Edward Herrmann -- perhaps best known for playing Richard
Gilmore on "Gilmore Girls" -- died this morning in a hospital in New
York. He was 71.
Herrmann's family tells TMZ he had been battling brain
cancer and had been in ICU for the last 3 1/2 weeks. Ultimately, things did not
improve and his family decided to take him off the respirator.
Herrmann was married twice and and his second wife Star tells
TMZ the actor leaves behind 3 children.
Herrmann was on "Gilmore Girls" for its entire
run and recently appeared in several episodes of "The Good Wife." He
was also nominated for an emmy for his portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in
the '70's ... was the head vampire in "The Lost Boys," andfamously starred alongside Macaulay Culkin in
Born: 7/21/1943, Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Died: 12/31/2014, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Edward Hermann’s western – actor:
Redemption: For Robbing the Dead – 2011 (Governor Dawson)
Stan Neufeld, who started in Hollywood in 1941 as an
assistant director on Westerns produced by his father and who worked
continuously in the business until he was 80 years old, except only for service
in the Merchant Marine during World War II, passed away on December 26 in
Eugene, Oregon at the age of 91. Stan was the son of Sigmund and Ruth Neufeld
and was born in Hollywood in 1923. He was raised in Hollywood and spent every
free moment on the sets of movies produced by his father in the 1930's until he
graduated from Fairfax High School in 1941. He immediately went to work on the
production side as an assistant director. He also graduated from the Merchant
Marine Academy and served for almost three years as an engineering officer on
ammunition ships in the Pacific during World War II. In 1945 after his
discharge, he worked on such Oscar winning movies as All the King's Men and he
worked with Orson Welles on Shanghai Lady. By 1950, he joined Gene Autry at
Flying A Productions for 6 years where he worked on the many series produced
there, including The Gene Autry Show and The Range Rider. He dreamed of
becoming a production manager and was inspired by the legendary production
manager, Bert Sternbach, and he took over from Bert on one of the earliest TV
shows filmed in Canada in the mid 1950's, The Last of the Mohicans. Following
his return to Hollywood and more movies and series, he moved to New York in
1960 to head the production unit for the Emmy winning series, Naked City. Stan
received his first producing credit on Naked City and worked on dozens of
movies and TV series for the next 40 years. He was known for his vast knowledge
of how to make pictures and keep them under budget and on schedule. He was
almost always the first one on the set and the last to leave in his total of 60
years in the business. As the years passed, Stan also took two positions which
took him away from the set, the first at Orion Pictures where he supervised the
production of its films, including at least two Oscar Best Picture winners. For
his last assignment, he joined a bonding company where he decided what films to
bond. Again, he was touched by Oscar when one of the films he bonded, The
English Patient, won the Oscar for best picture. He had to travel to North
Africa during production and loved being on the set once again. His career
ended only when the bonding company closed. His retirement from the business
marked the end of 90 years in the business between his Dad who started in 1911
and Stan who followed him in 1941. Stan's recollections of his incredible
career can be seen on the Director's Guild website, and he will be remembered
by the many people in the business whose lives he touched. Stan also found time
to run marathons and was a champion in his age group until just prior to his
80th birthday. Stan is survived by his wife, Lesley, his son, Tim, his
daughter-in-law, Gabie, his brother Sig, whose Hollywood career was equally
successful, Sig's husband Patrick, his two granddaughters and their husbands,
Pam and Dale, and Kathy and Dane, his great granddaughter, Maya, and his
faithful dog, Rocky. He loved his family, his work and the picture business,
and he will always be remembered not just for his hundreds of credits and
marathon medals, but more important for the hundreds of people in the
business for whom he was a mentor and an inspiration.Through many of them, he
is still on the set every day.
Born: 1923, Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Died: 12/26/2014, Eugene, Oregon, U.S.A.
Stanley Neufeld’s westerns – production manager,
director, assistant director:
Lightning Raiders – 1945 [assistant director]
Prairie Rustlers – 1945 [assistant director]
Gentlemen With Guns – 1946 [assistant director]
Terrors on Horseback – 1946 [assistant director]
Ghost of the Valley – 1946 [assistant director]
Prairie Badmen – 1946 [assistant director]
Overland Raiders – 1946 [assistant director]
Outlaws of the Plains – 1946 [assistant director]
Outcasts of Black Mesa – 1950 [assistant director]
The Silver Bandit – 1950 [assistant director]
The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV) – 1951 [assistant
The Range Rider (TV) – 1951-1953 [assistant director]
The Gene Autry Show (TV) – 1951-1955 [assistant director]
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1953 [assistant director]
Steve Wootton, 68, resident of Henderson area, passed
away on April 4, 2014 at the Nathan Adelson Hospice center after a bravely
fought battle against Melanoma. He was born Stephen A. Wootton, July 8, 1945 in
Southern California to Neville and Leah Wootton.
