Saturday, December 9, 2017

RIP Leonid Bronevoi

Respected Soviet and Russian actor Leonid Bronevoi has died in Moscow at the age of 88.

Radio Free Europe
December 9, 2017

The director of Moscow's Lenkom Theater, Mark Varshaver, made the announcement, saying Bronevoi died early on December 9 after a long illness.

Bronevoi appeared in many Soviet films, most famously in the World War II spy thriller Seventeen Moments Of Spring. He never played in a leading role, but was renowned as a talented supporting actor.

He also was a prominent figure in Soviet and Russian theater.

Bronevoi was the recipient of numerous professional and state honors, including the honorary title of People's Artist of the Soviet Union.

Varshaver said a memorial service for the actor would be held at the theater on December 11.

BRONEVOY, Leonid (Leonid Solomonvitch Bronevoy)
Born: 12/17/1928, Kiev, Ukraine, U.S.S.R.
Died: 12/9/2017, Moscow, Russia

Leonid Bronevoy’s western – actor.

Armed and Dangerous: Times and Heroes of Bret Harte – 1977 (Piter Damfi)

Friday, December 8, 2017

RIP Juan Luis Buñuel

Juan Luis Buñuel dies at 87.

December 8, 2017

The eldest son of Juan Luis Bunuel has died in Paris, the city where he was born in 1934.

Juan Luis Buñuel visited Aragón frequently and also Calanda, town in which he got to shoot some works. They were two. The first, in 1966 and was called 'Calanda' and the second, in 2007 with the name of ' Calanda. 40 years later . ' Juan Luis, who in addition to film worked photography and sculpture, among other arts, took that year in his visit to the town a very special and very personal exhibition of photographs.
The CBC showed 98 images of the shootings in which he collaborated as a director, or as an assistant director, but also images of his own life, with his family and with his father Luis Buñuel. Also social and family prints.
In those days, the second part of that first documentary of 1966 was filmed. For the filmmaker, the life of this town, after 40 years, had changed considerably from "being a village in an agricultural Spain to a locality in Europe. 21st century, "he said then.
In his career he was the assistant director of Orson Welles and his own father. His are the productions' Quote with the happy death ', the woman with the red boots',' Leonor 'or' The chess player '.
He also starred with Jean-Claude Carriere in 'The Last Screenplay. Buñuel en la memoria', directed by Gaizka Urresti and Javier Espada.

BUNUEL, Juan Luis
Born: 11/9/1934, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 12/7/2017, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Juan Luis Buñuel’s westerns – assistant director, director:
Viva Maria! – 1965 [assistant director]
Guns for San Sebastian – 1968 [assistant director]
The Rebellion of the Hanged - 1986 [director]

Thursday, December 7, 2017

RIP Steve Reevis

Actor Steve Reevis dies

ABC Fox Montana
By Rachel Crowspreadingwings
December 7, 2017

According to Lockley Joe Bremner, News Contributor to the Pikanni Press & Newsfeed in Browning, Reevis passed away December 7, 2017, at a hospital in Missoula. Steve Reevis was an actor and a member of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning Montana. lists his first film as Twins in 1988. After that, he made over 35 film and television appearances. Most notably, "The Last of the Dogmen," "Dances With Wolves," "Fargo," "Into The West,"  " Bones," and "Walker, Texas Ranger."

First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) awarded Reevis for his supporting roles in both "Fargo" and in the made-for-television movie "Crazy Horse" in 1996.

At the time of his death, he lived in Morongo Valley, California with his wife and children. He was 55.  The cause of his death hasn't been released yet.

Born: 8/4/1962, Browning, Montana, U.S.A.
Died: 12/7/2017, Missoula, Montana, U.S.A.

Steve Reevis’ westerns – actor:
Dances With Wolves – 1990 (Sioux Warrior)
Grim Prairie Tales – 1990 (Indian Child)
Miracle in the Wilderness (TV) – 1991 (Grey Eyes)
Lakota Moon (TV) – 1992 (Two Hearts)
Geronimo: An American Legend – 1993 (Chato)
Last of the Dogmen – 1993 (Yellow Wolf)
Posse – 1993 (Two Bears)
Wild Bill – 1995 (Sioux Chief)
Crazy Horse (TV) – 1996
Walker, Texas Ranger – 1997, 1999 (John Wolf, Lone Wolf, Jake Stonecrow)
Horse Sense – 1999 (Mule)
The Outfitters – 199 (Sam Keno)
The Missing – 2003 (Two Stone)
Into the West (TV) - 2005 (Older Loved By The Buffalo)
Comanche Moon – 2008 (Worm)
The Cherokee Word for Water – 2013 (Johnson Soap)
The Road to Paloma – 2014 (Totonka)

