Thursday, November 28, 2013

RIP Jane Kean


Jane Kean, who played Trixie on 'The Honeymooners,' dies at 90

 
L.A. Times
By By Greg Braxton
November 28, 2013
 
Jane Kean, best known for her role as Trixie, the long-suffering wife of Ed Norton on the 1960s TV revival of "The Honeymooners" with Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, has died. She was 90.
 
Kean, a resident of Toluca Lake, died Tuesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank of complications from a fall. Her niece, Deidre Wolpert, confirmed her death.
 
Although she played diverse roles during a career spanning more than four decades, including performing at London's Palladium before moving to Broadway, Kean said her role in "The Honeymooners" was the character that most people remembered.
 
"There's something about the show -- people relate to it," Kean said in a 1991 interview with The Times. "People believed the show was real, and that we really were the characters we played."
 
"The Honeymooners," which started as a sketch on "The Jackie Gleason Show" in the early 1950s, starred Gleason as Ralph Kramden, a struggling New York bus driver who lived in a cramped apartment with his wife Alice (Audrey Meadows). Carney played Norton, Kramden's dim-witted neighbor and best friend who was married to Trixie (originally played by Joyce Randolph), who was Alice's best friend.
 
Kean first started working with Gleason in the 1940s, when they were both on the vaudeville circuit. They also appeared in several stage productions in the 1950s.
 
She joined the cast of "The Honeymooners" in 1966 as Trixie when Gleason moved to Miami Beach for another version of "The Jackie Gleason Show," where he revived "The Honeymooners" for new sketches that reunited him with Carney. Sheila MacRae took on the role of Alice.
 
Those "Honeymooners" segments expanded to an hour and were crafted as musical comedies, with several original songs within each installment. The cast also appeared in 1976 for an ABC special, "The Honeymooners -- The Second Honeymoon."
 
Born April 10, 1923, in Hartford, Conn., Kean first started working professionally in the 1940s on stage. She appeared in starring roles on Broadway in the 1950s in shows such as "The Pajama Game" and "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" in which she replaced Jayne Mansfield.
 
During the 1950s, she also teamed up with her sister Betty for a popular nightclub act that blended singing, dance and comedy. The sisters performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and had a successful run at the London Palladium.
 
In the 1980s, Kean performed at colleges, on cruise ships, at dinner theaters and what she called Florida's "condo circuit." She wrote and performed in a two-woman musical, "We," at the Forum Theater in Yorba Linda in 1991. The project, which also starred Barbara Perry, featured comedy and musical numbers from numerous Broadway shows the two women had appeared in.
 
Kean performed a tribute to Gleason during the show titled, "How Sweet It Was."
 
Kean’s first marriage, to Richard Linkroum, ended in divorce. She later married her manager, Joe Hecht. He died in 2006. Her sister Betty died in 1986.
 
Besides Wolpert, Betty Kean's daughter, Jane Kean is survived by Wolpert's husband and two children, along with a stepson, Joseph Hecht Jr., and his son.

 
KEAN, Jane
Born: 4/10/1923, Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Died: 11/26/2013, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
 
Jane Kean’s western – actress:
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1989 (Mildred)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

RIP Tony Musante


Italian American actor Tony Musante died November 26, 2013 at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City due to complications following surgery. He was 77. Antonio Peter Musante, Jr. was born on June 30, 1936 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He attended Oberlin College and Northwestern University.
 
Musante acted in numerous feature films, in the United States and elsewhere, including Italy. Among his body of work are the television series ‘Toma’ (1973-1974) (predecessor to ‘Baretta’ with Robert Blake) and the soap opera ‘As The World Turns’, and the 1975 Broadway play, ‘P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!’, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work in a 1975 episode of ‘Medical Center, A Quality of Mercy’. Musante also played Antonio "Nino" Schibetta, a feared Mafia boss and the Italian gang leader inside of Emerald City during the first season of the HBO critically acclaimed television series ‘Oz’. He’s known by Spaghetti western fans for his portrayal of Paco Roman alongside Franco Nero in the 1968 film “The Mercenary”.
 
Tony was married to writer Jane Sparkes [1937- ] since 1962.
 
 
MUSANTE, Tony (Antonio Peter Musante, Jr.)
Born: June 30, 1936, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Died: November 26, 2013, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
 
Tony Musante’s western – actor:
The Mercenary – 1968 (Paco Roman)

RIP Marcello Gatti


Marcello Gatti dies at the age of 89 years, one of the most important directors of Italian photography
 
Marcello Gatti has died, he photographed Brando and the Battle of Algiers
 
In the course of his long career the cinematographer won 5 Silver Ribbons, photographed 2 films
nominated for an Oscar (in addition to Pontecorvo 's masterpiece, even The Four Days of Naples Nanny Loy) and another Palme d'Or at Cannes (Chroniques des années de braise), worked with among others with Polanski, and Lizzani Cosmatos. In TV he did Moses with Burt Lancaster, various series of the Octopus, the first drama of Morandi and then, behind the 'Secret Mirror'
(first Italian candid camera), he was there to film .
 
