Wednesday, September 30, 2009

RIP Allegra Varron

Allegra Rachel Fieldman

Allegra Fieldman of Westminster, California passed away on September 25, 2009. She was 88 years old. She was married to the late, Harold Fieldman.

Allegra Fieldman is also known by her stage name, Allegra Varron. She entertained the US Troops through the USO and appeared in dozens of films and television episodes from the 1940's through the late 1960's.

Mrs. Fieldman is survived by her dear family members and close friends. Her memorial service will take place at Harbor Lawn-Mt. Olive Mortuary, located at 1625 Gisler Avenue in Costa Mesa at 1:30 p.m. on October 4, 2009. A reception will follow immediately afterward.

VARRON, Allegra Rachel
Born: 1921
Died: 9/25/2009, Westminster, California, U.S.A.

Allegra Varron's westerns - actress:
Riding Shotgun - 1954 (Mrs. Fritz)
Judge Roy Bean (TV) - 1956 (Pilar Peralta)
26 Men (TV) - 1957 (Mrs. Juan Morales)
Maverick (TV) - 1958 (woman)
Born Reckless - 1958 (Mama Gomez)
Rawhide (TV) - 1962 (Conchita Lopez)
The Wide Country (TV) - 1963 (Tia Marguerita)
The Rounders - 1965 (Mrs Norson)

RIP Daniel Martin

Spanish actor Daniel Martin died on September 28th in Zaragoza, Spain, he was 74 years-old. Born José Daniel Martinez Martinez on May 12, 1935 in Cartagena, Murcia, Spain he lived his life in Zaragosa. He entered films in 1962 with an appearance in “La spada del Cid” directed by Miguel Iglesias. He came to the attention of Spaghetti Western fans when he appeared as Julio/Julián in Leone's “A Fistful of Dollars” opposite Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonte. He would go on to appear in over two dozen more Euro-westerns always in supporting roles such as Unkas in 1965's “Last of the Mohicans, Father Santana in 1967's “A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die” and even pop up in Emilio' Estevez's “Dead for a Dollar” as Sterling. He would turn to television later in life in such series as “Medico de familia”, and “The Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes”.

MARTIN, Daniel (aka Dan Martin, Danny Martin, Denny Martin) (Jose Daniel Martinez Martinez)
Born: 5/12/1935, Cartagena, Murcia, Spain
Died: 9/28/2009, Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain

Daniel Martin's westerns - actor:
Gunfight at Red Sands – 1963 (Manuel Martinez)
A Fistful of Dollars – 1964 (Julián/Julio)
The Last Tomahawk – 1964 (Uncas/Chinga)
The Last of the Mohicans – 1965 (Unkas)
The Man Called Gringo – 1965 (Gringo)
7 Magnificent Pistols – 1966 (Slim)
A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die – 1967 (Father Santana)
Dead Men Ride – 1971 (Mexican miner)
Let’s Go and Kill Sartana – 1971
Bad Man’s River – 1972 (false Montero)
The Fat Brothers of Trinity – 1972 (Bryan/Jim) [as Danny Martin]
The Return of Clint the Stranger – 1972
Too Much Gold for One Gringo – 1972 (Paco/Cato)
Watch Out Gringo… Sabata will Return – 1972 (Luke/Luck Morgan)
Demasiados muertos para Tex – 1973
White Fang – 1973 (Charlie)
Blood River – 1974 (Condor)
Spaghetti Western – 1974 (Jim)
Valley of the Dancing Widows – 1974
Savage Passion – 1975
Red Coat – 1975
Red Harvest – 1976 (Max Thaler) [as Denny Martin]
Red Harvest – 1978 (Max Thaler)
Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold – 1984 (1st Comanche)
Dollar for the Dead (TV) – 1997 (Sterling)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

RIP Timothy Bateson

It has been announced that actor Timothy Bateson passed away on Sep 16th 2009.

He began his film career on the Ealing production of "Nicholas Nickleby" (1947) playing Lord Frederick Verisopht appearing some other popular films of the late 1940s and early 1950s including the Boulting Brothers' commentary on class "The Guinea Pig" (1948), The Pat Jackson directed NHS embracing feature "The White Corridors" (1951) and Olivier's "Richard III" (1955). He was a favourite of Pat Jackson'; later turning up in "What a Carve Up" (1961), the CFF film "Seventy Deadly Pills" (1964) and his episodes of "Man in a Suitcase" and "The Famous Five".

Film parts flagged in the late 1950s but he became more prominent in the comedies "The Mouse that Roared" (1959) and "The Crooked Man" (1960). His comedy parts in film began to shrink to bit parts in James Robertson-Justice/Leslie Phillips vehicles but he began racking a few appearances in Hammer horror features before embarking on a very prolific TV career appearing in almost every drama series filmed in the 1960s including "The Avengers", "Z Cars", "Gideon's Way" and "Out of the Unknown". He pretty much continued working solidly through the 1970s in television making a couple of film appearances. He became a regular on "Grange Hill" and "Don't Wait Up" in the 1980s as well as the revived "Zorro" TV series shot in Spain. He mostly in television for the rest of his career as well as voice-over work that led to his being cast as the voice of Kreacher in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", his final film, but was not cast to voice the character in the next instalment of the series in which Kreacher appears.

BATESON, Timothy Dingwall
Born: 4/3/1926, London, England, U.K.
Died: 9/16/2009, England, U.K.

Timothy Bateson's western - actor:
The New Zorro (TV) - 1991-1993 (Padre Benites)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

RIP Istvan Bujtar

István Bujtor was born István Frenreisz in Budapest, Hungary on May 4, 1942, in a quite famous family; his grandfather was the legendary host Károly Gundel, His siblings were the famous Hungarian actor Zoltán Latinovits (half-brother) and the composer and bass guitarist Károly Frenreisz. Bujtor graduated as an economist in 1965. He became an actor, director, producer and screenplay writer. Bujtor started his acting career in 1964, and played in more than a hundred Hungarian films. He won the Béla Balázs Award in 1979. In the early 1980s he became known as the Hungarian voice of Bud Spencer. Based upon his the real life similarity with Spencer, later a series of Hungarian comedies were created in the Bud Spencer-Terrence Hill genre, in which Bujtor played hard-hitting detective Csöpi Ötvös partnered with fellow Hungarian actor András Kern. In January 2008 he became the director of the theatre in Veszprém. He was hospitalized in Veszprém on July 31, 2009 where he fell into a coma. After several weeks of treatment his health status seemingly stabilized and he was transferred to Budapest for rehabilitation. However, he died there on September 25, 2009. The circumstances of his death are currently undisclosed but he was reportedly diagnosed with coccidiosis, kidney failure and septic shock.

BUJTAR, Istvan real name Istvan Freinreisz
Born: 5/4/1942, Budapest, Hungary
Died: 9/25/2009, Budapest, Hungary

Istvan Bujtar's westerns - actor:
The Wind Blows Under Your Feet - 1976 (Merges Balazs)
Bad Guys - 1978 [voice of Hegyesi]

Thursday, September 24, 2009

RIP Hans-Werner Bussinger

German actor and synchronous speaker Hans Werner Bussinger died on Saturday at the age of 68 years. Bussinger was among other things the German voice of Lee Majors in " A Colt for all Fälle" and John Forsythe in " Denver Clan" , in " Totally Recall" it borrowed Michael Ironside its voice, in " Transformers" it was the German voice of Jon Voight. The list of its work as synchronous speakers covers several dozen of features and many TV-work. Category fans could do it among other things as the voice of John De Lancie as Q in different " Star Trek" - Series. On the television one saw in usually in Nebenrollen, among other things in " Tatort" and in " Our Charly".