In the early days he was known as "Stevie
Wootton", a cute, freckle-faced child actor seen on various television
series (including the Jack Benny Show, This is Alice, Superman, and I Love Lucy) and
many motion pictures until his early teens. He attended University of Portland
where he met his first wife, Judith Gregori and received his Bachelor of Arts
in Communication in 1967. He and Judy were married in 1968. They had three
children, Kimberley, Matthew and Timothy. The couple later divorced in 1979.
Steve had a long career in insurance and management,
starting at Allstate and later retiring from CNA in Chicago. While at CNA, he
met his soul-mate, then Virginia Dickinson. The couple married July 21, 1990.
About 10 years ago, Steve retired from his career in Chicago to the Henderson
area to be closer to family in California and his brother and sister-in-law,
Roger and Judy Wootton.
Steve loved good wine, golf, watching sports, his family
and his grandchildren who affectionately called him "Papa". He was
well loved by his friends and colleagues and had a good joke for every
occasion. He was generous and loving to all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Ginny; his brother Roger; his
children Kim, Matt and Tim; his step-sons Jon and Jeffrey; and seven beautiful
grandchildren they cherished together.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that
donations be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation (www.melanoma.org) or
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers (Fr. Joseph Fedora, M.M., Mission Account,
Maryknoll, New York 10545 in Memory of Stephen Wootton).
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday,
April 15 at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada. A
reception to follow at Roger and Judy Wootton's.
WOOTON, Stephen (Stephen Arthur Wooton)
Born: 7/8/1945, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/4/2014, Henderson, California, U.S.A.
Stephen Wooton’s westerns – actor:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1954
At Gunpoint – 1955 (Joey Clark)
Red Sundown (TV) – 1956 (Chuck)
Star in the Dust – 1956 (boy)
Stranger at My Door – 1956 (‘Dodie’ Jarret)
My Friend Flick (TV) – 1956 (Teddy Wallace)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1958 (Sandy)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1958 (Jed Warren)
Buckskin (TV) – 1959 (Buford)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (Sam Dexter)
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1961 (Ollie
Rosella Towne was an American film actress. She was born
on January 20, 1918 in Youngstown, Ohio. Her film career began in 1937, after
making a screen test for Warner Bros. and signing a contract for the studio. At
first she made minor appearances in motion pictures such as Varsity Show, It's
Love I'm After and Submarine D-1. In 1939, she got her first leading role when
she was chosen to play the part of comic strip character Jane Arden in a film
adaption. While touted by critics as a future star, Towne retired from show business
after marrying screenwriter Harry Kronman. She died in late August 2014, aged
Cinematographer Maximo Felipe Munzi, whose career spanned
30 years and included 104 films, died of pancreatic cancer December 16 in Los
Angeles. He was 57.
Munzi worked in both film and television, and his efforts
included “Looking for Mr. Right,” “A Lesson in Romance,” “Ring of Death,” “The
Storm,” “Love’s Enduring Promise” and “The Christmas Card.”
His TV work appeared on NBC, Hallmark Channel, Lifetime,
USA and Spike, among other networks.
Most recently, Munzi was employed at Larry Levinson
Bon in Buenos Aires, Maximo also spent time in Rome
during his youth. Munzi moved to Los
Angeles in his early 20s to pursue his
passion for filmmaking. He completed his education at Columbia College in Los
Angeles and worked at the American Film Institute, where he honed his skills as
Later he became an encouraging mentor to many young
Munzi is survived by his wife, Krisann Pappajohn; his
children, Chiara, Lorenzo, and Cosima; his twin sister; and his younger
A memorial service is planned for December 27 at 10:30
a.m. at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church at 5700 Rudnick Ave. in Woodland
Hills. Donations may be made in Munzi’s name to the Pancreatic Cancer Action
Joseph Sargent, director of “The Taking of Pelham One Two
Three” and winner of four Emmys and four DGA Awards, died Monday at his home in
Malibu of complications from heart disease. He was 89.
Sargent worked until he was 84. His credits included
“Something The Lord Made,” “Warm Springs” “MacArthur,” “The Incident,” “Playing
For Time,” “Miss Rose White” “Miss Evers’ Boys” and “Love Is Never Silent.”
He and his wife Carolyn helped co-found Deaf Theatre West
as also founded the Free Arts Clinic For Abused Children. He won a Genesis
Award for “The Last Elephant.”
Sargent worked during his last decade as the senior
filmmaker-in-residence for the directing program at the American Film Institute
Conservatory in Los Angeles and as the first professor of a masters program in
film directing at Pepperdine University in Malibu, where Sargent and his wife
Carolyn have resided for 40 years.
“When it comes to directing Movies for Television, Joe’s
dominance and craftsmanship was legendary — for the past 50 years,” said
Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay.
