Friday, November 29, 2019

RIP Martin Armiger

‘Young Einstein’ Composer Martin Armiger Dead at 70

By Patric Frater
November 27, 2019

Martin Armiger, a musician turned record producer, academic, and film and TV composer, based in Australia has died. He was 70.

Born in the U.K. as John Martin Armiger, he relocated to Australia with his family as a teenager. He is known for Australian film classics Yahoo Serious’ “Young Einstein,” and the Alex Proyas-directed “Dark City,” on which he was music producer and arranger.

Armiger kicked off his music career as a singer, songwriter and guitarist for legendary Melbourne based rock band The Sports. In 1972, he started his screen profession composing music for a short film called “Drac.” From 1984, Martin was musical director for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation series “Sweet and Sour,” a 20-episode, weekly pop music, drama TV series. He provided backing vocals, lead guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and lyrics and produced the soundtrack album.

His other screen credits include the feature film “Thank God He Met Lizzie,” the television series “The Secret Life of Us,” mini-series “Come In Spinner” and “Bodysurfers,” “Police Rescue,” and the documentary “Cane Toads.”

He was also the head of screen music at the Australian Film Television and Radio School for 14 years. There he lobbied to make sure music was a key discipline taught at the school, In 2017, he was honoured with the inaugural APRA / AGSC Distinguished Service to the Australian Screen Award.

It is hard to put into the words the extraordinary contribution that Martin made to the school and to the industry.  His skill and generosity shaped the careers of so many students.  His incredible intelligence, his musical genius, his kindness, his wit and his daring, disrupting mind influenced so many of us and will be so missed,” said Nell Greenwood, AFTRS director of curriculum and student registrar. “AFTRS staff and students send their condolences to Martin’s family and his many friends.”

ARMIGER, Martin (John Martin Armiger)
Born: 6/10/1949, Hitchin, Hertfordsbire, England, U.K.
Died: 11/27/2019, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Martin Armiger’s western – music coordinator:
Black Robe - 1991

RIP Joan Staley

Joan Staley, Actress in 'The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,' Dies at 79

Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

She also slapped Elvis in 'Roustabout,' sang to Audie Murphy in 'Gunpoint' and played Shame sidekick Okie Annie on 'Batman.' 

Joan Staley, who starred opposite Don Knotts in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken and appeared on such TV series as 77 Sunset Strip, The Dick Van Dyke Show and a McHale's Navy spinoff, has died. She was 79.

Staley died Sunday of heart failure at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Valencia, California, her family announced.

In Roustabout (1964), Staley played Marge, the jilted girlfriend of carnival singer Charlie Rogers (Elvis Presley), and she gets to slap him across the face in the film.

"I asked him if he wanted me to pull up," she recalled in Tom Lisanti's 2001 book, Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema. "He said, 'No.' I said, 'Are you sure? I could leave a welt.' He replied, 'That's OK.' So I belted him. That slap you hear in the film was not put in afterward — that was the slap."

Staley also had memorable scenes as a waitress with Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear (1962) and as a stewardess with Paul Newman in A New Kind of Love (1963).

Staley donned a brunette wig she said was left around from a Claudia Cardinale movie to star as damsel in distress and Knotts' love interest Alma Parker in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), a spoof of haunted house movies that became a huge box office hit for Universal.

Also in 1966, she played a kidnapped saloon singer who is rescued by Audie Murphy in Gunpoint and Shame's (Cliff Robertson) villainous sidekick Okie Annie on Batman. However, she broke her back in a horseback riding accident that year, curtailing her career.

A daughter of missionaries, Joan Lynette McConchie was born on May 20, 1940, in Minneapolis. She studied the violin as a child in Los Angeles and played the instrument with the Junior Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl and on a fire truck in Billy Wilder's The Emperor Waltz (1948), starring Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine.

A self-described "Army brat" — her father was a chaplain in the Armed Services — she and her family moved all around the world when she was growing up, eventually ending up in Paris for her senior year of high school.

She moved to Memphis after marrying TV director Charles Staley at age 16 and performed as a backup singer for Sun Records, then returned to L.A. to perform in plays at the Music Box Theatre in Hollywood. In 1958, she appeared on an episode of Perry Mason and was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for November.

Staley was seen in the opening credits as a woman in an answering service ad in Vincent Minnelli's Bells Are Ringing (1960) and then signed a contract with MGM. She also was one of the beauties in Jerry Lewis' The Ladies Man and starred in Valley of the Dragons, both released in 1961.

On the 1961 Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Jealousy!", Staley portrayed a movie star whom Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) is convinced is having an affair with her husband. And on the final season (1963-64) of 77 Sunset Strip, she recurred as Hannah, the secretary to Stuart Bailey (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.).

"I've made a career of playing an undulating blonde in tight dresses," she said in a 1964 interview. "It isn't that I wanted that brassy sexpot image, but that's the image producers feel you project when you're, well, blonde and shapely."

Staley played Roberta "Honey-Hips" Love, a machinist's mate and ex-stripper who had joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, on the McHale's Navy spinoff, Broadside. It was canceled after the 1964-65 season.

