Thursday, May 25, 2017

RIP Jared Martin

Jared Martin an American film and television actor died May 24th. He was 75. Jared is best known for his role as Steven "Dusty" Farlow in Dallas.

Born on December 21, 1941 in Manhattan to Charles E. Martin, a cover artist and cartoonist for The New Yorker, and his wife, Florence Taylor, an artist and homemaker, Jared began acting at the age of ten in a local children's theater group. After graduating from the Putney School and Columbia University, where his roommate was Brian DePalma. He spent a summer apprenticing with Joseph Papp's Shakespeare in the Park. After graduating, he worked for a couple of years at The New York Times as a copy boy and thumbnail book reviewer for the Sunday edition.

He quit and joined a summer stock company in Cape May, New Jersey; then spent a season with Boston Classical Repertory, and eventually rejoined Papp at his new Public Theater in Manhattan. In 1965 he co-founded Group 6 Productions, a New York film and stage production company for which he directed A Night on the Town. In 1966 he played the lead role in his former roommate DePalma's first feature film, Murder à la Mod.

He continued acting off-Broadway and made an unreleased film that caught the eye of a casting director at Columbia Pictures. Martin may be best-known as Steven "Dusty" Farlow on Dallas. He later alternated between living in Rome and New York where he studied with Lee Strasberg. He performed in Broadway's Torch Song Trilogy. In 1988 he relocated to Toronto to star in The War of the Worlds (W.O.W.) as Dr. Harrison Blackwood. After W.O.W. was canceled in 1991 he spent the next 18 months traveling, writing, and working on photography.

In 1994, entrepreneur Jeffrey Seder asked Martin to direct In Deeper, a feature length docudrama that celebrated crime-fighting local citizens, as part of then-Mayor Ed Rendell's Heroes of the Streets campaign in Philadelphia. Martin co-founded the independent film production company Lost Dog Productions which produced films for social service and cultural nonprofits, including Smarty Jones - A Pennsylvania Champion and hosted Philly Live, an interview talk show series. From 2004-07, he was Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he taught acting and directing.

MARTIN, Jared (Jared Christopher Martin)
Born: 12/21/1941, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/24/2017, U.S.A.

Jared Martin’s westerns – actor:
Westworld – 1973 (technician)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1978 (Frank Grayson)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

RIP Chip Radaelli

Albuquerque Journal
May 23, 2017

In loving memory of Thomas "Chip" Radaelli. who passed away surrounded by friends and family on May 15, 2017. He was 69. He was born November 24th, 1947, in North Adams MA, to Ferdinando Radaelli and Theresa O'Hare.

He moved West in 1965, and has been a resident of Corrales, NM since the early 1970's. After graduating from the UNM with a master's degree in Theater Arts, he dedicated his life to his family, his friends and his career in the Film Industry. His career spans over 40 years, 100's of movies and many locations. He was a member of the Film Union International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local #480 for many years. He loved crossword puzzles, golf & cooking for others.

Chip is survived by his wife, Danielle; daughter Jesica, her husband Matthew Nida, their children Maxwell and Mary; step-daughter Twyla Courtney and her daughter Soleil; sister Shirley Neveu and husband Robert, brother Charles Radaelli and wife Lucile, brother Michael Radaelli & wife Melinda; and 21 nieces and nephews.

A celebration for his life will be held July 16th, 2017 at the home of his daughter Jesica; please email responses to "Friends of Chip Radaelli" at  

In lieu of flowers the family asks you make a donation to Storehouse West, 1030 Veranda Rd. SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124. Special Thanks to the entire IATSE Local 480; UNM Cancer Center and UNM West for all your support. It matters. He will be loved and missed by many. A new adventure, another location, we love you and miss you already.

