Thursday, June 28, 2018

RIP Harlan Ellison

Writer Harlan Ellison Dead at 84

By Jordan Crucchiola

The award-winning fantasy and science-fiction writer Harlan Ellison died today at the age of 84. His wife, Susan, confirmed the news. Ellison edited the influential anthology Dangerous Visions in 1967, and over the course of his storied career had won multiple Nebula, Hugo, Edward, Writers Guild of America, and Edgar Allen Poe Awards — to name just some of his honors. His biography, A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, an Exploration, was published last year.

ELLISON, Harlan (Harlan Jay Ellison)
Born: 5/27/1934, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 6/28/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Harlan Ellison’s western – writer:
Cimarron Strip (TV) - 1968

RIP Stanley Anderson

Stanley Anderson, 'Spider-Man' and 'Seinfeld' Actor, Dies at 78

The Hollywood Reporter
By: Ryan Parker
June 28, 2018

Stanley Anderson, the stage, film and TV actor known for playing the president in a number of movies, has died, according to a statement from his family. He was 78.

Anderson died Sunday, six weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Anderson had numerous credits to his name, including playing General Slocum in Spider-Man (2002), and he played the president in The Rock (1996) and Armageddon (1998). He also played the judge in the finale of Seinfeld and Drew Carey's dad on The Drew Carey Show.

Anderson's career began with the Seattle Repertory Theatre, continued with the Actor's Theatre of Louisville and more than 20 years at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. His role in Arena Stage's The Piggy Bank earned a Helen Hayes Award for best supporting actor.

Anderson was a long-time member of three labor unions for actors, his family said. He also did voiceover work in ads for Democratic candidates and issues across the country. "He was most proud, ultimately, of the part he played in politics," his family said.

ANDERSON, Stanley (Stanley Albin Anderson)
Born: 10/23/1939, Billings, Montana, U.S.A.
Died: 6/24/2018, U.S.A.

Stanley Anderson’s western – actor:
Son of the Morning Star – 1991 (Ulysses S. Grant)

Monday, June 25, 2018

RIP Deanna Lund

Deanna Lund Actress on ‘Land of the Giants’, dies at 81

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

Earlier, she appeared in films ‘Johnny Tiger’ and ‘Tony Rome’ and as ‘The Riddler’s moll on ‘Batman’.

Deanna Lund, who played one of the seven castaways trying to survive in a world of large, unfriendly people on the 1960s ABC series Land of the Giants, has died. She was 81.

Lund died Friday at her home in Century City of pancreatic cancer, her daughter, actress and novelist Michele Matheson, told The Hollywood Reporter. She was diagnosed in September.

Lund starred as Valerie Scott, a selfish party girl, on the Irwin Allen-created series, which aired for two seasons, from September 1968 until March 1970.

Set in the year 1983, 20th Century Fox's Land of the Giants revolved around the crew and passengers of the spaceship Spindrift, which on the way to London crashed on a planet whose humanoid inhabitants were hostile and unbelievably huge. The show was extremely expensive to make, costing a reported $250,000 an episode.

The sexy Lund had appeared as a redheaded lesbian stripper opposite Frank Sinatra in Tony Rome (1967) and as Anna Gram, a moll working for The Riddler (John Astin), on ABC's Batman, leading to her being cast on the s

The "little people" did many of their own stunts, and Lund hung from ropes over flames and was carried off by an ape, dropped into specimen jars, taped to tables and used as a pawn on a giant chessboard.

In 1970, the actress married the late Don Matheson, who portrayed tycoon Mark Wilson on Land of the Giants, shortly after the series was canceled. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1980, but her daughter told THR in 2014 that they remained the best of friends.

"They talked several times a day, laughed and drove each other nuts and lived across the street from one another or within a couple blocks for the last 35 years," said Michele, who played Angela Shostakovich on the 1985-90 ABC sitcom Mr. Belvedere.

