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Where those associated with Western films from around the world are laid to rest.

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  • 03/25/17--07:19: RIP Giorgio Capitani


  • Giorgio Capitani is dead, the father of the "Maresciallo Rocca "

    Leggo
    March 25, 2017

    Giorgio Capitani is dead.  The director passed away last night at the hospital Belcolle of Viterbo.  Capitani was 89 years-old and was born December 29, 1927.

     For years it was closely tied to the city of Viterbo, where he had decided to set the TV series of "Maresciallo Rocca" with Gigi Proietti and Stefania Sandrelli.  Among the films that have seen him behind the camera "Samson and His Mighty Challenge" (1964), " Pane, burro e marmellata" (1977), " Io tigro, tu tigri, egli tigra" (1978 ), " Vai avanti tu che mi vien da ridere" (1982), "Missione eroica - I pompieri 2" (1987), "Rimini, Rimini - Un anno dopo " (1988).

    For television he directed, besides the series of " Maresciallo Rocca" between 1996 and 2005, including "E non se ne vogliono andare ", "Papa Luciani", "Il generale Dalla Chiesa", "Enrico Mattei."

    The funeral will be held Monday at 10 in the Basilica of Santa Rosa.

    CAPITANI, Giorgio
    Born: 12/29/1927, Paris, Île-de-France, France
    Died:  3/25/2017, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy

    Giorgio Capitani’s western – director:
    The Ruthless Four - 1968

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  • 03/25/17--09:52: RIP Gino D'Achille


  • Telegraph
    March 20, 2017

    Gino D’Achille was born in Rome in 1935 and displayed a precocious talent as an artist from a very young age – being invited at 11 years old to present a portrait he’d made of Pope Pius XII to the pontiff himself. From 13 he studied at Rome’s Liceo Artistico, going on to the University of Architecture at 19. By now, he was already drawn to the world of commercial art, producing advertising illustrations for the prestigious agency Studio Favalli in his spare time. This led him to pursue a full-time career in Milan, where he gained the attention of British scouts, and in 1964 Gino was persuaded to move to London. Here, he immediately established his credentials with his illustrations for David Kossof’s popular Bible Stories, commissioned by WM Collins.

    His international reputation gained hold with his 1973 paintings for the John Carter of Mars series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, going on to create over 100 cover paintings for other science-fiction titles published by Daw Books, Ace, Ballantine and various other publishers. He is also well known for his series of covers for the much-loved Flashman series of novels by George Macdonald Fraser, as well as countless western adventure stories, crime thriller and war stories, romance novels and children’s books.

    Gino lived in London and Corsica with his wife, painter Mim Hain.

    D’ACHILLE, Gino
    Born: 11/30/1935, Rome, Lazio, Italy
    Died: 2/10/2017, London, England, U.K.

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  • 03/25/17--13:21: RIP Jean Rouverol


  • Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home
    March 25, 2017

    Jean Rouverol Butler passed away in Pawling, Friday, March 24, 2017 at the age of 100. Born in St. Louis, MS on July 8, 1916, she was the daughter of Joseph Rouverol and playwright Aurania (Ellerbeck) Rouverol, who created Andy Hardy and many films for MGM. After spotted in a high school production, she acted in her first Hollywood movie at 17, appearing as W.C. Fields’ daughter in It’s a Gift (1934). She acted in another eleven films until 1940 when she married screenwriter Hugo Butler.

    Having four children, she did not return to film acting during the 1940’s, but performed on radio, including playing Betty Carter on One Man’s Family. While her husband served in WWII, she wrote her first novella and sold it to McCall’s magazine in 1945. By 1950 she had her first screenplay made into a film, but her career was interrupted as a result of investigations by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) into Communist influence in Hollywood.

    In 1943, Jean and her husband joined the American Communist Party. In 1951, when agents for HUAC attempted to subpoena them, Jean and her husband chose to self-exile to Mexico with their four small children rather than face a possible prison sentence endured by some of their friends who were dubbed the “Hollywood Ten”. Labeled as “subversives and dangerous revolutionaries” by the government, they did not return permanently to the US for thirteen years, during which time they had two more children.

    While in exile she continued to write screenplays; she wrote short stories and magazine articles to earn money. Three screenplays she co-wrote with her husband were accepted for filming by Hollywood studios because agent Ingo Preminger (brother of director Otto Preminger) arranged for friends from the Writer’s Guild of America to put their names on the scripts.

    In 1960, the family moved to Italy so she and her husband could work on a film script. In 1964, they moved to Mexico for a short time and then returned to the United States for good. Living in California, she and her husband continued to collaborate on screenplays, and she wrote a book on Harriet Beecher Stowe. Her husband passed away in 1968.

    She returned to writing in the 70’s. She scripted an episode of Little House on the Prairie, wrote three books in three years (two young adult biographies and a Gothic novel), and was then hired as co-head writer for the CBS soap opera Guiding Light, receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination and a Writers Guild of America Award. Jean left the show in 1976 at the age of sixty. In 1984 she authored “Writing for the Soaps” and taught writing at the University of Southern California and at the UCLA Extension. She also wrote scripts for the soap operas Search for Tomorrow and As the World Turns.

    She served four terms on the board of directors of the Health and Pension Plan of the Producer-Writers Guild of America, and in 1987 she received the Guild’s Morgan Cox Award. In 2000, at the age of eighty-four she published "Refugees from Hollywood: A Journal of the Blacklist Years", that told of her family’s life in exile.

    Jean moved to Pawling, NY in 2005, where she lived with her beloved partner, Clifford Carpenter, another former blacklisted artist; he predeceased her on January 9, 2014.

    She is survived by her son Michael Butler and five daughters, Susan Butler, Becky Butler, Mary Butler, Emily McCoy, and Deborah Spiegelman; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

    A memorial service to be held at a future date.

    Arrangements are under the direction of the Horn & Thomes, Inc. Funeral Home, 83 East Main Street, Pawling, NY.

    To leave an online condolence, please visit www.hornandthomesfuneralhome.com.


    ROUVEROL, Jean
    Born: 7/8/1916, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/24/2017, Pawling, New York, U.S.A.

