Saturday, December 20, 2014

RIP Ingvar Kjellson

Ingvar Kjellson is dead
By Emma Lofgren
December 20, 2014
A "unque" voice has been silenced and one of the largest Swedish actors has passed away. Ingvar
Kjellson have fallen asleep, 91 years old. "He should have gotten a lot more recognition than he actually did," says Kristina Calm DN.
Low-key, discreet and warm. Ingvar Kjellson will be remembered as one of the biggest actors. To theRoyal Dramatic Theatre, he came in 1964, and the total was over 140 roles on the national stage.
Ingvar Kjellson played in including Henrik Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" and "The Wild Duck".
He also made contributions in the comedy and farce and directed in recent years.
- He passed away quietly at Danderyd Hospital, there was no drama, says his son Jan Kjellson to news agency TT.
Ingvar Kjellson was 91 years.
Benny Fredriksson manage Kulturhuset. He arranged Ingvar Kjell's 90th birthday at the City Theatre last year and committed Kjellson of the last great role in The Cherry Orchard at the City Theatre, directed by Erik Stubø.
- Ingvar Kjellson belongs in the true sense of the greatest actors Sweden had. He could portray all possible roles and was a true character actor.
- The heat he had burned through, in a way that made him loved and beloved by the people.
Fredriksson call Ingvar Kjellson for "an amazing person and a role model."
- He was a very shy person. Listening and empathetic and sounded rather be talking than he talked himself. He met his wife, Meta Velander when she was fourteen and he was fifteen, and they admired and respected each other all their lives.
Playwright Kristina Calm remember especially when Kjellson and his wife Meta made ​​her piece Rut and Ragnar at the City Theatre.
- It was so incredibly funny, because he belonged to the same generation as Allan Edwall, as I wrote the piece from the beginning. He was jättejättebra. He was like one of those classic actor. The generation that he and Allan Edwall and Margareta Krook belongs, it is as unique. It is really really sad, but maybe you could not ask people to live all the time. I was really sad.
Kristina Calm describes it as a great experience to work with the couple Kjellson.
- It was such an odd occurrence in any way. I saw him in all all the sets at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. He should have gotten a lot more recognition than he received. He has done many great things with Ingmar Bergman.
Yvonne Lombard played long against Ingvar Kjellson at the Stockholm City Theatre.
- He was one of the first gang, when the City Theatre was on Wallingatan. It was a close-knit bunch, a permanent ensemble unlike now, when you do not recognize anyone in the hallways. He was wonderful to play against, a very good boy. We were very good friends, I have played a lot with Meta and met him very much.
Dramatic chief dramaturge Magnus Florin remember in Ingvar Kjellson a quiet, discreet and diligent person with an incredible dramatic breadth.
- It feels like he gave his voice and body to the theater for an unimaginably long time. At the same time, he was a very discreet and quiet person with great integrity and a world of its own. He was so amazing diligent and always active, it was like he always stood on stage, in a rehearsal room or wherever with the radio or television. It is difficult to understand how he could do so very much.
Florin's personal favorite is when Kjellson did the father of the Night is the mother 1983rd
- It was an outstanding remarkable role interpretation of a father figure.
Helena Bergström played by Ingvar Kjellson in his last great role in The Cherry Orchard at the City Theatre.
- I am proud that I got to play with this fantastic actor. He took very seriously his profession, and had a pride in speaking well, to his lines already on collation, which he did in "The Cherry Orchard". I feel truly humbled the knowledge and experience he had.
- And I hope we can evaluate all this and talk about how we can preserve it for future generations. To manage this vast knowledge.
Ingvar Kjellson also did a lot of film and television. Many may remember him as the eccentric Mon Cousin in "Hedebyborna", or from movies like "Raskenstam", "Swing it, ma'am" or Lasse Åberg "The involuntary Golfer". In addition, he made his voice to characters in animated films such as Prince John in Robin Hood.
- I will remember his voice as absolutely outstanding. When I was young, I admired him. I think it was one of the actors that made me start with the theater - I was so fascinated by his voice and his way of playing, says director Tobias Theorell.
- His voice had an incredibly own connotation and was a mix between precision, clarity, and at the same time wonderful DRAG. It's one of those voices that one would immediately recognize. He was truly one of our biggest actor, I think.
KJELLSON, Ingvar (Anders Ingvar Kjell)
Born: 5/20/1923, Kärna, Östergötlands län, Sweden
Died: 12/18/2014, Djursholm, Sweden
Ingvar Kjellson’s western – actor:
Wild West Story – 1963 (judge)

