Saturday, August 31, 2019

RIP James R. Alexander

James Riley Alexander
September 3, 1930 - August 19, 2019

Los Angeles Times
August 31, 2019

Jim passed away August 19, 2019, just 2 weeks shy of 89, at his residence in Woodland Hills, California, where he lived with his wife Marlene Alexander. They were married for 63 wonderful years. Jim was born in Los Angeles and lived in the LA area for the remainder of his life. After high school, in 1948 Jim joined the United States Army and advanced to Sergeant as a communications specialist. He then followed in his father's footsteps, Gerald W. Alexander, working in the movie industry, advancing to become one of the best production Sound Mixers of his time, for a career of 65 major motion pictures, collecting two Academy Award nominations in America and one in Britain along the way. In his free time he enjoyed his cars and rode both on and off-road motorcycles until about 80 years old. He is survived by his wife Marlene Alexander and 5 children: Craig, Chris, Alicia, Curt and Maria Alexander, 10 grandchildren: Riley Alexander, Justine Soleimani, Carly, Kirsten, Kaitlin, Sean, James and Grace Alexander, and Alexandra and Brandon Loulias, and 3 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Benjamin, and Emma Alexander. Jim's life was centered with family and friends and he will always be missed and never forgotten.

ALEXANDER, James R. (James Riley Alexander)
Born: 9/3/1930, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 8/19/2019, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

James R. Riley’s westerns – sound mixer:
Giant – 1956
Lonely are the Brave - 1962
Shenandoah – 1965
The Appaloosa - 1966
Shoot Out - 1971
Joe Kidd – 1972
Ulzana’s Raid – 1972
The Bravos (TV) - 1972
High Plains Drifter – 1973

Friday, August 30, 2019

RIP Norman Barasch

New York Times
August 31, 2019

Norman Barasch, a three-time Emmy-nominated comedy writer and Broadway playwright, died at age 97 at his home near Greenwich, Connecticut. He enjoyed a decades-long career writing for many of the most celebrated TV and radio personalities, including Carol Burnett, Danny Kaye, Valerie Harper, and numerous others. A film adapted from his Broadway play, "Send Me No Flowers," written with longtime partner Carrroll Moore, starred Doris Day and Rock Hudson. He is survived by eight children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who will always adore and cherish his loving legacy.

Born: 2/18/1922, Rockville Center, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/13/2019, Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Norman Barasch’s western – writer:
The American Cowboy (TV) - 1960

Thursday, August 29, 2019

RIP Morton Tubor

Morton H. Tubor
April 29, 1917 - August 22, 2019

Morton Tubor passed away peacefully on August 22, 2019 at 102 years old. Beloved husband of Edith Miller who predeceased him in death in 2011. Loving father of his only son Larry Tubor, granddaughters Sheri Painter (Scott) and Allison Tubor, and of great-grandchildren Merrick and Marrina Painter. Born in Chicago where he met the girl of his dreams, Edith. They married and moved to California where he had a long successful career in the motion picture business as a Film/Sound Editor most notably on the series Knots Landing. Mort loved life and family. He lived an amazing life full of memorable milestones. He loved all sports, both participating and watching, especially the LA Dodgers. Services will be held on Sunday, September 8th at 11:30am at Mount Sinai in the Hollywood Hills, followed by a celebration of Mort's life at Porter Valley Country Club, 19216 Singing Hills Drive, Northridge 91326.

Published in the Los Angeles Times from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1, 2019.

TUBOR, Morton (Morton H. Tubor)
Born: 4/29/1917, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 8/22/2019, Granada Hills, California, U.S.A.

Morton Tubor’s western – film editor:
The Red, White and Black - 1970

RIP Michel Aumont

The comedian Michel Aumont died at the age of 82

A great actor in theater and cinema, Michel Aumont died tonight at the age of 82, announced his entourage.


A great name of the comedy has left us. Michel Aumont died in the night at the age of 82, his family said Thursday, August 29. Accustomed to the supporting roles of French cinema, Michel Aumont was above all a great theater man, honorary member of the Comédie-Française, having obtained four Molières.

The actor, who for 20 years played the role of Harpagon in "Molière's house", also played in films by Bertrand Tavernier (Spoiled children, 1977) and Claude Lelouch (Edith and Marcel , 1983) or more recently in Palais Royal (2005) by Valérie Lemercier. Michel Aumont had notably been named to the César for Bertrand Tavernier's A Sunday in the Country (1984) and Yves Robert's Courage fuyons (1979).

Since the 1970s, the comedian had worked with the biggest names in French cinema; Claude Chabrol, Claude Lelouch, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Francis Veber or Claude Zidi, most often playing the roles of politician or curator, as in Ripoux against Ripoux (1990), alongside Philippe Noiret and Thierry Lhermitte.