She also starred with singer Vic Damone on a 1962 summer replacement series, The Lively Ones, and appeared on other programs including Hawaiian Eye, The Untouchables, The Tab Hunter Show, The Lawless Years, The Ozzie and Harriet Show, Mission: Impossible and Adam-12.

She married her second husband, MCA executive Dale Sheets, in 1967, and they ran the talent agency International Ventures Inc. — representing such clients as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Bob Barker and Mel Tormé — until last year, when daughter Dina Sheets-Roth took over the day-to-day business.
In addition to her husband and Dina, survivors include children Linda, Victoria, Patricia, Sherrye, Stephanie and Greg, 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. A memorial service is pending.

STALEY, Joan (Joan Lynette McConchie)
Born: 5/20/1940, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Died: 11/24/2019, Valencia, California, U.S.A.

Joan Staley’s westerns – actress:
Laramie (TV) – 1959 (saloon girl)
Maverick (TV) – 1960 (saloon girl)
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1960
Bonanza (TV) – 1960, 1961 (blonde girl, Dixie)
Gunfight – 1961 (Nora Blaine)
Frontier Circus (TV) – 1961 (Anna-Marie)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1962 (Clarissa)
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 (Gita)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1963 (Polly Ann Hill)
Laredo (TV) – 1965 (Laurie Martin)
The Virginian (TV) – 1965 (Maggie)
Gunpoint – 1966 (Uvalde)
Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats (TV) – 1967 (Cynthia)
Rango – 1967 (Lilly)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

RIP Vittorio Congia

The voice actor Vittorio Congia has died: he’s the voice of Maigret and Bilbo in "The Lord of the Rings"

Il Messaggero
November 27, 2019

The film, TV actor and well-known voice actor Vittorio Congia, 89 years old from Iglesias in Sardinia, has died. The family made it known. He was a familiar face, between cinema and TV, especially between the end of the 1950s and the end of the 1970s. Congia appeared in about forty films - including twelve musicals - between 1957 and 1978.

For television he participated in the season of the dramas: Biblioteca di Studio Uno (1964, episodio I tre moschettieri), Za-bum (1964), Scaramouche (1965), Oliver Cromwell: Ritratto di un dittatore (1969), Nero Wolfe (1971, episodio Salsicce «Mezzanotte»), Le inchieste del commissario Maigret (1972, episodio Maigret in pensione), Il commissario De Vincenzi (1974, episodio L'albergo delle tre rose), Don Giovanni in Sicilia (1977), Il furto della Gioconda (1978), Tecnica di un colpo di stato: la marcia su Roma (1978). Important was his activity as a voice actor, among other things he was the voice of Ian Holm of the Lord of the Rings and Jeff Rawle of Harry Potter.

CONGIA, Vittorio
Born: 11/4/1930, Iglesias, Sardinia, Italy
Died: 11/27/2019, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Vittorio Congia’s westerns – actor, voice dubber:
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie – 1972 (Alan Smith)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1972-1975 [Italian voice of Philip Ahn]
The Three Musketeers of the West – 1973 (wedding announcer)

RIP Godfrey Gao

Taiwanese-Canadian model-actor dies from heart attack on Chinese reality show

Taiwanese-Canadian model-actor Godfrey Gao dies from heart attack while running in Chinese TV show 'Chase Me'

Taiwan News
By Keoni Everkington

A Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor died from a heart attack on the set of a Chinese reality TV show early on Wednesday morning (Nov. 27).

According to Maoyan Entertainment, a blogger broke the news early on Wednesday morning that Tsao Chih-hsiang (曹志翔), known by his stage name Godfrey Gao (高以翔), 35, had a medical emergency while filming the Zhejiang Television reality show Chase Me (追我吧). When running in a team event, Gao suddenly fell and lost consciousness.

Paramedics reportedly applied CPR on Gao for 15 minutes, after which his heart stopped beating for three minutes, before being resuscitated. He was then immediately rushed to a nearby hospital.

Tencent News reported that an audience member heard Gao shout, "I can't carry on," before falling to the ground. Cameramen swarmed around him and kept filming, apparently believing that his actions were part of the show.

When Tencent News requested confirmation of the incident Zhejiang Television staff said, "Wait for us, thank you." The TV station responded to a similar inquiry by Sina Entertainment by saying, "There will be news updates later."

Zhejiang Television then announced that Gao had died at the age of 35 after doctors were unable to save him, reported FTV News. On its Weibo page at 11:46 a.m., Gao's agency, JetStar Entertainment, also confirmed the star's untimely death.

"Chase Me" is a Chinese reality show that is filmed at night in an urban area and involves two teams competing to win races. The first episode of the show aired on Nov. 8.

Gao was born in Taipei, in 1984, to a Taiwanese father and a Malaysian mother. He spent much of his childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, before returning to Taiwan in 2004 to work as a model and actor.

