Actor Greg Melvill-Smith died surrounded by family and friends
By Kyle Zeeman
June 2, 2016
Greg Melvill-Smith has been remembered by his close friends and family as a "strong man who touched the lives of all that came into contact with him".
Speaking to TMG Entertainment on Wednesday, a family spokesperson revealed that Greg had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer back in September and had been struggling with the disease for several months before finally losing the battle on Tuesday evening.
"He died at home, surrounded by friends, family and those he loved the most," Shireen Hollier said.
Shireen added that the family has been left shaken by the actor's death but had been preparing themselves for some time.
"Even though they have been expecting it for some time it still comes as a massive shock," she said. "He was a giant of a man and was a strong man who touched the loves of all that came into contact with him."
Funeral and memorial service details are still be finalised for the actor, most famous for his roles in Binnelanders, Isidingo and 7de Laan, but the family has requested that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Theatre Benevolent Fund.
Meanwhile, tributes continue to pour in for Greg.
"The Entertainment Industry mourns the untimely loss of one of our own: Greg Melvill-Smith, a true mensch and gentleman of the profession, left us in the late hours of 31 May 2016, succumbing to an illness borne with great dignity. Greg's legacy will continue to live on, the memory of a man who gave more to the performance industry than he ever took for himself," a statement by Greg's management team read on Tuesday.
Born: 1961, Pretoria, South Africa
Died: 5/31/2016, Johannesburg, South Africa
Greg Melvill-Smith’s westerns – actor:
Guns of Honor (TV) – 1993 (Haze)
Hooded Angels - 2000 (Confederate General)
Robert S. Birchard 1950-2016
By Jerry Beck
May 30, 2016
Sad news. At 5:20 am this morning, animation film editor, film historian and good friend Bob Birchard passed away.
A beloved member of the Disney Television Animation crew (as editor of numerous shows and movies, including Disney’s well known Ducktales, and Gummi Bears), Bob was also a well-known film historian, the author of numerous books and articles on early American movies, silent film and Hollywood history. He was also and President of Hollywood’s long-running annual movie-buff conclave, Cinecon.
His close friend Stan Taffel posted this notice on his Facebook page: “(Bob) passed away this morning after complications from a heart attack. He went quietly and without pain. His last hours were spent in the company of his brother Paul, girlfriend Denise and his close friends, Suzanne Lloyd, Steve Hulett, Deva and Stan Taffel. Bob meant so many different things to so many people and his gentle good humor and tireless spirit will be greatly missed by all of us.”
Bob was a thorough researcher and an excellent writer. He wrote several acclaimed books including one on Cecil B. Demille and another on Tom Mix. He also wrote articles on movie history for publications ranging from American Cinematographer to Westways; and was a contributing writer to many anthology volumes – including Hollywood Corral – and appeared on many documentaries (MGM: When The Lion Roars) as a leading Hollywood expert.
He was also a good friend who I would run into, at least once-a-month, when he would attend my film regular screenings at the Janet Klein show in Hollywood; or I would see him at the Margaret Herrick library researching an article or new book; or at a classic movie showing at the Academy, LACMA, The Egyptian or Aero. Bob was a ubiquitous figure in the Los Angeles movie buff scene. He left a large contribution to his chosen field. He will be sorely missed.
BIRCHARD, Robert S. (Robert Stewart Birchard)
Born: 1/21/1950, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/30/2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Robert S. Birchard’s westerns – projectionist, sound editor:
The Shootist – 1976 [dailies projectionist]
Windwalker – 1980 [sound editor]
Muhammad Ali Dies at 74: Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century
New York Times
By Robert Lipsyte
Muhammad Ali, the three-time world heavyweight boxing champion who helped define his turbulent times as the most charismatic and controversial sports figure of the 20th century, died on Friday in a Phoenix-area hospital. He was 74.
His death was confirmed by Bob Gunnell, a family spokesman. The cause was septic shock, a family spokeswoman said.
Ali, who lived in Phoenix, had had Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years. He was admitted to the hospital on Friday with what Mr. Gunnell said was a respiratory problem, but no other details were provided.
Ali was the most thrilling if not the best heavyweight ever, carrying into the ring a physically lyrical, unorthodox boxing style that fused speed, agility and power more seamlessly than that of any fighter before him.
But he was more than the sum of his athletic gifts. An agile mind, a buoyant personality, a brash self-confidence and an evolving set of personal convictions fostered a magnetism that the ring alone could not contain. He entertained as much with his mouth as with his fists, narrating his life with a patter of inventive doggerel. (“Me! Wheeeeee!”)
Ali was as polarizing a superstar as the sports world has ever produced — both admired and vilified in the 1960s and ’70s for his religious, political and social stances. His refusal to be drafted during the Vietnam War, his rejection of racial integration at the height of the civil rights movement, his conversion from Christianity to Islam and the changing of his “slave” name, Cassius Clay, to one bestowed by the separatist black sect he joined, the Lost-Found Nation of Islam, were perceived as serious threats by the conservative establishment and noble acts of defiance by the liberal opposition.
Loved or hated, he remained for 50 years one of the most recognizable people on the planet.
In later life Ali became something of a secular saint, a legend in soft focus. He was respected for having sacrificed more than three years of his boxing prime and untold millions of dollars for his antiwar principles after being banished from the ring; he was extolled for his un-self-conscious gallantry in the face of incurable illness, and he was beloved for his accommodating sweetness in public.
