Friday, October 20, 2017

RIP Brent Briscoe

RIP Brent Briscoe, Twin Peaks actor has died at 56

From Twin Peaks to Parks and Rec, Briscoe brought warmth and texture to every role.

Consequence of Sound
By Randall Colburn
October 19, 2017

Brent Briscoe, a journeyman character actor who performed in more than 100 films and series in his career, has passed away at the age of 56.

A representative for Briscoe confirmed his death to Consequence of Sound, but declined to provide any further details.

Briscoe was most recently seen in David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks: The Return, in which he appeared in seven episodes as befuddled South Dakota detective Dave Macklay. He previously played a detective in Lynch’s masterpiece, Mulholland Drive. Briscoe wasn’t a Lynch regular, however, as he was too busy popping up in the blockbusters and indies of filmmakers ranging from Sam Raimi and Christopher Nolan to Oliver Stone and Mike Judge.

Many might remember Briscoe for his recurring role as J.J. (of J.J.’s Diner) on NBC Parks and Recreation, though he was no stranger to TV, having guested on shows like 24, Justified, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Hell on Wheels.

But film was where it all began for him. A Missouri native, Briscoe moved to Hollywood after scoring a plum role in Billy Bob Thornton’s Sling Blade. His rugged, yet warm, countenance made him perfect to play authority figures and the occasional country lug. He reunited with Thornton for some of his subsequent roles, including in Stone’s U-Turn and Raimi’s A Simple Plan, where he co-starred as monkey-in-the-wrench Lou. Down the road, he’d make memorable appearances in Nolan’s The Dark Night Rises, Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, and Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile and The Majestic. That so many directors opted to work with him more than once is a sign of amicability if there ever was one.

Briscoe was also a screenwriter. He and Thornton reunited again when the latter starred alongside Patrick Swayze and Charlize Theron in Waking Up in Reno, a movie Briscoe co-wrote with his old college roommate, Mark Fauser.

We’ll miss seeing him on the fringes of pretty much everything we watch.

Born: 5/21/1961, Mobely, Missouri, U.S.A.
Died: 10/18/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Brent Briscoe’s westerns – actor;
The Jack Bull – 199 (Sheriff Felton)
Deadwood (TV) – 2004 (prosecutor)
Ambush at Dark Canyon – 2012 (Morgan Heinz)
Hell on Wheels (TV) – 2013-2014 (Jimmy Two Squaws)

RIP Federico Luppi

Argentine actor Federico Luppi dies

The 81-year-old actor has died after complicating the bruise on his head after a fall he suffered in April

Argentine actor Federico Luppi, 81, has died this Friday as a result of complications of a blood clot he had in his head since April, when he stumbled and struck himself in the head with a table in his own house, according to informed the newspaper Clarín .  The interpreter, remembered for his roles in films such as Tiempo de revancha (1981), El espinazo del diablo (2001) and El laberinto del fauno (2006), among others, had been admitted to the Favaloro Foundation on Thursday, , the Spanish actress Susana Hornos.

This Thursday, Hornos said that the actor was "with the normal ups and downs of these cadres" clinicians.  But until April was in full activity.  At the time of the house-crash that finally killed him, Luppi planned to start a tour with the play The Last Moons, directed by his wife, in which he reflected simply on old age.

Luppi has undoubtedly been one of the most important Argentinean actors, comparable only to Ricardo Darín or Héctor Alterio.  His harsh tone and overwhelming presence on the camera made him a favorite of directors such as Adolfo Aristarain, who considered him the vertebral column of films that were organized around his figure.

In 2001, when the Argentine economy exploded and five presidents succeeded in less than two weeks, Luppi decided to settle in Spain, where his career was already known.  He returned to the country with Krichnerism, and his political commitment led him to spend the last years of his life immersed in "bitterness," as he himself said.  In an interview in February, he said that he was "disappointed, bitter, sad and lonely" in his own country, dissatisfied with the policies of Mauricio Macri.  He even said that his income was not enough to make ends meet.

Federico José Luppi Malacalza was born on February 23, 1936 in the Argentinean town of Ramallo, a semirural town about 200 kilometers from Buenos Aires, in a family of Italian descent.  He began acting in 1965, in the film Pajarito Gómez , by Rodolfo Kuhn, and soon reached the consecration with the romance of the Aniceto and the Francisca (1967), a jewel of the Argentinean cinema of the director Leonardo Favio.

