Fred Rai has died
April 25, 2015
The founder of Dasinger Western City succumbed to the effects of a stroke on horseback.
As the Augsburger Allgemeine reported in its online edition of 24 April 2015 Rai suffered a heart attack during a horseback ride in the vicinity of its Western City and died at the scene. Rai who founded Western City in Dasing 35 years ago, in 2005 the Karl May Festival took place here. Rai, western riders and singers joined in the performances and even on, mostly in the role of villain. Fred Rai was 73 years old. Fred was also an accomplished singer and released a number of singles and albums.
RAI, Fred (Manfred Raible)
Born: 11/27/1941, Ellwangen, Baden-Würtemberg, Germany
Died: 4/24/2015, Dasing, Bavaria, Germany
Fred Rai was to play the role of Colonel Brinkley in the upcoming Karl May festival.
RIP Nigel Terry
By: Michael Coveney
May 3, 2015
Stage and screen actor known for his roles in The Lion in Winter, Excalibur and Caravaggio
Every now and then, a strange and mystical being wanders through the British theatre, and Nigel Terry, who has died of emphysema aged 69, was a prime example. Terry was admired by all who worked with him and revered by his contemporaries, fully deserving that over-used description “an actor’s actor”.
He made a sensational film debut in Anthony Harvey’s The Lion in Winter (1968) as a drooling young Prince John, no way fazed by playing scenes with Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. But unlike his fellow debutants on this film – Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton – he became a hermit to Hollywood until he burst forth again as a rueful, melancholic King Arthur in John Boorman’s Excalibur (1981), playing opposite Helen Mirren as Morgana and Nicol Williamson as Merlin.
O’Toole and Williamson took a shine to Terry and they became his idols, as much for their independence and bolshiness as for their talent. Naturally taciturn and suspicious, Terry was an ideal actor – along with Tilda Swinton and Sean Bean – for the independent, idiosyncratic film-maker Derek Jarman, notably playing the title role in Caravaggio (1986) as a bisexual voluptuary with a stylish goatee and a gleaming eye; he was good at being lustful, sweaty, intense.
Otherwise, he worked mostly in theatre, but not exclusively with any one company or director. He was prominent on the fringe of both the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company, often working with fellow mavericks such as the director Max Stafford-Clark and the playwright Howard Barker. He played Byron in the first revival in 1988 of Howard Brenton’s Bloody Poetry, at the Royal Court; he was, said a fellow cast member, Sian Thomas, “beautiful, turbulent, wild”.
The wildness came from a deep, still centre. Off stage, in the pub, I remember him rolling his own cigarettes, very slowly, while staring into a pint. As a student, he drove a flatmate crazy with his protracted silences at the breakfast table. “I can’t stand your fucking moods!” the flatmate exclaimed one morning. Another silence of 10 minutes. “Moods?” Terry muttered, darkly.
He was always going to be an artist, preferably a painter, from a young age. His ancestry was English, Irish and Huguenot. He was the first baby born in Bristol after the end of the second world war, the only child of Frank Terry, an RAF pilot, and his wife, Doreen (nee Such). The family moved to Truro, in Cornwall, where his father was a senior probation officer.
Terry developed his passion for acting, and painting, while at Truro school, joined the National Youth Theatre in his holidays, and worked briefly in forestry and as a petrol pump attendant before training at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London in 1963. He made a stage debut with Dolphin Theatre at the Shaw Theatre in north London, playing Evans in Willis Hall’s The Long and the Short and the Tall, and Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet.
After seasons in rep at the Oxford Playhouse and the Bristol Old Vic and The Lion in Winter, he appeared in controversial new plays at the Royal Court, including the premieres of Edward Bond’s The Fool (1975) and Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (1976). At the RSC in the late 1970s he was Soranzo in ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Casca in Julius Caesar.
He featured in a notable season at the National in 1981, playing the lead in Molière’s Don Juan as a brazen but unflustered Spanish nobleman, as if, said the Guardian critic Michael Billington, David Niven were playing Tamburlaine. He also played a laconic Rakitin in Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, opposite a refulgent Francesca Annis. Both shows were directed by Peter Gill, and I’ll never forget Terry’s bitter declaration in the latter, almost a credo, that all love was a catastrophe.
In Barker’s Victory (1983), he was Charles II, and in his The Bite of the Night (1988), directed by Danny Boyle, he was “the last classics teacher at a defunct university” who goes in search of Homer, Eros and Helen of Troy. Also in the 80s he led a brilliant production of Dostoevsky’s The Possessed directed by Yuri Lyubimov at the Almeida and, for the RSC, played a sinister Bosola in The Duchess of Malfi, with Harriet Walter in the title role, and a great double of Shylock and Benedick, opposite Fiona Shaw, on a small-scale tour of The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing.
In his last major film, William Petersen’s Troy (2004), an epic starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom, Terry had the joy of playing a Trojan high priest and adviser to O’Toole’s King Priam. But you get the measure of the man, and his mystery, in the Jarman movies, not only Caravaggio, but also War Requiem (1989), an experimental docudrama using Benjamin Britten’s momentous music and featuring Laurence Olivier in his last ever appearance on stage or screen.
In Jarman’s Edward II (1991), an outrageous version of Marlowe’s play, Terry played Mortimer, and the king’s army were a bunch of gay rights marchers, while in the extraordinary Blue (1993), shot entirely in a shimmering shade of aquamarine, Terry, Swinton, John Quentin and Jarman himself, on the brink of death from Aids, read from the director’s diaries and other writings.
Terry moved from London back to Cornwall in 1993 and spent the rest of his days there, partly to be near his parents in their last years but also to enjoy the beauty of the cliffs and sea.
Deeply attractive and private to the last, he lived alone in a cottage near St Ives.
