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

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  • 05/02/17--07:45: RIP Marilyn Carey

  • RIP Marilyn Carey

    By Frédéric Pieretti

    My friend Marilyn Carey passed away April 25th. She was the daughter of the actor Paul Fix, she had been, until his death, the wife of Harry "Dobie" Carey Jr, actor of over one hundred films and TV films and series, including nine films with John Ford. She lived a long life and I had been in contact with her and Dobie, during the translation of the memoirs of Dobie which was a great happiness. Thoughts go to Melinda, Tom and Lily, their children, their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I'd like to believe that Marilyn and Dobie are together again, with their eldest son Steven, who died in 1989.

    CAREY, Marilyn (Marilyn Frances Fix)
    Born: 1/13/1925, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 4/25/2017, California, U.S.A.

    Marilyn Carey’s westerns – producer:
    Horse Tales (TV) – 2007
    Harry Carey Jr. Hosts Tales from the Set - 2010

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  • 05/02/17--11:22: RIP Bruce Hampton

    band musician Col. Bruce Hampton dies after collapsing on stage during 70th birthday concert

    Los Angeles Times
    By Nardine Saad
    May 2, 2017

    Jam-band patriarch Col. Bruce Hampton died Monday in Atlanta after collapsing onstage during a concert celebrating his 70th birthday.

    The surrealist musician, known as the grandfather of the jam-band scene, was performing an encore of his Hampton 70: A Celebration of Col. Bruce Hampton birthday concert at the Fox Theatre when he died.

    "After collapsing on stage surrounded by his friends, family, fans and the people he loved Col. Bruce Hampton has passed away. The family is asking for respect and privacy at this difficult time," the family said in a statement posted on the Tedeschi Trucks Band's Facebook page. The band was also part of the evening's lineup.

    The Fulton County Medical Examiner confirmed the guitarist's death to the Associated Press.
    After Hampton's collapse, actor Billy Bob Thornton, who was also part of the lineup with members of Widespread Panic, Phish and other musicians, got on the microphone to thank fans and say they had to attend to something backstage, the Associated Press said.

    Born Gustav Berglund III in Knoxville, Tenn., in 1947, the musician later adopted the stage name Col. Bruce Hampton, Ret., and co-founded the avant-garde Hampton Grease Band.

    The band had one album — 1971’s “Music to Eat"— and earned a cult following before disbanding in 1973.

    Hampton went solo after that, played a dwarf guitar called a chazoid (he once described it as "a perverted mandolin-cello" and said it was custom made) and also performed with the Late Bronze Age, the Aquarium Rescue Unit, the Fiji Mariners, the Quark Alliance and his latest collaboration, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Pharaoh Gummitt, according to his website.

    Hampton's band mate Jeff Mosier shared a tearful tribute on Tuesday morning on Facebook, recounting Hampton's final moments.

    "Tonight I witnessed the greatest gathering and concert and people I've ever been around. I've been lucky. I'm so lucky that I was there. ... Only Bruce could have really brought together these people. ... At the end, Bruce kind of looked like he was jokingly worshipping the young guitar player and he got down on his knees and, you know, I was getting ready to do the same thing. Just to be Zambi-like. ... And Bruce didn't get up and he later on died," he said.

    "I was lucky to know him and I was lucky to be there," he continued. "And the last words he said were 'get out there, Mosier,' and we did. Everybody got out there. Music is my religion. The crowd was incredible and if you were in the crowd, consider yourself lucky. I will miss you so much, Bruce."

    HAMPTON, Bruce (Gustav Valentine Berglund III)
    Born: 4/30/1947, Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S.A.
    Died: 5/1/2017, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
    Bruce Hampton’s western – actor:
    Tombstone – 1993 (saloon patron)

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  • 05/02/17--11:32: RIP Pierre Gaspard-Huit

  • Pierre Gaspard-Huit is dead, director of Capitaine Fracasse

    Le Figaro
    By Arthur Dubois

    The filmmaker died Monday in Paris at the age of 99 years. He had received the Lumière Prize in 1950 had directed such actors as Louis de Funès or Jean Marais.

    The filmmaker and screenwriter Pierre Gaspard-Huit, director of Captain Fracasse with Jean Marais, and who had also directed Romy Schneider and Alain Delon in Christine, died Monday, May 1 in Paris at the age of 99, it was announced Tuesday his friend The agent Jean-Pierre Noël. "He died this Monday, May 1st at 13:00 in Paris," said Jean-Pierre Noël, ex-agent of Pierre Gaspard-Huit's companion, actress Marie-Christine Demarest.

    Born on November 29, 1917, Pierre Gaspard-Huit, whose real name was Jean Michel Pierre Gaspard-Huit, began a career as a filmmaker in the late 1940s, which led him to make fifteen films for the cinema and works for television, including the serial Paul and Virginie (1974).
    A cape and sword film.

    In the movies, he was the author of Sophie et le crime (1955) with Marina Vlady, Paris Canaille (1956) with Daniel Gélin, La Mariée est trop belle (1956) with Brigitte Bardot, Micheline Presle and Louis Jourdan or Christine ) With Romy Schneider, Alain Delon and Jean-Claude Brialy, before Shéhérazade (1963) with Anna Karina or A belles dents (1966) with Mireille Darc.

    In 1961 he directed Le Capitaine Fracasse, a famous cape and sword film with Jean Marais, Philippe Noiret and Louis de Funès. This Franco-Italian film takes place in 17th-century France where a Baron decides to follow a theater company to Paris. But when one of the actors, Captain Fracasse, dies, the baron proposes to take his place and ends up confronting many enemies to save an actress of whom he is in love.

