Friday, May 31, 2013

RIP Bill Lansford

Bill Lansford, 90, a Latino Marine and Army veteran who sought to bring honor to the contributions of other Latinos who served in the nation’s wars, died May 22 at his Playa del Rey home. The cause was complications of prostate cancer, his wife Ruth said.

Lansford, who was raised in East Los Angeles by his Mexican-born mother, was a major force behind efforts to construct a monument at El Pueblo de Los Angeles for Latino recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award.
Although that effort has slowed amid questions over the monument’s planned placement in the city’s historic core, Ruth Lansford said she and others were continuing to seek donations for the project’s $750,000 cost. Along with a memorial wall honoring all Medal of Honor recipients, dedicated in 2009, organizers still hope to erect a sculpture paying tribute to the award’s 40 Latino recipients, she said.
Bill Lansford was also one of two Latino veterans included in filmmaker Ken Burns’ 2007 documentary series “The War,” about World War II, after complaints by Latinos that their wartime contributions had been overlooked. Lansford spoke about the battle for Guadalcanal, in particular his time with an elite Marine commando unit known as Carlson’s Raiders, which went behind enemy lines in 1942 to harass a larger Japanese force.
William Douglas Lansford was born July 13, 1922, in East Los Angeles, the son of Rosalina Melendez, an actress, and Frank Alva Stone, a Los Angeles police officer. His parents were divorced before he was born. (The name Lansford came from a misspelling on his birth certificate of Lunsford, another name used by his father, Ruth Lansford said.)
He dropped out of high school at 16 and joined the Marine Corps at 18. He was stationed in Iceland, then in the Pacific theater during World War II. Several years later, he joined the Army and served during the Korean War.
He became a successful writer for television series such as “Starsky & Hutch,” “Fantasy Island” and “Ironside,” and also wrote several books, including a biography of Pancho Villa that was adapted into the 1968 film “Villa Rides,” starring Yul Brynner.
LANSFORD, Bill (William Douglas Lansford)
Born: 7/13/1922, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/22/2013, Playa del Rey, California, U.S.A.
Bill Lansford’s western – book author:
Villa Rides - 1968

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

RIP Little Tony

'Little Tony has died. The singer was 72 years old and had long been ill with cancer. He died in the clinic Villa Margherita in Rome, where he was hospitalized for three months. The funeral will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, at the Church of the Divine Love.
Antonio Ciacci, was the real name of Little Tony, who was one of the most celebrated artists of Italian music, among the first Italians to interpret rock'n'roll, a passion that made him win the title "The Italian Elvis Presley". This led to the success of songs like “Riderà” and “Cuore Matto”. He began young, thanks to a musical family: his father, a singer and accordionist, guitarist uncle and two brothers, Henry and Albert, a guitarist and bassist respectively. They played in Castelli Romani, in the dance halls and vaudeville theaters.
In 1958 he moved to England, with his brothers, at the request of an English impresario, Jack Good, who noticed them during a performance at the Teatro Smeraldo in Milan. In England, the group was founded as ‘Little Tony and his Brothers’. The choice of the name, instead of Ciacci was inspired by Little Richard. The band roused an unexpected success that kept them abroad for a few years. And 'at that time, the end of the fifties, the band produced numerous singles like Lucille, Johnny B. Good, Shake Rattle and Roll. Some of his songs were included in the soundtrack of the film, “Blue Monday” about a gangster looking for a wife.
Little Tony returned to Italy and, in 1961, and participated in the Festival of Sanremo, paired with Adriano Celentano. Their song ‘24 mila baci’ came in second place. But it will become one of his most popular songs of those years. These were also the years of songs for films, “5 marines per 100 ragazze”, “Rocco e le sorelle”, “Nerone '71”, “La bella Americana” and “Pugni pupe e marina”. But the first real success record came in 1961 with “Il ragazzo col ciuffo” that opened the door to the top of the standings. He did just as well with “Che mi ami ancora” and “Portata al Cantagiro” which were among the greatest hits of 1962. More than a year later, in 1963, when he reached number 2 “Se insieme a un altro ti vedrò” (written by his brother Henry) and the successfully recorded “T'amo e t'amerò” written by Peppino Gagliardi, during which time he began his also his career as an actor in several musicals. He was back in Sanremo in 1964 with “Quando vedrai la mia ragazza” and then  a good summer hit “La fine di agosto”. For his next big hit was not until 1966, when participating in the Cantagiro with “Riderà.”. The song will not win the event, but sold over a million copies.
After that the road is all downhill. He then hit it big again with “Cuore matto” which reached number one for twelve consecutive weeks. In 1968 his fourth participation in Sanremo with “Un uomo piange solo per amore man” and then “Lacrime” and “La donna di picche”. After the success of “Bada bambina” Little Tony founded his own label, "Little Records," and came out with “E diceva che amava me” / “Nostalgia”. In 1970 he has another great success, again in Sanremo with “La spada nel cuore” (composed by Charles Donida), which won the fifth place, paired with Patty Pravo.
Little Tony sang the title song “Rainbow… vorrei… vorrei” for “The Longest Hunt (1968)

LITTLE TONY (Antonio Ciacci)
Born: 2/7/1941, Tivoli, Lazio, Italy
Died: 5/27/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Little Tony’s western – singer:
The Longest Hunt – 1968 [sings “Rainbow... vorrei... vorrei”]

Sunday, May 26, 2013

RIP Ollie Mitchell

Jazz musician ‘Ollie’ Mitchell dies on Big Island
Tribune-Herald staff writer

HILO — Ollie Mitchell, trumpeter, bandleader and a legendary studio musician, died May 11 at his Puako home. He was 86.
Founder and leader of the Olliephonic Horns, the Big Island’s “little big band,” Mitchell had suffered from cancer the past few years. As of late, he had stopped playing the trumpet due to macular degeneration and hand problems from an auto accident, said Mitchell’s wife, Nancy.
“He couldn’t really see the notes on the page that well and he had a difficult time pushing the valves on the trumpet, but he still led the band,” Nancy Mitchell said Saturday. She described her husband as “charismatic and handsome” and “just a really nice man with the most positive outlook on life.”
Oliver Edward Mitchell was born April 8, 1927, in Los Angeles. His father was Harold “Pappy” Mitchell, lead trumpeter for MGM Studios, who taught his son the trumpet. The younger Mitchell played in the big bands of Harry James, Buddy Rich and Perez Prado, among others, as well as the NBC Orchestra. He became “first call” trumpeter for many L.A. recording studios, and was part of The Wrecking Crew, a fabled group of 1960s Los Angeles studio musicians whose work can still be heard on golden oldies by The Beach Boys, The Mamas & the Papas, The Carpenters, The 5th Dimenson, Simon & Garfunkel, Nat King Cole, Nancy Sinatra and others.
“You look at their history and who they played with, there was a predictability when you hired them,” said Gary Washburn, Olliephonics keyboardist and teacher-director of the renowned Honokaa High School Jazz Band. “You knew it was going to be done right and done very quickly, in a short amount of time. That was back when they charged by the hour in studios, so you’d might as well get the best.”
Mitchell was also an original member of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass.
“When Herb Alpert took the band on the road he didn’t want to be hooked to that, because he was doing other stuff, too,” Nancy Mitchell said.
Although he made his living in the studio, Mitchell’s passion was live music. He had his own L.A.-based big band, Ollie Mitchell’s Sunday Band. After retiring, Mitchell moved to Honolulu in the 1970s and played with Harvey Ragsdale, who introduced Ollie and Nancy. On their first date, Mitchell took her to see jazz singer Jimmy Borges, who Nancy knew from working on the original “Hawaii 5-0” series.
“Jimmy came over and said, ‘Nancy, what are you doing here?’” she recalled. “I said, ‘Just came here to see you, and this is my date, Ollie Richards.’ Ollie said, ‘No, Ollie Mitchell.’ And Jimmy said, ‘Ollie Mitchell! Oh, man!’ I looked at him with wonder.”
The Mitchells later moved to the Big Island, and he founded the Olliephonics in 1995. Band members include fellow Wrecking Crew veteran, trombonist Richard “Slyde” Hyde. The band is a nonprofit organization dedicated to perpetuating big band music and to music education for youth, especially wind instruments.
“He was all about the music,” said Washburn. “He gave us instruments. He gave us music. He gave us lights. He was just the best. He was a great musician and a really, really nice guy, a lot of fun to play with. He was real loose when it came to the formality of playing music, but he was a taskmaster in terms of playing music correctly. He’ll be missed.”
The Olliephonics play tonight at 7 p.m. at the Blue Dragon in Kawaihae. There’s a $10 cover charge. Washburn has a solo set at 6 p.m.
Private services are planned. In addition to wife Nancy, Mitchell is survived by son, Steve (Tere) Mitchell of Santa Ynez, Calif.; daughter, Marla (Chase) Leavitt of Santa Ynez, Calif.; stepson John Hackleman of Arroyo Grande, Calif.; stepdaughter Susan Hackleman of Grover Beach, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Memorial donations can be made to Olliephonic Horns and mailed to P.O. Box 44493, Kamuela, HI 96743.
MITCHELL, Ollie (Oliver Edward Mitchell)
Born: 4/8/1927, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/11/2013, Puako, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Ollie Mitchell’s westerns – trumpet player:
Hud - 1963
Advance to the Rear – 1964
Big Hand for a Little Lady – 1966
Hang ‘Em High – 1968
Will Penny - 1968
Chisum – 1970
Legend of Nigger Charley - 1972

