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  • 11/17/18--08:54: RIP Rolf Hoppe
  • King from "Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel"
    Rolf Hoppe is dead
    The actor Rolf Hoppe died at the age of 87 years.  He was one of the most famous actors of the GDR - among other things, he was in the Christmas classic "Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel" to see.
    The Dresden actor Rolf Hoppe is dead. This confirmed his family to the German Press Agency and the "Dresdner Latest News".
    Hoppe was also known internationally as a GDR actor and filled out more than 400 film and stage roles during his lifetime.  Just last year, Hoppe won several prizes - the Märchenfilmfestival Prize for his life's work in Annaberg-Buchholz and the Order of the Dresden SemperOper Ball.
    Since 1977 he has been a member of the ensemble of the Dresdner Schauspiel.  In addition to his theatrical work, Hoppe has appeared in numerous movies and TV films, in the Christmas fairy tale "Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel" by Václav Vorlícek he played the king alongside Karin Lesch.
    In 1995, Hoppe - born in Ellrich in Thuringia - bought a farm on the outskirts of Dresden and founded the Hoftheater Dresden, as it is called on the website of the theater.  At the Salzburg Festival he was the Mammon in "Everyman" several times.
     In 1982, the feature film "Mephisto" by István Szabó , in which Hoppe appeared in the role of Nazi Prime Minister Hermann Göring , received the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.  His much praised Göring presentation helped Hoppe to international breakthrough.  After that, Hoppe was long considered a "villain of the service".  Also in the ARD "Tatort" he was seen several times.
    HOPPE, Rolf
    Born: 12/6/1930, Ellrich, Thuringia, Germany
    Died: 11/16,/2018 Dresden, Saxony, Germany
    Rolf Hoppe’s westerns – actor:
    The Falcon’s Trail – 1967 (Bashan)
    Fatal Error – 1969 (Allison)
    White Wolves – 1969 (James Bashan)
    Apaches – 1973 (Captain Brown/Burton)
    Kit & Co. – 1974 (Shorty)
    Ulzana – 1974 (Captain Burton)
    The Long Ride from School – 1983 (trapper)

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  • 11/18/18--07:41: RIP John Bluthal

  • TV Tonight
    November 16, 2018

    Veteran actor John Bluthal, best known for The Vicar of Dibley & Home Sweet Home, has died aged 89.

    “We’re sad to announce our wonderful client John Bluthal has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family at this time. John provided us all with years of laughter and entertainment. We will miss John hugely,” his agent Artists Partnership confirmed.

    Born in Poland he emigrated to Australia at the age of 9 and studied drama at the University of Melbourne.

    Over 6 decades he worked in the UK, Australia and the US frequently in character and comedic roles on both stage and screen.

    1960’s Citizen James, starring Sid James, was his first major credit in multiple roles. In the long-running UK TV series Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width he played Manny Cohen, a Jewish tailor in business with an Irishman in London.

    He undertook extensive radio work with Spike Milligan. His lengthy UK credits include ‘Allo ‘Allo!, Hancock, Minder, The Saint, The Avengers, Rumpole of the Bailey, One Foot in the Grave, Benny Hill, The Kenny Everett Television Show, Jonathan Creek, Lovejoy, Bergerac, Inspector Morse, Reilly and Ace of Spies.

    From 1995 to 2015 on The Vicar of Dibley he played as fastidious minutes-taker Frank Pickle, alongside Dawn French.

    In Australia his credits included The Mavis Bramston Show, Doctor Down Under, Bluey, Matlock Police, And Here Come Bucknuckle, Blue Heelers, Spirited, and starred as “Enzo Pacelli” in the ABC ’80s Italian-Aussie sitcom Home Sweet Home.

    His many films included three Carry On films, A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, Casino Royale, Doctor in Trouble, Superman III, The Fifth Element, Labyrinth, Hail Caesar! and two of the Pink Panther films.

    BLUTHAL, John
    Born: 3/28/1929, Jezierzany, Galicia, Poland
    Died: 11/15/2018, Australia

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  • 11/18/18--15:57: RIP Pablo Ferro

  • Deadline Hollywood
    By Dino-Ray Ramos
    November 18, 2018

    Pablo Ferro, who is known for his distinct title design and work in graphic design, died of complications from pneumonia Friday in Sedona, Arizona. The award-winning designer was 83.

    Born on January 15, 1935 in Cuba, Ferro, a self-taught artist became known for eye-catching and stylized title design in film which included iconic films including Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove as well as others such as Bullitt, Men In Black, and Married to the Mob. During the mid-’50s he worked in animation before working with Disney animator Tytla who would become his mentor. He also worked with the would-be legend Stan Lee on a series of sci-fi and adventure comics.

    In 1961, Ferro and fellow artists Fred Mogubgub and Lew Schwartz partnered to create their own company. Ferro then went on to create Pablo Ferro Films.

    Ferro became a trailblazer when it came to montage-like title sequences, creative stylistic typefaces and quick-cut editing. If you have ever seen a movie, chances are, you saw his work. His art can be seen in over 100 films including the original The Thomas Crown Affair, Philadelphia, To Live and Die in L.A., Beetlejuice, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Addams Family, Zardoz, Harold and Maude as well as Gus Van Sant’s To Die For and Good Will Hunting.

    He also worked on the first animated color version of the NBC Peacock and also produced and directed projects. He co-directed Hal Ashby’s 1983 Rolling Stones concert film Let’s Spend the Night Together. He also worked on Midnight Cowboy as a second-unit director and supervising editor of The Night They Raided Minsky’s. In 1991, he directed his own feature Me, Myself & I starring George Segal and JoBeth Williams.

    Ferro’s work in title design has appeared in 12 Academy Award-winning films. He has also won numerous Clios and a DGA Excellence in Film Award.

    He is survived by his former wife, Susan as well as his children Joy Ferro-Moore and Allen Ferro.

    FERRO, Pablo
    Born: 1/15/1935, Antilla, Orient Province, Cuba
    Died: 11/15/2018, Sedona, Arizona, U.S.A.

    Pablo Ferro’s westerns – actor, title designer:
    Greaser’ Palace – 1972 (Indian)
    F.T.W. – 1994 [title designer]

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  • 11/19/18--09:11: RIP George Gelernter

  • Seattle Times
    November 19, 2018

    George Gelernter, actor, play-wright, journeyman plumber, activist and voracious reader, particularly of history, politics, film and theater, died November 11, 2018 in Seattle. He was 85.

    He was born Gershon Ulysses Gelernter October 29, 1933, in Orange, N.J., to Matthew and Ada Goldberg Gelernter. Both sets of George's grand-parents had fled anti-Jewish persecution in Europe. Ada and Matthew, seeking to make the world better, joined the Communist Party and had their children George and Judith join the Socialist Youth League. They moved to Tucson because of George's asthma but, encountering strong anti-Semitism, relocated to L.A. George, who was extremely bright and intellectual, graduated from Fairfax High, where he was a champion debater. He became a plumber because his parents expected him to join the working class.

    At 19, George married Elaine (May York) Quan. They had daughter Carey before divorcing. He migrated to counterculture Venice Beach; was a Venice Free Theater founder and actor; studied acting and writing, including at the American National Theatre and Academy, Desilu Workshop, and with Lee Grant; joined the improv group "On Guard America"; and acted in many theaters, including the Players' Ring Theatre, Santa Monica Playhouse, and Ice House.

    He co-starred in "Faith of Our Fathers," an AFI Film Award winner, and appeared in more than 100 other films and videos. He wrote over 30 plays/screenplays.

    Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he moved in 2010 to Seattle to be near Carey, a longtime reporter and editor at The Seattle Times, son-in-law Jerry Large, then a Times columnist, and grandson Tao Large. He took great pride in Tao, a chemistry Ph.D. student at Stanford University.

