Friday, October 31, 2014

RIP Ian Fraser

Ian Fraser, Music Director, Arranger Who Worked With Julie Andrews, Dies at 81
 
Variety
Jon Burlingame
10/31/2014
 
Ian Fraser, whose 11 Emmy Awards and 21 additional nominations made him the most-honored musician in television history, died of complications from cancer Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81.
 
All of Fraser’s Emmy noms and wins were in the music direction category, for supervising and conducting television specials, including 14 of the annual “Christmas in Washington” events over the past 30 years.
 
Fraser was also in his 10th term as a governor of the Television Academy. He conducted the 1984, 1993 and 2002 Emmy shows, as well as the 1984 Oscar telecast, and served as musical director for many of the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame ceremonies.
 
He was also nominated for a 1970 Oscar for adapting Leslie Bricusse’s song score for “Scrooge.”
 
Fraser had long professional relationships with Bricusse as well as with Julie Andrews and with Anthony Newley.
 
Fraser was born in Hove, England, in 1933, and served in the Royal Artillery band and orchestra as pianist, harpist and military-band percussionist. In the late 1950s he worked as a pianist in London nightclubs and began a career as an arranger.
 
He first worked with singer-songwriter Anthony Newley in 1960, arranging his songs and adapting his theatrical ventures including, with Bricusse, “Stop the World — I Want to Get Off,” which he supervised and orchestrated for Broadway in 1962.
 
Also for Broadway, he later conducted Bricusse’s “Pickwick” in 1965 and Henry Mancini and Bricusse’s stage version of their film hit “Victor/Victoria” in 1995.
 
His film career began in 1965 as vocal supervisor for the musical “Doctor Dolittle” and as associate musical supervisor on “Goodbye Mr. Chips,” both of which sported Bricusse song scores.
 
Fraser’s professional association with Julie Andrews started with his work as vocal arranger for her 1972 ABC variety series. They later did five TV specials, two Christmas albums and two Broadway albums together, with Fraser arranging and conducting the music.
 
He served as musical director on dozens of TV specials beginning in the mid-1970s, many of them produced by the team of Dwight Hemion and Gary Smith.
 
He won Emmys for “America Salutes Richard Rodgers,” “Ben Vereen: His Roots,” “Baryshnikov on Broadway,” Linda Lavin’s “Linda in Wonderland,” “SAG 50th Anniversary Celebration,” two of the “Christmas in Washington” specials, “Julie Andrews: The Sound of Christmas,” a “Great Performances” Julie Andrews concert, the “American Teacher Awards” and the “52nd Presidential Inaugural Gala.”
 
Fraser was the last person to conduct “White Christmas” for Bing Crosby, on Crosby’s final TV special in 1977. He also scored several films including “Hopscotch,” “First Monday in October” and “Zorro, the Gay Blade.”
Survivors include his wife Judee, three children, five grandchildren, a brother and a sister.
 
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
 
 
FRASER, Ian
Born: 8/23/1933, Have, England, U.K.
Died: 10/31/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Ian Fraser’s western – composer:
Zorro the Gay Blade - 1981

RIP Dallas Mitchell

RIP Dallas Mitchell
 
The Virginian Pilot
October 11, 2009
 
Dallas Midgette, actor for 40 years in television and motion picture dramas, known as Dallas Mitchell, died at home Sept. 13, 2009, with Shelia O'Brien his devoted sweetheart and "angel" of 23 years at his side. Sheila and a local priest helped Dallas fulfill his desire to be baptized, to receive other sacraments including the sacrament of the sick as he fought to survive cancer. The eternal beatific vision of God is surely his. Born Oct. 8, 1927, and reared in Norfolk's suburban Bayview area where he met his lifelong friend, Donald Grey, Dallas was educated at Holy Trinity, Granby and Maury High School and attended what is now Old Dominion University. Besides his beloved Sheila, he is survived by his son, "Chappy" (Elsa) and grandchild Michelle, Damon (Monti) and grandchildren "DJ" and Morgan, and daughter, Danielle Marsella (Joe) and grandchild, "Joey," all of California. Dallas was predeceased by his parents, Lucille and Lt. (Norfolk police) Dallas W. Midgette and his sister, Patsy M. Raspberry and her husband Eddie. Patsy and Eddie's children, Brenda Juel (Benny) and four grandchildren, Carol Millis (Joe) and two children and Carmon Pizzanello (Glenn) and two children, all reside in the Hampton Roads area. Left to cherish the memories they shared with Dallas, when he was still living locally, are his childhood sweetheart, Elaine Neblett (VanTongeren) of Yuma, Ariz., local friends, Donald Grey, Steve Eubank, Harold "Bobby" Gravaris, H.L. "Hank" Foiles, Joyce Zoby Foiles and Curtis Estes. During the World War II years from December 1941 to September 1945, everywhere, it was a "feverish" time and a period of passionate patriotism as Dallas and friends waited "to serve" their country. (No one in the U.S. believed the War would end before 1950. The atomic bomb changed that perspective). His friends and "dates" enjoyed the sounds of the big bands like Harry James, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, the Dorsey Brothers, Louie Prima, et al and danced, not only at local high schools and sorority and fraternity events, but occasionally at the Surf Club and the Cavalier Beach & Cabana Club with open air dance floors that extended onto the sandy beaches. During his hundreds of television and motion picture appearances, Dallas co-starred in the original "Star Trek" series as Lt. Tom Nellis and he appeared as "Danny" in the movie "Airport." He had character parts in made-for-television movies like "Face of Fear" and "Amelia Earhart" and in television series like "FBI," "Wagon Train," "Riverboat," "Gunsmoke," "Quincy," and "Kojack," to name a few. A memorial Catholic Mass took place Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, in St. Hedwig Catholic Church, Los Alamitos, Calif. Memorial donations may be made to St. Hedwig Catholic Church, 11482 Los Alamitos Blvd., Los Alamitos, CA 90720.
 
 
MITCHELL, Dallas (Dallas Midgette)
Born: 10/8/1927, Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 9/13/2009, Los Alamitos, California, U.S.A.
 
Dallas Mitchell’s westerns – actor:
Colt .45 (TV) – 1959 (Joe Donnelly, Ben Thorpe)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1959, 1961 (Tom, Ken, cowhand)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1959, 1961, 1963 (cowboy, Bert, cowboy)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (Jerry Madden)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1968 (sergeant)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

RIP Audrey Long

Audrey Long: Screen star who became known for leading roles in several film noirs
 
The Independent
By Tom Vallance
October 29, 2014
 
 
Tall and blonde, with a patrician air, Audrey Long was a prolific B-movie actress, appearing in over 30 films in the decade commencing in 1942.
 
She played leading lady to John Wayne in the Western Tall in the Saddle, but she will be best remembered for her roles in two highly regarded film noirs of 1947, Anthony Mann’s Desperate and Robert Wise’s Born to Kill. After her acting career ended, she married Leslie Charteris, the writer who created the sleuth Simon Templar, “The Saint”.
 