Saturday, May 25, 2013

RIP Linden Chiles

Linden Chiles was born Truman Linden Chiles on March 22, 1933. This rugged actor got his first career break when Ted Post spotted him in a UCLA directing class and gave him a small role in the TV show "Rawhide". Linden's most memorable career event was working with Elvis in "Wild In The Country". His favorite flick is ";Thelma and Louise" and George C. Scott and Katharine Hepburn are his choices for great actors. He enjoys watching the TV show "Eastside/Westside" and "Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye is his favorite tune. His off screen activities include walking, reading, partying and building his house, not necessarily in that order. Thomas Jefferson gets his vote for most respected historical figure. Linden's quote is: "TV consumes us much more than we consume it".
Mary Margaret commented Linden died at a high point in his life. He found true love late in life (Yes, I am inserting myself here, he and I started dating when he was 76, I moved in with him when he was 78 and we acted like newlyweds) His career had taken off after meeting Ansel Faraj, and he had successfully beaten prostate cancer. He had regained his physical strength after becoming weak while being treated for cancer two years ago. He and I celebrated his 80th Birthday in Big Sur in a grand hotel. He loved the trip. He and his son had a fabulous time camping in Joshua Tree Park May 1 - 5. He was on top of the world the day he died. Unfortunately, he was also working on the roof of his house. He was overconfident because he had been feeling so good. So he took a risk he should not have taken.
CHILES, Linden (Truman Linden Chiles)
Born: 3/22/1933, U.S.A.
Died: 5/15/2013, Topanga, California, U.S.A.
Linden Chiles westerns – actor:
Rawhide (TV) – 1960 (Jenkins)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963 (Pat)
Incident at Phantom Hill – 1966 (Dr. Hanneford)
Texas Across the River – 1966 (Yellow Knife)
The Virginian (TV) – 1964, 1966, 1967 (Paul Leland, Ira Lom, Ben Fancher, Sheriff Chris Willliams)
Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Kirby)

Friday, May 24, 2013

RIP Isidro Novellas

Isidro Novellas Plans died in Centelles, Catalonia, Spain on March 8, 2013. Isidro was born in Centelles in 1922. Early on he worked in all kind of jobs while he tried to enter into the cinema industry. In Spain in those days it was really hard to become an actor, despite the struggle he appeared in many Spanish films always playing small supporting parts. He appeared in eight Euro-westerns from “The Ruthless Colt of the Gringo” in 1965 to “God In Heaven, Arizona on Earth” in 1972. In his home town of Centelles, he appeared in a lot of theatre and also silent short adventure films mainly about war and fantasy heroes. He was struck with Alzheimer in 2004, and during his last days lived in a residence for elderly people in his own village, where he died at 91 years old.
NOVELLAS, Isidro (Isidro Novellas Plans)
Born: 1922, Centelles, Catalonia, Spain
Died: 3/8/2013, Centelles, Catalonia, Spain]
Isidro Novellas’ westerns – actor:
The Ruthless Colt of the Gringo – 1965 (sheriff)
Who Killed Johnny Ringo? - 1966 (sheriff)
The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Your Grave – 1971 (work camp captain)
Dig Your Grave Friend, Sabata’s Coming - 1971 (Mexican)
4 Candles for My Colt - 1971 (deputy)
God in Heaven, Arizona on Earth - 1972 (saloon patron)

RIP Patsy May

Patsy Doris Dittemore was born on March 20, 1934 in Gosport, Indians. She  passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.Patsy was a resident of Smithfield, North Carolina.

MAY, Patsy (Patsy Doris Dittemore)
Born: 3/20/1934, Gosport, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 1/1/2013, Smithfield, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Patsy May's western - actress:
Great Stagecoach Robbery - 1945 (Goodbody girl)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

RIP Steve Forrest

A contract player at MGM in the 1950s, he also starred in such films as “The Longest Day” and “Spies Like Us” and in the BBC hit “The Baron.”
Steve Forrest, who starred as Lt. Dan “Hondo” Harrelson on the 1970s ABC action series S.W.A.T., died peacefully surrounded by family on May 18 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. He was 87.
In a career spanning more the 60 years, Forrest frequently was cast as a leading man or “heavy.” An aficionado of the American Western, he delighted in roles that glorified the genre, including guest-starring appearances in such television classics as The Virginian, Bonanza and Gunsmoke.
But it was his role as the hard-hitting yet warmhearted Harrelson that most endeared Forrest to the American audience. As the leader of the police department’s five-man special weapons and tactics team, he often was seen with his bullhorn in hand, jumping into the large dark gray van shouting the signature line, “Let’s roll!”
As a salute to the show, Forrest appeared in a cameo role as the van driver in the film version of S.W.A.T. (2003) that starred Samuel L. Jackson.
Forrest was born William Forrest Andrews on Sept. 25, 1925, in Huntsville, Texas, to Annis and Charles Andrews, a Baptist minister. He was the youngest of 13 children.
At 18, Forrest enlisted in the military and served with the Army. He attained the rank of sergeant during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. At the end of the war, he moved to Los Angeles and attended UCLA.
Forrest graduated with honors from UCLA in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and went to work as a stagehand at the La Jolla Playhouse outside San Diego. It was there, during the summer stock production of Goodbye Again, that he was discovered by Hollywood legend Gregory Peck. The actor cast him in the production and arranged for his first screen test with MGM, where he was placed under contract.
In 1953, Forrest garnered a New Star of the Year award from the Golden Globes for his performance in the Warner Bros. film So Big, playing opposite Jane Wyman and Sterling Hayden. Throughout the ’50s, Forrest landed roles on both the large and small screens, frequently cast on such early TV series as Playhouse 90, Climax! Theater, Lux Video Theater and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
His early films included roles as a P.O.W. opposite Ronald Reagan in MGM’s Prisoner of War (1954), as Robert Taylor’s younger brother in Rogue Cop (1954), as Doris Day’s would-be suitor in It Happened to Jane (1959), as Elvis Presley’s half brother in the Western Flaming Star (1960), as Sophia Loren’s gun-slinging love interest in Heller in Pink Tights (1960) and with John Wayne and an all-star cast in The Longest Day (1962).
Later film and television appearances included North Dallas Forty (1979), Mommie Dearest (1981) with Faye Dunaway, Spies Like Us (1985) with Chevy Chase and Dan Akroyd, the miniseries Hollywood Wives (1985), a season in the 1980s on TV’s Dallas, Storyville (1992) with James Spader and Killer: A Journal of Murder (1995) with James Woods.
A trained vocalist, Forrest made his Broadway debut as budding prizefighter Bob Stanton in the 1958 production of The Body Beautiful opposite Mindy Carson, Jack Warden and Brock Peters.
In 1965, under contract to the BBC, Forrest relocated to London with his family to star as John Mannering, the international antique dealer-cum-secret agent in the British crime drama The Baron. The program was the first color series on British television.
An avid and accomplished golfer, Forrest frequently played in charity tournaments around the world. In 1976, he competed on the American team at the Bing Crosby Great Britain vs. U.S.A. Tournament at the Glen Eagles course in Scotland.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Christine, sons Michael, Forrest and Stephen and grandchildren Samantha, Emily, Aubrey and Alex.
A service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Griffin Memorial Park in Westlake Village, Calif.