RIP Angelo P. Graham

Oscar-winning art director and production designer Angelo P. Graham,
DOUBTFIRE, died a month ago today; he was either 69 or 70. Media outlets
have yet to report his death, but he is listed on the Academy of Motion
Pictures Arts and Sciences' Memoriam page
(, and a search for Graham at the
organization's Academy Awards Database
( reveals he passed away on Nov. 7,
2017. Neither his age nor his birthdate are given by the database, but
his entry in Michael L. Stephens' book ART DIRECTORS IN CINEMA gives his
birth year as 1947.

Working alongside production designer Dean Tavoularis and set decorator
George Nelson, Graham provided the art direction for classic '70s films
such as LITTLE BIG MAN (1970) and THE GODFATHER PART II (1974), the
latter of which won the trio an Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set
Decoration. The team collaborated with GODFATHER director Francis Ford
Coppola on several more films, most notably APOCALYPSE NOW (1979), for
which they received another Oscar nomination. The team was also
nominated for an Oscar for their work on William Friedkin's THE BRINK'S
JOB (1978) and later worked together on the 1982 films HAMMETT and THE
ESCAPE ARTIST, both of which were executive produced by Coppola.

Graham and Nelson also worked on a several films together without
Tavoularis, including Sam Peckinpah's THE GETAWAY (1972), Norman
Jewison's F.I.S.T. (1978) and Matthew Robbins' *BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
(1987). Meanwhile, Graham and Tavoularis collaborated without Nelson on
multiple films, most notably Coppola's ONE FROM THE HEART (1981) and
Philip Kaufman's RISING SUN (1993).

Graham's first film as production designer was John Badham's WARGAMES
(1983), and the effort garnered him a BAFTA Film nomination for Best
Production Design/Art Direction. His next assignment was designing Barry
Levinson's baseball drama THE NATURAL (1984); this film earned Graham
his fourth and final Oscar nomination, which he shared with co-
production designer Mel Bourne and set decorator Bruce Weintraub.

Subsequently, Graham created the production designs for three acclaimed
hit films directed by Martin Brest: BEVERLY HILLS COP (1984), MIDNIGHT
RUN (1988) and the Oscar-winning SCENT OF A WOMAN (1992). He was also
the production designer of Chris Columbus' comedies MRS. DOUBTFIRE
(1993) and NINE MONTHS (1995), both of which feature the late Robin
Williams. Graham worked with Williams one last time as the art director
of Francis Ford Coppola's JACK (1996), which also marked Graham's final
collaboration with both Coppola and Dean Tavoularis. Graham's final
screen credit was as an art director on Robert Redford's THE LEGEND OF

GRAHAM, Angelo P.
Born: 1947
Died: 11/7/2017

Angelo P. Graham’s westerns – art director, set decorator:
Little Big Man – 1970 (Art Director)
Junior Bonner – 1972 (Set Decorator)
Where Legends Die – 1972 (Art Director)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

RIP Johnny Hallyday

Johnny Hallyday, Gallic rocker worshiped as the ‘French Elvis,’ dies at 74

Los Angeles Times
December 6, 2017

Johnny Hallyday, the French rock legend who came to fame in the early 1960s with cover versions of American rock ’n’ roll hits and continued to sell out concerts in France for decades, has died at his home outside Paris. He was 74.

Hallyday, who often was called “the French Elvis,” died Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron announced in a statement. Fans — many in tears or carrying flowers — gathered outside his home to honor the rocker.

Macron said Hallyday “brought a part of America into our national pantheon.” Hallyday, he said, seemed nearly invincible and long ago had been christened a “French hero.”

Although many Americans had never heard of Hallyday, he was considered a godlike figure in France, where a survey once indicated he could likely get enough votes to be elected president.
“Hearing about Johnny's death has hurt us because Johnny is our god and nobody can replace him,” one fan, Yves Buisson, told the Associated Press outside the Hallyday family’s gated home in Marnes-La-Coquette. His arms were covered with tattoos of the star.

In 1997, French President Jacques Chirac presented Hallyday with the Legion of Honor.
The Elvis-inspired rocker scored early hits with French cover versions of U.S. records such as “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” and “Long Tall Sally.”
His 1961 version of Chubby Checker’s “Let’s Twist Again” sold 1 million copies, and his early appearances in France caused riots.

“Johnny Hallyday introduced American rock ’n’ roll to a vast French-speaking audience around the world,” Howard Kramer, curatorial director at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, told The Times.

