Tuesday, April 22, 2014

RIP Arlene McQuade

Arlene McQuade, Daughter on 1950s Sitcom 'The Goldbergs,' Dies at 77
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
The actress also had a memorable moment menacing Janet Leigh in the Orson Welles film noir classic "Touch of Evil."
Arlene McQuade, who played teenage daughter Rosalie on the 1950s sitcom The Goldbergs and later appeared in a terrifying scene in Orson Welles’ classic Touch of Evil, has died. She was 77.
McQuade died Monday in a nursing home in Santa Fe after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, her daughter, Marita de Vargas, told The Hollywood Reporter.
McQuade was the first wife of actor Valentin de Vargas, who led the group of hoods who terrified Janet Leigh in a darkened Mexican motel room in Touch of Evil (1958). His soon-to-be real-life wife was a member of the threatening group as well. De Vargas died in June 2013.
McQuade, though, is most famous for playing Rosalie on the CBS version of The Goldbergs, which began in 1928 as a daily serial drama on radio.
The program, about an immigrant family assimilating to life in America, was created by Gertrude Berg, who wrote most of the scripts and starred as Jewish matriarch Molly Goldberg. (“Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Bloo-oom,” she often cried out to a neighbor.)
Berg brought The Goldbergs from radio to Broadway and then to CBS television in 1949, with McQuade joining the fictional family that lived in an apartment on 1030 East Tremont Ave. in the Bronx. (Her Rosalie character, as well as that of her brother Sammy, had grown up on radio but was back as a teenager for the CBS version.) Later, the Goldbergs, like many American families, moved from the city to the suburbs.
McQuade stayed with the series for its 1949-56 run. She also appeared as Rosalie on several episodes of Milton Berle's popular variety show and in the 1950 film The Goldbergs (aka Molly).
She was born in New York City on May 29, 1936. Her father was an attorney and a graduate of Fordham University, her mother an artist and homemaker.
McQuade had already worked on radio and television shows when at age 12 she landed a role in the original 1948 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke. Her performance attracted the attention of CBS executives, who signed her to play Rosalie.
A member of the New York Actors Studio, McQuade inked a contract with Universal Pictures and left for California in 1957.
She also appeared in such TV series as Telephone Time, The Lawless Years, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Have Gun -- Will Travel, Hawaii Five-O and Death Valley Days.
McQuade had a lasting passion for art, with her work including oil and watercolor paintings, wood and glass sculptures, welded sea glass lamps and many other nature-inspired creations. She relocated to Santa Fe in 2002 to live near her son Valentin and Marita.
In addition to her two children, survivors include her granddaughter Nevada and her husband, Chad; grandson Gavin and his wife, Felice; grandson Dylan; great-grandsons Liam and Owen; and sister Sharon.
McQUADE, Arlene
Born: 5/29/1936, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/21/2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A.
Arlen McQuade’s westerns – actress:
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1966 (Princess Aouda)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1970

Monday, April 21, 2014

RIP Javier Ibarretxe

RIP Javier Ibarretxe


He died at age 52 the film producer Javier Ibarretxe in Bilbao
El Correo
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Basque cinema has been shocked after learning Tuesday the death of Javier Ibarretxe , died at age 52 at the Hospital de Basurto victim of complications from liver cancer . He was a pioneer who wanted at all costs from his native Bilbao stable producer, Ibarretxe & Co , with his brothers , with whom he had since the late 80s struggling to shoot short and long mostly in the genre of comedy. The company supplies water inherited from his father served as a theater for these wonderful crazy even reached Hollywood.
So , Javi Ibarretxe was the producer of '7 : 35 AM ' . , The short film Oscar nominee Vigalondo in 2005 Together with his brothers signed ' Only Dies Twice ' , a delirious comedy filmed in 1997 with Álex Angulo Santiago Segura and starring a zombie actor. Three years later, faced Ibarretxe the most ambitious project of his career, ' Sabotage ' , an expensive period comedy set in the Battle of Waterloo and Stephen Fry as Wellington. Its failure at the box office prompted took four years to return as a producer with thriller Norberto Ramos ' common Muertos ' .
Javier Ibarretxe again Vigalondo produce his first feature, ' Timecrimes ' title already become cult among international cinephilia restless. The Comedy ' A nearly perfect world ' , directed by his brothers Esteban and José Miguel , and the Argentine film " Las acacias " are his latest works . "It was a great producer who dreamed Bilbollywood make Bilbao ," he cried yesterday Eduarno partner Carneros . "A man who always showed his modesty, humility and humanity ."

