Wednesday, November 30, 2011

RIP Vincent Graeff

Vincent B. Graeff 
September 14, 1931 - February 8, 2011

Vincent Bernard Graeff, 79, died in his home on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. Vince is survived by his loving wife Pat and his children Rita, Mark, Richard, Tisha and Bill Dunn. Also by his grandchildren Scott, Steve, Sandy, Ryan, Anthony, Luca, Sheila, Sherri and Kendell and his great grandchildren Scott Jr., Justin and baby Koester.

He was born in San Ysidro, Ca. on September 14, 1931, grew up in the Movie industry as a child actor playing parts in such movies as: Our Gang Comedies, Fighting Father Dunn, Boys Ranch, and A Tree Grows In Brooklyn along with many more during his childhood.

Vincent enlisted in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. He received a Purple Heart while serving in the 4th Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division.

After a career as a sheet metal worker, he retired to Redding California on the Sacramento River and then to Henderson, Nevada. He enjoyed being with his family, golfing, boating, dancing and building or fixing things around the house. He truly will be missed.

GRAEFF, Vincent (Vincent Bernard Graeff)
Born: 9/14/1931, San Ysidro, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/8/2011, Henderson, Nevada, U.S.A.

Vincent Graeff's westerns - actor:
Buffalo Bill - 1944 (crippled boy)
The Harvey Girld - 1946 (boy)


RIP Judy Lewis

Judy Lewis, 76, an actress, writer, and psychotherapist who was the daughter of Loretta Young and Clark Gable, died of cancer Friday, Nov. 25, at Waverly Heights, a retirement community in Gladwyne, PA.

 In her 1994 best seller, Uncommon Knowledge, Ms. Lewis reported that she was conceived in 1935 when Young and Gable were filming a Yukon adventure, The Call of the Wild.

 Gable was married to his second wife and Young was single at the time. Because she had a morals clause in her contract with 20th Century Fox, Young hid the pregnancy and birth, and 19 months later told the public she had adopted a daughter. When Young married Thomas Lewis in 1940, her daughter took his name, but he never adopted her.

 In an interview published in The Inquirer in 1994, Ms. Lewis said: "It was very difficult for me as a little girl not to be accepted . . . by my mother, who to this day will not publicly acknowledge that I am her biological child."

 In an authorized biography published after her death in 2000, Ms. Young confirmed that Ms. Lewis was Gable's daughter.

LEWIS, Judy (Judith Young)
Born: 11/6/1935, Venice, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/25/2011, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Judy Lewis’ westerns – actress:
Mackenzie’s Raiders (TV) – 1958
Outlaws (TV) – 1961-1962 (Connie Masters)

Monday, November 28, 2011

RIP Irving Elman

A prolific writer for Broadway, movies, and television, Irving Elman died on November 22nd. He passed away in La Jolla, California, of cardiopulmonary arrest at the age of 96. He wrote 17 plays and musicals for Broadway and Off-Broadway during his career. He became a television writer in the early days of live television, writing more than 2,000 teleplays for shows like Studio One, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Eleventh Hour. With his wife Tex (who died in 2006), Elman was also head writer of daytime soaps Search for Tomorrow and General Hospital. The couple are credited with creating Luke (of Luke and Laura) and for helping to reinvigorate the struggling series. Elman also produced five television series; The Eleventh Hour, Ben Casey, High Chaparral, Slattery’s People, and Matt Lincoln. He is survived by two sons; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

ELMAN, Irving
Born: 6/28/1915, Paterson, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2011, La Jolla, California, U.S.A.

Irving Elman’s westerns - producer, screenwriter:
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958 [screenwriter]
The Rifleman (TV) – 1960 [screenwriter]
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1967-1968 [producer]

RIP Walter Doniger

Walter Doniger, 94, a prolific screenwriter and TV director who directed dozens of episodes of the prime-time soap opera "Peyton Place" in the 1960s, died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, said his wife, Susan Stafford Doniger. He had Parkinson’s disease.

From 1964 through 1968, Doniger was one of the primary directors of "Peyton Place," the half-hour romantic drama serial that sometimes aired three times a week on ABC.
His many TV directing credits from the 1950s through the '70s included "Bat Masterson," "Ellery Queen," "Kung Fu," "Lucas Tanner," "Marcus Welby, M.D." and "Tombstone Territory."

Doniger also directed the 1962 baseball movie "Safe at Home!" featuring New York Yankee sluggers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

Doniger wrote TV scripts and screenplays, including the 1949 adventure drama "Rose of Sand" starring Burt Lancaster, Paul Henreid and Claude Raines, and "Stone Cold," a 1991 crime drama with former NFL player Brian Bosworth making his movie debut.

A New York native, Doniger made military training films during World War II.

DONIGER, Walter (Walter J. Doniger)
Born: 7/1/1917, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/24/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Walter Doniger’s western - director, screenwrtier:
Along the Great Divide - 1951 [screenwriter]
Cheyenne (TV) - 1956-1957 [director, screenwriter]
The Guns of Fort Petticoat 1957 [screenwriter]
Mackenzie’s Raiders (TV) - 1958 [director]
Tombstone Territory (TV) - 1957-1958 [director, screenwriter]
Maverick (TV) - 1958 [director]
The Rough Riders (TV) - 1958-1959 [director]
Bat Masterson (TV) - 1958-1960 [director]
Outlaws (TV) - 1960-1961 [director, screenwriter]
The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (TV) - 1963-1964 [director]
The Virginian (TV) - 1970 [director]
Kung Fu (TV) - 1973 [director]


Saturday, November 26, 2011

RIP Maureen Swanson

The Countess of Dudley, better known to fans of the silver screen as actress Maureen Swanson, has died at the age of 78.

Lady Dudley married William Ward, then Viscount Ednam and later the fourth Earl of Dudley, in August 1961. Maureen Swanson was born in Glasgow on November 25 1932 and developed a passion for dance, particularly ballet, from a young age.

She won a place at the Sadler’s Wells Ballet School. And when her family later moved to South Africa became ward to Lady Griffith-Boscawen.

Her dancing skills were soon recognised and she was later selected to perform with the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet Company.

It was while with the company she was spotted by a talent scout in a production at the Theatre Royal, in Drury Lane.

