Charles Douglas Greer
May 21, 1921 - January 6, 2016
Santa Cruz Sentinel
February 8, 2016
Charles Douglas Greer (Doug), passed away at the young age of 94. Perhaps you had the privilege of meeting him when he would be out on a walk in Scotts Valley or Santa Cruz. He was quick to offer a smile and a four leaf clover. He loved to meet new people and share his sense of humor, good attitude and one or two of his many amazing stories about his life.
Born in Ottawa, Canada in 1921, Doug moved to Glendale, California in 1924. He began working in the movies at age seven after winning a freckle contest. It was his many freckles that earned him the name, "Turkey Egg" given to him by Robert McGowan, director of the "Our Gang" comedies, also known as, "The Little Rascals", which Doug was a regular in. His freckles reminded the director of the speckles that cover turkey eggs. Doug spent twelve years of his childhood working in the movies alongside actors such as Mickey Rooney, John Wayne and Jackie Cooper. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and acquired around 60 screen credits.
Due to his busy career as a childhood actor he found himself behind in school. Thanks to his homeroom teacher at Burbank High school he was able to graduate at age twenty-one. He had learned how to work with aircraft sheet metal in high school which helped him get a job working for Lockheed Aircraft Company in Burbank, California.
In 1943, during World War II, he was one of the first members of the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops at Camp Hale, Colorado. After finishing training, he was transferred to inactive duty to go back to Lockheed for a specific job, just before his outfit was to head overseas to the Italian Alps. He later discovered that every officer in his company had been either killed or wounded in the first three days of battle. After his job at Lockheed was finished, he was called back to service on June 8th, 1944 with the "1267 Combat Engineers" and visited England, France, Luxemburg and Germany. After the war was over he traveled to Marseille, France and traveled through the Panama Canal on his way to the Philippines. Malaria cut short his military service and he was Honorably Discharged on March 31, 1946.
Back in the Los Angeles, California he met and married his wife of forty years, Doris Greer. They had one daughter together, Diane and four grandchildren. He founded his own company, American Northern, Inc., laboratory furniture and supply company, specializing in fume hoods, biological safety cabinets and exhaust systems. It was at Northridge Hospital that his equipment helped stop a tuberculosis outbreak. In 1978, he designed and built a three-story home in Lake Tahoe and lived there with his family for several years, enjoying fishing and skiing. Doug was also an accomplished magician, and a lifetime member of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
He was a very genuine, caring person who wanted only the best for his family. He is preceded in death by his wife Doris Greer; companion of 20 years, Beverly Paine; daughter Diane Welton; and his grandson Wesley McCall. He is survived by his granddaughter Christen Miller, grandson Scott McCall, granddaughter Misty Moran, and great grandchildren Sierra and Zachary Miller and Abram Moran (arriving 04/04/16). A memorial service for Doug will take place on February 20th at 2:00pm at Gateway Bible Church in Scott's Valley.
GREER, Douglas (Charles Douglas Greer)
Born: 5/21/1921, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died: 1/6/2016, Santa Cruz, California, U.S.A.
Douglas Greer’s western – actor:
The Arizona Kid – 1930 (freckle-faced kid)
RIP Barry Stern
February 2, 1942 - December 12, 2015
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2016
Barry Roger Stern passed away while visiting Tucson, Az. He was born in Chicago, Ill. on February 4, 1942, the only child of Rena Meyer and Dr. David Stern. His career spanned international finance and marketing; TV, motion pictures, music video and commercials production, writing and directing. His interests included a love of foreign cars and car racing, bowling, gardening, and playing and listening to folk music. He was a lifelong advocate for worldwide peace and justice.
After graduating from South Shore High School in Chicago, he completed studies in business, accounting, and law at Indiana University. He then completed an MBA in marketing and international finance at the University of Southern California. He began work as an auditor and controller for various motion picture studios in Hollywood, and was transferred to New York City in 1969 to work as an executive in the entertainment division of Gulf and Western. While there he applied for and was accepted into the Director's Guild's trainee program and happily returned to Laurel Canyon in LA.
In 1984 he moved to Seattle, WA to build Pacific Northwest Studios, while continuing to work on films in LA. He retired in 1994 and moved to Bainbridge Island, WA. Barry is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Mary Dunbar, his daughter Dana (Pete Hinz and her mother Marlene), son David (Madison Clark and his mother Claire) and his Puli, Sasha. Friends and family will host a celebration of Barry's life in the coming months.
STERN, Barry (Barry Roger Stern)
Born: 2/2/1942, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 12/12/2015, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.
Barry Stern’s westerns – production manager, assistant director.
Paint Your Wagon – 1969 [production manager]
Zandy’s Bride – 1974 [assistant director]
RIP Norman Hudis
Screenwriter Norman Hudis, best known for writing the first six Carry On films, has died at the age of 93.
After several weeks in hospice care, he died surrounded by his family in California on Monday evening.
His widow Rita Hudis said in a statement: "He died peacefully at home with myself and Stephen and Kevin, his two sons.
"He did well to reach 93. We will miss him. Our 60th anniversary would have been on the 28th April."
London-born Hudis began his career as a journalist, but soon turned his talents towards the screen and stage.
Carry On Sergeant was his break-out film in 1958. Following its success, he went on to write five more Carry On films before moving to the US.
His second film, Carry On Nurse, was the UK's top grossing film of 1959 and was based on tales from his wife Rita, who was a nurse herself and went on to become one of the medical consultants on the US medical show M*A*S*H.
His American television writing credits include The Wild Wild West, The F.B.I., The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Hawaii Five-O.
For the stage, he wrote the long-running play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners.
