Robert Taylor, director of ‘Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,’ dies at 70
LOS ANGELES — Robert “Bob” Taylor, an award-winning animator, producer and director best-known for animated TV series, including “Talespin,” and animated films, such as “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,” died Dec. 11 in Woodland Hills of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 70.
Born in Boston, Taylor began his career in animation in 1966 at Terrytoons in New York with Ralph Bakshi. He worked on Bakshi’s X-rated animated feature “Fritz the Cat,” and in 1974 directed sequel “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,” which played in competition in Cannes. He also worked with Bakshi as an animator on “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin” and “Wizards.”
Taylor went on to direct the animated film “Heidi’s Song” in 1982 and animated TV series, including Emmy award-winning “TaleSpin,” “Goof Troop,” “The Flintstone Kids” and “Challenge of the GoBots.” Though he was uncredited, it was well-known that Taylor was the co-director of Hanna-Barbera’s “Rock Odyssey,” which traced American history through a talking jukebox and was shelved for its graphic content.
After retirement, Taylor became an accomplished jazz guitarist. His son, Scott, followed his musical path as a composer for TV and film and lives in Joshua Tree, California.
Taylor is survived by five children, including his son and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery chapel in Chatsworth, California.
: 1944m Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
: 12/11/2014, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
Robert Taylor’s western – animator:
The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (TV) - 1988
RIP Stu Erwin, Jr.
Stu Erwin, a former drama development executive at Grant Tinker’s MTM Enterprises, died Nov. 22 at his home in Solana Beach, Calif., after a brief illness, his wife said. He was 82.
At MTM, a production company that had been known for hit comedies (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda), Erwin was instrumental in getting such noteworthy dramas as Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, Lou Grant and The White Shadow on the air.
He later worked as creative director for Tinker’s GTG Entertainment (Grant Tinker/Gannett), the home of Baywatch.
Earlier, Erwin supervised such network series as Marcus Welby, M.D. and McCloud as an executive at Universal Studios.
Erwin, who attended Beverly Hills High School and Brown University, began his career in show business as an associate producer on The Ed Sullivan Show, then ran the advertising division at Ralston Purina in St. Louis.
He was the son of actors Stuart Erwin and June Collyer, the real-life husband and wife who starred on the 1950-55 ABC comedy show Trouble With Father, later retitled The Stu Erwin Show. Erwin also starred as Joe Palooka in a 1934 film and was nominated for an Oscar for playing a hillbilly quarterback in Pigskin Parade (1936).
Survivors include his wife Diane, five children and their spouses and six grandchildren.
ERWIN, Jr., Stuart
Born: 9/15/1932, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2014, Solana Beach, California, U.S.A.
Stuart Erwin, Jrs. western - executive producer:
The Busters (TV) - 1975
Italian Hollywood star Virna Lisi dies at 78
Italian actress Virna Lisi, who played opposite Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra in the 1960s and later established herself an acclaimed character actress, has died at the age of 78.
Italian media quoted her son as saying that Lisi had passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, a month after being diagnosed with an incurable illness.
Born in Ancona in 1936, she was an established cinema and theatre actress before Hollywood producers looking for a new Marilyn Monroe came calling in the mid-1960s.
With Jack Lemmon she made How to Murder Your Wife in 1965 and followed up by starring alongside Tony Curtis in Not with my Wife, You Don't, and with Sinatra in Assault on a Queen the following year.
Reluctant to be restricted to love-interest roles based on her looks, she turned down the sexy part taken by Jane Fonda in Roger Vadim's Barbarella (1968) and moved back to Europe after only three years of a seven-year contract with Paramount studios.
While in Hollywood, she maintained a parallel career in European cinema, notably playing a lead role in The Birds, the Bees and the Italians, which shared the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes film festival in 1966.
After taking a break from acting in the early 1970s, Lisi successfully reinvented herself as a character actress with a broad range. Her portrayal of Catherine de' Medici in La Reine Margot (1994) saw her pick up both a French Cesar and the best actress award at Cannes.
She also worked extensively in television and made the last of her nearly 80 films, Il Piu Bel Giorno Della Mia Vita, in 2002.
She is survived by her son Corrado Pesci and three grandchildren. Her husband of 53 years, the architect Franco Pesci, died in 2013.
LISI, Verna (Virna Pieralisi)
: 11/8/1936, Jesi, Ancona, Marche, Italy
: 12/18/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Virna Lisi’s westerns – actress:
White Fang - 1973 (Sister Evangelina)
Challenge to White Fang - 1974 (Sister Evangelina)
Booth Colman was an actor from Portland, Oregon, who played Penno in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Nemesis". According to Booth’s Official Website he died on December 15th
Colman had been acting in film and television since the early 1950s, amassing well over one hundred credits. One of his earliest film roles was as a reporter in the 1954 science fiction classic Them!, in which he, Leonard Nimoy, Lawrence Dobkin, and William Schallert appeared uncredited. He also appeared in the 1958 B-movie The Beast of Budapest alongside John Hoyt. This was followed with small roles in numerous other films, including 1961's The Comancheros (with Michael Ansara, Jon Lormer, Gregg Palmer, and Nehemiah Persoff). He also had a recurring role as Dr. Zaius on the 1970s television series Planet of the Apes, co-starring Mark Lenard, and appeared in the 1977 TV-movie In the Glitter Palace with Salome Jens, Robert Sampson, Stanley Kamel, Lee Delano, and Anthony Zerbe.
