Sunday, July 28, 2019

RIP George Hilton


George Hilton died, the actor was 85 years old and was the protagonist of many spaghetti westerns and films of Italian genre cinema.

Movie Player
By Fabio Fusco

George Hilton died today at age 85. The actor was one of the most fascinating and popular faces of Italian genre cinema, especially the westerns. This was confirmed by George Hilton's partner, Gabriela, on her Facebook profile. "George did his best to stay healthy" - read the long post shared by the woman - "he wanted to be with his family, the people he loved, including you, his fans. Unfortunately his efforts were not quite fulfilled"

George Hilton, whose real name was Jorge Hill Acosta y Lara was born Montevideo in Uruguay 85 years ago. After his beginnings on the radio, in the mid-1950s he moved to Argentina and appeared in several national photo stories and films. In 1963 he moved to Italy, attracted by the chance to make a fortune in Italian cinema, anglicized his name and got a role in “Il corsaro nero nell'isola del Tesoro”.

In those years, thanks to the interest of Lucio Fulci, Hilton became a star of westerns on a par with Franco Nero and Giuliano Gemma and interpreted “Massacre Time”, “Any Gun Can Play”  and many other such films.

Beginning in the early 1970s, George Hilton, in addition to westerns, portrayed cult thrillers and horror films, such as “Lo strano vizio della signora Wardh” with Edwige Fenech and “Tutti i colori del buio”. He had a charming and gloomy face that also lends itself to black stories.
The 80s will also see him as a performer of comedies, including “Ricchi, ricchissimi... praticamente in mutande e College.”

In the long post announcing the disappearance of George Hilton, his partner recalled that they had met 32 ​​years ago but had decided to take different paths also because of the distance and other issues that would hinder their relationship. A few years later, however, they had found each other and decided to stay together, even despite the strong age difference.

HILTON, George (Jorge Hill Acosta y Lara)
Born: 7/16/1934, Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: 7/28/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

GEORGE Hilton’s westerns:
The Brute and the Beast – 1966 (Jeff ‘Slim’ Corbett)
Hallelujah for Django – 1966 (Billy ‘Rum’ Cooney/Django)
Kitosch, the Man Who Came from the North – 1966 (David Kitosh]
The Two Sons of Ringo – 1966 (Joe)
Any Gun Can Play – 1967 (The Stranger/Bounty Hunter/Django)
Last of the Badmen – 1967 (Kitosch)
The Moment to Kill – 1967 (Lord/Django/Johnny King)
Poker With Pistol – 1967 (Bronson/Ponson Terrail/George Benson)
Professionals for a Massacre – 1967 (Tim Dooley/Steel Downey/Frank the Preacher)
The Ruthless Four – 1967 (Manolo Sanchez)
Dead for a Dollar – 1968 (Glenn Reno)
Full House for the Devil – 1968 (Johnny King/Django)
A Bullet for Sandoval – 1969 (Corporal John Warner)
Fistful of Lead – 1970 (Sartana/Django)
Guns for Dollars – 1971 (Hallelujah/Alleluia)
The Return of Hallelujah – 1972 (Johnny la Faine/Alleluja/Hallelujah)
The Man Called Invincible – 1973 (Tresette/Tricky Dicky  )
The Crazy Bunch – 1974 (Tresette/Tricky Dicky)
Trinity, the Clown, the Guitar – 1974 (Trinity/Johnny Chitarra/Guitar)
Eh? Who’s Afraid of Zorro! – 1975 (Philip ‘Felipe’ Mackintosh/Don Pablo Maria Fernando
     Alba de Mendoza/Zorro)
Macho Killers – 1977 (Hidalgo/’TheDuke’)
Ein Halleluja für Anthony Ascott – 2005 [himself]
Rouge Western – 2007 [himself]

RIP Ruth de Souza

Actress Ruth de Souza dies at 98

First Brazilian actress nominated for an international film award, artist is also recognized as the first black woman to build a career in theater, film and television in the country

O Globo
July 28, 2019

RIO - Actress Ruth de Souza , 98 , died on Sunday morning . Diagnosed with pneumonia, the artist had been admitted earlier this week in the Intensive Care Unit of the Copa D'Or Hospital in Copacabana, South Zone of Rio, where she was still without medical discharge.

First Brazilian actress nominated for an international film award (the Golden Lion at the 1954 Venice Film Festival), Ruth de Souza is also recognized as the first black actress to build a career in theater, film and television. At TV Globo, his last work was in the miniseries "If I close my eyes now" in early 2019.

