Friday, December 14, 2018

RIP Gerrick Winston

Gerrick Winston
January 27th, 1970 - Monday, December 10th, 2018

Choice Memorial
December 14, 2018

With deepest sadness we share the sudden passing of Gerrick Dwayne Winston on December 10, 2018, at the age of 48. He is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Karin, and their children, Katherine and Timothy. He will be sorely missed by his family in the United States: mother Gloria Fester (James); father George Elrod (Vanessa); brothers Maurice Hall (Judy), Marqus Hall, Darius Hall; sisters Zinnita Hall, Maurissa Fisher (Mack), Natalie Hall, Ashley Elrod, and many extended family members. He was also very close to many members of Karin’s family and will be sorely missed by them as well.

He was born in Chicago, IL and lived there until joining the Air Force. He was stationed in Michigan and served in the Persian Gulf as a crew chief. He moved to Orlando, FL to pursue diving and there he met the love of his life and his best friend. They later moved to Nashville, where he established his own diving club, then was “dragged to Canada” so that she could pursue her own education. There they built a beautiful life together with their children in whatever city they found themselves. They lived in Edmonton, Calgary, and London and Gerrick never failed to make friends everywhere they went. He was so proud to become a Canadian citizen on Canada Day, 2017.

He developed a passion for acting and film-making, which grew over time and became his life’s work. He was dedicated to increasing opportunities for minorities and bringing hope and light to a dark world. He was well loved by his colleagues for his hard work, sense of humour, and genuine love of people. He loved to tinker and build new gear for film-making. He took a million pictures of sunsets and sunrises (and selfies) and taught us all the wonder of magic hour.

He was active in his church as a quirky, outside-the-box teacher for the grade school kids and as the universally accepted baby whisperer. He met routinely with small groups of men, youth, leadership, and really anyone who would talk to him. He loved going for coffee and for breakfast even though he was not an early bird. He was musical with a great voice, strong rhythm, and an aptitude for the djembe.

He was also an avid weekend warrior, loving hikes and bike riding, tennis games and basketball, although his photos of dodgeball live eternally and he would never have passed up an opportunity to play football. He loved “da Bears”. His competitive nature extended to board games and card games, especially Dutch Blitz (even though he rarely won at that last one!). He was always a kid at heart and every piece of gear that he had either had to be “Gerrick-proofed” or replaced.
His faith was really about loving people to Jesus. He never hesitated to feed the hungry, befriend the lonely, or share the good news. The last thing in his calendar was family devotions. We know that today he is with Jesus in paradise.

A Celebration of Gerrick's Life will be held at Centre Street Church (3900-2nd Street NE - main sanctuary lower level) on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, please take someone out for coffee or lunch, enjoy the sunset, seek the truth, and hug your loved ones. He would have wanted you to live life to the fullest every day.

To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Gerrick please visit Arrangements entrusted to the care of Choice Memorial Cremation & Funeral Services (403) 277-7343.

WINSTON, Gerrick (Gerrick Dwayne Winston)
Born: 1/27/1970, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
Died: 12/10/2018, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Gerrick Winston’s westerns, stuntmn, actor:
Hell on Wheels (TV) – 2012, 2013 (Freedman)
Klondike (TV) – 2014 (mill worker)
Diablo – 2015 [stunts]
Dead Again in Tombstone – 2017 (cowboy boss)
Wynona Earp – 2018 (fire chief)

RIP Jim Petersmith

Courier Journal

Louisville - James Robert Petersmith, 64, died Thursday December 13, 2018 at Regis Woods Care Center in Louisville, KY.

Jim was born April 14, 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Robert & Mary Ellen Petersmith. He is survived by his sons Mike (Ashton) and Dan (Ashton), and grandchildren Dean and Georgia. He is also survived by his brother John, sisters Margie Ridler, Kate Modzelewski, and Celee Philipp.