The film he is often remembered for is that The Battle of Algiers (1966), which earned the Golden Lion in Venice and 3 Oscar nominations which stood out for the grainy photography and documentary that Gatti had already begun to develop in The Four days of Naples (1962) Nanni Loy, which was also nominated for an Oscar. With Pontecorvo he also turned out  Queimada
(helping to bring Marlon Brando on the set after an argument with the director) and Ogro .
 
After the success of the Battle of Algiers Roman Polanski entrusts his movie Italian What? (1972; What ?) With Mastroianni. And Mohammed Lakhdar - Hamina him back to Algeria to turn Chroniques des années de braise Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1975.
 
Among the more than 150 films we can also mention the stage of genre cinema, from 'cop': Mark il poliziotto e La polizia ha le mani legateMark; thriller: The Black Belly of the Tarantula comedies: Mr. Robinson, Bluff history scams and crooks and Three tigers against three tigers.
 
Of the 5 Silver Ribbons obtained two overcame them even in the same year, in 1970, winning the award in both the black and white category for Giannarelli of the Sierra Maestra, which in that color for Anonymous Venetian by Enrico Maria Salerno.
 
Of his television work remain Mirror Secret Nanni Loy; dramas with Gianni Morandi Want to sing, and the fifth and sixth series of The Octopus detective with the poignant farewell Vittorio Mezzogiorno; insurance on the death of Charles Lizzani and Moses Burt Lancaster.
 
Always close to the ideals of the left Gatti was arrested in 1943 for having defaced a portrait of Mussolini on the walls of Cinecittà being sentenced to five years in prison, then turned into exile, and in 1968 occupied the Experimental Center of Cinematography with students and other characters of Italian cinema as Bellocchio and Bertolucci. It has long been president of the Association of Italian directors of photography (AIC).


GATTI, Marcello
Born: 2/9/1924, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 11/26/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Marcello Gatti's westerns - cinematographer:
The Ruthless Colt of the Gringo – 1965 (co)
The Tall Women - 1966
Bastard, Go and Kill – 1971

Monday, November 25, 2013

RIP Elke Neidhart


Ring Cycle pioneer Elke Neidhardt dies at 72
 
The Australian
By Tim Douglas and Mark Schliebs
November 26, 2013

 
ELKE Neidhardt, the actress turned opera visionary who went on to become the first director to stage Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle in Australia, died yesterday, aged 72.
 
The German-born actress and director appeared in the television series Skippy and 1973 film Alvin Purple early in her career, but Neidhardt was most celebrated for directing the 2004 production of Ring Cycle.
 
The Adelaide production was the first Australian adaptation of the opera, and it was praised by critics around the world.
 
Three years earlier she had directed another Wagner opera, Parsifal, to similar fanfare.
 
Fellow director Noel Staunton, who worked alongside Neidhardt and had been a friend for many years, said her passing was a loss for opera in Australia.
 
"She had an enormous contribution to opera in Australia, and left it with some great productions," Staunton said. "In the opera world, she was a big influence. She will be sadly missed." Neidhardt recently had an operation after the discovery of several tumours but friends last night said they were uncertain of the cause of her death.
 
A graduate of the Stuttgart Drama and Opera School, she had her first experience directing as an assistant director at Zurich State Opera before appearing in productions around Europe.
 
The actress first made her name on Australian screens in 1968 as Anna Steiner in Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, before being appointed in 1977 as resident director at Opera Australia, a position she held for 13 years.
 
After taking on the directorship at Cologne State Opera, Neidhardt became well acquainted with Wagner's Ring Cycle, staging the work there three times. The 16-hour epic is currently being staged by Opera Australia in Melbourne. She returned to Australia and became the first director to stage the four-opera work in this country in the State Opera of South Australia's critically acclaimed production.
 
Neidhardt, also known as a judge on the ABC's amateur opera reality show Operatunity, married Australian actor Christopher Muir in the 1960s.
 
They had a son, Fabian, but divorced in 1967. Neidhardt went on to have a 35-year relationship with actor Norman Kaye, who died in 2007.

 
NEIDHART, Elke (Elke Cordelia Neidhart)
Born: 1941 Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Died: 11/25/2013, Melbourne, Australia
 
Elke Neidhart’s western – actress:
The True Story of Eskimo Nell – 1975

Sunday, November 24, 2013

RIP Juan Pelaez


Juan Pelaez Dies: Mexican Telenovela Actor Dead At 64 From Cancer.
 
Latin Times
By Oscar Lopez
November 24, 2013
 
Juan Peláez, a regular actor on many Mexican soap operas, passed away Saturday morning from cancer. The actor's niece, Monica Fernandez, broke the news on Twitter, revealing that the 64-year-old actor died from a respiratory failure as a result of the illness. Televisa, for which the actor worked for many years, also lamented the actor's death. Peláez was best known for playing Miguel Hidalgo in the historical soap opera "La antorcha encendida."
 
