Jerry Van Dyke Dead at 86
Jerry Van Dyke the famed younger brother of Dick Van Dyke has died ... TMZ has learned.
Jerry's wife, Shirley, tells us ... he died Friday afternoon at their Arkansas ranch with her by his side. She says they were involved in a car accident over 2 years ago ... and Jerry's health had deteriorated since.
We're told Dick visited them at the ranch over the Christmas holiday.
A beloved comedian just like his brother, Jerry pursued stand-up as a young man and performed at military bases around the world. He made his acting debut on "The Dick Van Dyke" show and followed that up with appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" before becoming a regular on "The Judy Garland Show."
Jerry's best known for his role on "Coach" ... where he earned 4 Emmy nominations playing Asst. Coach Luther Van Dam alongside Craig T. Nelson. He also had major roles on "Yes, Dear" and most recently, "The Middle."
He's survived by his wife and 2 children. Jerry was 86.
Van DYKE, Jerry
Born: 7/27/1931, Danville, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 1/5/2017, Hot Spring County, Arkansas, U.S.A.
Jerry Van Dyke’s western – actor:
McLintock! - 1963 (Matt Douglas Jr.)
Richard Venture was born in West New York, New Jersey to Anne Cullen and Charles Venturella on November 11th, 1923. Richard and his sister Elaine grew up under the care of their mother Anne.
When Richard was a young boy he befriended a small black and white dog - this was to be the first of many canine companions he would know throughout his life. Richard liked to visit the Fort Lee, New Jersey Palisades Amusement Park and take thrilling rides on the the notorious Cyclone - a roller coaster with sharp turns perched on the cliffs overlooking the Hudson River.
Richard's Irish and Italian relatives lived close by and his Sicilian grandmother, Brigida, would give him nickles to go to see Saturday afternoon matinees with his friend Elroy. Brigida would often say to him 'When you become a man, you must go to Hollywood''. Years later, Richard would indeed follow his grandmother's advice and go to Hollywood.
In February, 1941, just a few months after his 17th birthday, Richard went to a recruitment office in New York City and enlisted in the United States Navy. Richard served during the second World War on aircraft carriers in the South Pacific ; the USS Cabot, the USS Monterey and the USS Enterprise. He was an Apprentice Seaman at the time of his honorable discharge in August, 1945.
Richard was eternally thankful to the US Navy for having taught him the importance of discipline and esprit de corps.
VENTURE, Richard (Richard Charles Venturella)
Born:11/12/1923, West New York, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 12/19/2017, U.S.A.
Richard Venture’s western actor:
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) - 1993 (Mark Brackman)
The New York Times
January 9, 2018
Her family and friends mourn the passing of Greta Thyssen Guenther, mother, widow, actress, painter, and beauty, who was celebrated for her seductive allure as a glamour girl in 1960's Hollywood and 1970's New York. Born in Hareskovby, Denmark, Greta came to Hollywood soon after being crowned Miss Denmark of 1952. She stared in film and television roles before marrying mining engineer Theodore Roy Guenther and retiring from acting to raise their daughter Genevieve Juliette. In retirement Greta found success as a painter who intriguingly combined representational portraiture and surrealistic allegory. Deeply loving, fiercely intelligent, and filled with appreciation for beauty and joy, Greta will be profoundly missed.
Born: 3/30/1933, Hareskovby, Denmark
Died: 1/?/2018, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Greta Thyssen’s westerns – actress:
Frontier Doctor (TV) – 1958
The Double Barreled Detective Story – 1965 (La Belle)
Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor known for ‘Da Vinci’s Inquest’, dies at age 80
The Canadian Press
MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – Actor Donnelly Rhodes, best-known in Canada for his roles in “Sidestreet” and “Da Vinci’s Inquest,” died Monday of cancer. He was 80.
A news release from the talent agency Northern Exposure says Rhodes died at the Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, B.C.
The Winnipeg-born actor received numerous accolades, including a Gemini award for his leading role in the drama “Da Vinci’s Inquest” in 2002 and a Gemini Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2006.
Rhodes was also recognized by the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame with a star on Granville Street’s Star Walk in Vancouver.
Rhodes, who joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman-mechanic before settling into his career as an actor, was also known in the U.S. for his role as the dim-witted escaped con Dutch in the ABC soap opera spoof “Soap.”
He studied at the Manitoba Theatre Centre and was a member of the first graduating class of the National Theatre School of Canada in 1963.Donnelly RhodesBorn:
12/4/1937, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaDied:
1/8/2018, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, CanadaDonnelly Rhodes’ westerns – actor:
Reprisal – 1956 (Buck)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (Latigoi, Little henchman)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1960 (Whoopie)
Maverick (TV) – 1960 (Cain)
Two Faces West (TV) – 1960 (Starbook)
Laredo (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Bob Jamison, Don Carlos)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1965 (Jeremiah Stewart)
The Road to West (TV) – 1966 (Red Eagle)
The Virginian (TV) – 1966 (Ben Colby)
Gunfight at Abilene – 1966 (Joe Slade)
Custer (TV) – 1967 (War Cloud)
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) – 1967 (Michael)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967, 1969 (Captain Dansby, Captain Zaboff)
Cimarron Strip (TV) 1968 (Bill Baylor)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 1969 (Macon)
Her Come the Brides (TV) – 1969 (Patrick Leigh)
The Chisolms (TV) – 1980 (Padre O’Reilly)
Bordertown (TV) – 1989 (John Quincy McGraw)
Showdown at Williams Creek – 1991 (McTooth)
Dead Man’s Gun (TV) – 1997 (Sheriff Blythe)
Eyes of a Cowboy (TV) – 1998
Call of the Wild (TV) – 2000 (Thadeus P. Rossmore)
Broken Trail (TV) – 2005 (stagecoach driver)
Agustín Bernal dies, the famous villain of Mexican cinema
The actor died after a heart attack in his ranch located in the state of Michoacan
January 10, 2018
Mexican actor Romualdo Bucio Bucio, known by his pseudonym Agustín Bernal, died Monday. The famous film villain suffered a myocardial infarction at his ranch El Caulote located in Parácuaro, in the state of Michoacán. The 59-year-old actor suffered from a heart problem, as the organ grew abnormally and had several cardiac complications throughout his life.
