Tuesday, March 20, 2018

RIP Greg Sill

Music Supervisor Greg Sill Dies at 63
by Melinda Newman, Billboard

Sill started his career at Columbia Pictures in the 1970s and went on to coordinate music for 'Friends' and 'ER.'

Music supervisor Greg Sill — who, over a decades-long career, coordinated music for such television shows as Friends, Justified, Family Matters and ER — died Saturday. The Los Angeles-based Sill was 63.

Sill ran his own outfit, Music Makes Pictures, for the last two decades. He started his career at Columbia Pictures in the 1970s, according to the Guild of Music Supervisors, with stints at America International Pictures, CBS Songs, Warner Bros. Television and Lorimar Television to follow.

Among the other shows Sill worked on were Falcon Crest, Boomtown, Full House and Knots Landing.

Sill, who worked on more than 80 movies and series, was the son of Lester Sill, who was Phil Spector’s partner in Philles Records, as well as head of Colgems Records.

“We all remember Greg for his larger-than life personality, his generosity of spirit and his deep love of music and the people who made it,” said Seth Kaplan, a partner in Evolution Music Partners, which represents composers and music supervisors, including Sill. “He was a pioneer in the field of modern music supervision, and his ideas and innovations will be a continuing legacy. We are all very sad today. We lost an original. He will be missed by our community, but remembered well.”

“He had a gift for selecting songs, singers and musical sounds that really brought scenes to life. He was a kind, gentle person who was always a pleasure to work with,” said S-Curve Records founder Steve Greenberg, whose artists, Joss Stone and Fountains of Wayne, appeared on the TV series American Dreams, which ran from 2002-2005. “On American Dreams, where contemporary artists were portraying iconic '60s performers, he always encouraged the artist to bring their own sensibility to their performance and not simply try to mimic the artist they were portraying.”

Sill’s brother Lonnie, also a music supervisor, announced his death on Facebook. The family asked that donations be made to MAP, MusiCares' addiction recovery program, in Sill’s name.

SILL, Greg (Gregory Sill)
Born: 5/25/1954, U.S.A.
Died: 3/17/2018, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Greg Sill’s western – music supervisor:
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1990-1991

Monday, March 19, 2018

RIP Geneviève Fontanel

Actress Geneviève Fontanel is dead

Throughout her career, the actress has multiplied roles, both in classic plays as in boulevard comedies.

Le Monde

The actress Geneviève Fontanel, actress of theater who was the interpreter of great authors like Cocteay, Pirandello or Ionesco, died Saturday March 17 at the age of 81 years, learned AFP with her famly.

The actress, also a filmmaker  won the César for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in François Truffaut's Man Who Loves Women (1977). She is also known for her roles in Henri Verneuil's A Monkey in Winter, Moshe Mizrahi's La vie devant soi and Bertrand Blier's Our Story.

In 1999, she was rewarded by Molière for best actress in a supporting role for Edward Albee's play Délicate Balance.

Throughout her career, the actress has multiplied the roles, both in classic plays ( Les Précieuses ridicules, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme), and in boulevard comedies, where she played alongside Jean Le Poulain, Roger Pierre and Jean -Marc Thibault.

A last role in 2015

She has also played Ionesco - Macbett, This wonderful mess! - as Pirandello - Tonight we improvise - or Cocteau - Parents terrible in a staging of Jean-Claude Brialy. "When I'm not playing, I'm hell," the actress admitted. In parallel, she has not stopped shooting for television.

The actress was born in Bordeaux but grew up in Casablanca. At 17, she returned to Bordeaux where she studied at the municipal conservatory, before joining the Drama Center on rue Blanche in Paris and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. In 1958, she joined the Comédie-Française, which she will be a resident for four years, and she will keep a critical memory:

"I do not keep a bad memory, since it allowed me to play a number of pieces of the repertoire, to start in the cinema, to tour (...) But after a while, we have a impression of captivity at the Comédie-Française »

In 1965, she married the comedian and painter Jacques Destoop, with whom she had a daughter, Isabelle.

