Tuesday, July 17, 2018

RIP Nathan Adler

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home

Mr. Nathan Adler, age 91, of Rome, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, in a local hospital.

Mr. Adler was born of the Jewish faith in New York, NY, son of the late Meyer Adler and the late Ghenya Horowitz Adler. He was also preceded in death by 4 brothers, Albert Adler, Louie Adler, Richard Adler, and an infant brother. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during World War II.

Mr. Adler received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. He received his Master’s Degree from University of Illinois. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a high school teacher at Mayfair High School in Belflower, CA, where he taught English and Theater. An accomplished actor in theater and on screen, he was best known for his role as Dr. Fromm in the television series “Little House on the Prairie.” Mr. Adler was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Equity, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist.

Survivors include his wife, the former Susan Bruggeman, to whom he was married on November 17, 1979; a daughter, Dori Bray (Daniel), Rome; 2 sons, Artie Adler (Brooke), Jackson, TN, and David Adler (Kay), Millbrae, CA; 7 grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, from 5 until 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

ADLER, Nathan
Born: 7/8/1927, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/14/2018, Rome, Georgia, U.S.A.

Nathan Adler’s westerns – actor:
Little House on the Prairia (TV) – 1979, 1982 (Mr. Jackson, Doctor Fromm)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (telegraph agent)

RIP Yvonne Blake

The Hollywood Reporter
By Rhett Bartlett

The Britain-born costume designer won an Oscar for her work on 1971 historical drama 'Nicholas and Alexandra.'

Yvonne Blake, designer of the iconic costumes of the 1978 box-office hit Superman, has died. She was 80.

Blake died on Tuesday in Madrid, the Spanish Film Academy told The Hollywood Reporter. She had been the Academy's president since Oct. 2016, but suffered a stroke in January this year.

She shared an Academy Award with Antonio Castillo for the three-hour-plus 1971 costume drama Nicholas and Alexandra, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. "I suppose all one can say is that if it wasn't for the Russian Revolution I wouldn't be here," Blake said when accepting her award.

Her work could also be seen in Norman Jewison's Jesus Christ Superstar (1973); Robin and Marian (1976), starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn; the 1976 war film The Eagle Has Landed, and Milos Forman's Goya's Ghost (2006).

But her most recognizable work was on Richard Donner's Superman, for which she designed the iconic superhero costume. In her original design sketch made before Christopher Reeves was cast in the role, Blake's annotations read: "Leotard in shimmering blue two-way stretch fabric worn over false muscles & harness for flying. Capes to be made in various flowing fashion for resting. Boots in glove leather or elastic with small heel. ‘S’ motif in red & gold on breast & again in all gold on back of cape. Gold metal belt with ‘S’ buckle."

The film was co-produced by Ilya and Alexander Salkind who Blake had earlier worked with on The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974).

In a presentation to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2013, Blake spoke about the difficulties in designing the iconic costume. "I started prepping long before there was a director or an actor," she said. "I worked solely with the production designer, director of photography and the special effects director. These were then innovators on special effects on a grand scale. Now it seems very familiar, but in those days, pre-digital, we were like Christopher Columbus discovering the New World. A voyage into unknown territory. "

Blake began working in front of blue and green screens, testing out different shades of turquoise lycra for the flying scenes. "If the lycra was either too green or too blue Superman would disappear and all we would see are his shorts, his boots and his cape." She settled on material sourced from a factory in Austria.

For Marlon Brando's glowy Jor-El costume she aimed for a look that reflected strong light and energy. "I looked everywhere for the right material, in desperation I consulted the director of photography who suggested a material called 3M, it's what cinema screens are made of."

The only drawback to the material was that it turned black when touched by bare sweaty hands, so all crew had to wear white cotton gloves.  Not surprisingly, Blake returned for Richard Lester's Superman II (1980).

Born in 1938 in Manchester, England, her early work was as an assistant costume designer and art director on Francois Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451, and as costume coordinator on the Elizabeth Taylor thriller Night Watch (1973).