FORREST, Steve (William Forrest Andrews)
Born: 9/25/1925, Huntsville, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 5/18/2013, Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.
Steve Forrest’s westerns – actor:
Last of the Comanches – 1953 (Lt. Floyd)
Heller in Pink Tights – 1960 (Clint Mabry)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960 (Mike Bagley)
Outlaws (TV) – 1960 (Rance Hollister)
Flaming Star – 1960 (Clint Burton)
The Wide Country (TV) – 1962 (Royce Bennett)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1963, 1964 (Senator William E. Borah,
The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1964 (Roger 'Buster' Layton / Dr. William 'Will' C. Martin, James Templeton)
Rawhide (TV) – 1965 (Cable)
Cimarron Strip (TV) 1967, 1968 (Wiley Harpe, Sergeant Clayton Tyce)
Bonanza (TV) – 1967, 1969 (Josh Tanner, Dan Logan)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973 (Will Mannon, Cole Morgan, Cord Wrecken, Scott Coltrane)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1970 (Johnny Rondo)
The Wild Country – 1970 (Jim Tanner)
Nichols (TV) – 1971 (Sam Yeager)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1972 (Jake Halloran)
Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1972 (Wes Durham)
The Hanged Man (TV) – 1974 (James Devlin)
Wanted: The Sundance Woman (TV) – 1976 (Detective Charlie Siringo)
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (TV) – 1987 (Will Mannon)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

RIP Laurence Haddon

Actor Laurence Haddon Dies at 90
by Mike Barnes
Laurence Haddon, a busy character actor who appeared on dozens of TV
series like Dallas, Lou Grant and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman during his
four-decade career, has died. He was 90.
Haddon died May 10 in Santa Monica from complications associated with
Lewy body disease, a form of dementia, his daughter-in-law Eilene Vila
Schmidt said Tuesday. He was 90.

On Norman Lear's syndicated soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary
Hartman, Haddon portrayed one of the first non-stereotypical gay men to
appear on national television. In a 1976 episode, he's caught kissing
another man (neighbors were led to believe that they were brothers),
and later the couple consider getting married.
Haddon also was seen on three CBS series in the 1970s and '80s: as
J.R.'s banker Franklin Horner on primetime soap Dallas, as the foreign
editor on the newsroom drama Lou Grant and as the crooked Dr. Mitch
Ackerman, who memorably stole Joan Van Ark's babies, on Knots Landing,
another soapy drama.
Haddon's lengthy résumé also includes stints on television's Dr.
Kildare, Dennis the Menace, Death Valley Days, My Three Sons, Sanford
and Son, Mannix, Good Times, The Rockford Files, Barnaby Jones, Vega$,
Hill Street Blues, T.J. Hooker and Designing Women. He appeared in the
1974 telefilm The Execution of Private Slovik and had roles in the
features Hands of a Stranger (1962), Fantastic Voyage (1966) and The
Graduate (1967).
Haddon was born in Philadelphia in 1922 and attended Friends' Central
School and Syracuse University. After Pearl Harbor, he left college and
served in the Merchant Marine during World War II as an officer on
Liberty ships ferrying munitions, other cargo and German prisoners in
the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific.
After the war, he did a brief stint in the aluminum business before
deciding to become an actor. He moved to New York, where he landed
parts on stage and in the early era of live TV.
Haddon went on the road in the national touring companies of Tea and
Sympathy with Maria Riva and The Warm Peninsula, which starred Julie
Harris and Larry Hagman and opened on Broadway in 1959.
In 1958, Haddon married actress-model Jacqueline Prevost, and they
moved to Los Angeles two years later. He was a consistent performer at
The Melrose, one of the first and most enduring waiver theaters in Los
In addition his daughter-in-law and wife, survivors include his
children Michael and Phoebe, stepson Guy and grandchildren Zoe and
HADDON, Laurence
Born: 1922, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 5/10/2013, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
Laurence Haddon’s westerns – actor:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Honest John, Phillips)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1966 (Eli)
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1969
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1991 (Mr. Bass)

Monday, May 20, 2013

RIP Carlo Monni

Farewell to Carlo Monni, the actor-poet

By Mauro Bonciani

FLORENCE - Monni has died. For all CARLO Monni was the living embodiment of the fierce will to live and the sarcasm of fiorentinaccio, the poet of the vernacular, equal to himself on stage, in movies and in the squares of Florence, his city, even though he came from Campi Bisenzio, he was always willing to entertain and declaim. But on Sunday evening, after a long illness, Carlo Monni who was hospitalized for twenty days of an incurable disease, surrendered.
Born on October, 23 1943, a companion of Roberto Benigni in the early days of the legendary television series "Berlinguer I love you", the 1978 film by Giuseppe Bertolucci where with Bozzone entered the collective imagination along with almost all the characters in that film over time became the object of worship. From then on, Carlo Monni was a charismatic presence, though perhaps fleeting, in many movies and television but especially in the theater, found himself where the physical size and taste of the beginning of the poem to be recited as the old story teller.
In 2011, under the direction of Alessandro Benvenuti, he starred in a choral version of "Welcome home Gori," at the theater of Dante Fields and last year also held a re-reading of Garga, another character of the old Florence that there and that is where he loved the food, the wine, women and poetry. And who knows what he wanted for his funeral, perhaps a funeralone as in "My friends," perhaps a poetry reading by Cecco Angiolieri, perhaps a toast of his many old and new friends. The Monni, Bozzone, we miss you already.
MONNI, Carlo
Born: 10/23/1943, Campi Bisenzio, Florence, Italy
Died:  5/19/2013, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Carlo Monni’s western – actor:
For a Book of Dollars - 1973 (dentist)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

