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

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  • 07/21/17--18:45: RIP Ross Loney


  • reat Falls Tribune on July 23, 2017 Great Falls Tribune
    July 23, 2017

    Tucson, AZ — Ross Loney passed away May 1, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. He was the son of Laurie and Madeline Loney, and was born December 1, 1939 in Choteau, Montana. He grew up on the family ranch in Highwood, Montana and attended school there. Riding and breaking horses on the ranch, naturally, led him to the rodeo world.

    He joined the RCA in 1963 and became the Rookie of the Year in saddle bronc, and, eventually ended up with a Gold card from the PRCA.

    In 1965, he married Shirley Butterfield. They had two children, Renee Forbes and Josey Loney. Together they ran a branding crew out of Sahuarita, AZ, and at one point, he had an all-women crew.

    He lived in California for many years and worked in the entertainment industry as an actor, wrangler, and stuntman. His credits included Little Big Man, Pocket Money, Ice Pirates, Silverado, Pale Rider, The Patriot, and many more.

    He later married Marilla Lilore (Clinton). They relocated back to Great Falls where he became a hatmaker with Montana Hat Peaks.

    He relocated to Tucson and continued making hats.

    He had a passion for horses, guns, and telling stories. He was a talented horseman, gunsmith, and working with leather. He was kind, big-hearted man that was fun-loving. He never knew a stranger, no matter if he had known you for years or had just met you.

    He was preceded in death by his mother, Madeline Edgar Loney; father, Laurie Loney; step-mother, Wilma Loney; and sister, Mary Perry.

    He is survived by his daughters, Renee Forbes of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Josey Loney of Bozeman; grandchildren, Ashley Anderson (Andrew) of Grand Forks, ND, Gregory Forbes of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Jess and Hayden Roethle of Bozeman; siblings, Bill Loney (Pam), who has since passed, of White Sulphur Springs, Sharon Ruple of Great Falls, Clay Loney (Cherry) of Great Falls, and Cleve Loney (Cyndi) of Great Falls.

    A celebration of life will be held on July 29 at the Eagles Lodge, 1501 9th Street South, Great Falls. Please come prepared to share any stories/pictures you might have of him.


    LONEY, Ross
    Born: 12/1/1939, Choteau, Montana, U.S.A.
    Died: 5/1/2017, Tucson, Arizona U.S.A.

    Ross Loney’s westerns – actor:
    Ulzana’s Raid – 1972 (rider)
    Pale Rider – 1985 (horseman)
    Silverado – 1985 (Red)

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  • 07/22/17--07:48: RIP John Heard


  • Home Alone and Sopranos Star John Heard Has Died

    People
    By Dave Quinn
    July 22, 2017

    John Heard — the actor known for his role in several iconic ’80s and ’90s movies including Big, Beaches, and Home Alone — died Friday in Palo Alto, California, the Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office confirms to PEOPLE. He was 71.

    The Palo Alto Police Department confirmed to PEOPLE that a man fitting Heard’s description was found dead at a local hotel.

    “I can confirm that our officers responded with the Fire Department to a hotel in our city yesterday on a report of a person in need of medical aid,” The police spokesperson said. “The person was determined to be deceased. While still under investigation, the death is not considered suspicious at this time.”

    Heard’s rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    According to TMZ, the Washington, D.C. native was reportedly recovering from a “minor back surgery” he had on Wednesday at Stanford Medical Center.

    With a four-decade career in Hollywood and more than 200 credits on stage and screen, Heard appeared in a number of well-known projects — including Gladiator, The Pelican Brief, White Chicks, NCIS: Los Angeles, and The Trip to Bountiful.

    His most popular role perhaps came in 1990’s Home Alone, where he stared as Peter McCallister — the living (yet forgetful) dad to Macaulay Culkin‘s Kevin. Heard would reprise the role in the 1992 sequel.

    The Sopranos would give Heard another recognizable role, as Vin Makazian — a New Jersey police detective who fed information to Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). He appeared in five episodes in the hit HBO series.

    He made his Broadway debut in 1973’s Warp and would return to the Broadway stage three more times —including in the 1983 revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, where he played the famed Gentleman Caller alongside Oscar winner Jessica Tandy.


    HEARD, John
    Born: 3/7/1945, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/21/2017, Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.

    John Heard’s western – actor:
    Saddle Up - 2018

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  • 07/23/17--19:50: RIP Jimmy Clem


  • Hillcrest Memorial Park
    July 23, 2017

    James Melvin “Jimmy” Clem, age 84, of Texarkana, Texas, passed peacefully at his home on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

    Mr. Clem was born December 13, 1932, in Redwater, Texas, and was a lifetime resident of Texarkana. Jimmy was a Cattle Rancher, where he owned and bred one of the most respected and revered Brahman cattle herds in the world for several decades. He was also a Movie Star, where he appeared in twelve movies, the most notable, the Town that Dreaded Sundown. He was in the oil business and was a road contractor. Mr. Clem was a veteran of the United States Air Force having served his country proudly in the Korean War. His biggest accomplishment in life was his family. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was a devoted and proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. Jimmy lived life to the fullest and was a connoisseur of many of life’s pleasures. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, a lifetime member of the Brahman Association and the National Cattleman’s Association. He was of the Baptist Faith and graduate of Texas Tech University.

    Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Eric Melvin Clem and Mary Florence Clem, his two wives, Mary Catherine “Kitty” Clem and Eddie Lou Slider Clem, two sisters, Mary Dell Clem Parker and Jerry Clem.


    He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law: Burt and Jan Clem of Simms, Texas; Sam and Telka Clem of Texarkana, Texas; one sister: Cean Clem Bonner of Genoa, Arkansas; two stepdaughters: Kathy Constantine of Leary, Texas; Donna Welch of Dallas, Texas; one stepson: Bo Slider of Leary, Texas; one brother-in-law; Mark Parker of the Wamba Community; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

    In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Runnin WJ Ranch, 4802 South Kings Hwy. Texarkana, Texas 75501 or to the American Cancer Society, 1301 S. Broadway Ave. Tyler, Texas75503.


    CLEM, Jimmy (James Melvin Clem)
    Born: 12/13/1932, Redwater, Texas, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/22/2017, Texarkana, Texas, U.S.A.

