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Where those associated with Western films from around the world are laid to rest.
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  • 10/01/18--07:03: RIP Carlos Ezquerra

  • Judge Dredd and Strontium Dog Co-Creator Carlos Ezquerra Dies, Aged 70

    Bleeding Cool
    By Rich Johnston
    October 1, 2018

    Spanish comic book artist, Carlos Ezquerra, best known for co-creating 2000AD’s Judge Dredd, where he defined the character, has died, after being diagnosed with lung cancer ten years ago.

    Born in 1947, Ezquerra started his career drawing westerns and war stories for Spanish publishers before he got work drawing girls’ romance titles in the UK. Moving to London, he was headhunted by Pat Mills and John Wagner to work on the IPC title Battle Picture Weekly, before designing Judge Dredd for the 1977 launch of 2000AD. The original launch story written by Wagner and drawn by Ezquerra was vetoed by the board of directors for being too violent and another story ran instead. Ezquerra returned to the character constantly through his career and the Judge Dredd that the world knows is his Judge Dredd.

    He also co-created sci-fi western Strontium Dog with Wagner for Starlord, which was then merged with 2000AD, where he drew the series for decades and  adapted Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat novels. The character Stogie from Robo-Hunter got the full name of Carlos Sanchez Robo-Stogie in tribute to him.

    Away from 2000AD, he also collaborated with Garth Ennis at DC Comics on Bloody Mary, Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, War Stories, Hitman and Preacher as well as Just a Pilgrim for Wizard.

    His legacy in the British comics industry is immense and fellow comic creators have been paying tribute. Here are just a few.

    EZQUERRA, Carlos
    Born: 11/12/1947, Zaragoza, Spain
    Died: 10/1/2018

    Carlos Ezquerra’s western – comicbook artist:
    Strontium Dog – 1978-2006

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  • 10/01/18--08:28: RIP Stelvio Cipriani

  • Maestro Stelvio Cipriani died: he scored the soundtrack for 'Anonymous Venetian'

    The composer, among the most prolific in Italy, died in Rome at the age of 81

    La Repubblica
    October 1, 2018

    Stelvio Cipriani is dead, a musician and composer of many successful film scores. In December 2017 he had been suffering from ischemia.

    Born in Rome, he graduated in piano and musical composition at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia and began working as a writer for light musical singers. After a few years he moved for a short time to the United States to perfect himself in jazz music. Back in Italy he began composing film music and in the seventies he became the most requested composer in the field of soundtracks. He also composed the music of many documentaries, including some pieces commissioned by the Holy See.

    CIPRIANI, Stelvio
    Born: 8/20/1937, Rome, Lazio, Italy
    Died: 10/1/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy

    Stelvio Cipriani’s westerns – composer:
    The Ugly Ones – 1966
    The Stranger Returns – 1967
    $20,000 on #7 - 1967
    The Silent Stranger – 1968
    The Law of Violence - 1969
    The Beast - 1970
    Blindman – 1971
    The Boldest Job in the West – 1971
    Finders Killers - 1971
    Guns for Dollars – 1971
    The Boldest Job in the West – 1972
    The Magnificent West - 1972
    Return of Halleluja - 1972
    The Great Adventure – 1974
    The Great Adventure – 1975
    Seven Devils on Horseback - 1975

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  • 10/01/18--13:18: RIP Marian Rees

  • Marian Rees, Emmy-Winning and Trailblazing Producer, Dies at 90

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes
    October 1, 2018

    Marian Rees, the two-time Emmy-winning producer and television pioneer who was known for tackling socially relevant issues in her telefilms, has died. She was 90.

    Rees died Aug. 26 on BainbridgeIsland in Washington, publicist Richard Hoffman announced.

    In a career spanning more than 50 years, Rees started out at Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin's Tandem Productions, where she was an associate producer on the pilots of All in the Family and Sanford & Son. In 1981, she formed her own independent production company, a move that was rare for a woman at that time. She was a mentor to many in the business.

    Rees served as a vice president of the TV Academy and the Producers Guild of America — which honored her with the prestigious Charles B. FitzSimons Award — and was a two-time president of Women in Film.

    Rees received her Emmys for producing the 1985 NBC special Love Is Never Silent (1985), starring Mare Winningham, Cloris Leachman and Sid Caesar, and the 1992 NBC telefilm Miss Rose White, starring Kyra Sedgwick.

    After 17 years with Tandem, Rees was told that she would be happier elsewhere and fired in the early 1970s. She joined Tomorrow Entertainment, where she was involved in numerous productions including the TV movie Tell Me Where It Hurts, and then the NRW Company as a vice president. There, she executive produced 1981's The Marva Collins Story, a Hallmark Hall of Fame Presentation starring Cicely Tyson.

    She went out of her own in 1981 with Marian Rees Associates. "It was so much more important to me not only to tell the stories I wanted to tell, but also to own those movies," she said in a 2002 interview. "I knew enough to know that that's where the real security was."

    Anne Hopkins, who had worked with Rees at Tandem, also joined the company.

    To fund her productions, Rees mortgaged her home and persevered when CBS agreed to produce her company's first television film, 1982's Miss All-American Beauty, starring
    Diane Lane
    . She then produced 1983's Between Friends, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Carol Burnett for HBO.

    In 1984, Rees rekindled her partnership with Hallmark and produced the landmark Emmy-winning Love Is Never Silent. The film was originally for CBS, but Rees had promised to hire deaf actors to portray the parents in the film, so Hallmark and Rees moved it to NBC, and it won the Emmy for outstanding drama/comedy special.

    In the following years, Marian Rees Associates films garnered 11 Emmys and 38 nominations, two Golden Globes, a Humanitas Prize and the Peabody Award.

    Rees and Hopkins produced 40 films — nine of which were Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations — before they closed Marian Rees Associates and moved to BainbridgeIsland.

    Born Marian Jean Rees on Oct. 31, 1927, in Le Mars, Iowa, she attended the University of Iowaand majored in sociology. After graduation in 1952, she moved to Los Angeles and landed a job as a receptionist at NBC.

    In 1955, she was hired by Tandem and was an associate producer on legendary TV tributes to Frank Sinatra and Ethel Barrymore as well as the Emmy-winning 1958 special An Evening With Fred Astaire.

    In addition to her longtime companion Hopkins, survivors include her sister Natalie.

    A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Eagle Harbor Congregational Church on BainbridgeIsland.



    REES, Marian

    Born: 10/31/1927, Le Mars, Iowa, U.S.A.
    Died: 8/26/2018, Bainbridge Island, Washington, U.S.A.


    Marian Rees’ western – executive producer:

    In Pursuit of Honor (TV) - 1995

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  • 10/02/18--16:57: RIP Anthony Barnard

  • Anthony Barnao, Veteran Casting Director, Dies at 65
    The Hollywood Reporter

    By Mike Barnes

     He worked for CBS and on shows and films including 'Profiler' and 'Re-Animator.'