Juan Peláez was much loved throughout the Mexican entertainment industry. Other actors expressed their sadness at losing a great talent and a great friend via social media. Verónica Castro wrote: "A great friend and colleague for so long! My dear Juan Peláez, you went to soon!" She also posted a video from "La Fuerza Inutil" where the two acted together. Victoria Ruffo also reacted to the actor's death saying "Farewell.".
 
Juan Peláez, was the son of spanish refugees. He began his career in 1970 with the film "Jóvenes de la Zona Rosa," directed by Alfredo Zacaría. He worked on films such as  "Chin Chin El Teporocho, "Keiko En Peligro y and even made an appearence in  007: Licence to Kill. He acted in telenovelas such as "Cuidado Con El Angel," "Las Tontas No Van Al Cielo," "Mundo de Fieras" and "Como Dice el Dicho."
 
 
PELAEZ, Juan (Juan Fernandez Pelaez)
Born: 12/12/1948, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: 11/23/2013, Coahuila, Mexico
 
Juan Pelaez’s westerns – actor:
Los doce malditas – 1976
Te solte la rienda – 1980 (Luis Jasso)
El Cain del bajio – 1981
Maverick… Lluvia de sangre – 1991

Friday, November 22, 2013

RIP Dan Gerrity

Dan Gerrity, 1959-2013: News director at KSFR ‘lit up stage’ as actor, writer.
 
Santa Fe New Mexican
By Robert Scott
November 20, 2013
 
 
Theater artist and KSFR news director Dan Gerrity died early Wednesday morning, apparently of a heart attack, the radio station reported.
 
Gerrity’s voice was well known to the community station’s listeners as he often read news reports.
 
A New Jersey native, Gerrity worked as a writer, director and actor in theater on the east and west coasts before settling in Santa Fe some years ago.
 
He served as a member of the Santa Fe Playhouse board of directors and oversaw the theater’s
popular “Benchwarmers” series of one-act plays.
 
Among other Santa Fe credits, he appeared in the Santa Fe Stages production of Death and the Maiden in 2000, Ironweed Productions’ version of Our Town in 2012, and the Lensic Performing Arts Center’s The Laramie Project in 2010.
 
He also played roles in a number of television and film projects over the years, including Swing Vote and Wildifre (both films shot in New Mexico) and the television series Frasier.
 
Gerrity and Jeremy Lawrence co-authored the play Melody Jones: A Striptease in Two Acts, in the early 1990s.
 
Gerrity was directing a comedic production of A Christmas Carol — slated to open on Dec. 5 — for the Santa Fe Playhouse. It is unclear whether the playhouse will still mount the show.
 
A statement issued Wednesday night by the theater group said, “Dan Gerrity lit up the stage of the Santa Fe Playhouse for many years and served as a member of its board for the last six. In that time, he became the driving force behind the Playhouse’s effort to showcase local writing, directing and acting talent, primarily through the annual Benchwarmers production. He brought tenacious intelligence and exuberant poise to all these efforts, raising the bar — and everyone’s expectations — about what community theater could and should be.”
 
Though the Internet Movie Database says that Gerrity was born in 1958, local sources, including KSFR, report that he was 59.
 
According to his bio on the website, Gerrity’s work has been honored by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.
 
No information about funeral arrangements or memorial services was immediately available.
 
 
GERRITY, Dan
Born: 12/21/1954, Red Bank, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 11/20/2013, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
 
Don Gerrity’s western – actor:
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) – 1993 (Jonah Collier)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

RIP Marta Garcia


Marta Garcia dies, a pioneer figure in 'Weather' on TVE
 
Marta Garcia, host of 'Time' on TVE for 15 years and voice dubber 'The Big Bang Theory', died Thursday November 21.
 
The presenter and voice actress Marta Garcia, who gave, on Spanish TV, weather reports for 15 years died Thursday, as announced on Monica Lopez’s Twitter, who’s responsible for this area of public television.
 
"For the team at ‘Time’ TVE today is a painful day. Monica Garcia has left us. We’ll miss her sweet smile, " tweeted Monica Lopez in her profile.
 
Marta García joined the Spanish TV weather information in 1989 and shared the work of reporting with other historical figures as Ana Roque, Paco Montesdeoca and Jose Antonio Maldonado .
 
But Marta Garcia's career did not just include talking about isobars and storms. Perhaps more important was her work as a voice actress, an occupation that came from her father, the renowned broadcaster Antolin Garcia, who put Spanish voices to Cary Grant, Alain Delon, and Peter O'Toole .
 
Marta Garcia was the Spanish voice of Amy Farrah Fowler in the series The Big Bang Theory, but also participated in the dubbing of series such as Falcon Crest, Alf and CSI New York.
 
Her studies led her to a journalism professional and she debuted as Top 40 and Radio 80 Gold Series, where she reported the news .
 
She went on to Spanish TV, where her later works were linked to the corporate voice and La 2 Clan TV.
 
