Thursday, October 31, 2013

RIP Antonio Guidi

Farewell to actor and voice actor Antonio Guidi
The horrible year of death of Italian voice dubbers continues. Since the beginning of 2013 voice actors of the caliber of Claudio Fattoretto, Tonino Accolla, Giuliano Persico, Franco Fortunato, Dario De and actors with experience in dubbing as Mariangela Melato, Anna Proclemer, Aldo Reggiani and Aldo Massasso, now comes the news of the death of Antonio Guidi, born in Ferrara October 28, 1927 and passed away on Thursday, October 17.
Guidi, who had won the award Noce d’oro  for Best Young Actor , he graduated  with a degree in architecture in 1951, then for two years he attended the acting school of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, directed by Giorgio Strehler, and after four seasons in the glorious theater scene in central St. Erasmus in Milan he dedicated his career to dubbing.
On to the C.I.D. from the late 1950s until the failure of the cooperative in 1973, then to CD, for the Group Thirty (now PumaisDue) and in recent years for the Milan-based company ADC GROUP, Guidi will be remembered among other things as the voice of Peter Ustinov in different films including "Evil Under the Sun" and "Death on the Nile" (as Hercule Poirot), but also in the drama "Jesus of Nazareth " (in the role of Herod), Bernard Blier in “Amici miei”, “Una botta di vita”, “I compagni”, “Il malato immaginario” and “Il furto è l’anima del commercio”; Vincent Gardenia in "Death Wish" and "Lucky Luciano" by Donald Sutherland in "Twentieth Century" and "Un caso per tre" by Peter Falk in "Summer Storm", "Ready" , "Lights in the Heart" and

"Corky Romano" but also in TV series 1980/2000 "Colombo" , going on to the late Giampiero Albertini who had voiced the character in the first 45 episodes produced in the 1960 /70 and in the first four TV movies of 1989 /90.
On TV, he also voiced Redd Foxx in the old sitcom "Sanford and Son", and Roger Hanin in the French detective series "Commissioner Navarro."
Guidi has also been the voice of Prince John in the classic Disney animated "Robin Hood," and in recent years the voice of the Italian Professor in the animated series "Huntik - Secret & Seekers".
He also directed the dubbing of films like "The Hunting" and "Ocean of Fire - Hidalgo" and TV series such as "Early Edition".
Among his additional experiences besides dubbing, Guidi led for three years hosted, from Turin, a highly successful TV program for children based on texts from the commedia dell'arte, of which he was the author and performer in the role of Harlequin, and has participated in numerous soap opera with Macario, Raimondo Vianello and Sandra Mondaini, Gino Bramieri, Raffaele Pisu, Franca Rame, Antonella Steni, and The Quartet Cetra.
Farewell to a "Great lord of the Italian dubbing, a great actor and a man really full of enthusiasm, always correct and on time," as he recalled his fellow voice actor and dubbing director of Fiamma Izzo.
GUIDI, Antonio
Born: 10/28/1927, Ferrara, Emilia Romagna, Italy
Died: 10/17/2013, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Antonio Guidi’s westerns – voice actor:
Savage Gringo – 1966 [Italian voice of Peter Carter]
A Hole in the Forehead – 1968 [Italian voice of Giorgio Gargiullo]
Sartana – 1968 [Italian voice of Gianni Rizzo]
Hate is My God – 1969 [Italian voice of sheriff]
Shoot the Living, Pray for the Dead – 1970 [Italian voice of Dan May]
Chato’s Land – 1971 [Italian voice of Richard Basehart]
My Name is Nobody - 1972 [Italian voice of Piero Lulli]

RIP Roger McGee

RIP Roger J. McGee
December 1926 - October 2013 The McGee and Grossman families are mourning the passing of Shell Beach resident Roger L. McGee, born on December 9th 1926 in St. Louis, MO. Roger and his wife Adele moved to Shell Beach in recent years to spend time with their loving and extended family. Roger had a long and successful film career spanning 20 years, with roles ranging from The Little Rascals and Shirley Temple to A Streetcar Named Desire and The Forbidden Planet, among others. Following his film career, Roger became a consummate real estate developer with projects throughout California and Nevada. Between 1987 and 2011, Roger and Adele spent nearly 25 happy years in Kailua, Kona Hawaii enjoying the wonderful Hawaiian lifestyle to the fullest. Roger was "larger than life" and was renowned for his sense of humor, competitive sportsmanship, extensive travels, unparalleled poker ability and phenomenal singing voice. Roger touched the lives of everyone he crossed paths with¿ He will be dearly missed by all. Roger is survived by his wife Adele, his children Baron, Robert, Thomas, Gary and Amy and his grandchildren Jacob, Sara, Max and Emily.

McGEE, Roger (Roger J. McGee)
Born: 12/9/1926, St. Louis, Missouri U.S.A.
Died: 10/27/2013, Shell Beach, California, U.S.A.

Roger McGee's western - actor:
Tucson - 1949 (student)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

RIP Nikos Foskolos

Nikos Foskolos, a popular screenwriter, has died at the age of 87.
Foskolos, who also directed films and plays during his career, is best known for writing the screenplays for more than 70 movies produced mostly by Finos Films in the 1950s and 1960s.
In the 1970s, he began writing screenplays for TV and achieved major success with the soap opera “Lampsi,” which aired from 1991 to 2005 with almost 3,500 episodes.
Foskolos is due to be buried on Friday at Ilioupoli cemetery in Athens.

Born: 11/26/1927, Athens, Greece
Died: 10/30/2013, Athens, Greece

Nikos Foskolos' westerns - director, screenwriter:
Blood on the Land - 1966 [screenwriter]
Oi sfaires den gyrizoun piso - 1967 [director, screenwriter]


RIP Julia von Grolman

At 78 years old, Argentinian actress Julia Von Grolman has died
An artist with a distinguished career in film and tv .
She was part of "Four Faces for Victoria" with China Zorrilla, Nacha Guevara and Carola Reyna.
She e had a brief appearance in "Four men to Eve," which starred Edward Rudy , Rodolfo Bebán and Jorge Barreiro.
Argentina actress Julia Von Grolman  has died at age 78, reported people close to the artist who was showcased in the cinema between the 1970 and 1980 .
Owner of a striking beauty, Von Grolman had retired from public activity for over a decade and recently suffered a series of physical problems that will generate different impairments .
Formed with Peter Asquini theater teachers, Conrado Ramonet, Carlos Gandolfo and Augusto Fernandez, Von Grolman came to acting on the advice of Eduardo Pavlovsky and after a stay of a couple of years in New York, where she had left at 20 to study advertising.
The comedy "Who called Chiqui?" Directed by and starring Hedy Crilla with Gianni Lunadei and Elina Colomer, marked her debut with a role highlighted in the theater in 1965, while her first film role came in "Hotel Accommodation" by Fernando Ayala, in the same year .
About this role, which earned her a Condor Film Critics Association as Best Actress, always said with a laugh, "I was the only woman who undressed in the film."
Her development in the cinema was intense, working with leading filmmakers of her generation, especially with Oscar Barney Finn, who filmed "Count to Ten", "Broken Comedy" , the episode "Golden Hall" in the collective film "The mysterious Buenos Aires", "The Return of the Ballad" and “Stolen Moments," the last film she starred in 1997.
In addition, film was directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson ("Martin Fierro"), Mario David     ("Green Cloth"), Raul de la Torre ("John & Mrs. Lamaglia & Mrs", it will be remembered as one of her best roles) , and Alberto Fischerman ("Days of July"), among others.
On television she made ​​a brief appearances in the melodrama "Four Men to Eve," which protagonziaban Eduardo Rudy, Rodolfo Bebán and Jorge Barreiro and was successful in his time, and special programs such as "The Testament".
While in theater was among many others, in the set "The Collector", on plays by Manuel Mujica Lainez and others, as "Back Home" by Harold Pinter and directed by Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, who did not reach the five functions to be censored by the dictatorship of Juan Carlos Onganía .
Von Grolman, which for many years had been detached from the arts and lost contact with the environment, was married to Jorge Alvear and had no children.
Von GROLMAN, Julia
Born: 4/24/1935, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 10/29/2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Julia Von Grolman’s western – actress:
Martin Fierro – 1968 (Sergeant Cruz’s wife)

