Wednesday, June 26, 2019

RIP Billy Drago

Billy Drago Dies: Hollywood ‘Bad Guy’ Character Actor Was 73

By Bruce Daring
June 26, 2019

Billy Drago, a character actor whose best-known roles were as Hollywood villains, has died. He passed on Monday, June 24 in Los Angeles, according to his publicity firm. No cause of death was given.

Born William Eugene Burrows Jr., Drago appeared in more than 100 film and television roles. His most well-known roles were as hitman Frank Nitti in Brian De Palma’s 1987 film The Untouchables and as the Demon of Fear Barbas in TV’s Charmed.

A versatile character actor whose career spanned four decades, Drago worked with Clint Eastwood, Michael Jackson, Chuck Norris and Takashi Miike, among others. His diverse roles spanned action, comedy and horror films, television series, and music videos.

Drago was born July 18, 1946 in Hugoton, Kansas. He began his career in Kansas radio, first as an Associated Press journalist, then as host of his own highly-rated program. A stint with a touring theater group, along with acclaimed performances in New York City, paved the way for his arrival in Hollywood.

Survivors his sister Patt;, brother Steve; and his two sons, actor Darren Burrows and Derrick Burrows; as well as several grandchildren. His wife, actress Silvana Gallardo, with whom he worked on many projects, died in 2012.

No details on a memorial service have been announced.

DRAGO, Billy (William Eugene Burrows Jr.)
Born: 7/18/1946, Hugoton, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 6/24/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Billy Drago’s westerns – actor:
The Chisolms (TV) – 1979 (Teetontah)
Windwalker 1980 (Crow Scout)
Pale Rider – 1985 (Deputy Mather)
North and South, Book II (TV) -  1986 (Rat)
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) – 1993-1994 (John Bly)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1995 (Running Wolf)
Fort Doom – 2004 (Mr. Fallow)
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins – 2004 (Black Hand Kelly)
Copperhead (TV) – 2008 (Jesse Evans)
Ghost Town – 2009 (Reb Holland)
Birth of an Outlaw – 2012 (Boss)
The Red Man’s View 2019 (The Stranger)

RIP Max Wright

'ALF' Star Max Wright Dead at 75 After Long Cancer Battle


Max Wright, who famously played the father on the 80s hit sitcom "ALF" -- died Wednesday ... TMZ has learned.

Family sources tell TMZ ... the actor passed away in his home in Hermosa Beach, CA ... just outside Los Angeles. We're told Max had battled cancer for years. He was diagnosed with Lymphoma in 1995, but had been in remission for a long time.

Max was a veteran TV star whose most popular role was as Willie Tanner on the puppet-led sitcom -- which ran for 4 seasons on NBC. He's also known for acting in shows like "Buffalo Bill," "Cheers," "Misfits of Science," "Dudley" and "Norm."

He also starred in a ton of movies -- "All That Jazz," "Reds," "The Sting II," "Soul Man," "The Shadow" and several others. All in all, Max had more than 60 credits to his name, dating back to 1974.

His wife, Linda Ybarrondo, to whom he was married since 1965, died in 2017 from breast cancer. They had 2 children together.

Max's costar Michu Meszaros -- who played the main character, ALF (Alien Life Form for those not in the know) -- in the early seasons ... passed away in June 2016 at the age of 76.

Max was 75 years old.

WRIGHT, Max (George Wright)
Born: 8/2/1943, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 6/26/2019, Hermosa Beach, California, U.S.A.

Max Wright’s western – actor:
A Mother’s Gift (TV) – 1995 (Herman Mandelbrot)

RIP Sue Bernard

By Greg Evans
June 26, 2019

Susan Bernard Dies: ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’ Actress, Publisher Of Iconic Hollywood Photo Archive Was 71

Susan Bernard, a 1960s cult movie actress who would go on to oversee her father’s iconic archive of Marilyn Monroe photographs and see the son she had with actor Jason Miller, Joshua John Miller, become a successful TV producer in his own right, died unexpectedly at her home in L.A.’s Hancock Park Friday.

She was 71. According to family spokesperson Siri Garber, Bernard died suddenly of an apparent heart attack.

Best remembered for her role in Russ Meyer’s 1965 cult epic Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Bernard had a rangy Hollywood career than spanned such 1960s-70s pop culture touchstones as General Hospital, The Beverly Hillbillies, Room 222, The Witchmaker, The Smith Family with Henry Fonda and the 1969 pulp lesbian classic That Tender Touch (since preserved by Outfest’s Legacy Project).