TERRY, Nigel (Peter Nigel Terry)
Born: 8/15/1945 Bristol, England, U.K.
Died: 4/30/2015, England, U.K.
Nigel Terry’s western – actor:
The New Zorro (TV) – 1991 (Jorge Ventura)
Steve Anderson Dies at 67; Director of ‘South Central,’ ‘Cash’
May 1, 2015
Filmmaker Stephen Milburn Anderson, best known for 1992’s Oliver Stone-produced “South Central” and 2010’s “Cash,” starring Sean Bean and Chris Hemsworth, died Friday, May 1, at his home in Denver after a battle with throat cancer. He was 67.
Anderson was a pioneer in the use of digital filmmaking and an early advocate of the New Mexico Film Incentive Program.
Anderson wrote and directed eight movies. His short “Hearts of Stone” was the 1987 runner-up for Academy Award and played at the Sundance Film Festival, where it came to the attention of Oliver Stone, who subsequently produced Anderson’s first feature film, “South Central,” which was released by Warner Bros. The movie received wide critical acclaim, most notably in the New York Times where film critic Janet Maslin named Anderson one of the “Who’s Who Among Hot New Filmmakers in America,” along with Quentin Tarantino and Tim Robbins.
Anderson’s second feature was originally titled “Rangers” and released in 1997 under the title “Dead Men Can’t Dance.” In 2007, he wrote and directed “Cash”(originally titled “The Root of All Evil”), starring Sean Bean and Chris Hemsworth in what was the latter’s feature film debut.
Over the past 25 years Anderson worked as a producer, writer, director, production manager, post-production supervisor, location manager, camera assistant, electrician, grip and sound recordist.
In 1986-87 Anderson organized and produced the Discovery Program, a series of 16 professional short films for Columbia Pictures and David Puttnam. The first, “Ray’s Male Heterosexual Dance Hall,” won the Academy Award for best short. The Discovery Program has produced more than 60 films in all, garnering 14 Academy Award nominations and three Oscars (the program is still ongoing).
In 1999 he co-founded the digital production film festival Flicks on 66 (eventually renamed Digifest Southwest) in Albuquerque. Thirty-four short digital films have been produced so far.
Anderson founded the Studio New Mexico, which hosted the $30 million Tom Cruise-Paula Wagner production “Suspect Zero.” This film was one of the first to take advantage of the fledgling New Mexico state funding legislation.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in motion picture production and American literature at the University of New Mexico and his master’s degree in motion picture production at UCLA.
Anderson was a member of the Writers Guild of America and also wrote several novels.
ANDERSON, Stephen Milburn
Born: 1947, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Died: 5/1/2015, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Stephen Milburn Anderson’s western – producer:
Ride - 2001
Grace Lee Whitney, Yeoman Rand on Original 'Star Trek,' Dies
May 3, 2015
Grace Lee Whitney, 85, the futuristic-clipboard-bearing Yeoman Janice Rand on the original series of "Star Trek," died this weekend in the town of Coarsegold, California, her family confirmed. No cause of death was reported.
Whitney, a recovering alcoholic, spent the last 35 years of her life helping others with addiction problems, often at women's correctional facilities or the Salvation Army, her family said. They said she was credited with having helped thousands of people successfully complete 12-step addiction programs.
Until just the last few years, Whitney was also a regular at "Star Trek" conventions around the world. She titled her autobiography "The Longest Trek."
Whitney was born Mary Ann Chase in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 1930, and was raised by an adoptive family. After several years as a dancer with big bands, she was cast as Janice Rand, a Star Fleet yeoman who was personal assistant to William Shatner's Capt. James T. Kirk, in the first season of the original 1966-to-1969 run of "Star Trek."
When the series was reborn as a movie franchise in 1979, Whitney returned, now promoted to chief petty officer, in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture." By the time she made her last appearance as Rand, in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country," in 1991, she had made it to lieutenant.
As closely identified with Yeoman Rand as she was, however, her family stressed Sunday that Whitney's preference would be to be remembered as a "successful survivor of addiction."
"Grace experienced 35 years of sobriety through continuous fellowship with others and through God and Jesus," they said.
WHITNEY, Grace Lee (Mary Ann Chase)
Born: 4/1/1930 Ann Arbor, Michigan
Died: 5/1/2015 Coarsegold, California, U.S.A.
Grace Lee Whitney’s westerns – actress:
Mystery Range – 1947 (Laura Lambert)
The Texan Meets Calamity Jane – 1950 (Cecelia Mullen)
Cowboy G-Men – 1952 (saloon girl)
Hannah Lee: An American Primitive – 1953 (Mrs. Stiver)
Riding Shotgun – 1954 (saloon girl)
Strange Lady in Town – 1955 (Brunette)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – (saloon girl)
Overland Trail – 1960 (saloon girl)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1961 (Ellen)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1961 (Louise Talbot)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962 (Pearl)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1962 (Rose)
Frontier Circus (TV) – 1962 (Circus Blonde)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1962, 1964, 1968, 1969 (Della, Kat, Angela Cummings, Nellie)
The Man from Galveston – 1963 (Texas Rose)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1964 (Nora)
Temple Houston (TV) – 1964 (Tangerine O'Shea)
Rango (TV) – 1967
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1968 (Katie)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1968 (Maggie)
The Virginian (TV) – (Heather, Nina)
José Canalejas, a classic 'spaghetti western' actor dies at 90
The Madrid player who participated during four decades in Western movies, died on May 1 at home
Madrid - actor Jose Alvarez Canalejas, a face well known in the distributions of the spaghetti western, died on May 1 at age 90 at his home in Madrid, according to today AISGE (Artists and Performers Management Society) Foundation.
