Saturday, August 19, 2017

RIP Richard Rule

Loveland Reporter-Herald
August 20, 2017

Richard passed away at the age of 56 peacefully in his Loveland home on August 16, 2017 after a 10 month long heroic battle against esophageal cancer. He was the youngest of five children belonging to George and Celeste Rule. Richard was born and raised in Oklahoma City with rodeo in his blood. Growing up only 5 minutes from the National Finals Rodeo, he knew he wanted to be a Professional Bull Rider at the ripe age of six years old. Richard remembers watching legendary Freckles Brown ride the unrideable bull named Tornado. As a young boy, he loved helping his father work at the Oklahoma City Stockyards and working at the National Saddlery with his brother John Rule. Richard was also a member of 4-H for 9 years showing lambs, steers, and giving charismatic speeches. He graduated from Western Heights High School in 1980 with Oklahoma State Citizenship and Oklahoma County Hall of Fame awards. Richard attended college at Southwestern University in Weatherford, OK. As the 1982 Collegiate Bull Riding Champion, he answered his calling to ride bulls professionally after 2 years of college. Richard lived his dream traveling all over the country riding rank bulls for 15 years in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association(PRCA) and Bull Riders Only(BRO). He was revered highly by his travel companions and fellow contestants as one of the best, consistently ranking in the top 25 bull riders in the world. Richard claimed the Mountain States Circuit Bull Riding Championship in 1985 and 1990. In 1988 Richard was hired to be a stunt double in the movie My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. After his bull riding career Richard settled down in Loveland and worked as a fencing contractor for the first 10 years and as the Operations Supervisor of the Larimer County fairgrounds in Loveland for the past 10 years to present. His first marriage of 17 years with Shannon Tapley Rule gave Richard his two prized possessions: sons Harrison Rayne and Elliott Drake Rule. He later married the love of his life, Shannon Lee Fancher on May 10, 2010 and gained a beautiful daughter who captured his heart named Lindsey Jeanne. They lived together at Richard's forever dream home, The Fancy R Ranch. His second home and family was where he worked at The Ranch in Loveland. Richard's love for life and people radiated through his smile and the genuine way he treated people. His magnetic personality touched everyone who knew him, and Richard's secret to life was having fun. He worked hard and played hard. He loved his job, raising bucking bulls, team roping, trail riding, directing the rodeo, vacationing with family and friends, dancing, discussing politics, and quoting Blazing Saddles. In a toast to Richard, Bob Tointon said he was the epitome of a cowboy. He never met a stranger, and never met anyone he did not like. When he came into a gathering of friends or family, the party started. His smile, his laugh, his stories were infectious, and everyone was his friend. Richard defined the term "carpe' diem", as he seemingly never had a bad day or even a down moment. He was everyone's favorite Okie and we will all miss him greatly. Please drink a toast to our Cowboy - Jack and Coke naturally! Richard is survived by his wife Shannon Fancher of Loveland, sons Harrison Rayne Rule and Elliott Drake Rule of Loveland, stepdaughter Lindsey Jeanne Fancher-Owen of Loveland, mother Celeste Nelson of Oklahoma City, brother John Rule and wife Dona Kay Rule, sister Suzanne Smith, sister Cindy Rule, and brother Kevin Rule all from Oklahoma, as well as a beloved extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He is preceded in death by his father George Rule, stepfather Don Nelson, grandparents John and Alfreda Leonard and Harrison and Martha Rule, Uncle David Rule, Aunt Marcella Hendrix, best friends Terry Groce and Johnny Shea. A Memorial Service for Richard will be held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 10:00am in The Ranchway Indoor Arena at the fairgrounds in Loveland Colorado with a reception following. Carl Sutter will be officiating. There will be a viewing prior to the service on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Viegut Funeral Home in Loveland. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund at The family requests any tales from the trails please be sent to our email address at Please go to for on-line obituary and condolences.

RULE, Richard (Richard Joseph Rule)
Born: 11/30/ 1961, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.
Died: 8/16/2017, Loveland, Colorado, U.S.A.

Richard Rule’s western – stuntman:
My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys - 1991

RIP Jon Shepodd

Lassie’ Star Jon Shepodd Dies at 92
Actor Appeared in Season Four of the Family Drama

August 17, 2017
By Marc Berman

Jon Shepodd, the first actor to play the role of Paul Martin on CBS family drama “Lassie,” has died, according to a posting on Facebook by “Lassie” star Jon Provost. He was 92.