    Jean Rouverol’s westerns – actress, writer:
    Bar 20 Rides Again – 1935 (Margaret Arnold)
    The Law West of Tombstone – 1938 (Nitta Moseby)
    Western Jamboree – 1938 (Betty Haskell)
    Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1974 (writer)

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  • 03/25/17--16:05: RIP Perry Sheehan Adair


  • Las Vegas Nevada
    3/25/2017

    PERRY SHEEHAN ADAIR Perry Sheehan Adair passed away peacefully and suddenly March 6, 2017. She was born Margaret Sheehan in Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating from St. Brendan's Diocesan High School and business college, she began her professional career as a John Robert Powers model in New York City. She moved to Hollywood in 1949 and, after several small acting roles at RKO, Columbia and Paramount Pictures, landed an acting contract with MGM in 1950. Under contract to MGM for the next seven years, Perry was featured in over 50 films with the major stars of that time. She was the official pin-up girl for the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and a model for Max Factor cosmetics. Perry moved to Las Vegas in 1957 to marry Dunes Hotel and Casino co-owner, J. Carlton Adair. At the Dunes, she produced, wrote and starred in "Noon at the Dunes," a talk show broadcast live daily from the Dunes Hotel. Her daily television show was later broadcast from Channel 8 as the Perry Sheehan Adair Show. Her career in film, television and commercials spanned over four decades. She was very involved in the Screen Actors Guild for many years, devoting countless hours to the Guild and serving as President of the Nevada Branch and as a member of the National Board of Directors. In years past, Perry was also active in numerous charitable organizations, including as a director of Opportunity Village, a charter member and officer of the Assistance League of Las Vegas, a director of St. Jude's Women's Auxiliary, President of St. Anne's Hospital Auxiliary (Los Angeles) and with the Mesquite Club, among others. She was preceded in death by her beloved and devoted husband, J. Carlton Adair; and sister, Esther Tansey. She is survived by her daughters, Susan and Valerie Adair; sister, Emily Arena; two nieces; a nephew; and numerous grand and great nieces and nephews. No services are scheduled.


    ADAIR, Perry Sheehan
    Born: 1922, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/6/2017, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

    Perry Sheehan Adair’s western – actress:
    The Electric Horseman – 1979 (Mrs. George Phillips)

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  • 03/27/17--07:13: RIP Alessandro Alessandroni


  • Goodbye to Alessandro Alessandroni, the western world's most famous ‘whistle’

    The composer, conductor and arranger Alessandro Alessandroni died in Rome. He had just turned 92 years-old. Celebrated for his 'whistle' which made many great soundtracks of the spaghetti western genre. 'For a Few Dollars More' is its 'booed' most iconic.

    La Repubblica·
    By Valeria Rusconi and Ernesto Assante
    March 27, 2017

    "It's very simple. I phoned Ennio Morricone and he told me: 'Sandro, come down here for a moment, in the room, we need you to whistle. Well, it was really a whistle, nothing more, but think about what happened next ... When we saw the film, I have to admit that no one thought it would make a penny". And instead. Instead the 'whistling' really did change everything. Alessandro Alessandroni, the master - it is right to call him that - says the opening words of the most famous of his career and the most iconic of Western movies song that for a Fistful of Dollars, made up by Morricone, which made the film music of Sergio Leone - and practically made all the best western movies - even bigger. "It was a great professional partnership, we had a wonderful collaboration," he told La Repubblica. Morricone, "knew very well I could play the guitar and was the director of the choir and this was superb. And he knew very well that I could whistle. He had worked on A Fistful of Dollars and on other occasions. Why I chose him to whistle? by chance, I needed a whistle, I asked the musicians working with me who was able to whistle well and others I liked less. He had the courage to try".

    The composer, conductor and arranger Alessandro Alessandroni died in Rome, in the city that gave him birth on March 18, 1925, on March 26th. He had just turned 92 years of age. The announcement came on the official Facebook page of the composer: "It is with great sorrow that I inform you of the death yesterday of the master Alessandro Alessandroni born in Rome on March 18, 1925, composer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and choir director. There will be a memorial service at his home in Namibia with music and musicians directed by his son Alex Jr. Alessandroni".

    Alessandroni approached music when he was still a boy. At the time he lived in the country of his mother, in the province of Viterbo. He was 11 years old and listened insistently, whenever he could to classical music. He began playing the guitar with assistance from a friend. The place is one of those details. He told in an interview to the blog Planet Hexacord: "I started in the barber shop, because in small countries it is a reference point: there were the instruments, the guitar, the mandolin. They worked a little, but it sounded a lot. .. ". While he was attending the last year of high school he formed his first band, with whom he performed for local dance halls. Quick to learn, in a short time he become proficient on several instruments, which he alternates during his performances: as a teenager he already is able to play the guitar, the piano, the accordion, sax, flute, mandolin and sitar, one of the first Italians to try their hand on this complex stringed instrument. He obtained his diploma at the Conservatory in Rome, and found a job in the film production company Fonolux There he meets the great Nino Rota, his senior by 14 years, who wants him in his orchestra. Then came the whistle. It was almost by accident. Alessandroni, at some point, when Rota asked for a volunteer to whistle. Whistling become his new tool to play with and one of the moments that characterized the soundtracks of the Spaghetti Westerns. Music in effect: "My whistle parts are on the staff," explained Alessandroni, "and woe to miss the pitch, to make mistakes." That thought also by Federico Fellini, author of his soprannonme: Alessandroni for him was simply "The Whistler".

    In 1962 he founded the octet I Cantori Moderni, a formation that takes the place of his previous group, the Caravels Quartet. With him, the band is formed by soprano Edda Dell'Orso, Augustus Garden, Franco Cossacks, Nino Dei, Enzo Gioieni, Gianna Spagnuolo and, not the least, his wife Julia De Mutiis.

    The most important co-operation, long-lived and linked by a sincere esteem Alessandroni remains to this day one with Ennio Morricone: besides the famous whistle of For a Fistful of Dollars he also worked on For a Few Dollars More and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Alessandroni was used by all the most important Italian composers of the time, in the 1960s, such as Piero Umiliani, for which he sang along with his wife Giulia in great song Mah-na Mah-na, extracted from the soundtrack of Svezia inferno e paradiso by Louis Scattini (1968) and the master Armando Trovajoli. With the arrival of the seventies, for ARC of the RCA label which was dedicated to the ‘young Italian music’, between beats and 'world exotico', a public-disc collection of twelve songs in the race to the edition of 1969 of Canzonissima. Are recorded, of course, the tune and work on the Hammond organ solo is credited to Ron Alexander, his pseudonym.

    The name of Alessandroni had become one of worship across the board, and had crossed generations and musical styles, especially he had conquered the library music enthusiasts. Among the last to want in their drive Baustelle, group of Montepulciano, who have chosen it for one of their best albums. "Alessandro Alessandroni is the oldest guest," explained Francesco Bianconi, the singer, "a wonderful eighty-four and played the sitar, accordion, acoustic guitar and he did blow the whistle". The song title, not surprisingly, was Spaghetti Western. The Album, Amen.


