Tuesday, June 19, 2018

RIP William Beaudine Jr.


Remembering William Beaudine, Jr.

Directors Guild of America
February 14, 2018

Former DGA Secretary-Treasurer and 1983 Frank Capra Achievement Award recipient William Beaudine, Jr. recently passed away.
The son of director William Beaudine, Bill Jr. got his start in small roles in some of his father’s films before becoming a 2nd AD on Beaudine Senior’s Philo Vance Returns in 1947, joining the DGA that same year. He worked as an AD throughout much of the 1950s on films such as Frank McDonald’s Yukon Gold and Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers before becoming a UPM for the series Lassie. Some of his other credits include Tom Laughlin’s feature The Trial of Billy Jack, Steven Hilliard Stern’s movie-for-television Miracle on Ice; and episodes of the television series Quantum Leap. He also received Emmy nominations for producing Paul Bogart’s mini-series Dress Gray and Glenn Jordan’s mini-series Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder.

An active Guild member during his career, Beaudine served as a member of the National Board from 1960-1985 and was elected as the DGA Secretary-Treasurer from 1979-1981. He also served on the Western AD/UPM Council from 1967-1982 and 1991-1996; and was a longtime Trustee of the Directors Guild Foundation. In recognition of his service to the industry and to the DGA, in 1983 Beaudine was presented with the Frank Capra Achievement Award.


BEAUDINE Jr., William
Born: 4/28/1921, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/?/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

William Beaudine Jr’s, westerns – production manager, assistant director:
Sierra Passage – 1950 [assistant director]
The Titled Tenderfoot – 1950 [assistant director]
Yukon Manhunt – 1951 [assistant director]
Adventures of Wild Will Hickok (TV) – 1951-1952 [assistant director]
Behind Southern Lines – 1952 [assistant director]
The Ghost of Crossbone Canyon – 1952 [assistant director]
Yukon Gold – 1952 [assistant director]
Border City Rustlers – 1953 [assistant director]
Born to the Saddle – 1953 [assistant director]
Secret of Outlaw Flats – 1953 [assistant director]
Six Gun Decision – 1953 [assistant director]
Son of Belle Starr – 1953 [assistant director]
Two Gun Marshal – 1953 [assistant director]
Yukon Vengeance – 1954 [assistant director]
Canyon Crossroads – 1955 [assistant director]
Phantom Trails – 1955 [assistant director]
Westward Ho, the Wagons – 1956 [assistant director]
The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty (TV) – 1956 [assistant director]
Casey Jones (TV) – 1957 [assistant director]
Escort West – 1959 [assistant director]
Fury (TV) – 1959-1960 [production manager]

Friday, June 15, 2018

RIP Pab Schwendimann


RIP Pab Schwendimann

Santa Fe New Mexican
June 15, 2018

Paul (Pab) Frederick Schwendimann peacefully passed away on March 13, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Paul was born on October 4, 1968 in Dallas, Texas to Frederick W. Schwendimann and Carol Reichelt Schwendimann. The famiy moved to Santa Fe in 1980 and Paul attended Acequia Madre Elementary, Capshaw Middle School and Santa Fe High School. Following graduation in 1986, Paul spent a year in Australia as an exchange sttudent. He then entered Rice University. Paul was a creative and multi-talented individual. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and had parts in movies and television. Following in the footsteps of his maternal grandfather and paternal great grandfather, Paul was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Paul is survived by his father Fred Schwendimann and his wife Phillipa of Albuquerque, his mother Carol Schwendimann of Santa Fe, and sister Amy Roe, her husband, Josh and their daughter, Maya of Sonora, California. Paul will be remembered by the family in a private gathering in June.


SCHWENDIMANN, Pab (Paul Schwendimann)
Born: 10/4/1968, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 3/13/2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Pab Schwendimann’s western – actor:
Longmire (TV) – 2014 (Bryant)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

RIP Béla Paudits


Béla Paudits has died

Euro News
June 13, 2018

Bela Paudits, 68, was transported to the hospital last Friday after having a stroke in his home. His caretaker informed the Story magazine of his death.

Béla Paudits was born on 19 August 1949 in Budapest. Between 1968 and 1972 he studied at the College of Theater and Film, and in 1986 he completed the College of Catering.