Born on May 30, 1937, in Oak Park, Illinois, Lund was raised in Daytona Beach, Florida. Her father, Arnold, ran a beach motel, The Surf and Sand, where the family lived. Lund studied acting at Rollins College in Winter Park, and, after a brief marriage to a rodeo rider, worked as a weather girl on a TV station in Miami.

A single mother with two young children, Lund came to Hollywood, then appeared as a beautiful robot in Norman Taurog's Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), starring Vincent Price, Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman.

In 1966, she could be seen in The Oscar as "Bikini Girl"; in the Elvis Presley films Paradise, Hawaiian Style and Spinout as a nurse and a "redheaded beauty," respectively; and in Johnny Tiger, playing Chad Everett's slutty girlfriend.

While waiting for Land of the Giants to begin shooting, Roman Polanski offered her the part of Rosemary's (Mia Farrow) friend Terry in Rosemary's Baby (1968).

"Even though Roman promised he'd finish with me in time for Giants, Irwin didn't trust him and said no. My first obligation was with Irwin, so I couldn't do it," Lund said in Tom Lisanti's 2001 book, Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema. "I really didn't fight for it. I wimped out. Roman somehow got my home phone number and just read me the riot act. It was stupid on my part for passing on it. I should have fought harder." (Victoria Vetri got the job.)

"Land of the Giants was not an actors' show," she continued. "We were always upstaged by the special effects. At the time I was embarrassed because it wasn't Chekhov, it was Land of the Giants! I thought then, 'My God, is this what I studied acting for?'"

She changed her mind a bit after coming across the series in reruns.

Later, Lund worked on programs like Love, American Style; The Waltons; The Incredible Hulk and General Hospital; and in the films Hustle (1975) opposite Burt Reynolds; Hardly Working (1981), written, directed and starring Jerry Lewis; and Transylvania Twist (1989). She taught acting as well.
Lund also wrote a 1992 novella, Valerie in Giantland, based on Land of the Giants but set 10 years later.

In addition to Michele, survivors include daughter Kimberly; son Randy; grandchildren Phyllis, Elizabeth, Shawn, Tyler, Ryan, Jack and Jolene; and great-grandchildren Ellie, Charlotte and Quinn. A celebration of her life will take place in July.

LUND, Deanna (Deanna P. Lund)
Born: 5/30/1937, Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 6/22/2018, Century City, California, U.S.A.

Deanna Lund’s westerns – actress:
The Loner (TV) – 1966 (Susan Dichter)
The Road West (TV) – 1966
Laredo (TV) – 1966 (Cherry)

RIP Bill Lignante

Chronicle Chamber
May 17, 2018

Here at ChronicleChamber we are more than a little ashamed it has taken us this long to pay our respects to a wonderful artist in Bill Lignante who has left a HUGE imprint and legacy on the character we all love.

Mega-phan and personal phriend of Lignante, William Higgins, has confirmed that Bill Lignante passed away on the 27th February 2018, about three weeks before his 92nd birthday.

While his Sunday reign was short lived most phans would be aware of his work, if only because of the infamous 1962 Sunday story: Queen Samaris XII. Bill sensationally drew the ears and eyes on his Phantom in the story, which remains the only time The Phantom's eyes in particular have been depicted in the newspaper strip.
Undfortunately some nasty untruthful rumours started in Australia surrounding the story, namely that Bill was actually sacked from the newspaper strip by Lee Falk and King Features as a result 

The rumour was first published in a Mallon Diary and has been quoted several times, including in Frew comics.

It is worth noting that if King Features had an issue with the eyes and ears they could have done what Frew did and edited the panels, as they had their own artist and editorial team on staff back in the 1960's .
In our Sy Barry interview Sy helped further clear up the mess by stating that he never took the job off Bill but from Wilson McCoy, and as he was doing assistant work for Flash Gordon at the time, Bill came to the rescue as a temporary replacement.

In a Friends of the Phantom interview (Winter 1998) Bill Lignante explained it to readers personally, via interviewer Ed Rhoades.

