David Canary, 77, actor
By the Canary Family
November 24, 2015
Actor, David Hoyt Canary, beloved husband of Maureen Canary for over 33 years, passed away of natural causes on November 16, 2015, at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, Conn.
David was born on August 25, 1938 in Elwood, Indiana to the late Hillary Canary and Lorena Heal. Growing up in Massillon, Ohio, David played football for the famed Massillon Tigers of Washington High School before earning a football scholarship and playing varsity at the University of Cincinnati, graduating with a major in music. After turning down an offer to play professional football for the Denver Broncos in the first year of their existence, David took off for New York City to pursue his passion for acting. He was met with much success in theatre, doing summer stock, regional theatre, on and off Broadway productions, both musicals and straight plays. During his Broadway debut of Great Day in the Morning, with Colleen Dewhurst, David was drafted into the United States Army. After two years of service, David resumed his acting career and soon found himself in Los Angeles, where he began to work in film and television. He appeared in Hombre with Paul Newman, The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre with Jason Robards and Shark’s Treasure with Cornel Wilde to mention but a few.
Television soon beckoned with a stint as Mia Farrow’s physical therapist in the hugely successful night-time soap,Peyton Place. David was seen in a two-part Gunsmoke episode called Nitro, by David Dortort, Bonanza producer, who tapped him to play the role of Candy Canaday, ranch foreman of the Ponderosa, on the iconic western series. He remained there until the show’s finale in 1972.
In 1975, David returned to New York City to continue his pursuit of theatre, and appeared in numerous plays including Tennessee Williams’ final play, Clothes for a Summer Hotel, opposite Geraldine Paige. Soon he met and married his wife, Maureen. Just 10 days after the birth of their first child, David began a 26-year stint on the classic daytime drama, All My Children, creating the dual roles of Adam and Stuart Chandler, which garnered him five Outstanding Actor Awards and 16 nominations between 1983 and 2001. David retired from full-time acting in 2010.
In addition to his wife, Maureen, David is survived by his son, Christopher and his wife, Amy of Philadelphia, his daughter, Kathryn and her fiancé, John Rothmeier of New York City, his grandson, Donovan Canary of Philadelphia, and his brother John and wife Paula, of New York City. He was predeceased by his brother, Glenn, in 2008.
Funeral services will be private for immediate family. A memorial tribute is planned for a date to be determined.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bouton Funeral Home, 31 West Church Street, Georgetown, Conn. 06829.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Go to alz.org “David Canary Memorial Fund.”
CANARY, David (David Hoyt Canary)
Born: 8/25/1938, Elwood, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 11/16/2015, Wilton, Connecticut, U.S.A.
David Canary’s westerns – actor:
Hombre – 1967 (Lamar Dean)
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) 1967 (Charlie Montana)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1967 (George McClaney)
Bonanza (TV) – 1967-1973 (Candy Canaday)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1968 (Tal St. James)
Bearcats! (TV) – 1971 (Joe Bascom)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971, 1972 (Sheriff W.D. Coffin , Doc Donovan)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (Frank Grogan)
Johnny Firecloud – 1975 (Jesse)
Posse – 1975 (Pensterman)
Brookings' Elmo Williams dies at age 102
Curry Coastal Pilot
By Scott Graves
November 25, 2015
Long-time Brookings resident and retired Hollywood film producer Elmo Williams died peacefully in his home at 4:30 a.m. today (Nov. 25) at the age of 102.
Williams, who had been in a semi-lucid state since Friday after taking medication for heart trouble, spent his final days surrounded by family and friends. They celebrated Thanksgiving on Tuesday, setting a plate for Elmo at the dinner table near his bed and serving his favorite food and toasting him with his favorite German wine.
“It was a very peaceful passing,” said Elmo’s adult daughter Stacy Williams.
A memorial for Elmo is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Brookings Elks Lodge. The time of the event is high noon, after the movie High Noon, in which Elmo received an Academy Award as film editor. The family will hold a private service before then.
Check Saturday's Curry Coastal Pilot for a full story and photos about Elmo Williams.
WILLIAMS, Elmo (Elmo James Williams)
Born: 4/30/2013, Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 11/25/2015, Brookings, Oregon, U.S.A.
Elmo Williams’ westerns producer, director, cinematographer, film editor:
Hellgate – 1952 [film editor]
High Noon – 1952 [film editor]
The Tall Texas – 1953 [director, film editor]
The Cowboy – 1954 [producer, director, cinematographer, film editor]
Apache Warrior – 1957 [director]
Hell Canyon Outlaws – 1957 [film editor]
November 25, 2015
Hugh Chapman our husband and father died on November 22, 2015. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Yvonne and his children Cindy, Mike, Paul, Mark and Louise. He was preceded in death by his son Chris. Hugh also leaves his grandchildren Sean, Eileen, Ryan, Megan, Evan, Kevin, Hugh and Julie. Hugh was a child actor in Hollywood during the 1930's and 1940's in many movies and the Little Rascals. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Hugh, a 60 year resident of Torrance, had distribution dealerships with Herald Examiner and LA Times. He owned Frank's Liquor Store in downtown Torrance and was an usher for 9 years at St. James Catholic Church. Hugh always had a joke or story to tell. He loved to make you laugh. We will miss our Irishman! Viewing and rosary at Rice Funeral Home Wednesday 12/2, 5 -9pm and Funeral at St. James Catholic Church, Thursday 12/3 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to the Alzheimer's Association . Visit www.lafuneral.com to send the family messages and share memories.
Born: 12/23/1927 Hillrose, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2015, Torrance, California, U.S.A.
