Monday, March 31, 2014

RIP Marc Platt


RIP Marc Platt
 
SFGate
By Mary Ellen Hunt
March 31, 2014
 
Marc Platt, a renown dancer of stage and screen and one of the last remaining members of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, died Saturday in Marin, his daughter Donna Platt said. He was 100.
 
Mr. Platt, whose reminiscences about the company are documented in the 2005 movie "Ballet Russe," is perhaps best remembered as the original Dream Curly in the 1943 Broadway production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!" and as Daniel Pontipee, the fourth brother in Stanley Donen's 1954 musical film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers."
 
While with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Mr. Platt also choreographed the 1939 production of Rodgers' "Ghost Town." He left the company in 1942 to pursue a career on Broadway, where he was chosen by Agnes de Mille to originate the romantic dream ballet sequence in "Oklahoma!"
 
For many years Mr. Platt continued to perform in stage and then in movies, dancing with Rita Hayworth in "Tonight and Every Night," and starring as Junior Casady in the 1946 film "Tars and Spars," before landing the role of one of the sprightly and dashing brothers in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." Mr. Platt also can be seen as one of Curly's friends in the 1955 film adaptation of "Oklahoma!"
 
Marcel LePlat was born on Dec. 2, 1913, in Pasadena. In the 1920s, his family moved to Seattle, where his early dance training took place under Mary Ann Wells. It was Wells who advised the young man to audition for the renowned Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, then led by Colonel Wassily De Basil. Choreographer Leonide Massine hired the good-looking tall red-headed American and changed his name to Marc Platoff, to match the "Russianized" image of the company. The energetic, lanky young dancer would tour with that company until Massine founded his own offshoot of the Ballet Russe with Rene Blum in 1938, and Platt became a founding member of the new company.
 
During a tour of "Kiss Me Kate," he met Jean Goodall, whom he would later marry in 1951 and with whom he has two children. Goodall, who co-directed a dance school in Florida with her husband for many years, died in 1994.
 
In the late '50s and early '60s, Mr. Platt appeared on television and also the cabaret stage. In 1962, he was appointed director of the Radio City Music Hall ballet company in New York.
 
Ever the irrepressible character and a passionate dance artist throughout his life, Mr. Platt continued to perform well into his 90s, appearing in Marin Dance Theater's "Nutcracker" as the Toymaker.
 
As he told The Chronicle last December on the occasion of his hundredth birthday, "Always do what you love for as long as you can. I was a dancer and I'm always a dancer."
 
Mr. Platt is survived by his son Ted LePlat, from his marriage to Eleanor Marra; and from his marriage to Goodall, his son Michael and daughter, Donna and her partner, Stewart Munson, as well as granddaughter Casey Price. A memorial for Mr. Platt is pending.
 
 
PLATT, Marc (Marcel Emile Gaston LePlat)
Born: 12/2/2013, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.
Died: 3/29/2014, Marin, California, U.S.A.
 
Marc Platt’s westerns – actor, dancer:
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – 1954 (Daniel Pontipee)
Oklahoma! – 1955 [dancer]
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1958 (Mel Herrick)
Hotel de Paree (TV) – 1960 (Gaskins)

RIP Harry H. Novak


RIP Harry H. Novak 
 
Los Angeles Times
By Staff
March 29m 2014
 
January 12, 1928 - March 26, 2014 One of cinema's greatest and most prolific showmen, Harry H. Novak began his career in the motion picture industry by working for RKO and Walt Disney Studios in the late 1950's. Later, as a distributor and producer of independent features, Harry was a genius at creating flamboyant, explosive, and lurid marketing campaigns, all the while maintaining a low public profile. Harry's craft was the mark of a true showman, a vanishing breed of filmmakers. Harry also proudly served his country in World War II. Services will be held at Beth Olam in Hollywood Forever Cemetery at 1:00 on Monday, March 31, 2014..
 
 
NOVAK, Harry H.
Born: 1/12/1928, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 3/26/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Harry H. Novak’s westerns – producer:
Fandango – 1970
Machismo: 40 Graves for 40 Guns - 1971

Sunday, March 30, 2014

RIP Kate O'Mara


Former Dynasty star Kate O'Mara dies aged 74
 
Actor best known for playing Alexis Colby's sister Cassandra 'Caress' Morrell in long-running US soap in 1980s
 
The Guardian
By Maev Kennedy
March 30, 2014

 
The actor Kate O'Mara, once as ubiquitous on British television screens as the test card, has died aged 74: "a shining star has gone out," her agent said.
 
She played a procession of glamorously tough cookies in television soaps and dramas, all menace, narrowed eyes and tossing red hair – most famously in the long-running US series Dynasty, as the manipulative Cassandra 'Caress' Morrell, sister of Alexis Colby played by Joan Collins. She also appeared as another schemer in Howards' Way, the BBC's attempt to rival the glamour of Dynasty and Dallas.
 
She also made a villainous appearance as the Rani in Dr Who with two doctors, Sylvester McCoy, and Colin Baker, a role she relished and one she said, when the programme celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, she would have loved to return to. Baker tweeted: "Oh my goodness. Kate O'Mara is no longer with us. Sad sad news. A delightful, committed and talented lady and actress. We are the poorer."
 
Bonnie Langford, who also appeared with her in Dr Who, tweeted: "So sad to hear that the wonderful Kate O'Mara has gone. Treasured memories."
 
The television presenter Graham Norton tweeted: "Kate O'Mara is no more. Only 74! I loved every encounter I had with her. Today doesn't seem so sunny."
 
Boy George joined the tributes, tweeting: "Kate O'Mara god rest her soul! R.I.P!" while sports journalist Graham Spiers recalled: "Kate O'Mara has died. For a teenage lad of the 70s/80s it was a nightmare watching her on TV while sitting in the same room as your parents."
 
Her agent Phil Belfield, who called her "extraordinary", said she had died in a Sussex nursing home after a short illness. "A shining star has gone out and Kate will be dearly missed by all who knew and have worked with her," he added.
 
He said her energy and vitality, and her love for the theatre would be much missed.
 
O'Mara said in an inteview a few years ago: "Because my career has been based so much on my looks, when I finally pass my 'sell-by' date I think I'll probably pack it in." In fact, she never did. She appeared in the West End only last October in An Evening With Kate O'Mara, and was responding on Twitter to many get well messages from fans – "It's both humbling and completely overwhelming to read all of your messages" – up to a fortnight ago.
 
Some of her more heroic appearances were in Triangle, an early 80s BBC soap set on a North Sea ferry – which staggered on for three series before being axed but has gained posthumous fame as one of the worst television dramas ever made. Filmed on a real ferry, frequently in rough seas and vile weather, at one point it required O'Mara to sunbathe topless on an unmistakably icy deck.


