Thursday, September 21, 2017

RIP George Englund



Los Angeles Times
9/21/2017

June 22, 1926 - September 14, 2017 Producer, Director, Screenwriter and Author passed away on September 14th following complications from a fall. George was known for such films as The Ugly American, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Zachariah and Challenger. His literary works include, The Way It's Never Been Done Before: My Friendship with Marlon Brando, and Cloris: My Autobiography. The son of actress Mabel Albertson and Harold Austin Ripley, and nephew of actor Jack Albertson, he was born George Howe Ripley in Washington D.C. After his parents divorced, Mabel married screenwriter, Ken Englund; who adopted George and his sister, Patsy Ripley. His early education was at Black-Foxe Military Institute. As an English/Philosophy major at UCLA, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and captain of the basketball and tennis teams. George was married to actress Cloris Leachman from 1953-1979. They had five children: Adam, Bryan (died 1986), George Jr., Morgan and Dinah. George was then married to Bonnie Graves from 1980-1992; and had two children: Max (died 1993) and Graves. George spent the last decade of his life with his loving friend Frances Bowes; writing, travelling and enjoying life. A man of eloquence and wit, George was known for his towering intellect and legendary sense of humor. He had a tremendous store of poetry and song in him, and he gave beautiful voice to both. His mind was curious, caring and massive. George was in the process of completing his autobiography (to be published). A movie about his life and friendship with actor Marlon Brando is also in development. George's loving family and friends surrounded him when he died at his home in Palm Springs, with the beautiful view of the mountains he cherished. George's sister, two ex-wives, five children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson survive him. Services are pending and a Memorial in George's honor is being planned for November. In lieu of flowers, please donate to SMA.org, in memory of Max Englund.


ENGLUND, George (George Howe Ripley)
Born: 6/22/1926, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Died: 9/14/2017, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.

George Englund’s western – producer, director:
Zachariah - 1971

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RIP Bernie Casey



Bernie Casey, Football Star Turned Actor, Poet and Painter, Dies at 78

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
9/20/2017

His film résumé includes 'Boxcar Bertha,' 'Never Say Never Again,' 'Brothers,' 'Revenge of the Nerds' and 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.'

Actor Bernie Casey, who appeared in such films as Boxcar Bertha, Never Say Never Again and Revenge of the Nerds after a career as a standout NFL wide receiver, has died. He was 78.

Casey, who also starred in Cleopatra Jones and several other blaxploitation movies of the 1970s, died Tuesday after a brief illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

In the Warner Bros. drama Brothers (1977), Casey distinguished himself by portraying a thinly veiled version of George Jackson, a member of the Black Panther Party who was killed in what officials described as an escape attempt from San Quentin in 1971. His writings had inspired oppressed people around the world, and Bob Dylan recorded a song as a tribute to Jackson in 1971.

Casey also wrote, directed, starred in and produced The Dinner (1997), centering on three black men who discuss slavery, black self-loathing, homophobia, etc. while sitting around the dinner table.

Casey played a heroic former slave and train robber in Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha (1972), was CIA agent Felix Leiter (a recurring character in Bond films) in Never Say Never Again (1983) and portrayed U.N. Jefferson, the president of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity, in Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and two follow-up telefilms.

In Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Casey played schoolteacher Mr. Ryan ("Who was Joan of Arc?" he asks, and Keanu Reeves' Ted guesses, "Noah's wife?"), portrayed a detective opposite Burt Reynolds in Sharky's Machine (1981) and stood out as the prisoner who protects Eddie Murphy in jail in the sequel Another 48 Hrs. (1990).

And not long after he unexpectedly retired from the Los Angeles Rams, Casey portrayed Chicago Bears player J.C. Caroline in the 1971 ABC telefilm Brian's Song, the heart-wrenching tale about the friendship between Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and Gayle Sayers (Billy Dee Williams).

A true Renaissance man, Casey also was a published poet as well as a painter whose work was exhibited in galleries around the world.

Bernard Casey was born on June 8, 1939, in Wyco, W.Va. He was raised in Columbus, Ohio, and attended Bowling Green on a football scholarship (he returned to the school years later to earn a master's in fine arts).

An elegant 6-foot-4 halfback and flanker, Casey led the Falcons to the national "small college" championship in 1959 and was named to the Little All-American team. He also excelled in the high hurdles for the track team and competed in the 1960 U.S. Olympic trials.