Agustín Bernal made more than 150 works, among them many action films in the seventies and eighties of the last century and numerous "video home" tapes, a popular Mexican genre close to the B series, with crazy themes based on local stereotypes. Bernal shared credits with the Almada brothers, Jorge Reynoso, David Reynoso, Jorge Luke, Sergio Goyri and Valentín Trujillo. He also directed the company Producciones El Caulote.
Among his most recent films are El patrón (2015), No returns (2013) and El Cartel de Zacatecas (2005). He also acted in a television series about the life of the singer Jenni Rivera (in 2013) and in an episode of The Monster (in 2007).
"I am very sorry for the news of your departure, always, countryman!" expressed through his Twitter account the governor of Michoacán, Silvano Aureoles. The National Association of Interpreters of Mexico also expressed through their Facebook account their deep sorrow for the death of the actor. "They called him the RAMBO MEXICANO, and in the industry of" video-home "it was a name that always stood out," Mexican filmmaker Francisco Javier Padilla, with whom he worked in Suave Patria, stated in his Twitter account.
Besides the cinema, Bernal tried his luck in politics, recently he held a municipal office in Parácuaro, the town that saw his death and birth. His remains now lie in the family crypt in Michoacán.
BERNAL, Agustin (Romualdo Bucio Bucio)
Born: 1959, El Cahulote, Parácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico
Died: 1/8/2018, Parácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico
Agustín Bernal’s western – actor:
La leyenda del Manco - 1987
Louie Nicholas Elias
Ventura County Star
January 11, 2018
Louie Nicholas Elias, Jr. was born on November 21, 1933, and raised in Burbank, CA with the shadow of the movie sets forming the backdrop of his childhood, to a dad whose jobs shifted between a Hollywood caterer and a bookie, and a mom who wasn't your warm and fuzzy type, "Action Louie" learned quick and fast how to survive the streets. His charisma got him out of many scrapes, but where charm failed he earned a reputation as a kid not to mess with, and in one shape or another that formed the story line of his life.
When beauty queen Carol Lilly stood up Louie for a date, she unknowingly sparked the cornerstone of his existence: don't back down. They eloped to Las Vegas on Halloween night in 1955. Five children later their home bustled with vibrancy and cacophony. Their marriage spiked between love, loyalty and glamour and the betrayal of human foibles. By 1975 they separated, found their way back together in 1983, separated again but never divorced. Their love and devotion to their family remains a central theme of their lives.
Born a natural athlete, Louie excelled in sports. At UCLA he played for the Bruins at the Rose Bowl under esteemed coach Red Sanders.
He briefly joined the ROTC to avoid the draft, did reserve camp and hated it. Most assuredly, he never liked people yelling orders at him.
After college, he played professional football until knee injuries got him cut.
He returned to Hollywood, beginning as an extra, and worked into a bit part actor. His first stunt job on Spartacus earned him his first stunt injury when Kirk Douglas drowned him in a soup cauldron and gave him a cut to his chin and a scar for life. Up until the millennium with over 150 film and TV credits to his name, Action Louie leapt from the tower of F-Troop, fought his way out of The Wild Bunch, raced into the Vanishing Point, and took the fall for all those chiseled men of the screen. He wrote screenplays, and later became a commercial actor. He loved the action.
Louie died on December 13, 2017 but leaves his legacy through the life he led.
Live a life of passion. Be fearless. Question authority. Fight for what you believe in no matter the odds. Love your family. Don't stop moving.
Memorial donations may be made to the Motion Picture Television Fund.
ELIAS, Louie (Louie Nicholas Elias Jr.)
Born: 11/21/1933, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 12/13/2017, Ventura, California, U.S.A.
Louie Elias’ westerns – actor, stunt coordinator, stuntman:
Maverick (TV) – 1959, 1962 (trooper, gambler)
The Dakotas (TV) – 1963 (Larry Channing)
Temple Houston (TV) – 1963, 1964 [stunts]
Tickle Me – 1965 (Jerry)
F Troop (TV) – 1965 (Trooper Franklin)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975 (soldier, cowboy, R.J., brawler)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (soldier)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1968 (brawler)
True Grit – 1969 [stunts]
The Wild Bunch – 1969 [stunts]
Support Your Local Gunfighter – 1971 (brawler)
Bearcats (TV) – 1971 (Jim Jeffries) [stunt coordinator]
The Deadly Trackers – 1973 [stunts]
The Last Day – 1973 [stunts]
The Train Robbers – 1973 [stunts]
Westworld – 1973 (brawler)
Posse – 1975 (Rainse)
Law of the Land (TV) – 1976 (second hand)
The Macahans (TV) – 1976 [stunts]
The Treasure of Matecumbe – 1976 (Spangler henchman)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1978, 1979 (Plante, pirate guard)
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again – 1979 (henchman) [stunts]
Doreen Tracey Dies: Original Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer Was 74
By Patrick Hipes
January 11, 2018
Doreen Tracey, one of the nine original Mouseketeers on Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club who later starred in movies and TV, became the publicist for Frank Zappa and worked at Warner Bros, has died. She was 74. Tracey died Wednesday of pneumonia in Thousand Oaks, CA, after a two-year battle with cancer.
Tracey was born on April 3, 1943 in London to American vaudeville performers. The family returned to the U.S. soon after and her father opened a dance studio in Hollywood, where Doreen learned to sing and dance. At age 12 she landed a role on Mickey Mouse Club, the Disney variety series that first aired on ABC in 1955, weeks after Disneyland opened.