RADAELLI, Chip (Thomas Radaelli)
Born: 11/24/1947, North Adams, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 5/15/2017, Corrales, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Chip Radaelli’s westerns – actor, production designer, art director, construction supervisor, general forum:
Lust in the Dust – 1985 [construction coordinator]
Young Guns – 1988 [construction coordinator]
Lucky Luke (TV) – 1992 [construction coordinator]
Bad Girls – 1994 [construction coordinator]
The Cherokee Kid (TV) – 1996 [construction coordinator]
The Ransom of Red Chief (TV) – 1998 [construction coordinator]
Dobe and a Company of Cowards (TV) – 2002 (Sheriff) [production designer]
The Homesman – 2014 [general foreman]

RIP Roger Moore

Roger Moore – Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond – dies at 89

The much-loved English actor, who made his name on the small screen before taking on the mantle of 007, has passed away in Switzerland

The Guardian
By Benjamin Lee
May 23, 2017

He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit, who enjoyed an acting career spanning eight decades. On Tuesday, Roger Moore’s children announced his death at the age of 89 in Switzerland, saying: “he passed away today ... after a short but brave battle with cancer”.
Roger Moore: ‘Being eternally known as James Bond has no downside’
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Moore was best known for playing the third incarnation of James Bond as well as his roles in hit shows The Saint and The Persuaders. He also devoted a lot of his time to humanitarian work, becoming a Unicef goodwill ambassador in 1991.

The actor was born in London in 1927 and, after working as a model in the early 50s, he signed a seven-year contract with MGM. His early movies weren’t particularly memorable, from Interrupted Melody to The King’s Thief, and it was a move to the small screen that brought Moore his first taste of success.

“During my early acting years I was told that to succeed you needed personality, talent and luck in equal measure,” Moore said to the Guardian in 2014. “I contest that. For me it’s been 99% luck. It’s no good being talented and not being in the right place at the right time.”

His first break in TV came in romantic adventure Ivanhoe which was the start of a set of hit shows for Moore, including western Maverick and crime shows The Saint and The Persuaders. The success of The Saint gave Moore an opening in Hollywood yet the resulting spy movies failed to ignite the box office.

Moore had been approached to play the character of James Bond but scheduling conflicts with his television roles meant that he was never available. When Connery had stepped down from the role for good, Moore was asked again and made his first Bond film in 1973, the well-received Live and Let Die. He went onto star in another six films as 007 over a period of 12 years, making him the longest running actor in the role. When he finally retired from the role in 1985, he was 58.

“Being eternally known as Bond has no downside,” Moore told the Guardian. “People often call me ‘Mr Bond’ when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?”
Why I'd like to be … Roger Moore, particularly in his non-Bond roles

After handing over the reins to Timothy Dalton, Moore took a break from the spotlight and didn’t make another film until 1990. From then on, his acting work became sparse, including small roles in Spice World and Boat Trip.

In 1999, Moore was awarded a CBE which then became a knighthood in 2003, given to him for his charity work. Moore’s decision to become a Unicef goodwill ambassador was actually based on his friendship with Audrey Hepburn, who had also worked with the same charity.

“The knighthood for my humanitarian work meant more than if it had been for my acting,” Moore said to the Guardian. “I’m sure some people would say, “What does an actor know about world issues?” But [working for Unicef] I’ve become an expert on things from the causes of dwarfism to the benefits of breastfeeding. I feel very privileged.”

Moore also wrote two books about his time as Bond as well as two autobiographies, the most recent of which was 2014’s Last Man Standing. When asked by Time in 2012 who his favourite Bond was, he changed his mind from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

“You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly,” he said to GQ in 2008. “I chose both.”

Moore is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholstrup, and three children.

MOORE, Roger (Roger George Moore)
Born: 10/14/1927, Stockwell, London, England, U.K.
Died: 5/23/2017, Switzerland

Roger Moore’s westerns actor:
The Alaskans (TV) – 1959-1960 (Silky Harris)
Maverick (TV) – 1959-1961 (Beauregard Maverick)
Gold of the Seven Saints – 1961 (Shaun Garrett)

RIP Stephen Johnston

Stephen Johnston, Former Goldcrest Films President, Dies at 68

The Hollywood Reporter
By Etan Vlessing

He ran the Los Angeles office of the onetime British movie giant before retiring in 2013.