During the 1950s she became a familiar face to cinemagoers appearing in films such as Moulin Rouge, Knights of the Round Table and A Town Like Alice for the Rank Organisation.

She gave up her screen career after marrying Viscount Ednam in 1961, just days after his divorce from his first wife was finalised. The third Earl of Dudley did not attended the wedding ceremony and instead played bridge at his club.

The couple’s first son was born prematurely and lived for only a few hours.

They went on to have five daughters before the birth of another son in 1971, which was announced on the front pages of national newspapers.

Lord Ednam succeeded to the earldom of Dudley following the death of his father in 1969.

The countess was no stranger to controversy and won a series of libel actions over the years. She also objected to be described as a "Rank starlet" once sending her CV to journalists and asking to be regarded as a "serious actress and dancer".

After her marriage, she channelled her energies into interior design at her homes in London and Devon.

She died on November 16 and is survived by her husband and six children.

SWANSON, Maureen
Born: 11/5/1932, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
Died: 11/16/2011, U.K.

Maureen Swanson's western - actress:
Robbery Under Arms - 1957 (Kate Morrison Mullockson)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

RIP John Paxton

John L. Paxton, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, died November 17, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou Paxton; sons, Robert G. Paxton, William Paxton, and Steve Paxton; daughter, Ann P. Otten; and seven grandchildren. A retired Executive Vice President and Director of Frank Paxton Lumber of Kansas City and subsidiaries Paxton- Patterson Technology Products and The Lietz Company, survey instruments, acquired by Jeld-Wen, Inc., and Sokkisha of Japan. As a second career, Mr. Paxton pursued acting. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, his motion picture credits include the Spider-Man Trilogy.

PAXTON, John (John Lane Paxton)
Born: 19??, U.S.A.
Died: 11/17/2011, Rancho Santa Fe, California, U.S.A.

John Paxton's westerns - actor:
Frank & Jesse - 1995 (working man)
Last Man Standing - 1996 (Blair Richardson)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

RIP Robert Party

Party Robert, who played many supporting roles in film and television, died Sunday in Marseille at the age of 87. He started the theater in 1945 alongside Jean Vilar
Party in the theater working with Robert Robert Hossein in "Julius Caesar" and "The Affair of the letter from Lyon" in 1985 and 1987. Follow "The Prince of Homburg" with Jacques Mauclair, "Eurydice" by Jean Anouilh, with George Wilson in 1991, "Pygmalion" by George Bernard Shaw Bernard Murat in 1993 and again with Robert Hossein in "Angelique Marquise of the Angels" in 1995.

An actor known for his roles on television, Thierry la Fronde to the Tiger Brigades
parallel to the theater, Robert Party has embodied to may for television roles. He played in "Thierry la Fronde" in 1966 and then in "The Adventures of Vidocq" where it is Fouche in 1971.

Roles remain the most emblematic Louis of Evreux in the series "cursed Kings" (1972), the Earl of Rhuys / Poker Ace in the series "Poker Aces" (1973) or his character in "The Brigades of the Tiger "(1978).

In film, his career took off in the 1970s. He toured with Rene Clement in "The Course of the hare through fields" (1971), with Luis Bunuel in "The discreet charm of the bourgeoisie" or Claude Pinoteau in "silent". He also shot four films with his friend Henri Verneuil, including "The Serpent" in 1972, "I like Icarus" in 1979, and "trillion" in 1981).

Party Robert finished his career by dubbing and synchronization of films including "The Lion King." He also lent his voice to the actor Leonard Nimoy in "Star Trek II".

PARTY, Robert
Born: 2/17/1924, France
Died: 11/20/2011, Marseille, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France

Robert Party's western - voice actor:
Asterix Conquers America - 1994 [French voice of Cesar]

Monday, November 21, 2011

RIP Eva Monley

Eva Monley dies at 88
Location scout helped Hollywood films in Africa
By Variety Staff

Eva Monley, a location scout, assistant director, production manager and, later, producer who brought her expertise on Africa to many films and worked with the likes of John Huston, John Ford, Otto Preminger, David Lean and Steven Spielberg, died at her home in Nanyuki, Kenya, on Nov. 12. She was 88.

The Berlin-born Monley escaped from Nazi Germany with her mother, landing at a farm in Kenya; over time she developed a detailed knowledge of the country and became fluent in Swahili. While working as a secretary in Nairobi, she picked up her first film job, as an assistant and script supervisor on 1950's "King Solomon's Mines," shot in Africa in the Belgian Congo, Kenya and Tanzania. After following that assignment with similar work on Huston's "The African Queen," she was soon frequently employed by American and British film producers shooting in Africa, including Hemingway adaptation "The Snows of Kiliminjaro"; "White Witch Doctor," with Robert Mitchum and Susan Hayward; and John Ford's "Mogambo."

Monley also worked on films lensed outside Africa, such as 1955 Lana Turner-Richard Burton starrer "The Rains of Ranchipur" and George Cukor's 1956 "Bhowani Junction," both lensed in India, and on 1957 Hemingway adaptation "A Farewell to Arms," shot in Italy.

She began a five-film association with director Preminger on 1960's "Exodus," on which she was production manager. (She also worked as production manger on the director's "The Cardinal," "In Harm's Way," "Bunny Lake Is Missing" and "Hurry Sundown.")

Monley spent two years working as a location manager on Lean's epic "Lawrence of Arabia."

Later in her career Monley was associate producer on a number of films, starting with "The Pack" in 1977 and continuing with Gil Cates' "The Promise," John Irvin's "Champions" in 1984, franchise starter "Highlander" and Bruce Beresford's 1990 "Mr. Johnson," shot in Nigeria. In 1993 she brought to the screen "A Far Off Place," based on the book by South African writer Laurens van der Post, a close friend. Reese Witherspoon in the Monley-produced film.

Among her other credits are Don Siegel's "Black Windmill," Sydney Pollack's "Out of Africa," Huston's "The Man Who Would Be King," Ken Russell's "Billion Dollar Brain" and Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun."

Monley's papers were donated to the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and she received a lifetime achievement award from the British Film Institute.

