Saturday, February 13, 2016

RIP Yuriy Dumchev

Former discus world record-holder Dumchev dies

February 10, 2016

The IAAF is saddened to hear that former world discus record-holder Yuriy Dumchev died on Wednesday (10) at the age of 57 after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Born on 5 August 1958 in the Russian town of Rossosh, Dumchev took up athletics at the age of 16 while at boarding school in Moscow. He competed in both the shot put and discus before specializing in the latter.

His first breakthrough came at the 1977 European Junior Championships in Donetsk, where he won with a throw of 53.30m.

At the age of 21 he competed at the 1980 Olympics on home soil in Moscow and finished fifth. Two weeks later, he set a national under-23 record of 68.16m.

His progress continued and in 1983 he set a world record of 71.86m, adding 70 centimetres to the mark set five years earlier by Wolfgang Schmidt. But in one of the biggest shocks of the championships, he failed to make the final at the IAAF World Championships in Helsinki later that year.

Had the Soviet Union not boycotted the 1984 Olympics, Dumchev would have been among the medal favourites, but his victory later that year at the Friendship Games, an international event staged for the nations that boycotted the Olympics, provided some form of consolation. His winning throw of 66.70m was 10 centimetres farther than the winning distance at the 1984 Olympics.

Alongside his athletics career, Dumchev was a keen actor and starred in many Russian films, and also reached an international audience with occasional cameos in US productions.

He took a step back from athletics in 1986 and 1987 primarily to concentrate on his emerging acting career but returned to form in 1988. He threw 70.30m, the second-best mark in the world that year, but finished fourth at that year’s Olympics in Seoul, less than a metre shy of a medal.

He retired after the 1992 season and made a brief return in 1997. His best of 71.86m still stands as a national record and is a mark that only three men in history have surpassed.

Dumchev continued with his acting after retiring from athletics and in 1998 he became a member of the Guild of Russian Actors. However, he also remained involved in athletics, working as a throwing coach in Moscow.

DUMCHEV, Yuri (Yuriy Eduardovitch Dumchev)
Born: 8/5/1958, Rossosh, Voronezh, Russia, U.S.S.R.
Died: 2/10/2106, Adler, Sochi, Russia

Yuri Dumchev’s western – actor:
A Man from Boulevard Capucines – 1987 (White Feather)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

RIP Irwin Charone

RIP Irwin H. Charone
Maplewood NJ Star-Ledger
February 4, 2016

Irwin H. Charone Character actor with wide experience in TV, stage and films from Disney to Woody Allen, 93 Irwin H. Charone, 93, passed away at his home on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. Private funeral services were provided by the Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home, Maplewood, N.J. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Mr. Charone was born in Chicago, Ill., to the late John Charone Esq. and Jeanette Charone Ex. He resided in Manhattan for most of his life before moving to Millburn, N.J. Mr. Charone was a veteran of World War II, serving for three years with the Army Signal Corps. He then prepared for an acting career at the Goodman Theatre School, which is now part of DePaul University, as well as the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Theatre Wing of New York. Mr. Charone was a veteran character actor in film, television, stage and radio. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity and appeared in many films for Disney, Warner Bros. and Universal opposite such notable actors as Ingrid Bergman, James Garner and Goldie Hawn. These films included "Herbie Rides Again," "Cactus Flower," "Thrill of it All," "Kisses for My President" and Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry." He filled various supporting roles in such prominent network television shows as "Bewitched," "The Lucy Show," "Green Acres," "Get Smart," "Petticoat Junction," "My Favorite Martian," "The Monkees," "The Red Skelton Show," "The Jack Benny Show" and many others. He appeared on Broadway in musicals and dramas, as well as in summer stock and regional theater. Mr. Charone is survived by his wife, Eileen Schauler Charone, and his son, Jeffrey Charone. He was predeceased by his brothers, Sheldon Charone and Jerry Ex. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans at

CHARONE, Irwin (Irwin Harold Charone)
Born: 9/8/1922, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
Died: 1/28/2016, Maplewood, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Irwin Charone’s western – actor:
Dirty Sally (TV) – 1974 (Rodney)

RIP Virginia Herrick

Southern Utah Mortuary

Virginia Leah Herrick Garrison (known by many as Alannah), age 99, passed away on January 29, 2016, at the home of her caregiver and long time friend, Jackie Williams Robertson, in Provo, Utah. She was born at her family home in the small community of Elwah, Port Angeles, Clallam County, Washington, on June 13, 1916. Virginia was welcomed by her parents, Henry Bert Herrick and Elizabeth B. Casner, and two brothers, John Wilbert and Grant.