Morris Bright, chairman of Elstree Studios and a close family friend of 25 years, said: "Without him we wouldn't have had the Carry On films, because he wrote the first six - and look what that spawned over the years.
"We owe the man a lot. He leaves a great legacy of joy, entertainment and laughter - something we can look back on and say, 'We're very grateful for him'.
"He was a great guy, I shall miss him a great deal."
In 2008, Hudis published an autobiography titled No Laughing Matter: How I Carried On.
He is survived by his widow, two sons, and two grandchildren, Veronica and Cameron.
Born: 7/27/1922, Stepney, London, England, U.K.
Died: 2/8/2016, California, U.S.A.
Norman Hudis’ western – screenwriter:
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967
Tommy Kelly, Star of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,' Dies at 90
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
Then a 12-year-old from the Bronx, he was picked by producer David O. Selznick to play the boy in the adaptation of Mark Twain's 1876 novel.
Tommy Kelly, who starred as the mischievous Missouri boy immortalized by Mark Twain in David O. Selznick’s 1938 film The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has died. He was 90.
Kelly, who was done in Hollywood by the time he turned 25, died Jan. 26 of congestive heart failure at home in Greensboro, N.C., his son, Matt, told The Hollywood Reporter.
The famed producer Selznick handpicked the freckle-faced Kelly, then a 12-year-old student at a Catholic school in the Bronx, to play Tom in the United Artists film. Legend has it that 25,000 youngsters from around the country had auditioned.
Kelly then starred as the title character Billy Peck in Peck’s Bad Boy With the Circus (1938) and cried on camera as a youngster with a Confederate band in Selznick’s Gone With the Wind (1939).
The son of a fireman, Kelly and his family relocated to Los Angeles in 1936 for the filming of Tom Sawyer. He later appeared in such films as Curtain Call (1940), Military Academy (1940), Irene (1940), Double Date (1941), Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941), The Beginning or the End (1947), The West Point Story (1950) and The Magnificent Yankee (1950).
Kelly enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe during World War II. After his Hollywood days, he earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State and was a high school teacher and counselor in Culver City and an administrator in the Orange County school system.
He then accepted an assignment as a Peace Corps administrator in Monrovia, Liberia, and served as superintendent of international schools in Liberia and Venezuela. He returned to the States and worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Susie; children Ann, Matt (and wife Kathy), Eileen (and husband Wally), Kevin (and wife Patricia), Mark (and wife Gail) and Paul (and wife Teresa); 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
KELLY, Tommy (Thomas Kelly)
Born: 4/6/1925, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/26/2016, Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Tommy Kelly’s westerns – actor:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – 1938 (Tom Sawyer)
The Fabulous Texan – 1947 (Lee Klirain)
Southern Utah Mortuary
Virginia Leah Herrick Garrison (known by many as Alannah), age 99, passed away on January 29, 2016, at the home of her caregiver and long time friend, Jackie Williams Robertson, in Provo, Utah. She was born at her family home in the small community of Elwah, Port Angeles, Clallam County, Washington, on June 13, 1916. Virginia was welcomed by her parents, Henry Bert Herrick and Elizabeth B. Casner, and two brothers, John Wilbert and Grant.
She was raised on the family ranch where she developed many skills and talents. Her mother was a professional seamstress and taught Virginia the art of sewing at the age of five. She learned to sew on an old treadle machine and was making her own clothes by the age of nine. She designed and created all of her own costumes and personal clothing. During the depression, she and her mother left the ranch to support themselves and found their sewing skills were in great demand.
Music was her first love and she started piano lesson at the age of six. Since her teacher was a fine musician and had a beautiful contralto voice, Virginia learned to sing as well, and performed her first vocal solo when she was eleven.
Later in life, she became involved with musical theatre, which took her to New York. While in New York, she became a hat model for the Harry Conover Agency. When they learned she designed her own clothing, she was asked to create a petite line for Macey's Department Store. She was not able to complete that request, when her mother was taken ill, and she returned to Hollywood, California, to care for her.
A few days after her return to California, a man approached Virginia, claiming to be an agent who represented movie actors. At first, she was suspicious. However, his claim turned out to be legitimate and she was employed steadily as "one of the girls" in B-Westerns for the next three years, from 1950-1952. Some of her movies were, FRONTIER PHANTOM (Lash LaRue), MONTANA DESPERADO (Johnny Mack Brown), SILVER RAIDERS (Whip Wilson), I KILLED GERONIMO (James Elision), VIGILANTE HIDEOUT (Rocky Lane). Additionally, she played in the CISCO KID T.V. SHOW, GENE AUTRY SHOW, and COWBOY G-MEN. She made fourteen movies and a serial, ROAR OF THE IRON HORSE. The latter was her favorite work, since she was able to use her riding and horsemanship skills, which the producers appreciated. Virginia further impressed them with her ability to shoot a rifle.
While in an interview for another role, she met Omar V. Garrison, a handsome gentleman who had been a war correspondent during World War II and was currently a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times-Mirror Company. Omar fell for her like the proverbial "ton of bricks" and they dated regularly. Virginia told Omar her dream was to sing opera. He then told her he was being transferred to Cinecitta in Rome, Italy, and asked if she would like to study voice, while he did his column. They were married on September 10, 1952, in Los Angeles, California. Virginia, an operatic soprano, subsequently sang leading roles, while in Italy.
Virginia and Omar traveled abroad extensively, but finally purchased their first home in Cedar City, Utah, in 1977. They had no children of their own, but soon fell in love with the Williams children who lived a few doors away. They treated these children, Carolyn, Chase and Jeff, as if they were their own grandchildren and enjoyed spoiling them. While residing in Cedar City, Virginia was active with the local drama club and was also a member of the Southern Utah Chorale, performing many solos during her participation with the group. Omar and "Alannah" moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1996 where Omar died, a short time later, in 1997.