She was on the show its entire four-year run, in a group that included Annette Funicello (she later appeared on Funicello’s spinoff series Annette). The gig led to a role in Disney’s 1956 film Westward Ho the Wagons! that starred a pre-Daniel Boone Fess Parker. In the 1960s she had several TV guest-starring roles and also toured American military bases in South Vietnam and Thailand with her own act.
Later, Tracey became a publicist to Zappa and had a long career in administration at Warner Bros. But she remained close to her Disney roots, appearing at conventions and performing in reunion shows including the series’ 60th anniversary celebration in 2015.
“Our Dodo, as we lovingly nicknamed her, always had a smile on her face,” fellow Mouseketeer Tommy Cole said. “She never failed to make us all feel good, and we will miss her.”
Tracey is survived by her son, Bradley; and grandchildren Gavin and Autumn.
TRACEY, Doreen (Doreen Isabelle Tracey)
Born: 4/3/1943, London, England, U.K.
Died: 1/10/2018, Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.
Doreen Tracey’s western – actress:
Westward Ho, the Wagons – 1956 (Bobo Stephen)
Oscar-winning UK production designer Terence Marsh dies aged 86
By Tom Grater
January 12, 2018
Across a more than 50-year career, the UK-born Marsh worked on a host of award-winning films with directors including David Lean, Sydney Pollack, John Huston, Carol Reed, Fred Zinnemann and Frank Darabont.
He won two Oscars for his work as an art director on David Lean’s romantic epic Doctor Zhivago and Carol Reed’s 1968 musical Oliver!, and was nominated for three Baftas.
Marsh began his career as a draughtsman at Pinewood Studios, where he honed his talents in production design. In 1960, he was hired to work as assistant art director on Lawrence Of Arabia.
After re-locating to Los Angeles in 1975, his credits included A Bridge Too Far, Spaceballs, The Hunt For Red October, and Basic Instinct. He then teamed up with Frank Darabont for The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
In a varied career, Marsh also co-wrote two features, 1984’s Finders Keepers, starring a young Jim Carrey, and 1986’s Haunted Honeymoon, directed by Gene Wilder.
In 2010, he was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild.
Marsh passed away on Tuesday (Jan 9). He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandra Marsh, and three daughters. His passing was confirmed by agency Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Limited.
Born: 11/4/1931, London, England, U.K.
Died: 1/9/2018, Pacific Palisades, California, U.S.A.
Terence Marsh’s westerns – draughtsman, production designer:
The Singer Not the Song – 1961 [draughtsman]
The Frisco Kid – 1979 [production designer]
RIP Sean Mulachy
January 13, 2018
MULCAHY, Sean, on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 7:10 p.m., I lost my beloved husband, Sean Mulcahy. Words cannot express my grief. Actor, Director, Teacher and fighter for the rights of all in the Performing Arts, in front of the lights and behind; standing up for the labour rights of artists but at all times an independent thinker. Passionate, articulate, literary, funny and interested in everyone. Born in Bantry, Ireland, a Gaelic scholar, arrived in Toronto in the late 1950s. As a Performing Artist, he worked in every province in Canada. He worked in radio, TV and the theatre. He was a TV panelist on CBC and CTV. Director of the Beaverbrook Playhouse in Fredericton, First Associate Director of The Shaw Festival, Artistic Director of The Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Director of "The Picture of Dorian Grey" for Columbia TV. Also, the world premiere of Elie Wiesel's "The Madness of God." As H.G. Wells in "The Panther of The Jaguar" for CBC Radio, he won the Andrew Allan Award. For "Philadelphia, Here I Come," CBC Radio, he won the ACTRA award. He hosted The Music Library for CBC Radio, appeared in "Mass Appeal,""The Apple Cart,""Dear Liar,""Stepdance,""Moon for The Misbegotten" and "Brass Rubbings," loved Sean O' Casey's plays and directed and appeared in such plays as "The Shadow of A Gunman." Recipient of The Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contribution to the Arts. His credits are too numerous to list entirely. He served with the Royal Air Force from 1948 - 1952. The list goes on. He was the devoted and wonderful husband of Catherine Vaneri. There is no one like him. Donations in his name may be sent to The Joan Theatre Company.
Born: 9/5/1930, Cork, Ireland
Died: 12/30/2017, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sean Mulachy’s western – actor:
Hudson’s Bay (TV) - 1959
Dolores Rubin Levin
San Francisco Chronicle
January 14, 2018
Dolores was born June 5, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois. She died on January 12, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The cause of her death was pneumonia following a broken hip.
Her father was Benjamin Rubin, owner of dress stores, and her mother was Vera Kunin, a home-maker. Her family moved to Los Angeles in 1939. She spent 3 years at UCLA.
She began her career as a messenger girl with MGM in the summer of 1943. Enchanted by motion pictures, she trained to be a Script supervisor. She made a total of 80 films, with prominent directors and producers, including John Ford, John Huston, and Arthur Hiller, with whom she made 9 films including the blockbuster: "Love Story."
She made 4 films with Frank Sinatra, who was so impressed with her that he employed her as his Executive Assistant. For 2 years she managed his 4 households while he was between wives. He introduced her to Hubert Humphrey as his "irreplaceable right arm". He introduced her to Bennett Cerf as his "Jewish Mother." She was elected to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1960. She was a member of the Foreign Language Committee for the Oscars for over 40 years, most of them on the Executive Committee.
In 1972 she married Dr. Sheldon Levin, a widower. She is survived by her loving husband, step children Jonathan, Jeremy and Elise, 5 step-grandchildren, 3 step-great grandchildren, sisters Evelyn and Claire and many nieces and nephews.
Her burial will be in Los Angeles. Final details will be announced. A memorial service will be scheduled later in San Francisco.
