Tuesday, August 27, 2013

RIP William Froug

An emmy award-winning writer-producer, World War II veteran and charismatic professor who restructured the screenwriting program at UCLA, William Froug could weave a story.
Froug, 91, died Sunday in Sarasota, leaving behind four children — Suzy Allegra, Nancy Earth, Lisa Froug-Hirano and Jonathan Froug — four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
“He's going to be missed,” said Steve Johnson, an actor and screenwriter who met Froug through the Liars' Club — an informal gathering of writers and storytellers that was started in 1953 by John MacDonald and Mackinley Kantor at the Plaza Hotel restaurant in downtown Sarasota.
Even in a room full of storytellers, Froug could spin a tale.
“He was one of those guys; he'd done everything, he'd been everywhere,” Johnson said. “He'd filled up his life with living.”
Talk about visiting Hawaii? He used to have a place in Hawaii, and lived there for a year.
Elvis Presley? Played pickup football with him.
Wishing for a new Corvette? He owned one of the first — ever.
“He saw a picture of a new car in 1953 and it was a Corvette; he fell in love with it — he was a radio producer back then,” recalled Richard “Doc” Glidewell, who sat next to Froug at Liars' lunches and drove him there the past few years. “He was living in L.A. and he decided he wanted one of those, and there weren't any of those in L.A. He found a dealership in San Francisco, he bought it sight unseen, they put it on a truck and pulled it up to the CBS building.”
“I've heard him described as someone whose presence was large — larger than life,” Lisa Froug-Hirano said of her father.
Froug-Hirano said her father protected his children from the Hollywood scene.
Sure, once there were swimming lessons from Esther Williams — he replied to an ad where she was offering them for $5. Or Froug brought Richard Chameberlain — then a Hollywood heartthrob as Dr. Kildare — to her sister Nancy's middle school function.
Or when Willie Mays, making a cameo appearance on “Bewitched,” stopped to sign an autograph for her.
“I was over the moon to meet Willie Mays,” said Froug-Hirano, who was 14 at the time.
Froug's biography reads like a Hollywood screenplay.
He was born May 26, 1922, in New York City and adopted by William and Rita Froug of Little Rock, Arkansas, where he was raised and where he graduated from high school.
That was followed by an undergraduate degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 1943.
He entered the Navy upon graduating and was selected for the V7 Officer Training Program at Columbia University.
As a “90-Day Wonder,” officer, Froug served aboard a Subchaser in the Pacific stationed at Pearl Harbor and earned command of his own ship, the PC800, in 1945.
During long patrols, Froug honed his writing skills, his daughter said.
After his honorable discharge in 1946, he sold his first novella to “True Detective Magazine” in 1946.
Froug then got into radio writing and rose to Vice President, Programs, CBS Radio Hollywood by 1956.
Froug later got involved in television as the storytelling power of that medium developed. In the 1958-59 Awards, Froug won an Emmy and Producer of the Year awards for the ALCOA-Goodyear Theatre production of “Eddie.”
As a writer-producer, he had a hand in iconic series such as “Adventures in Paradise,” “Twilight Zone,” “Bewitched,” and “Gilligan's Island.”
Froug was nominated for another Emmy as producer on “Bewitched.”
He rose to become the Executive Producer in Charge of Drama for CBS, and that segued into his true passion — teaching.
While at CBS he began lecturing at USC's Film School.
He went on to become a full professor at UCLA — and was proudest about his accomplishments as a teacher.
Froug's books include several essential guides to screenwriting and an autobiography, “How I Escaped From Gilligan's Island.”
After moving between Sarasota and California, Froug settled on Sarasota because of his attachment to the Liars' and the camaraderie there.
Author John Jakes said he will most remember Froug's genial nature.

“I met Bill for the first time about seven or eight years ago when I joined the Liars, and we were friends from day one,” Jakes said. “I enjoyed his wit, his stories of LA LA Land — he was full of them.”
Froug-Hirano said her father delighted in Sarasota.
“He had a great group of friends,” she said. “He just enjoyed Sarasota and the great group of friends.”
Froug will be cremated and his ashes will be scattered in the Pacific Ocean by the Navy.
FROUG, William
Born: 5/26/1922, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/25/2013, Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A.
William Froug’s western – screenwriter:
Hondo (TV) - 1962

Saturday, August 24, 2013

RIP Julie Harris

Broadway star Julie Harris dies
Broadway star Julie Harris, who won an unprecedented five Tony Awards for best actress, has died. She was 87.
Actress and family friend Francesca James says Harris died Saturday at her home in West Chatham, Mass. She had previously suffered two strokes.
Harris' Tony-winning roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in "I Am a Camera" to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst," a one-woman show.
Television viewers knew her as the free-spirited Lilimae Clements in the 1980s series "Knots Landing."
Harris leaped to fame at age 24 playing a lonely 12-year-old tomboy in "The Member of the Wedding." She repeated the Broadway role in the 1952 film version. She was also James Dean's romantic co-star in "East of Eden."
HARRIS, Julie (Julie Anne Harris)
Born: 12/2/1925, Grosse Point Park, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 8/24/2013, West Chatham, Massachusetts, U.S.A
Julie Harris’ westerns – actress:
Rawhide (TV) – 1965 (Emma Teall)
Laredo (TV) – 1965 (Annamay)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1968 (Faith)
Bonanza (TV) – 1968 (Sarah Carter)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1968 (Jennie Hall)
The Virginian (TV) – 1971 (Jenny)