Colman was 91 years of age.
: 3/8/1923, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Booth Colman’s westerns – actor:
The Big Sky – 1952 (Pascal)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1956 (Lantanac, Brissac, Jacques)
Broken Arrow (TV) – 1956, 1958 (Wilkins, Spruance)
The Gray Ghost (TV) – 1957 (Grady)
The Californians (TV) – 1959 (Ralph Keel)
Yancy Derringer (TV) – 1959 (Henry Duval)
Zorro (TV) – 1959 (Pineda)
The Comancheros – 1961 (hotel clerk)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1961 (Jeremiah)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961, 1962 (defense attorney, Dr. Frank Shelton)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1962 (Colonel Travers)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1962 (Tyler)
Bonanza (TV) – 1962, 1964, 1966 (Henry P. Quince, Flint Durfee, Reverend Parley)
Temple Houston (TV) - 1963
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963, 1972 (Gant, Rand)
Arizona Raiders – 1965 (Ohio Gazette editor)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965 (Ambassador Xavier Perkins)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965, 1967, 1969 (High Private A. Slimpsey, Goverenor Patrick Henry,
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (land investor)
The Virginian (TV) – 1970 (Jeff Turner, Mr. Compton)
Scandalous John – 1971 (Governor Murray)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Carlton)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (sentinel)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (Dr. Mattwick)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1979 (Kingsley)
RIP Loren Ewing
William Russell Ewing, 77, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2014. He was born in Aberdeen, North Dakota to Loren and Leona Ewing on October 14, 1937. The family relocated to Southern California where Mr. Ewing was a 20th Century Fox Studio security guard. While spending time at the studios, William developed a strong interest in acting. He adopted the stage name of Loren Russell Ewing and joined the Screen Actors Guild. Loren was involved in numerous television series including Rawhide, Batman, Black Sheep Squadron and Chips. Movie roles included the Bermuda Triange and Across the Great Divide. While acting in a western film production in the 1970's he incurred a severe head injury which eventually ended his acting career. He moved to Upland where he met Bobbie Ruth Jordan and enjoyed a loving relationship for 40 years. He is survived by his companion, Bobbie, family and friends in Southern California. Loren is interred at Pomona Valley Memorial Park.
EWING, Loren (William Russell Ewing)
: 10/14/1937, Aberdeen, North Dakota, U.S.A.
: 12/2/2014, Pomona, California, U.S.A.
Loren Ewing’s westerns – actor:
Across the Great Divide – 1976 (Club)
The Oregon Trail (TV) – 1976 (Slim)
RIP George Ardisson
Cerveteri: has died at 83 years, the actor George Ardisson. His memory through the last interview
The actor Giorgio Ardisson had chosen to live in Cerveteri, known for numerous films and for being in the cinema "Zorro the Fox". The debut film of the blond actor, athletic and good looking thanks to Mauro Bolognini, who chose him for a secondary but important role in “Arrangiatevi!”
(You're on Your Own). His athletic prowess and his boldness to make his characters real made him ideal for adventure films and so called peplum-movies, for Spaghetti westerns and, especially, for the cult police/crime films exploiting the reckless adventures of secret agents like James Bond / 007, much in vogue in the early 1960s. George Ardisson, was born in Rocca, Canavese, Turin, Italy 1931 and died at his home in Cerveteri on December 11th.
Born: 12/31/1931, Rocca, Canavese, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
: 12/11/2014, Cerveteri, Rome, Lazio Italy
Giorgio Ardisson’s westerns – actor:
Massacre at Grande Canyon - 1963 (Tully/Rudy Dancer)
God May Forgive You, Not Me - 1968 (Cjamango McDonald)
A Man Called Amen - 1968 (Amen/Johnny)
Zorro the Fox - 1968 (Riccardo de Villaria/Don Diego/Zorro)
Chapaqua’s Gold - 1970 (Jack ‘Doc’ Harrison)
Django Defies Sartana - 1970 (Sartana)
Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner dies at 104
Longtime Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner, a voting member of the motion picture academy as a centenarian, died Friday of natural causes at Sunrise Beverly Hills Assisted Living, said his son, Steven. He was 104.
Gardner joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences more than a half-century ago when he first became a producer.
The last film he produced was "Safari 3000" in 1982.
"He wouldn't do anything in life but be in the business," Steven said of his father's love for Hollywood.
Born Arthur Goldberg in 1910, Gardner was raised in Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles in 1929 at 18 with dreams of becoming an actor. Like many Jewish actors at the time, he changed his name because of fears of anti-Semitism, he told The Times in an interview.
One of the first movies he was cast in was "All Quiet on the Western Front."