The San Francisco 49ers made Casey the ninth overall pick in the NFL Draft, and he spent six seasons with the team (1961-66) as quarterback John Brodie's favorite receiver. In one game in his final year with the team, he caught 12 passes for 225 yards.

Casey then spent two solid years with the Rams but shockingly retired in his athletic prime before the 1969 season, finishing his pro career with 359 catches for 5,444 yards and 40 touchdowns. Just 30, he wanted to concentrate on acting, painting and poetry.

"When that sojourn is over and you're 32 or something, when most people are just beginning to understand who they are, what they can do and what life is all about, you have been considered in the world of sports a dinosaur," he once said in a piece for NFL Films. "From that point on, it's a downward spiral into the abyss of non-consideration and obscurity and a lot of other things that they never recover from. I want to think in my instance, it's the beginning. There's a lot of life left after 32."

Casey made his movie debut in the sequel Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) and then starred opposite Jim Brown, another recently retired NFL star, in ...tick... tick... tick... (1970).

Casey received top billing in Hit Man (1972) as the title character, a no-nonsense guy who investigates his brother's death at the hands of mobsters, and then played Reuben Masters, Tamara Dobson's lover, in Cleopatra Jones (1973).

His other blaxploitation work included Black Chariot (1971), Black Gunn (1972) and Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976), and years later, he appeared in the genre parody I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans.

Casey portrayed basketball star Maurice Stokes, who spent the last 10 years of his life paralyzed, in Maurie (1973), was a cop in Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975) and played Col. Rhumbus in Spies Like Us (1985). He also appeared in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1994), The Glass Shield (1994) and Once Upon a Time … When We Were Colored (1995).

On television, Casey played a minor-league baseball coach who could still hit on the short-lived Steven Bochco drama Bay City Blues and was in Roots: The Next Generations and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Casey received an honorary doctorate degree from The Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design, where he served for years as chairman of the board and advocated for arts education.

He had many fans of his paintings.

"I cannot see what Bernie Casey sees," Maya Angelou said in 2003 to promote an exhibit of his work. "Casey has the heart and the art to put his insight on canvas, and I am heartened by his action. For then I can comprehend his vision and some of my own. His art makes my road less rocky, and my path less crooked."


CASEY, Bernie (Bernard Terry Casey)
Born: 6/8/1939, Wyco, West Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 9/19/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Bernie Casey’s western:
Guns of the Magnificent Seven – 1968 (Cassie)

RIP Joel Schiller



Joel Schiller, Craftsman on 'The Graduate' and 'The Muppet Movie,' Dies at 86

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
9/19/2017  

A painter, art director and production designer, he also brought his fine-arts sensibility to 'Rosemary's Baby,' 'Nuts' and 'The Man in the Glass Booth.'

Joel Schiller, the respected production designer and art director known for his work on such films as Rosemary's Baby, Murphy's Romance and The Muppet Movie, has died. He was 86.

Schiller died Jan. 17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his friend of 40 years, Al Heintzelman, told The Hollywood Reporter. His death had not been previously reported.

A skilled painter who studied with John Groth and William de Kooning, Schiller served as assistant production designer under the legendary Richard Sylbert on The Graduate (1967), where he created the conceptual fish-bowl environment for Dustin Hoffman's Benjamin Braddock.

Schiller then worked again alongside Sylbert on Rosemary's Baby (1968), designing the interior of Rosemary and Guy's (Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes) apartment in the Dakota, and on The Illustrated Man (1969), for which he came up with the body tattoos for Rod Steiger's character in the Ray Bradbury science-fiction film.

Earlier, costume designer-art director Cecil Beaton commissioned Schiller to draw the production sketches for him to use on My Fair Lady (1964). Beaton won two Oscars for his work on the famed musical, winner of best picture.

On his own as production designer, Schiller also teamed with Martin Ritt on Murphy's Romance (1985), Nuts (1987) and Stanley & Iris (1990) and with James Frawley on Kid Blue (1973), The Big Bus (1976) and The Muppet Movie (1979).

Adept in a wide variety of genres, Schiller also worked on Mark Rydell's The Reivers (1969), Bob Fosse's Lenny (1974), Arthur Hiller's The Man in the Glass Booth (1975), Donald Wrye's Ice Castles (1978), Hal Needham's Megaforce (1982), Jerry Schatzberg's Misunderstood (1984), Peter Hyams' Narrow Margin (1990) and Tom Holland's The Temp (1993).

