Saturday, March 25, 2017

RIP Giorgio Capitani

Giorgio Capitani is dead, the father of the "Maresciallo Rocca "

March 25, 2017

Giorgio Capitani is dead.  The director passed away last night at the hospital Belcolle of Viterbo.  Capitani was 89 years-old and was born December 29, 1927.

 For years it was closely tied to the city of Viterbo, where he had decided to set the TV series of "Maresciallo Rocca" with Gigi Proietti and Stefania Sandrelli.  Among the films that have seen him behind the camera "Samson and His Mighty Challenge" (1964), " Pane, burro e marmellata" (1977), " Io tigro, tu tigri, egli tigra" (1978 ), " Vai avanti tu che mi vien da ridere" (1982), "Missione eroica - I pompieri 2" (1987), "Rimini, Rimini - Un anno dopo " (1988).

For television he directed, besides the series of " Maresciallo Rocca" between 1996 and 2005, including "E non se ne vogliono andare ", "Papa Luciani", "Il generale Dalla Chiesa", "Enrico Mattei."

The funeral will be held Monday at 10 in the Basilica of Santa Rosa.

Born: 12/29/1927, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died:  3/25/2017, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy

Giorgio Capitani’s western – director:
The Ruthless Four - 1968

Friday, March 24, 2017

RIP Tony Russel

Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 24, 2017

TONY RUSSO Tony Russo a.k.a. Tony Russel passed away March 18, 2017, in Las Vegas. He was born Nov. 23, 1925, in Kenosha, Wis. He was a former film, stage and television actor. He was noted for having worked in the Italian film industry in the mid-60s and for his work as a voice actor where he was founder and president of English language Dubbers association (ELDA) in Italy. Tony had the privilege of turning down the lead role in "A Fistful of Dollars." He developed and interest in acting at an early age and following his honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Air Corps. He took up language, speech and drama at the University of Wisconsin. He won a best supporting actors award for the role of Eddie Fuseli in a production of "Golden Boy" at the university. With that, he asked the Government for a transfer to the Pasadena playhouse which they okayed. He graduated from the playhouse in 1952. After the playhouse, Tony got his big break when the film "War is Hell" won an award out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1961. At that time, he became a big hit in Italy. He worked in Italian adventures, crime dramas and "spaghetti westerns." After eight years in Italy, he went back to Hollywood and became part of the dinner theater circuit, working with actors like John Barrymore, Gene Raymond, Elvis Presley in "King Creole," Robert Fuller, Fabian, Richard Egan, Jackie Coogan, June Wilkenson, Virginia Mayo, Lyle Talbot, Carol Lynley and Kathryn Crosby. His last film was "Vegas Strip Wars" starring Rock Hudson in 1984. He did the Walt Disney sign of Zorro in which there was three different episodes. Tony and his wife, Renee, lived a quiet life playing golf every day and being shareholder members of Stallion Mountain and Black Mountain golf courses, up until three years ago when he took ill and had to stop playing. Among Tony's starring roles are parts of the sci-fi epics, "Wild Wild Planet" in 1965 and its sequel "War of the Planets" film concurrently in 1971. He worked as "Big Red" in the "Hard Ride" and starred in "Soul Hustler" in 1973. Tony will be missed by many. Services will be at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday, March 28, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, in Boulder City. Everyone is welcome.

RUSSEL, Tony (Antonio Pietro Russo)
Born: 11/23/1925, Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Died: 3/18/2017, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.

Tony Russel’s westerns – actor:
Hiawatha - 1952
26 Men (TV) – 1957 (Black Eagle)
Zorro (TV) – 1957-1959 (Carlos Martinez, Pedro Avila
Broken Arroe (TV) – 1958 (Anaka)
Behind the Mask of Zorro – 1965 (Patricio/Alfonso/Zorro)
Last Train from Gun Hill – 1969 (Pinto)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1969 (Mike Cassidy)
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1970 (Ricardo)
Hec Ramsey (TV) – 1973 (Gentleman Jim Sachet)
The Mystic Warrior (TV) – 1984 (Red Lake)

RIP Lola Albright

Akron native Lola Albright, glamorous Hollywood actress, dies at age 92

Akron Beacon Journal
By Mark J. Price
March 23, 2017

Akron native Lola Albright, the former West High School student and WAKR receptionist who grew up to be a glamorous star in Hollywood, died Thursday morning in Toluca Lake, Calif. She was 92.

Albright was perhaps best-known for playing nightclub singer Edie Hart opposite Craig Stevens in the NBC television show Peter Gunn, which aired from 1958 to 1961. She was nominated for an Emmy in 1959 for the role.

“She went very peacefully,” friend Eric Anderson said. “She died at 7:20 a.m. of natural causes. We loved her so much.”

Funeral arrangements were pending.

