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  • 08/19/17--08:36: RIP Jon Shepodd

  • Lassie’ Star Jon Shepodd Dies at 92
    Actor Appeared in Season Four of the Family Drama

    August 17, 2017
    By Marc Berman

    Jon Shepodd, the first actor to play the role of Paul Martin on CBS family drama “Lassie,” has died, according to a posting on Facebook by “Lassie” star Jon Provost. He was 92.

    Born as Hugh Goodwin on Dec. 19, 1925, Jon Shepodd made his debut on “Lassie” in season four opposite Cloris Leachman as his wife Ruth. When the ratings decreased, a result of Leachman’s performance according to many, both Leachman and Shepodd exited the series in March 1958 and were replaced by June Lockhart and Hugh Reilly. The two stayed with “Lassie” opposite young Jon Provost until 1964.

    Shepodd, additionally, appeared in films “Attack” (1956), “The Garment Jungle” (1957), “The Power of Resurrection” (1958) and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”

    SHEPODD, Jon (Hugh Goodwin)
    Born: 12/19/1925, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/16/2017, London, England, U.S.A.

    Jon Shepodd’s westerns – actor:
    Mississippi Gambler - 1953
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1955 (Mitch)
    Dragoon Wells Massacre – 1957 (Tom)
    Indian American (TV) – 1955 (Jim Cavendish)
    Oregon Passage – 1957 (Lt. Baird Dobly)
    The Return of Jack Slade – 1957 (Johnny Turner)

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  • 08/19/17--16:50: RIP Richard Rule

  • Loveland Reporter-Herald
    August 20, 2017

    Richard passed away at the age of 56 peacefully in his Loveland home on August 16, 2017 after a 10 month long heroic battle against esophageal cancer. He was the youngest of five children belonging to George and Celeste Rule. Richard was born and raised in Oklahoma City with rodeo in his blood. Growing up only 5 minutes from the National Finals Rodeo, he knew he wanted to be a Professional Bull Rider at the ripe age of six years old. Richard remembers watching legendary Freckles Brown ride the unrideable bull named Tornado. As a young boy, he loved helping his father work at the Oklahoma City Stockyards and working at the National Saddlery with his brother John Rule. Richard was also a member of 4-H for 9 years showing lambs, steers, and giving charismatic speeches. He graduated from Western Heights High School in 1980 with Oklahoma State Citizenship and Oklahoma County Hall of Fame awards. Richard attended college at Southwestern University in Weatherford, OK. As the 1982 Collegiate Bull Riding Champion, he answered his calling to ride bulls professionally after 2 years of college. Richard lived his dream traveling all over the country riding rank bulls for 15 years in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association(PRCA) and Bull Riders Only(BRO). He was revered highly by his travel companions and fellow contestants as one of the best, consistently ranking in the top 25 bull riders in the world. Richard claimed the Mountain States Circuit Bull Riding Championship in 1985 and 1990. In 1988 Richard was hired to be a stunt double in the movie My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. After his bull riding career Richard settled down in Loveland and worked as a fencing contractor for the first 10 years and as the Operations Supervisor of the Larimer County fairgrounds in Loveland for the past 10 years to present. His first marriage of 17 years with Shannon Tapley Rule gave Richard his two prized possessions: sons Harrison Rayne and Elliott Drake Rule. He later married the love of his life, Shannon Lee Fancher on May 10, 2010 and gained a beautiful daughter who captured his heart named Lindsey Jeanne. They lived together at Richard's forever dream home, The Fancy R Ranch. His second home and family was where he worked at The Ranch in Loveland. Richard's love for life and people radiated through his smile and the genuine way he treated people. His magnetic personality touched everyone who knew him, and Richard's secret to life was having fun. He worked hard and played hard. He loved his job, raising bucking bulls, team roping, trail riding, directing the rodeo, vacationing with family and friends, dancing, discussing politics, and quoting Blazing Saddles. In a toast to Richard, Bob Tointon said he was the epitome of a cowboy. He never met a stranger, and never met anyone he did not like. When he came into a gathering of friends or family, the party started. His smile, his laugh, his stories were infectious, and everyone was his friend. Richard defined the term "carpe' diem", as he seemingly never had a bad day or even a down moment. He was everyone's favorite Okie and we will all miss him greatly. Please drink a toast to our Cowboy - Jack and Coke naturally! Richard is survived by his wife Shannon Fancher of Loveland, sons Harrison Rayne Rule and Elliott Drake Rule of Loveland, stepdaughter Lindsey Jeanne Fancher-Owen of Loveland, mother Celeste Nelson of Oklahoma City, brother John Rule and wife Dona Kay Rule, sister Suzanne Smith, sister Cindy Rule, and brother Kevin Rule all from Oklahoma, as well as a beloved extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He is preceded in death by his father George Rule, stepfather Don Nelson, grandparents John and Alfreda Leonard and Harrison and Martha Rule, Uncle David Rule, Aunt Marcella Hendrix, best friends Terry Groce and Johnny Shea. A Memorial Service for Richard will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 10:00am in The Ranchway Indoor Arena at the fairgrounds in Loveland Colorado with a reception following. Carl Sutter will be officiating. There will be a viewing prior to the service on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund at The family requests any tales from the trails please be sent to our email address at Please go to for on-line obituary and condolences.

    RULE, Richard (Richard Joseph Rule)
    Born: 11/30/ 1961, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/16/2017, Loveland, Colorado, U.S.A.

    Richard Rule’s western – stuntman:
    My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys - 1991

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  • 08/20/17--11:05: RIP Jerry Lewis

  • Jerry Lewis, Nonpareil Genius of Comedy, Dies at 91

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes
    August 20, 2017

    He dominated show business with Dean Martin in the 1950s, starred in 'The Bellboy' and 'The Nutty Professor,' hosted the Labor Day telethon for decades and received the Hersholt award.

    Jerry Lewis, whose irrepressible zaniness and frantic creativity vaulted him to stardom as a comic movie star who wielded unparalleled green-light power at Paramount in the 1960s, died Sunday. He was 91.

    Lewis, who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s as one of the most successful tandems in the history of show business, died at 9:15 a.m. at his home in Las Vegas, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing a statement from Lewis' family.

    Lewis’ health ailments over the years included open-heart surgery in 1983, surgery for prostate cancer in 1992, treatment for his dependence on prescription drugs in 2003, a heart attack in 2006 and a long bout with pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic lung disease for which he took Prednisone, causing his face and body to balloon.

    At the peak of their popularity, Martin & Lewis ruled nightclubs, radio and then the box office with their breezy yet physical comedy act, reigning as the top draw at theaters from 1950-56.

    After an especially acrimonious break-up with his partner, Lewis remained as the No. 1 movie draw through the mid-1960s on the strength of such classics as The Bellboy (1960) and The Nutty Professor (1963). As Paramount’s biggest star, he had the creative freedom to make the moves he wanted to make.

    Lewis also was known for his efforts as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. He devoted more than a half-century to fighting the neuromuscular disease, hosting an annual Labor Day telethon — and raising nearly $2.5 billion — from 1955 until he was ousted before the 2011 telecast. Lewis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts.

