Friday, December 6, 2019

RIP Ron Leibman


Ron Leibman, Actor in 'Angels in America,' 'Where's Poppa?' and 'Friends,' Dies at 82

The Hollywood Reporter
By Chris Koseluk
12/6,/2019

He won a Tony and an Emmy and also stood out in 'Slaughterhouse-Five,' 'The Super Cops' and 'Norma Rae.' 

Ron Leibman, the dependable actor known for his Tony Award-winning performance in Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and for his turns in such films as Where's Poppa?Slaughterhouse-Five and Norma Rae, died Friday. He was 82.

Robert Attermann, CEO of Abrams Artists Agency, confirmed his death.

Survivors include his wife, Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter, whom he married in 1983. (They met at a party hosted by actress Brenda Vaccaro, and he joined her in the cast of Archer in 2013.) From 1969-81, he was married to actress Linda Lavin.

Leibman, a native New Yorker who also played Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) nasty, no-nonsense father on Friends, received an Emmy Award in 1979 for portraying a former car thief turned criminal attorney on the CBS series Kaz. Despite critical acclaim, the sophisticated drama, which he co-created, was canceled after only 23 episodes.

As Leibman explained it in a 2011 interview for The A.V. Club: "I didn't know much about television then, because I was a theater actor who had been snatched up and taken out there. And suddenly I was on this television show, which I'd helped write. It was my idea, basically, a guy who had been in prison and then gets out and joins a law firm. A man haunted by his past. A sort of Les Misérables theme.

"I had no idea if it was going to be successful, but when it went on the air and I saw the commercials, they were for trucks. And I said, 'Wait a minute, the audience watching this show ain't buying trucks.' I'm sitting at my desk now, and there's an Emmy award right in front of me that I got from that. I got an Emmy, and the show was canceled two weeks later. [Laughs.] What a business, huh?"

Leibman won his Tony in 1993 for playing a fictional version of Roy Cohn, Sen. Joseph McCarthy's infamous chief counsel, in Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play imagines the final days of the attorney, who died of AIDS in 1986.

"Mr. Leibman, red-faced and cackling, is a demon of Shakespearean grandeur, an alternately hilarious and terrifying mixture of chutzpah and megalomania, misguided brilliance and relentless cunning," Frank Rich wrote in his New York Times review. "He turns the mere act of punching telephone buttons into a grotesque manipulation of the levers of power, and he barks out the most outrageous pronouncements ('I brought out something tender in him,' he says of Joe McCarthy) with a shamelessness worthy of history's most indelible monsters."

Leibman made his big-screen debut in Where's Poppa? (1970), Carl Reiner's dark comedy about an aging mother (Ruth Gordon) driving her attorney son Gordon (George Segal) batty as he tries to honor his father's dying wish not to put mom in a home.

As Gordon's hapless younger brother, Sidney, Leibman can't stay out of trouble. Rushing to the aid of his mother, Sidney takes a shortcut through Central Park and runs afoul of a street gang. They instruct him to run, and each time they catch him, they're going to take an article of his clothing. "You remember Cornel Wilde? You remember The Naked Prey? Well, you better start prayin', 'cause you gonna be naked," the gang leader (Joe Keyes Jr.) tells Sidney.

By the time Sidney reaches the other end of the park, the only thing he's wearing is his glasses. After it happens again, Sidney goes home wearing a gorilla suit Gordon had bought in the hopes of scaring his mother to death. The gang sees him and forces Sidney, still dressed as a gorilla, to accost a woman. His victim turns out to be an undercover cop.

"There's a funny supporting performance by Ron Leibman as Segal's brother. He keeps dashing across Central Park to save his mother after Segal makes threats over the phone," Roger Ebert wrote. "And he keeps getting mugged. Never mind how he got into that gorilla suit. Never mind about anything in the movie, really. Reiner goes for laughs with such a fanatic dedication that there's no time for logic, plot, character. And why should there be?"

Leibman also was quite funny as the mustachioed Captain Esteban, who fumbles in his attempt to capture the hero (George Hamilton), in the campy Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981).

In Gordon Parks' The Super Cops (1974), Leibman enjoyed one of his few leading movie roles as he and David Selby played real-life renegade New York City policemen.

He held his own alongside Robert Redford and Segal as crooks pulling off a gem heist in the comedy The Hot Rock (1972) and was powerful as a volatile prisoner of war in George Roy Hill's Slaughterhouse-Five (1972). And he brought fire to New York union rep Reuben Warshowsky, inspiring Sally Field's character to stand up for her rights in Martin Ritt's Norma Rae (1979).

Yet despite a solid film résumé that also included Your Three Minutes Are Up (1973), Phar Lap (1983), Rhinestone (1984), Sidney Lumet's Night Falls on Manhattan (1996), Paul Schrader's Auto Focus (2002) and Garden State (2004), a breakthrough role always eluded him.

"Everybody thought I'd have more of a film career," he told Entertainment Weekly in 1993. "I don't look for answers anymore. It's pointless because there are no answers. I don't know how I'm perceived in Hollywood. Or if I'm perceived in Hollywood."

Ronald Leibman was born on Oct. 11, 1937, and raised in Manhattan, the son of Murray Leibman, a garment businessman, and Grace, a homemaker. At age 6, he spent several months in the hospital with polio; a bit later, his parents divorced.