Born: 4/29/1923, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: 11/12/2011, Nayuki, Kenya

Eva Monley's western - production supervisor:
El Condor - 1970

RIP Andrea True

The leader of the 1970s disco act Andrea True Connection has died, according to the funeral home handling her arrangements.

Andrea Marie Truden, who lived on Studio Lane in Woodstock, was 68 when she died on Nov. 7 at Kingston Hospital, the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home said in an obituary. A cause of death was not released.

Truden’s band is best known for the 1976 disco hit “More, More, More” (see video below) and also released the singles “N.Y. You Got Me Dancing” in 1977 and “What’s Your Name, What’s Your Number” in 1978.

"More, More, More" currently is being used in a TV commercial for the Post cereral Honey Bunches of Oats.

Truden, known professionally as Andrea True, also had a career as an adult film actress, according to the movie website

She was born in 1943 in Nashville, Tenn.

TRUE, Andrea (Andrea Marie Truden)
Born: 7/26/1943, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Died: 11/7/2011, Kingston, Jamaice

Andrea True's western - actress:
The Winter of 1849 - 1976 (Martha)


Sunday, November 20, 2011

RIP John Neville

John Neville, the British actor who became a legend of the Canadian stage, died Saturday, November 19, 2011 in Toronto, his family announced. He was 86. Neville was born in London in 1925, and after a distinguished acting career in Britain, he made his way to Canada in the early 1970s. While he never stopped acting, he was also a widely respected theatre-company administrator, serving as artistic director of the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, the Neptune Theatre in Halifax and the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. As a young man, Neville served with the Royal Navy, before making his way to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art for formal acting training. He was a mainstay of London's storied Old Vic Company in the 1950s, filling some of William Shakespeare's most famous roles, including Romeo in "Romeo and Juliet," Richard in "Richard II," and both Othello and Iago in "Othello." He also appeared on Broadway in "Romeo and Juliet" and "Saint Joan." After moving to Canada in 1972, he continued acting in theatre, television and film. Neville reached a broader audience when he played the lead role in Terry Gilliam's 1988 film "The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen," and later when he played the Well-Manicured Man on "The X-Files" from 1995 to 1998. Neville received the Order of the British Empire in 1965, and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2006. He is survived by his wife and six children.

Born: 5/2/1925, London, England, U.K.
Died: 11/19/2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

John Neville's westerns - actor:
By Way of the Stars (TV) - 1992 (Professor Bilby)
The Adventures of Smoke Bellew (TV) - 1995 (Dwight Sanderson)

RIP Adriano Reys

Brazilian actor Adriano Reys died today of cancer in Rio de Janeiro at age 77. Reys who is currently seen on TV in the reprise of "Women of Sand" was 78 years-old. Adriano Antonio de Almeida was born on July 20, 1934, in Rio de Janeiro. Adriano participated in other productions such as" Surrogacy "," Vale Tudo "," Four by Four, "among others. The last novel of Hadrian was in 2009, "Mutants - Promises of Love "and "The Record." Despite his dedication to sports in high school (which earned him several medals), his artistic tendencies were stronger. Whe just 19, made he made his film debut in the film "The Three Rookies" (1953). At the same time, he trod the stage for the first time in the play "Termite" opposite Oscarito, Margot and Miriam Therese Blonde. In his film career, he stands out "Tiradentes, the Martyr of Independence" (1977) (Vietri Geraldo) and "River Boy" (1982), Antonio Calmon. also was directed by Domingos de Oliveira, in "All the World's Women" (1966) and Mango Carlos, in duo "The Noise" (1953), among others. His first job in television was in 1970, in the soap "And Where We Come?" . The same year he also made "Pygmalion ‘70" (1970). "Then came Bel Amy" (1972), "The Voyage" (1975) and "We were Six" (1977), all on TV Tupi in São Paulo. Transfering to TV Globo, he appeared in "Seventh Sense" (1972), "Ciranda Stone" (1981), "Happy Ending" (1982 ), "Ti Ti Ti" (1985), "MMA" (1988), "Surrogacy" (1990) and "Women of Sand" (1993), among others. Adriano appeared in a brief role on TV Bandeirantes, opposite Betty Faria in "The Age of the Wolf" ( 1995)."

REYS, Adriano (Adriano Antonio de Almeida)
Born: 7/20/1934, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Died: 11/20/2011, Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Adriano Reys' western - actor:
No Tempo dos Bravos - 1965

RIP Russell Garcia

West Coast jazz arranger and composer Russell Garcia has passed away at his New Zealand home on November 19th. Garcia was born on April 12, 1916, in Oakland, CA. A product of San Francisco State University, he later studied composition under Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesoc before mounting a professional career as an arranger, collaborating with bandleaders Horace Heidt and Al Donahue. After settling in Los Angeles, Garcia worked as a composer and conductor on the Ronald Reagan-hosted radio show This Is America. After the program ended, he tenured for two years as a staff arranger with NBC Radio, followed by a stint teaching at Hollywood's Westlake School of Music, where his students included jazzmen Bill Holman, Bob Graettinger, and Gene Puerling. (Garcia later transformed his curriculum into a book, The Professional Arranger.) With 1946's My Dog Shep, Garcia began composing and arranging for feature films. Henry Mancini later tapped him to work on The Glenn Miller Story, resulting in a 15-year tenure at Universal Pictures alongside Pete Rugolo and Benny Carter. In later years Garcia also toiled for Warner Bros. and Disney, working on projects including George Pal's sci-fi classic The Time Machine aswell as television series like Rawhide and The Virginian; he also freelanced behind vocalists Anita O’Day and Frances Faye, and by the mid-'50s was also a regular on West Coast jazz dates, eventually forming his own combo, the Wigville Band, featuring Charlie Mariano, Jimmy Giuffre and brothers Pete and Conte Candoli. In 1957 Garcia also served as arranger and musical director on Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s classic Porgy and Bess sessions. However, his most memorable work falls outside the jazz sphere altogether: while the AAMCO release Sounds in the Night remains one of the most beautiful and mysterious vocal ensemble recordings ever released, 1959's Fantastica is Garcia’s masterpiece, a quintessential space age pop LP that brilliantly imagines the music of other planets and realms. After arranging for Stan Kenton’s Neophonic Orchestra, in 1966 Garcia turned his back on his career, selling his home and possessions and with wife Gina setting sail for the Pacific Ocean, determined to bring the message of the Baha'i faith to the remote islands of the Pacific Rim. The Garcias ultimately settled in New Zealand, and he returned to music infrequently in the years to follow. Russell was suffering from a collapsed vertebrae and was unable to attend a gala 95th birthday party in Oakland, California.