Born: 6/5/1923, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 1/12/2018, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Dolores Rubin’s westerns – script supervisor:
Ten Wanted Men – 1950
The Roy Rogers Show (TV) - 1951
Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier (TV) - 1953
The 7 Cities of Gold – 1955
Sergeant Rutledge - 1960
One-Eyed Jacks - 1961
A Gunfight - 1971
The White Buffalo – 1977
RIP Bob Claver
Los Angeles Times
January 14, 2018
Robert (Bob) E. Claver, passed away on December 14, 2017. Born May 22, 1928 in Chicago, Ill. to Louis and Sara (Sosna) Claver, Bob attended Senn High School and earned a Journalism degree from the Univ. of Ill., Champaign. After serving two years in the U.S. Army, Bob moved to New York City for his first job in the entertainment industry - a career that ultimately spanned four decades. Bob began his career in television as a writer and producer then as a director. He worked on over 50 TV series including; Captain Kangaroo, The Farmer's Daughter, The Partridge Family, Here Come the Brides, Welcome Back Kotter, Mork and Mindy, Small Wonder and Out of This World. For a complete career retrospective in his own words view the 2004 American Academy of Television interview: Bob considered himself extremely lucky because he loved what he did for a living. He also loved to read, spend time with family and friends and listen to music while walking Chicago's Miracle Mile. Upon retirement, Bob returned to Chicago, then spent his final years in Redding, CA near his daughter Nancy, son-in-law Dan Witherell, grandsons; Evan, Donald, Justin & Daniel and great-grandson; Brayden. He will also be remembered forever by best-friend, Katy Dowdalls; close extended family, Nancy & Jeff Zimmerman, Lynn Welt, Steven and David Seinfeld; and life-long friends, Edith DeMar, Howard Blum and Edgar Gettleman. Bob enjoyed a life well-lived. A memorable individual, his presence, wit, wisdom and infectious laugh will be missed. Memorial donations may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation http://www.alzinfo.org/ or a charity close to your heart.
CLAVER, Bob (Robert E. Claver)
Born: 5/22/1928, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 12/14/2017, Redding, California, U.S.A.
Bob Claver’s westerns – executive producer, director:
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1968-1970 [executive producer, director]
Cat Ballou (TV) [executive producer, director]
Young Maverick (TV) – 1980 [director]
Jean Porter, Petite Starlet of MGM Films in the 1940s, Dies at 95
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
She appeared in such movies as 'Bathing Beauty' and 'The Youngest Profession' before marrying blacklisted filmmaker Edward Dmytryk, one of the Hollywood Ten.
Jean Porter, a petite and vivacious supporting player in such 1940s MGM movies as Bathing Beauty
, The Youngest Profession
and Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
, has died. She was 95.
Porter died Saturday of natural causes in Canoga Park, California, her daughter Rebecca Dmytryk told The Hollywood Reporter
Porter was married to writer-director Edward Dmytryk, one of the Hollywood Ten, from May 1948 — shortly after he had landed in trouble with the blacklist — until his death in 1999 at age 90.
The two met after Porter had replaced Shirley Temple in his film Till the End of Time
(1946), and they also worked together on her final feature, The Left Hand of God
(1955), starring Humphrey Bogart and Gene Tierney.
A native of Texas, Porter appeared in such Westerns as Home in Wyomin'
1942) and Heart of the Rio Grande
(1942) with Gene Autry and in San Fernando Valley
(1944) opposite Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.
She was Lou Costello's manicurist girlfriend in Abbott and Costello in Hollywood
(1945) and Richard Erdman's ill-fated love interest, Darlene, in the great Bunker Hill-set film noir Cry Danger
(1951), starring Dick Powell.
Born Bennie Jean Porter on Dec. 8, 1922, in Cisco, Texas, Porter was named the "Most Beautiful Baby" in Eastland County when she was 1. At age 10, she had her own half-hour radio show on Saturday mornings on the WRR station in Fort Worth and landed a summer vaudeville job headlining with Ted Lewis and his band.
Porter came west when her mother, a piano teacher, won an all-expense-paid trip to Hollywood, and she took lessons at the Fanchon and Marco dancing school (Rita Hayworth was one of the teachers.) There, Porter was discovered by director Allan Dwan, who gave her an uncredited role in his Fox musical Song and Dance Man
(1936), starring Claire Trevor.
Small parts in such films as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
(1938), the sci-fi classic One Million B.C.
(1940), Never Give a Sucker an Even Break
(1941) and Hellzapoppin'
The perky 5-foot-tall, 98-pound Porter eventually was signed to a contract at MGM, and she played an autograph hound in The Youngest Profession
(1943), which was laden with cameos made by the studio's top stars.
Porter then portrayed a co-ed and the daughter of Margaret Dumont in Bathing Beauty
, starring Esther Williams and Basil Rathbone, and appeared as one the young lovelies in another film released in 1944, the Mickey Rooney comedy Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble
After she decided to leave MGM, Porter signed with Columbia and had the lead in the "B" pictures Betty Co-Ed
(1946) and the 1947 films Little Miss Broadway
, Sweet Genevieve
and Two Blondes and a Redhead
Edward Dmytryk scored a best director Oscar nomination for Crossfire
(1947) and helmed such notable films as Murder, My Sweet
(1945), The Sniper
(1952), The Caine Mutiny
(1954), Raintree County
(1957) and The Carpetbaggers
MGM had loaned out Porter to RKO so she could step in for Temple in Till the End of Time
. She had been dating singer Mel Torme when met Dmytryk.
Porter and her husband had fled to England in the late 1940s after he was blacklisted as one of the Hollywood Ten for refusing to answer charges that he was a communist. They returned to the U.S. in 1951, and he served six months in prison for contempt of Congress.
Dmytryk then decided to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee. He admitted that he had been a member of the American Communist Party and named other members. That enabled him to resume his career in Hollywood.
