Wednesday, February 26, 2014

RIP Paco de Lucia

Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66
By Saeed Ahmed and Al Goodman
Wednesday February 26, 2014
World-renowned Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia has died aged 66 in Mexico, reportedly of a heart attack while playing with his children on a beach.
The death of one of the most celebrated flamenco guitarists was announced by the mayor's office in Algeciras, southern Spain, where he was born.
He is said to have died in the Mexican resort of Cancun.
Famous for a series of flamenco albums in the 1970s, he also crossed over into classical and jazz guitar.
He also worked on films by Spanish director Carlos Saura, notably appearing in his 1983 version of Carmen, which won a UK Bafta award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1985.
Algeciras is to hold two days of official mourning. Its mayor, Jose Ignacio Landaluce, called the musician's death an "irreparable loss for the world of culture and for Andalusia".
He had lived both in Mexico and in Spain in recent years.
'I knew every rhythm'
He was born Francisco Sanchez Gomez on 21 December 1947, the son of flamenco guitarist Antonio Sanchez, who was of Gypsy origin. He took his stage name in honour of his mother, Lucia Gomes.
It is believed he had played the guitar from the age of five.
"My family grew up with the Gypsies," the guitarist was quoted as saying in a 1994 article in Guitar Player.
"My father and all my brothers played guitar, so before I picked it up, before I could speak, I was listening. Before I started to play, I knew every rhythm of the flamenco. I knew the feeling and the meaning of the music, so when I started to play, I went directly to the sound I had in my ear."
At the age of 18 he recorded his first album in Madrid.
One of the great musical partnerships of his life was with the singer Camaron de la Isla, who died in 1992. The two men recorded albums in the 1970s, which inspired a New Flamenco movement.
In 2004, Paco de Lucia was awarded Spain's prestigious Asturias Prize for Art as the "most universal of flamenco artists".
The jury said at the time: "His style has been a beacon for young generations and his art has made him into one of the best ambassadors of Spanish culture in the world."
Among those he worked with outside Spain was British guitarist John McLaughlin.
News of his death became the top trend among Spanish users of Twitter. "Rest in peace," wrote one tweeter. "You'll teach the angels to play guitar!"
"One of my heroes died today," wrote another. "One of the best musicians ever."
de LUCIA, Paco (Francisco Sánchez Gómez)
Born: 12/21/1947, Algeciras, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain
Died: 2/26/2014, Cancun, Juarez, Mexico
Paco de Lucia’s western – actor:
Hannie Caulder – 1971 (guitarist on veranda)

RIP Juanita Bartlett

According to the James Garner Facebook page producer, screenwriter Juanita Bartlett died during the night of February 25th. Bartlett was a television writer best known for ‘The Rockford Files’ and ‘The New Maverick’, both starring James Garner. Bartlett also worked on Garner's series ‘Nichols’, as well as ‘The Greatest American Hero’, ‘Scarecrow and Mrs. King’, and several others. Bartlett worked for Roy Huggins, Stephen J. Cannell, and Meta Rosenberg, and also became a producer as well as a writer. Huggins noted in a videotaped interview for the Archive of American Television that Bartlett was the only writer with whom he ever worked who changed the structure of some of Huggins' stories and actually improved them.
In 1986, Juanita Bartlett went on to create her own production company originally known as Jadda Productions. Jadda Productions' first production was the second season of ‘Spenser: For Hire’, and would later go on to produce the show ‘In the Heat of the Night’ when it premiered on March 6, 1988. When the second season of ‘In the Heat of the Night’ premiered, the production company was renamed Juanita Bartlett Productions. After the last ‘In the Heat of the Night’ movie aired after Hugh O'Connor died, Juanita Bartlett Productions no longer existed.
Born:19??, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/25/2014, U.S.A.
Juanita Bartlett’s westerns – producer, screenwriter:
Bonanza (TV) – 1972 [screenwriter]
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1972 [screenwriter]
Nichols (TV) – 1972 [screenwriter]
The Cowboys (TV) – 1974 [screenwriter]
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1974 [screenwriter]
The New Maverick (TV) 1978 [screenwriter]
No Man’s Land (TV) – 1984 [executive producer, screenwriter]

RIP Peter Haworth

HAWORTH - John Peter 1927 - 2014 Peter passed away peacefully at Cedarview Lodge in North Vancouver on February 10, 2014 at the age of 86. Youngest child of the late Reginald and Florence Haworth and brother to the late Cyril Haworth. Lovingly remembered by his soul mate and dear wife Betty Muriel (nee Phillips). Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephew, friends and colleagues. Although Peter began his career as an English teacher, he became an outstanding actor, writer and documentarian. As a writer for CBC radio, his writings included the adaptation of plays by writers such as Chekhov, Ibsen, Brecht, and Shakespeare, documentary series on notable figures such as Captain Cook, Sir Ernest Macmillan, and William Morris and portraits of the great twentieth century actors and directors. As an actor, he performed on national radio, television and the stages of major Canadian theatres in plays by Shakespeare, Shaw, Wilde and many others. His final performance as an actor was at the Vancouver Playhouse in "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde. Peter was a member of UBCP, ACTRA and was a lifetime member of the Writers' Guild. He was, also, presented with the Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award by the Union of BC Performers and is in the Walk of Fame at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver B.C. Peter's interest in classical music and literature was profound, both in depth of knowledge and spirit. His joy in listening to classical music and his love of literature remained with him and gave him much peace during his final years. A man with a charismatic smile, Peter will be missed dearly by his wife, Betty, his family, his friends and colleagues. The family wishes to acknowledge the caring and attentive staff of Cedarview Lodge in North Vancouver. For those who wish, a donation may be made in Peter's name to the Arts Way Program care of Cedarview Lodge. A memorial service will be planned for the spring.
HAWORTH, Peter (John Peter Haworth)
Born: 1927, Canada
Died: 2/10/2014, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Peter Haworth’s western – actor:
The Overlanders (TV) – 1979 (Captain Pritchard)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

RIP Roger Hill

Roger Hill, Who Played Cyrus in ‘The Warriors,’ Dies at 65
February 25, 2014 | 03:42PM PT
Carmel Dagan
Roger Hill, who played gang leader Cyrus in Walter Hill’s 1979 cult classic “The Warriors,” died Thursday in New York. He was 65.
Hill spent nearly 20 years as an actor, working mostly in theater. He was an early participant in the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop and appeared in Off Broadway and touring productions of Charles Gordone’s “No Place to Be Somebody,” Ed Bullins’ “The Fabulous Miss Marie” and “Hamlet.”
But the role with which he made the biggest impression was the charismatic but doomed gang lord Cyrus in Paramount’s “The Warriors.” He also played Alec Lowndes on ABC’s “One Life to Live” from 1982-85.
In 2005 he filed a lawsuit of $250,000 against Rockstar Games for using his voice and depicting him in the videogame based on “The Warriors.”
Born and raised in New York City, Hill graduated from the City College of New York. In later years, he left acting and spent time working as a parttime librarian and writing poetry.
He is survived by his only son, film editor Chris W. Hill.
HILL, Roger
Born: 7/31/1948, Bronx, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/20/2014, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Roger Hill’s western – actor:
The Leatherstocking Tales (TV) – 1984 (Chingachgook)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

RIP Djoko Rosic

Serbian-born Bulgarian actor Djoko Rosic died Friday evening at the Losenetz hospital in Sofia.
He underwent brain tumor surgery several weeks ago at the Pirogov hospital, according to reports of Sega daily.