    GASPARD-HUIT, Pierre (Jean Michel Pierre Gaspard-Huit)
    Born: 11/29/ 1917,  Libourne, Gironde, France
    Died:  5/1/2017, Paris, Île-de-France, France

    Pierre Gaspard-Huitt’s western – director, writer:
    The Leatherstocking Tales (TV) - 1969

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  • 05/02/17--13:52: RIP James Burnett

  • Noblin Funeral Service
    May 1, 2017

    James Paul Burnett was born May 20, 1968, in the Volunteers of America facility in Fort Worth, Texas. He was immediately adopted by his parents Paul and Nina Burnett, and accompanied them to Offutt Airforce Base, Nebraska and their home in Belleview, Nebraska. The family moved to Hickman Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii from 1973 to 1976. From 1976 to 1981, they lived on Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, where Jim attended elementary and mid high school, played football, and hiked with his boy scout troop. In 1981, the family moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he attended high school, earned his GED, and developed an interest in acting. During high school, he was briefly employed at Scott Air manufacturing and Weehunt Drilling in Tularosa. Following high school, Jim moved to Albuquerque where he met and married Madeline Wilson. Bronwyn Delany Wilson-Burnett was born March 23, 2001, to this union of three years. While attending the University of New Mexico, where he earned a BA in Philosophy in December 2007, Jim met and married Shona Zimmerman in January, 2007. He has been a bachelor since 2015. James was a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild. As an actor and producer, he is known for roles in The Last Stand (2013), Transcendence (2014), and Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015). His filmography resume lists 19 acting credits plus one producer credit from 2007 to 2017.

    James is survived by his daughter, Bronwyn Delaney Wilson-Burnett; parents, Paul and Nina Burnett; brother, Robert Michael; nephews, Robert Malachi and Zachari Jones Burnett; and aunt and uncle, Mike and Jeanette Akin (Austin). He is also survived by 10 cousins. A Memorial Service will be held at the Bosque Farms Church of Christ, 1635 Bosque Farms Blvd, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

    Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505) 866-9992.

    BURNETT, James
    Born: 5/20/1968, Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
    Died: 4/30/2017, Las Lunas, New Mexico, U.S.A.

    James Burnett’s westerns – actor:
    Longmire (TV) – 2012 (laughing tweaker dude)
    Jane Got a Gun – 2015 (Cunny Charlie)
    Justice – 2017 (Cal)

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  • 05/03/17--06:04: RIP Romeo Vasquez

  • Actor Romeo Vasquez dies at 78

    Alyanna Martinez confirms the death of her grandfather

    May 3, 2017

    MANILA, Philippines – Veteran actor Romeo Vasquez has died. He was 78.

    The news was confirmed by his granddaughter Alyanna Martinez on Wednesday, May 3 with a series of Instagram photos. She said that he died on May 2.

    "I love you [Lolo Bobby]," said Martinez on the first of her posts. "Say hi to mama for me. Why are the good ones always gone too soon?"

    "Reunited now in heaven with mama on her 32nd wedding anniversary," she said in another post.

    Vasquez was married to Amalia Fuentes. Together, they were parents to Martinez's late mother, Liezl Martinez.

    He starred opposite Fuentes in movies like Lydia (1956), Pretty Boy (1957), and Sapagkat Ikaw Ay Akin (1965). He was known for his work in movies like Maruja (1967) and Bakit Kailangan Kita (1978), among many others.

    VASQUEZ, Romeo (Roberto Sumilang)
    Born: 4/9/1939, Tayobas, Philippines
    Died: 5/2/2017, Manila, Philippines

    Romeo Vasquez’s western – actor:
    Bilis at tapang - 1964 (Bilis)

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  • 05/03/17--14:50: RIP Don Gordon

  • RIP Don Gordon

    Pierce Brothers Mortuary

    "R.I.P., DON GORDON (November 13, 1926 – April 24, 2017), movie and TV character actor. He had recurring roles on THE BLUE ANGELS (1960-61), PEYTON PLACE (1966), and LUCAN (1977-78). He appeared with his friend Steve McQueen in BULLITT (1968), PAPILLON (1973) and THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974) and two episodes of WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE. The notice of his passing appeared on the Pierce Brothers website, but then removed. Writer Laura Wagner called Pierce Brothers who told her the notice was removed for requested privacy of the family.

    GORDON, Don (Donald Walter Guadagno)
    Born: 11/13/1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 4/24/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Don Gordon’s westerns – actor:
    Law and Order – 1953 (Bart Durling)
    Revolt at Fort Laramie – 1956 (Jean Salignac)
    Frontier (TV) – 1956 (Shuck)
    Man Without a Gun (TV) – 1958
    Sugarfoot (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Ed Rowland, Willie Barnes)
    Trackdown (TV) – 1958 (Les Morgan, Hector)
    Colt .45 (TV) – 1959 (Turk)
    The Rough Riders (TV) - 1959
    U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1959 (Rile)
    Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) 1959, 1960 (Morley Teton, Buff Cole)
    The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Queed)
    Empire (TV) – 1963 (Quinn Serrato)
    Shane (TV) - 1966 (Johnny Wake)
    The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Gen. Titus Trask)
    Cannon for Cordoba – 1970 (Jackson Harkness)

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  • 05/04/17--08:08: RIP Anna Lee Carroll

  • Alabama actress Boots Carroll dies; she had role in ‘The Heart is a Lonely Hunter’
    By Greg Garrison

    Anna Lee "Boots" Carroll, an Alabama actress who appeared in dozens of plays and several movies, set a standard of excellence in Birmingham theater.