GAO, Godfrey (Tsao Chih-Hsiang)
Born: 9/22/1984, Taiwan
Died: 11/27/2019, Ningbo, Zhejang, China

Godfrey Gao’s western – actor:
The Jade Pendant – 2017 (Tom)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

RIP Michael Brockman

Orlando Sentinel
November 21, 2019

Michael Leeroy Brockman, age 74, of Westport, CT, passed away Monday, October 14, 2019 at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Born August 7, 1945 in Orlando, FL, the son of the late Sula, a homemaker, and Holmes Brockman, an air traffic controller, he was raised in Central Florida and graduated from Edgewater High School in 1963.

Michael entered the U.S. Army and became an educator and nuclear weapons specialist. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1975. Michael worked as Road Test Editor at Motor Trend Magazine while living in Los Angeles. He began racing professionally in 1979 and competed in events such as the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He went on to work as an actor & stuntman in films such as Harry & Son (1984), Fat Man And Little Boy (1989), Road to Perdition (2002) among others. Michael moved to Connecticut and had two children Keleigh (b. 1996) and Spencer (b. 2000). He lived and worked in CT until his passing, and was currently the owner of Mazda of Milford.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister, Suzanne Brockman Bruce. A celebration of Michael's life will be held on Sunday, December 8th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at his dealership 915 Boston Post Rd in Milford CT. If you would like to attend please contact his children or email In lieu of flowers, friends may consider a contribution in Michael's memory to the Boggy Creek Gang Camp, 30500 Brantley Branch Rd., Eustis, FL, 32736. For information or to offer an online condolence please visit

BROCKMAN, Michael (Michael Leeroy Brockman)
Born: 8/7/1945, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
Died: 10/14/2019, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Michael Brockman’s western – actor:
The Yellow Rose (TV) – 1984 (horse shoe player)

RIP Pam Polifroni

Pam Polifroni, Longtime Casting Director on ‘Gunsmoke,’ Dies at 90

By Erin Nyren
November 23, 2019

Pam Polifroni, a longtime casting director for “Gunsmoke” who gave early acting roles to Jodie Foster, Jon Voight, Loretta Swit and others, has died. She was 90.

Polifroni died in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday, Nov. 21 as a result of dementia, her daughter-in-law confirmed to Variety.

With more than 50 credits to her name by the end of her career, Polifroni worked in both film and television, though most of her hires appeared on the small screen.

Polifroni worked on “Gunsmoke” beginning in 1966 and continued through 1975. She was responsible for suggesting and landing Bette Davis for a guest role on the show, and also gave Jon Voight one of his earliest Hollywood parts. One of Jodie Foster’s youngest roles, at age seven, came after being hired by Polifroni for a small role in “Gunsmoke.” Loretta Swit also appeared on the series thanks to Polifroni, as well as on “Hawaii Five-O,” ahead of her well-known work on “M*A*S*H.” She also returned to cast “Gunsmoke’s” five TV movies in 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1994.

Others to whom Polifroni provided early-career work included Genie Francis, Emilio Estevez, Meg Tilly, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Hopper, David Carradine, Sam Elliott, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Vic Morrow, Ted Danson and Bruce Boxleitner.

Polifroni also discovered Michael Learned for CBS’ “The Waltons.” The series was based on the TV movie “The Homecoming,” which starred Patricia Neal in the role of the mother, but Neal wasn’t interested in a TV series. After Polifroni saw Learned in a play in San Francisco, Learned wound up playing Olivia Walton for eight seasons.

As for her work in film, Polifroni worked at Disney for a time, handling casting for “Tron” starring Jeff Bridges, Boxleitner and David Warner, as well as the Ray Bradbury adaptation “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (1983), starring Jason Robards. She also cast “The Shootist,” John Wayne’s last film, and “Telefon” with Charles Bronson.
She worked on “Santa Barbara” for nine years in the late ’80s-early ’90s, receiving three Artios nominations for best casting for TV soaps and winning once, in 1990.

Polifroni was twice married, to musician Francis “Poli” Polifroni and Mammoth ski school director Howard Gray. The first marriage resulted in one child and ended in divorce in 1960. She was married to Gray until his death in 2008. She was heavily involved in the Moonlight Angels Auxiliary in Oceanside, Calif. after she retired, eventually becoming treasurer and a member of the board.

Survivors include Polifroni’s son, Dr. Mark Polifroni and his wife, Rebecca, as well as a brother, Lawrence “Larry” Paulson.

POLIFRONI, Pam (Pamela Jeanne Paulson)
Born: 1/28/1929
Died: 11/21/2019, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

Pam Polifroni’s westerns – casting director:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1966-1975
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967-1968
Cutter’s Tral (TV) - 1970
Dirty Sally (TV) - 1974
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1978-1979
The Wild Wild West Revisited (TV) - 1979
The Gambler (TV) – 1980
Kenny Rogers as the Gambler: The Adventure Continues (TV) – 1983
Wildside (TV) - 1985
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (TV) – 1987
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (TV) – 1990
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (TV) – 1992
Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (TV) - 1993
Gunsmoke: One Man’s Justice (TV) - 1994

Friday, November 22, 2019

RIP Arthur Marks

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He's known for shepherding 'Detroit 9000' and Pam Grier's 'Friday Foster' and heading General Film Corp.