    Extremely popular throughout Europe, especially in France, Lewis won “best director” awards eight times in Europe, including three in France and one each in Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. New Wave critics and filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard spurred his popularity in France, where he became known as “Le Roi du Crazy.”

    In 1984, Lewis was presented with the French Legion of Honor and in 2009 was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award; he kept the trophy from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on a platform above a TV in his Las Vegas home, where it would rotate at the push of a button.

    The son of a professional entertainers, Lewis was born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926, in Newark, N.J. His mother played the piano, and his father was a musical arranger. Lewis made his debut at age 5 at a hotel in the Borscht Belt, the legendary upstate New York show-business breeding ground, by singing “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” He dropped out of high school, working as a soda jerk and theater usher, all the while cultivating a comedy routine, in which he mimed phonograph records.

    It was not until he hooked up with young Italian-American crooner Martin that his career took off. In July 1946, while performing at the 500 Club in Atlantic City, one of the entertainers working with Lewis abruptly quit, and Lewis suggested Martin, who was nine years older, as a replacement. Their ad libs, including insults and off-the-wall jokes, were a sensation, and their salaries skyrocketed from $250 a week to $5,000. When they appeared on the balcony of the Paramount Theater in Times Square, Broadway became so crowded that traffic backed up to 59th Street.

    Their shtick was categorized as “free-for-all humor.” Playing up their physical and personality contrasts — Lewis’ monkeyshines and ineptitude against straight man Martin’s sedate, sexy charm — they became overwhelmingly successful. Producer Hal Wallis caught their act and signed them to a deal at Paramount, and their first film, My Friend Irma (1949), in which they were cast in supporting roles, was a hit.

    Typically, their movies followed the same formula: Lewis acted like an overgrown 8-year-old, while the suave Martin would break into song at the most unlikely provocation.

    Martin & Lewis subsequently starred in such comedies as At War With the Army (1950), Sailor Beware (1952), The Caddy (1953), Living It Up (1954), You’re Never Too Young (1955) — a remake of Billy Wilder’s The Major and the Minor – and Artists and Models (1955). Hollywood or Bust (1956) was the last film of the 16 they headlined.

    Martin got tired of Lewis getting most of the attention, and at New York’s Copacabana on July 25, 1956, the duo made their final nightclub appearance together — 10 years to the day of their first engagement. The feud that developed did not publicly end until the MDA telethon of 1976, when Frank Sinatra surprised the host by bringing Martin onstage. Martin died in 1995.

    “Other comedy teams never generated anything like the hysteria that Dean and I did, and that was because we had that X factor — the powerful feeling between us,” said Lewis, who wrote about their relationship in the 2005 book Dean & Me (A Love Story). “And it really was an X factor, a kind of mystery.”

    After the split, Lewis continued in films, basically playing the same type of manic, naive character. Pacting with Paramount in a then-whopping $10 million deal, he agreed to make 14 films during a seven-year period. At the time, it was the biggest personal deal for the services of one star in Hollywood history. Lewis and his production company were given virtual carte blanche by Paramount head Y. Frank Freeman.

    Lewis found his first solo starring role in The Delicate Delinquent (1957) and quickly followed with a string of hits: The Sad Sack (1957), Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958), The Geisha Boy (1958) and Don’t Give Up the Ship (1959).

    The manic comedies anchored Paramount: In 1960, when the studio was faced with no Christmas movie, Lewis whipped one up in a month. The Bellboy, the first film he directed, was a slew of blackout gags he concocted around the Miami’s Fontainebleau Hotel, where he had just finished a stint performing. In French terms, Lewis had become an “auteur,” co-writing, directing and acting in his films.

    He was on a professional roll, playing a series of kind-hearted hyperactive dupes: In 1960’s CinderFella, directed by Frank Tashlin, he offered up a comic gender reversal on the Cinderella tale and danced down an impossibly long staircase to sounds of the Count Basie Orchestra. In 1961’s The Errand Boy, which he directed, he played an inept employee in a studio mailroom.

    But it was 1963’s The Nutty Professor that cemented his reputation. Directing himself, Lewis starred as a near-sighted professor and chemistry egghead who dazzles his coeds by becoming the ultra-cool pop singer Buddy Love. The movie also served as the basis for Eddie Murphy’s retooled remake in 1996, with Murphy taking over the nerdy professor role, this time turning into a sharp-tongued comedian. (Murphy presented Lewis with the Hersholt trophy at the 2009 Oscars.)

    Throughout the late 1950s and early ’60s, Lewis was constantly in motion, recording several records. His song Rock-a-Bye Your Baby sold nearly 4 million copies, and he hosted the Oscars in 1957 and 1959.

    Lewis’ career faltered in the late ’60s, however, but not because of a lack of effort on his part. Indefatigable, he claimed to work every day for a period of seven years and regularly had a 3:30 a.m. wake-up call. Yet critics, as well as moviegoers, decided that Lewis, as director/writer/actor, was too much of a good thing; some felt his ego was out of control.

    His films dipped drastically at the box office, and he experienced his greatest disappointment on TV in 1963 when his two-hour Saturday night talk and variety show turned off audiences. His manic mania did not play in this socially minded, ultra-serious era. The fact that the French continued to celebrate his talent became something of a running gag.

    For 13 years, Lewis later admitted, he also was addicted to the painkilling drug Percodan, which was prescribed for treatment of a chipped spinal column he received while doing a pratfall in 1965 on The Andy Williams Show.

    His 1972 film The Day the Clown Cried — a drama set inside a Nazi concentration camp — was never released. He donated a copy to the Library of Congress in August 2015, with the agreement the film not be shown for a decade.

    In 1980, after an absence of nearly 10 years from the screen, Lewis attempted a comeback with the film Hardly Working. More successfully, he followed with a straight role as a talk-show host stalked by an obsessive fan in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy (1982), starring Robert De Niro. Lewis’ dramatic performance as a beleaguered TV star was critically lauded.

    He most recently appeared in such films as Cookie (1989), Arizona Dream (1993), Funny Bones (1995) and Max Rose (2016), and he played opposite Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood in The Trust (2016). He performed a cameo as himself in Billy Crystal’s Mr. Saturday Night (1992) and guest-starred on a 2006 episode of Law & Order: SVU.

    Lewis also occasionally directed TV shows, including episodes of Ben Casey. TV producers tapped into his unexpected dramatic flair, casting him to appear in such series as Wiseguy in the late 1980s.

    He ventured onto the stage in 1995, making his Broadway debut in a revival of the musical Damn Yankees. Playing the devil, he was reportedly paid the highest sum in Broadway history at the time.

    As a new generation came to appreciate his work — “Hey, l-a-a-a-d-y,” one of his signature catchphrases, became a favorite of his fellow comedians — Lewis was regularly honored for his achievements.

    In 1991, he was presented with the Comic Life Achievement Award at the National Academy of Cable Programming’s ACE Awards. The American Comedy Awards gifted him with a lifetime achievement award in 1998. And the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. presented him with its career achievement honor in 2004.

    During the late 1960s and early ’70s, he taught in the Division of Cinema at USC, drawing students from across the country, including future director Robert Zemeckis. He authored The Total Film Maker (1971), based on recordings of 480 hours of classroom lectures. Indeed, Lewis was an innovator, the first filmmaker to use a video-assist device on location.