Her telefilm work included Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988), Casanova (1987), Crime of the Century (1996), and James Dean (2001). In her career, she won four Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars) and received four BAFTA nominations and two Primetime Emmy nominations.

BLAKE, Yvonne
Born: 1938, Manchester, England, U.K.
Died: 7/17/2018, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Yvonne Blake’s western – costume designer:
A Talent for Loving - 1969

Monday, July 16, 2018

RIP Stan Dragoti

Stan Dragoti, the famous Hollywood producer of Albanian origin, dies

Gazeta Kombi
July 14, 2018

Stan Dragoti, an Albanian-born Albanian artist died at age 86 in Los Angeles, California. Stan Dragot, known by Albanians as an Albanian who "bumps" the walls of Hollywood, or the man who made the revival of New York dreams with the famous "I love New York" star. He is said to have been born on October 4, 1932 in New York City.

His origin is Albanian. Coming from a Tepelenase family, who emigrated very early in the US. His father Asllan from the attractive attraction village, Dragot (whose surname is the artist) of Tepelena and his mother Bahrie from the ancient city of Tepelena. The first steps of this genius began in the child.

At a young age she was very curious and interested in spending time in front of television programs. Every movie she watched was passionate about commenting on her sisters and parents. At age 7, he began to draw, imagine, and many sketches of age. According to Wikipedia, it is said that these were the origins that led to his dream reality. He also finished college at Cooper Union, New York and the visual arts school. He has been cooperating since 1968 with his colleague Charli Moss. Stani made his first appearance as director of a movie that had incredible success. Some sales exceeded $ 200 million in every company's production. At the same time, he started advertising ads on the giants of the car industry and the car industry. Intelligent and creative man putting them in the service of time. It became too popular and wanted for the time itself. Had time taken care of the right moment to revive New York dreams.

It's unforgettable for those who lived in the 1970s when he remembers the movie - the movie that has "conquered" the many colors of the giant metropolis of New York City for the "I love New York" movie. A "red-hearted two-letter NY Kindle Heart" What I read in Albanian I love New York all my heart. Although so many years have passed, this slut is like the New York hymn "I love New York". During numerous meetings with former Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, in his active life, he has been not only discussing filmmaking, but also launching Albania into Hollywood, launching Albanian tourism around the world, and why not religious tolerance according to the artist is very important.

A well-known director of Albanian origin, especially for the movies "Love at First Bite", a black comedy on Dracula's theme and "The One With One Red Shoe" , 1985), a romantic comedy with Tom Hanks and James Belushi, had expressed the idea of the Albanian prime minister for the realization of three important cinematographic projects. From sources near the former Prime Minister, during the Berisha leadership, it is learned that Dragoti had a project in collaboration with other American producers, realizing three films for Albania. Which the artist had at that time presented to the former prime minister three film projects to bring to Hollywood, which were one of the stories of Scanderbeg's story, another film project for the help that Albanians gave to the Jews and another to the collaboration with Peter Lucas, for the Second World War. "

The very Prime Minister Berisha had greeted the outstanding artist and congratulated him for the great contribution he has made with his work in raising the image of Albania in the international arena as well as for his constant interest in the developments and projects of the country of its origin. But in addition to the cinematic projects, prominent director Stan Dragoti in Albania had started with his producers and collaborators in the framework of efforts to promote and promote the development of Albanian tourism, recognition of Albania's history and traditions more widely through films history, documentaries on the country of Albania and the TV spots on tourism and tourist image of Albania.

During the conversation with Berisha at the time, Dragoti discussed the potentials Albania has in terms of tourism and investment in different fields, as well as the possibility and importance of developing an effective strategy for promoting as much of the product "made in Albania " worldwide. Also the artist had cast the idea of ​​realizing as much as possible the spots for Albanian tourism, emphasizing the publicity of the exotic and romantic side of Albanian nature, why not, and religious tolerance in Albania. Stan Dragoti is known especially for commercial video clips.