BUSSINGER, Hans-Werner
Born: 4/5/1941, Frankfurt, Main, Germany
Died: 9/19/2009, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Hans-Werner Bussinger's westerns - voice dubber:
Fistful of Dollars - 1964 [German voice of Gian Maria Volonte] - re-release
For a Few Dollars More - 1965 [German voice of Gian Maria Volonte] - re-release
Bandidas - 2006 [German voice of Carlos 'East' Ismael

RIP Dick Durock

SOUTH BEND - Richard "Dick" Durock, 72, of Oak Park, CA, formerly of South Bend, died Thursday, September 17, 2009, in his residence. Richard was born on January 18, 1937, in South Bend, to David and Sadie (Medich) Durock, who preceded him in death along with a brother, Don Durock. Mr. Durock was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and worked as an actor and stuntman who appeared in over 80 films and over 700 television appearances. He is known for playing "Swamp Thing" in both the feature films Swamp Thing and The Return of Swamp Thing and the subsequent television show. Surviving are his significant other, Jane Connell of Coronado, CA; and three sisters, Julianne "Judy" (Maynard) Schenk of Mishawaka, Millicent "Mitzi" (Frank) Varrichione of Alton Bay, NH, and Zora (John) Buck of Maui, HI. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in Sts. Peter & Paul Serbian Orthodox Church. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Family and friends may call one hour prior to services in the church. Zahoran Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sts. Peter & Paul Serbian Orthodox Church or to The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care.

DUROCK, Richard "Dick"
Born: 1/18/1937, South Bend, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 9/17/2009, Oak Park, California, U.S.A.

Dick Durock's westerns - actor, stuntman:
The Master Gunfighter - 1975 (stunts)
Ramson for Alice (TV) - 1977
Little House on the Prairie (TV) - 1977 (Sharp)
Bronco Billy - 1980 (stunts)
More Wild Wild West (TV) - 1980
Silverado - 1985 (Turley bar fighter)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

RIP Victor Israel

Veteran Spanish actor Victor Israel passed away on Saturday September 19, 2009 in Spain. His funeral was held on Sunday. Born Maria Soler Vilanova on June 13, 1929 in Barcelona, Spain. The impish actor with the bad eye which reminded many fans of Jack Elam was a mainstay in the Spaghetti western and horror genres for more than three decades. His first Euro-western was in “Savage Guns” (1961) and he continued acting in westerns until his last appearance in “Al este del oeste” (1983). Seldom did he have more than a few lines of dialogue and often he appeared in uncredited roles, but his face was so easily recognizable that you knew him in heartbeat. One of his best and important roles was as the Confederate sergeant in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (1966). Angel Eyes played by Lee Van Cleef goes to a Confederate field hospital and talks with Israel about Bill Carson and where if captured he might turn up. This scene was cut from the U.S.A. print and most of us never saw the scene until it was inserted in the restored DVD version released several years ago. It's sad to see one of the best of the Spanish character actors leave us as quietly as most viewers were of his long career.

ISRAEL, Victor real name osé Maria Soler Vilanova
Born: 6/13/1929, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Died: 9/19/2009, Spain

Victor Israel's westerns – actor:
The Savage Guns – 1961
Shoot to Kill –1963
A Place Called Glory – 1965 (hotel clerk)
7 Guns for the MacGregors 1965 (piano player)
The Two Sergeants of General Custer – 1965
Dynamite Jim – 1966 (hotel clerk)
5 Giants from Texas – 1966 (barber)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 (Confederate soldier)
The Texican – 1966 (Wilkins)
The Treasure of Padre O’Hara – 1966
Sugar Colt – 1966 (gravedigger)
Up the MacGregors – 1966 (Trevor)
Yankee – 1966 (sheriff)
Bandidos – 1967 (train conductor)
Gentleman Killer – 1967
And for a Roof a Sky Full of Stars – 1968 (inn keeper)
Garringo – 1968 (barman)
I Came, I Saw, I Shot – 1968 (chef)
Killer, Adios – 1968 (Dixon)
A Pistol for 100 Coffins – 1968 (Barrett)
White Comanche – 1968 (Carter)
The Magnificent Bandit – 1969
Sundance Cassidy and Butch the Kid – 1969 (henchman)
Companeros! – 1970 (Rosenbloom henchman)
The Arizona Kid - 1971
Blazing Guns – 1971 (Preacher)
Catlow – 1971 (Pesquiera)
The Legend of Frenchie King – 1971
Long Live Your Death – 1971 (Manuel Mendoza)
Thunder Over El Paso – 1971
What am I Doing in a Middle of a Revolution? – 1972 (actor)
The Return of Alleluia – 1972
Sonny & Jed – 1972 (Felipe)
Three Supermen of the West – 1973 (banker)
The White, the Yellow and the Black – 1974 (prisoner)
Al este del oeste – 1983 (Tumbas)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

RIP John "Tennessee Smith" Smith

As a member of The Sunshine Boys quartet, John Smith did two live radio
shows a day on WAGA.

When John Smith left East Tennessee, he took with him a love for one of the region’s most cherished gifts.

In the late 1930s, he and his late brother moved from Oneida to Cincinnati to pursue a musical career. They had stops in Columbus and Charleston before Atlanta in early 1940.

Here, they joined The Sunshine Boys, a quartet that specialized in country and gospel music. The band performed live for Atlanta radio stations WSB and WAGA. The musicians also appeared at rallies around Atlanta to sell war bonds. The group picked and played its way to Hollywood and appeared in Western movies.

Ed Wallace of McDonough recalls those days fondly. He was a Georgia Tech student at the time and the band pianist from 1942 to 1949. The other original band members were Ace Richman (bass), A.L. “Smitty” Smith (guitar) and John Smith (fiddle). He was known as “Tennessee Smith.”

“John was probably the best fiddle player you’d ever hear in your life,” Mr. Wallace said. “He was offered jobs time and time again all over the country.”

John Orvia Smith, 91, of Griffin, died Wednesday at Brightmoor Assisted Living in Griffin from complications of kidney failure. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Conner-Westbury Funeral Home in Griffin.

In 1945, The Sunshine Boys headed to Hollywood, where country bands were being featured in cowboy movies. They appeared in films with stars like Eddie Dean, Lash Larue and the Durango Kid. At one time, the band split its time between Hollywood and Atlanta, where they had radio gigs.

At one point, The Sunshine Boys did two live radio shows a day on WAGA. On one show, they were called The Sunshine Boys. On the other, they were known as The Light Crust Dough Boys.

“At 12:30, we went on the air as The Light Crust Dough Boys and did a 14-minute, 30-second show of Westerns,” Mr. Wallace said. “Then at 12:45, we’d do gospel.”

