Friday, May 30, 2014

RIP Karlheinz Böhm


Actor Karlheinz Böhm has died
 
Austrian actor died at the age of 86 years.
 

Kurier
By Staff
5/30/1014
 
As an actor Karlheinz Böhm reached stardom during the mid-19500s as a young Emperor Franz Joseph on the side of Romy Schneider the height of his popularity . However, he found the role of his life in Ethiopia, where he was active for three decades with its relief operation "People for People" ( MfM ). After a long illness he died at 86-years-old at his home near Salzburg.
 
"I have found in Ethiopia my home and I would prefer to return there one day in the nature from which I came," Boehm said once. The desire to die in Ethiopia, was not fulfilled. "One day to be no longer needed", but, as MfM wrote in a press release after the death of their great founder. In six project areas, the Ethiopian people have already taken the responsibility, more than 5 million people would now benefit from Boehm's life's work.
 
Böhm was sick for a long time, his foundation was led by his Ethiopian wife Almaz for several years. Last December, she was made the full-time CEO, to care for her seriously ill husband. In a press release by the charity she called him "a role model and motivation." He had given her the belief that one person can make a big positive difference:" As hard as me meets his loss, so much gives me the belief in his vision power to continue his life's work."
 
The son of a conductor and a soprano after his first engagement at the Castle performances at the Theater in der Josefstadt as well as stage performances in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Zurich. At the same time began in the 1950s also began Bohm's film career as a star of countless, mostly commercial entertainment productions such as Ernst Marischka "Sissi" trilogy (1955-1957). The image as Schwiegermutters favorite he tried with films abroad to counter, in the 1960s, he started once again making a comeback on the stage and in front of the camera, among other things created with under Rainer Werner Fassbinder directed films "Martha" (1973), "Fox and His Friends" (1974) and "Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven" (1975). For "People for People" (MfM) in 1983 he gave up his acting career on entirely.
 
 
BOHM, Karlheinz (Karl Heinz Böhm)
Born: 3/16/1928, Dormstadt, Hesse, Germany
Died: 5/29/2014, Grudig, Austria
 
Karlheinz Bohm’s western – actor:
The Virginian (TV) – 1963 (Karl Rike)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

RIP Vince Davis


James Vincent Davis, best known to everyone as "Vince" was retrieved by God on May 23, 2014 after a brief fight with pancreatic cancer.
 
Vince was born on June 9th, 1954, and was a prominent actor devoted to a lifelong drive to communicate with sincerity and humor.
 
Whether on stage, screen or print, Vince knew how to use his quicksilver intelligence, set the mood, enlighten the audience and portray the truth.
 
Vince's desire to be an actor began very early. He knew he was destined for the stage and to tell stories beginning in Sunday school at the Methodist Church in Desoto, Texas. With history as his background, he drew the "line in the sand" as Colonel Travis at the young age of five and delivered his commanding speech to his classmates. To his sheer joy and surprise, not remembering that rehearsal predicts performance, all his Sunday school companions came over the line to continue the scene. After realizing the power of his voice (and the benefits of rehearsal) Vince was hooked on acting!
 
Vince's unique wit and charm warmed the world around him. He was a huge inspiration to many, wherever he showed up. At Desoto High School, he played both offensive and defensive football. Despite his left knee being severely injured, he still insisted on running track. He was elected President of the Future Farmers of America and won the state championship in debate. He was very proud of his team and their close connections. His personal tastes in movies and music was also unique. His favorite TV show was "Star Trek" and he memorized every episode.
 
Through the Future Farmers of America, he raised and sold sheep and cattle. He spent one year at Dallas Baptist College, but soon moved to Mountain View College where he met many kindred souls devoted to the stage. With this devoted group of friends they co-created More Sugar Productions. They produced, directed and acted in numerous plays, all recorded by his best pal and fellow dreamer, Randy Clower. Vince's most memorable role with More Sugar Productions was Lenny in "Lenny Bruce."
 
Vince joined the SMU professional acting program his junior and senior years. He earned his BFA in 1977. He met and fell in love with Jane Evelyn Chalk, a dancer in the SMU dance program. They were soon married in 1979 and enjoyed their parallel performing careers for their loving thirty-four years of marriage.

Vince was also a talented theatrical lighting technician and worked in the early 1980's with Showco, a Dallas production company. He toured with that company extensively throughout the US and Canada with rock and roll bands. A master electrician, Vince bus and trucked his talents with "The Who," "Rossinton Collins" (former "Lynard Skynyrd" musicians), "Electric Light Orchestra," Linda Ronstadt and "The Commodores with Lionel Richie."

Vince was a passionate character actor in theatre and film. His creative instinct made each character he portrayed believable, real, truthful and compassionate. Vince believed that greater good, decency and humanity existed in people and he brought that to each role he played.
 
He played leading men and his stage work could be seen prominently at Theatre Three, Stage West, Circle Theatre, and Casa Manana. Vince never had a bad review as he created characters such as Dr. Nakamura in "Happy End", Roencrantz in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", Moses in "Moses Flying By," John Merrick in "The Elephant Man", Phil Hogan in "Moon For the Misforgotten", Harry Truman in "Dead President's Club," Arles et al in "Greater Tuna," Gary Lefkowitz in "I Hate Hamlet," Capt. Whitataker and Cmd. Stone in "A Few Good Men," Jeremy in "Home Front," and many more title characters in "Hunting Cockroaches," "The Nerd," "Room Service," "Sister Mary Ignatious," "Comic Potential," "God's Man in Texas," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Talking Pictures," "A Soldier's Play," and "Free Man of Color."
 
More notably was Vince's sense of humor, comic timing and whimsical spirit. Vince was also very physical in his comedy. These qualities poured out of him especially through his improvisational style. Thusly, Vince was a very proud member of 4 Out Of 5 Doctors improvisation group for 25 years. Collaborating with Tom Blackwood, Ed Yeager, Mark Walters, Mark Fickert, Bob Coonrod and many, many more, "the Docs" created numerous corporate shows and events. They played at The Improv, Dave and Busters and Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas.
 
In film and TV, Vince can be seen in "Chase," "Prison Break," "Walking Tall II," "Birdie and Bogey," "King of the World," "The Operator," "Bad Girls," "Leap of Faith," "Walker Texas Ranger," "Wishbone," "Heaven and Hell," "Witness to the Execution," "Heaven Help Us," "In the Name of Love," "Ned Blessing," "Touch and Die," "Problem Child," "The Challenger," "Fire and Rain," "Poncho Barnes," "13 East," "Stormin' Home," "The Bermuda Triangle."
 
Vince Davis is survived by his loving wife, Jane Evelyn, of 34 years and his best companion and son, Michael, who is following in his father's footsteps as an aspiring actor.
 
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Restland Funeral Home. Service will be at 2:30 PM on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Restland Memorial Chapel.
 
 
DAVIS, Vince (James Vincent Davis)
Born: 6/9/1954, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 5/23/2014, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
 
Vince Davis’ westerns – actor:
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (TV) – 1992 (prison reporter)
Bad Girls – 1994 (apparel clerk)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 (Joel Gordon, Markham, Lyle Kramer, Grissom)

Monday, May 26, 2014

RIP Gene Ryals


RIP Gene Ryals
 
Emmett Eugene Ryals February 29, 1944 – May 23, 2014.
 
Gene Ryals was born in Lambert, Mississippi, the only child of Oakley and Mertie Mae Ryals. His father was farm machinery mechanic in the Mississippi Delta. Gene joined the U.S.Army at age 17 and spent two and a half years in Germany, where he met his first wife Cristal Albrecht. They were married in June 1964. Two children from this marriage: Randall born March 3 1965 and Carol born November 9 1966. Gene was an avid fan of B Western movies. He was a close friend of legendary stuntman/actor, Jock Mahoney. Gene attended every Golden Boot Award which was started by Pat Buttram and Gene Autry in 1982 to honor those who were involved in the Western Movie Industry. Gene always hoped there would be a B Western comeback and hoped to be a part of that comeback.

