Saturday, July 31, 2010

RIP Raoul Billerey

His last appearance on stage at the Theatre de Serres, last year, in "Jesus II" as Joseph Delteil, had not gone unnoticed. Raoul Billerey who died July 28, 2010 at the age of 90, played the role of Adam, with Jean-Claude Drouot and Serge Lelay, the role of the patriarch who returned to earth to encourage his fellow inhabitants to transcend their differences and to move forward. "I am happy to have associated with this show," says Jean-Claude Drouot, and very saddened by his departure, we had maintained an unwavering friendship for 50 years. Since filming the television series "Thierry La Fronde" in 1963. "Raoul, who was master of arms, stuntman and actor, was asked to do the fighting. We worked together several times thereafter: "Astrance", "Cyrano de Bergerac" and in other films such as, "The River of Hope" where he played the role of the priest. He had been at the school of Pierre Renoir's brother John, the filmmaker and son of painter Auguste Renoir. "With more than thirty films to his credit, his rich career in films he often made a detour to television and theater, expanding his sphere of action, the measure of a fiery and full actor, working with leading actors and directors of the era. "People were stunned by his generosity and his natural enthusiasm, the quality of his stories, says Jean-Claude Drouot. As in “Shanghai” alongside Marshal, a Chinese version of "3 Musketeers". After living twenty years Lacassaigne near Fanjeaux he retired in Limoux with his wife Claudine, in a house facing the Basilica of Our Lady of Marseilles, which was dear to the heart of Delteil and pilgrims from around the world who visit the Black Madonna.

Born: 10/12/1920, France
Died: 7/28/2010, Limoux, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Raoul Billerey's westerns - actor:
Fernand Cowboy - 1956
Fortune (TV) - 1967 (Ft. Sutter tavern owner)

RIP María Teresa Rivas

MEXICO July 23 - The actress María Teresa Rivas died today at a hospital Santa Elena, she was 77 years old, said Patricia Gonzalez, Rivas a spokes person for the family.

Gonzalez, sister of the granddaughter of the actress, said that Maria, who gave life as Fando's mother in the film of "Jodorowsky's Fando y Lis", was not suffering from any disease, so that her death was even more surprising.
"In the morning she felt ill, she was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Santa Elena, not knowing anything. We have a very close family, through my brother, so we are very hurt," she said in a telephone interview.

It is expected that on Saturday, Rivas's body will be taken to a funeral at Felix Cuevas.
The actress was born on May 6, 1933 in Jalisco and began her career as an actress in the '50s.
Among her work in films, television and theater are "Gutierritos", "Los Ricos También Lloran", "Colorina", "Velo de Novia", "Agujetas de Color de Rosa", y en sus últimas apariciones en la telenovela "Carita de Ángel", 2000.

RIVAS, María Teresa (María Teresa Orozco Moreno)
Born: 5/6/1933, Union de San Antonio, Jalisco, Mexico
Died: 7/23/2010, Santa Elena, Yucatan, Mexico

María Teresa Rivas' westerns – actress:
Tierra de hombres – 1956
The Two Rivals – 1966
El corrido de 'El hijo desobediente' – 1968

Friday, July 30, 2010

RIP James Stuart Duffy

James Stuart Duffy

Malibu Times:
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:33 AM PDT

James Stuart Duffy, an actor, director and assistant art director, died on July 2 from complications of a massive stroke he suffered on June 18 at UCLA Medical Center. He was 59.

Duffy was born in Springfield, Penn. on Aug. 29, 1950. He graduated from Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1968 and moved to New York City to pursue his stage career, enrolling in American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He completed his studies there in 1970 and moved to Los Angeles, where he trained with Laura Henry, Company of Angels and Tom Logan at AFI.

Duffy's television credits include soap operas and numerous prime time series, including “Men from Shiloh,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Bonanza” and “A Time for Love.” His stage work in Los Angeles included stints as actor and/or director at: L.A. Cabaret, Showboat Theatre, O.L.M and A.C.T. Productions (both in Malibu), the Music Hall and Studio Theatre.

Duffy began working with art director Richard Amend 27 years ago as an art department P.A. and worked his way up to become the assistant art director.

Remarking on their long working relationship, Amend said, “Over the years, we developed this unspoken language, an almost intuitive way of communicating that made things easier even in the most stressful situations. Duffy was an important and integral part of the process. Without Duffy half of the work wouldn't have been as much fun or as well done.”

Duffy is survived by his wife of 40 years, Margaret Conry Duffy; sons, Jason and Josh; sisters Kathy and Elizabeth; four nieces and a grandchild. A private service is planned. A memorial page is on Facebook and donations can be made in Duffy's name to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Actor's Fund of America or the charity of one's choice.

DUFFY, James Stuart
Born: 8/29/1950, Springfield, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 7/12/2010, Westwood, California, U.S.A.

James Stuart Duffy's western - actor:
The Virginiain (TV) - (Tim)

RIP Alvin Boretz


BORETZ--Alvin, age 91, in New York City on July 22, 2010. Beloved husband of Lucille for 68 years. Loving father of Jennifer Kahnweiler (Bill), and Carrie Boretz Keating (Edward) and devoted grandfather to Lindsey Goldberg, Jessie Kahnweiler, and Caitlin and Emily Keating. A prolific writer for radio, television, stage and screen spanning five decades, his work first gained prominence during the Golden Age of Television on such shows as "Playhouse 90," "GE Theater," and "Armstrong Circle Theater." His subsequent scripts aired on such popular shows as "The Defenders," "Dr. Kildare," "Kojak" and "ABC Movie of the Week." He wrote the screenplay, "Brass Target," starring Sophia Loren, and the A&E original drama, "I Remember You." Boretz's play, "Made In America" premiered in 1984 at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. He won the Harcourt Brace Award for best television play in 1957 for "The Trial of Poznan" and numerous prizes for his prolific and diverse body of work, including over 1,000 television plays, many documentaries, and several hundred radio plays. Boretz served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII, was Vice-President of the Writers Guild of America, and was President of the Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library. He was a man who never met a stranger. With his intense blue eyes and penetrating questions, people often bared their souls to him. He once said that, "My ideas come from everywhere and crowd each other out." Funeral services will be private.

