Monday, October 30, 2017

RIP Deon Stewardson

Aberdeen shocked by death of well-known local


ABERDEEN NEWS - The news of the sudden death of Deon Stewardson has shocked and saddened the Aberdeen community.

Well-known internationally for his role in the TV series Wild at Heart, he was one of Aberdeen’s great characters.

Stewardson’s body was found in an accommodation establishment in Graaff-Reinet early on Friday afternoon - police have confirmed that he took his own life.

Deon was the son of South African actor Joe Stewardson and brother of the late Matthew Stewardson.

Born: 11/30/1951, South Africa
Died: 10/27/2017, Graaff-Reinet, South Africa

Deon Stewardson’s western – actor:
Desperado: The Outlaw Years (TV) - 1989

RIP Dennis Banks

Dennis Banks, American Indian activist who helped lead Wounded Knee occupation, dies at 80

Associated Press
October 30, 2017

Dennis Banks, a co-founder of the American Indian Movement and a leader of the 1973 Wounded Knee occupation, has died, his family announced Monday. He was 80.

Banks was one of several activists who founded the American Indian Movement in Minneapolis in 1968, and he was a leader of AIM's armed takeover of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1973, in a protest against both the tribal and U.S. governments.

The village had been the site of a massacre by U.S. soldiers in 1890 that left an estimated 300 Indians dead.

The occupiers held federal agents at bay for 71 days.

Banks died Sunday night at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., his family said. He had developed pneumonia following heart surgery, and his family said they honored his wishes not to be put on life support.

Banks, whose Ojibwe name was Nowacumig, lived near the town of Federal Dam on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. His family said that as Banks took his last breaths, son Minoh Banks sang him four songs for his journey.

"All the family who were present prayed over him and said our individual goodbyes," the family said. "Then we proudly sang him the AIM song as his final send off."

American Indian activist Dennis Banks, left, speaks to reporters on Lake Bemidji, during an American Indian treaty rights protest in Bemidji, Minn., in 2010. (Jeff Baenen / AP)

Banks and fellow AIM leader Russell Means faced charges stemming from the Wounded Knee occupation, but a judge threw out the case. However, Banks spent 18 months in prison in the 1980s after being convicted for rioting and assault in a protest in Custer, S.D., earlier in 1973. He avoided prosecution on those charges for several years after California Gov. Jerry Brown refused to extradite him, and the Onondaga Nation in New York gave him sanctuary.

Banks was part of a group of AIM supporters who returned to Wounded Knee in 2003 to mark the 30th anniversary of the standoff, in which two Native Americans died. Banks paid tribute to them as "warriors" and declared it "a national holiday." He was also there in 1998 for the 25th anniversary.

Banks also helped lead a takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs offices in Washington, D.C., in 1972 as part of a protest dubbed "The Trail of Broken Treaties." And he was a participant in the 1969-71 occupation by Native Americans of Alcatraz Island, the site of the former prison in San Francisco Bay.

He returned to the Leech Lake Reservation in the late 1990s and founded a company that sold wild rice and maple syrup, trading on his famous name.
Russell Means dies at 72; American Indian rights activist, actor

In 2010, Banks joined several other Ojibwe from the Leech Lake and White Earth bands who tested their rights under an 1855 treaty by setting out nets illegally on Lake Bemidji a day before Minnesota's fishing season opener.

The Banks family said he would be buried with traditional services in his home community of Leech Lake.

BANKS, Dennis (Dennis J. Bank)
Born: 4/12/1937, Leech Lake Reservation, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Died: 10/29/2017, Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.A.

Dennis Banks’ westerns – actor:
War Party – 1988 (Ben Crowkiler / Dead Crow Chief)
The Last of the Mohicans – 1992 (Ongewasgone)
Thuderheart – 1992 [himself]

RIP Herbert Strabel

Herbert Strabel, Oscar-Winning Set Designer on ‘Cabaret,’ dies at 90

The Hollywood Reporter
By Rhett Bartlett

The German also worked on films including ‘Brass Target,’ ‘Night Crossing’ and The NeverEnding Story.’
Herbert Strabel, the Berlin-born art director and set designer who won an Academy Award for his work on the Liza Minnelli classic Cabaret, has died. He was 90.

Strabel died Oct. 21 in a nursing home in Holzkirchen, Germany, The Munchner Merkur newspaper reported

Strabel also served as art director on the Germany-set 1978 suspense film Brass Target, which implied that Gen. George Patton's fatal automobile crash was not accidental.

