Thursday, June 30, 2016

RIP James L. Kelly

RIP James L, Kelly

Las Cruces Sun-News
June 30, 2016

James Leroy Kelly 74 of Silver City, New Mexico, died on June 28, 2016, following a brief illness. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Bright Funeral Home. Jim was born in 1942 in Washington, D.C. His father was killed during combat about three years later, following the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

Soon after, the family, which included a sister, moved to California, where Jim was introduced to theater and acting. He received his first membership card in the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and got a role in the movie, "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Kelly recalled recently that it involved little more than yelling an alarm. "I wasn't even clearly seen on the screen."

Following college at Cal State Hayward, where he received a degree in English and journalism, Kelly began a full time career as a reporter and columnist for several Bay Area newspapers, while also acting in summer stock and other theatrical performances.

In the 1970's Jim worked as a character actor on the famed TV series, "Little House on the Prairie." He also appeared in "Father Murphy." Later, he worked as a researcher for the famed "Follies" in Palm Springs, California.

Kelly and his wife, Linda, moved to Silver City in 2006, where Jim performed volunteer work for several organizations, including serving as a board member for the Silver City Museum. He created the Silver City poet laureate program and was a co-founder of the Southwest Festival of the Written Word. He also helped produce a Christmas play that was performed at WNMU in 2014. Most recently, he volunteered at Single Socks.

A Navy veteran, Jim was always blessed with a sharp wit and sense of humor. He enjoyed the companionship of like-minded friends, especially a group he shared a beer with once a week.
Jim Kelly is survived by his wife, Linda; a sister, Pat Springer, of Lothian, Maryland; and a brother, Roy Jamerson, of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Bright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, "Traditional Services and Care for your family and friends", 210 W. College Ave., Silver City, New Mexico, 575-388-1911. To send condolences login to

KELLY, James L. (James Leroy Kelly)
Born: 1942, Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Died: 6/25/2016, Silver City, New Mexico, U.S.A.

James L. Kelly’s westerns – actor:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1982 (foreman)
Father murhoy (TV) - 1983

RIP Stuart Nisbet

RIP Stuart Nisbet

Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2016

It is with a very heavy heart that today we announce the passing of a local legend, actor, proud Scotsman, and wonderful family man, Stuart Nisbet. "Stu" Nisbet, age 82, passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on June 23, 2016, at Verdugo Hills Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Stuart was born on January 17, 1934 in Los Angeles, California to Emmet and Hazel Nisbet. He spent his early childhood in Bakersfield, CA and then moved to Glendale, where he spent the rest of his years. Stu studied Theatrical Arts at Los Angeles City College and at California State University, Los Angeles. After landing his first acting job in 1960, he then pursued a career in live theatre and television.

This successful career spanned nearly six decades. To his acting credits, Stuart will be remembered for his many movie roles in films, such as "The Graduate", "Earthquake", "Oh God", "The Fabulous Baker Boys", "Lucky Lady", and "Casino". He will also be remembered for his many recurring television roles in beloved classics such as "Dragnet", "The Virginian", "Bonanza", "Dennis the Menace", "Little House on the Prairie", "L.A. Law", "The Dukes of Hazzard", and "The Golden Girls". He also was the co-founder and owner of Baker-Nisbet, Inc. in Hollywood, California, a very successful casting agency for 24 years.

Stuart was extremely proud of his Scottish heritage and served as the President of the Nesbitt/Nisbet Society of North America for many years. His true passions included family, acting, and travel, having experienced much of the globe with his loving wife of nearly 55 years, Nancy Nisbet. Together, they traveled the four corners of the earth and the seven seas. To Stu, laughter was key, and as such, he was a dedicated member of several local improvisational Hollywood comedy groups.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Bill, Linda, and Scott; his grandchildren, Shane, Shilo, Brandy, and Hope; and his children-in-law, Denny and Delia. He loved to laugh, And lived to love¿ Oh, how he made us laugh! This special man is sorely missed by the many people who cared deeply for him. Rest now sweet Angel, we shall meet again! A private family celebration of Stuart's life will be held at 1443 Dorothy Drive, Glendale, CA 91202 on July 9th.

