Wednesday, May 30, 2012

RIP Dick Beals

Richard "Dick" Beals died in Vista, California on Mya 29th, 2012. Beals, born on March 16, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan was an actor and voice dubber. He dubbed many voiceso over his long career, which spanned from the early 1950s into the present time. The 4’ 7” actor specialized in doing the voices of young boys such as Davey in the “Davey and Goliath” cartoons and “Speedy Alka Seltzer”. Dick was also the radio voice of Jim Reid on WXYZ’s “The Lone Ranger” radio series.

Beals graduated from Michigan State University in 1949, where he majored in radio broadcasting and puppetry. He covered intramural sports and performed in weekly radio dramas for the campus radio station WKAR. Beals was also a member of the Michigan State cheerleading squad.

Beals was the cartoon voice for several characters including Baby-Faced Moonbeam in “Duck Dodgers”, the title character on “Gumby”, and various voices on “Roger Ramjet”, “The Jetsons”, “The Flintstones”, and other cartoons.

BEALS, Dick (Richard Beals)
Born: 3/16/1927, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 5/29/2012, Vista, California, U.S.A.

Dick Beals’ western – voice actor:
The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1966 [voice of Tiny Tom]

Friday, May 25, 2012

RIP Lee Rich

Lee Rich, Producer of 'The Waltons' and 'Dallas,' Dies

Rich, the Emmy-winning TV and film executive who produced such shows as "The Waltons," "Eight Is Enough" and "Dallas," has died. He was 85.

Rich, who was also the former chairman and chief executive of MGM/UA Communications, said he considered his greatest accomplishment to be co-founding Lorimar, which produced the shows. He went on to produce "Family Matters," "Full House" and "Perfect Strangers," among other series.

Rich started in television at the advertising agency Benton & Bowles, where he helped package and sell both "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Danny Thomas Show." In 1965 he left to start his own production company, Mirisch-Rich Productions, which produced such shows as "The Rat Patrol" and one of the first Garry Marshall/Jerry Belson shows, "Hey, Landlord."

He co-founded Lorimar in 1969, which also produced television movies including "Sybil" and "Helter Skelter." He talked about the company's early days in a 1999 interview for the Archive of American Television.

Gesturing toward his wife, he said, "She and I took it from the beginning and built it to ... the largest supplier of network television that there was, just for a little independent company."

He said he saw it as a place where creative people could be happy. "That gave me a great deal of joy," he said.

He was nominated for five Emmys and won for producing "The Waltons" in 1973.

Rich left Lorimar in 1986 and presided over MGM-UA from then until to 1988. He later produced films including "Passenger 57" and "The Score."

Born: 12/10/1926, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 5/24/2012, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Lee Rich’s westerns – executive producer:
Sheriff Who (TV) – 1967
Desperate Women (TV) – 1978
Mr. Horn (TV) – 1979

Thursday, May 24, 2012

RIP Al Gordon

Comedy writer Al Gordon dies at 89
Three-time Emmy winner wrote for Jack Benny

By Variety Staff

Emmy winner Al Gordon, a comedy writer for Jack Benny's series and specials, "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour," "The Carol Burnett Show" as well as sitcoms including "Three's Company," died Wednesday in Los Angeles after suffering a seizure. He was 89.

Gordon, who began in radio, won three Emmys and was nominated for seven more over the course of a four-decade career in television.

The comedy scribe was credited on 222 episodes of "The Jack Benny Program" from 1954-65, picking up two Emmys and a total of six nominations along the way. (During the 1950s he also wrote for "The Red Skelton Hour" and "The Gale Storm Show.") When the Benny program ended, Gordon continued to work for the comedian by contributing to specials such as "Jack Benny's Bag" and "Jack Benny's Birthday Special" in the late 1960s.

He penned an episode of "Get Smart" in 1965 and shared an Emmy in 1966 for his work on the variety special "An Evening With Carol Channing." Gordon drew Emmy noms in 1968 for his contributions to "The Carol Burnett Show," in 1969 for his efforts on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and another in 1971 for "Jack Benny's Twentieth Anniversary Special."

He continued to work in the variety genre in the 1970s, writing for Flip Wilson's "Flip" and "Tony Orlando and Dawn," but segued into work on sitcoms as the popularity of variety shows faded, penning episodes of "That's My Mama," "Carter Country," "Hello, Larry" and "Three's Company." He also scripted an episode of "Too Close for Comfort" and 15 episodes of the Marla Gibb starrer "227."

Born in Akron, Ohio, Gordon moved to the Bronx amid the deprivations of the Depression.

He is survived by his son Neil, a producer, and two granddaughters.

Services will be Friday at noon at Hillside Memorial Park, 6001 W. Centinela Avenue, Los Angeles.

Born: 1923 Akron, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 5/23/2012, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Al Gordon’s western – screenwriter:
F Troop (TV) – 1965, 1966

Sunday, May 20, 2012

RIP Ronny

The German pop singer Ronny has died.

The pop singer Ronny Bremer is dead, composer and producer, whose real name was Wolfgang Roloff, died on August 18, 2011 at the age of 81. Ronny was a celebrity in the 1960s with songs like "Little Anna Bell" and "Oh My Darling Caroline" from which he had great success.

