RIP Joan Riordan
Berry Highland Memorial
June 22, 2015
Joan Catherine Riordan, 79, Knoxville, TN died peacefully and in the presence of loved ones at 1:11am on June 20th, 2015.
Born January 29th, 1936 in Jersey City, NJ, Joan was one of four children, born to Joseph and Margaret McGhee. Her siblings include Evelyn Nitti (deceased), Margaret Martarano, of New Jersey, and Joseph McGhee of Manassas, Virginia.
Joan met and fell in love with James Riordan in 1956. Three years later they married in Jersey City, NJ. James and Joan had four children in four years: Jim, Alison, Noreen and Michael. The family relocated from Rutherford, NJ to Atlanta, GA in 1970. Joan and James moved to Knoxville in 2008.
Joan lived an amazing life, graduating from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA in 1976 while raising four children. She became a writer for what was then a start-up cable news network, CNN, deciding afterward that she would pursue an acting career. Joan appeared in numerous movies, television shows, plays and commercials. Joan was an awesome and beloved daughter, sister, friend, (she had so many), wife, (the best), mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, actress, writer, director, artist, volunteer, optimist, motivator, teacher and advisor. She will be missed more than any words can describe.
She will live on it the hearts of her family, including her husband, James Riordan of Knoxville, TN, her children, Jim Riordan of St. Louis, MO, and his wife Marianne, Alison Mencer of Knoxville, TN, and her husband Miles, Noreen Riordan Sandoval of Portland, OR, and her husband Ron, and Michael Riordan of Knoxville, TN, and his wife Martha. Her in-laws: Eddie and Barbara Riordan, Warren (deceased) and Catherine Curtis. Joan had 11 grandchildren; Christopher Randall, and his wife Emily, Kaitlyn Riordan, Jimmy Riordan, Meagan Sandoval, Kelly Sandoval, Ben Palazzolo, Ellen Palazzolo (deceased), Andy Mencer, Nick Mencer, Jimmy Bogosian, and Lisa Bogosian; two great grandchild, Avery Randall and Holiday Palazzolo, nineteen nieces/nephews and thousands of loving friends.
RIORDAN, Joan (Joan Catherine McGhee)
Born: 1/29/1936, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 6/20/2015, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Joan Riordan’s western – actress:
Glory – 1989 (white woman)
The Rose and the Jackal (TV) – 1990 (Esther Macy)
James Horner, Film Composer for 'Titanic' and 'Braveheart,' Dies in Plane Crash
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
June 22, 2015
The two-time Oscar winner, 61, worked on three James Cameron films, two 'Star Trek' movies and classics like 'A Beautiful Mind,''Field of Dreams' and 'Apollo 13.'
James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.
His death was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner's film music page as his assistant.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."
Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified.
For his work on the 1997 best picture winner Titanic, directed by James Cameron, Horner captured the Oscar for original dramatic score, and he nabbed another Academy Award for original song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings) for “My Heart Will Go On,” performed by Celine Dion.
“My job — and it’s something I discuss with Jim all the time — is to make sure at every turn of the film it’s something the audience can feel with their heart,” Horner said in a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times. “When we lose a character, when somebody wins, when somebody loses, when someone disappears — at all times I’m keeping track, constantly, of what the heart is supposed to be feeling. That is my primary role.”
His score for Titanic sold a whopping 27 million copies worldwide.
His fruitful partnership with Cameron also netted him Oscar noms for original score for the blockbusters Aliens (1986) and Avatar (2009). The pair reportedly were also at work on Avatar sequels.
The Los Angeles native earned 10 Oscar noms in all, also being recognized for his work on two other best picture winners: Braveheart (1995) and A Beautiful Mind (2001). He also received noms for An American Tail (1986), Field of Dreams (1989), Apollo 13 (1995) and House of Sand and Fog (2003).
Always busy, Horner has three films coming out soon: Southpaw, the boxing drama that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams and is due in theaters in July; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem, out in September; and The 33, a drama based on the 2010 mining disaster in Chile that’s set for November.
His lengthy film résumé includes The Lady in Red (1979), Wolfen (1981), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1983), Red Heat (1988), Glory (1989), The Rocketeer (1991), Patriot Games (1992), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), Jumanji (1995), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Troy (2004) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).
His father was two-time Oscar-winning art director/set designer Harry Horner (The Heiress, The Hustler).
Horner spoke about the state of his career in a December interview with David Hocquet.
“I’m much choosier,” he said.’ “I don’t want to be doing these movies that now 85 or 90 composers want, as opposed to six. And now all these movies, action movies. I don’t get offered all the movies obviously, but I see a lot of them and I do get asked to do a lot of them, and I just know they’re not asking me to do something that I can do something original, they’re asking me to do a formula and I’m too rebellious.”
HORNER, James (James Roy Horner)
Born: 8/14/1953, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 6/22/2015, Ventucopa, California, U.S.A.
