Ian Fraser, Music Director, Arranger Who Worked With Julie Andrews, Dies at 81
Ian Fraser, whose 11 Emmy Awards and 21 additional
nominations made him the most-honored musician in television history, died of
complications from cancer Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.
All of Fraser’s Emmy noms and wins were in the music
direction category, for supervising and conducting television specials,
including 14 of the annual “Christmas in Washington” events over the past 30
Fraser was also in his 10th term as a governor of the
Television Academy. He conducted the 1984, 1993 and 2002 Emmy shows, as well as
the 1984 Oscar telecast, and served as musical director for many of the TV
Academy’s Hall of Fame ceremonies.
He was also nominated for a 1970 Oscar for adapting Leslie
Bricusse’s song score for “Scrooge.”
Fraser had long professional relationships with Bricusse
as well as with Julie Andrews and with Anthony Newley.
Fraser was born in Hove, England, in 1933, and served in
the Royal Artillery band and orchestra as pianist, harpist and military-band
percussionist. In the late 1950s he worked as a pianist in London nightclubs
and began a career as an arranger.
He first worked with singer-songwriter Anthony Newley in
1960, arranging his songs and adapting his theatrical ventures including, with
Bricusse, “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off,” which he supervised and
orchestrated for Broadway in 1962.
Also for Broadway, he later conducted Bricusse’s
“Pickwick” in 1965 and Henry Mancini and Bricusse’s stage version of their film
hit “Victor/Victoria” in 1995.
His film career began in 1965 as vocal supervisor for the
musical “Doctor Dolittle” and as associate musical supervisor on “Goodbye Mr.
Chips,” both of which sported Bricusse song scores.
Fraser’s professional association with Julie Andrews
started with his work as vocal arranger for her 1972 ABC variety series. They
later did five TV specials, two Christmas albums and two Broadway albums
together, with Fraser arranging and conducting the music.
He served as musical director on dozens of TV specials
beginning in the mid-1970s, many of them produced by the team of Dwight Hemion
and Gary Smith.
He won Emmys for “America Salutes Richard Rodgers,” “Ben
Vereen: His Roots,” “Baryshnikov on Broadway,” Linda Lavin’s “Linda in Wonderland,”
“SAG 50th Anniversary Celebration,” two of the “Christmas in Washington”
specials, “Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas,” a “Great Performances” Julie
Andrews concert, the “American Teacher Awards” and the “52nd Presidential
Fraser was the last person to conduct “White Christmas”
for Bing Crosby, on Crosby’s final TV special in 1977. He also scored several
films including “Hopscotch,” “First Monday in October” and “Zorro, the Gay
Survivors include his wife Judee, three children, five
grandchildren, a brother and a sister.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Dallas Midgette, actor for 40 years in television and
motion picture dramas, known as Dallas Mitchell, died at home Sept. 13, 2009,
with Shelia O'Brien his devoted sweetheart and "angel" of 23 years at
his side. Sheila and a local priest helped Dallas fulfill his desire to be
baptized, to receive other sacraments including the sacrament of the sick as he
fought to survive cancer. The eternal beatific vision of God is surely his.
Born Oct. 8, 1927, and reared in Norfolk's suburban Bayview area where he met
his lifelong friend, Donald Grey, Dallas was educated at Holy Trinity, Granby
and Maury High School and attended what is now Old Dominion University. Besides
his beloved Sheila, he is survived by his son, "Chappy" (Elsa) and
grandchild Michelle, Damon (Monti) and grandchildren "DJ" and Morgan,
and daughter, Danielle Marsella (Joe) and grandchild, "Joey," all of
California. Dallas was predeceased by his parents, Lucille and Lt. (Norfolk
police) Dallas W. Midgette and his sister, Patsy M. Raspberry and her husband
Eddie. Patsy and Eddie's children, Brenda Juel (Benny) and four grandchildren,
Carol Millis (Joe) and two children and Carmon Pizzanello (Glenn) and two
children, all reside in the Hampton Roads area. Left to cherish the memories
they shared with Dallas, when he was still living locally, are his childhood
sweetheart, Elaine Neblett (VanTongeren) of Yuma, Ariz., local friends, Donald
Grey, Steve Eubank, Harold "Bobby" Gravaris, H.L. "Hank" Foiles,
Joyce Zoby Foiles and Curtis Estes. During the World War II years from December
1941 to September 1945, everywhere, it was a "feverish" time and a
period of passionate patriotism as Dallas and friends waited "to
serve" their country. (No one in the U.S. believed the War would end
before 1950. The atomic bomb changed that perspective). His friends and
"dates" enjoyed the sounds of the big bands like Harry James, Glenn
Miller, Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Louie Prima, et al and danced, not
only at local high schools and sorority and fraternity events, but occasionally
at the Surf Club and the Cavalier Beach & Cabana Club with open air dance
floors that extended onto the sandy beaches. During his hundreds of television
and motion picture appearances, Dallas co-starred in the original "Star
Trek" series as Lt. Tom Nellis and he appeared as "Danny" in the
movie "Airport." He had character parts in made-for-television movies
like "Face of Fear" and "Amelia Earhart" and in television
series like "FBI," "Wagon Train," "Riverboat,"
"Gunsmoke," "Quincy," and "Kojack," to name a
few. A memorial Catholic Mass took place Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, in St. Hedwig
Catholic Church, Los Alamitos, Calif. Memorial donations may be made to St.
Hedwig Catholic Church, 11482 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, CA 90720.
MITCHELL, Dallas (Dallas Midgette)
Born: 10/8/1927, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 9/13/2009, Los Alamitos, California, U.S.A.
Dallas Mitchell’s westerns – actor:
Colt .45 (TV) – 1959 (Joe Donnelly, Ben Thorpe)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1959, 1961 (Tom, Ken,
Audrey Long: Screen star who became known for leading
roles in several film noirs
By Tom Vallance
October 29, 2014
Tall and blonde, with a patrician air, Audrey Long was a
prolific B-movie actress, appearing in over 30 films in the decade commencing
She played leading lady to John Wayne in the Western Tall
in the Saddle, but she will be best remembered for her roles in two highly
regarded film noirs of 1947, Anthony Mann’s Desperate and Robert Wise’s Born to
Kill. After her acting career ended, she married Leslie Charteris, the writer
who created the sleuth Simon Templar, “The Saint”.