“He had a great reputation as a live performer, and he made records that were massively popular. He never really broke out of Europe, but his success was so massive he didn’t really need to.”
Over the decades, Hallyday reportedly sold more than 100 million records and performed before more than 15 million people in concert. In 1966, he selected Jimi Hendrix as an opening act and used eventual Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page in the recording studio as a session guitarist.

“Johnny is our god. We live and breathe him,” a man in his 60s told the Times of London in 2009 when Hallyday launched a six-month sold-out farewell concert series, “Tour 66 — I’m Stopping Here.”

Hallyday, who in recent years had split his time between Paris and Los Angeles, said at the time that he planned to continue recording occasionally. But he said decades on the road had worn him down. He had lung cancer and had repeated health scares over the years, including undergoing back surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“I have had enough playing Johnny Hallyday,” the Times of London reported him as saying a week before the 2009 tour. “I want more and more to be Jean-Philippe Smet.”

The son of a Belgian father and a French mother, he was born Jean-Philippe Smet in Paris on June 15, 1943.

His vagabond father, who performed in cabarets and theaters, soon left, and his mother became a model to earn money.

Hallyday was raised by his paternal aunt, who had acted in silent films and had two daughters who became dancers. As a child, he lived with his aunt and cousins in London for several years and traveled with them when they performed in Belgium, Germany and Portugal before returning to Paris.

He also made his film debut as a child — an uncredited walk-on in Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1955 thriller “Diabolique.”

As a teenager, Hallyday idolized Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift and James Dean, and his favorite movies were “East of Eden,” “On the Waterfront” and “The Wild One.”

“I adored all that period in the history of cinema — everything that spilled forth from the Actors Studio,” he told Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel in 2003. “I actually wanted to be an actor before I became a singer. But when I was 12, I discovered rock ’n’ roll through Elvis Presley.”

At 17, he recalled, “I was playing a ballroom gig one Sunday to get some money to pay for my acting classes when a producer heard me and asked me to do a record. I did it, and it all just happened from there.”

Hallyday began appearing in French movies after he gained rock ’n’ roll fame, but he primarily played singers.

“It wasn’t what I wanted to do,” he told the New York Times in 2003. “I wanted to separate the singer from the actor. So I stopped for several years and then started to work again with [directors] Costa-Gavras, Jean-Luc Godard — roles where I wasn’t a singer at all.”

Hallyday received critical acclaim for his role as a bank robber in director Patrice Leconte’s “Man on the Train.”

“He’s the equivalent of Joan of Arc in France,” late actor Jean Rochefort, who co-starred in the film, once told the New York Times. “For me, he isn’t really an actor but a man who has a presence, an undeniable charisma.”

Hallyday, who had several marriages, including to French singing star Sylvie Vartan, is survived by his wife, Laeticia; and four children, Jade, Joy, Laura Smet and Dave.

HALLYDAY, Johnny (Jean-Philippe Leo Smet)
Born: 6/15/1943, Malesherbes, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Died: 12/6/2017, Paris, Île-de-France, France

Johnny Hallyday’s western- actor:
Drop Them or I’ll Shoot – 1969 (Hud)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

RIP Ulli Lommel

Rest in Peace: Director Ulli Lommel

Dread Central
By Steve Barton
December 3, 2017

Sad news for you this Sunday afternoon as multiple sources web-wide are confirming that prolific film director Ulli Lommel has passed away at age 72 due to heart failure.

Lommel has dozens of film credits under his belt but will no doubt be best remembered by fans for his wonderfully obscure 1980 film The Boogey Man. Ulli worked just about up to the day he passed and leaves behind a myriad of projects for interested fans to look into.

We here at Dread Central would like to offer our sincerest of condolences to Lommel’s friends, family members, and constituents. Rest in peace, good sir; and thank you for the memories.

LOMMEL, Ulli (Ulrich Manfred Lommel)
Born: 12/21/1944, Zielenzig, Brandenburg, Germany
Died: 12/1/2017

Ulli Lommel’s westerns – producer, actor, voice dubber:
Flaming Frontier – 1963 [German voice of Predrag Ceramilac]
Whity – 1971 (Frank Nicholson) [producer]