Arthur Marks, the producer and director who worked on Perry Mason for nearly a decade before guiding such blaxploitation favorites as Detroit 9000, Friday Foster and Bucktown, has died. He was 92.

Marks died Nov. 13 at his home in Woodland Hills, his son, producer Paul Marks (Narcos, Party of Five, Chuck), told The Hollywood Reporter.

Marks also served as president of the fabled indie company General Film Corp., which distributed many of his blaxploitation movies as well as The Candy Snatchers (1973), Wonder Women (1973) and The Zebra Killer (1974).

The Los Angeles native helmed 76 episodes of Perry Mason and produced 145, from the Raymond Burr-starrer's first season of 1958-59 through the ninth and last (1965-66) of its original CBS run.

He then directed Detroit 9000 (1973), which featured Hari Rhodes and Alex Rocco as mismatched cops; Friday Foster and Bucktown, both starring black feminist icon Pam Grier and released in 1975; J.D.'s Revenge (1976), a horror film toplined by Glynn Turman; and The Monkey Hustle (1976), starring Yaphet Kotto as a feel-good Chicago con man.

About blaxploitation films, Marks once said: "I believe when you put in the mix a good script, a terrific cast, an experienced and perceptive director and a professional production, what is the result? A film that audiences will enjoy and play eight weeks in a downtown theater in Chicago, Detroit or Kansas City.

"My intention was never to sell my films as a 'black' film, rather a film that will damn well entertain for 120 minutes … with excitement, passion and a heart-moving story."

Quentin Tarantino was a big fan of Detroit 9000, and he arranged to have it rereleased in theaters in 1998 through Miramax.

Arthur Ronald Marks was born on Aug. 2, 1927, in L.A. His grandparents were actors in silent pictures, and his father, Dave Marks, served as an MGM assistant director and production manager who worked on The Wizard of Oz and Easter Parade.

As a youngster, Arthur was an extra and bit actor in The Good Earth (1937), Boys Town (1938) and in Mickey Rooney's Andy Hardy series.

Marks joined the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy during World War II, served with the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and briefly attended Santa Monica City College and USC.

He left school and got a job working in the production department at MGM, and in 1952, was accepted into the DGA. He then worked as an assistant director at Columbia and on such TV shows as Casablanca and Broken Arrow before landing on Perry Mason.

Marks went on to direct other films including Togetherness (1970), Bonnie's Kids (1972), Class of '74 (1972), The Roommates (1973), A Woman for All Men (1975) and Linda Lovelace for President (1975) and episodes of I Spy, Starsky and Hutch, Mannix and The Dukes of Hazzard.

Survivors include his sons Paul and Beau (also a producer); daughters Kathleen and Elizabeth; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. His wife of 62 years, Phyllis, died in 2013.

MARKS, Arthur (Arthur Ronald Marks)
Born: 8/2/1927, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/13/2019,  Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Arthur Marks’ westerns – assistant director, producer:
Broken Arrow (TV) – 1956 [assistant director]
Gunsmoke (TV) 1967 [producer]

RIP Michael J. Pollard

By Brian Welk
November 22, 2019

Michael J Pollard, ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ and ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ Actor, Dies at 80

Michael J. Pollard, an Oscar-nominated actor who starred in “Bonnie and Clyde” and in Rob Zombie’s horror film “House of 1000 Corpses,” has died. He was 80.

Zombie broke the news on his Facebook page Friday morning. A representative for Pollard did not immediately respond to TheWrap for comment.

“We have lost another member of our ‘House of 1000 Corpses’ family. I woke up to the news that Michael J. Pollard had died. I have always loved his work and his truly unique on screen presence,” Zombie said. “He was one of the first actors I knew I had to work with as soon as I got my first film off the ground. He will be missed.”

Pollard got his start in television beginning in the late ’50s through the ’60s, but he broke out as C.W. Moss, the wiry accomplice to Bonnie and Clyde who ultimately turns in the gangsters to the police in the film starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway from 1967. He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his work and would later star in films such as “Dirty Little Billy,” “Melvin and Howard,” “Roxanne,” “Scrooged” and “Tango & Cash.” He also was nominated for a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles after starring in “Bonnie and Clyde.”

The New Jersey-born actor more recently starred in Zombie’s 2003 cult film “House of 1000 Corpses” as the character Stucky, one of his last film roles. His final role was “The Woods” in 2012, and he has two projects still listed in production.

“Michael J. Pollard was one of a kind. Made every film he was in better. You sat up and took notice,” Larry Karaszewski, the producer of “Dolemite Is My Name,” said on Twitter. “I met him once on the street in Beverly Hills and tried to pay him a compliment. He growled at me. I mean – literally growled at me. It was a perfect moment.”

POLLARD, Michael J. (Michael John Pollard Jr.)
Born: 5/30/1939, Passaic, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 11/21/2019, Los Angeles, California U.S.A.