 
RYALS, Gene (Emmett Eugene Ryals)
Born: 2/29/1944, Lambert, Mississippi, U.S.A.
Died: 5/23/2014, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Gene Ryals’ western – actor:
New Tales of the Old West – 1984 (Rebel Ranger)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

RIP Herb Jeffries


Herb Jeffries, Hollywood's first black singing cowboy, dies at 100
 
Los Angeles Times
By Dennis McLellan
May 25, 2014
 
Herb Jeffries, who sang with the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the Swing Era and made movie history in the 1930s as "The Bronze Buckaroo," the silver screen's first black singing cowboy, has died. He was 100.
 
Jeffries died of heart failure Sunday at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, said Raymond Strait, who had been working with Jeffries on his autobiography. Jeffries had been in declining health for some time.
 
Known for his rich baritone and sensitive phrasing, Jeffries was a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the early 1940s when he scored his biggest hit with "Flamingo," which sold in the millions and became his signature tune.
 
"Jeffries' version of 'Flamingo' with Duke Ellington was, and is, a jazz classic," music critic Don Heckman told The Times in 2010. "Jeffries' rich-toned ballad style resonated in the work of such male jazz singers as Johnny Hartman, Joe Williams and even Sammy Davis Jr. for decades after the chart-breaking success of his 'Flamingo.'"
 
As the African American answer to Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and other white singing cowboys, Jeffries made a handful of low-budget westerns in the '30s.
 
They had titles such as "Harlem Rides the Range" and "The Bronze Buckaroo" and featured the tall, handsome, wavy-haired singer with a Gable-esque mustache as a dashing, white-hatted good guy in a black western outfit and riding a white horse named Stardusk.
 
The idea to make movie westerns with all-black casts was Jeffries'.
 
"Little children of dark skin — not just Negroes, but Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, everybody of color — had no heroes in the movies," he told The Times in 1998. "I was so glad to give them something to identify with."
 
He was born Umberto Valentino in Detroit on Sept. 24, 1913.
 
"My mother was Irish, my father was Sicilian, and one of my great-grandparents was Ethiopian," Jeffries, who took his stepfather's last name, told the Oklahoman in 2004. "So I'm an Italian-looking mongrel with a percentage of Ethiopian blood, which enabled me to get work with black orchestras."
 
He began singing locally as a teenager before heading to Chicago, where he started touring as a singer with Earl "Fatha" Hines. In the deep South, he was struck by the number of black movie audiences viewing white cowboy pictures.
 
Realizing the size of the potential market, he talked Jed Buell, a white, independent B-movie producer in Hollywood, into helping out.
 
But finding an African American who could ride, sing, and act was difficult — until the tall, broad-shouldered Jeffries, who learned to ride on his grandfather's dairy farm in Michigan, nominated himself.
 
"No way. They'll never buy you; you're not black enough," the light-skinned Jeffries remembered Buell saying. Jeffries said Buell finally agreed to let him play the part but insisted that Jeffries wear makeup to darken his skin.
 
"Harlem on the Prairie," billed as "the first all-Negro musical western," was released in 1937. Among the all-black cast members were Spencer Williams, who later portrayed Andy on "Amos 'n' Andy" on television, and comedian Mantan Moreland, who provided comic relief.
 
Jeffries earned $5,000 for the film, which was shot at a dude ranch near Victorville in five days.
 
Each of the films that followed were produced just as fast. In later years, Jeffries would jokingly refer to them as "C-movies." But he took great pride in them.
 
"To say I was the first black singing cowboy on the face of this earth is a great satisfaction," he told American Visions in 1997.
 
In an era when black actors typically played subservient roles on screen, Jeffries stood out.
 
"Herb was a sex symbol," New York University film professor Donald Bogle, author of "Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies & Bucks," a history of black films, told The Times in 2003. "With his wavy hair and Clark Gable mustache, he might have been a different kind of star had America been a different kind of place."
 
Three more musical westerns starring Jeffries were released over the next two years, "Two-Gun Man from Harlem," "The Bronze Buckaroo" and "Harlem Rides the Range."
 
Jeffries cashed in on his fame by making stage appearances with the Four Tones, his movie backup singers.
 
Touring in a Cadillac with steer horns on the front and his name in gold rope on the side, he'd do rope tricks, spin his six-shooters and sing.
 
While promoting his final film in Detroit in 1939, Jeffries showed up at a performance by the Duke Ellington Orchestra and was invited to sing. Ellington later asked Jeffries to join his orchestra on tour.
 
Jeffries, who began singing with what has been described as a luscious tenor, followed the advice of Ellington's composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn and lowered his range to what music critic Jonny Whiteside later called a "silken, lusty baritone."
 
In addition to recording with Ellington, Jeffries appeared in Ellington's legendary all-black musical revue "Jump for Joy" in 1941. The show, featuring a 60-member cast that also included Ivie Anderson, Joe Turner and newcomer Dorothy Dandridge, ran for 12 weeks at the Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
 
Drafted into the Army during World War II, Jeffries sang in a Special Services company entertaining troops. After the war, he had a number of hit records, including "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" and "Basin Street Blues."
 
By the early '50s, he had moved to France and opened a popular jazz club in Paris called the Flamingo and another club in southern France. He continued to perform both in Europe and the United States and played the title role in the 1957 film "Calypso Joe," costarring Angie Dickinson.
 
He returned to the U.S. in the 1960s, settling in the Los Angeles area, and made guest appearances on a number of television series over the next two decades.
 
In 1992, a tribute to the singing cowboys at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum — along with the discovery of copies of several of Jeffries' long-lost cowboy pictures in a cellar in Texas — triggered a resurgence of interest in his movie career.
 
In addition to being rediscovered by the mainstream media for his role in breaking Hollywood race barriers on screen in the '30s, Jeffries was featured in a segment of Turner Broadcasting's "The Untold West" and scenes from his westerns appeared in Mario Van Peebles' 1993 movie "Posse."

 
JEFFRIES, Herb (Umberto Alejandro Valentino)
Born: 9/24/1913, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 5/25/2014, West Hills, California, U.S.A.
 
Herb Jeffries westerns – actor, singer:
Harlem on the Prairie – 1937 (Jeff Kincaid)
Rhythm Rodeo – 1938 (singing cowboy)
Two-Gun Man from Harlem - 1938 (Bob Blake/The Deacon)
The Bronze Buckaroo – 1939 (Bob Blake)
Harlem on the Range – 1939 (Bob Blake)
The Virginian (TV) – 1969 (Frank Hammel)
The Cherokee Kid – 1996 (TV) (Herb Jeffries)
Posse – 1993 [archive footage]

Saturday, May 24, 2014

RIP Matthew Cowles


Actor Matthew Cowles Passes Away
 
Broadway World
By News Desk
May 24, 2014
 
Actor and playwright Matthew Cowles passed away in his home on May 22nd at 69 years old.
 
His manager Tsu Tsu Stanton tweeted, "#Matthew Cowles passed away on 5/22.I had the pleasure of being his manager. He was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone."
 
Cowles was born in 1944 and his career spanned both the stage and screen. His Broadway roles include Malcolm (1966), The Time of Your Life (1969), and Sweet Bird of Youth (1975). His movie credits include The Juror (1996), American Loser (2007), Shutter Island (2010), and many more. His most recent short film, Family on Board (2014), is currently in post-production. Television credits include The Bold and Beautiful, All My Children, and more.
 
Plays he wrote include Mexican Standoff at Fat Squaw Springs, Our Daily Bread and Noblesse Oblige.
 
Cowles is also a two time Daytime Emmy nominee and was married to Christine Baranski, with whom he had two daughters.
 