Hugh Chapman’s westerns – actor:
Tom Sawyer – 1938 (schoolboy)
Belle Starr – 1941 (Tench’s son)
Suddenly at 78 years of age the Navarre dies actress María del Puy Alonso González has died
She worked at RNE, Radio Continental and Radio Madrid and was "the voice" of actresses like Ingrid Bergman, Liz Taylor, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Glenn Close Liza Minelli or ...
Noticias de Navarra
November 25, 2015
MADRID. Navarre actress María del Puy Alonso González suddenly died today in Madrid at age 78, as reported by Efe her son Javier.
The cause of death of the actress, explained his son was "a heart attack or stroke."
It is envisaged that the chapel this afternoon to open in Parcesa facilities in Tres Cantos.
The last work of the artist in the theater was in "Slander" Fiorella Faltoyano next eight years ago.
Alonso, graduated in piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, the city where she also studied acting at the Royal College of Dramatic Arts and the School of Cinema.
She worked at RNE, Radio Continental and Radio Madrid and was "the voice" of actresses like Ingrid Bergman, Liz Taylor, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Fonda, Glenn Close and Liza Minelli.
Among its leading titles are "Mi calle", of Edgar Neville, released in 1960, the year of "Mi último tango" and "Navidades en junio".
She starred in "Yo la vi primero," directed by and starring Fernando Fernan Gomez, and "El juego del diablo" by Jorge Damel, both of 1975, "Batida de raposas" by Carlos Serrano, in 1976 and "El gran Serafin" by José María Ulloque, 1987.
del PUY, María (María del Puy Alonso González)
Born: 1938, Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
Died: 11/25/2015, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
María del Puy’s westerns – voice actor:
Tres hombres Buenos – 1963 [Spanish voice of Charo Del Rio]
Two Mafiamen in the Far West – 1964 [Spanish voice of Loretta Gagliardini]
A Place Called Glory – 1965 [Spanish voice of Marianne Koch]
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966 [Spanish voice of Sophie Daumier]
The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Tour Grave – 1971 [Spanish voice of Maria Pia Conte]
A Town Called Hell – 1971 [Spanish voice of Stella Stevens]
The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Your Grave – 1972 [Spanish voice of Maria Pia Conte]
The Call of the Wild – 1972 [Spanish voice of Michele Mercier]
Three Musketeers of the West – 1973 [Spanish voice of Karin Schubert]
White Fang – 1973 [Spanish voice of Carole André]
The Stranger and the Gunfighter – 1974 [Spanish voice of Betty Shepard]
California – 1977 [Spanish voice of Paola Bose]
Simpsons - voice actor Norbert Gastell deceased
November 28, 2015
Norbert Gastell is dead. The actor and voice actor died on Thursday in Munich. He is best known as the German voice of Homer Simpson. In September he spoke the lyrics for the upcoming season of the animated series.
In 1929 Norbert Gastell was born in Buenos Aires. After moving with the family he visited in Munich Wittelsbacher-Gymnasium and went before his Abitur at the drama school of Ruth von Zerboni. In 1950 he got his first stage commitment in Tübingen. Six years later, Munich became his artistic home, where he was engaged, inter alia, the People's Theatre.
In the 60's Norbert Gastell was often seen on television, among other things, he played the Forestry Director Leonhard in the ZDF series Forsthaus Falkenau.
But he was known for his many activities as a voice actor. He voiced among other things, the neighbors Trevor Ochmonek in the series ALF and is the German voice of Homer Simpson. He had more engagements among others for Gummibärchen Bande, Spiderman and his extraordinary family and South Park. In addition, he said, the Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter. In September, he was responsible for the coming season, the words of Homer Simpson.
GASTELL, Norbert (Emilio Norberto Otto Max Gastell)
Born: 10/14/1929, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 11/26/2015, Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Norbert Gastell’s westerns – voice actor:
River Pirates of the Mississippi – 1963 [German voice of Roy]
For a Few Dollars More - 1965 [German voice of Aldo Sambrell]
Blood at Sundown – 1966 [German voice of Carlo D’Angelo]
Count Bobby, the Terror of the West – 1966 [German voice of Mavid Popovic]
5 Giants from Texas - 1966 [German voice of Vassili Karamesinis]
The Big Gundown - 1967 [German DVD 2004 voice of Walter Barnes]
The Leatherstocking Tales (TV) - 1969 [German voice of Pierre Massimi, Indian]
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 [German voice of Mel Gaines]
Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 [German voice of Jean Louis]
Hellhounds of Alaska – 1973 [German voice of Voyo Goric]
Zorro – 1975 [German voice of Giampiero Albertini]
Cold Mountain - 2003 [German voice of Donald Southerland]
The Desert Sun
November 29, 2015
GLORIA GREER died peacefully in her sleep at home on Oct. 30 with daughters Norma and Ann by her side, after a valiant and courageous battle with esophageal cancer. Born in New York City she was the daughter of Broadway producer-composer Anatol Friedland and Rosalind Schiff. Playmates included Hal Price. Parents' friends included Ed Sullivan and Dolores and Bob Hope. After her father's death Gloria and her mom moved west, where her Mother re-married Emmy Nominated Director Lew Landers. Gloria attended Beverly Hills High School and studied at UCLA. A natural athlete Gloria rode her first horse at 5 years old, swam every day during the summer through 2014, and could do cartwheels into her 60's. During high school, moxie Gloria joined Circle Theater in Hollywood, and acted and wrote under the name Gloria Grant. She wrote about what kids in Hollywood were doing, and then hosted her own teen TV show on KHJ Channel 9. Gloria was the original "Trudy Bower" on the Guiding Light radio show. Her journalism talent came naturally, her mother wrote for the New York World and a great uncle was editor at the Frankfurter Zeitung in Frankfurt, Germany. For more than 20 years, Gloria was columnist and feature writer for the Pulitzer Prize winning Press-Enterprise, with her "Stars on the Desert". Greer was a correspondent for Variety (weekly), Newsweek Magazine, Newsweek News Service, Associated Press, and Town and Country Magazine, where one contribution was a 23-page spread on the Coachella Valley. When TV came to the desert, Greer brought her Stars on the Desert to the local ABC affiliate, and then to the NBC affiliate, KMIR, where she appeared for 25 years on the nightly news. She edited and published Sand to Sea magazine, founded in 74' with her mother, and then sold to Palm Springs Life in '99. After leaving KMIR, Greer, created, produced and hosted two television shows for Time Warner and PBS in Southern California: Conversations with Gloria Greer and Exploring the Arts. