Monday, April 28, 2014

RIP Micheline Dax


Micheline Dax has died

Le Parisien
By Staff
April 28, 2014
 
Micheline Dax actress, who has made a successful career in theater and film, primarily in comedies, died Sunday in Paris.
 
The curtain falls on one of the queens of French comedy. The actress Micheline Dax, just disappeared. She was 90 years old. It is her agent Jean- Pierre Noël, who announced the sad news to AFP Monday, April 28.
 
Emblematic figure of the cinema with a filmography to rival starlets , but also television personality and theater , the soprano had participated in a tour with the great Charles Aznavour and is the first part of Edith Piaf.
 
Married to actor Jacques Bodoin since the 1960s, Michelle Dax leaves behind a daughter , Veronique Bodoin, actress and TV host. Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, she also made ​​a chevalier of the Légion d'honneur in 2012.
 
Micheline Etevenon born March 3, 1924, Micheline Dax, who began her great career after the famous Simon course, had also lent her voice to Miss Piggy, the famous slut Muppet Show and Ursula in The Little Mermaid, Calamity Jane Lucky Luke in or Maa sheep in Babe: Pig became a shepherd. Very popular on television in the 1970s and 1980s, she was a regular guest on game shows including "Les Jeux de 20 Heures" and "l'Académie des neuf".
 
Friday, April 25, two days before her death, the comedy "Un Beau Salaud", she created in 1987 with Jean- Jacques Dax was still being played on the boards of the Forge of Barsac, Gironde. A great lady has left us.
 
 
DAX, Micheline (Micheline Josette Renée Etevenon)
Born: 3/3/1924 in Paris, Île de France, France
Died: 4/27/2004, Île-de-France, France
 
Micheline Dax’s western – voice actress:
Lucky Luke (TV) – 1984 [French voice of Calamity Jane]

Sunday, April 27, 2014

RIP Antonio Pica


Heartthrob Spanish actor Antonio Pica dies
 
The Jerez player participated with supporting roles in over 70 films in genres such as ' western ' or terror also starred in numerous television commercials
 
Diariodejerez.es
By J.D. Jerez
4/27/2014
 
Yesterday morning Antonio Pica Serrano died April 26th  at the age of 82. Pica participated in more than 70 films throughout his life, mainly in secondary roles, and was well known for his television commercials. His last work was the short film 'The Cockroach ' by Manuel Ruiz, a small film in the ‘western’ field, a genre in which the actor Jerez worked fluently and who wanted to work selflessly for "stoking the desires students of this art thundered," as it says in the end credits of this film.
 
As recounted in an interview last year when he was awarded the prize of honor Asecan (Film Writers Association of Andalucía) in last year's edition, Pica came to making movies by accident. He worked as a technician on oil rigs and resided in Madrid when one day came in the famous Café Gijón, "the bar of the actors", and one of the principals of the Moro Studios offered him the chance to do a test.
 
From there began a long career in which he combined with western advertising and terror. He worked in some Hollywood blockbusters like 'The Fall of the Roman Empire' (1964) or 'The Man Who Killed Billy the Kid” (1966).
 
José Luis Jiménez , anywhere 'People from Jerez' stresses that Pica had a "factions and markedly Anglo presence, combined with his elegant manners and a natural photogenic face," which made ​​it to be continuously required for many advertising agencies, a task that he combined with his appearances in film productions. Thus, he worked for brands such as Veteran, Founder, Iberia or LM plus the English Court.
 
His filmography is full of supporting roles in both Spanish and American productions. He worked for Anthony Mann, Fernando Merino, Jesus Franco, José María Forqué or Julio Buchs, among others. However, his film credits were quite lavish in the sixties and seventies where he primarily was assigned roles of the villain. "It will be my face sieso" he said in the interview I had.
 
As explained Jimenez, Antonio Pica’s  movie career went away coinciding with the decline of American blockbusters . The Jerez returned to work as a diver on oil rigs, work will be done somewhere between Spain and the North Sea. However, in 1985 he had a short-lived return to cinema with Italian Cucho Tessari. Now retired, early last decade, he returned to films participating in various shorts.
 
Atonio Pica married to four times and had five children. For more than one year, and because of his
health problems, lived in the residence La Torre El Puerto de Santa María.
 
PICA, Antonio (Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Pica Serrano)
Born: 3/21/1931, Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Andalucía Spain
Died: 4/26/2014, El Puerto de Santa María, Andalucia, Spain
 
Antonio Pica’s westerns – actor:
Weeping for a Bandit – 1963
A Fistful of Dollars - 1964 (Baxter henchman)
Django Kill - 1966 (Tembler henchman)
Bandidos - 1967 (Sam)
A Few Bullets More - 1967 (John Tunstill)
Ringo: The Lone Rider – 1968 (sheriff)
Tierra Brava - 1968
A Bullet for Sandoval - 1969 (Sam Paul)
Death on High Mountain - 1969
Two Crosses at Danger Pass – 1967 (Doc)
Spaghetti Western – 1974 (Foster)
Eh? Who’s Afraid of Zorro! - 1975 (Major de Colignac)
The Cockroach – 2012 (Anselmo ‘Cockroach’ Galera)
Cuando Éramos Pistoleros – 2012 [himself]

Saturday, April 26, 2014

RIP William Brayne

The Guardian
By Werner Schmitz
Tuesday 22 April 2014
 
My friend William Brayne, who has died aged 78 after suffering from cancer, made his name as a documentary film cameraman and as a director of action-packed television drama. Bill's reputation of being able to "bring them in on time" and his eye for action caught the attention of Raymond Menmuir, producer of The Professionals, in 1978. In collaboration with the stunt arranger Peter Brayham, Bill staged numerous car chases, explosions and fistfights involving the characters of Bodie and Doyle.
 
Throughout the 1980s, Bill directed popular programmes such as Dempsey and Makepeace, C.A.T.S. Eyes, with Jill Gascoine as one of the team of female detectives, and Lovejoy. He also helped bring out the quirky humour of Bulman, the eccentric detective of the title played by Don Henderson, written by Murray Smith.
 
Bill was born in Vancouver, Canada, where his father owned a hardware store. After a stint in the army, in the mid-50s he found work at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where he became involved with the various aspects of film-making. He met and married Ellen Finck in the late 50s.
 
His big break came when he was recruited as a cameraman on Allan King's Warrendale (1967), a film which used "direct cinema" techniques to chronicle life at a home for emotionally disturbed children. The work cemented King's reputation as Canada's foremost documentary film-maker and also caught the attention of the American director Frederick Wiseman, who asked Bill to join forces with him. Subsequently the pair worked on nine of Wiseman's in-depth investigations of American institutions, including Law and Order (1969) and Basic Training (1971).
 
Britain became Bill's second base when King set up a studio in London. AKA – Allan King Associates – could be hired by TV companies around the globe for current affairs stories and documentaries. Bill's second career as a television director came about by accident. He claimed that the producers of the TV show Special Branch wanted Bill Bain on their team and dialed a wrong number.
 
In the early 90s, Bill's career completed a full circle when King offered him directing assignments in Canada. In his retirement, he enjoyed travelling, golf and watching baseball.
 
Ellen died in 2007. Bill is survived by his sister, Diana.
 
 
BRAYNE, William
Born: 1936, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: 4/?/2014
 
William Brayne’s western – director:
Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV) - 1995

Friday, April 25, 2014

RIP Jorge Arvizu


Actor Jorge Arvizu, 'El Tata', has passed away
 
Voice Benito Bozzo and Cucho for 'Cat and the Gang' was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack
 
MEXICO CITY, March 18 -. Mexican actor Jorge Arvizu, 'El Tata', died early on Tuesday, at age 81 due to heart failure.
 