James Horner’s western – composer conductor, musician:
Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (TV) - 1982 [composer]
Glory - 1989 [composer, conductor]
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West – 1991 [composer]
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys - 1991 [composer, musician]
Legends of the Fall – 1994 [composer, conductor]
Balto - 1995 [composer, conductor]
The Mask of Zorro – 1998 [composer, conductor]
The Missing - 2003 [composer]
The Legend of Zorro – 2005 [composer]
The New World - 2005 [composer]
RIP Tony Longo
By Denise Petski
June 22, 2015
Veteran character actor Tony Longo, whose imposing physique helped him land dozens of roles as the big tough guy in TV and film, died in his sleep at his home in Marina del Rey, CA. He was 53. His manager, Bohemia Group’s Susan Ferris, told Deadline she received word of his death on Sunday.
Born in New Jersey, Longo moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s and began working in TV and film. One of his earliest roles was Artie opposite Linda Lavin on the TV series Alice. Over a 30-plus-year career he has appeared in films including The Last Boy Scout, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Mulholland Drive, Feds (see photo above), The Takeover, Living In Peril, 16 Candles, Splash, and Fletch among others.
His most recent credits included features Pizza With Bullets and Base. According to IMDB, he also had several projects currently in development.
“When the team at Bohemia met with Tony they instantly feel in love with his natural charm and charisma, but also each of the managers had their own special memories of Tony’s performances from his vast career,” said Ferris. “He had the excitement and willingness to do anything. There is some comfort in knowing that he died peacefully in his sleep. Hollywood has lost a great actor.”
Longo is survived by his daughters Chloe, Danielle and Alexis.
LONGO, Tony (Anthony Longo)
Born: 8/19/1961, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 6/21/2015, Marina del Rey, California, U.S.A.
Tony Longo’s western – actor:
The Young Riders (TV) - 1990
Dick Van Patten, Who Starred in Eight Is Enough and The Love Boat, Dies at 86
Actor Dick Van Patten, perhaps best known as patriarch Tom Bradford on the '80s series Eight Is Enough, has died. He was 86.
Van Patten died Tuesday morning at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, due to complications from diabetes, PEOPLE confirms.
The actor was born in Kew Gardens, New York, in 1928 and began his career as a child star and model. He made his Broadway debut when he was 7 years old in Tapestry in Gray. He went on to appear in nearly 30 more Broadway shows.
Van Patten made the jump to television with the role of Nels Hansen in I Remember Mama, which ran from 1949 to 1957.
He also went on to act in numerous other TV shows including The New Dick Van Dyke Show, Happy Days, The Love Boat and, more recently, Arrested Development, That '70s Show and Hot in Cleveland.
In November, the actor joined his Love Boat castmates for a reunion in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to help christen a new Regal Princess cruise ship and celebrate 50 years of Princess Cruises.
He also acted in various Disney films, along with three movies directed by Mel Brooks (High Anxiety, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights.) In 2009, Van Patten penned an autobiography, Eighty Is Not Enough, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Van Patten, whom he was married to for more than 60 years, and three sons.
VAN PATTEN, Dick (Richard Vincent Van Patten)
Born: 12/9/1928, Kew Gardens, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/23/2015, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
Dick Van Patten’s westerns – actor:
Rawhide (TV) – 1959 (Matt)
Zachariah – 1971 (The Dude)
Dirty Little Billy – 1972 (Berle’s customer)
Joe Kidd – 1972 (hotel manager)
Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1972 (Earl Enright)
Westworld – 1973 (banker)
Treasure of Matecumbe – 1976 (gambler)
RIP Anthony Sydes
Demaine Funeral Home
Tom "Anthony" grew up as a child actor in North Hollywood, California with his mother and father, Ruth and Thomas William, his sisters, Carol and Debbie, and his brother Jonathan. Tom was credited with 34 acting roles to include Miracle on 34th Street, Sitting Pretty, Cheaper by the Dozen, Shadow on the Wall, Claudia and David and The Song of Love.
Tom enlisted in the Army in 1963. He attended Officer Candidate School and served two tours in Vietnam, tours in Italy and Germany. Tom was a decorated combat veteran with Bronze Stars, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star, Commendation Medals with Valor, Air Medals, National Defense Service Medal and a Purple Heart. Tom had a successful career and retired after twenty years of service.
Tom started a successful auction business, A&A Auction Gallery, in Santa Cruz, California. The business is still operating today. He also started an auction college to train future auctioneers and was a member of the National Auctioneers Association. Tom sold real estate and was a property broker in North Carolina and southern California.
Tom is survived by his three children: Elise, Tom Jr. and Tiffany. He is a grandfather to nine grandchildren. He was married to Ann for 30 years and sweet on Sybil for the last two.
SYDES, Anthony (Thomas Anthony Sydes)
Born: 5/4/1941, North Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Died: 6/20/2015, Springfield, Virginia U.S.A.
Anthony Sydes westerns – actor:
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1951, 1952 (Ned Gorman, Bobby)
Hopalong Cassidy (TV) – 1953 (Billy Murdock)
The Lone Ranger (TV) – 1954 (Tommy Denton)
Gunsmoke in Tucson – 1958 (Young Brazos)
Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies
June 25, 2015
Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies
Actor Patrick Macnee, star of The Avengers TV series, has died in California at the age of 93.
The Briton, best known for playing John Steed in the 1960s television series, died at home with his family at his bedside, his son Rupert said.
Macnee also played roles in theatre, appearing on Broadway, and served in the Royal Navy during World War Two.
A statement on the actor's website read: "Wherever he went, he left behind a trove of memories."
