Wednesday, October 31, 2018

RIP Jane Actman

Alternate Obituaries
Pamelyn Ferdin
10/30/2018 4:22pm

Sad news - Jane Actman, who played my sister Barbara on "The Paul Lynde
Show," has passed away at the age of 69. My deepest sympathy to her
husband Gene and their family.

As much as I appreciate the kind words and condolences, they are more appropriately directed to Gene, who been head over heels in love with Jane for 50 years.

Jane Actman was born on April 6, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Wonder Woman (1975), Last of the Mohicans (1977) and Mannix (1967).

Born: 4/6/1949, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/2?/2018, New York City, New York U.S.A.

Jane Actman’s westerns – actress:
The Virginian (TV) – 1969 (Laurie Cantrel)
Last of the Mohicans – 1977 (Alice Morgan)

RIP Rio Fanning

Obituary: Rio Fanning – ‘led a double life as an actor and a writer’

The Stage
By Michael Quinn
October 30, 2018

As the actor Rio Fanning and writer Michael Robartes, the son of Irish playwright AP Fanning led a double life – one that also included periods as a director.

Born in Newry, County Down, Fanning was raised in Tralee on Ireland’s Atlantic coastline and made his acting debut in school plays and pageants produced by his father.
Rio Fanning (right) with Eric Richards in Ron Hutchinson’s Eejits in 1978

Having paid his way through the London School of Drama, he found early work in regional rep and was a founder-member of the short-lived Bangor New Theatre in 1955, then the first professional company in his native Northern Ireland to be formed outside Belfast.

He made his West End debut as Captain Brennan in Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars at the Mermaid Theatre in 1962. The following year, he was seen in the British premiere of Brendan Behan’s The Big House at Theatre Royal Stratford East and gave what The Stage described as “a superlative performance” as Richard III at the Marlowe Canterbury.

The year 1965 saw him sharing the stage as Steinbauer with Maximilian Schell (in his UK stage debut), George Divine and Jill Bennett in John Osborne’s A Patriot for Me at the Royal Court.

He was seen in Ron Hutchinson’s Eejits at the Sheffield Crucible, transferring with it to the Bush Theatre in 1978, returned to Sloane Square for David Leland’s Psy-Warriors in 1979, and later developed close associations with Derby Playhouse, the Orange Tree Richmond and Birmingham Rep, where he was seen as Kent to David Ryall’s King Lear in 1980.

He formed two companies: the Imperial Theatre Group, with actor Tony Doyle, based at the Oval, Kennington, in 1970, and Threesome Productions, with actors Stella Fox and Margi Clarke, in 1991.

Having made his screen debut in a 1959 adaptation of Great Expectations, his swansong was a 2014 episode of Doctors. In the intervening 55 years, he had lead roles in Budgie (1971-72), The Regiment (1973), Doctor Who (1977), Emmerdale (1980-82), The District Nurse (1984) and All Creatures Great and Small (1978-90).

As Rio Fanning, he wrote the six-part The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson (1998) and an episode of Peak Practice (1999), while his alter ego Michael Robartes was responsible for more than 30 episodes of soap operas Emmerdale and EastEnders and television series The District Nurse in the decade to 1994.

James Arnold Rio Fanning was born on November 7, 1931, and died on August 12, aged 86. He is survived by his second wife, actor Karen Ford, a son from his first marriage, and his adopted son.

FANNING, Rio (James Arnold Rio Fanning)
Born: 11/7/1931, Newry, County Down, Ireland
Died: 8/12/2018, U.K.

Rio Fanning’s western – writer:
Hatfields & McCoys (TV) - 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2018

RIP Philippe Gildas

The animator Philippe Gildas is dead

Le Figaro

The journalist and host Philippe Gildas has died at the age of 82, announced this morning by his former sidekick, Antoine de Caunes. He died during the night of Saturday to Sunday following a bout with cancer. According to Europe 1, where he worked for a long time, he had been hospitalized for seven weeks in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. A man of radio and television, he was one of the first to mix journalism and entertainment in France, notably at the helm of Canal +'s flagship program "Nulle Part Ailleurs". Philippe Leprêtre was born November 12, 1935 in Auray in Morbihan. At the end of the 1950s, he was a student of classics at the Sorbonne, he understood that he was not made for professors and turned to journalism on the advice of Jean Yanne, Breton like him.

He started as an editorial secretary at the newspaper Combat, then at Radio Luxembourg, the ancestor of RTL. Still under the flag, he must urgently choose a pseudonym one night when he takes the antenna to plug a hole. It will be Gildas, the first name of his eldest son. He creates the morning, this slice of information that must accompany the listener of his awakening to his work, which he will be one of the pillars, to RTL and Europe 1. In 1969, he follows the ORTF Pierre Desgraupes to mount the writing of the first channel. He presents the television news, "grand-messe", which he helps to set the rules as editor-in-chief. He goes through France Inter then integrates Europe 1, where this father of three sons meets his second wife, the animator Maryse.

NPA, never seen on TV

The journalist also keeps a foot on the television. On the proposal of Pierre Bellemare, he becomes a games animator and presents "The head and the legs" then "The treasure hunt". He became station director in 1983 and created the Top 50, the first record sales measure in France. In 1985, Pierre Lescure, boss of Canal +, invites him to join him in the adventure of the first private channel of France which has just been born. The two men are going to realize an idea that has been in their head for 20 years: to make a talk show that mixes journalism and entertainment. The formula, which has flourished since, is unpublished on French television. Philippe Gildas first tested the concept in the middle of the day with "Direct", before settling two years later in front of the 20-hour news.