RIP Virgnia Vincent

Film and TV cctress Virginia Vincent passed away on October 3, 2013. Born Virginia Grohosky in Goshen, New York on May 3, 1918, her first film appearance was in 1950’s “California Passage” and her continued with over 95 appearances in films and TV until her final appearance in 1988 in an episode of the TV Soap Opera “Knots Landing”. She married Jack Vincent in 1939 but the couple later divorced. A talented and most sought after character actress she was seen on many of the TV series in the 1950s through the 1970s. She leaves four cousins, one niece, and three great nephews.
VINCENT, Virginia (Virginia Grohosky)
Born: 5/3/1918, Goshen, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/3/2013, U.S.A.
Virginia Vincent’s westerns – actress:
California Passage – 1950 (Mazie)
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1957 (Lois Thorne)
Navajo Run – 1964 (Sarah Grog)
The Virginian (TV) – 1966 (Louise Emory)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1968 (Louis Thorpe)
Treasure of Matecumbe – 1976 (Aunt Lou)

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

RIP Nigel Davenport

Nigel Davenport obituary
Michael Coveney
The Guardian
Tuesday 29 October 2013 14.06 EDT
When the whisky flowed, according to the writer John Heilpern, the actor Nigel Davenport looked "as if he might knock you through the wall for sport". However, words such as "imposing" and "heavyweight", both often applied to his performances on stage and screen across more than 40 years, do not do sufficient justice to his lightness of touch and comic energy.
Davenport, who has died aged 85, was a founder member of the English Stage Company (ESC) at the Royal Court – in the first season, he was in every production except Look Back in Anger – and a distinguished president of Equity, the actors' union; he played leads in Restoration comedy and absurdist drama as well as King Lear.
In a recent rerun of the BBC's Keeping Up Appearances, he loomed as a lubricious old navy commodore coming on to Patricia Routledge's Hyacinth Bouquet in the back of a cab driven by a vicar. With his huge bulk, fruity, growling voice and gleaming left eye, he was as hilarious as he was genuinely alarming.
The "odd" eye was the result of an operation to correct a childhood squint gone wrong, but this only added to his raffish singularity, which made him ideal casting for hirsute, frequently moustachioed, villains as well as the large roster of high-ranking soldiers, aristocrats and monarchs – he was a superb King George III in the BBC television series The Prince Regent (1979) – he embodied with an easy charm and natural entitlement.
He grew up in the village of Great Shelford, near Cambridge, the son of Arthur Davenport and his wife, Katherine. His father was the bursar at Sidney Sussex College; his grandfather was awarded the Military Cross in the first world war. Davenport was educated at St Peter's school in Seaford, East Sussex, and at Cheltenham college before studying philosophy, politics and economics (changing to English) at Trinity College, Oxford. At university, he was a contemporary of Tony Richardson and William Gaskill, both later colleagues at the Royal Court, and appeared as Bottom and the Cardinal in The Duchess of Malfi with the Oxford University Dramatic Society. He had done his national service in Germany, where he worked as a disc jockey with the British Forces Network.
Davenport made his London debut in 1952 at the Savoy theatre in Noël Coward's Relative Values, playing the Hon Peter Ingleton, a role he had at first understudied. After a season at the Shakespeare Memorial theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1953, he estimated that he played no fewer than 75 roles at the Chesterfield Civic theatre company in two years; that constituted his formal training as an actor.
That experience, and his personal friendship with Richardson, catapulted him into the Royal Court opening season in 1956, when he appeared in Angus Wilson's The Mulberry Bush, Arthur Miller's The Crucible (as Thomas Putnam), two plays by Ronald Duncan, Nigel Dennis's Cards of Identity and Brecht's The Good Woman of Setzuan (with Peggy Ashcroft), and played Quack in William Wycherley's The Country Wife.
In the next two years he was in the Sunday night "without decor" tryouts for two important ESC productions, NF Simpson's A Resounding Tinkle (directed by Gaskill) and Arnold Wesker's The Kitchen (directed by John Dexter), as well as appearing in John Osborne's Epitaph for George Dillon (again directed by Gaskill, with Robert Stephens in the lead) and John Arden's Live Like Pigs.
Having played Horner in The Country Wife at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East, in 1955, he returned there to appear in Joan Littlewood's production of Shelagh Delaney's A Taste of Honey (1958), making his Broadway debut with that play in 1960. From this hectic few years at the heart of the new wave of English drama, he turned to television and film; he had made his first TV appearance in 1952 and was soon in demand on screen as a character actor of real distinction.
His major films covered 20 years, including Alexander Mackendrick's A High Wind in Jamaica (1965); Fred Zinnemann's A Man for All Seasons (1966), with Paul Scofield, in which Davenport played a powerful Duke of Norfolk; and two directed by Hugh Hudson, Chariots of Fire (1981), in which he played Lord Birkenhead, and Greystoke (1984), as Major Jack Downing.
Of his later theatre appearances I treasure most his faultless Vershinin, the dashing army captain, in Jonathan Miller's 1976 revival of Chekhov's Three Sisters (with Janet Suzman as Masha). He toured in King Lear in 1986 and in Alan Bennett's The Old Country in 1989, bowing out to live quietly in the Cotswolds after playing a boorish old sugar daddy to perfection in Somerset Maugham's Our Betters at the Chichester Festival theatre in 1997.
Davenport was an active member of Equity, forming a rightwing (though he himself was of middle-ground disposition) and ultimately successful "Act for Equity" faction in opposition to Corin and Vanessa Redgrave's Workers Revolutionary party cell within the union in the 1970s. He served as a healing president from 1986 to 1992.
He was twice married and divorced, first to Helena White (from 1951 to 1960), with whom he had two children, the writer Hugo Davenport and the actor Laura Davenport; and second to the actor and director Maria Aitken (from 1972 to 1981), with whom he had a son, the actor Jack Davenport. He is survived by his children and five grandchildren. His brother, Peter, predeceased him.
DAVENPORT, Nigel (Arthur Nigel Davenport)
Born: 5/23/1928, Shelford, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Died: 10/25/2013, England, U.K.
Nigel Davenport’s westerns – actor:
Charley One-Eye – 1972 (bounty hunter)
The Return of El Coyote – 1998 (Félix de Echagüe)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

RIP Eduard Murashov

Eduard Murashov of the Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania has died
25 October , Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania remained without Edward Murashova - actor, director, artist , change is unlikely to succeed - both on stage and in life itself.
Edward V. was born August 15, 1938. In 1968 graduated from the Higher Theatre School of the Boris Shchukin. He played in the Kalinin Youth Theatre, Tula Drama Theatre. He also appeared in several films.
"Without a doubt we can say about him words of Shakespeare's Hamlet: He was a man in every sense of the word. Oh, we do not see more of this!" - That's the fellow actor in the theater.
Fifteen years old actor gave lessons to children in the studio, "Behind the Mask." In the Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania (RDTL), he came to work in 1971.
In an upcoming production of Russian Theatre "Eugene Onegin" (directed by Jonas Vaitkus )
Eduardo Murashova was assigned one of the main roles - Author.
To say goodbye to E. Murashov will be at the theater on Monday, 28 October, from 10:00 . Removal of the body will take place in 14 hours. Nemenchinskom funeral will be held at the cemetery.
Born: 8/15/1938, Lithuania
Died: 10/25/2013, Vilnius, Lithuania
Eduard Murashov’s western – actor:
Zveroboy (TV) - 1990 (Tom Hutter)