Born: 1961, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Pais Vasco, Spain
Died: 4/15/2014, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Pais Vasco, Spain

Javier Ibarretxe's western - producer:
Six Shooters - 2010

RIP Craig Hill

U.S. actor Craig Hill dies in Barcelona at 88

The actor Craig Hill, who lived in Barcelona for years, died today in the Catalan capital at age 88, as reported by the newspaper Ara, citing family sources .
Born March 5, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., Hill appeared in such films in the 1950s as "All About Eve", "Fixed Bayonets" and "Brigade 21". In 1965 he moved to Spain, where he rolled out fifteen "Spaghetti westerns".
These films "Hands of a Gunman," were the first he starred in Spain , "I Want Him Dead", "Bury Them Deep" and " Fifteen Scaffolds for a Killer."
In Spain, he participated in a film , "Anguistia," directed by Bigas Luna, and byVentura Pons, "Menjà d'amor" .
His last acting job was in 2003, when he had a small role in the film by Oscar Aibar, "Flying Saucers".
In addition to his career, Craig Hill was known to be the husband of actress and model Teresa Gimpera, while residing in Barcelona.
HILL, Craig (Craighill Fowler)
Born: 3/5/1926, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 4/21/2014 Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

Craig Hill's westerns - actor:
Siege at Red River - 1954 (Lieutenant Baden)
My Friend Flicka (TV) - 1956 (Lieutenant Blake)
Death Valley Days (TV) - 1956, 1957 (Bret Harte)
Sugarfoot (TV) - 1961 (Rance Benbow)
Hands of a Gunfighter - 1965 (Dan Murphy/Richard Marci)
A Taste for Killing – 1966 (Hank ‘Lanky Fellows)
Rick & John Conqueror the West – 1967 (Captain Stuart Smith)
7 Pistols for a Massacre – 1967 (Will Flaherty)
Bury Them Deep - 1968 (Captain Clive Norton)
15 Scaffolds for a Killer - 1968 (Billy Mack)
I Want Him Dead - 1968 (Clayton)
No Graves on Boot Hill – 1968 (Jerry)
The Buzzards and Crows Will Dig Your Grave - 1971 (Jeff Sullivan)
Drummer of Vengeance - 1971 (O’Connor)
In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Colt - 1971 (Sheriff Bill/Jeff Nolan/Mace Cassidy)
An Animal Called Man - 1972 (Mark Forester/Foster)
My Horse… My Gun… Your Widow – 1972 (Doctor Janus Saxon)
Return of the Holy Ghost – 1972 (Colonel John Mills)
Stay Away from Trinity When He Comes to Eldorado – 1972 (Eldorado)
Court Martial - 1973 (colonel)
Aragon, Land of the Western - 2003 [himself]