"Patrick Macnee was a popular figure in the television industry", the statement said. "He was at home wherever in the world he found himself. He had a knack for making friends, and keeping them."
He died peacefully at his home in California's Rancho Mirage on Thursday, Rupert said.
James Bond ally
Born in London and educated at Eton, Macnee first appeared in the West End while still in his teens.
He played a number of minor roles - including one in Laurence Olivier's 1948 film version of Hamlet - before rising to fame in the original Avengers series between 1961 and 1969.
He returned when that series was reprised as The New Avengers in the 1970s, appearing alongside Joanna Lumley's Purdey and Gareth Hunt's Mike Gambit.
He also appeared in the 1985 James Bond film A View to Kill, playing an ally of Roger Moore's Bond character.
'Ahead of their time'
In a 2014 interview with The Lady magazine, Macnee said he believed The Avengers was a success because it "did something different and did it better."
He told the magazine: "It was beautifully written, the ideas were very good, way ahead of their time and they incorporated fantasies for people who dreamed of doing exciting things."
McNEE, Patrick (Daniel Patrick MacNee)
Born: 2/6/1922, London, England, U.K.
Died: 6/25/2015, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.A.
Patrick McNee’s westerns – actor:
Northwest Passage (TV) – 1958 (Colonel Trent)
Black Saddle (TV) – 1959 (Michael Kent)
Rawhide (TV) – 1959 (Henry Watkins)
Swamp Fox (TV) – 1959 (British Captain)
The Virginian (TV) – 1970 (Connor)
Alais Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971(Norman Alexander)
RIP John M. Stephens
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2015
November 17, 1932 - June 18, 2015 John "Johnny" M. Stephens passed away on June 18 in Orange County, CA surrounded by family. He was born in Valparaiso, Indiana in 1932 to Katherine and Mark Stephens. John served in the US Navy in the fifties. He was an amazing Hollywood 2nd unit cameraman who received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and traveled the world making major films: Grand Prix, Indiana Jones, ET, and Titanic among his many credits. He is survived by his wife, Barbara and children: Melanie, Johnny, Valerie and Sheri. John's positive and uplifting spirit and warm smile will be missed by everyone. A Memorial Service will be held on June 24th at Christ Pacific Church in Huntington Beach at 11:00.
STEPHENS, John M. (John Morley Stephens)
Born: 11/17/1932, Valparaiso, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: j/18/2015, Orange County, California, U.S.A.
John M. Stephens westerns – cameraman, cinematographer, assistant director:
The Hallelujah Trail – 1965 (cinematographer)
The Virginian (TV) – 1970-1971 (cinematographer)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (cinematographer)
Bearcats (TV) – 1971 (cameraman)
Yuma (TV) – 1971 (cinematographer)
The Further Adventures of the Wilderness Family – 1978 (cameraman)
Three Amigos – 1986 [cameraman, assistant director]
Fred R. Price, Former Warner Bros. Executive, Set Decorator for ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ Dies at 88
June 25, 2015
Fred R. Price, a former studio executive at Warner Bros. who oversaw set construction, died in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on June 25 following a brief illness. He was 88.
Price had many credits in set decoration for both movies and television, including for the classic Paul Newman film “Cool Hand Luke.” In the feature film division, he oversaw set construction and budgeting for it.
He was also an art director on a number of TV movies as well as the feature “Porky’s II: The Next Day.”
Price also worked at Disney as a draper, and was involved in both the construction and maintenance of Disneyland.
He was a member of both the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences and the Television Academy. He was also a longtime member of IATSE Local 44.
Price is survived by his wife of 68 years, Sonia; daughter Jacqueline S. Price and son Martin C. Price, who are both members of IA Local 44; and their children and grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are still being finalized, but Price will be buried at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills, Calif. on Sunday, June 28.
PRICE, Fred R.
Born: 1927, U.S.A.
Died: 6/25/2015, Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A.
Fred R. Price’s westerns – set decorator, art director:
Tonka – 1958 [art department]
Rango (TV) – 1967 [set decorator
Posse – 1975 [set decorator]
Charlie Siringo – 1976 [set decorator]
The Chisolms (TV) – 1979 [art director]
Director Dietrich Haugk has died – 40 years of directing TV
Dietrich Haugk who directed many German television thrillers and written teleplays, has died at the age of 90 years.
He directed the first and the last “Derrick”: The director Dietrich Haugk, the other German TV thrillers as “The Old Man” or the “metropolitan area” is staged, died on Sunday. He was 90.
Dietrich Haugk died on Sunday, his family confirmed on Monday the German Press Agency in Berlin. Born in Thuringia he was active first as a theater directorial work and then for 40 years in television.
He directed 14 “Derrick” episodes, including Stephan Derrick’s debut “Forest Path” (1974) and the last case, “The Farewell Gift” (1998). Even with “Der Kommissar”, “The Old Man”, “metropolitan area” and “practice Bülowbogen” he led multiple Director.
In addition Haugk worked as a screenwriter and voice actor. He lent his voice as Montgomery Clift in the film “From Here to Eternity.” As a professor of the former Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum in Salzburg Haugk formed in more than two decades of more than 200 students of acting and directing classes. “His commitment to the students will never be forgotten,” said a spokesman Mozarteum. (Dpa)
Born: 5/12/1925, Ellrich, Thuringia, Germany
Died: 6/28/2015, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Dietrich Haugk’s western – director:
Destry reitet wieder (TV) - 1966
Comedian Jack Carter Dies at 93
June 29, 2015
Comedian Jack Carter died Sunday, June 28, of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.
