The death of Édouard Aidans father of Tounga
September 6, 2018
We have just learned of the death of Édouard Aidans. He was born on August 13, 1930. Pillar of the newspaper Tintin he had drawn however his first story in Spirou at the age of 16 years. We remember Tounga (who has nothing to envy to a certain Rahan) and La Toile and the dagger with Jean Dufaux.
Very discreet, Édouard Aidans was a typical author of a generation who trained on the job, plank after board, and touched all styles. His first series, Bob Binn , is heavily influenced by Marcinelle's style , but he is rapidly evolving into a more realistic genre, blithely moving from Tony Stark's Far-West to prehistoric Tundra . Greg will notice and he takes with him Bernard Prince , before giving life to the sculptural Panthers .
The female body seems to inspire him as he will also script the erotic jokes of Saintes Nitouches, before returning to the historical style, alongside Jean Dufaux, the time of the three volumes of The painting and the dagger . At 88, he was emblematic of the popular comic book of the second half of the twentieth century, awarded in 2006, the award of the Giant Prize for comics, awarded by the Belgian Chamber of experts in comics, for all of his work. Very talented, known without really being, Aidans was a talented and prolific author.
Born: 8/13/1930, Andrenne, Blegium
Died: 9/16/2018, Gesves, Belgium
Édouard Aidans’ western – comic book artist
Tony Stark - 1979
The Daily Item
September 6, 2018
Lee Moore, a true gentleman of the theater whose distinctive deep voice and commanding demeanor made him a constant and familiar presence on stage, screen, radio and television since the 1950s, died on Aug. 16, 2018, in Manhattan. He was 89 years old and had homes in Manhattan and Cornwall, Conn.
His death was announced by his wife, the opera singer and actress Leslie Middlebrook. At the day and hour of his death, Thursday, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., he was to appear at an Episcopal Actors' Guild event at the Little Church Around the Corner. He had recently completed work on a Marvel superhero film production as well as several independent films.
Lee moved seamlessly from the stage to radio to movies and TV and back again. A member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA, he appeared in principal roles on every one of the daytime television dramas in their golden age, culminating in seven years as Glenn Taggart in "The Guiding Light"; helped save a foundering Pennsylvania radio station and earned a lasting local fame as a radio personality; and won a permanent place in the hearts of his fellow members of The Players, Episcopal Actors' Guild and Lambs, both as committee member and performer.
Born in Brooklyn to Julia Gunther Ingelbord and Joseph Moore, both professional singers, he was educated at Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn and Litchfield High School. His training as a competitive debater in high school and his distinctive deep voice paved the way for his acting career, beginning in Air Force acting troupes while he served during the Korean conflict. He was stationed for four years in Frankfurt, Germany.
Upon his return to the states, he became a professional actor, drawing notice first as a leading man at the Litchfield Summer Playhouse in Connecticut and the Arden Playhouse in Arden, Del., both directed by Leonard Altobell, then in many Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions. Later in life he studied with Wynn Handman of the American Place Theatre and took singing lessons with Dan Merriman and Beverly Myers to polish his baritone voice.
Among his noted New York appearances were several roles at the Mint Theater, including "Allison's House" and "The Return of the Prodigal", as well as at the John Houseman Theatre, the American Place Theatre and the Quaigh Theatre, where he starred in the only New York revival of Moss Hart's "Christopher Blake". He also appeared at regional theaters, including the Allentown Playhouse; Mill Mountain in Roanoke, Va.; the Buffalo Arena Stage; the Cleveland Playhouse; the Arizona Theater Company; and the Geva Theatre in Rochester, N.Y.
In the mid-1970s, he drew listeners and advertisers to a daily radio show on the struggling WWPA-AM in Williamsport, Pa. As the "Tom Cat," he presented music, poetry and conversation, becoming so popular that he sometimes had to flee waiting fans by way of the fire escape. The station returned to financial health and survives today,
In the 80s and 90s, he shuttled between New York and Los Angeles to act in movies as well as in TV pilots and successful series, including "Falcon Crest" and the mini-series "War and Remembrance."
He also appeared in the United States premiere of the stage version of "Breaker Morant." Later in his career, he was in "Hope and Faith" and "The Lion of the Desert," which was filmed in Italy. He was featured in the movie "Mr. Popper's Penguins" and in the award-winning short film "Christ in the City," among others.
He met his wife Leslie in 1978 at a New York casting workshop. They married in 1990 and made many joint appearances, touring together in "How Love Endures, 100 Years of Broadway Melodies" and "A Victorian Evening of Romance, Poetry and Song, or the Tale of Dolly Gray." For more than a quarter of a century, he worked at Lincoln Center for the
Performing Arts in the education/marketing department, introducing young people to the opera and classical music he loved. He had been a member of the E.A.G. since 2007 and of The Lambs and The Players since 2001. He had a special relationship with The Players, the famous club for theatricals and their professional friends on Gramercy Park South, becoming known as "The Voice" of the club. He was a stalwart of many dramatic, cabaret and variety shows there, often appearing with his wife, and he served on several committees, including the finance and admissions committees.
He was famous for the speech from "Hamlet" that nearly every prospective member heard during the admissions process: "Good my lord, will you see the players well bestowed? Do you hear, let them be well used; for they are the abstract and brief chronicles of the time..."
He wrote a screenplay, "Edwin, the Actor King," about Edwin Booth, the most famous American actor of the 19th century and the founder of The Players. The script has had several readings and showcases at The Players and remains in development.
His survivors include his wife; his son from a previous marriage, Andre W.K Moore-Roupp and his wife, Ellie Moore-Roupp of Mifflinburg, Pa.; and their daughter, Monroe Anna Kuhl Moore-Roupp; as well as his sister-in-law, Julia Forbes of Boston; and his niece, Heather Forbes.
