Saturday, April 30, 2016

RIP Gino Havens

Geno Havens, Veteran Casting Director, Dies at 75

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He worked on films for George Lucas, Carl Reiner, Brian de Palma and Terrence Malick and helped jumpstart the careers of Dennis Quaid and Prince protégé Apollonia.

Geno Havens, a casting director whose credits include Carl Reiner's The Jerk and Brian de Palma's Phantom of the Paradise, has died. He was 75.

Havens died Friday of complications from a stroke at USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, screenwriter, producer and actor Kevin Bernhardt told The Hollywood Reporter. They were friends for 30 years and worked together on several films.

Havens helped launch the acting careers of Dennis Quaid and Bernhardt's ex-wife, Purple Rain co-star and Prince protege Apollonia.

Havens also served as casting director on such films as More American Graffiti (1979) — he was a dialogue coach on the George Lucas original — and Alligator (1980), written by John Sayles, and he helped secure actors for Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven (1978).

Patrick "Geno" Havens studied acting at the University of Utah and later landed a job with a casting company led by Fred Roos and Mike Fenton.

Early on, he teamed with Blaxploitation directors Arthur Marks and Jack Hill on such films as Detroit 9000 (1973), Bucktown (1975), Switchblade Sisters (1975) and Friday Foster (1975), starring Pam Grier.

His résumé also includes the Robert Blake 1970s ABC series Baretta and the films Hardbodies (1984), Girls Just Want to Have Fun (1985), Maniac Cop (1988), Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992) and The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996).

He more recently worked in casting and development with producer Elie Samaha and as a director of creative development for Timepiece Entertainment.

Havens, who stood less than 5-feet-tall, forged a career in Hollywood despite the fact that he was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily, when he was 22-months-old.

"He never once talked about his physical problems," Bernhardt said. "He was an inspiration to anybody and everybody."

Survivors include a nephew.

Born: 1940, U.S.A.
Died: 4/29/2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Gino Havens’ western – casting director:
Centenial (TV) - 1978

Thursday, April 28, 2016

RIP Ugo Adinolfi

RIP Ugo Adinolfi

By Mario Adinolfi

The night is sleepless, I read your messages and I thank you. Losing a dad means losing the people who will love you for free, unconditionally, no matter what you do, forever. So it is an incalculable loss that only faith can comfort, knowing that he is now gone. Ugo Adinolfi was crossed by all possible tragedies: He was born under the bomb of World War II in 1943, in poverty, he lost a brother and a baby daughter in his early twenties, in poverty he married my mother when she moved from Salerno to Rome. He became an actor (60 films), leaving the movies "for the family". He obtained two degrees at the threshold of 40 years and became director of the state, the man most disciplined and honest that I've ever met. Three days after being retired, he suffered a massive coronary. Survived a few years until yesterday afternoon, when he fell asleep and didn't wake up anymore.

Ugo Adinolfi was one of those Italian actors that little is known about. He appeared in many co-production films with Spain, mainly for tax purposes among which were eighteen Euro-westerns between 1967 and 1971.

Born: 4/1/1943, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died: 4/26/2016, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Ugo Adinolfi’s westerns – actor:
Killer Kid – 1967 (Ramirez henchman)
The Moment to Kill – 1967 (Forrester henchman)
Rick & John Conquer the West – 1967
The Wild and the Dirty – 1967 (Claude/Claudio ranchand)
Blood Calls to Blood – 1968 (Angel Face)
Full House for the Devil - 1968 (Meredith henchman)
Gatling Gun – 1968 (Ted Grant)
Kill Them All and Come Back Alone – 1968
The Long Day of the Massacre – 1968 (Alan Brothers)
The Mercenary – 1968 (land owner)
Sartana – 1968 [as Adinolfi Ugo]
Two Pistols for a Coward – 1968
The Law of Violence – 1969 (Sidney Garrett)
Zorro, the Navarra Marquis – 1969 (Lieutenant Bombardi)
A Man Called Apocalypse Joe – 1970 [as Hugo Adinolfi]
Bullet for a Stranger – 1971 (breeder)
Drummer of Vengeance – 1971
Guns for Dollars – 1971 (Pablito)

RIP Wolfgang Hess

Wolfgang Hess: German voice of Bud Spencer and Gimli is dead

By Sandro Odak
April 28, 2016

Bud Spencer mourns voice actors

The German voice actor and actor Wolfgang Hess is dead. This was announced by Bud Spencer on his official Facebook page.  Italian star of beating comedies mourning on Facebook to his longtime German speakers.

More than 40 times Hess roles of Bud Spencer in Germany talked, among which are his most popular works with Terence Hill as Trinity Is Still My Name and Two as thick as thieves.

Wolfgang Hess was known primarily for its particularly smoky Reibeisenstimmen.  He also spoke John Rhys-Davies as Gimli in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Less well known is that it also the Ent Treebeard lent his voice in the same films.

Wolfgang Hess was born in 1937 in Switzerland and died at the age of 79 years.  He was mainly in the 70s and 80s, to a sought-after and often booked voice actors with more than 500 roles.

In addition to its spokesman activities Hess was also active as a stage actor in Munich, Zurich and Stuttgart.  Earlier in his career, he shared the Bud-Spencer-rollers with two other speakers.  After the death of Arnold Marquis he took over the job as the sole master speaker.

HESS, Wolfgang
Born: 9/1/1937, Switzerland
Died: 4/27/2016, Zurich, Switzerland

Wolfgang Hess’ westerns – voice actor.
Ride and Kill – 1963 [German voice of Renzo Palmer]
Black Eagle of Santa Fe – 1964 [German voice of Fernando]
A Fistful of Dollars - 1964 [German voice of Benny Reeves]
Massacre at Marble City – 1964 [German voice of Bruno Carotenuto]
Adios Gringo – 1965 [German voice of Ted Carter]
Blood for a Silver Dollar – 1965 [German voice of Nello Pazzifini]
Count Bobby, the Terror of the Wild West – 1965 [German voice of man at knife throwing]
El Rojo – 1966 [German voice of Raf Baldwin]
Sugar Colt – 1966 [German voice of James Parker]
Ace High – 1967 [German voice of Bud Spencer2]
God Forgives… I Don’t! – 1966 [German voice of José Canalejas]
The Big Gundown – 1967 [German voice of Fernando Sancho]
Little Rita of the West – 1967 [German voice of Gordon Mitchell]
Run, Man, Run – 1967 [German voice of Nello Pazzafini]
Boot Hill – 1969 [German voice of Woody Strode #1, Bud Spencer #2]
Sartana the Gravedigger – 1969 [German voice of Gordon Mitchell]
The Stranger’s Gundown – 1969 [German voice of Carlo Gaddi]
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 [German voice of Bud Spencer]
Black Killer – 1971 [German voice of Calogero Caruana]
Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 [German voice of Bud Spencer]
The Return of Clint the Stranger – 1972 [German voice of Daniel Martin]
They Call Me Providence – 1972 [German voice of Gregg Palmer]
Carambola – 1973 [German voice of Paul Smith]
The Crazy Adventures of Len and Coby – 1974 [German voice of Paul Smith]
The White, The Yellow, the Black – 1974 [German video voice of Eli Wallach]
We are No Angels – 1975 [German voice of Paul Smith]
California – 1977 [German voice of Robert Hundar]
My Friend Winnetou (TV) – 1979 [German voice of Jose Antonio Marroz]
Troublemakers – 1994 [German voice of Bud Spencer]