Jim was full of kindness, goodwill, and love for all people. No one was a stranger to Jim. There wasn't a mean or judgemental bone in his body. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Jim played roles as a father, professor, banker, truck driver, pit boss, bartender, Johnny Appleseed, evil scientist, demented ghost, gunslinger, Klingon, and cult leader. He was an actor above all, and because of such, we can never truly know if he is now dead, or simply playing dead.

Either way, a celebration of life will be held on Sunday December 16th, between 3:00 and 6:00 P.M. at 501 Romara Place, Louisville Kentucky. A Petersmith family Mass will take place at Immaculate Conception Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at 5:30 P.M on December 29, 2018. A special thanks to his friend Dan Hagan, his sister Margie, and the loving staff at Regis Woods for their care and attention during his final years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hosparus Health of Louisville (

PETERSMITH, Jim (James Petersmith)
Born: 4/14/1954, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.A.
Died: 12/13/2018, Louisville, Knetucky, U.S.A.

Jim Petersmith’s western – actor:
Gunslingers – 2002 (Dean)

RIP Rodney Kageyama

Rodney Kageyama, actor and beloved Little Tokyo icon, dies at 77

Los Angeles Times
By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde
December 13, 2018

Performing the Ondo dance during Little Tokyo’s Nisei Week with Rodney Kageyama was not the best idea if you wanted your moves to be precise.

During the graceful and traditional dance performed during the annual festival celebrating Japanese American culture and history in downtown Los Angeles, Kageyama offered his own interpretation, moving this way and that, throwing off everyone’s choreography and making participants burst out laughing.

The Little Tokyo icon danced to his own beat, always, said Jan Perry, general manager of Los Angeles’ Economic and Workforce Development Department.

Kageyama died in his sleep early Sunday after a long struggle with numerous health issues, including HIV, according to his husband, Ken White. He was 77.

Over the last several decades, the actor and activist was a regular at events such as Nisei Week. He was Little Tokyo’s emcee of choice for community gatherings, and in the coming weeks, he had planned to continue the tradition of acting as Shogun Santa — the neighborhood’s Japanese Santa Claus. He also volunteered regularly at the Japanese American National Museum.

Kageyama also was a trailblazer for Asian Americans in Hollywood, acting in the “Gung Ho” film and television series and in the second and fourth editions of the “Karate Kid” franchise.

Before acting, Kageyama was into arts and crafts, and he worked on sets and costume design in college. But after a teacher asked him to fill in for another student during a play, Kageyama never looked back.

“He said, ‘Can you do these two lines?’” Kageyama said in a 2016 interview with Ken Fong for the “Asian America” podcast. “I go, ‘I’m not an actor.’ But I went in, did it, got the applause. ... It was like, I want it all! To hell with arts and crafts, I want to be an actor!”

Kageyama was an original member of the Asian American Theater Company and attended the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco before moving to Los Angeles in 1979, when he joined East West Players as an actor and director. His acting career didn’t bring him long-lasting and glamorous fame, but it supported him financially and he earned his moment of glory.

San Francisco in the 1970s was an exciting time for Asian Americans in entertainment, and Kageyama was part of building those early stories and roles in theater, film and TV, said Amy Hill, a friend and actress who worked on “50 First Dates” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” It was a time when actors were building the foundation for the wild successes of films such as “The Joy Luck Club and “Crazy Rich Asians.”

“Sketch comedy was a thing I didn’t even know existed,” Hill said. “He introduced me to Asian American theater.”

Hill remembers meeting Kageyama her first day at the theater company. He was directing the show and played the part — wearing a beret and scarf and flamboyantly bossing people around.

“He was a tiny little Napoleonic father figure,” she said, laughing at the memory. “Tiny and bossy!”

Navigating Hollywood wasn’t easy in the 1980s, Kageyama recalled in his interview with Fong, calling it a “white people industry” and “racist.” But he spoke of adding depth to the stereotypical roles he was asked to do.

“What else could we do? That’s all there was,” he told Fong. “If it wasn’t for us, you would not be here.”

