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- 05/21/14--06:32: _RIP Gene Feldman
- 05/21/14--07:29: _RIP Peter Curtin
- 05/23/14--07:50: _RIP Sergio Bustamante
- 05/23/14--14:06: _RIP Don Borisenko
- 05/24/14--18:28: _RIP Matthew Cowles
- 05/25/14--21:02: _RIP Herb Jeffries
- 05/26/14--11:52: _RIP Gene Ryals
- 05/29/14--09:13: _RIP Vince Davis
- 05/30/14--08:32: _RIP Karlheinz Böhm
- 06/01/14--18:03: _RIP Ann B. Davis
- 06/06/14--17:17: _RIP Jane Adams
- 06/06/14--17:50: _RIP Mona Freeman
- 06/07/14--08:55: _RIP Clifford Severn
- 06/07/14--08:56: _RIP Yvan Labelle
- 06/07/14--17:33: _RIP Jacques Herlin
- 06/09/14--08:43: _RIP Rik Mayall
- 06/09/14--19:36: _RIP Martha Hyer
- 06/11/14--08:13: _RIP Dennis Lewiston
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- 06/12/14--10:42: _RIP Ruby Dee
- 05/21/14--06:32: RIP Gene Feldman
- 05/21/14--07:29: RIP Peter Curtin
- 05/23/14--07:50: RIP Sergio Bustamante
- 05/23/14--14:06: RIP Don Borisenko
- 05/24/14--18:28: RIP Matthew Cowles
- 05/25/14--21:02: RIP Herb Jeffries
- 05/26/14--11:52: RIP Gene Ryals
- 05/29/14--09:13: RIP Vince Davis
- 05/30/14--08:32: RIP Karlheinz Böhm
- 06/01/14--18:03: RIP Ann B. Davis
- 06/06/14--17:17: RIP Jane Adams
- 06/06/14--17:50: RIP Mona Freeman
- 06/07/14--08:55: RIP Clifford Severn
- 06/07/14--08:56: RIP Yvan Labelle
- 06/07/14--17:33: RIP Jacques Herlin
- 06/09/14--08:43: RIP Rik Mayall
- 06/09/14--19:36: RIP Martha Hyer
- 06/11/14--08:13: RIP Dennis Lewiston
- 06/11/14--08:15: RIP Maurizio Pastrovich
- 06/12/14--10:42: RIP Ruby Dee
May 16, 2014
Born in L.A. to Philip and Rachael Feldman, Gene was the youngest of nine children. Enlisting after Pearl Harbor in the Army Air Corps he served in the South Pacific as an airplane mechanic. Gene married Gladys Mazelow in 1949 and fathered two sons, Ronald (Gwen Davis) and Kim (Jeanne Miche). Gene's 30 year career in the motion picture industry began at Paramount, then CBS Studio Center as music then supervising music editor on notable TV series: Gunsmoke, Rawhide, Perry Mason, Hawaii Five-0 and others. Feature credits include: Le Mans, Love and Money, A Man Called Horse, and later, (Noteworthy Productions) Silverado and the series, Designing Women. After retiring in 1986, Gene and Gladys moved to their home on Cayuga Lake in NY where he enjoyed gardening, his multitudes of pets, carpentry, and family gatherings with his grandsons Zachary and Jared. A wonderful and devoted husband, father and music editor will be dearly missed.
FELDMAN, Gene (Eugene Feldman)
Born: 9/22/1921, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/14/2014, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.
Gene Feldman’s westerns – music editor, music supervisor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1955-1975 (music editor, supervising music editor)
Hotel de Paree (TV) – 1959-1960 (music editor)
Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) – 1959-1961 (music editor)
Rawhide (TV) – 1962-1965 (music editor)
A Man Called Horse – 1970 (supervising music editor)
Rio Lobo – 1970 (supervising music editor)
Something Big – 1971 (supervising music editor)
The Sydney Morning Herald
By Debbie Cuthbertson
May 21, 2014
The acting community is in mourning following the sudden death of Melbourne actor Peter Curtin at the age of 70.
Curtin starred in a number of Melbourne Theatre Company productions, from The Plough opposite Wendy Hughes in 1973 to a later revival of Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, over a career spanning more than 40 years. His final MTC performance was the 2003 production of The Goat with Philip Quast and Hughes, who died in March. He also performed with Playbox Theatre in its 1990 production of Hannie Rayson's Hotel Sorrento and in Stephen Sewell's The Sick Room in 1999, as well as Red Stitch's The Night Season (directed by his wife Ailsa Piper) in 2005.
He also appeared in TV series MDA, White Collar Blue, All Saints, Blue Heelers, Something in the Air, The Games and SeaChange, and in films including Till Human Voices Wake Us, Don’t Peek and Blood Money.
Curtin died on Monday, May 19. Piper, a writer, director and performer, announced his passing in a death notice published in The Age on Wednesday.
"Theatre was where he felt most free," Piper told Fairfax Media via her agent, James Laurie. "The theatre family was our family."
Most recently Curtin had been working on a TV production, Laurie said.
Former MTC artistic director Roger Hodgman described Curtin as a wonderful, gentle man.
Hodgman said Curtin starred in one of his first productions as MTC artistic director, as Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire alongside Helen Morse in 1988.
"He was very generous and very warm and quite a special human being, and a lovely actor as well," he said of Curtin.
"The performance I remember most was his Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire. It was stunning ... I'll always remember scenes with him and Helen Morse."
Peter Curtin and Wendy Hughes in the 1973 Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Plough.
"He was the best Mitch I've ever seen."
Current MTC artistic director Brett Sheehy said Curtin's connection with the MTC spanned much of the history of the theatre company.
“He was known and loved by so many and his presence on our stages will be sorely missed," Sheehy said.