    Carroll played Nurse Bradford in the 1968 movie "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter," sharing two scenes with star Alan Arkin, who was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his role. Carroll did the talking in both scenes, since Arkin played a deaf-mute coming to visit his friend at a hospital for the insane. The movie was based on the 1940 novel by legendary Southern author Carson McCullers.

    Carroll also appeared in the films "Not of This Earth" in 1957 and "Womanhunt" in 1962.

    Carroll died on Sunday, April 30, her friends said. She was 86.

    "She was just one of the all-time great performers we had in Birmingham," said Fannie Flagg, author of "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," who met Carroll in 1960 when she was also an actress at Town and Gown Theatre.
    "I had known Boots, honey, since I was 16," Flagg said in an interview today with "I went to Town and Gown and she was there and was like a mentor to me, like an aunt. We remained friends ever since. I'm just heartbroken."

    Carroll was born Oct. 7, 1930 in Birmingham and grew up in West End as the only child of the late Frederick L. "Peck" and Ella Corrine "E.C." Carroll. She never married or had children, but considered the theater part of her family. She launched her acting career in the early 1950s as one of the early players in director James Hatcher's cast at Town and Gown, founded in 1950.

    She played Mama Rose in "Gypsy" in 1964. "It was really her tour de force," said Suzanne Mann, who met Carroll in 1962 and appeared in dozens of plays with her.

    "Everyone was in awe of her," Mann said. "The theater gave her life. The theater became her life."

    Flagg said she was in numerous plays with Carroll. "I can't even remember how many plays we were in together," Flagg said. "One of the great things, she was the lead role in 'Gypsy.' I was in it. Suzanne Mann played Gypsy and I was one of the strippers. She was just excellent."

    Carroll worked in the clerical department of A&P Grocery, then later in the nephrology department at UAB, Mann said.

    But her true calling was always theater.

    "She got on stage and was absolutely fearless; she had spot-on timing and instinct," Mann said. "It was truly phenomenal."

    She played the lead in "Hello, Dolly,""Funny Girl" and Regina in "Little Foxes."

    In addition to plays at Town and Gown, Virginia Samford Theatre, Birmingham Festival Theatre and Terrific New Theatre, she performed with traveling troupes such as Wit's Other End and the Seasoned Performers. She was a stalwart of Birmingham theater from 1952 through her last performance in 2015.

    "She was the one who was the most consistent; she was always there," Mann said. "Whenever somebody needed somebody, she never questioned, 'This part is not big enough for me.' There was never any ego involved. It was, 'This is what I do.'"

    She continued to perform until 2012, when she fell off the stage at the Virginia Samford Theatre during a dress rehearsal for a show. She was rushed to the hospital and during an examination, a tumor was found that had to be removed.

    She returned to the stage, but had another surgery last year and her health continued to decline, Mann said.

    "She was always entertaining," said actress Jan Hunter, who appeared with her in "Bye Bye Birdie" and other plays, then served as her legal guardian over the past several years. "Her natural habitat was the stage. She was always funny, made everybody laugh, was loud and boisterous."

    Carroll lived more than 20 years at Episcopal Place, where many residents had seen her in plays. "She was a celebrity around here," said Hunter, who serves as activities director at Episcopal Place. "She was forever the entertainer."

    She was the last of a group of formidable actresses who pioneered the Town and Gown Theatre, along with Virginia Mae Schmitt, who died in 2014, Flagg recalled.

    "Boots was the last of an era," Fannie Flagg said. "I can guarantee you she had a good life. Boots was full of fun. Everywhere she went, she had fun. For the rest of her life, she lived around the corner from the theater she loved. She got to see all of the shows and people took care of her. They took care of her like a family. It's the end of an era. It's heartbreaking."

    CARROLL, Anna Lee
    Born: 10/7/1930, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.
    Died: 4/30/2017, Episcopal Place, Alabama, U.S.A.

    Anna Lee Carroll’s westerns – actress:
    The Adventures of Kit Carson (TV) – 1951 (Vi Bonner)
    The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1952 (Betty Chester, Ada Beecher)
    The Range Rider (TV) – 1953 (Susan Campbell)
    The Road to Denver – 1955 (Miss Honeywell)
    Death Valley Days (TV) – 1960 (Mrs. Gibbs)
    The Deputy (TV) – 1961 (Sally)
    Empire (TV) – 1963 (Holen)

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  • 05/04/17--08:09: RIP Daliah Lavi

  • The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes
    May 4, 2017

    Daliah Lavi, 'Casino Royale' and 'The Silencers' Star, Dies at 74

    After Kirk Douglas helped her get her start, she made the transition from European films and then became a German pop star.

    Daliah Lavi, the exotic beauty who starred in the swinging 1960s spy spoofs Casino Royale and The Silencers, has died. She was 74.

    Levi died Wednesday at her home in Asheville, N.C., her family announced.

    InThe Silencers (1966), the first of the four Matt Helm movies that starred Dean Martin as the American superspy, Lavi played the femme-fatale Tina Batori; she saves the hero from getting a dagger in the back while he is in the embrace of a gorgeous female enemy agent.

    The dark-haired, dark-eyed sex symbol then returned for another spy spoof, playing one of the "James Bonds," aka The Detainer, in Casino Royale (1967) opposite David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress and Woody Allen.

