Friday, June 30, 2017

RIP C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson

‘Chinatown,’ ‘Groundhog Day Producer C.O. ‘Doc’ Erickson Dies at 93

Erickson also worked on “Blade Runner,” “Urban Cowboy” and many more

The Wrap
By Jeremy Fuster
June 30, 2017

C.O. “Doc” Erickson, veteran executive producer and production manager for films like “Chinatown” and “Groundhog Day,” died Wednesday at age 93 due to heart complications, according to his reps.
Erickson had over forty years experience in the film industry, serving as production manager for films like “Blade Runner,” “Urban Cowboy,” and five Alfred Hitchcock films including “Vertigo” and “Rear Window.” It was through Hitchcock that Erickson got his start in Hollywood, working at Paramount in the 1950s before leaving to serve as associate producer on John Huston’s “The Misfits” in 1961.

In the 1970s, Erickson worked under Robert Evans’ production team at Brut Productions and served as a unit manager and associate producer for Roman Polanski’s magnum opus, “Chinatown,” eventually rising in the company to become executive producer for John Travolta and James Bridges’ “Urban Cowboy.” His later career included EP roles for “Groundhog Day” and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”

Erickson passed away at his home in Las Vegas. He is survived by his former wife, Gloria Gresham.

ERICKSON, C.O. (Clarence Oscar Erickson)
Born: 12/17/1923, Kankakee, Illinois, U.S.A.

Died: 6/28/2017, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

C.O. Erickson’s westerns – producer, production manager:
The Misfits – 1961 [production manager]
There Was a Crooked Man – 1970 [executive producer]
Man in the Wilderness – 1971 [associate producer]
Urban Cowboy – 1980 [production manager]
Zorro the Gay Blade – 1981 [producer]

RIP Jack Ong

Los Angeles Times
June 27, 2017

November 6, 1940 - June 13, 2017 Jack Ong, age 76, passed away on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from complications arising from a malignant brain tumor. A longtime resident of Santa Monica, CA, Jack passed peacefully in Castle Rock, CO, with his beloved sister, Glenna Lee, by his side holding his hand as he went to be with his Lord. Born November 6, 1940, Jack was the seventh of eight children born to Kam Fong and Jeung Shee Ong, who immigrated to Mesa, AZ, where he grew up. He graduated from Arizona State with a degree in journalism and served in the US Navy as a photojournalist in the Philippines, after which he led an eclectic life. After moving to Santa Monica, CA, he followed his passion for the entertainment industry and had numerous roles in the stage, movies, TV, commercials, and audiobooks. He became a close confidant of Oscar-winner Dr. Haing S. Ngor, and headed his foundation upon Dr. Ngor's untimely death. He held various positions in marketing, public relations, and advertising. Jack's strong Christian faith led him to become a licensed pastor in the Missionary Church, where he was able to minister to many people in this capacity. He was also an active member of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California promoting the interest and welfare of the Chinese community. He was awarded the Golden Spike Award in 2013 for Excellence in Community Service. Jack (or "Uncle Jack" as he was known to so many) will be forever remembered by his extended family and friends. He is survived by his sister Lily and brother-in-law Ray Lew, niece Karen and husband Terry Chan, great-niece Terra, great-nephew Neal, nephew Darren and wife Shirley, great-nephew Brian and wife Amy, great-great-nephew Ethan, great-nephew Jonathan and wife Sura Lew; his sister Glenna and brother-in-law Jim Lee, niece Patti and husband Richard Lueptow, great-niece Hannah, great-nephew Kyle, and his nephew Roger and wife Karen, great-niece Kianna and great-nephew Ryan; his sister-in-law Bette Ong Yasui and his nephew Richard "Ricky", great-nieces Kathryn Hill and Robyn Ong, great-great-nieces Eva and Vivienne Hill, nephew Randall "Jay", niece Donna and her husband Joel Trumbo, great-nephews J.P. and Nicholas Trumbo, and great-great-nephews Tristan and Isaiah Trumbo, great-great-niece Aubrey Trumbo, niece Diana and husband Chris Oide, great-nephew Joshua, great-niece Taylor; as well as niece Joni (Ong) and her husband Michael Lum, great-nephew Michael, great-nieces Michelle, Micaela, Kiana and niece Janice Ong, great-nieces Gabrielle, and Elizabeth; and niece Shirley and husband Greg Woodrow, great-nephew David Shun and his wife Stacey, great-great-niece Ella, great-niece Janell Shun, nephew Gary Gee and wife Lila, and great-nephews Steven & Ryan Gee; a special adopted niece, Sophia Ngor Demitri, husband Adam and their daughter Brooke; and a special adopted brother William "Bill" Major, his wife Denise, and their daughter Cassidy. He spent his final months in Colorado at MorningStar at Jordan Assisted Living Facility, and Brookside Inn, where he received long-term and hospice care. Jack was very appreciative of the compassion and professional care he received at both facilities. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., at "The Collection, at Galpin Auto Sports" 15600 Roscoe Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91406, where we will celebrate Jack's life and memory.

