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  • 02/27/15--10:41: RIP Leonard Nimoy

  • Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

    New York Times
    By Virginia Heffernan
    February 27, 2015

    Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

    His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    Mr. Nimoy announced that he had the disease last year, attributing it to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

    His artistic pursuits — poetry, photography and music in addition to acting — ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: “Live long and prosper” (from the Vulcan “Dif-tor heh smusma”).

    Mr. Nimoy, who was teaching Method acting at his own studio when he was cast in the original “Star Trek” television series in the mid-1960s, relished playing outsiders, and he developed what he later admitted was a mystical identification with Spock, the lone alien on the starship’s bridge.

    Yet he also acknowledged ambivalence about being tethered to the character, expressing it most plainly in the titles of two autobiographies: “I Am Not Spock,” published in 1977, and “I Am Spock,” published in 1995.

    In the first, he wrote, “In Spock, I finally found the best of both worlds: to be widely accepted in public approval and yet be able to continue to play the insulated alien through the Vulcan character.”

    “Star Trek,” which had its premiere on NBC on Sept. 8, 1966, made Mr. Nimoy a star. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the franchise, called him “the conscience of ‘Star Trek’ ” — an often earnest, sometimes campy show that employed the distant future (as well as some primitive special effects by today’s standards) to take on social issues of the 1960s.

    His stardom would endure. Though the series was canceled after three seasons because of low ratings, a cultlike following — the conference-holding, costume-wearing Trekkies, or Trekkers (the designation Mr. Nimoy preferred) — coalesced soon after “Star Trek” went into syndication.

    The fans’ devotion only deepened when “Star Trek” was spun off into an animated show, various new series and an uneven parade of movies starring much of the original television cast, including — besides Mr. Nimoy — William Shatner (as Capt. James T. Kirk), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), George Takei (the helmsman, Sulu), James Doohan (the chief engineer, Scott), Nichelle Nichols (the chief communications officer, Uhura) and Walter Koenig (the navigator, Chekov).

    When the director J. J. Abrams revived the “Star Trek” film franchise in 2009, with an all-new cast — including Zachary Quinto as Spock — he included a cameo part for Mr. Nimoy, as an older version of the same character. Mr. Nimoy also appeared in the 2013 follow-up, “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

    His zeal to entertain and enlighten reached beyond “Star Trek” and crossed genres. He had a starring role in the dramatic television series “Mission: Impossible” and frequently performed onstage, notably as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof.” His poetry was voluminous, and he published books of his photography.

    He also directed movies, including two from the “Star Trek” franchise, and television shows. And he made records, singing pop songs as well as original songs about “Star Trek,” and gave spoken-word performances — to the delight of his fans and the bewilderment of critics.

    But all that was subsidiary to Mr. Spock, the most complex member of the Enterprise crew, who was both one of the gang and a creature apart engaged at times in a lonely struggle with his warring racial halves.

    In one of his most memorable “Star Trek” performances, Mr. Nimoy tried to follow in the tradition of two actors he admired, Charles Laughton and Boris Karloff, who each played a monstrous character — Quasimodo and the Frankenstein monster — who is transformed by love.

    In Episode 24, which was first shown on March 2, 1967, Mr. Spock is indeed transformed. Under the influence of aphrodisiacal spores he discovers on the planet Omicron Ceti III, he lets free his human side and announces his love for Leila Kalomi (Jill Ireland), a woman he had once known on Earth. In this episode, Mr. Nimoy brought to Spock’s metamorphosis not only warmth, compassion and playfulness, but also a rarefied concept of alienation.

    “I am what I am, Leila,” Mr. Spock declared. “And if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else’s.”

    Born in Boston on March 26, 1931, Leonard Simon Nimoy was the second son of Max and Dora Nimoy, Ukrainian immigrants and Orthodox Jews. His father worked as a barber.

    From the age of 8, Leonard acted in local productions, winning parts at a community college, where he performed through his high school years. In 1949, after taking a summer course at Boston College, he traveled to Hollywood, though it wasn’t until 1951 that he landed small parts in two movies, “Queen for a Day” and “Rhubarb.”

    He continued to be cast in little-known movies, although he did presciently play an alien invader in a cult serial called “Zombies of the Stratosphere,” and in 1961 he had a minor role on an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” His first starring movie role came in 1952 with “Kid Monk Baroni,” in which he played a disfigured Italian street-gang leader who becomes a boxer.

    Mr. Nimoy served in the Army for two years, rising to sergeant and spending 18 months at Fort McPherson in Georgia, where he presided over shows for the Army’s Special Services branch. He also directed and starred as Stanley in the Atlanta Theater Guild’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” before receiving his final discharge in November 1955.

    He then returned to California, where he worked as a soda jerk, movie usher and cabdriver while studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse. He achieved wide visibility in the late 1950s and early 1960s on television shows like “Wagon Train,” “Rawhide” and “Perry Mason.” Then came “Star Trek.”

    Mr. Nimoy returned to college in his 40s and earned a master’s degree in Spanish from Antioch University Austin, an affiliate of Antioch College in Ohio, in 1978. Antioch College later awarded Mr. Nimoy an honorary doctorate.

    Mr. Nimoy directed two of the Star Trek movies, “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” (1984) and “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986), which he helped write. In 1991, the same year that he resurrected Mr. Spock on two episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Mr. Nimoy was also the executive producer and a writer of the movie “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.”

    He then directed the hugely successful comedy “Three Men and a Baby” (1987), a far cry from his science-fiction work, and appeared in made-for-television movies. He received an Emmy nomination for the 1982 movie “A Woman Called Golda,” in which he portrayed the husband of Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel, who was played by Ingrid Bergman. It was the fourth Emmy nomination of his career — the other three were for his “Star Trek” work — although he never won.

    Mr. Nimoy’s marriage to the actress Sandi Zober ended in divorce. Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Adam and Julie Nimoy; a stepson, Aaron Bay Schuck; and six grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and an older brother, Melvin.

    Though his speaking voice was among his chief assets as an actor, the critical consensus was that his music was mortifying. Mr. Nimoy, however, was undaunted, and his fans seemed to enjoy the camp of his covers of songs like “If I Had a Hammer.” (His first album was called “Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music From Outer Space.”)

    From 1995 to 2003, Mr. Nimoy narrated the “Ancient Mysteries” series on the History Channel. He also appeared in commercials, including two with Mr. Shatner for He provided the voice for animated characters in “Transformers: The Movie,” in 1986, and “The Pagemaster,” in 1994.

    In 2001 he voiced the king of Atlantis in the Disney animated movie “Atlantis: The Lost Empire,” and in 2005 he furnished voice-overs for the computer game Civilization IV. More recently, he had a recurring role on the science-fiction series “Fringe” and was heard, as the voice of Spock, in an episode of the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

    Mr. Nimoy was an active supporter of the arts as well. The Thalia, a venerable movie theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, now a multi-use hall that is part of Symphony Space, was renamed the Leonard Nimoy Thalia in 2002.

