Friday, November 8, 2019

RIP Fred Bongusto

Italian singer Fred Bongusto dead

Light music performer was big in the 1960s and 70s

Rome, November 8 - Fred Bongusto died overnight at his home in Rome, the Italian singer-songwriter's press office said on Friday.

    The light music performer was big in the 1960s and 70s and he had several international hits.

    Bongusto was very popular in South America, especially Brazil, as well as in his homeland.

    He composed the soundtracks of many movies too.

Born: 4/6/1935, Campobasso, Campobasso, Italy

Died:  11/8/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Fred Bongusto’s westerns – composer, singer:
Adios Gringo – 1965 [singer]
Blood for a Silver Dollar – 1965 [singer]
Day After Tomorrow – 1968 [composer, singer]

Thursday, November 7, 2019

RIP Nik Powell

Nik Powell, Producer of ‘The Crying Game’ and Virgin Group Co-Founder, Dies at 69

By Nick Vivarelli
November 8, 2019

British music and film producer Nik Powell, who was among the Virgin Group co-founders with Richard Branson and became an influential force in U.K. cinema, producing more than 60 titles including Neil Jordan’s Oscar-winning “The Crying Game,” died Thursday at age 69.

The cause of death was an unspecified form of cancer, Britain’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) – which Powell headed for more than a decade – said in a statement. He died in Oxford surrounded by his family.

Born on November 4, 1950, in the small village of Great Kingshill, in Buckinghamshire, Powell started out running a record shop and was among the founding partners in 1972 of Virgin Records, which became one of the U.K.’s top recording labels before being sold to EMI 20 years later.

In 1983 Powell co-founded U.K. video label and production outfit Palace Pictures with Stephen Woolley. They produced a string of standout titles such as “The Company of Wolves” (1984), and Neil Jordan’s “Mona Lisa” (1986) and “The Crying Game,” which won a best screenplay Oscar in 1993.

On the distribution side, where Powell put his savvy from the record business to good use, Palace Video titles included David Lynch’s “Eraserhead,” Derek Jarman’s “The Tempest” and Werner Herzog’s “Fitzcarraldo.” Then, when they expanded into theatrical, Palace Pictures was behind the U.K. releases of films including Sam Raimi’s “The Evil Dead,” Nagisa Oshima’s “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence,” the Coen brothers’ “Blood Simple,” Rob Reiner’s “When Harry Met Sally,” as well as films by big local names like Mike Leigh, Ken Loach and Peter Greenaway.

Virgin Records, which had scored hits with the Sex Pistols among other artists, “were quite famous for their clever marketing,” Wolley told Variety. “When Nik and I started Palace Video he brought a lot of those innovative ways of thinking,” he added, noting that when he first met Powell Wolley was just 22 or 23, and he “backed me in a way that was astonishing.”

“He just would be there for you,” Wolley said. “If you wanted to close a deal; if you were talking about trying to get something different done; if you were trying to change the rules, in a way. Nick would be right behind it. And I think that was what he’s done. Certainly it’s what he did with me. He gave me an opportunity that changed my life, really.”

When Palace Pictures was forced to close in 1992 due to a series of box office misfires, Powell set up a new outfit, Scala Productions, which produced movies such as Nick Hornby adaptation “Fever Pitch,” Fred Schepisi’s “Last Orders,” Terry Gilliam’s “B. Monkey” and “Ladies in Lavender” from Charles Dance.

Powell was director of the NFTS from 2003 to 2017 while also retaining his position as chairman of Scala Productions.

Under his leadership, the NFTS underwent a transformation that helped it “gain recognition as one of the best film schools in the world,” the school said in a statement.

Said NFTS Director Jon Wardle: “I spent five incredibly happy years working with Nik as his deputy. He was a good friend and I will miss him hugely. He told me recently how his work to support and develop NFTS students to reach their full potential was probably the professional achievement he was most proud of.”

The culmination of Powell’s work at NFTS was recognized in 2018 when he and Wardle were awarded the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema.

“Nik leaves an unrivaled legacy and no one has done more than him to set the bar high. We will continue to strive for the future success of the School in his honour,” the statement said.