The Madrid artist was born on February 14, 1925 and accumulated four decades of experience in front of the camera, but he also directed a couple of films with the Calatrava brothers as protagonists.
Jose Canalejas was a regular Western movies over four decades of occupation, with titles as celebrated as' A Fistful of Dollars "(1964) or 'The Death was a price' (1965), where Sergio Leone gave the opportunity to share screen with Clint Eastwood.
In its almost hundred films also include those made with Amando director Ossorio, with whom he worked in the most diverse genres, from the intrigues of saloon in 'The Tomb of the gunman' (1964) the great terror of 'Attack of the eyeless dead '(1973) or' Sea Serpent '(1984).
He also participated with episodic roles in television series like 'Curro Jiménez' (1977) or 'Turn trade' (1986) and other relevant in 'The barracks' (1979) or 'Riders alba' (1990), this last under the command of Vicente Aranda, whose firm also carries one of his last film credits stressed: "The Lute: walks or bursts" (1987).
Although retired since 1997, also he had time to exercise in the seventies as a director of comedies 'The last process in Paris' and 'El in ... moral', both starring the Calatrava brothers.
CANALEJAS, José (José Álvarez Canalejas)
Born: 2/14/1925, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: 5/1/2015, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
José Canalejas’ westerns – actor:
The Sign of Zorro – 1962 (lieutenant)
Torrejón City – 1962 (bandit)
Billy the Kid - 1963 (soldier)
Ride and Kill – 1963 (Chirlo)
A Fistful of Dollars - 1964 (Alvaro)
Grave for a Gunfighter – 1964 (Brandon henchman)
The Secret of Captain O’Hara – 1964 (Wills)
Django - 1965 (Rodriguez henchman)
A Fistful of Knuckles - 1965 (lieutenant)
For a Few Dollars More - 1965 (Chico)
Mutiny at Fort Sharp – 1965 (Confederate soldier)
The Relentless Four – 1965 (Rex Calhoun)
God Forgives... I Don’t! - 1966 (Frederico)
The Hellbenders - 1966 (Mexican bandit)
Savage Gringo – 1966 (Elmer Dawson)
Sugar Colt – 1966 (bearded bandit)
A Taste for Killing – 1966 (Peter)
The Ugly Ones – 1966 (Juan Valdez)
A Few Bullets More - 1967 (Heredia)
A Man, a Colt – 1967 (Don Carlos henchman)
A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die – 1967 (Seminole)
A Stranger in Paso Bravo – 1967 (hired hand)
A Train for Durango – 1967 (Manuel)
Bury Them Deep – 1968 (Gunn henchman)
Cemetery Without Crosses - 1968 (Valee brother)
God May Forgive You, Not Me – 1968 (bounty hunter)
I Want Him Dead - 1968 (Duke Newton)
Killer, Adios – 1968 (henchman)
The Mercenary – 1968 (Sebastian)
One After the Other – 1968 (Frank)
White Comanche - 1968
The Price of Power – 1969 (deputy)
Adios, Sabata - 1970 (Murdock brothers vs Sabata duel observer)
Companeros! - 1970 (Mongo henchman)
Reverend Colt – 1970 (José/Joe)
Sabata the Killer – 1970 (Chango)
Raise Your Hands, Dead Man, You’re Under Arrest – 1971 (Spiro/Angel)
Thunder Over El Paso – 1971
What Am I Doing in the Middle of the Revolution? – 1971
Sonny & Jed – 1972 (Doñ Garcia henchman)
Blood River - 1973 (Matt)
The Man Called Noon – 1973 (Dave Cherry)
The Three Musketeers of the West – 1973 (Señor Mendoza)
Three Supermen of the West – 1973 (Buffalo Bill)
The Great Adventure - 1974 [as Joseph Cana]
If You Shoot... You Live - 1974 (Tex)
Revenge of the Black Wolf – 1981 (Alcalde)
White Apache – 1985 (White Bear)
Scalps – 1986
Writer-Director Norman Thaddeus Vane Dies at 86
The Hollywood Reporter
By Sam Weisberg
Norman Thaddeus Vane, a writer-director behind such films as the 1983 cult horror film Frightmare and Club Life, a 1986 drama starring Tony Curtis, has died. He was 86.
Vane died Saturday morning of heart failure at his home in Hollywood, according to his housemates, actor-producer John Makshanoff and Jeff Vella.
Vane also penned the screenplays for the Herman’s Hermits showcase Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter (1968) — co-starring his then-wife Sarah Caldwell, whom he married when she was 16 and he was about 38 — and Lola (1970), a Richard Donner film that starred Charles Bronson and Susan George and was loosely based on that May-December union.
Born Norman Theodore Vein on July 7, 1928, in Brookhaven, N.Y., Vane wrote his first play, The Penguin, which starred Martin Landau. It opened off-Broadway in 1952 to favorable reviews.
Shortly after his less-than-stellar Broadway debut in 1956, Harbor Lights, he relocated to London, where he wrote his first two films, Conscience Bay (1960), which he also helmed, and The Fledglings (1964).
During this time, he owned nightclubs and was a frequent contributing writer to Penthouse magazine; the first story he submitted was about an English orgy.
VANE, Norman Thaddeus (Norman Theodore Vein)
Born: 7/7/1928, Brookhaven, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 5/2/2015, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Norman Thaddeus Vane’s western – writer:
Shadow of the Hawk – 1976 [story, screenplay]
RIP Art Levinson
Los Angeles Times
May 6, 2015
September 3, 1933 - May 4, 2015 Born on September 3, 1933 in Los Angeles, Art was a true L.A. native. He attended Beverly Hills High, graduated from UCLA, and was a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Art spent 50 years in the film industry, starting as a studio mail boy working his way up to producing film and television. He was a longstanding member of the DGA and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Art is survived by his wife Judy Levinson; his sons Dan Levinson (Molly Ryan) and Michael Levinson (Kirsten Wojcik); his grandchildren Finleigh and Keeley Levinson; and his stepson Scott Baron.
