Wednesday, January 31, 2018

RIP Anatoliy Reznikov

The director of the cartoon about the cat Leopold Anatoly Reznikov has died

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As it became known to correspondents, the artist died in Germany. Millions of Soviet viewers know such works by Anatoly Reznikov as "Robinson Kuzya", "Leopold the Cat." Leopold and the goldfish "and" Blot ". Users of social networks condole with his relatives.

As reported to journalists, at the 78th year of life the famous director Anatoly Reznikov, who created cartoons about the cat Leopold, died. According to correspondents, the artist died in Germany.
A sad news was shared by film critic Susanna Alperina. Reznikova's death was reported to her by friends who live in Germany and communicate with the director's family.
Users of social networks condole with relatives Reznikova. "It's a pity", "Eternal memory, thanks for the childhood", "Until now, a book about Leopold", "Land to him down. Growing up on his cartoons, "" The Kingdom of Heaven "," Thank you for Leopold "- are shared on the Internet. Many also recall the Reznikov cartoons and quote them. "Guys, let's live together," - such a commentary fans of the artist are often left behind.

Anatoly Reznikov was born on December 20, 1940 in Bialystok. The future director spent his childhood and youth in Tbilisi. In 1961 he began work at the Central Documentary Film Studio in Moscow, where he was fascinated by animation. After Reznikov passed special courses, he began to take the first steps in this area.
A few years later Anatoly Izrailevich became a student of the Faculty of Industrial Aesthetics of the Moscow State Art University. In 1970, he took the first steps on television in the Creative Association "Ekran".
Among the most famous works of Reznikov are such cartoons as "The Cat Leopold. Leopold and the Goldfish "," Robinson Kuzya "," House for the Leopard "," Box "," Blot "and" Once a Cowboy, Two Cowboys ". In total, Anatoly Izrailevich has more than 40 paintings. In one of the interviews, he talked about the proposal from the son of one of the creators of "Tom and Jerry." However, cooperation between them did not take place.
In 2015, after more than a 20-year hiatus, the director returned to his favorite work. The premiere of "The New Adventures of the Cat Leopold" took place two years ago. In an interview on the project, Reznikov complained about health problems. The director complained that he was hospitalized with a stroke. After that, Anatoly Izrailevich had problems with his hand.
As reported by TASS journalist Susanna Alperina, Reznikov died on January 31 around 11 am Moscow time.

REZNIKOV, Anatoliy (Leopold Anatoliy Renikov)
Born: 12/20/1940, Bialystok, Podlaskie, Poland
Died: 1/31/2018,Germany

Anatoliy Reznikov’s western – director:
Raz kovboy, dva kovboy - 1981

Sunday, January 28, 2018

RIP John Morris

John Morris, ‘Blazing Saddles’ and ‘Young Frankenstein’ Composer, Dies at 91

By John Burlingame
January 28, 2018

John Morris, Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning composer for many of the classic Mel Brooks comedies including “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein,” died Thursday at his home in Red Hook, N.Y. He was 91.

Morris was Oscar-nominated for co-writing, with Brooks, the title song for “Blazing Saddles” – a sendup of classic movie cowboy tunes sung by Frankie Laine for the opening of Brooks’ 1974 film. Morris was nominated again in 1980 for his dramatic score for the Brooks-produced “The Elephant Man.”

Morris served as Brooks’ composer beginning with “The Producers” in 1967; he wrote the original arrangement for Brooks’ famous “Springtime for Hitler” song, and composed the rest of the underscore.

Morris’ most famous score is undoubtedly “Young Frankenstein,” for which he composed a memorable violin theme that plays a key role in the story. Under the title “Transylvanian Lullaby,” it has even been performed by top classical artists from violinist Gil Shaham to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

The composer credited Brooks for the idea. “Mel is smarter than anybody,” Morris said in 2006. He quoted Brooks as saying: “This is about the monster’s childhood. Write the most beautiful Middle European lullaby.” Morris added: “So I wrote this tune, and it was perfect for violin. It’s that kind of melody.”

“Young Frankenstein” now ranks among only a handful of comedies on the American Film Institute’s list of the 250 greatest film scores.

His other scores for Brooks included “The Twelve Chairs,” “Silent Movie,” “High Anxiety,” “History of the World Part I,” “To Be or Not To Be,” “Spaceballs” and “Life Stinks.”

When members of Brooks’ 1970s repertory company went on to direct their own films, Morris scored those too. For Gene Wilder, Morris did “The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother,” “The World’s Greatest Lover,” “The Woman in Red” and “Haunted Honeymoon.” He also scored Marty Feldman’s “The Last Remake of Beau Geste” and “In God We Trust.”

Morris’ other film scores were a mix of comedy and drama including “Bank Shot,” “The In-Laws,” “Table for Five,” “Johnny Dangerously,” “Clue,” “Dirty Dancing,” “Ironweed” and “Stella.”

