Monday, April 30, 2018

RIP Kris Harmon

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By Laura Wagner
April 27, 2018

R.I.P., KRISTIN HARMON NELSON (June 25, 1945 – April 26, 2018), actress and painter. She was the daughter of football star Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox and sister of actor Mark Harmon and actress-model Kelly Harmon. From 1963 to 1982, she was married to actor-singer Ricky Nelson; they had four children: actress Tracy Nelson, Sam Nelson, and twin singers Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. Her second husband (1988-2000) was TV producer-writer-director Mark Tinker. Kris had a recurring role on THE ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (1963-66) and ADAM-12 (1975). She and Ricky headlined the film LOVE AND KISSES (1965). News here: “My mother, Kristin Harmon Nelson, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly last night. Love and light are welcome.”

HARMON, Kris (Sharon Kristin Harmon)
Born: 6/25/1945, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/26/2018, California, U.S.A.

Kris Harmon’s westerns – actress:
The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV) - 1969 (Hannah Rose)
The Resurrection of Broncho Billy – 1970 (the girl)

Saturday, April 28, 2018

RIP Michael Anderson

Legendary British film director dies aged 98

A legendary British director has sadly passed away aged 98.

The Daily Star
By Sasha Morris
April 28, 2018

The 98-year-old was best known for his hit 1976 film Logan's Run, which starred Michael York and Farrah Fawcett, and later won a Special Academy Award for special effects.

Michael's glittering career spanned more than six decades, with other notable productions such as The Dam Busters and Around The World in 80 Days.

Before his death, Michael was the oldest living person to receive a Best Director nomination at the Oscars for Around the World in 80 Days.

His career began with acting, as he appeared in In Which We Serve, 1936 and Housemaster, 1938.

Michael then took a break from acting to serve in the British Army's Royal Signal corps for the Second World War.

He went onto direct box office successes such as The Dam Busters and 1984, in 1956.

Michael's success grew as he was called in to direct Around the World in 80 Days, starring Frank Sinatra and Shirley MacLainem and was quickly nominated for Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his work - with the film winning best picture.

Michael went onto win Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of Canada.

The director was married three times — to Betty Jordan, Vera Carlisle, and Adrienne Ellis.

His son Michael Anderson Jr works as an actor and also appeared in Logan's Run and the Martian Chronicles.

Michael's other son David is a film producer, while his step-daughter Laurie Holden has appeared in The X Files and The Walking Dead.

Born: 1/30/1920, London, England, U.K.
Died: 4/25/2018, Canada

Michael Anderson’s western – director:
Rugged Gold (TV) - 1994

Friday, April 27, 2018

RIP Paul Junger Witt

Paul Junger Witt, 'Partridge Family' Producer, Dies at 77

The Hollywood Reporter
By Ryan Parker
April 27, 2018.

Along with an accomplished TV career, he was also a producer on a number of movies, including 'Dead Poets Society,' 'Three Kings' and 'Insomnia.'

Paul Junger Witt, who produced such classic TV shows as The Partridge Family, Soap and Golden Girls has died, his publicist stated. He was 77.

Witt died following a hard fought battle with cancer. Along with his accomplished TV career, Witt was also a producer on a number of movies, including Dead Poets Society, Three Kings and Insomnia.

Beyond his work on the big and small screen, Witt had a passion for the environment which he channeled by being on the California State Park and Recreation Commission for 16 years in the roles of chairman, vice chairman and commissioner. He also served on the board of ecoAmerica, among his involvement with other similar organizations.

Witt was born in New York City March 20, 1941. A 1963 graduate of the University of Virginia, Witt had a seat on the school's council of the arts as well as a membership on the USC School of Cinematic Arts board of councilors.

Witt would meet his future wife, TV writer Susan Harris, in 1973 after he left Columbia Pictures to work with Tony Thomas At Danny Thomas Productions. In 1975, the two men formed Witt/Thomas Productions, then Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions.

Witt and Harris would marry in 1983 and have five children together: Christopher, Anthony, Genevieve, Oliver and Sam.

WITT, Paul Junger
Born: 3/20/1943, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/27/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Paul Junger Witt’s westerns – producer:
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1968-1970
The Gun and the Pulpit (TV) - 1974

RIP Gianfranco Parolini


By Marco Giusti

"Hey buddy ... you know I tell you, Frank Kramer is dead! Frank Kramer seemed to be immortal, that is Gianfranco Parolini, born in Rome in 1925, who left yesterday in his city of Rome. He, that created many heroes for the western cinema, the peplum, the macaroni war movies and the Italian 007. Sartana, Sabata, Indio Black, The frantic Three Supermen. With more and more absurd titles, like Indio Black, you know I tell you, that you are a great son of ....