It was a small role, but during that time he met George Cukor, the filmmaker who would go on to direct "A Star Is Born" and "My Fair Lady," Gardner told The Times.
During World War II, he served in the Army's first motion picture unit, making educational and other films under Ronald Reagan. When the war ended, Gardner turned to producing, making his debut with a 1952 serial-killer B movie titled "Without Warning!"
During his career, Gardner worked with Chuck Connors and Barbara Stanwyck, as well as John Wayne on one of the actor's final films, 1974's "McQ."
“The Rifleman,” the popular 1950s Western television series, was one of Gardner's best-known works.
Johnny Crawford, who starred in the show along with Chuck Connors, told The Times he adored Gardner.
"He was just a class act," Crawford said. "I always admired him as a kid."
Crawford played Mark McCain, Lucas McCain's son, on the show that ran for five seasons on ABC.
"He was unlike so many other producers who were all business," Crawford said. "He was a wonderful guy."
Gardner, who according to Steven said he did not have a favorite movie but rather loved them all, was an active voter for the Academy until he was 100. That also happens to be the year he threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium.
GARDNER, Arthur (Arthur Goldberg)
: 6/7/1910, Marinette, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
: 12/19/2014, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
Arthur Gardner’s westerns – actor, producer:
Heart of the North – 1938 (Constable Larry Young]
The Dude Goes West – 1948 [assistant producer]
Bad Men of Tombstone – 1949 [assistant producer]
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958 [producer]
The Rifleman (TV) – 1958-1963 [producer]
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965-1967 [producer]
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1959-1960 [producer]
Geronimo – 1962 [executive producer]
The Glory Guys – 1965 [producer]
The Scalphunters – 1968 [producer]
Sam Whiskey – 1969 [producer]
The Hunting Party – 1971 [executive producer]
Ingvar Kjellson is dead
A "unque" voice has been silenced and one of the largest Swedish actors has passed away. Ingvar
Kjellson have fallen asleep, 91 years old. "He should have gotten a lot more recognition than he actually did," says Kristina Calm DN.
Low-key, discreet and warm. Ingvar Kjellson will be remembered as one of the biggest actors. To theRoyal Dramatic Theatre, he came in 1964, and the total was over 140 roles on the national stage.
Ingvar Kjellson played in including Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" and "The Wild Duck".
He also made contributions in the comedy and farce and directed in recent years.
- He passed away quietly at Danderyd Hospital, there was no drama, says his son Jan Kjellson to news agency TT.
Ingvar Kjellson was 91 years.
Benny Fredriksson manage Kulturhuset. He arranged Ingvar Kjell's 90th birthday at the City Theatre last year and committed Kjellson of the last great role in The Cherry Orchard at the City Theatre, directed by Erik Stubø.
- Ingvar Kjellson belongs in the true sense of the greatest actors Sweden had. He could portray all possible roles and was a true character actor.
- The heat he had burned through, in a way that made him loved and beloved by the people.
Fredriksson call Ingvar Kjellson for "an amazing person and a role model."
- He was a very shy person. Listening and empathetic and sounded rather be talking than he talked himself. He met his wife, Meta Velander when she was fourteen and he was fifteen, and they admired and respected each other all their lives.
Playwright Kristina Calm remember especially when Kjellson and his wife Meta made her piece Rut and Ragnar at the City Theatre.
- It was so incredibly funny, because he belonged to the same generation as Allan Edwall, as I wrote the piece from the beginning. He was jättejättebra. He was like one of those classic actor. The generation that he and Allan Edwall and Margareta Krook belongs, it is as unique. It is really really sad, but maybe you could not ask people to live all the time. I was really sad.
Kristina Calm describes it as a great experience to work with the couple Kjellson.
- It was such an odd occurrence in any way. I saw him in all all the sets at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. He should have gotten a lot more recognition than he received. He has done many great things with Ingmar Bergman.
Yvonne Lombard played long against Ingvar Kjellson at the Stockholm City Theatre.
- He was one of the first gang, when the City Theatre was on Wallingatan. It was a close-knit bunch, a permanent ensemble unlike now, when you do not recognize anyone in the hallways. He was wonderful to play against, a very good boy. We were very good friends, I have played a lot with Meta and met him very much.
Dramatic chief dramaturge Magnus Florin remember in Ingvar Kjellson a quiet, discreet and diligent person with an incredible dramatic breadth.
- It feels like he gave his voice and body to the theater for an unimaginably long time. At the same time, he was a very discreet and quiet person with great integrity and a world of its own. He was so amazing diligent and always active, it was like he always stood on stage, in a rehearsal room or wherever with the radio or television. It is difficult to understand how he could do so very much.
Florin's personal favorite is when Kjellson did the father of the Night is the mother 1983rd
- It was an outstanding remarkable role interpretation of a father figure.
Helena Bergström played by Ingvar Kjellson in his last great role in The Cherry Orchard at the City Theatre.
- I am proud that I got to play with this fantastic actor. He took very seriously his profession, and had a pride in speaking well, to his lines already on collation, which he did in "The Cherry Orchard". I feel truly humbled the knowledge and experience he had.