LEVINSON, Art (Arthur Lynn Levinson)
Born: 9/3/1933, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/4/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Art Levinson’s westerns assistant director, production manager, producer:
The Virginian (TV) – 1970 [assistant director]
Return to Lonesome Dove (TV) – 1993 [producer]
Buffalo Girls (TV) – 1995 [production manager]
The Staircase (TV) – 1998 [producer]
King of Texas (TV) – 2002 [producer, production manager]
William Bast, Writer for TV Who Penned James Dean Bios, Dies at 84
By Carmel Dagan
May 7, 2015
William Bast, who wrote extensively for both film and TV and was also known for his two biographies of James Dean, died of complications from Alzheimer’s on May 4. He was 84.
Bast wrote scripts for episodes of series including “Combat!,” “Perry Mason,” “Ben Casey,” “The Outer Limits,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Honey West,” “Dr. Kildare,” “The Mod Squad” and “It Takes a Thief.” He also wrote scripts for the BBC and British Independent Television, adapted Jean Giradoux’s play “Tiger at the Gates” for Granada Television and wrote episodes for classic series “The Prisoner.”
In 1976 he received the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award for his telepic “The Legend of Lizzie Borden,” starring Elizabeth Montgomery. His 1977 adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ “The Man in the Iron Mask,” with Richard Chamberlain in the dual role, was nominated for an Emmy, and in 1982 his script for “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” with Anthony Andrews and Ian McKellen, was honored with a Christopher Award. In 1984, his script for the miniseries “The First Modern Olympics” won him the Writers Guild Award for outstanding script for TV longform series.
From 1985-87 Bast wrote and produced, with his partner Paul Huson, “The Colbys,” a spinoff from the ABC series “Dynasty.” With Huson he also wrote and produced a variety of television movies and series including “Tucker’s Witch,” “The Hamptons,” “Pursuit,” “The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake,” “Power and Beauty” and “The Fury Within.”
Bast’s film credits include the script for 1969’s “The Valley of Gwangi,” “Hammerhead” and the 1978 adaptation of Harold Robbins’ “The Betsy,” which starred Laurence Olivier and Robert Duvall.
Born in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Bast moved to Los Angeles to study theater arts at UCLA. There he met and became a close friend of actor James Dean. When Dean died, Bast wrote a highly regarded biography of his friend entitled “James Dean: A Biography.” In 2006, he wrote a second, more candid, book about his relationship with Dean entitled “Surviving James Dean.”
Bast is survived by his partner of 48 years, Paul Huson; his brother; and a niece.
BAST, William E.
Born: 4/3/1931, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 5/4/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
William E. Bast’s western – screenwriter:
The Valley of Gwangi - 1968 [co-screenwriter]
Legendary fiddler Johnny Gimble dies at 88
May 9, 2015
According to family members, Johnny Gimble, one of the greatest fiddlers to ever pick up a bow, died Saturday, just weeks before his 89th birthday.
His career included a stint as a Texas Playboy with the legendary Western swing musician Bob Wills and then gained fame for his backup work with country stars from Merle Haggard to Carrie Underwood. Over his six decades in music, Mr. Gimble also recorded with a number of legends, including Marty Robbins and Chet Atkins, and toured with Willie Nelson.
His daughter, Cyndy, said Gimble died Saturday morning near his home in Dripping Springs, near Austin, "finally rid of the complications from several strokes over the past few years."
Gimble grew up on a farm near Tyler, in East Texas, spent two years with Wills' group beginning in 1949, and later became a much-requested session musician in Nashville performing with country giants such as Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. He won six Country Music Association awards as best instrumentalist.
He was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship in 1994.
GIMBLE, Johnny (John Gimble)
Born: 5/30/1927, Tyler, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 5/9/2015, Dripping Springs, Texas, U.S.A.
Johnny Gimble’s western – musician:
Macintosh and T.J. – 1975 (fiddle player)
Actress Maria Eugenia Dávila has died
May 9, 2015
The actress was ill health. Since last April was serious.
He died Saturday in Bogota Colombian actress Maria Eugenia Dávila. He was 65 years old.
The news was confirmed by the actress Amparo Grisales and cartoonist Vladdo.
Davila had been detained in a clinic Navarra Bogotá due to serious ill health.
"Very unfortunate death of Maria Eugenia. She always played hard as a child. It was a great actress and great person," said the director Pepe Sanchez.
He was born in Medellin and began acting in 1959 at age 10.
He participated in novels like The Mary in 1972, the first television adaptation of the work of Jorge Isaacs. Among his most notable roles was her performance in An Angel Street, Manuelita Saenz, weed, The Bazaar of the Idiots, Lady Isabel, among others.
Julio Cesar Herrera, Screen Actors Guild, told Radio Blu this unionization is making all the arrangements for the funeral of the actress.
"Even we do not know where to be, the decision will be his son," he said.
DAVILA, Maria Eugenia
Born: 5/9/1949, Medellin, Columbia
Died: 5/9/2015, Bogota, Columbia
Maria Eugenia Davila’s western – actress:
Aventures de Huck - 1969
Richard S. Hornbeck was born in New York City on April 4, 1937. Sutton Place South, New York City, New York, U.S.A. Son of Paul H. Hornbeck 1905, Olga Hornbeck 1911, brother of Danuel P. Hornbeck 1934. He graduated in 1958 from Columbia University with a Master’s Degree in Art. He acted on television and in Italy under the alias Rick Horn. Rick married Rosaria while in Italy and became a chiropractor in returning with her to open a practice in El Segundo, California they then moved to Seneca, South Carolina where Rick continued his practice. He developed Spinal Stenosis and the couple decided to move to the hill country of Texas and a warmer drier climate. One week after their arrival Rick died on Wednesday May 6, 2015 of congestive heart disease. Rick was 78 years-old.