Weeks ago he was rushed to hospital for the same condition, but showed improvement, said Pedro Romo, his close friend, after leaving the hospital, reports the website of the station to which he belonged.
 
International Talent
 
Jorge Arvizu was born in Celaya, July 23, 1932, and became a voice actor, film and television in Mexico, according to the Wikipedia site.
 
He is known as "El Tata"; name of one of his characters in a television series.
 
He distinguished himself for his work from the 1950s and 1960s, performing all kinds of voices in cartoons and television series, as well as being comedic actor, producer and writer for theater, television and film.
 
His talent is recognized in Latin American countries, where their work is known, mainly in the field of dubbing.
 
Jorge Arvizu nicknamed "El Tata" won in the late 1970s, when he appeared with a regular character in The Handmaid Well Maid, where he played an elderly neighbor of the protagonist, María Victoria, I returning to it later in the Carbine Ambrose and the My Guest program.
 
First figure dubbing mainly on Mexican television, did the voices of Mighty Mouse and The Magpies chattering and Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes series, Warner Brothers (presented in some countries like animated Fantasies yesterday and today), with characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, and, Popeye the Sailor, King Features. In addition to impersonate Pepe Trueno and Huckleberry Hound in versions 1961 and 1962.
 
But its great success, which is recognized internationally, was to interpret the voice of Fred Flintstone on The Flintstones and the legendary Don Adams, in his character of Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 El Super.
 
Also among his many voices of animated characters are Canito in Canuto and Canito, Woody Woodpecker, Felix the Cat, Mr. Magoo and characters of the series Top Cat and his gang, as Benito Bozzo and Cucho, alongside actors such as deceased Victor Alcocer and Julio Lucena.
 
Also took her voice starring in dozens of other cartoons made ​​by Hanna-Barbera including The Jetsons, Magilla Gorilla, Fantastic 4 (as the evil Doctor Doom), The Banana Split Show of Scooby-Doo, Wheelie astute and Jabberjaw or the voices of George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the Beatles cartoon series, made ​​by Al Brodax.
 
Voiced television series such as The Superagente 86, Maxwell Smart, Uncle Lucas in Los Locos Adams and the voice of robot in Lost in Space: he played in the Batman series of the sixties the villain known as the Penguin .
 
The innumerable details
 
In the early eighties he lent his voice for toy 2-XL Missing brand Prestige, a robot that "spoke" of different topics like sports, monsters, myths and legends, through rounds eight tracks where the robot was multiple choice questions and the player must respond correctly; Depending on the response the robot, congratulating the player was sad or supplemented with additional information response, all with a unique sense of humor.
 
Moreover he has worked in Mexican films production as Question of Honor (1993) and The Angels of Death (1995), in addition to writing and participating in dozens of plays.
 
He was also responsible for interpreting in various Mexican historic productions Francisco I. Madero, and in the soap opera The Constitution, with Maria Felix and in the film "Emiliano Zapata" starring Antonio Aguilar.
 
Belonging to a generation of players graduate XEW station radio, led by Julio Lucena (Don Gato, Barney Rubble), David Reynoso (Don Gato Several characters, especially the Official Matute and Sergeant), Victor Alcocer (Official Matute Herman Munster), Quintin Bulnes (Crazy Shooting or QuickDraw McGraw) Sergio Bustamante (Captain Healey on I Dream of Jeannie), José María Iglesias ("Mouse") and Santiago Gil, among others.
 
He had a starring role in the sitcom "The privilege of sending" (2005), where he developed several characters.
 
In recent 2007 dates has participated in the Mexican dubbing Japanese anime "Digimon 02" (2000) where she played Hawkmon and Aquilamon though he had done before in 1977 at the Triton Sea (Umi no Toriton) anime as narrator, in the animated Cartoon Network Dexter's Laboratory (doing the voice of an Irish leprechaun) series, The Powerpuff Girls (2001) (interpreting the voice of an old villain named Mastermind) and the Disney Pixar film, Cars voicing "Ramon" and Ratatouille as Hateful Chef Skinner.
 
In 2008, his brother Rubén Arvizu, the adapter of the original series and the new movie translator, reached an agreement with Warner Brothers, so George Maxwell Smart doubled again in the movie "Super Agent 86".
 
This was a great joy to his Latin American fans who longed for the return of "El Tata" with one of his most beloved characters. Copies of this film films were dubbed and not subtitled mostly to the Latin American market; was so important for the public to return to play Arvizu Smart, that some of the posters of the film included a special headband specifying that the tape had "with the original voice of Tata Arvizu".
 
In 2010 the producer Fernando de Fuentes confirmed partipación Jorge Arvizu and original voice in the dubbing of the new Warner Brothers movie "Top Cat" (Cat and the gang), a project that developed a production company in Mexico.
 
His work as a painter and musician is unknown, making pictures on request, in addition to forming a jazz group having its first presentation in March 2011, in Nathan Center with musical direction by Rodrigo Escamilla. The May 29, 2011 was presented with its own set "Tata Jazz" in the center Nathan.
 
The inexhaustible resume
 
The phrase that identifies it refers to a Mexican sweet bread. In an episode of My Guest, Tata and the girl played by Usi Velasco jostling for the same bread, which is a cocol, the problem is solved MaríaVictoria swatting at Tata and saying
 
"Let your cocol the girl" what the Tata said.
 
 
ARVIZU, Jorge (Jorge Isaac Arvizu Martinez)
Born: 7/23/1932, Celaya, Guanajuato, Mexico
Died: 3/18/2014, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
 
Jorge Arvizu’s westerns – actor:
Chico Ramos - 1971
They Call Me Marcado – 1971
Pistolero del diablo – 1971
Los Indomables – 1972
La gran Aventura del Zorro - 1976

RIP Daniel Anker


Daniel Anker Dead: Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker Dies At 50

 
Associated Press
By Staff
4/23/2014
 
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Oscar-nominated filmmaker who directed and produced a documentary detailing a 1925 sled dog run in Alaska to deliver life-saving serum has died.
 
Daniel Anker died Monday at age 50. His wife, Donna Santman, says her husband died of pneumonia, a complication of his lymphoma.
 
Anker's film, "Icebound," details the five-day run to Nome following a deadly diphtheria breakout. The film opened the Anchorage International Film Festival in December.
 
Santman says her husband most recently was working on a documentary about late director Sidney Lumet.
 
Anker was nominated for an Academy Award in 2001 for another documentary, "Scottsboro: An American Tragedy."
 
The New York filmmaker is survived by his wife of 12 years and their two children.
 
A funeral is scheduled for Thursday at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel in Manhattan.
 
 
ANKER, Daniel
Born: 1964
Died: 4/21/2014, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.
 
Daniel Anker’s western – producer:
La fanciulla del West - 1992

Thursday, April 24, 2014

RIP Peter Schiff


Stage, TV and voice actor Peter Schiff died of pneumonia in Berlin, Germany on April 17, 2014. He was 89.  Schiff was born as the son of theater directors Dr. Hermann Shiff and actress Louise Schulz-Waida. He learned the acting profession at Marlise Ludwig in Berlin in 1951 and received his first engagement at the theater in Greiz. In addition to numerous appearances at the Berlin theater stages, he appeared in many television productions. In the 1960s, Schiff also worked as a spokesperson for radio play productions and included, among other things, a regular cast of Michael Orth's puppet show "The Kullerköpfe".
 