Virginia soon became acquainted with a gentleman from her church, James "Dick" Madigan, who remained her friend and companion until his death. Both James and Alannah relocated to Utah in January 2009, where he moved to an assisted living center, and she lived with her unofficially adopted daughter and friend. Alannah continued to visit Dick everyday until his death in 2014.
Virginia was a cherished and loved part of the Williams/Robertson family for 38 years, and received solicitous care from Jackie and her husband, Victor Robertson, as well as other family members. She will be greatly missed by the family who will always remember her pleasant nature, her wonderful sense of humor, and her efforts to be adaptable and easily satisfied. Virginia had no surviving family of her own. Gratitude is also extended to Tender Care Hospice, who rendered kind assistance.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Southern Utah Mortuary, located at 190 North 300 West, Cedar City, Utah. Viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m Saturday, February 13th at the mortuary. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery, together with the ashes of her husband, Omar, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.
Those interested may find further information about Virginia, on the following website: http://www.b-westerns.com/ladies27.htm.
HERRICK, Virginia (Virginia Leah Herrick)
Born: 6/13/1916, Olympia, Washington, U.S.A.
Died: 1/29/2016, Provo, Utah, U.S.A.
Virginia Herrick’s westerns – actress:
I Killed Geronimo – 1950 (Julie Scot)
Silver Raiders – 1950 (Patricia Jones)
Vigilante Hideout – 1950 (Marigae Sanders)
The Gene Autry Show (TV) – 1950 (Caroline)
Montana Desperado – 1951 (Sally Wilson)
Roar of the Iron Horse – Rail Blazer of the Apache Trail (1951) Carol Lane)
The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1951, 1952 (Nedra Challis, Helen Butler)
Frontier Phantom – 1952 (Susan)
Cowboy G-Men (TV) - 1953
RIP Irwin H. Charone
Maplewood NJ Star-Ledger
February 4, 2016
Irwin H. Charone Character actor with wide experience in TV, stage and films from Disney to Woody Allen, 93 Irwin H. Charone, 93, passed away at his home on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Private funeral services were provided by the Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home, Maplewood, N.J. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Charone was born in Chicago, Ill., to the late John Charone Esq. and Jeanette Charone Ex. He resided in Manhattan for most of his life before moving to Millburn, N.J. Mr. Charone was a veteran of World War II, serving for three years with the Army Signal Corps. He then prepared for an acting career at the Goodman Theatre School, which is now part of DePaul University, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Theatre Wing of New York. Mr. Charone was a veteran character actor in film, television, stage and radio. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity and appeared in many films for Disney, Warner Bros. and Universal opposite such notable actors as Ingrid Bergman, James Garner and Goldie Hawn. These films included "Herbie Rides Again,""Cactus Flower,""Thrill of it All,""Kisses for My President" and Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry." He filled various supporting roles in such prominent network television shows as "Bewitched,""The Lucy Show,""Green Acres,""Get Smart,""Petticoat Junction,""My Favorite Martian,""The Monkees,""The Red Skelton Show,""The Jack Benny Show" and many others. He appeared on Broadway in musicals and dramas, as well as in summer stock and regional theater. Mr. Charone is survived by his wife, Eileen Schauler Charone, and his son, Jeffrey Charone. He was predeceased by his brothers, Sheldon Charone and Jerry Ex. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org
CHARONE, Irwin (Irwin Harold Charone)
Born: 9/8/1922, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
Died: 1/28/2016, Maplewood, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Irwin Charone’s western – actor:
Dirty Sally (TV) – 1974 (Rodney)
Former discus world record-holder Dumchev dies
February 10, 2016
The IAAF is saddened to hear that former world discus record-holder Yuriy Dumchev died on Wednesday (10) at the age of 57 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Born on 5 August 1958 in the Russian town of Rossosh, Dumchev took up athletics at the age of 16 while at boarding school in Moscow. He competed in both the shot put and discus before specializing in the latter.
His first breakthrough came at the 1977 European Junior Championships in Donetsk, where he won with a throw of 53.30m.
At the age of 21 he competed at the 1980 Olympics on home soil in Moscow and finished fifth. Two weeks later, he set a national under-23 record of 68.16m.
His progress continued and in 1983 he set a world record of 71.86m, adding 70 centimetres to the mark set five years earlier by Wolfgang Schmidt. But in one of the biggest shocks of the championships, he failed to make the final at the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki later that year.
Had the Soviet Union not boycotted the 1984 Olympics, Dumchev would have been among the medal favourites, but his victory later that year at the Friendship Games, an international event staged for the nations that boycotted the Olympics, provided some form of consolation. His winning throw of 66.70m was 10 centimetres farther than the winning distance at the 1984 Olympics.
Alongside his athletics career, Dumchev was a keen actor and starred in many Russian films, and also reached an international audience with occasional cameos in US productions.
He took a step back from athletics in 1986 and 1987 primarily to concentrate on his emerging acting career but returned to form in 1988. He threw 70.30m, the second-best mark in the world that year, but finished fourth at that year’s Olympics in Seoul, less than a metre shy of a medal.
He retired after the 1992 season and made a brief return in 1997. His best of 71.86m still stands as a national record and is a mark that only three men in history have surpassed.
Dumchev continued with his acting after retiring from athletics and in 1998 he became a member of the Guild of Russian Actors. However, he also remained involved in athletics, working as a throwing coach in Moscow.
DUMCHEV, Yuri (Yuriy Eduardovitch Dumchev)
Born: 8/5/1958, Rossosh, Voronezh, Russia, U.S.S.R.
