Friday, August 31, 2012

RIP Joe Lewis

Martial Arts legend Joe Lewis passes awa

August 31, 2012
By: Bobby Blakey

In 2011 Legendary Martial Arts fighter Joe Lewis had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor which he had removed, but lost his final match on August 31 passing away at the age of 68.

Born in 1944, Lewis joined the Marines in 1962 and began his martial arts training while stationed in Okinawa under numerous masters and earning his black belt in just seven months. After returning to the US he trained privately with Bruce Lee, even being considered for the role that eventually went to Chuck Norris in Way of the Dragon.

Lewis dominated the fight world through the 60’s and 70’s attaining titles of “United States Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion”, “World Heavyweight Karate Champion”, and “ United States National Black Belt Kata Champion”. During his time in the ring he faced off against some of the best fighters in the world including Chuck Norris, Allen Steen, Skipper Mullins, Bob Wall, J. Pat Burleson and many more. In 1983 Lewis was voted by promoters and fighters as the greatest fighter of all time ahead of both Chuck Norris and Bill Wallace.

In addition to his titles and too many legendary fights, he took a turn in several martial arts films starring alongside people like Christopher Lee, Donald Pleasence, and Robin Shou just to name a few. His last role is in the upcoming film Kill ‘em All due out in 2012.

Joe Lewis was more than just an actor or fighter, he was a martial artist. He did numerous appearances and seminars that no doubt touched martial artists around the world. He has left more marks in the minds and souls of those that respected and looked up to him than he ever did on opponents in the ring. His passing has left a void in the martial arts world that will not soon be filled, but his spirit and love of the martial arts will live on in those that loved and respected him.

Speaking from experience, if you ever had the joy and honor to meet Lewis you no doubt walked away a better person, martial artist, or both. Lower your heads and bow to a passing master who will live on forever in the minds and hearts of the warriors that follow him and will miss him always.

Born: 3/7/1944, Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Died: 8/31/2012,

Joe Lewis's western - himself:
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) - 2001 [himself]

Thursday, August 30, 2012

RIP Igor Kvasha

August 30, 2012 theater actor Igor Kvasha passes away.

Russian stage, radio, film and TV actor Igor Kvasha died in Moscow today August 30, 2012 at the age of 79.

Igor Kvasha was born in Moscow on February 3, 1933, the son of scientist Vladimir Ilich Kvasha, who worked at a faculty at the Mendeleev Russian University of Chemistry and Technology. His mother, a teacher, worked in schools for the mentally disabled.

Kvasha graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School, where he was taught by Aleksander Karev. After graduation he joined the Moscow Art Theater troupe and performed there for two years (1955-1957). In 1957 he started work at the newly-established Sovremennik Theater, where he remained.

Recently, the talented actor became a host for a remarkable TV talk show of the Russian TV First Channel “Zhdi menya” (“Wait for Me Russia”). Kvasha himself acknowledges that he has got where he is by accident. But he still had such vision an an open minded, spiritual man that he became the host of the show.

Russian actor, director Igor Vladimirovich Kvasha was born February 4, 1933 in Moscow. His father taught at the Moscow Institute of Chemical Technology named after DI Mendeleev was the head of the department, died in 1943 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).

He was awarded the Order "For Services to the Fatherland" III degree (2006) for outstanding contribution to the development of theatre and many years of creative activity

Kvasha is survived by his wife, son and two grandchildren.

KVASHA, Igor (Igor Vladimirovich Kvasha)
Born: 2/3/1933, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R.
Died: 8/30/2012, Moscow, Russia

Igor Kvasha's western - actor:
The Man from Boulevard Capucines - 1987 (pastor)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

RIP Steve Franken

Steve Franken died on August 24, 2012. Born Steven Robert Franken in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of a Hollywood press agent. His first screen role was in 1958 as "Willie" in CBS' Playhouse 90 dramatic series. Producer Rod Amateau saw him in a Los Angeles stage production of Say Darling and cast him as playboy dilettante Chatsworth Osborne, Jr., on the CBS series "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis". Franken appeared as a recurring guest in numerous episodes beginning midway through the first season and continuing through the fourth, from 1960 to 1963. Franken attributed the character's look of pained condescension to an ulcer he had suffered since age 14, when his mother died.

