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Where those associated with Western films from around the world are laid to rest.

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  • 10/10/18--06:21: RIP William Reynolds

  • Los Angeles Daily News
    October 10, 2018

    William "Bill" Owen Reynolds 4-25-1930 to 10-05-2018 Bill passed away peacefully at his home in North Hollywood, surrounded by his family. The son of Ray and Maxine Reynolds, Bill was born in El Paso, Texas in 1930 and moved to Burbank California with his family in 1940. He attended Burbank High School, graduating in 1948. Bill was a Boy Scout and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He excelled in sports and was an avid baseball player. He served in the Korean War and when he returned, married his first love, Joyce Lungren. They had a baby girl, Gale Lynn. Bill became a makeup artist for MGM and Burbank Studios. He worked with many actors, including his beloved sister Debbie Reynolds, Elvis Presley, Ava Gardner, and Carole Baker, among others. He also worked for popular television shows like "The Waltons" and "Knots Landing". Bill later married his second wife, Jeanne Arntsen, and had two children, Robert and Leslie. Bill had many friends and was loved by all who knew him. His grandchildren will tell you proudly that he is the "best grandpa ever." He lived near Burbank most of his life and was especially close to his sister Debbie, who passed away one day apart from her daughter, and Bill's niece, Carrie Fisher, in December, 2016. Bill was a truly awesome person, son, brother, father, uncle, grandpa, and great grandpa! He will be remembered for his easy demeaner, quick wit, love, and generosity to his family and friends. Bill is survived by his children, Gale (Skip) Koly, Rob (Dona) Reynolds, and Leslie (Richard) Reynolds-Nuckolls; grandchildren: Matthew (Helen) Reynolds, Heather (Shain) Gallagher, and Michael Reynolds; great grandchildren: Zoe Vietti, Estie Vietti, Ashton Reynolds, and Carter Reynolds; nephew: Todd and Catherine Fisher; great nieces and nephews: Billy Lourd, Vanessa (Steve) Gregornik Rivers, Brandon (Tiffany) Rivers, and James Rivers. Last but not least, his ever-faithfulstep-dog Dwight Reynolds, as well as many loving friends and wonderful neighbors. Special thanks to Donald Light for keeping our family well fed, Wade Collins for getting Dwight out and about, and Josephine Bouchard and Clara Borgonia for their excellent care, respect, and love towards "Uncle Bill" and his family. "Love ya" to all - "Ditto""Miss Me, But Let Me Go" Please sign the guestbook at

    REYNOLDS, William (William Owen Reynolds)
    Born: 4/25/1930, El Paso, Texas, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/5/2018, N. Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

    William Reynolds’ western – make-up artist:
    Charro! - 1969

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  • 10/10/18--06:40: RIP Adam Burke

  • Adam Burke, Veteran Pixar Animator, Dies

    Cartoon  Brew
    By Amid Amidi

    Animator Adam Burke died last night from lung cancer. The news was reported on Twitter by director Brad Bird.

    Burke grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Plymouth South High School (class of 1989). He then attended CalArts, and left school when he found a job working for Don Bluth.

    Burke was a 26-year veteran of the animation industry, and worked on hand-drawn animation animated features for Don Bluth (Thumbelina, A Troll in Central Park), Richard Rich (The Swan Princess), Warner Bros. (Space Jam, The Iron Giant), and Dreamworks (The Road to El Dorado, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron).

    In 2003, he moved north to Emeryville to work at Pixar on The Incredibles, and had worked there ever since. His animation credits at the studio included Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Monsters University, and most recently, Incredibles 2.

    “He was diagnosed with lung cancer 10 months ago and still found a way to brighten other people’s lives through his tough and short battle,” Burke’s brother Aaron told Cartoon Brew.

    Burke is survived by his parents, brother Aaron and sister Heather, a wife and two sons.

    Other artists who knew Burke are expressing their condolences on Twitter:

    BURKE, Adam
    Born: 19??, Massachusetts
    Died: 10/7/2018, Emeryville, California

    Adam Burke’s western – animator:
    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - 2002

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  • 10/11/18--06:23: RIP Jerry Thorpe

  • The Desert Sun
    October 11, 2018

    Palm Springs - Jerry "Richard Jerome" Thorpe, 92, a 28-year resident of Palm Springs, California passed away on September 25, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California.

    He was born on August 29, 1926 to Richard and Belva Thorpe in Los Angeles, California. Jerry married his wife Diane on December 17, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, and they have a son Trevor Thorpe of Santa Barbara, California. Jerry is also survived by his daughters and son Tiana, Trish, and Tracy, and grandchildren Angelo and Tyler Thorpe.

    Jerry was an Emmy Award-winning Television Director and Producer, with a career spanning more than four decades. He shares a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars with his father Richard, a Director of MGM Motion Pictures. He was Executive Producer and directed many episodes of "Kung Fu" with David Carradine (1972-1975). In 1973, he was awarded the "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama" Emmy for the episode "An Eye for an Eye."

    A partial list of credits includes: Director of eight episodes of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" (1958), Executive Producer of "The Untouchables" (1960-1961), Producer/Director of MGM theatrical feature "Day of the Evil Gun" with Glenn Ford (1968), Executive Producer/Director of "Harry O" with David Janssen (1973-1976), Co-Executive Producer/Director of "Our House" (1986-1988), and Executive Producer of 22 episodes of "Falcon Crest" with Jane Wyman (1989-1990).