In 1954, he enrolled in Ohio Wesleyan University to study acting. While in college, he became a member of The Compass Players, an improv troupe that also served as the training ground for Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Ed Asner, Anne Meara and Jerry Stiller.

Leibman returned to New York in 1958, studied at the Actors Studio and appeared off-Broadway in Camino RealLegend of Lovers and A View From the Bridge. He made his Broadway debut in 1963 in Dear Me, The Sky Is Falling and became romantically involved with Lavin when both starred in the two-hander Cop-Out in 1969.

He also was honored with Drama Desk Awards in 1969 and '70 for his performances in We Bombed in New Haven and Transfers; originated the role of Herb in Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures in 1980 (he replaced Tony Curtis); and played Lenny Ganz in 1988's Rumors, another Simon comedy (Walter was in that as well).

Leibman said his experience with Kaz soured him on television, but he kept returning to the small screen, turning up on such series as Murder, She WroteLaw & Order; and Law & Order: SVU. He also appeared on three 2006 episodes of HBO's The Sopranos as Tony's (James Gandolfini) doctor. "Whoa, I've just found Jimmy Hoffa," his character, Dr. Plepler, once cracked as he attended to Tony's gunshot wound.

In his A.V. Club chat, Leibman admitted that he relished the opportunity to torment Ross (David Schwimmer), Rachel's romantic interest, as Dr. Leonard Green on NBC's Friends. He originally passed on the role.


"It sounded stupid to me, so I turned it down. And my daughter, then, who was of that age, said, 'No, you have to do it, you have to do it! I love that show, and I want to meet those kids,' " Leibman said. "I said, 'All right. I'll do it. I'll do it once, but that's all I'm doing.' So I did and had a very nice time, and they asked me back, and my daughter did get to meet those kids, so I was a big hero in the house. It's amazing, the power of the tube. I've done all this body of work, and they say, 'Oh yes, Rachel's father.' I go, 'Give me a break.' "

When the opportunity arose, Leibman and Walter tried to work together. In 1986, they starred in a Los Angeles Theatre Center production of the Molière comedy Tartuffe and appeared on a 1996 episode of Law & Order and in the 2002 film Dummy.

In season four of the FX animated comedy Archer, Leibman joined the cast as Ron Cadillac, the shady new husband of Malory Archer (Walter), the boozy mother of master spy Sterling Archer (H. Jon Benjamin).

"There are no egos when it comes to our work. We don't compete, we're not trying to prove anything to each other," Walter told the Los Angeles Times in 1986. "I think that's why we got married: We'd both reached a point in our lives where we weren't fighting."

Survivors also include his stepdaughter Brooke Bowman, a TV programming executive.


LEIBMAN, Ron (Ronald Leibman)
Born: 10/11/1937, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/6/2019, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

Ron Leibman’s western – actor:
Zorro: The Gay Blade – 1981 (Esteban)

RIP Robert Walker Jr.


Robert Walker Jr., 'Star Trek' Actor and Son of Hollywood Superstars, Dies at 79

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
12/6/2019

He also starred in the 1960s films 'Ensign Pulver,' 'Young Billy Young' and 'The Ceremony.' 

Robert Walker Jr., the son of actors Robert Walker and Jennifer Jones who starred on a memorable Star Trek episode and in such films as Ensign Pulver and Young Billy Young, died Thursday in Malibu, his wife, Dawn, reported. He was 79.

Walker also appeared with his first wife, Ellie Wood, in the hippie commune scene in Easy Rider (1969), and he and Dick Clark played robbers and murderers in Killers Three (1968).

On the second aired episode of Star Trek, "Charlie X," the slender, blue-eyed Walker portrayed Charles "Charlie" Evans, the sole survivor of a transport-ship crash who possesses strange powers. Walker was actually 26 when he played the 17-year-old Charlie during filming in 1966.

He starred in Jack Lemmon's role as the title character in Ensign Pulver (1964), a sequel to the 1955 classic comedy Mister Roberts, and portrayed a kid sharpshooter opposite Robert Mitchum in Young Billy Young (1969).

Walker's parents were married from 1939 until their 1945 divorce. Jones won the best actress Oscar for The Song of Bernadette (1943), and Walker Sr. is best known for his creepy turn in the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Strangers on a Train (1951).

His folks separated when he was 3, and Hollywood mogul David O. Selznick became his stepfather when Jones remarried in 1949.

Robert Walker Jr. was born on April 15, 1940, in Queens, New York, and educated in the U.S. and Europe. He trained at the Actors Studio, appeared on episodes of Route 66 and Naked City in 1962 and made his film debut as a private in The Hook (1963), a Korean War film starring Kirk Douglas.
He played Laurence Harvey's brother in the crime drama The Ceremony (1963), receiving a Golden Globe for most promising male newcomer, and starred off-Broadway in 1964 in I Knock at the Door and Pictures in the Hallway.

He later appeared with John Wayne in The War Wagon (1967), with Celeste Yarnall in Eve (1968) and with Rita Hayworth in Road to Salina (1970).

Walker played Harding Devers on a handful of Dallas episodes and also appeared on Ben Casey, Combat!, The Time Tunnel (as Billy the Kid), Charlie's Angels, Columbo, CHiPs, Murder, She Wrote and L.A. Law and in other films including The Happening (1967), Richard Rush's The Savage Seven (1968), The Man From O.R.G.Y. (1970), Beware! The Blob (1972) and The Passover Plot (1976).
In addition to his wife, survivors include his seven children, Michelle, David, Charlie, Jordan, Colette, Henry and Emily, and five grandchildren.