O’MARA, Kate (Frances M. Carroll)
Born: 8/10/1939, Leicester, England, U.K.
Died: 3/29/2014, Leicester, Sussex, England

Kate O'Mara's westerns - actress:
The Desperados! - 1969 (Adah)
Cannon for Cordoba - 1970 (whore)

Friday, March 28, 2014

RIP Lorenzo Semple


Creator of TV's 'Batman'
Lorenzo Semple Jr. Dies at 91

Variety
By Alex Stedman
March 28, 2014
 
Lorenzo Semple Jr., creator of the '60s "Batman" TV series and scribe
on thrillers "The Parallax View" and "Three Days of Condor," died on
Friday in his home in Los Angeles, according to reports. He had turned
91 on Thursday.
 
The screenwriter also had an extensive film writing career after
leaving TV, including 19732 s Steve McQueen-Dustin Hoffman pic
"Papillon," 19752 s "The Drowning Pool" and Jessica Lange-starrer "King
Kong." (1976) Recently, Semple worked on a YouTube series called "Reel
Geezers," in which he and former studio exec Marcia Nasatir reviewed
films.
 
Semple created "Batman," starring Adam West as the Dark Knight and Burt
Ward as Robin, in 1966, and it quickly became a hit. He also wrote the
July 1966 "Batman" movie. Though he only wrote the first four episodes
of the skein, he served as script or story consultant on the rest of
the series.
 
"I think 'Batman' was the best thing I ever wrote, including those big
movies," he told the Archive of American Television in 2011. "As a
whole work, it came out the way that I wanted it to and I was excited
by it. I once went down to a fancy wine tasting benefit in Princeton.
When people found out I wrote 'Batman' they mobbed me! I was astounded,
but that was the way it was."
 
Though "Batman" was known for a lovable campiness, his work took on a
more serious tone as he moved to film. He wrote the script for cult
film "Pretty Poison" (1968), which would win the New York Film Critics
Circle Award. He would go on to co-write political thriller "The
Parallax View" (1974) starring Warren Beatty, Alan J. Pakula's
follow-up of Academy Award-winning "Klute."
 
He also penned a script for Sydney Pollack's "Three Days of Condor"
starring Robert Redford, though was eventually let go as David Rayfiel
stepped in.
 
Semple was a member of the WGA, and taught a class at New York
University's TISCH School for the Arts in the '80s.
 
Semple's survivors include his daughter Maria, writer-producer who
worked on "Mad About You," "Suddenly Susan" and "Arrested Development,"
as well as his wife Joyce, two children and six grandchildren.
 
 
SEMPLE, Lorenzo (Lorenzo Elliott Semple III)
Born: 3/27/1923, New Rochelle, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 3/28/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Lorenzo Semple’s western – screenwriter:
Buckskin (TV) - 1958

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

RIP Dirk Craft


Director Dirk Wallace Craft Dies at 48
.
He worked on such films as “The Crucible” and “Running With Scissors” and such TV shows as “Nip/Tuck” and “Burn Notice.”
 
Dirk Wallace Craft, a director and assistant director on such films and TV shows as The Crucible, Running With Scissors and Nip/Tuck, died Monday after a three-year battle with an undisclosed illness. He was 48.
 
Craft served as assistant director on more than 50 productions, also including the series Alien Nation and Rizzoli & Isles. More recently, he directed episodes of Burn Notice, the short film Skinheads in Love and the Internet series Dicki.
 
He was known for his meticulous preparation, skillful execution, kindness and commanding presence as well as for his mentoring of talent both in front of and behind the camera.
 
A native of Pontiac, Mich., Craft moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Michigan State in 1989. He completed the DGA Trainee Program in 1991.
 
Survivors include Sande, his wife of nearly 12 years, their children Shaelyn and Kai, his mother Juanita and his sister Krista.
 
A celebration of his life will take place Friday in Agoura Hills. For information, please contact sandealessisocialmedia@gmail.com.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Mariposa School of Global Education: payable to CAPTNS, 6050 Calmfield Ave, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 or online here.
 
 
CRAFT, Dirk (Dirk Wallace Craft)
Born: 1966, Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 3/24/2014, Agoura Hills, California, U.S.A.
 
Dirk Craft’s westerns – assistant director:
The Avenging Angel (TV) – 1995
Riders of the Purple Sage (TV) - 1996
The Magnificent Seven (TV) – 1998
Two for Texas (TV) - 1998
Purgatory (TV) - 1999

RIP Jon Ewing


Jon Ewing: Actor who could light up the stage mourned

 
The Sydney Morning Herald
By Geoff Corbett
March 24, 2014
 
Programs from the actor Jon Ewing's performances, at the Old Tote, The Nimrod, Marion Street Theatre, the Menzies Hotel Theatre Restaurant and the Sydney and Melbourne Theatre companies, show that he worked almost continuously in his beloved profession, and alongside many of Australia's notable actors and directors. Unlike many actors, Ewing never had to wait on tables in between jobs.
 
As an actor he had major roles in many productions to critical acclaim: Camelot, Cabaret, Tarantara! Tarantara!, The Threepenny Opera, Candide, The Venetian Twins, Sweeney Todd and the smash hit Nicholas Nickleby, even Hamlet on Ice at the Bondi Pavilion.

One of hs greatest roles was as Albin in La Cage Au Folles, the 1985 production at Her Majesty's
Theatre where he lit up the stage with Keith Michell. Dancing around in drag and belting out songs, he looked very much like his mother, albeit an overdressed version. That year, he took the Green Room Award for Male Actor in a Leading Role (Music Theatre) for Albin. It was during this season that his father died, but his performance that night didn't miss a beat.
 
Ewing was also a well-regarded director and some years was off the stage as often as he was on it. He worked for most of the major theatres in Sydney at one time or another and often dreamt of a balance of work, saying, ''What I'd like ideally is to have some nice offers as a director and some as an actor and then make my choice for the year.'' Then he'd laughed it off as, ''Wouldn't we all?''
 
Jon Douglas Ewing was born in Paddington on October 6, 1936 to Jack Ewing, a labourer and returned soldier, and his wife, Elsie (nee Collingwood). His career began with Gilbert and Sullivan productions at his school, Sydney Boys High School, where one of his teachers encouraged this vocation. He joined the Rathbone Academy of Dramatic Art and Finishing School when he left high school, and was soon making ABC radio plays and in touring productions of Pygmalion to high schools.
 
He went on to study under Hayes Gordon (whose influence, he said, was, ''somebody turning on a searchlight for me'') and, in 1958, helped to establish the Ensemble Theatre, now Australia's longest continuously running professional theatre company, with Reg Livermore and others.
 
