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  • 01/08/14--10:40: RIP Danica Acimac
  • Serbian actress Danica Acimac died of natural causes on June 11, 2009 in Belgrade. Born in Belgrade on December 29, 1928 as Danica Pomorišac she became a TV actress starting in 1959 and appeared in a number of television series until 1976 when she retired from show business.

    ACIMAC, Danica real name Danica Pomorišac
    Born: 12/29/1928, Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia
    Died: 6/11/2009, Belgrade, Serbia

    Danica Acimac's western - actress:
    Zlatna pracka (The Golden Sling) - 1967

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  • 01/09/14--22:34: RIP Lorella De Luca

  • Dead tonight Lorella De Luca, the actress who conquered the audience in interpreting Marisa Poor but beautiful. She was born in Florence on September 17, 1940.


    She started her career in 1955 with Federico Fellini 's “Il bidone”. Then the followed with another film in the saga directed by Dino Risi which led to her success by that character.  With extraordinary grace and simplicity she emerged as one of the most popular young actresses of Italian comedy. In 1957 she appeared in “Padri e figli” by Mario Monicelli. In three years she turned out 23 films, from “Domenica è sempre domenica” directed by Camillo Mastrocinque to “Primo amore” by Mario Camerini, “L'ultima violenza” by Raffaello Matarazzo. The with Dino Risi, “Poveri ma belli”, and “Belle ma povere” (1957) and the “Poveri milionari” (1959 ), chapters of an Italy fresco painted with realistic light, a country overwhelmed by the difficulties of post-war and raised by the good intentions of revenge. In 1958 she had a television movie ‘Musichiere” by Mario Riva, one of the most popular transmissions of the Rai era.


    In the early '60s she began working less. In 1965 he met the director Duccio Tessari, who later married her. And in the second half of that decade she appeared under the pseudonym of Hally Hammond in some films directed by her husband, starting with “A Pistol for Ringo” and “The Return of Ringo” .


    After an absence of 25 years, in 1983 she returned to the big screen in the work “Vito Zagarrio, Bonus Malus” with Claudio Bisio, Pieraccioni Leonardo, Massimo Ceccherini. It was her last film, partly because of a serious illness that had afflicted her since 1994. In September of that year her husband died.



    DeLuca, Lorella

    Born: 9/17/1940, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

    Died: 1/9/2013, Rome, Lazio, Italy


    Lorella DeLuca’s westerns – actress:

    A Pistol for Ringo – 1966 (Ruby Brown) [as Hally Hammond

    The Return of Ringo – 1966 (Helen Brown/Hally Fitzgerald) [as Hally Hammond]

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  • 01/11/14--13:10: RIP Carter Camp

  • Carter Camp, a onetime activist with the American Indian Movement who was a leader in the Wounded Knee occupation in South Dakota, has died in Oklahoma. He was 72.


    Camp's sister, Casey Camp-Horinek, said Thursday he died Dec. 27 surrounded by family in White Eagle, Okla. Camp-Horinek said her brother had been suffering from cancer for the past year. Services for Camp were held Tuesday.


    Camp, a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma, was a member of the American Indian Movement, organizing more than 30 chapters in his home state of Oklahoma, Camp-Horinek said. The American Indian Movement was founded in the late 1960s to protest the U.S. government's treatment of Native Americans and demand that the government honor its treaties with Indian tribes.


    He had a leading role in the Trail of Broken Treaties in 1972, in which a caravan of Native American activists drove across the country to Washington, D.C., to protest treaties between tribes and the federal government. They took over the Bureau of Indian Affairs for several days.


    The following year, Carter headed to South Dakota with other AIM leaders, including Russell Means and Dennis Banks. There they organized the Wounded Knee uprising, a 71-day siege that included several gunbattles with federal officers. Means died in 2012 at age 72.


    "He was the only person in (a) leadership position in Wounded Knee who never left Wounded Knee, not to go out and do press junkets, not to go and sit in a hotel for a while. None of that. He was a war leader there. He stayed inside with his warriors," Camp-Horinek said of her brother.


    While several people in leadership roles went on trial for events that took place at Wounded Knee, Camp was the only one to ever serve time. He spent two years in prison in Leavenworth, Kan., for assaulting a postal inspector, a charge Camp-Horinkek disputes. Camp later left the organization.


    In recent years, Camp's focus turned to the Keystone XL pipeline, which he bitterly opposed. Once completed, the contested pipeline would carry tar sands oil from Canada down the midsection of the country and into Texas.


    Though Camp was notified nearly a year ago that he had only a few months to live due to the cancer that had metastasized into his lungs, kidney and liver, Camp-Horinek said her brother's strength of spirit allowed him to take part in a sun dance, a sacred religious ceremony, in South Dakota last summer.


    Camp will be remembered as a warrior, a spiritual leader and a kind family man, Camp-Horinkek, 65, said.


    "As a sister, what I remember is kindness, a big brother who sat on the porch and read the Sunday papers ... who made popcorn and fudge and had an arm around my shoulders — in the physical sense and the other sense of always being there for me," she said.


    CAMP, Carter (Carter Augustus Camp)
    Born: 8/18/1941, Pawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.A.

    Died: 12/27/2013, White Eagle, Oklahoma, U.S.A.


    Carter Camp’s western – technical advisor:

    Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (TV) - 1994

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  • 01/12/14--15:37: RIP Alexandra Basteda

  • TV and animal Champion Alexandra Bastedo dies of cancer



    The actress Alexandra Bastedo, sci-fi Champion who turned champion of the animal world, has lost her battle against cancer.



    Theatre director Roger Redfarn, a close friend to both Alexandra and to her husband, former Chichester Festival Theatre artistic director, the late Patrick Garland, confirmed she passed away on Sunday.


    For many years the couple lived just south of Chichester at Almodington before moving to West Chiltington. Mr Garland’s death last April was followed by a star-studded memorial service in Chichester Cathedral last September, organised by friends including Simon Callow.