Schiff also worked as a voice actor translating foreign films into German. In 1968, he lent his voice to the computer HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The mechanized in many ways, but his emphasized gentle and empathetic voice remained unchanged, friendly and patient even with backstabbing and death decisions of the spacecraft computer. It changed the public’s perception and significantly influenced the German language for decades to a picture of the technologies of computer, similar to the original speaker Douglas Rain had been able to do in the original English version.


SCHIFF, Peter
Born: 6/27/1924, Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg‑Vorpommern, Germany
Died: 4/17/2014, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Peter Schiff's westerns - voice actor:
Frontier Hellcat - 1964 [German voice of Davor Antolic]
Freispruch für Old Shatterhand (TV) - 1965 (Louis Krugel)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966 [German voice of Benito Stefanelli]
Guns for San Sebastian - 1967 [German voice of Pancho Córdova]
Sabata – 1969 [German voice of Allan Collins]
Gunman in Town - 1970 [German voice of Raffaele Di Mario]
Catlow – 1971 [German voice of Victor Israel]
Duck You Sucker – 1971 [German voice of Franco Graziosi]
Pancho Villa – 1971 [German voice of Alberto Fernandez]
Lawman – 1972 [German voice of Robert Duvall]
What am I Doing in the Middle of a Revolution? – 1972 [German voice of Paolo Villaggio]
Burning Daylight (TV) - 1975 (Andy Carson)

RIP John Cabrera


British cinematographer John Cabrera died on Good Friday April 18, 2014 in Denia Spain at the age of 89.
 
John photographed many films during his career including ‘Gengis Khan’, ‘Paper Tiger’, ‘The Man Called Noon’ and ‘The Call of the Wild’ as well as undertaking 2nd unit on ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and ‘Caravan to Vaccares’ amongst others. Elected to the British Society of Cinematographers in 1970, he will be sadly missed by his fellow members.
 
John was presented a Medal of Honour which was presented to him by the city of Denia, Spain in recognition of the contributions he had made to the city’s fortunes when the filming of the Samuel Bronston production, “John Paul Jones” (1959), as a result of his efforts. This is the first time in the history that Denia has ever honored one of its citizens in this way.
 
When the unit arrived to film back in 1958 it caused a revolution in this sleepy fishing village, bringing American dollars, Coca Cola and Mia Farrow (daughter of director John Farrow) to a needy population still suffering the post-war syndrome under the Franco Dictatorship.
 
John leaves a wife Irene and two sons John and Edward.
 
 
CABRERA, John (John Cabrera Puig)
Born: 1/14/1925, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, U.K.
Died: 4/18/2014, Denia, Alicante, Spain
 
John Cabrera’s westerns – photographer, cameraman, director of photography, cinematographer:
Custer of the West – 1967 [photographer 2nd unit]
Shalako – 1968 [second cameraman]
Villa Rides – 1968 [director of photography 2nd unit]
The Desperados! – 1969 [cameraman 2nd unit]
Captain Apache – 1970 [cinematographer]
Man in the Wilderness – 1971 [director of photography 2nd unit]
The Call of the Wild – 1972 [cinematographer]
The Man Called Noon - 1973 [director of photography]
Triumphs of a Man Called Horse – 1983 [cinematographer]
Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold – 1984 [cinematographer]

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

RIP Dana Craig


Actor Dana Craig Dies at 68
 

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
10:19 AM PDT 4/23/2014 by Mike Barnes
 
The veteran theatrical performer also appeared in the film "Chaplin" and on such TV shows as "The Waltons" and "Murder, She Wrote."
 
Actor Dana Craig, who appeared in such films and plays as Chaplin and Picasso at the Lapin Agile during his five-decade career, has died. He was 68.
 
Craig died March 20 of a heart attack at his home in West Hills, Calif., his wife Bettyann said. His death came three days before he was to appear in Incorruptible at Pierce College in Woodland Hills; it would have been the 200th play of his career.
 
A native of Los Angeles who attended UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge, Craig stood out as the barfly Gaston in a 2002 Company Rep production of Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile at the El Portal Center for the Arts in North Hollywood.
 
He performed in Saint Joan with Richard Thomas at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, toured with Florence Henderson in The Sound of Music and appeared at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. He taught acting at Cal State Northridge.
 
In addition to Robert Downey Jr.'s Chaplin (1992), Craig had roles in such films as Book of Love (1990) and Running Time (1997) and appeared on television in The Waltons, Tales From the Crypt, Murphy Brown, Growing Pains, L.A. Law, Murder, She Wrote, Step by Step and The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
 
He did extensive voiceover work and appeared in ads for the Got Milk? campaign and for the Sizzler restaurant chain.
 
Survivors also include his son, Dana Jr., his grandson, Ryan, his sister, Durrie, his brother, John, and several nieces and nephews.
 
 
CRAIG, Dana
Born: 12/22/1946, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 3/20/2014, West Hills, California, U.S.A.
 
Dana Craig’s western – actor:
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) – 1994 (Pearson)

RIP Antonio Visone


RIP Antonio Visone (aka Julian Wilson)
 
Italian production designer, art and set decorator, Antonio Visone passed away in Rome, Italy on April 14th. Antonio was 79 years-old. Visone began his career as a set and art director in 1960 working on “The Giants of Thessaly” directed by Riccardo Freda and “Le olimpiadi dei mariti” directed by Giorgio Bianchi. He worked on more than 50 films during his career that ended with  “Fatal frames: Fotogrammi mortali” in 1996. He was sometimes credited under the alias Julian Wilson.
 
Visone also wrote two screenplays: “Hero of Rome” (1964) and “Warriors of the Wasteland” (1983).
 
VISONE, Antonio
Born: 5/10/1934, Melito di Naples, Campania, Italy
Died: 4/14/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Antonio Visione’s westerns – production designer, set decorator, art director:
El Cisco – 1966 [set decorator]
Reverend Colt – 1970 [production designer]
The Price of Death – 1971 [art director]

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

RIP Arlene McQuade


Arlene McQuade, Daughter on 1950s Sitcom 'The Goldbergs,' Dies at 77
 
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
4/21/2014
 
The actress also had a memorable moment menacing Janet Leigh in the Orson Welles film noir classic "Touch of Evil."
 
Arlene McQuade, who played teenage daughter Rosalie on the 1950s sitcom The Goldbergs and later appeared in a terrifying scene in Orson Welles’ classic Touch of Evil, has died. She was 77.
 
McQuade died Monday in a nursing home in Santa Fe after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, her daughter, Marita de Vargas, told The Hollywood Reporter.
 
McQuade was the first wife of actor Valentin de Vargas, who led the group of hoods who terrified Janet Leigh in a darkened Mexican motel room in Touch of Evil (1958). His soon-to-be real-life wife was a member of the threatening group as well. De Vargas died in June 2013.
 
McQuade, though, is most famous for playing Rosalie on the CBS version of The Goldbergs, which began in 1928 as a daily serial drama on radio.
 
The program, about an immigrant family assimilating to life in America, was created by Gertrude Berg, who wrote most of the scripts and starred as Jewish matriarch Molly Goldberg. (“Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Bloo-oom,” she often cried out to a neighbor.)
 
Berg brought The Goldbergs from radio to Broadway and then to CBS television in 1949, with McQuade joining the fictional family that lived in an apartment on 1030 East Tremont Ave. in the Bronx. (Her Rosalie character, as well as that of her brother Sammy, had grown up on radio but was back as a teenager for the CBS version.) Later, the Goldbergs, like many American families, moved from the city to the suburbs.
 
McQuade stayed with the series for its 1949-56 run. She also appeared as Rosalie on several episodes of Milton Berle's popular variety show and in the 1950 film The Goldbergs (aka Molly).
 