    ALESSANDRONI, Alessandro
    Born: 3/18/1925, Rome, Lazio, Italy
    Died: 3/26/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy

    Alessandro Alessandroni’s westerns – composer, musician, whistler, choir:
    A Fistful of Dollars – 1964 [guitar, whistle, choir]
    Massacre at Marble City – 1964 [choir]
    For a Few Dollars More – 1965 [guitar, whistle]
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 1966 [guitar]
    Seven Dollars on the Red – 1966 [choir]
    Any Gun Can Play – 1967 [composer]
    Payment in Blood – 1967 [choir]
    Wanted – 1967 [choir]
    Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 [whistle]
    The Wild and the Dirty – 1968 [composer]
    El Puro – 1969 [composer]
    Raise Your Hands, Dead Man, You're Under Arrest – 1971 [composer]
    Zorro the Invincible – 1971 [composer]
    The Crazy Bunch – 1974 [composer]
    White Fang and the Gold Diggers – 1975 [composer]
    White Fang and the Hunter – 1975 [composer]
    Lucky Luke – 1991 [whistle]
    Lucky Luke (TV) – 1991-1992 [whistle]

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  • 03/27/17--20:14: RIP Allan Weiss


  • Allan Weiss, Writer on 6 Elvis Presley Movies, Dies at 90

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes
    3/20/2017

    He was there in 1956 for the singer's first Hollywood screen test and later penned 'The Sons of Katie Elder.'

    Screenwriter Allan Weiss, who was on hand to witness Elvis Presley's first Hollywood screen test and worked on six of the singer's movies in the 1960s, has died. He was 90.

    Weiss died Thursday at a nursing facility in Mission Viejo, Calif., his nephew, Ken Maas, told The Hollywood Reporter.

    Weiss provided the story for Presley's Blue Hawaii (1961) and wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for the films Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Fun in Acapulco (1963), Roustabout (1964), Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) and Easy Come, Easy Go (1967).

    Weiss once noted that to write a screenplay for an Elvis movie, "You had to make room for 12 songs, and they had to be integrated." He and Anthony Lawrence's script for Roustabout was nominated for a WGA award for best movie musical that year, losing out to Mary Poppins.

    Weiss received credit for just one other screenplay during his career — for The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), the Henry Hathaway-directed film that starred John Wayne and Dean Martin.

    Weiss was an associate of renowned producer Hal B. Wallis, whose credits included The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942) and several films starring Martin and Jerry Lewis. The writer was present when Wallis, then based at Paramount Pictures, made Presley's screen test in March 1956.

    "No one had any expectations; [Presley] was such a strange, quiet fellow — so completely foreign," Weiss said in the 2004 book Elvis Presley: The Man. The Life. The Legend. "But he sang and read a scene from [the N. Richard Nash play] The Rainmaker and answered questions asked from off-screen — and it was phenomenal. It was an amazing experience to be there, one of those life-changing experiences."

    A native of Sharon, Pa., Harry "Allan" Weiss served in the U.S. Army, was stationed in Germany and was as a translator during the Nuremberg trials. He then graduated from UCLA and worked as a sound engineer and in journalism.

    Weiss' partner, producer Paul Nathan, who also worked alongside Wallis, died in 1977. The two are buried near each other at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Maas said.


    WEISS, Allan (Harry Allan Weiss)
    Born: 1927, Sharon, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/23/2017, Mission Viejo, California, U.S.A.

    Allan Weiss’ western – screenwriter:
    The Sons of Katie Elder - 1965

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  • 03/28/17--06:43: RIP Lee Farr

  • Los Angeles Times
    March 27, 2017

    April 10, 1927 - March 23, 2017 Lee Farr died peacefully in Woodland Hills, California, on March 23rd, following a long fight against cancer. He was less than three weeks shy of the 90th birthday that was his goal. Born Leon Farb in New York on April 10, 1927 (not Liberty, Missouri, as the Internet insists), Lee grew up in Brooklyn, son of photographer Jacob Farb and Rose Draisin Farb. He graduated from Boys High School, served in the Navy, and studied geophysics at Penn State University. After working briefly as a geologist, he turned to acting, becoming familiar to television viewers as Detective Lt. Jim Conway on ABC's Robert Taylor's Detectives. His flashing smile and equally convincing scowl led to roles as both good and bad guys on Bonanza, Mission Impossible, The Invaders, M Squad, Have Gun Will Travel, Lassie, The Rifleman, Perry Mason, The Rockford Files, and other iconic series of the sixties and seventies. His feature films included Gunfighters of Abilene, Lone Texan, Tarawa Beachhead, and Thundering Jets. He also starred on the Los Angeles stage in Death of a Salesman; A View from the Bridge; Julius Caesar; and A Hatful of Rain. Lee was predeceased by his sister, Lottie Kelban (Harold), and half-brothers Abe and Dave Caroff; survived by daughter Denise; nephews Russell Kelban, Stuart Kelban (Marjorie Saul), and niece Laurie Kelban (Eric Schuhmann); cousins Jack Michaelson, Shelley Sosniak Wesolowski, and Stacy McLaughlin; and great-nephews Oscar Kelban and Daniel Schuhmann.


    FARR, Lee (Leon Farr)
    Born: 4/10/1927, Liberty, Missouri, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/23/2017, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

    Lee Farr’s westerns – actor:
    Lone Texasn – 1958 (Riff)
    The Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1958 (Mack Bannon)
    The Rifleman (TV) – 1958, 1961 (Sam Montgomery, Carl Avery)
    Gunfighters of Abilene – 1959 (Judd Hainline)
    Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1959 (Jack Wilse)
    Lawman (TV) – 1959 (Ben Greene)
    The Restless Gun (TV) – 1959 (Jack Wise)
    Trackdown (TV) – 1959 (Tris Corey, Charley Wagner)
    Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1959 (Al Calico Jarrett)
    The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1960 (Claude Turner)
    Laramie (TV) – 1962 (Lon)
    Bonanza (TV) – 1962, 1969 (Johnny Simms, Sam Torrance)
    Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Lucky Morgan)


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  • 03/28/17--06:45: RIP Christine Kaufmann


  • Las Vegas Review-Journal
    March 28, 2017

    Golden Globe winner, ex-wife of Tony Curtis, Christine Kaufmann, dies

    Christine Kaufmann, an Austrian-born actor who became the country’s first Golden Globe winner and was married to Tony Curtis in the 1960s, has died. She was 72.

    Kaufmann died in Munich after a battle with leukemia, her management company told the dpa news agency Tuesday.

    Born in 1945, Kaufmann made her acting debut in 1952 and won a Golden Globe for her 1961 Hollywood debut, “Town Without Pity,” where she played alongside Kirk Douglas as a German girl raped by American soldiers.

    She met Curtis the year later while filming “Taras Bulba” and the two married in 1963. They had two daughters before divorcing in 1968.

    While continuing to act, Kaufmann later in life also wrote health and beauty books, and established her own line of cosmetics.


