Friday, April 20, 2018

RIP Julie Van Zandt


The Malibu Times
January 23, 2018

On Thursday, Jan. 11, Julie Van Zandt May—wife, mother, daughter, sister and longtime Malibu resident—died in Santa Monica after a brief illness at the age of 88. Julie was born in La Jolla, Calif., to Logan and Lineta Marqua Van Zandt, and soon after, moved with her family to Los Angeles where she attended the Westlake School for Girls. Julie successfully pursued an acting career for many years in Hollywood, followed by later acclaim as a landscape artist, sport fishing enthusiast and all-around great cook. Julie loved to fish and held the Guinness World record for the biggest Needlefish ever caught. Painting became her passion soon after she and her husband, Fred, moved to Malibu in 1966. They later founded the Malibu Art Festival and she was an active member of the Malibu Art Association. Her large mural depicting the Chumash Indians hangs in the Malibu Lagoon Museum. She and Fred were awarded Malibu Co-Citizens of the year in 1976. In 2005, she received a commendation from the City of Malibu for her outstanding contributions to the community through her art and for representing Malibu’s ideals in a positive manner.

Julie was married to noted television director Richard L. Bare of “Green Acres” and “Twilight Zone” fame from 1951 to 1957. In 1966, she married Frederick C. May, well-known Malibu businessman and sportsman, and founding president of the Malibu Lagoon Museum. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Fred; her daughter Cathryn Alpert; her sister Helen Van Zandt; and her brother Jack Van Zandt. Julie is survived by her son Jon Bare; stepdaughters Judy May and Laurie May Canty; stepson Fred May Jr; and 10 grandchildren.

“Julie loved to sing, paint, fish, entertain and laugh,” a loved one said. “We will miss her dearly in every role.”

Memorial donations in memory of Julie can be made to the Malibu Adamson House Foundation (adamsonhouse.org) or to the Malibu Art Association.


Van ZANDT, Julie
Born: 6/27/1929, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Died: 1/11/2018, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

Julie Van Zabndt’s westerns – actress:
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1956 (Cora Gill)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1957 (Jennifer Myers)
Broken Arrow (TV) – 1958 (Sister Margaret)
Zorro (TV) – 1958 (Magdalena Montes)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1959 (Lucy Haney)
Bronco (TV) – 1962 (Sister Mary Agnes)
Lawman (TV) – 1962 (Marcia Smith)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

RIP Pepe Mediavilla


El Mundo
April 19, 2018

Pepe Mediavilla dies, the voice of Morgan Freeman and Dr. Spock

The dubbing actor Pepe Mediavilla has died at 77 years of age. Mediavilla was the Spanish voice of Morgan Freeman, the magician Gandalf (played by Ian McKellen), Dr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), among others.

Mediavilla, born in Barcelona in 1940, was considered one of the great voice actors and began his career in 1964 after his studies in La Voz de España and in 1967 he voiced Jim Brown in Twelve of the Gibbet. A career that he completed over more than fifty years as a doubler in more than 2,800 films.

After years of dubbing secondary characters, he went on to lead roles for his work in television series, gave voice to Dr. Spock in Star Trek: the original series, in Strangers, Courage, Crazy Top and Gabriel's Passion.

In the 1990s, Mediavilla became the regular voice of Morgan Freeman and magician Gandalf, in the trilogy The Lord of the Rings by the British writer Tolkien, which gave him great popularity.

He also worked in animation giving voice to Dr. Gang in the Inspector Gadget series and his characteristic deep voice is also present in video games such as Candle and Sacred, among others.

Five years ago he launched his project on his YouTube channel linking poetry and music with Joe Atlan.


MEDIAVILLA, Pepe (José Fernández Mediavilla)
Born: 5/1/1940, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Died: 4/19/2018, Spain

Pepe Mediavilla’s westerns – voice dubber:
Cjamango – 1967 [Spanish voice of Fred Coplan]
Companeros – 1967 [Spanish voice of Eduardo Fajardo]
Ace High – 1968 [Spanish voice of Bud Spencer]
Boot Hill – 1969 [Spanish voice of Bud Spencer]
The 5-Man Army – 1969 [Spanish voice of Bud Spencer]
Sabata – 1969 [Spanish voice of Marco Zuanelli]
El Condor – 1970 [Spanish voice of unknown actor]
A Man Called Sledge – 1970 [Spanish voice of Claude Akins]
Sartana in the Valley of Death – 1970 [Spanish voice of unknown actor]
Blindman – 1971 [Spanish voice of Renato Romano]
Return of Sabata – 1971 [Spanish voice of Ignazio Spalla]
Chato’s Land – 1972 [Spanish voice of James Whitmore]
The Grand Duel – 1972 [Spanish voice of unknown actor]
Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears – 1973 [Spanish voice of Lorenzo Fineschi]
The Spikes Gang – 1974 [Spanish voice of Allen Russell]
The White, the Yellow and the Black – 1975 [Spanish voice of Nazzareno Zamperla]
A Man Called Blade – 1975 [Spanish voice of unknown actor]
Asterix in America – 1994 [Spanish voice of Abraracurcix]
Cold Mountain – 2003 [Spanish voice of James Gammon]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