Born as Hugh Goodwin on Dec. 19, 1925, Jon Shepodd made his debut on “Lassie” in season four opposite Cloris Leachman as his wife Ruth. When the ratings decreased, a result of Leachman’s performance according to many, both Leachman and Shepodd exited the series in March 1958 and were replaced by June Lockhart and Hugh Reilly. The two stayed with “Lassie” opposite young Jon Provost until 1964.

Shepodd, additionally, appeared in films “Attack” (1956), “The Garment Jungle” (1957), “The Power of Resurrection” (1958) and “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”

SHEPODD, Jon (Hugh Goodwin)
Born: 12/19/1925, Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.A.
Died: 8/16/2017, London, England, U.S.A.

Jon Shepodd’s westerns – actor:
Mississippi Gambler - 1953
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1955 (Mitch)
Dragoon Wells Massacre – 1957 (Tom)
Indian American (TV) – 1955 (Jim Cavendish)
Oregon Passage – 1957 (Lt. Baird Dobly)
The Return of Jack Slade – 1957 (Johnny Turner)

Friday, August 11, 2017

RIP Terele Pávez

Terele Pávez dies at age 78

The actress has died in a hospital in Madrid the victim of a stroke.

The actress Terele Pávez has died in Madrid at the age of 78, said Aisge, the entity that manages the intellectual property of the actors in Spain. Pávez (Bilbao, 1939), of an extensive career in theater, film and television, has died in the hospital of La Paz, Madrid, as a result of a stroke. Teresa Marta Ruiz Penella, habitual in papers of temperamental woman, a fact favored by his torn voice, belonged to a family of artists. Granddaughter and great-granddaughter of the composers Manuel Penella Moreno and Manuel Penella Raga, was sister of the also actresses Enma Penella and Elisa Montés, and aunt of Emma Ozores.

Pávez won a Goya Award in 2014 as a supporting actress in the film The Witches of Zugarramurdi, by Álex de la Iglesia. Just his last film role was in another De la Iglesia movie, El bar , premiered this year. His artistic surname came from the second of his maternal grandmother, Emma Silva Pavez, of Chilean origin, and used to differentiate himself from his sisters.

PAVEZ, Terele (Teresa Marta Ruiz Penella)
Born: 7/29/1939, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Pais Vasco, Spain
Died: 8/11/2017, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Terele Pavez’s western actress:
800 Bullets – 2002 (Rocio)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

RIP Kathleen M. Shea

The Colunmbus Dispatch
August 6, 2017

Shea, Kathleen Marie

Kathleen Marie Shea – age 71. Born Sept 7, 1945 in Columbus, Ohio. Died August 4 after a hard-fought battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor. Kathleen is survived by her Brother Frank (Cathy) Shea, Brother Steve (Kelley) Shea, Nieces Audrey and Avery Shea and many close friends and cousins. Kathy attended Bishop Watterson High School and The Ohio State University where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta. After college, Kathy spent 30+ years in Hollywood where she worked on many remarkably well-known and successful movies and television shows. After each movie, her list of life-long, cherished friends grew and grew. Kathleen is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Miriam Shea, and her niece, Ainsley Marie Shea. The family would like to thank her best friends Janet Ferro and Joe/Joan Foglia, her Theta and Watterson friends, and the wonderful caregivers at Sunrise on the Scioto who supported her during her illness. There will be a Requiem High Mass, presided by her dear cousin, Fr. Kevin Lutz at St. Leo's Church, 221 Hanford St. in German Village at 10:00AM on Tuesday, August 8th. Arrangements by EGAN-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 403 E. BROAD ST.

SHEA, Kathleen M. (Kathleen Marie Shea)
Born: 9/7/1945, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.
Died: 8/4/2017, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.

Kathleen M. Shea’s westerns – assistant director:
The Villain – 1979 (assistant director)

The Last of the Mohicans – 1992 (assistant)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

RIP Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell, 'Rhinestone Cowboy' Singer Who Fused Country and Pop, Dead at 81

Singer-guitarist and TV host who achieved crossover success succumbs to Alzheimer's Disease

Rolling Stone
By Patrick Doyle

Glen Campbell, the indelible voice behind 21 Top 40 hits including "Rhinestone Cowboy," "Wichita Lineman" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," died Tuesday. He was 81. A rep for Universal Music Group, Campbell's record label, confirmed the singer's death to Rolling Stone. During a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold over 45 million records. In 1968, one of his biggest years, he outsold the Beatles.
Glen Campbell: 20 Essential Songs

From his signature "Rhinestone Cowboy" to an unconventional Foo Fighters cover

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease," the singer's family said in a statement.

"Some people have said that I can 'hear' a hit song, meaning that I can tell the first time a song is played for me if it has potential," he once said. "I have been able to hear some of the hits that way, but I can also 'feel' one."