    KAUFMANN, Christine
    Born: 1/11/1945, Lengdorf, Bavaria, Germany
    Died: 3/28/2017 Munich, Bavaria, Germany

    Christine Kaufmann’s westerns – actress:
    Burning Daylight (TV) – 1975 (Marget ‘Labiskwee’)
    Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn  - 2014 (Aunt Polly)

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  • 03/29/17--16:53: RIP David Farrow


  • Skagit Valley Herald
    March 30, 2017

    The life force that was David Marcus Farrow left this earth on Monday evening, March 27, 2017. He was home by a window with cats on his bed.

    David entered this world on June 23, 1929 in the parsonage of the First Christian Church in Rosalia, Washington. His father, Eugene Oregon Farrow, was giving a sermon when his mother, Ione Wilkins Farrow, gave birth to a very boisterous boy.

    His sister, Bertie Jean, was two years old at the time.

    In 1931, the Farrows moved to Los Angeles, California where David grew and thrived. As a teenager, during the war years, David got a job parking cars at Hollywood's famous nightclubs.

    His stories of fast cars and famous actors always delighted people.

    He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 where he became a jet engine mechanic. He was stationed at Sheppard, Chanute and Luke AFB's. At Luke, he worked with the Air Force Demonstration Team that evolved into The Thunderbirds.

    After his discharge, he prospected for gold, uranium and other precious metals in the mountains of Arizona and New Mexico.

    Hollywood still lured him and he returned to begin a career as an actor.

    Acting doesn't always pay well. He soon learned that his mechanical aptitude would serve him well on the other side of the camera as a grip, prop maker and production manager.

    David eventually became a television commercial director for John Urie and Company, one of the first "boutique" production companies in Hollywood.

    In 1971 he joined Paisley Productions as a staff director. At Paisley he met his life partner, Christine Kitch, who later became the "Mrs.". His clients included, Lincoln Mercury, Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge, Mazda, TRW, Toyota, Maytag and Sears.

    Paisley closed in 1989 and David moved to Paramount Images, the commercial division of Paramount Pictures under a three year contract.

    Studio restrictions never suited David, so when his contract expired he continued to direct under his own company name: Thimblerig Films.

    The love of fast cars and motorcycles reached a peak in 1986 when David became the first man to race in the Baja 1000 on a customized Harley Davidson. He named it "Harley's Comet".

    Ending his directing career in 2000, David focused on his true passion, flying. He flew for Angel Flight. He flew for pleasure. He flew to explore.

    The last chapter of his life began in 2007 when the Farrows moved to Mount Vernon, Washington into a small home with a big view of Mount Baker.

    New friends were made wherever he turned. He flew photographic flights for the Skagit Land Trust. He counted salmon in his own creek. He lived life with the joy of constant discovery.

    When the weather warms and the days are long we will celebrate a life well lived.tin


    FARROW, David (David Marcos Farrow)
    Born: 6/23/1929, Rosalia, Washington, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/27/2017, Mount Vernon, Washington, U.S.A.

    David Farrow’s westerns – actor:
    The Virginian (TV) – 1967, 1968 (Carter, Harkness)
    Daniel Boone (TV) – 1968 (sentry)
    The High Chaparral (TV) – 1969 (Frank)
    The Last of the Mohicans – 1997 (guard)

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  • 04/01/17--09:51: RIP Phillip Ko


  • World Film Geek
    March 30, 2017

    If you have seen and are a fan of the classic kung fu era, chances are you saw Philip Ko, who was known for usually playing villains in the genre with the occasional hero film. Sad news has arrived today that Ko passed away at the age of 67 from a terminal illness.

    The news was announced from former Hong Kong film star and current martial arts instructor Mark Houghton, a longtime friend of Ko’s.

    Philip Ko Fei was born on June 19, 1949 in Hong Kong. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Mainland China and studied Choy Li Fut Kung Fu as a kid. He would go on to attend the University of China but would return to Hong Kong to spend his final years of university there.  It was during his time as a waiter that he met a friend who worked at Shaw Brothers.

    In 1970, Ko joined the Shaw Brothers and made his film debut as a stuntman in The Heroic Ones. He would work as both a stuntman and bit part actor in many of Shaw Brothers’ early martial arts action films as well as other films, including a small role in Enter the Dragon. He would work for other film companies to play more supporting roles, including Seasonal Films’ The Secret Rivals Part II and Lai Wah’s The Invincible Armour.

    Alex Gouw‘s Goldig Films gave Ko the chance to shine as both the hero and the villain. In the former, he would take on the superkicking Hwang Jung-Lee in Tiger Over Wall, considered by fans to be one of the best kung fu film fights of the late 70s while the latter saw him play a Japanese karate expert whose attempt to show the superiority of karate over kung fu caused the defeated masters to train a retired fighter their moves to face Ko in Duel of the Seven Tigers.

    Ko would continue well into transitioning from the classic kung fu era to the modern day martial arts action film, where he can be seen taking on the likes of Jackie Chan, On the Run, and many of Joseph Lai‘s IFD Films and Arts’ “cut-and-paste” Ninja epics, in which Ko would at times not only appear as an evil ninja, but also serve as action director.

    In the mid-1990’s, Ko relocated to the Philippines where he continued to make Hong Kong films, including those starring his ex-wife, Japanese action starlet Yukari Oshima. Ko had become a “jack-of-all-trades” in the action film industry and will be missed by many of his colleagues as well as his fans, who have loved his work over the years.


    KO, Phillip (Ko Fei Fai)
    Born: 6/19/1949, Hong Kong, China
    Died: 3/30/2017, Hong Kong, China

    Phillip Ko’s westerns – actor:
    Dragon Blood – 1982 (Ko Fei Hung)
    Shanghai Express – 1986 (mountain bandit)

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  • 04/02/17--06:01: RIP Mitchell Brower


  • New York Times
    4/2/2017

    11/7/1926 - 4/2/2016 GM of NY State Theater & Film Producer. Lover of theater/film, intellectual, eccentric, voracious reader, foodie & NY Times crossword devotee. Lovingly remembered, Deirdre, Tatiana, David, Arianna & Jo.


    BOWER, Mitchell
    Born: 11/7/1926, U.S.A.
    Died: 4/2/2016, New York City, New York, U.S.A.

    Mitchell Bower’s western – producer:
    McCabe & Mrs. Miller - 1971

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  • 04/03/17--16:05: RIP Bobby Harwell


  • Griffin Leggett Conway Funeral Home
    April 2, 2017

    Bobby Rhea Harwell of Conway, Arkansas passed away peacefully Saturday morning, April 1, 2017, at Conway Regional Hospital. He was born in Nashville, AR on August 22, 1931, to Morris & Leila Maude Harwell. He is survived by his daughters Karen Harwell of Sherman Oaks, CA and Nancy Harwell of Stillwater, Oklahoma, two grandchildren, four great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild, and his sister Myra Young and Anne Parker, both of Nashville, AR. His special friend, Gail Purtle, was at this side when he passed.

