Sunday, May 27, 2018

RIP Julio Ribera

Spanish Comics Artist Julio Ribera dies
May 27, 2018

Spanish comics author Julio Ribera died at his home in Cognin (Savoy) at the age of 91, his family told AFP on Sunday.
Ribera was the sketcher of the very original science fiction series 'El vagabundo de los limbos' (Dargaud), with scripts by Christian Godard.
Very prolific, he collaborated for a long time with the newspaper Pilote, for which he created the character of Dracurella.
Born on March 20, 1927 in a Republican family in Barcelona, ​​Ribera began his career in Spain, before fleeing Franco's dictatorship and arriving in Paris in 1954.
He told this time in an autobiographical trilogy ('Montserrat', 'The despised youth' and 'Paris freedom').

Ribera Julio (Julio Ribera Trucó)
Born: 3/20/1927, Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Died: 5/27/2018, Cognin, Spain

Julio Ribera’s westerns – comic book illustrator:
Pistol Jim - 1955

Friday, May 25, 2018

RIP Sergio Graziani

Il mondo dei doppiatori
May 25, 2018

Italian actor, voice dubber and director Sergio Graziani died May 25th in Rome. He was 87. Graziani was born on November 10, 1930 in Udine, Italy and was active as an actor and dubber since the 1950's. He’s best remembered as the Italian voice of Donald Sutherland, Peter O’Toole, Gianni Garko, Terence Hill and Klaus Kinski. His first western dubbing was as the Italian voice of Benito Stefanelli and Aldo Sambrell in “Fistful of Dollars” (1964). He was Terence Hill’s Italian voice in “God Forgives... I Don’t (1967), “Ace High” (1968), “Boot Hill” (1969), and “Trinity Sees Red” (1970). He was also the Italian voice of James Mason in “Bad’s Man River” (1971), George Hilton’s in “The Brute and the Beast” (1966), “Sartana’s Here… Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin” (1970) “A Man Called Invincible” (1973), “The Crazy Bunch” (1974) and Gianni Garko in “$1,000 on the Black” (1966), “$10,000 for a Massacre” (1967), “Have a Good Funeral” (1970), “Light The Fuse… Sartana is Coming” (1970). Sergio was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Grand Prix International Dubbing convention in 2008.

Born: 11/10/1930, Udine, Friuli-Venezia Giuli, Italy
Died: 5/25/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Sergio Graziani’s westerns – voice dubber:
Fistful of Dollars – 1964 [Italian voice of Aldo Sambrell, Benito Stefanelli]
The Man from Canyon City – 1965 [Italian voice of Robert Woods]
The Tramplers – 1965 [Italian voice of Franco Balducci]
The Brute and the Best – 1966 [Italian voice of George Hilton]
Navajo Joe – 1966 [Italian voice of Aldo Sambrell]
$1,000 on the Black – 1966 [Italian voice of Gianni Garko]
Return of the Seven – 1966 [Italian voice of Robert Fuller]
$7.00 on the Red – 1966 [Italian voice of Jose Manuel Martin]
The Ugly Ones – 1966 [Italian voice of Jose Canalejas]
A Bullet for the General – 1967 [Italian voice of Klaus Kinski]
Django Kill – 1967 [Italian voice of Piero Lulli]
Face to Face – 1967 [Italian voice of William Berger]
God Forgives… I Don’t – 1967 [Italian voice of Terence Hill]
$10,000 for a Massacre – 1967 [Italian voice of Gianni Garko]
Ace High – 1968 [Italian voice of Terence Hill]
The Nephews of Zorro – 1968 [Italian voice of Ivano Staccioli]
Run, Man, Run – 1968 [Italian voice Marco Guglielmi]
Once Upon a Time in the West – 1968 [Italian voice of Aldo Sambrell]
The Wild and the Dirty – 1968 [Italian voice of Horst Frank]
Forgotten Pistolero – 1969 [Alberto De Medoza]
Viva Django! – 1968 [Italian voice of Terence Hill]
Boot Hill – 1969 [Italian voice of Terence Hill]
The Price of Power – 1969 [Italian voice Warren Venders]
Sabata – 1969 [Italian voice of William Berger]
The Specialist – 1969 [Johnny Hallyday]
And God Said to Cain – 1970 [Italian voice of Klaus Kinski]
Companeros – 1970 [Italian voice of Franco Nero]
Have a Good Funeral – 1970 [Italian voice of Gianni Garko]
Light The Fuse… Sartana is Coming – 1970 [Italian voice of Gianni Garko]
A Man Called Sledge – 1970 [Italian voice of James Garner]
Sartana’s Here… Trade Your Pistol for a Coffin – 1970 [Italian voice of George Hilton]
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 [Italian voice of Farley Granger]
My Name is Nobody – 1973 [Italian voice of Jean Martin]
The Genius – 1975 [Italian voice of Klaus Kinski]
The White, the Yellow, the Black – 1970 [Italian voice Manuel De Blas]
Bad Man’s River – 1971 [Italian voice of James Mason]
A Man Called Invincible – 1973 [Italian voice of George Hilton]
The Crazy Bunch – 1974 [Italian voice of George Hilton]
Dallas – 1974 [Italian voice of Anthony Steffen]
Silver Saddle – 1978 [Italian voice Geoffrey Lewis]
California – 1979 [Italian voice of Chris Avram]
Dango Strikes Again – 1987 [Italian voice of Donald Pleasence]

