Hawaii child actress, singer Donna Butterworth dies at 62
Hawaii Tribune Heralb
By John Burnett
Donna Butterworth, a child actress and singer who co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1966 movie “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,” died Tuesday at Hilo Medical Center following a long illness. She was 62.
Born in Philadelphia on Feb. 23, 1956, Butterworth was 3 when she moved to Hawaii with her family.
She was 9 and already a showbiz veteran when she got the call to film with Elvis. By then, she had performed with entertainer Don Ho; released two singles, “Sailor Boy” and “California Sunshine Boy” on a national record label; appeared on “The Hollywood Palace,” “The Dean Martin Show,” “The Andy Williams Show” and “The Danny Kaye Show”; and garnered a Golden Globe nomination for most promising newcomer for her role in the 1965 Jerry Lewis comedy “The Family Jewels.”
In “Paradise, Hawaiian Style,” Butterworth played Jan Kohana, daughter of the business partner of Elvis’ character.
Butterworth sang several duets with the King of Rock ’n’ Roll and gained a cult following, but her acting career was short-lived.
She appeared in “Little Leathernecks,” an unsold sitcom pilot that aired as an episode of “Summer Fun,” a seven-week 1966 ABC-TV summer-replacement series, and “A Boy Called Nuthin’,” a two-part 1967 episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color” that starred Ron Howard.
As an adult, Butterworth sang professionally and recorded a CD in Hawaii in the early 2000s.
A private memorial and celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Born: 2/13/1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 3/6/2018, Hilo, Hawaii, U.S.A
Donna Butterworth’s western – actress:
A Boy Called Nothin (TV) – 1967 (Laura-Kate Brackney)
Santa Fe New Mexican
March 10, 2018
TIMOTHY E. TAYLOR Timothy E. Taylor, a/k/ a Adam Tim Taylor, 75, passed away at his home in Cerrillos on December 11, 2017. He was born in Hamilton, Ohio on November 21, 1942, to Thomas and Sally Brown Taylor. He first visited New Mexico in the 1970s, and made Cerrillos his home in the 1980s. Tim was an accomplished actor, playwright, screenwriter and artist. He toured the country in a Shakespearean theatre company, and his stage career included off-Broadway and Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. As Adam Taylor, he appeared in over 30 movies and many television shows. He wrote and starred in a Western short film, "Ridin' Down," which was nominated in 1999 for a Golden Boot Award. In addition to the performing arts, Tim was an artist's assistant at UCLA and at one time had his own gallery in Madrid, NM. Tim is survived by his son, Tristan M. Taylor, his sweetheart, Jennifer Burns, and many, many good friends who will miss him dearly. There will be a memorial at the Madrid Cemetery on Saturday, March 17, at 1:00 pm, and at the Engine House Theatre in Madrid at 5:00 p.m.
TAYLOR, Adam(aka Adam Tim Taylor) (Timothy E. Taylor)
Born:11/21/1942, Hamilton, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 12/11/2017, Cerrillos, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Adam Taylor’s westerns actor:
The Return of Desperado (TV) – 1988
Lonesome Dove – 1989 (deputy)
Powwow Highway – 1989 (Bull Miller)
Lucky Luke – 1990 (outlaws)
Lucky Luke (TV) – 1990-1991 (outlaw)
Young Guns II – 1990 (bounty hunter)
Conagher – (TV) 1991 (Evans)
Wyatt Earp – 1994 (Texas Jack)
Troublemakers – 1994 (Black Jack)
Ridin Down – 1999 (Preach)
Into the West (TV) – 2005 (General Alfred Terry)
Doc West (TV) – 2008 (Victor Baker)
Triggerman (TV) – 2008
Godless (TV) – 2017 (Olagrande)
The Arizona Republic
November 8, 2017
Benjamin Robert Miller, passed away peacefully in his home on October 25, 2017 in Queen Creek, Arizona at 78. Ben was a dynamic man with incredible life experiences such as his career in western motion pictures as a stunt man and many years of roping and riding horses. Ben's final resting place will be Oklahoma where he was born. He is survived by his children, his brother, sister and countless friends. Services are Saturday, November 11th at 11 am at Bunker's Garden Chapel, 33 North Centennial Way in Mesa.
MILLER, Ben (Benjamin Robert Miller)
Born: 1939, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 10/25/2017, Queen Creek, Arizona, U.S.A.
Ben Miller’s westerns – wrangler, ramrod, stuntman, associate producer:
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 1969 [stunts]
Shoot Out – 1971 [stunts]
Bonanza: The Return – 1993 [ramrod]
Tombstone – 1993 [stunts]
Blind Justice (TV) – 1994 [wrangler]
Bonanza: Under Attack (TV) – 1995 [associate producer, ramrod]
Karl May & Co.
Jochen Baumert died February 18, 2018. He was a German actor who lived with his wife Sigrun in Hamburg -Eppendorf. Born on April 30, 1939, Legnica, Poland, Baumert played in various city-city episodes "Kalle Reich" and played roles by Henri Vahl at the Ohnsorg-Theater in Hamburg. He was trained first as a baker and confectioner in the GDR and later from 1964-1967 in West Berlin at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts as a singer.
At the Karl May Festival in Bad Segeberg, he appeared almost overnight: He jumped in 1982 for the precipitated after the dress rehearsal as Sam Hawkens and was committed to the next four productions.
From 1992 to 2006 , Baumert belonged to the ensemble every year except 1993 and 1998 . He always remained true to the comic characters. Sam Hawkens became his brand anme role, for which he was interrupted only by the star guest Freddy Quinn, until his last season, as a member of the regular cast. According to the program booklet of 1997, he refused a role in the television series ‘Two Munich in Hamburg’, to be able to play in Bad Segeberg.
Winnetou III 2006 was Jochen Baumerts was his farewell: he contracted during the season, pneumonia and had to be replaced for several weeks. He returned, recovered but shortly before the end of the season he contracted pneumonia again. As he said in 2007, he regretfully refuses to engage again out of consideration for his health after much deliberation.
