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

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  • 06/28/18--08:58: RIP Stanley Anderson

  • Stanley Anderson, 'Spider-Man' and 'Seinfeld' Actor, Dies at 78

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By: Ryan Parker
    June 28, 2018

    Stanley Anderson, the stage, film and TV actor known for playing the president in a number of movies, has died, according to a statement from his family. He was 78.

    Anderson died Sunday, six weeks after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

    Anderson had numerous credits to his name, including playing General Slocum in Spider-Man (2002), and he played the president in The Rock (1996) and Armageddon (1998). He also played the judge in the finale of Seinfeld and Drew Carey's dad on The Drew Carey Show.

    Anderson's career began with the Seattle Repertory Theatre, continued with the Actor's Theatre of Louisville and more than 20 years at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. His role in Arena Stage's The Piggy Bank earned a Helen Hayes Award for best supporting actor.

    Anderson was a long-time member of three labor unions for actors, his family said. He also did voiceover work in ads for Democratic candidates and issues across the country. "He was most proud, ultimately, of the part he played in politics," his family said.

    ANDERSON, Stanley (Stanley Albin Anderson)
    Born: 10/23/1939, Billings, Montana, U.S.A.
    Died: 6/24/2018, U.S.A.

    Stanley Anderson’s western – actor:
    Son of the Morning Star – 1991 (Ulysses S. Grant)

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  • 06/28/18--13:17: RIP Harlan Ellison

  • Writer Harlan Ellison Dead at 84

    By Jordan Crucchiola

    The award-winning fantasy and science-fiction writer Harlan Ellison died today at the age of 84. His wife, Susan, confirmed the news. Ellison edited the influential anthology Dangerous Visions in 1967, and over the course of his storied career had won multiple Nebula, Hugo, Edward, Writers Guild of America, and Edgar Allen Poe Awards — to name just some of his honors. His biography, A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, an Exploration, was published last year.

    ELLISON, Harlan (Harlan Jay Ellison)
    Born: 5/27/1934, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.
    Died: 6/28/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Harlan Ellison’s western – writer:
    Cimarron Strip (TV) - 1968

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  • 07/02/18--18:18: RIP Russ McCubben

  • JULIAN RUSS McCUBBIN, 83, of Charleston, World Renowned Movie and Comic, passed away June 28, 2018.

    He attended the Charleston Mountain Mission. Spent his life as an actor in California and retired back home in West Virginia.

    Preceding him in death were his parents, Clarence Basil and Pearly Faye Hutton McCubbin.

    Survivors include his brother, Rodger McCubbin and wife Maryln of Kenna; sister, Mila Hurley of Charlotte, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

    Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Monday, July 2, at Cunningham-Parker-Johnson Funeral Home, with Pastor Rodney Smith officiating. Burial with Military Graveside Rites will follow in Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to services, at the funeral home, also on Monday.

    The family will accept online condolences at

    Cunningham - Parker - Johnson Funeral Home is serving the McCubbin Family.

    McCUBBIN, Russ (Julian Russ McCubbin)
    Born: 1/16/1935, Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.A.
    Died: 6/28/2018, Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.A.

    Russ McCubbin’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
    Warlock – 1959 (gang member)
    Cheyenne (TV) – 1960, 1961 (townsman, Indian, cowhand, guard [stunts]
    Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1960 (henchman, Bolen)
    Lawman (TV) – 1962 (gang member)
    Wide Country (TV) – 1962 (Mort Lamson)
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963, 1964 (stagecoach passenger, cowboy)
    Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965, 1966, 1967 (Jubal Markham, sergeant, Armand, soldier, Slade)
    The Night of the Grizzly – 1966 [stunts]
    Branded (TV) – 1966 (Fred Turner)
    Iron Horse (TV) – 1966 (Pettyman)
    Waco – 1966 [stunts]
    Laredo (TV) – 1966, 1967 (Howie, Walker, Harry, Noble Savage)
    The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966, 1967 (Mr.Quincannon, Briscoe)
    Three Guns for Texas - 1968
    Cain’s Way – 1970 (Crawford)
    Nichols (TV) – 1972 (Donnie)
    High Plains Drifter – 1973 (Fred Short)
    Santee – 1973 (Rafe)
    Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1991 (Brody)
    Texas (TV) 1994 (Panther Komx)

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  • 07/02/18--18:35: RIP Steven Hilliard Stern

  • Steven Hilliard Stern, Director of 'The Devil and Max Devlin,' Dies at 80

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes

    His credits included the Michael Douglas drama 'Running' and the telefilm 'Miracle on Ice.'

    Steven Hilliard Stern, a writer, director and producer whose work included the Elliott Gould-Bill Cosby comedy The Devil and Max Devlin, died Wednesday in Encino, his daughter Melanie Stern announced. He was 80.

    Stern helmed episodes of shows like Serpico, McCloud, Quincy M.E. and Hawaii Five-O and directed more than three dozen telefilms, including Miracle on Ice, about the 1980 gold-winning U.S. hockey team, and 1983's Still the Beaver, which reunited the cast of the sitcom Leave It to Beaver.

    Stern also wrote and directed Running (1979), a drama starring Michael Douglas and Susan Anspach (she co-starred in The Devil and Max Devlin, which he produced, as well), and helmed Morning Glory (1993), featuring Christopher Reeve and Deborah Raffin.

    A native of Timmons, Ontario, Stern graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto and began his career in advertising, writing and directing radio and TV commercials.

    He relocated to Los Angeles in the 1960s and contributed material for the famed ABC variety show The Hollywood Palace, where he collaborated with the likes of Steve Allen, Milton Berle, Bing Crosby and Liza Minnelli.

    In 1967, Stern signed with MGM and wrote and directed the romantic comedy B.S. I Love You (1971). He went on to direct the sequel Harrad Summer (1974) and the comedy I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? (1975), starring Bob Dishy and Bill Dana.

    Survivors also include his wife, Maggie.

    STERN, Steven Hilliard
    Born: 11/1/1937, Timmons, Ontario, Canada
    Died: 6/27/2018, Encino, California, U.S.A.