“With eight DGA Awards nominations in Movies for
Television, more than any other director in this category, Joe embodied
directorial excellence on the small screen.” Barclay said. “He was unafraid of
taking risks, believing in his heart that television audiences demanded the
highest quality stories – whether chronicling uncomfortable historic events
like the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in ‘Miss Evers’
'Boys, or compelling
personal stories about inspiring individuals like heart surgery pioneersAlfred
Blalock and Vivien Thomas in ‘Something the Lord Made.’ His biographies
demonstrated an exactitude for period accuracy while simultaneously infusing
historical figures with true-to-life spirit and passion. Joe once said that he
was ‘drawn to projects possessing ‘edge’ — material that can make some comment
or contribution to the condition of man,’ and it is this ‘edge’ that is his
enduring directorial legacy.”
He was born Giusseppe Daneiele Sorgente in Jersey City,
New Jersey. He served as a teenage GI volunteer in Western Europe in World War
II; after the war, he began studying as an actor studying at the Actors’
He gained experience in episodic TV, first as an actor
and finally getting directory opportunities in “Gunsmoke,” “Bonanza,” “Lassie,”
“The Fugitive,” “Star Trek” and “The Man From Uncle. He won his first Emmy
directing the pilot episode of “Kojak,” a film entitled “The Marcus-Nelson
Sargent is survived by his widow Carolyn Nelson Sargent,
two daughters, Lia Sargent and Athena Sargent Sergneri (from a prior marriage
to Mary Carver), and by nieces Charlotte and Emma Nelson.
SARGENT, Joseph (Giuseppe Danielle Sorgente)
Born: 7/22/1925, Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 12/22/2014Malibu, California, U.S.A.
Joseph Sargent’s westerns – actor, director:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1956 (Reuben Bennett)
The Sheriff of Cochise (TV) – 1956, 1957 (Amon, Lattimer,
Brandon Stoddard, ABC Exec Who Shepherded ‘Roots,’ Dies
By Cynthia Littleton
December 22, 2014
Brandon Stoddard, the longtime ABC exec who shepherded
such landmark longform productions as “Roots” and “The Winds of War,” died
Monday after a battle with cancer. He was 77.
Stoddard had a 25-year career at ABC, rising to
entertainment president from 1985-89. He spent another six years as head of ABC
Prods. before stepping down in 1995.
During his long run, Stoddard was an instrumental player
in steering ABC’s success with large-scale miniseries productions. None was a
bigger gamble than “Roots,” a gritty historical look at the journey of Africans
into the slave trade in America that aired over eight consecutive nights in
January 1977. The production and the impact it had as a cultural event remains a
milestone for the medium.
Stoddard was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of
Fame in March. After leaving ABC, Stoddard spent 10 years teaching graduate
students at USC’s School for Cinema and Television.
Stoddard was a mentor and friend to a generation of TV
execs including Bob Iger, producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner and Ted
Harbert, now chairman of NBC Broadcasting.
“In many ways, I owe my career to Brandon. He taught me
how to read a script, how to talk to writers and to above all, revere great
characters and stories,” Harbert told Variety. “And we laughed.”
Iger, chairman-CEO of Disney, succeeded Stoddard as ABC
Entertainment president in 1989.
“Brandon was a true maverick who was instrumental in
transforming prime time television. His influence continues, and he will be
missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know him,” Iger said.
Stoddard grew up in Southport, Conn., and attended Yale
University. He initially pursued a career as an actor, but got discouraged and
veered in law. He wound up in advertising at BBDO, which eventually led him to
join ABC in 1970 overseeing daytime and children’s programming. He developed
the enduring “Schoolhouse Rock” shorts designed to teach kids basic history,
English and civics lessons such as how a bill becomes a law.
As he rose through the ranks at ABC, Stoddard moved into
the longform arena where he helped bring “Roots” to the screen. ABC under
Stoddard delivered epic, ambitious productions that were seen as “novels for
television,” drawing on Stoddard’s high-brow taste in literary material and his
equally strong skill at adapting it for mass appeal. Among the ABC productions
of the era were “Rich Man, Poor Man,” “QBVII,” “The Thorn Birds” and “Masada.”
The 1983 WWII saga “The Winds of War” starring Robert
Mitchum marked a peak of audience size and scope of the storytelling. But the
1988 sequel “War and Remembrance” marked the beginning of the end of the
mega-miniseries as it was costly and not as successful as its predecessor.
Beyond the miniseries, Stoddard championed telepics that
broke ground on controversial subjects, such as the nuclear drama “The Day
After”; “Something About Amelia,” which tackled incest; and “Friendly Fire,”
about the aftermath of the Vietnam War.
He also oversaw ABC’s feature film development efforts in
the early 1980s. The division yielded the Oscar-nominated “Silkwood,” which
started out as an ABC TV movie project; “The Flamingo Kid”; and “Prizzi’s
Honor,” among other titles.
Stoddard was named ABC Entertainment president in 1985.