Friday, August 23, 2013

RIP Vadim Yusov

Russian cinematographer Vadim Ivanovich Yusov died today, August 23, 2013, in Moscow. He was 84. Vadim also served as a professor at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography. He was known for his collaborations with Andrei Tarkovsky on “The Steamroller and the Violin:, “Ivan's Childhood” directed by Andrei Rublev “Solaris” and with Georgi Daneliya on “I Step Through Moscow”. He won a number of Nika Awards and Golden Osella for Ivan Dykhovichny's “The Black Monk” at the Venice International Film Festival in 1988.
Born in Leningrad, Russia Yusov was the cinematographer on 1974’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “Mexico in Flames” directed by Sergei Bondarchuk and starring Franco Nero and Ursula Andress.

YUSOV, Vadim (Vadim Ivanovich Yusov)
Born: 4/20/1929, Klavdino, Leningrad, Russia, U.S.S.R.
Died: 8/23/2013, Moscow, Russia

Vadim Yusov's westerns - cinematographer:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - 1974
Mexico in Flames - 1981 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

RIP Carlos Romero Marchent

Actor Carlos Romero Marchent has died.
A member of the Romero Marchent family of filmmakers, he was 69.
The film franchise of Romero Marchent has lost another of its members with the death of actor
Carlos Romero Marchent. Son of author and screenwriter Joaquin Romero Marchent, and brother of Rafael Romero Marchent, director of many spaghetti westerns in the 1960s and 1970s, the director and screenwriter Luis Romero Marchent Joaquín , and Ana Maria Romero Marchent production manager.
Carlos began his career in the late 1950s appearing in “Saeta rubia” (1956) then such productions as “Un fantasma llamado amor” (1957) “El hombre del paraguas blanco” (1958). In the sixties his career continued and he appeared in Spaghetti western such as “Zorro's the Avenger” (1962) “Dollars for a Fast Gun” (1965) and “Cut-Throats Nine” (1970) In the late 1970s he participated in TV serials like 'Curro Jiménez’ (1977-1978), where he played the role of Gaston, and 'Cañas y barro’, as Sangonero.

MARCHENT, Carlos Romero (Carlos Romero Marchent Canales)
Born: 2/22/1944, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died:  8/19/2013, Spain

Carlos Romero Marchent’s westerns – actor, voice actor:
The Coyote – 1955 [Spanish voice of José María Prada]
Shadow of Zorro – 1962 (Chema)
Zorro the Avenger – 1962
Gunfight at High Noon - 1963 (Rock)
7 Hours of Gunfire – 1964 (Ted)
Dollars for a Fast Gun - 1965 (Pat Davis)
Hands of a Gunfighter - 1965 (Pat Davis)
I Do Not Forgive... I Kill! - 1967 (outlaw) as [Carlos Romero]
A Few Bullets More – 1967 [Spanish voice of Enrique Avila]
Dead Men Don’t Count - 1968 (Logan Forrest) [as Carlos R. Marchent]
Garringo - 1969 (cowboy)
Zorro the Lawman – 1969 (Fred)
Arizona Returns - 1970 (Jack)
Prey of Vultures – 1970
Cut-Throats Nine - 1970 (Slim)
Santana Kills Them All – 1970 (Donald Kirby)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

RIP Ted Post

Ted Post dies at 95; veteran TV and movie director
In addition to iconic TV series such as 'Perry Mason,' 'Gunsmoke' and 'Peyton Place,' Ted Post directed episodes of 'Rawhide' and the films 'Hang 'em High' and 'Magnum Force' with Clint Eastwood.
Ted Post, a veteran television and film director who directed a young Clint Eastwood on TV's "Rawhide" and later directed the film legend in the hit movies "Hang `em High" and "Magnum Force," has died. He was 95.