    Steven Hilliard Stern’s westerns - director:
    Draw – 1984
    Black Fox (TV) – 1995
    Black Fox: Good Men and Bad (TV) - 1995
    Black Fox: The Price of Peace (TV) – 1995

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  • 07/04/18--08:44: RIP Robby Müller

  • Robby Müller death: Cinematographer nicknamed 'master of light' dies aged 78

    He was best known for collaborating with Jim Jarmusch, Lars von Trier and Wim Wenders

    By Jack Shepard
    July 4, 2018

    Robby Müller, the famous cinematographer nicknamed the ‘master of light’, has died aged 78, according to Dutch press.

    De Volkskrant reports that the renowned filmmaker passed away in Amsterdam, family telling the publication that he had been ill for some time.

    The Dutchman was best known for his pioneering camerawork and idiosyncratic use of light, with a particular emphasis on natural lighting and colour.

    Müller collaborated with various high-profile directors, including Jim Jarmusch, Lars von Trier and Wim Wenders, working on their respected films Dead Man, Breaking the Waves and Palm d'Or winner Paris, Texas.

    “There’s a certain kind of magic or poetry to whatever he shoots, but he’s much more grounded than that,” Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, once said of Müller, the duo having worked together on the 2002 film installation Carib’s Leap. 

    “I compare him to a blues musician in a way. He plays just a few chords and he conveys what he needs to convey. He’s a purist.”

    Müller was born on the Dutch island of Curaçao, then Netherlands Antilles, before moving to Amsterdam and studying at the Netherlands Film Academy.

    The cinematographer’s first feature-length film was Summer in the City, directed by Wenders. The duo went on to work together on nine other films, including all three parts of Wenders’ Road Movie trilogy (Alice in the Cities, The Wrong Move and Kings of the Road).

    Müller was also well known for work with Jarmusch, their first collaboration, Down By Law, being nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for best cinematography. He was recently subject to the retrospective installation, Master of Light — Robby Müller, at the EYE Film Museum in Amsterdam.

    MULLER, Robby
    Born: 4/4/1940, Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
    Died: 7/4/2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Robby Müller’s westerns – cinematographer:
    Carlos (TV) – 1971
    Dead Man – 1995

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  • 07/04/18--12:36: RIP Luis Fernando Montoya

  • Luis Fernando Montoya has died, Colombian actor of La Viuda Negra
    The histrion died at age 61 as a result of throat cancer that was detected in February 2017.

    June 28, 2018

    This association confirmed through its social networks the sensitive death of the actor, who was 61 years old: "Today we say goodbye to our colleague Luis Fernando Montoya. We will remember you forever. A fraternal embrace of ACA and the community of actors and actresses of Colombia for their family and friends. "

    Luis Fernando Montoya was born in November 1956 and from a very young age dreamed of being an actor, he participated in almost 50 projects between television series and independent projects, of which La viuda negra stands out for Univision.

    His taste for cigarettes was well known, a habit that caused lung problems. His only scandal arose in May 2001, when he was arrested in Miami and imprisoned for the crime of drug trafficking for four years, a fact that forced him to restart his career from scratch.

    Luis Fernando Montoya also highlighted in the series 'Sin senos si hay paraíso', where he played Medicine, one of his last works on the screen.

    MONTOYA, Luis Fernando (Luis Fernndo Montoya Correa)
    Born: 11/12/1956, Pereira, Colombia
    Died: 6/27/2018, Bogota, Colombia

    Luis Fernando Montoya’s western – actor:
    Zorro: L Espda y La Rosa (TV) – 2007 (Hermano Aaron)

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  • 07/06/18--12:49: RIP Santiago Moncada

  • The playwright Santiago Moncada, former president of the SGAE dies

    Two of his greatest successes were 'Entre mujeres' (1988) and 'Esmoquin' (2001)

    The playwright and former president of the SGAE and its Foundation, Santiago Moncada, has died in the early hours of this Friday, July 6, as confirmed by Europa Press.

    July 6, 2018

    MADRID. Writer, playwright and screenwriter, throughout his life had a strong connection with the defense of copyright and showed a constant commitment to promote the author collective.

    Member of the SGAE since July 4, 1958, he held different functions in the entity, first as a member of the Board of Directors and vice president of the SGAE, then as president of the SGAE Foundation (previously, Fundación Autor) until reaching the presidency. of the SGAE in 2011.

    Moncada began his career as a writer of novels, a facet with which he won the Elisenda de Montcada Award for 'Carta a nadie' and was a finalist on the Planet for 'El stress'. As a playwright, he won the Calderón de la Barca Prize consecutively in 1962 and 1963. His career includes more than forty comedies released, with titles like 'Midnight Games', 'Violins and Trumpets', or 'Dinner for two' . Many of his works have been translated into different languages.

    Two of his greatest successes were 'Between Women' (1988), a work that remained on the bill for ten consecutive years in Buenos Aires and another three years in Mexico City, and 'Esmoquin' (2001), from which he would write a sequel in 2003.

    As a screenwriter he also cultivated a prolific career - which started in the 60s and lasted until the late 90s - with more than 80 works filmed in the United States, Italy, Germany, England, France and Spain. Among them, 'Dear teacher' (1966), 'The man who knew how to love' (1976), 'Unfair dismissal' (1980) and 'The family ... 30 years later'. He also worked as a producer in a dozen films.

    The General Society of Authors and Publishers has expressed their pain, in addition to "transmitting their support and affection to family and friends of an author who has been a reference" for this entity.

    MONCADA, Santiago (Santiago Moncada Mercadal)
    Born: 1928, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
    Died: 7/6/2018, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

    Santiago Moncada’s western – writer:
    Awkward Hands - 1970
    Cut-Throats Nine – 1970 (co)
    Un par de asesinos – 1970 (co)
    The White, the Yellow, the Black – 1975

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  • 07/06/18--17:53: RIP Steve Ditko

  • Steve Ditko, Spider-Man Co-Creator and Legendary Comics Artist, Dies at 90

    The Hollywood Reporter

    By Andy Lewis

    July 6, 2018

    He also created Doctor Strange with Stan Lee during his years at Marvel.

    Artist Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, has died at age 90.

    The New York Police Department confirmed his death to The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was announced. Ditko was found dead in his apartment on June 29 and it is believed he died about two days earlier.

