, including Henry Fonda, Al Pacino, Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, Sean Connery, Robert Duvall, and Faye Dunaway.

LUMET, Sidney Henry
Born: 6/25/1924, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 4/9/2011, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

Sidney Lumet's western - director:
Frontier (TV) - 1955

Friday, April 8, 2011

RIP Pierre Gauvreau

Death of Pierre Gauvreau, who signed the Refus global

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Friday, April 8, 2011 9:31

The painter, writer, director and signatory of the Refus global, Pierre Gauvreau, died of heart failure Thursday at the age of 88.

Near the painter Paul-Émile Borduas, Gauvreau (1922-2011) was one of the signatories of Refusal overall in 1948, the manifesto of Quebec artists wishing to break with the homogeneity of the creative right-thinking company then.

Gauvreau, who has been associated with the automatic movement, was also the author of many successful serials, we think les temps d'une paix de Cormoran.

The sad news of the death of Pierre Gauvreau also reacted to the Minister of Culture and Communications Christine St-Pierre. Questioned on the sidelines of the press conference announcing the purchase of the rooms of the film follow parallel eXcentris by Friday morning, the minister said: "It was a very important man, a great man, good and extraordinary, which has never had an enemy in his life. I regret not having known more personally."

Born: 8/23/1922, Quebec, Montreal, Canada
Died: 4/7/2011, Quebec, Montreal, Canada

Pierre Gauvreau's western - director:
Tomahawk (TV) - 1957

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

RIP Patrick Faulstich

Patrick Faulstich

He oversaw 'Lonesome Dove' adaptation

By Variety Staff

John Patrick (Pat) Faulstich, a Hollywood producer, studio executive, agent and manager, died March 21 in Port Charlotte, Fla., after a six-year battle with brain cancer. He was 55.

Faulstich began his career at ICM, becoming a literary agent, before moving to CBS in 1985. As head of miniseries at the network, Faulstich oversaw the adaptation of Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove." He later oversaw drama series.

In the early '90s, Faulstich joined Touchstone Pictures/Disney as VP of movie production. That was followed by a stint at Propaganda Films before returning to an agency, Broder Kurland Webb Uffner, in 1994, and later forming his own management company representing writers and directors.

A California native, Faulstich was married to television producer Jennifer Alward in 1985. She died of complications with diabetes in 2002.

FAULSTICH, Patrick (John Patrick Faulstich)
Born: 2/2/1956, Altadena, California, U.S.A.
Died: 3/21/2011 Port Charlotte, Florida, U.S.A.

Patrick Faulstich’s western - producer:
Lonesome Dove (TV) - 1989

RIP Gianni Brezza

Dead Gianni Brezza, husband of Loretta Goggi

He was a dancer, choreographer, director and actor Brezza died Tuesday April 5, 2011 in Rome after a long illness. Gianni was a dancer, choreographer, director and actor. He was the husband of Loretta Goggi and was nearing 69 years. Born in La Spezia on November 9, 1942, he moved to Rome where he had started a business in the sixties. He became the first dancer in the corps de ballet of RAI, he worked in the main programs of Viale Mazzini of the sixties and seventies, including ‘Canzonissima’, ‘Studio One’ and ‘Milleluci’. Subsequently, he was a choreographer, actor alongside Rita Pavone and a director. After leaving the profession as a dancer, he dedicated himself to directing theatrical and television projects in collaboration with Loretta Goggi, who he married in 2008 after a thirty-year relationship. Goggi recently described their relationship with these words: "Me and John are like Sandra and Raymond in life, with humor and desire to have fun." Lately, due to the illness of her husband, Goggi had cancelled her tour, including the one in Roman.
BREZZA, Gianni
Born: 11/9/1942, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy
Died: 4/5/2011, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Gianni Brezza's westerns - actor:
Viva Django - 1968 (Lucas henchman)
Here We Go Again, Eh Providence? - 1973 (waiter)

RIP Wayne Robson

Canadian Actor Wayne Robson Has Died

By: Dan Bacalzo · Apr 6, 2011 · Canada

Wayne Robson

Actor Wayne Robson has died in his home in Canada. He was 65.

Robson appeared in over 100 Canadian theater productions, 30 feature films and 120 television productions, including 12 seasons as Mike Hamar on The Red Green Show. His honors include Gemini Awards for his roles in And Then You Die and The Diviners, a Dora Award for his work in Walking the Tightrope at Theatre Direct and a Blizzard Award in Manitoba for The Diviners. He received Genie nominations for his roles in The Grey Fox and Bye Bye Blues, and was named Actor of the Year by the Vancouver Sun.

The actor recently became a 2011 company member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and was scheduled to make his debut this season as Grampa in The Grapes of Wrath. The Festival has announced that it will dedicate that production to his memory.

Robson is survived by children Ivy and Louis, and their mother Lynn. Funeral details will be announced at a later date.