RIP Artus de Penguern

The actor and director Artus de Penguern has died
The actor and director Artus de Penguern died suddenly Tuesday at age 56 at his home in Paris of a heart attack, officials said Thursday, May 16.
An actor in more than 30 feature films and dozens of TV movies, Artus de Penguern was also a director of such films as “Clinique de l'amour”, released in 2012, in which he played an unscrupulous surgeon.
He also wrote a weekly column in the form of a rant, titled "Ça suffit” (“Enough”) in the program "Comme on nous parle" by Pascale Clark on France Inter. His squeaky and provocative texts often masked sincere indignation of this aristocrat of Breton origin, with a genuine smile and caustic humor.
A former student of cours Simon, he started his film career in the 1980s, performing all sorts of roles in films as diverse as “Maupassant de Michel Drach” (1980), “Danton de Wajda” (1983),
“Le Sang des autres de Chabrol” (1983) and “Police de Maurice Pialat (1985). More recently, “Amelie”, in which he played Hipolito the sad jaded writer.
He directed five short films before moving along, such as “Grégoire Moulin contre l'humanité” (2000), in which he plays the title role of a hapless orphan, born on Friday the 13th leads a dreary provincial existence before attempting to change his luck, without any success.
Artus was married to actress Pascale Arbillot [1970- ].

de PENGUERN, Artus
Born: 3/13/1957, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Died:  5/15/2013, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Artus de Penguern's western - actor:
Big City - 2006


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

RIP John R. McKee

John R. McKee
AGE: 98 • Formerly of Audubon
FROM:  The South Jersey Courier-Post

On May 12, 2013, John R. McKee passed away in Vineland, NJ.
A graduate of Audubon High School, John was a three sport athlete
there and continued pursuing an athletic career in college at
Villanova and then professionally for the Canadian Football League.
Mr. McKee was also a decorated World War II Veteran serving in the
Army Air Corps and receiving the Purple Heart as the plane he piloted
was shot down over France.
In addition to playing professional football, Mr. McKee was a bullpen
coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates. As a result of his involvement with
the Pirates, John was connected with members of the movie industry and
went on to appear in over 100 movie and television roles from
1945-1983. John also helped in training race horses during his time in
the film industry.
Mr. McKee was predeceased by his parents, James and Anna McKee (nee
Rodgers) and his sister, Veronica Coyle.
He is lovingly survived by his two nieces, Eileen (the late, Raymond)
Lederer of Philadelphia and Pat Coyle of Audubon; his 6 great nieces
and nephews: Miles (Denise) Lederer, Mary Beth (John) Baranosky,
Joseph Lederer, Patty (Patrick) Green, Diane (Dave) Benson, Claire
(David) Hampton; 15 great great grandnieces and nephews: Jenna, Katie,
John, Jeffrey, Brynn, Meghan, Erin, Colleen, Patrick, David, Daria,
Dylan, Delaney, Morgan and David.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Viewing after 9:30 AM on
Thursday morning at St. Vincent Pallotti Church (St. Joseph the Worker
Parish), 901 Hopkins Road, Haddon Township, NJ where his Funeral Mass
will be celebrated at 11:00 AM.

Interment private.

McKEE, John R.
Born: 12/30/1916, San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/12/2003, Vineland, New Jersey, U.S.A.

John R. McKee’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
Loaded Pistols – 1948 (Deputy Party Guest)
Challenge of the Range – 1949 (Cliff)
Rim of the Canyon – 1949 (Tex Rawlins)
Mule Train – 1950 (Wilson)
Indian Territory – 1950 (cowboy)
Gene Autry and the Mouties – 1951
Vengeance Valley – 1951 (poker player) [stunts]
Texans Never Cry – 1951 (Ed Durham)
Silver Canyon – 1951 (townsman)
Across the Wide Missouri - 1951 (Killbuck)
The Range Rider (TV) – 1953
The Silver Whip – 1953
The Man from the Alamo – 1953 (Kay)
Thunder Over the Plains – 1953 (Texan)
Gypsy Colt – 1954 (wrangler)
Siege at Red River – 1954 (raider)
The Spoilers – 1955 (Joe)
The Adventures of Champion – (TV) – 1955 (Al)
Backlash – 1956 (Deputy Harry)
A Day of Fury – 1956 (deputy)
The Fastest Gun Alive – 1956 (deputy)
The Roy Rogers Show (TV) – 1956 (Brad Putnam)
Three Violent People – 1956 (carpetbagger)
The Big Land – 1957 (Smoky)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1958 (Ike Patrick)
Fort Dobbs – 1958 (Largo Refugee at Fort)
The Big Country – 1958 (Terrill Cowboy ) [stunts]
Maverick (TV) – 1958 (Third Miner)
The Texan (TV) – 1959 (ranch hand,)
The Deputy (TV) – 1959 (Hollister)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959, 1962, 1963 (First Lieutenant, Frank Folsom, Quincy)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (Stoneman)
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1961 (Sheriff Haskins, Hatch)
Posse from Hell – 1961 (1st Rider, Stendel Ranchhand)
Whispering Smith (TV) – 1961 (Jim)
Laramie (TV) – 1961 (Hank)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1962 (Marshal Thomas)
The Virginian (TV) – 1962, 1967 (townsman, 2nd homesteader)
Showdown – 1963 (Marshal Beaudine)
Cheyenne Autumn – 1964 (trooper) [stunts]
The Hallelujah Trail – 1965 (Rafe Pike) [stunts]
The Rare Breed – 1966 (cattle buyer)
Bonanza (TV) – 1966 (Fairley)
Alvarez Kelly – 1966 (Finley)
The Professionals – 1966 (sheriff) [stunts]
Cimarron Strip – 1967, 1968 (second cavalryman)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1968 (Pops)
The Shakiest Gun in the West – 1968 (cowpoke in saloon)
Lancer (TV) – 1968 (man)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1969 (Wilson)
Macho Callahan – 1970 (farmer)
Monte Walsh – 1970 (Petey Williams)
Rio Lobo – 1970 (Rio Lobo Deputy) [stunts]
Support Your Local Gunfighter – 1971 (saloon shooting witness)
Ulzana’s Raid – 1972 (trooper) [stunts]
The Cowboys (TV) – 1974 (Foley)
Nevada Smith (TV) – 1975 (McLane)
Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free (TV) - 1976) (official)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

RIP Paula Lynn Katz

Costumer Paula Lynn Kaatz Dies at 67

Hollywood Reporter
11:36 AM PDT 5/9/2013
by Mike Barnes

Paula Lynn Kaatz, a two-time Emmy-winning costumer and costume designer who worked on TV’s China Beach and on such films as The Green Mile during a 40-year career, died May 3 following a brief illness. She was 67.
Kaatz worked on 60 episodes of China Beach, the 1988-91 ABC drama that starred Dana Delany and was set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. She shared an Emmy for costuming the pilot episode.
Kaatz’s other Emmy came from costuming the CBS telefilm Pancho Barnes (1988), which starred Valerie Bertinelli as a female aviator in the 1920s.
Kaatz, who collected six Emmy nominations in all, also worked on such TV series as Space Academy, Jason of Star Command, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and Angel Street and on several other telefilms.
Her film résumé includes Mr. Majestyk (1974), Breakheart Pass (1975), Hooper (1978), My Bodyguard (1980), Wonderland (2003) and Man About Town (2006).
Kaatz also was a union organizer for Local Union 705 and a field representative/organizer for Motion Picture Costumers Local 75.
Born in Chicago on Jan. 19, 1946, Kaatz graduated from Beverly Hills High in 1964 and received a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where her classmates included Michael Douglas.
Survivors include her brother Benjamin, stepsister Julia, nieces Joely, Gabrielle and Adrienne and nephew Kevin.