Born: 6/15/1919, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/22/2010, New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Alvin Boretz's westerns - screenwriter:
The Virginian (TV) - 1965
Laredo (TV) - 1967

Thursday, July 29, 2010

RIP Jerry Wills

From Western Clippings comes news that actor, stuntman Jerry Wills, son of legendary stuntman/actor Henry Wills, died July 12 in Newhall, CA. He was 63

WILLS, Jerry Dea
Born: 1/17/1947, U.S.A.
Died: 7/12/2010, Newhall, California, U.S.A.

Jerry Wills westerns – actor, stuntman, stunt coordinator, animal wrangler:
The Hight Chaparral (TV) – 1970, 1971 (Haunch, Trooper McAdam)
Blazing Saddles – 1974 [stunts]
The Cowboys – 1974 (TV) (Hiram Graff)
The Master Gunfighter – 1975 [stunts]
The Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox – 1976 (Dirtwater Sheriff)
Tom Horn – 1980 (Rash)
Kenny Rogers as the Gambler (TV) – 1980 (Rufe's henchman)
The Mountain Men – 1980 [stunts]
Bronco Billy – 1980 (bank robber) [stunts]
Zorro the Gay Blade – 1981 [stunts]
Father Murphy (TV) 1981, 1982 (Clyde, cowboy)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1982 (Sticks)
I Married Wyatt Earp – 1983 (Luther Walters)
North and South – 1985 [stunts]
Space Rage – 1985 [stunts]
Extreme Prejudice – 1987 [stunts]
Desperado: The Outlaw Wars (TV) – 1989 [stunts]
Desperado: Badlands Justice (TV) – 1989 [stunts]
Brotherhood of the Gun (TV) -1 991 [stunts]
Rio Diablo – 1993 [stunts]
The Last Outlaw (TV) – 1993 [stunts]
Tombstone 1993 [stunts]
Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (TV) - 1994 [stunts]
Bonanza Under Attack (TV) – 1995 [stunts]
Riders of the Purple Sage (TV) – 1996 (Oldring)
Deadman's Walk (TV) – 1996 [stunt coordinator]
The Newton Boys – 1998 [stunts]
Everything That Rises (TV) – 1998 [stunts]
The Ransome of Red Chief (TV) – 1998 [stunts]
Durnago Kids – 1999 [stunts]
Wild Wild West – 1999 [stunts]
All the Pretty Horses – 2000 [stunts]
American Outlaws – 2001[stunts]
The Last Cowboy (TV) – 2003 [stunts]
Hard Ground (TV) – 2003 [stunts]
The Legend of Zorro – 2005 [animal wrangler]
Desolation Canyon (TV) – 2006 [stunts]
Avenging Angel (TV) – 2007 [stunts]
Prairie Fever – 2008 (bank customer)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

RIP Maury Chaykin

Actor Maury Chaykin dies at age 61

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 | 3:23 PM ET
CBC News

Maury Chaykin, the award-winning actor recently seen in the hit TV
comedy Less Than Kind, has died, CBC News has confirmed. The veteran
actor died in Toronto on Tuesday, his 61st birthday.

Chaykin, born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to an American father and Canadian
mother, studied drama in New York. He moved to Toronto to join the theatre scene in the mid-1970s and the city would remain his base for the rest of his life.

A journeyman actor with more than 120 credits, Chaykin regularly
appeared in the films of Atom Egoyan (Adoration, Where the Truth Lies,
The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica, The Adjuster) and Don McKellar (Cooking
with Stella, Blindness ). Other prominent appearances include Whale Music, Dances with Wolves and TV film Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks. He played
the titular detective in the Nero Wolfe series and appeared in Entourage in a notable send-up of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. Most recently, however, Chaykin starred as Sam Blecher, the driving instructor father of the main character Sheldon Blecher, in the edgy, coming-of-age comedy Less Than Kind, produced by Mark McKinney. His accolades include a Genie Award for his lead role in Whale Music,
as well as Gemini Awards for guest spots on At the Hotel and Nikita.

Chaykin is survived by his wife, actress Susannah Hoffmann, and their
daughter, Rose.

Born: 7/27/1949, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/27/2010, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Maury Chaykin's westerns – actor:
Dances With Wolves – 1990 (Major Fanmbrough)
The Mask of Zorro – 1998 (prison warden)

Monday, July 26, 2010

RIP Mia Oremović

Mia Oremović, a prominent Croatian theater, television and film actress, died today July 24, 2010 in Krizevci, Croatia according to a report released by her family.

One of the most prominent of Croatian actresses, she was born Slovanoska, Pozega, Austria-Hungary in 1918 and completed acting school in 1942 in Zagreb.

She won numerous awards among them the Vladimir Nazor award for lifetime achievement in filme, lifetime achievement award Fabian Sovagovic Association of Croatian film directors for 50 years outstanding service.

Born: 7/31/1918, Slavonska Pozega, Austria-Hungary
Died: 7/24/2010, Krizevci, Croatia

Mia Oremovic's western film – actress:
The Taste of Violence - 1960

Sunday, July 25, 2010

RIP Redford White

Comedian Redford White, 54, leaves with laughter

By Bayani San Diego Jr.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 13:22:00 07/25/2010

Comedian Redford White, 54, leaves with laughter

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Comedian Redford White succumbed to brain and lung cancer Sunday morning. He was 54.

True to his calling as a funnyman, White took his final bow, not with tears but with laughter.

Friends who visited him at his Quezon City home last week, recalled that the comedian was in a jovial mood.

“For the first time, we saw him laughing heartily,” said frequent movie and TV costar Ces Quesada.

His colleagues remember White, or Cipriano Cermeno II in real life, as a “quiet, unassuming fellow.”

Director Wenn Deramas, who worked with White on “Kokey,” one of his last TV shows on ABS-CBN in 2007, said the comedian was always “quiet, sitting in a corner and reading books on the set.”

“Buddy en Sol” costar Eric Quizon described White as a “dedicated actor [whom] everyone admired.”

Although he wasn’t rowdy, White was “a fun coworker … [who was] always ready to collaborate,” Deramas added.

A native of Cebu, White shot to fame as a cafeteria waiter on the IBC 13 sitcom, “Iskul Bukol,” which ran from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.

Quesada said the comedian first worked with the comic trio, Tito, Vic and Joey, and director Bert de Leon.

“I actually discovered him,” De Leon told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in a phone interview. “I spotted him at the old Broadcast City. I learned from the staff that he was an aspiring comedy writer from Cebu.”

De Leon sensed that White had talent and asked him to do a scene with the late comedian Bing “Mang Tim-I” Angeles. They clicked instantly.

