Saturday, October 18, 2014

RIP Roser Cavallé

Roser Cavallé dies, the voice of Dallas' Sue Ellen
 
LaVanguardia
By Lluís Bonet Mojica
10/17/2014
 
The announcer and voice actress died last Monday.
 
The radio announcer and voice actress Cavallé Roser, who was the voice of Sue Ellen on Dallas for 16 years, died on Monday October 6th, reports the channel 3/24. She was 79.
 
Cavallé put her Catalan dubbing voice into the famous Sue Ellen from Dallas series. She was also the Spanish Catalan voice of Joanna Cassidy, Glenn Close, Sofia Loren and Anna Magnani, and was the usual voice for actresses like Patricia Neal and Elizabeth Wilson.
 
 
CAVALLÉ, Roser (Rosario Cavallé)
Born: 1935, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
Died: 10/6/2014, Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain
 
Roser Cavallé’s westerns – voice actress:
The Man from Oklahoma – 1964 [Spanish voice of Sabine Bethmann]
$5.00 for Ringo - 1965 [Spanish voice of Maria Pia Conte]
$5,000 on One Ace - 1965 [Spanish voice of Maria Sevalt]
The Return of Ringo – 1965 [Spanish voice of Hally Hammond]
Sunscorched – 1965 [Spanish voice of Marianne Koch]
A Bullet for the General – 1966 [Spanish Catalan voice of Martine Beswick]
Sunscorched – 1966 [Spanish voice of Marianne Koch]
The Tall Women – 1966 [Spanish voice of Perla Cristal]
Django, the Last Killer – 1967 [Spanish voice of Dana Ghia]
Five Guns from Texas – 1967 [Spanish voice of Maria Pia Conte]
Gentleman Killer – 1967 [Spanish voice of Anna Orso]
Villa Rides! – 1967 [Spanish voice of Diana Lorys]
Shalako – 1968 [Spanish voice of Valerie French]
Villa Rides – 1968 [Spanish voice of Diana Lorys]
El Puro - 1969 [Spanish voice of Mariangela Giordana]
Gentleman Killer – 1969 [Spanish voice of Anna Orso]
Shalako – 1969 [Spanish voice of Valerie French]
Twenty Paces to Death – 1969 [Spanish voice of Marta Flores]
Four Gunmen of the Holy Trinity - 1970 [Spanish voice of Valeria Fabrizi]
Blazing Guns – 1971 [Spanish voice of Dada Gallotti]
Chato’s Land – 1971 [Spanish voice of Rebecca Wilson]
A Cry of Death – 1971 [Spanish voice of Catherine]
Red Sun – 1971 [Spanish voice of Capucine]
Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears – 1972 [Spanish voice of Francesca Benedetti]
Too Much Gold for One Gringo – 1972 [Spanish voice of Irene D’Astrea]
Watch Out Gringo… Sabata Will Return – 1972 [Spanish voice of Rosalba Neri]
Eh? Who’s Afraid of Zorro! – 1975 [Spanish voice of Rosita’s mother]
The Daltons – 2004 [Spanish voice of Ginette Garcin]

Thursday, October 16, 2014

RIP Misty Upham

Misty Upham: Body Of Missing Actress Has Been Found
 
One of the actresses from Django Unchained has been found dead near the White River in Washington. The news that MIsty Upham had been found dead was confirmed to KIRO TV Editor Cory Minderhout. She was 32 years old.
 
The actress is known her roles in “August: Osage County,” “Frozen River" and "Django Unchained."
 
The 32-year-old Native American actress was reported missing by her family Oct. 6, a day after telling police she was suicidal.
 
The family said Upham had moved to the Seattle area to help care for her father, who's recovering from a stroke. She had been staying at a relative's apartment on the Muckleshoot reservation.
 
Tracy Rector, friend of the victim and Upham family spokesperson, said relatives and members of the native community organized Thursday's search.
 
A search party of three, including one family member, was canvassing the forest when they found Upham's purse and ID. They searched a ravine, discovered a body and called 911.
 