Los Angeles Times
By Dennis McLellan
August 20, 2013, 1:57 p.m.
Post, who had been in failing health, died early Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, said his daughter, Dr. Laurie Post.
Beginning with an episode of the TV dramatic anthology series "Danger" in 1950, Post went on to direct segments of series such as "Armstrong Circle Theatre," "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars," "Medic," "Waterfront," "Perry Mason," "The Rifleman" and "Gunsmoke."
For television in the '60s, he directed series such as "Twilight Zone," "The Defenders," "Combat!" and, most frequently, "Peyton Place," the hit continuing romantic drama that aired up to three times per week.
Post also directed more than 20 episodes of "Rawhide," the popular western series launched on CBS in 1959 starring Eric Fleming and Eastwood.
After Eastwood's big-screen successes in Italian director Sergio Leone's "spaghetti westerns," the star insisted that Post direct his 1968 western "Hang `em High."
Post went on to direct Eastwood in the 1973 film "Magnum Force," the first of the "Dirty Harry" sequels featuring Eastwood's signature San Francisco police inspector, "Dirty" Harry Callahan, first seen in the Don Siegel-directed "Dirty Harry" two years earlier.
Among Post's other film are "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (1970), "The Harrad Experiment" (1973) and "Go Tell the Spartans" (1978). He also directed the 1976-77 TV series "Rich Man, Poor Man — Book II" and the 1986 TV-movie remake of "Stagecoach."
Born in Brooklyn on March 31, 1918, Post began thinking of a show business career while working weekends as an usher at the Loew's Pitkin Theatre in Brooklyn in the late '30s.
He studied acting in a workshop taught by a former actress with the Moscow Art Theater but soon gave up thoughts of becoming an actor and began directing at a summer stock theater on Long Island.
After serving in the Army during World War II, he resumed directing in the theater. That included directing Bela Lugosi in a 1948 production of "Dracula" at the Norwich Summer Theatre in Connecticut.
Post is survived by his wife of 72 years, Thelma; his daughter, Dr. Laurie Post, a clinical psychologist; his son, Robert Post, dean of Yale Law School; four grandchildren and his brother Joe and sister Ruth.
Born: 3/31/1918, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/20/2013, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
Ted Post’s westerns, screenwriter, director:
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1956 [director]
The Peacemaker – 1956 [director]
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 [director]
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1958 [director]
The Legend of Tom Dooley – 1959 [director]
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1959 [director]
The Rifleman (TV) – 1959, 1960 [director]
Rawhide (TV) – 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 [director]
The Westerner (TV) – 1960 [director]
Wagon Train (TV) – 1960, 1961 [director]
Laramie (TV) – 1961 [director]
The Tall Man (TV) – 1961 [director]
The Virginian (TV) – 1962 [director]
Empire (TV) – 1962 [director]
Wide Country (TV) – 1962 [director]
The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (TV) – 1964 [director]
Hang ‘Em High – 1968 [director]
Yuma (TV) – 1971 [director]
The Bravos (TV) – 1972 [screenwriter, director]
Stagecoach (TV) – 1986 [director]

RIP Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard, the legendary crime and western novelist and screenwriter who wielded sharp prose and created quirky misfit characters to captivate a legion of readers, has died, his literary agent said Tuesday.
The 87-year-old writer, who had been recovering from a stroke, wrote novels in the crime and Western genres, as well as short stories and screenplays. He recently won a lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation.
"For a half-century, Elmore Leonard has produced vibrant literary work with an inimitable writing style," said the foundation's executive director, Harold Augenbraum.
He is the master of quirky, well-drawn characters, snappy dialogue, clever plot twists and a narrative style so spare it reads like haiku. Its simple beauty can put a bullet through your heart.

He thinks most crooks are dumb, and that dumb is funny. He likes a good caper and the violence seems to be almost incidental, more like an occupational hazard.
Born in New Orleans, Leonard and his family moved to Detroit, the city that became his literary canvas. He had been writing for decades and supported his family by churning out lines that sold Chevy trucks, all the while saving his best for himself. He'd get up at 5 each morning and write until 7 before heading off to the day job at an ad agency. He quit that day job in 1961.
He first wrote Westerns and Hollywood discovered one of his stories -- "3:10 to Yuma" and made it into a film twice. When Westerns went out of style, he turned to crime fiction. He created some of popular fiction's most memorable tough guys: trigger happy federal marshal Raylan Givens, streetwise Hollywood wannabe Chili Palmer and smooth talking bank robber Jack Foley.
Some of his famous novels, such as "Get Shorty" and "Hombre," have been made into movies.
He's won awards such as the Grand Master Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Award for outstanding achievement in American literature.
"He was truly a giant of the genre and will be sorely missed by fans all around the world," the Mystery Writers group said.
LEONARD, Elmore (Elmore John Leonard Jr.)
Born: 10/11/1925, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Died:  8/20/2013, Bloomfield Village, Michigan, U.S.A.
Elmore Leonard’s westerns – writer:
The Tall T – 1957 [writer]
3:10 to Yuma – 1957 [writer]
Hombre – 1967 [writer]
Valdez is Coming – 1971 [writer]
Joe Kidd – 1972 [writer]
High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane (TV) – 1980 [writer]
Desperado (TV) – 1980 [writer]
The Return of the Desperado (TV) – 1988 [writer]
Desperado: Avalanche at Devil's Ridge (TV) – 1988 [writer]
Desperado: The Outlaw Wars (TV) – 1989 [writer]
Desperado: Badlands Justice (TV) – 1989 [writer]
Border Shootout – 1990 [writer]
Last Stand at Saber River (TV) – 1997 [writer]
3:10 to Yuma – 2007 [writer]
The Tonto Woman – 2007 [writer]

Saturday, August 17, 2013

RIP Fred Kennamer

Fred Kennamer died in Los Angeles on August 13, 2013. Fred was born in October 19, 1958 in Michigan. He grew up in Rhode Island and has been in California since a teenager. He went to high School in San Diego County, College at UC Berkeley, and has been in Los Angeles since the late eighties. He was married to Costumer/Costume Designer Winifred Kennamer (nee Clements) and has three children.

Fred was an assistant director and production manager on “Oblivion” (1994).

