Monday, April 23, 2018

RIP Pamela Gidley

Pamela Gidely dead at the age of 52

She was known for her performance of Teresa Banks, Laura Palmer’s friend and killer’s victim, in Twin Peaks – Fire Walk with Me


Actress Pamela Gidley died on April 16 at the age of 52, the Lynchland - David Lynch Archivist page has been announced on Facebook. She was known for her portrayal of Teresa Banks, Laura Palmer's friend and killer's first victim, in Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me , adaptation of David Lynch's cult series, The causes of her death are not known.
Born June 11, 1965, she began her career in 1986 playing in an episode of season 2 of MacGyver . The following year, she played in the cult movie Cherry 2000 with Melanie Griffith. In the early 1990s, she crosses the path of David Lynch, who prepares the film adaptation of his Twin Peaks series. From the shoot, the actress keeps a burning memory

"It was summer and you know how well Twin Peaks is known for its wool sweaters, we were in Seattle and it was hot to die in. We were shooting in a motel room with Ray Wise [the actor] Leland Palmer, Laura's father, Ed] and I was sweaty, I was asking for a fan and Ray said to me after half an hour, 'I can not, Pamela, David does not want 'there to be any ventilation'."
After Twin Peaks , Pamela Gidley appeared in several series like The Chameleon and The Experts. In the cinema, she also played in The Prince of Sicily Jim Abrahams, parody of mafia movies.

GIDLEY, Pamela (Pamela Catherine Gidley)
Born: 6/11/1965, Merhuen, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died:  4/16/2018

Pamela Gidley’s westerns – actress:
Cherry 2000 – 1987 (Cherry 2000)
Paper Hearts – 1993 (Samantha)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

RIP Demeter Bitenc

The legendary Slovenian player Demeter Bitenc has died

Slovenian drama and film actor Demeter Bitenc died. In his seventy-year career, he has created over 230 theater and film roles. Julia would have reached 96 years.
April 22, 2018

He received his first film experience in the first Slovene feature On Your Country. At the age of seventy years he has created more than 230 theater and film roles, riding on Old Shatterhand in the first part of Vinetou, and later on, he wanted to play the role of bad guys, reports the MMC Radiotelevizija Slovenija.

Bitenc, born on 21 July 1922 in Ljubljana, spent his childhood and youth in Gorenjska. He graduated from the Trade Academy in Ljubljana, but already during his studies he was impressed by theater, film and acting. During the war, he attended private lessons with the theater actor and director Slavko Jan, and in 1943 he made an audition for admission to the ensemble of the Ljubljana Drama. After the end of the war, he completed four more semesters at the newly established Academy of Art in Ljubljana.
Between 1943 and 1954 he was a member of SNG Drama Ljubljana, then went to the Croatian National Theater in Rijeka, where he worked until 1958. For this he worked for some time in Belgrade and SLG Celje. As he explained in one of the interviews for STA, he had some love affair in Drama, which became problematic, so he decided to go. In order to replace the theater, he had to obtain the permission of the Republic Secretariat for Culture.
He often appeared in uniforms of German soldiers.

He first received a short film experience in his first feature film, France Stiglitz. On his land in 1948, he became a real film debut in 1959 with a later role of a German officer in the film Good Old Piano. In the next decade, he recorded nearly 40 co-production films shot by foreign producers in the then Yugoslavia. He often appeared in uniforms of German soldiers.
He played in more than 40 Slovene films, played the second role in the films of Yugoslav republics and co-productions. He performed in lateral and episodic roles, often in the role of negative characters, he played the only title role in Robert Mauri's historical drama Rabanek, the devilish pirate in 1963.
Recipient of the media legend award

The player's television opus is also rich in more than 80 films and series produced in the production of Slovenian television, produced by other Yugoslav republics and foreign television companies that were filmed in the former Yugoslavia, according to the Museum of Slovene Film Players in Divača, who dedicated his traditional Gift Event to the museum last year.
In 2007 he received a prize for a media legend, he was a regular guest at social events.

