Friday, December 29, 2017

RIP Pedro Osinaga

The actor Pedro Osinaga dies at 81

The burning chapel by the Navarrese interpreter will be installed in the funeral parlor of the M-30 in Madrid

El Pais

Navarrese actor Pedro Osinaga died this afternoon at 81 years old in Madrid, the theater impresario Jesus Cimarro, personal friend of the artist, told Efe. The burning chapel with the mortal remains of the actor will be installed in the funeral home of the M-30 in Madrid, according to the same source.

Pedro Osinaga, who was born on December 15, 1936 in Pamplona, ​​has been one of the most popular Spanish actors to have toured with his company in numerous theater comedies, as noted by the jury of the XV Pepe Isbert Theater Award that was granted in June 2011.

Proof of this is that the actor starred in the comedy Sé infiel y no mires con quién, by English playwright Ray Cooney, for 14 years (1971 and 1985), a period in which he was seen by more than eight million viewers in more than 10,000 representations. Osinaga also worked under the command of Gustavo Pérez Puig in Estudio 1 of TVE in the mythical Twelve Men without Mercy (1973, in the then UHF channel), and was the only one of those twelve performers who was still alive. He appeared in films such as Don Juan (1974), Cuentos de las sábanas blancas (1977) and Réquiem por un empleado (1978).

He was always very close to his hometown, where he studied music and from where, after obtaining a scholarship, he moved to Madrid to start his artistic career in the world of zarzuela, mainly as a baritone. Between its last works figure the strange pair, of Neil Simon, that he carried out next to Joaquín Kremel.

Osinaga, who tried not to miss the Sanfermines, received the Gold Medal for Merit of the Fine Arts in 1999, and was awarded by the Association of Journalists of Navarre in 2010, among other professional recognitions. The actor confessed in 1988 that his professional career was possible because he left the position in the regional soccer team of Pamplona where he played to go to Madrid to make a career as an interpreter.

OSINAGA, Pedro (Pedrito Osinaga)
Born: 12/15/1936, Pamplona, Spain
Died: 12/29/2017, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Pedro Osinaga’s western – actor:
Murieta – 1965 (Claudio 'Cucaracha')

RIP Thomas Hunter

The Sun Chronicle
December 28, 2017

Thomas O’Driscoll Hunter

Thomas O’Driscoll Hunter died peacefully in his home in Rowayton, Connecticut, on Dec. 27, 2017.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1932, he led a creative and adventurous life. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in art and proudly served as a captain in the United States Marine Corps. In the late ’50s, he embarked on an exciting career as an actor, which led to a 10-year residence in Italy and a number of starring roles in “spaghetti westerns” and other movies shot around the world. In Rome, he formed his own theater company and co-wrote the screenplays for the films “The Human Factor” and “The Final Countdown.” Upon returning to the United States, he wrote and directed plays, ran theater workshops and published a novel, “Softly Walks the Beast,” and an autobiography, “Memoirs of a Spaghetti Cowboy: Oddball Tales of Luck and Derring-Do.”

Tom was an avid tennis player, cartoonist, storyteller and, as a longtime member of the Screen Actors’ Guild, film lover.

He wrote original songs as well as lyrics to music composed by his father-in-law, Eddy Courts. He even designed two energy-efficient homes for his family in Massachusetts.

With his kindness, humor, imagination and love, he transformed friends and family, including his wife Isabelle Hunter, daughters Kaki Hunter and Georgia Farinholt, sister Susan Hunter, many nieces and nephews, and grandsons Boody Springer and Wyatt and Ransom Farinholt.

HUNTER, Thomas (Thomas O’Driscoll Hunter)
Born: 12/19/1932, Savannah, Georgia, U.S.A.
Died: 12/27/2017, Rowayton, Connecticut, U.S.A.