DRAGOTI, Stan (Stanley John Dragoti)
Born: 10/4/1932, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/13/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Stan Dragoti’s western – director:
Dirty Little Billy - 1972

RIP Corneliu Gîrbea

DOLIU in the world of Romanian theater and film. A famous actor who also starred in the "Nea Mărin billionaire" has died

vdt online
July 14, 2018

Mellow in the world of theater and film. Actor Corneliu Gîrbea has died at the age of 90 years.

The sad news was made public on Saturday morning.

Corneliu Gîrbea, also known as Cornel Gîrbea, (born September 5, 1928, Gheorghieni, Romania) was a Romanian theater and film actor. He was an actor at the Mic Theater in Bucharest.

He has starred in a large number of films.

He was awarded the First Class Cultural Merit (1967) for merits in the field of dramatic art.

The late artist is best known to the public for his work at the Mic Theater in Bucharest, as well as for the roles he has played in several films made especially in the period before 1990 by director Sergiu Nicolaescu, such as "Nea Mărin miliardarul", "Mihai Viteazul" "Burebista" or "Last night of love".

GIRBEA, Corneliu (Corneliu Gîrbea)
Born: 9/5/1928, Gheorghieni, Romania
Died: 7/13/2018, Romania

Corneliu Gîrbea’s western – actor:
The Hussy (TV) - 1978

Sunday, July 15, 2018

RIP Robert Wolders

Robert Wolders, Actor and Longtime Audrey Hepburn Companion, Dies at 81

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He starred on the NBC Western 'Laredo' and was married to actress Merle Oberon.

Dutch actor Robert Wolders, the longtime companion of Breakfast at Tiffany's star Audrey Hepburn who starred on the 1960s TV Western Laredo and appeared in films like Beau Geste, has died. He was 81.

Wolders died Thursday "surrounded by loving family," according to Ellen Fontana, executive director of the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund. She said his family did not wish to divulge any other details of his death. He was a member of the board of directors of the fund.

Wolders was the fourth husband of actress Merle Oberon (Wuthering Heights, The Scarlet Pimpernel), married to her for about four years until her death in 1979 at age 68 from stroke complications. They starred opposite each other as lovers in the May-September romantic drama Interval (1973), her final film.

The actor met the Oscar-winning Hepburn in 1980 as her marriage to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti was winding down, and they were together when the icon of Hollywood and style died from a rare cancer of the appendix on Jan. 20, 1993. She was 63.

"I have a wonderful man in my life, I have my Robert," Hepburn said in a 1989 interview with Barbara Walters. "We have so much in common, he's so good to me, he takes great care of me. He gives me that marvelous feeling that I'm protected and that I'm the most important thing to him."

"After I'd met her, a mutual friend prompted me to ask her out for dinner, but she said she had a night shoot," Wolders told People magazine last year. "I thought it was her gentle way of rejecting me.

"The next day she invited me for a drink at the Pierre hotel, which turned into a three-hour talk. At one point she said, 'Do you mind if I order some pasta?' After many long phone conversations, we realized we were meant to be together. She asked me if she could take time to prepare [her son] Luca and Andrea, her soon-to-be-ex-husband. When she saw him, Andrea came over and said, 'You look very beautiful, you must be in love,' and she said, 'I am.'"

Hepburn was a longtime UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Wolders accompanied her on many of her missions for the children's charity, including her last one, to Somalia, in 1992.

After Hepburn's death, he dated Gigi star Leslie Caron and then had a two-decade relationship with Shirlee Fonda, the fifth wife of late actor Henry Fonda.

"The odd thing is that Shirlee was a great friend of Audrey and a great friend of Merle. In the same circle. Maybe it sounds odd," Wolders said in a 2012 interview. "They were friends, each one, and I knew that Merle would have approved of me being with Audrey certainly, instead of becoming the extra man. And Audrey would have approved of Shirlee."

Wolders was born on Sept. 28, 1936, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The son of an actress, he came to the U.S. and enrolled at the University of Rochester, then studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He appeared on a 1965 episode of NBC's Flipper and signed a contract with Universal.