- And I hope we can evaluate all this and talk about how we can preserve it for future generations. To manage this vast knowledge.
Ingvar Kjellson also did a lot of film and television. Many may remember him as the eccentric Mon Cousin in "Hedebyborna", or from movies like "Raskenstam", "Swing it, ma'am" or Lasse Åberg "The involuntary Golfer". In addition, he made his voice to characters in animated films such as Prince John in Robin Hood.
- I will remember his voice as absolutely outstanding. When I was young, I admired him. I think it was one of the actors that made me start with the theater - I was so fascinated by his voice and his way of playing, says director Tobias Theorell.
- His voice had an incredibly own connotation and was a mix between precision, clarity, and at the same time wonderful DRAG. It's one of those voices that one would immediately recognize. He was truly one of our biggest actor, I think.
KJELLSON, Ingvar (Anders Ingvar Kjell)
: 5/20/1923, Kärna, Östergötlands län, Sweden
: 12/18/2014, Djursholm, Sweden
Ingvar Kjellson’s western – actor:
Wild West Story – 1963 (judge)
Singer and entertainer Udo Jürgens has died at 80 years old
Udo Jürgens was one of the biggest stars and entertainers German speaking countries. His music accompanied several generations. Now he died 80 years old.
Just as he was still there. On 30th
of September he was 80, and the album that he released this year, headlined the midst of life. This one took him off without a hint of a doubt. Udo Jürgens was the epitome of resilience. He seemed to be one where the age could not harm much. Well, the hair was dyed, but otherwise he was a seemingly never-ending energy beam whose concerts every time the two-hour mark blew as if it were half my age. Now, one of the largest and most successful musician and entertainer of the German-speaking world has died of heart failure.
The illusion of Unverwüsstlichkeit was a work and a career owed for the post-war period in this country is no comparison. Born in 1934 in Klagenfurt as Udo Jürgen Bockelmann he got from the great war just as much with that he earned him a permanent hearing loss, as he cashed a slap in the Hitler Youth.
World Stars and Song Contest
At 16, he won his first prize as a young composer, his first appearances he made as Udo Bolan band. In the 1960s, his career came in a roundabout journey. At that time he composed for Shirley Bassey Reach for the Stars, which was a worldwide hit for them. Jürgens had gone to the United States, had the Nachkriegsmief his home turned his back and played in New York with black musicians jazz. Back in Austria, he tried several times a song contest. Three attempts needed it, then in 1966, he took first place with Merci Chérie.
As a result Udo Jürgens was a superstar of the hit song. Although he did not like the idea, but he rarely escaped him. After all, Udo Jürgens could take credit for that, he enriched the tray to content that had not known the shallow ideal world genre before. He went on philistine funny (in this honorable house), sang in red poppy on drugs flowers and came back with Go and multiply in Bavaria even on the index, after church officials had excited about this song about overpopulation.
As they made their money but without the Udo Jürgens fans. This actually took to the streets, to hear her on the radio Udo. That was in the 1980s, and Jürgens was then already an institution. A bon vivant whose main residence is in Switzerland. He drove Rolls Royce, had comfortable secondary residences and enjoyed all the amenities that life brings with it a star. Four children from three mothers were a Kollateralsegen this lifestyle, stood to the Jürgens wholeheartedly: "Women love after all greyhounds."
Big wide world and Terry cloth
His albums were self-perpetuating, his songs were burning in the collective memory of several generations: But please with cream, with 66 years, 17 years, blonde hair, Greek wine or banners volatile Buenos Dias Argentina, which he had in 1978 written for the German national team, what is Austria of post retaliated in Cordoba.
Udo Jürgens is in his life composed over 1000 songs and have sold over 100 million records. He has title for Frank Sinatra written, sung by Sammy Davis Jr.. Around him the aura of the big wide world even then, when he jovially step at the end of his concerts in white terry cloth jacket for addition and it looked like the dad after Sonntagsbad. A mesh with effect. The ladies screamed, the men he seemed harmless. It made him a star next door. Somehow halt.
Finally, he sang so delightfully yes traceable songs. He formulated his music in small and large hopes and delivered with the guarantee that it's okay to indulge his dreams. Through his art he accompanied millions of people who went, as he said, a little way with them. The tied a huge audience for decades in him that made him unique in this country. "Real Stars are people who have accompanied a part of our lives with their art. They are annoyed about it every now and then, some find it horrible, but for the songs we have also recognized our time. This hand-in-hand with walking the audience, which is a value that is not just about out of the hat, "says Jürgens 2006 STANDARD . That does not sound modest, but it was true.
Collection attempts by politicians he resisted and rejected as a citizen of the world, the small of his spiritual Carinthian from openly. Even with feminism he made his peace. He said in an interview with the STANDARD five years ago that he now prefers to Alice Schwarzer was going to a good discussion than to make young ladies the yard. Thank you for the flowers.
With the times, man changes. And now he's gone. On Sunday Udo Jürgens is 80-year-old died in a Swiss hospital of heart failure. Previously, he collapsed while walking. This gave his management in a press release announced.