In 1996, he was trembling and nearly mute as he lit the Olympic caldron in Atlanta.
That passive image was far removed from the exuberant, talkative, vainglorious 22-year-old who bounded out of Louisville, Ky., and onto the world stage in 1964 with an upset victory over Sonny Liston to become the world champion. The press called him the Louisville Lip. He called himself the Greatest.
Ali also proved to be a shape-shifter — a public figure who kept reinventing his persona.
As a bubbly teenage gold medalist at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, he parroted America’s Cold War line, lecturing a Soviet reporter about the superiority of the United States. But he became a critic of his country and a government target in 1966 with his declaration “I ain’t got nothing against them Vietcong.”
“He lived a lot of lives for a lot of people,” said the comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory. “He was able to tell white folks for us to go to hell.”
But Ali had his hypocrisies, or at least inconsistencies. How could he consider himself a “race man” yet mock the skin color, hair and features of other African-Americans, most notably Joe Frazier, his rival and opponent in three classic matches? Ali called him “the gorilla,” and long afterward Frazier continued to express hurt and bitterness.
If there was a supertitle to Ali’s operatic life, it was this: “I don’t have to be who you want me to be; I’m free to be who I want.” He made that statement the morning after he won his first heavyweight title. It informed every aspect of his life, including the way he boxed.
The traditionalist fight crowd was appalled by his style; he kept his hands too low, the critics said, and instead of allowing punches to “slip” past his head by bobbing and weaving, he leaned back from them.
Eventually his approach prevailed. Over 21 years, he won 56 fights and lost five. His Ali Shuffle may have been pure showboating, but the “rope-a-dope” — in which he rested on the ring’s ropes and let an opponent punch himself out — was the stratagem that won the Rumble in the Jungle against George Foreman in 1974, the fight in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in which he regained his title.
His personal life was paradoxical. Ali belonged to a sect that emphasized strong families, a subject on which he lectured, yet he had dalliances as casual as autograph sessions. A brief first marriage to Sonji Roi ended in divorce after she refused to dress and behave as a proper Nation wife. (She died in 2005.) While married to Belinda Boyd, his second wife, Ali traveled openly with Veronica Porche, whom he later married. That marriage, too, ended in divorce.
Ali was politically and socially idiosyncratic as well. After the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the television interviewer David Frost asked him if he considered Al Qaeda and the Taliban evil. He replied that terrorism was wrong but that he had to “dodge questions like that” because “I have people who love me.” He said he had “businesses around the country” and an image to consider.
As a spokesman for the Muhammad Ali Center, a museum dedicated to “respect, hope and understanding,” which opened in his hometown, Louisville, in 2005, he was known to interrupt a fund-raising meeting with an ethnic joke. In one he said: “If a black man, a Mexican and a Puerto Rican are sitting in the back of a car, who’s driving? Give up? The po-lice.”
But Ali had generated so much good will by then that there was little he could say or do that would change the public’s perception of him.
“We forgive Muhammad Ali his excesses,” an Ali biographer, Dave Kindred, wrote, “because we see in him the child in us, and if he is foolish or cruel, if he is arrogant, if he is outrageously in love with his reflection, we forgive him because we no more can condemn him than condemn a rainbow for dissolving into the dark. Rainbows are born of thunderstorms, and Muhammad Ali is both.”
ALI, Muhammed (Cassius Marcellus Clay VI)
Born: 1/17/1942, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died: 6/3/2016, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
Muhammed Ali’s western – actor:
Freedom Road – 1979 (Gideon Jackson)
Los Angeles Times
June 5, 2016
March 5, 1933 - April 29, 2016 TV and Film Director Harry G Falk passed away April 29th in Santa Monica. The son of former NYPD officer turned gaffer, Harry Falk, Sr. from Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, Harry began his career as a property master and Assistant Director on commercials, He also worked his way up as an AD on Sidney Lumet's films "Fail-Safe" and "12 Angry Men." In addition, he worked with Elia Kazan on "Baby Doll." In relocating to "the Coast" he began as AD with series like "The Patty Duke Show" and "The Defenders." His first solo directing opportunity came in 1966 from his beloved friend and mentor, Bob Sweeney, who produced "The Patty Duke Show." When the star first saw Harry across the room, she told her make-up artist "I'm going to marry that man." And Patty Duke became his wife for 5 years.
He began directing television series in the mid-1960s, and his credits included, "The Doris Day Show,""Get Smart,""The Flying Nun,""Magnum P.I.,""Owen Marshall, M.D.""The Rockford Files," and "The Streets of San Francisco," to name a few. He directed over 200 television and mini-series, including "The Abduction of Saint Anne", "Centennial,""Beulah Land," His last feature length film was "High Desert Kill". Beloved by his cast and crew alike, Harry had an efficient, productive, creative, humorous set and was proud of shooting 6 days in 5. "Everyone works better with 2 days off" He lived life his way; uncompromising, unerringly funny, deeply sensitive. He was a shy, irresistible Brooklyn Irish Catholic, a tough street guy disguised by a boyish, engaging, charm that won over his stars, such as Barbara Stanwyk, John Forsythe and Charlton Heston, who'd said that Harry was the best director he'd ever worked with in TV. For his work on "The Streets of San Francisco," Harry was nominated for an Emmy Award and a DGA Award for his work on the series. He also received an NAACP award for his movie-for-television, "The Sophisticated Gents." Harry is survived by his wife of 27 years, Candace Falk, his daughter, Sena Falk, 23, of Palm Springs, CA and a nephew, Kerac Falk (Sean Chappell) of New York City, nephews Rick Falk and Frank Ladiera, niece, Linda (Frank) Terricino and her daughter Michelle, sister-in-law, Marion Falk, all of Florida and many cousins. He is preceded in death by his younger brothers, Thomas Falk, an actor/screenwriter, and Richard Falk, a gaffer, and his parents Harry, Sr. and Mildred Falk. Memorial Services will be held on July 16th at 11:00 AM at Pierce Bros Westwood Memorial Park. Donations may be sent to the Director's Guild Foundation (310) 234-2038
FALK, Harry G.