She was raised on the family ranch where she developed many skills and talents. Her mother was a professional seamstress and taught Virginia the art of sewing at the age of five. She learned to sew on an old treadle machine and was making her own clothes by the age of nine. She designed and created all of her own costumes and personal clothing. During the depression, she and her mother left the ranch to support themselves and found their sewing skills were in great demand.

Music was her first love and she started piano lesson at the age of six. Since her teacher was a fine musician and had a beautiful contralto voice, Virginia learned to sing as well, and performed her first vocal solo when she was eleven.

Later in life, she became involved with musical theatre, which took her to New York. While in New York, she became a hat model for the Harry Conover Agency. When they learned she designed her own clothing, she was asked to create a petite line for Macey's Department Store. She was not able to complete that request, when her mother was taken ill, and she returned to Hollywood, California, to care for her.

A few days after her return to California, a man approached Virginia, claiming to be an agent who represented movie actors. At first, she was suspicious. However, his claim turned out to be legitimate and she was employed steadily as "one of the girls" in B-Westerns for the next three years, from 1950-1952. Some of her movies were, FRONTIER PHANTOM (Lash LaRue), MONTANA DESPERADO (Johnny Mack Brown), SILVER RAIDERS (Whip Wilson), I KILLED GERONIMO (James Elision), VIGILANTE HIDEOUT (Rocky Lane). Additionally, she played in the CISCO KID T.V. SHOW, GENE AUTRY SHOW, and COWBOY G-MEN. She made fourteen movies and a serial, ROAR OF THE IRON HORSE. The latter was her favorite work, since she was able to use her riding and horsemanship skills, which the producers appreciated. Virginia further impressed them with her ability to shoot a rifle.

While in an interview for another role, she met Omar V. Garrison, a handsome gentleman who had been a war correspondent during World War II and was currently a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times-Mirror Company. Omar fell for her like the proverbial "ton of bricks" and they dated regularly. Virginia told Omar her dream was to sing opera. He then told her he was being transferred to Cinecitta in Rome, Italy, and asked if she would like to study voice, while he did his column. They were married on September 10, 1952, in Los Angeles, California. Virginia, an operatic soprano, subsequently sang leading roles, while in Italy.

Virginia and Omar traveled abroad extensively, but finally purchased their first home in Cedar City, Utah, in 1977. They had no children of their own, but soon fell in love with the Williams children who lived a few doors away. They treated these children, Carolyn, Chase and Jeff, as if they were their own grandchildren and enjoyed spoiling them. While residing in Cedar City, Virginia was active with the local drama club and was also a member of the Southern Utah Chorale, performing many solos during her participation with the group. Omar and "Alannah" moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1996 where Omar died, a short time later, in 1997.

Virginia soon became acquainted with a gentleman from her church, James "Dick" Madigan, who remained her friend and companion until his death. Both James and Alannah relocated to Utah in January 2009, where he moved to an assisted living center, and she lived with her unofficially adopted daughter and friend. Alannah continued to visit Dick everyday until his death in 2014.

Virginia was a cherished and loved part of the Williams/Robertson family for 38 years, and received solicitous care from Jackie and her husband, Victor Robertson, as well as other family members. She will be greatly missed by the family who will always remember her pleasant nature, her wonderful sense of humor, and her efforts to be adaptable and easily satisfied. Virginia had no surviving family of her own. Gratitude is also extended to Tender Care Hospice, who rendered kind assistance.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at Southern Utah Mortuary, located at 190 North 300 West, Cedar City, Utah. Viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m Saturday, February 13th at the mortuary. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery, together with the ashes of her husband, Omar, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.

Those interested may find further information about Virginia, on the following website:

HERRICK, Virginia (Virginia Leah Herrick)
Born: 6/13/1916, Olympia, Washington, U.S.A.
Died: 1/29/2016, Provo, Utah, U.S.A.