    Jimmy Clem’s westerns – actor:
    Winterhawk – 1975 (Little Smith)
    The Winds of Autumn – 1976 (Hog Hankins)
    Grayeagle – 1977 (Abe Stroud)

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  • 07/25/17--15:32: RIP Carol Vnuk


  • Pioneer Press
    7/25/2017

    She was born in the Clay Pits (her words) near Zumbrota, MN on August 19th, 1933. She passed away peacefully on July 22, 2017 surrounded by her family. Carol was a beautiful, fantastic, awesome mom who deeply loved her children, their spouses, grandchildren, Karen Vnuk (Denny Baker), Dionne Ledesma grand daughter, Brianne Trujillo great granddaughter, Karla (Wayne) Vogel, Kevin (Kerry) Vnuk, Kent (Heather) Vnuk, and Reese Vanderwilt grandson. Carol was a multi-talented woman with a bit of quirkiness that added to her endearing personality. In her early years she was a waitress, worked at Buckbee Mears in manufacturing, and then a realtor for 30 years before retiring in her 60's. During her "retirement" years she took acting and comedy classes and quickly became an accomplished actor and comedian, even doing work in an Off Broadway play in New York City (where she won the best actress award), won a trip to Las Vegas for her comedy routine, performed in and held comedy shows across MN, WI and IA, and she was especially proud of performing at The Comedy Store in CA. She loved to travel and made trips with her family to St. John USVI, Germany, London, Mexico, Savannah, Washington DC, Branson, Las Vegas, The Black Hills, Yellowstone National Park, Catalina Island and many other places. While not always understanding it, she embraced technology. She loved staying in touch with family and friends on Facebook, via e-mail, liked to Google and was a budding photographer who loved taking pictures. She also loved her trips to the cabin, playing cards, puzzles, tending gardens (tulips and daisies were her favorite flowers), raising plants and doing thoughtful things for her children. She was preceded in death by her parents Christie and Marie Lother, sisters Eunice Quast and Audrey Nichols, brother Dale Lother, and ex-husband Donald Vnuk. She will be very missed but will always be in our hearts. Funeral Service 11 AM Friday, July 28, 2017 at ROSEVILLE MEMORIAL CHAPEL (2245 N. Hamline Ave., Roseville) 651-631-2727. Visitation 5-8 PM Thursday at the funeral home and also one hour prior to service. Interment at Roselawn Cemetery.


    VNUK, Carol (Carol Faye Vnuk)
    Born: 8.19.1933, Clay Pits, Minnesota, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/22/2017, Roseville, Minnesota, U.S.A.

    Carol Vnuk’s western – actress:
    The Disinherited – 2010 (Mary T. Preston)

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  • 07/27/17--06:14: RIP June Foray


  • June Foray, Voice of ‘Bullwinkle Show’s’ Natasha and Rocky, Dies at 99

    Variety
    By Terry Flores
    July 26, 2017

    June Foray, the voice of “The Rocky and  Bullwinkle Show’s” Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame in the early 1960s and a key figure in the animation industry, died Thursday. She was 99.

    Her close friend Dave Nimitz, confirmed her death on Facebook, writing “With a heavy heart again I want to let you all know that we lost our little June today at 99 years old.”

    Foray was also the voice behind Looney Tunes’ Witch Hazel, Nell from “Dudley Do-Right,” Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Cindy Lou Who in Chuck Jones’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” among hundreds of others.

    The first lady of voice acting, one of the original members of animation organization ASIFA-Hollywood and founder of the annual Annie Awards, was also instrumental in the creation of the Oscars’ animated feature category.

    “We are all saddened by the news of June’s passing,” said ASIFA-Hollywood executive director Frank Gladstone, who noted that she would have celebrated her 100th birthday in September. “Although it didn’t come as a shock, it has really taken us back a bit.”

    Gladstone noted her instrumental role in starting the Annie Awards. “It was part of her legacy and a testament to her enduring love for animation and the animation industry.”

    Said ASIFA president Jerry Beck: “On behalf of ASIFA-Hollywood, of which June was a founder, we are mourning the passing of animation’s best friend. She has touched so many lives: with her voice that of so many classic cartoon character, her efforts to create ASIFA, to maintain the Academy’s Oscar for Best Animated Short and her leadership in crafting the category of Best Animated Feature. She was one of a kind. A trailblazer, a great talent and a truly wonderful person. We will never forget her.”

    Recently elected Academy board member and animation veteran Tom Sito said of Foray: “She was a mainstay of the animation community in Hollywood and the queen of voice talent.”

    Foray continued to work late in life, reprising her role as Rocky in director Gary Trousdale’s short “Rocky and Bullwinkle,” released by DreamWorks Animation in 2014. In a 2013 interview with Variety, Foray said: “I’m still going. It keeps you thinking young. My body is old, but I think the same as I did when I was 20 years old.”

    Foray is credited with coming up with the idea for the Annie Awards, which started out as a dinner honoring the year’s best in animation in 1972, and she presided over what has become a gala event in the animation industry every year since. The Annies created a juried award named for Foray in 1995 that honors individuals who have made significant or benevolent contributions to the art and industry of animation, and she was its first recipient.

    Foray told Variety that she had been working in the animation business for about 20 years before the group that would eventually become ASIFA-Hollywood casually came to be. “We never did anything. Sometimes we’d have lunch together and call each other on the phone,” she said. Foray was a founding member of what was then called ASIFA West Coast in the early 1960s with fellow animation professionals Les Goldman, Bill Littlejohn, Ward Kimball, John Wilson, Carl Bell and Herbert Kasower.

    In the early 1970s Foray pitched the idea for an awards show. “I was thinking that there were the Grammys, the Tonys, the Oscars, but nobody recognizes animation,” Foray said. So she suggested the board host a dinner, and though other board members said no one would show up to such an event, they rented space in the Sportsmen’s Lodge in the San Fernando Valley to honor animation pioneers Max and Dave Fleischer. “And 400 people showed up,” boasted Foray.

    A longtime cheerleader for the animation industry, Foray lobbied for many years to have animated films recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. “I was on the board of governors for 26 years and I tried for 20 years” to convince the Academy to have a category for animated features, she told Variety. Finally the Academy created the category in 2001, and DreamWorks Animation’s “Shrek” won the first Oscar for animated feature. Afterward, Foray said, “Jeffrey Katzenberg called me to thank me because he was aware of what I had done.”

    Though not a superstar in the traditional sense, Foray had an impressive list of fans, as Leonard Maltin relayed in his forward to Foray’s 2009 autobiography “Did You Grow Up With Me, Too?” He wrote: “When I was fortunate enough to attend the Oscar nominees’ luncheon in 2007, I asked director Martin Scorsese who he was excited to have met that day, among the hundred-or-so contenders and Academy guests. He smiled and said, ‘June Foray.’”

    Foray was born June Lucille Forer in Springfield, Mass., and she was doing vocal work in local radio dramas by the time she was 12. She continued working in radio after her family moved to Los Angeles after she graduated from high school, following her dream of becoming an actress. She even had her own “Lady Make Believe” radio show that showcased her vocal talents, and she appeared regularly on network shows such as “Lux Radio Theater” and “The Jimmy Durante Show.”

    She met her future husband, writer and director Hobart Donavan, while working on “Smilin’ Ed’s Buster Brown Show,” then moved on to work with Steve Allen on morning radio show “Smile Time,” in which she’d play “everyone and everything. It was there that I perfected my Spanish accent and where my booming Marjorie Main-type voice got a good workout,” she recalled in her autobiography.

    After “Smile Time,” Foray found work with Capitol Records, where she recorded many children’s albums and where she first met and worked with Stan Freberg and Daws Butler, with whom she recorded several comedy records, including “Dragnet” parody “St. George and the Dragonet.” Later she was a regular cast member of “The Stan Freberg Show” on CBS Radio.

    Foray got her start in the animation business when someone from the Walt Disney studio called her to ask if she could do the voice of a cat. “Well, I could do anything,” recalled Foray in an interview with Variety. “So he hired me as Lucifer the cat in ‘Cinderella,’ and then I started to work for Disney.” Much of her work for Disney was uncredited, including work as a mermaid and squaw in “Peter Pan.” But she starred as the voice of Hazel the Witch in the 1952 Donald Duck short “Trick or Treat,” using a voice that would later morph into “Looney Tunes” character Witch Hazel. She would often say that she voiced a long litany of cartoon witches, many of them named Hazel.