In the 1970s, Schiller was the art director on features including The Sporting Club (1971), A Reflection of Fear (1972) and Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (1975).

A native New Yorker, Schiller attended the Art Students League in Manhattan and then studied at Cal. His work was found in the collections of actress Cybill Shepherd and the late Jim Henson, and in August 2016, he appeared at an exhibit in a North Hollywood gallery that showcased his artwork.


SCHILLER, Joel
Born: 11/24/1930, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/17/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Joel Schiller’s westerns – production designer:
The McMasters – 1970
Kid Blue - 1973

Saturday, September 16, 2017

RIP Frank Capp



Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2017

It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Frank W. Capp. Frank was born in Worcester, MA and was a graduate of Boston University's School of Music. His success in the music business, and particularly the jazz world that he loved so much, has been chronicled by many over the years. He has left us a legacy of recorded music that will continue to let us feel his presence each time we turn up the volume. Nobody could swing a big band the way he could and the music world has lost a true treasure. He leaves a loving daughter, son-in-law and grandson as well as a niece, three nephews and a large extended family. We grieve his passing and will miss his constant love, mischievous smile, gentle spirit and endless good humor.


CAPP, Frank (Francis Cappuccio)
Born: 8/20/1931, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 9/12/2017, Studio City, California, U.S.A.

Frank Capp’s westerns – music supervisor, coordinator:
Texas (TV) – 1994 [music supervisor]
Gunfighters Moon – 1995 [music coordinator]

Friday, September 15, 2017

RIP Harry Dean Stanton



Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

Variety
By Carmel Dagan
September 15, 2017

Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

The actor was also known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “Repo Man.”

He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime.

His most recent film, “Lucky,” about an atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality, is set to be released by Magnolia on Sept. 29.

In 1984, when he turned 58, he not only starred in the Wenders’ “Paris, Texas” — his first role ever as leading man — but in Alex Cox’s popular cult film “Repo Man.” (That year he also had a small role in John Milius’ “Red Dawn,” shouting “Avenge me! Avenge me!” to his sons, played by Charlie Sheen and Patrick Swayze, after being captured by Soviet troops invading America.)

“Paris, Texas,” penned by Sam Shepard, was the darling of the Cannes Film Festival, capturing not only the Palme d’Or, but other juried awards as well. Stanton played Travis, who reconnects with his brother, played by Dean Stockwell, after being lost for four years. Stanton’s performance in the film was not so much powerful as it was intriguingly, sometimes hauntingly, absent.

Roger Ebert said, “Stanton has long inhabited the darker corners of American noir, with his lean face and hungry eyes, and here he creates a sad poetry.”

In the cheerfully bizarre “Repo Man,” he played the boozy repo-biz veteran who takes young punk Emilio Estevez under his wing but provides at-best nebulous guidance: “The life of a repo man is always intense.”

In 1986, Stanton hit the mainstream when he played Molly Ringwald’s unemployed father in “Pretty in Pink.” Later in the 1980s he played a fiery Paul/Saul in Martin Scorsese’s controversial 1988 effort “The Last Temptation of Christ,” but the actor was among those in the film criticized by many as miscast.

Later film roles included a pair of David Lynch films in the early 1990s, “Wild at Heart” and “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me”; Bob Rafelson’s “Man Trouble,” with Jack Nicholson; “The Mighty,” with Gena Rowlands and Sharon Stone; “The Green Mile”; Sean Penn’s “The Pledge”; Nick Cassavetes’ “Alpha Dog”; and Lynch’s “Inland Empire.”

Stanton was close friends with Nicholson — Stanton was best man at Nicholson’s 1962 wedding, and they lived together for more than two years after Nicholson’s divorce — and the character actor’s first step in emerging from obscurity was a part written by Nicholson for him in the 1966 Western “Ride the Whirlwind.” Stanton played the leader of an outlaw gang; Nicholson told him to “let the wardrobe do the acting and just play yourself.” “After Jack said that, my whole approach to acting opened up,” Stanton told Entertainment Weekly.

In the early ’70s Stanton appeared in films including “Kelly’s Heroes” and “Two Lane Blacktop”; he also had a small role in “The Godfather: Part II.”