HORN, Rick (Richard Stuart Hornbeck) [4/4/1937, New York City, New York, U.S.A. – 5/6/2015, Manor, Texas, U.S.A.] – model, stage, TV actor, chiropractor, married to Rosario Hornbeck (1979-2015).
The Man from Oklahoma – 1965 (Oklahoma John)
RIP Rachel Rosenthal
Los Angeles Times
May 13, 2015
LOS ANGELES — Rachel Rosenthal, the performance and theater artist who embraced environmentalism during a half-century career devoted to the avant-garde, has died in Southern California. She was 88.
Rosenthal died Sunday at her home in west Los Angeles, said Kate Noonan, managing director of the Rachel Rosenthal Company, the nonprofit theater group the artist founded in 1989. The cause was congestive heart failure, Noonan told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1E5xmxH).
Rosenthal's experimental productions often combined elements of drama, dance and music. Nearly all her works touched on the human connection to nature.
"The overriding theme in all my pieces is always the same," she told the Times in a 1995 interview. "It's about our relationship to the Earth. It deals with who we are as a species and how we belong on this planet."
For years, she performed with a shaved head — a kind of artistic trademark that she started in 1981. (In later years, she let her hair grow out somewhat.)
Born in Paris to Russian parents, Rosenthal fled with her family to escape World War II, moving to Brazil and eventually settling in New York.
Rosenthal studied art in the U.S. and France before moving to Southern California in 1955. She became active in the L.A. cultural scene, creating the Instant Theatre, an experimental company, and joining the feminist art movement that took off in the 1970s.
One of her most lasting creations was the TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theatre Ensemble, a group that has carried on her legacy of avant-garde performance.
Rosenthal began teaching performance in 1979 and went on to lecture at universities around the country.
For now, the Rachel Rosenthal Company will go on without its founder, the Times said.
Rosenthal is survived by her nephew, Eric Landau. A public memorial is being planned, but details haven't been announced.
Born: 11/9/1926, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 5/10/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Rachel Rosenthal’s western – actress:
The Virginian (TV) – 1970 (Natawista)
Anita Gordon 1929 - 2015
As a child star on radio, to "phantom singer" for famous leading ladies in the movies to producer in television, Anita Gordon spent the better part of her 85 years happily involved in all-things-musical. She died peacefully on May 10, 2015 in Newhall, California after several years of declining health.
Anita and her parents moved in 1935 from Texas to Hollywood where she became successful on network radio. As a teenager, she sang as a regular on ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's show (Edgar's famous dummy Charlie McCarthy allegedly was smitten with her). She was the voice who said "I don't talk to strangers.." on the Buddy Clark hit "Linda" in 1946, and voiced the part of the Singing Harp who helped Mickey Mouse escape from the Beanstalk Giant with "in his right vest pocket you'll find a key.." for Disney in 1947.
In the early days of television, Anita was a regular on The Ken Murray Show, and later a featured singer on the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show on ABC. In 1948, she married Dale Sheets, later an MCA/Universal executive, and gave birth to three girls in the early 50's. In the 60's, she appeared on various episodic television shows, then enjoyed a mini-career as the "ghost singer" for various female movie stars in movie musicals, including "State Fair" and "Paint Your Wagon." In the 70's, she remarried, traveled, and in the 80's and 90's co-produced videos and wrote music for various international clients including Philippine Airlines and Continental Airlines. Her husband, El Chan was an international airline executive and the couple traveled extensively.
She retired to Newhall, California in 2000, and is survived by her husband, her three daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Services will be held with family in Hawaii.
Born: 12/21/1929, Corsicana, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 5/10/2015, Newhall, California, U.S.A.
Anita Gordon’s western – actress, singer:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1958 (Mary)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1958 (Mary Reeder)
Paint Your Wagon – 1969 [singing voice of Jean Seberg]
RIP Alan Marcus
May 17, 2015
Alan Richard Marcus, 92 years old, whose life was dedicated to the arts and who was also a passionate advocate for social justice, passed away unexpectedly on May 5th at 5:25 AM. He suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage that came with no warning and no pain.
A Carmel Highlands resident since 1955, he was loved and is mourned by his wife and frequent collaborator of 63 years, psychologist Dr. Lotte Marcus, as well as his three adult children, Naomi Beth, Anina Ruth, and David Jonathan, son-in-law Colin Campbell, daughter-in-law Barbara Hall, three grandchildren, Gabriel Joseph, Ana Sofia and Jonathan Alan, brother-in-law Marvin Okanes, and two nephews, Jonathan and Paul Okanes.
A professional writer over the course of seventy years, Alan worked commercially in radio, television and film. In addition, he wrote four novels (one just recently published on Amazon.com), and many short stories, one of which won an Atlantic Monthly First Prize, and poetry. His fictional work received acclaim from Archibald MacLeish, Saul Bellow and Dorothy Parker, and was honored with a Guggenheim and a McDowell Colony fellowship. He wrote critical essays on politics, psychology, public policy, and multiple sclerosis.
He was also a jazz pianist and over the years he composed both words and music for songs he performed with daughter Naomi and son David, with whom he recently composed a piano rag. He mentored and was passionate about helping artists to bring their work to fruition, though he could be a very acerbic critic at times.
Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Alan Marcus was the son of Philip Marcus and Rose Duwinsky, and brother to Barbara Marcus who predeceased him. Educated at Brown University, Alan served in the US Army in World War II, during the invasion of Normandy, the liberation of France, and the post-war occupation of Germany. The short stories that emerged from these experiences appeared first in the Atlantic Monthly magazine, culminating in the publication of his first novel, Straw to Make Brick, which is about the chaos and trauma of Germany immediately after the war.
He then became a staff writer for MGM Studios in Los Angeles, scripting half a dozen feature films and numerous other television dramas. His treatment titled "Wives Ahoy" became the basis for the hit ABC series, "Here Come the Brides." This commercial work led to the writing of his much-praised second novel, Of Streets and Stars, a poetic description of the lives of those who work and live in the artificial Hollywood film world.
In the 1970's, Alan, with his wife Lotte, founded AKTOS Inc. This educational company was dedicated to producing and teaching video dramas for English-As-A-Second-Language classrooms, which evoked and cut through cross-cultural dissonance in the Salinas Valley. He then turned his attention to health care policy, and published a series of articles in medical journals such as Family Medicine and Family Systems Medicine.
His final years were spent supporting playwright Rick Foster's non-profit organization, Duende, dedicated to bringing California history into children's classrooms in Sonoma County. On the last day of his life, he was engrossed in editing a new novel, "Journey South", the third that he will have published on Amazon.
Our dear Alan will be cremated by the Mission Mortuary within the next two weeks, and a memorial service will be held on the Monterey Peninsula this July.
Our entire family, and especially Lotte, would gratefully appreciate any memories, photos, or thoughts of Alan that will help us in our grief. These may be posted at Alan's memorial site, http://www.forevermissed.com/alan-richard-marcus/#about. Contributions in his memory may be made to your local library. If you would please let us know of any such library contributions through the memorial site, we, in turn, will ship Alan's latest books to the library as our co-donation, as Alan was disconsolate about the state of reading in our culture.
MARCUS, Alan (Alan Richard Marcus)
Born: 7/10/1922, Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A
Died: 5/5/2015, Carmel Highlands, California, U.S.A.
Alan Marcus’s westerns – screenwriter:
The Marauders – 1955
Here Come the Brides – 1968-1970
RIP Arlette Thomas
By Emilie Lopez
May 15, 2015
The actress Arlette Thomas died on Wednesday May 13 at the age of 87. A talented voice dubber, she was the mother of Pierre Jolivet and Marc and Françoise Dasque
Her name is not well known to everyone, but her voice should be, she is immensely known in France.
In the early 1950s Arlette Thomas began an artistic career, first in the theater and, in parallel, on the radio. A few years later, she discovered what would become her passion: dubbing. Therefore, her voice will lull the most tender childhood for several generations, since double-Titi, the little canary Tweety and Sylvester, but Caliméro or Uranus, in the cartoon Goldorak. Next she was seen on the big screen, she become the French voice of Shirley MacLaine in most of her films in the late 1970s and telephoto side, that of Renée Taylor, day mum Fran in The Nanny.
Subsequently, she turned to art direction and officiated on dubbing trays and the Restless for twenty years. But she suffered a stroke in 2010 and took early retirement.
THOMAS, Arlette (Arlette Suzanne Thomas)
Born: 11/5/1927, Paris, Île-de-France France
Died: 5/13/2015, France
Arlette Thomas’ western – actress:
Pony Soldiers – 1952 [French voice of Penny Edwards]
Jubal – 1956 [French voice of Felicia Farr]
From Hell to Texas – 1958 [French voice of Diane Varsi]
Bonanza – 1960 [French voice of Glora Talbot]
The Last Sunset – 1961 [French voice of Carol Lynley]
Last of the Mohicans – 1965 [French voice of Sara Lezana]
A Time for Dying – 1969 (Mamie’s girl)
Joe Kidd – 1972 [French voice of Stella Garcia]
Robert Drasnin, ‘Twilight Zone’ Composer, Dies at 87
By Jon Burlingame
May 15, 2015
Robert Drasnin, composer of “The Kremlin Letter” and many classic TV shows including “Twilight Zone,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “Mission: Impossible,” died Wednesday, May 13, at Providence Tarzana Medical Center. He was 87. Death was due to complications from a recent fall.
Drasnin, whose credits also include scores for “The Wild Wild West,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “Lost in Space,” “Police Story” and “Hawaii Five-0,” served as director of music for CBS Television from 1977 to 1991.
He was born Nov. 17, 1927, in Charleston, W.Va., but lived in Southern California from 1938. He majored in music at UCLA, receiving his B.A. in 1949, and was soon on the road playing saxophone, clarinet and flute for bandleaders Skinnay Ennis and Les Brown.
After Army service during the Korean War, he returned to UCLA as a graduate student and became associate conductor of the UCLA Symphony. During the 1950s he also played with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra and Red Norvo’s quintet.
Drasnin’s scoring career began in the ’50s, composing for live television dramas including “Climax,” “Studio One,” “Ford Startime” and “Playhouse 90.”
He scored a handful of feature films including John Huston’s “The Kremlin Letter” and the early Jack Nicholson western “Ride in the Whirlwind,” but he was most active in TV. His other series assignments included “The Time Tunnel,” “I Spy,” “Daniel Boone,” “Mannix,” “Cannon,” “The Rookies” and “Barnaby Jones.”
He also composed music for more than a dozen TV-movies including the Lee J. Cobb version of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and such early ABC telefilms as “Daughter of the Mind,” “The Old Man Who Cried Wolf,” “Crowhaven Farm” and “Dr. Cook’s Garden.”
While head of CBS’s music department in the 1980s, he worked with the Grateful Dead on music for the revived “Twilight Zone” series, along with scoring several episodes himself.