Contributions in his memory are suggested to the Mifflinburg High School Boys Basketball Club, 75 Market St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844.
A memorial service will be held on September 22 at 2 P.M. at the Little Church Around the Corner (The Church of the Transfiguration), at 1 E. 29th St., Manhattan.
A private tribute will take place at The Players on October 25.
Funeral arrangements are by Roupp Funeral Home, Inc., Mifflinburg, Pa.
Born:2/19/1929, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/16/2018, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.
Lee Moore’s westerns – actor:
Shooting High – 1940 (Bert)
The Great Man’s Lady – 1942 (gambler)
The Desperadoes – 1943 (townsman)
By Kymm Zuckert
My mother, Gladys Holland Zuckert, died at home today at 12.15p. I hope I called everyone who knew her, I hope that nobody who knew her personally is getting the news this way, if so, I apologize, I tried to get everyone.
She was a fighter to the end, and now she’s free. She’s with my dad and her mom, she’s with everyone she loved who went before her, and there were a lot, she outlived so many people, she’s with every dog and cat she had in her whole life, and that’s a lot of animals. I know I’ll see her again someday, and I know she’ll always be with me. I’ll miss her every day, along with my father.
HOLLAND, Gladys (Gladys Edna Holland)
Born: 7/7/1923, Ponta, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 10/21/2017, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Gladys Holland’s western – actress:
Ulzana’s Raid – 1972 (Mrs. Rukeyser)
John Virginius Bennes III, 84, died from lung cancer on Feb. 1, 2018 at Linden Ponds Retirement Community in Hingham, Mass.
He was born Feb. 27, 1933 in New York City to John V. Bennes Jr. and Zara (Wolfinsohn) Bennes. His family moved to Hollywood, Calif., where he grew up with his sister, Gaye Bennes. He started his lifelong career as a character actor and performer on stage and screen at a young age, and continued acting throughout his life all over the country under the state name, “James Beard” and his birth name, John Bennes.
Survivors: his wife, Gracia M. Littauer; his son, Adam Bennes (Jennifer) of San Francisco, Calif.; his daughter, Lesley Bennes Blanton (Jim) of Winston-Salem; his sister, Gaye Bennes of Cambridge, Mass.; grandchildren, Shaun and Chad Watkins, Patrick Gordon, and Anna Bennes; cousins, Judith Parker, Dianth Capello, Laura and David Gabbe and David Hunt.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
His wishes were to have his body donated to science for research. Arrangements were made with Harvard Medical School to have that wish carried out.
A memorial and celebration of his life will be held later.
BENNES, JohN (John Virginius Bennes III)
Born: 2/27/1933, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/1/2018, Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
John Bennes’ western – actor:
Mohawk - 1956
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2018
October 9, 1957 - August 24, 2018
On August 24, 2018, Bruce Alan Barris passed away unexpectedly due to complications from an undiagnosed heart condition.
His very big heart was born on October 9, 1957 near Strasbourg, France, where his father was stationed with the US Air Force. The family lived on bases from Newfoundland to Ohio and eventually settled in Camarillo, CA. A graduate of Rio Mesa High School, Bruce was attending UC Santa Barbara when he discovered music engineering. Following completion of a program in sound engineering at Soundmaster Recording School, Bruce began his career at the legendary Sound City Studios, subject of the 2013 documentary by Dave Grohl (and in which Bruce makes a quick cameo appearance). Bruce worked on projects with artists ranging from Tom Petty to George Harrison, earning RIAA Platinum Awards for two albums by Canada's The Tragically Hip, including Road Apples which was recorded at what the liner notes call "Barris Studios," which Bruce just set up in the living room of the band's rental house in New Orleans' French Quarter.
Bruce naturally segued into television and film music with composer Joe Conlan and then into other aspects of the world of post-production sound, beginning at Soundstorm. Whether out in the field recording, in an edit bay, or on the mixing stage, his dozens of credits include the original The Fast and the Furious (which was nominated for an MPSE Golden Reel Award), Michael Mann's Collateral (which received a BAFTA nomination for Best Sound), Miami Vice, Hotel for Dogs, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ted, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and A Million Ways to Die in the West. He had recently moved into supervising sound and his last projects were Uncle Drew, Mile 22 and the upcoming Magic Camp. Bruce was a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700.
An avid hiker, mountain biker, skier and snowboarder, Bruce's golf game was improving. His last internet searches the day he passed were regarding tee times at the Woodley Lakes and Balboa golf courses.
Bruce is remembered with love by his family – beloved brother Roy Barris and his wife Consuelo Santana Barris, cousins Eric Larson, Janet Larson Atha and her husband Ron, cousin Benjamin King and his wife Laura, ex-wife and dear friend Robin Ruse-Rinehart Barris, and his cat Lilly. Among the many friends who will miss him greatly are his lifelong friend Brad Sevy and his partner in sound, Elliott Koretz.
He was preceded in death by his parents Roma and Alan Barris, his sister Julia and by furry friends including Polly, Rosie, and Tasmin.
Bruce Barris was truly one of the good guys. We are better for having known him and will always miss him deeply.
If you'd like to make a donation in honor of Bruce, the family suggests the American Heart Association https://www.heart.org,
the California Bicycle Coalition http://www.calbike.org/
or a charity important to you.
Please join us soon to celebrate Bruce's life - email email@example.com for information.