From 1972 to 1974, Attila József Theater, from 1974 to 1983, member of the Madách Theater; Between 1983 and 1985, and since 1997 he was freelancer. Between 1993 and 1997 he lived in Toronto. In 1993 he was awarded the Mari Jászai Prize.

He has seen audiences in several TV shows, major stage performances: Osrick (Shakespeare: Hamlet); Antal Fusz (Molnár: One, Two, Three); Charley (Thomas: Charley's sister); Barber Assistant (Molnár: Harmony); Charles (Hubay-Vas-Ránki: Three nights of love); Moncrief Algernon (Wilde: Bunbury); Giliszta Jack (Brecht-Weill: Awakening and Fall of the Mahagonny); Borracchio (Shakespeare: A lot of cool for nothing); Mr. Oxenby (Harwood: The Dressup); Quaxo (Rice-Webber: Cats); Puppet (Sobol: Ghetto); József (Rice-Lloyd Webber: József and the color widescreen sleeping coat); Conferences (Kander: Kabaré).


PAUDITS, Béla
Born: 8/19/1949, Budapest, Hungary
Died: 6/13/2018, Budapest, Hungary

Béla Paudits’s western – actor:
Hol colt, hol nem colt (TV) – 1980 (cowboy)

RIP Stanislav Govorukhin


Film Director, Politician Stanislav Govorukhin Dead at 82

The Moscow Times
June 14, 2018

Stanislav Govorukhin, an actor, celebrated film director, screenwriter and political figure, died on Thursday after a long illness, as reported in Russian media. He was 82 years old. At the time of his death he was a deputy in the State Duma from the United Russia Party.

Born in the Urals, he began work in television in Kazan, but then moved to Moscow to study filmmaking. He was one of the most popular directors of films for movie theaters and television in the late Soviet period, most renowned for the television series starring Vladimir Vysotsky, “The Meeting Place Can’t Be Changed (1979) and “Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” (1981).

His 1990 documentary, “We Can’t Live Like This,” drew audiences of millions across the country and became the most famous symbol of glasnost. Two years later his films “Alexander Solzhenitsyn” and “The Russia That We Lost” continued to criticize the Soviet period and gave a positive if romanticized view of pre-Revolutionary Russia.

Although Govorukhin continued to write scripts, direct and produce films for the big and small screen, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union he became active as a politician. In 2000 he ran for President (getting less than 1 percent of the vote), and was a deputy in the State Duma since 1993.

In the early thoughts his political views appeared to change, and in 2005 he joined the United Russia Party. In 2011 Govorukhin was chosen to be head of Vladimir Putin’s campaign in the 2012 elections. Govorukhin received dozens of awards over his career, including several Nika awards, the highest cinema prize in Russia.

He held the title of People’s Artist of the Russian Federation.


GOVORUKHIN, Stanislav (Stanislav Sergeevich Govorukhin)
Born: 3/29/1936, Berezniki, Russia, U.S.S.R.
Died: 6/14/2018, Bravikha, Moscow, Russia

Stanislav Govorukhin’s westerns – director, writer:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn  (TV) – 1981 [director, screenwriter]
Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer – 2001 [director]

