Wednesday, July 20, 2016

RIP David Spielberg

Family remembers TV, film actor who hailed from Weslaco

The Monitor
By Michael Rodriguez

Family members on Monday recalled hearing stories of David Spielberg standing in front of a mirror as a child, singing and rehearsing lines to his favorite television shows.

It was a passion the Weslaco native took with him to Austin before traveling to New York City to hone his craft on stage, and eventually to Los Angeles, California, where he lived the rest of his days after embarking on a successful career in the TV and film industry.

His success was such that before Spielberg died at the age of 77 on June 1, he had nearly 140 acting credits to his name, including large roles in One Life to Live, Christine, ER, Law & Order, Baywatch, The West Wing and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Many consider his face instantly recognizable due to the volume of his work and the scope of genres it encompassed, but to Sue Arriaga of Weslaco, Spielberg will always be family. After all, it was her mother, Consuelo, who helped raise him and his brother Joe after a family tragedy.

Arriaga said the Spielbergs lost their mother, Manuelita, when they were children and were raised by their father, George Spielberg, and Consuelo, whom David Spielberg affectionately referred to as “Mama Cello.”

“After he first went to New York, he came down here to visit us and brought a picture of the first thing he had appeared in and showed it to my mom,” Arriaga recalled. “It was a play that had something to do with a king, and the photo was of the whole cast. Then he said, ‘Mama Cello, here’s a picture of my first play.’ But when he asked my mom who she thought he was in the picture, she believed he was one of the plain-dressed actors. He laughed and said, ‘No, Mama Cello! I’m the king!’”

His wife of 27 years, Janie Spielberg, shared impressions of her late husband’s career as well as all that earned a measure of pride in their household. Perhaps none more so than the immeasurable number of households he reached.

“I think he was just such a recognizable face that people don’t even know that they’ve seen him,” Janie Spielberg said. “He’s been in so many homes for so many years, as well as on the stage, in films and voiceovers on film that I, too, am impressed by the résumé that he had. We were especially happy that he worked on the political things he did, including an HBO movie that won some awards.”

The film she was referring to was Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart,” which chronicled the HIV and AIDS crisis in 1980s New York City.

Daniel Spielberg, David and first wife Barbara Spielberg’s son, remembered his father as a man with many passions who enjoyed life.

“He was a huge TV watcher and loved dogs — Golden Retrievers — and he loved Mexican food so much he could probably eat it every single day,” Daniel said with a laugh. “He loved to walk and played football when he was in high school. His uncle owned a local movie theater, and that’s how he got interested in acting because of the movie theater there. He also loved Shakespeare and old movies from (Alfred) Hitchcock and Billy Wilder.”

The 1957 Weslaco High School graduate has since not only earned the respect of the acting world but a sense of pride from the Mid-Valley community over a native son who made good on his childhood promise.

“My mom always told us about how he said he was going to be an actor, but no one really thought anything of it until he did it,” Arriaga said.

Born: 1937, Weslaco, Texas, U.S.A.
Died: 6/1/1916, Weslaco, Texas, U.S.A.

David Spielberg’s western – actor:
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (Jesse James)

RIP Gary Marshall

'Pretty Woman' filmmaker Garry Marshall dies at age 81

Associated Press
By Lynn Elber

Garry Marshall knew how to tug at moviegoers' heartstrings, whether with unlikely love in "Pretty Woman" or sentimental loss in "Beaches."

But it was goofy, crowd-pleasing comedy that endeared the writer and director to generations of TV viewers in hit sitcoms including "Happy Days, "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy." Marshall, who died Tuesday at 81, said in a 1980s interview that humor was his necessary path in life.

"In the neighborhood where we grew up in, the Bronx, you only had a few choices. You were either an athlete or a gangster, or you were funny," the New York native said.

Marshall also had a memorable on-screen presence, using his hometown accent and gruff delivery in colorful supporting roles that included a practical-minded casino boss untouched by Albert Brooks' disastrous luck in "Lost in America" and a crass network executive in "Soapdish."

He died at a hospital in Burbank, California, of complications from pneumonia following a stroke, his publicist Michelle Bega said in a statement. An outpouring of respect and affection quickly followed.

Ron Howard, who starred as all-American teen Richie Cunningham on "Happy Days" before going on to become one of Hollywood's top directors, wrote on Twitter that Marshall went by a simple mantra, "Life is more important than show business."

"He was a world class boss & mentor whose creativity and leadership meant a ton to me," Howard added.

Richard Gere, who starred opposite Julia Roberts in "Pretty Woman," said in a statement that "everyone loved Garry. He was a mentor and a cheerleader and one of the funniest men who ever lived. He had a heart of the purest gold and a soul full of mischief. He was Garry."

Henry Winkler, who starred as Fonzie on "Happy Days," saluted Marshall in a tweet as "larger than life, funnier than most, wise and the definition of friend."

"A great, great guy and the best casino boss in the history of film," actor-filmmaker Brooks posted on Twitter.