Michael J. Pollard’s westerns – actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1964 (Cyrus)
Branded (TV) – 1965 (Digby Popham)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Bert)
The Virginian (TV) – 1967 (Georgie Sam Smith)
The Legend of Frenchie King – 1971 (The Sheriff)
Dirty Little Billy – 1972 (Billy Bonney)
The Four of the Apocalypse – 1975 (Clem)
The Young Riders (TV) – 1990 (John Eberly)
Paradise (TV) – 1991 (Lester Barr)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

RIP Alexander Davion

Actor Alexander Davion died in Norfolk, England on September 28, 2019 according to probate records. He is an actor, known for “Valley of the Dolls” (1985) “The Man from Moscow” (1985) and “Paranoiac” (1963). He appeared on several TV western series including “Zane Grey Theater” (1959) “Death Valey Days”  and  “Have Gun – Will Travel” (both 1961), “Custer” (1967) and as Tony in the Euro-western “Charley-One Eye (1973). He was married to actresses Ellen Caryl Klein and Anne Lawson and had two children professor Victoria Michele Davion [1960-2017] and Nicholas Davion [1966- ].

DAVION, Alexander
Born: 3/31/1929, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 9/28/2019, Norfolk, England, U.K.

Alexander Davion’s westerns – actor:
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1959 (John Wilkes Booth)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1960 (Edward the Englishman)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961 (Mitchell Hobart, Grand Duke Alexis)
Custer (TV) – 1967 (Captain Marcus A. Reno)
Charley-One Eye – 1973 (Tony)

Sunday, November 17, 2019

RIP Arseni Corsellas

Arseni Corsellas dies, the voice of Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson or JR of 'Dallas'

El Nacional
November 17, 2019

Voice actor Arseni Corsellas has died this Saturday at age 86 , according to his son published on social networks. Corsellas gave voice to iconic characters like JR of " Dallas " and also to actors like Sean Connery or Charlton Heston .

Corsellas debuted in the 1950s on Radio Juventud. However, the work that opened the door to dubbing was the performance at the National Radio Invisible Theater. Since then he made more than a thousand dubbing and was the voice of actors such as Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Albert Finney , in addition to those already mentioned.

He also directed almost all the films that were dubbed in the Voice of Spain studios in the sixties and seventies in Barcelona and, in addition, we have also been able to see him perform in films such as "Own Love" by Mario Camus or "The best thing it can happen in a croissant "by Paco Mir.