Friday, April 18, 2014

RIP Don Ingalls

Donald G. Ingalls, 95, of Olympia, Washington, passed away on March 10, 2014, after a long illness. He was born July 29, 1918, to Park Ingalls and Luella “LuLu” Morris Ingalls in Humbolt, Nebraska. He lived an unassuming, but remarkable life.
Don considered Stafford, Kansas his happy childhood home, despite harsh economic conditions. He returned to visit as often as possible. He moved to Southern California with his mother in the 1930s. There he attended North Hollywood High School while working at various menial jobs to help support the family.
He served as a bomber pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, and afterwards was a test pilot for North American Aviation, before joining the Los Angeles Police Department.
A writer since childhood, Don wrote freelance for publications such as Desert Magazine. He was a columnist for “The Valley Times” in North Hollywood, and was editor of “The Beat” magazine for the LAPD.
There he formed a friendship with fellow police officer Gene Rodenberry of later Star Trek fame, and both transitioned to the burgeoning television industry where Don spent over 35 years as a prolific film and television writer and producer.
As a young man, he became a member of North Hollywood Masonic Lodge and later the Master of that lodge. In 1978-79, he served as Grand Master to the states of California and Hawaii.
During his Hollywood career, Don wrote and produced for numerous highly regarded TV series, such as “Have Gun, Will Travel,” “Bonanza,” “The Big Valley,” “The Virginian,” “Gunsmoke,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Star Trek,” “Police Story” and “Fantasy Island.” He also wrote the feature film, “Airport 1975,” along with TV films, such as “Captain America” and “The Initiation of Sarah.”
On retiring to Olympia, Washington in 1987, Don wrote a novel, “The Watchers on the Mountain.” As a man of strong faith, he enthusiastically used his talents for the church, writing many skits, directing children in puppetry and drama, and writing a stage play for Westwood Baptist Church. He also mentored and encouraged younger writers.
He is survived by Mary, his second wife of almost 49 years, and daughter Lori Harasta, son-in-law Jim Harasta and two grandchildren, Nicole and Logan Harasta. He is also survived by first wife, Annie Smith Ingalls, daughter Diana Ingalls-Farrell, and son-in-law Thomas “Nick” Farrell. His older sisters, Parkina “Pat” Jimenez and Luella Sides preceded him in death. He is survived by niece Norma Stemple and her sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, and by the children of niece Marvel Lee Richardson: Randy Richardson (Dawn), Debbie Cardin (Joel), Patty Bird (Brian), David Richardson, Kathy Ruesnik and Bruce Butler (Janet).
In honor of his wish to have no funeral, but to “simply join Jesus Christ in all humility,” a graveside service for family and close friends will be held at 11:00 a.m., March 26, 2014 at Masonic Memorial Park in Tumwater. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Olympia Union Gospel Mission, P.O. Box 7668, Olympia WA 98507, or to Masonic Center for Youth and Families, 1111 California St., San Francisco, CA 94108.
INGALLS, Don (Don G. Ingalls)
Born: 7/29/1918, Humbolt, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Died: 3/10/2014, Olympia, Washington, U.S.A.
Don Ingalls’ westerns – screenwriter:
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1958. 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963,
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1959
Tate (TV) - 1960
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1960
Whiplash (TV) - 1961
Bonanza (TV) – 1961, 1971, 1972
The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (TV) – 1963, 1964
The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1965
The Big Valley (TV) – 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1967
The Road West (TV) – 1967
The Bull of the West (TV) - 1972

Thursday, April 17, 2014

RIP Gabriel García Márquez

Farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Winner of the Nobel Prize for literature
By Staff
April 17, 2014
The 1982 Nobel Prize winner for Literature, the Colombian Gabriel Garcia Marquez is dead. The Mexican and Spanish press reports. Marquez had been admitted to hospital on April 3 in Mexico City. The author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude," the novel of magical realism key Ibero-American, was 87 years old.
As reported a few days ago by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Marquez had been hospitalized for pneumonia and not, as reported in the press, for a tumor.
After the first rumors about his illness, the family of Garcia Marquez had issued a statement calling the health of the writer "very fragile" and "risk of complications."
MARQUEZ, Gabriel García (Gabriel José García Márquez)
Born: 3/6/1927 , Aracataca, Magdalena, Colombia
Died: 4/17/2014, Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico
Gabriel García Márquez’s western – screenwriter:
Time to Die - 1966