Her last role was in The Big Girls in 2015, where she played, with Judith Magre, Claire Nadeau and Edith Scob, a quartet of old unworthy ladies.

FONTANEL, Geneviève (Geneviève Paule Clairette Fontanel)
Born: 6/27/1936, Bordeaux, France
Died: 3/17/2018, France

Geneviève, Fontanel’s western – actress:
Fortune (TV) – 1969 (Jenny Carruthers)

RIP Jochen Senf

Former "Tatort" commissioner Jochen Senf is dead

He was Max Palu and long "crime scene" commissioner in Saarland. But Jochen Senf had many other sides. Now he died at the age of 76.

Neue Burcher Beitung

He liked to cook, he liked to drink red wine and took his racing bike to the office: Jochen Senf spent 17 years as crime scene commissar Max Palu in the Saarland on a criminal hunt. He shot 18 episodes in the small state on the border with France. With that, mustard got a place in television history. Now the actor has died at the age of 76 years in Berlin. This has been confirmed his brother Gerhard on Sunday.

"Salü Palu" was the first episode on January 24, 1988. It was about trafficking young girls and prostitution in the border area. The bald-headed Max Palu (spoken: Palü) was a real type among the ARD commissars.
Privately, he was a gourmet and liked to cook. "I play the commissioned the way I am," he said when he started the "crime scene" at the age of 45. Palu was his first big television role. Before filming, he confessed: "I do not even know how to hold a pistol."

Jochen Senf was not only the commissioner, but had many other sides and roles. He was a radio drama teacher, crime writer, founded a children's and youth theater, played theater, directed and was screened in theatrical productions, about 2015 in “I do not even know how to hold a pistol

The Saarland was his home for a long time. As a child, the native of Frankfurt came to Saarbrücken. His father Paul was a non-party minister in the state cabinet of Johannes Hoffmann in the 1950s. In Saarbrücken, Senf studied German and Romance studies and attended drama school.

The role as "Tatort" commissioner came in 2005 - long before the great hype and the murder mystery began on television. After that, it was quieter, he leaves two children. "Marriage is not important to me, marriage is enough. The only reason for marrying is children," he once told the Berliner Morgenpost. The "Süddeutsche Zeitung" found that in dealing with people, Senf was like his Palu: "honest, reliable, committed and chummy in a sometimes not necessarily diplomatic way".

Last appearance on the Kurfürstendamm

For several years, the actor was with Margret Lafontaine, the former wife of the former Saarland Prime Minister, together. Most recently, Senf lived in Berlin. There he was seen a few years ago in the comedy on the Kurfürstendamm. Two years ago, the "Bild" newspaper visited him in a nursing home and quoted "I'm shit." At that time he did not want to reveal anything more about his illness, but walking was difficult for him.

Among other things, the Saarländischer Rundfunk, its longtime home station, paid tribute to Senf on Sunday in a tweet: “Red wine, baguettes and bicycles: for 17 years, Jochen Senf personified the crime scene commissar Max Palu. AU Revoir!"

SENF, Jochen
Born: 1/6/1942, Frankfurt, Main, Germany
Died: 3/18/2018, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Jochen Senf’s western – actor:
Bluebird (TV) – 1994 (Silas Ruster)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

RIP Michael Gersman

Michael Gershman Dies: The ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’, ‘Crossing Jordan’ Cinematographer Was 73

By Dino-Day Ramos
March 18, 2018

Emmy-nominated cinematographer Michael Gershman died on March 10 at his home in Malibu. The cause of his death has yet to be reported. He was 73.

Known for his work on the Sarah Michelle Gellar-fronted cult TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Crossing Jordan, Gershman worked under the Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond as a camera assistant on numerous iconic films from the ’70s and ’80s, including The Deer Hunter, The Rose, Heaven’s Gate and Blow Out.

Gershman was born in St. Louis on June 17, 1944 and came from a family that worked in the entertainment industry. His father, Edward Gershman was a producer on Mr. Magoo short films. He made his move to Los Angeles at 19 and worked for his uncle Wally Bulloch, who worked in camera manufacturing and animation.