In 2008 he had a surprising Karl May comeback: he planned to take on the role of Sam Hawkens in Under Vultures in Elspe in several performances, as Jogi Kaiser but was prevented by several appointments in the Ohnsorg Theater.
Born: 4/30/1939, Legnica, Poland
Died: 2/18/2018, Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Jochen Baumert’s Bad Segeberg, Elspe westerns – actor:
Winnetou, der rote Gentleman – 1982 (Sam Hawkens)
Old Surehand – 1983 (Dick Hammerdull)
Unter Geiern – 1984 (Dicker Jeremy)
Der Ölprinz – 1985 (Sam Hawkens)
Old Surehand – 1992 (Dick Hammerdull)
Der Schatz im Silbersee – 1994 (Humply-Bill)
Winnetou I – 1995 (Sam Hawkens)
Winnetou und der Scout – 1996 (Sheriff McLean)
Winnetou und Old Firehand – 1997 (Sam Hawkens)
Halbblut – 1999 (Tante Droll)
Der Ölprinz (2000) (Sam Hawkens)
Der Schatz im Silbersee - 2001 (Tante Droll)
Im Tal des Todes – 2002 (Sam Hawkens)
Old Surehand – 2003 (Tante Droll)
Unter Geiern - Der Sohn des Bärenjägers – 2004 (Dicker Jeremy)
Winnetou und das Geheimnis der Felsenburg – 2005 (Juggle-Fred)
Winnetou III – 2006 (Sam Hawkens)
Unter Geiern - 2008 (Sam Hawkens) [at Elspe Theater]
Director Robert Scheerer, Director Known For Live Musical TV Specials, Dies At 89
March 11, 2018
Robert Scheerer, whose lengthy show business career was highlighted by his mastery of directing live musicals for television, has died at 89. Scheerer died March 3 of natural causes, according to an announcement from production company LenGlo Entertainment.
Born in Santa Barbara in 1928, Scheerer started out as a dancer. As a teenage member of the dance group The Jivin’ Jacks and Jills, he made 12 films for Universal Studios, including What’s Cookin’. He later acted on Broadway in the play Lend an Ear and appeared with Julie Andrews in the The Boy Friend, with Phil Silvers in Top Banana, and with comic actor Wally Cox in Dance Me A Song, directed by Bob Fosse.
Scheerer soon transitioned to directing, landing his first big job on Shari Lewis’ Saturday Morning Show. He went on to receive 10 Emmy nominations for Best Director and won in 1964 for his work on The Danny Kaye Show. He directed two AFI specials, one honoring Bette Davis and the other John Ford. For decades, he was the go-to director for live TV musical specials. He directed Barbra Streisand in A Happening In Central Park and Shirley Maclaine in If They Could See me Now. His credits also included Live At Lincoln Center specials with Beverly Sills, Audra McDonald and Danny Kaye.
Episodic TV also became a specialty, and Scheerer helmed episodes of many top-rated shows, including Fame, Matlock, Hawaii Five-O, Police Story, The Love Boat, Knots Landing, Dynasty, Ironside and Gilligan’s Island. He regularly got directing work on the many Star Trek iterations, including The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.
Three feature films were also directed by Scheerer, including Adam at 6am with Michael Douglas in 1970, The World’s Greatest Athlete with Jan Michael Vincent in 1973 and How to Beat the High Co$t of Living with Jessica Lange, Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin in 1980.
Scheerer is survived by his and his wife, Denise Scheerer, two children from his first wife, Nina, Amanda Scheerer and Evan Scheerer; stepdaughter Angel Pennington; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Born: 12/28/1929, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A
Died: 3/3/2018, California, U.S.A.
Robert Scheerer’s western – director:
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1988-1989
"Traumschiff" and "Bergdoktor" actor Siegfried Rauch is dead
The actor Siegfried Rauch has died. He died at 85 years of age as a result of a tragic accident. He became famous for his roles as captain of the "Traumschiff" and in the series "Der Bergdoktor".
The actor Siegfried Rauch died in a fall in his hometown Untersöchering south of Munich. This was confirmed by the police in Penzberg. Previously, the ZDF and the "Bild" newspaper, citing Radio Oberland had reported that his death was the result of smoke.
According to media reports, Rauch had fallen down a flight of stairs during a celebration of the volunteer fire brigade in his place of residence and succumbed to his injuries at the place of the accident.
Rauch had become known in the role of the "Traumschiff" captain Jakob Paulsen. The theatrical breakthrough, however, he had already succeeded in the early 1970s - with the classic "Le Mans". He played a race car driver, as did his friend and colleague Steve McQueen. The leap to Hollywood would have been possible, but the Bavarian homeland was more important than the big money in America.
In the rural idyll with a view of the Alps, he felt at ease, since 1973 he lived in a farmhouse near Murnau. "When I work, I have to be happy, and I can only do that in my farmhouse in Bavaria and with my family," he once said in an interview. Rauch had been married to his wife Karin since 1964 and had two sons with her.
From 1999, Rauch was the face of the "Traumschiff" for 14 years. Until his old age, he still played the role of a doctor. Roman Melchinger in the ZDF series "Der Bergdoktor ".
Only in 2015 Rauch fulfilled "a lifelong dream" and released the CD "Moonlight & Lovesongs". "In the old days, men used to play on the guitar in front of their bedroom window in the evenings, and today only Italians are true romantics," he said in an interview. He had released a record more than 30 years earlier.
The Smoke from the Ammersee remained true to the water even after his departure from the "dream ship": Sailing became his favorite pastime, as he told in an interview. "I am now captain on my own sailboat." He also benefited from his seaworthiness during the filming. "The more it wobbles and rocks on the water, the better I feel," he said in 2015.