CORSELLAS, Arseni (Arseni Corsellas Serra)
Born: 9/17/1933, Figueres, Girono, Catalonia, Spain
Died: 11/15/2019, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Arsenio Corsellas’ westerns – stuntman, voice actor:
Rio Bravo – 1959 [Spanish voice of Claude Akins]
Backlash – 1960 [Spanish voice of William Campbell]
The Fighting Kentuckian – 1960 [Spanish voice of Paul Fix]
The Fastest Gun Alive – 1961 [Spanish voice of Glenn Ford]
The Magnificent Seven – 1961 [Spanish voice of James Coburn]
Lonely Are the Brave – 1962 [Spanish voice of Walter Mathau]
Seminole – 1962 [Spanish voice of Anthony Quinn]
How the West Was Won – 1963 [Spanish voice of Robert Preston]
Ride the High Country – 1963 [Spanish voice of James Drury]
Cattle King – 1964 [Spanish voice of Richard Devon]
Frontier Hellcat – 1964 [Spanish voice of Miha Baloh]
Last of the Renegades – 1964 [Spanish voice of Anthony Steel]
The Unsinkable Molly Brown – 1964 [Spanish voice of Vassili Lambrinos
Old Shatterhand – 1965 [Spanish voice of Lex Barker]
Shenandoah – 1965 [Spanish voice of James Best]
The Sons of Katie Elder – 1965 [Spanish voice of Dean Martin]
Viva Zapata – 1965 [Spanish voice of Frank Silvera]
Custer of the West – 1967 [Spanish voice of Robert Shaw]
El Dorado – 1967 [Spanish voice of Christopher George]
The Great Sioux Uprising – 1967 [Spanish voice of Lyle Bettger]
The Professionals – 1967 [Spanish voice of Lee Marvin]
Professionals for a Massacre – 1967 [Spanish voice of Jose Bodalo]
Chuka – 1968 [Spanish voice of Fred Rainey]
Death Sentence – 1968 [Spanish voice of Tomas Milian]
Villa Rides – 1968 [Spanish voice of Yul Brynner]
Yankee – 1968 [Spanish voice of Philippe Leroy]
Gentleman Killer – 1969 [Spanish voice of Anthony Steffen]
A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die – 1969 [Spanish voice of Franco Lantieri]
Sartana the Gravedigger – 1969 [Spanish voice of Ettore Manni]
Shalako – 1969 [Spanish voice of Sean Connery]
Sonora – 1969 [Spanish voice of George Martin]
Tell Them Willy Boy is Here – 1969 [Spanish voice of Ned Romero]
The 5-Man Army – 1970 [Spanish voice of Carlo Alighiero]
Sabata – 1970 [Spanish voice of Franco Ressel]
Boot Hill – 1971 [Spanish voice of Enzo Fiermonte]
Cannon for Cordoba – 1971 [Spanish voice of Raf Vallone]
Companeros – 1971 [Spanish voice of Fernando Rey]
The Deserter – 1971 [Spanish voice of Richard Crenna]
Duck You Sucker – 1971 [Spanish voice of John Frederick]
Lawman – 1971 [Spanish voice of Burt Lancaster]
Shootour - `97` [Spanish voice of Gregory Park]
Support Your Local Gunfighter – 1971 [Spanish voice of Chuck Connors]
The Wild and the Dirty – 1971 [Spanish voice of Horst Frank]
The Boldest Job in the West – 1972 [Spanish voice of Mark Edwards]
Chato’s Land – 1972 [Spanish voice of Charles Bronson]
Dirty Little Billy – 1972 [Spanish voice of Charles Aidman]
El Condor – 1972 [Spanish voice of Jim Brown]
Joe Kidd – 1972 [Spanish voice of Gregory Walcott]
A Man Called Sledge – 1972 [Spanish voice of James Garner]
Valdez is Coming – 1972 [Spanish voice of Burt Lancaster]
A Gunfight – 1973 [Spanish voice of Kirk Douglas]
Heaven With a Gun – 1973 [Spanish voice of Glenn Ford]
Jesse & Lester, Two Brothers in a Town Called Trinity – 1973 [Spanish voice of Richard Harrison]
The Magnificent Seven Ride – 1973 [Spanish story of Ralph Waite]
The Mark of Zorro – 1973 [Spanish voice of Tyrone Power]
Those Dirty Dogs – 1973 [Spanish voice of Stephen Boyd]
Watch Out Gringo! Sabata Will Return – 1973 [Spanish voice of George Martin]
Viva Django! – 1974 [Spanish voice of Horst Frank]
Ballad of Death Valley – 1975 [Spanish voice of Wayde Preston]
West World – 1975 [Spanish voice of Yul Brynner]
The Westerner – 1975 [Spanish voice of Gary Cooper]
Breakheart Pass – 1976 [Spanish voice of Richard Crenna]
The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday – 1977 [Spanish voice of Robert Culp]
The Outlaw Josey Wales – 1977 [Spanish voice of Will Sampson]
Challenge to White Fang – 1978 [Spanish voice of Raimund Harmstorf]
Cowboy – 1989 [Spanish voice of Brian Donlevy]
Lonesome Dove (TV) – 1991[Spanish voice of Robert Duvall]
Wyatt Earp – 1994 [Spanish voice of John Lawlor]
Pursuit of Honor – 1995 [Spanish voice of Bob Gunton]
Dead Man – 1996 [Spanish voice of Robert Mitchum]
The Return of El Coyote – 1998 [Spanish voice of Nigel Davenport], [stunts]
Texas Rangers – 2002 [Spanish voice of James Coburn]
Crossfire Trail – 2003 [Spanish voice of Barry Corbin]
Open Range – 2003 [Spanish voice of Michael Gambon]
Django Unchained – 2012 [Spanish voice of Michael Parks]

RIP Mike Dinsmore

By William Dinsmore

Hello everyone, this is William Dinsmore, Mike Dinsmore's son. On Nov 14th my father passed away in the ER after falling from a roof 2 stories up.

On behalf of my father I want to let everyone know that he loves you all. He is a natural entertainer and his motivation was always to make other people happy. He was a bright light in this dark world.
To all the people who were very close with him, whether or not you are spiritual, I'm getting the message that he wants to hear from you. So in whichever way you feel most called to... go ahead and speak to him. And let your heart be wide open, so that when he is ready he can show himself to you.

While his physical vessel is no longer here, his spirit has returned back to the source and he is doing just fine. It's hard for all of us to let him go, but it's important that we recognize that his essence has moved on to the next chapter of the experience.

DINSMORE, Mike (Michael Chaffin Dinsmore)
Born: 1989, California
Died: 11/14/2019, Campbell, California, U.S.A.

Mike Dinsmore’s westerns – actor:
Gold Mountain – 2016 (Garfield)
The Rogues of Flat Oak – 2018 (Polk)

