Wednesday, December 13, 2017

RIP Carol Vogel

Joshua Tree woman found dead was prolific TV actress

Hi-Desert Star
By Stacy Moore, Hi-Desert Star
Thursday, November 30, 2017

FLAMINGO HEIGHTS — Carol Vogel, 75, who once acted in TV series such as “Wonder Woman” and “CHiPs” was found dead in a dirt field behind a house on Luna Vista Lane Saturday.

Vogel’s family reported her missing at 12:08 p.m. Nov. 22, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said. Family members told a deputy that Vogel left her Joshua Tree home in her black truck and needed to take medication. An off-road rider spotted Vogel’s truck disabled in a field about 100 yards north of the 57000 block of Luna Vista Lane Saturday. The resident of a nearby home called the Sheriff’s Department at 12:23 p.m. Saturday and said the truck, which she could barely see from her house, was still there, and a deputy responded.

Vogel’s body was found around 50-100 yards away from the truck, according to the Sheriff’s Department. “There were no obvious signs of trauma or foul play,” Bachman said. “The coroner responded and took possession of the body and they’ll have to conduct an autopsy.” Homicide investigators were not called to the scene. Bachman said the investigation is being handled by the Morongo Basin sheriff’s station. An autopsy will probably be conducted next week, according to the coroner’s office.

Vogel’s first credited film appearances were in two unrated films: “Depraved!” in 1967 and “The Ghastly Ones” in 1968. She went on to appear in episodes of some of the most famous TV series of the 1970s and ’80s, including “Gunsmoke,” “The Rockford Files,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Serpico,” “Barnaby Jones,” “CHiPs,” “Wonder Woman,” “How the West was Won,” “Hotel,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Newhart” and “Starman,” according to the Internet Movie Database. She also acted in TV movies, including “Homeward Bound” in 1980.

On June 19, 2012, Vogel found her good friend and fellow actor Richard Lynch dead in his Yucca Valley home.

VOGEL, Carol (Carol Ann Vogel)
Born: 3/8/1942, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2107, Joshua Tree, California, U.S.A.

Carol Vogel’s westerns – actress:
Bonanza (TV) – 1972 (Amy)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1975 (Rachel)
How The West Was Won (TV) – 1979 (Chastity)

RIP Titus Napoleon

Forest Lawn

Known for his beautiful voice and immense talent, Titus Napoleon was a pioneer in the Hawaiian music industry. Starting as a teenager in the late 1950's with his family's group The Royal Napoleon's, Titus became a go-to expert for Hawaiian music, performing across the US, entertaining hundreds of thousands. Titus' gifts were not limited to music. He was also an actor with a long list of appearances in both TV and film. He was a mentor to many and is credited with helping start the careers of several well-known Polynesian talents of today.

Titus was a gentle giant of a man with a heart to match. Always smiling, he greeted you warmly and all who met him felt his Aloha Spirit. His charisma and stage presence were magnetic. Though extremely well known and revered, he always remained humble and willing to share his talents no matter where the stage.

Titus was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved his Father in Heaven and instilled a love of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to his family.

Ohana was everything to Titus and his greatest joys were his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his eldest daughter Kim (Herbert) and is survived by his children: Keri, Analei (Blair), Maile (Toa) Nihi (Rachael) and Noa (Jeannie) as well as 20 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

He will be forever missed.

Napoleon, Titus (Titus Keali'iho'olula'auopuowaina Nihi Napoleon II)
Born: 6/20/1941, San Bernardino, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/25/2017, Westminster, California, U.S.A.

Titus Napoleon’s western actor:
Hearts of the West – 1975 (native drummer)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

RIP Leonid Bronevoi

Respected Soviet and Russian actor Leonid Bronevoi has died in Moscow at the age of 88.

Radio Free Europe
December 9, 2017

The director of Moscow's Lenkom Theater, Mark Varshaver, made the announcement, saying Bronevoi died early on December 9 after a long illness.