BITENC, Demeter
Born: 7/21/1922, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes
Died: 4/22/2018, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Demeter Bitenc’s westerns – actor:
Apache Gold -1963 (Dick Stone),
Legend of a Gunfighter - 1964
Bandits of the Rio Grande – 1965 (Elgaut)
Duel at Sundown -1965 (Mack)
Starblack – 1966 (Burt)
Ballad of a Gunman -1967 (Bradley)

RIP George Touliatos

RIP George Touliatos

George was born on December 9, 1929 and passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017.

George was a resident of Bellingham, Washington at the time of passing.

Born: 12/9/1929, Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Died: 12/8/2017, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A.

George Touliatos’ westerns – actor:
Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV) – 1995 (Pa)
Dead Man’s Gun (TV) – 1998 (Dr. Thomas Moorehead)

RIP Kevin Colson

Diamond Management
April 18, 2018

Today we say goodbye to the wonderful Kevin Colson who passed away peacefully aged 79. He will be remembered for his incredible talent and very cheeky sense of humour! Kev was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace dear man

Born: 8/28/1937, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: 4/18/2018, Australia

Kevin Colson’s western – actor:
Whiplash (TV) – 1961 (Kubley, Robbie MacReady)

Friday, April 20, 2018

RIP Julie Van Zandt

The Malibu Times
January 23, 2018

On Thursday, Jan. 11, Julie Van Zandt May—wife, mother, daughter, sister and longtime Malibu resident—died in Santa Monica after a brief illness at the age of 88. Julie was born in La Jolla, Calif., to Logan and Lineta Marqua Van Zandt, and soon after, moved with her family to Los Angeles where she attended the Westlake School for Girls. Julie successfully pursued an acting career for many years in Hollywood, followed by later acclaim as a landscape artist, sport fishing enthusiast and all-around great cook. Julie loved to fish and held the Guinness World record for the biggest Needlefish ever caught. Painting became her passion soon after she and her husband, Fred, moved to Malibu in 1966. They later founded the Malibu Art Festival and she was an active member of the Malibu Art Association. Her large mural depicting the Chumash Indians hangs in the Malibu Lagoon Museum. She and Fred were awarded Malibu Co-Citizens of the year in 1976. In 2005, she received a commendation from the City of Malibu for her outstanding contributions to the community through her art and for representing Malibu’s ideals in a positive manner.

Julie was married to noted television director Richard L. Bare of “Green Acres” and “Twilight Zone” fame from 1951 to 1957. In 1966, she married Frederick C. May, well-known Malibu businessman and sportsman, and founding president of the Malibu Lagoon Museum. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Fred; her daughter Cathryn Alpert; her sister Helen Van Zandt; and her brother Jack Van Zandt. Julie is survived by her son Jon Bare; stepdaughters Judy May and Laurie May Canty; stepson Fred May Jr; and 10 grandchildren.

“Julie loved to sing, paint, fish, entertain and laugh,” a loved one said. “We will miss her dearly in every role.”

Memorial donations in memory of Julie can be made to the Malibu Adamson House Foundation ( or to the Malibu Art Association.

Van ZANDT, Julie
Born: 6/27/1929, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
Died: 1/11/2018, Santa Monica, California, U.S.A.

Julie Van Zabndt’s westerns – actress:
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV) – 1956 (Cora Gill)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1957 (Jennifer Myers)
Broken Arrow (TV) – 1958 (Sister Margaret)
Zorro (TV) – 1958 (Magdalena Montes)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1959 (Lucy Haney)
Bronco (TV) – 1962 (Sister Mary Agnes)
Lawman (TV) – 1962 (Marcia Smith)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

RIP Pepe Mediavilla

El Mundo
April 19, 2018

Pepe Mediavilla dies, the voice of Morgan Freeman and Dr. Spock

The dubbing actor Pepe Mediavilla has died at 77 years of age. Mediavilla was the Spanish voice of Morgan Freeman, the magician Gandalf (played by Ian McKellen), Dr. Spock (Leonard Nimoy), among others.

Mediavilla, born in Barcelona in 1940, was considered one of the great voice actors and began his career in 1964 after his studies in La Voz de España and in 1967 he voiced Jim Brown in Twelve of the Gibbet. A career that he completed over more than fifty years as a doubler in more than 2,800 films.

After years of dubbing secondary characters, he went on to lead roles for his work in television series, gave voice to Dr. Spock in Star Trek: the original series, in Strangers, Courage, Crazy Top and Gabriel's Passion.