Once voted one of the 100 most beautiful women of the century by Playboy magazine, Bernard was the daughter of Bruno Bernard, whose Hollywood photographs, particularly of Marilyn Monroe, have become instantly recognizable. Published under his “Bernard of Hollywood” moniker, the photos have been preserved, exhibited and licensed under Susan Bernard’s oversight. She was the founder and president of Bernard of Hollywood Publishing, and is the author of seven books, all translated into dozens of languages, including the best selling Marilyn: Intimate Exposures and Taschen’s Bernard of Hollywood’s Ultimate Pin Up Book.

Susan Bernard built Bernard of Hollywood into an international brand incorporating Bruno Bernard’s original work across multiple platforms. In 2011, she entered a partnership with Authentic Brands Group, who had acquired the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Mohammed Ali, and others.

In 2013, Bernard was invited by the National Portrait Gallery Museum in London to give a staged reading of Marilyn: Intimate Exposures to a standing-room-only crowd.

According to the spokesperson, Bernard had plans to return to television as an executive producer for an upcoming FX series. Details were not available.

Bernard’s son with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and actor Jason Miller (That Championship Season, The Exorcist), author and actor Joshua John Miller, is the co-creator, with his partner M.A. Fortin, of the USA series Queen of the South. They survive her as does her sister Celeste Bendel.

BERNARD, Sue (Susan Bernard)
Born: 2/11/1948, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 6/21/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Sue Bernard’s western – actress:
Machismo: 40 Graves for 40 Guns – 1971 (Julie)

RIP Bryan Marshall

English actor Bryan Marshall of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' dies aged 81

June 25, 2019

English actor Bryan Marshall, who played Commander Talbot in the 1977 James Bond film , has died at the age of 81.

He was born in Battersea, London on 19th May 1938 and was educated at the Salesian College, Battersea and trained as an actor at RADA where he graduated in 1963.

Marshall began his big-screen career in the mid-1960s with an uncredited role in the iconic 1966 Michael Caine film 'Alfie.' He went on to land roles in films such as 'Quatermass and the Pit,' 'Mosquito Squadron,' and 'The Long Good Friday.' His television work included popular series The Forsyte Saga, Dixon of Dock Green, Z-Cars, The Saint, The Avengers, The Onedin Line, Out, The Professionals, Robin of Sherwood, Heartbeat, The Bill and Dalziel & Pascoe.

He will be best remembered by Bond fans for his turn as Commander Talbot who captains the HMS Ranger in 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. It is the first submarine audiences see captured at the beginning of the film. His crew is later freed by Bond and Talbot leads the rain on the ship's armory and the battle for control of the supertanker. Talbot is killed by a grenade during the fight.

Marshall moved to Australia in 1983 and continued acting there, including episodes of soap operas Neighbours and Home & Away. In 1989, he became the original host of Australia's Most Wanted. His work continued between Australia and the UK over the later years until his last credit in 2012 - the Australian TV mini-series 'A Moody Christmas.'

Bryan Marshall died on June 25th, 2018. He was 81.

Born: 5/19/1938, Battersea, London, England, U.K.
Died: 6/25/2018, Rende, Calabria, Italy

Bryan Marshall’s westerns – actor:
Man in the Wilderness – 1971 (Potts)
Return to Snowy River – 1988 (Hawker)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

RIP Bruno de Keyzer

June 25, 2019

Bruno de Keyzer, Bertrand Tavernier's beloved chief operator, died near Deauville

He received the Caesar of the best photography in 1985 for "A Sunday in the countryside", Bruno de Keyzer, chief operator died Tuesday, June 25, 201 in Villerville (Calvados).

He was the cinematographer fetish Bertrand Tavernier with whom he has worked many times including A Sunday in the Country, Round Midnight, The Passion of Beatrice, Princess of Montpensier ... renowned Professional, Bruno de Keyzer died Tuesday, June 25 in Villerville (Calvados). He was 69

He was awarded a Cesar for best photography in 1985 for Bertrand Tavernier's A Sunday in the Country. Bruno de Keyzer had also been nominated for the César for best photography in 1990 for La Vie and nothing else and in 2010 for La Princesse de Montpensier.

His wife, Sylvaine, a film producer was living in Villerville and a community advisor.

de KEYZER, Bruno
Born: 8/11/1949, Maintenon, Eure-et-Loir, France
Died: 6/25/2019, Villerville, Calvados, France

Bruno de Keyzer’s western – cinematographer:
The North Star - 1996 years old.