    In 1961, Ditko and Lee created Spider-Man. Lee, the editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, gave Ditko the assignment after he wasn't satisfied with Jack Kirby's take on the idea of a teen superhero with spider powers. The look of Spider-Man — the costume, the web shooters, the red and blue design — all came from Ditko. Spider-Man first appeared in Amazing Fantasy No. 15. The comic was an unexpected hit and the character was spun off into The Amazing Spider-Man. Ditko helped create such classic Spider-Man characters as Doctor Octopus, Sandman, the Lizard, and Green Goblin. Starting with issue No. 25 Ditko received a plot credit in addition to his artist credit. Ditko's run ended with issue No. 38.

    In 1963, Ditko created the surreal and psychedelic hero Doctor Strange. The character debuted in Strange Tales No. 110 and Ditko continued on the comic through issue No. 146, cover dated July 1966.

    After that Ditko, left Marvel Comics over a fight with Lee, the causes of which have always remained murky. The pair had not been on speaking terms for several years. Ditko never explained his side and Lee claimed not to really know what motivated Ditko's exit. The best explanation suggests Ditko was frustrated at Lee's oversight and his failure to properly share credit for Ditko's contributions to Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. The charismatic Lee was always the face of Marvel Comics but Ditko (and Jack Kirby) thought Lee was more interested in self-promotion than selling the company and in the process implied that he deserved the lion's share of the credit for creating the characters in the Marvel Universe.

    Ditko went on to work for Charlton, DC Comics and other small independent publishers. He returned to Marvel in 1979, where he worked on Machine Man and the Micronatus and he continued working for them as a freelancer in the 1990s. Among his last creations was Squirrel Girl in 1992, who has become a cult favorite in recent years.

    After his work at Marvel, Ditko is probably best known for creating Mr. A in 1967. The character embodied Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy, which Ditko was an ardent believer in n from the mid-1960s on. Other Objectivist-inspired characters Ditko created included The Question, Hawk and Dove and the Creeper–all for DC Comics.

    The reclusive Ditko was known as the "J.D. Salinger" of comics. From the 1970s on, he rarely spoke on the record, declining almost every interview request. He sat out the publicity booms that accompanied the Spider-Manfilms and the Doctor Strange movie.

    “We didn’t approach him. He’s like J.D. Salinger. He is private and has intentionally stayed out of the spotlight like J.D. Salinger,"Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson told THR in 2016. "I hope he goes to see the movie wherever he is, because I think we paid homage to his work."

    Ditko maintained a Manhattan studio until his death, where he continued to write and draw, though how much and what unpublished material remain is unknown.

    Stephen J. Ditko was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on Nov. 2, 1927. His father worked at a steel mill and his mother was a homemaker. He developed an interest in comics from his father (who loved Prince Valiant) and from Batman and the Spirit, which both debuted as he entered his teens.

    After graduating high school, Ditko served in the army in post-war Germany, drawing for a military paper. After being discharged, he moved to New York City in 1950 and studied under Batman artist Jerry Robinson at the Cartoonists and Illustrators School (later the school of Visual Arts).

    By 1953, Ditko was getting work as a professional comics artist, including at the studio of Captain America creators Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Ditko came down with tuberculosis in 1954 and spent the next year recovering in Johnststonw. He began drawing for Marvel Comics forerunner Atlas Comics in 1955. He had a successful collaboration with Stan Lee at first, as the pair worked on a number of science fiction stories together.

    Ditko has no known survivors. He is believed never to have married.

    DITKO, Steve
    Born: 11/2/1927, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
    Died: 6/27/2018, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

    Steve Ditko’s westerns – artist:
    “Range War” - Blazing Western – 1954
    “The Badmen” – Gun Western – 1956
    Cheyenne Kid – cover art 1957
    “Help Wanted” – Outlaws of the West – 1959
    Atlas westerns covers – 1960
    “Bonanxa” – Outlaws of the West - 1970
    Catlin's Last Ride” -  Outlaws of the West – 1970
    “Enemy Ground” – Texas Rangers in Action - 1970
    “The Lost Dutchman Mine” – Ghost Manor - 1970

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  • 07/08/18--06:55: RIP Ron Satlof

  • Tampa Bay Times
    July 8, 2018

    "Ron" producer/director/writer/actor, 79, died peacefully July 2, 2018 at his home in St Petersburg, FL. Born October 27, 1938 in New York City, he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Theatre. After moving to Los Angeles early in his career, his artistic talents lead to an Academy Award nomination for his short film, Frog Story. Having directed many films and hit TV shows for over 35 years (Perry Mason, McCloud, The A Team, and others), Ron became one of the most respected and well-known talents in Hollywood. As an artist in retirement in Florida, he continued to produce and direct films and television shows (notably Misconceptions and Condo Cop) and served as an Advisory Board member of the Gasparilla Film Festival. An avid tennis and poker player, Ron also discovered he had a talent for portraiture. Ron inspired and mentored many actors, filmmakers, and artists in his career. He performed and directed with Radio Theatre Project at Studio@620, and was a WordBRIDGE playwright's lab director at Eckerd College where he also taught classes in cinematography. He is survived by his wife, Magdalena; a brother, David; a daughter, Leira; his grandchildren; and nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his sister, Phyllis Levine. A memorial service will be planned.

    SATLOF, Ron (Ronald Gilbert Satlof)
    Born: 10/27/1938, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/2/2018, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A.

    Ron Satlof’s western – director:
    The New Zorro (TV) – 1990-1993

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  • 07/09/18--06:55: RIP Tab Hunter

  • Tab Hunter, Star of 'Damn Yankees,' Dies at 86

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes
    July 9, 2018

    The 1950s fan favorite also appeared in two films opposite Divine and was the reason that Warner Bros. Records was launched.

    Tab Hunter, the chiseled 1950s heartthrob who portrayed Joe Hardy in the Damn Yankees! movie, had a No. 1 record and starred in two outlandish films with the drag queen Divine, has died. He was 86.