As a producer he made Heintje a child star. Since the seventies he produced in his studio in Bremen Oberneuland. There he made recording with such famous bands like Münchener Freiheit, Mister President und Fettes Brot. Also The Rudi Carell Show originated in the studio.

RONNY (Wolfgang Roloff)
Born: 3/10/1930, Bremen, Theuringen, Germany 
Died: 8/18/2011, Bremen, Thueringen, Germany

Ronny's westerns - singer, actor
$5,000 on One Ace - 1964 [sings “Kein Gold am Blue River”]
Black Eagle of Santa Fe - 1965 (singing cowboy) [sings “Kenn ein Land”]

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

RIP Jean George

US author Jean Craighead George, best known for her young adult books such as Julie of the Wolves and My Side of the Mountain, has died at the age of 92. A cause of death has not been announced, but she is said to have died “peacefully and painlessly” according to her agent Ginger Knowlton.
Having worked as a journalist when she was younger, George wrote her first novels in the late 1940s with her then-husband John Lothur George. After they divorced in 1963, she continued to write and in 1972 Julie of the Wolves was published. The tale of a young girl experiencing changes forced upon her culture from the outside, the book was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1973 and came to be included in elementary school reading lists.
Jean Craighead George continued to write well into the 21st century and ultimately wrote more than 100 books. Her work was characterised by a keen interest in the natural world, and in the impact of mankind on the world in which we live.

GEORGE, Jean (Jean Craighead)
Born: 7/2/1919, Washington, D.C.
Died: 5/15/2012, U.S.A.

Jean George’s westerns – composer, dialogue, lyricist:
Silent Valley – 1935 [dialogue]
The Kid’s Last Ride – 1941 [song lyrics]
Fugitive Valley – 1941 [song lyrics]
Saddle Mountain Roundup – 1941 [song lyrics]
Tonto Basin Outlaws – 1941 [song lyrics]
Underground Rustlers – 1941 [song lyrics]
Thunder River Feud – 1942 [composer]
Rock River Renegades – 1942 [song composer]

RIP Ruth Foster

ObituaryPrint SharePosted: Wed., Jun. 6, 2012, 5:13pm PT
Actress Ruth Foster dies at 92
Played postmistress on 'Little House'
By Variety Staff

Actress Ruth E. Foster, best known for her role of Mrs. Foster, the postmistress on "Little House on the Prairie," died of natural causes in Del Mar, Calif., on May 11. She was 92.

Foster traveled with vaudeville dance troupes in the early 1930s. She married comedian Bobby Pinkus, aka Peter J. Accardy, in 1939; they worked up a routine together and entertained troops in the South Pacific during WWII.

She broke into television in the 1950s on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" and "The Spike Jones Show." She recurred on "Ben Casey" in the early 1960s and guested on "Bonanza" before appearing in 61 episodes of "Little House on the Prairie" in the 1970s and '80s plus three "Little House" telepics. She also guested on Michael Landon series "Highway to Heaven" in 1989.

Foster danced professionally in the Palm Springs and Branson Follies until the age of 85.

Survivors include a son; a grandson; two great-grandsons; and a niece.

Services will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 12:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn White Chapel.


Born: 1/29/1920, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 5/12/2012, Del Mar, California, U.S.A.

Ruth Foster's westerns - actress:
Bonanza (TV) - 1969 (woman on street)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) - 1974-1983 (Mrs. Melinda Foster)
Little House: Bless All the Dear Children (TV) - 1984 (Melinda Foster)
Little House: The Last Farewell (TV) - 1984 (Mrs. Foster)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

RIP Carlos Fuentes

RIP Carlos Fuentes

Rest in peace

 Carlos Fuentes was born to Mexican parents in Panama on November 11, 1928 and died at age 83, on May 15, 2012. His father was a diplomat, and spent his childhood in various American cities: Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Washington DC, Santiago de Chile, Quito and Buenos Aires, a city where his father arrived in 1934 as counselor of the Embassy of Mexico. Summers passed in Ciudad de Mexico, studying in schools to keep the language and learn the history of his country. He lived in Santiago de Chile (1940-1944) and Buenos Aires where he was influenced by notable figures in American cultural sphere.

 He arrived in Mexico at age 16 and entered the school at the University Center Mexico. It began as a journalist contributor to magazines and received first place in a literary contest of the French College Morelos.

 He graduated from University Nacional Autónoma in the laws of Mexico and economics at the Institute of International Studies in Geneva. In 1972 he was elected to the National College, was introduced by the poet Octavio Paz and his inaugural address was "Opening remarks" .2

 He died on May 15, 2012, at 83 years of age, in Ciudad de Mexico, of a heart attack.

FUENTES, Carlos (Carlos Fuentes Macias)
Born: 11/11/1928, Panama City, Panama
Died: 5/15/2011, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Carlos Fuentes’ westerns – writer:
Time to Die – 1966
Old Gringo - 1989

Monday, May 14, 2012

RIP Margie Stewart

Margie Stewart 1919 - 2012

By T. Rees Shapiro
May 8The Washington Post

Margie Stewart, the mahogany-haired ingenue who graced millions of
morale-boosting posters during World War II as the U.S. military’s
official pinup, died of pneumonia April 26 at a hospital in Burbank,
Calif. She was 92.