Born: 4/2/1923, Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany
Died: 3/11/2018, Untersöchering, Bavaria, Germany
Siegfried Rauch’s westerns – actor:
Geronimo und die Räuber (TV) – 1966 (Geronimo)
My Friend Winnetou (TV) – 1980 (Old Shatterhand)
The Sons of Trinity – 1996 (Parker)
Oleg Tabakov, Russian Actor and Theater Director, Dies at 82
The Moscow Art Theater said Tabakov died Monday of an unspecified illness.
Oleg Tabakov, a Russian actor and theater director who for decades was one of the most revered figures in Russia's theater and film communities, has died. He was 82.
The Moscow Art Theater said Tabakov died Monday of an unspecified illness at a Moscow hospital. Tabakov led the theater for the last 18 years.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended condolences to Tabakov's family.
Born in the Volga River city of Saratov, Tabakov joined the Sovremennik theater after graduating from a Moscow theater school in 1957. He performed in both classic and modern productions and also became widely popular as a film actor, starring in many Soviet films and lending his voice to cartoon characters.
TABAKOV, Oleg (Oleg Pavlovich Tabakov)
Born: 8/17/1935, Saratov, Saratovskiy, Russia, U.S.S.R.
Died: 3/12/2018, Moscow, Russia
Oleg Tabakov’s western – actor:
A Man from Boulevard Capucines – 1987 (Harry)
The Concord Journal
March 13, 2018
Andrew Kittredge Lewis died at his Walpole NH home on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at the age of 92. He had a long career writing for television and the movies, and is perhaps best known for the screenplay Klute, a 1971 classic thriller directed by Alan J. Pakula. Andy Lewis was born in Cambridge, MA, the son of Mabel Maxwell (Graves) and Harvard philosopher Clarence Irving Lewis. He was educated in the public schools in Lexington and later attended the Phillips Exeter Academy. He was called to action in the Fall of 1943, the year he turned eighteen. He served in the Army with the 86th Blackhawk Division as a machine gunner. After the war he graduated Harvard in 1949, and moved into the new Conantum development in Concord MA with his first wife, Sally (Cushman). Lewis writing career was closely tied to the origins and rise of television entertainment. For a few years after graduating from Harvard, Lewis cobbled together jobs that gave him spare time to pursue writing projects. He delivered milk for local farms such as Verrills, took a part-time stint at WGBH and worked in the Harvard Financial Aid Office while composing short stories for periodicals like The Atlantic Monthly and The Saturday Evening Post. Things took a different turn when in 1953 he was offered a job writing for a television program called Omnibus, and thereby joined the first cohort of writers creating content for the brand new TV industry. Omnibus was a pioneering exploration of televisions educational potential. Its varied format suited Lewis temperament because he could shift between pieces, for example, on dance, Greek theater or education. While working on a segment about Harvard University, Lewis met then- Senator John F. Kennedy. This led to occasional work speech writing and editing for JFK, Leverett Saltonstall and Henry Cabot Lodge. After Omnibus, Lewis wrote for anthology drama series such as Encounter, The DuPont show with June Allyson, The Kraft Suspense Theater and Profiles in Courage. As the commercial appeal of westerns, crime dramas and medical shows grew, his contributions shifted to serials like The Virginian, The FBI and Dr. Kildare. Andy Lewis half-seriously referred to his job in television as that of a "worditute", and was only lightly invested in the final product. His professional choices were always steered by what he considered best for his children. Play writing was an outlet that allowed him control over a fully realized creation, but one that he couldnt often indulge. He valued his ties with The Theatre Company of Boston, which, during the '60s, was a crucible for young talent. At a 1964 reading of Lewis play The Triumph of Lincoln Clum, the lead character was read by an actor just on the cusp of his big breakout, Dustin Hoffman. Another play, The Infantry, was staged at the Theatre Company of Boston, and included a young Blythe Danner and Paul Benedict in the cast. The Infantry also had an off-Broadway run in which the creator of Hair, James Rado, performed. By the 1970s Andy Lewis moved from TV work to feature-length film writing. He and his brother Dave wrote the script for Klute on speculation and it was quickly purchased by Warner Brothers. For the next fifteen years, Lewis continued to live in Concord writing screenplays. He was perhaps exceptional in that he enjoyed success in the film industry without having to reside in either L.A. or New York City. In 1985 Andy Lewis stopped writing and revisited a longtime interest in architecture. Back in 1959, he had co-authored a book At Home With Tomorrow with the architect Carl Koch, about Kochs approach to the challenges of adaptable design and inexpensive fabrication. Kochs distinctive Mid-century Modernist homes, called Techbuits are now found throughout the country, but the Conantum community in Concord was among the earlier established developments. Andy Lewis admired the style and owned three different Conantum houses at various times. In pursuit of his own ideas Lewis temporarily moved to Sacramento CA and began to learn how to make and manipulate molded concrete forms. He devised a building system that used curved concrete modules or Quadrans that could be combined into a variety of open, cathedral-like structures. The main component was a self-supporting canopy, so his invention greatly reduced framing costs and the requirement interior weight-bearing walls. Lewis patent application was itself notable for including a novel type of stress test, in which a prototypes concrete roof was demonstrated not to collapse under the weight of Lewis Dodge Dart. Eventually satisfied with the trial run, at the vigorous age of 65-plus, Andy Lewis moved to New Hampshire, bought a plot of land and a crane and built a beautiful, fully-appointed house in Walpole. It took seven years and a fair bit of experimentation to complete, but the result was a graceful home that sheltered Lewis until his death. Andrew K. Lewis is remembered with love by his six children, their spouses, their children and their grandchildren, by his partner France Menk, and by their cat, Anteros.
LEWIS, Andy (Andrew Kittredge Lewis)
Born: 1925, Lexington, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 2/28/2018, Walpole, New Hampshire, U.S.A.