RIP Georgann Johnson


RIP Georgann Johnson

Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2018

Georgann Johnson Prager Tenner
August 15, 1926 - June 4, 2018 An actress whose professional career lasted 65 years and spanned Broadway, live television, Oscar-winning films, soap operas, and more, has died at 91. Ms. Tenner, whose professional name was Georgann Johnson, was born August 15th, 1926 in Decorah, Iowa to George and Helene Johnson. She graduated from Decorah High School, received her BA from Luther College, and a Master's Degree in Oratory from Northwestern University. After at stint at Alvina Krause's theater in Bloomsburg, she moved to New York City in 1950. Georgann liked to say that the only non-acting job she ever held was the two weeks she spent selling gloves at Lord & Taylor's. Throughout the 1950's she worked in the new medium of television, appearing on episodes of the Goodyear Playhouse, Kraft Theatre, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and many others. She appeared with actors such as James Dean in "Life Sentence", and as Paul Newman's wife in the original television production of "Bang the Drum Slowly". She also starred as Tony Randall's wife in the television show "Mr. Peepers" and in the movie "Shortcut to Hell" directed by James Cagney. In 1954, she was on Broadway in "Reclining Figure" directed by Abe Burrows. It was in a revival of "Room Service" that she met the actor Stanley Prager. They married in 1956 while Prager was starring as Prez in the original production of "The Pajama Game". It was the McCarthy era and Prager had already been called to testify in front of HUAC. They went to Rhode Island to marry in hopes that it would not make the papers. Prez was one of his last roles and, after decades as an actor, Prager switched to directing. "Of course it was in the papers," Georgann would say but the couple survived the blacklist and both continued to work in show business. In the 1960's, Georgann was on Broadway, starring opposite Henry Fonda in "Critic's Choice" directed by Otto Preminger. On television she appeared in episodes of "Dr. Kildare", "The Doctors", and "The Fugitive", among others. In 1969, she had a role in "Midnight Cowboy" which won the Oscar for Best Picture. In the 1970's it was soap operas, with long running roles on both "Another World/Somerset" as Ellen Grant and "As the World Turns" as Jane Spencer. Throughout the next 35 years, Georgann continued her work, with recurring roles on such television shows as "Our Family Honor", "Wiseguy", "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill", and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman", and in movies directed by, among others, Hal Ashby, Robert Altman, and Martin Ritt. Some years after Stanley's death in 1972, she relocated to Los Angeles and, in 1981, married the Honorable Jack Tenner, a Superior Court Judge and civil rights activist. She said some of her happiest times as an actor were the improvisations she and Jack did to raise funds at the many events they attended. They remained married until his death in 2008. Georgann is survived by her four daughters: Carol Prager, Annie Prager, Sally Seymour (Ralph), and Molly Boyll (David), and three grandchildren, Hannah Seymour, Gabriel Seymour, and Caroline Boyll. She will be greatly missed.


JOHNSON, Georgann
Born: 8/15/1926, Decorah, Iowa, U.S.A.
Died: 6/4/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Georgann Johson’s western – actress:
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV) – 1993-1997 (Elizabeth Quinn)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

RIP Frank Bresee


Noted Radio Actor and Historian Frank Bresee Dead at 88

“Golden Days of Radio” show aired on AFRN from 1967 to 1995

Radio World
Tom Vernon· 
June 7, 2018

You just never know where a nickel tour of a radio station may take you. On a 1939 school field trip, 10-year old Frank Bresee visited KFAC, a classical music station in Los Angeles. It must have made quite an impression, because later that year, he asked to be on the air. And thus began the career of one of the best known radio historian in the U.S. Bresee passed away on June 5 at the age of 88. Through his long tenure in broadcasting, he touched many lives. His friend and co-host of the “Friday Night Live” show on the Yesterday USA Radio Networks, Walden Hughes, shared his recollections of Frank Bresee with me.

In 1941, Bresee auditioned for the “Red Ryder” radio show and was runner up to his long-time friend, Tommy Cook. This show began in 1942. While Cook was busy acting in movies, Bresee played Red’s sidekick, “Little Beaver,” on the show.

In 1942 Bresee was Alvin on the radio show “Major Hopalong” also starring Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan. Bryan was perhaps better known as the voice of Elmer Fudd. Arthur later became a second father to Frank. The two often collaborated on projects.

Bresee was probably one of the first dumpster divers. As a little boy, he took his wagon, went behind radio stations and retrieved from the trash various radio broadcast transcription discs. He also collected radio scripts after attending many of the broadcasts. What began as a childhood past time grew into an important private collections of radio memorabilia. In addition to the discs and scripts, Bresee’s tape archive of around 3,900 reels is held at the Thousand Oaks Library

In August of 1949, Bresee began the “Golden Days of Radio” show with his large collection of transcription discs. He played early discs from current radio shows while new shows were being broadcasting. At the same time, Bresee spun records for Johnny Grant’s radio show. Grant hosted a late night DJ show, and Bresee would host the last hour of the show so that Grant could grab a nap. The broadcast took place at the Ham and Eggery.

