Sunday, July 5, 2015

RIP Ivan Palúch

RIP Ivan Paluch

Another blow to Slovakia, actor Ivan Paluch has died.

After he left us this week Hronec Ladislav native Chudík, Slovakia losing another great actor Ivan Palúch.

Ivan Paluch only recently celebrated his 75th birthday and the film pavement in front of the Bratislava City Theatre Hviezdoslav was unveiled a commemorative tile. On Friday, however, the whole of Slovakia was hit by harsh report on the death of the actor who portrayed the character Prince Bajaj and the legendary Adam Sangala.

Ivan Paluch was born June 20, 1940 in Zvolen.  Later he studied acting, but due to illness had to leave school after two years. He continued acting, however, and in 1960s became a member of the theater in Ves, later in Drama Theatre Jonah Záborského in Prešov, Jozef Gregor Tajovského in Zvolen and in Prague theater on the Balustrade.  He was an especially famous movie actor, and is entered in the history of several foreign productions.  His next career, however, strongly influenced by the socialist regime, which he opposed and was gradually forced to leave his career when no offers for stage or films were allowed. He was committed to the freedom of Slovakia during the events of November 1989. Most of the actor's life is linked to Banska Bystrica, where he lived for years, and was one of the founders of the Academy of Arts. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement by the Chamber of the Czech Television in 2011.

Born: 6/20/1940, Zvolen, Slovenia
Died: 7/3/2015, Martin, Slovakia

Ivan Palúch’s westerns – actor:
A Canyon Full of Gold - 1971 (Tom)
Escape from Gold Country (TV) – 1977 (Jim)
Cesta na jihozápad - 1989 (Jeff)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

RIP Diana Douglas

Bermuda-born actress Diana Douglas Webster, mother of Michael Douglas, and former wife of Kirk Douglas, died today.

The Royal Gazette
July 4, 2015

Ms. Douglas Webster passed away at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, California. She was 92.

Her death from cancer was confirmed by her husband of 15 years, Donald A Webster of Washington, DC. She was previously married to actor Bill Darrid from 1956 until his death in 1992, and Kirk Douglas from 1943 to 1951.

Known by her professional name, Diana Douglas, she had a prolific 61-year film, television and stage career, appearing in 22 films, including Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Star Chamber, and It Runs in the Family, and in nearly 60 television shows such as Love is a Many Splendored Thing, ER, and The West Wing.

Ms. Douglas Webster loved the theatre and had starring or supporting roles in many plays, including My Fair Lady, Best of Friends, Cactus Flower, Major Barbara, Modern Primitive, A Winter’s Tale, Hedda Gabler, Light Up the Sky and The Highest Tree. One of her favorite roles was playing Queen Gertrude opposite David Birney’s Hamlet.

Born Diana Love Dill on January 22, 1923, in Devonshire, Bermuda, her family roots reached back to the 1640s. Her father, Thomas M Dill, was the Attorney General of Bermuda and although his daughter longed to become an actress, he believed that acting, especially for women, was a shady, even disreputable, line of work. He finally relented, figuring she might as well study acting in America and get it out of her system.

During her studies at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Ms Douglas Webster became a Powers agency model and, at 20 years old, graced the cover of Life magazine on May 3, 1943. She was dressed in “frilly Gibson Girl spring fashions,” according to magazine.

One of her acting school classmates, Kirk Douglas, by then serving in the Navy during World War II, saw her on the cover and told his shipmates he would marry her. His prediction proved true: after a whirlwind wartime courtship, they were married on November 2, 1943. The young family soon grew to include actor Michael Douglas (1944) and his producer brother Joel Douglas (1947), thus launching an American acting dynasty that in time came to include Michael’s wife, Welsh-born Catherine Zeta Jones.

Prior to her marriage to Mr Douglas, while studying at the academy, she leapt at an offer of a contract with Warner Brothers in California despite the opposition of then classmate Kirk, who argued she become “a real actress” and try Broadway, as he was intending to do.

Her parents grudgingly consented to the move out west, provided her sister Ruth chaperoned her through the hazards of Hollywood. She was put through the usual paces by the Studio, which glamorised her, gave her lessons that included fencing, and paid her $200 a week. She was happy enjoying the social scene, including a long period of dating Errol Flynn, whom her chaperon sister thought “charming,” as did Ms Douglas Webster. The problem was that she was not given work and so after two years she returned to New York and took up modeling with her eyes now focused on the theatre.