Bronevoi appeared in many Soviet films, most famously in the World War II spy thriller Seventeen Moments Of Spring. He never played in a leading role, but was renowned as a talented supporting actor.

He also was a prominent figure in Soviet and Russian theater.

Bronevoi was the recipient of numerous professional and state honors, including the honorary title of People's Artist of the Soviet Union.

Varshaver said a memorial service for the actor would be held at the theater on December 11.

BRONEVOY, Leonid (Leonid Solomonvitch Bronevoy)
Born: 12/17/1928, Kiev, Ukraine, U.S.S.R.
Died: 12/9/2017, Moscow, Russia

Leonid Bronevoy’s western – actor.

Armed and Dangerous: Times and Heroes of Bret Harte – 1977 (Piter Damfi)

Friday, December 8, 2017

RIP Juan Luis Buñuel

Juan Luis Buñuel dies at 87.

December 8, 2017

The eldest son of Juan Luis Bunuel has died in Paris, the city where he was born in 1934.

Juan Luis Buñuel visited Aragón frequently and also Calanda, town in which he got to shoot some works. They were two. The first, in 1966 and was called 'Calanda' and the second, in 2007 with the name of ' Calanda. 40 years later . ' Juan Luis, who in addition to film worked photography and sculpture, among other arts, took that year in his visit to the town a very special and very personal exhibition of photographs.
The CBC showed 98 images of the shootings in which he collaborated as a director, or as an assistant director, but also images of his own life, with his family and with his father Luis Buñuel. Also social and family prints.
In those days, the second part of that first documentary of 1966 was filmed. For the filmmaker, the life of this town, after 40 years, had changed considerably from "being a village in an agricultural Spain to a locality in Europe. 21st century, "he said then.
In his career he was the assistant director of Orson Welles and his own father. His are the productions' Quote with the happy death ', the woman with the red boots',' Leonor 'or' The chess player '.
He also starred with Jean-Claude Carriere in 'The Last Screenplay. Buñuel en la memoria', directed by Gaizka Urresti and Javier Espada.

BUNUEL, Juan Luis
Born: 11/9/1934, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 12/7/2017, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Juan Luis Buñuel’s westerns – assistant director, director:
Viva Maria! – 1965 [assistant director]
Guns for San Sebastian – 1968 [assistant director]
The Rebellion of the Hanged - 1986 [director]

Thursday, December 7, 2017

RIP Steve Reevis

Actor Steve Reevis dies

ABC Fox Montana
By Rachel Crowspreadingwings
December 7, 2017

According to Lockley Joe Bremner, News Contributor to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning, Reevis passed away December 7, 2017, at a hospital in Missoula. Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. lists his first film as Twins in 1988. After that, he made over 35 film and television appearances. Most notably, "The Last of the Dogmen," "Dances With Wolves," "Fargo," "Into The West,"  " Bones," and "Walker, Texas Ranger."

First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) awarded Reevis for his supporting roles in both "Fargo" and in the made-for-television movie "Crazy Horse" in 1996.

At the time of his death, he lived in Morongo Valley, California with his wife and children. He was 55.  The cause of his death hasn't been released yet.

Born: 8/4/1962, Browning, Montana, U.S.A.
Died: 12/7/2017, Missoula, Montana, U.S.A.

Steve Reevis’ westerns – actor:
Dances With Wolves – 1990 (Sioux Warrior)
Grim Prairie Tales – 1990 (Indian Child)
Miracle in the Wilderness (TV) – 1991 (Grey Eyes)
Lakota Moon (TV) – 1992 (Two Hearts)
Geronimo: An American Legend – 1993 (Chato)
Last of the Dogmen – 1993 (Yellow Wolf)
Posse – 1993 (Two Bears)
Wild Bill – 1995 (Sioux Chief)
Crazy Horse (TV) – 1996
Walker, Texas Ranger – 1997, 1999 (John Wolf, Lone Wolf, Jake Stonecrow)
Horse Sense – 1999 (Mule)
The Outfitters – 199 (Sam Keno)
The Missing – 2003 (Two Stone)
Into the West (TV) - 2005 (Older Loved By The Buffalo)
Comanche Moon – 2008 (Worm)
The Cherokee Word for Water – 2013 (Johnson Soap)
The Road to Paloma – 2014 (Totonka)