RIP Fred Peters

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Reading, Massachusetts - Fredrick D. Peters of Reading, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 18, 2018 at age 95.

Fredrick is the beloved husband of the late Alice (Moore) Peters. He is the devoted father of Patti and her husband Vito, Kenny and his wife, Stacey, Stephen, Brad and his wife Kuk Kai. The cherished grandfather of Sarah, Jessica, Shannon, Amanda, Nathaniel, Timmy, Stephanie, Zachary and Danny, Fredrick is the loving great grandfather of 7. He is the dear brother of Dan, Gertrude and Leona. Fredrick is the son of the late Fredrick Peters and Elvira (Tharp) Peters. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A native of Oklahoma, Fred Peters attended art schools in Oklahoma and Minnesota. He was drawn into illustration as a young boy, sketching some of his favorite cartoon strips, such as Prince Valient, Flash Gordon and Batman. He would buy stacks of what he called “big-little books,” detailing the superhero’s adventures. Commenting on his time as a student, Peters said he was "probably more interested in sketching than doing homework" when he was in school.
In his mid-20's, after trekking out to California looking for work, he met with Disney Studios, armed with illustrations and landed a job on the spot. Remembering his time at The Disney Studio, he commented that "it was one of the best places" he had ever worked. Over the years he spent at Disney in the 1940s, he helped animate more than a hundred Pluto shorts. Even though Mickey Mouse's dog, Pluto was what he spent 90 percent of his time on, he also contributed to Jiminy Cricket, Bambi and special effects, such as illustrating water cascading down a fall, or putting finishing touches to other films. Whenever the animators weren’t occupied drawing, Disney himself encouraged the employees to indulge in a game of ping pong, baseball or a walk around the studio. "There was always lots to do, and he wanted everyone to call him Walt" Peters had said. More than 60 years have passed since he sat in the Disney Studio in Burbank, Calif., but in a couple of swift strokes the 95-year-old can still piece together a picture-perfect Pluto.
Peters left Burbank to run his own studio in New York with a friend. However, the plan didn’t pan out, and instead he ended doing comic strips, animated television commercials and color slides. Eventually working for "MAD" comics. After some time in NY, he headed towards Boston, where he settled down with his wife Alice and their four children, Steve, Patti, Brad and Kenny. Fred ended up landing a job at the Boston Globe, where he remained for the next for 32 years, illustrating the Word Wizard and Electric Company comic strips. During his time at the Globe, he also dabbled in freelance commercial art, illustrating ads and brochures for companies.
After retirement from the Globe, he became a member of several art associations throughout Massachusetts, N.H. and Florida, including a charter member of The Reading Art Association. His work was, and still is, represented in numerous states throughout the country, even as far away as Canada. Many of his talents have received awards and accolades throughout the years. During his years of retirement, he conducted classes in Florida, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, for many students wanting to learn the wonderful world of watercolor painting.
Family and friends were cordially invited to gather and share memories with his Family on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Doherty – Barile Family Funeral Home, 11 Linden St. Reading.