Wolders played the French soldier Fouchet in the 1966 remake of Beau Geste that starred Guy Stockwell and was a military man who is slain in the Rock Hudson-George Peppard drama Tobruk (1967).

Wolders joined NBC's lighthearted Laredo for its second and final season, 1966-67, as Erik Hunter, a rookie Texas Ranger from somewhere in Europe who wore colorful clothing. He once described his character as "a combination of Errol Flynn, 007 and Casanova."

The handsome actor also played Paul Van Dillen, a charming ski instructor who has a superficial romance with Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) that draws all kinds of reactions from her co-workers, on a 1974 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

Wolders also appeared on series including The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Dan August, Peppard's Banacek and Hudson's McMillan & Wife and in a 1975 CBS telefilm, The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond, which marked his last acting appearance.

Born: 9/28/1936, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: 7/12/2018,

Robert Wolders’ westerns – actor:
Laredo (TV) – 1966-1967 (Erik Hunter)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1967 (Almaviva)

Friday, July 13, 2018

RIP Roger Perry

Roger Perry, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Harrigan and Son’ Actor, Dies at 85

By Dave McNary
June 13, 2018

Character actor Roger Perry died Thursday at his home in Indian Wells. Calif., after a battle with prostrate cancer. He was 85.

Perry compiled dozens of feature, television, and stage credits during a long career that began when he was discovered by Lucille Ball, who put the young actor under contract to Desilu Studios. He co-starred with Pat O’Brien in the ABC series “Harrigan and Son,” and co-starred with Chuck Connors and Ben Gazzara in the 90-minute drama “Arrest & Trial.”

Perry was a guest star on the “Star Trek” TV series in a memorable first-season episode in 1967, “Tomorrow Is Yesterday,” playing Captain John Christopher. He appeared on “Love, American Style,” “Ironsides,” “The F.B.I.,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Bob Newhart,” “Quincy,” “C.H.I.Ps,” “The Fall Guy,” and many more before becoming a regular on programs such as “The Facts of Life” and “Falcon Crest.”

His movie credits included “Follow the Boys” with Connie Francis, “Rollerboogie” with Linda Blair, “The Thing With Two Heads” with Ray Milland and Rosie Greer, and “Cat” and “Count Yorga,” which both co-starred Craig T. Nelson and Mariette Hartley.

Among his starring theater credits were productions of “Gypsy,” “Annie,” “They’re Playing Our Song,” “Mr. Roberts,” “Once Upon a Mattress, “Anything Goes,” “The Royal Hunt of the Sun,” “Goodbye Charlie,” “Lovers and Other Strangers,” and “Love Letters.”

Perry composed the music for “Make a Promise, Keep a Promise,” which premiered at the Doolittle Theater in Hollywood. He also composed the score for the musical version of George Bernard’s “You Never Can Tell,” starring himself and his wife, Joyce Bulifant, at Theatre East in Los Angeles. Barbra Streisand sang his song “A Kid Again” in her TV special titled “My Name is Barbra.”

Perry and his wife starred in “The First Hundred Years” (produced by John Fosythe), “Hanging By a Thread” with Patty Duke, and “The Happiness Bench,” with Mariette Hartley and John Aniston. In recent years, the Perrys have been performing in benefit productions for children’s programs and charity.

Perry was previously married to Joanne Worley. He is survived by his wife, his brother Nick Perry, his son Chris Perry, his daughter Dana McNerney, and grandson Parker McNerney. Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to River Bridge Regional Center for Abused Children in Glenwood Springs Co., which was founded by Perry and his wife.

PERRY, Roger
Born: 5/7/1933, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.A.
Died: 7/12/2018, Indian Wells, California, U.S.A

Roger Perry’s westerns – actor:
Elfego Baca (TV) – 1959 (Luke Sawyer)
The Texan (TV) – 1960 (Robin Randolph)
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1960 (Ted Jarvis)
Hondo (TV) – 1967 (Johnny Reno)
Heaven with a Gun – 1969 (Ned Hunter)
Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Ben Cameron)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (R.M. Foster)