Grant also recommended Bresee to Bob Hope. Bresee owned one of the first mobile tape recorders in town, and he would go over to Hope’s dressing room at Paramount and record a Hope radio spot or special materials. At the outbreak of the Korean War, Bresee was scheduled to join the armed forces. He was relieved of his duties when Hope wrote a letter requesting Bresee be a part of his staff. He travelled with Hope and was part of the radio team that traveled to Ohio when Hope starred in “My Favorite Spy” with Hedy Lamarr. Bresee also helped with Hope’s weekly radio show.

Bresee was one of the first people in Hollywood in the late 1950s to have a movie theater in his home. The theater had around 30 seats and a projector purchased from a local movie theater. Mel Torme, Elvis Presley and Natalie Wood were some of the celebrities who came over to watch films. Many autographed the wall inside the theater and later the chalk board.

This theater became the home where TV shows would have their first run though. Monty Hall and Steve Hadeck ran “Let’s Make A Deal” for six months in Bresee’s theater before they sold it to the network.

Around this time, Bresee’s “Golden Days of Radio” was being featured on KGIL and KMPC. In 1966 “The Golden Days of Radio” began to play in Germany over the Armed Forces Radio Network. It went on the full network in 1967, and became one of the main features for the next 29 years. Bresee played highlights from shows and interviewed people who worked in radio. Some of his guest included Mae West, Bob Hope, Jack Benny and George Burns.

During KFI’s celebration of its 50th birthday, Bresee produced a 12-hour special hosted by many of the stars heard over KFI in the golden days of radio. Some of the hosts were Rudy Vallee, Jim Jordan (Fibber McGee from “Fibber McGee and Molly”), Edgar Bergen and Hal Parry (the Great Gildersleeve).

Bresee had his own radio studio at the Hudson House. There, he displayed transcription discs and the handrail that Cecil B. DeMille created for the Lux Radio Theater. It was displayed next to a picture taken at a Lux Radio Theater rehearsal from 1946. Bresee regularly took pictures on Sundays at the radio rehearsal of Lux which included Lana Turner, John Hodiak and many others.

Throughout his long career, Bresee received numerous awards, including recognition from Pacific Pioneers, the Diamond of Circle, The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio, Drama, Variety, and Comedy’s Byron Kane Award.


BRESEE, Frank
Born: 8/20/1929, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.  
Died: 6/5/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Frank Bresee’s western – radio actor:
Red Ryder – 1942-1946 (Little Beraver)
Cisco Kid - 1955
Gunsmoke - 1956

Saturday, June 9, 2018

RIP Johnny Hagnar


John G. Hagner – December 6th, 1927 – May 31st, 2018

Moab Sun News
June 7, 2018

In Loving Memory of John G. Hagner

Loving Dad, Granddad, Papa, Friend

Stuntman, Artist, Author, and Founder of the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame, Inc.

John was a man of many extraordinary talents. There are also countless facets to his engaging personality. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland to May Veronica & Frank Raymond Hagner on December 6, 1927.

At the age of 7 he started school at St. Paul's Catholic private school. Early in life he recognized that he possessed a strong aptitude in art. He certainly was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth. But he was, undoubtedly, born with a drawing pencil and a paint brush in his hand. And, he consistently used this rare talent throughout his life.

When he was 12 years old, he, along with other kids his age attended the exciting Saturday matinee movie in their local theater. This was the high spot of the week in the life of John Hagner and his pals. The Saturday afternoon matinee also meant the very entertaining serials - the thrilling cliffhangers - from Republic, Universal and Columbia Studios.

Republic Studios seemed to have the best, John thought, as they kept you on the edge of your seat, with tingling excitement, episode after episode.

Even though John, outwardly, was like the other of his friends, actually, he was a little more discerning; he recognized that what made these serials so exciting was the spectacular work of the stuntmen and stuntwomen. And he became familiar with the names of many of them.

The work of the stuntmen became an abiding interest with John. After seeing some of the exhilarating work of these talented men, he and his buddies would try out some of the stunts they saw in the movies. He had two pals with as much enthusiasm for stunts as himself. They acquired some old automobile seats and with these strapped to their backs, the three of them would walk for miles to places like railroad trestles or high trees and place the automobile seats on the ground, at the proper location, and from their high vantage point, would jump and land on the springy auto seats. They did this over and over again, until finally exhausted, they would trudge home with the seats strapped onto their backs. John later realized that this was his first training in doing "high falls".