The actors at first had to do almost everything as well as act, Ewing used to recall being up to his elbows in fabric dye just hours before the performances were due to start.
 
Ewing's last major on-stage role was in the 1990s, as Monsieur Firmin in The Phantom of The Opera. It was during Phantom that his arthritis started to get the better of him, and it is now acting folklore that he would be helped to the stage before taking off as though everything was all right. At the end of the run, he was in so much pain that retirement became his preferred occupation.
 
Ewing was a private person and withdrew quietly from the stage. In 2003, his love of Stephen Sondheim brought him out of retirement to direct Putting it Together, a collection of Sondheim's songs at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne, but after that, he never worked again, despite a few tempting offers.
 
In his later years Ewing was well known to the coffee shop proprietors and dog owners of Kings Cross, where he could be seen regularly hobbling along Bayswater Road. He became so tiny and frail that on one occasion was picked up by the wind and blown across the road, breaking his arm in two places.
 
Though becoming increasingly housebound, he loved nothing more than lunch with a small group of friends, washed down with a good white wine. He was a sparkling conversationalist, with many tales from around the world, and had a roaring laugh. Though some regarded him as prickly, he was a loyal and loving friend.
 
Jon Ewing is survived by his sister Janet, nephew Geoff and his wife, Rae Owen, and great-nephew Jack.
 
 
EWING, Jon (Jon Douglas Ewing)
Born: 10/6/1936, Paddington, New South Wales, Australia
Died: 3/24/2014, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
 
Jon Ewing’s western – actor:
Quigley Down Under – 1990 (Tout)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

RIP James Rebhorn


James Rebhorn, Star of 'Independence Day' and 'Scent of a Woman,' Dies at 65
 

Yahoo News
By: Bryan Enk
March 23, 2014
 
Hollywood is mourning one of its most recognized "that guys" as James Rebhorn has died at age 65.
 
The veteran character actor, who had an extensive resume of memorable supporting roles in a wide variety of genres from sci-fi blockbusters ("Independence Day") to gritty thrillers ("The Game") to Oscar-winning tearjerkers ("Scent of a Woman"), passed away on Friday surrounded by his family, a rep for Rebhorn confirms to Yahoo Movies.
 
In all, he appeared in more than 100 television shows, feature films, and stage productions, staking his claim as one of the industry's go-to "that guy" thespians.
 
Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia and moved to Anderson, Indiana, shortly thereafter, where he matriculated from Madison Heights High School. He attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, where he appeared in theatrical productions of Aristophanes's "Lysistrata" and Moliere's "Tricks of Scapin." After graduating in 1970, he moved to New York City, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts at Columbia University and became active in the theater scene.
 
Rebhorn made his big screen debut as the Casting Director in the little-seen show business comedy, "The Yum Yum Girls" (1976). Some of his most memorable roles include New England prep school headmaster Mr. Trask in "Scent of a Woman" (1992), Secretary of Defense Albert Nimzicki in "Independence Day" (1996), put-upon actor Jim Feingold in "The Game" (1997), and wealthy shipbuilder Herbert Greenleaf (the father of Jude Law's character) in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999).
 
Rebhorn also worked with his "Scent of a Woman" co-star Al Pacino in "Carlito's Way" (1993) and his "The Game" co-star Michael Douglas in "Basic Instinct" (1992). Other notable film appearances include "Lorenzo's Oil" (1992), Ridley Scott's "White Squall" (1996), "Meet the Parents" (2000), "Scotland, Pa." (2001), and "Cold Mountain" (2003).
 
Rebhorn's most recent film roles include Marvin in "Real Steel" (2011), Joseph Crudstaff in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" (2012), and Frank in Mike Birbiglia's "Sleepwalk with Me" (2012).
 
Rebhorn had several notable TV credits, including the recurring role of Reese Hughes on "White Collar" (2009-2013) and appearances on "Law & Order," "Boston Legal" and "The Book of Daniel." His most recent television role was Frank Mathison, the father of CIA operative Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), on Showtime's "Homeland."
 
 
REBHORN, James (James Robert Rebhorn)
Born: 9/1/1948, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 3/21/2014, South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.A.
 
James Rebhorn’s westerns – actor:
8 Seconds – 1994 (Clyde Frost)
Comanche Moon (TV) – 2008 (Governor Elisha Pease)

RIP Patrice Wymore


Actress Patrice Flynn is dead

 
The Gleaner
By Staff
Saturday March 22, 2014
 

Patrice, 87, died from natural causes at her home in Portland shortly after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday March 22.
 
She had starred in a least 15 movies alongside famous stars, including Kirk Douglas, Randolph Scott, Frank Sinatra and her late husband.
 
In an immediate respond to her passing, member of parliament for west Portland, Daryl Vaz said the former movie star and philanthropist will be long remembered by residents of the parish.
 
"Mrs. Flynn was loved and respected by all in Portland for her tireless efforts to put the parish on the world map," said Vaz.
 
Patrice made her debut in a singing role in the nostalgic Doris Day/Gordon MacRae tunefest Tea for Two (1950).
 
Fate took a hand when she was cast opposite the much older Errol in Rocky Mountain (1950), one of his lesser-known efforts.
 
She became the final Mrs. Errol Flynn in October of 1950.
 
 
WYMORE, Patrice
Born: 12/17/1926, Miltonville, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 3/22/2014, Portland, Jamaica
 
Patrice Wymore’s westerns – actress:
Rocky Mountain – 1950 (Johana Carter)
The Big Trees – 1952 (Daisy Fisher/Dora Figg
The Man Behind the Gun – 1963 (Lora Roberts)
Jefferson Drum (TV) – 1958 (Goldie)
The Sad Horse – 1959 (Leslie MacDonald)
The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Lucy Balance)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1961 (Harriet Miller)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1961 (Pearl Harvey)
F Troop (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Laura Lee, Peggy Gray)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

RIP Emilio Delle Piane


Italian character actor Emilio Delle Piane (Emilio Dellepiane) died in Lavagna, Italy a week ago. Graduating with a law degree in 1963 he served a few years as an apprentice but met director Carlo Lizzani in 1966, who encouraged him to pursue a film career. He went on to appear in over 20 films and is best remembered by Euro-western fans for his role as Parked in “Trinity is STILL My Name” (1971) with Terence Hill and Bud Spencer. He also appeared as the Marshal in “Arizona Returns” (1970) and had a small role in “Judge Roy Bean” (1971) with Robert Hossein. In the 1990s he retired from films and returned to law opening his own law firm.

