Thursday, January 30, 2014

RIP Aiche Nana


Aiche Nana has died , her striptease shocked Italy

 
In 1958 dolce vita improvised a striptease at a restaurant, immortalized by Secchiaroli
 
ROME – She died last night at Aurelia Hospital in Rome, the actress and dancer of the belly dance Aiche Nana from complications of a disease from which she suffered for a long time.
 
Turkish, although in the biographies is a native of Beirut, would have turned 78 in February. She was best known for the noise that was made ​, in the years of the dolce vita, her impromptu striptease in a mondanissimo restaurant in Trastevere, Rugantino, attended by Italian and foreign celebrities of the time and immortalized by a service of the king of the paparazzi Tazio Secchiaroli.
 
Italy was in black and white and that episode of 1958, which saw her stay with simple lace panties wearing after a long sinuous dance, was much discussed as to make it famous enough to deserve a mention in the film “Dolce Vita” by Federico Fellini .
 
But it also had a trial in court for indecent exposure. Moreover, the same story brought back to a battle in court against the consummate fiction Life by paparazzi, who in 2008 went back on stage for the episode that Channel 5 had marked her life, directed by Pier Francesco Pingitore. The director was later acquitted little more than a month ago by the Court of Anzio originates from defamation of character.
 
Gives news of his death her lawyer Joseph Torticollis, which emphasizes that ''pain due to legal defeat has contributed to the worsening of her condition.''
 
 
NANA, Aiche (Kiash Nanah)
Born: 2/?/1936, Beirut, Lebanon
Died: 1/29/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Aiche Nana’s westerns – actress:
The Sheriff Won’t Shoot – 1965 (Desiree Vermont)
Thompson 1880 – 1966 (Fanny)
Gun Shy Piluk - 1968 (Daisy Sugar Candy)
A Wreath for the Bandits - 1968

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

RIP John Cacavas


Composer John Cacavas Dies at 83
 
Soundtrack.Net
By Jason Kirby
JANUARY 29, 2014
 
 
John Cacavas, composer of films such as Airport 1975, Airport '77, Horror Express, and the TV series Kojak, passed away yesterday. In addition to composing, Cacavas also served as a conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Beverly Hills Pops. He was also an author whose works included his autobiography, Do-Re-Mi: My Life in Music, and a novel titled A Song for Lynbidium. He was nominated twice for an Emmy.
 
John Cacavas divided his time between his homes in Beverly Hills and London. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, and their three children.
 
 
CACAVAS, John
Born: 8/13/1930, Aberdeen, South Dakota, U.S.A.
Died: 1/28/2014
 
John Cacavas’ western – composer:
California Gold Rush (TV) - 1981

RIP Gordon Hessler


Director Gordon Hessler Dead at 83 – Worked with Vincent Price and Ray Harryhausen
 
By Tom Stockman
January 27, 2014
 
Gordon Hessler passed away in his sleep January 19th at the age of 83. An underrated horror director, Hessler cut his teeth on the Hitchcock Presents TV show then helmed several genuinely creepy and atmospheric British films. He worked with Vincent Price three times, all with scripts by Christopher Wicking; SCREAM & SCREAM AGAIN (1970) was an outrageous sci-fi/horror hybrid that presented a berserk view of swinging 60′s London (and also starred Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee). CRY OF THE BANSHEE (1970) was gritty and mean-spirited featuring Price as a sadistic monarch with an intense hatred of witchcraft and a sardonic sense of macabre. THE OBLONG BOX (1969 – co-starring Chris Lee) was a dark and moody tale of voodoo, body snatching, medical experiments, brotherly betrayal, and being buried alive.
 
Hessler’s MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE was like a Vincent Price movie without Price (it starred Herbert Lom and Jason Robards). It mixed Poe with Phantom of the Opera and was an interesting take on Paris’ historic Grand Guignol theater. One of his last films, GIRL IN A SWING (1988) was an effective, low-key ghost story worth seeking out. Hessler directed Ray Harryhausen’s GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD in 1973, a film that’s always lived in the shadow of 7th VOYAGE as an inferior sequel but has aged well. It’s a terrific fantasy film worthy of big screen reassessment (and was recently released on Blu-ray by Twilight Time). No one could mistake his KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK for a good movie, but the 1978 TV movie plays like a live-action Scooby-Doo episode and has a huge cult following. He also directed two martial arts films in the late ‘80s starring Sho Kusugi, the best known actor/martial artist during the 1980s ninja cinema craze: PRAY FOR DEATH (1985), and RAGE OF HONOR (1987). RIP Mr. Hessler.
 
 
HESSLER, Gordon
Born: 12/12/1930, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: 1/19/2014, London, England, U.K.
 
Gordon Hessler’s western – director:
Kung Fu (TV) - 1975

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RIP Pete Seeger


Pete Seeger dies at 94; balladeer was America's conscience
 
An advocate for peace and civil rights, Pete Seeger helped spark the folk music revival with his five-string banjo and songs calling for justice.
 
Los Angeles Times
By Claudia Luther
January 27, 2014, 11:53 p.m.
 
Pete Seeger, the iconoclastic American singer, songwriter and social activist who did battle with injustice in America armed with a banjo, a guitar and the transformative power of song, has died. He was 94.
 
Seeger died Monday at New York Presbyterian Hospital, his grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson told the Associated Press.
 
A veteran of the labor, peace and civil rights movements, Seeger remained relevant as an activist into his 90s. He was equally musician and revolutionary, playing a major role in the folk music revival that began in the late 1950s while helping to craft the soundtrack of 1960s protests through such songs as "We Shall Overcome," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!"
 
"At some point, Pete Seeger decided he'd be a walking, singing reminder of all of America's history," Bruce Springsteen said at the all-star Madison Square Garden concert marking Seeger's 90th birthday in 2009.
 
"He'd be a living archive of America's music and conscience, a testament to the power of song and culture to nudge history along, to push American events towards a more humane and justified ends," said Springsteen, who had performed Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" with Seeger at the Lincoln Memorial concert marking President Obama's 2008 inauguration.

Gifted at connecting with audiences, Seeger called his ability to inspire regular folks to sing along his "cultural guerrilla tactic." "There's no such thing as a wrong note as long as you're singing it," he told the 15,000-strong crowd at his birthday celebration.
 
Seeger's life of music and political activism could be summed up in "The Hammer Song," the enduring anthem he wrote more than 60 years ago with his good friend Lee Hays to support the
progressive political movement in the U.S.:
 
If I had a hammer
 
I'd hammer in the morning
 
I'd hammer in the evening
 
All over this land/ I'd hammer out danger
 
I'd hammer out a warning
 
I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters
 
All over this land.
 
Popularized by Peter, Paul and Mary in the 1960s, the song embodied the heart of Seeger: his musicality, his activism, his optimism and his lifelong belief that songs could and should be used to build a sense of community to make the world a better place.
 
"I'd really rather put songs on people's lips than in their ears," he said.
 
Seeger inspired a generation of folk singers and musicians that included the Kingston Trio and Joan Baez, who once said: "We all owe our careers to Pete Seeger."
 
As a member of two influential folk groups, the Almanac Singers and the Weavers, Seeger wrote or co-wrote "We Shall Overcome," the anthem of the civil rights movement based on an early 20th century gospel song; "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," which became an anti-Vietnam War protest song; and another political anthem, "Turn! Turn! Turn!," which turned to a passage from the Bible — "to everything there is a season" — for the lyrics.