    A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:30 am at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California.

    THORPE, Jerry (Richrd Jerome Thorpe)
    Born: 8/29/1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 9/25/2018, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.

    Jerry Thorpe’s westerns – producer, director, assistant director:
    Westward the Women – 1951 [assistant director]
    The Wild North – 1952 [assistant director]
    Ride, Vaquero! – 1953 [assistant director]
    The Texan (TV) 1958 [director]
    Guestward Ho! (TV) – 1968 [producer, director]
    Day of the Evil Gun – 1968 [producer, director]
    Lock, Stock and Barrel (TV) – 1971 [director]
    Kung Fu (TV) – 1973-1975 [producer, director]

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  • 10/12/18--11:28: RIP Carol Hall

  • Carol Hall, Composer-Lyricist of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Dies at 82


    By Andrew Gans
    Otober 12, 2018

    Carol Hall, the Drama Desk Award-winning composer and lyricist of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, passed away October 11 at the age of 82.

    For the past three years, Ms. Hall had been wrestling with a rare form of dementia, logopenic Primary Progressive Aphasia, and died of complications from the disease. She resided in New York City and passed away at home, surrounded by her children and husband.

    Ms. Hall was a trailblazer on Broadway, one of the first women to write both music and lyrics for a Broadway musical, the 1978 hit The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The Tommy Tune-Peter Masterson-directed production was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning two prizes. Hall received Drama Desk Awards for both her score and lyrics.

    The production ran for almost five years on Broadway, received a Grammy nomination for its cast album, and was subsequently turned into a motion picture in 1982 starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Parton’s recording of Hall’s song “Hard Candy Christmas” earned an ASCAP Award. A revival and national tour of the show played across the country starring film icon Ann-Margret. On the cast album of that production, Hall recorded a bonus track, performing a new song, "A Friend to Me," written for Ann-Margret.

    Carol Hall was born in Abilene, Texas, April 3, 1936, the daughter of Elbert E. Hall and Josephine Grisham. A serious student of classical piano, Ms. Hall attended SweetbriarCollege, in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she began writing songs and musicals. She then transferred to and graduated from SarahLawrenceCollegein Bronxville, New York. She was later invited to join the newly formed BMI Workshop, under the tutelage of Broadway musical director Lehman Engel, where her musical theatre career was launched.

    Ms. Hall's other Broadway outing was a short-lived sequel to The Best Little Whorehouse, entitled The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, which opened in May 1994. Her other stage work included Good Sports (Goodspeed Musicals), Paper Moon (Paper Mill Playhouse), Are We There Yet? (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and the Off-Broadway musical To Whom It May Concern. She also wrote individual songs for A... My Name Is Aliceand A… My Name Is Still Alice, and the musical, Hats!, based on the Red Hats Society.

    Her non-musical writing included The Days Are As Grass, an evening of one-act plays, which received a premiere at the Woodstock Fringe Festival.

    Ms. Hall was also a major contributor to Marlo Thomas’ Peabody and Emmy Award-winning TV special and gold album Free to Be… You and Me; her contributions included the songs “It’s All Right to Cry,” “Parents Are People,” and “Glad to Have a Friend Like You.” She also acted as contributing editor and songwriter to its sequel, Free To Be… a Family.

    Her songs have been performed by Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Lisa Loeb, Mabel Mercer, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, Olivia Newton-John, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Phyllis Newman, David Campbell, Maureen McGovern, Margaret Whiting, Miriam Makeba, RuPaul, Frederica von Stade, Big Bird, and Kermit the Frog, among others. A CD of her most recent songs, Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall, was released in 2007.

    Ms. Hall was a teacher at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Sundance Theatre Institute, and the Cabaret Conference at YaleUniversity, as well as a guest panelist in the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop. She served on the Board of Directors of the Dramatists Guild Foundation, Young Playwrights, Inc., and The American Place Theater. She was a lifetime member of the Dramatists Guild Council, was a Tony voter, and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women who, in 2017, bestowed upon her a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Ms. Hall is survived by her husband, media producer Leonard Majzlin; her two children with first husband Richard Blinkoff, Susannah and Daniel; her grandson Wally Corngold; and her sister Jane Hall.



    HALL, Carol

    Born: 4/3/1936, Abilene, Texas, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/11/2018, New York City, New York, U.S.A.


    Carol Hall’s western – lyricist:

    Death of a Gunfirhter - 1969 ('Sweet Apple Wine')

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  • 10/13/18--09:57: RIP Mike Relon Makiling

  • Veteran director Mike Relon Maikiling dies at 86

    By Krissy Aguilar
    October 11, 2018

    Veteran Mike Relon Maikiling has passed away due to colon cancer. He was 86.

    Hi fifth son Joachim Pineda Maikiling confirmed this on Facebook.

    “Wacky! I am gonna miss you Old Man… Rest well Okay! I’ll see you on the other side,” he wrote.

    It was in July 2018 when the director was last confined in the hospital and his family learned about his colon cancer.

    Makiling was know for his blockbuster Filipino movies from 70s up to the 80s like “Iskul Bukol” (1980), “Age Doesn’t Matter” (1981), “Goodah” (1984), “Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You (1985) and “Fly Me To The Moon” (1988), among others.

    He had 58 credits as a screenwriter and 89 credits as a film director.