 
DELLE PIANE, Emilio (Emilio Dellepiane)
Born: 7/6/1938, Lavagna, Liguria, Italy
Died: 3/17/2014, Lavagna, Liguria, Italy
 
Emilio Delle Piane’s westerns – actor:
Arizona Returns - 1970 (marshal)
Judge Roy Bean - 1971
Trinity is STILL My Name - 1971 (Parker)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

RIP Jorge Arvizu


Jorge 'El Tata ' Arvizu, the voice of Fred Flintstone, Agent 86 and Felix the Cat has died.
 
Mexican actor Jorge Arvizu, who for decades gave voices to cartoon characters like Fred Flintstone, Felix the Cat and Woody Woodpecker in Spanish versions, died today at age 81 due to heart failure.
 
Local media reported that the actor, known as the Tata, had recently been hospitalized and shown some improvement, but finally passed away this morning.
 
Arvizu (1932-2014) was considered the man of a thousand voices due to his long career in dubbing from English into Spanish series.
 
Among the characters that are voiced by Uncle Lucas, Los Locos Adams, Super Agent 86, Huckleberry Hound, and Benito Bozzo and Cucho, both members of the gang of Don Gato, among many others.
 
Many of these series were broadcast in Ecuador with Arvizu 's voice, in the latest film from Agent 86 (2008 ) returned to make the voice of Max .
 
In the 70s, Arvizu achieved recognition of his character " Tata " comedy " Maid well-bred', and the nickname held until his death. He participated in numerous television Televisa .
 
In his later years, Arvizu participated actively in the two campaigns of leftist Andres Manuel Lopez
Obrador by the Mexican Presidency, with the dissemination of propaganda messages.
 
The actor was also a producer and writer for theater, television and film as well as, in various productions about the history of Mexico. He played Arvizu Francisco I. Madero, who led the uprising that defeated Porfirio Diaz in 1911.
 
 
ARVIZU, Jorge (Jorge Isaac Arvizu Martínez)
Born: 7/23/1932, Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: 3/18/2014, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
 
Jorge Arvizu’s westerns – actor:
Zapata – 1970 (Francisco Indalecio Madero)
They Call Him Marcado – 1971
Chico Ramos - 1971
Los indomables – 1972
Pistlero del diablo - 1974

Sunday, March 16, 2014

RIP Med Flory

Med Flory, an alto saxophonist and founder of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax in addition to being an actor who appeared on numerous TV series, has died. He was 87.
 
His son, Rex, who cared for his father during several years of heart maladies, reported that Flory died Wednesday at his home in North Hollywood.
 
Flory had not been professionally active over the last few years, a shift from the busy demands of a career stretching over six decades. One of Hollywood's most unusual hyphenates, he was successful in two creatively demanding arenas.
 
He was born Meredith Irwin Flory on Aug. 27, 1926, in Logansport, Ind., to Florence and Wilmer Flory. He began clarinet lessons when he was 9 and joined his high school concert band when he was 12. It was his mother who provided the model that led him into music as a possible career.
 
"My mom was a real musician," Flory said in an interview for the Web blog JazzWax. "She could sight-read three manual organ parts with pedals and everything. She had played for the silent movies when she was in high school. She never studied music but could memorize everything. She also could improvise. She was twice the musician I'd ever be."
 
After serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, Flory graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in philosophy and went to New York, where he worked with his own small groups as well as the big bands of Woody Herman and Claude Thornhill. He moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, becoming involved with the arrival of cool jazz on the West Coast. Meeting and performing with players such as Art Pepper, Buddy Clark and Joe Maini, he planted the seeds for the eventual creation of Supersax.
 
In 1972, Flory and bassist Clark formed the nine-piece band that paid tribute to the music of bebop saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker. It played classic Parker solos in arrangements by Flory. Supersax performed in several different formats — sometimes as a self-contained ensemble, other times as an element in Flory's big band, Jazz Wave. The group won a Grammy in 1974 for its album "Supersax Plays Bird."
 
In a Los Angeles Times review of a 1992 performance by Supersax, Zan Stewart wrote: "You wanted hair-raising thrills, heart-stopping chills? Forget Magic Mountain's Ninja, Colossus and Psyclone roller coasters. Just listen to Supersax's version of Parker's famed 'alto break' that precedes his solo in Dizzy Gillespie's 'A Night in Tunisia.'"
 
Flory's career as a character actor began to blossom in the 1960s, when he appeared in series such as "Wagon Train," "The Rifleman," "Maverick" and "Route 66." He amassed nearly 100 credits, mostly in television, although he also appeared in a few films, including the Jerry Lewis comedy "The Nutty Professor."
 
Describing Flory's own feelings about his cross-genre career, Associated Press writer Jay Sharbutt wrote that "Med, who speaks in an easy Indiana drawl, doesn't mind this split-ticket existence: 'It makes a nice balance in life,' he says. 'The acting lets me spend a lot of time on music and keep the band working.'"
 
Before he began to have heart problems, Flory spent several years caring for his wife, Joan Barbara Fry, after she contracted Alzheimer's disease. Said Flory's son, Rex: "As great an alto saxophonist as my dad was, he was an even greater father and husband."
 
I addition to his son, Flory is survived by his daughter, Ava, and two granddaughters. Fry died in
2000.
 
 
FLORY, Med (Meredith Irwin Flory)
Born: 8/27/1926, Logansport, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 3/12/2014, North Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
 
Med Flory’s westerns – actor:
Maverick (TV) – 1960 (Wyatt Earp, Deputy Nevers)
Lawman (TV) – 1960, 1961, 1962 (Catcher, Jed Pennyman, Lex Buckman)
Gun Street – 1961 (Willie Driscoll)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1961 (Sheriff Gile)
Bonanza (TV) – 1961, 1963, 1971 (Mark Hartley, Otis Klink, Clint Rush)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1961 (Thiss Croxton)
Bronco (TV) – 1962 (Pelnam)
The Dakotas (TV) – 1963 (Captain Driscoll)
Rawhide (TV) – 1963, 1964 (Billy Barton, Private Hawkins, Bingen)
Destry (TV) – 1964 (Bert Hartley)
The Virginian (TV) – 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969 (Sardo, Tom Yeager, Red Ingram, Finney, drifter)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970 (Binger, Joker, Jubal, Luke Bingen, Dobbs)
The Night of the Grizzly – 1966 (Duke Squires)
F Troop (TV) – 1966 (Loco Brother)
Rough Night in Jericho – 1967 (Weaver)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Newton)
The Monroes (TV) – 1967
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1970, 1974 (Corporal Steckey,Sheriff Van Werkle)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Marshal)
Nichols (TV) – 1971 (Cyrus)
Wild and Wooly (TV) – 1978 (Burgie)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1979 (Sheriff Miller)
Young Maverick (TV) – 1979
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1980 (Pete Rawlins)

Friday, March 14, 2014

RIP Gérard Lartigau


RIP Gerard Lartigau
 

Le Point
By Jean-Noel Mirande
March 14, 2014
 
Gérard Lartigau died Thursday, March 13 a few days after celebrating his 72nd birthday. The actor Gérard Lartey, whose silhouette became familiar on the boards and the screen for half a century, died Thursday in Paris at the age of 72 from a stroke. It was announced Friday by his Paris agent. Gérard Lartey had shared the stage with Louis de Funès in the theater of the Palais Royal in 1971 in the famous play Oscar. He also produced several films with Alain Resnais such as “La guerre est finie” and “Vous n’avez encore rien vuthe” in 2012.
 