Campbell was born in 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas, the seventh son in a sharecropping family of 12 kids. "We used to watch TV by candlelight," Campbell told Rolling Stone in 2011.

In his youth, Campbell started playing guitar and became obsessed with jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. He dropped out of school when he was 14 and moved to Wyoming with an uncle who was a musician, playing gigs together at rural bars. He soon moved to Los Angeles and by 1962 had solidified a spot in the Wrecking Crew, a group of session pros. In 1963 alone he appeared on 586 cuts, and countless more throughout the decade, including the Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man," Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas,” Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" and the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling."

"I’d have to pick cotton for a year to make what I'd make in a week in L.A.," he said. "I learned it was crucial to play right on the edge of the beat ... It makes you drive the song more. You're ahead of the beat, but you're not." Fellow Wrecking Crew member Leon Russell called Campbell "the best guitar player I'd heard before or since. Occasionally we'd play with 50 or 60-piece orchestras. His deal was he didn't read [music], so they would play it one time for him, and he had it."

In late 1964, Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown on tour with the Beach Boys, and the band called on Campbell to replace him on bass and high harmonies. "I took Brian’s place and that was just ... I was in heaven then – hog heaven!" Campbell remarked.

"He fit right in," said Wilson. "His main forte is he's a great guitar player, but he's even a better singer than all the rest. He could sing higher than I could!" Wilson even wrote an early song, "I Guess I'm Dumb," for Campbell. His first hit was a cover of Buffy Sainte-Marie's antiwar song "Universal Soldier." But Campbell's own political views tended to be conservative. "The people who are advocating burning draft cards should be hung," he said in 1965.

Campbell had his first major hit in 1967, with "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," written by Jimmy Webb, an L.A. kid with a knack for intricate ballads. "Glen's vocal power and technique was the perfect vehicle for these, in a way, very sentimental and romantic songs. And I think that you know we made some records that were very nearly perfect. 'Wichita Lineman' is a very near perfect pop record," Webb said. "I think in the process that Glen was a prime mover in the whole creation of the country crossover phenomenon that made the careers of Kenny Rogers and some other... many other artists possible."

The tune kicked off a working relationship that included the haunting Vietnam War ballad "Galveston," the tender "Gentle on My Mind" and "Wichita Lineman," Campbell's first Top 10 hit. With swelling orchestral arrangements and slick production, the songs weren't exactly considered hip in the Sixties. "They felt packaged for a middle-of-the-road, older crowd," said Tom Petty. "At first, you go, 'Oh, I don't know about that.' But it was such pure, good stuff that you had to put off your prejudices and learn to love it. It taught me not to have those prejudices." In 1967, Campbell won Grammys in both the country and pop categories.

In the summer of 1968, Campbell guest hosted the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The successful appearance led to his own variety show, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, which he hosted from 1969 until 1972. Artists like Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and Linda Ronstadt performed on the show, which also gave a national platform to rising country stars like Willie Nelson. "He exposed us to a big part of the world that would have never had the chance to see us," said Nelson. "He's always been a big help to me."

Campbell's boyish charisma led John Wayne to cast him in a co-starring role in 1969's True Grit. He later said that his acting was so amateurish that he "gave John Wayne that push to win the Academy Award." But the good times didn't last: His show was canceled; his first feature film, 1970's Norwood, flopped; and the hits dried up for a few years. Then, Campbell scored a smash with 1975's "Rhinestone Cowboy." It began a comeback that included hits "Country Boy (You Got Your Feet in L.A.") and "Southern Nights." The hits slowed down again in the Eighties; in the Nineties he opened up the Glen Campbell Goodtime Theatre in Branson, Missouri.

Campbell was married four times, and has five sons and three daughters. Despite his career successes, he struggled with alcoholism and cocaine addiction. In the early Eighties, he had a tempestuous, high-profile relationship with country singer Tanya Tucker, who was 22 years his junior. In 1981 he became a born-again Christian and in 1982 he married Kimberly Woollen, a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, who helped Campbell clean up his life.

In 2003, he was arrested for hit-and-run, an incident that ended with him allegedly kneeing a police officer in the thigh right before he was released. Campbell pleaded guilty to extreme drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident, and spent 10 days in jail.

In 2011, Campbell, who was 75, revealed that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In June of that year, he announced he was retiring from music due to the disease. He released his final album of original music Ghost on the Canvas (with guests Billy Corgan, Paul Westerberg and Jakob Dylan) and embarked on a farewell tour with three of his children backing him.

"I think this has been really good for him," said his daughter Ashley. "Before the announcement, people were thinking, 'He's drunk. He's using again.' Now it's more of a supportive thing as opposed to an angry, critical thing."

