Thursday, March 31, 2016

RIP Fred Ornstein

Los Angeles Times
March 30, 2016

August 15, 1930 - January 28, 2016 After a courageous nine-month battle, our beloved father, husband, grandfather, and uncle, Fred Ornstein took his final bow in Santa Monica, California on January 28th, 2016. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, Fred graduated from City College with a civil engineering degree.

Not only did he build bridges for the city of New York, his passion for equal rights helped build bridges among all people. He was actively involved in the civil rights movement and joined the march on Washington, D.C. in 1963 with Dr. King. After a long career in the construction business, Fred followed his passion and became a professional actor. He had featured roles in television shows and films such as "So, I Married An Axe Murderer," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "The West Wing."

He is survived by his wife, Larissa, his ex-wife Bea Ornstein, his children Josh and Laura (Murray), Ken and Amy (Fleisher), Doug and Dori (Greenberg) and Lana Sudareva; his grandchildren Max and Ellen (McCormack), Ian, Nora and Eden Ornstein, as well as his niece and nephew Fran Rosenberg and Michael Ornstein. Fred embodied one of his favorite lines from the Tennessee Williams play, Camino Real. "Make voyages, attempt these. There is nothing else."

Born: 8/15/1930, Bronx, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/28/2016, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

Fred Ornstein’s western – actor:
Ground Zero Texas (video game) – 1993 (Phil’s friend)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

RIP Fredric Cook

The Park Record
March 30, 2016

Dr. Fredric William Cook, actor, educator, Founder and Executive Director of Utah Conservatory, and owner of Park City Music, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2016, at his home in Park City, Utah, at the age of 75. Dr. Cook was born in Rochester, NY on Feb.17, 1941 to William and Alice Cook.

Dr. Cook lived a life dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, respect and love, free agency, and the performing arts. He is an Eagle Scout and a Navy veteran of the Bay of Pigs. He earned degrees in drama, film, and directing at UNC Chapel Hill (BA), and Hunter College in NYC (MA), where he later became faculty. He received a Post-Graduate Certificate from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and did post graduate studies in education at the U of U, later receiving a PhD in Education from Rochville University.

As an award winning actor, playwright, and director of over 55 stage productions, he performed over one hundred and fifty roles in film, stage, and TV over a span of 45 years. He founded the prestigious Los Angeles Academy of Dramatic Arts, and was also a founding member of the Berkeley Repertory Company. He later moved to Park City, where he and his family started Utah Conservatory, Park City Music, and the Utah Music Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Cook is survived by his wife, Debra Cook, children, Austin, Branden, Joanna, and Gregory; his step-children, Andrea Mitchell (husband Alan McDonald), and Aaron Mitchell (wife Sheraye); his grandchildren Blake & Hope Zappas; Annabelle, Juliette, and Cormac Mitchell-McDonald; and McKinslee and Kaydence Mitchell; as well as his 5 brothers and sisters.

Dr. Cook served in several faith traditions, as an alter boy, acolyte, youth leader, scout master, minister, and lastly, as a High Priest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Refining his walk with God to a state of joy, gratitude, and love, he and Debra's greatest joy was in their 21 year marriage being sealed for time and all eternity in the Los Angeles, CA LDS Temple.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 12:00 noon at the Jeremy Ranch LDS Ward, 3010 West Saddleback Rd., Park City, Utah (Located next to the I-80 and Jeremy Ranch Exit) where friends may visit with the family from 9:30-11:30 am at the church prior to services. Burial with military honors will be at the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, CA, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 followed by a Celebration of Life.

Donations in honor of Dr. Cook can be made to the Utah Music Scholarship Fund at Utah Conservatory, or to the Fredric Cook Memorial Fund at Well Fargo Bank (to offset funeral expenses). Guestbook to post messages and tributes to the family is available at:

COOK, Fredric (Fredric William Cook)
Born: 2/17/1941, Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 3/24/2016, Park City, Utah, U.S.A.

Fredric Cook’s westerns – actor:
Cowboys and Angels – 1978 (doctor)
True Grit (TV) – 1978 (Chaka)
The Blue and the Gray (TV) – 1982 (Captain Grimes)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (Porter)

RIP Francisco Algora

RIP Francisco Algora

He died in the hospital of Puerto Real actor Paco Algora

The actor, who was 67 years old, had spent more than 25 years living in the town of Vejer

Diario de Cadiz
March 30, 2016

Francisco Javier Jimenez actor Algora died in the early hours of March 30 at the hospital in Puerto Real at 67 years of age because of a lung cancer against which took more than a year fighting.

Born in Madrid in 1948, Algora was closely linked to the province of Cadiz and who resided in the town of Vejer for 24 years. In fact, in 2015 he was named Vejariego Tourist Adoption, who received "grateful and excited" and saying: "I make more than you because I take the love of all, and you just mine."

Paco Algora participated in about 60 feature films for directors such as Manuel Gutierrez Aragon, Jose Luis Garci, Juan Antonio Bardem or Pedro Olea.

Among his performances include his supporting role in 'Barrio' by Fernando Leon de Aranoa, with whom he aspired to a Goya award and 'Grandpa', 'You're the one', 'Story of a Kiss',' tiovivo C. 1950 ',' Luz de domingo 'and' Sangre de mayo 'Garci.

Also in his filmography are titles like 'Speak, mudita' Gutierrez Aragon; 'Witch, rather than witch' by Fernando Fernan Gomez; or 'quiet time' by Vicente Aranda.