 
GARCÍA, Marta
Born: 196?, Spain
Died: 11/21/2013, Spain
 
Marta Garcia’s westerns – voice actress:
Rose Marie – 1936 [Spanish voice of minister’s daughter, 1986 TV broadcast]
Kid Blue – 1986 [Spanish voice of Lee Purcell]
One Man’s Hero – 1998 [Spanish voice of Mexican girl]
Bandidas - 2004 [Spanish voice of Audra Blaser]

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

RIP Mickey Knox


Abraham ‘Mickey’ Knox, known to all Europena western fans for writing the English dialogue for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” passed away in Los Angeles, California on November 15, 2013. He was 88. Born in New York City on December 12, 1921 Knox began his career in show business as an actor who appeared in several films before being blacklisted. Moving to Italy to find work, he worked on the English dialogue for “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966), “Black Jack” (1968) and “Once Upon a Time in the West” and appeared in a small role in “Beyond the Law” (1968) with Lee Van Cleef. When the blacklist ended, he returned to acting, appearing in such films as “Bolero” (1984) and “The Godfather Part III” (1990). Woody Harrelson's character in Natural Born Killers was named after him.
 
 
KNOX, Mickey (Abraham Knox)
Born: 12/21/1921, Coney Island, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/15/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Mickey Knox’s westerns – producer, writer.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966 [English dialogue]
Black Jack - 1968 [English dialogue]
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 [English dialogue]
Long Live Your Death – 1971 [producer]

Monday, November 18, 2013

RIP Cristóbal García


Cristobal Garcia, actor, director a good man.
 
la opinion de Almeria
By Emilio Ruiz
11/18/2013
 
He was 46 years-ol, his height was 1.72 and the weight of 78 kilos. His eyes were green, his graying brown hair, normal complexion and his occupation in Spain was originally of a Telephone Technician. This he said himself. What Cristobal Garcia never said was that in this life he was an honest, clean, loved and excited, that person was him.
 
This last night Cristobal died from a heart attack. So accustomed to his practical jokes, we thought they were playing it to the last. Too macabre it was, but Cristobal, a vital and outgoing man, could not wait .
 
The imaginary reality has returned from his world of fantasy to the cruel reality. Yes, Cristobal has left us, and he went as he never used to go to the sites: without a goodbye without a back, because he, again, always returned.
 
This time the trip seems to be definitive. It seems, I say? Seems to say because we are still confusing dreams with reality. We cannot think of the idea that he’s no longer going to be with us.
 
These moments are unbearable. The tragedies always hit with much greater emphasis than reality. This is not, this exceeds all our imaginations .
 
Because good men never deserve to die. Because our life is miserable without them. Because without people like Cristobal life for many people is meaningless. We miss you, Cristobal. But do not go alone. Take with yoiu a piece of the dreams of thousands of fans who watched you enjoy life.
 

GARCÍA, Cristóbal (Cristóbal García Muñoz)
Born: 1967, Spain
Died: 11/17/2013, Almeria, Andalusia, Spain
 
Cristobal García’s western – actor:
The Man Without Time – 2013 (gunslinger)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

RIP Al Ruscio

Character Actor Al Ruscio Dies at 89

Al Ruscio, an often-seen character actor who appeared on TV, in films and on stage for more than a half-century, died Tuesday, his daughter Elizabeth said. He was 89.
Ruscio played the new restaurant manager at Monk’s whom Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) accuses of employing only buxom women as waitresses (they turn out to be his daughters) in the 1993 Seinfeld episode “The Pilot”; a casino owner on Showgirls (1995); and an opera-loving grandfather on the late-1980s ABC drama Life Goes On, the first TV series to have a major character with Down syndrome
In The Godfather: Part III, he plays crime boss Leo Cuneo and screams at Joe Mantegna’s character, “Joey Zaza, you son of a bitch!

Ruscio also played a foul-mouthed ex-cabbie on Steambath, an early series for pay-TV outlet Showtime; Bonnie Franklin’s dad in one episode of One Day at a Time; and Elder No. 4 on The X-Files.

Ruscio appeared on scores of other shows, including 77 Sunset Strip, Bonanza, Sea Hunt, Peter Gunn, The Untouchables, McCloud, Phyllis, Lou Grant, Shannon, Barney Miller, Falcon Quest, St. Elsewhere, Matlock, Hillstreet Blues, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, NYPD Blue and 7th Heaven.
He also acted in the soap operas Santa Barbara, Port Charles and Days of Our Lives.

His film résumé includes Fever Heat (1968), Any Which Way You Can (1980), The Hunter (1980), Jagged Edge (1985), Guilt by Suspicion (1991), The Silence of the Hams (1994) and The Phantom (1996).

A native of Salem, Mass., Ruscio moved to New York and trained for two years at the Neighborhood Playhouse School for the Theatre. He moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and that year appeared on TV’s Gunsmoke and then in the Rod Steiger film Al Capone (1959).

