Friday, May 31, 2019

RIP Peggy Stewart


Peggy Stewart Passes On

A Shroud of Thoughts
By Terence Towles Canote
May 30, 2019

Peggy Stewart, who starred in a number of B-Westerns and made numerous guest appearances on television, died yesterday, May 29 2019, at the age of 95.

Peggy Stewart was born Margaret "Peggy" O'Rourke in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 5 1923. Her sister was Olympic swimmer Patricia O'Rourke. Her parents eventually divorced and her mother moved the family to Atlanta, Georgia. There she married lawyer John Stewart. Young Peggy took her stepfather's last name. It was in the Thirties that her family moved to California. There she met character actor Henry O'Neil. Mr. O'Neil brought her to the attention of Paramount executives who wanted a young actress to play Joel McCrea's daughter in the movie Wells Fargo (1937). In the film she played the role of Alice McKay.

In the late Thirties Miss Stewart appeared in such films as Little Tough Guy (1938), That Certain Age (1938), Little Tough Guys in Society (1938), Everybody's Hobby (1939), and All This, and Heaven Too (1940). In the early Forties she appeared in such films as Back Street (1941) and Girl in Chains (1943). It was in 1944 that Peggy Stewart signed a contract with Republic Pictures, who cast her in a number of B Westerns. She appeared in such films as Tuscon Raiders (1944), Silver City Kid (1944), Cheyenne Wildcat (1944), Code of the Prairie (1944), Utah (1945), The Vampire's Ghost (1945), Marshall of Laredo (1945), The Tiger Woman (1945), Alias Billy the Kid (1946), Red River Renegades (1946), The Invisible Informer (1946), Trail to San Antone (1947), Messenger of Peace (1947), Son of Zorro (1947), Tex Granger: Midnight Rider of the Plains (1948), Dead Man's Gold (1948), Ride, Ryder, Ride! (1949), The Fighting Redhead (1949), and Cody of the Pony Express (1950). She appeared in three "Red Ryder" movies alone. She made her television debut in 1950 in an episode of The Gene Autry Show.

As B-Westerns became a thing of the past, Peggy Stewart's film career slowed down. In the Fifties she only appeared in four films: The Pride of Maryland (1951), The Black Lash (1952), Kansas Territory (1952), and Montana Incident (1952). While her movie career slowed, Miss Stewart's television career prospered in the Fifties. She appeared in five episodes of The Cisco Kid alone. Miss Stewart guest starred on such shows as Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951), Gang Busters (1952), The Range Rider (1953), The Millionaire (1956), Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal (1956), The Silent Service, Peter Gunn, Yancy Derrigner, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Hotel de Paree, General Electric Theatre, Gunsmoke, and  Pony Express.

In the Sixties Peggy Stewart guest starred on such shows as The Rebel, Lassie, The Twilight Zone, National Velvet, Have Gun--Will Travel, The Fugitive, Gunsmoke, Daniel Boone, Hondo, The Mod Squad, and Ironside. She appeared in the films When the Clock Strikes (1961), Gun Street (1961), The Clown and the Kid (1961), The Way West (1967), and The Animals (1960).

In the Seventies Miss Stewart guest starred in such shows as Dan August, Sarge, The Smith Family, The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, Baretta, Emergency!, Taxi, and Quincy M.E. She appeared in the films Pickup on 101 (1972), Terror in the Wax Museum (1973), White House Madness (1975), Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw (1976), Black Oak Conspiracy (1977), and Beyond Evil (1980).

In the Nineties Peggy Stewart guest starred on Seinfeld and Beverly Hills 90120. In the Naughts she had a recurring role on the TV show The Riches. She guest starred on such shows as The Norm Show; Popular; Yes, Dear; My Name is Earl; NCIS; Weeds; Flashforward; Justified; The Office; and Community. She appeared in the films Big Chuck, Little Chuck (2004) and The Runaways (2010). In the Teens Miss Stewart guest starred on the TV show Getting On. She appeared in the films Dadgum, Texas and That's My Boy.

Peggy Stewart was always a delight to see on screen. In her many B Westerns she usually did not play the passive damsel in distress in constant need of rescue, but instead the tough, strong-willed, and hot-tempered heroine who could hold her own with any outlaw. It was a role she would sometimes repeat on television, in Westerns from The Cisco Kid to Have Gun--Will Travel. Of course, Miss Stewart could play other types of roles. In the Twilight Zone she played Grace Stockton, the wife of Dr. Bill Stockton, who is quite naturally nervous about an imminent nuclear war. As she grew older she was often cast in the role of sweet old ladies. Peggy Stewart will always be remembered as strong heroines in B Westerns, but she played all of her various roles very well.