"Our hearts go out to his wife Ailsa Piper, also a much-loved member of the MTC alumni, and to her
Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced.
Died: 5/19/2014, Melblourne, Australia
Peter Curtin’s westerns – actor:
In Pursuit of Honor (TV) – 1995 (Sgt. Ernest Gruber
Ponderosa (TV) – 2001-20002
May 22, 2014
The first actor died Thursday at age 79 in Puebla, due to a massive heart attack.
The first actor Sergio Bustamante died of a massive heart attack in Puebla at the age of 79.
Don Sergio made his acting debut in the play ''El duelo de Federico S. Inclán''. In movies he had his first role in the movie 'Una golfa' in 1957 with Silvia Pinal.
He participated in movies like 'Un hombre en la trampa', 'Todo por nada', 'Espejismo en la ciudad' and 'El principio'. For the latter won an Ariel and a Goddess Silver for Best Actor Award co-feature.
In soap operas participated in 'Empress', 'Love Me', 'The torch lit' and 'pink shoelaces', among others.
He used his manly voice for dubbing TV series, films and cartoons. He was the voice of 'Roger Healey' in 'Mi bella genio'; that of 'Capitán Lee Crane' in 'Viaje al fondo del mar', 'Canito' in 'Canuto y Canito' and 'Tiro Loco McGraw' on the radio and he also lectured.
In film he gave his voice to 'Willie Wonka' on video tape 'Charlie in the Chocolate Factory'. His chivalry had made great friends in the middle of the show as Maribel Guardia who was acting teacher. In his later years he devoted himself to give histrionic classes in Puebla.
BUSTAMANTE, Sergio (Sergio Emilio Edgardo De Bustamante y Arteaga Roa)
Born: 10/18/1934, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: 5/22/2014, Puebla, Zaragoza, Mexico
Sergio Bustamante’s westerns – actor:
Todo por nada – 1969
Mercenaries of Death – 1983 (Kan Jen Mercenario)
May 11, 2012
Canadian actor Don Borisenko (born Jonas Wolfe) who starred in fellow Canadian Sidney J. Furie's During One Night (1961) opposite Susan Hampshire and co-starred in Nine Hours to Rama (1963) and The Psychopath(1966), later appearing in Robert Hertford-Davis's Black Gunn (1972) died on 12th April 2014 in Oregon. he also cropped up on television in The Baron, Gideon's Way and other TV shows.
Wolfe, Jonas ('Don Borisenko'), 74. May 22, 1939 April 12, 2014. Beloved son, father, husband, brother and friend. Artist, actor, writer and adventurer. Please join us for a celebration of the life of this extraordinary man Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Cathedral Park in Portland, with picnic starting at 4 p.m. and memorial in the stone circle at 6:30 p.m.
BORISENKO, Don (Jonas Wolfe)
Born: 5/22/1939, Longbranch, Ontario, Canada
Died: 4/12/2014, Porland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Don Borisenko’s western – actor:
The Hired Gun - 1961
By News Desk
May 24, 2014
Actor and playwright Matthew Cowles passed away in his home on May 22nd at 69 years old.
His manager Tsu Tsu Stanton tweeted, "#Matthew Cowles passed away on 5/22.I had the pleasure of being his manager. He was a very gifted and kind man who loved life and everyone."
Cowles was born in 1944 and his career spanned both the stage and screen. His Broadway roles include Malcolm (1966), The Time of Your Life (1969), and Sweet Bird of Youth (1975). His movie credits include The Juror (1996), American Loser (2007), Shutter Island (2010), and many more. His most recent short film, Family on Board (2014), is currently in post-production. Television credits include The Bold and Beautiful, All My Children, and more.
Plays he wrote include Mexican Standoff at Fat Squaw Springs, Our Daily Bread and Noblesse Oblige.
Cowles is also a two time Daytime Emmy nominee and was married to Christine Baranski, with whom he had two daughters.
COWLES, Matthew C.
Born: 9/28/1944, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/22/2014, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Matthew Cowles westerns – actor:
Lonesome Dove (TV) – 1989 (Monkey John)
The Cowboy Way – 1994 (Pop Fly)
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf – 1994 (Lloyd Halverson)
Los Angeles Times
By Dennis McLellan
May 25, 2014
Herb Jeffries, who sang with the Duke Ellington Orchestra during the Swing Era and made movie history in the 1930s as "The Bronze Buckaroo," the silver screen's first black singing cowboy, has died. He was 100.
Jeffries died of heart failure Sunday at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center, said Raymond Strait, who had been working with Jeffries on his autobiography. Jeffries had been in declining health for some time.
Known for his rich baritone and sensitive phrasing, Jeffries was a member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the early 1940s when he scored his biggest hit with "Flamingo," which sold in the millions and became his signature tune.
"Jeffries' version of 'Flamingo' with Duke Ellington was, and is, a jazz classic," music critic Don Heckman told The Times in 2010. "Jeffries' rich-toned ballad style resonated in the work of such male jazz singers as Johnny Hartman, Joe Williams and even Sammy Davis Jr. for decades after the chart-breaking success of his 'Flamingo.'"
As the African American answer to Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and other white singing cowboys, Jeffries made a handful of low-budget westerns in the '30s.
They had titles such as "Harlem Rides the Range" and "The Bronze Buckaroo" and featured the tall, handsome, wavy-haired singer with a Gable-esque mustache as a dashing, white-hatted good guy in a black western outfit and riding a white horse named Stardusk.
The idea to make movie westerns with all-black casts was Jeffries'.
"Little children of dark skin — not just Negroes, but Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, everybody of color — had no heroes in the movies," he told The Times in 1998. "I was so glad to give them something to identify with."
He was born Umberto Valentino in Detroit on Sept. 24, 1913.