Andy Lewis’ westerns – writer:
Hudson’s Bay (TV) - 1959
Outlaws (TV) – 1960-1962
Wide Country (TV) – 1962, 1963
Destry (TV) – 1964
The Road West (TV) - 1966
The Virginian (TV) – 1966, 1967, 1968
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) - 1967
Lancer (TV) - 1969
Enrico Ciacci, a great guitarist, has died: he had a long career with his brother Little Tony
By Alessandra Vitali
March 13, 2018
Enrico Ciacci, guitarist, composer and brother of singer Little Tony died in Rome. This was announced by Pasquale Mammaro, manager of both brothers. Born in Tivoli 75 years ago, an excellent guitarist, composer of soundtracks, rock and roll enthusiast, it was he who transmitted his passion for American music to his brother Antonio.
Antonio and Enrico, and the other brother, Alberto, had started while very young to take their first steps in show business, and to study music, thanks also to his father Novino, singer and accordionist, and his uncle Settembrino, guitarist. A long collaboration, that between Enrico and Little Tony, who passed away in May 2013, had brought them to perform together on the stages of half the world and to share together a long career. Also similar in appearance: even for Enrico pompadour hair, dark glasses, leather clothes and strictly fringed jackets in the name of Elvis.
With Little Tony, Enrico had collaborated in the writing of songs like Quando vedrai la mia ragazza e Il ragazzo and il ciuffo. Among the films for which he had composed the music, “I’ll Sell My Skin Dearly”, “Marinai in coperta”, Peggio per te, meglio per me”, all in the late sixties. Among his most prestigious collaborations, the one with Ennio Morricone for the soundtrack of “A Fistful of Dollars”, is his guitar that made an icon the music that the maestro created for the film by Sergio Leone.
"I'm very sorry for the news of Enrico Ciacci's disappearance: he was a superfine guitarist": this is how Fiorello remembers him, announcing a salute, tomorrow, to Radio Deejay. "He has always lived alongside his brother Little Tony - remembers Fiorello - following him with love and accompanying him in his successes". And remember when "at VivaRadio2 he delighted us by playing his magic guitar live".
Born: 11/21/1942, Tivoli, Lazio Italy
Died: 3/13/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Enrico Ciacci’ westerns – composer, musician:
Fistful of Dollars - 1964 [guitar]
I'll Sell My Skin Dearly – 1968 [composer]
Blindman – 1971 [sitar]
Sean Garrison died at his Morongo Valley, California home on March 2, 2018. The New York City native launched his acting career in the 1957 episode "A Time to Die" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Colt .45
, starring Wayde Preston. He appeared again on Colt .45
in 1958 as Charles "Chuck" Dudley in the episode "Circle of Fear". In 1958, he had an uncredited role in the film Darby's Rangers
with James Garner. That same year he was cast as Mike Fullerton in the episode "The Empty Gun" of the ABC/WB western series Cheyenne
, starring Clint Walker in the title role.
Garrison played Andy Gibson in the 1958 episode "The Canary Kid" of Sugarfoot
, another ABC/WB western series with Will Hutchins in the title role. He also had a comedy role with Ricky Nelson in 1958 as George in "Stealing Rick's Girl" on ABC's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
In 1958, Garrison played the role of Yeoman Kaffhamp in Onionhead
, a military film with Andy Griffith. In 1959, he was cast as Seaman Floyd in the film Up Periscope
. He had two film roles in 1961, as Glenn in Splendor in the Grass
and as Fred Tyson in Bridge to the Sun
In 1965, he was cast as Lloyd Garner in "The Young Marauders", the fourth episode of the ABC western series The Big Valley
In 1966, he played the role of Mark Dominic, the lover of Jean Seberg's character, in the mystery film Moment to Moment
.Another 1966 role was that of the Reverend John Porter in the episode "Sanctuary" of Gunsmoke
, a story of outlaws taking refuge in a church.
He was cast in 1966 as Doug Pomeroy in "Runaway Boy" on Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
. In 1967, he played the role of Richard Tyson in the film Banning
In Dundee and the Culhane
, Garrison joined John Mills as the junior partner of frontier lawyers taking clients in the American West. Garrison had relatively few acting roles thereafter, none long-lasting. In 1968, he was cast as Buck Hambleton in the episode "Ordeal" of The Name of the Game
. In 1969, he played Samuel J. Coles in "A Reign of Guns" in The Mod Squad
. In 1970, he was cast as George in "The Pied Piper of Rome" on the comedy To Rome with Love
. In another 1970 appearance, he was cast in Love American Style
. In 1971, he portrayed Harvey Bishop in "The 5th Victim", the twelfth episode of Alias Smith and Jones
. His subsequent roles included Clint Carpenter in "Harvest of Death" (1972) on Mannix
, Detective Robert Scott in "The Violent Homecoming" (1973) of Police Story
, Lanark in "The Second Chance" (1977) of The Rockford Files
, and Captain Buck Tanner in "PlayGirl/Smith's Valhalla (1980) of Fantasy Island
Garrison's last two acting roles were as Carl Belford in "The 18-Wheel Rip-Off" (1980) of B.J. and the Bear
and as a physician in the episode "The Hawk and the Hunter" (1981) of CHiPs
http://obituaries.bestcremation.com/o/garrison/35042/ GARRISON, SeanBorn:
10/19/1937, New York City, New York, U.S.A.Died:
3/2/2018, Morongo Valley, California, U.S.A.Sean Garrison’s westerns – actor:
Colt .45 (TV) – 1957, 1958 (youth, Charlie ‘Chuck’ Dudley)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1958 (Mike Fullerton)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1958 (Andy Gibson)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965 (Lloyd Garner)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1966 (Reverend John Porter)
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) – 1967 (The Culhane)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Harvey Bishop)
The Secret Empire – 1979 (Yannuck)
Romero began his career in 1943 as an opera singer, appearing in productions with the San Francisco Opera and in Los Angeles. He also appeared in musicals, such as Kiss Me, Kate, Kismet and Oklahoma!. On Broadway, he appeared in 3 for Tonight (1954).
After twenty years on the stage, he moved into television and film. His first television appearance was an opera skit on CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis with Dwayne Hickman, in which he performed a medley of famous opera arias. His roles as a regular cast member on TV shows included portraying investigator Bob Ramirez on The D.A., Broken Foot on Born to the Wind and Sgt. John Rivera on Dan August.