After 1949, Mr. Smith and his brother struck out on their own, known simply as The Smith Brothers. The duo retired in 1965. Though Mr. Smith enjoyed country music, he had a deeper love for gospel, said his son, Billy Smith of Milner.

Both genres, he said, epitomize America, regardless of whether you’re from East Tennessee or Atlanta.

“They are distinctly American,” his son said, “and I think people relate to that. I think that music speaks to the soul of the typical American. I was always proud of what my father was able to do with both.”

Two years ago, at the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame ceremony, Mr. Smith was invited on stage to play the fiddle. “He went up there and played like it was 50 years ago,” Mr. Wallace said.

Other survivors include a brother, Charles E. Smith of Somerset, Ky.; five grand-children and nine great-grandchildren.

SMITH, John Orvia
Born: 8/15/1918, Oneida, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Died: 9/16/2009, Griffin, Georgia, U.S.A.

John Smith's westerns - singer, musician:
Colorado Serenade - 1946 (musician)
Tumbleweed Trail - 1946 (singing cowhand)
Driftin' River - 1946 (singing ranchhand)
Stars Over Texas - 1946 (singing ranchhand)
Wild Country - 1947 (singing cowhand)
Range Beyond the Blue - 1947 (musician)
West to Glory - 1947 (singing ranchhand)
Smoky River Serenade - 1947 (Sunshine Boys)
Song of Idaho - 1948 (musician)
West of Sonora - 1948 (musician)
Quick on the Trigger - 1948 (western band member)
Challenge of the Range - 1949 (musician)

RIP Norman Katkov

Norman Katkov, TV script writer and novelist, is dead at 91

By Claire Noland

Norman Katkov, a writer who started his long career crafting articles for newspapers and magazines and moved on to television scripts and novels, died Sept. 13 at his Los Angeles home of age-related causes, his son Richard said. He was 91.

"A Cardinal Act of Mercy," a two-part episode of the ABC-TV medical drama "Ben Casey," was nominated in 1963 for Emmys for Katkov's writing and Sydney Pollack's direction, as well as the work by a team of editors. Kim Stanley won the Emmy for outstanding single performance by an actress, and Glenda Farrell took home the best supporting actress trophy. Times TV critic Cecil Smith called Katkov's script "a masterful piece of work." In assessing the work of Stanley as a hospitalized attorney addicted to narcotics who is being treated by Dr. Casey, played by Vincent Edwards, Smith wrote: "I think it is valuable that Mr. Katkov's addict is portrayed not as some seamy bum but as an intelligent, forceful, competent human, caught in her need for this crutch."

Then the critic cited an exchange between the characters.

Doctor: "Have you tried psychiatry?"

Patient: "And suicide."

Katkov wrote for many other TV series, mainly in the 1960s and '70s, including the Steve McQueen western " Wanted: Dead or Alive," "The Virginian," "Ironside" and "Mission: Impossible."

Among his screenplays were "It Happened to Jane," a 1959 comedy starring Doris Day and Jack Lemmon, and "Viva Knievel!," a 1977 drama featuring stunt motorcyclist Evel Knievel.

Despite the professional success Katkov had in TV and film, he preferred the dramatic medium of the novel.

His first novel, "Eagle at My Eyes," published in 1948 by Doubleday, revolved around the complications of a Jewish-Gentile marriage. He followed the next year with "A Little Sleep, a Little Slumber," but movie and TV scripts took up most of his time and effort over the next few decades.

Katkov received good notices in 1983 for "Blood and Orchids," his fictional account of the Massie Case, a notorious 1930s rape trial in Honolulu. According to a New York Times review, "It is written in direct, narrative style, with many flashbacks that tell you about things as they were, so that you understand things as they are."

Three years later, Katkov capped his career by writing the script for the TV miniseries of the story, which starred Kris Kristofferson.

Born July 26, 1918, in what is now Ukraine, Katkov was a child when his family immigrated to the United States, settling in St. Paul, Minn. After receiving a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota in 1940, he got a job as a police reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. During World War II, he served stateside in the Army and later worked as a reporter at the now-defunct New York World Telegram.

He began submitting short stories to magazines and was published in Collier's, the Saturday Evening Post, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping and others before moving on to novels and scripts.

Besides his son Richard, Katkov is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; another son, William; four grandchildren; and two brothers, Robert and Morris.

KATKOV, Norman
Born: 7/26/1918, Ukraine
Died: 9/13/2009, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Norman Katkov's westerns - screenwriter:
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) - 1960, 1961
Outlaws (TV) - 1961
The Virginian (TV) - 1963, 1967, 1968
A Man Called Shenandoa (TV) - 1965
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1965
The Loner (TV) - 1965, 1966
The Rounders (TV) - 1966
The Iron Horse (TV) - 1967
The Outcasts (TV) - 1969
Bonanza (TV) - 1969
Kung Fu (TV) - 1972

RIP John Hart

John Hart, the other 'Lone Ranger,' dies at 91.

The actor took over the TV role for 52 episodes when Clayton Moore walked out in a pay dispute. He also played the title role in the 1947 Columbia serial 'Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy.'

By Dennis McLellan

September 22, 2009

Most TV fans of a certain age know the answer to the question, "Who played the Lone Ranger?"

Those who say Clayton Moore are correct, at least partially.

There was another actor who played the Masked Man on "The Lone Ranger" TV series, temporarily replacing Moore in the title role for 52 episodes beginning in 1952.

John Hart, 91, the handsome and athletic actor who also starred in the 1940s movie serial "Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy" and the 1950s TV series "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans," died Sunday at his home in Rosarito Beach in Baja California, said his wife, Beryl.

"He had dementia in his last years," she said Tuesday, "but he was very happy living by the ocean. He used to surf this whole coast in the late '30s and after the war."

A Los Angeles native who launched his Hollywood career with a few bit partsin Cecil B. DeMille's 1938 film "The Buccaneer," Hart played small roles in a string of films before being drafted into the Army in 1941.

Relaunching his career after the war, he played the title role in the 1947 Columbia serial "Jack Armstrong: The All-American Boy," which was based on the popular radio show.

Hart already had appeared in a couple of episodes of "The Lone Ranger" as a guest actor when Moore left the series, reportedly over a pay dispute.

"I don't know how many other actors they looked at, but I got the part," Hart said in an interview for the book "The Story of the Lone Ranger" by James Van Hise. "They didn't pay me much, either. It was unbelievable. But being an out-of-work actor, to have a steady job for awhile is great."

Hart said they shot each half-hour episode in two days.

When he began playing the role, he said in a 2001 interview with Tom Weaver for Starlog magazine, "I got a lot of bad advice about playing the part. I tried the bad advice for about one or two shows and then I said, 'The hell with that; I'll do it my own way.' They wanted me to be like a stiff Army major, and it was all wrong. So I just forgot that and slipped into the part, and everybody loved it."

For many "Lone Ranger" fans, Moore owned the iconic role, and Hart was placed in an unenviable position when he took it over.

"Tough job, but somebody's got to do it," said Boyd Magers, editor and publisher of Western Clippings, a western-film publication. "He walked right into it, and he played the Lone Ranger to the hilt. For those 52 episodes, he became the man behind the mask."

