Wednesday, March 4, 2015

RIP Patricia Norris

Costume Designer Patricia Norris dies at 83

By Pat Saperstein
March 4, 2015

Patricia Norris, the Oscar-nommed and Emmy-winning production designer and costume designer of “12 Years a Slave,” “Twin Peaks,” “Scarface” and numerous other films and television shows, died of natural causes in Van Nuys, Calif. on Feb. 20. She was 83.

Working with noted directors including David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Robert Altman, Wim Wenders and Brian de Palma, she was Oscar-nommed six times, for “12 Years a Slave,” “Sunset,” “Victor, Victoria,” “The Elephant Man” and “Days of Heaven.”

Though she didn’t win the Oscar for “12 Years,” she did win Costume Designers Guild Excellence in Period Film Award.

Norris, who was known as Patty, was the only person to receive Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Costume Designers Guild and the Art Directors Guild.

She had a longtime collaboration with Lynch. She designed the costumes for Lynch’s “The Elephant Man,” “The Straight Story,” “Lost Highway,” “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and the “Twin Peaks” pilot, for which she won an Emmy. As production designer, she helped craft the atmospheric and evocative look of Lynch’s influential “Blue Velvet” as well as for “Lost Highway,” “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” and the “Twin Peaks” pilot.

“With Patricia you get no freak-outs, no whining,” said Lynch. “As a person and as a friend, she is solid gold,” Lynch said at the time of her ADG honor.

Norris was production designer on films including “Killing Them Softly,” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”

She designed costumes for those films as well as “The Sunshine Boys,” “The Immigrant,” “Silent Movie,” and “Johnny Dangerously.”

She is survived by her sons Patrick, Michael and Chris and her daughter Kathy.

NORRIS, Patricia
Born: 3/22/1931, U.S.A.
Died: 2/20/2015, Van Nuys, California, U.S.A.

Patricia Norris’ westerns – production manager, costume designer, wardrobe:
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys – 1969 [wardrobe]
Rio Lobo – 1970 [costume designer]
Support Your Local Gunfighter – 1971 [costume designer]
The Missouri Breaks – 1971 [costume designer]
Zandy’s Bride – 1974 [costume designer]
The Master Gunfighter – 1975 [costume designer]
Breakheart Pass – 1975 [costume designer]
Sunset – 1988 [costume designer]
Return to Lonesome Dove (TV) – 1993 [production designer, costume designer]
The Hi-Lo Country – 1998 [production designer, costume designer]
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Bob Ford – 2007 [production designer, costume designer]

Monday, March 2, 2015

RIP Camilo Medina

Colombian actor Camilo Medina has died

He represented the Cacique Miranda on 'Weeds'.  He died at age 85.

El Tiempo
March 1, 2015

The actor Camilo Medina, remembered for his character Miranda in the production Cacique 'Weeds' (Caracol, 1982), died Sunday in Bogota on March, at age 85.

Medina, born in Ibagué, died of cardiac arrest in Colombia Clinic in Bogotá, according to his wife Amira Calderón de Medina.  "He died at about 10am.  He was hospitalized since last Monday.  We went to a doctor's appointment and the doctor found him agitated and tachycardia, so he ordered his hospitalization "he said.  However, on Sunday morning I had a relapse.

Medina arrived in Bogotá in 1951 to study painting at the National University and began his career with toggle acting classes, graduating in 1956 as a teacher in painting and drawing teacher.

His entry into the television was in 1957 and participated in productions such as 'CANDO', 'The wall of silence', 'Achilles Revenge', 'The Betrothed' and 'Requiem for a scoundrel'.

But it was the Cacique Miranda in Weed (John Gossaín), the character that gave him great recognition, characterization of a man who ventures into the world of marimbera bonanza and is also leading a vendetta against the family who murders his father.

About 20 years ago, Medina definitely left the television to pursue his passion, painting and held exhibitions both at home and abroad.  In interviews said his work as an actor was a last stage.

With his wife Amira, also a painter, Medina was married 50 years.  "We had two sons, Ricardo and Fernando, two great artists," said Mrs. Calderon de Medina.

On Sunday night, the family finalizing details of his funeral.