    Born: 6/30/1932, Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
    Died:  10/11/2018, Philippines

    Mike Relon Makiling’s western – director:   
    Panlaban: dos por dos

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  • 10/17/18--15:29: RIP Vincent Korda

  • Nicholas Korda, Sound Editor on 'E.T.,''Fatal Attraction' and 'Basic Instinct,' Dies at 73


    The Hollywood Reporter

    By Mike Barnes
    October 17, 2018


    The Emmy winner also worked on two 'Star Trek' movies and alongside Clint Eastwood on four films.

    Nicholas Korda, an Emmy-winning sound editor who worked on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and Dick Tracy for the big screen, has died. He was 73.

    Korda died Oct. 8 at his Los Angeleshome after a nine-year battle with brain cancer, his daughter, Sarah, announced.

    Korda entered the industry as an assistant editor and went on to build a 40-year career as an ADR (automated dialogue replacement) editor on dozens of movies.

    His father was Hungarian-born director Zoltan Korda (The Four Feathers, Humphrey Bogart's Sahara and Cry, the Beloved Country), and his mother was British actress Joan Gardner (The Scarlet Pimpernel).

    Korda was a member of the team that received the Oscar for best sound for Steven Spielberg's E.T. in 1983, and he received his Emmy two years later for his work on the Donald P. Bellisario action drama Airwolf.

    Korda collaborated with Clint Eastwood on the best picture Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby (2004) as well as on Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) — for which he won a Golden Reel Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors — and Invictus (2009), his last film.

    His résumé also included The Black Hole (1979), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), The Breakfast Club (1985), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), The Addams Family (1991), Hoffa (1992), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Twister (1996), As Good as It Gets (1997), Three Kings (1999) and Get Smart (2008).

    After his parents came to the U.S.from England in 1940, Nicholas Vincent Korda was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1945. He attended grade school in Switzerland before returning to attend HarvardSchool, a military academy in L.A.

    Korda began college at UC Berkeley in the late 1960s, where he studied U.S. history. He proudly completed his degree at Cal State Northridge in 2006 and also took up the bassoon in his 60s.

    His daughter said that he was unpretentious and humble and often told stories about his fears of being called in to be fired — only to find out he was being rewarded with praise.

    In addition to Sarah and her spouse Maria, survivors include his son Andrew (Pille); his brother, David — a former producer and production manager in Hollywood who now works as a completion guarantor — and his granddaughter, Cleo.

    A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Woodland Hills. For details, please email Donations in his memory can be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund or to Cedars-SinaiMedicalCenter.



    KORDA, Vincent (Nicholas Vincent Korda)

    Born: 1/15/1945, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Died: 10/8/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


    Vincent Korda’s westerns

    The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday – 1976

    Hot Lead and Cold Feet – 1978

    Zorro: The Gay Blade - 1981  

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  • 10/19/18--06:34: RIP Donald G. Payne

  • Author of Walkabout who preferred anonymity
    The Sydney Morning Herald

    Using three pseudonyms, one with Australian connections, Donald Payne, who has died aged 94, was the author of some 40 books including Walkabout which was made into the film of the same name starring Jenny Agutter. He was also a consultant editor for many years for the Readers Digest.

    He served in the Fleet Air Arm as a 21-year-old pilot flying Swordfish during World II, escorting convoys across the Atlantic and to Russia.

    He was later to write about his wartime experiences in several books that were well received. He was best known in Australia as the author of Walkabout, made into the film by Nicolas Roeg in 1971.

    Donald Gordon Payne was born in Denmark Hill in South East London in January 1924. His father, Francis, was a New Zealander, who served in the First World War with the ANZACS. His mother was Evelyn Rodgers, a nurse during the Great War.
    Donald Payne's novel Walkabout has remained in print since its first publication in 1959.

    Donald Payne's novel Walkabout has remained in print since its first publication in 1959.Credit:

    He was educated at Dulwich College Preparatory School and then at Charterhouse School. As a child he travelled with his parents to New Zealand and parts of the East coast of Australia – an experience which left him with a lifelong affection for these countries.

    PAYNE, Donald G. (Donald Gordon Payne)
    Born: 1/3/1924, Denmark Hill, London, England, U.K.
    Died: 10/?/2018, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Donald G. Payne’s western – novelist
    Santa Fe – 1951

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  • 10/19/18--06:58: RIP Michael J. Reynolds

  • Performers
    By Richard Fitzpatrick
    October 18, 2018

    Canadian actor Michael J. Reynolds passed away on March 22, 2018 after a battle with cancer. Several years earlier, Michael and his wife Katherine had moved from Toronto to an idyllic Somerset village in England to be close to family.

    Michael’s career covered the gambit of Canadian, British and American movie, television, documentaries and theater and included a long stretch as spokesperson for Nabob coffee in Canada.

    Because of Michael’s strong on-screen presence, he was frequently cast as prominent figures of the period from Joe Kennedy to George Marshall to Gene “Buzz” Aldrin.

    The early years of Canadian TV, film and theater found Michael in many featured roles in projects including Escape from Iran, The Canadian Caper, The National Dream and many more. His career spanned over 100 film and TV shows and his versatility allowed for a wide portfolio.

    Michael’s talents were not limited to his chosen profession. He was a skilled craftsman in every sense. He was a loving husband to Katherine, a devoted and caring stepfather to the late Helen and her two boys and a central and respected figure in local politics.

    He was a good and kind man and will be missed.

    REYNOLDS, Michael J. (Michael John Reynolds)
    Born: 8/5/1939, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Died: 3/22/2018, Somerset, England, U.K.