    Alexandra Bastedo, who was 67, enjoyed huge success on screen and on stage and also as a vital support to husband Patrick during his years at the CFT.


    But showbusiness was never her first choice of career, as she liked to recall.


    As a child, Bastedo was desperate to become a vet and spent all her spare time at the local veterinary surgery, helping to clean out. And then the movies called.


    “I was discovered by Columbia Pictures at the age of 16 and sent to Hollywood to make a horror film called The Candy Web.”


    On returning to this country, she continued to act, refusing to go to university and landing a part instead in the cult sci-fi TV series The Champions which ran for 30 episodes, broadcast on ITV in the UK from 1968–1969.


    Starring Hove-born Alexandra as Sharron Macready alongside Stuart Damon as Craig Stirling and William Gaunt as Richard Barrett, it told of three agents for a United Nations law enforcement organisation who gain super powers after a plane crash.


    Alexandra recalled that it totally changed her life: “Apart from becoming a household name in England, Scotland and Wales, I became an international star, particularly in Spain and South America where they called me La Bastedo.”


    Back in England she married Patrick Garland, artistic director at the CFT from 1981-1984 before
    returning for a second stint (1991-1994).


    The couple bought a 16th-century farmhouse at Almodington with a Sussex barn and three acres: “And it was there that I was able to fulfil my dream of rescuing animals,” she recalled.


    Alexandra wrote a successful volume of autobiography, Beware Dobermans, Donkeys and Ducks, recalling some of the outrageous and endearing adventures she enjoyed with her expanding menagerie.


    In more recent years, the couple moved to West Chiltington where the animal sanctuary continues as the Alexandra Bastedo Champions Animal Sanctuary, with the aim “to rescue abandoned animals and animals in distress and provide them with care and protection”. As recently as early December, she was tweeting on animal protection issues.


    After many years of ill-health, Mr Garland died in Worthing hospital last April at the age of 78. Alexandra was also ill at the time, but last autumn friends were confident that she had rallied and that her health was improving.


    Among those to pay tribute on her passing was actress Liza Goddard who tweeted: “My dear friend Alexandra Bastedo died today. A beautiful person who will be greatly missed.”


    Fellow actor Peter Egan also tweeted: “Deeply sad. Our dear friend Alexandra Bastedo lost her battle with cancer at 4pm today. A beautiful woman and Animal Champion.”

    BASTEDO, Alexandra (Alexandra L.Bastedo)
    Born: 3/9/1946, Hove, East Sussex, England, U.K.
    Died: 1/12/2014, Wet Chiltington, Chichester, England, U.K.

    Alexandra Bastedo's western - actres:
    Draw! (TV) - 1984 (Bess)

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  • 01/13/14--07:54: RIP Frank Mirth

  • 'Honeymooners' Actor Frank Marth Dies at 91


    He played several characters on the classic Jackie Gleason sitcom and later authority figures in such films as "Madame X" and "Madigan" and on TV's "Hogan's Heroes."


    Frank Marth, a veteran character actor and member of Jackie Gleason's stock company on The Honeymooners, died Sunday of congestive heart failure and Alzheimer’s disease in Rancho Mirage, Calif., a family friend told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 91.


    Often cast as authority figures, Marth appeared on scores of TV shows and in many films during his more than 50 years in show business. He played a detective in Madame X (1966) opposite Lana Turner, a police lieutenant working with Richard Widmark in Madigan (1968), an Air Force man in the Gregory Peck film Marooned (1969) and a Nazi officer on the sitcom Hogan's Heroes.


    The tall and slender Marth, though, is probably best remembered for his assortment of background roles on The Honeymooners, which starred Gleason and Audrey Meadows as Ralph and Alice Kramden and Art Carney as their upstairs neighbor, Ed Norton.


    Marth played Harvey Wohlstetter, who hires Alice to babysit his son, Harvey Jr., as Ralph jumps to conclusions and thinks his wife is having an affair. He was one of the hoods who holds the Kramdens and Norton hostage after Ralph witnesses a bank robbery; the newsman who gets Ralph in trouble at home after he quotes the bus driver in the paper boasting that he's the "head of the household;" and the off-screen narrator of Norton's favorite TV show, Captain Video. Other "classic 39" episodes had him as Ralph's co-worker or pool-room buddy.


    Before and after The Honeymooners in the mid-1950s, Marth worked with Gleason on the comedian's variety shows Cavalcade of Stars and American Scene Magazine, the latter beamed from Miami Beach, Fla.


    In Meadows' 1994 book Love, Alice: My Life as a Honeymooner, Marth noted that Gleason always called him Francis. On the show, "I always felt like I was going to a party, instead of work," he recalled. "It was such a blast."


    Born and raised in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, Marth began his career on the stage and made his first TV appearance in 1949 on the series Mama.


    Marth later appeared on such primetime shows as The Fugitive, Combat! The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Wild Wild West, The Big Valley, Mission: Impossible, The F.B.I., Cannon, M*A*S*H,  The Streets of San Francisco, Quincy M.E., Dirty Dozen: The Series and Airwolf; on the soap operas From These Roots and The Young and the Restless; and in the 1976 telefilm The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case.


    He portrayed an escaped murderer in Fright (1956) and was in such other films as Pendulum (1969), The Lost Man (1969), Telefon (1977) and Loving Deadly (1994), his final credit.


    Survivors include his wife of 45 years, actress Hope Holiday, who shared a memorable night of self-pity (and quite a few drinks) with Jack Lemmon on Christmas Eve in Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960).



    MARTH, Frank

    Born: 7/29/1922, Washington Heights, New York City, New York, U.S.A.

    Died: 1/12/2014, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.A.