ONG, Jack
Born: 11/6/1940, Mesa, Arizona, U.S.A.
Died: 6/13/2017, Castle Rock, Colorado, U.S.A.

Jack Ong’s western – actor:
Legend (TV) – 1995 (Mr. Fat)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

RIP Valentin Pimstein

Valentin Pimstein, dies, the creator of all the telenovelas you know


Among the 88 stories he produced are the acting discoveries of Lucía Méndez, Verónica Castro, Angelica Aragón, Edith González and Victoria Ruffo.
Soap opera producer Valentín Pimstein died on Tuesday at 91, due to respiratory arrest. He is considered "The father of the rose novel", because most of his stories were about love.
In the 1980s, he launched the careers of actresses Lucía Méndez, Verónica Castro, Angélica Aragón, Edith González and Victoria Ruffo, who were the protagonists of their telenovelas such as The Rich Also Cry, Colorina, Soledad, The Home I Robbed, Vanessa, Chispita, Bianca Vidal, Amalia Batista, La Fiera, Living a little, Monte Calvario, Wild rose and Carousel.
In the 1990s he produced telenovelas Simply María, La pícara soñadora and María Mercedes , part of the famous trilogy starring Thalia.

He was born in Chile, in a Russian-Jewish family, her mother was an assiduous consumer of radionovelas and Mexican cinema, which marked the life since small of Valentin.
Upon reaching the age of majority, Pimstein left his native country and arrived in Mexico, where he became assistant director of Televisa (formerly Telesistema Mexicano) and later became a producer thanks to Emilio Azcárraga Milmo, who gave him all his confidence.
His first novel was Gutierritos, considered an icon in the history of the novels for being the second telenovela produced in Mexico in 1958 for Telesistema Mexicano.
In 1994, he assumed the position of Vice President of Telenovelas in Televisa, where he supervised the work of a group of young producers, who nowadays occupy prime time: Juan Osorio Ortiz, Pedro Damián, Angelli Nesma Medina, José Alberto Castro, Lucero Suárez, Salvador Mejía, Nicandro Díaz González and Ignacio Sada.
His famous phrase: "The only thing that has continuity is the costumes", disturbed all the protagonists, after that it will take from the soap opera the own protagonist Lucía Méndez.
In 1997, he left Televisa. From that moment, and until today, he alternated residences between Chile, Spain and the United States.
Just a few days ago, the book "Valentín: una vida de telenovela" was written by the journalist Tere Vale, which portrays how his work marked a "before and after transforming this genre into a reflection of the passions of several generations of viewers."

Actress Verónica Castro reacted through her Instagram account to mention the producer: "Thank you #ValentinPimstein for making us dream about your soap operas and work," she wrote.

He is survived by his wife Victoria Ratinoff, and their three children, Victor, Veronica and Viviana.

