Thursday, September 21, 2017

RIP José Salcedo

The editor José Salcedo, Almodóvar's collaborator and winner of three Goya awards dies

El Mundo
September 19,2017

José Salcedo, filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and winner of three Goyas for Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown , No one will talk about us when we are dead and Everything about my mother , has died on Tuesday in Madrid at 68 years, according to informed the Film Academy.

 "The Film Academy deeply regrets the loss of José Salcedo, one of the most powerful Spanish assemblers," said the institution, which this year awarded him the Gold Medal for his career.

 Formed as an auxiliary and assistant to Pablo del Amo and Pedro del Rey, Salcedo "was one of the few proper names that, in an office as determinant for the cinema as the assembly, was always synonymous with excellence, " said the president of the Academy, Yvonne Blake.

 Blake has advanced that what should be the ceremony of delivery of the Gold Medal will become "a tribute for him and his."

 Almodóvar counted on him in all his films, from Pepi, Luci, Bom and other girls from the heap (1980) to Julieta (2016), and among his more than 150 credits, he also featured films for other directors such as Eloy de la Iglesia, Agustín Díaz Yanes, José Luis Borau, Jaime Chávarri, Pedro Olea and Gonzalo Suárez.

 He also worked for Manuel Gómez Pereira, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Santiago Tabernero, Juan Luis Iborra, Yolanda García Serrano, Josetxo San Mateo, Daniel Calparsoro and Luis Buñue , with whom he began as an assistant in Tristana .

 José Salcedo (Ciudad Real, 1949) mounted his first film at age 23.  It leaves two earrings of premiere: Oro , of Díaz Yanes and No one dies in Ambrosia , of Héctor Valdez.

 "I ride from the heart," said this technician who did not stop reinventing the medium from his desk and to which the Academy dedicates this month a cycle with some of the films in which he worked.

Salcedo José (José Salcedo Palomeque)
Born: 1949, Mestanza, Ciudad Real, Castille-La Mancha, Spain
Died: 9/19/2017, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

José Salcedo’s western – film editor:
A Night in Old Mexico - 2013

RIP Judy Parker

Entertainment Industry Mourns The Death Of Judy Parker Gaudio, Songwriter-Actress

Married 45 Years To Songwriter-Producer Bob Gaudio, Founding Member of The Four Seasons & Jersey Boys Fame

PR Newswire
September 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Judy Parker Gaudio (age 79), writer of Billboard chart-topping songs and Broadway hits, passed away peacefully from respiratory complications on Thursday, her husband ‪Bob Gaudio confirmed. Among her most well-known songs are "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" and "Who Loves You," which were recorded by ‪Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Judy Parker was introduced to ‪Bob Gaudio, a founding member of The Four Seasons, in 1973 at the Motown Studios in Los Angeles, while Bob was recording a ‪Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross duet. They dated for 8 years and were married on April 5,1981. In their 45 years together, they co-wrote a number of top 5 songs for ‪Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Some of those were prominently featured in the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys, which became the 12th longest-running musical in Broadway history.

Born and raised in Michigan, Judy was one of seven children and the daughter of an Army Colonel; she also attended Michigan State University. Before her songwriting career began, Judy pursued a career in acting and modeling, including four years working in Rome, Italy. This young Michigander adopted the Italian language and culture quite quickly.

When she moved back to the U.S. in the late 1960's, Judy secured featured roles in a number of television shows, including Batman, Bonanza, and My Three Sons. Additionally, her work in commercials included United Airlines, and a wide variety of hair products such as Breck, Halo, Prell and Lilt Home Permanent.

Of all her successes, a significant moment came for Judy when she co-wrote, with her husband, the title song for ‪Neil Diamond's 1977 NBC TV special, "Glad You're Here with Me Tonight."

Judy was an incredibly entertaining storyteller with a wicked sense of humor. Songwriting, interior decorating, and family were her loves, along with the Sunday New York Times' crossword puzzle. A woman of strong faith and philanthropic spirit, she gave generously to Samaritan's Purse and Wounded Warrior Project. Judy and Bob made homes at the San Remo on Central Park West and Montauk, NY, however, they always maintained their primary residence in Nashville, TN.