Apart from his brief tenor as a Phantom newspaper artist, Lignante also drew more than 45 Phantom comic book stories, authoring several of them, including the Girl Phantom which we recently saw in the 2017 Frew Annual. He also created three covers for Charlton.
In the Winter 1998 Friends of the Phantom interview Bill expressed that the greatest highlight of his time creating Phantom stories was doing the Girl Phantom and was " excellent character and should be continued..".

Outside comics, Bill's greatest legacy would probably be his courtroom art for ABC for many famous cases including Sirhan Sirhan, Charles Manson, Rodney King and many more. He covered more than 50 major trials in a 26 year period. On top of that he created six Palm restaurants and an Adelphi Inn which featured some original Wilson McCoy art on a wall.
You can read Bill Lignante's full Phantom bio here.

From everyone from team ChronicleChamber and every Phantom phan, we thank you Bill Lignante for your huge impact and work you have put into the hero we adored over the many years. Our thoughts are with his widow and family left behind.

LIGNANTE, Bill (William Lgnante)
Born: 3/20/1925, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/27/12018, Carlsbad, California, U.S.A.

Bill Lignante’s western – layout artist:
Butch Cassidy - 1973

Friday, June 22, 2018

RIP Maria Rohm

RIP Maria Rohm

By Ivan Zingariello
June 22, 2018

Austrian actress Maria Rohm has died, a muse of Jesus Franco and interpreter of many of his cult movies, from 99 Women to Justine, from Paroxismus to Il conte Dracula.

Another heroine of the cinema has been silenced, Maria Rohm. The muse of Jesus Franco and widow of his producer Harry Alan Towers, died in Toronto on Monday 18 June at the age of 72, as announced on his Facebook profile by his friend actress Hunter Phoenix: "Dear friends, it is with great sadness that I share the news that our dear friend Maria Towers / born Maria Rohm has disappeared. I'm sure you all have many questions and I'm happy to answer you in due time, but I ask you to respect the privacy of those closest to you in this difficult moment. We will miss him not only for his work, but above all for his kindness and compassion ".

Maria Rohm (Helga Grohmann) was born in Vienna in 1945 (but some sources report 1943) and since she was a child she stages the stages, in classics taken from Shakespeare, Tolstoy and working with great actors. At 18, the beautiful and blonde aristocratic Maria gives an audition for producer Harry Alan Towers, who loses his head over her and, after having married her in 1964, launched her in international films directed by Jeremy Summers, The 5 dragons d'oro (1967) and Le faire vergini (1968) with Vincent Price. Almost all of the films interpreted by Rohm will be produced by her husband (often also as a screenwriter), including The Blood of Fu Manchu which in 1968 marks the beginning of the association with the Spanish b-movie master Jesus Franco, where she will become a muse like the ill-fated Soledad Miranda.

With Franco, Maria Rohm shoots her most famous films, nine in just five years. In most of them there is a high rate of eroticism, frequent lesbian scenes, perversions, sadism and, often, even hard core insertions, as the tradition of the Spanish director. After the aforementioned Fu Manchu with Christopher Lee and the adventurous Sumuru queen of femina, the first W.I.P. Francoist 99 women, in which she is a victim of prison violence with Maria Schell, Luciana Paluzzi and the sensual Rosalba Neri. Following the "de sadiano" Justine or the misadventures of virtue, in which is Juliette, sister of the very young Justine / Romina Power, with Klaus Kinski in the role of the famous and perverse Marquis.

It is then she turn out the Francoist masterpiece, Paroxismus - Can a dead relive for love ?, where the ghost of a murdered girl persecutes the protagonist, seeking justice towards those who killed her. We then move on to the costume movie with The throne of fire, which sees Rohm intent on revenging her sister Margaret Lee, burnt as a witch by the inquisitor Christopher Lee, who in the next film, De Sade 70, will instead lead a sect of sadists to whom Rohm will try to procure girls. The most famous of those films directed by Jesus Franco and produced by Towers is, however, The Count Dracula, which brings the stainless Christopher Lee to dress the clothes that made him famous at the time of Hammer, flanked by the inevitable Kinski / Renfield, while Rohm is the beautiful Mina. The partnership with Franco ended in 1972 with the unknowable Sex Charade, with the maniac Paul Muller who keeps the unfortunate Soledad Miranda in captivity (who prematurely died in an accident two years later).