While Stoddard was head of programming, ABC fielded such hits as “Roseanne,”
“The Wonder Years,” “Moonlighting,” “Thirtysomething,” “China Beach,” “Max
Headroom” and “Full House.” He also greenlit the pilot for “Twin Peaks” and
oversaw the production of the cult-fave “My So-Called Life” during his time at
Later in life, Stoddard turned to painting and had an
exhibition of his works at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Anne Dolan, and two
Singer and entertainer Udo Jürgens has died at 80 years
By Karl Curse
December 21, 2014
Udo Jürgens was one of the biggest stars and entertainers
German speaking countries. His music accompanied several generations. Now he
died 80 years old.
Just as he was still there. On 30th of
September he was 80, and the album that he released this year, headlined the
midst of life. This one took him off without a hint of a doubt. Udo Jürgens was
the epitome of resilience. He seemed to be one where the age could not harm
much. Well, the hair was dyed, but otherwise he was a seemingly never-ending
energy beam whose concerts every time the two-hour mark blew as if it were half
my age. Now, one of the largest and most successful musician and entertainer of
the German-speaking world has died of heart failure.
The illusion of Unverwüsstlichkeit was a work and a
career owed for the post-war period in this country is no comparison. Born in
1934 in Klagenfurt as Udo Jürgen Bockelmann he got from the great war just as
much with that he earned him a permanent hearing loss, as he cashed a slap in
the Hitler Youth.
World Stars and Song Contest
At 16, he won his first prize as a young composer, his
first appearances he made as Udo Bolan band. In the 1960s, his career came in a
roundabout journey. At that time he composed for Shirley Bassey Reach for the
Stars, which was a worldwide hit for them. Jürgens had gone to the United
States, had the Nachkriegsmief his home turned his back and played in New York
with black musicians jazz. Back in Austria, he tried several times a song
contest. Three attempts needed it, then in 1966, he took first place with Merci
As a result Udo Jürgens was a superstar of the hit song.
Although he did not like the idea, but he rarely escaped him. After all, Udo
Jürgens could take credit for that, he enriched the tray to content that had
not known the shallow ideal world genre before. He went on philistine funny (in
this honorable house), sang in red poppy on drugs flowers and came back with Go
and multiply in Bavaria even on the index, after church officials had excited
about this song about overpopulation.
As they made their money but without the Udo Jürgens
fans. This actually took to the streets, to hear her on the radio Udo. That was
in the 1980s, and Jürgens was then already an institution. A bon vivant whose
main residence is in Switzerland. He drove Rolls Royce, had comfortable
secondary residences and enjoyed all the amenities that life brings with it a
star. Four children from three mothers were a Kollateralsegen this lifestyle,
stood to the Jürgens wholeheartedly: "Women love after all
Big wide world and Terry cloth
His albums were self-perpetuating, his songs were burning
in the collective memory of several generations: But please with cream, with 66
years, 17 years, blonde hair, Greek wine or banners volatile Buenos Dias
Argentina, which he had in 1978 written for the German national team, what is
Austria of post retaliated in Cordoba.
Udo Jürgens is in his life composed over 1000 songs and
have sold over 100 million records. He has title for Frank Sinatra written,
sung by Sammy Davis Jr.. Around him the aura of the big wide world even then,
when he jovially step at the end of his concerts in white terry cloth jacket
for addition and it looked like the dad after Sonntagsbad. A mesh with effect.
The ladies screamed, the men he seemed harmless. It made him a star next door.
Small and big hopes
Finally, he sang so delightfully yes traceable songs. He
formulated his music in small and large hopes and delivered with the guarantee
that it's okay to indulge his dreams. Through his art he accompanied millions
of people who went, as he said, a little way with them. The tied a huge
audience for decades in him that made him unique in this country. "Real
Stars are people who have accompanied a part of our lives with their art. They
are annoyed about it every now and then, some find it horrible, but for the
songs we have also recognized our time. This hand-in-hand with walking the
audience, which is a value that is not just about out of the hat, "says
Jürgens 2006 STANDARD . That does not sound modest, but it was true.
Collection attempts by politicians he resisted and
rejected as a citizen of the world, the small of his spiritual Carinthian from
openly. Even with feminism he made his peace. He said in an interview with the
STANDARD five years ago that he now prefers to Alice Schwarzer was going to a
good discussion than to make young ladies the yard. Thank you for the flowers.
With the times, man changes. And now he's gone. On Sunday
Udo Jürgens is 80-year-old died in a Swiss hospital of heart failure.
Previously, he collapsed while walking. This gave his management in a press
JURGENS, Udo (Udo Jürgen Bockelmann)
Born: 9/30/1934, Schloß Ottmanach, Carinthia, Austria
A "unque" voice has been silenced and one of
the largest Swedish actors has passed away. Ingvar
Kjellson have fallen asleep,
91 years old. "He should have gotten a lot more recognition than he
actually did," says Kristina Calm DN.
Low-key, discreet and warm. Ingvar Kjellson will be
remembered as one of the biggest actors. To theRoyal Dramatic Theatre, he came
in 1964, and the total was over 140 roles on the national stage.
Ingvar Kjellson played in including Henrik Ibsen's
"Hedda Gabler" and "The Wild Duck".