SEEGER, Pete (Peter Seeger)
Born: 5/3/1919, Patterson, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/27/2014, New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Pete Seeger's western - composer:
Gavilan- 1968

Sunday, January 26, 2014

RIP Eric Lawson


Los Angeles Times
January 26, 2014
 
1941 - 2014 Eric Lawson, former actor and Marlboro Man, has died. He was 72 years old. Eric was a working actor whose career spanned multiple decades but was cut short due to an accident sustained while filming the movie "The Shooter." His last years were spent in retirement with family and friends. He died of respiratory failure due to COPD at his home in San Luis Obispo. Born in Glendale, CA during a blackout, Eric spent his childhood in desert locales as his father worked in the gold mines. At an early age, he began working in tunnel construction and moved to selling real estate before his acting career took off. His credits include "Gymkata," "The Son of the Morning Star," "King Cobra," "Tall Tales" and various television shows and commercials. He was particularly proud of an NBC interview he gave regarding the negative effects of cigarette smoking. Never one to sit idly by, Eric was an avid professional photographer and enjoyed camping and metal detecting. He leaves behind a rich family legacy and is survived by his wife, Susan Lawson; his children Scott Lawson, Sheri (John) Mendon, Don (Heather) Lawson, Erica (Werner) Walian, Chanda (Sean) Brown and Corey Lawson; eighteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Monte (Anita) Lawson and Mike (Mary) Lawson; and many nieces and nephews. Sister in law Cheryl (Jason) Jennings and grandson Todd Mendon preceded him in death. Services will be held 2pm on Friday, January 31st at the chapel for The Church On The Way, 14344 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA..
 
 
LAWSON, Eric (Eric Layton Lawson)
Born: 1941, Glendale, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2014, San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.A.
 
Eric Lawson’s westerns – actor:
The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (TV) – 1979 (Willie Powers)
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1989 (Roy)
Son of the Morning Star (TV) – 1991 (Fred Gerard)
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) – 1993 (outlaw)
Bonanza: Under Attack (TV) – 1995 (Morgan)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1995 (Vic Landry)
Tall Tale – 1995 (sheriff)
The Shooter – 1997 (Paul)
The Magnificent Seven (TV) – 1998 (Sergeant Darcy)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

RIP Pierre Jalbert


January 9, 1925 - January 22, 2014 Pierre Jalbert, Captain of the 1948 Canadian Olympic Ski Team, actor, film editor and ADR specialist, passed away at age 89 in Los Angeles on January 22nd, following complications from a recent heart attack. A native of Quebec City, he moved to Los Angeles in 1952, and became a film and dialogue editor at Universal and MGM. Credits include Blackboard Jungle, Bad Day at Black Rock, Ben Hur, Mutiny on the Bounty, An American in Paris, Tea and Sympathy, Something of Value. In 1961, the agent of Pierre's wife Joy recommended he audition for the role of a French-speaking WWII GI in the TV drama, "Combat!" Pierre played the role of "Caje" from 1962-1967. He was also featured in The Richard Petty Story, Ski Bum, Ski Lift to Death and Airport '79. Pierre then returned to the cutting room and ADR booth at Paramount, and worked on Concorde, Bloodline, Grease, The Godfather (including the famous baptism intercut sequence at the end of the movie), and the miniseries Shogun - where he was nominated for an Emmy for sound editing. Pierre excelled in home remodeling, masonry, and artistic crafts, and enjoyed French history, Eastern philosophy, fine wine and good conversation. Pierre is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, former actress and ballerina Joy Lee. Memorial service details are pending.


JALBERT, Pierre Paul
Born: 1/9/1925, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Died: 1/22/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Pierre Jalbert’s westerns – actor:
Bad Day at Black Rock – 1955
Custer (TV) – 1967 (Auguste Grule)
The Virginian (TV) – 1968 (Jules)

Friday, January 24, 2014

RIP Violetta Ferrari


Violetta Ferrari has died
 
Origo
January 24, 2014
 
One of the most popular actresses of the 1950s died at her home. In 1956 she immigrated to West Germany. She was 84 years old.
 
Violetta Ferrari was born on April 25, 1930 in Hódmezövásárhely, Hungary, to an Italian soldier who remained in Hungary after World War I, but was raised in the capital city of Budapest. She began acting by appearing in kindergarten plays and in the radio performing troupe Uncle Siliga children's theater.
 
Later she trained at the Theatre and Film Academy, where she excelled as a student participating in theater performances. After graduating in 1949 she signed on with the National Theatre where she participated in leading roles of classic and contemporary plays. She appeared on the Hungarian stage in such plays as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hamlet” other plays included “Ophelia” and “The Marriage of Figaro”.
 
In 1956, Violetta and her husband Sandor Szabo fled the country during the Russian Riots, for Germany where she created her second acting career in German-speaking musicals, comedies and feature films. She achieved biggest dream role with the leading female role in the stage play “Caesar and Cleopatra”. Violetta Ferrari is the only Hungarian actress who in recent decades had a real career abroad. She also lived in Austria and Italy.
 
In 1997, she moved back to Hungary. She was not visible on the stage because of a panic disorder and her doctors barred her from performing.
 
 
FERRARI, Violetta
Born: 4/25/1930 Hódmezövásárhely, Hungary
Died: 1/23/2014, Budapest, Hungary
 
Violetta’s western – actress:
Prairie Saloon (TV) – 1966 (Claire)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

RIP Ubaldo Continiello


RIP Ubaldo Continiello
 
He died yesterday January 21st in Rome due to a sudden cardiac arrest, the Master Ubaldo Continiello, one of the most experienced musicians and Italian composers of Italian genre cinema. He was born in Monteverde, in the province of Avellino, in 1941.
 
He has worked with directors like Ruggero Deodato, Lamberto Bava, and Mario Bava.
 
He started his film career in 1967 composing the music for "Black Tigress" starring Lola Falana. He also socred six films for actor Franco Franchi starting with "Il gatto di Brooklyn aspirante detective in 1973.
 
In 1977 he scored his most important success of his career with the film "Last Cannibal World", one of the first 'cannibal movies directed by Deodato. After writing numerous hit songs including those of Tony Monaco, in 1980 he composed the soundtrack for the film by Lamberto Bava "Macabre."
 
 
CONTINIELLO, Ubaldo
Born: 1941 Monteverde, Avellino Italy 1/21/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 1/21/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Ubaldo Continiello’s westerns – composer:
Black Tigress - 1967
The Grandson of Zorro – 1975

RIP Riz Ortolani


ROME - Beloved by generations of Italian directors from Vittorio De Sica to Pupi Avati, adored by Quentin Tarantino which included some of his songs on the soundtracks of "Inglorious Basterds" and "Django Unchained." Music and cinema mourn the loss of the great Riz Ortolani, wizards of film music, the author of the cult issues such as the "Over", died in Rome this evening from the consequences of bronchitis. Four score and seven years brought to the big, Riz, as everyone called him, worked until the last, the author, among other things, the soundtrack of A Marriage, the TV movie by Pupi Avati aired a few days ago shown on RAI 1.
 
Born in Pesaro, the youngest of six brothers, Rizziero Ortolani (his real name) had graduated in flute at age 19 and in his early twenties had entered Rai as an arranger of radio orchestras. In 1954 he signed his first radio show, "Occhio Magico" as a conductor. His work for the cinema kicks off in the early 1960s with the soundtrack of a documentary, "Mondo Cane", whose main theme, "More," sung by his wife Katyna Ranieri earned him an Oscar nomination for best score in 1964.
 
Since then, there have been collaborations with American studios (MGM, United Artists, Universal) and Italian with big-name directors, as well as De Sica, Dino Risi, Franco Zeffirelli. Particularly a long and fruitful artistic partnerships with Damiano Damiani and especially with Pupi Avati with whom he made 25 films since 1980, virtually the entire production of the director of Emilia, who now mourns him. "A life together - he says - with him I learned how nice it is to follow a classic song with the score in hand." Passionate and sophisticated connoisseur of jazz, as well as symphonic and operatic music, a tireless worker, Ortolani leaves a huge production of work.
 
