Thursday, February 28, 2013

RIP Bob Hover

Actor Bob Hover dies at 79
Former boxer played Dr. Russ Matthews on 'Another World'

Actor Bob Hover, who appeared on shows including "Another World," died
February 15 in Warren, Rhode Island He was 79.

A boxer in the Marine Corps, he modeled and was a champion body builder
before turning to acting. Hover appeared in many films, television
shows, soap operas and commercials during his long career. He was best
known for his portrayal of Dr. Russ Matthews on "Another World" in the

He later taught acting at John Robert Powers for many years.

He is survived by his two sons, a daughter and five grandsons.

Donations may be made in his name to Home & Hospice Care of Rhode

HOVER, Bob (Robert Hover)
Born: 1934, U.S.A.
Died: February 15, 2013, Warren, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

Bob Hover’s westerns – actor:
Cheyenne (TV) – 1956, 1957 (Jamie Dawson, Whitey, Bill/Pierce Paxton)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

RIP Dale Robertson

 A Western sunset

Gazette staff
February 27th, 2013

Oklahoma native and longtime movie and TV star Dale Robertson died yesterday in California. He was 89.

Born in Harrah, he served in World War II, where he was twice injured in combat, and briefly was a prizefighter before eventually drifting into acting. Hollywood came knocking after movie agents noticed photos of Robertson, who had been stationed after the war at San Luis Obispo, Calif., in the storefront window of a Los Angeles photography store.

Tall, strikingly handsome and with a resemblance to Clark Gable, Robertson seemed a natural for movies.

He eventually made more than 60 films, mostly in 1950s-era B westerns. His biggest success came with TV's Tales of Wells Fargo, in which he played Wells Fargo agent Jim Hardie, from 1957 to '62. Other TV roles included Iron Horse, Dynasty and J.J. Starbuck. In the 1960s, he joined Ronald Reagan, Robert Taylor and others as among the narrators of TV’s Death Valley Days.

Robertson's prominence in Westerns earned him induction in the Great Western Performers and the Cowboy Hall of Fame.

In retirement, Robertson and his wife, Susan, lived on his Haymaker Farms ranch near Yukon.

ROBERTSON, Dale (Dayle Lymoine Robertson)
Born: 7/14/1923, Harrah, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 2/27/2013, La Jolla, California, U.S.A.

Dale Robertson’s westerns – actor, voice:
Fighting Man of the Plains – 1949 (Jesse James)
The Cariboo Trail – 1950 (Will Gray)
Two Flags West – 1950 (Lem)
The Secret of Convict Lake – 1951 [narrator]
Return of the Texan – 1952 (Sam Crockett)
The Outcasts of Poker Flat – 1952 (John Oakhurst)
The Silver Whip – 1953 (Race Crim)
Devil’s Canyon – 1953 (Billy Reynolds)
City of Bad Men – 1953 (Brett Stanton)
The Gambler from Natchez – 1954 (Captain Wayne Colby)
Sitting Bull – 1954 (Major Robert ‘Bob’ Parrish)
A Day of Fury – 1956 (Jagade)
Dakota Incident – 1956 (John Banner)
Hell Canyon Outlaws – 1957 (Sheriff Caleb)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957-1962 (Jim Hardie)
Law of the Lawless – 1964 (Judge Clem Rogers)
Blood on the Arow – 1964 (Wade Cooper)
Diamond Jim: Skullduggery in Samantha (TV) – 1965 (Diamond Jim Brady)
The Man from Button Willow – 1965 (Justin Eagle) [voice]
Scalplock (TV) – 1966 (Benjamin Calhoun)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1966-1968 (Ben Calhoun)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1968-1970 [host]
The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (TV) – 1979 (Judge Isaac Parker)
Harts of the West (TV) – 1993, 1994 (Zeke)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

RIP Candide Franklyn

Camera operator Candide Franklyn dies at 45
Steadicam/cameraman worked on 'The Da Vinci Code,' 'Hairspray'

By Variety Staff

Candide Franklyn, the prolific camera and steadicam operator who worked on projects such as "Cinderella Man," "The Da Vinci Code" and a slew of Adam Sandler starrers, died on Feb. 12. He was 45.