Feeling typecast, he sought out villainous roles but also played another rich wastrel role on the short-live sitcom Tom, Dick and Mary, and went on to a long career as a television and film character actor.

Immediately after the cancellation of Dobie Gillis, Franken was cast in the supporting role of Lieutenant Samwell "Sanpan" Panosian in the NBC series The Lieutenant, the first television series created by Gene Roddenberry. He also played other military roles, such as a decorated US flyer turned arms dealer and traitor in "The Gun Runner Raid" episode of The Rat Patrol and in Disney's Follow Me, Boys! as a P.O.W. lieutenant. He appeared in at least six episodes of ABC's Bewitched in various roles from 1966 to 1971, as George Barkley; Juke, the Carlotta-domineered son; Orvis the poodle-like alien; Cousin Henry (Uncle Arthur's son Henry), and other characters.

Franken appeared as the drunken waiter Levinson in the 1968 The Party, alongside Peter Sellers. He appeared on Love American Style from 1970-1973. He appeared as Officer Albert Porter in three episodes of NBC's Adam-12 from 1971-1972. In 1979, he starred as Tom Voorhies in Disney's The North Avenue Irregulars. He appeared again with Peter Sellers in 1980 as Pete Williams in the mystery film The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu. He was as an actor/director on many episodes of the religious TV anthology series Insight.

In 2002 and 2003, he provided voices for Law and Order computer games.

FRANKEN, Steve (Steven Robert Franken)
Born: 5/27/1932, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/24/2012, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Steve Franken's westerns - actor:
The Rebel (TV) - 1961 (Ruck)
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1966 (LeFou)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1968 (bank teller)
Westworld - 1973 (technician)
The Missouri Breaks - 1976 (The Lonesome Kid)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

RIP Manola Saavedra

The film actress died last Saturday; still unknown causes of death

 On Saturday August 25 the actress Manola Saavedra died. The singer was born in Spain in 1936 and participated in several films, the most representative of her work was Raquel's “Bolero”, alongside Mario Moreno Cantinflas.

Her face and her peculiar harmonious beauty opened the doors of the art world. In 1957 she participated in the “Swamp of Lost Souls”, “La cama de piedra y Yo picador”

She also did important work on the small screen, some of the series in which her name appeared in were: Mi amor frente al pasado, Risas amargas, Teresa, Una pasión me domina, El ángel caído, La era de oro, Madres egoístas y Valentina

Manola Saavedra is gone, but the legacy of her work is part of the history of cinema and television.

SAAVEDRA, Manola (Manuela Saavedra)
Born: 1936, Spain
Died: 8/25/2012, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Manola Saavedra’s westerns – actress:
Swamp of Lost Souls – 1957 (Julieta)
La cama de piedra – 1958 (Rosa Angelina)
Jalisco Gals are Beautiful - 1961

Monday, August 27, 2012

RIP Lloyd Kino

Lloyd Hiroya (Kino) KINOSHITA

KINOSHITA (Kino), Lloyd Hiroya Age, 93 Born May 16, 1919, Seattle, WA Died: July 21, 2012, Woodland Hills, CA A singer, actor, devoted son and brother, and the best uncle ever. Lloyd worked with the greats in Hollywood for more than 50 years with roles in, Godzilla, Mortal Combat, and Miss Congeniality 2, well into his 80s. He appeared in some great TV from 1960 through 2004 including McHale's Navy, Hawaii 5-O, Star Trek, Happy Days, Remington Steele, Nancy Drew, Major Dad, In Living Color, NCIS, and CSI. He was fortunate to make a living doing what he loved. He is preceded in death by his parents, Tadashi and Etsuko Kinoshita and his brothers Robert T, Kenny (George) and Roy Kinoshita. He is survived by sister, Kay Kinoshita Copeland; nephew, Robert Kinoshita; nieces, Lynne Copeland Hamp and Gwyne Copeland Taylor; and seven grand nieces and nephews, Amanda, Miranda, Tadashi, Mathew, Barrett, Gregory, and Mariko.