    He also found his voice as a writer. Besides his autobiographies, he published “A Lifetime of Love: Poems on the Passages of Life” in 2002. Typical of Mr. Nimoy’s simple free verse are these lines: “In my heart/Is the seed of the tree/Which will be me.”

    In later years, he rediscovered his Jewish heritage, and in 1991 he produced and starred in “Never Forget,” a television movie based on the story of a Holocaust survivor who sued a neo-Nazi organization of Holocaust deniers.

    In 2002, having illustrated his books of poetry with his photographs, Mr. Nimoy published “Shekhina,” a book devoted to photography with a Jewish theme, that of the feminine aspect of God. His black-and-white photographs of nude and seminude women struck some Orthodox Jewish leaders as heretical, but Mr. Nimoy asserted that his work was consistent with the teaching of the kabbalah.

    His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.

    “To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended.

    But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

    NIMOY, Leonard
    Born: 3/26/1931, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
    Died: 2/27/2015, Bel Aire, California, U.S.A.

    Leonard Nimoy’s westerns – actor:
    Old Overland Trail – 1953 (Chief Black Hawk)
    Luke and the Tenderfoot (TV) – 1955 (Ted Sherrill)
    Broken Arrow (TV) – 1957, 1958 (Apache, Nahilzay, Winnoa)
    Cimarron City (TV) – 1958 (Gyja)
    Colt .45 (TV) – 1959 (Luke Reid)
    Mackenzie's Raiders (TV) – 1959 (Yellow Wolf, Kansas)
    26 Men (TV) - 1959 (Birke Larson, Toke Shaw)
    The Rough Riders (TV) – 1959 (Jeff Baker)
    Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1959 (Little Hawk)
    Wagon Train (TV) – 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962 (Emeterio Vasquez, Joaquin, Cherokee Ned, Bernabe Zamora)
    Tate (TV) – 1960 (Comanche)
    Outlaws (TV) – 1960 (Logan)
    The Rebel (TV) – 1960 (Jim Colburn)
    Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (Freddy)
    The Tall Man (TV) - 1960, 1961 (Deputy Sheriff Johnny Swift)
    Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1961 (Coleman)
    Rawhide (TV) – 1961 (Anko)
    Two Faces West (TV) – 1961
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966 (Elias Grice, Arnie, Holt, John Walking Fox)
    Laramie (TV) – 1962 (Rix Catlin)
    Stoney Burke (TV) – 1962 (Art Paxton)
    The Virginiain (TV) – 1963, 1965 (Keith Bentley, Benjamin Frome, Wismer)
    Death Valley Days (TV) – 1965 (Yellow Bear)
    A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1966 (Del Hillman)
    Daniel Boone (TV) – 1966 (Oontah)
    Catlow – 1971 (Orville Miller)
    Bonanza Under Attack (TV) – 1995 (Frank James)

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  • 02/27/15--19:54: RIP Ralf Paulsen
  • Country musician Ralf Paulsen is dead

    The greatest success with the song "Bonanza"



    He scored in the 60s and 70s to the most popular representatives of the Wild West shaft in the Federal Republic.  Now the country and western singer Ralf Paulsen died at 85 years in Berlin.

    He died on Thursday of a long serious illness, his partner Anke Ristenpart announced.

    His greatest success came in 1963 with the German Paulsen version of the title song of the American television series Bonanza.  More tracks were about "The Old House of Rocky Docky", "Oh My Darling Caroline" and "Tom Dooley".  His most recent release was in 2012, the CD "The Western yesterday - Western Hits by Ralf Paulsen".

    PAULSEN, Ralf

    Born: 4/3/1929, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Died: 2/26/2015, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Ralf Paulsen’s western – singer:

    Massacre at Marble City – 1964 [sang “Vile Gold und keine Freund”]

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  • 02/28/15--16:15: RIP Dick Bakalyan

  • RIP Dick Bakalyan

    Star Gazette
    March 1, 2015

    Bakalyan, Richard - Was born January 29, 1931 in Watertown, MA the son of the late Nishan William and Elsie Florence (Fancy) Bakalyan passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center at the age of 84. His brother, Gerald Kieth Bakalyan also preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, William Souren and Adelia (Eaton) Bakalyan; sister-in-law, Marianne Bakalyan; nephews, Richard William (Linda Lyons) Bakalyan, David William (Lynn Ann Czopek) Bakalyan; nieces, Beverly L. (Bakalyan) Sleeper, Carol Lee (Jonathan Mark) Ames; along with many great nieces, great nephews, great great nieces and great great nephews. Richard was a Veteran of the US Air Force proudly serving his country during the Korean War. His last mission was working in Propaganda. For 54 years, "Dicky B", the nickname given to him by Nancy Sinatra, was a well known Character Actor in Hollywood, CA. His works included Chinatown, Von Ryan's Express, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Up Periscope, Fox and the Hound and Wonderful World of Disney and many, many others. He was a humble, loving man who enjoyed making people happy with his craft. He was a talented Artist and Writer also. "Dicky B" was a lifetime member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. His services will be held at the convenience of his family at a later date and time. He will be laid to rest in Hollywood, California. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY.

    BAKALYAN, Richard
    Born:1/29/1931, Watertown, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
    Died: 2/27/2015, Elmira, New York, U.S.A.

    Richard Bakalyan’s westerns – producer, screenwriter, actor:
    Luke and the Tenderfoot (TV) – 1952 (Bill Bungles)
    Casey Jones (TV) – 1957 (Jackie)
    Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959 (Sam Teller)
    The Deputy (TV) – 1959 (Billy the Kid)
    U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1959 (Joe Savage)
    Hotel de Paree (TV) – 1959 (Rob)
    The Rebel (TV) – 1959, 1961 (Bart Vogan, Calley Kid)
    Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1960 (Harry Quint)
    Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Lee Rafferty)
    The Tall Man (TV) – 1960 (Tiger Eyes)
    Lawman (TV) – 1961 (Eggers)
    Wagon Train (TV) – 1963 (Muscles)
    Laramie (TV) – 1963 (Mel Doleman)
    Branded (TV) – 1965 (Roy Barlow)
    The Monroes (TV) – 1966 (Grac)
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1966, 1969 (Teems, Billy Holland)
    Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Colly Sims)
    Hondo (TV) – 1967 (Cole Younger)
    The Animals – 1970 [producer, screenwriter]

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  • 03/01/15--08:52: RIP Tony Norton

  • Farewell to Monselesan, boxing master

    The father of Lucchese Boxing in the seventies had starred in cult films alongside Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.