KENNAMER, Fred (Fred E. Kennamer)
Born: 10/19/1958, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 8/13/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Fred Kennamer’s western – production manager, assistant director:
Oblivion - 1994

Friday, August 16, 2013

RIP August Schellenberg

Métis actor August Schellenberg dies at 77
Appeared in Black Robe, Free Willy and CBC's North of 60
Métis actor August Schellenberg died Thursday night in his home at Dallas, Texas. He was 77.
Born in Montreal to Métis and Swiss-German parents, Schellenberg was trained at the National Theatre School of Canada. He lived in Toronto from 1967 until 1995, and later moved to Dallas.
His extensive list of appearances in theatre, film and television, include Black Robe, Free Willy and CBC’s North of 60.
In 2012, Schellenberg played the titular role in an all-First Nations version of Shakespeare’s King Lear at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre.
“Words cannot explain how much you will be missed,” tweeted the NAC’s communications officer Sean Fitzpatrick. The NAC will lower its flag today in his honour.
Born: 7/25/1936, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Died:  8/15/2013, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
August Schellenberg’s westerns – actor:
Black Robe – 1991 (Chomina)
Lakota Moon (TV) – 1992 (Bull Elk)
Geronimo (TV) – 1993 (Cochise)
Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV) – 1994 (Chief Iron Bow)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1994, 1995 (Billy Gray Wolf)
Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (TV) – 1995 (Black Hoof)
Crazy Horse (TV) – 1996 (Sitting Bull)
High Noon (TV) – 2000 (Antonio)
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins – 2004 (Tecopa)
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (TV) – 2007 (Sitting Bull)
Comanche Moon (TV) – 2008 (Idahi)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

RIP Valentin de Vargas

Memorable as a punk terrorizing Janet Leigh in the Orson Welles crime thriller, he also appeared in such films as "Blackboard Jungle," "Hatari!" and "To Live and Die in L.A."
Valentin de Vargas, a veteran character actor who terrified Janet Leigh in a darkened Mexican motel room in the Orson Welles film noir classic Touch of Evil, has died. He was 78.
De Vargas died June 10 of myelodysplastic syndrome in Tulsa, Okla. He was laid to rest Tuesday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in New Mexico; his daughter, Los Angeles interior designer Vanessa de Vargas, said the family wanted to wait until his burial to announce his death.
A native of Albuquerque, N.M., the handsome, swarthy de Vargas forged a 50-year career playing good guys and bad in dozens of films and TV shows.
He was at his slimy best in Touch of Evil (1958) as Pancho, one of a pack of crazy greasers who lures Leigh -- who plays the wife of Charlton Heston's narcotics officer -- into a seedy border-town motel, where she's drugged, gang-raped (off-camera) and framed for murder.

In one unforgettable shot, a close-up shows de Vargas' distorted face as he hovers over Leigh and flicks out his tongue like a snake. Later in the film, Heston pounds his head into a jukebox.

Earlier, de Vargas was another flawed Latino juvenile (and classmate of Sidney Poitier) in his first film, Richard Brooks' seminal Blackboard Jungle (1955). He didn't have a line but appeared in virtually every school scene.
In Howard Hawks' action-packed Hatari! (1962), de Vargas played a Mexican, Luis Francisco Garcia Lopez, a member of an international band of animal catchers led by John Wayne in Africa. He starred with Wayne again in another action flick, Hellfighters (1968), about oil-fire fighters.
De Vargas also was a henchman in The Magnificent Seven (1960), a Marine in the Korean War drama The Nun and the Sergeant (1962) and a judge in William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A. (1985).
His daughter Vanessa told The Hollywood Reporter how her father called Welles "unpredictable" during the filming of Touch of Evil; how Universal freaked out when the director cast Marlene Dietrich, on contract at another studio, for a key role; and how amazed he was when he discovered years later that Dennis Weaver also was in the film.
Key moments of the movie were shot along Windward Avenue in Venice, Calif., and Vanessa said she was pleasantly surprised to find her father's character depicted on a neighborhood mural called "Touch of Venice" that was completed in April 2012.
On television, de Vargas had noteworthy guest-starring turns on Bracken's World, Hill Street Blues and The Wild Wild West and appeared on other shows including Broken Arrow, Hawaiian Eye, Bonanza, The Fugitive, Mannix, The F.B.I., That Girl, Death Valley Days, T.J. Hooker, Dallas, The Streets of San Francisco and Airwolf.
De Vargas was active in Nosotros, the organization founded by Ricardo Montalban to support Latinos in show business, and he took acting classes taught by Anthony Quinn.

De Vargas, of Spanish and Austrian descent, was born Albert Charles Schubert on April 26, 1935, on a ranch in Albuquerque, the son of a distributor. He moved to Los Angeles, enrolled at the all-boys Loyola University to pursue a law degree and served in the U.S. Army. He responded to a flyer posted at Loyola to audition for a high school student role in Blackboard Jungle.

One of de Vargas’ uncles, Don Alvarado, played dashing Latin lovers in silent movies and now has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His daughter with actress Ann Boyar was Joy Page, who had a pivotal role in Casablanca as the newlywed who might have to sleep with Capt. Renault (Claude Rains) in order to obtain an exit visa for her and her husband. Warner Bros. studio chief Jack L. Warner, who had married Boyar after her divorce, got Page the role.

Another de Vargas uncle, Carlos Alvarado, is thought to be the first European/Hispanic talent agent in Los Angeles.
De Vargas was married three times: to actress Arlene McQuade, who starred on the 1950s sitcom The Goldbergs and was among the menacing group of evil people in the motel room with de Vargas in Touch of Evil; to actress and model Nome de Vargas, who worked on The New Treasure Hunt game show in the 1970s; and Diana de Vargas, who survives him.

