Thursday, March 29, 2018

RIP Colin Campbell

Colin Campbell funeral: Stonebridge actor famed for Leather Boys role sent off by a fleet of Ace Cafe bikers

Brent & Kilburn Times
By Nathalie Raffray
March 22, 2018

Colin Campbell, whose best known role was the lead in The Leather Boys, was led to Kensal Green cemetery by fans from bikers’ hangout Ace Café in Stonebridge yesterday afternoon.

Family and friends, including his eldest grandchild, singer Shola Ama, came to pay their respects to the 81-year-old great-grandfather, who died on March 1.

Daughter Denise Campbell told the Times: “It was fantastic. The Ace riders were so lovely, so sweet, genuine fans of my dad. They kept saying: ‘Thank you for having us,’ but no, I told them: ‘Thank you for coming.’”

The youngest of four, Mr Campbell was born in Twickenham, starring in his first big theatre show aged 11.

He was called to service with the Royal Signals in Colchester from 1955 to 1957 where he became a keen boxer.

On his return, he and his wife Greta had a daughter, Denise, followed by two sons.

Among his many television appearances, Mr. Campbell starred in A Family at War, Rough Justice, Nuns on the Run and comedy You’re the Worst just last year.

But his image also made its way into a generation of 1980s record collections: a still from his Leather Boys performance was used on the cover of The Smiths’ singles Ask (albeit in Germany) and William, It Was Really Nothing (albeit only on CD).

Ms. Campbell added: “My dad was unique, very much a free spirit and very funny.”

A eulogy, written by granddaughter Aphra Campbell and read by her cousin Stephanie, was read out in moving tribute to Colin, who lived in Barry Road.

They said: “He was fiercely independent and was rebellious by nature until the very end, even on his 81st birthday, he had a disagreement with a nurse about his hair and what to wear.

“He especially loved eating cake alongside a cuppa tea, and we would bring him lots of it. Grandad was acting until his very, very last breath. But we’re not sure if he ever did break a leg.”

Mark Wilsmore, owner of the Ace Cafe on the North Circular, said: “It was a sad day but turned into a wonderful day. The Leather Boys was filmed at the Ace Cafe and Colin, Rita Tushingham, stars of that era came to our grand re-opening in 2001.

“Since that time Colin came here quite a bit and came to know quite a few of our patrons.

It’s particularly sad as he lived locally, enjoyed the company of those here and he was part and parcel of the heritage of the Ace Cafe, captured so well in the film.

“He was an absolute gentleman, a lovely chap.”

Colin is survived by long-term partner Ingrid, three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Born: 1/7/1937, Twickenham, Middlesex, England, U.K.
Died: 3/1/2018, Stonebridge, London, England, U.K.

Colin Campbell’s western – actor:
Huckleberry Finn (TV) – 1952 (Huckleberry Finn)

RIP Fred Crippen

‘Roger Ramjet’ Creator, Educator Fred Crippen Dies at 90

Founder of Pantomime Studios produced and directed hundreds of animated films for his clients.

Animation World Network
By Tom McLean
March 28, 2018

Animator Fred Crippen, best known for producing the 1960s syndicated comedy series Roger Ramjet, died March 22, according to a post on ASIFA-Hollywood’s Animation Educators Forum on Facebook. He was 90.

Fred Crippen

Crippen’s early animation experience was with the Shamus Culhane Studio in New York City, then with UPA Pictures, first in New York and then in Los Angeles. He worked on Mr. Magoo, Gerald McBoing Boing, directed animation and designed for UPA.

He formed in 1958 his own animation production studio, Pantomime Pictures, whose clients have included Sesame Street, Children's Television Network, Saul Bass and National Geographic Television.

Crippen originated the Roger Ramjet cartoon series, which became a classic due to its humor and pop culture savviness. The series was re-run on Cartoon Network in the 1990s and most of its 156 episodes have been released on DVD.

Additionally, Crippen produced and directed hundreds of animated films for children, television commercials, and corporate motivational films. He has also worked with Hanna-Barbera, Fred Wolf Films, Sony, DIC, Saban and Disney.

