Film noir actress Lizabeth Scott dies at 92
February 6, 2015
In the mid-1940s, Paramount described their latest star signing, Lizabeth Scott, who has died aged 92, as “beautiful, blonde, aloof and alluring” and, in anticipation of her becoming another tough-girl siren of the period, nicknamed her The Threat. However, during her 12-year film career, the critics and public never saw her as a threat to the two other noirish dames she most resembled, Lauren Bacall and Veronica Lake, although they rarely played duplicitous dames, as Scott did. Only later, some years after her career was in tatters, was she appreciated for being her own woman.
Scott was strong and sultry, her heavy dark eyebrows contrasting with her blonde hair. Like Bacall, she had a low and husky voice, but she was far harder; in fact, she was able to suggest hidden depths of depravity – the ideal femme fatale of the 1940s. As Burt Lancaster says to her in I Walk Alone (1948), “What a fall guy I am – thinking just because you’re good to look at, you’d be good all the way through!”
She was born Emma Matzo, the daughter of John Matzo and his wife Mary (nee Pennock) in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Despite her parents’ opposition to an acting career, she went to the Alvienne School of Drama in New York. She got her first professional engagement with the touring company of Hellzapoppin, where she had little to do but appear in stunning gowns in a series of comedy blackouts.
Back in New York, unable to get an acting job, she landed work as a fashion model with Harper’s Bazaar at $25 an hour. In 1942 she was taken on as understudy for Tallulah Bankhead in Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth on Broadway. Bankhead proved to be unusually healthy, and Scott sat backstage for almost a year before leaving the company. However, she did get to play the lead on tour, taking over from Miriam Hopkins.
But it was a four-picture spread in an issue of Harper’s Bazaar that led to her long-term Hollywood contract with Hal Wallis, who now had his own producing organisation through Paramount Studios. “I wanted to be a great stage actress. I never once thought of movies,” Scott explained. “But it was off season on Broadway and since I wasn’t able to find a job there, I thought it might be a good experience to come to Hollywood and find out what it was all about.”
Wallis starred Scott in her first film, You Came Along (1945), as a treasury department employee charged with looking after three pilots on a patriotic bond-selling tour. It is later discovered that one of the pilots (Robert Cummings) has an incurable disease. “Promise me one thing. Never grieve for me,” he tells her. There was little such sentimentality in most of the other movies she made.
In her second film, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), Scott, as a young woman wrongly jailed – sensuously announcing, “My name is Toni Marachek” – was rather peripheral to the plot and, besides, she had Barbara Stanwyck to contend with.
She made more of an impression in Dead Reckoning (1947) as a gangster’s wife, almost luring Humphrey Bogart into her corruptive trap. Scott plays a woman of mystery, emphasised by the fact that she is shot in oblique angles and low-key lighting. In the garish melodrama Desert Fury (1947), Scott, stylishly dressed by Edith Head, is perfect as the good girl gone bad becoming good again. The most rational of the characters, Scott, by now pushing 25, plays Mary Astor’s rebellious 19-year-old daughter who has run away from finishing school and fallen for a psychotic gambler (John Hodiak), who is obsessed with her mother, while his sidekick (Wendell Corey) is obsessed with him. Burt Lancaster is a clean-cut cop trying to redirect Scott’s libido.
Billed as “the blonde with the brown voice”, and co-starring with Lancaster again, Scott played a nightclub singer (the first of several) in I Walk Alone. Ironically, although Scott had a good singing voice – she made an LP of songs in 1957 called Lizabeth – her songs in films were always dubbed. In the atmospheric Pitfall (1948), solid married man Dick Powell is caught in the tentacles of fashion model Scott, even though he is aware that she’s dangerous. She was more decadent than ever in Too Late for Tears (1949), having killed two husbands because she wanted “to move out of the ranks of the middle-class poor”.
In another film noir, Dark City (1950), she is a nightclub singer again who drifts on the edges of a shadowy criminal world, though her love for gambler Charlton Heston (in his first Hollywood role) is uplifting. There followed similar roles of a woman willing to change her louche ways, but doomed to find a worthwhile man to love her only when she had already passed the point of redemption.
She rarely appeared in comedies, and for that reason alone one of her favourite films was Scared Stiff (1953) with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
In September 1954, a front-page story in the magazine Confidential claimed that Scott was a lesbian and was linked to “the little black books kept by Hollywood prostitutes”. It was also said that on a trip to Paris she had taken up with Frede, that city’s most notorious lesbian entertainer. Some months later, her lawyer instituted a $ 2.5m suit against Confidential, accusing the magazine of “holding the plaintiff up to contempt and ridicule and implying in the eyes of every reader indecent, unnatural and illegal conduct in her private and public life”. Scott lost her suit on a technicality, however, and, given the witch-hunting atmosphere of the times, the case certainly harmed her. Compounding her plight was her rebellious nature, having never paid conventional homage to the film establishment and to gossip columnists Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper. Luckily, she had invested her money wisely.
Her last film, excepting a quirky appearance as an nymphomaniac princess in Mike Hodges’s Pulp (1972), was as a press agent who discovers country boy singer Elvis Presley in Loving You (1957) and sets him on the road to fame.
In the last decades of her life, aside from doing voiceovers for commercials, she set about training her body and mind, attending health clubs regularly and studying literature, philosophy and languages. “I simply decided there was more to life than just making films,” Scott said in a 1970s interview she gave at her house in the Hollywood Hills, where she lived alone. “And, I proceeded to explore all of life’s other facets. None of us is ever too young or too old or too smart to learn or to create.”
SCOTT, Lizabeth (Emma Matzo)
Born: 9/29/1922, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 1/31/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Lizabeth Scott’s westerns – actress:
Desert Fury – 1947 (Paula Haller)
Red Mountain – 1951 (Chris)
Silver Lode - 1954 (Rose Evans)
Robert Blees, Writer of Sirk’s ‘Magnificent Obsession,’ Dies at 96
By Carmel Dagan
February 5, 2015
Robert Blees, a writer and producer for film and television who penned the screenplays for Douglas Sirk’s 1954 classic “Magnificent Obsession” and Joan Crawford film “Autumn Leaves,” died January 31 in Menlo Park, Calif. He was 96.