The daughter of an Episcopalian minister, Long was born in Florida in 1922, and on graduation from high school won a scholarship to attend Max Reinhardt’s drama school in Hollywood. She made her screen debut in 1942 with unbilled roles as a student in The Male Animal and a receptionist in Yankee Doodle Dandy. Moving to New York, she became a model prior to making her Broadway debut in Reinhardt’s production of Irwin Shaw’s play Sons and Soldiers (1943). It starred Gregory Peck (just prior to Hollywood fame) and Geraldine Fitzgerald, but lasted for only 22 performances. Long then joined a touring company for the play Dark Eyes, in which she was seen by an RKO Pictures talent scout and given a contract.
 
In her first RKO film, A Night of Adventure (1944), she was a fashion designer who asks her estranged lawyer husband (Tom Conway) to defend a boyfriend who is accused of murder. Variety described her as “not only attractive, but hinting promise”. She then played a ranch owner battling the misogyny of cowboy John Wayne (who refuses to work for a woman) in Tall in the Saddle, directed by Edwin L Marin after Wayne unsuccessfully tried to persuade John Ford to direct the film.
 
In 1945 Long was given leading roles in a musical, Pan-Americana, and a Western, Wanderer of the Wasteland, then starred with John Loder in A Game of Death, a budget remake of the classic thriller The Most Dangerous Game. Directed by Robert Wise, its tale of a madman who hunts human prey with his hungry hounds, was effectively chilling – though Fay Wray’s screams from the 1932 version were said to have been dubbed over Long’s. During the film’s shooting, Long married its dialogue director, Eddie Rubin.
 
Wise directed her again in the minor classic Born to Kill (1947), in which she marries a vicious killer (Lawrence Tierney) who is desired by her sister (Claire Trevor). The great character actors Elisha Cook Jr and Esther Howard are among the reasons the film, considered by many in its day to be excessively brutal, is now esteemed. Wise later commented: “It got pretty badly attacked at the time, but by today’s standards, it is very mild... in terms of the dynamism of the story, it holds up very well.”
 
Desperate (1947), in which a truck-driver (Steve Brodie) and his pregnant wife (Long) have to go on the run to escape killers (led by a menacing Raymond Burr), gave Long a less glamorous role than usual, and brought her critical praise for her portrayal. The fim’s taut pace and the director’s imaginative use of light and shadow quickly established Desperate as an above-average B-movie.
 
In 1948, after moving to the less prestigious Monogram studio, Long played a secretary who reforms a crook in Perilous Waters; the princess who sponsors the composer Tchaikovsky in the ambitious Song of my Heart (José Iturbi played the piano on the soundtrack, but the film was not a success); and a small-town girl who goes to New York to find out who killed her actress sister in Stage Struck.
 
She was filmed in colour (albeit the inferior Cinecolor system) for her next two films, Adventures of Gallant Bess and Miraculous Journey, then received top billing for the first time in Homicide for Three (all also 1948), a breezy comedy-thriller in which newlyweds track down a killer. Warren Douglas, who played her husband, later stated: “Audrey was one of those wonderful little performers of the Forties who loved her profession and respected it by giving all she could to it.”
 
Among her better B-movies were Air Hostess, in which she raised laughs as a man-chasing stewardess, and Post Office Investigator (both 1949), which gave her a rare villainous role, one of her personal favourite parts. She was a foreign agent in David Harding, Counterspy (1950), and was effective as a snooty society lady in the musical The Petty Girl (1950). Her performance in Cavalry Scout (1951) prompted the Hollywood Reporter to assert that “Long shows further proof that she is an unusually good actress whose career is fast on the march upward.” But roles such as Frankie Laine’s girlfriend in Sunny Side of the Street (1951) and a schoolteacher out West in Indian Uprising (1952) hardly supported the journal’s optimism.
 
In 1951 Long divorced Rubin, charging desertion, and the following year she married the author Leslie Charteris, who had worked in Hollywood writing dialogue for Tarzan movies and the story for the Deanna Durbin vehicle Lady on a Train. He was best known, though, for creating the character of the debonair thief-turned-sleuth Simon Templar, known as the Saint, the hero of many stories, films and a television series in which he was played by Roger Moore.
 
Long was Charteris’s fourth wife, but the couple settled in London and their union lasted for 41 years until Charteris’s death in 1993.
 
Audrey Long, actress: born Orlando, Florida 12 April 1922; married 1945 Edward Rubin (divorced 1951), 1952 Leslie Charteris (died 1993); died London 19 September 2014.
 
 
LONG, Audrey
Born: 4/12/1922, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
Died: 9/19/2014, Virginia Water, Surrey, England, U.K.
 
Audrey Long’s westerns – actress:
Tall in the Saddle – 1944 (Clara Cardell)
Wanderer of the Wasteland – 1945 (Jeanie Collinshaw)
Adventures of Gallant Bess – 1948 (Penny Gray)
Cavalry Scout – 1951 (Claire Conville)
Indian Uprising – 1952 (Norma Clemson)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

RIP Daniel Boulanger

The writer Daniel Boulanger has died
 
Le Figaro
10/28/2014
 
Daniel Boulanger, writer, screenwriter and actor, the new Prix Goncourt in 1974 with "Whip check!" and has starred in films by Godard and Truffaut, died Monday evening at the age of 92 years, announced Tuesday Marie Dabadie, secretary of the Académie Goncourt.
 
Born January 24, 1922 in Compiègne, Oise, France, he was a member of the Académie Goncourt 1983 to 2008. The author of fifty books, news and drama, Daniel Boulanger published his first novels in the late 1950s, including L'Ombre and Le Gouverneur Polygame.
 
His work was often concerned with provincial society, and humbled in that he finds untapped wealth.
 
Awarded the Prize of the French Academy in 1971, Daniel Boulanger was also a screenwriter and dialogue writer for film and television ("Deux hommes dans la ville", by José Giovanni, in 1973, "Merveilleuse Angélique", by Bernard Borderie, in "L'Homme de Rio", by Philippe de Broca, in 1964, "Les Pétroleuses" (“The Legend of Frenchie King”), by Christian-Jacque in 1971).
 
Bald, stocky, very jovial, he also played several supporting roles during the New Wave, including generic set of "A bout de souffle", from "La Mariée était en noir", to "Domicile conjugal ou de "Tirez sur le pianiste".
 