    Edition Lucca
    By Nicola Nucci
    February 26, 2015

    LUCCA.  The boxing world mourns the historic coach Antonio Monselesan, who died in the night between Monday and Tuesday at age 74.  A serious mourning from the sport of boxing in Lucca where he was one of the protagonists. The master Monselesan, together with his son Julius and his nephew Leonardo, who collected and inherited his passion for the noble art, has been a mainstay of Pugilistica Lucchese, training dozens of boys and discovering talents, leading them to collect successes and laurels in many national events.  From the time he was sick. His death leaves a great void.  He left in silence, surrounded by the love of his family and his students will remember that during the last farewell.  The funeral is scheduled for today, starting from the room at the mortuary Champ de Mars at 14.10, then at 14.30 to the church of St. Anne.  The body will be buried in the family chapel in Borgo a Mozzano. Born in Libya by a Venetian father and  a mother of Puglia, after the Second World War had returned to Lucca, Tuscany. In his last hours he learned of the removal of Pugilistica Lucchese, after more than 40 years, from its historic location at Porta Elisa because of the dispute with Lucchese to continue training at the stadium. Just last Monday, the company had to move the boxing, provisionally, the ITC Carrara.  To announce the death of "don" Antonio Monselesan, as they called her boys, was the Pugilistica with a message on Facebook.  "Tonight we left our teacher Antonio Monselesan, until the last we've followed in the gym, without you Pugilistica Lucchese would never be where it stands now.  You will always remember and we are sure that by the next release will be with us in the corner." As a boxer fought for the Italian title middleweight before becoming the master of Pugilistica and until recently, when his health allowed him, was at the side of his son Giulio’s corner in his most important challenges. Perhaps less known to Lucca was his acting career at the turn of the sixties and seventies. A character actor with small bit parts in cult films like "They Call Me Trinity" and "Trinity is STILL My Name" alongside Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, legends of the spaghetti western films. In Rome, where he boxed, was noticed by some producers in the world of celluloid that offered him some small parts. His career continued for another fifteen years, sometimes using the stage name of Tony Norton. Films like “The Colossus of Rhodes”, “Maciste”, “The Armata Brancaleone” and especially the two lucky cult moviea with the great comedy duo Bud Spencer-Terence Hill, where Monselesan is the cowboy dressed in black and the villain playing a poker game, a scene still one of the most clicked on the web.  Another important feature to which he participated was "The Bloody Hands of the Law." The Pugilistica Lucchese through social networks has "invited boxers current, former and friends to wear to the funeral a piece of clothing with symbols of the company in honor of the master.  They will also be offered for sale caps of Pugilistica, whose proceeds will go to charity.

    MONSELESAN, Antonio (aka Tony Norton)
    Born: 8/2/1941, Libya
    Died: 2/25/2015, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

    Antonio Monselesan’s westerns – actor:
    Colorado Charlie – 1965
    The Two Sergeants of General Custer – 1965
    Ballad of a Gunman – 1967
    Lynching – 1968 (Jess Tappman) [as Tony Norton]
    Sonora – 1968 (Jose) [as Tony Norton]
    The 5-Man Army - 1969 (Mexican officer)
    They Call Me Trinity – 1970 (bounty hunter)
    Drummer of Vengeance – 1971
    Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 (Wildcat Hendricks)
    They Called Him Amen - 1972
    Man of the East – 1972 (bounty hunter)
    The Man Called Invincible – 1973 (Veleno/Poison/Twinkletoes) [as Tony Norton]
    The Crazy Bunch - 1974 (Poison/Veleno/Twinkle Toes) [as Tony Norton]
    Keoma – 1975
    California - 1977

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  • 03/01/15--09:57: RIP Jimmy Boudwin

  • RIP Jimmy Boudin

    Tacoma News Tribune
    February 27, 2015

    James Watson Boudwin, MD On Monday, February 2, 2015, James Watson Boudwin, MD died of natural causes with his beloved wife of 62 years, Lilian Margot Boudwin, at his side, after a full life of 97 years. James ("Jim") Watson Boudwin, BA, MD, F.A.P.A., was born in Seattle, WA, April 28, 1917. His father was Charles Bacon Boudwin, MD, a physician in West Seattle and his mother, Abigail Coombs, a nurse at Seattle General Hospital. Jim's grade school years were spent in Hollywood, CA where he appeared in a number of the silent era movies including the Hal Roach, "Our Gang" short series. He returned to Seattle from 1930 to 1934 attending TT Minor Elementary School and Roosevelt High School; then back to California where he graduated from Hollywood High School in 1936. He earned an athletic letter competing on the gymnastic team. After 1936, while attending LA Junior College and later UCLA, Jim frequently worked in the movies. He studied voice in college and sang with the LA Civic Light Opera Company for four seasons in musicals such as "The Cat in the Fiddle", "Show Boat", "Gypsy Barron" and "Red Mill". Together with his sister, Barbara, he sang at the Hollywood Bowl in Midsummer Night's Dream. Jim also acted in several movies of that era. His most notable were "One Million BC" (1940) working alongside Victor Mature, a leading man of that time and "That Hamilton Woman" (1941) starring Vivien Leigh. After earning his BA degree at UCLA, Jim went to University of Southern California Medical School graduating with his MD in 1948, later studying the specialty of Psychiatry in Baltimore, MD, from 1948 to 1951. Jim was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was the Staff Psychiatrist for the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. He married Lilian Druckrey, a graduate of Heidelberg University, in the Heidelberg Castle Chapel in 1953. Jim and Lilian moved to New York City in 1953 where Jim subsequently passed his examination for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1955. From 1955 to 1957, the couple lived in Tacoma, WA where Jim worked as the admitting psychiatrist at American Lake Veterans Hospital. Thereafter, Jim worked in private practice near Tacoma General Hospital and later at Allenmore Medical Center. At the same time, he worked part time for Western State Hospital as the Director of Medical Education and at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Jim always loved teaching. After retirement at the age of 70, Jim and Lilian lived at Ocean Shores, WA and Issaquah, WA and travelled extensively to Europe and the South Seas. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Bill, at 98 years of age and his sister, Barbara, at 100 years of age. Jim is survived by his wife, Lilian, and their three sons and five grand children: Les Boudwin, his wife, Patty, and children Patrick, Kathleen and Kelly; Phil Boudwin and his two children, Alex and Rachel; and Lawrence Boudwin. Jim loved education, travel, family, home movies and music, particularly the opera; and those who knew him loved his enthusiasm, optimism and caring personality. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Please visit "" for more remembrances of Jim and his life. Donations in Jim's name may be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness at

    BOUDIN, Jimmy (James Watson Boudin)
    Born: 4/25/1917, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
    Died: 2/2/2015, Issaquah, Washington, U.S.A.

    Jimmy Boudin’s westerns – actor:
    The Scrappin’ Kid – 1926 (Mike Brent)
    The Unknown Cavalier – 1926 (Billy Gaunt)

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  • 03/02/15--06:22: RIP Camilo Medina

  • Colombian actor Camilo Medina has died

    He represented the Cacique Miranda on 'Weeds'.  He died at age 85.

