Saturday, December 9, 2017

RIP Leonid Bronevoi

Respected Soviet and Russian actor Leonid Bronevoi has died in Moscow at the age of 88.

Radio Free Europe
December 9, 2017

The director of Moscow's Lenkom Theater, Mark Varshaver, made the announcement, saying Bronevoi died early on December 9 after a long illness.

Bronevoi appeared in many Soviet films, most famously in the World War II spy thriller Seventeen Moments Of Spring. He never played in a leading role, but was renowned as a talented supporting actor.

He also was a prominent figure in Soviet and Russian theater.

Bronevoi was the recipient of numerous professional and state honors, including the honorary title of People's Artist of the Soviet Union.

Varshaver said a memorial service for the actor would be held at the theater on December 11.

BRONEVOY, Leonid (Leonid Solomonvitch Bronevoy)
Born: 12/17/1928, Kiev, Ukraine, U.S.S.R.
Died: 12/9/2017, Moscow, Russia

Leonid Bronevoy’s western – actor.

Armed and Dangerous: Times and Heroes of Bret Harte – 1977 (Piter Damfi)

Friday, December 8, 2017

RIP Juan Luis Buñuel

Juan Luis Buñuel dies at 87.

December 8, 2017

The eldest son of Juan Luis Bunuel has died in Paris, the city where he was born in 1934.

Juan Luis Buñuel visited Aragón frequently and also Calanda, town in which he got to shoot some works. They were two. The first, in 1966 and was called 'Calanda' and the second, in 2007 with the name of ' Calanda. 40 years later . ' Juan Luis, who in addition to film worked photography and sculpture, among other arts, took that year in his visit to the town a very special and very personal exhibition of photographs.
The CBC showed 98 images of the shootings in which he collaborated as a director, or as an assistant director, but also images of his own life, with his family and with his father Luis Buñuel. Also social and family prints.
In those days, the second part of that first documentary of 1966 was filmed. For the filmmaker, the life of this town, after 40 years, had changed considerably from "being a village in an agricultural Spain to a locality in Europe. 21st century, "he said then.
In his career he was the assistant director of Orson Welles and his own father. His are the productions' Quote with the happy death ', the woman with the red boots',' Leonor 'or' The chess player '.
He also starred with Jean-Claude Carriere in 'The Last Screenplay. Buñuel en la memoria', directed by Gaizka Urresti and Javier Espada.

BUNUEL, Juan Luis
Born: 11/9/1934, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 12/7/2017, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Juan Luis Buñuel’s westerns – assistant director, director:
Viva Maria! – 1965 [assistant director]
Guns for San Sebastian – 1968 [assistant director]
The Rebellion of the Hanged - 1986 [director]

Thursday, December 7, 2017

RIP Steve Reevis

Actor Steve Reevis dies

ABC Fox Montana
By Rachel Crowspreadingwings
December 7, 2017

According to Lockley Joe Bremner, News Contributor to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning, Reevis passed away December 7, 2017, at a hospital in Missoula. Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. lists his first film as Twins in 1988. After that, he made over 35 film and television appearances. Most notably, "The Last of the Dogmen," "Dances With Wolves," "Fargo," "Into The West,"  " Bones," and "Walker, Texas Ranger."

First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) awarded Reevis for his supporting roles in both "Fargo" and in the made-for-television movie "Crazy Horse" in 1996.

At the time of his death, he lived in Morongo Valley, California with his wife and children. He was 55.  The cause of his death hasn't been released yet.

Born: 8/4/1962, Browning, Montana, U.S.A.
Died: 12/7/2017, Missoula, Montana, U.S.A.