Born: 10/9/1957, Strasbourg, France
Died: 10/24/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Bruce Barris’ westerns – assistant sound editor, sound editor:
South of Heaven, West of Hell – 2000 [assistant sound editor]
A Million Ways to Die in the West – 2014 [sound editor]
October 6, 2017
Dr. Bobby Lee Swain, 70 of
146 Rivershore Drive, Hertford, NC
died Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at his residence. He was born August 23, 1947 in Washington, NC
to the late William Brown Swain and Betty Kostal Swain. He was a science, art and drama teacher, and a member of the Screen Actors Guild having appeared in several movies including Death Becomes Her, Tequila Sunrise Shocker, The Revenge of Al Capone, and numerous Dr. Quinn episodes. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army.
He is survived by his god-daughter, Haily Buckman, of SC; a brother, Don Swain and wife Sussane of Newport News, VA; and two nieces, Taylor Swain and Chelsea Swain.
Inurnment will be in A. G. Horton Veteran’s Cemetery, Suffolk, VA
at a later date. Twiford Funeral Home, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Swain family. You may express condolences to the family by visiting www.TwifordFH.com
SWAIN, Bob (Bobby Lee Swain)Born:
8/23/1947, Washington, North Carolina, U.S.A.Died:
10/4/2017, Hertford, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Bob Swain’s westerns – actor:
Guns of Paradise
(TV) – 1991 (stagecoach driver)
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV) – 1994 (Mr. Avery, farmer)
Natchez Trace Funeral Home
September 3, 2018
Sam B. Sherrill, 90, of Madison
, passed away on September 1, 2018 at the Veterans Home in Kosciusko, MS
He was the son of Samuel and Flossie Sherrill and was born in Memphis, TN.
He joined the US Navy at the end of WWII and worked until retirement in the public sector as a Radio Announcer for PRM. During his career as a Public Radio Announcer, Sam had his own evening show from 1988 to 1995 and returned to host a Saturday night Jazz program. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and was in several movies filmed in Mississippi
. He was a member of RidgecrestBaptistChurch
Sam is survived by his loving spouse of 55 years, Mamie Sherrill; daughters, Carol Leslie Jones and Amy Elizabeth Moon; sons, Sam B. Sherrill, Jr. and Joel Lindsey Sherrill; 10 grandchildren, William Moon, III, Bryce Moon, Riley Moon, Sam B. Sherrill, III, Seth Sherrill, Christian Sherrill-Jordan, Saige Sherrill, Jack Sherrill, Allyson Byrd and Daniel Jones; 3 great granddaughters and 2 great grandsons.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Natchez Trace Funeral Home with a funeral service to follow at 2:00pm in the chapel. Interment will be in Natchez Trace Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donation to RidgecrestBaptistChurch
Old Canton RoadMadison, MS39110
SHERRILL, Sam (Sam B. Sherrill)Born:
1928, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.Died:
9/1/2018, Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S.A.
Sam Sherrill’s westerns – actor:
Love’s Savage Fury (TV) – 1979 (Mayor Simms)
Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn - 1982
Leon William Bleiberg
June 9, 1932 – November 6, 2017
Leon William Bleiberg, 85, born on June 9, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York
, passed away on November 6, 2017. He resided in Newbury Park, California
, at the time of his passing. Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California
. Leon (Lee) was born in Brooklyn, New York
, to Helen and Paul (Pincus) Bleiberg. The family of six (Paul, Helen, Donald, Miriam, Shirley, and Leon) moved to Los Angeles
when Lee was three. He excelled at Fairfax High in sports and cheerleading and graduated from TempleUniversity
of Podiatric Medicine
, in Philadelphia
, in 1955, where he headed the cheerleading team. Leon
served in the U. S. Navy, after which he practiced podiatric medicine in Westchester, California
. He was a member of the Masonic Los Angeles Lodge No. 42, the Shriners, Al Malaikah, and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J. USA
. Lee also produced three motion pictures; TERRIFIED, DAY OF THE NIGHTMARE, and GUNHAWK. He was an avid supporter of affordable health care for everyone and developed Totalcare Systems of America, CineMedics, and the Medical Trianon Health Share System. Leon
married Bertha (Beth) Daigle and had four children: Kristina, Kelley, Kimberly, and Paul. Lee is survived by his wife Beth and his children and grandchildren: KRIS, Christopher, Sienna, and Dylan Dukes; KELLEY, Mark, Joel, and Avery Newhouse; KIM, Erich, Hunter, and Madison Schwab; PAUL Bleiberg; his only living sister, Shirley Williams, and her family; and his nieces and nephews from his brother Don and sister Miriam.
BLEIBERG, Leon (Leon William Bleiberg)Born:
6/9/1932, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.Died:
11/6/2017, Newbury Park, California, U.S.A.
Leon Bleiberg’s western - associate producer:
The Gun Hawk - 1963
September 14, 2018
Jane F. Fenton
March 8, 1928 - September 5, 2018
Jane Fischer Fenton passed away on September 5th at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House, at the age of 90. She was born on March 8, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri
to Mildred and George Kemmet.
She married Robert "Bob" Fenton in 1956 after they had a whirlwind romance, introduced on a blind date by their dearest friends, Joan and Stan Lee.
Jane and Bob resided in New York
before moving to California
in the mid-sixties, with their three daughters Lindsay, Brooke, and Kimberly.
Jane had several careers during her lifetime, but her passions were the arts, acting, theatre, and Broadway Musicals. As a classically trained actress and dancer she performed in productions on Broadway, also having roles in famed movies as Athena, Brigadoon, Oklahoma
, and Red Shoes. Before moving to Modesto
, Jane worked for the WilliamMorrisAgency
, and was featured in numerous commercials.