She was born in New York City on May 29, 1936. Her father was an attorney and a graduate of Fordham University, her mother an artist and homemaker.
 
McQuade had already worked on radio and television shows when at age 12 she landed a role in the original 1948 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke. Her performance attracted the attention of CBS executives, who signed her to play Rosalie.
 
A member of the New York Actors Studio, McQuade inked a contract with Universal Pictures and left for California in 1957.
 
She also appeared in such TV series as Telephone Time, The Lawless Years, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Have Gun -- Will Travel, Hawaii Five-O and Death Valley Days.
 
McQuade had a lasting passion for art, with her work including oil and watercolor paintings, wood and glass sculptures, welded sea glass lamps and many other nature-inspired creations. She relocated to Santa Fe in 2002 to live near her son Valentin and Marita.
 
In addition to her two children, survivors include her granddaughter Nevada and her husband, Chad; grandson Gavin and his wife, Felice; grandson Dylan; great-grandsons Liam and Owen; and sister Sharon.
 
 
McQUADE, Arlene
Born: 5/29/1936, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/21/2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
 
Arlen McQuade’s westerns – actress:
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1966 (Princess Aouda)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1970

Monday, April 21, 2014

RIP Javier Ibarretxe


RIP Javier Ibarretxe

 

He died at age 52 the film producer Javier Ibarretxe in Bilbao
 
El Correo
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
 
Basque cinema has been shocked after learning Tuesday the death of Javier Ibarretxe , died at age 52 at the Hospital de Basurto victim of complications from liver cancer . He was a pioneer who wanted at all costs from his native Bilbao stable producer, Ibarretxe & Co , with his brothers , with whom he had since the late 80s struggling to shoot short and long mostly in the genre of comedy. The company supplies water inherited from his father served as a theater for these wonderful crazy even reached Hollywood.
 
So , Javi Ibarretxe was the producer of '7 : 35 AM ' . , The short film Oscar nominee Vigalondo in 2005 Together with his brothers signed ' Only Dies Twice ' , a delirious comedy filmed in 1997 with Álex Angulo Santiago Segura and starring a zombie actor. Three years later, faced Ibarretxe the most ambitious project of his career, ' Sabotage ' , an expensive period comedy set in the Battle of Waterloo and Stephen Fry as Wellington. Its failure at the box office prompted took four years to return as a producer with thriller Norberto Ramos ' common Muertos ' .
 
Javier Ibarretxe again Vigalondo produce his first feature, ' Timecrimes ' title already become cult among international cinephilia restless. The Comedy ' A nearly perfect world ' , directed by his brothers Esteban and José Miguel , and the Argentine film " Las acacias " are his latest works . "It was a great producer who dreamed Bilbollywood make Bilbao ," he cried yesterday Eduarno partner Carneros . "A man who always showed his modesty, humility and humanity ."


IBARRETXE, Javier
Born: 1961, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Pais Vasco, Spain
Died: 4/15/2014, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Pais Vasco, Spain

Javier Ibarretxe's western - producer:
Six Shooters - 2010

RIP Craig Hill


U.S. actor Craig Hill dies in Barcelona at 88
 
eldiario.es
4/21/2014

The actor Craig Hill, who lived in Barcelona for years, died today in the Catalan capital at age 88, as reported by the newspaper Ara, citing family sources .
 
Born March 5, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., Hill appeared in such films in the 1950s as "All About Eve", "Fixed Bayonets" and "Brigade 21". In 1965 he moved to Spain, where he rolled out fifteen "Spaghetti westerns".
 
These films "Hands of a Gunman," were the first he starred in Spain , "I Want Him Dead", "Bury Them Deep" and " Fifteen Scaffolds for a Killer."
 
In Spain, he participated in a film , "Anguistia," directed by Bigas Luna, and byVentura Pons, "Menjà d'amor" .
 
His last acting job was in 2003, when he had a small role in the film by Oscar Aibar, "Flying Saucers".
 
In addition to his career, Craig Hill was known to be the husband of actress and model Teresa Gimpera, while residing in Barcelona.
 
 
HILL, Craig (Craighill Fowler)
Born: 3/5/1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/21/2014 Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

Craig Hill's westerns - actor:
Siege at Red River - 1954 (Lieutenant Baden)
My Friend Flicka (TV) - 1956 (Lieutenant Blake)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1956, 1957 (Bret Harte)
Sugarfoot (TV) - 1961 (Rance Benbow)
Hands of a Gunfighter - 1965 (Dan Murphy/Richard Marci)
A Taste for Killing – 1966 (Hank ‘Lanky Fellows)
Rick & John Conqueror the West – 1967 (Captain Stuart Smith)
7 Pistols for a Massacre – 1967 (Will Flaherty)
Bury Them Deep - 1968 (Captain Clive Norton)
15 Scaffolds for a Killer - 1968 (Billy Mack)
I Want Him Dead - 1968 (Clayton)
No Graves on Boot Hill – 1968 (Jerry)
The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Your Grave - 1971 (Jeff Sullivan)
Drummer of Vengeance - 1971 (O’Connor)
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Colt - 1971 (Sheriff Bill/Jeff Nolan/Mace Cassidy)
An Animal Called Man - 1972 (Mark Forester/Foster)
My Horse… My Gun… Your Widow – 1972 (Doctor Janus Saxon)
Return of the Holy Ghost – 1972 (Colonel John Mills)
Stay Away from Trinity When He Comes to Eldorado – 1972 (Eldorado)
Court Martial - 1973 (colonel)
Aragon, Land of the Western - 2003 [himself]

Friday, April 18, 2014

RIP Don Ingalls


Donald G. Ingalls, 95, of Olympia, Washington, passed away on March 10, 2014, after a long illness. He was born July 29, 1918, to Park Ingalls and Luella “LuLu” Morris Ingalls in Humbolt, Nebraska. He lived an unassuming, but remarkable life.
 
Don considered Stafford, Kansas his happy childhood home, despite harsh economic conditions. He returned to visit as often as possible. He moved to Southern California with his mother in the 1930s. There he attended North Hollywood High School while working at various menial jobs to help support the family.
 
He served as a bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and afterwards was a test pilot for North American Aviation, before joining the Los Angeles Police Department.
 
A writer since childhood, Don wrote freelance for publications such as Desert Magazine. He was a columnist for “The Valley Times” in North Hollywood, and was editor of “The Beat” magazine for the LAPD.
 
There he formed a friendship with fellow police officer Gene Rodenberry of later Star Trek fame, and both transitioned to the burgeoning television industry where Don spent over 35 years as a prolific film and television writer and producer.
 
As a young man, he became a member of North Hollywood Masonic Lodge and later the Master of that lodge. In 1978-79, he served as Grand Master to the states of California and Hawaii.
 
During his Hollywood career, Don wrote and produced for numerous highly regarded TV series, such as “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “Bonanza,” “The Big Valley,” “The Virginian,” “Gunsmoke,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Star Trek,” “Police Story” and “Fantasy Island.” He also wrote the feature film, “Airport 1975,” along with TV films, such as “Captain America” and “The Initiation of Sarah.”
 
On retiring to Olympia, Washington in 1987, Don wrote a novel, “The Watchers on the Mountain.” As a man of strong faith, he enthusiastically used his talents for the church, writing many skits, directing children in puppetry and drama, and writing a stage play for Westwood Baptist Church. He also mentored and encouraged younger writers.
 
