Friday, September 29, 2017

RIP Andreas Schmidt

Actor Andreas Schmidt has died

His face was known from "Tatort", "Police 110" and " Sommer vorm Balkonsummer".  Now the actor Andreas Schmidt has died at the age of 53.

Zeit on line
September 29, 2017

The actor Andreas Schmidt is dead. As his agent communicated, he died at the age of 53 years after a long illness in Berlin.

Famous was Andreas Schmidt as an actor in television productions like the crime scene or police scene 110 .  One of Schmidt's most famous movies was summer in front of the balcony .  The Kinofilm published in 2006 saw almost one million Kinobesucher.  The film won numerous prizes, such as the Bayrische Filmpreis or the Ernst Lubitsch Prize.  For the Deutsche Filmpreis 2006, Sommer was nominated six times before the balcony .

He also played Schmidt as a result of Soko Stuttgart and Donna Leon .  He belonged to the team of the KZ drama The Counterfeiters , which won the Oscar for the best foreign film in 2008.  In April 2009 he received the German Filmpreis as the best nepidarist for his performance in meat is my vegetables .  Lastly, he was still at the beginning of 2017 in the children's film Timm Thaler or the sold laughter in the cinema to see.

Schmidt was born in Heggen in the Sauerland in 1963 and grew up in Berlin's Märkisches Viertel.  He recently lived in Berlin-Kreuzberg and was married to an American woman.  The common son was born in 2008.

SCHMIDT, Andreas (Andreas M. Schmidt)
Born: 11/23/1963, Heggen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Died: 9/28/2017, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Andreas Schmidt’s western – actor:
The Adventures of Huck Finn – 2012 (Slave trader Bill)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Anne Jeffreys

Anne Jeffreys, Glamorous Star of 'Topper' on Television, Dies at 94

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

The actress and singer also starred on Broadway in 'Kiss Me Kate,' played Tess Trueheart on the big screen and appeared on 'General Hospital' over two decades.

Anne Jeffreys, the elegant actress who was Dick Tracy's girlfriend Tess Trueheart in the movies and starred opposite her husband Robert Sterling as "the ghostess with the mostess" on television's Topper, has died. She was 94.

Entertainment reporter and local Oscar host for Los Angeles' KABC, George Pennacchio, tweeted on Wednesday night that Jeffreys died. Details of her death were not immediately available.

Jeffreys later played the snobby socialite Amanda Barrington on General Hospital during a long association with the soap opera and appeared as David Hasselhoff's mom on Baywatch.

A real trouper, Jeffreys replaced Patricia Morison and starred as Lilli Vanessi/Katharine in the original Broadway production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate, for which she memorably sang "I Hate Men" in nearly 900 performances (without missing a single show).

In the 1940s, the North Carolina native was a contract player at Republic Pictures and was placed in a succession of Westerns alongside Wild Bill Elliott and George "Gabby" Hayes. She also starred amid the sagebrush with Robert Mitchum and Randolph Scott, respectively, in Nevada (1944) and Return of the Bad Men (1948).

Elsewhere, Jeffreys sang and starred alongside Frank Sinatra and Gloria DeHaven in the RKO musical Step Lively (1944), played a notorious gangster's girlfriend in Lawrence Tierney's Dillinger (1945) and was rather glamorous as a nightclub singer in Riff-Raff (1947).

She was born Annie Jeffreys Carmichael on Jan. 26, 1923, in Goldsboro, N.C. Her parents divorced when she was 6 months old, and she had her own local radio show by age 10. She trained to be a soprano opera singer and won a scholarship to the New York Municipal Opera Company; to support her studies, she worked as a junior model for the famed John Robert Powers agency.

Jeffreys appeared onstage in Hollywood in the musical Fun for the Money in 1941 and then showed up on the silver screen in several releases the following year, including I Married an Angel, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy; Billy the Kid Trapped, with Buster Crabbe; and John Wayne's Flying Tigers.

In RKO's Dick Tracy (1945) and Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946), Jeffreys' witty Tess was constantly being stood up by Morgan Conway, who had to dash off to fight crime as the legendary square-jawed cop from the comics. (Glenne Headly played Tess in Warren Beatty's 1990 Dick Tracy movie.)

In 1947, the blue-eyed actress took a leave from the studio to star on Broadway in the groundbreaking "American opera" Street Scene, which was adapted by Kurt Weill as a musical from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Elmer Rice. It was her Broadway debut, and it fueled her lifetime love for the stage.

Jeffreys and Sterling met when she was in Kiss Me Kate (Morison had departed to star in the London version) and the actor — who had recently divorced actress Ann Sothern — was making his Broadway bow in Gramercy Ghost at the theater next door.