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' inducted Greer into its prestigious Silver Circle for her 25 + years on air. Greer was the first journalist to receive a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in 1997. Other honors include one of the women "We Most Want to Watch" by the Desert Post Weekly, recipient of the California Hispanic Print Media Award; Television Personality of the Year Award - Sun City Community Association, Desert Business Achievement Awards' Spirit of the Valley Award, the Spiritual Life Ministries Award, the Athena Award as Entrepreneur of the Year, and Patriot of the Year by the Association of Naval Aviation for a two part series she filmed from the aircraft carrier the USS Abraham Lincoln; Good Samaritan of the Year award, the Woman of Achievement Award from The American Friends of Hebrew University, the Palm Springs Woman's Press Club's named her Press Woman of the Year, and Palm Springs Women in Film & Television's Broken Glass Award. Gloria believed true success is measured by giving back to those less fortunate. She was passionate about both the performing and visual arts. She served on numerous non-profit boards. (For a full list, visit GloriaGreer.com) In 1999, when daughter Norma was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Gloria founded ACT for MS. She served on the board until her death, as well as being a current board member of Opera Showcase, the Palm Springs Air Museum and the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Diminutive in stature Gloria Greer had a larger than life personality. She was afraid of nothing. She traveled the world and read voraciously. She asked questions of perfect strangers who became lifelong friends and arrived late at every party, but as friends said "when Gloria arrived ….the Party began." Greer was preceded in death by her husband, Norman J. Greer, Jr. She is survived by her golden retriever Tallulah, her twin daughters Ann and Norma, and two grandsons, Christian and Jean-Paul Chalupa. A Celebration of Life open to the public at the Camelot Theater on Monday, Nov. 30th, 5 PM Social hour and 6 PM Formal program. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ACT for Multiple Sclerosis, the Palm Springs Air Museum or Opera Showcase of the Desert.
GRANT, Gloria (Gloria Friedland)
Born: 10/11/1928, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/30/2015, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.
Gloria Grant’s westerns – actress:
The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) – 1951 (Mary Gage)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1956, 1957 (Ann Hartley, Donna Turek)
Circus Boy (TV) – 1957 (Alice Lilly)
Goodbye Gabriele Ferzetti, the introverted seducer of our cinema
Famous for his films with Michelangelo Antonioni.
December 2, 2015
The seducer a middle-aged man problematic and introverted, wise old man. Always outspoken. On stage and off. And with his face and his characters he has attreversato the last sixty years of Italian cinema. At the age of 90 years died Gabriele Ferzetti, one of the most loved and admired performers even in the recent past of our theater. He was born in Rome on March 17, 1925. Among her most famous, The Provincial Mario Soldati, The Sisterhood of The Adventure by Michelangelo Antonioni, The Long Night of '43 Florestan Vancini, To Each His Own (1967) of Elio Petri. His latest film, I Am Love by Luca Guadagnino in 2009.
The beginnings. Born in Rome on March 17, 1925, excellent studies, the passion for theater that emerges immediately. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts Silvio d'Amico and now arrives in theaters. At 17, in 1942, alongside Dorsi Duranti in The Countess of Castiglione di Flavio Calzavara. After the war Luchino Visconti chose him in 1948 for As You Like It. His first leading role in the theater is the 1951 with Olga Villi in Daydream Rice; the first major statement on the screen has to Mario Soldati that puts it together with Gina Lollobrigida in The provincial of 1953, thanks to which will have the role of leading man in The Adventures of Giacomo Casanova directed by Steno and unfortunately for many years massacred by censorship.
The meeting with Antonioni. Two years later, on the screen, it has been struck that career change it. What with Michelangelo Antonioni among the Sisterhood The adventure turns into a symbol of masculinity hang in, counterpoint to the passion "macho" male at the time of the Italian economic revival. Gabriele Ferzetti is different: beautiful, elegant, understated, charming, however, is always a bit 'on the sidelines, not fill the screen as Gassman and Sordi, cut his roles working chisel and expressing the secret part of the contemporary man. I really understand all the masters of Italian cinema in the '60s. And the career of Ferzetti off.
The 60s. His attendance is obsessive sets (at the end will be more than 100 of his films), alternating with all the passion for theater and adventures abroad as in the beautiful Three Rooms in Manhattan of Marcel Carne (1965). Ductility interpreter sees it fully at ease in historical melodrama, unconventional comedies, adventure films and dramas of passion. There's also the appointment with the turmoil and scandal of '68, participating in Thanks aunt Salvatore Samperi, but Sergio Leone will give him glory in absolute drawing with him the memorable businessman suffering and cynical of Once Upon a Time in the West.