 
UPHAM, Misty (Misty Anne Upham)
Born: 7/6/1982, Kalispell, Montana, U.S.A.
Died: 10/5/2014, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
 
Misty Upham’s westerns – actress:
Skins – 2002 (Mrs. Blue Cloud)
Burn the Wagons – 2003
DreamKeeper (TV) – 2003 (Chief’s daughter)
Django Unchained – 2012 (Minnie)

RIP Milton R. Bass

RIP Milton Bass
 
The Berkshire Eagle
October 16, 2014
 
Milton R. Bass 1923-2014
 
RICHMOND Milton R. Bass, author, writer, gardener, and raconteur, died Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014, at home in Richmond. He was 91. Born in Pittsfield January 15, 1923, he was one of three children of the late Philip and Lena Bass. His brother, Harold, and his sister, Henrietta Greengold Garbowit, predeceased him. A 1940 graduate of Pittsfield High School, Milt started college at the University of Massachusetts and completed his bachelor's degree in biology in 1947 after his Army service in World War II. He was proud of his master's degree from Smith College, which admitted a small number of men to graduate programs after the war. At that time, he had switched from pre-med to comparative literature because of his Army service as a medic, saying he no longer wanted to deal with the wounded and dying. He often commented on playing sports with Smith women and the problem of finding a men's room on campus. His master's thesis at Smith was titled, "The Relationship of Jonathan Swift to the Satire of James Joyce." He then did pre-doctoral work at Columbia University and passed the oral exams, but never wrote a dissertation. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters by Westfield State University with a citation for his "35 spirited years as thoughtful critic, provocative columnist and witty observer of the world at large." In the Army, he served from 1942-45 with the 104th Infantry Division, known as the Timberwolves, in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. His division liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Nordhausen, an experience that haunted him for the rest of his life. He was awarded a Silver Star for gallantry in action in Holland in 1944 when he and his fellow medics crawled across a minefield under German fire to rescue two injured soldiers. His parents' health problems brought him home in 1951, and he took a part-time job as a copy editor at The Berkshire Eagle. That stretched into full time, as the arts and entertainment editor, and lasted until 1986 when he took early retirement after a heart attack. His column, however, which moved from the arts page to the Sunday feature page and then to op-ed, continued, and was part of The Eagle for 60 years. His last one ran in the paper on September 28. He enjoyed telling stories about his interviews with such luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Dick Cavett, Helen Hayes, Isabella Rossellini, Sigourney Weaver, Bernadette Peters, Randy Weston and Dave Brubeck. In addition to his Eagle writings, Milt wrote about jazz for the Atlantic Monthly, various travel articles for The Boston Globe, the Washington Post and Yankee Magazine. He was also author of 13 published novels, including four westerns, two detective series and several traditional novels. His first novel, "Jory," was made into a feature film starring actor Robby Benson. Bass didn't like the movie and tried to prevent it from being shown locally. It came anyway, and theater manager Francis Faille provided a private showing for the Bass family and friends, as well as his own daughter, Sister Barbara, and the other Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Joseph Central High School. In 1995, Bass was nominated for an Edgar Award for best paperback original mystery novel for "The Broken Hearted Detective." In 1956, he met Ruth Haskins when she came to The Eagle as police and court reporter. They were married May 27, 1960 and celebrated 54 years of marriage this year. After taking 15 years off to raise the children, Ruth returned to The Eagle and they spent 24 hours a day together, in adjacent offices and at their home in Richmond. He spent hours in his beloved vegetable garden and fruit orchard, and was famous for uttering in each successive growing season, "these are the best peas we've ever had." In addition to Ruth, he is survived by his three children, son Michael Bass of Old Greenwich, Conn., a senior vice president at CNN; daughter Elissa Bass, a social media consultant in Stonington, Conn.; and daughter Dr. Amy Bass of New Rochelle, N.Y., a professor at The College of New Rochelle; his daughter-in-law, Donna Bass; and his sons-in-law, Joseph Wojtas and Evan Klupt. Survivors include his grandchildren, Sam, Emily and Jake Bass; Summer and Max Wojtas; and Hannah Klupt; and several nieces and nephews, including Mark Greengold of Pittsfield, Daniel Greengold of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Debbi Welch of Chicago. He is also survived by his TV-watching partner, the family Sheltie, Tracer. He was known affectionately to all as "Miltie." Grandson Sam was just learning to talk when he put the "Miltie" label on his grandfather instead of adopting another "grandpa" term. "Mitty" was all he could manage, and the five other grandchildren followed suit. Forever after, he was Miltie. Calling hours are 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 18, at the DERY FUNERAL HOME, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield. A memorial service will be held at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Richmond Free Public Library or the Anita Chapman Scholarship Fund, sent in care of the Dery Funeral Home.
 