    Frank Marth’s westerns – actor:

    A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) - 1966 (doctor)

    Shane (TV) – 1966 (Ball)

    The Big Valley (TV) – 1966, 1967 (Monroe, Marshall Ollie Lanson, Sheriff Barnes, Walter Meeder,
    Sheriff Tom Hayes)

    Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (Wiley)

    The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Col. Theodore M. Rath)

    The Outcasts (TV) – 1968 (Roy Tanner)

    Lancer (TV) – 1968, 1969 (Marks, Rafferty)

    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1968, 1969, 1970, 1974 (Leitner, Ed Wickes, Martin Blake, Loveday)

    Bonanza (TV) – 1969 (Mr. Burnham)

    Young Pioneers (TV) – 1976 (Mr. Swenson)

    The Quest (TV) – 1976 (Sheriff Coe)

    Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1977 (Lewis Ford)

    Best of the West (TV) – 1981 (Kinkaid)

    Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (Knight)

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  • 01/15/14--18:01: RIP Richard Sheperd

  • Richard Shepherd, Producer of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' Dies at 86


    Hollywood Reporter

    1:29 PM PST 1/15/2014

    by Mike Barnes



    He also headed production at Warner Bros. and MGM, worked as an agent at MCA and the forerunner of ICM and founded The Artists Agency.


    Richard Shepherd, who produced the Blake Edwards classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, served as head of production at MGM and Warner Bros. and then founded the Artists Agency, has died. He was 86.


    Shepherd died Tuesday night at his home in Los Angeles after a long illness, his wife Patricia told The Hollywood Reporter. Survivors also include a son, TV producer-writer Scott Shepherd (Equalizer, Miami Vice, The Dead Zone).


    During his six-decade career in the entertainment industry, Shepherd also produced The Hanging Tree (1959), starring Gary Cooper in one of his final films and George C. Scott in his first; Sidney Lumet’s The Fugitive Kind (1960), with Marlon Brando and Joanne Woodward; and Richard Lester’s Robin and Marian (1976), starring Tiffany’s star Audrey Hepburn and Sean Connery.


    Shepherd started out as an independent film producer and, working with Martin Jurow, did Hanging Tree, Fugitive Kind, Love in a Goldfish Bowl (1961) starring Fabian and then Tiffany’s, their final collaboration.


    When Paramount’s head of production wanted the song “Moon River” replaced, “Marty and I both said, ‘Over our dead bodies,’ Shepherd recalled in an audio commentary for an anniversary DVD edition of Tiffany’s.


    The Henry Mancini-Johnny Mercer tune, of course, won the Oscar for best song in 1962.


    “It’s a very tough industry, and the stakes are very high,” Shepherd told The New York Times in 1977 when he was at MGM. “You rely on your gut feeling; I think the first requisite is that you have to have a story in which there is someone the audience can care about, somebody they want to root for.


    “They pay ballplayers a lot of money for hitting .333; I’d pay anybody a lot of money if they could be right 33.3 percent of the time in this business.”


    Shepherd later founded The Artists Agency and represented a myriad of stars over the years, including Marilyn Monroe, Rex Harrison and Richard Harris.


    Born June 4, 1927, in Kansas City, Mo., Shepherd attended Stanford in the 1940s and excelled on the golf team. He was hired by MCA legend Lew Wasserman right out of college and became an agent for the company in the Midwest.


    After a stint in the U.S. Army -- where he covered stories for Stars and Stripes in occupied Germany after World War II – Shepherd went back to work for MCA in New York, then turned to producing with Jurow.


    In the '60s, Shepherd returned to the agency world as one of the first partners at CMA, which quickly became the most powerful agency in the world with a client roster that boasted Paul Newman, Barbara Streisand, Bill Cosby and others. He stayed at CMA (which eventually became ICM) for nearly a decade.


    In 1970, Shepherd was named head of production at Warner Bros., where he oversaw such blockbusters as The Exorcist (1973) and The Towering Inferno (1974). For the Robin Hood-Maid Marian romance Robin and Marian, he lured Hepburn back to acting after a decade away.


    Shepherd then took the reins at MGM in 1976, developed a slate of films that included The Champ (1979), Fame (1980), Clash of the Titans (1981) and Shoot the Moon (1982).


    Upon leaving MGM, he produced the erotic vampire tale The Hunger (1983), director Tony Scott’s first feature, starring Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon and David Bowie, and the Tom Hanks-John Candy comedy Volunteers (1985).


    Shepherd then spent two decades as a partner at The Artists Agency, where he represented numerous actors and screenwriters well into his 70s.


    Richard and Patricia were married for 34 years and had a son, Christopher. His former wife was Judith Goetz, who was producer-executive William Goetz’s daughter and Louis B. Mayer’s granddaughter; together, they had children Scott, Tony (the former head of casting for Spelling Prods. who now produces shows for the Disney theme park in Florida) and Victoria. Survivors also include his grandchildren Barrett and Hunter.

    A memorial will be announced by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Motion and Television Picture House and Hospital in Woodland Hills.


    SHEPERD, Richard (Richard Allen Silberman)

    Born: 6/4/1927, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.

    Died: 1/14/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


    Richard Sheperd’s western – producer:

    The Hanging Tree – 1959

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  • 01/16/14--08:48: RIP Roger Lloyd-Pack
  • 'Only Fools and Horses' actor Roger Lloyd-Pack dies aged 69