In the '60s, Ruscio created the drama department at the newly formed Midwestern College in Denison, Iowa. He then served as a professor of acting at the University of Windsor in Canada and as artistic director of the Academy of Dramatic Art at Oakland (Mich.) University. Over the years, he conducted workshops with his wife, actress Kate Williamson.

His book, So Therefore …: A Practical Guide for Actors, was published last year.

“Every scene or action or speech has a ‘so therefore.’ It is the goal, the ultimate statement of the character. You should know the so therefore as you begin your scene … The climax and the payoff is the ‘so therefore.’ ”
 
RUSCIO, Al
Born: 6/2/1924, Salem, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 11/12/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Al Ruscio’s westerns – actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958 (Haley)
Zorro (TV) – 1958 (Luis)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960 (Pietro Poli)
Wrangler (TV) – 1960 (Wes Martin)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960, 1961 (Vaca, Delgado)
Whispering Smith (TV) – 1961 (Philippe Carmotta)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1963 (Machado)
Outlaws (TV) - 1987
Blood Red - 1988 (Antonio Segestra)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

RIP Luciano Melani


Luciano Melani an actor, a voice dubber and a director of dubbing died on November 12, 2013 in Rome, Italy. As a performer on television he was a member of the cast of the miniseries “The Queen of Hearts”, 1969, in which he played the role of Callum, and “The Queen of Spades”, 1972, in which he played the role of Captain Blanco.
 
At the beginning of his career he was involved in dubbing and has long been a member of the SAS - Company of Actors, synchronizers and was later one of the founders of CVD - Cine Video voice actors with so many other actors. His voice dubbing including Giancarlo Giannini, Oreste Lionello, Corrado Gaipa, Giancarlo Masters, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood.
 
 
MELANI, Luciano
Born: 3/3/1940, Cerignola, Apulia, Italy
Died: 11/12/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Luciano Melani’s westerns – voice actor:
The Great Silence – 1967 [Italian voice of Luigi Pistili]
Sartana the Gravedigger – 1969 [Italian voice of Sal Borgese]

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

RIP Adela Fernández


Adela Fernandez (1942-2013) rest next to ' El Indio '
 
 
The writer, daughter of famed filmmaker coahuilense Emilio "El Indio " Fernández, died yesterday at age 70. Hours before her death, she asked that her final resting place outside next to her father in 'The Fortress'
 

By Fernanda Villarreal
Monday, August 19, 2013
 
 
Saltillo, Coahuila. - In early August, the writer Adela Fernández got the ashes of Coahuila filmmaker Emilio "El Indio" Fernández , which were forwarded to "The Fortress", the house in Coyoacán where the actor had asked to be her final resting place. Adela, said her daughter, was able to be with her father again. Adela now rests beside him in the mausoleum where just a week ago placed "El Indio". That was her last wish: " Then I get to be with my dad."
 
The writer Adela Fernandez died yesterday at age 70, victim of an intestinal occlusion which worsened in recent days, said the restaurateur and head of "The Fort", Cristobal Gomez Arias. Days ago, Fernandez was hospitalized after being subjected to surgery due to intestinal problems it presented. This was made known by her son, Quetzalcoatl Fernandez who said she was recovering, but still fragile.
 
Born December 6, 1942 in Mexico City, she lived surrounded by art world personalities such as Diego Rivera, Dolores del Río and María Félix. In her career spanning over 40 years produced a total of 11 books, including a series of monologues and scripts, and also made two short experimental films and currently was working on the biography of her father and a documentary about it.
 
Adela Fernandez began writing answering women’s love letters sent to her father. It was like it started in the world of literature, in which his main influences were Juan Rulfo and José Revueltas. She managed creations like the story "The Cage ENEDINA Aunt," which was chosen by Gabriel García Márquez as one of the works that everyone has to read.
 
"Literature is something that I was given, it was not something I sought," the author said in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in 2011, during her visit to the 14th International Book Fair Saltillo.
 
Participated in surrealist literary games with "Trivia", "The Exquisite Corpse" and "Automatic Writing", thanks to the close friendship she had with Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo and "the snob" (as she described it) of Gustavo Alatriste. While in New York entered the literature of Zen Buddhism and continued her biggest fascination: the esoteric.
 
Within her works stand carrying out the shorts "Chiaroscuro" and "Everyday Surrealism", which reflected the teachings of her father and the legacy that he left.
 
She published the books "Vago Backbone of Night" and "Duermevelas" among others, as well as monologues "The Gravedigger" and "No Sol ... Whither shall look sunflowers?" And plays like
"The Third Solitude" and "The Prodigious", with which she received the award for literary excellence of the work of Spanish women Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz in 1986.
 
Her writing was described as surreal, others linked with the Beat Generation and even said she was part of a magical realism, although at the beginning she describes herself as baroque a
"sucker" in Mexican terms, she said.
 
The legacy of 'El Indio'
 
Adela studied acting and playwriting at Film Training Center and the Universidad Iberoamericana. During her life she taught theater and toured as a director of various classics.
 