 
BASS, Milton R. (Milton Ralph Bass)
Born: 1/15/1923, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 10/14/2014, Richmond, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
 
Milton R. Bass’ western – writer:
Jory – 1973

RIP Giorgio Rebuffi

He's gone Giorgio Rebuffi, creator of Tiramolla and Pugaciòff
 
Bad Comics.it
By David Card
October 16, 2014
 
Today comes the sad news of the death of George Rebuffi, a brilliant cartoonist, creator of such memorable characters as Tiramolla and the wolf Pugaciòff.
 
He was much loved in Italy but also abroad and won several awards in his career, which ended not long ago. Born in Milan on November 7, 1928, he invented the Sheriff Fox in 1948, for the editions that entrust Alpe then Puppy and Beppe. In 1952 he created the famous Tiramolla with Roberto Renzi but there are really a lot of the characters he created, among which we want to remember Bingo Bongo, Trottolino, Giotto dachshund, Tita and Toto, Torquato stubborn pig, the ghost Ajax, Tom Porcello, the gorilla Artemidorus Gigorocane, Professor Cerebrus and Volpone Dulcamara.
 
In 1959 Rebuffi then give birth to Pugaciòff a beloved character even outside the Italian borders. He also worked on several Disney stories, creating along with Luciano and Carlo Bottaro Chendi Studio Bierreci I fumerali in 1968. His funeral will be held in Turin on Saturday, October 18.
 
The editors of BadComics.it clings to the relatives and friends in a Rebuffi heartfelt condolences.
 
 
REBUFFI, Giorgio
Born: 11/7/1928, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died: 10/15/2014, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
 
Giorgio Rebuffi’s western – cartoon:
Sceriffo Fox – 1948 [cartoonist]

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

RIP Elizabeth Pena

Actress Elizabeth Pena Dies at 55
 
Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
10/15/2014
 
Her credits included 'Lone Star,' 'Jacob's Ladder,' 'Rush Hour' and 'Modern Family'
 
 
Actress Elizabeth Pena, who recently completed work on El Rey Network's Matador, has died. She was 55.
 
Her nephew, Latino Review writer Mario-Francisco Robles, shared the news in an obituary on the site. He said Pena died Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. No cause of death was immediately available.
 
In John Sayles’ Lone Star (1996), Pena was memorable as the history teacher who rekindles a teenage love affair with Sheriff Sam Deeds (Chris Cooper). She recently guest-starred in a pair of Modern Family episodes as the mother of Sofia Vergara’s character, Gloria. Pena broke into sitcom territory decades earlier, when she toplined I Married Dora for ABC. The series ran for one season from 1987-1988 and centered on a couple with a green card marriage.
 
Pena also stood out as postal clerk Jezzie, who lives with a hallucinatory Tim Robbins, in the Adrian Lyne horror film Jacob’s Ladder (1990).
 
“I worked very hard to get, Jacob’s Ladder,” she said in a 2001 interview. “At first they wanted Julia Roberts, Andie MacDowell or Michelle Pfeiffer. At some point they wanted Susan Sarandon, and Madonna wanted the part. They auditioned all of them. I begged to be auditioned. I begged and begged and when I auditioned, the chemistry was right and Adrian and I were just taken with each other. I auditioned for six months, twice a week. The reason I kept going back was because Adrian was literally fighting for me to get the role.”
 