    The Irish Times
    Thursday, January 16, 2014, 12:58

    Roger Lloyd-Pack, who played Trigger in Only Fools And Horses, has died aged 69, his agent said.
    Lloyd-Pack was born into an acting family in north London and his father Charles was a regular in Hammer horror films. Although best-known for playing the dim road-sweeper in Only Fools And Horses, Lloyd-Pack appeared in dozens of films and TV shows including a regular role as farmer Owen Newitt in The Vicar Of Dibley.
    Father Ted creator Graham Linehan was among those paying tribute online. He said: “Very sad news about Roger Lloyd Pack. Trigger was an ancestor to Father Dougal and I’m glad I once had a chance to tell him so.”
    Lloyd-Pack was also a successful stage actor, appearing regularly at Shakespeare’s Globe in central London, but knew he would always be best known as
    Trigger. In a 2012 interview with the Guardian, he said: “People will never stop shouting ‘Trigger!’ at me in the street. The other day I jumped some lights on my bike because someone was hollering at me. A police van pulled me over, and when I stopped they also shouted: ‘Trigger!’. It can be very annoying.”
    He was also politically active and a prominent campaigner for left-wing causes in the capital.
    Lloyd-Pack’s daughter Emily shot to fame in the 1987 film Wish You Were Here before stepping back from the celebrity limelight after struggling with health issues.
    LLOYD-PACK, Roger
    Born: 2/18/1944, Islington, London, Engand, U.K.
    Died: 1/16/2014, London, England, U.K.
    Roger Lloyd-Pack's western - actor:
    The New Adventures of Zorro (TV) - 1990 (Carillo)

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  • 01/16/14--14:29: RIP Dave Madden

  • ‘Partridge Family’ Star Dave Madden Passes Away at 83

    Screen Crush

    by Britt Hayes

    January 16, 2014 4:53 PM


    Dave Madden, beloved star of the classic television series ‘The Partridge Family,’ has passed away at the age of 83. Madden played the role of the family’s oft put-upon band manager Reuben Kincaid, who often was annoyed by the shenanigans of young Danny, played by former child star Danny Bonaduce. Madden was also the star of the ’70s show ‘Laugh-In.’


    Madden’s former agent confirmed his passing to TMZ and told the site that the ailing actor passed away in Florida, where he lived with his wife, after a long struggle with illness.


    Aside from his role on ‘The Partridge Family,’ alongside fellow stars like Danny Bonaduce, Shirley Jones and David Cassidy, Madden made guest appearances on classic shows, such as ‘Bewitched,’ ‘The Love Boat,’ ‘Happy Days’ and ‘Fantasy Island.’


    He had a recurring role on the series ‘Alice’ as one of the customers at Mel’s diner and as Tommy’s basketball coach, and in later years he appeared on ‘The New Leave It to Beaver,’ ‘Boy Meets World,’ ‘The Ben Stiller Show’ and ‘Married … with Children.’ His last appearance was in an episode of ‘Sabrina, the Teenage Witch’ as Dr. Hans Egglehoffer in 1998.


    MADDEN, Dave (David Joseph Madden)

    Born: 12/17/1931, Sarnia, Ontario, Canada

    Died: 1/16/2014, Fruit Cove, Florida, U.S.A.


    Dave Madden’s western – actor:

    More Wild Wild West (TV) – 1980 (German Ambassador)

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  • 01/16/14--14:34: RIP Russell Johnson

  • Russell Johnson, who played The Professor on "Gilligan's Island," dies at age 89


    Fox News

    January 16, 2014


    Johnson's agent told Fox News that the actor passed away at his home in Washington State on Thursday morning of natural causes, with his wife and daughter by his side.


    Johnson's co-star Dawn Wells, who played Mary Anne on the show, posted on her Facebook page: "My 2 favorite people are now gone. The professor past (sic) away this morning. My heart is broken."


    "Russell was a true gentleman, a good father, a great friend, and 'the rest,'" Wells wrote.


    Wells and Tina Louise, who played Ginger, are the show's last two surviving cast members.


    Johnson starred on "Gilligan's Island," a classic TV comedy about a mismatched set of castaways stranded on a deserted island, from 1964 to 1967.


    His character, high school science teacher Roy Hinkley, built generators and other gadgets out of scraps of junk found on the island. Johnson later joked that the one thing The Professor never figured out how to do was to fix the leaky boat so the group could get back to civilization.


    Johnson started out in westerns and sci-fi movies, including "It Came From Outer Space." After "Gilligan's Island" he worked regularly with small parts on television.



    JOHNSON, Russell (Russell David Johnson)

    Born: 11/10/1924, Ashley, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

    Died: 1/16/1914, Bainbridge Island, Washington, U.S.A.


    Russell Johnson’s westerns – actor:

    Rancho Notorious – 1952 (Chuck-A-Luck player)

    Seminole – 1953 (Lieutenant Hamilton)

    Law and Order – 1953 (Jimmy Johnson)

    Column South – 1953 (Corporal Biddle)

    The Stand at Apache River – 1953 (Greiner)

    Tumbleweed – 1953 (Lam Blanden)

    Ride Clear of Diablo – 1954 (Jed Ringer)

    Taza, Son of Coshise – 1954 [narrator]

    Many Rivers to Cross – 1955 (Banks)

    Strange Lady in Town – 1955 (Shadduck)

    The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1955 (Tom Levering)

    Circus Boy (TV) – 1956 (Dr. Ben Osgood)

    The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1956, 1957 (Greene, Sergeant Stan Powers)

    Casey Jones (TV) – 1957 (Jeff Tyler)

    Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957, 1962 (William Dodd, Normalie Hall)

    Wagon Train (TV) - 1957, 1958, 1962 (Craig Manson, Steve Marshall, Major Dan Marriott)

    Gunsmoke (TV) - 1957, 1959, 1969, 1972 (Stanger, Harry Webb, Diggs, Link Parrin, 

    Jefferson Drum (TV) – 1958 (The Sundown Kid)

    The Saga of Hemp Brown – 1958 (Hook)

    Badman’s Country – 1958 (Sundance)

    The Californians (TV) – 1958

    Lawman (TV) – 1959 (Wade Hogan)

    Riverboat (TV) – 1959 (Darius)

    Black Saddle (TV) – 1959-1960 (Marshal Gib Scott)

    The Deputy (TV) – 1961 (Albee Beckett)

    Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961, 1962, 1968 (Noble, Sergeant Tate, Matthew Reynolds)

    Laramie (TV) – 1961, 1962, 1963 (Stanton, Wayne Cady, Bob Murkland, Al Denning, Bob Talmadge)

    The Wide Country (TV) – 1962 (Arch McHugh)

    The Dakotas (TV) – 1963 (Lieutenant Clyde Mariot)

    Empire (TV) – 1963 (Bill Carey)

    Rawhide (TV) – 1963 (Burt Harvey)

    Temple Houston (TV) – 1963

    A Distant Trumpet – 1964 (Captain Brinker)

    Invitation to a Gunfighter – 1964 (John Medford)

    The Big Valley (TV) – 1968 (Davey Dunigan)

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  • 01/21/14--09:14: RIP Hal Sutherland

  • Hal Sutherland, who began his career as a Disney animator in 1954, and gained industry recognition in the 1960s as co-founder and animation director at Filmation Associates, has passed away according to a notice on the Filmation Facebook page.