“People in the studio kept laughing,” he said. White’s screen test eventually became part of an episode of “Iskul Bukol.”

“His real name, Cipriano, was hard to remember. Joey [de Leon] and I thought of the screen name Redford White instead,” Bert de Leon said.

He added that White “never changed at all. He remained painfully shy and soft-spoken” even after he became famous.

“I feel bad that I didn’t get to see him. Bert and I were supposed to visit him this week,” Vic Sotto told the Inquirer.

Quesada, who worked with White for five years on the RPN 9 sitcom, “Buddy en Sol,” in the 1990s, agreed: “Red was never the type who sought to be the center of attention. He was playful and funny on camera, but he was a tad serious off-camera.”

Like the best comedians, Dolphy and Vic Sotto, Redford wasn’t a boisterous clown in real life, she added.

The “Buddy en Sol” family, led by costars Quesada and Quizon, assistant director Boots Plata, and talent manager Dolor Guevara, visited White at his home last Tuesday.

“We kept laughing,” Quesada said. “He was cheerful. He was in high spirits. I remember it was the first time we ever saw him laughing out loud. But it was also painful because we knew it would be the last time we would see him.”

Quizon described White as “a truly honest and good man. He was my comedy partner. My Sol. Together, we made people laugh and smile. I couldn’t have done it alone. He was a man who believed in his craft and valued his work. Today is one of the saddest days in my life.”

Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) head and fellow comedian Leo Martinez, who also directed “Buddy en Sol,” visited White last Tuesday.

“He seemed ready to go,” Martinez said.

Friends said White fought a valiant battle with cancer—an illness he kept secret even from his closest friends.

In the social networking site, Twitter, comedian Gabe Mercado wrote: “He kept his condition secret, even from close friends. I didn’t even know he was ill.”

“He was a very private person,” Quesada told the Inquirer. “He’d rather hide on the sidelines. In press conferences, he’d hardly talk. He was very shy.”

The Internet was flooded with poignant messages from colleagues.

WHITE, Redford (Cipriano Cermeno II)
Born: 12/5/1955, Cebu City, Philippines
Died: 7/25/2010, Novaliches, Philippines

Redford White's western - actor:
A Man Called 'Tolongges' - 1981 (Arizona Gid)

Friday, July 23, 2010

RIP Alex Green

B.C stuntman doubled for Hollywood stars

By Laura Bazuik, Postmedia News July 23, 2010
The Victoria Times Colonist

Legendary film stuntman and Vancouver resident Alex Green died from liver cancer Tuesday. He was 68.

The Australian-born stunt master was most famous for jumping boats for Bruno Gerussi in The Beachcombers and cracking the whip for Anthony Hopkins in the 1998 film, The Mask of Zorro.

"I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up: a stunt man in cowboy movies!" Green had written on his biography on the Stunts Canada website.
"I lived for the Saturday matinee -- three hours of heaven!"

He grew up watching westerns with idols such as Roy Rogers, Gary Cooper, Randolph Scott and Lash Larue -- the latter of whom he admired for his whip.

Green would later become internationally renowned for his Western gun-spinning and bullwhip-cracking, performing in more than 2,500 shows around the world.

He moved to Vancouver in the 1960s and then took off to Hollywood, where he fell, fought and played with fire in productions such as the Superman films, Death Hunt, First Blood, Shanghai Noon and more.

During his career, he doubled for such Holly-wood heavyweights as Jack Lemmon, Omar Sharif, Christopher Plummer and Peter Falk.

In 1970, he helped found Stunts Canada, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The organization's current president, James Bamford, remembered visiting Green's studio in Gastown when he was younger and having Green teach him how to spin a six-gun until his fingers were numb.

"He loved the film industry. He loved cowboys," said Bamford. "He always kept the attitude of a child, based on his love for film and television.

"He had thousands and thousands of stories that he would whip out for you at any given time on call."

Green struggled with liver cancer over the past year, Bamford said, and though he and his wife never had children, the stunts community considered him "a godfather to us all."

A small gathering will be held in Green's honour Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. in Pitt Meadows.

"You only go through life once. You've got to give it your best shot," Green had written online. "What could be better than being a cowboy in the movies?"

Born: 1942, Australia
Died: 7/20/2010, Vancouver, British Columbia, U.S.A.

Alex Green's westerns - actor, stuntman, whip, gun coach, stunt coordinator]
The Trap - 1965 [Oliver Reed's double]
Little Big Man - 1970 [stunts]
Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bulls History Lesson - 1976 (Mexican Whipe & Fast Draw show)
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (TV) - 1987 (The Flogger)
The Gunfighters (TV) - 1987 (Turner Gunman)
Bordertown (TV) - 1990-1991 [stuntcoordinator]
Unforgiven - 1992 [stunts]
Lonesome Dove: the Series (TV) - 1994
The Mask of Zorro - 1998 [stunts, whip coach]
Shanghai Noon - 2000 [stunts, gun, whip coach]
Monte Walsh - 2003 (TV) [stuntman]
Peacemakers - 2003 (TV) (whip man)
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford - 2007 [stunts]
BloodRayne: Deliverance - 2007 [stunts]
The Gambler, the Girl and the Gunslinger (TV) - 2009 [stunts]

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

RIP Joe Boston

Multihyphenate Joe Boston, who produced ABC's "The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries" and other series, died July 14 in Torrance, Calif. He was 74.
Boston, an alum of the U. of North Carolina, produced several episodes of the 1970s series as well as "Sword of Justice," "BJ and the Bear" and "The Master."

He started as an assistant director on series including "Ironside" and "Marcus Welby M.D." and became a production manager on "Quincy M.E.," "Dirty Dozen: The Series" and telepics including "Everybody's Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure."

In later years Boston, who was a member of the Directors Guild, worked on several volumes of "Erotic Confessions."

Survivors include his wife Nancy, a daughter, two grandchildren and a sister.

BOSTON, Joe (Joseph Boston)
Born: 1936, U.S.A.
Died: 7/14/2010, Torrance, California, U.S.A.