Rosic was born on February 29, 1932 in Krupanj to a Serbian father and a Bulgarian mother.
In 1951, he moved to Bulgaria for political reasons. In 1957, he graduated what is today the University of National and World Economy in Sofia.

He worked as a journalist at the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) for 17 years.

Among the most notable films he starred in are The Eight (1969), Aesop (1970), My Father, the Housepainter (1974), The Truck (1980), The Queen of Turnovo (1981), Captain Petko Voivode (1981), 681 AD:The Glory of the Khan (1984), The Judge (1986), Time of Violence (1988).

In February 2010, Rosic was given the "Zlaten Vek" (Golden Century) award of Bulgaria's Culture Ministry for his outstanding contribution to Bulgarian cinema

ROSIC, Djoko
Born: 2/29/1932, Krupanj, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Died: 2/21/2014, Sofia, Bulgaria
Djoko Rosic's western - actor:
Death for Zapata - 1976 (Bathasar)

Friday, February 21, 2014

RIP Clif Bole

RIP Cliff Bole

The Desert Sun
February 22, 2014

Director/Producer Clifford John Bole died peacefully at his home in Palm Desert, Calif., on the morning of February 15, 2014. Born in San Francisco, Calif., Cliff grew up in the San Fernando Valley, Calif., where he developed an early passion for the profession that would become his life's work, playing in the back lots of studios, and sneaking in with friends to watch productions in progress; a self-described "Set Rat." Cliff began his professional life as a script clerk, advancing to script supervisor and production supervisor assignments before breaking into directing. One of his first positions was script supervisor on McHale's Navy in 1964. Best known for his directing work on Star Trek, Cliff directed twenty-five episodes of the first blockbuster series, The Next Generation, seven of Deep Space Nine and ten of Voyager. The Bolians, a race of aliens introduced in The Next Generation episode "Conspiracy," were named for him. Television series in which Cliff served as a director include: Baywatch, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, MacGyver, M.A.N.T.I.S., Matt Houston, Mission Impossible, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Spencer for Hire, Strike Force, The Six Million Dollar Man, The X Files, T.J. Hooker, and Vega$. In 2005, Cliff was recognized with a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars, 255 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, Calif. After retiring to the Coachella Valley, Cliff continued to make creative contributions to key local projects. He recently completed a documentary entitled Cars Under the Stars showcasing the popular event, El Paseo Cruise Night. Cliff was a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. He also was a member of Desert Falls Country Club. An avid pilot, boater, golfer and dirt bike rider, Cliff was a frequent participant in races hosted by Viewfinder MC, an off-road motorcycle club headquartered in Southern California that was originally organized by Hollywood stuntmen. He maintained strong ties with the stunt community, including close friendships with Ronnie Rondell, Roy Snuffy Harrison and the late Hal Needham. Cliff served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea. He graduated from Harvard Military School and briefly attended USC. Cliff is survived by his wife, Brenda; his daughter, Stacey Bole Harrison of Granite Bay, Calif.; his son, Curtis Robert Bole of Santa Monica, Calif.; and two grandsons, Connor and Cole. In accordance with his wishes, Cliff's ashes will be scattered at sea. The family suggests that friends wishing to honor his memory contribute to a cancer research organization of their choice or visit his star in Palm Springs. A celebration of life will be held later in the year. Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries.
BOLE, Cliff (Clifford John Bole)
Born: 11/9/1937, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/15/2014, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.
Cliff Boles’ westerns – script supervisor, director, associate producer:
Showdown – 1963 [script supervisor]
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1967, 1968 [associate producer]
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1989, 1991, 1992 [director]
The Young Riders (TV) - 1992

RIP Robert M. Fresco

RIP Robert Fresco

February 20, 2014 | 05:41PM PT

Robert M. Fresco, a writer of horror films who went on to win a 1969 Oscar for his documentary short “Czechoslovakia 1968,” died in Manhattan of cancer on February 14. He was 83.
The documentary short, produced, written and directed by Fresco and Denis Sanders, traced Czech history from WWI to the Prague Spring uprising of 1968. Much of the archival footage in the film had been smuggled out of then-Communist Czechoslovakia.
For public television in 1970, Fresco and Sanders produced the six-hour documentary “Trial: The City and County of Denver vs. Lauren R. Watson,” about the criminal case against a Black Panther Party member. At the time, only a few states including Colorado allowed cameras in the courtroom, and the docu is considered, as the New York Times described it, “the first complete account of a trial to be shown on American television.”
Robert Maurice Fresco was born in Burbank, Calif., to a family of Sephardic Jews who had emigrated from Turkey, and he served in the Army.
He began his show business career writing B movies such as “Tarantula” (1955), “The Monolith Monsters” (1957) and “The Alligator People” (1959). He also penned episodes of series including “Wagon Train,” “Bonanza” and “Science Fiction Theater.”
Also for television, he produced a 1972 adaptation of Lorraine Hansberry’s “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” starring Ruby Dee and Blythe Danner.
Fresco taught courses in film, television and communications at Columbia University and Hofstra
University, among other places.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Dawidoff Fresco; two sons; and three grandchildren.
FRESCO, Robert M.
Born: 10/18/1930, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/14/2014, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.
Robert M. Fresco’s westerns – screenwriter:
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959
Bonanza (TV) – 1962, 1963

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

RIP Rocky Moriana

Rocco (Rocky) A. Moriana, best known for his work as sound supervisor and music supervisor for producers Danny Thomas and Aaron Spelling, died at his home in Calabasas, Calif., on February 5.
Moriana’s 100-plus screen credits starting with TV Series “Hennesey” and ended with “Beverly Hills, 90210.” In between were such notables as “Hazel,” “That Girl,” “My World and Welcome to It” (for which he was honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his contribution), “Barney Miller,” “The Rookies,” “S.W.A.T.,” “The Love Boat,” “Fantasy Island,” “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” “Family,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Vegas,” ” Charlie’s Angels,” “Hart to Hart,” “Life With Lucy,” “The Love Boat,” “Nightingales,” “Dynasty,” “Melrose Place,” “7th Heaven” and “Savannah.”
Moriana also worked on such telepics and miniseries as “21 Hours at Munich,” “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble,” “The Amazing Howard Hughes,” “James A. Michener’s Texas” (for which he received the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award),”The Patricia Neal Story” and “Vows of Deception.”
Born in Willoughby, Ohio, to immigrant parents, Moriana attended and played football for Ohio University. His college career was interrupted by World War II, and he served in the Navy in the Pacific, stationed on Enewetak in the Marshall Islands, where he witnessed the first A-Bomb tests. Upon returning to civilian life, he attended USC, where he majored in film.
Moriana’s Hollywood life was also highlighted by his involvement with studio sports, including the Paramount and Desilu basketball teams, the Paramount softball team (winning the 1956 Paramount Champs trophy with Donald O’Connor), the Hal Roach Studios basketball team (awarded the 1956 L.A. Municipal Minor Division Studio League Champs trophy), and serving as captain of the (Dean) Martin and (Jerry) Lewis softball team.
Moriana is survived by his wife, Ardythe; a daughter and three sons; seven grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and his brother. Rocky’s youngest son, James (Jimmy) Moriana, died last year.
MORIANO, Rocky (Rocco Anthony Moriano)
Born: 11/5/1927, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 2/5/2014, Calabasas, California, U.S.A.
Rocky Moriano’s westerns – music editor, music supervisor:
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) – 1968-1969 [music editor]
Yuma (TV) – 1971 [music editor]
The Trackers (TV) – 1971 [music editor]
Texas (TV) – 1994 music supervisor]

