Tuesday, March 31, 2015

RIP Robert Z'Dar


Cult actor Robert Z'Dar dies in Pensacola

Pensacola News Journal
By Julio Diaz

Actor Robert Z'Dar, the massive man with the gigantic chin best known for the cult film series "Maniac Cop," died Monday night in Pensacola after being hospitalized when he came to town to appear at Pensacon, according to his long-time manager and friend Jim Decker.

Born Robert J. Zdarsky, the 6-foot-2 actor was featured in more than 121 films, including cult classics like the first three "Maniac Cop" films, "Soultaker," "The Final Sanction" and "Samurai Cop" (the sequel to which Z'Dar had been set to join immediately after Pensacon). He also enjoyed roles in mainstream hits such as "Tango & Cash" and TV roles on "Growing Pains" and the 1990 series "The Flash."

Instantly recognizable for his large face and jutting jaw, his fanbase grew when two of his films, "Soultaker" and "Future War," were lampooned on "Mystery Science Theater 3000." A staple on the convention scene, he appeared at both of Pensacon's shows.

Decker said Z'Dar was hospitalized after suffering chest pains during Pensacon, and was on the mend before going into cardiac arrest Monday night.

"We talked every day," Decker said. "We've been together through thick and thin. He was the first actor I took on in my career as an agent. We spent many weekends on the road together and a lot of time enjoying each other's company. I miss him dearly."

Decker said Z'Dar continued to be in demand as an actor and he continued to review scripts up until the last moments of his life. He'd been looking forward to his role in "Samurai Cop 2" and was eager to get back to work.

Decker mentioned that prior to his acting career, Z'Dar played football for Arizona State University, was in a band called Nova Express and spent time as a Chippendale's dancer.

Pensacon Chairman Mike Ensley said he and other representatives of Pensacon have been keeping tabs on Z'Dar's condition since the convention, and that he appeared to be improving before his heart gave out.

"Everyone at Pensacon is very saddened," Ensley said. "But we are glad he was here and that he didn't pass away alone."

Decker said that Z'Dar, who was 64, is survived by a brother, Billy Zdarsky, and a nephew, Matthew. He said those who would like to send condolences could do so through his email, esotericking@gmail.com.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

Z’DAR, Robert (Robert J. Zdarsky)
Born: 6/3/1950, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 3/30/2015, Pensacola, Florida, U.S.A.

Robert Z’Dar’s western – actor:
Cherry 2000 – 1987 (Chet)

Monday, March 30, 2015

RIP Anne James

RIP Anne James

Lowell Sun
March 27, 2015

Delores Anne 'Dorrie' Sheehan Devout Catholic TEWKSBURY -- God gave the world a unique gift when Delores Anne Sidener was born on April 15, 1932 to Marie (Kelly) Sidener (a City of Chicago budget manager) and James Samuel Sidener (a Chicago Police Officer).

Delores "Dorrie" developed her strong Catholic faith at her mother's knee and at St. Adrian's school. She was baptized at St. Adrian's, and received the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Communion, and Confirmation there. In her teens, she lived in California, where, blessed with a beautiful and powerful Coloratura Soprano voice, she sang professionally with the Greek Theater. Her goal was to sing with Las Calla or the Metropolitan Opera. Before that could happen, however, she was discovered by a Hollywood talent scout, and was signed by Columbia Studios.

She attended Hollywood Professional School while playing the female lead in two Western Movies "Pecos River" with Jock Mahoney and John Penn; and "Barbed Wire", with Gene Autry and Smiley Burnett, and a comedy, "Sound Off" opposite Mickey Rooney.

During the Korean War, she entertained our troops and worked in bond drives to support the war effort.

Later, she returned to Chicago, where she became one of that city's top-ten fashion and photographers' models.

At West Point in 1954, she met Cadet Donald Sheehan. For four years he courted her during his Christmas and summer leaves, and during Air Force pilot training after graduation.

Dorrie returned to West Point for Don's graduation in 1956, sharing with him and his family the many events of June Week including a visit to Flirtation Walk on his last day as a cadet, and pinning his Second Lieutenant bar on his shoulder on graduation day. Don gave her a star on December 23, 1957, and they were married at St. Adrian's on the fourth anniversary of their meeting.

They were separated by Don's assignment to Korea 77 days after their wedding, but Dorrie joined him a year later for duty in Japan. There they enjoyed a two year second honeymoon, absorbed Japanese culture, and brought their first two daughters, Maria Anastasia and Maria Gabrielle into the world.

Dorrie became a gourmet cook under the tutelage of the Benedictine Nuns in Tokyo. She became Don's inspiration as he studied for a master's degree in English at the University of Illinois (1962-63). There she gave birth to Maria Christina. With masters' degree in hand, Dorrie and Don and their three babies drove to Colorado for service in the English Department faculty at the Air Force Academy. Dorrie personified the virtues and attributes of Air Force wife and mother. She gave birth to Maria Mia in 1964, to Michael in 1965, and Matthew John in 1966, and taught her children the tenets of her Catholic faith.

In 1967, Dorrie lived in the Philippine Islands, while Don flew tactical airlift missions during the Vietnam War. At the end of that assignment, they returned to the Air Force Academy English Department, and Adam Francis was born in 1970.

In 1973, the nine Sheehan's moved to Alaska, where Don flew C-130 aircraft. Dorrie moved her family to Tewksbury for Don's service as Commander of Air Force ROTC Detachment 345 at the UMASS-Lowell.