Hart was no stranger to horses, having worked as a cowboy during the summers while growing up.

"He worked very hard with Silver, the horse, who had been spooked previously, and was very large and very hard to handle," said Beryl Hart. "They hired him for a month to work with him.

"He said he could call Silver from one side of a corral and get him pounding toward him, this huge horse, and get him to stop on a dime right in front of him."

After Moore returned to "The Lone Ranger," Hart went on to star in the 1955 Columbia serial "The Adventures of Captain Africa."

He also starred in "Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans," a 1957 syndicated TV series shot in Canada with Lon Chaney Jr. as Chingachgook.

While shooting the series in Canada, Hart met his Canadian-born actress wife, then known as Beryl Braithwaite, when she landed a three-day acting job on the series.

Ten days later, the 20-year-old Braithwaite and the 39-year-old Hart were married.

Hart reconnected with "The Lone Ranger" when he played a newspaper editor in the 1981 movie "The Legend of the Lone Ranger," starring Klinton Spilsbury as the Masked Man.

Hart also played the Lone Ranger in a 1981 episode of "The Greatest American Hero" and in a 1982 episode of "Happy Days."

Hart was born Dec. 13, 1917, in Los Angeles and grew up in San Marino, where his mother was a drama critic for the Pasadena Star-News.

A graduate of South Pasadena High School, he appeared in a number of shows at the Pasadena Playhouse before landing a Hollywood agent. After working on "The Buccaneer," he was placed under contract at Paramount.

In the late `60s, Hart became a filmmaker, producing educational, sales and travel films. He later supervised post-production on the TV series "Quincy, M.E."

In addition to his wife of 52 years, Hart is survived by his daughter, Robyn Proiette.

Donations may be made to Rancho Del Nino Nueva Vida, a Rosarito Beach-area orphanage, through Cha Cha's Angels,

HART, John
Born: 12/13/1917, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/20/2009, Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico

John Hart's westerns – actor:
Northwest Mounted Police – 1940 (Norman)
The Vigilantes Return – 1947 (henchman)
Last of the Redmen – 1947 (British sergeant)
Tex Granger, Midnight Rider of the Plains – 1948 (Crane)
The Plunderers – 1948 (Tom)
El Paso – 1949 (Mr. Ritter)
The Fighting Redhead – 1949 (Faro Savage)
Cowboy and the Prizefighter – 1949 (Mark Palmer)
Colorado Ambush – 1951 (gambler)
Belle Le Grande – 1951 (man)
Stagecoach to Denver – 1951 (Slim Cole)
Warpath – 1951 (Sgt. Plennert)
The Longhorn – 1951 (Moresby)
Texas Lawman – 1951 (Marshal Dave)
Stage to Blue River – 1951 (Frederick Kingsley)
Texas City – 1952 (1st sergeant)
Waco – 1952 (Ranger Carmody)
Wild Stallion – 1952 (calvary corporal)
Kansas Territory – 1952 (Marshal Matt Furness)
Dead Man's Trail – 1952 (ranger captain)
Sky King (TV) – 1952 (Blake)
The Pathfinder – 1952 (French sergeant)
The Lone Ranger (TV) -1950-1953 (Lone Ranger)
Gunfighters of the Northwest – 1954 (Sgt. Dan Wells)
Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV) – 1955 (Sam Crane), (Steve MacDonald)
Perils of the Wilderness – 1956 (henchman)
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1957 (Hawkeye)
Wolf Dog – 1958
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1958 (Sharps)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1959
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1959
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959 (Wilson), 1960 (Jacobs)
Noose for a Gunman – 1960 (Dave Barker)
Frontier Circus (TV) – 1962 (Deputy Fred)
Rawhide (TV) – 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 (Narbo), 1965
Django Shoots First – 1966
The Fastest Gun Alive – 1967
Santee – 1967 (Cobbles)
Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1974 (Nathaniel Ridpath)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (Jim)
Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Parade (TV) – 1978 (Jake Terry)
The Legend of the Lone Ranger – 1981 (Lucas Striker)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

RIP Henry Gibson

"Laugh-In" member Henry Gibson has died.

Appeared in four Robert Altman films, 'Boston Legal'

By Mike Barnes
September 16, 2009

Henry Gibson, a wry comic character actor whose career included "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," "Nashville" and "Boston Legal," died Monday at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73.

Gibson's breakthrough came in 1968 when he was cast as a member of the original ensemble of NBC's top-rated "Laugh-In," on which he performed for three seasons. Each week, a giant flower in his hand, he recited a signature poem, introducing them with the catchphrase that became his signature: "A Poem, by Henry Gibson."

The poems proved so popular that they led to the release of two comedy albums, "The Alligator" and "The Grass Menagerie," as well as a book, "A Flower Child's Garden of Verses."

After "Laugh-In," he played the evil Dr. Verringer in "The Long Goodbye" (1973), the first of four films in which he appeared for director Robert Altman. Their second collaboration came in "Nashville" (1975) in which Gibson earned a Golden Globe nomination and National Society of Film Critics award for his performance as country singer Haven Hamilton. He also wrote his character's songs.

In television, recent notable work included a five-season stint as cantankerous Judge Clarence Brown on "Boston Legal" and multiple episodes as the voice of sardonic, eye-patched newspaperman Bob Jenkins on the animated "King of the Hill."

Gibson is survived by three sons, Jon, a business affairs executive at Universal Pictures; Charles, a director and two-time Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor; James, a screenwriter, and two grandchildren, Matthew and Miranda.

Memorial services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Friends of the Malibu Public Library.

GIBSON, Henry real name Henry Gibson Bateman
Born: 9/21/1935, Germantown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 9/14/2009, Malibu, California, U.S.A.

Henry Gibson's westerns - actor:
The Outlaws is Coming - 1965 (Charlie Horse)
Laredo (TV) - 1965 (Ranger Freddy Graber)
F Troop (TV) - 1966 (Wrongo Starr)
Evil Roy Slade (TV) - 1972 (Clifford Stool)
Barbary Coast (TV) - 1975 (Dasher)
"Santo Bugito" (TV) - 1995 (Mothemeyer)

RIP Arnold Laven

TV director, producer Arnold Laven dies at 87
By Mike Barnes

Sept 16, 2009

LOS ANGELES -- Arnold Laven, a director and producer of movies and TV shows who represented one-third of the prolific Levy-Gardner-Laven production team, died Sept. 13. He was 87.

During World War II, Laven -- who got his start as an assistant to Jack Warner at Warner Bros. -- served in the First Motion Picture Unit stationed at Fort (Hal) Roach (Studios) in Culver City making training films alongside the likes of Ronald Reagan, Clark Gable and William Holden.

There, he met Jules V. Levy and Arthur Gardner. After the war and stints as script supervisors and assistant directors, the three formed Levy-Gardner-Laven Prods. in 1951. It would become one of the longest-running partnerships in Hollywood history.

Their first feature, the Laven-directed "Without Warning" (1952), about a murderous gardener in Los Angeles, was made on a shoestring for $70,000 and launched the trio's journey. During the next three decades, Levy-Gardner-Laven would produce four television series and more than 20 features.