His 1959 exotica album “Voodoo” became a cult favorite and inspired a 2007 sequel, “Voodoo II.” The popularity of those albums led him to return to live performance in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Drasnin was also active as an educator, teaching film scoring, orchestration and music theory at Cal State Northridge from 1976 to 1991; and in the film scoring program of UCLA Extension from 1993 through 2014. He was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Survivors include his wife Marlene; a brother, documentary producer Irv Drasnin; three children and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Born: 11/17/1927, Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.A
Died: 5/13/2015, Tarzana, California, U.S.A.
Robert Drasnin’s westerns – composer, music supervisor:
The Rebel (TV) – 1959, 1960 [composer]
Rawhide (TV) – 1961 [music supervisor]
Wagon Train (TV) – 1963 [music supervisor]
Wide Country (TV) – 1963 [composer]
The Wild Wild West (TV), 1965, 1966 [composer, conductor]
The Monroes (TV) – 1966 [composer]
Ride the Whirlwind – 1966 [composer]
Custer (TV) – 1967 [composer]
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1967, 1969 [composer]
Lancer (TV) – 1968, 1969, 1970 [composer]
The Desperate Mission (TV) - 1969 [composer]
More Wild Wild West (TV) – 1980 [music supervisor]
Calamity Jane (TV) – 1984 [music supervisor]
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (TV) – 1987 [music supervisor]
Gunsmoke: The Last Apache (TV) – 1990 [music supervisor]
Bloor River (TV) – 1991 [music supervisor]
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (TV) – 1992 [music supervisor]
Gill Dennis, Screenwriter on 'Walk the Line,' Dies at 74
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
May 15, 2015
Gill Dennis, who co-wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed 2005 Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, has died. He was 74.
Dennis, who also penned Walter Murch’s Return to Oz (1985) and did the teleplay for the 1996 TNT Western Riders of the Purple Sage, starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, died recently at his home in Portland, Ore., according to the American Film Institute. No other details were immediately available.
With fellow students Terrence Malick, David Lynch, and Caleb Deschanel, Dennis was a 1971 graduate of the AFI Conservatory’s first class, serving as an intern on the 1970 Sam Peckinpahfilm The Ballad of Cable Hogue. He returned to the school in 1997 as a master filmmaker-in-residence and recently taught the incoming class in September.
He also oversaw screenwriting workshops in Ireland, Portugal, Scotland and Australia.
For Walk the Line, Dennis teamed with director James Mangold to adapt Johnny Cash: The Autobiography, published in 1997. The drama earned five Oscar nominations, with Reese Witherspoon winning for best actress for her portrayal of June Carter.
Dennis interviewed Cash for three weeks before filming; during one session, he asked the country superstar to draw the floor plan of the house where he grew up in Arkansas.
“He sketched with a palsied hand and I watched,” Dennis said in a profile story that was published in April. “I wanted to know everything — where the sun came into the house in the morning, where he listened to the radio and where he slept.”
“He’s the best writer who doesn’t like words,” Deschanel said in the piece. “He has an understanding of how things work and finds the right way of telling you something without saying it. That’s the best way to tell a story.”
A native of Charlottesville, Va., who attended Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh and served in the U.S. Army, Dennis worked as an uncredited writer with Murch on The Black Stallion (1979). He wrote and directed Without Evidence (1995), starring Angelina Jolie, and penned the screenplay for On My Own (1991), starring Judy Davis.
He also wrote the Showtime miniseries Home Fires, named as one of the top 10 television events of 1987 by Time magazine.
Dennis played “Man With Cigar” in Eraserhead (1977), written and directed by his pal Lynch, but his scene was left on the cutting room floor.
Dennis was married to actress Elizabeth Hartman, who received an Oscar nomination in 1966 for portraying the blind teenager who becomes romantically involved with Sidney Poitier’s character in A Patch of Blue. Suffering from depression, she jumped to her death in 1987, a few years after their divorce, at age 45.
Dennis wrote and directed the 1973 film Intermission, in which Hartman starred.
Survivors include his wife, Kristen — a daughter of Peckinpah — and two sons.
Born: 1941 Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 5/15/2015 Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Gill Dennis’ westerns – screenwriter:
In Pursuit of Treasure – 1972
Riders of the Purple Sage (TV) – 1996
The Ranch - 2007
Actor Elijah Gleizer dies aged 81
He died on Saturday (16) in Rio, circulatory failure.
His most recent role was in the soap opera 'Boogie Oogie'.
The actor Globo Elias Gleizer died aged 81 on Saturday (16) in Rio.
He was admitted to the Hospital Copa D'Or, in Copacabana, from May 6 and died circulatory failure due to trauma. He suffered a fall and the picture has worsened.
No information about the funeral. An actor's sister who lives in São Paulo is on its way from Rio to arrange the details. He never married or had children.
Elias was born on January 4, 1934, in São Paulo, son of Polish Jewish immigrants, shoemaker father and a homemaker mother.
In fact, Elijah did not; to tell her given name, usually it needs to repeat the same story as always: "When I'm in a public office at the time of delivery of the document, they start: 'Pedro de Oliveira, Antonio de Souza, Joaquim Gonçalves ...' When realize a two-minute break, I say: 'I am'. My name is Ilicz. I often say that there were only three Ilicz in the world:. Ilytch Tchaikovsky, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and Ilicz Gleizer "( read the full profile on the site Memory Globe )
He worked in theater and film, but devoted himself on television. The actor's career began in the late 1950s in the former TV Tupi. The latest paper Elias Gleizer in novels was in "Boogie Oogie," 2014. The actor was also in dozens of productions, including the novels "Modern Times,""Passage to India", "Pé na Jaca", "Sinha girl "," My Dream ", among others.