    Michael J. Reynolds’ westerns – actor:
    Fih Hawk – 1979 (Mr. Gideon)
    Wild Horse Hank – 1979 (Rankin)
    Louisiana (TV) – 1984 (General Bank)
    Clearcut – 1991 (hunter)

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  • 10/20/18--09:07: RIP Donald Ewar

  • Ewer, Donald Alan

    Donald Alan Ewer passed away peacefully on Monday October 15th, 2018 at the age of 95.
    Dearly loved husband of the late Jenny Turner (2013)

    Dear ‘Dad’ of Roddy Turner and his wife Mary-Frances of Aurora, Laura Walker and her husband Greg of Mississauga, Karen Tomarchio and her husband Corrado of Brooklin, and Wendy Turner and her partner Bruce Curtis of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Grandfather figure to Corrie, Susie, Ian, Alex, Robin and Adriana.

    Predeceased by his brother Derry. Survived by his nephew Nick Ewer (Mary) of England.

    When he was barely 18 Donald joined the Navy, moving up the ranks to become a Naval Officer with the Royal Navy, surviving a Christmas Day torpedoing during his service. In 1946, following the war, Donald won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, studying with classmates including such famous names as Robert Shaw. Donald graduated with an Acting Diploma in 1948. Donald worked in London's West End, with repertory companies and with British Radio and Television.

    After doing a lot of stage work over a six year period in England and Scotland, Donald decided to see the world. He travelled to the U.S. where he spent two months exploring the country, then in 1954 emigrated to Canada.

    In Canada he directed for Montreal's Lunch Time Theatre, and served as Drama Director of McMaster University.

    He played major roles with the Crest Theatre as well as Theatre Toronto, and has appeared at the Antioch and the Shaw Festival. He appeared on Broadway in "Alfie" with Terrence Stamp, "Under Millwood," and Off-Broadway in "Billie Liar."

    Donald made his acting debut at Stratford in 1958 and returned in 1969, performing there for a total of five seasons. In 1970 he won an Obie Award for his performance in"Saved" in the Off-Broadway production at the Chelsea Theatre Centre.

    Donald became a regular on the Wayne and Shuster Show. He also acted and directed for many seasons at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and had several appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. National Tours included "Girl in My Soup" with Don Ameche, "The Caretaker" with Barry Morse and "Hadrian VII" with Hume Cronyn.

    He has numerous film credits to his name including Doolittle in Pygmalion with Peter O'Toole and Margot Kidder, and Spider with Ralph Fiennes.

    1n 1987 Donald and his future wife Jenny Turner acted together in the well-known, made-for-TV production of "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

    Donald and Jenny were married on December 19th, 1990 (Jenny's birthday) and lived happily together in their home in Brooklin Ontario until her death in August of 2013.

    Donald always said that the key to life was to "keep going, don't stop."

    He had a great and well-lived life, always the character and ever true to his motto.

    Visitation at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby on Saturday October 27th from 10:30-11:30AM, followed by a celebration of life service in the Barnes Chapel.

    Donald will be laid to rest beside his beloved Jenny at Groveside Cemetery.

    EWAR, Donald (Donald Alan Ewar)
    Born: 9/10/1923, Great Dunmow, Essex, England, U.K.
    Died: 10/15/2018, Brooklin, Ontario, Canada

    Donald Ewar’ westerns – actor:
    Hawkweye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1957 (Hicks)
    The Campbells (TV) – 1989, 1990 (Jack McVie, Ezra Adams)

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  • 10/21/18--15:20: RIP Mike Relon Makiling

  • Veteran director Mike Relon Maikiling dies at 86

    By Krissy Aguilar
    October 11, 2018

    Veteran Mike Relon Maikiling has passed away due to colon cancer. He was 86.

    Hi fifth son Joachim Pineda Maikiling confirmed this on Facebook.

    “Wacky! I am gonna miss you Old Man… Rest well Okay! I’ll see you on the other side,” he wrote.

    It was in July 2018 when the director was last confined in the hospital and his family learned about his colon cancer.

    Makiling was know for his blockbuster Filipino movies from 70s up to the 80s like “Iskul Bukol” (1980), “Age Doesn’t Matter” (1981), “Goodah” (1984), “Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You (1985) and “Fly Me To The Moon” (1988), among others.

    He had 58 credits as a screenwriter and 89 credits as a film director.

    Born: 6/30/1932, Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
    Died:  10/11/2018, Philippines

    Mike Relon Makiling’s western – director:   
    Panlaban: dos por dos - 1981

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  • 10/22/18--07:43: RIP Diane Jergens

  • Emmy’

    Diane Jergens was an American film and television actress.

    Born as Diane Irgens, she made her screen debut in the 1946 film Ginger.

    Jergens was featured in such 1950s films as The FBI Story with James Stewart and Desk Set starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Her other films included leading roles in High School Confidential and Island of Lost Women.

    She went on appearing in various television shows such as Dragnet, The Danny Thomas Show, The Addams Family, and 77 Sunset Strip. She retired from acting in 1966.

    She was married to actor Peter Brown between 1958-1960; he was a co-star of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Lawman. In 1962, she wed musician and songwriter Randy Sparks. Diane and Randy were married 55 years, and had four children (Kevin, Melinda, Cameron, and Amanda), six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

    JERGENS, Diane (Diane Irgens)
    Born: 3/31/1935, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/9/2018, Mokelumme Hill, California, U.S.A.