As a protege of one of the most lauded cinematographers, he went on to work on Joss Whedon’s Buffy, which aired from 1997 to 2001 on the WB Network, which morphed into UPN and is now the CW. He not only worked as a director of photography but also directed 10 episodes. He earned an Emmy nod for cinematography for the memorable episode “Hush,” which was almost completely devoid of dialogue. In 2001, he went on to serve as a director and cinematographer of the NBC crime drama Crossing Jordan, which starred Jill Hennessy.

His other credits include The Golden Child, Midnight Run, Die Hard 2, Say Anything… and Losing Isaiah.

Gershman is survived by his wife, Cecilia, as well as his daughters, Lauren and Abigail, and mother, Doreen.

GERSHMAN, Michael (Michael Edward Gershman)
Born: 6/17/1944, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.
Died: 3/10/2018, Malibu, California, U.S.A.

Michael Gershman’s western – cameraman:
Heaven’s Gate - 1980

Friday, March 16, 2018

RIP Angelo Ragusa

Angelo Ragusa has died, goodbye to the stuntman of 'Specter' and 'Quel maledetto treno blindato'

He was 65 years old.  The memory of Daniele Vicari who worked with him in various films including 'Diaz'.  Castellari: "I will never forget you, thanks Caccolè".

March 15, 2018

Angelo Ragusa died March 14, 2018 in Rome, a stunt coordinator and stuntman himself since the seventies when he was a double for Franco Nero and Fabio Testi.  Over the years he has worked on a hundreds films from Fratello Sole and Sister Luna di Zeffirelli up to the television production of the Medici passing through Specter of the James Bond saga and the TV series of Romanzo criminale.  He was 65 years old.  The funeral will be held on Saturday at 11 am at the Church of S. Anastasio in Rome.

The memory of Daniele Vicari.

Angelo Ragusa, a profession Stunt-man was a great man of cinema.  When his brother-in-law Fabio called me last night to tell me he had not made it, I was about to answer him: impossible.  Because for Angelo there was nothing that could not be done on the set.  Even at almost sixty I saw him work for five days and five nights without ever sleeping and without losing a shred of lucidity and tranquility.  Most of Diaz's scenes, with hundreds of extras and dozens of actors at the same time, who receive "real" repetitions, without detachment, have studied them in detail, understanding something that is sometimes difficult to do on set: the extreme realism that I was looking for in the staging.  In some ways it's easier to blow up a car that "beating" an actor credibly without hurting him.  Angelo knew how to work with the actors, giving them extreme peace of mind.  His passion for staging the action bordered on poetry.  For a director, a stunt like him is a priceless fortune.  When Elio Germano, "disobeying" his prescriptions, during a scene in which he took many hits wounded his head against a radiator, Angelo bent over him and Elio told him: "I know Angelo, you told me."  And Angelo gave him a caress like a father: "Yes, you were wrong, but do not be impressed by the blood, it's nothing".

A spring afternoon a few years ago, with my daughter at the age of twelve, we went to visit him in his riding school.  Margaret was intimidated by this man with the face hard as the stone, tall and massive as a grizzly, but after five minutes he found himself with him on a horse, and when the horse crashed on the ground making "pretend" to be dead, not he was frightened, because Angelo caressed the horse and that suddenly got up nibbling.  An unforgettable day for her and especially for me that I find it hard to entrust my daughter to the doctor.  Angelo was apparently rude but very sweet.  His love for horses was matched only by his love for cinema and his family.  A simple family, very numerous and very noisy.

A true stuntman is like a dancer when he is on stage and is like a choreographer when he coordinates the scene.  Enzo Castellari knows something of it, entrusting Angelo with most of his "action", making him jump down from buildings, overwhelm racing cars, blow up bombs, crashing into cars, trucks, and running trains.  Exceptional actors such as Fabio Testi, Tomas Milian and Franco Nero owe to him much of the heroic aura that characterized them.  And from La freccia nera to Romanzo Criminale also the TV which did not make him happy.