    When Lewis was 18, he met singer Patti Palmer, and they wed 10 days later. During their marriage, which lasted from 1944-82, they had five sons and adopted another child. His youngest, Joseph, became a drug addict and committed suicide in 2009 at age 45.

    Lewis married his second wife, SanDee Pitnick, in 1983. They adopted a daughter, Danielle.

    LEWIS, Jerry (Joseph Levitch)
    Born: 3/16/1926, Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/20/2017, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

    Jerry Lewis’ westerns – actor:
    Pardners – 1956 (Wade Kingsley Sr./Jr.)
    Sheriff Who? (TV) - 1967

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  • 08/22/17--07:28: RIP Margot Hielscher

  • Bild
    August 22, 2017

    The screen diva is dead!

    She participated twice in the Grand Prix, had her own talk show and was considered one of the last German divas.  Now Margot Hielscher has slept peacefully at the age of 97.

    There are only a few German ladies who can be called Film Diva. Margot Hielscher was one of them.  She began as a costume designer in the pre-war period, was discovered by a director and immediately committed to "The Heart of the Queen" (1940).  In the Second World War she was one of the most popular German actresses, playing in her 60 films and about 200 TV productions.

     Two great loves: her husband and the music

    Her passion for music was discovered by the Berlin woman in the post-war period, when she repeatedly presented singing inserts for American soldiers.  In 1957 and 58 Margot Hielscher represented the FRG at the Grand Prix Eurovision de la Chanson Européenne - the present Eurovision Song Contest - where she finished 4th and 7th.  Also as a presenter proved the red-haired talent.  In the 1960s, she moderated her own program "Visiting Margot Hielscher", where she had over 700 celebrities.

    Her great love was the film and pop composer Friedrich Meyer († 78).  In 1959 the two married, the marriage held up to Meyers death.

     Peacefully dormant

    As the "Bild" reported, the screen legend died on Sunday (August 20) in their apartment in Munich.  Her nephew Peter von Schall-Riaucour (46) told the newspaper: "Shortly before her death, she said to her nurse: 'I lie down, I am so madly tired.  A quarter of an hour later, she has fallen asleep forever. "This is followed by her husband, who also died on 20 August in 1993.

     We wish the family much strength for the time of mourning.

    HIELSCHER, Margot (Margot Marie Else Hielscher)
    Born: 9/29/1919, Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany
    Died: 8/20/2017 Munich, Bavaria, Germany

    Margot Hielscher’s western – actress:
    Johnny Saves Nebrador – 1953 (Marina)

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  • 08/22/17--10:57: RIP Mario Milita

  • Addio to Mario Milita, voice of Fred Flinstone and  Homer Simpson
    By Beatrice Pagan
    August 22, 2017

    The legendary voice dubber Mario Milita died today (August 22, 2017) at the age of 94.
    He was born in Cori on June 26, 1923 and was known by TV fans as being the Italian voice of iconic animated characters such as Fred Flinstone, Homer Simpson, and Holly and Benji's narrator.

    Among his most recent roles include Herbert and Francis Griffin , while among the shows she has also worked on are The Lady in Yellow , where he was part of Tom Bosley, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in which he was Professor Moriarty .
    In 2008 he was awarded the Career Award at the International Dubbing Grand Prize, and then retired in the summer of 2012.

    MILITA, Mario
    Born: 6/26/1923, Cori, Latina, Italy
    Died: 8/22/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy
    Mario Milita’s western – voice actor:
    Chato’s Land – 1972 [Italian voice of James Whitmore]

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  • 08/24/17--16:36: RIP Jay Thomas

  •  Jay Thomas, Sitcom Actor on ‘Murphy Brown’ and ‘Cheers,’ Dies at 69

    The Hollywood Reporter 

    By Mike Barnes

    August 24, 2017

    The two-time Emmy winner most recently appeared on ‘Ray Donovan’ and spent many a Christmas season with Davif Letterman

    Jay Thomas, the good-natured comic actor who starred on the sitcomsMurphy Brown and Cheers, has died. He was 69.

    Don Buchwald, his longtime agent and friend, reported his death, after a battle with cancer, to The New York Daily News. His publicist, Tom Estey, would not divulge when or where Thomas died when contacted by The Hollywood Reporter.

    Thomas played the obnoxious TV talk-show host Jerry Gold (and Candice Bergen's on-again, off-again boyfriend) on CBS' Murphy Brown from 1989-98 — winning a pair of Emmys — after his stint as Rhea Perlman’s husband Eddie LeBec, a French-Canadian goalie with the Boston Bruins, on NBC's Cheers. On the latter, his character winds up appearing in an ice show and gets killed by a Zamboni.

    Thomas also starred on his own sitcom, playing an egotistical sportswriter opposite Susan Dey and then Annie Potts on CBS' Love and War, a 1992-95 series created by Murphy Brown's Diane English.
    Thomas often played loud, sleazy types: He recurred on Showtime's Ray Donovan as Marty Grossman, the operator of a salacious TMZ-like website.

    For years, Thomas appeared on David Letterman's late-night talk show during Christmas season and told an entertaining, never-gets-old story centered on Clayton Moore, star of TV's The Lone Ranger. He and Letterman also took turns throwing a football, trying to dislodge a meatball from the top of a Christmas tree.

    On the big screen, Thomas played the Easter Bunny in the Santa Clausemovies released in 2002 and 2006 and appeared in such films as Legal Eagles(1986), Straight Talk (1992), A Smile Like Yours (1997), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) — as football coach Bill Meister — Dragonfly(2002) and Labor Pains (2009).

    A native of Kermit, Texas, who was raised in New Orleans, Thomas got his start in radio as a high school football announcer for the Rutherford High Rams in Panama City, Fla.

    He worked at stations in Panama City; Pensacola, Fla.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Nashville; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C., where he earned nicknames like "The Mouth of the South,""The Scorpion" and "The Prince of Darkness."

    Thomas moved to New York for a job at the FM station 99X and then did stand-up comedy at the Improv and acted in off-Broadway plays. He got his start on television in 1979 as Remo DaVinci, the co-owner of a New York deli, on ABC's Mork & Mindy. He also hosted a radio show in Los Angeles and, most recently, had a daily gig with SiriusXM.

    Appearing as an annual Christmas guest alongside Letterman "has been fun," he said in 2014. "I've always wanted to be one of those guys on late-night talk shows who everybody wants to see. Like on Carson, when [Don] Rickles would come out. I became that guy. And I love football, so my two big dreams were totally realized."

    Thomas first picked off the meatball in 1998 when then-New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde tried the stunt but failed.

    About that Lone Ranger story: Thomas was a radio host with big hair in Charlotte in the early '70s, and he and his producer offered to give Moore — wearing his crime-fighter costume and mask for an appearance at a car dealership — a ride to the airport. Thomas and the producer had just gotten stoned, he said.

    On the way, a car backed into their Volvo during a traffic jam and fled. Thomas chased the vehicle, then confronted the other driver — who denied anything had happened — and told him he was going to call the cops.

    The guy took one look at Thomas and his producer and said, "Oh really, who do you think they are going to believe, you two hippie freaks or me?" At this point, Moore emerged from the backseat and said, "They'll believe me, citizen."