His interest in stuntmen was so compelling that at the age of 14 he had already began collection all the articles, clippings, stills, photos and artifacts about the stunt profession and its members, the beginning of the enormous collection, no doubt the largest of its kind in the world.

By the time John was 17 his collection was rapidly growing. He knew he would soon be up for the draft. In 1945, he enlisted in the United States Navy. After boot training he was assigned to the newly commissioned aircraft carrier, USS Philippine Sea.

Johns assignment to the Philippine Sea brought him one of the most rewarding experiences of his life. The USS Philippine Sea and its fleet of ships was to make its historic expedition to the South Pole with Admiral Richard E Byrd. Not only that, but the Philippine Sea was the Admiral's flagship. John was elated, he had followed the news of the Byrd Expeditions to the Antarctic with great interest.

For 19,000 miles of sea voyage, John saw, had short conversations with and lived on the same ship as the noted explorer. This was an experience that remained a high spot in his life.

On board the USS Philippine Sea, John's post was that of assistant to the Chaplain. Since this was an assignment that required typing, and he didn't know how to type, he set about with his own indomitable spirit, to learn the trade of typist. For 72 hours, with practically no sleep, he practiced and taught himself the art of typing by the accepted 'touch' method. Of Course, he got the job as Assistant to the Chaplain was able to maintain typing 100 words per minute throughout his lifetime.

John also participated in the entertainment programs on board the Philippine Sea and the activity came natural to him.

Since John was already an experienced collector, it was inevitable that he would collect what he could from this famous expedition. His collection includes the ship's log, newspapers printed on board, bulletins, letters from the Admiral and other memorabilia from this great experience.

John attempted to learn whatever he could about the South Pole in this once in a lifetime visit there. Of course he found that Antarctica is the home of the charming, human like bird, the penguin, with their enthralling and captivating antics. Their numbers are so great that it is impossible to arrive at an estimate. He was intrigued with this fascinating bird and upon arriving home he started yet another collection, that of penguin figurines. He collected many hundreds of them in every shape and size. It may be one of the largest penguin collections in existence.

One of the great benefits, in John's opinion, was getting to know Antarctica, which was an enigma to most of the World at the time. This mysterious place of never never land, although almost unbelievable, is in truth, an enchanted continent lying at the bottom of the World. Both beautiful and sinister, a land of everlasting mystery. It covers 6 million square miles of ice locked and frozen earth. 95% of the World's ice and snow is located there.

John, as a young sailor from Baltimore and as an artist, was most impressed with the beauty of Antarctica. It is a place of lofty mountain ranges, rugged and majestic, covered with intricate formations of ice crystals. The sun's rays, glancing off these crystals causes them to sparkle like diamonds and bring jewel like colors of glorious iridescent purples, green, pinks and gold. They are then thrown up, promiscuously, against the distant horizon, in an ever changing panorama of rainbow colors. Its grandeur is infinitely more impressive than our own Grand Canyon. Its immensity is so great that man feels like an insignificant speck in eternity. The Glory and the Power and the Majesty of nature has been created here that is incomparable with any other place on earth. These are the things John saw when he was in Antarctica; the emotions he felt; and he was touched with the greatness that it was. This unforgettable experience is part of the life of John Hagner.

When John was honorably discharged from the United States Navy, and returned to Baltimore, three things happened, simultaneously. 1) John fell in love with his first love Eleanore Alther and they were married Nov. 3, 1947 in Ellicott City, Maryland. 2) He resumed his interest in the stunt profession. 3) He enrolled in the Maryland Institute of Art, to polish up his art talents. John worked as a clerk & typist for various companies including Bethlehem Steele in Baltimore. In 1955 John and Eleanore started their family when they adopted a little blond hair, blue eyed boy they named Donald Carter Hagner.

John grew tired of his routine life and decided to move the family to California so he could pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a stuntman. So in the spring of the following year they sold everything they owned and got on a Greyhound bus for 3 days and headed west to West Los Angeles. They stayed in a motel for about a month as he looked for jobs as an artist to get them by until he could get interviewed for upcoming stunt jobs.