MEDINA, Camilo
Born: 1929 Ibague, Colombia
Died: 3/1/2015, Bogota, Colombia

Camilo Medina’s western – actor:
Aguileo venganza – 1968 (Carra Cortada)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

RIP Jimmy Boudwin

RIP Jimmy Boudin

Tacoma News Tribune
February 27, 2015

James Watson Boudwin, MD On Monday, February 2, 2015, James Watson Boudwin, MD died of natural causes with his beloved wife of 62 years, Lilian Margot Boudwin, at his side, after a full life of 97 years. James ("Jim") Watson Boudwin, BA, MD, F.A.P.A., was born in Seattle, WA, April 28, 1917. His father was Charles Bacon Boudwin, MD, a physician in West Seattle and his mother, Abigail Coombs, a nurse at Seattle General Hospital. Jim's grade school years were spent in Hollywood, CA where he appeared in a number of the silent era movies including the Hal Roach, "Our Gang" short series. He returned to Seattle from 1930 to 1934 attending TT Minor Elementary School and Roosevelt High School; then back to California where he graduated from Hollywood High School in 1936. He earned an athletic letter competing on the gymnastic team. After 1936, while attending LA Junior College and later UCLA, Jim frequently worked in the movies. He studied voice in college and sang with the LA Civic Light Opera Company for four seasons in musicals such as "The Cat in the Fiddle", "Show Boat", "Gypsy Barron" and "Red Mill". Together with his sister, Barbara, he sang at the Hollywood Bowl in Midsummer Night's Dream. Jim also acted in several movies of that era. His most notable were "One Million BC" (1940) working alongside Victor Mature, a leading man of that time and "That Hamilton Woman" (1941) starring Vivien Leigh. After earning his BA degree at UCLA, Jim went to University of Southern California Medical School graduating with his MD in 1948, later studying the specialty of Psychiatry in Baltimore, MD, from 1948 to 1951. Jim was drafted into the Army during the Korean War and was the Staff Psychiatrist for the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. He married Lilian Druckrey, a graduate of Heidelberg University, in the Heidelberg Castle Chapel in 1953. Jim and Lilian moved to New York City in 1953 where Jim subsequently passed his examination for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1955. From 1955 to 1957, the couple lived in Tacoma, WA where Jim worked as the admitting psychiatrist at American Lake Veterans Hospital. Thereafter, Jim worked in private practice near Tacoma General Hospital and later at Allenmore Medical Center. At the same time, he worked part time for Western State Hospital as the Director of Medical Education and at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Jim always loved teaching. After retirement at the age of 70, Jim and Lilian lived at Ocean Shores, WA and Issaquah, WA and travelled extensively to Europe and the South Seas. Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Bill, at 98 years of age and his sister, Barbara, at 100 years of age. Jim is survived by his wife, Lilian, and their three sons and five grand children: Les Boudwin, his wife, Patty, and children Patrick, Kathleen and Kelly; Phil Boudwin and his two children, Alex and Rachel; and Lawrence Boudwin. Jim loved education, travel, family, home movies and music, particularly the opera; and those who knew him loved his enthusiasm, optimism and caring personality. He will be missed, but not forgotten. Please visit "" for more remembrances of Jim and his life. Donations in Jim's name may be made to National Alliance on Mental Illness at

BOUDIN, Jimmy (James Watson Boudin)
Born: 4/25/1917, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Died: 2/2/2015, Issaquah, Washington, U.S.A.

Jimmy Boudin’s westerns – actor:
The Scrappin’ Kid – 1926 (Mike Brent)
The Unknown Cavalier – 1926 (Billy Gaunt)

RIP Tony Norton

Farewell to Monselesan, boxing master

The father of Lucchese Boxing in the seventies had starred in cult films alongside Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.

Edition Lucca
By Nicola Nucci
February 26, 2015

LUCCA.  The boxing world mourns the historic coach Antonio Monselesan, who died in the night between Monday and Tuesday at age 74.  A serious mourning from the sport of boxing in Lucca where he was one of the protagonists. The master Monselesan, together with his son Julius and his nephew Leonardo, who collected and inherited his passion for the noble art, has been a mainstay of Pugilistica Lucchese, training dozens of boys and discovering talents, leading them to collect successes and laurels in many national events.  From the time he was sick. His death leaves a great void.  He left in silence, surrounded by the love of his family and his students will remember that during the last farewell.  The funeral is scheduled for today, starting from the room at the mortuary Champ de Mars at 14.10, then at 14.30 to the church of St. Anne.  The body will be buried in the family chapel in Borgo a Mozzano. Born in Libya by a Venetian father and  a mother of Puglia, after the Second World War had returned to Lucca, Tuscany. In his last hours he learned of the removal of Pugilistica Lucchese, after more than 40 years, from its historic location at Porta Elisa because of the dispute with Lucchese to continue training at the stadium. Just last Monday, the company had to move the boxing, provisionally, the ITC Carrara.  To announce the death of "don" Antonio Monselesan, as they called her boys, was the Pugilistica with a message on Facebook.  "Tonight we left our teacher Antonio Monselesan, until the last we've followed in the gym, without you Pugilistica Lucchese would never be where it stands now.  You will always remember and we are sure that by the next release will be with us in the corner." As a boxer fought for the Italian title middleweight before becoming the master of Pugilistica and until recently, when his health allowed him, was at the side of his son Giulio’s corner in his most important challenges. Perhaps less known to Lucca was his acting career at the turn of the sixties and seventies. A character actor with small bit parts in cult films like "They Call Me Trinity" and "Trinity is STILL My Name" alongside Bud Spencer and Terence Hill, legends of the spaghetti western films. In Rome, where he boxed, was noticed by some producers in the world of celluloid that offered him some small parts. His career continued for another fifteen years, sometimes using the stage name of Tony Norton. Films like “The Colossus of Rhodes”, “Maciste”, “The Armata Brancaleone” and especially the two lucky cult moviea with the great comedy duo Bud Spencer-Terence Hill, where Monselesan is the cowboy dressed in black and the villain playing a poker game, a scene still one of the most clicked on the web.  Another important feature to which he participated was "The Bloody Hands of the Law."  The Pugilistica Lucchese through social networks has "invited boxers current, former and friends to wear to the funeral a piece of clothing with symbols of the company in honor of the master.  They will also be offered for sale caps of Pugilistica, whose proceeds will go to charity.