    El Tiempo
    March 1, 2015

    The actor Camilo Medina, remembered for his character Miranda in the production Cacique 'Weeds' (Caracol, 1982), died Sunday in Bogota on March, at age 85.

    Medina, born in Ibagué, died of cardiac arrest in Colombia Clinic in Bogotá, according to his wife Amira Calderón de Medina.  "He died at about 10am.  He was hospitalized since last Monday.  We went to a doctor's appointment and the doctor found him agitated and tachycardia, so he ordered his hospitalization "he said.  However, on Sunday morning I had a relapse.

    Medina arrived in Bogotá in 1951 to study painting at the National University and began his career with toggle acting classes, graduating in 1956 as a teacher in painting and drawing teacher.

    His entry into the television was in 1957 and participated in productions such as 'CANDO', 'The wall of silence', 'Achilles Revenge', 'The Betrothed' and 'Requiem for a scoundrel'.

    But it was the Cacique Miranda in Weed (John Gossaín), the character that gave him great recognition, characterization of a man who ventures into the world of marimbera bonanza and is also leading a vendetta against the family who murders his father.

    About 20 years ago, Medina definitely left the television to pursue his passion, painting and held exhibitions both at home and abroad.  In interviews said his work as an actor was a last stage.

    With his wife Amira, also a painter, Medina was married 50 years.  "We had two sons, Ricardo and Fernando, two great artists," said Mrs. Calderon de Medina.

    On Sunday night, the family finalizing details of his funeral.

    MEDINA, Camilo
    Born: 1929 Ibague, Colombia
    Died: 3/1/2015, Bogota, Colombia

    Camilo Medina’s western – actor:
    Aguileo venganza – 1968 (Carra Cortada)

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  • 03/04/15--12:45: RIP Patricia Norris

  • Costume Designer Patricia Norris dies at 83

    By Pat Saperstein
    March 4, 2015

    Patricia Norris, the Oscar-nommed and Emmy-winning production designer and costume designer of “12 Years a Slave,” “Twin Peaks,” “Scarface” and numerous other films and television shows, died of natural causes in Van Nuys, Calif. on Feb. 20. She was 83.

    Working with noted directors including David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Robert Altman, Wim Wenders and Brian de Palma, she was Oscar-nommed six times, for “12 Years a Slave,” “Sunset,” “Victor, Victoria,” “The Elephant Man” and “Days of Heaven.”

    Though she didn’t win the Oscar for “12 Years,” she did win Costume Designers Guild Excellence in Period Film Award.

    Norris, who was known as Patty, was the only person to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Costume Designers Guild and the Art Directors Guild.

    She had a longtime collaboration with Lynch. She designed the costumes for Lynch’s “The Elephant Man,” “The Straight Story,” “Lost Highway,” “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and the “Twin Peaks” pilot, for which she won an Emmy. As production designer, she helped craft the atmospheric and evocative look of Lynch’s influential “Blue Velvet” as well as for “Lost Highway,” “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and the “Twin Peaks” pilot.

    “With Patricia you get no freak-outs, no whining,” said Lynch. “As a person and as a friend, she is solid gold,” Lynch said at the time of her ADG honor.

    Norris was production designer on films including “Killing Them Softly,” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”

    She designed costumes for those films as well as “The Sunshine Boys,” “The Immigrant,” “Silent Movie,” and “Johnny Dangerously.”

    She is survived by her sons Patrick, Michael and Chris and her daughter Kathy.

    NORRIS, Patricia
    Born: 3/22/1931, U.S.A.
    Died: 2/20/2015, Van Nuys, California, U.S.A.

    Patricia Norris’ westerns – production manager, costume designer, wardrobe:
    The Good Guys and the Bad Guys – 1969 [wardrobe]
    Rio Lobo – 1970 [costume designer]
    Support Your Local Gunfighter – 1971 [costume designer]
    The Missouri Breaks – 1971 [costume designer]
    Zandy’s Bride – 1974 [costume designer]
    The Master Gunfighter – 1975 [costume designer]
    Breakheart Pass – 1975 [costume designer]
    Sunset – 1988 [costume designer]
    Return to Lonesome Dove (TV) – 1993 [production designer, costume designer]
    The Hi-Lo Country – 1998 [production designer, costume designer]
    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Bob Ford – 2007 [production designer, costume designer]

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  • 03/05/15--17:39: RIP Harve Bennett

  • Harve Bennett Dies: Producer Of ‘Star Trek’ Movies & TV Classics Was 84

    Deadline Hollywood
    By Patrick Hipes
    March 5, 2015

    Harve Bennett, the producer who helped guide four of Paramount’s Star Trek movies in the 1980s and produced TV series Mod Squad, The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, died Wednesday in Oregon. He was 84 and becomes the latest key figure lost from the seminal Star Trek franchise following Leonard Nimoy’s death February 27.

    After executive stints at ABC and CBS and co-creating Mod Squad, Bennett had a hand in creating or producing some of the most iconic sci-fi series on TV including serving as exec producer on both The Six Million Dollar Man (he voiced the opening credits, according to Bennett in a 2008 Archive of American Television interview) and The Bionic Woman.

    Bennett then moved to Columbia Pictures Television as a TV producer where his shows included  Salvage 1, the miniseries The Jesse Owens Story and A Woman Called Golda, which was Ingrid Bergman’s final role and which co-starred Nimoy. Such creds led Bennett to the Star Trek movie franchise, eventually teaming with director Nicholas Meyer on the second movie in the series, Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan — which featured the death of Nimoy’s character Spock — after cramming for the writing gig by watching every episode of the TV series. The pic’s success sealed the franchise’s place and led to Bennett producing Star Treks III, IV and V.

    “He was a remarkable man and he was unpretentious and self-effacing. I don’t think there would be a Star Trek franchise without him. He rescued it.  He’s endangered of being lost in the shuffle, but he’s the guy who figured it out,” said Meyer, who worked with Bennett on Wrath Of Khan and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

    “He watched all 79 of those original episodes and he was the one who plucked out Khan,” added Meyer.  The fact that actor Ricardo Montalban, who originated the role of Khan, was in the spotlight at the time with ABC’s Fantasy Island also further fueled the return of the character to the Star Trek canon.

    1986’s The Voyage Home became the first Star Trek film to surpass the century mark at the domestic box office with $109.7M. The film centered around the Star Trek crew time-traveling to 20th century America to retrieve humpback whales which could communicate with an alien probe. The film resonated with its environmentalism themes. Bennett and Nimoy, who served as director and co-screenwriter on the film, hatched the story. Meyer and Peter Krikes also worked on the script.

    The Chicago-born Bennett appeared frequently as a child on the radio game show Quiz Kids, and after graduating from UCLA’s film school he served in the Army in the Korean War. After he got out he became one of CBS’ youngest executives. Eventually moving to ABC, he shifted into programming, becoming VP Daytime Programming and eventually VP Programming under Leonard Goldberg.