The composer wrote considerable music for television during the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, including the theme for Julia Child’s popular public-TV series “The French Chef” and the theme for Craig T. Nelson’s long-running sitcom “Coach.”

He also scored four miniseries – “The Adams Chronicles,” “The Scarlet Letter,” “Fresno” and “Scarlett” – and several high-profile TV movies in the 1990s and early 2000s including “The Last Best Year,” “World War II: When Lions Roared” and “The Blackwater Lightship.”

He won a Daytime Emmy Award for his 1978 score for the afterschool special “The Tap Dance Kid,” and received a Grammy nomination for his soundtrack album of “The Elephant Man.”

Morris was born Oct. 18, 1926, in Elizabeth, N.J., and studied at New York’s Juilliard School of Music and the New School for Social Research.

He was active on Broadway throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, doing dance arrangements for more than a dozen musicals including “Bells Are Ringing,” “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Mack and Mabel,” and incidental music for such Shakespeare productions as “King Lear” and “Hamlet.”

He wrote one Broadway musical of his own, “A Time for Singing,” a musical version of “How Green Was My Valley” which ran in May-June 1966. He wrote the music and shared duties on the book and lyrics with Gerald Freedman. He also contributed two movements to a ballet, “The Informer,” for Agnes de Mille and the American Ballet Theater in 1988.

MORRIS, John (John Leonard Morris)
Born: 10/2/1926, Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: Red Hook, New York, U.S.A.

John Morris’ western – composer:
Blazing Saddles - 1974

RIP Don Sullivan

RIP Don Sullivan

Don Sullivan, who acted in Hollywood B-movies of the late 1950s - most notably the now cult monster picture, The Giant Gila monster (1959) – died in Los Angeles, California on January 7th

According to Don himself, in an interview he gave to the B-movie Podcast in 2007, he was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA in 1929 and soon after moved to Idaho where he was raised until 1948 - when he joined and spent 4 years in the Marine Corps. In the mid-1950s he went off to Los Angeles" with 3 dollars in my pocket…a young guy out looking for a fortune".

In Hollywood he began dating actress Judi Meredith (USA 1936-2014). After joining her acting class - and being handsome, tall (6' 2") and a talented singer - he was quickly spotted by visiting film director Hugo Haas (Czech 1901-1968) who offered him the lead romantic role in his charming film, Paradise Alley (filmed 1957/8 but not released to TV until 1962). Roles in at least 15 TV shows followed before his good looks and sensitive acting lead to lead roles in 3 B-movies that are today cult classics: The Giant Gila Monster (1959), The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959) & Teenage Zombies (1960) - the latter directed by Jerry Warren (USA 1925-1988) in 24 hours on a shoe-string budget - according to Sullivan, when he was 25 (though the movie's official release was 1960).

Despite appearing in other pictures and after a long actors' strike, by 1960 Don Sullivan had had enough - and decided to use his chemistry degree, attained from the University of Idaho - and found great success as one of the top creative cosmetic chemists in the hair industry.

In later years, Don has cherished the memories of his brief Hollywood career and delighted in hearing from film fans - and in 2008 made a well-received public appearance at the Monster Bash Convention in Pennsylvania.

In 2011 he made a return to acting in a remake of The Giant Gila Monster entitled GILA! - though release of the film, scheduled for 2012, has been questionable.

SULLIVAN, Don (Donald Sullivan)
Born: 1929, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
Died: 1/7/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Don Sullivan’s westerns – actor:
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1956 (Blake)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1958 (Tony Rando)
Seven Guns to Mesa – 1958 (man)
Curse of the Undead – 1959 (Louis Middleton)

RIP Doug Young

Douglas Hiram Young

The Seattle Times
January 28, 2018

Douglas Hiram Young, age 98 years (born December 21, 1919, died January 7, 2018) was an American voice actor who worked on radio programs and animated cartoons. Working for Hanna-Barbera in Los Angeles he was a master of accent and dialect, often basing his voices on famous performers like Jimmy Durante and Buddy Hackett. He was the voice of such characters as Doggie Daddy in the Quick Draw McGraw show, Ding-A-Ling in Hokey Wolf, Grand Poobah in the Flintstones and many more. He moved to Seattle in the 1960's and began freelance work in television commercials, voice-overs and many radio roles with Jim French Productions. Preceded in death by his wife Eileene, he is survived by two daughters, Jerilyn and Christine, two step-daughters, Alanna and Anita, six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

YOUNG, Doug (Douglas Hiram Young)
Born: 12/21/1919, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 1/7/2018, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

Doug Young’s westerns – voice actor:
Red Ruder (radio) 1942-1951
The Cisco Kid (radio) – 1947-1956
Quick Draw McGraw (TV) – 1959-1962 (Doggie Daddy)

Friday, January 26, 2018

RIP Robert Earll

RIP Robert Earll

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Born in Topeka, KS, son of Robert Nathan Earll, Sr. and Ethel Margaret Greene, Bob grew up in Los Angeles, CA. He leaves two daughters, and his wife, Wilda Earll.