The daughter of an Episcopalian minister, Long was born
in Florida in 1922, and on graduation from high school won a scholarship to
attend Max Reinhardt’s drama school in Hollywood. She made her screen debut in
1942 with unbilled roles as a student in The Male Animal and a receptionist in
Yankee Doodle Dandy. Moving to New York, she became a model prior to making her
Broadway debut in Reinhardt’s production of Irwin Shaw’s play Sons and Soldiers
(1943). It starred Gregory Peck (just prior to Hollywood fame) and Geraldine Fitzgerald,
but lasted for only 22 performances. Long then joined a touring company for the
play Dark Eyes, in which she was seen by an RKO Pictures talent scout and given
In her first RKO film, A Night of Adventure (1944), she
was a fashion designer who asks her estranged lawyer husband (Tom Conway) to
defend a boyfriend who is accused of murder. Variety described her as “not only
attractive, but hinting promise”. She then played a ranch owner battling the
misogyny of cowboy John Wayne (who refuses to work for a woman) in Tall in the
Saddle, directed by Edwin L Marin after Wayne unsuccessfully tried to persuade
John Ford to direct the film.
In 1945 Long was given leading roles in a musical,
Pan-Americana, and a Western, Wanderer of the Wasteland, then starred with John
Loder in A Game of Death, a budget remake of the classic thriller The Most
Dangerous Game. Directed by Robert Wise, its tale of a madman who hunts human
prey with his hungry hounds, was effectively chilling – though Fay Wray’s screams
from the 1932 version were said to have been dubbed over Long’s. During the
film’s shooting, Long married its dialogue director, Eddie Rubin.
Wise directed her again in the minor classic Born to Kill
(1947), in which she marries a vicious killer (Lawrence Tierney) who is desired
by her sister (Claire Trevor). The great character actors Elisha Cook Jr and
Esther Howard are among the reasons the film, considered by many in its day to
be excessively brutal, is now esteemed. Wise later commented: “It got pretty
badly attacked at the time, but by today’s standards, it is very mild... in
terms of the dynamism of the story, it holds up very well.”
Desperate (1947), in which a truck-driver (Steve Brodie)
and his pregnant wife (Long) have to go on the run to escape killers (led by a
menacing Raymond Burr), gave Long a less glamorous role than usual, and brought
her critical praise for her portrayal. The fim’s taut pace and the director’s
imaginative use of light and shadow quickly established Desperate as an above-average
In 1948, after moving to the less prestigious Monogram
studio, Long played a secretary who reforms a crook in Perilous Waters; the
princess who sponsors the composer Tchaikovsky in the ambitious Song of my
Heart (José Iturbi played the piano on the soundtrack, but the film was not a
success); and a small-town girl who goes to New York to find out who killed her
actress sister in Stage Struck.
She was filmed in colour (albeit the inferior Cinecolor
system) for her next two films, Adventures of Gallant Bess and Miraculous
Journey, then received top billing for the first time in Homicide for Three
(all also 1948), a breezy comedy-thriller in which newlyweds track down a
killer. Warren Douglas, who played her husband, later stated: “Audrey was one
of those wonderful little performers of the Forties who loved her profession
and respected it by giving all she could to it.”
Among her better B-movies were Air Hostess, in which she
raised laughs as a man-chasing stewardess, and Post Office Investigator (both
1949), which gave her a rare villainous role, one of her personal favourite
parts. She was a foreign agent in David Harding, Counterspy (1950), and was
effective as a snooty society lady in the musical The Petty Girl (1950). Her
performance in Cavalry Scout (1951) prompted the Hollywood Reporter to assert
that “Long shows further proof that she is an unusually good actress whose
career is fast on the march upward.” But roles such as Frankie Laine’s
girlfriend in Sunny Side of the Street (1951) and a schoolteacher out West in
Indian Uprising (1952) hardly supported the journal’s optimism.
In 1951 Long divorced Rubin, charging desertion, and the
following year she married the author Leslie Charteris, who had worked in
Hollywood writing dialogue for Tarzan movies and the story for the Deanna
Durbin vehicle Lady on a Train. He was best known, though, for creating the
character of the debonair thief-turned-sleuth Simon Templar, known as the
Saint, the hero of many stories, films and a television series in which he was
played by Roger Moore.
Long was Charteris’s fourth wife, but the couple settled
in London and their union lasted for 41 years until Charteris’s death in 1993.
Audrey Long, actress: born Orlando, Florida 12 April
1922; married 1945 Edward Rubin (divorced 1951), 1952 Leslie Charteris (died
1993); died London 19 September 2014.
Born: 4/12/1922, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
Died: 9/19/2014, Virginia Water, Surrey, England, U.K.
Audrey Long’s westerns – actress:
Tall in the Saddle – 1944 (Clara Cardell)
Wanderer of the Wasteland – 1945 (Jeanie Collinshaw)
Daniel Boulanger, writer, screenwriter and actor, the new
Prix Goncourt in 1974 with "Whip check!" and has starred in films by
Godard and Truffaut, died Monday evening at the age of 92 years, announced
Tuesday Marie Dabadie, secretary of the Académie Goncourt.
Born January 24, 1922 in Compiègne, Oise, France, he was
a member of the Académie Goncourt 1983 to 2008. The author of fifty books, news
and drama, Daniel Boulanger published his first novels in the late 1950s,
including L'Ombre and Le Gouverneur Polygame.
His work was often concerned with provincial society, and
humbled in that he finds untapped wealth.
Awarded the Prize of the French Academy in 1971, Daniel
Boulanger was also a screenwriter and dialogue writer for film and television ("Deux
hommes dans la ville", by José Giovanni, in 1973, "Merveilleuse
Angélique", by Bernard Borderie, in "L'Homme de Rio", by
Philippe de Broca, in 1964, "Les Pétroleuses" (“The Legend of
Frenchie King”), by Christian-Jacque in 1971).