He appeared in dozens of films and television programs. His credits include appearances in Walker: Texas Ranger, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Custer, Police Woman, Land of the Lost, Kung Fu, The Six Million Dollar Man, Ironside, Death Valley Days, The Incredible Hulk, Adam-12, and Emergency!, and in an unaired episode of the short-lived series The New Land.
In 1990 he starred in the soap opera Santa Barbara as Shamar, an Indian who gave Cruz the talisman.
He also starred in a television drama of the life of Chief Joseph entitled: I Will Fight No More Forever. In 2006, he appeared in the feature film Expiration Date.
Born: 12/4/1926, Franklin, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Died: 11/4/2017, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.
Ned Romero’s westerns – actor:
The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1968 (Angelo, Tza'Wuda)
The Talisman – 1966 (The Indian)
Shane (TV) – 1966 (Chips)
Custer (TV) – 1967 (Running Feet)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1967, 1968, 1970 (Running-in-a-Circle, Geronimo Kid, Naranjo, Father de la Cuesta
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1967, 1968 (Rinaldo, Carlos Mendoza)
Laredo (TV) – 1967 (Captain Montoya)
Rango (TV) - 1967
Winchester 73 (TV) – 1967 (Wild Bear)
Hang ‘Em High – 1968 (Charlie Blackfoot)
Bonanza (TV) – 1968 (White Wolf)
Mark of the Gun – 1969
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here - 1969 (Tom)
Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Wichita Jim)
Gentle Savage – 1973 (Richard Allen)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1974, 1975 (Lame Dog, Indian leader)
I Will Fight No More Forever – (TV) – 1975 (Chief Joseph)
The Quest (TV) – 1976 (Salcedo)
Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1977 (Chingachgook)
Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (TV) – 1977 (
The Deerslayer (TV) – 1978 (Chingachgook)
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (TV) – 1978 (Silver Fox)
Born to the Wind (TV) – 1982 (Broken Foot)
The Mystic Warrior (TV) – 1982 (Wisa)
Houston: The Legend of Texas (TV) - 1986 (Chief John Jolley)
Stranger on My Land (TV) - 1988 (Doc)
The Magnificent Seven (TV) – 1998 (Seminole Chief)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1998, 1999, 2000 (Judge Henry Fivekills, Shaman, Ned Grey Fox
Angelo Ragusa has died, goodbye to the stuntman of 'Specter' and 'Quel maledetto treno blindato'
He was 65 years old. The memory of Daniele Vicari who worked with him in various films including 'Diaz'. Castellari: "I will never forget you, thanks Caccolè".
March 15, 2018
Angelo Ragusa died March 14, 2018 in Rome, a stunt coordinator and stuntman himself since the seventies when he was a double for Franco Nero and Fabio Testi. Over the years he has worked on a hundreds films from Fratello Sole and Sister Luna di Zeffirelli up to the television production of the Medici passing through Specter of the James Bond saga and the TV series of Romanzo criminale. He was 65 years old. The funeral will be held on Saturday at 11 am at the Church of S. Anastasio in Rome.
The memory of Daniele Vicari.
Angelo Ragusa, a profession Stunt-man was a great man of cinema. When his brother-in-law Fabio called me last night to tell me he had not made it, I was about to answer him: impossible. Because for Angelo there was nothing that could not be done on the set. Even at almost sixty I saw him work for five days and five nights without ever sleeping and without losing a shred of lucidity and tranquility. Most of Diaz's scenes, with hundreds of extras and dozens of actors at the same time, who receive "real" repetitions, without detachment, have studied them in detail, understanding something that is sometimes difficult to do on set: the extreme realism that I was looking for in the staging. In some ways it's easier to blow up a car that "beating" an actor credibly without hurting him. Angelo knew how to work with the actors, giving them extreme peace of mind. His passion for staging the action bordered on poetry. For a director, a stunt like him is a priceless fortune. When Elio Germano, "disobeying" his prescriptions, during a scene in which he took many hits wounded his head against a radiator, Angelo bent over him and Elio told him: "I know Angelo, you told me." And Angelo gave him a caress like a father: "Yes, you were wrong, but do not be impressed by the blood, it's nothing".
A spring afternoon a few years ago, with my daughter at the age of twelve, we went to visit him in his riding school. Margaret was intimidated by this man with the face hard as the stone, tall and massive as a grizzly, but after five minutes he found himself with him on a horse, and when the horse crashed on the ground making "pretend" to be dead, not he was frightened, because Angelo caressed the horse and that suddenly got up nibbling. An unforgettable day for her and especially for me that I find it hard to entrust my daughter to the doctor. Angelo was apparently rude but very sweet. His love for horses was matched only by his love for cinema and his family. A simple family, very numerous and very noisy.
A true stuntman is like a dancer when he is on stage and is like a choreographer when he coordinates the scene. Enzo Castellari knows something of it, entrusting Angelo with most of his "action", making him jump down from buildings, overwhelm racing cars, blow up bombs, crashing into cars, trucks, and running trains. Exceptional actors such as Fabio Testi, Tomas Milian and Franco Nero owe to him much of the heroic aura that characterized them. And from La freccia nera to Romanzo Criminale also the TV which did not make him happy.
When I met him, I knew perfectly well who he was because Angelo (Caccola for his friends), was a living myth not just for me. Tony Smart, the stuntman of films like James Bond, The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones (and a thousand others), he considered it exactly like that. It was discovered by Walter di Francesco, another great stunt who rightly considers himself a pupil of Angelo, when he began the preparation of Ben Hur and spoke of Angelo to the English coordinator of the film, he asked Tony Scott what he thought and Scott looked at him amazed: "Angelo Ragusa is a myth".