When Ingmar Bergman was living in Germany in a tax-related exile, he hired Strabel for From the Life of the Marionettes (1980), which told the story of Katarina and Peter Egermann, two characters who briefly appeared in the famed director's Scenes From a Marriage (1973).

Strabel was art director on the Delbert Mann drama Night Crossing (1982), which starred John Hurt in the true story of families attempting to escape East Germany in a hot air balloon. Two years later, he teamed with Wolfgang Petersen on the fantasy adventure The NeverEnding Story.

Strabel also was the set decorator on Rainer Werner Fassbinder's first feature in English, Despair (1978). He then worked with the director on Lili Marleen (1981).

Cabaret (1972), directed by Bob Fosse, told the story of Sally Bowles (Minnelli in her Oscar-winning role), a performer at the Kit Kat Klub in Berlin. The film is set in 1931, shortly before the Nazis' rise to power.

Strabel's designs wonderfully showcased the stage and backstage area of the Kit Kat Klub, as it became a central character in itself, symbolic of the decadence of the era. Upon its release, The Hollywood Reporter critic Garry Giddins wrote that Cabaret was "a musical for people who don't particularly care for musicals."

The film also is known for winning the most Academy Awards, eight — for director, actress, supporting actor, cinematography, editing, original score, art direction-set decoration and sound — without collecting the best picture prize as well.

On Oscar night, Strabel shared his award with Rolf Zehetbauer and Hans Jurgen Kiebach.

Strabel also received a Emmy nomination in 1984 for his work on ABC's Inside the Third Reich, starring Rutger Hauer and John Gielgud.

He retired from the industry in 1988.

STRABEL, Herbert

Born: 10/14/1927, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Died: 10/21/2017, Holzkirchen, Bavaria, Germany

Herbert Strabel’s western – set decorator:
The Cry of the Black Wolves - 1972

Sunday, October 29, 2017

RIP Raúl Dávalos

Raúl Dávalos, Film Editor on 'Empire,' Dies at 62

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He partnered with his wife and fellow editor on the Fox drama after working on four Lawrence Kasdan films and 'Gilmore Girls.'

Raúl Dávalos, a respected film editor who worked on such features as Benny & Joon and Dreamcatcher and on TV shows including Gilmore Girls and, most recently, Empire, has died. He was 62.

Dávalos died Monday at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, his wife, Cindy Fret — who also works as an editor on Empire — told The Hollywood Reporter. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in December.

Dávalos and Fret met in 2003 when both worked on Gilmore Girls, and they had been employed on Empire since the show's debut in January 2015. The couple were to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary on New Year's Eve.

“Raúl set the tone for the entire Empire family, which is filled with such great warm-hearted people," Ishai Setton, another editor on the show, wrote on Facebook.

Born in Havana, Dávalos came to the U.S. with his family when he was just a baby and was raised in Key Biscayne, Florida. He attended Loyola University in New Orleans and London Film School, moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s and worked as an assistant editor under his mentor, Carol Littleton (an Oscar nominee for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial).

Dávalos and Littleton collaborated on Silverado (1985), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Wyatt Earp (1994) and Dreamcatcher (2003), all directed by Lawrence Kasdan; Benny & Joon (1993), starring Johnny Depp; and John Bailey's China Moon (1994).

Dávalos' résumé also includes the Taylor Hackford documentary Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (1987) and the features Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995); Guillermo del Toro's Cronos (1993); Meet Wally Sparks (1997), starring Rodney Dangerfield; and The Amateurs (2005).

Dávalos worked on the WB Network-CW series Gilmore Girls throughout its seven-season run from 2000-07. He also edited other TV shows including Amazing Stories, Bunheads, Heroes, The Glades, Reign and Jane the Virgin.

Survivors also include his children Alina and Alex and brother Mario. A GoFundMe page has been created to help his family with expenses.

Born: 1955, Havana, Cuba
Died: 10/23/2017, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Raúl Dávalos’ westerns – film editor:
Silverado – 1985
Wyatt Earp - 1994

Saturday, October 28, 2017

RIP Frank Barron

Frank Barron, Former Editor of The Hollywood Reporter, Dies at 98

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He also created a 1950s TV Western, 'The Man From Blackhawk,' wrote cartoons for Hanna-Barbera and did rock 'n' roll publicity.

Frank Barron, who served as editor of The Hollywood Reporter in the 1960s and '70s after writing cartoons for Hanna-Barbera and creating a TV Western, has died. He was 98.

Barron, of Sherman Oaks, died Monday of natural causes after a brief stay at the Sepulveda Veterans Administration hospice unit in North Hills, his wife, Margie, told THR. The couple were married in October 1980 at the Beverly Hills home of actors Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels.