BOULANGER, Daniel (Daniel Michel Auguste Boulanger)
Born: 1/24/1922, Compiègne, Oise, France
Died: 10/27, 2014, Paris, Île‑de‑France, France
 
Daniel Bloulanger’s western – screenwriter:
The Legend of Frenchie King – 1971

RIP Jane Kellem

Jane Kellem Anderson died on 10/21/2014 after a long battle with cancer. She was a New York model in younger years and starred in two cult classic movies "The Thing With Two Heads" and "You'd Better Stop It Or You Will Go Blind." She appeared on the "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and is featured in his highlight reel. Jane has done a lot of charity work in her life. She was a terrific artist and her paintings grace many homes. She had a great sense of humor and laughed easily. Jane had that rare gift of enabling people to change their lives for the better. A long-time proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous, Jane sponsored many women and was a popular speaker. She is survived by her husband, Loren Anderson, her brothers Craig Kellem and Jim Kellem and her niece Kaitlin her nephews Joe Kellem, Richard and Jim Healy.
 
 
KELLEM, Jane (Jane Kellem Anderson)
Born: 19??, U.S.A.
Died: 10/21/2014 Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Jane Kellem’s western – actress:
The Quest (TV) – 1976 (saloon girl)

RIP Fernando Mateo

Long time voice actor and dubbing director Fernando Mateo died in Madrid on October 25. Mateo was known to most Spaniards as the voice of J.R. Ewing in the long running Dallas TV series. To Spanish Euro-western fans he is remembered as the voice of Brett McBain. In all Mateo voiced over 30 Euro-westerns, usually secondary actors and character actors. He was married to voice actress Mari Pe Castro.
 
 
MATEO, Fernando
Born: 19??, Spain
Died: 10/25/2014, Madrid, Madrid, Spain
 
Fernando Mateo’s westerns – voice actor:
Ride and Kill – 1963 [Spanish voice of José Canalejas]
Charge of the 7th – 1964 [Spanish voice of soldier]
A Fistful of Dollars - 1964 [Spanish voice of Baxter henchman, Mexican soldier]
The Secret of Captain O’Hara – 1964 [Spanish voice of Rafael Corés]
Seven from Texas – 1964 [Spanish voice of Alvaro de Luna]
For a Few Dollars More – 1965 [Spanish voice of Ricardo Palacios]
Hands of a Gunfighter - 1965 [Spanish voice of Lorenzo Robledo]
A Place Called Glory – 1965 [Spanish voice of Angel del Pozo]
Son of a Gunfighter – 1965 [Spanish voice of Andy Anza]
The Big Gundown – 1966 [Spanish voice of Fernando Sánchez Polack]
Dynamite Joe – 1966 [Spanish additional voices]
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966 [Spanish voice of Rick Piper]
Halleluja for Django – 1966 [Spanish voice of Enzo Fiermonte, Tom Felleghy]
The Hellbenders - 1966 [Spanish voice of Gino Pernice, cavalry sergeant]
A Taste for Killing – 1966 [Spanish voice of Frank Braña, Sanchez gang member]
The Tramplers – 1966 [Spanish voice of Romano Puppo]
The Trap – 1966 [Spanish voice of man at auction]
The Ugly Ones – 1966 [Spanish voice of Doug]
Beyond the Law – 1967 [Spanish voice of Al Hoosman]
Face to Face - 1967 [Spanish voice of Frank Braña]
Run, Man, Run – 1967 [Spanish voice of Rick Boyd]
Blood and Guns – 1968 [Spanish voice of Mario Daddi]
15 Scaffolds for a Killer - 1968 [Spanish voice of Álvaro de Luna]
Once Upon a Time in the West - 1968 [Spanish voice of Frank Wolff, Conrado San Martín,
      Antonio Molino Rojo, Cheyene henchman]
A Taste for Vengeance – 1968 [Spanish voice of Lorenzo Robledo]
Amen – 1969 [Spanish voice of unknown character]
A Bullet for Sandoval – 1969 [Spanish voice of Antonio Molina, Tuerto]
Garringo - 1969 [Spanish voice of Raf Baldassarre]
The Rebels of Arizona – 1969 [Spanish voice of gunfighter]
$20,000 for Every Corpse – 1969 [Spanish voice of Ralston henchman]
Santana Kills Them All – 1970 [Spanish voice of Raf Baldassarre]
Raise Your Hands, Dead Man, You’re Under Arrest – 1971 [Spanish voice of Aldo Sambrell]
These Damned Pounds of Gold – 1971 [Spanish voice of barber]

Monday, October 27, 2014

RIP Antonio Terenghi

RIP Antonio Terenghi
 
Antonio Terenghi, father of Pedrito el Drito has died
 
Today we lost a the prolific cartoonist Antonio Terenghi, a part of history of the Italian comics, who drew many famous people of the 1950s and 1960s and created the unforgettable sheriff Pedrito el Drito and his nagging wife, Paquita, whose adventures were originally published in The Brat.
 
Born October 31, 1921, he made ​​his debut in the industry as a letterer for the publisher Edital while later, in 1954, he created a parody of Tarzan, Tarzanetto for the Milanese Dart, character by actor soon became the protagonist and which will subsequently be taken up by the Corriere dei Piccoli.
 
At the age of twenty he enlisted and was sent to Africa, where he remained a prisoner of the British for seven years. Back in Italy, he picked up where he left off working for several publishing houses. In thirty years, in the public eye beginning in 1951 with the adventures of Wimpy and Poldino. In the same year he made ​​his debut with Pedrito el Drito, one of the longest-running cartoons on which he worked other great artists such as Alfredo Castelli.
 
Despite being no longer young of age, in recent years Terenghi never moved away from the drawing board, and his career continued through all the years of this decade. Among the characters he created include Mac Keron, Gionni and the jeep-'umanizzata 'Geppina, Nuto the Wily, Ademaro the Corsair, Nita the Airhead, Gastone the Lazy, the Dapper Director of the Hiccups Della Sera, Teddy Sberla, Lucky Solomon, the Indian Caribou, Panterina, Slacker, the Dude Geo Brummel, the Chimpanzee Togo, Crows and Pik Pak, Marietta and Rio Mendoza.
 
We shook the family, friends and colleagues with our deepest condolences.
 