Laven's TV directing credits (both for and outside his production company) included episodes of such popular shows as "The Big Valley," "The Rifleman," "Mannix," "Ironside," "The Six Million Dollar Man," "The Rockford Files," "Fantasy Island," "Eight Is Enough," "ChiPs," "Hill Street Blues" and "The A-Team."

He directed such films as "Down Three Dark Streets" (1954), starring Edward G. Robinson; "Slaughter on 10th Avenue" (1957), toplined by Walter Matthau; "The Rack" (1956), starring Paul Newman; "Anna Lucasta" (1959), with Sammy Davis Jr. and Eartha Kitt; "Geronimo" (1962), starring Chuck Connors; and "Sam Whiskey" (1969) starring Burt Reynolds.

In 1957, Laven and his partners were developing a Western for Dick Powell's "Zane Grey Theater" and collaborating with a new screenwriter, Sam Peckinpah. The series, about a settler particularly adept at shooting a rifle, needed something to separate it from the many Westerns then on the air and in development.

Laven looked to his own relationship with his son Larry and told Peckinpah to foster a father-son relationship. The show, "The Rifleman," starring Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford, became one of the most successful of the 1960s.

Levy-Gardner-Laven also produced TV shows "The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor" and "The Big Valley," with Barbara Stanwyck.

Most recently, Laven helped with the launch of "The Rifleman" on Hulu to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary.

Levy died in 2003. Gardner, 99, still comes to work every day in Beverly Hills, according to his son, Steven Gardner.

In addition to his son Larry, Laven's survivors include Wally, his wife of more than 58 years; daughter Barbara; and sister Rennie Skepner.

A memorial is to be scheduled. Donations in his name may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation in New York or the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills.

LAVEN, Arnold
Born: 2/23/1922, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 9/13/2009, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Arnold Laven's westerns - producer, director, screenwriter, script supervisor
Adventures of Gallant Bess - 1948 [script supervisor]
Man from Texas - 1948 [script supervisor]
The Daring Caballero - 1949 [script supervisor]
Border Treasure - 1950 [script supervisor]
Wagon Train (TV) - 1958 [director]
Zane Grey Theater (TV) - 1958 [director]
The Rifleman (TV) 1958-1963 [producer, director]
Law of the Plainsman (TV) - 1959-1960 [producer]
Geronimo - 1962 [producer, director, screenwriter]
The Glory Guys - 1965 [producer, director]
The Big Valley (TV) - 1965-1969 [producer, director]
Rough Night in Jericho - 1967 [director]
The Scalphunters - 1968 [producer]
Sam Whiskey - 1969 [producer, director]
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1973 [director]

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

RIP Frank Coghlan Jr.

Frank “Junior” Coghlan, 93.
Mar. 15, 1916 – Sept. 7, 2009
Frank “Junior” Coghlan , the child star actor of silent movies died peacefully in his sleep in Saugus, CA at the age of 93. Frank moved with his parents Frank and Katherine Coghlan to California as a baby. In 1920 eventually all three family members performed extra work in silent pictures, with Frank taking the stage name “Junior Coghlan” starting at the tender age of three. By 1925, Junior managed the jump from an extra to a popular actor with his name appearing on the official cast lists. Junior quickly became one of the era’s most recognized child actors. Junior signed a five year contract with Cecil B. DeMille in 1925. When DeMille saw Junior’s publicily stills, he stated, “Junior Coghlan is the perfect example of a homeless waif.” In the following years he appeared in specially tailored movies to his talent, such as “Slide, Kelly, Slide,” “The Yankee Clipper” “Rubber Tires”, and “The Last Frontier”. His first three talkies were made at Warner Brothers in 1931. There he played with Charles Bickford in “River’s End”, co-starred as Sam in “Penrod and Sam” with Leon Janney as Penrod, and then played James Cagney as a boy in “Public Enemy”. He starred in the high school age series of comedies, “The Frolics of Youth”, for Educational Studios in 1933 and 1934 where Shirley Temple was his little sister in her first tour of these two reel comedies. He is probably best remembered as Billy Batson in the 1941Republic action serial, “Adventures of Captain Marvel” where he transformed into Captain Marvel by saying the magic catch phrase, “Shazam!”

Junior worked with many legends of Hollywood such as: Charlie Chaplin, Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, William Boyd, Pat O’Brien, James Cagney, and Spencer Tracy.
Later, Junior became a Naval Aviator during World War II and served 23 years on active duty. For eight of those years he was in charge of the Navy Film Cooperation Program. From 1952 to 1954, while stationed in the Pentagon, he was the liaison on such films as; “The Caine Mutiny,” “The Bridges at Toko-Ri,” and the great “Mr. Roberts”. From 1960 to 1965 he headed the Navy Hollywood office where he even had the pleasure of helping his old friend Jackie Cooper on his television series “Hennesey.”

Frank “Junior” Coghlan continued his many careers as a public relations man for the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Port of Los Angeles. He remained a commercial actor for various products and continued performing into his 90’s. Frank wrote an autobiography titled, “They Still Call Me Junior” published in 1992. In recent years Frank became popular at movie and early television conventions.
Frank will be dearly missed by his family, community, and fans. Frank a loving husband, a devoted father and grandfather. He is survived by his son Patrick & Sioux Coghlan of Saugus, CA; his daughters Cathleen & Michael Farley of Goldhill, OR., Judy Coghlan and Gordon of Seal Beach, CA., and Elizabeth & Gil Gagnon of Long Beach, CA., preceded in death by his, wife- Betty Coghlan, and their son son Michael Coghlan and his second wife Letha Coghlan. His grandchildren; Casey, Cody, Jared, Danae, Claire, and Micah.

Services will be held at Eternal Valley Mortuary on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 10:00am. Burial to follow at All Souls Catholic Cemetery in Long Beach .CA.

COGHLAN Jr., Frank
Born: 3/15/1916, New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Died: 9/7/2006, Saugus, California, U.S.A

Frank Coghlan's westerns - actor:
Whispering Smith - 1926
The Last Frontier - 1926 (Buddy)
River's End - 1930 (Mickey O'Toole)
The Last of the Mohicans - 1932 (Uncas)
Drum Taps - 1933 (Eric Cartwright)
The Shakiest Gun in the West - 1968 (man at bar)
The Outcasts (TV) - 1968 (storekeeper)

Monday, September 14, 2009


Film star Patrick Swayze dead at 57:

By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Patrick Swayze, who went from Broadway dancer to Hollywood star in box-office hits like "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost," died on Monday, U.S. media reports said. He was 57.

Swayze, whose spokesman announced in March 2008 that the actor had pancreatic cancer, died at home with his family at his side, ABC News reported, citing his spokeswoman Annett Wolf.

The Texas native began his career as a dancer and made dozens of stage, film and TV appearances over four decades. Pop culture immortality came with 1987's "Dirty Dancing," which defied Hollywood expectations to become one of the most-watched movies of all time.

Swayze played the swaggering Castle in the film opposite Jennifer Grey's sheltered teenager, Frances "Baby" Houseman, who becomes smitten with Castle while on vacation at a New York resort during the 1960s.