Over the course of a show business career lasting more than four decades, Blees amassed a considerable number of credits in television, from “Damon Runyon Theater,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Peter Gunn,” “Zane Grey Theater” and “Kraft Suspense Theater” to the 1985 TV movie “Gidget’s Summer Reunion.” He was a producer of series including “Combat,” “Bonanza” and “Cannon.”
Blees also served for decades on the board of the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
“While my tenure on MPTF’s board overlapped Bob Blees’ for only a few years, it didn’t take long to appreciate his grace and intellect as well as his compassion for the people of our industry,” said MPTF CEO Bob Beitcher. “Bob served the entertainment industry through his tireless dedication as a board member which spanned 30 years.”
In addition to his work with the MPTF, Blees was a former board member of Writers Guild of America West and the Producers Guild of America.
Blees was Phi Beta Kappa at Dartmouth College and worked for Time and Life magazines before turning to screenwriting and producing. During World War II he served as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Blees is survived by a son, a daughter and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Kristie, in 1995, and his wife of 56 years, Dorothy, a story analsst at several major studios who died in 1997.
Donations in Blees’ memory may be made to MPTF or Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
BLEES, Robert (Robert Sherwood Blees)
Born: 6/9/1918, Lathrop, Missouri, U.S.A.
Died: 1/31/2015, Menlo Park, California, U.S.A.
Robert Blees’ westerns – producer, screenwriter:
The Yellow Mountain – 1954 [adaptation]
Cattle Queen of Montana – 1954 [screenwriter]
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960 [screenwriter]
Bonanza (TV) – 1967-1968 [producer]
Stewart Stern, Writer of ‘Rebel Without a Cause,’ Dies at 92
February 6, 2015
Twice Oscar-nominated screenwriter and Emmy-winning television writer Stewart Stern, who wrote film classic “Rebel Without a Cause,” Dennis Hopper’s “The Last Movie” and seminal telepic “Sybil,” starring Sally Field, died February 2 at the Swedish Hospital in Seattle, after battling cancer. He was 92.
Stern’s credits included the iconic 1955 James Dean teen rebellion drama “Rebel Without a Cause (screenplay by Stern, adaptation by Irving Shulman, story by Nicholas Ray), as well as a documentary feature on the late actor, “The James Dean Story” (1957), co-directed by Robert Altman; 1971’s notorious counterculture indie drama “The Last Movie,” co-written and directed by Hopper (written by Stern, story by Hopper and Stern); 1963’s The Ugly American,” starring Marlon Brando (screenplay & screen story by Stern, from the novel by William J. Lederer and Eugene Burdick), which earned Stern a Writers Guild Award nomination for best written American drama; and the Paul Newman-directed 1968 film “Rachel, Rachel,” starring Joanne Woodward, for which he earned an Oscar nomination for adapted screenplay as well as a WGA nomination for best written American drama.
His other screenwriting credits included “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams” (1973); “The Rack” (1956), starring Paul Newman; “The Outsider” (1961); “Thunder in the Sun” (1959, screenplay by Russell Rouse, adaptation by Stern); and his debut feature film, “Teresa” (screenplay by Stern, story by Alfred Hayes and Stern), for which he earned his first Oscar nomination for best writing, motion picture story, shared with Hayes. He also wrote the Oscar-winning short film “Benjy” (1951).
“Stewart Stern lived so many lives! He was a great screenwriter, a tireless mentor, a WWII hero, an interlocutor with the primates at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle — and a man possessed of greater generosity of spirit than most anyone I’ve ever met. He had such access to his feelings, and in his presence you had the same. In so many conversations I can recall having with him I ended up near tears — not in sorrow, but in recognition of the truths he so wisely and gently shared,” said WGAW vice president Howard A. Rodman.
Stern also wrote several movies for television, including the 1976 miniseries “Sybil,” starring Sally Field (from the book by Flora Rheta Schreiber), which memorably explored multiple personality disorder, earning Stern an Emmy, as well as the holiday telepic “A Christmas to Remember” (1978), which earned Stern a Writers Guild Award for anthology adaptation.
During the ’50s, Stern also wrote several productions for TV drama anthology series such as “Playhouse 90″ (“Heart of Darkness,” 1958), “Goodyear Playhouse” (“Thunder of Silence,” “And Crown Thy Good,” 1955) and “The Gulf Playhouse” (“Crip,” 1953).
Stern’s experiences on the set during the rehearsal and filming of the 1973 TV adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” provided him with the material for his book “No Tricks in My Pocket: Paul Newman Directs.”
Stern was raised in New York City. After graduating from the University of Iowa, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 106th Infantry Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. For his service Stern received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and Combat Infantry Badge.
Stern was connected to Hollywood through his family: He was the nephew of Paramount Pictures founder Adolph Zukor, and his cousins were the Loews, who formerly controlled MGM. He was subject of the 2005 documentary “Going Through Splat: The Life and Work of Stewart Stern” and of an upcoming documentary written and directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie set for release later in 2015.
Stern was a member of the Writers Guild of America West since 1951 and served on the guild’s screen council branch from 1970-72.
He was a guest lecturer and instructor at USC’s Film Writing Program in the 1980s and, after moving to Seattle, taught screenwriting at the University of Washington’s Extension Program through the ’90s.
In 2005, he and actor Tom Skerritt founded TheFilmSchool, a non-profit educational institute dedicated to training the next generation of film and television writers, where Stern taught a course titled “The Personal Connection.”
He also served as a mentor and taught workshops at the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriting Lab for many years.
Stern is survived by his wife, Marilee Stiles Stern.
There are no plans for a memorial service.