Joe Boston's western - assistant director:
Death of a Gunfighter - 1969

RIP Larry Watson

Larry Watson was a legendary custom painter and pinstriper. In 1955, at the age of 16 Larry began his pinstriping career. Upon graduating from school in September 1957, Larry opened his first shop Watson's House of Style in north Long Beach, California on Artesia Boulevard. Larry decided that he wanted to start a new trend; customizing with paint. In order to promote his new trend, Larry bought a brand new 1958 Ford Thunderbird that he took to Barris Kustoms for som mild modifications. Bill Hines and Bill DeCarr that worked at Barris Kustoms nosed and decked the car, shaved the handles and rounded the corners. After that Larry painted the car with six coats of pearl over a
fine metallic silver base. Larry didn't tint the pearl with transparent mixing black toner that eliminated the cloudiness, and he thought the car turned out too bright. Larry thought the bright look made the car look way too large, so in order to fix it up, Larry taped the panel lines of the bird with 1-3/4 inch tape and shot candy apple burgundy over it. With this paint job many thinks that Larry invented the Panel Paint Job. The Thunderbird was the first car featuring a silver pearl and candy burgundy paint job

In 1966 Larry sold his shop, that was then located on Lakewood Boulevard
in Paramount. After selling his shop he moved to Mexico to pursue an
acting career with his wife. While Larry was away, two other "Watson"
custom paint shops sprung up, one in Downey, and one in Burbank. When
Larry returned to California in late 1966 he opened up a new shop on
Artesia in Lakewood. Larry determined that he had to get his name back
on the show circuit. Watson left the custom car scene in favor for a
blossoming Tv and movie acting career. He painted ND striped numerous
luxury or sports cars for actors, actresses, directors, producers, or
casting directors to gain entree. Between 1967 and 1985 Larry ended up
in 141 different shows, such as MacGyver, Columbo, and Mission Impossible.

Larry retired in Apple Valley, California, and spent much time creating
his private museum loaded with pictures and artifacts from his custom
car and TV days. Larry Watson died July 20, 2010 after struggling with
brain cancer for a while.

WATSON Larry (Lawrence D. Watson)
Born: 7/21/1939, Lynwood, California, U.S.A.
Died: 7/20/2010, Canyon Lake, California, U.S.A.

Larry Watson's westerns - actor:
Lancer (TV) - 1969 (deputy)
Gentle Savage - 1973 (deputy)
Ransom for Alice! (TV) - 1977 (guard)

Monday, July 19, 2010

RIP Renato De Carmine

Italian actor and voice dubber Renato De Carmine died in Rome today July 18, 2010 of anemia. He was 87 years old. Renato was born January 25, 1923 and was a theater, film and TV actor since the late 1940s. He also appeared on radio after attending The National Academy of Dramtic Arts in Rome. De Carmine appeared in only one western “Challenge to White Fang” (1974). He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Giorgio Almirante in 2001.

De CARMINE, Renato
Born: 1/25/1923, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 7/18/2010, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Renato De Carmine's western - actor:
The Challenge of White Fang - 1974 (Lieutenant Charles Leclerc

RIP Kip King

Comedian Kip King dies
Chris Kattan's dad voiced Tailor Smurf

Thesp and original Groundlings member Kip King, who voiced Tailor Smurf, died July 15 following a long illness. He was 72.

King joined the L.A. improv troupe after seeing an old friend, Tracy Newman, in a Groundlings show. According to an interview with Steven Thompson, King was blown away after seeing the perf and decided to join. He was quoted as saying, "When Moses parted the Red Sea, he said, 'I need some people here.'?"

Born Jerome Kattan, King started in showbiz during the so-called Golden Age of television and at the end of the studio system. He worked with Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Lana Turner, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Red Skelton and Stan Laurel, who gave him advice on how to become a comic.

Besides voicing Tailor Smurf on NBC's cartoon, King did voiceover work on "The Biskitts" and "Charley and Company," among other toons.

His TV credits include "Dragnet," "The Bill Cosby Show," "Reno 911," "Saturday Night Live" and "Bollywood Hero," with his son Chris Kattan.

King appeared in commercials, including as the Continental Yogurt Man and as a spokesman for V-8 Juice. He also co-starred in webisodes of "The Royal Standard."

In 1981, King added the title of instructor to his resume, teaching on-camera improv techniques to everyone from kids to senior citizens.

Survivors include his son, thesp Chris Kattan.

KING, Kip (Jerome C. Kattan)
Born: 8/11/1937, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 7/15/2010, U.S.A.

Kip King's westerns - actor:
The Rifleman (TV) - 1959 (Donnel O'Mahoney)
Westworld - 1973 (technician)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

RIP Diane Hart

Diane Hart Anders of San Antonio passed away on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.

She was under contract as an actress for Universal Studios for 10 years and was in several motion pictures and television commercials.

After her acting career Diane returned to Texas and started her own real estate company, Action Real Estate and co-owned Carpet City with her husband George.

She was an accomplished artist, winning numerous awards for her oil paintings.

Diane lived life to the fullest and was one of a kind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Anders.

Diane is survived by her daughter, Siobhain Anders Buckley and husband, Dr. Steven Buckley; granddaughters, Diandra Buckley and Ireland Buckley; and brother's Thomas Hart and Sydney Joiner.

HART, Diane
Born: 1926, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 7/14/2010, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Diane Hart's western - actress:
Echo Ranch - 1948 (Peggy Glendon)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

RIP Ann Prentiss

Actress Ann Prentis died on January 12, 2010 in California. She was born Ann Elizabeth Ragusa on November 27, 1939 in San Antonio, Texas. She was the younger sister of actress Paula Prentiss. Ann appeared appeared in small in films and television from the 1960s to the 1980s. Her best known role as Carter Nash's girlfriend Sgt. Candy Kane in the TV series “Captain Nice”. Prentiss continued acting in the early 1990s and provided the voice of an alien species in the comedy “My Mother is an Alien” co-starring Kim Basinger and Dan Aykroyd. She is sometimes credited as Anne Prentiss. In 1997 Prentis was convicted in a Santa Monica, California court of making terrorist threats, assaults with a firearm, battery and solicitation to commit murder of her brother-in-law Richard Benjamin and her father. She was sentenced to 19 years in jail. Ann Prentis died in prison on January 12, 2010.

Prentiss Ann (Ann Elizabeth Ragusa)
Born: 11/27/1939, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 1/12/2010, California, U.S.A.