To encourage viewers to subscribe, the only constraint of the program broadcast in the clear is to keep the promise of the encrypted channel by showing what is found ... "Nowhere else". Alain Decaux can dissert on the petomanes to introduce a sketch of dummies, Professor Cabrol, famous surgeon of the heart, to share his passion of the opera with the leader of the CGT Henri Krasucki. In addition to Les Nuls, the show brings out Jerome Bonaldi and his gadgets, Philippe Vandel, Karl Zero and of course Antoine de Caunes, hitherto confined to musical broadcasts. For 10 years, "NPA" dictates modes and new rules of humor on television.

In parallel, Philippe Gildas creates the production company Ellipse, which produces the game "Pyramid" and the animated series "The Adventures of Tintin". In 1997, he gave his presenter chair Nulle Part Ailleurs Guillaume Durand and hosts other programs for Canal +. After taking the reins of i-TELE for a time, he launched in 2007 the Vivolta channel, dedicated to seniors. A great collector of travel guides and an unrepentant talker, Philippe Gildas had a regret: not to have been a reporter.

GILDAS, Philippe (Philippe Lepretre)
Born: 11/12/1935, Auray, Morbihan, France
Died: 10/28/2018, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Philippe Gildas’ western – producer:
The New Zorro (TV) – 1990-1993

RIP Marina Livanova

Marina Livanova has passed away.


Marina Livanova was born on May 30, 1952 in Gorky. She graduated from the faculty of history and English of the GGPI named after Gorky, in 1978 - the acting faculty of the Higher Theater School named after BV Shchukin with a red diploma.

First, she worked at the Leningrad State Academic Comedy Theater at the invitation of Pyotr Naumovich Fomenko, and then at the Arkady Raikin Theater.

She came to television in 1986, and in 1997 she was recognized as one of the the Best Leading Ladies in Russia.

Marina Livanova became the founder and the first host of Radio Rendezvous.

Since 2000, Livanova has taught at the Theater Institute. Boris Schukin, was the chief expert of the Center for the support of Russian-speaking theaters abroad of the Union of Theater Workers of Russia.

Since 2007 she has taught her own courses on stage speech and etiquette at Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov, HSE.

The news of the death of Marina Livanovoy shocked Nizhny Novgorod.
“And it seems that recently I saw her in Suzdal - I was still very happy for her (she didn’t look sick at the time). Loss for all of us ... ", - wrote on the social network Lada Koroleva.

Born: 5/30/1952, Gorky, Russia, U.S.S.S.R.
Died: 10/28/2018, Moscow, Russia

Marina Livanova’s western – actress:
Alaska Kid (TV) – 1993 (Fifi/Coco)

RIP Freddie Hart

Freddie Hart Hall of Fame

Freddie Hart, known to millions of Country Music fans the world over as “Mr. Easy Lovin’” passed away Saturday October 27th in Burbank California.

Freddie served in the Marines during World War 2 and then began his professional career in music when Lefty Frizzell hired him to go on the road with him. Lefty got Freddie a recording contract with Capitol Records and in 1953 he released his first song “Butterfly Love” with Hank Thompson’s band The Brazos Valley Boys backing him on the session. It was also during this time that Freddie had already made a huge impact as a songwriter penning hit songs such as “Loose Talk” for Carl Smith, “Lovin’ In Vain” for Patsy Cline and “My Tears Are Overdue” for George Jones among many others. Freddie was also the first person to record Harlan Howard’s country standard “The Key’s In The Mailbox”.

Freddie performed regularly on the television show “Town Hall Party” during the 1950’s. He recorded for Capitol, Columbia, Monument and Kapp records during the ‘50’s and ‘60’s building up an impressive catalog of songs, largely self penned.

But it was not until 1970, when he re-signed with Capitol Records that a song on one of his albums caught the attention of a disc jockey who began playing the song on the air and it became an overnight sensation. Of course that song was “Easy Loving” which became Freddie’s signature song. The record sold millions of copies all over the world and earned Freddie virtually every award in the Country Music industry including “Entertainer Of The Year”, “Male Vocalist Of The Year”, “Album Of The Year”, and “Single Of The Year”. “Easy Loving” had the distinction of becoming the first to be voted song of the year in two consecutive years, 1971 and 1972. The only other time this has happened was with George Jones for “He Stopped Loving Her Today” in 1980 and 1981. “Easy Loving” also won Freddie a Grammy award.

In the 1970’s Freddie toured as a superstar all over the world with his band “The Heartbeats” The number one hits continued through the decade including “Trip To Heaven”, “Got The All Overs For You”, “Bless Your Heart”, “My Hang Up Is You” and “The Want To’s”. All together Freddie scored 14 number one hits worldwide and 34 top ten records.

Freddie appeared on many television programs over the years including “Hee Haw”, “Grand Ole Opry”, “Nashville Now”, “Mike Douglas Show”, “Dinah Shore Show”, “George Jones Show” and more recently, Country’s Family Reunion” and “Marty Stuart Show”.

During the 1980’s Freddie continued to tour and released albums for Sunbird and Fifth Avenue records. As time went by, Freddie began recording his Gospel songs and in later years received numerous awards in that field also. To this day Freddie’s songs have been played on radio stations every day since 1953.

Perhaps Freddie’s proudest moment came in 2004 with his induction to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame.

During the 2000’s Freddie released several Gospel albums and this year completed a Gospel album of all original songs. The album “God Bless You”, produced by country music legend David Frizzell, will be released at a later date on Nashville America Records.

In addition to many brothers and sisters, Freddie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ginger and sons Freddie Jr., Andy, Joe and Victor.

Funeral arrangements are pending and the family has asked for privacy during this time.

HART, Freddie (Fred Segrest)
Born: 12/21/1926, Lochapoka, Alabama, U.S.A.
Died: 10/27/2018, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Freddie Hart’s western – soundtrack:
When the Legends Die - 1972