Monday, August 19, 2019

RIP Freda Dowie


East Anglican Daily Times
August 16, 2019

THOMPSON Freda Mary (nee Dowie), Actress. On August 10, 2019. Service to be held at Seven Hills Crematorium on Wednesday, August 28, at 10:30 a.m. No flowers please, but donations, gratefully received, to the RNLI Aldeburgh, c/o. Tony Brown’s Funeral Service, New Cut, Saxmundham, IP17 1EH.

DOWIE, Freda
Born: 7/22/1928, Cralisle, Cumbria, England, U.K.
Died: 8/20/2019, Suffolk, East Anglican, England, U.K.

Freda Dowie’s western – actress:
North and South (TV) – 1966 (Fanny Thornton)

Sunday, August 18, 2019

RIP Giulio Chierchini

Giulio Chierchini passed away

August 18, 2019

Just received from Moreno Chisté: "Good evening, I want to inform you of death, tonight in Genoa, at the age of 91 years of Disney designer Giulio Chierchini. Together we have collaborated for many years in the realization of the famous "painted boards". Among the many drawn with four hands, Little Gum, Paperin pestle and the Via delle Indie .. "

CHIERCHINI, Giulio (Giulio Ernesto Chierchini)
Born: 5/22/1928, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Died: 8/18/2019, Genoa, Liguria, Italy

Giulio Chierchini’s western – cartoon artist:
Pop e Fuzzy – 1960s

RIP Adrià Frías

Voces en Imágenes

Spanish voice actor and dubbing director Adrià Frías died on August 17th. He was active as a voice actor, mainly in Barcelona, from 1983-2009 and directed many sessions from 1988 to 2008. He was best known as the voice of Dr. Lloyd Steam from Steamboy.

More information will be posted if forthcoming.

FRIAS, Adrià
Died: 8/17/2019, Spain

Adrià Frías’s westerns – voice actor:
They Call Me Trinity – 1986 [Spanish video voice of Luciano Rosi]
Geronimo – 1994 [Spanish voice of Indian]
The Last Outlaw – 1994 [Spanish voice of Paul Ben-Victor]
Tombstone – 1994 [Spanish voice of Buck Taylor]
Asrterix in America – 1995 [Spanish voice of Ordenalfabétix]
Gunfight at Comanche Creek – 1995 [Spanish voice of John Milford]
Open Range – 2003 [Spanish voice of Julian Richings]

Friday, August 16, 2019

RIP Lou Wills Jr.

Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home

Lou Wills, Jr. died on August 7th, 2019, in Highlands County, Florida where he lived full time since 1997. Lou was the loving husband to Beverly Dixon Wills, caring father to Jamie Wills and Doug Wills, stepfather to Tracy Calvan, beloved grandfather to Michael Wills, Kathryn Wills, Cameron Fearey and Kaila Fearey, and great grand father to Oliver Wills and cared deeply for his children's spouses Julie Wills and Gordon Fearey. He leaves behind many friendships with whom he shared great happiness, stories and laughter. Lou Wills, born Sherman Charles Biener in Yonkers, NY in 1927, changed his name in honor of his teacher and mentor, vaudevillian Lou Wills.

Lou Wills had a lifelong and successful career as an acrobat, tap dancer, television actor, stunt choreographer, tap teacher, and film producer. As a young adult, Lou Wills had his own vaudeville act that opened the show for Milton Berle, Lena Horne, and Carol Channing, among others. In 1941, he first appeared on Broadway, in the musical comedy Best Foot Forward, directed by Gene Kelly. Often as a dancer, Lou Wills was a regular on the Broadway stage for decades, performing in the original productions of Cole Porter’s Something for the Boys and Kurt Weill’s One Touch of Venus, as well as in the musical version of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Television parts included Three's Company, McMillan and Wife, Get Smart, The Dick Van DykeShow, F Troop, Hank, Mister Roberts, Friends, Rosanne and Murphy Brown.