He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.
For two years, he hosted the early television variety program “Cavalcade of Stars” prior to having his own show on NBC, “The Jack Carter Show,” which lasted three years, and was a part of the “Saturday Night Review.” He also co-starred in several of the Colgate Comedy Hours with Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O’Connor.
In addition to “Call Me Mister,” his Broadway credits include “Mr. Wonderful” and “Top Banana.” He hosted the first televised Tony Awards in 1956. Other theater credits include “Guys and Dolls,” “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” “Born Yesterday,” “Critics Choice,” “The Odd Couple,” “A Hatful of Rain,” “Little Me,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” and as Fagin in “Oliver” and “Sugar” with Robert Morse.
He often appeared in dramatic roles on television including “The Last Hurrah” with Carol O’Connor; “The Sex Symbol” with Connie Stevens and Shelley Winters; and he received two Emmy nominations for the NBC series “Dr. Kildare,” starring Richard Chamberlain, and an Emmy nomination for the ABC movie of the week “The Girl Who Couldn’t Lose.” His many other television credits include “The Rockford Files,” “Diagnosis Murder,” “Touched by an Angel,” “Emergency,” “Police Story,” “Fame,” “Fantasy Island,” Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories” as well as “3rd Rock From the Sun,” “Baywatch,” “7th Heaven,” “Just Shoot Me!,” “King of the Hill,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “Caroline in the City,” “Coach,” “Living Single,” “Monk,” “Desperate Housewives,” “iCarly,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Family Guy,” “New Girl,” “Rules of Engagement,” and, most recently in 2014, several appearances on “Shameless.”
His work as a director included Lucille Ball’s CBS series “Here’s Lucy” and plays including “A Thousand Clowns,” “Silver Anniversary” and “Mouth-Trap.”
Throughout his career, Carter was a prominent presence on TV variety shows and musicals. He has made more than 50 appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and guest starred on “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Andy Williams Show,” “The Jackie Gleason Show,” “Laugh-In” and numerous Bob Hope comedy specials. He was a frequent panelist on “Match Game” through the 1970s and ’80s as well as a guest star on “The $10,000 Pyramid.”
He was a top nightclub entertainer, playing clubs and theaters in Las Vegas as well as New York, London, Atlantic City and Chicago.
His movie credits include “Play It to the Bone,” “The Horizontal Lieutenant,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “The Amazing Dobermans,” “Alligator,” “Comics,” “Hustle” with Burt Reynolds and Mel Brooks’ “History of the World, Part I.”
Jack Chakrin was born in Brooklyn, New York. While in his teens, he honed his comedic craft as a mimic appearing on the “Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour” radio show. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Art aspiring to be a dramatic actor. He began his professional career after serving in the Army in World War II.
Survivors include his wife Roxanne, whom he married in 1971; sons Michael Carter and Chase Carter; daughter Wendy Carter; and grandchildren Jake and
CARTER, Jack (Jack Chakrin)
Born: 6/24/1923, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/28/2015, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
Jack Carter’s westerns – actor:
The Road West (TV) – 1967 (Tallyl)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1969 (Allan Thorpe)
July 1, 2015
Italian director and screenwriter Sergio Sollima has died in Rome at age of 94, Sollima is known and loved by all fans of Western movies and those who remember the great success of his Sandokan TV series with Kabir Bedi in the 1970s.
Born in Rome on April 17, 1921, Sollima started his career as a film critic and screenwriter. His directorial debut came in 1962 with ‘Le donne’, one of the episodes of the collective film “L'amore difficile”. After writing for the Peplum genre, he directed three films of espionage in the wake of the great success of those years, (“Agente 3S3: Passaporto per l'inferno”, “Agente 3S3”, “Massacro al sole” and “Requiem per un agente segreto”) and a trilogy excellent westerns with Tomas Milian (“The Big Gundown”, “Face To Face” and “Run Man Run”).
After the thriller “Città violenta” with Charles Bronson and Jill Ireland (1970), Sollima’s signature film “Il diavolo nel cervello” (1972) with Stefania Sandrelli and Keir Dullea. After the dramatic ransom movie “Revolver” (1973), with Fabio Testi and Oliver Reed , the director turned to TV, where he met his greatest successes.
The aforementioned ‘Sandokan’ (1976), was a global success which also appeared in the cinema in two films, but also the two seasons of ‘I ragazzi di celluloide’.
He concluded his film career in 1993 with “Berlin '39” and television five years later with ‘The Son of Sandokan’.
His son is the talented director Stefano Sollima [1966- ], author of two series ‘Romanzo criminale’ and ‘Gomorrad’.
Born: 4/17/1921, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 7/1/2015, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Sergio Sollima’s westerns – director, screenwriter:
The Big Gundown – 1966 [director, screenwriter]
Face to Face – 1967 [director, screenwriter]
Run, Man, Run – 1967 [director, screenwriter]
Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen - Der Italowestern (TV) - 2005 [himself]
Spaghetti Western Memories – 2012 [himself]
Paolo Piffarerio has died, artist for Alan Ford
June 30, 2015
As reported by Father Stefano Gorla, director of the Newspaper and Super G, on the night of June 29th Paolo Piffarerio has died, the designer best known for having replaced Magnus as the regular artist for Alan Ford.