    About the same time, the 1950s, Foray worked on a series of cartoons by such animation pioneers as Tex Avery and Walter Lantz. For Warner Bros., she became Granny in the “Tweety and Sylvester” cartoons and Alice Crumden in the cartoon parody of “The Honeymooners,” “The Honey-Mousers.” At Warner Bros. she met Chuck Jones, for whom she worked on several “Looney Tunes” cartoons, starting with “Broom-Stick Bunny” in 1956. She would later star as Cindy Lou Who in Jones’ cartoon adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

    She also voiced Mother Magoo in the “Mister Magoo” series.

    But her greatest fame came with Jay Ward’s satirical “Rocky and His Friends,” which would later become “The Bullwinkle Show,” eventually known collectively as “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show,” which ran from 1959 through 1964. Foray did most of the female voices for the show, including the voice of Russian villain Natasha Fatale, as well as that of Rocket J. Squirrel. She also voiced characters for other Jay Ward cartoons, such as “Dudley Do-Right” (Nell Fenwick), “George of the Jungle” (Jane) and “Tom Slick” (Marigold).

    It wasn’t only in animation that Foray got to use her myriad vocal talents. She voiced the demonic doll Talky Tina in “The Twilight Zone” episode entitled “Living Doll” in 1963.

    Despite her prolific career, she had to wait until 2012 for an Emmy nomination; she went on to win a Daytime Emmy for her performance as Mrs. Cauldron on Cartoon Network’s “The Garfield Show.”

    A documentary about her life, “The One and Only June Foray,” was produced in 2013.

    Foray was married to Bernard Barondess from 1941 to 1945. She was married to Donavan from 1954 until his death in 1976.


    FORAY, June (June Lucille Foray)
    Born: 9/18/1917, Springfield, Massachusetts, California
    Died: 7/26/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    June Foray’s westerns – voice actress:
    Rawhide (TV) – 1960 [voice of Raymond (Kim Hector)
    Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1974 [girls voices in play]

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  • 07/27/17--14:42: RIP Eddie Kafafian


  • Los Angeles Times
    July 28, 2017

    Eddie passed away at the age of 90 on July 9, 2017. Born in New Jersey, Eddie was a Voting Member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Eddie received two honorable discharges from the Navy and the Marine Corps. After WWII, Eddie became an actor and appeared in films including Shake Rattle And Rock with Fats Domino. Eddie segued into reporting for Daily Variety which included his own music column Clef Dwellers. After leaving Variety, he went into publicity for several studios including Warner Bros., Universal, MGM and retired as Director of Publicity and Promotion at 20th Century Fox working with Studio Head Alan Ladd, Jr. During his studio years, among the people Eddie worked with are John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Anthony Hopkins, James Garner, Charlton Heston and Mel Brooks. After retiring, Eddie joined the Los Angeles Police Dept. as a sworn Reserve Officer for 26 years. He leaves his wife Leah, a son, a grandson, a daughter in law and two nieces.


    KAFAFIAN, Eddie (Edward Eugene Kafafian)
    Born: 9/24/1926, New Jersey, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/9/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Eddie Kafafian’s western – actor:
    Flesh and the Spur – 1956 (Bud)

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  • 07/27/17--15:18: RIP Russell Durham Comegys


  • Jones-Stewart Funeral Home
    July 27, 2017

    Mr. Russell"Rowdy"Comegys, age 45, of Vidalia died Sunday afternoon, July 23, 2017 in Bulloch County from injuries sustained in an automobile accident while traveling to Savannah with his close friend to watch a movie. Russell was a native of Cedartown, GA and moved with his family to Vidalia in 1976.
    He quickly made an impact upon the hearts of people in Vidalia as Russ was crowned Little Mr. Vidalia in 1978. He graduated from Vidalia High School in 1991 where he was voted best looking of his class, played on the high school football team where he earned several varsity letters; and then attended Brewton Parker College where he studied Science Literature. He then followed his dream and went to the University of Georgia where he graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in Drama with a minor in Spanish. In 2001 Russell attended the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City. Russell was an actor who passionately followed his dream.
    He lived for many years in New York City, Los Angeles and also Atlanta where he was always looking for the next acting opportunity. He was a member of Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and was represented by The People Store Talent Agency of Atlanta. He appeared in over 33 movies and television shows including, Rectify, The Walking Dead, Solace, The Lucky One, Necessary Roughness, Vampire Diaries, Dead Birds, The Gift, Sun Records and The Punisher. Although he was always called "Rowdy" he had a giving soul who loved all people as he truly never met a stranger.
    He had a genuine heart for people in need and homeless animals. He recently devoted nearly two years of his life taking care of and raising two homeless dogs until he found the perfect family to adopt them in Maine. Russell is survived by his mother, Gayle Comegysof Vidalia; his father, Alex Comegys (Vicki) of Vidalia; his sister, Robyn Comegys Parson of Vidalia; his two nieces, Kailee and Cassidy Parson, both of Richmond Hill; his girlfriend of ten years, Lauren Boyle of Los Angeles CA and his step-son Jahsua Johnson of Los Angeles CA; his uncle Maylon Lane (Oleria) of Roopville GA; his step-brother, Neil Persohn of Lakeland FL and his step-sister, Lindsay Persohn (Chris) of Lakeland FL. He is also survived by many other relatives and numerous special friends all over the country. Funeral Services for Mr. Russell"Rowdy"Comegys will be held Thursday July 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel with Reverend Don Moye officiating.
    Entombment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening at Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel from 4:00 to 8:00 pm.

    COMEGYS, Russell Durham
    Born: 5/21/1972, Cedartown, Georgia, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/23/2017, Bulloch County, Georgia, U.S.A.
    Russell Durham Comegy’s westerns – actor:
    Dead Birds – 2004 (Kormer)
    The Work and the Glory II: American Zion – 2005 (ruffian)
    Here The Vulture Waits – 2014 (Steel Eyes)
    The Clinch Mountain Tracker - 2017

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  • 07/30/17--10:10: RIP Emilio Freixas


  • Spanish voice actor Emilio Freixas died on July 30, 2017. He was the son of artist and set designer Emilio Freixas Aranguren [1899-1976] and brother of artist Carlos Freixas Baleitó [1923-2003]. Born Emiliiet Freixas Baleitó he was the grandson of the actor Carlos Freixas and started his career as a child actor in the 1950s. In the ‘60s he turned to dubbing films imported from America, Italy and some Spanish films. He was the Spanish voice of Sal Mineo in 1955’s “Rebel Without a Cause” starring James Dean.


    FREIXAS, Emilio (Emiliiet Freixas Baleitó)
    Born: 1927, Spain
    Died: 7/30/2017, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

    Emilio Freixas’ westerns – voice dubber:
    Frontier Hellcat – 1965 Spanish voice of Terence Hill]
    A Pistol for Ringo – 1965 [Spanish voice of Juan Torres, Pablito Alonso]
    Sunscorched – 1966 [Spanish voice of Mario Via]
    China 9, Liberty 37 – 1978 [Spanish voice of Governor’s representative]
    Boot Hill – 1991 DVD [Spanish voice of Eduardo Fajardo]

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  • 07/31/17--07:23: RIP Jeanne Moreau


  • Jeanne Moreau: French screen icon and star of Jules et Jim, dies at 89

    BBC
    July 31, 2017

    Actress Jeanne Moreau, one of French cinema's biggest stars of the last 60 years, has died at the age of 89.