Died: 2/10/2106, Adler, Sochi, Russia
Yuri Dumchev’s western – actor:
A Man from Boulevard Capucines – 1987 (White Feather)
Oak Ridge Funeral Care
February 14, 2016
John B. Duncan of Gower, Missouri and Davenport, Florida passed away at his Florida home on February 8, 2016 with his family by his side. He was 92.
John was born on December 7, 1923 in Kansas City, Missouri to Robert L. and Melvina Duncan. While in Missouri Johnny learned how to tap dance at an early age, in fact he helped with family expenses with money he earned from dancing at a local bar. When he was fifteen he was discovered by a talent scout, while dancing, who sent his whole family to Hollywood.
Once he made it to Hollywood he landed roles in the Bowery Boys/ East Side Kids as well as several other films. At age 26 he got the role as Robin in the 1949 films Batman & Robin. Afterwards he worked on a lot of movies including, Caine Mutiny, Delinquent Daughters, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo and Spartacus, as well as TV appearances on Dallas and Dynasty. Johnny was also a midget car racer and a jockey and a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during WW II. Johnny really enjoyed life, loved his family and will be remembered as a loving husband and father.
Johnny is survived by his wife, of 18 years, Susan Duncan; children, Cathy McIlhenny of Cape Hatteras, NC, Sean Duncan of Branson, MO, Mandy Lorenz of Branson, MO, Maranda Rogers of Des Moines, IA, Landon Tate of Davenport, FL; grandchildren, Danny Stevens, Tyler Duncan, Zachary Duncan, Juliah Lorenz, Nataley Lorenz, Caden Lorenz, Chance Lorenz and Evelyn Rose Rogers; great grandchildren, Kelly, Angie, Mike and several great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:00 pm until the funeral at 1:00 pm at Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Haines City, Florida. Burial will take place at the family’s crypt in Indiana.
DUNCAN, Johnny (John Bowman Duncan)
Born: 12/7/1923, Centre, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 2/8/2016, Davenport, Florida, U.S.A.
Johnny Duncan’s westerns – actor:
The Arizona Wildcat – 1937 (townsboy)
Call of the Canyon – 1942 (Jitterbug)
Trail to San Antonio – 1947 (Ted Malloy)
The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1956 (mail rider, Mickey Doan)
RIP Denver John Collins
February 12, 2016
Denver John Collins passed away in Helena, Montana surrounded by his family. Cancer was the cause of death. Denver was a director, cinematographer, and actor. He was honored by Veterans Associations for "The History Project" He made many music videos including those of George Strait and Vince Gill. He traveled the world filming for the Peace Corps, documented the outlaws of the West and interviewed scores of entertainers. An accomplished skier, fly-fisherman, and musician, his dry wit and brilliance will be missed by all who knew him. Denver is survived by his children Joshua and Corrina, his grandson Eamon, the mother of his children Allison, also sisters, Judy Collins and Holly Collins, his brothers Dr. Michael Collins and Dave Collins, and their spouses, Louis Nelson, Harvey Kahn, Kathy Collins, and Libby Collins, nephews Matt Collins, Kalen Keach, Aidan and Rowen Kahn, nieces Natalie Blair and Hollis Taylor, and great nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents Charles T. Collins, and Marjorie Collins Hall and his nephew Clark Taylor.
COLLINS, Denver John
Born: 1/25/1950, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 2/7/2016, Helena, Montana, U.S.A.
John Denver Collins’ western – actor:
Doc – 1971 (“The Kid”)
George Gaynes, a Versatile Character Actor, Dies at 98
The New York Times
By Robert McFadden
February 16, 2016
George Gaynes, who played a grouchy foster parent on the 1980s sitcom “Punky Brewster,” the beleaguered commandant in seven “Police Academy” films and a soap opera star with a crush on Dustin Hoffman in drag in the Hollywood hit “Tootsie,” died on Monday at his daughter’s home in North Bend, Wash. He was 98.
His death was confirmed by his daughter, Iya Gaynes Falcone Brown.
With his baritone voice, chiseled good looks and versatility as a character actor and singer, Mr. Gaynes appeared in hundreds of episodes of sitcoms and dramas on television, 35 Hollywood and made-for-TV films, and many plays, musical comedies and operas in New York and Europe.
Critics often applauded his work in supporting roles, and his face became familiar to millions of Americans. But he never achieved leading man stardom.
“Anyone who believes in happy endings will take consolation from the career of George Gaynes, about to become a television celebrity at the age of 64,” The New York Times reported (erroneously; he was 67) in 1984, shortly before NBC telecast the first episode of “Punky Brewster.” The show ran for four seasons, first on NBC and then in syndication.
Mr. Gaynes, in the television role for which he was probably best known, played a building manager, Henry Warnimont, who finds an abandoned little girl, played by Soleil Moon Frye, in an empty apartment and becomes first her foster parent and then her adoptive father. Their tender relationship was the heart of the show. There was a puppy, too.
“The two things an actor dreads most are children and dogs,” he told The Times in 1984. “I have both in this series.”
Mr. Gaynes got the part on the heels of two of his strongest film performances. In the first, in “Tootsie,” released in 1982, he was a misguided would-be paramour pursuing his leading lady (Mr. Hoffman), an unemployed actor who wins celebrity by masquerading as a woman on a daytime soap opera.
Then, in 1984, he was the commandant in charge of misfit recruits in the first “Police Academy” movie, which critics called crude and noisy — although some found it also hilarious — and which spawned six sequels, all of them with Mr. Gaynes in the cast.