He also made contributions in the comedy and farce and
directed in recent years.
- He passed away quietly at Danderyd Hospital, there was
no drama, says his son Jan Kjellson to news agency TT.
Ingvar Kjellson was 91 years.
Benny Fredriksson manage Kulturhuset. He arranged Ingvar
Kjell's 90th birthday at the City Theatre last year and committed Kjellson of
the last great role in The Cherry Orchard at the City Theatre, directed by Erik
- Ingvar Kjellson belongs in the true sense of the
greatest actors Sweden had. He could portray all possible roles and was a true
- The heat he had burned through, in a way that made him
loved and beloved by the people.
Fredriksson call Ingvar Kjellson for "an amazing
person and a role model."
- He was a very shy person. Listening and empathetic and
sounded rather be talking than he talked himself. He met his wife, Meta
Velander when she was fourteen and he was fifteen, and they admired and
respected each other all their lives.
Playwright Kristina Calm remember especially when
Kjellson and his wife Meta made her piece Rut and Ragnar at the City Theatre.
- It was so incredibly funny, because he belonged to the
same generation as Allan Edwall, as I wrote the piece from the beginning. He
was jättejättebra. He was like one of those classic actor. The generation that
he and Allan Edwall and Margareta Krook belongs, it is as unique. It is really
really sad, but maybe you could not ask people to live all the time. I was
Kristina Calm describes it as a great experience to work
with the couple Kjellson.
- It was such an odd occurrence in any way. I saw him in
all all the sets at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. He should have gotten a lot
more recognition than he received. He has done many great things with Ingmar
Yvonne Lombard played long against Ingvar Kjellson at the
Stockholm City Theatre.
- He was one of the first gang, when the City Theatre was
on Wallingatan. It was a close-knit bunch, a permanent ensemble unlike now, when
you do not recognize anyone in the hallways. He was wonderful to play against,
a very good boy. We were very good friends, I have played a lot with Meta and
met him very much.
Dramatic chief dramaturge Magnus Florin remember in
Ingvar Kjellson a quiet, discreet and diligent person with an incredible
- It feels like he gave his voice and body to the theater
for an unimaginably long time. At the same time, he was a very discreet and
quiet person with great integrity and a world of its own. He was so amazing
diligent and always active, it was like he always stood on stage, in a
rehearsal room or wherever with the radio or television. It is difficult to
understand how he could do so very much.
Florin's personal favorite is when Kjellson did the
father of the Night is the mother 1983rd
- It was an outstanding remarkable role interpretation of
a father figure.
Helena Bergström played by Ingvar Kjellson in his last
great role in The Cherry Orchard at the City Theatre.
- I am proud that I got to play with this fantastic
actor. He took very seriously his profession, and had a pride in speaking well,
to his lines already on collation, which he did in "The Cherry
Orchard". I feel truly humbled the knowledge and experience he had.
- And I hope we can evaluate all this and talk about how
we can preserve it for future generations. To manage this vast knowledge.
Ingvar Kjellson also did a lot of film and television.
Many may remember him as the eccentric Mon Cousin in "Hedebyborna",
or from movies like "Raskenstam", "Swing it, ma'am" or
Lasse Åberg "The involuntary Golfer". In addition, he made his voice
to characters in animated films such as Prince John in Robin Hood.
- I will remember his voice as absolutely outstanding.
When I was young, I admired him. I think it was one of the actors that made me
start with the theater - I was so fascinated by his voice and his way of
playing, says director Tobias Theorell.
- His voice had an incredibly own connotation and was a
mix between precision, clarity, and at the same time wonderful DRAG. It's one
of those voices that one would immediately recognize. He was truly one of our
biggest actor, I think.
Longtime Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner, a voting
member of the motion picture academy as a centenarian, died Friday of natural
causes at Sunrise Beverly Hills Assisted Living, said his son, Steven. He was
Gardner joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences more than a half-century ago when he first became a producer.
The last film he produced was "Safari 3000" in
"He wouldn't do anything in life but be in the
business," Steven said of his father's love for Hollywood.
Born Arthur Goldberg in 1910, Gardner was raised in
Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles in 1929 at 18 with dreams of becoming an
actor. Like many Jewish actors at the time, he changed his name because of
fears of anti-Semitism, he told The Times in an interview.
One of the first movies he was cast in was "All
Quiet on the Western Front."It was
a small role, but during that time he met George Cukor, the filmmaker who would
go on to direct "A Star Is Born" and "My Fair Lady,"
Gardner told The Times.
During World War II, he served in the Army's first motion
picture unit, making educational and other films under Ronald Reagan. When the
war ended, Gardner turned to producing, making his debut with a 1952
serial-killer B movie titled "Without Warning!"
During his career, Gardner worked with Chuck Connors and
Barbara Stanwyck, as well as John Wayne on one of the actor's final films,
“The Rifleman,” the popular 1950s Western television
series, was one of Gardner's best-known works.
Johnny Crawford, who starred in the show along with Chuck
Connors, told The Times he adored Gardner.