    Sutherland joined Disney during a ramp-up in production on Sleeping Beauty (1959), working mainly on the Prince's horse, Samson. After a lay-off, Sutherland hooked up with Lou Scheimer while working on Bozo The Clown TV cartoons for Larry Harmon.


    Sutherland and Scheimer teamed up with former disc jockey Norm Prescott to form Filmation Associates in 1962 - and they began working on a feature Journey Back To Oz (which was ultimately completed and released in 1974). Filmation exploded in the late 1960s, becoming a powerhouse TV animation studio with pre-sold properties like Superman, Aquaman, The Archies, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Fat Albert and Star Trek.


    Sutherland went into semi-retirement in 1974, moving to Washington state to focus on fine-art painting. As a consultant to Filmation, Sutherland last directed the theatrical feature film Pinocchio And The Emperor Of The Night in 1987.




    Born: 1929, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

    Died: 1/16/2014, Washington, U.S.A.


    Hal Sutherland’s western – animator:

    Brave Starr (TV) - 1987

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  • 01/21/14--09:19: RIP Sarah Marshall

  • British Actress Sarah Marshall Dies at 80


    11:14 AM PST 1/20/2014

    by Mike Barnes


    The Tony-nominated star also appeared on TV’s “Star Trek” and “The Twilight Zone” and in the films “The Long, Hot Summer” and Dave.”



    British actress Sarah Marshall, a Tony-nominated veteran who later appeared in memorable episodes of TV’s Star Trek and The Twilight Zone, has died. She was 80.


    Marshall died Saturday in Los Angeles following a long battle with cancer, her daughter-in-law, Trixie Flynn, said.


    Marshall was the daughter of noted British actors Herbert Marshall (The Letter, Foreign Correspondent) and Edna Best (The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir).


    She made her feature film debut opposite Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in the adaptation of William Faulkner’s The Long, Hot Summer (1958), but her most notable work came on Broadway.


    Marshall toured nationally with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and received a best supporting actress Tony Award nomination for playing Rusty Mayerling in Goodbye, Charlie and a New York Drama Critics Award for her work as Bonnie Dee Ponder in The Ponder Heart, both of which opened in 1959.


    Born in London on May 25, 1933, Marshall also appeared on Broadway in Dream Girl (1951), Idiot’s Delight (1951), Charley’s Aunt (1953) and The World of Suzie Wong (1958).


    In Jane (1952), directed by Cyril Ritchard, she worked opposite her mother, and in Come Blow Your Horn (1961), she met actor Karl Held, her future husband of 50 years. He survives her.


    Ritchard also cast her in Gore Vidal’s A Visit to a Small Planet (1957), and she retained a life-long friendship with the writer as a result.


    In 1972, Marshall and Held moved to London, where she appeared in A.R. Gurney’s Children with Constance Cummings, Applause with Lauren Bacall and Neil Simon’s The Gingerbread Lady with Elaine Stritch. Also while abroad, she worked in the CBS telefilm The Bunker with Anthony Hopkins (as Hitler), Michael Kitchen, Julian Fellowes and Held.


    Returning to Los Angeles in 1979, Marshall starred opposite Roscoe Lee Browne in the short-lived CBS series Miss Winslow and Son.


    In the 1962 Twilight Zone episode “Little Girl Lost,” Marshall played the mother of an unseen girl who disappears behind her bedroom wall into a fourth dimension. And in the 1967 Star Trek installment “The Deadly Years,” Marshall portrayed Dr. Janet Wallace, a former love interest of Captain Kirk (William Shatner) who helps cure an illness that rapidly ages its victims.


    Marshall also appeared on such TV series as Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive, Daniel Boone, Get Smart, F Troop and Ironside and in such films as Embassy (1972), Dave (1993) and Dangerous Minds (1995).


    For more than 20 years, Marshall and Held served on the Western Council of the Actors Fund of America.


    Marshall also was married to three-time Oscar-nominated set decorator and regular Woody Allen collaborator Mel Bourne from 1952-57.


    In addition to Flynn and Held, Marshall is survived by son Timothy, grandchildren Seamus, Sarah, Timothy and Eliza and half-sister Ann.



    MARSHALL, Sarah

    Born: 5/25/1933, London, England, U.K.

    Died: 1/18/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


    Sarah Marshall’s westerns – actress:

    Stoney Burke (TV) – 1962 (Diane Banner)

    F Troop (TV) – 1965 (Hermione Gooderly)

    The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965 (Eugenia Rawlins)

    Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Nancye Beldoe, Elizabeth, Anne Denning

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  • 01/21/14--09:23: RIP Ben Starr

  • 'Facts of Life,''Silver Spoons' Co-Creator Ben Starr Dies at 92



    by Variety Staff

    January 20, 2014 | 12:18PM PT


    Comedy writer Ben Starr, whose career stretched from radio through 1980s

    sitcoms, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 92.


    Starr was a co-creator of NBC comedies "The Facts of Life" and "Silver

    Spoons." During his long career, he wrote for TV comedies ranging from

    "All in the Family" to "Diff'rent Strokes" as well as "Mr. Ed,""The

    Andy Griffith Show,""Petticoat Junction,""The Brady Bunch" and "Chico

    and the Man."