Barron knew and interviewed show business legends and notables for more than 70 years and kept active until recently, his wife said.

The New Jersey native had memorable encounters with Walt Disney, John Wayne, Eleanor Roosevelt, Bob Hope and many, many others. "Hollywood gave me a great life, and I met wonderful people," he said.

Barron had two stints as THR editor under owner-publisher Tichi Wilkerson, first from 1964-68 and then again in the late '70s. In between, he worked for a short time with writer-producer Al Burton developing show ideas for Norman Lear, then served as news director for Billboard Publications' five magazines from 1968-72.

He also was employed by Gibson & Stromberg, a top rock 'n' roll PR company. "With the rock concerts, parties and wild characters I met, it was the most fun I ever had," he said.

For Stirling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night, Route 66) and producer Herb Meadow, Barron created The Man From Blackhawk, which starred Robert Rockwell (Our Miss Brooks) as an insurance investigator in the Old West. The Screen Gems series aired for one season (1959-60) and 37 episodes before "a six-month writers strike killed it," Barron noted.

He also collaborated with Duke Ellington in 1959 on a revival of his famous Jump for Joy musical revue with actress-singer Barbara McNair. He wrote material for the show with Sid Kuller; they had worked together for years writing nightclub material.

Known for his sharp wit, Barron also wrote Woody Woodpecker cartoons and Hanna-Barbera storylines for his pal, Joseph Barbera.

In the early '60s, Barron was the publicity director at KHJ-TV and Radio (now KCAL). Longtime THR editor Don Carle Gillette noticed all the attention that tiny Channel 9 was getting and groomed Barron to take over for him when he retired.

Barron was born on Feb. 5, 1919, in Elizabeth, N.J., the second son of Sarah and Israel Goldberg. He began his writing career in junior high, selling stories to Boys Life and other magazines. In high school, he covered sports for The Newark Evening News.

"I wanted to be a sportswriter and a baseball catcher; I wanted to write about the major leagues as an insider," he said.

Barron joined the U.S. Army in 1941 and was stationed in England in the Medical Corps. Turning down a commission, he left in 1945 as a master sergeant, then became sports editor for the Asbury Park newspaper in New Jersey.

Barron accepted a government job in Japan, running several Air Force Base newspapers in the Tokyo area for about a year, then headed to California.

"I got my foot in the Hollywood door when I met Ray Brenner, and we teamed as comedy writers," he said. "An agent signed us, and we wrote radio shows for Red Skelton, Edgar Bergen and Martin & Lewis and [for other shows like] Duffy's Tavern and Fibber McGee and Molly."

In the early days of television in the '50s, Frank wrote for The Jerry Colonna Show and served as the head writer for The Pinky Lee Show, a groundbreaking kids program starring the burlesque comic that aired daily. He also wrote for a local NBC variety show, Komedy Kapers.

"I was set to direct it, but Jerry Lewis took over so he could get experience for his DGA card," he recalled. "I never forgave him for that missed opportunity."

Barron later appeared in the 1980 film The Man With Bogart's Face, written and produced by friend Andrew J. Fenady; freelanced for publications including Emmy magazine and The Tolucan Times; and was a contributing editor for Production Update magazine.

He also was a member of the Television Critics Association and covered the press tour well into his 90s. THR television critic and TCA president Daniel Fienberg noted that Barron "was an endless resource of stories and institutional knowledge" and that he received recognition from documentarian Ken Burns on the TCA stage just two years ago.

Barron also wrote many stories with Margie, a former publicist, and they did a lot of traveling together.

Survivors also include his sister-in-law Mary Lou, niece Ruth and cousins Barry and Howard.

It was Barron's wish to donate his body to UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine for the advancement of medical education and research. A celebration of his life, to be held on his birthday in 2018, is being planned.

Born: 2/5/1919, Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 10/23/2017, North Hill, California, U.S.A.

Frank Barron’s western – writer.
The Man From Blackhawk (TV) – 1959-1960 [creator]

Friday, October 27, 2017

RIP Harry Stradling Jr.

Famed Cinematographer Harry Stradling Jr. Dies at 92

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

The two-time Oscar nominee specialized in Westerns like 'Rooster Cogburn' and 'Gunsmoke' and also shot 'The Way We Were,' '1776' and 'Little Big Man.'

Harry Stradling Jr., the two-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer who shot such films as Little Big Man, The Way We Were, 1776 and Rooster Cogburn, has died. He was 92.