Among his more than 300 scores, there are various themes that have become cult, from 'Africa Addio ' to 'Brother Sun Sister Moon', up to 'The Octopus'. Not forgetting of course, the music written for Avati from ''Ma quando arrivano le ragazze', 'Il papà di Giovanna', fino a 'Una sconfinata giovinezza'. He was given many awards: 2 Golden Globes, 2 Oscar nominations, a Grammy Award and five David di Donatello. A few months ago, in October, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Festival of the soundtrack of Ghent," a beautiful evening - had commented with ANSA - Brussels Symphony Orchestra has performed very well my music."
 
Beware of the young , along with his beloved wife Katyna , with whom he has lived a life of fellowship and work so solid that it has become proverbial (would celebrate in a few days 50 years of marriage) had given birth to in 2007 in Pesaro Riz Ortolani Foundation to promote music through scholarships, seminars, debates , concerts and exhibitions. Hospitalized for surgery, he died from the consequences of bronchitis. He leaves two sons, Enrico and Rizia. The funeral will be held in Rome, Saturday at 15 in the Church of the Artists of the Piazza del Popolo.


ORTOLANI, Riz (Riziero Ortolani)
Born: 3/25/1926, Pesaro, Marche, Italy
Died: 1/23/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Riz Ortolani's westerns - composer:
Gunfight at High Noon - 1963
Ride and Kill – 1963 [as Oscar Rice]
Shatterhand - 1963
Seven from Texas - 1964
Freispruch für Old Shatterhand (TV) - 1965
Glory Guys - 1965
Beyond the Law - 1967
Day of Anger - 1967
Kill and Pray – 1967 [as Roger Higgins]
Night of the Serpent – 1969
O'Cangaciero - 1970
Madron – 1970
The Unholy Four- 1970
The Hunting Party – 1971
Massacre at Fort Holman – 1972
Where the Bullets Fly - 1972 

RIP Fred Bertelmann

Pop artist and actor: Fred Bertelmann is dead
 
Arrivederci, laughing Tramp: Fred Bertlemann was in the fifties and sixties, one of the most successful German pop performers - the singer and actor sold 40 million records. Now he has died at the age of 88 years.
 
Hamburg/Berg - His super hit landed Fred Bertlemann in 1957: Until today combine pop fans and contemporaries, his name titled "The Laughing Rover".
 
"The song has made me rich and famous," Bertelmann once said in an interview. The disc sold five million copies. The song was an integral part of his stage performances and made him films, records and other musical performances in the United States possible. Other successful titles were "In Hamburg sind die Nächte lang", "Arrivederci Roma" und "Wenn es Nacht wird in Montana".
 
Bertelmann was one of the most successful German pop artist in the fifties and sixties. Born in Duisburg, the singer last lived in Berg am Starnberger See. He was married to the former television presenter and actress Ruth Kappelsberger since 1966. In the course of his career Bertelsmann sold more than 40 million records. Many of his tunes have become standards.
 
On the Internet, his fans have so far rather little perception of his website. At 20.30 o’clock on Thursday evening Bertelsmann had 12 Facebook Likes, according to his official website. His last appearance was as a singer, at a Mother 's Day Gala in Vienna's Stadthalle on May 12 2013.
 
The singer with the sonorous baritone had already learned as a child to play several musical instruments. He attended the Nuremberg Conservatory and the UFA drama school. At age nine, the son of a chemist, appeared for the first time during on stage during a tour of the Nuremberg with the church choir of St. Lawrence.
 
Decisive his formative experiences in the American prisoner of war. There Bertel man learned the swing and the music of Glenn Miller. "The Americans have given us music and musical instruments. Imprisonment was forever the foundation of everything," Bertelmann once said.
 
After the return from captivity Bertelmann started a band and then performed as a singer with a Swedish orchestra. In order to finance his vocal studies, he played Dixie and Swing music in Nuremberg bars.
 
On Wednesday Bertelmann died at the age of 88 years, said his former manager and friend of the family, Michael Hilken, the news agency dpa. He fell asleep and died peacefully at his residence.
 
 
BERTELMANN, Fred
Born: 10/7/1925, Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Died: 1/22/2014, Berg, Bavaria, Germany
 
Fred Bertelmann's wesern - actor, singer:
A Fistful of Songs - 1966

RIP Luis Ávalos

Luis Ávalos Dies: ‘The Electric Company’ Cuban Actor Dead At 67

The Latin Times
By Armando Tinoco
Jan 22 2014, 08:35PM EST

Luis Ávalos has passed away at the age of 67. His death was confirmed to Latin Times by Gabriel Reyes, a close friend of the artist. Ávalos who was born on Sept. 2, 1946 was best known for his work on the children's television show, "The Electric Company." The actor joined during the second season playing most notably Doctor Doolots, and lasted until the series ended in 1977. In the sketch comedy show, the thespian shared the screen with actors like Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, Judy Graubart, Lee Chamberlin, Skip Hinnant and many more.

Ávalos' notable performance on the PBS program was during a time where Latino's were not heavily portrayed in mainstream media, making him one of the pioneers in the entertainment industry. After the show ended, Luis Ávalos went on to star in movies like "Hot Stuff," opposite Jerry Reed, Dom Deluise and Suzanne Pleschette. Following that movie, a series of guest spots on television shows like "The Jeffersons," "Highcliffe Manor," "Soap" and "Hill Street Blues" followed. Ávalos went on to star in sitcoms like "Condo," "E/R," and "I Had Three Wives."

Other television credits to Luis Ávalos' name include "Jack & Bobby," "Full House," "Resurrection Blvd.," "NYPD Blue," "ER," "Hangin' With Mr. Cooper," and "JAG." His film credits include "Jungle 2 Jungle" with Tim Allen and "The Ringer" with Johnny Knoxville. Avalos' last film credit is a movie titled "$5 A Day," which was released in 2008 and starred Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, Amanda Peet and Sharon Stone. The legacy that Luis Avalos leaves in both film and television will never be forgotten as he provided us with countless hours of laughs and entertainment. Our thoughts go out to his family and finds during this difficult time, may he rest in peace.


ÁVALOS, Luis
Born: 9/2/1946, Havana, Cuba
Died: 1/22/2014, Burbank, Caifornia, U.S.A.

Luis Ávalos' westerns - actor:
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (TV) - 1972 (Crecencio)
Waker, Texas Ranger (TV) - 1993 (Pastor Chavez)
Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (TV) - (Colonel Fernandez)
Lone Justice 2 - 1995 (Crecencia)
Lone ustice: Showdown at Plum Creek - 1996 (Crecencia)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

RIP Stanford Tischler


Los Angeles Times
January 18, 2014
 
December 25, 1921 - January 15, 2014 Stan Tischler passed away January 15, 2014 at the age of 92. An accomplished film editor and producer, Stan won an Emmy and an Eddie award for his work on the hit television series M*A*S*H. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Services will be held Sunday, January 19 at 3pm, Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the City of Hope. "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen.".
 
 
TISCHLER, Stanford
Born: 12/25/1921, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 1/15/2014,
 
Stanford Tischler’s westerns – editor, producer:
Wagon Train (TV) – 1957 [editor]
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957 [editor]
The Proud and the Damned – 1972 [associate producer]

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

RIP Quail Dobbs


National Rodeo Legend, Retired Justice of the Peace Passes Away

PRCA Pro Rodeo
January 16, 2014
 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Marvin “Quail” Dobbs, one of the most decorated rodeo clowns and beloved performers in the sport’s history and an inductee in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, died at his home in Coahoma, Texas, on Jan. 15. He was 72.
 