He entered the Conservatory of Dramatic Art at age 15 ½ on an exemption. Berthe Bovy, who took him under her wing during a revival of Hair Express carrot Jules Renard.
 
He spent his time observing the major actors such as, Henri Rollan and Jean Marchat, who was also excited when given actual speaking lines in the theater . Modesty and generosity are the two brands of these superstars he obeserved.
 
Later, he starred opposite Edwige Feuillère. He watched from the wings when he was not on stage with her. Complicity carries out performances in the the theater.
 
He did not put all of his eggs in one basket but lived a life of diversity as he was also a cooks in a restaurant he opened in Montparnasse, in the 1980s. An adventure lived by love. When history has stopped, he checked out of the hotel.


LARTIGAU Gérard
Born: 3/6/1942, Monaco
Died: March 13, 2014, Paris, Île-de-France, France
 
Gérard Lartigau's western - actor:
The Man from Nowhere - 1966 (John)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

RIP Abby Singer


Famed Production Manager Abby Singer Dead at 96
 
Devised 'the Abby Singer shot' to increase efficiency on set
 
Variety
By Dave McNary
March 13, 2014
 
Unit production manager and TV assistant director Abby Singer, famed for being the source of the name for the penultimate shot of the day, died Thursday at the Motion Picture and Television Country House in Woodland Hills. He was 96.
 
Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay said, “From his first job as the assistant to the head of production at Columbia in 1949 to his final film as unit production manager for ‘Family Plan’ in 1997, Abby Singer was renowned for working consistently, enthusiastically and most importantly – efficiently.
 
“It was this efficiency that led to the coining of a phrase known throughout the entertainment industry and around the world as the ‘Abby Singer shot’ – the next to last shot of the day.”
 
The last shot of the day is often known as the “Martini” shot.
 
Singer explained in an interview that announcing the second-to-last shot would give the crew a chance to begin wrapping up their equipment or to call transportation for gurneys, so they could move on quickly to another production — thus saving the director time when moving to another production.
 
Singer served as production exec or unit production manager on numerous series including many for MTM Productions, such as “Hill Street Blues,” “St. Elsewhere,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Rhoda” and “Lou Grant.” Other shows for which he served as production manager include “Remington Steele” and “The Doris Day Show.” In the early days of television, he worked as assistant director  on shows including “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” and “Wagon Train.”
 
Born in New York City, he started out as second assistant director on the Oscar-nommed 1951 adaptation of “Death of a Salesman” and worked on features for Columbia including “Cannibal Attack” and “7th Cavalry” before segueing into TV.
 
“Abby gave freely of himself to his guild and his fellow guild members, serving for more than 30 years on the Western AD/UPM Council,” Barclay said. “He once told us in an interview for the DGA Quarterly, ‘Next to my wife and children, the film business is everything I ever wanted.’ He may have been the inspiration for the second to last shot, but today, Abby is first in our hearts.”
 
Singer joined the Screen Directors Guild in 1949, which merged with the Radio and Television Directors Guild in 1960 to form the DGA.
 
He served three terms on the national board and was a member of the Western AD/UPM Council for more than three decades. He also served on the negotiations committee and was on the board of trustees for the Directors Guild Foundation for a decade and the DGA-Producer Pension and Health Plans since 1980. In later years, he taught at the AFI.
 
In 1985, the DGA presented Singer with the Frank Capra Achievement Award, which honors assistant directors and unit production managers in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service to the guild.
 
He is survived by his wife, Lotte Singer; two daughters, Jo Ann Singer, an assistant director and production manager; and Laura Wolf; stepdaughter Erica Shepherd; and three granddaughters.
 
Funeral services are pending.
 
 
SINGER, Abby (Abner E. Singer)
Born: 12/18/1917, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 3/13/2014, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
 
Abby Singer’s westerns – unit manager, production manager, assistant director:
Massacre Canyon – 1954 [assistant director]
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1954 [assistant director]
A Lawless Street – 1955 [assistant director]
7th Cavalry – 1956 [assistant director]
Circus Boy (TV) – 1956-1957 [assistant director]
Casey Jones (TV) – 1957 [assistant director]
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1957 [assistant director]
Guns of Fort Petticoat – 1957 [assistant director]
Wagon Train (TV) – 1958-1959 [assistant director]
Cimarron City (TV) – 1958-1959 [assistant director]
The Virginian (TV) – 1966-1968 [unit manager]
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1974 [production manager]
The Meanest Men in the West – 1978 [production manager]

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

RIP Eileen Colgan


Fair City and Glenroe actress Eileen Colgan dies
 

The Irish Times
By Colin Gleeson
March 11, 2014
 
The actress Eileen Colgan, best known for her portrayal of the role of Esther Roche in the RTÉ drama Fair City , has died.
 
Ms Colgan also featured in Ballykissangel , Angela’s Ashes , Strumpet City , and My Left Foot .
 
She enjoyed a 17-year career at the Abbey Theatre from 1971 to 1988 and appeared regularly in shows that included The Winter’s Tale , Measure for Measure , The Hostage , Ulysses in Nighttown , Richard’s Cork Leg and Talbot’s Box .
 
Abbey Theatre director Fiach MacConghail last night said Ms Colgan had “a long and successful career”. He added: “She was a wonderful actress who had a particular gift for mischief, which she played brilliantly.”
 
RTÉ head of drama Jane Gogan said Ms Colgan was “a great professional who will be sadly missed by those of us who were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to know her and work with her”.
 
“As an actress in many of RTÉ’s dramas over the years, she brought a great range to her performance. She could be funny, poignant, and tragic in the wide variety of roles she played. In the highly demanding world of Fair City Eileen was an inspiration to those she worked with.”
 
Irish actor Tom Jordan who knew Ms Colgan for 50 years and worked with her on Fair City said she was “a very brilliant and professional actress, and an extremely thoughtful and kind person who will be greatly missed”.
 