“He stood up for innovation,” said Wolley. “He stood up for change and difference, and he backed young people his entire career. That’s something that people have got to remember about Nik. That he was quite a selfless person.”

Powell is survived by his two children Amie and Jack.

Born: 11/4/1950, Great Kingshill, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.
Died: 11/7/2019, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, U.K.

Nik Powell’s western – producer:
Brimstone - 2016

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

RIP William Wintersole

William Wintersole, Star of 'Young and the Restless' and 'General Hospital,' Dead at 88

Entertainment Tonight
November 6, 2019

Rest in peace, William Wintersole.

The veteran TV actor died at his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, ET confirms. He was 88. Wintersole died of complications from cancer but died peacefully, according to his daughter.

Wintersole was best known for his role as Mitchell Sherman on Young and the Restless, which he had starred on for over 20 years. The actor also played Ted Ballantine on General Hospital in the 1980s, and appeared on I Dream of Jeannie, Kojak, Little House on the Prairie, Quincy, Bonanza, Star Trek and The Fugitive.

The Ohio native was born on July 30, 1931 and began his acting career in the 1960s. He is survived by his life partner, Marlene Silverstein, and daughters, Tiffany Harmon and Katherine Ramsey. He had three granddaughters, Kristy, Amy and Jill, as well as one great granddaughter, Abby.

Born: 7/30/1931, Portsmouth, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died:  11/5/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

William Wintersole’s westerns – actor:
Rawhide (TV) – 1965 (Dr. Sturdivant)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Edward Baring)
Here Comes the Brides (TV) – 1969 (Avery)
Lancer (TV) – 1969, 1970 (businessman, Timothy)
The Outcasts (TV) 1969 (Krause)
Bearcats (TV) – 1971 (Colonel)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1971 (Will Standish)
Cade’s County (TV) – 1972 (Corey Waters)
Bonanza (TV) – 1973 (Frank Schulte)
The Honorable Sam Houston (TV) - 1975
Sara (TV) – 1976 (George Bailey)
Territorial Men (TV) - 1976
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1978 (Tom Henderson)

RIP Lorin Bennett Salob

Lorin Salob, Emmy-Winning Producer on 'A Woman Named Jackie,' Dies at 77

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

 He also served as an assistant director on 'The Getaway,' 'Freebie and the Bean,' 'Tron' and 'Charlie's Angels.'

Lorin Salob, an assistant director, production manager and Emmy-winning producer with credits including The Getaway, Charlie's Angels, Tron and A Woman Named Jackie, has died. He was 77.

Salob died Oct. 23 in Staunton, Virginia, after a long battle with cardiac ALS, said his wife, Joan.

Salob also served as a vice president in TV production at such companies as Disney, TriStar, New World and All American Television, home of Baywatch.

Born on May 25, 1942, in New York City, Salob started out on Dick Clark's American Bandstand and at documentarian David L. Wolper's company before becoming involved in National Geographic specials and the documentary series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.

As an assistant director, he worked on such shows as Medical Center, The F.B.I., The Streets of San Francisco and Charlie's Angels and on films including The Getaway (1972), The Carey Treatment (1972), Freebie and the Bean (1974), 99 and 44/100% Dead! (1974) and Tron (1982).

Salob received his Emmy in 1992 for producing the NBC miniseries A Woman Named Jackie, starring Roma Downey. He also produced the 1993 USA movie Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair and the 1996 ABC telefilm Born Free: A New Adventure.

Salob was an executive in charge of production on the CBS drama Tour of Duty and Family Channel's Zorro; a production manager on the 1984 film Runaway, starring Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons; a 1981 East of Eden miniseries and a rebooted TV version of The Adventures of Sinbad; and a unit production manager on 1981's This Is Elvis.

SALOB, Lorin Bennett
Born: 5/25/2942, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/23/2019, Staunton, Virginia, U.S.A.