"Bob always beat to his own drum and stayed true to himself in all of his endeavors," his wife said in a statement. "Although an accomplished actor, his true art was living fully. He was a photographer, drummer, raconteur and gallery owner. His love of the ocean kept him in Malibu, and he had great tales of his adventures paddling to Catalina from there. Bob [also] had a constant interest in developing his internal martial arts practice."

Robert Walker Sr. died in 1951 at age 32, his death believed to have been caused by a combination of alcohol and a sedative. Jones died in 2009 at age 90.

His half-sister, Mary Jennifer Selznick, 21, jumped to her death from a building in Los Angeles in 1976. His younger brother, Michael, also an actor, died in 2007.


WALKER Jr., Robert (Robert Hudson Walker Jr.)
Born: 4/15/1940, Queens, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/5/2019, Malibu, California, U.S.A.

Robert Walker Jr’s westerns – actor:
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965 (Evan)
The Road West (TV) – 1966 (Corporal Marsh Courtney)
The War Wagon – 1967 (Billy Hyatt)
Bonanza (TV) – 1967 (Mark Cole)
The Monroes (TV) – 1967 (Quint Gregger)
Young Billy Young – 1969 (Billy Young)
Gone With the West – 1974 (Sheriff of Black Miller)

Thursday, December 5, 2019

RIP Leonard Goldberg


Leonard Goldberg, Producer of 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Blue Bloods,' Dies at 85

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
12/5/2019

Aaron Spelling's former partner also was instrumental in making 'Broadcast News,' 'Brian's Song,' 'Starsky and Hutch' and 'The Simpsons.' 

Leonard Goldberg, the respected network executive and film and television producer behind such landmark projects as Charlie’s Angels, Broadcast News, Brian’s Song and The Simpsons, has died. He was 85.

The Emmy Award winner, often credited for developing and introducing the made-for-TV movie format, died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from injuries resulting from a fall, a publicist announced.

Most recently, Goldberg, as president of Panda Productions, served as an executive producer on the hit CBS cop drama Blue Bloods, starring Tom Selleck, and served on the CBS board of directors from 2007-18.

"Leonard Goldberg was a friend of mine for almost 50 years," David Geffen said in a statement. "He was a pioneer in broadcasting … he was talented, creative, inventive, warm and devoted to his family. He gave many people their first job in TV including Barry Diller and Michael Eisner. I will miss him."

"Though the word is so often misused, Leonard Goldberg was the mentor of mentors to me and so many others — he gave you confidence and support and the leeway to make mistakes and he had the sure sense of himself to let you shine," Diller added. "He gave me my first job and nurtured a wrangly kid into something of an executive, and he was decent, kind and clever and a first class citizen."

During his many decades in show business, Goldberg worked at ABC from 1961-69, advancing to head of programming; served as vp production at Screen Gems (now Columbia Pictures Television) from 1969-72; partnered with producer Aaron Spelling from 1972-84; and was president of Twentieth Century Fox from 1987-89. He launched Panda and Mandy Films in 1984.

The Brooklyn native and graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania shared an Emmy for outstanding drama special for Something About Amelia, a 1984 ABC telefilm about incest that starred Ted Danson and Glenn Close. He was nominated three other times (1977, ’78 and ’80) for outstanding drama series for producing Family, the ABC hit that starred Sada Thompson and James Broderick. The critical favorite amassed 17 noms during its five-season run.

Goldberg, inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall of Fame in 2007, also earned a Peabody Award for the tearjerker Brian’s Song, the ABC telefilm about the cancer death of Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo (played by James Caan). He set that project in motion while serving as a production head at Screen Gems.

With Spelling, Goldberg produced some of TV’s biggest hits, including Charlie’s Angels, Hart to Hart, The Rookies and its spinoff S.W.A.T., Starsky and Hutch, Fantasy Island, T.J. Hooker and Family.

"I met Len 40 years ago on a show called Charlie's Angels," actress Jaclyn Smith said. "He was an important part of the richest years of my career. It was this shared history that became a wonderful friendship. I have the greatest respect for him not only professionally but more importantly as a loving family man. Len, you are now truly surrounded by angels."

Spelling/Goldberg Productions also produced more than 35 movies for TV, including the 1976 project that brought John Travolta to national attention, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, and the 1977 ratings sensation Little Ladies of the Night, which starred David Soul and Louis Gossett Jr. and centered on the lives of young prostitutes.

During his tenure as head of Fox, Goldberg oversaw production on such hit films as seven-time Oscar nominee Broadcast News (1987) with William Hurt and Holly Hunter; Oliver Stone’s Wall Street (1987) with Oscar winner Michael Douglas; Die Hard (1988) starring Bruce Willis; and six-time Oscar nominee Working Girl (1988) with Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver and Melanie Griffith. He helped get The Simpsons off the ground in 1989.

Independently, Goldberg produced such features as WarGames (1983), Sleeping With the Enemy (1991), The Distinguished Gentleman (1992), Double Jeopardy (1999) and the Charlie’s Angels films.

Goldberg also produced the highly regarded Alex: The Life of a Child, a 1986 TV movie based on a book by Frank Deford, and with Martin Starger, the 1999 TV adaptation of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters.