In addition to Vanessa -- who has appeared on Design Wars and other HGTV reality shows -- and his wife of six years, de Vargas’ survivors include his sons Valentin and Anthony; another daughter, Marita; a sister Marilyn; and a brother Donald.

De VARGAS, Valentin (Albert Charles Schubert)
Born: 4/26/1935, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Died: 6/10/2013, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

Valentin de Vargas’ westerns – actor:
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1957 (Ramon Ybanez)
Colt .45 (TV) – 1958 (Carlos Hernandez)
Broken Arrow (TV) – 1958 (Miguel)
The Magnificent Seven – 1960 Calvera henchman)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1960 (Carlos Esteban)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1962 (Ramon De Cardenas)
The Firebrand – 1962 (Joaquin Murieta)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1965, 1965, 1969, 1970 (Running Wolf, Nick Avote, Black Foot, Lone Eagle)
Rawhide (TV) – 1965 (Ernie Torres)
Bonanza (TV) – 1965 (Manuel)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Oneha, Rio)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1967, 1969 (Cheeno, Pacos)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1968 (Willie Snake)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1969 (Colonel Chaveros)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1970, 1971 (Rodrigo)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1975 (Mendoza)
Treasure of Matecumbe – 1976 (Charlie)
Kit Carson and the Mountain Men (TV) – 1977 (Tibor)
Zorro (TV) – 2011 (Alcalde)

RIP Luciano Martino

Farewell Luciano Martino, King of the B movie, launched Fenech

Banfi, from janitor to him I owe my career prof
By Alessandra Magliaro
A hundred films as a producer, a few dozen as a screenwriter: from the second half of the '60s and '80s much, much, Italian genre cinema, the one that filled the halls before the crisis and the advent of cinema Piracy has passed for him. He would have turned 80 in December Luciano Martino, who died today in Kenya. With his brother director Sergio was involved in a factory of B movie cult today of various genres, from peplum to cop to the sex comedies of the time. Titles such as Milano Trema - The police want justice, Giants of Rome but also that very long list of movies that are still in the minds of many, sexy and itchy in the years when there was no sex free on the internet and the maximum was the B-side of Nadia Cassini and Edwige Fenech in the shower.
Producing films like 'Giovannona Coscialunga dishonored with honor', 'That great piece dell'Ubalda', the long series of the teacher or the soldier, 'Cream Horn' certainly has a place in the history of Italian cinema. Has launched many beauties of the time, including Barbara Bouchet, Gloria Guida but especially 'invented' Edwige Fenech who was then his companion for many years. Towards the mid-80s, when the film began to give way to the supermarket, Martino was oriented towards producing the TV drama series such as Turbo or TV movie as a state secret by Giuseppe Ferrara. It was he who was the 1987 debut of the then unknown Nicole Kidman chose for the TV movie An Australian in Rome. '' Luciano - he told his brother Sergio, who was contacted by ANSA - he loved being in Malindi, even though it was plagued by a bad bad. Last night was fine, except for a low-grade fever, he had dinner with some friends. Then tonight was suffering from pulmonary edema and died during the flight to Nairobi. Maybe - he concludes - has gone the way he wanted.''
Edwige Fenech sobs:'' We loved one another so well, it is a life of respect that is gone today. We are the United States, as it has been part of my life. I am so saddened that I can hardly speak of him now '. Lino Banfi fondly recalls her career and profitability:'' A Luciano Martino I owe so much: we have come a long piece of road together, punctuated by more than 40 films he has produced and largely directed his brother Sergio'' . Among the anecdotes, Banfi said:'' As a joke from the past thirty years and I Edwige Fenech, used to say that he should put on the table a picture of both of the same size: we made you enrich the provocavamo. And he answered: I will have been worthwhile. He was right.'' After several appearances in minor roles,'' among soldiers, doctors and high school students - jokes Banfi alternating emotion to smile - my first starring role was in the film, the doctor is with Colonel (1980). The last we have achieved together is coach in football 2. In between there are so many interests: I can proudly say that in the 'didactic branch', as we called goliardic, having started as a janitor, then I was promoted to full professor, and even the principal. I only missed the move to Director of Education.'' Film scollacciati? '' They were very clean. Also because - jokes - the actresses were continually in the shower.'' After many experiences together'' has remained a great friendship between us: he was a great man, I love him very much.''

MARTINO, Luciano
Born: 12/22/1933, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 8/14/2013, Malinda, Kenya

Luciano Martino’s western – producer, screenwriter:
Buffalo Bill, Hero of the Far West – 1965 [screenwriter]
The Man from Nowhere – 1966 [screenwriter]
$10,000 for a Massacre – 1967 [producer, screenwriter]
One More to Hell – 1968 [producer, screenwriter]
Vengeance is Mine – 1968 [producer, screenwriter]
Stagecoach of the Condemned – 1970 [screenwriter]
Gunman in Town – 1970 [producer[
Dig Your Grave Friend… Sabata’s Coming – 1971 [screenwriter]
His Name was Holy Ghost – 1972 [producer]
My Horse, My Gun, Your Widow – 1972 [producer]
A Man Called Invincible – 1973 [producer]
Zorro – 1975 [producer]
A Man Called Blade – 1977 [producer]