Bald, stocky, very jovial, he also played several supporting
roles during the New Wave, including generic set of "A bout de
souffle", from "La Mariée était en noir", to "Domicile
conjugal ou de "Tirez sur le pianiste".
BOULANGER, Daniel (Daniel Michel Auguste Boulanger)
Jane Kellem Anderson died on 10/21/2014 after a long
battle with cancer. She was a New York model in younger years and starred in
two cult classic movies "The Thing With Two Heads" and "You'd
Better Stop It Or You Will Go Blind." She appeared on the "Tonight
Show with Johnny Carson" and is featured in his highlight reel. Jane has
done a lot of charity work in her life. She was a terrific artist and her
paintings grace many homes. She had a great sense of humor and laughed easily.
Jane had that rare gift of enabling people to change their lives for the
better. A long-time proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Jane sponsored many
women and was a popular speaker. She is survived by her husband, Loren
Anderson, her brothers Craig Kellem and Jim Kellem and her niece Kaitlin her
nephews Joe Kellem, Richard and Jim Healy.
Long time voice actor and dubbing director Fernando Mateo
died in Madrid on October 25. Mateo was known to most Spaniards as the voice of
J.R. Ewing in the long running Dallas TV series. To Spanish Euro-western fans
he is remembered as the voice of Brett McBain. In all Mateo voiced over 30
Euro-westerns, usually secondary actors and character actors. He was married to
voice actress Mari Pe Castro.
Born: 19??, Spain
Died: 10/25/2014, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Fernando Mateo’s westerns – voice actor:
Ride and Kill – 1963 [Spanish voice of José Canalejas]
Charge of the 7th – 1964 [Spanish voice of soldier]
A Fistful of Dollars - 1964 [Spanish voice of Baxter
henchman, Mexican soldier]
The Secret of Captain O’Hara – 1964 [Spanish voice of
Seven from Texas – 1964 [Spanish voice of Alvaro de Luna]
For a Few Dollars More – 1965 [Spanish voice of Ricardo
Hands of a Gunfighter - 1965 [Spanish voice of Lorenzo
A Place Called Glory – 1965 [Spanish voice of Angel del
Son of a Gunfighter – 1965 [Spanish voice of Andy Anza]
The Big Gundown – 1966 [Spanish voice of Fernando Sánchez
Dynamite Joe – 1966 [Spanish additional voices]
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966 [Spanish voice of Rick Piper]
Halleluja for Django – 1966 [Spanish voice of Enzo
Fiermonte, Tom Felleghy]
The Hellbenders - 1966 [Spanish voice of Gino Pernice,
A Taste for Killing – 1966 [Spanish voice of Frank Braña,
Sanchez gang member]
The Tramplers – 1966 [Spanish voice of Romano Puppo]
The Trap – 1966 [Spanish voice of man at auction]
The Ugly Ones – 1966 [Spanish voice of Doug]
Beyond the Law – 1967 [Spanish voice of Al Hoosman]
Face to Face - 1967 [Spanish voice of Frank Braña]
Run, Man, Run – 1967 [Spanish voice of Rick Boyd]
Blood and Guns – 1968 [Spanish voice of Mario Daddi]
15 Scaffolds for a Killer - 1968 [Spanish voice of Álvaro
Once Upon a Time in the West - 1968 [Spanish voice of
Frank Wolff, Conrado San Martín,
Molino Rojo, Cheyene henchman]
A Taste for Vengeance – 1968 [Spanish voice of Lorenzo
Amen – 1969 [Spanish voice of unknown character]
A Bullet for Sandoval – 1969 [Spanish voice of Antonio
Garringo - 1969 [Spanish voice of Raf Baldassarre]
The Rebels of Arizona – 1969 [Spanish voice of
$20,000 for Every Corpse – 1969 [Spanish voice of Ralston
Santana Kills Them All – 1970 [Spanish voice of Raf
Raise Your Hands, Dead Man, You’re Under Arrest – 1971
[Spanish voice of Aldo Sambrell]
These Damned Pounds of Gold – 1971 [Spanish voice of
Antonio Terenghi, father of Pedrito el Drito has died
Today we lost a the prolific cartoonist Antonio Terenghi,
a part of history of the Italian comics, who drew many famous people of the
1950s and 1960s and created the unforgettable sheriff Pedrito el Drito and his
nagging wife, Paquita, whose adventures were originally published in The Brat.
Born October 31, 1921, he made his debut in the
industry as a letterer for the publisher Edital while later, in 1954, he
created a parody of Tarzan, Tarzanetto for the Milanese Dart, character by
actor soon became the protagonist and which will subsequently be taken up by
the Corriere dei Piccoli.
At the age of twenty he enlisted and was sent to Africa,
where he remained a prisoner of the British for seven years. Back in Italy, he
picked up where he left off working for several publishing houses. In thirty
years, in the public eye beginning in 1951 with the adventures of Wimpy and
Poldino. In the same year he made his debut with Pedrito el Drito, one of the
longest-running cartoons on which he worked other great artists such as Alfredo
Despite being no longer young of age, in recent years
Terenghi never moved away from the drawing board, and his career continued
through all the years of this decade. Among the characters he created include
Mac Keron, Gionni and the jeep-'umanizzata 'Geppina, Nuto the Wily, Ademaro the
Corsair, Nita the Airhead, Gastone the Lazy, the Dapper Director of the Hiccups
Della Sera, Teddy Sberla, Lucky Solomon, the Indian Caribou, Panterina,
Slacker, the Dude Geo Brummel, the Chimpanzee Togo, Crows and Pik Pak, Marietta
and Rio Mendoza.