Monday, February 17, 2014

RIP Mary Grace Canfield

"Green Acres"' actress Mary Grace Canfield dies
The Associated Press
Monday, 02.17.14
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show "Green Acres," has died. She was 89.
Her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, says Canfield died of lung cancer on Saturday at a hospice in the California coastal town of Santa Barbara.
Canfield had appearances on a number of TV shows during a four-decade career, including "General Hospital" and "The Hathaways." She was Harriet Kravitz on four episodes of the 1960s series "Bewitched."
But she was best known for her role of Ralph Monroe in some 40 episodes of "Green Acres," which ran from 1965 to 1971.
Monroe greeted folks in the town of Hootersville with a cheery "howdy doody," wore painters' overalls and was forever working on the Douglas family's bedroom with her brother, Alf.
CANFIELD, Mary Grace
Born: 9/4/1924, Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/15/2014, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.
Mary Grace Canfield's western - actress:
Wide Country (TV) – 1962 (organist)

RIP Robert J. Conley

Wild Turkey and American Spirits: Remembering Robert J. Conley
Native American Times
Monday, 17 February 2014 00:47
Robert J. Conley
December 29, 1940 – February 16, 2014
He drank his Wild Turkey “unmolested” (no ice or additives) and preferred his cigarettes the same way – smoking the chemical and additive free American Spirit brand. He always had a pack tucked into the pocket of his snap up plaid western shirt that he wore neatly tucked in to his Wrangler jeans. A pair of worn cowboy boots peeped out from the hems of those neatly pressed jeans - jeans that were kept in place by a set of ever present suspenders. A cowboy hat was usually set upon his brow, shading his lined and bespectacled face.
He was Robert J. Conley, Cherokee author, when we first met. He soon became “uncle Robert” and one of my favorite people after I married his nephew. At our wedding reception we left a small bottle of Wild Turkey next to Robert’s seat, much to his wife Evelyn’s dismay. It was a little joke on her and one that delighted Robert. Robert was always up for a drink, a joke and a laugh – even if the joke and laugh was at his expense.
His orneriness often elicited exasperated sighs from Evelyn and much laughter around the dinner table as he and my husband would tell stories on each other.
Robert walked on this morning, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. There won’t be any new tales to tell or jokes to be made. We are left with the happy memories in our hearts and a shelf full of books with “By Robert J. Conley” or merely “CONLEY” printed along the spines. My favorite however, is “Cherokee Thoughts: Honest and Uncensored.” It’s a collection of essays that take on politics, life, culture, history and what it means to be a Cherokee. His wit is evident throughout and when you finish reading, you are left knowing who Robert was. What made him laugh, what made him angry, and what inspired him.
His first novel, “Back to Malachi,” was published in 1986. Since then, he had more than 70 books published, a collection of short stories, several reprints, and many books on tape. Robert also wrote the novelization of a screenplay, “Geronimo: An American Legend.”
Robert was a member of the Western Writers of America and won two Spur awards for his novels “Nickajack” and “The Dark Island. ” He won another Spur award for his short story “Yellow Bird: An Imaginary Autobiography,” published in “The Witch of Goingsnake.” In 1997, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Professional Writers Hall of Fame.

Do na da' go hv i, uncle Robert. We will see each other again. I’ll bring the Wild Turkey.
CONLEY, Robert J.
Born: 12/29/1940, Cushing, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 2/16/2014, Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Robert J. Conley’s western – himself:
The Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy - 2006

RIP Toni Ucci

Italian actor Toni Ucci passed away in Rome Sunday February 16th. He was 92. Born Antonio Ucci on January 13, 1922, he appeared in over 100 films and TV presentations from 1948 – 2000. A character and supporting actor, he’s probably best remembered for his work in Italian genre films (sex comedies, parodies, musicals, B-movies, crime films etc.). He appeared in such films as “The Voyage of Captain Fracassa” (1990), “Latin Lovers” (1965) “Totò e Cleopatra” (1963) and “Attenti... arrivano le collegiali!” (1975).

UCCI, Toni (Antonio Ucci)
Born: 1/13/1922, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 2/16/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Toni Ucci's westerns - actor:
The Terror of Oklahoma - 1959 (Joe)
Don’t Sing Shoot (TV) -1967.

RIP Christopher Malcolm

RIP Christopher Malcolm
By TMZ staff
2/17/2014 8:05 AM PST
The actor who played Brad Majors in the original stage production of "The Rocky Horror Show" has died ... TMZ has learned.
Christopher Malcolm died Saturday February 15, 2013 at age 67 ... his death was first confirmed by his daughter on Twitter.
Malcolm originated the role of Brad in 1973 in the London production of RHS ... playing the newlywed groom who takes refuge with his wife Janet in the home of sweet transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The stage show was turned into a film in 1975 -- but without Malcolm -- the role of Brad was played by Barry Bostwick.
Malcolm was an accomplished Shakespearean actor who also appeared as starfighter pilot Zev Senesca in "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back" ... and had numerous directing and producing credits.
Cause of death is unknown.
MALCOLM, Christopher
Born: 8/19/1946, Aberdeen, Scotland, U.K.
Died: 2/15/2104, London, England, U.K.
Christopher Malcolm’s westerns – actor:
The Desperados! – 1969 (Gregg0
Comic Strip Presents – A Fistful of Travellers Cheques (TV) – 1983 (café owner)
Rustlers’ Rhapsody – 198 (Jud)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

RIP Bob Harris

Bob L. Harris, a member of the famed Ray Charles Singers choral group and the father of four-time Oscar-nominated actor Ed Harris, died Friday at his home in Evanston, Ill., after an extended illness. He was 91.
In 1985, while working in the bookstore at the Art Institute of Chicago, Bob Harris sent Jeffrey Potter’s To a Violent Grave, a biography of Jackson Pollock, to his son and suggested he make a film about the painter. "Maybe there's a picture in it," he said in a note. More than a decade later, Ed directed and received an Oscar nom for portraying the artist in the acclaimed Pollock (2000). His father played a veterinarian in the movie.
Earlier, Bob Harris sang with the Ray Charles Singers on The Perry Como Show and appeared on The Garry Moore Show, where he also performed in skits with Carol Burnett, Dom DeLuise and others in the cast.
Harris also was on The Fred Waring Show and The Martha Raye Show and, with Burnett, appeared in the telefilm Calamity Jane and on the short-lived CBS variety show The Entertainers.
He had small roles alongside his son in the 1996 telefilm Riders of the Purple Sage and in Appaloosa (2008), which Ed also co-wrote.
Bob Harris was born Oct. 11, 1922, in Walters, Okla., where his father owned a barber shop. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 384th Field Artillery Division of the 103rd Infantry Division.
He graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Engineering in 1947 and earned a degree from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago two years later.