In June of 1967 John and Eleanore finally got the call they had been waiting for, they drove to downtown Los Angeles ready to pick up and meet their new baby girl. This little 6lb bundle of joy was named Desiree Clarice Hagner. Now the family was complete.

John continued getting stunt jobs and collecting memorabilia. His big dream was to work as a stuntman and open up a museum for the stuntmen.

It was with David Sharpe that he developed a strong friendship. David, doubling for Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. in the swashbuckling type of stunt work, was to John, the example of the highest type of stunts, which David Sharpe, not only became a warm friend of John's, but he was also the inspiration that led John into stunt work, striving always for the perfection of his friend, and later into the development of the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame for the stunt profession. John had many long talks with David about the development of such a Hall of Fame.

John doubled for Gardner McKay in the television series called "Adventures in Paradise". From then on he appeared in one movie after another, including, "The Great Race", "The Greatest Story Ever Told", "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", "Captain Newman, MD", "Police Woman", and others. He also appeared in TV movies and on regularly scheduled television programs. These included "Bus Stop", "Felony Squad", "Outer Limits", "Hank", "Batman", "Steve Allen Tonight Show", "Truth and Consequences", and others. He had also done live-action appearances and commercials.

Although he had much diversification in stunt work, his specialties remained in High Falls and Fight Sequences. After several years in the stunt profession, he required two major operations not connected with stunt work, and this took him out of the business for a time. After recuperation, he did many portrait drawings of major personalities for the Motion Picture and TV Studios, and for public relation firms of the Stars. He also developed a clientele in commercial art and so was able to make a comfortable living form his art talents. But his heart remained with the stunt profession and he eventually got back to it. 

During the course of the years his collection had grown from stills to weapons, costumes, saddles, stunt equipment, all of which had a modest evaluation of one- half million dollars. This was all literally pouring out of his ears, his house and his garage.

During this same time he was realizing that the stunt field was the only segment of the motion pictures industry not recognized or honored. John did not think this was right, since these talented people risked life and limb to make the Stars look good. He resolved to do something about it. Obstacles had never been much of a concern to John Hagner. Nor was it a major anxiety to set the wheels in motion and to undertake a job of such magnitude in order to correct such an obvious oversight. To him, this was a job he had to do and he was confident that obstacles and roadblocks would all fall away as progress was made.

He held a meeting of stuntmen, some Stars and other personnel of the motion picture industry. He had his attorney present as well. Outlining his thoughts on establishing a Stuntmen's Hall of Fame, his message was enthusiastically received. In a nutshell, the idea and the purpose of such a Hall of Fame was to honor the stunt profession and its members and to preserve history as any such establishment dedicates itself to. And that remains the overall purpose today. All present at this meeting felt it was a great idea and offered their moral support. John was willing to use his own collection as a nucleus of a Stunt Museum.

In 1973 john incorporated the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame, and he became its President and Founder, and Chairman of the Board - all positions which he retained throughout his lifetime. In fact it is impossible to imagine anyone else with the same dedication, talent as a historian, and with knowledge of the stunt profession, spending hours on end to develop this Hall of Fame.

The Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame is the world's only hall of fame dedicated to the stunt profession.

In 1975, after obtaining the first building for the Hall of Fame in Palmdale, California, John felt it was time to start 'footprint' ceremonies and to footprint the stunt performers for posterity, thus further honoring them. And for public interest, also the footprints of the Stars they doubled for and other entertainment personalities.

Invitations were sent out to a carefully selected list of personalities. 33 of them responded with acceptances. And these included Burt Reynolds, Lee Majors, Dale Robertson, Yvonne de Carlo, Anne Francis and many more. As time and other footprint ceremonies have been held, more prestigious personalities have been foot-printed by the Hall of Fame. These included Darth Vader, Charlson Heston, Johnny Weissmuller, Buddy Hackett, Isabel Sanford, George Montgomery, Eddie Fisher, and many, many more. The Hall of Fame Museum now has 120 footprint blocks containing footprints, handprints and signatures of the world’s greatest entertainment figures; including many stunt performers, whose names, because of the very nature of their work, is mostly unknown to the public.