    Moreau is probably best known for her role in Francois Truffaut's 1962 new wave film Jules et Jim.

    She won a number of awards including the best actress prize at Cannes for Moderato Cantabile in 1960.

    She also worked with Orson Welles on several films and won the Bafta Award for best foreign actress for Viva Maria! in 1967.

    Moreau was found dead at her home in Paris, the district's mayor told the AFP news agency.

    Paying tribute, French President Emmanuel Macron said Moreau had "embodied cinema" and was a free spirit who "always rebelled against the established order".
    Analysis - Nick James, editor of Sight & Sound magazine

    Of the three most iconic French actresses of her generation - herself, Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte Bardot - Moreau was the one with the most on-screen authority. Post-war French cinema is unthinkable without her.

    So many key directors owe important, often breakthrough successes to her - Louis Malle's Lift to the Scaffold and The Lovers, Francois Truffaut's Jules et Jim and Jacques Demy's Bay of Angels, for instance.

    Her famous sensual presence was backed up with formidable timing and technique, so much so that every major director wanted to work with her - Orson Welles, Michelangelo Antonioni, Joseph Losey and Luis Bunuel among them.

    She was, perhaps, the female equivalent of what Welles called a "king" actor - someone who cannot help but be the centre of attention. Certainly, over time, she became almost everyone's idea of the ultimate magnetic French movie star.

    Moreau was born in 1928, the daughter of a French restaurateur and a Tiller Girl dancer from Oldham.

    She pursued an acting career, despite her father's disapproval, and got her break in the 1957 films Lift to the Scaffold, which had a jazz score by Miles Davis, and The Lovers.

    Known for her husky tones, her other films included 1961's La Notte, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni; Luis Bunuel's Diary of a Chambermaid (1964); and Tony Richardson's Mademoiselle (1966).

    Welles, who worked with her on films including Chimes at Midnight and his adaptation of Kafka's The Trial, once described her as the greatest actress in the world.

    She famously turned down Mike Nichols' invitation to play Mrs Robinson in The Graduate, and instead reunited with Truffaut for 1968's The Bride Wore Black, an homage to Alfred Hitchcock.

    She was also known for her singing voice and performed the refrain Le Tourbillon de la Vie in Jules et Jim.

    Moreau had a prolific career and continued acting into her 80s.

    In an interview with the New York Times in 1989, she said: "I work more now because at this time of my life I am not disturbed from my aim by outside pressures such as family, passionate relationships, dealing with who am I - those complications when one is searching for one's self. I have no doubt who I am."

    Her theatre career included a role in 1989 as a matchmaker in La Celestine, a 15th Century Spanish play by De Fernando de Rojas.

    Moreau won one of France's highest acting honours, a Cesar for best actress, for The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea in 1992.

    A feminist icon for many, the actress once declared: "Physical beauty is a disgrace."


    MOREAU, Jeanne
    Born: 1/23/1928, Paris, Île-de-France, France
    Died: 7/31/2017, Paris, Île-de-France, France

    Jeanne Moreau’s westerns – actress:
    Viva Maria! – 1965 (Maria Fitzgerald O’Malley)
    Monte Walsh – 1970 (Martine Bernard)

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  • 07/31/17--09:18: RIP Sam Shepard


  • Playwright/actor Sam Shepard dies at 73

    USA Today
    By Maria Puente
    July 31, 2017

    Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of plays, screenplays, stories and memoirs, whose rugged good looks and laconic style made for a memorable screen presence as an actor, has died, according to reports. He was 73.

    His death was reported first by Broadway World and then by The New York Times, which cited an unnamed spokesman for his family. His New York agent, Patrick Herold of ICM Partners, would not confirm the death and declined to comment, according to his office.

    Shepard was one of those rarities: an award-winning stage dramatist and a movie star, screenwriter and director.

    He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child, which launched his career as a playwright. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in 1983's The Right Stuff, a role that seemed to embody Shepard's own laconic personality.

    The author of nearly 50 plays, according to his website, Shepard's work firmly established him in the canon of American theater. It also made him one of America's most famous playwrights, regularly anthologized and taught in universities and drama schools across the country.

    His personal life, including marriages and liaisons with some of Hollywood's most interesting and beautiful women, also helped contribute to his fame: From 1969 to 1984, he was married to O-Lan Jones, with whom he has a son, Jesse Mojo Shepard, born in 1970, also an author.

    Shepard met two-time Oscar winner Jessica Lange on the set of the 1982 film Frances, in which they both appeared (Lange was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, her first nomination). He moved in with her in 1983, and they were together for nearly 30 years; they separated in 2009. They have two children, Hannah Jane, born in 1985, and Samuel Walker Shepard, born 1987.
    Sam Shepard as Chuck Yeager, seated in cockpit.

    Shepard's last movie, according to his IMDb page, is Never Here, a psychological thriller starring Mireille Enos that premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. It's due for a theatrical release later this year, followed by a pay-TV debut on Starz in early 2018, according to Deadline.

    Born Samuel Shepard Rogers IV in Fort Sheridan, Ill., Shepard grew up on military bases in a dysfunctional family, which provided grist for recurrent dark themes in his writing and a preoccupation with the myth of the vanishing West.

    After settling in Duarte, Calif., Shepard began acting and writing in high school, then spent a year studying agriculture with the idea of becoming a vet. In 1962, a touring theater company visited town and he joined up, spending nearly two years touring with the company. Eventually, he moved to New York where he began writing plays, first performing with an obscure off-off-Broadway group but eventually gaining recognition for his writing and winning prestigious OBIE awards.


    SHEPARD, Sam (Samuel Shepard Rogers)
    Born: 11/5/1943, Fort Sheridan, Illinois, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/30/2017, Midway, Kentucky, U.S.A.

    Sam Shepard’s westerns – director, writer, singer, actor:
    Days of Heaven – 1978 (farmer)
    Silent Tongue – 1993 [director, writer]
    The Good Old Boy – 1995 (Tarnell
    Streets of Laredo (TV) – 1995 (Pea Eye Parker)
    Purgatory (TV) – 1999 (Sheriff Forest/Wild Bill Hickok)
    All the Pretty Horses – 2000 (J.C. Franklin)
    Don’t Come Knocking – 2005 (Howard Spence) [also singer]
    Bandidas – 2006 (Bill Buck)
    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Bob Ford – 2007 (Frank James)
    Blackthorn – 2011 (James Blackthorn/Butch Cassidy) [also singer]
    Klondike (TV) -2014 (Father Judge)

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  • 07/31/17--10:00: RIP Nicola Di Gioia


  • DagoSpia.com
    By Marco Giusti
    July 31, 2017

    Italian film and cinema Stracultist loses Nicola Di Gioia, 73, born in Andria but immediately transferred to Rome, stuntman, actor, organizer, historical catch-monsters for Fellini, a fundamental presence and tireless in an unspecified number of films of every type. Peplums like Pontius Pilate and Romulus and Remo, comedies like 002 Secret Agents, westerns like Poker With Pistols and Death Walks in Laredo, Merola movies like Your Life For My Son, Buddy-movie Like Banana Joe, Yellow, Historic. Not everyone remembers.