Born: 3/5/1933, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/29/2016, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.
Harry Falk’s westerns – director:
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971
Centennial (TV) – 1979
How the West Was Won (TV) - 1979
Beulah Land (TV) – 1980
The Yellow Rose (TV) – 1983, 1984
Davy Crockett: A Letter to Polly (TV) - 1989
San Diego Tribune
May 15, 2016
Wayne Lee Hull January 15, 1927 - April 23, 2016 Poway Born in Glendale, California with identical twin brother Warren to parents George Edgar Hull and Gladys Faye Farmer Hull. Attended schools in Hollywood and graduated 1950 from the UC Berkeley Business School. In 1939 with brother Warren appeared in two motion pictures: Republic Studios "Wagons Westward" and RKO Studios "The Great Man Votes." Wayne enlisted in the US Naval Reserve in 1944. He served during WWII in the Pacific Theater aboard the escort aircraft carrier USS Admiralty Islands CVE99 at Iwo Jima, Okinawa and air strikes on mainland Japan. His brother Warren was killed in action on Iwo Jima in 1945 while serving with the 3rd Marine Division. Recalled to active duty in 1950 for the Korean War, Wayne served aboard the assault aircraft carrier USS Philippine Seas CV47 and was commissioned a Navy Supply Officer in 1951.In December 1951 he married Cloy Ann Swanson "The Girl Next Door." They raised three sons: Warren (Skip) Hull of Mira Mesa, Robert Alan Hull of Carlsbad, and David Wayne Hull of Tierrasanta.Wayne retired from the Naval Reserve in 1971 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander and from the Allstate Insurance Co. regional office in Rancho Bernardo in 1986. He sang with the Rancho Bernardo Troubadours Chorus and Quartets from 1987 to 2007. The Troubadours were a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society of America. His wife Cloy taught in the Poway Unified School District and retired in 1989.In addition to his wife Cloy and three sons, Wayne is survived by his brothers Edgar Larsen Hull of Winter Park, Florida, George Eugene Hull of Simi Valley, California, Richard Stanley Hull of Agoura, California, daughters-in-law Debbie Ann Hull, Janell Elizabeth Hull, Eufracia Cayabyab Hull, grandsons Ryan James Hull, John Robert Hull and granddaughter Elizabeth Cayabyab Hull.A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Poway. Wayne will be laid to rest with military honors at Miramar National Cemetery.In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Heart Society and Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
HULL, Wayne (Wayne Lee Hull)
Born: 1/15/1927, Glendale, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/23/2016, Poway, California, U.S.A.
Wayne Hull’s western – actor:
Wagons Westward – 1939 (David as a boy)
‘The Commish’ star Theresa Saldana dead at 61 from illness
The New York Post
By Meera Jagannathan
June 7, 2016
“The Commish” star Theresa Saldana died in a Los Angeles hospital Monday at 61, according to a report.
Saldana, who memorably survived a harrowing 1982 celebrity-stalker stabbing, passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after battling an unspecified illness, a family member told TMZ.
The Brooklyn-born actress, who retired from acting more than a decade ago, was best known for her Golden Globe-nominated role as Rachel Scali, a police commissioner’s (Michael Chiklis) wife, on the ABC dramedy “The Commish” from 1991 to 1996.
She rose to fame in 1980 playing Lenora LaMotta, Joe Pesci’s onscreen wife in “Raging Bull."
Following her turn in the Martin Scorsese flick, Saldana was stabbed nearly to death in West Hollywood by a crazed fan in March 1982. She went on to become a vocal advocate for stalking victims.
Born: 8/20/1954, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/6/2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Theresa Saldana’s western – actress:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV) – 1983 (Angelina)
By Hürriyet Haber
June 7, 2016
The famous actor Tanju Gürsu jas died. One of the memorable Yeşilçam'ın player Tanju Gürsu who lost his 77-year life. Tanju Gürsu famous actor was taken to intensive care due to respiratory failure.
The unforgettable actor Tanju Gürsu of the Turkish cinema, closed his eyes after 77 years to life due to respiratory failure. At the FSM Hospital the famous actor died of 16:00. Tanju Gürsu's funeral will be held on Thursday at the Tesvikiye Mosque after noon prayers, he will be buried at the Zincirlikuyu Cemetery.