At ABC, Goldberg was instrumental in the decision to have The Fugitive end with a definitive conclusion. At the time, long-running series just faded away, but he felt viewers deserved to learn whether the man on the run (David Janssen) ever found out who killed his wife.

"Our viewers invested four years with Richard Kimble," Goldberg recalled telling his bosses in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "He's become real to them. And they want to know what happens to him."

Part 2 of the finale was seen in a then-record 72 percent of the homes watching television that night.
As head of ABC Daytime, he introduced such shows as The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and Dark Shadows and mentored such newcomers as Diller and Eisner (he hired Diller directly from William Morris who, in turn, plucked Eisner from CBS.)

Ultimately, Goldberg’s heart was not in the corporate executive offices.

“I became a producer because I wanted to get closer to the creative process,” he said in a 1986 interview with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He also said at the time that his favorite project was Family.

“What a joy; except for a few instances, a very happy company,” he said. “No one threatening to quit unless they got more money or tearing up scripts and refusing to do them. I would have done it for nothing, though I didn’t say so at the time.”

He was similarly sanguine about motion-picture executives, once noting, “Most [movie] executives have very little relationship to the audience. The creative executive who wants to make a movie because he thinks it’s going to be a great movie is rare indeed.”

Goldberg also produced such films as California Split (1974) with Elliott Gould and George Segal, Baby Blue Marine (1976), All Night Long (1981) and Aspen Extreme (1993).

In December 2015, he and his wife, author Wendy Goldberg (her sister is ICM agent Toni Howard), donated $10 million to UCLA Health Sciences to support migraine research. They endowed several programs at Penn, and in 2012, the couple were honored by Cedars-Sinai with the inaugural Hollywood Icon Award in recognition of their achievements in film, television and charitable endeavors.

In addition to his wife, he's survived by his children Amanda, an author; Richard, a producer; and John, the mayor of Beverly Hills; their spouses; and five grandchildren.

"Leonard was one of the finest people I have ever known," Sherry Lansing said. "He was highly intelligent and had a great sense of humor. Above all, he was nice to everyone he met — and was admired and loved by them in return. His films and television series will live forever.

"He also was that unique individual who achieved great success and had a balanced life. He had an extraordinary marriage, wonderful children and grandchildren. He was a great friend, and I will miss him every day for the rest of my life."


GOLDBERG, Leonard
Born: 1/24/1934, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/4/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Leonard Goldberg’s westerns – producer, executive producer:
The Bounty Man (TV) – 1972 [producer]
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV) – 1972 [producer]
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe Return (TV) – 1975 [executive producer]
The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV) – 1976 [executive producer]

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

RIP Claude Earl Jones


Claude Earl Jones, Actor in 'Bride of Re-Animator,' Dies at 86

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
12/4/2019

He also appeared in two Robert Zemeckis movies and opposite Andy Griffith in a pair of NBC telefilms. 

Claude Earl Jones, a character actor who appeared in such films as Bride of Re-Animator and Miracle Mile and on TV shows including Buffalo BillBattlestar Galactica and Little House on the Prairie, has died. He was 86.

Jones died Nov. 25 of complications from dementia at a senior living facility in Claremont, California, his wife of 48 years, Nancy Jones, said.

Jones' first love was the theater, and his favorite gig was portraying lawyer Henry Drummond in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Inherit the Wind. (The role was made famous by Spencer Tracy in Stanley Kramer's acclaimed 1960 film adaptation after Paul Muni played Drummond on Broadway.)

Jones also directed the courtroom drama several times and served as artistic director for the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts in San Bernardino, California.

He had small roles in the Robert Zemeckis movies I Wanna Hold Your Hand (1978) and Used Cars (1980) and appeared as a deputy working for Andy Griffith's small-town police chief Abel Marsh in two 1977 NBC telefilms, The Girl in the Empty Grave and Deadly Game.

He also recurred as sound man Stan Fluger on the short-lived but brilliant Dabney Coleman NBC comedy Buffalo Bill. (A running gag had Coleman's character never pronouncing his last name correctly.)

In Bride of Re-Animator (1989), the second of three films in the series based on an H.P. Lovecraft short story, Jones played the cop who is given a fatal heart attack by Dr. Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) and then re-animated.

He also starred as a guy named Philby in another cult horror project, the 1981 CBS telefilm Dark Night of the Scarecrow, a perennial Halloween favorite.

Born on April 29, 1933, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jones was raised in Phoenix. At Phoenix Union High School, he got his first acting job after he went to a casting session to support a friend. He then studied the craft at Phoenix College and the Pasadena Playhouse around a stint in the U.S. Army.

After earning his master's degree in theater from Cal State Los Angeles in 1966, Jones taught theater at Ganesha High School in Pomona, California, from 1969-72. He often remarked his work at the school was among the most important he ever did.

His acting résumé included the films Thunder and Lightning (1977), Evilspeak (1981), Impulse (1984), No Man's Land (1987) and Cherry 2000 (1987) and the TV shows DallasSimon & SimonWho's the Boss?, 21 Jump Street and the Griffith-starring Matlock.

Jones also wrote four books: Specially Not No Chocolate, a collection of short stories about his childhood; Hello Devil, Welcome to Hell, about his work on Inherit the WindThe Real Ones Learn It Somewhere, about his education and teaching experiences; and I'd Drink It, a novel.