The blue-eyed blonde shared the silver screen with some of the biggest names in show business. She appeared in nearly 40 movies, including Champion (1949) with Kirk Douglas, The Good Humor Man (1950) with her future husband Jack Carson, The Tender Trap (1955) with Frank Sinatra and Debbie Reynolds, Kid Galahad (1962) with Elvis Presley and Les Felins (1964) with Jane Fonda. She also appeared in dozens of TV shows before retiring from show business in the 1970s.

Albright, the daughter of Marion and John Paul Albright, was born July 20, 1924, and grew up on Fairfield Avenue in West Akron. She attended King Elementary School and graduated in 1942 from West High School, where her class voted her as “best looking girl.” The Rodeo yearbook described her as adorable, moody and talented.

“I have very wonderful memories of my hometown,” she told the Beacon Journal more than a decade ago in her final interview with the newspaper. As a matter of fact, I considered very seriously when my life ‘fell apart’ back in the ’70s, to come back to Akron and live. That turned out not to be a good idea. You can’t go home again.”

That was literal for Albright. The house at 552 Fairfield was demolished years ago. “My house was a great, big, really old house, and really ugly,” she said. “Interesting inside, but really ugly. I can’t really blame them for tearing it down. It was old when I lived in it. ... Helen Waterhouse, who was a reporter, bought the house I lived in after my parents and I moved away.”

Recalling King Elementary, she said: “I was very, very lucky to get to go there. They had good teachers. I went there from kindergarten on, and we had this great playground and we had great baseball teams and basketball teams. And I broke my nose playing basketball. Well, it was just a wonderful place.”

At West High School, Albright said she belonged to a group called the TADs. “It stood for ‘Tomorrow Is Another Day,’ ” she said. “Very clever, don’t you think? We hung together.”

She was surprised when the former school was converted into senior apartments on Maple Street.

“I remember somebody sending me the front page of the paper, the Beacon Journal, and there was my West High School,” she said. “It had been turned into condominiums.”

After graduation, Albright found a job as a receptionist at WAKR radio in the First National Tower in downtown Akron. She left WAKR to go to Cleveland’s WTAM, where she wed announcer Warren Dean, a marriage that ended in divorce a few years later. Moving to Chicago, she worked as a photographer’s model and was discovered by a talent scout. The next thing she knew, she was getting screen tests in Hollywood.

“That wasn’t my plan at all,” she said. “I had no plan to go into the movies whatsoever. It never entered my mind.”

At age 23, Albright won bit parts in the musicals Easter Parade (1948) with Judy Garland and Fred Astaire, and The Pirate (1948) with Garland and Gene Kelly. After she appeared as Kirk Douglas’ love interest in Champion, she said she went home and cried after seeing the screening.

“I look so awful and act worse,” she complained at the time.

Audiences disagreed and Albright, who spoke in a low, sultry voice, became a hot commodity in movies and television. She always tried to maintain her privacy, though.

“I gave an interview — it was the first interview I ever gave — many, many, many, many years ago,” she told the Beacon Journal. “More than I care to think. And I rue the day because it was on the front page above the fold. I didn’t understand at the time how an interviewer could get at you. She’d be so persuasive and so sweet and so kind and make you say things you should never have said.”

The Akron actress married actor Jack Carson in 1952, but the couple divorced in 1958, the year that Peter Gunn debuted. Many people remember the TV show today for its jazzy theme song.

As a vocalist, Albright recorded the albums Lola Wants You (1957) and Dreamsville (1959) with Cleveland native Henry Mancini.

In 1961, Albright married pianist Bill Chadney, but the couple divorced in 1971.

“I had seven stepchildren,” Albright said. “I have no children of my own.”

Albright gave up acting in the late 1970s and never looked back. She remained single and enjoyed taking care of her pets. She no longer wanted to be in the public spotlight.

“I value my privacy,” she explained.

Albright fractured her spine in a fall three years ago and had been in declining health, but family friends said she was still very witty and sharp.

“What was Lola like?” actress and friend Sahar Bibiyan asked. “Feisty, very giving, generous. Full of stories. Very private. Very humble. She was one of the funniest people I ever met.”

In her final interview with the Beacon Journal, Lola Albright offered this:

“Your 40s are your best time, honestly. If I had my druthers about when to live a whole life, I would say in the 40s. Just stay there. Because you’ve learned a few things by then.”

ALBRIGHT, Lola (Lola Jean Albright)
Born: 7/20/1924, Akron, Ohio, U.S.A
Died: 3/23/2017, Toluca Lake, California, U.S.A.