Writing about Mr. Gaynes’s performance in “Tootsie,” Vincent Canby of The Times called him “priceless as the seedy but tirelessly lecherous leading man on the soap” and “so memorably funny in such memorably funny circumstances that I doubt he’ll much longer remain one of those actors whose looks are as familiar as his name, though one never puts the two together.”
“Tootsie” was a hit and received 10 Academy Award nominations, although only Jessica Lange won, for best supporting actress.
George Gaynes was born George Jongejans in Helsinki, Finland, on May 16, 1917, to Iya Grigorievna de Gay, a Russian artist later known as Lady Iya Abny, and Gerrit Jongejans, a Dutch businessman. His uncle was the actor Gregory Gaye, who played a Nazi Reichsbank official in “Casablanca.”
Raised in France, England and Switzerland, George was introduced to opera by his mother’s friend, the Russian basso Feodor Chaliapin. He studied in Milan and performed in Italy and France. But his career was interrupted by World War II. He crossed the Pyrenees and was interned in Spain for three months. After being released, he went to Britain and enlisted in the Royal Dutch Navy for the duration.
He landed in New York after the war, joined the New York City Opera and played Figaro, Leporello in “Don Giovanni” and assorted fathers, monks and ragpickers. He also appeared in Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. But he considered himself primarily an actor. “I was an acting opera singer, and that’s one of the reasons I left opera,” he said.
On Broadway, he appeared in Cole Porter’s “Out of This World” (1950) and was Rosalind Russell’s suitor in “Wonderful Town” (1953), a musical version of “My Sister Eileen” with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green.
That same year, he changed his surname to Gaynes and married Allyn Ann McLerie, an actress, who survives him. In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by one granddaughter and two great-granddaughters. His son, Matthew, died in a car crash in 1989.
Mr. Gaynes appeared in many television series in the 1960s and ’70s, including “The Defenders,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Bonanza,” “Mannix,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “The Six Million Dollar Man” and “Hawaii Five-0.” He also acted in the daytime soap operas “General Hospital” and “Search for Tomorrow.” His films included “The Way We Were,” “Altered States” and “Wag the Dog.”
He retired in 2003 and lived in Santa Barbara, Calif., before moving to Washington to stay with his daughter’s family.
Mr. Gaynes was philosophical about his brush with movie stardom in the 1980s. “I’m too old, I’ve been at it too long, to be exhilarated,” he told The Times in 1984. “Of course I’m happy about it. My wife is happy, because we can travel more, and she can get a new couch cover. But knowing the vagaries of the entertainment business, I can’t take it too seriously.”
GAYNES, George (George Jongejans)
Born: 5/16/1917, Helsinki, Russian Empire
Died: 2/15/2016, North Bend, Washington, U.S.A.
George Gaynes’ westerns – actor:
Cheyenne (TV) – 1962 (Rod Delaplane)
Empire (TV) – 1963 (Johnson)
Bonanza (TV) – 1968 (Senator Purdy)
The Quest (TV) – 1976 (Johnson)
Character Actor, Theater Builder Robert Beecher Dies at 91
By Carmel Dagan
February 16, 2016
Character actor Robert Beecher, builder of the Horseshoe Stage Theatre, died of natural causes on February 12 in Burbank, Calif. He was 91.
Beecher was typically cast as “heavies” — gangsters or Western bad guys — due to his imposing stature. In the mid-1950s, he built and opened the Horseshoe Stage Theatre. He also invented and patented a stage lighting system for small theaters.
After graduating from the Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts, Beecher and 24 other young actors founded in 1948 the Orchard Gables Repertory Theatre Company, the city’s first professional theater, based in a large two-story house on Wilcox and Fountain Avenues.
Beecher had always wanted to create his own theater and help other young actors develop their craft. In late 1954, he purchased a lot on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood and built the Horseshoe Stage Theatre. The 91-seat venue opened January 5, 1956, with a production of “The Member of the Wedding,” and Beecher continued to star in, direct and produce plays and acting workshops at his theater until he sold it in 1978. The theater continues on today as the Zephyr Theatre. For a few more years, Beecher continued with smaller theater venues he owned — the Apartment, the Gardner Stage and Stage 13 Club.
The sale of his Horseshoe Stage allowed Beecher to devote more time to his own acting career. During the next two decades, he appeared in many television shows, commercials, TV movies and feature films.
His love of teaching culminated in his own workshop, Stage 13 Productions. In the early 1970s, Beecher taught at the newly formed Screen Actors Guild Conservatory and was an early pioneer in the use of video technology to help acting students. He taught there for over 30 years. In 1997, he was honored with their Outstanding Contribution Award. Beecher was active in the Pasadena Playhouse Alumni & Associates and, in 2004, received their Man of the Year award.
Born in Hollywood and raised in the Baldwin Hills area, Beecher used to put on shows in the neighborhood and charge the kids a penny to attend. He served as a weatherman in the 14th Air Force (the Flying Tigers) in Kunming, China, during World War II.
Beecher married Georgia Beck, who was working in his theater, sewing costumes and selling tickets.
He is survived by two sons and a grandson.
Services are pending. More information can be found at stage13.bobbeecher.com
BEECHER, Robert (Robert Walter Beecher)
Born: 11/4/1924, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/12/2016, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Robert Beecher’s westerns – actor:
Two Faces West (TV) – 1961 (Judas L.Tripe)
Shoot Out at Big Sag – 1962
Laredo (TV) – 1966 (Abel Sweet)
Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats (TV) – 1967 (gunman)
By Angélica Vera
February 17, 2016
Jesús Barrero dies at 58, the voice of several animated series
In March 2015 the actor responsible for the voice Pegasus in animated "Knights of the Zodiac" was diagnosed with cancer.
Commotion showbiz killed one of the most recognizable voices in the world of dubbing, the Mexican Jesús Barrero 58 years.