    He became fondly known at the Summit at First Hill, where he lived for seven years, and at Kline Galland, where he spent his last year. In 2017 a staged reading by Equity actors of his play "On the Fritz," directed by Vanessa Miller, had Summit audience members commenting: "It was just like a Seinfeld episode!"

    In addition to Carey, Jerry and Tao, he is survived by sister Judith Reisman, extended family and dear friends.

    GELERNTER, George (Gershon Ulysses Gelernter)
    Born: 10/29/1933, Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.
    Died: 11/11/2018, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

    George Gelernter’s wetern – actor:
    The Unknowing - 2009

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  • 11/19/18--09:43: RIP Mike Noble

  • Down the
    By John Freeman
    November 19, 2018

    We’re sorry to report the passing of veteran artist Mike Noble, perhaps best known for his work on the British weekly comics TV Century 21 – drawing strips such as “Fireball XL5“, “Captain Scarlet” and “Star Trek” and Look-In – working on strips such as “The Famous Five“, “Follyfoot“,  “Robin of Sherwood“, “Timeslip” and many more.

    Growing up, Mike’s work was amongst the comics art I most admired, and along with Ron Embleton and Frank Bellamy he did much to cement my love of comics from an early age. He will be very much missed and fondly remembered by many British comics fans for his distinctive work that captured the imagination of so many.

    Born in Woodford in 1930, Mike grew up in London, and although initially evacuated had many memories of his experiences as a youngster during after World War Two. (He related in one interview in 2011 how he thought he avoided becoming the victim of a V1 bomb).

    “As a boy, I used to enjoy drawing,” he explained. “My brother and I used to spend happy hours on a wet afternoon filling up the the drawing books that our parents bought for us.”

    After the war he studied commercial, rather than fine art at South West Essex Technical College and School of Art, then St. Martins in London, joining an advertising studio aged 17. In 1949, aged 18, he was called up for National Service and was in the 8th Royal Tank Regiment in North Yorkshire for 18 months, after which he spent three years in the Territorial Army, where his artistic talent came into good use producing graphics of military hardware.

    In 1950 he got a job at Cooper’s Studio, London and began working in comics field in 1953, starting with “Simon and Sally“, a strip for Eagle’s younger sibling comic, Robin. He also worked on illustrations for a wide variety of magazines including Titbits, Woman’s Own and John Bull, and the regional newspaper the Birmingham Weekly Post. He often noted how much he owed Leslie Caswell, who he worked with at the time.

    In 1958 he started a long run of regular work in comics, with the strips such as “Lone Ranger and Tonto” for Express Weekly and “Range Rider” for TV Comic. But it was his work on TV Century 21, starting with “Fireball XL5” in colour in 1965 that would confirm him as one of the British comic greats, followed by his work on “Zero-X” and “Captain Scarlet“. He eschewed the look of Gerry Anderson’s puppet creations for a realistic more approach that energised the comic – and set his style for decades to come.

    Working on “Timeslip” for Look-In and many other strips that revealed his tremendous ability to bring any TV show to the printed page with considerable skill. His work on “Follyfoot” and “The Adventures of Black Beauty” showed off his talent for dynamic figure work as well as his ability to draw realistic animals.

    But he was more than happy to turn his talents toward “Worzel Gummidge“, too, capturing lead actor Jon Pertwee’s likeness (as he did many others), perfectly.

    Although he retired from drawing comic strips in the 1980s, due to family health problems, he still worked on magazine covers and illustrations, returning to the world of Gerry Anderson in the 1990s, drawing covers and colour pin ups for Fleetway’s Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray comics.

    In retirement, his talents were employed more locally in his home village of Balcombe, Sussex, where he  designed a lychgate and stained glass windows for St Mary’s Church.

    “I’m very grateful to have had the chance to meet Mike Noble,” noted writer Helen McCarthy in a tribute for downthetubes on his 84th birthday in 2014. “And I’m very glad that there are some excellent blogs and websites where you can find out more about him and his work.

    “He didn’t just draw Supermarionation – he drew everything from American TV to British pop star biographies to Japanese puppet fantasies.”

    Writing on Facebook earlier today, she revealed she and partner, artist Steve Kyte, had visited him recently and had a wonderful afternoon with him.

    “He was in great form, a very good host and still working on a board on his knees. He showed us some astonishing character illustrations he’d done for Under Milk Wood, just for fun – someone ought to send them to the Folio Society, they deserve their own new edition!

    “I wrote to him at the end of last week to suggest a date for a pre-Christmas visit, but too late, alas”.

    “To me, he was the ultimate illustrator of the TV21 and Gerry Anderson universe within the comic strip medium,” feels artist Graham Bleathman, well known himself for his work inspired by the Supermarionation shows of the 1960s.  “He captured the spirit of Century 21 perfectly whilst adding so much to it; many of his panels in TV21 had ‘over the shoulder’ shots which, even if it wasn’t deliberate, gave the impression of events unfolding before a camera lens, perfect for the ‘newspaper of the future’.

    “I also loved more subtle approaches used in his non-SF work for Look-In; particularly the use of colour in strips like ‘Black Beauty’ and ‘Follyfoot’ – which I gather were favourites of his – and also the graininess of his black and white ‘Wurzel Gummidge’ strips.

    However, it’s his TV21 work that he is always going to be remembered for, and in that, he was the definitive comic strip illustrator of the worlds of Gerry Anderson.”

    For many, many, British comic fans, Mike Noble was, simply, the best. He leaves a legacy in terns of influence and his many fans that would be hard to equal. My sympathies to his family and friends.

    NOBLE, Mike (Michael Noble)
    Born: 9/17/1930, South Woodford, London, England, U.K.
    Died: 11/19/2018, Balcombe, Sussex, England, U.K.

    Mike Noble’s westerns artist:
    The Lone Ranger and Tonto– 1958-1960 [Express Weekly]
    The Lone Ranger- 1960–61
    The Range Rider-1961–64
    The Indian Fighter– 1962 [TV Comic Annual]
    The Range Rider- 1963 [TV Comic Annual]
    The Range Rider- 1964 [TV Comic Annual 1964]

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  • 11/22/18--02:19: RIP Anne Carroll

  • The London Times

    LIVINGSTONE Anne MBE, AKA Anne Carroll, died on 15th November 2018, aged 78. A British actress and director. In the 2011 New Year Honours, Carroll received an MBE "for services to community theatre in Barnes", as she had run the youth theatre group, Barnes Theatre Company in Barnes, London for two decades. Carroll is the founder of the OSO Arts Centre (Old Sorting Office) arts venue in Barnes. Deeply loved wife of Douglas and sister of John. Funeral at Mortlake Crematorium, 10th December, at 2.40pm.

    CARROLL, Anne (Anne Livingstone)
    Born: 6/?/1940. U.K.
    Died: 11/15/2018, London, England, U.K.

    Anne Carroll’s western – actress:
    Bootle Saddles (TV) – 1984 (Isobel James)

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  • 11/23/18--11:53: RIP Don Marando

  • Don Marando, Journeyman Make-up Artist (1929 – 2018)

    Make-Up Artist
    By Susan Cabral-Ebert
    May 2, 2018

    Born in Indiana, Dominic (Don) Marando was a third generation hair stylist and make-up artist. After serving in the Army and Counter Intelligence Corps from 1945 – 1951, he attended Indiana University in South Bend. He owned a nightclub then catapulted to Hollywood where he became Bob Hope’s make-up artist, doing movies, series, specials and USO tours and traveled the world.