Born: 2/22/1922, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/2/2015, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Stewart Stern’s westerns – dialog director, screenwriter:
Man from Texas – 1948 [dialogue director]
Thunder in the Sun – 1959 [screenwriter]
RIP Edward DeBlasio
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
Edward DeBlasio, a prolific writer-producer who had a hand in nearly half the episodes of the steamy ABC primetime soap opera Dynasty, died Feb. 1 in Studio City after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his wife, Irene, said. He was 88.
DeBlasio, an entertainment journalist before he turned to show business, also wrote and produced for the NBC dramas In the Heat of the Night, starring Carroll O’Connor, and Police Woman, toplined by Angie Dickinson.
DeBlasio produced 109 episodes of Dynasty and “single-handedly” wrote 94 installments, his wife said. The hit series, executive produced by Aaron Spelling, starred John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins and aired from 1981-89.
He co-wrote a 1991 Dynasty reunion telefilm and then the 1994 TV movie Janek: The Silent Betrayal, starring Richard Crenna, before retiring.
Born in Brooklyn, DeBlasio graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York at age 16, served in the U.S. Navy and received his master’s degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. His first job was as a copy boy for the Hartford Courant.
DeBlasio saved his money and traveled to Italy in search of an interview with mobster Lucky Luciano. That never panned out, but he wrote a few articles for Inside Detective magazine and eventually became its editor.
DeBlasio later worked for Modern Screen and Photoplay magazines and interviewed such celebrities as Joan Crawford, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lewis, Sophia Loren, Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh and Rock Hudson.
His first teleplay for East Side/West Side became the premiere episode of the 1963-64 CBS drama, which starred George C. Scott as a social worker. He then wrote for The Defenders, N.Y.P.D., Marcus Welby, M.D., Mission: Impossible, Bonanza, Medical Center, Ironside and scores of other shows, including the British series Strange Report, starring Anthony Quayle.
He also wrote the 1974 ABC hourlong The Man from Independence (1974), starring Robert Vaughn as Harry S. Truman.
After freelancing for several years, DeBlasio became executive script consultant for Police Woman, which bowed in 1974. He was a Dynasty mainstay on the first eight of the series' nine seasons.
In addition to Irene, his wife of 57 years, DeBlasio is survived by daughter Gioia, brother Peter, grandchildren Chloe and Collin and nieces Caralee and Alessandra. A memorial service will be held in June in New York.
Born: 1927 Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/1/2015, Studio City, California, U.S.A.
Edward De Blasio’s westerns – screenwriter:
The Virginian (TV) – 1966, 1971
Bonanza (TV) - 1971
Maria Romero dies, historical dubbing and voice of Mrs. Roper
La Coruña actress amassed nearly seven decades in the profession
By Fernando Neira
The voice actress Maria Romero, one of the most qualified voices of the profession, died Feb. 4 in Madrid, at 85 years of age, unable to overcome a sudden cerebral stroke. Romero, historical bender and dozens of professional teacher, was the unmistakable voice in Castilian Mildred, Mrs. Roper in the legendary British series of the seventies. The family has announced that there will be no wake or funeral because Romero wanted her body be donated to science.
Banet Angela Maria Romero was born in A Coruña on 21 March 1929 and was the partner of AISGE number 1,908. At age 16 she began working as an actor and announcer on the radio station Radio Nacional your city, shortly after joining the actors box Radio Madrid. The first film dubbing in which he participated was Demoiselles from 09 (Giani Franciolini, 1955), a crazy Italian comedy.
Since then orders multiplied and Mary did speak Castilian big screen as Silvana Mangano, Sophia Loren, Joan Crawford and Rita Haywarth, although her final consecration came with the female lead in The Ropers (1976-1979), the refunfuñón hilarious marriage and that made George and Mildred. Thames Television series that opened doors and provided further overdubs as memorable as those of Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy or Kathy Bates in Misery terrifying.
In addition to its ongoing commitment to dubbing studios, Romero became a voice accredited poetry readings, particularly applauded when recited the verses of his admired Rosalia de Castro. In the early nineties she emphasized her teaching career with a school in Santiago de Compostela. Yvonne Ares and Claudio Rodriguez are among its most prominent companions. Maria Romero continued to make occasional voiceovers during the last years of her life and only said sorry for the fact that none of her children or grandchildren had inherited her passion for reciting.
ROMERO, María (Banet Angela Maria Romero)
Born: 3/21/1929, A Coruña, Galicia, Spain
Died: 2/14/2015, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
María Romero’s westerns – voice actress:
Four Candles for My Colt - 1963 [Spanish voice of Ángela Cavo]
Gunfight at Red Sands - 1963 [Spanish voice of Mikaela]
Relevo para un pistolero – 1963 [Spanish voice of Laura Granados]
Ride and Kill – 1963 [Spanish voice of Paulin Baards]
Shoot to Kill – 1963 [Spanish voice of Laura Granados]
The Sign of the Coyote – 1963 [Spanish voice of María Lux]
Bullets Don’t Argue – 1964 [Spanish voice of Kai Fischer]
Grave of the Gunfighter – 1964 [Spanish voice of Mercedes Alonso]
The Secret of Captain O’Hara – 1964 [Spanish voice of Charito Teheiro]
For a Few Dollars More – 1965 [Spanish voice of Mara Krupp]
Bad Man’s River – 1972 [Spanish voice of Gina Lollobrigida]
Sonny & Jed – 1972 [Spanish voice of Rosanna Yanni]
Patience Has a Limit, We Don’t – 1974 [Spanish voice of Rosie]
French actor Roger Hanin died at the age of 89
February 11, 2015
Commissioner Navarro on the screen and brother of François Mitterrand, the actor died Wednesday morning of respiratory distress.
The actor Roger Hanin, famous Navarro Commissioner on the screen and brother of François Mitterrand, died Wednesday morning of respiratory distress at the age of 89, according to his entourage.
"He died this morning at 10:00 at the Georges Pompidou Hospital in Paris respiratory distress", told AFP his friend the director Alexandre Arcady. Roger Hanin "was hospitalized for several days," said the director with whom Roger Hanin had turned the Atonement.