 
COWLES, Matthew C.
Born: 9/28/1944, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/22/2014, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
 
Matthew Cowles westerns – actor:
Lonesome Dove (TV) – 1989 (Monkey John)
The Cowboy Way – 1994 (Pop Fly)
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf – 1994 (Lloyd Halverson)

Friday, May 23, 2014

RIP Don Borisenko


RIP Don Borisenko
 
The Oregonian
By Staff
May 11, 2012
 
Canadian actor Don Borisenko (born Jonas Wolfe) who starred in fellow Canadian Sidney J. Furie's During One Night (1961) opposite Susan Hampshire and co-starred in Nine Hours to Rama (1963) and The Psychopath(1966), later appearing in Robert Hertford-Davis's Black Gunn (1972) died on 12th April 2014 in Oregon. he also cropped up on television in The Baron, Gideon's Way and other TV shows.
 
Wolfe, Jonas ('Don Borisenko'), 74. May 22, 1939 April 12, 2014. Beloved son, father, husband, brother and friend. Artist, actor, writer and adventurer. Please join us for a celebration of the life of this extraordinary man Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Cathedral Park in Portland, with picnic starting at 4 p.m. and memorial in the stone circle at 6:30 p.m.

 
BORISENKO, Don (Jonas Wolfe)
Born: 5/22/1939, Longbranch, Ontario, Canada
Died: 4/12/2014, Porland, Oregon, U.S.A.
 
Don Borisenko’s western – actor:
The Hired Gun - 1961

RIP Sergio Bustamante


Actor Sergio Bustamante dies

 
TV Notas
By Staff
May 22, 2014
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The first actor died Thursday at age 79 in Puebla, due to a massive heart attack.
 
The first actor Sergio Bustamante died of a massive heart attack in Puebla at the age of 79.
 
Don Sergio made ​​his acting debut in the play ''El duelo de Federico S. Inclán''. In movies he had his first role in the movie 'Una golfa' in 1957 with Silvia Pinal.
 
He participated in movies like 'Un hombre en la trampa', 'Todo por nada', 'Espejismo en la ciudad' and 'El principio'. For the latter won an Ariel and a Goddess Silver for Best Actor Award co-feature.
 
In soap operas participated in 'Empress', 'Love Me', 'The torch lit' and 'pink shoelaces', among others.
 
He used his manly voice for dubbing TV series, films and cartoons. He was the voice of 'Roger Healey' in 'Mi bella genio'; that of 'Capitán Lee Crane' in 'Viaje al fondo del mar', 'Canito' in 'Canuto y Canito' and 'Tiro Loco McGraw' on the radio and he also lectured.
In film he gave his voice to 'Willie Wonka' on video tape 'Charlie in the Chocolate Factory'. His chivalry had made ​​great friends in the middle of the show as Maribel Guardia who was acting teacher. In his later years he devoted himself to give histrionic classes in Puebla.
 

BUSTAMANTE, Sergio (Sergio Emilio Edgardo De Bustamante y Arteaga Roa)
Born: 10/18/1934, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: 5/22/2014, Puebla, Zaragoza, Mexico
 
Sergio Bustamante’s westerns – actor:
Todo por nada – 1969
Mercenaries of Death – 1983 (Kan Jen Mercenario)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

RIP Peter Curtin


Acting world mourns death of Peter Curtin
 
The Sydney Morning Herald
By Debbie Cuthbertson
May 21, 2014
 
The acting community is in mourning following the sudden death of Melbourne actor Peter Curtin at the age of 70.
 
Curtin starred in a number of Melbourne Theatre Company productions, from The Plough opposite Wendy Hughes in 1973 to a later revival of Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, over a career spanning more than 40 years. His final MTC performance was the 2003 production of The Goat with Philip Quast and Hughes, who died in March. He also performed with Playbox Theatre in its 1990 production of Hannie Rayson's Hotel Sorrento and in Stephen Sewell's The Sick Room in 1999, as well as Red Stitch's The Night Season (directed by his wife Ailsa Piper) in 2005. 
 
He also appeared in TV series MDA, White Collar Blue, All Saints, Blue Heelers, Something in the Air, The Games and SeaChange, and in films including Till Human Voices Wake Us, Don’t Peek and Blood Money.
 
Curtin died on Monday, May 19. Piper, a writer, director and performer, announced his passing in a death notice published in The Age on Wednesday.
 
"Theatre was where he felt most free," Piper told Fairfax Media via her agent, James Laurie. "The theatre family was our family."
 
Most recently Curtin had been working on a TV production, Laurie said.
 
Former MTC artistic director Roger Hodgman described Curtin as a wonderful, gentle man.
 
Hodgman said Curtin starred in one of his first productions as MTC artistic director, as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire alongside Helen Morse in 1988.
 
"He was very generous and very warm and quite a special human being, and a lovely actor as well," he said of Curtin.
 
"The performance I remember most was his Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. It was stunning ... I'll always remember scenes with him and Helen Morse."
 
Peter Curtin and Wendy Hughes in the 1973 Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Plough.
 
"He was the best Mitch I've ever seen."
 
Current MTC artistic director Brett Sheehy said Curtin's connection with the MTC spanned much of the history of the theatre company.
 
“He was known and loved by so many and his presence on our stages will be sorely missed," Sheehy said.
 
"Our hearts go out to his wife Ailsa Piper, also a much-loved member of the MTC alumni, and to her
and Peter's family and friends."
 
Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.
 
 
CURTIN, Peter
Born: 1943
Died: 5/19/2014, Melblourne, Australia
 
Peter Curtin’s westerns – actor:
In Pursuit of Honor (TV) – 1995 (Sgt. Ernest Gruber
Ponderosa (TV) – 2001-20002

RIP Gene Feldman


RIP Gene Feldman
 
L.A. Times
By Staff
May 16, 2014
 
Born in L.A. to Philip and Rachael Feldman, Gene was the youngest of nine children. Enlisting after Pearl Harbor in the Army Air Corps he served in the South Pacific as an airplane mechanic. Gene married Gladys Mazelow in 1949 and fathered two sons, Ronald (Gwen Davis) and Kim (Jeanne Miche). Gene's 30 year career in the motion picture industry began at Paramount, then CBS Studio Center as music then supervising music editor on notable TV series: Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Perry Mason, Hawaii Five-0 and others. Feature credits include: Le Mans, Love and Money, A Man Called Horse, and later, (Noteworthy Productions) Silverado and the series, Designing Women. After retiring in 1986, Gene and Gladys moved to their home on Cayuga Lake in NY where he enjoyed gardening, his multitudes of pets, carpentry, and family gatherings with his grandsons Zachary and Jared. A wonderful and devoted husband, father and music editor will be dearly missed.
 
 
FELDMAN, Gene (Eugene Feldman)
Born: 9/22/1921, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/14/2014, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.
 
Gene Feldman’s westerns – music editor, music supervisor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1955-1975 (music editor, supervising music editor)
Hotel de Paree (TV) – 1959-1960 (music editor)
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) – 1959-1961 (music editor)
Rawhide (TV) – 1962-1965 (music editor)
A Man Called Horse – 1970 (supervising music editor)
Rio Lobo – 1970 (supervising music editor)
Something Big – 1971 (supervising music editor)

Monday, May 19, 2014

RIP Gordon Willis


RIP Gordon Willis
 
Variety
By Pat Saperstein
May 18, 2014
 
Influential cinematographer Gordon Willis, whose photography for “The Godfather” series and Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan” helped define the look of 1970s cinema, has died, according to his close associate Doug Hart’s Facebook page. He was 82.
 
Willis was known as the Prince of Darkness for his artful use of shadows, and was DP on seminal 1970s films including “Klute,” “The Paper Chase,” “The Parallax View” and “All the President’s Men.”
 
He received an honorary Academy award in 2009 at the first Governor’s Awards ceremony.
 