    Anthony Barnao, a casting director, theatrical producer and acting teacher, died Sept. 11 in Smithtown, New York, publicist Ken Werther announced. He was 65.

    The cause of death was brain cancer.

    As director of casting for movies and miniseries at CBS, Barnao worked on pilots, series and telefilms including Face of a Stranger (1991) starring Gena Rowlands and Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997).

    His Barnao Co. cast four seasons of NBC's Profiler (1996-2000) and the cult classic Re-Animator (1985), and, with Reuben Canon, the inaugural season of the La Jolla Playhouse for Des McAnuff that included Tony winner Big River.

    He also taught acting in a private class and as an adjunct professor at EmersonCollege and Azusa Pacific.

    Barnao graduated from SUNY Fredonia and studied in New York under famed Panamanian theater director Jose Quintero. He came to Los Angeles and spent four years as a theatrical agent, helping teenager Rob Lowe earn his SAG card.

    Barnao founded and spent 10 seasons as producing artistic director for Los Angeles' Blue Sphere Alliance Theatre Company, for whom he directed the premiere of the Ovation Award-winning musical The Big Voice. He also was a founding member and trustee of the Immediate Theater in L.A.

    Survivors include his sister, Maria, and nieces Elizabeth and Kristen.

    A memorial service will be held at noon on Oct. 20 at The Federal NoHo on
    Lankershim Boulevard
    in North Hollywood.


    BARNAO, Anthony

    Born: 2/25/1953, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

    Died: 9/11/2018, Smithtown, New York, U.S.A.


    Anthony Barnao’s western – casting director:

    BloodRiver (TV) – 1991

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  • 10/02/18--17:15: RIP John M. Swyer

  • John M. Dwyer, Set Decorator for ‘Star Trek’ Series and Movies, Dies at 83



    By Mike Barnes


    He received an Oscar nomination for 'Coal Miner's Daughter,' won an Emmy and dressed up 'Jaws,''Terminator 2,''Beverly Hills Cop' and 'Patriot Games.'

    John M. Dwyer, the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning set decorator who worked on Jaws, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Coal Miner's Daughter, not to mention two series and six films in the Star Trek universe, has died. He was 83.

    Dwyer died Sept. 15 of complications from Parkinson's disease at a hospital in Encinitas, California, his wife of 29 years, Anita, told The Hollywood Reporter.

    Dwyer won his Emmy in 1981 for his set decorations for The Gangster Chronicles after being nominated two years earlier for his work on another acclaimed NBC miniseries, Centennial.

    Dwyer received his Academy Award nom (shared with John W. Corso) for Michael Apted's Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), the Loretta Lynn biopic that starred Sissy Spacek, and his amazing résumé also included Two-Minute Warning (1976), Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Rocky V (1989), Black Rain (1989), Patriot Games (1992), Larger Than Life (1996), Alien: Resurrection (1997) and Hollow Man (2000).

    As a set dresser, he set up movies including The Eiger Sanction (1975), 9½ Weeks (1986) and Angel Heart (1987).

    The 6-foot-6 Dwyer joined the original Star Trek for its second season in 1967, and the first episode on which he was employed was the legendary "The Trouble With Tribbles," where he got creative using puffy blobs of fur.

    He went on to dress up sets for 38 installments of the NBC series, earning an Emmy nomination (shared with Walter M. Jefferies) in 1969 for their art direction and scenic design on the episode "All Our Yesterdays."


    "In the original series we had to be really inventive, because we were dealing with stuff that nobody knew anything about," he said in "Designing the Final Frontier," a featurette for a Star Trek DVD. "There was no space shows, and we didn't have any money, so you had to scrounge; in effect, scrounge everything that you got."

    Dwyer once noted that his budget was usually $500 per show, so he would squirrel away money from one episode to another when he could and picked through trash to use items like packing materials and plastic coffee lids for the Enterpriseand alien environments.

    "I'm not a scientist by any stretch of the imagination, but I keep in touch with materials that are going around," he said in 2002. "On the original series, we were the first ones to use refractive Mylar, because it had just come out … and I went crazy with the stuff. In those days, nobody cared what you put on the set, so long as there was something that looked right. I'd take a piece of Masonite and cover it with some adhesive Mylar, put a two-by-four on the backside of it and hang it on a wall."

    Dwyer returned to the franchise for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), directed by Leonard Nimoy, then was hired as set decorator, teaming with production designer Herman Zimmerman, for the syndicated Star Trek: The Next Generation the following year.

    He stayed with that show for just a season but continued his Star Trek duty with Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).

    A native of Los Angeles whose father and grandfather worked in Hollywood, Dwyer attended MarshallHigh School. He declined a UCLA basketball scholarship to enlist in the U.S. Navy and spent time aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany during the Korean War.

    After the service, Dwyer attended the Chouinard Art Institute in L.A. and began a stint at Universal Studios, where he often worked on several shows at the same time.

    He got his first credits as a set decorator in 1966 for McHale's Navy and Tammy and went on to work on such TV shows as The Virginian, Mr. Terrific, Then Came Bronson, The Young Lawyers, Kojak, Ellery Queen and Night Gallery.

    Dwyer retired in 2002 to Encinitas after 45 years in the business.

    Survivors also include his son, Matthew.



    DWYER, John M.

    Born: 8/25/1926, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
    Died: 9/15/2018, Encinitas, California, U.S.A.


    John M. Dwyer’s westerns – set decorator:

    Laredo(TV) – 1966, 1967
    The Virginian (TV) – 1966, 1967
    Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1972, 1973
    Female Artillery (TV) - 1973
    Centennial (TV) – 1978, 1979
    Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1982
    Outlaws (TV) - 1987

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  • 10/04/18--12:19: RIP Marrissa O'Leary

  • Marrissa O’Leary Dies: MGM TV Exec, Producer And Actress Was 61


    Deadline Hollywood

    By Dino-Ray Ramos
    October 3, 2018

    Known for her career as an actress and then as a VP at MGM Television Production Group, Marrissa O’Leary died October 2 in Palm Desert, CA, after a long battle with endometrial cancer, Deadline has learned. She was 61.

    O’Leary was a performer and enjoyed all aspects of production, working with talent and protecting them. She acted in film and TV, and as a singer was a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and had a one-woman cabaret act that played to sold-out crowds throughout Los Angeles. In addition, her voice-over scream was used in Jaws 3-D.

    She received her master’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine and worked as Brandon Tartikoff’s comedy development executive, as well as on various series and movies of the week with The Landsburg Company. She rose in the ranks and became VP Talent and Program Negotiations, then VP Business Affairs and Administration at MGM Worldwide Television Production Group.

    She eventually created her own talent management and production company, Wackiland Productions. The company had a first-look deal with a division of Paramount and had the tagline: “Better living through giggles” — which was also her personal mantra. She was also a Board Member of the Hollywoodpolitical and social action group “Young Artists United.”