While she was making Cry Danger
, Dmytryk was in jail, she told
the Western Clippings website in an undated interview. "Dick Powell, who was wonderful, gave me a part," she said. "[It was] very little, but at least I was working."
Her last onscreen appearances came in 1961 episodes of Sea Hunt
and 77 Sunset Strip
Porter wrote several books, including the unpublished The Cost of Living
, about family members of those who were blacklisted; ChicagoJazz and Then Some
, about her L.A. neighbor, jazz pianist Jess Stacy; and, with Dmytryk, On Screen Acting
Survivors include her daughters Victoria and Rebecca and stepson Michael, an assistant director on such TV shows as Falcon Crest
and Touched by an Angel
.PORTER, Jean (Bennie Jean Porter)Born:
12/8/1922, Cisco, Texas, U.S.A.Died:
1/3/2018, Canoga Park, California, U.S.A.Jean Porter’s westerns – actress:
Heart of the Rio Grande – 1942 (Pudge)
Home in Wyomin’ – 1942 (young fan)
Calaboose – 1943 (Major Barbabara)
San Fernando Valley – 1944 (Betty Lou Kenyon)
Hugh Wilson, Creator of ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ and Director of ‘Police Academy,’ Dies at 74
The Hollywood Rporter
By Mike Barnes
His résumé also includes the films 'The First Wives Club,''Guarding Tess' and 'Stroker Ace' and TV's 'Frank's Place.'
Hugh Wilson, who created the acclaimed sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati
and directed and co-wrote the first Police Academy
movie, launching a Warner Bros. franchise, has died. He was 74.
An Emmy winner and seven-time nominee, Wilson died over the holiday weekend at his home in Albemarle County, Virginia, family friends told CBS News 19 in Charlottesville. No other details were immediately available.
Wilson also directed The First Wives Club
(1996), starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton as women seeking revenge on their ex-husbands, and co-wrote and helmed Guarding Tess
(1994), featuring Shirley MacLaine as a first lady and Nicolas Cage as a Secret Service agent trying to protect her.
Wilson wrote and directed two 1999 films that starred Brendan Fraser, Blast From the Past
and Dudley Do-Right
, and penned the screenplay for Hal Needham's Stroker Ace
(1983), starring Burt Reynolds and his future wife Loni Anderson, one of the breakout stars of WKRP
.WKRP in Cincinnati
, set at a rock radio station in the Ohio city, ran for four seasons on CBS from 1978-82. It starred Howard Hesseman and Tim Reid as deejays Johnny Fever and Venus Flytrap, respectively; Gary Sandy and Gordon Jump as station execs; Richard Sanders as the mousey newsman Les Nessman; and Anderson as WKRP's comely receptionist. The station call letters were a pun on "W-crap."
Wilson was a writer at MTM Enterprises and at work on The Tony Randall Show
when he approached MTM head Grant Tinker about an idea for another comedy, one that was based on his experience as a sales executive at a Top 40 radio station in Atlanta.
"I told Grant, and we went over to CBS, and they all said, 'Yeah, hey, great,'" Wilson said
in a 2012 oral-history discussion about one of the series' finest episodes, "Turkeys Away," on the Classic TV History blog.
"What was lucky for me was that most of those guys … had at one time or another been in the radio business. I hadn’t counted on having that kind of built-in affection for the idea.
"The character of Johnny Fever, he was based on a guy I knew in Atlanta called Skinny Bobby Harper. That was funny, because he was the morning guy, so Skinny had to get up at 4 in the morning to get in there. But he also loved being in the bars at night. He was like Fever. In the pilot, I said [to Hesseman], 'You've got to play it like you're sleepwalking, because you should be asleep by 8, but 8 is just when you're going out."
Probably because it was shifted 12 times on the CBS schedule, WKRP
— always a critical darling — had trouble finding a sizable network audience. However, it became a huge hit in first-run syndication after its original airing and spawned The New WKRP in Cincinnati
, which aired another two years on local stations.
In 1983, Wilson was asked to rewrite a screenplay for a movie about a group of misfits in training to join the police force.
"I got this script, and it was such a lousy piece of junk," he recalled
in a 2015 interview for the Archive of American Television. "I told my agent that I was in no way interested.
"He came back to me and said, 'This is The Ladd Co., it's an important company, part of Warner Bros., a lot of important people are attached — and they're saying that if you do a rewrite, they'll let you direct it.' I said, 'That's a whole different story.'"Police Academy
(1984), starring Steve Guttenberg, Bubba Smith, George Gaynes and Michael Winslow, was made for $3.8 million, according to Wilson, and grossed about $100 worldwide, one of most financially successful movies released that year. Six sequels, none involving Wilson, followed.
"He was a writer first," Winslow, the comic famous for making sound effects, said Tuesday in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter
. "He taught me that if the script is funny, don't force it to be funny. Let it play, let it play."
Hugh Hamilton Wilson was born on Aug. 21, 1943, in Miami. He attended the University of Florida and graduated in 1964 with a degree in journalism.
A year later, Wilson got a job with Armstrong World Industries' in-house advertising department in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he and others would stage shows for salesmen that sold ads for flooring products to network TV shows.
It was there that he met Jay Tarses and Tom Patchett. While Wilson would eventually become a radio exec and then a partner and creative director at the Burton-Campbell advertising agency — for whom he wrote and directed TV commercials — Tarses and Patchett went on to write on series like MTM's The Bob Newhart Show
With an assist from the writers, Wilson came to Los Angeles ready to shuck his current career and start a new one in Hollywood, and Tinker gave the ad exec, then 30, a low-level job for $200 a week as a gofer.
"I got to sit up in the stands and watch as the week progressed on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
[and other MTM series,]" he recalled. Wilson then wrote his first episode of Newhart
He also created three other series: Frank's Place
, starring Reid as an Ivy League professor who inherits a New Orleans restaurant; The Famous Teddy Z
, with Jon Cryer as a Hollywood agent; and Easy Street
, starring Anderson as a wealthy young widow. All lasted just one season.