Lorin Bennett Salob’s westerns – assistant director, dog trainer, production manager, executinve in charge of production operations:
Wild Rovers – 1971 [dog trainer]
Breakheart Pass – 1975 [assistant director]
Young Dan’l Boone (TV) 1977 [production manager]
How The West Was Won (TV) – 1979 [executive in charge of production, assistant director]
The New Zorro (TV) – 1990 [Executive in charge of production operations]

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

RIP Omero Antonutti

 The actor Omero Antonutti died, he was 84 years old

News 1
November 5, 2019

On Tuesday morning the actor and voice actor Omero Antonutti died at 84: he was at the hospital in Udine due to the complications of a tumor. Antonutti was born in 1935 in Basiliano, in Friuli Venezia Giulia, and became known by playing the role of Gavino Ledda's father in the film Master Father, taken from the homonymous autobiographical novel by Ledda and directed by the Taviani brothers. During his long career he acted other times in films by the Taviani brothers (The Night of San Lorenzo, Kaos, Good Morning Babylon and You laugh), while his latest interpretation dates back to 2013, in Welcome President! by Riccardo Milani. Antonutti had also been a well-known and appreciated voice actor, and had dubbed British actor Christopher Lee in several films, including those in the saga of the Lord of the Rings.

Born: 8/3/1935, Basiliano, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Died: 11/5/2019, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Omero Antonutti’s westerns – voice dubber:
Cold Mountain – 2003 [Italian voice of Donald Sutherland]
3:10 to Yuma – 2007 [Italian voice of Peter Fonda]

Monday, November 4, 2019

RIP Jack Conroy

The late Jack Conroy, cinematographer extraordinaire
A great talent, may he rest in peace.

Kildare Now
By Rose B O'Donoghue
November 3, 2019

Sad to learn today of the passing of Jack Conroy, who was well known within the film industry, particularly as a cinematographer.

Late of Our Lady’s Place, Naas, and formerly of Clonad, Co Laois, Jack is survived by his wife Mona (well known musical director/producer and all round music maestro); father of Marnie, John, Ann, Emer, and Emmet. He is further survived by sister Vera, brothers Tony, George, Jim, Peter and Louis, daughter-in-law Rachel, sons-in-law Gerry and Fergal, his 17 grandchildren, and extended family and friends.

Jack has been attaining accolades for his work over a career that has spanned over 30 years, with Forsyth by Two in '84 and the Woman who married Clark Gable in '85 right up to the Gaelic Curse in 2016. Sadly, Jack's health had deteriorated in recent years but he had achieved great acclaim for his cinematic work during his lifetime, from short to full length films, TV series and TV movies.

Naas Musical Society posted on social media:

"It was with great sadness we learned today, of Jack Conroy's passing. Jack and Mona (our founding member) have been an integral part of Naas Musical Society since our inception. Whether it was lugging in pieces of sets or using his brilliant mind and gifted hands to make creative props, Jack was found back stage for many of our productions over the last 24 years! Our deepest sympathies go out to Mona, Marnie, John, Anne, Emer, Emmet and all of their extended families. May Jack rest in peace in the arms of the angels".

The late Jack will be reposing at his home on Tuesday from 5pm with prayers at 7pm. Removal on Wednesday morning at 10.20am to arrive at The Church of The Irish Martyrs, Ballycane, Naas for funeral mass at 11am followed by private cremation in Newland’s Cross Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the carers of Le Chéile in St Vincent’s Hospital, Athy. Donation box in church.

CONROY, Jack (Jack Conroy Sr.)
Born: 19??, Clonad, Lois, Ireland
Died: 11/3/2019, Naas, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland

Jack Conroy’s westerns – cinematographer:
The Last Outlaw (TV) - 1993
Silent Tongue – 1993
Blind Justice (TV) – 1994
Everything That Rises (TV) – 1998
The Magnificent Seven (TV) - 1998