In addition to his wife, survivors include his sons, Steve and Tawn; his daughter, Julie; and his stepdaughter, Beth. Donations in his memory can be made to the Theatrical Workforce Development Program at the Roundabout Theatre Company.


JONES, Claude Earl
Born:4/29/1933, Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died:11/25/2019, Claremont, California, U.S.A.

Claude Earl Jones’ westerns – actor:
Centennial (TV) – 1979 (Matt)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1982, 1982 (Mr. Prescott, Mr. Gibson)
Lone Star (TV) – 1983 (Sheriff Pritchett)
Cherry 2000 – 1987 (Earl from Adobe Flats)

RIP Claudio Rodriguez



Voice actor Claudio Rodríguez, voice of Charlton Heston and John Wayne dies

The Zamorano played characters such as the Willy Fog from the series of drawings of the eighties or Albus Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter saga

El Pais
December 4, 2019

The dubbing actor Claudio Rodriguez, voice of actors like Burt Lancaster, John Wayne and Anthony Quinn, has passed away this Wednesday at age 86, as confirmed by Adoma, the association of dubbing artists in Madrid.

Born in the Zamorano town of La Bóveda de Toro in 1933, Rodríguez gave his voice in Spanish to well-known characters such as Albus Dumbledore, from the Harry Potter movie saga or to the Willy Fog of the eighties cartoon series "The Return to the World of Willy Fog.

The actor also read the text of characters played by Max von Sydow and Charlton Heston, who once told Rodriguez that he was known in Spain thanks to him. The doubler, who also worked as a dialogue adapter and dubbing director, gave voice to other iconic characters such as the Dracula of the Francis Ford Coppola film version.

As they explain on the Adoma website, “since he was little he felt an inordinate fondness for the theater. After finishing high school studies, he moved to Madrid, to study the career of Industrialists. But in his mind the idea of ​​getting on the boards and triumphing over them was still present.”

After leaving the studies, Rodriguez presented himself to the tests of Radio Juventud de España, where he worked several years before devoting himself to dubbing. One of his first works was in the film The Longest Day , although his first professional project was as Charlton Heston in The Torment and Ecstasy.