Among the other Woody Allen films he shot were “Interiors,” “Stardust Memories,” “Broadway Danny Rose,” “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and “Zelig,” for which he was Oscar-nommed. His other Oscar nomination was for “The Godfather III.”
 
Regarding his work on “The Godfather,” Variety wrote in 1997, “Among “The Godfather’s” many astonishments, the photography by Gordon Willis — a rich play with light and shadow — confirmed Willis’ genius but was especially striking as an extension of Francis Ford Coppola’s creative intelligence. “
 
Born in New York City, his father worked as a make-up artist at Warner Brothers, and though Willis was originally interested in lighting and stage design, he later turned to photography. While serving in the Air Force during the Korean War, he worked in the motion picture unit and then worked in advertising and documentaries. His first feature was “End of the Road” in 1970, and his last, Alan Pakula’s “The Devil’s Own” in 1997.
 
 
WILLIS, Gordon
Born: 5/28/1931, Queens, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/18/2014, North Falmouth, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
 
Gordon Willis’ westerns – cinematographer:
Bad Company – 1972
Comes a Horseman - 1978

Saturday, May 17, 2014

RIP Barbara Knudson


RIP Barbara Knudson
 
Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Staff
May 17, 2014
 
BARBARA KNUDSON HENRY Dec. 4, 1927-May 11, 2014 Television and film actress, Barbara Ann Knudson, a native Nevadan, born to prominent Las Vegans, K.O. and Beatrice Knudson, passed away of natural causes, at home, May 11, 2014. William Henry "Bill," her only child, was caring for her and was with her at the time of her passing. Barbara was high-spirited, fun and beautiful inside and out! She was a graduate of Las Vegas High School, where she was the lead majorette (leading the Helldorado parades at the time) head cheerleader and a participant in many high school plays. After high school, she joined the Las Vegas Little Theatre, which led her to the Birdcage Theatre's stock company at the Last Frontier Hotel. Here she met a "Hollywood import" actor by the name of Bill Henry, who invited her to a Pasadena Playhouse production where talent scouts spotted her and invited her to "test." She signed with Paramount Studios in 1950 and she and Bill were married in 1952 on Waikiki Beach with celebrities like John Ford and Jack Lemon in attendance. Her TV and film credits number in the 40's.. filmology and TV episodes include: Union Station (1950), Born Yesterday (on the road - lead opposite Lon Chaney ) Iron Man (1951), The Range Rider (1951), The Lady from Texas (1951), Meet Danny Wilson (1951), Son of Ali Baba (1952), Lux Video Theatre (TV 1953), Hopalong Cassidy (TV 1953) Death Valley Days (TV 1954) The Gene Autry Show (TV series - 1955) The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV series - six episodes - 1954-55 ) Annie Oakley (TV 1956), Jane Wyman Fireside Theatre (1956), The Lone Ranger (TV series many episodes 1956) State Trooper (TV 1957), Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV 1957), Sky King and Highway Patrol (TV 1958) The Cry Baby Killer (1958 - Jack Nicholson's film debut - their pictures were in People magazine), Lassie (TV 1960), My Three Sons (TV 1965), Daniel Boone (TV 1966), Legend of the Northwest (1978). After returning to Las Vegas to live, she kept up her interest in the theatre arts by directing the Clark County Senior Pageants for several years. Her "ladies" still praise her direction, expertise and friendship to this day. She also attended the Lone Pine Western Film Festival in Lone Pine, Calif. for many years, where a variety of her films were shown, she was a guest panelist and got to enjoy her celebrity in westerns all over again. She and Clayton Moore (The Lone Ranger) were great friends and they had wonderful stories to tell about filming in Lone Pine. The photo above is from the Memphis Western Film Festival, where she was a guest artist signing a photo for a fan. Barbara loved a good story and a good "laugh" and she loved reminiscing with her "high school buddies" on their Classmate Reunion Committee. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. K.O. Knudson; her older sister, Lois Knudson Rodman-Mahood; nephew, Roger Rodman, all of Las Vegas; and her former husband, Bill Henry of southern California. She is survived by her loving son, Bill, and his wife, Elizabeth; and granddaughter, Allisa, of Las Vegas. She is also survived by her nephew, Gilbert "Duke" Rodman (Natalie); cousin, Odette O'Neill, all of Las Vegas; her "little sister," Karen Knudson Lyon of La Jolla, Calif.; and her nieces, Marcia Kirby, Jill Lackey, Kristy Lyon; and grandnieces and grandnephews of southern California. Private Celebrations of life will be held in southern California. If you wish to donate to the Theatre Arts Program at her father's school in her name, that would be greatly appreciated: K.O. Knudson Middle School, 2400 Atlantic St., Las Vegas, NV 89104.
 
 
KNUDSON, Barbara (Barbara Ann Knudson)
Born: 12/4/1927, Las Vegas Nevada, U.S.A.
Died: 5/11/2014, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
 
Barbara Knudson’s westerns – actress:
The Lady from Texas – 1951 (Mabel Guthrie)
The Ranger Rider – 1951 (Lettie)
Hopalong Cassidy (TV) – 1953 (Jennie Warren)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1954
The Gene Autry Show (TV) – 1955 (‘Diamond’ Della Dix)
The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1956 (Miss Sarah Edwards, Mrs. Wilkins, Nancy Sommers)
Annie Oakley (TV) – 1956 (Flora Carney)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957 (Dixie Lane)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon – 1957 (Laura Hope)
Fury (TV) – 1958 (Martha Mitchell)
Sky King (TV) – 1958 (Gloria Blane)
The Jayhawkers – 1959 (townswoman)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1962 (Dora)
Temple Houston (TV) – 1963
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1966 (Kate Tolliver)

Friday, May 16, 2014

RIP Rolf Boysen


Theater legend: Rolf Boysen is dead
 
Soaar
By staff
May 16, 2014
 
The theater was his great love. Even in old age, Rolf Boysen was home on the boards, which meant the world to him. Rolf Boysen at the age of 94 in Munich died on Friday, as communicated to the Kammerspiele, whose ensemble he belonged to for years. "I find a man who has seen no theater yet, would have to despair," Boysen said once in an interview of the Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR). While his career defeated at first a very different path. Boysen – 1920 born and grew up in Hamburg – began a commercial education in Flensburg, Germany, before he decided on acting. "I have simply no relationship to this matter," he remembers his brief time as a businessman. "I have not understood really that. It has I don’t care even at all. "Very different acting: he had always been a drive of representation of, said Bandhara." At the beginning of the "fun and laughter" was – then seriously fun. "It bears responsibility, Yes, responsibility for what the author has written you have to try to find out what is at the core of the text, a role, “And like hardly another there were banks. He played ancient drama, Shakespeare, German classics and contemporary pieces. Television, Boysen was known by a wider audience in the main role of a staging of Wallenstein. His first engagement was Boysen 1946 in Dortmund, then his work across the Republic and even after Austria took him. Stations next to Munich and Hamburg were Kiel, Hanover, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Bochum and Vienna. Since 2001, he was a member of the ensemble at the Bavarian Staatsschauspiel. Always it succeeded him, to recognize the life of its own in its roles and to represent his characters credible, true and clear. "Humanity is the gloss, the banks looking for in all his roles, and with which he wants to revive his figures," wrote the "Suddeutsche Zeitung" to his 50-year stage anniversary. In his last years under Dieter Dorn at the Residenztheater, he read several great epics, including Homer’s "Iliad".
 