 
TERENGHI, Antonio
Born: 10/31/1921, Alano di Piave, Veneto, Italy
Died: 10/26/2014, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
 
Antonio Terenghi’s westerns – comic book artist, writer:
Pedrito el Drito – 1951
Rio Mendoza - 195?
L'indiano Caribù - 195?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

RIP Victor Holchak

RIP Victor Holchak
 
Obituary
 
August 10, 1940 - September 5, 2014 Victor (Vic) Holchak, actor and sports journalist, passed away on September 5, 2014 in his home in West Hollywood, CA. He was born in South Central Los Angeles on August 10, 1940, to Victor A. Holchak and Norma Jean (Philen) Holchak, who both predeceased him. He graduated from Manual Arts High School in 1958 and attended Los Angeles City College. After graduating from LACC, he left for London to attend the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England, to study acting and theatre craft. But as a high school student his interest was in sports and sports journalism. He became the High School Editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner Sports Section at 14. The Herald sent him to cover the Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia in 1956, making him the youngest journalist to ever officially cover a Summer Olympics Games for a major news outlet. CBS sent him to Rome to cover the 1960 Summer Olympics, and he also covered the Summer Olympics as a journalist in Mexico City in 1968. He took time off from journalism and worked successfully as an actor for many years, but never gave up his true passion, sports. In the 1980's he was part of the 'team' chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers to fly to Japan and help develop content for what came to be known as Diamond Vision, in Dodger Stadium. It was the precursor to the current DodgerVision. He began covering both the summer and Winter Olympics, and The World Track and Field Championships in the early 1980's for ABC Radio Sports. After a few years he created his own syndicated radio sports show called Vic Holchak's Cavalcade of Sports. He also traveled the globe covering track and field events creating content for an immediate update call-in telephone information show: 1-800/94-TRACK and 1-900/94-TRACK As an actor he created some buzz, as well. After finishing his training at RADA, he was hired as a member of the original acting company at the Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, MI, and, once back in LA, he became a member of The Company of Angels, the very first Equity Waiver Theater company in the US. He not only became a member, he was elected president, and produced some very good, award-winning plays. Audiences may remember The Angel's hilarious 1974 production of Georges Feydeau's "A Flea in Her Ear," which won almost every theatre award there was in LA that year. Vic played Ferraillon, and played him very well! He is still remembered as Jim Phillips on "Days of Our Lives." He guest starred on "The Hardy Boys," "Police Story," "Laverne & Shirley," "Police Woman," "Cannon," "Barnaby Jones," "Gunsmoke" (2)," "The FBI" (2), "Ironside" (2), "The Mod Squad" (2), "Dan August" (2), and "The Young and the Restless," to name a few. He married actress Leslie Easterbrook in 1979, and they were divorced in 1988. They performed together on an episode of "Tattletales." Some may remember him as the manager of the Yankees. Not THE Yankees, but a very memorable softball team that played in the Broadway Show League in West Hollywood during the 80's. He was on the pitching staff and threw a mean medium-pitch fastball. Great team, great manager, minor scuffles and great fun for the team and the fans! He was also known around town as someone you didn't want to tangle with on the racquetball court or the basketball court. In his case, the punch matched the swagger. Vic was a bigger than life character. A man you could never quite figure out, but simply wanted to know. He stood 6'7," but tried to convince everyone he was only 6'6" because he was ostensibly too tall for TV (a lighting thing.) His favorite acting story: "I'm too tall to work with most folks, so I finally got a call to audition for a monster. Great! Can't be too tall for that. They told me right after my reading, "That was terrific, but you're just too short!" Let's dim the lights. He will be missed. Family and friends are gathering for a small graveside memorial on Wed. Oct. 29, 2014 at 12pm at Crestlawn Memorial Park, 11500 Arlington Ave., Riverside, Ca. 92505.
 
 
HOLCHAK, Victor
Born: 8/10/1940, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 9/5/2014, West Hollywood, Californai, U.S.A.
 
Victor Holchak’s westerns – actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1970, 1972 (Lieutenant, Tom Rickaby)

Friday, October 24, 2014

RIP Marija Crnobori

A legend of Yugoslav theater: Deceased Marija Crnobori
 
Kurir
10/22/2014
  
BELGRADE - Yugoslavian actress, a great tragic actress of her time and a member of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre since its inception, Marija Crnobori, died on October 21 at the age of 96 in her apartment in Belgrade, it was announced today by JDP.
 
She was born in Istria, in a small village near Pula Banjole, October 1, 1918. Her studies in acting at the academy ended in Zagreb, and even as a student she appeared in the National Theatre in Zagreb, and after that, two seasons in the National Theatre in Rijeka. In 1947, at the invitation of Bojana Stupice, the director and husband Markom Foteza from Istria has moved to Belgrade in bringing his acting talents, high professionalism and true dedication to the work of building a new theater - the Yugoslav Drama Theatre. She played in the first performance JDP, 3 April of that year, in "The King Betajnove".
 
Her most important role was on the main stage of the Yugoslav Drama: Sophocles Antigone, Rašínovo Phaedrus, Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth (Macbeth) and Regan (King Lear), Goethe's Iphigenia (Iphigenia in Tauris). She played in the first play of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Cankar King Betajnove as Franck; postalaje pillar-pillar of the repertoire of the House: the title role in the drama Love Jarovaja K. Friction and Candida B. Shaw, Sofia Alexandrovna in Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, in July Peri SEGEDINCA Laze Kostic, Katarina Ivanovna in The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky, in Krleže Clara Lady, Jadviga Jasenska in The Edge of Reason and Laura Lembahova In the agony of Clare Zeno's maids, Jocasta in Hristic clean hands
 
In this theater, and as a guest actor in Dubrovnik and Split Summer Festival, playing, among other things, the role of Ophelia in the first Lovrjenac in Dubrovnik. With Mark Foteza participated in the full establishment of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (1952 Ophelia in Hamlet and Gertrude in 1956, Titania in A Midsummer Night Snu, Ida in Dubrovnik trilogy and other roles) .Nagrađivana was awarded the most awards for special achievements and life's work, such as Sterijina Award (1968), the October Award of the City of Belgrade (1960), Seventh of July Award for Lifetime Achievement (1974), Dobrica's ring (1992). In 2009, she was officially awarded the Charter of Parliament čakavskog Žminj poetry and in 2013 the National Day of the Republic of Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic state awarded her the Order of Sretenjski III order.
 
Marija last appeared in public in Belgrade promoting her book "Životić", in which she presented a set of interesting stories and testimonies from the world of theater arts and acting, in the form of selected essays that she wrote from 1952 to 2004. She published a book, "The World of Acting." From 1948 to the end of his life he lived in Belgrade.
 
 
CRNOBORI, Marija
Born: 10/1/1918, Banjole, Istria, Austria-Hungary
Died: 10/21/14, Belgrade, Serbia
 
Marija Crnobori's westerns - actress:
The Half-Breed - 1966 (Mine-Yota)
Thunder at the Border – 1966 (German-Joanna)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

RIP Kim Koscki

RIP Kim Koscki.
 
Kim Koscki was skilled in all areas of stunt work. For 13 years, Kim worked on the Batman stunt show at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Kim has doubled for actors including Mike Myers in the "Austin Powers" films, Rick Moranis in "The Flintstones" (1994), and Richard Dreyfuss in "Mad Dog Time" (1996). Kim worked on many big films including "The Lost Boys" (1987), "Hook" (1991), "The Mighty Ducks" (1992), "Batman Forever" (1995), "Apollo 13" (1995), "Independence Day" (1996), "Star Trek: First Contact" (1996), "Contact" (1997), and the TV series, "Lost" (2009). Kim was a driving instructor at Rick Seaman's Hollywood Stunt Driving School. On Oct. 9, 2014, Kim passed away from a motorcycle accident.
 
