Tuesday, September 27, 2016

RIP Yvan Chiffre

Death of former stuntman Yvan Chiffre

Le Figaro

Yvan Chiffre, a former director and stuntman in many films, including being Alain Delon’s double, died this morning at the age of 80, in Adissan Hérault, his grandson son César Chiffre told AFP.

Born in Paris on March 3, 1936, Yvan Chiffre had specialized in fighting with knives and tumbling over waterfalls. He participated in "La Grande Vadrouille", "La Tulipe Noire", "Fantomas","Z", "Zorro" and the series "Thierry La Fronde".

He also staged several films stunts for Les Charlots and made a film with them, "Bons baisers de Hong Kong". He is also the director of a film with Coluche,"Le fou du roi".

Besides his film career, he set up a company of mounted knights for medieval shows. He published an autobiography in 1992 Denoël, "À l'ombre des stars : 30 ans d'action dans le cinéma" (In the Shadow of Stars: 30 years of action in the cinema).

Chiffre is the father of actor Philippe Chiffre and the grandfather of producer, director, actor  César Chiffre.

Born: 3/3/1936, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 9/27/2016, Adissan, Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, France

Yvan Chiffre’s westerns – actor, stunt coordinator, master of arms:
Zorro – 1975 (thug)

RIP Peter Collingwood

Sydney Morning Herald
September 28, 2016

Peter Trevor
Aged 96 years


The family wishes to advise that Peter died peacefully on 23 September, 2016. A memorial service will be held later in the year.

COLLINGWOOD, Peter (Peter Trevor Collingwood)
Born: 1920, Kent, England, U.K.
Died: 9/23/2016, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Peter Collingwood’s westerns – actor:
Mad Dog Morgan – 1976 (Judge Barry)
Outback – 1989 (banker)

Monday, September 26, 2016

RIP Herschell Gordon Lewis

Herschell Gordon Lewis, ‘The Godfather of Gore,’ Dies at 87

By Pat Saperstein
September 26, 2016

Horror filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis, known as the “Godfather of Gore” for his bloody exploitation movies that launched the splatter genre in the 1960s with films such as “Blood Feast” and “Two Thousand Maniacs,” died Monday at 87.

The Something Weird Video site announced his death.

“Blood Feast,” made in 1963 in Miami, was considered to be the horror genre’s first splatter film. Variety called it a “totally inept shocker” that was “an insult even to the most puerile and salacious of audiences,” with a “senseless” screenplay and “amateurish” acting.

His films supplied grindhouse cinemas and drive-ins with titles including “A Taste of Blood,” “The Wizard of Gore,” “The Gruesome Twosome,” “Scum of the Earth!” and “She-Devils on Wheels.”

Beginning in the 1960s, his early films with the late producer David F. Friedman were skewed toward soft-core erotica. Lewis’s other films also took on subjects that were taboo at the time including the birth control pill “(The Girl, The Body, and The Pill”) and wife-swapping (“Suburban Roulette”).

He took a lengthy break from directing after 1972’s “The Gore Gore Girls” to work in direct marketing but returned in 2002 with “Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat,” which included a cameo from a longtime fan, John Waters.

In addition to being a filmmaker, Lewis taught college literature, worked in radio and produced and directed TV commercials. He wrote several books on marketing and copywriting.

LEWIS, Herschell Gordon
Born: 2/15/1929, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 9/26/2016, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.

Herschell Gordon Lewis’s westerns – director, writer, sound:
Linda and Abilene – 1969 [director]
Bridger (TV) – 1976 [writer]
Wanted: The Sundance Woman (TV) – 1976 [writer]
The Shadow of Chikara – 1977 [sound]

Sunday, September 25, 2016

RIP Sparky Moore

San Luis Obispo Tribune
September 25, 2016

January 5, 1925 - September 7, 2016 Sparky Moore passed away on September 7, 2016, peacefully in his sleep, at his home in Templeton, CA. Sparky was born January 5, 1925 in Denver, CO. He grew up in Philadelphia, PA. Sparky was a WWII veteran, serving with the US Navy and the Merchant Marines, as a "radio man." He was aboard the last ship of the war sunk by a torpedo, (USS Jack Singer). He was an alumnus of prestigious ART CENTER. His career as an artist found him drawing for Disney but was most notably "the Winnie the Pooh artist." In later years he returned to his first passion, Western Art. He was an accomplished horseman.

Sparky is survived by his heartbroken family. Twin daughters, Maggie Moore, Ann (Tom) Dailey; twin sons, Tom (Katey) Moore, Pete (Nancy) Moore, daughter Lou (Rick) Moore-Jacobsen. Granddaughter Tamara (Joel) Dailey-Pullen and great-grandchildren David and Molly Pullen. He leaves behind his loyal "little brown dog" Tootsie. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Helen (nee Sheedy) in 2005. A gathering to remember Sparky's full and colorful life will be held OCTOBER 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM at the ranch where he lived. 5640 El Pomar Drive, Templeton, CA (at the arena, jeans, boots, casual).

MOORE, Sparky (Richard Thomas Moore)
Born: 1/5/1925, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.
Died: 9/7/2016, Templeton, California, U.S.A.

Sparky Moore’s western – character designer, layout artist:
The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (TV) – 1968-1969

Saturday, September 24, 2016

RIP Bill Nunn

Legendary Actor Bill Nunn, Who Played “Radio Raheem” and “Duh Duh Duh Man” Dead

All Hip Hop
By Mike Winslow
September 24, 2016

Bill Nunn became a cult figure in Hip-Hop culture thanks to his roles as “Radio Raheem” in Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.”

The actor was also featured in the 1989 classic “New Jack City” as a stuttering member of the Nino Brown’s crew named “Duh Duh Duh Man.”

“My Dear Friend, My Dear Morehouse Brother- Da Great Actor Bill Nunn As Most Of You Know Him As Radio Raheem Passed Away This Morning In His Hometown Of Pittsburgh,” Spike Lee posted to Instagram. “Long Live Bill NUNN. RADIO RAHEEM Is Now RESTING IN POWER. RADIO RAHEEM WILL ALWAYS BE FIGHTING DA POWERS DAT BE. MAY GOD WATCH OVER BILL NUNN.”

NUNN, Bill (William G. Nunn III)
Born: 10/20/1953, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 9/24/2016, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Bill Nunn’s westerns – actor:
Glory – 1989
Little Bear and the Master – 2008 (warden)