RIP Mary Carver

RIP Mary Carver
Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2013
May 3, 1924 - October 18, 2013 Mary Carver, 89, died October 18 at home following a brief illness. She was born in Los Angeles, CA, May 3, 1924 to Carmen Delmar and John Carvellas. Ms. Carver was active in film, stage, and television for more than 60 years. She starred as Cecilia Simon in the hit television series Simon and Simon; she appeared in such films as From Here to Eternity, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Arachnophobia and many more. She also appeared on Broadway in The Shadow Box as well as in The Fifth of July and taught in the theater department at the University of Southern California. Mary loved to travel, loved to argue politics and was an inveterate flirt! She will be missed. She is survived by her daughters Lia Sargent of Hollywood, and Athena Sargent and son-in-law John Sergneri of Petaluma, California, and lots and lots of friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) "In Memory of Mary Carver," 23388 Mulholland Dr., Woodland Hills, CA 91364.
Born: 5/3/1924, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/18/2013, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
Mary Carver’s westerns – actress:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1956, 1958, 1960, 1963 (Ann, Sarah, Maise, Lucy)
Black Saddle (TV) – 1959 (Ruth Dawes)
The Wild and the Innocent – 1959
The Virginian (TV) – 1967 (Harriet Baldwin)
Sara (TV) – 1976 (Miss Halstead)
Trigun (TV) - 1998

Friday, October 25, 2013

RIP Antonia Bird

Antonia Bird, Director of ‘Priest’ and ‘Ravenous,’ Dies at 62

October 25, 2013 | 06:04PM PT
Maane Khatchatourian
Antonia Bird, who directed the 1999 cannibalism horror pic “Ravenous,” died Thursday in London after an illness. She was 62.
The British helmer is known for directing films including “Priest,” “Mad Love,” and “Face.” Her close friend and frequent collaborator Robert Carlyle starred in several of her movies. Her films are renowned for their socially-conscious themes. Bird’s first feature, 1994′s “Priest,” was heavily criticized by the Catholic Church. She won a BAFTA for the “Safe” episode of the series “Screenplay” and another for “Care.”
Bird, Carlyle, Mark Cousins and Irvine Welsh created the production company 4-Way Film. Welsh and British thesp Matt Stokoe took to Twitter today to express their condolences.
She began her career at the Royal Court Theatre before venturing to the small screen in the mid-1980s with “EastEnders.” She later directed TV shows such as “Cracker,” “MI-5″ and “Casualty.”

BIRD, Antonia
Born: 5/27/1951, London, England, U.K.
Died: 10/24/2013, London, England, U.K.

Antonia Bird's western - director:
Ravenous - 1999

RIP Hal Needham

Director-Stuntman Hal Needham Dies at 82
After doubling for Burt Reynolds for years, he turned to directing the actor in such fun-loving films as “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Cannonball Run” and “Stroker Ace.”
Hal Needham, a stuntman who dazzled Hollywood for years before directing such Burt Reynolds films as Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run, has died. He was 82.
Needham, who received a honorary Oscar at the 2012 Governors Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died in Los Angeles after a short battle with cancer, producer Gale Anne Hurd reported.
“RIP Hal Needham, legendary stuntman, stunt coordinator and director. Truly one of the greatest ever,” Hurd posted on her Twitter account Friday.
Reputed to be the highest-paid stuntman in the movies, Needham garnered his first directing job in 1976 with Smokey and the Bandit after he approached his longtime pal Reynolds (he often doubled for the actor) with a yarn about a good ol’ boy and his trucker friend who must transport a load of beer across state lines. Reynolds loved the idea, and the stuntman found himself in the director’s chair.
With lady’s man Reynolds at his wisecracking best and propelled by hair-raising vehicular stunts, Smokey and the Bandit was a runaway box-office hit, the second-highest grossing movie of 1977
Needham followed up with Hooper (1978),  starring Reynolds with Sally Field. It was the story of a great Hollywood stuntman and was stirred with Needham’s own adventures. In fact, it featured 30 of Hollywood’s top stunt performers.
“I know one thing; I’ll never win an Academy Award. But I'll be a rich son of bitch. And that's what it’s all about,” he once told the Los Angeles Times. He once took out ads in the trades, highlighting his negative reviews but puncturing them with a shot of a wheelbarrow filled with money.
Needham though, did get an honorary Oscar. “I’ve never been presented anything this prestigious in my life,” he said after hearing he would be honored at the Governors Awards in November.
Needham often ended his films by showing humorous outtakes during the credits. He eschewed “serious” film talk: “Directing, it’s a snap,” he once said.
As a stunt performer and coordinator, Needham has worked on more than 30 films, including The Spirit of St. Louis (1957), How the West Was Won (1962), Little Big Man (1970), Blazing Saddles (1974) and Chinatown (1974). The co-founder of Stunts Unlimited and a mentor to young stunt performers, he earned the Academy’s Scientific and Engineering Award in 1986 for the design and development of the Shotmaker Elite camera car and crane, which allows filmmakers greater versatility in shooting action sequences.
“My first job was as a treetopper, and I was so damn good at it they called me “Squirrel,” he told THR in an interview in November. “And then I joined the military and became a paratrooper. And later on in life I raced motorcycles and cars. So I had a pretty good background for it. Plus, I was a pretty good athlete. When I came in, Westerns were the big thing, so I did horse falls, transfers, bulldogs, big fights. That’s where you could really shine if you were really good at it. But then all the Westerns stopped, and I was capable of doing car stunts, motorcycle stunts and high falls. I could do it all. I worked every day. I never turned down a stunt.”’
Needham said that during the course of roughly 300 movies and 4,500 television episodes, he broke 56 bones, including his back twice, punctured a lung, dislocated a shoulder and knocked out a bunch of teeth.
“I had to have a shoulder operated on, and that bothers me a little bit, but basically I’m in good shape,” he said then.
NEEDHAM, Hal (Harold Brett Needham)
Born: 3/6/1931, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Died: 10/25/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Hal Needham’s westerns – director, stunt coordinator, stuntman, actor.
The Big Country – 1958 [stunts]
Yancy Derringer (TV) – 1958, 1959 (soldier, Judge Randall’s guard, guard)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1959 (townsman)
Thunder in the Sun – 1959 [stunts]
The Restless Gun (TV) – 1959 (ambusher #1)
Riverboat (TV) – 1959, 1960 (river pirate, 2nd ruffian)
Black Saddle (TV) – 1960 [stunts]
Tate (TV) – 1960 (Sedon henchman)
The Rebel (TV) – 1960, 1961 (Indian, Indian)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1961 (printer)
A Thunder of Drums – 1961 [stunts]
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1961, 1962 (Indian brave, 2nd cowhand)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1961, 1964 (warrior, saloon tough, Digger)
Frontier Circus (TV) – 1962 (Ralph Wexler)
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance – 1962 [stunts]
Shoot Out at Big Sag – 1962 (saloon brawler)
How the West Was Won - 1962 [stunts]
Rawhide (TV) – 1962, 1964 (Corporal Williams, Tom)
The Virginian (TV) – 1962, 1965, 1966, 1968 (The Man, brawler, bounty hunter, Jaimie McIntosh, ranch hand)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969 (Billy Joe Carter, Ed, Indian, stagecoach cowboy,fighting cowboy, Mexican bandit, brawler, barfly, poker player, henchman, Charlie, renegade Indian)[Burt Reynolds stunt double]
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 (Rusty, Stan Fremont)
Laramie (TV) – 1963 (Collins) [stunts]
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) – 1957-1963 (henchman, Jimmy Traynor,Wiggen, Apache, Harry Beldon,  [stunt double: Richard Boone] [stunts]
McLintock! – 1963 (Carter) [stunts]
4 for Texas – 1963 [stunts]
The Raiders – 1963 [stunts]
Mail Order Bride – 1964 [stunts]
Advance to the Rear – 1964 [stunts]
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1964 (brawling settler)
Major Dundee – 1965 [stunts]
Shenandoah – 1965 [stunts]
Laredo (TV) – 1965 (Cole) [stunt double Peter Brown]
The Wild Wild West – 1965 (henchman, assailant)
The Rare Breed – 1966 [action coordinator]
Stagecoach – 1966 [stunts]
Alvarez Kelly – 1966 [stunts]
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966 [stunt double Richard Long]
The Ballad of Josie – 1967 [stunts]
The Way West – 1967 [stunts]
The War Wagon – 1967 (Hite) [stunts]
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Yewcie)
100 Rifles - 1969 [stunts]
The Great Bank Robbery – 1969 [stunts]
The Undefeated – 1969 (Yankee Corporal at River Crossing) [stunt coordinator, stunts]
The Animals – 1970 [stunts]
Chisum 1970 [stunt coordinator]
Dirty Dingus Magee – 1970 [stunts]
Little Big Man – 1970 [stunt gaffer]
Rio Lobo – 1970 [stunts]
One More Train to Rob – 1971 (Bert Gant) [stunt coordinator]
Something Big – 1971 [stunt coordinator]
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971, 1972 (Devil's Hole Gang Leader, Duke)
Hardcase (TV) – 1972 [stunt coordinator]
The Culpepper Cattle Co. – 1972 (Burgess) [stunt coordinator]
The Bounty Man (TV) – 1972 (Pike)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean – 1972 [stunts]
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing – 1973 [stunt coordinator]
Blazing Saddles – 1973 (outlaw) [stunts]
Take a Hard Ride – 1975 (Garmes) [also stunts, assistant director]
The Villain (1979) [Director]