Born: 9/10/1952, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died:3/14/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Angelo Rausa’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
Keoma – 1976 (Caldwell henchman) [stunt double for Franco Nero]
California – 1977 [stunts]
Buddy Goes West – 1981 (Slim henchman) [stunts]
Michael Gershman Dies: The ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, ‘Crossing Jordan’ Cinematographer Was 73
By Dino-Day Ramos
March 18, 2018
Emmy-nominated cinematographer Michael Gershman died on March 10 at his home in Malibu. The cause of his death has yet to be reported. He was 73.
Known for his work on the Sarah Michelle Gellar-fronted cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Crossing Jordan, Gershman worked under the Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond as a camera assistant on numerous iconic films from the ’70s and ’80s, including The Deer Hunter, The Rose, Heaven’s Gate and Blow Out.
Gershman was born in St. Louis on June 17, 1944 and came from a family that worked in the entertainment industry. His father, Edward Gershman was a producer on Mr. Magoo short films. He made his move to Los Angeles at 19 and worked for his uncle Wally Bulloch, who worked in camera manufacturing and animation.
As a protege of one of the most lauded cinematographers, he went on to work on Joss Whedon’s Buffy, which aired from 1997 to 2001 on the WB Network, which morphed into UPN and is now the CW. He not only worked as a director of photography but also directed 10 episodes. He earned an Emmy nod for cinematography for the memorable episode “Hush,” which was almost completely devoid of dialogue. In 2001, he went on to serve as a director and cinematographer of the NBC crime drama Crossing Jordan, which starred Jill Hennessy.
His other credits include The Golden Child, Midnight Run, Die Hard 2, Say Anything… and Losing Isaiah.
Gershman is survived by his wife, Cecilia, as well as his daughters, Lauren and Abigail, and mother, Doreen.
GERSHMAN, Michael (Michael Edward Gershman)
Born: 6/17/1944, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Died: 3/10/2018, Malibu, California, U.S.A.
Michael Gershman’s western – cameraman:
Heaven’s Gate - 1980
Former "Tatort" commissioner Jochen Senf is dead
He was Max Palu and long "crime scene" commissioner in Saarland. But Jochen Senf had many other sides. Now he died at the age of 76.
Neue Burcher Beitung
He liked to cook, he liked to drink red wine and took his racing bike to the office: Jochen Senf spent 17 years as crime scene commissar Max Palu in the Saarland on a criminal hunt. He shot 18 episodes in the small state on the border with France. With that, mustard got a place in television history. Now the actor has died at the age of 76 years in Berlin. This has been confirmed his brother Gerhard on Sunday.
"Salü Palu" was the first episode on January 24, 1988. It was about trafficking young girls and prostitution in the border area. The bald-headed Max Palu (spoken: Palü) was a real type among the ARD commissars.
Privately, he was a gourmet and liked to cook. "I play the commissioned the way I am," he said when he started the "crime scene" at the age of 45. Palu was his first big television role. Before filming, he confessed: "I do not even know how to hold a pistol."
Jochen Senf was not only the commissioner, but had many other sides and roles. He was a radio drama teacher, crime writer, founded a children's and youth theater, played theater, directed and was screened in theatrical productions, about 2015 in “I do not even know how to hold a pistol
The Saarland was his home for a long time. As a child, the native of Frankfurt came to Saarbrücken. His father Paul was a non-party minister in the state cabinet of Johannes Hoffmann in the 1950s. In Saarbrücken, Senf studied German and Romance studies and attended drama school.
The role as "Tatort" commissioner came in 2005 - long before the great hype and the murder mystery began on television. After that, it was quieter, he leaves two children. "Marriage is not important to me, marriage is enough. The only reason for marrying is children," he once told the Berliner Morgenpost. The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" found that in dealing with people, Senf was like his Palu: "honest, reliable, committed and chummy in a sometimes not necessarily diplomatic way".
Last appearance on the Kurfürstendamm
For several years, the actor was with Margret Lafontaine, the former wife of the former Saarland Prime Minister, together. Most recently, Senf lived in Berlin. There he was seen a few years ago in the comedy on the Kurfürstendamm. Two years ago, the "Bild" newspaper visited him in a nursing home and quoted "I'm shit."At that time he did not want to reveal anything more about his illness, but walking was difficult for him.
Among other things, the Saarländischer Rundfunk, its longtime home station, paid tribute to Senf on Sunday in a tweet: “Red wine, baguettes and bicycles: for 17 years, Jochen Senf personified the crime scene commissar Max Palu. AU Revoir!"
Born: 1/6/1942, Frankfurt, Main, Germany
Died: 3/18/2018, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Jochen Senf’s western – actor:
Bluebird (TV) – 1994 (Silas Ruster)
Actress Geneviève Fontanel is dead
Throughout her career, the actress has multiplied roles, both in classic plays as in boulevard comedies.
The actress Geneviève Fontanel, actress of theater who was the interpreter of great authors like Cocteay, Pirandello or Ionesco, died Saturday March 17 at the age of 81 years, learned AFP with her famly.
The actress, also a filmmaker won the César for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in François Truffaut's Man Who Loves Women (1977). She is also known for her roles in Henri Verneuil's A Monkey in Winter, Moshe Mizrahi's La vie devant soi and Bertrand Blier's Our Story.
In 1999, she was rewarded by Molière for best actress in a supporting role for Edward Albee's play Délicate Balance.
Throughout her career, the actress has multiplied the roles, both in classic plays ( Les Précieuses ridicules, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme), and in boulevard comedies, where she played alongside Jean Le Poulain, Roger Pierre and Jean -Marc Thibault.
A last role in 2015
She has also played Ionesco - Macbett, This wonderful mess! - as Pirandello - Tonight we improvise - or Cocteau - Parents terrible in a staging of Jean-Claude Brialy. "When I'm not playing, I'm hell," the actress admitted. In parallel, she has not stopped shooting for television.