Bob had a rough childhood, including being expelled from school in the 10th grade, incarceration, and alcoholism and drug addiction. He got sober and clean in Los Angeles in 1962 and became a highly popular recovery circuit speaker throughout the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. Bob focused on healing the whole person, not just stopping drinking/using. Thousands upon thousands of people credit Bob for their recovery from the disease of alcoholism/drug addiction.

Professionally, Bob was a highly successful TV writer. He has over 50 credits as a writer and producer of shows such as Vega$, Kojak, Ironsides, Hill Street Blues, Charlie’s Angels, and many other top TV shows. He also published the highly popular books, I Got Tired of Pretending and Turning on the Light.

EARLL, Robert
Born: 12/30/1935, Topeka, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 1/9/2018, Reno, Nevada, U.S.A.

Robert Earll’s western – writer:
The Virginian (TV) - 1970

Thursday, January 25, 2018

RIP Joel Freeman

Joel Freeman, Producer of ‘Shaft’ and ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,’ Dies at 95

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

The MGM veteran, a nephew of onetime studio head Dore Schary, also worked on films including 'Camelot' and 'Love at First Bite.'

Joel Freeman, a veteran at MGM who produced such films as Shaft, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Love at First Bite, has died. He was 95.

Freeman died Sunday night at his home in Sherman Oaks after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease and lung cancer, a publicist announced.

Freeman, a nephew of Dore Schary, the head of production and later president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the 1950s, also worked as a production manager and assistant director during his lengthy Hollywood career.

He had a hand in such films as The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1947), The Long, Long Trailer (1954), The Tender Trap (1955), The Music Man (1962), Camelot (1967) and Soapdish (1991), to name just a few.

Freeman received an NAACP Image Award as Producer of the Year for his work on the breakthrough Shaft (1971), the MGM blaxploitation classic that starred Richard Roundtree, was directed by Gordon Parks and featured an unforgettable score by Oscar winner Isaac Hayes.

One of only three profitable movies made that year for MGM, it grossed $13 million on a budget of $500,000, according to Time magazine.

Earlier, Freeman had executive produced The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968), starring the Oscar-nominated Alan Arkin as the lonely John Singer, a man who cannot hear or speak, in Robert Ellis Miller's adaptation of the Carson McCullers novel.

And he produced Love at First Bite (1979), starring George Hamilton in the extremely popular vampire spoof.

Freeman began his career at MGM at 19 as a messenger but was promoted to the short subjects department six weeks later. After another stint in the production planning office, he was drafted and spent three years in the Air Force, two with the First Motion Picture Unit, where he served as a script supervisor and assistant director on some 30 training films.

Back home, Freeman worked as an assistant director at RKO and then at Selznick International Pictures, contributing to such features as The Farmer's Daughter (1947), The Paradine Case (1947), The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948).

Schary, then chief of production at MGM, brought his nephew on board, and Freeman worked on films including Madame Bovary (1949), Battleground (1949), Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), Blackboard Jungle (1955), Tea & Sympathy (1956) and Something of Value (1957), eventually rising to the rank of associate producer.

As a production supervisor, he worked on Lonelyhearts (1958) and on several TV series, including The Californians and Highway Patrol. And alongside Schary, he helped make Sunrise at Campobello (1960) and Act One (1963).

Jack Warner had noticed his work on The Music Man and several other features and asked him to help run the production of Camelot. He made Freeman one of his top three execs until he sold his controlling interest in Warner Bros. to Seven Arts in 1967.
Freeman then produced Francis Ford Coppola's Finian’s Rainbow (1968) and many years later, The Octagon (1980), starring Chuck Norris.

Survivors include his wife Betty, an actress and singer; his sons Josh and Jeff, the latter a film editor on the Ted films; and step-children Daniel and Kurina.

A memorial service will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Culver City. The family asks that donations be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund or to The Entertainment Industry Foundation.

Born: 6/12/1922, Irvington, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 1/21/2018, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.

Joel Freeman’s westerns – producer, assistant director, production clerk:
Duel in the Sun – 1946 [production clerk]
Blood on the Moon – 1948 [assistant director]
Station West – 1948 [assistant director]
Brothers in the Saddle – 1949 [assistant director]
Callaway Went Thataway – 1951 [assistant director]
Gypsy Colt – 1954 [assistant director]
Rose Marie – 1954 [assistant director]
Bad Day at Black Rock – 1955 [assistant director]
The Fastest Gun Alive – 1956 [assistant director]
The Californians (TV) – 1957-1959 [assistant director]
A Big Hand for the Little Lady – 1966 [producer]

RIP Robert Dowdell

RIP Robert Dowdell


It is with deep regret that the family of Robert Dowdell has to announce his passing on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. We regret losing him. Robert was struggling with a myriad of health issues and finally succumbed to them last Tuesday.