Thursday, October 24, 2013

RIP Ana Bertha Lepe

Ana Bertha Lepe, a longtime Mexican actress and a Miss Universe contestant, died on Thursday, Spanish media reported. She was 80.
El Universal reported that she died at a hospital in southern Mexico City.
In 1953, she was awarded the title “Miss Mexico” and was a runner-up in the Miss Universe contest before appearing in many films and telenovelas.
According to local reports, her health went downward amid struggles with depression and alcoholism.
Lepe was born on Sept. 12, 1933, in Tecolotlán, Jalisco state.
She first appeared in 1952’s “La Justicia Del Lobo.”
LEPE, Ana Bertha
Born: 9/12/1934, Tecolotlan, Jalisco, Mexico
Died:  10/24/2013, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Ana Bertha Lepe’s westerns – actress:
Los gavilanes – 1956 (Rosa Maria)
Gritenme piedras del campo – 1957
The Hooded Men from Hell – 1962
Cazadores de asesinos – 1962 (Paloma)
The Brave Don’t Die – 1962
El lobo blanco – 1962
La barranca sangrienta – 1962
Soy chicano y mexicano - 1975

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

RIP Jon Locke

Jon Locke, a journeyman actor whose feature-length films and television credits read like a viewer's guide to the great Westerns so many of us enjoyed during our youth died in Los Angeles on October 19th.
Born Joseph Lockey Yon in Orlando, Florida on October 10, 1927, many fans saddled up and rode along with Jon Locke as he journeyed back to the Old West by watching celluloid versions of our frontier legends.
Fans will recognize Jon for his appearances in episodes of ``Gunsmoke,'' ``The Texan,'' ``Cimarron City,'' ``Bonanza,'' ``The Virginian,'' ``Wagon Train,'' ``Laramie,'' ``Tales of Wells Fargo,'' ``Sheriff of Cochise,'' and ``Custer,'' to name a few, and also for his roles in feature films for MGM, Universal Studios, 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Productions. He also appeared in ``Land of the Lost,'' ``The Waltons,'' ``Perry Mason'' and many other classic television shows of bygone days.

As a characteristically American film genre, Westerns occupy an honored place in the hearts and minds of all of us who see honor and glory in the rugged individualism portrayed in those movies. Jon Locke has been an integral part of the history of the Western in movies and on television throughout his acting career. Still active in the film industry, Jon also does his part to keep the memory and spirit of the Old West alive by appearing at re-enactment events and Western festivals throughout the country. He usually brings his banjo along and has been known to sing a tune or two.

LOCKE, Jon (Joseph Lockey Yon)
Born: 10/10/1927, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
Died: 10/19/2013, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Jon Locke’s westerns – actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1955, 1972, 1974 (Beecher, Orval, Abe)
Westward Ho, the Wagons! – 1956 (Ed Benjamin)
The Texan (TV) – 1958 (Pete Masters)
Texas John Slaughter: Killers from Kansas (TV) – 1958, 1959 (deputy, Clum)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1959 (Ray)
26 Men (TV) – 1959 (Kevin Wade)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1959 (Reese)
Laramie (TV) – 1959, 1960, 1961 (Matt, hired gun, Billy Pore)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (Southern miner)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (soldier)
Five Guns to Tombstone – 1960 (Rusty Kolloway)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 (Mr. Miller son, smart aleck, Gabe Billings, Farrell, Cam Davis, Gabe Lennister, Blake Reese
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1961 (Warren)
Gun Fight – 1961 (Saunders)
Frontier Circus (TV) – 1961 (Jerry Jones)
Wide Country (TV) – 1962 (Eddie)
The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1965, 1966 (Johnson, Abel Tercell, 1st man, Red Rennick)
Laredo (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Giles, deputy)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1966 (driver)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1966, 1968 (Tate, Corporal Harrison)
Custer (TV) – 1967 (Rod Tolby)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Marsh)
Dirty Sally (TV) – 1974 (Sykes)
The Last Day (TV) 1975 (player)
Mad Mad Wagon Party – 2010

Monday, October 21, 2013

RIP Irma Lozano

Irma Lozano Dead: Mexican Actress And 'I Dream Of Jeannie' Voice Dies
Huffington Post
October 21, 2013
The beloved and legendary telenovela actress Irma Lozano died of cancer on Monday, Mexican newspaper El Universal reports. She was 69.
Earlier this year, the Mexican star visited her dentist after experiencing a toothache that was quickly discovered to be a cancerous tumor in her cheek that had already begun to spread through her body.Lozano was diagnosed with salivary gland cancer.
The actress’ struggle with the disease was heightened by her fight against Mexico’s ANDA (National Actor’s Association), chaired by Mexican actress Silvia Pinal. Lozano said ANDA was not helping her with her medical expenses.
Silvia Pinal, however, said the association was helping the actress as much as it could.
Susana Irma Lozano González was born on Aug. 24, 1944 in Monterrey, Nuevo León. She was married to actor José Alonso, with whom she had her daughter, actress María Rebeca. With her second husband, Omar González, she had her son, actor Rafael Omar.
As a teenager, Lozano won a scholarship to study acting at the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. She debuted in the 1963 play “La Luna Es Azul” with Mauricio Garcés.
The star was also known as the Spanish dubbed voice for the female genie in “"I Dream of Jeannie" and for her roles in several hit telenovelas, including “Rubí," "Un Gancho al Corazón" and "Destilando Amor."
LOZANO, Irma (Susana Irma Lozano Gonzalez)
Born: 8/24/1944, Monterey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Died: 10/21/2013, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Irma Lozano’s westerns – actress, voice actress:
Los amores de Juan Charrasqueado – 1968 [voice]
Todo por nada – 1969 [voice]
El hombre desnudo – 1976
Benjamin Argumedo el rebelled – 1979 (Isabel)