RIP Barbara Dodd


Barbara Dodd Remsen, Actress and Casting Director, Dies at 88

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
April 18, 2018

She appeared on 'Leave It to Beaver' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show,' then helped Tom Selleck, Tea Leoni and Kevin Costner get roles.

Barbara Dodd Remsen, an actress turned casting director who helped boost the careers of Tom Selleck, Tea Leoni, Kevin Costner, Pierce Brosnan and others, has died. She was 88.

Remsen died March 8 in Los Angeles, her daughter Kerry Remsen Cates announced.

Her late husband was Bert Remsen, a character actor who entered the casting profession after he suffered severe back and leg injuries when he was struck by a crane while on the set of the 1964-65 ABC comedy No Time for Sergeants.

Bert Remsen had an office at Raleigh Studios, where he worked as the head of Aaron Spelling Casting at 20th Century Fox. His wife, who had appeared on such series as Leave It to Beaver, Gunsmoke and The Dick Van Dyke Show, joined him there, then launched Remdin Casting with another former actor, Dick Dinman.

She received three Artios Awards over the next three decades while helping the likes of Selleck, Leoni, Costner, Brosnan, Vince Vaughn and Billy Bob Thornton build their acting résumés.

"She had a belief system about people and actors, that we were all possible if we could be found," Leoni said in a statement.

Barbara Dodd was born on New Year's Day in 1930 in Somerville, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University, worked as a page for NBC and appeared in a hair commercial.

She came to Los Angeles and signed with a talent agency, and in 1957 she appeared as a librarian on an episode of Leave It to Beaver. She went on to work on Johnny Staccato, Wendy and Me, The Fugitive, Bewitched, Mod Squad, S.W.A.T. and other shows.

She was acting again more recently and showed up on The Pretender, According to Jim and Modern Family and in the film Employee of the Month (2006).

Bert Remsen, her husband of 40 years, eventually returned to acting after his accident, becoming a favorite of director Robert Altman. He died in April 1999 at age 74.

In addition to Kerry, Remsen is survived by another daughter, Ann; son-in-law Scott; and grandchildren Meg and Nicholas.


DODD, Barbara
Born: 6/15/1930, Somerville, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 3/8/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Barbara Dodd’s western – actress:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1957 (waitress)

RIP Naomi Stevens


Naomi Stevens Burns

Sunset Funeral Care

Naomi Stevens-Burns passed away January 13th, 2018 in Reseda. She is an actress, known for Valley of the Dolls (1967), The Apartment (1960) and Hard Times (1975).


STEVENS, Naomi
Born: 11/29/1925, Trenton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 1/13/2018, Reseda, California, U.S.A.

Naomi Stevens’ westerns – actress:
Cheyenne (TV) – 1957 (Mama Fina)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1957, 1962 (Marga, Ma Kafka, Maria)
Bronco (TV) – 1959 (Sevarina)
The Californians (TV) – 1959 (clerk)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (Touma)
Wichita Town (TV) – 1960 (Rosa Vincenti)
Rawhide (TV) – 1962, 1963 (Maria, Natana)
Empire (TV) – 1963 (Mrs. Quintero)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1964 (Hannah Moses)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965 (Angelina)
Laredo (TV) – 1966 (Carmelita)
The Shakiest Gun in the West – 1968 (squaw)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1968 (Juanita)

RIP Charles Tyner


SAG/AFTRA Magazine
Spring 2018 edition

In 1957, Tyner made his debut on Broadway, in the play Orpheus Descending. Two year later, he appeared with Paul Newman, in the Broadway play Sweet Bird of Youth. It was during 1959, that he made his film debut, with an uncredited part in That Kind of Woman. He worked with Newman again in 1967, as Boss Higgins, the sadistic prison guard in Cool Hand Luke, and became a regular character actor, appearing in films such as The Reivers, Lawman, Harold and Maude, The Cowboys and Emperor of the North Pole. One of his better known roles was alongside Burt Reynolds, in the 1974 prison comedy The Longest Yard. Another one of his better known roles was that of the evil Howard Rodman in the television series Father Murphy.

