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

Friday, April 11, 2014

RIP Alfredo Alcón

Actor Alfredo Alcón has died
April 11, 2014
The actor passed away after a tireless struggle against successive health problems which had gotten worse since December.
The actor Alfredo Alcón died at 5 a.m. this morning at his home after going through a respiratory complication. He had undergone surgery four months back in the hospital and was at his home in Trinidad for rehabilitation. His personal friend Jorge Vitti confirmed the sad news.
With an extensive background and recognized as the artist with the most important repertoire of his generation in Argentina, Alcón was born on March 3, 1930 and passed away this morning at 84 years of age.
The actor shared with Mirtha Legrand films as “La pícara soñadora”. Alcón maintained a close friendship with La Chiqui and Norma Aleandro. He was one of the actors of the golden age of national cinema.
Alcon, Alfredo (Alfredo Felix Alcón Riesco)
Born: 3/3/2930, Ciudad, de la Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 4/11/2014, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Alfredo Alcón’s western – actor:
Martin Fierro – 1968 (Martin Fierro)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

RIP Charles Cooper

RIP Charles Cooper
Los Angeles Times
By Staff
January 9, 2014
Charles Cooper, 87, died November 29, 2013. He had a 50 year career as a thespian known for "I am a Camera”, “The Detective Story”, and “Mr. Roberts;" featured in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man," remembered for Star Trek movies. Met his wife of 52 years, Pamela Searle, at the Miss Universe Pageant, as Miss England. Charles is survived by his wife, daughters Allison Meinert, Stephanie Cooper, son Chris Cooper, and grand kids: Dakota, Daly, Savy Meinert.

COOPER, Charles (Charles Darwin Cooper)
Born: 8/11/1926, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/29/2013, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Charles Cooper’s westerns – actor:
Mr. I. Magination (TV) - 1952
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1958 (Wesley Jerome Lloyd)
Tancy Derringer (TV) – 1958 (Harmon Steele)
Cimarron City (TV) – 1958 (Tate Masters)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1958 (Frank Kraeger)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Jim Box, Cando)
Maverick (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Captain Ronald Berger, Claude Rogan, Philip Stanton)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1958, 1960 (Sonny, Lieutenant Rath)
Colt .45 (TV) – 1958, 1960 (Sheriff Jed Dailey)
The Rifeleman (TV) – 1958, 1961, 1962 (Larsen, Matt Yordy, Rudy Croft, Hank Fulton)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1959 (Lieutenant Quincy Abbott)
Lawman (TV) – 1959 (Jack Rollins)
The Restless Gun (TV) – 1959 (Hode Emory, Boyd Lively)
Bonanza (TV) – 1959 (Gil Fenton)
Bronco (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Wild Bill Hickok, Frank Stover)
The Texan (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Steve Murrow, Dan Philips, Walt Carlin)
The Deputy (TV) – 1960 (Con Marlowe)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Slim Pardee)
Riverboat (TV) – 1960 (Major Luke Daniels)
Gunfight – 1961 (Cole Fender)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1963, 1964, 1966 (Buchanan, Mac Crellish, Carter Johnson, Gillespie)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1978 (constable)
Father Murphy (TV) – 1981, 1982 (Sheriff)

Monday, April 7, 2014

RIP Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson dies at 96; actress had role in 'Gone With the Wind'
Mary Anderson, who auditioned for the role of Scarlett O'Hara, played the heroine's cousin Maybelle Merriwether in 'Gone With the Wind.' She was one of the film's last surviving cast members.

Los Angeles Times
By Claire Noland
April 7, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
Mary Anderson, a redheaded actress who auditioned for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in the 1939 epic "Gone with the Wind" but wound up playing a supporting role as her cousin Maybelle Merriwether, died Sunday. She was 96.
A longtime resident of Brentwood, Anderson died while receiving hospice care in Burbank. She had been in declining health and had suffered a series of small strokes, said her longtime friend Betty Landess.
Anderson was one of the last surviving cast members of the film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell's Civil War novel. Of those listed in the film's credits, remaining are Olivia de Havilland, who was nominated for an Academy Award as the resilient Melanie Wilkes, and Mickey Kuhn, a former child actor who portrayed Melanie and Ashley's son Beau Wilkes. Alicia Rhett who played Ashley Wilkes' sister India, died in January at 98.
Sometimes called Bebe, Anderson was born in Birmingham, Ala., on April 3, 1918, although she often reported her birth year as 1920. While attending Howard College (now Samford University), she was discovered by director George Cukor, who was searching for an actress to play the leading role of Scarlett O'Hara. After firing Cukor, producer David O. Selznick eventually chose Vivien Leigh, who won the best actress Oscar that year, but cast Anderson in the minor role.
She went on to appear in films in the 1940s and '50s, including "Cheers for Miss Bishop," "The Song of Bernadette" and Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat."
She also acted on stage, including the 1942 Broadway production of "Guest in the House," and on television, with a recurring role on "Peyton Place" in 1964.
Anderson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.
Her brother, James, became an actor who specialized in westerns. He died in 1969.
Anderson's first marriage to writer Leonard Behrens ended in divorce. In 1953, she married cinematographer Leon Shamroy, who won four Academy Awards for "The Black Swan" (1942), "Wilson" (1944), "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945) and "Cleopatra" (1963) and received 14 other Oscar
Shamroy died in 1974, and Anderson leaves no immediate survivors. 
ANDERSON, Mary (Bebe Anderson)
Born: 4/3/1918, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.
Died: 4/6/2014, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
Mary Anderson’s westerns – actress:
Passage West – 1951 (Myra Johnson)
The Gray Ghost (TV) – 1958 (Eve)
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1958, 1960 (Doris Markham, Nellie Cashman)
The Californians (TV) – 1959 (Dora Morgan)
Lawman (TV) – 1962 (Martha Carson)
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV) – 1964 (Hannah Devlin)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965 (Marni Tolson)