RIP Gianni Ferrio

The world of Italian music has lost one of its most important creative minds: it is off today as composer and arranger Gianni Ferrio has died at the age of 88. The artist had a long career that saw him starring on the big and small screen but also behind the scenes of the world of music, composing and arranging some of the greatest achievements made in the Italian musical tradition.
He was born Giovanni Achille Ferrio in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy and studied at conservatories of Vicenza and Venice. He started working at the end of the 1950s, and was active as a film composer of film, signing about 120 scores especially for Spaghetti westerns and sex comedies. His piece "One Silver Dollar", the main theme of the sound-track of Giorgio Ferroni's Un dollaro bucato, was later included in the sound-track of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Ferrio was also well known for his work in pop music, particularly for his collaboration with Mina, for whom he composed, among others, "Parole parole". He was the official conductor for Sanremo Music Festival in 1959 and 1962 and for the Eurovision Song Contest 1965. He also took part, as conductor, in several important Italian TV-shows. Gianni was married to actress Alba Arnova [1930- ] since 1956.
FERRIO, Gianni (Giovanni Achille Ferrio)
Born: 11/15/1924, Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
Died: 10/21/2013, Italy
Gianni Ferrio’s westerns – composer:
A Dollar of Fear - 1960
The Magnificent Three – 1961
Heroes of the West – 1963
Massacre at Grande Canyon – 1963
Blood for a Silver Dollar - 1965
Heroes of the West - 1965
Djurado - 1966
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966
Rebels on the Loose – 1966
The Tough One – 1966
Death Sentence - 1967
The Dirty Outlaws - 1967
Don’t Sing, Shoot (TV) - 1967
A Few Bullets More - 1967
Find a Place to Die - 1968
A Bullet for Sandoval - 1969
Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid - 1969
A Man Called Sledge – 1970
Reverend Colt – 1970
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie - 1971
Long Live Your Death – 1971
Fast Hand is Still My Name - 1972
California – 1977

Saturday, October 19, 2013

RIP Lou Scheimer

Lou Scheimer (1929-2013)

Rahim Zahed
Animation Magazine 
October18, 2013

We are sad to report that TV animation giant Lou Scheimer has passed away at the age of 85. The Emmy and Grammy award-winning producer, was one of the original founders of Filmation Studio (along with former Disney artist Hal Sutherland and radio announcer Norm Prescott) and the exec producer of close to 70 different TV series, such as The New Adventures of Superman, Fantastic Voyage, Aquaman, The Batman Superman Hour, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Fat Albert, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Shazam, Space Academy, Tarzan and Flash Gordon.
Children of the 1980s will best remember him for influential toons such as Ghostbusters, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra Princess of Power and BraveStarr.
Scheimer, a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, won a Daytime Emmy in 1975 for Star Trek and received four Daytime Emmy nominations for Best Children’s and Animated Series for his work on Star Trek and Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. He received a primetime Emmy nom for the 1977 production Fat Albert Christmas Special. In 2003, ASIFA-Hollywood gave him an Annie for Special Achievement in Animation.
In addition to exec producing the Filmation toons, Scheimer also provided many of the guest or secondary voices for his studio’s well-loved animated projects. Among his many roles were N’Kima, Tarzan’s monkey pal in Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1976-1981) and Dumb Donald in Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. A multi-talented artist, he also composed the music for many of his shows.
In his later years, Scheimer underwent quadruple bypass surgery and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Scheimer was still working even as late as the April of 2012, providing consulting work for Gang of Seven Animation.
As animation veteran Tom Sito wrote on Facebook today, “Scheimer never stopped being one of the guys. He was passionate about animation and his fellow artists. It actually pained him to lay people off. In 1982 when the Guild held a city-wide strike to try and prevent all our work outsourced overseas, Lou shouldered a sign and picketed his own studio, because he agreed that work should stay in town. Lou never reneged on his promise to keep as many people working as he could. It is reassuring in this world when you see the good guys can still win. Lou Scheimer was a good guy.And I shall miss him. So Long Lou Scheimer, you did well.”
SCHEIMER, Lou (Louis Scheimer)
Born: 10/19/1928, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 10/17/2013, U.S.A.
Lou Scheimer’s westerns – producer, voice actor:
The Tarzan/Lone Ranger/Zorro Adventure Hour (TV) – 1980 [producer]
Brave Starr (TV) – 1987-1988 [producer, voice actor]
Brave Starr: The Legend – 1988 [producer]

Friday, October 18, 2013

RIP Ginger Dinning

Virginia Lutke, part of '40s musical sister trio, dies.
The Record
Friday, October 18, 2013
Virginia Lutke, who as Ginger Dinning performed with her sisters in the 1940s harmony trio the Dinning Sisters, died Monday at a nursing home in Oakland.
Mrs. Lutke, who lived in northern New Jersey, including Ridgewood, for much of her married life, was 89.
The Dinning Sisters — Ginger and her identical twin Jean, and an older sister, Lou — were similar in style to the Andrews Sisters, and the groups' careers overlapped.
Farm girls from Oklahoma, Ginger, Jean and Lou signed their first commercial contract in 1940 to sing on the NBC radio network. They were staples on "National Barn Dance," a country-music program broadcast from Chicago, and signed with Capitol Records. In 1948, the Dinning Sisters had a top-10 hit with "Buttons and Bows"; the song achieved greater popularity that year when Bob Hope sang it in his movie, "The Paleface." The sisters did not appear in the movie, but they were featured in several Westerns just after World War II.
During their career, Ginger, Jean and Lou were chaperoned by an older brother. There were nine Dinning siblings in all.
The act ended in the late 1940s when the sisters began to marry. Ginger and her husband, Harry Lutke, settled in New Jersey. Harry Lutke had a construction contracting business and Virginia Lutke was busy raising their seven children. She occasionally performed in plays mounted on the stage at Ridgewood High School and sang in a barbershop quartet but was mostly out of show business, said her youngest child, Kevin Lutke.
Kevin said his mother was humble about her days with the Dinning Sisters and left it to her son, Buddy, who died in 1994, to collect Dinning Sisters memorabilia.
Lou Dinning died in 2000. Jean Dinning, who wrote the young-love tragedy song "Teen Angel" in 1959, died in 2011.
Mrs. Lutke is survived by her husband, of Oakland, and their children: Gary Lutke of Lake Lure, N.C., Steven Lutke of Highland Lakes, Janice Lutke of Oakland, Mark Lutke of West End, N.C., and Joan Hillman and Kevin Lutke, both of West Milford. She also is survived by a sister, Dolores Edgin, of Nashville.
Visiting will be Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., with a service at 8, at C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, Ridgewood.
DINNING, Ginger (Virginia Dinning)
Born: 3/29/1924, Enid, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 10/14/2013, Oakland, New Jersey U.S.A.
Ginger Dinning’s westerns – actress, singer:
Throw a Saddle on a Star – 1946 (member of the Dinning Sisters)
That Texas Jamboree – 1946 (member of singing trio)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

