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Death Takes No Holiday -- The Obituary Thread


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Tomas Milian (1933-2017) - Cuban born actor who immigrated to the US to study at the Actor's Studio before moving to Italy where he became a naturalized citizen. He made his film debut in 1959, but really came into his own in the spaghetti western and giallo genres. Among his notable films are Boccaccio '70 (1962), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965), The Big Gundown (1966), Companeros (1970), The Last Movie (1971), Don't Torture a Duckling (1972), Four of the Apocalypse (1975), Cop in Blue Jeans (1976), Winter Kills (1979), Revenge (1990), JFK (1991), Amistad (1997), Traffic (2000) and The Lost City (2005). Milian compiled over 120 credits in film and television. 

 

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Probably due to the same thing they say are the three things most important about real estate, Hibi:

 

"Location, location, location"!

 

 

I have heard that those are the most important aspects also of kisses.

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I have heard that those are the most important aspects also of kisses.

 

;)

 

Reminds me of the old saying, Sans:

 

"Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades."

 

(...and I also usually add, "...and dancing" to that whenever I say this old saw, hence the reason your thought reminded me of it)

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Lola Albright, the charming actress with the smoky voice who sang and starred on TV's Peter Gunn and was spurned by the back-stabbing Kirk Douglas in the classic 1949 boxing drama Champion, has died. She was 92.


 


Albright died Thursday in the Toluca Lake enclave of Los Angeles, the Akron Beacon-Journal reported. She was born and raised in the Ohio city.


 


Albright was perhaps best known for playing the sultry singer Edie Hart, the girlfriend of private eye Craig Stevens, on all three seasons of the Blake Edwards NBC-ABC series Peter Gunn. She received an Emmy Award nomination in 1959 for her work.


 


While the series was on the air, Albright released the album Dreamsville, backed by Henry Mancini’s orchestra (he, of course, composed the theme song for Peter Gunn), in 1959. She had done an album two years earlier, Lola Wants You.


 


On the big screen, the blue-eyed blonde was memorable in a leading role as an aging burlesque stripper who seduces a teenager (Scott Marlowe) in A Cold Wind in August (1961), and she received the best actress award at the Berlin Film Festival for portraying Tuesday Weld's suicidal mother in Lord Love a Duck (1966).


 


In Champion, an adaptation of a Ring Lardner story, Albright played the spoiled Palmer Harris, the wife of a manipulating boxing manager, who falls for fighter "Midge" Kelly (the Oscar-nominated Douglas). The manager offers Kelly a bigger percentage of the gate to leave his wife alone, which the boxer agrees to, leaving Palmer devastated.


 


Albright also appeared on the big screen in Tulsa (1949), The Good Humor Man (1950) — opposite her future husband, Jack Carson — The Killer That Stalked New York (1950), Frank Sinatra's The Tender Trap (1955), The Impossible Years (1968), Elvis Presley's Kid Galahad (1962), Joy House (1964), Douglas' The Way West (1967) and Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968).


 


She stepped in for Dorothy Malone, who had suffered a pulmonary embolism, to play Constance for several episodes of ABC's Peyton Place in 1965-66.


 


Albright was born on July 20, 1924, in Akron. She graduated from West High School in 1942, worked as a receptionist at radio stations and was discovered by a talent scout while she was modeling in Chicago.


 


Albright made her big-screen debut in The Unfinished Dance (1947), starring the youngster Margaret O'Brien, and appeared in two Judy Garland movies, The Pirate and Easter Parade, the following year.


 


Albright played Bob Cummings' love interest on his 1955-57 NBC-CBS comedy and guest-starred on such shows as Lux Video Theatre, Panic!, The Beverly Hillbillies, Branded, Burke's Law, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Columbo and Airwolf.


 


Albright was married to Carson from 1952-58 and then to Bill Chadney, who played her pianist at the bar called Mother's on Peter Gunn, from 1961-71. (Chadney also owned L.A. restaurant-clubs that bore his name). Both marriages ended in divorce.


 


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Lola was also very good in a 1964 episode of the The Dick Van Dyke Show titled "How to Spank a Star", in which she played a manipulative and spoiled diva of a guest star on that program's imagined Alan Brady Show, and which Dick Van Dyke's character Rob Petrie must put up with for the week of rehearsals.

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Jean Rouverol, a one-time actress turned screenwriter, died March 24. She was 100.

 

Making her screen debut at age 18 opposite W.C. Fields in IT'S A GIFT ('34), Rouverol subsequently acted in supporting roles in STAGE DOOR ('37), opposite Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers, and ANNABEL TAKES A TRIP ('38), opposite Lucille Ball.

 

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Rouverol then turned her attention to writing for screen, writing the screenplay for the 1950 Paul Henreid vehicle So Young So Bad. Though her career was disrupted by the Hollywood blacklist shortly thereafter, Rouverol continued to work, using a front for her contribution to the screenplay AUTUMN LEAVES ('56), directed by Robert Aldrich. Following the blacklist, Rouverol wrote the screenplay for Aldrich's 1968 inside-Hollywood cult classic THE LEGEND OF LYLAH CLARE. In the 1970s and '80s, Rouverol jumped to the world of daytime television, joining the writing staffs of two CBS soap operas -- The Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

 

The Hollywood Reporter remembers her here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jean-rouverol-dead-blacklisted-screenwriter-was-100-988772

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Probably due to the same thing they say are the three things most important about real estate, Hibi:

 

"Location, location, location"!