KAATZ, Paula Lynn
Born:  1/19/1946, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 5/3/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Paula Lynn Kaatz’s westerns – costumer, costume designer:
Breakheart Pass – 1975 [costumer]
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) - 1993 [costume designer]

RIP Christine White

Christine Lamson White, 86, of Washington, D.C., died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Brinton Woods Nursing Home in Washington, D.C.
Born May 4, 1926, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Lucia W. and James Andrew White.
She graduated from Wilson High School in Washington. She entered the University of North Carolina and graduated in 1947 with a major in English. At UNC, she acted in school plays, a precursor to her growing interest in the world of theatre. She enrolled in Catholic University, in Washington, D.C., in 1948 and pursued a Masters degree in speech and drama.
She left for New York and in the early 1950s appeared in roles made for TV including "Playhouse 90," "General Electric," and "Philco Playhouse."
After these successes, she left New York for Los Angeles, Calif., and appeared in more than 50 Hollywood movies and television shows during her 25 year acting career including "Magnum Force," "Vice Squad," "Man Crazy," "Ichabod and Me," "Father Knows Best," "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," "Perry Mason," "The Untouchables," "The Twilight Zone," "The Fugitive," "The Rifleman," "Have Gun–Will Travel" and "Bonanza".
While living in Los Angeles, she became acquainted with several celebrities including James Dean, Loretta Young and June Havoc.
She returned to the D.C. area and helped care for her mother in her mother's later years.
She kept up many of her contacts in the acting profession while in Washington and pursued her interest in writing. She wrote, produced and distributed her own quarterly bulletin titled the "Rampart Papers."
Surviving are nephews and nieces James and Carol, Kenneth, Craig, Jeffrey and Minnie White; and great-nephew and great-niece Jeffrey Alexander White and Lillianna M. White.
She was predeceased by brother and sister-in-law Kenneth W. and Betty A. White.
Interment will be private.

Thanks to Randolph Scott for alerting me to Christine's passing

WHITE, Christine (Christine Lamson White)
Born: 5/4/1926, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Died: 4/14/2013, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Christine White’s westerns – actress:
Man Without a Gun (TV) – 1958
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1958 (Myra Ritchie, Susan Evans)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1960 (Ann Dodd)
Overland Trail (TV) – 1960 (Miss Traynor)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (Mariette Blaine)
Outlaws (TV) – 1961 (Persis)
The Wide Country (TV) – 1963 (Angel Donovan)

RIP Patricia Donahue

Patricia Donahue (Patricia Mahar) was born on June 21, 1925 in New York City.
She was a well-known TV star who also made a couple of movie appearances.
Patricia appeared in 18 Western Films and TV appearances
From her marriage with Sam Donahue she has two sons, composer Marc (1953-2002) and famous guitar player Jerry (1946).
Patricia died on June 11, 2012, peacefully in her sleep following a blood clot that occurred as a result of a recent operation. She was 87 (6 Mar 1925 - 11 Jun 2012).
Her son Jerry confirmed her correct birthdate and passing. He also mentions:
“When I was growing up, it always felt weird to me, watching her on the screen
acting like someone totally opposite to the person she actually was. Though I'd
been told by her friends and colleagues, all the while, just how good an actress
she was, I didn't truly believe it myself till I was an adult and could be objective
while watching her works. I've made up for it in recent years as I've managed to
acquire a good many of her best works,  telling her how impressed I was with her.
It made her very happy!”

Thanks to Randolph Scott for the alerting me to her passing.


DONAHUE, Patricia (Patricia Mahan)
Born: 6/21/1925, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/11/2012, U.S.A.

Patricia Donahue’s westerns – actress:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1956
Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1957 (Joan)
The Californians (TV) – 1958 (Junie)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1958 (Joyce Kendall)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1958, 1960 (Joyce Howell, Billie Tuesday
Trackdown (TV) – 1959 (Jan Palmer)
Zane Grey (TV) – 1959 (Sally Esky)
Black Saddle (TV) – 1960 (Fran Whitney)
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1960 (Barbara McLain)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1960 (Clara)
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1960 (Edie Shaw)
The Man from Blackhawk (TV) – 1960 (Laura White)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (Regina Darien)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1961 (Elena)
The Virginian (TV) – 1966 (Mrs. Livvy Underhill)
The Fastest Guitar Alive – 1967
Shalako – 1968 [dialogue coach]
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1980 (Mrs. Slater)

Monday, May 13, 2013

RIP Dr. Joyce Brothers

Dr. Joyce Brothers -- once considered the most famous psychologist on the planet -- has died in NYC at the age of 85.
Brothers became famous after winning "The $64,000 Question" game show in 1955 -- the show that triggered the game show scandal in the '50s.
Brothers won by answering a series of questions on the subject of boxing -- and although there was a lot of talk that producers slipped her the answers, it was never proven and Brothers emerged unscathed.
The good doc went on to do countless television and radio appearances. She was always the go-to person for reporters when a criminal did something that defied logic.
She also did cameo appearances in movies -- including "Naked Gun" and "C.H.i.P.s" ... and also appeared on TV shows like "The Love Boat."
Brothers was married to internist Milton Brothers since 1949 ... he died in 1989 ... and the couple had a daughter, Lisa.
She had her own relationships advice TV show in New York by 1958 ... and her books have been translated into 26 different languages.
A rep for Brothers tells us she died after a long illness.

BROTHERS, Joyce (Joyce Diane Bauer)
Born: 9/20/1927, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/13/2013, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Joyce Brothers western – actress:
More Wild Wild West (TV) – 1980 (bystander)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

RIP Constantino Romero

Constantino Romero dead at 65
The presenter, broadcaster and actor Constantino Romero has died in Barcelona at age 65, it was announced by the Cadena Ser. Romero was born in 1947 in Albacete and on December 12, 2012 announced his retirement after 47-year career, which had begun on Radio in Barcelona in 1965. The renowned voice actor, later worked at National Radio and Television Spain.
Among his well-known "voices", were those of Clint Eastwood, Roger Moore and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But he also has to his credit dubbing Darth Vader, in "Star Wars" or Mufasa in 'The Lion King'
Constantino Romero retired just five months ago in late December. He announced via his Twitter account: "I have been working for 47 years. A lifetime in Radio, TV, Theater, Dubbing. It was worth it. A hug and that's all folks."

ROMERO, Constantino (Constantino Romero García)
Born:5/29/1947, Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Died: 5/12/2013, Barcelona, Barcelona, Cataluña, Spain

Constantino Romero's westerns - voice actor: 
Ace High – 1967 [Spanish voice of Terence Hill]
El Condor - 1969 [Spanish voice of official]
Cannon for Cordoba – 1970 [Spanish voice of Nico Minardos]
Companeros! – 1970 [Spanish voice of Franco Nero]
Doc – 1970 [Spanish voice of John Bottoms]
Catlow – 1971 [Spanish voice of Yul Brynner]
Chato’s Land – 1971 [Spanish voice of Ralph Waite]
The Deserter – 1971 [Spanish voice of Bekim Fehmiu]
Dig Your Grave Friend… Sabata’s Coming – 1971 [Spanish voice of Jack, additional voices]
Duck You Sucker – 1971 [Spanish voice of Antonio Domingo, soldier]
Four Candles for My Colt - 1971 [Spanish voice of Robert Woods]
Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears – 1972 [Spanish voice of Franco Graziosi]
Dallas – 1974 [Spanish voice of Robert Hundar]
Red Coat – 1974 [Spanish voice of Daniele Dublino]
God’s Gun - 1976 [Spanish voice of Jack Palance]
800 Bullets - 2002 [Spanish voice Clint Eastwood]