After moving to Modesto
with her family, Jane was Bob's social coordinator for the family radio stations. Jane immersed herself with the Family Service League, Doctor's Medical Foundation, Salvation Army Auxiliary, Stanislaus Arts Council, VIVA, Modesto Garden Club, and was a Docent at the McHenryMansion
and helped to beautify the ground's gardens.
Jane enjoyed the State Theatre, the Modesto Symphony, and her audio books. Jane loved spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren. She was also an attendee at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
She enjoyed her weekly "Think Tank Group" at the Velvet Creamery to discuss today's hot topics as Jane was known for being a great conversationalist.
Jane is remembered for her wonderful stories, great talent, wit, style, and timeless beauty. She was preceded in death by her husband Bob, daughter Brooke, and brother John. Jane is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Lindsay and Jim Meikle, daughter, Kimberly Kaiser, grandchildren, Sarah Davis and Ben Meikle, two great- grandchildren, two brothers Hunter and Ralph Kemmet, and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers donations in Jane's memory can be made to the McHenryMansion
or Juline School of Dance.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
FENTON, Jane (Jane F. Fenton)Born:
3/8/1928, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.Died:
9/5/2018, Modesto, California, U.S.A.
Jane Fenton’s western – actress:Oklahoma
! – 1955 (dancer)
September 13, 2018
Old Tucson icon, stuntman dies on Thursday
Legendary stuntman, actor, and Old Tucson icon Jack N. Young died on Thursday.
He was 91 years old. Young worked as a gunfighter at Old Tucson in its early days. His friends tell us he came up with the idea to start live reenactments.
He later moved on to open "Young Film productions", and once worked as a Clark Gables stunt double.
YOUNG, Jack (Jack Norwood Young)
Born: 9/25/1926, Fincastle, Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 9/13/2018, Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.A.
Jack Young’s westerns – stuntman, actor, producer, production manager:
Trail to Laredo – 1948 [stunts]
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon – 1949 [stunts]
Winchester ’73 – 1949 [stunts]
Rio Grande – 1950 [stunts]
Rawhide – 1951 [stunts]
Across the Wide Missouri – 1951 [stunts]
Westward the Women – 1951 [stunts]
Lone Star – 1952 [stunts]
High Noon – 1952 [stunts]
The Duel at Silver Creek – 1952 [stunts]
Springfield Rifle – 1952 [stunts]
Death Valley Days (TV) [1952, 1954, 1959
The Naked Spur - 1953 [stunts]
Law and Order - 1953 [stunts]
The Last Posse – 1953 [stunts]
City of Bad Men – 1953 [stunts]
Hondo – 1953 [stunts]
The Far Country – 1954 [stunts]
The Man from Laramie – 1955 [stunts]
Man Without a Star – 1955 [stunts]
The Tall Men – 1955 [stunts]
Cheyenne (TV) – 1955, 1956 [stunts]
The Broken Star – 1956 [stunts]
The Fastest Gun Alive – 1956 [stunts]
Gun the Man Down – 1956 [stunts]
The King and Four Queens – 1956 [stunts]
The Lost Wagon – 1956 [stunts]
The Searchers – 1956 [stunts]
Thunder Over Arizona – 1956 [stunts]
Tribute to a Bad Man – 1956 [stunts]
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1956, 1957 [stunts]
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1956 [stunts]
Forty Guns – 1957 [stunts]
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral – 1957 [stunts]
The Guns of Fort Petticoat – 1957 [stunts]
Night Passage – 1957 [stunts]
3:10 to Yuma – 1957 [stunts]
The Tin Star – 1957 [stunts]
The True Story of Jesse James – 1957 [stunts]
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1957 [stunts]
Maverick (TV) – 1957 [stunts]
The Rifleman (TV) – 1957, 1958 [stunts]
Wagon Train (TV) – 1957, 1958 [stunts]
Buchanan Rides Alone – 1958 [stunts]
The Law and Jake Wade – 1958 [stunts]
Man of the West – 1958 [stunts]
Saddle the Wind – 1958 [stunts]
Bronco (TV) – 1958, 1960, 1962 [stunts]
Wanted, Dead or Alive (TV) – 1958, 1959
The Horse Soldiers – 1959 [stunts]
Rio Bravo – 1959 [stunts]
The Wonderful Country – 1959 [stunts]
Bonanza (TV) – 1959 [stunts]
The Alamo – 1960 [stunts]
The Comancheros – 1961 [stunts]
The Misfits – 1961 [stunts]
Two Rode Together – 1961 [stunts]
How the West Was Won – 1962 [stunts]
McLintock! – 1963 [stunts]
El Dorado - 1967 [stunts]
Rio Lobo – 1970 [stunts]
Buckeye and Blue – 1988 [associate producer, production manager]
Walker – 1987 [production manager]
The Young Riders (TV) – 1992 (older member)
Peter Donat, Actor Who Played a Panoply of Roles, Dead at 90
The New York Times
By Richard Sandomir
September 14, 2018
Peter Donat, a Canadian-born character actor who played a wide variety of classical and contemporary roles in theater, film and television, died on Monday at his home in Point Reyes Station, Calif. He was 90.
His wife, Maria, said the cause was complications of diabetes.
Mr. Donat was best known in recent years for his recurring role as Agent Fox Mulder’s father in six episodes of “The X Files.”
But he preferred theatrical work. He performed frequently with respected companies like the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Stratford Festival in Canada. Over the years he played Cyrano de Bergerac, Prospero, Shylock, King Lear and Hadrian VII.
“It’s the closest thing to the ideal creative life,” he said of stage acting in an interview with The Honolulu Advertiser in 1984. “I mean, how often can an actor do Shakespeare, Chekhov and a new play, all in an eight-month span? And do TV shows and films in between?”