On the shoot for 1976’s “The Missouri Breaks,” starring Marlon Brando and Nicholson, Stanton made a long-term friend in Brando when he courageously dissuaded the increasingly eccentric actor from making a foolish choice in his performance.

The actor played one of the doomed crewmen in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” and a crooked preacher in John Huston’s “Wise Blood,” and he had a fairly significant role in John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York” as Brain, who keeps the machines running in the high-security prison Manhattan has become.

In 1983, Shepard got to talking with Stanton at a bar in Sante Fe, N.M., and later offered him the lead role in “Paris, Texas.” “I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing,” Stanton told the New York Times. “I told him I wanted to play something of some beauty or sensitivity. I had no inkling he was considering me for the lead in his movie.” He also worked with Shepard in the 1985 “Fool for Love.”

In a 2011 review of Paolo Sorrentino’s “This Must Be the Place,” Variety said, “Like all great directors who make a road movie, Sorrentino captures the physical location as well as the inner transformation, and in keeping with the genre, he also knows Harry Dean Stanton has to be included.”

Stanton did voice work for the Johnny Depp animated film “Rango” in 2011. In a 2010 episode of NBC’s “Chuck,” Stanton reprised his “Repo Man” character.

Stanton was born in West Irvine, Ky. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he attended the University of Kentucky, studying journalism and radio, and performing in “Pygmalion.” He then pursued an interest in acting by heading to California to study at the Pasadena Playhouse.

He made his small-screen debut in 1954 in an episode of the NBC show “Inner Sanctum.” In another early TV role, he was directed by Alfred Hitchcock in an episode of “Suspicion” called “Four O’Clock.” (The actor was credited as Dean Stanton in most of his early roles to avoid confusion with the actor Harry Stanton, who died in 1978.)

On the big screen, Stanton’s earliest, mostly uncredited work was in Westerns and war pics, debuting in 1957’s “Tomahawk Trail” and appearing in 1959 Gregory Peck-starrer “Pork Chop Hill.” (He also guested on many TV Westerns, including “The Rifleman,” “Have Gun — Will Travel,” “Bonanza,” and “Gunsmoke”).

Stanton also led his own band, first known as Harry Dean Stanton and the Repo Men and later simply as the Harry Dean Stanton Band, and would play pickup gigs in L.A. area clubs. Bob Dylan, with whom he worked on Sam Peckinpah’s 1973 film “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” was a friend. Another friend was Hunter S. Thompson, and Stanton sang at his funeral.

The character actor was the subject of two documentaries: 2011’s “Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland” and Sophie Huber’s 2013 “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction,” which featured interviews with Wenders, Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, and Lynch.

He never married, though he has said he has “one or two children.”


STANTON, Harry Dean
Born: 7/14/1926, West Irvine, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Died: 9/15/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Harry Dean Stanton’s westerns – actor, narrator:
Revolt a Fort Laramie – 1956 (Rinty)
Tomahawk Trail – 1957 (Private Miller)
The Proud Rebel – 1958 (Jeb Burleigh)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin (TV) – 1958 (Clint Dirkson)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1968  Alvie, Harley, Leroy Parker, Nate, young man, Rainey Carp, Hodge
The Texan (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Frank Kaler, Chad Bisbee)
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958, 1960, 1961 (Robert MacPherson, Toby, Private Brock, Fletcher)
A Dog’s Best Friend – 1959 (Roy Jenney)
The Jayhawkers! – 1959 (Deputy Smallwood)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959 (Jim Simms)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1959, 1962 (Stoneman, Slim Wilder)
Laramie (TV) – 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 (Vern Cowan, Virgil, Amos Kerrigon, Moss
Rawhide (TV) – 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965 (Bartlow, Jess Hobson, Dexter, Joe Spanish)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1959 (Clemmie Martin)
U.S. Marshall (TV) – 1959 (Robby Crane)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – 1960 (slave catcher)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Frank Brogger)
The Man from Blackhawk (TV) – 1960 (Sonny Blakey)
Bonanza (TV) – 1961, 1963, (Billy, Stiles)
Gunslinger (TV) – 1961 (Stacey)
Stoney Burke (TV) – 1962 (Dell Tindall)
Empire (TV) – 1963 (Nick Crider)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1964, 1969 (Jeb Girty, Crane)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1965 (Quince Logan)
Ride in the Whirlwind – 1966 (Blind Dick)
The Dangerous Days of Kiowa Jones (TV) – 1966 (Jelly)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966 (Swain)
A Time for Killing – 1967 (Sergeant Dan Way)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Luther Happ)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) – 1967 (J.J. Kates)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967 (Lucius Brand)
Day of the Evil Gun – 1968 (Sergeant Parker)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1968 (Johnny Faro)
The Virginian (TV) – 1968 (Clint Daggert)
The Intruders (TV) – 1970 (Whit Dykstra)
Cry for Me, Billy – 1972 (Lake Todd)
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid – 1973 (Luke)
Zandy’s Bride – 1974 (Songer)
Rancho Deluxe – 1975 (Curt)
The Missouri Breaks – 1976 (Calvin)
A Fistful of Dollars (TV) - 1977 (warden)
Young Maverick (TV) – 1979, 1980 (Pokey, Tindal)
Dead Man’s Walk – 1996 (Shadrach)
Rango – 2011 (voice of Balthazar)
Fishtail – 2014 [narrator]