Saturday, May 11, 2013

RIP Mato Ergovic

Mato Ergović 1927-2013
Another legendary Croatian actor has died, the popular Domenico from 'Našeg malog mista' (‘Our Little Place’).
This  past Tuesday in Zagreb died the Croatian theater, film and television actor Matt Ergović. Ergović was born on January 11, 1927 in New Mikanovci near Vinkovci, Croatia. He started acting at the City Theatre in Vinkovci, and his entire working life was spent in the theater Gavella. He also played numerous roles in film, TV and theater.
His first role was in 'Opsada' in 1956. Over the years, he has appeared in some sixty films including 'Pera Kvrzica', ''U gori raste zelen bor', 'Sokol ga nije volio', 'Maršal' i 'Duga mračna noć'. He has appeared in fifteen Croatian TV series, and will be especially remembered for his role as Domenica in 'Našem malom mistu', Pučanstva u 'Velom mistu' i Kanonika u 'U registraturi'.
In his only Euro-wester Mato appeared as Diego in “The Taste of Vengeance” (1961) with Robert Hossein. [Mato is seen in the center of the above picture]
The funeral Mate Ergović will be on Friday 10 svibnja 2013th, at 12.30 pm on Miroševac.

Born: 1/11/1927, Novi Mikanovci, Croatia, Yugoslavia
Died: 5/7/2013, Zagreb, Croatia

Mato Ergovic's western - actor:
The Taste of Violence - 1961 (Diego)


Thursday, May 9, 2013

RIP Alfredo Landa

RIP Alfredo Landa
Spanish Actor Alfredo Landa Dies at 80
His 120-plus film credits include "The Holy Innocents" and "El Crack."
MADRID -- Spanish actor Alfredo Landa, an icon of the Spanish film industry whose work sparked a genre dubbed "landism," died Thursday in Madrid. He was 80 years old.
No official cause of death was given, though the actor who featured in more than 120 films throughout his career had been ill since a stroke in January 2009.
Born in Pamplona in 1933, Landa forged a very Spanish-flavored comedy style in the 1960s and 1970s, coinciding with the Spanish transition from the dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco to a democracy.
His signature persona of the funny and unsophisticated pre-feminist-movement man earned him lots of laughs in films like Cateto a babor, No desearas al Vencino del Quinto (Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Fifth Floor Neighbor) and Vente a Alemania, Pepe (Come to Germany, Pepe).
He then launched into more dramatic roles in the late '70s with titles like Mario Camus' The Holy Innocents, which earned him the best actor nod at Cannes, and Jose Luis Garci's 1981 film El Crack.
Landa, who received three Goya awards in his lifetime, officially retired in 2007.

LANDA, Alfredo (Alfredo Landa Areta)
Born: 3/3/1933, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
Died: 5/9/2013, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Alfredo Landa’s western – actor:
Venta a ligar al Oeste – 1972 (Benito)

RIP Taylor Mead

Underground Icon Taylor Mead Dies
The elfin poet and Andy Warhol superstar is dead at 88.
BY Christopher Harrity.
May 09 2013 12:28 PM ET
Long time arts icon Taylor Mead, a constant presence in Manhattan's lower East Side, died yesterday reports
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Mead's first known appearance was in Ron Rice's beat classic The Flower Thief (1960), in which he "traipses with an elfin glee through a lost San Francisco of smoke-stuffed North Beach cafes." Mead was referred to as the first underground film star.
His rubbery physique and his fey delivery made him a natural to play the straight men with a twist in Warhol's early films (Tarzan and Jane Regained...Sort Of, Couch, Taylor Mead's Ass, Imitation of Christ, Lonesome Cowboys, and the recently released San Diego Surf (1968) in which he played the closeted husband of Viva Superstar.
In the mid-1970s, Gary Weis made some short films of Mead talking to his cat in the kitchen of his Ludlow Street apartment on the Lower East Side called Taylor Mead's Cat. Mead was known to feed the stray cats in an East Village cemetery after bar-hopping.
Mead was a constant figure in the Bowery poetry world. His last book of poems (published by Bowery Poetry Books) is called A Simple Country Girl.
He was the subject of a documentary entitled Excavating Taylor Mead, which debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2005. The film features a cameo by Jim Jarmusch, in which Jarmusch explains that once, when Mead went to Europe, he enlisted Jarmusch's brother to feed the cemetery cats in Mead's absence.
His passing comes just a month after accepting a settlement with notorious landlord Ben Shaoul to vacate 163 Ludlow Street, the Lower East Side tenement building he called home for three decades.

MEAD, Taylor
Born: 12/31/1924, Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 5/8/2013, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Taylor Mead’s western – actor:
Lonesome Cowboys – 1968 (Nurse)

RIP Frank Sorello

‘Ramona’ actor Francesco Sorianello dies
The Press Enterprise
May 07, 2013; 08:38 PM
Francesco Sorianello, who portrayed the role of Alessandro over 10 seasons of the Ramona Pageant between 1967 and 1981, died Monday, May 6.
Mr. Sorianello, 84, suffered a heart attack at his Woodland Hills home.
He is remembered for his booming voice and the athleticism he brought to the role of an Indian facing persecution in 1850s Southern California.
“In those days, there were no microphones. You had to have a very powerful presence, both physically and vocally,” Ramona Pageant Artistic Director Dennis Anderson said. “He was very physical, very athletic. This was an actor that took command of that space up there.”
“Ramona,” the state’s official outdoor play that completed its 90th anniversary season the day before Mr. Sorianello died, is performed each spring in a natural amphitheater in Hemet.
Recently retired Ramona Pageant historian Phil Brigandi said Mr. Sorianello’s presence went well beyond the bowl.
“He was not just good on stage, he was very good in the community,” Brigandi said. “He was open, gregarious and friendly. There’s more to that part than just the acting responsibilities.”
Anderson, who played Felipe alongside Mr. Sorianello’s Alessandro in 1970 and ’71, and Brigandi agreed that Mr. Sorianello was the last of the old-time Alessandros, whose performances had to be more dramatic in the days before wireless microphones. “Frank was a powerful presence,” Anderson said. “He had a great personality, a great sense of humor.”
Mr. Sorianello served as grand marshal of the Hemet Christmas Parade in December, which celebrated the 90th anniversary season of “Ramona.” He was the keynote speaker at the Ramona Pageant President’s Dinner in January, where past Ramonas and Alessandros were honored and this season’s cast was announced. “It makes us all feel better that we were able to honor him,” Anderson said.
Mr. Sorianello had been hoping to attend a performance of “Ramona” on Saturday, May 4, but had been suffering from the flu, Ramona Pageant Board President Lori Van Arsdale said.
Mr. Sorianello, who also was known as Frank Sorell and Frank Sorello, portrayed Alessandro from 1967 to 1971, 1975 to 1978 and in 1981.
He was an opera singer who appeared in a number of stage productions, mostly musicals. He appeared in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” with Debbie Reynolds in 1989.
He also performed a number of concerts, Anderson said.
According to the International Movie Data base, he co-starred in three episode of “The Wild Wild West” television shows in the late 1960s and appeared in some commercials.
Anderson said if there was a Mount Rushmore of “Ramona” performers, Mr. Sorianello certainly would be included, along with Maurice Jara, Dusty Bowen and Marian Carter. “Another legend has passed,” Anderson said.