He later served as manager of the Oklahoma City Symphony, the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Symphony and the Orchestra of Illinois.
In addition to Ed and his wife, actress Amy Madigan, survivors include his wife of 66 years, Margaret; their other sons Paul and Robert; granddaughters Rebecca and Lily; another daughter-in-law Susan; and sister-in-law Mary.
A memorial will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Evanston. Donations may be made to the church or to the Geneva Foundation.
HARRIS, Bob (Bob L. Harris)
Born: 10/11/1922, Walters, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 2/14/2014, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.
Bob Harris’ westerns – actor:
Riders of the Purple Sage (TV) – 1996 (Judge Callison)
Appaloosa – 2008 (Collier Brandt)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

RIP Remo Capitani

Farewell to Remo Capitani, protagonist spaghetti western with Terence Hill
He worked in They Call Me Trinity and many other films. A familiar face Quarticciolo

Il Messaggero
February 15, 2014

ROME - Yesterday was a sad day to Quarticciolo . Has anyone toyed with the photo that stood for years in the bar Accounts avenue Togliatti , a box with the smiling face of Remo Capitani. " Remus is gone, died on Friday - said with tears in his eyes Giancarlo Conte - everyone loved him to Quarticciolo ."
Remo Capitani, class , 1927, was one of the protagonists of the spaghetti western. He played the villain , Mezcal , in They Call Me Trinity . He began his career as a stuntman , then made ​​his way into the Spaghetti Western genre . Among the films that played Django the Bastard (directed by Sergio Garrone ) , W Django ! , The great duel. Also played a role in Gangs of New York.

CAPITANI, Remo (Reanto Capitani)
Born: 12/19/1927, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 2/14/2014, Quarticciolo, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Remo Capitani's westerns - actor:
God Forgives... I Don’t! - 1966 (bartender)
Kill or be Killed – 1966 (deputy)
Up the MacGregors - 1966
Ace High - 1967 (Cangaciero)
Born to Kill - 1967
Cjamango - 1967 (Paco)
The Dirty Outlaws - 1967
Django the Last Killer – 1967 (Mexican)
Django Kills Silently – 1967 (Mexican henchman)
Don’t Wait Dango… Shoot! - 1967
Face to Face - 1967 (Taylor gang member)
Killer Kid – 1967 (Vilar henchman)
Son of Django – 1967
Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die – 1967 (bartender)
Death Rides a Horse - 1968 (member of gold escort)
God May Forgive You, Not Me – 1968 (Smart henchman)
A Hole in the Forehead – 1968 (Mexican)
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 (surveyor)
Revenge for Revenge – 1968 (sheriff)
Saguaro - 1968 (stagecoach driver)
Sartana – 1968 (Lieutenant Miguel)
Tequila Joe – 1968 (Trianes henchman)
Viva Django! - 1968
Boot Hill - 1969 (Fisher henchman)
The Forgotten Pistolero - 1969
The Stranger’s Gundown – 1969 (man with dynamite)
The Beast - 1970 (sheriff)
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 (Mescal)
The Twilight Avengers – 1970 (Pedro Serrano)
The Unholy Four – 1970 (Jack)
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie - 1971 (José ‘Charro’ Gonzales)
Bastard, Go and Kill - 1971 (Sergeant Hernandez)
A Man Called Django! – 1971 (Sam)
Panhandle Calibre .38 – 1971 (El Tornado) [as Ray O’Connor]
Requiem for a Bounty Hunter – 1971 (Tony Cameron) [as Ray O’Connor]
The Grand Duel - 1972 (Saxon henchman) [as Ray O’Connor]
Gunmen and the Holy Ghost - 1972 (Diego d’Asburgo) [as Ray O’Connor]
Return of the Holy Ghost – 1972 (Diego D’Asburg) [as Ray O’Connor]
Bad Kids of the West - 1973 [as Ray O’Connor]
Three Cheers for Us – 1974 (Mr. Finocchioni) [as Ray O’Connor]
The Crazy Adventures of Len and Coby - 1974 (Gonzales) [as Ray O’Connor]
Porno Erotic Western – 1978 [as Ray O’Connor]
America in Rome (TV) - 1998 (Ray O’Connor)
Dov'è il west - 2001 - [narrator]

Thursday, February 13, 2014

RIP Ralph Waite

'The Waltons' Actor Ralph Waite Dead
The Hollywood Reporter
By Duane Byrge
5:51 PM PST 2/13/2014
He was nominated for an Emmy in 1978 for his portrayal of the middle-American paterfamilias.
Ralph Waite, who was beloved to TV viewers as the ultimate father figure, John Walton, on The Waltons, has died. He passed away at midday on Thursday at his home in South Palm Desert, Steve Gordon, the accountant for the Waite family, told The Hollywood Reporter.
He was nominated for an Emmy in 1978 for his portrayal of the middle-American paterfamilias. He starred on The Waltons for nine years and directed 15 episodes.
Waite's character as John Walton Sr., on The Waltons was ranked #3 in a TV Guide list of “50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.” Prior to his role on The Waltons, Waite had been in only one other TV show, a “Nichols” episode.
Waite also performed in the vaunted mini-series Roots, for which he received a 1977 Emmy nomination.
More recently, he had a recurring role as Reverend Norman Balthus on HBO's Carnivale, a part befitting a man who once served as an ordained minister on Long Island.
Waite was the founder and director of the Los Angeles Actors Theatre, which he established in 1975. To get the company off the ground, Waite allocated $50,000 of his own money to produce and direct revivals of The Hairy Ape, and The Kitchen, in which he also performed.
LAAT won many critical awards, including the Margaret Harford Award given by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for “its consistently high standards, its commitment to adventurous theater and to community involvement.”
Multi-faceted, Waite was also an ordained minister, a former social worker and a recovering alcoholic. He channeled that background into a film on the lives of people on L.A.'s skid row, On the Nickel, which he produced/directed/wrote/starred.
Under his own production banner, Ralph Waite Prods, he starred as a criminal lawyer in the 1983 TV series The Mississippi.
TV movies credits include the titular role in “The Secret Life of John Chapman,” “OHMS,” “Angel City” and “The Gentleman Bandit.”
Politically active, he twice ran unsuccessfully for a Congressional seat, including a run for the seat left vacant by the late Sonny Bono in 1998.
Ralph Waite was born June 22, 1928 in White Plains, New York and graduated from Bucknell University. He later studied for three years at Yale and earned a Bachelor of Divinity degree. At that juncture, he went on to have stints as a social worker for the Westchester County Department of Welfare, as well as publicity director and associate editor at Harper & Row.

WAITE, Ralph
Born: 6/22/1928, White Plains, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/13/2014, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.

Ralph Waite's Westerns - actor:
Bonanza (TV) – 1970 (Hoby Miles)
Lawman – 1971 (Jack Dekker)
Nichols (TV) – 1971 (Sam Burton)
Chato’s Land – 1972 (Elias Hooker)
The Magnificent Seven Ride – 1972 (Jim Mackay)
Kid Blue – 1973 (Drummer)

RIP Campbell Lane

Cam was sent off with much love on January 30, 2014 in his 78th year with his best friend and soul mate, Diane his bride of 32 years, by his side.
He is lovingly remembered by his children, DeeDee, Geoff (Liz, Scythia), Tisha, and Randy (Anna, Katherine); his grandchildren, Raven, Devon, Hayden and Ethan; and his great granddaughter, Jade. He will also be deeply missed by his siblings, Deirdre, Heather, Peter and Chris and their families; his mother-in-law, Peggy Wood; sister-in-law, Laura Eldridge; brother- and sister-in-law Andy and Donna Wood; his special niece and nephew, Morgan and Ryan Wood; and many close friends, including those regulars at "The Buck."
Cam was known and well respected in the movie, commercial, and voiceover industry. He loved all sports and golf in particular, and was happy if he could help knock a few strokes off someone's game. Cam loved to spend time in the comfort of his home enjoying Diane's great cooking and his cuddly Siamese, Cleo.

