Friday, November 30, 2018

RIP Wright King

Wright King, Actor in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'The Twilight Zone,' Dies at 95

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

By one estimate, he got to kiss Vivien Leigh 48 times while making the Elia Kazan movie. He later appeared in 'Planet of the Apes' and on 'Wanted: Dead or Alive.'

Wright King, whose character received a kiss from Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire during its original Broadway run, its first national tour and in the classic Marlon Brando-Vivien Leigh film, has died. He was 95.

King died Nov. 25 in the Woodland Hills area, family spokesman Jared Stine told The Hollywood Reporter.

The Oklahoma native also was memorable in a pair of Twilight Zone episodes, playing a newspaper reporter who thinks a man (Dennis Weaver) facing the death penalty may be innocent in 1961's "Shadow Play" and the janitor/business tycoon who buys rights to land that will someday sprout oil in 1963's "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville."

King portrayed the chimp veterinarian Dr. Galen who saves Charlton Heston's life in the original Planet of the Apes (1968) and played Jason Nichols, Steve McQueen's deputy sheriff, on CBS' Wanted: Dead or Alive in 1960.

King had limited acting experience when he auditioned for director Elia Kazan, producer Irene Selznick and actress Uta Hagen (who was starring as Blanche) for the part of the young newspaper collector in the upcoming Chicago production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire.

He was hired and also got to work with Anthony Quinn as Stanley Kowalski (and Jack Palance as Quinn's understudy), then spent all of 1948 with the Streetcar national tour.

When Hagen was asked to take over for Jessica Tandy in the Broadway production that had debuted with Brando playing Stanley in December 1947, the actress brought King along with her.

In Kazan's 1951 movie version, Leigh's Blanche flirts with King's boyish and bashful Evening Star newspaper collector, saying, "You make my mouth water." She kisses him "just once, softly and sweetly" on the lips before telling him to "run away now, quickly … It would be nice to keep you, but I've got to be good — and keep my hands off children."

On a Warner Bros. soundstage in 1950, King spent a whole day kissing Leigh. "Counting rehearsals and actual takes, [King] kissed her 48 times," Sam Stagg wrote in his 2005 book, When Blanche Met Brando.

"She was lovelier than you could imagine, and on the darkened movie set, when the light hit her, she was just gorgeous," King said in a 2008 interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "She seemed to float across the room to me. My God, the technique, the professionalism!"

King was born on Jan. 11, 1923, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He graduated from a high school in Mount Vernon, Illinois, and won a scholarship to the St. Louis School of Theatre before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1943. He was on a ship headed for Japan when World War II was declared over.

King hitchhiked from Mount Vernon to New York City and got a job playing Aladdin for eight months — at $35 a week — in a national theater production that catered to children. Later, he worked for the Yiddish Art Theatre.

After Streetcar closed on Broadway in 1949, he played the newspaper collector in a short run at the City Center in New York. "Two days later, I got a call; [Kazan] wanted me for the film," he said. "I never wanted to be a movie star, but I sure wanted to be in that movie.

"Kazan was wonderful, but he liked to manipulate his actors to get what he wanted. At one point, he got me very disoriented and confused on the set, the camera was rolling, and that's the shot he used."

King later became a regular in Westerns, appearing in such films as The Young Guns (1956), Friendly Persuasion (1956), Stagecoach to Fury (1956), The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959) and Cast a Long Shadow (1959) and on TV in Gunsmoke, The Gabby Hayes Show and Cheyenne.

"I thanked God for my early horseback riding on the farm and that old Okie accent that I could drag up on a moment's notice," he said in an interview for the 2016 book The Encyclopedia of Feature Players of Hollywood, Volume 2.

King also appeared on Broadway in 1950's The Bird Cage with Melvyn Douglas and Stella Adler, played inventor Earnest P. Duckweather on the 1953-54 syndicated TV comedy The Johnny Jupiter Show and showed up in other films like The Bold and the Brave (1956), Finian's Rainbow (1968) and King Rat (1965).

Survivors include his sons, Wright Jr., Michael and Meegan, and several grandchildren. His wife of 60 years, June — whom he met when she was a secretary at the New York Times radio station WQXR — died in 2008.