RIP Arthur Gardner

Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner dies at 104
Los Angeles Times
By Ryan Parker
December 20, 2014
Longtime Hollywood producer Arthur Gardner, a voting member of the motion picture academy as a centenarian, died Friday of natural causes at Sunrise Beverly Hills Assisted Living, said his son, Steven. He was 104.
Gardner joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences more than a half-century ago when he first became a producer.
The last film he produced was "Safari 3000" in 1982.
"He wouldn't do anything in life but be in the business," Steven said of his father's love for Hollywood.
Born Arthur Goldberg in 1910, Gardner was raised in Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles in 1929 at 18 with dreams of becoming an actor. Like many Jewish actors at the time, he changed his name because of fears of anti-Semitism, he told The Times in an interview.
One of the first movies he was cast in was "All Quiet on the Western Front."  It was a small role, but during that time he met George Cukor, the filmmaker who would go on to direct "A Star Is Born" and "My Fair Lady," Gardner told The Times.
During World War II, he served in the Army's first motion picture unit, making educational and other films under Ronald Reagan. When the war ended, Gardner turned to producing, making his debut with a 1952 serial-killer B movie titled "Without Warning!"
During his career, Gardner worked with Chuck Connors and Barbara Stanwyck, as well as John Wayne on one of the actor's final films, 1974's "McQ."
“The Rifleman,” the popular 1950s Western television series, was one of Gardner's best-known works.
Johnny Crawford, who starred in the show along with Chuck Connors, told The Times he adored Gardner.
"He was just a class act," Crawford said. "I always admired him as a kid."
Crawford played Mark McCain, Lucas McCain's son, on the show that ran for five seasons on ABC.
"He was unlike so many other producers who were all business," Crawford said. "He was a wonderful guy."
Gardner, who according to Steven said he did not have a favorite movie but rather loved them all, was an active voter for the Academy until he was 100. That also happens to be the year he threw out the first pitch at Dodger Stadium.
GARDNER, Arthur (Arthur Goldberg)
Born: 6/7/1910, Marinette, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 12/19/2014, Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A.
Arthur Gardner’s westerns – actor, producer:
Heart of the North – 1938 (Constable Larry Young]
The Dude Goes West – 1948 [assistant producer]
Bad Men of Tombstone – 1949 [assistant producer]
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958 [producer]
The Rifleman (TV) – 1958-1963 [producer]
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965-1967 [producer]
Law of the Plainsman (TV) – 1959-1960 [producer]
Geronimo – 1962 [executive producer]
The Glory Guys – 1965 [producer]
The Scalphunters – 1968 [producer]
Sam Whiskey – 1969 [producer]
The Hunting Party – 1971 [executive producer]
The Honkers – 1972

Friday, December 19, 2014

RIP Giorgio Ardisson

RIP George Ardisson
By Felicia Cagginelli
December 15, 2014
Cerveteri: has died at 83 years, the actor George Ardisson. His memory through the last interview
The actor Giorgio Ardisson had chosen to live in Cerveteri, known for numerous films and for being in the cinema "Zorro the Fox". The debut film of the blond actor, athletic and good looking thanks to Mauro Bolognini, who chose him for a secondary but important role in “Arrangiatevi!”  (You're on Your Own). His athletic prowess and his boldness to make his characters real made him ideal for adventure films and so called peplum-movies, for Spaghetti westerns and, especially, for the cult police/crime films exploiting the reckless adventures of secret agents like James Bond / 007, much in vogue in the early 1960s. George Ardisson, was born in Rocca, Canavese, Turin, Italy 1931 and died at his home in Cerveteri on December 11th.
Born: 12/31/1931, Rocca, Canavese, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Died: 12/11/2014, Cerveteri, Rome, Lazio Italy
Giorgio Ardisson’s westerns – actor:
Massacre at Grande Canyon - 1963 (Tully/Rudy Dancer)
God May Forgive You, Not Me - 1968 (Cjamango McDonald)
A Man Called Amen - 1968 (Amen/Johnny)
Zorro the Fox - 1968 (Riccardo de Villaria/Don Diego/Zorro)
Chapaqua’s Gold - 1970 (Jack ‘Doc’ Harrison)
Django Defies Sartana - 1970 (Sartana)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

