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- 03/09/14--13:35: _RIP Don Safran
- 03/10/14--17:02: _RIP Tonino Ricci
- 03/12/14--16:37: _RIP Richard Coogan
- 03/12/14--16:54: _RIP Eileen Colgan
- 03/13/14--15:07: _RIP Abby Singer
- 03/14/14--12:02: _RIP Gérard Lartigau
- 03/16/14--13:07: _RIP Med Flory
- 03/18/14--14:50: _RIP Jorge Arvizu
- 03/22/14--08:15: _RIP Emilio Delle Pi...
- 03/23/14--07:42: _RIP Patrice Wymore
- 03/23/14--12:38: _RIP James Rebhorn
- 03/26/14--08:08: _RIP Jon Ewing
- 03/26/14--19:04: _RIP Dirk Craft
- 03/28/14--18:17: _RIP Lorenzo Semple
- 03/30/14--08:51: _RIP Kate O'Mara
- 03/31/14--06:34: _RIP Harry H. Novak
- 03/31/14--14:48: _RIP Marc Platt
- 04/02/14--11:11: _RIP Jerry Biggs
- 04/03/14--06:47: _RIP Richard Brick
- 04/03/14--12:55: _RIP Pere Ventura
- 03/09/14--13:35: RIP Don Safran
- 03/10/14--17:02: RIP Tonino Ricci
- 03/12/14--16:37: RIP Richard Coogan
- 03/12/14--16:54: RIP Eileen Colgan
- 03/13/14--15:07: RIP Abby Singer
- 03/14/14--12:02: RIP Gérard Lartigau
- 03/16/14--13:07: RIP Med Flory
- 03/18/14--14:50: RIP Jorge Arvizu
- 03/22/14--08:15: RIP Emilio Delle Piane
- 03/23/14--07:42: RIP Patrice Wymore
- 03/23/14--12:38: RIP James Rebhorn
- 03/26/14--08:08: RIP Jon Ewing
- 03/26/14--19:04: RIP Dirk Craft
- 03/28/14--18:17: RIP Lorenzo Semple
- 03/30/14--08:51: RIP Kate O'Mara
- 03/31/14--06:34: RIP Harry H. Novak
- 03/31/14--14:48: RIP Marc Platt
- 04/02/14--11:11: RIP Jerry Biggs
- 04/03/14--06:47: RIP Richard Brick
- 04/03/14--12:55: RIP Pere Ventura
Don Safran, a screenwriter, producer and marketing executive who collaborated often with famed independent producer Ray Stark, died Feb. 17 of congestive heart failure in Dallas. He was 84.
A former reporter, film critic and arts and entertainment editor for the Dallas Times Herald who also wrote for The Hollywood Reporter in the 1970s, Safran co-wrote the film Homework (1982), starring Joan Collins as a sexy teacher who decides to make a man out of one of her students.
He also penned an episode of Happy Days and executive produced and wrote for Blue Thunder, a short-lived ABC series based on the 1983 Roy Scheider action film.
Most recently, Safran was an executive producer on the 2004 TNT telefilm The Goodbye Girl, an adaptation of the Neil Simon romantic comedy. This version starred Jeff Daniels and Patricia Heaton.
Safran earlier served as up publicity for Columbia Pictures and then as executive vp marketing for Stark's company, Rastar Productions.
Stark, who received the Irving Thalberg Award in 1979, was involved in more than 100 films during his career, including Funny Girl (1968), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Electric Horseman (1979), Annie (1982), Biloxi Blues (1988) and Steel Magnolias (1989). He died in 2004.
As a Rastar executive, Safran oversaw the last four on that list. He also did marketing on such films as Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Chapter Two (1979), The Big Brawl (1980), Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Nothing in Common (1986), The Secret of My Success (1987) and Random Hearts (1999).
Safran was born in Brooklyn, where he graduated from Lafayette High School. He served two years in the U.S. Marines before studying journalism at Mexico City College and Arizona State.
He joined the Times Herald in 1956 as a nightclub reporter and was cited in the Warren Report for his conversations with Jack Ruby, a nightclub and strip club owner, days before Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, charged with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in November 1963.
In addition to his work with the newspaper, he hosted a radio show featuring celebrity interviews and was one of the founders of what is now known as the Dallas-based USA Film Festival.
After moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s, he reported for publications that included THR and Los Angeles magazine before landing the job at Columbia.
He was a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His later years were focused on writing novels and short stories.
Survivors include his daughters Dona, Vicky and Stephanie, sisters Rhoda and Muriel and numerous nieces and nephews.
SAFRAN, Don (Donald Safran)
Born: 1930, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/17/2014, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Don Safran’s western – publicist:
The Legend of the Lone Ranger - 1981
Tonino Ricci died in Rome at 86 years of age, the director general. In the seventies he worked with Klaus Kinski , George Hilton and Alan Steel
The Centre of Italian cinema has been revitalized with the recent Oscar and the great beauty, the popular Italian cinema has lost another of its Kings of B's. It is Anthony Richmond, namely Teodoro "Tonino" Ricci who died yesterday in Rome, where he was born in 1927, director of a dozen films, including the early 1970s to the late 1990s, all strictly gender films, from western to Kung Fu to Bermuda, from macaroni to the post-atomic war movies with takeoffs of Conan and White Fang. Ricci, who had lived at Cinecitta was displaced just after the war, he was raised in the Roman cinema and popular film that conveyed the sympathy and intelligence. In the 1960s, he was assistant to Mario Bonnard on The Robbers, Charles Campogalliani for Alboin and Rosamond, Mario Bava, then passed into the spaghetti westerns, always as an assistant in the film quite marginal as God Made Them ... I Kill Them and the parody Ciccio Forgives ... I Don’t and The Nephews of Zorro with Franco and Ciccio. Working in the second unit with Lucio Fulci for the saga of White Fang which had great success in the early 1970s.