Saturday, August 10, 2013

RIP Jody Payne

Jody Payne, Willie Nelson guitarist, dies at 77
STAPLETON, Ala. -- Jody Payne, a guitarist who toured with Willie Nelson for more than three decades, has died. He was 77.
Baldwin County Coroner Stan Zinson says Payne died at 5:12 a.m. Saturday at a hospital from cardiac problems. He says Payne got up early in his house in Stapleton, Ala., feeling ill, and his wife called an ambulance.
He says Payne had a long history of cardiac problems.
According to a 2011 profile in The Mobile Press-Register, Payne toured with Nelson from 1973 to 2008. He retired to Stapleton, with his wife Vicki. There he continued playing music, teaching the guitar at a local music store.
A post on Willie's Nelson's Facebook page about Payne's death said, "Our friend will be missed."
PAYNE, Jody (James L. Payne)
Born: 1/11/1936, Garrard County, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Died: 8/10/2013, Stapleton, Alabama, U.S.A.
Jody Payne’s western – musician
Red Headed Stranger - 1986

Thursday, August 8, 2013

RIP Karen Black

RIP Karen Black
The Five Easy Pieces Oscar nominee also known for such films Nashville and Alfred Hitchcock’s final pic Family Plot has died at 74. Karen Black recently had turned to crowd funding to help with her long battle against cancer. Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, confirmed Black’s death in a Facebook post: “It is with great sadness that I have to report that my wife and best friend, Karen Black has just passed away, only a few minutes ago,” he wrote. “Thank you all for all your prayers and love, they meant so much to her as they did to me.”
Black began her acting career in Off-Broadway shows before starring in three short-lived Main Stem productions from 19655-67. She also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1966 romantic dramedy You’re a Big Boy Now. Several late-’60s TV guest roles on such shows as The Big Valley and Adam-12 led to her casting in the 1969 counterculture classic Easy Rider. A year later she and Jack Nicholson, who’d also appeared in Easy Rider, landed their breakout roles in Five Easy Pieces. Black earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination and won the Golden Globe and NBR Award. She would add a second Globe four years later for The Great Gatsby. Black starred in films throughout the ‘70s, including Airport ’75, The Day of the Locust, Robert Altman’s Nashville and Hitchcock’s Family Plot. In 1975 she also starred in the cult-classic ABC telepic Trilogy of Terror, playing four roles in the three segments. She continued to work in TV and film for the rest of her life, even after being diagnosed with cancer. In March, she stated a GoFundMe page in the hope of raising $17,000 for a two-month treatment in Europe. She brought in more than double that amount in a single day and ultimately ended up raising more than $61,000. Last night, Eckelberry posted on the site, “The kind people at the Motion Picture Television Fund helped place her in a nursing facility, where she is now. The cancer is still spreading slowly and it takes its toll.”

BLACK, Karen (Karen Blanche Ziegler)
Born: 7/1/1939, Park Ridge, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 8/8/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Karen Black’s westerns – actress:
The Big Valley (TV) – 1967 (Carla Roberts)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (Patricia Dunne)
A Gunfight – 1971 (Jenny Simms)
Mr. Horn (TV) – 1979 (Ernestina Crawford)

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

RIP Stan Lynde

Lynde, creator of 'Rick O'Shay' comic strip, dies

Helena Independent Record
August 7, 2013
Western cartoonist and author Stan Lynde, creator of the nationally syndicated "Rick O'Shay" comic strip, has died of cancer in Montana. He was 81.
His "Rick O'Shay" comic strip began in 1958 and ran for 20 years with an average daily readership of about 15 million people. In 1979, he launched another comic strip, "Latigo," which ran through 1983. Lynde died Tuesday in Helena, where he lived with his wife.
Myron Stanford "Stan" Lynde was born in Billings in 1931 and was raised on a cattle and sheep ranch on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation. His mother gave him crayons and paper and taught him to draw to keep her young son occupied, said Lynde's sister, Lorretta.
"Cowboys were my heroes," Stan Lynde told the Independent Record in December 2012. "I followed them around and they played with me."
His parents read him the cartoons in the Sunday newspaper, and he said it was an "epiphany" when he learned that people were paid to write and draw cartoons.
"I wanted to be a cartoonist all my life _ from age 5 or 6, that's what I wanted to do," Lynde said in December.
He drew daily comics in high school and created the comic strip "Ty Foon" for the Navy newspaper while he served during the Korean conflict.
In the 1950s, he moved to New York, where he drew on his ranch background and his affinity for Western humor to create the "Rick O'Shay" strip that included characters such as gunslinger Hipshot Percussion, banker Mort Gage and a kid named Quyat Burp who lived in the western town of Conniption.
The characters in the comic strip were composites "of the old time cowboys and the people I knew growing up," Lynde said.
He moved back to Montana in 1962 after his "Rick O'Shay" cartoon was established and appearing in about 100 papers including the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
When Lynde retired from cartooning, he wrote eight Western novels featuring the character Merlin Fanshaw. He also wrote a historical novel, "Vigilante Moon."
Late last year, Lynde donated some of his original art, memorabilia and possessions to the Montana Historical Society in Helena, including his trademark hat.
"Stan was an incredibly creative and soft-spoken man," said Bruce Whittenberg, director of the Montana Historical Society. "You couldn't help but respect him. He was such a class act."
Helena artist Bob Morgan called Lynde a "real gentleman" who loved cartooning and "was a great contributor to Montana."
"I feel very blessed," Lynde told the IR in December. "I've been able to do the work I love for an appreciative audience. I love this state and people of this state. If my tombstone said something about Montana, I'd be really happy. I've never met any state with people who have such character."
Lynde and his wife, Lynda, moved to Ecuador in January but returned to Helena this spring when he became ill.
Lynde is survived by his wife and eight children.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

