Tuesday, June 30, 2015

RIP Jack Carter

Comedian Jack Carter Dies at 93

June 29, 2015

Comedian Jack Carter died Sunday, June 28, of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.

 He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.

 For two years, he hosted the early television variety program “Cavalcade of Stars” prior to having his own show on NBC, “The Jack Carter Show,” which lasted three years, and was a part of the “Saturday Night Review.” He also co-starred in several of the Colgate Comedy Hours with Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O’Connor.

 In addition to “Call Me Mister,” his Broadway credits include “Mr. Wonderful” and “Top Banana.” He hosted the first televised Tony Awards in 1956. Other theater credits include “Guys and Dolls,” “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” “Born Yesterday,” “Critics Choice,” “The Odd Couple,” “A Hatful of Rain,” “Little Me,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and as Fagin in “Oliver” and “Sugar” with Robert Morse.

 He often appeared in dramatic roles on television including “The Last Hurrah” with Carol O’Connor; “The Sex Symbol” with Connie Stevens and Shelley Winters; and he received two Emmy nominations for the NBC series “Dr. Kildare,” starring Richard Chamberlain, and an Emmy nomination for the ABC movie of the week “The Girl Who Couldn’t Lose.” His many other television credits include “The Rockford Files,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Emergency,” “Police Story,” “Fame,” “Fantasy Island,” Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” as well as “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Baywatch,” “7th Heaven,” “Just Shoot Me!,” “King of the Hill,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Caroline in the City,” “Coach,” “Living Single,” “Monk,” “Desperate Housewives,” “iCarly,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Family Guy,” “New Girl,” “Rules of Engagement,” and, most recently in 2014, several appearances on “Shameless.”

His work as a director included Lucille Ball’s CBS series “Here’s Lucy” and plays including “A Thousand Clowns,” “Silver Anniversary” and “Mouth-Trap.”

Throughout his career, Carter was a prominent presence on TV variety shows and musicals. He has made more than 50 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and guest starred on “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Andy Williams Show,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “Laugh-In” and numerous Bob Hope comedy specials. He was a frequent panelist on “Match Game” through the 1970s and ’80s as well as a guest star on “The $10,000 Pyramid.”

He was a top nightclub entertainer, playing clubs and theaters in Las Vegas as well as New York, London, Atlantic City and Chicago.

 His movie credits include “Play It to the Bone,” “The Horizontal Lieutenant,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “The Amazing Dobermans,” “Alligator,” “Comics,” “Hustle” with Burt Reynolds and Mel Brooks’ “History of the World, Part I.”

Jack Chakrin was born in Brooklyn, New York. While in his teens, he honed his comedic craft as a mimic appearing on the “Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour” radio show. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Art aspiring to be a dramatic actor. He began his professional career after serving in the Army in World War II.

 Survivors include his wife Roxanne, whom he married in 1971; sons Michael Carter and Chase Carter; daughter Wendy Carter; and grandchildren Jake and

CARTER, Jack (Jack Chakrin)
Born: 6/24/1923, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/28/2015, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.

Jack Carter’s westerns – actor:
The Road West (TV) – 1967 (Tallyl)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1969 (Allan Thorpe)

Monday, June 29, 2015

RIP Dietrich Haugk

Director Dietrich Haugk has died – 40 years of directing TV

Dietrich Haugk who directed many German television thrillers and written teleplays, has died at the age of 90 years.

He directed the first and the last “Derrick”: The director Dietrich Haugk, the other German TV thrillers as “The Old Man” or the “metropolitan area” is staged, died on Sunday. He was 90. 

Dietrich Haugk died on Sunday, his family confirmed on Monday the German Press Agency in Berlin. Born in Thuringia he was active first as a theater directorial work and then for 40 years in television.

He directed 14 “Derrick” episodes, including Stephan Derrick’s debut “Forest Path” (1974) and the last case, “The Farewell Gift” (1998). Even with “Der Kommissar”, “The Old Man”, “metropolitan area” and “practice Bülowbogen” he led multiple Director.

In addition Haugk worked as a screenwriter and voice actor. He lent his voice as Montgomery Clift in the film “From Here to Eternity.” As a professor of the former Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum in Salzburg Haugk formed in more than two decades of more than 200 students of acting and directing classes. “His commitment to the students will never be forgotten,” said a spokesman Mozarteum. (Dpa)

HAUGK, Dieterich
Born: 5/12/1925, Ellrich, Thuringia, Germany
Died: 6/28/2015, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Dietrich Haugk’s western – director:
Destry reitet wieder (TV) - 1966

Thursday, June 25, 2015

RIP Fred R. Price

Fred R. Price, Former Warner Bros. Executive, Set Decorator for ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ Dies at 88

June 25, 2015

Fred R. Price, a former studio executive at Warner Bros. who oversaw set construction, died in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on June 25 following a brief illness. He was 88.