Dobbs began his career in rodeo by riding bulls and bareback horses, and got into work as a barrelman by utter chance; the guy hired to perform at the Buffalo, Minn., rodeo in 1962 failed to show and Dobbs was pressed into service.
 
“I told (them), ‘Hey let me try that barrel, I’ve been a clown all my life,’” Dobbs said in an interview with the Abilene Reporter-News last November. “At least that’s what my teachers in high school said.”
 
That was the start of what would become a 36-year career in which Dobbs would be named PRCA Clown of the Year twice (1978 and 1988) and the Coors Man in the Can four times (1985-86, 1990 and 1993).
 
He is one of only three men to work as both a bullfighter (1972) and barrelman (1978, 1985 and 1988) at the National Finals Rodeo and also worked seven times as a barrelman for the Wrangler Bullfight Tour Finale.
 
Quail Dobbs played the “Woodlake Clown” in the 1971 feature film J.W. Coop, which starred Cliff Robertson, but drew on rodeo personalities like Dobbs, Larry Mahan, Myrtis Dightman and Dennis Reiners to lend authenticity to the endeavor.
 
“I set some goals,” Dobbs told the Reporter-News. “I wanted to go to the National Finals as a bullfighter and I did. I wanted to go to the National Finals as a barrelman and I did, so I fulfilled my dream.”
 
In addition to his induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs in 2002 – joining a class that included Joe Beaver, Clyde Vamvoras and Gary Leffew – he was enshrined in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame the following year and the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2004.
 
Dobbs was a longtime favorite at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, working that rodeo 28 times, and the 1998 Daddy of ’em All marked Dobbs'' last appearance in professional rodeo.
 
After his retirement, Dobbs became a Howard County (Texas) Justice of the Peace in 1999, and held the position in Coahoma until 2013, when poor health caused him to step down.
 
Dobbs held a Kindergarten Rodeo at the elementary school in Coahoma for 35 years, which he always oversaw in full rodeo clown makeup.
 
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy, and their two children, Stephanie and Coley.
 
Services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Trinity Baptist Church in Big Spring, Texas.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, or to Trent's Retreat, in honor of Dobbs’ nephew who died of cancer at the age of 15. Trent's Retreat address is 1015 FM 2887, Ballinger, Texas, 76821 and the organization can be reached at www.trentsretreat.org or 325.365.2103.
 
  
DOBBS, Quail (Marvin Dobbs)
Born:  8/27/1941, Albany, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 1/15/2014, Coahoma, Texas, U.S.A.
 
Quail Dobbs’ western – actor:
J.W. Coop – 1971 (Woodlake clown)

RIP James Jacks


‘The Mummy,’ ‘Dazed and Confused’ Producer James Jacks Dies in Los Angeles
 
Hollywood veteran had longtime partnership in Alphaville Films
 

Variety
By Dave McNary
January 20, 2014 | 11:57PM PT
 
Veteran movie producer James Jacks died Monday of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 66.
 
Jacks was best known for launching “The Mummy” franchise in 1999 with longtime producing partner Sean Daniel through their Alphaville Films banner.
 
His first credit came as an executive producer on “Raising Arizona” in 1987. Jacks and Daniel teamed with Richard Linklater on 1993′s “Dazed and Confused.”
 
Other film credits include “Tombstone,” “A Simple Plan,” “Michael,” “The Hunted,” “The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” “The Scorpion King,” “Down to Earth” and “The Jackal.”
 
Daniel said in a Facebook posting: “Nobody loved movies more. Passionate, loyal, generous,
accomplished, noble, caring, heavily armed, creative, dare I say obsessive on occasion. A good man,a good friend, a wonderful partner, a loving son to his family.”

Funeral services are pending.
 
 
JACKS, James
Born: 1948, U.S.A.
Died: 1/20/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
James Jack’s western – producer:
Tombstone - 1993

RIP Ben Starr


'Facts of Life,' 'Silver Spoons' Co-Creator Ben Starr Dies at 92
 
Variety
by Variety Staff
January 20, 2014 | 12:18PM PT
 
Comedy writer Ben Starr, whose career stretched from radio through 1980s
sitcoms, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 92.
 
Starr was a co-creator of NBC comedies "The Facts of Life" and "Silver
Spoons." During his long career, he wrote for TV comedies ranging from
"All in the Family" to "Diff'rent Strokes" as well as "Mr. Ed," "The
Andy Griffith Show," "Petticoat Junction," "The Brady Bunch" and "Chico
and the Man."
 
Starr inadvertently helped create the famous catchphrase from "Diff'rent
Strokes", "Whatchu talking 'bout Willis?" The line as written in an
early script for the show was "What are you talking about, Willis?" but
after star Gary Coleman gave it his distinctive delivery, Starr knew it
was a keeper.
 
Starr went on to create the spinoff "Facts of Life" with two other
writers he met while working on "Diff'rent Strokes," Martin Cohan and
Howard Leeds. "Facts of Life" ran from 1979 to 1988. "Silver Spoons,"
also created with Cohan and Leeds, ran from 1982-1987 and launched the
career of Rick Schroder.
 
In addition to his TV work, Starr penned a number of features including
1966's "Our Man Flint" and "Texas Across the River" and 1967's "The
Spirit is Willing." He also wrote plays, including "The Family Way,"
which had a brief run on Broadway in 1965.
 
Raised in Brooklyn by Russian immigrant parents, Starr served in WWII
and attended New York's City College and later graduated from UCLA. He
got his showbiz start in radio,  writing for such giants as Al Jolson,
Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and George Burns.
 
Starr was among the veteran comedy scribes featured in the documentary
"Lunch," about the group's regular kvetch sessions at Factor's Deli in
Los Angeles.
 
Starr's wife of 50 years, Gloria, died in 1999.
 
Survivors include three children and three grandchildren and nephew Andy
Kaplan, who heads international channels for Sony Pictures TV.
 
 
STARR, Ben
Born: 10/18/1921, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/19/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Ben Starr’s western – screenwriter:
Texas Across the River – 1966

RIP Sarah Marshall


British Actress Sarah Marshall Dies at 80
 
11:14 AM PST 1/20/2014
by Mike Barnes
 
The Tony-nominated star also appeared on TV’s “Star Trek” and “The Twilight Zone” and in the films “The Long, Hot Summer” and Dave.”
  
British actress Sarah Marshall, a Tony-nominated veteran who later appeared in memorable episodes of TV’s Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, has died. She was 80.
 
Marshall died Saturday in Los Angeles following a long battle with cancer, her daughter-in-law, Trixie Flynn, said.
 
Marshall was the daughter of noted British actors Herbert Marshall (The Letter, Foreign Correspondent) and Edna Best (The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir).
 
She made her feature film debut opposite Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in the adaptation of William Faulkner’s The Long, Hot Summer (1958), but her most notable work came on Broadway.
 
Marshall toured nationally with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and received a best supporting actress Tony Award nomination for playing Rusty Mayerling in Goodbye, Charlie and a New York Drama Critics Award for her work as Bonnie Dee Ponder in The Ponder Heart, both of which opened in 1959.
 
Born in London on May 25, 1933, Marshall also appeared on Broadway in Dream Girl (1951), Idiot’s Delight (1951), Charley’s Aunt (1953) and The World of Suzie Wong (1958).
 
In Jane (1952), directed by Cyril Ritchard, she worked opposite her mother, and in Come Blow Your Horn (1961), she met actor Karl Held, her future husband of 50 years. He survives her.
 
Ritchard also cast her in Gore Vidal’s A Visit to a Small Planet (1957), and she retained a life-long friendship with the writer as a result.
 