He is survived by Mary, his second wife of almost 49 years, and daughter Lori Harasta, son-in-law Jim Harasta and two grandchildren, Nicole and Logan Harasta. He is also survived by first wife, Annie Smith Ingalls, daughter Diana Ingalls-Farrell, and son-in-law Thomas “Nick” Farrell. His older sisters, Parkina “Pat” Jimenez and Luella Sides preceded him in death. He is survived by niece Norma Stemple and her sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and by the children of niece Marvel Lee Richardson: Randy Richardson (Dawn), Debbie Cardin (Joel), Patty Bird (Brian), David Richardson, Kathy Ruesnik and Bruce Butler (Janet).
 
In honor of his wish to have no funeral, but to “simply join Jesus Christ in all humility,” a graveside service for family and close friends will be held at 11:00 a.m., March 26, 2014 at Masonic Memorial Park in Tumwater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Olympia Union Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 7668, Olympia WA 98507, or to Masonic Center for Youth and Families, 1111 California St., San Francisco, CA 94108.
 
 
INGALLS, Don (Don G. Ingalls)
Born: 7/29/1918, Humbolt, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Died: 3/10/2014, Olympia, Washington, U.S.A.
 
Don Ingalls’ westerns – screenwriter:
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1958. 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963,
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1959
Tate (TV) - 1960
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960
Whiplash (TV) - 1961
Bonanza (TV) – 1961, 1971, 1972
The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (TV) – 1963, 1964
The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1965
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1967
The Road West (TV) – 1967
The Bull of the West (TV) - 1972

Thursday, April 17, 2014

RIP Gabriel García Márquez


Farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature
 
l’Unita
By Staff
April 17, 2014
 
The 1982 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, the Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez is dead. The Mexican and Spanish press reports. Marquez had been admitted to hospital on April 3 in Mexico City. The author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude," the novel of magical realism key Ibero-American, was 87 years old.
 
As reported a few days ago by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Marquez had been hospitalized for pneumonia and not, as reported in the press, for a tumor.
 
After the first rumors about his illness, the family of Garcia Marquez had issued a statement calling the health of the writer "very fragile" and "risk of complications."
 
 
MARQUEZ, Gabriel García (Gabriel José García Márquez)
Born: 3/6/1927 , Aracataca, Magdalena, Colombia
Died: 4/17/2014, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
 
Gabriel García Márquez’s western – screenwriter:
Time to Die - 1966

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

RIP Hal Cooper


Hal Cooper, TV Comedy Director, Dies at 91
 

Variety
By Carmel Dagan
April 16, 2014

 
Hal Cooper, a director and executive producer for television who helmed shows including “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Maude” and “Gimme a Break” and was a pioneer during the golden age of the medium, died of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills on April 11. He was 91. 
 
As TV was in its early days, Cooper wrote, produced and acted in a show for the Dumont Television Network called “Your Television Babysitter,” co-written and hosted by his wife, Pat Meikle. The show aired on the network’s first day of all-day television programming on Nov. 1, 1947. The show, aimed at preschoolers, taught the alphabet with the help of animal cartoon drawings. The show’s success was parlayed into the daytime series “The Magic Cottage,” aimed at teaching slightly older children, and aired from 1949-52.
 
Cooper also directed and produced many daytime shows from 1950 to 1957, including “Search for Tomorrow,” the first successful soap opera, and “Kitty Foyle.”
 
Cooper moved to Los Angeles when the television industry shifted over to the West Coast and started to work as a director in nighttime television, considered more prestigious, starting with “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1962) and “Death Valley Days” (1965-67). He became one of the regular directors for “I Dream of Jeannie” (1965-69) and spent the rest of his career as a director and producer of television comedy.
 
Cooper was a director and executive producer of “Maude” (1972-78), “Love Sydney (1982-83) and “Gimme a Break” (1983-87). He was involved in the development of numerous pilots in the 1970s and 1980s, and he directed episodes of many other successful shows including “Gilligan’s Island,” “That Girl,” “The Brady Bunch” and “All in the Family.”
 
His last screen credit was for directing “Something So Right” (1996).
 
Starting as an actor in radio at age 9, Cooper was performing in the show “Rainbow House” in 1936. When he wasn’t on microphone, he was always in the control room watching and learning about directing from Bob Emery, the producer and director. One day, two hours before the show was to air live, coast to coast, Emery became ill and unable to direct. But, before being taken to the hospital, Emery said, “Let Hal direct it.” So at 13 years old, Hal directed his first live broadcast.
 
Cooper attended the U. of Michigan in 1940 while also pursuing his career in radio, working at WXYZ in Detroit doing episodes of “The Lone Ranger.” Military service in WWII — he was a lieutenant (junior grade) in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Pacific Theatre of Operations — interrupted his education from 1943-46. He returned to the U. of Michigan and graduated with a B.A. in 1946.
 
While at Michigan he met his first wife, Pat Meikle. They were married in 1944, and after graduating, they worked together at the Dock St. Theatre Company in Charleston, S.C., where he was the assistant director.
 
He is survived by two daughters, a son and a grandson.
 
 
COOPER, Hal
Born: 2/23/1923, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/11/2014, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
 
Hal Cooper’s westerns – director:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968

Saturday, April 12, 2014

RIP Phil Hardy


Music journalist Phil Hardy dies aged 69
 
Music Week
April 11, 2014
 
Respected film and music industry journalist Phil Hardy has died aged 69. His passing was unexpected.
 
Born in Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1945, Hardy studied at the University of Sussex and the University of California, Berkeley, and at Sussex, he founded The Brighton Film Review. 
 
He wrote for Time Out, Variety and other publications while acting as a consultant on music business issues for bodies such as the World Bank and the Greater London Enterprise Board.  In 1986, he travelled to Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan to research, write and film Food, Trucks & Rock 'n' Roll, a documentary about how the money raised by Band Aid was spent in Africa.
 
In 1992, Hardy founded Music & Copyright, a biweekly newsletter published by the Financial Times, offering news and analysis on the international music industry. 
 
This publication swiftly acquired a reputation for its thorough, insightful content, and became essential reading in government and cultural circles as well as the front line of the industry. 
 
As a result, Hardy was increasingly in demand as speaker and moderator at a number of international music business conferences. Later, Music & Copyright was acquired by Informa Media, which continues to publish the title today.
 
Hardy's many books include Samuel Fuller (1970), The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies (1986), The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music (1990), and The British Film Institute Companion to Crime (1997). 
 
The three-volume Encyclopedia of Rock (1975), edited by Hardy and Dave Laing, remains one of the few such reference works to include the entrepreneurs and record companies behind rock & roll, as well as artists and musicians. Hardy was also the chief editor and contributing writer of The Aurum Film Encyclopedia. His Western Encyclopedia won the BFI Book Award in 1984.
 
His most recent book, Download! How Digital Destroyed the Record Industry, was published at the end of 2012.
 
Hardy died in Norfolk on Tuesday 8th April, 2014. He is survived by a son, Joel, and a daughter, Emily.
 
 
HARDY, Phil
Born: 1945, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, U.K.
Died: 4/8/2014, Norfolk, Norwich, England, U.K.
 
Phil Hardy’s western books - author:
The Western: The Complete Source Filmbook – 1983
Encyclopedia of Western Movies – 1984
The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: The Western - 1995

Friday, April 11, 2014

RIP Alfredo Alcón


Actor Alfredo Alcón has died
 
Diarioveloz
April 11, 2014
 
The actor passed away after a tireless struggle against successive health problems which had gotten worse since December.
 
The actor Alfredo Alcón died at 5 a.m. this morning at his home after going through a respiratory complication. He had undergone surgery four months back in the hospital and was at his home in Trinidad for rehabilitation. His personal friend Jorge Vitti confirmed the sad news.
 