"The eye of the master"

Former Cannes Film Festival President Gilles Jacob has hailed a "great comedian, theater and cinema, classic and modern". "The sustain, the intonation, the phrasing, the accuracy, the discrete irony never very far and this kind of human thickness that serves the major roles.One of his titles suits him well: The eye of the master", has he reacted on Twitter.

This discreet, modest and humorous Parisian born October 15, 1936 had followed his mother comedienne from a very young age at the Festival d'Avignon. He was 18 at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and two years later won a first prize in modern comedy.

AUMONT, Michel (Michel Henry Aumont)
Born: 10/15/1936, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 8/28/2019, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Michel Aumont’s western – actor:
Huckleberry Finn (TV) - 1967

RIP Bruno Thost

Actor Bruno Thost has died

Bruno Thost, longtime ensemble member of the Burgtheater, died in the night on Wednesday at the age of 84 in Vienna. This was announced by the Burgtheater in a letter.
August 28, 2019

At the castle Thost had been seen between 1970 and 2001 in more than 70 roles. Thost, who was born on April 23, 1936 in Erfurt, Germany, initially took a different approach. After graduating from high school, he studied mechanical engineering for a few semesters before moving to the Stuttgart State University of Music and pursuing his vocation after completing his degree in 1963 at the local State Theater.

Soon followed with Nestroy's "Former Relationships" and the first own staging at the Stuttgart Theater of the Old Town and first musical appearances. Via Hamburg and Dusseldorf he finally came to Vienna, where he was engaged at the Burgtheater. There he played from the 1970/71 season numerous supporting roles u.a. in Brecht's "The Caucasian Chalk Circle", Wedekind's "Liebestrank", Schnitzler's "Das weite Land" or Grillparzer's "Woe to Him Who Lies!"
Also to be seen in the "Kaisermühlen Blues"

But he was also a guest on many stages far away from his parent company, such as the Theater der Jugend, the Raimundtheater, the Vienna Volksoper and the Theater in der Josefstadt. Thost also undertook excursions to music theater with performances at the Vienna Chamber Opera or the Theater an der Wien. Summer guest appearances in the festival area led him in the 1970s u.a. to the Karl May Festival in Bad Segeberg and the Salzburg Festival.

In addition to his theatrical career Thost was always a guest on the big screen and the television screen: In the 1970s, he turned around with Hans -Jürgen Syberberg ("Karl May"), Hans W. Geißendörfer ("The Wild Duck") and Volker Schlöndorff ( "The Fang Shot", "The Tin Drum".

He was also featured in US productions with Marvin J. Chomsky's "Holocaust - The White Family History" and Stephen Herek's "The Three Musketeers". He has been seen on television in numerous series, including the "Kaisermühlen Blues" or "Kommissar Rex". In 2001 he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art, in 2013 he was appointed professor. Thost was always present in the media through his social commitment.

THOST, Bruno (Bruno Thost Grinley)
Born: 4/23/1936, Erfurt, Thurnigia, Germany
Died: 8/28/2019, Vienna, Austria

Bruno Thost’s westerns – actor:
Der Olprinz (TV) – 1970 (The Oil Prince)
Winnetou (TV) – 1971 (Frederick Santer)
Karl May – 1974 (Protokelleur)

RIP Donnie Fritts

Muscle Shoals songwriter, artist Donnie Fritts dies at 76

By Kristin M. Hall
August 28, 2019

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Donnie Fritts, a Muscle Shoals songwriter, artist and actor who was a frequent collaborator with Kris Kristofferson and wrote the song "We Had It All," recorded by numerous artists including Waylon Jennings and Ray Charles, has died. He was 76.

His death on Tuesday was confirmed by his label, Single Lock Records, where he had put out two records in 2018 and 2015.

Fritts was a well-known session player from Florence, Alabama, playing drums and keyboard

He co-wrote songs like Dusty Springfield's "Breakfast in Bed," and "Choo Choo Train" by the Box Tops. He then joined Kristofferson's band as a keyboard player for decades, which led him to be cast along with Kristofferson in films like "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" and "A Star is Born."

FRITTS, Donnie
Born: 11/11/1942 Florence, Alabama, U.S.A.
Died: 8/27/2019, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Donnie Fritts’ westerns – actor:
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid – 1973 (Beaver)
The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James (TV) – 1986 (jury foreman)

Friday, August 23, 2019

RIP Carlo Delle Piane

Rome, farewell to the actor Carlo Delle Piane: he worked with the greats of Italian cinema, from Totò to Pupi Avati

He died at the age of 83: he had recently celebrated 70 years of career
August 24, 2019

Carlo Delle Piane died in Rome at the age of 83. His wife, Anna Crispino, reported. The actor had recently celebrated his 70-year career, during which he had worked with some of the most important Italian directors and interpreters, recalling the multiple successes alongside Alberto Sordi, Aldo Fabrizi, Totò, De Sica and many others, until the highly successful decade with Pupi Avati .