In 1972, Marshall and Held moved to London, where she appeared in A.R. Gurney’s Children with Constance Cummings, Applause with Lauren Bacall and Neil Simon’s The Gingerbread Lady with Elaine Stritch. Also while abroad, she worked in the CBS telefilm The Bunker with Anthony Hopkins (as Hitler), Michael Kitchen, Julian Fellowes and Held.
 
Returning to Los Angeles in 1979, Marshall starred opposite Roscoe Lee Browne in the short-lived CBS series Miss Winslow and Son.
 
In the 1962 Twilight Zone episode “Little Girl Lost,” Marshall played the mother of an unseen girl who disappears behind her bedroom wall into a fourth dimension. And in the 1967 Star Trek installment “The Deadly Years,” Marshall portrayed Dr. Janet Wallace, a former love interest of Captain Kirk (William Shatner) who helps cure an illness that rapidly ages its victims.
 
Marshall also appeared on such TV series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive, Daniel Boone, Get Smart, F Troop and Ironside and in such films as Embassy (1972), Dave (1993) and Dangerous Minds (1995).
 
For more than 20 years, Marshall and Held served on the Western Council of the Actors Fund of America.
 
Marshall also was married to three-time Oscar-nominated set decorator and regular Woody Allen collaborator Mel Bourne from 1952-57.
 
In addition to Flynn and Held, Marshall is survived by son Timothy, grandchildren Seamus, Sarah, Timothy and Eliza and half-sister Ann.
 
 
MARSHALL, Sarah
Born: 5/25/1933, London, England, U.K.
Died: 1/18/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Sarah Marshall’s westerns – actress:
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1962 (Diane Banner)
F Troop (TV) – 1965 (Hermione Gooderly)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965 (Eugenia Rawlins)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Nancye Beldoe, Elizabeth, Anne Denning

RIP Hal Sutherland


Hal Sutherland, who began his career as a Disney animator in 1954, and gained industry recognition in the 1960s as co-founder and animation director at Filmation Associates, has passed away according to a notice on the Filmation Facebook page.
 
Sutherland joined Disney during a ramp-up in production on Sleeping Beauty (1959), working mainly on the Prince's horse, Samson. After a lay-off, Sutherland hooked up with Lou Scheimer while working on Bozo The Clown TV cartoons for Larry Harmon.
 
Sutherland and Scheimer teamed up with former disc jockey Norm Prescott to form Filmation Associates in 1962 - and they began working on a feature Journey Back To Oz (which was ultimately completed and released in 1974). Filmation exploded in the late 1960s, becoming a powerhouse TV animation studio with pre-sold properties like Superman, Aquaman, The Archies, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Fat Albert and Star Trek.
 
Sutherland went into semi-retirement in 1974, moving to Washington state to focus on fine-art painting. As a consultant to Filmation, Sutherland last directed the theatrical feature film Pinocchio And The Emperor Of The Night in 1987.
 
 
SUTHERLAND, Hal
Born: 1929, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 1/16/2014, Washington, U.S.A.
 
Hal Sutherland’s western – animator:
Brave Starr (TV) - 1987

Thursday, January 16, 2014

RIP Russell Johnson


Russell Johnson, who played The Professor on "Gilligan's Island," dies at age 89

 
Fox News
January 16, 2014
 
Johnson's agent told Fox News that the actor passed away at his home in Washington State on Thursday morning of natural causes, with his wife and daughter by his side.
 
Johnson's co-star Dawn Wells, who played Mary Anne on the show, posted on her Facebook page: "My 2 favorite people are now gone. The professor past (sic) away this morning. My heart is broken."
 
"Russell was a true gentleman, a good father, a great friend, and 'the rest,'" Wells wrote.
 
Wells and Tina Louise, who played Ginger, are the show's last two surviving cast members.
 
Johnson starred on "Gilligan's Island," a classic TV comedy about a mismatched set of castaways stranded on a deserted island, from 1964 to 1967.
 
His character, high school science teacher Roy Hinkley, built generators and other gadgets out of scraps of junk found on the island. Johnson later joked that the one thing The Professor never figured out how to do was to fix the leaky boat so the group could get back to civilization.
 
Johnson started out in westerns and sci-fi movies, including "It Came From Outer Space." After "Gilligan's Island" he worked regularly with small parts on television.
 
 
JOHNSON, Russell (Russell David Johnson)
Born: 11/10/1924, Ashley, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 1/16/1914, Bainbridge Island, Washington, U.S.A.
 
Russell Johnson’s westerns – actor:
Rancho Notorious – 1952 (Chuck-A-Luck player)
Seminole – 1953 (Lieutenant Hamilton)
Law and Order – 1953 (Jimmy Johnson)
Column South – 1953 (Corporal Biddle)
The Stand at Apache River – 1953 (Greiner)
Tumbleweed – 1953 (Lam Blanden)
Ride Clear of Diablo – 1954 (Jed Ringer)
Taza, Son of Coshise – 1954 [narrator]
Many Rivers to Cross – 1955 (Banks)
Strange Lady in Town – 1955 (Shadduck)
The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1955 (Tom Levering)
Circus Boy (TV) – 1956 (Dr. Ben Osgood)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1956, 1957 (Greene, Sergeant Stan Powers)
Casey Jones (TV) – 1957 (Jeff Tyler)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957, 1962 (William Dodd, Normalie Hall)
Wagon Train (TV) - 1957, 1958, 1962 (Craig Manson, Steve Marshall, Major Dan Marriott)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1957, 1959, 1969, 1972 (Stanger, Harry Webb, Diggs, Link Parrin, 
Jefferson Drum (TV) – 1958 (The Sundown Kid)
The Saga of Hemp Brown – 1958 (Hook)
Badman’s Country – 1958 (Sundance)
The Californians (TV) – 1958
Lawman (TV) – 1959 (Wade Hogan)
Riverboat (TV) – 1959 (Darius)
Black Saddle (TV) – 1959-1960 (Marshal Gib Scott)
The Deputy (TV) – 1961 (Albee Beckett)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961, 1962, 1968 (Noble, Sergeant Tate, Matthew Reynolds)
Laramie (TV) – 1961, 1962, 1963 (Stanton, Wayne Cady, Bob Murkland, Al Denning, Bob Talmadge)
The Wide Country (TV) – 1962 (Arch McHugh)
The Dakotas (TV) – 1963 (Lieutenant Clyde Mariot)
Empire (TV) – 1963 (Bill Carey)
Rawhide (TV) – 1963 (Burt Harvey)
Temple Houston (TV) – 1963
A Distant Trumpet – 1964 (Captain Brinker)
Invitation to a Gunfighter – 1964 (John Medford)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1968 (Davey Dunigan)

RIP Dave Madden


‘Partridge Family’ Star Dave Madden Passes Away at 83

 
Screen Crush
by Britt Hayes
January 16, 2014 4:53 PM
 
Dave Madden, beloved star of the classic television series ‘The Partridge Family,’ has passed away at the age of 83. Madden played the role of the family’s oft put-upon band manager Reuben Kincaid, who often was annoyed by the shenanigans of young Danny, played by former child star Danny Bonaduce. Madden was also the star of the ’70s show ‘Laugh-In.’
 
Madden’s former agent confirmed his passing to TMZ and told the site that the ailing actor passed away in Florida, where he lived with his wife, after a long struggle with illness.
 
Aside from his role on ‘The Partridge Family,’ alongside fellow stars like Danny Bonaduce, Shirley Jones and David Cassidy, Madden made guest appearances on classic shows, such as ‘Bewitched,’ ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Fantasy Island.’
 