STEWART, Peggy (Peggy O'Rourke)
Born: 6/5/1923, Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.
Died: May 29, 2019,Valencia, California, U.S.A.

Peggy Stewart’s westerns – actress:
Wells Fargo – 1937 (Alice MacKay)
Cheyenne Wildcat – 1944 (Betty Lou Hopkins)
Code of the Prairie – 1944 (Helen Matson)
Firebrands of Arizona – 1944 (Poppy Calhoun)
Sheriff of Las Vegas – 1944 (Ann Carter)
Silver City Kid – 1944 (Ruth Clayton)
Stagecoach to Monterey – 1944 (Jessie Wade)
Tucson Raiders – 1944 (Beth Rogers)
Bandits of the Badlands – 1945 (Hallie Wayne)
Marshal of Laredo – 1945 (Judie Bowers)
Oregon Trail – 1945 (Jill Layton)
Rough Riders of Cheyenne - 1945 (Melinda Sterling)
Utah – 1945 (Jackie)
Alias Billy the Kid - 1946 (Ann Marshall)
California Gold Rush – 1946 (Hazel Parker)
Conquest of Cheyenne – 1946 (Cheyenne Jackson)
Days of Buffalo Bill – 1946 (Molly Owen)
The Phantom Rider – 1946 (Doris Shannon)
Red River Renegades – 1946 (Julie Bennett)
Sheriff of Redwood Valley – 1946 (Molly)
Stagecoach to Denver – 1946 (Beautiful)
Rustlers of Devil's Canyon – 1947 (Bess Glazier)
Son of Zorro – 1947 (Kate Wells)
Trail to San Antone – 1947 (Kit Barlow)
Vigilantes of Boomtown – 1947 (Molly McVey)
Dead Man's Gold – 1948 (June Thornton)
Frontier Revenge - 1948 (Joan De Lysa)
Tex Granger: Midnight Rider of the Plains – 1948 (Helen Kent)
Desert Vigilante – 1949 (Betty Long)
The Fighting Redhead – 1949 (Sheila O'Connor)
Ride, Ryder, Ride! - 1949 (Libby Brooks)
Cody of the Pony Express – 1950 (Linda Graham)
The Gene Autry Show (TV) – 1950 (Ellie March)
The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1950, 1952, 1953 (Linda Blaine, Peggy, Peggy Williams, Jane)
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1951 (Jane)
The Black Lash – 1952 (Joan Delysa)
Kansas Territory – 1952 (Kay Collins)
Montana Incident – 1952 (Clara Martin)
The Roy Rogers Show (TV) – 1952 (Eileen Barton, Myra Fuller)
The Range Rider (TV) – 1953 (Mrs. Brant)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1957, 1961 (Edna Raleigh, Sarah Holt)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Elsa Jordan, Etta Jackson)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964 (Nettie Farmer, Daisy, Fan Hacker, Mary Meadows,
     Mrs. Philips)
Yancy Derringer (TV) – 1959 (Karen Ogilvie)
Hotel de Paree (TV) – 1960 (Martha Holcombe)
Pony Express (TV) – 1960 -
Gun Street – 1961 (Mrs. Knudson)
The Rebel (TV) – 1961 (Sarah Wallace)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965 (Ida Morgan)
The Way West – 1967 (Mrs. Turley)
Hondo (TV) – 1967 (Mrs. Malcolm)
The Animals – 1970 (Mrs. Emily Perkins)
Time Machine: When Cowboys Were King (TV) - 2003 [herself]

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

RIP Lowell Chambers


Santa Clarita Valley Signal
May 29, 2019

Lowell Chambers, devoted husband, father and a lion of a man, joined his wife and his son in eternity when he passed away at age 86 on May 3, surrounded by loved ones.

Lowell Joseph Chambers, son of Lowell and Garnet Chambers, was born and raised in the blue-collar town of Canonsburg, Pa. He married Eileen Heakin, his high school sweetheart, and they spent 66 loving years together before she passed away last October.

Lowell enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, rising to the rank of sergeant. After his service, he and his family moved to Southern California. He eventually became a set decorator for the film industry, working in features that included The Cowboys, Summer of '42, The Molly McGuires and Red Dawn. He also worked on TV shows Highway to Heaven, From Here to Eternity, The Waltons and many others, and he earned an Emmy award nomination for his work on Battlestar Galactica. But, despite the glamor of Hollywood, he remained a hardworking family man from Western Pennsylvania.