An unlikely romance builds between the pair as Castle trains the gawky teen to stand in for his partner at a dance-off in the film's climactic scene and confronts her father with the often-quoted line from the film: "Nobody puts Baby in the corner."

"Dirty Dancing," which was made for a modest budget and almost scrapped by its studio, became a massive box-office hit, earning Golden Globe nominations for both stars and spawning the Oscar-winning hit single "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."

SWAYZE, Patrick Wayne
Born: 8/18/1952, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 9/14/2009, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Patrick Swayze's western - actor:
Tall Tale - 1995 (Pecos Bill)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

RIP Paul Burke

Paul Burke, New Orleans-born actor, dies

by The Times-Picayune
Sunday September 13, 2009, 3:18 PM

Paul Burke, the New Orleans-born actor best known for his roles in the "Naked City," "12 O'Clock High" and "Dynasty" television series, died early Sunday in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 83.

Mr. Burke was born in 1926, the son of boxer Martin Burke. The family owned the nightclub and restaurant Marty Burke's in the French Quarter during World War II, and Mr. Burke spent much of his childhood around the family business.

He made his way to Hollywood at the age of 19, where he studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse school of theatre arts.

At first, Mr. Burke was cast in small roles in films and became protege to Warner Bros. director Lloyd Bacon. He travelled back and forth between Hollywood and New York, playing guest roles in television series. In 1957, Mr. Burke landed his first leading role as Dr. Noah McCann in NBC's live television series "Noah's Ark."

He also did numerous guest roles in TV series and starred in several other series including ABC's "Harbourmaster" and NBC's "Five Fingers."

Mr. Burke was nominated for an Emmy twice for his role as Det. Adam Flint in the Emmy Award winning series "Naked City," which he joined in its second season when the format changed from half-hour to hour long drama. With storylines inspired by real life crime and its gritty, semi-documentary shooting style on location in New York City, the series attracted the brightest up and coming talents of the New York stage to guest roles -- Dustin Hoffman, Robert Duvall, Jon Voight among them.

Mr. Burke later went on to a starring role in ABC's popular series, "12 O'Clock High" as Col. Joseph Anson Gallagher.

Throughout his career he was a staple in television series, utilized most frequently by friend and colleague Aaron Spelling. In the 1980s Mr. Burke found himself in one of the most widely watched series of the time, "Dynasty," as the infamous Congressman Neal McVane who framed Alexis for murder.

Though Mr. Burke spent much of his career in television, he also had success in feature films. In 1967 the best-selling Jacqueline Susann novel "Valley of the Dolls" was made into a movie and Mr. Burke was cast as Lyon Burke, starring alongside Sharon Tate, Patty Duke and Barbara Parkins.

His other roles in film include leading roles in "The Thomas Crown Affair" with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, and "Daddy's Gone A-Hunting."

In 1979 Burke married television actress Lyn Peters whom he'd worked with on "12 O'Clock High." In the past several years the couple had retired permanently to their Palm Springs home.

In 1989, Mr. Burke was indicted with then-New Orleans District Attorney Harry Connick, developer Wilson Abraham, attorney Pat Fanning and a convicted bookmaker, Walton Aucoin. They were accused on charges of racketeering and aiding a gambling operation.

The highly publicized five-week trial brought Burke back to his native city to face federal charges that he was aiding an illegal gambling operation by calling Connick, a lifelong friend, on behalf of Aucoin. Burke, Connick, Abraham and Fanning were acquitted in 1990, but Aucoin and two-others were convicted.

Burke is survived by his wife, Lyn, and his three children from his first marriage, Paula Burke-Lopez, Paul Brian Burke and Dina Burke-Shawkat

Born: 7/21/1926, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Died: 9/13/2009, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.

The Lone Ranger (TV) - 1955 (Willy Brady)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) - 1958 (Bud Crawford)
Black Saddle (TV) - 1959 (Harley King), 1960 (Cole Castleberry)
Hotel de Paree (TV) - 1960 (Tad Frisbee)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1960
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) - 1960 (Daniel Trenner)
Wild and Wooly (TV) - 1978 (Tobias Singleton)

RIP George Eckstein

Television Screenwriter, Producer George Eckstein died at his Brentwood, California home on September 12th. He wrote scripts for numerous popular television programs from the 1960's into the 2000's, most notably the series finale of "The Fugitive". The Los Angeles native was educated at Stanford University where he attained his bachelor's degree in theater arts and attended UCLA where he received a master's in theater arts. In addition, he earned a law degree from USC and served in the United States Army. He began his career in the entertainment industry when he produced the Broadway musical "Billy Barnes Revue" in 1959. During the 1960's, he started to amass writing credits for such small screen shows as "Dr. Kildare", "The Untouchables", "Felony Squad", "The Invaders" and "Jake and the Fatman". The final episode of "The Fugitive" which aired on August 29, 1967 became the most watched single television episode at that time. In addition, Eckstein produced episodes of "The Fugitive" as well as the programs "The Name of the Game", "Banacek" and "Love, Sidney". He produced the early Steven Spielberg film "Duel" (1971).

Born: 5/3/1928, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/12/2009, Brentwood, California, U.S.A.

George Eckstein's westerns - screenwriter:
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1964, 1965
The Outcasts (TV) - 1968

Saturday, September 12, 2009

RIP Loren Savitsky

News has come that Loren Savitsky, who essentially was a one-man swing gang for the production of "5", was killed in a motorcycle accident on September 4th.

Loren, was a one time student at Brooks Institute's School of Film and was brought in to join our little crew on "5". He spent most of his time with Rich, Wex, and the rest of the grip/electric/camera folks - but, even at his young age, he was a consumate professional: prepared, timely, eager to get the job done. As a director, what more could you ask for?

For those on the crew who had the chance to know Loren, or just those who've heard of him though "5", it is asked that you add your blessings to his spirit as he passes on and give your light, love, and compassion to his family in their moment of need.

Farewell, Loren. Peace be yours.

Born: 19??, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 9/4/2009, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Loren Savitsky's western - cinematographer:
Pretty Good Western - 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

RIP Larry Gelbart

Larry Gelbart Dies
By Dave Itzkoff

Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Larry Gelbart on the stage of the Ethel Barrymore Theater where a revival of his play “Sly Fox” was performed in 2004.Obituary: Larry Gelbart, Comedy Writer, Dies at 81

Larry Gelbart, the veteran comedy writer who composed gags and zingers for comic greats like Sid Caesar, Bob Hope and George Burns, and whose six-decade career spanned radio, theater, television and film, has died, reported. He was 81. His wife, Pat Gelbart, told CNN that he died Friday from cancer at his home in Beverly Hills.

After catching his first break at the age of 16 when his father, a barber, boasted about his son to a customer — the comedian Danny Thomas — Mr. Gelbart went on to share a writer’s room with Neil Simon and Mel Brooks on television’s “Caesar’s Hour”; develop the television adaptation of “M*A*S*H,” and write its pilot, along with 56 more episodes of the show; write the books for the musicals “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “City of Angels”; and write the screenplays for “Tootsie” (with Murray Schisgal) and “Oh, God!” among other comedy films. He won two Tony Awards (for “Forum” and “City of Angels”), and earned 12 Emmy nominations (winning once for “M*A*S*H”) and two Academy Award nominations (for “Tootsie” and “Oh, God!”).