MONSELESAN, Antonio (aka Tony Norton)
Born: 8/2/1941, Libya
Died: 2/25/2015, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy

Antonio Monselesan’s westerns – actor:
Colorado Charlie – 1965
The Two Sergeants of General Custer – 1965
Ballad of a Gunman – 1967
Lynching – 1968 (Jess Tappman) [as Tony Norton]
Sonora – 1968 (Jose) [as Tony Norton]
The 5-Man Army - 1969 (Mexican officer)
They Call Me Trinity – 1970 (bounty hunter)
Drummer of Vengeance – 1971
Trinity is STILL My Name – 1971 (Wildcat Hendricks)
They Called Him Amen - 1972
Man of the East – 1972 (bounty hunter)
The Man Called Invincible – 1973 (Veleno/Poison/Twinkletoes) [as Tony Norton]
The Crazy Bunch - 1974 (Poison/Veleno/Twinkle Toes) [as Tony Norton]
Keoma – 1975
California - 1977

Saturday, February 28, 2015

RIP Dick Bakalyan

RIP Dick Bakalyan

Star Gazette
March 1, 2015

Bakalyan, Richard - Was born January 29, 1931 in Watertown, MA the son of the late Nishan William and Elsie Florence (Fancy) Bakalyan passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center at the age of 84. His brother, Gerald Kieth Bakalyan also preceded him in death. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, William Souren and Adelia (Eaton) Bakalyan; sister-in-law, Marianne Bakalyan; nephews, Richard William (Linda Lyons) Bakalyan, David William (Lynn Ann Czopek) Bakalyan; nieces, Beverly L. (Bakalyan) Sleeper, Carol Lee (Jonathan Mark) Ames; along with many great nieces, great nephews, great great nieces and great great nephews. Richard was a Veteran of the US Air Force proudly serving his country during the Korean War. His last mission was working in Propaganda. For 54 years, "Dicky B", the nickname given to him by Nancy Sinatra, was a well known Character Actor in Hollywood, CA. His works included Chinatown, Von Ryan's Express, St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Up Periscope, Fox and the Hound and Wonderful World of Disney and many, many others. He was a humble, loving man who enjoyed making people happy with his craft. He was a talented Artist and Writer also. "Dicky B" was a lifetime member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. His services will be held at the convenience of his family at a later date and time. He will be laid to rest in Hollywood, California. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Olthof Funeral Home, Inc. 1050 Pennsylvania Ave. Elmira/Southport, NY.

Born:1/29/1931, Watertown, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 2/27/2015, Elmira, New York, U.S.A.

Richard Bakalyan’s westerns – producer, screenwriter, actor:
Luke and the Tenderfoot (TV) – 1952 (Bill Bungles)
Casey Jones (TV) – 1957 (Jackie)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1959 (Sam Teller)
The Deputy (TV) – 1959 (Billy the Kid)
U.S. Marshal (TV) – 1959 (Joe Savage)
Hotel de Paree (TV) – 1959 (Rob)
The Rebel (TV) – 1959, 1961 (Bart Vogan, Calley Kid)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1960 (Harry Quint)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Lee Rafferty)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1960 (Tiger Eyes)
Lawman (TV) – 1961 (Eggers)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1963 (Muscles)
Laramie (TV) – 1963 (Mel Doleman)
Branded (TV) – 1965 (Roy Barlow)
The Monroes (TV) – 1966 (Grac)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1966, 1969 (Teems, Billy Holland)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Colly Sims)
Hondo (TV) – 1967 (Cole Younger)
The Animals – 1970 [producer, screenwriter]