Artistic youth

The almost centenary actress was born Ruth Pinto de Souza, on May 12, 1921. Until she was 9 years old, she lived with her family in Porto do Marinho (MG) and, with the death of her father, she and her mother returned to live in Rio de Janeiro, in a village of washerwomen and gardeners in Copacabana. Already larger, became interested in theater and, through the "Rio Magazine", learned of the existence of a group of actors led by Abdias do Nascimento , the Experimental Theater of the Black .

Joining the ensemble, she plays Eugene O'Neill's "The Emperor Jones" on May 8, 1945, on the stage of Rio's Municipal Theater. She makes history by consecrating herself as the first black actress to perform at the important platform, paving the way for other artists.

- It was beautiful that day. People celebrating our debut, and the world celebrating the end of World War II. The city center was full of people, ”she recalled in an interview with O GLOBO.

US study

Nominated by actor Paschoal Charlemagne, at the time a big name in the arts, received a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation and spent a year in the United States. There, she recalled, was a big step in her life: "I learned things that I would never have the opportunity to learn by staying in Brazil. I earned respect."

Cinema career

Nominated by Jorge Amado, in 1948, for the cast of "Terra violenta" , she made her film debut: the feature was the adaptation of "Terras do sem endless", by the Bahian author. Directed by American Edmond Bernoudy, the film also features Anselmo Duarte, Maria Fernanda, Heloisa Helena and Ziembinski. From then on, his career on the big screen gained prominence and began participating in several productions at the three major companies of the time: Atlantis, Maristela Films and Vera Cruz. For her performance in "Sinha Maça" (1953), Ruth becomes the first Brazilian actress nominated for an international award: the Golden Lion, at the 1954 Venice Film Festival, in which she plays with stars such as Katherine Hepburn, Michele Morgan and Lili Palmer. , for those who lose by two points.

In an interview with GLOBO , Ruth attributed her success to "people's generosity":

"I think people were kind to me." I did theater and cinema. By the time a contract was over, another invitation would appear and I would start working again the next day. I repeat: I never stood still. This is because, in the past, skin color was a very striking feature. Today, thank God, the situation has improved.

TV works

After years of dedicating herself to the cinema, she goes through radio soap operas, Tupi and Record teletheaters until, in 1966, she was hired by Rede Globo, where she worked until she died. Even retired, the veteran was still in the staff of the carioca station.

At Globo, she is part of the cast of the soap opera "A Cabana do Pai Tomás" (1969), being the first black actress to star in a pamphlet. Throughout his professional career, he has participated in more than 20 productions of television drama.

- It is a great joy to have the work recognized. People say I opened doors, but I never stopped to think about it. I worked a lot in these 70 years of career. I've never stopped, which is hard for any actor in the world, especially for a black actor, ”she said.

The biggest prize of Brazilian cinema came in 2004. Alongside Léa Garcia, Ruth de Souza won the best actress Kikito at the Gramado Film Festival for her performance in Joel Zito de Araújo's film "Daughters of the Wind" .

For years, he has continued to participate intensively in film and TV productions - and winning many awards - being his last appearance in a "If I Close My Eyes Now" (2019) plot.

'Legacy and Open Doors'

Professional colleagues used social networks to mourn Ruth de Souza's death and highlight the actress's importance to other generations. "At 98 our beloved left, leaving a legacy, an incredible story and open doors for many young black artists," wrote actress Zezé Motta.

de SOUZA, Ruth (Ruth Pinto de Souza)
Born: 5/12/1921, Rio de Janiero, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Died: 7/28/2019, Copacabana, Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Ruth de Souza’s western – actress:
O’Cabaeleira - 1963

RIP Eduardo Gomez

Eduardo Gomez, dies, the actor known for his role as Marian Delgado in ‘Aquí No Hay Quien Viva y La Que Se Avecina’

The director of the television series has confirmed the death of the actor at 68 years of age.