Lisa Richards, who was Ms Colgan’s agents for more than 20 years, said she was “a joy to work with”.
 
COLGAN, Eileen
Born: 1934, Ireland
Died: 3/10/2014, Ireland
 
Eileen Colgan’s western – actress:
Far and Away – 1992 (Lady #1)

RIP Richard Coogan


RIP Richard Coogan

Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2014

 
Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. Perhaps you've had the pleasure of experiencing his theatrical talent on Broadway, sharing the stage with Mae West in "Diamond Lil", Kirk Douglas in "Spring Again" and Geraldine Page in "The Rainmaker". His family and friends knew him as "Captain Video" (TV, 1949). He also acted in "The Californians" (TV 1959), among many others. Richard's sense of humor was legendary and he was determined to live life on his own terms. But most of all, he had a never-ending devotion to golf. To honor Coogie's life, escape to a golf course and look at all its natural beauty; and if you're looking for Richard, that's where you'll find him. Richard is survived by his beloved son, Richard Coogan, Jr.; daughter-in-law Debbie; granddaughter Melissa; grandson Christopher; great-grandchildren Keira and Dylan; and his soul-mate, Leona. No services..
 
 
COOGAN, Richard
Born: 4/9/2014, Short Hills, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 3/12/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Richard Coogan’s westerns - actor:
Three Hours to Kill – 1954 (Niles Hendricks)
The Californians (TV) – 1958-1959 (Marshal Matthew Wayne)
Wichita Town (TV) – 1959 (Reverend Nichols)
Bronco (TV) – 1960 (Cole Younger)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1960 (Sheriff Charley Emmett)
Maverick (TV) – 1960 (Hank Lawson)
Stagecoach West (TV) – 1960 (Major Leslie St. Clair)
Laramie (TV) – 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963 (Sheriff Lon Matthews, Dr. Tom Kingsley, Vince Cutter,
Paul Halleck, sheriff, Marshal Petrie
Bonanza (TV) – 1961 (Jake Moss)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1962 (Mallory)
Outlaws (TV) – 1962 (Slater)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963 (Luke Ryan)

Monday, March 10, 2014

RIP Tonino Ricci


Dead Anthony Richmond, the king of the B movie
 

il manifesto
By Marco Giusti
March 10, 2014
 
Tonino Ricci died in Rome at 86 years of age, the director general. In the seventies he worked with Klaus Kinski , George Hilton and Alan Steel
 
The Centre of Italian cinema has been revitalized with the recent Oscar and the great beauty, the popular Italian cinema has lost another of its Kings of B's. It is Anthony Richmond, namely Teodoro "Tonino" Ricci who died yesterday in Rome, where he was born in 1927, director of a dozen films, including the early 1970s to the late 1990s, all strictly gender films, from western to Kung Fu to Bermuda, from macaroni to the post-atomic war movies with takeoffs of Conan and White Fang. Ricci, who had lived at Cinecitta was displaced just after the war, he was raised in the Roman cinema and popular film that conveyed the sympathy and intelligence. In the 1960s, he was assistant to Mario Bonnard on The Robbers, Charles Campogalliani for Alboin and Rosamond, Mario Bava, then passed into the spaghetti westerns, always as an assistant in the film quite marginal as God Made Them ... I Kill Them and the parody Ciccio Forgives ... I Don’t  and The Nephews of Zorro with Franco and Ciccio. Working in the second unit with Lucio Fulci for the saga of White Fang which had great success in the early 1970s.
 
In fact, Tonino Ricci had already made ​​his directorial debut with a curious macaroni war movie, Il dito nella piaga, with George Hilton and Klaus Kinski in 1969, where Kinski is an unusually good role and not the usual Nazi sadist. From a screenplay by Rafael Azcona was born on his next film, A Perfect Murder in the Law, in 1971, a giallo. Ricci does a bit 'of everything, never finding his true gender. His are average products, consumables, without great genius, but always with some commercial success. They range from a late spaghetti western Monta in sella figlio di… with Mark Damon and Stelvio Rosi, commercially a big hit. He specializes in co-productions and in early mesch of genres, as evidenced by the subsequent history of Karate, Fists and Beans, with the “communist” singer Dean Reed, worshiped in Moscow, the big Spanish actor Chris Huerta as a sub-Bud Spencer and Japanese actor Iwao Yoshioka, in addition to the master of the stunt our own Sal Borgese, and The Story of Arrows, Fists and Black Eyes, a sort of Robin Hood character with the old national strongman, Alan Steel, aka Sergio Ciani, in the role of the archer of Sherwood Forest, with Chris Huerta as friar Tuck.
 
But also notable is Kid Terror of the West with Andrea Balestri, television’s Pinocchio, a sort of spaghetti westerns for kids, with the big Remo Capitani, the legendary Metzcal, or White Fang to the Rescue with Maurizio Merli, Henry Silva , Gisela Hahn and a very bad Luciano Rossi, acting as a nasty character actor of our cinema encore. Also makes a sexy melodrama in Spain, Pasion, with Maria José Cantudo and Macha Meril, before moving on to new genres, such as the Bermuda Bermuda Movie: the Cursed Pit with Andres Garcia, Janet Agren and Arthur Kennedy, perhaps his most rich and successful film. But it also touches on science fiction, with Meetings with the Humanoids, 1979, with Andres Garcia and Gianni Garko, or Baktērion, with David Warbeck and Janet Agren, then moves on to the sub Thor Conan the Conqueror. He continues to turn in everything, even when the genders are now running out. His latest films are related to the dog Buck produced by Curti, Buck at the Edge of Heaven with John Savage and David Hess and Buck and the Magic Bracelet with Matt McCoy. But we are already at the end of the 1990s and this type of film does not exist anymore.
 
 
RICCI, Tonino (Teodoro Ricci)
Born: 10/23/1927, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 3/9/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
 
Tonino Ricci’s westerns – director, assistant director, screenwriter:
$10,000 for a Massacre – 1967 [assistant director]
Ciccio Forgives… I Don’t – 1968 [assistant director]
The Nephews of Zorro – 1968 [assistant director]
Showdown for a Badman – 1971 [screenwriter]
The Great Treasure Hunt - 1972  [director, screenwriter]
Bad Kids of the West - 1973 [director]
Karate, Fists and Beans – 1973 [director]
White Fang – 1973 [assistant director]          
White Fang to the Rescue – 1974 [director]
Buck at the Edge of Heaven - 1991 [director, screenwriter]
Buck and the Magic Bracelet - 1997 [director]

Sunday, March 9, 2014

RIP Don Safran


A former journalist who wrote for THR, he worked on such films as "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "Steel Magnolias" with frequent collaborator Ray Stark, the independent film legend.
 