    BENNETT, Harve (Harve Bennett Fischman)
    Born: 8/17/1930, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/4/2015, Medford, Oregon, U.S.A.

    Harve Bennett’s westerns – executive producer:
    Go West Young Girl (TV) – 1978
    The Legend of the Golden Gun (TV) - 1979

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  • 03/06/15--06:34: RIP Lynn Borden

  • RIP Lynn Borden

    Los Angeles Times
    March 6, 2015

    March 24, 1937 - March 3, 2015 Lynn Borden, a talented Actress, Model and Artist, has passed away peacefully after an extended illness at the age of 77. Lynn was born in Michigan, but the family soon moved to Tucson Arizona where she went on to make a large circle of life long friends and family. During her college years, Lynn won "Miss Arizona" 1957 and was runner up in in the Miss America pageant that year. After college, Lynn began modeling before going on to a career in Hollywood as an actress on the screen, stage and television. She had starring roles in the movies, "Frogs", "Breezy", and "Walking Tall, to name a few. In addition, Lynn had a leading role in the 1960's TV series, "Hazel." Her final role was on the TV drama, CSI New York. Lynn was also gifted as a fine artist painter, and had her work showcased in art galleries around the country. She also enjoyed singing, and was honored to go with her church choir to Italy to give a performance for the Pope at the Vatican. She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Roger Brunelle, and her brother Steve Freyse of Tucson Arizona.

    BORDEN, Lynn
    Born: 3/24/1933, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/3/2015, Encino, California U.S.A.

    Lynn Borden’s westerns – stuntwoman, actress:
    Gunfight at OK Corral – 1957 [stunts]
    The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid – 1972 (Kate’s girl)
    Centennial (TV) – 1979 (Vesta Volkema)

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  • 03/06/15--16:00: RIP Lloyd Fonvielle

  • ‘Lords of Discipline’ Screenwriter Lloyd Fonvielle Dies at 64

    Seth Kelley
    March 6, 2015

    Lloyd William Fonvielle Jr., whose work encompassed essays, short stories and Hollywood screenplays, died Feb. 19 in Las Vegas. He was 64.

     The cause of death was hypertension and COPD, according to the Las Vegas coroner’s office.

     Fonvielle’s screenplay credits include two films directed by Franc Roddam, “The Lords of Discipline” and “The Bride,” with Sting and Jennifer Beals; as well as “Gotham,” which he also directed. In 1996 he wrote “Little Surprises,” a 36-minute comedy directed by Jeff Goldblum that was Oscar-nominated for live-action short. He was accorded story credit on 1999’s “The Mummy,” and on Prince’s “Cherry 2000,” which he also executive produced.

     Born in Wilmington, N.C., Fonvielle grew up in North Carolina and Washington, D.C., attended prep school in Concord, New Hampshire, and spent a year at Stanford before he dropped out to pursue writing. He lived in New York City and Southern California for 30 years, and was a working writer in Hollywood for more than 20 years, before his in 2004 move to Las Vegas, where he reinvented himself as a blogger and author of Western fiction.

     His writings on photography include the introduction to a book on Walker Evans, and the preface to “Election Eve,” a book of photographs by William Eggleston. His essays on ballet and other subjects have appeared in the New York Times, Salon and Slate.

     Fonvielle is survived by his mother, four sisters and numerous nephews and nieces.

    Fonvielle, Lloyd (Lloyd William Fonvielle, Jr.)
    Born: 3/22/1950, Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.A.
    Died: 2/19/2015, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

    Lloyd Fonvielle’s western – executive producer:
    Cherry 2000 - 1987

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  • 03/06/15--19:07: RIP Evan Thompson

  • RIP Evan Thompson

    Veteran Stage Actor Evan Thompson Dies at 83

    March 6, 2015

    Evan Thompson, a New York City-based theatre actor whose long and eclectic career included work in cabaret, children's shows, summer stock, regional theatre, and on and off Broadway, died Feb. 28, 2015, in Brooklyn, NY, at the Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare following a long respiratory illness. He was 83 years old.

    A battle with lung cancer in recent years didn't keep Mr. Thompson from continuing to pursue a lifelong passion for performing. In May 2014, he was featured in the original cast of Kate Benson's acclaimed Off-Broadway play "A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes," for New Georges at Dixon Place. (It was a source of frustration to Mr. Thompson that he was not well enough to recreate his role in Benson's play when it was remounted at City Center Stage II in January of this year. He was champing at the bit to return to the stage, his family said.)

    As recently as last November, Mr. Thompson and his wife, actress Joan Shepard, traveled to Massachusetts to perform for schoolchildren as part of The Fanfare Theatre Ensemble, the theatre troupe they founded in 1971. Over the years they wrote, performed, designed and directed a dozen of their own adaptations of fairy tales and classic children's stories - sometimes working with their own children, Jenn Thompson and Owen Thompson - for thousands of wide-eyed school kids.

    "My father had the purest spirit and the truest heart of anyone I have ever known," son Owen Thompson said, "It is utterly appropriate that his final performance was given to a theatre full of adoring children. He never lost contact with the child in the deepest place of his soul."

    Mr. Thompson's immediate survivors include Joan Shepard, his wife since 1959, of Manhattan; daughter Jenn Thompson, son-in-law Stephen Kunken and granddaughter Naomi, of Brooklyn; and son Owen Thompson of Manhattan.

    Theatre was a family affair for the Thompson-Shepard clan in other ways: Mr. Thompson and Joan Shepard were among a small group of actors and producing partners enlisted by director Jane Stanton in 1987 to help launch a summer stock season at the Ivoryton Playhouse in Ivoryton, CT, which had fallen on hard times. Their Equity-affiliated River Rep Theatre Company would have a run there of almost twenty years and later employed Mr. Thompson's children, who also later became producing partners with their parents, along with actors Stephen Kunken and Warren Kelley.

    THOMPSON, Evan
    Born: 9/3/1931, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 2/28/2015, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

    Evan Thompson’s western – actor:
    Bat Masterson (TV) – 1960 (Steve Fansler)

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  • 03/09/15--13:00: RIP Sam Simon
  • Sam Simon, 'Simpsons' Producer and Philanthropist, Dies at 59

    The Hollywood Reporter

    By Mike Barnes


    Nine-time Emmy winner Sam Simon, who wrote episodes of “Taxi,” “Cheers” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” before co-creating landmark animated series “The Simpsons” and eventually becoming a philanthropist, died Sunday of colorectal cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 59 and was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2012.

    “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean confirmed the news.

    Simon shared seven Emmy Awards for “The Simpsons” and two for his work on “The Tracey Ullman Show.”

    In 1989 he developed “The Simpsons” with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, and he subsequently co-wrote nearly a dozen “Simpsons” episodes during his tenure on the animated comedy, also serving as co-showrunner, character designer, creative consultant, creative supervisor, developer, and writer. He left the show in 1993 while retaining an exec producer title.