They married in November 1951, worked together on the 1952 Broadway musical Three Wishes for Jamie and launched a successful nightclub act. All that led to the charismatic couple being cast as the debonair wife-and-husband ghosts Marion and George Kirby — who playfully haunt sober banker Cosmo Topper (Leo G. Carroll), who now occupies their old home — on CBS' Topper.

The series, which aired for two seasons from 1953-55, was based on Thorne Smith's 1926 fantasy novel that famously was adapted for the classic 1937 MGM comedy that starred Constance Bennett and Cary Grant as the Kirbys and Roland Young as Topper. (A young Stephen Sondheim wrote for the CBS show and found the pace grueling.)

Jeffreys and Sterling later starred on the 1958 ABC comedy Love That Jill (they played heads of rival modeling agencies), but that series lasted just a handful of episodes. They were together until Sterling's death in 2006.

After a 14-year absence from the big screen — during which she took time to raise her three children — Jeffreys returned as Howard Duff's wife in Boys' Night Out (1962), then toured around the country in Camelot.

In the 1980s, Jeffreys played Jane Wyman's romantic rival Amanda Croft on the CBS primetime soap opera Falcon Crest and was Tony Franciosa's office manager on the short-lived ABC drama Finder of Lost Loves.

Jeffreys first appeared on ABC's General Hospital as Amanda in 1984 and made her last appearance in 2004. In between, she played the character on the G.H. spinoff Port Charles.

Her TV résumé also included My Three Sons, Bonanza, Dr. Kildare, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (in a reunion with her Topper co-star Carroll), The Delphi Bureau, Murder, She Wrote, L.A. Law, the Rich Man, Poor Man sequel Beggarman, Thief and, in her final onscreen appearance in 2013, HBO's Getting On.

JEFFREYS, Anne (Annie Jeffreys Carmichael)
Born: 1/26/1923, Goldsboro, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Died: 9/27/2017, Brentwood, California, U.S.A.

Anne Jeffrey’s westerns – actress:
Billy the Kid Trapped – 1942 (Sally)
Border Gun Fighters – 1943 (Anita Shelby)
Calling Wild Bill Elliott – 1943 (Edith Richrds)
Death Valley Manhunt – 1943 (Nicky Hobart)
The Man from Thunder River – 1943 (Nancy Ferguson)
Overland Mail Robbery – 1943 (Judy Goodrich)
Wagon Tracks West – 1943 (Moon Hush)
Hidden Valley Outlaws – 1944 (June Clark)
Mojave Firebrand – 1944 (Gail Holmes)
Nevada – 1944 (Julie Dexter)
Trail Street – 1947 Ruby)
Return of the Bad Men – 1948 (Cheyenne)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1957, 1962 (Julie Gage, Mary Beckett)
Bonanza (TV) – 1966 (Lilly)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

RIP Daniel Belmour

RIP Daniel Belmour

Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2017

Daniel Belmour, of Glendale, CA, lost a valiant 3+ yearlong battle with cancer on September 20, 2017 at the young age of 63. Daniel was born and raised in San Francisco to Rosinda and Richard Belmour on June 15, 1954. He moved to North Hollywood in 1986 and spent the next 30+ years there. Daniel was employed in the entertainment industry as a film editor, were he worked on 20 films, television movies, series and documentaries. Daniel was also an avid hiker and is where he met many of his devoted friends: Tom, Bob, Steve, Marie, Emily and childhood friend Eric; and to all those of whom we do not know. However, Daniel's main passion was amateur astronomy. He also built several telescopes, which he used to teach children and seniors about the wonders of the universe. He was a member of several astronomy clubs including The Sidewalk Astronomers and the Los Angeles Astronomical Society. He also served as a docent at the Mt. Wilson Observatory were he conducted tours of the facility while explaining the importance of understanding our universe. Daniel is survived by his cousins Carol Maria Carruba of San Francisco and Patricia Trout of San Jose. Daniel's ashes will be scattered beyond the Golden Gate Bridge.

BELMOUR, Daniel (Daniel Phillip Belmur)
Born: 6/15/1954, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/20/2017, Glendale, California, U.S.A.

Daniel Belmour’s western – film editor:
Wagon’s East - 1994

RIP Barry Dennen

Barry Dennen Dies: ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’s Pilate And Barbra Streisand Mentor Was 79

By Dino-Ray Ramos, Jeremy Gerard
September 26, 2017

Barry Dennen, who played Pontius Pilate in the original stage and film versions of Jesus Christ Superstar and earlier played a key role in Barbra Streisand’s emergence from cabaret unknown to superstar diva, died Tuesday morning in Burbank, where he was in hospice care. He was 79. Dennen had suffered a brain injury after a fall at home in June, according to Lucy Chase Williams, a close friend who confirmed the death to Deadline.