PIMSTEIN, Valentin (Valentin Pimstein Weiner)
Born: 8/9/1925, Santiago, Chile
Died: 6/27/2017, Santiago, Chile
Valentin Pimstein’s westerns – producer, production manager:
La cama de piedra – 1958 [producer]
Cuando se quiere se quiere – 1959 [producer]
Stray Bullet – 1960 [production manager]

RIP Federico Ribes

Death of the director of photography Federico Ribes
The Alicante worked in more than a hundred of films and in series like "The Prince" or "Cuéntame how happened"

Europe Press

The director of photography Federico Ribes died yesterday at the age of 65, as reported Monday by the Film Academy. Ribes (Alicante, 1952) has participated in more than one hundred titles and had a fiction for Telecinco, 'La verdad', as well as the film 'El collar de sal' by Vicente Pérez Herrero.

Among other films, he has worked on 'Los muertos no se sing, nene', and 'Don Mendo Rock ¿La venganza?', Both by José Luis García Sánchez; 'A house in the suburbs', by Pedro Costa; 'A clean shot' by Jesús Mora; And 'Spanish Soldadito' by Antonio Giménez Rico.

In addition, he also worked on several stories of Helena Taberna, such as 'Yoyes' or the documentary 'Foreign', and for Vicente Pérez Herrero, such as 'Bestiario', 'Mala muerte', 'Crustaceos', 'El colar de sal' 'Natural code'. In the year 2000 he won the Best Photography Award of the Malaga Film Festival for the latter title.

He was also director of photography for documentaries, short films and TV series such as 'El príncipe', 'Office shift: Ten years later', 'There is someone there', 'Cuéntame como pasado' or 'Imprescindibles'.

The television producer Plano a Plano, to which Ribes was professionally linked with 'El Principe' and 'La verdad', stressed that Ribes "always kept in his eyes the brilliance of the illusion of the first time he revealed a photograph and Saw the image and contrasts appear."

RIBES, Federico (Federico Ribes Ponsoda)
Born: 1952, Alicante, Alicante, Spain
Died: 6/25/2017, Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Federico Ribes’ western – cinematographer:
Outlaw Justice (TV) - 1999

Monday, June 26, 2017

RIP Loren Janes

News from Me
June 26, 2017

One of the world's greatest stuntmen, Loren Janes, died Saturday at the age of 85. Janes founded the Stuntmen Association of Motion Pictures and Television, did stunts in hundreds of movies and thousands of television shows and justifiably bragged that he never had a major injury and never broke a bone. The list of stars for whom he doubled included Jack Nicholson, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman, Michael Douglas, Charles Bronson, Robert Wagner, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Yul Brunner, William Shatner, Frank Sinatra and even Debbie Reynolds, Shirley MacLaine and Esther Williams. Most notably, he did stunts for Steve McQueen is most of McQueen's films.

Actually for some of us, his most notable credit was that he did stunts all throughout It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. A lot of the stunt driving was Loren Janes and in the finale, when Eddie "Rochester" Anderson flies through the air and lands in the lap of an Abraham Lincoln statue, that's Loren in blackface makeup.

He was a superb athlete, competing in the Olympics in 1956 and again in 1964. He was also a good enough actor that he was occasionally given lines of dialogue and even hired for non-stunt roles. He was still working well into his seventies.

I got to spend time with Mr. Janes at two separate events relating to Mad World and he was a charming, fascinating guy who seemed to have been on the set of every movie made in Hollywood while he was active. Someone who was with us once made the comment that in Mad World, the biggest laugh may have been when the Three Stooges show up and do absolutely nothing. Janes told us he'd doubled for Moe in Snow White and the Three Stooges and he had plenty of stories from that filming.

He often lectured about his craft and one of the key points he made was that a stuntperson was an actor; that if he doubled the star diving through a plate glass window, he not only had to dive through the plate glass window — which in itself was difficult enough — he also had to do it with the body language of the actor he was doubling. Before he doubled Kirk Douglas, he'd spend hours studying how Douglas moved…and how he moved as that character.