    “Hope once got Don a field commission as an Army Lt. Col. so Don wouldn’t be delayed at checkpoints in Vietnam,” says Bob Mills, longtime staff writer for Bob Hope. “That’s how important Don was to Hope. Don carried the card with him thereafter using it whenever needed. Remarkable.”

    Originally a TV Tape member, Don worked at NBC, CBS, KTLA, KCOP, ABC, the BBC in London, the CBC in Montreal and Vancouver and the networks in New York for a number of years, then became a Journeyman and did some of the favorite TV series of the 1980s and 90s. Jake and the Fatman, Dukes of Hazzard, Starman, Walking Tall and the mini-series Beulah Land. All kept him one of the most sought-after make-up artists of the time. Hardworking and fun-loving, Don always kept it lively in the make-up and hair trailer and everyone was fair game – equal opportunity laughter. Keeping his Dukes cast in line kept him hopping, and his Jake and the Fatman cast on the straight and narrow in Hawaii. He was always wrangling. The adventures with Bob Hope were legendary.

    After Jake and the Fatman, Don Marando stayed in Hawaii and enjoyed semi-retirement for a while, finally retiring in 1995 when he returned to California. Don trained his daughter Dawn Marando to become a Local 706 make-up artist and she went on to win a Daytime Emmy before becoming an attorney. His two sons, were also IATSE members: Anthony, a member of Local 705 (costumers) and Mark, a member of Local 33 (stage technicians).

    Don Marando was married to Rose Marando in 1949, and she passed away in 2001. He passed away on April 7, 2018. Local 706 was not notified of any services.

    “Thanks for the Memories,” Brother Don Marando.

    MARANDO, Don (Dominic Marando)
    Born: 9/10/1929, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.
    Died: 4/7/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

    Don Marando’s westerns – makeup artist:
    Paint Your Wagon – 1969
    Belle Starr (TV) - 1980

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  • 11/24/18--07:11: RIP Nicolas Roeg

  • Director Nicolas Roeg dies aged 90

    BBC News
    November 24, 2018

    Director Nicolas Roeg, whose films include Don't Look Now and Performance, has died aged 90, his family says.

    In a career spanning six decades, he was celebrated for his original and controversial film-making.

    His 1973 psychological thriller Don't Look Now caused controversy for its graphic sex scenes.

    Roeg also directed Mick Jagger in the crime drama Performance and David Bowie in the science fiction movie The Man Who Fell To Earth.

    His son, Nicolas Roeg Jr, said his father died on Friday night. "He was a genuine dad. He just had his 90th birthday in August," he said.

    Nicolas Roeg was one of the most original film-makers the UK has ever produced.

    His early experience as a cinematographer brought a stunning visual quality to his work.

    He often exasperated the critics and gained a reputation as being hard on his actors.

    And he took a delight in jumbling scenes and time to both bewitch and bewilder his audiences.

    Born in St John's Wood in north London in 1928, Roeg started in the film industry making tea and operating the clapper board at Marylebone Studios.

    His directorial debut came in 1970 when he filmed Performance, sharing the director's role with Donald Cammell.

    The explicit scenes of violence and drug-taking caused the film's release to be delayed by two years.

    Speaking to the BBC's Front Row in 2013, he said false rumours that Don't Look Now included a real sex scene were "very flattering" because it meant audiences thought the film was authentic.

    "What you are looking for in anything is some sort of truth," he said.

    ROEG, Nicolas (Nicolas Jack Roeg)
    Born: 8/15/1928, St. John’s Wood, London, England, U.K.
    Died: 11/23/2018, England, U.K.

    Nicolas Roeg’s western – camera operator:
    The Sundowners - 1960

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  • 11/24/18--16:47: RIP Matti Kuusla

  • Matti Kuusla (1933-2018) played shortcuts in about 40 films

    By Niko Jutila

    On Thursday, the actor Matti "Pikkis" Kuusla (1933-2018), died. He was well known to the general public, especially for hi television work, but he also paired with actors Arvo and Irja Kuusla and had a colorful movie career. Kuusla's father was the organizer of Suomen Filmiteollisuus Oy, whose director TJ Särkkä gave Kuusla the part of  the six-year-old son of JL Runeberg as the first filmmaker in the big movie The Poet King and the Migratory Bird (1940). It started Kuusla's "Career" in the role of small parts in Kuusla's 1990s, in about 40 films.

    Kuusla was seen over the years either in very small roles or only in assistant duties , including Edwin Laine's Unknown Soldier (1955), Ville Salminen Evakuo (1956) and Särkän 1918 (1957). In the 1950s, film awards and awards were paid on the basis of the number of images they were involved in. If the picture showed an assistant, even if only the shoulder, it also justified as a picture fee. In Aarne Tarkas's Villi Pohjola (Wild North) (1955) Kuusla and another young slender, Pertti "Spede" Pasanen, try to grow their account by counting as many images as possible. The two were friends with the description secretary, who took a clear view of the descriptive plan and, on the basis of that, came back into both directions. According to Pasante's later story, he was seen in the West Bank, both in the huddle and in the audience of his own hobbyists.

    Pasanen, Kuusla and Pentti Nevaluoma formed the humorous Bluff Brothers band, which was seen in Veikko Itkonen's revival film, Mullin malli (1961) and later on Spide's TV shows.
    For television Kuusla had been working since 1958. In 1965, he and Jukka Virtanen and Aarre Elo made a short comedy film called Lumilinna , which was sent to Switzerland for international TV festivals, where it won the main prize. The first international award for Finnish TV production and received a lot of attention in Finland.

    KUUSLA, Matti
    Born: 8/7/1933, Helsinki, Finland, U.S.A.
    Died: 11/22/2018, Espoo, Finland, U.S.A.

    Matti Kuusla’s western – actress:
    Villi Pohjola – 1955 (Konna)

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  • 11/24/18--19:00: RIP Ricky Jay

  • Ricky Jay, Master Magician and Actor in ‘Deadwood,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ Dies at 72

    By Pat Saperstein
    November 24, 2018

    Ricky Jay, a master magician who also acted in films and TV shows such as “Boogie Nights,” “House of Games” and “Deadwood,” died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 72.

    Jay’s manager, Winston Simone, said he died of natural causes, adding, “He was one of a kind. We will never see the likes of him again.”

    His attorney Stan Coleman confirmed his death. His partner in the Deceptive Practices company, Michael Weber, tweeted, “I am sorry to share that my remarkable friend, teacher, collaborator and co-conspirator is gone.”

    A New Yorker profile called him “the most gifted sleight of hand artist alive,” and Jay was also known for his card tricks and memory feats.

    He appeared in several David Mamet movies, including “House of Games,” “The Spanish Prisoner,” “Things Change,” “Redbelt” and “State and Main.”

    Steve Martin, with whom he appeared in “The Spanish Prisoner,” described Jay in the New Yorker profile, “I sort of think of Ricky as the intellectual élite of magicians. He’s expertly able to perform and yet he knows the theory, history, literature of the field.”

    In “Deadwood,” he played card sharp Eddie Sawyer during the first season, and also wrote for the show.

    In the 1997 James Bond film “Tomorrow Never Dies,” Jay played a cyber-terrorist to Pierce Brosnan’s Bond.

    He also provided the narration for movies such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Magnolia.” His one-man Broadway show directed by Mamet, “Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants,” was recorded for an HBO special in 1996.

    With Weber, he created the Deceptive Practices company, which provided solutions to movies and TV productions such as the wheelchair that hid Gary Sinise’s legs in “Forrest Gump.” They also worked on films including “The Prestige,” “The Illusionist” and “Oceans Thirteen.”

    Jay, who was born Richard Jay Potash in Brooklyn, was introduced to magic by his grandfather. He began performing in New York, opening for rock bands. Jay first worked in film with on Caleb Deschanel’s “The Escape Artist.”