Roger Hanin was married in 1959 with the film producer and television Christine Gouze-Renal, who died in 2002, sister of Danielle Mitterrand, becoming the brother of the future socialist president he was a close.
Since the first episode of Navarro, in October 1989, millions of viewers watched the adventures of this incorruptible police chief who was trying to keep order. For Navarro, Roger Hanin (maiden name of his mother) received the 7 d'Or for best actor in 1990.
It was announced on 1 November 2008, at age 83, he was ending his acting career without "bitterness nor nostalgia."
The Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin expressed "great sadness" at the news of the death of actor Roger Hanin, "a popular actor" and "demanding". "He showed well that popular culture can have stringent: allow to reach a very large number" while having "a real quality ambition," said the official, interviewed in the courtyard of the Elysee exit the Council of Ministers.
HANIN, Roger (Roger Paul Levy)
Born: 10/20/1925, Algiers, Alger, France
Died: 2/11/2015, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Roger Hanin’s western – actor:
The Revengers – 1972 (Quiberon)
[Hanin is pictured above second from left bottom row]
Spanish actor Ricardo Palacios has died
February 11, 2015
Heart failure has ended the life of the actor in Madrid, habitual performer of Spaghetti westerns and films of Jesus Franco, after a month of hospitalization
The Spaniard Ricardo Palacios performer, actor usually cast in Spaghetti westerns and films of Jesus Franco, died Wednesday in Madrid by heart failure, after about a month of hospitalization, as reported by the management association AISGE.
The artist was born in Reinosa on March 2, 1940 and moved to Madrid to graduate in the Official School of Cinematography. The debut of Ricardo López-Nuño Diez on camera took place in the TV series 'Poly', back in 1961, but his fame as a tireless actor began to carve with the rise of the ‘Spaghetti Westerns’.
He participated in nearly 150 film and television titles as 'The Bounty Killer' and 'Dynamite Joe', before becoming one of the essential in the distributions of the iconoclastic Jesus Franco. ‘Cartas boca arriba', 'Fu-Manchú y el beso de la muerte', 'Camino solitario', 'Juego sucio en Casablanca' or 'Sola ante el terror', were some of the titles he shared with the Madrid filmmaker.
In the 1980s, Ricardo Palacios made the leap to management and stepped behind the camera with '¡Biba la banda!'', A film starring Alfredo Landa who enjoyed good reception in 1987. The TV series' The banda de Pérez ' in 1997, also featured his signature as director. Palacios was a great friend and classmate of fellow director José Luis García Sánchez.
PALACIOS, Ricardo (Ricardo López Nuño Diez)
Born: 3/2/1940, Reinosa, Cantabria, Spain
Died: 2/11/2015, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Ricardo Palacios’ westerns – actor:
For a Few Dollars More - 1965 (Tucumcari bartender)
Dynamite Joe - 1966 (El Sol)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - 1966 (Socorro barman)
Kitosch, the Man Who Came from the North – 1966 (guide)
Return of the Seven – 1966 (jailer)
The Ugly Ones – 1966 (stage station attendant)
Up the MacGregors – 1966 (bandit)
Vengeance of Pancho Villa – 1966 (General Pancho Villa)
Day of Anger - 1967 (Bowie Cantina owner)
Run, Man, Run – 1967 (Mexican officer)
15 Scaffolds for a Killer - 1968 (Juan)
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 (engineer)
El Condor - 1969 (Chief Mexican bandit)
Captain Apache - 1970 (sergeant)
Reverend Colt – 1970 [Spanish voice of Cris Huerta]
Red Sun – 1971 (Poco)
Bad Man’s River - 1972 (Mexican soldier)
The Fabulous Trinity - 1972 (Panza Trinidad/Ray)
The Fat Brothers of Trinity - 1972 (Ray Wesley) [as Dick Castle]
The Man Called Noon – 1973 (brakeman)
Dallas - 1974 (Rompemanos/Buster)
The Great Adventure - 1974 (Charlie) [as Richard Palace]
The Spikes Gang – 1974 (doctor)
The Stranger and the Gunfighter – 1974 (Calico)
Valley of the Dancing Widows – 1974
Whisky and Ghosts – 1974 (Garcia)
Take a Hard Ride – 1975 (Calvera)
Comin’ at Ya! - 1980 (Polk Thompson)
Tex and the Lord of the Deep – 1985 (whiskey salesman)
Dollar for the Dead (TV) - 1997 (cantina bartender)
Steve Strange, Visage lead singer, dies aged 55
February 12, 2015
Steve Strange, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage, has died aged 55 following a heart attack, his record label says.
The Welsh New Romantic icon - best known for the hit Fade To Grey - died in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
Record label boss Marc Green said his "family, band members and friends are all distraught at his untimely death".
Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon tweeted Strange, whose real name was Steven Harrington, was "the leading edge of New Romantic. God Bless him".
Fellow 1980s pop star Billy Idol tweeted: "Very sad to hear of my friend Steve Strange passing, RIP mate."
Strange's agent, Pete Bassett, said he would be remembered as "a hard-working, very amusing and lovable individual who always was at the forefront of fashion trends".
"Up until last year he was putting together a book of fashion styles based on the New Romantic movement and it comes as a great shock.
"We understood that he had certain health problems but nothing we knew was life threatening.
"His friends and family are totally shocked, we had no idea anything like this was likely to happen."
Born in Newbridge, Caerphilly county, Strange got involved in music after seeing the Sex Pistols in concert in 1976.
He went to London aged 15 to work for Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McClaren before setting up the Blitz Club in Soho, central London, which would become a focal point for the New Romantic movement.
Bands including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Culture Club all got their start at the club before finding stardom.
His band, Visage, formed in 1979 and released their breakthrough record, Fade To Grey, the following year, peaking at number eight in the UK Singles Chart.
Strange finished recording a classical interpretation of the record last year.
STRANGE, Steve (Steven John Harrington)
Born: 5/28/1959, Newbridge, Wales, England, U.K.