RIP Antonio Secchi

Farewell to Toni Secchi, World War II resistance partisan and director of photography.
Italian cinematographer, director, screenwriter, Antonio Secchi died in the night between Saturday and Sunday June 6 and 7 at age 88 at his home in Zoanno Ponte di Legno, Brescia, Italy where he has lived since 1975, the year he decided to retire from the film industry , Antonio Secchi was also, in his youth and Italian soccer player.
During his film career he used various pseudonyms, including Toni Secchi, Tony Secchi, Tony Secchy and Tony Dry.
Secchi, after studying at Andrea Doria, High School participated as a partisan in the war of liberation during World War II in the division of Spero Tito Fiamme Verdi, fighting in the Battle of Mortirolo on April 19, 1944 and was wounded. After the war he joined FC's Tradate, where he was a goalkeeper, playing in the C series.
He began his career as a cinematographer in 1946 as a camera operator in newsreels, and graduated to a cinematographer in the film “Morte di un amico” (Death of a Friend) directed by Franco Rossi (1959). Later, he worked with such directors as Giuseppe de Santis, Renato Castellani, Florestan Vancini, Damiano Damiani, John Huston, Alessandro Blasetti, Pupi Avati.
Secchi worked on numerous productions, including “The Bible” by John Huston. He was the director of “Una padella calibro 38″ (Panhandle 38). He was a member of the A. I.C. (Italian Association of Cameramen
SECCHI, Toni (Antonio Secchi)
Born: 2/26/1924, Sampierdarena Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Died: 6/7/2013, Zoanno Ponte di Legno, Brescia, Italy
Antonio Secchi’s westerns – cinematographer, director, screenwriter:
Blood for a Silver Dollar – 1965 [cinematographer]
A Bullet for the General – 1966 [cinematographer
The Hills Runs Red - 1966 [cinematographer]
Death Sentence - 1967 [cinematographer]
Panhandle 38 – 1972 [director, screenwriter]

Saturday, August 3, 2013

RIP Jozef Adamovič

Actor Jozef Adamovič co-founder of the Academy of Arts has died.
On Friday August 2, 2013 the well-known Slovak actor Joseph Adamovič died at 74. He was co-founder of the Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica, with his wife-actress Božidara Turzonovová.
Jozef Adamovič was a Slovak theater and film actor, teacher and director He appeared in more than 120 television productions, series and film projects, and was the winner of Slovak Literary Fund .
Adamovič played in films during his studies. He graduated in 1956 and then went to Bratislava, where in 1960 he graduated at the Academy of Performing Arts. In the same year he became a member of the Slovak National Theatre, where he worked until 1991. He created 60 theatrical characters (Cornelle: Cid, Gozzi: The King Stag, Goldoni: Dance Teacher, Shakespeare: Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard II., King Lear, Edgar, Rostand: Cyrano de Bergerac). Initially he played the romantic figure, later in his first film role he was a realistic tragic character.
His wife is actress Božidara Turzonovová. Both were active in Banska Bystrica Academy of Arts, and Joseph was a co-founder of the college and lecturer at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts. He leaves his wife and two children Andrea and Lucia.
Born: 4/23/1939, Trnava, Czechoslovakia
Died: 8/2/2013, Bratislava, Slovenia
Jozef Adamovič's western - actor:
The Sons of Great Bear – 1965 (Tschapa)

RIP Gail Kobe

Film and television actress and producer Gail Kobe died yesterday August 1 at the age of 82. Her first major film was Cecil B. DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments in 1956. She went on to appear in dozens of TV shows throughout her career, earning an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Dr. Anne Warner on the 1960s TV series Dr. Kildare. Her other TV credits include soaps Peyton Place and Bright Promise. She also starred in such TV classics The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, Bewitched, Hogan’s Heroes, The Mod Squad, Mission Impossible and The Outer Limits and appeared in over 50 Westerns, including, Rawhide, The Virginian, Maverick, Daniel Boone and Gunsmoke. She moved into producing daytime dramas during the 1970s and 80s with credits including Days of Our Lives, Texas, Another World, The Bold And The Beautiful, and Guiding Light, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. For the past two years, she resided at the Motion Picture Television Fund Home, where she was very active at Channel 22, organizing the show We’ve Got Mail, among other Fund activities.