Ann Prentiss' westerns – actress:
The Virginian (TV) - 1969 (Geraldine Delphinia)
Bonanza (TV) – 1969, 1970, 1971 (Wilhelmina Calhoun)

Friday, July 16, 2010

RIP James Gammon

Gravely voiced and rugged looking American character actor James Gammon passed away today July 16, 2010 at his home in Costa Mesa, California after a long battle with cancer. He was 70. Born on April 20, 1940 in Newman, Illinois. He broke into the entertainment industry as a cameraman but his tough as nails look, attitude and that patented gruff voice got him work in front of the camera. He made his first appearance on the TV series “Wild Wild West” starring Robert Conrad in 1967. He'd go on to appear in over 130 films and TV appearances, among them 34 westerns. He was a natural for the genre and was one of it's best character actors. He made three Euro-westerns “One Mans Hero” (1999), “Cold Mountain” (2003), “Don't Come Knocking” (2004). His last western was “Appaloosa” (2008) and last film appearance was in “The New Daughter” 2009.

Born: 4/20/1920, Newman, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 7/16/2010, Costa Mesa, California, U.S.A.

James Gammon's - westerns
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966 (Egan)
The Monroes (TV) – 1966 (Stennis)
The Road West (TV) – 1966, 1967 (Pete Fowler), (Deputy Virgil Bramley)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1966, 1973 (Arnie Jeffords), (Dudley)
Bonanza (TV) – 1967 (Harry Jeffers)
The Viriginian (TV) – 1967 (Cal Mason)
Journey to Shiloh – 1968 (Tellis Yeager)
Lancer (TV) – 1968, 1969 (Wes), (Clint Meek)
A Man Called Horse – 1970 (Ed)
Macho Callahan – 1970 (cowboy)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1970 (Lafe)
The Intruders (TV) – 1970 (Chaunce Dykstra)
Cry for Me, Billy – 1972 (Amos)
Dusty's Trail (TV) – 1973 (Roy)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1974 (Jake)
Zandy's Bride – 1974 (cowboy)
The Sacketts (TV) – 1979 (Wes Bigelow)
Urban Cowboy – 1980 (Steve Strange)
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (TV) – 1982 (Sheriff Frank Fly)
Noon Wine (TV) – 1985 (sheriff)
Silverado – 1985 (Dawson)
Conagher (TV) – 1991 (Smoke Parnell)
The Young Riders (TV) – 1991 (Elias Mills)
Wyatt Earp – 1994 (Mr. Sutherland)
Streets of Loredo (TV) 1995 (Charles Goodnight)
Wild Bill – 1995 (California Joe)
The Hi-Lo Country 1998 (hoover Young)
You Know My Name (TV) – 1999 (Real Arkansas Tom)
One Man's Hero – 1999 (General Zachary Taylor)
Cold Mountain – 2003 (Esco Swanger)
Monte Walsh (TV) – 2003 (Fighting Joe Hooker / Albert Miller)
Don't Come Knocking – 2004 (old ranch hand)
The Far Side of Jericho – 2006 (The Preacher)
Appaloosa – 2008 (Earl May)

RIP Earl Rosell

Rosell, booster of Montana as film site, dies at 85

CHRISTENE MEYERS For The Gazette | Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010

He was a California boy with his heart in Montana. Earl Rosell loved his adopted state, and Billings in particular, and promoted this piece of the West into his dotage.

Rosell, who died Monday just weeks before his 86th birthday, went to Hollywood in the 1960s to promote the Pryor Mountains and his ranch. Long before Montana established a film commission, Rosell believed the area perfect for filming.

His day job was insurance salesman, but he was an expert horseman and his love of westerns paralleled his passion for horses.

Between 1969 and the mid-1980s, six feature films and many commercials were shot on the ET Ranch co-owned with his wife, Antoinette “Toni” Fraser Rosell. The couple celebrated 53 years of marriage after meeting, appropriately, at a movie at the Babcock Theater in 1956.

The ranch’s first coup was “Little Big Man,” directed by Arthur Penn and starring Dustin Hoffman. There followed “The Missouri Breaks,” “Son of the Morning Star,” “The Legend of Walks Far Woman,” “Far and Away” and “The Return to Lonesome Dove.”

Rosell loved “Little Big Man,” a picaresque 1970 comedy drama about a white boy raised by the Indians, who recalls his century-plus life as the ancient Jack Crabb. In one scene, Hoffman during his young Indian days is chased by Rosell’s “Giant Trooper.” The soldier declines to kill Little Big Man when he sees that he is white.

Rosell’s nephew Wally Kurth, an actor known for his roles in “General Hospital” and “Days of Our Lives,” said his uncle encouraged his career path.

“He loved kids and our dreams,” Kurth said. “He took us to sets — imagine watching Dustin Hoffman or Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson. Earl said, ‘Kids, they put their pants on one leg at a time. You can do it, too.’ ”

Rosell the horse lover was generous in sharing his passion. Family friend Kim Spahmer, of Colorado, remembers a childhood visit to the Rosell ranch. Seeing her riding talent, Rosell offered her a horse. She picked Pryor Queen. Earl drove it to Colorado where it became an American Quarterhorse Youth World Champion, living a royal 26 years.

Rosell’s community boosting included 40 years of driving a horse and sleigh as Santa Claus. Through the Shriners’ Black Horse Patrol, he raised money for children’s homes.

He was a founding member of the Fox Committee for the Performing Arts, which led to the establishment of the Alberta Bair Theater. Fox director Skip Lundby, now a Chicago actor, recalled how artfully Rosell blended his city and country affections. He engineered a “pitchfork fondue” for the American Conservatory Theater when it played a three-night run at the Fox in 1979.

“What a mingling: stylishly dressed San Francisco actors with people in buckskin and cowboy boots. Everyone had a great time,” Lundby said. “That gift of schmoozing and connecting people was part of Earl’s charm.”

ROSELL, Earl Leonard
Born: 8/18/1924, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Died: 7/12/2010, Billings, Montana, U.S.A.

Earl Rosell's western - actor:
Little Big Man - 1970 (giant trooper)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

RIP Peter Fernandez

Peter Fernandez, the actor and voice director best known as the title character in the animated Speed Racer series, passed away this morning due to lung cancer. He was 83.

Fernandez not only voiced Speed himself, but also his brother Racer X and several other characters in the English-dubbed adaptation of Tatsunoko's Mach Go Go Go anime series. He also directed the voice cast and even wrote the lyrics to the signature theme song. He later played Lupin III, Daisuke Jigen, and President Jimmy Carter in the JAL dubbing of the Lupin III: The Secret of Mamo film. His voice can be heard in such dubbed anime titles as Astro Boy, Gigantor, Marine Boy, Star Blazers: The Bolar Wars, and Superbook. He made a cameo appearance as an announcer in the 2008 live-action Speed Racer film.