For Maria Rohm she did little else in the post Franco: in 1970 she shoots Dorian Gray by Massimo Dallamano, The God called Dorian, in which she is impaled by Helmut Berger, while two years later she is in the cast of troubled Treasure Island with Orson Welles and de The Call of the Wild with Charlton Heston. The last important role is instead that of the maid Elsa Martino, second "little Indian" to die in ... and then, there remained none (1974) by Peter Collinson. The last film by Rohm is instead the erotic post Emmanuelle set in Hong Kong The end of innocence, still directed by Dallamano, after which the actress decides to retire from the scene ending her career with a scarce thirty titles.

Maria Rohm then joined her husband Harry Alan Towers to become independent film producers, including the adventurous Black Arrow (1985) with Oliver Reed and Donald Pleasence, and the horror Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on the edge of madness (1989) with Anthony Perkins and Dorian (2004) with Malcolm McDowell, until the summer of 2009, when she was widowed after 45 years of marriage.

ROHM, Maria (Helga Grohmann)
Born: 8/13/1945, Vienna, Austria
Died: 6/18/2018, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Maria Rohm’s western – actress:
The Call of the Wild – 1972 (Mercedes)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

RIP William Beaudine Jr.

Remembering William Beaudine, Jr.

Directors Guild of America
February 14, 2018

Former DGA Secretary-Treasurer and 1983 Frank Capra Achievement Award recipient William Beaudine, Jr. recently passed away.
The son of director William Beaudine, Bill Jr. got his start in small roles in some of his father’s films before becoming a 2nd AD on Beaudine Senior’s Philo Vance Returns in 1947, joining the DGA that same year. He worked as an AD throughout much of the 1950s on films such as Frank McDonald’s Yukon Gold and Don Siegel’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers before becoming a UPM for the series Lassie. Some of his other credits include Tom Laughlin’s feature The Trial of Billy Jack, Steven Hilliard Stern’s movie-for-television Miracle on Ice; and episodes of the television series Quantum Leap. He also received Emmy nominations for producing Paul Bogart’s mini-series Dress Gray and Glenn Jordan’s mini-series Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder.

An active Guild member during his career, Beaudine served as a member of the National Board from 1960-1985 and was elected as the DGA Secretary-Treasurer from 1979-1981. He also served on the Western AD/UPM Council from 1967-1982 and 1991-1996; and was a longtime Trustee of the Directors Guild Foundation. In recognition of his service to the industry and to the DGA, in 1983 Beaudine was presented with the Frank Capra Achievement Award.

BEAUDINE Jr., William
Born: 4/28/1921, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/?/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

William Beaudine Jr’s, westerns – production manager, assistant director:
Sierra Passage – 1950 [assistant director]
The Titled Tenderfoot – 1950 [assistant director]
Yukon Manhunt – 1951 [assistant director]
Adventures of Wild Will Hickok (TV) – 1951-1952 [assistant director]
Behind Southern Lines – 1952 [assistant director]
The Ghost of Crossbone Canyon – 1952 [assistant director]
Yukon Gold – 1952 [assistant director]
Border City Rustlers – 1953 [assistant director]
Born to the Saddle – 1953 [assistant director]
Secret of Outlaw Flats – 1953 [assistant director]
Six Gun Decision – 1953 [assistant director]
Son of Belle Starr – 1953 [assistant director]
Two Gun Marshal – 1953 [assistant director]
Yukon Vengeance – 1954 [assistant director]
Canyon Crossroads – 1955 [assistant director]
Phantom Trails – 1955 [assistant director]
Westward Ho, the Wagons – 1956 [assistant director]
The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty (TV) – 1956 [assistant director]
Casey Jones (TV) – 1957 [assistant director]
Escort West – 1959 [assistant director]
Fury (TV) – 1959-1960 [production manager]

