Friday, May 22, 2015

RIP Marty Pasetta

Marty Pasetta, Longtime Oscarcast Director, Dies at 82

By Reece Risatu
May 22, 2015

Marty Pasetta, best known for directing the Academy Awards telecast annually from 1972 to 1988, died Thursday night. He was 82.

Pasetta was struck by a car he had just exited in La Quinta, Calif. in Riverside County, The Desert Sun reported. He died at the scene, police said.

The driver, identified as Keith Stewart, 75, of La Quinta, stopped his vehicle to drop off Pasetta and another passenger, according to the sheriff’s department. Stewart then went to exit his vehicle, but accidentally left the car’s transmission engaged, causing him to crash into his passengers.

Pasetta also helmed “Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii,” which aired on Jan. 14, 1973, in more than 40 countries. The concert special, featuring Elvis Presley at the Honolulu International Center, remains one of the most watched TV programs in history.

When Pasetta was chosen to take reigns of the 60th Annual Academy Awards in 1988, he set an all-time 17-year record for directing the event. He also produced and directed eight live Grammy Awards and Emmy telecasts.

Pasetta’s other notable works include “AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire” (1981), “The Smother Brothers Comedy Hour” (1967) and TV inaugural galas for President Jimmy Carter and President Ronald Reagan.

To circumvent a strike by screen and television writers prior to the 1988 Oscars, Pasetta used stand-up comedians for the broadcast, including Robin Williams, Eddie Murphy and Billy Crystal.

Pasetta is survived by his children Martin Pasetta, Gregory Pasetta and Debbie Palacio.

Born: 1933, Santa Clara, California, U.S.A
Died: 5/21/2015, La Quinta, California, U.S.A.

Marty Pasetta’s western – director:
Saga of Sonora (TV) - 1973

RIP Greg Rumohr

Former Buffalo Bill Rodeo Bullfighter Dies

By: Courtesy: Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
May 13, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  Greg Rumohr, the 1990 world champion freestyle bullfighter and a three-time reserve world champion, died May 11 when a piece of heavy equipment he was delivering to a ranch in Cranfills Gap, Texas, fell on him. He was 53.

Rumohr, a native of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in May 1988 and spent the next 24 seasons developing a reputation for being one of the toughest and most athletic bullfighters the sport has ever seen.

Before moving to Texas and making rodeo his career, Rumohr had been a four-time Golden Gloves champion, a Junior Olympic Boxing champion, a two-time Alberta Junior Hockey League All-Star Team participant and a Class A hunting and fishing guide.

He got his first big bullfighting break in 1989 when his mentor, Pro Rodeo Hall of Famer Rex Dunn, was forced into retirement by an injury and gave Rumohr all of his remaining contracts, including the Buffalo Bill Rodeo in North Platte, Neb.

“This guy thrives on the impossible,” Dunn once said of Rumohr. “He thrives on doing what no one else can do.”

Rumohr worked the North Platte event for the next 23 years, until his retirement in 2011, when he was presented with the committee’s Trail Boss Award for his longtime service.

“He’s just done a wonderful job for us inside and outside the arena as far as public appearances, autograph signings and anything else we need,” rodeo co-chairman Marty Petersen told the North Platte Telegraph at the time. “Not to mention that he’s one of the best cowboy protection bullfighters in the nation.”

Rumohr worked the 2003 Tour Finale in Dallas and served as a bullfighter at the RAM Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo in 1991.

His athleticism allowed him to excel on the Wrangler Bullfight Tour for many years. Rumohr made the freestyle finals, held in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, 11 times from 1989-2000 (when the competition ended).

He won the world championship in 1990 by 21.5 points over Donny Sparks and was runner-up in 1995, 1997 and 1999.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be posted on as soon as they become available.

Born: 6/3/1961, Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada
Died: 5/11/2015, Cranfills Gap, Texas

Greg Rumohr’s western – stuntman:
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys - 1991

Thursday, May 21, 2015

RIP Choya Shane

RIP Choya Shane

Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

Choya Shane, a veteran stuntman and bullwhip expert who doubled for actor James Drury on the popular 1960s NBC Western The Virginian, has died. He was 80.

Shane died May 8 of complications from emphysema in a Las Vegas rehabilitation center, his son, Eugene Shane Steward, told The Hollywood Reporter.

His older brother was Dick Shane, an actor and stuntman who died June 29. He too worked on The Virginian, which was television’s first 90-minute color Western series. The Universal show, also starring Doug McClure, aired from 1962-71, and only Gunsmoke and Bonanza among Westerns ran longer.

When they weren’t doing stunts, the brothers traveled the country as part of a troupe called Whips, Garters & Guns. They went out on their own as The Shane Duo and once performed their bullwhip act for the Queen of England at the Palladium in London.

Later, they launched the International Stunt Actors Association, a stunt school based in Riverside, Calif.

Choya Shane worked on scores of films, including Cimarron (1960), How the West Was Won (1962), Cat Ballou (1965), Stagecoach (1966), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Wild Bunch (1969), One More Train to Rob (1971) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972).

His TV résumé included the shows Cisco Kid, Gunsmoke, Wyatt Earp, Maverick, The Untouchables, Ironside, Emergency!, The Wild, Wild West and Rat Patrol.