In fact, Tonino Ricci had already made his directorial debut with a curious macaroni war movie, Il dito nella piaga, with George Hilton and Klaus Kinski in 1969, where Kinski is an unusually good role and not the usual Nazi sadist. From a screenplay by Rafael Azcona was born on his next film, A Perfect Murder in the Law, in 1971, a giallo. Ricci does a bit 'of everything, never finding his true gender. His are average products, consumables, without great genius, but always with some commercial success. They range from a late spaghetti western Monta in sella figlio di… with Mark Damon and Stelvio Rosi, commercially a big hit. He specializes in co-productions and in early mesch of genres, as evidenced by the subsequent history of Karate, Fists and Beans, with the “communist” singer Dean Reed, worshiped in Moscow, the big Spanish actor Chris Huerta as a sub-Bud Spencer and Japanese actor Iwao Yoshioka, in addition to the master of the stunt our own Sal Borgese, and The Story of Arrows, Fists and Black Eyes, a sort of Robin Hood character with the old national strongman, Alan Steel, aka Sergio Ciani, in the role of the archer of Sherwood Forest, with Chris Huerta as friar Tuck.
But also notable is Kid Terror of the West with Andrea Balestri, television’s Pinocchio, a sort of spaghetti westerns for kids, with the big Remo Capitani, the legendary Metzcal, or White Fang to the Rescue with Maurizio Merli, Henry Silva , Gisela Hahn and a very bad Luciano Rossi, acting as a nasty character actor of our cinema encore. Also makes a sexy melodrama in Spain, Pasion, with Maria José Cantudo and Macha Meril, before moving on to new genres, such as the Bermuda Bermuda Movie: the Cursed Pit with Andres Garcia, Janet Agren and Arthur Kennedy, perhaps his most rich and successful film. But it also touches on science fiction, with Meetings with the Humanoids, 1979, with Andres Garcia and Gianni Garko, or Baktērion, with David Warbeck and Janet Agren, then moves on to the sub Thor Conan the Conqueror. He continues to turn in everything, even when the genders are now running out. His latest films are related to the dog Buck produced by Curti, Buck at the Edge of Heaven with John Savage and David Hess and Buck and the Magic Bracelet with Matt McCoy. But we are already at the end of the 1990s and this type of film does not exist anymore.
RICCI, Tonino (Teodoro Ricci)
Born: 10/23/1927, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 3/9/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Tonino Ricci’s westerns – director, assistant director, screenwriter:
$10,000 for a Massacre – 1967 [assistant director]
Ciccio Forgives… I Don’t – 1968 [assistant director]
The Nephews of Zorro – 1968 [assistant director]
Showdown for a Badman – 1971 [screenwriter]
The Great Treasure Hunt - 1972 [director, screenwriter]
Bad Kids of the West - 1973 [director]
Karate, Fists and Beans – 1973 [director]
White Fang – 1973 [assistant director]
White Fang to the Rescue – 1974 [director]
Buck at the Edge of Heaven - 1991 [director, screenwriter]
Buck and the Magic Bracelet - 1997 [director]
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2014
Born: 4/9/2014, Short Hills, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 3/12/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Richard Coogan’s westerns - actor:
Three Hours to Kill – 1954 (Niles Hendricks)
The Californians (TV) – 1958-1959 (Marshal Matthew Wayne)
Wichita Town (TV) – 1959 (Reverend Nichols)
Bronco (TV) – 1960 (Cole Younger)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1960 (Sheriff Charley Emmett)
Maverick (TV) – 1960 (Hank Lawson)
Stagecoach West (TV) – 1960 (Major Leslie St. Clair)
Laramie (TV) – 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 (Sheriff Lon Matthews, Dr. Tom Kingsley, Vince Cutter,
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1962 (Mallory)
Outlaws (TV) – 1962 (Slater)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963 (Luke Ryan)
March 11, 2014
The actress Eileen Colgan, best known for her portrayal of the role of Esther Roche in the RTÉ drama Fair City , has died.
Ms Colgan also featured in Ballykissangel , Angela’s Ashes , Strumpet City , and My Left Foot .
She enjoyed a 17-year career at the Abbey Theatre from 1971 to 1988 and appeared regularly in shows that included The Winter’s Tale , Measure for Measure , The Hostage , Ulysses in Nighttown , Richard’s Cork Leg and Talbot’s Box .
Abbey Theatre director Fiach MacConghail last night said Ms Colgan had “a long and successful career”. He added: “She was a wonderful actress who had a particular gift for mischief, which she played brilliantly.”
RTÉ head of drama Jane Gogan said Ms Colgan was “a great professional who will be sadly missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to know her and work with her”.