Friday, June 15, 2018

RIP Pab Schwendimann

RIP Pab Schwendimann

Santa Fe New Mexican
June 15, 2018

Paul (Pab) Frederick Schwendimann peacefully passed away on March 13, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Paul was born on October 4, 1968 in Dallas, Texas to Frederick W. Schwendimann and Carol Reichelt Schwendimann. The famiy moved to Santa Fe in 1980 and Paul attended Acequia Madre Elementary, Capshaw Middle School and Santa Fe High School. Following graduation in 1986, Paul spent a year in Australia as an exchange sttudent. He then entered Rice University. Paul was a creative and multi-talented individual. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and had parts in movies and television. Following in the footsteps of his maternal grandfather and paternal great grandfather, Paul was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Paul is survived by his father Fred Schwendimann and his wife Phillipa of Albuquerque, his mother Carol Schwendimann of Santa Fe, and sister Amy Roe, her husband, Josh and their daughter, Maya of Sonora, California. Paul will be remembered by the family in a private gathering in June.

SCHWENDIMANN, Pab (Paul Schwendimann)
Born: 10/4/1968, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 3/13/2018, Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Pab Schwendimann’s western – actor:
Longmire (TV) – 2014 (Bryant)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

RIP Béla Paudits

Béla Paudits has died

Euro News
June 13, 2018

Bela Paudits, 68, was transported to the hospital last Friday after having a stroke in his home. His caretaker informed the Story magazine of his death.

Béla Paudits was born on 19 August 1949 in Budapest. Between 1968 and 1972 he studied at the College of Theater and Film, and in 1986 he completed the College of Catering.

From 1972 to 1974, Attila József Theater, from 1974 to 1983, member of the Madách Theater; Between 1983 and 1985, and since 1997 he was freelancer. Between 1993 and 1997 he lived in Toronto. In 1993 he was awarded the Mari Jászai Prize.

He has seen audiences in several TV shows, major stage performances: Osrick (Shakespeare: Hamlet); Antal Fusz (Molnár: One, Two, Three); Charley (Thomas: Charley's sister); Barber Assistant (Molnár: Harmony); Charles (Hubay-Vas-Ránki: Three nights of love); Moncrief Algernon (Wilde: Bunbury); Giliszta Jack (Brecht-Weill: Awakening and Fall of the Mahagonny); Borracchio (Shakespeare: A lot of cool for nothing); Mr. Oxenby (Harwood: The Dressup); Quaxo (Rice-Webber: Cats); Puppet (Sobol: Ghetto); József (Rice-Lloyd Webber: József and the color widescreen sleeping coat); Conferences (Kander: Kabaré).

Born: 8/19/1949, Budapest, Hungary
Died: 6/13/2018, Budapest, Hungary

Béla Paudits’s western – actor:
Hol colt, hol nem colt (TV) – 1980 (cowboy)

RIP Stanislav Govorukhin

Film Director, Politician Stanislav Govorukhin Dead at 82

The Moscow Times
June 14, 2018

Stanislav Govorukhin, an actor, celebrated film director, screenwriter and political figure, died on Thursday after a long illness, as reported in Russian media. He was 82 years old. At the time of his death he was a deputy in the State Duma from the United Russia Party.

Born in the Urals, he began work in television in Kazan, but then moved to Moscow to study filmmaking. He was one of the most popular directors of films for movie theaters and television in the late Soviet period, most renowned for the television series starring Vladimir Vysotsky, “The Meeting Place Can’t Be Changed (1979) and “Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” (1981).

His 1990 documentary, “We Can’t Live Like This,” drew audiences of millions across the country and became the most famous symbol of glasnost. Two years later his films “Alexander Solzhenitsyn” and “The Russia That We Lost” continued to criticize the Soviet period and gave a positive if romanticized view of pre-Revolutionary Russia.