    The animated sitcom, he said, gave him more freedom than live action. “You can draw animals and sets but the animated characters also have freedom. The Simpsons sometimes do things that real people wouldn’t do.”

    “Sam Simon taught me everything about animation writing, and even more about life,” “The Simpsons” exec producer Al Jean said.

    When Simon “turned to writing animation, he helped to give birth to something which changed the landscape of television and has given him a legacy that will live forever,” said Craig Miller, chairman of the Animation Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America West, speaking in November 2013 upon the announcement that Simon would receive the AWC’s writing award that month. Al Jean presented the award.

    While there is plenty of credit to go around, Ken Levine, a writer on the series, has written, “I’m here to tell you, the real creative force behind ‘The Simpsons’ was Sam Simon. The tone, the storytelling, the level of humor – that was all developed on Sam’s watch.”

    Though Simon left “The Simpsons” in 1993 — the early years of the series were internally contentious — he was still credited as an executive producer as the show continued to generate hundreds of episodes over more than two decades, and his severance package ensured that he was a very wealthy man who could spend much of his time on philanthropy and on hobbies outside Hollywood.

    Simon was profiled on “60 Minutes” in 2007, after which CBS correspondent Daniel Schorn wrote online that he is “the Renaissance man of the baffling, uncertain age we live in.”

    As a writer, Simon also took a stab at the feature arena, penning the 1991 slumlord comedy “The Super,” starring Joe Pesci.

    Most recently, he had served as an executive consultant for FX’s Charlie Sheen comedy “Anger Management” in 2012-13 and also directed an episode of the series in 2012.

    Fourth-generation Californian Samuel Simon grew up in Beverly Hills and Malibu, then attended Stanford U. While at Stanford he was the cartoonist for the school paper and worked professionally as a sports cartoonist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. After graduating in 1977 (he majored in psychology), he worked at animation house Filmation Studios, first as a storyboard artist and then as a writer. He earned his first smallscreen credits there, on “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” and “The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle,” both in 1979. (Decades later, he told Stanford magazine of “The Simpsons”: “It was largely based on what I didn’t like about the Saturday-morning cartoon shows I worked on. ‘The Simpsons’ would have been a great radio show. If you just listen to the sound track, it works.”)

    By the mid-’80s he had long since turned his attention to primetime sitcoms, penning an episode of “Barney Miller”; writing and serving as executive story editor for “Taxi,” acting as showrunner in its final season in 1982-83; and writing and producing for “Cheers.” He wrote three episodes of “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and then served as exec producer of “The Tracy Ullman Show” in the late ’80s.

    He was creator, exec producer and a writer on brief runner “The George Carlin Show” in 1994-95, and though he made a conscious decision to move away from television work after “Carlin,” he was consulting producer on “The Drew Carey Show” in 1998-2003 as well as a frequent director on that comedy.

    Simon parlayed his very serious devotion to poker into the 2009 Playboy TV reality show “Sam’s Game,” and earlier, he had indulged an interest in boxing to the point of managing Lamon Brewster to the World Boxing Organization Heavyweight Championship in 2004. He was also a frequent contributor to “The Howard Stern Show.”

    But Simon was also a devoted philanthropist. An animal lover, he funded the Sam Simon Foundation, which rescued dogs, funded a traveling animal surgery clinic assisting the ailing pets of those who otherwise could not afford medical attention for them and provided vegan food for hungry humans. He also supported PETA, which named its Norfolk, Va., HQ the Sam Simon Center; Save the Children; and global marine conservation organization the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which named one of its vessels after him.

    After being diagnosed with colon cancer, Simon started buying zoos and circuses to free animals.

    Simon received the WGA’s Valentine Davies Award for his humanitarian work.

    Simon was married to actress Jennifer Tilly from 1984-91 and to Playboy Playmate Jami Ferrell from 2000-03.

    SIMON, Sam (Samuel Michael Simon)

    Born: 6/6/1955, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Died: 3/8/2015, Los Angeles, Caliornia, U.S.A.

    Sam Simon’s westerns – actor, screenwriter:

    Best of the West (TV) – 1981 [screenwriter]

    Shanghai Noon – 2000 (chief’s sidekick)

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  • 03/09/15--13:58: RIP Otar Koberidze

  • The People's Artist of Georgia, Otar Koberidze has died

    Business Week
    March 9, 2015

    The popular Georgian actor, screenwriter and film director Otar Koberidze has died at 91 year of life in Tbilisi.

    It was announced on March 9 by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. A farewell to the actor will be held on March 12th.

    Otar Koberidze was born on December 17, 1924 in Tbilisi. After graduating in 1948, from the "School of Actors" at the Tbilisi Film Studio, he started working as an actor in the Sukhumi Drama Theater. Then from 1959 to 1964, he worked in the theater of Kote Marjanishvili. In 1956, he began working in film at the Georgia Film Studio, and in 1963 began to working as a director in the same studio.

    In 1958, Otar Koberidze was the honored as an artist of Georgia, and in 1967 he was awarded the title of People's Artist of Georgia. Viewers will remember this wonderful cultural figure on films “Keto and Kote” (1948), “Bashi-Achuki” (1956), and his only Euro-western “Trail of the Falcon” (1968) as Tasunka-witko. Otar was married to actress Lia Eliava until her death in 1998.

    KOBERIDZE, Otar (Otar Leontyevich Koberidze)
    Born: 12/17/1924, Tiflis, Transcaucasian, U.S.S.R.
    Died: 3/9/2015, Tiflis, Republic of Georgia

    Otar Koberidze’s western – actor:
    The Falcon’s Trail - 1967 (Tasunka-witko)

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  • 03/09/15--18:49: RIP John Chappell

  • RIP John Chappell

    The Island Packet
    March 10, 2015

    John Fredrick Chappell Mr. John Fredrick Chappell passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home in Carthage, NC surrounded by family one week shy of his 76th birthday. He faced his illness bravely, with courage, dignity, and of course, a perfect cigar. John was a true inspiration, both in the way he lived, as well as the way he died.

    Born in Winston-Salem, NC to Brownie and Fred Chappell, John spent his early childhood in Hemp, NC (now Robbins) then moved to Southern Pines at the age of 6. He went on to receive degrees from Wake Forest University, Southeastern Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary. John took an interest in the Civil Rights Movement after taking classes from his mentor, professor emeritus Dr. George McLeod Bryan at Wake Forest University. In 1968, Mr. Chappell married Laura Jordan, and moved to Atlanta to focus on grassroots organization for the movement. John was outspoken and dedicated to equality for all; he had a sense of responsibility to enlighten the world to a different perspective.