Abroad. In theater, especially thanks to the familiarity with Mario Missiroli, signing important pages reciting with great colleagues like Anna Lea Padovani or Proclemer. And this passion will accompany him until the deserved prize Ubu received for Dance of death in its full maturity. His forays into film and theater are so many and so varied (also participated in an adventure of 007, Her Majesty's Secret Service) that even today it is difficult to account for them. There was in him a desire to prove himself, a subtle pleasure to not like each other enough that drove him to overcome every time boundaries. Appearing in more than 100 films during his career he is most associated with director
The past few years. And there was also a secret shyness that was often mistaken for distance and arrogance that drove him to stay away from the limelight, from the paparazzi, the easy success. Still like to remember him in "Night Porter" Liliana Cavani (a monument to the sobriety of interpretation that remains its unmatched stretch), the "Quartetto Basileus" by Fabio Carpi, Othello Oliver Parker and, recently, I am Love by Luca Guadagnino. On that occasion, the international success of the film did find many unique class of that gentleman who made progress getting older.
FERZETTI, Gabriele (Pasquale Ferzetti)
Born: 3/17/1925, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 12/2/2015, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Gabirele Ferzetti’s western – actor:
Once Upon a Time in the West - 1968 (Mr. Morton)
RIP Morris Chapnick
Los Angeles Times
December 3, 2015
November 15, 1932 - October 17, 2015 Morris M. Chapnick, beautiful human being, dear and loyal friend died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on October 17. He was 83. Morris was born on The Lower East Side of NYC during the depression. He was a foster care child who joined the army at 17 to serve his country during the Korean War and consequently was awarded 3 bronze stars for his service on the front lines. Then, in pursuit of his dream of being in the film business he came to Hollywood where he worked as a cab driver, talent scout and bank teller before landing his first studio job at MGM. There he met Gene Roddenberry and worked with him as his production manager on the Original Series of Star Trek. Morris became a member of the Directors Guild of America and has a long list of credits that includes being the long time production manager of TV show Grizzly Adams. Rest in Peace, dear Morris. You were much loved and always will be.
CHAPNICK, Morris M.
Born: 11/15/1932 New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 10/17/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Morris Chapnick’s westerns – production manager, assistant director:
Windwalker – 1980 [assistant director]
September Gun (TV) – 1983 [production manager]
Houston: The Legend of Texas (TV) – 1986 [production manager]
Oscar-Nominated Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85
By Dave McNary
December 4, 2015
Robert Loggia, a durable and versatile star of movies and TV shows including Brian De Palma’s 1986 “Scarface” and “Big,” died Friday in Los Angeles, his widow Audrey confirmed to Variety. He was 85.
Loggia had been battling Alzheimers Disease for the past five years.
He was nominated for a Supporting Actor Academy Award for “Jagged Edge” in 1986 for his portrayal of a blunt private detective.
His most notable film credits included “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Independence Day,” “Problem Child” and “Big,” in which performed a memorable duet on a giant piano with Tom Hanks. He was a Miami drug lord in “Scarface.”
Loggia was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick Mancuso in the sseries “Mancuso FBI” and again in 2000 for his guest star role in “Malcolm in the Middle.”
Loggia was a versatile supporting actor, assembling credits on three different episodes of “The Rockford Files” as three different characters. He also portrayed a violent mobster named Feech La Manna on several episodes of “The Sopranos.”
Loggia was a native of Staten Island, born to Italian immigrants. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, he began classes with Stella Adler and at The Actors Studio.
“He loved being an actor,” his widow told Variety. “He used to say that he never had to work.”
“I loved Bob like a father,” Lionsgate Vice Chairman Michael Burns told Variety.
He broke into the entertainment business performing in stage plays in New York. His first film credit came in 1957 in the noirish “The Garment Jungle.”
His first TV credits came in 1958 as lawman Elfego Baca in a series of Walt Disney TV shows. Loggia’s TV credits included “The Untouchables,” “Columbo,” “Gunsmoke,” “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” “The Big Valley,” “Rawhide,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “Starsky and Hutch,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Kojak,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “The Bionic Woman,” “Frasier” and “Monk.”
His other film roles include “Revenge of the Pink Panther,” “Over The Top,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Return to Me” and “Armed and Dangerous.”
Loggia is survived by his widow; three children, Tracy, John and Kristina, and a stepchild, Cynthia.
His family has asked that donations be made to the Motion Picture and Television Fund. Loggia was an active supporter of the fund.
Funeral services will be private.
LOGGIA, Robert(Salvatore Loggia)
Born: 1/3/1930, Staten Island, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/4/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Robert Logia’s westerns – actor:
The Many Lives of Elfego Baca (TV) – 1958-1960 (Elfego Baca)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959 (Jose Maria Moran)
Overland Trail (TV) – 1960 (Cpt. Porfirio Diaz)
Cattle King – 1963 (Johnny Quatro)
Rawhide (TV) – 1963 (Maria Jose Chappala)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Warren Trevor, Col. Arsenio ‘Arsenic’ Barbossa)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1965 (Lt. Cal Trapp)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1966 (Manuel Rojas)
Custer (TV) – 1967 (Lt. Carlos Moreno)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1968 (Vern Hickson)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1968, 1970 (Chio, Grey Wolf)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1982 (Thomas Stark)
Bad Girls – 1994 (Frank Jarrett)
RIP Robert Christopher
Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2015
May 29, 1922 - November 27, 2015 Longtime Hollywood Hills resident, Robert Christopher, age 93, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Friday November 27th at 12:15 pm, surrounded by his beloved, Patty, close friends and his caregiver. Bob was born on May 29, 1922 in Jersey City, New Jersey to parents Maria and Anthony Esposito. He was predeceased by his parents, first wife Lynette Christopher, sister Maria Whalen, nephew Mark Whalen and is survived by nephew Mathew Whalen of New Jersey. He graduated from James J. Ferris High School in 1941 where he first developed his passion for acting. He further refined his theatrical skills while attending the Feagin School of Dramatic Art in New York City. His pursuit for an acting career was interrupted with his decision to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corp and serve our country during World War II where he saw action in the South Pacific through the end of the war. After only two television acting parts in 1952 and 1953, Bob got his first big screen part appearing in the "Barefoot Contessa" starring Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner in 1954 followed by "Bedeviled" starring Ann Baxter in 1955. He went on to produce or appear in more than 60 movies and television programs that spanned over the next 25 years. Between acting jobs, Bob began a second career at Executive Car Leasing and quickly rose to Vice President working with many entertainment celebrities such as Marvin Gaye and Sigourney Weaver as well as Las Vegas hotel executives and the Teamsters Union. Up until month ago, Bob's daily routine included stopping at the Executive Leasing office and then have lunch at Marco's Restaurant with his close friends. Services will be held at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills on Friday Dec. 11th, viewing at 12:00 noon followed by service at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers or donations, please make a contribution in Bob's name to Actors and Others for Animals. www.actorsandothers.com A celebration of Bob's life will follow the service for close friends and family at Marco's Restaurant, 8200 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood between 3pm - 5pm.