 

In other words, having resided in SoCal all those years, and a location where most game/quiz shows are produced, it would make it not only easier for me to apply as a contestant, but the programs' producers also like this fact, as it also makes scheduling a local resident's taping more convenient for them.

 

(...and of course not also taking into consideration that my handsome visage AND sparking personality would make their selection of me to be on their various programs a no-brainer to begin with!!!)   ;)

 

LOL

 

LOL. If you say so.........

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IMHO This Sporting Life is the best film ever made about a pro athlete

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-39404214

 

This Sporting Life author David Storey has died at the age of 83.

 

His much-lauded 1960 debut novel was based on his experiences as a professional rugby league player and was made into a film three years later. Storey went on to win the 1976 Booker Prize for family drama Saville.

 

A spokesman for his four children said: "Dad died peacefully with his family around him. He gave and inspired great love, drew us out and showed us how the world really is."

 

Richard Harris and Rachel Roberts were both nominated for Oscars for starring in the big screen version of This Sporting Life.

 

Storey's other novels included Flight Into Camden and Passmore and the plays The Restoration of Arnold Middleton, The Contractor, Home and The Changing Room. Storey's play Home was made into a film starring Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson, while In Celebration was filmed with Alan Bates and Brian Cox.​

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Christine Kaufmann (1945-2017) - Actress Christine Kaufmann has died after a battle with leukemia. Kaufmann won the Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in 1961 for her role in Town Without Pity, although she'd been acting in films since age 7. She followed up that role with appearances in Escape from East Berlin (1962) and Taras Bulba (1962), on the latter of which she met Tony Curtis, whom she married in 1963 (he was 20 years older). She continued to work in films and TV all over the world, last appearing in 2014's Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, her 109th credit.

 

 

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Radley Metzger (1929-2017) - Film director who came to prominence in the late 1960's with a series of artsy erotica films that elevated the genre into more respectable theaters. His biggest films were Therese and Isabelle (1968), Camille 2000 (1969), The Lickerish Quartet (1970), Score (1974) and The Image (1975), while his closest brush with mainstream films came with the 1978 version of The Cat and the Canary. Metzger during the 1970's also directed hardcore films under the name Henry Paris. Despite the lurid nature of his film work, they garnered some considerable critical success, and prints of his film are kept in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

 

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Peter Hansen (1921-2017) Actor perhaps best known for his long-running role as Lee Baldwin on the TV soap operas General Hospital and Port Charles, a part he played on and off over a 39 year period, starting in 1965. He acted in other television  and film roles, as well, with his best remembered part that of Dr. Tony Drake in the 1951 science fiction classic When Worlds Collide

 

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Michael Ballhaus (1935-2017) - Outstanding cinematographer who started out as the DP for Rainer Werner Fassbinder, including films such as The Bitter Tears of Petra von KantFox and His Friends, and The Marriage of Maria Braun. Ballhaus worked with other directors as well, including John Sayles (Baby It's You), James L. Brooks (Broadcast News), Mike Nichols (Working Girl), Wolfgang Peterson (Outbreak), Barry Levinson (Sleepers), Francis Ford Coppola (Bram Stoker's Dracula), and Martin Scorsese (After Hours, The Color of MoneyThe Last Temptation of ChristGoodfellasThe Age of InnocenceGangs of New YorkThe Departed). 

 

Ballhaus was nominated for 3 Best Cinematography Oscars: 1987 - Broadcast News, 1988 - The Fabulous Baker Boys, 2002 - Gangs of New York.

 

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They just keep coming...

 

 

Charlie Murphy (1959-2017) - Older brother of actor-comedian Eddie Murphy. Charlie acted in several films, including CB4Mo' Better BluesThe Players Club and The Perfect Holiday, as well as several of his brother's films. Charlie Murphy was also a US Navy veteran. He is perhaps best known to audiences for his reoccurring bits on the hit 00's TV series Chappelle's Show, where he would tell one of the many stories from his past as part of Eddie Murphy's entourage, including an encounter with Rick James that became one of the series' signature segments. Charlie Murphy died after a battle with leukemia.

 

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Dorothy Mengering (1921-2017) - Better known as Dave's Mom, as in David Letterman. She gamely appeared on his late night talk show starting in 1994, and continued throughout the remaining run of his tenure as host of CBS's Late Show.

 

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​Clifton James, a veteran actor who appeared as Sheriff J.W. Pepper in two James Bond films, died Saturday morning at age 96.

 

James died just blocks away from his childhood home, surrounded by friends and family, loved ones told Variety in a statement.

 

Clifton was born in 1920, the eldest child of Grace and Harry James, and grew up just outside Portland, Oregon during the heart of the Great Depression.

 

According to relatives, he fought for five years on the front lines of the South Pacific, earning two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his service during World War II.