Steve Reevis’ westerns – actor:
Dances With Wolves – 1990 (Sioux Warrior)
Grim Prairie Tales – 1990 (Indian Child)
Miracle in the Wilderness (TV) – 1991 (Grey Eyes)
Lakota Moon (TV) – 1992 (Two Hearts)
Geronimo: An American Legend – 1993 (Chato)
Last of the Dogmen – 1993 (Yellow Wolf)
Posse – 1993 (Two Bears)
Wild Bill – 1995 (Sioux Chief)
Crazy Horse (TV) – 1996
Walker, Texas Ranger – 1997, 1999 (John Wolf, Lone Wolf, Jake Stonecrow)
Horse Sense – 1999 (Mule)
The Outfitters – 199 (Sam Keno)
The Missing – 2003 (Two Stone)
Into the West (TV) - 2005 (Older Loved By The Buffalo)
Comanche Moon – 2008 (Worm)
The Cherokee Word for Water – 2013 (Johnson Soap)
The Road to Paloma – 2014 (Totonka)

RIP Angelo P. Graham

Oscar-winning art director and production designer Angelo P. Graham,
DOUBTFIRE, died a month ago today; he was either 69 or 70. Media outlets
have yet to report his death, but he is listed on the Academy of Motion
Pictures Arts and Sciences' Memoriam page
(, and a search for Graham at the
organization's Academy Awards Database
( reveals he passed away on Nov. 7,
2017. Neither his age nor his birthdate are given by the database, but
his entry in Michael L. Stephens' book ART DIRECTORS IN CINEMA gives his
birth year as 1947.

Working alongside production designer Dean Tavoularis and set decorator
George Nelson, Graham provided the art direction for classic '70s films
such as LITTLE BIG MAN (1970) and THE GODFATHER PART II (1974), the
latter of which won the trio an Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set
Decoration. The team collaborated with GODFATHER director Francis Ford
Coppola on several more films, most notably APOCALYPSE NOW (1979), for
which they received another Oscar nomination. The team was also
nominated for an Oscar for their work on William Friedkin's THE BRINK'S
JOB (1978) and later worked together on the 1982 films HAMMETT and THE
ESCAPE ARTIST, both of which were executive produced by Coppola.

Graham and Nelson also worked on a several films together without
Tavoularis, including Sam Peckinpah's THE GETAWAY (1972), Norman
Jewison's F.I.S.T. (1978) and Matthew Robbins' *BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
(1987). Meanwhile, Graham and Tavoularis collaborated without Nelson on
multiple films, most notably Coppola's ONE FROM THE HEART (1981) and
Philip Kaufman's RISING SUN (1993).

Graham's first film as production designer was John Badham's WARGAMES
(1983), and the effort garnered him a BAFTA Film nomination for Best
Production Design/Art Direction. His next assignment was designing Barry
Levinson's baseball drama THE NATURAL (1984); this film earned Graham
his fourth and final Oscar nomination, which he shared with co-
production designer Mel Bourne and set decorator Bruce Weintraub.

Subsequently, Graham created the production designs for three acclaimed
hit films directed by Martin Brest: BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984), MIDNIGHT
RUN (1988) and the Oscar-winning SCENT OF A WOMAN (1992). He was also
the production designer of Chris Columbus' comedies MRS. DOUBTFIRE
(1993) and NINE MONTHS (1995), both of which feature the late Robin
Williams. Graham worked with Williams one last time as the art director
of Francis Ford Coppola's JACK (1996), which also marked Graham's final
collaboration with both Coppola and Dean Tavoularis. Graham's final
screen credit was as an art director on Robert Redford's THE LEGEND OF

GRAHAM, Angelo P.
Born: 1947
Died: 11/7/2017

Angelo P. Graham’s westerns – art director, set decorator:
Little Big Man – 1970 (Art Director)
Junior Bonner – 1972 (Set Decorator)
Where Legends Die – 1972 (Art Director)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

RIP Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday, Gallic rocker worshiped as the ‘French Elvis,’ dies at 74

Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2017

Johnny Hallyday, the French rock legend who came to fame in the early 1960s with cover versions of American rock ’n’ roll hits and continued to sell out concerts in France for decades, has died at his home outside Paris. He was 74.

Hallyday, who often was called “the French Elvis,” died Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced in a statement. Fans — many in tears or carrying flowers — gathered outside his home to honor the rocker.