 
BOYSEN, Rolf
Born: 3/31/1920, Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died: 5/16/2014, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
 
Rolf Boysen’s westerns – voice actor:
Blood for a Silver Dollar – 1965 [German voice of Peter Cross]

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

RIP Richard Wendley


RIP Richard Wendley
 
Chico Enterprise-Record
By Staff
December 8, 2013
 

Richard Wendley, 93, died November 21, 2013, in Chico, CA after a brief illness. Richard was born in Rochester, NY on February 8, 1920. After serving as a sergeant in the Special Services of the U.S. Army during World War II, he worked as an actor in New York City, appearing in Broadway plays as well as live television. In the 1950s, he began writing for television, with episodes for The Web, Matinee Theatre, Kraft Television Theatre, and Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse. In 1965, he moved with his family to California and continued writing for television, including episodes for Combat, Bonanza, The Virginian, and The Big Valley. Later in his career, he wrote dozens of shows for the Lutheran Television program This is the Life as well as three Lutheran Television specials. In 1977, Richard was nominated for an Emmy award by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for outstanding individual achievement in writing. He returned to the stage in 1997 to perform the lead role of Scrooge in an Equity production of A Christmas Carol in Thousand Oaks, CA. In retirement, he worked as a volunteer at the Mary Health of the Sick skilled nursing facility in Newbury Park, CA. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Vera; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Jenna Wendley of Elk Grove, CA; daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Marty Akimoto of Chico, CA; and four grandchildren, Emily and Ellen Akimoto and Annie and Eve Wendley.
 
  
WENDLEY, Richard
Born: 2/8/1920, Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/21/2013, Chico, California, U.S.A.
 
Richard Wendley’s westerns – screenwriter:
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965, 1968
The Virginian (TV) – 1967
Bonanza (TV) – 1967, 1968

RIP Virginia Belmont


RIP Virginia Belmont
 
Los Angeles Times
Staff
May 14, 2014
 
September 20, 1921 - May 6, 2014 Virginia E. Califano (Virginia Belmont) Virginia Califano, 92, passed away on May 6, 2014 at her home in Hollywood, CA. The daughter of Ernestine and Henry Schupp, she was born on September, 20, 1921, in New York City. She graduated from UCLA where she studied Italian. Virginia enjoyed a successful movie and stage career in the 1940s and 1950s in the heyday of Hollywood-made westerns and traveling roadshows. Her stage name was Virginia Belmont. She co-starred in westerns with Jimmy Wakely, Johnny Mack Brown, and William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy). A beautiful woman, she traveled throughout the United States as one of Director Samuel Goldwyn's "Goldwyn Girls." In 1941, she married Hollywood restaurateur Albert Califano, a native-born Italian and later naturalized U.S. citizen. He was very instrumental in fostering her career in Hollywood. They subsequently moved to Rome, Italy, where Virginia starred in several popular Italian movies, and Albert was a correspondent for the "Hollywood Reporter." Fluent in Italian, she transitioned quickly into an expanded and successful acting career in Italy. Following her retirement in the late 50s, she joined United Airlines in Sales and Reservations. She was employed by United for 28 years. She and Albert traveled the world. She is survived by her sister, June Schaefer of Livermore, CA, her daughter-in-law Katharine Turner of San Jose, CA, and several nephews and nieces. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Albert, their two children, Diane and Robert, and her brother, George Schupp. She will be interred at Mt. Hope Cemetery in a family plot in San Diego, CA. –
 
 
BELMONT, Virginia (Virginia E. Califano)
Born: 9/10/1921, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 5/6/2014, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
 
Virginai Belmon’t westerns – actress:
Nevada – 1944 (dancer)
Black Arrow – 1944 (girl)
Girl Rush – 1944 (troupe member)
Silent Conflict – 1948 (Rene Richards)
Oklahoma Blues – 1948 (Judy Joyce)
Prairie Express – 1947 (Peggy Porter)
The Rangers Bride – 1948 (Sheila Carroll)
Overland Trails – 1948 (Marcia Brandon)
Courtin’ Trouble – 1958 (Carol Madison)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

RIP Tony Genaro


'Tremors' Actor Tony Genaro Dies at 72
 
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
5/13/2014
 
He also appeared in such films as “The Milagro Beanfield War,” “Heart and Souls,” “The Craft” and “World Trade Center.”
 
Tony Genaro, a veteran character actor who is perhaps best known for playing the cattle rancher Miguel in the Kevin Bacon cult classic Tremors and its second sequel, has died. He was 72.
 
Genaro died May 7 of natural causes at his Hollywood home, his daughter Zhanara told The Hollywood Reporter.
 
A native of Gallup, N.M., Genaro’s first big break came with a role as store owner Nick Real in Robert Redford’s American Southwest-set The Milagro Beanfield War (1988).
 
In the supernatural teen film The Craft (1996), Genaro played the bus driver who drops off the four girls (Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True) outside Los Angeles and warns them to “watch out for those weirdos.”
 
“We are the weirdos, mister,” replies Balk’s character, Nancy.
 
Genaro also portrayed the father of Michael Pena’s Port Authority police officer character in Oliver Stone’s gripping World Trade Center (2006).
 
His film résumé includes such films as La Bamba (1987); Ted & Venus (1991); Final Analysis (1992); Heart and Souls (1993) and Mighty Joe Young (1998), both directed by Tremors helmer Ron Underwood; Phenomenon (1996); The Mask of Zorro (1998); Anger Management (2003); and The Soloist (2009).
 
On television, he appeared on such shows as The Shield, CSI: Miami, Will & Grace and Walker, Texas Ranger, among many others.
 
In Tremors, his character escaped the first Graboid attack, but he’s killed by a creature when he’s knocked off a cliff in the straight-to-video sequel Tremors 3: Back to Perfection (2001).
 
Born Anthony Genaro Acosta as the oldest of four boys and one girl, he attended San Diego State University and worked as a licensed psychiatric technician at Patton State Hospital in Patton, Calif., for several years.
 
He was a member of the SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity since 1970.
 
In addition to his daughter, survivors include his brothers Michael, Carlos and Larry, his sister DeAnna and his other children Christopher, Jesse, Brenden and Lauren.
 
 
GENARO, Tony (Anthony Genaro Acosta)
Born: 1942,  Gallup, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Died: 5/7/2014, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
 
Tony Genaro’s westerns – actor:
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1994 (Bernardo Lopez)
Lone Justice – 1995
The Mask of Zorro – 1998 (watering station owner)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

RIP Judi Meredith


RIP Judi Meredith
 
Las Vegas Review-Journal
By Staff
May 10, 2014
 
Judi Meredith Nelson, 77, of Las Vegas, passed away April 30, 2014. She was born Judith Claire Boutin, Oct. 13, 1936, to Herbert Boutin and Janice M. Starr of Portland, Ore. Judi graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Portland. She was happily married to Gary Nelson for 51 years. They lived together in Encino, Calif. until 1998, then resided in both Chicago and Palm Beach, Fla., until finally settling in Las Vegas in 2002. At 15, Judi was a professional ice skater in the Ice Follies until 1951 when she suffered a serious skiing accident which ended her skating career. Soon after, George Burns "discovered" her at the Pasadena Playhouse and asked her to join the cast of the Burns and Allen Show. Judi went on to co-star and star in numerous television shows and films, many of which were memorable such as "Summer Love," "Jack the Giant Killer," "The Night Walker," "Queen of Blood," "Gunsmoke," "Have Gun Will Travel," "Wagon Train," "Bonanza" and "Hawaii Five-O," to name a few. It was on Hotel de Paree where she met a then-young assistant director named Gary Nelson. Not long after, Judi agreed to star on the TV show "Have Gun Will Travel" for free if Gary would be allowed to direct. Once married, her new husband proclaimed that "there would be only one professional in the house," thus slowly supplanting Judi's acting career with his directing career. Judi was an avid photographer and enjoyed yearly trips to a ranch in the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming with Gary and their two sons, Garrett and Blue. She also enjoyed a life-long passion for her rose garden and always supported her husband on film and television locations around the world. When not filming, they spent their time cruising on their yacht throughout the Caribbean. Judi is survived by her husband, Gary; and her two sons, Garrett Nelson of Las Vegas and Blue Nelson of Los Angeles; and her sister, Randa DeLorge of LaPine, Ore. Celebration of Judi's life will be private. Donations may be made in Judi's name to St. Joseph Husband of Mary Roman Catholic Church, Las Vegas.
 