    Occasionally a new title emerged, like Accattone. For Dino Risi, Nicola was tout court in the cinema. For Carlo Verdone, who acted as an actor on several occasions, Nicola had "the most horrified voice in Italian cinema". His voice, so pungent, so peculiar, so "shaken up" had given him a kind of new vitality in the recent comedy, from Verdone to Giovanni Veronesi to Paolino Ruffini, who wanted him as Darth Vader in Everything Very Beautiful. For me it was not just a brother of adventures, but the key to looking for characters and actors who, like him, had appeared in films.

    I met him for the first time on TV on Orgoglio Coatto where he played the role of recruiter for me and Carlo Verdone. He had filled the Theater of Victories of Presence really frightening. From there it had become a key element of Stracult. And if I think about Stracult, I think of myself and Nick going around Italy looking for great features of the 1960s and 1970s like Ennio Antonelli, Horse Fever Manzotin, Nino Terzo, Tartaglione d ' Italy, by Osiride Pevarello, who turned 90 in motion with a watermelon of mysterious actors like Ken Clark. Or looking for stuntmen like Mario Novelli or Gilberto Galimberti, who had just disappeared.

    Or of old bad actors like Max Turilli, who opened the door to a sort of hell where he lived. Nick did not stop at anything and could find anyone. He knew Italian cinema, his sets, his absurd geographies as very few others in the world. There was no Roman road that he did not know and where he did not shoot. If he appeared on a set they knew each other.

    When we went looking for old actors and stuntmen of Spaghetti westerns, they came to mythological characters never seen before by anybody, like Angelo Susani called "Ciuffo", a tripartite trio of Livio Lorenzon who had moved from Mongolian roles to peplum to those as a Mexican.

    Forgotten filmmakers like Franco Lattanzi, who while filming a film for a producer, simultaneously turned another with the same set for himself. Nicola had opened the door to an incredible movie far far from the official one, even though he had long since snatched that too. For Mario Monicelli he was an old-fashioned researcher, although many did not hold the second recall on the set. Also for Dino Risi had built the minor cast of Dago

    If you knew him, as it happened to me and Verdone, it was impossible to do it. He knew best of all Federico Fellini, who had given him a hand for the most absurd casts, recruiting dwarves for Ginger and Fred, the chubby, the gay, the Chinese. Nick still had the notebook where he had divided the Roman extras and the attractions, including the dwarves, he was in the early days, including a couple of Lilliputians, very rare.

    The dwarves also served him for the set of a dream of a mid-summer motley by Michael Hoffman. The Chinese filled us with the Gangs of New York. You could ask him anything. At the request of a lion, he answered "Like you, bond or bad?" He had marvelous stories. As Richard Burton drove him out of Doctor Faustus's set because he touched the ass of Elizabeth Taylor. But he was an infamous devil, what else should he do?

    Or when he had a story with a young Catherine Deneuve on the set of Pontius Pilate. Or when they went with another famous stuntman for the Lollobrigida stand-up. Or when he stepped over the wall of Cinecittà to get a role in Ben Hur. Nick was the Metro Goldwyn Mayer for whom the movie had just dreamed of it. With him we have always enjoyed it. And everyone has always loved him. From Fellini to Monicelli to Risi to Verdone to Veronesi. With Nick goes a healthy and mythical part of Cinecittà and our cinema.


    Di GIOIA, Nicola
    Born: 5/3/1944, Rome, Lazio, Italy
    Died: 7/31/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy

    Nicola Di Gioia’s westerns – stuntman, actor:
    My Name is Pecos – 1966 (Mexican policeman)
    Death Walks in Laredo – 1967 (gunman)
    Don’t Wait Django… Shoot! – 1967 (Hondo)
    Poker With Pistols – 1967 (gunman)
    A Stranger in Town – 1967 (bandit)
    A Stranger in Paso Bravo – 1968 (gunman)
    Arrapaho – 1984 [stunts]

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  • 08/02/17--12:34: RIP Rosemay Anne Sisson


  • LondonTimes
    August 1, 2017

    SISSON Rosemary Anne on 28th July 2017, aged 93, distinguished author and script-writer, much loved by family and friends, died peacefully at her London home. Funeral service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Lyminster, Sussex, on Monday 21st August, at noon, followed by refreshments. Family flowers only, donations welcome for the church restoration fund. A memorial service will be held in London in October. Enquiries to Hearnden¬Smith & Daughters Funeral Directors, HA5 4HS. Tel 020 8421 2202.


    SISSON, Rosemary Anne
    Born: 10/13/1923, London, England, U.K.
    Died: 7/28/2017, London, England, U.K.

    Rosemary Anne Sisson’s western - writer:
    Ride a Wild Pony - 1975

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  • 08/03/17--09:14: RIP Robert Hardy


  • Robert Hardy: Harry Potter and All Creatures Great and Small star dies.

    BBC
    With his instantly recognisable voice and British bulldog manner, Robert Hardy enjoyed a distinguished acting career which spanned seven decades.

    By the time he endeared himself to television audiences in the BBC's All Creatures Great and Small, he had already carved out a reputation as one of Britain's most versatile actors.

    While his earlier career gave him a firm grounding in the theatre his best known roles were in front of the camera - particularly in television, a medium he obviously enjoyed.

    He became something of a specialist in the role of Sir Winston Churchill, playing the great man on half a dozen occasions as well as being in demand to reproduce the wartime leader's voice.

    Troubleshooter

    Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy was born in Cheltenham on 29 October 1925. The youngest of a large family and a self-professed "odd child".

    His father was the headmaster of Cheltenham College and Hardy himself went to Rugby School before going up to Magdalen College, Oxford to read English.

    It was while at Oxford that he struck up an enduring friendship with a fellow student, Richard Burton and both men found their studies interrupted when they were called up and posted to an RAF station in Norfolk.

    Unlike Burton, Hardy returned to Oxford after his war service and gained a BA (Hons) in English as well as having enjoyed the opportunity to study under two of Oxford's most eminent names, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

    He had always been fascinated by Hollywood films and had determined to become an actor joining the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1949.

    He was once asked what was needed to be successful in such a competitive profession.

    "A certain amount of talent, luck, a spine of steel, a ruthlessness of mind that does not jib at murder and patience," he replied.

    He was much in demand as a stage actor during the 1950s mainly playing Shakespearean roles although he did make his first foray into cinema in 1958 playing a naval officer in the Glenn Ford film, Torpedo Run.

    He turned down Sir Peter Hall's offer of a contract with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1960, complaining that it was for middle-of-the-roadish parts.

    "I stormed at him one day and I behaved extremely badly," he said.

    Volatile

    He was reunited with his friend Richard Burton in the 1965 film, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, where he played the role of Dick Carlton.

