Saturday, March 30, 2019

RIP Paloma Cela

The actress Paloma Cela dies at 76 years of age

She was habitually cast in comedies in the 60s and worked in such series as 'Farmacia de guardia' or 'Ay, señor, señor!'.

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Veteran actress Paloma Cela, a constant presence in Spanish comic fiction since her debut in the 1960s under Mariano Ozores, died Saturday at 76 years of age, according to sources close to the family.

Although the cause of the death has not been communicated, the newspaper El Español revealed a few weeks ago that she had entered the Hospital La Paz in Madrid, after a "vascular problem".

Retired for over a decade, Cela (Madrid, 1943) began her career as a model of leading figures such as Balenciaga or Asunción Bastida, before making the leap to film with Ozores in films such as “Operación Secretaria” (1966) and “Operación cabaretera” (1967) ), both with José Luis López Vázquez and Gracita Morales.

Her relationship with the Madrid director would be extensive and would lead her to participate in other titles such as “Operation Mata Hari” (1968) or “Objective: bi-ki-ni” (1969).

Cela filmed, in addition, with other directors like Giulio Petroni “Terepa ... Viva la revolución”, (1969), Basilio Martín Patino “Del amor y otros soledades”, (1969), Robert Parrish “A Town Called Hell, (1971) and more recently, Santiago Segura “Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella”, (2001).

From the 90s her career focused on the theater, where she took part in works such as “La venganza de la Petra” (2002), by Carlos Arniches, and especially on television, which gave her a closer look for the general public thanks to her appearances in series such as ‘Farmacia de guardia’ , ‘Ay, señor, señor!’ and ‘Cruz y’.

CELA, Paloma (María Luisa Cela Molinero)
Born: 3/4/1946, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: 3/30/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Paloma Cela’s westerns – actress:
Blood and Guns – 1968 (Marieta)
A Town Called Hell - 1971 (Paloma)

Friday, March 29, 2019

RIP Shane Rimmer

TV LEGEND DIES Shane Rimmer dead – Voice of Thunderbirds’ Scott Tracy dies aged 89

The actor also starred in several hit films including The Spy Who Loved Me, Gandhi and Batman Begins

The Sun
By TariqTahir
March 29, 2019

The Canadian-born actor emigrated to the UK in the late 1950s and performed as a cabaret singer before landing his role in Thunderbirds.

Rimmer appeared in over 100 films including the hits Dr Strangelove, The Spy Who Loved Me, Star Wars, Gandhi, Out of Africa and Batman Begins.

But he is probably best known for playing Scott Tracy, the daring and suave pilot of Thunderbird 1, from 1964-66.

He had a long association with the show's producer Gerry Anderson and also provided uncredited voices for Anderson's later series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90 and The Secret Service.

His collaboration with Anderson also included writing scripts for Thunderbirds and the producer's other series.

"It’s had a great history. I think Gerry Anderson hit his peak with Thunderbirds, Everything just came together," he said in a 2017 interview.

The Gerry Anderson fan website said: "We’re very sad to report that the legendary voice of Scott Tracy Shane Rimmer has died at the age of 89."

Comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar paid tribute saying: "His instantly recognisable voice always filled me with comfort, primarily as Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds but in any movie, Bond or otherwise, he popped up in."


Over the years, the actor made numerous appearances in the Bond films.

Apart from those playing recurring characters, Rimmer is the actor with the most Bond film appearances.

Expressing surprise at the number of times he appeared he said: "That was crazy. I have no idea how it happened."

Rimmer also appeared in Coronation Street twice - playing Joe Donnelli from 1968 - 70 and Malcolm Reid in 1988.

He made appearance in a Dr Who episode called 'The Gunfighters' alongside Peter Cushing as The Doctor.

Rimmer's other work included radio and stage plays as well as forays into writing.

He is survived by his widow Sheila, their sons and grandchildren.

Born: 5/28/1929, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: 3/29/2019, England, U.K.