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PETERS, Fred (Fredrick D. Peters)
Born: 1/22/1923, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 5/18/2018, Reading, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

Fred Peters’ westerns – illustrator:
Gunfighter – 1948-1950
Saddle Justice – 1948-1949

Thursday, May 24, 2018

RIP Hudson Lee Long

Midland Reporter-Telegram
May 24, 2018

Hudson Lee Long finished his course on this side of Heaven on January 24, 2018. He was born in Llano, Texas on April 4, 1933. He was many things: husband, father, grandfather, friend, Sunday school teacher, civic volunteer, historian, cowboy poet, actor, postman, rancher, lover of puzzles and games, dedicated sports fan, runner, rafter, and sailor. Most importantly, he loved his family, neighbors, and fellow sojourners in this life. Hudson believed in the promises of God. "For I know the plans I have for you" declared the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11. The plans for Hudson included finding the love of his life, Martha Royce Gilliland, and marrying her on his birthday, on April 4, 1958. He was blessed with three children: Patricia Long Weaver, Pamela Baker, and Paul Roy Long. The family expanded with the addition of Patricia's husband, David Weaver; Pamela's husband, Tim Baker, and their children, Rachel Baker and Nathanael Baker; and Paul's wife, Kristina, and their children, Olivia and Madelyn. From his marriage to Martha, Hudson was also blessed with the addition of her nephew, Danny Tarver, and his wife, Jane. Hudson had been raised by his parents, Sherman "Buck" Long and Alice "Goldie" Long, out on the old family ranch on the Llano River in Llano County. His commute to school included traveling by horseback to connect to his ride into town. Hudson graduated from Llano High School and attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. Hudson left the hill country behind to serve his country in the Navy. He loved to tell stories of the country boy in San Diego. The experience led to his love of sailing. After Hudson returned from service, he began ranching on the now family home in San Saba County, on the headwaters of Cherokee Creek. He met Martha after being introduced by his aunt to the new "pretty county agent." In 1966, he went to work at the Postal Service to supplement the family income. Hudson and Martha made a great team; she became an excellent rancher for a city girl, and he held down the fort in town. Hudson was always a tireless supporter of his children and grandchildren. If you knew Hudson, you know how he felt about his family. His and Martha's efforts resulted in all three children graduating from Howard Payne University, and Patricia going on to Baylor Law School. Pamela and her husband served for years as missionaries in the mission field, and Paul set out on his path in his wife's home town, Syracuse, Indiana, a great small town not unlike Llano. Hudson loved his wonderful grandchildren and was very proud of their accomplishments. He loved to have everyone out at the ranch and could always be called up to tell a great story, clean the fish, and set up the fish fry. Hudson started traveling in junior high, going by car from Llano to Alaska. He was photographed as a cowboy with Paul at Mount Vernon in 1976 by Japanese tourists, and they were so excited to meet a rancher. The trips continued and were very diverse, but they really became special when he and Martha started going to see and support Pamela in the mission field. Whether it was Maryland, Kenya, Zaire, the Philippines, or Europe, Hudson traveled to Pamela's postings. Some trips were very difficult - especially Zaire. His explanation of the logistics of traveling with foot lockers full of auto parts, which were needed so Tim could keep his equipment and truck running, was amazing. Other great trips included a family cruise to Key West and the Bahamas for his birthday, and his and Martha's wedding anniversary in 2016. Hudson caught the acting bug in high school and carried it into college. Later, he was involved in the Riverwalk Theatre Group in Llano, and played the lead in "Harvey." In 1992, Hollywood came calling. Actually, a movie was being filmed on Highway 71 outside Valley Spring, where a casting agent spotted Hudson and Martha and told them they could be in film. They both found work in the industry. Hudson started with being an extra, then a featured extra, which eventually led to commercials and a number of speaking roles. He got to meet and work with many famous stars and directors, but he claimed that his favorites were "Sandy" Bullock, Robert Duval, and Jeremy Irons. The family even got to attend two premieres of his movies at the Paramount Theater in Austin for "The Tree of Life" and "When Zachary Beaver Came to Town." In an effort to try and keep up with his wife, Hudson became a runner/walker and participated in area events, as well as the National Senior Games in Louisville in 2007 and San Francisco (Stanford) in 2009. He was also waiting at the finish line, sometimes with the family dog, when Martha finished the Capital 10K, which she started running in 2010. Hudson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Llano. He taught the Senior Men's Sunday School Class for over 25 years, and had been a long time church trustee. Knowing that age is not a barrier to service, when a need arose a number of years ago, he and Martha volunteered for Vacation Bible School to teach on missions. He loved meeting and working with the young children and he was able to do this for years. Hudson's community service also included being on the Board of New Horizons of Llano and the Board of the Llano County Historical Society, and he was a longtime supporter of the Llano County 4-H. The family will have visitation on January 29, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home in Llano. Services will be Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Llano with Reverend James McGlothlin officiating; committal to follow at the Llano City Cemetery.