JURGENS, Udo (Udo Jürgen Bockelmann)
: 9/30/1934, Schloß Ottmanach, Carinthia, Austria
:12/21/2014, Münsterlingen, Switzerland
Udo Jurgens western – composer:
Brandon Stoddard, ABC Exec Who Shepherded ‘Roots,’ Dies at 77
Brandon Stoddard, the longtime ABC exec who shepherded such landmark longform productions as “Roots” and “The Winds of War,” died Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 77.
Stoddard had a 25-year career at ABC, rising to entertainment president from 1985-89. He spent another six years as head of ABC Prods. before stepping down in 1995.
During his long run, Stoddard was an instrumental player in steering ABC’s success with large-scale miniseries productions. None was a bigger gamble than “Roots,” a gritty historical look at the journey of Africans into the slave trade in America that aired over eight consecutive nights in January 1977. The production and the impact it had as a cultural event remains a milestone for the medium.
Stoddard was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in March. After leaving ABC, Stoddard spent 10 years teaching graduate students at USC’s School for Cinema and Television.
Stoddard was a mentor and friend to a generation of TV execs including Bob Iger, producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner and Ted Harbert, now chairman of NBC Broadcasting.
“In many ways, I owe my career to Brandon. He taught me how to read a script, how to talk to writers and to above all, revere great characters and stories,” Harbert told Variety. “And we laughed.”
Iger, chairman-CEO of Disney, succeeded Stoddard as ABC Entertainment president in 1989.
“Brandon was a true maverick who was instrumental in transforming prime time television. His influence continues, and he will be missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know him,” Iger said.
Stoddard grew up in Southport, Conn., and attended Yale University. He initially pursued a career as an actor, but got discouraged and veered in law. He wound up in advertising at BBDO, which eventually led him to join ABC in 1970 overseeing daytime and children’s programming. He developed the enduring “Schoolhouse Rock” shorts designed to teach kids basic history, English and civics lessons such as how a bill becomes a law.
As he rose through the ranks at ABC, Stoddard moved into the longform arena where he helped bring “Roots” to the screen. ABC under Stoddard delivered epic, ambitious productions that were seen as “novels for television,” drawing on Stoddard’s high-brow taste in literary material and his equally strong skill at adapting it for mass appeal. Among the ABC productions of the era were “Rich Man, Poor Man,” “QBVII,” “The Thorn Birds” and “Masada.”
The 1983 WWII saga “The Winds of War” starring Robert Mitchum marked a peak of audience size and scope of the storytelling. But the 1988 sequel “War and Remembrance” marked the beginning of the end of the mega-miniseries as it was costly and not as successful as its predecessor.
Beyond the miniseries, Stoddard championed telepics that broke ground on controversial subjects, such as the nuclear drama “The Day After”; “Something About Amelia,” which tackled incest; and “Friendly Fire,” about the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
He also oversaw ABC’s feature film development efforts in the early 1980s. The division yielded the Oscar-nominated “Silkwood,” which started out as an ABC TV movie project; “The Flamingo Kid”; and “Prizzi’s Honor,” among other titles.
Stoddard was named ABC Entertainment president in 1985. While Stoddard was head of programming, ABC fielded such hits as “Roseanne,” “The Wonder Years,” “Moonlighting,” “Thirtysomething,” “China Beach,” “Max Headroom” and “Full House.” He also greenlit the pilot for “Twin Peaks” and oversaw the production of the cult-fave “My So-Called Life” during his time at ABC Prods.
Later in life, Stoddard turned to painting and had an exhibition of his works at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne Dolan, and two daughters.
: 3/31/1937, Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.A
: 12/22/2014, Bel-Air, California, U.S.A.
Brandon Stoddard’s western – producer:
You Know My Name (TV) - 1999
RIP Joseph Sargent
Joseph Sargent, director of “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” and winner of four Emmys and four DGA Awards, died Monday at his home in Malibu of complications from heart disease. He was 89.
Sargent worked until he was 84. His credits included “Something The Lord Made,” “Warm Springs” “MacArthur,” “The Incident,” “Playing For Time,” “Miss Rose White” “Miss Evers’ Boys” and “Love Is Never Silent.”
He and his wife Carolyn helped co-found Deaf Theatre West as also founded the Free Arts Clinic For Abused Children. He won a Genesis Award for “The Last Elephant.”
Sargent worked during his last decade as the senior filmmaker-in-residence for the directing program at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles and as the first professor of a masters program in film directing at Pepperdine University in Malibu, where Sargent and his wife Carolyn have resided for 40 years.
“When it comes to directing Movies for Television, Joe’s dominance and craftsmanship was legendary — for the past 50 years,” said Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay.