RIP Ed Lauter

Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74.
Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi.
Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter's presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. That was so even on those occasions when he was playing a character more bumbling than menacing, although menacing was clearly his forte.
He was the brutal prison guard who was Burt Reynolds' nemesis in the 1974 comedy-drama The Longest Yard and the sleazy gas station attendant in Alfred Hitchcock's last film,The Family Plot.
In Death Wish 3, he was the violent cop who teams with Charles Bronson's vigilante to rid New York City's streets of criminals, not by incarcerating them but by killing them.
More recently he was the butler to Berenice Bejo's French ingenue in the 2011 Oscar-winning film The Artist.
Lauter described himself in a 2010 interview with Cinema Shock magazine as a "turn" actor, someone who shows up at some point in the film and suddenly turns the plot in a different direction.
He credited the cast of real-life characters he grew up observing in his native Long Beach, N.Y., as inspiring many of the characters he would go on to portray.
He laughed at being someone frequently recognized in public for his roles.
"But sometimes people don't know my name," he said. "They'll say, 'Oh, yeah! There's that guy! You were in … you were in … ."
He was in Trouble With the Curve in 2011 with Clint Eastwood and in Born on the Fourth of July with Tom Cruise. He was also in The New Centurions with George C. Scott and in My Blue Heaven, Revenge of the Nerds 2 and Not Another Teenage Movie, among many other films.
TV appearances included The Office, ER, Murder, She Wrote and The Rockford Files.
Among his favorite roles, he said in 2010, was The Longest Yard.
He recalled that director Robert Aldrich told him he didn't have to read for the part but would have to accompany Aldrich to a nearby park so the director could ensure that he could throw a football like a quarterback would. When he hit former NFL receiver Pat Studstill, who was a stuntman in the movie, right in his jersey number with the first pass, Lauter said Aldrich told him he had the job.
Lauter, who continued to work until a few months ago, had completed roles in several films still to be released.

LAUTER, Ed (Edward Matthew Lauter II)
Born: 10/30/1938, Long Beach, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/16/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A
Ed Lauter’s westerns – actor:
The Magnificent Seven Ride! – 1972 (Scott Elliot)
Bad Company – 1972 (Orin)
Dirty Little Billy – 1972 (Tyler)
The Godchild – 1974 (Crees)
Breakheart Pass – 1975 (Major Claremont)
The Oregon Trail (TV) – 1977
The White Buffalo – 1977 (Tom Custer)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1977 (Martin Stillman)
Love’s Savage Fury (TV) – 1979 (Sergeant Weed)
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann – 1982 (Padre)
Wagons East – 1994 (John Slade)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1997 (Silas Bedoe)
Dollar for the Dead (TV) – 1998 (Jacob Colby)
The Magnificent Seven (TV) – 1999 (Hank Conley)
Brothers in Arms – 2005 (Mayor Crawley)
Seraphim Falls – 2006 (Parsons)

RIP Carlo Lizzani

Italian film director Carlo Lizzani commits suicide
October 05, 2013
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ROME: Italian film director Carlo Lizzani committed suicide on Saturday by jumping from a third-floor window in Rome at the age of 91, the police said.

The death comes nearly three years after another well-known director, Mario Monicelli, died the same way, jumping from a hospital window in Rome.

Lizzani, who was head of the Venice film festival for three years, began his career just after World War II in 1948 with a documentary about Italian Communist Party leader Palmiro Togliatti.

He also worked as a writer for famous neo-realist director Roberto Rossellini on his film "Germany Year Zero", which also came out in 1948.

"This is a time of great sadness," Ettore Scola, another well-known Italian director, was quoted by the ANSA news agency as saying.

Agence France-Presse


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

RIP Daniel H. Blatt

Producer Daniel Blatt Dies at 76

6:45 PM PDT 10/14/2013 by Mike Barnes
The attorney and former film exec put his stamp on such projects as the cult horror film "The Howling" and TV’s “Raid on Entebbe” and “V: The Final Battle” during his prolific four-decade career.
Daniel Blatt, who produced the 1981 cult horror film The Howling, the 1976 telefilm Raid on Entebbe and the epic 1984 sci-fi miniseries V: The Final Battle, died Oct. 9 of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 76.
Blatt, who started his career as an attorney, served as a vice president for Palomar Pictures from 1970 to 1975, overseeing such films as Sleuth (1972), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), The Taking of Pelham 123 (1974) and The Stepford Wives (1975) before transitioning into producing.
Blatt was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding special drama or comedy with Edgar J. Scherick for producing NBC’s Raid on Entebbe (1976), an account of the daring Israeli raid to rescue Jewish hostages held at the Entebbe airport after a hijacking.

The film, which aired just six months after the real-life drama, was directed by Irwin Kershner, starred Peter Finch, Charles Bronson and Martin Balsam and won a Golden Globe for best telefilm. In fact, many of the TV movies that Blatt produced were fact-based.
Those included Common Ground (1990), about desegregation in Boston in the ‘70s; Kissinger and Nixon (1995), starring Ron Silver and Beau Bridges, respectively; A Brother’s Promise: The Dan Jansen Story (1996), about the star-crossed Olympic speedskater; and Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story (1996), starring Anthony LaPaglia as the legendary college basketball coach.
Earlier, Blatt produced the werewolf-themed The Howling, which was directed by Joe Dante from a rewritten script by John Sayles and noteworthy for its stunning transformation sequences and other state-of-the-art special effects.
His other feature-film credits included I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977), The American Success Company (1980), Independence Day (1983), Cujo (1983), Let’s Get Harry (1986) and The Boost (1988).
In addition to his work on the three-part V: The Final Battle -- a ratings smash that averaged a 19.6 rating/31 share -- Blatt also produced a 1984 to 1985 NBC series based on the alien-invasion miniseries as well as a handful of episodes of the CBS crime drama The New Mike Hammer, starring Stacy Keach.
His last credit was the Lifetime telefilm Twist of Faith (2013), starring Toni Braxton.

Blatt was born in Rockland County in New York and attended Duke and Northwestern's School of Law. He represented freedom riders and civil rights protesters in Jackson, Miss., in 1964 before eventually making his way into entertainment law.
Survivors include his wife, literary agent Marti Blumenthal, daughters Jessica and Chelsea, grandson Benjamin, sister Ruth and brother Philip.
BLATT, Daniel H.
Born: 1937 Rockland County, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/9/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Daniel Blatt’s western – executive producer:
The Virginian (TV) - 2000

RIP Mann Rubin

RIP TV Writer Mann Rubin

The prolific scribe wrote and/or scripted episodes for dozens of network series.  Mann Rubin died during the weekend in West Hills, CA, after a long illness. He was 86. After a stint in the Army, the Brooklyn native started his career writing for comic books and penned several short stories for Alfred Hitchcock Magazine. His first TV writing gig was for Studio One in Hollywood, and he went on to such 1950s shows as Tales Of Tomorrow, Justice and Climax! During the next three decades he penned episodes of such popular series as Perry Mason, The Fugitive, The F.B.I., Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man, Starsky and Hutch, Quincy, M.E., Barnaby Jones, The Rockford Files Dynasty, Knots Landing and The Paper Chase. He also wrote the screenplay for the 1959 Hope Lange-Stephen Boyd drama The Best Of Everything. More recently, Rubin taught screenwriting at USC for more than a decade.

Born: 12/11/1927, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/12/2013, West Hills, California, U.S.A.

Mann Rubin's westerns - screenwriter
Iron Horse (TV) - 1967
Hec Ramsey (TV) - 1974

Saturday, October 12, 2013

RIP Pierre Massimi

The Corsican actor Pierre Massimi died Friday, October 11 in Bastia, France at the age of 78, according to his entourage who told the news to AFP, confirming information Corse-Matin. He appeared in some forty films and was the hero of popular television series in the 1960s and 70s, such as “Belle and Sebastian”. Born July 27, 1935 in Calenzana (Haute-Corse), Pierre Massimi died in a Bastia hospital of an undisclosed disease.
The former student of the Ecole Centrale de Paris, he gave up a career as an engineer to follow his passion for theater and cinema. After attending the Cours Simon in the capital, he was offered his first role in the 1956 film “Si Paris m'était conté” by Sacha Guitry. Massimi would go on to appear in forty films, often as a police detective, working for directors such as Sergio Gobbi, Georges Lautner, Yves Boisset and Michel Boisrond .
In the 1960s and '70s, he was also the star of TV series to great success as “Belle and Sebastian”, and “Fontcouverte Secrets of the Red Sea” inspired by the work of Henry Monfreid.
Pierre Massimi had retired in Corsica in 1990, here he commuted in air transport by helicopter for a few years, Corsica by Net Info .