RIP Steve Marlo

November 17, 2019

Steve Marlo passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 7, 2019, surrounded by his adoring family. He was 92 years old and he died, like he lived, putting up a good fight. Steve was born in San Francisco to Minnie and Manus Miller in 1927. He and his brother, Manny, spent time in an orphanage during the Great Depression. He joined the Air Corps out of high school and then decided to follow his dream of becoming an actor. He moved to New York City for ten years and drove a taxi while auditioning for acting jobs. His raw talent gave him the chance to perform on Broadway four times including a play called "Picnic" with a young Paul Newman. He then made his way out to Hollywood where he was accepted to the Actor's Studio, studying under Lee Strasberg and eventually became a voting member of the Academy. He starred in movies and television shows such as Star Trek, The Rifleman, Terror in the Wax Museum, Stakeout on Dope Street, and The Young Captives. He spent 50 years in film and the theater and worked with many of the greats including: Marlon Brando, Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, and Paul Newman to name a few. Not only was he a successful, working actor but was a proud civil rights activist. He marched with Martin Luther King Jr. from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 to fight for equal rights. He was very passionate about social justice and politics and he fought hard for what he believed in. He never shied away from speaking his opinions and you never had to wonder what he was thinking. He loved classical music, going out to eat, attending the theater and symphony, watching Turner Classic Movies, and enjoying a cup of coffee and a donut with his Haggen Family. Up until the last year of his life, you could still find him dancing to 70's disco music at the Tulalip Casino or performing his favorite song "Mac the Knife" to a captive audience. By far, his greatest achievement was that of becoming a husband and father to two daughters. He loved his family more than anything and he dedicated his life to making theirs better by providing much love and laughs throughout the years. Steve inspired everyone with his enthusiasm for life and most days he was unstoppable. He always did things his way and refused to live in quiet desperation. He will be terribly missed but never forgotten. He is survived by his two daughters, Kelly and Megan, his sons-in-law, Per and Russell; the love of his life, Cindy, two grandsons, Sam and Gus; his brother, Manny, and his niece and nephew, Gary and Sissy.

MARLO, Steve (Morris Miller)
Born: 7/13/1927, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/7/2019, Everett, Washington, U.S.A.

Steve Marlo’s westerns – stuntman, actor:
The Rifleman (TV) – 1959, 1960, 1962 (Doke Marvin, The Domino Kid, Will Stagg)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Dolan)
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1960 (Manuel Ramores)
The Rebel (TV) – 1960, 1961 (Cass, Sailor Benton, Benn Culver)
Stagecoach West (TV) – 1960 (Joe Brandy)
One-Eyed Jacks – 1961 [stunts]
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1961 (Coyote)
The Great Adventure (TV) – 1964 (Red Deer)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1964 (Corporal Miller)
Branded (TV) – 1965 (Private Tyler)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Swift Knife, Chief Cameaward)
Bonanza (TV) – 1966, 1967 (MacKaye, Jack Barclay)
Hondo (TV) – 1967 (Reese, messenger)
The Hanged Man (TV) – 1974 (Joe ‘Patch’ Jannet)
Hondo and the Apaches (TV) – 1976 (Reese)

Friday, November 15, 2019

RIP Oliver Bludau

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German businessman and actor Oliver Bludau died November 8, 2019. He was 47. Born on November 26, 1971, he was the grandson of actress Maria Bladau and the son of actor Jochen Bludau and actress Irmgard Bludau. Oliver appeared on stage at the Elipse Karl-May Festival from 2011-2014. He played Old Shatterhand in “Winnetou 1” (2012), “The Oil Prince” (2013) and “Among Vultures” 2014. He appeared in 2011 as Engineer Leverent in “Halfbreed”. He was also the managing director during this same time. He then turned his attention to his position as managing director of the Berghoff Group.
BLUDAU, Oliver
Born: 11/26/1971, Lennestadt, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany
Died: 11/8/2019, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Oliver Bludau’s westerns Elipse Karl May Festival – actor:
Halfbreed – 2011 (Engineer Leverent)
Winnetou 1 – 2012 (Old Shatterhand)
The Oil Prince - 2013 (Old Shatterhand)
Among Vultures – 2014 (Old Shatterhand)

Thursday, November 14, 2019

RIP Lawrence G. Paull

Lawrence G. Paull, Oscar-Nominated Production Designer on 'Blade Runner,' Dies at 81

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

He also worked on such films as 'Back to the Future,' 'Romancing the Stone,' 'The Hired Hand' and 'Escape From L.A.'

Lawrence G. Paull, the production designer and art director who received an Oscar nomination for his work on the Ridley Scott sci-fi classic Blade Runner, died Sunday in La Jolla, California, a publicist announced. He was 81.

Paull's distinctive design style also can be seen in director Robert Zemeckis' Back to the Future (1985) and Romancing the Stone (1984) and in Ron Underwood's City Slickers (1991), starring Billy Crystal and Jack Palance.

Paull also worked on Peter Fonda's The Hired Hand (1971); Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976), American Flyers (1985) and Another Stakeout (1993), all directed by John Badham; John Carpenter's Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992) and Escape From L.A. (1996); Jonathan Kaplan's Project X (1987) and Unlawful Entry (1992); Jon Avildsen's W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings (1975); and Paul Schrader's Blue Collar (1978).

He shared his Oscar nom for art direction-set decoration with David L. Snyder and Linda DeScenna.
"Ridley really knew how to appeal to the art department, he was very wise about it," Paull once said in a rare interview. "What he would say, up in the art department: 'If you build it, I'll shoot it.' And who could resist the temptation of that? Because we've all suffered, making films with gigantic sets, and beautiful sets, and all that is shown are talking heads. And that was disappointing. But because [Ridley] was an art director, he knew he could hook us with that bait. And he did it — if we built it, he shot it."

Scott in a statement recalled that he was "always struck by [Paull's] staunch and faithful support of the strange plan for the unique world of Blade Runner." He continued, "Between Syd [Means, visual futurist on the film] and myself and Larry, it was a challenging, monumental task for him and against all odds — the proof is in his work in the film. So I guess we won. My hat comes off for him."
His film résumé also included Harlem Nights (1989), Predator 2 (1990), Born Yesterday (1993), Naked Gun 33-1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Sgt. Bilko (1996) and Light it Up (1999).