Lola Albright’s westerns – actress:
Tulsa – 1949 (Candy Williams)
Sierra Passage – 1950 (Ann Walker)
The Silver Whip – 1953 (Waco)
Treasure of the Ruby Hill – 1955 (May)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1955 (Lucy Hunt)
Oregon Passage – 1957 (Sylvia Dane)
Pawnee – 1957 (Meg Alden)
Seven Guns to Mesa – 1958 (Julie Westcott)
Rawhide (TV) – 1964, 1965 (Maribelle Ashton-Warner, Lottie Denton
Wagon Train (TV) – 1964 (Leonora Parkman)
Branded (TV) – 1965, 1966 (Ann Williams)
Laredo (TV) – 1966 (Lilah Evans)
Bonanza (TV) – 1965, 1967 (Ann, Dolly Bantree)
The Way West – 1967 (Rebecca ‘Becky’ Evans)
Cimarron Strip (TV) – 1967 (Stacy Houston)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

RIP Tomás Milián

Tomas Milian has died

The actor had just turned 84 years old. Best known for playing Sergio Marazzi, said "Er Rubbish"

La Stampa

He died yesterday in Miami, Florida, Tomas Milian stage name of Tomás Quintín Rodríguez Milián. The actor was born in Cuba, near Havana, March 3, 1933. He lived for many years in the U.S. but was best known in Italy where, despite having worked with artists such as Lattuada, Visconti or Maselli, was primarily remembered for his participation in westerns and detective films where he impersonated the inspector Nico Giraldi and the dishonest Sergio Marazzi, called "Er Rubbish".


Tomas Milian is growing in the small village of Cutono near Havana. The family was part of the rich Catholic bourgeoisie. His father was the general Emiliano Rodríguez, in service to the dictator Gerardo Machado. His mother was the niece of a Havana Cardinal.

At 16 Tomas decided to become a professional singer. So, he finished high school, leaving Cuba and left for Florida. He chose Miami and enrolled at the Academy Theatre. In 1958, at age 25, he moved to New York. He attended the Actor's Studio founded by Elia Kazan (and then directed by Lee Strasberg). Meanwhile working as a dishwasher, gas station attendant, parking valet: anything to stay alive as he tried to become an actor. Simultaneously he perfects his English, commitment which allows him to hone his acting skills and earned him an engagement on Broadway. Starting with some minor productions, which are worth the attention of NBC, who were looking for new faces for a television series called Decoy (1957- 58). Directed by Michael Gordon, it is his springboard.


Tomas Milian, at the end of the fifties, he was noticed by the French film director Jean Cocteau, who gives him his debut at the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto (with the pantomime Le Poète et la Muse, directed by Franco Zeffirelli). And that's where the actor's life is bound to Italy. Milian began working with directors like Michelangelo Antonioni and Bernardo Bertolucci. So, he moved to Italy (getting citizenship in 1969)

Milian returns to the theater in the following years, but he intendeds to establish himself as a film performer reciting during 40 years of activity over a hundred titles, mostly made in Italy. It is in the cinema that he immediately takes the name Tomas Milian.

He made his Italian debut with “La notte brava” (1959) by Mauro Bolognini, quickly establishing itself as one of the most gifted actors of his generation. “Ne I delfini”, by Maselli was made the following year, Milian plays effectively the cynical Alberto De Matteis, intended for marriage to his Fedora girlfriend (Claudia Cardinale). Milian returns to be directed by Bolognini who entrusted him with the role of Edward, the cousin of the protagonist (played by Marcello Mastroianni) in “The bell'Antonio” (1960). With Milian intelligence moves away from the role of the young and rich bourgeois who was in danger of becoming a cliché for him, providing other demonstrations of his talent and the ability to adapt with flexibility to different parts.

In fact, a year later we find him in “The Unexpected” by Alberto Lattuada, and “Giorno per giorno disperatamente” by Alfredo Giannetti, in which he shows his skills as a schizophrenic. In that period Milian is called by some of the most interesting actor by directors who appreciate his talents. His filmography is enriched with titles such as “La banda Casaroli” by Florestan Vancini, Il lavoro, by Visconti an episode of the collective film “Boccaccio '70”. Here Milian gives life to the arid and mean Count Ottavio, the unfaithful husband of the beautiful Dolls (Romy Schneider). The collaboration with Francesco Maselli is raised with “Gli indifferenti” (1964) in the role of unrealistic Michele, an interpretation, which earned him the award "Cinema and Literature" in Agrigento.

MILIAN, Tomas (Tomás Quintín Rodríguez Milián)
Born: 3/3/1933, Cutono, Cuba
Died: 3/22/2017, Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

Tomas Milian’s westerns: - actor
The Big Gundown – 1966 (Manuel 'Cuchillo' Sanchez)
Django Kill... If You Live, Shoot! - 1966 (Barney Bunton /The Stranger/Django)
Death Sentence – 1967 (O’Hara)
Face to Face – 1967 (Solomon 'Beauregard' Bennet)
The Ugly Ones – 1967 (José Gómez)
Blood and Guns – 1968 (Jesus Maria “Tepepa” Moran)
Run, Man, Run - 1968 (Manuel 'Cuchillo' Sanchez)
Compañeros! – 1970 (El Vasco)
Life Is Tough, Eh Providence? - 1972 (Provvidenza/Providence)
Sonny and Jed – 1972 (Jed Trigado)
Another Try, Eh Providence? - 1973 (Provvidenza/Providence)
Four of the Apocalypse - 1975 (Chaco)
The White, the Yellow, the Black – 1975 (Sakura)