In Paul Mazursky’s Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Pena played the live-in maid who made out in her room with Richard Dreyfuss, and in Brett Ratner's Rush Hour (1998), she was LAPD bomb diffusion expert Tania Johnson opposite partner Chris Tucker.
 
Pena also recurred on the 2000-02 Showtime drama Resurrection Blvd. as family matriarch Bibi Corrales and provided the voice of Mirage, the right-hand woman of bad guy Syndrome (Jason Lee), in Pixar's The Incredibles (2004). In La Bamba (1987), she played Rosie Morales, the sister-in-law of rock ’n’ roll icon Ritchie Valens, (Lou Diamond Phillips), and on Matador, she played the mother of Tony "Matador" Bravo (Gabriel Luna).
 
Less than a year after she was born in Elizabeth, N.J., Pena and her family moved to Cuba. She returned to the U.S. when she was nine to live in New York City. She graduated from the High School of the Performing Arts in Manhattan and started her film career with El Super (1979).
 
She is survived by her husband, two teenage children, her mother and her sister.
 
PENA, Elizabeth
Born: 9/23/1961, Elizabeth, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 10/14/2014, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
 
Elizabeth Pena's westerns - actress:
Lone Star - 1996 (Pilar)
Dead Man's Gun (TV) - 1997 (Madam Gisella)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RIP Oscar "Pete" Denenberg

RIP Oscar "Pete" Denenberg
 
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2014
 
April 1, 1927 - September 13, 2014 Oscar "Pete" Denenberg was born in New York, New York. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he graduated from the University of Southern California in 1951, earning a B.A. in International Relations. Shortly thereafter, he started working for Paramount Studios. In 1953, Pete became an assistant film editor for CBS television. In the ensuing years, he worked on many TV series including: Leave It To Beaver, Wagon Train, Flipper, and Starsky and Hutch, TV specials: The Red Pony and Death Be Not Proud. Pete was an assistant film editor on several movies including: Oregon Trail, The Secret of Santa Victoria, Some Like It Hot and Five Easy Pieces. It was during this time that he married Geraldine "Jeri" Hunt his wife of 38 years. After Pete retired, he and Jeri moved from Burbank, CA to Arizona, eventually settling in Tucson. Pete was a dedicated USC Trojan fan. He and Jeri enjoyed traveling to Mexico. Learning the Spanish language was a lifelong pursuit. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He and Jeri would spend their summers in the mountains of Alpine, AZ. Admired by both friends and family, Pete was a man of wisdom and integrity. One of his many friends said of Pete "He was a man with a heart bigger than himself." Pete is survived by his wife Jeri, her daughters Deborah Yearwood, husband Ken of Avondale, AZ, Lucinda Arce, husband Gilbert of Surprize, AZ, grandchildren Chezne McArthur, Dezirae Elkins and Patrick Elkins, great granddaughter Cali Elkins, nephews, Michael Kwit and Joan Moore of Woodland Hills, CA, Marvin Kwit, wife Beth Lombard of Ventura, CA, niece, Joan Kwit of Marshall, CA.
 
 
DENENBERG, Oscar
Born: 4/1/1927, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/13/2014, Burbank, California, U.S.A.
 
Oscar Denenberg’s westerns – assistant film editor:
Cattle King – 1963
A Gunfight - 1971
Against a Crooked Sky – 1975
Wagon Train (TV) – 19??
Oregon Trail (TV) – 1976

RIP Bob Orrison, Gary McLarty

Two longtime Hollywood stuntmen killed in Rancho Cordova crash
 
The Sacramento Bee
By Tony Bizjak
Oct. 13, 2014 - 7:24 pm
 
For decades, Bob Orrison and Gary McLarty worked as two of Hollywood’s most active and respected stuntmen, racing cars, jumping motorcycles and crashing trucks during filming for hundreds of movies and television shows.
 
On Saturday in Rancho Cordova, their lives came to a shocking end. The two buddies were killed when their pickup truck was hit broadside by a Jeep on Grant Line Road, not far from Orrison’s home. Orrison was 86, McLarty 73.
 