    A year later he was given his first continuing role as the ruthless businessman Alex Stewart in the BBC production, The Troubleshooters, a drama based on a fictitious oil company called Mogul.
    In 1978, Hardy took the part of the irascible but good-natured Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small, the long-running BBC series based on James Herriot's best-selling books.
    As the senior vet of the small Yorkshire Dales practice, Robert Hardy became one of the best-known faces on British television.

    Full of animals, nostalgia and rural scenery, the show became a massive hit, attracting audiences of up to 20 million.

    The original run ended in 1978 but the series was revived ten years later after the BBC obtained permission to write new storylines, having exhausted the original James Herriot books.

    But the new scripts failed to meet with Hardy's approval and he rewrote large parts of his dialogue. "All they did was make Siegfried explode and be bad-tempered. I kept changing things."
    Hardy cornered the market in the role of blustering aristocrat, often dressed in tweed.
    He appeared in The Far Pavilions, The Cleopatras, Bramwell and Middlemarch, and on the big screen in The Shooting Party and Sense and Sensibility.

    He explained: "When you've lived a goodish span as I have, it's a case of roaming round the attic and borrowing a few characters."

    Laird

    Despite this range, Robert Hardy's own volatility and ability to express his wrath were channelled most successfully into his many portrayals of Britain's most revered premier.

    He played Winston Churchill six times in all, even once in French on stage in Paris, but most memorably in the 1981 mini-series The Wilderness Years.

    Hardy said himself of his complete immersion into the character, "My family complained loudly about my behaviour while I was playing him."

    He was married twice and had three children. Awarded a CBE in 1981 for his services to acting, Hardy was also a keen student of military history and supported the project to raise the Mary Rose.
    In 1995, he gave up his long-time home in Oxfordshire, to become laird of a Scottish mansion, a 13th century miniature castle situated near Edinburgh, complete with a walled garden and 50-foot tower.
    The actor had visited the place as a child, and sworn always to return, following in the footsteps of a previous visitor, Sir Walter Scott, one of Hardy's personal heroes.

    Longbow

    In later years, he suffered from cancer of the colon, but recovered to resume as busy a career as ever, including film work.

    Although he failed to make the lasting impact on Hollywood enjoyed by some British actors, his face became known the world over when he appeared as the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge in several of the Harry Potter films.

    He was dropped from the role after the studio balked at paying a £1 million life insurance premium which was demanded because of his advancing age.

    Off screen he became something of an authority on the English longbow, his interest having been stimulated when, as a child, he found two of the weapons in the family attic.

    He wrote two books on the history of the weapon as well as presenting a BBC documentary on the subject.

    Hardy's on-screen temper was matched by a famously short fuse away from the camera and he admitted that, as an actor, he belonged to a set of "difficult people".

    He once reflected: "The ego may be essential for survival in the wilderness of acting, but it's something that requires a great deal of control if you're going to make a success of life."


    HARDY, Robert (Timothy Sydney Robert Hardy)
    Born: 10/29/1925, Cheltenham, Gloucestshire, England, U.K.
    Died: 8/3/2017, Bristol, England, U.K.

    Robert Hardy’s western – actor:
    Buckskin (TV) – 1959 (Sir Nagel0

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  • 08/04/17--07:05: RIP Daniel Licht


  • Daniel Licht, ‘Dexter,’ ‘Children of the Corn’ Composer, Dies at 60

    Variety
    By Jon Burlingame
    August 3, 2017

    Daniel Licht, composer for TV’s “Dexter,” died of cancer late Wednesday. He was 60.

    Licht scored all eight seasons of “Dexter,” the Showtime serial-killer drama, from 2006 to 2013. Although he also wrote music for movies and other TV projects, it was his quirky music for “Dexter” – employing unusual sounds using bones, knives, scissors, duct tape, wine glasses, didgeridoo, Irish harp and other instruments – that became his best-known work.

    Seven albums of “Dexter” music, all featuring his scores, were released. Licht himself played many of the percussion instruments in a 10-minute orchestral suite of “Dexter” music performed live at Poland’s Krakow Film Music Festival in 2015.

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    Said “Dexter” executive producer Clyde Phillips: “Dan was an incredibly talented musician and composer, but most of all, he was a dear friend. His passing leaves all of us a bit quieter, a bit sadder, and without the gift of his music and his love.”

    Many of Licht’s scores were in the horror genre, including two installments in the “Children of the Corn” series, two “Amityville” movies, Clive Barker’s “Hellraiser: Bloodline” and the Stephen King thriller “Thinner,” all in the 1990s. But he also scored NBC’s 1998 adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” Showtime’s 2000 Jimi Hendrix biopic “Hendrix,” and Hallmark’s 2004 adventure miniseries “King Solomon’s Mines.”

    He also scored a number of indie and festival favorites including Alex Cox’s “The Winner,” Gregg Araki’s “Splendor” and Xavier Koller’s “Cowboy Up.

    Licht composed music for a number of other TV series including Fox’s “Oliver Beene” and “Kitchen Confidential”; ABC’s “Jake in Progress,” “Cashmere Mafia,” “Body of Proof”; NBC’s “Deception’; Sundance’s “The Red Road”; and Freeform’s “Guilt.” His TV-movie “Tiny House of Terror” recently debuted on Lifetime.

    He had also branched out into the videogame arena, scoring two in the “Silent Hill” PlayStation series (“Downpour” and “Book of Memories”) and the first two games in the “Dishonored” series.

    He won six BMI TV music awards, all for “Dexter” and “Body of Proof.”

    Licht was born in Detroit, played clarinet and guitar as a youth, and graduated from Hampshire College in Massachusetts, studying jazz, world music and composition. He moved to New York City, where he played jazz with Don Cherry and David Amram and began working in music for commercials.

    He also traveled to the Far East, studying gamelan music on the islands of Java and Bali. At the urging of his friend and college classmate Christopher Young, he moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s, initially programming and performing on synthesizers for Young’s film scores and eventually launching his own career as a film composer.

    He is survived by his wife Hilary Kimblin Licht; a son, Kian; his mother, two brothers, a sister and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, Calif. The family has requested that donations in his name be made to Hampshire College or the National Cancer Institute.


    LICHT, Daniel (Daniel James Licht)
    Born: 3/?/1957, Detroit, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/2/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Daniel Licht’s western – composer:
    Cowboy Up - 2001

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  • 08/05/17--10:23: RIP Bruno Canfora


  • Lanotiziaquotidiana
    August 5, 2017

    Died at Tavernelle Bruno Canfora, wrote for Mina, Rita Pavone and the Kessler

     The famous orchestra director was protagonist in numerous Italian TV series from the 60's onwards, has been living in Umbria for a long time and was 92 years old

    Bruno Canfora, the famous orchestra conductor, died yesterday at 92, in his Tavernelle home where he lived for a long time with his family.  Milanese, Canfora marked a piece of the history of Italian TV, in particular the television variety from the 60's onwards, until 1995, his last appearance in the TV program Papaveri and Papere.

    Divided to Rai, for which he has been conductor of numerous historical programs such as Studio Uno, Senza rete, Sabato Sera , Premio Italia and various editions of Canzonissima , as well as the Sanremo Festival, where he also had written many songs for the contest.  And he was also the orchestra conductor of the last edition of the Eurovision Song Contest hosted in Italy, the one in Rome 1991, hosted in Cinecittà.