 
KOSCKI, Kim (Kim Robert Koscki)
Born: 9/13/1964, Chico, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/4/2014, U.S.A.
 
Kim Koscki’s westerns – stuntman:
Wild Bill – 1995
Timemaster - 1995
Last Man Standing - 1996
The Homesman – 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

RIP Eduardo D'Angelo

El Pais
October 19, 2014
Actor Eduardo D'Angelo has died; Uruguay has lost an icon of humor
The famous comedian Eduardo D'Angelo, 75, died yesterday. He was one of the leading figures of the national scene with people who made television history in both Uruguay and Argentina.
Eduardo D'Angelo was born in Montevideo on January 4, 1939 and devoted his life to acting, imitation and humor in all its facets.
Characters like Captain Cannons and a stellar performance in the famous comedy show Telecataplum in the 1960s earned him the popular recognition, on both banks of the Plata.
Dangelo began since childhood as an imitator of the Argentine actor Luis Sandrini in the program "Child Magazine" Radio Carve.
Its brightness in radio led him to television, which had just begun in Uruguay, through Channel 10. So it was in 1957 that he participated in the "Old Coffee Center" program, Carmelo Empire.
But undoubtedly the program that earned him a place in the hearts and memories of the Uruguayan audience was Telecataplum on Channel 12. The cycle began in 1962 and took it to share with other great scenes show as Uruguayan Ricardo Espalter, Raimundo Soto, Henny Trailes, and Berugo Carámbula Emilio Vidal, a versatile group that made history on national TV.
The same group, and others then conducted successful programs in several South American countries in the region such as Argentina and Chile. Among the comedy shows in which he participated are Decalegrón, Hupumorpo, Jaujarana, ComiColor and Híperhumor.
He also entered the children's show with Julio Frade, making the characters "Captain Cannons" and "Always Ready".
Posts.
Deeply saddened by the loss of one of our heroes of humor, Eduardo Dangelo, another genius who will be missed, he wrote on his Twitter account Almada Sebastian, son of former teammate Enrique Almada. Messages of appreciation and gratitude flooded social networks in minutes.
The actor's wake was held last night at the company Martinelli. Interment will be at 10:00 Sunday morning in the North Cemetery.
D'Angelo created and performed shows like "La revista infantil" "The show of a thousand voices" (on radio), "Moviola 4" and "Matinee neighborhood." He also starred in the film The eternal smile of New Jersey, with Daniel Day-Lewis.
In the 1970s led "Face Off" by Channel 4, American style news cycle, where he performed caricatures of viewers who called the program.
His ability to mimic voices of artists from radio, television and film, did well recognized, as well as his librettist vein.
His latest book, released this year in the theater Stella was the butler and lady bright.
The work was recognized by critics as "a piece of pure theatrical carpentry," offering "a cascade of crazy situations" that originated when a prestigious millionaire decided to celebrate his birthday in his elegant mansion with special guests.
Of course, unforeseen problems prevented the presence of these unique characters, and was where the butler (D'Angelo) made the decision to replace them, representing them one by one.
The work belonged to the entertainer, who was also accompanied by Leticia Moreira, Nelson Lence, John Machado and José Luis Gómez.
  

D’ANGELO, Eduardo
Born: 1/4/1939, Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: 10/18/2014, Montevideo, Uruguay 
 
Eduardo D’Angelo’s western – actor:
Los irrompibles – 1975 (Rider in White – Guardian Angel)

RIP Gerard Parkes

Gerard Parkes, Fraggle Rock actor, dead at 90
 
The Irish Canadian film, TV and theatre performer died Sunday in Toronto
 
CBC News
10/20/2014
 
Gerard Parkes, the Irish Canadian actor, best known for his roles on the hit children's series Fraggle Rock and the American crime movie The Boondock Saints is dead.
 
He died Sunday morning in a Toronto retirement home, four days after his 90th birthday, his niece and agent have confirmed to CBC News.
 
Born in Dublin in 1924, Parkes came to Canada and launched his show business career on CBC Radio in the 1950s, before landing roles in TV, film and stage.
 
Parkes appeared in the 1960s CBC-TV adventure series The Forest Rangers, and popular children's shows The Littlest Hobo and Shining Time Station.
 
Winner of a Canadian Film Award for his performance in the 1968 feature film Isabel, Gerard also won a Dora award for his performance in a 1999 theatre production of Kilt and several awards for radio dramas.
 
'A magical man'
 
Despite his lengthy and diverse achievements, Parkes is probably best known for playing "Doc" on Jim Henson's popular TV series Fraggle Rock.
 
The grey-haired, bespectacled character, with the dog named Sprocket, was the only human to regularly appear on the 1980s children's program about a colony of colourful creatures who live under Doc's house.
 
When asked what Parkes would think about being remembered most for acting with puppets, Gerry Jordan, Parkes' agent of 30 years said "he'd love it."
 
"He had a thrill doing that show," Jordon told CBC News. "We got loads of fan mail from kids and adults around the world."
 
"He was a magical man and a terrific performer."
 
Gerard Parkes is survived by his partner of two decades, Sheelagh Norman.
 
 
PARKES, Gerard
Born: 10/16/1924, Dublin, Ireland
Died: 10/12/2014, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
 
Gerard Parkes’ western – actor:
Draw! – 1964 (Circuit Judge Fawcett)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

RIP Roser Cavallé

Roser Cavallé dies, the voice of Dallas' Sue Ellen
 
LaVanguardia
By Lluís Bonet Mojica
10/17/2014
 
The announcer and voice actress died last Monday.
 
The radio announcer and voice actress Cavallé Roser, who was the voice of Sue Ellen on Dallas for 16 years, died on Monday October 6th, reports the channel 3/24. She was 79.
 
Cavallé put her Catalan dubbing voice into the famous Sue Ellen from Dallas series. She was also the Spanish Catalan voice of Joanna Cassidy, Glenn Close, Sofia Loren and Anna Magnani, and was the usual voice for actresses like Patricia Neal and Elizabeth Wilson.
 