He had a recurring role on the series ‘Alice’ as one of the customers at Mel’s diner and as Tommy’s basketball coach, and in later years he appeared on ‘The New Leave It to Beaver,’ ‘Boy Meets World,’ ‘The Ben Stiller Show’ and ‘Married … with Children.’ His last appearance was in an episode of ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch’ as Dr. Hans Egglehoffer in 1998.

 
MADDEN, Dave (David Joseph Madden)
Born: 12/17/1931, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada
Died: 1/16/2014, Fruit Cove, Florida, U.S.A.
 
Dave Madden’s western – actor:
More Wild Wild West (TV) – 1980 (German Ambassador)

RIP Roger Lloyd-Pack

'Only Fools and Horses' actor Roger Lloyd-Pack dies aged 69

The Irish Times
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 12:58


Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Trigger in Only Fools And Horses, has died aged 69, his agent said.
Lloyd-Pack was born into an acting family in north London and his father Charles was a regular in Hammer horror films. Although best-known for playing the dim road-sweeper in Only Fools And Horses, Lloyd-Pack appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including a regular role as farmer Owen Newitt in The Vicar Of Dibley.
 
Father Ted creator Graham Linehan was among those paying tribute online. He said: “Very sad news about Roger Lloyd Pack. Trigger was an ancestor to Father Dougal and I’m glad I once had a chance to tell him so.”
 
Lloyd-Pack was also a successful stage actor, appearing regularly at Shakespeare’s Globe in central London, but knew he would always be best known as
 
Trigger. In a 2012 interview with the Guardian, he said: “People will never stop shouting ‘Trigger!’ at me in the street. The other day I jumped some lights on my bike because someone was hollering at me. A police van pulled me over, and when I stopped they also shouted: ‘Trigger!’. It can be very annoying.”
 
He was also politically active and a prominent campaigner for left-wing causes in the capital.
Lloyd-Pack’s daughter Emily shot to fame in the 1987 film Wish You Were Here before stepping back from the celebrity limelight after struggling with health issues.
 
 
LLOYD-PACK, Roger
Born: 2/18/1944, Islington, London, Engand, U.K.
Died: 1/16/2014, London, England, U.K.
 
Roger Lloyd-Pack's western - actor:
The New Adventures of Zorro (TV) - 1990 (Carillo)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

RIP Richard Sheperd


Richard Shepherd, Producer of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' Dies at 86
 
Hollywood Reporter
1:29 PM PST 1/15/2014
by Mike Barnes
 
 
He also headed production at Warner Bros. and MGM, worked as an agent at MCA and the forerunner of ICM and founded The Artists Agency.
 
Richard Shepherd, who produced the Blake Edwards classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, served as head of production at MGM and Warner Bros. and then founded the Artists Agency, has died. He was 86.
 
Shepherd died Tuesday night at his home in Los Angeles after a long illness, his wife Patricia told The Hollywood Reporter. Survivors also include a son, TV producer-writer Scott Shepherd (Equalizer, Miami Vice, The Dead Zone).
 
During his six-decade career in the entertainment industry, Shepherd also produced The Hanging Tree (1959), starring Gary Cooper in one of his final films and George C. Scott in his first; Sidney Lumet’s The Fugitive Kind (1960), with Marlon Brando and Joanne Woodward; and Richard Lester’s Robin and Marian (1976), starring Tiffany’s star Audrey Hepburn and Sean Connery.
 
Shepherd started out as an independent film producer and, working with Martin Jurow, did Hanging Tree, Fugitive Kind, Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961) starring Fabian and then Tiffany’s, their final collaboration.
 
When Paramount’s head of production wanted the song “Moon River” replaced, “Marty and I both said, ‘Over our dead bodies,’ Shepherd recalled in an audio commentary for an anniversary DVD edition of Tiffany’s.
 
The Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer tune, of course, won the Oscar for best song in 1962.
 
“It’s a very tough industry, and the stakes are very high,” Shepherd told The New York Times in 1977 when he was at MGM. “You rely on your gut feeling; I think the first requisite is that you have to have a story in which there is someone the audience can care about, somebody they want to root for.
 
“They pay ballplayers a lot of money for hitting .333; I’d pay anybody a lot of money if they could be right 33.3 percent of the time in this business.”
 
Shepherd later founded The Artists Agency and represented a myriad of stars over the years, including Marilyn Monroe, Rex Harrison and Richard Harris.
 
Born June 4, 1927, in Kansas City, Mo., Shepherd attended Stanford in the 1940s and excelled on the golf team. He was hired by MCA legend Lew Wasserman right out of college and became an agent for the company in the Midwest.
 
After a stint in the U.S. Army -- where he covered stories for Stars and Stripes in occupied Germany after World War II – Shepherd went back to work for MCA in New York, then turned to producing with Jurow.
 
In the '60s, Shepherd returned to the agency world as one of the first partners at CMA, which quickly became the most powerful agency in the world with a client roster that boasted Paul Newman, Barbara Streisand, Bill Cosby and others. He stayed at CMA (which eventually became ICM) for nearly a decade.
 
In 1970, Shepherd was named head of production at Warner Bros., where he oversaw such blockbusters as The Exorcist (1973) and The Towering Inferno (1974). For the Robin Hood-Maid Marian romance Robin and Marian, he lured Hepburn back to acting after a decade away.
 
Shepherd then took the reins at MGM in 1976, developed a slate of films that included The Champ (1979), Fame (1980), Clash of the Titans (1981) and Shoot the Moon (1982).
 
Upon leaving MGM, he produced the erotic vampire tale The Hunger (1983), director Tony Scott’s first feature, starring Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon and David Bowie, and the Tom Hanks-John Candy comedy Volunteers (1985).
 
Shepherd then spent two decades as a partner at The Artists Agency, where he represented numerous actors and screenwriters well into his 70s.
 
Richard and Patricia were married for 34 years and had a son, Christopher. His former wife was Judith Goetz, who was producer-executive William Goetz’s daughter and Louis B. Mayer’s granddaughter; together, they had children Scott, Tony (the former head of casting for Spelling Prods. who now produces shows for the Disney theme park in Florida) and Victoria. Survivors also include his grandchildren Barrett and Hunter.

A memorial will be announced by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Motion and Television Picture House and Hospital in Woodland Hills.

 
SHEPERD, Richard (Richard Allen Silberman)
Born: 6/4/1927, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.
Died: 1/14/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Richard Sheperd’s western – producer:
The Hanging Tree – 1959

Monday, January 13, 2014

RIP Frank Mirth


'Honeymooners' Actor Frank Marth Dies at 91
 
He played several characters on the classic Jackie Gleason sitcom and later authority figures in such films as "Madame X" and "Madigan" and on TV's "Hogan's Heroes."
 
Frank Marth, a veteran character actor and member of Jackie Gleason's stock company on The Honeymooners, died Sunday of congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease in Rancho Mirage, Calif., a family friend told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 91.
 
Often cast as authority figures, Marth appeared on scores of TV shows and in many films during his more than 50 years in show business. He played a detective in Madame X (1966) opposite Lana Turner, a police lieutenant working with Richard Widmark in Madigan (1968), an Air Force man in the Gregory Peck film Marooned (1969) and a Nazi officer on the sitcom Hogan's Heroes.
 
The tall and slender Marth, though, is probably best remembered for his assortment of background roles on The Honeymooners, which starred Gleason and Audrey Meadows as Ralph and Alice Kramden and Art Carney as their upstairs neighbor, Ed Norton.
 
Marth played Harvey Wohlstetter, who hires Alice to babysit his son, Harvey Jr., as Ralph jumps to conclusions and thinks his wife is having an affair. He was one of the hoods who holds the Kramdens and Norton hostage after Ralph witnesses a bank robbery; the newsman who gets Ralph in trouble at home after he quotes the bus driver in the paper boasting that he's the "head of the household;" and the off-screen narrator of Norton's favorite TV show, Captain Video. Other "classic 39" episodes had him as Ralph's co-worker or pool-room buddy.
 