“As an actress in many of RTÉ’s dramas over the years, she brought a great range to her performance. She could be funny, poignant, and tragic in the wide variety of roles she played. In the highly demanding world of Fair City Eileen was an inspiration to those she worked with.”
Irish actor Tom Jordan who knew Ms Colgan for 50 years and worked with her on Fair City said she was “a very brilliant and professional actress, and an extremely thoughtful and kind person who will be greatly missed”.
Lisa Richards, who was Ms Colgan’s agents for more than 20 years, said she was “a joy to work with”.
Born: 1934, Ireland
Died: 3/10/2014, Ireland
Eileen Colgan’s western – actress:
Far and Away – 1992 (Lady #1)
Devised 'the Abby Singer shot' to increase efficiency on set
By Dave McNary
March 13, 2014
Unit production manager and TV assistant director Abby Singer, famed for being the source of the name for the penultimate shot of the day, died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House in Woodland Hills. He was 96.
Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay said, “From his first job as the assistant to the head of production at Columbia in 1949 to his final film as unit production manager for ‘Family Plan’ in 1997, Abby Singer was renowned for working consistently, enthusiastically and most importantly – efficiently.
“It was this efficiency that led to the coining of a phrase known throughout the entertainment industry and around the world as the ‘Abby Singer shot’ – the next to last shot of the day.”
The last shot of the day is often known as the “Martini” shot.
Singer explained in an interview that announcing the second-to-last shot would give the crew a chance to begin wrapping up their equipment or to call transportation for gurneys, so they could move on quickly to another production — thus saving the director time when moving to another production.
Singer served as production exec or unit production manager on numerous series including many for MTM Productions, such as “Hill Street Blues,” “St. Elsewhere,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Rhoda” and “Lou Grant.” Other shows for which he served as production manager include “Remington Steele” and “The Doris Day Show.” In the early days of television, he worked as assistant director on shows including “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” and “Wagon Train.”
Born in New York City, he started out as second assistant director on the Oscar-nommed 1951 adaptation of “Death of a Salesman” and worked on features for Columbia including “Cannibal Attack” and “7th Cavalry” before segueing into TV.
“Abby gave freely of himself to his guild and his fellow guild members, serving for more than 30 years on the Western AD/UPM Council,” Barclay said. “He once told us in an interview for the DGA Quarterly, ‘Next to my wife and children, the film business is everything I ever wanted.’ He may have been the inspiration for the second to last shot, but today, Abby is first in our hearts.”
Singer joined the Screen Directors Guild in 1949, which merged with the Radio and Television Directors Guild in 1960 to form the DGA.
He served three terms on the national board and was a member of the Western AD/UPM Council for more than three decades. He also served on the negotiations committee and was on the board of trustees for the Directors Guild Foundation for a decade and the DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans since 1980. In later years, he taught at the AFI.
In 1985, the DGA presented Singer with the Frank Capra Achievement Award, which honors assistant directors and unit production managers in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the guild.
He is survived by his wife, Lotte Singer; two daughters, Jo Ann Singer, an assistant director and production manager; and Laura Wolf; stepdaughter Erica Shepherd; and three granddaughters.
Funeral services are pending.
SINGER, Abby (Abner E. Singer)
Born: 12/18/1917, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 3/13/2014, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
Abby Singer’s westerns – unit manager, production manager, assistant director:
Massacre Canyon – 1954 [assistant director]
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1954 [assistant director]
A Lawless Street – 1955 [assistant director]
7th Cavalry – 1956 [assistant director]
Circus Boy (TV) – 1956-1957 [assistant director]
Casey Jones (TV) – 1957 [assistant director]
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957 [assistant director]
Guns of Fort Petticoat – 1957 [assistant director]
Wagon Train (TV) – 1958-1959 [assistant director]
Cimarron City (TV) – 1958-1959 [assistant director]
The Virginian (TV) – 1966-1968 [unit manager]
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1974 [production manager]
The Meanest Men in the West – 1978 [production manager]
March 14, 2014
Gérard Lartigau died Thursday, March 13 a few days after celebrating his 72nd birthday. The actor Gérard Lartey, whose silhouette became familiar on the boards and the screen for half a century, died Thursday in Paris at the age of 72 from a stroke. It was announced Friday by his Paris agent. Gérard Lartey had shared the stage with Louis de Funès in the theater of the Palais Royal in 1971 in the famous play Oscar. He also produced several films with Alain Resnais such as “La guerre est finie” and “Vous n’avez encore rien vuthe” in 2012.
He entered the Conservatory of Dramatic Art at age 15 ½ on an exemption. Berthe Bovy, who took him under her wing during a revival of Hair Express carrot Jules Renard.
He spent his time observing the major actors such as, Henri Rollan and Jean Marchat, who was also excited when given actual speaking lines in the theater . Modesty and generosity are the two brands of these superstars he obeserved.
Later, he starred opposite Edwige Feuillère. He watched from the wings when he was not on stage with her. Complicity carries out performances in the the theater.
He did not put all of his eggs in one basket but lived a life of diversity as he was also a cooks in a restaurant he opened in Montparnasse, in the 1980s. An adventure lived by love. When history has stopped, he checked out of the hotel.
Born: 3/6/1942, Monaco
Died: March 13, 2014, Paris,Île-de-France, France
Gérard Lartigau's western - actor:
The Man from Nowhere - 1966 (John)
His son, Rex, who cared for his father during several years of heart maladies, reported that Flory died Wednesday at his home in North Hollywood.