In 2014, I’ll Be Me, a film about Campbell’s farewell tour and struggles with Alzheimer’s was released. He spent his final years in an assisted living facility. His friends and children would often spend days with him playing him his old songs. "Music utilizes all of the brain, not just one little section of it," Kim noted. "Everything's firing all at once. It's really stimulating and probably helped him plateau and not progress as quickly as he might have. I could tell from his spirits that it was good for him. It made him really happy. It was good for the whole family to continue touring and to just keep living our lives. And we hope it encourages other people to do the same."

Earlier this year, Campbell released Adiós, his final studio album, a collection of mainly cover songs by Bob Dylan, Harry Nilsson and others, recorded after his Goodbye Tour. "Almost every time he sat down with a guitar, these were his go-to songs," daughter Ashley Campbell told Rolling Stone Country. "They were very much engrained in his memory – like, so far back that they were one of the last things he started losing."

Campbell was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

CAMPBELL, Glen (Glen Travis Campbell)
Born: 4/22/1936, Billstown, Arkansas, U.S.A.
Died: 8/8/2017, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Glen Campbell’s westerns – actor:
True Grit – 1969 (La Boeuf)
Uphill All the Way – 1986 (Captain Hazeltojn)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

RIP Peter Canon

Peter Canon was born on April 25, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA as Peter Cannon. He was an actor, known for Tom Horn (1980), The Hindenburg (1975) and Lifeguard (1976). He died on July 28, 2017 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

CANON, Peter (Peter Cannon)
Born: 4/25/1933, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/28/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Peter Canon’s westerns – actor:
Daniel Boone (TV) – 1968 (Mathew)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1973 (Red)
Little House on the Prairie (TV) – 1978 (Mr. Hoskins)
Tom Horn – 1980 (Assistant Prosecutor)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

RIP Ty Hardin

Ty Hardin, Star of ‘Bronco’ Western, Dies at 87

The New York Times
By William Grimes
August 6, 2017

Ty Hardin, who roamed the West searching for adventure in the television series “Bronco” in the late 1950s and early ’60s, died on Thursday in Huntington Beach, Calif. He was 87.

His wife, Caroline, confirmed his death, but said the cause had not been determined.

In a television landscape crowded with gunslingers like Sugarfoot, Cheyenne, Lucas McCain (the Rifleman) and Bret Maverick, Mr. Hardin carved a niche playing Bronco Layne, a soft-spoken loner slow to anger but quick on the draw and skilled in the saddle.

“There ain’t a horse that he can’t handle, that’s how he got his name,” a line in the show’s theme song went.

First introduced on the series “Cheyenne” in 1958, Bronco, formerly a captain in the Confederate Army, held various jobs as he traveled — Army scout, deputy sheriff, wagon-train master, undercover post-office agent and miner among them — and encountered colorful historical characters along the way, notably Billy the Kid, Wild Bill Hickok and Jesse James (played by James Coburn).

“Ty Hardin, the hero, is a handsome, callow cowhand,” The New York Times wrote when the show had its premiere, “not as frivolous as Bret Maverick but, then again, not as omnipotent as Marshal Dillon nor as righteous as Wyatt Earp.”

Mr. Hardin was born Orison Whipple Hungerford Jr. on Jan. 1, 1930, in Manhattan. His parents divorced when he was 2, and his mother, the former Gwendolyn Burnett, took him and his brother to live in Houston and then at her mother’s farm outside Austin, Tex. His grandmother gave him the nickname Ty.

After graduating from Lamar High School in Houston he attended Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Tex., on a football scholarship and studied for a semester at the Dallas Bible Institute.

He enlisted in the Army and, after attending officer candidate school, underwent flight training and flew light aircraft while stationed in West Germany during the Korean War. After leaving the Army, he studied electrical engineering at Texas A&M, where he played tight end for Bear Bryant. A few weeks before graduation, Mr. Hardin left college to work as an acoustical research engineer at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica, Calif.

While shopping for a Halloween costume, he was spotted by a talent scout for Paramount Pictures, who arranged a screen test that led to a seven-year contract and the films “The Space Children” and “I Married a Monster From Outer Space.”

Hoping for a role in the Warner Bros. film “Rio Bravo,” he met with John Wayne, only to find that the part he wanted had been given to Ricky Nelson. Wayne introduced him to Howard Hawks, the film’s producer and director, and to William T. Orr, head of the studio’s television division. Warner bought his contract, assigned him the last name Hardin, and inserted him into its series “Cheyenne” when the show’s star, Clint Walker, walked off the set in a contract dispute.