    Before serving four years in the Air Force, which included a year in a combat hospital group in Korea, Harwell served in the merchant marines. His service there included an adventurous trip to India on a Swedish freighter that caught fire. After his military service, he attended and graduated from the University of AR.

    Harwell spend the next twenty years in an eclectic potpourri of employment that included commercial fishing, drapery hanging, driving cabs, working in a skid row blood bank, and teaching school in a Miami ghetto. In the early 1980s, he began print modeling, which led to TV commercials. He also landed three small roles on Miami Vice. From there he moved to Hollywood where he continued to model while acting in many more TV commercials and doing small parts on TV and in films.

    He produced one low budget movie and published on novel, Flawed, which is based partly on his experience in Hollywood.


    HARWELL, Bobby (Bobby Rhea Harwell)
    Born: 8/22/1931, Nashville, Arkansas, U.S.A
    Died: 4/1/2017, Conway, Arkansas, U.S.A.

    Bobby Harwell’s western’s actor:
    East Meets West – 1995 (Preacher)

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  • 04/05/17--11:17: RIP Memè Perlini


  • Meme Perlini has died, a symbol of the avant-garde theater actor of 70 years

    The actor, writer and director, both for the theater and the cinema. He suffered from depression and committed suicide

    La Spettacoli
    By Anna Bandettini
    April 5, 2017

    His body was found this morning in the courtyard of the building where he lived with a caretaker, through Principe Eugenio 32, in the Esquilino neighborhood in Rome. He threw himself from the fifth floor where his slippers were found, left there by the window sill. Meme Perlini, director, actor, writer, film and theater actor has died at the age of 69. He was sick inside and was suffering from depression for some time. That placid face turned, always a little 'ironic under his mustache and long black curls, which always gave the impression he was sad. For years, even in the world of theater, his world, Perlini was not seen and no longer felt. Today the sad news of his suicide came. A friend, Ulisse Benedetti, said: "His was suffering from severe depression, but he was being treated. He had the messy desk of" drugs. The date of the funeral has not yet been established, Benedetti says, because he expects the arrival in Rome of the sister of Perlini with his grandson: "They will decide what to do with Meme an important protagonist of the Italian theater."

    The silence, the isolation of the last opaque years, do not forget what Memlin Perlini has been an important protagonist of the Italian theater and, for those who were young in the sixties-seventies something else, the soul of Italian theatrical experimentation, there was invented, innovated, changed. Perlini had been the heart of that beautiful and unique wave, that 'creative workshop', which was Rome after 1968 (and a film by Matteo Garrone, Roman Summer tells the souvenirs and epigones of the famous Roman wineries) When intersecting art and political motivations, anarcho-surrealist and existentialist aura, collective and individual joy to push, when opening spaces of creation like fungi, the beat of 72 years, Technical University, where Alberico Benigni began, and there were shows and exhibitions, Carmelo good and Schifano, Leo de Bernardinis and Rotella, Valentino Zeichen and Vasilicò, all the road companions together Perlini Di Pippo Marca, Dominot, Cosimo Cinieri, Simone Carella, Valentino Orfeo, Massimo Fedele, Alberto Di Stasio, Giancarlo Sepe, and after Of the very young Solari-Vanzi-Barberio Corsetti, Antonio Rezza, Ginacarlo Cauteruccio. And of course Giancarlo Nanni.

    It was to take Nanni Perlini as an actor to Beat 72, where Meme also debuted as director with Pirandello quién? In '73, constituted as a provocation test in reality a reinterpretation of Pirandello, without the dust of an author who will remain a reference for Perlini. Also in '73 he founded the Teatro La Maschera with the painter and stage designer Antonello Aglioti, he will be his companion for years and the musician Alain Curran. These years are programs like Tarzan (1974), Amarillo Candor (1974), Otelo por qué?  (1975) en Romaña.

    After the ever-present Mask with Aglioti, Perlini opens the legendary Pyramid Theater, in via Benzoni 53, under the Garbatella, where he made his best performances: The journey on Lake Constance Peter Handke, Aves Aristophanes, Shakespeare's Venetian merchant, Wedekind Spring Awakening, Heliogabalus. With Giancarlo Nanni is the most qualified, educated and intelligent artists of the so-called Roman vanguard, who has imposed his style on television (Cavalleria rusticana, 1981), in the cinema, his great love, where he was a popular actor (castañas buena Pietro Germi (1970 film debut), Giu la Testa by Sergio Leone (1971), la familia, Ettore Scola (1987), in 1987 by Carlo Mazzacurati in the la noche italiana and in 2000 in el lenguaje de la santa, Ignite Luigi Comencini in Eugene (1980) and also in the official theater that does not at all do the courtship.

    Perlini had arrived in Rome in 1968 to study at the Academy of Fine Arts as an illustrator and designer. Of origins was Romagnolo. He was born in 1947 in Sant'Angelo in Lizzola December 8, 1947 to a family of owners of walks. From there with a mythological aura, he drew his love for the theater. In recent years little had been seen in the public arena. Among the last headlines to remember in 2004 Ardiente Paciencia Skármeta, even before his English dock back when Arnold Wesker, and was next to Claudia Cardinale in How do you want to Pirandello directed by Pasquale Squitieri, but dominated in the sense of his theater. Perlini has shown, honesty, intelligence as the game of illusion that can be changed, modified that traditional languages, how we can innovate and to speak in its time. For this we will remember you.


    PERLINI, Meme (Amelio Perlini)
    Born: 12/8/1947, Sant'Angelo in Lizzola, Marche, Italy
    Died: 4/5/2017, Esquilino, Rome, Lazio, Italy

    Meme Perlini’s westerns – actor:
    Duck You Sucker – 1971 (peon)
    The Grand Duel – 1972

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  • 04/06/17--09:26: RIP Alma Delia Fuentes


  • Alma Delia Fuentes has died, the diva of the cinema that lived in abandonment

    Proceso Magazine
    April 5, 2017

    Rest in peace the last actress who remains alive in Luis Buñuel's 'Los Olvidados'.

    A year ago we uncovered the sad story of Alma Delia Fuentes, the famous actress of the Mexican golden age who spent her last days in abandonment, living among trash and excrement in her mansion.

    Unfortunately, she died on Sunday, April 2, at the age of 80, at the home of her eldest daughter, Alma Delia, with whom she had no good relationshipa, especially with her husband.  It is known that her relatives decided to cremate her body, and the news was confirmed in 'Ventaneando' this Wednesday, April 5.

    On January 1, 2017, Proceso magazine reported that Alma had disappeared. The last time they had heard from her was November 9, 2016, when she left her home in a Red Cross ambulance without knowing the cause.