CHRISTOPHER, Robert (Robert Hall)
Born: 5/29/1922, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 11/27/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Robert Christopher’s westerns – actor:
The Three Outlaws – 1956 (Bill Carver)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV) – 1956, 1957 (Ray Keane, Nick)
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1960 (Blinky Maxwell)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1961 (Jake Hanford)
Bonanza (TV) – 1961, 1963, 1967 (Lieutenant, Deputy Sheriff Stu Cahill, townsman, Tony)
The Virginian (TV) – 1963, Rick
RIP Larry Olsen
Susan Olsen aka Cindy Brady of the 1969-1974 Brady Bunch TV series announced on her Facebook page that he older brother Larry Olsen passed away on November 24, 2015. She said he had been ill for several years. The place of his passing was not mentioned nor can I find anything on the Internet.OLSEN, Larry (Lawrence Joseph Olsen)Born
: 5/16/1938, Marshalltown, Iowa, U.S.A.Died
: 11/24/2015, U.S.A.Larry Olsen's westerns - actor:
Lone Texas Ranger - 1945 (Payne)
Winchester '73 - 1950 (boy at rifle shoot)
Martin E. Brooks, Actor on 'The Six Million Dollar Man,' Dies at 90
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
He played Dr. Rudy Wells on the 1970s ABC series and its spinoff, 'The Bionic Woman.'
Martin E. Brooks, best known for his portrayal of the scientist Dr. Rudy Wells on the 1970s ABC series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman, has died. He was 90.
Brooks died Monday in Studio City of natural causes, Avatar and Titanic producer Jon Landau told The Hollywood Reporter. Brooks was the “soul mate” of Landau’s mother, Edie (also a producer), for the past 20 years, he said. The two grew up in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where they had been friends as children, and reconnected in 1993 after her husband died.
Brooks was the third actor to play Wells, who oversees the bionic implants of Steve Austin (Lee Majors) and Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner) on the two action shows. He then reprised the role of Wells on three telefilms.
A familiar face on television, Brooks also appeared on such series as Knots Landing, Hunter, McMillan & Wife and Cagney & Lacey, and he played Edgar Randolph, a suspect in the shooting of Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy), at the climax of the 1983-84 season of Dallas.
On Broadway, Brooks had roles starting in the 1950s in John Steinbeck’s Burning Bright, for which he received a Theatre World Award and a Donaldson Award; Arthur Miller’s adaptation of Ibsen’s Enemy of the People; Arch Oboler’s Night of the Auk; and John Van Druten’s I Am a Camera.
Brooks also worked alongside such great actresses as Katharine Cornell, Helen Hayes, Julie Harris, Ruth Gordon, Geraldine Page, Marian Seldes and Uta Hagen on the Great White Way and co-starred with Brian Donlevy in a national tour of Saul Levitt’s hit play The Andersonville Trial.
Martin Baum was born in the Bronx, and when he was 10, his family moved to Wilkes-Barre, where his father opened and operated the Blue Bell Dress Factory. After high school, he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army, became a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division and was awarded a Purple Heart for injuries received in battle.
After the war, Baum attended Penn State University and enrolled at Erwin Piscator’s Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research in New York City. While there, he won the off-Broadway best actor award for his performance in Wolfgang Borchert’s Outside the Door and changed his name to Martin Brooks after a suggestion from one of his producers, Richard Rodgers.
At the same time, Brooks also was invited by Lee Strasberg to join The Actors Studio.
Brooks also played Dr. Arthur Bradshaw on ABC soap General Hospital and appeared in such films as Colossus: The Forbin Project (1970) and The Man (1972).
He taught at the Tracy Roberts Acting School, which he co-owned with his late friend Tracy Roberts, and became an active member of Theatre West. In 2014, Brooks released his first CD, A Life Filled With Love, featuring songs he wrote and recorded in the 1960s and ’70s.
Brooks also wrote two novels, and his play Flo and Joe was optioned for a Broadway production.
In addition to Edie Landau, survivors include his nephews Charles and Danny and his grandnephews Ted, Mike, Mark, Jay and Aaron.
There will be no memorial service.
BROOKS, Martin E. (Martin Baum)
Born: 11/30/1925, The Bronx, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/7/2015, Studio City, California, U.S.A.