Born in 1924, Piffarerio collaborated with Max Bunker on other characters as Atomik, Black Mask and El Gringo. His drawings have appeared also on the history of Italian comic Enzo Biagi and the Newspaper of Edizioni San Paolo. In parallel, especially with the brothers Roberto and Nino - which consisted study Gamma Film - has worked in animation, producing commercials for Carousel.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, July 1, at 14.45 in Piazza San Materno in Milan, at the parish of Santa Maria White in Casoretto.
Born: 8/27/1924, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died: 6/29/2015, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Paolo’s westerns – artist:
El Gringo – 1965-1968
RIP Jacques Sernas
July 3, 2015
The Lithuanian actor was almost 90 years. He also starred in Fellini’s "La dolce vita". In the eighties I had director on TV ‘Una lingua per tutti’
ROME – He died suddenly tonight in Rome, a few days before his ninetieth birthday, the actor Jacques Sernas, an icon of the 1950’s international films.
Born in Lithuania he took refuge with his family almost immediately in France for political reasons, his father was a signatory in 1918 of the Act of Independence of Lithuania. Sernas had lived, while very young, the terrible experience of a prisoner for two years in the Buchenwald camp in Germany. He began his acting career after the war. He had shot more than 40 feature films and some television dramas with the greatest directors of the 1950s and 1960s and was also called to Hollywood where he worked a lot. The actor was polite and cultured and had been defined by the press as "the most beautiful man in the world".
Among his most important films: “Helen of Troy”, Pia de 'Tolomei, Vite perdute, Salammbo, American Secret Service: cronache di ieri e di oggi, Fort Yuma Gold,Gli angeli del quartiere, Terra straniera, Romolo e Remo, Maciste contro il vampiro, Il figlio di Spartacus, Cuori sul mare, La pelle, L'avaro, Un amore a Roma e La prima notte. He also starred in a small role in La dolce vita by Fellini.
Sernas had also worked in television in the 1980's on the RAI educational programUna lingua per tutti. He also took part in various television dramas, including Il maresciallo Rocca and Papa Giovanni.
SERNAS, Jacques (Jurgis Bernard Šernas)
Born: 7/30/1925, Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: 7/3/2015, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Jacques Sernas’ western – actor:
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966 (Major Saunders)
Bermuda-born actress Diana Douglas Webster, mother of Michael Douglas, and former wife of Kirk Douglas, died today.
The Royal Gazette
July 4, 2015
Ms. Douglas Webster passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, California. She was 92.
Her death from cancer was confirmed by her husband of 15 years, Donald A Webster of Washington, DC. She was previously married to actor Bill Darrid from 1956 until his death in 1992, and Kirk Douglas from 1943 to 1951.
Known by her professional name, Diana Douglas, she had a prolific 61-year film, television and stage career, appearing in 22 films, including Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Star Chamber, and It Runs in the Family, and in nearly 60 television shows such as Love is a Many Splendored Thing, ER, and The West Wing.
Ms. Douglas Webster loved the theatre and had starring or supporting roles in many plays, including My Fair Lady, Best of Friends, Cactus Flower, Major Barbara, Modern Primitive, A Winter’s Tale, Hedda Gabler, Light Up the Sky and The Highest Tree. One of her favorite roles was playing Queen Gertrude opposite David Birney’s Hamlet.
Born Diana Love Dill on January 22, 1923, in Devonshire, Bermuda, her family roots reached back to the 1640s. Her father, Thomas M Dill, was the Attorney General of Bermuda and although his daughter longed to become an actress, he believed that acting, especially for women, was a shady, even disreputable, line of work. He finally relented, figuring she might as well study acting in America and get it out of her system.
During her studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Ms Douglas Webster became a Powers agency model and, at 20 years old, graced the cover of Life magazine on May 3, 1943. She was dressed in “frilly Gibson Girl spring fashions,” according to magazine.
One of her acting school classmates, Kirk Douglas, by then serving in the Navy during World War II, saw her on the cover and told his shipmates he would marry her. His prediction proved true: after a whirlwind wartime courtship, they were married on November 2, 1943. The young family soon grew to include actor Michael Douglas (1944) and his producer brother Joel Douglas (1947), thus launching an American acting dynasty that in time came to include Michael’s wife, Welsh-born Catherine Zeta Jones.
Prior to her marriage to Mr Douglas, while studying at the academy, she leapt at an offer of a contract with Warner Brothers in California despite the opposition of then classmate Kirk, who argued she become “a real actress” and try Broadway, as he was intending to do.
Her parents grudgingly consented to the move out west, provided her sister Ruth chaperoned her through the hazards of Hollywood. She was put through the usual paces by the Studio, which glamorised her, gave her lessons that included fencing, and paid her $200 a week. She was happy enjoying the social scene, including a long period of dating Errol Flynn, whom her chaperon sister thought “charming,” as did Ms Douglas Webster. The problem was that she was not given work and so after two years she returned to New York and took up modeling with her eyes now focused on the theatre.