    Alma Delia lived in the mansion she bought in the area of ​​Naucalpan, State of Mexico, but after neglect and abandonment, she preferred to settle in the garage of her home, which was full of garbage and excrement.  It is known that the property had a delay in the payment of land for more than 100 thousand pesos.

    Alma Delia rose to fame for her character "Meche" in the movie Los olvidados by Luis Buñuel, She triumphed at the Cannes Film Festival, and for which she received an Ariel nomination in the children's category.

    She performed with Fernando Soler in 'A Family of Many', with Pedro Infante in 'ATM At All Machine' and with Mario Moreno 'Cantinflas' in 'El Extra'.

    At the age of 33 she left the film industry to dedicate herself to her family. She married at the age of 17 with Julio Azcárraga, cousin of Emilio Azcárraga Milmo. They had 4 children: Alma Delia, Ana Rosa, Bertha Eugenia and Julio Azcárraga Fuentes. She was also married to actor Rafael del Río.


    FUENTES, Alma Delia
    Born: 1/22/1937, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
    Died: 4/2/2017, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico

    Alma Delia Fuentes’ westerns – actress:
    Cartas u Ufemia - 1952
    Herencia maldita – 1963 (Mercede Acuña)
    El rio de las animas – 1964 (Maricarmen)
    Los murcielagos – 1964
    Para todos hay - 1965
    El indomable – 1966 (Idalia)
    Los cuatro Juanes – 1966
    El fugitive – 1966
    Vuelve el Texano - 1966
    Lucia Vazquez – 1968 (Evangelina Garcia)

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  • 04/06/17--11:38: RIP Don Rickles



  • Don Rickles, Legendary Insult Comic, Dies at 90

    Variety
    By Richard Natale
    April 6, 2017

    Abrasive comic Don Rickles, the honorary Rat Pack member and celebrity roast guest whose career spanned six decades, has died. He was 90.

    Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, his longtime publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

    Though he appeared in films and on television, Rickles’ mainstay was always nightclub performances, appearing in Las Vegas and elsewhere into his late 80s. He also found late success as the voice of Mr. Potato Head in the “Toy Story” films, which were exceptional box office performers, and popped up frequently on latenight talkshows.

    Rickles’ career had its ups and downs as comedic tastes changed, and his curmudgeonly persona was sometimes out of kilter with audience tastes, but he survived long after many of his contemporaries had disappeared into retirement. And when he was hot, he was a potent club headliner, insulting his audience with his two key signature phrases “dummy” and “hockey puck.”

    His attempts at series TV did not succeed because of the astringency of Rickles’ personality. His serious side, however, was occasionally put to good use in guest starring roles in episodic TV and the occasional dramatic role in movies such as his first, “Run Silent, Run Deep,” and Martin Scorsese’s 1995 film “Casino.”

    Donald Jay Rickles was born in Manhattan and studied acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York after serving in the Navy during WWII. He began appearing in nightclubs during the ’50s but didn’t really break through until his first appearance on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” in 1965.

    In the meantime, he worked in movies. After his debut in WWII submarine drama “Run Silent, Run Deep” (1958), he appeared in the Tony Curtis-Debbie Reynolds romantic comedy “The Rat Race” and various AIP beach movies with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

    After the Carson appearance, he achieved headliner status in Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe, and he was frequently seen in the company of Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack.

    He took to the stage in the L.A. production of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” playing Felix. Later he took “The Don Rickles Show” on tour around the country. He also made more movies, including Carl Reiner’s “Enter Laughing” and WWII heist comedy “Kelly’s Heroes.”

    His first try at a TV series, CBS’ “Kibbe Hates Finch” in 1965, never got beyond a pilot. Variety series “The Don Rickles Show” lasted a single season in 1969-69, and his mid-’70s sitcom “C.P.O. Sharkey” lasted two. He co-hosted reality clip show “Foul-Ups, Bloops and Blunders” with Steve Lawrence for a single season in 1983-84 on ABC. His last attempt was Fox’s 1993 sitcom “Daddy Dearest” co-starring Richard Lewis, which quickly folded.

    More successful were his guest starring appearances on TV in a variety of shows including comedies such as “Archie Bunker’s Place,” “The Lucy Show,” “F Troop” (in a recurring role as Bald Eagle), “Get Smart,” “Newhart” and, in 2011, “Hot in Cleveland.” He also acquitted himself on TV dramas like “Medical Center” and “Chrysler Theater.” He guested on “The Single Guy” and “Murphy Brown” in the late ’90s, appeared in a supporting role in 2004 telepic “The Wool Cap” and appeared as himself within a dream sequence in a 2007 episode of CBS drama “The Unit.”

    In January 2005, Rickles appeared with Bob Newhart, whom he considered his best friend, on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” the day after Johnny Carson’s death to reminisce about their many guest appearances on Carson’s show.

    During the late ’70s and a good part of the ’80s, Rickles’ humor was out of fashion, and while he continued appearing at casinos, the luster of his star had faded. Then, things turned around again, and a new generation of comedians that he had influenced came into favor. Rickles was once again in vogue.

    Rickles’ humor, while enjoyed better in person, also landed on record with albums such as “Hello Dummy!” and “Don Rickles Speaks.”

    In Scorsese’s 1995 film “Casino,” Rickles had a substantial role as a trusted cohort to Robert De Niro’s casino owner. And the “Toy Story” animated features kept Rickles busy, voicing Mr. Potato Head in the 1995 original, the 1999 sequel and the enormously successful third entry in 2010. He reprised the role in a 2011 short called “Hawaiian Vacation,” and he voiced the Frog character in the 2011 live action/animated hybrid “Zookeeper,” starring Kevin James and Rosario Dawson.

    The comedian’s memoir, “Rickles’ Book,” was published in 2007. John Landis directed a documentary on Rickles, “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project,” which debuted on HBO the same year. For his performance in the documentary, Rickles won an Emmy for individual performance in a variety or music program.

    In May 2014 the funnyman was saluted by the likes of David Letterman, Jerry Seinfeld and Jon Stewart in the Spike TV special “One Night Only: An All-Star Comedy Tribute to Don Rickles.”
    Survivors include Rickles’ wife of 52 years, Barbara; a daughter and a son; and two grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

    RICKLES, Don (Donald Jay Rickles)
    Born: 3/8/1926, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 4/6/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Don Rickles’ westerns – actor:
    Wagon Train (TV) – 1961 (Joe Carder)
    F Troop (TV) – 1965 (Bald Eagle)
    The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966 (Asmodeus)

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  • 04/07/17--16:10: RIP Arturo R. Tamez Jr.