Martin E. Brooks’ westerns – actor:
The Loner (TV) – 1966 (Chris Meegan)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1967 (Young)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (Reese)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Franklin Poore)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (Adam Conway)
Actor Saturno Cerra dies at 91
By Guillermo Fernandez
December 7, 2012
He appeared in spaghetti westerns directed by Sergio Leone with Clint Eastwood and the spectacular Claudia Cardinale and Sophia Loren
At the age of 91 years he died last Saturday at the riosellano Sebreño Pendás, Spain Saturno Cerra, a man of many trades who participated in the shooting of dozens of films and stressed throughout his life as a painter, avid reader, and occasional cook and amateur golf player. His first film was in a Brazilian soap opera, in the city of Sao Paulo, then back to Spain where he specialized in Westerns in the land of Almería, where he got to share the stage with actors as such as Clint Eastwood, Henry Fonda, Charles Bronson and Anthony Quinn and dramatic actresses like Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. In the 1950, he worked in a department store in Madrid and was one among those who frequented the gatherings of Gregorio Marañón and José Martínez Ruiz 'Azorín'.
After the Civil War, when he was just 15 years-old, Saturno Cerra began working as a laborer in different localities of Ribadesella. He liked to paint and draw on paper when he wasn’t busy drawing pictures on the cement sidewalks and in the sand each day. He emigrated to Madrid and got a job at Galerias Preciados, an establishment founded in 1943 by the Spaniard Pepin Fernandez. He became a star dependent to the point of reaching a salary on an average of seven million pesetas a year. But Madrid and the misery of postwar Spain generated concerns for Cerra so he made the decision to emigrate.
It pilgrimage by the embassies of Canada, Mexico and Australia, where he was denied a visa to enter the country until he was claimed by a company or a family. One day he knocked on the Brazilian delegation, where they opened the doors wide and in less than 24 hours he was traveling from Barajas to Sao Paulo, a city that did everything to make lentils daily.
Until a friend suggested they take part in the filming of a soap opera and later came an acceptable role in the film where he also designed the scenery. Money was scarce in receivables and so he moved to the city of Santos, where he found an extraordinary spot to sell dozens of paintings to an American couple, coffee exporters and the pledged to buy his entire production.
He returned to Spain in 1964 to visit his mother in Sebreño and on a subsequent trip to Madrid he was placed in the path of Almeria, where Sergio Leone was filming a Spaghetti western. For Leone he worked in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, although the first film of his westerns in Almeria was “Seven Guns for Mac Gregor”. Saturno Cerra found his true expression, which, he said, his dream, for what he liked, was "put on his pistols, his hat and ride a horse."
In 2011, he retired peacefully in Sebreño, was honored at the First International Western Film Festival held in Almeria. He had become a regular at Ribadesella practicing golf at the Rasa de Berbes, where his friends gave him a Stetson hat on his 90th birthday.
Born: 11/25/1924, Ucio, Ribadesella, Asturias Spain
Died: 12/5/2015, Sebreño, Asturias, Spain
Saturno Cerra’s westerns – actor:
A Coffin for the Sheriff – 1965 (piano player)
7 Guns for the Mac Gregors – 1966 (Johnny MacGregor)
Dynamite Joe – 1966 (professor)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 (bounty hunter)
Johnny Yuma – 1966 (One-Eye)
The Ugly Ones – 1966 (Gomez henchman)
Up the MacGregors! – 1966 (Johnny MacGregor)
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 (Frank henchman)
When Satan Grips the Colt – 1969 (Johnny’s ranch hand)
Kill the Poker Player – 1972 (piano player)
Cuando Éramos Pistoleros – 2012
RIP Douglas Joseph Lennox
December 5, 2015
Douglas Joseph LENNOX
January 21, 1938 - November 28, 2015
Passed away peacefully at his home on the evening of Saturday, November 28, 2015, in his 78th year. Predeceased by his parents Coralie (nee Muir) and Joseph Lennox both of Sudbury. He will be missed by his beloved daughter Heidi Poole and her husband Tim and grandson Hunter of Barrie; his sister Marie Derro (Anthony – predeceased) of Sudbury; nieces and nephews, Dean Derro (Diana) and daughters Alyssa and Ava and Andrew Derro (Grazia). Friends and family are invited to gather for a Memorial Celebration of Life on Tuesday, December 8th from 5–7 p.m. with speeches at 5:30 p.m. at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel, 467 Sherbourne Street (south of Wellesley Street). As an expression of sympathy, donations to ACTRA Fund (www.actorsfund.ca) or The National Advertising Benevolent Society (www.nabs.org) in Doug's memory would be deeply appreciated by our family.
LENNOX, Doug (Douglas Joseph Lennox)
Born: 1/21/1938, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Died: 11/28/2015, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Doug Lennox’s western – actor:
The Campbells (TV) – 1986 (angry neighbor)
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years (TV) – 1995 (Sheriff Walker)
Johnson County War (TV) – 2002 (Texas Ike)
Emmerdale actress Shirley Stelfox dies aged 74
Emmerdale actress Shirley Stelfox has died following a short illness.
The 74-year-old was best known for her role as Edna Birch in the ITV soap, which she played for the last 15 years.
In a statement, her agent said she had been diagnosed with cancer and passed away on Monday.
ITV executive producer, John Whiston paid tribute, saying: "The family here at Emmerdale are deeply saddened by Shirley's passing, it is hard to imagine Emmerdale without her."
He added: "We offer our condolences to Shirley's family and share our feeling of loss with the millions of viewers who will miss Edna enormously."
Stelfox trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), and went on to star in numerous well-known TV shows.
She was the first Rose in Keeping Up Appearances and also starred in The Bill, Coronation Street and Crossroads.
Her film credits included a role opposite John Hurt in the movie adaptation of George Orwell's novel 1984, and alongside Julie Walters in Personal Services.