    Hunter died Sunday night in Santa Barbara from a blood clot that caused a heart attack, Allan Glaser, his romantic partner of more than three decades, told The Hollywood Reporter. A Facebook page linked to the star also announced his passing with a message that read: "SAD NEWS: Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birthday. Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that."
    After decades of silence, the leading man confirmed long-standing rumors about his homosexuality in his autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, published in 2005.

    Hunter said he had been told by Glaser that someone was planning to write a book about him. "I thought, 'Look, get it from the horse's mouth and not from some horse's ass after I'm dead and gone,'" he told THR's Scott Feinberg in 2015. "I didn't want someone putting a spin on my life."

    With his Malibu-style, boy-next-door looks and stage name dreamed up by Henry Willson — the agent for Rock Hudson as well — the blondish Hunter was a constant presence on the front of fan and teen magazines in his heyday. (A photo of him with his bare chest was used as the cover to the 2000 book Shirtless! The Hollywood Male Physique.)

    After he beat out James Dean and Paul Newman to portray a young Marine in Raoul Walsh's Battle Cry (1955), Warner Bros. picked up his option and signed him to a seven-year contract, and he appeared in The Girl He Left Behind (1956) and Burning Hills (1956).

    Studio head Jack Warner then purchased the film rights to the Tony-winning Broadway musical Damn Yankees! (1958) for Hunter to star in as Washington Senators slugger Hardy. He replaced Stephen Douglass as the lone principal actor who did not make the transition from the stage.

    In The New York Times, critic Bosley Crowther wrote: "Tab Hunter may not have the larynx that Stephen Douglass had as the original hero, but he has the clean, naive look of a lad breaking into the big leagues and into the magical company of a first-rate star. He is really appealing with Miss [Gwen] Verdon in the boogiewoogie ballet, "Two Lost Souls," which is done in a smoky, soft-lit setting and is the dandiest dance number in the film."

    In a similar athletic vein, Hunter played troubled Boston Red Sox outfielder Jimmy Piersall on a 1955 episode of the CBS anthology series "Climax!" Like the 1957 movie that starred Anthony Perkins, it was based on the ballplayer's memoir, Fear Strikes Out.

    Hunter's recording of "Young Love" for Dot Records in 1957 reached No. 1 and stayed there for six weeks, knocking Elvis Presley's "Too Much" out of the top spot and prompting the creation of Warner Bros. Records. (Jack Warner was annoyed that his studio did not have a record company to capitalize on Hunter's vocal skills, so he started one.)

    Skewing his surfer-boy image, Hunter played Todd Tomorrow, a dashing owner of a drive-in, opposite Divine in the John Waters black comedy Polyester (1981), which introduced Odorama to theaters via a scratch-and-sniff card. (Among the scents: "Flatulence,""Model Building Glue" and "Smelly Shoes.")

    And in a saucy send-up of Westerns, director Paul Bartels' Lust in the Dust (1985), Hunter reteamed with Divine. He and Glaser also produced the film.

    He was born Arthur Andrew Kelm on July 11, 1931, in New York City. When he was young, his family moved to California, where his natural athleticism flourished, and he became an avid horseman.

    At age 15, he enlisted in the Coast Guard, lying about his age. Following the service, actor Dick Clayton introduced him to Willson, who decided that his birth name did not have the right commercial ring and that the actor needed a new "tab" (slang for "name" at the time).

    Hunter made his movie debut in The Lawless (1950), then appeared opposite Linda Darnell in the romantic South Sea adventure Island of Desire (1952), in which he stripped down to skimpy swim trunks.

    He studied under the influential acting teacher Jeff Corey and worked on such United Artists films as Gun Belt (1953) and Return to Treasure Island (1954) before signing with Warners.
    Hunter, Dean and Natalie Wood were the last three actors to land contracts at Warner Bros. in the waning days of the studio system, and he received a massive PR buildup. He was given the nickname "The Sigh Guy" and from 1955-59 was Warners' top-grossing star.

    Even as the studio was sponsoring "Win a Date With Tab Hunter" contests, Hunter was keeping his sexual orientation a secret while being seen in public with the likes of Wood, Sophia Loren and Debbie Reynolds.

    "I never mentioned my sexuality to Warner Bros. at all, and they never mentioned it to me, thank God," Hunter told Feinberg. He did have a serious relationship with Perkins, however.

    In a 2015 column written for THR, Hunter said that Louella Parsons of the Los Angeles Examiner and Hedda Hopper of the Los Angeles Times "would never openly discuss my sexuality — they couldn't in those days — but both periodically made subtle references to it in their columns, wondering when I was going to settle down with a nice girl and then, after the studio began pairing me with my dear friend Natalie Wood on faux dates, asking if I was 'the sort of guy' she wanted to end up with."

    His career was put in jeopardy after Confidential magazine published a story about how he had been arrested at a party attended by gay people shortly after he arrived in Hollywood.

    Hunter starred for a season (1960-61) on NBC's The Tab Hunter Show, playing a bachelor cartoonist who lives in Malibu. (Future Community actor Richard Erdman played a playboy and his best friend.)

    Tab Hunter, Anthony Perkins Forbidden Love Drama in the Works From J.J. Abrams, Zachary Quinto (Exclusive)

    He starred in such films as That Kind of Woman (1959), Operation Bikini (1963) and Man With Two Faces (1964), but then the countercultural '60s had arrived, and Hunter's teen-idol image went out of fashion. Long hair and rebellion were in, epitomized by anti-establishment stars like Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.

    Yet Hunter rode with the cultural wave instead of against it, seeking out balmy, offbeat projects. He co-starred in a mordant satire of the funeral industry, The Loved One (1965), with such loony luminati as Liberace and Jonathan Winters.

    Paul Newman ordered his lynching in John Huston's The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), and on the syndicated TV satires Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Forever Fernwood, his character, after being removed from a chemical accident, came to look exactly like — voila! — Tab Hunter.

    He also appeared on such shows as Burke's Law, The Virginian, Cannon, McMillan & Wife, The Six Million Dollar Man, Ellery Queen, The Love Boat, Benson and Masquerade.

    He played the substitute teacher Mr. Stuart in Grease 2 (1982) and a decade later penned the story for Dark Horse (1992), which starred Ed Begley Jr. and Mimi Rogers in a story about a spoiled girl who goes to a horse ranch.