Not to mention the series of Agent Jo Walker with Tony Kendall and Brad Harris protagonists, well known in Germany as Kommissar X. Or “5 for Hell” with Gianni Garko and Klaus Kinski, beloved by Quentin Tarantino. Master of the genre cinema, and of the cinema made with the great Italian stuntmen, like Aldo Canti called Robustino and, in art, Nick Jordan, perhaps the most phenomenal acrobat we have ever had, Parolini was one of the few Italian directors who in the post-war period that could speak English well.

So after h disebut as a script supervisor for Francesco, Rosselli's “Don Camillo di Duvivier”, he found help on the set of films shot in Rome of great importance, such as “Fontana di Trevi”, which he often remembered, but also of “Cleopatra”.

After having made the bones as Vittorio Cottafavi's help on “The Gladiator Revolt”, he broke right into the peplum, which remained his favorite genre, practically turning “Goliath Against the Giants” alone, but attributed to Guido Malatesta, and then throwing himself into “Samson” and “The Fury of Hercules”, who practically revolved together and which were his first real great successes, followed by the phenomenal “The Ten Gladiators” and “The Invincible Three”.

On these sets he met both Brad Harris, an American soldier who will remain his friend for life, but also Roger Browne, Mimmo Palmara, Sal Borgese, Pietro Torrisi, Vassili Karis and all the great Italian actors and stuntmen of the genre. Even a frustrating and insane Serge Gainsbourg that lit his cigars by burning the dinars in Tito's Yugoslavia.

Unlike the old directors like Guido Malatesta or Primo Zeglio, Parolini had an adventurous cinema that was much bolder and more brash, and in a hurry. Often with two titles at a time, as was done then. And full of action comedy ideas when the genre in Italy did not yet exist.

Parolinate, Sergio Leone bubbled, when Parolini took his place at the PEA of Alberto Grimaldi for the western after “Il buono, il ugro, il cattivo”. Parolini, fresh from the success of “If You Meet Sartana, Pray for Your Death” with Gianni Garko, he introduced himself Lee Van Cleef, dressed in the role of “Sabata” and immediately afterwards he turned the sequel, “Return of Sabata”.

His films were seen all over the world, with frightful proceeds. He remembered Sandro Mancori, his great friend and director of photography: "Grimaldi took Parolini after seeing his Sartana. Gianfranco is a bit 'the reverse of the medal of Sergio Leone. He manages with his intelligence to overthrow the most violent situations. Together with our film, Grimaldi was also producing Fellini's “Satyricon” and Pontimorvo's “Queimada”.

On the set you never saw". Even though the Sabata collections were crazy for the time, Leone never forgave Grimaldi for having replaced him with Parolini and his "parolinate". It was a friction that even arose from the set of the peplums, when Leone turned extremely slowly “The Colossus of Rhodes” while Parolini churned out one after the other. Leone saw a degeneration in the western comic of the Sartanas and Sabatas. But for Parolini that was his style. On the third film, however, Lee Van Cleef left, and his place was taken by Yul Brynner, then not so popular. Indio Black was immediately renamed, and the film became “Adios, Sabata”, you know I tell you: you're a great son of ... but Parolini never took to Yul Brynner.

As he himself said: "We were about to shoot the first shot of the film that was actually the final of the film: he came in with the poncho all dressed in black and had to say: 'Where is the gold?'. Then he enters, opens the door and says the joke with his vocation. I was not at all satisfied with his performance, I let out a joke out loud, countering his joke with a '1930 ...' in English, to emphasize his acting too much set, as an old actor ... mortacci, misses a little that kills me ... it was old for me, already there was the setting of the actor passed ... it was left to the magnificent seven and I did it for all the film is beaten ... m ' he did suffer a lot, but I do not know is' shut up!".

Parolini uses Lee Van Cleef in “God’s Gun”, a late and crazy western film shot for Golan and Globus in the Sinai desert in Israel, in the middle of the war. The troupe was left by the two scoundrel producers "in the desert without a lira and above all without water!" Recalls Parolini, 'There was Lee Van Cleef who told me' I'm leaving !? and I: 'No, you have to do all the first floors first, then you can annà ...' So I went with him over 50 close-ups, then I placed the double and worked everything out! (..) But 'I'm making the film with me and Sybil Danning, another beautiful woman, who as I knew made me understand that if I wanted to do ... and in fact after Tel Aviv happened a mess that no longer ended!