    Diane Jergens’ westerns – actress:
    Friendly Persuasion – 1956 (Elizabeth)
    Man Without a Gun (TV) – 1958 (Ellen)
    Wagon Train (TV) – 1959, 1961 (Sally Miller, Purdence Steele)
    Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1960 (Stephanie Carrie)
    The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1961 (Edith Peterson)
    Walt Disney’s Daniel Boone (TV) – 1960-1961 (Maybelle Yancey)
    The Americans (TV) – 1961 (Sally)

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  • 10/24/18--14:26: RIP James Karen

  • James Karen, Actor in 'Poltergeist' and So Much More, Dies at 94

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes
    October 24, 2015

    James Karen, the instantly recognizable character actor who moved the cemetery’s headstones — but not the bodies — as the developer Mr. Teague in the modern horror classic Poltergeist, has died. He was 94.

    The incredibly prolific Karen, who also was noteworthy in such films as The China Syndrome (1979) and The Return of the Living Dead (1985) and on the finale of NBC’s Little House on the Prairie — he’s the dastardly reason the town of Walnut Grove was blown up — died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, his wife, Alba, said.

    Karen, who usually portrayed authority figures, good and bad, during his seven-decade career, also appeared in three films for director Oliver Stone: as Lynch, the office manager at Jackson Steinem, where Charlie Sheen’s stockbroker character works, in Wall Street (1987); as Secretary of State William Rogers in Nixon (1995); and as a Miami Sharks executive in Any Given Sunday (1999).

    The genial Karen studied under legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New Yorkand made his Broadway debut in Elia Kazan’s original 1947 production of A Streetcar Named Desire, where he was the understudy to Karl Malden and worked alongside Marlon Brando.

    He has a whopping 204 acting credits listed on IMDb. “People don’t know my name, but they know my face because I’ve done so damn much work,” Karen once said.

    That work includes originating the role of rich attorney Lincoln Tyler in 1970 on the ABC soap opera All My Children and appearing in thousands of commercials as the TV and radio spokesman (“Why pay more?”) for Pathmark, an East Coast supermarket chain that was liquidated in 2015.

    Karen was married to the late Susan Reed, the renowned folk singer and zither player, from 1958 until their divorce in 1967, and the godfather of their son, Reed, was the one and only Buster Keaton.

    He married Alba in 1986.

    Karen was born Jacob Karnofsky on Nov. 28, 1923, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the son of Russian-born Jewish immigrants. He was taken to the movies to read the titles on the silent films for his father, an illiterate coal miner.

    As he walked past the Little Theatre in town on his way home from UnionStreetSchool, Karen was spotted by future U.S. Rep. Dan Flood, who asked him if he were a Boy Scout. When he said he was, Karen was given a small role in a comedy at the theater.

    “That’s when I began working,” Karen recalled in a 2013 interview. “It was terrific for me. It gave me a real reason to exist, and to live. I was doing exactly what I wanted to do.”

    He stayed with the theater for several plays, joined the Air Force during World War II and then went to New York, landing with the Neighborhood Playhouse in 1939. He went on to appear in the original Broadway productions of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cactus Flower.

    Karen met Keaton in 1956, and the following year they performed in a touring production of George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly’s comic play Merton of the Movies. They paired again for Film (1965), a 20-minute, virtually silent picture written by Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett (Waiting for Godot). Keaton died in 1966.

    ‪In Poltergeist (1982), co-written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, Karen played the real-estate developer who built the California planned community of Cuesta Verde on top of a former cemetery. The spirits underneath the home of the family of one of his employees (Craig T. Nelson) were not thrilled.

    And Karen was Mac Churchill, the TV news producer boss of reporter Jane Fonda, in the nuclear cautionary tale The China Syndrome.

    In the low-budget horror comedy The Return of the Living Dead, Karen starred as the manager of a medical warehouse (next to a cemetery, of course) who inadvertently releases a gas that re-animates the dead. He said it was the most fun he ever had in making a movie.

    In a 2006 interview, Karen noted that he helped write the ending for his character.

    “It was the deal where he figures out he’s becoming a zombie and decides to incinerate himself in the crematorium,” he said. “He kisses his wedding ring as he goes in. It was a very emotional scene, but it also got me out of being one of the rain-drenched zombies milling around outside the place at the end of the film. I didn’t really want to do all that muddy stuff.”

    Karen also played a scientist whose girlfriend falls for the robot he created in Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster (1965); was Hugh Sloan’s (Steven Collins) lawyer in All the President’s Men (1976); portrayed the casting director bowled over by Naomi Watts’ sensationally steamy audition in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001); and hired a down-on-his-luck Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).

    His other films included I Never Sang for My Father (1970), Capricorn One (1977), John Cassavetes’ Opening Night (1977), Frances (1982), Hooper’s Invaders From Mars (1986), Up Close & Personal (1996), Bryan Singer’s Apt Pupil (1998), Thirteen Days (2000), Bender (2016) and Cynthia (2018).

    He had regular roles on television on the soap opera As the World Turns and on such series as Dallas, The Powers of Matthew Star, The Larry Sanders Show (as network president Sheldon Davidoff), Ned and Stacey, First Monday and Eight Is Enough. He appeared on Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, L.A. Law, Murphy Brown, The Waltons and scores of other series.

    In the 1984 telefilm Little House: The Last Farewell, which wrapped up the long-running series, Karen played Nathan Lassiter, an unctuous entrepreneur who has bought up all of the land in Walnut Grove.