For 38 years, Dorrie and Don lived in Tewksbury, where their children grew in grace and wisdom, completing their college degrees, marrying, and raising eighteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Throughout their 55 years of marriage, Dorrie exemplified the finest virtues of a Catholic lady, wife, mother, and grandmother. The needs of her family always came first, before any personal considerations. She led by example, guiding her children in developing Catholic values. Dorrie helped her children develop self-confidence and respect for others. She was the architect of her family's prayer life and the matriarch of Sidener/Sheehan family traditions. Her children and grandchildren emulated her virtues as well as the values of patriotism, integrity, honesty, and humility.

Her many talents and skills included home decor, unique gastronomic excellence, creative acrylic and water color painting, and unmatched devotion to God and her family. In her recovery from three near-fatal automobile accidents, she displayed courage and discipline beyond the call of duty. In extended therapy to regain her mobility, she demonstrated quiet and powerful leadership.

Dorrie brought indescribable joy to Don, her family, and friends all the days of her life.

On Wednesday, March 25, 2015, the Loving God Who gave her life, called her home to join her Mom, Dad, sisters, Mary Sidener and Suzanne Kennedy, and brother, Sonny Sidener.

Mother of Stacy Decker of Lowell, Gigi Hovanec and her husband, George of Dracut, Chris Vecchi and her husband, Dennis of Andover, Mia Primeaux and her husband, Christopher of Lake Charles, LA, Michael A. Sheehan and his wife, Doreen of Derry, NH, Matthew J. Sheehan and his wife, Lisa of Chelmsford, and Adam F. Sheehan of Derry, NH. She also leaves 18 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

SHEEHAN -- Delores Anne "Dorrie" (Sidener). Visitation at the foot of the altar at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 198 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover, is Today, Friday, March 27, from 7-9 p.m. Holy Mass celebrating her Catholic life will be held Saturday, March 28, at 11 a.m. in St. Robert's Church. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org, P.O. Box 78517, Topeka, KS 66675 or to Poor Clares of Andover, 445 River Rd., Andover, MA 01810, would be gratefully appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Farmer & Dee Funeral Home, Tewksbury. www.farmeranddee.com

JAMES, Anne (Delores Anne Sidener)
Born: 4/15/1932, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 3/25/2015, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Anne James’ western – actress:
Barbed Wire – 1952 (Gay Kendall)

RIP Matilde Conesa

Matilde Conesa, voice actress of the Bruja Avería  and Angela Channing dies.

El Mundo

The announcer and radio actress Madrid Matilde Conesa, who gave voice to the breakdown Witch "Crystal Ball" and Angela Channing in Falcon Crest TV series, died Sunday at age 86.

Matilde Conesa was born in Madrid in 1928, began her career with small roles in film and as an announcer on Radio SEU after Youth Radio.  In 1948 she was hired at Radio Madrid for the picture of actors who then conducted National episodes.

Her first soap opera was ''Un clavel en el frac', and later became famous first as a radio serial actress at the time of the "boom" of radio-fifties.

She played mostly dramatic roles but also made ​​some comedies, as Sister St. Sulpice brothers Alvarez Quintero, and the famous Matilde, Perico and Periquín evening series.

Other successful series were ‘Lo que nunca muere’, ‘Ama rosa’ and ‘La dama de las camelias’, always in the company of the late Pedro Pablo Ayuso.

At the same time she was ​​dubbing films and television series put her voice to the mothers of "En familia" and ‘Vicki el vickingo’.

She remained in Radio Madrid until 1985, when ended the famous Los Porretas series, and then went on to collaborate with TVE in ‘The Crystal Ball’ series that lasted until 1988, and "The Leper Bishop," another serial in which she acted in person for the first time.

Shee won several awards, including the Actors Union, the Special Award A Life of dubbing (2006) and several Ondas Awards (1955, 1971, 1999).

Her latest award, the Gold Medal of the Academy of Radio, was obtained in February 2014

She was the widow of Julio Montijano, who was also an actor in radio. They had a daughter Carolina who also is dedicated to dubbing.

CONESA, Matilde (Matilde Conesa Valls)
Born: 4/13/1928, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: 3/29/2015, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Matilde Conesa’s westerns – voice actress:
Relevo para un pistolero – 1963 [Spanish voice of Silvia Solar]
Fast Hand is Still My Name - 1973 [Spanish voice of Celine Bessy]
Garden of Venus - 1979 [Spanish voice of Isela Vega]

Sunday, March 29, 2015

RIP Fred Robsahm

RIP Fred Robsahm
Norwegian actor Fred Robsahm died at his Lillesand home on March 26th. He was 71. Born Frederick Otto Robsahm on June 29, 1943 in Lillesand, Aust-Agder, Norway he was the younger brother of actress Margarete Robsahm [1942- ]. Fred was famous for his role in Barbarella (1968) with Jane Fonda and John Philip Law. He went on to make only 12 films, among which were three Euro-westerns: “Bandidos” (1967), “No Room to Die” (1969) and “Black Killer” (1971). He was married for fifteen years to Italian actress Agostina Belli [1947- ]. In the late 1980s Fred was arrested as a passenger on a boat carrying drugs. While in prison he contacted the HIV virus from a needle used to sedate the prisoners. The drugs he took to fight the HIV virus caused many side effects so he left the world he knew and bought a sailboat and started to sail the world. In 1992 he started drinking heavily and developed liver failure. For years he lived in an apartment in Lillesand on a disability pension. 

ROBSAHM, Fred (Frederik Otto Robsahm)
Born: 6/29/1943, Lillesand, Aust-Agder, Norway
Died:  3/26/2015, Lillesand, Aust-Agder, Norway

Fred Robsahm’s westerns – actor:
Bandidos - 1967 (Kane henchman)
No Room to Die – 1969 (Mexican)
Black Killer - 1971 (Bud/Burt Collins)
Carambola - 1973