Thursday, October 18, 2018

"Parisian Love" Actor Jean De Briac 1970 Valley Oaks Cemetery

Jean De Briac (born Jean-Frederic Weitler, August 15, 1891 – October 18, 1970) was a French film actor. He appeared in 122 films between 1920 and 1962. He was born in France and died in Los Angeles, California. He immigrated to the United States in 1915.

Jean De Briac is interred at Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California.

Selected filmography

The Frisky Mrs. Johnson (1920)

The Love Light (1921)

Over The Border (1922)
The Power of Love (1922)
One Wonderful Night (1922)

The Man Unconquerable (1922)
Around the World in Eighteen Days (1923)
The Iron Man (1924)

Parisian Love (1925)
Paris at Midnight (1926)
The Duchess of Buffalo (1926)
The Ladybird (1927)
Blotto (1930)
Be Big! (1931)
Wise Girl (1937)
Swiss Miss (1938)
Wee Wee Monsieur (1938)
Tassels in the Air (1938)

A Chump at Oxford (1940)

Background to Danger (1943)
Appointment in Berlin (1943)
Half Past Midnight (1948)

Double Dynamite (1951)

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Director, Producer, "I Love Lucy" Actor Hy Averback 1997 Westwood Cemetery

Hyman Jack Averback (October 21, 1920 – October 14, 1997) was an American radio, television, and film actor who eventually became a producer and director.

Early years

Born in Minneapolis, Averback moved to California with his family when he was 9.[1]


Averback graduated from the Edward Clark Academy Theater in 1938 [2] and eventually got a job announcing at KMPC Beverly Hills[3] before World War II.[4]

During the War, as part of the Armed Forces Radio Service, he entertained troops in the Pacific with his program of comedy and music, where he created the character of Tokyo Mose, a lampoon of Japan's Tokyo Rose. After his discharge, his big break came when he was hired to announce the Jack Paar radio show, which replaced Jack Benny for the summer beginning June 1, 1947. He became the announcer for Bob Hope on NBC in September 1948 and also announced for other NBC radio shows, The Sealtest Village Store and Let's Talk Hollywood, as well as on the Sweeney and March show on CBS in 1948[5] and appeared as the voice of Newsweek magazine on a weekly radio show on ABC West Coast stations the same year.[6]

Averback was also an actor, appearing a number of times on the Jack Benny radio show, beginning in January 1948.[7]

In 1952, Averback starred in Secret Mission, a transcribed program "dealing with factual stories of escape from behind the Iron Curtain" on AFRS.[8]


Doing comedy on early television, he appeared on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1952), The Saturday Night Revue (1953–54), Tonight (1955) and NBC Comedy Hour (1956). He was a series regular as Mr. Romero on the Eve Arden sitcom Our Miss Brooks.

Averback appeared in CBS's I Love Lucy as "Charlie Applebee" and "Charlie Pomerantz."

He acted in other 1950s comedies, before moving into directing at the end of that decade. 

He directed The Real McCoys, the Walter Brennan sitcom that was created and produced by Irving Pincus and aired on ABC and CBS from 1957 to 1963. Later, Averback shared directing duties with Richard Crenna on The Real McCoys. Crenna had also been a cast member with Averback on Our Miss Brooks.

Averback directed two episodes of the Columbo mystery series: Suitable for Framing (1971) and A Stitch in Crime (1973).

Averback also directed for The Dick Powell Show (1961–1963), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968), The Flying Nun (1967–1970),  McCloud (1971), M*A*S*H (1972), Needles and Pins (1973), Quark (1977-1978), Matt Houston (1982–1983), The Four Seasons (1984), and the miniseries Pearl (1978). For CBS, he produced Mrs. G. Goes to College (aka The Gertrude Berg Show) in the 1961-1962 season.