“With eight DGA Awards nominations in Movies for Television, more than any other director in this category, Joe embodied directorial excellence on the small screen.” Barclay said. “He was unafraid of taking risks, believing in his heart that television audiences demanded the highest quality stories – whether chronicling uncomfortable historic events like the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in ‘Miss Evers’
'Boys, or compelling personal stories about inspiring individuals like heart surgery pioneersAlfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas in ‘Something the Lord Made.’ His biographies demonstrated an exactitude for period accuracy while simultaneously infusing historical figures with true-to-life spirit and passion. Joe once said that he was ‘drawn to projects possessing ‘edge’ — material that can make some comment or contribution to the condition of man,’ and it is this ‘edge’ that is his enduring directorial legacy.”
He was born Giusseppe Daneiele Sorgente in Jersey City, New Jersey. He served as a teenage GI volunteer in Western Europe in World War II; after the war, he began studying as an actor studying at the Actors’ Studio.
He gained experience in episodic TV, first as an actor and finally getting directory opportunities in “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” “Lassie,” “The Fugitive,” “Star Trek” and “The Man From Uncle. He won his first Emmy directing the pilot episode of “Kojak,” a film entitled “The Marcus-Nelson Murders.”
Sargent is survived by his widow Carolyn Nelson Sargent, two daughters, Lia Sargent and Athena Sargent Sergneri (from a prior marriage to Mary Carver), and by nieces Charlotte and Emma Nelson.
SARGENT, Joseph (Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente)
: 7/22/1925, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Malibu, California, U.S.A.
Joseph Sargent’s westerns – actor, director:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1956 (Reuben Bennett)
The Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1956, 1957 (Amon, Lattimer, Clem)
The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1957 (Jed Walker)
The Gray Ghost (TV) – 1957 (Nat)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1957, 1959 (Shomer, drunk)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1958 (Lou Dancher)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958, 1960 (Pete Hansen, Sergeant)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1959 (Chet)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1959 (Hank Rowe)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963, 1965 [director]
Bonanza (TV) – 1964 [director]
Buck and the Preacer – 1972 [director, replaced]
Streets of Laredo (TV) – 1999 [director]
Cinematographer Maximo Munzi Dies at 57
Cinematographer Maximo Felipe Munzi, whose career spanned 30 years and included 104 films, died of pancreatic cancer December 16 in Los Angeles. He was 57.
Munzi worked in both film and television, and his efforts included “Looking for Mr. Right,” “A Lesson in Romance,” “Ring of Death,” “The Storm,” “Love’s Enduring Promise” and “The Christmas Card.”
His TV work appeared on NBC, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime, USA and Spike, among other networks.
Most recently, Munzi was employed at Larry Levinson Productions.
Bon in Buenos Aires, Maximo also spent time in Rome during his youth. Munzi moved to Los
Angeles in his early 20s to pursue his passion for filmmaking. He completed his education at Columbia College in Los Angeles and worked at the American Film Institute, where he honed his skills as a cinematographer.
Later he became an encouraging mentor to many young filmmakers.
Munzi is survived by his wife, Krisann Pappajohn; his children, Chiara, Lorenzo, and Cosima; his twin sister; and his younger brother.
A memorial service is planned for December 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church at 5700 Rudnick Ave. in Woodland Hills. Donations may be made in Munzi’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
MUNZI, Maximo (Maximo Felipe Munzi)
: 7/26/1957, Buenos Aires, Argentina
: 12/16/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Maximo Munzi’s westerns – cinematographer:
Love’s Enduring Promise (TV) – 2004
Avenging Angel (TV) – 2007
Love’s Everlasting Courage (TV) – 2011
Shadow on the Mesa (TV) - 2013
RIP Rosella Towne
Rosella Towne was an American film actress. She was born on January 20, 1918 in Youngstown, Ohio. Her film career began in 1937, after making a screen test for Warner Bros. and signing a contract for the studio. At first she made minor appearances in motion pictures such as Varsity Show, It's Love I'm After and Submarine D-1. In 1939, she got her first leading role when she was chosen to play the part of comic strip character Jane Arden in a film adaption. While touted by critics as a future star, Towne retired from show business after marrying screenwriter Harry Kronman. She died in late August 2014, aged 96.
: 1/20/1918, Youngtown, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 8/?/2014, Hamden, Connecticut U.S.A.
Rosella Towne's westerns - actress:
Sons of the Plains - 1938
Cowboy from Brooklyn - 1938 (Panthea Landis)
Rocky Mountain Rangers - 1940 (Dorie Manners)
Legendary Cartoon Voice Dies ‘Rugrats’, ‘Dexter’s Lab’, ‘Babe’
Christine Cavanaugh -- the original voice of "Babe" the pig and Dexter from "Dexter's Laboratory" -- has died at the age of 51.
Cavanaugh passed away on December 22nd ... the details surrounding her death are unclear.
Christine's work is legendary ... providing the voice of countless iconic cartoon characters including Chuckie the red-headed baby from "Rugrats."
She also voiced characters from "Darkwing Duck,""Aladdin,""The Critic,""The Powerpuff Girls" and "The Wild Thornberrys."
Cavanaugh retired from voice acting in 2001. Her character in "Rugrats" was replaced by Nancy Cartwright -- who's most famous for voicing Bart Simpson.
Christine had no biological children -- but she was the godmother to the child of one of her close friends.