Hollywood Reporter
Mike Barnes
March 7, 2014
 
Don Safran, a screenwriter, producer and marketing executive who collaborated often with famed independent producer Ray Stark, died Feb. 17 of congestive heart failure in Dallas. He was 84.
 
A former reporter, film critic and arts and entertainment editor for the Dallas Times Herald who also wrote for The Hollywood Reporter in the 1970s, Safran co-wrote the film Homework (1982), starring Joan Collins as a sexy teacher who decides to make a man out of one of her students.
 
He also penned an episode of Happy Days and executive produced and wrote for Blue Thunder, a short-lived ABC series based on the 1983 Roy Scheider action film.
 
Most recently, Safran was an executive producer on the 2004 TNT telefilm The Goodbye Girl, an adaptation of the Neil Simon romantic comedy. This version starred Jeff Daniels and Patricia Heaton.
 
Safran earlier served as up publicity for Columbia Pictures and then as executive vp marketing for Stark's company, Rastar Productions.
 
Stark, who received the Irving Thalberg Award in 1979, was involved in more than 100 films during his career, including Funny Girl (1968), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Electric Horseman (1979), Annie (1982), Biloxi Blues (1988) and Steel Magnolias (1989). He died in 2004.
 
As a Rastar executive, Safran oversaw the last four on that list. He also did marketing on such films as Smokey and the Bandit (1977), Chapter Two (1979), The Big Brawl (1980), Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip (1982), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Nothing in Common (1986), The Secret of My Success (1987) and Random Hearts (1999).
 
Safran was born in Brooklyn, where he graduated from Lafayette High School. He served two years in the U.S. Marines before studying journalism at Mexico City College and Arizona State.
 
He joined the Times Herald in 1956 as a nightclub reporter and was cited in the Warren Report for his conversations with Jack Ruby, a nightclub and strip club owner, days before Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, charged with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in November 1963.
 
In addition to his work with the newspaper, he hosted a radio show featuring celebrity interviews and was one of the founders of what is now known as the Dallas-based USA Film Festival.
 
After moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s, he reported for publications that included THR and Los Angeles magazine before landing the job at Columbia.
 
He was a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His later years were focused on writing novels and short stories.
 
Survivors include his daughters Dona, Vicky and Stephanie, sisters Rhoda and Muriel and numerous nieces and nephews.
 
 
SAFRAN, Don (Donald Safran)
Born: 1930, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 2/17/2014, Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.
 
Don Safran’s western – publicist:
The Legend of the Lone Ranger - 1981

Saturday, March 8, 2014

RIP Wendy Hughes


Actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61

 
The Sydney Morning Herald
By Daisy Dumas
March 8, 2014

 
Australian actress Wendy Hughes has died at the age of 61.
 
The Melbourne-born star of My Brilliant Career and longtime actor in the Network Ten drama State Coroner is understood to have died of cancer in Sydney early on Saturday morning.
 
Actor Bryan Brown announced the death to the audience of Sydney Theatre Company's Travelling North on Saturday afternoon, inviting theatregoers to honor the late actress with a standing ovation.
 
Working across TV, film and the stage, Hughes was one of Australia's best recognized actresses, sensationally appearing in The Graduate in Sydney in 2001 and in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 2007.
 
Peter Evans, co-artistic director at Bell Shakespeare, directed the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Pygmalion, in which Hughes most recently starred in 2012.
 
"She was a star, such a straight shooter, incredibly generous and incredibly down to earth," Evans said.
 
"She didn't suffer fools - you knew exactly where you stood with Wendy."
 
A collaborator with director Paul Cox, with whom she worked on Salvation, Hughes studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and in 1983 won the Australian Film Institute's Best Lead actress award for her role in Careful, He Might Hear You.
 
She had a daughter, Charlotte, with actor Chris Haywood, and a son, Jay, with restaurateur Patrick Juillet. Hughes was married for a short time to Sean Scully, whom she met while on tour with the play Butterflies are Free.
 
 
HUGHES, Wendy
Born: 7/29/1952, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: 3/8/2014, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
 
Wendy Hughes’ western – actress:
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (TV) – 1993-1996 (Kathleen O’Neil/Kathleen McGregor)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

RIP Fritz Marquardt

RIP Fritz Marquardt.

German theater director and actor Fritz Marquard passed away on March 4th. He was 85. Marquardt although mainly a stage actor did appear in over 30 films among which were two DEFA Euro-westerns: “Trail of the Falcon” (1968) appearing as a miner and “The Long Ride from School” (1982) as a horse thief.


MARQUARDT, Fritz
Born: 7/15/1928, Groß Friedrich, Brandenburg, Germany
Died: 3/4/2014, Pacewalk, Mecklenburg-Vorpommem, Germany

Fritz Marquardt's westerns - actor:
Trail of the Falcon - 1968 (miner)
The Long Ride from School - 1982 (horse thief)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

RIP Stanley Rubin


Stanley Rubin dies at 96; prolific writer-producer of TV and film
 
Stanley Rubin helped lead the writers and producers guilds and was one of the first Emmy winners.
 

Los Angeles Times
By Bob Pool
March 4, 2014, 12:21 p.m.
 
There was a 69-year gap between the time that Stanley Rubin enrolled at UCLA in hopes of launching a writing career and 2006, when he actually graduated.
 
And during that seven-decade break in schooling, the prolific film and television writer and producer left his mark at nearly every studio in Hollywood, helped run the Writers Guild and Producers Guild and took home one of the first Emmys ever awarded.
 
Rubin, 96, died Sunday in his sleep at his home above the Sunset Strip, said actress Kathleen Hughes, his wife of 59 years.
 
Born Stanley Creamer Rubin on Oct. 8, 1917, in the Bronx, he was a teenager when he took a Greyhound bus across country to enroll at UCLA in 1933. After working as the editor of the school's Daily Bruin newspaper, he was a few units shy of graduating when he dropped out in 1937 to work for a weekly Beverly Hills newspaper owned by Will Rogers Jr.
 
From there he went to work in the Paramount Pictures mailroom, where his radio, TV and film career was launched. In 1949, the first year Emmys were awarded, he accepted the statue for best film made for television for an episode of "Your Show Time" episode titled "The Necklace."
 
By 1940 he had become a writer at Universal Studios; in 1946 he switched to Columbia Pictures, and in 1948 he moved to a producing job at NBC-TV. Rubin worked as a theatrical film producer for a variety of movie studios in the early 1950s before returning to television producing at CBS-TV. He moved back to TV production at Universal Studios in 1960, morphed to a TV producing post at 20th Century Fox in 1967 and then at MGM Studios from 1972 to 1977.
 