He worked regularly in television, guest-starring on series like “The F.B.I.,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Mannix,” McMillan & Wife,” “Hill Street Blues” and “Murder, She Wrote,” on which he played three different roles over several seasons. On “Dallas,” he portrayed a doctor who treated the notorious Texas oilman J. R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) after he had been shot in a famous cliffhanger episode in 1980.
His film career nearly received a significant boost when he was considered for the role of Tom Hagen, the consigliere to Don Corleone, in “The Godfather” (1972). From a list that also included Anthony Zerbe and Ben Piazza, the director Francis Ford Coppola chose Robert Duvall.
Mr. Coppola cast Mr. Donat in a small role as a lawyer in “The Godfather Part II” (1974) and as Otto Kerner, the United States attorney who prosecuted the carmaker Preston Tucker for fraud, in “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” (1988).
Pierre Collingwood Donat was born on Jan. 20, 1928, in Kentville, Nova Scotia. His father, Philip, was a landscape gardener, and his mother, Marie Bardet, was a homemaker. He was inspired to act by the films of his uncle, the British film star Robert Donat, who won a best-actor Oscar for his performance in “Goodbye, Mr. Chips” (1939). As a teenager, Pierre wrote and performed plays with school friends in his garage.
After graduating from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and studying for one year at the Yale School of Drama in the early 1950s, Mr. Donat began performing onstage in Canada and the United States. He also got his first television roles.
While working in the United States, he changed his first name to Peter.
In 1957, he took a chance on landing his first Broadway role when he spotted the renowned British director Tyrone Guthrie walking in Manhattan’s theater district with the producer Alexander Cohen. The two were collaborating on “The First Gentleman,” a British costume drama by Norman Ginsbury.
“On the spur of the moment, I dashed across 45th Street and confronted them,” he recalled in 1985 in an interview with the Southam News service in Canada. “I said: ‘Dr. Guthrie, I’m Peter Donat. My uncle was Robert Donat and I’d like to audition for your play.’ ”
Mr. Guthrie agreed to cast Mr. Donat in the play, which starred Walter Slezak as the Prince Regent of England. For his performance as Prince Leopold, Mr. Donat won a Theater World Award for best supporting actor. And in his otherwise mixed review of the play in The New York Times, Brooks Atkinson praised Mr. Donat’s Leopold as “the one genuine human being in a palace of courtiers.”
Mr. Donat appeared later that year in the Broadway revival of “The Country Wife.” In 1958, he had a role in John Osborne’s play “The Entertainer,” alongside Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright.
In addition to his wife, Maria (DeJong) Donat — with whom he wrote a one-man show about Chekhov that he performed — Mr. Donat is survived by his sons, Caleb, Christopher and Lucas; two stepdaughters, Barbara Park Shapiro and Marina Park Sutton; a stepson, Malcolm Park; 11 grandchildren; and his brother, Richard, who is also an actor. Mr. Donat’s marriage to the actress Michael Learned ended in divorce.
Mr. Donat once recalled that his uncle had cautioned him to stay in North America to learn his craft.
“My uncle said, ‘In England, they’ll make you speak with an English accent, which has nothing to do with acting,’ ” Mr. Donat told The Los Angeles Times in 1968. “I think he didn’t want to see me become a half-baked Englishman.”
DONAT, Peter (Peter Collingwood Donat)
Born: 1/20/1928, Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: 9/10/2018, Point Reyes Station, California, U.S.A.
Peter Donar’s westerns – actor:
Adventures in Rainbow Country (TV) 1969 (Mr. Johnson)
Sara (TV) – 1976 (Alan Yarnell)
Actor Dudley Sutton, who played Tinker Dill in Lovejoy, dies aged 85
Sutton’s agent confirms that actor, who also had roles in EastEnders and Holby City, has died
September 15, 2018
Dudley Sutton, who was known for playing Tinker Dill in the TV series Lovejoy, has died aged 85, his agent has confirmed.
Sutton’s representative Natasha Stevenson told the Press Association that the actor died on Saturday afternoon surrounded by friends and family.
Sutton starred opposite Ian McShane in the comedy-drama mystery series throughout its run from 1986 to 1994.
Sutton’s character was a tout who was friends with the titular roguish antique dealer played by McShane.
His other TV appearances included a special Christmas episode of BBC sitcom Porridge with Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale and an instalment of ITV crime drama The Sweeney.
In his later career he had a recurring role as conman Wilfred Atkins in BBC soap EastEnders, as well as smaller parts in Holby City and Channel 4 teenage drama Skins.
Sutton was born in Surrey on 6 April 1933. He served in the Royal Air Force as a mechanic before enrolling in the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from which he was later expelled.
Sutton’s big break came in 1964 film The Leather Boys in which he played a gay biker.
He later appeared in films such as The Devils (1971), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976) and The Football Factory (2004).
Born: 4/6/1933, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, U.K.
Died: 9/15/2018, Clapham Common, London, England, U.K.
Dudley Sutton’s western – actor:
A Town Called - 1971 (Spectre)
Frank Serafine, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Tron’ Sound Editor/Designer, Dies at 65.
September 14, 2018
Hollywood sound engineer Frank Serafine died on Wednesday in Palmdale, Calif.
, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. He was 65.
According to the a report by the Antelope Valley Times, he was fatally struck by a motorist traveling west on Palmdale Boulevard, and Serafine died at the scene of major head and body trauma.
