Wednesday, August 24, 2016

RIP Mario Novelli

RIP Mario Novelli

An announcement appeared on Mario Novelli’s Facebook page on August 21st that the actor, stuntman had passed away. Mario Novelli was an Italian actor and stuntman who appeared in more than sixty films since 1962. He often was billed as Anthony Freeman.

NOVELLI, Mario (aka Anthony Freeman)
Born: 2/26/1940, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died: 8/21/2016

Mario Novelli’s westerns – actor:
Texas, Adios – 1966 (bounty hunter)
Ballad of a Gunman – 1967 (Chiuchi)
The Stranger Returns – 1967 (Austin)
Two Crosses at Danger Pass (Charley Moran)
And God Said to Cain – 1969 (bounty killer)
Aquasanta Joe - 1971 (Donovan henchman)
Dead Men Ride – 1971 (Alan)
Kill Django... Kill First - 1971
A Gunman Called Dakota – 1972 (John Lead)
California – 1977 (brother of Northern soldier)

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

RIP Anne Udell

RIP Anne Udell

Los Angeles Daily News
August 23, 2016

Studio City- Anna Marie Udell passed away August 20, 2016. Born September 4, 1926 in Boston to Anna E. and Herbert C. Hewes, Anna developed a passion for figure skating, which continued when she moved to Los Angeles as a young woman. She competed in ice dancing, and married Bill Udell, a figure skating coach and well-known competitive figure skating photographer. Ann edited the All Year Figure Skating Club newsletter for 21 years. She was a member of the Screen Writers Guild, working on television productions of Death Valley Days and The Secrets of ISIS, and contributing to Disney's Barry of the Great St. Bernard. Anna was a devoted member of the Sherman Oaks Women’s Club. She loved her cats, birds and gardening. Anna is survived by her brothers, Herbert C. Hewes of Webster, NY and Robert Hewes of Las Vegas, NV, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Memorial gifts may be made to East Valley Animal Care Center, 14409 Van Owen Street, Van Nuys, CA 91405

UDELL, Anne (Anna Marie Udell)
Born: 9/4/1926, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: 8/20/2016, Studio City, California, U.S.A.

Anne Udell’s westerns – writer:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1968, 1970
Huckleberry Fin and His Friends (TV) - 1979

RIP Steven Hill

Steven Hill, Who Starred on ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Mission: Impossible,’ Dies at 94

The New York Times
By Anita Gates
August 23, 2016

Steven Hill, who originated imposing lead roles on two notable television series, “Mission: Impossible” in the 1960s and “Law & Order” in the 1990s, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 94.

His daughter Sarah Gobioff confirmed his death. He lived in Monsey, N.Y., a hamlet in Rockland County.

Mr. Hill was 44 and a veteran stage and television actor in 1966 when he was cast as Daniel Briggs, the leader of an elite covert-operations unit, in the new series “Mission: Impossible.” But he left after the first season, paving the way for Peter Graves’s six-season run as the show’s lead.

Even decades later, Mr. Hill declined to discuss his reasons for leaving the series, other than to say that the first season had been a bad experience. Other sources, including Patrick J. White, author of a book on the series, “The Complete Mission: Impossible Dossier,” said Mr. Hill was dismissed and learned the news only when he read a Daily Variety announcement that Mr. Graves was being hired.

According to Mr. White, Mr. Hill had developed a reputation for being difficult. His refusal to work late on Fridays, because of his observance of the Jewish sabbath, was also reported to be a problem. In Mr. White’s book, Mr. Hill’s co-star Martin Landau is quoted as saying, “I felt he was digging his own grave.”

Almost a quarter-century after that experience, Mr. Hill took on the role of the district attorney Adam Schiff on a new cops-and-lawyers series based in New York, “Law & Order.” He played the role, said to be modeled on the long-serving Manhattan district attorney Robert M. Morgenthau, from 1990 to 2000.

In a 1996 interview with The Washington Post, Dick Wolf, the creator of “Law & Order,” called Mr. Hill “the Talmudic influence on the entire zeitgeist of the series.”

“Steven has more moral authority than anyone else on episodic TV,” Mr. Wolf said.

Steven Hill was born Solomon Krakowsky on Feb. 24, 1922, in Seattle, the son of a furniture-store owner. He graduated from the University of Washington and at first moved to Chicago to work in radio.

He soon moved to New York and did frequent stage work in his early years there, making his Broadway debut in a small role in “A Flag Is Born” (1946), a pageantlike production written by Ben Hecht, with music by Kurt Weill, that starred Paul Muni and advocated the creation of the state of Israel.

In 1948, Mr. Hill played a sailor in the Tony Award-winning wartime comedy “Mr. Roberts,” which starred Henry Fonda. “It was a thrilling time in my life,” Mr. Hill told The New York Times in 2005. “You could almost smell it from the very first reading that took place — this is going to be an overwhelming hit.”

Two years later Mr. Hill played Bernie Dodd, the stage director who tries to help a washed-up alcoholic actor, in Clifford Odets’s drama “The Country Girl,” with Uta Hagen and Paul Kelly.