    Her other work in the comic genre including The Spy With a Cold Nose(1966), starring Lawrence Harvey, and Some Girls Do (1969).

    At her 10th birthday party, Lavi met Kirk Douglas, who was filming The Juggler in her town in what is now Israel, and arranged for her to study ballet. A decade later, they worked together in Vincente Minnelli's Two Weeks in Another Town (1962), and she received a Golden Globe for most promising newcomer (female) for her work.

    Lavi (that's her stage name; it means "lioness" in Hebrew) had appeared in such European fare as The Return of Dr. Mabuse (1961), The Demon (1963) and The Whip and the Body (1963) before attracting attention as The Girl in writer-director Richard Brooks'Lord Jim(1965), starring Peter O'Toole.

    She played the pretentious actress Ilona Bergen in the Agatha Christie remake Ten Little Indians (1965) and also showed up rather nicely in Those Fantastic Flying Fools (1967), Nobody Runs Forever (1968), opposite Rod Taylor, and Catlow (1971), starring with Yul Brynner.

    In the early 1970s, Lavi turned to singing and performed "Oh, wann kommst du?" (When Are You Coming?) and "Willst du mit mihr geh'n?" (Do You Want to Go With Me?), which became big pop hits in Germany. She reappeared as an actress on German television in the 1990s.

    Fluent in five languages, Lavi lived in Asheville with her husband, Charles, since 1992.

    Survivors also include her children Kathy, Rouben, Alexander and Stephen; grandchildren Sophie, Ben, Emma and Hannah and Levi; and sister Michal.

    Her funeral and interment will take place in Israel, the family noted.

    LAVI, Daliah (Daliah Lewinbuk)
    Born: 10/12/1942, Moshav Shavei Zion, Palestine
    Died: 5/3/2017, Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.A.

    Daliah Lavi’s westerns – actress:
    Apache’s Last Battle – 1964 (Paloma)
    Catlow – 1971 (Rosita)

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  • 05/04/17--08:10: RIP Victor Lanoux

  • Victor Lanoux has died: The actor is dead at 80

    By Thomas Montet
    May 4, 2017

    According to our colleagues, Victor Lanoux died in the night of Wednesday to Thursday following a stroke of which he had been victim several days ago.  In a coma, the hero of the famous series of France 3 Louis the flea market was hospitalized in a hospital in Royan (Charente-Maritime), where he died this 4th of May.  The comedian, already suffering from a stroke in 2007, had long resided in the city of Royan, where he owned " a house in the Park district ," says South West .

    In addition to fifty years of career, Victor Lanoux, born Victor Robert Nataf on June 18, 1936 in Paris, had imposed itself on many public.  After his assiduous debut on stage in the 1960s, he had revealed himself to the greatest number in the cinema, alongside Jean Gabin in L'Affaire Dominici by Claude Bernard-Aubert (1973), Adieu poulet (1975) by Pierre Granier-Deferre, Cousin, cousin (1975) by Jean-Charles Tacchella, two films that had earned him a César nomination, and Yves Robert's An Elephant (1976).  From 1998 to 2014, his role as a second-hand dealer, appreciated by millions of viewers, had made him an inescapable face of the small screen.

     All our condolences to his family and loved ones.

    LANOUX, Victor (Victor Robert Nataf)
    Born: 6/18/1936, Paris, Paris, Île-de-France, France
    Died: 5/4/2017, Royan, Charente-Maritime, France

    Victor Lanoux’s western actor:
    Louisiana (TV) – 1984 (Charles de Vigois)

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  • 05/04/17--08:11: RIP Lukas Ammann

  • Actor Lukas Ammann die at the age of 104 years

    The Swiss actor Lukas Ammann, who reached cult status with his role as a detective "Graf Yoster", is dead. The 104-year-old Ammann died in his Munich apartment on Wednesday, his close confidant Annemarie von Kienlin told the German press agency.

    The series "Graf Yoster Gives Itself the Honor" with Ammann in the title role was first broadcast 50 years ago. They ran from 1967 to 1976, were shot 76 episodes - the first 24 episodes still black and white, then in color. "The series was a street sweep," Ammann recalled later. He enthused the audience. And was one of the first crime series on German television.

    It gained great popularity for the actor born in Basel on 29 September 1912. Ammann played the serial noble from the first to the last episode. He formed a unique duo with Wolfgang Völz (now 86), embodied an aristocratic amateur detective and a Crimean hero. Völz was the chauffeur and servant with a criminal past.

    TV comeback in the Black Forest

    The series was a pioneer of many modern crime series. And coined the main actor, "Count Yoster accompanies me to this day," said Ammann in 2012, when he was 100 years old: "I am often referred to as a count." But the series also had disadvantages for him: "Wolfgang Völz quickly got other roles. I was a member of the count and was therefore not yet occupied for other films. "

    The Swiss, who has been living in Munich for several decades, finally made a comeback in the Black Forest. From 1994 to 2000 he played in "Die Fallers", a television series of the Südwestrundfunk (SWR) which is still running today. Ammann was the first actor of the series and started from the beginning. In 249 episodes he played the black forest farmer Wilhelm Faller and thus the family leader.

    Last days in Munich apartment

    Just a few days ago the Bavarian Radio had begun to show the cult show "Count Yoster is the Honor" again. "The series now has a huge fan base," said a spokeswoman for the BR in Munich.

    Ammann had lived in his home until the end, said von Kienlin, who for decades had been a close friend of the popular actor. "We were together every day, I have not left his side for a week."