Died: 2/12/2015, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
Steve Strange’s western – actor:
Urban Cowboy – 1980 (Sam Strange)
February 13, 2015
It is with deep sorrow we announce that our theater artist, Vilmos Izsóf has died in the 75th year of his life.
Vilmos Izsóf, a 1964 graduate of the University of Theatre and Film, then spent a year at the National Theatre of Pécs. Subsequently, he appeared at the National Theatre, contracted, and from 2000 until his death he was a member of the Magyar Theatre troupe.
During his career he played a great number of character roles as human tragedy of the Apostle Peter, Samuel Gardner G. Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession B, or Antigonéjában Mor Haim Bertolt Brecht, the role of the Bishop of Pécs Happy Astrik mission. Jellemábrázolással great roles, formed a great actor játékintelligenciával, fellow actor and the audience is great as you remember.
IZSOF, Vilmos (Vilmos Izsóf)
Born: 5/19/1939, Győr, Hungary
Died: 2/10/2015, Hungary
Vilmos Izsóf's westerns– voice actor:
Fistful of Dollars – 1964 [Hungarian voice of Panos Papadopulos, Mario Meniconi]
Flaming Frontier – 1965 [Hungarian voice of Milan Srdoc]
Rampage at Apache Wells – 1965 [Hungarian voice of Veljko Maricic]
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 [Hungarian voice of unknown actor]
Ace High – 1968 [Hungarian voice of Dante Cleri, Livio Lorenzon]
The Great Silence – 1968 [Hungarian voice of Carlo D’Angelo]
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 [Hungarian voice of unknown actor]
Villa Rides! – 1968 [Hungarian voice of Herbert Lom]
Viva Django – 1968 [Hungarian voice of Pinuccio Ardia]
Boot Hill – 1969 [Hungarian voice of Raffaele Mottola, Dante Cleri]
Sabata – 1969 [Hungarian voice of Nick Jordan]
Zorro the Lawman – 1969 [Hungarian voice of unknown actor]
Four Gunmen of the Holy Trinity – 1970 [Hungarian voice of unknown actor]
Dead Men Ride – 1970 [Hungarian voice of unknown actor]
Long Live Death... Yours! – 1971 [Hungarian voice of Dan van Husen]
Red Sun – 1971 [Hungarian voice of unknown actor]
Chato’s Land – 1972 [Hungarian voice of Hugh McDermott]
The Genius – 1975 [Hungarian voice of Friedrich von Ledebur]
Eh! Who’s Afraid of Zorro – 1976 [Hungarian voice of unknown actor]
Buddy Goes West – 1980 [Hungarian voice of unknown actor]
Triumphs of a Man Called Horse – 1982 [Hungarian voice of unknown actor]
Lucky Luke – 1990 [Hungarian voice of Arsenio `Sonny` Trinidad]
RIP John Tomerlin
January 1, 2015
Writer John Tomerlin, 84, died November 25, 2014 at home in Long Beach CA of a sudden heart attack. John E. Tomerlin was born March 26, 1930 in Los Angeles, and studied TV and radio broadcasting at the University of Southern California, becoming a full-time freelance writer in 1956. He wrote several novels, notably Run from the Hunter, co-written with his friend Charles Beaumont (1957), and SF novel The High Tower (1980). He also wrote for The Twilight Zone, including classic episode "Number 12 Looks Just Like You"
(1964), based on Beaumont's 1952 story "The Beautiful People."
Born: 3/26/2930, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/25/2015, Long Beach, California, U.S.A.
John Tomerlin’s westerns – screenwriter:
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1959-1960
Lawman (TV) – 1961-1962
Actor Jan Pohan has died at 84.
At the age of 84 years on Friday morning died the actor John Pagan, who played mainly in dozens of film and television roles. Due to his masculine appearance he often portrayed soldiers and criminologists.
In 2001 he was awarded the Lifetime of František mastery for dubbing. "He went peacefully after a pre-filled life," said his daughter Catherine Špačková. Her father was still working not long before his death. His last acting and achievement was the television series Modrava Criminal Police, which is scheduled to end in February of this year's broadcast TV Nova.
A native of Karlovy Vary came to acting in the army in the 1950s, where he was emcee of the Army ensemble welcomes Nejedlého. Then got an engagement in a village-touring theater since 1960, was then a member of the troupe Barrandov Film Studios. He first appeared in films in 1958 with the psychological drama “Zde jsou lvi”, he played an unfaithful lover to the unfaithful wife of the main character. This was followed by the role of soldiers and officers Slovak and foreign armies. Pohan appeared in nearly 100 movies.
Since the 1960s he was also regularly featured in TV shows and more movies. Viewers will remember him mostly as gamekeeper Antoš. In recent years, Pohan devoted his to too teaching acting classes and as a voice dubber. He Lent his voice for example, the hero of the TV series Matlock and Commissioner Navarro.
POHAN, Jan (Kurt Ferdinand Jüstl)
Born: 12/7/1930, Drahovice, Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia
Died: 2/13/2015, Prague, Czech Republic
Jan Pohan’s westerns – actor, voice dubber:
A Fistful of Dollars – 1964 [Czechoslovakian voice of Wolfgang Lukschy]
Last of the Renegades – 1964 [Czechoslovakian voice of Jurica Dijakovic]
Lemonade Joe – 1964 (bandit)
Massacre at Marble City – 1964
The Noble Cowboy Sandy or Gamble Bride (TV) – 1964 (bandit)
Tecumseh – 1972 [Czechoslovakian voice of Leon Niemczyk]
Ulzana – 1974 [Czechoslovakian voice of Dinu Gherasim, Holger Eckert, Klaus Gehrke, Jimmy
Keoma – 1975 [Czechoslovakian voice of William Berger]
The Hollywood Reporter
February 16, 2015
John Miranda, an actor and playwright, died Feb. 3 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 88.
Miranda had a recurring role on Guns of Paradise, a Western that aired on CBS from 1988-91 and starred Lee Horsley, and he appeared in small roles in such films as Falling in Love Again (1980), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Innerspace (1987).