Barrero had participated in lively series such as as Seiya the Pegasus Seiya, Rick Hunter in Robotech, Mazinger Z Koji Kabuto, Yamcha in Dragon Ball, Jonny Quest series on the animated series Jonny Quest series, the series Galactic the same name and Kuzco Disney film, the emperor's New Groove.
Among the other characters that highlight his career are Red Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Minamoto Kouji Digimon Frontier, fearful Rex Toy Story, Deidara Naruto and was the voice of Luke Skywalker in the trilogy and sympathetic gingerbread cookie in Shrek , among others.
From the age of 9 Barrero wanted to be part of the film world and as early as 10 participated in movies like Cantinflas with small roles.
BARRERO, Jesús (José de Jesús Barrero Andrade)
Born: 7/26/1958, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Dead: 2/17/2016, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Jesús Barrero’s western voice actor:
Vacas Vaqueros – 2004 [Spanish voice of Buck]
RIP Archie Lang
The News Enterprise
February 18, 2016
Archie L. Lang, 95, of Elizabethtown, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, at Kensington Center in Elizabethtown.
He was a native of Chicago, Illinois, a World War II Navy veteran, a 1942 graduate of St. Benedict's College and received a master's degree in music from Columbia University in New York.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Gladys Lang; dear brothers and sisters, Elizabeth Skok, Patricia Clarke, Paul Lang and John Lang.
He is survived by his loving and cherished partner of 20 years, Georgietta Raikes. He was the loving father of Denise Lang and Michael Lang; grandfather to Taylor (Brian) Wilson and Ryan Caldwell; and "PaPa" to Bobbie Jo Harris and Jonathon Lairmore.
Archie spent his life in various aspects of the entertainment industry. He began his career as a singer in the "Holiday Ice Review," television announcer and program host for WKRP in Cincinnati, Ohio. He produced the nationally renown Ruth Page version of "The Nutcracker" for the Chicago Tribune Charities, performed at the Arie Crown Theatre for 25 years. Stars of the international ballet world vied for roles during his tenure as producer, knowing Archie would treat them fairly and with respect. In the 1970s and 1980s, he created presentations and hosted the annual Passavant Cotillion and for more than 15 years was director of the Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital (Rush) Fashion Show.
While living in Los Angeles, he pursued his career as an actor, in television, most notably in a recurring role on "Dallas," with appearances on "Growing Pains,""Murder She Wrote,""Highway to Heaven""Bonanza,""Three's Company" and as a member of The Mighty Carson Art Players on the "Tonight Show" hosted by Johnny Carson. In the movies, he was in "Blow Out,""Berserk" and many other films. His theatre performances included a variety of roles at The Actors Forum in Los Angeles.
In 1981, Archie was a performer in Michael Nesmith's "Elephant Parts," which won the first Grammy Award given for Video of the Year.
Archie's love of Broadway musicals, classical music, books both fiction and non-fiction, history, current news and crossword puzzles, were a part of his life, he passed on to all who would listen.
A private memorial will be held in Chicago. Arrangements are pending.
LANG, Archie (Archie L. Lang)
Born: 1921, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 2/17/2016, Elizabethtown, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Archie Lang’s westerns – actor:
Bonanza: The Return (TV) – 1993 (Dr. Green)
Harts of the West (TV) – 1993 (Frank)
RIP Brock Little
Honolulu Star Advertiser
February 19, 2016
Friends mourned the death Thursday of hard-charging, big-wave surfer and stuntman Brock Little, who had been suffering from cancer.
The Haleiwa resident was 48.
Little, at age 19, was among the youngest surfers to participate in the big wave Eddie Aikau surfing competition at Waimea Bay in 1986, finishing in fourth place, according to Surfer Magazine.
World-renown surfer Kelly Slater said on Twitter that Little was “larger than life to me.”
“The world will never be the same. I love you, man,” Slater said.
Slater tweeted that Little died today surrounded by friends and family.
Surfer Kai Lenny, in another Twitter comment, described Little as one of the greatest surfers of all time.
Little announced in late January that he had liver cancer.
Glen Moncata, the event coordinator for the Quicksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau big wave surf contest, said Little was strong even after his cancer diagnosis, and was listed as an alternate surfer in this year’s competition at Waimea Bay.
There were plans to honor Little if the Eddie had been held earlier this month. If the competition is a go in the next two weeks, Little will certainly be remembered.
Little moved to Hawaii from California as a child. He lived on the North Shore and grew up surfing.
“The big wave fraternity basically started when he (Little) came in, and Brock was at the forefront in that,” Moncata said.
Moncata said Little was runner-up in the 1990 Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau contest, after wiping out on an earlier wave and then catching a massive 25-foot wave.
Little also worked as a stuntman in movies and television and appeared in many films, including “Transformers,” “Tropic Thunder” and “Training Day,” according to the film website imdb.com.
“He just got a bad break,” Moncata said of Little’s illness. “Hopefully, he’s in a better place.”
LITTLE, Brock (Brock James Little)
Born: 3/17/1967, Napa, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/18/2016, Haleiwa, Hawaii, U.S.A.
Brock Little’s western – stuntman:
Casa de mi Padre - 2012
Richard Bright, 68, an Actor in the 'Godfather' Movie Series, Dies
The New York Times
By Ben Sisario
February 20, 2016
Richard Bright, a veteran character actor who appeared in all three "Godfather" films and "The Sopranos," died on Saturday in New York. He was 68 and lived in Manhattan.
He was hit by a bus as it rounded the corner of Columbus Avenue and 86th Street at about 6:30 p.m., and was pronounced dead at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center shortly thereafter, the police said.