    Among the songs written by him, some are left in the story: Da-da-un-pa and La notte è piccola by the Kessler twins, Fortissimo and Il ballo del Mattone by Rita Pavone, Sono come tu mi vuoi, Zum Zum Zum and Mi sei scoppiato dentro al cuore by Mina.  His collaboration with Garinei and Giovannini was also important, for which he wrote the music of many musical comedies.  The family celebrated the funeral in private, with a religious ceremony at the cemetery.


    CANFORA, Bruno
    Born: 11/6/1924, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
    Died: 8/4/2017, Tavernelle, Perugia, Italy

    Bruno Canfora’s western – composer:
    The Last of the Mohicans – 1965 [with Francesco Lavagnino]

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  • 08/05/17--14:02: RIP Ty Hardin


  • Ty Hardin best remembered at cowboy Bronc Layne on the 1950s TV series Bronco died during the night of August 3rd 2017. He was 87. The information was confirmed by Ty’s daughter Stephanie Hardin Leuty and by actor Will Hutchins star of the Warner Brothers TV series Sugarfoot.

    Born in New York City as Orison Whipple Hungerford III on January 1, 1930, Ty was raised in Texas and, after military service during the Korean War, took some classes at Texas A&M. He then moved west to California and won some minor roles in B movies. When TV's Clint Walker insisted on improvements in his Cheyenne (1955) contract, Warner Brothers countered by bringing in Ty as a possible replacement. Soon, Ty had his own show, Bronco (1958), which ran from 1958 to 1962. From here, he moved into a brief flurry of film activity: Merrill's Marauders (1962) and The Chapman Report (1962) in 1962, PT 109 (1963), Wall of Noise (1963), and Palm Springs Weekend (1963) in 1963, and Battle of the Bulge (1965) in 1966. After this, Ty's career drifted off into a series of forgettable movies made in Europe and, later, he worked in Prescott, Arizona, as an evangelistic preacher. Though often dismissed as just a hunk of "beefcake" -- he did a lot of bare-chest scenes -- Ty displayed a flair for light comedy in The Chapman Report (1962) and showed dramatic potential in the underrated Wall of Noise (1963).

    After his acting career faded away, Ty Hardin became a self-proclaimed "freedom fighter" in the 1970s, and led a radical right-wing group called The Arizona Patriots, an anti-Semitic/anti-immigrant/anti-black group with a penchant for stockpiling weapons and baiting public officials.

    After a mid-'70s dispute with the IRS, Hardin opened a "tax protest" school called the Common Law Institute, which featured such materials as a "Patriot Handbook" containing "tested cases and methods to maintain good personal freedom." In 1983 and 1984 he edited "The Arizona Patriot", a monthly publication that consisted of diatribes against government officials, calls for "Christian patriots" to band together and reprints of articles from other anti-Semitic publications.

    In 1986, following a two-year FBI undercover investigation, agents from the FBI and ATF raided an Arizona Patriot camp and confiscated a hoard of illegal weapons and publications from Aryan Nation groups and affiliates. Hardin left Arizona, and the group soon ceased to function.

    Hardin was married to his eighth wife Caroline Pampu and lived in Huntington Beach, California. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for the past few years.


    HARDIN Ty(Orison Whipple Hungerford III)
    Born: 1/1/1930, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/3/2017, Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.

    Ty Hardin’s westerns - actor
    Bronco (TV) – 1958-1962 (Bronco Layne)
    Last Train from Gun Hill - 1959 (cowboy loafer)
    Sugarfoot (TV) – 1959, 1962 (Bronco Layne)
    Maverick (TV) – 1960 (Bronco Layne)
    Cheyenne (TV) – 1961 (Bronco Layne)
    Man of the Cursed Valley - 1964 (Johnny Walscott)
    Savage Pampas – 1966 (Miguel Carreras)
    Custer of the West – 1967 (Major Marcus Reno)
    Drummer of Vengeance – 1971 (The Stranger)
    Holy Water Joe – 1971 (Jeff Donovan)
    The Last Rebel – 1971 (The Sheriff)
    Vendetta at Dawn – 1971 (Jonathan Benton)
    You're Jinxed, Friend You've Met Sacramento – 1972 (Jack ‘Sacramento’ Thompson)
    The Quest (TV) – 1976 (Tom Kurd)
    When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion (TV) – 1979 (Bronco Layne)
    Red River (TV) – 1988 (Cotton)
    Bad Jim – 1990 (Tom Jefferd)

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  • 08/06/17--17:12: RIP Peter Canon
  • Peter Canon was born on April 25, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA as Peter Cannon. He was an actor, known for Tom Horn (1980), The Hindenburg (1975) and Lifeguard (1976). He died on July 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

    CANON, Peter (Peter Cannon)
    Born: 4/25/1933, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/28/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Peter Canon’s westerns – actor:
    Daniel Boone (TV) – 1968 (Mathew)
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1973 (Red)
    Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1978 (Mr. Hoskins)
    Tom Horn – 1980 (Assistant Prosecutor)

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  • 08/08/17--13:48: RIP Glen Campbell


  • Glen Campbell, 'Rhinestone Cowboy' Singer Who Fused Country and Pop, Dead at 81

    Singer-guitarist and TV host who achieved crossover success succumbs to Alzheimer's Disease

    Rolling Stone
    By Patrick Doyle
    8/8/2017

    Glen Campbell, the indelible voice behind 21 Top 40 hits including "Rhinestone Cowboy,""Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," died Tuesday. He was 81. A rep for Universal Music Group, Campbell's record label, confirmed the singer's death to Rolling Stone. During a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold over 45 million records. In 1968, one of his biggest years, he outsold the Beatles.
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    "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease," the singer's family said in a statement.

    "Some people have said that I can 'hear' a hit song, meaning that I can tell the first time a song is played for me if it has potential," he once said. "I have been able to hear some of the hits that way, but I can also 'feel' one."

    Campbell was born in 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas, the seventh son in a sharecropping family of 12 kids. "We used to watch TV by candlelight," Campbell told Rolling Stone in 2011.

    In his youth, Campbell started playing guitar and became obsessed with jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. He dropped out of school when he was 14 and moved to Wyoming with an uncle who was a musician, playing gigs together at rural bars. He soon moved to Los Angeles and by 1962 had solidified a spot in the Wrecking Crew, a group of session pros. In 1963 alone he appeared on 586 cuts, and countless more throughout the decade, including the Byrds'"Mr. Tambourine Man," Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas,” Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" and the Righteous Brothers'"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling."

    "I’d have to pick cotton for a year to make what I'd make in a week in L.A.," he said. "I learned it was crucial to play right on the edge of the beat ... It makes you drive the song more. You're ahead of the beat, but you're not." Fellow Wrecking Crew member Leon Russell called Campbell "the best guitar player I'd heard before or since. Occasionally we'd play with 50 or 60-piece orchestras. His deal was he didn't read [music], so they would play it one time for him, and he had it."

    In late 1964, Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown on tour with the Beach Boys, and the band called on Campbell to replace him on bass and high harmonies. "I took Brian’s place and that was just ... I was in heaven then – hog heaven!" Campbell remarked.