CAVANAUGH, Christine (Christine Josephine Sandberg)
: 8/16/1963, Layton, Utah, U.S.A.
: 12/22/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Christine Cavanaugh’s western – voice actress:
Balto – 1995 (additional voices)
RIP Stanley Neufeld
Stan Neufeld, who started in Hollywood in 1941 as an assistant director on Westerns produced by his father and who worked continuously in the business until he was 80 years old, except only for service in the Merchant Marine during World War II, passed away on December 26 in Eugene, Oregon at the age of 91. Stan was the son of Sigmund and Ruth Neufeld and was born in Hollywood in 1923. He was raised in Hollywood and spent every free moment on the sets of movies produced by his father in the 1930's until he graduated from Fairfax High School in 1941. He immediately went to work on the production side as an assistant director. He also graduated from the Merchant Marine Academy and served for almost three years as an engineering officer on ammunition ships in the Pacific during World War II. In 1945 after his discharge, he worked on such Oscar winning movies as All the King's Men and he worked with Orson Welles on Shanghai Lady. By 1950, he joined Gene Autry at Flying A Productions for 6 years where he worked on the many series produced there, including The Gene Autry Show and The Range Rider. He dreamed of becoming a production manager and was inspired by the legendary production manager, Bert Sternbach, and he took over from Bert on one of the earliest TV shows filmed in Canada in the mid 1950's, The Last of the Mohicans. Following his return to Hollywood and more movies and series, he moved to New York in 1960 to head the production unit for the Emmy winning series, Naked City. Stan received his first producing credit on Naked City and worked on dozens of movies and TV series for the next 40 years. He was known for his vast knowledge of how to make pictures and keep them under budget and on schedule. He was almost always the first one on the set and the last to leave in his total of 60 years in the business. As the years passed, Stan also took two positions which took him away from the set, the first at Orion Pictures where he supervised the production of its films, including at least two Oscar Best Picture winners. For his last assignment, he joined a bonding company where he decided what films to bond. Again, he was touched by Oscar when one of the films he bonded, The English Patient, won the Oscar for best picture. He had to travel to North Africa during production and loved being on the set once again. His career ended only when the bonding company closed. His retirement from the business marked the end of 90 years in the business between his Dad who started in 1911 and Stan who followed him in 1941. Stan's recollections of his incredible career can be seen on the Director's Guild website, and he will be remembered by the many people in the business whose lives he touched. Stan also found time to run marathons and was a champion in his age group until just prior to his 80th birthday. Stan is survived by his wife, Lesley, his son, Tim, his daughter-in-law, Gabie, his brother Sig, whose Hollywood career was equally successful, Sig's husband Patrick, his two granddaughters and their husbands, Pam and Dale, and Kathy and Dane, his great granddaughter, Maya, and his faithful dog, Rocky. He loved his family, his work and the picture business, and he will always be remembered not just for his hundreds of credits and marathon medals, but more important for the hundreds of people in the business for whom he was a mentor and an inspiration.Through many of them, he is still on the set every day.
: 1923, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
: 12/26/2014, Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
Stanley Neufeld’s westerns – production manager, director, assistant director:
Lightning Raiders – 1945 [assistant director]
Prairie Rustlers – 1945 [assistant director]
Gentlemen With Guns – 1946 [assistant director]
Terrors on Horseback – 1946 [assistant director]
Ghost of the Valley – 1946 [assistant director]
Prairie Badmen – 1946 [assistant director]
Overland Raiders – 1946 [assistant director]
Outlaws of the Plains – 1946 [assistant director]
Outcasts of Black Mesa – 1950 [assistant director]
The Silver Bandit – 1950 [assistant director]
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1951 [assistant director]
The Range Rider (TV) – 1951-1953 [assistant director]
The Gene Autry Show (TV) – 1951-1955 [assistant director]
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1953 [assistant director]
Annie Oakley (TV) – 1954-1957 [assistant director]
The Adventures of Champion (TV) – 1955-1956 [assistant director]
Buffalo Bill Jr. (TV) – 1955-1956 [assistant director]
The Three Outlaws – 1956 [assistant director]
Red Ryder (TV) – 1956 [assistant director]
Sheriffs of the USA (TV) – 1956 [director]
Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1957 [production manager, assistant director]
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959 [assistant director]
Edward Herman ‘Gilmore Girls’ star dead at 71
Edward Herrmann -- perhaps best known for playing Richard Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls" -- died this morning in a hospital in New York. He was 71.
Herrmann's family tells TMZ he had been battling brain cancer and had been in ICU for the last 3 1/2 weeks. Ultimately, things did not improve and his family decided to take him off the respirator.
Herrmann was married twice and and his second wife Star tells TMZ the actor leaves behind 3 children.
Herrmann was on "Gilmore Girls" for its entire run and recently appeared in several episodes of "The Good Wife." He was also nominated for an emmy for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the '70's ... was the head vampire in "The Lost Boys," and
famously starred alongside Macaulay Culkin in "Richie Rich."