RIP Sandra White

Los Angeles Times
December 3, 2017

October 5, 1930 - November 22, 2017 Sandra Jean Blum, 87, of Los Angeles, passed away on Nov. 22. Born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 5, 1930, Sandy was the only child of Abe and Gertrude Solomon. Upon graduation from Central High School in 1948, Sandy moved to California to pursue a career as a screen actress (as Sandra White). Under contract to Paramount, she performed in featured roles in such cult classics as Fritz Lang's 1956 film noir "While the City Sleeps" (as the iconic serial murder victim in the opening scene) and Frank Tashlin's 1956 rock and roll musical "The Girl Can't Help It" (as the cigarette girl who leaps into a spontaneous dance number with Tom Ewell), Wilbur's wife, Carlotta, in the original pilot for "Mr. Ed," as well as guest parts in diverse television series, including "77 Sunset Strip," "Johnny Ringo," "The Detectives," "Hennesey," "Arrest and Trial," "Michael Shayne," and "Father Knows Best." Sandy retired from acting in 1961 when she married David Blum and became stepmother to his daughters, Bonnie (Blum) Burman and Virginia Blum, who grew up adoring her. Although Sandy and David divorced in 1978, she remained a devoted second mother to Bonnie and Virginia, mother-in-law to Bonnie's husband, Terry Burman, and grandmother ("Nanny Sandy") to Virginia's son, Alex, for the rest of her life. She was "Auntie Sandy" to Lincoln and Lara. Sandy was the glowing center of an extended family that includes not only her friends but also their children and children's children. Through the various transitions of divorce and remarriage characterizing so many families today, Sandy, with her unwavering commitment to those she loved, managed to sustain relationships across the fault lines. Irresistibly charming as she was, even David's forbidding ex-mother-in-law ultimately counted Sandy among her close friends. Sandy volunteered at Cedar Sinai's emergency room for 18 years where she brought comfort to hundreds of patients. With her unaffected luminous beauty, effusive warmth, and irrepressible sense of humor, Sandy had a unique talent for bringing people together. She was a superb hostess who celebrated her friends and family through countless luncheons and dinner parties, replete with great food and stimulating conversation. Always deeply engaged by current social and political events, Sandy relished a good debate. She was an avid reader with an encyclopedic knowledge of film and film history. To the end of her life, she could recount in vivid detail the last days of the studio era of which she was a part. Her many friends and family are deeply grateful for the vitality, generosity and unconditional love that she contributed to our lives. Every day of her life, Sandy made her loved ones feel cherished. We will miss her sorely. There will be a private interment. A memorial service in her honor will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Sandy may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: (, the Motion Picture Retirement Home ( or a charity of your choice.

WHITE, Sandra (Sandra Jean Blum)
Born: 10/5/1930, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Died: 11/22/2017, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Sandra White’s western – actress:
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (redhead)

Saturday, December 2, 2017

RIP Mundell Lowe

R.I.P. Mundell Lowe
Jazz guitarist takes last solo

December 2, 2017

Legendary jazz guitarist Mundell Lowe passed away on the morning of December 2 at the age of 95.
Lowe grew up in Mississippi and, at 17 years old in 1939, joined Pee Wee King’s western swing band, which had a regular slot on the Grand Ole Opry radio program. Producer John Hammond helped Lowe earn a spot in an orchestra fronted by Ray McKinley of the Glenn Miller band.

He moved to New Orleans and then was drafted into the Army in 1943. He reported for his work assignment at Fort McPherson, where he remembered, “This fat desk sergeant from Arkansas was interviewing me. I informed him that I was a professional working guitarist and was hoping to be assigned to the military band somewhere. Meanwhile, he’s flipping through some book and announced that there weren’t any ‘gee-tar jobs’ in the Army. I got sent to the Engineering Corps instead.”

Upon his release in 1945, Lowe headed to New York City, where he worked for NBC for around 13 years and recorded on a number of albums with over two dozen well-known jazz performers. He also performed music for TV programs such as the Today Show, the Wild Wild West, Hawaii Five-O, and others. In addition, he played with Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, and Benny Goodman.

“I have to be somewhat careful about who I play with, because I have so many specific harmonic references, but I find if I pick the right people, I can just hear what they’re doing and everything flows.”

As for playing with the notoriously volatile bassist/bandleader Charles Mingus, “We were friends,” Lowe recalled. “I never had any problems with Charles. He was a really brilliant guy. He was like other stars I played with, Buddy Rich, or Mel Tormé, or Ray Brown. I let them do the leading, and everything flowed from there.”

In September 2008, Lowe won a lifetime achievement trophy at the San Diego Music Awards. As he approached his 90s, Lowe was living in Tierrasanta with his wife Betty, a well-regarded jazz vocalist. His 95th birthday was staged at Dizzy’s this past April, featuring appearances by Lowe with Jaime Valle, Bob Boss, Jim Plank, Rob Thorsen, and Bob Magnusson.