She also had a successful career in the theatre, with her stage work including Not Now, Darling, Toad Of Toad Hall and Cavalcade at the Chichester Festival Theatre.
She was married to actor Don Henderson from 1979 until he died in 1997.
Former Emmerdale star Verity Rushworth, who played Donna Windsor in the soap, led the tributes on Twitter, writing: "Thinking of the entire Emmerdale family and the loved ones of the legendary Shirley Stelfox. Taught me so much when growing up. xxx."
Actress and comedienne Kathy Burke tweeted a photo of Stelfox and Henderson saying: "RIP beautiful Shirley Stelfox seen here with the love of her life Don Henderson."
STELFOX, Shirley (Shirley R. Stelfox)
Born: 4/11/1941, Dukinfield, Cheshire, England, U.K.
Died: 12/7/2015, England, U.K.
Shirley Stelfox’s western – actress:
Bottle Saddles (TV) - 1984 (Rita Henderson)
American Indian Activist, Poet John Trudell Dies at 69
By Robert Jablon
December 8, 2015
John Trudell, a poet and actor who spoke for American Indian protesters during the 1969 Alcatraz Island occupation and later headed the American Indian Movement, has died. He was 69.
A trustee of Trudell's estate, Cree Miller, says he died of cancer on Tuesday at his home in Santa Clara County in Northern California.
Born to a Sioux father in Nebraska, Trudell joined protesters who took over Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay to demand the former federal prison be given to Native Americans under treaty rights.
During the 19-month takeover, Trudell was a spokesman and ran a radio broadcast called Radio Free Alcatraz.
He went on to serve as national chairman of the activist American Indian Movement from 1973 to 1979, the year his pregnant wife, three children and mother-in-law died in an Arizona fire. Trudell long suspected government involvement in the fire.
Trudell later made spoken-word albums and appeared in the movie "Thunderheart."
Born: 2/15/1946, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Died: 12/8/2015, Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.
John Trudell’s westerns – actor:
Powwow Highway – 1988 (Louie Short Hair)
DreamKeeper (TV) – 2003 (Coyote)
Richard Balducci has died, the screenwriter behind the saga of the "Gendarme"
December 9, 2015
Richard Balducci has died, the screenwriter behind the saga of the "Gendarme"
He was the "father" of Ludovic Cruchot, the most famous policeman of cinema. The writer and director Richard Balducci, the origin of the saga of the "Gendarme", died Tuesday at the age of 93, his wife announced Wednesday.
Vilfrid with Jacques and Jean Girault Richard Balducci participated in the writing of scenarios that depict the tribulations of Cruchots quartermaster and adjutant Gerber, embodied respectively by Louis de Funes and Michel Galabru.
"I've never had good reviews from the press, entrusted Richard Balducci a few years ago. I always ignored them. At the end, I was reading more. Fortunately, because if we had relied on the criticism after the first 'Gendarme', we would have quickly stopped! "
A war correspondent until the Liberation, Richard Balducci has come under Shows France Soir before working as a press attaché with many directors including Roger Vadim, Christian Jaque, Jean Pierre Melville, Claude Lelouch, Jacques Demy, Philippe de Broca Francois Truffaut and Jacques Becker.
Fifteen short films and comedy films as director
This is a story lived in the seaside resort of the Var which gave him the idea of the saga. "I was locating in St. Tropez for a movie, he told. They stole my camera in my car. I went to complain to the police. It was noon. Upon arriving, I found a policeman sitting astride. With great difficulty, he got up to take my complaint and told me he knew my thief and had missed five meters, a few days earlier. ".
Richard Balducci evokes his misadventure to Louis de Funes. "He said: We will make a movie. This is a very good starting movie! "He recounted in the documentary" Louis de Funes and Gendarmes ".
The first part of the series - "Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez" - was released on September 9, 1964. The saga ended in 1982 with "The Gendarme and the Gendarmettes".
In the 1970s, Richard Balducci also produced a dozen short films and comedies with Jean Lefebvre and Paul Préboist including " La Honte de la Famille,"" Par ici la monnaie", " Prends ta Rolls et va pointer!" and " Le Facteur de Saint-Tropez".
BALDUCCI, Richard (Armando Pellegrino Ido Balducci)
Born: 2/10/1922, Paris, ‘Île-de-France, France
Died: 12/8/2015, France
Richard Balducci’s western – director, screenwriter:
In the Dust of the Sun – 1971
Patrick M. Griffith, Emmy-Winning Sound Editor, Dies at 60
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
His lengthy resume included work on hit songs for Air Supply.
Patrick M. Griffith, an Emmy-winning sound editor, died Nov. 23 at his home in Valencia, Calif., after a decade-long struggle with hemochromatosis, his wife, Sylvie, said. He was 60.
At the forefront of sound recording for radio, television and film, Griffith was a pioneer in the field of live concert recordings in the late 1970s, and he helped introduce digital surround sound to TV and movies in the late ’80s.
Griffith won his Emmy in 1998 for serving as supervising sound editor on the National Geographic documentary Rat. Earlier, he received two Golden Reel Awards from the Motion Picture Sound Editors for his work on the HBO series Tales From the Crypt.
Griffith also was the recipient of two gold records as producer of the Air Supply hits “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” and “Late Again” (Live Version) for Arista Records.
Griffith produced the 1980 HBO special Sammy Davis Jr.: The Golden Years and did sound work on dozens of films, including Talk Radio (1988), Jersey Girl (1992), This World, Then the Fireworks (1997) and One Last Ride (2004).
Born in England, Griffith attended the University of Lowell in Massachusetts and received his Masters in broadcasting from Boston University. He then worked with the BBC in London and with the ABC, CBS and RKO radio networks in New York.