Born in New York City on May 27, 1926, Miranda began his career in the theater, playing the undertaker Mr. Sowerberry in a 1965 Broadway production of the musical Oliver! and then on the road.
He later worked for many summers at the Kenley playhouses in the Midwest, sharing stages with the likes of Elaine Stritch, Florence Henderson and Vincent Price.
Miranda came to Los Angeles in the 1970s and appeared on such TV shows as Happy Days, Three’s Company, Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley, Murder, She Wrote, St. Elsewhere and Rescue Me.
He wrote a semi-autobiographical play about his family, Italian Funerals and Other Festive Occasions, which was produced at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia and other regional theaters around the U.S. It was published by Samuel French and optioned for a film.
A celebration of Miranda’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday at the Harmony Gold theater at 7655 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles.
Born: 5/27/1926, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: February 3, 2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
John Miranda’s westerns – actor:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1979, 1982 (Flint, farmer)
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1988-1991 (Baxter)
Los Angeles Times
By Steve Chawkins
February 16, 2015
Movita Castaneda, a movie actress who married Marlon Brando in 1960 and had two children with him, has died in a Los Angeles rehabilitation center. She was believed to be 98..
Her death Thursday came after hospitalization for a neck injury, said Barbara Sternig, a family friend.
One of Castaneda's first films, "Mutiny on the Bounty", a 1935 classic with Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, came back to play a powerful role in her life decades later.
Castaneda, who was known as Movita, had a small role as a beautiful Tahitian maiden who married one of the mutineers.
The film was remade in 1962, with Brando, Movita's husband, playing the mutiny's leader, Fletcher Christian. Nineteen-year-old Tarita Teri'ipaia played his Tahitian lover — and the two also became lovers off-screen.
After Movita and Brando split, Teri'ipaia became Brando's third wife. They were divorced in 1972.
It was another wrenching but intriguing twist in Movita's colorful life.
Born to Mexican parents on a train crossing the border into Nogales, Ariz., Maria Luisa Castaneda grew up in Los Angeles.
Her actual birth date varies in different accounts. It was April 12, 1916, according to her family, but some sources list it as 1921. Movita told writer Michael Taub that MGM inflated her age. At the time, she said, she was 14 — not 19, as the studio claimed on government documents.
Movita was a name coined for her by MGM executives who thought it sounded Polynesian.
As a girl, she developed a talent for singing and dancing, and performed with a Mexican duo known as Rosita and Moreno. In 1933, she was spotted by RKO producer Pandro Berman, who signed her as a singer in "Flying Down to Rio," the first film in which Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together.
In the 1930s, Movita appeared in a number of films, including "Paradise Isle,""The Hurricane" and "Captain Calamity." In a romance followed by gossip columnists, she married Irish prizefighter Jack Doyle in 1939. Their civil ceremony took place in Ensenada, Mexico, because he had been ordered out of the U.S. for illegally entering it.
Doyle, a tenor known as "the Irish thrush," performed with Movita at European cabarets. For a time, the two owned a London nightclub called the Swizzle Stick.
They were "as popular as Burton and Taylor were later on or David and Victoria Beckham are today," the Irish Independent, a Dublin newspaper, said in 2008.
But Doyle was an alcoholic who cheated on her and eventually became abusive. They divorced in 1944.
Movita met Brando on a movie set in the early 1950s. They did not publicly disclose their marriage until he was asked about it in court a year later. He and his ex-wife, actress Anna Khashi, were at each other's throats over visitation and alimony problems when he dropped the bombshell.
He also revealed that he and Movita had a son named Sergio. Known as Miko, he became an aide and longtime confidant of Michael Jackson's. The couple later had a daughter named Rebecca.
In 1968, Movita won an annulment from Brando in Santa Monica Superior Court, prompting The Times to declare that the "eight-year marriage ... has ended as it began: mysteriously."
Though they remained friendly until his death in 2004, there were some rough patches.
Shortly after their breakup, Sternig said, the actor replaced Movita's Mercedes-Benz with an old station wagon. Trying to spend as much time as she could with her children, she delivered batteries and radiators for a Santa Monica auto shop. She later had roles on TV shows, including "GE Theater" and "Trapper John, M.D."
In addition to Miko, Rebecca and four grandchildren, Movita's survivors include her 102-year-old sister, Petra
CASTANEDA, Movita (aka Movita) (Maria Castaneda)
Born: 12/4/2016, Nogales, Arizona, U.S.A.
Died: 2/12/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Movita Castaneda’s westerns – actress, singer:
The Tia Juana Kid – 1935 (cabaret dancer)
Rose of the Rio Grande – 1938 (Rosita del Torre) [singer]
Fort Apache – 1948 (Guadalupe)
The Mysterious Desperado – 1949 (Luisa)
Wagon Master – 1950 (young Navajo squaw)
The Furies – 1950 (Chiquita)
Saddle Legion – 1951 (Mercedes)
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) – 1951 (Anita)
Wild Horse Ambush – 1952 (Lita Espinosa)
Ride, Vaquero! – 1953 (Hussy)
Apache Ambush – 1955 (Rosita)
Actor Frank Ramirez dies at age 65
20 February 2015
After an arduous fight against cancer and Parkinson’s disease, Yopal born actor died yesterday in Bogotá • His work transcended in the history of cinema and television providers in this country.
After 25 years of fighting cancer and Parkinson Colombian actor Frank Ramirez lost the battle, and died Thursday at Marly Clinic in Bogotá.
The actor, born in Yopal on February 12, 1950, is recognized for his long career in television, and for being one of the first Colombians to reach Hollywood.
He was a director and actor in many theatrical productions. His most memorable appearances are in telenovelas: Why the hell ?; Dog love; El Gallo de Oro; Sins, La saga, Family Business.
Ramirez also broke into the world of the big screen, participating in films like The Eagles Do Not Hunt Flies; The Strategy of Caracol; A Man of Principle; and The Wrath of God, among others.