Tanju Gürsu located a Yeşilçam' worked together with Sultan Turkan Soray on many projects, he expressed his regret over the death of a close friend in social media accounts: "We lost our very favorite Tanju Gürsu. My grief will always live forever ... with movies. Cementing suffering from a scene"
Tanju Gürsu, life with Mediha Gursu produced 3 girls and 2 boys. He was born in Trabzon in 1938 in the İskenderpaşa neighborhood. He graduated from Trabzon High School. In 1962, won the Voice Magazine's contest, he started in theater as an actor, he has appeared in many films and television series. After his film days he entered into establishing a production company business has also has written three screenplays and has directed five films.
He won the Golden Orange for the movie Gursu in 1997, arguably in the Isle of Dogs film was awarded once again the Award for Best Actor. Gursu, also for nearly a year between 1998-99 was and Administrator as he served as Vice President of Technical Issues. Gürsu was married to Ayla, and his two sons are named Kerem and Emre.
Born: 10/27/1938, Trabzon, Turkey
Died: 6/7/2016, Istanbul, Turkey
Tanju Gursu’s western – actor:
Devlerin intikami - 1967
Farewell to the Florence actress Marina Malfatti, a life on the stage
By Anna Bandettini
June 8, 2016
Tonight in Rome Marina Malfatti left us at 83 years of age. An authoritative and beloved protagonist of the Italian theater, memorable from her youth (it was 1974) in the role of Marina Marquis for Malombra, a famous drama in black and white of Diego Fabbri from Fogazzaro novel. Widow of Italy's U.N. Ambassador Umberto La Rocca [1920-2011], from which she had no children, Malfatti was admitted to the hospital Sant'Andrea. Born in Florence in 1933 (although all her official biographies reported 1940), after training in France and a scholarship at the National Film Center, she had been 'discovered' in Italy by Arnoldo Foa. In her long career she had many roles, brilliant in both dramatic and a definite preference for the classics. Always central was her career in the theater, although this did not prevent television roles, in Maigret Gino Cervi, for example (1966), and then in Malombra, which gave her great popularity. Blonde, a classic beauty and a bit 'austere, was a star in the seventies of the cinema of the demonic horror-genre (The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, All the Colors of the Dark, The Red Queen Kills Seven Times, The Night the last day, The Bloodstained lawn). Since the eighties there was above all the theater, with so many classics. For her Alberto Moravia wrote Belt (1986), the story of an actress, Victoria, told through the story of a day marked by meetings, some trivial, some fundamental: the father, mother, husband, the maid, lover, in a kind of circle that oscillates between reality and imagination, and that ends up outlining a fierce framework of the bourgeois family. Since 1990 she entered an artistic partnership with Luigi Squarzina, with whom she staged works by Pirandello, Shaw, Goldoni, Cocteau. In the twenty-first century she brought to the stage, along with Simona Marchini (was directed by Maurizio Nichetti) an acclaimed Sisters Mattresses and then Go Where Your Heart Takes You, from the novel by Susanna Tamaro.
Born: 4/25/1933, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Died: 6/8/2016, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Marina Malfatti’s westerns – actress:
Savage Guns – 1971 (Marge)
The Return of Clint the Stranger – 1972 (Norma Harrison/Murrayson
The Son of Zorro – 1973 (Mathilde Leblanche)
Italian actor, stuntman and director of dubbing Mimmo Palmara died on June 10th. He was 87.
Born Domenico Palmara on July 25, 1928, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy He attended acting classes at The National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Rome, graduating in 1949. He was particularly known since the 1950s fifties, where he appeared in some small-scale productions and then in the peplum genre which was much in vogue in those years. He then dedicated his career to the genre of the Spaghetti western, working with the most acclaimed directors of the time. In this period, he was billed as Dick Palmer. After the wave of Spaghetti westerns, Palmara devoted himself to voice dubbing - founding in 1967 his dubbing company, SYNC Film – and to participation in detective films of the 1970s. In his career he starred in about 70 films, but became really famous to a generation as the masterful as seraphic interpretation in the 1980s as the Commander in Gundam Ramba Ral.
PALMARA, Mimmo (aka Dick Palmer)(Domenico Palmara)
Born: 7/25/1928, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
Died: 6/11/2016, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Mimmo Palmara’s westerns – actor.