Price had many credits in set decoration for both movies and television, including for the classic Paul Newman film “Cool Hand Luke.” In the feature film division, he oversaw set construction and budgeting for it.

He was also an art director on a number of TV movies as well as the feature “Porky’s II: The Next Day.”

Price also worked at Disney as a draper, and was involved in both the construction and maintenance of Disneyland.

He was a member of both the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the Television Academy. He was also a longtime member of IATSE Local 44.

Price is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sonia; daughter Jacqueline S. Price and son Martin C. Price, who are both members of IA Local 44; and their children and grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are still being finalized, but Price will be buried at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills, Calif. on Sunday, June 28.

PRICE, Fred R.
Born: 1927, U.S.A.
Died: 6/25/2015, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.

Fred R. Price’s westerns – set decorator, art director:
Tonka – 1958 [art department]
Rango (TV) – 1967 [set decorator
Posse – 1975 [set decorator]
Charlie Siringo – 1976 [set decorator]
The Chisolms (TV) – 1979 [art director]

RIP John M. Stephens

RIP John M. Stephens

Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2015

November 17, 1932 - June 18, 2015 John "Johnny" M. Stephens passed away on June 18 in Orange County, CA surrounded by family. He was born in Valparaiso, Indiana in 1932 to Katherine and Mark Stephens. John served in the US Navy in the fifties. He was an amazing Hollywood 2nd unit cameraman who received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and traveled the world making major films: Grand Prix, Indiana Jones, ET, and Titanic among his many credits. He is survived by his wife, Barbara and children: Melanie, Johnny, Valerie and Sheri. John's positive and uplifting spirit and warm smile will be missed by everyone. A Memorial Service will be held on June 24th at Christ Pacific Church in Huntington Beach at 11:00.

STEPHENS, John M. (John  Morley Stephens)
Born: 11/17/1932, Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died:  j/18/2015, Orange County, California, U.S.A.

John M. Stephens westerns – cameraman, cinematographer, assistant director:
The Hallelujah Trail – 1965 (cinematographer)
The Virginian (TV) – 1970-1971 (cinematographer)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (cinematographer)
Bearcats (TV) – 1971 (cameraman)
Yuma (TV) – 1971 (cinematographer)
The Further Adventures of the Wilderness Family – 1978 (cameraman)
Three Amigos – 1986 [cameraman, assistant director]

RIP Patrick MacNee

Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies

June 25, 2015

Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies

Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93.

The Briton, best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television series, died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said.

Macnee also played roles in theatre, appearing on Broadway, and served in the Royal Navy during World War Two.

A statement on the actor's website read: "Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories."

"Patrick Macnee was a popular figure in the television industry", the statement said. "He was at home wherever in the world he found himself. He had a knack for making friends, and keeping them."

He died peacefully at his home in California's Rancho Mirage on Thursday, Rupert said.

James Bond ally

Born in London and educated at Eton, Macnee first appeared in the West End while still in his teens.

He played a number of minor roles - including one in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film version of Hamlet - before rising to fame in the original Avengers series between 1961 and 1969.

He returned when that series was reprised as The New Avengers in the 1970s, appearing alongside Joanna Lumley's Purdey and Gareth Hunt's Mike Gambit.

He also appeared in the 1985 James Bond film A View to Kill, playing an ally of Roger Moore's Bond character.

'Ahead of their time'

In a 2014 interview with The Lady magazine, Macnee said he believed The Avengers was a success because it "did something different and did it better."

He told the magazine: "It was beautifully written, the ideas were very good, way ahead of their time and they incorporated fantasies for people who dreamed of doing exciting things."

McNEE, Patrick (Daniel Patrick MacNee)
Born: 2/6/1922, London, England, U.K.
Died: 6/25/2015, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.A.

Patrick McNee’s westerns – actor:
Northwest Passage (TV) – 1958 (Colonel Trent)
Black Saddle (TV) – 1959 (Michael Kent)
Rawhide (TV) – 1959 (Henry Watkins)
Swamp Fox (TV) – 1959 (British Captain)
The Virginian (TV) – 1970 (Connor)
Alais Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971(Norman Alexander)