It was the new medium of television, however, which enabled her to break through in the business. She played featured and starring roles in numerous dramas on shows such as Studio One and Westinghouse Theatre. She starred as Henry Fonda’s wife in The Decision at Arrowsmith and some years later was John Houseman’s love interest in the acclaimed The Paper Chase.
Diana Douglas’ very first film was Keeper of the Flame in 1942 with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. She played the uncredited role of “Forward American Girl.” Her last film, in 2003, was the aptly named It Runs in the Family, in which she co-starred with son Michael, grandson Cameron, and former husband, Kirk. Her son Joel was an associate producer.
In her 1998 memoir, In the Wings, Ms Douglas Webster revealed her personal philosophy: “Be courageous, be compassionate, and, for God’s sake, have fun!” She lived her message to the fullest. Her life, and beautiful smile, inspired others to do the same.
In addition to her husband, Diana Douglas Webster is survived by her sons Michael and Joel, grandchildren Cameron, Dylan and Carys; her daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta Jones; Kirk and Anne Douglas; and many nieces and nephews in the United Kingdom, Bermuda and the United States.
A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles at a date to be announced.
DOUGLAS, Diana (Diana Love Dill)
Born: 1/22/1923, Devonshire, Bermuda
Died: 7/4/2015, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
Diana Douglas’ westerns – actress:
The Indian Fighter – 1955 (Susan Rogers)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (Sister Richardson)
The Cowboys (TV) – 1974 (Annie Andersen)
Another Man, Another Chance - 1977 (Mary’s mother)
Harts of the West (TV) – 1993 (Betty)
RIP Ivan Paluch
Another blow to Slovakia, actor Ivan Paluch has died.
After he left us this week Hronec Ladislav native Chudík, Slovakia losing another great actor Ivan Palúch.
Ivan Paluch only recently celebrated his 75th birthday and the film pavement in front of the Bratislava City Theatre Hviezdoslav was unveiled a commemorative tile. On Friday, however, the whole of Slovakia was hit by harsh report on the death of the actor who portrayed the character Prince Bajaj and the legendary Adam Sangala.
Ivan Paluch was born June 20, 1940 in Zvolen. Later he studied acting, but due to illness had to leave school after two years. He continued acting, however, and in 1960s became a member of the theater in Ves, later in Drama Theatre Jonah Záborského in Prešov, Jozef Gregor Tajovského in Zvolen and in Prague theater on the Balustrade. He was an especially famous movie actor, and is entered in the history of several foreign productions. His next career, however, strongly influenced by the socialist regime, which he opposed and was gradually forced to leave his career when no offers for stage or films were allowed. He was committed to the freedom of Slovakia during the events of November 1989. Most of the actor's life is linked to Banska Bystrica, where he lived for years, and was one of the founders of the Academy of Arts. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement by the Chamber of the Czech Television in 2011.
Born: 6/20/1940, Zvolen, Slovenia
Died: 7/3/2015, Martin, Slovakia
Ivan Palúch’s westerns – actor:
A Canyon Full of Gold - 1971 (Tom)
Escape from Gold Country (TV) – 1977 (Jim)
Cesta na jihozápad - 1989 (Jeff)
Amanda Peterson, 'Can't Buy Me Love' Star Dies at 43
July 6, 2015
Amanda Peterson -- star of the flick "Can't Buy Me Love" -- has died at her home in Greeley, Colorado ... TMZ has learned.
We spoke with Peterson's father who tells us ... the family hadn't heard from 43-year-old Amanda since July 3rd and became concerned. Her body was finally discovered in her home on July 5.
As for cause of death, Peterson's father tells us they don't know the official cause of death -- but notes, "She had some illness and a sleep apnea problem that may have contributed."
Peterson became a superstar playing Cindy Mancini opposite Patrick Dempsey in the 1987 romantic comedy ... but she left the entertainment industry altogether in 1994 and has been living in Colorado for years.
Born: 7/8/1971, Greeley, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 7/4/2015, Greeley, Colorado, U.S.A.
Amanda Peterson’s western – actress:
Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (Elizabeth)
Producer Jerry Weintraub Dies at 77
The Hollywood Reporter
By Duane Byrge
July 6, 2015
A steely, hard-charging personality, he was wildly successful in a wide-ranging entertainment career that spanned more than 50 years.
Jerry Weintraub, who produced such hits as the Karate Kid and Ocean's series, died at his Palm Springs home on Monday, according to TMZ. He was 77.
No further details of his death were immediately available.
A promoter and impresario in the old sense, Weintraub was a larger-than-life, Damon Runyon-esque character. A steely, hard-charging personality, he was wildly successful in a wide-ranging entertainment career that spanned more than 50 years.
Before his success as a motion picture producer, Weintraub was a force in the management and musical fields. Weintraub spent more than two decades promoting concerts and some of the top musical acts in the world: Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, the Beach Boys, the Pointer Sisters and John Denver, among them.
His foray into movies came after a Weintraub-produced John Denver performance where he met director Robert Altman, who sent him a prospective project: Nashville. The 1975 film went on to garner five Oscar nominations, including best picture.
In 1983, Weintraub signed a three-year, right-of-first refusal pact with Columbia Pictures. He also produced TV programs and a wide range of films, beginning with Nashville, which he executive-produced. He films also included: Diner; Oh, God!; September 30, 1955; Cruising and three sequels to The Karate Kid.