: 7/21/1943, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
: 12/31/2014, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Edward Hermann’s western – actor:
Redemption: For Robbing the Dead – 2011 (Governor Dawson)
Bernard Kay dies aged 86: Doctor Who, Coronation Street and Dr Zhivago actor passes away
By Rebecca Pocklington, Neil Lancefield
Actor Bernard Kay, who starred in everything from Coronation Street to the hit film Dr. Zhivago, has died aged 86, a friend has confirmed.
He was cast in various roles in Doctor Who during the 1960s and also appeared in Z-Cars, Corrie and Foyle's War.
His friend, actor and comedian Toby Hadoke, confirmed that Kay was found dead at his north London home on Monday and cause of death had yet to be determined.
Hadoke said: "He was one of those superb understated but versatile actors that we don't seem to have any more.
"He never gave a bad performance.
His most notable film role was as The Bolshevik in Dr Zhivago
"He was greatly admired by his peers.
"His sense of humor was combative but there wasn't any meanness in him."
In 2006 Kay scooped an award for the first chapter of his memoirs, Maybe A Bastard, in which he described his difficult childhood in pre-war Bolton.
He won the Creative Non-Fiction title at the New Writing Ventures awards for unpublished writers.
It was his first piece of writing since he was a newspaper reporter more than half a century earlier at the Bolton Evening News and the Manchester Guardian.
: 2/23/1928, Bolton, Manchester, England, U.K.
Died: 12/29/2014, London, England, U.K.
Bernard Kay’s western – actor:
The Hunting Party - 1971 (Buford King)
'Beverly Hillbillies' Actress Donna Douglas Dies at 81
January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas, best known for her role as the tomboy, critter-loving Elly May Clampett on the 1960s fish-out-of-water CBS sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, died on New Year’s Day, according to WAFB Channel 9 in Louisiana, which cited family members. She was 81.
Douglas also co-starred opposite Elvis Presley in the 1966 film Frankie and Johnny (she was Frankie, like Elvis playing a performer on a Mississippi River riverboat) and stood out as the hospitalized woman underneath the bandages in the memorable 1960 Twilight Zone episode "The Eye of the Beholder."
The Beverly Hillbillies, created by Paul Henning, centered on Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen), a poor Ozarks mountaineer who strikes oil on his property and then moves the family to Beverly Hills. As the story goes in the theme song, “One day he was shooting for some food, and up through the ground come a bubbling crude ... Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.”
The goofy Filmways Television series, which also starred Irene Ryan as Granny, Jed’s crusty mother-in-law, and the burly Max Baer Jr. as Elly May’s dumb cousin Jethro, was a huge ratings hit on CBS — the No. 1 show in its first two years. It aired from September 1962 until its cancellation in March 1971.
The blond, shapely Douglas, a native of Pride, La., who was named Miss New Orleans in a 1957 beauty contest, started out making $500 a week on the show. That rose to $3,000 in the ninth and final season of the series.
“I didn’t have an agent, but I don’t know if that would have made any difference,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in early 2013.
The wholesome actress described getting the part of Elly May in an interview with Sam Tweedle on the website Confessions of a Pop Culture Addict.
“By this time they had interviewed over 500 girls but had narrowed it down to six, and gave a screen test to only five,” she recalled. “So they had a goat tied up on the set and they asked me, &lsquoDo you reckon you can milk that goat?’ Well, I had never milked a goat in my life but I said, &lsquoSure, I can milk that goat.’ That was my first critter. Over the nine years I probably worked with over 900 different animals. Elly didn’t kiss a lot of men, but she sure kissed a lot of critters.”
Douglas didn’t appear much onscreen after the show ended. She reprised her role for the 1981 telefilm The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies, appeared in a 1993 TV documentary about the sitcom and made appearances at conventions that celebrated the series.
“The two things I am most asked is if I still love critters and can I still whistle like Elly May. The answer is yes to both,” she once said.
Douglas, who was married at age 17, came to New York and worked as a model, attracting attention when she appeared on variety shows hosted by Perry Como, Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan. That led to roles in the 1959 films Career (1959), opposite Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine, and Li’l Abner, and she played Tony Randall’s secretary in the Rock Hudson-Doris Day romantic comedy Lover Come Back (1961).
She also showed up on the TV shows Tightrope, Bachelor Father, Dr. Kildare, Whirlybirds, Route 66, Checkmate and 77 Sunset Strip before making a splash as Elly May.
Douglas later performed as a gospel singer and wrote the book, Miss Donna’s Mulberry Acres Farm, which was published in 2011. Also that year, she sued Mattel, claiming that the toy manufacturer used her name and likeness for a Barbie doll without her approval. The suit reportedly was settled.
Earlier, she sued Disney, CAA, Whoopi Goldberg and others, claiming that the idea for the 1992 smash hit Sister Act was stolen from the Dorothy Gilman book A Nun in the Closet that she said she had optioned. She lost that suit.
DOUGLAS, Donna (Doris Smith)
: 9/26/1933, Pride, Louisiana, U.S.A.
: 1/1/2015, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Donna Douglas’ western – actress:
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1959 (Joyce Markham)