KING, Wright (Thomas Wright Thornburg King)
Born: 1/11/1923, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 11/25/2018, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Wright King’s westerns – actor:
The Gabby Hayes Show (TV) - 1951 (Danny)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1956 (Ben Walling, Joe Digger, Crep, Hi Stevens, Rod Ellison, Bud, Lon, Lon Jensen
Friendly Persuasion – 1956 (Forager)
Stagecoach to Fury – 1956 (Ralph Slader)
The Young Guns - 1956 (Jonesy)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1956, 1957, 1958 (Frank Endicott, Blaney Wilcox/Pocatello Kid, The Kiowa Kid/Nevada Jones)
Boots and Saddles (TV) – 1957 (Pvt. Bennett)
The Gray Ghost (TV) – 1957
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) – 1957 (Jimmy O'Riley, Gyppo, Lane Kilmer, Cull, Alejandro Caloca
Maverick (TV) – 1957 (Rick)
The Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1957 (Brownie)
You Are There: The End of the Dalton Gang (TV) – 1957 (Charley Ball)
Man Without a Gun (TV) – 1958 (Danny)
The Texan (TV) - 1958 (Mac Kernin)
The Gunfight at Dodge City – 1959 (Billy Townsend)
The Rebel (TV) - 1959 (Woody)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1959 (Wolf Wilkes)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1959-1960 (Jason Nichols)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Junior Kavalo)
Bronco (TV) – 1961 (Allen Miller)
Outlaws (TV) – 1961 (Charlie Sonberg/Little Dick)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) - 1961 (Will Norris)
Rawhide (TV) – 1963 (Collie Quade)
Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Zack Blake)
The Outcasts (TV) – 1969 (Fred Willard)
The Andersonville Trial (TV) – 1970 (Major Hosmer)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1976 (Infantry Captain)

RIP Robert Padilla

Robert “Bunky” Padilla
June 1, 1933 – May 7, 2018

Snohomish County Tirbune
November 28, 2018

Robert “Bunky” Padilla, originally from New Mexico, died on Monday, May 7, 2018 in Monroe, WA. He was 84 years young. He was born on June 1, 1933 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He was married to the love of his life, Shirley Padilla and together they had 9 children, Robert “Dino” Padilla, Debbie Padilla, Janine Padilla, Sandra Padilla [rest in peace], Liane Padilla, Brian Padilla, Nancy Padilla, Mary Padilla and Gary Padilla. They divorced after 30 years of marriage and he never re-married. Bob is also survived by his older brother, Joe Padilla, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Bob worked for himself installing beautiful wood floors in homes in the Los Angeles area. He also worked as an actor in Hollywood for many years, where he starred in movies such as Machismo and The Great Gundown, and had parts in The Awakening Land, Cthulhu, Zoo, Revenge of the Wild Bunch, Scandalous John, The Devil LeRoy Bassett and his last movie was Love Ranch in 2010. He also had roles in TV shows such as Bonanza, Cisco Kid, and The Streets of San Francisco.

He was 6’7”, tall, dark and handsome, just a beautiful man inside and out. A unique soul, and very funny, who enjoyed his family most of all. He will be greatly missed. Bob was cremated and there will be no memorial service for him. ~Love you always Daddy - your little girl, Nancy~

Born: 6/1/1933, Las Vegas, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Died:  5/7/2018, Monroe, Washington, U.S.A.

Robert Padilla’s westerns, - writer, actor:
Bonanza (TV) – 1968, 1970 (Running Cloud, Charles)
Scandalous John – 1970 (Paco’s cousin)
Machismo: 40 Graves for 40 Guns – 1971 (Hidalgo)
The Great Gundown  - 1977 (Mario ‘The Savage’ Ochoa) [writer]
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1977 (Mountain-Is-Long)
The Awakening Land (TV) – 1978 (Red Hawk)
The Frisco Kid – 1979 (Medicine Man)

RIP John Wulp

Tony Award winner living on Vinalhaven dies at 90

Bangor Daily News
By Emily Burnham
November 29, 2018

John Wulp, a Tony Award-winning director, producer, playwright, designer, visual artist and educator who lived and taught on Vinalhaven and North Haven for nearly 30 years, died Tuesday at age 90.

His death at a hospice facility in Rockport was confirmed by his caretaker for the past two years, Micah Conkling, and by Christie Hallowell, a longtime friend and executive director of Waterman’s Community Center in North Haven, a venue where Wulp staged countless plays over the years.

“He as recently as just the other week had been talking about doing one of his new plays at Waterman’s next summer,” said Christie Hallowell, who said Wulp had been in poor health for a number of years but that his death still came as a surprise. “He was active right until the very end.”