 
CAVALLÉ, Roser (Rosario Cavallé)
Born: 1935, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Died: 10/6/2014, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
 
Roser Cavallé’s westerns – voice actress:
The Man from Oklahoma – 1964 [Spanish voice of Sabine Bethmann]
$5.00 for Ringo - 1965 [Spanish voice of Maria Pia Conte]
$5,000 on One Ace - 1965 [Spanish voice of Maria Sevalt]
The Return of Ringo – 1965 [Spanish voice of Hally Hammond]
Sunscorched – 1965 [Spanish voice of Marianne Koch]
A Bullet for the General – 1966 [Spanish Catalan voice of Martine Beswick]
Sunscorched – 1966 [Spanish voice of Marianne Koch]
The Tall Women – 1966 [Spanish voice of Perla Cristal]
Django, the Last Killer – 1967 [Spanish voice of Dana Ghia]
Five Guns from Texas – 1967 [Spanish voice of Maria Pia Conte]
Gentleman Killer – 1967 [Spanish voice of Anna Orso]
Villa Rides! – 1967 [Spanish voice of Diana Lorys]
Shalako – 1968 [Spanish voice of Valerie French]
Villa Rides – 1968 [Spanish voice of Diana Lorys]
El Puro - 1969 [Spanish voice of Mariangela Giordana]
Gentleman Killer – 1969 [Spanish voice of Anna Orso]
Shalako – 1969 [Spanish voice of Valerie French]
Twenty Paces to Death – 1969 [Spanish voice of Marta Flores]
Four Gunmen of the Holy Trinity - 1970 [Spanish voice of Valeria Fabrizi]
Blazing Guns – 1971 [Spanish voice of Dada Gallotti]
Chato’s Land – 1971 [Spanish voice of Rebecca Wilson]
A Cry of Death – 1971 [Spanish voice of Catherine]
Red Sun – 1971 [Spanish voice of Capucine]
Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears – 1972 [Spanish voice of Francesca Benedetti]
Too Much Gold for One Gringo – 1972 [Spanish voice of Irene D’Astrea]
Watch Out Gringo… Sabata Will Return – 1972 [Spanish voice of Rosalba Neri]
Eh? Who’s Afraid of Zorro! – 1975 [Spanish voice of Rosita’s mother]
The Daltons – 2004 [Spanish voice of Ginette Garcin]

Thursday, October 16, 2014

RIP Misty Upham

Misty Upham: Body Of Missing Actress Has Been Found
 
One of the actresses from Django Unchained has been found dead near the White River in Washington. The news that MIsty Upham had been found dead was confirmed to KIRO TV Editor Cory Minderhout. She was 32 years old.
 
The actress is known her roles in “August: Osage County,” “Frozen River" and "Django Unchained."
 
The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family Oct. 6, a day after telling police she was suicidal.
 
The family said Upham had moved to the Seattle area to help care for her father, who's recovering from a stroke. She had been staying at a relative's apartment on the Muckleshoot reservation.
 
Tracy Rector, friend of the victim and Upham family spokesperson, said relatives and members of the native community organized Thursday's search.
 
A search party of three, including one family member, was canvassing the forest when they found Upham's purse and ID. They searched a ravine, discovered a body and called 911.
 
 
UPHAM, Misty (Misty Anne Upham)
Born: 7/6/1982, Kalispell, Montana, U.S.A.
Died: 10/5/2014, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
 
Misty Upham’s westerns – actress:
Skins – 2002 (Mrs. Blue Cloud)
Burn the Wagons – 2003
DreamKeeper (TV) – 2003 (Chief’s daughter)
Django Unchained – 2012 (Minnie)

RIP Milton R. Bass

RIP Milton Bass
 
The Berkshire Eagle
October 16, 2014
 
Milton R. Bass 1923-2014
 
RICHMOND Milton R. Bass, author, writer, gardener, and raconteur, died Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014, at home in Richmond. He was 91. Born in Pittsfield January 15, 1923, he was one of three children of the late Philip and Lena Bass. His brother, Harold, and his sister, Henrietta Greengold Garbowit, predeceased him. A 1940 graduate of Pittsfield High School, Milt started college at the University of Massachusetts and completed his bachelor's degree in biology in 1947 after his Army service in World War II. He was proud of his master's degree from Smith College, which admitted a small number of men to graduate programs after the war. At that time, he had switched from pre-med to comparative literature because of his Army service as a medic, saying he no longer wanted to deal with the wounded and dying. He often commented on playing sports with Smith women and the problem of finding a men's room on campus. His master's thesis at Smith was titled, "The Relationship of Jonathan Swift to the Satire of James Joyce." He then did pre-doctoral work at Columbia University and passed the oral exams, but never wrote a dissertation. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters by Westfield State University with a citation for his "35 spirited years as thoughtful critic, provocative columnist and witty observer of the world at large." In the Army, he served from 1942-45 with the 104th Infantry Division, known as the Timberwolves, in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. His division liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Nordhausen, an experience that haunted him for the rest of his life. He was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action in Holland in 1944 when he and his fellow medics crawled across a minefield under German fire to rescue two injured soldiers. His parents' health problems brought him home in 1951, and he took a part-time job as a copy editor at The Berkshire Eagle. That stretched into full time, as the arts and entertainment editor, and lasted until 1986 when he took early retirement after a heart attack. His column, however, which moved from the arts page to the Sunday feature page and then to op-ed, continued, and was part of The Eagle for 60 years. His last one ran in the paper on September 28. He enjoyed telling stories about his interviews with such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Dick Cavett, Helen Hayes, Isabella Rossellini, Sigourney Weaver, Bernadette Peters, Randy Weston and Dave Brubeck. In addition to his Eagle writings, Milt wrote about jazz for the Atlantic Monthly, various travel articles for The Boston Globe, the Washington Post and Yankee Magazine. He was also author of 13 published novels, including four westerns, two detective series and several traditional novels. His first novel, "Jory," was made into a feature film starring actor Robby Benson. Bass didn't like the movie and tried to prevent it from being shown locally. It came anyway, and theater manager Francis Faille provided a private showing for the Bass family and friends, as well as his own daughter, Sister Barbara, and the other Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Joseph Central High School. In 1995, Bass was nominated for an Edgar Award for best paperback original mystery novel for "The Broken Hearted Detective." In 1956, he met Ruth Haskins when she came to The Eagle as police and court reporter. They were married May 27, 1960 and celebrated 54 years of marriage this year. After taking 15 years off to raise the children, Ruth returned to The Eagle and they spent 24 hours a day together, in adjacent offices and at their home in Richmond. He spent hours in his beloved vegetable garden and fruit orchard, and was famous for uttering in each successive growing season, "these are the best peas we've ever had." In addition to Ruth, he is survived by his three children, son Michael Bass of Old Greenwich, Conn., a senior vice president at CNN; daughter Elissa Bass, a social media consultant in Stonington, Conn.; and daughter Dr. Amy Bass of New Rochelle, N.Y., a professor at The College of New Rochelle; his daughter-in-law, Donna Bass; and his sons-in-law, Joseph Wojtas and Evan Klupt. Survivors include his grandchildren, Sam, Emily and Jake Bass; Summer and Max Wojtas; and Hannah Klupt; and several nieces and nephews, including Mark Greengold of Pittsfield, Daniel Greengold of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Debbi Welch of Chicago. He is also survived by his TV-watching partner, the family Sheltie, Tracer. He was known affectionately to all as "Miltie." Grandson Sam was just learning to talk when he put the "Miltie" label on his grandfather instead of adopting another "grandpa" term. "Mitty" was all he could manage, and the five other grandchildren followed suit. Forever after, he was Miltie. Calling hours are 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 18, at the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield. A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Richmond Free Public Library or the Anita Chapman Scholarship Fund, sent in care of the Dery Funeral Home.
 