Shane’s last professional gig came in 1983 as a technical adviser rigging stunt vehicles for the ABC show Celebrity Daredevils, directed by Tony Verna.

Shane and his son also helped found Spotlight Film Productions, a video and audio production company.

SHANE, Choya (Ronald Cheshire)
Born: 1935 Creswell, Oregon, U.S.A.
Died: 5/8/2015, Las Vegas, Nevada. U.S.A.

Choya Shane’s western – stuntman, double:
The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1950 [stuntman]
Gunsmoke (TV) (1956) stuntman ][
The Adventures of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1956 [stuntman]
Maverick (TV) – 1957 [stuntman]
Cimarron – 1960 [stuntman]
How The West Was Won – 1962 [stuntman]
The Virginian – 1962 (TV) (1962-1971) [stuntman , doubled James Drury]
The Wild Wild West – 1965 [stuntman]
Stagecoach – 1966 [stuntman]
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – 1969 [stuntman]
The Wild Bunch – 1969 [stuntman]
One More Train to Rob – 1971 [stuntman]

RIP Luis Calvo Teixeira

Filmmaker Luis Calvo Teixeira TV director dies

May 7, 2015

CEUTA - Veteran filmmaker Luis Calvo Teixeira died today at his home in Marbella.  Luis Calvo had a long career in the service of Spanish Television.

The director, producer and writer Luis Calvo Teixeira Ceuta died today at age 79 at his home in Marbella.  Calvo Teixeira had a long career, primarily in the service of Spanish Television.  For the public entity created several sitcoms ("Paul and Virginia", "Twelve lessons marital happiness", "Journey around a couple") and directed episodes of such series as "eleventh hour", "Teatro de siempre or" Twelve stories and a nightmare ".

Alongside these works, Luis Calvo directed the musical TVE series "Golden Hours" with guest stars like Frank Sinatra or Rocio Jurado, he led the children's program "Fiesta" and the cultural series "The art of living".

TEIXEIRA, Luis Calvo
Born: 1936, Ceuta, Spain
Died: 5/7/2015, Marbella, Andalusia, Spain

Luis Calvo Teixeira’s western – director, screenwriter:
Fulgor y muerte de Joaquin Murrieta (TV) – 1975

Monday, May 18, 2015

RIP John Compton

John Compton, Actor in 'Mildred Pierce' and 'The D.A.’s Man,' Dies at 91

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

John Compton, who appeared in the classic 1945 melodrama Mildred Pierce and then starred in a Jack Webb-produced TV crime series, The D.A.’s Man, has died. He was 91.

Compton died May 12 of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his niece, Susan Long, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Compton also had small roles in such prominent pictures as Pride of the Marines (1945), starring John Garfield; San Antonio (1945), with Errol Flynn; Night and Day (1946), starring Cary Grant; and The Ten Commandments (1956), directed by Cecil B. DeMille.

He appeared opposite Jane Wyman in the Western Cheyenne (1947) and in The Glass Menagerie (1950), the first film adaptation of a Tennessee Williams play.

Compton also was seen in Jesse James Rides Again, a 13-chapter serial that played in theaters in 1947 and starred The Lone Ranger’s Clayton Moore as the (in this version, heroic) outlaw.

In Michael Curtiz’s Mildred Pierce (1945), starring Joan Crawford, Compton played Ted Forrester; the devilish Vera (Ann Blyth) pretends that she’s pregnant with his child in order to cheat his wealthy family out of $10,000.

Later, Compton starred in the 1959 NBC series The D.A.’s Man as Shannon, a wily investigator who goes undercover to infiltrate the New York mob. The short-lived drama was produced by Mark VII Limited, the production company led by Dragnet legend Webb.

Born John Tolley in Lynchburg, Tenn., Compton headed to New York in his early 20s to pursue a career in acting and appeared on Broadway in the 1945 comedy The Ryan Girl opposite June Havoc.

He came to Los Angeles in the early 1950s and was signed to a contract by Warner Bros.

Compton’s résumé also includes such films as California Passage (1950) and the TV shows The Cisco Kid, Gunsmoke, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Highway Patrol, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Surfside 6 and The Real McCoys.

In the 1960s, Compton left acting to become a real estate developer in the Hollywood Hills and Laurel Canyon.

Survivors also include his wife of 51 years, Angela, and his sister June.

COMPTON, John (John Compton Tolley)
Born: 6/21/1923, Lynchburg, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Died: 5/12/2015, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

John Compton’s westerns – actor:
San Antonio – 1945 (cowboy)
Cheyenne – 1947 (Limpy Bill)
Jesse James Rides Again – 1947 (Steve Long)
California Passage – 1950 (henchman)
Rock Island Trail – 1950 (trooper)
Oh! Susana – 1951 (Lieutenant Cutter)
Adventures of the Texas Kid: Border Ambush – 1954 (Baden)
The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1955 (Emery, Bob Barnes)
Friendly Persuasion – 1956 (Rebel lieutenant)
Thunder Over Arizona – 1956 (Tab Warren)
Spoilers of the Forest – 1957 (Billy Mitchell)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1958 (Sam Adams)
Colt .45 (TV) – 1958 (Will)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958 (Blain)
Sergeant Preston of the Yukon (TV) – 1958 (Rick Farley)
Fury (TV) – 1959, 1960 (Chris Lamber)