Corinne Orr, the actress who played Speed Racer's romantic interest Trixie and younger brother Sprittle Racer, spoke with Fernandez as recently as last week. The two had worked together on 200 productions, and she noted that he was a big star on radio and Broadway and had starred in the 1949 film City Across the River "where Tony Curtis only had a bit part." Orr is the last surviving member of Speed Racer's main cast. Orr told Orr, "His great joy was doing all these conventions and receiving the acknowledgement and accolades from all his fans at the end of his life."

Fernandez said that he was glad that, in the renewed interest that accompanied the Speed Racer film, he "finally got the attention and respect he deserved from the general public and mainstream press." He added, "Anime and Japanese live-action fantasy will never be the same without him. Peter's contribution to anime and Japanese live-action will live forever."

Fernandez's family is planning a private service, but there are plans for a public celebration of his life in September in Pomona, California.

Born: 1/29/1927, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/15/2010, Pomona, New York, U.S.A.

Peter Fernandez's westerns - voice dubbing:
Apache Gold - 1963 [various English voices]
Last of the Renegades - 1964 [various English voices]
For a Few Dollars More - 1965 [various English voices]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966 [Emglish voice of Kurt Zips]
The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (TV) - 1986 [various English voices]

RIP Hank Cochran

FROM: Country Standard Time ~
By Staff

Hank Cochran, who had a hand in writing
the songs 'I Fall to Pieces' and 'Make the World
Go Away' and discovered Willie Nelson, died
Thursday at 74 of pancreatic cancer.

Cochran also was an artist in his own right,
charting 7 times between 1962 and 1980 with
his first single, 'Sally Was a Good Old Girl',
by Harland Howard hitting number 20.

Garland Perry Cochran was born Aug. 2, 1935
in Isola, Miss. He had a difficult childhood
marked by sickness, the divorce of his parents
and running away from an orphanage.

His uncle, Otis, taught him how to play guitar
while they hitchhiked from Mississippi to New
Mexico to work in the oil fields. He later moved
to California, forming The Cochran Brothers
with Eddie Cochran, although the two were

At 24, he moved to Nashville and wrote 'I Fall
to Pieces' with Howard. The song became
a huge hit for Patsy Cline, who also recorded
Cochran's 'She's Got You' and 'Why Can't He
Be You'.

Cochran wrote 'Make the World Go Away' after
going to the movies. The song became a big hit
for Ray Price and later Eddie Arnold.

Cochran also wrote songs for by Burl Ives
('A Little Bitty Tear', 'It's Just My Funny Way
of Laughin', 'The Same Old Hurt'). He also wrote
songs for George Strait ('The Chair' with Dean
Dillon and 'Ocean Front Property' with Dillon and
Royce Porter), Merle Haggard ('It's Not Love
(But It's Not Bad)'), 'Don't You Ever Get Tired
(of Hurting Me)', a number one song for Ronnie
Milsap, and Mickey Gilley ('That's All That

Cochran also played a role in Nelson's career.
While working at publishing company Pamper
Music, Cochran hung out at Tootsie's Orchid
Lounge in Nashville. One of the singers
showing up was Nelson. Cochran liked what
he encouraged and encouraged management
to sign him.

COCHRAN, Hank (Garland Perry Cochran)
Born: 8/2/1935, Isola Mississippi, U.S.A.
Died: 7/15/2010, Nashvill, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Hank Cochran's western - soundtrack:
The Electric Horseman - 1979

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

RIP Vonetta McGee

Vonetta McGee, an actress whose big-screen heyday during the blaxploitation era of the 1970s included leading roles in "Blacula" and "Shaft in Africa," has died. She was 65.

McGee died Friday at a hospital in Berkeley after experiencing cardiac arrest and being on life support for two days, said family spokeswoman Kelley Nayo. Although McGee had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at age 17, Nayo said, her death was not related to the disease.

McGee was described as "one of the busiest and most beautiful black actresses" by Times movie reviewer Kevin Thomas in 1972, the year she appeared opposite Fred Williamson in the black action movie "Hammer," and had starring roles in the crime- drama "Melinda" and the horror film "Blacula."

She went on to appear with Richard Roundtree in "Shaft in Africa" (1973), and co-starred with Max Julien in "Thomasine & Bushrod" (1974).

McGee also appeared with Clint Eastwood in the 1975 action-thriller "The Eiger Sanction," prompting The Times' Thomas to write in his review: "Her parrying with Eastwood, verbally and otherwise, is enough to scorch the screen."

"I was pleased to see her get a role with Clint Eastwood," said Williamson, who knew McGee before they made "Hammer." "Not many black actors had that opportunity to be in a movie where color doesn't matter.

"Vonetta McGee was like a lot of actors and actresses at that time, like myself, Jim Brown, Richard Roundtree, Billy Dee Williams and Pam Grier, in that we had more talent than we were allowed to show because everything was perceived as a black project. Once they categorize you, your marketability becomes limited."

McGee was no fan of the "blaxploitation" label that was attached to many of the films featuring black casts in the '70s.

That label, she told The Times in 1979, was used "like racism, so you don't have to think of the individual elements, just the whole. If you study propaganda, you understand how this works."

Although The Times reported that McGee "calls herself one of the lucky graduates of the black-film genre," she pointed out that there was a difference between someone like Diana Ross and other potentially marketable black actresses.

"She has had the luxury of a studio behind her," McGee said. "This is where a lot of us fell short. We all needed a certain amount of protection. But we were on our own."

Among McGee's other film credits are "The Lost Man," "Detroit 9000," "Brothers" (in which she played an activist based on Angela Davis), "Repo Man" and "To Sleep with Anger."

In the '80s, her career turned primarily to television.

That included playing Sister Indigo on Robert Blake's short-lived 1985 dramatic series "Hell Town" and playing a social worker who takes a con man played by Jimmie Walker into her home in the syndicated 1987-88 sitcom "Bustin' Loose."

She also played a recurring role on "L.A. Law" and appeared in several episodes of "Cagney & Lacey" as the wife of detective Mark Petrie (played by Carl Lumbly).

McGee and Lumbly were married in 1986 and had a son, Brandon, in 1988.

Born Lawrence Vonetta McGee in San Francisco on Jan. 14, 1945, she was attending what is now San Francisco State when she got involved with a local acting group.

She launched her film career in 1968 in Italy, where she appeared in the spaghetti western "The Great Silence" and played the title role in the comedy "Faustina."