In 1982, he relocated to Los Angeles to serve as an associate producer on Rock ’n’ Roll Tonite, a live TV music program.
From 1994-96, Griffith led the design and renovation team of the film and sound departments for the venerable Estudios Churubusco in Mexico City, and he served on the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation board in San Simeon, Calif., from 1997-2014.
In addition to Sylvie, his wife of 32 years, survivors include their twins Lindsey and Ian and his sister Catherine. Memorial donations for his children may be made at GiveForward.com by Dec. 31.
GRIFFITH, Patrick M.
Born: 1/?/1955, England, U.K.
Died: 11/23/2015, Valencia, California, U.S.A.
Patrick M. Griffith’s westerns – supervising sound editor:
Two-Fisted Tales (TV) - 1992
Uninvited – 1993
Backlash: Oblivion 2 - 1994
The Desperate Trail – 1994
RIP Will MacMillan
William George MacMillan (71) passed into the hands of his Lord on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 in Burbank, CA. Will was born in Steubenville, OH on 11/25/1944 to William Claude and Nellie McMillan of Weirton, WV. He played both offense and defense on the Weir High Football team that won the 1960 State Championship. In 1981 Will married Laura Bahrs of Santa Cruz, CA and together they raised their four children, Natalie, Jonathan, Brittany and Grace. Will received a BA degree from Washington & Jefferson College, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Boston University. Will, a member of Screen Actors Guild and Actor's Equity, worked and directed on stage, film and TV. He was known as Boris on General Hospital, co-starred on TV in West Wing, Las Vegas, Charlie's Angels, Hunter, Diagnosis: Murder, N.Y.P.D. Blue, Greatest American Hero, Little House on the Prairie and Three's Company among others. In film, he co-starred in George Romero's The Crazies, Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry 3: The Enforcer, Oliver Stone's Salvador and Robert Zemeckis' Used Cars, to name a few. In 2011, as writer, director and producer, he won the Silver Sierra Award at the Yosemite Film Festival for his short film The Gift. Will was Artistic Director of Psychic Repertory Theatre, which toured the USA for children with special needs from 1976 through 1990. On stage he co-starred in Brigadoon with Charles Durning for Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, 1776 with Gary Beach for Sacramento Music Circus, Unsinkable Molly Brown with Cathy Rigby for La Mirada Theatre and Pippin for The Theatre League. In 2013 he co-starred in the World Premiere 4-character play Shades, exploring Vietnam Vets and Agent Orange, at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. Will's last artistic venture – which the whole family participated in - is the indie film Destiny Trail, completed and screened in Los Angeles in October 2015. Destiny Trail was directed by Will, exec-produced by him and his son, Jonathan, written by his daughter, Natalie, (who also co-starred) and produced by Natalie and his wife, Laura. Will is survived by his wife, Laura and their children, Natalie Hope MacMillan, Jonathan Christopher MacMillan, Brittany Colleen MacMillan, Grace Birkita MacMillan of Los Angeles, CA and by his sister, Deborah McMillan Fisher and her family of Cochranton, PA. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Kirk O'the Valley Presbyterian Church in Reseda, CA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support the submission of Will's Destiny Trail film to festivals. The donations should be made out to Laura MacMillan, P.O. Box 480306, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com
MacMILLAN, Will (William George MacMillan)
Born: 11/25/1944, Steubenville, Ohio, U.S.A
Died: 12/2/2015, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Will MacMillan’s westerns – actor:
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1981, 1982 (bartender, 3rd man)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (bartender)
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1991 (Marshal Gordon)
Bad Girls – 1994 (Colonel Claybourne)
Death of director and producer Denis Héroux
La Presse Canada
By André Duchesne
December 11, 2015
The director, screenwriter and producer Denis Héroux Québec died yesterday evening. He was 75 years old. The name of Mr. Héroux is associated with several memorable films in the history of Quebec cinema. One thinks immediately to Valerie Initiation A child like any other (featuring René Simard), Trivial snow There's always a way to average! I and my trip!
In the late 1970s, Mr. Héroux turns to production. As such, it has been associated to the securities Quest for Fire, The Plouffe, Atlantic City, and Hold-Up Black Dress.
It is the distributor Christian Larouche (Christal Films) who gave us the news. Mr. Larouche's wife, writer and producer Caroline Héroux (Lance et compte) is the goddaughter of Denis Héroux.
"At the time our cinema was very embryonic and he scored with his work in Quebec and elsewhere, said Larouche. He managed to bring us films larger. We just lost a great man of cinema. "
Over the years, the work of Mr. Héroux has earned him numerous awards in Quebec and elsewhere in the world. Atlantic City film Louis Malle had among others won the Venice Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1980.
Mr. Héroux's career was launched when he was a student of history and literature at the University of Montreal. With two other comrades, Denys Arcand and Stéphane Venne, he directed the film alone or with others. The trio hired three artisans of cinema that would make their mark in Quebec: Michel Brault, Gilles Groulx and Marcel Carrière. The film ended up at Cannes in 1963 in the Week section of criticism.
Always in film, Denis Héroux also had the opportunity to work with his brothers Claude and Roger.
During his career, Mr. Héroux has also affected the distribution and education. From 2007 to 2013, he taught and the producer of business at the University of Montreal.
Born: 7/15/1940, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: 12/10/2015, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Denis Héroux’s westerns – producer, screenwriter, script editor, film editor:
Louisiana (TV) – 1984 [producer]
Bordertown (TV) – 1989-1991 [producer]
Tales of the Wild (TV) – 1994-1995 [story editor, film editor]
The Adventures of Smoke Bellew (TV) – 1996 [screenwriter]