El Mundo
July 28, 2019
Eduardo Gómez, famous for his role as Mariano Delgado in the television series Here there is no one who lives and who is coming , has died at 68 years of age.
The interpreter suffered from throat cancer , as confirmed by sources around Europe Press, a disease that worsened over the months. His relatives and closest friends will fire him this Sunday in a Madrid funeral home.
The news was confirmed this morning by the creator and director of both series, Alberto Caballero. "We are gone this wonderful being, metrosexual, thinker and cold mind. Good trip, Edu, and thanks for so many years of laughter and good vibes . You are comedy story. Goodbye, lion," Caballero wrote in his account from Twitter.
Gómez began his career in the 90s with small roles in television series and as a figurative in film films, works that he combined as a salesman, waiter or dependent , until his role in the Here series there is no one who alive gave him the final boost to his career.
In the series that catapulted him to fame he played the role of Mariano Delgado, father of the doorman of a neighboring estate, played by Fernando Tejero , who complicated his life with his tricks.
Tejero has also had a great tribute to his father in fiction: "Eduardo, partner, you leave me speechless, even without giving credit, but you also leave me with wonderful memories of many laughs and love. Good trip mate. Thank you for everything . DEP. How sad, "he wrote on his Instagram profile.
His character became very popular and earned him recognition in 2005 with the Actors Union Award for Best Secondary Actor in Television.
Years before, in 2002, he was nominated for the award of the Union of Actors to the best actor in film distribution for his work in 800 bullets.
Then he worked for 10 years in the series La que se avecina , a continuation of the previous one, where he first played the farm's doorman and later the bar waiter.
One of his co-stars in both series, Nacho Guerreros, has also said goodbye to the actor on his Instagram account: "Until forever Eduardo Gómez. I keep a precious memory from you.
Gómez was born in Madrid in 1951 , and began his acting career in the 90s, after accompanying a friend to the recording of the series ¡Ay, Señor, Señor! , in which he ended up doing a small intervention.
His career has been developed mainly on television, where he achieved fame among the general public for playing Mariano Delgado , father of Emilio (Fernando Tejero), in Here there is no one who lives , broadcast by Antena 3 between 2003 and 2006. With this role He won the Actors Union Award in 2005 for Best Secondary Television Actor.
Subsequently he participated in the series La looming and in 2015 he joined the Gym Tony series.
He also had small roles in some films such as The Great Adventure of Mortadelo and Filemón , Torrente 3: The Protector and 800 bullets.
After hearing the news of his death, in networks his co-stars of the series and his followers have remembered their best moments.

GOMEZ, Eduardo (Eduardo Gomez Manzano)
Born: 7/27/1951, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: 7/28/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Eduardo Gomez’s Western – actor:
800 Bullets – 2002 (Ahorcado)

Saturday, July 27, 2019

RIP Russi Taylor

Disney Legend Russi Taylor dies at 75

Acclaimed voice actor and Disney Legend Russi Taylor passed away in Glendale, California, on July 26, 2019. She was 75.

The Disney Company
July 27, 2019

Through countless effervescent performances, Russi always showed an incredible talent for entertaining and improvisation. While she brought to life an illustrious cast of beloved characters during a career that spanned nearly four decades, Russi is best known as the official voice of Minnie Mouse. She first assumed the role more than 30 years ago and has given voice to Minnie in hundreds of Disney projects—from television, to theme park experiences, animated shorts, and theatrical films—no performance was too tough for Russi’s accomplished take on the divine Miss Minnie Mouse.

“Minnie Mouse lost her voice with the passing of Russi Taylor,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “For more than 30 years, Minnie and Russi worked together to entertain millions around the world—a partnership that made Minnie a global icon and Russi a Disney Legend beloved by fans everywhere. We’re so grateful for Russi’s talent as well as the tremendous spirit and great joy she brought to everything she did. It was a privilege to have known her and an honor to have worked with her, and we take comfort in the knowledge that her work will continue to entertain and inspire for generations to come. Russi will be sorely missed and our hearts go out to her family and friends, along with our deepest condolences.”

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 4, 1944, Russi had a desire to work for Disney since childhood. “When I was a little girl, I was with my mom and my brother, and it was late at night at Disneyland. We had just come off the Mark Twain Riverboat and were getting some popcorn. I looked over and saw Walt sitting on a bench, so we introduced ourselves and shared our popcorn with him. At one point during our chat, he asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up, and I said, ‘I want to work for you!’ So he said, ‘Okay!’—and now I do!”

There were some very big yellow heels to fill when she beat out 200 other hopefuls during a 1986 audition to win the coveted role of Minnie Mouse. She would go on to voice Minnie in the films Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Runaway Brain, Get a Horse!, and Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, as well as several television series, including Mickey MouseWorks, House of Mouse, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Mickey and the Roadster Racers, and the award-winning Mickey Mouse shorts series for Disney Channel from Disney Television Animation that debuted in 2013.
“Russi was as close as family; as wonderful, funny, and sweet as Minnie Mouse, and as talented yet humble as you would expect,” said Bill Farmer, the voice of Goofy and a longtime friend of Russi. “I will deeply and dearly miss her.”