RIP Angelo P. Graham

Oscar-winning art director and production designer Angelo P. Graham,
DOUBTFIRE, died a month ago today; he was either 69 or 70. Media outlets
have yet to report his death, but he is listed on the Academy of Motion
Pictures Arts and Sciences' Memoriam page
(, and a search for Graham at the
organization's Academy Awards Database
( reveals he passed away on Nov. 7,
2017. Neither his age nor his birthdate are given by the database, but
his entry in Michael L. Stephens' book ART DIRECTORS IN CINEMA gives his
birth year as 1947.

Working alongside production designer Dean Tavoularis and set decorator
George Nelson, Graham provided the art direction for classic '70s films
such as LITTLE BIG MAN (1970) and THE GODFATHER PART II (1974), the
latter of which won the trio an Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set
Decoration. The team collaborated with GODFATHER director Francis Ford
Coppola on several more films, most notably APOCALYPSE NOW (1979), for
which they received another Oscar nomination. The team was also
nominated for an Oscar for their work on William Friedkin's THE BRINK'S
JOB (1978) and later worked together on the 1982 films HAMMETT and THE
ESCAPE ARTIST, both of which were executive produced by Coppola.

Graham and Nelson also worked on a several films together without
Tavoularis, including Sam Peckinpah's THE GETAWAY (1972), Norman
Jewison's F.I.S.T. (1978) and Matthew Robbins' *BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
(1987). Meanwhile, Graham and Tavoularis collaborated without Nelson on
multiple films, most notably Coppola's ONE FROM THE HEART (1981) and
Philip Kaufman's RISING SUN (1993).

Graham's first film as production designer was John Badham's WARGAMES
(1983), and the effort garnered him a BAFTA Film nomination for Best
Production Design/Art Direction. His next assignment was designing Barry
Levinson's baseball drama THE NATURAL (1984); this film earned Graham
his fourth and final Oscar nomination, which he shared with co-
production designer Mel Bourne and set decorator Bruce Weintraub.

Subsequently, Graham created the production designs for three acclaimed
hit films directed by Martin Brest: BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984), MIDNIGHT
RUN (1988) and the Oscar-winning SCENT OF A WOMAN (1992). He was also
the production designer of Chris Columbus' comedies MRS. DOUBTFIRE
(1993) and NINE MONTHS (1995), both of which feature the late Robin
Williams. Graham worked with Williams one last time as the art director
of Francis Ford Coppola's JACK (1996), which also marked Graham's final
collaboration with both Coppola and Dean Tavoularis. Graham's final
screen credit was as an art director on Robert Redford's THE LEGEND OF

GRAHAM, Angelo P.
Born: 1947
Died: 11/7/2017

Angelo P. Graham’s westerns – art director, set decorator:
Little Big Man – 1970 (Art Director)
Junior Bonner – 1972 (Set Decorator)
Where Legends Die – 1972 (Art Director)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

RIP Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday, Gallic rocker worshiped as the ‘French Elvis,’ dies at 74

Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2017

Johnny Hallyday, the French rock legend who came to fame in the early 1960s with cover versions of American rock ’n’ roll hits and continued to sell out concerts in France for decades, has died at his home outside Paris. He was 74.

Hallyday, who often was called “the French Elvis,” died Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced in a statement. Fans — many in tears or carrying flowers — gathered outside his home to honor the rocker.

Macron said Hallyday “brought a part of America into our national pantheon.” Hallyday, he said, seemed nearly invincible and long ago had been christened a “French hero.”