    Survivors include his wife Sally and sons Sam, Max and J.T.

    THOMAS, Jay
    Born: 7/12/1948, Kermit, Texas, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/24/2017, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.

    Jay Thomas’ western – actor:
    Dead Man’s Gun (TV) – 1999 (Emil Kosar)

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  • 08/25/17--20:10: RIP Viola Harris

  • HARRIS—Viola

    New York Times
    August 26, 2017

    passed away peacefully in New York on August 23, 2017. Loving wife of the late Robert H. Harris. Beloved mother of Steven and his wife Barbara, of Wilmette, IL, and Sunny Harris Rome and her husband Chip, of Burke, VA. Proud grandmother of Avi Kalman-Rome (Eli), Robert Rome, Jacob Harris (Taylor) and Molly Harris. Great-grandmother of Ezra. A working actor for more than 75 years, Viola enjoyed a long and satisfying career in film, television, theater and commercials. Funeral services Sunday, August 27, at 12:30pm, at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, Amsterdam at 91st Street, followed by Interment at Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus, NJ. Donations in memory of Viola may be made to The Actors Fund or the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.

    Harris, Viola
    Born: 7/5/1926, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.
    Died: */23/2017, New York, U.S.A.

    Viola Harris’ westerns – actress:
    Rawhide (TV) – 1961 (Mrs. Besson)
    Bonanza (TV) – 1968 (Harriet Fletcher)

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  • 08/30/17--07:22: RIP Hans Lucke

  • Hans Lucke dies at the age of 90

    The Weimar actor, director and author Hans Lucke is dead. According to today's press, the 90-year-old died in the night from Saturday to Sunday.  He said that he had "gone gently" after a long illness, says his wife, the musicologist Irina Lucke-Kaminiarz.  Lucke was born in Dresden in 1927.  After his dramatic studies, which had been interrupted by war and captivity, he had engagements in Görlitz and Dresden as well as at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.  After 1970, he worked as a freelance author and actor, from 1973 to 1977 he was a director at Rostock's Volkstheater, where he also wrote prose works and television shows, and appeared in numerous television shows and films. Lucke played Colonel Bowie in the 1974 Euro-western “Kit & Co.” based on the Jack London story and starring Dean Reed.

    LUCKE, Hans
    Born: 4/25/1927, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
    Died: 8/27/2017, Weimar, Thüringen, Germany

    Hans Lucke’s western – actor:
    Kit & Co. – 1974 (Colonel Bowie)

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  • 08/31/17--13:04: RIP Egon Günther

  • Director and writer Egon Günther is dead

    By Rochus Görgen
    August 31, 2017

    He once lured Lilli Palmer to the East for "Lotte in Weimar" - later Egon Günther himself went to the West. At the age of 90, the film director has died in Potsdam.

    Potsdam - The film director and writer Egon Günther died at 90 years of age. He died on Thursday in Potsdam after a long, serious illness, as the Aufbau-Verlag, referring to the family communicated. Günther was born in Schneeberg in the Erzgebirge and was known in the GDR with films like "Lotte in Weimar" or "Der Dritte". After discussions with the GDR leadership he worked in the west from the end of the seventies.

    One of his greatest successes was the fact that the GDR was part of the film festivals in Cannes for the first time with "Lotte in Weimar" (1974). The fact that he had also lied to the actress Lilli Palmer to get her to come to the East in front of the camera for the Goethe film of Defa was then considered a sensation. This gave the radical avant-garde not only a reputation in the GDR, but also international attention.

    Film ban: The GDR did not want any debates about truth and honesty

    But Günther broke with the GDR leadership step by step. In 1977, he left the Association of Film and Television Producers of the GDR. A year later, he directed the West, including a co-production of the GDR television with Switzerland. But the film "Ursula" was banned after only one broadcast on East German television in the East. From then on Günther worked only in the Federal Republic, much for television. "His productions stand out from the German television program, but they cannot achieve the quality of his earlier work," says the Defa Foundation.

    After the fall, Günther returned to the East, where he lived most recently in the district of Großglienicke in Potsdam. It was not until 1990 that his film "If You're Big, Adam" was born, which arose in 1965 but was banned in the GDR. He is about ten-year-old Adam, who has a lamp that lets every liar float in the air, but the GDR leadership did not want any debates about truth and honesty. Günther taught for a while also as a professor of the Filmhochschule Babelsberg.

    Jann Jakobs: "One of the greats of German cinema has left us today."

    In addition to his film work, Günther also worked as a writer. He filmed his last book "The Bride" with Veronica Ferres in the title role (1999). Once again the film about Johann Wolfgang Goethe - this time around the relationship of the poet prince with the simple flower girl Christiane Vulpius, once beloved and later wife of Goethe.

    Potsdam's Mayor Jann Jakobs (SPD) declared in a first reaction: "One of the greats of German cinema has left us today. I personally also feel Egon Günther's death as a great loss. "He congratulated him on the 90th birthday at the end of March, "And now the director has left us such important works as" Lotte in Weimar "and" The Sorrows of Young Werther ". This is a sad day for the state capital, for the German cinema and for all the people who have grown up with their wonderful films."

    GUNTHER, Egon
    Born: 3/30/1927, Schneeberg, Saxon, Germany
    Died: 8/31/2017, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germanny

    Egon Günther’s westerns – screenwriter, actor.
    Chingachgook: The Great Snake – 1967 [screenwriter]
    Blue Hawk – 1979 (Archie)

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  • 08/31/17--16:53: RIP Richard Anderson

  • Richard Anderson, Actor on 'The Six M

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes
    August 31, 2017

    He played Oscar Goldman on 'The Bionic Woman' spinoff as well after working in such films as 'Paths of Glory,''Seven Days in May' and 'Seconds.'

    Richard Anderson, who portrayed Oscar Goldman, the head of a secret scientific government organization, on the 1970s series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman, died Thursday. He was 91.

    Anderson, who was mentored by nice guy Cary Grant and received a huge career boost when he was cast in Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war classic Paths of Glory (1957), died at his home in Beverly Hills, publicist Jonathan Taylor announced.

    A frequent authority figure onscreen, Anderson also portrayed a colonel in another notable war film, the Rod Serling-scripted Seven Days in May (1964), and he operated on Rock Hudson, the second time much to Hudson’s dismay, in another John Frankenheimer film, the sci-fi thriller Seconds (1966).

    As an MGM contract player who started out in the mailroom, Anderson appeared early in his career in such films for the studio as The Magnificent Yankee (1950), Scaramouche (1952), Escape From Fort Bravo (1953) and Forbidden Planet (1956).

    He then moved to Fox and played Joanne Woodward’s mama’s-boy boyfriend in The Long, Hot Summer (1958).

    In the highly rated, two-part episode that brought a thrilling end to the 1960s ABC series The Fugitive, Anderson portrayed the brother-in-law of Richard Kimble (David Janssen). He also was Police Lt. Steve Drumm on the final season of CBS’ Perry Mason and Santa Luisa Police Chief George Untermeyer on ABC’s Dan August, starring Burt Reynolds.