    A documentary about his life, “Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay,” was released in 2012.

    A student of all facets of magic, prestidigitation and trickery, he maintained a large library of historic works and wrote two books, as well as numerous articles for the New Yorker; he also frequently lectured at museums and universities.

    JAY, Ricky (Richard Jay Potash)
    Born:  1948, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 11/24/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Ricky Jay’s westerns – actor:
    The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky (TV) – 1995 (Hawkes)
    Deadwood (TV) – 2004 (Eddie Sawyer)

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  • 11/26/18--06:54: RIP Bernardo Bertolucci

  • Bernardo Bertolucci, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘The Last Emperor,’ Dies at 77

    November 26, 2018
    By Nick Vivarelli

    Bernardo Bertolucci, whose epic “The Last Emperor” won nine Oscars and who influenced generations of filmmakers with other groundbreaking works such as “The Conformist” and “Last Tango in Paris,” in which he explored politics and sexuality through personal storytelling and audacious camera work, has died. He was 77.

    His publicist, Flavia Schiavi, said Bertolucci died at his home in Rome at 7 a.m. Monday. He had been suffering from cancer.

    Italy’s greatest auteur of his generation, Bertolucci managed to work both in Europe and Hollywood, though his relationship with the studios had its ups and downs. But even when he operated within the studio system, Bertolucci always managed to make films that were considered projections of his inner world.

    “The Last Emperor,” an adaptation of the autobiography of China’s last imperial ruler, Pu Yi, swept the 1987 Oscars, winning every category in which it had been nominated, including best picture and best director. With it, Bertolucci became the first and only Italian to win the Oscar for best director. “The Last Emperor” is among the movies that have won the most Academy Awards and was also the first Western epic about China made with the Chinese government’s cooperation.

    Born March 16, 1941, into a wealthy family in the northern Italian city of Parma, Bertolucci was a prodigious talent from a young age. The son of well-known poet and writer Attilio Bertolucci, he himself won an award for poetry at age 21, then decided to become a filmmaker.

    He started out as an assistant to another Italian poet, Pier Paolo Pasolini, on Pasolini’s first feature “Accattone,” in 1961, a portrayal of a Roman pimp. Bertolucci’s own debut film, “The Grim Reaper” in 1962, was an investigation into the murder of a Roman prostitute told from multiple points of view. The movie screened at the Venice Film Festival.

    Two years later, Bertolucci was in the Cannes Critics’ Week lineup with the semi-autobiographical “Before the Revolution,” set in Parma, about a 20-year-old student torn between bourgeois conformity and revolutionary Marxism who has an incestuous affair with his attractive young aunt, played by Adriana Asti. Bertolucci married Asti soon after the film was released, but the couple divorced a few years later.

    In 1970, he received his first Academy Award nomination for the adapted screenplay of “The Conformist,” based on a novel by Alberto Moravia. The film is set during Italy’s Fascist period and centers on a tormented intellectual (Jean-Louis Trintignant) recruited by Mussolini’s secret police to go to Paris to assassinate an anti-Fascist professor who was once his teacher.

    Kinetically shot by ace cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, “The Conformist” is now hailed as a masterpiece that exerted a major influence on other filmmakers, especially the so-called New Hollywood directors of the day, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

    Although “Tango” is regarded as one of the most important films of the 20th century, it generated particular controversy for its anal rape scene, in which butter is used as a lubricant. Bertolucci acknowledged later that the scene was sprung as a surprise on Schneider, then 19, in order to elicit an authentic reaction from her “as a girl, not as an actress.”

    Before her death in 2011, Schneider told an interviewer that she had “felt humiliated and…a little raped” by Brando and Bertolucci. But the director always denied he had mistreated her.

    “I think ‘Last Tango’s’ success was in part due to the scandal, the sodomy, the butter, but in truth, it’s a tremendously desperate movie,” Bertolucci told Variety in a 2011 interview. “It’s very rare that such a desperate movie manages to have such a widespread audience.”

    “Last Tango” also landed Bertolucci in trouble with the law in his homeland. He was brought up on charges of obscenity, which caused him to lose his civil rights for five years. “I could not vote, and that was the punishing part,” he said. “I felt like I’m not Italian anymore.”

    The political exile of sorts played a part in his choice to make what he called his “faraway movies” set in distant locales: “The Last Emperor” in China; “The Sheltering Sky” (1990), based on a Paul Bowles novel, in North Africa; and “Little Buddha” (1993), in Nepal and Bhutan.

    The worldwide fame Bertolucci achieved with “Last Tango” allowed him to mount his first Hollywood production, the daring historical epic “1900,” in Italy. It stars Burt Lancaster – who was so eager to be in the film that, to avoid hassles with his agent, he worked for free – and also Donald Sutherland, a young Robert De Niro and Gerard Depardieu. They acted alongside farmers from Italy’s Emilia region, where the sweeping depiction of social struggle is set.

    Bertolucci’s director’s cut of “1900” was five hours, 17 minutes long, prompting a fierce battle with Paramount. The version released in the U.S. in 1977 clocked in at three hours and five minutes. The fight, and the film’s mixed critical response, nearly ended Bertolucci’s career.

    But 10 years later, in 1987, he came roaring back in the U.S. when the Academy awarded nine Oscars to “The Last Emperor,” a sumptuous historical epic starring John Lone and Joan Chen. After years of volatile relations with Hollywood, Bertolucci called his Oscar-night triumph “perhaps my most curious Hollywood moment.”

    In 1996, Bertolucci made his first movie in 15 years to be set and shot in Italy, the English-language “Stealing Beauty,” starring 19-year-old Liv Tyler as the lead character in a tale of sexual initiation in Tuscany. He followed that up with Rome-set chamber drama “Besieged,” in 1998, and Paris-set “The Dreamers,” in 2004, a paean to the Paris of 1968 and the movies he devoured then at its legendary Cinémathèque Française.

    Bertolucci is survived by his third wife, screenwriter and director Clare Peploe, whom he married in 1979.

    BERTOLUCCI, Bernardo
    Born: 3/16/1941, Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
    Died: 11/26/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy

    Bernardo Bertolucci’s western – writer:
    Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968

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  • 11/27/18--06:42: RIP Harold Farberman

  • Death of US Chief Harold Farberman

    November 25, 2018 by The Editor

    It is Norman Lebrecht who announces it on his site: the American conductor Harold Farberman has died at the age of 89 years (born in 1929). Mostly known in the Anglo-Saxon countries, he was first percussionist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra (1951-1963) and composer, then turned to conducting, while continuing to compose and teach (Hartt School of Music, then Bard College Conservatory of Music).

    He had served as musical director of US minor orchestras, as well as principal guest conductor in Denver (United States) and Bournemouth (United Kingdom). Harold Farberman has often conducted English orchestras (New Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) and Scandinavia.

    He has made numerous recordings since the 1960s, including a few well-known records: American music such as Charles Ives's symphonies (Vanguard), but also symphonies by Michael Haydn and Gustav Mahler (Vox), or the spectacular Symphony No. 3 called "Ilya Muromets" by Reinhold Glière (Unicorn-Kanchana).

    FARBERMAN, Harold
    Born: 11/2/1929, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 11/24/2018

    Harold Farberman’ western – composer:
    The Great American Cowboy - 1973

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  • 11/28/18--19:44: RIP Lubomír Kostelka

  • Lubomír Kostelka dies at 91, grandfather Lubin of “The Magic Nursery”: Before he died he complained about women

    The Blesk Daily
    November 29, 2018

    When he celebrated his 90th birthday a year ago, he was overwhelmed with energy and vitality, even though he was complaining about health problems. Perhaps he had blinded one eye or broken his leg or his neck. Eventually, actor Lubomir Kostelka, the popular grandfather, Lubin of Magic Nursery, suddenly was betrayed by his heart. He was 91 years old. He died early this morning, as his son Martin confirmed.