We shook the family, friends and colleagues with our
Born: 10/31/1921, Alano di Piave, Veneto, Italy
Died: 10/26/2014, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Antonio Terenghi’s westerns – comic book artist, writer:
August 10, 1940 - September 5, 2014 Victor (Vic) Holchak,
actor and sports journalist, passed away on September 5, 2014 in his home in
West Hollywood, CA. He was born in South Central Los Angeles on August 10,
1940, to Victor A. Holchak and Norma Jean (Philen) Holchak, who both
predeceased him. He graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1958 and attended
Los Angeles City College. After graduating from LACC, he left for London to
attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, to
study acting and theatre craft. But as a high school student his interest was
in sports and sports journalism. He became the High School Editor of the Los
Angeles Herald Examiner Sports Section at 14. The Herald sent him to cover the
Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia in 1956, making him the youngest journalist
to ever officially cover a Summer Olympics Games for a major news outlet. CBS
sent him to Rome to cover the 1960 Summer Olympics, and he also covered the
Summer Olympics as a journalist in Mexico City in 1968. He took time off from
journalism and worked successfully as an actor for many years, but never gave
up his true passion, sports. In the 1980's he was part of the 'team' chosen by
the Los Angeles Dodgers to fly to Japan and help develop content for what came
to be known as Diamond Vision, in Dodger Stadium. It was the precursor to the
current DodgerVision. He began covering both the summer and Winter Olympics,
and The World Track and Field Championships in the early 1980's for ABC Radio
Sports. After a few years he created his own syndicated radio sports show
called Vic Holchak's Cavalcade of Sports. He also traveled the globe covering
track and field events creating content for an immediate update call-in
telephone information show: 1-800/94-TRACK and 1-900/94-TRACK As an actor he
created some buzz, as well. After finishing his training at RADA, he was hired
as a member of the original acting company at the Meadow Brook Theatre in
Rochester, MI, and, once back in LA, he became a member of The Company of
Angels, the very first Equity Waiver Theater company in the US. He not only
became a member, he was elected president, and produced some very good,
award-winning plays. Audiences may remember The Angel's hilarious 1974
production of Georges Feydeau's "A Flea in Her Ear," which won almost
every theatre award there was in LA that year. Vic played Ferraillon, and
played him very well! He is still remembered as Jim Phillips on "Days of
Our Lives." He guest starred on "The Hardy Boys," "Police
Story," "Laverne & Shirley," "Police Woman,"
"Cannon," "Barnaby Jones," "Gunsmoke" (2),"
"The FBI" (2), "Ironside" (2), "The Mod Squad"
(2), "Dan August" (2), and "The Young and the Restless," to
name a few. He married actress Leslie Easterbrook in 1979, and they were
divorced in 1988. They performed together on an episode of
"Tattletales." Some may remember him as the manager of the Yankees.
Not THE Yankees, but a very memorable softball team that played in the Broadway
Show League in West Hollywood during the 80's. He was on the pitching staff and
threw a mean medium-pitch fastball. Great team, great manager, minor scuffles
and great fun for the team and the fans! He was also known around town as
someone you didn't want to tangle with on the racquetball court or the
basketball court. In his case, the punch matched the swagger. Vic was a bigger
than life character. A man you could never quite figure out, but simply wanted
to know. He stood 6'7," but tried to convince everyone he was only
6'6" because he was ostensibly too tall for TV (a lighting thing.) His favorite
acting story: "I'm too tall to work with most folks, so I finally got a
call to audition for a monster. Great! Can't be too tall for that. They told me
right after my reading, "That was terrific, but you're just too
short!" Let's dim the lights. He will be missed. Family and friends are
gathering for a small graveside memorial on Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 12pm at
Crestlawn Memorial Park, 11500 Arlington Ave., Riverside, Ca. 92505.
Born: 8/10/1940, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/5/2014, West Hollywood, Californai, U.S.A.
Victor Holchak’s westerns – actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1970, 1972 (Lieutenant, Tom Rickaby)
A legend of Yugoslav theater: Deceased Marija Crnobori
BELGRADE - Yugoslavian actress, a great tragic actress of
her time and a member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre since its inception, Marija
Crnobori, died on October 21 at the age of 96 in her apartment in Belgrade, it
was announced today by JDP.
She was born in Istria, in a small village near Pula
Banjole, October 1, 1918. Her studies in acting at the academy ended in Zagreb,
and even as a student she appeared in the National Theatre in Zagreb, and after
that, two seasons in the National Theatre in Rijeka. In 1947, at the invitation
of Bojana Stupice, the director and husband Markom Foteza from Istria has moved
to Belgrade in bringing his acting talents, high professionalism and true
dedication to the work of building a new theater - the Yugoslav Drama Theatre.
She played in the first performance JDP, 3 April of that year, in "The
Her most important role was on the main stage of the Yugoslav
Drama: Sophocles Antigone, Rašínovo Phaedrus, Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth
(Macbeth) and Regan (King Lear), Goethe's Iphigenia (Iphigenia in Tauris). She
played in the first play of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Cankar King Betajnove
as Franck; postalaje pillar-pillar of the repertoire of the House: the title
role in the drama Love Jarovaja K. Friction and Candida B. Shaw, Sofia
Alexandrovna in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in July Peri SEGEDINCA Laze Kostic,
Katarina Ivanovna in The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, in Krleže Clara
Lady, Jadviga Jasenska in The Edge of Reason and Laura Lembahova In the agony
of Clare Zeno's maids, Jocasta in Hristic clean hands
In this theater, and as a guest actor in Dubrovnik and
Split Summer Festival, playing, among other things, the role of Ophelia in the
first Lovrjenac in Dubrovnik. With Mark Foteza participated in the full
establishment of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (1952 Ophelia in Hamlet and
Gertrude in 1956, Titania in A Midsummer Night Snu, Ida in Dubrovnik trilogy
and other roles) .Nagrađivana was awarded the most awards for special
achievements and life's work, such as Sterijina Award (1968), the October Award
of the City of Belgrade (1960), Seventh of July Award for Lifetime Achievement
(1974), Dobrica's ring (1992). In 2009, she was officially awarded the Charter
of Parliament čakavskog Žminj poetry and in 2013 the National Day of the
Republic of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic state awarded her the Order of
Sretenjski III order.