Wilson won his Emmy for writing an episode of Frank's Place
(the show was rare in that it was nominated for best comedy in its lone season). He also was nominated three times for his work on WKRP
Wilson also worked on such films as Rustlers' Rhapsody
(1987), Down Periscope
(1998) and Mickey
(2004).WILSON, Hugh (Hugh Hamilton Wilson)Born:
8/21/1943, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.Died:
1/14/2018, Charlottesville Virginia, U.S.A.Hugh Wilson’s westerns – director, writer, actor:
Rustlers’ Rhapsody – 1985 (complaining John) [director, writer]
Rough Riders (TV) – 1997 [writer]
RIP Michael R. Oddo
Ventura County Star
January 17, 2018
Michael Ross Oddo, Moorpark, CA, age 60, died January 12 in Thousand Oaks, California. Michael died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family: parents, Ronald and Shirley Pitts Oddo, brother Ronald, (Kelly), sister Lori Dodes, devoted partner, Jeanie Ryan, nieces Alix and Madison Oddo, and nephew Tyler Dodes. Michael is preceded in death by his nephew Trevor Dodes.
Michael was born on August 2,1957 in Austin, Texas. The son of an Air Force pilot, Michael grew up in Greece before the family moved to California in 1969. He trained in gymnastics, winning the Los Angeles City Championships before he headed to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Michael was multi-talented and intellectually curious; his gifts ranged from athletic to artistic.
He appeared in over 50 stage productions in Southern California, including 35 Shakespearean roles at the Globe Playhouse in West Hollywood. He was a charter member of the Shakespeare Society of America and a founding member of the Twelfth Night Repertory Company, one of the largest school touring organizations in the country. Michael's other passions included reading, martial arts, fencing, archery, all weaponry, and moto-cross racing. His multiple skills were invaluable in his role as Camp Lead at "Burning Man" each year.
He worked many years behind the lens in the Motion Picture industry, and most recently, as a Dolly Grip in the TV industry. "News Radio", "Just Shoot Me", "Yes, Dear", and "2 Broke Girls" were shows enhanced by his deft touch with the dolly. He sustained his creative vision through painting, mixing his own blend of oils and building his own frames. He sold his distinctive black, white, and red paintings on Venice Beach boardwalk and they were appreciated by patrons worldwide.
A lover of animals, he rescued kittens on the freeway and skunks under the porch. He volunteered at "Wildlife Waystation" and sponsored many sanctuary animals, including elephants, leopards, lions and tigers. However, what distinguished Michael Ross Oddo, even more than his accomplishments and bottomless talent, was his singular character. His kindly nature, warmth, and good humor, combined with a quick and fierce wit, birthed a force of nature that will never be duplicated, and will live on in the hearts of all who knew him.
A Celebration of Michael's Life will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 at Tokiwa Japanese Restaurant in Moorpark, from 12-2:30pm. The family would welcome hearing your memories of Michael.
ODDO, Michael R. (Michael Ross Oddo)
Born: 8/2/1957, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 1/12/2018, Thousand Oaks, California, U.S.A.
Michael R. Oddo’s western – dolly grip:
The Ballad of Little Jo - 1993
Bradford Dillman, Actor in 'Compulsion' and 'The Way We Were,' Dies at 87
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
He also appeared in the original Broadway production of 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' and in a pair of Dirty Harry movies.
Bradford Dillman, who starred with Dean Stockwell in the taut 1959 crime drama Compulsion and portrayed Edmund in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, has died. He was 87.
Dillman died Tuesday in Santa Barbara due to complications from pneumonia, family spokesman Ted Gekis announced.
The lanky, dark-haired Dillman also played Robert Redford's best friend J.J. in The Way We Were (1973), and his daughter Pamela said that it was this movie that "perfectly captured the essence" of her father, particularly during the scene on a boat when the actors reminisce about their lives and best moments.
Dillman also appeared opposite Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry films The Enforcer (1976) and Sudden Impact (1983).
In director Richard Fleischer's Compulsion, derived from the infamous Leopold & Loeb case of the 1920s, Dillman and Stockwell starred as the brazen killers Arthur A. Straus and Judd Steiner, respectively, who think they have committed the perfect murder.
Dillman, Stockwell and Orson Welles (who played their attorney) shared best actor honors at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival. The Fox film was an adaptation of a Broadway hit, with Dillman taking on the role that Roddy McDowall had originated on the stage.
Dillman's family said that he was most proud of his work in Compulsion, along with his portrayal of Willie Oban in O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh (1973), an adaptation directed by John Frankenheimer for the American Film Theater.
Dillman had made his Broadway debut in 1956 in Long Day's Journey into Night, creating the role of the author's alter ego, Edmund Tyrone, for 390 performances and winning a Theater World Award in the process.
However, it was Stockwell who played Edmund in Sidney Lumet's 1962 movie version.
Dillman was born on April 14, 1930, in San Francisco, the third of the four children. He grew up in the city but spent his summers in Santa Barbara acting in local theater productions.
He attended boarding school at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and Yale University, where he studied English and drama, then entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a lieutenant in the Korean War.
After an honorable discharge, Dillman auditioned for Lee Strasburg and entered the Actors Studio alongside fellow classmates James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.
Following Long Day's Journey Into Night and a role in Katharine Cornell's Hallmark Hall of Fame production of Robert E. Sherwood's Pulitzer Prize-winning There Shall Be No Night, Dillman was signed by 20th Century Fox. He was cast in the 1958 films A Certain Smile and In Love and War and received the Golden Globe for most promising newcomer — male in 1959.
In 1961, Dillman had the title role in Francis of Assisi, directed by Michael Curtiz.