"My mother was Irish, my father was Sicilian, and one of my great-grandparents was Ethiopian," Jeffries, who took his stepfather's last name, told the Oklahoman in 2004. "So I'm an Italian-looking mongrel with a percentage of Ethiopian blood, which enabled me to get work with black orchestras."
He began singing locally as a teenager before heading to Chicago, where he started touring as a singer with Earl "Fatha" Hines. In the deep South, he was struck by the number of black movie audiences viewing white cowboy pictures.
Realizing the size of the potential market, he talked Jed Buell, a white, independent B-movie producer in Hollywood, into helping out.
But finding an African American who could ride, sing, and act was difficult — until the tall, broad-shouldered Jeffries, who learned to ride on his grandfather's dairy farm in Michigan, nominated himself.
"No way. They'll never buy you; you're not black enough," the light-skinned Jeffries remembered Buell saying. Jeffries said Buell finally agreed to let him play the part but insisted that Jeffries wear makeup to darken his skin.
"Harlem on the Prairie," billed as "the first all-Negro musical western," was released in 1937. Among the all-black cast members were Spencer Williams, who later portrayed Andy on "Amos 'n' Andy" on television, and comedian Mantan Moreland, who provided comic relief.
Jeffries earned $5,000 for the film, which was shot at a dude ranch near Victorville in five days.
Each of the films that followed were produced just as fast. In later years, Jeffries would jokingly refer to them as "C-movies." But he took great pride in them.
"To say I was the first black singing cowboy on the face of this earth is a great satisfaction," he told American Visions in 1997.
In an era when black actors typically played subservient roles on screen, Jeffries stood out.
"Herb was a sex symbol," New York University film professor Donald Bogle, author of "Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies & Bucks," a history of black films, told The Times in 2003. "With his wavy hair and Clark Gable mustache, he might have been a different kind of star had America been a different kind of place."
Three more musical westerns starring Jeffries were released over the next two years, "Two-Gun Man from Harlem,""The Bronze Buckaroo" and "Harlem Rides the Range."
Jeffries cashed in on his fame by making stage appearances with the Four Tones, his movie backup singers.
Touring in a Cadillac with steer horns on the front and his name in gold rope on the side, he'd do rope tricks, spin his six-shooters and sing.
While promoting his final film in Detroit in 1939, Jeffries showed up at a performance by the Duke Ellington Orchestra and was invited to sing. Ellington later asked Jeffries to join his orchestra on tour.
Jeffries, who began singing with what has been described as a luscious tenor, followed the advice of Ellington's composer-arranger Billy Strayhorn and lowered his range to what music critic Jonny Whiteside later called a "silken, lusty baritone."
In addition to recording with Ellington, Jeffries appeared in Ellington's legendary all-black musical revue "Jump for Joy" in 1941. The show, featuring a 60-member cast that also included Ivie Anderson, Joe Turner and newcomer Dorothy Dandridge, ran for 12 weeks at the Mayan Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
Drafted into the Army during World War II, Jeffries sang in a Special Services company entertaining troops. After the war, he had a number of hit records, including "When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano" and "Basin Street Blues."
By the early '50s, he had moved to France and opened a popular jazz club in Paris called the Flamingo and another club in southern France. He continued to perform both in Europe and the United States and played the title role in the 1957 film "Calypso Joe," costarring Angie Dickinson.
He returned to the U.S. in the 1960s, settling in the Los Angeles area, and made guest appearances on a number of television series over the next two decades.
In 1992, a tribute to the singing cowboys at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum — along with the discovery of copies of several of Jeffries' long-lost cowboy pictures in a cellar in Texas — triggered a resurgence of interest in his movie career.
In addition to being rediscovered by the mainstream media for his role in breaking Hollywood race barriers on screen in the '30s, Jeffries was featured in a segment of Turner Broadcasting's "The Untold West" and scenes from his westerns appeared in Mario Van Peebles' 1993 movie "Posse."
JEFFRIES, Herb (Umberto Alejandro Valentino)
Born: 9/24/1913, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 5/25/2014, West Hills, California, U.S.A.
Herb Jeffries westerns – actor, singer:
Harlem on the Prairie – 1937 (Jeff Kincaid)
Rhythm Rodeo – 1938 (singing cowboy)
Two-Gun Man from Harlem - 1938 (Bob Blake/The Deacon)
The Bronze Buckaroo – 1939 (Bob Blake)
Harlem on the Range – 1939 (Bob Blake)
The Virginian (TV) – 1969 (Frank Hammel)
The Cherokee Kid – 1996 (TV) (Herb Jeffries)
Posse – 1993 [archive footage]
Emmett Eugene Ryals February 29, 1944 – May 23, 2014.
Born: 2/29/1944, Lambert, Mississippi, U.S.A.
Died: 5/23/2014, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Gene Ryals’ western – actor:
New Tales of the Old West – 1984 (Rebel Ranger)
Vince was born on June 9th, 1954, and was a prominent actor devoted to a lifelong drive to communicate with sincerity and humor.
Whether on stage, screen or print, Vince knew how to use his quicksilver intelligence, set the mood, enlighten the audience and portray the truth.
Vince's desire to be an actor began very early. He knew he was destined for the stage and to tell stories beginning in Sunday school at the Methodist Church in Desoto, Texas. With history as his background, he drew the "line in the sand" as Colonel Travis at the young age of five and delivered his commanding speech to his classmates. To his sheer joy and surprise, not remembering that rehearsal predicts performance, all his Sunday school companions came over the line to continue the scene. After realizing the power of his voice (and the benefits of rehearsal) Vince was hooked on acting!