NISBET, Stuart
Born: 1/17/1934, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 6/23/2016, Verdugo Hills, California, U.S.A.

Stuart Nisbet’s westerns – actor:
Two Faces West (TV) – 1961 (bartender)
The Virginian (TV) – 1962, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1970 (Bart, Tolliver, bartender)
Empire (TV) – 1963 (Fred)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1964 (boarding house guest)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1965 (doctor)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1965, 1969 (George Mason)
Laredo (TV) – 1966 (Doc Severenson)
The Road West (TV) – 1966 (Deputy Gibson)
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) – 1967 (Clay)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (Wayne)
Ride to Hangman’s Tree – 1967 (Russell)
The Shakiest Gun in the West – 1968 (man going upstairs)
The Outcasts (TV) – 1968 (posseman)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1968 (farmer)
The Silent Gun (TV) – 1969 (Simpson)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1970 (Conlin)
The Intruders (TV) – 1970 (bartender)
Bonanza (TV) – 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971 (Sergeant Hines, Paul Fletcher, Charlie, Wiley, storekeeper, Evans, Fred Tyson, Colter)
Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1973 (Willy)
Hearts of the West (TV) – 1975 (Lucky)
The Night Rider (TV) – 1979 (Doc Ellis)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1980 (Jenkins)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (Spencer Nelson)
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV) – 1997 (Harry B. Smith)

RIP Charles Briles

RIP Charles Briles

San Luis Obispo Tribune
June 30, 2016

Charles Briles Former TV and movie actor and stage director Charles "Chuck" Briles, formerly of Cambria, passed away at age 70 on June 12, 2016. Born in Gardena, Calif., Chuck was bitten by the acting bug at a young age. He performed as a teenager with the Kentwood Players of the Westchester Playhouse for several years; launching him on a professional acting career. Chuck performed in over 45 TV shows and movies. He was an original cast member of the popular television series "The Big Valley," playing Eugene Barkley, the youngest son of family matriarch Barbara Stanwyck. He also played a supporting role in the MGM Elvis Presley movie "The Trouble with Girls" in 1969. As an adult he turned his talent toward directing, winning many stage directing awards in Southern California. Chuck was also a highly successful writer, producer, and director of Industrial films for some 24 years with the Northrop Corporation of California. He was a talented, creative, and proud lifelong member of The Screen Actors Guild (SAG/AFTRA). He will be greatly missed by his family, colleagues, and friends. He is survived by his wife Kathy, of Orcutt, Calif.; his sister Carolyn Renno; sons Jason and Mike, and six grandchildren. A Celebration of his Life will take place this October in his beloved Cambria.

BRILES, Charles
Born: 12/17/1945, Gardena, California, U.S.A.
Died: 6/12/2016, San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.A.

Charles Briles westerns – actor:
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965-1966 (Eugene Barkley)
Gunfight in Abilene – 1967 (Dave Evers)
Bonanza (TV) – 1969, 1971 (Del Nagel, Billy)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

RIP Aharon Ipalé

Israeli Actor Aharon Ipalé Dies of Cancer at 74

Ipalé performed alongside many of Hollywood's greatest stars and returned to Israel a few years ago, but never recreated success here.
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By Nirit Anderman
June 28, 2016

Israeli actor Aharon Ipalé, who took part in a long list of British and American productions and played alongside some of Hollywood’s greatest stars, passed away on Monday at age 74. Ipalé died in Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer after battling cancer for his last few months. He left behind a daughter. He was buried Monday night in Holon.