As daughter of famed filmmaker Coahuila, said she hated the film for a moment, because she understood the cruel work that her father performed daily.
 
"I thought my dad was bad since before the hanging, the shooting, the men dragged by horses, my dad, spent hours in a chair shouting 'Action, cut, go back we want perfection', how could he order that? And the strangest thing was that all these 'dead' got up and went to eat, "she said in an interview with Ramon Carrillo.
 
Then she realized the magic that housed the film world. However, it was her own father, who came to literature, which left that could have become his profession, cinematography.
 
"I did not commit myself to the movies because every time I approached to seek a chance, I was with my dad and I was terrified. But I became rebellious and like my dad hated the theater, I started doing theater, he hated bald women and cut my hair. And now that I remember, the more you hurt me, I laugh the whole ball of crap I did to get his attention, "he told this newspaper in 2011, when he came to present his book "Hybrid".
 
This year, a new publication, the author will be presented at the - now called - Arteaga Book Fair. It is "Sabrosuras of Death", a copy already failed to promote in this, the land of his father, who always praised.
 
Commitment to culture
 
Meanwhile, Christopher Arias Adela Gomez said yesterday that she always fought to spread the culture in Mexico. "I always gave prominence to indigenous people, which is why she worked for many years in the National Indigenous Institute and published several works for the people of Mexico know what identity meant," the chronicler of "La Fortaleza".
 
Gomez said Adela Arias asked be remembered "as a strong woman who was not intimidated by anything or anyone, who was faithful to his principles and committed to the culture of Mexico."
 
He noted that in the last hours of her life she remained lucid, so inform the writer reached his will: "Keep working, keep spreading my father, spread my work."
 
The body of the writer was buried yesterday watched by friends and family at "The Fort". It is expected that, if confirmed, on Monday to allow access to the general public paradarle the últimoadiós by a posthumous tribute .
 
At the request of Adela, her remains will be cremated and placed in the mausoleum where for a few days remain those of his father .
 
"She said, 'then I get to be with my dad'. His concept of death was very peculiar, he never feared it. Here already Chihuahua family and close friends, "said Christopher. ( With information from El Universal and The Informers)
 
 
FERNÁNDEZ, Adela (Adela Fernández y Fernández)
Born: 12/6/1942, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: 8/18/2013, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico
 
Adela Fernández’s western – screenwriter, actress:
Soy el hijo del gallero - 1978

Sunday, November 10, 2013

RIP Paul Mantee


Actor, Malibu Resident Paul Mantee Passes Away
 
Mantee acted in many Sci-Fi films and contributed a column to The Malibu Times for many years.

 
Malibu Times
By Melissa Caskey / melissa@malibutimes.com | 2 comments
November 8, 2013
 
Veteran actor and longtime Malibu local Paul Mantee has died. He was 82 years old.
 
Mantee's first and most popular claim to fame was a starring role in the film "Robinson Crusoe on Mars" in 1964. He went on to appear in countless television shows, including "Mission: Impossible," "The Streets of San Francisco," "The A-Team" and "LA Law."
 
After retiring from acting, the San Francisco native spent time writing books and contributing to various publications, including a column in The Malibu Times.
 
He is survived by wife Suzy Davis Mantee.
 
 
MANTEE, Paul (Paul Marinetti)
Born: 1/9/1931, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/7/2013, Malibu, California, U.S.A.
 
Paul Mantee’s westerns – actor:
Cheyenne (TV) – 1961, 1962
The Rifleman (TV) – 1961, 1963
Blood on the Arrow – 1964
Laredo (TV) – 1966
Rango (TV) – 1967
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1968
The Virginian (TV) – 1968
Bonanza (TV) – 1968
The Outcasts (TV) – 1969
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1970

Thursday, November 7, 2013

RIP Amparo Rivelles


Actress dies Amparo Rivelles
 
So dear in Spain and across the Atlantic, in Mexico, her two homelands today mourn the passing of Amparo Rivelles Ladron de Guevara, who died at 21:30 pm Thursday at the Hospital Fundación Jiménez Díaz in Madrid at 88 years old .
 
Granddaughter, daughter, sister and aunt of actors  Amparo Rivelles was the biggest name in a long line of artists. In August 2012 she suffered the loss of her brother actor Carlos Larrañaga. This Thursday night, a brief statement was issued by a representative of the family reporting her death and adding that "her daughter Maria Fernanda, her grandson, her nephews Larrañaga siblings, friends Rosa Maria and Peter, as well as her in-laws feel a deeply painful loss and pay tribute to an actress and remarkable woman."
 
Rivelles was one of the most important actresses of Spanish cinema and had, among others, the National Theatre Award and the Award for Best Actress Goya. Noted for her beauty and unmistakable personality.
 
She debuted in Barcelona at thirteen on stage in the company of her mother, Maria Fernanda Ladron de Guevara, with the comedy 'Siete Hermanas ', Leandro Navarro, and in 1940, at fifteen, she made her first film appearance in the film 'Mari Juana' by Armando Vidal .
 