Crippen has taught animation and storyboarding for many years at schools including CalArts, Glendale Community College, Mount San Antonio College and the Art Institute of Orange County.

Born: 9/9/1928, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 3/22/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A

Fred Crippen’s western - animation director:
Tom Sawyer - 2000

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

RIP Oleg Anofriev

The film actor Oleg Anofriev has died

Hybrid Tech Car
By Sohail
March 28, 2018

His voice was spoken for cartoon characters “Bremen Town Musicians” and “How the Little Leaf and the Turtle Sang a Song”.

Soviet actor of cinema and voice actor Oleg Anofriev has died at the age of 87 years. Information about the death of the honored artist of the RSFSR and the People’s Artist of Russia was confirmed by his son-in-law Sergei Solodinin and friend Alexander Oleshko.

During his career, Anofriev appeared in more than 50 films. The most famous of them were “Scarlet Sails”, “Midshipmen, Forward!” And “Man from the Boulevard des Capucines.”

He was most famous for lending his voice to cartoons. His voice was spoken by the characters of the “Bremen Musicians”, “Tales of the Priest and His Worker Balda” and “How the Lion and the Tortoise Sang a Song”, as well as King Louis in the Russian dubbing of the Disney’s “The Jungle Book.”

Anofriev also sang one of the most famous Soviet children’s songs and the title theme “Good Night, Kids” – “Sleeping Tired Toys.”

ANOFRIEV, Oleg (Oleg Andreevich Anofriev)
Born: 7/20/1930, Gelendzhik, North Caucasus Krai, R.S.F.S.R., U.S.S.R.
Died: 3/28/2018, Moscow, Russia

Oleg Anofriev’s western – actor:
A Man from Boulevard des Capucines – 1987 (pianist)

RIP Stéphane Audran

Stéphane Audran, Star of 'Babette's Feast,' Dies at 85

The Hollywood Reporter
By Etan Vlessing
March 28, 2018

The French actress had a long creative collaboration with auteur Claude Chabrol, with whom she made 25 films.

Stephane Audran, an icon of French New Wave cinema who starred in movies by auteurs Eric Rohmer, Luis Bunuel and Claude Chabrol, has died. She was 85.

Her son, actor Thomas Chabrol, told the AFP news agency that Audran, who was the second wife of Claude Chabrol for 16 years until 1980, died early Tuesday following a long illness. "She [Audran] had been in hospital for 10 days and she had returned home. She died peacefully at around 2 a.m.," he said.

Audran's more memorable film roles include Chabrol's 1970 film Le Boucher, Bunuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) and Gabriel Axel's 1987 art house hit Babette's Feast, in which she had the starring role of Babette Hersant.

Born Colette Dacheville on Nov. 2, 1932, Audran went on to become a mainstay of European cinema in the late 1960s and '70s after getting her start in French theater. In all, she made 25 films with the prolific Chabrol, many classics about murderous intrigue that starred Audran as an adulterous or betrayed wife called Helene, including Les Biches and La Rupture.

"My rapport with Stephane as an actress is more agreeable now than when we were married," Chabrol said after his divorce from Audran. "When you spend your days and nights with your wife and then you look through the camera and see her again, it's just too much."

Her TV roles including a star turn as Lord Marchmain's mistress Cara in the period drama Brideshead Revisited. Audran won a BAFTA in 1974 for her role in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie after receiving BAFTA nominations for roles in Le Boucher and Babette's Feast.

Audran also received three Cesar Award nominations in France and picked up a best supporting actress Cesar for her role in the 1978 film Violette Noziere. She also was named best actress in 1989 by the London Critics Circle Film Awards for her leading role in Babette's Feast.

