Monday, May 22, 2017

RIP Richard Beale

Richard Beale, actor who starred in EastEnders

The Herald
By Toby Hadoke
RICHARD Beale, who has died aged 96, was a stocky, dependable character actor whose career spanned five decades. A distinctive presence, his rich voice and strong features were recognisable to audiences even if his name was not. A year in EastEnders (1990-91 as veteran market trader Jackie Stone) cemented the viewer’s impression that they had probably seen him in something somewhere.

He was born Richard Henry Beale, the eldest of three sons of print business owner Henry and his wife Constance. Joining the Navy in 1940, he rose from being a rating to having his own command by the end of the Second World War: Lieutenant Beale was mentioned in Despatches for distinguished service in 1945.

For ten years he worked at his father’s firm before following his dream and becoming an actor, whereafter he was rarely short of work. Early roles in nautical films like The Battle of the River Plate (1956), A Night to Remember (1958) and Sink the Bismark! (1960) benefitted from his wartime experience.

His theatre career began in Bristol, and he enjoyed stints at the Traverse, Edinburgh (1980) and as Julius Caesar for the National Theatre at the Young Vic (1972, with Nigel Hawthorne as Brutus). He cut his teeth on the small screen in the tense arena of live television and became an asset to directors like Rex Tucker and Michael E Briant who used him again and again. Early recurring parts included the stableman Hippolyte (good casting as he was a skilled rider with a love of horses) in Madame Bovary (1964) and a detective in the soap opera Compact (1963-64).

His deeply textured voice found him playing a benevolent invisible alien opposite William Hartnell’s Doctor Who in The Ark (1966) which was to be the first of four credits on the iconic show. Alongside staple fare such as Dr Finlay’s Casebook (1970), Z-Cars (1972, 1974) Dixon of Dock Green (1975), and The Onedin Line (1978) he was in the high profile BBC productions of War and Peace (1973, with Anthony Hopkins), The Prince and the Pauper (1976, with Nicholas Lyndhurst in the dual role), A Horseman Riding By (1978), and The Life and Times of David Lloyd George (as Lord Kitchener, 1981).

He worked opposite three different interpretations of Long John Silver, playing Captain Smollett in the BBC’s Treasure Island (1977, with Alfred Burke), the same role in an otherwise unrelated Return to Treasure Island (with Brian Blessed for Disney, 1986), and Mr Arrow in the 1990 TV Movie with Charlton Heston.

He was in the film A Handful of Dust with Kristin Scott Thomas (1988) but despite a busy time on screen in the early 2000s - including Teachers (2004) and Afterlife (2005) both with Andrew Lincoln - he eventually retired to spend more time with his boat, racing and sailing single handedly until 2010. Thereafter he remained as physically active and mentally sharp as ever, engaging with political issues by writing to his local paper or contributing to the BBC’s Any Answers. His evocative and well written memoir of his time in the navy, One Man’s War, was published by Bloomsbury in 2015.

His marriage to German born Anne ended in divorce: he is survived by their two children Anya and Tom.

BEALE, Richard (Richard H. Beale)
Born: 5/13/1920, Hackney, London, England, U.K.
Died: 3/27/2017, Somerset, England, U.K.

Richard Beale’s westerns – actor:
Doctor Who: The Gunfighters (TV) – 1966 (Bat Masterson)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

RIP Jerry Catron

Times Herald Online
May 21, 2017

Jerry "Jack" Catron passed asleep in the Lord on May 6. Jack attended high school in Vallejo and served in the Korean War. Vocationally, he worked in the Motion Picture and Television Industry for over 50 years. He was a second-unit Director and Stuntman on Ben Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, Vertigo and scores of other classic movies. His National Geographic work on over 35 documentaries is distinguished.

He will be remembered for his humility and kindness and the premium he placed on living a life that honored his Savior Jesus Christ.

CATRON, Jerry (Jerry Aldridge Catron)
Born: 2/22/1932, Welch, West Virginia, U.S.A.
Died: 5/16/2017, Novato, California, U.S.A.

Jerry Catron’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
Thunder in the Sun – 1959
The Rough Riders (TV) – 1959 (Hiker)
Posse from Hell – 1961 (townsman)
Bat Masterson (TV) – 1961 (John Grant)
Whispering Smith (TV) – 1961 (Carruthers)
Lawman (TV) – 1962 (cowhand)
The Virginian (TV) – 1963 (prison guard)
Hostile Guns – 1967 (townsman)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1967 (victim)
Iron Horse (TV) – 1967 [stunts]
The Big Valley (TV) – 1967, 1968 (Bill, Norvil Stone, Bob Adams)
The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV) – 1967, 1968 (Al Burke, operator)

RIP Gunnar Möller

Junge Welt

With Gunnar Möller, one of the last German actors has died, whose career began in the 1930s. Born in Berlin-Neukölln in 1928, he was already an eleven-year-old in advertising films before the camera and quickly became a favorite child actor alongside Jenny Jugo and Heinrich George. In the Propaganda film "Junge Adler" the Halbschwede played a Napola pupil next to Hardy Krüger and Dietmar Schönherr. However, his attitude remained unpolitical. Thus he stood before 1950 in DEFA films (main role in "The Boys of the Kranichsee", 1950), but soon worked in the Westdeutschen film sector upwards. To this day, he remains as Andi in Kurt Hoffmann's nostalgic play "I often think of Piroshka" (1955) with Liselotte Pulver - it was his most popular role. As a character actor, he distinguished himself in foreign productions, such as the elaborately produced Czechoslovakian second-person "The Days of Treason" (1973), in which he embodied Adolf Hitler.