Kageyama spoke publicly about his struggles as a young gay man, but they did not keep him from being unabashedly and fiercely himself. He met White in a San Francisco bar in 1979, and they moved to Los Angeles together soon after. They married when California legalized same-sex unions in 2013.

The two were polar opposites, said White, a self-described introvert who said he was in awe of Kageyama’s ability to maintain hundreds of close friendships.

“He courted me,” White said. “On my birthday, he took me out to dinner at a restaurant along the Embarcadero. He had a gift. He was a perfect date.”

Kageyama’s persona defied the odds, said Ellen Endo, a Little Tokyo Community Council board member.

“He was rather short,” she said. “He didn't have all the ‘actor attributes’ that we think of today.”

And while Japanese culture emphasized reserved politeness, Kageyama was anything but.

White recalled his husband lecturing him about how he should give Japanese guests a chance to say, “No,” three times before they say, “Yes.” But Kageyama wasn’t like that, White said. He wasn’t afraid to ask for help or to barge into a room, loudly and cheerfully.

In his later years, Kageyama began slowing down. He lived with HIV for decades, taking a daily regimen of pills, and suffered from a kidney illness. He was on dialysis for several years before his death and walked with a cane after he had both hips replaced.

Recognizing this physical shift in his life, Kageyama made a deliberate attempt to become a part of the Little Tokyo community in the 1990s, publicizing himself as an emcee and entertainer at events around the city, White said. Kageyama’s only family at the time were his grandparents, and he grew more and more attached to the extended family he created in Little Tokyo.

And despite being in and out of hospitals, Kageyama always seemed to bounce back.

“He kept going. It was crazy to watch him,” Hill said.

Illnesses and age would soon catch up to him, though, and in Facebook posts, Kageyama began documenting his health experiences with a new sense of mortality, Endo said. He was baptized a few years ago in the Centenary United Methodist Church and choked up during a speech at a reception afterward.

In a phone call a week before his death, Kageyama told Endo: “I’m on my last legs.”

“He asked me if people thought that,” Endo said.

Ultimately, though, he’d be pleased to know his Little Tokyo family was behind him, Hill said.

“He loved the attention.”

Kageyama is survived by his husband. A public memorial is scheduled for Jan. 12 at the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles.

Born: 11/1/1941, San Mateo, California, U.S.A.
Died: 12/9/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Rodney Kageyama’s western – actor:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1982 (Agishi)

RIP Charles Weldon

Charles Weldon had a life that was bigger than life

DCPA News Center
By John Moore
December 9, 2018

The accidental actor went from a cotton field to the No. 1 song in America to a long life on the road and on stages including the Denver Center

Where do you even start to recount the life of actor, director and producer Charles Weldon?

He worked in a California cotton field until he was 17 – and a year later sang on the No. 1 hit song in America. He appeared on “The Dick Clark Show” and toured with James Brown and Fats Domino. He made his Broadway debut at 19 – less than a year after he took up acting – in a 1969 musical that starred none other than Muhammad Ali. In the 1970s, he was a self-described flower child who partied with Richard Pryor. Over the years he worked with Denzel Washington, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson and Alfre Woodard. Out of economic necessity, he had two long stints as a cross-country truck driver, tales from which became the basis for the DCPA Theatre Company’s world-premiere Mama Hated Diesels in 2010.

Charles Weldon Weldon never went to college. He liked to say “I studied life … at the College of Life.” The man known as much for his laugh as his long list of professional credits died of lung cancer on Friday night in New York. He was 78.

“He had a commitment to the arts, and he was adored by many for his hard work as an actor,” Lisa Mapps-Weldon, his daughter-in-law, said Saturday in announcing Weldon’s death. “The only way to describe his life is, ‘Well done.’ ”

Weldon, who called himself “the accidental actor” because all he wanted to be was a cabinet-maker, appeared in 12 DCPA Theatre Company productions over 20 years. He won the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2006 Henry Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor for his work in Gem of the Ocean.