    AMMANN, Lukas
    Born: 9/29/1912, Basel, Switzerland
    Died: 5/3/2017, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

    Lukas Ammann’s westerns – actor:
    Day of Anger – 1967 (Judge Cutcher/Cutchell)

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  • 05/06/17--07:14: RIP Edwin Sherin

  • Edwin Sherin, TV and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Theater Director, Dies at 87

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Patrick Shanley
    May 5, 2017

    'The Great White Hope' and 'Law & Order' helmer also directed a handful of films and TV shows and served as DGA national vice president for three terms.

    Edwin Sherin, Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning director of The Great White Hope, died May 4 in Nova Scotia, the Directors Guild of America announced. He was 87.

    Sharin graduated from Brown University and later joined the armed forces and served during the Korean War. Following his success in theater, Sherin went on to direct such films as 1971's Valdez is Coming with Burt Lancaster and My Old Man's Place with Michael Moriarty.

    His television directing credits include Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting and L.A. Law. He notably also served as a longtime director and executive producer on Law & Order.

    Dick Wolf, who created Law & Order, remembered the late director in a statement: "Ed was a vital contributor to the success of Law & Order and served as a mentor to many of the writers, directors, and producers who are still working for the company today. He was a consummate professional and we will ALL miss him."

    After joining the DGA in 1969, Sherin went on to serve on the DGA National Board for 15 years, including three terms as national vice president from 1997-2003.

    Sherin was awarded the Robert B. Aldrich Achievement Award in 2002 and the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in 2012 in honor of his work for the Guild.

    "Above all, Ed believed deeply that the more unified we were as a Guild, and the more we reached out and supported each other, the stronger we would become, and he was absolutely right," said DGA president Paris Barclay. "We will miss him greatly.”

    “Our hearts are heavy today as we remember our dear friend and colleague Ed, whose legacy as a director, commitment to our Guild, and strength and fervor in his service were an example for us all,” said Michael Apted, former DGA president who served when Sherin was national vp. “Through Law & Order and his passion for mentorship, he gave critical first-break opportunities to more episodic directors, assistant directors and UPMs than perhaps any other member in the Guild’s history.

    "Ed loved life, loved people and he loved his Guild. He attacked problems with commitment and conviction. His leadership and energy not only reinvigorated the New York membership but also inspired many others to become involved in Guild service,” said DGA national executive director Jay D. Roth.

    SHERIN, Edwin
    Born: 1/15/1930, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    Died: 5/4/2017, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Edwin Sherin’s western – director:
    Valdez is Coming - 1971

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  • 05/06/17--14:58: RIP Quinn O'Hara

  • Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes
    May 6, 2017

    Quinn O’Hara, 'Ghost in the Invisible Bikini' Actress, Dies at 76

    The former Miss Scotland also starred in 'Good Neighbor Sam' and 'A Swingin' Summer' and appeared in three Jerry Lewis films.

    Quinn O'Hara, the Scottish-born sex kitten who starred in the 1960s movies A Swingin' Summer and The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, has died. She was 76.

    O’Hara had "multiple medical issues" and died Friday at her home in Los Angeles, her friend, Joel B. Gibson, told The Hollywood Reporter.

    An attractive redhead, O’Hara also portrayed Jack Lemmon's sexy secretary in Good Neighbor Sam (1964), and Jerry Lewis employed her in three of his films: The Errand Boy (1961), her big-screen debut; Who’s Minding the Store (1963); and The Patsy (1964).

    O’Hara was one of the lovelies who showed up on TV's Burke's Law and also appeared on I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, The Real McCoys, My Three Sons, The Red Skelton Hour, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Ironside, One Day at a Time and CHiPs.

    She dated singer Fabian, actors Lee Majors and Dennis Cole and Los Angeles Dodgers pitching ace Sandy Koufax.

    In The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966), from American International Pictures, O’Hara played Sinistra, the nearsighted daughter of greedy lawyer Reginald Ripper (Basil Rathbone); both were out to terrorize teens at a pool party held at a creepy mansion. She also sang "Don't Try to Fight It" and danced around a suit or armor in the horror comedy.

    "I had more fun playing this role than any other. It is my favorite, as a matter of fact," she said in Tom Lisanti's 2003 book, Drive-In Dream Girls: A Galaxy of B-Movie Starlets of the Sixties. "I got to be really campy with an English accent. My walk was accidental because I couldn't see a damn thing with those glasses on. The lenses were as thick as Coke bottles."

    O'Hara starred with Raquel Welch and James Stacy in the Lake Arrowhead-set A Swingin' Summer (1965), then was named Most Promising Newcomer by Teen Screen magazine.

    Born Alice Jones in Edinburgh on Jan. 3, 1941, she attended a convent boarding school. After stays in Cardiff, Wales, and Quebec, she and her mother eventually settled in Long Beach, Calif., in the late 1950s. O'Hara then went to Long Beach City College and was named the very first Miss Scotland (she was given a "Participation Award" by the Miss Universe pageant).

    In 1963, she was a regular on NBC's The Lively Ones, a musical variety show hosted by Vic Damone.

    O'Hara appeared twice on The Dating Game and in such films as 1967's In the Year 2889 and the Oscar-nominated short Prelude (1968), directed by John Astin, then moved to London to work on the stage, in a few films and on the cult British sci-fi show UFO. She then returned to the U.S., became an American citizen in 1992 and was a nurse.

    Survivors include her husband Bill Kirk, whom she married in 1986.