Flory had not been professionally active over the last few years, a shift from the busy demands of a career stretching over six decades. One of Hollywood's most unusual hyphenates, he was successful in two creatively demanding arenas.
He was born Meredith Irwin Flory on Aug. 27, 1926, in Logansport, Ind., to Florence and Wilmer Flory. He began clarinet lessons when he was 9 and joined his high school concert band when he was 12. It was his mother who provided the model that led him into music as a possible career.
"My mom was a real musician," Flory said in an interview for the Web blog JazzWax. "She could sight-read three manual organ parts with pedals and everything. She had played for the silent movies when she was in high school. She never studied music but could memorize everything. She also could improvise. She was twice the musician I'd ever be."
After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, Flory graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in philosophy and went to New York, where he worked with his own small groups as well as the big bands of Woody Herman and Claude Thornhill. He moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, becoming involved with the arrival of cool jazz on the West Coast. Meeting and performing with players such as Art Pepper, Buddy Clark and Joe Maini, he planted the seeds for the eventual creation of Supersax.
In 1972, Flory and bassist Clark formed the nine-piece band that paid tribute to the music of bebop saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker. It played classic Parker solos in arrangements by Flory. Supersax performed in several different formats — sometimes as a self-contained ensemble, other times as an element in Flory's big band, Jazz Wave. The group won a Grammy in 1974 for its album "Supersax Plays Bird."
In a Los Angeles Times review of a 1992 performance by Supersax, Zan Stewart wrote: "You wanted hair-raising thrills, heart-stopping chills? Forget Magic Mountain's Ninja, Colossus and Psyclone roller coasters. Just listen to Supersax's version of Parker's famed 'alto break' that precedes his solo in Dizzy Gillespie's 'A Night in Tunisia.'"
Flory's career as a character actor began to blossom in the 1960s, when he appeared in series such as "Wagon Train,""The Rifleman,""Maverick" and "Route 66." He amassed nearly 100 credits, mostly in television, although he also appeared in a few films, including the Jerry Lewis comedy "The Nutty Professor."
Describing Flory's own feelings about his cross-genre career, Associated Press writer Jay Sharbutt wrote that "Med, who speaks in an easy Indiana drawl, doesn't mind this split-ticket existence: 'It makes a nice balance in life,' he says. 'The acting lets me spend a lot of time on music and keep the band working.'"
Before he began to have heart problems, Flory spent several years caring for his wife, Joan Barbara Fry, after she contracted Alzheimer's disease. Said Flory's son, Rex: "As great an alto saxophonist as my dad was, he was an even greater father and husband."
I addition to his son, Flory is survived by his daughter, Ava, and two granddaughters. Fry died in
FLORY, Med (Meredith Irwin Flory)
Born: 8/27/1926, Logansport, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 3/12/2014, North Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Med Flory’s westerns – actor:
Maverick (TV) – 1960 (Wyatt Earp, Deputy Nevers)
Lawman (TV) – 1960, 1961, 1962 (Catcher, Jed Pennyman, Lex Buckman)
Gun Street – 1961 (Willie Driscoll)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1961 (Sheriff Gile)
Bonanza (TV) – 1961, 1963, 1971 (Mark Hartley, Otis Klink, Clint Rush)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1961 (Thiss Croxton)
Bronco (TV) – 1962 (Pelnam)
The Dakotas (TV) – 1963 (Captain Driscoll)
Rawhide (TV) – 1963, 1964 (Billy Barton, Private Hawkins, Bingen)
Destry (TV) – 1964 (Bert Hartley)
The Virginian (TV) – 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969 (Sardo, Tom Yeager, Red Ingram, Finney, drifter)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970 (Binger, Joker, Jubal, Luke Bingen, Dobbs)
The Night of the Grizzly – 1966 (Duke Squires)
F Troop (TV) – 1966 (Loco Brother)
Rough Night in Jericho – 1967 (Weaver)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Newton)
The Monroes (TV) – 1967
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1970, 1974 (Corporal Steckey,Sheriff Van Werkle)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Marshal)
Nichols (TV) – 1971 (Cyrus)
Wild and Wooly (TV) – 1978 (Burgie)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1979 (Sheriff Miller)
Young Maverick (TV) – 1979
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1980 (Pete Rawlins)
Mexican actor Jorge Arvizu, who for decades gave voices to cartoon characters like Fred Flintstone, Felix the Cat and Woody Woodpecker in Spanish versions, died today at age 81 due to heart failure.
Local media reported that the actor, known as the Tata, had recently been hospitalized and shown some improvement, but finally passed away this morning.
Arvizu (1932-2014) was considered the man of a thousand voices due to his long career in dubbing from English into Spanish series.
Among the characters that are voiced by Uncle Lucas, Los Locos Adams, Super Agent 86, Huckleberry Hound, and Benito Bozzo and Cucho, both members of the gang of Don Gato, among many others.
Many of these series were broadcast in Ecuador with Arvizu 's voice, in the latest film from Agent 86 (2008 ) returned to make the voice of Max .
In the 70s, Arvizu achieved recognition of his character " Tata " comedy " Maid well-bred', and the nickname held until his death. He participated in numerous television Televisa .