GARCIA, Russell
Born: 4/12/1916, Oakland, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/19/2011, Kerikeri, New Zealand

Russell Garcia's westerns - composer:
The Adventures of Pow Wow (TV) - 1949
Rawhide (TV) - 1952
The Virginian (TV) - 1965, 1966
The Far Out West 1967
Laredo (TV) - 1965-1967
Three Guns for Texas - 1968
Backtrack! - 1969

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

RIP Karl Slover

DUBLIN, Ga.— Karl Slover, who played one of the Munchkins in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz," has died at 93.

Townsend Brothers Funeral Home in Dublin confirmed the death of the 4-foot-5 Slover on Tuesday at Fairview Park Hospital.

He appeared at a "Wizard of Oz" festival in Chesterton, Ind., in September and signed autographs.

Slover was a native of what is now the Czech Republic. He was 2 feet tall at the age of 8 and his father sent him to work in a traveling show.

He changed his last name from Kosiczky to Slover, the name of the family that owned the carnival where he worked, and became an American citizen in 1943.

Slover, who was 21 when he appeared in the classic film, had roles in several other movies, but once said his Oz role was his most memorable.

He recalled that he never had much contact with Garland or the other stars but remembers Billie Burke, who played Glinda the good witch, as "kind of nice."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

SLOVER, Karl (Karl Kosiczky)
Born: 9/21/1918, Prakendorf, Germany
Died: 11/15/2011, Dublin, Georgia, U.S.A.

Karl Slover's western - actor:
The Terror of Tiny Town - 1938 (Sammy)


RIP Deborah McNulty

Deborah McNulty dies at 56
Makeup artist won Emmy for 'Deadwood'
By Variety Staff

Makeup artist Deborah McNulty, an Emmy winner in 2005 for her work on HBO series "Deadwood," died Sunday, Nov. 6, in Los Angeles. She was 56.
Other credits include 1983 documentary "Errol Flynn: Portrait of a Swashbuckler," telepic "The Secretary" and features "Another Nine & a Half Weeks," "The Mighty," "Stanley's Gig," and "Whipped." Her last bigscreen credit was on 2007's "Man in the Chair," starring Christopher Plummer.

McNulty is survived by her mother; a brother; and two daughters.

McNULTY, Deborah
Born: 1955
Died: 11/6/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Deborah McNulty's westerns - make-up department:
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins - 2004
Deadwood (TV) - 2004-2005


Monday, November 14, 2011

RIP Clay Cambern

Clay Green Cambern dies at 56
Editor worked on 'Sopranos,' 'Lost'
By Variety Staff

Clay Green Cambern, an assistant editor who worked most recently on the new NBC series "Grimm," died Nov. 8 of sudden cardiac arrest in Burbank, Calif. He was 56.
In the last several years, he had also worked on episodes of "The Sopranos," "Melrose Place," "Lost" and "Detroit 1-8-7" as an assistant editor and as an editor on "Third Watch," "Numbers," "Cold Case" and "Women's Murder Club."

Cambern also worked on films including 1993's "Dave," HBO telepic "The Tuskegee Airmen" and "The Mask of Zorro."

Cambern graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a bachelors of arts in music and apprenticed with his father, longtime editor and music editor Donn Cambern. He brought a passion for music, coupled with a talent with digital effects, to his work.

Cambern was a member of the Editors Guild.

In addition to his father, survivors include Cambern's life partner, Kevin Wilkerson; his mother, Patricia Cambern; a sister and a brother; and a nephew.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. at the First Christian Church of North Hollywood (4390 Colfax Ave., Studio City).

Donations may be made to BCR programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities, 230 E. Amherst Drive, Burbank, CA 91504 (

CAMBERN, Clay (Clay Green Cambern)
Born: 1955 U.S.A.
Died: 11/8/2011, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Clay Cambern's western - film editor:
The Mask of Zorro - 1998

Sunday, November 13, 2011

RIP Antonio Molino Rojo

Word has come from actor Ricard Requant via Nzoog Wahrlfhehen that Spanish actor Antonio Molino Rojo has passed away. Born in 1926 the great character actor was in dozens of films especially the Spaghetti western genre. He was one of the Baxter henchmen who shot at 'The Man with No Name's' mule in "Fistful of Dollars" (1964) and played the Captain of Betterville Prison in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1966) who was dying of gangrene. He along with a number of other Spanish character's made up a stock company that was constantly seen in the Spaghetti westerns filmed in Spain. I will post more information if and when it becomes available.

ROJO, Antonio Molino (aka Red Mills, Antonio Molino, Molino Rocha, A. Molino Rojo, Antonio Rojo, Molino Rojo) [9/14/1926, Venta de Baños, Palencia, Spain - 11/3/2011, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain] - producer, director, stuntman.
The Terrible Sheriff - 1962 (Smith)
A Fistful of Dollars - 1964 (Baxter henchman)
$5,000 on One Ace - 1964 (Dingus)
Welcome Father Murray - 1964 (Monty)
Zorro the Avenger - 1964 (Rolfe)
Ballad of a Bounty Hunter - 1965
Finger on the Trigger - 1965 (Sergeant Benham)
For a Few Dollars More - 1965 (Frisco)
$4.00 of Revenge - 1965 (Dave Clifford)
The Man from Canyon City - 1965 (Matt)
A Place Called Glory - 1965 (Sam)
Seven Hours of Gunfire - 1965 (Little)
The Big Gundown - 1966 (widow’s man)
5 Giants from Texas - 1966 (El Matanza)
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966 (Brian)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966 (Captain Harper)
Seven Guns for the MacGregors - 1966 (sheriff of Las Mesas)
The Texican - 1966 (Harrv)
Ace High - 1967 (Harold henchman)
A Few Bullets More - 1967 (Philip Martin)
Cemetery Without Crosses - 1968 (Sam Valee)
Four Dollars of Revenge - 1968 (Dave Clifford)
Kill Them All and Come Back Alone - 1968 (soldier)
A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die - 1968 (Sein)
Once Upon a Time in the West - 1968 (Frank’s henchman)
Boot Hill - 1969
Garringo - 1969 (Harriman)
Arizona Returns - 1970 (bounty hunter)
The Stagecoach of the Condemned - 1970 (Buchanan)
When Satan Grips the Colt - 1970 (Frank)
The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Your Grave - 1971 (El Rojo)
A Cry of Death - 1971 (Roy Caulder)
4 Candles for My Colt - 1971 (Farley)
And the Crows Will Dig Your Grave - 1972 (El Rojo)
Now They Call Him Sacramento - 1972 (Mr. Cray)
Death Played the Flute - 1972 (Jonathan)
My Name is Nobody - 1963 (U.S. Army officer)
Twenty Paces to Death - 1972 (Clegg henchman)
Red Harvest - 1976 (Peter)
Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine - 2005 [archive footage]