In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by her mother, Alma McGee; three brothers, Donald, Richard and Ronald McGee; and a sister, Alma McGee.

A memorial service is pending.

McGEE, Vonetta (Lawrence Vonetta McGee, Jr.)
Born: 1/14/1945, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Died: 7/9/2010, Berkeley, California, U.S.A.

Vonetta McGee's westerns - actress:
The Great Silence - 1968 (Pauline Middleton)
Thomasine & Bushrod - 1974 (Thomasine)

RIP Luigi Scattini

Luigi Scattini died on July 12, 2010 in Rome, Italy. Born in Turin, Italy on May 17, 1927, he worked in Italian films as a director, assistant director, screenwriter and film editor and lyricist. Scattini was known for his contributions to the Italian mondo (sex and violence) documentaries such as “Sweden: Heaven and Hell” (1968) which introduced the Piero Umiliani classic tune "Mah Nà Mah Nà". Luigi began making industrial films in the 1960s and then continued into documentaries such as “Sexy magico” (1963), “Ring Around the World” (1966), “Questo sporco mondo meraviglioso” (1971). Luigi also made contemporary films such as “Due marines e un generale” (1966) with Buster Keaton, “The Glass Sphinx” (1967) with Robert Taylor and Anita Ekberg “The Body” (1974) with Carroll Baker. Scattini was involved with one Euro-western as the film editor on “The Twilight Avengers” (1970) starring Tony Kendall. Since the 1980s he's worked in directing voice dubbing Italian film editions of foreign films. Luigi was the father of actress Monica Scattini [1956- ].

Born: 5/17/1927, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Died: 7/12/2010, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Luigi Scattini's western - film editor.
The Twilight Avengers - 1970

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

RIP Alan Hume

Alan Hume was born in London, England on October 16, 1924. He started work as as gofer at Olympic Film Labs and then worked at Denham Film Studios in 1942 and after World War II at Cineguild Productions. Some of his early films include “Great Expectations” (1948), “Madeleine” (1950) and “The End of the Affair” (1955). In the 1960s he became a regular cameraman alternating with Ernest Steward on the successful 'Carry On' films and was the cinematographer on his only Euro-western “Carry on Cowboy” in 1965. Other sixties work included “The Kiss of the Vampire” (1962) for Hammer and “Dr. Terror's House of Horrors” (1965). Later work included “For Your Eyes Only” (1981), “Return of the Jedi” and “Octopussy” both 1983 “A View to a Kill” (1985), “A Fish Called Wanda” (1988) and “Shirley Valentine” (1990). Hume had four children and one grandchild who are or were involved in the film industry. He wrote his autobiography, Memoirs of a Film Cameraman: A Life Through the Lens in 2004. Alan Hume died at his home on July 13th in Giles, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.

HUME, Alan
Born: 10/16/1924, London, London, England, U.K.
Died: 7/13/2010, Giles, Buckinghamshire, England, U.K.

Alan Hume's western - cinematographer:
Carry on Cowboy 1965

Sunday, July 11, 2010

RIP Aldo Sambrell

Alfredo Sánchez Brell was born on February 23, 1931 in Madrid, Spain. His first job in the entertainment field was as a singer and after his schooling he joined his father, who had fled Spain when Franco had come into power, in Mexico and became and entertainer and actor appearing in several Mexican films. Aldo returned to Spain and appeared in “King of Kings” directed by Nicholas Ray in 1961. He was a natural for westerns and in in 1963 he appeared in his first western “Billy the Kid”. Aldo had never been on a horse let alone ridden with any regularity. When asked if he could ride he lied and said, “Beautifully.” That was Aldo. He learned and became an expert rider. His first western led to a life as a supporting player in Spaghetti westerns for the next 15 years. He appeared in all of the Leone westerns and Sergio was his son's godfather. Aldo was signed by Sergio Corbucci to appear as the villain Duncan opposite Burt Reynolds in “Navajo Joe” (1966). This should have resulted in Aldo becoming a star and rivaling Gian Maria Volonte as one of the best villains of the genre but it did not work out that way. Although “Navajo Joe” has become quite respectable in recent years and even a cult classic for Reynolds' fans it was not treated well when it first opened. Reynolds has always panned his appearance which didn't help. Aldo would continue to appear in westerns, and action films even writing and directing until the end of his career. His last film was a short entitled “Rio seco” which reflected his later life. It is about an aging actor who is waiting just for one more phone call, one more participation in a film and in this waiting game he is reminiscing in his past, flashes of film scenes of times gone by. Forgotten about by the film industry he will never be forgotten by the many fans he made during his life. Aldo was always outgoing, open and with that smile he always made you feel you were one of his dearest friends. Aldo suffered a series of three strokes in June of this year and entered a hospital in Alicante where he and his wife Candida lived. After a month in the hospital word leaked to the outside world through friends and he was given the adulation and respect he deserved. He rallied and it was said he was well enough to return home but he never did. The strokes had taken their toll and Aldo died on July 10, 2010 at 5 p.m. while still in the hospital.