Tyner returned to the stage in 1977, but continued to appear in films. He died on November 8, 2017.


TYNER, Charles
Born: 6/8/1925, Danville, Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 11/8/2017, U.S.A.

Charles Tyner’s westerns – actor:
The Big Valley (TV) – 1967 (Hemit)
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) – 1967 (Guilfoyle)
The Stalking Moon – 1968 (Dace)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1969 (Gregg)
The Cheyenne Social Club – 1970 (Charlie Bannister)
Monte Walsh – 1970 (doctor)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Turner)
Lawman – 1971 (minister)
Bad Company – 1972 (egg farmer)
The Cowboys – 1972 (stonemason)
Jeremiah Johnson – 1972 (Robidoux)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (Laraby)
The Outlaw Josey Wales – 1976 (Zukie Limmer)
Young Pioneers (TV) – 1976 (Mr. Benton)
Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (TV) – 1977 (Lefty Slade)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1979 (Eli Kelsay)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1981-1982 (Howard Rodman)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1983 (Mr. Janes)
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1988 (Herb Applegate)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

RIP R. Lee Ermey


R. Lee Ermey, Golden Globe Nominee for ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ Dies at 74

The Hollywood Reporter
By Kimberly Nordyke
4/15/2018

The news was announced via his official Twitter account by his longtime manager.

R. Lee Ermey, a Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, has died.

Ermey, whose nickname was "The Gunny," died Sunday morning from complications of pneumonia. He was 74.

The news was announced via his official twitter account by his longtime manager, Bill Rogin.

“Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:

It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”

Ermey not only played a member of the military in the movies, but he also was one in real life, having been a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant. He also served as a drill instructor for the Marines. Ermey also served 14 months in Vietnam and completed two tours in Okinawa, Japan.

Both March 24, 1944, in Emporia, Kan., Ermey's family moved to Toppenish, Wash., when he was 14. There, he became  a "troublemaker and a bit of a hell-raiser," he told the Civilian Marksmanship Program's online magazine in September 2010, and he found himself in court multiple times.

"Basically, a silver-haired judge, a kindly old judge, looked down at me and said, ‘This is the second time I've seen you up here and it looks like we're going to have to do something about this," he told CMP. "He gave me a choice. He said I could either go into the military — any branch I wanted to go to — or he was going to send me where the sun never shines. And I love sunshine, I don't know about you."

After retiring from the military with 11 years of service under his belt, Ermey took some acting classes and was cast in one of his first roles, playing a helicopter pilot in 1979's Apocalypse Now, and also serving as a technical adviser to director Francis Ford Coppola on the film. Another role he landed around that same time also hit close to home, playing a Marine drill instructor in Sidney Furie's The Boys in Company C. 

But it was his role role in Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket that brought him also earned him a best supporting actor award from the Boston Society of Film Critics. However, he's probably best remembered for the numerous memorable lines he delivered as the no-nonsense seargeant: including: "What is your major malfunction numbnuts? Didn't mommy and daddy show you enough attention when you were a child?" and "I want that head so sanitary and squared away that the Virgin Mary herself would be proud to go in there and take a dump."

Other films credits include Mississippi Burning, Prefontaine, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Fletch Lives, Se7en. He also had a healthy voice-over career, playing the lead of the green plastic Army solders in the Toy Story films along with a role in SpongeBob SquarePants, among others.

More recently, he hosted Outdoor Channel's GunnyTime With R. Lee Ermey.


ERMEY, R. Lee (Ronald Lee Ermey)
Born: 3/24/1944, Emporia, Kansas, U.S.A.
Died: 4/15/2018, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

R. Lee Ermey’s westerns – actor:
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (TV) – 1993 (Brisco County Sr.)
Somersby – 1993 (Dick Mead)
Savate – 1995 (Benedict)
Rough Riders – 1997 (Secretary of State John Hay)
You Know My Name (TV) – 1999 (Marshal Nix)
Jericho – 2000 (Marshall)

RIP Verland Whipple


Verland T. Whipple
Ojai, CA

Ventura County Star
April 15, 2018.

Verland T. Whipple passed away peacefully on April 9, 2018, at the age of 88. He was born May 3, 1929, in Douglas, Arizona to William Wilford Whipple and Beatrice Thayne.

His parents were born in the Mormon Colonies in Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico, who both died when he was young. He was the 4th of 6 children, and he remained very close to his brothers and sisters; Walden, LaRee, Velda, Cale, and Boyd. He lived with family members growing up in Mexico, New Mexico, California, Colorado and Nevada. Verland served honorably in the Central States Mission as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and immediately afterward in the US Army.