Ipalé was born in Morocco on December 27, 1941 and came to Israel age two with his family. After finishing his army service, he studied theater in London. After his studies, he began appearing in television series and theater in England, playing Jesus in the TV mini-series “Christ Recrucified.” He appeared alongside John Gielgud in “The Shooting Party” in 1985, and with Burt Lancaster in the TV mini-series “Moses the Lawgiver,” in which he played Joshua, the role that put him on his way to Hollywood.

He had parts in a long list of famous American television series, including “Dynasty,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Kojak,” “The Love Boat,” “MacGyver,” “Miami Vice,” and “Charlie’s Angels.” On the big screen, he acted alongside Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” directed by Mike Nichols; and with Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman in “Ishtar.” He also had parts in “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Xanadu,” “Airport ‘79,” “The Mummy” and “The Mummy Returns.”

But his career never took off in Israel. He starred in Nissim Dayan’s “Gesher Tzar Me’od” in 1985, but when he returned to Israel four years ago after working for decades overseas, especially in London and Hollywood, he never succeeded in regaining his place in the local scene.

“There are some people in the industry in Israel that no matter what I did outside [of Israel], as far as they are concerned, I don’t exist,” Ipalé said in an interview last year with Maariv. “If I was a director or producer here, and knew that an actor who’d been good enough for Hollywood and London was here in Israel, I would snatch him up. But no one looks outside. They think they invented the wheel here.”

IPALE, Aharon
Born: 12/27/1941, Meknes, Morocco
Died:  6/26/2016, Tel HaShomer, Ramat Gan, Israel

Aharon Ipalé’s western – actor:
Madron – 1970 (Singer)

Monday, June 27, 2016

RIP Bud Spencer

June 27, 2016

Bud Spencer has died

The actor, Carlo Pedersoli has died. He was 86 years-old. The announcement was made by his son: "Dad flew away peacefully. He did not suffer, his last words were "thank you".

He died Monday afternoon the actor Bud Spencer aka Carlo Pedersoli. This was announced by son Giuseppe Pedersoli "Dad flew away peacefully at 18.15. He did not suffer, and had us all beside him, his last words were “thank you”. He was born in Naples on 31 October 1929.

Not only comic

Bud Spencer for many generations, who knew him at the movies and then in the endless television reruns, was the giant with a heart of gold that led him on adventures paired with his friend Terence Hill. Unforgettable was this figure of a bearded big man in the spaghetti westerns of the '70s, from "They Call Me Trinity" through the various sequels.

Carlo Pedersoli, however, was involved in a long and multifaceted career in which, next to the most popular films, there was space for the thriller (directed by Dario Argento in Four Flies on Grey Velvet), art films with Ermanno elms and even to the civil complaint drama with black Torino Carlo Lizzani.

The bitterness of the past years

After many successes he also had a bit 'of bitterness in recent years, to be lightly regarded by the world of cinema. "In Italy I and Terence Hill simply do not exist - he complained - despite the great popularity that we have today among children and young people. They were never given a prize, not even invited us to festivals. "The last appearance on TV was in 2010 with The Cook crimes of fiction Channel 5. In 2015 he was celebrated in Naples with a medal and a plaque for his long career that he was given by the mayor De Magistris.

Record holder in swimming

Carlo Pedersoli was born in Naples (Saint Lucia district) on October 31, 1929. His father was a businessman from Brescia and the work took him away from the Gulf when Carlo was just 11 years old and the whole family moved to Rome (Parioli district) in 1940. Leaving friends from school (including Luciano de Crescenzo), the boy enrolled in high school and a swimming course, being brilliant in both cases, so that he went to college (chemistry course) at just 17 years of age. After the war, however, the family changed cities again, Pedersoli ended up in Rio de Janeiro, and Carlo had to leave school. Will the worker, the librarian, the embassy secretary as in the legends of American stars. Back in Rome, he resumed his studies but above all the activity in the pool where it is reported he was soon a real ace: in the 100 meters free style he made history by becoming the first Italian to break the minute barrier net (59 "5 in 1950 and in the 25 meters in Vienna). The Italian won 11 titles and attended the Olympics in Helsinki in 1952 and it will also be noted how he was the center of attention with the Italian triumphs in the 1955 Mediterranean Games in Barcelona.