In 1979 he killed his wife in London during a dispute in London. After two years he was  released from custody, Möller could once again gain a foothold in film, television, radio and theater in the FRG. He married his longtime friend Christiane Hammacher and joined her successfully with Loriot's sketches. For his last film, Margarethe von Trotta brought him to the camera in 2015. In "The Lost World," the mid-easter completed a thrashing scene with Matthias Habich. As the European Cultural Workshop reported on her honorary member, he died on Tuesday after a serious illness at the age of 88 years.

MÖLLER Gunnar (Gunnar Thor Karl Möller)
Born: 7/1/1928, Berlin-Neukölln, Berlin, Germany
Died: 5/16/2017, Germany

Gunnar Möller’s western – actor:
Rosmarie kommt aus Wildwest – 1956 (Willy Sanders)

RIP Michael Messenger

San Luis Obispo Tribune
May 21, 2017

Michael Messinger In 1932, Mike was born in Los Angeles and passed on May 13, 2017, in Morro Bay. Believe it or not, Mike did not think he would be delivered into the arms of any "heavenly father," since he will not exist in any form for eternity. Since Mike did not exist in any form before his birth, his logic dictated that he will not exist in any form after his death. He was a third generation Californian and lived 84 years. Way back when, discouraged by his less-than- enviable job prospects for a non-college-bound graduate of Hamilton High School in Los Angeles, Mike enlisted in the U.S. Army in March of 1950. Subsequently, the conflict in Korea began. After serving for a year and a half with a signal battalion attached to Eight Army Headquarters in Korea, Mike enjoyed the unusual distinction of typing up his own discharge papers at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. March 5, 1953, his separation date, was also a historical marker, since it denoted both Mike's famous discharge date plus the death of the evil dictator, Josef Stalin (Stalin, as most people know, was a notorious tyrannical Georgian who, like still many of our American southern Georgians, was diligently oppressive toward segments of the population.). After military service, Mike was discouraged after many uninspired dead-end jobs. However, his future brightened with a gig in the mail room at Republic Studios in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Then he became inspired. After requisite butt-kissing, groveling and all-around obsequiousness, Mike wormed his way into an Assistant Director internship and became a member of the Screen Directors Guild (later the Directors Guild of America). Mike worked in the motion picture/film television industry as an "AD" for 25 years on hundreds of local and location productions, every- thing from the early "Spin and Marty" serials at Disney to extended-form television for Screen Gems/Columbia's "Beaulahland" in Mississippi. A partial-disabling accident and downturn in the U.S. economy changed careers for Mike. After many temp jobs he landed a plum at an E&O insurance carrier that indemnified lawyers against malpractice claims. In Burbank he worked as a claims clerk, an assistant legal secretary, and finally as an administrative assistant in the Loss Prevention Division of Lawyers' Mutual Insurance Company. Mike retired in 1994 and relocated to Morro Bay. With many varied interests, Mike was a compulsive reader of history and true crime cases. He was an advocate of Democratic progressive governance and moderate marijuana consumption. Mike enjoyed classic jazz and big band swing music, four-star movies, pro football, boxing and cage fighting. He was an inveterate walker and a so-so prolific writer for his own entertainment. Mike leaves behind his beloved son Eric, also of Morro Bay, and another son Scott of Studio City in Los Angeles. There were no services and cremation followed. Sign his guestbook at

Born: 11/11/1932, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/13/2017, Morro Bay, California, U.S.A.

Michael Messenger’s westerns – assistant director:
The Adventures of Spin and Marty - 1955
Zane Grey Theater (TV) – 1958
The Alamo - 1960
The Virginian (TV) – 1964-1966
Laredo (TV) – 1965
Shane (TV) – 1966
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) - 1967
Junior Bonner – 1972
Santee - 1973

RIP Ron Barkeley

Los Angeles Times
May 21, 2017

March 3, 1931 - May 9, 2017 Award-winning Makeup Artist Ron Berkeley passed away Tuesday, May 9th at the Motion Picture & Television Country Home. Acknowledged by AMPAS and the Television Academy and with a body of work spanning more than 50 years, Berkeley was noted for his contributions to The Time Machine, The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, The Manchurian Candidate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?, Anne of a 1000 Days, Equus, JFK, The Doors, Chaplin, Scrooged, For the Boys, The Truman Show, Good Night and Good Luck, the Star Trek franchise and the television series Tracy Takes On. He is survived by his children, Ronda Berkeley and spouse Mel Green, Rex and Ani Berkeley, Richard Berkeley and spouse Aurelia Shrenker, grandchildren Lucie Belle and Roman and sister and brother-in law Constance and Robert Ensign. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Motion Picture & Television Fund at

Born: 3/3/1931, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Died: 5/9/2017, Woodland Hills, California, U.S.A.