    O’Leary is survived by her sister, Priscilla; as well as her beloved family of friends and clients. A private memorial has been planned. O’Leary was the COO of the Marina de Rey-based non-profit Hounds and Heroes, which will be the charity for her memorial fund.


    O’LEARY, Marrissa (Marissa J. O’Leary)

    Born: 1957, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/2/2018, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.


    Marrissa O’Leary’s western – business affairs

    The Young Riders (TV) – 1990-1992

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  • 10/04/18--19:47: RIP Will Vinton

  • Portland's Will Vinton, creator of famous Claymation characters, dies

    KVAL 13
    October 14, 2018

    Will Vinton, the creator of some of the most beloved Claymation characters of the 1980s, like the California Raisins and the Domino’s Pizza Noid, has died.

    He was 70 years old.

    His family announced his death in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon.

    They said he battled multiple myeloma, a cancer in white blood cells, for 12 years.

    “We grieve heavily as our dad leaves a hole in our lives that will be impossible to fill,” they wrote in the post. “His wishes were for us to continue the projects he had started; we will try our best to do so.”

    Vinton, who was born in McMinnville, has been called the Godfather of Portland animation, and last year he was the subject of the documentary “Welcome to My Daydream.”

    Vinton built his animation studio from his basement into a multimillion dollar company, winning an OSCAR, Emmy and other awards along the way. Vinton eventually lost control of the company and was dismissed from the studio after Phil Knight (Nike) became a majority shareholder.

    The company was reformed into Laika in 2005.

    The family said a celebration of life will be held at No Vacancy Lounge at 235 S.W. 1st Avenue starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances should be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

    VINTON, Will
    Born: 11/17/1967, McMinnville, Oregon, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/14/2018, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

    Will Vinton’s western - producer, artist, film editor, music editor, voice actor:
    The Adventures of Mark Twain – 1985

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  • 10/04/18--19:58: RIP Ted Rich

  • Ted Rich, Film Editor and Postproduction Veteran, Dies at 88

    The Hollywood Reporter
    By Carolyn Giardina
    October 4, 2018

    Ted Rich, the longtime film editor and postproduction executive who started out on I Love Lucy and segued to other television classics like Get Smart, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hill Street Blues and Dallas, has died. He was 88.

    Rich, who received the Career Achievement Award from the American Cinema Editors two years ago, died Saturday in Los Angeles of heart failure, his son, Steven, told The Hollywood Reporter.

    Rich assisted editor Bud Molin on the iconic I Love Lucy at Desilu Productions early in his career, and he went on to cut shows including I'm Dickens, He's Fenster; The Bill Dana Show; My Living Doll; The Wild, Wild West; McMillan & Wife; Get Smart; and My Favorite Martian.

    Because of the increasing number of series originating at MTM Enterprises, Rich was hired for the then-new role of postproduction supervisor at Grant Tinker and Mary Tyler Moore's company. There, he supervised The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, Remington Steele, Lou Grant, WKRP in Cincinnati, The White Shadow, The Bob Newhart Show, Rhoda, Phyllis and Newhart.

    Rich next headed postproduction at Lorimar, the home of Dallas, Knot's Landing, Falcon Crest and The Waltons. Lorimar was acquired by Warner Bros. in 1989, and he served as head of postproduction there until he retired.

    In retirement, Rich started the early digital editing systems provider Creative Media Partners with his son, who now serves as a vice president at Sohonet.

    Rich was born in the Philippines before his parents and their six children moved to Beverly Hills. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1948 and attended UCLA to study business administration.

    During his days on I Love Lucy, he and Molin would be driven to Palm Springs to run dailies for the show's star and producer, Desi Arnaz.

    "He was apt to say, 'Fellas, I feel like lunch. Let's go over to the club and get something to eat,'" Rich recalled in an article in the program for his ACE Career Achievement Award. "Afterward, he might say, 'I feel like a little golf.'"

    They two would wait while he played, and the driver would be sent back to L.A. as Rich and Molin stuck around until Arnaz had finally gotten to watching the dailies.

    In 1960, Rich became an editor on the Desilu legal sitcom Harrigan and Son, starring Pat O'Brien and Roger Perry, when the production company was based at Selznick Studios (now Culver Studios) on Cahuenga Boulevard and at RKO on Gower Street (now part of Paramount).

    In addition to his son, survivors include his daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

    RICH, Ted (Theodore Martin Rich)
    Born: 12/2/1929, Manila, Philippines,
    Died: 9/30/2018, Glendale, California, U.S.A.

    Ted Rich’s western – film editor:
    The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1967

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  • 10/06/18--07:05: RIP Ed Kenney Jr.

  • Hawaii singer Ed Kenney Jr. left legacy of song on Broadway and Waikiki stage

    Star Advertiser
    By Michael Sai
    October 5, 2018

    A Broadway leading man, successful Hawaii recording artist and songwriter, and Waikiki showroom headliner, Ed Kenney conveyed the spirit of his Hawaii home with a magnetism that had worldwide appeal.

    Kenney died Friday at his home on Kauai. He was 85.

    Born Edward Kamanaloha Kenney Jr., in Anahola, Kauai, to a Swedish-Irish father and Hawaiian-Chinese mother, Kenney proved himself to be a multi-talented entertainer at a young age, performing as a piano soloist at age 6 and singing solo tenor parts at 12. He attended Punahou School on a piano scholarship. There he expanded his repertoire to the stage, starring in school productions of “Gondoliers” and “The Student Prince.”

    A Broadway leading man, successful Hawaii recording artist and songwriter, and Waikiki showroom headliner, Ed Kenney conveyed the spirit of his Hawaii home with a magnetism that had worldwide appeal.

    Kenney died Friday at his home on Kauai. He was 85.

    Born Edward Kamanaloha Kenney Jr., in Anahola, Kauai, to a Swedish-Irish father and Hawaiian-Chinese mother, Kenney proved himself to be a multi-talented entertainer at a young age, performing as a piano soloist at age 6 and singing solo tenor parts at 12. He attended Punahou School on a piano scholarship. There he expanded his repertoire to the stage, starring in school productions of “Gondoliers” and “The Student Prince.”

    He continued to hone his acting skills at the University of Oregon, where he performed in “Brigadoon,” “Paint Your Wagon,” and other productions.

    Kenney went to Broadway in 1955 and appeared in a non-singing role in “Shangri-La.” He next originated the role of Wang Ta in the original 1958 production of “Flower Drum Song.” Two years later, he originated the role of Mana, the Prince of Hawaii,” in Eaton “Bob” Magoon’s 1961 production of “13 Daughters.”

    Kenney also worked with Magoon and Gordon Phelps to co-write “Numbah One Day of Christmas,” which he then recorded for Magoon’s record label, the Hawaiian Recording and Publishing Co. Kenney’s recording has been a perennially popular seasonal hit on island radio stations for more than 50 years.