A versatile actor with a characteristic rasp in his voice, Mr. Bright had a busy career in movies and theater that stretched back to the late 1950's, when he made his film debut in a small part in Robert Wise's "Odds Against Tomorrow." During the 1970's, he appeared in "The Panic in Needle Park" with Al Pacino, Sam Peckinpah's "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid,""Marathon Man" with Dustin Hoffman, "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" and "The Getaway."
In the "Godfather" pictures he played Al Neri, one of Michael Corleone's toughs, whose murders came at crucial plot points: in "The Godfather: Part II," he took a fateful ride in a fishing boat with Michael's untrustworthy brother Fredo, played by John Cazale.
Mr. Bright's theater credits included "The Beard" by Michael McClure, "Short Eyes" by Miguel Pinero, and a number of productions with Mr. Pacino, including "Richard III" at the Cort Theater in 1979 and "The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel."
Among his other films are "Vigilante," Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in America,""Red Heat,""Beautiful Girls,""Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "The Ref." In recent years he appeared on episodes of "Law & Order" and "The Sopranos."
Mr. Bright is survived by his wife, the actress Rutanya Alda; a son, Jeremy Bright, of Manhattan; and a brother, Charles, of Rowland, Pa.
BRIGHT, Richard (Richard James Bright)
Born: 6/28/1937, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/18/2016, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Richard Bright’s westerns – actor:
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid – 1973 (Holly)
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia – 1974 (bar patron)
Rancho Deluxe – 1975 (Burt)
Abe Vigoda, Sunken-Eyed Character Actor, Dead at 94
By Hillel Italie
January 26, 2016
Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sunken-eyed face made him ideal for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather," died Tuesday at age 94.
Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs' home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. "This man was never sick," Fuchs said.
Vigoda worked in relative obscurity as a supporting actor in the New York theater and in television until Francis Ford Coppola cast him in the 1972 Oscar-winning "The Godfather." Vigoda played Sal Tessio, an old friend of Vito Corleone's (Marlon Brando) who hopes to take over the family after Vito's death by killing his son Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). But Michael anticipates that Sal's suggestion for a "peace summit" among crime families is a setup and the escorts Sal thought were taking him to the meeting turn out to be his executioners.
"Tell Mike it was only business," Sal mutters to consigliere Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) as he's led away.
The great success of the film and "The Godfather Part II" made his face and voice, if not his name, recognizable to the general public and led to numerous roles, often as hoodlums.
But it was his comic turn in "Barney Miller," which starred Hal Linden and ran from 1975 to 1982, that brought Vigoda's greatest recognition.
He liked to tell the story of how he won the role of Detective Fish. An exercise enthusiast, Vigoda had just returned from a five-mile jog when his agent called and told him to report immediately to the office of Danny Arnold, who was producing a pilot for a police station comedy.
Arnold remarked that Vigoda looked tired, and the actor explained about his jog. "You know, you look like you might have hemorrhoids," Arnold said. "What are you — a doctor or a producer?" Vigoda asked. He was cast on the spot.
"The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows," a reference book, commented that Vigoda was the hit of "Barney Miller."''Not only did he look incredible, he sounded and acted like every breath might be his last," it said. "Fish was always on the verge of retirement, and his worst day was when the station house toilet broke down."
Vigoda remained a regular on "Barney Miller" until 1977 when he took the character to his own series, "Fish." The storyline dealt with the detective's domestic life and his relations with five street kids that he and his wife took into their home.
The show lasted a season and a half. Vigoda continued making occasional guest appearances on "Barney Miller," quitting over billing and salary differences.
But he remained a popular character actor in films, including "Cannonball Run II,"''Look Who's Talking,"''Joe Versus the Volcano" and "North."
His resemblance to Boris Karloff led to his casting in the 1986 New York revival of "Arsenic and Old Lace," playing the role Karloff originated on the stage in the 1940s. (The murderous character in the black comedy is famously said by other characters to resemble Boris Karloff, a great joke back when the real Karloff was playing him.)
Born in New York City in 1921, Vigoda attended the Theater School of Dramatic Arts at Carnegie Hall. In the early 1950s, he appeared as straight man for the Jimmy Durante and Ed Wynn TV comedies.
For 30 years, he worked in the theater, acting in dozens of plays in such diverse characters as John of Gaunt in "Richard II" (his favorite role) and Abraham Lincoln in a short-lived Broadway comedy "Tough to Get Help."
Vigoda attributed his high percentage in winning roles to his performance in auditions. Instead of delivering the tired soliloquies that most actors performed, he wrote his own, about a circus barker. At a surprise 80th birthday party in New Jersey in 2001, he gave a spirited recital of the monologue to the delight of the 100 guests.
Reflecting on his delayed success, Vigoda once remarked: "When I was a young man, I was told success had to come in my youth. I found this to be a myth. My experiences have taught me that if you deeply believe in what you are doing, success can come at any age."
"Barney Miller" became his first steady acting job.
"I'm the same Abe Vigoda," he told an interviewer. "I have the same friends, but the difference now is that I can buy the things I never could afford before. I have never had a house before, so now I would like a house with a nice garden and a pool. Hollywood has been very kind to me."
He was married twice, most recently to Beatrice Schy, who died in 1992. He had his daughter with his first wife, Sonja Gohlke, who has also died. Vigoda is survived by his daughter, grandchildren Jamie, Paul and Steven, and a great-grandson.
Reruns of "Barney Miller" and repeated screenings of the two "Godfather" epics kept Vigoda in the public eye, and unlike some celebrities, he enjoyed being recognized. In 1997 he was shopping in Bloomingdale's in Manhattan when a salesman remarked: "You look like Abe Vigoda. But you can't be Abe Vigoda because he's dead." Vigoda often appeared on lists of living celebrities believed to have passed away.