Serafine was known for his work in sound design, editing, and composing for many hit movies, television shows, shorts, and commercials. Some of his best known works are “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” “Star Trek: New Voyages Phase II,” “TRON,” “TRON: Legacy” “The Addams Family,” “The Hunt for Red October,” and “Field of Dreams.” He was on the sound teams for the Emmy-winning “The Day After” in 1983 and the Oscar-winning “The Hunt for Red October” in 1990.
In addition to his film credits, he worked on several film and video game projects, including the original “Grand Theft Auto,” “Pocahontas,” and “The Suffering.” According to his website, he’s collaborated with such big names as Ravi Shankar and George Harrison, Andy Summers, Peter Gabriel and Don Cherry.
His studio provided services that include sound design and supervision, music composition, surround sound, and location recording.
SERAFINE, Frank (Frank Gino Serafine)Born:
8/12/2018, Palmdale, California, U.S.A.
Frank Serafine’s western sound designer:
Tiestalkers (TV) - 1987
Italian model and fotoromanzi actress Adriana Rame died on September 16, 2018 she was 78.
Born Adriana Ramacci on September 13, 1940 in Rome Italy she became a model and then a fixture as an actress in the magazine Letizia. She made her debut in nº7, in October of 1961, but had greater prominence in the photonovels mainly with her role as Ella in the series Jacques Douglas.
She made 1,323 photonovellas, of which 339 as the leading actress and 984 in supporting roles.
She married Carlo Minnucci (Raimondo Magni) who was also an actor in photonovelas. They had a son named Francesco.
RAME, Adriana (Adriana Ramacci)
Born: 9/13/1940, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Adriana Rame’s western fotoromanzi actress:
Letizia (I pascoli della solitudine) – 1961 (Jane)
Jean Piat, the death of an honest man
The actor who wanted to remembered as an "honest man" will remain however forever the bad nephew and seducer of Mahaut d'Artois in "The cursed Kings". By Brigitte Hernandez
He arrived, richly dressed in a red cloak, and the screen of our televisions seemed too small to contain the immense Count Robert d'Artois, a fabulously devious and conquering character of Maurice Druon's Les Rois maudits saga. And the fascination began. Jean Piat, who died on Tuesday at the age of 93, will remain forever the man with a thousand plots, the evil doer, fabulous devil seducer, the bad nephew of Mahaut d'Artois, embodied by the genial Hélène Duc. This "soap opera" was one of the biggest hits of public television and the great member of the Comédie-Française, brilliant in this role, put everyone on their knees.
For this comedian who could boast of 27 years of "French" was one of those great men of theater who knew how to seduce, convince, play his superb, powerful self carried by a voice recognizable among all, low, hot, divinely placed, never failing. He liked to say that his life had taken place in three acts: Act 1 the Comédie-Française, Act II the Comédie-Française, Act III the Comédie-Française.
Adoubé by Louis Jouvet
He arrived there in 1947 after learning his trade at the mercy of what was happening during the war - he almost even enlisted in a tour in Germany for the STO, the mandatory service, but the commitment was canceled at the last minute - playing all that one proposed to him, even passing auditions in front of Pierre Fresnay and Louis Jouvet, the latter offering him a tasty sketch that he tells in these last memories And ... you play again! (Flammarion). Faced with the "Boss", the youngster of 21 years does not lead wide. "Let's go, my little fellow. What are you going to tell us? "The Barber," says Piat."... from Seville? Perfect ! Let's go cheerfully! Let's not waste our time! After listening to him, Jouvet answers: "It's not bad, it's not bad, you do not have anything?" And so on, Beaumarchais and Marivaux pass and Jouvet seems to appreciate what he hears, but:" I have nothing for you my little man, but come back to see me! Jouvet will die before giving him a role, but Jean Piat will keep a dazzling memory all his life, as if he had been knighted by this king of the theater.
Originally from Lannoy (like the family of President Roosevelt) in the North, Jean Piat will live his childhood and adolescence in Paris. He discovered the drunkenness of the stage ... at age four: during the show of the distribution of prizes, he had this reply to say: "like rats ..." which earned him a lot of applause. The "rat" remained all his life a symbol of luck, he was engaged to the French during a year of the Rat, according to Chinese astrology ...
"To play well is to lie! But to play well is to be sincere. So to be sincere is to lie well "
It is in his 4th high school Janson-de-Sailly that pupil Piat, not attracted by museums or music, chooses the theater option. He discovers Hugo and Ruy Blas , the great texts, the love of words, the power to say and say well. The theater chose him and even before having really followed a training, he plays, plays, plays ... On the advice of a director, in 1944, he goes to the competition of the Conservatoire, he is admitted in the class of the famous Madame Dussane, a class deemed to be that of the "eccentric classics", that of Robert Dhéry, Sophie Desmarets and Jacques Charon. Dussane likes him a lot, which does not prevent him from flanking him a good slap in response to the "Shit" that Piat let go, "unable to follow his instructions". This did not stop them from building a strong friendship.
The conservatory! He should have gone out of his way, laureate, instead he was fired for non-compliance: he was filming without permission. But the Comédie-Française caught him all the same: in 1947, he auditioned with his barber. Robert Manuel holds the role of Figaro breaks his ankle and Piat is summoned to replace him." You are ready? Asked the administrator. Piat: "I know the first scene "And? "Okay, I'm doing it. The actor has three days to learn his text. "It was little, but I was 23 years old! Thus will begin the greatest adventure of his life.
When asked to define the art of acting comedy, Piat replied, greedy: "It's solving an equation. To play well is to lie! But to play well is to be sincere. So to be sincere is to lie. He did not hesitate to say that to do well, you should learn all the major roles when you are young, because it is not the age that makes the character, but the maturation, the experience of life and the scene. He gave Cyrano as an example, that he learned very early French: "When I played it again at ... 75 years, I had the feeling to dominate the role, finally! "Let's add that he played his Cyrano nearly 400 times and that at the first in 1964, the delirious public made more than fifty reminders.