    Starr inadvertently helped create the famous catchphrase from "Diff'rent

    Strokes", "Whatchu talking 'bout Willis?" The line as written in an

    early script for the show was "What are you talking about, Willis?" but

    after star Gary Coleman gave it his distinctive delivery, Starr knew it

    was a keeper.


    Starr went on to create the spinoff "Facts of Life" with two other

    writers he met while working on "Diff'rent Strokes," Martin Cohan and

    Howard Leeds. "Facts of Life" ran from 1979 to 1988. "Silver Spoons,"

    also created with Cohan and Leeds, ran from 1982-1987 and launched the

    career of Rick Schroder.


    In addition to his TV work, Starr penned a number of features including

    1966's "Our Man Flint" and "Texas Across the River" and 1967's "The

    Spirit is Willing." He also wrote plays, including "The Family Way,"

    which had a brief run on Broadway in 1965.


    Raised in Brooklyn by Russian immigrant parents, Starr served in WWII

    and attended New York's City College and later graduated from UCLA. He

    got his showbiz start in radio,  writing for such giants as Al Jolson,

    Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and George Burns.


    Starr was among the veteran comedy scribes featured in the documentary

    "Lunch," about the group's regular kvetch sessions at Factor's Deli in

    Los Angeles.


    Starr's wife of 50 years, Gloria, died in 1999.


    Survivors include three children and three grandchildren and nephew Andy

    Kaplan, who heads international channels for Sony Pictures TV.



    STARR, Ben

    Born: 10/18/1921, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

    Died: 1/19/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


    Ben Starr’s western – screenwriter:

    Texas Across the River – 1966

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  • 01/21/14--09:25: RIP James Jacks

  • ‘The Mummy,’ ‘Dazed and Confused’ Producer James Jacks Dies in Los Angeles


    Hollywood veteran had longtime partnership in Alphaville Films



    By Dave McNary

    January 20, 2014 | 11:57PM PT


    Veteran movie producer James Jacks died Monday of a heart attack at his Los Angeles home. He was 66.


    Jacks was best known for launching “The Mummy” franchise in 1999 with longtime producing partner Sean Daniel through their Alphaville Films banner.


    His first credit came as an executive producer on “Raising Arizona” in 1987. Jacks and Daniel teamed with Richard Linklater on 1993′s “Dazed and Confused.”


    Other film credits include “Tombstone,” “A Simple Plan,” “Michael,” “The Hunted,” “The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns,” “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” “The Scorpion King,” “Down to Earth” and “The Jackal.”


    Daniel said in a Facebook posting: “Nobody loved movies more. Passionate, loyal, generous,
    accomplished, noble, caring, heavily armed, creative, dare I say obsessive on occasion. A good man,a good friend, a wonderful partner, a loving son to his family.”

    Funeral services are pending.



    JACKS, James

    Born: 1948, U.S.A.

    Died: 1/20/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


    James Jack’s western – producer:

    Tombstone - 1993

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  • 01/21/14--18:59: RIP Quail Dobbs

  • National Rodeo Legend, Retired Justice of the Peace Passes Away

    PRCA Pro Rodeo

    January 16, 2014


    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Marvin “Quail” Dobbs, one of the most decorated rodeo clowns and beloved performers in the sport’s history and an inductee in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, died at his home in Coahoma, Texas, on Jan. 15. He was 72.


    Dobbs began his career in rodeo by riding bulls and bareback horses, and got into work as a barrelman by utter chance; the guy hired to perform at the Buffalo, Minn., rodeo in 1962 failed to show and Dobbs was pressed into service.


    “I told (them), ‘Hey let me try that barrel, I’ve been a clown all my life,’” Dobbs said in an interview with the Abilene Reporter-News last November. “At least that’s what my teachers in high school said.”


    That was the start of what would become a 36-year career in which Dobbs would be named PRCA Clown of the Year twice (1978 and 1988) and the Coors Man in the Can four times (1985-86, 1990 and 1993).


    He is one of only three men to work as both a bullfighter (1972) and barrelman (1978, 1985 and 1988) at the National Finals Rodeo and also worked seven times as a barrelman for the Wrangler Bullfight Tour Finale.


    Quail Dobbs played the “Woodlake Clown” in the 1971 feature film J.W. Coop, which starred Cliff Robertson, but drew on rodeo personalities like Dobbs, Larry Mahan, Myrtis Dightman and Dennis Reiners to lend authenticity to the endeavor.


    “I set some goals,” Dobbs told the Reporter-News. “I wanted to go to the National Finals as a bullfighter and I did. I wanted to go to the National Finals as a barrelman and I did, so I fulfilled my dream.”


    In addition to his induction into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs in 2002 – joining a class that included Joe Beaver, Clyde Vamvoras and Gary Leffew – he was enshrined in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame the following year and the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2004.


    Dobbs was a longtime favorite at the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days, working that rodeo 28 times, and the 1998 Daddy of ’em All marked Dobbs'' last appearance in professional rodeo.


    After his retirement, Dobbs became a Howard County (Texas) Justice of the Peace in 1999, and held the position in Coahoma until 2013, when poor health caused him to step down.


    Dobbs held a Kindergarten Rodeo at the elementary school in Coahoma for 35 years, which he always oversaw in full rodeo clown makeup.


    He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Judy, and their two children, Stephanie and Coley.


    Services are set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Trinity Baptist Church in Big Spring, Texas.


    In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919, or to Trent's Retreat, in honor of Dobbs’ nephew who died of cancer at the age of 15. Trent's Retreat address is 1015 FM 2887, Ballinger, Texas, 76821 and the organization can be reached at or 325.365.2103.




    DOBBS, Quail (Marvin Dobbs)

    Born:  8/27/1941, Albany, Texas, U.S.A.

    Died: 1/15/2014, Coahoma, Texas, U.S.A.