"He was just a class act," Crawford said.
"I always admired him as a kid."
Crawford played Mark McCain, Lucas McCain's son, on the
show that ran for five seasons on ABC.
"He was unlike so many other producers who were all
business," Crawford said. "He was a wonderful guy."
Gardner, who according to Steven said he did not have a
favorite movie but rather loved them all, was an active voter for the Academy
until he was 100. That also happens to be the year he threw out the first pitch
at Dodger Stadium.
GARDNER, Arthur (Arthur Goldberg)
Born: 6/7/1910, Marinette, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 12/19/2014, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
Cerveteri: has died at 83 years, the actor George
Ardisson. His memory through the last interview
The actor Giorgio Ardisson had chosen to live in
Cerveteri, known for numerous films and for being in the cinema "Zorro the
Fox". The debut film of the blond actor, athletic and good looking thanks
to Mauro Bolognini, who chose him for a secondary but important role in “Arrangiatevi!”(You're on Your Own). His athletic prowess
and his boldness to make his characters real made him ideal for adventure films
and so called peplum-movies, for Spaghetti westerns and, especially, for the
cult police/crime films exploiting the reckless adventures of secret agents
like James Bond / 007, much in vogue in the early 1960s. George Ardisson, was
born in Rocca, Canavese, Turin, Italy 1931 and died at his home in Cerveteri on
William Russell Ewing, 77, passed away peacefully on
December 2, 2014. He was born in Aberdeen, North Dakota to Loren and Leona
Ewing on October 14, 1937. The family relocated to Southern California where
Mr. Ewing was a 20th Century Fox Studio security guard. While spending time at
the studios, William developed a strong interest in acting. He adopted the
stage name of Loren Russell Ewing and joined the Screen Actors Guild. Loren was
involved in numerous television series including Rawhide, Batman, Black Sheep
Squadron and Chips. Movie roles included the Bermuda Triange and Across the
Great Divide. While acting in a western film production in the 1970's he
incurred a severe head injury which eventually ended his acting career. He
moved to Upland where he met Bobbie Ruth Jordan and enjoyed a loving
relationship for 40 years. He is survived by his companion, Bobbie, family and
friends in Southern California. Loren is interred at Pomona Valley Memorial
March 8, 1923 - December 15, 2014 Booth Colman, age 91, passed away in
his sleep at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was born in Portland, OR on March
08, 1923 to Sol and Sona Cohn. Booth is survived by his brother, Howard Cohn
(Portland, OR) and has a predeceased sister, Sharlene Bender (Bellevue, WA).
Booth is also survived by two nieces; Shellie Bender Lavaris (Bellevue, WA) and
Susan Cohn Savage (Portland, OR), and two nephews; Scott Bender (Seattle, WA)
and Stephen Bender (Bellevue, WA), as well as six great-grand nephews and a
niece. Booth attended both the Universities of Washington and Michigan. He was
a character actor whose early start was in radio. Booth was known for his many
roles in television, stage, and movies; although, he was best known for his
roles as Dr. Zaius in "The Planet of the Apes" TV series, and the
recurring role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the stage adaptation of "A Christmas
Carol." Booth was a humble man who possessed great wit and charm and was
loved by the actors he shared the stage and screen with. Booth was a scholar
who was well-versed in both history and early religions and had mastered at
least five languages. Booth will be sorely missed by all who knew or came in
contact with him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of a
donation to Actors Fund of America, National Federation for the Blind, or
United Jewish Appeal.
Born: 3/8/1923, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Died: 12/15/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Booth Colman’s westerns – actor:
The Big Sky – 1952 (Pascal)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1956 (Lantanac,
Italian actress Virna Lisi, who played opposite Hollywood
stars including Frank Sinatra in the 1960s and later established herself an
acclaimed character actress, has died at the age of 78.
Italian media quoted her son as saying that Lisi had
passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, a month after being diagnosed
with an incurable illness.
Born in Ancona in 1936, she was an established cinema and
theatre actress before Hollywood producers looking for a new Marilyn Monroe
came calling in the mid-1960s.
With Jack Lemmon she made How to Murder Your Wife in 1965
and followed up by starring alongside Tony Curtis in Not with my Wife, You
Don't, and with Sinatra in Assault on a Queen the following year.
Reluctant to be restricted to love-interest roles based
on her looks, she turned down the sexy part taken by Jane Fonda in Roger
Vadim's Barbarella (1968) and moved back to Europe after only three years of a
seven-year contract with Paramount studios.
While in Hollywood, she maintained a parallel career in
European cinema, notably playing a lead role in The Birds, the Bees and the
Italians, which shared the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes film
festival in 1966.
After taking a break from acting in the early 1970s, Lisi
successfully reinvented herself as a character actress with a broad range. Her
portrayal of Catherine de' Medici in La Reine Margot (1994) saw her pick up
both a French Cesar and the best actress award at Cannes.