Born: 7/27/1935, Calenzona, Cosrsica, France
Died: 10/11/2013, Bastia, Corsica, France

Pierre Massimi's western - actor:
The Leatherstocking Tales (TV) - 1969 (Chingachgook)

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

RIP Norma Bengell

In the early hours of Wednesday October 9 , died actress and filmmaker Norma Bengell, 78. She was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Hospital - Orange River, in Botafogo, in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro, as shown by the newspaper Bom Dia Brazil, Globo .

The actress was admitted to hospital last Saturday the 5th suffering from respiratory problems which started six months ago, when doctors diagnosed cancer in the right lung. According to a family member who said the actress died around 3am.

There has not yet been any information about the funeral and burial of the body of the actress.

Norma Aparecida Almeida Pinto Guimarães d' Aurea Bengell known as Norma Bengell, was born in Rio de Janeiro, on February 21, 1935. She was a Brazilian actress, filmmaker, producer, singer and songwriter .

Norma was the first Brazilian actress to appear in a frontal nude scene in the movie The Animal House, 1962. She made ​​her film debut in 1959, starring in the movie The Man Oscarito Sputnik. She was known for her sensuality, singing and mimicking the famous French actress Brigitte Bardot .

Then Norma Bengell tried a director 's career, performing this function in  the 1996 film The Guarani, based on the work of the novelist José de Alencar .

In 2008, TV Globo, Norma made ​​the Deise Coturno character until the end of the second season of the comedy Take There, Give Here.

Lately the actress was undergoing financial problems and received help from fellow artists.

BENGELL, Norma (Norma Aparecida Almeida Pinto Guimarães D’Áurea Bengell)
Born: 2/21/1935, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Died: 10/9/2013, Rio de Janiero Brazil

Norma Bengell's westerns - actress:
The Hellbenders - 1966 (Claire/Mrs. Ambrose Allen)
I Do Not Forgive... I Kill! - 1967 (Fedra/Wanda)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

RIP Hilton A. Green

R.I.P. Producer Hilton A. Green
By Rob Galluzzo
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 1:30pm
We here at FEARnet are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of producer Hilton A. Green yesterday at the age of 84. His father Alfred E. Green was a legendary director in his own right, but Hilton worked his way up as an assistant director for several popular television shows including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which led to him working as first A.D on the original 'Psycho' and later 'Marnie.' From there he went on to produce all the 'Psycho' sequels & was the one common thread (besides Anthony Perkins) that all of those films shared. He also produced the John Hughes comedy classic 'Sixteen Candles' and 'Home Alone 3.'
On a personal note, Hilton was the one person to appear in 'The Psycho Legacy,' a documentary/love letter I wrote and directed, that was involved in every single 'Psycho' movie and hence brought a level of legitimacy to that project. While intimidating at first (he was Hitchcock's A.D. for crying out loud!), he proved to be a tremendously warm, friendly and extremely supportive person. So much so, that he made a rare public appearance at the 'Psycho' reunion panel for the 2008 LA Fangoria Weekend Of Horrors where we brought together cast & crew from all 4 'Psycho' movies for the first time ever and debuted the first footage from the doc. He was also the first person that got to see the early cut of the documentary and remained extremely supportive of the 'Psycho' series, for which he was incredibly proud of. He will be sorely missed.
GREEN, Hilton A.
Born: 3/3/1929, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/2/2013 Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
Hilton A. Green’s westerns – unit production manager, assistant director:
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957, 1958 [assistant director]
Wagon Train (TV) – 1957, 1958, 1959 [assistant director]
Laredo (TV) – 1965, 1966 [unit production manager]
Three Guns for Texas – 1968 [unit production manager]
Backtrack! – 1969 (unit production manager]

RIP Philip Chevron

Philip Chevron, longtime guitarist of Celtic punk legends The Pogues, has died following a lengthy battle with head and neck cancer. He was 56.
Chevron was initially diagnosed with the cancer in 2007. It had been thought that he fully recovered, but doctors discovered a new tumor in April 2012, and in May 2013 determined it was inoperable.
Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1955, Chevron joined The Pogues following the release of their debut album in 1984. He became a full-time member as the band began work on its sophomore album, Rum, Sodomy and the Lash, playing guitar, banjo, and mandolin. He also appeared on the band’s most critically acclaimed album, 1989′s If I Should Fall from Grace with God.
Declining health spurred on by drug and alcohol abuse led Chevron to quit The Pogues in 1994. However, when the band reunited in 2001, Chevron once again became an active touring member. He was also chiefly responsible for the re-mastering of the band’s entire back catalog in in 2004.
In addition to his work with The Pogues, Chevron fronted punk band The Radiators from Space through the 1970s, 80s, and 2000s.
Chevron played Ed McMahon and performed on the soundtrack of “Straight to Hell” (1987).

Born: 6/17/1957, Suntry, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 10/8/2013, Ireland
Philip Chevron’s western – actor, soundtrack:
Straight to Hell – 1987 (Ed McMahon) [The Pogues]

Monday, October 7, 2013

RIP Patrice Chéreau

Celebrated French director Patrice Chéreau dies at 68

 France 24

Celebrated French theatre director, filmmaker and actor Patrice Chéreau, 68, died in Paris on Monday after a battle with cancer.
Patrice Chéreau, a celebrated French theatre director, filmmaker and actor died in Paris on Monday from cancer. He was 68.

Chéreau, who was known as a contemporary Renaissance man, became involved in the arts at ayoung age. Born in the western French village of Lézigné on November 2, 1944, his father was a painter and his mother a sketch artist. Chéreau grew up mostly in Paris, where he enrolled in the theatre programme of the prestigious secondary school, Lycée Louis-le-Grand,  at the age of 16.
Considered a prodigy, Chéreau took on a succession of jobs directing theatre throughout his 20s before entering the world of opera. In 1976, he garnered acclaim as an opera director with his staging of Richard Wagner’s powerful Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany.
Over the course of his bustling career, Chéreau worked with a number of renowned theatre and opera figures, including French playwright, director and filmmaker Roger Planchon. The two men fostered a close relationship, collaborating on a number of projects together over the years.
Chéreau also made his directorial debut in the film industry during the 1970s with “La Chair de l’orchidée,” an adaptation of James Hadley Chase’s 1948 novel by the same name.
His greatest international success in film, however, was the 1994 period piece “Queen Margot”. Starring French actors Isabelle Adjani and Vincent Pérez, the film went on to win the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival that year. It also won five awards at the César Awards, the French version of the Oscars.