GLEIZER, Elias (Globo Elias Gleizer)
Born: 1/4/1934, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Died: 5/16/2015, Rio de Janiero, Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Elias Gleizer’s western – actor:
Bang Bang (TV) – 2005 (Bispo)
RIP John Stephenson
For years, cartoons came and went in the production line at Hanna-Barbera, but John Stephenson was always there, lending his voice to comic and not-so-comic characters.
John Stephenson died last night May 15, 2015 at the age of 91, according to his son Roger. He had been in a care home and had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for some time.
He was just as comfortable in front of the camera as in front of a microphone. He has a long list of credits on live-action shows, some in regular roles, and probably a longer list in cartoons. He graduated from radio to television with ease and was the first person who appeared on camera when “I Love Lucy” debuted in 1951 (Stephenson was the commercial pitch-man).
For someone who failed an audition with Hanna-Barbera, he sure had a long career there.
Stephenson had all kinds of roles at the studio but his most famous one is, arguably, Mr. Slate on “The Flintstones.” In the photo above, you see him hovering over Mel Blanc (and blocking Alan Reed) as Joe Barbera goes over the story with the Flintstones’ voice cast (the bald guy in the back is Associate Producer Alan Dinehart).
Stephenson was from Kenosha, about 40 or so miles from Milwaukee, where the Journal felt he was local enough to profile in a feature article published February 13, 1963. This was after his first regular cartoon role as Fancy-Fancy on “Top Cat” had gone into Saturday morning reruns and well before he cropped up on seemingly every “Scooby-Doo” episode as a stumped law enforcement guy or a disguised villain who would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids and... well, you know the line.
STEPHENSON, John (John Winfield Stephenson)
Born: 8/9/1923, Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 5/15/2015, U.S.A.
John Stephenson’s westerns – actor, voice actor:
The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1954 (Ranger Roy Barnett)
Strange Lady in Town – 1955 (Captain Taggart)
Yancy Derringer (TV) – 1958 (Arthur Travers)
The Restles Gun (TV) – 1958 (Joel Fletcher)
Man Without a Gun (TV) – 1958 (Horn)
Wichita Town (TV) – 1959 (Cavendish)
Bonanza (TV) – 1959 (John Henry)
Frontier Doctor (TV) – 1959 (Clint Forbes)
Mackenzie’s Raiders (TV) – 1959 (Jack Taylor)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1960 (Miles Rogers)
Shotgun Slade (TV) – 1961 (Charlie Cummings)
Whispering Smith (TV) – 1961 (Eddie Royce)
F Troop (TV) – 1965 (General Custer)
The Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (warden)
The Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1975 [voice of Col. Allen Munro, Delaware Chief]
Davy Crockett on the Mississippi (TV) – 1976 [voice of Sloan, Andrew Jackson, blacksmith]
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1981 [voice of additional characters]
John Compton, Actor in 'Mildred Pierce' and 'The D.A.’s Man,' Dies at 91
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
John Compton, who appeared in the classic 1945 melodrama Mildred Pierce and then starred in a Jack Webb-produced TV crime series, The D.A.’s Man, has died. He was 91.
Compton died May 12 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his niece, Susan Long, told The Hollywood Reporter.
Compton also had small roles in such prominent pictures as Pride of the Marines (1945), starring John Garfield; San Antonio (1945), with Errol Flynn; Night and Day (1946), starring Cary Grant; and The Ten Commandments (1956), directed by Cecil B. DeMille.
He appeared opposite Jane Wyman in the Western Cheyenne (1947) and in The Glass Menagerie (1950), the first film adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play.
Compton also was seen in Jesse James Rides Again, a 13-chapter serial that played in theaters in 1947 and starred The Lone Ranger’s Clayton Moore as the (in this version, heroic) outlaw.
In Michael Curtiz’s Mildred Pierce (1945), starring Joan Crawford, Compton played Ted Forrester; the devilish Vera (Ann Blyth) pretends that she’s pregnant with his child in order to cheat his wealthy family out of $10,000.
Later, Compton starred in the 1959 NBC series The D.A.’s Man as Shannon, a wily investigator who goes undercover to infiltrate the New York mob. The short-lived drama was produced by Mark VII Limited, the production company led by Dragnet legend Webb.
Born John Tolley in Lynchburg, Tenn., Compton headed to New York in his early 20s to pursue a career in acting and appeared on Broadway in the 1945 comedy The Ryan Girl opposite June Havoc.
He came to Los Angeles in the early 1950s and was signed to a contract by Warner Bros.
Compton’s résumé also includes such films as California Passage (1950) and the TV shows The Cisco Kid, Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Highway Patrol, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Surfside 6 and The Real McCoys.
In the 1960s, Compton left acting to become a real estate developer in the Hollywood Hills and Laurel Canyon.
Survivors also include his wife of 51 years, Angela, and his sister June.
COMPTON, John (John Compton Tolley)
Born: 6/21/1923, Lynchburg, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Died: 5/12/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
John Compton’s westerns – actor:
San Antonio – 1945 (cowboy)
Cheyenne – 1947 (Limpy Bill)
Jesse James Rides Again – 1947 (Steve Long)
California Passage – 1950 (henchman)
Rock Island Trail – 1950 (trooper)
Oh! Susana – 1951 (Lieutenant Cutter)
Adventures of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush – 1954 (Baden)
The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1955 (Emery, Bob Barnes)
Friendly Persuasion – 1956 (Rebel lieutenant)
Thunder Over Arizona – 1956 (Tab Warren)
Spoilers of the Forest – 1957 (Billy Mitchell)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1958 (Sam Adams)
Colt .45 (TV) – 1958 (Will)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958 (Blain)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV) – 1958 (Rick Farley)
Fury (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Chris Lamber)