She rose to fame quickly and got an exclusive contract with the producer Cifesa, for which she made one of her best roles in the 1940s and 1950s.
 
Among her most praised of the first stage are 'Eloisa está debajo del almendro' ( 1943 ) and ‘La fe' (1947), films directed by Rafael Gil.
 
From this period are also her films 'Los ladrones somos gente honrada' (1941), 'Malvaloca' (1942), 'El clavo' (1944), 'Espronceda' (1945, de Fernando Alonso Casares), 'Fuenteovejuna' (1947), 'La calle sin sol' (1948), 'La duquesa de Benamejí' (1949), 'De mujer a mujer' (1950), 'Alba de América' y 'La Leona de Castilla' (ambas, 1951); y 'Un ángel tuvo la culpa' (1959).  
 
She worked with Orson Welles in 'Mister Arkadin' (1954 ) and Tulio Demicheli in 'La herida luminosa' (1957).
 
She traveled to Mexico in 1957 to perform the play 'Un cuarto lleno de rosas' with Manolo Fabregas, and what at first was going to be a short stay, she became a voluntary exile for over twenty years.
 
While there she continued to make films and theater appearances and broke into television serials starring in great while doing other roles followed in Spain. Emphasizes her performance in 'La madrastra', along with the Soap Opera 'Nuestro Cine' and was considered the best actress at that time.
 
On her return to Spain, in 1979, reappeared on the scene with the comedy of Santiago Moncada,
'Salvar a los delfines' and then with 'Anillos para una dama' by Antonio Gala. Represented in 1982 'El caso de la mujer asesinadita' by Miguel Mihura, which won the award that bears the name of the author.

RIVELLES, Amparo (María Amparo Rivelles y Ladrón de Guevara)
Born: 2/11/1925, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: 11/7/2013, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Amparo Rivelles' westerns - actress:
El fugitivo - 1966
Indio - 1972

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

RIP Ted Rusoff


Film actor and voice dubber extraordinaire Ted Rusoff died in a Rome hospital on September 28, 2013. Ted was hit by a car in early September and died from complications of the accident. He was 74. Ted and his wife Carolynn de Fonseca, who died in 2009 were long time English voice dubbers in Rome. Ted was the voice of Klaus Kinski in the 1971 Euro-western "His Name was King" with Richard Harrison and again for Klaus in "Showdown for a Badman" also 1971. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canad on May 20, 1939, he and his wife had been residents of since the late 1950s. Ted had a Facebook page and was always answering my questions on voice dubbers. He will be missed



RUSOFF, Ted
Born: 5/20/1939, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: 9/28/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Ted Rusoff's westerns - voice dubber:
They Call Me Trinity - 1970 [English voice of Ezio Marano]
Duck You Sucker – 1971 [English voice of undefined actors]
Four Gunmen of the Holy Trinity - 1971 [English voice of Umberto Raho]
His Name was King - 1971 [English voice of Klaus Kinski]
Showdown for a Badman – 1971 [English voice of Klaus Kinski]
The Story of Karate, Fists and Beans - 1973 [English voice of Sam]
Apache Woman - 1976 [English voice of Al Cliver]
Cocco Bill (TV) - 1997 [English voice of Bunz Barabunz]

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

RIP Elinor Karpf-Hager


Elinor Karpf-Hager, Writer for TV, Dies at 73
 
Variety - TV News
4 November 2013 12:02 PM, PST

 
Screenwriter Elinor Karpf-Hager, who with husband-writing partner Stephen Karpf penned episodes of “The Name of the Game” and Kung Fu,” as well as the theatrical film “Adam at 6 A.M.,” died Oct. 21 in Moorpark, Calif. She was 73.
 
During a career that spanned the late 1960s to the early 1990s, Karpf-Hager also co-penned the TV movies “Marriage: Year One,” “Rolling Man,” “Gargoyles,” “Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell” and “Letters From Frank” and the 1976 miniseries “Captains and the Kings.” The Karpfs also created the daytime drama “Capitol,” which ran on CBS during the 1980s.
 
Karpf-Hager earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in radio/TV/film from Northwestern U.
 
She is survived by husband Robert Hager Jr.; two sons and a daughter; and eight grandchildren.
 
 
KARPF, Elinor
Born: 12/27/1939, U.S.A.
Died: 10/21/2013, Moorpark, California, U.S.A.
 
Elinor Karpf’s western – screenwriter:
Kung Fu (TV) - 1975

RIP Hans von Borsody


The film and theater actor Hans von Borsody died on Monday October 4, 2013 at his home in Kiel, his agency announced on Tuesday. Borsody was 84 years old . As a detective, " Cliff Dexter" he drew 1960s German filmgoers by the millions under his spell. He later starred as Cyrano de Bergerac’s Urfaust on theater stages and was seen in the war drama "A Bridge Too Far " (1977). In his decades- long career, the native of Vienna had never himself  in leading.
 