Marija last appeared in public in Belgrade promoting her
book "Životić", in which she presented a set of interesting stories
and testimonies from the world of theater arts and acting, in the form of
selected essays that she wrote from 1952 to 2004. She published a book,
"The World of Acting." From 1948 to the end of his life he lived in
Kim Koscki was skilled in all areas of stunt work. For 13
years, Kim worked on the Batman stunt show at Six Flags Magic Mountain in
Valencia, CA. Kim has doubled for actors including Mike Myers in the
"Austin Powers" films, Rick Moranis in "The Flintstones"
(1994), and Richard Dreyfuss in "Mad Dog Time" (1996). Kim worked on
many big films including "The Lost Boys" (1987), "Hook"
(1991), "The Mighty Ducks" (1992), "Batman Forever" (1995),
"Apollo 13" (1995), "Independence Day" (1996), "Star
Trek: First Contact" (1996), "Contact" (1997), and the TV
series, "Lost" (2009). Kim was a driving instructor at Rick Seaman's
Hollywood Stunt Driving School. On Oct. 9, 2014, Kim passed away from a
Actor Eduardo D'Angelo has died; Uruguay has lost an icon of humor
The famous comedian Eduardo D'Angelo, 75, died yesterday. He was one of the leading figures of the national scene with people who made television history in both Uruguay and Argentina.
Eduardo D'Angelo was born in Montevideo on January 4, 1939 and devoted his life to acting, imitation and humor in all its facets.
Characters like Captain Cannons and a stellar performance in the famous comedy show Telecataplum in the 1960s earned him the popular recognition, on both banks of the Plata.
Dangelo began since childhood as an imitator of the Argentine actor Luis Sandrini in the program "Child Magazine" Radio Carve.
Its brightness in radio led him to television, which had just begun in Uruguay, through Channel 10. So it was in 1957 that he participated in the "Old Coffee Center" program, Carmelo Empire.
But undoubtedly the program that earned him a place in the hearts and memories of the Uruguayan audience was Telecataplum on Channel 12. The cycle began in 1962 and took it to share with other great scenes show as Uruguayan Ricardo Espalter, Raimundo Soto, Henny Trailes, and Berugo Carámbula Emilio Vidal, a versatile group that made history on national TV.
The same group, and others then conducted successful programs in several South American countries in the region such as Argentina and Chile. Among the comedy shows in which he participated are Decalegrón, Hupumorpo, Jaujarana, ComiColor and Híperhumor.
He also entered the children's show with Julio Frade, making the characters "Captain Cannons" and "Always Ready".
Deeply saddened by the loss of one of our heroes of humor, Eduardo Dangelo, another genius who will be missed, he wrote on his Twitter account Almada Sebastian, son of former teammate Enrique Almada. Messages of appreciation and gratitude flooded social networks in minutes.
The actor's wake was held last night at the company Martinelli. Interment will be at 10:00 Sunday morning in the North Cemetery.
D'Angelo created and performed shows like "La revista infantil" "The show of a thousand voices" (on radio), "Moviola 4" and "Matinee neighborhood." He also starred in the film The eternal smile of New Jersey, with Daniel Day-Lewis.
In the 1970s led "Face Off" by Channel 4, American style news cycle, where he performed caricatures of viewers who called the program.
His ability to mimic voices of artists from radio, television and film, did well recognized, as well as his librettist vein.
His latest book, released this year in the theater Stella was the butler and lady bright.
The work was recognized by critics as "a piece of pure theatrical carpentry," offering "a cascade of crazy situations" that originated when a prestigious millionaire decided to celebrate his birthday in his elegant mansion with special guests.
Of course, unforeseen problems prevented the presence of these unique characters, and was where the butler (D'Angelo) made the decision to replace them, representing them one by one.
The work belonged to the entertainer, who was also accompanied by Leticia Moreira, Nelson Lence, John Machado and José Luis Gómez.
Born: 1/4/1939, Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: 10/18/2014, Montevideo, Uruguay
Eduardo D’Angelo’s western – actor:
Los irrompibles – 1975 (Rider in White – Guardian Angel)
The Irish Canadian film, TV and theatre performer died
Sunday in Toronto
Gerard Parkes, the Irish Canadian actor, best known for
his roles on the hit children's series Fraggle Rock and the American crime
movie The Boondock Saints is dead.
He died Sunday morning in a Toronto retirement home, four
days after his 90th birthday, his niece and agent have confirmed to CBC News.
Born in Dublin in 1924, Parkes came to Canada and
launched his show business career on CBC Radio in the 1950s, before landing
roles in TV, film and stage.
Parkes appeared in the 1960s CBC-TV adventure series The
Forest Rangers, and popular children's shows The Littlest Hobo and Shining Time
Winner of a Canadian Film Award for his performance in
the 1968 feature film Isabel, Gerard also won a Dora award for his performance
in a 1999 theatre production of Kilt and several awards for radio dramas.
'A magical man'
Despite his lengthy and diverse achievements, Parkes is
probably best known for playing "Doc" on Jim Henson's popular TV
series Fraggle Rock.
The grey-haired, bespectacled character, with the dog
named Sprocket, was the only human to regularly appear on the 1980s children's
program about a colony of colourful creatures who live under Doc's house.
When asked what Parkes would think about being remembered
most for acting with puppets, Gerry Jordan, Parkes' agent of 30 years said
"he'd love it."
"He had a thrill doing that show," Jordon told
CBC News. "We got loads of fan mail from kids and adults around the
"He was a magical man and a terrific
Gerard Parkes is survived by his partner of two decades,
Roser Cavallé dies, the voice of Dallas' Sue
By Lluís Bonet Mojica
The announcer and voice actress died last Monday.
The radio announcer and voice actress Cavallé Roser, who
was the voice of Sue Ellen on Dallas for 16 years, died on Monday October 6th,
reports the channel 3/24. She was 79.