Thomas Hunter’s westerns – actor:
The Hills Run Red – 1966 (Jerry Brewster/Jim Houston)
Death Walks in Laredo – 1967 (Whitey Selby)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1969 (Frank Corey)
Carlos (TV) – 1971 (Pedro)   
Showdown at O.K. Corral (TV) - 1972 (Ike Clanton)

RIP Thomas Stanford

The Santa Fe New Mexican
December 29, 2017

Thomas G. Stanford peacefully departed a long and happy life on December 23, 2017 at the age of 93. He is survived by his beloved partner Sherry Bendickson, cherished daughter and husband Nina and Brendt Mullan, their adored children Julian and Denis, and cherished son and wife Adam and Lyn Stanford. Born in Germany and educated in Switzerland and England, he moved to Santa Fe in 1987 after a long career as a film editor in Hollywood. The highlight of his numerous achievements in the film industry was receiving an Oscar in 1962 for editing West Side Story. But the crowning jewels in his life were his loving relationship with Sherry, and his pride in his children and love for them. He leaves behind many friends who will miss his wisdom and humor, and his most engaging presence.

STANFORD, Thomas (Thomas G. Stanford)
Born: 1924, Germany
Died: 12/23/2017, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.

Thomas Stanford’s western – film editor:
Jeremiah Johnson – 1972
Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1972-1973
The Legend of the Lone Ranger - 1981

RIP Chief Leonard George

Leonard George, Tsleil-Waututh elder, actor and community leader, dies

George, 71, was the son of Chief Dan George and his wife Amy

CBC News

Leonard George, a beloved leader of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, has died at the age of 71.

Born in North Vancouver on Aug. 18, 1946, George was the son of the late Chief Dan George and his wife Amy.

Like his father, George was an accomplished actor and shone on screen in classics such as as Smoke Signals and Call of the Wild.

As an elder and chief of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, he was known for his wisdom, wit and work to protect First Nation's land, water, resources and culture.

He also made economic strides for his community, initiating Takaya Developments, a real-estate development company majority owned by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation.

Charlene Aleck, George's niece and an elected councillor for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, said the family is grieving.

"The magnitude of the loss is great for our family as well as for everybody else," Aleck said.

"He changed the way people looked at First Nations in doing business. He really upheld a lot of our culture and teachings. He broke new ground and had a space for us to carry our traditions and bring it into a new space."

In 2013, George was honoured with Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work as an economic development visionary and as a spiritual leader.

George was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2005 and had to re-learn how to speak, eat and even sing.

He is survived by his wife Susan and three sons Justin, Gabriel, and Zac. Two other sons, Quatsame and Issac, predeceased him.

Outpouring of condolences

This morning, Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould tweeted she was "very saddened to hear of the passing of Leonard George. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends, family and Nation."

B.C. Regional Chief Terry Teegee expressed his heartfelt sympathies and condolences to George's family, describing him in a statement as a significant leader.

"I've known Chief Leonard George since I was young; he was a close friend to me and my family, and was always an inspiration for me. We are so grateful to have had such a strong community leader and advocate within our circles for all these years," Teegee wrote.

GEORGE, Chief Leonard
Born: 8/18/1946, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: 12/6/2017, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Chief Leonard George’s westerns – actor:
Little Big Man – 1970 (Crow scout)
Smoke Signals – 1998 (Lester Fallsapart)
Call of the Wild (TV) – 2000 (Far Cloud)
Skins – 2002 (Captain Eagleman)
DreamKeepers (TV) – 2003 (Crosses Father)
Peacemakers (TV) – 2003 (Chief Red Owl)
Klondike (TV) – 2014 (older Tingit hunter)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

RIP Rose Marie

Rose Marie, Wisecracking Star on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show,’ Dies at 94

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

The beloved actress was a co-headliner on opening night at Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo Hotel in Vegas in 1946 and later a regular on ‘The Hollywood Squares.’

Rose Marie, the actress who went toe-to-toe in a man’s world as wisecracking comedy writer Sally Rogers on the legendary 1960s CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, has died. She was 94.
Marie died at 2 p.m. Thursday at her home in Van Nuys, California, according to her website.