An actor, singer and voice artist, Dennen’s connection with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s megahit rock opera began after his late-1960s move from New York’s burgeoning Greenwich Village cabaret scene to swinging London. Director Hal Prince cast him as the Emcee in the West End premiere of Cabaret, playing the part originated by Joel Grey, opposite Judi Dench as Sally Bowles.

The cast recording of that production is notable for one of the major distinctions between the Broadway and West End shows, which comes in the Emcee’s “Gorilla Song,” in which the character sings about his love for a simian. The song’s last line, “If you could see her through my eyes/She wouldn’t look Jewish at all,” was changed at Prince’s insistence, for the Broadway opening after tryout performances drew strong protests, changing it to “meeskite,” the Yiddish word for “ugly.” When the show opened in London, however, the original “Jewish” was reinstated, doubtless for the more historically aware UK audience, and that’s what Dennen can be heard singing on the cast album.

Dennen’s local fame had come earlier, in New York, within a smaller circle. As James Gavin, the pre-eminent historian of new York’s cabaret scene, told Deadline:

    “I first reached out to Barry Dennen in 1988 in the course of researching my first book, Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret. Barry had been referred to me as the man behind the young Barbra Streisand as well as a player in the Greenwich Village cabaret scene of the early ’60s – the Duplex, the Showplace, the youthful and naive let’s-put-on-a-show nightclub revues that were popular then. He was sly and droll and had presence. I fully believe that Barry was crucial in the emergence of the Barbra of legend; that he urged her to do cabaret when her acting efforts seemed stymied; that he steered her toward the talent contest at the Lion, the gay Village bar, and put an act together for her; and that he helped her with repertoire (Barry loved 1920s and ’30s songs and songbirds), attitude, and nightclub survival techniques and groomed her in all sorts of other ways.”

They also became lovers, as Gavin continued:

    “They lived together as a couple for a while. All this is recounted in Barry’s book, My Life with Barbra: A Love Story, which I found touching and sweet. His story with Barbra ended sourly; as was her wont, she moved on from him as she continued her meteoric rise. Barry was not without bitterness about it; he wanted credit and acknowledgment for what he had done for her, and that wasn’t and isn’t Streisand’s style. In my book he says: ‘I don’t think Barbra wants to acknowledge that in her early years she had a lot of people to be grateful to. I was astonished when somebody told me years later that Barbra’s published position was that she listened to her ‘voices,’ and her voices told her what to do. It had nothing to do with that; she had people with voices telling her what to do. People who were helping her with her hair, her makeup, her shoes, her dresses, the material, and her direction. I think it makes her feel guilty and uncomfortable that she’s never been able to find it inside herself to repay this in any way. And that’s between her and her conscience.’

    “About 10 years ago, feeling he deserved some recompense, he agreed to an auctioneer’s heeding that he put his original Streisand reel-to-reel home and club recordings up for auction at an exorbitant price, six figures, as I recall. Streisand acolytes went nuts, declaring that he was exploiting her, and I think her lawyers sent a threatening letter. He told me the tapes never sold. I wonder what will become of them.”

Dennen was born in Chicago on February 22, 1938. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. After graduating from UCLA, he moved to New York City, where he began performing in workshops and on the cabaret circuit.

In London, Dennen was invited in 1970 by Lloyd Webber to sing the part of Pilate on the double LP of Webber & Rice’s groundbreaking rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. He returned stateside the following year and reprised his role as Pilate in the original 1971 Broadway production –which ran to July 1973, covering more than 700 performances — and then again in the Norman Jewison-directed film adaptation opposite Ted Neeley in 1973. Dennen’s role in Jesus Christ Superstar would reach legendary status as he would go on to be associated with the iconic musical for nearly 40 years, often with Neely and under the stewardship of his longtime agent and closest friend Pat Brady, of CESD Talent Agency.

Dennen’s additional stage credits include Silent Parnters, The Fantasticks, Ghetto, She Loves Me, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Pirates of Penzance.

In addition to the Jesus Christ Superstar movie, Dennen performed in several classics including The Shining, Trading Places, Fiddler on the Roof as well as Titanic. In addition, he appeared in on TV shows such as Wonder Woman, Batman, L.A. Law, Newhart, Hill Street Blues, Tales From the Darkside, Murphy Brown, and Murder, She Wrote.  He also was an accomplished voice-over artist, providing his talent to the Jim Henson classic The Dark Crystal as well as video games including World of Warcraft, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, Darksiders 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Avatar: The Last Airbender and others.