Vince's unique wit and charm warmed the world around him. He was a huge inspiration to many, wherever he showed up. At Desoto High School, he played both offensive and defensive football. Despite his left knee being severely injured, he still insisted on running track. He was elected President of the Future Farmers of America and won the state championship in debate. He was very proud of his team and their close connections. His personal tastes in movies and music was also unique. His favorite TV show was "Star Trek" and he memorized every episode.
Through the Future Farmers of America, he raised and sold sheep and cattle. He spent one year at Dallas Baptist College, but soon moved to Mountain View College where he met many kindred souls devoted to the stage. With this devoted group of friends they co-created More Sugar Productions. They produced, directed and acted in numerous plays, all recorded by his best pal and fellow dreamer, Randy Clower. Vince's most memorable role with More Sugar Productions was Lenny in "Lenny Bruce."
Vince joined the SMU professional acting program his junior and senior years. He earned his BFA in 1977. He met and fell in love with Jane Evelyn Chalk, a dancer in the SMU dance program. They were soon married in 1979 and enjoyed their parallel performing careers for their loving thirty-four years of marriage.
He played leading men and his stage work could be seen prominently at Theatre Three, Stage West, Circle Theatre, and Casa Manana. Vince never had a bad review as he created characters such as Dr. Nakamura in "Happy End", Roencrantz in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead", Moses in "Moses Flying By," John Merrick in "The Elephant Man", Phil Hogan in "Moon For the Misforgotten", Harry Truman in "Dead President's Club," Arles et al in "Greater Tuna," Gary Lefkowitz in "I Hate Hamlet," Capt. Whitataker and Cmd. Stone in "A Few Good Men," Jeremy in "Home Front," and many more title characters in "Hunting Cockroaches,""The Nerd,""Room Service,""Sister Mary Ignatious,""Comic Potential,""God's Man in Texas,""A Raisin in the Sun,""Talking Pictures,""A Soldier's Play," and "Free Man of Color."
More notably was Vince's sense of humor, comic timing and whimsical spirit. Vince was also very physical in his comedy. These qualities poured out of him especially through his improvisational style. Thusly, Vince was a very proud member of 4 Out Of 5 Doctors improvisation group for 25 years. Collaborating with Tom Blackwood, Ed Yeager, Mark Walters, Mark Fickert, Bob Coonrod and many, many more, "the Docs" created numerous corporate shows and events. They played at The Improv, Dave and Busters and Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas.
In film and TV, Vince can be seen in "Chase,""Prison Break,""Walking Tall II,""Birdie and Bogey,""King of the World,""The Operator,""Bad Girls,""Leap of Faith,""Walker Texas Ranger,""Wishbone,""Heaven and Hell,""Witness to the Execution,""Heaven Help Us,""In the Name of Love,""Ned Blessing,""Touch and Die,""Problem Child,""The Challenger,""Fire and Rain,""Poncho Barnes,""13 East,""Stormin' Home,""The Bermuda Triangle."
Vince Davis is survived by his loving wife, Jane Evelyn, of 34 years and his best companion and son, Michael, who is following in his father's footsteps as an aspiring actor.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, May 30, 2014 at Restland Funeral Home. Service will be at 2:30 PM on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at Restland Memorial Chapel.
DAVIS, Vince (James Vincent Davis)
Born: 6/9/1954, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 5/23/2014, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Vince Davis’ westerns – actor:
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (TV) – 1992 (prison reporter)
Bad Girls – 1994 (apparel clerk)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 (Joel Gordon, Markham, Lyle Kramer, Grissom)
Austrian actor died at the age of 86 years.
As an actor Karlheinz Böhm reached stardom during the mid-19500s as a young Emperor Franz Joseph on the side of Romy Schneider the height of his popularity . However, he found the role of his life in Ethiopia, where he was active for three decades with its relief operation "People for People" ( MfM ). After a long illness he died at 86-years-old at his home near Salzburg.
"I have found in Ethiopia my home and I would prefer to return there one day in the nature from which I came," Boehm said once. The desire to die in Ethiopia, was not fulfilled. "One day to be no longer needed", but, as MfM wrote in a press release after the death of their great founder. In six project areas, the Ethiopian people have already taken the responsibility, more than 5 million people would now benefit from Boehm's life's work.
Böhm was sick for a long time, his foundation was led by his Ethiopian wife Almaz for several years. Last December, she was made the full-time CEO, to care for her seriously ill husband. In a press release by the charity she called him "a role model and motivation." He had given her the belief that one person can make a big positive difference:" As hard as me meets his loss, so much gives me the belief in his vision power to continue his life's work."
The son of a conductor and a soprano after his first engagement at the Castle performances at the Theater in der Josefstadt as well as stage performances in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and Zurich. At the same time began in the 1950s also began Bohm's film career as a star of countless, mostly commercial entertainment productions such as Ernst Marischka "Sissi" trilogy (1955-1957). The image as Schwiegermutters favorite he tried with films abroad to counter, in the 1960s, he started once again making a comeback on the stage and in front of the camera, among other things created with under Rainer Werner Fassbinder directed films "Martha" (1973), "Fox and His Friends" (1974) and "Mother Küsters Goes to Heaven" (1975). For "People for People" (MfM) in 1983 he gave up his acting career on entirely.
BOHM, Karlheinz (Karl Heinz Böhm)
Born: 3/16/1928, Dormstadt, Hesse, Germany
Died: 5/29/2014, Grudig, Austria
Karlheinz Bohm’s western – actor:
The Virginian (TV) – 1963 (Karl Rike)
By Catherine E. Shoichet
June 1, 2014
Ann B. Davis, known for her role as housekeeper Alice Nelson on "The Brady Bunch," died Sunday, close friend Bishop William Frey said. She was 88.
According to Frey, Davis fell and hit her head Saturday morning in her bathroom. She suffered a subdural hematoma and never regained consciousness.
