Monday, February 19, 2018

RIP Weaver Levy

Actor Weaver Levy died on Thursday February 8, 2018 in Murrieta, California.  Born Waever Kay Levy in Los Angeles, California on Januaryb 14, 1925 was an American of Chinese parents, who is himself bemused by the handle. He was neither English nor Jewish, as his name might implv so in the interest of clarification, he changed it to Weaver. He came all the way to London to make the switch henceforth he will be known either as Weaver Lee or Li Y. Chung He's best remembered by American television viewers for his role of first mate Lasi with Gardner McKay on “Adventures in Paradise." Since leaving the series he has played mainly Oriental roles on such shows as "Hawaiian Eye" and "The Islanders," and first big screen break in “Satan Never Sleeps" for producer-director Leo McCarey and 20th Century-Fox. "This name situation can be confusing.” he once said. “My family name really is Li-y. but pronounced Levy in English. In all it caused all kinds of trouble. "There's one big advantage once you heard his name you never forgot it. A native of Los Angeles. Chung or Lee or Levy spent most of his acting career playing villainous Japanese Armv officers, American Indians Eskimos and even a few Chinese roles. But his part in the TV series had Weaver or Li working more than any other Oriental performer in Hollywood. His big chance eluded him until McCarey signed him up. "This was a rare opportunity for a Chinese actor to break away from the stereotyped role most Orientals play in pictures," Lee-Chung-Levy said. Weaver was unhampered by the Charlie Chan syndrome of wise inscrutability.

LEVY, Weaver (Weaver Kay Levy)
Born: 1/14/1925, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/8/2018, Murietta, California, U.S.A.

Weaver Levy’s westerns – actor:
Sky King (TV) – 1956 (Chan)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1957 (Ah Lum)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1958 (Chinese gang member)
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1958 (hotel clerk)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV) – 1960 (Ooluk)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1962 (Wang)
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1969 (Kang)

RIP Bill Blunden

Award winning British film editor Bill Blunden died on January 3, 2018 in Malmesbury, Wilshire, England. He was 83. Blunden is the father of film editor Chris Blunden and grandfather of film editor William Blunden. Blunden won an Emmy Award for his work on ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ (1979). He was also nominated for an Emmy in 1993 for ‘To Dance with the White Dog’.

BLUNDEN, Bill (Thomas William Blunden)
Born: 1935, Pancas, London, England, U.K
Died: 1/13/2018, Malmesbury, Wilshire, England, U.K.

Bill Blunden’s western – film editor:
Shalako - 1968

Sunday, February 18, 2018

RIP Pier Paolo Capponi

Farewell to Pier Paolo Capponi, actor of cinema and TV , from Fernando Di Leo to Mara Venier
By Ivan Zingariello
February 16, 2018

Pier Paolo Capponi, the famous actor of cinema and fiction, has died.  He often worked with Fernando Di Leo, but also with Dario Argento and the Taviani. He had a son with Mara Venier.

The actor Pier Paolo Capponi is gone, he had been sick for some time and died yesterday in Torri in Sabina, in the province of Rieti, at the age of 79.  The funeral is tomorrow.  In the mid-'70s he had a son with Mara Venier, Paolo, who last year had made him a grandfather, with the birth of little Claudio.

Born in Subiaco, near Rome, June 9, 1938, in the '70s Capponi was a famous film actor and appeared in television dramas, often acting for the Italian police master Fernando Di Leo: the violent I ragazzi del massacro (1969), in which played the role of the tough commissioner grappling with a group of teenagers who barbarously killed a teacher, gave him a certain notoriety, followed by the role of the killer in Il boss (1973) and that of the right arm of the boss Martin Balsam in Diamanti sporchi di sangue (1978).  With Di Leo he also shot the TV miniseries L’assassino ha le ore contate in 1981.

Pier Paolo Capponi also recited for the Taviani brothers in I sovversivi (1967) and Fiorile (1993), for Valerio Zurlini in Seduto alla sua destra (1968), for Francesco Rosi in Uomini contro (1970) and Alessandro Blasetti in the series fantascienza (1979). He often served as inspector or commissioner, as in Dario Argento's Il gatto a nove code (1971), and he participated in other Gallos of the time, such as Uccidete il vitello grasso e arrostitelo (1970) by Salvatore Samperi, Le foto proibite di una signora per bene (1970) by Luciano Ercoli, Sette orchidee macchiate di rosso (1972) by Umberto Lenzi, and the famous drama RAI Dov'è Anna?  (1976) by Piero Schivazappa.

CAPPONI, Pier Paolo
Born: 6/9/1938, Subiaco, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died:  2/15/2018, Torri in Sabina, Rieti, Latium, Italy

Pier Paolo Capponi’s western – actor:
My Name is Pecos – 1968 (Joe Kline) [as Norman Clark]

Saturday, February 17, 2018

RIP Richard Glover

Richard Gene Glover
August 30, 1953 - January 26, 2018

Arizona Republic
February 18, 2018

Richard Glover, of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away Friday, January 26th, 2018, at the age of 64.

Richard was born in Denver, Colorado. Richard was an amazing actor and an exceptional son, brother, uncle and friend. He started acting in high school and continued acting for most of his life. He went to University of Arizona in Tuscon and acted at the Gaslight Theatre. Richard was an active and well-loved part of the Phoenix Theatre Community for many years. He also acted for Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock, AR; New Stage Theatre in Jackson, MI; Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota, FL; Las Cruces Community Theatre in Las Cruces, NM.