Macron said Hallyday “brought a part of America into our national pantheon.” Hallyday, he said, seemed nearly invincible and long ago had been christened a “French hero.”

Although many Americans had never heard of Hallyday, he was considered a godlike figure in France, where a survey once indicated he could likely get enough votes to be elected president.
“Hearing about Johnny's death has hurt us because Johnny is our god and nobody can replace him,” one fan, Yves Buisson, told the Associated Press outside the Hallyday family’s gated home in Marnes-La-Coquette. His arms were covered with tattoos of the star.

In 1997, French President Jacques Chirac presented Hallyday with the Legion of Honor.
The Elvis-inspired rocker scored early hits with French cover versions of U.S. records such as “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” and “Long Tall Sally.”
His 1961 version of Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again” sold 1 million copies, and his early appearances in France caused riots.

“Johnny Hallyday introduced American rock ’n’ roll to a vast French-speaking audience around the world,” Howard Kramer, curatorial director at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, told The Times.

“He had a great reputation as a live performer, and he made records that were massively popular. He never really broke out of Europe, but his success was so massive he didn’t really need to.”
Over the decades, Hallyday reportedly sold more than 100 million records and performed before more than 15 million people in concert. In 1966, he selected Jimi Hendrix as an opening act and used eventual Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page in the recording studio as a session guitarist.

“Johnny is our god. We live and breathe him,” a man in his 60s told the Times of London in 2009 when Hallyday launched a six-month sold-out farewell concert series, “Tour 66 — I’m Stopping Here.”

Hallyday, who in recent years had split his time between Paris and Los Angeles, said at the time that he planned to continue recording occasionally. But he said decades on the road had worn him down. He had lung cancer and had repeated health scares over the years, including undergoing back surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“I have had enough playing Johnny Hallyday,” the Times of London reported him as saying a week before the 2009 tour. “I want more and more to be Jean-Philippe Smet.”

The son of a Belgian father and a French mother, he was born Jean-Philippe Smet in Paris on June 15, 1943.

His vagabond father, who performed in cabarets and theaters, soon left, and his mother became a model to earn money.

Hallyday was raised by his paternal aunt, who had acted in silent films and had two daughters who became dancers. As a child, he lived with his aunt and cousins in London for several years and traveled with them when they performed in Belgium, Germany and Portugal before returning to Paris.

He also made his film debut as a child — an uncredited walk-on in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1955 thriller “Diabolique.”

As a teenager, Hallyday idolized Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and James Dean, and his favorite movies were “East of Eden,” “On the Waterfront” and “The Wild One.”

“I adored all that period in the history of cinema — everything that spilled forth from the Actors Studio,” he told Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel in 2003. “I actually wanted to be an actor before I became a singer. But when I was 12, I discovered rock ’n’ roll through Elvis Presley.”

At 17, he recalled, “I was playing a ballroom gig one Sunday to get some money to pay for my acting classes when a producer heard me and asked me to do a record. I did it, and it all just happened from there.”

Hallyday began appearing in French movies after he gained rock ’n’ roll fame, but he primarily played singers.

“It wasn’t what I wanted to do,” he told the New York Times in 2003. “I wanted to separate the singer from the actor. So I stopped for several years and then started to work again with [directors] Costa-Gavras, Jean-Luc Godard — roles where I wasn’t a singer at all.”

Hallyday received critical acclaim for his role as a bank robber in director Patrice Leconte’s “Man on the Train.”

“He’s the equivalent of Joan of Arc in France,” late actor Jean Rochefort, who co-starred in the film, once told the New York Times. “For me, he isn’t really an actor but a man who has a presence, an undeniable charisma.”

Hallyday, who had several marriages, including to French singing star Sylvie Vartan, is survived by his wife, Laeticia; and four children, Jade, Joy, Laura Smet and Dave.