    Martin had stated on Monday night. "Dad is in a critical condition at a hospital in Motol in a coronary unit after a sudden heart attack. We ask his friends and supporters to keep him in their thoughts at this difficult time so he can overcome this difficult moment with your help," said Blesk on Monday, saying that despite all the efforts of the Kostelka doctors they could only give him a few hours or days of life.  Everything hwas complicated his double pneumonia.  Fortunately, the actor no longer understood his deteriorating state.

    Kostelka was one of the most popular Czech actors of the 20th century, although it was mostly minor and episodic. Vaclav Vorlicek liked it, perhaps not missing tarring in any of his films.  Kostelka had only one major role - one in Pavel Juráček's “Případ pro začínajícího kata” (1969) and he was very proud of it. For children, however, for many years he was mainly grandfather Lubin in the Magic Kindergarten, and his role in the TV series Ranc U Zelené sedmy (1998-2005) was also significant.

    The last great conversation with Blesk was when Kostelka turned ninety. Among other things, he said that he had never found the right woman, but that he had taken away the son of Martin, whom his wife refused to raise. He was the greatest joy of his life. "He chose surgery.  He was in Vinohrady for two years and then went to the pediatric cardiac surgery at the clinic in Motol.  In Motol he grew into a fine doctor, then chose to live in England, going from the Czech Republic, then another year in Boston, USA at Harvard Hospital. They offered him a position, but he did not want to be far from the family. When the Germans arrived, they opened the new hospital to allow them to be together.  He would have been there for three years - and he's been there for over twenty years.  He's doing great.  I enjoyed it like nothing in my life," the actor rejoiced ...

    KOSTELKA, Lubomír
    Born: 3/31/1927, Přerov, Czechoslovakia
    Died: 11/28/2018, Prague, Czechoslovakia

    Lubomír Kostelka’s westerns – actor:
    Massacre at Marble City – 1964 (bartender)
    The Claim at Deaf Creek - 1972 (Bill Rogers)

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  • 11/29/18--06:03: RIP Ed Evanko

  • Cropa Funeral Chapel

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Fr. Edward, Danylo Evanko on Sunday, November 18, 2018. He was predeceased by his father, Danylo   Evanko, mother, Justyna Dmytryk,  and step-mother Doris Tataryn Evanko, Brother-in-law Borden Cardinal, nephew Kenneth Cardinal, brother-in-law, Dan Petriw, step brother-in-law Steve Morris, sister Ann Petriw. He leaves to mourn his passing  his sister Jennie Cardinal Prystupa (Peter) his step sisters Florence Gregg (Joe) and Gladys Morris, many nephews and nieces as well as many professional associates and friends.

    Edward Danylo Evanko Tenor, Actor, Priest was born in Winnipeg, October 19, 1938. At an early age, he showed a special talent for music, winning the first of many trophies in the Manitoba (Winnipeg) Music Competition Festival at thirteen years of age. He studied with Herbert Belyea and Lucien Needham and sang professionally for the first time at Rainbow Stage. He earned a BA Degree at the University of Manitoba, majoring in English.

    In 1961 be began training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and sang with the English Opera Group and the Welsh National Opera. Upon his return to Winnipeg in 1967, he hosted his own “Ed Evanko Show.” He has appeared in many evening and daytime television drama shows, including “Ryan's Hope,” “Chicago Hope,” and “Third Rock from the Sun.” He appeared on Broadway in “Canterbury Tales” and “Rex.” His Broadway debut gained him a Theatre World Award, a New Jersey Drama Critics Award and a Los Angeles Ovation Award nomination. He has recorded Broadway albums for Capitol, RCA, an album for Decca, and three for Destiny Records. He has appeared at all the major Ukrainian festivals in Canada and the USA, and has promoted Ukrainian music by singing on many occasions at the Ukrainian Institute and at Lincoln Center in New York City.

    In 2001 Edward discerned a calling to become a priest. He pursued his academic training  and spiritual formation at the Pontificio Collegio Beda in Rome, at St. Josaphat Seminary and Catholic University in Washington, DC, and at Holy Spirit Seminary and St. Paul University in Ottawa. He completed his Master of Arts in Theology degree (Eastern Christian Studies concentration). In 2005 He was ordained as a Ukrainian Catholic priest in the Archeparchy of Winnipeg. He served in the District of Rossburn/Russell for two and one-half years prior to coming to the Eparchy of New Westminster to serve as pastor the Church of the Holy Dormition of the Mother of God in Richmond, B.C from January, 2008 until his retirement in June, 2013. He settled in Salt Springs, but moved Winnipeg in July, 2016. On October 21, 2016 he suffered a devastating stroke to which he succumbed on November 18, 2018.

    Particular influences in his life have been Fr. Stefan Semchuk, his first pastor, Fr. Bohdan Lukie, and Fr. Walter Klimchuk. To his spiritual directors for their guidance and example, Fr. Jim Brand, Fr. Wasyl  Kharyk, and Fr. Ray Lukie, and rectors, Msgr. Roderick Strange and Fr. Ken Nowakowski, (Currently  Bishop Ken) and to Bishop David Motiuk, and Archbishop Michael Bzdel, and Metropolitan Lawrence Huculak he will be eternally grateful.

    The family thanks and acknowledges with deep appreciation Sister Darleane Pelechaty (S.S.M.I.) and the staff and volunteers of Holy Family Home for the loving care and respect they had shown to him. The family is grateful to Dr. Andrea  Babick for her compassionate medical and spiritual care. Finally, to the many friends who over the two difficult years took the time to phone, write of visit with Fr. Edward, we offer our deepest appreciation and thanks. The family also extends their thanks to Cropo Funeral Chapel for their support and consideration.

    Prayers will be offered on Friday, November 30, 2018, 7:00 P.M. followed by a Funeral Liturgy on Saturday, December 1, 2018 10:00 A.M., at  Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, 965 Boyd Ave. Winnipeg, MB with  Metropolitan Lawrence officiating. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

    If friends so desire, donations in the memory of Fr. Edward Evanko may be made to Holy Family Home  165 Aberdeen Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2W 1T9, or Heart and Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, 1379 Kenaston Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3P 0Y4 or to a charity of own choice.

    Flowers gratefully declined

    EVANKO, Ed (Edward Danylo Evanko)
    Born: 10/19/1938, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    Died: 11/18/2018, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    Ed Evanko’s western – actor:
    Dead Man’s Gun (TV) – 1998 (Edward Cullman)

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  • 11/30/18--06:25: RIP John Wulp

  • Tony Award winner living on Vinalhaven dies at 90

    Bangor Daily News
    By Emily Burnham
    November 29, 2018

    John Wulp, a Tony Award-winning director, producer, playwright, designer, visual artist and educator who lived and taught on Vinalhaven and North Haven for nearly 30 years, died Tuesday at age 90.

    His death at a hospice facility in Rockport was confirmed by his caretaker for the past two years, Micah Conkling, and by Christie Hallowell, a longtime friend and executive director of Waterman’s Community Center in North Haven, a venue where Wulp staged countless plays over the years.

    “He as recently as just the other week had been talking about doing one of his new plays at Waterman’s next summer,” said Christie Hallowell, who said Wulp had been in poor health for a number of years but that his death still came as a surprise. “He was active right until the very end.”

    Wulp was born in 1928 and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. He attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and went to Yale School of Drama for graduate school, but dropped out to join the Marines in the late 1950s. His early life is detailed extensively in a memoir, “My Life,” which can be read on Wulp’s website.