She also worked extensively in television and made the
last of her nearly 80 films, Il Piu Bel Giorno Della Mia Vita, in 2002.
She is survived by her son Corrado Pesci and three
grandchildren. Her husband of 53 years, the architect Franco Pesci, died in
LISI, Verna (Virna Pieralisi)
Born: 11/8/1936, Jesi, Ancona, Marche, Italy
Died: 12/18/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Virna Lisi’s westerns – actress:
White Fang - 1973 (Sister Evangelina)
Challenge to White Fang - 1974 (Sister Evangelina)
Stu Erwin, a former drama development executive at Grant
Tinker’s MTM Enterprises, died Nov. 22 at his home in Solana Beach, Calif.,
after a brief illness, his wife said. He was 82.
At MTM, a production company that had been known for hit
comedies (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda), Erwin was instrumental in getting
such noteworthy dramas as Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere,
Lou Grant and The White Shadow on the air.
He later worked as creative director for Tinker’s GTG
Entertainment (Grant Tinker/Gannett), the home of Baywatch.
Earlier, Erwin supervised such network series as Marcus
Welby, M.D. and McCloud as an executive at Universal Studios.
Erwin, who attended Beverly Hills High School and Brown
University, began his career in show business as an associate producer on The
Ed Sullivan Show, then ran the advertising division at Ralston Purina in St.
He was the son of actors Stuart Erwin and June Collyer, the
real-life husband and wife who starred on the 1950-55 ABC comedy show Trouble
With Father, later retitled The Stu Erwin Show. Erwin also starred as Joe
Palooka in a 1934 film and was nominated for an Oscar for playing a hillbilly
quarterback in Pigskin Parade (1936).
Survivors include his wife Diane, five children and their
spouses and six grandchildren.
ERWIN, Jr., Stuart
Born: 9/15/1932, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2014, Solana Beach, California, U.S.A.
Robert Taylor, director of ‘Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,’
dies at 70
By: Lisa Schulz
December 15, 2014
LOS ANGELES — Robert “Bob” Taylor, an award-winning
animator, producer and director best-known for animated TV series, including
“Talespin,” and animated films, such as “The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat,” died
Dec. 11 in Woodland Hills of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease. He was 70.
Born in Boston, Taylor began his career in animation in
1966 at Terrytoons in New York with Ralph Bakshi. He worked on Bakshi’s X-rated
animated feature “Fritz the Cat,” and in 1974 directed sequel “The Nine Lives
of Fritz the Cat,” which played in competition in Cannes. He also worked with
Bakshi as an animator on “Heavy Traffic,” “Coonskin” and “Wizards.”
Taylor went on to direct the animated film “Heidi’s Song”
in 1982 and animated TV series, including Emmy award-winning “TaleSpin,” “Goof
Troop,” “The Flintstone Kids” and “Challenge of the GoBots.” Though he was
uncredited, it was well-known that Taylor was the co-director of
Hanna-Barbera’s “Rock Odyssey,” which traced American history through a talking
jukebox and was shelved for its graphic content.
After retirement, Taylor became an accomplished jazz
guitarist. His son, Scott, followed his musical path as a composer for TV and
film and lives in Joshua Tree, California.
Taylor is survived by five children, including his son
and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 20 at 10
a.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery chapel in Chatsworth, California.
Born: 1944m Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 12/11/2014, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.
Robert Taylor’s western – animator:
The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (TV) - 1988
Mary Dawne Arden, a former American actress and model,
who worked in both Hollywood and Italy, died Saturday, December 13, 2014, at
Calvary Hospital in Brooklyn. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to
NYC at the age of 12 to attend art school.
Mary Dawne had a successful modeling career in Europe and
appeared in numerous Italian movies during the 1960s.
Arden modeled for the runway shows and top fashion
magazine photographers for some of the world's greatest couture designers
including Valentino, Yves St.Laurent, Christian Dior, Lanvin, and Karl
Lagerfeld. She worked for and was on the cover of fashion magazines, including
Italian Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Bellezza, L'Art et la
Mode, Novita, Cosi, and Madam.
Her best known film role is Peggy Peyton in Blood and
Black Lace, directed by Mario Bava. She also appeared as an uncredited cameo in
Juliet of the Spirits. While in Italy, Mary Dawne also appeared in photo
novels, including Sadistik. Arden has been credited for over a dozen roles in
foreign and domestic films.
Arden spent four years in the Caribbean and Latin America
as a marketing director and general manager for Helena Rubinstein
International. Arden hosted and created fashion segments for the Channel 11
Noon News in Los Angeles California. She lived in Mexico City, where she taught
at the modeling, self-improvement, and acting school that she created. With
respected news anchor, Juan Lopez Moctezuma, she co-hosted television
documentaries for Mexican Public Television and created special events for top
designers for the leading department store El Palaccio de Hierro.