CAMPBELL, Lane (Francis Lane Campbell)
Born: 1935, Canada
Died: 1/30/2014, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Lane Campbell’s westerns – actor:
Bordertown (TV) – 1989, 1990 (Jesse Heller, President James A. Garfield)
The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky (TV) – 1995 (Biggest Hat)
Dead Man’s Gun (TV) – 1997, 1999 (Sheriff Frank Lampeer, pastor)
The Jack Bull (TV) – 1999 (Clay Williams)
Peacemakers (TV) – 2003 (Dick Crawford)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

RIP Eric Bercovici

Eric Bercovici, Emmy-Winning Writer-Producer of Miniseries Including ‘Shogun,’ Dies at 80

By Carmel Dagan
February 12, 2014 | 05:46PM PT
Eric Bercovici, the writer-producer of TV movies and miniseries who shared an Emmy for the 1980 NBC epic “Shogun” with author James Clavell, died Sunday, February 9, at his home in Honolulu.
He was 80.
Jerry London, director of “Shogun,” said of Bercovici after learning of his death, “He supported me and fought all the battles behind the scenes while I was making the film. There will be not be another one like Eric.”
Bercovici also wrote with Clavell the 1988 NBC miniseries adaptation of the author’s “Noble House.” Separately he penned and produced the 1977 ABC miniseries “Washington: Behind Closed Doors.” For the bigscreen, Bercovici penned director John Boorman’s memorable 1968 film “Hell in the Pacific,” in which Lee Marvin and Toshiro Mifune played an American and Japanese soldier marooned on the same island during WWII.
Bercovici’s first screen credit was for co-writing, with his father Leonardo Bercovici, the 1961 film “Square of Violence,” directed by Leonardo Bercovici and starring Broderick Crawford. Other feature film credits include 1962′s “Conquered City,” starring David Niven; 1968 Western “Day of the Evil Gun,” starring Glenn Ford; Elvis Presley-Mary Tyler Moore vehicle “Change of Habit,” on which Bercovici was one of several writers; 1972 Western “The Culpepper Cattle Co.”; and 1975 Western “Take a Hard Ride.”
For TV he wrote for series ranging from “Love, American Style” to “I, Spy,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Hawaii Five-O.”
During the 1970s and ’80s Bercovici also wrote a number of TV movies.
Bercovici is survived by his wife Chiho, whom he met while making “Shogun.”
Born: 2/27/1933, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/9/2014, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Eric Bercovici’s westerns – screenwriter:
The Virginian (TV) – 1966
Day of the Evil Gun – 1968
The Outcasts (TV) - 1969
The Culpepper Cattle Co. - 1972
Take a Hard Ride – 1975
Cowboy (TV) - 1983

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

RIP James Hannah

Chicago Comic James Hannah — who wrote for Steve Harvey, Chris Rock — dies at 45

Chicago Sun-Times
By Maureen O’Donnell
February 10, 2014 9:08PM
Comic James Hannah, a local club favorite who went on to write for Steve Harvey and Chris Rock, has died, according to friends and family.
Mr. Hannah, 45, a  Lane Tech alum, collapsed at his Dallas-area home Monday, said his brother, Phillip.
He broke into the business with open-mic nights at Chicago’s Funny Firm. Mr. Hannah began opening for headliners like Harvey, who met him at Chicago’s All Jokes Aside comedy club, said Raymond Lambert, former owner of the club and producer of the movie “Phunny Business: A Black Comedy.”
“Even then, he was a very, very talented writer,” Lambert said. “I think I would classify it as observational. I think he had very good insight into human nature and observations and could be very brutal and very honest in that delivery, which sort of set him apart.”
Harvey liked what he heard and hired him to write for his WB sitcom, “The Steve Harvey Show,” for the six years it aired, according to Lambert and Phillip Hannah.
Mr. Hannah also appeared at Chicago’s Cotton Club on bills with headliner Bernie Mac, said comedian Godfrey Danchimah, another Lane Tech alum.
He wrote for TV’s “Meet the Browns,” “My Wife and Kids” and “Cedric the Entertainer Presents.” He appeared on “P. Diddy Presents the Bad Boys of Comedy” and BET’s “Comic View.” For Chris Rock, he wrote for the comedian’s “Bigger & Blacker” HBO special, his brother said. Mr. Hannah also weighed in on current events and issues in the African-American community in YouTube snippets he called TruthPaste.
Among the performers tweeting about his death Monday were comedian London Brown and Damon Wayans Jr., who appears on TV’s “New Girl.” Comic Deon Cole called him a mentor, friend and one of the “greatest writers.’’
“James taught me how to write,” Cole said. “He even wrote a few of my bits that I still do to this day. He was the greatest to ever do it, period.”
In a tribute on the Humor Mill website, Shawn Harris wrote that “every time he would see me do stand-up he would come up to me and help me ‘bump up’ my material . . . Which would make it even stronger . . . he was very witty, smart and clever . . . Gonna miss this dude.”
“He’ll be remembered as a very smart comedian. He wrote a lot. He did a lot of edgy material, spoke his mind. Sometimes he put his foot in his mouth, but he was unapologetic,” said Danchimah, who recalled Mr. Hannah doing stand-up in the halls of Lane Tech in the mid-1980s.
When comedians departed the stage, they might find a waiting Mr. Hannah, who offered to tweak and improve their jokes. Sometimes, it got on their nerves. But his fine-tuning often helped. “A lot of times, you would use it and it actually worked,” Danchimah said.
“James Hannah was a genius at writing,” said Mary Lindsey, owner of the Chicago club Jokes and Notes. “When he performed at All Jokes Aside he used to always say to me, ‘Mary Lindsey, they not gonna see me coming’ — meaning he was headed to LA to make something happen, and he did.”
After work in Los Angeles was affected by the writers’ strike, Mr. Hannah moved with his family to Dallas, where he was planning to write for a radio show, his brother said.
He grew up in the South Shore neighborhood. His early comedic influences included Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Robin Harris, his brother said.
When he moved away, Mr. Hannah missed Harold’s Chicken and Garrett’s Popcorn, Phillip Hannah said.
In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife, Crystal; his children, Christopher, Cameron and Chloe; his parents, Essamina Freeman and James Hannah, and his sisters, Leah Hannah and Charisma Griffin.
Services are expected to be held in both Dallas and Chicago, his brother said
Born: 1968, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 2/10/2014, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
James Hannah’s western – stuntman:
From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter – 1999

RIP Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple, former Hollywood child star, dies at 85