    Although John had a true passion for the arts. He began performing magic at the age of 10, and participating in local theater as a student in high school. Mr. Chappell continued to mystify and bewilder audiences with his wonderful wizardry until his final days. He was involved with the Lost Colony summer production in Manteo, NC during the early 60's, an experience that cemented his love for live theater. John became well known for his one-man rendition of Mark Twain across the United States, performing the show for over 40 years. He also brought the show across the high seas during his tenure working for Royal Viking Line Cruises. Along with Mark Twain on Stage, John performed throughout the country as Clarence Darrow, Charles Dickens and Benjamin Franklin. He spent over two decades in Hollywood as an actor with parts in movies like "10", "Brubaker", "Nickelodeon", and series such as "The New WKRP in Cincinnati", "AfterMash" and "Simon and Simon" (produced by longtime friend Bill Dial).

    During the early 1980's John married Katharine McLeod and decided after their only son was born in 1988, to settle down on the east coast again. John focused his later years on being a great father. In the mid 1990's Mr. Chappell took what he considered "his first real job" at IBM in Raleigh, NC as a thinkpad laptop technician. He enjoyed the new experience and after a few years took a job locally as a computer specialist for The Pilot Newspaper in Moore County. His duties at The Pilot progressed in the late 1990's to reporting after being a guest columnist for years. He had a 16 year career with the newspaper, and showcased his linguistic talent covering the northern area of Moore County and the courts in Carthage, NC. His influences in Moore County are numerous, including the formation of "Dark Park" in Robbins, and the county's relationship with the Hunan Province in China working alongside Sen. Harris Blake.

    John was married in 2001 to Patricia Chappell. He had many accomplishments and was a true Renaissance man, from being a licensed minister, a teacher, reporter, Kentucky Colonel, philosopher, master magician, humorist and so much more. Mr. Chappell enjoyed new experiences and loved to travel. He was fascinated by everyone he encountered, and taught people to appreciate the unique perspectives of other's lives. During the last few months of his life he continued to perform magic, inspire others, and spend quality time with family, friends, and of course his beloved pets.

    He is survived by his wife, Patricia Chappell; son, John Andrew Bryan Chappell of Southern Pines; Sister Mary Elizabeth Ragsdale and brother-in-law Bernie Ragsdale of Beaufort, SC; brother George Chappell of Harriman, TN; and many loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandchildren and two step son. A memorial service will be held at the Sunrise Theater in downtown Southern Pines, Wednesday March 11th, 2015, from 1pm until 3pm. A private interment will be at a later time. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, are asked to be made to First Health Hospice in Pinehurst, NC or Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Carey, NC

    CHAPPELL, John (John Frederick Chappell)
    Born: 3/9/1939, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/2/2015, Carthage, North Carolina, U.S.A.

    John Chappell’s westerns – actor:
    Hard Country (TV) – 1981 (Daddy)
    Legend – 1995 (Lamar)

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  • 03/10/15--09:44: RIP Struart Wagstaff

  • Australian entertainer Stuart Wagstaff dies aged 90

    ABC News
    March 10, 2015

    Australian entertainer Stuart Wagstaff, famous for various television and theatre roles including My Fair Lady and the theatrical production of The Sound of Music, has died aged 90.

    The legendary entertainer whose multi-faceted career was a pinnacle in the Australian landscape of theatre, television and music passed away peacefully at Sydney's Greenwich Hospital.

    Wagstaff first came to Australia in 1958 to appear in the JC Williamson production, Not in the Book, after a successful early career in England which spanned weekly tours, a couple of West End appearances, some film and television.

    In 1959, JC Williamson cast Wagstaff in the original production of My Fair Lady. He eventually played the male lead in the stage musical The Sound of Music.

    Wagstaff also featured in a string of television productions including Channel 10's Blankety Blanks.

    He held the role of the "Beast" in the the Channel 7 show Beauty & The Beast and presented seven seasons of the ABC's Stuart Wagstaff's World Playhouse.

    Wagstaff also featured in television shows G.P, Rafferty's Rules, A Country Practice, All Saints and others as well as appearing as a regular on Midday and Good Morning Australia.

    The prolific entertainer also enjoyed stints in Hollywood working in film and television.

    More recently, he appeared in the role of Old Cookson in the theatrical production of Pan at the Capitol Theatre, as well as taking on the role of Mr Bronlow in Cameron Mackintosh's production of Oliver!

    He was awarded a member of the Order of Australia in 1998 for his service to the community.

    His management agency said details about his memorial service would be released soon.

    [pictured above with Peter Graves in Whiplash]

    WAGSTAFF, Stuart
    Born: 2/13/1925, Great Dunford, Wiltshire, England
    Died: 3/10/2015, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Stuart Wagstaff’s western – actor:
    Whiplash (TV) – 1960 (Jeremy/Jimmy Quicksilver, Lieutenant Hoffman)

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  • 03/10/15--11:58: RIP Wayne Kemp

  • 'Love Bug' Songwriter Wayne Kemp Dead at 74

    Country musician also penned George Strait's "The Fireman" and Johnny Cash's "One Piece at a Time," among many other hits

    Rolling Stone
    Stephen L. Betts
    March 10, 2015

    Songwriter and recording artist Wayne Kemp, who penned hit tunes for George Strait, George Jones and Johnny Cash, among many others, died March 9th at Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette, Tennessee. According to Music Row, he was suffering from multiple ailments and was on kidney dialysis when he passed away. Kemp was 74.

    One of nine children in his family, Kemp was born in Greenwood, Arkansas, and raised in Muldrow, Oklahoma. An auto-racing enthusiast in his youth, he was badly burned in 1967 when a drunk driver crashed into his car, killing two of his band members. Although doctors told him he would never play guitar again, Kemp persevered.

    An automobile also figured in one of his most well-known songs, Johnny Cash's 1976 Number One hit "One Piece at a Time," a novelty tune about an assembly worker who reassembles a Cadillac from the parts of several different models. Other lighthearted tunes Kemp wrote include the 1965 George Jones hit "Love Bug," which was covered by George Strait in 1994, "Feelin' Single, Seein' Double," a hit for Jones and later recorded by Emmylou Harris, and the Strait smash "The Fireman." Strait also recorded his "I Should Have Watched That First Step,""Haven't You Heard,""Hot Burning Flames,""That's Where My Baby Feels at Home,""She Knows When You're on My Mind" and "Won’t You Come Home and Talk to a Stranger."

    Among the dozens of other acts who cut Kemp's songs were Tom Petty, David Allan Coe, Elvis Costello, Patty Loveless, Ronnie Milsap, Charley Pride, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams Jr. and Faron Young.

    A recording artist in his own right, Kemp scored 24 chart hits between 1969 and 1986. His 1973 single "Honky Tonk Wine" reached Number 17. He was elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999.

    KEMP, Wayne
    Born: 6/1/1941, Greenwood, Arkansas, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/9/2015, Lafayette, Tennessee, U.S.A.