    Kenney released seven solo albums, including “My Hawaii,” a collection of 12 Hawaiian and hapa-haole songs he recorded for Columbia Records in 1959.

    Returning to Hawaii in 1961, Kenney was a headliner at Duke Kahanamoku’s restaurant before bringing his act to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel and the old Halekulani Hotel, where he performed with his first wife, renowned hula dancer Beverly Noa.

    He was also a regular on the TV version of “Hawaii Calls,” performing with Noa, Lani Custino and other Hawaiian entertainers.

    Kenney returned to the local stage in 1989 to play King Keoki in Tommy Aguilar’s production of “13 Daughters” at the Hawaii Theatre.

    In 1994, Kenney received the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Kenney is survived by his wife, Judy Bailey, his son, prominent Honolulu chef and restaurateur Ed Kenney III; daughter-in-law Kristen; granddaughter Celia Kaleialoha Kenney; and grandson Duke Kenney.

    KENNEY, Ed (Edward Kamanaloha Kenney Jr.,)
    Born: 8/8/1933, Anahola, Kauai, Hawaii
    Died: 10/5/2018, Kauai, Hawaii, U.S.A.

    Ed Kenney’s western – actor:
    Casey Jones (TV) – 1958 (Henry Wheelan)

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  • 10/06/18--19:21: RIP Scott Wilson

  • The Walking Dead star Scott Wilson has passed away at the age of 76.

    By Brandon Davis
    October 6, 2018

    Wilson was confirmed to be returning to The Walking Dead during the New York Comic Con panel being held at MadisonSquareGarden. The details of the actors passing have not yet been revealed. The actor had been active on the comic con circuit around the country throughout the year, having retired the role of Hershel Greene on AMC's popular zombie show in its fourth season.

    Wilson reprised the role of Hershel Greene in voice form for The Walking Dead's Robot Chicken special. His other recent roles include Hostiles, The OA, Damien, and Bosch. The 76-year-old actor's resume extends across dozens of impressive roles, with the first coming in 1967's In the Heat of the Night. He has, however, long been known for his 1980 role in The Ninth Configuration.

    Tributes to the actor began to pop up across social media on Friday evening, including from his Bosch co-star Titus Welliver. Sources close to the situation have confirmed to that early reports of the actors passing on Friday, October 6, 2018 are true.

    Wilson was slated to appear at Walker Stalker Con in Atlantain late October, an event which brings together much of the The Walking Dead's former and present cast members.

    The Walking Dead returns for its ninth season on Oct. 7, 2018 at 9 pm ET. Fear the Walking Dead will return in 2019 for its fifth season. For more updates and insider info all year long, follow @BrandonDavisBD on Twitter.

    I'm sure there will be a better obit later. Several actors he has worked with have posted the death on Twitter as well.



    WILSON, Scott (William Delano Scott)

    Born: 3/29/1942, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/6/2018, U.S.A.


    Scott Wilson’s westerns – actor:

    Dead or Alive (TV) – 1988 (John ‘Red Jack’ Stillwater)
    Young Guns II – 1990 (Governor Lewis Wallace)
    Geronimo: An American Legend – 1993 (Redondo)
    Tall Tale – 1995 (Zeb)
    The Jack Bull (TV) – 1999 (Governor)
    South of Heaven, West of Hell – 2000 (Clete Monroe)
    Hostiles – 2017 (Cyrus Lounde)

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  • 10/09/18--06:08: RIP Celeste Yarnall

  • The Hollywood Reporter
    By Mike Barnes

    She starred as a jungle goddess in 'Eve,' played opposite Elvis in 'Live a Little, Love a Little' and got Chekov's attention on 'Star Trek.'

    Celeste Yarnall, who appeared opposite Elvis Presley in Live a Little, Love a Little, made a memorable appearance on Star Trek and donned a loincloth to play "the original flower child" in the jungle-set cult classic Eve, has died. She was 74.

    Yarnall, a "scream queen" who was terrorized by a headless monster in Beast of Blood (1971), died Sunday at her home in Westlake Village, California, the website reported. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in November 2014 and turned to a crowdsourcing site to help pay her medical expenses.

    Yarnall is known to Star Trek fans for her portrayal of Yeoman Martha Landon on the October 1967 episode "The Apple," in which Chekov (Walter Koenig) can't help but fall for her. (She appeared as herself — one of 42 Trek alums — in the 2018 sci-fi comedy Unbelievable!!!!! and was a regular on the convention circuit for years.)

    While attending the 1967 Cannes Film festival, Yarnall was spotted by producer Harry Alan Towers, who was in search of a girl to star as the jungle goddess in his 1968 film. According to the actress, he yelled and pointed, 'Stop that girl! That's my Eve!'"

    She took the role as the scantily clad Eve, who is the long-lost granddaughter of Christopher Lee's character, but later called the film “one of the worst movies of all time.”

    In Live a Little, Love a Little, also released in 1968, Yarnall played Ellen, a girl at a party who reasons she and Presley can't hook up because he's a Sagittarius. Undeterred, he tries to woo her by singing "A Little Less Conversation."

    The National Association of Theatre Owners liked what they saw and named her the “Most Promising New Star” of 1968.

    A native of Long Beach, California, Yarnall was discovered by Rick and Ozzie Nelson while she walked past their studio offices on the way to an audition. She appeared on an episode of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet in 1962 and then played college kids in Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor and Jack Lemmon's Under the Yum Yum Tree, both released in 1963.

    In 1964, Yarnall became the 25th and last woman elected Miss Rheingold. She moved from Los Angeles to New York and made personal appearances for the brewer while modeling and doing commercials.

    Yarnall played a vampire seductress in The Velvet Vampire (1971), produced by Roger Corman, and appeared in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969), The Mechanic (1972) and Scorpio (1973) before concentrating on commercial real estate for years.

    She reappeared in Fatal Beauty (1987), Driving Me Crazy (1991), Midnight Kiss (1993) and Born Yesterday (1993).

    Yarnall's TV résumé also included Bonanza, Hogan’s Heroes, It Takes a Thief, Captain Nice, Mannix, Bewitched, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the 1971 pilot for Columbo.

    Survivors include her husband Nazim, daughter Cami and granddaughter Gaby.

    YARNALL, Celeste (Celeste Jeanne Yarnall)
    Born: 7/26/1944, Long Beach, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/8/2018, Westlake Village, California, U.S.A.

    Celeste Yarnall’s westerns – actress:
    The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965 (Miss Devine)
    Bonanza (TV) – 1968 (Katie Kelly)

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  • 10/09/18--06:50: RIP Venantino Venantini

  • The actor Venantino Venantini has died

    88 years. To his credit 150 films. The first, One day in the court

    Last Time
    October 9, 2018

    Italian actor Venantino Venantini died last night at the hospital in Viterbo, Italy from postoperative consequences of a femoral surgery suffered last summer. The actor's sister, Rossana Venantini, reported to ANSA, who is also keen to remember that her brother "loved cinema and painting, he was a good actor but also a successful painter who participated in many exhibitions".