Cavallé put her Catalan dubbing voice into the famous Sue
Ellen from Dallas series. She was also the Spanish Catalan voice of Joanna Cassidy,
Glenn Close, Sofia Loren and Anna Magnani, and was the usual voice for
actresses like Patricia Neal and Elizabeth Wilson.
CAVALLÉ, Roser (Rosario Cavallé)
Born: 1935, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Died: 10/6/2014, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Roser Cavallé’s westerns – voice actress:
The Man from Oklahoma – 1964 [Spanish voice of Sabine
$5.00 for Ringo - 1965 [Spanish voice of Maria Pia Conte]
$5,000 on One Ace - 1965 [Spanish voice of Maria Sevalt]
The Return of Ringo – 1965 [Spanish voice of Hally
Sunscorched – 1965 [Spanish voice of Marianne Koch]
A Bullet for the General – 1966 [Spanish Catalan voice of
Sunscorched – 1966 [Spanish voice of Marianne Koch]
The Tall Women – 1966 [Spanish voice of Perla Cristal]
Django, the Last Killer – 1967 [Spanish voice of Dana
Five Guns from Texas – 1967 [Spanish voice of Maria Pia
Gentleman Killer – 1967 [Spanish voice of Anna Orso]
Villa Rides! – 1967 [Spanish voice of Diana Lorys]
Shalako – 1968 [Spanish voice of Valerie French]
Villa Rides – 1968 [Spanish voice of Diana Lorys]
El Puro - 1969 [Spanish voice of Mariangela Giordana]
Gentleman Killer – 1969 [Spanish voice of Anna Orso]
Shalako – 1969 [Spanish voice of Valerie French]
Twenty Paces to Death – 1969 [Spanish voice of Marta
Four Gunmen of the Holy Trinity - 1970 [Spanish voice of
Blazing Guns – 1971 [Spanish voice of Dada Gallotti]
Chato’s Land – 1971 [Spanish voice of Rebecca Wilson]
A Cry of Death – 1971 [Spanish voice of Catherine]
Red Sun – 1971 [Spanish voice of Capucine]
Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears – 1972 [Spanish voice of
Too Much Gold for One Gringo – 1972 [Spanish voice of
Watch Out Gringo… Sabata Will Return – 1972 [Spanish
voice of Rosalba Neri]
Eh? Who’s Afraid of Zorro! – 1975 [Spanish voice of
The Daltons – 2004 [Spanish voice of Ginette Garcin]
Misty Upham: Body Of Missing Actress Has Been Found
One of the actresses from Django Unchained has been found
dead near the White River in Washington. The news that MIsty Upham had been
found dead was confirmed to KIRO TV Editor Cory Minderhout. She was 32 years
The actress is known her roles in “August: Osage County,”
“Frozen River" and "Django Unchained."
The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported
missing by her family Oct. 6, a day after telling police she was suicidal.
The family said Upham had moved to the Seattle area to
help care for her father, who's recovering from a stroke. She had been staying
at a relative's apartment on the Muckleshoot reservation.
Tracy Rector, friend of the victim and Upham family spokesperson,
said relatives and members of the native community organized Thursday's search.
A search party of three, including one family member, was
canvassing the forest when they found Upham's purse and ID. They searched a
ravine, discovered a body and called 911.
RICHMOND Milton R. Bass, author, writer, gardener, and
raconteur, died Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014, at home in Richmond. He was 91. Born in
Pittsfield January 15, 1923, he was one of three children of the late Philip
and Lena Bass. His brother, Harold, and his sister, Henrietta Greengold
Garbowit, predeceased him. A 1940 graduate of Pittsfield High School, Milt
started college at the University of Massachusetts and completed his bachelor's
degree in biology in 1947 after his Army service in World War II. He was proud
of his master's degree from Smith College, which admitted a small number of men
to graduate programs after the war. At that time, he had switched from pre-med
to comparative literature because of his Army service as a medic, saying he no
longer wanted to deal with the wounded and dying. He often commented on playing
sports with Smith women and the problem of finding a men's room on campus. His
master's thesis at Smith was titled, "The Relationship of Jonathan Swift
to the Satire of James Joyce." He then did pre-doctoral work at Columbia
University and passed the oral exams, but never wrote a dissertation. In 2009,
he was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters by Westfield State
University with a citation for his "35 spirited years as thoughtful
critic, provocative columnist and witty observer of the world at large."
In the Army, he served from 1942-45 with the 104th Infantry Division, known as
the Timberwolves, in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. His division liberated
the Nazi concentration camp at Nordhausen, an experience that haunted him for
the rest of his life. He was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action in
Holland in 1944 when he and his fellow medics crawled across a minefield under
German fire to rescue two injured soldiers. His parents' health problems
brought him home in 1951, and he took a part-time job as a copy editor at The
Berkshire Eagle. That stretched into full time, as the arts and entertainment
editor, and lasted until 1986 when he took early retirement after a heart
attack. His column, however, which moved from the arts page to the Sunday
feature page and then to op-ed, continued, and was part of The Eagle for 60
years. His last one ran in the paper on September 28. He enjoyed telling stories
about his interviews with such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Dick Cavett,
Helen Hayes, Isabella Rossellini, Sigourney Weaver, Bernadette Peters, Randy
Weston and Dave Brubeck. In addition to his Eagle writings, Milt wrote about
jazz for the Atlantic Monthly, various travel articles for The Boston Globe,
the Washington Post and Yankee Magazine. He was also author of 13 published
novels, including four westerns, two detective series and several traditional
novels. His first novel, "Jory," was made into a feature film
starring actor Robby Benson. Bass didn't like the movie and tried to prevent it
from being shown locally. It came anyway, and theater manager Francis Faille
provided a private showing for the Bass family and friends, as well as his own
daughter, Sister Barbara, and the other Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Joseph
Central High School. In 1995, Bass was nominated for an Edgar Award for best
paperback original mystery novel for "The Broken Hearted Detective."