Wulp was born in 1928 and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. He attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and went to Yale School of Drama for graduate school, but dropped out to join the Marines in the late 1950s. His early life is detailed extensively in a memoir, “My Life,” which can be read on Wulp’s website.

He had his first big success with his play, “The Saintliness of Margery Kempe,” which he wrote while in the Marines and which premiered Off Broadway in 1959 starring Gene Hackman. That play received an Off Broadway revival earlier this year. He also directed the play “The Red Eye of Love” Off Broadway in 1961, for which he won an Obie Award. Wulp 50 years later refashioned “Red Eye” as a musical, which was workshopped extensively at Waterman’s in 2007 and in 2013, and which premiered Off Broadway in 2014, with set design by fellow Vinalhaven resident Robert Indiana, who also died this year.

In 1978, Wulp won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for his production of “Dracula” on Broadway, starring Frank Langella as the title character and featuring set design by illustrator Edward Gorey. He also received a 1979 Tony nomination for his production of the Sherlock Holmes play “The Crucifer of Blood,” starring Glenn Close. In the 1980s, he taught at the Playwright Horizons Theatre School at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

In 1992, Wulp left the New York theater scene and moved to Vinalhaven, a place he fell in love with nearly a decade earlier after a sailing trip around Penobscot Bay. According to a profile of Wulp published earlier this year, he had run out of money while living in New York, and initially had to support himself packing frozen lobsters and working as a short order cook on the island.

Among his first friends on the island were Barney and Christie Hallowell, who at the time owned and operated the Pulpit Harbor Inn. Barney Hallowell, the former principal of the North Haven Community School, first hired Wulp to direct plays at the school in 1994. Initially, Wulp worked with elementary school students to create an original play about people from North Haven that they missed in their lives.

That play, “The Enchanted Ferry Boat,” was such a resounding success that high school students immediately went to Principal Hallowell to ask him to let Wulp direct them in a show. For the next decade, he directed plays and musicals for both the school and at the community center, including “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “HMS Pinafore,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “As You Like It” and “Waiting for Godot.”

Barney Hallowell said Wulp had a transformative effect on both the school and the island community as a whole — not least because he was instrumental in the founding of Waterman’s.

“I think every community needs something to hang its hat on, whether it’s sports or something else. For us, that thing turned out to be theater, and that is almost entirely because of John,” he said. “John was fascinated by how to bring out creativity in people, and how it transforms people, and how to make it a part of the daily life in schools. He was absolutely inspiring, even if he infuriated some people.”

Tom Emerson, a teacher at the North Haven Community School who was one of Wulp’s students during his time at the school, said that though Wulp was uncompromising and often difficult to get along with, he was never anything but totally committed to his students and his art.

“Whereas many people resented John’s brusque and at times insensitive attitude, I never found him anything but a man who had never lost his sense of wonder, and who would destroy himself to bring that vision to life for others,” Emerson wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post. “If we worked hard, John jumped into the trenches and worked harder.”

In 1999, Wulp and Maine singer-songwriter Cidny Bullens created “Islands,” a musical about life on his adopted island home. After a 2001 New York premiere, the show toured Maine, and later was the focus of a PBS documentary, “On This Island,” narrated by Wulp’s longtime friend Sigourney Weaver.

“John is so brilliant,” Weaver said in a 1998 Bangor Daily News article. “His standards are very high. He has the soul of an artist. He’s a great observer of human nature and a great enthusiast for honesty. Every time I work with John, it feels like such a gift.”

Though he is mostly known as a theater artist, Wulp was also an accomplished painter, photographer and poet. His collection of photographs of the renowned modern dance choreographer Merce Cunningham was purchased in 2015 by the New York Public Library, and a book of his poems, “Cormorant Time,” was published in 2017.

“He really was a true Renaissance man, in every sense of the word. He was a brilliant painter, and he was a short order cook,” Barney Hallowell said. “I don’t know that everyone appreciated what a truly extraordinary person he was, and what a vastly varied life he lived.”

It is not known at this time if Wulp had any immediate survivors, and no plans for a funeral or memorial service have been announced yet. An informal remembrance gathering will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Waterman’s, the 134-seat theater dedicated to him.

WULP, John
Born: 1928, New Rochelle, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/27/2018, Rockport, Maine, U.S.A.