The actress was born in Bordeaux but grew up in Casablanca. At 17, she returned to Bordeaux where she studied at the municipal conservatory, before joining the Drama Center on rue Blanche in Paris and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. In 1958, she joined the Comédie-Française, which she will be a resident for four years, and she will keep a critical memory:
"I do not keep a bad memory, since it allowed me to play a number of pieces of the repertoire, to start in the cinema, to tour (...) But after a while, we have a impression of captivity at the Comédie-Française »
In 1965, she married the comedian and painter Jacques Destoop, with whom she had a daughter, Isabelle.
Her last role was in The Big Girls in 2015, where she played, with Judith Magre, Claire Nadeau and Edith Scob, a quartet of old unworthy ladies.
FONTANEL, Geneviève (Geneviève Paule Clairette Fontanel)
Born: 6/27/1936, Bordeaux, France
Died: 3/17/2018, France
Geneviève, Fontanel’s western – actress:
Fortune (TV) – 1969 (Jenny Carruthers)
Music Supervisor Greg Sill Dies at 63
by Melinda Newman, Billboard
Sill started his career at Columbia Pictures in the 1970s and went on to coordinate music for 'Friends' and 'ER.'
Music supervisor Greg Sill — who, over a decades-long career, coordinated music for such television shows as Friends, Justified, Family Matters and ER — died Saturday. The Los Angeles-based Sill was 63.
Sill ran his own outfit, Music Makes Pictures, for the last two decades. He started his career at Columbia Pictures in the 1970s, according to the Guild of Music Supervisors, with stints at America International Pictures, CBS Songs, Warner Bros. Television and Lorimar Television to follow.
Among the other shows Sill worked on were Falcon Crest, Boomtown, Full House and Knots Landing.
Sill, who worked on more than 80 movies and series, was the son of Lester Sill, who was Phil Spector’s partner in Philles Records, as well as head of Colgems Records.
“We all remember Greg for his larger-than life personality, his generosity of spirit and his deep love of music and the people who made it,” said Seth Kaplan, a partner in Evolution Music Partners, which represents composers and music supervisors, including Sill. “He was a pioneer in the field of modern music supervision, and his ideas and innovations will be a continuing legacy. We are all very sad today. We lost an original. He will be missed by our community, but remembered well.”
“He had a gift for selecting songs, singers and musical sounds that really brought scenes to life. He was a kind, gentle person who was always a pleasure to work with,” said S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg, whose artists, Joss Stone and Fountains of Wayne, appeared on the TV series American Dreams, which ran from 2002-2005. “On American Dreams, where contemporary artists were portraying iconic '60s performers, he always encouraged the artist to bring their own sensibility to their performance and not simply try to mimic the artist they were portraying.”
Sill’s brother Lonnie, also a music supervisor, announced his death on Facebook. The family asked that donations be made to MAP, MusiCares' addiction recovery program, in Sill’s name.
SILL, Greg (Gregory Sill)
Born: 5/25/1954, U.S.A.
Died: 3/17/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Greg Sill’s western – music supervisor:
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1990-1991
Norwegian actor Anna-Lisa Ruud is dead
"It is unbelievably sad."
By Julie Solberg
March 21, 2018
The Norwegian Hollywood actor Anna-Lisa Ruud, known from television series such as Death Valley Days, Run for Your Life and That Girl, fell asleep at the Smesthjem in Oslo on Wednesday, 85 years old.
She died today at 13:15, Ruud's cousin, and closest relatives in Norway, Grace Turil Rasmussen, can confirm to Dagbladet., Ruud lived the last two years at Smestadhjemmet.
Throughout her young life, Anna-Lisa Ruud lived in Hollywood where she performed her childhood dream as an actor. There she was named Anna-Lisa, but was born Anne Lise Ruud in Norway.
"We did not have much contact when she lived in the United States, but when she moved home to Norway we were much together. She rented a summer house in Son, where I have visited her a lot, Rasmussen says to Dagbladet.
Rasmussen remembers Anna-Lisa Ruud as a very social, positive and gentle lady whom she enjoyed spending time with.
18 years in the United States
When Anna-Lisa Ruud was only 21 years old she moved to California. There she got her job as an au pair. During the nights she worked at McDonalds and on the day she studied drama next to the au pair job.
In 1958 she got a lead in the Western Sugarfoot series.
"I would be a Nordic mail order that was sent somewhere in the wilderness. My opponent was as unknown as me. He did not have a car so I had to pick him up every day at his shabby motel. Charles Bronson, he, told Ruud in a previous interview with Dagbladet.
After 18 years, 150 TV shows and more plays, Ruud got enough. In 1972, she moved to India and then returned to Norway where she worked at the National Theater, Oslo New Theater and Dock Theater.
"There was so much sad around me. Great young people took their lives and everything was about getting roles. I was so tired of running for a carrot without knowing where I could, she could tell in a previous interview with Dagbladet.
Niels Petter Solberg has known Ruud for the past 20 years. He first became familiar with her when he was writing a book about Norwegian foreign stars.
"It was unbelievably sad when I got the message about Anna-Lisa's passing earlier today. We were good friends, he told Dagbladet.
"I got to know her when I wrote the book about Norwegian women in Hollywood. It is many years ago now, but we got a friendship that has meant a lot to me. Anna-Lisa had a fascinating career in the American TV's childhood, had her own TV series with "Black Saddle" and guest roles in many other famous TV shows.
It was, among other things, when TV 2 broadcast the TV series "Bonanza", where Ruud has a guest roll, that Solberg sat in Haugesund and studied Norwegian foreign stars. He called Sporenstreks to Ruud to tell her that she was on television.
"When I worked at Haugesund Theater, we invited her to town to play in" The Invisible City "and" Stepping Out ". She had many friends in Haugesund. Anna-Lisa lived out her dreams and took all challenges on her tight arm, says Solberg, thanking Ruud for all the good talks and memories.
"We could talk for hours on movies and TV shows. She was like talking to a living lexicon. She had incredible knowledge, he recalls.