He rejected retirement, serving as a consultant on CBS' 2015 reboot of "The Odd Couple," starring Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon, and appearing in an episode this year as Oscar's father, Walter. Among his final credits was "Mother's Day," a film released last April starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Roberts.

Marshall, the brother of actress-director Penny Marshall, earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and worked at the New York Daily News. But he found he was better at writing punchlines.

He began his entertainment career in the 1960s selling jokes to comedians, then moved to writing sketches for "The Tonight Show" with Jack Paar in New York. He caught the eye of comic Joey Bishop, who brought him to Los Angeles to write for "The Joey Bishop Show."

Sitcoms quickly proved to be Marshall's forte. He and then-writing partner Jerry Belson turned out scripts for the most popular comedies of the '60s, including "The Lucy Show," ''The Danny Thomas Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

Marshall and Belson detoured into screenwriting in 1967 with "How Sweet It Is," starring Debbie Reynolds, and followed it up with "The Grasshopper" (1970) with Jacqueline Bisset. But the two men kept their hand in TV.

In 1970, they turned Neil Simon's Broadway hit, "The Odd Couple," into a sitcom starring Jack Klugman and Tony Randall and produced by Marshall. It ran for five seasons and proved the beginning of a TV sitcom empire that lives on in unending 21st-century reruns.

In January 1979, Marshall had three of the top five comedies on the air with "Happy Days," which ran from 1974-84; "Laverne & Shirley" (1976-83), which starred Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, and "Mork & Mindy" (1978-82) with newcomer Robin Williams.

"The New Odd Couple," a reboot with African-American actors Ron Glass and Demond Wilson in the lead roles, aired from 1982-83 but was less successful.

Marshall defended his body of TV work, which won more viewers than honors, in his 1995 autobiography, "Wake Me When It's Funny," written with his daughter, Lori Marshall.

"Critics have knocked me for targeting society's lowest common denominator," he wrote. "I believe that television was, and still is, the only medium that can truly reach society's lowest common denominator and entertain those people who maybe can't afford a movie or a play. So why not reach them and do it well?" he said.

Penny Marshall told The New York Times in 2001 that her brother "has a life. He's not into the show business glitterati. If he has a hot movie, that's great. But if he has something that doesn't do great, he's not around those people who won't speak to you or will make you feel terrible."

After cranking out what Marshall once estimated to be 1,000 sitcom episodes, he switched his focus to the big screen with 1984's "The Flamingo Kid," a coming-of-age story starring Matt Dillon, which Marshall wrote and directed.

He concentrated on directing with his later films, including 1986's "Nothing in Common," with Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason; "Overboard" (1987) starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell; "Beaches" (1988) with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey; "Pretty Woman" (1990) and "Dear God" (1996) with Greg Kinnear and Laurie Metcalf.

The Gere-Roberts pairing that helped make "Pretty Woman" a smash hit did the same for "Runaway Bride," which reunited them in 1999. "The Princess Diaries" in 2001 was another winner, although Marshall suffered a flop with "Georgia Rule" (2007), starring Jane Fonda and Lindsay Lohan.

Marshall is survived by his wife, Barbara, and the couple's three children, Lori, Kathleen and Scott.

Funeral services will be private but a memorial is being planned for his birthday on Nov. 13, his publicist's statement said.

Born: 11/13/1934, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/19/2016, Burbank, California, U.S.A.

Gary Marshall’s westerns – producer, screenwriter, actor:
Sheriff Who? (TV) – 1967 [producer, screenwriter]
Evil Roy Slade (TV) – 1972 [producer, screenwriter]
The Long Ride Home – 2003 (Arthur)

RIP Seamon Glass

RIP Seamon Glass

Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2016

 September 26, 1925 - July 12, 2016 Seamon Glass, beloved husband to Yan Zhang for 23 years, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 in his Los Angeles home surrounded by family and friends. He was 90. A long-time resident of Santa Monica, California, Seamon was born in New York City on September 26, 1925. Two years after losing his father, at the age of 13, he moved to California with his mother. At the age of 17, he convinced his mother to let him serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. He returned to California following his honorable discharge in 1945. Seamon lead a full and adventurous life. He found and married the love of his life while teaching English in China. He was an actor, writer, teacher, guidance counselor, professional heavyweight boxer, merchant seaman, harbor patrol officer in Santa Monica, world traveler, and a veteran of World War II. As an actor, Seamon was best known for his work on the films, Deliverance, Slither, Damnation Alley, The Rose and This Is Not a Test, and the television shows Star Trek, Perry Mason, and Vegas.

He was a natural teacher, a great story-teller and reciter of poetry, a friend to many, and a well-loved guidance counselor for many years at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, California. Seamon is survived by his wife, Yan Zhang, his son, David Glass, his granddaughter, Chelsea Glass, his cat, Ghengis, and his giant unnamed blood parrot cichlid fish. A memorial service will be held at 9 AM on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Public Viewing Deck located on the west end of the Santa Monica Pier next to the Harbor Patrol station and Marisol's restaurant in Santa Monica, California 90401. Please RSVP to by July 27, 2016 if you wish to attend.