HALLYDAY, Johnny (Jean-Philippe Leo Smet)
Born: 6/15/1943, Malesherbes, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 12/6/2017, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Johnny Hallyday’s western- actor:
Drop Them or I’ll Shoot – 1969 (Hud)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

RIP Ulli Lommel

Rest in Peace: Director Ulli Lommel

Dread Central
By Steve Barton
December 3, 2017

Sad news for you this Sunday afternoon as multiple sources web-wide are confirming that prolific film director Ulli Lommel has passed away at age 72 due to heart failure.

Lommel has dozens of film credits under his belt but will no doubt be best remembered by fans for his wonderfully obscure 1980 film The Boogey Man. Ulli worked just about up to the day he passed and leaves behind a myriad of projects for interested fans to look into.

We here at Dread Central would like to offer our sincerest of condolences to Lommel’s friends, family members, and constituents. Rest in peace, good sir; and thank you for the memories.

LOMMEL, Ulli (Ulrich Manfred Lommel)
Born: 12/21/1944, Zielenzig, Brandenburg, Germany
Died: 12/1/2017

Ulli Lommel’s westerns – producer, actor, voice dubber:
Flaming Frontier – 1963 [German voice of Predrag Ceramilac]
Whity – 1971 (Frank Nicholson) [producer]

RIP Sandra White

Los Angeles Times
December 3, 2017

October 5, 1930 - November 22, 2017 Sandra Jean Blum, 87, of Los Angeles, passed away on Nov. 22. Born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 5, 1930, Sandy was the only child of Abe and Gertrude Solomon. Upon graduation from Central High School in 1948, Sandy moved to California to pursue a career as a screen actress (as Sandra White). Under contract to Paramount, she performed in featured roles in such cult classics as Fritz Lang's 1956 film noir "While the City Sleeps" (as the iconic serial murder victim in the opening scene) and Frank Tashlin's 1956 rock and roll musical "The Girl Can't Help It" (as the cigarette girl who leaps into a spontaneous dance number with Tom Ewell), Wilbur's wife, Carlotta, in the original pilot for "Mr. Ed," as well as guest parts in diverse television series, including "77 Sunset Strip," "Johnny Ringo," "The Detectives," "Hennesey," "Arrest and Trial," "Michael Shayne," and "Father Knows Best." Sandy retired from acting in 1961 when she married David Blum and became stepmother to his daughters, Bonnie (Blum) Burman and Virginia Blum, who grew up adoring her. Although Sandy and David divorced in 1978, she remained a devoted second mother to Bonnie and Virginia, mother-in-law to Bonnie's husband, Terry Burman, and grandmother ("Nanny Sandy") to Virginia's son, Alex, for the rest of her life. She was "Auntie Sandy" to Lincoln and Lara. Sandy was the glowing center of an extended family that includes not only her friends but also their children and children's children. Through the various transitions of divorce and remarriage characterizing so many families today, Sandy, with her unwavering commitment to those she loved, managed to sustain relationships across the fault lines. Irresistibly charming as she was, even David's forbidding ex-mother-in-law ultimately counted Sandy among her close friends. Sandy volunteered at Cedar Sinai's emergency room for 18 years where she brought comfort to hundreds of patients. With her unaffected luminous beauty, effusive warmth, and irrepressible sense of humor, Sandy had a unique talent for bringing people together. She was a superb hostess who celebrated her friends and family through countless luncheons and dinner parties, replete with great food and stimulating conversation. Always deeply engaged by current social and political events, Sandy relished a good debate. She was an avid reader with an encyclopedic knowledge of film and film history. To the end of her life, she could recount in vivid detail the last days of the studio era of which she was a part. Her many friends and family are deeply grateful for the vitality, generosity and unconditional love that she contributed to our lives. Every day of her life, Sandy made her loved ones feel cherished. We will miss her sorely. There will be a private interment. A memorial service in her honor will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Sandy may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: (, the Motion Picture Retirement Home ( or a charity of your choice.

WHITE, Sandra (Sandra Jean Blum)
Born: 10/5/1930, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Sandra White’s western – actress:
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (redhead)