In his later years, Arvizu participated actively in the two campaigns of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez
The actor was also a producer and writer for theater, television and film as well as, in various productions about the history of Mexico. He played Arvizu Francisco I. Madero, who led the uprising that defeated Porfirio Diaz in 1911.
ARVIZU, Jorge (Jorge Isaac Arvizu Martínez)
Born: 7/23/1932, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: 3/18/2014, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Jorge Arvizu’s westerns – actor:
Zapata – 1970 (Francisco Indalecio Madero)
They Call Him Marcado – 1971
Chico Ramos - 1971
Los indomables – 1972
Pistlero del diablo - 1974
Born: 7/6/1938, Lavagna, Liguria, Italy
Died: 3/17/2014, Lavagna, Liguria, Italy
Emilio Delle Piane’s westerns – actor:
Arizona Returns - 1970 (marshal)
Judge Roy Bean - 1971
Trinity is STILL My Name - 1971 (Parker)
Saturday March 22, 2014
She had starred in a least 15 movies alongside famous stars, including Kirk Douglas, Randolph Scott, Frank Sinatra and her late husband.
In an immediate respond to her passing, member of parliament for west Portland, Daryl Vaz said the former movie star and philanthropist will be long remembered by residents of the parish.
"Mrs. Flynn was loved and respected by all in Portland for her tireless efforts to put the parish on the world map," said Vaz.
Patrice made her debut in a singing role in the nostalgic Doris Day/Gordon MacRae tunefest Tea for Two (1950).
Fate took a hand when she was cast opposite the much older Errol in Rocky Mountain (1950), one of his lesser-known efforts.
She became the final Mrs. Errol Flynn in October of 1950.
Born: 12/17/1926, Miltonville, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 3/22/2014, Portland, Jamaica
Patrice Wymore’s westerns – actress:
Rocky Mountain – 1950 (Johana Carter)
The Big Trees – 1952 (Daisy Fisher/Dora Figg
The Man Behind the Gun – 1963 (Lora Roberts)
Jefferson Drum (TV) – 1958 (Goldie)
The Sad Horse – 1959 (Leslie MacDonald)
The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Lucy Balance)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1961 (Harriet Miller)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1961 (Pearl Harvey)
F Troop (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Laura Lee, Peggy Gray)
March 23, 2014
Hollywood is mourning one of its most recognized "that guys" as James Rebhorn has died at age 65.
The veteran character actor, who had an extensive resume of memorable supporting roles in a wide variety of genres from sci-fi blockbusters ("Independence Day") to gritty thrillers ("The Game") to Oscar-winning tearjerkers ("Scent of a Woman"), passed away on Friday surrounded by his family, a rep for Rebhorn confirms to Yahoo Movies.
In all, he appeared in more than 100 television shows, feature films, and stage productions, staking his claim as one of the industry's go-to "that guy" thespians.
Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia and moved to Anderson, Indiana, shortly thereafter, where he matriculated from Madison Heights High School. He attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he appeared in theatrical productions of Aristophanes's "Lysistrata" and Moliere's "Tricks of Scapin." After graduating in 1970, he moved to New York City, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University and became active in the theater scene.
Rebhorn made his big screen debut as the Casting Director in the little-seen show business comedy, "The Yum Yum Girls" (1976). Some of his most memorable roles include New England prep school headmaster Mr. Trask in "Scent of a Woman" (1992), Secretary of Defense Albert Nimzicki in "Independence Day" (1996), put-upon actor Jim Feingold in "The Game" (1997), and wealthy shipbuilder Herbert Greenleaf (the father of Jude Law's character) in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999).
Rebhorn also worked with his "Scent of a Woman" co-star Al Pacino in "Carlito's Way" (1993) and his "The Game" co-star Michael Douglas in "Basic Instinct" (1992). Other notable film appearances include "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992), Ridley Scott's "White Squall" (1996), "Meet the Parents" (2000), "Scotland, Pa." (2001), and "Cold Mountain" (2003).
Rebhorn's most recent film roles include Marvin in "Real Steel" (2011), Joseph Crudstaff in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" (2012), and Frank in Mike Birbiglia's "Sleepwalk with Me" (2012).
Rebhorn had several notable TV credits, including the recurring role of Reese Hughes on "White Collar" (2009-2013) and appearances on "Law & Order,""Boston Legal" and "The Book of Daniel." His most recent television role was Frank Mathison, the father of CIA operative Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), on Showtime's "Homeland."
REBHORN, James (James Robert Rebhorn)
Born: 9/1/1948, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 3/21/2014, South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.
James Rebhorn’s westerns – actor:
8 Seconds – 1994 (Clyde Frost)
Comanche Moon (TV) – 2008 (Governor Elisha Pease)
By Geoff Corbett
March 24, 2014
Programs from the actor Jon Ewing's performances, at the Old Tote, The Nimrod, Marion Street Theatre, the Menzies Hotel Theatre Restaurant and the Sydney and Melbourne Theatre companies, show that he worked almost continuously in his beloved profession, and alongside many of Australia's notable actors and directors. Unlike many actors, Ewing never had to wait on tables in between jobs.
As an actor he had major roles in many productions to critical acclaim: Camelot, Cabaret, Tarantara! Tarantara!, The Threepenny Opera, Candide, The Venetian Twins, Sweeney Todd and the smash hit Nicholas Nickleby, even Hamlet on Ice at the Bondi Pavilion.