Appearing in her trademark light blue maid's uniform with a white apron, Alice anchored "The Brady Bunch" with her cheerful attitude and witty one-liners.
In a 2004 interview with the Archive of American Television, Davis described how she created the character.
"I made up a background story. I did have a twin sister, so I used that as a basis. ... I cared very much about this family. It was my family. It was close to my family as Alice would ever get. I would have died for any single one of them at any point," she said. "You know, they wrote me such gorgeous things to do, as the intermediary between the kids and the adults, and between the boys and the girls. And they gave me funny things to do."
In real life, Davis said she wasn't quite as handy around the house as her beloved character.
"I basically don't do that well with children, although my sister says I'm a great aunt," she told People, adding that she hates to cook.
"When it's my turn in the house," she told the magazine, "we just eat out."
Davis had planned to study medicine at the University of Michigan but caught the acting bug from her brother, who was a dancer in the national company of "Oklahoma," according to a biography of the actress on IMDb.com.
Her big break in Hollywood came when she won the role of Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz, the secretary on the 1950s sitcom "The Bob Cummings Show," IMDb said.
But to generations of American TV viewers, she was best known as Alice.
Frey, who knew Davis for 38 years, said fans often told her that they felt like they'd been raised by the character of Alice.
"Look how well you turned out," she would reply.
"All of wish we had an Alice. I wish I had an Alice," Davis told People magazine in 1992.
"What you see on 'The Brady Bunch' was who she was," Frey said. "She was a very faithful Christian person."
Davis mostly retired from show business in the late 1970s to settle down in an Episcopal community.
"I'm convinced we all have a God-shaped space in us, and until we fill that space with God, we'll never know what it is to be whole," she told People.
Even as she turned her focus more toward religion, she appeared in commercials and several stage productions.
In the 1995 "The Brady Bunch" movie, she played a truck driver, persuading a runaway Jan to return home.
She told the Archive of American Television that she loved working on the small screen.
"The neatest thing about television is that they write for you. ... They find out what you can do, what you do best, how it works, and how they can use you. And so from there on, it's wonderful. Because it's different. It's not like playing the same play forever and ever and ever," she said. "But the character's still the same. It just gets better and more developed. So that's great fun."
DAVIS, Ann B. (Ann Bradford Davis)
Born: 5/3/1926, Schenectady, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/1/2014, Texas, U.S.A.
Ann B. Davis’ western – actress:
Wagon Train (TV) – 1960 (Mrs. Foster)
ADAMS, Jane (Betty Jean Bierce)
Born: 8/7/1918, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 5/21/2014, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.
Jane Adams’ westerns – actress:
Code of the Lawless – 1945 (Julie Randall)
Salome Where She Danced – 1945 (Salome girl)
Trail of Vengeance – 1945 (Dorothy Jackson)
Rustler’s Round-up – 1946 (Josephine Fremont)
Gunmen’s Code – 1946 (Laura Burton)
Lawless Breed – 1946 (Marjorie ‘Maggie’ Bradley
Gun Law Justice – 1949 (Jane Darnton)
Western Renegades – 1949 (Judy Gordon)
The Girl from San Lorenzo – 1950 (Nora Malloy)
Law of the Panhandle – 1950 (Margie Kendall)
Outlaw Gold – 1950 (Kathy Martin)
The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1950 (Miss Harla)
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) – 1951 (Margarita Bolton, Margaret Owens)
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1951 (Peggy)
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
She played teens in such 1940s and '50s films as "The Heiress,""Junior Miss,""That Brennan Girl,""Dear Ruth" and "I Was a Shoplifter."
Actress Mona Freeman, cast as a perpetual teenager throughout the 1940s and '50s in such films as The Heiress, Junior Miss, Dear Ruth and I Was a Shoplifter, has died. She was 87.
Freeman died May 23 in her Beverly Hills home after a long illness, her daughter, actress Monie Ellis, told the Los Angeles Times.
Freeman also was a painter, whose portrait of Mary See has been displayed for years in See's Candies stores across the U.S.
Freeman played Marian Almond, the cousin of Olivia de Havilland's character who gets engaged in William Wyler's acclaimed film The Heiress (1949). In Junior Miss (1945), she starred as 13-year-old Lois Graves, who with her older sister (Peggy Ann Garner) meddle in people's love lives. And she portrayed Ziggy, who learns some terrible habits from her mother in That Brennan Girl (1946).
Freeman also starred as Miriam Wilkins, a teen who has a pen-pal romance with a soldier (William Holden) during World War II but signs her older sister's name to the letters, in Dear Ruth (1947). She then reprised the role in Dear Wife (1949) and Dear Brat (1951).
The blonde and youthful Freeman also appeared in such films as Till We Meet and Again Together Again, both released in 1944; the musical Mother Wore Tights (1947), as the daughter of Betty Grable's character; Streets of Laredo (1949), opposite Holden and Macdonald Carey; I Was a Shoplifter (1950), as a petty thief and daughter of a judge; and Otto Preminger's Angel Face (1952).
Her TV work included episodes of Maverick, Perry Mason, Wagon Train, The Millionaire and Branded. Her final onscreen credit came in the 1972 telefilm Welcome Home, Johnny Bristol.
Always cast as a bobbysoxer even as she approached age 30, Freeman became bored with acting and turned to portrait painting.
Born in Baltimore, Freeman worked as a teenage model in New York City and was named "Miss Subways" in 1941, the first one picked. She was signed to her first movie contract by RKO's Howard Hughes.