In 1956, he met Ruth Haskins when she came to The Eagle as police and court
reporter. They were married May 27, 1960 and celebrated 54 years of marriage
this year. After taking 15 years off to raise the children, Ruth returned to
The Eagle and they spent 24 hours a day together, in adjacent offices and at
their home in Richmond. He spent hours in his beloved vegetable garden and
fruit orchard, and was famous for uttering in each successive growing season,
"these are the best peas we've ever had." In addition to Ruth, he is
survived by his three children, son Michael Bass of Old Greenwich, Conn., a
senior vice president at CNN; daughter Elissa Bass, a social media consultant
in Stonington, Conn.; and daughter Dr. Amy Bass of New Rochelle, N.Y., a
professor at The College of New Rochelle; his daughter-in-law, Donna Bass; and
his sons-in-law, Joseph Wojtas and Evan Klupt. Survivors include his
grandchildren, Sam, Emily and Jake Bass; Summer and Max Wojtas; and Hannah
Klupt; and several nieces and nephews, including Mark Greengold of Pittsfield,
Daniel Greengold of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Debbi Welch of Chicago. He is also
survived by his TV-watching partner, the family Sheltie, Tracer. He was known
affectionately to all as "Miltie." Grandson Sam was just learning to
talk when he put the "Miltie" label on his grandfather instead of
adopting another "grandpa" term. "Mitty" was all he could
manage, and the five other grandchildren followed suit. Forever after, he was
Miltie. Calling hours are 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 18, at the DERY
FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield. A memorial service will be held at a
date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the
Richmond Free Public Library or the Anita Chapman Scholarship Fund, sent in
care of the Dery Funeral Home.
He's gone Giorgio Rebuffi, creator of Tiramolla and
By David Card
October 16, 2014
Today comes the sad news of the death of George Rebuffi,
a brilliant cartoonist, creator of such memorable characters as Tiramolla and
the wolf Pugaciòff.
He was much loved in Italy but also abroad and won
several awards in his career, which ended not long ago. Born in Milan on
November 7, 1928, he invented the Sheriff Fox in 1948, for the editions that
entrust Alpe then Puppy and Beppe. In 1952 he created the famous Tiramolla with
Roberto Renzi but there are really a lot of the characters he created, among
which we want to remember Bingo Bongo, Trottolino, Giotto dachshund, Tita and
Toto, Torquato stubborn pig, the ghost Ajax, Tom Porcello, the gorilla
Artemidorus Gigorocane, Professor Cerebrus and Volpone Dulcamara.
In 1959 Rebuffi then give birth to Pugaciòff a beloved
character even outside the Italian borders. He also worked on several Disney
stories, creating along with Luciano and Carlo Bottaro Chendi Studio Bierreci I
fumerali in 1968. His funeral will be held in Turin on Saturday, October 18.
The editors of BadComics.it clings to the relatives and
friends in a Rebuffi heartfelt condolences.
Her credits included 'Lone Star,' 'Jacob's Ladder,' 'Rush
Hour' and 'Modern Family'
Actress Elizabeth Pena, who recently completed work on El
Rey Network's Matador, has died. She was 55.
Her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles,
shared the news in an obituary on the site. He said Pena died Tuesday at
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. No cause of death was immediately
In John Sayles’ Lone Star (1996), Pena was memorable as
the history teacher who rekindles a teenage love affair with Sheriff Sam Deeds
(Chris Cooper). She recently guest-starred in a pair of Modern Family episodes
as the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria. Pena broke into sitcom
territory decades earlier, when she toplined I Married Dora for ABC. The series
ran for one season from 1987-1988 and centered on a couple with a green card
Pena also stood out as postal clerk Jezzie, who lives
with a hallucinatory Tim Robbins, in the Adrian Lyne horror film Jacob’s Ladder
“I worked very hard to get, Jacob’s Ladder,” she said in
a 2001 interview. “At first they wanted Julia Roberts, Andie MacDowell or
Michelle Pfeiffer. At some point they wanted Susan Sarandon, and Madonna wanted
the part. They auditioned all of them. I begged to be auditioned. I begged and
begged and when I auditioned, the chemistry was right and Adrian and I were just
taken with each other. I auditioned for six months, twice a week. The reason I
kept going back was because Adrian was literally fighting for me to get the
In Paul Mazursky’s Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986),
Pena played the live-in maid who made out in her room with Richard Dreyfuss,
and in Brett Ratner's Rush Hour (1998), she was LAPD bomb diffusion expert
Tania Johnson opposite partner Chris Tucker.
Pena also recurred on the 2000-02 Showtime drama
Resurrection Blvd. as family matriarch Bibi Corrales and provided the voice of
Mirage, the right-hand woman of bad guy Syndrome (Jason Lee), in Pixar's The
Incredibles (2004). In La Bamba (1987), she played Rosie Morales, the
sister-in-law of rock ’n’ roll icon Ritchie Valens, (Lou Diamond Phillips), and
on Matador, she played the mother of Tony "Matador" Bravo (Gabriel
Less than a year after she was born in Elizabeth, N.J.,
Pena and her family moved to Cuba. She returned to the U.S. when she was nine
to live in New York City. She graduated from the High School of the Performing
Arts in Manhattan and started her film career with El Super (1979).
She is survived by her husband, two teenage children, her
mother and her sister.
April 1, 1927 - September 13, 2014 Oscar "Pete"
Denenberg was born in New York, New York. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he
graduated from the University of Southern California in 1951, earning a B.A. in
International Relations. Shortly thereafter, he started working for Paramount
Studios. In 1953, Pete became an assistant film editor for CBS television. In
the ensuing years, he worked on many TV series including: Leave It To Beaver,
Wagon Train, Flipper, and Starsky and Hutch, TV specials: The Red Pony and
Death Be Not Proud. Pete was an assistant film editor on several movies
including: Oregon Trail, The Secret of Santa Victoria, Some Like It Hot and
Five Easy Pieces. It was during this time that he married Geraldine
"Jeri" Hunt his wife of 38 years. After Pete retired, he and Jeri
moved from Burbank, CA to Arizona, eventually settling in Tucson. Pete was a
dedicated USC Trojan fan. He and Jeri enjoyed traveling to Mexico. Learning the
Spanish language was a lifelong pursuit. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed
hunting and fishing. He and Jeri would spend their summers in the mountains of
Alpine, AZ. Admired by both friends and family, Pete was a man of wisdom and
integrity. One of his many friends said of Pete "He was a man with a heart
bigger than himself." Pete is survived by his wife Jeri, her daughters
Deborah Yearwood, husband Ken of Avondale, AZ, Lucinda Arce, husband Gilbert of
Surprize, AZ, grandchildren Chezne McArthur, Dezirae Elkins and Patrick Elkins,
great granddaughter Cali Elkins, nephews, Michael Kwit and Joan Moore of
Woodland Hills, CA, Marvin Kwit, wife Beth Lombard of Ventura, CA, niece, Joan
Kwit of Marshall, CA.