 
BASS, Milton R. (Milton Ralph Bass)
Born: 1/15/1923, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 10/14/2014, Richmond, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
 
Milton R. Bass’ western – writer:
Jory – 1973

RIP Giorgio Rebuffi

He's gone Giorgio Rebuffi, creator of Tiramolla and Pugaciòff
 
Bad Comics.it
By David Card
October 16, 2014
 
Today comes the sad news of the death of George Rebuffi, a brilliant cartoonist, creator of such memorable characters as Tiramolla and the wolf Pugaciòff.
 
He was much loved in Italy but also abroad and won several awards in his career, which ended not long ago. Born in Milan on November 7, 1928, he invented the Sheriff Fox in 1948, for the editions that entrust Alpe then Puppy and Beppe. In 1952 he created the famous Tiramolla with Roberto Renzi but there are really a lot of the characters he created, among which we want to remember Bingo Bongo, Trottolino, Giotto dachshund, Tita and Toto, Torquato stubborn pig, the ghost Ajax, Tom Porcello, the gorilla Artemidorus Gigorocane, Professor Cerebrus and Volpone Dulcamara.
 
In 1959 Rebuffi then give birth to Pugaciòff a beloved character even outside the Italian borders. He also worked on several Disney stories, creating along with Luciano and Carlo Bottaro Chendi Studio Bierreci I fumerali in 1968. His funeral will be held in Turin on Saturday, October 18.
 
The editors of BadComics.it clings to the relatives and friends in a Rebuffi heartfelt condolences.
 
 
REBUFFI, Giorgio
Born: 11/7/1928, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died: 10/15/2014, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
 
Giorgio Rebuffi’s western – cartoon:
Sceriffo Fox – 1948 [cartoonist]

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

RIP Elizabeth Pena

Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at 55
 
Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
10/15/2014
 
Her credits included 'Lone Star,' 'Jacob's Ladder,' 'Rush Hour' and 'Modern Family'
 
 
Actress Elizabeth Pena, who recently completed work on El Rey Network's Matador, has died. She was 55.
 
Her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles, shared the news in an obituary on the site. He said Pena died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. No cause of death was immediately available.
 
In John Sayles’ Lone Star (1996), Pena was memorable as the history teacher who rekindles a teenage love affair with Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper). She recently guest-starred in a pair of Modern Family episodes as the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria. Pena broke into sitcom territory decades earlier, when she toplined I Married Dora for ABC. The series ran for one season from 1987-1988 and centered on a couple with a green card marriage.
 
Pena also stood out as postal clerk Jezzie, who lives with a hallucinatory Tim Robbins, in the Adrian Lyne horror film Jacob’s Ladder (1990).
 
“I worked very hard to get, Jacob’s Ladder,” she said in a 2001 interview. “At first they wanted Julia Roberts, Andie MacDowell or Michelle Pfeiffer. At some point they wanted Susan Sarandon, and Madonna wanted the part. They auditioned all of them. I begged to be auditioned. I begged and begged and when I auditioned, the chemistry was right and Adrian and I were just taken with each other. I auditioned for six months, twice a week. The reason I kept going back was because Adrian was literally fighting for me to get the role.”
 
In Paul Mazursky’s Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Pena played the live-in maid who made out in her room with Richard Dreyfuss, and in Brett Ratner's Rush Hour (1998), she was LAPD bomb diffusion expert Tania Johnson opposite partner Chris Tucker.
 
Pena also recurred on the 2000-02 Showtime drama Resurrection Blvd. as family matriarch Bibi Corrales and provided the voice of Mirage, the right-hand woman of bad guy Syndrome (Jason Lee), in Pixar's The Incredibles (2004). In La Bamba (1987), she played Rosie Morales, the sister-in-law of rock ’n’ roll icon Ritchie Valens, (Lou Diamond Phillips), and on Matador, she played the mother of Tony "Matador" Bravo (Gabriel Luna).
 
Less than a year after she was born in Elizabeth, N.J., Pena and her family moved to Cuba. She returned to the U.S. when she was nine to live in New York City. She graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts in Manhattan and started her film career with El Super (1979).
 
She is survived by her husband, two teenage children, her mother and her sister.
 
PENA, Elizabeth
Born: 9/23/1961, Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 10/14/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Elizabeth Pena's westerns - actress:
Lone Star - 1996 (Pilar)
Dead Man's Gun (TV) - 1997 (Madam Gisella)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RIP Oscar "Pete" Denenberg

RIP Oscar "Pete" Denenberg
 
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2014
 
April 1, 1927 - September 13, 2014 Oscar "Pete" Denenberg was born in New York, New York. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he graduated from the University of Southern California in 1951, earning a B.A. in International Relations. Shortly thereafter, he started working for Paramount Studios. In 1953, Pete became an assistant film editor for CBS television. In the ensuing years, he worked on many TV series including: Leave It To Beaver, Wagon Train, Flipper, and Starsky and Hutch, TV specials: The Red Pony and Death Be Not Proud. Pete was an assistant film editor on several movies including: Oregon Trail, The Secret of Santa Victoria, Some Like It Hot and Five Easy Pieces. It was during this time that he married Geraldine "Jeri" Hunt his wife of 38 years. After Pete retired, he and Jeri moved from Burbank, CA to Arizona, eventually settling in Tucson. Pete was a dedicated USC Trojan fan. He and Jeri enjoyed traveling to Mexico. Learning the Spanish language was a lifelong pursuit. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He and Jeri would spend their summers in the mountains of Alpine, AZ. Admired by both friends and family, Pete was a man of wisdom and integrity. One of his many friends said of Pete "He was a man with a heart bigger than himself." Pete is survived by his wife Jeri, her daughters Deborah Yearwood, husband Ken of Avondale, AZ, Lucinda Arce, husband Gilbert of Surprize, AZ, grandchildren Chezne McArthur, Dezirae Elkins and Patrick Elkins, great granddaughter Cali Elkins, nephews, Michael Kwit and Joan Moore of Woodland Hills, CA, Marvin Kwit, wife Beth Lombard of Ventura, CA, niece, Joan Kwit of Marshall, CA.
 
 
DENENBERG, Oscar
Born: 4/1/1927, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/13/2014, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
 
Oscar Denenberg’s westerns – assistant film editor:
Cattle King – 1963
A Gunfight - 1971
Against a Crooked Sky – 1975
Wagon Train (TV) – 19??
Oregon Trail (TV) – 1976

RIP Bob Orrison, Gary McLarty

Two longtime Hollywood stuntmen killed in Rancho Cordova crash
 
The Sacramento Bee
By Tony Bizjak
Oct. 13, 2014 - 7:24 pm
 
For decades, Bob Orrison and Gary McLarty worked as two of Hollywood’s most active and respected stuntmen, racing cars, jumping motorcycles and crashing trucks during filming for hundreds of movies and television shows.
 