One of hs greatest roles was as Albin in La Cage Au Folles, the 1985 production at Her Majesty's
Ewing was also a well-regarded director and some years was off the stage as often as he was on it. He worked for most of the major theatres in Sydney at one time or another and often dreamt of a balance of work, saying, ''What I'd like ideally is to have some nice offers as a director and some as an actor and then make my choice for the year.'' Then he'd laughed it off as, ''Wouldn't we all?''
Jon Douglas Ewing was born in Paddington on October 6, 1936 to Jack Ewing, a labourer and returned soldier, and his wife, Elsie (nee Collingwood). His career began with Gilbert and Sullivan productions at his school, Sydney Boys High School, where one of his teachers encouraged this vocation. He joined the Rathbone Academy of Dramatic Art and Finishing School when he left high school, and was soon making ABC radio plays and in touring productions of Pygmalion to high schools.
He went on to study under Hayes Gordon (whose influence, he said, was, ''somebody turning on a searchlight for me'') and, in 1958, helped to establish the Ensemble Theatre, now Australia's longest continuously running professional theatre company, with Reg Livermore and others.
The actors at first had to do almost everything as well as act, Ewing used to recall being up to his elbows in fabric dye just hours before the performances were due to start.
Ewing's last major on-stage role was in the 1990s, as Monsieur Firmin in The Phantom of The Opera. It was during Phantom that his arthritis started to get the better of him, and it is now acting folklore that he would be helped to the stage before taking off as though everything was all right. At the end of the run, he was in so much pain that retirement became his preferred occupation.
Ewing was a private person and withdrew quietly from the stage. In 2003, his love of Stephen Sondheim brought him out of retirement to direct Putting it Together, a collection of Sondheim's songs at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne, but after that, he never worked again, despite a few tempting offers.
In his later years Ewing was well known to the coffee shop proprietors and dog owners of Kings Cross, where he could be seen regularly hobbling along Bayswater Road. He became so tiny and frail that on one occasion was picked up by the wind and blown across the road, breaking his arm in two places.
Though becoming increasingly housebound, he loved nothing more than lunch with a small group of friends, washed down with a good white wine. He was a sparkling conversationalist, with many tales from around the world, and had a roaring laugh. Though some regarded him as prickly, he was a loyal and loving friend.
Jon Ewing is survived by his sister Janet, nephew Geoff and his wife, Rae Owen, and great-nephew Jack.
EWING, Jon (Jon Douglas Ewing)
Born: 10/6/1936, Paddington, New South Wales, Australia
Died: 3/24/2014, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Jon Ewing’s western – actor:
Quigley Down Under – 1990 (Tout)
He worked on such films as “The Crucible” and “Running With Scissors” and such TV shows as “Nip/Tuck” and “Burn Notice.”
Dirk Wallace Craft, a director and assistant director on such films and TV shows as The Crucible, Running With Scissors and Nip/Tuck, died Monday after a three-year battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 48.
Craft served as assistant director on more than 50 productions, also including the series Alien Nation and Rizzoli & Isles. More recently, he directed episodes of Burn Notice, the short film Skinheads in Love and the Internet series Dicki.
He was known for his meticulous preparation, skillful execution, kindness and commanding presence as well as for his mentoring of talent both in front of and behind the camera.
A native of Pontiac, Mich., Craft moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Michigan State in 1989. He completed the DGA Trainee Program in 1991.
Survivors include Sande, his wife of nearly 12 years, their children Shaelyn and Kai, his mother Juanita and his sister Krista.
A celebration of his life will take place Friday in Agoura Hills. For information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mariposa School of Global Education: payable to CAPTNS, 6050 Calmfield Ave, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 or online here.
CRAFT, Dirk (Dirk Wallace Craft)
Born: 1966, Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 3/24/2014, Agoura Hills, California, U.S.A.
Dirk Craft’s westerns – assistant director:
The Avenging Angel (TV) – 1995
Riders of the Purple Sage (TV) - 1996
The Magnificent Seven (TV) – 1998
Two for Texas (TV) - 1998
Purgatory (TV) - 1999
By Alex Stedman
March 28, 2014
Lorenzo Semple Jr., creator of the '60s "Batman" TV series and scribe
on thrillers "The Parallax View" and "Three Days of Condor," died on
Friday in his home in Los Angeles, according to reports. He had turned
91 on Thursday.
The screenwriter also had an extensive film writing career after
leaving TV, including 19732 s Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman pic
"Papillon," 19752 s "The Drowning Pool" and Jessica Lange-starrer "King
Kong." (1976) Recently, Semple worked on a YouTube series called "Reel
Geezers," in which he and former studio exec Marcia Nasatir reviewed
Semple created "Batman," starring Adam West as the Dark Knight and Burt
Ward as Robin, in 1966, and it quickly became a hit. He also wrote the
July 1966 "Batman" movie. Though he only wrote the first four episodes
of the skein, he served as script or story consultant on the rest of
"I think 'Batman' was the best thing I ever wrote, including those big
movies," he told the Archive of American Television in 2011. "As a
whole work, it came out the way that I wanted it to and I was excited
by it. I once went down to a fancy wine tasting benefit in Princeton.
When people found out I wrote 'Batman' they mobbed me! I was astounded,
but that was the way it was."