“Charles was an indispensable part of the maturation of the Denver Center Theatre Company,” former Artistic Director Donovan Marley said. “As he did with so many others, Charles changed my life. I cherish him as an artist and as a dear friend.”

When the Denver Center’s Israel Hicks made history as the first director to complete the entire August Wilson canon for one theatre company in 2009, Weldon had been in six of the 10 plays. Weldon often proclaimed Hicks, who died in 2010, to be the best theatre director in America. “You can get somebody who generally knows the plays,” Weldon said. “But you really want to get someone in the trenches who can get his actors to deliver what the words truly mean. That’s what Israel does with August Wilson.”

And Hicks loved Weldon right back, longtime Denver Center Stage Manager Lyle Raper said. “What a team.”

Marley said it stuns him to think that both Hicks and are now gone. “They changed Denver— especially Denver theater — forever,” he said.

Weldon eventually completed the Wilson cycle himself at various theatres across the country. When he finally got to meet Wilson, called by many “The Black Shakespeare,” Weldon said he told him: “Thank you for my house.”

WELDON, Charles
Born: 6/1/1940, Wetumka, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 12/7/2018, New York, U.S.A.

Charles Weldon’s western – actor:
Rooster Cogburn – 1975 (baliff)

Thursday, December 13, 2018

RIP Sondra Locke

Oscar Nominee Sondra Locke Dies at 74

By Dave McNary
December 13, 2018

Actress and director Sondra Locke, who received a supporting actress Oscar nomination in her first movie role for “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” died Nov. 3 at 74. The Los Angeles County Public Health Department confirmed her death.

She died due to breast and bone cancer, according to Radar Online, which reported that she was laid to rest at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary.

Locke had a contentious relationship of more than a decade with Clint Eastwood, who first cast her in “The Outlaw Josey Wales.”

Locke was born in 1944 as Sandra Louise Smith and raised in Shelbyville, Tenn. She changed her named to Sondra in her early 20s and won a nationwide talent search in 1967 for the part of teenager Mick Kelly in the movie adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novel “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.” Locke starred opposite Alan Arkin, who was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar. She also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Most Promising Newcomer.

Locke then starred in “Cover Me Babe,” “Willard,” “A Reflection of Fear,” and “The Second Coming of Suzanne” and took TV roles in “The F.B.I.,” “Cannon,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Kung Fu,” “A Feast of Blood” and “Gondola.” She started working with Eastwood in “The Outlaw Josey Wales” in 1976, followed by “The Gauntlet,” “Every Which Way But Loose,” “Any Which Way You Can,” “Bronco Billy” and “Sudden Impact,” in which she murders the men who had raped her and her sister.

Turning to directing, she helmed 1986’s “Ratboy,” 1990’s “Impulse,” 1995’s TV movie “Death in Small Doses” and the independent film “Do Me a Favor,” starring Rosanna Arquette.

She sued Eastwood for palimony in 1989 and for fraud in 1995 and brought a separate action against Warner Bros. for allegedly conspiring with Eastwood to sabotage her directorial career. She settled the three cases out of court.

Locke underwent a double mastectomy in 1990. Her autobiography “The Good, the Bad, and the Very Ugly – A Hollywood Journey,” was published in 1997.

Locke starred recently with Keith Carradine in Alan Rudolph’s drama “Ray Meets Helen.”

She is survived by her husband Gordon Anderson.

LOCKE, Sondra (Sandra Louise Anderson)
Born: 5/28/1944, Shelbyville, Tennessee, U.S.
Died: 11/3/2018, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

Sondra Locke’s westerns – actress:
Kung Fu (TV) – 1974 (Gwyneth Jenkins)
The Outlaw Josey Wales – 1976 (Laura Lee)
The Shadow of Chikara - 1977 (Drusilla Wilcox)
Bronco Billy – 1980 (Antoinette Lily)