GLASS, Seamon
Born: 9/26/1925, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/12/2016, Los Angeles, California U.S.A.

Seamon Glass’ westerns – actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1973 (Acker)
Blazing Saddles – 1974 (cowboy)
Johnny Firecloud – 1975 (Grissom)
Winterhawk – 1975 (Big Smith)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (seaman)
Mr. Horn (TV) – 1979 (skinny rustler)
Bret Maverick (TV) – 1982 (Kelly)
Hawken’s Breed – 1987 (Pa Hickman)
Deadwood (TV) – 2005 (welfare worker)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

RIP Lisa Gaye

RIP Lisa Gaye

Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle

July 20, 2016

Lisa Gaye Ware, 1935 - 2016, went to be with The Lord July 14, 2016 in Houston at the age of 81. She was born as Leslie Gaye Griffin in Denver, Colorado on March 6, 1935. She became Lisa Gaye Ware when she married Bentley Clyde Ware who predeceased her.

She had a brilliant career as a dancer and actress under the stage name of Lisa Gaye in films such as "Rock Around the Clock", "Shake, Rattle, & Roll", and "Drums Across the River" and television shows such as "Get Smart", "I Dream of Jeannie", "Wagon Train", "Perry Mason", "The Bob Cummings Show", "Wild Wild West", "The Flying Nun" and as Gwen Kirby in "How to Marry a Millionaire" as well as multiple television shows from the 1950's - 1960's.

She retired from the public eye in 1970 to raise her daughter and to begin focusing on her devotion to her Lord Jesus Christ. She is survived by her daughter, Janell; by her many grandchildren; by her sister Debra K'ung (Debra Paget) & her son; and her brother Frank Henry Griffin Jr. & his children, his grandchildren, and his great grandchildren; & by her sister Teala Griffin Pickler's (Teala Loring's) children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren.

Her remains will be placed at the Houston National Cemetery. She is in the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A Bible Verse from Lisa to you – (John 3:16) "For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life."

GAYE, Lisa (Leslie Gaye Griffin)
Born: 3/6/1935, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 7/14/2016, Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

Lisa Gaye’s westerns – actress:
Drums Across the River – 1954 (Jennie)
Frontier (TV) – 1955 (Sister Marguerite)
Annie Oakley (TV) – 1956 (Vera Barker)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) 1956, 1957 (Jeanne Brasseau, Mario Miro)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1957, 1958 (Helen Abajinian, Nancy Walter)
The Californians (TV) – 1958 (Donna Louise)
Northwest Passage (TV) – 1958 (Natula)
Tombstone Territory (TV) – 1958, 1959 (Miss Lizette, Nancy Cooley)
Zorro (TV) – 1958 (Constancia)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959, 1961 (Lori Dowling/Lori La Rue, Susan Carver, Elena)
Hudson’s Bay (TV) – 1959 (Soft Snow)
Pony Express (TV) – 1959 (Lotta Lee)
Black Saddle (TV) – 1959 (Susan Kent)
Colt .45 (TV) 1959 (June Webster)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1959 (Patricia ‘Brimstone’ Hoyt)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1960 (Jenny, Francis Scott)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969 (Yvonne Benet, Dolores, Healing Woman, Gypsy, Rosie Lisa)
Rawhide (TV) – 1960 (Odette Laurier)
U.S. Marchal (TV) – 1960 (Marie Wallace)
Maverick (TV) – 1961 (Soledad Lozaro)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1961 (Sunset)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1961 (Alma Mendez)
Bronco (TV) – 1962 (Donna Coe)
Laramie (TV) – 1962 (Winona)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1966, 1967 (Lorolei, Lana Benson)

RIP Aldo Monti

Actor Aldo Monti has died

He starred in classic soap operas like "Teresa" and "Ruby"

El Universal

Italian actor Aldo Monti, who became a television personality and film in Mexico in the late 1960s, died today.

The National Association of Performers (ANDI) informed the press through their social networks of the news of his death.

"An actor with extensive experience in film, theater and television.  He is remembered for his participation in the melodramas ‘Entre el amor y el odio’, ‘El amor tiene cara de mujer’ and ‘El hogar que yo robé’.

He also was the director of ‘Querer volar y Obsesión asesina’. To his family and friends we express our deepest condolences and send you an embrace of solidarity.

Rest in peace! "Wrote the ANDI.

In addition to these roles he will remembered his appearances in classic soap operas of the 1960s and 1970s as "Teresa", "Ruby", and in films of the same era as “El rayo de Jalisco”, “El libro de piedra”, “Santo en el tesoro de Drácula” and “La venganza de las mujeres vampiro”.

 Monti was born in Rome on January 4, 1929 and since the 1950s lived in Mexico.

MONTI, Aldo (Monteforte Aldo Bartolomeo)
Born: 1/4/1929, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 7/19/2016, Mexico

Aldo Monti’s westerns – actor:
Vivo o muerto – 1960 (Doroteo)
El rayo de Jalisco – 1962 (Genaro Vidal/Rayo de Jalisco)
Juramento de sangre - 1962