SORELLO, Frank (Francesco J. Sorianello)
Born: May 1, 1929, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: May 6, 2013, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
Frank Sorello’s westerns – actor:
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966, 1967, 1969 (President Juarez, Juarez, Ambassador Ramirez)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

RIP Jeanne Cooper

Longtime 'Young & the Restless' star Jeanne Cooper dies at 84
Jeanne Cooper, the enduring soap opera star who played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on "The Young and the Restless," has died. She was 84.
Cooper died Wednesday morning in her sleep, her son the actor Corbin Bernsen wrote on Facebook. The family confirmed the death to CBS, according to a network spokeswoman.
Bernsen tweeted April 12 that his mother faced an "uphill battle" for an undisclosed illness. In subsequent days he wrote of her gradual improvement and said that she'd been taken off breathing equipment.
In a Facebook posting April 17, Bernsen said his mother cursed several times, "showing me that she's becoming her old self, not thrilled about the situation, and ready to get out of the hospital and shake up the world."
On Wednesday he wrote that she remained a fighter until the end: "She has been a blaze her entire life, that beacon, that boxer I spoke of earlier. She went the full twelve rounds and by unanimous decision... won!"
Cooper joined the daytime serial six months after its March 1973 debut, staking claim to the title of longest-tenured cast member. The role earned her 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and a trophy for best actress in a drama series in 2008.
"God knows it's claimed a big part of my life," she told The Associated Press in March as CBS' "Young and the Restless" celebrated its milestone 40th anniversary.
As the years passed, Cooper brushed aside thoughts of saying goodbye to the show and its fictional Wisconsin town of Genoa City.
"What would I do? I'm no good at crocheting. My fingers would bleed," she told the AP as she turned 83.
Cooper, born in the California town of Taft in 1928, attended the College of the Pacific and performed in local theater productions before her professional career began with the 1953 film "The Redhead from Wyoming" starring Maureen O'Hara. Other film credits include 1968's "The Boston Strangler" with Tony Curtis and 1967's "Tony Rome" with Frank Sinatra.
She had a parallel career in TV, with shows including "The Adventures of Kit Carson" in 1953 and "The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse" in 1954 and "Bracken's World" in 1969-70.
In a recurring role on "L.A. Law," she played the mother to Bersen's character, Arnie, and received a 1987 Emmy nomination for best guest actress in a drama. Bernsen later joined his mother on her series, making several appearances as a priest, Father Todd.
But it was her role on "The Young and the Restless" that made her a TV star intimately familiar to viewers.
In 1984, Coooper's real-life facelift was televised on the show as her character underwent the surgery at the same time, and had no regrets about it.
"It opened up reconstructive surgery for so many people, youngsters getting things done," she said. "To this day, people will come up to me and say, 'Thank you so much for doing that. My mom or I had something done, and not just cosmetic surgery.' That was an incredible experience in my life."
"The Young and the Restless" has topped the daytime serial ratings for more than 24 years, in part because of the continuity provided by Cooper and its other long-time stars including Eric Braeden. It held its ground as the genre diminished in popularity and the majority of soaps vanished.
Cooper's 30-year marriage to Harry Bernsen ended in divorce. The couple have three children, Corbin, Caren and Collin, and eight grandchildren.


COOPER, Jeanne (Wilma Jeanne Cooper)
Born: 10/25/1928, Taft, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/8/2013, California, U.S.A.

Jeanne Cooper’s westerns – actress:
The Redhead from Wyoming – 1953 (Myra)
The Man from the Alamo – 1953 (Kate Lamar)
Shadows of Tombstone - 1953 (Marge)
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) – 1953 (Joyce Hadley,
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1954, 1955, 1969 (Rachel Barrett)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957, 1959 (Belle Starr, Duchess)
Maverick (TV) – 1957, 1961 (Virginia Cory, Martha Flood)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1957, 1962 (Marie Conover, Marti Stevens, Mary 'Molly' Spencer)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958 (Lucy)
Jefferson Drum (TV) – 1958 (Phoebe West)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1959 (Myra)
Bronco (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Martha Reynolds, Belle Starr)
The Man from Blackhawk (TV) – 1960 (Liza)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1960 (Rachel Barnes)
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1960 (Sally Claymore, Francie)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1961 (Elmira Webster)
Rawhide (TV) – 1961, 1963 (Mrs. Clara Wilson, Kate Merrill)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964 (Madge Upton, Donna Fuller, Martha Harp, Molly Garland, Harriett Heatherington)
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) – 1962 (Edna Harden)
Bonanza (TV) – 1962, 1963 (Abigail Hinton, Emilia Miller)
The Dakotas (TV) – 1963 (Marti Stevens, Rebecca Ridgeway)
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 (Loren Schuyler)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963 (Lily)
The Virginian (TV) – 1964 (Julia Montgomery)
Branded (TV) – 1965 (Elsie Baron)
The Glory Guys – 1965 (Mrs. Rachael McCabe)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1965 (Bess)
The Loner (TV) – 1965 (Marge)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Martha Simmons, Elaine Jason)
The Monroes (TV) – 1966 (Mae Duvall)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1966, 1967 (Amy Barr, Addie Ogilvie)
Laredo (TV) – 1967 (Kay Comstock)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1968 (Pony Jane)
Lancer (TV) – 1968 (Florida)
There Was a Crooked Man... - 1970 (prostitute)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

RIP Ray Harryhausen

RIP Ray Harryhausen: 1920 – 2013

The family of Ray Harryhausen has just announced that the visual effects and stop-motion legend passed away today. Here is the family's statement:
The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Rays influence on todays film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UKs own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.
Harryhausens fascination with animated models began when he first saw Willis OBriens creations in KING KONG with his boyhood friend, the author Ray Bradbury in 1933, and he made his first foray into filmmaking in 1935 with home-movies that featured his youthful attempts at model animation. Over the period of the next 46 years, he made some of the genres best known movies: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (1949), IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955), 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957), MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961), ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966), THER VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969), three films based on the adventures of SINBAD and CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981). He is perhaps best remembered for his extraordinary animation of seven skeletons in JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963) which took him three months to film.
Harryhausens genius was in being able to bring his models alive. Whether they were prehistoric dinosaurs or mythological creatures, in Rays hands they were no longer puppets but became instead characters in their own right, just as important as the actors they played against and in most cases even more so.

HARRY HAUSEN, Raymond Frederick
Born: 6/29/1930, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/7/2013, London, England, U.K.
Ray Harryhausen’s western – SFX, producer:
The Valley of Gwangi – 1969

Sunday, May 5, 2013

RIP Pierre Viallet

Pierre Viallet, the beloved husband of Marie Versini, died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of April 15, 2013
Pierre Viallet is a man of radio, film and television as a producer and a writer.
He made his debut as a director in 1953 with "The Invitation to the Castle" by Jean Anouilh starring Brigitte Bardot in the lead role.
Over 70 films ensured the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names in film literature (Eugene Ionesco, Jean Cocteau, Georges Simenon, Marguerite Duras, Francoise Sagan, Truman Capote) and cinema stars (Brigitte Bardot Curd Jürgens, Orson Welles). He worked from the 1950s to 1980s, but remains unknown to most the general public.
Both Pierre and Marie were of one heart and one soul for over 40 years. He proved again just a few weeks ago his great artistic talent as a director, and as a filmmaker and writer when he began working on a new project. He was forced to abandon it when he was taken ill. Today we say goodbye, but his work will remain in our memories.
You may express your condolences to Marie at where a condolence book was opened.
The funeral took place with just the family.

Quote Pierre Viallet in his novel "Irish Coffee"
"It is not that death is easy or difficult. She did not even ask the question. Fear of death is much to regret itself. She no regrets."