Still recovering from the cerebral hemorrhage that struck him in January 2015 which that had brought him into the coma, he had celebrated with his loving wife, the singer Anna Crispino, the 70-year career last year at the Pesaro cinema exhibition. 110 films in the assets, of which about fifteen under the direction of his great friend Pupi Avati, Delle Piane had made his first film when he was only 12 years old.

"I was in junior high at the Pius XI in Rome and the assistants of the director Duilio Coletti arrived there, looking for boys for the film Cuore among the students. I, who was always at the last desk and didn't do too well at school, didn't understand who they were, I thought they were going to question me and I almost hid. But I was chosen, even though at the time I looked like a small extraterrestrial with thin slender legs. Since then I found myself working with great artists, but I didn't give them importance, for me cinema was a way to not go to school and put some money in my pocket," he said.

One film after another for him, usually comedies brilliant and he starred with everyone, Sordi, Totò, Gassman, Fabrizi, directed by De Sica, Vadim, Steno, Monicelli, Polanski and Corbucci. But his great friend was Aldo Fabrizi, "one not too loved by his colleagues for his frankness. I did with him the Passaguai family and then Rugantino di Garinei and Giovannini. I also remember that Fabrizi used to empty a rosette and fill it with rigatoni to the sauce. His reference actor Buster Keaton : "I wanted to be like him. I liked his dryness in acting, his mania in stealing". Finally for Carlo Delle Piane the therapy for everything, also for his idiosyncrasy in being touched, was in the work: "When I'm on the set I do everything I touch embrace I open the doors".

Born: 2/2/1936, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 8/23/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Carlo Delle Piane’s western – actor:
Judge Roy Bean – 1971

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

RIP Orlando Suero

Orlando Suero, Famed Hollywood Photographer, Dies at 94

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
August 21, 2019

He worked on the sets of 'Torn Curtain' and 'Chinatown' and took intimate shots of Brigitte Bardot, Dennis Hopper and Shirley MacLaine.

Orlando Suero, who photographed Brigitte Bardot in bed on a beach, Dennis Hopper in a bathtub and Shirley MacLaine dancing the Frug with Rudolf Nureyev during his long career in Hollywood, has died. He was 94.

Suero died Monday night of natural causes in a nursing home in the Valley Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, his son Jim Suero told The Hollywood Reporter.

Suero also served as a still photographer on the sets of such movies as Torn Curtain (1966), Hell in the Pacific (1968), Play It Again, Sam (1972), Lady Sings the Blues (1972), Save the Tiger (1973), Chinatown (1974), The Towering Inferno (1974), Rocky II (1979) and Young Doctors in Love (1982).

Along the way, he shot Natalie Wood, Sharon Tate, Faye Dunaway, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, Eartha Kitt, Michael Caine, Julie Andrews, Tony Curtis, Diana Ross, Tony Randall, Bob Hope and Russ Meyer.

Suero thought he had lined up an exclusive shoot in Mexico with Bardot, but when he got to the set of the 1965 film Viva Maria!, "all sorts of photographers were there," his son explained in an interview to promote the release last year of the long overdue coffee-table book Orlando Photography.

"He was short, so he was standing in front of all of them, not taking any pictures. Bardot noticed that and inquired, 'Who is that man who is not taking pictures of me?' So that started their repartee, and that later comes through in the photos they did."

Suero photographed Bardot in bed in a white negligee with the waves behind her and also when she dressed as Charlie Chaplin.

He also shot Hopper and then-wife Michelle Phillips sharing a joint in a bathtub in Taos, New Mexico, and MacLaine and Nureyev dancing at a party in Malibu.

Born in New York and raised in Washington Heights, Suero took up photography when he was 14 when his father gave him a used Kodak Jiffy camera. He attended the New York Institute of Photography and during World War II served with the U.S. Marines.

Returning to photography after he was discharged afforded him relief from PTSD, he said in his book: "For me, my work was an escape from the war. It allowed me to detach from it because when you come back, the war doesn't end for you. It stays with you for life for the most part. Photography was my solace."

While working as a printer in 1954 on Edward Steichen's Museum of Modern Art exhibition The Family of Man, Suero was hired by the Three Lions photo agency. That led to an assignment for McCall's magazine in which he spent five days with up-and-coming Massachusetts senator John F. Kennedy and his new wife, Jackie, in their Georgetown duplex. (His photos can be seen in the 2001 book Camelot at Dawn.)

"If I'd realized what a wonderful photographer you were, and how nice McCall's was about doing a story, I never would have been the jittery subject I was," Jackie wrote in a letter to Suero.

He worked with Globe Photo from the late 1950s through the '60s, covering many of the era's events and celebrities, before going off on his own.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Peggy; his children, Wendy, Chris and Jim; and his four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

SUERO, Orlando
Born: 1925, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/19/2019, Valley Village, California, U.S.A.

Orlando Suero’s westerns – still photographer:
The Honkers – 1972
Emperor of the North – 1973
Posse - 1975

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: 8/10/2019, Suffolk, East Anglican, England, U.K.

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