Though "Batman" was known for a lovable campiness, his work took on a
more serious tone as he moved to film. He wrote the script for cult
film "Pretty Poison" (1968), which would win the New York Film Critics
Circle Award. He would go on to co-write political thriller "The
Parallax View" (1974) starring Warren Beatty, Alan J. Pakula's
follow-up of Academy Award-winning "Klute."
He also penned a script for Sydney Pollack's "Three Days of Condor"
starring Robert Redford, though was eventually let go as David Rayfiel
Semple was a member of the WGA, and taught a class at New York
University's TISCH School for the Arts in the '80s.
Semple's survivors include his daughter Maria, writer-producer who
worked on "Mad About You,""Suddenly Susan" and "Arrested Development,"
as well as his wife Joyce, two children and six grandchildren.
SEMPLE, Lorenzo (Lorenzo Elliott Semple III)
Born: 3/27/1923, New Rochelle, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 3/28/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Lorenzo Semple’s western – screenwriter:
Buckskin (TV) - 1958
Actor best known for playing Alexis Colby's sister Cassandra 'Caress' Morrell in long-running US soap in 1980s
By Maev Kennedy
March 30, 2014
She played a procession of glamorously tough cookies in television soaps and dramas, all menace, narrowed eyes and tossing red hair – most famously in the long-running US series Dynasty, as the manipulative Cassandra 'Caress' Morrell, sister of Alexis Colby played by Joan Collins. She also appeared as another schemer in Howards' Way, the BBC's attempt to rival the glamour of Dynasty and Dallas.
She also made a villainous appearance as the Rani in Dr Who with two doctors, Sylvester McCoy, and Colin Baker, a role she relished and one she said, when the programme celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, she would have loved to return to. Baker tweeted: "Oh my goodness. Kate O'Mara is no longer with us. Sad sad news. A delightful, committed and talented lady and actress. We are the poorer."
Bonnie Langford, who also appeared with her in Dr Who, tweeted: "So sad to hear that the wonderful Kate O'Mara has gone. Treasured memories."
The television presenter Graham Norton tweeted: "Kate O'Mara is no more. Only 74! I loved every encounter I had with her. Today doesn't seem so sunny."
Boy George joined the tributes, tweeting: "Kate O'Mara god rest her soul! R.I.P!" while sports journalist Graham Spiers recalled: "Kate O'Mara has died. For a teenage lad of the 70s/80s it was a nightmare watching her on TV while sitting in the same room as your parents."
Her agent Phil Belfield, who called her "extraordinary", said she had died in a Sussex nursing home after a short illness. "A shining star has gone out and Kate will be dearly missed by all who knew and have worked with her," he added.
He said her energy and vitality, and her love for the theatre would be much missed.
O'Mara said in an inteview a few years ago: "Because my career has been based so much on my looks, when I finally pass my 'sell-by' date I think I'll probably pack it in." In fact, she never did. She appeared in the West End only last October in An Evening With Kate O'Mara, and was responding on Twitter to many get well messages from fans – "It's both humbling and completely overwhelming to read all of your messages"– up to a fortnight ago.
Some of her more heroic appearances were in Triangle, an early 80s BBC soap set on a North Sea ferry – which staggered on for three series before being axed but has gained posthumous fame as one of the worst television dramas ever made. Filmed on a real ferry, frequently in rough seas and vile weather, at one point it required O'Mara to sunbathe topless on an unmistakably icy deck.
O’MARA, Kate (Frances M. Carroll)
Born: 8/10/1939, Leicester, England, U.K.
Died: 3/29/2014, Leicester, Sussex, England
Kate O'Mara's westerns - actress:
The Desperados! - 1969 (Adah)
Cannon for Cordoba - 1970 (whore)
Los Angeles Times
March 29m 2014
January 12, 1928 - March 26, 2014 One of cinema's greatest and most prolific showmen, Harry H. Novak began his career in the motion picture industry by working for RKO and Walt Disney Studios in the late 1950's. Later, as a distributor and producer of independent features, Harry was a genius at creating flamboyant, explosive, and lurid marketing campaigns, all the while maintaining a low public profile. Harry's craft was the mark of a true showman, a vanishing breed of filmmakers. Harry also proudly served his country in World War II. Services will be held at Beth Olam in Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 1:00 on Monday, March 31, 2014..
NOVAK, Harry H.
Born: 1/12/1928, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 3/26/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Harry H. Novak’s westerns – producer:
Fandango – 1970
Machismo: 40 Graves for 40 Guns - 1971
By Mary Ellen Hunt
March 31, 2014
Marc Platt, a renown dancer of stage and screen and one of the last remaining members of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, died Saturday in Marin, his daughter Donna Platt said. He was 100.
Mr. Platt, whose reminiscences about the company are documented in the 2005 movie "Ballet Russe," is perhaps best remembered as the original Dream Curly in the 1943 Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" and as Daniel Pontipee, the fourth brother in Stanley Donen's 1954 musical film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."
While with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Mr. Platt also choreographed the 1939 production of Rodgers'"Ghost Town." He left the company in 1942 to pursue a career on Broadway, where he was chosen by Agnes de Mille to originate the romantic dream ballet sequence in "Oklahoma!"