Born: 4/1/1927, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/13/2014, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Oscar Denenberg’s westerns – assistant film editor:
Two longtime Hollywood stuntmen killed in Rancho Cordova
The Sacramento Bee
By Tony Bizjak
Oct. 13, 2014 - 7:24 pm
For decades, Bob Orrison and Gary McLarty worked as two
of Hollywood’s most active and respected stuntmen, racing cars, jumping
motorcycles and crashing trucks during filming for hundreds of movies and
On Saturday in Rancho Cordova, their lives came to a
shocking end. The two buddies were killed when their pickup truck was hit
broadside by a Jeep on Grant Line Road, not far from Orrison’s home. Orrison
was 86, McLarty 73.
Rancho Cordova police said the pair were in a Chevrolet
truck making a U-turn on Grant Line Road at Raymer Way at about 1 p.m. when
they were struck by a white Jeep Cherokee traveling 55 miles per hour. “It was
a direct hit,” Sacramento sheriff’s spokesman Lisa Bowman said.
The men were pronounced dead at the scene. Orrison
apparently was driving, a McLarty friend, Bob McLaughlin, said. Police said the
two occupants of the Jeep were taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate
injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
McLarty’s wife Hillorie had dropped her husband off at
Orrison’s home an hour before the crash. Given their backgrounds, the crash
makes no sense, she said.
“These are people who spent their adult life doing
dangerous things in a calculated way,” she said. “It defies my imagination.”
Orrison, who moved to Rancho Cordova seven years ago with
his wife Tatiana, was a former rodeo cowboy and Korean War veteran who served
as a movie stunt double for war hero and actor Audie Murphy. His credited and
uncredited stunt work includes the original “Star Trek” television series, as
well as the movies “Die Hard II,” “Rambo III” and “Days of Thunder.” He was the
driver in the movie scene from “Speed” when a bus launched off of an elevated
freeway, and was among the stuntmen who drove the car known as the General Lee
in “The Dukes of Hazzard” television series.
“He was tough, that’s for sure,” said his sister, Mary
Hunt. His wife Tatiana said, “He was very young. He didn’t feel he was old.”
McLarty, of North Hollywood, nicknamed the “Whiz Kid” for
his stunt abilities, retired a few years ago after a career that spanned 40
years. He drove the motorcycle up the frat house stairs in the movie “Animal
House,” and doubled as “The Fonz” for motorcycle scenes on the “Happy Days”
McLarty made it in Hollywood through physical talent,
creative ability, a love of adrenaline rushes and “a genuine love for people,”
his wife said. His career highlights included serving as stunt coordinator for
the movies “Days of Thunder,” “The Blues Brothers” and “Animal House.” Although
retired, McLarty continued working part time, and recently overturned a bus on
a film shoot in New York, said his friend McLaughlin.
McLarty also was a participant in a real Hollywood drama.
He testified in court in 2005 that actor Robert Blake attempted to hire him for
$10,000 to murder Blake’s wife. McLarty said he declined. Blake’s wife was shot
in Blake’s car outside a restaurant in 2001. Blake was found not guilty in
criminal court, but a civil court later determined he was liable for her
Actor Jan Schánilec who lent voice of Bud Spencer has
12 October 2014 13:54
Schánilec came from Ceske Budejovice, and performed at
the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (the Theatre Academy of Performing Arts)
after a second attempt at acting.
Czech actor and voice dubber, Jan Schánilec died at the
age of 72 years of age on October 12th in a Prague hospital after a long
serious illness For many years he worked in Prague's Vinohrady Theatre, starring
in a number of films and in recent years he devoted himself mainly to dubbing.
His lent his voice to actors Bud Spencer and Jack Nicholson.
Schánilec came from Ceske Budejovice, to the Prague
Academy of Performing Arts (the Theatre Academy of Performing Arts) to make a
second attempt. After graduating, he joined the Vineyard Theatre, where he
worked in the years 1966-1991.
Since the 1990s he focused on dubbing and as a dubbing
director. He lent his voice to thousands of characters. He was a laureate of
the prestigious Czech prices of František.
He played in cult films such as Svadba ako remeň, Slasti
Otca vlasti či Petrolejové lampy.
Born: 10/22/1941, České Budějovice Czechoslovakia
Died: 10/12/2014, Prague, Czech Republic
Jan Schánilec’s western – actor, voice actor:
Fistful of Dollars – 1964 [Czechoslovakian voice of
Frontier Hellcat – 1964 [Czechoslovakian voice of Voja
The Last Tomahawk – 1965 [Czechoslovakia voice of Daniel
God Forgives… I Don’t – 1967 [Czechoslovakian voice of
Villa Rides – 1967 [Czechoslovakian voice of Fernando
Beyond the Law – 1968 [Czechoslovakian voice of Bud
The Prairie (TV) – 1968 [Czechoslovakian voice of Mircea
Boot Hill – 1969 [Czechoslovakian voice of Bud Spencer]
Fatal Error – 1969 [Czechoslovakian voice of Armin
Man of the East – 1972 [Czechoslovakian voice of Sal
Ulzana – 1973 [Czechoslovakian voice of Gojko Mitic]
Armed and Very Dangerous - 1977 (Julian Barreto)
Eagle’s Wing – 1979 [Czechoslovakian voice of Martin
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.