    After three popular Six Million Dollar Man telefilms in 1973, the Universal TV property was given steady life as an ABC series in January 1974. On the show, Anderson played the chief of the fictional Office of Scientific Intelligence and the boss of Steve Austin (Lee Majors), a NASA astronaut who is injured in a crash and “rebuilt” (at a cost of about $29 million in today’s dollars), becoming a secret agent.

    Anderson also is heard in the show’s action-packed introduction: “Gentlemen, we can rebuild him, we have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man.”

    The series then spawned The Bionic Woman — starring Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers, a tennis player who’s infused with machinery and brought back to life after a parachuting accident, and Anderson played Goldman on that show (which went from ABC to NBC) as well.

    He was the first actor to portray the same character on two TV series running concurrently on two networks.

    Both shows ended in 1978, but Universal, prodded by Anderson, made three more bionic telefilms through 1994. As an executive producer, he was instrumental in the casting of Sandra Bullock as a supercharged woman in 1989’s Bionic Showdown.

    Years later, Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) had an action figure of Oscar Goldman in The 40-Year-Old Virgin.

    In a statement, Majors said that he first met Anderson in 1966 when he guest-starred on one of Majors' earlier shows, The Big Valley.

    "Richard became a dear and loyal friend, and I have never met a man like him," he recalled. "I called him 'Old Money.' His always stylish attire, his class, calmness and knowledge never faltered in his 91 years. He loved his daughters, tennis and his work as an actor. He was still the sweet, charming man when I spoke to him a few weeks ago."

    Added Wagner: "I can't begin to say how much I have always admired and have been grateful for the elegance and loving friendship I was blessed to have with Richard Anderson."

    His first wife was Carol Lee Ladd, the step-daughter of actor Alan Ladd; his second was Katharine Thalberg, the daughter of Oscar-winning actress Norma Shearer and famed MGM producer Irving Thalberg. Both marriages ended in divorce.

    Born on Aug. 8, 1926, in Long Branch, N.J., Anderson and his family moved to Los Angeles when he was 10. After graduating from University High School and serving a 17-month stint in the Army during World War II, he studied at the Actors Laboratory in L.A.

    Anderson was working on an NBC show called Lights, Camera, Action in 1949 when, out of the blue, he received a phone call from Grant. “My wife [Betsy Drake] and I saw you on television. We think you’re pretty good, particularly in comedy. Why don’t you come to the studio for lunch?” he said of the invitation in the 1991 book, Evenings With Cary Grant.

    “I met him on the set of Crisis. I’ll never forget it. He said, ‘I’d like to help you. You’re a very good actor.’”

    That led to a screen test and a contract at MGM, where Anderson stayed for six years and made nearly 30 films. He then appeared on a loan-out to United Artists for Paths of Glory, playing Major Saint-Auban, the heartless prosecuting attorney who wants three soldiers court-martialed for cowardice, in the acclaimed World War I drama.

    “That film changed my whole career,” he said.

    Anderson later portrayed a district attorney on the 1961-62 ABC adaptation of Bus Stop, a brigadier general on Twelve O’Clock High, another government guy opposite Jennifer O’Neill on Cover Up, Sen. Buckley Fallmont on Dynasty and the narrator on Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.

    The career-long supporting player was once a leading man — portraying a doctor in Curse of the Faceless Man, a forgettable 1958 film that took six whole days to make.

    “It was a low-budget remake of The Mummy two decades earlier, featuring a stone monster rather than one wrapped in bandages,” Anderson recalled in a 2015 interview. “We spent a week filming in a big old house on the way up to Malibu — the house is still there. I really just learned my lines and tried not to bump into the furniture. The only movie poster I have hanging in my home is from that film.”

    A collector of vintage cars — he had a 1936 Ford Phaeton and a 1957 Bentley Continental Flying Spur — Anderson also was dedicated to philanthropic causes like the Veterans Park Conservancy, an organization that honors military veterans by preserving, protecting and enhancing the West Los Angeles VA property, and the California Indian Manpower Consortium, which provides employment, training and other services to Native Americans across California, Illinois and Iowa.

    Survivors include his daughters Ashley, Brooke and Deva, a music supervisor for film and TV at Playtone in Los Angeles.

    "Our dad was always there for us and showed us by loving example how to live a full and rich life with gratitude, grace, humor and fun," Ashley said.

    ANDERSON, Richard
    Born: 8/2/1926, Long Branch, New Jersey, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/31/2017, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A

    Richard Anderson’s westerns – actor:
    The Vanishing Westerner – 1950 (Deputy Sheriff)
    Across the Wide Missouri – 1951 (Dick Richardson)
    Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1957, 1958 (Sheriff John Bates, Adam Stuart)
    Zorro (TV) – 1958-1959 (Ricardo del Amo)
    The Gunfight at Dodge City – 1959 (Dave Rudabaugh)
    Wagon Train (TV) – 1959 (Matthew Lowry)
    Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1960 (Leo Talent)
    The Rifleman (TV) – 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 (Lariat Jones, Duke Jennings, Jason Gowdy, Harry
         Chase, Griff)
    Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1961 (Tom, Jim Kramer)
    Redigo (TV) – 1963 (Tom Walker)
    The Virginian (TV) – 1963 (Harry Clark)
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1964, 1970, 1974 (Samuel, Gregorio, Caoltrain
    Death Valley Days (TV) – 1965 (Judge Lander)
    The Big Valley (TV) – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 (Travers, Mel Trevor, Nathan Springer, Hen
         Matson, Warden Garreck
    Ride to Hangmans Tree – 1967 (Steve Carlson)
    Bonanza (TV) 1967 Jamison Fillmore
    Cimarron Strip (TV) 1967 (Captain Bragg)
    Stranger on My Land (TV) – 1968 (Major Walters)
    The Wild Wild West (TV) (Commander James Jeffers)
    Daniel Boone (TV) – 1969 (Sergeant Rafferty)
    Macho Callahan – 1970 (officer)
    Menace on the Mountain – 1970 (Major Galt)
    Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (James Quirt)
    The Honkers – 1972 (Royce Owens)
    Gettysburg – 1993 (Major General George G. Meade)

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  • 09/01/17--06:21: RIP Don Sharpless

  • Los Angeles Times
    August 11, 2017

    January 8, 1933 - August 2, 2017 Retired Sound Mixer and Academy Award nominee, served in the U.S. Air Force. Don is survived by his loving partner, Vera, and his two daughters, Suzy (Keith), and Lynn (Jonathan), and grandson, Ethan. He was adored and loved. Funeral Service on Saturday, August 12th at 9:00 a.m. at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, California.

    SHARPLESS, Don (Don Kenneth Sharpless)
    Born: 1/8/1933, Illinois, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/2/2017, Northridge, California, U.S.A.

    Don Sharpless’ westerns – mikeman:
    Ulzana’s Raid – 1972
    Showdown - 1973

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  • 09/01/17--10:06: RIP Shelley Berman

  • Comedian Shelley Berman, who played Larry David’s dad on ‘Curb,’ dead at 92.

    New York Times
    By Nicole Bitette
    September 1, 2017

    Comedian Shelley Berman, who was famous as a "sit-down" comedian and later as Larry David's dad on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," died on Friday.

    He was 92.

    Berman rose through the comedy ranks in the late 1950's and '60s as a "sit-down" comic, rather than the popular "stand-up" comedian. His signature move was to sit crossed-leg on a stool as he did his routine and to sometimes pretend he was on the phone.