Hans was born in Vienna on the 20th of September 1929. His parents were the film director Edward von Borsody and the concert pianist and violinist , Mary Hochreiter. Early on Borsody came into contact with the film business. At his father's request, he began training at first as a model but "He wanted me to learn something decent ," said Borsody on his 80th Birthday. From 1950 to 1952, he completed his acting studies at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. Borsody was later on stages in many cities such as Munich, Vienna, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg.
 
Thanks to his first film roles as lovers, young heroes and outdoorsmen Hans von Borsody quickly made a name for himself. He rode across the prairie as a Western hero and fought as a "Robin Hood" for the poor. Later appearances followed on television series such as "Forest House Sokolov " and "Klinik unter Palmen". His "life role" was in Cyrano de Bergerac, in Vienna where Borsody played Andernach. "This role I had dreamed about during my studies."
 
Hans von Borsody was last seen in the 2013 German film “Der Meineidbauer”. He is survived by his wife Karin and their two daughters, the actresses Suzanne and Cosima von Borsody.
 
 
von BORSODY, Hans (Hans Eduard Herbert von Borsody)
Born: 9/20/1929, Vienna, Austria
Died: 11/4/2013, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
 
Hans von Borsody’s western – actor:
Juanito - 1960 (Tom)
Buffalo Bill Hero of the Far West – 1965 (Captain Hunter)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

RIP Cliff Gould


He produced the first season of "The Streets of San Francisco" and co-wrote the 1969 film "Krakatoa: East of Java," an effects-laden film about an erupting volcano.
 
Cliff Gould, a writer and producer whose credits include TV's The Streets of San Francisco and the film Krakatoa: East of Java, died October 19. He was 86.
 
Gould produced all 26 episodes of the 1972-73 first season of ABC's Streets of San Francisco, which starred Karl Malden and Michael Douglas, and received a writing credit on nine installments during the crime drama's five-season run.
 
He also created the 1979 NBC secret agent series A Man Called Sloane, starring Robert Conrad.

Earlier, the Detroit native wrote with Bernard Gordon Krakatoa: East of Java (1969), a film about an erupting volcano in the late 19th century that starred Maximilian Schell and Diane Baker and earned an Oscar nomination for visual effects. Gould then penned Macho Callahan (1970), a Civil War-era movie starring David Janssen.
 
Gould also wrote and/or produced for such shows as Rawhide, The Guns of Will Sonnett, Mod Squad, Medical Center, Bracken's World, Mannix, Cade's County, The Devlin Connection and Scarecrow and Mrs. King.
 
Gould began his career in radio and as an actor. He moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s and served as a casting director for 20th Century Fox.
 
Survivors include his wife Addie, daughter Amy, granddaughter Maddie, stepchildren Jeff, Jamie and
Judie and their children. Donations in his name can be made to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.
 
Gould's death was announced in a paid obituary in the Los Angeles Times.
 
 
GOULD, Cliff
Born: 9/21/1927, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 10/19/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Cliff Gould’s westerns – producer, screenwriter:
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1960 [screenwriter]
Rawhide (TV) – 1964, 1965 [screenwriter]
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) – 1967-1969
Macho Callahan – 1970 [producer, screenwriter]
Cade’s County (TV) – 1971-1972

Friday, November 1, 2013

RIP Peter Herden


Dresden actor and singer Peter Herden has died.
 
He appeared more than 400 times in the 1960s and 1970s as Henry Higgins in " My Fair Lady" on stage at the Dresden State Operetta. Peter sang and acted and thus was remembered in the hearts of the audience. He has died at the age of 95 years.
 
The Dresden actor Peter Herden is dead the Dresden State Operetta announced on Friday that he died on Wednesday October 30, 2013 at the age of 95. "The ensemble of the National Opera mourns the death of a great actor and singer, whose name is inscribed in the history of the opra house," it said in the statement. Herden from was an ensemble member of the State Theatre of Dresden since 1949. Since 1963, he had performed several times at the National Opera. His great popularity was owed mainly to the role of Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady," which he appeared in sang a total of 440 times from 1965 to 1978.
 
In the GDR premiere of the musical classic, directed by Fritz Steiner, he stood with Marita Böhme and Maja Rose on stage. Among other plays Herden could be seen in the gay classic "A Glass of Water" as Enrico Venutti in the then frequently played musical "Enrico 61" and Henry St. John. He directed the world premiere of the musical comedy "Autumn Storm" by Henry Krtschil.
 
His official farewell to the stage for Herden was in 2000. For the presentation of Willie Clark in Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" of the then 81 year-old received much applause from the audience. "My heart and my artistic home was Dresden and the Dresden State Theatre ", he thanked his fans.
 
2007 saw Herden again at the anniversary gala "Legends" in the State Operetta in the direction of Wolfgang Schaller who awarded him an honorary membership of the National Opera.

 
HERDEN, Peter
Born: 5/5/1918, Plön, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died: 10/30/2013, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
 
Peter Herden’s western – actor:
Karl May 1992 (Professor of Ophthalmology)