Before and after The Honeymooners in the mid-1950s, Marth worked with Gleason on the comedian's variety shows Cavalcade of Stars and American Scene Magazine, the latter beamed from Miami Beach, Fla.
 
In Meadows' 1994 book Love, Alice: My Life as a Honeymooner, Marth noted that Gleason always called him Francis. On the show, "I always felt like I was going to a party, instead of work," he recalled. "It was such a blast."
 
Born and raised in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, Marth began his career on the stage and made his first TV appearance in 1949 on the series Mama.
 
Marth later appeared on such primetime shows as The Fugitive, Combat! The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Wild Wild West, The Big Valley, Mission: Impossible, The F.B.I., Cannon, M*A*S*H,  The Streets of San Francisco, Quincy M.E., Dirty Dozen: The Series and Airwolf; on the soap operas From These Roots and The Young and the Restless; and in the 1976 telefilm The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case.
 
He portrayed an escaped murderer in Fright (1956) and was in such other films as Pendulum (1969), The Lost Man (1969), Telefon (1977) and Loving Deadly (1994), his final credit.
 
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, actress Hope Holiday, who shared a memorable night of self-pity (and quite a few drinks) with Jack Lemmon on Christmas Eve in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960).
 
 
MARTH, Frank
Born: 7/29/1922, Washington Heights, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/12/2014, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.A.
 
Frank Marth’s westerns – actor:
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) - 1966 (doctor)
Shane (TV) – 1966 (Ball)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966, 1967 (Monroe, Marshall Ollie Lanson, Sheriff Barnes, Walter Meeder,
Sheriff Tom Hayes)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (Wiley)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Col. Theodore M. Rath)
The Outcasts (TV) – 1968 (Roy Tanner)
Lancer (TV) – 1968, 1969 (Marks, Rafferty)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974 (Leitner, Ed Wickes, Martin Blake, Loveday)
Bonanza (TV) – 1969 (Mr. Burnham)
Young Pioneers (TV) – 1976 (Mr. Swenson)
The Quest (TV) – 1976 (Sheriff Coe)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1977 (Lewis Ford)
Best of the West (TV) – 1981 (Kinkaid)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (Knight)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

RIP Alexandra Basteda


TV and animal Champion Alexandra Bastedo dies of cancer
 
 
The actress Alexandra Bastedo, sci-fi Champion who turned champion of the animal world, has lost her battle against cancer. 
 
Theatre director Roger Redfarn, a close friend to both Alexandra and to her husband, former Chichester Festival Theatre artistic director, the late Patrick Garland, confirmed she passed away on Sunday.
 
For many years the couple lived just south of Chichester at Almodington before moving to West Chiltington. Mr Garland’s death last April was followed by a star-studded memorial service in Chichester Cathedral last September, organised by friends including Simon Callow.
 
Alexandra Bastedo, who was 67, enjoyed huge success on screen and on stage and also as a vital support to husband Patrick during his years at the CFT.
 
But showbusiness was never her first choice of career, as she liked to recall.
 
As a child, Bastedo was desperate to become a vet and spent all her spare time at the local veterinary surgery, helping to clean out. And then the movies called.
 
“I was discovered by Columbia Pictures at the age of 16 and sent to Hollywood to make a horror film called The Candy Web.”
 
On returning to this country, she continued to act, refusing to go to university and landing a part instead in the cult sci-fi TV series The Champions which ran for 30 episodes, broadcast on ITV in the UK from 1968–1969.
 
Starring Hove-born Alexandra as Sharron Macready alongside Stuart Damon as Craig Stirling and William Gaunt as Richard Barrett, it told of three agents for a United Nations law enforcement organisation who gain super powers after a plane crash.
 
Alexandra recalled that it totally changed her life: “Apart from becoming a household name in England, Scotland and Wales, I became an international star, particularly in Spain and South America where they called me La Bastedo.”
 
Back in England she married Patrick Garland, artistic director at the CFT from 1981-1984 before
returning for a second stint (1991-1994).
 
The couple bought a 16th-century farmhouse at Almodington with a Sussex barn and three acres: “And it was there that I was able to fulfil my dream of rescuing animals,” she recalled.
 
Alexandra wrote a successful volume of autobiography, Beware Dobermans, Donkeys and Ducks, recalling some of the outrageous and endearing adventures she enjoyed with her expanding menagerie.
 
In more recent years, the couple moved to West Chiltington where the animal sanctuary continues as the Alexandra Bastedo Champions Animal Sanctuary, with the aim “to rescue abandoned animals and animals in distress and provide them with care and protection”. As recently as early December, she was tweeting on animal protection issues.
 
After many years of ill-health, Mr Garland died in Worthing hospital last April at the age of 78. Alexandra was also ill at the time, but last autumn friends were confident that she had rallied and that her health was improving.
 
Among those to pay tribute on her passing was actress Liza Goddard who tweeted: “My dear friend Alexandra Bastedo died today. A beautiful person who will be greatly missed.”
 
Fellow actor Peter Egan also tweeted: “Deeply sad. Our dear friend Alexandra Bastedo lost her battle with cancer at 4pm today. A beautiful woman and Animal Champion.”


BASTEDO, Alexandra (Alexandra L.Bastedo)
Born: 3/9/1946, Hove, East Sussex, England, U.K.
Died: 1/12/2014, Wet Chiltington, Chichester, England, U.K.

Alexandra Bastedo's western - actres:
Draw! (TV) - 1984 (Bess)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

RIP Carter Camp


Carter Camp, a onetime activist with the American Indian Movement who was a leader in the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dakota, has died in Oklahoma. He was 72.
 
Camp's sister, Casey Camp-Horinek, said Thursday he died Dec. 27 surrounded by family in White Eagle, Okla. Camp-Horinek said her brother had been suffering from cancer for the past year. Services for Camp were held Tuesday.
 
Camp, a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, was a member of the American Indian Movement, organizing more than 30 chapters in his home state of Oklahoma, Camp-Horinek said. The American Indian Movement was founded in the late 1960s to protest the U.S. government's treatment of Native Americans and demand that the government honor its treaties with Indian tribes.
 
He had a leading role in the Trail of Broken Treaties in 1972, in which a caravan of Native American activists drove across the country to Washington, D.C., to protest treaties between tribes and the federal government. They took over the Bureau of Indian Affairs for several days.
 
The following year, Carter headed to South Dakota with other AIM leaders, including Russell Means and Dennis Banks. There they organized the Wounded Knee uprising, a 71-day siege that included several gunbattles with federal officers. Means died in 2012 at age 72.
 
"He was the only person in (a) leadership position in Wounded Knee who never left Wounded Knee, not to go out and do press junkets, not to go and sit in a hotel for a while. None of that. He was a war leader there. He stayed inside with his warriors," Camp-Horinek said of her brother.
 
While several people in leadership roles went on trial for events that took place at Wounded Knee, Camp was the only one to ever serve time. He spent two years in prison in Leavenworth, Kan., for assaulting a postal inspector, a charge Camp-Horinkek disputes. Camp later left the organization.
 
In recent years, Camp's focus turned to the Keystone XL pipeline, which he bitterly opposed. Once completed, the contested pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Canada down the midsection of the country and into Texas.
 
Though Camp was notified nearly a year ago that he had only a few months to live due to the cancer that had metastasized into his lungs, kidney and liver, Camp-Horinek said her brother's strength of spirit allowed him to take part in a sun dance, a sacred religious ceremony, in South Dakota last summer.
 