John Wulp’s western – set designer:
O Pioneers! (TV) - 1991

Thursday, November 29, 2018

RIP Ed Evanko

Cropa Funeral Chapel

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Edward, Danylo Evanko on Sunday, November 18, 2018. He was predeceased by his father, Danylo   Evanko, mother, Justyna Dmytryk,  and step-mother Doris Tataryn Evanko, Brother-in-law Borden Cardinal, nephew Kenneth Cardinal, brother-in-law, Dan Petriw, step brother-in-law Steve Morris, sister Ann Petriw. He leaves to mourn his passing  his sister Jennie Cardinal Prystupa (Peter) his step sisters Florence Gregg (Joe) and Gladys Morris, many nephews and nieces as well as many professional associates and friends.

Edward Danylo Evanko Tenor, Actor, Priest was born in Winnipeg, October 19, 1938. At an early age, he showed a special talent for music, winning the first of many trophies in the Manitoba (Winnipeg) Music Competition Festival at thirteen years of age. He studied with Herbert Belyea and Lucien Needham and sang professionally for the first time at Rainbow Stage. He earned a BA Degree at the University of Manitoba, majoring in English.

In 1961 be began training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and sang with the English Opera Group and the Welsh National Opera. Upon his return to Winnipeg in 1967, he hosted his own “Ed Evanko Show.” He has appeared in many evening and daytime television drama shows, including “Ryan's Hope,” “Chicago Hope,” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” He appeared on Broadway in “Canterbury Tales” and “Rex.” His Broadway debut gained him a Theatre World Award, a New Jersey Drama Critics Award and a Los Angeles Ovation Award nomination. He has recorded Broadway albums for Capitol, RCA, an album for Decca, and three for Destiny Records. He has appeared at all the major Ukrainian festivals in Canada and the USA, and has promoted Ukrainian music by singing on many occasions at the Ukrainian Institute and at Lincoln Center in New York City.

In 2001 Edward discerned a calling to become a priest. He pursued his academic training  and spiritual formation at the Pontificio Collegio Beda in Rome, at St. Josaphat Seminary and Catholic University in Washington, DC, and at Holy Spirit Seminary and St. Paul University in Ottawa. He completed his Master of Arts in Theology degree (Eastern Christian Studies concentration). In 2005 He was ordained as a Ukrainian Catholic priest in the Archeparchy of Winnipeg. He served in the District of Rossburn/Russell for two and one-half years prior to coming to the Eparchy of New Westminster to serve as pastor the Church of the Holy Dormition of the Mother of God in Richmond, B.C from January, 2008 until his retirement in June, 2013. He settled in Salt Springs, but moved Winnipeg in July, 2016. On October 21, 2016 he suffered a devastating stroke to which he succumbed on November 18, 2018.

Particular influences in his life have been Fr. Stefan Semchuk, his first pastor, Fr. Bohdan Lukie, and Fr. Walter Klimchuk. To his spiritual directors for their guidance and example, Fr. Jim Brand, Fr. Wasyl  Kharyk, and Fr. Ray Lukie, and rectors, Msgr. Roderick Strange and Fr. Ken Nowakowski, (Currently  Bishop Ken) and to Bishop David Motiuk, and Archbishop Michael Bzdel, and Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak he will be eternally grateful.

The family thanks and acknowledges with deep appreciation Sister Darleane Pelechaty (S.S.M.I.) and the staff and volunteers of Holy Family Home for the loving care and respect they had shown to him. The family is grateful to Dr. Andrea  Babick for her compassionate medical and spiritual care. Finally, to the many friends who over the two difficult years took the time to phone, write of visit with Fr. Edward, we offer our deepest appreciation and thanks. The family also extends their thanks to Cropo Funeral Chapel for their support and consideration.

Prayers will be offered on Friday, November 30, 2018, 7:00 P.M. followed by a Funeral Liturgy on Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:00 A.M., at  Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 965 Boyd Ave. Winnipeg, MB with  Metropolitan Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

If friends so desire, donations in the memory of Fr. Edward Evanko may be made to Holy Family Home  165 Aberdeen Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2W 1T9, or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3P 0Y4 or to a charity of own choice.

Flowers gratefully declined

EVANKO, Ed (Edward Danylo Evanko)
Born: 10/19/1938, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: 11/18/2018, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Ed Evanko’s western – actor:
Dead Man’s Gun (TV) – 1998 (Edward Cullman)