Ana-Lisa (Anne Lise Ruud)
Born: 3/30/1935, Oslo, Norway
Died: 3/21/2018, Oslo, Norway
Ana-Lisa’s westerns – actress:
Bronco (TV) – 1958 (Sister Theresa)
Maverick (TV) – 1958 (Karen Gustavson)
Sugafoot (TV) – 1958 (Ellie Peterson)
Black Saddle (TV) - 1959-1960 (Nora Travers)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (White Buffalo Woman/Ruth Halversen)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1960 (Gretchen Mueller)
Laramie (TV) – 1960 (Louisa Clark)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1966 (Huldag Swanson, Elaanora)
Louise Latham of Santa Barbara, 1922-2018
By Michael Stubbs
Louise Latham died on Feb. 12, 2018, at Casa Dorinda. She was 95.
Ms. Latham, a well-known actress, had a long and successful career in the theater, in movies, and in television. Her most famous role was as Tippi Hedrin’s mother in Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie.
She was born on Sept. 23, 1922, in Hamilton, Texas, and attended the Hockaday School.
She began her career working on stage in the famous Margo Jones Theatre in Dallas. In New York she appeared on Broadway in such plays as Major Barbara, Invitation to a March and Isle of Children.
Among her film credits were roles in The Sugarland Express, Mass Appeal, Love Field, Firecreek, The Philadelphia Experiment and Paradise.
She appeared often on television in such series as Gunsmoke, Perry Mason, Rhoda, Murder She Wrote, Bonanza, Family and The Fugitive.
She appeared in many television movies including Mary and Tim, In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan, Dress Gray, and Eccentricities of a Nightingale.
She was married and divorced three times and had lived in Santa Barbara for many years.
LATHAM, Louise (Johnie Louise Latham)
Born: 9/23/1922, Hamilton, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 2/12/2018, Casa Dorinda, California, U.S.A.
Louise Latham’s westerns – actress:
Bonanza (TV) – 1966, 1971 (Willie Mae Rikeman, Mrs. Harriet Clinton)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1966 (Cora Eldridge)
Firecreek – 1968 (Dulcie)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1968,. 1969, 1970, 1974 (Polly Cade, Louise, Phoebe Clifford, Emilie Sadler, Claire Gentry, Joan Sheperd
Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1973 (Willa Hollister)
Sara – 1976 (Martha Higgins)
The Awakening Land – 1978 (Jary Luckett)
News From Me
By Mark Evanier
March 21, 2018
We're just now hearing that comic book writer-editor Don J. Arneson passed last February 1 at the age of 82. Don was born in Montevideo, Minnesota on August 15, 1935. His family later relocated to Boulder, Colorado where he attended the University of Colorado before enlisting in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he lived in Mexico before relocating to New York City to try and break into the world of publishing. In 1958 he married Beatrice Franchina, a fellow Mexico City College student. After graduation they returned to the United States living and working in New York City prior to settling in Connecticut.
Around 1962, he answered a newspaper ad for an editorial assistant for Dell Publishing and wound up working on their comic book line. Dell had recently severed a long relationship with Western Printing and Lithography, which has printed their comics and also handled all the editorial work. (A more detailed explanation can be found here.) Dell was now producing the contents of their books in-house and Arneson began working with their editor, L.B. Cole. After a month or so, Cole was let go and Arneson found himself as editor-in-chief.
He originally intended to do little or no writing himself but when scripts needed serious revision, there was no money in Dell's budget to pay anyone else to do it. Arneson found himself rewriting whole issues and eventually just began writing many of the Dell titles himself from scratch. Among the comics he wrote were Flying Saucers, The Beverly Hillbillies, F Troop, The Monkees and the superhero versions of Frankenstein, Dracula and Werewolf.
His most famous Dell effort was Lobo, a comic about a gunslinger in the Old West. The comic, created by Arneson with artist Tony Tallarico, lasted only two issues but is now cited as the first American comic book to star a black protagonist. Arneson, who was always politically active, was very proud of that, though at a loss to explain its swift termination.
Arneson was also the editor-writer of a series of comics with a political bent which he did, usually with Tallarico, for other publishers targeting an older audience. The two best-sellers were The Great Society Comic Book, which turned Lyndon Johnson into a super-hero, and Bobman and Teddy, which turned Robert and Ted Kennedy into Batman and Robin.
While working as the editor at Dell, Arneson also began moonlighting for other companies, writing scripts for Charlton (sometimes under the name, Norm DiPluhm), Tower (on Undersea Agent) and Western Publishing, for which he was the main writer for quite some time on their Dark Shadows comic book. He left Dell around 1969 and expanded his freelancing efforts, writing occasionally for DC's ghost comics and romance titles.
I knew Don only on the phone. We chatted occasionally the last few years and I was hoping, as he was, that various illnesses would abate and he could make the journey to San Diego for Comic-Con International. I'm sorry that didn't happen as he was a bright, engaging fellow who was very proud of his work…and probably writing something right up until he left us.
ARNESON, Don J. (Don Jon Arneson)
Born: 8/21/1935, Montevideo, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Died: 2/1/2018, Woodbury, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Don J. Arneson’s westerns – script, comic book writer:
F Troop – 1965 [script writer]
Lobo - 1965
Actress and Stuntwoman Debbie Lee Carrington Has Passed Away
By Brad Miska
March 24, 2018
Several outlets have reports that American actress and stuntwoman Debbie Lee Carrington
has passed away. She was 58. This was further substantiated by Return of the Jedi
‘s Mike Quinn, who posted his condolences on his Facebook.
Debbi starred in several genre films from Total Recall
to Batman Returns, Scary Movie 3
, and Seed of Chucky
, which she also provided stunts on as well as Bride of Chucky, Leprechaun in the Hood, New Nightmare, Spawn
and Van Helsing
. She also appeared in both“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Dexter.”
There are no other details as of this writing.
We send our thoughts and prayers to her loved ones.
CARRINGTON, Debbie Lee
Born: 12/14/1959, San Jose, California, U.S.A.
Debbie Lee Carrington’s western – stunts:
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) - 1993