He was one of the best and that's why he worked so much. And I think it's interesting that most of the stunt people in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World — though they spent their careers crashing cars and falling off roofs — lived to older ages than the stars they doubled. I hope the Academy includes Mr. Janes in the "In Memoriam" reel at next year's Oscars because he probably logged more camera time and participated in more memorable movie scenes than most of the actors they'll automatically include.

JANES, Loren
Born: 10/1/1931, Sierra Madre, California, U.S.A.
Died: 6/24/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Loren Janes’ westerns – actor, stuntman:
The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1955 (Tim Siebert)
The First Texan – 1956 [stunts]
Walk the Proud Land – 1956 [stunts]
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1956 [stunts]
Friendly Persuasion – 1956 [stunts]
The Oklahoman – 1957 [stunts]
The Tall Stranger – 1957 [stunts]
El Coyote (TV) – 1957 (Red)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1957 [stunts]
From Hell to Texas – 1958 [stunts]
Broken Arrow (TV) – 1958 [stunts]
Pony Express – 1959 [stunts]
Thunder in the Sun – 1959 [stunts]
Laramie (TV) – 1959 [stunts]
Flaming Star – 1960 [stunts]
The Magnificent Seven – 1960 [stunts]
North to Alaska – 1960 [stunts]
Bat Masterson (TV) - 1960 [stunts]
The Misfits – 1961 [stunts]
How the West Was Won – 1962 [stunts]
McLintock! – 1963 [stunts]
Advance to the Rear – 1964 [stunts]
Cheyenne Autumn – 1964 [stunts]
The Sons of Katie Elder – 1965 (Ned Reese) [stunts]
Tickle Me – 1965 [stunts]
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys – 1966 [stunts]
Nevada Smith – 1966 (cowboy in Abilene, convict) [stunts]
The Fastest Gun Alive – 1967 [stunts]
The Great Bank Robbery – 1969 [stunts]
Paint Your Wagon – 1969 [stunts]
Little Big Man – 1970 [stunts]
Wild Women (TV) – 1970 [stunts]
Support Your Local Gunfighter – 1971 [stunts]
Junior Bonner – 1972 [stunts]
Blazing Saddles – 1974 [stunts]
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1974 [stunts]
The Master Gunfighter – 1975 [stunts]
The Missouri Breaks – 1976 [stunts]
Goin’ South – 1978 [stunts]
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days – 1979 [stunts]
Tom Horn – 1980 [stunts]
North and South – 1985 [stunts]
 ¡Three Amigos! – 1986 [stunts]
Wild Wild West – 1999 [stunts]

RIP William Woodson

Actor, announcer & voiceovers performer William T. Woodson has died at age 99.  His friends have shared the sad news on Facebook; there have been no obituary notices.

WOODSON, William (William T. Woodson)
Born: 7/16/1917, San Bernardino, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/22/2017, U.S.A.

William Woodson’s westerns – actor:
Klondike (TV) – 1960 (professor)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961 (witness)
Have Gun – Will travel (TV) – 1962, 1963 Barker Craft
The Rifeleman (TV) – 1962 (Sheriff)
Empire (TV) – 1963 (Al Pope)
Redigo (TV) – 1963 (Grady Tipton)
F Troop (TV) – 1966 (Secretary of War)
The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family – 1968 (Henry White)
More Dead Than Alive – 1969 (Warden)
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams – 1974 [narrator]

RIP Hal Fryar

The Republic

June 8, 1927 – June, 25, 2017

Hal Fryar, age 90, of Bradenton, Florida passed away on June 25, 2017 after a life well lived and well loved by many.

Born in 1927, Hal became an actor and television personality and rose to prominence as “Harlow Hickenlooper”, the host of The Three Stooges Show on Channel 6 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Hal began his broadcasting career as an announcer, emcee, and writer as a teenager in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the mid-1940s. He graduated from Indiana University in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in speech, and by the 1960s, he had developed his entertainment talents as host of programs geared to young audiences in radio
and TV in Ohio.