Ron Berkeley’s westerns – makeup artist:
Pure Country – 1992
American Outlaws - 1992
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1993-2001
The Alamo - 2004

Thursday, May 18, 2017

RIP Erwin Fuller

Erwin Ellwood Fuller, 86, of Port Hadlock passed away on April 20, 2017.

The Peninsula Daily News
May 19, 2017

Erwin Ellwood Fuller, 86, of Port Hadlock passed away on April 20, 2017.

Erwin was born on June 1, 1930, in Batavia, New York, to LaVerne and Corinne Fuller.

A graduate of Pasadena City College and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, Erwin went on to honorably serve his country in the U.S. Air Force.

Erwin married the love of his life, Winnifred "Winky" Fuller, on April 20, 1952, in Pasadena, California.

Erwin enjoyed a career in Hollywood as a character actor spanning 25 years and 42 years as a photographer. He played a variety of roles in both movies and television. He acted in "Cheers," "Murder She Wrote," "Matlock," "Dukes of Hazard," "Dallas," just to name a few.

Erwin's hobbies included photography, old movie trivia, garage sales with his friend Hal and helping with the Kala Point newsletter. He spent hours on the computer perfecting each photo he took, each one a work of art.

Erwin was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Winky; sisters Dorothy, Elaine and Eunice; and brother LaVerne.

Erwin leaves behind his brother Mark Fuller of Bakersfield, California; sister Avis Henderson of Carson City, Nevada; cousins, nieces, nephews and friends; and his beloved cat, Fu.

We will miss his wit and humor and his kind heart. We rejoice in knowing that Erwin believed in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

There will be a memorial on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the Kala Point clubhouse, 310 Sailview Drive, Port Townsend.

Donations may be made in Erwin's memory to the Jefferson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 845, Port Hadlock, WA 98339.

FULLER, Erwin (Erwin Ellwood, Fuller)
Born: 6/1/1930, Batavia, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 4/20/2017, Port Hadlock, Washington, U.S.A.

Erwin Fuller’s westerns – actor:
Father Murphy (TV) – 1981 (Sloan)
Best of the West (TV) – 1982 (cattleman)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

RIP Cal Bellini

Cal Bellini a former actor, originally from Singapore died on April 9, 2017 in California. Born Khalid Ibrahim in Singapore on June 6, 1935, he was cast in roles of mostly foreigners, Native Americans, or ethnic minorities, primarily on American television between 1960 and 1986.

Using the stage name Cal Bellini his first role was as the physician Motilal Mookerji in the 1960 CBS summer series, ‘Diagnosis: Unknown’, a nine-episode program starring Patrick O'Neal as a crime-solving pathologist at a large hospital. During the 1960s, he made a few appearances on such series as ‘Flipper’, ‘Coronet Blue’, and ‘Dan August’, starring Burt Reynolds.

In 1971, he appeared as Lt. Fernando Mercado in the episode "Escape" of Raymond Burr's second series, ‘Ironside’ on NBC. From 1970-1972, he appeared in different roles in three episodes of ABC's ‘The Mod Squad’ police drama. Other roles followed on ‘The F.B.I.’ ‘Marcus Welby, M.D.’, ‘Barnaby Jones’, ‘Hawaii Five-O’, ‘The Streets of San Francisco’, ‘Cannon’, ‘Little House on the Prairie’, ‘The Rockford Files’, and ‘Kung Fu’. On ‘Young Dan'l Boone’, a four-episode CBS series in 1977, Bellini played an Indian called Red Eagle.

Bellini's film roles included those of Younger Bear in Dustin Hoffman's western, “Little Big Man” (1970), and as Cross Otter in “The Mountain Men” (1980), starring Charlton Heston and Brian Keith.

He played Run Run Li in the 1982 episode "The Warlord" of the Bruce Boxleitner adventure series ‘Bring 'Em Back Alive’, loosely based on the career of professional hunter Frank Buck. Bellini's last small screen appearance was as Tommy Lemanna in the 1986 episode “The Frankie Kahana Show”; of the NBC detective series, ‘Riptide.’

BELLINI, Cal (Khalid Ibrahim)
Born: 6/9/1935, Singapore, Malaysia
Died: 4/19/1935, California, U.S.A.

Cal Bellini’s westerns – actor:
Little Big Man – 1970 (Younger Bear)
The Cowboys (TV) – 1974 (Wa-Cha-Ka)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1974 (Haskay)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1974 (brave)
Law of the Ladn (TV) – 1976 (Tom Condor)
Young Dan’l Boone (TV) – 1977 (Red Eagle)
Go West, Young Girl (TV) – 1978 (Chato)
The Mountain Men – 1980 (Cross Otter)