He was in several made for TV movies and did a few television series parts as well. He was also in the movies Arizona Heat (1988) and The Appearance of a Man (2008).

Richard is preceded in death by his father, Carrol Fred Glover, as well as his uncle, Stanley Glover and his grandparents. He is survived by his mother, Beckie Glover, his brothers Dee and Frank, his sister, Jo, nephews Kayle and Travis, nieces Kelsey, Rebecca, great nephews Teagan, Hunter and Trace and his great niece, Saya, as well as an aunt and several cousins.

Services will be held at Veterans National Cemetery, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 18, 2018.

GLOVER, Richard (Richard Gene Glover)
Born: 8/30/1953, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 1/26/2018, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.

Richard Glover’s westerns – actor:
Billy the Kid (TV) – 1989 (Beaver Smith)
The Young Riders (TV) – 1990, 1991, 1992 (deputy, Carl Walker, Eastman)
Four Eyes and Six-Guns (TV) – 1992 (Jim Bryer)
Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (TV) – 1992 (David Henry)

RIP Graciela Doring

Mexican actress Graciela Doring has died

El Siglo de Torreon
February 17, 2018

Mexican actress Graciela Doring has died at the age of 79, as reported by the National Association of Interpreters through her account on the social network Twitter.

Doring, who had an artistic career of more than 50 years, made almost 30 telenovelas; she debuted in 1959 in the telenovela Teresa with Maricruz Olivier, she also participated in Un amor en la sombra and Amar fue su pecad, in 1960. In 1961 she participated in La familia del 6. Her most recent roles in television were Ni contigo y no ti (2011), Amor comprado (2008), Ojo por Ojo (2010),  Una luz en el camino (1998) and
Soñar no cuesta nada, in 2005.

In cinema she acted in films like Pedro Páramo (1967), Las troyanas (1963), Dias de
otoño (1963) and The Wild Bunch (1969). The film director Julián Hernández lamented the news and shared a message on his social networks. "Graciela Doring (1939-2018) has died, whom we remember as Damiana Cisneros in Pedro Páramo by Carlos Velo," he wrote.

In theater she participated in the staging of La herida del tiempo, in 1962. In Teresa is remembered in his role as "Aurora Ferralde", who is left with the love of the ambitious protagonist, Teresa Martinez, played by the also deceased actress, Maricruz Olivier. the causes of his death are still unknown.

DORING, Graciela
Born: 1939, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Died: 2/14/2018, Mexico

Graciela Doring’s western – actress:
The Wild Bunch – 1969 (Emma)

RIP Lassie Lou Ahern

Lassie Lou Ahern, Child Actress in the 'Our Gang' Comedies, Dies at 97

Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

She played a boy in the 1927 epic 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' starred opposite Will Rogers and taught dance to Renee Zellweger.

Lassie Lou Ahern, the versatile child actress who appeared in the Our Gang comedy shorts and played a boy in the Universal Pictures silent epic Uncle Tom's Cabin, has died. She was 97.

Ahern, who was a protégé of the American icon Will Rogers and years later taught dance to the likes of Renee Zellweger, died Thursday in Prescott, Arizona, of complications related to the flu, film preservationist Jeffrey Crouse told The Hollywood Reporter.

Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927), a film adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel, took almost two years to make on location alongside the Mississippi River and had an advertised budget of $2 million, a record at the time.

Ahern's father tried to pass her off as a boy so she could get the part of Little Harry Harris, a child of a slave, by putting her in a suit and having her use his name, Freddie. After Lassie Lou demonstrated that she could cry on cue, producer-director Harry A. Pollard asked her, "You're not a boy, are you?"

"I was scared to death because my father was sitting in the corner of the room," she once recalled. "I looked at my father and saw that he had a slight smile on his face, so I looked at Mr. Pollard and shook my head.  'No,' I said. … Suddenly he got up out of his chair and set me down. He then walked to the door, stuck his head out where there was still a long line of boys and said, 'Thank you all for coming, we have found our Little Harry.' "

The advent of sound derailed her movie career in the late 1920s, but she formed an act with her older sister Peggy — also an Our Gang actress — and The Ahern Sisters danced, tumbled and spun ropes in hotels and nightclubs throughout North America for about a decade.

After the sister act had run its course, Ahern returned to Hollywood and danced in the Donald O'Connor movies Mister Big (1943), Top Man (1943) and Patrick the Great (1945). She also can be spotted in George Cukor's Gaslight (1944).

Ahern was born in Los Angeles on June 25, 1920, and made her film debut 18 months later in Jack London's Call of the Wild. She then appeared in several Our Gang comedy shorts for producer Hal Roach, including Cradle Robbers, The Sun Down Limited and Fast Company, all released in 1924.

Ahern worked alongside Rogers in Going to Congress (1924) and with Helen Holmes, who was famous for playing a quick-thinking, inventive heroine, in a series of shorts. And she and Frankie Darro starred as street kids in 1927's Little Mickey Grogan.

(Crouse was working with the actress in an effort to raise $15,000 to restore that film after a nitrate print was discovered in Paris; hear Ahern speak about it here.)

Ahern appeared on Love, American Style, The Odd Couple and Petrocelli in the 1970s. She also taught dance for more than three decades at her Ashram Spa in Calabasas, Calif., where her students included Zellweger, Faye Dunaway, Toni Tennille and Cindy Crawford.

Survivors include her children Cary, Debra and John.

AHERN, Lassie Lou
Born: 6/25/1920, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 2/15/2018, Prescott, Arizona, U.S.A.

Lassie Lou Ahern’s western – actress:
Call of the Wild – 1923 (baby girl)