On Saturday in Rancho Cordova, their lives came to a shocking end. The two buddies were killed when their pickup truck was hit broadside by a Jeep on Grant Line Road, not far from Orrison’s home. Orrison was 86, McLarty 73.
 
Rancho Cordova police said the pair were in a Chevrolet truck making a U-turn on Grant Line Road at Raymer Way at about 1 p.m. when they were struck by a white Jeep Cherokee traveling 55 miles per hour. “It was a direct hit,” Sacramento sheriff’s spokesman Lisa Bowman said.
 
The men were pronounced dead at the scene. Orrison apparently was driving, a McLarty friend, Bob McLaughlin, said. Police said the two occupants of the Jeep were taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
 
McLarty’s wife Hillorie had dropped her husband off at Orrison’s home an hour before the crash. Given their backgrounds, the crash makes no sense, she said.
 
“These are people who spent their adult life doing dangerous things in a calculated way,” she said. “It defies my imagination.”
 
Orrison, who moved to Rancho Cordova seven years ago with his wife Tatiana, was a former rodeo cowboy and Korean War veteran who served as a movie stunt double for war hero and actor Audie Murphy. His credited and uncredited stunt work includes the original “Star Trek” television series, as well as the movies “Die Hard II,” “Rambo III” and “Days of Thunder.” He was the driver in the movie scene from “Speed” when a bus launched off of an elevated freeway, and was among the stuntmen who drove the car known as the General Lee in “The Dukes of Hazzard” television series.
 
“He was tough, that’s for sure,” said his sister, Mary Hunt. His wife Tatiana said, “He was very young. He didn’t feel he was old.”
 
McLarty, of North Hollywood, nicknamed the “Whiz Kid” for his stunt abilities, retired a few years ago after a career that spanned 40 years. He drove the motorcycle up the frat house stairs in the movie “Animal House,” and doubled as “The Fonz” for motorcycle scenes on the “Happy Days” television series.
 
McLarty made it in Hollywood through physical talent, creative ability, a love of adrenaline rushes and “a genuine love for people,” his wife said. His career highlights included serving as stunt coordinator for the movies “Days of Thunder,” “The Blues Brothers” and “Animal House.” Although retired, McLarty continued working part time, and recently overturned a bus on a film shoot in New York, said his friend McLaughlin.
 
McLarty also was a participant in a real Hollywood drama. He testified in court in 2005 that actor Robert Blake attempted to hire him for $10,000 to murder Blake’s wife. McLarty said he declined. Blake’s wife was shot in Blake’s car outside a restaurant in 2001. Blake was found not guilty in criminal court, but a civil court later determined he was liable for her “wrongful death.”
 
 
ORRISON, Bob (Robert P. Orrison)
Born: 7/28/1928, Bakersfield, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/11/2014, Rancho Cordova, California, U.S.A.
 
Bob Orrison’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
Bandolero! – 1968 [stunts]
5 Card Stud – 1968 [stunts]
The Great Bank Robbery – 1969 [stunts]
The Undefeated – 1969 [stunts]
The Wild Bunch – 1969 [stunts]
Chisum – 1970 [stunts]
Alias Smith and Jones – 1971 (Bob)
Molly and Lawless John – 1972 [stunts]
The Return of a Man Called Horse – 1972 (Rutter)
Tom Horn – 1980 (Matt)
The Avenging Angel (TV) – 1995 [stunts]
The Last Cowboy – 2003 [sunts]
 

 
McLARTY, Gary (Gary Raymond McLarty)
Born: 1940, North Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/11/2014, Ranco Cordova, California, U.S.A.
 
Gary McLarty’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
The War Wagon – 1967 [stunts]
The Way West – 1967 [stunts]
Bandolero! – 1968 [stunts]
Blue – 1968 [stunts]
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys – 1969 [stunts]
The Undefeated – 1969 [stunts]
The Wild Bunch – 1969 [stunts]
Chisum – 1970 [stunts]
Little Big Man – 1970 [stunts]
Cade’s County (TV) – 1971 [stunts]
Kung Fu (TV) – 1972 (Frankie McCoy)
Rooster Cogburn – 1975 (Emmett) [stunts]
The Return of a Man Called Horse – 1976 [stunts]
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again – 1979 (corporal)
Wyatt Earp – 1994 [stunts]

RIP Jan Schánilec

Actor Jan Schánilec who lent voice of Bud Spencer has died
 
Now Culture
12 October 2014 13:54
 
Schánilec came from Ceske Budejovice, and performed at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (the Theatre Academy of Performing Arts) after a second attempt at acting.
 
Czech actor and voice dubber, Jan Schánilec died at the age of 72 years of age on October 12th in a Prague hospital after a long serious illness For many years he worked in Prague's Vinohrady Theatre, starring in a number of films and in recent years he devoted himself mainly to dubbing. His lent his voice to actors Bud Spencer and Jack Nicholson.
 
Schánilec came from Ceske Budejovice, to the Prague Academy of Performing Arts (the Theatre Academy of Performing Arts) to make a second attempt. After graduating, he joined the Vineyard Theatre, where he worked in the years 1966-1991.
 
Since the 1990s he focused on dubbing and as a dubbing director. He lent his voice to thousands of characters. He was a laureate of the prestigious Czech prices of František.
 
He played in cult films such as Svadba ako remeň, Slasti Otca vlasti či Petrolejové lampy.
 
 
SCHANILEC, Jan
Born: 10/22/1941, České Budějovice Czechoslovakia
Died: 10/12/2014, Prague, Czech Republic
 
Jan Schánilec’s western – actor, voice actor:
Fistful of Dollars – 1964 [Czechoslovakian voice of Sieghardt Rupp]
Frontier Hellcat – 1964 [Czechoslovakian voice of Voja Miric]
The Last Tomahawk – 1965 [Czechoslovakia voice of Daniel Martin]
God Forgives… I Don’t – 1967 [Czechoslovakian voice of Bud Spener]
Villa Rides – 1967 [Czechoslovakian voice of Fernando Rey]
Beyond the Law – 1968 [Czechoslovakian voice of Bud Spencer]
The Prairie (TV) – 1968 [Czechoslovakian voice of Mircea Pascu]
Boot Hill – 1969 [Czechoslovakian voice of Bud Spencer]
Fatal Error – 1969 [Czechoslovakian voice of Armin Mueller-Stahl]
Man of the East – 1972 [Czechoslovakian voice of Sal Borghese]
Ulzana – 1973 [Czechoslovakian voice of Gojko Mitic]
Armed and Very Dangerous - 1977 (Julian Barreto)
Eagle’s Wing – 1979 [Czechoslovakian voice of Martin Sheen]