Born: 4/29/1946, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: 4/4/2011, Toronto, Ontaro, Canada

Wayne Robson's westerns - actor:
McCabe & Mrs. Miller - 1971 (bartender)
The Grey Fox - 1982 (Shorty Dunn)
Sodbusters (TV) - 1994 (hombre)

Monday, April 4, 2011

RIP Claude Stanush

Author wrote for Life, E-N

He also was creative force behind two Hollywood movies.

By Steve Bennett

Claude Stanush, a writer of profound grace and astonishing agility, died quietly in his bed at his San Antonio home Saturday.

“He took a nap and didn't wake up,” daughter Michele Stanush said of her 92-year-old father, a correspondent for Life magazine during its heyday in the 1940s and '50s.

One of his Life stories inspired the 1952 Robert Mitchum film “The Lusty Men.”

An intensely spiritual man with a wry sense of humor — he once loosed an armadillo in the Life offices just to see what might happen — Stanush returned to his native San Antonio from New York in 1962. He told the San Antonio Express-News in 2007 that he returned home because he came to view working at Life as “making sausages. He wanted to pursue other kinds of thoughtful writing,” recalled his wife, Barbara Stanush. “For one year, he did nothing but read. He reread the Bible, the Greek philosophers. But he started writing short stories, and that's what he wanted to do.” He found the peace to pursue writing projects at Maverick Hill on the Northwest Side, once part of the old Maverick Ranch, where the Stanushes moved in 1965 and lived for 35 years, raising three daughters.

Stanush's latest book was 2007's “Sometimes It's New York,” a collection of short stories that ran the stylistic gamut from slow and meditative to absurdly humorous. His other books include “The Balanced Rock and Other Stories” and “The Newton Boys: Portrait of an Outlaw Gang.” Honors included a creative writing award from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the J. Frank Dobie Award and a Dobie Fellowship.

At Life magazine, he was recognized by the World Council of Churches for his work on the series, “The World's Great Religions,” and by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his essay, “The Geography of the Universe.”

Stanush also co-wrote the screenplay for the 1998 film “The Newton Boys,” shot in San Antonio and starring Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey.

His 1980s columns for the Express-News, running the gamut from the state of arts in America to modern bathroom design, are collected in “The World in My Head.”

Stanush kept busy over the last few years, despite health problems, including hip surgery. His novel “A Piece of Cheese,” co-written with Michele Stanush, was nearing completion, and he had been wrestling with an essay collection on the subject of good and evil for several years. Stanush also had a sort of metaphysical memoir in the works called “A Life in Time and Eternity.”

“Claude was undoubtedly the most truly humble intellectual I've ever met,” San Antonio writer and publisher Bryce Milligan said. “I never tired of talking to him. He was quite brilliant, and intensely curious about virtually everything. But there were some things that he simply could not understand — greed and human cruelty were simply beyond him. Both the man and his writing were exemplars of compassion and good humor.”

Born June 18, 1918, into a Polish family whose South Texas roots stretch back to the 1850s, Stanush graduated from Central Catholic High School at age 15 in 1933 and graduated summa cum laude with an English degree from St. Mary’s University in 1939.

After college, Stanush went to work for the San Antonio Light, and recalled in the 2007 interview an early assignment to cover a woman threatening suicide. It was near Christmas, and Stanush got her telling stories.

“During the telling, she forgot about killing herself,” he said.

He got the itch for New York, however, and eventually landed a job at what then was one of the country's premier magazines by basically camping out in the editor's office day after day.

“After a week or so,” Stanush recalled in 2007, “he finally called me in. He said, ‘What are your qualifications?' And I said, ‘Perseverance.'”

“Claude lived a great life,” said a longtime friend, writer Robert Flynn. “He gave up his career at Life magazine to come home and write his stories. He did write his stories, and they are his gift to us.”

Stanush was a firm believer in community activism. He was co-founder and president of the Artists Alliance of San Antonio and was chairman of San Antonio's Fine Arts Commission for six years. He also presided over the American Issues Forum, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to encourage community dialogue. And he was a writer and consultant for the Rockefeller Foundation about persistent poverty in the United States.

“He was a precious friend to everyone who knew him,” said poet Naomi Shihab Nye, “and a writer of infinite grace, modesty and wisdom.”

Oh, and that armadillo? After a trip back home to South Texas, where he grew up “a Polish cowboy” during the Depression, Stanush released the creature in the Life offices late one night. Next morning, the floor was littered with papers and photographs. Secretaries stood on chairs. Bosses frowned.

“I had to give him to the Bronx zoo,” Stanush said in 2007 in his gravelly voice, “and they didn't like him because he slept all day, being nocturnal and all.”

Besides his wife, Stanush is survived by daughters Michele, Pamela and Julie and three grandchildren.

STANUSH, Claude Ignatius
Born: 6/18/1918, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 4/3/2011, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Claude Stanush's westerns - writer, screenwriter:
The Lusty Men - 1952 [writer]
The Newton Boy - 1998 [writer, screenwriter]