“You have to bring yourself to a character,” Russi once observed. “But because of this particular character, she actually enhances who I am, she really does. In a sense Minnie makes me better than I was before ’cause there’s a lot to live up to.”

Russi found her real-life Mickey in the mid-1980s in the form of Wayne Allwine, who had voiced Mickey Mouse since 1977. The pair fell deeply in love and married in 1991, remaining as inseparable as their animated counterparts until Wayne’s passing in 2009.  “I really want whoever comes after us to be aware of the history and the tradition, and to love the characters as much as we do,” she said of herself and Wayne.

“Russi Taylor embodied the character of Minnie Mouse,” remembers Rick Dempsey, Senior Vice President, Disney Character Voices. “She truly was one of the kindest, most gracious, upbeat, and loving people I have ever had the privilege to work with and to count as a friend. Anytime anyone met Russi, their day would always get just a little bit brighter. Not only was she amazingly talented and gifted, but she had a true desire to make the world a better place with the gifts she was blessed with. The world has a lost a real treasure. She will truly be missed, but her voice will live on.”
Russi’s other Disney voices have included Nurse Mouse in The Rescuers Down Under, as well as Donald’s mischievous nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, and their friend Webbigail Vanderquack in the original DuckTales animated series. She also lent her voice to roles on other classic TV animated series like TaleSpin, The Little Mermaid, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and Kim Possible; as well as modern favorites that include Sofia the First, The Lion Guard, and Tangled: The Series.

Among the most famous roles on Russi’s impressive extended resume of credits are Strawberry Shortcake, Baby Gonzo (of Muppet Babies fame), Pebbles Flintstone, Duchess the Cat in the film Babe, and Ferny Toro in Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks. She also provided the voice of Martin Prince and the twins, Sherri and Terri, on more than 100 episodes of The Simpsons, as well as the blockbuster feature The Simpsons Movie.

“I never wanted to be famous,” she once said. “The characters I do are famous, and that’s fine for me.”

TAYLOR, Russi (Russell Taylor)
Born: 5t/4/1944, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 7/26/2019, Glendale, California, U.S.A.

Russi Taylor’s westerns – voice actress:
Wild West C.O.W. – Boys of Moo Mesa (TV) – 1992- 1994 [various voices]
Zorro (TV) – 1997-1998 [various voices]

Friday, July 26, 2019

RIP Giorgio Arlorio

Giorgio Arlorio, screenwriter for Pontecorvo and Loy, died

la Republica
July 25, 2019

The screenwriter Giorgio Arlorio (Turin, February 27, 1929), a leading figure in Italian cinema, author with Franco Solinas and Gillo Pontecorvo of Queimada , but also many successful films and works, died today in his Roman house after a long illness. of quality as Nanny Loy 's family man . He was also assistant director for Pietro Germi, Mario Soldati and Michelangelo Antonioni. Author mostly engaged in films with strong political connotations (besides Queimada, Tepepa, Il mercenario, Ogro), Arlorio also worked on comedy films and collaborated anonymously with Franco and Ciccio. For the will of the family the funeral home will be open Saturday morning at the Rome Cinema House where a memory of the man and the artist will be held at 11am.

ARLORIO, Giorgio
Born: 2/27/1929, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Died: 7/25/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Giorgio Arlorio’s westerns – writer:
The Mercenary – 1968
Zorro – 1975

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

RIP Sergio Di Giulio
By Gennaro Marco Duello
July 24, 2019

Sergio Di Giulio (4 April 1945 – 24 July 2019) was an Italian voice actor and actor. He studied at the Alessandro Fersen drama school. In 1968 he made his theater debut with L'estasi e il sangue, directed by Andrea Camilleri. Later, for three years, he attended the Stabile Theatre in Rome.

He was notable for the voices of Timmy's father in the animated show The Fairly Oddparents, Dan Aykroyd in Ghostbusters and Jim Belushi in Red Heat. He also served as an actor in the movie One Hamlet Less.

Di GIULIO, Sergio
Born: 4/4/1945, Milan Lombardy, Italy
Died: 7/24/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Sergio Di Giulio’s western – voice dubber:
Django Unchained – 2012 [Italian voice of Dennis Christopher]