From there his career never stopped.  He participated in more than 100 films, most of them as protagonist.  Many of these films are classics in Spanish cinema: Los pasos perdidos (2001), Lisboa (1999), A place in the world (1992), Martin Hache (1995) and the emblematic Silver Sweet (1982) by Fernando Ayala.  In television also it starred in series of fiction still remembered by the Argentineans like exponents of the best of the sort, like High comedy (1971-1972), Men of law and Atreverse (1991).

Its international recognition arrived in 1993, of the hand of the Mexican Guillermo of Toro, with Cronos .  Later they shared screen in The spine of the Devil (2001) and the labyrinth of the faun (2006).

LUPPI, Federico (Federico José Luppi Malacalza)
Born: 2/23/1936, Ramallo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 10/20/2017, Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Federico Luppi’s western – actor:
Mi querido Tom Mix – 1992 (Domingo)

RIP Warren Burton

Los Angeles Times
October 20, 2017

October 23, 1944 - October 2, 2017 Born in Chicago, Illinois, Warren Burton was preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Lorraine (nee Stryska) Burton and his sister Gayle Affinito (nee Burton). He is survived by his niece, Victoria Affinito of Chicago, and many loving friends and fans. Warren won a Grammy in 1971 for his work as a writer on Lily Tomlin's "THIS IS A RECORDING" in the category of Best Comedy Recording. He started his TV/Film career in the early 1970's on the made-for-TV movie, "The Girl Most Likely to¿" He went on to star in several daytime soap operas that included the role of Eddie Dorrance on "All My Children" in which he won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor at the 1980 awards broadcast. His other daytime roles have included "Another World," "Guiding Light," and Phillip Hamilton on "Santa Barbara." Burton portrayed Confederate general Henry Heth in the 1993 film Gettysburg. Since the mid-1990s, Burton has been a voice actor for numerous video games including the highly successful "Jak and Daxter" franchise, "Battlezone II: Combat Commander," and "Nox" among several others. Warren was not only a talented actor but one of the kindest souls and will be missed on this earth by all those lucky enough to have known him. A celebration of Warren's life will be held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on November 15, 2017 at 11a.m.

BURTON, Warren
Born: 10/23/1944, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died:  10/2/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Warren Burton’s westerns – actor, voice actor:4
Gettysburg – 1993 (Major General Henry Heth)
Zorro (TV) – 1997-1998 [various voices]
Rango – 2011 [voice of Bean’s Daddy]

Thursday, October 19, 2017

RIP Umberto Lenzi

La Republica
By Alessandra Vitali
October 19, 2017

Umberto Lenzi, Dad of Monnezza and the most beloved films by Tarantino died

He was 86, he was the inventor of the "policeworthy" genre and directed some of the most successful films of the 1970s and 1980s, including 'armed Rome' and 'violent Naples'

The director and screenwriter Umberto Lenzi died at age 86.  He had been one of the main authors of genre cinema and had directed films considered cult of enthusiasts, as Milan hates: police can not shoot , armed Rome and violent Naples .  Lenzi was born in Massa Marittima, in the province of Grosseto, in 1931, graduating at the Cinema Experimental Center in Rome, and made her directorial debut in 1961 with the cover of Mary Read 's hood and sword.  A passionate one, that of cinema, born when he was very young.  "In the province life there were not many opportunities: there were those who went to the sea and those who lazily spent their days at the bar. I preferred the cinema," he told in an interview with Republic .

That the genre film was his way, Lenzi understood it soon.  He said he was "a snout", seized what was happening on the national and international scene and adapted it to Italian taste.  As in the case of adventure films he faces by re-reading some of Salgari's classics, Sandokan the Mompracem tiger who headed in 1963, starring Steve Reeves, the pirates of Malaysia in '64.  It is inspired by the James Bond saga, or rather the movie's success on Agent 007, and spells on espionage, Superseven calls Cairo or A008 - Operation Extermination , both in 1965, nor dislikes war movies: Navarone's cannons decide to give confidence to the screenplay of a young Dario Argento and in 1968 he signs the Legion of the Damned .  The war genre continues to thrill him in the following years, in 1978 he flees to the United States and directs the Great Attacks , in the cast Henry Fonda, John Huston, Helmut Berger.