Admirer of Guitry
One of his great admirations was Sacha Guitry, whom he loved to quote as soon as he could and play it too, with delight. The great Sacha telephoned him one day at his beginnings to the French to invite him to meet him. He made it turn, among others, in his Napoleon where poor Piat had to go back to it three times to give the good "ouh-ouh" that he had to launch to warn of his presence. His love for this master (as it was called Guitry) never failed and Piat paid tribute to him in a very nice show De Sacha Guitry. He also devoted a book to him, I love you Monsieur Guitry. Better than good ...
The Comédie-Française allowed him to play a vast repertoire, from the valets Sganarelle, Figaro, to Don Cesar by Ruy Blas , Cyrano of course, but also Feydeau, Jules Romains who took the time to teach him alone the role he destined him. He left the French in 1972 to shoot the famous kings cursed under the direction of director Claude Barma. He found his great partner of the French, Louis Seigner. This role of Count Robert d'Artois brought him consecration and popularity with an audience unaccustomed to the Richelieu Hall.
The cinema was a missed rendezvous. Jean-Pierre Melville wanted it for his film Arsène Lupine, but the director died before the end of the shoot. Luis Buñuel gave him a small role in “The Milky Way”, but his contributions to the 7th art were mainly limited to the dubbing of Scar in “The Lion King” or “Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings”, characters to whom he lent his voice to great intonations.
The right choices
Jean Piat confessed that he had been attracted by the song, but fortunately the theater was the strongest. When he took over the role of Jacques Brel in “Man of the Mancha”, he considered this adventure a challenge and took singing lessons. The show which received a good reception could not hold long the poster. In 2016, he decided to tell his big roles on the boards. But at age 91, if the body let go, Piat was still like the great seductive actor. In these pieces of identity, he continued "this long conversation with the public" since his entry at the Comédie-Française.
He lived a great believer, convinced that his mother, who died at age 46, continued to protect him and direct him to the right choices. From the union with his wife Francoise Engel, he had two daughters, Martine and Dominique, and the latter had adapted with his father L'Affrontement and La Maison du Lac, two great successes in the private theater. The playwright Françoise Dorin, who died in 2018, was his companion for more than forty-five years and wrote several plays, the last of which, How old are you? He was then 88 years old and still thought that the scene was the best possible shaping. To the question, "What do you want God to say to you when you face Him? He replied, "You have been honest. "Jean Piat, honorary member of the Comédie-Française, to whom his" House "had paid tribute in 2008, wanted to follow all his life only one path, that of the honest man, so dear to Molière.
Among the works written by Jean Piat: The Plumes of Peacocks, Plon 1980; Silences and Words, Flammarion 1998; I like you, Mr. Guitry , Plon 2002; Beaumarchais, an intermittent performer, Plon 2004; And ... you play again! (with François d'Orcival), Flammarion, 2015; You will not have the last word! Small, casual anthology of the most beautiful distributed (with Patrick Wajsmann), Albin Michel 2016.
Born: 9/23/1924, Lannoy, Nord, France
Died: 9/16/2018, Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Jean Piat’s western – voice actor:
Go West: A Lucky Luke Adventure – 2007 [French voice of Spike Goodfellow]
Ferdi Merter Fosforoğlu (June 19, 1939, Istanbul - September 20, 2018) is a theater, film and series actor, writer, director, voice actor.
For the first time in 1940, Tosun Pasha took part in the film against the camera.
He continued as a child and a young actor in approximately 20 films. In 1945, he started dubbing at Yeşilçam. He received his name from Ferdi Tayfur (dubbing artist), who is his dubbing teacher. After studying cinema and theater in Istanbul until 1958, the artist entered the conservatory in 1959, and after graduating from the Italian High School, in 1962, he graduated from the Ankara State Conservatory. After he completed his military service in Sivas in 1963, he married his wife Mrs. Cansın in 1965.
Between 1962-2004, he worked as an actor, director, literary board member, discipline board member, chief director, and art director in Ankara and Adana state theaters. Turkey Writers and Translators Association board games Mert is working in, is also president of the Association of Theater Critics, did voice-over work and a variety of movies and TV series he starred in the movies. In 2004 he co-founded "Ferdi Merter Academy of Arts" and with his daughter, Almula Merter, he founded Çığır Sahne. He is the author of five books by Ferdi Merter who has written and directed filmmaking and scriptwriting. Ferdi Merter is the son of the character actor Renan Fosforoğlu, the actor of Yeşilçam, and his brother, the theater and film actor Enis Fosforoğlu.
MERTER, Ferdi (Ferdi Merter Fosforoğlu)
Born: 7/19/1939, Istanbul, Turkey
Died: 9/20/2018, Istanbul, Turkey
Ferdi Merter’s western – director, writer:
Ipini boynunda bil - 1971
Tampa Bay Time
September 21, 2018
Ben C. Rawnsley, 85, of Plant City, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at St. Joseph's Hospital. Ben was born in Cincinnati, OH. He graduated from Ft Thomas High School and went on to University of Kentucky. He worked as an actor in Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA and Plant City, FL theaters and enjoyed many roles in commercials, TV and film. He was a member of Screen Actors Guild. Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Kathleen; first wife, Janet; and son, Michael. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jayne; children, Terry, Diane (Marting) and James; grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and friends. The family will receive guests from 5:30-6 pm at Wells Memorial, Plant City and a memorial service will take place immediately afterwards at 6 pm on Sunday, Sept 23.