Lowell, "Poppy" as he was called by his grandchildren, is survived by his daughter Carol, grandchildren Bob, Andrew, Megan, Jake and James, great-grandchildren Andy, Albee and Alex, son-in-law Jack and grandchildren-in-law Linda, Stephanie and Jay.
He was preceded in death by his wife Eileen and his son, Kevin.

A memorial gathering will be on Sunday at the family home in Valencia.


CHAMBERS, Lowell
Born: 11/12/1932, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died:  5/3/2019, Valencia, California, U.S.A.

Lowell Chambers westerns – set decorator:
September Gun (TV) – 1983
Bonanza: The Return (TV) - 1993

RIP Beverly Sutton


The Battlefords News-Optimist
June 4, 2019

It is with great sadness that the family of Beverly Sutton announces her sudden death in Okotoks, Alberta, on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the age of 57.

Bev is survived by her precious children, Kalle and Briana; her mother, June Sutton; sister and brother-in-law, Maureen and Alex McIsaac; numerous nieces and nephews; extended family; and treasured friends and colleagues. Bev was predeceased by her father, Brian Sutton.

Bev was born July 27, 1961, in North Battleford. She loved growing up on the farm, spending her days swimming in the lake, snowmobiling, and enjoying her dogs and horse. Bev grew her talent for music taking piano and singing lessons, consistently participating in the North Battleford Music Festival over the years.

After furthering her post-secondary musical education, Bev began her career in the film industry, working her way up through the ranks to become a well-respected Production Coordinator.

Bev's greatest achievements and the guiding forces in her life were her beloved children, Kalle and Briana. As a single parent, Bev ensured her children were well loved and had a wealth of opportunities available for growth and development. Bev took great enjoyment from introducing Kalle and Briana to world travel and to promoting their dreams, wherever those dreams may have taken them. From sailing to horseback riding, Bev created lasting memories with Kalle and Briana. Bev's most precious moments were those spent with her children.

Interment will be in the Meota Cemetery by private family ceremony. Please join us for a Celebration of Bev's Life on June 22, 2019, at the Meota Community Complex from 2 - 4 pm, with the Memorial Program beginning at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, or for those who so desire, memorial donations may be made to STARS Air Ambulance, 2475 Airport Rd, Saskatoon, SK S7L 1M4, https://stars.ca/ or the charity of your choice.
Published in The Battlefords News-Optimist from June 4 to July 3, 2019


SUTTON, Beverly
Born: 7/25/1961, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: 2/20/2019, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

Beverly Sutton’s western – asst production coordinator:
Wynona Earp (TV) 2016

RIP Jaume Mir Ferry


Jaume Mir, the most famous cycling assistant, passes away

90-year-old Jaume Mir, the most famous cycling assistant, known as 'taxi key', who also had an actor facet, working alongside stars such as Clint Eastwood, died in his 90s.

Mundo Deportivo
By Celes Piedrabuena
5/29/2019

Who else who least has it in mind. Any cycling fan of a certain age remembers an assistant who always waited for the cyclists once they crossed the finish line to protect them, to take care of them, to help them as the word actually says. That man who used to hide under sheriff sunglasses, sunglasses and a distinctive mustache was Jaume Mir (Barcelona, ​​1928), who died this Wednesday at the age of 90.

He was an innovator and pioneer in grooming cyclists to wear on the podium

Medal of honor of the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC), Mir had one of his last public appearances two years ago, in the Orbea store in Barcelona, ​​on the occasion of the presentation of the book 'Secondary luxury, a life between champions' , which rigorously gathers a very fascinating life of a man who as an auxiliary covered 26 editions of the Tour de France or 51 of the Tour of Spain and who came to work as an actor in some 130 films, along with actors such as Clint Eastwood, with whom he shared scenes in 'The Good, the Ugly and the Bad', hence it was known as 'Taxi Key'.

A book that now acquires a greater sense if it is possible to know one of the key figures of cycling, pure passion, initiative and inventiveness, which, as he said on the day of the presentation, "explains my life in the simplest way possible, so that tomorrow we have in this book the life of a man who loved cycling and cinema. "

Rest in peace.


FERRY, Jaume Mir (Jaume Mir Farri)
Born: 11/22/1928, Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Died: 5/29/2019, Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

Jaume’s Mir’s western – actor:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966

The Fabulous Trinity – 1972 (Fulgencio)
Fat Brothers of Trinity - 1973 (engineer)
Dallas – 1974 (Maldanado brother)