    He had his first big success with his play, “The Saintliness of Margery Kempe,” which he wrote while in the Marines and which premiered Off Broadway in 1959 starring Gene Hackman. That play received an Off Broadway revival earlier this year. He also directed the play “The Red Eye of Love” Off Broadway in 1961, for which he won an Obie Award. Wulp 50 years later refashioned “Red Eye” as a musical, which was workshopped extensively at Waterman’s in 2007 and in 2013, and which premiered Off Broadway in 2014, with set design by fellow Vinalhaven resident Robert Indiana, who also died this year.

    In 1978, Wulp won a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play for his production of “Dracula” on Broadway, starring Frank Langella as the title character and featuring set design by illustrator Edward Gorey. He also received a 1979 Tony nomination for his production of the Sherlock Holmes play “The Crucifer of Blood,” starring Glenn Close. In the 1980s, he taught at the Playwright Horizons Theatre School at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

    In 1992, Wulp left the New York theater scene and moved to Vinalhaven, a place he fell in love with nearly a decade earlier after a sailing trip around Penobscot Bay. According to a profile of Wulp published earlier this year, he had run out of money while living in New York, and initially had to support himself packing frozen lobsters and working as a short order cook on the island.

    Among his first friends on the island were Barney and Christie Hallowell, who at the time owned and operated the Pulpit Harbor Inn. Barney Hallowell, the former principal of the North Haven Community School, first hired Wulp to direct plays at the school in 1994. Initially, Wulp worked with elementary school students to create an original play about people from North Haven that they missed in their lives.

    That play, “The Enchanted Ferry Boat,” was such a resounding success that high school students immediately went to Principal Hallowell to ask him to let Wulp direct them in a show. For the next decade, he directed plays and musicals for both the school and at the community center, including “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “HMS Pinafore,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “As You Like It” and “Waiting for Godot.”

    Barney Hallowell said Wulp had a transformative effect on both the school and the island community as a whole — not least because he was instrumental in the founding of Waterman’s.

    “I think every community needs something to hang its hat on, whether it’s sports or something else. For us, that thing turned out to be theater, and that is almost entirely because of John,” he said. “John was fascinated by how to bring out creativity in people, and how it transforms people, and how to make it a part of the daily life in schools. He was absolutely inspiring, even if he infuriated some people.”

    Tom Emerson, a teacher at the North Haven Community School who was one of Wulp’s students during his time at the school, said that though Wulp was uncompromising and often difficult to get along with, he was never anything but totally committed to his students and his art.

    “Whereas many people resented John’s brusque and at times insensitive attitude, I never found him anything but a man who had never lost his sense of wonder, and who would destroy himself to bring that vision to life for others,” Emerson wrote in a Wednesday Facebook post. “If we worked hard, John jumped into the trenches and worked harder.”

    In 1999, Wulp and Maine singer-songwriter Cidny Bullens created “Islands,” a musical about life on his adopted island home. After a 2001 New York premiere, the show toured Maine, and later was the focus of a PBS documentary, “On This Island,” narrated by Wulp’s longtime friend Sigourney Weaver.

    “John is so brilliant,” Weaver said in a 1998 Bangor Daily News article. “His standards are very high. He has the soul of an artist. He’s a great observer of human nature and a great enthusiast for honesty. Every time I work with John, it feels like such a gift.”

    Though he is mostly known as a theater artist, Wulp was also an accomplished painter, photographer and poet. His collection of photographs of the renowned modern dance choreographer Merce Cunningham was purchased in 2015 by the New York Public Library, and a book of his poems, “Cormorant Time,” was published in 2017.

    “He really was a true Renaissance man, in every sense of the word. He was a brilliant painter, and he was a short order cook,” Barney Hallowell said. “I don’t know that everyone appreciated what a truly extraordinary person he was, and what a vastly varied life he lived.”

    It is not known at this time if Wulp had any immediate survivors, and no plans for a funeral or memorial service have been announced yet. An informal remembrance gathering will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Waterman’s, the 134-seat theater dedicated to him.

    WULP, John
    Born: 1928, New Rochelle, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 11/27/2018, Rockport, Maine, U.S.A.

    John Wulp’s western – set designer:
    O Pioneers! (TV) - 1991

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  • 11/30/18--13:29: RIP Robert Padilla

  • Robert “Bunky” Padilla
    June 1, 1933 – May 7, 2018

    Snohomish County Tirbune
    November 28, 2018

    Robert “Bunky” Padilla, originally from New Mexico, died on Monday, May 7, 2018 in Monroe, WA. He was 84 years young. He was born on June 1, 1933 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. He was married to the love of his life, Shirley Padilla and together they had 9 children, Robert “Dino” Padilla, Debbie Padilla, Janine Padilla, Sandra Padilla [rest in peace], Liane Padilla, Brian Padilla, Nancy Padilla, Mary Padilla and Gary Padilla. They divorced after 30 years of marriage and he never re-married. Bob is also survived by his older brother, Joe Padilla, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

    Bob worked for himself installing beautiful wood floors in homes in the Los Angeles area. He also worked as an actor in Hollywood for many years, where he starred in movies such as Machismo and The Great Gundown, and had parts in The Awakening Land, Cthulhu, Zoo, Revenge of the Wild Bunch, Scandalous John, The Devil LeRoy Bassett and his last movie was Love Ranch in 2010. He also had roles in TV shows such as Bonanza, Cisco Kid, and The Streets of San Francisco.

    He was 6’7”, tall, dark and handsome, just a beautiful man inside and out. A unique soul, and very funny, who enjoyed his family most of all. He will be greatly missed. Bob was cremated and there will be no memorial service for him. ~Love you always Daddy - your little girl, Nancy~

    PADILLA, Robert
    Born: 6/1/1933, Las Vegas, New Mexico, U.S.A.
    Died:  5/7/2018, Monroe, Washington, U.S.A.

    Robert Padilla’s westerns, - writer, actor:
    Bonanza (TV) – 1968, 1970 (Running Cloud, Charles)
    Scandalous John – 1970 (Paco’s cousin)
    Machismo: 40 Graves for 40 Guns – 1971 (Hidalgo)
    The Great Gundown  - 1977 (Mario ‘The Savage’ Ochoa) [writer]
    How the West Was Won (TV) – 1977 (Mountain-Is-Long)
    The Awakening Land (TV) – 1978 (Red Hawk)
    The Frisco Kid – 1979 (Medicine Man)

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  • 11/30/18--17:49: RIP Wright King

  • Twilight Zone Museum
    November 30, 2018

    "Sad news... Wright King, costar of “Shadow Play” And “Of Late I think of Cliffordville” (and later Dr. Galen in “Planet of the Apes”, which Rod Serling co-wrote) died on Sunday November 25th. He lived 95 long and wonderful years which included a 60 year marriage to wife June, who died in 2009. He was the first TZ actor I ever met, during my last year or so in Oregon. We first met on his 79th birthday at the old Heathman Hotel. He had tons of old stories about Hollywood and he loved recounting them. He attended our first TZ Convention in 2002 and spent the weekend catching up with old friends. He’ll be missed."