Bullets Don’t Argue - 1964 (Santero)
Johnny West - 1965 (Johnny ‘Cherokee’ West) [as Dick Palmer]
Renegade Gunfighter – 1965 (Sheriff Steven Benson) [as Dick Palmer]
Two Sons of Ringo – 1966 (sheriff)
The Handsome, The Ugly and the Stupid - 1967 (‘The Handsome’)
Poker with Pistols – 1967 (Masters)
A Rope for a Bastard – 1967 (Sheriff Alan Phillip)
Shotgun – 1967 (Jack Owen/Quartz) [as Dick Palmer]
Black Jack - 1968 (Indian Joe)
Dead for a Dollar – 1968 (Frank Richards) [as Dick Palmer]
Execution - 1968 (Clint Clips) [as Dick Palmer]
A Long Ride from Hell – 1968 (Sheriff Max Freeman) [as Dick Palmer]
Tequila Joe – 1968 (Manuel Trianes) [as Dick Palmer]
The Deserter - 1971 (Mangus Durango)
Gunman of 100 Crosses - 1971 (Louis/Frank Dawson) [as Dick Palmer]
He was Called the Holy Ghost - 1971 (sheriff) [as Dick Palmer]
Panhandle Calibre .38 – 1971 (Sheriff Kartny/Jones)
Denn sie kennen kein Erbarmen - Der Italowestern- 2005 [himself]
Stracult: Western Italiani, i Mitici Film Anni 60 & 70 (TV) – 2013 [archive footage]
Italian film and television actor Vittorio Fanfoni died in Piacenza, Italy on June 12th from a lung ailment. He was 72. Fanfoni was born in Piacenza in 1944 and always dreamed of becoming an actor and starring in films with great directors. Instead he settled for a long career in B-movies starting in 1968 and little more than a decade in 1979 he returned home. During that stretch he appeared in over 90 films and TV series. Among which were 21 Euro-westerns
Born: 1944, Piazenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died:6/11/2016, Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Vittorio Fanfoni’s westerns – actor:
In the Name of the Father 1969 (Father Obese)
Sartana the Gravedigger – 1969 (gambler)
The Unholy Four – 1969 (townsman)
Adios, Sabata - 1970 (barman)
The Ballad of Ben and Charlie - 1971 (gambler)
He was Called the Holy Ghost - 1971 (soldier)
Joe Dakota - 1971 (Sam)
Kill Django… Kill First – 1971 (Jack Adams)
Return of Sabata – 1971 (blond Irishman)
Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971
Vendetta at Dawn - 1971
Gunmen and the Holy Ghost – 1972
Kill the Poker Player – 1972
The Return of Clint the Stranger – 1972 (Murdock brother)
The Return of Holy Ghost – 1972
Six Bounty Killers for a Massacre – 1972 (Monk)
Court Martial - 1973 (soldier)
Three Supermen of the West – 1973 (American)
Challenge to White Fang - 1974
The Genius - 1975 (prison guard)
Macho Killers – 1977 (Angel)
Voice of Judy Jetson, Janet Waldo, dies at age 96
June 13, 2016
LOS ANGELES - Janet Waldo, best known as the voice of Judy Jetson on the hit cartoon show "The Jetsons," has died. She was 96.
Waldo's daughter Lucy Lee confirmed to ABC News that Waldo died Sunday morning.
Lee said her mother had been diagnosed with a benign, but inoperable brain tumor five years ago.
Waldo, a Washington native, played several roles for radio and television, but was best known for her work as Judy Jetson, the teenage daughter of George and Jane Jetson.
"The Jetsons" ran from 1962 to 1987 and included a big-screen adaption in 1990 called "Jetsons: The Movie."
WALDO, Janet (Janet Marie Waldo)
Born: 2/4/1920, Yakama, Washington, U.S.A.
Died: 6/12/2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Janet Waldo’s westerns – actress, voice actress:
Tom Sawyer, Detective – 1938 (Ruth Phelps)
One Man’s Law – 1940 (Joyce Logan)
The Bandit Trail – 1941 (Ellen Grant)
Silver Stallion – 1941 (Janice Walton)
Land of the Open Range – 1942 (Mary Cook)
The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (TV) – 1968 [voice of Anointed Maiden of the Sacrifice]
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1981 [voice]
Leonard Hill, Producer of ‘The Long Hot Summer,’ Dies at 68
Los Angeles Times
June 9, 2016
October 11, 1947 - June 7, 2016 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Leonard Hill, a prolific producer/writer with over 30 years of experience in the film business, who died this morning at his home in Los Angeles. Through Leonard Hill Films (LHF), Hill produced more than 50 network television movies, four mini-series, and three dramatic series. Born on October 11, 1947, Hill began his career as a writer on the series "Adam-12." After stints at Universal TV, Paramount and MTM, Hill joined NBC as an executive in the dramatic series department. From 1977 until 1980, Hill was Vice President of Movies for ABC before venturing into independent production. In addition to producing filmed entertainment, Hill was the founder and chairman of the independent television distribution company Allied Communication, Inc. (ACI). The company joined a number of independent producers (Avnet/Kerner, The Steve Tisch Company, Jaffe/Braunstein, Robert Greenwald, Von Zerneck/Sertner, and Konigsberg/Sanitsky) into a highly successful enterprise that was sold to Pearson, Plc. in 1994. In 2001, Hill joined with Yuval Bar-Zemer to form Linear City, a real estate redevelopment company. Focused on the adaptive reuse of underutilized commercial buildings into architecturally distinctive mixed-use lofts, Linear City has won numerous awards for projects such as the Biscuit Company Lofts, The Toy Factory Lofts, Seventh + Bridge, the Traction Lofts and The Elysian. Hill joined with Mayor Eric Garcetti earlier this year to create the Leonard Hill Arts Plaza, a park and plaza for the public located in the Arts District alongside the LA River. Hill served on the board of the California Film Commission, the Los Angeles Conservancy, Common Cause, and the Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors, and most recently set up The Leonard Hill Foundation to benefit underprivileged citizens of Los Angeles. A Los Angeles native, Hill graduated from Yale College (Phi Beta Kappa) and received his MA from Stanford University. Hill lived in Hancock Park with his wife, Patricia Gordon, MD, and is survived by his step children Lindsey, Allie, and Ben, as well as Lindsey's husband Rick and Allie's husband Jeremy, all of whom Len is proud to call his own. He is also survived by his grandchildren Tessa and Annie. Private services will be held today.