    Born in Fabriano in 1930, he participated in 150 films. An athletic physicist, he made his debut in the cinema with an appearance in “Un giorno in pretura” under the direction of Steno. His first important part in 1961 with “Odissea nuda”, directed by Franco Rossi. He later performed in dozens of films, some of which became cult favorites like “Emanuelle near”, “Luca il contrabbandiere”, “Apocalypse domain” and” Paura nella città dei morti viventi”. He has been directed by such directors as Claude Lelouch, Ettore Scola, Luciano Salce. The funeral in Rome, in the church of the Sacred Hearts of Mary and of Jesus, will be held on October 12th.

    VENANTINI, Venantino (Enrico Venantino Venantini)
    Born: 4/17/1930, Fabriano, Marche, Italy
    Died:10/9/2018, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy

    Venantino Venantini’s westerns – actor:
    Bandidos – 1967 (Billy Kane)
    Hate is My God – 1969 (Sweetley)
    Apache Woman – 1976

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  • 10/09/18--10:29: RIP Jon Maldonado

  • Chicago Suburban Daily
    October 9. 2018

    Jon Maldonado, age 57, passed of natural causes on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Jon was born on Nov. 10, 1960, in Chicago, Illinois. He resided in Libertyville, IL, where he volunteered to coach youth sports teams. He worked as a stuntman for 34 years and is well known for his work on The Dark Knight. He leaves his beloved wife of 38 years, Lisa (Iacobazzi) Maldonado; his daughter, Caitlin Maldonado; his son, Griffin Maldonado; his mother, Hilda Maldonado; his sister, Diana Maldonado; his brother, Dan Maldonado and loving extended family. Jon was a loving husband, father, and friend. Jon loved sports, classic rock music, solving puzzles and reading. In his last days he was surrounded by family watching his favorite teams; the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs. A memorial for Jon will be held Friday, Oct. 12, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. at Mickey Finn's Brewery, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Flowers are welcome, or in lieu of flowers, donations to the Jon Maldonado Family Trust, at Chase Bank, are welcomed and appreciated to help with costs of services.

    Born: 11/10/1960, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/3/2018 Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

    Jon Malldonado’s westerns – actor, stuntman
    The Last Outlaw – 1993 [stuntman]
    The Desperate Trail – 1994 (Marvin)

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  • 10/10/18--06:14: RIP Pegyy McCay

  • Beloved Days of Our Lives Soap Vet Peggy McCay Dead At 90

    Soap Hub
    By Hope Campbell
    October 9, 2018

    Actress Peggy McCay, who played Caroline Brady on Days of Our Lives from 1983 until 2016 passed away on Sunday.

    According to Soap Opera News, McCay passed away in her sleep of natural causes the morning of October 7. She had been ill for some time and not appeared on DAYS for nearly two years.

    McCay was just weeks short of her 91st birthday at the time of her passing, having been born on November 3, 1927 in New York City.

    McCay graduated from New York’s Barnard College and went on to study acting with Lee Strasburg. She landed her first big role in 1951 on the soap opera Love of Life, playing Vanessa Dale, a role she remained in for the next four years.

    She went on to appear in a variety of primetime televisions shows and in films, as well as soaps General Hospital and The Young Marrieds.

    But, the role she is most known for is Brady matriarch Caroline on Days of Our Lives. She originated the role in 1983, left the part briefly, but then played her continuously for the next three decades.

    McCay was nominated a combination of nine times for both primetime and daytime Emmys, and won the award in 1991 for The Trials of Rosie O’Neil. The actress was also an avid animal activist.

    Soap Hub sends its condolences to McCay’s friends, family, and loved ones.

    McCAY, Peggy (Margaret Ann McCay)
    Born: 11/3/1927, Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/7/2018

    Peggy McCay’s westerns – actress:
    The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1957 (Malvina Creel/Nekeeta)
    The Californians (TV) – 1957 (Bess Cooper)
    Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958, 1970, 1971 (Flora, Beth Cooper, Pene Lynott)
    The Alaskans (TV) – 1959 (Madeleine Rondolet)
    Maverick (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Meliss ‘Missy’ Maybrook, Polly Goodin, Melissa Bouchet)
    Lawman (TV) – 1961 (Cassie Nickerson)
    Wide Country (TV) – 1962 (Milicent Price)
    Laramie (TV) – 1963 (Martha Halloran)
    Redigo (TV) – 1963 (Anne)
    The Virginian (TV) – 1963 (Helen Hammond Judson)
    Bonanza (TV) – 1971 (Pat Griswold)
    How the West Was Won (TV) – 1978 (Maggie Taylor)

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  • 10/10/18--06:21: RIP William Reynolds

  • Los Angeles Daily News
    October 10, 2018

    William "Bill" Owen Reynolds 4-25-1930 to 10-05-2018 Bill passed away peacefully at his home in North Hollywood, surrounded by his family. The son of Ray and Maxine Reynolds, Bill was born in El Paso, Texas in 1930 and moved to Burbank California with his family in 1940. He attended Burbank High School, graduating in 1948. Bill was a Boy Scout and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. He excelled in sports and was an avid baseball player. He served in the Korean War and when he returned, married his first love, Joyce Lungren. They had a baby girl, Gale Lynn. Bill became a makeup artist for MGM and Burbank Studios. He worked with many actors, including his beloved sister Debbie Reynolds, Elvis Presley, Ava Gardner, and Carole Baker, among others. He also worked for popular television shows like "The Waltons" and "Knots Landing". Bill later married his second wife, Jeanne Arntsen, and had two children, Robert and Leslie. Bill had many friends and was loved by all who knew him. His grandchildren will tell you proudly that he is the "best grandpa ever." He lived near Burbank most of his life and was especially close to his sister Debbie, who passed away one day apart from her daughter, and Bill's niece, Carrie Fisher, in December, 2016. Bill was a truly awesome person, son, brother, father, uncle, grandpa, and great grandpa! He will be remembered for his easy demeaner, quick wit, love, and generosity to his family and friends. Bill is survived by his children, Gale (Skip) Koly, Rob (Dona) Reynolds, and Leslie (Richard) Reynolds-Nuckolls; grandchildren: Matthew (Helen) Reynolds, Heather (Shain) Gallagher, and Michael Reynolds; great grandchildren: Zoe Vietti, Estie Vietti, Ashton Reynolds, and Carter Reynolds; nephew: Todd and Catherine Fisher; great nieces and nephews: Billy Lourd, Vanessa (Steve) Gregornik Rivers, Brandon (Tiffany) Rivers, and James Rivers. Last but not least, his ever-faithfulstep-dog Dwight Reynolds, as well as many loving friends and wonderful neighbors. Special thanks to Donald Light for keeping our family well fed, Wade Collins for getting Dwight out and about, and Josephine Bouchard and Clara Borgonia for their excellent care, respect, and love towards "Uncle Bill" and his family. "Love ya" to all - "Ditto""Miss Me, But Let Me Go" Please sign the guestbook at

    REYNOLDS, William (William Owen Reynolds)
    Born: 4/25/1930, El Paso, Texas, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/5/2018, N. Hollywood, California, U.S.A.