  • Funeraria Del Angel Trevino Funeral Home
    April 7, 2017

    Arturo "Art" R. Tamez Jr.
    April 9, 1941-March 22, 2017

    Art Tamez was called home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the age of 75. He was born in San Antonio, TX. He was preceded in death by his wife, Guadalupe Juarez, his parents, Velia R. and Arturo G. Tamez and his brother, Felipe Hector Tamez. Art is survived by his brothers, Humberto and Efrain Tamez (Sandra), sisters, Mary Alice Swift (Michael) and Grace Reyna; nieces and nephews, Sandra Rodriguez, Humberto Tamez Jr., Phillip Tamez, Greg Tamez, Barbara Tamez, Eugene Tamez, Luis Tamez, Bobby Swift, Dana A. Marquez, Matthew Swift, Christopher Swift, Valerie Martinez, Kathryn Magee, Lauren and Elizabeth Reyna; and 21 grand nieces and nephews.

    Art attended Fox Tech High School, served in the USMC from 1959-1963, and in the 60's and 70's worked as a lineman for SW Bell and later worked at Kelly AFB.
    Art began his life long career in the performing arts in 1969 as an "extra" in the movie Viva Max staring Peter Ustinov and Jonathan Winters. He honed his acting skills at the Teatro Bilingue De Houston and trained with Dee Miller, Cliff Osmond, Art Cicchese, Sam Cox, and Liz Kiegley and while director of the Chicano Arts Theatre in his home town of San Antonio, Texas.

    His most notable supporting actor roles include the bartender in Rolling Thunder 1978 with William Devane and Tommy Lee Jones, as Pancho Marino, the gunslinger in, The Return of Josie Wales 1983 with Michael Parks and Rafael Campos and as Art Michael, the bartender, in Hope Floats 1998 with Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. These Roles are featured on YouTube.

    He had supporting roles in numerous movies including The Getaway in 1972 with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw, Selena 1997 with Jennifer Lopez and Edward Olmos and in Rough Riders 1997 TNT series Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott and Gary Bussey. Besides the big screen, Art worked in made for TV features as was lead actor in La Esquina (PBS), Americas Most Wanted (ABC) and The Detour (Tovares Productions) and in numerous TV commercials and industrial PSA's.

    As the director of the Chicano Arts Theatre in San Antonio, TX he directed various stage productions to include "El Regalo de Diana". He also performed in numerous live plays to include The Doll House, Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night", "Los Desairagados", "Petra's Pecado" and "La Fiaca" at San Antonio's Teatro Guadalupe and in the Houston area.

    Art also had a short run as stand-up comedian at various nite clubs. He was an active voting member of the Screen Actors Guild, Associated Actors & Artistes of America/AFL-CIO and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
    It can be said that Art had his 15 minutes of fame and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. He is leaving a huge void in our hearts but his legacy will endure forever. He is presently cast in his new role produced and directed in the big silver screen in the sky…. "CAMERA…ACTION!!" WE LOVE YOU BROTHER, BREAK A LEG.

    A Visitation will be held at Funeraria Del Angel Trevino Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 5:00pm to 9:00pm with a rosary to be recited at 7:00pm. On April 13, 2017 a mass will be held at 12:00pm at St. Timothy's Catholic Church with interment to follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.


    TAMEZ Jr., Arturo R.
    Born: 4/9/1941, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/22/2017, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

    Arturo R. Tamez Jr’s western – actor:
    The Return of Josey Wales – 1986 (Pancho Mariho)
    Rough Riders – 1997

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  • 04/07/17--17:43: RIP Mary Menzies


  • Pierce Brothers Valhalla

    Mary Menzies passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, in Burbank, CA,(after suffering a stroke). Mary was third of four children and born on February 15, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan. Her parents Albert and Ruth Menzies moved the family, Jack, Jim ,Mary and Bonnie to California via a three day bus ride. They were glad to leave the c old behind. Mary and her siblings were heading to Hollywood to work in the new entertainment industry. They were quite cute and talented and upon arriving in Los Angeles the children immediately landed child acting roles in 1930's movies. Mary took on small roles while excelling in her dance classes. After finishing high school, Mary became a much sought after ballet dancer for the stage and then movies. She danced in countless productions including "An American in Paris" in 1951 with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Mary Menzies eventually opened her own Ballet studio in Burbank and taught ballet through the 60's and 70's. She also did commercials for "Rivera furniture". For some years, one of Mary's favorite hobbies was sketching portraits. She relished quiet time, reading and sketching.

    Mary spent her life dedicated to her passion, dance. Her other commitment was the care of her mother and father. She helped her father, who at the age of 72 chose to convert to Catholicism. She took him to RCIA classes and witnessed his entry into the Faith.

    Mary was also a savvy business woman, launching her own "Trim Tights Sauna Suit" manufacturing and distribution. She obtained her trademark in 1963 and many offered to buy that trademark, even Mr. Spandell of "Spandex". She and her mother ran the business for over 10 years in Burbank California. She developed and aired her own exercise TV show which was also distributed on records. Upon retirement after a life of dedicated to work in the Arts. Mary could still stand on her toes well into her 80's. She was able to tap dance at the age of 85 (on the kitchen floor) and amazed everyone with her flexibility and muscle extension.

    Mary enjoyed family gatherings and loved children. She loved the antics of the kids and the music and singing. Her absolute favorite was coffee always noting it was her only addiction. She enjoyed Kentucky fried chicken, cherry pie and mashed potatoes more than any other food. In her later years, her two most enjoyable pastimes were watching EWTN programming (Father Spitzer's Universe) and of course TMC, the classic movies. She could name every actor and director out there, easily explaining the details of their work and who was who.
    Mary was the sweetest most amiable of women. She never complained, never shared bad news and was always pleasant. She never spoke a bad word about anyone. Her best 2 words were "lovely" and "wonderful".
    She always said she was fine, even in the hospital where she was dubbed a "tough cookie" by nurses and stood by her words when she spoke. Thanks to her niece Loretta, she received the sacrament of the sick, while in ICU. In her last week, having recovered much of her speech, she joked happily right up to March 8th, when she passed quietly in her sleep.

    May the Lord hold Mary forever in his Love and eternally bless her. Her smile and kindly manner will be always missed. She will always be ON POINT.


    MENZIES, Mary (Mary Rose Menzies)
    Born: 2/15/1929, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/8/2017, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

    Mary Menzies’ western – actress:
    The Half-Breed – 1952 (Can-Can Girl)

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  • 04/08/17--08:19: RIP Relja Bašić


  • Relja Basic has died, the legendary actor passed away at age 87

    Jutarnji Kultura
    By Jutarnji.hr
    April 8, 2017

    Relja Basic was born in Zagreb on 14 February 1930.  His mother Elly Basic was a well-known Croatian music teacher and pianist.  He received his name from his stepfather Mladen Basic, the Croatian conductor.  He graduated in acting from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in the class of dr. Gavella.  In 1955, at the end of the study, director Bojan Stupica placed him in the Drama Ensemble Theater in Zagreb, where, realizing a number of roles with prominent directors (Stupica, Radojevic, Gavella, Paro, Habunek, Violić, Juvančić, Spaić) and playing 498 performances where he remained until 1967.