Dennen is survived by his sons Timothy and Barnaby, who he had adopted from his early marriage to English actress Pamela Strong. Dennen lost his life partner James McGachy to cancer in 2001. His brother, Lyle, and his wife, Xenia, live outside London.

Born: 2/22/1938, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 9/26/2017, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Barry Dennen’s westerns – voice actor:
The Daltons (TV) – 2010 [English voice of Jack Dalton, Peabody]
Fallout: New Vegas – 2010 [English voice of Dean Domino, Dead Money DLC]

RIP Květa Fialova

Actress Květa Fialová died († 88): She spent all her life in her giant pain

September 26, 2017

After nearly three years in the Alzheimer's Center, where she gradually lost contact with the world, Květa Fialová († 88) died. A popular actress from the films Lemonade Joe or I have been having fun with the world three years ago had bleeding in the stomach and heart attack, since then she did not appear in public. Květa’s failed heart, after its condition worsened, was transferred to a cardiology ward at one of the Prague hospitals.

Květa was born on September 1, 1929 in Slovakia, in the village Vel'ke Dravce in the Lučenec district. At home her older sister was waiting for her. Their parents were both lightly physically disabled – “Dad was pilot a dropped off the plane and walked poorly, her mother had a prosthesis instead of her leg. Their marriage was stormy, my father was violent, and my parents were not far from divorce. Their marriage was paradoxically rescued by World War II, which brought them together”.

But from her end, the young Květa carried on a life of trauma - raped by two Russian soldiers. This affected both her lifelong relationships with men, but she also instilled a reluctant attitude towards the communist regime.

Mother Květy Fialové was a designer, who was devoted to painting and sculpture. It was she who brought Květa  to Buddhism, she loved to paint Buddha and similar Eastern motifs. The family moved a lot, eventually returned to Bohemia. Not long after the war her dad died, his mother returned to Slovakia and Květa stayed alone. She was attracted to the theater, also because of the money she could earn, and in 1946 she started playing in Český Těšín. In the same year she was admitted to the Brno Conservatoire. She continued her studies at the Janáček Academy of Music Arts, which she finished in 1950.

In the 1950s Květa went through several theater engagements - in Opava, České Budějovice or Cologne. There, as a twenty-one-year-old girl, she married for the first time with a playwright. But their coexistence lasted shortly. "It was terrible for me! My fault. The husband was not a criminal, just wanted to exist in that marriage so normally as a boy, " recalls Květa, who had fled from her first husband and moved to the morgue for half a year before getting her own apartment with a new engagement - in Martin's Slovakia.

The second husband, director Paul Hasa, met in 1957 and two years later they married. In 1962, Zuzana's daughter was born. Their marriage said Květa was beautiful, especially because of the great degree of tolerance of both.

Paradoxically, despite her odious attitude to men, or to their animal needs, Květa was perceived as a sex symbol of her time and considered one of the most beautiful Czech actresses – The Czech Elizabeth Taylor. Thanks to her fierceness she was destined for the roles of computed women who have become her acting staple for a long time.

Her life role of this type is undoubtedly the character of the barbie singer Tornado Lou in the Brdeckov and Lipský parody on the Wild West Limonade Joe (1964). Because she could not sing, singer Yvette Simon was singing for her . She also recalled similar roles in the Fantom Morisvill (1966) film, the W4C Extermination Comedy through Mr. Foustka's (1967), or in the Detective from the Hands of the City of Prague's Dragon Fair (1970).

The strangers were not her nobles, the princess played both in Closely Watched Trains (1961) and Grandma (1971). Another decent career was provided by television. She appeared, for example, in the series The Thieves of the City of Prague (1968), The Thirty Cases of Major Zeman (1974) and for the record her famous performance of ABC Charlie's Aunt Theater.

Her career went without major falls, and with her aging she changed her acting style from sexy women to mature, elegant ladies, mothers and grandmothers. Such was Countess Thun in the parody Adela Did Not Sleep (1977), Bob's mother in Summer With The Cowboy (1976), Mommy Samkova in Half a House Without a Groom (1980) or grandmother in a comedy of the century I Enjoy the World With You (1983).

FIALOVA, Květa (Kvetoslava Fialová)
Born: 9/1/1929, Vel'ké Dravce, Lučenec, Czechoslovakia
Died: 9/26/2017, Prague, Czech Republic

Květa Fialova’s westerns – actress:
Lemonade Joe – 1964 (Tornado Lou, ‘The Arizona Warbler’)
Be Quiet Horse (TV) – 1992 (old woman)