But what Lenzi conquers popularity is the yellow one, in which it fits by giving birth to a sub-genre, erotic yellow to Italian.  The trilogy begins in '69 with Orgasm , continues with So sweet, so perverse and closes in '70 with Paranoia .  The protagonist - in all three - the former Hollywood diva Carroll Baker, stories that mix eroticism, psychology and intrigues and secrets of the aristocracy world, Lenzi calls them "thrillers of the high quarters."  But 1970 is also the year when he goes out to cinema The bird from the crystal feathers , Dario Argento sucks and goes proselytizing and Lenzi can not go back: he makes five films in just under five years starting from 1971 with Un Ideal Place to Kill , Seven Spotted Red Orchids , The Ice Knife , Spasm and Red Cats in a Glass Maze .

The "sniff" of which it boasts continues to work.  In 1972 he went to the movie The police thank Steno and Lenzi understands immediately where the public's taste turns.  It is the birth of the policewoman, a genre in which he will claim more than in others by making some of the most successful films of those years, little appreciated by critics but rewarded by the public.  As Milan hates: the police can not shoot in 1974, leading Tomas Milian in the role of Giulio Sacchi, a viscidone, sadistic and cowardly criminal who wants to make career in the world of mala.  Bandit, kidnapping, pursuit, shootout and especially violence are the foundations of subsequent works such as Armed Forces Rome (1976), in which the director invokes Tomas Milian, alongside Maurizio Merli who instead returns on stage in violent Naples this same year film earned 60 million lire only in the first programming weekend, a record).  With Milian Lenzi, he creates a partnership that is the success of many other films.  And it will be with Milian who will "invent" Er Monnezza, the protagonist of cult-titles such as The Truffle and the Blob and The Hunchback Band .  A friendship and a professional bond but they will see the end when the Cuban actor will accept to interpret the character of the township ladder in the band of the cheating but directed by Stelvio Massi: a betrayal that Lenzi could not accept and which caused the break between the two.

 The war movie, the "thriller of the high quarters", the policewoman: between the late 1970s and the beginning of the 1980s Lenzi changed genre again.  It is the time of horror (in those years Dario Silver continues to give the line with titles like Suspiria , Inferno , Darkness ), Lucio Fulci keeps fuss with Fear in the City of Living Dead , Black Cat ,    And you will live in terror - The beyond , That villa next to the cemetery .  Lenzi launches with Nightmare on the contaminated city , it's the 1980s, men contaminated by radiation turn into almost invincible cannibals.  "They're not zombies" will keep telling the director when they will point out the too many analogies with Zombi of George A. Romero released two years earlier.  But there will be no criticism of the passion of Quentin Tarantino, who in those years also feeds on Umberto Lenzi's films, and his Nightmare on the Contaminated City will often mention one of his favorites.

 After many films and some successful boxing titles, Lenzi's career begins to slow down.  It is dedicated to a genre, the "cannibalistic" (partly already experienced in 1972 with the Wild Sex Country ) that earns some success abroad but which in Italy is hardly able to pass through the censorship jumps.  Eat alive!  is the first film, good for American box offices, the following year is Cannibal Ferox, who, unlike the former, gets modest cash (in the first week of programming in New York, incurs $ 400,000), it also becomes one of the most censored movies in history due to some sequences of true animal violence.  "I always despised - Lenzi will say in an interview later years - but I did it for survival, I was a year old, unemployed, never in my career."  In those years some titles that were not really unforgivable, among which Cicciabomba with Donatella Rector or Pierino was plagued .

 Back to thriller-horror genres at the end of the Eighties: Nightmare Beach is a small American production, "sister" of another film written and directed along with Vittorio Rambaldi, Rage, primitive fury .  The House 3 - Ghosthouse ('88) will be released, an American production, apocryphal sequel to Sam Raimi's House;  Fear in the dark and low budget The gates of hell ;  The House of Sorcerer and, in 1989, The House of the Anonymous Winds , the latter for TV, commissioned by RetiItalia, unique occasions where Lenzi worked on the small screen.  In the last part of her career Lenzi is dedicated to export movies for smaller markets.  The last one is Hornsby and Rodriguez - Criminal Challenge of 1992, while Sarajevo, hell of fire comes out in 1996 directly for home video.

 Lenzi withdraws from the scenes (with his wife Olga Pehar, formerly actress of some of his films, later disappeared at the end of 2015) and dedicates himself to writing successful yellow novels ( Cinecittà Delicts , Terror at Harlem , Rome assassin , The clan of the miserable , Criminal heart ).  It is in 2016 the biography written by Silvia Trovato and Tiziano Arrigoni, in which the director's life, from Maremma's youth to the Experimental Center of Rome, to gender genres has led him to experience languages, ideas and stories about his libertarian passion for the Spanish Civil War, which called "the only social revolution of the twentieth century".  And portraits of characters like Carroll Baker, Tomás Milian and the many he met on the set and out.  In short, as the title says, A Life for Cinema.  The adventurous story of Umberto Lenzi director.