By Eric M. Johnson
Tuesday February 11, 2014 9:25am EST
Shirley Temple Black, who lifted America's spirits as a bright-eyed, dimpled child movie star during the Great Depression and later became a U.S. diplomat, died late on Monday evening at the age of 85, her family said in a statement.
Temple Black, who lured millions to the movies in the 1930s, "peacefully passed away" at her Woodside, Calif., home from natural causes at 10:57 p.m. local time (0157 ET), surrounded by her family and caregivers, the statement said on Tuesday.
"We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and most importantly as our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and adored wife of fifty-five years," the statement said.
As actress Shirley Temple, she was precocious, bouncy and adorable with a head of curly hair, tap-dancing through songs like "On The Good Ship Lollipop." As Ambassador Shirley Temple Black, she was soft-spoken and earnest in postings in Czechoslovakia and Ghana, out to disprove concerns that her previous career made her a diplomatic lightweight.
"I have no trouble being taken seriously as a woman and a diplomat here," Black said after her appointment as U.S. ambassador to Ghana in 1974. "My only problems have been with Americans who, in the beginning, refused to believe I had grown up since my movies."
Black, born April 23, 1928, started her entertainment career in the early 1930s and was famous by age 6. She became a national institution and her raging popularity spawned look-alike dolls, dresses and dozens of other Shirley Temple novelties as she became one of the first stars to enjoy the fruits of the growing marketing mentality.
Shirley was 3 when her mother put her in dance school, where a talent scout spotted her and got her in "Baby Burlesk," a series of short movies with child actors spoofing adult movies.
Movie studio executives took notice. In 1934 she appeared in the film "Stand Up and Cheer!", and her song and dance number in "Baby Take a Bow" stole the show. Other movies in that year included "Little Miss Marker" and "Bright Eyes" - which featured her signature song "On the Good Ship Lollipop" - and in 1935 she received a special Oscar for her "outstanding contribution to screen entertainment."
She made some 40 feature movies, including "The Little Colonel," "Poor Little Rich Girl," "Heidi" and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," in 10 years, starring with big-name actors like Randolph Scott, Lionel Barrymore and Jimmy Durante.
Shirley was a superstar before the term was invented. She said she was about 8 when adoring crowds shouting their love for her made her realize she was famous.
"I wondered why," she recalled. "I asked my mother and she said, 'Because your films make them happy.'"
She was such a money-maker that her mother - who would always tell her "Sparkle, Shirley!" before she appeared before an audience - and studio officials shaved a year off her age to maintain her child image.
Her child career came to an end at age 12. She tried a few roles as a teenager - including opposite future president Ronald Reagan in "That Hagen Girl" - but retired from the screen in 1949 at age 21.
The Screen Actors Guild gave her its 2005 Life Achievement Award, and in her acceptance speech posted on the group's website, she said: "I have one piece of advice for those of you who want to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award: start early!"
Temple was only 17 in 1945 when she married for the first time to John Agar, who would eventually appear with her in two movies. Their five-year marriage produced a daughter.
In 1950 she wed Charles Black in a marriage that lasted until his death in 2005. She and Black had two children.
Black's interest in politics was sparked in the early '50s when her husband was called back into the Navy to work in Washington.
She did volunteer work for the Republican Party while attempting to make a comeback with two short-lived TV series, "Shirley Temple's Storybook" in 1959 and "The Shirley Temple Theater" a year later.
Seven years after that she ran unsuccessfully for Congress in California but stayed in politics, helping raise more than $2 million for Richard Nixon's re-election campaign.
She was later named to the United States' team to the United Nations and found that the her childhood popularity was an asset in her new career.
"Having been a film star can be very helpful on an international basis," Black once said. "Many people consider me an old friend."
Sometimes the public found it hard to accept her in diplomatic roles. But in 1989 she pointed out her 20 years in public service were more than the 19 she spent in Hollywood.
In 1974, Ford appointed Black ambassador to Ghana and two years later made her chief of protocol. For the next decade she trained newly appointment ambassadors at the request of the State Department.
In 1989, President George H.W. Bush made Black ambassador to Prague - a sensitive Eastern European post normally reserved for career diplomats. Black had been in Prague in 1968, representing a group fighting multiple sclerosis at a conference, when Soviet-bloc tanks entered to crush an era of liberalization known as the "Prague Spring."
President Gustav Husak did not seem daunted by the prospect of a U.S. ambassador who had witnessed the invasion. He told her that he had been a fan of "Shirleyka."
In 1972, Black was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy. She publicly discussed her surgery to educate women about the disease.
Black is survived by her children, Susan, Charlie Jr., and Lori, her granddaughter Teresa and her great-granddaughters Lily and Emma, the family statement said. It said private funeral arrangements were pending.
TEMPLE, Shirley (Shirley Jane Temple-Black)
Born: 4/23/1928, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/10/2014, Woodside, California, U.S.A.
Shirley Temple’s westerns – actress:
The Pie Covered Wagon – 1932 (Shirley)
To the Last Man – 1933 (Mary Stanley)
Fort Apache – 1948 (Philadelphia Thursday)

Monday, February 10, 2014

RIP Jimmy Karath

James Speros Karathanasis (aka Jimmy Karath) passed away peacefully on January 29, 2014, after his courageous battle with COPD. He was born on July 21, 1942 in Hyannis, MA. to Speros and Aurelia Karathanasis. Jimmy was a musical prodigy. He sang with the Mitchell Boys' Choir and at 16, was under contract to Colpix Records. His songs "Young and Impatient" and "Dreamer" can still be heard on the internet. Jimmy worked as an actor and had many film and TV credits. He was married to Effie Dirbokis, and their union produced his beautiful and beloved daughter Christina Aurelia. Jimmy had a generous, compassionate heart and boundless enthusiasm for life. He loved and was extremely proud of his family and his Greek heritage. He is survived by his daughters Sheri and Christina, his sisters Francie and Kym, his brother in laws John and Philippe, his nephews Jonathan and Eric, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. And now he brings his beautiful voice to sing in a heavenly choir. Yassou, Zemakee mas!

KARATH, Jimmy (James Speros Karathanasis)
Born: 7/21/1942, Hyannis, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 1/29/2014, Ventura, California, U.S.A.
Jimmy Karath’s westerns – actor:
Fury (TV) – 1955 (Buck Wilson)
My Friend Flicka (TV) – 1956 (Paul)

Friday, February 7, 2014

RIP Leonora Amar

Brazilian actress Leonira Amar died on February 2, 2014 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil of heart failure. She would have been 88 next month. Born on March 1, 1926 in Rio de Janiero and started her career at a very young age, on ‘Mayrink Veiga’,  Tupy, on Rio de Janeiro national radio. In 1943, she emigrated to the United States and started singing in nightclubs in Los Angeles, then went to México. Because of her beauty and talent she attracted the attention of producer Raul de Anda, who invited her to participate in films. She known for her appearances in such films as “El mago” (1949) and “Veneno” (1952) and “Captain Scarlett” (1953).
AMAR, Leonora
Born: 3/1/1926, Rio de Janiero, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Died: 2/2/2014, Rio de Janiero, Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Leonora Amar’s western – actress:
Bajo el cielo de Sonora – 1948 (Oralia)

RIP Nico Nicolaiewsky

Death of actor and musician Nico Nicolaiewsky
Aged 56, was admitted to Windmills Hospital for treatment of leukemia

The actor, musician, songwriter and humorist Nico Nicolaiewsky died on Friday Febraury 7 at age 56. He suffered from leukemia and was admitted to the Hospital of Windmills, in Porto Alegre. According to the medical record, Nico passed away at 5:30, due to related complications Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Known, among other works, the interpretation of the conductor in the show Pletskaya Tangos & Tragedies, in which he shared the stage with Hique Gomez, Nico was admitted for treatment in January. The summer season of the show at the Theatro São Pedro in Porto Alegre, was canceled due to the illness of the artist.
Besides ... Tangos, which was created in 1984 and is displayed in summer seasons in St. Peter uninterruptedly since 1987, Nicolaiewsky enjoyed a prolific musical career, which included participation from the legendary Musical Saracura, even in the 1970s, until a comic opera, the Seven Faces of Truth, released in 2002.
The musician lived for 10 years in Rio de Janeiro, where he studied with maestro Hans-Joachim Koellreuter. Beyond The Seven Faces ... recorded two solo albums, Nico Nicolaiewsky (1996 ), with waltzes and lyrical songs, some included in the soundtrack of the movie Amores
(Domingos Oliveira, 1997) and Where Is the Love ? (2007) , produced by John Ulhôa guitarist Pato Fu.
With Musical Saracura, which was responsible for the keyboards and vocals, released a self-titled LP in 1982. The band mixed influences from MPB Tropicalia, Rock Gaucho and regional music - along with composer Mario Barbará, made ​​a series of shows and got to participate in an edition of the California Native Song in Uruguayana.
The Saracura was also formed by Silvio Marques (guitar), Chaminé (bass and vocals) and Gatinha (who was later replaced on drums by Fernando Pezão, and establish partnerships with names like Zé Flávio and Leo Henkin.
Another record left by Nicolaiewsky, besides solo albums and disco with Saracura, is the DVD Tangos & Tragedies in Cathedral Square, released in 2007.
The "Sborniano" show also gave an animated feature film directed by Otto War and first presented at the Festival de Gramado 2013. The film, titled Until Sbornia Us Part, is being converted to 3D and should be released in theaters later in 2014. Will be the first 3D production of Rio Grande do Sul
Nico was married to actress Marcia Canto and leaves a daughter, Nina Nicolaiewsky, born in 1993.