Virginia Herrick’s westerns – actress:
I Killed Geronimo – 1950 (Julie Scot)
Silver Raiders – 1950 (Patricia Jones)
Vigilante Hideout – 1950 (Marigae Sanders)
The Gene Autry Show (TV) – 1950 (Caroline)
Montana Desperado – 1951 (Sally Wilson)
Roar of the Iron Horse – Rail Blazer of the Apache Trail (1951) Carol Lane)
The Cisco Kid (TV) – 1951, 1952 (Nedra Challis, Helen Butler)
Frontier Phantom – 1952 (Susan)
Cowboy G-Men (TV) - 1953

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

RIP Tommy Kelly

Tommy Kelly, Star of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,' Dies at 90

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

Then a 12-year-old from the Bronx, he was picked by producer David O. Selznick to play the boy in the adaptation of Mark Twain's 1876 novel.

Tommy Kelly, who starred as the mischievous Missouri boy immortalized by Mark Twain in David O. Selznick’s 1938 film The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has died. He was 90.

Kelly, who was done in Hollywood by the time he turned 25, died Jan. 26 of congestive heart failure at home in Greensboro, N.C., his son, Matt, told The Hollywood Reporter.

The famed producer Selznick handpicked the freckle-faced Kelly, then a 12-year-old student at a Catholic school in the Bronx, to play Tom in the United Artists film. Legend has it that 25,000 youngsters from around the country had auditioned.

Kelly then starred as the title character Billy Peck in Peck’s Bad Boy With the Circus (1938) and cried on camera as a youngster with a Confederate band in Selznick’s Gone With the Wind (1939).

The son of a fireman, Kelly and his family relocated to Los Angeles in 1936 for the filming of Tom Sawyer. He later appeared in such films as Curtain Call (1940), Military Academy (1940), Irene (1940), Double Date (1941), Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941), The Beginning or the End (1947), The West Point Story (1950) and The Magnificent Yankee (1950).

Kelly enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Europe during World War II. After his Hollywood days, he earned a Ph.D. from Michigan State and was a high school teacher and counselor in Culver City and an administrator in the Orange County school system.

He then accepted an assignment as a Peace Corps administrator in Monrovia, Liberia, and served as superintendent of international schools in Liberia and Venezuela. He returned to the States and worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Susie; children Ann, Matt (and wife Kathy), Eileen (and husband Wally), Kevin (and wife Patricia), Mark (and wife Gail) and Paul (and wife Teresa); 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

KELLY, Tommy (Thomas Kelly)
Born: 4/6/1925, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 1/26/2016, Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Tommy Kelly’s westerns – actor:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – 1938 (Tom Sawyer)
The Fabulous Texan – 1947 (Lee Klirain)

RIP Norman Hudis

RIP Norman Hudis

BBC News

Screenwriter Norman Hudis, best known for writing the first six Carry On films, has died at the age of 93.

After several weeks in hospice care, he died surrounded by his family in California on Monday evening.

His widow Rita Hudis said in a statement: "He died peacefully at home with myself and Stephen and Kevin, his two sons.

"He did well to reach 93. We will miss him. Our 60th anniversary would have been on the 28th April."

London-born Hudis began his career as a journalist, but soon turned his talents towards the screen and stage.

Carry On Sergeant was his break-out film in 1958. Following its success, he went on to write five more Carry On films before moving to the US.

His second film, Carry On Nurse, was the UK's top grossing film of 1959 and was based on tales from his wife Rita, who was a nurse herself and went on to become one of the medical consultants on the US medical show M*A*S*H.

His American television writing credits include The Wild Wild West, The F.B.I., The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and Hawaii Five-O.

For the stage, he wrote the long-running play Seven Deadly Sins Four Deadly Sinners.

Morris Bright, chairman of Elstree Studios and a close family friend of 25 years, said: "Without him we wouldn't have had the Carry On films, because he wrote the first six - and look what that spawned over the years.

"We owe the man a lot. He leaves a great legacy of joy, entertainment and laughter - something we can look back on and say, 'We're very grateful for him'.

"He was a great guy, I shall miss him a great deal."

In 2008, Hudis published an autobiography titled No Laughing Matter: How I Carried On.
He is survived by his widow, two sons, and two grandchildren, Veronica and Cameron.

HUDIS, Norman
Born: 7/27/1922, Stepney, London, England, U.K.
Died: 2/8/2016, California, U.S.A.

Norman Hudis’ western – screenwriter:
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967