The landing at the movies

He also continued to study (this time-law, he graduated and that lead to a successful conclusion despite the sporting exploits) and is noticed by the film in the middle of Hollywood on the Tiber season. Thanks to the physical sculptural, was hired as an extra in 'Quo Vadis?' And then ended up on the set of "Hannibal" where he met the young actor Mario Girotti - Terence Hill - who will become his excellent partner a few years later. It's up to Mario Monicelli who entrusted with him his first real role, that of the abusive Nando in "A Hero of Our Times" (1955). Closed with swimming after the Rome Games in 1960 he returned to South America for a long period away from his interests. He returned to Italy opened and his own company, he married Maria Amato (the daughter of the producer Peppino Amato), she gives birth to his first two children, writes songs and gets some success. With cinema he must work through the ranks it is long and Bud Spencer won the lead role in the western "God Forgives I Don’t" in 1967 thanks to Giuseppe Colizzi. First he refused because of economic demands but then enlisted because he is the only suitable actor for the gigantic and menacing partner of the protagonist, Pedersoli meets again Mario Girotti. The two will decide at the end of the film, to change their names on the posters to attract the public and Pedersoli choose his favorite beer Bud and his adored actor Spencer Tracy.

The triumphs

The success of the film is more than flattering, but it will be the next episode, "They Call Me Trinity" (Enzo Barboni, 1970) to consecrate the personal success of the duo. A real love at first sight with the public that will be repeated, infallible, for another 16 times in all. The cliché of the character is always the same and Spencer also redeveloped by itself: a giant with the heart of gold, that leads the way, always smiles like a child, restores the wrongs and enjoys life. Cowboy or investigator (the Steno series "Big Foot Cop"), adventurer or a good father, Bud Spencer even perfected a type of hammer blow that will make him unmistakable.


Bud Spencer "disappears a great interpreter of Italian cinema that during his long career he has been able to entertain generations and conquer the audience with his great professionalism," says the Minister of goods and cultural activities and tourism, Dario Franceschini who clings to the actor's family died this evening in Rome. "He had been loved by so many," it is instead the tweet of condolence of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

SPENCER, Bud (Carlo Pedersoli)
Born: 10/31/1929, Santa Lucia, Naples, Campania, Italy
Died: 6/27/2016, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Bud Spencer’s westerns – actor:
God Forgives... I Don’t! – 1966 (Earp Hargitay/Hutch Bessy/Dan)
Ace High – 1967 (Hutch Bessy)
Beyond the Law – 1967 (James Cooper)
Today We Kill… Tomorrow We Die! 1968 (‘Walrus’ O’Bannion)
Boot Hill – 1969 (Hutch Bessy/Arch Hutch)
The 5-Man Army – 1969 (Mesito/Panchito)
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 (Bambino)
Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 (Bambino)
It Can be Done... Amigo! – 1972 (Hiram Coburn)
Massacre at Fort Holman – 1972 (Eli Sampson)
Buddy Goes West – 1981 (Buddy/Doctor Malabar)
Troublemakers – 1994 (Moses)
Denn sie kennen kein erbarmen - Der Italowestern – 2005 [himself]
Giuliano Gemma: An Italian Story – 2012 [himself]
Stracult: La nascita di: Django, Ringo, Sartana, Trinita, Navajo, Camposanto… (TV) – 2012
Django, Trinity and the Others... 2013 [himself]
Stracult: Western Italiani, i Mitici Film Anni 60 & 70 – 2013 [himself]
The Angel, the Brute and the Wise – 2014 (poker player) [film was never made]
Django, Sartana, Trinity and the Others...  2014 [himself]
Keoma Unchained – 2014 (Bud)
Sin piedad ? [himself]