    William Reynolds’ western – make-up artist:
    Charro! - 1969

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  • 10/10/18--06:40: RIP Adam Burke

  • Adam Burke, Veteran Pixar Animator, Dies

    Cartoon  Brew
    By Amid Amidi

    Animator Adam Burke died last night from lung cancer. The news was reported on Twitter by director Brad Bird.

    Burke grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Plymouth South High School (class of 1989). He then attended CalArts, and left school when he found a job working for Don Bluth.

    Burke was a 26-year veteran of the animation industry, and worked on hand-drawn animation animated features for Don Bluth (Thumbelina, A Troll in Central Park), Richard Rich (The Swan Princess), Warner Bros. (Space Jam, The Iron Giant), and Dreamworks (The Road to El Dorado, Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron).

    In 2003, he moved north to Emeryville to work at Pixar on The Incredibles, and had worked there ever since. His animation credits at the studio included Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, Toy Story 3, Cars 2, Monsters University, and most recently, Incredibles 2.

    “He was diagnosed with lung cancer 10 months ago and still found a way to brighten other people’s lives through his tough and short battle,” Burke’s brother Aaron told Cartoon Brew.

    Burke is survived by his parents, brother Aaron and sister Heather, a wife and two sons.

    Other artists who knew Burke are expressing their condolences on Twitter:

    BURKE, Adam
    Born: 19??, Massachusetts
    Died: 10/7/2018, Emeryville, California

    Adam Burke’s western – animator:
    Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron - 2002

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  • 10/11/18--06:23: RIP Jerry Thorpe

  • The Desert Sun
    October 11, 2018

    Palm Springs - Jerry "Richard Jerome" Thorpe, 92, a 28-year resident of Palm Springs, California passed away on September 25, 2018 in Santa Barbara, California.

    He was born on August 29, 1926 to Richard and Belva Thorpe in Los Angeles, California. Jerry married his wife Diane on December 17, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, and they have a son Trevor Thorpe of Santa Barbara, California. Jerry is also survived by his daughters and son Tiana, Trish, and Tracy, and grandchildren Angelo and Tyler Thorpe.

    Jerry was an Emmy Award-winning Television Director and Producer, with a career spanning more than four decades. He shares a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars with his father Richard, a Director of MGM Motion Pictures. He was Executive Producer and directed many episodes of "Kung Fu" with David Carradine (1972-1975). In 1973, he was awarded the "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama" Emmy for the episode "An Eye for an Eye."

    A partial list of credits includes: Director of eight episodes of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" (1958), Executive Producer of "The Untouchables" (1960-1961), Producer/Director of MGM theatrical feature "Day of the Evil Gun" with Glenn Ford (1968), Executive Producer/Director of "Harry O" with David Janssen (1973-1976), Co-Executive Producer/Director of "Our House" (1986-1988), and Executive Producer of 22 episodes of "Falcon Crest" with Jane Wyman (1989-1990).

    A graveside service will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:30 am at Desert Memorial Park, Cathedral City, California.

    THORPE, Jerry (Richrd Jerome Thorpe)
    Born: 8/29/1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
    Died: 9/25/2018, Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.

    Jerry Thorpe’s westerns – producer, director, assistant director:
    Westward the Women – 1951 [assistant director]
    The Wild North – 1952 [assistant director]
    Ride, Vaquero! – 1953 [assistant director]
    The Texan (TV) 1958 [director]
    Guestward Ho! (TV) – 1968 [producer, director]
    Day of the Evil Gun – 1968 [producer, director]
    Lock, Stock and Barrel (TV) – 1971 [director]
    Kung Fu (TV) – 1973-1975 [producer, director]

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  • 10/12/18--11:28: RIP Carol Hall

  • Carol Hall, Composer-Lyricist of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Dies at 82


    By Andrew Gans
    Otober 12, 2018

    Carol Hall, the Drama Desk Award-winning composer and lyricist of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, passed away October 11 at the age of 82.

    For the past three years, Ms. Hall had been wrestling with a rare form of dementia, logopenic Primary Progressive Aphasia, and died of complications from the disease. She resided in New York City and passed away at home, surrounded by her children and husband.

    Ms. Hall was a trailblazer on Broadway, one of the first women to write both music and lyrics for a Broadway musical, the 1978 hit The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The Tommy Tune-Peter Masterson-directed production was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning two prizes. Hall received Drama Desk Awards for both her score and lyrics.

    The production ran for almost five years on Broadway, received a Grammy nomination for its cast album, and was subsequently turned into a motion picture in 1982 starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. Parton’s recording of Hall’s song “Hard Candy Christmas” earned an ASCAP Award. A revival and national tour of the show played across the country starring film icon Ann-Margret. On the cast album of that production, Hall recorded a bonus track, performing a new song, "A Friend to Me," written for Ann-Margret.

    Carol Hall was born in Abilene, Texas, April 3, 1936, the daughter of Elbert E. Hall and Josephine Grisham. A serious student of classical piano, Ms. Hall attended SweetbriarCollege, in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she began writing songs and musicals. She then transferred to and graduated from SarahLawrenceCollegein Bronxville, New York. She was later invited to join the newly formed BMI Workshop, under the tutelage of Broadway musical director Lehman Engel, where her musical theatre career was launched.

    Ms. Hall's other Broadway outing was a short-lived sequel to The Best Little Whorehouse, entitled The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, which opened in May 1994. Her other stage work included Good Sports (Goodspeed Musicals), Paper Moon (Paper Mill Playhouse), Are We There Yet? (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and the Off-Broadway musical To Whom It May Concern. She also wrote individual songs for A... My Name Is Aliceand A… My Name Is Still Alice, and the musical, Hats!, based on the Red Hats Society.

    Her non-musical writing included The Days Are As Grass, an evening of one-act plays, which received a premiere at the Woodstock Fringe Festival.

    Ms. Hall was also a major contributor to Marlo Thomas’ Peabody and Emmy Award-winning TV special and gold album Free to Be… You and Me; her contributions included the songs “It’s All Right to Cry,” “Parents Are People,” and “Glad to Have a Friend Like You.” She also acted as contributing editor and songwriter to its sequel, Free To Be… a Family.