With an extensive background and recognized as the artist with the most important repertoire of his generation in Argentina, Alcón was born on March 3, 1930 and passed away this morning at 84 years of age.
 
The actor shared with Mirtha Legrand films as “La pícara soñadora”. Alcón maintained a close friendship with La Chiqui and Norma Aleandro. He was one of the actors of the golden age of national cinema.
 
Alcon, Alfredo (Alfredo Felix Alcón Riesco)
Born: 3/3/2930, Ciudad, de la Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 4/11/2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina
 
Alfredo Alcón’s western – actor:
Martin Fierro – 1968 (Martin Fierro)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

RIP Charles Cooper


RIP Charles Cooper
 
Los Angeles Times
By Staff
January 9, 2014
 
Charles Cooper, 87, died November 29, 2013. He had a 50 year career as a thespian known for "I am a Camera”, “The Detective Story”, and “Mr. Roberts;" featured in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man," remembered for Star Trek movies. Met his wife of 52 years, Pamela Searle, at the Miss Universe Pageant, as Miss England. Charles is survived by his wife, daughters Allison Meinert, Stephanie Cooper, son Chris Cooper, and grand kids: Dakota, Daly, Savy Meinert.


COOPER, Charles (Charles Darwin Cooper)
Born: 8/11/1926, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/29/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Charles Cooper’s westerns – actor:
Mr. I. Magination (TV) - 1952
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1958 (Wesley Jerome Lloyd)
Tancy Derringer (TV) – 1958 (Harmon Steele)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1958 (Tate Masters)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1958 (Frank Kraeger)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Jim Box, Cando)
Maverick (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Captain Ronald Berger, Claude Rogan, Philip Stanton)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1958, 1960 (Sonny, Lieutenant Rath)
Colt .45 (TV) – 1958, 1960 (Sheriff Jed Dailey)
The Rifeleman (TV) – 1958, 1961, 1962 (Larsen, Matt Yordy, Rudy Croft, Hank Fulton)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959 (Lieutenant Quincy Abbott)
Lawman (TV) – 1959 (Jack Rollins)
The Restless Gun (TV) – 1959 (Hode Emory, Boyd Lively)
Bonanza (TV) – 1959 (Gil Fenton)
Bronco (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Wild Bill Hickok, Frank Stover)
The Texan (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Steve Murrow, Dan Philips, Walt Carlin)
The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Con Marlowe)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Slim Pardee)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (Major Luke Daniels)
Gunfight – 1961 (Cole Fender)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1963, 1964, 1966 (Buchanan, Mac Crellish, Carter Johnson, Gillespie)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1978 (constable)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1981, 1982 (Sheriff)

Monday, April 7, 2014

RIP Mary Anderson


Mary Anderson dies at 96; actress had role in 'Gone With the Wind'
 
Mary Anderson, who auditioned for the role of Scarlett O'Hara, played the heroine's cousin Maybelle Merriwether in 'Gone With the Wind.' She was one of the film's last surviving cast members.
 

Los Angeles Times
By Claire Noland
April 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
 
Mary Anderson, a redheaded actress who auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic "Gone with the Wind" but wound up playing a supporting role as her cousin Maybelle Merriwether, died Sunday. She was 96.
 
A longtime resident of Brentwood, Anderson died while receiving hospice care in Burbank. She had been in declining health and had suffered a series of small strokes, said her longtime friend Betty Landess.
 
Anderson was one of the last surviving cast members of the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's Civil War novel. Of those listed in the film's credits, remaining are Olivia de Havilland, who was nominated for an Academy Award as the resilient Melanie Wilkes, and Mickey Kuhn, a former child actor who portrayed Melanie and Ashley's son Beau Wilkes. Alicia Rhett who played Ashley Wilkes' sister India, died in January at 98.
 
Sometimes called Bebe, Anderson was born in Birmingham, Ala., on April 3, 1918, although she often reported her birth year as 1920. While attending Howard College (now Samford University), she was discovered by director George Cukor, who was searching for an actress to play the leading role of Scarlett O'Hara. After firing Cukor, producer David O. Selznick eventually chose Vivien Leigh, who won the best actress Oscar that year, but cast Anderson in the minor role.
 
She went on to appear in films in the 1940s and '50s, including "Cheers for Miss Bishop," "The Song of Bernadette" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat."
 
She also acted on stage, including the 1942 Broadway production of "Guest in the House," and on television, with a recurring role on "Peyton Place" in 1964.
 
Anderson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
 
Her brother, James, became an actor who specialized in westerns. He died in 1969.
 
Anderson's first marriage to writer Leonard Behrens ended in divorce. In 1953, she married cinematographer Leon Shamroy, who won four Academy Awards for "The Black Swan" (1942), "Wilson" (1944), "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945) and "Cleopatra" (1963) and received 14 other Oscar
nominations.
 
Shamroy died in 1974, and Anderson leaves no immediate survivors. 
 
 
ANDERSON, Mary (Bebe Anderson)
Born: 4/3/1918, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.
Died: 4/6/2014, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
 
Mary Anderson’s westerns – actress:
Passage West – 1951 (Myra Johnson)
The Gray Ghost (TV) – 1958 (Eve)
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1958, 1960 (Doris Markham, Nellie Cashman)
The Californians (TV) – 1959 (Dora Morgan)
Lawman (TV) – 1962 (Martha Carson)
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV) – 1964 (Hannah Devlin)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965 (Marni Tolson)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

RIP Mickey Rooney


Mickey Rooney, legendary actor, who married eight times, was 93.

 
U.S.A. Today
By Staff
April 6, 2014
 
Mickey Rooney was the original Hardy boy.
 
His 200-plus film credits notwithstanding, the spry, spirited Rooney will be best remembered for playing the impetuous title character in MGM's beloved Andy Hardy movies.
 
Multiple news outlets reported that Rooney, 93, died on Sunday. He is survived by his eighth wife Jan, and nine children.
 
But most of all, he leaves behind a colorful Hollywood legacy that spanned 80 years and more than 200 films, including Boys Town and The Black Stallion. Rooney won two honorary Oscars, the first in 1938, the second in 1982. In January 2005, Rooney made headlines for the unlikeliest of reasons when the Fox network rejected a Super Bowl cold remedy commercial -- featuring Rooney's bared bottom -- for being inappropriate.
 
Rooney certainly knew how to put on a show. But of all the characters that Rooney inhabited — from Puck in the 1935 film production of A Midsummer Night's Dream to his Oscar-nominated turn as a preternaturally mature teen in 1943's The Human Comedy — not one could compete with or begin to overshadow Rooney himself.
 
Laurence Olivier called Rooney "the greatest actor of them all," yet he was the unlikeliest of stars. At 5-foot-3, Rooney was short, with pointy, elfin features and a spirited, in-your-face energy more suited to selling cars than starring in films. Yet during the Depression, when jobs were scarce and the national mood grim, audiences loved his joie de vivre and his down-home appeal.
 
Born Joe Yule, Jr. in a Brooklyn, N.Y., rooming house on Sept. 23, 1920, Rooney made his first stage appearance at 17 months as part of his comic father and dancer mother's vaudeville performances. Performing, Rooney told BackStage, was " in my blood. It's who I am."
 
He switched to the silver screen at age 6, playing the title character Mickey McGuire in 78 film shorts based on the old Toonerville Trolley cartoons from 1927 until 1933. In 1932, he changed his moniker to the catchier Mickey Rooney and five years later, landed the role that would define him for the rest of his career: the feisty teen-about-town Andy Hardy, with a cheeky grin, irresistible boy-next-door charm and plenty of romantic mishaps.
 