Saturday, November 12, 2011

RIP Jesús Ferrer

Actor and dubber Jesús Ferrer  dies.
He was a popular face on several series on TV3.

The Catalan actor Jesús Ferrer has died at the age of 67 after a long illness, according to confirmed sources of the Catalan Association d'Actors i Directors of Catalonia. His popular face was due to his presence in the TV3 series as La Riera, Porca Misery, Dynamite, Ventdelplà, Plats Bruts and Estació d'enllaç , his was also one of the most distinctive voices in Catalan film dubbing and television: thus, his vocal cords were usually heard for actors like Harrison Ford, Michael Caine and Clint Eastwood.

An occasional film actor (he was in films like "Mejor que nunca" and "El Coronel Macià") TV and Castilian (appeared in television films and miniseries such as 23 F: El día más difícil del Rey, La Bella Otero and TV series such as Central Hospital or Moncloa , Tell me? ), Ferrer was also the institutional voice for several years on the station COM Ràdio and recorded a lot of public service commercials.

Jesús Ferrer was the Catalan voice of Gian Maria Volonté in "Fistful of Dollars" (1964), William Berger’s voice in "Keoma" (1975) and the Castilian voice of Boots Sutherland’s in "Troublemakers" (1994).

FERRER, Jesús (Jesús Ferrer Baza)
Born: 3/28/1941, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Died: 11/7/2011, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Jesús, Ferrer's westerns - voice actor:
Fistful of Dollars - 1964 [Catalan Spanish voice of Gian Maria Volonte)
Keoma the Avenger - 1975 [Castalan Spanish voice of William Berger]
Troublemakers - 1994 [Castilian Spanish voice of Boots Southerland] 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

RIP Theadora Van Runkle

Theadora Van Runkle's influence spanned four decades and a range of movie genres. She was catapulted to fame by her work on 'Bonnie and Clyde.'

Hollywood costume designer Theadora Van Runkle, whose influence spanned four decades and a range of movie genres including period pieces like "Bonnie and Clyde" — which earned her the first of three Academy Award nominations — and over-the-top comedies like 1989's "Troop Beverly Hills," has died. She was 83.

Van Runkle died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of lung cancer, the Costume Designers Guild announced.

Born March 27, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Van Runkle made connections in the entertainment industry not long after that. "She came out here as a baby," her son Max said, "when her mother came out here to try and make it in Hollywood."

Van Runkle attended the Chouinard Institute in Los Angeles, and for seven years in the late 1950s and early '60s worked at the May Co., illustrating fashion ads. In a 1999 interview with The Times, Van Runkle said she was "at the end of [her] rope as a commercial artist" when she met Oscar-winning costume designer Dorothy Jeakins at a party.

"Dorothy told me she needed a sketch artist," Van Runkle said. "And the next day I went to work for her." That was on the movie "Hawaii."

Later, Jeakins recommended Van Runkle for a job she had turned down and that she described as "a little western over at Warner Bros." That little western turned out to be 1967's "Bonnie and Clyde," a film debut that earned Van Runkle an Academy Award nomination (she lost to "Camelot" costume designer John Truscott) and a Golden Tiberius award from the Italian fashion industry and catapulted her to fame.

"I'd never designed anything before," Van Runkle told The Times in 1999. "But I knew fashion. I knew style. I knew construction. I sewed by hand and by machine. I learned construction from Vogue patterns."

For Faye Dunaway's Bonnie Parker, Van Runkle went with a now-iconic look epitomized by the long cardigan sweater or silk blouse paired with a narrow skirt and topped with a beret — the midi-skirt look — that went on to become a huge trend. Likewise with Warren Beatty's Clyde Barrow and his double-breasted, wide-lapel suits.

The next year, Van Runkle again dressed Dunaway for "The Thomas Crown Affair," putting her in some 31 costumes over the course of the heist flick, including mini-skirts, big-belted suits, double-breasted coats, punch-bowl-sized hats and a revealing backless, bra-less chiffon creation. For the same film she worked with Ron Postal to dress co-star Steve McQueen in dashing three-piece suits, accessorized with Persol tortoise sunglasses and Patek Philippe watches.

Van Runkle also dressed Dunaway off-screen, perhaps most memorably for the 1968 Academy Awards ceremony — when Dunaway was nominated for best actress for her portrayal of Bonnie Parker.

Two other films from Van Runkle's long costume design career earned her Oscar nominations: 1974's "The Godfather: Part II" and 1986's "Peggy Sue Got Married." Another 1974 film she worked on — the hat-heavy "Mame" — earned her the American Millinery Institute's Golden Crown Award.

Over the course of her career, she created costumes for actors and movies as diverse as Dolly Parton in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," Steve Martin in "The Jerk," and Shelley Long in "Troop Beverly Hills," a film filled with all manner of memorable, over-the-top costumes.

Other movies to her credit include the hippie romp "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas!," "Bullitt," "Myra Breckenridge" and "Heaven Can Wait."

Van Runkle earned a 1983 Emmy for outstanding costume design for a series for a very different sort of period piece — the medieval-themed television show "Wizards and Warriors" — and in 2002 she received the Costume Designer Guild's Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is survived by son Max, daughter Felicity and grandson Teo.