VIGODA, Abe (Abraham Charles Vigodah)
Born: 2/24/1921, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/26/2016, Woodland Park, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Abe Vigoda’s western – actor:
Lucky Luke (TV) - 1990-1991 (Judge Rinehart)
María Luisa Alcalá, actress "Cándido Pérez" and "El Chavo" has died
February 21, 2016
Mexican actress Maria Luisa Alcalá died this morning at 72 years-old, confirmed by Yolanda Ciani, secretary of the National Association of actors, who lamented the sad loss of his friend and companion of action.
Alcalá was born on March 26, 1943 in Mexico City and at 5 years participated in the film of Pedro Infante " Los tres huastecos".
With a long career in television, in the 70s he took part in 'El Chavo del 8 "with the character" Malicha "to replace for a while" La Chilindrina ".
Another of his famous characters was "Claudia," the maid on "Dr. Cándido Pérez ".
He also starred in such series as "Cachún cachún ra ra!", " Odisea Burbujas” and “Los Héroes del Norte”.
The actress will be veiled in Gayosso agency Sullivan.
ALCALA, Maria Luisa
Born: 3/26/1943, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: 2/21/2016, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Maria Luisa Alcala’s western – actress:
El rey 1976 (Anastasia)
January 17, 2016
In Memory of
Mark Robert Wilson
November 9, 1957 - January 16, 2016
Mark Robert Wilson, 58, of Altamonte Springs, FL and New York City, NY passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 16th 2016 in his home in Florida.
He is survived by his mother, Shela, and his brothers Charlie-Cosmo (Deanna) and Jeffrey, all of Altamonte Springs, FL and New York City, NY; his beloved nieces Dylan and Alexandra Wilson of Altamonte Springs, FL; his Aunt Elizabeth Gordon of Sanford, FL; cousin Billie Elizabeth Turkasz (Daniel) of Sugarland, TX and dearest friend Juliette Daley.
Mark was born on November 9th, 1957. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School (New York City) where he participated in the jazz band, swing band, marching band and theater. Mark served in the Nuclear Power School of the U.S. Navy, also attended Valencia Community College (Florida) and University of Florida. Mark was a musician, actor and voice talent and pursued those interests in New York City, NY; Hollywood, CA and Florida, appearing in commercials, movies, soap-operas and plays. Mark most recently worked several years for Microsoft Corporation. He previously worked with Merrill Lynch at the World Trade Center, NYC, including the time of the September 11th attacks, but was in Seattle that very day interviewing for Microsoft. A longtime science fiction fan, Mark eagerly shared his enthusiasm and extensive collection of related books, movies, comics, games and other materials. His online presence was broad as well, as a gamer and significant Wikipedia editor known as Dreadstar. Mark will also be remembered for his constant wit, unique and humorous observations and playful critiques. There will be a small ceremony, Saturday, February 13th at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park, Fl. Condolences can be sent to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home. Please visit www.baldwinfairchild.com to view and sign Mark’s guestbook.
WILSON, Mark (Mark Robert Wilson)
Born: 11/9/1957, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/16/2016, Altamonte Springs, Florida, U.S.A.
Mark Wilson’s western – actor:
The Young Riders (TV) – 1991 (Simon Stuart)
Alberto Rojas "El Caballo" has died a victim of bladder cancer
The Mexican comedian was one of the pillars of the age of the Mexican cinema sex comedies
February 22, 2016
The actor Alberto Rojas "El Caballo", one of the most popular comedians of Mexican cinema in the 70s and 80s, died on the afternoon of February 21, 2016 because of bladder cancer suffering. He was 72 years old.
The comedian, who remained hospitalized since January 2016, had been kept away from the stage in the last months of his life, because of his health worsened. The news of his death was confirmed by Television Shows.
Alberto Rojas "El Caballo" was diagnosed with bladder cancer in August 2015. He underwent a treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but then turned to another that included marijuana, reported TV notes.
Along with the likes of Peter Weber "Chatanuga" Rafael Inclán and Alfonso Zayas, "El Caballo" was one of the pillars of the era of film ficheras or sex comedies in Mexico.
One of the first characters by Alberto Rojas in the cinema was in the film "Santo and the Treasure of Dracula" in 1969. He rose to fame with films like “Las golfas del talón” (1979), “Muñecas de medianoche” (1979), "La pulquería 2” (1982), “Las perfumadas” (1983), “Esta noche cena Pancho” (1986), “Dos cuates a todo dar” (1990) and “Papito querido” (1991), among others.
His last performance in Mexican cinema was in the film " El crimen del cácaro Gumaro" in 2014, with Ana de la Reguera, Jesus Ochoa and Andrés Bustamante.
Born: 1948, Mexico
Died: 2/21/2016, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Alberto Rojas’ westerns – actor:
Bang bang al hoyo – 1971
El siete vidas - 1980
Actress May Heatherly dies
Spanish Actors Union
February 12, 2016
Last October 2015 died our associate Mary Gay Prindle, better known as May Heatherly.
Affiliated with the Spanish Union of Actors and Actresses, May participated in productions such as “Goya's Ghosts” (2006), “Mil gritos tiene la noche” and “Ella y el miedo”. She was born in the U.S. but moved to Spain when she was 11 years-old, where she began her career in the world of acting. May was one of the most popular faces of 1970s and 1980s, following her success in several horror movies.
HEATHERLY, May (Mary Gay Prindle)
Born: 5/13/1942, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/?/2015, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
May Heatherly's westerns - actress:
Torrejón City – 1962 (Ruth)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1962 (Molly)
Outlaw Justice (TV) – 1998 (Mrs. Preble)