Judy Parker Gaudio passed away at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, TN ‪at 4:55 pm on her birthday. It was, ironically, within 10 minutes of her time of birth. Now, is that style or what?

Judy was preceded in death by parents, Dorothy and Wilbur Small, sister Janice McKinley, and brother, Bill Small.

She is survived by a cast of thousands.

PARKER, Judy (Judith Parker)
Born: 9/14/1938, Westland, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 9/14/2017, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Julie Parker’s western – actress:
Bonanza (TV) – 1967 (Julie)

RIP Ben Hammer

New York Times
September, 21, 2017

Well-known actor of stage, film and TV for 70 years, died September 18, 2017 at 92, survived by two daughters, predeceased by wife Dorothea, Long Island artist and potter.

HAMMER, Ben (Benjamin Hammer)
Born: 12/8/1924, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 9/18/2017, New York, U.S.A.

Ben Hammer’s westerns – actor:
The Virginian (TV) – 1967 (Quincey King)
Bonanza (TV) – 1969 (Quinn)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1976 (Hendricks)

RIP George Englund

Los Angeles Times

June 22, 1926 - September 14, 2017 Producer, Director, Screenwriter and Author passed away on September 14th following complications from a fall. George was known for such films as The Ugly American, The Shoes of the Fisherman, Zachariah and Challenger. His literary works include, The Way It's Never Been Done Before: My Friendship with Marlon Brando, and Cloris: My Autobiography. The son of actress Mabel Albertson and Harold Austin Ripley, and nephew of actor Jack Albertson, he was born George Howe Ripley in Washington D.C. After his parents divorced, Mabel married screenwriter, Ken Englund; who adopted George and his sister, Patsy Ripley. His early education was at Black-Foxe Military Institute. As an English/Philosophy major at UCLA, he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity and captain of the basketball and tennis teams. George was married to actress Cloris Leachman from 1953-1979. They had five children: Adam, Bryan (died 1986), George Jr., Morgan and Dinah. George was then married to Bonnie Graves from 1980-1992; and had two children: Max (died 1993) and Graves. George spent the last decade of his life with his loving friend Frances Bowes; writing, travelling and enjoying life. A man of eloquence and wit, George was known for his towering intellect and legendary sense of humor. He had a tremendous store of poetry and song in him, and he gave beautiful voice to both. His mind was curious, caring and massive. George was in the process of completing his autobiography (to be published). A movie about his life and friendship with actor Marlon Brando is also in development. George's loving family and friends surrounded him when he died at his home in Palm Springs, with the beautiful view of the mountains he cherished. George's sister, two ex-wives, five children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson survive him. Services are pending and a Memorial in George's honor is being planned for November. In lieu of flowers, please donate to, in memory of Max Englund.

ENGLUND, George (George Howe Ripley)
Born: 6/22/1926, Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Died: 9/14/2017, Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.

George Englund’s western – producer, director:
Zachariah - 1971

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RIP Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey, Football Star Turned Actor, Poet and Painter, Dies at 78

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes

His film résumé includes 'Boxcar Bertha,' 'Never Say Never Again,' 'Brothers,' 'Revenge of the Nerds' and 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.'

Actor Bernie Casey, who appeared in such films as Boxcar Bertha, Never Say Never Again and Revenge of the Nerds after a career as a standout NFL wide receiver, has died. He was 78.

Casey, who also starred in Cleopatra Jones and several other blaxploitation movies of the 1970s, died Tuesday after a brief illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his representative told The Hollywood Reporter.

In the Warner Bros. drama Brothers (1977), Casey distinguished himself by portraying a thinly veiled version of George Jackson, a member of the Black Panther Party who was killed in what officials described as an escape attempt from San Quentin in 1971. His writings had inspired oppressed people around the world, and Bob Dylan recorded a song as a tribute to Jackson in 1971.