 
MEREDITH, Judi (Judith Clare Boutin)
Born: 10/13/1936, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Died: 4/30/2014, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
 
Judi Meredith’s westerns – actress:
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1956 (Esmee Labaillaire)
Wild Heritage – 1958 (Callie Bascomb)
Money, Women and Guns – 1958 (Sally Gunston)
The Restless Gun (TV) – 1958 (Lettie Belknap)
Hotel de Paree (TV) 1959-1960 (Monique Devereaux)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1959 (Martha Fenton)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1959 (Terry Tate)
Yancy Derringer (TV) – 1959 (Charlotte Dubois)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959, 1963, 1964 (Ellen Emerson, Judy Ludlow, Beth Mitchell)
Laramie (TV) – 1960 (Marcie Benson)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (Louise Harrison)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1961 (Matti Arnold)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1961, 1962, 1963 (Sally, Monica Reagan, Gina August)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962 (Lily Baskin)
Bonanza (TV) – 1962, 1967 (Lotty Hawkins, Linda Roberts)
The Raiders – 1963 (Martha ‘Calamity Jane’ Canary
Rawhide (TV) – 1965 (Kate Wentworth)
The Virginian (TV) – 1966 (Ruth)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1967 (Jenny Davis)
Something Big – 1971 (Carrie Standall)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

RIP Leslie Carlson


Leslie "Les" Carlson

 
The Daily Republic
By Staff
5/9/2014
 
Leslie "Les" M. Carlson (81) passed away at his home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 2, 2014, under hospice care.
 
Les was born Feb. 24, 1933 in Mitchell, S.D. He attended Mitchell High and excelled in track, breaking several state records. His senior year at MHS he played the lead in the senior class play -- often claiming that was when the acting bug hit him.
 
He attended the University of South Dakota until he joined the Air Force and was sent to Korea. When returning, he continued his studies at USD, receiving a BFA and an MA. He spent his summers at the Black Hills Playhouse. fine tuning his acting ability.

Upon graduation he headed for New York City, where his career began. He became a successful character actor, appearing in movies, television and stage. His works are listed in his biography on the website IMB.com.
 
He moved to Toronto, Canada in the 60's where he met his wife. His career flourished and he continued to act until his health declined in 2013.
 
He is survived by his wife Joan (Warren), 2 sons Ben and Ned, both of Toronto, Canada, a sister Judy (Carlson) McDonald of Mitchell, S.D.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents Dorothy Hershman Carlson and Darrell Carlson.
 
 
CARLSON, Leslie (Leslie M. Carlson)
Born: 2/24/1933, Mitchell, South Dakota, U.S.A.
Died: 5/3/2014, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
Leslie Carlson’s western – actor:
Bordertown (TV) – 1990 (Bogue Harper)

RIP Paul Wurtzel


Paul Wurtzel, Assistant Director on Quinn Martin TV Dramas, Dies at 92
 
 
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Burns
5/6/2014
 
The son of Fox producer Sol Wurtzel, he worked on such shows as "The F.B.I.," "The Fugitive" and "Barnaby Jones."
 
Paul Wurtzel, an assistant director who worked for famed TV producer Quinn Martin on such series as The F.B.I., The Fugitive and Barnaby Jones, has died. He was 92.
 
Wurtzel died April 18 of natural causes at his Hollywood Hills home of 49 years, his grandniece, Sharon Leib, told The Hollywood Reporter.
 
His father was 20th Century Fox producer Sol Wurtzel, who produced the Shirley Temple classic Bright Eyes (1934), gave Marilyn Monroe her first onscreen role in Dangerous Years (1947) and discovered actor-turned-director John Ford, who delivered the eulogy at Wurtzel's funeral in April 1958.
 
Paul Wurtzel grew up in the Hollywood film colony and in the 1930s began working on the Fox Western lot on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue during summer breaks from Beverly Hills High School.
 
After two years at UCLA, Wurtzel abandoned his studies and went to work for his father at Fox. He started his career in 1942 as second assistant director on the Laurel & Hardy movie A Haunting We Will Go.
 
When his father launched the independent company Sol M. Wurtzel Productions, Wurtzel worked exclusively with him from 1946-49 and advanced to become an assistant director on dozens of B-movies through 1958.
 
Wurtzel migrated to television, starting as assistant director in 1957 on NBC's adaptation of The Thin Man, starring Peter Lawford and Phyllis Kirk as the famed detective couple Nick & Nora.
 
He worked as an AD on such other shows as Fibber McGee and Molly; The New Breed; I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, starring Marty Ingles and John Astin; and three more dramas from Martin: 12 O'Clock High, The Invaders and The Streets of San Francisco.
 
Wurtzel served as a production manager on the 1980s version of The Twilight Zone before retiring in 1987.
 
An assistant director on 60 of the 240 episodes of The F.B.I., Wurtzel recently visited Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the star of the ABC series, at his ranch in Solvang, Calif. The actor died May 2 at age 95.
 
In addition to Sharon and her husband Richard, survivors include others grandnieces Amanda and Dina; grandnephew Rick and his wife Rosa; great-grandnieces Hannah, Joelle and Lilyanne; and great-grandnephews Samuel and Diego.
 
A service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 1 at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Los Angeles. Donations in Wurtzel's honor may be made to the Los Angeles Mission or the Southern
Poverty Law Center.
 
 
WURTZEL, Paul
Born: 6/10/1921, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/18/2014, Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.A.
 
Paul Wurtzel’s westerns – assistant director, production coordinator:
Tucson – 1949 [Assistant Director]
Three Young Texans – 1954 [Assistant Director]
The Broken Star – 1956 [Assistant Director]
Outlaws Sons – 1957 [Production Coordinator]
War Drums – 1957 [Assistant Director]
Tomahawk Trail – 1957 [Assistant Director]
The Dalton Girls – 1957 [Assistant Director]
Revolt at Fort Laramie – 1957 [Assistant Director]
Fort Bowie – 1958 [Assistant Director]

Friday, May 9, 2014

RIP Nancy Malone


Nancy Malone, Pioneering TV Producer-Director, Studio Exec, Dies at 78

Variety
By Carmel Dagan
5/9/2014
 
 
Nancy Malone, a ground-breaking and Emmy-winning director-producer, Emmy-nominated actress and the first woman VP at a major studio, died May 8 at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., as the result of pneumonia that arose from complications of leukemia. She was 78.
 
Shortly after producing her first TV movie, “Winner Take All,” starring Shirley Jones, for NBC, Malone joined 20th Century Fox’s TV department as director of TV development. Soon she was named vice president of television, becoming the first woman VP at a major studio. During her time at Fox, Malone co-founded Women in Film.
 
Malone was an actress for decades, appearing extensively on TV and on stage, before moving behind the camera and into the executive suite and continued acting even after doing so, including a supporting role in the 1973 Burt Reynolds starrer “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.”
 
She joined Tomorrow Entertainment as a story analyst in 1971 and established Lilac Productions in 1975 to produce TV films.
 
Her producing credits include “Sherlock Holmes in New York,” with Roger Moore and John Huston; “Like Mom,” “Like Me,” with Linda Lavin; “The Great Pretender,” with Billy Dee Williams; “I Married a Monster”; and The Violation of Sarah McDavid,” with Patty Duke. She developed and produced a one-hour comedy for CBS, “Husbands, Wives and Lovers.” “The Nurses” pilot followed, as well as a season of “The Bionic Woman.”
 
Malone won an Emmy for co-producing “Bob Hope: The First 90 Years.”
 
During the 1980s Malone completed the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women and began her directing career. Her first full-length film, “There Were Times, Dear,” starring Shirley Jones and Len Cariou, appeared on PBS and was among the first films to center on Alzheimer’s disease.