Beginning his career in Toronto, Franklyn rose through the ranks as a grip and an expert dolly technician. As a steadicam/cameraman, he worked with industryites including Roger Kumble, Stephen Burum, Dennis Dugan, M. Night Shyamalan and Tak Fujimoto.

Recent credits include "Jack and Jill," "The Time Traveler's Wife," "Hairspray" and "The West Wing."

He is survived by his wife, Leslie Whittaker, and his mother.

A celebration of life will be held for family and friends on March 2 at 1 p.m. at a private residence.

Donations may be made to The City Life Project.

FRANKLYN, Candide (Candide Regan Franklyn)
Born: 10/2/1967, Trinidad, The West Indies
Died: 2/12/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Candide Franklyn’s western – camera operator:
The Jack Bull (TV) - 1999

Monday, February 25, 2013

RIP Carmen Montejo

“La muñeca de Cuba”, Carmen Montejo (1925-2013)

MEXICO - The Cuban-born actress Carmen Montejo, one of the great figures of the golden age of Mexican cinema, died Monday at age 87, according to the National Council for Culture and the Arts in a statement, in which deplores the death.

The National Actors Association confirmed the death of the nationalized Mexican artist, also a writer and theater director, whose real name was María Teresa Sánchez González.

Born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, the artist began her career in that island being only a child, participating in radio broadcasts.

Later studied drama at the University of Havana, who later would continue in New York and Los Angeles.

She arrived in Mexico in late 1942 and almost immediately debuted on the soap opera The Diary of Susana Galván. The following year, she had his first film appearance in the movie Resurrection, Gilberto Martinez Solares.

She devoted an actress in Mexican films through participation in various bands, among which we the poor (1948), what gave you that woman? (1952) and women without morning, which won an Ariel Award in 1952 for best female coacting.

Along with her work in cinema, the actress developed a strong background in theater and television.

With The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca (1946) resumed a prolific theater career in Mexico, while in the small screen took part in a long series of soap operas and telenovelas, as The House of Hate (1960), Secret confession ( 1965), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1969), The Curse (1983) and Cradle of Wolves (1986).

In 1978, production was part of the Mexico-US The Children of Sanchez, starring Anthony Quinn and Dolores del Rio.

The singer received in 2005 the Ariel de Oro in recognition of her significant career.

MONTEJO, Carmen (Maria Teresa Sanchez Gonzalez)
Born: 5/26/1925, Pinar del Rio, Cuba
Died: 2/25/2013, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

Carmen Montejo’s westerns – actress:
El porto salvaje – 1958 (Luisa)
El rio de las animas – 1964
Los marcados – 1971 (Remedios)
El rey - 1976 (Senora del Rivero)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

RIP Diane Lampert

NY songwriter Diane Lampert dead at 88.
New York February 21, 2013 (AP)

Diane Charlotte Lampert, an accomplished songwriter of the 1950s and 1960s who wrote lyrics to title songs for more than 20 movies, has died.

Lampert's husband, Fred Stuart, said she died of heart failure Friday at a Manhattan hospital. She was 88.

Lampert worked on songs performed by Brenda Lee, Steve Lawrence, Red Foley, The Lettermen and others. She also was a writer on a Beatles song, "Nothin Shakin' (But The Leaves On The Trees)" that wasn't released until 1994 on "Live At The BBC."

Lampert helped provide music for movies starring Bob Hope, Cary Grant, Buster Keaton and others.

She is survived by Stuart, president of Rainbow Music Corp., her husband of 45 years.

A memorial service is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at Riverside Memorial Chapel.

LAMPERT, Diane (Diane Charlotte Lampert)
Born: 2/25/1924, Bronx, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/22/2013, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

Diane Lampert’s western – songwriter:
The Wild and Innocent - 1959