GELBART, Larry Simon
Born: 2/25/1928, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 9/11/2009, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.

Larry Gelbert's western - producer:
And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (TV) - 2003

Thursday, September 10, 2009

RIP James A. Dennett

Production manager James A. Dennett, who worked on "The China Syndrome" and the ABC skein "Starman," died Aug. 11 of lung cancer in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 75.
Born in New York, Dennett moved to Chicago with his mother when he was a child. After attending Loyola U. Chicago, he co-founded the Film Group in 1966 with Mike Gray and Bill Cottle. The studio produced Howard Alk's award-winning documentaries "American Revolution 2" and "The Murder of Fred Hampton."

Dennett moved to Hollywood in 1972 where he worked as an assistant director and production manager. Throughout his career, he worked on such films as "Wavelength" and "Stoney Island."

Chicago-born director Andrew Davis, with whom Dennett worked on "The Fugitive" in 1993, credits Dennett as a mentor who gave him his first gig.

Dennett is survived by four sons; two daughters and nine grandchildren.

Born: 3/3/1934, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 8/11/2009, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

James A. Dennett's westerns, production manager, producer:
Leg Up - 1990 [production manager]
Wild Card (TV) - 1992 [production manager, producer]

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

RIP Jack Manning

Character actor Jack Manning dies in Rancho Palos Verdes at 93

By Larry Altman Staff Writer Daily Breeze

Character actor Jack Manning, who appeared with Helen Hayes on Broadway, Robert Duvall in the movies, Peter Falk on television, and directed actors in South Bay theater productions, has died at his Rancho Palos Verdes home. He was 93.

Manning died of natural causes on Aug. 31. Family members and friends are planning a private celebration of his life.

"He used to say he never did an honest day's work in his life," said his wife of 42 years, Francie. "He just did what he enjoyed. He loved it. It was a very good life."

Born June 3, 1916, in Cincinnati, Manning began his acting career at the University of Cincinnati. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics, but spent his time appearing on WLW radio and in student plays and musicals.

"He started acting really young," Manning's wife said. "His parents would take him to these clubs and he would dance at various things and the band started paying him to dance. That got the bug in him to be in front of people and receive applause."

Manning moved to New York in 1941, getting a job on radio as Henry Aldrich's friend on "The Aldrich Family."

He appeared in numerous plays for the Theatre Guild on the Air, and voiced parts on classic radio shows such as "The Green Hornet," "The Shadow," "The Goldbergs," and "One Man's Family."

Manning played parts in more than 20 plays and musicals on Broadway, including the role of Rodrigo in "Othello," starring Paul Robeson from 1943-45.

Manning also appeared in "Man and Superman" with Maurice Evans, "Harriet" with Helen Hayes, and other shows, including "Junior Miss," "Billy Budd," "Alice in Wonderland," "Say Darling," "The Boyfriend," and "Do I Hear a Waltz?"

In 1953, he performed a one-man Hamlet on television's Dumont Network. The shows took place in daily 15-minute segments over two weeks.

He appeared in television shows "Robert Montgomery Presents" The "Philco Television Playhouse" and "Armstrong Circle Theatre."

After playing two characters - both of whom were killed by Jesse James - in "The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid" with Cliff Robertson and Robert Duvall, Manning and his wife moved to the South Bay in 1970.

They lived in Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach before settling in Rancho Palos Verdes in 1980.

Manning spent years appearing on television, movies and on stage in Los Angeles in the 1970s and '80s.

He appeared in movies including, "The Great Waldo Pepper," "The Owl and the Pussycat," "Where's Poppa?" "The Thief Who Came to Dinner," and several Disney movies including, "Superdad" and "Herbie Rides Again."

He played roles on numerous television dramas and comedies, including "Bonanza," "Cannon," "Columbo, "McMillan and Wife," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Marcus Welby M.D.," "Sanford and Son," "Adam-12," "Kojak," "Emergency," "Ironside," "The Six Million Man," "The Waltons," "The
Jeffersons," "Quincy M.E.," "Maude," and "Silver Spoons."

He played Dean Rutherford on five episodes of "The Paper Chase."

Manning also appeared in stage productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Ahmanson Theatre, and the Shubert Theater in Los Angeles.

Manning taught acting in New York and in Los Angeles, and directed Shakespeare productions for the Helen Hayes' Repertory Company.

In the South Bay, Manning directed the Norris Theatre for the Performing Art's production of "Twelfth Night" at the South Coast Botanic Garden. Hundreds of people attended the shows.

Also in 1988, Manning directed the South Bay Light Opera's production of "H.M.S. Pinafore" at El Camino College's Marsee Auditorium.

In addition to his wife, Manning is survived by a son, Colin of Silver Lake; two daughters, Brook, of Rancho Palos Verdes and Gale Nichols of Savannah, Ga.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Born: 6/3/1916, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 8/31/2009, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, U.S.A.

Jack Manning's westerns - actor:
Bonanza (TV) - 1971 (Henry Clagger)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) - 1971 (Bart Lewis), 1972 (Dr. O'Connell)
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid - 1972 (Heywood)

RIP Army Archerd

Columnist Army Archerd dies at 87

LOS ANGELES — Veteran entertainment journalist Army Archerd, who wrote a column for the entertainment trade publication Variety for over 50 years, has died. He was 87.

Archerd's spokeswoman said he died Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center of mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs strongly tied to asbestos exposure.

Archerd began his career at The Associated Press and later went on to write about the entertainment industry at Variety. His most significant scoop came in 1985 when Archerd reported that Rock Hudson was undergoing treatment for AIDS, despite denials by Hudson's spokesman.

He was one of the first journalist to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

ARCHERD, Armand "Army"
Born: 1/13/1919, Bronx, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/8/2009, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Army Archerd's western - actor:
The Big Valley (TV) - 1966 (Bank Clerk), 1968 (Stage Depot Clerk)

RIP Ray Barrett

Actor Ray Barrett dies

Award-winning actor Ray Barrett has died from a brain haemorrhage in hospital on Queensland's Gold Coast.

The 82-year-old was admitted this morning and died a short time later.

The actor suffered from chronic low-blood pressure which led to several falls including one this morning.

His long career included numerous Australian film, stage and television productions.

Barrett was one of the popular leading men on British television in the 1960s, including an appearance in the Doctor Who serial The Rescue in 1965.

He also did the voice of an ex-astronaut in the popular series Thunderbirds.

He appeared alongside fellow acting icons John Hargreaves and Graham Kennedy in the screen adaptation of John Williamson's play Don's Party and won an AFI Award for best actor for his role in director Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith.

Barrett was better known in recent years for a string of television appearances in series, including Something in the Air, All Saints and White Collar Blue.

BARRETT, Raymond Charles
Born: 5/2/1927, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died: 9/8/2009, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Ray Barrett's western - actor:
Australia - 2008 (Ramsden)

RIP Mike Bongiorno

TV host who popularized quiz shows in Italy dies

ROME — Mike Bongiorno, a TV host who popularized quiz shows for generations of Italians and became a symbol of national television, has died. He was 85.