NICOLAIEWSKY, Nico (Nelson Nicolaiewsky)
Born: 6/9/1957, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Died: 2/7/2014, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Nico Nicolaiewsky's western - actor:
Netto e o Domado de Cavalos - 2008 (Catarino)

Thursday, February 6, 2014

RIP Ann Carter

Ann Carter a former American child actress, who worked with dozens of film stars, compiling an "unimaginably distinguished résumé" despite an acting career which "lasted only slightly more than a decade" died 27th after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Ann’s daughter Carol Newton Brown informed Tim Lucas of Video WatchDog of her passing.  Ann is best known for her starring role as Amy Reed in the film “The Curse of the Cat People” (1944), and also acted alongside stars including Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Bing Crosby, Fredric March and Barbara Stanwyck among others. Ann contracted polio in her early teens which is what led to the end of her career in film. She eventually bounced back but it took several years.
She is survived by her husband Crosby Newton of more than 57 years, three children Carol, David and Gail and three grandchildren.
CARTER, Ann (Ann Lois Carter)
Born: 6/16/1936, Syracuse, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/27/2014, Tahoma, Washington, U.S.A.
Ann Carter’s westerns – actress:
Last of the Duanes – 1941 (Lucy Cannon)
The Virginian – 1946 (school girl)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


Veteran actor WU Ma passed away from lung cancer this morning in Hong Kong, according to local media reports. He was 71 years old.
Wu – whose real name is Fong Hong-yuen — joined Shaw Brothers Studios in 1963 as a contract actor. In addition to acting, he also served as an assistant director on several films by CHANG Cheh.
He made his directorial debut in 1970 with Wrath of the Sword (1970) and spent most of the decade working as a director – including several productions credited as co-directed with Chang.
In the 1980's, Wu shifted his focus back to acting, becoming a familiar face to audiences in the modern classics Project A (1983), Mr. Vampire (1985) and Peking Opera Blues (1986).
His most famous role came in A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), playing a rapping, ghost-catching Taoist priest. Wu received one of his three Hong Kong Film Awards nominations for Best Supporting Actor in the role.
Wu remained a prolific character actor in recent years with supporting roles in 14 Blades (2010) (pictured), White Vengeance (2011), My Own Swordsman (2011) and I Love Hong Kong (2011).
His final role is believed to be in the forthcoming action film Fighting, starring LU Yi and Peter HO.
Over his nearly five decade-long career, Wu has directed 49 films and acted in over 240 films.
WU, Ma (Fong Hong-yuen)
Born: 8/18/1942, Tianjin, China
Died: 2/4/2014, Hong Kong, China
Ma Wu’s western – actor:
Shanghai Express – 1986 (imprisoned security officer)

RIP Richard Bull

Character Actor Richard Bull, ‘Little House On The Prairie’s’ Nels Oleson has died at the age of 89, Highlight Hollywood News.
Highlight Hollywood has confirmed the death of character actor Richard Bull, best known as Nels on the hit 1970s drama “Little House on The Prairie.”  He was 89.  Richard Bull was an American film actor, stage actor and television actor. He is best known for his performance as Nels Oleson, the kindly proprietor of Oleson’s Mercantile and the long suffering husband and father. 
Actress and children’s advocate Alison Arngrim confirmed the news. “Today we lost my TV “Pa,” the wonderful Richard Bull. In real life, he was just as kind, intelligent, thoughtful and reasonable as you’d expect  Nels Oleson to be. Tonight my husband and I are sitting down to watch  an obscure TV show that Richard and his wife Barbara both worked on  called (“Nichols”), also starring James Garner. Richard said it was one the best shows he ever did.”
Bull also starred in “Normal” (2003) and “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968). He has been married to his beautiful wife Barbara Collentine since April 13, 1948.

BULL, Richard
Born: 6/26/1924, Zion, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 2/3/2014, Calabasas, California, U.S.A.
Richard Bull’s westerns – actor:
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1960 (doctor)
The Virginian (TV) – 1962 (Doc Spence)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962, 1972 (Nort, Deems)
Destry (TV) – 1964 (bartender)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1966 (Abel Spender)
Hour of the Gun – 1967 (Thomas Fitch)
The Stalking Moon – 1968 (doctor)
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1969 (Carver)
Bonanza (TV) – 1969, 1972 (Jess Hill, Mr. Gowdman)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1970 (Black Bull)
Lawman – 1971 (Dusaine)
Man and Boy – 1971 (Thornhill)
Ulzana’s Raid – 1972 (Ginsford)
High Plains Drifter – 1973 (Asa Goodwin)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1974-1983 (Nels Olesen)
Little House on the Prairie: Look Back at Yesterday (TV) – 1983 (Nels Olesen)
Little House on the Prairie: The Last Farewill (TV) – 1984 (Nels Olesen)
Little House on the Prairie: Bless All the Dear Children (TV) – 1984 (Nels Olesen)
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1989 (Judge Hollister)