Omnipresent on television throughout the 1960s and '70s, Dillman had a recurring role on Dr. Kildare, starred with Peter Graves in the short-lived series Court Martial and guest-starred on shows including The Name of the Game; The Wild, Wild West; Mission: Impossible; The Man From U.N.C.L.E.; Columbo; Ironside; Barnaby Jones; and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
His autobiography, Are You Anybody?: An Actor's Life, was published in 1997.
A lifelong fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Dillman was invited in the late '70s by coach Bill Walsh and owner Eddie DeBartolo to sit in on NFL Draft sessions, and he gave the team a suggested pick for the next 20 years. He wrote a book about another NFL team, Inside the New York Giants, in 1995.
Survivors include his children Jeffrey, Pamela, Charlie, Christopher and Dinah and stepdaughter Georgia. He was married to Frieda Harding McIntosh and, from 1963 until her death in 2003, model and actress Suzy Parker, whom he met in London while they made A Circle of Deception (1960).
The family asks that a donation in his memory be made to Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care in Santa Barbara.
Born: 4/14/1930, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Died: 1/16/2018, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.
Bradford Dillman’s westerns – actor:
Wagon Train (TV) – 1963 (Miles Brisbane)
The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1971 (Sam Harder, Deke Slaughter, Sheriff Dell)
The Plainsman – 1966 (Lt. Stiles)
Shane (TV) – 1966 (Major George Hackett)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966, 1967 (Eric Mercer, Dr. James Beldon)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Mike Trayne)
Bonanza (TV) – 1971 (Griff Bannon)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) 1972 (Spencer)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1979 (Col. Craig)
The Legend of Walks Far Woman (TV) – 1982 (Singer)
Dead Anna Campori, the Grandmother of the Black Corsair: she was 100 years old
January 19, 2018
The Actress Anna Campori has died at 100 years and 6 months in her home in Trastevere, Rome, where she was born during the first world war and grew up. She was surrounded by the affection of her big family, a daughter, five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. Her daughter Alessandra announced this to the ANSA: "Mamma has always been a woman full of much love and generous energy, Dad, he too was an actor who left 18 years ago, even my sister died 7 years ago," she said.
Campori, started working in films at a very young age, forming a long association with Totò, and many actors and directors, along with her husband Pietro De Vico, who died in 1999. She was great success as a actress on television of the ‘60s in a very innovative musical comedy that fascinated the boys but also the adults: "Giovanna, la nonna del Corsaro Nero " for a particularly long time," of which, today there is almost nothing left as the episodes went live", explains Alessandra. Anna had a long career in the theater and cinema and a long association with Totò. But she also worked with Rascel, Panelli Steno, Corbucci and Dino Risi. In 2013 she had a cameo in the film by Daniele Lucchetti Anni Felici. The funeral Rome, will be held on January 20 at 3 p.m., in San Francesco a Ripa.
Born: 9/22/1917, Trastevere, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 1/19/2018, Trastevere, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Anna Campori’s western – actress:
Rick and John, Conquerors of the West – 1967 (Irene Jefferson)
Albert Bettcher, Cameraman on 'Bye Bye Birdie,''The Graduate' and 'Batman,' Dies at 97
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
He stepped into Dustin Hoffman's flippers as Benjamin Braddock in one scene, a highlight of his long career in Hollywood.
Albert Bettcher, a cameraman who worked on The Graduate, Batman, Blade Runner and Three Stooges movies during a career that spanned nearly a half-century in Hollywood, has died. He was 97.
A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators in 1990, Bettcher died Dec. 21 at his home in Pasadena, his daughter Nancy Hurley announced.
On The Graduate (1967), Bettcher served as a hand-held cameraman for director Mike Nichols and cinematographer Robert Surtees and pulled off one particularly difficult scene — the one where the camera "acts" as Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) as he strides out of his parents' house in a wetsuit, diving mask and flippers, dives into a pool, swims underwater and resurfaces, only to be pushed back into the pool by his father.
Those are Bettcher's feet in the flippers, his daughter noted.
In a 1967 story for Action magazine, Surtess wrote that Bettcher had to rehearse for two days to get that sequence just right.
Bettcher also trained his lens on Kim Novak in Pal Joey (1957), Jeanne Eagels (1957) and Bell Book and Candle (1958), on Dick Van Dyke and Ann-Margret in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), on Joan Crawford in Strait-Jacket (1964), on Jessica Lange and a giant ape in King Kong (1976) and on William Hurt and Kathleen Turner in Body Heat (1981).
Bettcher shot 34 installments of ABC's Batman during its first season in 1966 and did the movie that was released later that summer. Earlier, he manned a camera on The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962), The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze (1963) and The Outlaws Is Coming (1965).
Born in Chicago, Bettcher served with the 168th Signal Photographic Company during World War II. In 1946, he filmed the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal in the Philippines.
Back in the U.S., Bettcher started out in the still lab at Columbia Pictures, where he worked for seven years before breaking in as an assistant cameraman on Over-Exposed (1956). He assisted for nine years before advancing to operator.
Bettcher's film credits also included Pepe (1960), The Mechanic (1972), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), Breathless (1983), Howard the Duck (1986) and My Stepmother Is an Alien (1988) and, for television, The Bill Cosby Show in the early 1970s and The Waltons.
His daughter noted that Bettcher continued to keep up with his profession after his retirement. He was working his way through the screeners that the Motion Picture Academy had just sent him and had seen Hamilton a few weeks ago.
Connie, his wife of 75 years, died last year.
Survivors also include a great-granddaughter, Aurelia.