The comedienne-vocalist, who started her career at age 3 in some of the earliest talking films, co-headlined on the opening night of Bugsy Siegel’s Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in 1946 and was a regular on the game show The Hollywood Squares.

Readily identifiable by the bow in her hair and her raspy voice, Marie was a member of one of the most popular ensemble casts in TV history. Along with Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Morey Amsterdam and, occasionally, Carl Reiner (the series' creator), she appeared in all five seasons of the sitcom and received Emmy nominations in 1963, 1964 and 1966.

“We were always changing lines, even right up to the very minute of going on the air,” she recalled in a 2004 interview. “If something didn’t work, it didn’t work. Sometimes guest stars would panic because they weren’t used to this. We were a tight-knit, hard-working crew. I couldn’t wait to get to the set each day.”

The man-needy Rogers’ verbal jousts with Amsterdam — whom she had known in real life since she was 11 — were among the show’s highlights. At the time, the sight of a single woman in the workplace was novel on TV.

She was hired for the sitcom — the second person cast after Van Dyke himself — for $1,000 an episode by executive producer Sheldon Leonard, who had played her brother on the radio on The Phil Harris Show.

Marie had cultivated her persona as a husband-hunter in a number of comic guest appearances on the shows of such luminaries as Jimmy Durante, Jackie Gleason, Red Skelton, Garry Moore, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Dinah Shore, Dean Martin, Merv Griffin and, frequently with Johnny Carson, on The Tonight Show.

She also played secretary Myrna Gibbons, who worked with Doris Day’s character in a magazine office, on the CBS sitcom The Doris Day Show; was Hilda, the sandwich delivery lady, on the ABC action series S.W.A.T.; appeared as Frank Fontana’s (Joe Regalbuto) mom on Murphy Brown; portrayed a baseball owner, not unlike Marge Schott of the Cincinnati Reds, on the Fox sitcom Hardball; and was the voice of Norma Bates in Gus Van Sant’s remake of Psycho (1998).

Marie also was a 14-year participant on The Hollywood Squares, where her comic cackle delighted audiences, and she appeared in such films as Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), Don’t Worry, We’ll Think of a Title (1966) and Lunch Wagon (1981).

“I play me in almost everything I do,” she once said. “I play a part to the best of my ability to get a joke out, to sell it and to do it best.”

Rose Marie Mazetta was born in New York on Aug. 15, 1923, her name inspired by the popular Broadway musical Rose-Marie. She entered show business as a 3-year-old toddler when she appeared at New York’s Mecca Theater and belted out a torch ballad.

The precocious performer, known as "Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder," won a spot on a national radio show and became one of the hottest stars on the NBC Radio Network.

During the 1930s, Marie also toured in vaudeville and had small parts in movies, including International House (1933), which starred W.C. Fields. She was so talented, many people thought she was a midget dressed in kids' clothes.

When she was 11, she dropped the “Baby” from her name. The following year, her family moved to New Jersey and she was sent to a convent school, not resuming her career until age 17, when she was billed as “Miss Rose Marie.”

Beginning in the '40s, she performed in nightclubs and theaters. Her deep, throaty voice won her fans at the leading nightclubs of the day, including the Copacabana, and she toured in the musical revue 4 Girls 4 with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell and Margaret Whiting for eight years.

Marie was one of the headliners, along with comedian Jimmy Durante and bandleader Xavier Cugat, to open Siegel’s Flamingo, the first such modern hotel and casino, on Dec. 27, 1946.

During her onstage engagements, Marie perfected her comic timing and won notice on Broadway for her acting and pizzazz. She co-starred with the top comic stars like Milton Berle in Spring in Brazil, Zero Mostel in Lunatics and Lovers and Phil Silvers in Top Banana. Her Top Banana turn brought her back to the movies, when she and Silvers headlined a film version for director Alfred E. Green in 1954. (Many of here scenes were cut, however, she told THR recently.)

During the 1950s and ’60s, she garnered guest-star roles on TV in such shows as The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Gunsmoke, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Monkees and My Three Sons.