Bongiorno died of a heart attack at his home in Monte Carlo, the ANSA news agency and satellite TV station Sky Italia said.

Nicknamed “The Quiz King,” Bongiorno was one of Italy’s most enduring and beloved TV personalities. His gaffes were legendary and his greeting to viewers — “Allegria!” or “Cheers!” — a trademark.

He was so popular that Umberto Eco wrote an essay called the “Phenomenology of Mike Bongiorno,” using the host as a symbol of popular culture.

The reaction to his death showed that his popularity, aided by a career that spanned five decades, had transcended the small screen: politicians, intellectuals and even the soccer team he rooted for sent condolences. Vatican Radio called him a “milestone” of Italian TV, and President Giorgio Napolitano said Bongiorno was a “household presence” for Italian families.

He appeared on RAI state TV on its first day of programming in the early 1950s and went on to host a series of successful quiz shows — many of them adaptations of U.S. shows — for over two decades. Millions of Italians watched as he asked sometimes impossible questions of his contestants.

He was among the first and, at that point, most prominent personalities to move to private TV, contributing to the success of the TV company owned by Silvio Berlusconi, the current Italian premier, in the early 1980s.

“He was a great friend. A great protagonist of Italian TV leaves us,” Berlusconi said.

Fellow veteran TV host Maurizio Costanzo called Bongiorno “the essence of Italian TV.”

Born in New York, Bongiorno moved to his mother’s hometown of Turin, Italy, as a young boy. During World War II he took part in the Italian resistance and was briefly incarcerated. ANSA said he was captured by the Gestapo and then deported to a German concentration camp before being freed thanks to a prisoner-of-war exchange.

Bongiorno was the host of countless shows, appeared as himself in a handful of Italian movies, received an honorary degree in Milan and wrote an autobiography called “La Mia Versione” (”My Version”).

He recently left Berlusconi’s company and was working on a remake of his popular Rischiatutto show for Sky Italia.

Bongiorno is survived by his wife, Daniela Zuccoli, and three children.

Information on funeral arrangements was not immediately available. The family’s Filmike Enterprises company refused comment.

BONGIORNO, Michael Nicholas Salvatore
Born: 5/26/1924, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/8/2009, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Mike Bongiorno's western - actor
They Call Me Providence – 1972 (Mike Goodmorning)

Monday, September 7, 2009

RIP Yolanda Varela

The funeral for Mexican actress Yolanda Varela, who died on August 29th at the age of 79 and who was a star in the 'Golden Age of Mexican Cinema', was held today at the Church of Covadonag.

The actress was born Carmen Yolanda Sainz Reyes on March 30, 1930 and she participated in innumerable films, including some co-productions with Spain, from an early age she began working in films which combined her interest in dance classes at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes.

She worked alongside the likes of such actors as Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, Daniel Gelin, Arturo de Cordova, Jorge Mistral, Adalberto Martinez, "Resortes", Antonio Espino, "Clavillazo", Germain Valdes, "Tin Tan", Manolo Fabregas, Ernesto Alonso, Pedro Vargas, Mauricio Garces, Miguel Aceves Mejia and Joaquin Corodero among others.

Among her works are films like "Dos tipos de cuidado", "La Hermana Blanca",
"Escuela de Rateros", "El niño y el muro", "Isla para dos", "La heida luminosa".

Yolanda Varela is survived by her four children Yolanda, Gabriela, Fernanda and Fernando, the result of her marriage to film producer Fernande de Fuentes, whom she met while filming the movie "Lo que la paso Sanson".

VARELA, Yolanda (Carmen Yolanda Sainz Reyes)
Born: 8/30/1930, Mexico City, Federal Distirct, Mexico
Died: 8/29/2009, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Yolanda Varela's westerns - actress:
El 7 leguas - 1955 (Adelita)
Al diablo las mujeres - 1955

Friday, September 4, 2009

RIP Patrick Durkin

Tribute paid to actor who moved Indiana Jones to tears

By Evening Gazette on Sep 3, 09 11:25 AM in Local News

A MIDDLESBROUGH-BORN actor who once moved a Hollywood star to tears with an impromptu poetry recital has died at the age of 74.

Patrick Durkin, from Linthorpe, was destined for a life of stardom when his father, an RAF veteran also called Patrick, sent him to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).

Today, his brother, John, 69, paid tribute to the star who would often return to Teesside and regale friends with celebrity tales from the film-making world.

He also told how the Raiders of the Lost Ark and Carry on Sergeant actor moved Harrison Ford to tears with his recital of the classic poem Horatius.

John said: "The teachers at Archibald School in Middlesbrough noticed his talent and he was always the best one on in a lot of the school plays. My father sent him to LAMDA when he was 18 and he was in the same class as Peter O'Toole and Richard Harris.

"His sparkling rendition of all the verses of Horatius during a break in filming rendered Harrison Ford speechless and in tears. He was clearly overwhelmed and couldn't go on filming for another hour."

Patrick lived in London but would often visit friends and family in Middlesbrough. John said: "People loved going out with him. We were treated to his stories, a bit of culture with the Shakespeare speeches, comedy and there was a little bit too much drinking."

Patrick and John were brought up by their late parents Gwen and Patrick in Linthorpe. The couple were able to give their sons a good upbringing as the successful owners of Pat Durkin Fireplaces on Cleveland Street.

John, of Cambridge Road, Middlesbrough, said: "Our dad came out of the RAF and did well with fireplaces... which meant he could afford the LAMDA fees."

Dad-of-two, Patrick, pictured with John as children, who was born on June 9 1936, appeared in many of the Carry On films and had a talent for memorising Shakespeare.

John said: "Even as a boy of 14, 15 and 16, he could recite speeches from Julius Caesar. He went to elocution classes to learn to talk posh but I don't think he ever did really. He was also Tommy Cooper's straight man in Blackpool for many years."

Patrick recently worked in Benidorm performing in clubs, but became ill and returned to London, where he died. John said: "Lots of other actors and his contemporaries gave him a good send off. Nobody ever had a bad word to say about him.

"I will remember my brother bringing the house down in a bar in Benalmadena last year with some Shakespeare. I was proud that at his age he could still get it across."

DURKIN, Patrick
Born: 6/9/1936, Lingthorpe, Middleborough, England, U.K.
Died: 9/1/2009, Longon, England, U.K.

Patrick Durkin's western - actor:
Carry on Cowboy - 1966 (man)

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

RIP Wayne Tippit

Wayne Tippit a veteran character actor who played the role of Palmer Woodward on the hit television series Melrose Place, as well as many other stage, screen and television parts, died August 28 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after a long illness. He was 76 (DOB 12-19-1932). Tippit was a longtime resident of Ridgewood, NJ before moving to Los Angeles in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Carole Macho Tippit, daughters Sarah Tippit and Kate Tippit Avron, and four grandchildren. A memorial service is being planned for later in September at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Lung Transplant Program in the Womens Guild Lung Institute, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 8700 Beverly Blvd., Suite 6732, Los Angeles, CA 90048. (Published in NJ The Record and Herald News on September 2, 2009)

Born: 12/19/1932, Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 8/28/2009, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Wayne Tippit's western - actor:
Noon Wine (TV) - 1985 (Mr. Burleigh)