    Quail Dobbs’ western – actor:

    J.W. Coop – 1971 (Woodlake clown)

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  • 01/22/14--15:27: RIP Stanford Tischler

  • Los Angeles Times

    January 18, 2014


    December 25, 1921 - January 15, 2014 Stan Tischler passed away January 15, 2014 at the age of 92. An accomplished film editor and producer, Stan won an Emmy and an Eddie award for his work on the hit television series M*A*S*H. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Services will be held Sunday, January 19 at 3pm, Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the City of Hope. "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen.".



    TISCHLER, Stanford

    Born: 12/25/1921, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

    Died: 1/15/2014,


    Stanford Tischler’s westerns – editor, producer:

    Wagon Train (TV) – 1957 [editor]

    Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957 [editor]

    The Proud and the Damned – 1972 [associate producer]

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  • 01/23/14--09:54: RIP Luis Avalos
  • Luis Avalos Dies: ‘The Electric Company’ Cuban Actor Dead At 67

    The Latin Times
    By Armando Tinoco
    Jan 22 2014, 08:35PM EST

    Luis Avalos has passed away at the age of 67. His death was confirmed to Latin Times by Gabriel Reyes, a close friend of the artist. Avalos who was born on Sept. 2, 1946 was best known for his work on the children's television show, "The Electric Company." The actor joined during the second season playing most notably Doctor Doolots, and lasted until the series ended in 1977. In the sketch comedy show, the thespian shared the screen with actors like Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, Bill Cosby, Judy Graubart, Lee Chamberlin, Skip Hinnant and many more.

    Avalos' notable performance on the PBS program was during a time where Latino's were not heavily portrayed in mainstream media, making him one of the pioneers in the entertainment industry. After the show ended, Luis Avalos went on to star in movies like "Hot Stuff," opposite Jerry Reed, Dom Deluise and Suzanne Pleschette. Following that movie, a series of guest spots on television shows like "The Jeffersons,""Highcliffe Manor,""Soap" and "Hill Street Blues" followed. Avalos went on to star in sitcoms like "Condo,""E/R," and "I Had Three Wives."

    Other television credits to Luis Avalos' name include "Jack & Bobby,""Full House,""Resurrection Blvd.,""NYPD Blue,""ER,""Hangin' With Mr. Cooper," and "JAG." His film credits include "Jungle 2 Jungle" with Tim Allen and "The Ringer" with Johnny Knoxville. Avalos' last film credit is a movie titled "$5 A Day," which was released in 2008 and starred Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola, Amanda Peet and Sharon Stone. The legacy that Luis Avalos leaves in both film and television will never be forgotten as he provided us with countless hours of laughs and entertainment. Our thoughts go out to his family and finds during this difficult time, may he rest in peace.

    AVALOS, Luis
    Born: 9/2/1946, Havana, Cuba
    Died: 1/22/2014

    Luis Avalos' westerns - actor:
    Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (TV) - 1972 (Crecencio)
    Waker, Texas Ranger (TV) - 1993 (Pastor Chavez)
    Gambler V: Playing for Keeps (TV) - (Colonel Fernandez)
    Lone Justice 2 - 1995 (Crecencia)
    Lone ustice: Showdown at Plum Creek - 1996 (Crecencia)

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  • 01/23/14--10:31: RIP Fred Bertelmann
  • Pop artist and actor: Fred Bertelmann is dead


    Arrivederci, laughing Tramp: Fred Bertlemann was in the fifties and sixties, one of the most successful German pop performers - the singer and actor sold 40 million records. Now he has died at the age of 88 years.


    Hamburg/Berg - His super hit landed Fred Bertlemann in 1957: Until today combine pop fans and contemporaries, his name titled "The Laughing Rover".


    "The song has made me rich and famous," Bertelmann once said in an interview. The disc sold five million copies. The song was an integral part of his stage performances and made him films, records and other musical performances in the United States possible. Other successful titles were "In Hamburg sind die Nächte lang", "Arrivederci Roma" und "Wenn es Nacht wird in Montana".


    Bertelmann was one of the most successful German pop artist in the fifties and sixties. Born in Duisburg, the singer last lived in Berg am Starnberger See. He was married to the former television presenter and actress Ruth Kappelsberger since 1966. In the course of his career Bertelsmann sold more than 40 million records. Many of his tunes have become standards.


    On the Internet, his fans have so far rather little perception of his website. At 20.30 o’clock on Thursday evening Bertelsmann had 12 Facebook Likes, according to his official website. His last appearance was as a singer, at a Mother 's Day Gala in Vienna's Stadthalle on May 12 2013.


    The singer with the sonorous baritone had already learned as a child to play several musical instruments. He attended the Nuremberg Conservatory and the UFA drama school. At age nine, the son of a chemist, appeared for the first time during on stage during a tour of the Nuremberg with the church choir of St. Lawrence.


    Decisive his formative experiences in the American prisoner of war. There Bertel man learned the swing and the music of Glenn Miller. "The Americans have given us music and musical instruments. Imprisonment was forever the foundation of everything," Bertelmann once said.


    After the return from captivity Bertelmann started a band and then performed as a singer with a Swedish orchestra. In order to finance his vocal studies, he played Dixie and Swing music in Nuremberg bars.


    On Wednesday Bertelmann died at the age of 88 years, said his former manager and friend of the family, Michael Hilken, the news agency dpa. He fell asleep and died peacefully at his residence.




    Born: 10/7/1925, Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

    Died: 1/22/2014, Berg, Bavaria, Germany


    Fred Bertelmann's wesern - actor, singer:

    A Fistful of Songs - 1966

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  • 01/23/14--13:33: RIP Riz Ortolani

  • ROME - Beloved by generations of Italian directors from Vittorio De Sica to Pupi Avati, adored by Quentin Tarantino which included some of his songs on the soundtracks of "Inglorious Basterds" and "Django Unchained." Music and cinema mourn the loss of the great Riz Ortolani, wizards of film music, the author of the cult issues such as the "Over", died in Rome this evening from the consequences of bronchitis. Four score and seven years brought to the big, Riz, as everyone called him, worked until the last, the author, among other things, the soundtrack of A Marriage, the TV movie by Pupi Avati aired a few days ago shown on RAI 1.