Born: 12/7/1920, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 12/21/2017, Pasadena, California, U.S.A
Albert Bettcher’s westerns –
Gunman's Walk – 1958 [assistant camera]
They Came to Cordura – 1959 [assistant camera]
The Wild Westerners – 1962 [assistant camera]
Empire (TV) – 1962-1964 [assistant camera]
The Outlaws Is Coming - 1965 [assistant camera]
Man and Boy – 1971 [cameraman]
Dorothy Malone, Oscar-Winning Actress in ‘Written on the Wind’ and ‘Peyton Place’ Star, Dies at 92
By Kirsten Chuba
January 19, 2018
Dorothy Malone, star of the big and small screen with “Written on the Wind,” “Basic Instinct” and “Peyton Place,” died on Friday morning in Dallas of natural causes. She was 92.
Working in the Golden Age of Hollywood, the striking blonde actress won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in Douglas Sirk’s melodrama “Written on the Wind,” which she starred in with Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall and Robert Stack. Among her more notable early roles was the bookshop proprietress in “The Big Sleep” opposite Humphrey Bogart.
After years of smaller roles, the Oscar helped her secure roles in larger projects like “Too Much, Too Soon,” “Man of a Thousand Faces,” and “Warlock.” She would frequently work with Hudson throughout the 1960s, as she played opposite him twice more in “The Tarnished Angels” and “The Last Sunset.”
After years in the film business, Malone waded into television with a starring role on prime-time soap opera “Peyton Place” from 1964 to 1968. She later revived her Constance MacKenzie character in TV movies based on the series, 1977’s “Murder in Peyton Place” and 1985’s “Peyton Place: The Next Generation.” She also appeared in a number of miniseries, including “Rich Man, Poor Man” and “Condominium.”
Malone’s last on-screen appearance may be one of her most famous, playing a mother convicted of murdering her family in 1992’s “Basic Instinct,” alongside Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.
Originally Dorothy Maloney, the star was born in Chicago but grew up in Dallas, attending Southern Methodist University. She was discovered there by a talent scout while acting in a school play, and soon after was signed to a studio contract.
Manager Burt Shapiro reported her death.
She was married and divorced three times, to actor Jacques Bergerac, Robert Tomarkin and Charles Huston Bell. She is survived by two daughters she had with Bergerac, Mimi and Diane.
MALONE, Dorothy (Dorothy Eloise Maloney)
Born: 1/30/1925, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 1/19/2018, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
Dorothy Malone’s westerns – actress:
Frontier Days – 1945 (Martha Mercer)
Two Guys from Texas - 1948 (Joan Winston)
Colorado Territory – 1949 (Julie Ann Winslow)
South of St. Louis - 1949 (Deborah Miller)
The Nevadan – 1950 (Karen Galt)
The Bushwhackers - 1951 (Cathy Sharpe)
Saddle Legion - 1951 (Dr. Ann F. Rollins)
Jack Slade – 1953 (Virginia Maria Dale)
Law and Order – 1953 (Jeannie)
The Lone Gun - 1954 (Charlotte Downing)
At Gunpoint - 1955 (Martha Wright)
Five Guns West - 1955 (Shalee)
Tall Man Riding - 1955 (Corinna Ordway)
Pillars of the Sky – 1956 (Calla Gaxton)
Tension at Table Rock - 1956 (Lorna Miller)
Quantez - 1957 (Chaney)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1958 (Nora Atkins)
Warlock – 1959 (Lily Dollar)
The Last Sunset – 1961 (Belle Breckenridge)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961 (Mary Parker)
January 20, 2018
Mary (Kizziar) Murie
Our dear wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Mary (Kizziar) Murie, went to her eternal rest on January 12, 2018 in Bakersfield, CA. She is survived by Earle Murie, her husband; Pam Findley, her daughter; Mark Murie, her son; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Mary was born in Maypearl, Texas and spent her childhood in Hollywood, CA where she performed as a child actress for MGM Pictures. She attended high school in Pomona and college in Ontario, CA. In 1951 she married the love of her life, Earle Murie, in Louisville, Kentucky after which Earle served in the Korean War. Upon Earle's discharge, the couple resided in the Long Beach, CA area, where their son and daughter were born. Eventually the family moved to San Luis Obispo where Earle and Mary lived for over 45 years, participating in community theater productions as actors, directors, instructors, and producers of numerous musical theater productions.
Mary was a tireless wife, mother, and grandmother. She delighted in serving her family, both physical and spiritual. She loved animals, was devoted to God, and enjoyed crafts, gardening, watching Jeopardy, eating chocolate, and, especially, music and theater. Her bright smile and positive outlook will be missed by many.
Memorial services to celebrate Mary's life will be held at the Los Osos Valley Church of Christ, 2058 Los Osos Valley Road, on Saturday, January 27th at 11:00 a.m. A lunch reception will follow.
RUTH, Mary (Mary Ruth Kizziar)
Born: 1932, Maypearl, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 1/12/2018, Barkersfield, California, U.S.A.
Mary Ruth’s western – actress:
Song of the Buckaroo – 1938 (Mary Ruth Alden)
Maid Marian actor Howard Lew Lewis dies at 76
He played Rabies in all four series of children's comedy Maid Marian and her Merry Men, written by Tony Robinson.
Robinson posted on Twitter: "RIP Rabies. The kind, funny and gentle Howard Lew Lewis died on Saturday. Much missed."
Lewis also starred as barman Elmo on sitcom Brush Strokes.
Maid Marian and her Merry Men first aired in 1989.
It was known for its off-the-wall comic style and for spoofing other films and TV shows.
Lewis also appeared with Robinson in Blackadder and had roles in the 1991 film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Terry Gilliam's 1985 film Brazil.
In a 2003 interview, Lewis said he turned to acting after many years working in computers. He added that when they decided to make him a manager, "it was time to move on and became an actor".
The actor described his time working on Maid Marian as "excellent" but "muddy".
Lewis spoke to the Scottish Mail on Sunday just before Christmas, confirming he had dementia.
LEWIS, Howard Lew
Born: 8/21/1941, London, England, U.K.
Died: 1/20/2018, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.
Howard Lew Lewis’ western – voice actor.
Asterix in America – 1994 [English voice of Obelix]