Services are pending
VAN RUNKLE, Theadora
Born: 3/27/1929, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/4/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Theadora Van Runkle's western - costume designer:
Kid Blue - 1973

RIP Hal Kanter

Hal Kanter, an Emmy Award-winning comedy writer who worked on the Oscars for more than three decades and created Julia, the landmark 1960s TV series starring Diahann Carroll, has died. He was 92.

Kanter, who also wrote and directed one Elvis Presley film and penned another, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at Encino Hospital, his daughter, Donna Kanter, told the Los Angeles Times.

Beginning in 1952, a year before the broadcast moved from radio to television, Kanter wrote for the Oscar show for at least 33 years, the Times said. In 1991 and 1992, he was among the show writers who shared Emmys for outstanding writing in a variety or music program.

Kanter made TV history in 1968 when he created and produced Julia, starring Carroll as a widowed nurse and the mother of a young son. With the NBC series, Carroll became the first African-American actress to star in her own TV sitcom playing a character who was a professional woman rather than a domestic worker.

The series was not carried on some TV stations in the South its first couple of weeks. "Eventually, the show became such a hit, they were forced to carry it," Kanter recalled in a 1997 interview with the Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television.

The show ran for three seasons.

Kanter also created the TV series Valentine's Day starring Tony Franciosa in the mid-1960s and The Jimmy Stewart Show in 1972. He was a writer and producer on Chico and the Man in 1976 and wrote and executive produced for All in the Family in 1975.

Kanter also shared an Emmy in 1955 for best written comedy material for his work on The George Gobel Show.

Among his film screenwriting credits are Bob Hope & Bing Crosby’s Road to Bali (1952); Hope’s Bachelor in Paradise (1961); Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis'' Money From Home (1953) and Artists and Models (1955); Pocket Full of Miracles (1961), starring Glenn Ford and Bette Davis; and Move Over, Darling (1963), starring Doris Day and James Garner.

Kanter wrote the screenplay and directed Presley in Loving You (1957), then penned Presley’s Blue Hawaii (1961). He also co-wrote and directed Once Upon a Horse …, starring Dan Rowan and Dick Martin.

A native of Savannah, Ga., Kanter received the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television from the WGA in 1989.

In addition to his daughter Donna, Kanter is survived by his wife of 70 years, writer Doris Kanter; his other daughters, Lisa and Abigail; his sister, Saralea; and a granddaughter.

Born: 12/18/1918, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.
Died: 11/6/2011, Encino, California, U.S.A.

Hal Kanter's western - producer, director, screenwriter:
Once Upon a Horse -1958

RIP Alan Fudge

Character actor Alan Fudge, best known for recurring roles in TV series including "Man From Atlantis," "Eischied" "Paper Dolls" and, most recently, "7th Heaven," died Oct. 10 in Los Angeles of lung and liver cancer, which he had been fighting for about a year. He was 67.

Fudge amassed almost 140 smallscreen credits over the course of 37 years in addition to roles in 17 films including "Capricorn One," "Chapter Two," "The Border," "Brainstorm," "The Natural" (he played Robert Redford's father but had no lines) and "Edward Scissorhands."

Writer-producer Graham Yost said of Fudge: "Personally, Alan was one of the most generous, kind and caring men I have ever known. Many of the roles he played over the years reflected that side of him. And then there were the roles where he got to go really dark and twisted -- those were the roles that made all of us who knew him smile and applaud. He was a great actor and a great man."

Fudge was born in Wichita, Kan., and moved to Tucson, Ariz., with his family at age 5. He graduated from the U. of Arizona, where he was a theater major. In 1962-63 he was a member of Tucson folk music group the Ash Alley Singers. Later he moved to New York and became a member of the APA repertory troupe, appearing in a number of mostly small roles on Broadway from 1967-69, including in productions of "You Can't Take It With You," "The Cherry Orchard" and "Hamlet."

The actor made his smallscreen debut in a 1972 episode of "Gunsmoke" and worked steadily in the medium for the better part of four decades. Fudge guest starred in a memorable 1975 episode of "MASH" as a wounded captain who believes he is Jesus Christ.

In NBC's 1977-78 sci-fi series "Man From Atlantis," starring Patrick Duffy, Fudge played C.W. Crawford; he played Det. Commissioner Kimbrough on NBC crime drama "Eischied" (1979), starring Joe Don Baker. In another recurring stint, he played Dr. Van Adams in ABC's fashion-industry sudser "Paper Dolls" (1984). In the 1992-93 CBS crime drama "Bodies of Evidence," which starred Lee Horsley and George Clooney, Fudge played Chief Frank Leland. None of these proved to be long-running series, however.

Fudge had recurring roles on "Dynasty" and "L.A. Law," but the actor appeared so frequently on television that it was not uncommon for him to appear multiple times on a series in different roles, as he did on "Hawaii Five-O," "Lou Grant," "The A-Team," "Columbo" and "Murder, She Wrote."

Fudge also appeared in many telepics, including "The Blue Knight," "Children of An Lac" and "I Know My First Name Is Steven."

He made his last bigscreen appearance in the Coen brothers' 2001 film "The Man Who Wasn't There."

Fudge continued to work steadily until 2009, a year in which he guested in episodes of "Big Love," "The Closer" and "The Office" and appeared in the Hallmark Channel telepic "Relative Stranger."
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; a son and two daughters; and a grandson.

Born: 2/27/1934, Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 10/10/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Alan Fudge’s westerns - actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1972 (baliff)
Kung Fu (TV) - 1974 (Gardner)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) - 1975 (Joseph Coulter)
The Invasion of Johnson County (TV) - 1976 (Teschmacher)
The Quest (TV) - 1976 (Ira Butler)
Young Maverick (TV) - 1979. 1980 (Amos Layton)
Ace ‘N’ Eights (TV) - 2008 (Donald L. Butterfield)

Monday, November 7, 2011

RIP Margaret Field

Margaret O'Mahoney, an actress for three decades under the name Margaret Field and the mother of actress Sally Field, died Sunday, Nov. 6, at her home in Malibu after battling cancer for six years. She was 89.
Born Margaret Morlan in Houston, Texas, she moved to Pasadena, Calif., during WWII. She was discovered by a talent scout on a street corner and put under contract by Paramount Pictures. The actress began as a student of Charles Laughton, appearing in such films as Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah" and John Farrow's "The Big Clock" before playing the lead in Edgar Ulmer cult classic "The Man From Planet X."