    Born in Pesaro, the youngest of six brothers, Rizziero Ortolani (his real name) had graduated in flute at age 19 and in his early twenties had entered Rai as an arranger of radio orchestras. In 1954 he signed his first radio show, "Occhio Magico" as a conductor. His work for the cinema kicks off in the early 1960s with the soundtrack of a documentary, "Mondo Cane", whose main theme, "More," sung by his wife Katyna Ranieri earned him an Oscar nomination for best score in 1964.


    Since then, there have been collaborations with American studios (MGM, United Artists, Universal) and Italian with big-name directors, as well as De Sica, Dino Risi, Franco Zeffirelli. Particularly a long and fruitful artistic partnerships with Damiano Damiani and especially with Pupi Avati with whom he made 25 films since 1980, virtually the entire production of the director of Emilia, who now mourns him. "A life together - he says - with him I learned how nice it is to follow a classic song with the score in hand." Passionate and sophisticated connoisseur of jazz, as well as symphonic and operatic music, a tireless worker, Ortolani leaves a huge production of work.


    Among his more than 300 scores, there are various themes that have become cult, from 'Africa Addio ' to 'Brother Sun Sister Moon', up to 'The Octopus'. Not forgetting of course, the music written for Avati from ''Ma quando arrivano le ragazze', 'Il papà di Giovanna', fino a 'Una sconfinata giovinezza'. He was given many awards: 2 Golden Globes, 2 Oscar nominations, a Grammy Award and five David di Donatello. A few months ago, in October, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Festival of the soundtrack of Ghent," a beautiful evening - had commented with ANSA - Brussels Symphony Orchestra has performed very well my music."


    Beware of the young , along with his beloved wife Katyna , with whom he has lived a life of fellowship and work so solid that it has become proverbial (would celebrate in a few days 50 years of marriage) had given birth to in 2007 in Pesaro Riz Ortolani Foundation to promote music through scholarships, seminars, debates , concerts and exhibitions. Hospitalized for surgery, he died from the consequences of bronchitis. He leaves two sons, Enrico and Rizia. The funeral will be held in Rome, Saturday at 15 in the Church of the Artists of the Piazza del Popolo.

    ORTOLANI, Riz (Riziero Ortolani)
    Born: 3/25/1926, Pesaro, Marche, Italy
    Died: 1/23/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
    Riz Ortolani's westerns - composer:
    Gunfight at High Noon - 1963

    Ride and Kill – 1963 [as Oscar Rice]

    Shatterhand - 1963

    Seven from Texas - 1964

    Freispruch für Old Shatterhand (TV) - 1965
    Glory Guys - 1965
    Beyond the Law - 1967
    Day of Anger - 1967
    Kill and Pray – 1967 [as Roger Higgins]

    Night of the Serpent – 1969
    O'Cangaciero - 1970

    Madron – 1970
    The Unholy Four- 1970
    The Hunting Party – 1971

    Massacre at Fort Holman – 1972
    Where the Bullets Fly - 1972 

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  • 01/23/14--14:40: RIP Ubaldo Continiello

  • RIP Ubaldo Continiello


    He died yesterday January 21st in Rome due to a sudden cardiac arrest, the Master Ubaldo Continiello, one of the most experienced musicians and Italian composers of Italian genre cinema. He was born in Monteverde, in the province of Avellino, in 1941.


    He has worked with directors like Ruggero Deodato, Lamberto Bava, and Mario Bava.


    He started his film career in 1967 composing the music for "Black Tigress" starring Lola Falana. He also socred six films for actor Franco Franchi starting with "Il gatto di Brooklyn aspirante detective in 1973.

    In 1977 he scored his most important success of his career with the film "Last Cannibal World", one of the first 'cannibal movies directed by Deodato. After writing numerous hit songs including those of Tony Monaco, in 1980 he composed the soundtrack for the film by Lamberto Bava "Macabre."




    Born: 1941 Monteverde, Avellino Italy 1/21/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy

    Died: 1/21/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy


    Ubaldo Continiello’s westerns – composer:

    Black Tigress - 1967

    The Grandson of Zorro – 1975

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  • 01/24/14--14:15: RIP Violetta Ferrari

  • Violetta Ferrari has died
    January 24, 2014


    One of the most popular actresses of the 1950s died at her home. In 1956 she immigrated to West Germany. She was 84 years old.


    Violetta Ferrari was born on April 25, 1930 in Hódmezövásárhely, Hungary, to an Italian soldier who remained in Hungary after World War I, but was raised in the capital city of Budapest. She began acting by appearing in kindergarten plays and in the radio performing troupe Uncle Siliga children's theater.


    Later she trained at the Theatre and Film Academy, where she excelled as a student participating in theater performances. After graduating in 1949 she signed on with the National Theatre where she participated in leading roles of classic and contemporary plays. She appeared on the Hungarian stage in such plays as Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Hamlet” other plays included “Ophelia” and “The Marriage of Figaro”.


    In 1956, Violetta and her husband Sandor Szabo fled the country during the Russian Riots, for Germany where she created her second acting career in German-speaking musicals, comedies and feature films. She achieved biggest dream role with the leading female role in the stage play “Caesar and Cleopatra”. Violetta Ferrari is the only Hungarian actress who in recent decades had a real career abroad. She also lived in Austria and Italy.


    In 1997, she moved back to Hungary. She was not visible on the stage because of a panic disorder and her doctors barred her from performing.



    FERRARI, Violetta

    Born: 4/25/1930 Hódmezövásárhely, Hungary

    Died: 1/23/2014, Budapest, Hungary


    Violetta’s western – actress:

    Prairie Saloon (TV) – 1966 (Claire)

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