Tuesday, November 28, 2017

RIP Anthony Harvey

Anthony Harvey, Film Director And Editor, Dies At 87

27 East
November 28, 2017

Anthony Harvey, Film Director And Editor, Dies At 87

Anthony Harvey, an acclaimed film director and editor, died at his Water Mill home on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23.

Born on June 3, 1930, in London, he was 87 years old. He took his last name from his stepfather, actor Morris Harvey.

Mr. Harvey’s best known turn in the director’s chair was “The Lion in Winter,” a 1968 historical drama based on a play by James Goldman starring Peter O’Toole as King Henry II and Katharine Hepburn as Queen Eleanor. The film gleaned seven Academy Award nominations, including a Best Director nod for Mr. Harvey. Ms. Hepburn tied with Barbra Streisand for Best Actress, and Mr. Harvey accepted the Oscar on her behalf in her absence.

He worked with Mr. Goldman again on “They Might Be Giants,” a 1971 film starring George C. Scott as a man in a psychiatric hospital who is convinced he is Sherlock Holmes.

He directed Ms. Hepburn again in “The Glass Menagerie,” a 1973 television adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play. The film was well received, and the Directors Guild of America nominated Mr. Harvey for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.

Prior to his 1966 directorial debut, “Dutchman,” Mr. Harvey was better known as a film editor. His first feature film as editor was 1956’s “Private’s Progress.” He worked with Stanley Kubrick on “Dr. Strangelove.”

Among his local work was directing readings of the plays “Dorothy Parker Gets The Last Word” and “Julia Wars” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

He leaves behind no family.

Final arrangements are in the care of Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton.

HARVEY, Anthony (Anthony Harrison)
Born: 6/3/1930, London, England, U.K.
Died: 11/23/2017, Water Mill, New York U.S.A.

Anthony Harvey’s western – director:
Eagle’s Wing - 1979

RIP Christian Heermann

Christian Heermann has died

Karl May & Co.

Distinguished Kar May researcher and author, among others of "The man who was Old Shatterhand"

The respected Karl May researcher Christian Heermann (born September, 11, 1936 in Chemnitz) died on November 27, 2017. Heermann was u.a. From 1993 to 2013 Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board Karl May House Hohenstein Ernstthal and for many years Chairman of the Karl May Circle of Friends Leipzig. Even in GDR times, he published the Karl May biography "The Man Who was Old Shatterhand", updated in 2002 under the title " Winnetous Blutsbruder" (Karl-May-Verlag). A settlement with the GDR authorities appeared in 1995 under the title "Old Shatterhand Rode Not on Behalf of the Working Class".

In KARL MAY & Co. Nr. 95, an interview with Heermann by Jenny Florstedt was published under the title "Karl May was and is a constant companion". "The May phenomenon survives through its work - despite all the weaknesses - with the big dreams. The fulfillment of these dreams despite an extremely bad starting position showed readers again and again that disadvantages of life can be compensated," said Heermann.

HEERMANN, Christian
Born: 9/11/1936, Chemnitz, Saxony, Germany
Died: 11/27/2017, Germany

Christian Heermann’s westerns – author:
The Man Who was Old Shatterhand - 1988
Winnetous Blutsbruder - 2002

RIP Ignazio Colnaghi

Italian actor, writer and voice dubber Ignazio Colnaghi died in Milan, Italy on November 25th. He was 83. Colnaghi was born on June 16, 1924, Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Known by the stage name of Ignatius Colnigee he began his career at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan with Dario Fo and Franco Parenti, then followed them into variety shows on radio, but he preferred to devote himself early into voice dubbing. He began covering sporting events on ‘Incom Week’, which aired in cinemas before the screening of films, but is best remembered for having lent his voice to Calimero, the black chick protagonist of the lucky carousels for Mira Lanza since 1963. He has also gave his voice to another television personality, the caterpillar John Little the friend of Rat Gigio, the puppet created in 1961 by Maria Perego. As a voice dubber for film actors he lent his voice to well-known French actors such as Fernandel in his early films and Pierre Brasseur. As a film actor himself he appeared in six films for children of somewhat moderate interest, mostly for Angio Zane. On television, in addition to participating in several original dramas, he appeared in two dramas between 1963 and 1975, ‘Il mulino del Po’, directed by Sandro Bolchi and ‘Marco Visconti’ by Anton Giulio Majano.

Colnigee co-wrote with Angio Zane the screenplay of the 1964 Euro-western “Okay, Sheriff” which starred Frank Senis.

