Saturday, October 31, 2015

RIP Hans Teuscher

Hans Teuscher is dead
The actor died at 78

RP Online
October 31, 2015

The actor Hans Teuscher has died at the age of 78 years. He had died from cancer in Berlin on Saturday, said his agency Nicolai in Berlin.

Teuscher, who was born in 1937 in Dresden, came from a widely ramified family of actors. After the war he lived temporarily in the Allgäu, where he already came to the theater as a child. After graduating from the Higher School of Theatre Leipzig, he played as a member of inter alia, the Berliner Volksbühne, the Deutsches Theater Berlin and the Dresden State Theatre. He soon came to the film industry and worked in the GDR on dozens of productions.

1988 Teuscher went to West Germany and also played there on numerous stages. In Berlin he was seen among others at the Renaissance Theatre and in various musical productions of the theater of the West - for example, in "My Fair Lady" or "States as in Ancient Rome". He was widely known in West Germany including an episode in TV series Tatort and in numerous films in ARD and ZDF "Wer nicht schweigt, muss sterben".

Born: 4/10/1937, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
Died: 10/31/2015, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Hans Teuscher’s westerns – voice actor:
Lucky Luke (TV) – 1991 [German voice of David Huddleston]
Don’t Come Knocking – 2004 [German voice of George Kennedy]
The Homesman – 2014 [German voice of Barry Corbin]

Friday, October 30, 2015

RIP Tex Rudolff

Tex Rudloff, Sound Man on 'Taxi Driver' and 'Halloween,' Dies at 89

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He was an Oscar nominee for 'The Buddy Holly Story.' His son is two-time Academy Award winner Gregg Rudloff, a sound man, too.

Tex Rudloff, an Oscar-nominated sound man who worked on such 1970s classics as Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, John Carpenter’s Halloween and Clint Eastwood’s The Outlaw Josey Wales, has died. He was 89.

Rudloff, who received his Oscar nomination for best sound for The Buddy Holly Story (1978), starring Gary Busey, died Oct. 10, his family announced.

Survivors include his son, Gregg Rudloff, a six-time Academy Award nominee who received best sound Oscars for Glory (1989) and The Matrix (1999). Like his father, he worked for Eastwood, collaborating with the director on many of his recent films, including Flags of Our Fathers (2006), J. Edgar (2011) and American Sniper (2014).

Tex Rudloff’s résumé also includes Sydney Pollack’s They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969), The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975), The Warriors (1979), Norman Jewison’s ... And Justice for All, Buck Henry’s First Family (1980), Mel Brooks’ History of the World: Part I (1981) and Porky’s Revenge (1985).

Born Walter Cecil Rudloff on Aug. 8, 1926, in Coleman, Texas, he worked as a recordist in the machine room on the 1955 classical musical Oklahoma! and served as president of the Cinema Audio Society and treasurer of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

RUDOLFF, Tex (Walter Cecil Rudolff)
Born: 8/6/1926, Coleman, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 10/10/2015, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.

Tex Rudolff’s westerns – sound recording mixer:
The Ballad of Cable Hogue – 1970
The Outlaw Josey Wales – 1976
Wanda Nevada – 1979
The Sacketts (TV) – 1976

Thursday, October 29, 2015

RIP Julia Jones

Julia Jones obituary
Prolific and talented writer of dialogue for television dramas and sitcoms

The Guardian
By Michael Coveney
October 29, 2015

Julia Jones, who has died aged 92, was a prominent and versatile television writer for more than 40 years, contributing one-off dramas to both the BBC’s Play for Today series and ITV’s Armchair Theatre, making adaptations of Our Mutual Friend and Anne of Green Gables, and writing episodes of The Duchess of Duke Street and sharply turned sitcoms such as Take Three Girls and Moody and Pegg in the 1970s.

Jones, who hailed from a modest Liverpool background, trained as an actor and toured with Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop immediately after the second world war. She took up writing as an economic imperative: while raising a young family, her husband, the actor Edmond “Benny” Bennett, was afflicted with facial cancer which, in the days when the effects of radiotherapy were more haphazard, developed into bone necrosis; he was unable to carry on working.

Encouraged by her friend Donald Churchill, the actor and writer, and his wife, the actor Pauline Yates, she submitted to the BBC in 1965 a short play, The Navigators, a story of a dowdy librarian falling in love with a labourer digging the road outside her window. This led to other slots in the BBC’s Wednesday Play series. She made her name as one of the writers of BBC’s Take Three Girls in 1969, a well-observed and beautifully acted sitcom, one of the BBC’s first series in colour, with three flat-sharing “swinging” 60s archetypes – the actress left holding the baby (and the bills) by a departing husband, an aspirant business professional, and the disorganised loser (played, respectively, by Susan Jameson, Angela Down and Liza Goddard).