HILL, Leonard (Leonard Franklin Hill)
Born: 10/11/1947, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 6/7/2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Leonard Hill’s western – executive producer:
Shaughnessy (TV) - 1996
The Sydney Morning Herald
April 16, 2016
GAHA, Neville George.
26.11.1942 - 10.4.2016
Neville died suddenly at home. Loved partner of Michele and loving brother of Anthony, Helenie and Sandra.
"One of a kind" brother, uncle and friend.
A Memorial Service will be advertised in the future.
GAHA, Sammy (Neville George Gaha)
Born: 11/26/1941, Australia
Died: 4/10/2016, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sammy Gaha’s western – singer:
The Legend of Frenchie King – 1971 [sings the “The Legend of Frenchie King”]
Los Angeles Times
June 11, 2016
December 14, 1937 - June 1, 2016 Born in New York. Passed away in Cedars-Sinai Hospital, L.A. Professional actor. Survived by his brother, Dr. M. Karp, 2 nieces & 1 grandniece. No service has been set.
Born: 12/4/1937, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 6/1/2016, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Richard Reed’s western – actor:
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1963 (Dimitri)
Ronnie Claire Edwards of 'The Waltons' dies
June 15, 2016
Ronnie Claire Edwards
Ronnie Claire Edwards, the veteran actress on the beloved TV series, The Waltons, has died, according to her Facebook page. She was 83.
"Ronnie Claire passed peacefully in her sleep this evening," her page said late Tuesday. "Our beautiful and extraordinary friend has peacefully made her final curtain call. Thank you all for your wonderful caring and support."
Edwards, who had been living in Texas, had a long TV and film career but was best known for playing Corabeth Walton Godsey, the domineering wife of storekeeper Ike Godsey, in the CBS series about a Virginia mountain family living through the 1930s financial depression and World War II.
The series ran for nine years in the 1970s; Edwards began appearing in it in 1975.
Edwards, born and raised in Oklahoma City, got her start in show biz when she left home at 15 to travel with a carnival around Oklahoma, according to her page on the Oklahoma Historical Society website.
She appeared in such movies as The Dead Pool (1988), Nobody’s Fool (1986), and 8 Seconds (1994), and her last role in a TV series was Harlene in 2007's 12 Miles of Bad Road, according to her IMDb page.
She was the author of several books, including memoirs published in 2012, Mr. Godsey asked me to marry him and I said: "yes!": (exit sobbing), and in 2000, The Knife Thrower's Assistant :Memoirs of a Human Target.
She also co-wrote a musical play, Idols of the King, as a tribute to Elvis Presley's career, legacy and most passionate fans.
Her last Facebook post, in May, featured a picture of herself with her friend, tenor Paul Grant.
EDWARDS, Ronnie Claire
Born: 2/8/1933, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 6/14/2016, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Ronnie Claire Edwards’ westerns – actor:
This Is the West That Was (TV) – 1974
8 Seconds – 1994 (Carolyn Kyle)
By Asher Price
June 16, 2016
Joaquin Jackson, a 27-year Texas Ranger veteran who gained renown after gracing the cover of Texas Monthly magazine, died Wednesday in Alpine at the age of 80.
Jackson, who was born in the Panhandle town of Anton, had suffered from lung cancer, his friend and family lawyer Shelton Smith said.
When he was selected to be on the February 1994 cover of Texas Monthly for a piece about how the legendary law enforcement organization clashed with the modern world, Jackson — tall, imposing, mustachioed — had already had a long, storied career in the Rangers.
Stationed in Alpine and Uvalde, patrolling a large swath of South and West Texas, Jackson had been involved in a shootout at a Carrizo Springs jail (“we drove right up in the middle of shooting. … I mean bullets was flying everywhere,” he told interviewers for an oral history project in 2008); he helped capture a famed horse thief who was known for his fastidiousness, having left clean dishes and swept floors in the homes he burgled; he investigated numerous homicides; and he helped discover country singer Johnny Rodriguez, putting the inmate in touch with a music promoter after hearing him sing in jail.
He had pressed for the 1973 hiring of the Rangers’ first Hispanic officer in more than half a century, but the 1994 Texas Monthly story was chiefly about his discomfort with change in the organization.
He had retired from the Rangers the previous year after higher-ups had women chosen whom he considered unqualified candidates to be the first female Rangers, according to the story by Robert Draper.
“When they hired those two women, that clinched it for me,” Jackson told Draper.
“Politics and law enforcement don’t mix,” he continued. “They never did. A lot of us got tired of it. It just got to be too much.”
He parlayed the fame from the magazine cover into a film career, sometimes playing an aging law enforcement character in a changing West, and authored a memoir, “One Ranger.”
Jackson was a member of the governing board of the National Rifle Association, once getting into hot water over remarks he made about assault weapons.
“I personally believe a weapon should never have over, as far as a civilian, a five-round capacity,” he told then-Texas Monthly editor Evan Smith in 2005. “If you’re a hunter, if you’re going to go hunting with a weapon, you shouldn’t need over but one round. So five rounds would be plenty. … Personally, I think assault weapons basically … need to be in the hands of the military and in the hands of the police.”
He later backpedaled from the remarks, claiming that he was talking only about fully automatic weapons and not about semiautomatic rifles.
In a piece this past April on gun ownership, he told Texas Monthly: “You hear people going around talking about how much they love guns. I love my country, I love my family, but I don’t love guns. I just have a deep respect for them.”