Born: 6/16/1924, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died: 11/25/2017, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Ignazio Colnaghi’s western – writer:
Okay, Sheriff - 1964

Monday, November 27, 2017

RIP Julio Oscar Mechoso

Julio Oscar Machoso, character actor who appeared in ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Miami Vice’, dead at 62

NY Daily News
Peter Sblendorio
November 27, 2017

Julio Oscar Mechoso, a character actor who took on dozens of dramatic and comedic roles during a lengthy career, has died from a heart attack.

He was 62.

Mechoso died Saturday, according to the Miami Herald, which was first to report the news.
The actor, who was born in Miami, notably appeared in popular series such as "Seinfeld" and "Miami Vice" after initially breaking in as an actor during his mid-20s. More recently, he earned gigs on "The Big Bang Theory," "Madam Secretary" and "Grey's Anatomy."

He also leaves a lasting impression on the film industry, as he played Zorro's guardian in "The Legend of Zorro" (2005) and appeared in "Jurassic Park III" (2001) and "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006).

Fellow actor and longtime friend Andy Garcia penned an emotional and powerful tribute to Mechoso shortly after his death.

"How can one express the extreme loss of someone so close to you, the extreme emptiness that one feels now and forever," he began in a letter shared by the Miami Herald.

"A sudden loss is always unjust, but in the case of Julio Oscar Mechoso, my friend, my soul mate it is greater than that, as I have lost the truest of friends. Julio is a unique and extraordinary artist. I say is, because his artistry will carry on and will be present in all that will witness it," he continued. "That will never die."

Mechoso's latest projects included a recurring role in the 2014 crime series "Matador," as well as a guest spot on "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series."

MECHOSO, Julio Oscar
Born: 5/31/1955, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Died: 11/25/2017, Miami, Florida, U.S.A

Julio Oscar Mechoso’s westerns – actor:
All the Pretty Horses – 2000 (Captain Raul)
The Legend of Zorro – 2005 (Frey Felipe)

Sunday, November 26, 2017

RIP Carol Neblett

Death of a sought-after American soprano, 71

Slipped Disc
By Norman Lebrecht
November 26, 2017

The international soprano Carol Neblett died on Thanksgiving Day.

After her City Opera debut at 23 as Musetta in La Bohème, she was a company stalwart for ten years before the Met came knocking. Carol went on to sing at all major houses, forming a notable partnership on stage and on record with Placido Domingo.

Claudio Abbado chose her for his recording of Mahler’s second symphony. Her signature role was Minnie in Puccini’s Fanciulla del West.

Born in Modesto, California, and graduating from UCLA, she returned later in life to the golden west to be artist in residence and voice teacher at California’s Chapman University.

She was married first to Kenneth Schermerhorn, music director of the Milwaukee Symphony, and secondly to a cardiologist, Phillip Akre. She had three children.

Early on, she shocked America by playing Thais in the buff, accusing agile photographers of snapping pubic hair that she kept hidden from the audience. The New York Times splashed its feature with the headline ‘What do you Say to a Naked Prima Donna?’. It’s a finely calibrated piece of writing by Steve Rubin, who was never lost for questions, and a good insight into the rise of an all-American artist. And the headline was not unwarranted: she did a topless shoot in the bath for Paul Slade and would flourish pictures of her tempestuous Thais.

Those were the 70s, a more innocent era.

Born: 2/1/1946, Modesto, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/23/2017, U.S.A.

Carol Neblett’s western – singer, actress:
La Fanciulla del West (TV) - 1977

Saturday, November 25, 2017

RIP Rance Howard

Rance Howard, Ron Howard’s Father, Dies at 89


Actor Rance Howard, father of director Ron Howard and Clint Howard, died on Saturday. He was 89.

Ron Howard announced his father’s passing on Twitter.

“Clint & I have been blessed to be Rance Howard’s sons,” he wrote. “Today he passed at 89. He stood especially tall [for] his ability to balance ambition [with] great personal integrity. A depression-era farm boy, his passion for acting changed the course of our family history. We love & miss U Dad.”

Howard appeared in several of Ron Howard’s movies, including “Apollo 13,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Splash,” “Cocoon,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Parenthood” and Howard’s directorial debut, “Grand Theft Auto.”

He is also grandfather to actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard.

Born in Oklahoma, Howard’s acting career spanned several decades. His film credits include “Chinatown” and Alexander Payne’s 2013 drama “Nebraska.” On the small screen, he appeared in several TV shows like “Seinfeld,” “Murder, She Wrote” and Ron Howard’s “Happy Days.”