As Bronco Layne, Mr. Hardin proved so popular with viewers that when Walker returned to “Cheyenne” in 1959, the studio created “Bronco” as a spinoff, which ABC ran in rotation with “Cheyenne” and “Sugarfoot” in the same time slot.

After “Bronco” had run its course, Mr. Hardin appeared in several Warner films, including “Merrill’s Marauders,” directed by Sam Fuller; “The Chapman Report”; “PT 109”; and the Troy Donahue vehicle “Palm Springs Weekend.”

His career on the wane, he tried his luck in Europe. He played a tightrope walker in a circus owned by Joan Crawford in the 1967 British horror film “Berserk!” and an action hero in the Italian thriller “Death on the Run.” He also appeared in several spaghetti westerns and the Australian adventure series “Riptide.”

He experienced the double misfortune of turning down the lead role in “A Fistful of Dollars,” the film that rejuvenated Clint Eastwood’s career, and, because of filming commitments in Spain, the role of Batman in the 1960s television series.

After returning to the United States in the late 1970s, Mr. Hardin came into conflict with the I.R.S. over nonpayment of taxes.

While living in Prescott, Ariz., he formed an anti-tax, anti-government protest group that evolved into the Arizona Patriots militia movement, which was accused in 1986 of planning to blow up an I.R.S. complex in Utah. In a raid on a Patriots camp, federal agents confiscated weapons and publications from Aryan Nation groups. The group has since disbanded.

Mr. Hardin’s first seven marriages ended in divorce. He lived in Huntington Beach. Besides his wife, the former Caroline Pampu, survivors include his sons Bobby Smith, Jeff and John Hardin, and Tyrin Hungerford; his daughters Mary Chriss Smith and Stefanie Hardin Leuty; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

HARDIN Ty (Orison Whipple Hungerford III)
Born: 1/1/1930, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 8/3/2017, Huntington Beach, California, U.S.A.

Ty Hardin’s westerns - actor
Bronco (TV) – 1958-1962 (Bronco Layne)
Last Train from Gun Hill - 1959 (cowboy loafer)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1959, 1962 (Bronco Layne)
Maverick (TV) – 1960 (Bronco Layne)
Cheyenne (TV) – 1961 (Bronco Layne)
Man of the Cursed Valley - 1964 (Johnny Walscott)
Savage Pampas – 1966 (Miguel Carreras)
Custer of the West – 1967 (Major Marcus Reno)
Drummer of Vengeance – 1971 (The Stranger)
Holy Water Joe – 1971 (Jeff Donovan)
The Last Rebel – 1971 (The Sheriff)
Vendetta at Dawn – 1971 (Jonathan Benton)
You're Jinxed, Friend You've Met Sacramento – 1972 (Jack ‘Sacramento’ Thompson)
The Quest (TV) – 1976 (Tom Kurd)
When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion (TV) – 1979 (Bronco Layne)
Red River (TV) – 1988 (Cotton)
Bad Jim – 1990 (Tom Jefferd)

RIP Bruno Canfora

August 5, 2017

Died at Tavernelle Bruno Canfora, wrote for Mina, Rita Pavone and the Kessler

 The famous orchestra director was protagonist in numerous Italian TV series from the 60's onwards, has been living in Umbria for a long time and was 92 years old

Bruno Canfora, the famous orchestra conductor, died yesterday at 92, in his Tavernelle home where he lived for a long time with his family.  Milanese, Canfora marked a piece of the history of Italian TV, in particular the television variety from the 60's onwards, until 1995, his last appearance in the TV program Papaveri and Papere.

Divided to Rai, for which he has been conductor of numerous historical programs such as Studio Uno, Senza rete, Sabato Sera , Premio Italia and various editions of Canzonissima , as well as the Sanremo Festival, where he also had written many songs for the contest.  And he was also the orchestra conductor of the last edition of the Eurovision Song Contest hosted in Italy, the one in Rome 1991, hosted in Cinecittà.

Among the songs written by him, some are left in the story: Da-da-un-pa and La notte è piccola by the Kessler twins, Fortissimo and Il ballo del Mattone by Rita Pavone, Sono come tu mi vuoi, Zum Zum Zum and Mi sei scoppiato dentro al cuore by Mina.  His collaboration with Garinei and Giovannini was also important, for which he wrote the music of many musical comedies.  The family celebrated the funeral in private, with a religious ceremony at the cemetery.

Born: 11/6/1924, Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Died: 8/4/2017, Tavernelle, Perugia, Italy

Bruno Canfora’s western – composer:
The Last of the Mohicans – 1965 [with Francesco Lavagnino]