    A feature documentary about him, also titled Tab Hunter Confidential, was released in 2015 and produced by Glaser.

    "If I had come out during my acting career in the 1950s, I would not have had a career," Hunter said in an October 2017 interview. "Not much in Hollywood has changed in 60 years. I really didn't talk about my sexuality until I wrote my autobiography.

    "My film career had long since been over by then. I believe one's sexuality is one's own business. I really don't go around discussing it. Call me 'old school' on that topic."

    HUNTER, Tab (Arthur Andrew Gelien)
    Born: 7/11/1931, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/8/2018, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.

    Tab Hunter’s westerns - actor
    Gun Belt – 1953 (Chip Ringo)
    Track of the Cat - 1954 (Harold Bridges)
    The Burning Hills – 1956 (Trace Jordan)
    Gunman's Walk - 1958 (Ed Hackett)
    They Came to Cordura - 1959 (Lt. William Fowler)
    Hostile Guns - 1967 (Mike Reno)
    Shotgun – 1968 (Sheriff Durango)    
    The Virginian (TV) – 1970 (Cart Banner)  
    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean - 1972 (Sam Dodd)
    Lust in the Dust - 1985 (Abel Wood)

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  • 07/10/18--12:58: RIP Robbie Knott

  • Robbie Knott, Special Effects Guru on ‘The Muppet Movie,’ Dies at 73

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes
    July 10, 2018

    Robbie Knott, who worked on special effects for such films as The Muppet MovieField of Dreams and The Nutty Professor remake before a scuba-diving accident ended his career, has died. He was 73.

    Knott died June 29 in Portland, Oregon, his son, Brian, told The Hollywood Reporter. His death was due to complications from the accident that occurred in 2006 during a visit to Micronesia, when Knott got the bends and became paralyzed from the waist down, he said.

    Knott helped build the giant Animal puppet with a 15-foot head that came crashing through a roof after accidentally ingesting one of Dr. Bunsen's "insta-grow" pills in The Muppet Movie (1979).
    "There were things like having to pull six-foot custard pies out of your hip pocket within a week — plus a mechanical billboard to throw the pies," Knott told American Cinematographer in a 1979 interview. "We were asked to provide very top-budget film-type gags, with no time to do them. But it was fun."

    Knott's film résumé also included Repo Man (1984), Oscar best picture winner Dances With Wolves (1990), Cabin Boy (1994), Dante's Peak (1997), Donnie Darko (2001), Stuart Little 2 (2002) and his final credit, For Your Consideration (2006).

    He also worked on such television programs as NBC's Remington Steele.

    Born in Hollywood, Knott attended Hollywood High School and was raised near the Paramount lot, where his mother served as an assistant to legendary costume designer Edith Head.

    In addition to his son, survivors include his daughters Misty, Victoria and Scarlet; grandchildren Alex, Andrea and Alexis; and nephew Jeffrey Knott, a special effects technician on films including this year's Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

    KNOTT, Robbie
    Born: 1945, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 6/29/2018, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

    Robbie Knott’s western – SFX:
    Dances With Wolves - 1990

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  • 07/10/18--14:23: RIP Victoria Harrington

  • RIP Victoria Harrington

    Neptune Society

    Victoria "Vicky" Anderson, 74, of Jacksonville passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at the River Garden Hebrew Home. Vicky was born on February 21, 1944 in London, England to the late Victor and Margot Harrington.

    Vicky's childhood memories began in Acton, a suburb of London, England. She was an actress and model who married actor, Michael Anderson, Jr. and moved to Los Angeles where they had two children. She relocated to Jacksonville in the early 1980's.

    Vicky lives on in the hearts of her children, James Anderson and Danica Anderson; grandchildren, Kristin Anderson, Anna Anderson, Caitlin Crane, John Colby Crane and Sophie Crane; a host of extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.

    HARRINGTON, Victoria (Victoria Ann Harrington)
    Born: 2/21/1944, Willesden, London, England U.K.
    Died: 7/3/2018, Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.A.

    Victoria Harrington’s westerns – actress:
    Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965 (Mary Merivale)
    Death Valley Days (TV) – 1966 (Emily Watson)

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  • 07/12/18--13:54: RIP Alan Johnson

  • Choreographer Alan Johnson Passes Away

    Broadway World
    By Stephanie Wild
    July 8, 2018

    BroadwayWorld has learned Alan Johnson, the choreographer best known for his work on the film version of West Side Story, as well as The Producers and other Mel Brooks films, has passed away in his sleep this morning.

    Alan Johnson is an award-winning choreographer, best known for his work on Mel Brooks films and for restaging Jerome Robbins original choreography in live productions of West Side Story in the United States and internationally. Johnson made his Broadway debut in West Side Story in 1957.

    Johnson has choreographed musical numbers in several Brooks' films, such as the infamous "Springtime for Hitler" number in The Producers, the "Spanish Inquisition" dance number from the film, History of the World Part I and "Puttin' On the Ritz" in Young Frankenstein.

    Stage productions he choreographed include Legs Diamond, The First, So Long 174th Street, Baker Street, Anyone Can Whistle, and No Strings. He also choreographed solo and revue shows for Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Uggams, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, Chita Rivera and Ann-Margret.

    Other films in which he worked as a choreographer include: Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995), History of the World: Part I (1981) The World's Greatest Lover (1977), Cos (1976) TV Series, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975), Young Frankenstein (1974), Blazing Saddles (1974), The Producers (1968).

    Johnson brought the West Side Story dance style back into the mainstream when he choreographed several Gap commercials in 2000, earning him an American Choreography award. He also choreographed commercials for Dubonnet and Freixenet Champagn

    JOHNSON, Alan
    Born: 2/18/1937, Eddystone, Pennsylvania, U.S.A
    Died: 7/7/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Alan Johnson’s western – choreographer:
    Blazing Saddles - 1974

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  • 07/13/18--14:22: RIP Roger Perry

  • Roger Perry, ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Harrigan and Son’ Actor, Dies at 85

    By Dave McNary
    June 13, 2018

    Character actor Roger Perry died Thursday at his home in Indian Wells. Calif., after a battle with prostrate cancer. He was 85.