Stephen Johnston, former president of Goldcrest Films, whose best picture Oscar winners included Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, Dances With Wolves and Driving Miss Daisy when run by co-founder Jake Eberts during the 1980s, has died. He was 68.

Johnston, who served as president and managing director of the Los Angeles office of Goldcrest before retiring in 2013, died May 4 in Los Angeles after a short illness, according to his publicist.

"I’ll miss him terribly and fondly recall our 30 years of joy and laughter," Goldcrest Group chairman John Quested said Sunday in a statement.

Johnston was born in Calgary, Alberta, on Oct. 5, 1948. After high school, he worked in various hometown jobs before deciding to distribute movies in 1972, initially with Pacific International Enterprises. He then worked stateside for U.S. companies like Jensen Farley, TAFT International and Sun-Classic Pictures.

Johnston served as a senior vp at the sales outfit Simcom in Los Angeles from 1985-89 before joining Goldcrest Films International under Quested. This was after Eberts — a fellow Canadian who founded the company in the late 1970s in the U.K. with producer David Puttnam and won back-to-back best picture Oscars for Chariots of Fire and Gandhi in 1982 and 1983 — had left Goldcrest in 1987 after it fell on hard times and needed rescuing.

At Goldcrest, Johnston helped produce, develop, acquire and distribute films globally. One of his first tasks was to oversee the U.S distribution by MGM/UA of the 1989 Don Bluth animated hit All Dogs Go to Heaven.

He had a home in L.A. and for a time maintained a second home in London.

Johnston is survived by his wife, Patricia, whom he married in June 1990.

Born: 10/5/1948, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Died: 5/4/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Stephen Johnston’s westerns – studio executive:
Legend of the Wild – 1981
Dances With Wolves - 1990

Monday, May 22, 2017

RIP Dina Merrill

Dina Merrill, Actress and Philanthropist, Dies at 93

The New York Times
By Aljean Harme
May 22, 2107

Dina Merrill, the actress and heiress to two fortunes who wintered at her family’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., as a child before becoming a leading lady in movies, most often in upper-class roles, died on Monday at her home in East Hampton, N.Y. She was 93.

Her death was confirmed by her son, Stanley H. Rumbough, who said she had Lewy Body dementia.

An elegant presence in most of her 30 or so mid-20th-century movies, Ms. Merrill played the betrayed wife who loses both her husband, Laurence Harvey, and her mink coat to Elizabeth Taylor in “Butterfield 8” (1960); the chic fashion consultant who loses Glenn Ford to Shirley Jones in “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” (1963); and the steadfast socialite wife of an assistant district attorney played by Burt Lancaster in “The Young Savages” (1961).

In the submarine comedy “Operation Petticoat” (1959), her stranded Navy nurse ends up married to a slick lieutenant played by Tony Curtis.

The daughter of the Wall Street broker E. F. Hutton and the cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, Ms. Merrill grew up in luxury, spending up to six months a year on the Sea Cloud, the family yacht. The Duke and Duchess of Windsor were among the guests on what has been described as a “floating palace” equipped with fireplaces, marble bathrooms, a barber shop and a wine cellar.

Home during the winter was the 115-room Mar-a-Lago estate, which was bought by Donald J. Trump in 1985 and converted into a private club. (Mr. Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump slept in the same children’s suite that Ms. Merrill had used.)

As a child, born into the American aristocracy of money and high society, Ms. Merrill wished she could take the bus “like the other kids,” she said, instead of being driven to school by the family chauffeur. After she became a successful actress, she told Quest magazine, “It’s fascinating to lead someone else’s life for a while.”

But as it turned out, the “someone else” was almost always a coolly sophisticated patrician woman not that different from the real Dina Merrill. Typical of her parts, in the 1959 television version of Budd Schulberg’s “What Makes Sammy Run?” she was the glamorous daughter of a Wall Street banker.
Although her father’s investments had earned her a million dollars by the time she became an actress, against his wishes, Ms. Merrill supported herself by modeling clothes for Vogue at $10 an hour.