During a visit to CBS affiliate WJW in Cleveland to promote the Van Dyke Show, Marie met Tim Conway, then a local actor doing skits for the station. She became his manager and got the comic his first big job, as a regular on ABC’s The Steve Allen Show.

Marie was married to Bobby Guy, at one time the lead trumpeter for the NBC Orchestra, which performed nightly on The Tonight Show. He died in 1964 of a blood infection. The couple had one daughter, Georgiana, who survives her.

Throughout her life, Marie was active in many causes, most notably animal welfare. Her memoir, Hold the Roses, was published in 2002, and a documentary about her, Wait for Your Laugh, premiered in November.

Rose Marie (Rose Marie Mazetta)
Born: 8/15/1923, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 12/28/2017, Van Nuys, California, U.S.A.

Rose Marie’s westerns – actress:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1957 (Mrs. Monger)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1958 (Honey

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

RIP Stewart Moss
November 27, 2017 is saddened to report the passing of Stewart Moss, a veteran actor, writer and director who twice guest starred on Star Trek: The Original Series. Moss, who played Joe Tormolen in “The Naked Time” and Hanar in “By Any Other Name," died of a heart attack in September, though word of his death has just now been made public. He was 79 and would have turned 80 today, November 27.

Moss's life and career intersected with everyone from Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Alfred Hitchcock and Frank Sinatra to Rock Hudson, Robin Williams, Hugh Hefner and more than a few Playboy Playmates, that last fact courtesy of his directing shows for the then-fledgling Playboy Channel, as well as Marianne McAndrew, his wife of 50 years.

As an actor, Moss counted among his film and TV credits Raise the Titanic, Topaz, In Harm's Way, The Bat People (with his wife), The Missiles of October, Hogan's Heroes, Bonanza: The Return, Mannix, Quincy, Ironside, Cagney and Lacey, Rockford Files, T.J. Hooker, The Six Million Dollar Man, Perry Mason, Punky Brewster and The Fall Guy. He also acted in a total of 64 stage productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, regionally and in dinner theater.

On Star Trek, Moss portrayed two very different characters. As Tormolen in "The Naked Time," he was the Starfleet officer who pulled a knife -- a butter knife -- on Sulu and Riley, and died after falling on it.

Later, in "By Any Other Name," his character Hanar was part of an alien species, the Kelvan, that assumed human form to commandeer the Enterprise. spoke to Moss in 2015, when he released his autobiography, My Trek. He clearly preferred the second of his two Trek experiences.

"We started out as very pale, almost whitish in complexion and stiff, somewhat robotic," Moss recalled of the Kelvan in our interview. "As the story went on, we became more human-looking and behaving, which eventually did us in. As an actor, the progression in playing Hanar was interesting to deal with. As I remember it, I worked through the entire shooting of “By Any Other Name” and only three days on “The Naked Time,” but the latter was my best experience. It was a juicier part. I had scenes with Bill, Leonard and DeForest Kelley, who was my favorite Star Trek cast member."

As that 2015 interview concluded, Moss marveled at the fact that Star Trek remained a part of his life nearly 50 years on. "The whole Star Trek phenomenon is mind-blowing," he said. "Who would’ve thunk that almost 50 years later it’s still going strong? I haven’t done any conventions in six years, but I get a request now and then in the mail from fans from all over the world asking for an autograph, to which I happily comply. All in all, being a part of the Star Trek world is something of which many actor friends of mine, who have more impressive resumes, are envious."

Please join in offering our condolences to Moss's family, friends, colleagues and fans.

MOSS, Stewart
Born: 11/27/1937, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 9/13/2017, Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.A.

Stewart Moss – westerns – actor:
Rawhide (TV) – 1964 (Felipe)
Bonanza (TV) – 1966 (Aaron Bornstein)
The Loner (TV) – 1966 (Hank)
Cade’s County (TV) – 1972 (Jarvis)
Bonanza the Return (TV) – 1993 (Preston McAdam)
Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (TV) – 1993 (Dr. Strader)