Born in Chicago on April 13, 1938, Paull received a B.A. in architecture from the University of Arizona and began working in films as a set designer and art director before advancing to production designer.

His early career as art director includes more than 20 TV movies and feature films by such celebrated directors as Robert Mulligan, Delbert Mann and Lamont Johnson. He also designed the Emmy-winning Friendly Fire in 1979; Oprah Winfrey's ABC miniseries The Wedding in 1998; David Greene's Rehearsal for Murder in 1982; Burt Reynolds' Hard Time in 1998; and James Keach's Murder in the Mirror in 2000.

Following his retirement from the motion picture industry, Paull in 2004 joined Chapman University in Irvine, California, where he created and taught a new curriculum that is required for a masters of fine arts degree in production design.

Before Chapman, he was senior filmmaker-in-residence at the AFI in Los Angeles, creating the curriculum required for another masters in production design. He worked with the adjunct faculty on the format and content of each course. He also was a guest speaker at Harvard, USC, UCLA, Catholic University and the University of Arizona.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Marcy; son Michael; sister Lesley; and brother-in-law Craig. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made in his memory to the charity of your choice. There will be no services.

PAULL, Lawrence G.
Born: 4/13/1938, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 11/10/2019, LaJolla, California, U.S.A.

Lawrence G. Paull’s westerns – production designer, art director:
The Hired Hand – 1971 [production designer, art director
Ciry Slickers -1991 [production designer]

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

RIP Niall Tóibín

Veronica Guerin and Ballykissangel star Niall Tóibín dies aged 89

November 13, 2019

Irish actor and comedian Niall Tóibín has died aged 89. The star has passed away following a long illness, according to RTÉ. Tóibín was best known for his role in Jerry Bruckheimer’s award-winning film Veronica Guerin, in which he played Judge Ballaugh alongside Cate Blanchett. The Cork-born actor also appeared in Ryan’s Daughter in 1970 and went on to appear in the TV series Bracken, Ballykissangel and Brideshead Revisited. Other roles from his career, which spanned four decades, include The Ballroom of Romance, Far and Away and The Clinic.

On the stage, the actor played Brendan Behan in the original adaptation of Borstal Boy at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. In 2011, Tóibín – a fluent Irish speaker – was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Irish Film and Television Academy. Four years later, he was awarded the Freedom of Cork in recognition of his TV, film and stage work. Niall is survived by his five children – Sighle, Aisling, Fiana, Sean and Muireann – and his seven grandchildren. His wife of 45 years Judy died in 2002.

TOBIN, Niall

Born: County Cork, Irish Free State
Died: 11/13/2019, Dublin, Ireland

Niall Tóibín’s western – actor:

Far and Away – 1992 (Joe)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

RIP Virginia Leith

Virginia Leith, Female Lead in Stanley Kubrick’s First Film, Dies at 94

By Erin Nyren
November 12, 2019

Actress and model Virginia Leith, who starred in Stanley Kubrick’s first film “Fear and Desire,” which he later disavowed, has died. She was 94.

According to family spokesperson Jane Chalmers, Leith died after a brief illness at her home in Palm Springs, Calif. on Nov. 4.

Born on Oct. 15, 1925, Leith met Kubrick in the 1950s when he shot her for the cover of Look magazine.

“Fear and Desire,” which received moderately positive critical reviews upon its release, was not a box office success. After distributor Joseph Burstyn died, the film fell out of circulation and Kubrick is said to have destroyed the original negative and any other prints he could find. Some original prints still exist, however, and Film Forum organized a screening in 1994. Kubrick released a statement through Warner Bros. at the time, calling it “a bumbling amateur film exercise” and urging press not to attend.

Following her appearance in “Fear and Desire,” Leith was signed by 20th Century Fox, starring in Richard Fleischer’s “Violent Saturday” (1955) with Victor Mature and Gerd Oswald’s “A Kiss Before Dying” (1956), opposite Robert Wagner and Jonanne Woodward. She also appeared in “Toward the Unknown” opposite William Holden.

One of her best-known roles in recent years was in Joseph Green’s 1962 low-budget science fiction cult classic “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die,” in which she played the disembodied head of the main character’s fiancee, which he keeps alive after discovering how to keep human body parts from dying.

Leith left show business in 1960 when she married Canadian actor Donald Harron, but following their divorce, she returned to the screen, appearing in numerous television series through 1980, including “Starsky and Hutch,” “Baretta,” “Police Woman,” “The White Shadow,” “Barnaby Jones,” and “Condominium.” She also remained close with her stepdaughters, Martha Harron and Mary Harron, director of “American Psycho” and “Charlie Says.”

LEITH, Virginia (Cora Virginia Leith)
Born: 10/15/1925, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 11/4/2019, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.

Virginia Leith’s western – actress:
White Feather – 1955 (Ann Magruder)