    O’HARA, Quinn (Alice Jones)
    Born: 1/3/1941, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
    Died: 5/5/2017

    Quinn O’Hara’s western – actress:
    Pistol ‘n’ Petticoats – 1966 (Mary McTigue)

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  • 05/06/17--15:09: RIP David Macklin

  • Facebook
    By Saundra F. Ziliox
    April 6, 2017

    David Macklin passed away on April 6th. He was a 1959 graduate of Greenhills High School in Greenhills, Ohio. Will have more information later on this. His real name was David Mortashed and was the brother of Clement Mortashed, 1953 GHS grad.

    MACKLIN, David (David H. Mortashed)
    Born: 3/24/1941, Greenhills, Cincinnati, Ohio U.S.A.
    Died: 4/6/2017, Albuquerque, New Mexico U.S.A.

    David Macklin’s westerns – actor:
    Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (Todd Grayson)
    Stoney Burke (TV) – 1963 (Frankie Sommers)
    Wide Country (TV) – 1963 (Jacob Blaufus)
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1964 (Steven)
    The Virginian (TV) – 1964, 1966 (Eddie Tighe, Bob Foley)
    Gunpoint (TV) – 1966 (Mark Emerson)
    The Plainsman – 1966 (trooper)
    The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) – 1967 (Cleve Atwood)
    Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (Wade Henderson)
    Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Josh Abbott)
    A Man for Hanging (TV) – 1972 (Tom Barrenger)
    Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (Phillip Van Cleve)

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  • 05/07/17--06:24: RIP Mary Betten

  • Ventura County Star
    May 7, 2017

    Mary Betten 81, of Camarillo, Actress/Comedian, died April 27, 2017. Mary Rose Betten—Poet, playwright, essaist, retired character actress of stage, screen, and television—three-time Clio award winner. Her plays are produced in New York, Hollywood and The National Theatre, London. Her book of meditation drama: “People Of The Passion,” Sheed & Ward, 1985 is still being performed throughout the US. and used in meditation services by our troops in Iraq.  . Her first chapbook, “Hanging Out with Loose Words,” was published by Foot Hills Publishing, New York. She is the winner of Writer Magazine’s Poetry Spotlight Award and Women’s Artistic Network, 2010 Carol E. Doering Prize.  Her latest chapbook: “The Prodigal Son’s Mother,” was voted book of the month by Finishing Line Press. “Finding Your Best Angle, (Give This to an Actor’) Fithian Press was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her recent essays appeared in the Red Hen Press anthology: “Letters To The World,” and are currently featured on NPR’s “This I Remember,” The Ink Byte Magazine For Writers,” and “The Last Sunday Writers.” And the forthcoming anthology: “The Pepper Lane Review.”  Her TV interview with Santa Barbara’s poet Laureate won first place nationally in Entertainment Talk shows.  Arrangements by Otto & Son's, Guardian Memorial.

    BETTEN, Mary (Mary Rose Betten)
    Born: 1936, Illinois, U.S.A.
    Died: 4/27/2017, Camarillo, California, U.S.A.

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  • 05/08/17--10:50: RIP Shep Houghton

  • By Phil Gross

    George Shepard 'Shep' Houghton was an actor in movies and TV whose career spanned from silent film into the 1970s and included hundreds of credits. The LA Times called him "the Last of the Great Nobodies" for his ability to play his parts without trying to draw attention to himself. His notables include appearances in Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, teaching Gretta Garbo to dance for a movie they were working on and dancing with Judy Garland.

    HOUGHTON, Shep (GeorgeShepard Houghton)
    Born: 6/4/1914, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A.
    Died: 12/15/2016, Hoodspot, Washington, U.S.A.

    Shep Houghton’s westerns – actor:
    Ramona – 1928 (Mexican boy)
    The Girl of the Golden West – 1938 (dancer)
    Boom Town – 1940 (saloon brawler)
    The Return of Frank James – 1940 (courtroom spectator)
    Tap Roots – 1948 (orderly)
    Copper Canyon – 1950 (dancer)
    The Sun Shines Bright – 1953 (party guest at ball)
    Wagon Train (TV) – 1959 (party guest)
    Bat Masterson (TV) – 1960 (member of the Stock Exchange)
    The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1968 (attorney, barfly)
    Bonanza (TV) – 1963, 1968, 1972 (wedding guest, district attorney, townsman)
    The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966, 1967 (party guest, soldier)
    Big Valley (TV) – 1968 (townsman)
    Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1972 (casino patron)

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  • 05/08/17--18:31: RIP Steve Sandor

  • Memory Alpha

    Steve Sandor (27 October 1937 – 5 April 2017; age 79) from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was an actor who made his first television appearance on Star Trek: The Original Series, playing Lars in the second season episode "The Gamesters of Triskelion".

    Before becoming an actor, Sandor spent time in as a steel worker in his native Pennsylvania. He also used to train sentry dogs while serving as an Air Policeman in the U.S. Air Force.

    Having appeared in many television shows such as Gunsmoke, Ironside, The Streets Of San Francisco,Starsky and Hutch,CHIPs, Fantasy Island, The A-Team and Hardcastle and McCormick he is perhaps best known for his role as the ill-fated biker gang leader in the 1980 cult film The Ninth Configuration and as the voice of the heroic Darkwolf in the 1983 animated fantasy film Fire and Ice.