It was the new medium of television, however, which enabled her to break through in the business. She played featured and starring roles in numerous dramas on shows such as Studio One and Westinghouse Theatre. She starred as Henry Fonda’s wife in The Decision at Arrowsmith and some years later was John Houseman’s love interest in the acclaimed The Paper Chase.

Diana Douglas’ very first film was Keeper of the Flame in 1942 with Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn. She played the uncredited role of “Forward American Girl.” Her last film, in 2003, was the aptly named It Runs in the Family, in which she co-starred with son Michael, grandson Cameron, and former husband, Kirk. Her son Joel was an associate producer.

In her 1998 memoir, In the Wings, Ms Douglas Webster revealed her personal philosophy: “Be courageous, be compassionate, and, for God’s sake, have fun!” She lived her message to the fullest. Her life, and beautiful smile, inspired others to do the same.

In addition to her husband, Diana Douglas Webster is survived by her sons Michael and Joel, grandchildren Cameron, Dylan and Carys; her daughter-in-law, Catherine Zeta Jones; Kirk and Anne Douglas; and many nieces and nephews in the United Kingdom, Bermuda and the United States.

A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles at a date to be announced.

DOUGLAS, Diana (Diana Love Dill)
Born: 1/22/1923, Devonshire, Bermuda
Died: 7/4/2015, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Diana Douglas’ westerns – actress:
The Indian Fighter – 1955 (Susan Rogers)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (Sister Richardson)
The Cowboys (TV) – 1974 (Annie Andersen)
Another Man, Another Chance - 1977 (Mary’s mother)
Harts of the West (TV) – 1993 (Betty)

Friday, July 3, 2015

RIP Jacques Sernas

RIP Jacques Sernas
July 3, 2015

The Lithuanian actor was almost 90 years. He also starred in Fellini’s "La dolce vita". In the eighties I had director on TV ‘Una lingua per tutti’

ROME – He died suddenly tonight in Rome, a few days before his ninetieth birthday, the actor Jacques Sernas, an icon of the 1950’s international films.

Born in Lithuania he took refuge with his family almost immediately in France for political reasons, his father was a signatory in 1918 of the Act of Independence of Lithuania. Sernas had lived, while very young, the terrible experience of a prisoner for two years in the Buchenwald camp in Germany. He began his acting career after the war. He had shot more than 40 feature films and some television dramas with the greatest directors of the 1950s and 1960s and was also called to Hollywood where he worked a lot. The actor was polite and cultured and had been defined by the press as "the most beautiful man in the world".

Among his most important films: “Helen of Troy”, Pia de 'Tolomei, Vite perdute, Salammbo, American Secret Service: cronache di ieri e di oggi, Fort Yuma Gold, Gli angeli del quartiere, Terra straniera, Romolo e Remo, Maciste contro il vampiro, Il figlio di Spartacus, Cuori sul mare, La pelle, L'avaro, Un amore a Roma e La prima notte. He also starred in a small role in La dolce vita by Fellini.

Sernas had also worked in television in the 1980's on the  RAI educational program Una lingua per tutti. He also took part in various television dramas, including Il maresciallo Rocca and Papa Giovanni.

SERNAS, Jacques (Jurgis Bernard Šernas)
Born: 7/30/1925, Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: 7/3/2015, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Jacques Sernas’ western – actor:
Fort Yuma Gold - 1966 (Major Saunders)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

RIP Paolo Piffarerio

Paolo Piffarerio has died, artist for Alan Ford

Fumetto Logica
Editorial Staff
June 30, 2015

As reported by Father Stefano Gorla, director of the Newspaper and Super G, on the night of June 29th Paolo Piffarerio has died, the designer best known for having replaced Magnus as the regular artist for Alan Ford.

Born in 1924, Piffarerio collaborated with Max Bunker on other characters as Atomik, Black Mask and El Gringo.  His drawings have appeared also on the history of Italian comic Enzo Biagi and the Newspaper of Edizioni San Paolo. In parallel, especially with the brothers Roberto and Nino - which consisted study Gamma Film - has worked in animation, producing commercials for Carousel.

The funeral will be held Wednesday, July 1, at 14.45 in Piazza San Materno in Milan, at the parish of Santa Maria White in Casoretto.

Born: 8/27/1924, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died: 6/29/2015, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Paolo’s westerns – artist:
El Gringo – 1965-1968