    When he attempts to displace the locals, the townspeople decide to blow up all of the buildings so Lassiter won’t get his way.

    After the finale aired, Karen said that truck drivers in New York shouted at him on the street and cab drivers wouldn’t pick him up. Viewers called and wrote hundreds of letters to Pathmark, demanding that he be fired as the spokesman for the chain.

    “For some reason they never objected to other heavies I played,” Karen recalled in an interview. “But the evilness of Nathan Lassiter blew their minds. I guess they realized that they’d never see Walnut Grove again, and it created a great sense of loss.”

    It occurred to Karen that he could lose his valuable and steady Pathmark gig, so he personally replied to many of the angry customers.

    “I think I convinced them that Mr. Pathmark is a benign kind of guy,” he said. “I hope so, anyhow.”



    KAREN, James (Jacob Karnofsky)

    Born: 11/28/1923, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/23/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


    James Karen’s westerns – actor:

    Little House: The Last Farewell (TV) – 1984 (Nathan Lassiter)
    Bonanza Under Attack (TV) – 1995 (Mr. Stewart)
    The Cowboy and the Movie Star – (TV) – 1998 (Brad Peters)
    Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy – 2006 (Leroy Parker)
    Ambush at DarkCanyon– 2012 (SeymourRedfield)
    Bender – 2016 (Old Man Bender)

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  • 10/25/18--06:29: RIP Ed Graham Jr.

  • Chicago Tribune
    October 25, 2018

    Edward Ralph Graham Jr. 1928 – 2018 Ed passed away peacefully of natural causes surrounded by his loving family September 20, 2018. He is survived by his wife Claire, his children, grandchildren, and cat Willow. After graduating from Dartmouth College, Ed worked as a newspaper copywriter and then an advertising creative writer in New York City. Ed went on to write for Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. As his career flourished Ed moved to Los Angeles and enjoyed continued success as a: writer, executive director, executive producer, cartoonist, and humorist. He became involved in radio and television and worked closely with many entertainment stars including: Jonathan Winters, Sheldon Leonard, and Carl Reiner. Ed enjoyed perhaps his greatest success in television when he created, the Linus the Lionhearted cartoon show aired by CBS and ABC between 1964 – 1969. Ed had many passions including: piloting airplanes, scuba diving, tennis and competitive Bridge. He was also a big baseball fan of the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs and became friends with Mickey Mantle and Ernie Banks. Ed's last twenty years were among his happiest spent with his beloved wife Claire. Together they enjoyed wonderful travel and family experiences. He was dearly loved and will be missed by many.

    GRAHAM Jr., Ed (Edward Ralph Graham)
    Born: 12/15/1928, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 9/20/2018, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

    Edward Graham’s western – producer, director:
    The Shooting of Dan McGrew - 1965

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  • 10/26/18--06:24: RIP Nikolay Karachentsov

  • Star of Soviet, Russian cinema and stage Karachentsov passes away

    Actor Nikolai Karachentsov has died in Moscow on October 26

    October 26, 2018

    Actor Nikolai Karachentsov has died in Moscow on Friday, one day before his 74th birthday, his son Alexei Karachentsov told TASS.

    "Yes, we confirm it. It happened in the intensive care unit of hospital 62 in Moscow, at 8:50 am," he said.

    "Nikolai has died today," the actor’s wife, Lyudmila Porgina, told the agency. She added that the issue of the funerals and lying-in-state ceremony will be settled soon.

    Karachentsov was one of the most popular Russian actors. He acted in tens of films, such as "Elder Son,""Dog in the Manger,""White Dew,""The Trust That Went Bust" and "A Man from the Boulevard des Capucines.".

    KARACHENTSOV, Nikolay (Nicolai Petrovich Karachentsov)
    Born: 10/27/1944, Moscow, Russia, U.S.S.R.
    Died: 10/26/2018, Moscow, Russia

    Nikolay Karachentsov’s western – actor:
    A Man from Boulevard des Capucines – 1987 (Billy King)

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  • 10/27/18--07:33: RIP John G. Stevens

  • Los Angeles Times
    October 27, 2018

    January 28, 1929 - October 15, 2018 John G. Stephens, acclaimed television producer, whose five-decade career included such classics as The Millionaire, My Three Sons, Family Affair, Gunsmoke, How the West Was Won, Simon & Simon and Major Dad, passed away on October 15th in Thousand Oaks. John was born in New York and moved to California at the age of two. After graduating from Beverly Hills High, he attended USC on a track scholarship and graduated from UCLA with a degree in English. He began his career in 1953 as a story reader, worked his way up to casting director, then producer and eventually executive producer. He later chronicled his career in his book "From My Three Sons to Major Dad – My Life as a TV Producer." While working on The Millionaire, he met and later married actress and model Joan Vohs. John and Joan settled in Tarzana, raised two children and were active at St. Nicholas Anglican Church. After Joan's death in 2001, John married Carol Adams and moved to Agoura Hills. John's wit and irrepressible sense of humor, his obsession with sports, the stock market and his beloved dog Blues, were a blessing to all who knew him. The care and love he shared with everyone who crossed his path made him a joy to be around. John is survived by his children, Bill and Laurie, daughter-in-law Mariela, wife Carol, grandchildren Nicholas and Isabella and extended family. All will forever remember him for his smile, his warmth and hospitality and, most of all, that sense of humor. Funeral services will be on Friday November 16th at 10:30, at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village.