Jones found that writing dialogue came to her as easily as breathing, and she was almost unstoppably productive. She was a small and wiry figure, gregarious and always full of stories, and known for her steely determination, what her family thought of as a will of iron. And, through her family background, she was always on the left in politics, with a highly developed sense of social injustice, supplying some of her early stories – though she found writing prose much harder than dialogue – to the Daily Worker.

She was born in West Derby, Liverpool, and grew up in the Everton district, one of four children of Harvey Sykes Jones, a manager for a meat importing business, and his wife, Eva (nee Collins), who died when Julia was 10. Harvey was of Welsh descent, and played the organ in church, while Eva’s family were of Irish origins.

When Eva died, Harry and the children moved to Aintree where he married again; Julia was never close to her stepmother, Rachel. She left school to work as a wages clerk in the Dunlop rubber company and, when war broke out, joined the women’s branch of the Auxiliary Territorial Service, travelling all over Britain and developing a keen interest in amateur dramatics.

She was diffident about going further in the theatre until, about to be demobbed, she saw that the film producer Alexander Korda was offering scholarships for ex-servicemen and women at Rada in London. She applied, successfully, and found herself, in October 1946, in the same classes as Michael Redgrave. She felt ill at ease, though, “just a girl from Liverpool” as she put it, to find herself among other young women for whom the place was a sort of finishing school.

When Littlewood, who was based in Manchester after the war, wrote to the registrar at Rada in search of likely actors, Julia auditioned and joined the Theatre Workshop in 1948, going on tour with them to Czechoslovakia and Sweden and to the Edinburgh festival of 1949. Productions at this time included Ewan MacColl’s The Other Animals, set in a concentration camp, Johnny Noble, a working-class ballad opera about unemployment and the Spanish civil war, and rewrites of classics by Lorca and Molière. She also played in a version of Alice in Wonderland that visited the Theatre Royal Stratford East in January 1950, before Littlewood acquired the place as her permanent home.

She married Bennett, a fellow Workshop actor, on leaving the company later in 1950, and acted in repertory theatre in Liverpool and Canterbury. She toured, with her young family, and played the West End, with Benny, in Alun Owen’s Progress to the Park. She also appeared on television in Emergency Ward 10 and Z Cars. The family settled into a house in Earlsfield, south London.

Bennett took small parts with the Royal Shakespeare Company but his illness accelerated and so, therefore, did Julia’s writing. She wrote for the leading TV producers of the 1970s – including Kenith Trodd and Tony Garnett – and her Plays for Today featured great roles for Rachel Roberts, Rosalind Ayres and Margery Mason. In the 1974 sitcom Moody and Pegg (the title characters played by Derek Waring and Judy Cornwell), she and Churchill wrote an entertainingly antagonistic double act for a divorced antiques dealer and an unmarried civil servant who each thought he/she owned a valid lease on their resentfully shared apartment.

With Churchill again, she adapted Our Mutual Friend in 1976, with a fine cast led by Leo McKern as Mr Boffin (“he was of an overlapping, rhinoceros build, with folds in his cheeks, and his forehead, and his eyelids, and his lips, and his ears”), John McEnery as John Rokesmith and Jane Seymour as Bella Wilfer. The popularity of The Duchess of Duke Street, starring Gemma Jones, followed that of Upstairs Downstairs in its story of the cook who takes over the smart hotel as hierarchies in the class system give way, a story that would be continued in Downton Abbey over exactly the same Edwardian period.

West End success eluded her as a playwright, but she did make two notable incursions, with The Garden, directed by Vivian Matalon and starring Brian Deacon and Diana Coupland, at the Hampstead Theatre Club in 1972; and with Country Ways at the Bristol Old Vic in 1983. Bennett appeared in the latter. He died soon afterwards, in 1986. Still Julia turned out the series and adaptations, achieving great success with six episodes of Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce in 1989 and 12 episodes of The Famous Five by Enid Blyton in 1995, with a young, very watchable Jemima Rooper in the cast.

Julia bought a flat from Victoria Wood in Maida Vale, north-west London, in 1990. In 2006 she married a widower whom she had met on a cruise holiday: Derek Ballance was a retired chartered surveyor, they were both in their 80s, and they moved to north Oxford and, eventually, a retirement apartment in Painswick, Gloucestershire. Ballance died in February.