The 15-part movie series was such a smash that from 1939 to 1941, Rooney became the Tom Cruise of his time: the No. 1 box-office draw in the country.
 
But like any good mutual fund, Rooney diversified, playing a problem child in Boys Town opposite Spencer Tracy in 1938 and co-starring in the 1939 musical Babes in Arms with longtime collaborator and pal Judy Garland, with whom he co-starred in 10 films. The two enjoyed a close friendship off-screen and it was no coincidence that of all his Hollywood compatriots, Rooney bonded most with Garland, a troubled star who, like him, matured in front of the cameras and struggled to find her footing as an adult.
 
At the peak of his fame, Rooney met President Roosevelt in the White House and auto magnate Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich. And soon, his personal life became every bit as gaudy as his film roles, starting with his 1942 marriage to sultry actress Ava Gardner, the first of his eight wives (they split in 1943).
 
His popularity soaring, his star ever rising, Rooney's success seemed unstoppable — until 1944, when he served in World War II, joining the entertainment brigade dubbed the Jeep Theater and travelling 150,000 miles to entertain more than 2 million overseas troops.
 
But when the war was over in 1945 and Rooney returned to Hollywood, he was suddenly something of an outsider. MGM, the studio that had turned Rooney into a megastar, dropped him. And he found there was little industry wiggle room for a quirky, unconventionally appealing actor who wasn't a kid anymore, but lacked the stature of a mature leading man.
 
Like Macaulay Culkin in the 1990s, Rooney had trouble making the transition from kid star to adult actor.
 
But Rooney, ever the realist, knew his time at the top would be short-lived. "I tell you, there are 150 million kids waiting to fill the reservoir," he told USA TODAY in 1994. "I say bravo to the youngsters. I had my day at bat."
 
So the impish, scampy star reinvented himself as a character actor, with solid if supporting turns in 1954's The Bridges at Toko-Ri and 1956's The Bold and the Brave.
 
But by the 1960s, Rooney told the London Times in 1988, "the work was very sparse indeed: there was just no demand for me."
 
Well, not quite. Rooney kept right on acting, playing a horse trainer in 1979's The Black Stallion and returning to the stage and dazzling audiences in the 1979 Broadway spectacle Sugar Babies, which earned him a Tony nomination. Rooney "is the heart, soul and body of the enterprise," raved Newsweek.
 
"I was a very famous has-been until this show," Rooney told the Associated Press in 1979. "Now, it's almost like the resurrection of a career, of someone saying, 'He didn't cop out on us, he's still there.'"
 
Indeed, he was there all along, plugging away. But his long list of screen credits aside, Rooney will also be remembered for his marrying ways. Just call Rooney, who said "I do" eight times, the male Elizabeth Taylor.
 
But Rooney was dismissive of all the fascination with his bedroom antics and insisted that he wasn't addicted to walking down the aisle.
 
"I was selective," Rooney told People in 1993. "I was looking for a woman who knew how to be a woman . . . who knew how a man needs to be treated."
 
He looked long and hard, trying his luck with, among others, model Elaine Mahnken, California beauty Barbara Ann Thomason and secretary Carolyn Hockett before ending up with country singer/songwriter Jan Chamberlin in 1978. "I guess I practiced a lot," Rooney told New York's Daily News in 2004. "But you've got to remember, this is the one that counts."
 
And to him, all those trips to the altar weren't too big a deal.
 
"Isn't it a funny thing that Cary Grant, who was a dear friend of mine, married five times, but they don't say anything about that?" Rooney mused to People in 1991. "It's like my divorces were dastardly deeds. I was supposed to marry my high school sweetheart and go off into the sunset with a box of detergent."
 
You might have spotted him as the speechless Fugly Floom in the sweet 1998 smash Babe: Pig in the City. Or heard him voice a junkyard dog in 2001's Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure. But despite his work ethic, Rooney filed for bankruptcy in 1996 with more than $1 million in debts.
 
Rooney spent his twilight years with wife Jan in a posh Los Angeles home filled with family pictures. He wrote. He painted. And he remained true to his religion after joining the Church of Religious Science in the 1960s. "We all leave the church some time," he told the AP in 1979. "All of a sudden, your life is empty. I went back because I realized God had never left me. I left Him."
 
And, oh yes, he kept right on performing until the end CK by going on the road with his wife in the biographical revue Let's Put on a Show, a touching, intimate traveling tour down memory lane.
 
"I don't retire, I inspire," Rooney told the Palm Beach Post in 2001. "Mickey Rooney is not great. Mickey Rooney was fortunate to have been an infinitesimal part of motion pictures and show business."
 
 
ROONEY, Mickey (Ninian Joseph Yule, Jr.)
Born: 9/23/1920, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/6/2014, North Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
 
Mickey Rooney’s westerns – actor:
My Pal King – 1932 (King Charles V)
Rodeo Dough – 1940 [himself]
My Outlaw Brother – 1951 (J. Dennis ‘Denny’ O’Moore)
The Twinkle in God’s Eye – 1955 (Reverend William Macklin II)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Samuel T. Evans)
Frontier Circus (TV) – 1962 (Arnold)
Rawhide (TV) – 1964 (Pan Macropolous)
The Cockeyes Cowboys of Calico County – 1970 (Injun Tom)
Evil Roy Slade (TV) – 1972 (Nelson Stool)
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (TV) – 1991 (The Director)
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – 1991 (Junior)
The Legend of O.B. Taggart – 1994 (O.B. Taggart)
Saddle Up With Dick Wrangler & Injun Joe – 2009 (Owen Blumenkrantz)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dwarf Actors in Peplums

PEPLUM: PEPLUM Forum

In the Peplum and Spaghetti westerns a number of dwarf actors appeared. These small people were mainly circus performers who also made a living as character actors. Does anyone have any biographical information on Arnaldo Fabrizio aka Little Goliath. He appeared in such Peplums as Goliath and the Sins of Babylon (1963), The Ten Gladiators (1963), Seven Slaves Against Rome (1964), Samson and the Mighty Challenge (1964), Messalina vs. the Son of Hercules (1964), Seven Rebel Gla...diators (1965) and the adventure film Brancaleone at the Crusades (1970). Arnaldo appeared in the Spaghetti westerns: Any Gun Can Play (1967), Garter Colt (1967), Boot Hill (1969) and God Will Forgive My Gun (1969).

Another is Salvatore Furnari who appeared in The Warrior and the Slave Girl (1958), Goliath and the Dragon (1960), Hercules and the Captive Women (1961) Vulcan son of Jupiter (1962) among others and westerns God Will Forgive My Gun (1969), The 4 Gunmen of the Holy Trinity (1970) and Bad Kids of the West (1973). Any help would be appreciated.

RIP Paul Salamunovich


Paul Salamunovich, respected choral conductor, dies at 86
 
Los Angeles Times
By David Ng
April 4, 2014
 
Paul Salamunovich, the widely respected choral conductor who led the Los Angeles Master Chorale for 10 years, died on Thursday. He was 86 and was suffering from multiple health complications due to West Nile virus. 
 
Salamunovich served as music director of the Master Chorale from 1991 to 2001, and later became the organization's director emeritus. Under his leadership, the chorale continued to rise in international prominence and take on adventurous programming that put new music alongside classical standards.
 
As a conductor, Salamunovich also worked frequently in the movie industry, leading choral performances for the soundtracks of prominent movies including  "A.I.," "Grand Canyon" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula."
 
In addition, he served for 50 years as the choir director at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood. He brought his expertise in Gregorian chants and other ecclesiastical music to bear in numerous concerts, including an audience with Pope John Paul II.
 