Lou Wills performed from the age of five until his seventies on the stage and television screen and enriched the lives of his family and friends in the communities of New York City; Los Angeles, California; and Lake Placid, Florida. Lou lived a life of humor and kindness, embracing people from all parts of his life. A service will be held at Temple Israel of Highlands County on Sunday, August 25th at 2:00 p.m.Refreshments will be served. A celebration of his life will be held in New York in the fall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to The Temple in honor of his mother and father, Lewis and Ida Biener.

Arrangements entrusted to:

Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home

WILLS Jr., Lou
Born: 12/26/1927, North Braddock, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 8/7/2019, Highlands, Florida, U.S.A

Lou Wills, Jr.’s westerns – actor:
F Troop (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Running Bull, Beware of Dog)
Texas Across the River – 1966 (Indian)

RIP Peter Fonda

Peter Fonda Dead at 79 After Respiratory Failure from Lung Cancer: 'Please Raise a Glass to Freedom'

Peter Fonda was best known for his starring role as Wyatt in 1969’s Easy Rider 

By Elizabeth Leonard and Joelle Goldstein
August 16, 2019

Peter Fonda, the son of Henry Fonda and the younger brother of Jane Fonda, has died, PEOPLE confirms. He was 79.

Peter’s family confirmed the sad news in an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday and said that the two-time Oscar-nominee died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said. “[Peter] passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16 at 11:05 a.m. at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family.”

“The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer,” they continued.

“In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy,” they wrote.

“And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” the Fonda family finished. “In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”

Peter, who became a movie star and counterculture icon with his 1969 movie Easy Rider, was born in New York City to screen legend Henry Fonda and Frances Ford Seymour.

The star spent his early years growing up alongside his older sister, Jane, until he was sent to boarding school at just 6 years old.

Their childhood was struck by tragedy when their mother, who struggled with her mental health, died by suicide when Peter was 10 and Jane was 12.

In his 1998 book, Don’t Tell Dad: A Memoir, Peter said his mom’s death was something that his “forbidding figure” father, who was remote and often away on set, lied about and subsequently “ignored”.

“When I walked toward [my family] they told me to go through the closed doors and into the living room. I opened the doors and saw Jane, Grandma, and Dad sitting on the couches. Jane was on Dad’s lap,” Peter recalled in the memoir. “I went to Grandma, and she told me Mother had died of a heart attack, in a hospital.”

“After that, no one ever talked about Mom. No one seemed to miss her. It was almost as if she had never lived. Jane and I never went to a funeral or service for her; I didn’t know where she was buried,” he added.

When he finally did learn what happened to his mother, Peter said “he was stunned. I sat there for two or three minutes, speechless … Everyone else knew. Knew everything! But not me.”

Speaking to PEOPLE in March 2014, Jane recalled how Peter “was much more affected by the fact that no one talked about our mom.”

“It was like she’d just been erased,” Jane said. “[The Christmas after she died], Peter filled a chair with presents and a letter for her. He couldn’t stand that there was no acknowledgment of her. He was such a sensitive, sweet, vulnerable kid.”

Later in life, Peter would reconcile with his father by offering him a role in the 1979 film Wanda Nevada.

According to his memoir, one day after spending the afternoon together, dad Henry started to cry.

“Slowly and choking on the high-powered emotion, he said, ‘I love you very much, son. I want you to know that,'” Peter wrote.

Despite their tough relationship, Peter followed in his father’s footsteps and went on to study acting in college and made his professional stage debut in 1961 in the Broadway production of Blood, Sweat, and Standley Poole.

That same year, Peter married Susan Brewer and they had two children — actress Bridget Fonda and Justin Fonda.

Two years after his Broadway debut, the actor transitioned into the film world and made his debut in Tammy and the Doctor, before playing an ensemble role in the World War II saga The Victors.

He also appeared in 1966’s Wild Angels, opposite Nancy Sinatra and Bruce Dern, and The Trip in 1967.

His breakout role, however, came in 1969 when he starred as Wyatt in Easy Rider, which he also produced and co-scripted. For his work on the project, Peter earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Around that time, Peter “dove headlong into the era’s sea of drugs and sexual freedom,” which eventually led to his 1972 divorce from Brewer, according to his memoir.