Although many Americans had never heard of Hallyday, he was considered a godlike figure in France, where a survey once indicated he could likely get enough votes to be elected president.
“Hearing about Johnny's death has hurt us because Johnny is our god and nobody can replace him,” one fan, Yves Buisson, told the Associated Press outside the Hallyday family’s gated home in Marnes-La-Coquette. His arms were covered with tattoos of the star.

In 1997, French President Jacques Chirac presented Hallyday with the Legion of Honor.
The Elvis-inspired rocker scored early hits with French cover versions of U.S. records such as “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” and “Long Tall Sally.”
His 1961 version of Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again” sold 1 million copies, and his early appearances in France caused riots.

“Johnny Hallyday introduced American rock ’n’ roll to a vast French-speaking audience around the world,” Howard Kramer, curatorial director at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, told The Times.

“He had a great reputation as a live performer, and he made records that were massively popular. He never really broke out of Europe, but his success was so massive he didn’t really need to.”
Over the decades, Hallyday reportedly sold more than 100 million records and performed before more than 15 million people in concert. In 1966, he selected Jimi Hendrix as an opening act and used eventual Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page in the recording studio as a session guitarist.

“Johnny is our god. We live and breathe him,” a man in his 60s told the Times of London in 2009 when Hallyday launched a six-month sold-out farewell concert series, “Tour 66 — I’m Stopping Here.”

Hallyday, who in recent years had split his time between Paris and Los Angeles, said at the time that he planned to continue recording occasionally. But he said decades on the road had worn him down. He had lung cancer and had repeated health scares over the years, including undergoing back surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“I have had enough playing Johnny Hallyday,” the Times of London reported him as saying a week before the 2009 tour. “I want more and more to be Jean-Philippe Smet.”

The son of a Belgian father and a French mother, he was born Jean-Philippe Smet in Paris on June 15, 1943.

His vagabond father, who performed in cabarets and theaters, soon left, and his mother became a model to earn money.

Hallyday was raised by his paternal aunt, who had acted in silent films and had two daughters who became dancers. As a child, he lived with his aunt and cousins in London for several years and traveled with them when they performed in Belgium, Germany and Portugal before returning to Paris.

He also made his film debut as a child — an uncredited walk-on in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1955 thriller “Diabolique.”

As a teenager, Hallyday idolized Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and James Dean, and his favorite movies were “East of Eden,” “On the Waterfront” and “The Wild One.”

“I adored all that period in the history of cinema — everything that spilled forth from the Actors Studio,” he told Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel in 2003. “I actually wanted to be an actor before I became a singer. But when I was 12, I discovered rock ’n’ roll through Elvis Presley.”

At 17, he recalled, “I was playing a ballroom gig one Sunday to get some money to pay for my acting classes when a producer heard me and asked me to do a record. I did it, and it all just happened from there.”

Hallyday began appearing in French movies after he gained rock ’n’ roll fame, but he primarily played singers.

“It wasn’t what I wanted to do,” he told the New York Times in 2003. “I wanted to separate the singer from the actor. So I stopped for several years and then started to work again with [directors] Costa-Gavras, Jean-Luc Godard — roles where I wasn’t a singer at all.”

Hallyday received critical acclaim for his role as a bank robber in director Patrice Leconte’s “Man on the Train.”

“He’s the equivalent of Joan of Arc in France,” late actor Jean Rochefort, who co-starred in the film, once told the New York Times. “For me, he isn’t really an actor but a man who has a presence, an undeniable charisma.”

Hallyday, who had several marriages, including to French singing star Sylvie Vartan, is survived by his wife, Laeticia; and four children, Jade, Joy, Laura Smet and Dave.

HALLYDAY, Johnny (Jean-Philippe Leo Smet)
Born: 6/15/1943, Malesherbes, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 12/6/2017, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Johnny Hallyday’s western- actor:
Drop Them or I’ll Shoot – 1969 (Hud)