Jackson, said NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre, “was an American hero in the truest sense.”
Jackson is survived by his wife, three children and numerous grandchildren.
Former Gov. Rick Perry said that Jackson “served Texas and his country with skill and pride.”
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. June 25 at the Pete P. Gallego Center at Sul Ross State University in Alpine.
Born: 1936, Anton, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 6/15/2015, Alpine, Texas, U.S.A.
Joaquin Jackson’s westerns – actor:
The Good Old Boys (TV) – 1995 (Wes Wheeler)
Streets of Laredo (TV) – 1995 (cowboy)
Rough Riders (TV) – 1997 (stagecoach passenger)
Palo Pinto Gold – 2009 (Sheriff Jackson)
Wild Horses – 2015 (Ranger Jackson)
Actor who played 'Profesor Jirafales' dies at 82
El Paso Times
By Cindy Ramirez
June 17, 2016
The most popular and widely loved teacher in Mexican fictional television has died.
Mexican actor Rubén Aguirre, best known for his character Profesor Jirafales in the long-running show "El Chavo del Ocho," died Friday, the Televisa network confirmed. He was 82.
Aguirre was among the cast of the iconic show created by Roberto Gómez Bolaños, best known as Chespirito, that aired for nearly 30 years.
Profesor Jirafales, who had a cigar in his hand even during class time, was best known for saying "¡Ta,ta,ta,ta!" each time one of his students misbehaved, the Associated Press reported. Aguirre's character's name stemmed from the word "jirafa," or giraffe, referring to his tall, thin frame.
CNN en Español reported that the actor died of complications from pneumonia, citing his daughter. Long battling diabetes, Aguirre had been hospitalized in May and was released on June 7, the news outlet reported.
Born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Aguirre attended school in Juárez during his childhood, according to his biography.
He died in Puerto Vallarta, where he lived with his family, according to news reports.
Edgar Vivar, who played the Señor Barriga and Ñoño characters, on Friday tweeted about the death of his longtime friend and colleague.
"Rest in peace, my favorite professor," he wrote on Twitter. "Today, my great friend Rubén Aguirre left this Earth. I will miss you much."
The show centered around the fictional quirky residents of an impoverished neighborhood, including Chavo, who lived in a barrel. The shows "young" residents attended "la escuelita," or the little school led by Profesor Jirafales.
Aguirre had recently published a memoir, "Después de usted," which detailed his life as an actor, particularly his character Profesor Jirafales, the AP reported. In his memoir, Aguirre recounted some difficult times on the show, including a growing distance among the show's other actors such as Carlos Villagrán and María Antonieta de las Nieves, who gave life to the characters Kiko and La Chilindrina, according to the AP.
Aguirre "was our dear professor, our dear neighbours are gathering at the sky," Villagrán wrote on his Facebook page. "May he rest in peace, my dear friend Ruben Aguirre, my favorite teacher."
De las Nieves offered Aguirre's wife and her children "heartfelt condolences" on her Facebook page.
"One day the entire 'vecindad' will reunite in Heaven," de las Nieves wrote in Spanish.
A cultural icon who developed the Chavo del Ocho series and the popular El Chapulín Colorado character, Bolaños died Nov. 28, 2014.
Bolaños' widow, Florinda Meza, played the character Doña Florinda, Jirafales' unattainable love interest in the show.
On Univision's morning show "Hoy," Meza on Friday expressed her condolences, saying she felt saddened because Aguirre was not just a colleague but a friend.
Two other actors who played major characters on the show died years ago: Ramón Valdéz, who played Don Ramón, in 1988; and María de los Ángeles Fernández, who played Doña Clotilde, aka "La Bruja del 71," in 1994, according to news reports.
Valdéz, who also grew up in Juárez, is part of a well-known family of comedians whose brothers were Tin-Tan and El Loco Valdés.
Born: 6/15/1934, Saltillo, Coahila, Mexico
Died: 6/17/2016, Puerta Vallarta, Baja, Mexico
Ruben Aguirre’s westerns – actor:
Mi caballo el cantador – 1979 (Padre Aparicio)
Sabor a sanger – 1980 (Sacerdote)
El charrito – 1984 (director)
RIP Sharon Douglas
Radio, film and TV actress Sharon Douglas died on June 18, 2016. Born Rhodanelle Rader in Stevens County, Oklahoma on October 16, 1920, she was one well-known radio actress at Las Cruces, New Mexico, before leaving for Hollywood to work in movies. After a supporting role in A Gentleman After Dark (1942), she received the leading role in Fog Island (1945), where she also wrote the soundtrack. After some other small roles in movies, she moved to the small screen of TV, where she did some work, but resumed her radio career later.
DOUGLAS, Sharon (Rhodanelle Rader)
Born: 10/16/1920, Stevens County, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 6/18/2016, U.S.A.
Sharon Douglas’ western – actress:
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (TV) – 1972 (saleslady)
Harry Rabinowitz, TV and film composer and conductor, dies aged 100
By Rob Weinberg
June 23, 2016,
Prolific musician was in demand for radio, films and TV, from Eurovision to Reilly, Ace of Spies.
Rabinowitz's family reported that he passed away at his house in France, just three months after his 100th birthday.
He will be best remembered for conducting the scores for more than 60 films, including Chariots of Fire , The Remains of the Day , The English Patient , The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain . He also conducted the original 1979 TV premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Tell Me on a Sunday and was the first conductor of the hit musical, Cats.