LOWE, Mundell
Born: 4/21/1922, Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.A.
Died: 12/2/2017, Tierrasanta, San Diego, California

Mundell Lowe’s westerns – composer, music director, conductor:
A Time for Killing – 1967 [composer]
Dundee and the Culhane (TV) – 1967 [composer]
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1968 [composer, conductor]
The Andersonville Trial (TV) – 1970 [music director]
Billy Jack – 1971 [composer, conductor]

RIP James Kisicki

News Herald
December 3, 2017

James P. Kisicki, age 79, died peacefully on November 27, 2017 at Hospice of the Western Reserve. He was born on April 14, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois to the late Jeanette and Aloysius Kisicki. Jim lived in the Cleveland area since 1977 beginning his acting career as a resident member of the acting company of Cleveland Playhouse. He was an actor, voice talent, appeared in numerous radio and television commercials and movies. One of Jim's favorite movie roles was the bank manager in Shawshank Redemption. Go to for a complete listing of all of Jim's movies.

Jim loved reading, history, and the English language, and sharing his wealth of knowledge with family and friends. He loved acting and film and was able to enjoy a lifelong career doing what he loved whether it was on stage, behind a microphone, or on a movie set. Jim spent much of his life being a teacher and mentor to many, and took great pride fostering his students to truly love and respect the fine arts. Jim had the ability to make anyone laugh with a story or joke, and could always bring a calming presence to those in need of comfort. He stayed involved within the Chesterland community – hosting events and volunteering with the Rotary Club of Chesterland, directing with the West Geauga drama program, to serving the Lord in many ways at St. Anselm Church. Above all, Jim loved his family and would encourage everyone to live every day to the fullest.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 40 years, Deborah A. (Smith) Kisicki, devoted daughters, Katherine and Rebecca Kisicki, adorable granddaughter Matilda Jane, loving sister, Mary Kisicki, beloved aunt, Carolyn May, dear brother-in-law to Becky Smith, Jeff & Debbie Smith, Greg & Sue Smith, Kent & Stacie Smith, Susanna Smith (deceased) and caring uncle to many cherished nieces and nephews.

Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11am at Saint Anselm Catholic Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026. (Please Meet At Church)

Family will receive friends to celebrate the life of Jim at Gattozzi and Son Funeral Home, 12524 Chillicothe Rd., Chesterland, OH 44026 on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 3 to 8pm.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Jim to Saint Anselm Church, 12969 Chillicothe Rd, Chesterland, OH 44026 or Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 East 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119. Online tribute video and condolences at

Born: 4/14/1938, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 11/27/2017, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

James Kisicki’s western – actor:

Centennial (TV) – 1978 (Reverend Fenstermacher)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

RIP Anthony Harvey

Anthony Harvey, Film Director And Editor, Dies At 87

27 East
November 28, 2017

Anthony Harvey, Film Director And Editor, Dies At 87

Anthony Harvey, an acclaimed film director and editor, died at his Water Mill home on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 23.

Born on June 3, 1930, in London, he was 87 years old. He took his last name from his stepfather, actor Morris Harvey.

Mr. Harvey’s best known turn in the director’s chair was “The Lion in Winter,” a 1968 historical drama based on a play by James Goldman starring Peter O’Toole as King Henry II and Katharine Hepburn as Queen Eleanor. The film gleaned seven Academy Award nominations, including a Best Director nod for Mr. Harvey. Ms. Hepburn tied with Barbra Streisand for Best Actress, and Mr. Harvey accepted the Oscar on her behalf in her absence.

He worked with Mr. Goldman again on “They Might Be Giants,” a 1971 film starring George C. Scott as a man in a psychiatric hospital who is convinced he is Sherlock Holmes.

He directed Ms. Hepburn again in “The Glass Menagerie,” a 1973 television adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play. The film was well received, and the Directors Guild of America nominated Mr. Harvey for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television.

Prior to his 1966 directorial debut, “Dutchman,” Mr. Harvey was better known as a film editor. His first feature film as editor was 1956’s “Private’s Progress.” He worked with Stanley Kubrick on “Dr. Strangelove.”

Among his local work was directing readings of the plays “Dorothy Parker Gets The Last Word” and “Julia Wars” at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

He leaves behind no family.

Final arrangements are in the care of Brockett Funeral Home in Southampton.

HARVEY, Anthony
Born: 6/3/1930, London, England, U.K.
Died: 11/23/2017, Water Mill, New York U.S.A.

Anthony Harvey’s western – director:
Eagle’s Wing - 1979