RODRIGUEZ, Claudio
Born: 8/31/1933, La Bóveda de Toro, Zamora, Spain
Died: 12/4/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Claudio Rodriguez’s westerns – voice dubber:
The Sign of Zorro – 1963 [Spanish voice of Ferdinando Poggi]
Bullets and Flesh – 1964 [Spanish voice of Rod Cameron]
Fort Apache – 1964 [Spanish voice of John Wayne]
4 Bullets for Joe – 1964 [Spanish voice of Fernando Casanova]
Frontier Rangers – 1964 [Spanish voice of Buddy Ebsen]
Gringo – 1964 [Spanish voice of Richard Harrison]
Gunmen of the Rio Grande – 1964 [Spanish voice of Jorge Mistral]
Minnesota Clay – 1964 [Spanish voice of Cameron Mitchell]
Pistols Don’t Argue – 1964 [Spanish voice of Rod Cameron]
Relevo para un pistolero – 1964 [Spanish voice of Luis Davila]
Ride and Kill – 1964 [Spanish voice of Robert Hundar]
The Sign of the Coyote – 1964 [Spanish voice of Fernando Casanova]
Tomb of the Pistolero – 1964 [Spanish voice of Todd Martin]
Finger on the Trigger – 1965 [Spanish voice of Rory Calhoun]
For a Few Dollars More – 1965 [Spanish voice of Lee Van Cleef]
Heroes of the West – 1965 [Spanish voice of Juan Antonio Peral]
Major Dundee – 1965 [Spanish voice of Charlton Heston]
The Man of the Cursed Valley – 1965 [Spanish voice of John Bartha]
One Foot in Hell – 1965 [Spanish voice of Karl Swenson]
Outlaw of Red River – 1965 [Spanish voice of George Montgomery]
The Big Gundown – 1966 [Spanish voice of Lee Van Cleef]
A Coffin for the Sheriff – 1966 [Spanish voice of Anthony Steffen]
Kid Rodelo – 1966 [Spanish voice of Don Murray]
Savage Pampas – 1966 [Spanish voice of Ron Randel]
Django – 1967 [Spanish voice of Franco Nero]
A Few Bullets More – 1967 [Spanish voice of Fausto Tozzi]
A Few Dollars for Django – 1967 [Spanish voice of Anthony Steffen]
The Hellbenders – 1967 [Spanish voice of Joseph Cotton]
A Man, a Gun – 1967 [Spanish voice of Robert Hundar]
The 7 of Pancho Villa – 1967 [Spanish voice of John Ericson]
Apache Uprising – 1968 [Spanish voice of Rory Calhoun]
Duel in the Eclipse – 1968 [Spanish voice of Lang Jeffries]
Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid – 1968 [Spanish voice of James Coburn]
Rebels in Canada – 1968 [Spanish voice of George Martin]
The Secret of Captain O’Hara – 1968 [Spanish voice of German Cobos]
A Time for Killing – 1968 [Spanish voice of Glenn Ford]
True Grit – 1969 [Spanish voice of John Wayne]
Beyond the Law – 1970 [Spanish voice of Lee Van Cleef]
Dead Men Don’t Count – 1970 [Spanish voice of Anthony Steffen]
The Forgotten Pistolero – 1970 [Spanish voice of Alberto De Mendoza]
Another Dollar for the MacGregors – 1971 [Spanish voice of Carlos Quiney]
Apocalypse Joe – 1971 [Spanish voice of Anthony Steffen]
The Grissom Gang – 1971 [Spanish voice of Hal Baylor]
Gunman in Town – 1971 [Spanish voice of Luis Induni]
Johnny Guitar – 1971 [Spanish voice of Ward Bond]
Matalo! – 1971 [Spanish voice of Corrado Pani]
Zorro the Invincible – 1971 [Spanish voice of Mariano Vidal Molina]
Buck and the Preacher – 1972 [Spanish voice of Cameron Mitchell]
The Cowboys – 1972 [Spanish voice of Roscoe Lee Browne]
Dead Men Ride – 1972 [Spanish voice of Rufino Ingles]
The Legend of Frenchie King – 1972 [Spanish voice of Jose Maria Caffarel]
Prey of Vultures – 1972 [Spanish voice of Alfredo Mayo]
Raise Your Hands, Dead Man, You’re Under Arrest – 1972 [Spanish voice of Rafael de
     la Rosa]
Silver River – 1972 [Spanish voice of Thomas Mitcgell]
Zorro the Lawman – 1972 [Spanish voice of Luis Induni]
Bad Man’s River – 1973 [Spanish voice of Sergio Fantoni]
The Bandit Malpelo – 1973 [Spanish voice of Antonio Cintado]
Fast Hand is Still My Name – 1973 [Spanish voice of Fernando Bilbao]
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 [Spanish voice of David Carradine, Keith Carradine]
Tequila! – 1973 [Spanish voice of Giovanni Betti]
Pancho Villa – 1975 [Spanish voice of Telly Savalas]
The Revengers – 1974 [Spanish voice of Jorge Martinez De Hoyos]
San Antonio – 1974 [Spanish voice of John Litel]
The Virginian (TV) – 1974 [Spanish voice of James Drury]
The Last Wagon – 1975 [Spanish voice of Douglas Kennedy]
Cut-Throats Nine – 1978 [Spanish voice of Jose Manuel Martin]
The Shootist – 1978 [Spanish voice of Richard Boone]
The White Buffalo – 1978 [Spanish voice of Clint Walker]
Goin’ South – 1979 [Spanish voice of Jeff Morris]
Blindman – 1980 [Spanish voice of Raf Baldassarre]
Bronco Billy – 1980 [Spanish voice Scatman Crothers]
Garden of Venus – 1981 [Spanish voice of Jorge Rivero]
Kid Vengeance – 1981 [Spanish voice of Lee Van Cleef]
The Revenge of the Black Wolf – 1981 [Spanish voice of Frank Brana]
Apache – 1983 [Spanish voice of John Dehner]
Lone Wolf McQuade – 1983 [Spanish voice of David Carradine]
Have a Good Funeral – 1984 [Spanish voice of Luis Induni]
I Will Fight No More Forever – 1984 [Spanish voice of James Whitmore]
The Ruthless Four – 1984 [Spanish voice of Woody Strode]
Timerider – 1984 [Spanish voice of LQ Jones]
Broken Arrow – 1985 [Spanish voice of Jay Silverheels]
Houston: The Legend of Texas (TV) – 1986 [Spanish voice of John P. Ryan]
Rose Marie – 1986 [Spanish voice of David Niven]
Viva Max – 1986 [Spanish voice of Henry Morgan]
The Alamo – 1988 [Spanish voice of Brian Keith]
Distant Drums – 1988 [Spanish voice of Gary Cooper]
Montana Belle – 1988 [Spanish voice of George Brentt]
Rio Bravo – 1988 [Spanish voice of John Wayne]
Ulzana’s Raid – 1989 [Spanish voice of Burt Lancaster]
Ace High – 1990 [Spanish voice of Eli Wallach]
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again – 1990 [Spanish voice of Kenneth Mars]
Kid Blue – 1990 Spanish voice of Ben Johnson]
The Outlaw – 1990 [Spanish voice of John Huston]
Tulsa – 1990 [Spanish voice of Chill Wills]
Cattle Empire – 1991 [Spanish voice of Don Haggerty]
White Fang – 1991 [Spanish voice of Seymour Cassel]
Tom Horn – 1995 [Spanish voice of Richard Farnsworth]
Lone Star – 1996 [Spanish voice of James Clifton]
Song of Hiawatha – 1998 [Spanish voice of Gordon Tootoosis]
Ebenezer – 1999 [Spanish voice of Jack Palance]
One Man’s Hero – 2000 [Spanish voice of James Gammon]

RIP Manuel Tejada


Actor Manuel Tejada dies

Known for roles in mythical series like "Summer Blue" or "Cañas y Barro", he has died at 79

Play Cinema
By Julio Bravo
12/4/2019

"Hanger, Tonet, Hanger." The rough voice of Alfredo Mayo was a sting that stuck mercilessly in the ear of Manuel Tejada , who with his face disheveled furrowed the lagoon ... It was, perhaps, the role that gave more popularity to the actor who died yesterday in the town Alicante from Benidorm, where he lived for several years. His deep, polite, rested voice, and his usually serious gesture were the weapons of one of those "classroom" interpreters, familiar to several generations.