He also composed memorable television scores, such as I, Claudius and Reilly, Ace of Spies . Rabinowitz considered the Bafta-nominated soundtrack for Reilly as his favorite work. It drew upon the 'Romance' theme from Shostakovich's film score for The Gadfly.
He was a popular conductor among his peers.
"In almost all the sessions I've conducted the musicians have left smiling," Rabinowitz said in an interview in 2008.
"They didn't go out drooping or bored. I take pleasure in that. In fact, I think a timely phrase would be, 'He never wasted his colleagues' time.'"
Born in Johannesburg, Rabinowitz left South Africa in 1946 to study conducting at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He appeared regularly on television and radio throughout the 1950s and 1960s, becoming head of music for London Weekend Television between 1968 and 1977, the year he was awarded an MBE.
He twice conducted the United Kingdom's Eurovision entry. In 1964, the entry ‘I love the little things ’, sung by Matt Monro, came second. Two years later, Rabinowitz conducted Kenneth McKellar’s rendition of ‘A man without love ’, which came ninth.
Rabinowitz continued to play the piano every day, up to his death.
Born: 3/26/2016, Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: 6/23/2016, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Harry Rabinowitz’s western – conductor:
Cold Mountain - 2003
Ralph Stanley, Key Pioneer in Bluegrass Music, Dies at 89
By Kristin M. Hall
June 23, 2016
Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday. He was 89.
His publicist, Kirt Webster, confirmed Stanley's death but did not have details.
Stanley was born and raised in southwest Virginia, a land of coal mines and deep forests where he and his brother formed the Stanley Brothers and their Clinch Mountain Boys in 1946. Their father would sing them old traditional songs like "Man of Constant Sorrow," while their mother, a banjo player, taught them the old-time clawhammer style, in which the player's fingers strike downward at the strings in a rhythmic style.
Heavily influenced by Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe, the brothers fused Monroe's rapid rhythms with the mountain folk songs from groups such as the Carter Family, who hailed from this same rocky corner of Virginia.
The Stanleys created a distinctive three-part harmony that combined the lead vocal of Carter with Ralph's tenor and an even higher part sung by bandmate Pee Wee Lambert. Carter's romantic songwriting professed a deep passion for the rural landscape, but also reflected on lonesomeness and personal losses.
Songs like "The Lonesome River," uses the imagery of the water to evoke the loss of a lover, and "White Dove," describes the mourning and suffering after the death of a mother and father. In 1951, they popularized "Man of Constant Sorrow," which was also later recorded by Bob Dylan in the '60s.
The brothers were swept into the burgeoning folk movement and they toured the country playing folk and bluegrass festivals during the '60s, including the Newport Folk Festival in 1959 and 1964.
But when Carter died of liver disease in 1966, Ralph wasn't sure he could continue. His brother had been the main songwriter, lead singer and front man, and Ralph, by his own account, was withdrawn and shy, although he had overcome some of his early reticence.
"Within weeks of his passing, I got phone calls and letters and telegrams and they all said don't quit. They said, 'We've always been behind you and Carter, but now we'll be behind you even more because we know you'll need us,'" Stanley told The Associated Press in 2006.
After Carter's death, Ralph drew even deeper from his Appalachian roots, adopting the a cappella singing style of the Primitive Baptist church where he was raised. He reformed the Clinch Mountain Boys band to include Ray Cline, vocalist Larry Sparks and Melvin Goins. He would change the lineup of the band over the years, later including Jack Cooke, and mentored younger artists like Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs, who also performed with him.
Dylan and Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia praised his work and, in the case of Dylan, joined him for a remake of the Stanley Brothers'"Lonesome River" in 1997.
He was given an honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, in 1976, and he was often introduced as "Dr. Ralph Stanley." He performed at the inaugurations of U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, was given a "Living Legends" medal from the Library of Congress and a National Medal of Arts presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and President George W. Bush. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2000.
But at age 73, he was introduced to a new generation of fans in 2000 due to his chilling a cappella dirge "O Death" from the hit Coen Brothers'"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" movie soundtrack. The album was a runaway hit, topping the Billboard 200 chart, as well as the country albums and soundtrack charts, and sold millions of copies.
He won a Grammy for best male country vocal performance in 2002 — beating out Tim McGraw, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash andLyle Lovett — and was the focus of a successful tour and documentary inspired by the soundtrack. The soundtrack, produced by T Bone Burnett, also won a Grammy for album of the year. The following year he and Jim Lauderdale would win a Grammy for best bluegrass album for "Lost in the Lonesome Pines."
He said in an interview with The Associated Press in 2002 that younger people were coming to see his shows and hear his "old time music," and was enjoying the belated recognition.
"I wish it had come 25 years sooner," he said. "I am still enjoying it, but I would have had longer to enjoy it."
Despite health problems, he continued to record and tour into his 80s, often performing with his son Ralph Stanley II on guitar and his grandson Nathan on mandolin.
STANLEY, Ralph (Ralph Edmond Stanley)
Born: 2/27/1923, Big Spraddle Creek, Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 6/23/2016, U.S.A.
Ralph Stanley’s westerns – musician, arranger:
Cold Mountain – 2003 [arranger]
Hell on Wheels (TV) – 2011 [musician]