In addition to Ellis -- who starred as Gidget in the 1972 TV movie Gidget Gets Married -- survivors include six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
FREEMAN, Mona (Monica Elizabeth Freeman)
Born: 6/9/1926, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
Died: 5/23/2014, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
Mona Freeman’s westerns – actress:
Streets of Laredo – 1949 (Rannie Carter)
Branded – 1950 (Ruth Lavery)
Copper Canyon – 1950 (Caroline Desmond)
The Lady from Texas – 1951 (Bonnie Lee)
The Road to Denver – 1955 (Elizabeth Sutton)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1956 (Sandy Neal)
Dragoon Wells Massacre – 1957 (Ann Bradley)
Frontier Justice (TV) – 1958
Wagon Train (TV) – 1958 (Betty Britton)
Maverick (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Modesty Blaine)
Riverboat (TV) – 1959 (Louise Rutherford)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Jackie Harris, Margaret Dunn)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Marilyn Barber)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1961 (Amy Dodds)
Branded (TV) – 1966 (Dora Kendall)
By Peter Della Penna
June 5, 2014
Cliff Severn, a former USA national team player and pioneer in Southern California cricket, died on Wednesday at the age of 88. Severn was a longtime member of the Los Angeles cricket community and many players and supporters have taken to social media to mourn his passing.
"A US Cricket legend, true lover and devotee of cricket," wrote Madhukar "Mark" Sood, a member of the Southern California Cricket Association board of directors. "God bless and RIP. There will be cricket in heaven now."
Clifford EB Severn was born in London, England on September 21, 1925, and was the second-oldest of eight children to Dr. Clifford B Severn a South Afrikaner, and mother Rachel, an Afrikaner. Dr. Severn moved the family back to South Africa and then Los Angeles in 1933, where all eight of the children went on to have varying degrees of success in the Hollywood film industry. Clifford EB Severn is listed on IMDB for having roles in 18 movies including 1938's A Christmas Carol, a starring role in 1940's Gaucho Serenade alongside famous American cowboy movie star Gene Autry, and a small part in legendary director John Ford's 1941 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, How Green Was My Valley.
Severn played cricket for Hollywood CC in his youth alongside former England Test cricketer and actor Sir Aubrey Smith. At age 18, he quit his acting career to join the British Army in South Africa during World War II. Upon his return to Los Angeles, he became increasingly active in the local cricket community. His father left Hollywood CC and, together with Cliff, created Britamer Cricket Club in 1947, one of the oldest clubs in the SCCA. Severn remained loyal to Britamer CC as a player and administrator for 50 years. Along with Cliff, two other brothers also wound up playing for the USA - Winston and Raymond.
"He was colorblind in the sense that he really wanted to bring anyone and all people to this game of cricket," Severn's son Cliff told ESPNcricinfo. "When he went on a trip, he would always bring a cricket bat and would always try to take one on a plane with him. If he ran into someone from a cricket country, whether it was India, Australia, Bangladesh, he would approach them and start talking cricket. If they lived in California, he would try to get them to join because a lot of people come to this country not realizing cricket is played here. He brought a lot of people into Southern California cricket."
Severn made his USA debut as a 39-year-old alongside 22-year-old brother Winston in 1965, against Canada, at Calgary's Riley Park as part of the longest running international rivalry in international cricket now known as the Auty Cup. He batted at six making 26 and 4 in the drawn two-day match. A year later in the return contest at The Sir C Aubrey Smith Field in Los Angeles, Severn opened the batting for USA while making 24 and 8 in USA's 54-run win.
The Sir C Aubrey Smith Field had opened in 1933 and was part of Griffith Park in Los Angeles where cricket was played from 1898 until 1978 when the property was seized and turned into an equestrian facility for the 1984 Summer Olympics. The SCCA acquired three grounds at Woodley Park in the nearby suburb of Van Nuys as a substitute for the space lost at Griffith Park. The fourth and final ground at Woodley's Leo Magnus Cricket Complex was acquired in the mid-1990s and is named the Severn Ground after the patriarch of the family, "Doc" Severn.
Aside from his involvement with Britamer CC and Hollywood CC, Severn also helped establish University Cricket Club initially as a vehicle for students at UCLA, where he went to college, before membership opened up to the broader cricket community. Outside of Los Angeles, he also co-founded Stanford Cricket Club in the Northern California Cricket Association and remained an active player in social cricket matches around the Los Angeles area until he suffered a stroke at the age of 85 in October 2010. Severn also battled through a series of smaller strokes to keep playing for another year into 2011. Despite the complications, he continued to turn out at Woodley to watch and stay involved in the camaraderie of the game.
"One of the nicest gentlemen I have ever met my entire life," wrote USA offspinner Abhimanyu Rajp. "He did more for cricket in USA, SCCA, than one could ever know. 'I wish I had your spin,' he claimed to me once. That was an honour in itself. There is a field named after his family here at the Leo Magnus Cricket Complex. But I bet a lot of people don't know why. It's a great loss to the cricket community. His legacy will live on long after him."
Severn is survived by his wife of 46 years, Percy, his brothers Winston and Christopher, as well as son Clifford and daughter Catherine.
SEVERN, Clifford (Clifford Eb Severn)
Born: 9/1/1925, London, England, U.K.
Died: 6/4/2014, California, U.S.A.
Clifford Severn’s western – actor:
Gaucho Serenade – 1940 (Ronnie Willoughby)
The family announces with sorrow his death in North Bay, Monday June 2nd 2014 at the age of 54 years. Son of the late Jean Claude Labelle and of Fleurette Fortier (née Plante) (Bert). Loving father of Gilles (Pamela) of Ottawa and Alain of Sturgeon Falls. Dear brother of Michel (Maria) of Welland and Laurent (Thérèse) of Alberta. Also survived by his best friend and caretaker Roberte Bureau of Sturgeon Falls. Yvan was an actor, known for his role in Black Robe (1991), The Spreading Ground (2000), Bogus (1996) and many more. Many thanks to Dr. Andrée Morrison and to all personnel at the North Bay Regional Health Centre- Critical Care Unit for their dedicated and compassionate care of Yvan. The family will receive friends at the Théorêt Bourgeois Funeral Home, Sturgeon Falls, Saturday June 7th 2014 after 10:00 am. A funeral service will follow at 12:00 (noon) in the funeral home chapel.