In the 1990s, Mediavilla became the regular voice of Morgan Freeman and magician Gandalf, in the trilogy The Lord of the Rings by the British writer Tolkien, which gave him great popularity.

He also worked in animation giving voice to Dr. Gang in the Inspector Gadget series and his characteristic deep voice is also present in video games such as Candle and Sacred, among others.

Five years ago he launched his project on his YouTube channel linking poetry and music with Joe Atlan.

MEDIAVILLA, Pepe (José Fernández Mediavilla)
Born: 5/1/1940, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Died: 4/19/2018, Spain

Pepe Mediavilla’s westerns – voice dubber:
Cjamango – 1967 [Spanish voice of Fred Coplan]
Companeros – 1967 [Spanish voice of Eduardo Fajardo]
Ace High – 1968 [Spanish voice of Bud Spencer]
Boot Hill – 1969 [Spanish voice of Bud Spencer]
The 5-Man Army – 1969 [Spanish voice of Bud Spencer]
Sabata – 1969 [Spanish voice of Marco Zuanelli]
El Condor – 1970 [Spanish voice of unknown actor]
A Man Called Sledge – 1970 [Spanish voice of Claude Akins]
Sartana in the Valley of Death – 1970 [Spanish voice of unknown actor]
Blindman – 1971 [Spanish voice of Renato Romano]
Return of Sabata – 1971 [Spanish voice of Ignazio Spalla]
Chato’s Land – 1972 [Spanish voice of James Whitmore]
The Grand Duel – 1972 [Spanish voice of unknown actor]
Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears – 1973 [Spanish voice of Lorenzo Fineschi]
The Spikes Gang – 1974 [Spanish voice of Allen Russell]
The White, the Yellow and the Black – 1975 [Spanish voice of Nazzareno Zamperla]
A Man Called Blade – 1975 [Spanish voice of unknown actor]
Asterix in America – 1994 [Spanish voice of Abraracurcix]
Cold Mountain – 2003 [Spanish voice of James Gammon]

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

RIP Barbara Dodd

Barbara Dodd Remsen, Actress and Casting Director, Dies at 88

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
April 18, 2018

She appeared on 'Leave It to Beaver' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show,' then helped Tom Selleck, Tea Leoni and Kevin Costner get roles.

Barbara Dodd Remsen, an actress turned casting director who helped boost the careers of Tom Selleck, Tea Leoni, Kevin Costner, Pierce Brosnan and others, has died. She was 88.

Remsen died March 8 in Los Angeles, her daughter Kerry Remsen Cates announced.

Her late husband was Bert Remsen, a character actor who entered the casting profession after he suffered severe back and leg injuries when he was struck by a crane while on the set of the 1964-65 ABC comedy No Time for Sergeants.

Bert Remsen had an office at Raleigh Studios, where he worked as the head of Aaron Spelling Casting at 20th Century Fox. His wife, who had appeared on such series as Leave It to Beaver, Gunsmoke and The Dick Van Dyke Show, joined him there, then launched Remdin Casting with another former actor, Dick Dinman.

She received three Artios Awards over the next three decades while helping the likes of Selleck, Leoni, Costner, Brosnan, Vince Vaughn and Billy Bob Thornton build their acting résumés.

"She had a belief system about people and actors, that we were all possible if we could be found," Leoni said in a statement.

Barbara Dodd was born on New Year's Day in 1930 in Somerville, New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University, worked as a page for NBC and appeared in a hair commercial.

She came to Los Angeles and signed with a talent agency, and in 1957 she appeared as a librarian on an episode of Leave It to Beaver. She went on to work on Johnny Staccato, Wendy and Me, The Fugitive, Bewitched, Mod Squad, S.W.A.T. and other shows.

She was acting again more recently and showed up on The Pretender, According to Jim and Modern Family and in the film Employee of the Month (2006).

Bert Remsen, her husband of 40 years, eventually returned to acting after his accident, becoming a favorite of director Robert Altman. He died in April 1999 at age 74.

In addition to Kerry, Remsen is survived by another daughter, Ann; son-in-law Scott; and grandchildren Meg and Nicholas.

DODD, Barbara
Born: 6/15/1930, Somerville, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Died: 3/8/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Barbara Dodd’s western – actress:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1957 (waitress)