Although Govorukhin continued to write scripts, direct and produce films for the big and small screen, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union he became active as a politician. In 2000 he ran for President (getting less than 1 percent of the vote), and was a deputy in the State Duma since 1993.

In the early thoughts his political views appeared to change, and in 2005 he joined the United Russia Party. In 2011 Govorukhin was chosen to be head of Vladimir Putin’s campaign in the 2012 elections. Govorukhin received dozens of awards over his career, including several Nika awards, the highest cinema prize in Russia.

He held the title of People’s Artist of the Russian Federation.

GOVORUKHIN, Stanislav (Stanislav Sergeevich Govorukhin)
Born: 3/29/1936, Berezniki, Russia, U.S.S.R.
Died: 6/14/2018, Bravikha, Moscow, Russia

Stanislav Govorukhin’s westerns – director, writer:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn  (TV) – 1981 [director, screenwriter]
Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer – 2001 [director]

RIP Georgann Johnson

RIP Georgann Johnson

Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2018

Georgann Johnson Prager Tenner
August 15, 1926 - June 4, 2018 An actress whose professional career lasted 65 years and spanned Broadway, live television, Oscar-winning films, soap operas, and more, has died at 91. Ms. Tenner, whose professional name was Georgann Johnson, was born August 15th, 1926 in Decorah, Iowa to George and Helene Johnson. She graduated from Decorah High School, received her BA from Luther College, and a Master's Degree in Oratory from Northwestern University. After at stint at Alvina Krause's theater in Bloomsburg, she moved to New York City in 1950. Georgann liked to say that the only non-acting job she ever held was the two weeks she spent selling gloves at Lord & Taylor's. Throughout the 1950's she worked in the new medium of television, appearing on episodes of the Goodyear Playhouse, Kraft Theatre, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and many others. She appeared with actors such as James Dean in "Life Sentence", and as Paul Newman's wife in the original television production of "Bang the Drum Slowly". She also starred as Tony Randall's wife in the television show "Mr. Peepers" and in the movie "Shortcut to Hell" directed by James Cagney. In 1954, she was on Broadway in "Reclining Figure" directed by Abe Burrows. It was in a revival of "Room Service" that she met the actor Stanley Prager. They married in 1956 while Prager was starring as Prez in the original production of "The Pajama Game". It was the McCarthy era and Prager had already been called to testify in front of HUAC. They went to Rhode Island to marry in hopes that it would not make the papers. Prez was one of his last roles and, after decades as an actor, Prager switched to directing. "Of course it was in the papers," Georgann would say but the couple survived the blacklist and both continued to work in show business. In the 1960's, Georgann was on Broadway, starring opposite Henry Fonda in "Critic's Choice" directed by Otto Preminger. On television she appeared in episodes of "Dr. Kildare", "The Doctors", and "The Fugitive", among others. In 1969, she had a role in "Midnight Cowboy" which won the Oscar for Best Picture. In the 1970's it was soap operas, with long running roles on both "Another World/Somerset" as Ellen Grant and "As the World Turns" as Jane Spencer. Throughout the next 35 years, Georgann continued her work, with recurring roles on such television shows as "Our Family Honor", "Wiseguy", "The Trials of Rosie O'Neill", and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman", and in movies directed by, among others, Hal Ashby, Robert Altman, and Martin Ritt. Some years after Stanley's death in 1972, she relocated to Los Angeles and, in 1981, married the Honorable Jack Tenner, a Superior Court Judge and civil rights activist. She said some of her happiest times as an actor were the improvisations she and Jack did to raise funds at the many events they attended. They remained married until his death in 2008. Georgann is survived by her four daughters: Carol Prager, Annie Prager, Sally Seymour (Ralph), and Molly Boyll (David), and three grandchildren, Hannah Seymour, Gabriel Seymour, and Caroline Boyll. She will be greatly missed.

JOHNSON, Georgann
Born: 8/15/1926, Decorah, Iowa, U.S.A.
Died: 6/4/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Georgann Johson’s western – actress:
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV) – 1993-1997 (Elizabeth Quinn)