For many years Mr. Platt continued to perform in stage and then in movies, dancing with Rita Hayworth in "Tonight and Every Night," and starring as Junior Casady in the 1946 film "Tars and Spars," before landing the role of one of the sprightly and dashing brothers in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Mr. Platt also can be seen as one of Curly's friends in the 1955 film adaptation of "Oklahoma!"
Marcel LePlat was born on Dec. 2, 1913, in Pasadena. In the 1920s, his family moved to Seattle, where his early dance training took place under Mary Ann Wells. It was Wells who advised the young man to audition for the renowned Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, then led by Colonel Wassily De Basil. Choreographer Leonide Massine hired the good-looking tall red-headed American and changed his name to Marc Platoff, to match the "Russianized" image of the company. The energetic, lanky young dancer would tour with that company until Massine founded his own offshoot of the Ballet Russe with Rene Blum in 1938, and Platt became a founding member of the new company.
During a tour of "Kiss Me Kate," he met Jean Goodall, whom he would later marry in 1951 and with whom he has two children. Goodall, who co-directed a dance school in Florida with her husband for many years, died in 1994.
In the late '50s and early '60s, Mr. Platt appeared on television and also the cabaret stage. In 1962, he was appointed director of the Radio City Music Hall ballet company in New York.
Ever the irrepressible character and a passionate dance artist throughout his life, Mr. Platt continued to perform well into his 90s, appearing in Marin Dance Theater's "Nutcracker" as the Toymaker.
As he told The Chronicle last December on the occasion of his hundredth birthday, "Always do what you love for as long as you can. I was a dancer and I'm always a dancer."
Mr. Platt is survived by his son Ted LePlat, from his marriage to Eleanor Marra; and from his marriage to Goodall, his son Michael and daughter, Donna and her partner, Stewart Munson, as well as granddaughter Casey Price. A memorial for Mr. Platt is pending.
PLATT, Marc (Marcel Emile Gaston LePlat)
Born: 12/2/2013, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
Died: 3/29/2014, Marin, California, U.S.A.
Marc Platt’s westerns – actor, dancer:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – 1954 (Daniel Pontipee)
Oklahoma! – 1955 [dancer]
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1958 (Mel Herrick)
Hotel de Paree (TV) – 1960 (Gaskins)
McKinney Town Square Buzz
By Community Contributor
April 1, 2014
Jerry Dale Biggs, born in McKinney, Texas, May 28, 1950, was the son of Hazel and William W. Biggs and the youngest of six boys and two girls. Jerry passed away of an apparent heart attack at his home in Klondike, Texas, March 30, 2014. Judy Allen Biggs, his loving wife for fifteen years, was with him at the time. Jerry died while doing one of the things he loved very much, playing with his dogs. He will certainly be missed by all his family, friends, fellow actors, writers and movie personnel, six dogs and eighteen cats, especially by his best friend and companion, Abigail the dog. Abigail was very jealous and every time Jerry got on the phone she would start barking because she didn’t have his undivided attention.
Jerry became interested in acting while studying drama at McKinney High School and graduated in the Class of 1968. Working numerous summer jobs, including with the Texas Highway Department, he paid his own way through college and majored in theater and speech at East Texas State University, where he became somewhat of an icon in the Theatre Department. After graduating, he went on to perform in 15 major motion pictures and over 50 television shows. Having worked with world-renown directors, actors and writers, Jerry also spent much of his time speaking at public schools and universities about acting as a craft and profession. Jerry is probably most known for his role as Roy Suggs in the blockbuster television miniseries Lonesome Dove. His most recent film roles were with Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black and Shirley McClain in Bernie; Mariah Carey in Tennessee and Anna-Sophia Robb in West Texas Lullaby. Jerry toured extensively over the years with his critically acclaimed one-man show, Mark Twain. Movies and television shows he performed in include: Silverado, Alamo Bay, Tender Mercies, Walker Texas Ranger, Lonesome Dove, Bed of
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced later.
BIGGS, Jerry (Jerry Dales Biggs)
Born: 5/28/1950, McKinney, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 3/30/014, Klondike, Texas, U.S.A.
Jerry Biggs westerns – actor:
Silverado – 1985 (bartender)
Houston: the Legend of Texas (TV) – 1986 (messenger)
Lonesome Dove (TV) – 1989 (Roy Suggs)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1993, 1994, 1996, 1999 (guy with black eye, Mike McDonald, Barney, Mr. Johnson)
True Women (TV) – 1997 (Redneck leader)
Born: 9/20/1945, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/2/2014, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Richard Brick’s western – producer:
The Cowboy Way - 1994
The Catalan actor Pere Ventura died Thursday at age 54 after suffering a heart attack. He was in Madrid for business. His body will be sent to Barcelona in the coming hours.
His last work was the film was "Los últimos días" by the brothers Álex and David Pastor; "Tres metros sobre el cielo" by Fernando G. Molina; "Animales domésticos", by Xavi Giménez, and "Los ojos de Julia" by Guillem Morales.
He also worked on numerous series for TV3 such as "La Riera", "Porca Misèria', "Ventdelplà", "Laberint d'ombres" and "Nissaga de poder". In the theatre he participated in "El joc dels idiotes", directed by Antonio Calvo, and "El Círculo", "Primera història d'Esther" and "Magnus", directed by Oriol Broggi among many others.
Born: 1959, Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Died: 4/3/2014, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Pere Ventura’s western – actor:
Peacemaker – 2005 (Padre)