During the 1950s and '60s she racked up more than 70 television credits, appearing in shows including "Perry Mason," "The Twilight Zone" and "The Lone Ranger."

In 1942 she married Richard Dryden Field, an Army officer. She was divorced in 1950 and married actor-stuntman Jock Mahoney. She gave up acting in her mid-30s to focus on family and eventually helped raise her grandchildren.

In addition to Sally Field, O'Mahoney is survived by daughter Princess, a first assistant director and production manager, and son Richard; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

FIELD, Margaret (aka Maggie Mahoney, Margaret O'Mahoney) (Margaret Morlan)
Born: 5/10/1923, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 11/6/2011, Malibu, California, U.S.A.

Margaret Field's westerns - actress:
Jingle, Jangle, Jingle - 1948 (Norma Williams)
The Paleface - 1948 (guest)
The Lone Ranger (TV) - 1950 (Sally Weatherby
The Dakota Kid - 1951 (Mary Lewis)
Yukon Manhunt - 1951 (Polly)
The Range Rider (TV) - 1951, 1953 (Beth Harper, Deputy Nan, Carol Simpson)
The Raiders - 1952 (Mary Morrell)
Schlitz Playhouse - 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956 (Laura Warren, Carla, Renee Bedoe)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1953 (Polly)
The Gene Autry Show (TV) - 1954 (Peggy Barker, Sally Jackson)
Blackjack Ketchum Desperado - 1956 (Nita Riordan)
Slim Carter - 1957 (hat check girl)
Wagon Train (TV) - 1958 (Milly Clark)
Tombstone Territory (TV) - 1958 (Sarah Medford)
Yancy Derringer (TV) - 1958 (Bridget Malone)
U.S. Marshal (TV) - 1959 (Gloria)
The Rebel (TV) - 1960 (Sara)
The Westerner (TV) - 1960 (Eleanor Larson)
Lawman (TV) - 1961 (Ann Turner)
Bonanza (TV) - 1966 (Molly MacGregor Demmer)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

RIP Bert Batt

British assistant director Bert Batt died sometime in early November 2011. Batt was an assistant director on such well known films as "The Dirty Dozen" and "Zulu" (both 1964), "The Man Who Would be King (1975) and "A Bridge Too Far" (1977). He wrote one screenplay and that was for the film "Frankenstein Must be Destroyed" (1969).  Born in London in 1930 he began working in films as an assistant director at the age of 17 in 1947.

BATT, Bert
Born: 1930 London, England, U.K.
Died: 11/?2011 England, U.K.

Bert Batt's western - assistant director:
Robbery Under Arms - 1957 

RIP Cynthia Myers

Playboy playmate Myers dies.
Former Playboy Playmate Cynthia Myers has died at the age of 61.

The busty beauty graced the cover of the men’s magazine in December, 1968 - just three months after she turned 18. The saucy shots had actually been taken when she was 17, but Playboy policy dictated that editors waited until she was of legal age to publish the images.

The Toledo, Ohio native also tried her hand at acting and made appearances on Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner’s Playboy After Dark TV series in 1969, before going on to land roles in 1970’s Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and 1972’s Molly and Lawless John.

Details about her death have yet to be revealed, but Hefner broke the news on his page on Friday (04Nov11), writing, “I’m saddened by the news of the passing of beloved Playmate Cynthia Myers, Miss December 1968.”

MYERS, Cynthia (Cynthia Jeanette Myers)
Born: 9/12/ 1950, Toledo, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 11/4/2011, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Cynthia Myer's western - actress:
Molly and Lawless John - 1972 (Dolly Winward)

Friday, November 4, 2011

RIP Sid Melton

Sid Melton, 94, a character actor perhaps best known for his roles in the hit television shows "Green Acres" and "The Danny Thomas Show," died of pneumonia Wednesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, his family said.

During a career that spanned nearly 60 years, Melton appeared in about 140 television and film projects. They included two 1951 movies, "Lost Continent" with Cesar Romero and the Samuel Fuller-directed "The Steel Helmet," and 1972's "Lady Sings the Blues" with Diana Ross.

On the 1950s TV show "Captain Midnight," Melton co-starred as the hero's sidekick, Ichabod Mudd. Decades later, he recalled that fans still greeted him with the character's signature line: "Mudd with two Ds."

A regular on "The Danny Thomas Show" from 1959 to 1971, Melton played club owner Uncle Charley Halper. Melton also had a recurring role in the late 1960s on the sitcom "Green Acres" as Alf Monroe, half of an inept brother-sister carpenter team. He also appeared in flashback sequences as the husband of Estelle Getty's widowed character on "The Golden Girls" sitcom, which originally aired from 1985 to 1992.

He was born Sidney Meltzer on May 22, 1917, in New York City. His father, Isidor Meltzer, was a comedian in Yiddish theater.

On the stage, Melton debuted in 1939 in a touring production of "See My Lawyer" and appeared in 1947 on Broadway in "The Magic Touch," using his stage name, Sid Melton.

Melton broke in to Hollywood with the help of his older brother, Lewis Meltzer, a screenwriter who adapted "Golden Boy" and "Man With the Golden Arm." After interviewing at MGM, the actor soon had a small part in the 1941 film "Shadow of a Thin Man" with William Powell and Myrna Loy.

MELTON, Sid (Sidney Meltzer)
Born: 5/22/1917, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/2/2011, Brubank, California, U.S.A.

Sid Melton's westerns - actor:
The Return of Jesse James - 1950 (saloon waiter, piano player)
Three Desperate Men - 1951 (Connors)
Cheyenne (TV) - 1956 (Shorty)
Lone Texan - 1959 (Gus Pringle)
Alias Jesse James - 1959 (fight fan in bar)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

RIP Rosangela Balbo

Rosangela Balbo dies of lung cancer
The Italian-Argentinian actress Rosangela Balbo, based in Mexico, died on Thursday November 3rd she had been suffering from lung cancer the past year.