    "I'm not a stand-up comedian," Berman had often said. "I work on a stool."
    He shared the spotlight with comedic greats of the time, like Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce and Bob Newhart, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    Berman's career in the nightclub scene deteriorated after he was caught on camera in an angry backstage outburst, so he instead turned his focus to acting.

    Most recently he starred as Larry David's dad Nat on the popular HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which returns for Season 9 on Oct. 1 Berman, a Chicago native, received an Emmy nomination for his role as Nat. He also made several appearances on TV shows like, "Boston Legal,""The Blues Brothers Animated Series,""L.A. Law" and countless others — including a came on "Hannah Montana."

    He also received the first-ever Grammy record for a spoken-word album with his 1959 special "Inside Shelley Berman." Two more of his records would end up going gold.

    The comedian and professionally trained actor also starred in Gore Vidal's 1964 flick "The Best Man."

    Berman died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, according to Facebook post to his fan page.
    Comedian Marc Maron was one of the first to comment on the loss of the great.

    "Shelley Berman has hung up the phone. RIP," he wrote. "The guy who inspired me to sit. Great comic."

    BERMAN, Shelley (Sheldon Leonard Berman)
    Born: 2/3/1925, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
    Died: 9/1/2017, Bell Canyon, California, U.S.A.
    Shelley Berman’s westerns – actor:
    Rawhide (TV) – 1962 (Mendel Sorkin)
    Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 2000 (Ira Goldberg)

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  • 09/02/17--06:59: RIP Joe Guardino

  • Los Angeles Times
    September 2, 2017

    January 9, 1930 - August 28, 2017 New York City-born actor, horseman, Navy vet, opera lover, swordsman, tennis buff, and Epicurean, Mr. Joe Guardino passed away peacefully in his Los Angeles home on 28 August 2017. He was eighty-eight years old. He was the beloved brother of actor Harry Guardino, vocalist and screenwriter Lou Guardino, and career woman Pauline Venditto. He was charming, generous, kind, humorous, sensitive, and as handsome as they come. Private ceremony. May his memory be a blessing.

    GUARDINO, Joe (Joseph Daniel Guardino)
    Born: 1/8/1930, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/28/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Jose Guardino’s western – actor:
    Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959 (Usher)

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  • 09/02/17--10:34: RIP Peadar Lamb

  • Celebrated actor Peadar Lamb dies at the age of 87

    September 2, 2017

    Former Abbey actor Peadar Lamb has died at the age of 87 after a stellar career  in television and in much-lauded stage productions of  Brendan Behan's The Hostage, JM Synge's The Shadow of a Gunman, and Brian Friel's Philadelphia Here I Come. The actor died peacefully at home in Glenageary, County Dublin on Friday.

    Peadar Lamb grew up in An Cheathrú Rua in Conamara and was a son of the celebrated painter Charles Lamb. Peadar Lamb was married to well-known actress Geraldine Plunkett, who is well-known for her roles in RTÉ's Glenroeand, more recently, as Rose O'Brien in Fair City.

    Lamb joined the Abbey Theatre in 1954 and toured North America in 1990 in JM Synge's The Playboy of the Western World. 1990 was a particularly fruitful year and the actor played Dr Burke in the TV movie, The Lilac Bus, and he interpreted the role of the Registrar inDecember Bride which featured the late Dónal McCann in a starring role.

    Peadar Lamb starred in many Irish language productions, including Cré na Cille and In Ainm an Athar and he played Fin Varra inMystic Knights of Tír na Nóg.

    Lamb himself also acted in Fair City and he played PJ Doherty in Ros na Rún. He was The Bishop in Bob Quinn's celebrated film, Budawanny and played Sir John Lavery in the 1991 TV movie The Treaty, which was directed by Jonathan Lewis. The following year he played Mr Hasson in the film, The Railway Station Man, which also starred Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie.

    That film was based on the novel of the same name by Irish writer Jennifer Johnson. The same year he numbered among the cast, playing a farmer, in Far and Away. He was Paddy Joe O'Reilly in Jim Sheridan's film,The Field - based on the JB Keane play of that name - which also starred Richard Harris and John Hurt.

    Noted and indeed justly applauded for comedic and tragic roles alike, Lamb played Fargo Boyle in a 1998 episode in Father Ted , entitled Chirpy Burpy Cheap Sleep. He also played a role in Killanaskully. 

    Pat Shortt has tweeted his fond recollections of Peadar, as follows: "Very sad to hear of the passing of The immensely talented Peadar Lamb. I have fond memories of working with him. RIP."

    In June 2002Peadar and his wife Geraldine played leading roles in a production of Tony Guerin's play, Hummin' performed by the Waterford-based Red Kettle company. Hummin'was set in an isolated part of North Kerry and told the story of farmer Mike Dee and the stormy relationship between him and his partner, Jennie, who once worked as a prostitute in Dublin. The work was described by Red Kettle as "a psychological thriller" with severe comedy "somewhere between John B. Keane and Quentin Tarantino."

    Peadar Lamb is survived by his wife, his six children and eight grand-children.

    LAMB, Peadar
    Born: 1930, County Galway, Ireland
    Died: 9/1/2017, Gleageary, Ireland

    Peadar Lamb’s western – actor:
    Far and Away – 1992 (farmer)

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  • 09/04/17--13:11: RIP Gastone Moschin

  • Spettacoli
    By Alessandra Vitali
    September 4, 2017

    He was 88 years old.  He went to a hospital in Terni. His film debut in the 1950s, lead to his great popularity as an actor with his character of Rambaldo Melandri, one of the gypsy comrades in Mario Monicelli's cult film.

    "Boys, how is it good among us, among men! But why did not we all be born?"  It's hard to remember that, while exclaiming happily in front of other gypsy companions, it's hard not to think about Rambaldo Melandri's architect Amici miei: Gastone Moschin died today at 88.  He had been hospitalized for a few days in the Santa Maria di Terni hospital. A long career of theater, cinema and television, immortality with Monicelli's film. With a post on Facebook, his daughter Emanuela Moschin announced the passing: "Goodbye Dad, for me you were all".

    Veneto of San Giovanni Lupatoto, in the province of Verona, Gastone Moschin was born on June 8, 1929. His acting career began in the 1950s, he worked with the company of Stabile di Genova, with that of Piccolo di Milan, with that of the Stabile di Torino. Later, in 1983, he will set up his own company, with whom he will stage Goldoni ( Sior Todero brontolon ), Miller ( A Look From the Bridge , They Was All My Children ), Chekhov ( The Seagull ).

    He finishes in the 1950s in the cinema, both as a singer and an actor. His debut in 1955 in The Rival of Anton Giulio Majano, the debut in the Italian comedy, the genre that will declare the actor his fortune, four years later, with “L'audace colpo dei soliti ignoti” by Nanni Loy.  But it was in 1962 the role that enabled him to emerge as an interpreter, that of the Fascist Carmine “Anni ruggenti”, the 1962 film directed by Luigi Zampa, protagonist Nino Manfredi, inspired by “L'ispettore generale” by Gogol. Since then, Moschin became a constant presence in Italian cinema: Damiano Damiani's “La rimpatriata” (1963) at “La visita” by Antonio Pietrangeli (1965) to Sette uomini d'oro”, a comedy "action" film which earns great success at the box office.