Shane Rimmer’s westerns – actor:
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1957 (Farber)
Flaming Frontier – 1958 (Running Bear)
Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (TV) – 1966 (Seth Harper)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

RIP June Harding

June Harding, a stage, film and TV actress from Emporia, dies at 81

Richmond Times-Dispatch
March 28, 2019

"When June Allison Harding was growing up in Emporia, her mother gave her some puppets.
By the time she was 12 years old, she was creating her own puppets and putting on shows for her little brother, John, and the children in their Ingleside Avenue neighborhood.

“June made all the puppets, crafting the heads out of papier-mâché, sewing their costumes and painting the scenery,” her brother, John Harding of Lenoir County, N.C., wrote in an email.

“She even convinced me to don a fake leopard skin top and play the off-stage giant in ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’”

The puppets were more or less the symptom. What she really had wanted since she had played the Fairy Queen in a third-grade play was to be onstage herself, to be an actress.

Ms. Harding, who went on to work onstage, in film and on television, died Friday in hospice care in Deer Isle, Maine. The resident of Blue Hill, Maine, who was 81, had been in failing health for some time.

A memorial service will be held April 13 at 11 a.m. at Monumental United Methodist Church, 300 Southampton St. in Emporia.

Ms. Harding probably was best-known for her movie role in the 1966 Columbia Pictures film “The Trouble With Angels,” where director Ida Lupino cast her opposite Hayley Mills and Rosalind Russell. Lupino called Ms. Harding “a girl with a God-given quality in her face.” Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper called her the most serious challenge Mills had encountered.

Harper’s Bazaar did a spread on the three actresses. Beauty columnist Arlene Dahl interviewed Ms. Harding, who said she had no beauty secrets to impart, as she wore little makeup and did her own hair. The only thing Ms. Harding offered of interest was that she often stood on her head, which Dahl duly noted.

The Hollywood Reporter, in reviewing her performance, called her “an exceptionally vivid and convincing young actress” who handled her scenes with “competence and poignance.”
That April, her hometown honored her with a “June Harding Day.” Emporia Mayor George Lee gave her the key to the city.

She rode in an open convertible during a parade; went to her parents’ home atop a firetruck with a dozen happy, small boys; and later wore a pink chiffon dress to a dinner in her honor and to Pitts Theater, which screened her film in one of its East Coast premieres.

She later chose not to reprise her “Angels” role as Mills’ comedic sidekick Rachel Devery in the film’s sequel, “Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows.”

The Emporia native got her first chance at being in a bona fide play during her senior year at Greensville County High School, when the girl who was supposed to play the lead in “Cupid in Pigtails” fell ill.

“I got out of my classes for four days so I could learn lines,” Ms. Harding said in a Richmond Times-Dispatch interview. “A friend cued me.”

After graduating from high school in 1955, she earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a drama major from Richmond Professional Institute, now Virginia Commonwealth University. Her portrayal as the lead in the drama “Antigone” earned her the school’s Hodges Award as the outstanding young actress that year.

Then, it was off to New York. She studied acting under Lonny Chapman at The Theater Studio of New York. She took ballet and practiced yoga.

She did summer stock in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. In one musical, she recalled playing six different roles, complete with costume changes, and dashing offstage occasionally to work the stage lights.

In New York, she quickly landed a recurring role on the CBS soap opera “As the World Turns.” Ms. Harding appeared in the off-Broadway productions of “The Innocents Abroad,” “The Boy Friend” and “Cry of the Raindrop,” which won her a Daniel Blum Theater World Award.

Her performance in “Raindrop” led to an opportunity to read for a part in “Under the Yum-Yum Tree,” which later opened on Broadway. She went on tour with the troupe but was considered too inexperienced for such a long and exacting part and instead understudied Sandra Church, the lead in the Broadway production.

She played Art Carney’s 15-year-old and youngest daughter in “Take Her, She’s Mine” to acclaim.

Ms. Harding relocated to Los Angeles in the 1960s and almost immediately picked up roles in major network television series, including “Doctor Kildare,” “The Defenders,” “The Fugitive” and the Golden Globe-winning anthology series “The Richard Boone Show.”

With Boone’s show, Ms. Harding was able to play a different character every Tuesday and finally was able to stop being typecast as a teenager because of her youthful look.

For that show, she became an airline attendant, a sexy waitress, a dance hall girl, a pregnant youngster contemplating suicide, and a girl who had killed many men.