Ms. Balbo who was 70 years-old and had been diagnosed with this disease in the left lung in 2010, was admitted to a hospital in Mexico City, according to information from Notimex.

Angela Giovanna Rosa Rosso, better known as Rosangela Balbo or Balbo Rosalba was born during the Second World War in Turin, Italy. As a young woman she moved to Argentina where she started in films in the film "Amorim" by the director Tita Merello.

She starred in several films in Mexico such as "The Bulin" and "Married to Argentina." Works in the Mexican cinema include "The Wicked Doll" with Roberto Canedo and Joaquin Cordero. She made her first telenovela on Mexican soil, The Black Christ Enrique Lizalde in 1970 and Lupita Lara. Working in many telenovelas the latest Wild at Heart, Sea of Love, and The Foolish do not go to Heaven, where she played the mother of Valentino Lanus. Her last job was as Olga de los Santos, the chief gossip Lucia (Sandra Echeverria) in The Force of Destiny.

BALBO, Rosangela (RosaAngela Giovanna Balbo Rosso)
Born: 4/16/1941, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Died: 11/3/2011, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Rosangela Balbo's western - actress:
Pistolero del diablo - 1970 (Bertha)

RIP Leonard Stone

Leonard Stone, who played Violet Beauregard's father in the 1971 film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", lost his battle with cancer one day before his 88th birthday. 
Leonard Stone, the actor who played the father of Violet Beauregarde in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, after battling cancer. He would have turned 88 Thursday.

Though Stone is best known for his Beauregarde role, whose most famous line was "Violet! You're turning violet!," the actor had numerous parts on TV shows, films and also Broadway.
He appeared in television shows Lost in Space, Mod Squad, Mission: Impossible, M*A*S*H and L.A. Law, as well as Toys in the Attic and I Love My Wife (among others) on the big screen.

STONE, Leonard
Born: 11/3/1923, Salem, Oregon, U.S.A.
Died: 11/2/2011

Leonard Stone's westerns - actor:
The Rifleman (TV) - 1960, 1962 (gambler, K.C. Peters)
Empire (TV) - 1962, 1963 (Lawrencewan, Raymond Carlisle)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1963, 1964, 1965, 1973, 1974 (Davey, Mr. Wiley, Abel Glass, Corley Deems, Ray Price)
Rawhide (TV) - 1964, 1965 (Sorry, Leroy Means)
Hondo (TV) - 1967 (Kelso)
Cimarron Strip (TV) - 1968 (Judge Samuel Gilroy)
The Shakiest Gun in the West - 1968 (bartender)
The High Chaparral (TV) - 1968 (Stoop)
Lancer (TV) - 1970 (Bertram Ames)
The Virginian (TV) - 1971 (Tom Wagner)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

RIP Boots Plata

MANILA, Philippines – Film director and writer Boots Plata, husband of talent manager Dolor Guevarra, has succumbed to cancer at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. He was 67. Plata, who directed the 1999 blockbuster film "Isusumbong Kita sa Tatay Ko," featuring the late Fernando Poe Jr. and Judy Ann Santos, had requested to be cremated. He had also asked for his ashes to be scattered in the Pasig River, according to long-time friend, showbiz columnist Ethel Ramos.

"Many are wondering why he chose the Pasig River; he must have had good memories of the place. Before he died, he also told his wife Dolor not to hold a wake for him. "What he wants is to hold a party," Ramos told The Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.

Plata had a his left leg amputated on December 16 last year as a complication to diabetes. An online report said a tumor was removed from one of Plata’s kidneys in 2007. However, biopsy conducted at the Capitol Medical Center said it was benign.

Cancer had already spread to his lungs and brain when it was diagnosed early this year, Ramos said. Plata refused to undergo chemotherapy two months ago, she added.

Plata was the son of the late character actress Patria Plata. His last work was the romantic film "Pakisabi Na Lang … Mahal Ko Siya" in 2002.

Plata created over 10 films, mostly during the 1990s. His directorial debut was "Naked Island (Butil-Ulan) in 1984. He has also written two screenplays–"Bakit ‘Di Totohanin" (2001) and "Muling Ibalik ang Tamis ng Pag-ibig" (1998). He was assistant director to Joey Gosiengfiao in the sexy film "Nympha" (1980) and acting coach to the cast of "Mano Po 2: My Home" (2003).

PLATA, Boots
Born: 1944, Philippines
Died: 11/2/2011, Taguig City, Philippines

Boots Plata's western - dubbing director:
Long Ranger and Ton Ton - 1989

RIP Phyllis Love

Phyllis Love, 85, a stage, movie and television actress whose roles included Rosa Delle Rose in the 1951 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo" and Mattie Birdwell in the 1956 Gary Cooper film "Friendly Persuasion," died Sunday at her home in Menifee, her family announced. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Love acted in eight Broadway plays from 1950 to 1960, including "The Member of the Wedding," "The Country Girl," "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker" and "Bus Stop."

Besides "Friendly Persuasion," she had a supporting role in the 1961 drama "The Young Doctors."

From the early 1950s to the mid-'70s, Love appeared in dozens of TV shows, ranging from anthology programs like "The Philco Goodyear Television Playhouse," "Playhouse 90" and "Studio One in Hollywood" to such episodic fare as "Gunsmoke," "Perry Mason," "The FBI" and "Bonanza."

Born Dec. 21, 1925, in Des Moines, she studied at what is now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and the Actors Studio in New York. Her first marriage, to playwright James McGee, ended in divorce. She married Alan Gooding in 1983.

LOVE, Phyllis (Phyllis Anne Love)
Born: 12/21/1925, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A.
Died: 10/30/2011, Menifee, California, U.S.A.

Phyllis Love's westerns - actress:
Friendly Persuasion - 1956 (Mattie Birdwell)
Tate (TV) - 1960 (Lulie Jean)
Laramie (TV) - 1960 (Mrs. Adams)
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) - 1961 (Dot)
The Deputy (TV) - 1961 (Josie Styles)
The Tall Man (TV) - 1961 (Sarah Wilson)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1961, 1964 (Beth, Jennifer)
Shane (TV) - 1966 (Ada Gary)
Bonanza (TV) - 1971, 1972 (Miss Giggs)