    Perry compiled dozens of feature, television, and stage credits during a long career that began when he was discovered by Lucille Ball, who put the young actor under contract to Desilu Studios. He co-starred with Pat O’Brien in the ABC series “Harrigan and Son,” and co-starred with Chuck Connors and Ben Gazzara in the 90-minute drama “Arrest & Trial.”

    Perry was a guest star on the “Star Trek” TV series in a memorable first-season episode in 1967, “Tomorrow Is Yesterday,” playing Captain John Christopher. He appeared on “Love, American Style,” “Ironsides,” “The F.B.I.,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Bob Newhart,” “Quincy,” “C.H.I.Ps,” “The Fall Guy,” and many more before becoming a regular on programs such as “The Facts of Life” and “Falcon Crest.”

    His movie credits included “Follow the Boys” with Connie Francis, “Rollerboogie” with Linda Blair, “The Thing With Two Heads” with Ray Milland and Rosie Greer, and “Cat” and “Count Yorga,” which both co-starred Craig T. Nelson and Mariette Hartley.

    Among his starring theater credits were productions of “Gypsy,” “Annie,” “They’re Playing Our Song,” “Mr. Roberts,” “Once Upon a Mattress, “Anything Goes,” “The Royal Hunt of the Sun,” “Goodbye Charlie,” “Lovers and Other Strangers,” and “Love Letters.”

    Perry composed the music for “Make a Promise, Keep a Promise,” which premiered at the Doolittle Theater in Hollywood. He also composed the score for the musical version of George Bernard’s “You Never Can Tell,” starring himself and his wife, Joyce Bulifant, at Theatre East in Los Angeles. Barbra Streisand sang his song “A Kid Again” in her TV special titled “My Name is Barbra.”

    Perry and his wife starred in “The First Hundred Years” (produced by John Fosythe), “Hanging By a Thread” with Patty Duke, and “The Happiness Bench,” with Mariette Hartley and John Aniston. In recent years, the Perrys have been performing in benefit productions for children’s programs and charity.

    Perry was previously married to Joanne Worley. He is survived by his wife, his brother Nick Perry, his son Chris Perry, his daughter Dana McNerney, and grandson Parker McNerney. Services are pending. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to River Bridge Regional Center for Abused Children in Glenwood Springs Co., which was founded by Perry and his wife.

    PERRY, Roger
    Born: 5/7/1933, Davenport, Iowa, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/12/2018, Indian Wells, California, U.S.A

    Roger Perry’s westerns – actor:
    Elfego Baca (TV) – 1959 (Luke Sawyer)
    The Texan (TV) – 1960 (Robin Randolph)
    U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1960 (Ted Jarvis)
    Hondo (TV) – 1967 (Johnny Reno)
    Heaven with a Gun – 1969 (Ned Hunter)
    Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Ben Cameron)
    Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (R.M. Foster)

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  • 07/15/18--16:32: RIP Robert Wolders

  • Robert Wolders, Actor and Longtime Audrey Hepburn Companion, Dies at 81

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes

    He starred on the NBC Western 'Laredo' and was married to actress Merle Oberon.

    Dutch actor Robert Wolders, the longtime companion of Breakfast at Tiffany's star Audrey Hepburn who starred on the 1960s TV Western Laredo and appeared in films like Beau Geste, has died. He was 81.

    Wolders died Thursday "surrounded by loving family," according to Ellen Fontana, executive director of the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund. She said his family did not wish to divulge any other details of his death. He was a member of the board of directors of the fund.

    Wolders was the fourth husband of actress Merle Oberon (Wuthering Heights, The Scarlet Pimpernel), married to her for about four years until her death in 1979 at age 68 from stroke complications. They starred opposite each other as lovers in the May-September romantic drama Interval (1973), her final film.

    The actor met the Oscar-winning Hepburn in 1980 as her marriage to Italian psychiatrist Andrea Dotti was winding down, and they were together when the icon of Hollywood and style died from a rare cancer of the appendix on Jan. 20, 1993. She was 63.

    "I have a wonderful man in my life, I have my Robert," Hepburn said in a 1989 interview with Barbara Walters. "We have so much in common, he's so good to me, he takes great care of me. He gives me that marvelous feeling that I'm protected and that I'm the most important thing to him."

    "After I'd met her, a mutual friend prompted me to ask her out for dinner, but she said she had a night shoot," Wolders told People magazine last year. "I thought it was her gentle way of rejecting me.

    "The next day she invited me for a drink at the Pierre hotel, which turned into a three-hour talk. At one point she said, 'Do you mind if I order some pasta?' After many long phone conversations, we realized we were meant to be together. She asked me if she could take time to prepare [her son] Luca and Andrea, her soon-to-be-ex-husband. When she saw him, Andrea came over and said, 'You look very beautiful, you must be in love,' and she said, 'I am.'"

    Hepburn was a longtime UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and Wolders accompanied her on many of her missions for the children's charity, including her last one, to Somalia, in 1992.

    After Hepburn's death, he dated Gigi star Leslie Caron and then had a two-decade relationship with Shirlee Fonda, the fifth wife of late actor Henry Fonda.

    "The odd thing is that Shirlee was a great friend of Audrey and a great friend of Merle. In the same circle. Maybe it sounds odd," Wolders said in a 2012 interview. "They were friends, each one, and I knew that Merle would have approved of me being with Audrey certainly, instead of becoming the extra man. And Audrey would have approved of Shirlee."

    Wolders was born on Sept. 28, 1936, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The son of an actress, he came to the U.S. and enrolled at the University of Rochester, then studied acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He appeared on a 1965 episode of NBC's Flipper and signed a contract with Universal.

    Wolders played the French soldier Fouchet in the 1966 remake of Beau Geste that starred Guy Stockwell and was a military man who is slain in the Rock Hudson-George Peppard drama Tobruk (1967).

    Wolders joined NBC's lighthearted Laredo for its second and final season, 1966-67, as Erik Hunter, a rookie Texas Ranger from somewhere in Europe who wore colorful clothing. He once described his character as "a combination of Errol Flynn, 007 and Casanova."