Sunday, November 3, 2019

RIP Kenneth Gilbert

Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2019

June 19, 1932 - October 29, 2019 Kenneth (Ken) Clarence Gilbert, a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, made his final life transition after a recent diagnosis of lung cancer. Ken was a man of great faith, dedicated to his family and a life of working on behalf of others. Born and raised in Santa Monica, Ken graduated from SAMOHI and served in the Korean War. Upon his return, he continued his education at SMC and CSUN before beginning a long and accomplished career in the television and film industry. Beginning as a Script Supervisor, he later directed episodic television as a proud member of the DGA. In retirement, he found great joy and fulfillment serving the community of South Los Angeles at St. Lawrence of Brindisi. Ken was one of the founding members of the Friends of St. Lawrence - Watts Youth Center, a group that provides education and enrichment programs for the youth of an underrepresented community. Ken and his beautiful wife of 58 years, Dr. Ann Gilbert, were deeply committed to their marriage, spending 10 years involved in Marriage Encounter. Here they participated in weekend retreats so as to help others deepen their bond as married couples. This commitment also resulted in a close-knit family that loves to come together not only to celebrate special occasions, but to simply share a meal, watch a game or talk and laugh about the week. The family will toast him each and every Wine Friday no matter where they are. Ken's generous spirit, his humor, kindness, affable good nature will be missed. Ken is survived by the love of his life Ann, his children Theresa Howe, Delan Hilliard, Ken Gilbert, and Christina Gilbert, their spouses, his grandchildren Cameron, Tess, Jake, Joanie, Trey, Kate, Ella, Isaac, Eden, and his beloved brother Doyle Gilbert. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of St. Lawerence-Watts Youth Center ( .

GILBERT, Kenneth (Gilbert Clarence Kenneth)
Born: 6/19/1932, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/14/2019, Los Angles, California, U.S.A.

Kenneth Gilbert western – script supervisor:
Legend (TV) 1995

RIP Jean Heywood

Character actor who starred as Bella Seaton in the BBC TV drama series When the Boat Comes In 

The Guardian
By Anthony Hayward
November 7, 2019

Jean Heywood, who has died aged 98, was a character actor who found herself catapulted to national fame in 1976 as Bella, the matriarch who holds the poverty-stricken Seaton family together in the BBC TV drama When the Boat Comes In, James Mitchell’s story of a recession-hit Tyneside community between the two world wars.

She and James Garbutt played Bella and Bill, parents of the unworldly teacher Jessie (Susan Jameson) who falls for Jack Ford (James Bolam), a disillusioned war veteran returning to the fictional Gallowshield and leading new battles, as a union leader. The traditional north-east of England folk song When the Boat Comes In provided a memorable theme, performed by Alex Glasgow.

Heywood was herself from the north-east, as were many others in the cast. She and her screen husband cherished the opportunity to mould their alter egos. “We modified the characters quite a lot from the original concept,” she said at the time. “Bella was a lot coarser than she has emerged. For example, she was really fond of the gin and could cut up rough. Bill, too, was a very rough diamond originally.”

They appeared in the first three series, screened in 1976 and 1977. Heywood described Bella as “more like me than I am”.

She was born Jean Murray in Blyth, Northumberland, to Elsie (nee Batey) and Jack Murray, a coalmine electrician. The family moved to New Zealand when Jean was six, but within six months her mother died. Several years later she returned to Britain after her father remarried, and she was brought up in Birmingham.

On leaving King Edward VI grammar school, she worked as a librarian until marrying Roland Heywood, a mechanical engineer, in 1945, moving to Surrey and joining the Camberley Players, an amateur company. Once her three children had grown up, Heywood realised her ambition to act professionally.

She joined the Castle theatre, Farnham (now the Redgrave theatre), in 1963 as acting wardrobe mistress and was given small acting parts. Further work followed with other rep companies. She made her first television appearances in 1968 in serialised adaptations of two Emile Zola novels, Nana and Germinal.

Switching to modern dramas, she appeared in Alan Plater’s Land of Green Ginger (1973) as the mother of Gwen Taylor’s young woman returning to her home town of Hull from London, and in Willy Russell’s Our Day Out (1977) in the leading role of Mrs Kay, a remedial class teacher determined that her children, resigned to the fate of becoming “factory fodder”, should have a good time on a coach trip from Liverpool to north Wales.

In 1990 Heywood appeared throughout the final series of All Creatures Great and Small as the housekeeper, Mrs Alton, and a year later as Hilda Calder, mother of Freddy, in the police series Specials. She also played John Thaw’s mother, Marjorie, in episodes of Kavanagh QC in 1995 and 1996.