    In 1968, Basic became a freelance artist as an actor and director for ITD, Comedy Theater, Zagreb Youth Theater, as well as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.  In these theaters he played 797 performances and directed its first six plays (Ljubaf, Crna komedija, Jedan dan u smrti Joe Egg, Stara vremena, Obećanja i Hotel Plaza).

    In 1974 a group of prominent actors of his generation founded the first Croatian private traveling theater, in which he was the artistic director, actor and director until its termination in 2004.  In the theater during his thirty years he performed 4,213 performances in 340 cities and towns Croatian, Yugoslavia and abroad.

    On film Relja Basic made his debut during his studies at the historic concert Branko Belan (1954), one of the most important and the best works of Yugoslav film.  This only precedes  more outstanding performances in films that changed the course of Croatian and Yugoslav cinema, like Ronda Zvonimir Berković, who also won the Golden Arena in Pula in 1966.  His interpretation of a man faced with a marriage in crisis, marked by a film that announced a completely new thinking in film media, and out of the box.

    In 1970, the role of g. Fulir in Tko pjeva zlo ne misli Kreše Golika,he became an urban Croatian folklore icon.

    His film career consisted of 56 domestic films, using the German, French, Slovenian, Italian and English language, and 71 international films including some of the biggest names in European and world film, such as Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Ustinov, Abel Gance, Robert Hossein, Lamont Johnson, James Cellan Jones, Alexandre Astruc, Mauro Bolognini, Wojtech Jasny, Luigi Magni, Wolfgang Becker and Giuliano Montaldo.


    BASIC, Relja
    Born: 2/14/1930, Zagreb, Kingdom of Yugoslavia
    Died: 4/7/2017, Zagreb, Croatia

    Relja Bašić’s western – actor:
    The Taste of Violence – 1961 (Commandante)

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  • 04/09/17--07:05: RIP Richard Jamison


  • Griffin Family Funeral Chapel

    Richard Leonard Jamison Sr., 74, of Simi Valley passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 19, 2017.

    Richard was born June 1, 1943 in Sabetha, Kansas. He spent his childhood in Hiawatha Kansas and his teenage years in Colorado Springs. He attended the University of Colorado where he met Ellen Smith. They married in 1964, and moved to San Francisco, where Richard began his theatrical career. In 1965, they returned to Colorado, started a family, and he continued to pursue his acting career. Over the next several decades, Richard appeared in numerous commercials, television shows, and films, but his best roles were as a loving father to his four children and devoted husband to his wife Ellen.

    Richard is survived by his wife, Ellen, their four children, Jessica, Jamey, Jennifer, and Rachel, 10 grandchildren, sister Mary, brothers Tim and John. He is preceded in death by his father, Jamey Jamison, his mother, Dotty Hill, and his brother, Tom Jamison.

    Visitation and Rosary will be held at 9:00 a.m., Friday, March 24, 2107 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 24244 Newhall Ave., Santa Clarita 91321. Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m. the same day, also at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Oakwood Memorial Park, 22601 Lassen Ave., Chatsworth 91311.


    JAMISON, Richard (Richard Leonard Jamison)
    Born: 6/1/1943, Sabetha, Kansas, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/19/2017, Simi Valley, California, U.S.A

    Richard Jamison’s westerns – director, set decorator actor:
    The Duchess and the Dirt Water Fox – 1976 (waiter)
    The Chislolms (TV) – 1979 (Captain Kelsey)
    The Sacketts – 1979 (miner)
    Windwalker – 1979 [set decorator]
    Buckaroo Bard (TV) – 1988 [director]

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  • 04/09/17--07:08: RIP David Brainard


  • Santa Barbara News-Press
    April 9, 2017

    8-3-1955 to 3-23-2017
    Surfer. Actor. Cyclist. Writer. Teacher. Ironman. Bartender. Realtor. Warrior. Santa Barbara recently lost a mountain of a man who amassed quite a following across a broad spectrum. David presided over thousands of Board Meetings at Hammonds, Rincon, Mesa Lane and most other local spots. David also frequented the Islands. He performed over 70 plays at our Ensemble and Garvin Theaters, at off-off-Broadway and in Hilton Head. He landed roles in a host of TV shows like Chicago Hope, Sex and the City, The Sopranos and Hawaii Five O. He had numerous indie film starring roles, as well as several at UCSB and City College. David was the fortunate recipient of two Indy Acting Awards. He was an avid cyclist who knew the Santa Barbara back country as well as most. In the early years, he picked up a couple "Stump Jump" trophies for winning mountain biking races. David published a semi-autobiographical book called "The Ides of August" and was a persistent contributor to the Independent, the Montecito Journal, and the News Press. David successfully taught at the El Puente School for alternative students. He would drive around town and the locals would yell "Yo, Mr. Brainard, what's up." He competed in THE Ironman and finished in the top 10% of the entrants. David was also a famous bartender at Arnoldi's, Zelo and Blue Agave. He spent some time as a realtor and was a proud member of the Rental Housing Mediation Task Force

    Key saviors in David's cardiac struggles were Santa Barbara's Dr. Bruce McFadden, UCLA's Drs. Murray Kwon, Mario Deng, Arnold Baas, Gene DePasquale and Daniel Cruz. David passed away after three years of valiantly battling the cruel stroke suffered after receiving a heart transplant on his 58th birthday. He has joined his parents, Chris and John, in heaven. He is survived by a bunch of Brainards: his siblings Michael, Melanie and Alison; his sister-in-law JoAnn; his half-brother John Martin; his niece and Goddaughter Christina, and his nephews Michael II and Gregory. We will celebrate David's life at Ledbetter Beach on Sunday, April 30 at 11:00am.

    In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to support the UCLA Medical Center's Division of Cardiology. Kindly make checks payable to "The UCLA Foundation", indicate "in memory of David Brainard" in the memo line, and send to UCLA Health Sciences, Attn: Brian Loew, 10945 Le Conte Avenue, Ste 3132, Los Angeles, CA 90095. Feel free to contact Brian Loew at (310) 794-7620 or bloew@support.ucla.edu with any questions. Or, local contributions can be made to Jodi House, Food from the Heart, and Center for Successful Aging.

    Surf on, Dude.


    BRAINARD, David
    Born: 8/3/1955, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
    Died: 3/23/2017, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.

    David Brainard’s westerns – writer, actor:
    Grace of the Gun – 2010 (Bud Harrington)
    Endurance – 2015 (father) [writer]

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