    KING, Wright (Thomas Wright Thornburg King)
    Born: 1/11/1923, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
    Died: 11/25/2018, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

    Wright King’s westerns – actor:
    The Gabby Hayes Show (TV) - 1951 (Danny)
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1956 (Ben Walling, Joe Digger, Crep, Hi Stevens, Rod Ellison, Bud, Lon, Lon Jensen
    Friendly Persuasion – 1956 (Forager)
    Stagecoach to Fury – 1956 (Ralph Slader)
    The Young Guns - 1956 (Jonesy)
    Cheyenne (TV) – 1956, 1957, 1958 (Frank Endicott, Blaney Wilcox/Pocatello Kid, The Kiowa Kid/Nevada Jones)
    Boots and Saddles (TV) – 1957 (Pvt. Bennett)
    The Gray Ghost (TV) – 1957
    Have Gun - Will Travel (TV) – 1957 (Jimmy O'Riley, Gyppo, Lane Kilmer, Cull, Alejandro Caloca
    Maverick (TV) – 1957 (Rick)
    The Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1957 (Brownie)
    You Are There: The End of the Dalton Gang (TV) – 1957 (Charley Ball)
    Man Without a Gun (TV) – 1958 (Danny)
    The Texan (TV) - 1958 (Mac Kernin)
    The Gunfight at Dodge City – 1959 (Billy Townsend)
    The Rebel (TV) - 1959 (Woody)
    Sugarfoot (TV) – 1959 (Wolf Wilkes)
    Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1959-1960 (Jason Nichols)
    Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Junior Kavalo)
    Bronco (TV) – 1961 (Allen Miller)
    Outlaws (TV) – 1961 (Charlie Sonberg/Little Dick)
    Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) - 1961 (Will Norris)
    Rawhide (TV) – 1963 (Collie Quade)
    Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Zack Blake)
    The Outcasts (TV) – 1969 (Fred Willard)
    The Andersonville Trial (TV) – 1970 (Major Hosmer)
    How the West Was Won (TV) – 1976 (Infantry Captain)

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  • 12/01/18--07:58: RIP Michele Carey

  • Michele Carey-Strebel

    Dignity Memorial - Allnut Funeral Service - Drake Road Chapel
    November 26, 2018

    February 26, 1943, Annapolis, Maryland – November 21, 2018, Fort Collins, Colorado

    Michele Carey-Strebel was born on February 26, 1943 and passed away on November 21, 2018

    CAREY, Michele
    Born: 2/26/1943, Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.A.
    Died: 11/21/2018, Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.A.

    Michele Carey’s westerns – actress:
    El Dorado – 1967 (Josephine (Joey) MacDonald)
    The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967, 1969 (Gerda Sharff, Laurette)
    The Animals – 1970 (Alice McAndrew)
    Dirty Dingus Magee – 1970 (Anna Hot Water)
    Scandalous John – 1971 (Amanda McCanless)
    Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Betsy Jamison)
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1972 (Tara Hutson)
    Dirty Sally (TV) – 1974 (Dolly)
    The Legend of the Golden Gun (TV) – 1979 (Maggie)

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  • 12/01/18--20:43: RIP Ken Berry

  • Ken Berry of 'F Troop,''Mama's Family' Dead at 85

    Extra TV
    December 1, 2018

    Ken Berry, a TV and theater actor best remembered as one of the stars of the series "F Troop" and "Mama's Family," has died at 85.

    Berry's death on Saturday was announced on social media by his former wife, comic actress Jackie Joseph.

    The Illinois-born performer was discovered as a dancer as a teen, shortly before he served in the U.S. Army. While there, he won a dance competition that led to his TV debut. He spent the rest of his time in the military as a part of Special Services, entertaining the troops. A second talent competition resulted in an appearance on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town," exposure that won him a contract with Universal.

    He performed in Las Vegas and as part of "The Billy Barnes Revue," which wound up on Broadway and was where he met his future wife, Joseph.

    Berry became a frequent television presence; he was a regular on "The Ann Sothern Show" (1960-1961), "Ensign O'Toole" (1962-1963), "Dr. Kildare" (1961-1964), "F Troop" (1965-1967), "The Andy Griffith Show" (1968), "Mayberry, R.F.D." (1968-1971), and was the star of an episode of "The Brady Bunch" called "Kelly's Kids" (1974), which was a proposed spin-off that did not develop.

    Berry had a long association and friendship with Carol Burnett, on whose variety show he appeared 19 times between 1968-1978. He played Vinton Harper in the show's iconic "The Family" sketches, which became the long-running series "Mama's Family," on which he appeared from 1983-1990.

    He also acted in the popular Disney films: "Herbie Rides Again" (1974) and "The Cat from Outer Space" (1978).

    Berry's last on-screen work was almost 20 years ago, in the short-lived series "Maggie Winters" (1999).

    He was preceded in death by his son with Joseph, John, who passed away in 2016 after a battle with brain cancer. He is survived by their daughter together, Jennifer.

    BERRY, Ken (Kenneth Ronald Berry)
    Born: 11/3/1933, Moline, Illinois, USA
    Died: 12/1/2018, U.S.A.

    Ken Berry’s westerns – actor:
    Rawhide (TV) – 1965 (Lt. Tendall)
    F Troop (TV) – 1965-1967 (Capt. Wilton Parmenter)
    Guardian of the Wilderness – 1976 (Zachary Moore)
    The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (TV) – 1977 (Will Boker)
    Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1979 (London)

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  • 12/02/18--16:37: RIP Aikra Miyazaki

  • Scriptwriter, Director Akira Miyazaki Passes Away at 84
    Wrote for many World Masterpiece Theater anime

    Animation News Network
    By Rafael Antonio Pineda

    Screenwriter and director Akira Miyazaki passed away on Sunday due to bile duct cancer. He was 84. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 29 with his eldest daughter Momoko as chief mourner.

    Miyazaki wrote the scripts for six films in the long-running Otoko wa Tsurai yo (Being a Man is Tough) film series, and made his directorial debut with the 1971 film Naite Tamaru ka (As if I'd Cry). He wrote scripts for numerous anime, including Raccoon Rascal, The Perrine Story, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Kaitō Lupin - 813 no Nazo, Yuki, The Wizard of Oz, Lucy-May of the Southern Rainbow, Katry, the Cow Girl, Little Women, Botchan, Like the Clouds, Like the Wind, and Happy Moomin Family.

    MIYAZAKI, Akira
    Born: 10/27/1934, Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan
    Died: 11/25/2018, Saitama, Japan

    Akira Miyazaki’s western –
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (TV) - 1980

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  • 12/03/18--13:42: RIP Geoff Murphy

  • Acclaimed Kiwi film director Geoff Murphy dies

    New Zealand Herald
    December 4, 2018

    Acclaimed Kiwi film director Geoff Murphy has died.

    Murphy, 80, was a leading figure in the fledgling New Zealand film industry in the 1970s - directing classic films including 1981's Goodbye Pork Pie, Utu and The Quiet Earth.

    His career later took him to Hollywood, where he directed blockbusters including Young Guns II and the Steven Seagal train thriller Under Siege 2. Murphy also worked as a second unit director on Dante's Peak (directed by fellow Kiwi Roger Donaldson) and on Sir Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings.

    The NZ Film Commission said it was "very saddened" to confirm Murphy had died yesterday.

    In 2014 Murphy was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to film. He had previously been honoured as one of New Zealand's 20 greatest living artists when named an Arts Icon by the Arts Foundation.

    Murphy was noted for his skill at action, knockabout comedy, and melding genres. He spent a decade directing in Hollywood before returning home, NZonscreen says in its biography of him.

    He was married to filmmaker Merata Mita until her death in May 2010.

    Murphy has also been a scriptwriter, special effects technician, schoolteacher and trumpet player.

    He was a founding member of the hippy musical and theatrical co-operative Blerta, which toured New Zealand and Australia performing multi-media shows in the early 1970s.

    Several Blerta members followed Murphy into film work - including the band's drummer Bruno Lawrence, who starred in Utu and The Quiet Earth.

    Wellington filmmaker and friend Gaylene Preston said Murphy was a pioneer

    "He took everybody with him. In those days there was very little in the way of equipment in New Zealand. It was Geoff who helped everyone else make their films."

    His best works were Goodbye Pork Pie and Utu, Preston said.