Hal served as the host for a local Indianapolis children’s show on WFBM-TV that ran from 1960 to 1972, that highlighted the old Three Stooges movie shorts. He appeared under the name “Harlow Hickenlooper” and was one of a trio of hosts with Curley Myers and Captain Star (Jerry Vance aka Larry Vincent). Together, they sang songs and did skits for a live studio audience of children. His idea of Harlow Hickenlooper’s
personality was for him to be a character for whom nothing ever went right, no matter how hard he tried and Hickenlooper regularly ended up with a (shaving) cream pie in his face.

Hal was also the host for several other children’s shows over his 43 years in local television. In 1965, Fryar was cast in the Original Three Stooges movie, The Outlaws Is Coming, playing the part of Johnny Ringo and in 2008, he was inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame.

Hal is survived by his wife of 37 years Henrietta Fryar, his daughter Pam Allen, his son Gary Fryar, stepdaughters Connie Linton and Marsha McMullin and grandchildren, Joseph Galimi, Amber Clark, Michael Craney, Jami Kong, Jessica Truax, Jonathan Linton, Matthew Linton, Great-grandchildren Hailey McMullin, Arden Kong, Talan Kong, Odelle Linton, Hayden Truax, Alaina Kong, Catalina Galimi, Ethan Clark, Vivian Clark nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be a private ceremony held at his home in Bradenton, Florida.

Hal was always generous, witty, and dedicated to entertaining, often volunteering his talent to community events. He always expressed personal interest in others and was forever introducing people to create new connections and friendships. Hal was a dedicated member of the Emanuel Methodist Church of Bradenton.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hospice House of Bradenton, 3355 26th St W., Bradenton, Florida 34205. Condolences can be sent through Hal’s contact page. The family would like to thank friends, WFYI, Hospice House of Bradenton.

Born: 6/8/1927, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 6/25/2017, Bradenton, Florida, U.S.A.

Hal Fryar’s western – actor:
The Outlaws’ is Coming – 1965 (Johnny Ringo)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

RIP Armando Sciascia

ARMANDO SCIASCIA, 97, Composer and Violinist

Connecticut Post
June 25, 2017

Armando Sciascia, Italian-born 34-year Trumbull, CT resident, died peacefully at his home on June 23, leaving a precious legacy of artistic accomplishments and memories for his numerous family, colleagues and fans. The maestro's fame in his native country includes his work as composer and conductor of film scores and recordings, musical innovator and prominent entrepreneur. As head of the recording company he founded, the young artists he discovered and made famous during his many crossovers to contemporary popular repertory, just as jazz and rock n' roll, were blossoming during the early '60s. As a graduate of the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, Italy, his classical background also permitted some interesting arrangements of classical music in modern dress, for which he apologized to his otherwise 'classical music lovers' but quickly found a new audience to his young followers. Sciascia also introduced many American artists through representing the U.S. companies and artists, like "The Doors", Woodie Guthrie, and the UNESCO recordings of that world's folk music. Armando leaves his wife, Aliki Michalaros-Sciascia, his daughter Dr. Albertina Molinari, his son Sergio (from a first marriage), and nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday (TODAY) 4-7pm at Spadaccino and Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 315 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT. Mass of Christian burial will be held Monday, June 26, 2017,12pm at St. Stephen Church 6948 Main Street, Trumbull, CT. Further information can be found at

Donations in his memory can be offered to the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. More information can be found at

SCIASCIA, Armando (Armando Alberto Sciascia)
Born: 6/16/1920, Lanciano, Abruzzo, Italy
Died: 6/23/2017, Trumbull, Connecticut, U.S.A

Armando Sciascia’s westerns – composer:
Die for a Dollar in Tucson – 1964 [as H. Tical]
Three Graves for a Winchester – 1966