    The handsome actor also played Paul Van Dillen, a charming ski instructor who has a superficial romance with Mary Richards (Mary Tyler Moore) that draws all kinds of reactions from her co-workers, on a 1974 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

    Wolders also appeared on series including The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Dan August, Peppard's Banacek and Hudson's McMillan & Wife and in a 1975 CBS telefilm, The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond, which marked his last acting appearance.

    WOLDERS, Robert
    Born: 9/28/1936, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Died: 7/12/2018,

    Robert Wolders’ westerns – actor:
    Laredo (TV) – 1966-1967 (Erik Hunter)
    Daniel Boone (TV) – 1967 (Almaviva)

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  • 07/16/18--09:52: RIP Corneliu Gîrbea

  • DOLIU in the world of Romanian theater and film. A famous actor who also starred in the "Nea Mărin billionaire" has died

    vdt online
    July 14, 2018

    Mellow in the world of theater and film. Actor Corneliu Gîrbea has died at the age of 90 years.

    The sad news was made public on Saturday morning.

    Corneliu Gîrbea, also known as Cornel Gîrbea, (born September 5, 1928, Gheorghieni, Romania) was a Romanian theater and film actor. He was an actor at the Mic Theater in Bucharest.

    He has starred in a large number of films.

    He was awarded the First Class Cultural Merit (1967) for merits in the field of dramatic art.

    The late artist is best known to the public for his work at the Mic Theater in Bucharest, as well as for the roles he has played in several films made especially in the period before 1990 by director Sergiu Nicolaescu, such as "Nea Mărin miliardarul", "Mihai Viteazul""Burebista" or "Last night of love".

    GIRBEA, Corneliu (Corneliu Gîrbea)
    Born: 9/5/1928, Gheorghieni, Romania
    Died: 7/13/2018, Romania

    Corneliu Gîrbea’s western – actor:
    The Hussy (TV) - 1978

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  • 07/16/18--13:54: RIP Stan Dragoti

  • Stan Dragoti, the famous Hollywood producer of Albanian origin, dies

    Gazeta Kombi
    July 14, 2018

    Stan Dragoti, an Albanian-born Albanian artist died at age 86 in Los Angeles, California. Stan Dragot, known by Albanians as an Albanian who "bumps" the walls of Hollywood, or the man who made the revival of New York dreams with the famous "I love New York" star. He is said to have been born on October 4, 1932 in New York City.

    His origin is Albanian. Coming from a Tepelenase family, who emigrated very early in the US. His father Asllan from the attractive attraction village, Dragot (whose surname is the artist) of Tepelena and his mother Bahrie from the ancient city of Tepelena. The first steps of this genius began in the child.

    At a young age she was very curious and interested in spending time in front of television programs. Every movie she watched was passionate about commenting on her sisters and parents. At age 7, he began to draw, imagine, and many sketches of age. According to Wikipedia, it is said that these were the origins that led to his dream reality. He also finished college at Cooper Union, New York and the visual arts school. He has been cooperating since 1968 with his colleague Charli Moss. Stani made his first appearance as director of a movie that had incredible success. Some sales exceeded $ 200 million in every company's production. At the same time, he started advertising ads on the giants of the car industry and the car industry. Intelligent and creative man putting them in the service of time. It became too popular and wanted for the time itself. Had time taken care of the right moment to revive New York dreams.

    It's unforgettable for those who lived in the 1970s when he remembers the movie - the movie that has "conquered" the many colors of the giant metropolis of New York City for the "I love New York" movie. A "red-hearted two-letter NY Kindle Heart" What I read in Albanian I love New York all my heart. Although so many years have passed, this slut is like the New York hymn "I love New York". During numerous meetings with former Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha, in his active life, he has been not only discussing filmmaking, but also launching Albania into Hollywood, launching Albanian tourism around the world, and why not religious tolerance according to the artist is very important.

    A well-known director of Albanian origin, especially for the movies "Love at First Bite", a black comedy on Dracula's theme and "The One With One Red Shoe" , 1985), a romantic comedy with Tom Hanks and James Belushi, had expressed the idea of the Albanian prime minister for the realization of three important cinematographic projects. From sources near the former Prime Minister, during the Berisha leadership, it is learned that Dragoti had a project in collaboration with other American producers, realizing three films for Albania. Which the artist had at that time presented to the former prime minister three film projects to bring to Hollywood, which were one of the stories of Scanderbeg's story, another film project for the help that Albanians gave to the Jews and another to the collaboration with Peter Lucas, for the Second World War. "

    The very Prime Minister Berisha had greeted the outstanding artist and congratulated him for the great contribution he has made with his work in raising the image of Albania in the international arena as well as for his constant interest in the developments and projects of the country of its origin. But in addition to the cinematic projects, prominent director Stan Dragoti in Albania had started with his producers and collaborators in the framework of efforts to promote and promote the development of Albanian tourism, recognition of Albania's history and traditions more widely through films history, documentaries on the country of Albania and the TV spots on tourism and tourist image of Albania.

    During the conversation with Berisha at the time, Dragoti discussed the potentials Albania has in terms of tourism and investment in different fields, as well as the possibility and importance of developing an effective strategy for promoting as much of the product "made in Albania " worldwide. Also the artist had cast the idea of ​​realizing as much as possible the spots for Albanian tourism, emphasizing the publicity of the exotic and romantic side of Albanian nature, why not, and religious tolerance in Albania. Stan Dragoti is known especially for commercial video clips.

    DRAGOTI, Stan (Stanley John Dragoti)
    Born: 10/4/1932, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/13/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Stan Dragoti’s western – director:
    Dirty Little Billy - 1972

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  • 07/17/18--06:19: RIP Yvonne Blake

  • The Hollywood Reporter
    By Rhett Bartlett

    The Britain-born costume designer won an Oscar for her work on 1971 historical drama 'Nicholas and Alexandra.'

    Yvonne Blake, designer of the iconic costumes of the 1978 box-office hit Superman, has died. She was 80.

    Blake died on Tuesday in Madrid, the Spanish Film Academy told The Hollywood Reporter. She had been the Academy's president since Oct. 2016, but suffered a stroke in January this year.

    She shared an Academy Award with Antonio Castillo for the three-hour-plus 1971 costume drama Nicholas and Alexandra, directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. "I suppose all one can say is that if it wasn't for the Russian Revolution I wouldn't be here," Blake said when accepting her award.