    "I think it is hard to understand what a terrific, cultural earthquake Pork Pie was. A film New Zealanders went to the movies, to see their own country and their own work.

    "The film Utu was a great piece of world cinema.

    "He is a towering figure and we have lost a great voice. Go well, Geoff."

    MURPHY, Geoff (Geoffrey Peter Murphy)
    Born:6/13/1938, Wellington, New Zealand
    Died: 12/3/2018, New Zealand

    Geoff Murphy’s westerns – director:
    Wild Man – 1977
    Young Guns II – 1990
    The Last Outlaw (TV) – 1993
    The Magnificent Seven (TV) - 1998

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  • 12/05/18--11:07: RIP John DF Black

  • 'Star Trek' Writer-Producer John DF Black Dies at 85

    December 5, 2018
    John DF Black, a writer, producer, and story editor on Star Trek: The Original Series has passed away. He was 85.

    The official Star Trek website reports that Black passed away of natural causes in California on November 29th. The news was confirmed by Black’s wife, Mary Black, and revealed by Black’s publisher, Jacobs/Brown Press.

    Black has one solo Star Trek writing credit to his name. He wrote the teleplay for “The Nake Time,” a season one episode that was key in establishing the character of Spock as played by Leonard Nimoy. The episode earned Black a Hugo Award nomination.

    Using the pseudonym Ralph Willis, Black returned to Star Trek to write the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Justice” in the show’s first season. He also received a “story by” credit for Next Generation’s “The Naked Now,” a spiritual sequel to “The Naked Time.”

    “The Naked Now” was the fourth episode of Star Trek: The Original Series to air and is memorable for being the first time that the Vulcan nerve pinch appeared on screen (Spock’s signature maneuver was first filmed in the episode “The Enemy Within,” but the episodes aired out of order, with “The Enemy Within” premiering the week after “The Naked Time”).

    The plot of “The Naked Time” saw the crew of the USS Enterprise infected with a contagion that stripped them of their inhibitions, leading to chaos throughout the ship. “The Naked Now,” based on an unfinished teleplay by Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, was only the second episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It follows up on The Original Series episode with the crew of the USS Enterprise-D contracting an affliction that is very similar to the one that James Kirk’s crew encountered 100 years earlier.

    Black provided commentary on the 50 Years of Star Trek and Star Trek: Inside the Roddenberry Vault home media releases.

    Outside of the Star Trek realm, Black’s writing credits include work on The Unearthly, Lawman, Mr. Novak, Laredo, the Cathy Lee Crosby Wonder Woman pilot (which he also co-produced), The Fugitive, Mary Tyler Moore, Shaft, The Carey Treatment, Man from Atlantis, Charlie's Angels, The Clone Master and Murder, She Wrote. He also directed an episode of Charlie's Angels.

    In 1972, Black won an Edgar Award from the Writers Guild of America for Best Television Feature or Miniseries Teleplay for his script for the television movie Thief.

    Black is survived by his wife Mary, who worked as his executive secretary on Star Trek: The Original Series, as well as his two sons.

    BLACK, John  DF (John Donald Francis Black)
    Born: 12/30/1932, U.S.A.
    Died: 11/29/2018, California, U.S.A

    John DF Black’s westerns – writer:
    Lawman (TV) – 1961, 1962
    Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) - 1962
    The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1970
    Laredo (TV) – 1965, 1966
    Gunfight in Abilene - 1967
    Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967
    Three Guns for Texas - 1968
    The High Chaparral (TV) - 1969

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    Longtime WCBM-AM conservative talk radio host Les Kinsolving dies at 90

    The Baltimore Sun
    By Colin Campbell
    December 5, 2018

    Charles Lester “Les” Kinsolving, a retired WCBM-AM conservative talk radio personality who hosted the show “Uninhibited Radio” for 28 years, has died at 90, the station announced Tuesday.

    Kinsolving, whose bright red blazer and outrageous talk show earned him national renown, was a “throwback to radio yesteryear [who] tries to shock, outrage and prod the world around him with his commentary,” according to a 1998 Baltimore Sun profile.

    “From the loud red jacket to his blustery delivery,” The Sun reported, “Kinsolving guarantees a scene every time he walks into the room.”

    The radio station did not give a cause of his death. A message left Wednesday at his Northern Virginia home was not returned.

    Kinsolving had a heart attack at his Virginia home and underwent triple bypass surgery at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., in January 2005, but returned to the air until a few months ago.

    Sean Casey, who hosts the conservative “Sean and Frank in the Morning” program with Frank Luber on WCBM, called Kinsolving “a fearless reporter/broadcaster who confronted the Jim Jones cult, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and covered the White House in his signature red jacket.”

    On Kinsolving’s show, Casey said in a statement, “no sacred cows went unmilked.”

    Casey said he hired Kinsolving at the station in 1990 at the urging of Tom Marr. Kinsolving was a “true patriot and a great American” whose retirement followed a decline in health, Casey said.

    “It is so ironic that Les would pass the same week that [George H.W. Bush] left us, a [president] that he covered, and just days away from the annual Army-Navy game that he loved and would attend almost every year when health permitted,” Casey said in his statement. “Rest in peace, ‘my dear friend.’”

    KINSOLVING, Charles Lester
    Born: 12/18/1927, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 12/4/2018, Vienna, Virginia, U.S.A.

    Charles Lester Kinsolving’s westerns – actor:
    Gettysburg – 1993 (Brigadier General William Barksdale)
    Gods and Generals – 2003 (General William Barksdale)

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  • 12/06/18--09:52: RIP John Board

  • The Globe and Mail
    December 6, 2018

    JOHN ANTHONY BOARD - born, October 22, 1934, John Anthony Board passed away December 2, 2018. John was a pillar in the Canadian Film Industry who collaborated as an Assistant Director, Producer and Mentor with the best and brightest film makers in Canada. His unique perspective, incisive intellect and boundless energy helped shape not only the projects he worked on, but how they were made. John is survived by his brothers, Stefan and Henry; his sons, Jason and Simon; and grandchildren, Rachel, Joanna, Alex, Sebastian and Sascha. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 9 at 10 a.m. at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre, 375 Mount Pleasant Road (east gate entrance).

    BOARD, John (John Anthony Board)
    Born: 10/22/1934, Canada
    Died: 12/2/2018, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    John Board’s western – producer, assistant director:
    The Grey Fox - 1982

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  • 12/07/18--18:48: RIP Tim Rossovich

  • Former USC and Eagles Defensive End Tim Rossovich Dies at 72

    Minute Media Top 2018
    By Mike Luciano
    December 7, 2018

    ​The ​NFL and ​college football families lost another tremendous ambassador today as former ​Eagles defensive end Tim Rossovich passes away after an extended illness.

    He was 72 years old.

    Rossovich was born on March 14, 1946 in Palo Alto, Calif. Rossovich was picked 14th overall in the 1968 NFL Draft by the Eagles after being honored as an All American at USC.

    Rossovich was known as a relentless, angry pass rusher who had tremendous strength off the edge. Rossovich made his only Pro Bowl in 1969. He also played for the Chargers and Oilers, as well as the short lived World Football League's Philadelphia Bell.

    He was the subject of a 30 minute NFL Films movie, with the voice of the legendary John Facenda included.

    Rossovich had a successful career after football, becoming an actor who appeared in 15 films.

    He was the prototypical late 60s/early 70s pass rusher. Strong, smart, and hardworking, he was an excellent player in Trojan crimson and Eagle Green. He will be missed.

    ROSSOVICH, Tim (Timothy John Rossovich)
    Born: 3/14/1946, Palo Alto, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 12/7/2018, Grass Valley, California, U.S.A.

    Tim Rossovich’s western – actor:
    The Long Riders – 1980 (Charlie Pitts)