Born: 1960, Canada
Died: 6/2/2014, North Bay, Ontario, Canada
Yvon Labelle’s westerns – actor:
Black Robe – 1991 (Mestigoit)
Hawkeye (TV) – 1995 (Spirit Chaser)
The actor Jacques Herlin, supporting actor who had an impressive filmography, died Saturday June 7th at the age of 86 in a Paris hospital, his talent agency Artmedia told AFP..
Born August 17, 1927 in Paris, Jacques Herlin had more than one hundred films to his credit in nearly 60 year career. His last major role was that of brother Amédée in "Of Gods and Men" by Xavier Beauvois film awarded the Grand Jury Prize of the Cannes Film Festival in 2010.
This spring, he appeared in "Street ravishing" based on a novel by Boris Vian, to be released in September on France 2.
HERLIN, Jacques (Jacques Dejouette)
Born: 8/17/1927, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 6/7/2014, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Jacques Herlin’s westerns – actor:
Buffalo Bill, Hero of the Far West - 1964 (Indian chief)
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966 (Riggs’ henchman)
Yankee – 1966 (Filosofo)
7 Pistols for a Massacre – 1967 (Mr. Pink)
Two Faces of the Dollar – 1967 (Mathematician/Mad Michael)
Westerns, Italian Style – 1968 [himself]
June 9, 2014
Comedian and actor Rik Mayall died this morning, a spokesman for Brunskill Management said today.
He was 56 years old.
He was left seriously ill after a quad bike accident in 1998 which left him in a coma for several days, but was working until recently.
Mayall was best known for his roles in Bottom, the Young Ones and The New Statesman.
He also starred in Drop Dead Fred and appeared in Blackadder several times.
Mayall also played Alistair Itchdaddy in RTÉ's Damo and Ivor.
Speaking about the accident, Mayall last year said doctors had kept him alive on a life-support machine for five days and were about to turn it off when he began to show signs of life.
He used to mark the occasion by exchanging presents with his wife and children and said the near-death experience changed his life.
He said: "The main difference between now and before my accident is I'm just very glad to be alive.
"Other people get moody in their 40s and 50s - men get the male menopause. I missed the whole thing. I was just really happy."
Mayall started on stage in a duo, The Dangerous Brothers, with long-time collaborator Adrian Edmondson after they met at Manchester University.
The pair, who appeared together in The Young Ones, reprised their original act in the anarchic comedy Bottom.
MAYALL, Rik (Richard Michael Mayall)
Born: 3/7/1958, Harlow, Essex, England, U.K.
Died: 6/9/2014, England, U.K.
Rik Mayall’s western – actor:
Comic Strip Presents - A Fistful of Travellers’ Cheques (TV) - 1983 (Carlos)
June 9, 2014
Martha Hyer, one of the last studio glamour girls of the Golden Age of Hollywood, died May 31 at her Santa Fe home. She was 89 and had lived in Santa Fe since the mid-1980s.
A representative from Rivera Funeral Home confirmed the death and said there was no funeral service or memorial planned.
A striking blonde who once turned down a date request from the young Sen. John F. Kennedy, Hyer was nominated for an Academy Award as best supporting actress for her work in 1958’s Some Came Running, an MGM film starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine. She lost to Wendy Hiller, for her role in Separate Tables. Although she put on a good face during the remainder of the Oscars show, Hyer later recalled that she went home and cried all night.
The Oscar nod did not help Hyer’s career, which started with a three-year contract at RKO in the early 1940s and ended with a series of forgettable cheap films made in both America and Europe.
Martha Hyer was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Julien C. Hyer (a Texas legislator) and Agnes Barnhart. In her 1990 autobiography, Finding My Way, she described her childhood desire to be an actress and her love of film. “Movies were magic, our passport to outside,” she wrote.
She enrolled in the Pasadena Playhouse in California, where she was spotted by a Hollywood talent agent — despite the fact that she was playing a bearded elder in a Greek tragedy. Soon, she was under contract to RKO during the war years, appearing in several B-Westerns. “I was Little Nell in lots of those,” she wrote.
For several years, Hyer was unable to secure a secure toehold in Hollywood, although she worked in everything from Abbott and Costello Go To Mars to the B-adventure Yukon Gold and the African safari film The Scarlet Spear. She married the latter’s director, C. Ray Stahl, but the marriage quickly ended in divorce.
Hyer’s first big break came when she was cast as William Holden’s fiancée in Billy Wilder’s 1954 romantic comedy Sabrina, which starred Audrey Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart. In her autobiography, she recalled Bogart as being helpful and selfless in his scenes with her.
But ensuing roles in pictures like Red Sundown, opposite Rory Calhoun, and Francis in The Navy, opposite Donald O’Connor and a talking mule, again stalled Hyer’s career. She worked with Rock Hudson — whom she said was shallow and self-centered — in 1956’s Battle Hymn. In quick succession, she found herself playing straight woman to the likes of David Niven, Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis in films that spotlighted their characters, not hers. She liked Niven and Hope, but not Lewis.
Some Came Running, based on the James Joyce novel, briefly rescued Hyer and brought her critical acclaim. She wrote fondly of the experience, noting that MacLaine was “brilliant,” Sinatra “never better” and Martin “marvelous.” MacLaine received a best actress nomination for her work on the film.