In sitcoms, she played David Roper’s landlady in Leave It to Charlie (1978-80) and two mothers – of Barry Jackson’s joke shop worker with learning difficulties in Horace (1982) and Dolly McGregor in The Brothers McGregor (1985-88).

Her stints in soaps were generally short: as Phyllis Acaster, mother of Dolly, in Emmerdale Farm during 1978; Alice Kirby (1982-83), a widow who dumped Chalkie Whitely for a retired all-in wrestler in Coronation Street; Sally Hart (1997), who drowned in a canal, in the first two weeks of Family Affairs; and Kitty Hilton (2000-02), mother of Ray, in Brookside.

In a rare film role she played the aspiring ballet dancer’s grandmother in Billy Elliot (2000). On stage she was Glenda Jackson’s mother in a West End production of Rose (Duke of York’s theatre, 1980) and Margaret, the nurse, in The Father with the National Theatre company (1988-89).

Heywood’s husband died in 1996. She is survived by their children, Bryon and Carolyn, and another son, Ian, from a previous relationship.

Jean Heywood, actor, born 15 July 1921; died 14 September 2019

HEYWOOD, Jean (Jean Murray}
Born: 7/15/1921, Blyth, Northumberland, England, U.K.
Died: 9/14/2019, U.K.

Jean Heywood’s western – actress:
Gunslinger’s Revenge – 1998 (Miss Comet)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

RIP Roger Cardwell

South Australian TV and radio legend Roger Cardwell dead at 85

The Advertiser
By Renato Castello
October 26, 2019

Much-loved presenter, actor, reporter and musician Roger Cardwell has died aged 85, surrounded by his family.

A giant of Adelaide’s music and media scene, the former television and radio presenter passed away at a nursing home on Saturday morning succumbing to cancer.

Cardwell became a household name in a five-decade media career which saw him front news bulletins for all major Adelaide commercial television networks.

The former journalist was also a newsreader for 5AD-FM and 5DN from 1985 to 1998.

His ex-wife and former Channel 9 weather presenter, Sue Cardwell, announced Cardwell’s death on Facebook saying that he “lives on in all of us”.

“We were all blessed to be here in time to say goodbye and to laugh and cry together as we shared our memories as a family,” the former Here’s Humphrey presenter wrote.

“We sang and hummed together in harmony in his final hours.”

Cardwell’s award-winning singer-songwriter son Jeb said the family “felt gifted to be by his bedside at the we shared our memories as a family”.

“So sad and yet so beautiful,” he said.

Jeb and his sister, Triple J Unearthed winner Abbie, were children from Cardwell’s previous marriage to Wendy and have followed in their father’s musical footsteps.

Sue Cardwell, who was Roger’s fifth wife, has three daughters Vanessa, Chelsea and Rani from a previous marriage.

They, along with Cardwell’s son Simon - from his first marriage - were also by Cardwell’s side when he died.

In the 60s Cardwell was host and performer for Nine’s national TV show Country and Western Hour and Channel 7’s Country Style. He was inducted into the Australian Contry Music Hall of Fame in 1996 as a pioneer of country music television.
Roger Cardwell with television colleague Gail Spiro.

Colleague and friend Greg Clark, who runs a production company, said Cardwell had moved into the Resthaven Malvern nursing home about five years ago due to poor health.

“He really enjoyed his time there and was involved in reading and entertainment of guests,” he said.

After his newsreading career, Cardwell was a sought-after voiceover man for radio and TV commercials.

Clark said he would pick up Cardwell from the nursing home and drive him over to his studio after Cardwell’s poor health stopped him driving.

“The last commercial I did with him was in 2016 before his health really deteriorated — he was a bloody trooper,” he said.

Cardwell had survived two heart attacks. He was diagnosed with blood cancer two months ago and during scans doctors also discovered he had lung cancer.

Born: 7/19/1934, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died: 10/26/2019, Norwood, South Australia, Australia

Roger Cardwell’s western – actor:
Robbery Under Arms (TV) – 1985 (travelling salesman)