    Her work could also be seen in Norman Jewison's Jesus Christ Superstar (1973); Robin and Marian (1976), starring Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn; the 1976 war film The Eagle Has Landed, and Milos Forman's Goya's Ghost (2006).

    But her most recognizable work was on Richard Donner's Superman, for which she designed the iconic superhero costume. In her original design sketch made before Christopher Reeves was cast in the role, Blake's annotations read: "Leotard in shimmering blue two-way stretch fabric worn over false muscles & harness for flying. Capes to be made in various flowing fashion for resting. Boots in glove leather or elastic with small heel. ‘S’ motif in red & gold on breast & again in all gold on back of cape. Gold metal belt with ‘S’ buckle."

    The film was co-produced by Ilya and Alexander Salkind who Blake had earlier worked with on The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974).

    In a presentation to the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2013, Blake spoke about the difficulties in designing the iconic costume. "I started prepping long before there was a director or an actor," she said. "I worked solely with the production designer, director of photography and the special effects director. These were then innovators on special effects on a grand scale. Now it seems very familiar, but in those days, pre-digital, we were like Christopher Columbus discovering the New World. A voyage into unknown territory. "

    Blake began working in front of blue and green screens, testing out different shades of turquoise lycra for the flying scenes. "If the lycra was either too green or too blue Superman would disappear and all we would see are his shorts, his boots and his cape." She settled on material sourced from a factory in Austria.

    For Marlon Brando's glowy Jor-El costume she aimed for a look that reflected strong light and energy. "I looked everywhere for the right material, in desperation I consulted the director of photography who suggested a material called 3M, it's what cinema screens are made of."

    The only drawback to the material was that it turned black when touched by bare sweaty hands, so all crew had to wear white cotton gloves.  Not surprisingly, Blake returned for Richard Lester's Superman II (1980).

    Born in 1938 in Manchester, England, her early work was as an assistant costume designer and art director on Francois Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451, and as costume coordinator on the Elizabeth Taylor thriller Night Watch (1973).

    Her telefilm work included Onassis: The Richest Man in the World (1988), Casanova (1987), Crime of the Century (1996), and James Dean (2001). In her career, she won four Goya Awards (Spanish Oscars) and received four BAFTA nominations and two Primetime Emmy nominations.

    BLAKE, Yvonne
    Born: 1938, Manchester, England, U.K.
    Died: 7/17/2018, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

    Yvonne Blake’s western – costume designer:
    A Talent for Loving - 1969

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  • 07/17/18--17:41: RIP Nathan Adler

  • Henderson & Sons Funeral Home

    Mr. Nathan Adler, age 91, of Rome, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018, in a local hospital.

    Mr. Adler was born of the Jewish faith in New York, NY, son of the late Meyer Adler and the late Ghenya Horowitz Adler. He was also preceded in death by 4 brothers, Albert Adler, Louie Adler, Richard Adler, and an infant brother. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and served during World War II.

    Mr. Adler received his Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY. He received his Master’s Degree from University of Illinois. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a high school teacher at Mayfair High School in Belflower, CA, where he taught English and Theater. An accomplished actor in theater and on screen, he was best known for his role as Dr. Fromm in the television series “Little House on the Prairie.” Mr. Adler was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Equity, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artist.

    Survivors include his wife, the former Susan Bruggeman, to whom he was married on November 17, 1979; a daughter, Dori Bray (Daniel), Rome; 2 sons, Artie Adler (Brooke), Jackson, TN, and David Adler (Kay), Millbrae, CA; 7 grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

    The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, from 5 until 7pm.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

    Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.

    ADLER, Nathan
    Born: 7/8/1927, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 7/14/2018, Rome, Georgia, U.S.A.

    Nathan Adler’s westerns – actor:
    Little House on the Prairia (TV) – 1979, 1982 (Mr. Jackson, Doctor Fromm)
    Father Murphy (TV) – 1982 (telegraph agent)

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  • 07/19/18--20:38: RIP Shinobu Hashimoto

  • Shinobu Hashimoto, Screenwriter on Kurosawa's 'The Seven Samurai' and 'Rashomon,' Dies at 100

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Gavin J. Blair

    Hashimoto wrote or co-wrote more than 70 screenplays.

    Screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto, who wrote for some of the most iconic films in Japanese history, including The Seven Samurai and Rashomon from director Akira Kurosawa, has died. He was 100.

    Hashimoto died Thursday at his home in Tokyo from pneumonia, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported.

    Hashimoto wrote or co-wrote more than 70 screenplays, including many of Kurosawa's classics, also including The Hidden Fortress (1958). He directed three films as well, including I Want to Be a Shellfish (1959), and carried on as a screenwriter until suffering a stroke in his 90s.

    The Seven Samurai told the tale of a village of peasants who enlist the help of a small group of wandering ronin (masterless samurai) to protect them from bandits who plan to rob them of their harvest. Also featuring samurai and bandits, Rashomon was based on a story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa and presents a murder incident from the perspective of four different characters. It was a surprise winner of the Golden Lion at the 1951 Venice Film Festival and played a major part in putting Japanese cinema on the map.

    Born in Hyogo Prefecture in April 1918, Hashimoto came up with his first writing credit for the acclaimed Rashomon in 1950. He went on to work on Throne of Blood, Kurosawa's take on Macbeth, in 1957, and the following year on The Hidden Fortress, which George Lucas acknowledged was a major influence on the original Star Wars.

    A large number of the films he wrote screenplays for were remade, most famously 1954's The Seven Samurai, which inspired The Magnificent Seven (1960), itself remade again by Hollywood in 2016.

    In Japan, Harakiri, Japan's Longest Day and I Want to Be a Shellfish (twice) are among his screenplays that have been remade.

    HASHIMOTO, Shinobu
    Born: 4/18/1918, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan
    Died: 7/19/2018, Tokyo, Japan

    Shinobu Hashimoto’s westerns – writer:
    The Magnificent Seven – 1960 [based on his screenplay]
    The Outrage – 1964 [based on his screenplay]
    The Magnificent Seven – 2016 [based on his screenplay]

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