Monday, February 3, 2014

RIP John Ragin

John S. Ragin was a veteran television and occasional film actor who, in 1993, appeared as Doctor Christopher on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the sixth season episode "Suspicions". He is best known for his portrayal of another physician, Dr. Robert Asten, on the hit series Quincy, M.E., co-starring with Robert Ito and Garry Walberg.
Ragin had previously worked with Garry Walberg in a 1967 episode of The Invaders which featured Seymour Cassel. Ragin appeared in a second episode of the series that same year, this time with Lawrence Montaigne and Alfred Ryder co-starring. Ragin and Walberg would again appear together in a 1971 episode of Robert Foxworth's series Storefront Lawyers (on which Ragin had previously that same year with Meg Foster and John Rubinstein) and again in the 1977 TV movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (also featuring Barry Atwater and Ray Buktenica).
In 1968, Ragin appeared in an episode of The Wild Wild West with John Abbott. From 1966 through 1968, Ragin appeared on four episodes of Felony Squad, working with the likes of Robert DoQui, Vince Howard, Mark Lenard, Alan Oppenheimer, Alfred Ryder, Vic Tayback, and Jason Wingreen. He went on to appear with TOS star Leonard Nimoy in two 1970 episodes of Mission: Impossible, including one with Kor actor John Colicos. In 1987, he appeared on Murder, She Wrote, in an episode with future Star Trek: Voyager star Kate Mulgrew, as well as Vince Howard and Robert Walker, Jr.
Other television series on which Ragin has appeared include Gomery Pyle, U.S.M.C., The F.B.I. (working with Stephen Brooks, Meg Foster, Gary Lockwood, Hal Lynch, and Robert Walker, Jr.), Get Smart, The Bold Ones: The Lawyers (two episodes, including one with Steve Ihnat and Sandra Smith), Ironside (three episodes, including one with Bill Quinn and another with Ed Begley, Jr., James Gregory, and Vince Howard), Night Gallery (in an episode with William Windom), Alias Smith and Jones (with Logan Ramsey), Cool Million (with Joseph Ruskin), Barnaby Jones (with Lee Meriwether, Bill Erwin, Bill Quinn, and William Smithers), Mannix (with Fritz Weaver), The Magician (with Biff Elliot, Mark Lenard, Ian Wolfe, and Anthony Zerbe), Cannon (with Alfred Ryder), McCloud (starring Diana Muldaur, in an episode with Michael Ansara and Jeff Corey), Harry O (starring Anthony Zerbe), Jigsaw John (in an episode with Michael Ansara and Lee Delano), City of Angels (with Darleen Carr), Emerald Point N.A.S. (with Bruce Gray), and Riptide (with Kim Darby and Ken Olandt).
Ragin has also been seen in such television movies as 1969's The Whole World Is Watching and The Lonely Profession (both featuring Kermit Murdock, with the former starring Steve Ihnat), 1971's The Forgotten Man (with Percy Rodriguez), and 1974's Killer Bees (starring Edward Laurence Albert). The same year, Ragin and TOS guest actress Jan Shutan played Walter and Ruth Cramer in the television movie Senior Year. This movie spawned a short-lived series, Sons and Daughters later that year in which Ragin and Shutan reprised their characters.
During the 1990-91 television season, Ragin was a regular on the soap opera Santa Barbara, during which time Nicholas Coster, Henry Darrow, and Louise Sorel were a part of that show's cast. In addition, Ragin has had roles in the feature films The Parallax View (1974, with Kenneth Mars and Anthony Zerbe), Earthquake (also released in 1974 and co-starring George Murdock), and Moving Violation (1976, co-starring Stephen McHattie, Dick Miller, and Jason Wingreen). His last appearance was on Next Generation.
RAGIN, John (John Stanley Ragin)
Born: 5/5/1929, Irvington, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 4/14/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
John Ragin’s westerns – actor:
Laredo (TV) – 1966 (Karl)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1968 (Reverend Hastings)
Bearcats (TV) – 1971
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Edward Fielding)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies at 46
USA Today
By Carly Mallenbaum and Alison Maxwell
February 2, 2014
Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has died at age 46, multiple media outlets reported citing law enforcement officials.
In late May, Hoffman finished a 10-day stint in a rehab program for a drug problem that included snorting heroin.
The actor had struggled with substance abuse in the past, but had been clean for 23 years.
Hoffman has three children — Cooper, 10; Tallulah 7, and Willa, 5 — with costume designer Mimi O'Donnell.
Hoffman won the best actor Oscar award for Capote in 2006. He was nominated for supporting actor Oscars for his roles in The Master, Doubt and Charlie Wilson's War.
He most recently starred as Plutarch Heavensbee in the summer blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. He will reprise the role in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I, set for a November release. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II is currently filming.
Hoffman received wide acclaim for his stage work as well.
On Broadway, he earned Tony nominations acting in revivals of the classics True West, Long Day's Journey Into Night and Death of A Salesman. Salesman teamed him with director Mike Nichols, with whom Hoffman had worked earlier in an acclaimed Public Theater Shakespeare in the Park staging of The Seagull, alongside Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman.
He was a member of New York's LAByrinth Theater Company, whose other members include Ethan Hawke, Bobby Cannavale and acclaimed playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Hoffman worked as a director as well, earning Drama Desk Award nominations for his direction of Guirgis's Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train and Our Lady of 121st Street.
HOFFMAN, Philip Seymour
Born: 7/23/1967, Fairport, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/2/2014, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.
Philip Seymour Hoffman's wester - actor:
Cold Mountain - 2003 (Reverend Veasey)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

RIP Christopher Jones

'Ryan's Daughter' Star Christopher Jones Dies at 72
He also starred in “The Looking Glass War” and TV’s “The Legend of Jesse James” before leaving Hollywood after the murder of Sharon Tate at the peak of his brief career in the '60s.
The Hollywood Reporter

By Mike Barnes

January 31,2014, 9:47 p.m. PST
Christopher Jones, an heir apparent to James Dean who starred in such films as The Looking Glass War and Ryan’s Daughter before quitting show business at the height of his brief but dazzling career, has died. He was 72.
Jones, who also toplined the Samuel Z. Arkoff cult classic Wild in the Streets (1968) and played the title character in the ABC series The Legend of Jesse James, died Friday at Los Alamitos (Calif.) Medical Center of complications from cancer, Paule McKenna told The Hollywood Reporter. McKenna had four children with Jones.
In Ryan’s Daughter (1970), directed by famed British helmer David Lean, Jones played Randolph Doryan, a dashing but shell-shocked British officer who has an affair with a married Irish woman (Sarah Miles) during World War I. He and Miles have a memorable lovemaking scene in the woods.
In 2007, Jones told a British newspaper that he was having a real-life affair during the filming of the movie with Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of director Roman Polanski. When she was brutally murdered by members of Charles Manson’s gang in Los Angeles in August 1969, Jones was devastated and gave up acting, McKenna said.
Quentin Tarantino offered Jones the part of Zed in Pulp Fiction (1994) but he refused, and Peter Greene got the job. Jones’ next and final screen appearance would come in the comedic crime movie Mad Dog Time (1996), directed by Larry Bishop, son of comic actor Joey Bishop.
“He had excitement. He was a movie star,” Tarantino said in a 1999 episode of E! True Hollywood Story. “He looked like James Dean, but Chris Jones didn’t take himself seriously like James Dean. He was a big comer -- and with the right person handling and directing, he could still be as big as anybody.”
Jones grew up an orphan in Jackson, Tenn. He tried out for the Actors Studio in New York and appeared on Broadway in The Night of the Iguana in 1961. Later, he married Susan Strasberg, the daughter of Actors Studio founder Lee Strasberg.
Jones came to Hollywood and landed a gig as the notorious outlaw in The Legend of Jesse James, but the Western, facing steep competition on Monday nights from The Lucy Show on CBS and Dr. Kildaire on NBC, lasted just one season, airing from September 1965 to May 1966.
After he and Susan Strasberg appeared in Chubasco (1967), Jones played Max Frost, the malevolent rock star who becomes president, in American International Pictures’ Wild in the Streets. The satire also starred Shelley Winters and, in one of his first film, Richard Pryor.
In Frank Pierson’s The Looking Glass War (1969), adapted from the spy novel by John le Carre, Jones portrays a civilian who is recruited by British intelligence to go behind the Iron Curtain on a mission.
Jones also starred in Three in the Attic (1968) as a man who gets his comeuppance from three girls who discover he’s been three-timing them.
He most recently had a career as an artist and sculptor; his oil painting of legendary actor Rudolph Valentino was displayed at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
In addition to McKenna, survivors include his children Seagen, Calin, Tauer, Delon, Jeremy, Christopher and Jennifer.

JONES, Christopher (William Frank Jones)
Born: 8/18/1941, Jackson, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Died: 1/31/2014, Los Alamitos, California, U.S.A.

Christopher Jones' western - actor:
Th Legend of Jesse James (TV) - 1965-1966 (Jesse James)