    Her songs have been performed by Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Cyndi Lauper, Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Lisa Loeb, Mabel Mercer, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, Chita Rivera, Barbara Cook, Michael Feinstein, Olivia Newton-John, Amanda McBroom, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Phyllis Newman, David Campbell, Maureen McGovern, Margaret Whiting, Miriam Makeba, RuPaul, Frederica von Stade, Big Bird, and Kermit the Frog, among others. A CD of her most recent songs, Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall, was released in 2007.

    Ms. Hall was a teacher at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Sundance Theatre Institute, and the Cabaret Conference at YaleUniversity, as well as a guest panelist in the ASCAP Musical Theater Workshop. She served on the Board of Directors of the Dramatists Guild Foundation, Young Playwrights, Inc., and The American Place Theater. She was a lifetime member of the Dramatists Guild Council, was a Tony voter, and a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women who, in 2017, bestowed upon her a Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Ms. Hall is survived by her husband, media producer Leonard Majzlin; her two children with first husband Richard Blinkoff, Susannah and Daniel; her grandson Wally Corngold; and her sister Jane Hall.



    HALL, Carol

    Born: 4/3/1936, Abilene, Texas, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/11/2018, New York City, New York, U.S.A.


    Carol Hall’s western – lyricist:

    Death of a Gunfirhter - 1969 ('Sweet Apple Wine')

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  • 10/13/18--09:57: RIP Mike Relon Makiling

  • Veteran director Mike Relon Maikiling dies at 86

    By Krissy Aguilar
    October 11, 2018

    Veteran Mike Relon Maikiling has passed away due to colon cancer. He was 86.

    Hi fifth son Joachim Pineda Maikiling confirmed this on Facebook.

    “Wacky! I am gonna miss you Old Man… Rest well Okay! I’ll see you on the other side,” he wrote.

    It was in July 2018 when the director was last confined in the hospital and his family learned about his colon cancer.

    Makiling was know for his blockbuster Filipino movies from 70s up to the 80s like “Iskul Bukol” (1980), “Age Doesn’t Matter” (1981), “Goodah” (1984), “Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You (1985) and “Fly Me To The Moon” (1988), among others.

    He had 58 credits as a screenwriter and 89 credits as a film director.

    Born: 6/30/1932, Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
    Died:  10/11/2018, Philippines

    Mike Relon Makiling’s western – director:   
    Panlaban: dos por dos

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  • 10/17/18--15:29: RIP Vincent Korda

  • Nicholas Korda, Sound Editor on 'E.T.,''Fatal Attraction' and 'Basic Instinct,' Dies at 73


    The Hollywood Reporter

    By Mike Barnes
    October 17, 2018


    The Emmy winner also worked on two 'Star Trek' movies and alongside Clint Eastwood on four films.

    Nicholas Korda, an Emmy-winning sound editor who worked on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and Dick Tracy for the big screen, has died. He was 73.

    Korda died Oct. 8 at his Los Angeleshome after a nine-year battle with brain cancer, his daughter, Sarah, announced.

    Korda entered the industry as an assistant editor and went on to build a 40-year career as an ADR (automated dialogue replacement) editor on dozens of movies.

    His father was Hungarian-born director Zoltan Korda (The Four Feathers, Humphrey Bogart's Sahara and Cry, the Beloved Country), and his mother was British actress Joan Gardner (The Scarlet Pimpernel).

    Korda was a member of the team that received the Oscar for best sound for Steven Spielberg's E.T. in 1983, and he received his Emmy two years later for his work on the Donald P. Bellisario action drama Airwolf.

    Korda collaborated with Clint Eastwood on the best picture Oscar winner Million Dollar Baby (2004) as well as on Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) — for which he won a Golden Reel Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors — and Invictus (2009), his last film.

    His résumé also included The Black Hole (1979), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), The Breakfast Club (1985), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), The Addams Family (1991), Hoffa (1992), Star Trek: Generations (1994), Twister (1996), As Good as It Gets (1997), Three Kings (1999) and Get Smart (2008).

    After his parents came to the U.S.from England in 1940, Nicholas Vincent Korda was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1945. He attended grade school in Switzerland before returning to attend HarvardSchool, a military academy in L.A.

    Korda began college at UC Berkeley in the late 1960s, where he studied U.S. history. He proudly completed his degree at Cal State Northridge in 2006 and also took up the bassoon in his 60s.

    His daughter said that he was unpretentious and humble and often told stories about his fears of being called in to be fired — only to find out he was being rewarded with praise.

    In addition to Sarah and her spouse Maria, survivors include his son Andrew (Pille); his brother, David — a former producer and production manager in Hollywood who now works as a completion guarantor — and his granddaughter, Cleo.

    A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 in Woodland Hills. For details, please email Donations in his memory can be made to the Motion Picture & Television Fund or to Cedars-SinaiMedicalCenter.



    KORDA, Vincent (Nicholas Vincent Korda)

    Born: 1/15/1945, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

    Died: 10/8/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.


    Vincent Korda’s westerns

    The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday – 1976

    Hot Lead and Cold Feet – 1978

    Zorro: The Gay Blade - 1981  

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  • 10/19/18--06:34: RIP Donald G. Payne

  • Author of Walkabout who preferred anonymity
    The Sydney Morning Herald

    Using three pseudonyms, one with Australian connections, Donald Payne, who has died aged 94, was the author of some 40 books including Walkabout which was made into the film of the same name starring Jenny Agutter. He was also a consultant editor for many years for the Readers Digest.

    He served in the Fleet Air Arm as a 21-year-old pilot flying Swordfish during World II, escorting convoys across the Atlantic and to Russia.

    He was later to write about his wartime experiences in several books that were well received. He was best known in Australia as the author of Walkabout, made into the film by Nicolas Roeg in 1971.

    Donald Gordon Payne was born in Denmark Hill in South East London in January 1924. His father, Francis, was a New Zealander, who served in the First World War with the ANZACS. His mother was Evelyn Rodgers, a nurse during the Great War.
    Donald Payne's novel Walkabout has remained in print since its first publication in 1959.

    Donald Payne's novel Walkabout has remained in print since its first publication in 1959.Credit:

    He was educated at Dulwich College Preparatory School and then at Charterhouse School. As a child he travelled with his parents to New Zealand and parts of the East coast of Australia – an experience which left him with a lifelong affection for these countries.

    PAYNE, Donald G. (Donald Gordon Payne)
    Born: 1/3/1924, Denmark Hill, London, England, U.K.
    Died: 10/?/2018, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    Donald G. Payne’s western – novelist
    Santa Fe – 1951

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  • 10/19/18--06:58: RIP Michael J. Reynolds

  • Performers
    By Richard Fitzpatrick
    October 18, 2018

    Canadian actor Michael J. Reynolds passed away on March 22, 2018 after a battle with cancer. Several years earlier, Michael and his wife Katherine had moved from Toronto to an idyllic Somerset village in England to be close to family.