Stradling Jr. died Oct. 17 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, his son, John, told The Hollywood Reporter.

He was the son of another acclaimed director of photography, Harry Stradling Sr., who won Academy Awards for The Picture of Dorian Gray and My Fair Lady and was nominated a dozen other times (for A Streetcar Named Desire, Guys and Dolls, Funny Girl, etc.).

Stradling Jr., though, certainly carved out a superb career for himself, working across genres on films including the family comedy With Six You Get Eggroll (1968), the George C. Scott caper flick Bank Shot (1974), the action war movie Midway (1976) and the Muhammad Ali biopic The Greatest (1977).

Stradling Jr. received his Oscar noms in consecutive years — 1973 and '74 — for the adaptation of the Broadway sensation 1776 and for the Barbra Streisand-Robert Redford romantic drama The Way We Were, respectively. (Streisand was in good hands; his father had photographed her in her first four films.)

Stradling Jr. also shot many Westerns for the big screen, including six for director Burt Kennedy (1969's Support Your Local Sheriff and the 1971 follow-up, Support Your Local Gunfighter, among them); The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973), starring Burt Reynolds; and John Wayne and Katharine Hepburn's Rooster Cogburn (1975).

He worked on 87 installments of Gunsmoke from 1964-67 (from the start of the show's 10th season through the beginning of the 13th) before leaving to shoot almost all of the episodes in the only season of another CBS Western, Cimarron Strip, starring Stuart Whitman, in 1967-68.

Stradling Jr. also collaborated with director Blake Edwards on S.O.B. (1981),  Micki + Maude (1984), A Fine Mess (1986) and Blind Date (1987).

Born in New York City on Jan. 7, 1925, Stradling Jr. spent time early in his career as a camera assistant and camera operator, beginning when he "slapped the slate" on George Cukor's Gaslight (1944). He also was behind the scenes for features including Fred Zinnemann's film noir classic Act of Violence (1949) and The Tall Target (1951), directed by Anthony Mann.

He then worked alongside his dad on Guys and Dolls (1955), The Pajama Game (1957), Auntie Mame (1958), The Miracle (1959), A Summer Place (1959) and Gypsy (1962).

"Since he was my father, I had to cut the mustard myself … which made me better," he told author Jim Udel in a 2007 interview.

Stradling Jr. went out on his own as a cinematographer for the first time on Welcome to Hard Times (1967), a Western that starred Henry Fonda and marked the DP's first collaboration with Kennedy.
Another Fonda Western, There Was a Crooked Man … (1970), soon followed, as did the horror film The Mad Room (1969) and Arthur Penn's Little Big Man (1970). On the Dustin Hoffman starrer, Stradling Jr. operated a camera one-handed as he rode on horseback while dressed as a Native American, and the film features wonderful snow-white landscapes.

His body of work also includes John Sturges' McQ (1974), Sam Peckinpah's Convoy (1978), Ted Post's Go Tell the Spartans (1978), Robert Kaylor's Carny (1980), Billy Wilder's Buddy Buddy (1981), John Frankenheimer's Prophecy (1979) and his last film, Caddyshack II (1988).
Stradling Jr. also earned an Emmy nomination in 1984 for the CBS miniseries George Washington, starring Barry Bostwick.

His great uncle was silent-era cinematographer Walter Stradling, who shot several Mary Pickford movies, and his sons John, Bob and Michael together have dozens of camera credits in Hollywood.
Asked by Udel what advice he would give aspiring cinematographers, Stradling Jr. said: "Always listen to the director. He's the boss of the film. And always make the ladies look good."

Born: 1/7/1925, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/17/2017, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Harry Stradling Jr.’s Westerns – cinematographer, cameraman.
The Kissing Bandit – 1948 [cameraman]
Stars in My Crown – 1950 [cameraman]
Return to Warbow – 1958 [cameraman]
Rider on a Dead Horse – 1962 [cameraman]
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1964-1967 [cinematographer]
Welcome to Hard Times – 1967 [cinematographer]
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967-1968 [cinematographer]
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys – 1969[cinematographer]
Support Your Local Sheriff! – 1969 [cinematographer]
Young Billy Young – 1969 [cinematographer]
Little Big Man – 1970 [cinematographer]
There Was a Crooked Man – 1970 [cinematographer]
Dirty Dingud Magee – 1971 [cinematographer]
Something Big – 1971 [cinematographer]
Support Your Local Gunfighter – 1971 [cinematographer]
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing – 1973 [cinematographer]
Bite the Bullet – 1975 [cinematographer]
Rooster Cogburn – 1975 [cinematographer]