When John, with hammer, nails and a saw, together with considerable sweat, constructed a false front set at one side of the Hall of Fame building - Simulated Western Street - he saw this as a perfect place in which to teach students the art and skill of stunt work for the purpose of performing for the Hall of Fame. Stunts Galore Academy was established. John taught many students and they often did live stunt shows.

After the move to Mojave Airport where more of John's artwork was displayed in the museum, he was convinced that his portrait drawings of famous personalities should go into 'Limited Edition'. Registers were organized and each print sold was numbered, registered and signed by him.

John as an author had a special niche of his own. His authoritative book, "Falling For Stars", was one of the first books ever written on the stunt profession. Ready to go into its third printing, it is found today, in the libraries of Universities throughout the world. He also authored "The Greatest Stunts Ever", a pictorial of the world's most complicated stunts...also a best seller.

Another quirk to John's inventive mind was the creation of the character, CAPTAIN ACTION. Captain Action appears as a masked figure with a flying red cape. His entire costume embodies the patriotic colors of red, white, blue and gold trim. Captain Action is a mystery character who stands for good over evil. He is slanted toward children of all ages, and they are encouraged by him, to law and parent obedience, respect for authority and for our Country, and are taught by him to live good, clean lives.

John had a very complex personality. Everything in his mind was geared toward the successes of the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and of the Academy of Motion.

In 1988, John moved the Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame to Moab, Utah. Soon after his arrival and opening of the facilities, he met and married Dorothy (Holyoak) McBeth. At that time he added more members to his family.

At this time his family consisted of his son Don and wife Joanne, and their twin boys, Aaron & Nate; Daughter Desiree and husband Jeff, with two children, Chase and Lacy; Step Daughter Doricca and husband Curt and their three boys, Christopher, Michael, and Austin.

John stayed busy running the Stuntmens' Hall of Fame, drawing and painting portraits of the celebrities. He had the opportunity of working in the movies that were being filmed here in Moab. In the movie "Geronimo" he played the part of a miner. John doubled for John Ireland in the movie "Sundown Vampires in retreat". While movies were being filmed here in Moab many celebrities came to the museum to be foot-printed and donated items to John to put on display.

As the years flew by. John spent most of his mornings playing in the band "The Happy Notes" with Ginger Clark at the Grand Center. John looked forward to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday playing his drums and singing while Ginger played the piano.

In May of 2016 John was invited to participate in the Utah Honor Flight and fly to Washington, DC. John was one of 48 veterans from World War II and operation High Jump to attend the war memorials and receive their very own medal.

In September of 2016 John received the horrible news that he had pancreatic cancer. He was a very strong and proud man and decided only immediate family members were to know. John privately fought this horrible disease with all the strength he had.

he worked on his last movie in December of last year at the ripe age of 90. The movie "Astro" was just release and is now playing in movie theaters.

He was able to get his final wish "To be the oldest working stuntman".

John passed away in his home on May 31st, 2018.

John leaves behind his brother Frank Hagner and wife Beverly; Daughter Desiree and husband Jeff Sexton; Step Daughter Doricca and Husband Curt Brewer. Grandsons Nate and wife Elsa; Aaron Hagner; Chase Sexton; Christopher Brewer and wife Maggie; Michael Brewer; Austin Brewer and fiance BreAnne. Granddaughter Lacy Sexton. Great Granddaughters Avery & Devin Hagner. Great Grandsons Easton & Rawling Brewer.

Funeral arrangements will be Sunday June 10th, family only gathering 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm. General viewing at Spanish Valley Mortuary 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Funeral, Monday June 11th at the LDS Chapel on 400 N, 10:00 am viewing, 11:00 am service.

Interment will be at the Grand Valley Cemetery, luncheon to follow.

Anyone wishing to make donations in lieu of flowers may do so to the Grand County Hospice.


HAGNAR, Johnny (John Gilbert Hagnar)
Born: 12/6/1927, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Died: 5/31/2018, Moab, Utah, U.S.A.

Johnny Hagnar’s westerns – stuntman:
The Wild Westerners – 1962
Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat – 1989
Geronimo: An American Legend – 1993