It was accompanied by a NIMH outreach program. This film was used as a fundraiser by various Alzheimer’s support chapters around the country.
 
Malone’s first assignment as a director of episodic television was episode 100 of “Dynasty,” after which she became a staff director at Aaron Spelling Productions. She directed multiple episodes of “Hotel,” “Melrose Place,” “Dynasty,” and “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and went on to direct “Knots Landing,” “Sisters,” “Cagney & Lacey,” “Star Trek Voyager,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Judging Amy,” “Starman,” “The Guardian,” “Resurrection Blvd.” and a “Bob Hope Christmas Special.”
 
She recently co-produced and directed a live event at Ellis Island honoring Bob Hope and starring Michael Feinstein, and Malone co-produced and directed 2011′s “The NY Pops Tribute to Bob Hope at Carnegie Hall.”
 
Malone also directed for the theater, including “All the Way Home,” “Howie the Rookie” and “Big Maggie,” starring Tyne Daly. For L..A Theatre Works she directed “Agnes of God,” “Prelude to a Kiss” and “The Country Girl”; for the Ford Theatre in Los Angeles she directed “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”
 
Malone also taught acting and directing, and she conducted master classes at: UCLA, Piscator Institute of New York, Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, National University of Ireland, Galway; the Stella Adler Academy; Women in Film; and the American Film Institute, among other places. In the spring of 2013, Nancy taught a master class at the Steinhardt School at NYU.
 
In 2010, at the request of the Performing Arts Section of the UCLA Library: Special Collections, she organized and presented her papers and memorabilia to that facility for permanent research and record keeping.
 
She served as chair of the WIF Foundation and established the Crystal Award, the Dorothy Arzner Award, the Norma Zarky Award and the Founders Award. The Nancy Malone Directors Award was named after her for her contributions to the Film Finishing Fund.
 
Born in Queens Village, Long Island, N.Y., Malone began her career at age 7 as a model for ads ranging from Kellogg’s Cereal to Ford cars and Macy’s. At 10 she was chosen for the cover of Life magazine’s 10th anniversary issue, “The Typical American Girl.”
 
She was signed by William Morris and began her acting career in a show broadcast live on the DuMont TV Network and appeared in one of TV’s first soap operas, “The First Hundred Years.”
 
Malone joined the Actors Studio and studied with Stella Adler as well as David Craig and Milton Katselas and studied ballet with Nora Kaye.
 
At 15 she made her Broadway debut as the title character in “Time Out for Ginger,” co-starring Melvyn Douglas. After the Broadway run, she toured the U.S. in the play for a year. When she returned to New York, Charles Laughton chose her to play Jenny Hill in a production of Shaw’s “Major Barbara,” followed by “The Seven Year Itch,” “A Place for Polly” (a pre-Broadway tryout); “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” “The Chalk Garden” with Judith Anderson, “A Touch of the Poet” with Helen Hayes, and “The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.”
 
Along with her work in theater, she also starred in the television series “Naked City,” for which she received an Emmy nomination for best actress; played Clara Varner in TV series “The Long Hot Summer”; and appeared in “The Killing of Randy Webster “and “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.” She guested on “Bonanza,” “The Fugitive,” “The Partridge Family,” “Big Valley,” “The Rockford Files,” “Outer Limits,” “Run for Your Life,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Twilight Zone” and “Lou Grant,” among other shows.
 
Malone is survived by her colleague and longtime friend, Linda Hope.
 
 
MALONE, Nancy
Born: 3/19/1935, Queen’s Village, Long Island, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/8/2014, Duarte, California, U.S.A.
 
Nancy Malone’s westerns – actress:
Bonanza (TV) – 1967 (Katherine Rowan)
Hondo (TV) – 1967 (Mary Davis)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1969 (Marcy Howard)
The Outcasts (TV) – 1969 (Mavis)
Then Man Who Loved Cat Dancing – 1973 (Sudie)

RIP William Olvis


William Olvis, Film and Television Composer, Dies at 56

 
Variety
By Carmel Dagan
May 9, 2014
 
William Patrick Olvis, whose musical compositions underscored over 19 movies and numerous television shows, died of throat cancer May 6 at his home in Malibu. He was 56.
 
Olvis, whose father William Edward Olvis was a renowned opera singer, won several awards in his own field, including four from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Olvis began his professional career in 1988 composing the score for telepic “Evil in Clear River.”
 
Among Olvis’ credits was the 1993 film “Red Rock West.” Olvis tailored a rich, textured score that enhanced the tone of the genre-bending film that had elements of a Western, a film noir and a black comedy.
 
For television, Olvis composed the music for 31 episodes of the television show “Life Goes On” from 1989-93, and he composed the theme and 116 episodes of “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.” In a one-minute theme, Olvis conveyed the tone that would come to define the entire series.
 
Olvis also composed for the movies “Steal Big Steal Little,” “Separate Lives,” “A Part of the Family,” “The Woman Who Loved Elvis,” “The Comrades of Summer,” “In Sickness and in Health,” “Empire City,” “29th Street,” “To Save a Child,” “Fourth Story,” “Teach 109,” “The Secret Life of Archie’s Wife,” “El Diablo,” “Framed,” “Kill Me Again,” “Babycakes,” “Finish Line,” and “Evil in Clear River,” as well as for the television show “Gabriel’s Fire.”
 
Olvis is survived by a brother and two sisters as well as former wife Cathleen Young, who was his music agent and partner.
 
 
OLVIS, William (William Patrick Olvis)
Born: 1958, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Died: 5/6/2014, Malibu, California, U.S.A.
 
William Olvis’ westerns – composer:
El Daiblo – 1990
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV) – 1993-1997

Thursday, May 8, 2014

RIP Naura Hayden


RIP Naura Hayden
 
SF Site
By Steven H. Silver
In memoriam 2013
 
Actress Naura Hayden (b.1932, as Norah Hayden) died on August 10. Hayden starred in the film The Angry Red Planet and also appeared in Son of Sinbad. She also used the name Nora Hayden and modeled under the name Helene Hayden. Hayden published several non-genre novels as well.
 
HAYDEN, Naura (Norah Hayden)
Born: 9/29/1932, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 8/10/2013, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
 
Nora Hayden’s westerns – actress:
The Great Jesse James Raid – 1953 (redhead)
Bonanza (TV) – 1961 (Big Red)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962 (Bessie)

Monday, May 5, 2014

RIP Billy Lenhart


Billy Lenhart (1930) one half of a reoccurring child comedy team at Universal called Butch and Buddy passed away in Lakeside, California on February 19, 2013. They were usually little brats, shooting slingshots at people and such, and pretending in front of others that they were little angels. Born as William Joseph Lenhart on December 14, 1930, Billy, as Butch, was called on to play the bass while Buddy, usually Kenneth Brown, played accordion. They appeared as the sons of an exasperated Billy Gilbert in THE UNDER-PUP (1939) and it’s pseudo-sequel A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN. In the second film, most of the stars from PUP other than Virginia reenacted their roles under different names because Universal didn’t want to pay royalties to the author of THE UNDER-PUP for the second film. It’s sort of like the difference between THE SAINT and THE FALCON…there isn’t any. Billy continued to make films until 1945 and most of them, including his final Columbia film, were with Brown as the team of Butch and Buddy.


LENHART, Billy (William Joseph Lenhart)
Born: 12/14/1930, Edmond, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 2/19/2013, Leakeside, California, U.S.A.

Billy Lenhart’s westerns – actor:
Melody of the Plains – 1937 (Billy Langley)
Two-Gun Troubador – 1939 (Fred Dean as a boy)
Ridin’ the Trail – 1940 (Butch)
Man from Montana – 1941 (Butch)
A Lady Takes a Chance – 1943 (Butch)
Rough Rindin’ Justice – 1945 (Butch)    

Saturday, May 3, 2014

RIP Erdo Vatan


CINEMA artist 'Erdo Vatan' died at 79 district of Balıkesir BURHANİYE died from pancreatic cancer at his home
 
Born Erdogan Vatansever in 1936, he starred in numerous films in Turkey. He died at his home two months after being treated in Ankara Gazi University Hospital where he underwent treatment for 5 days before returning home to Burhanilye.
 