    But if the comedy seems to be a great opportunity to reach the public quickly, critics' applause comes with two dramatic roles entrusted to him in 1966: Florestano Vancini wants it for “Le stagioni del nostro amore” while Peter Germi calls him for “Signore & signori”, an extraordinary fresco of the hypocrisy of the Italian province in Moschin, a silver ribbon as the best non-protagonist, conquered with the role of a husband frustrated by a suffocating wife who loses his head for the fascinating cashier Virna Lisi.  "I first adored him as a man who, as a director, had told Moschin in an interview with the Republic," on the set of “Signore & signori”, he was scrupulous and very severe, and if an actor was not prepared he was very angry. "I came to Treviso because someone had told Germi that I was a Venetian, and he took me. He was a reserved man."

    Whether it is a shoulder or primate, Moschin demonstrated a polar bear in passing from one genre to another.  In the late seventies he continued with comedies, from “Italian Secret Service” to “Sissignore e Dove vai tutta nuda?”, in '69 he goes with the Spaghetti western in “Lo specialist”, Sergio Corbucci, will be a flop at the box office. In 1970 he participated in “Il conformist” by Bernardo Bertolucci and agrees to work in a first experiment of "fantasy Italian"“L'inafferrabile invincibile mister invisibile”, by Antonio Margheriti, this also is not really a box office success.  He does not even reckon with the policewoman - or the policewoman - from Rome by Carlo Lizzani (1971) to the famous “Milano calibro 9” directed by Fernando Di Leo, with him are Mario Adorf and a young and beautiful Barbara Bouchet in 1972.

    In the same year, he was given a difficult task: take Fernandel's place, who died the previous year, in one of the episodes of the most popular saga of the time, “Don Camillo e i giovani d'oggi”.  The year after “Il delitto Matteotti” - 1973 - A Great Occasion: Francis Ford Coppola entrusts him to Fr. Fanucci's part, a brilliant extraterrestrial with Robert De Niro, in New York at the beginning of the twentieth century in “The Godfather Part Two”. He will find great personal success with the character of the Marsigliese in “Squadra volante”, directed in 1974 by Stelvio Massi, a policeman with Tomas Milian and Mario Carotenuto.

    But 1975 is the year of gold.  The one that goes to the movies “Amici miei”.  Moschin is the architect Rambaldo Melandri, ingeniously romantic, a constant victim of shattered love, with Ugo Tognazzi, Philippe Noiret, Adolfo Celsius and Duilio Del Prete in one of the most popular films of Italian cinema history, an absolute cult classic. The film is at the top of the season's standings.  In the ‘82 comes the sequel, same team, Monicelli directed, new entry Renzo Montagnani who replaces Duilio Del Prete. It is the third recess of the season. Three years later, in 1985, the third film of the saga. In the direction of Nanni Loy, Moschin receives his second silver ribbon.

    In the following years the actor slows down his appearances. He raises the bar for himself and takes roles of quality like that of the communist parliamentarian “Si salvi chi vuole” by Roberto Faenza of 1980, or the Minister of “Scherzo del destino in agguato dietro l'angolo come un brigante da strada” which Lina Wertmüller directs in ‘83, or “I magi randagi”, 1996. It is the year after his last performance for the big screen, the “Porzus” by Renzo Martinelli. But he will not give up in 2010 in the documentary “L'ultima zingarata”, dedicated to “Amici miei”.

    It was not just the cinema that Gastone Moschin had a great commitment. Since the mid-1950s, he had worked for television, by Gantone Tanzi, under the watch of Gastone Tanzi, one of the first works, by Sandro Bolchi's screenwriters, following on TV, such as ‘Il mulino del Po’ (1963) and ‘I miserabili’ (1964 ) in which she plays Jean Valjean.  His latest performances date back to 2000 and 2001, when he participated in the first two seasons of fiction by ‘Don Matteo’ and ‘Sei forte maestro’. From that moment, in fact, his final retreat from film. Now, as many have written on Twitter, it will be there that he has reached his companions and with them if he laughs: “tarapia tapioca, as if it were ants”

    MOSCHIN, Gastone (Gastine Domenico Moschin)
    Born: 6/8/1929, San Giovanni Lupatoto, Veneto, Italy
    Died: 9/4/2017, Terni, Umbri, Italy

    Gastone Moschin’s westerns:
    Face to Face – 1967 (gunman)           
    Drop Them or I’ll Shoot – 1968 (Deputy Sheriff Gideon)

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  • 09/05/17--15:41: RIP Harry Gittes

  • Harry Gittes, Jack Nicholson’s Pal and Producer, Dies at 81

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes

    He did three films with the actor and was the namesake for his character in 'Chinatown'.

    Harry Gittes, who produced the Jack Nicholson films Drive, He Said; Goin' South and About Schmidt and was the namesake for the actor's gumshoe character in Chinatown, has died. He was 81.

    Gittes died Saturday of natural causes in Los Angeles, publicist Seth Horowitz reported.

    Gittes also produced Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976), starring James Caan, Elliott Gould, Michael Caine and Diane Keaton; Richard Benjamin's Little Nikita (1988), starring Sidney Poitier and River Phoenix; Breaking In (1989), written by John Sayles and starring Burt Reynolds; and The Girl Next Door (2004), starring Emile Hirsch.

    Born on May 6, 1936, in Brookline, Mass., Gittes attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He started his career as an advertising copywriter and photographer in New York, shooting such up-and-comers as Nicholson, Gould and Liza Minnelli and acts that played The Bottom Line, including Woody Allen, Cass Elliot and Bill Cosby.

    Gittes became friends with producer Roy Silver, who brought Gittes out to Hollywood, and they produced the 1969 pilot for the Cosby animated series Hey, Hey, Hey, It's Fat Albert.

    Gittes landed a job with BBS Productions, co-founded by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, and co-produced Drive, He Said (1971), directed and co-written by Nicholson.

    Gittes later got a hold of the Louis Begley novel that eventually became Alexander Payne's About Schmidt. Nicholson received his 12th (and most recent) Oscar nomination for his performance.
    Nicholson's legendary character in Chinatown, L.A. private eye J.J. Gittes, is named for his friend and producer.

    Gittes' survivors include his wife, lawyer Christine Cuddy, and children Michael and Julia.

    GITTES, Harry
    Born: 5/6/1936, Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
    Died: 9/2/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Harry Gittes’ westerns – producer:
    Goin’ South – 1978
    Timerider: The Adventures of Lyle Swann - 1982

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  • 09/05/17--20:34: RIP Holger Czukay

  • Krautrock legend Holger Czukay dies age 79

    August 5, 2017

    The Can co-founder was found dead in his apartment in Weilerswist, Germany.

    The legendary musician was found dead today in his Weilerswist home, a former cinema that is also the site of Can's fabled Inner Space Studio. As Cologne newspaper Express reports, construction workers laboring at the complex had not spotted him for a few days, and a neighbor eventually found him lifeless in his apartment. A surgeon was called to the apartment and declared Czukay's death, the cause of which has not been made public. His death follows the passing of his wife, Ursula, who died July 28th, her 55th birthday.