RAWNSLEY, Ben (Ben C. Rawnsley)
Born: 8/5/1933, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 9/18/2018, Plant City, Florida, U.S.A.
Ben Rawnsley’s westerns – actor:
Timestalkers (TV) – 1987
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1990 (judge)
By Henni Espinosa
September 22, 2018
Vilma Valera, a popular Filipino actress in the 1960s, passed away in Roseville, California on Friday. She was 73.
Donnie Quintero Pestrana, a friend and neighbor of Valera, told ABS-CBN News that Valera died in her sleep due to complications from diabetes around 6:50 a.m. on September 21.
She was reportedly staying at a care facility.
Valera was known for her roles in Salambao (1964), Duelo sa Sapang Bato (1963) and Nag-uumpugang Bato (1961).
She also recorded several albums before she retired from show business in the early 1970s.
VALERA, Vilma (Judy Johnson)
Born: 7/2/1945, Bicol, Philippines
Died: 9/21/2018, Roseville, California, U.S.A.
Vilma Valera’s westerns – actress:
Ulilang Cowboy - 1963
Cimarron – 1964
Aliens actor Al Matthews dies aged 75
By Clarisse Loughrey
September 24, 2018
Al Matthews, best known for playing Gunnery Sergeant Apone in Aliens (1986), has died aged 75.
El Pais reports that the actor was found dead in his home, in Orihuela Costa, in the Spanish Mediterranean province of Alicante, on Sunday, after a neighbor called the emergency services.
Born in Brooklyn in 1942, Matthews had served as a Marine in the Vietnam War. His website states: "I hold thirteen combat awards and decorations, including two purple hearts. I was the first black Marine in the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam to be meritoriously promoted to the rank of sergeant".
Alongside his role in Aliens, Matthews also played the fire chief in Superman III (1983), a workman in Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), and General Tudor in The Fifth Element (1997). He returned to the role of Sgt Apone nearly 30 years later, when he voiced the character in the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines (2013).
He also had a strong career in the UK, where he appeared on Grange Hill as the father of Benny Green and had his song "Fool" reach number 16 in the UK Singles Chart in 1975. He retired in Spain in 2005, although his last film was this year's The Price of Death, which is currently in post-production.
Born: 11/21/1942, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/23/2018, Orihuela Costa, Alicante, Spain
Al Matthews’ western – actor:
The Price of Death – 2018 (Williamson)
Laurie Mitchell, Villainess in 'Queen of Outer Space,' Dies at 90
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
She appeared in two other low-budget sci-fi films in 1958: 'Attack of the Puppet People' and 'Missile to the Moon.'
Laurie Mitchell, who portrayed the villainess who faces off against Zsa Zsa Gabor on the planet Venus in the campy 1958 sci-fi classic Queen of Outer Space, has died. She was 90.
Mitchell died Thursday of natural causes at a long-term care facility in Perris, California, author and horror/sci-fi movie aficionado Tom Weaver reported.
In Allied Artists Pictures' low-budget Queen of Outer Space, based on an idea from two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter Ben Hecht, four men from Earth on the way to a space station crash on Venus in the year 1985, when the "age of space travel begins."
The crew are captured by armed, mini-skirted women who are led by a man-hating queen (Mitchell) whose face is hidden by a glittery mask. Queen Yllana is out to destroy the Earth, but the space travelers, aided by the Venusian scientist Talleah (Gabor), aim to thwart her evil plan.
The role made Mitchell a fan favorite at film festivals and autograph shows for the rest of her life.
The actress appeared in two other low-budget films in 1958, Attack of the Puppet People and Missile to the Moon, then worked alongside Marilyn Monroe as a member of Sweet Sue's band in Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959), which, she told Weaver, was "the most thrilling experience of my show business career."
Mitchell, whose birth name was Mickey Koren, was raised in New York City. She and her family moved to California when she was a teenager, and she studied acting with Ben Bard.
In 1954, she made her movie debut when she appeared as one of the two hookers flanking Kirk Douglas near the beginning of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and appeared on TV for the first time in an installment of Ford Television Theatre.
Mitchell also showed up in films including Calypso Joe (1957) and That Touch of Mink (1962) and on TV in Adventures of Superman, 77 Sunset Strip, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Hawaiian Eye, Perry Mason, Rawhide, Bonanza, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Addams Family and The Virginian.
Survivors include her husband, Ron; a son and daughter from her first marriage; two stepsons; and five grandchildren. A memorial service is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Sinai Memorial Parks and Mortuaries at Forest Lawn.
MITCHELL, Laurie (Mickey Koren)
Born: 7/14/1928, Bronx, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/20/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Laurie Mitchell’s westerns – actress:
The Rawhide Years – 1956
The Oklahoman – 1957 (girl)
Colt .45 – 1957 (Adele)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1957, 1964 (Mary, Mary Edwards Beale, Sheila)
26 Men (TV) – 1959 (Addie Hardie)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1959 (Belle Colter)
Two Faces West – 1960 (Myrna)
The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Lorrie)
Hell Bent for Leather – 1960 (girlfriend)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960, 1964 (Harriett, Julie Martingale)
The Man from Blackhawk (TV) – 1960 (Carol)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1960, 1964 (Pricess Fatime, Jane, Annie Tolleson)
Maverick (TV) – 1961 (Ellen)
Rawhide (TV) – 1961 (Rosette)
Bronco (TV) – 1962 (Bess)
Gunfight at Comanche Creek – 1963 (Tina Neville)
The Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1966 (girl clerk)
The Virginian (TV) – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 (Susie, Ellen, waitress, Louise)
Laredo (TV) – 1966 (waitress)