Casey also wrote, directed, starred in and produced The Dinner (1997), centering on three black men who discuss slavery, black self-loathing, homophobia, etc. while sitting around the dinner table.

Casey played a heroic former slave and train robber in Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha (1972), was CIA agent Felix Leiter (a recurring character in Bond films) in Never Say Never Again (1983) and portrayed U.N. Jefferson, the president of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity, in Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and two follow-up telefilms.

In Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Casey played schoolteacher Mr. Ryan ("Who was Joan of Arc?" he asks, and Keanu Reeves' Ted guesses, "Noah's wife?"), portrayed a detective opposite Burt Reynolds in Sharky's Machine (1981) and stood out as the prisoner who protects Eddie Murphy in jail in the sequel Another 48 Hrs. (1990).

And not long after he unexpectedly retired from the Los Angeles Rams, Casey portrayed Chicago Bears player J.C. Caroline in the 1971 ABC telefilm Brian's Song, the heart-wrenching tale about the friendship between Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and Gayle Sayers (Billy Dee Williams).

A true Renaissance man, Casey also was a published poet as well as a painter whose work was exhibited in galleries around the world.

Bernard Casey was born on June 8, 1939, in Wyco, W.Va. He was raised in Columbus, Ohio, and attended Bowling Green on a football scholarship (he returned to the school years later to earn a master's in fine arts).

An elegant 6-foot-4 halfback and flanker, Casey led the Falcons to the national "small college" championship in 1959 and was named to the Little All-American team. He also excelled in the high hurdles for the track team and competed in the 1960 U.S. Olympic trials.

The San Francisco 49ers made Casey the ninth overall pick in the NFL Draft, and he spent six seasons with the team (1961-66) as quarterback John Brodie's favorite receiver. In one game in his final year with the team, he caught 12 passes for 225 yards.

Casey then spent two solid years with the Rams but shockingly retired in his athletic prime before the 1969 season, finishing his pro career with 359 catches for 5,444 yards and 40 touchdowns. Just 30, he wanted to concentrate on acting, painting and poetry.

"When that sojourn is over and you're 32 or something, when most people are just beginning to understand who they are, what they can do and what life is all about, you have been considered in the world of sports a dinosaur," he once said in a piece for NFL Films. "From that point on, it's a downward spiral into the abyss of non-consideration and obscurity and a lot of other things that they never recover from. I want to think in my instance, it's the beginning. There's a lot of life left after 32."

Casey made his movie debut in the sequel Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) and then starred opposite Jim Brown, another recently retired NFL star, in ...tick... tick... tick... (1970).

Casey received top billing in Hit Man (1972) as the title character, a no-nonsense guy who investigates his brother's death at the hands of mobsters, and then played Reuben Masters, Tamara Dobson's lover, in Cleopatra Jones (1973).

His other blaxploitation work included Black Chariot (1971), Black Gunn (1972) and Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976), and years later, he appeared in the genre parody I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988), directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans.

Casey portrayed basketball star Maurice Stokes, who spent the last 10 years of his life paralyzed, in Maurie (1973), was a cop in Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975) and played Col. Rhumbus in Spies Like Us (1985). He also appeared in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness (1994), The Glass Shield (1994) and Once Upon a Time … When We Were Colored (1995).

On television, Casey played a minor-league baseball coach who could still hit on the short-lived Steven Bochco drama Bay City Blues and was in Roots: The Next Generations and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Casey received an honorary doctorate degree from The Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design, where he served for years as chairman of the board and advocated for arts education.

He had many fans of his paintings.

"I cannot see what Bernie Casey sees," Maya Angelou said in 2003 to promote an exhibit of his work. "Casey has the heart and the art to put his insight on canvas, and I am heartened by his action. For then I can comprehend his vision and some of my own. His art makes my road less rocky, and my path less crooked."

CASEY, Bernie (Bernard Terry Casey)
Born: 6/8/1939, Wyco, West Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 9/19/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Bernie Casey’s western:
Guns of the Magnificent Seven – 1968 (Cassie)