Thursday, September 14, 2017

RIP Fernanda Borsatti



Actress Fernanda Borsatti has died

The 86-year-old actress joined the cast of the D. Maria II National Theater between 1978 and 2001 and did several work in film and television.

LUSA e PUBLIC
September 14, 2017

Portuguese actress Fernanda Borsatti died Thursday morning, at the age of 86, at the CUF Hospital in Lisbon, Casa do Artista announced.

Born in Évora on September 1, 1931, Fernanda Borsatti interpreted the most diverse theatrical genres, from comedy skits to dramatic plays.

Throughout her artistic career, she went through more than ten theater companies, among them the Maria Vitória Theater, the Laura Alves Company, the Raul Solnado Company, the Maria Matos Theater and the Casa da Comédia.

The actress joined the cast of the D. Maria II National Theater between 1978 and 2001 and worked with directors such as Henrique Campos, José Fonseca e Costa, Luís Galvão Teles, Artur Semedo, António de Macedo, Jean-Louis Benoît and João Botelho.

Galvão Teles, who directed the actress in A Vida É Bela ?!  , 1982 film, and before that worked with her in the theater, explained to the PUBLIC that Fernanda Borsatti "was the life".  As for the film he did with her, he recalls: "She performed absolutely amazingly, bringing life with her into the picture."  The news of her death was a surprise: "I am deeply shocked, sad, it is a great loss of a generation that has marked the theater, magazine theater and cinema in an extraordinary way. Life goes on, time passes, but memory and the memory of Fernanda will always be with her laughter and with her taste of playing with life. "

At the Teatro D. Maria II, she participated in the plays O Bicho , O Tempo Feminino , O Fidalgo Aprendiz (with Ruy de Carvalho), Pass for Me in Rossio , The Furies , The Crime of the Old Village and Say Nothing , among others.

 Among the feature films he made in the movies are Blood Toureiro , Pão, Amor ... and Totobol a , Sunday Afternoon , The Devil Was Another , The Thief Who Talks , The Woman Next , The Beloved Lilacs and The Northern Court .

In the television he integrated series, sitcoms and telenovelas, like the Private Life of Salazar , Sweet Fugitive , Inspector Max , Residencial Tejo , There in Casa Tudo Bem , Fine People Is Another Thing , I Show Nico or The Lady of Camellias .  He also participated in    Zip-Zip, with Raul Solnado.

In 2007, Fernanda Borsatti received the Municipal Merit Medal, in her Grau Ouro, from the Lisbon City Hall.

In a message shared on the website of the Presidency of the Republic , Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa presents condolences to the family of the actress and refers to him as "versatile actress" and "face familiar to all Portuguese", underlining the "active presence in the heroic times of the theater filmed in RTP "and" the diversified television career "that he maintained" throughout the decades ", and emphasizing cinematographic works like Sunday afternoon , The Woman of the Near one and the Court of the North , as well as the passage by the Company Laura Alves, the National Theater D. Maria II, Maria Vitória and the Casa da Comédia.  "His artistic personality, empathetic, affirmative, effervescent, is in our memory," he concludes.


BORSATTI, Fernanda (Fernanda Borsatti da Fonseca)
Born: 9/1/1931, Évora, Portugal
Died: 9/14/2017, Lisbon, Portugal

Fernanda Borsatti’s western – actress:
Deguello – 1966 (Danger City woman) [as Eve Neill]