KINO, Lloyd (Lloyd Horoya Kinoshita)
Born: 5/16/1919, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Died: 7/21/2012, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Lloyd Kino's westerns - actor:
Stagecoach West (TV) - 1961 (Sing)
The Outlaws is Coming - 1965 (Japanese Moe)
Laredo (TV) - 1967 (Kam Yang)
Kung Fu (TV) - 1975 (doctor)

Saturday, August 25, 2012

RIP Anita Linda

Anita Linda dies at age 87

Born Alice Lake on November 23, 1924, she took the stage name of Anita Linda and was a two-time FAMAS award-winning and Gawad Urian award-winning Filipino film actress. A romantic lead in her youth, she later gained critical acclaim for her portrayals in maternal or elderly roles. At the age of 74, she became the oldest actress to ever win a FAMAS award, when she was named Best Supporting Actress for Ang Babae sa Bubungang Lata. In 2008, at age 83, she was named Best Actress in the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival (Southeast Asia Film Competition) for her portrayal of the titular character in Adela.

LINDA, Anita (Alice Lake)
Born: 11/23/1924, Pasay City, Philippines
Died: 8/25/2012, Pasay City, Philippines

Anita Linda’s westerns – actress:
Cuadro de Jack – 1968
Omar Cassidy and ther Sandalyas Kid – 1970

Friday, August 24, 2012

RIP Jeffrey Stone

Actor Jeffrey Stone died at his home in Penang, Malaysia, on August 22, 2012. He was born John Forrest Fontaine in Detroit, Michigan, on December 16, 1926. He spent much of his childhood in an Indiana orphange after the death of his father. He joined the U.S. Navy in his teens to serve during World War II. He began his career in films in the late 1940s with small roles in "You Were Meant for Me" (1948) and "Train to Alcatraz" (1948). He was a model for Prince Charming for Disney's 1950 animated classic "Cinderella". He was billed as John Fontaine for his roles in the films "Army Bound" (1952), "Battle Zone" (1952), "Fighter Attack" (1953), "Bad for Each Other" (1953), "Wonder Valley" (1953), and "Drive a Crooked Road" (1954). He starred as D'Artagnan in the Italian television series "I Tre Moschettieri" (aka "The Three Musketeers") in 1954, which also featured Paul Campbell, Sebastian Cabot, and Domenico Modugno Musketeers Aramis, Porthos, and Athos. Several episodes of the series were edited together for European theatrical release including "Knights of the Queen" (1954), "The King's Musketeers" (1957), "La Spada Imbattibile" (1957), "Le Imprese di Una Spada Leggendaria" (1958), and "Mantelli Espade Insanguinate" (1959). Stone was also seen on television in episodes of "Private Secretary", "The Californians", "The Loretta Young Show", "Johnny Midnight", "Richard Diamond, Private Detective", "The Millionaire", "Adventures in Paradise", "Death Valley Days", "Surfside 6", and "The Outer Limits". His other film credits include "Edge of Hell" (1956), the cult classic "The Girl in the Kremlin" (1957) with Zsa Zsa Gabor, "The Big Beat" (1958), "Damn Citizen" (1958), the horror film "The Thing That Couldn't Die" (1958), "Money, Women and Guns" (1958), the 1960 Mexican production "El Jinete Solitario' en El Valle de los Desaparecidos: La Venganza del Jinete Solitario" as Zorro, and the off-beat comedy "When the Girls Take Over" (1960). Stone wrote the story for the 1964 science fiction film "The Unearthly Stranger", and wrote and directed the 1966 feature "Strange Portrait". He left the film industry in the 1960s to travel throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific over the next four decades. He wrote several novels set in Asia in later years including "Leters to Rainbow" and "The Other Side of Rainbow", and the autobiography "Whatever Happened to Prince Charming? A Memoir by Jeffrey Stone, the Original Prince Charming". Stone was married to actress Barbara Lawrence from 1947 to 1948, French actress Corinne Calvet from 1955 to 1960, and Christina Lee from 1965 to 1972.

STONE, Jeffrey (John Forrest Fontaine)
Born: 12/16/1926, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 8/22/2012, Penang, Malaysia

Jeffrey Stone’s westerns – actor:
The Californians (TV) – 1958 (Claude Talbot, Drake)
Money, Women and Guns – 1958 (Johnny Bee)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961 (Dave Reid)