Rancho Cordova police said the pair were in a Chevrolet truck making a U-turn on Grant Line Road at Raymer Way at about 1 p.m. when they were struck by a white Jeep Cherokee traveling 55 miles per hour. “It was a direct hit,” Sacramento sheriff’s spokesman Lisa Bowman said.
 
The men were pronounced dead at the scene. Orrison apparently was driving, a McLarty friend, Bob McLaughlin, said. Police said the two occupants of the Jeep were taken to the hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. The crash remains under investigation.
 
McLarty’s wife Hillorie had dropped her husband off at Orrison’s home an hour before the crash. Given their backgrounds, the crash makes no sense, she said.
 
“These are people who spent their adult life doing dangerous things in a calculated way,” she said. “It defies my imagination.”
 
Orrison, who moved to Rancho Cordova seven years ago with his wife Tatiana, was a former rodeo cowboy and Korean War veteran who served as a movie stunt double for war hero and actor Audie Murphy. His credited and uncredited stunt work includes the original “Star Trek” television series, as well as the movies “Die Hard II,” “Rambo III” and “Days of Thunder.” He was the driver in the movie scene from “Speed” when a bus launched off of an elevated freeway, and was among the stuntmen who drove the car known as the General Lee in “The Dukes of Hazzard” television series.
 
“He was tough, that’s for sure,” said his sister, Mary Hunt. His wife Tatiana said, “He was very young. He didn’t feel he was old.”
 
McLarty, of North Hollywood, nicknamed the “Whiz Kid” for his stunt abilities, retired a few years ago after a career that spanned 40 years. He drove the motorcycle up the frat house stairs in the movie “Animal House,” and doubled as “The Fonz” for motorcycle scenes on the “Happy Days” television series.
 
McLarty made it in Hollywood through physical talent, creative ability, a love of adrenaline rushes and “a genuine love for people,” his wife said. His career highlights included serving as stunt coordinator for the movies “Days of Thunder,” “The Blues Brothers” and “Animal House.” Although retired, McLarty continued working part time, and recently overturned a bus on a film shoot in New York, said his friend McLaughlin.
 
McLarty also was a participant in a real Hollywood drama. He testified in court in 2005 that actor Robert Blake attempted to hire him for $10,000 to murder Blake’s wife. McLarty said he declined. Blake’s wife was shot in Blake’s car outside a restaurant in 2001. Blake was found not guilty in criminal court, but a civil court later determined he was liable for her “wrongful death.”
 
 
ORRISON, Bob (Robert P. Orrison)
Born: 7/28/1928, Bakersfield, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/11/2014, Rancho Cordova, California, U.S.A.
 
Bob Orrison’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
Bandolero! – 1968 [stunts]
5 Card Stud – 1968 [stunts]
The Great Bank Robbery – 1969 [stunts]
The Undefeated – 1969 [stunts]
The Wild Bunch – 1969 [stunts]
Chisum – 1970 [stunts]
Alias Smith and Jones – 1971 (Bob)
Molly and Lawless John – 1972 [stunts]
The Return of a Man Called Horse – 1972 (Rutter)
Tom Horn – 1980 (Matt)
The Avenging Angel (TV) – 1995 [stunts]
The Last Cowboy – 2003 [sunts]
 

 
McLARTY, Gary (Gary Raymond McLarty)
Born: 1940, North Hollywood, California, U.S.A.
Died: 10/11/2014, Ranco Cordova, California, U.S.A.
 
Gary McLarty’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
The War Wagon – 1967 [stunts]
The Way West – 1967 [stunts]
Bandolero! – 1968 [stunts]
Blue – 1968 [stunts]
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys – 1969 [stunts]
The Undefeated – 1969 [stunts]
The Wild Bunch – 1969 [stunts]
Chisum – 1970 [stunts]
Little Big Man – 1970 [stunts]
Cade’s County (TV) – 1971 [stunts]
Kung Fu (TV) – 1972 (Frankie McCoy)
Rooster Cogburn – 1975 (Emmett) [stunts]
The Return of a Man Called Horse – 1976 [stunts]
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again – 1979 (corporal)
Wyatt Earp – 1994 [stunts]