    Michael’s career covered the gambit of Canadian, British and American movie, television, documentaries and theater and included a long stretch as spokesperson for Nabob coffee in Canada.

    Because of Michael’s strong on-screen presence, he was frequently cast as prominent figures of the period from Joe Kennedy to George Marshall to Gene “Buzz” Aldrin.

    The early years of Canadian TV, film and theater found Michael in many featured roles in projects including Escape from Iran, The Canadian Caper, The National Dream and many more. His career spanned over 100 film and TV shows and his versatility allowed for a wide portfolio.

    Michael’s talents were not limited to his chosen profession. He was a skilled craftsman in every sense. He was a loving husband to Katherine, a devoted and caring stepfather to the late Helen and her two boys and a central and respected figure in local politics.

    He was a good and kind man and will be missed.

    REYNOLDS, Michael J. (Michael John Reynolds)
    Born: 8/5/1939, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    Died: 3/22/2018, Somerset, England, U.K.

    Michael J. Reynolds’ westerns – actor:
    Fih Hawk – 1979 (Mr. Gideon)
    Wild Horse Hank – 1979 (Rankin)
    Louisiana (TV) – 1984 (General Bank)
    Clearcut – 1991 (hunter)

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  • 10/20/18--09:07: RIP Donald Ewar

  • Ewer, Donald Alan

    Donald Alan Ewer passed away peacefully on Monday October 15th, 2018 at the age of 95.
    Dearly loved husband of the late Jenny Turner (2013)

    Dear ‘Dad’ of Roddy Turner and his wife Mary-Frances of Aurora, Laura Walker and her husband Greg of Mississauga, Karen Tomarchio and her husband Corrado of Brooklin, and Wendy Turner and her partner Bruce Curtis of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Grandfather figure to Corrie, Susie, Ian, Alex, Robin and Adriana.

    Predeceased by his brother Derry. Survived by his nephew Nick Ewer (Mary) of England.

    When he was barely 18 Donald joined the Navy, moving up the ranks to become a Naval Officer with the Royal Navy, surviving a Christmas Day torpedoing during his service. In 1946, following the war, Donald won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, studying with classmates including such famous names as Robert Shaw. Donald graduated with an Acting Diploma in 1948. Donald worked in London's West End, with repertory companies and with British Radio and Television.

    After doing a lot of stage work over a six year period in England and Scotland, Donald decided to see the world. He travelled to the U.S. where he spent two months exploring the country, then in 1954 emigrated to Canada.

    In Canada he directed for Montreal's Lunch Time Theatre, and served as Drama Director of McMaster University.

    He played major roles with the Crest Theatre as well as Theatre Toronto, and has appeared at the Antioch and the Shaw Festival. He appeared on Broadway in "Alfie" with Terrence Stamp, "Under Millwood," and Off-Broadway in "Billie Liar."

    Donald made his acting debut at Stratford in 1958 and returned in 1969, performing there for a total of five seasons. In 1970 he won an Obie Award for his performance in"Saved" in the Off-Broadway production at the Chelsea Theatre Centre.

    Donald became a regular on the Wayne and Shuster Show. He also acted and directed for many seasons at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia, and had several appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. National Tours included "Girl in My Soup" with Don Ameche, "The Caretaker" with Barry Morse and "Hadrian VII" with Hume Cronyn.

    He has numerous film credits to his name including Doolittle in Pygmalion with Peter O'Toole and Margot Kidder, and Spider with Ralph Fiennes.

    1n 1987 Donald and his future wife Jenny Turner acted together in the well-known, made-for-TV production of "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

    Donald and Jenny were married on December 19th, 1990 (Jenny's birthday) and lived happily together in their home in Brooklin Ontario until her death in August of 2013.

    Donald always said that the key to life was to "keep going, don't stop."

    He had a great and well-lived life, always the character and ever true to his motto.

    Visitation at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby on Saturday October 27th from 10:30-11:30AM, followed by a celebration of life service in the Barnes Chapel.

    Donald will be laid to rest beside his beloved Jenny at Groveside Cemetery.

    EWAR, Donald (Donald Alan Ewar)
    Born: 9/10/1923, Great Dunmow, Essex, England, U.K.
    Died: 10/15/2018, Brooklin, Ontario, Canada

    Donald Ewar’ westerns – actor:
    Hawkweye and the Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1957 (Hicks)
    The Campbells (TV) – 1989, 1990 (Jack McVie, Ezra Adams)

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  • 10/21/18--15:20: RIP Mike Relon Makiling

  • Veteran director Mike Relon Maikiling dies at 86

    By Krissy Aguilar
    October 11, 2018

    Veteran Mike Relon Maikiling has passed away due to colon cancer. He was 86.

    Hi fifth son Joachim Pineda Maikiling confirmed this on Facebook.

    “Wacky! I am gonna miss you Old Man… Rest well Okay! I’ll see you on the other side,” he wrote.

    It was in July 2018 when the director was last confined in the hospital and his family learned about his colon cancer.

    Makiling was know for his blockbuster Filipino movies from 70s up to the 80s like “Iskul Bukol” (1980), “Age Doesn’t Matter” (1981), “Goodah” (1984), “Mama Said, Papa Said, I Love You (1985) and “Fly Me To The Moon” (1988), among others.

    He had 58 credits as a screenwriter and 89 credits as a film director.

    Born: 6/30/1932, Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippines
    Died:  10/11/2018, Philippines

    Mike Relon Makiling’s western – director:   
    Panlaban: dos por dos - 1981

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  • 10/22/18--07:43: RIP Diane Jergens

  • Emmy’

    Diane Jergens was an American film and television actress.

    Born as Diane Irgens, she made her screen debut in the 1946 film Ginger.

    Jergens was featured in such 1950s films as The FBI Story with James Stewart and Desk Set starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Her other films included leading roles in High School Confidential and Island of Lost Women.

    She went on appearing in various television shows such as Dragnet, The Danny Thomas Show, The Addams Family, and 77 Sunset Strip. She retired from acting in 1966.

    She was married to actor Peter Brown between 1958-1960; he was a co-star of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Lawman. In 1962, she wed musician and songwriter Randy Sparks. Diane and Randy were married 55 years, and had four children (Kevin, Melinda, Cameron, and Amanda), six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

    JERGENS, Diane (Diane Irgens)
    Born: 3/31/1935, Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.
    Died: 10/9/2018, Mokelumme Hill, California, U.S.A.

    Diane Jergens’ westerns – actress:
    Friendly Persuasion – 1956 (Elizabeth)
    Man Without a Gun (TV) – 1958 (Ellen)
    Wagon Train (TV) – 1959, 1961 (Sally Miller, Purdence Steele)
    Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1960 (Stephanie Carrie)
    The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1961 (Edith Peterson)
    Walt Disney’s Daniel Boone (TV) – 1960-1961 (Maybelle Yancey)
    The Americans (TV) – 1961 (Sally)