Three years later, Peter married Portia Crockett and continued to act in a series of films, such as Ulee’s Gold, The Hired Hand, and 3:10 to Yuma.

He also directed a number of projects and earned himself several accolades along the way, including four Golden Globe nominations (two of which he won), one Emmy nomination and earned another Oscar nomination for Ulee’s Gold.

In 2011, however, Peter and Crockett called it quits. His final marriage came in June of that year to Margaret “Parky” DeVogelaere.

More recently, Peter was featured on television series, including CSI: NY, Hawaii Five-O, The Blacklist, and Milo Murphy’s Law.

At the time of his death, he was in pre-production for a movie called Skate God, expected to release in 2020, according to his IMDb. The last film he acted in was The Last Full Measure which is expected to be released later this year.

FONDA, Peter (Peter Henry Fonda)
Born: 2/23/2940, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/16/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Peter Fonda’s westerns – director, actor:
Wagon Train (TV) - 1962 (Orly French)
The Rounders – 1965
High Noon: The Clock Strikes Noon Again (TV) – 1966 (Will Kane Jr.)
The Hired Hand – 1971 (Harry Collings) [director]
Wanda Nevada – 1979 (Beaudray Demerille) [director]
Hawken’s Breed – 1988 (Hawken)
South of Heaven, West of Hell - 2000 (Shoshonee Bill)
3:10 to Yuma – 2007 (Byron McElroy)
American Bandits: Frank and Jesse James – 2010 (Marshal Kane)
Cooperhead – 2013 (Avery)
Jesse James Lawman – 2015 (mayor)
The Ballad of Lefty Brown – 2017 (Edward Johnson)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

RIP Richard Gillis

Richard Gillis, Songwriter on 'The Ballad of Cable Hogue,' Dies at 80

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Brnes
8/14/2019by Mike Barnes

Sam Peckinpah hired him to a personal services contract after seeing him perform in a bar.

Richard Gillis, a singer, songwriter and composer who worked for Sam Peckinpah on the Western fable The Ballad of Cable Hogue, has died. He was 80.

Gillis died July 31 in Thousand Oaks as a result of complications from a fall at his home in Toluca Lake, his family said.

For The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), which featured an original score by Jerry Goldsmith, Gillis wrote music and/or lyrics for such songs as "Butterfly Mornings," "Tomorrow Is the Song I Sing" and "Wait for Me, Sunrise," performed by actors Stella Stevens and Jason Robards (both lip-synced in the Arizona-set, turn-of-the-century movie) and Gillis himself.

"The songs of Richard Gillis enhance the fanciful tone of the picture, and one, 'Butterfly Mornings,' recorded in the desert by Robards and Miss Stevens, enriches the montage of their days together, with a dramatic function rare for film songs," The Hollywood Reporter noted in its review.

Peckinpah had signed Gillis to a personal services contract after seeing him perform in a bar — he sang regularly at Jason's Steakhouse in Toluca Lake — and he worked with the famed director on other films including The Wild Bunch (1969) and Convoy (1978).

After Peckinpah died in December 1984, 10 people spoke at his funeral: Robards, Don Siegel, Lee Marvin, Mariette Hartley, Brian Keith, Robert Culp, Ali MacGraw, L.Q. Jones, Kris Kristofferson and Gillis.

Born on Dec. 15, 1938, in Hollywood, Gillis attended John Burroughs High School in Burbank, the University of Denver and UCLA. After serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Hollywood to pursue a career in music and the movies.

Gillis composed music, sang or acted in other films including Schlock (1973), directed by John Landis; A Boy and His Dog (1975); The Bees (1978); Demonoid (1980); and Pretty Woman (1990) and Frankie and Johnny (1991), both helmed by Garry Marshall. He also worked as an art director, set designer, prop master, etc.

Survivors include his son, Scott, and daughter, Kate; siblings Peggy, Jimmy and Woody; grandson Todd; nephew Winston; and ex-wife Valerie.

GILLIS, Richard
Born: 12/15/1938, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Died: 7/31/2019, Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.

Richard Gillis’ westerns – composer, songwriter, singer:
The Ballad of Cable Hogue - 1970