SAMBRELL, Aldo (Alfredo Sánchez Brell)
Born: 2/23/1931, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: 7/10/2010, Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Aldo Sambrell's westerns - actor, director.
Apache Fury - 1963 (ex-convict)
Billy the Kid – 1963 (sheriff)
Gunfight at High Noon – 1963 (Palmer/Parker)
Gunfight at Red Sands – 1963 (Juan Guardo)
Gunfighters of Casa Grande – 1963 (Rojo)
The Implacable Three – 1963 (Hopkins' henchman)
Relevo para un pistolero – 1963 (henchman)
Cavalry Charge – 1964
Fistful of Dollars – 1964 (Manolo)
Massacre at Fort Grant - 1964
Tomb of the Pistolero – 1964
Two Violent Men – 1964
Dollars for a Fast Gun – 1965
For a Few Dollars More – 1965 (Cuchillo)
Finger on the Trigger – 1965
In a Colt’s Shadow – 1965 (Ramirez)
A Place Called Glory – 1965 (Jake)
Son of a Gunfighter – 1965 (Juan Morales)
A Bullet for the General – 1966 (Lieutenant Alvaro Pereda)
Dynamite Jim – 1966 (Slade)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 (Sentenza/Angel Eye’s henchman)
The Hellbenders – 1966 (Pedro)
Navajo Joe – 1966 (Mervyn ‘Vee’ Duncan)
The Texican – 1966 (Gil Rio)
Face to Face – 1967 (Zachary Shot)
A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die – 1968 (Jesus Maria)
A Train for Durango – 1967 (Mexican Captain)
Duel in the Eclipse – 1968 (Charley Fain)
15 Scaffolds for a Killer – 1968 (Bud Lee)
A Long Ride from Hell – 1968 (Mexican bounty hunter)
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 (Cheyenne’s henchman)
Villa Rides! – 1968 (soldier)
White Comanche – 1968
Guns of the Revolution – 1969 (Colonel Amadeo Marínos)
100 Rifles – 1969 (Sergeant Paletes)
When Satan Grips the Colt – 1969 (El Pantera)
Arizona Returns – 1970 (Keene/Chico)
Cannon for Cordoba – 1970 (Captain Ortega)
Hannie Caulder – 1970 (Mexican Captain)
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie – 1972 (Sheriff Walker)
Duck You Sucker – 1971 (Captain of firing squad)
Kill Django…Kill First –1971 (Burton/Santana)
Raise Your Hands, Dead Man, You’re Under Arrest – 1971 (Lee Grayton)
A Town Called Hell – 1971 (Calebra)
Bad Man’s River – 1972 (Canales)
Charley One-Eye – 1972 (Mexican driver)
The Man Called Noon – 1973 (Kissling)
Shoshena – 1973 (Burton)
Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold – 1974 (Flores)
Silver Saddle – 1977 (Garrincha)
Now My Pistols Speak – 1980 (Don Tomas) [actor] [director]
Al oeste de Rio Grande – 1983 (Alfredo Sanchez)
Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold – 1984 (Flores)
Tex and the Lord of the Deep – 1985 (El Dorado)
Here Comes Condemor (The Sinner of the Plains) – 1996 (Valerio)
God Only Knows! – 1997
Outlaw Justice (TV) – 1998 (stagecoach steward)

Friday, July 2, 2010

RIP Jack Wells

Jack Wells dies
Broadcaster later went to Hollywood where he worked in radio, TV and movies

Local broadcasting legend Stu Kerr replaced Mr. Wells as "Mr. Fortune" in 1957 when Mr. Wells left WCBM to start "The Jack Wells Show," Baltimore's first morning TV show, on WJZ.

"He made this groundbreaking program a template for the type of morning variety shows so prevalent today," his son said. "Unlike Dave Garroway's 'Today Show,' Jack's programming included previously unheard examples of zaniness and risk-taking."

A letter writer to The Baltimore Sun in 1958 said the show was "nothing but a good baby-sitter for mothers who are scrambling to get breakfasts ready and pre-schoolers well out of the way."

In addition to his on-air work in Baltimore, Mr. Wells appeared in numerous TV commercials, including for Arrow Beer, in which he portrayed multiple characters in a single spot.

William Hyder, then The Baltimore Sun's TV critic, wrote in 1962 that Mr. Wells was "probably the best local practitioner of this art that looks so easy."

Mr. Wells left Baltimore in 1963 and settled in Los Angles, where hosted for five years a very popular daily afternoon telephone call in show on KABC Radio.

He also worked in TV and feature films such as "Brian's Song," which was based on the life of the late NFL player Brian Piccolo — portrayed by actor James Caan. He also appeared on "The Rifleman" and "The Doris Day Show."

For 20 years until his retirement in the late 1980s, he regularly worked on several soap operas such as "The Young and the Restless," "Days of Our Lives" and "General Hospital."

"Some shows worked and some flopped," he told The Baltimore Sun in 2008.

Mr. Wells was born in Baltimore and raised in the 2700 block of W. Fairmount Ave. He was a 1942 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, then studied art under Jacques Maroger, a proponent of the old masters' classical-realist style, at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

His son added that he "was a talented artist, illustrator and cartoonist."

Mr. Wells had lived for many years in Coldwater Canyon near Los Angeles, where his neighbors were actor Jackie Cooper, Charlton Heston and Maureen and John W. Dean III of Watergate infamy.

He had lived there with his wife of 38 years, the former Shirley Jason, a Beverly Hills real estate broker, who survives.

A memorial service will be held at noon July 10 at Havenwood Presbyterian Church, 100 Ridgely Road, Timonium.

Also surviving are a stepson, Casey Carmel of Miami; a stepdaughter, Jamie Johnston of Los Angeles; a brother, William Wells of Baltimore; a sister, June Wentworth of Marriottsville; and four grandchildren. Earlier marriages to Phyllis Spahr and Louise Rohner ended in divorce.

WELLS, Jack (Jacques Raymond Wells)
Born: 8/12/1923, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Died: 6/27/2010, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Jack Wells western - actor:
The Rifleman (TV) - 1961 (Mr. Carpenter)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

RIP Elliott Kastner

Producer Elliott Kastner dies
Worked on 'Where Eagles Dare,' 'Long Goodbye'

Elliott Kastner, the American producer of films including "Where Eagles Dare," died June 30. He was 80.

Producer's death, confirmed by attorney Thierry Cagianut in Switzerland, comes after Kastner had struggled with cancer for the last eight years.

Beginning his career in showbiz as a talent agent at MCA, Kastner transitioned into producing the 1960s with "Bus Riley's Back in Town." With Winkast Film Prods., the Pinewood Studios-based shingle in which he was a partner with Jerry Gershwin, he went on to produce movies including "Where Eagles Dare" (1965), the first of three adaptations of Alistair MacLean novels, along with "Eight Bells Toll" (1971) and "Breakheart Pass" (1975).

Kastner is also well-known for his film versions of Raymond Chandler novels, "The Long Goodbye" (1971), "Farewell, My Lovely" (1975) and "The Big Sleep" (1978).

More recent producing credits include "Angel Heart" (1987), "Sweet November" (2001) and "Opa!" (2005).

Over the duration of his long career in the film industry, Kastner has worked with actors including Robert Mitchum, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton and Anthony Hopkins, among many others.

He is survived by his wife and two children, as well as three stepchildren, two of whom, film agent Cassian Elwes and actor Cary Elwes, are in the film industry.

Born: 1/7/1930, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/30/2010, U.S.A.

Elliott Kastner's westerns - producer:
Cry for Me, Billy - 1972
Rancho Delux - 1975
Breakheart Pass - 1975
The Missouri Breaks - 1976
Mr. Horn (TV) - 1979
Frank & Jesse - 1995