Manuel Tejada de Luna was born in Puente de Génave, “a small town in Jaén about an hour from Linares,” the actor recalled in an interview; “but my first representative told me that it was better to give a better known birthplace and I ended up being born in Linares”,

Moving to Madrid, and after a few economic hardships - he was working three jobs at once; one of them of elevatorista in the Tower of Madrid-, entered like meritorious in the company of the theater Maria Guerrero. The first time he set foot on the stage was in October 1960, in the play “El jardín de los cerezos”, by Chekhov, under the direction of José Luis Alonso, and with companions such as José BódaloMaría Dolores Pradera and Antonio Ferrandis. Then came works like "El rinoceronte", by Ionesco; “Los verdes campos del Edén”, by Antonio Gala; or “Cerca de las etrellas”, by Ricardo López Aranda.

Almost immediately he began working in film and television. “Canción de juventud” (1962), along with Rocío Dúrcal, was his first accredited film. He later worked with other youth stars: Marisol ("The New Cinderella", 1964) and Pili and Mili ("Dos chicas locas, locas", 1965). His last cinematographic works were under the orders of José Luis Garci and Álex de la Iglesia. With the Oscar-winning director he did what he considered his best role in cinema: that of " El guapo" and "El crack" (1981).

Tono in "Cañas y mud" was also the most beloved by Manuel Tejada, a regular face in the Studio 1 of the sixties and seventies - "I made approximately sixty films," he recalled in an interview. But his television career includes series and programs such as " hice aproximadamente sesenta", "Verano azul" -where he played the father of Tito and Bea-, "The Count of Montecristo" or " Compuesta y sin novio".

The theater was however the backbone of his work. He formed a proprietary company with Lola Herrera in 1976 to set up “El amor amor”, by Marc Camoletti. In 1987 he resumed the experience to represent "321-322" by Ana Diosdado. “The Lion in Winter”, by James Goldman (which earned him the Mayte Theater prize), “Don Juan, el burlador de Sevilla”, by Tirso de Molina, and “Confidencias muy íntimas”, by Jerôme Tonnerre, were his last scenic works.



TEJADA, Manuel (Manuel Tejada de Luna)
Born: 1940, Puente de Génave, Jaen, Spain
Died: 12/3/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Manuel Tejada’s westerns – actor:
One by One – 1968 (Sheriff Blackie)
Death Knows No Time – 1969
Cut-Throats Nine – 1972 (Dean Marlowe)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

RIP Dorothy 'D.C.' Fontana


D.C. Fontana, Pioneering 'Star Trek' Writer, Dies at 80

The Hollywood Reporter
By Ryan Parker, Aaron Couch
December 3, 2019

She penned classic episodes such as "Yesteryear" and "Journey to Babel." 



Dorothy Catherine “D.C.” Fontana, the first female writer for Star Trek who penned a number of classic episodes has died, according to the sci-fi property's official site. She was 80.  Fontana died Monday evening following a short illness.

A trailblazer for female writers in sci-fi television, Fontana crafted numerous stories for The Original Series, including 1967's "Journey to Babel," which introduced Spock's father Sarek and mother Amanda. The episode was credited with allowing audiences to see Trek's characters as more than just their jobs, to see them as actual people. She went on to work on the Animated Series, and penned the classic 1973 episode "Yesteryear," in which Spock travels back in time to rescue a younger version of himself. In 1987, she helped launch a new era of Trek when she co-wrote "Encounter at Farpoint," the two-part pilot for Star Trek: The Next Generation which introduced the world to Patrick Stewart's Captain Picard and earned a Hugo nomination, which she shared with co-writer and Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

"She was a pioneer. Her work will continue to influence for generations to come," William Shatner said via Twitter on Tuesday.

Fontana wrote under the name D.C. to help prevent discrimination based on her gender when submitting pitches around Hollywood. She was already a working writer who had sold a few scripts when she first met Roddenberry, who at the time was overseeing the NBC military series The Lieutenant. In 1963, Fontana was working as a production secretary to one of the producers of The Lieutenant, and she ended up reporting directly to Roddenberry when his secretary was hospitalized for two months.

Soon after, Roddenberry brought her along to Trek to work as his production secretary, and asked her to choose a story to write for season one. "Charlie X," about  the Enterprise picking up an unstable teen boy with powerful mental abilities, would become her first sci-fi credit, and would make her a rare breed at the time: a woman who wrote sci-fi TV stories.

"At the time, I wasn't especially aware there were so few female writers doing action adventure scripts," she recalled in 2013. "There were plenty doing soaps, comedies, or on variety shows. By choosing to do action adventure, I was in an elite, very talented and very different group of women writers."

She also contributed to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and worked on the webseries Star Trek: New Voyages. More than just Star Trek, Fontana also had credit on shows such as The WaltonsBonanza and The Six Million Dollar Man, among more.

In recent years she worked as a lecturer in the Screenwriting department at the American Film Institute Conservatory. At the end of her writing classes, she would often pose a single question to her MFA students and invite them to respond verbally or follow-up with an answer after class. The question was "Why write?" Many students found this to be critical to their education and self-development.

She was nominated for a WGA award for co-writing an episode of the 1969-70 NBC series Then Came Bronson. The WGA honored her with the Morgan Cox Award in 1997 and and 2002.

Fontana is survived by her husband, Oscar-winning visual effects artist Dennis Skotak.