Camp will be remembered as a warrior, a spiritual leader and a kind family man, Camp-Horinkek, 65, said.
 
"As a sister, what I remember is kindness, a big brother who sat on the porch and read the Sunday papers ... who made popcorn and fudge and had an arm around my shoulders — in the physical sense and the other sense of always being there for me," she said.


 
CAMP, Carter (Carter Augustus Camp)
Born: 8/18/1941, Pawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 12/27/2013, White Eagle, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
 
Carter Camp’s western – technical advisor:
Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (TV) - 1994

Thursday, January 9, 2014

RIP Lorella De Luca


Dead tonight Lorella De Luca, the actress who conquered the audience in interpreting Marisa Poor but beautiful. She was born in Florence on September 17, 1940.
 
She started her career in 1955 with Federico Fellini 's “Il bidone”. Then the followed with another film in the saga directed by Dino Risi which led to her success by that character.  With extraordinary grace and simplicity she emerged as one of the most popular young actresses of Italian comedy. In 1957 she appeared in “Padri e figli” by Mario Monicelli. In three years she turned out 23 films, from “Domenica è sempre domenica” directed by Camillo Mastrocinque to “Primo amore” by Mario Camerini, “L'ultima violenza” by Raffaello Matarazzo. The with Dino Risi, “Poveri ma belli”, and “Belle ma povere” (1957) and the “Poveri milionari” (1959 ), chapters of an Italy fresco painted with realistic light, a country overwhelmed by the difficulties of post-war and raised by the good intentions of revenge. In 1958 she had a television movie ‘Musichiere” by Mario Riva, one of the most popular transmissions of the Rai era.
 
In the early '60s she began working less. In 1965 he met the director Duccio Tessari, who later married her. And in the second half of that decade she appeared under the pseudonym of Hally Hammond in some films directed by her husband, starting with “A Pistol for Ringo” and “The Return of Ringo” .
 
After an absence of 25 years, in 1983 she returned to the big screen in the work “Vito Zagarrio, Bonus Malus” with Claudio Bisio, Pieraccioni Leonardo, Massimo Ceccherini. It was her last film, partly because of a serious illness that had afflicted her since 1994. In September of that year her husband died.
 
 
DeLuca, Lorella
Born: 9/17/1940, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Died: 1/9/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Lorella DeLuca’s westerns – actress:
A Pistol for Ringo – 1966 (Ruby Brown) [as Hally Hammond
The Return of Ringo – 1966 (Helen Brown/Hally Fitzgerald) [as Hally Hammond]

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

RIP Danica Acimac

Serbian actress Danica Acimac died of natural causes on June 11, 2009 in Belgrade. Born in Belgrade on December 29, 1928 as Danica Pomorišac she became a TV actress starting in 1959 and appeared in a number of television series until 1976 when she retired from show business.


ACIMAC, Danica real name Danica Pomorišac
Born: 12/29/1928, Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Died: 6/11/2009, Belgrade, Serbia

Danica Acimac's western - actress:
Zlatna pracka (The Golden Sling) - 1967

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Producer Ted Richmond, who produced more than 60 movies from the 1940s through the 1970s including 1973 thriller Papillon, died in Paris on Dec. 23. He was 103.
Richmond is pictured in the center at the 1969 presentation of the "Orden de Isabel la Católica" medal of honor to him for his contributions to the Spanish film industry.
 
The 1973 hit Papillon, starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, was one of Richmonds most successful films.
 
For 40 years, working for Columbia Pictures and then Universal Intl., he produced movies in a variety of genres. There were Westerns such as The Cimarron Kid, starring Audie Murphy, and Return of the Seven, as well as comedies such as Francis Joins the WACS, starring Donald O'Connor. Richmond was also an uncredited producer on the Elvis Presley pic It Happened at the Worlds Fair.
 
In the 1950s he partnered with his close friend Tyrone Power to form Copa Prods. The companys first movie, Count Three and Pray, introduced Joanne Woodward to films. In 1959, during the filming of Solomon and Sheba, Richmond was devastated when Power, who was playing Solomon, suffered a fatal heart attack. Yul Brynner ultimately played the part opposite Gina Lollobrigida.
 
Richmond also worked with such stars as Buster Crabbe, Gale Storm, Joan Davis, Nina Foch, Mel Torme, Penny Singleton, Desi Arnaz, Piper Laurie, Jeff Chandler, Beau Bridges, Cornel Wilde, Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Tony Curtis, Alan Ladd, Janet Leigh, Anne Bancroft, Rock Hudson, Raymond Burr, Aldo Ray, Lana Turner, Charles Bronson and Bob Hope.
 
The producer's last film was 1979's The Fifth Musketeer.
 
Born in New Bedford, Mass., Richmond first worked in the movie business as an usher at a local theater. In 1939 he wrote the screen story for Six Gun Rhythm and Trigger Pals. In 1941, he produced his first movie, South of Panama. (In his early films he was credited as T.H. Richmond.)
 
He spent the past 30 years in Paris with his wife, Asuko. Richmond is also survived by four nieces and one nephew in the U.S.
 
 
RICHMOND, Ted
Born: 6/10/1912, New Bedford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 12/23/2013, Paris, France
 
Ted Richmond’s westerns – producer, screenwriter:
Phantom Ranger – 1938 [assistant director]
Two Gun Justice – 1938 [assistant director]
Six-Gun Rhythm – 1939 [screenwriter]
Trigger Pals – 1939 [screenwriter]
Singin’ in the Corn – 1946 [producer]
King of the Wild Horses – 1947 [producer]
Adventures in Silverado – 1948 [producer]
Thunderhoof – 1948 [producer]
Kansas Raiders – 1950 [producer]
Bronco Buster – 1952 [producer]
The Cimarron Kid – 1952 [producer]
Column South – 1953 [producer]
Rails into Laramie – 1954 [producer]
Count Three and Prayer – 1955 [producer]
Advance to the Rear – 1964 [producer]
Return of the Seven – 1966 [producer]
Villa Rides – 1968 [producer]
Red Sun – 1971 [associate producer]

RIP Dennis Johnson


Dennis Johnson, a TV programming exec and producer who was among the first African-Americans to rise through the Big Three network ranks, died December 23 while on vacation in St. Barts. He was 68.
 
A Virginia native and graduate of Temple U., Johnson had a nearly 20-year run at Showtime. He got his start as an NBC page working on The Tonight Show in 1969. He advanced through several posts in the Peacock's comedy development department before moving to ABC as VP of programming in 1975.
 
In 1978, Johnson joined the Osmond familys production shingle, Osmond Television. He held a variety of posts there and at other production companies until he joined Showtime in 1984 as director of current programming for the pay cabler and its Movie Channel sibling.
 
While at Showtime, he established a program for black filmmakers and served as president of the National Assn. of Minorities in Cable. He rose to senior VP of programming during his long run at the cabler, which ended in 2002.
 
Johnson segued into producing movies, telepics and specials including 2002 Keep the Faith, Baby and the 2008 feature Hope and Redemption: The Lena Baker Story starring Tichina Arnold. He was exec producer on the concert special From the Heart: The Four Tops 50th Anniversary Celebration.
 
After his retirement, Johnson was an active volunteer at Hollywood's First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. He also volunteered through the Sherry Lansing Foundation as a mentor for minority high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
 
Johnson’s survivors include his partner of 27 years, veteran publicist Russ Patrick, and a sister.
 
A memorial service is being planned for later this month.
 
 
JOHNSON, Dennis
Born: 1/18/1945, Kenbridge, Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 12/23/2013, Gustavia, Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies.
 
Dennis Johnson’s western – executive producer:
I Married Wyatt Earp (TV) - 1983