KOBE, Gail
Born: 3/19/1929, Hamtramick, Michigan, USA
Died: 8/1/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Gail Kobe’s western – actress: 
Cheyenne (TV) – 1956, 1958 (Della Sevier, Della Carver)
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1958 (Nellie Cashman)
Boots and Saddles (TV) – 1958 (Molly Parker)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1958 (Molly Wilkes)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958 (Ruth Huddlestone)
Trackdown (TV) – 1958 (Beth Waislip , Penny Adams, Cindy)
Gunsmoke in Tucson 1958 (Katy Porter)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958, 1965, 1966, 1969 (Polly Troyman, Grace, Madge, Ellie Decker)
The Californians (TV) – 1959 (Charlotte Tuttle)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959 (Erika Hennepin)
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1959 (Nora Chaffee)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1960 (Kate Brown)
The Rebel (TV) – 1960, 1961 (Carrie Evans, Emily Hardy)
Maverick (TV) – 1962 (Theodora Rush)
Rawhide (TV) – 1962, 1963 (Dr. Louise Amadon, Agnes Quintle)
Laramie (TV) – 1962, 1963 (Lottie Harris, Madge)
Empire (TV) – 1963 (Janet Rainey)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1963 (Francine)
The Virginian (TV) – 1963 (Ruth Ferris)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1966 (Ellie)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Johanna Houston)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1968, 1970 (Amanda Wharton, Letitia)

Friday, August 2, 2013

RIP MIchael Ansara

He played the great Klingon warrior Kang on three versions of "Star Trek" and a Native American on ABC's "Broken Arrow."
Michael Ansara, the rugged character actor who played Klingon commander Kang on three different Star Trek TV series, has died. He was 91.
Ansara, who was married for a brief time in the 1950s to the late Jean Byron, who played the mom on The Patty Duke Show. 
Born in a small village in Syria to American parents, Ansara starred as Native Americans on two 1950s primetime series: the ABC Western Broken Arrow as Cochise and as Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart, an Apache, on NBC's Law of the Plainsman.
Ansara is beloved by Star Trek fans as one of only seven actors to play the same character on three versions of the sci-fi series: on the original (in the 1968 episode "Day of the Dove"), on Deep Space Nine (1994's "Blood Oath") and on Voyager (1996's "Flashback"). Kang was a legendary warrior.
He also had major roles in such films as 1953's Julius Caesar and The Robe (as Judas); Jupiter’s Darling (1955); 1961's Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (he also appeared in the subsequent ABC series); The Comancheros (1961) with John Wayne; The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965); Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969); The Bears and I (1974); The Message (1977); and It’s Alive (1974).
Ansara came to the U.S. with his American parents at the age of 2. As a teen, he and his family relocated to California, and he entered Los Angeles City College with the intention of becoming a doctor.
A stint at the Pasadena Playhouse (where fellow students included Charles Bronson, Carolyn Jones and Aaron Spelling) led to roles on stage and in films.
He was married to Eden from 1958-74. Their son, Matthew Michael Ansara, died in 2001. An actor, he died of an accidental heroin overdose at age 35.
The senior Ansara's many TV appearances also included The Untouchables, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Perry Mason, The Outer Limits, Lost in Space, I Dream of Jeannie with his wife, Hawaii 5-0, Murder, She Wrote and the Centennial miniseries. He also voiced the role of Mr. Freeze on the animated Batman series.
Ansara, who has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, also was married for a brief time in the 1950s to the late Jean Byron, who played the mom on The Patty Duke Show.
Survivors include Beverly, his wife of 36 years, his sister Rose, his niece Michelle and nephew Michael John.
A private service is pending. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Michael’s Antiochian Orthodox Church.
ANSARA, Michael (Michael George Ansara)
Born: 4/15/1922, Syria
Died: 7/31/2013, Calabasas, California, U.S.A.
Michael Ansara’s westerns – actor:
Only the Valiant – 1951 (Tucsos)
The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1951, 1952 (Walker, Hawk Mason)          
Brave Warrior – 1952 (The Prophet)
The Lawless Breed – 1953 (Gus Hanley)
Three Young Texans – 1954 (Apache Joe)
The Lone Ranger – 1956 (Angry Horse)
Broken Arrow (TV) – 1956-1958 (Cochise)
Gun Brothers – 1956 (Shawnee Jack)
Pillars of the Sky – 1956 (Kamiakin)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1956 (Tioka)
Last of the Badmen – 1957 (Kramer)
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1957 (Ogama)
Quantez – 1957 (Delgadito)
The Tall Stranger – 1957 (Zarata)
Frontier Doctor (TV) – 1958 (Will Carver)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1959 (Henry Sidell / Fitzgerald)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1959 (Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart)
Law of the Palinsman (TV) – 1959-1960 (Deputy U.S. Marshal Sam Buckhart)
The Rebel (TV) – 1960 (Docker Mason)
The Westerner (TV) – 1960 (Oresquote)
The Comancheros – 1961 (Amelung)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1962 (Colonel Peralta)
Wide Country (TV) – 1962 (Jay Brenner)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1962 (Chief North Star, Adam MacKenzie)
Rawhide (TV) – 1963 (Alfredo Maldenado, Joseph)
Branded (TV) – 1965 (Thomas Frye)
The Virginian (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Marshall Merle Frome, Paul Dallman)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1966 (Adam Lloyd)
Texas Across the River – 1966 (Iron Jacket)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1966 (Sebastian Drake)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1966 (Gillingham Conner)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1966, 1967 (Grey Horse, Luke Todd)
The Road West (TV) – 1967 (Serafin)
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1969 (Wakando)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1969 (Alberto Ruiz)
Guns of the Magnificent Seven – 1969 (Colonel Diego)
Lancer (TV) – 1970 (Curley)
Shootout in a One-Dog Town (TV) – 1974 (Reynolds)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (Diamond Jack Bassiter)
Mission to Glory: A True Story (TV) – 1977 (
Centennial (TV) – 1978, 1979 (Lame Beaver)
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion (TV) – 1979 [Himself]
Border Shootout – 1990 (Chuluha)