LONG, Hudson Lee
Born: 4/4/1933, Llano, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 1/24/2018, Llano, Texas, U.S.A.

Hudson Lee Long’s western – actor:
A Texas Funeral – 1999 (Crawford)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

RIP Vincent McEveety

Los Angeles Times
May 23, 2018

August 10, 1929 - May 19, 2018 Vincent M. McEveety of Los Angeles, California has passed away at the age of 88 after a fulfilling life. Born at St. Vincent Hospital and raised in Hollywood, California, Vincent was the youngest of three brothers. He graduated from Loyola Marymount University, then entered the seminary for two years. Choosing another path, Vincent opted for the lay life. His wife Mary Ann and they knew each other from childhood and upon his return from consideration of priesthood, they crossed paths again and it was kismet. Sixty plus years of marriage, Mary Ann and Vincent were devoted to each other, producing four children, Vince Jr., Michael, Mary Pat and Lizzie who blessed them with eight grandchildren, Shaine Leaver, Ronnie and Emily Petersen, Kiley and Ella Horner and Tanner, McKenna and Tyson McEveety. With a tireless work ethic, Vincent followed his father and brothers into the film business where he spent the better part of nearly 40 years directing for television and motion pictures. The patriarch of the family, Vincent enjoyed time with his extended family, talking sports, politics, religion and the human condition. His warm smile giving spirit greeted everyone he encountered, and he will be missed and remembered. The funeral will be held at Saint Cyril's of Jerusalem in Encino, California on May 26 at 10 a.m..