Mr. Hill worked in the very early years of television, beginning in 1949 with four episodes of the series “Actors Studio.” (He was a charter member of the prestigious organization that gave its name to the show.) He made his film debut in 1950 in “A Lady Without Passport,” a crime noir, starring Hedy Lamarr, about a smuggling ring in Cuba.

Mr. Hill gave up acting from 1967 to 1977 and, in the interim, took a variety of jobs, including real estate sales. When he returned to show business, he was welcomed back and appeared in a string of 16 feature films in the ’80s. They included the romantic comedy “It’s My Turn” (1980); the women’s-film remake of “Rich and Famous” (1981); Barbra Streisand’s “Yentl” (1983); Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs” (1986); and “Running on Empty” (1988), in which he played the estranged father of a former student radical (Christine Lahti) living underground.

He continued his film career for a while, appearing in “White Palace” (1990), “Billy Bathgate” (1991) and “The Firm” (1993). But his final screen appearances were as Schiff on “Law & Order.”

Mr. Hill married Selma Stern in 1951, and they had four children. The couple divorced in 1964. He and his second wife, the former Rachel Schenker, were married in 1967 and had five children. She survives him.

Besides his wife and his daughter Ms. Gobioff, he is survived by three more daughters, Betsy Hill, Pamela Hill and Hanna Hendler; five sons, John, Matthew, Jacob, Joshua and Samuel; a sister, Joan Weiss; a brother, Charles Hill; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hill summed up his long career, not necessarily with regrets but with a clear eye, in a 1996 interview with The Times. “What we have here is a story of profound instability and impermanence,” he said. “This is what you learn at the beginning in show business; then it gets planted in you forever.”

HILL, Steven (Solomon Krakovsky)
Born: 2/24/1922, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
Died: 8/23//2016, Manhattan, New York, U.S.A.

Steven Hill’s western – actor:
Rawhide (TV) – 1965 (Marty Brown)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

RIP Daniela Dessi

RIP Daniela Dessi
August 21, 2016

Italian soprano Daniela Dessi has died after a short battle with cancer of the colon. She was just 59. She possessed one of the most beautiful voices on the opera stage today. Recently she was forced to cancel her performances of Medea at the Macerata Festival, and other summer engagements, which she announced to her fans on Facebook in late July:

“Dear friends, unfortunately after a health problem I’ve been forced to cancel all my events for this summer. I’ll see you on October 8th for a big sacred concert in the Basilica in Loreto. A big hug to everybody.”

Dessi was from Genoa, but lived with her partner, tenor Fabio Armiliato, in Brescia in the northern Lombardy region. It was here, in the city’s Poliambulanza hospital, that she died last night. Armiliato, who had been with the soprano since 2000, said.

A short, horrible and incomprehensible illness has taken her away in these months. The greatest opera singer of the last 20 years has gone.

She died shortly before midnight yesterday, 20 August 2016.

DESSI, Daniela
Born: 5/14/1957, Genoa, Liguria, Italy
Died: 8/20/2016 Brescia, Lombardy, Italy

Daniela Dessi’s western – actress/singer:
La fanciulla del West (TV) – 2005 (Minnie)

Saturday, August 20, 2016

RIP Adrian Enescu

Adrian Enescu, the composer who defined style Loredana Groza, died at the age of 68 years.

August 20, 2016

The composer Adrian Enescu died Friday, August 19, after a life dedicated to music, specifically 41-year career, announced Composers and Musicologists Union of Romania.

Adrian Enescu was born on March 31, 1948 and was a musician and a Romanian composer best known for his work in the field of film music name being associated approx. 65 titles.

As a musician, Adrian Enescu was among the first artists of electronic music in Romania since the early 70s.

He graduated from the Conservatory of Music "Ciprian Porumbescu" in Bucharest, directed to the composition of the Aurel Stroe and harmony, where he was a teacher Alexander Paşcanu.

Adrian Enescu assisted courses electronic music faculty of Stanford University in California between 1985 and 1986 and also a member of the Composers and Musicologists Union of Romania.

He composed music very diverse in terms of style, Electro-Acoustic music from up to symphonic music and Jazz.

His first appearance on disc held in 1975.

Adrian Enescu style singer Loredana Groza defined by the production of albums like " Bună seară, iubite" " Un buchet de trandafiri" or "Diva înamorată".

 He collaborated with Silvia Dumitrescu, the album " Cred în tine" and was asked to collaborate with prestigious musical institutions around the world.

The composer will be honored Tuesday, August 23, at the Union of Composers and Musicologists in Romania, where those willing can come to bring a final tribute to the late artist.

ENESCU, Adrian
Born: 3/31/1948, Bucharest, Romania
Died: 8/19/2016, Bucharest, Romania

Adrian Enescu’s westerns – composer:
The Actress, the Dollars and the Transylvanians – 1978
The Prophet, the Gold and the Transylvanians – 1978
The Oil, the Baby and the Transylvanians – 1981