CHEREAU, Patrice
Born: 11/2/1944, Lézigné, Maine-et-Loire, France
Died: 10/7/2013, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Patrice Chéreau’s western – actor:
The Last of the Mohicans – 1992 (General Montcalm)

Saturday, October 5, 2013

RIP Ramblin' Tommy Scott

Western Film, Country, Bluegrass Music Pioneer, Grand Ole Opry Star Dies
published by BMNN
10/05/2013 - 01:31
by Randall Franks
Ramblin’ “Doc” Tommy Scott, 96, entertainment business entrepreneur, singer, ventriloquist, actor, comedian and recreational vehicle innovator was laid to rest Oct. 4, 2013 in Toccoa, Ga. He died Monday, Sept. 30 of complications following injuries sustained in an automobile accident on Aug. 10.
Scott stepped into the entertainment field as he crawled up on the back of a “Doc” M.F. Chamberlain’s Medicine Show wagon in Toccoa, Ga. in 1936. While he began playing at church socials, dances and on local radio as early as 1933 with his sister Cleo, it was Chamberlain that gave him his first opportunity to leave his parent’s farm in Eastanollee, Ga. and become a traveling showman.
Chamberlain toured the South for roughly two more years retiring from the show he began in 1890 and turning it over to Scott lock, stock and medicine formulas including the laxative Herb-O-Lac, also called Man-O-Ree and Katona and a liniment that Scott sold as Snake Oil. During the waning days of the Great Depression, through innovative partnerships, Scott transformed the company pitching it through radio moving up to 10,000 bottles of the medicine weekly. He also served as a musical pitchman for Vim Herb.
Smithsonian Institute folklife historian Stephen Zeitlin stated in 1981 that Scott “is indeed the sole active bearer of a once thriving and vital American tradition.”
Scott moved to North Carolina in 1938 gaining a position on WPTF radio in Raleigh, N.C. performing as part of the Pete and Minervy dramatic troupe.
He then moved to WWVA, Wheeling, WV where he agreed to front Charlie Monroe’s new band the Kentucky Partners appearing as Rambling Scotty. Monroe had just split with his brother Bill Monroe, later known as the Father of Bluegrass Music.
He married his late wife Mary Frank “Frankie” Thomas in 1940 shortly before he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry alongside contemporaries Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl and Ernest Tubb performing music on WSM and doing comedy with his handmade wooden sidekick Luke McLuke on the Opry. He led his Grand Ole Opry touring show both in auditoriums and under canvas with Opry stars such as Uncle Dave Macon, Curley Williams, Danny Bailey, and Jimmy Selph at his side.
Scott penned his most popular song of the late 1940’s “Rosebuds and You” in honor of his longtime stage and film and TV co-star Frankie. The song became a regional hit in the South and west for Ramblin’ Tommy Scott in 1950; it was later covered by dozens of artists including Country Music Hall of Famer George Morgan, the Willis Brothers, and Red Sovine. The late fiddler Benny Martin took his version of “Rosebuds” to Billboard’s top 20 in 1963.
Scott also wrote the bluegrass standard "You Are The Rainbow of My Dreams," and contributed to the multi-million selling pop song "Mule Train," to which he sold his rights. "You Took My Sunshine," “You Can’t Stop Time,” “Gonna Paint the Town Red,” “Tennessee,” “Rockin’ and Rollin’,” “Elly Mae,” and “Pollution” were among the more than 500 songs he penned and recorded for a numerous record labels from Rich-R-Tone to King, Four-Star to his own Katona label founded in the 1940s.
Scott became a fixture in early radio, theaters, circuses, and western and hillbilly films appearing coast to coast. He starred in the 1949 release of "Trail of the Hawk," directed by Oscar nominee Edward Dymytrk, as well as numerous other 1940s and 50s films such as "Mountain Capers," "Hillbilly Harmony," "Southern Hayride.”
When the “Ramblin’ Tommy Scott Show” produced in conjunction with Sack Amusements came to nationwide television in 1948, Scott became the first country music star with his own television series, the cast of the show included Frankie, their daughter Sandra, Sally Ann Forrester, Ray Aldridge, and Jimmy and Jenny Vance and featured singing, dancing and classic country comedy.
He returned to television in the 1950’s with Tommy Scott’s “Smokey Mountain Jamboree” running in syndication around the country with appearances by Grand Ole Opry stars Curley Williams and the John Daniel Quartet. Scott’s TV show is the earliest historical film footage featuring a Southern gospel quartet.
Among his other early television appearances was one with young talk show host Johnny Carson and he later appeared with almost every major journalist, talk or variety show personality in the U.S. and Canada including Walter Conkrite, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Trudeau. Charles Kuralt, Jane Pauley, Ralph Emery and David Letterman. He made multiple appearances for Entertainment Tonight, The Tommy Hunter Show and the Today Show.
Two documentaries for PBS were created about his unique career, "Still Ramblin'" in 2001, directed by Randall Franks, highlighting Scott's early years in film and country music, and an earlier one in 1980 focused on his performance career in the 1960s and 70s. Despite operating the medicine company throughout his career and pitching medicine on stage, radio, and television, it was not until the 1970s, that Scott put on the full mantle of the medicine show “Doc” that endeared him to millions of fans around the world including the trademark colorful clothes, red top hat and snake skinned shoes. Along with country contemporary Slim Whitman, “Doc” Tommy Scott also became the focus of a Suffolk TV marketed album of that era.
While innovating for the comfort of his family and show performers on the road, Scott designed and enhanced vehicles to provide their accommodations. A design originally sketched on a brown paper towel backstage on a piano in the 1950s became the model for what would become the prototype to the Dodge Motor Home. Scott joined forces with a like-minded entrepreneur Ray Frank to fund and build a plant to create the first motor homes through a music show and then sell them using his touring road show as the showroom. Elvis Presley was among the first entertainers to purchase one.
Scott was considered one of the originators of telephone show promotions raising monies for clubs and organizations while operating a company of 100 performers and show workers that produced shows and circus productions in a different town every day from the 1940s through the 1990s visiting nearly 300 towns each year across the United States and Canada. Scott often boasted that his show produced over 29,000 shows.
“Doc” Scott’s Last Real Old Time Medicine Show, which through its long history under various billings such as the Hollywood Hillbilly Jamboree featured co-stars including Curly Seckler, Stringbean Akeman, western film stars Col. Tim McCoy, Carolina Cotton, Al “Fuzzy” St. John, Sunset Carson, Johnny Mack Brown, Ray Whitley and country entertainers Junior Samples, Jackie Phelps, Clyde Moody,Scotty Lee, Gaines Blevins and “In the Heat of the Night” star Randall Franks.
Scott was honored as an International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend in 2011, he is an inductee in the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, Country Music Association Walkway of Stars in 1976, and was honored with a major exhibit at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame from 1996-2008.
He completed his 700-page autobiography "Snake Oil, Superstars, and Me" with co-authors Shirley Noe Swiesz and Randall Franks in 2007.
In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible donations may be sent to Share America Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 42, Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755 or made via credit card at for a Ramblin' "Doc" Tommy and Frankie Scott Appalachian Music Scholarship.
He is survived by his daughter Sandra Scott Whitworth and son-in-law Charles Whitworth, his sister Cleo Scott Cheek, and nephew Benny Cheek, all of Eastanollee, Ga., a granddaughter Pam Lawson, and two great grandchildren Craig and Corey Lawson, all of Toccoa, Ga. and Irene Moore, personal assistant to Tommy and Frankie Scott for over 60 years.
Acree-Davis Funeral Home in Toccoa, Ga. made the arrangements. A private graveside service was held Friday, Oct. 4 at Stephens Memorial Gardens in Toccoa, Ga.. The Rev. Ricky McFarlin of Eastanollee Baptist Church officiated and Randall Franks with the Watkins Family provided music.
Obituary compiled by Scott biographer – Randall Franks, award-winning journalist, director and syndicated entertainment columnist.
Scott was honored as an International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend in 2011, he is an inductee in the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame, Country Music Association Walkway of Stars in 1976, and was honored with a major exhibit at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame from 1996-2008.

SCOTT, Ramblin’ Tommy (Thomas Scott)
Born: 6/4/1917, Toccoa, Georgia, U.S.A.
Died: 9/30/2013, Toccoa, Georgia, U.S.A.
Ramblin’ Tommy Scott’s westerns – actor, composer producer:
The Hawk – 1935 (Tommy) [added footage]
Still Ramblin’ – 2001 (himself) [executive producer, composer]