 

His acting career spanned nearly six decades, and included theater, film, and television. First appearing on stage in “The Time of Your Life,” he would go on to perform in several Broadway shows, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “All The Way Home.”

 

James most famous role came on film. He appeared in two James Bond films opposite Roger Moore: “Live and Let Die” (1973) and “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974). He portrayed the crowing Louisiana sheriff, J.W. Pepper (pictured). James would play similar Southern lawman in numerous other roles during his career, including “Silver Streak” and “Superman II”

 

Among his other film credits included “Cool Hand Luke,” “Eight Men Out” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities.”

 

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Erin Moran started her acting career with the TV series "Daktari".

 

It appears that Cheryl Miller is the last surviving human member of the "Daktari" cast. As far as I can tell, Judy the Chimp -- also used as Debbie the Bloop in the TV series "Lost in Space" and as Stanley in Disney's 1965 comedy "The Monkey's Uncle" -- is still with us.

 

 

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​Clifton James, a veteran actor who appeared as Sheriff J.W. Pepper in two James Bond films, died Saturday morning at age 96.
 
James died just blocks away from his childhood home, surrounded by friends and family, loved ones told Variety in a statement.
 
Clifton was born in 1920, the eldest child of Grace and Harry James, and grew up just outside Portland, Oregon during the heart of the Great Depression.
 
According to relatives, he fought for five years on the front lines of the South Pacific, earning two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his service during World War II.
 
His acting career spanned nearly six decades, and included theater, film, and television. First appearing on stage in “The Time of Your Life,” he would go on to perform in several Broadway shows, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “All The Way Home.”
 
James most famous role came on film. He appeared in two James Bond films opposite Roger Moore: “Live and Let Die” (1973) and “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974). He portrayed the crowing Louisiana sheriff, J.W. Pepper (pictured). James would play similar Southern lawman in numerous other roles during his career, including “Silver Streak” and “Superman II”
 
Among his other film credits included “Cool Hand Luke,” “Eight Men Out” and “The Bonfire of the Vanities.”
 
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Thanks for sharing.

 

I think that for my generation, James' was the definitive **** Southern sheriff. (Andy Griffith's was another iconic sheriff, but not really "****" and definitely not as deep-fried Southern.)

 

Funny to see that he was from Oregon and lived most of his adult life in New York.

I was also surprised to see that he had been in several films that I had not recognized him in, or remembered him being in, including The Untouchables, Bonfire of the Vanities, and Cool Hand Luke.

 

edit: I guess the forum does not allow you to use the pejorative that starts with red- and ends with -eck.

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Kathleen Crowley (1929-2017) - Former film and TV actress Kathleen Crowley has died at the age of 87. Her career was relatively brief, starting in the 1950's, with her final appearance in 1970. During that time she appeared in TV series such as Perry MasonBourbon Street BeatHawaiian Eye77 Sunset StripMy Three SonsBonanza, Rawhide, Thriller, Batman, Route 66 and many more. Her film career included Target Earth (1954), City of Shadows (1955), Female Jungle (1958), Curse of the Undead (1959) and Downhill Racer (1969). 

 

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Kathleen Crowley (1929-2017) - Former film and TV actress Kathleen Crowley has died at the age of 87. Her career was relatively brief, starting in the 1950's, with her final appearance in 1970. During that time she appeared in TV series such as Perry MasonBourbon Street BeatHawaiian Eye77 Sunset StripMy Three SonsBonanza, Rawhide, Thriller, Batman, Route 66 and many more. Her film career included Target Earth (1954), City of Shadows (1955), Female Jungle (1958), Curse of the Undead (1959) and Downhill Racer (1969). 

 

So sorry to hear this. I remember her from numerous appearances on "Maverick."

 

According to IMDb, she appeared in eight episodes:

  • "The Jeweled Gun" (1957, with Jack Kelly and James Garner). As Daisy Harris (aka Daisy Haskell).
  • "Maverick Springs" (1959, with Kelly and Garner). As Melanie Blake.
  • "The Misfortune Teller" (1960, with Garner). As Melanie Blake.
  • "A Bullet for the Teacher" (1960, with Roger Moore). As Flo Baker.
  • "Kiz" (1960, with Moore). as Kiz Bouchet.
  • "Dade City Dodge" (1961, with Kelly). As Marla.
  • "The Troubled Heir" (1962, with Kelly). As Marla.
  • "One of Our Trains Is Missing" (1962, with Kelly). As Marla / Melanie Blake/ Modesty Blaine.
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Director Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for his work on THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991), died this morning in New York, due to complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease. He was 73.

 

Demme was one of the more versatile directors of his generation; getting his start as a protégé of Roger Corman, Demme began writing and directing a string of exploitation films such as CAGED HEAT (1974) and CRAZY MAMA (1975) in the 1970s. Demme subsequently directed dramas (PHILADELPHIA [1993]), comedies (SWING SHIFT [1984], RACHEL GETTING MARRIED [2008]) and thrillers (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE [2004]).

 

Indiewire remembers Jonathan Demme here: http://www.indiewire.com/2017/04/jonathan-demme-dead-73-silence-of-the-lambs-1201809289/.

 

 

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