Born: 5/6/1918, Paris, Île de France, France
Died: 4/15/2013, La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Île de France, France

Pierre Viallet's western - director. screenwriter:
The Indians (TV) – 1964


Thursday, May 2, 2013

RIP Paulo Vanzolini

Paulo Vanzolini Dies From Pneumonia in Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Brazilian music lost today one of its finest composers.

Paulo Emilio Vanzolini, April 25, 1923 - April 28, 2013 was a Brazilian scientist and music composer.

He was best known by his samba compositions, including the famous 'Ronda' and 'Boca da Noite', and for his scientific works in herpetology.
He is considered one of the greatest samba composers from São Paulo.
Until his death, he still conducted research at the University of São Paulo and had organize some public performances with his wife.

VANZOLINI, Paulo (Paulo Emilio Vanzolini)
Born: 4/25/1923, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Died: 4/28/2013, Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Paulo Vanzolini’s western composer:
Antonio das Mortes - 1969

RIP Virginia Gibson



 Published in The New York Times on May 1, 2013

GIBSON--Virginia (Gorski), dancer, singer, and actress of film, TV, and theatre has died at 88. Her career began in St. Louis in the chorus at the Muny Opera in Forest Park. In the 50's she made her movie debut in Tea for Two, followed by roles in Painting the Clouds with Sunshine, About Face, and Stop You're Killing Me, but was best known as Liza in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Her stage credits include a Tony nomination for her performance in Happy Hunting. Virginia was co-host of the children's TV show Discovery for almost a decade. A memorial service will be held Saturday May 4, 2013, 1:30pm, Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 152 West 71st St., NYC.

GIBSON, Virginia (Virginia Gorski)
Born: 4/19/1928, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Died: 4/25/2013, Newtown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Virginia Gibson’s westerns – actress:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – 1954 (Liza)
I Killed Wild Bill Hickok – 1956 (Anne James)
Frontier Doctor (TV) – 1958 (Suzy Trent)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

RIP Denton Fox

RIP Denton Fox

Fox, Tech all-America cornerback, dies at 65

Stroke claims late 1960s Red Raider star
By Don Williams

Even before he arrived at Texas Tech, Denton Fox had had a brush with greatness, appearing briefly in the Paul Newman classic “Hud.”
Not long after, Fox became a Red Raider and set about achieving greatness in his own right. A 6-foot-3, 200-pound cornerback in an era of not-so-outsized players, Fox became a first-team all-American in 1969 — only the sixth Tech football player to be so honored.
Once a hard-hitting, ball-hawking defensive back, Fox was felled in recent years by a series of strokes. He died Monday at age 65, his wife Sara Beth Fox said. He lived in Richardson.
“He was just a great athlete,” said former Tech fullback Kenny Baker, a teammate and later longtime business partner of Fox’s. “He was a big ol’ boy at the time. That was back before people got so big as they are now. He was fast. He was just a heck of a player.”
Fox was inducted into the Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001.
He suffered an acute brain-stem stroke, his fourth stroke since 2010, early last week, his wife said. He went into hospice care Saturday and died two days later.
Playing for Tech “meant the world to him,” said Sara Beth Fox, who married her childhood sweetheart in 1966. “Not only was he delighted to be able to get an education, but coming from his background, a scholarship and Texas Tech gave him an opportunity to get a college education and play athletics.
“He was a big Red Raider fan all the way.”
Fox, a 1965 Claude High School graduate, also is a member of the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame. He lettered for the Red Raiders from 1967 through 1969 in the era before freshmen could play college varsity sports. He intercepted four passes in 1969 and played in the Blue-Gray all-star game, the Hula Bowl and the Coaches All-America Game.
“He was the fastest guy on the team, one of about three,” teammate John David Howard, a former Tech safety, said. “An extremely hard hitter. Very good on one-on-one coverage.”

After the 1969 season, Fox appeared on the Bob Hope Christmas special in the era in which college football all-American team members were invited on the show each year.
That wasn’t Fox’s first time to cross paths with celebrity.

A good portion of the 1963 movie “Hud” was filmed in and around Claude. Fox and his then wife-to-be appeared briefly in the film.

“You won’t see it on the TV version,” Howard said, “but if you get the full version, he and Sara were in the scene where Brandon deWilde and the girlfriend walk into the movie and some kids’ dates were walking into the movie. He and Sara were two of those that were in the original movie. They’ve cut all that out of the TV version.”

The Dallas Cowboys drafted Fox in the third round of the 1970 draft, shortly after they took Charlie Waters from Clemson.

“He was so excited about the Cowboys,” Fox’s wife said. “The first time we had ever been on an airplane was when we went down there to sign with the Cowboys.”

Fox’s NFL career was short-lived, however, as he didn’t stick with the Cowboys, the Atlanta Falcons or the Chicago Bears.

Fox went into the insurance business after football. Baker and Fox worked together from 1971 until Baker retired in 2002.

“He was just an all-around upright guy,” Baker said. “You probably have friends yourself that you could count on in any situation. He was one of those kind of guys.”

In addition to his wife, Fox’s survivors include a son, a daughter and five grandchildren. The youngest of seven children, he also is survived by three sisters and two brothers. Fox lost another brother to Lou Gehrig’s disease, his wife said.

Sara Beth Fox said plans for a celebration of life service are still to be determined.

FOX, Denton
Born: 1948, Claude, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 4/29/2013, Richardson, Texas, U.S.A.

Denton Fox’s western – extra:
Hud – 1963 (moviegoer)

RIP Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin Dies: 1930s Child Star Dead at 91

These days, being a child and teen star is packed with serious perils. But Deanna Durbin -- a world-famous young movie actress during the 1930s and 1940s -- managed to do it right. One of Hollywood's biggest and most highly-paid stars during her heyday, Durbin died "a few days ago" at age 91, her son Peter H. David said in a fan club newsletter published on Tuesday, April 30. Offering no additional details on his mother's passing, David thanked Durbin's fans for respecting her privacy.

Unlike her peers Shirley Temple, Judy Garland and others during the time, Durbin escaped completely from the public eye after 1949, when she retired from Hollywood to live in a French village with her third husband, director Charles David. But during her Hollywood reign, Durbin, in a series of hit comedies and musicals, held as much clout as modern-day movie stars -- practically rescuing her studio, Universal Pictures, from financial ruin, with box office smashes like Three Smart Girls, First Love, Spring Parade and many others.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and raised in Southern California, the singer and actress was discovered in junior high school, and landed her first role in a one-reel short, Every Sunday, opposite Judy Garland herself.

She even won a miniature 1938 Academy Award (alongside Andy Rooney) for her "significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth." Durbin struggled to outgrow her spunky little girl persona, with negative reactions to more mature, intense roles in films like Christmas Holiday and Lady on a Train.

In 1946, she was paid more than $320,000 from Universal -- making her one of the highest paid women in Hollywood. In 1949, after starring in 21 films, Durbin opted to retire for good, explaining that she "hated being in a goldfish bowl." In a 1958 letter to reporters written from her exile in France (as reported by the New York Times), she explained: "I was never happy making pictures. I've gained weight. I do my own shopping, bring up my two children and sing an hour every day."

In addition to son Peter David, the star is also survived by daughter Jessica from her second marriage.  Lady on a Train director Charles David died in 1999, just before the couple's 50th wedding anniversary.

DURBIN, Deanna (Edna Mae Durbin)
Born: 12/4/1921, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: 4/26/2013, Pairs, Île-de-France, France

Deanna Durbin's western - actress:
Can't Help Singing - 1944 (Caroline)