Along the way, he wrote 19 movies and produced more than two dozen feature and TV films including a 1955 Francis the Talking Mule comedy and James Coburn's breakthrough role in 1967's "The President's Analyst." Producing "River of No Return" in 1954, Rubin turned into a diplomat when he mediated between strict director Otto Preminger and mercurial star Marilyn Monroe.
 
After leaving MGM, he worked as an independent film producer. His last screen credit in 1990 was as co-producer for Clint Eastwood's "White Hunter Black Heart."
 
Hughes said her husband's favorite movie was "The Narrow Margin," a 1952 thriller about assassins stalking a woman taking a train from Chicago to Los Angeles to testify against the mob.
 
The movie's release was delayed when RKO Radio Pictures head Howard Hughes became enthused by the film and asked Rubin to reshoot it with an A-list cast instead of Marie Windsor starring as the woman and Charles McGraw playing a police detective trying to protect her. Rubin refused on grounds that the whole film would have to be recast and reshot.
 
Rubin could be stubborn when he stood up to studio chiefs, recalled a friend, film historian Alan K. Rode. He once refused when another studio head insisted that a fictional movie about Adolf Hitler escaping Nazi Germany and hiding in the U.S. be changed to a film about communists making nerve gas in the Midwest, said Rode, director of the Film Noir Foundation.
 
During World War II, Rubin served a stint with the Army's First Motion Picture Unit. He hammered out contracts for the Writers Guild and spent five years as president of the Producers Guild.
 
Rubin's decision to return to UCLA to make up his missing 14 units found students in a 2006 School of Theater, Film and Television history class in awe of him after they discovered who he was. They were shocked to learn that the grandfatherly man who always sat near the front of the class had been a genuine pioneer of radio, television and film.
 
Rubin's 20-page term report was about how advertisers, not networks, determined the content of 1940s radio shows.
 
"Most of the scripts I wrote ran about 120 pages," he confided to one of his young classmates. "So this was a piece of cake. But don't tell the professor."
 
Besides his wife, he is survived by daughter Angie, a film music editor; sons John, a documentary filmmaker; and Michael, who formerly worked in postproduction. Another son, Chris, died in 2008.
 
 
RUBIN, Stanley (Stanley Creamer Rubin)
Born: 10/8/1917, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 3/2/2014, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
 
Stanley Rubin’s westerns – producer:
Destry - 1954
River of No Return – 1954
The Rawhide Years – 1955
Hotel de Paree (TV) – 1959

RIP Altan Gunbay


Veteran actor Altan Günbay died today March 3rd, 2014 at noon . He had appeared in over 100 movies and productions.
 
Altan , who was born in 1932 in Konya Günbay, was a member of the Movie Players Association (SOD is) and a member of the State Opera and Ballet artists .
 
SOD artists released a memo on his death, "Members of our artists are deeply saddened by the death of Altan Günbay. Parents and relatives, all in the theater and the arts around the world offer our condolences".
 
Altan Günbay, was born in Konya on January 19 1932. After graduating from high school in Germany he graduated from the Ankara State Conservatory.
 
He began his career in the Ankara State Opera and Ballet. Performing for the first time in 1954,
"Cavalleria Rusticana" and in the operas “Othello”, “Lucia”, and “Carmen”, he starred in 20 operas such as “Salome”. He appeared for over 30 years in the Istanbul State Opera beginning in 1969, as well as a solo artist and director and served as assistant manager .
 
In 1964 he began his feature film debut in "Scheherazade". He appeared in more than 250 films.
Once upon a time he was recognized as the Yul Brynner of Turkey, though he was not actually bald. It was  for the 1966 film "The Golden Child" that film director Mamdouh asked him to shave his
head and for the next 18 years he appeared bald.
 
Günbay Altan assumed many roles as villain in cinema and was very popular.
 
 
GUNBAY, Altan
Born: 1/19/1931, Konya, Turkey
Died: 3/3/2014, Istanbul, Turkey
 
Altan Gunbay’s westerns – actor:
Ringo Kid – 1967
Olmek var donmek yok – 1972
Namus ve silah - 1971

RIP Tex Hill


Thomas "Tex" J.G. Hill age 70, passed away February 28, 2014 at his home near Wickenburg, Arizona.
 
Tex was born February 20, 1944 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He was raised in Vero Beach, Florida and attended schools there later serving in the U.S. Air Force. Following his military service he began a career in law enforcement in Del Rio, Texas and later served as Polic Chief in Ft. Stockton, Texas. He got his first exposure to the movie business in Texas and later relocated to California to pursue his ambitions in films and movies. He had worked in various films: "The Alamo", "Ballad of Cat Balou", "The Wild Bunch", "The Return of Josie Wales", "Return of the Magnificent Seven" and over 50 others. He starred as the Lone Ranger in one of the "Adventures of the Lone Ranger" Besides working in movies, Tex also worked in Circus and Concert industry as a "Singing Cowboy" he was very talented in Quick-draw shooting and knife throwing and a sharp-shooter. Tex was one of the last of the singing cowboys. He had participated in many "Western Music Festivals" He moved to Arizona in 1984 and began working with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. He retired from the film industry in 1995 and has been living near Wickenburg.
 
Tex was a member of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Posse. He enjoyed the outdoors, black-powder and muzzle loaders and riding horseback as well as writing. He has been published several times writing westerns and technical manuals. Tex is survived by his wife Claudia of Forepaugh, sons Shane Hill of Lockhart, Texas and Audie Murphy Hill of Del Rio, Texas and brother Patrick Callahan of Georgia and grandchilden: Trinity, Caitlin, Shane, Jr., and Scarlett.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona with visitation on Monday, March 10, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Wickenburg Funeral Home.

 
HILL, Tex (Thomas J.G. Hill)
Born: 2/20/1944, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, U.S.A.
Died: 2/28/2014, Wickenburg, Arizona, U.S.A.
 
Tex Hill’s westerns – producer, screenwriter, actor, stunts, SFX
The Saga of Hemp Brown – 1958 [stunts]
The Alamo – 1960 [stunts]
Return of the Lone Ranger – 1961 (Lone Ranger)
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1962-1963 [stunts]
Cat Ballou – 1965 [stunts]
Return of the Magnificent Seven – 1966 [stunts]
Ride to Hangman’s Tree – 1967 [stunts]
Bandolero! – 1968 [stunts]
Code of the Rangers – 1972 (Tex Ryan) [producer]
Centennial (TV) – 1978 (angry cowboy) [stunts]
Law of the Sixgun – 1978 [producer, screenwriter]
Code of Vengeance (TV) – 1985 (officer)
The Return of Josey Wales – 1986 (gunfighter in river) [stunts, SFX]
The Young Riders (TV) – 1990 (whipped thief)