RIP Loren Ewing

RIP Loren Ewing
Valley Daily Bulletin
December 18, 2014
William Russell Ewing, 77, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2014. He was born in Aberdeen, North Dakota to Loren and Leona Ewing on October 14, 1937. The family relocated to Southern California where Mr. Ewing was a 20th Century Fox Studio security guard. While spending time at the studios, William developed a strong interest in acting. He adopted the stage name of Loren Russell Ewing and joined the Screen Actors Guild. Loren was involved in numerous television series including Rawhide, Batman, Black Sheep Squadron and Chips. Movie roles included the Bermuda Triange and Across the Great Divide. While acting in a western film production in the 1970's he incurred a severe head injury which eventually ended his acting career. He moved to Upland where he met Bobbie Ruth Jordan and enjoyed a loving relationship for 40 years. He is survived by his companion, Bobbie, family and friends in Southern California. Loren is interred at Pomona Valley Memorial Park.
EWING, Loren (William Russell Ewing)
Born: 10/14/1937, Aberdeen, North Dakota, U.S.A.
Died: 12/2/2014, Pomona, California, U.S.A.
Loren Ewing’s westerns – actor:
Rawhide (TV) – 196?
Across the Great Divide – 1976 (Club)
The Oregon Trail (TV) – 1976 (Slim)

RIP Booth Colman

RIP Booth Colman
Los Angeles Times
By Staff
December 20, 2014

March 8, 1923 - December 15, 2014 Booth Colman, age 91, passed away in his sleep at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was born in Portland, OR on March 08, 1923 to Sol and Sona Cohn. Booth is survived by his brother, Howard Cohn (Portland, OR) and has a predeceased sister, Sharlene Bender (Bellevue, WA). Booth is also survived by two nieces; Shellie Bender Lavaris (Bellevue, WA) and Susan Cohn Savage (Portland, OR), and two nephews; Scott Bender (Seattle, WA) and Stephen Bender (Bellevue, WA), as well as six great-grand nephews and a niece. Booth attended both the Universities of Washington and Michigan. He was a character actor whose early start was in radio. Booth was known for his many roles in television, stage, and movies; although, he was best known for his roles as Dr. Zaius in "The Planet of the Apes" TV series, and the recurring role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the stage adaptation of "A Christmas Carol." Booth was a humble man who possessed great wit and charm and was loved by the actors he shared the stage and screen with. Booth was a scholar who was well-versed in both history and early religions and had mastered at least five languages. Booth will be sorely missed by all who knew or came in contact with him. In lieu of flowers, the family requests consideration of a donation to Actors Fund of America, National Federation for the Blind, or United Jewish Appeal.
Born: 3/8/1923, Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
Died: 12/15/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Booth Colman’s westerns – actor:
The Big Sky – 1952 (Pascal)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV) – 1956 (Lantanac, Brissac, Jacques)
Broken Arrow (TV) – 1956, 1958 (Wilkins, Spruance)
The Gray Ghost (TV) – 1957 (Grady)
The Californians (TV) – 1959 (Ralph Keel)
Yancy Derringer (TV) – 1959 (Henry Duval)
Zorro (TV) – 1959 (Pineda)
The Comancheros – 1961 (hotel clerk)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1961 (Jeremiah)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1961, 1962 (defense attorney, Dr. Frank Shelton)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1962 (Colonel Travers)
Have Gun – Will Travel (TV) – 1962 (Tyler)
Bonanza (TV) – 1962, 1964, 1966 (Henry P. Quince, Flint Durfee, Reverend Parley)
Temple Houston (TV) - 1963
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1963, 1972 (Gant, Rand)
Arizona Raiders – 1965 (Ohio Gazette editor)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965 (Ambassador Xavier Perkins)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1965, 1967, 1969 (High Private A. Slimpsey, Goverenor Patrick Henry,
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (land investor)
The Virginian (TV) – 1970 (Jeff Turner, Mr. Compton)
Scandalous John – 1971 (Governor Murray)
Alias Smith and Jones (TV) – 1971 (Carlton)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (sentinel)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (Dr. Mattwick)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1979 (Kingsley)