    STEVENS, John G.
    Born: 1/28/1929, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/15/2018, Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.

    John G. Stevens – westerns – producer, casting supervisor
    Fort Yuma – 1955 [casting director]
    Gunsmoke (TV) - 1975 [producer]
    How the West Was Won (TV) – 1977-1979 [producer]

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  • 10/27/18--07:52: RIP Carl Duering

  • British Movie Forum

    Prolific actor Carl Duering died in London on 1st September. Apparently he originally acted under the name of Percy Fox. He was married to the actress Nancy Manningham. From the London Gazette:

    DUERING, Carl
    Born: 5/29/1923, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    Died: 9/1/2018, London, England, U.K.

    Carl Duering’ western – actor:
    The Cabin in the Clearing (TV) – 1954 (Haw-bo-da)

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  • 10/27/18--11:57: RIP Piero Del Papa

  • Former boxing champion Del Papa died

    He was 80 years old.

    He conquered the European title of light heavyweights.

    He turned some films with Bud Spencer

    Il Tirreno
    October 27, 2018

    Piero Del Papa, a great boxer and a Pisan who has honored Pisa in the world, died in the early afternoon of Saturday, October 27th.  He was 80 and was sick for a long time. A champion in the ring, he won the European light heavyweight title, and also actor.  Of him we remember the films filmed between Marina and Tirrenia with Bud Spencer.  Professional since 1960, in 1962 he conquered the title of Italian light heavyweight champion, which he held until 1964. In 1966 he also won the European title, always of light heavyweight, beating Giulio Rinaldi in Rome.  He maintained the continental title, for which he fought 11 times (7 victories), until 1967, regaining it in 1970 and losing it in 1971. In 1971 he faced the world champion Vicente Rondon in Caracas, with the title at stake, but was defeated by KO in the 1st round.

    The Pisa Sporting Club "joins the deep condolences for the pasaing of Piero Del Papa, historical figure of the city sportsmen, always close to the Nerazzurri colors and symbol of the pisanità .. Hello Piero, rest in peace".

    After his sports career he acted as a two-part movie along with Bud Spencer in 'Lo chiamavano Bulldozer', a film entirely shot between Tirrenia and Marina di Pisa, and in 'Bomber'. Del Papa in 'Lo chiamavano Bulldozer' interpreted the role of the barber Osvaldo, who showed himself to be a tough guy but who at the end supported all the requests of the protagonist. In Pisa he also founded a boxing school in the late eighties.

    Del PAPA, Piero (Pierluigi Del Papa)
    Born: 8/25/1938, Pisa, Tuscany Italy
    Died: 10/27/2018, Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

    Piero Del Papa’s western – actor:
    A Man Called Amen – 1968 (gunfighter)

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  • 10/28/18--08:16: RIP Freddie Hart

  • Freddie Hart Hall of Fame

    Freddie Hart, known to millions of Country Music fans the world over as “Mr. Easy Lovin’” passed away Saturday October 27th in Burbank California.

    Freddie served in the Marines during World War 2 and then began his professional career in music when Lefty Frizzell hired him to go on the road with him. Lefty got Freddie a recording contract with Capitol Records and in 1953 he released his first song “Butterfly Love” with Hank Thompson’s band The Brazos Valley Boys backing him on the session. It was also during this time that Freddie had already made a huge impact as a songwriter penning hit songs such as “Loose Talk” for Carl Smith, “Lovin’ In Vain” for Patsy Cline and “My Tears Are Overdue” for George Jones among many others. Freddie was also the first person to record Harlan Howard’s country standard “The Key’s In The Mailbox”.

    Freddie performed regularly on the television show “Town Hall Party” during the 1950’s. He recorded for Capitol, Columbia, Monument and Kapp records during the ‘50’s and ‘60’s building up an impressive catalog of songs, largely self penned.

    But it was not until 1970, when he re-signed with Capitol Records that a song on one of his albums caught the attention of a disc jockey who began playing the song on the air and it became an overnight sensation. Of course that song was “Easy Loving” which became Freddie’s signature song. The record sold millions of copies all over the world and earned Freddie virtually every award in the Country Music industry including “Entertainer Of The Year”, “Male Vocalist Of The Year”, “Album Of The Year”, and “Single Of The Year”. “Easy Loving” had the distinction of becoming the first to be voted song of the year in two consecutive years, 1971 and 1972. The only other time this has happened was with George Jones for “He Stopped Loving Her Today” in 1980 and 1981. “Easy Loving” also won Freddie a Grammy award.

    In the 1970’s Freddie toured as a superstar all over the world with his band “The Heartbeats” The number one hits continued through the decade including “Trip To Heaven”, “Got The All Overs For You”, “Bless Your Heart”, “My Hang Up Is You” and “The Want To’s”. All together Freddie scored 14 number one hits worldwide and 34 top ten records.

    Freddie appeared on many television programs over the years including “Hee Haw”, “Grand Ole Opry”, “Nashville Now”, “Mike Douglas Show”, “Dinah Shore Show”, “George Jones Show” and more recently, Country’s Family Reunion” and “Marty Stuart Show”.

    During the 1980’s Freddie continued to tour and released albums for Sunbird and Fifth Avenue records. As time went by, Freddie began recording his Gospel songs and in later years received numerous awards in that field also. To this day Freddie’s songs have been played on radio stations every day since 1953.

    Perhaps Freddie’s proudest moment came in 2004 with his induction to the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame.