As a student at Brigham Young University, he was well known for his comedy acts and was honored for his excellence as an entertainer. In the years to follow he performed on nationwide tours with many of the well-known celebrities of the time. Together with his wife, Mary Lou Parkes Whipple, he operated the Cameo Playhouse in Hollywood, California. His love for writing resulted in dozens of screenplays for motion pictures. He produced a number of notable films including Ransom Money, and The Legend of Jedediah Carver. In his later years, living in Salt Lake City, Utah and Ojai, California; he focused his writing efforts on poetry, songs, and short stories including his book Millenium.

Verland was known for his humor and positive attitude about life. He is survived by his son Thayne Whipple; daughter-in-law Sheryl B. Whipple; grandchildren, Graham Whipple, Haven Whipple, Parkes Whipple, and Sage Whipple; as well as many loving nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held at Miramar National Cemetery at 9:00 am on Friday the 20th of April, where he will be interred.


WHIPPLE, Verland (Verland T. Whipple)
Born: 5/3/1929, Douglas, Arizona, U.S.A.
Died: 4/9/2018, Ojai, California, U.S.A.

Verland T. Whipple’s western – producer:
The Legend of Jedediah Carver - 1967

Saturday, April 14, 2018

RIP Jack Naughton


RIP Jack Naughton

The New York Times
April 15, 2018

NAUGHTON--John S. "Jack", 89. Professional actor. Passed away peacefully April 4th. An elegant dresser, loved his tea and toast, music, radio, and sharing stories of life and career. We miss you, Jack, and will fondly remember you always. Memorials may be made to The Actors Fund.

NAUGHTON, Jack (John S. Naughton)
Born: 193?, U.S.A.
Died: 4/4/2018, New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Jack Naughton’s western – actor:
The Virginian (TV) – 1970 (clerk)

RIP Isabella Biagini


Farewell to Isabella Biagini, from Antonioni to the variety shows

She made her debut with the director, then came cinema and TV. He was 74 years old

The actress, show girl and imitator Isabella Biagini has died in Rome. She was 74 years old, She was hospitalized in a hospice in the capital. Born in 1943 in Rome, her real name was Concetta Biagini, she debuted in 1955 with a small part in the film The Friends of Michelangelo Antonioni. Then came her transition to TV, with comedy roles and a lot of cameos in many varieties of the Sixties and Seventies and the participation in various Italian comedies from Amore all'italiana by Steno in Boccaccio by Bruno Corbucci, and musical comedies from Non Cantare, spara (1968) with the Quartetto Cetra a Bambole, there is no lira (1978) and Once Upon a Time Rome (1979).

Ironic and irreverent, she also had a talent as an imitator, her Mina was unforgettable. Marked by a difficult love life and two failed marriages, she had a daughter Monica, who died in 1998. In 2016, she had denounced her difficult economic condition.


BIAGINI, Isabella (Concetta Biagini)
Born: 12/8/1940, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 4/14/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Isabaella Biagini’s western – actress, singer:
Non cantare, spara (TV) – 1967 (Bella Brackett)

RIP Ron White


Ron White 1953-2018

Toronto Star
April 14, 2018

On April 4, 2018, Ron White was cast in a courageous and undaunted final fight with cancer. Thousands of messages from adoring friends and relatives inspired this last act of his rich and full life. He was a hugely celebrated Canadian actor who masterfully moved from stage to screen. Born in 1953 in Dawson Creek, BC, Ron was predeceased by father Thomas Earl, mother Grace Mary, brother Brian and twin brother Don. Ron will be dearly missed by his treasured son Jesse White, best friend and best foe Lisa, big brother Earl and many much loved nieces, nephews and in-laws. The family expresses deepest thanks to Dr. Gail Darling and Dr. Jennifer Knox, Toronto General Hospital staff as well as the many friends who loved and supported him. A Celebration of Ron's Life will take place at Crow's Theatre, May 6th at 3 p.m. Location: Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Actors Fund of Canada in memory of Ron White.


WHITE, Ron (Ronald White)
Born: 1953, Dawson Creek, British Colombia, Canada
Died:  4/4/2018, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ron White’s westerns – actor:
Cowboy’s Don’t Cry – 1988 (Josh Morgan)
Last Train Home – 1989 (Gordon Bradshaw)
Where the Spirit Lives – 1989 (Taggert)
The Campbells (TV) – 1990 (Ian Forbes)
Unforgiven – 1992 (Clyde Ledbetter)
Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV) – 1995 (Elijah Tavish)