“It never occurred to me to ask my father or mother to pay for something they didn’t believe in,” she said in a 1979 interview. “My ambitions were my own — not exactly the ones they had for me.”

Her father wanted her to become a lawyer and then to run for Congress. Instead, Ms. Merrill made her Broadway debut — speaking three lines — in John Van Druten’s “The Mermaids Singing” in 1945.

She was born Nedenia Marjorie Hutton on Dec. 9, 1923, in New York City and nicknamed Deenie. Her parents divorced when she was 10.

She attended George Washington University, but dropped out after a year to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. In 1946 she married Stanley M. Rumbough Jr., heir to the Colgate-Palmolive consumer products fortune, and spent much of the next decade raising their three children. By the time she got her first movie role — as a young research assistant to Katharine Hepburn in “Desk Set” (1957), with Spencer Tracy — she was over 30.

Her subsequent roles included the bored upper-class wife of an Australian sheep rancher in the Deborah Kerr movie “The Sundowners” (1960), and the alcoholic wife of an entrepreneur played by the comedian Alan King in “Just Tell Me What You Want” (1980).

She also had a thriving career as a guest star on television series, including “Bonanza,” “Mission: Impossible” and “Murder, She Wrote,” and as an actress in made-for-TV movies.

She returned to Broadway in 1975, starring as a wife whose husband is trying to drive her mad in a revival of the play “Angel Street.” In 1983 she played the manager of the Russian Ballet in a well-received Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical “On Your Toes.”

Divorced from Mr. Rumbough and married to the actor Cliff Robertson in 1966, she was partly responsible for bringing down the head of a Hollywood studio. When David Begelman, the president of Columbia Pictures, embezzled $10,000 by forging Mr. Robertson’s name to a check, no one paid much attention, Ms. Merrill said, until she called her friend Katharine Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post.

“Cliff took the telephone and told the whole story,” she recalled. “Kay put an investigative reporter on it, and then it really became public.”
With an inheritance from her parents estimated at more than $50 million, Ms. Merrill became a philanthropist. A liberal Republican, she was vice chairwoman of the Republican Pro-Choice Coalition, an advocate on women’s health issues and vice president of the New York Mission Society. After her son David, who had diabetes, died in a boating accident at age 23 in 1973, Ms. Merrill created a yearly award for scientific excellence in his name for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

After divorcing Mr. Robertson in 1986, Ms. Merrill married Ted Hartley, a former Navy fighter pilot, actor and investment banker, who survives her. Shortly after their marriage in 1989, their company, Pavilion Communications, bought a controlling interest in RKO Pictures, but they had little success in returning that studio to its former glory.

In addition to her son and her husband, Ms. Merrill is survived by a daughter from her first marriage, Nina Rumbough Roosenburg; a stepson, Philippe Hartley; six grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren. Heather Robertson, her daughter with Mr. Robertson, died of cancer in 2007. Mr. Robertson died in 2011.

Ms. Merrill had some regrets about her late-blooming acting career, which had been forestalled because of her child-rearing responsibilities.

“You didn’t go to work then if you had young children,” she said in 1979. “But the 20s are very important years to an actress. If I had it to do over again today, I might continue working.”

MERRILL, Dina (Nedenia Marjorie Hutton)
Born: 12/9/1923, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/22/2017, East Hampton, New York, U.S.A.

Dina Merrill’s western – actress
The Sundowners – 1960 (Jean Halstead)
Rawhide (TV) – 1964 (Lisa Temple)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965 (Madeline Lorne)
Bonanza (TV) – 1966 (Susannah Clauson)
The Virginian (TV) – 1971 (Laura Duff)
Running Wild – 1973 (Whit Colby)

RIP Richard Beale

Richard Beale, actor who starred in EastEnders

The Herald
By Toby Hadoke
RICHARD Beale, who has died aged 96, was a stocky, dependable character actor whose career spanned five decades. A distinctive presence, his rich voice and strong features were recognisable to audiences even if his name was not. A year in EastEnders (1990-91 as veteran market trader Jackie Stone) cemented the viewer’s impression that they had probably seen him in something somewhere.