At one brief juncture in 1985, Weintraub served for roughly five months as chairman and CEO of United Artists, but the studio was not big enough for both he and owner Kirk Kerkorian. After being fired, Weintraub rebounded to form his own film and TV production company, Weintraub Entertainment Group.
At the time, WEG was the largest privately financed start-up in motion picture-industry history. However, it folded ignominiously in 1990 after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In 1992, the company settled a lawsuit alleging its brokerage firm had misrepresented the amount of money pledged to it by Columbia.
He founded Jerry Weintraub Prods., based at Warner Bros. Studios. His first film was Pure Country, starring country singer George Strait. He subsequently produced an array of feature films, including The Specialist, Vegas Vacation, The Avengers and Soldiers.
The company produced such megahits as Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. He produced the family film Nancy Drew and the remake The Karate Kid.
Weintraub always maintained a perspective as a “kid from the Bronx” and reveled in associating with celebrities, world leaders and industrialists, including George W. Bush, who was a neighbor and friend in Kennebunkport. Engagingly immodest, Weintraub had acquaintances and cronies across all demographic and cultural lines.
His business ventures were similarly eclectic. In addition to his entertainment industry endeavors, he held large real- estate investments and such ventures as an Elvis Museum in Tokyo, as well as a spa in Beverly Hills.
He dismissed dealmaking, insisting he was a filmmaker. Hypothetically, he noted if he booked a suite at Cannes, “I'll sit there with a suitcase and people will come and throw money into it. That that's not making moves, that's making deals. I want to make films.”
In 2001, he was honored with the Kodak Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Filmmaking. In June 2007, he became the first producer to be “cemented” in the courtyard of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. An arts patron, Weintraub was actively involved in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, the Music Center and the Children's Museum. He also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Jerome Charles Weintraub was born Sept. 26, 1937 in Brooklyn, the son of a traveling gemstone salesman, and raised in the Bronx. As a teen, he sneaked into the palatial Loew's Paradise Theater so often that the manager gave him a job as an usher. Bored with high school, Weintraub joined the Air Force at 17. He was posted in Alaska, where he moonlighted “selling clothes to prostitutes, that kind of stuff.”
After serving his country, Weintraub used his GI Bill to study at Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse. Weintraub moved into show business: He had brief stints as a page at NBC and in the mail room at William Morris. He became an agent with MCA in the mid 1950s. Restless and driven, Weintraub veered into personal management, hustling for clients on the club circuit. In 1959, he worked briefly as an advance man for John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign.
In 1960, he founded Management III with two young managers, Bernie Brillstein and Marty Kummer. He called Colonel Tom Parker every day, badgering him to promote an Elvis tour. After a year, Parker relented. Weintraub's promotion was a huge success, and other artists flocked to his company. His client list swelled. Weintraub broke new promotion ground when he presented Frank Sinatra at Madison Square Garden in the “first around the world by satellite” concert, titled “The Main Event.”
In his multi-faced career, Weintraub produced a number of TV specials, many starring the musician artists with whom he worked. He produced "An Olympic Gala,” the telecast of the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He was executive producer of John Denver's TV specials, including “John Denver's Rocky Mountain Christmas,” which received the highest ratings in ABC history at the time for a special with a single host.
Weintraub occasionally showed up on screen, perhaps most auspiciously in The Firm, where he played convincingly an intimidating Chicago “businessman."
In 1988, Weintraub and his wife, Jane, were recipients of the Scopus Award from the American friends of the Hebrew University. Their awards gala provided more than 400 scholarships for students at the Hebrew University, where a new facility was named after the couple: The Jane & Jerry Weintraub Building for Music and Fine Arts. He was also involved with the Variety Club Foundation, the American Parkinson Disease Foundation, and the Muscular Dystrophy Physical Assn.
Weintraub was married to Janice Greenberg for roughly one year when a young man. They had a son, Michael. Weintraub was married to former singer Jane Morgan, and had four children: Michael, Julie, Jamie and Jody.
Born: 9/26/1937, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/6/2015, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.
Jerry Weintraub’s westerns – producer:
The Cowboy and the Ballerina (TV) - 1984
Pure Country - 1992
Westworld – 2015
The Wild Bunch - 2015
RIP Preshy Marker
Los Angeles Times
July 5, 2015
Esther Stomne Reyna, also known by her professional stage name, Preshy Marker, was born on August 26, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois, the third daughter of Edwin and Nellie Stomne. Within a few years of her birth, the family settled in Maplewood, New Jersey, where Preshy (a nickname given to her by her father) grew up with her three sisters, Margery, Ruth ("Cookie") and Julie. She graduated from Maplewood High School in 1950, and earned a bachelor's degree from Vassar College in Child Study, in 1954.
Although Preshy was set to go to teaching school after graduating college, she could not help but pursue her long time love of singing. She was discovered in the summer of 1954 by bandleader Fred Waring, and embarked on tour with him and his group, the Pennsylvanians. Preshy's first singing role of note was in the musical revue "Hear Hear" in 1955, and she later became a featured member of the "Ziegfield Follies" 1956 Broadway production. She later left Waring to join a musical quartet, The Martins, led by songwriter-composer Hugh Martin. She made a number of television appearances, guesting on "The Steve Allen Show" and acting in "Death Valley Days."