Salamunovich was born in Redondo Beach in 1927 and attended St. James Elementary School; he graduated from Hollywood High School in 1945. He served in the Navy and eventually returned to L.A., where he began his choral conducting career.
 
Salamunovich imparted his choral-music erudition to students at institutions around Southern California, including Mount St. Mary's College and and Loyola Marymount University.
 
He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Dottie; sons John, Stephen, Joseph and Thomas; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. His daughter, Nanette, died in 1977.
 
 
SALAMUNOVICH, Paul
Born: 6/7/1927, Redondo Beach, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/3/2014, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.
 
Paul Salamunovich’s western – choral singer:
How The West Was Won - 1962

Friday, April 4, 2014

RIP Stockton Briggle


Producer-Director Stockton Briggle Dies at 79
 
Variety
By Staff
April 3, 2014
 
Stockton Briggle, a theater and television producer-director whose credits included the 1987 miniseries “The Alamo,” has died. He was 79.
 
Briggle died March 22 in Beverly Hills after a long battle with cancer.
 
In television, Briggle’s work included the NBC miniseries “The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory” starring James Arness, Brian Keith, Alec Baldwin, Raul Julia and David Ogden Stiers. He also produced the 1989 Marlee Matlin starrer “A Bridge to Silence” and 1992′s “Willing to Kill: The Texas Cheerleader Story.” He also produced and directed episodes of the 1980s ABC daytime serial “Capitol.”
 
His career also ranged from producing concerts for Ethel Merman and Constance Towers to directing Rock Hudson in a stage production of “Camelot” and Dick Van Dyke in “Damn Yankees.” In the 1970s he ran a production company with partner Steven Willig that was known for its work with stars including Fannie Flagg, Brenda Vaccaro, James Farentino, Chita Rivera, Eve Arden, Martha Raye, Eartha Kitt and Imogene Coca.
 
A native of Texas, Briggle worked in New York before moving to Beverly Hills in the early 1980s
 
Later in his career, Briggle was active as an interior designer and as a culinary lecturer.
 
He is survived by his husband, Mark Tillman-Briggle, and three brothers.
 
 
BRIGGLE, Stockton
Born: 3/4/1935, Dallas Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 3/22/2014, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
 
Stockton Briggle’s western – producer:
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (TV) – 1987 [producer]

RIP George Bookstra


George Bookasta, Former Child Actor, Dies at 96
 
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
April 3, 2014
 
Charlie Chaplin signed him up, and he appeared in films with such stars as Mary Pickford, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell and Gary Cooper.
 
George Bookasta, a child actor who was signed to a United Artists contract by Charlie Chaplin and later worked alongside the likes of Mary Pickford, Humphrey Bogart and Gary Cooper, has died. He was 96.
 
Bookasta, who later directed episodes of such TV series as Bachelor Father and Have Gun -- Will Travel, died March 26 near his home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where he was recovering from pneumonia, his son Gary -- who founded the radio stations KROQ AM and FM in Los Angeles in 1972 -- said.
 
As a toddler, George Bookasta was wearing a mustache, bowler and a “Little Tramp” outfit on the stage of Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles when he was spotted by Chaplin. The comedy star brought him to UA, the studio he had launched a few years earlier with Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith.
 
Bookasta made his film debut at age 6 in Ernst Lubitsch’s silent film Rosita (1923), starring Pickford,
then followed with another Pickford movie, Little Annie Rooney (1925).
He made his most memorable performance in 1930, playing Spotty in Henry King’s drama Hell Harbor, starring Lupe Velez and Jean Hersholt.
 
“The whole time I was [at UA], Charlie Chaplin only looked at me, he never spoke to me,” Bookasta told The Albany Times-Union in a 2004 interview. “I loved his films, of course, but outside of that, he was kind of a snob. I saw him 30 years later getting a shave at a Beverly Hills barber. I wanted to go up to him and say, ‘You don’t remember me, do you?’ ”
 
During the filming of Sergeant York (1941), starring Cooper in his first Oscar-winning role, Bookasta’s wife -- Laura Williams of the singing Williams Sisters -- gave birth to the couple’s first child, and Cooper presented them with their first birthday gift. They named their son Gary in his honor.
 
Bookasta also appeared in uncredited roles in such films as It Had to Happen (1936) with George Raft and Rosalind Russell; The Great O’Malley (1937), starring Bogart and Pat O’Brien; Busby Berkeley’s Forty Little Mothers (1940), with Eddie Cantor; That Night in Rio (1941), starring Don Ameche and Alice Faye; The Chocolate Soldier (1941) with Nelson Eddy; and George Sidney’s Red Danube (1949).
 
In the 1950s, Bookasta developed TV Time, believed to be the nation’s first weekly TV log/magazine, and directed for shows including the NBC variety show The Colgate Comedy Hour.
 
Bookasta was born in Kansas City, Mo., on July 14, 1917. His parents were actors; his father, E.H. (Herman) Bookasta, rode an elephant into Bagdad in the legendary action movie The Thief of Bagdad (1924) as a stand-in for Fairbanks.
 
Bookasta attended Hollywood High School, where he starred on the track team and played baseball. He was wounded in France while serving in World War II, and when he returned to the U.S., he attended Loyola University.
 
He later led a big band orchestra that headlined the Hollywood club Cafe de Paris.

In addition to Gary, survivors include his other sons Michael, who played boxer Rocky Graziano as a boy in the Paul Newman film Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), and Petur; and grandson Randy Bookasta, who is vp industry relations and content development with SpinMedia. Randy’s wife is Liz Morentin, vp corporate communications and publicity at Dick Clark Productions.
 
A Mass is set for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Clements Church in Saratoga Springs, followed by a burial
service at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
 
 
BOOKASTA, George
Born: 7/14/1917, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.
Died: 3/26/2014, Saratoga Springs, New York, U.S.A.
 
George Bookasta’s westerns – actor, director:
Rose of the Rancho – 1936 (Bellows boy)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 195? [director]

RIP Gyula Szabó


Gyula Szabó died Friday April 4th after a long illness. He was 83. The award winning actor was beloved by the Hungarian people. The actor, had been in poor health for the past five years and died in his home.
 
Gyula Szabó’s had many memorable stage credits appeared in numerous films and television series, but was best remembered as Bill James, Captain of the Tenkes.
 
Between 1950 and 1954 he was active in Theatre, Film and Television. Between 1954 and 1993 he could be seen at the Petőfi Theatre, Jókai Theatre, the Thalia Theatre and the Arizona Theatre. Between 1993-96  he acted at the Art Theatre. From 1996 he appeared at the Székesfehérvár Vörösmarty Theatre. From 1979 he taught at the University Theatre of Film and Television, in 2006, received the title of National Actor.
 
Gyula Szabó started his film career in 1953. His most memorable role was of the innocent Bill James in a thirteen part television series presented in 1963, the captain of the Tenkes. He played in the movie version of the series as well. He was also well known as a voice actor, he fubbed Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo. He voiced, many cartoon characters, including Dr. Bubonic and Tails. He was a legendary storyteller in the Hungarian Folk Tales series as narrator.
 
 
SZABO, Gyula
Born: 7/15/1930, Kunszentmárton, Észak-Alföld, Madagascar
Died: 4/4/2014, Hungary
 
Gyula Szabo’s westerns – voice actor:
The Treasure of Silver Lake – 1962 [Hungarian voice of Lex Barker]
The Avenger – 1966 [Hungarian voice of Livio Lorenzon]
Osceola – 1971 [Hungarian voice of Jurie Darie]