    Wayne Kemp’s western – songwriter:
    The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada -2005) [songwriter: "I Wonder Who'll Turn Out The Lights (In Your World Tonight”]

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  • 03/12/15--16:19: RIP Magda Guzmán

  • Magda Guzmán Dies: Mexican Actress Dead At 83 Following Heart Attack

    Latin Times
    By Armando Tinoco
    March 12, 2015

    Magda Guzmán has died at the age of 83. The Mexican actress who was born María Magdalena Guzmán Garza had a heart attack according to Televisa's "Primero Noticias." Magda Karina, granddaughter of Guzmán, made it official on Twitter writing: "See you soon my favorite warrior, my grandmother Magda Guzmán has just left on a trip to see Father God. Fly high my love, I love you. My adored grandmother Magda Guzmán is arriving in heaven to act in her most important role with God." Magda Karina, also posted a photo on Twitter of herself with the late actress and wrote the following message: "We are very sad. May she rest in peace our adored Magda Guzmán."

    Magda Guzmán was born in Saltillo, Coahuila on May 16, 1931. She starred in film, theatre and television. Magda worked with great legends like Silvia Derbez, Rafael Banquells, Fanny Schiller, Alicia Montoya, Sara Garcia, Pedro Infante and many more.  More recently she had been in telenovelas, with her last one being "Amor Bravío" opposite Silvia Navarro and Cristián de la Fuente. Other works on the small screen included "Para Volver a Amar,""En Nombre Del Amor,""Tormenta En El Paraíso,""Alborada,""Mi Destino Eres Tú,""La Usurpadora" and "Te Sigo Amando." Guzmán was in many classic telenovelas like "Rosa Salvaje,""Valeria y Maximiliano,""Tú o Nadie,""Rina,""Muchacha Italiana Viene A Casarse,""Bodas de Odio" and "Yesenia." Magda Guzmán is also survived by her daughter and telenovela director, Karina Duprez.

    GUZMAN, Magda (María Magdalena Guzmán Garza)
    Born: 5/16/1931, Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico
    Died: 3/12/2015, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

    Magda Guzmán’s western – actress:
    El fusilamiento - 1962

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  • 03/16/15--18:08: RIP Luciano Ercoli

  • RIP Luciano Ercoli

    Starburst Magazine
    March 16, 2015

    It’s with great sadness that we have learned Italian director Luciano Ercoli has died aged 85.

    Famous on the horror scene for his trio of fabulous giallo films – DEATH WALKS ON HIGH HEELS, DEATH WALKS AT MIDNIGHT and FORBIDDEN PHOTOS OF A LADY ABOVE SUSPICION, his flair and style covered other genres such as crime films, and westerns as a producer.

    STARBURST covered his giallo movies in Horror Obscura in issue 397 as they are criminally underappreciated. 
    He married actor Nieves Navarro, who starred in many of his films under the name Susan Scott, in 1972.

    Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

    ERCOLI, Luciano
    Born: 10/19/1929, Rome, Lazio, Italy
    Died: 3/15/2015, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

    Luciano Ercoli’s westerns – producer:
    A Pistol for Ringo – 1965
    The Return of Ringo – 1965
    Long Days of Vengeace – 1967
    The Ruthless Four – 1968

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  • 03/17/15--20:25: RIP Jim Feazell
  • RIP Jim Feazell

    Young's Funeral Directors
    March 17, 2015

    Jim Feazell, 86, of Monticello, AR., passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Jim was born November 30, 1928 in West Monroe, LA., to Fred and Ethel Day Feazell.

    Jim was an independent film producer and writer. He brought notoriety to El Dorado in 1976 when he wrote, produced and directed the motion picture "Wheeler," which was filmed entirely in El Dorado and Union County. He also authored Feathers and The Lord's Share. Jim loved people in his quiet way and was of the Baptist faith.

    He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother and sister. He is survived by his wife Sherry, of 43 years, of Monticello; sons Shane (Jodie) of El Dorado, Christian (Catherine) of Olive Branch, MS., and Michael and Steven of Pasadena, CA. and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Fred Feazell Jr. of Temple, TX. four nieces and a nephew.

    A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Smyrna Cemetery south of El Dorado under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.

    Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Home, 222 W. Pope, Monticello, AR., 71655.

    FEAZELL, Jim (James Feazell)
    Born: November 30, 1928, Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.A.
    Died: March 14, 2015, El Dorado, Arkansas, U.S.A.

    Jim Feazell’s westerns – stuntman:
    The Wild Bunch – 1969
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 1969
    The Undefeated – 1969
    Chisum - 1970

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  • 03/18/15--06:10: RIP Shaw Taylor

  • POLICE 5 presenter Shaw Taylor has died, aged 90, at his Isle of Wight home.

    Isle of Wright County Press
    By Ross Findon

    Mr Taylor was best known for presenting the pioneering ITV show — with his catchphrase 'keep 'em peeled.'

    Shaw Taylor moved to the Isle of Wight around 20 years ago, with his partner Shirley Ferrari. She was with him when he died peacefully, at their Totland home, last night (Wednesday).

    Isle of Wight Radio presenter John Hannam, who had been friends with Shaw since he moved to the Isle of Wight, paid tribute to him.

    Mr Hannam said that although Police 5 might be what Shaw was best known for to many people, his career had been incredibly varied.

    "One of his proudest moments was interviewing all four of The Beatles when he was at Radio Luxembourg.

    "Another great moment came when he was in Moscow at a British Trade Fair and they were demonstrating one of the first video recorders and he was asked to test it by interviewing Nikita Khrushchev. The interview was broadcast live," said John.

    Having served with the RAF on the Isle of Wight, during the Second World War, Shaw trained as an actor at RADA and started as a stage actor before moving into television.

    He presented several game shows, but it was his work on Police 5 — a forerunner to programmes such as Crimewatch — that he would become best known for.

    In each episode, Shaw would present details of real crimes and urge the public to help solve them.

    "ITV had bought a show from the US, but the episodes were five minutes too short for the slot, so they created Police 5. It was only supposed to for a few weeks, but it ended up running for 30 years with spin-offs around the world," said John.

    During his years on the Isle of Wight, Shaw supported many charities and the local amateur dramatic scene.

    "He was such a charming man and if there was something he could do to help you, he would," said John.

    The Friends of Shanklin Theatre also paid tribute to Shaw.

    *Chairman Peter Coleman said: "The Shanklin Theatre has lost a great friend in Shaw, who still in later years attended performances at the theatre and contributed to keeping the theatre open.

    "Not everyone will know that as a young actor before his Television career, many of his early acting parts were at the theatre, memories which he still cherished. Shaw will be sadly missed by all his friends at the theatre."

    TAYLOR, Shaw (Eric Taylor)
    Born: 10/26/1924, Hackney, London, England, U.K.
    Died: 3/17/2015, Isle of Wright, England, U.K.

    Shaw Taylor’s western – actor:
    The Cabin in the Clearing (TV) - 1959 (‘The Owl’)

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