Preshy went on to star in a number of stock, touring and Broadway productions, including in as 'Daisy Mae' in "Li'l Abner,"'Katie,' in "Calamity Jane," and roles in "Oklahoma!,""Most Happy Fella" and "Brigadoon." Her most notable performance was as 'Philia' in the 1962 original Broadway production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," with Zero Mostel, which ran for over 900 performances.
In 1965, Preshy fell in love with industrial actor and Ford Motor Company spokesman Marc Reyna. They were married in 1966 and later relocated to Los Angeles, both continuing their careers there. After the birth of their daughter, Kristin Nell, in 1973, Preshy largely retired from acting to devote herself to motherhood. In the 1990s, Preshy returned to teaching, including in special education, at Dixie Canyon Elementary.
Preshy was a devoutly religious Lutheran and a member of her beloved Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church for close to 40 years, where she sang in the choir for many years, and was a member of the Mary Martha Guild and Caregivers. She always had a friendly word and cheerful smile for everyone, and truly cared about everyone she knew and loved.
Preshy is survived by her daughter, Kristin Nell, her grandson, Joseph Peter ("Joe Joe"), her stepsons Gregory and Peter, her sisters Margery and Cookie, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her memorial service will take place at Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church on July 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be private; interment will be at Pierce Brothers Valhalla in North Hollywood.
MARKER, Preshy (Esther Stomme Reyna)
Born: 8/26/1932, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 7/?/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Preshy Marker’s westerns – actress:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1959 (Kathy Mulqueen)
Irwin Keyes, Horror Movie Character Actor, Dies at 63
July 8, 2015
Irwin Keyes, an actor with credits ranging from “The Jeffersons” to “The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” died July 8. He was 63.
Keyes appeared in a number of horror films, including “House of 1000 Corpses” and, most recently, “Dahmer vs. Gacy” in 2009.
On July 8 Keyes’ niece, Rene Galarza, announced his death in a post to his Facebook page:
“It’s with deep sympathy that I’m writing this post. Early this morning my family was informed that our beloved uncle, brother, teammate and friend, Irwin Keyes, has had his last curtain call. He is now an angel for us all and will be watching down. Our family wishes to thank all of you who have been a part of his life. He will be missed very much.”
Keyes was born in New York City and made his bigscreen debut as a policeman in 1979 cult classic “The Warriors.” He appeared in “The Exterminator” and its sequel, “The Flintstones” feature and its sequel, the feature adaptation of “Get Smart” and the Coen brothers movie “Intolerable Cruelty,” most recently appearing in the 2013 Web series “Dead Kansas.”
In addition to “The Jeffersons,” the actor’s TV credits included “Police Squad,” “Married… With Children,” “Growing Pains” and a 2007 episode of “CSI.”
He is survived by his wife, Tracy Fontaine, whom he married in 2008.
Born: 3/16/1952, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/8/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Irwin Keyes’ western – actor:
Oblivion – 1993 (Bork)
Backlash: Oblivion 2 - 1994 (Bork)
Timegate: Tale of the Saddle Tramps - 1999 (deputy)
Legend of the Phantom Rider - 2002 (Bigfoot)
Omar Sharif, ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ actor, dead at 83
New York Daily News
By Rachelle Blidner
July 10, 2015
Omar Sharif, the legendary Egyptian actor who became an international star in “Lawrence of Arabia,” has died at age 83.
The "Doctor Zhivago" star suffered a heart attack in a Cairo hospital Friday, his agent Steve Kenis told the BBC.
His grandson, Omar Sharif Jr., reportedly alerted the media to his death with a Facebook tribute, which has since been deleted.
Sharif suffered from Alzheimer's disease, his son revealed in May.
Sharif was born to Syrian and Lebanese parents in Egypt in 1932, according to IMDB. Named Michel Demitri Chalhoub, he grew up Roman Catholic and earned a college degree in mathematics and physics before entering his family's lumber business.
He starred in numerous Egyptian films in the 1950s and starred alongside the Egyptian actress Faten Hamama in "The Blazing Sun" in 1953. He converted to Islam to marry Hamama two years later.
The couple had one son, Tarek Sharif, and divorced in 1974.
Sharif appeared in 118 TV and movie roles over his decades-long career.
"Lawrence of Arabia," his first English-language film, made him an international star in 1962, earning him an Oscar nod for his role as Sherif Ali opposite Peter O'Toole.
He won a Golden Globe for his role in "Doctor Zhivago" in 1965.
Three years later, Sharif played Fanny Brice's husband in "Funny Girl," starring Barbara Streisand.
His last acting credit is as the narrator of the short film "1,001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham," which is in post-production. Before that, he appeared in the French film "Rock the Casbah" in 2013.
Sharif also became well-known as a bridge player, writing a syndicated column on the subject for the Chicago Tribune in the 1970s and penning two books in the 1980s.
SHARIF, Omar (Michel Shalhoub)
Born: 4/10/1932, Alexandria, Egypt
Died: 7/10/2015, Cairo, Egypt
Omar Sharif’s westerns – actor:
Mackenna’s Gold – 1969 (John Colorado)
Hidalgo – 2004 (Sheikh Riyadh)