McEVEETY, Vincent (Vincent Michael McEveety)
Born: 8/10/1929, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/19/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Vincent McEveety’s westerns – director, assistant director:
Westward Ho, the Wagons! – 1956 [assistant director]
Zorro (TV) – 1957-1960 [assistant director]
The Sign of Zorro – 1958 [assistant director]
The Texan (TV) – 1958-1960 [assistant director]
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1958-1959 [assistant director]
The Rebel (TV) – 1960 [assistant director]
Bonanza (TV) – 1964 [director]
Rawhide (TV) – 1964 [director]
Branded (TV) – 1965 [director]
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1965-1975 [director]
Blade Rider, Revenge of the Indian  Nations – 1966 [director]
The Road West (TV) – 1966 [director]
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967-1968 [director]
The Legend of Judd Starr (TV) – 1967 [director]
Firecreek – 1968 [director]
This Savage Land (TV) – 1969 [director]
Cutter’s Trail (TV) – 1970 [director]
Menace on the Mountan – 1970 [director]
The Castaway Cowboy – 1974 [director]
The Last Day (TV) – 1975 [director]
Treasure of Matacumbe – 1976 [director]
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1977-1979 [assistant director]
The Busters (TV) – 1978 [director]
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again – 1979 [director]
Buffalo Soldiers (TV) – 1979 [director]
Gunsmoke: Return to Dodge (TV) – 1987 [director]

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

RIP Clint Walker

Clint Walker, who starred as TV cowboy ‘Cheyenne,’ dead at 90

New York Daily News
By Rachel DeSantis
May 22, 2018

Clint Walker, who starred as a gentle giant cowboy on the ABC Western "Cheyenne," died Monday, TMZ reports. He was 90.

Walker was reportedly surrounded by his wife and daughter at the time of his death, and they believe he succumbed to a heart-related issue.

The 6'6" Hollywood star was born Norman Walker in Illinois in 1927, and launched his acting career after a brief stint in the Merchant Marines, according to his website.

His big break came in 1956 after famed director Cecil B. DeMille personally cast Walker in his film "The Ten Commandments," which opened the door for roles in films like "Requiem to Massacre," "Send Me No Flowers" with Rock Hudson and Doris Day, and a starring role in the 1965 war drama "None But the Brave," Frank Sinatra's lone directing credit.

Walker's signature role, though, was Cheyenne Bodie, the nomadic post-Civil War cowboy he played for more than 100 episodes over seven seasons.

"Cheyenne" ran from 1955 to 1962, and earned one Emmy nomination in 1957.

Post-cowboy, Walker appeared in TV shows like "Kodiak," "The Love Boat" and Lucille Ball's "The Lucy Show." His final role was a voice part in the 1998 film "Small Soldiers."

Walker, who was married three times and had one daughter, famously survived a freak skiing accident in 1971, in which he was declared dead after a crash led to a ski pole piercing his heart.

WALKER, Clint (Norman Eugene Walker)
Born: 5/30/1927, Hartford, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 5/22/2018, Grass Valley, California, U.S.A.

Clint Walker’s westerns – actor:
Cheyenne (TV) – 1955-1962 (Cheyenne Bodie)
The Travellers – 1957 (Cheyenne Bodie)
Fort Dobbs – 1958 (Gar Davis)
Yellowstone Kelly – 1959 (Luther ‘Yellowstone’ Kelly)
Requiem for a Massacre – 1960 (Custer)
Maverick (TV) – 1960 (Cheyenne Bodie)
Gold of the Seven Saints – 1961 (Jim Rainbolt)
The Great Bank Robbery – 1969 (Ranger Ben Quick)
More Dead Than Alive – 1969 (Cain)
The Night of the Grizzly – 1969 (Jim Cole)
Sam Whiskey – 1969 (O.W. Bandy)
Yuma (TV) – 1971 (Marshal Dave Harmon)
Pancho Villa – 1972 (Scotty)
The Bounty Man (TV) – 1972 (Kincaid)
Hardcase (TV) – 1972 (Jack Rutherford)
Baker’s Hawk – 1976 (Dan Baker)
The White Buffalo – 1977 (Whistling Jack Kileen)
Centennial (TV) – 1978 (Joe Bean)
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion (TV) – 1979 (Cheyenne)
The All American Cowboy (TV) - 1985
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (TV) – 1991 (Cheyenne)
The Lonely Gunfighter: The Legacy of Cheyenne – 2006