HOWARD, Rance (Harold Rance Beckenholdt)
Born: 11/17/1928, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died:  11/25/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Rance Howard’s westerns – actor:
Frontier Woman – 1956 (Prewitt)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959 (Fletcher)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1959 (Deputy Shaker)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1960, 1961 (Gideon, Mace)
An Eye for an Eye – 1966 (Harry)
The Virginian (TV) – 1966 (Luka)
The Monroes (TV) – 1967 (Al)
Old Paint - 1969 (cowboy)
The Wild Country - 1970 (Cleve)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1970, 1974 (Judge Alan Franklin, Frank Benton)
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1970 (Goff)
Bonanza (TV) – 1971, 1972 (Sam, Bogardus)
Bloody Trail – 1972 (Jake)
Nichols (TV) – 1972 (Deputy)
The Red Pony – 1973 (Sheriff Bill Smith)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (Sheriff Byrd)
Huckleberry Finn (TV) - 1975 (Pap Finn)
The New Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV) - 1976
Another Man, Another Chance – 1977 (wagon master)
The Legend of Frank Woods – 1977 (Howard Blacker)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1977 (Simpson)
Far and Away – 1992 (Tomlin)
The Cowboy Way - 1994 (old gentleman)
Savate – 1995 (farmer)
Legend of the Phantom Rider – 2002 (Doc Fisher)
Ghost Rock - 2003 (Cash)
The Long Ride Home – 2003 (old man)
The Missing – 2003 (telegraph operator)
The Alamo – 2004 (Governor Smith)
Miracle at Sage Creek – 2005 (Docotr Babcock)
Ghost Town: The Movie – 2007 (Sheriff Tom Parker)
Shadowheart – 2009 (wedding preacher)
Jonah Hex – 2010 (telegrapher)
Redemption: For Robbing the Dead – 2011 (doctor)
The Lone Ranger – 2013 (engineer)
Rifle - 2018
Timberwolf - 2018 (Byron Meddles)

RIP Bunny Stivers

Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2017

Bunny Stivers, writer and co-producer of the Peoples Choice Awards, Circus of the Stars and other successful television shows, has died peacefully at her home at the age of 93. Bunny was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1945. After the death of her first husband, World War II pilot Bernard Hendel, she moved with her two young sons to New York City in 1957. She landed a job writing fashion copy for the game show The Big Payoff, and later worked for Dick Clark on his Saturday night rock and roll show. During that time she met her soon-to-be husband, Bob Stivers, and they collaborated on several shows including 100 Grand, the Baby Game and Showcase '68. In 1969, they moved to Los Angeles and produced The Movie Game, a game show featuring Daily Variety gossip columnist Army Archerd. With Bob as Executive Producer and Bunny as writer and partner, they hit the big time in 1975 with the annual People's Choice Awards. They sold the show in 1982 but it remains on the air to this day. People's Choice was followed by The Circus of the Stars, an annual special that featured movie and television stars performing circus and acrobatic acts that ran for nineteen seasons. Bob passed away in 1988, and Bunny continued working on Circus of the Stars for several more years. After retiring, she became active in the American Film Institute Association serving as its president from 1997-1999 and was a member of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts and a lifelong member of the Writers Guild. Bunny and Bob enjoyed a cosmopolitan life style, becoming personal friends with Hollywood personalities such as Wolfgang Puck and Vincent Price, and travelling frequently to international destinations. But Bunny never lost her small-town charm and straightforwardness. She was consistently generous and inspirational to co-workers, family and friends, and in spite of a decades long career in the rough and tumble world of show business, didn't have an enemy in the world. She loved Broadway musicals and opera and in her later years built much of her life around music including over a dozen trips to Europe, New York and elsewhere for performances of the Ring and other operas. Although she kept it under wraps, she had a beautiful and sultry alto voice and hearing her sing along with the radio was a rare treat for her friends and family. All will remember her caring personality, her glamorous beauty, her exquisite taste and the graceful good humor she exuded throughout her life. Bunny is survived by her sister, Rita Lowenthal, her sons, Larry Hendel and Tom Stock-Hendel, their wives, Lucy and Vivian, grandchildren Rachael, Matthew, Jennifer and Kristin, and great-grandchildren, Brian, Bobby, Michael, Catherine, Jason, Brooke and Benjamin. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent Guide Dogs of America, Sylmar, CA. A memorial service will be held at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary, 1218 Glendon Avenue, Los Angeles, on December 16 at 2:30 PM.

STIVERS, Bunny (Barbara J. Stivers)
Born: 1924, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 11/?/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Bunny Stivers’ western – writer:
The Wildest West Show of the Stars (TV) - 1986