His acting debut came in the mid-60s on stage. As a member of Teatro Estudio de Madrid, Los Goliardos and the Independent Experimental Theatre, he puts to the orders of Miguel Narros, William Layton, or Angel Facio.

Thanks to television he played characters like friar become brigand Curro Jiménez or cure Fortunata and Jacinta, he met the Dantesque nineteenth-century Spain portraying 'The primogeniture' Labraz and backed into the war with 'Love in troubled times'. He wore, however, about eight years without working.

Algora was awarded in 2013 with the Act Award, the highest honorary distinction of AISGE, a trophy that, in his words, was a "stimulus to not throw in the towel".

"I miss the interpretation as a synonym for baring the soul, but first you have to have it, and it is difficult in a world corrupted by money. It has already denied all due respect to this beautiful way of living," he said in AISGE told the actor, whose friends described themselves as "very human, very religious and very left."

ALGORA, Francisco (Francisco Javier Jiménez Algora)
Born: 12/7/1948, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: 3/30/2016, Puerto Real, Andalusia, Spain

Francisco Algora’s western – actor:
Yankee Dudler - 1973 (Andreas Hofleitner)

RIP Charles Blackman

RIP Charles Blackman

Los Angeles Daily News
March 30, 2016


Born in Sayre, Pennsylvania on September 10th 1928. Passed away on Monday March 7th, 2016 in Valley Village.

He served in the Navy from 1945 to 1947. In 1950 he came to California to attend UCLA as an art major and Television Production. He finished a 3 year apprenticeship in the make-up Department at Columbia Studios.

He had a long and successful career in motion pictures and television for fifty years. He was Rev. Billy Graham's personal make-up artist for several Christian films and Crusades. His association with Rev. Graham gave him the opportunity to meet and make-up ten Presidents of the United States. Upon Charlie's retirement he enjoyed his passion for art and took up oil painting.

Charlie leaves his wife, Gloria, married sixty one years; four children, Debra (Marv), Dayna (Chuck), Dori and David; Twelve grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He also leaves many nieces and nephews. This amazing man was loved by so many.

Services will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, North Hollywood. In lieu of flowers, rememberances to Wounded Warriors Project, Veterans of Foreign Wars or Red Cross would be appreciated.

BLACKMAN, Charles (Charles Frederick Blackman)
Born: 9/10/1928, Sayre, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 3/7/2016, Valley Village, California, U.S.A.

Charles Blackman’s westerns – makeup artist:
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1958
Hour of the Gun – 1967
Will Penny – 1967
A Time for Dying – 1969
The Young Riders (TV) – 1989-1990

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

RIP Margaret Blye

Actress Margaret Blye, Star of the Original ‘The Italian Job,’ Dies at 73

By Carmel Dagan
March 29, 2016

Actress Margaret “Maggie” Blye, who starred in the original “The Italian Job,” died on March 24 in West Hollywood, Calif., after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73.

Blye starred in many films and worked with some of the best in Hollywood: the Oscar-nominated film “Summer and Smoke,” starring Laurence Harvey and Geraldine Page, in which she played Dusty; “Hombre” with Paul Newman, Diane Cilento, Barbara Rush, and Richard Boone; “Hard Times” with Charles Bronson and James Coburn; “Waterhole #3” with Carroll O’Connor and James Coburn; “Diamonds for Breakfast” with Marcello Mastroianni; and “Ash Wednesday,” in which she portrayed Kate Sawyer, the daughter of Elizabeth Taylor’s Barbara Sawyer.

In 1969 Maggie starred as Lorna with Michael Caine and Noel Coward in the original version of “The Italian Job.” Subsequent film credits included “The Sporting Club”; “The Final Chapter: Walking Tall”; “Little Darlings,” with Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol; “The Entity” with Barbara Hershey and Ron Silver; “Last Goodbye” (2004) with Faye Dunaway; and “Man in the Chair” (2007) with Christopher Plummer.

Blye’s television credits included “Perry Mason,” “Gunsmoke,” “Ben Casey,” “The Rockford Files,” “Hart to Hart” and “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.”

She also appeared in the pilot and multiple episodes of “In the Heat of the Night” with Carroll O’Connor.

Blye joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1968 and was active in the organization, where she served on the Foreign Language Film Award (FLFA) Screening Committee for many years.

Born in Houston, Blye began her studies at the University of Texas, then transferred to UCLA for her senior year. In Los Angeles, Blye was quickly spotted by an agent, and her first audition was for the role of Dusty in “Summer and Smoke.” She got the part and at a luncheon for the actors, she asked Geraldine Page, “What part are you playing?” The star answered politely, “I play the part of Alma,” then took the young Blye under her wing and advised her that if she wanted to be an actress, she needed to “study, study, study.” And that Blye did.

She is survived by her sister, veteran casting director, Judy Blye Wilson; her brother, Richard Blye; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 30, in Houston, Texas, at the Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home. A memorial to celebrate Blye’s life will be held in Los Angeles at a later date.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

BLYE, Margaret
Born: 10/24/1942, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 3/24/2016, West Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

Margaret Blye’s westerns – actress:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1964, 1965 (girl, Karen Dean)
The Virginian (TV) – 1965 (Velvet-Rose)
The Iron Men (TV) – 1966 (Sharon O’Connor)
Hombre – 1967 (Doris)
Waterhole #3 – 1967 (Billee Copperud)
Kodiak (TV) – 1974 (Mandy)