    Born in Poland in 1938, Czukay studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen in the '60s before starting Can alongside Irmin Schmidt in 1968. He played bass discography and performed most of the engineering for the influential group, whose run includes defining Krautrock albums Tago Mago, Ege Bamyasi and Future Days. His post-Can career had him collaborating with the likes of Conny Plank, David Sylvian, Jah Wobble and The Edge, among others, and he's also known for solo tunes like "Cool In The Pool" and "Persian Love."

    His passing follows the death of Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit earlier this year.

    CZUKAY, Holger
    Born: 3/24/1938, Danzig, Germany
    Died: 9/5/2017, Weilerswist, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

    Holger Czukay’s western – composer,  musician:
    Deadlock - 1970

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  • 09/06/17--17:34: RIP Francisco Dumont

  • Francisco Dumont dies, the Granadino dubbing actor with a record for history

    September 6, 2017

    Granada woke up this Tuesday with sad news. Francisco Dumont Peña died at the age of 78 as confirmed by several people close to him. They unveiled it through the social network Facebook where a wave of messages in memory to the person with "the most beautiful voice". He leaves two children, a sentimental couple and a trail of affection that has been evident in all corners of the city. It will remain for the memory because it has become a reference of the dubbing at an international level that decided to reside in Granada adn lived in the center of the capital.

    Born in Tangier in 1939, the son of a French father and a mother from Malaga, he worked as a speaker from the age of 13. In 1966 he graduated in Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid, but his relationship with communication went further. He was, besides being an announcer, presenter, actor and director of dubbing. This adoption granadino began his dubbing career in Madrid in the early 1960's alternating with appearances in films, plays and other productions.

    It was precisely at that time that he carried out in our city one of the events that will be remembered for throughout history. He achieved the record of loquacity. He was 25 years old and went to the Plaza Bibrambla to raise funds for the benefit of the nursery of Santa Escolástica through the kiosk of the Tombola de la Caridad. At that time he was an announcer on Radio Granada. To achieve such a feat was to surpass the 24 hours and 45 minutes that was talking ceaselessly Thomas Choley. At 17 hours on that November 10 he took the micro to get rid of it 25 hours and 15 minutes later. That had a national repercussion as collected IDEAL documentarian Amanda Martinez Badía in his blog.

    That deed was far behind in time, especially with the repercussion that Francis Dumont enjoyed throughout the national territory. His voice was used for the most well-known dubs. Very peculiar. They are sure to remember the beloved Uncle Phil, 'The Prince of Bel Air', a successful series by Will Smith himself directed by Dumont himself. He also doubled the voice of Uncle Frank in 'Sólo en casa' or that of the priest of 'Bitelchús'.

    Dumont has left leaving great memories among all those who knew him. "A genius clueless, with a sense of humor as few and with a culture that has all four sides. An example of education, humility, professionalism and good work, "recalled dubbing actor Iván Muelas. Here we remind you by reciting Lorca.

    In one of his latest messages via Facebook, the actor called for "taking advantage of the good things in life, because it may be our last moon.""Teacher of teachers," as Rafael Marfil defined him, says goodbye forever in his thoughts: "Neither white, nor Chinese, nor black, nor gay, nor invalids, nor Jews nor Moors. All without labels. Only people on the planet. " The one who took to walk the memories "so that they float" the dreams "if the present is adverse". Rest in peace.

    DUMONT, Francisco (Francisco Dumont Peña)
    Born: 1939, Tangier
    Died: 9/6/2017, Granada, Granada, Spain

    Francisco Dumont’s western – voice actor:
    Reverend Colt -  1970 [Spanish voice of Nino Marchetti]

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  • 09/07/17--11:30: RIP Richard Scott

  • Richard Scott, Longtime Studio Publicist, Dies at 75

    By Mike Barnes

    He wrote an episode of 'Gunsmoke,' then worked for Disney, Fox, Columbia, MGM and Universal.

    Richard Scott, a former studio publicist and executive, died Tuesday in North Hollywood after a brief illness, publicist Lori De Waal announced. He was 75.

    Scott wrote an episode of CBS' Gunsmoke that aired in 1971, then began a long career in public relations. After a stint in the petrochemical industry, he landed positions at Disneyland and then Walt Disney Studios.

    Scott helped launch celebrations for Mickey Mouse's 50th birthday and Disneyland's 25th anniversary and did publicity for such films as The Rescuers (1977), Pete's Dragon (1977) and The Fox and the Hound (1981).  

    He went on to work as an executive at Fox, Columbia, MGM, Universal and Rogers & Cowan and serve as a unit publicist on Steven King's Graveyard Shift (1990) and on the telefilm The Neon Empire (1991).

    Scott graduated from Venice High School, then earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's in creative writing from the University of Iowa.

    A longtime member of the Publicists Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he retired from the industry in 1992 and launched a packing and shipping business in Burbank that he ran until last year.  

    Survivors include sons Jason, a professor of film at Arizona State University, and Evan; his ex-wife, Ingrid; his longtime companion, Kay; and three grandchildren.

    A celebration of his life is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday at Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City.

    SCOTT, Richard
    Born: 1942, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 9/5/2017, North Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

    Richard Scott’s western – writer:
    Gunsmoke (TV) - 1971

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  • 09/07/17--11:37: RIP Michael Meier

  • Muskegon Chronicle
    September 10, 2017

    Michael Edward Meier
    2/22/1949 - 8/12/2017

    Until his dying day, Mike was an adventure seeker, that brought him to his final resting place, a beach in Monterey, California, on August 12, 2017. We joyously celebrate Michael Edward Meier. May his persistence and adventure live on in us all. A Muskegon, Michigan, native, Mike was a local Boy Scout and attended Muskegon Catholic Central High School. As a member of the Meier clan, one of his jobs was driving truck between the Meier dry-cleaning plants. He attended Muskegon Community College and Central Michigan University, where he majored in theatre and earned a bachelor's degree. As a sound technician, Mike went on the Road with many theatre productions including A Chorus Line, Evita, Cats, Best Little Whore House in Texas and phantom of the Opera. Mastery of sound production, pyrotechnics, and boom operation eventually led him to California to work with Lucas Film on Numerous Movies, and led him to become a proud member of IATSE Stagehands Union. His compilation of films can be found on IMDB. Mike lived for his children and his grandchild. He was happy with anticipation of the March birth of his second grandchild. Mike is survived by: his wife Marisa T. Meier; his children: Brendan Meier, Katherine (Tom) Watt; his siblings Barbara (Doug) Aardema, Christopher Meier, Jeffrey (Hillery) Meier, Brian (Janie) Meier, Eric (Susan) Meier, and Suzanne (Leo) Szost; grandchild, Hatcher Watt, along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Memorial services are to be held Saturday, September 9th in Muskegon, and September 30, 2017, in South San Francisco, California. Please contact the family for the address and time. Donations in Mike's name to an Alzheimer's Association of your choosing are greatly appreciated, as he had hoped to see a cure in his lifetime.

    MEIER, Michael
    Born: 2/22/1949, Muskegon, Michigan, U.S.A.
    Died:  8/12/2017, Monterey, California, U.S.A.

    Michael Meier’s western – SFX.
    Back to the Future III - 1990

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