Ms. Harding married Gray Thomas in Los Angeles during the 1970s and continued to work in several made-for-TV movies and numerous series.

In 1972, she was among a group of famous Virginians honored at a reception at Virginia’s Executive Mansion during the Holton administration.

She retired from show business in the late 1970s and the couple moved to Maine. They separated years later.

Ms. Harding took up painting landscapes, still lifes, abstracts and animals — cats in particular. She sold her work at shows and online.

Her brother is her only immediate survivor."

Born: 9/7/1940, Emporia, Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 3/22/2019, Emporia, Virginia, U.S.A.

June Harding’s westerns – actress:
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 (Amy Jenson)
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) – 1967 Emily Farnum

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

RIP Michael Brennicke

Carpe Diem Studios
By Corsta Danner
March 26, 2019

Michael Brennicke was the German dubbing voice of the American actor Chevy Chase.

But also other actors like Dustin Hoffman or Adriano Celentano he lent his distinctive voice.

The German audience was his pleasant and sonorous bass voice especially by the ZDF broadcast file number XY ... unresolved very well known. Here he took over since 1989 the role of the OFF spokesman in the reconstructed criminal cases.

He was also heard as a speaker of the program notes (Station Voice) of the private broadcaster Kabel 1.

Legendary also the Jack Daniels TV spot from the year 1998 by Michael was engaged as an advertising spokesman.

In 2009, Michael received the synchronous listener award The Silhouette in the Best Dialogue Book category of a series alongside Carina Krause for Battlestar Galactica.

As we have just learned with great sadness, Michael Brennicke died yesterday on March 25 at just 69 years in Munich surprisingly.

We thank you for many nice moments, great productions, your humor, the good conversations and say goodbye dear Micha 🌹.

Good Trip…

Born: 10/5/1949, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Died: 3/25/2019, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Michael Brennicke’s westerns – voice dubber:
Black Killer – 1971 [German voice of Antonio Cantafora]
Cade’s County (TV) – 1971-1972 [German voice of Victor Campos, Felice Orlandi]
Nakia (TV) – 1974 [German voice of Robert Urich]
Centennial (TV) – 1978 [German voice of Glyn Truman]
Bronco Billy – 1980 [German voice of Dan Vadis]
The Long Riders – 1980 [German voice of Keith Carradine]
Lone Wolf McQuade – 1983 [German voice of Leon Isaac Kennedy]
Pale Rider – 1985 [German voice of Michael Moriarty]
3 Amigos – 1986 [German voice of Chevy Chase]
Ghost Town – 1988 [German voice of Franc Lue]
Cowboys & Aliens – 2011 [German voice of Clancy Brown]

Monday, March 25, 2019

RIP Joseph Pilato

‘Day of the Dead’ Scene-Stealer Joseph Pilato Has Died at 70

Bloody Digusting
By John Squires
March 25, 2019

One of the single best performances you’ll find in the late George Romero’s oeuvre would have to be Joseph Pilato‘s scenery-chewing portrayal of Captain Rhodes in Day of the Dead, the primary human antagonist of the film and one of Romero’s most memorable characters. Sadly, we’ve learned this afternoon that Pilato has left us at the age of 70.

Prior to landing one of the top roles in Day of the Dead, Joseph Pilato had worked with George Romero on Dawn of the Dead and Knightriders, playing small roles in both films. Throughout the 1980s he also appeared in Effects, Gung Ho, Terminal Force and Shooters.

Going into the ’90s and beyond, Pilato appeared in Alienator, Empire of the Dark, The Evil Inside Me, Pulp Fiction, The Demolitionist, Fatal Passion, Wishmaster and The Ghouls.

Friend Marty Schiff broke the sad news on Facebook today, writing: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that actor and old friend Joseph “Joe” Pilato passed away quietly in his sleep last night. Rest in Peace, Joe.”

Rest in Peace indeed, Captain.

PILATO, Joseph (Joseph Francis Anthony Pilato, Jr.)
Born: 3/16/1949, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 3/24/21019, U.S.A.

Joseph Pilato’s western – actor:
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) – 1993 (Big Ed)