    During the 2000’s Freddie released several Gospel albums and this year completed a Gospel album of all original songs. The album “God Bless You”, produced by country music legend David Frizzell, will be released at a later date on Nashville America Records.

    In addition to many brothers and sisters, Freddie is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ginger and sons Freddie Jr., Andy, Joe and Victor.

    Funeral arrangements are pending and the family has asked for privacy during this time.

    HART, Freddie (Fred Segrest)
    Born: 12/21/1926, Lochapoka, Alabama, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/27/2018, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

    Freddie Hart’s western – soundtrack:
    When the Legends Die - 1972

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  • 10/28/18--08:34: RIP Marina Livanova

  • Marina Livanova has passed away.


    Marina Livanova was born on May 30, 1952 in Gorky. She graduated from the faculty of history and English of the GGPI named after Gorky, in 1978 - the acting faculty of the Higher Theater School named after BV Shchukin with a red diploma.

    First, she worked at the Leningrad State Academic Comedy Theater at the invitation of Pyotr Naumovich Fomenko, and then at the Arkady Raikin Theater.

    She came to television in 1986, and in 1997 she was recognized as one of the the Best Leading Ladies in Russia.

    Marina Livanova became the founder and the first host of Radio Rendezvous.

    Since 2000, Livanova has taught at the Theater Institute. Boris Schukin, was the chief expert of the Center for the support of Russian-speaking theaters abroad of the Union of Theater Workers of Russia.

    Since 2007 she has taught her own courses on stage speech and etiquette at Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov, HSE.

    The news of the death of Marina Livanovoy shocked Nizhny Novgorod.
    “And it seems that recently I saw her in Suzdal - I was still very happy for her (she didn’t look sick at the time). Loss for all of us ... ", - wrote on the social network Lada Koroleva.

    LIVANOVA, Marina
    Born: 5/30/1952, Gorky, Russia, U.S.S.S.R.
    Died: 10/28/2018, Moscow, Russia

    Marina Livanova’s western – actress:
    Alaska Kid (TV) – 1993 (Fifi/Coco)

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  • 10/28/18--08:55: RIP Philippe Gildas

  • The animator Philippe Gildas is dead

    Le Figaro

    The journalist and host Philippe Gildas has died at the age of 82, announced this morning by his former sidekick, Antoine de Caunes. He died during the night of Saturday to Sunday following a bout with cancer. According to Europe 1, where he worked for a long time, he had been hospitalized for seven weeks in the 15th arrondissement of Paris. A man of radio and television, he was one of the first to mix journalism and entertainment in France, notably at the helm of Canal +'s flagship program "Nulle Part Ailleurs". Philippe Leprêtre was born November 12, 1935 in Auray in Morbihan. At the end of the 1950s, he was a student of classics at the Sorbonne, he understood that he was not made for professors and turned to journalism on the advice of Jean Yanne, Breton like him.

    He started as an editorial secretary at the newspaper Combat, then at Radio Luxembourg, the ancestor of RTL. Still under the flag, he must urgently choose a pseudonym one night when he takes the antenna to plug a hole. It will be Gildas, the first name of his eldest son. He creates the morning, this slice of information that must accompany the listener of his awakening to his work, which he will be one of the pillars, to RTL and Europe 1. In 1969, he follows the ORTF Pierre Desgraupes to mount the writing of the first channel. He presents the television news, "grand-messe", which he helps to set the rules as editor-in-chief. He goes through France Inter then integrates Europe 1, where this father of three sons meets his second wife, the animator Maryse.

    NPA, never seen on TV

    The journalist also keeps a foot on the television. On the proposal of Pierre Bellemare, he becomes a games animator and presents "The head and the legs" then "The treasure hunt". He became station director in 1983 and created the Top 50, the first record sales measure in France. In 1985, Pierre Lescure, boss of Canal +, invites him to join him in the adventure of the first private channel of France which has just been born. The two men are going to realize an idea that has been in their head for 20 years: to make a talk show that mixes journalism and entertainment. The formula, which has flourished since, is unpublished on French television. Philippe Gildas first tested the concept in the middle of the day with "Direct", before settling two years later in front of the 20-hour news.

    To encourage viewers to subscribe, the only constraint of the program broadcast in the clear is to keep the promise of the encrypted channel by showing what is found ... "Nowhere else". Alain Decaux can dissert on the petomanes to introduce a sketch of dummies, Professor Cabrol, famous surgeon of the heart, to share his passion of the opera with the leader of the CGT Henri Krasucki. In addition to Les Nuls, the show brings out Jerome Bonaldi and his gadgets, Philippe Vandel, Karl Zero and of course Antoine de Caunes, hitherto confined to musical broadcasts. For 10 years, "NPA" dictates modes and new rules of humor on television.

    In parallel, Philippe Gildas creates the production company Ellipse, which produces the game "Pyramid" and the animated series "The Adventures of Tintin". In 1997, he gave his presenter chair Nulle Part Ailleurs Guillaume Durand and hosts other programs for Canal +. After taking the reins of i-TELE for a time, he launched in 2007 the Vivolta channel, dedicated to seniors. A great collector of travel guides and an unrepentant talker, Philippe Gildas had a regret: not to have been a reporter.

    GILDAS, Philippe (Philippe Lepretre)
    Born: 11/12/1935, Auray, Morbihan, France
    Died: 10/28/2018, Paris, Île-de-France, France

    Philippe Gildas’ western – producer:
    The New Zorro (TV) – 1990-1993

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