Robert watched the activity on his Facebook page from afar. He enjoyed seeing the many conversations and postings. Robert loved reading his fan’s comments about his work.

Thank you from his entire family - to his fans and the followers here who remembered his work over the years. Robert was truly amazed so many of you were his fans and told him so, with posts, signed picture requests and cards. He always appreciated getting the cat treats for “his boys.”

Robert had a long career in entertainment. He enjoyed being on stage, screen and television. A veteran actor, with two series and many guest star roles, Robert could play most anything: a rodeo rider, a ship’s Captain, pilots, a general or a doctor. He enjoyed acting until he retired in 1990.

Fans remember him fondly from the films Assassination, the Initiation and City Under the Sea. His roles in Buck Rogers, Max Headroom and CHiPs are fan favorites. Robert will always be beloved for his two most popular roles: as Lt. Commander Chip Morton in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and as Cody Bristol in Stoney Burke, his two TV series.

Memorial arrangements for Robert are pending and will be announced here soon.

Thank you all for remembering him so well and for so long. It meant a lot to Robert, at age 85, that he wasn’t forgotten in his latter years.

Ted Carroll
(Robert’s cousin)

Born: 3/10/1932, Park Ridge, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 1/23/2018, U.S.A.

Robert Dowdell’s westerns – actor:
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1962-1963 (Cody Bristol)
Macho Callahan – 1970 (blind man)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

RIP Moya O'Sullivan

The Sydney Morning Herald
January 24, 2018


Late of Bondi Junction

Much loved by all, especially by her brother Peter (dec), sister-in-law Kaaren, aunt to Mark, Cait & Bridget, great aunt to Phoebe & Ursela, grandmother to Harriet & James. Also Andrew & Sarah.

Bless her Eternal Soul

All are invited to attend a Funeral Mass to Celebrate the Life of Moya on SATURDAY (January 27th, 2018) at St Joseph's Church, 13 Albert Street, Edgecliff at 1.30 pm.

O’SULLIVAN, Moya (Moya Margaret O’Sullivan)
Born: 11/30/1926, Australia
Died: 1/?/2018, Bondi Junction, New South Wales, Australia

Moya O’Sullivan’s western – voice actress:
Hiawatha (TV) - 1988

Monday, January 22, 2018

RIP Connie Sawyer

Connie Sawyer Dies: Hollywood’s Oldest Working Actress Was 105

Deadline Hollywood
By Dino-Ray Ramos
January 22, 2018

Actress Connie Sawyer died peacefully at the age of 105 at her home at in Woodland Hills, CA. With more than 140 TV and film credits to her name, Sawyer was known as Hollywood’s oldest working actress who worked through late 2017.

Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912, in Pueblo, CO. Her career in entertainment began at the age of 8 when she won a talent contest in Oakland. At 18 years old, she landed her first vaudeville show in Santa Cruz.

Legendary singer, comedian, and actress Sophie Tucker became Sawyer’s mentor before she went on to Broadway where she played Miss Wexler in A Hole in the Head. She would later take the same role in the film adaptation starring Frank Sinatra. Her other film credits include The Way West, Ada and The Man in the Glass Booth.

To many, she is recognized as the lady in Dumb and Dumber who stole Jim Carrey’s character’s wallet. She also appeared in The Pineapple Express, as well as When Harry Met Sally.

She has numerous TV credits which span six decades. This includes The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, Dynasty, Murder, She Wrote, Archie Bunker’s Place, Home Improvement, Seinfeld, Will & Grace, ER, The Office, and How I Met Your Mother. Most recently she appeared in Showtime’s Ray Donovan as James Woods’ mother.

In addition to her being highlighted in the documentaries Showfolk and Troupers, she published her autobiography, I Never Wanted To Be a Star – And I Wasn’t.

Sawyer is survived by her two daughters Lisa Dudley and Julie Watkins; four grandchildren Hannah Stubblefield, Sam Dudley, Emily and Carrie Watkins; and three great-grandchildren, Sebastian, Adam and Maya.

SAWYER, Connie (Rosie Cohen)
Born: 11/27/1912, Pueblo, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 1/22/2018, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Connie Sawyer’s westerns – actress:
Guestward Ho! (TV) - 1960
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 (Liz)
The Way West – 1967 (Mrs. McBee)
True Grit – 1969 (talkative woman at hanginig)
Bonanza (TV) – 1969 (Mrs. Lewis)
Evil Roy Slade (TV) – 1972 (Aggie Potter)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (old lady)