When Mary Dawne returned to NYC, she began her own
marketing and body language consulting firm, Arden Associates. The firm has
developed marketing, public relations, training and new product introductions
for many fashion, cosmetic and consumer-product companies such as Elizabeth
Arden, Clairol, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany and Co., May Co. California,
Lanvin, Estee Lauder, and Lancome.
Mary Dawne appeared as a Communications Expert for the
NBC Today Show, Weekend Edition as well as FOX 5 and CBS. Arden was on the
faculty of New York University's Department of Culture and Communication, where
she taught cross-cultural and business communication. She was also a member of
the Commission for the Arts and Humanities in Education at NYU.
Arden is predeceased by her parents and former husband,
Arthur A. Hansl. She is survived by her cousins Allan Ohaver, his wife Glenna
and their children Dawn and Aaron, and Mike, his wife and their children Tamara
In memorial to Mary Dawne, please consider a donation to
the Jarvie Commonweal Service. Jarvie partnered with Mary Dawne with
extraordinary grace and compassion throughout her illness..
Phil Stern, a renowned photographer for Life, Look and
other magazines who honed his skills as a World War II combat photographer but
was best known for capturing Hollywood icons and jazz legends in unguarded
moments, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 95.
His death was confirmed by Geoff Katz, his New York-based
licensing representative. Stern, who reportedly suffered from emphysema and
congestive heart failure, lived at the Veterans Home of California.
Among Stern's memorable Hollywood images during the
heyday of his six-decade career:
— Marlon Brando, in jeans and black-leather jacket,
striding across the outdoor set of "The Wild One."
— A bewildered-looking Marilyn Monroe with an impassive
Jack Benny backstage at a benefit at the Shrine Auditorium.
— A young Sammy Davis Jr. seemingly defying gravity as he
dances on a Hollywood Boulevard rooftop, the sky serving as a backdrop.
— A puffy-faced Judy Garland fussing with her hair during
the filming of "A Star Is Born."
— John Wayne conferring with a cigar-chomping John Ford
on the set of Wayne's "The Alamo."
Stern, who began shooting for Life in 1941, told the
magazine in a 1993 interview that despite his access to Hollywood's elite, he
was rarely a confidante of the stars he photographed.
"I was like the plumber who comes to fix your
toilet, then you don't see him again," he maintained. Besides, he said, “I
didn't care to know them, usually — so many of them were frankly a pain."
In the end, the blunt, sometimes gruff photographer
viewed himself simply as a "hired paparazzo."
Sad to see his passing. Ironic to know Kodak pioneered
the free-camera-pay-film plan that the shaving companies, and then printing
companies adopted to a level.
For several decades, Stern also shot album covers for the
Verve, Pablo and Reprise record labels; he and his camera were fixtures at
recording sessions with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and
other jazz greats. In a recent conversation with The Times, Stern said his
interest in photography emerged when he was 12 and his mother got him a free
camera in a Kodak promotional giveaway.
“They offered any 12-year-old child a free, brand-new
Kodak camera,” he recalled. “Those were box cameras. Of course, Eastman Kodak
had an agenda here. They gave away free cameras, God knows how many, thousands
of them, and the only place you could get film at that time was from Eastman
Kodak. The sales of films, of course, skyrocketed after giving away these
Those who grew up in the golden age of dubbing, with the
great voices whose absence
today makes us prefer the films in their original
language, surely remember the Mel Brooks Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles and
Gene Hackman in films such as Superman, The Birdcage or the jury.
To give them their particular character actor's the voice
was Sergio Fiorentini, who died in Rome on December 10 after a long illness.
He is most associated primarily with Gene Hackman, who he
dubbed in 23 films. Many actors and the characters to which he gave their
voice, is an impressive list, from Bill Cosby and Max Von Sydow to British television
comedian Benny Hill, and many movies and TV series with Bud Spencer.
Fiorentini had starred as an actor in the cinema, even in
such recent movies such as Io, loro e Lara di Carlo Verdone , Tutti al mare,
Viva l'Italia e Una famiglia perfetta. Nel giugno di quest'anno. In June this
year he completed the filming of a movie still unreleased, Il mio giorno by
On TV he voiced such series as La piovra 7 , Il
maresciallo Rocca (dove era il Brigadiere Cacciapuoti) e Distretto di Polizia
(il padre di Mauro, il personaggio di Ricky Memphis), of the most famous.
His was a voice that we liked a lot and that there will
no longer be able to hear.
Born: 7/29/1934, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 12/11/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Sergio Fiorentini's westerns - voice actor:
Sting of the West – 1972 [Italian voice of Morris]
Three Musketeers of the West – 1973 [Italian voice of
Trinity, the Clown, the Guitar – 1974 [Italian voice of
Take a Hard Ride – 1975 [Italian voice of Harry Carey,
California – 1977 [Italian voice of unknown character]
Silver Saddle – 1977 [Italian voice of Philippe Hersent]
Tex and the Lord of the Deep – 1985 [Italian voice of
They Call Me Renegade – 1987 [Italian voice of Donal
Troublemakers – 1994 [Italian voice of Bud Spencer]
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.