Jones is survived by two children from her first marriage, Thea and Harvey, and by three grandchildren.

• Julia Marian Jones, actor and television writer, born 27 March 1923; died 9 October 2015

JONES, Julia (Julia Marian Jones)
Born: 3/27/1923, West Derby, Liverpool, England, U.K.
Died: 10/9/2015, Painswick, Gloucestershire, England, U.K.

Julia Jones’s western – screenwriter:
The Campbells (TV) - (TV) – 1989

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

RIP Bob Minkler

Bob Minkler, Oscar Winner for Sound Mixing on ‘Star Wars,’ Dies at 78

By Carmel Dagan
October 28, 2015

Academy Award-winning sound mixer Robert Alan (Bob) Minkler died of respiratory failure at home in Oregon with his wife, Patty, at his side on October 11. He was 78.

Minkler won his Oscar in 1978 for best sound on the first film in the “Star Wars” franchise.

In a Hollywood career that spanned two decades, he worked on such films as “Easy Rider,” “The Black Stallion,” “Bull Durham,” “Mask,” “Urban Cowboy,” “Rocky II,” “Hair” and “Tron,” for which he was Oscar-nominated along with his brother Lee Minkler and his nephew, three-time Oscar winner Michael Minkler.

Born in 1937 in Glendale, Calif., to audio pioneer Lee Darrell Minkler and Lorraine Jones Minkler, Bob spent many years as a musician and vocalist, touring with Nat King Cole for a time. He found his way back to the film business and began his career working alongside his brothers Donald Minkler and Lee Minkler.

He moved to Hawaii to raise his three sons Marcus, Daniel and Christian. Additional survivors are his grandchildren Michael, Mia, Jacob, Matthew, Kyle and Brooke. Private services will be held in Hawaii.

MINKLER, Bob (Robert Alan Minkler)
Born: 1937, Glendale, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/11/2015, Waldport, Oregon, U.S.A.

Bob Minkler’s western – sound mixer:
The Young Riders (TV) – 1989-1991

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

RIP Charles Rosher Jr.

Charles Rosher Jr., Cinematographer on Robert Altman Films, Dies at 80

Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

The son of Mary Pickford's favorite director of photography also worked on 'The Baby Maker,' 'The Onion Field' and 'Semi-Tough.'

Charles Rosher Jr., who served as the cinematographer on the back-to-back Robert Altman films 3 Women and A Wedding, has died. He was 80.

Rosher, whose credits include the gritty The Onion Field (1979) and Michael Ritchie’s football movie Semi-Tough (1977), died Oct. 14 of lung cancer at his home in Beverly Hills, his daughter, Jenna, told The Hollywood Reporter.

His father was Charles Rosher, one of the most influential cinematographers in film history. A favorite of actress Mary Pickford and a founding member of the American Society of Cinematographers, he received Oscars for Sunrise (1927) — at the very first Academy Awards ceremony — and for The Yearling (1946), and he worked on the classics Annie Get Your Gun (1950) and Show Boat (1951).

A graduate of Beverly Hills High School, the younger Rosher was a film loader for director Edward Dmytryk on Raintree County (1957), starring Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, and first assistant camera operator on a somewhat less prestigious project, Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959).

He served as a camera operator on the Richard Brooks action adventure The Professionals (1966) and on such TV shows as The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, Mission: Impossible and Mannix before scoring his first director of photography credit, on Adam at Six A.M. (1970), starring Michael Douglas in his second movie.

The great DP Conrad Hall (In Cold Blood, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid) recommended Rosher to Altman when the director was searching for a cinematographer for 1977's 3 Women. (Hall and Rosher had collaborated on The Professionals.)

Rosher also worked on the dramatic Carol Burnett telefilm The Tenth Month (1979), which was directed by Joan Tewkesbury, Altman’s writer on Nashville (1975).

In addition to A Wedding (1978), Rosher did The Baby Maker (1970), directed by James Bridges; Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971), written by Gene Roddenberry; Robert Benton’s The Late Show (1977); Ritchie’s Nightwing (1979); Independence Day (1983); and Police Academy 6: City Under Siege (1989).

Survivors also include his wife Sharlyn and grandchildren Olivia and Juliette.

ROSHER Jr,. Charles (Charles Delaney Rosher)
Born: 1935, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
Died: October 14, 2015 Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.

Charles Rosher Jr’s westerns – cameraman, film loader:
Raintree County – 1957 [film loader]
The Professionals – 1966 [cameraman]
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV) – 1993 [cameraman]