    "He fit right in," said Wilson. "His main forte is he's a great guitar player, but he's even a better singer than all the rest. He could sing higher than I could!" Wilson even wrote an early song, "I Guess I'm Dumb," for Campbell. His first hit was a cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie's antiwar song "Universal Soldier." But Campbell's own political views tended to be conservative. "The people who are advocating burning draft cards should be hung," he said in 1965.

    Campbell had his first major hit in 1967, with "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," written by Jimmy Webb, an L.A. kid with a knack for intricate ballads. "Glen's vocal power and technique was the perfect vehicle for these, in a way, very sentimental and romantic songs. And I think that you know we made some records that were very nearly perfect. 'Wichita Lineman' is a very near perfect pop record," Webb said. "I think in the process that Glen was a prime mover in the whole creation of the country crossover phenomenon that made the careers of Kenny Rogers and some other... many other artists possible."

    The tune kicked off a working relationship that included the haunting Vietnam War ballad "Galveston," the tender "Gentle on My Mind" and "Wichita Lineman," Campbell's first Top 10 hit. With swelling orchestral arrangements and slick production, the songs weren't exactly considered hip in the Sixties. "They felt packaged for a middle-of-the-road, older crowd," said Tom Petty. "At first, you go, 'Oh, I don't know about that.' But it was such pure, good stuff that you had to put off your prejudices and learn to love it. It taught me not to have those prejudices." In 1967, Campbell won Grammys in both the country and pop categories.

    In the summer of 1968, Campbell guest hosted the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The successful appearance led to his own variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which he hosted from 1969 until 1972. Artists like Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Linda Ronstadt performed on the show, which also gave a national platform to rising country stars like Willie Nelson. "He exposed us to a big part of the world that would have never had the chance to see us," said Nelson. "He's always been a big help to me."

    Campbell's boyish charisma led John Wayne to cast him in a co-starring role in 1969's True Grit. He later said that his acting was so amateurish that he "gave John Wayne that push to win the Academy Award." But the good times didn't last: His show was canceled; his first feature film, 1970's Norwood, flopped; and the hits dried up for a few years. Then, Campbell scored a smash with 1975's "Rhinestone Cowboy." It began a comeback that included hits "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.") and "Southern Nights." The hits slowed down again in the Eighties; in the Nineties he opened up the Glen Campbell Goodtime Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

    Campbell was married four times, and has five sons and three daughters. Despite his career successes, he struggled with alcoholism and cocaine addiction. In the early Eighties, he had a tempestuous, high-profile relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker, who was 22 years his junior. In 1981 he became a born-again Christian and in 1982 he married Kimberly Woollen, a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, who helped Campbell clean up his life.

    In 2003, he was arrested for hit-and-run, an incident that ended with him allegedly kneeing a police officer in the thigh right before he was released. Campbell pleaded guilty to extreme drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident, and spent 10 days in jail.

    In 2011, Campbell, who was 75, revealed that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In June of that year, he announced he was retiring from music due to the disease. He released his final album of original music Ghost on the Canvas (with guests Billy Corgan, Paul Westerberg and Jakob Dylan) and embarked on a farewell tour with three of his children backing him.

    "I think this has been really good for him," said his daughter Ashley. "Before the announcement, people were thinking, 'He's drunk. He's using again.' Now it's more of a supportive thing as opposed to an angry, critical thing."

    In 2014, I’ll Be Me, a film about Campbell’s farewell tour and struggles with Alzheimer’s was released. He spent his final years in an assisted living facility. His friends and children would often spend days with him playing him his old songs. "Music utilizes all of the brain, not just one little section of it," Kim noted. "Everything's firing all at once. It's really stimulating and probably helped him plateau and not progress as quickly as he might have. I could tell from his spirits that it was good for him. It made him really happy. It was good for the whole family to continue touring and to just keep living our lives. And we hope it encourages other people to do the same."

    Earlier this year, Campbell released Adiós, his final studio album, a collection of mainly cover songs by Bob Dylan, Harry Nilsson and others, recorded after his Goodbye Tour. "Almost every time he sat down with a guitar, these were his go-to songs," daughter Ashley Campbell told Rolling Stone Country. "They were very much engrained in his memory – like, so far back that they were one of the last things he started losing."

    Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.


    CAMPBELL, Glen (Glen Travis Campbell)
    Born: 4/22/1936, Billstown, Arkansas, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/8/2017, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

    Glen Campbell’s westerns – actor:
    True Grit – 1969 (La Boeuf)
    Uphill All the Way – 1986 (Captain Hazeltojn)

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  • 08/09/17--18:21: RIP Kathleen M. Shea


  • The Colunmbus Dispatch
    August 6, 2017

    Shea, Kathleen Marie

    Kathleen Marie Shea – age 71. Born Sept 7, 1945 in Columbus, Ohio. Died August 4 after a hard-fought battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor. Kathleen is survived by her Brother Frank (Cathy) Shea, Brother Steve (Kelley) Shea, Nieces Audrey and Avery Shea and many close friends and cousins. Kathy attended Bishop Watterson High School and The Ohio State University where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. After college, Kathy spent 30+ years in Hollywood where she worked on many remarkably well-known and successful movies and television shows. After each movie, her list of life-long, cherished friends grew and grew. Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Miriam Shea, and her niece, Ainsley Marie Shea. The family would like to thank her best friends Janet Ferro and Joe/Joan Foglia, her Theta and Watterson friends, and the wonderful caregivers at Sunrise on the Scioto who supported her during her illness. There will be a Requiem High Mass, presided by her dear cousin, Fr. Kevin Lutz at St. Leo's Church, 221 Hanford St. in German Village at 10:00AM on Tuesday, August 8th. Arrangements by EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 403 E. BROAD ST.


    SHEA, Kathleen M. (Kathleen Marie Shea)
    Born: 9/7/1945, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/4/2017, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

    Kathleen M. Shea’s westerns – assistant director:
    The Villain – 1979 (assistant director)

    The Last of the Mohicans – 1992 (assistant)

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  • 08/11/17--12:43: RIP Terele Pávez



  • Terele Pávez dies at age 78

    The actress has died in a hospital in Madrid the victim of a stroke.

    The actress Terele Pávez has died in Madrid at the age of 78, said Aisge, the entity that manages the intellectual property of the actors in Spain.Pávez (Bilbao, 1939), of an extensive career in theater, film and television, has died in the hospital of La Paz, Madrid, as a result of a stroke.Teresa Marta Ruiz Penella, habitual in papers of temperamental woman, a fact favored by his torn voice, belonged to a family of artists.Granddaughter and great-granddaughter of the composers Manuel Penella Moreno and Manuel Penella Raga, was sister of the also actresses Enma Penella and Elisa Montés, and aunt of Emma Ozores.

    Pávez won a Goya Award in 2014 as a supporting actress in the film The Witches of Zugarramurdi, by Álex de la Iglesia.Just his last film role was in another De la Iglesia movie, El bar , premiered this year.His artistic surname came from the second of his maternal grandmother, Emma Silva Pavez, of Chilean origin, and used to differentiate himself from his sisters.


    PAVEZ, Terele (Teresa Marta Ruiz Penella)
    Born: 7/29/1939, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Pais Vasco, Spain
    Died: 8/11/2017, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

    Terele Pavez’s western actress:
    800 Bullets – 2002 (Rocio)

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