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

RIP Hal Cooper

Hal Cooper, TV Comedy Director, Dies at 91

By Carmel Dagan
April 16, 2014

Hal Cooper, a director and executive producer for television who helmed shows including “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Maude” and “Gimme a Break” and was a pioneer during the golden age of the medium, died of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills on April 11. He was 91. 
As TV was in its early days, Cooper wrote, produced and acted in a show for the Dumont Television Network called “Your Television Babysitter,” co-written and hosted by his wife, Pat Meikle. The show aired on the network’s first day of all-day television programming on Nov. 1, 1947. The show, aimed at preschoolers, taught the alphabet with the help of animal cartoon drawings. The show’s success was parlayed into the daytime series “The Magic Cottage,” aimed at teaching slightly older children, and aired from 1949-52.
Cooper also directed and produced many daytime shows from 1950 to 1957, including “Search for Tomorrow,” the first successful soap opera, and “Kitty Foyle.”
Cooper moved to Los Angeles when the television industry shifted over to the West Coast and started to work as a director in nighttime television, considered more prestigious, starting with “The Dick Van Dyke Show” (1962) and “Death Valley Days” (1965-67). He became one of the regular directors for “I Dream of Jeannie” (1965-69) and spent the rest of his career as a director and producer of television comedy.
Cooper was a director and executive producer of “Maude” (1972-78), “Love Sydney (1982-83) and “Gimme a Break” (1983-87). He was involved in the development of numerous pilots in the 1970s and 1980s, and he directed episodes of many other successful shows including “Gilligan’s Island,” “That Girl,” “The Brady Bunch” and “All in the Family.”
His last screen credit was for directing “Something So Right” (1996).
Starting as an actor in radio at age 9, Cooper was performing in the show “Rainbow House” in 1936. When he wasn’t on microphone, he was always in the control room watching and learning about directing from Bob Emery, the producer and director. One day, two hours before the show was to air live, coast to coast, Emery became ill and unable to direct. But, before being taken to the hospital, Emery said, “Let Hal direct it.” So at 13 years old, Hal directed his first live broadcast.
Cooper attended the U. of Michigan in 1940 while also pursuing his career in radio, working at WXYZ in Detroit doing episodes of “The Lone Ranger.” Military service in WWII — he was a lieutenant (junior grade) in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Pacific Theatre of Operations — interrupted his education from 1943-46. He returned to the U. of Michigan and graduated with a B.A. in 1946.
While at Michigan he met his first wife, Pat Meikle. They were married in 1944, and after graduating, they worked together at the Dock St. Theatre Company in Charleston, S.C., where he was the assistant director.
He is survived by two daughters, a son and a grandson.
Born: 2/23/1923, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/11/2014, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
Hal Cooper’s westerns – director:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968

Saturday, April 12, 2014

RIP Phil Hardy

Music journalist Phil Hardy dies aged 69
Music Week
April 11, 2014
Respected film and music industry journalist Phil Hardy has died aged 69. His passing was unexpected.
Born in Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1945, Hardy studied at the University of Sussex and the University of California, Berkeley, and at Sussex, he founded The Brighton Film Review. 
He wrote for Time Out, Variety and other publications while acting as a consultant on music business issues for bodies such as the World Bank and the Greater London Enterprise Board.  In 1986, he travelled to Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan to research, write and film Food, Trucks & Rock 'n' Roll, a documentary about how the money raised by Band Aid was spent in Africa.
In 1992, Hardy founded Music & Copyright, a biweekly newsletter published by the Financial Times, offering news and analysis on the international music industry. 
This publication swiftly acquired a reputation for its thorough, insightful content, and became essential reading in government and cultural circles as well as the front line of the industry. 
As a result, Hardy was increasingly in demand as speaker and moderator at a number of international music business conferences. Later, Music & Copyright was acquired by Informa Media, which continues to publish the title today.
Hardy's many books include Samuel Fuller (1970), The Encyclopedia of Horror Movies (1986), The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music (1990), and The British Film Institute Companion to Crime (1997). 
The three-volume Encyclopedia of Rock (1975), edited by Hardy and Dave Laing, remains one of the few such reference works to include the entrepreneurs and record companies behind rock & roll, as well as artists and musicians. Hardy was also the chief editor and contributing writer of The Aurum Film Encyclopedia. His Western Encyclopedia won the BFI Book Award in 1984.
His most recent book, Download! How Digital Destroyed the Record Industry, was published at the end of 2012.
Hardy died in Norfolk on Tuesday 8th April, 2014. He is survived by a son, Joel, and a daughter, Emily.
Born: 1945, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, U.K.
Died: 4/8/2014, Norfolk, Norwich, England, U.K.
Phil Hardy’s western books - author:
The Western: The Complete Source Filmbook – 1983
Encyclopedia of Western Movies – 1984
The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: The Western - 1995