Educated at Unversal Studios.
 
Considered as the center of world cinema he trained at Universal Studios, with Mickey Rooney and attend lectures given by Alfred Hitchcock before returning home to Turkey, he continued his studies in the field of cinema and television. Not only a screenwriter, but also a jazz and country music artist he opened in Ayvalik a theater and acting workshops for actors who began training for the future. At the Municipal Youth Centre for young people, giving lessons in elocution and drama, film and television community.
 
Not COMPLETING THE LAST MOVIE
 
Erdo Vatan's last film Havran, Inonu from the village Khalil's life that he wrote describing his close friend, Cultural History Researcher Erdogan Gazioğlu, "Erdogan brother, a hard worker. Discomfort at all though he is not idle, the nonstop script was written. Havranl Halil's script met with grandchildren go to write, did extensive research. was getting ready to make his movie. However, life was not long enough. We were very upset. God bless," he said.
 
 
VATAN, Erdo (Erdogan Vatansever)
Born: 1936, Turkey
Died: 4/30/2014 Ayvalik, Balikesir, Turkey
 
Erdo Vatan’s western – actor:
Yedi belalilar - 1970

RIP Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.


Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies at 95
 
He was the embodiment of a federal agent on “The F.B.I.” after playing a private eye on another popular ABC series, “77 Sunset Strip.”

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes, Duane Byrge
5/2/2014
 
Efrem Zimbalist Jr., the suave leading man who starred on ABC for 15 straight seasons on 77 Sunset Strip and then The F.B.I., died Friday at his ranch in Solvang, Calif., his children announced. He was 95.
 
Zimbalist was a household name from 1958 through 1974 for his performances as dapper private eye Stuart Bailey on Friday night staple 77 Sunset Strip, which lasted six seasons, and as Inspector Lewis Erskine on The F.B.I., which ran for nine.
 
A close friend of then-FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover, Zimbalist ended many Quinn Martin productions on Sunday nights with a description of a fugitive wanted by the feds, exhorting viewers to be on the lookout. One of the more prominent names from this segment was James Earl Ray, assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
 
“Efrem’s character embodied fidelity, bravery and integrity. So much so that he inspired a generation of future FBI employees, many of whom pursued a career in the bureau because they watched The F.B.I. series as they grew up,” FBI director Robert Mueller said when he presented an honorary Special Agent badge to Zimbalist in 2009. “In those days, he may well have been the bureau’s best and most effective recruiter!”
 
The son of renowned artists -- soprano Alma Gluck and violinist Efrem Zimbalist -- he was the father of actress Stephanie Zimbalist, who survives him. As the sly, silver-haired mentor of Pierce Brosnan’s title character on Remington Steele, he appeared on the 1982-87 NBC series with his daughter on a handful of episodes.
 
In a career that spanned roughly 60 years, Zimbalist provided the voices of Alfred the Butler on several Batman animated series, the villain Doc Octopus on a Spider-Man cartoon and King Arthur on The Legend of Prince Valiant. He had recurring roles on Maverick in the 1950s, Hotel in the ’80s and Zorro in the ’90s.
 
In Wait Until Dark (1967), he played the photographer husband of the blind Audrey Hepburn.
 
The son of renowned artists -- soprano Alma Gluck and violinist Efrem Zimbalist -- he was the father of actress Stephanie Zimbalist, who survives him. As the sly, silver-haired mentor of Pierce Brosnan’s title character on Remington Steele, he appeared on the 1982-87 NBC series with his daughter on a handful of episodes.
 
Born in New York City on November 30, 1918. His father was a friend of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, and young Zimbalist received violin lessons from the father of Jascha Heifetz.
 
Later, he studied at the Yale Drama School and the Neighborhood Playhouse, then served in World War II and earned a Purple Heart.
 
Zimbalist began his career as an NBC page but soon found work in the theater and was cast in the 1945 Broadway production of The Rugged Path, which starred Spencer Tracy and was directed by Garson Kanin. Zimbalist’s rich baritone and striking manner won notice, and he landed plum roles in Henry VIII in 1946 and Hedda Gabler in 1948.
 
Restless waiting for roles, Zimbalist ventured into producing. He brought opera to Broadway, mounting such productions as The Medium, The Telephone and The Consul, which won a Pulitzer Prize.
 
Zimbalist made an impressive movie debut in 1949, co-starring in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s House of Strangers, which starred Edward G. Robinson as a tight-fisted family patriarch. But he experienced personal tragedy the following year: his wife Emily died of cancer, and he gave up acting.
 
During the subsequent five years, Zimbalist worked at the Curtis School of Music for his father. In 1954, he took a lead in a daytime soap opera, and, ready to act in the movies again, signed a seven-year contract with Warner Bros. (Later, he would be invited to play tennis at studio head Jack Warner’s Beverly Hills home every weekend.)
 
Zimbalist was cast in Band of Angels (1957) with Clark Gable; in the Barrymore family drama Too Much, Too Soon (1958) with Errol Flynn and Dorothy Malone; and in Mervyn LeRoy’s Home Before Dark (1958) with Jean Simmons; he called the latter his favorite film experience.
 
While he was winning popularity and acclaim for these roles, Zimbalist also was starting out in the Warner Bros. TV series 77 Sunset Strip, which was created by Roy Huggins (The Fugitive). It centered on a swinging '60s Hollywood detective agency run by Bailey and his partner Jeff Spencer (Roger Smith).
 
The stylish agency, located at the fictional address 77 Sunset Strip, was, naturally, right next door to a nightclub, which lent to appearances by curvaceous guest stars. Zimbalist parked his sports car in the club’s driveway that was manned by the cool attendant Kookie (Edd Byrnes), a dashing ladies’ man who caused women to clamor, “Kookie, Kookie, lend me your comb,” which became a song and a national catchphrase.
 
Zimbalist took film roles during the series’ hiatus. In 1961, he starred with Angie Dickinson in the courtroom thriller A Fever in the Blood and in the then-notorious The Chapman Report (1962), where he starred as the head of a medical research clinic that studied the sex habits of suburban women.
 
Zimbalist appeared on all 241 episodes of The F.B.I., whose storylines came from actual cases. The bureau had casting control over the show. After the series ended, he participated in charity events that helped raise money for families of agents killed in the line of duty and lent his voice to narrate FBI recruiting videos.
 
Like other stars known for a dignified persona, Zimbalist was good-humored about spoofing his career. He followed in the footsteps of such colleagues as Leslie Nielsen and Robert Stack, parodying his image in Jim Abrahams’ Top Gun spoof Hot Shots! (1991), which starred Charlie Sheen.
 
His autobiography, My Dinner of Herbs, was published in 2004 and recounted his varied career, from the glitzy Sunset Strip to the power corridors of Washington.
 
In addition to his daughter Stephanie, survivors include his son Efrem Zimbalist III.
 
“A devout Christian, he actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf and visiting with close friends,” his children said in a statement. “We will miss him dearly.”
 
 
ZIMBALIST, Jr., Efrem
Born: 11/30/1918, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/2/2014, Solvang, California, U.S.A.
 
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr’s, westerns – actor:
Maverick (TV) – 1957, 1958 (Dandy Jim Buckley)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1958 (Kerrigan the Great)
Bronco (TV) – 1961 (Edwin Booth)
Rawhide (TV) – 1965 (Jim McKeever)
The Reward – 1965 (Frank Bryant)
The Avenging – 1982 (Jacob Anderson)
The New Zorro (TV) – 1990-1991 (Don Alejandro de la Vega)