Trilby Beresford contributed to this report. 


FONTANA, Dorothy “D.C.” (Dorothy Catherine Fontana)
Born: 3/25/1939, Sussex, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 12/2/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Dorothy “D.C.” Fontana’s westerns – writer:
The Tall Man (TV) – 1960, 1961
Frontier Circus (TV) – 1961
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966, 1967
The Road West (TV) - 1967
The Big Valley (TV) – 1968, 1969
Lancer (TV) 1968, 1969
Bonanza (TV) – 1969, 1970
The Big Valley (TV) – 1968, 1969
Here Comes the Brides (TV) - 1970
Kung Fu (TV) – 1975
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (TV) – 1995

Sunday, December 1, 2019

RIP Shelley Morrison


Veteran 'Will and Grace' actress Shelley Morrison dies at 83

CP24
December 1, 2019

Shelley Morrison, an actress with a 50-year career who was best known for playing a memorable maid on “Will and Grace,” has died.

Publicist Lori DeWaal says Morrison died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from heart failure. She was 83.

Morrison played Rosario Salazar, a maid from El Salvador, in the original run of “Will and Grace” from 1999 to 2006, becoming part of a cast that won a Screen Actors Guild award for best ensemble in a comedy series.

Before “Will and Grace,” Morrison was best known for playing Sister Sixto on “The Flying Nun” alongside Sally Field from 1967 to 1970.

She guest-starred on dozens of television series starting in the early 1960s, and appeared in films alongside Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn and Salma Hayek.


MORRISON, Shelley (Rachel Mitrani)
Born: 10/26/1936, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/1/2019, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Shelley Morrison’s westerns – actress:
Laredo (TV) – 1965-1967 (Linda Little Trees)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1966 (Addie Moonercan)
Three Guns for Texas – 1968 (Linda Little Trees)
McKenna’s Gols – 1969 (Pima squaw)
Man and Boy – 1971 (Rosita)

RIP Lee Paul


[According to the SAG-AFTRA Fall magazine actor Paul Lee died on September 22, 2019. Place and cause is not mentioned and I can find no published obituary but his wife posted his passing on Facebook.]

Balancing both an early interest in science and the arts, Lee Paul grew up in Brooklyn, New York, went to college in Marietta, Ohio, worked for an oil company in Williston, North Dakota, and was an Air Force officer in King Salmon, Alaska. Working in Equity shows around the country, he found his own personal "Yellow Brick Road" which led him to Hollywood. With over 25 years of performing, 30 plus commercials, and more than 75 on-camera appearances, his career also includes published writing and photography. Lee's current book will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. in the next few months.


LEE, Paul
Born: 6/16/1939, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/22/2019, Chatsworth, California, U.S.A.

Lee Paul’s westerns – actor:
Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1973 (Ranee Claiborne)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (Gilchirst)
The Gambler (TV) – 1980 (George)
Kenny Rogers as the Gambler: the Adventure Continues (TV) – 1983 (Pettibone)
Outlaws (TV) – 1987 (Fireball McGuire)
Desperado: Avalanche at Devil’s Ridge (TV) 1988 (Joshua Barrens)

RIP Dianne Foster


[According to the SAG-AFTRA Fall magazine Canadian actress Dianne Foster died on August 27, 2019. Place and cause is not mentioned and I can find no published obituary.]

DIANNE FOSTER was born in 1928 in Edmonton, Alberta. Her birth name was Olga Helen Laruska.

After two years of radio work in Canada, Dianne moved to London and  acted with Orson Welles on radio in “The Lives of Harry Lime”.

Subsequently , on the London  stage, she was in Welles’ “Othello” and Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow.”

While in the U.K. Dianne made two films, The Quiet Woman (1951) and The Lost Hours (1952 with Mark Stevens ).

Moving to Hollywood, her first role was playing a British character in TV’s “Four  Star Playhouse”. Her film debut was in BAD FOR EACH OTHER.

Within a four year period, Dianne had costarred with Charlton Heston,Dana Andrews, Glenn Ford, Alan Ladd and James Stewart.

Not a bad record. I  always liked  Dianne . She had a rich, warm speaking voice and held her own  opposite the big stars.

She did some  TV in the 60s, with an appearance in “The Wild Wild West” her last role in 1966. She retired to look after her three children.

She later married dentist Dr. Harold Rowe in 1961 and they were together till his death in 1994.


FOSTER, Dianne (Olga Helen Laruska)
Born: 10/31/1928, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Died: 7/27/2019, Hidden Hills, California, U.S.A.

Dianne Foster’s westerns – actress:
The Kentuckian – 1955 (Hannah Bolen)
The Violent Men – 1955 (Judith Wilkinson)
Night Passage – 1957 (Charlotee ‘Charlie’ Drew)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (Joyce Edwards)
The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Laurie Harris)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (Marian Templeton)
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1960 9Jenny Dupree)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1960 (Ella Congreve, Elaine Griffin)
Outlaws (TV) – 1960, 1961 (Lainie McDonough, Ann Dineen)
Wagon Train (TV) - 1960 (Leslie Evers)
Have Gun – Will Travel – 1961 (Marion Sutter)
Laramie (TV) – 1961 (Ellie Jacobs)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962 (Cornelia Conrad)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966 (Ellie Jacobs)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966 (Amanda Vautrain)