    Sandor also had supporting roles in the 1967 Western Rough Night in Jericho and the 1969 World War II classic The Bridge at Remagen, a semi-regular role on the short-lived TV series The Yellow Rose, and the title role in the 1983 science fiction film Stryker. Sandor was also part of the extensive cast of the epic 1978 TV mini-series Centennial.

    In 1998, Sandor provided the voice for the character Orion in Superman The Animated Series.

    SANDOR, Steve (Stephen B. Sandor)
    Born: 10/27/1937, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    Died: 4/5/2017, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

    Steven Sandor’s westerns – actor:
    Rough Night in Jericho – 1967 (Simms)
    Death Valley Days (TV) – 1967 (Barnes)
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1968 (John Riker)
    The Virginian (TV) – 1970 (Van Miley/Billy White)
    The Young Country (TV) – 1970 (Parker)
    One More Train to Rob – 1971 (Jim Gant)
    Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Bud)
    Centennial (TV) – 1978 (Charley Kin)
    The Yellow Rose (TV) – 1983-1984 (Lenny Hollister)
    Alamo: The Price of Freedom – 1988 (James Bowie)

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  • 05/10/17--11:13: RIP Kenny Miller

  • Kenny Miller, Actor in 'I Was a Teenage Werewolf,' Dies at 85

    Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes

    He worked on another American International Pictures cult classic, 'Attack of the Puppet People.'

    Kenny Miller, who appeared in the 1950s drive-in classics I Was a Teenage Werewolf and Attack of the Puppet People, has died. He was 85.

    Miller died Monday of pneumonia at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, his friend and former publicist, Nancy Streebeck, told The Hollywood Reporter.

    Miller was attacked by Michael Landon, played the bongos and sang "Eeny, Meeny, Miny Mo" in I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and was one of the shrunken victims of a deranged doll-maker (John Hoyt) in Attack of the Puppet People (1958). Both low-budget films were released by American International Pictures.

    Miller also appeared as one of the young toughs in Orson Welles' Touch of Evil (1958) and portrayed a sentry in The Buccaneer (1958), starring Yul Brynner.

    His film resume also included The Human Jungle (1954), The Search for Bridey Murphy (1956), Rockabilly Baby (1957), Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958) and Surf Party (1964).

    On television, Miller was on such shows as Dragnet, Rat Patrol, Father Knows Best and B.L. Stryker, and he had a nightclub act in which he sang and danced.

    A native of Springfield, Ohio, Miller was the son of a Protestant minister. His autobiography, Surviving Teenage Werewolves, Puppet People and Hollywood, was published in 1999.

    Survivors include his niece Vicky and nephews Keith and James. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Doris Day Animal Foundation.

    MILLER, Kenny (Kenneth Miller)
    Born: 10/15/1931, Springfield, Ohio, U.S.A.
    Died: 5/8/2017, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.

    Kenny Miller’s westerns – actor:
    The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1955 (Jay Jones)
    The Young Guns - 1956 (young gunman)

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  • 05/10/17--15:23: RIP Cheryl Stein

  • Los Angeles Times
    May 9, 2017

    Cheryl R. Stein, the noted television production executive, passed away on April 15th following a lengthy illness. She was 70. Ms. Stein was long associated with Aaron Spelling Productions and worked closely with Executive Producer E. Duke Vincent on such series as Dynasty, 7th Heaven, Malibu Shores, Winnetka Road, Matt Huston, Crossings, Hotel, and Summerland. She was also the Associate Producer of a number of television movies including Home of the Brave, James Michener's Texas, Day One, Cracked Up, and Just Life. More recently she served as the Associate Producer of the Jesse Stone series of TV movies starring Tom Selleck. She is survived by her mother Helen Stein, her brother Howard Stein, and her nephew Max Victor Stein.

    STEIN, Cheryl R.
    Born: 1947, U.S.A.
    Died: 4/15/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Cheryl R. Stein’s western – producer:
    Texas (TV) - 1994

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  • 05/10/17--15:27: RIP Michael Park

  • Hollywood Reporter
    By Etan Vlessing

    Michael Parks, Film and TV Character Actor, Dies at 77

    The 'Twin Peaks' and 'Kill Bill' star worked with filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith.

    Michael Parks, the veteran Hollywood character actor who appeared in Kill Bill, Django Unchained and Red State, has died. He was 77.

    His passing on May 9 was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by his agent, Jane Schulman of Vesta Talent Agency. The cause of death was not disclosed.

    During his busy Hollywood career, Parks appeared in movies by auteur directors like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith, who paid tribute to the veteran actor on Wednesday via Instagram.

    "Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I've ever known. I wrote both #RedState and @tuskthemovie FOR Parks, I loved his acting so much," Smith wrote. "He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform. And Parks brought out the absolute best in me every time he got near my set."

    Parks was born in April, 1940 in Corona, California, and grew up as the son of a baseball player. His first screen roles included playing a nephew named Tom in 1961 in the ABC sitcom The Real McCoys and the role of Park in a 1962 Gunsmoke episode. He also appeared in legal dramas like Perry Mason and Sam Benedict, and had roles in Then Came Bronson, ABC's Dynasty and the spin-off series The Colbys, and David Lynch's Twin Peaks, where he played a Canadian drug runner.

    Parks' movie credits included Ben Affleck's Argo, the horror/crime hybrid From Dusk Till Dawn, and dual roles in the Kill Bill franchise of Texan Ranger Earl McGraw in the first film and Esteban Vihaio in the sequel. And he played a villain in Smith's horror films Red State and Tusk.

    Parks is survived by his wife, Oriana Parks, whom he married in 1997, and a son, the actor James Parks.