The death was confirmed by her son, Stephen Johnson.

Miss Stewart was a department store model and movie starlet before she
was named “Uncle Sam’s Poster Girl” by the War Department in the early
1940s. She appeared in more than a dozen patriotic posters distributed
by the tens of millions to troops during World War II.

Unlike the barracks wall artwork featuring the leggy Betty Grable, the
buxom Jane Russell or the sultry Ann Sheridan, Miss Stewart’s
government-issue posters promoted more wholesome values. The most skin
Miss Stewart’s modest poses revealed were her bare ankles in low
heels. In many of her posters, she wore long pants.

But her pretty “girl-next-door” appeal proved immensely popular with
the soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen abroad.

“The other pinup girls are dream girls in the most unsubstantial sense
of the expression,” Cpl. John Haverstick wrote in a 1945 issue of
Yank, a weekly military magazine. “A dream is about the only place
most of us are likely to run up against the typical glamour
photographer’s ideal of a lassie with legs eight feet long, bust 58
inches, waist 20, hips 20, and long, red-gold hair. Margie is a little
closer to home.”

He continued: “She looks like a good girl friend or a good young
wife . . . like the dream you not only want to go on dreaming but the
one which might continue after you wake up.”

Miss Stewart’s pinups often featured her writing letters to a beau
deployed overseas, always signing the notes “Love, Margie.”

In one poster, she looks longingly into the camera — with her cherry
lips ever so slightly parted — while a letter below her says, “Of
course waiting is hard — don’t I know!” and encourages troops to save
money for a future home.

For another, her wistful face is framed by the words: “Please . . .
get there and BACK! Be careful what you say or write.”

Miss Stewart became so adored among troops that she was sent to Europe
on a goodwill tour to promote war bonds. While visiting troops in
Germany, France, Britain and Belgium, she was accompanied by a
handsome Army captain. They fell in love and were married by the mayor
of Paris in 1945.

Announcing the news of her nuptials, the Stars and Stripes newspaper
blared the headline: “Margie, It Hurts to Print This.”

Margie Stewart was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Wabash, Ind. She attended
Indiana University and was elected Freshman Princess before she
pursued a career in modeling and film. She earned $75 a week as an
actress for RKO studios, and appeared in films such as “The Falcon
Strikes Back” (1943) starring Tom Conway and “Bombardier” (1943) with
Randolph Scott.

During a stint in Chicago she was spotted by advertising executive
Russell Stone, a retired Army major. Through Stone’s Pentagon
contacts, Miss Stewart was tapped to pose for the military pinups.

She retired from modeling after the war and lived with her husband,
Jerry Johnson, in Studio City, Calif. Together, they helped produce
concerts at the Hollywood Bowl for acts such as the Beatles and the
Beach Boys. In her spare time, she volunteered at the UCLA Medical

Her husband of 57 years died in 2003. Survivors include a son, Stephen
Johnson of Woodland Hills, Calif.; and three grandchildren.

Miss Stewart said more than 94 million of her posters were sent around
the world during the war but that Eleanor Roosevelt was not a fan. She
said the first lady tried to ban the artwork because she feared Miss
Stewart was making the troops a little too homesick.

STEWART, Margie (Margery Stewart)
Born: 12/14/1919, Wabash, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 4/26/2012, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Margie Stewart's western - actress:
Nevada - 1944 (dancer)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

RIP Stephen Lord

Stephen Lord, a prolific TV writer whose credits range from Bonanza and Daniel Boone to CHiPs and Fantasy Island, has died. He was 85.

He died May 5 in Sherman Oaks, surrounded by his family.

Born Stephen Loyacano on Dec. 14, 1926, in New Orleans, he amassed more than 200 credits during a writing career that spanned 35 years. He wrote and/or scripted episodes of classic Westerns (Johnny Ringo, Death Valley Days, The Virginian), crime dramas (Ellery Queen, McCloud, T.J. Hooker) and science fiction (The Outer Limits, They Came From Outer Space).

He also worked on features including, Hangar 18 (1980) and The Fall of the House of Usher (1979), and wrote plays and symphonies.

Lord also was active in Hollywood unions for years, working with the WGA and DGA.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; daughters Stephanie, Jennifer and Elizabeth; and granddaughter, Emma.

A memorial service is set for 10 a.m. May 12 at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church in Encino. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 5900 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1100, Los Angeles, 90036.

LORD, Stephen (Stephen Loyacano)
Born: 12/14/1926, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Died: 5/5/2012, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.

Stephen Lord’s westerns – associate producer, screenwriter:
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1959-1960 [associate producer]
Stagecoach West (TV) – 1961 [screenwriter]
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1961 [screenwriter]
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 [screenwriter]
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 [screenwriter]
Bonanza (TV) – 1965 [screenwriter]
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965 [screenwriter]
The Virginian (TV) – 1967, 1968 [screenwriter]
Barbary Coast (TV) - 1975