RIP Virna Lisi

Italian Hollywood star Virna Lisi dies at 78
The Local
December 18, 2014
Italian actress Virna Lisi, who played opposite Hollywood stars including Frank Sinatra in the 1960s and later established herself an acclaimed character actress, has died at the age of 78.
Italian media quoted her son as saying that Lisi had passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, a month after being diagnosed with an incurable illness.
Born in Ancona in 1936, she was an established cinema and theatre actress before Hollywood producers looking for a new Marilyn Monroe came calling in the mid-1960s.
With Jack Lemmon she made How to Murder Your Wife in 1965 and followed up by starring alongside Tony Curtis in Not with my Wife, You Don't, and with Sinatra in Assault on a Queen the following year.
Reluctant to be restricted to love-interest roles based on her looks, she turned down the sexy part taken by Jane Fonda in Roger Vadim's Barbarella (1968) and moved back to Europe after only three years of a seven-year contract with Paramount studios.
While in Hollywood, she maintained a parallel career in European cinema, notably playing a lead role in The Birds, the Bees and the Italians, which shared the top prize, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes film festival in 1966.
After taking a break from acting in the early 1970s, Lisi successfully reinvented herself as a character actress with a broad range. Her portrayal of Catherine de' Medici in La Reine Margot (1994) saw her pick up both a French Cesar and the best actress award at Cannes.
She also worked extensively in television and made the last of her nearly 80 films, Il Piu Bel Giorno Della Mia Vita, in 2002.
She is survived by her son Corrado Pesci and three grandchildren. Her husband of 53 years, the architect Franco Pesci, died in 2013.
LISI, Verna (Virna Pieralisi)
Born: 11/8/1936, Jesi, Ancona, Marche, Italy
Died: 12/18/2014, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Virna Lisi’s westerns – actress:
White Fang - 1973 (Sister Evangelina)
Challenge to White Fang - 1974 (Sister Evangelina)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

RIP Stu Erwin, Jr.

RIP Stu Erwin, Jr.
The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
Stu Erwin, a former drama development executive at Grant Tinker’s MTM Enterprises, died Nov. 22 at his home in Solana Beach, Calif., after a brief illness, his wife said. He was 82.
At MTM, a production company that had been known for hit comedies (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda), Erwin was instrumental in getting such noteworthy dramas as Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele, St. Elsewhere, Lou Grant and The White Shadow on the air.
He later worked as creative director for Tinker’s GTG Entertainment (Grant Tinker/Gannett), the home of Baywatch.
Earlier, Erwin supervised such network series as Marcus Welby, M.D. and McCloud as an executive at Universal Studios.
Erwin, who attended Beverly Hills High School and Brown University, began his career in show business as an associate producer on The Ed Sullivan Show, then ran the advertising division at Ralston Purina in St. Louis.
He was the son of actors Stuart Erwin and June Collyer, the real-life husband and wife who starred on the 1950-55 ABC comedy show Trouble With Father, later retitled The Stu Erwin Show. Erwin also starred as Joe Palooka in a 1934 film and was nominated for an Oscar for playing a hillbilly quarterback in Pigskin Parade (1936).
Survivors include his wife Diane, five children and their spouses and six grandchildren.
ERWIN, Jr., Stuart
Born: 9/15/1932, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2014, Solana Beach, California, U.S.A.
Stuart Erwin, Jrs. western - executive producer:
The Busters (TV) - 1975