The last character, he played was Hector Salamanca, the uncle of the villain known as 'El Tuco' at Metastasis series, which is currently being issued.
Frank Ramirez was also passionate about painting. In his spare time was inspired and painted in one of the rooms of his house, which he managed to paint hundreds of pictures by himself.
Friends and close colleagues have spoken about the actor through different social networks, lamenting the loss of this Colombian actor icon.
"Master you left without saying goodbye ... it Frank Ramirez, eternal in our hearts," trilled from his personal Twitter account, Fernando Solorzano.
"May a choir of angels with you, dear friend, colleague and teacher of performing arts #Frank Ramirez RIP !! Always in my heart, "he noted Diva Colombia Amparo Grisales.
Born: 2/12/1950, Yopal, Colombia
Died: 2/19/2015, Bogota, Colombia
Frank Ramirez’s westerns – actor:
Smith – 1969 (Gabriel Jimmyboy
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1969 (Santos)
The Outcasts (TV) – 1969 (Martinez)
The Wrath of God – 1972 (Carlos Mareno)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1973 (Breed)
Mexican filmmaker Ramón Aupart Cisneros dies
Fox News Latino
Ramón Aupart Cisneros, a director of cinematography, documentary filmmaker and student of the Mexican Revolution, has died, the National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, said.
Aupart Cisneros, who made 11 documentaries about the Mexican Revolution, died on Friday in Mexico City.
The filmmaker dedicated his life to documenting Mexico's social movements since 1968.
"La Decena Tragica" (2008), one of his best-known works, tells the story of the armed movement that started in 1913 to overthrow President Francisco I. Madero.
"I am saddened by the death of Ramón Aupart, a documentary filmmaker who did an exceptional series about the Decena Tragica," Conaculta chairman Rafael Tovar y de Teresa said in a Twitter post.
Aupart Cisneros began his film career as an assistant editor at the age of 15, and his first documentary was the short "Ariel Limon" (1976).
Over his nearly 50-year career, Aupart Cisneros edited more than 100 films, including "Actas de Marusia" (1973) and "El recurso del metodo" (1978) by Chilean director Miguel Littin, as well as Mexican director Leobardo Lopez Arretche's "El grito" (1970), which tells the story of the 1968 Mexican student movement.
Aupart Cisneros taught film editing at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematograficos from 1971 to 2001, when he retired.
He won the Ariel prize for best film editing for "Actas de Marusia" in 1976 and for "Ulama, el juego de la vida y la muerte" in 1988. EFE.
AUPART, Ramón (Juan Ramón Aupart Cisneros)
Born: 2/9/1913, Mexico
Died: 2/20/2015, Mexico
Ramón Aupart’s westerns – film editor:
Pa' qué me sirve la vida – 1961 [film editor]
De hombre a hombre – 1961 [film editor]
Amor a balaza limpiobi 1961 – [film editor]
El amor llegó a Jalisco – 1963 [film editor]
Las bravveonas – 1963 [film editor]
Herencio maldito – 1963 [film editor]
Llaman el cantaclaro – 1965 [film editor]
Nos lleva la tristeza – 1965 [film editor]
Los malvados – 1966 [film editor]
La ley del gavilán – 1968 [film editor]
Ambicion sangrenta – 1968 [film editor]
El pueblo del terror – 1970 [film editor]
Bang bang al hoyo – 1971 [film editor]
Héroes anónimos I – 1985 [director]
Héroes anónimos II – 1985 [director]
Los rebeldes del sur - 1992 [producer, director, screenwriter, film editor]
Registro no. 1137: Máscara de muerte de Pancho Villa – 1997 [director, screenwriter, film editor]
Villista de hueso Colorado – 1999 [producer, director, screenwriter, film editor]
El verdadero Porfirio Díaz – 1999
Amor a balaza limpiobi 1961 – [film editor]
Composer Charles Kalman has died aged 85
February 23, 2015, 15:51
Son of the famous operetta composer Emmerich Kalman died in Munich
Vienna / Munich - The composer Charles Kalman, son of the famous operetta composer Emmerich Kalman, died on Sunday at the age of 85 years in Munich. This was announced by the Doblinger who told APA.
Karl Emmerich Kalman was born on November 17, 1929 in Vienna. After his expulsion in June 1938, he grew up in the French and American exile, studied piano and composition at the Riverdale School of Music in New York and Columbia University. Also his stage debut, the revue premiered as "Babe in the Woods". He later studied at the Conservatoire de Paris of composition with Jean Rivier and instrumentation with Andre Renault.
Hits and songs
In the 1950s he turned to upscale entertainment music, composed hits and songs for artists such as Ute Lemper, Evelyn Künneke, Margot Werner or Harald Juhnke and wrote operettas and musicals such as "Quasimodo" by Victor Hugo or "The Blue Angel" by Heinrich Mann.
Kalman, who lived most recently in Munich and Italy, described himself as a "musical globetrotter" and also named one of his great symphonic works "Globetrotter Suite". On the occasion of his 85th birthday Kalman received in December of last year the "Golden Medal of the Province of Vienna".
KALMAN, Charles (Karl Emmerich Fedor Kalman)
Born: 11/17/1929, Vienna, Austria
Died: 2/22/2015, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Charles Kalman’s western – songwriter:
Seven Dollars on the Red – 1966 [wrote the song “A Man Must Fight”]
RIP Paul Napier
By Dave McNary
February 23, 2015
Paul Napier, who originated the Mr. Goodwrench character for General Motors, died Saturday. He was 84.
Details of his death were not immediately available.
Napier broke into show business as a hockey announcer in Rochester, N.Y., and a broadcaster for WBBF radio. In 1960, he moved to California.
Napier had more than 400 commercial credits along with TV credits on “Kojak,” “Knots Landing,” “L.A. Law,” “Taxi,” Coach” and “Dynasty,” on which he had a recurring role as a gardener.