He was born Richard Henry Beale, the eldest of three sons of print business owner Henry and his wife Constance. Joining the Navy in 1940, he rose from being a rating to having his own command by the end of the Second World War: Lieutenant Beale was mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service in 1945.

For ten years he worked at his father’s firm before following his dream and becoming an actor, whereafter he was rarely short of work. Early roles in nautical films like The Battle of the River Plate (1956), A Night to Remember (1958) and Sink the Bismark! (1960) benefitted from his wartime experience.

His theatre career began in Bristol, and he enjoyed stints at the Traverse, Edinburgh (1980) and as Julius Caesar for the National Theatre at the Young Vic (1972, with Nigel Hawthorne as Brutus). He cut his teeth on the small screen in the tense arena of live television and became an asset to directors like Rex Tucker and Michael E Briant who used him again and again. Early recurring parts included the stableman Hippolyte (good casting as he was a skilled rider with a love of horses) in Madame Bovary (1964) and a detective in the soap opera Compact (1963-64).

His deeply textured voice found him playing a benevolent invisible alien opposite William Hartnell’s Doctor Who in The Ark (1966) which was to be the first of four credits on the iconic show. Alongside staple fare such as Dr Finlay’s Casebook (1970), Z-Cars (1972, 1974) Dixon of Dock Green (1975), and The Onedin Line (1978) he was in the high profile BBC productions of War and Peace (1973, with Anthony Hopkins), The Prince and the Pauper (1976, with Nicholas Lyndhurst in the dual role), A Horseman Riding By (1978), and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (as Lord Kitchener, 1981).

He worked opposite three different interpretations of Long John Silver, playing Captain Smollett in the BBC’s Treasure Island (1977, with Alfred Burke), the same role in an otherwise unrelated Return to Treasure Island (with Brian Blessed for Disney, 1986), and Mr Arrow in the 1990 TV Movie with Charlton Heston.

He was in the film A Handful of Dust with Kristin Scott Thomas (1988) but despite a busy time on screen in the early 2000s - including Teachers (2004) and Afterlife (2005) both with Andrew Lincoln - he eventually retired to spend more time with his boat, racing and sailing single handedly until 2010. Thereafter he remained as physically active and mentally sharp as ever, engaging with political issues by writing to his local paper or contributing to the BBC’s Any Answers. His evocative and well written memoir of his time in the navy, One Man’s War, was published by Bloomsbury in 2015.

His marriage to German born Anne ended in divorce: he is survived by their two children Anya and Tom.

BEALE, Richard (Richard H. Beale)
Born: 5/13/1920, Hackney, London, England, U.K.
Died: 3/27/2017, Somerset, England, U.K.

Richard Beale’s westerns – actor:
Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (TV) – 1966 (Bat Masterson)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

RIP Jerry Catron

Times Herald Online
May 21, 2017

Jerry "Jack" Catron passed asleep in the Lord on May 6. Jack attended high school in Vallejo and served in the Korean War. Vocationally, he worked in the Motion Picture and Television Industry for over 50 years. He was a second-unit Director and Stuntman on Ben Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, Vertigo and scores of other classic movies. His National Geographic work on over 35 documentaries is distinguished.

He will be remembered for his humility and kindness and the premium he placed on living a life that honored his Savior Jesus Christ.

CATRON, Jerry (Jerry Aldridge Catron)
Born: 2/22/1932, Welch, West Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 5/16/2017, Novato, California, U.S.A.

Jerry Catron’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
Thunder in the Sun – 1959
The Rough Riders (TV) – 1959 (Hiker)
Posse from Hell – 1961 (townsman)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1961 (John Grant)
Whispering Smith (TV) – 1961 (Carruthers)
Lawman (TV) – 1962 (cowhand)
The Virginian (TV) – 1963 (prison guard)
Hostile Guns – 1967 (townsman)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1967 (victim)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 [stunts]
The Big Valley (TV) – 1967, 1968 (Bill, Norvil Stone, Bob Adams)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) – 1967, 1968 (Al Burke, operator)