AUDRAN, Stéphane (Colette Suzanne Jeannine Dacheville)
Born: 11/2/1932, Versailles, Seine-et-Oise, France
Died: 3/27/2018, France

Stéphane Audran’s western – actress:
Eagle’s Wing – 1979 (The Widow)

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

RIP Janet Cunningham

RIP Janet Cunningham

The Times-Picayune
March 28, 2018

March 9, 1945 - March 17, 2018 "I'm glad my trip to this life was long and amazingly free. I did everything fearlessly." Our beloved Janet lost her battle with cancer in Silver Lake surrounded by loved ones. Born in Binghamton, New York to Hannah Jacobs and Joseph Hughes, the family soon moved to the New Orleans suburb of Metairie, Louisiana. Janet loved all things New Orleans—the people, food, music, and rich culture. She participated in and documented Mardi Gras celebrations, jazz funerals, and the Mardi Gras Indians. She marched with the Society of St. Anne, known for their elaborate costumes. As a young adult, Janet moved to New York City, joining the anti Viet Nam war movement as well as Andy Warhol's Factory. In 1978, Janet relocated to Los Angeles with her son Beau and opened the iconic C.A.S.H. (Contemporary Artists Space of Hollywood) club and gallery in 1981, serving her famous red beans and rice for $5 and showcasing punk music and art. She parlayed her support of the punk underground and became a casting director, employing many of the artists and musicians who frequented C.A.S.H. Her generous spirit gave them shelter, a job and a meal. Scores of artists and musicians credit Janet with help in their early careers. Her credits include a long list of feature films (Body Double and Ghostbusters) as well as several TV series (The Wonder Years, Hill Street Blues) and numerous music videos for Steve Perry, Chicago, and "Weird Al" Yankovic among others. In recent years she returned to her first profession as a landscape designer, using native plants whenever possible. She was also a community leader, serving on the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council. Janet was Facebook before Facebook connecting people from her wide network of friends. Her parties were legendary and always open to everyone who could count on her trademark finger sandwiches and deviled eggs. All will miss her. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Janet is survived by her mother, Hannah Cunningham, her siblings Kay Gillum, Mary Beth Nogues, Fred Cunningham, Karay Klein and Debbie Rubiano. Her son, Beauregard Baker predeceased her in 1986. Memorial services will be held at The Red Lion Tavern in Silver Lake, 3:00pm, March 31. In lieu of flowers, please donate to New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and Assistance Foundation

Born: 3/9/1945, Binghamton, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 3/17/2018, Silver Lake, Louisiana, U.S.A.

Janet Cunningham’s western – casting director:
Purgatory (TV) - 1999

Monday, March 26, 2018

RIP Delores Taylor

Delores Taylor, Star of ‘Billy Jack’ Movies of the 1970s, Dies at 85

Taylor and husband Tom Laughlin starred in five indies featuring a half-Indian/half-white ex-Green Beret

The Wrap
By Thom Geier
March 26, 2018

Delores Taylor, a Golden Globe-nominated actress who starred with her husband Tom Laughlin in five indie movies featuring counterculture hero Billy Jack, died Friday. She was 85.

News of Taylor’s death was posted by her daughter on a “Billy Jack” Facebook fan page.

A native of South Dakota, Taylor met Laughlin in college and married him in 1954. Together, the two developed the character of Billy Jack, a martial arts expert who was half-Navajo, half-white Green Beret Vietnam veteran and defended youthful members of the counterculture from authorities who just didn’t understand.

Laughlin directed and starred in five films featuring the character, beginning with 1967’s “The Born Losers” and helped to revolutionize indie cinema by self-distributing his films. He died in 2013 at age 82.

Taylor, who had only a small role in the original film, assumed a co-starring position in the 1971 sequel, “Billy Jack,” for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as New Star of the Year – Actress.

She reprised her role in the three sequels, 1974’s “The Trial of Billy Jack,” 1977’s “Billy Jack Goes to Washington” and 1986’s “The Return of Billy Jack.”

TAYLOR, Delores
Born: 9/27/1932, Winner, South Dakota, U.S.A.
Died: 3/23/2018,Clear Springs, Alabama, U.S.A.

Delores Taylor’s westerns – producer, writer, actress:
Billy Jack – 1971 (Jean Roberts)
The Master Gunfighter – 1975 [executive producer, screenwriter]