Napier was also active in the Screen Actors Guild, serving 26 times as a member of a negotiating committee on national contracts, and chaired the L.A. representatives in the commercials contract bargaining in 2009.
Napier was also one of the founding members and producers of the SAG Awards show and served on the awards committee for two decades.
He served on the AFTRA board for almost three decades. Napier was also a longtime member of SAG’s National Honors and Tributes Committee and was among the members who selected Life Achievement recipients.
In 2010, he was selected to receive SAG’s Ralph Morgan Award from its Hollywood Division for service.
Napier was also active in coaching youth sports teams in the Los Angeles area.
“Paul’s successful acting career is just one facet of a deeply engaged and engaging person,” said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard. “Whether it was dedication to coaching youth sports, serving fellow union members or helping to create our highly respected awards show, everything Paul touched was better for his involvement. He gave so much to SAG-AFTRA and to his fellow members. Our deepest condolences go out to his wonderful wife Marie, his children and grandchildren and his many friends and fans.”
Born: 1931, Rochester, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/21/2015, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.
Paul Napier’s western – actor:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1980 (Sorrell Crane)
Crocodile Dundee, Flying Doctors actor Terry Gill, 75, dead
The Sydney Morning Herald
By Bhakthi Puvanenthiran
February 25, 2015
Actor Terry Gill, best known for his roles in film Crocodile Dundee, television series The Flying Doctors and as Santa Claus in the annual Carols by Candlelight concerts, has died at the age of 75.
Gill was diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2014, making it his final performance for Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight, a role he played for 27 years.
Born in England, Gill's other credits included a long list of well known Australian films and television programs, including Phar Lap, Crackers, The Wannabes, Prisoner, A Country Practice and Homicide.
Gill and his wife of 52 years, Carole Ann also ran theatre restaurant, The Tivoli, which house the children's pantomime series for which Gill wrote scripts.
She has remembered him for being above all, fun.
"He grew up with virtually no family and never even knew his Dad, so we came to Australia and we've made this dynasty," she said on Wednesday.
"Even when things were really really difficult, he made everything fun and we laughed.
"Thank goodness we've got those pantomimes. His humour is captured in them and we can pass them on to generations of children."
Carole Ann, who is also a singer and actress, said Gill's final performance at Carols by Candlelight was special because he already knew he was ill.
"He had limousines to all the rehearsals. He started losing his voice, and they said 'we don't care'. He was a sick man but we had a wonderful night. He went on stage with the cast and we didn't get home until 1am.
"He loved Carols and did it for 27 years, it was one of the highlights of his whole life. I thank Channel Nine and Carols for that."
Carole Ann Gill said the lung cancer had been a shock to Gill's family. The father-of-two had suffered a stroke while on holiday in London in November 2014 and was later diagnosed with cancer.
"We were very unprepared for any of this happening. And for a man who was so incredibly funny and outrageous and all the things that made him so very special, it was such a shock."
Channel Nine has also released a statement.
""We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Terry Gill. He was a much loved member of the Nine family, appearing in Division 4 and The Flying Doctors, as well as contributing to Carols by Candlelight for over three decades. We extend our sincere condolences to Carole Ann and all his family and friends. He will be sadly missed by all of us at Channel Nine, as well as by legions of fans around Australia."
Born: 10/25/1939, England, U.K.
Died: 2/25/2015, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Terry Gill’s westerns – actor:
Mad Dog Morgan – 1976
The Last Outlaw (TV) – 1980 (Constable Lonigan)
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (TV) – 1994 (mayor)
Gerardo Reyes 'The son of the People', dies
By Eduardo López Segura
February 25, 2015
MEXICO CITY, Mexico, 25 Feb. 2015.- The singer Gerardo Reyes, one of the greatest exponents of the ranchera song died this morning at age 79 of liver cancer victim.
The death occurred in Cuernavaca, Morelos, where it resided for 45 years. Gerardo was born in Balsas, Guerrero, which he left early to seek new horizons into a figure of vernacular song and the big screen.
The weekend was hospitalized due to the effects of cancer. His last recording was in 2011 in an album in tribute to Pedro Infante.
Gerardo Reyes participated in 80 films rancheras as 'The penniless', 'open book', 'Loading with my cross', 'Jacinto the cripple', 'The murderer', 'The king of the road', 'Poor Bohemian''I leave it to God' and 'The prisoner number nine', among others.
The singer will be veiled today at a funeral home in Cuernavaca and his remains will be cremated. A "El hijo del pueblo" is survived by eight children.
Born: 3/25/1935, Balsas, Guerrero Mexico
Died: 2/25/2015, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Gerardo Reyes westerns – actor:
Las tres compadres – 1975
El rey – 1976 (Gerardo)
El moro de Cumpas - 1977
Ay Chihuahua no te rajes! - 1980
Héctor Carrion, a member of the Hermanos Carrion dies.
Hector Carrion, a member of the group Los Hermanos Carrion died in Mexico City this January 30 after suffering a heart attack, according to information revealed in Mexican media and some social networking accounts.
The member of the group Heriberto Estrada, said Carrion was in sitting in an armchair around 14:30 hours, at home, when the event, which ensures took them by surprise occurred since Hector was not sick, they revealed the fife band the Mexican newspaper El Universal.
In social networking groups like the Locos del Ritmo or singers like Manoella Torres, expressed their condolences on the sad news of this game.
Los Hermanos Carrion were active and, as Heriberto Estrada, had a show scheduled in the Teatro Blanquita Mexico City on February 14.
The band, which formed in 1958, released his first studio album in 1960 and Hector joined it in 1961, when the lineup was left without a bassist.
CARRIÓN Héctor (Héctor Enrique Carrión Samaniego)
Born: 1939, Mexico
Died: 1/30/2015, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Héctor Carrión’s westerns – actor:
Vuelve el texano – 1966
‘Gatillo Veloz’ en ‘Los Malditos’ – 1966
El secreto del texano – 1966
Martin Fierro – 1968 (soldier)
Por mis pistolas – 1968 (Jimmy)