When I met him, I knew perfectly well who he was because Angelo (Caccola for his friends), was a living myth not just for me.  Tony Smart, the stuntman of films like James Bond, The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones (and a thousand others), he considered it exactly like that.  It was discovered by Walter di Francesco, another great stunt who rightly considers himself a pupil of Angelo, when he began the preparation of Ben Hur and spoke of Angelo to the English coordinator of the film, he asked Tony Scott what he thought and Scott looked at him amazed: "Angelo Ragusa is a myth".

RAGUSA, Angelo
Born: 9/10/1952, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 3/14/2018, Rome, Lazio, Italy

Angelo Rausa’s westerns – actor, stuntman:
Keoma – 1976 (Caldwell henchman) [stunt double for Franco Nero]
California – 1977 [stunts]
Buddy Goes West – 1981 (Slim henchman) [stunts]

RIP Ned Romero

Romero began his career in 1943 as an opera singer, appearing in productions with the San Francisco Opera and in Los Angeles. He also appeared in musicals, such as Kiss Me, Kate, Kismet and Oklahoma!. On Broadway, he appeared in 3 for Tonight (1954).

After twenty years on the stage, he moved into television and film. His first television appearance was an opera skit on CBS's The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis with Dwayne Hickman, in which he performed a medley of famous opera arias. His roles as a regular cast member on TV shows included portraying investigator Bob Ramirez on The D.A.,[5] Broken Foot on Born to the Wind and Sgt. John Rivera on Dan August.

He appeared in dozens of films and television programs. His credits include appearances in Walker: Texas Ranger, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Custer, Police Woman, Land of the Lost, Kung Fu, The Six Million Dollar Man, Ironside, Death Valley Days, The Incredible Hulk, Adam-12, and Emergency!, and in an unaired episode of the short-lived series The New Land.

In 1990 he starred in the soap opera Santa Barbara as Shamar, an Indian who gave Cruz the talisman.

He also starred in a television drama of the life of Chief Joseph entitled: I Will Fight No More Forever. In 2006, he appeared in the feature film Expiration Date.

ROMERO, Ned (Ned Joseph Romero)
Born: 12/4/1926, Franklin, Louisiana, U.S.A.
Died: 11/4/2017, Palm Desert, California, U.S.A.

Ned Romero’s westerns – actor:
The Virginian (TV) – 1963, 1968 (Angelo, Tza'Wuda)
The Talisman – 1966 (The Indian)
Shane (TV) – 1966 (Chips)
Custer (TV) – 1967 (Running Feet)
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1967, 1968, 1970 (Running-in-a-Circle, Geronimo Kid, Naranjo, Father de la Cuesta
The High Chaparral (TV) – 1967, 1968 (Rinaldo, Carlos Mendoza)
Laredo (TV) – 1967 (Captain Montoya)
Rango (TV) - 1967
Winchester 73 (TV) – 1967 (Wild Bear)
Hang ‘Em High – 1968 (Charlie Blackfoot)
Bonanza (TV) – 1968 (White Wolf)
Mark of the Gun – 1969
Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here - 1969 (Tom)
Lancer (TV) – 1969 (Wichita Jim)
Gentle Savage – 1973 (Richard Allen)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1974, 1975 (Lame Dog, Indian leader)
I Will Fight No More Forever – (TV) – 1975 (Chief Joseph)
The Quest (TV) – 1976 (Salcedo)
Last of the Mohicans (TV) – 1977 (Chingachgook)
Peter Lundy and the Medicine Hat Stallion (TV) – 1977 (
The Deerslayer (TV) – 1978 (Chingachgook)
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams (TV) – 1978 (Silver Fox)
Born to the Wind (TV) – 1982 (Broken Foot)
The Mystic Warrior (TV) – 1982 (Wisa)
Houston: The Legend of Texas (TV) - 1986 (Chief John Jolley)
Stranger on My Land (TV) - 1988 (Doc)
The Magnificent Seven (TV) – 1998 (Seminole Chief)
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1998, 1999, 2000 (Judge Henry Fivekills, Shaman, Ned Grey Fox