But most of Hyer’s 1960s films were weak, including Bikini Beach, House of 1,000 Dolls and Picture Mommy Dead — “all ones I’d rather forget,” she wrote. She did secure a supporting role in Hal Wallis’ 1965 production The Sons of Katie Elder, but she again played second — or in this case, fifth — fiddle to a cast topped by John Wayne and Dean Martin.
She married Wallis in December 1966. In her autobiography, she reflected on both his strong points and his weaknesses, including his tight-fisted approach to spending that left her to finance the couple’s lifestyle.
By her own admission, Hyer became caught up in the high-living culture of the Hollywood lifestyle and began overspending. Shortly after she penned a first-person account of her lifestyle in a 1959 Life magazine article, she came home to find her Hollywood home robbed of all its goods. She later managed to pay ransom money to get some of her paintings back.
Worse was to come. By the early 1980s, Hyer was in debt to loan sharks, to the tune of several million dollars. With her career behind her — her last film roles were in the early 1970s — she turned to God for help and found immediate solace and peace. In her memoir, she wrote: “God poured through me.”
Shortly thereafter, Wallis, as well as some lawyers and the FBI, helped Hyer work her way out of her financial mess.
Hyer first visited New Mexico when Wallis was here filming Red Sky at Morning, the 1971 movie version of Richard Bradford’s 1968 novel. “The Indians say Santa Fe is sacred ground. I believe it,” she wrote.
Wallis died in 1986, and Hyer moved to Santa Fe shortly thereafter. “This country casts a spell and it never lets go,” she wrote.
Hyer became somewhat of a recluse in her later days, preferring to paint, hike and spend time with close friends.
“When you live with fame as a day-to-day reality, the allure of privacy and anonymity is as strong as the desire for fame for those who never had it,” she said.
Born: 8/10/2014, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 5/31/2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Martha Hyer’s westerns – actress, screenwriter:
Thunder Mountain – 1947 (Ellie Jorth)
Gun Smugglers – 1948 (Judy Davis)
Roughshod – 1949 (Marcia)
Rustlers – 1949 (Ruth Abbott)
The Kangaroo Kid – 1950 (Mary Corbett)
Outcasts of Black Mesa – 1950 (Ruth Dorn)
Salt Lake Raiders – 1950 (Helen Thornton)
Frisco Tornado – 1950 (Jean Martin)
The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1950 (Molly Crawford)
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1950 (Elsa Gray)
Yukon Gold – 1952 (Marie Briand)
Wild Stallion – 1952 (Caroline Cullen)
Battle of Rogue River – 1954 (Brett McClain)
Wyoming Renegades – 1954 (Nancy Warren)
Red Sundown – 1956 (Caroline Murphy)
Showdown in Abilene – 1956 (Peggy Bigelow)
Once Upon a Horse… - 1958 (Miss Amity Babb)
Rawhide (TV) – 1959 (Hannah Haley)
The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Joy Cartwright)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960 (Laurie Pritchard)
Blood on the River – 1964 (Nancy Mailer)
The Sons of Katie Elder – 1965 (Mary Gordon)
Branded (TV) – 1965 (Callie Clay)
The Night of the Grizzly – 1956 (Angela Cole)
The Virginian (TV) – 1970 (Amalia Clark)
Rooster Cogburn – 1975 [screenwriter]
LEWISTON, Dennis (Dennis C. Lewiston)
Born: 5/22/1934, London, England, U.K.
Died: 6/8/2014, England, U.K.
Dennis Lewiston’s westerns – cinematographer, cameraman:
A Talent for Loving – 1969 [cameraman]
Billy the Kid (TV) – 1989 [cinematographer]
Montana (TV) – 1990 [cinematographer]
A Mother’s Gift (TV) – 1995 [cinematographer]
Pastrovich was involved in over 60 films and television productions in various capacities during the golden age of Italian cinema from the mid-1960s through 2012.
Born: 3/28/1944, Faenza, Ravenna, Italy
Died: 6/10/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Maurizio Pastrovich’s westerns – unit manager, assistant production manager, production manager:
Paths of War – 1969 [assistant production manager]
Light the Fuse… Sartana is Coming – 1970 [unit manager]
Guns for Dollars – 1971 [unit manager]
Pistol Packin’ Preacher – 1971 [unit manager]
His Name was Holy Ghost – 1972 [unit manager]
A Man Called Invincible – 1973 [unit manager]
Zorro – 1975 [production manager]
China 9, Liberty 37 – 1978 [production manager]
By Alan Duke
June 12, 2014
Ruby Dee, the award-winning actress whose seven-decade career included triumphs on stage and screen, has died. She was 91.
Dee died peacefully at her New Rochelle, New York, home on Wednesday, according to her representative, Michael Livingston.
Dee -- often with her late husband, Ossie Davis -- was a formidable force in both the performing arts community and the civil rights movement. She was friends with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X and received the Frederick Douglass Award in 1970 from the National Urban League.
Davis preceded his wife in death in 2005.
Dee earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in "American Gangster" (2007). She also won an Emmy and Grammy for other work.
Broadway star Audra McDonald paid tribute to Dee when she accepted a Tony Award last Sunday, crediting Dee, Maya Angelou, Diahann Carroll and Billie Holiday for making her career possible. McDonald won a best actress Tony in 2004 for playing the same role Dee played on Broadway in 1959 and in the 1961 film version of "A Raisin in the Sun."
Her acting career started in New York in the 1940s, but it was her role in the 1950 movie "The Jackie Robinson Story" that first brought her national attention.
DEE, Ruby (Ruby Ann Wallace)
Born: 10/27/1922 Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 6/11/2014, New Rochelle, New York, U.S.A.
Ruby Dee’s western – actress:
Buck and the Preacher – 1972 (Ruth)