At the time she was Bill Foreman's woman who had 600 theaters in the United States and he too had become my friend. I remember that he arrived on the set cò is the hairpiece that he had done she puts her because she was without hair, but she was a good person, caruccio! ". Mancori considered it a good film, like all those of Parolini. "Justice always triumphs in his films. While Leone is always violent, even when he writes, Gianfranco puts intelligence behind violence. It is never direct ".

In underneath who touches the protagonist is the American and Communist folksinger Dean Reed, who will end up overwhelmed in East Germany in a bizarre story of espionage with a tragic ending. But Parolini had always considered him a good boy. As a good boy, he also believed Aldo Canti, who was executed in a trucid way at Villa Borghese in 1990. He loved difficult characters and crazy actors, such as Klaus Kinski or Serge Gainsbourg.

When Bud & Terence arrived, Parolini, who had largely invented the genre with Sabata, two films very similar to those with the two actors, “Questa volta ti faccio ricco” and “We Are no Angels”, shot with the official double of the two, that is the big Israeli Paul Smith and the thin Michael Coby, that is the italianissino Antonio Cantafora. With the crisis of the genre cinema he tried other ways, like the crazy film “Yeti - The Giant of the Twentieth Century” with special effects not too successful but they were not forgiven even by the most avid fans.

Or the peplum porno Rome, the ancient key of the senses. But Parolini would have shot anything. It was enough that it was cinema. Gelli, the head of P2, turned to him when he thought of producing a film about his life. Parolini went to see him, but slammed into his car before entering his villa.

He got angry and did not do anything, even tried to sue Gelli for the damage of the car. Why did he call Parolini as a director and at the same time actors like Sean Connery remains a beautiful mystery. Every time I saw him he raised a couple of peplums to be filmed in co-production with China. Always imminent. A man of great sympathy, full of verve even as an old man, he went for fun and cheerful as he had always been.

PAROLINI, Gianfranco (aka Frank Kramer)
Born: 2/20/1925, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 4/26/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Gianfranco Parolini’s westerns – director, assistant director, writer, film editor, actor:
River Pirates of the Mississippi – 1963 [assistant director]
The Tall Women – 1966 [director]
Left Handed Johnny West – 1967 [director, writer]
If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death – 1968 [writer, actor]
Sabata – 1969 [director]
Adios, Sabata – 1970 [director, writer, film editor]
Return of Sabata – 1971 [director, writer, film editor]
We Are No Angels – 1975 [director, writer]
God’s Gun – 1976 [director, writer]

RIP Del Carnes

Denver Post
April 28, 2018

Del Carnes, the Former Entertainment Editor of The Denver Post from 1960 to 1970, passed away April 16, 2018 from liver cancer. He was born in Wichita Kansas to Lucille and Merle Carnes. At age 19 he sold his first national freelance article to Official Detective Magazine while working as a reporter on the Wichita Beacon. His story, "I almost forgot I killed her" was the cover story. In 1954 he became the youngest person ever to win the Pell Mell Big Story Award. This was an award for "Distinguished service to his community in the field of journalism". His story was dramatized for National Radio on NBC. He moved to Denver Colorado in 1955 accepting a job on the Denver Post. There he met his future wife Barbara Pitts (a nurse at Denver General Hospital) while working on a story about how emergency rooms operate. They were married a year later, and in 1960 he and Barbara celebrated the birth of their first son Philip. That same year, Del became the entertainment editor of the newspaper. As entertainment editor, his job was to review television, radio, movies, and theater. This took him to Hollywood, New York, Europe, and of course all throughout the Colorado area. He quickly became friends with celebrities such as Ed Sullivan, Rod Serling, and Walter Winchell. As well as interviewing everyone from Liberace, to Bing Crosby. He would proudly display a telegram from Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz congratulating him on the birth of their second son Gary in 1963. In 1964 began writing scripts for television, including a number of scripts for Death Valley Days and Combat. Also appeared as an actor and a writer in several episodes of Death Valley Days. In 1970, Del retired from the Denver Post to begin his life as an entrepreneur, Investing in real estate as well as opening several retail stores across Colorado. Including "Mrs. Mayp's Cake and Food Decorating" which operated in Denver for more than 30 Years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 11 AM at the Northglenn United Church of Christ,10500 Grant Drive Northglenn, CO 80233. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Arvada Animal Urgent Care, 12520 W. 64tth. Arvada, Co. 80004. C/O The Philip and Tripper Carnes Fund.

CARNES, Del (Delvin Ray Carnes)
Born: 1/4/1931, Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 4/16/2018, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, U.S.A.

Del Carnes western – actor, writer:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1965 (Palmer)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1965-1966 [writer]