    PARKS, Michael (Harry Samuel Parks Jr.)
    Born: 4/24/1940, Corona, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 5/9/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Michael Parks’ westerns – actor:
    Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960 1961 (Juanito, young prisoner)
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1962 (Park)
    Stoney Burke 1962 (Tack Reynolds)
    Stranger on the Run – 1967 (Vince McCay)
    The Last Hard Men – 1976 (Noel Nye)
    Royce (TV) – 1976 (Blair Mabry)
    The Return of Josey Wales – 1986 (Josey Wales)
    Billy the Kid - 1989
    From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter – 1990 (Ambrose Bierce)
    Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1996, 1999 (Caleb Hooks) 
    Bullfighter – 2000 (Cordobes)
    Miracle at Sage Creek – 2005 (Justice Stanley)
    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – 2007 (Henry Craig)
    Three Priests – 2008 (Jacob)
    Django Unchained – 2012 (LeQuint Dickey mining employee)
    Boone – 2017 (Sheriff Hurley)

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  • 05/11/17--10:18: RIP Georgia Collins

  • CalgarySun
    By Louis Hobson
    May 10, 2017

    A Giant of Calgary theatre passes away

    With the passing of Georgie Collins on May 3 at age 91, Calgary lost one of the true pioneers of theatre in the city.

    Collins spent more than five decades as part of Calgary's theatre community.

    She was an actress, director, administrator and an inspiration for hundreds of fellow artists.

    This year Vertigo Theatre celebrated its 40th season of mystery, murder and mayhem.

    It was Collins who spearheaded the creation of a mystery theatre company back in 1976 when she was the manager of the Pleiades Theatre in Calgary Planetarium and she would lead it until 1990.

    Craig Hall, the current artistic director of Vertigo Theatre says that "Georgie's legacy is felt in the more than 1.5 million theatre lovers who have passed through our doors, and it will continue to be felt in thousands more theatre loves still to come."

    A memorial for Georgie Collins will be held on May 15 at 2 p.m. in McInnis and Holloway's Fish Creek Funeral Chapel at 14441 Banister Road S.E.

    Stephen Hair will give the eulogy.

    He says that since posting news of Collins passing and her memorial, his Facebook has been inundated with tributes from many members of the theatre community stressing it was Collins who gave them their start in theatre in Calgary and nurtured their early careers.

    Kathi Kerbes sums up the sentiments of so many of her fellow artists when she calls Collins "the Grand Dame of theatre in Calgary who was both a mentor and a friend."

    Actor Chris Hunt's praise that Collins "was very kind to me, and to many, back in the day. I feel blessed to have known her" is echoed by fellow actor David Lereany who says Collins was "a rock of the community. I owe her a huge debt of gratitude for her generosity early in my career."

    Actor, director and writer Terry Belleville feels "one just says the words Georgie Collins and immediately we laugh and smile and feel blessed taht Georgie was part of our lives. She is a very special lady."

    Bob White a former artistic director of ATP says "Georgie represented the fiery spirit of the Calgary theatre scene. We'll miss that incredible laugh."

    Mark Bellamy who was the fourth artistic director of Vertigo Theatre calls Collins "a force of nature in our community" and playwright Sharon Pollock says "Georgie was the star of Calgary Theatre. Larger than life but immediately approachable."

    Hair who says he lost not just a dear friend and mentor but one of his soul mates recalls meeting Collins in 1973 when they were hired as part of the resident company for Alberta Theatre Projects second season at the Canmore Opera House in Heritage Park.

    "I was 22 and she was 48 but we became instant friends and remained so. We continued to talk daily.

    "That year, before we were in the six plays of the regular season, Georgie and I toured children's shows through out the province.

    "I was immensely fortunate to meet her at the beginning of my career.

    "Dr. Betty Mitchell had been Georgie's mentor and she became mine so I was indirectly mentored by the legendary Betty Mitchell.

    "Before there was Theatre Calgary and ATP, Georgie was part of the vibrant theatre scene that Dr. Betty Mitchell fostered through companies like MAC14."

    Hair says after working with all the professional theatre companies in Calgary, Collins took her job managing the little lecture theatre at the Planetarium.

    "After a while Georgie decided not just to bring in recitals and small companies but to create a show herself.

    "That show was a summer production of The Mousetrap. It was so successful, Georgie brought it back the next summer and the next and the Pleiades Mystery Theatre was born.

    "Georgie always said she created Pleiades/Vertigo as theatre for Calgarians starring Calgarians something all the subsequent artistic directors have endeavoured to maintain."

    Collins directed Hair in more than a dozen shows at the Pleiades before turning the artistic directorship over to him."

    Collins was also active in the city's young film community from the 1970s until the 2000s.

    She had cameos in such productions as Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, In Cold Blood, Lonesome Dove and How the West Was Fun.

    She was the star of the 1981 low budget local horror film GhostKeeper, written and directed by Jim Makichuk which also starred Riva Spier, Murray Ord and Sheri McFadden.

    COLLINS, Georgia
    Born: 6/12/1925, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Died: 5/3/2017, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    Georgia Collins’ westerns – actress:
    Gunmoke: Return to Dodge (TV) – 1987 (Mrs. Collins)
    Cowboys Don’t Cry – 1988 (Mrs. Chapman)
    How the West Was Fun (TV) – 1994 (Mrs. Plaskett)
    Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV) – 1994-1995 (Mrs. Hackett)
    Into the West – 2005 (Hannah Wheeler)

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