LENZI, Umberto
Born: 8/6/1931, Massa Marittima, Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy
Died: 10/19/2017, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Umberto Lenzi’s westerns – director, actor
Samson and the Slave Queen – 1963 [director]
Go For Broke – 1968 [director, actor]
A Pistol for 100 Coffins – 1968 [director]

Monday, October 16, 2017

RIP Don Pedro Colley

San Francisco Chronicle
October 21, 2017

Don Pedro Colley lost his battle with cancer on October 10th at his home in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He was 79. Colley was born in Klamath Falls, to Muriel and Pete Colley. His father played piano, and his mother was active in politics in the area. Don Pedro attended Klamath Union High School where he was active in athletics, playing football, and especially enjoying track and field. He also tried out for the 1960 Olympics in discus, placing 6th. Don Pedro also attended the University of Oregon where he studied architecture.

He became interested in acting by accident, after joining some friends for a play rehearsal. He is probably best known for his roles of Gideon in the series, Daniel Boone, in the Beneath the Planet of the Apes film as Ongaro, and as "Sheriff Little" in the TV series, "Dukes of Hazard".

Don Pedro has a daughter; Kira Zuleka Zadow-Colley. He remained very active, as he was semi-retired, and made guest appearances at conventions worldwide.

He leaves behind his X partner, Roberta, two children and two grandchildren. Funeral plans pending in Klamath Falls

COLLEY, Don Pedro
Born: 8/30/1938, Klamath Falls, Oregon, U.S.A.
Died: 10/10/2017, Klamath Falls, Oregon, U.S.A.

Don Pedro Colley’s westerns – actor:
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 (Asher)
Cimarron Strip (TV) - 1968 (Cully)
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1968-1969 (Gideon)
Here Come the Brides (TV) – 1968 (Ox)
The Virginian (TV) – 1968 (Ira Diller)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1968 (Abbie Carter)
Nichols (TV) – 1971 (Joe Cramm)
The Legend of Niger Charler – 1972 (Joe Cramm)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1977 (Dr. Tane)

Friday, October 13, 2017

RIP Robert Dunlap

RIP Robert Dunlap

The Quad City Times
October 11, 2017

Actor Robert Dunlap died on July 27, 2017. Dunlap was born on November 29, 1942, and was raised in San Jose, California. He trained as an actor at the Pasadena Playhouse and embarked on an acting career in the early 1960s. He appeared on television in episodes of "Cheyenne", "The Joey Bishop Show", "The Lieutenant", "Hank", "My Three Sons", "Death Valley Days", "Peyton Place", "Lassie", "Far Out Space Nuts", "The Blue Knight", "Lucas", "Wonder Woman", "The Rockford Files", "240-Robert", "The Greatest American Hero", "Voyagers!", "Automan", and "1st & Ten". His other television credits include the tele-films "Here Comes the Judge" (1972), "The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case" (1976), "Three on a Date" (1978), "Advice to the Lovelorn" (1981), "M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers" (1983), and "Dance 'Til Dawn" (1988). He was also featured in such films as "The City Where the Action Is" (1965), "A Covenant with Death" (1967), "The Young Runaways" (1968), "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969), and "Eyes of the Prey" (1992). He also studied filmmaking at Los Angeles Valley College, and formed RED Productions in 1982. He made such documentary films as "Grandpa" and "Anton", and many of his films aired on the Discovery Channel. He made the documentary film "Beyond Vanilla: An Unforgettable Journey into the Wilder Side of Sex in 2002, and "Xaviera Hollander, the Happy Hooker: Portrait of a Sexual Revolutionary" in 2008. He earned a doctorate in clinical sexology from the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 2005. He served as co-host of the radio show, "The Boom Doctors", with his life partner Dr. Patti Britton.

DUNLAP, Robert (Robert E. Dunlap III)
Born: 11/29/1942, San Jose, California, U.S.A.
Died: 7/12/2017, Warsaw, Poland

Robert Dunlap’s westerns – actor:
Cheyenne (TV) – 1961 (Mark Delaney)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1968 (Sam Smith)