He co-produced the popular 1960s sitcom F Troop and supplied the voice over the loudspeaker heard on the television series M*A*S*H. His actual recording from a Bob Hope show was used in M*A*S*H episode 63, "Bombed," from season 3 where he announces himself as Hope's announcer.


Averback co-narrated a 62-minute sex educational film, The Story of Life, released by Crusader Productions in June 1948.[9] It featured live action as well as animation by former Walt Disney artists Lester Novros and Robert Moore.

Film credits include his role as Willard Alexander in The Benny Goodman Story (1956), and directing Chamber of Horrors (1966), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968), I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968), The Great Bank Robbery (1969), and Suppose They Gave A War and Nobody Came (1969).  He directed the TV-movie A Guide For the Married Woman (1978) with Cybill Shepherd and the reunion TV-movie The New Maverick (1978) with James Garner and Jack Kelly.


Hy Averback died on October 14, 1997. His ashes are interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park


1. Kleiner, Dick (November 22, 1992). "Ask Dick Kleiner". The Index-Journal. Greenwood, S.C. p. 51.
2. Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1939.
3. Broadcasting magazine, May 8, 1944
4. "The Start of Armed Forces Radio Service". Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation.
5. Daily Variety, Aug. 24, 1948
6. Daily Variety, May 11, 1948
7. 39 Forever, Second Edition, Part 2, by Laura Leff, 2006
8. "AFRS Series" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 10, 1952. p. 76.
9. Daily Variety, June 22, 1948

Saturday, October 13, 2018

"Days of Our Lives" Actress Peggy McCay 1927-2018 Memorial Video

Margaret Ann McCay (November 3, 1927 – October 7, 2018), known professionally as Peggy McCay, was an American actress whose career began in 1949, and includes theatre, television, soap operas, and feature films. McCay may be best known for originating the roles of Vanessa Dale on the CBS soap opera Love of Life (a role she played from 1951–55), and Caroline Brady, which she played from 1983 to 2016 on NBC's Days of Our Lives.

Peggy McCay died on October 7, 2018.


Monday, October 8, 2018

"In Cold Blood" Actor Scott Wilson 1942-2018 Memorial Video

Scott Wilson (born William Delano Wilson; March 29, 1942 – October 6, 2018) was an American actor. He had more than 50 film credits, including In the Heat of the Night, In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, Dead Man Walking, Pearl Harbor, and Junebug. In 1980, Wilson received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his role in The Ninth Configuration. He played veterinarian Hershel Greene on the AMC television series The Walking Dead from 2011 to 2014. In addition, he also had a recurring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as casino mogul Sam Braun, as well as a lead role on the Netflix series The OA as Abel Johnson.

On October 6, 2018 it was reported that Wilson had died due to Leukemia at the age of 76.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Comedian & Actor Dennis Wolfberg 1994 Hillside Cemetery

Dennis Wolfberg (March 29, 1946 – October 3, 1994) was an American stand up comedian and actor.

Early life

Born on March 29, 1946 on Long Island to Frances and Sidney Wolfberg, Wolfberg was a schoolteacher before launching a full-time comedy career in 1979.[1] Wolfberg attended Queens College, where he received a master's degree in clinical psychology.[2]


Wolfberg married fellow comedian Jeannie McBride on September 8, 1985; the couple had three sons, Daniel and twins Matthew and David.[1]

Comedy career

Wolfberg began his comedy career in New York City at the Comic Strip. Although he always wanted to be a comedian, he auditioned as a singer, playing his Martin guitar. Fortuitously, his audition piece was the Comic Strip's owner's favorite song: "American Pie." Wolfberg appeared twice on The Tonight Show. In addition, he was a frequent guest on The Merv Griffin Show, The Pat Sajak Show and The Arsenio Hall Show. He starred in his own half-hour comedy special on HBO in 1990.[2] 

Dennis Wolfberg also had a recurring role as Gooshie on NBC's Quantum Leap

In April 1993 Entertainment Tonight aired "A Day in the Life of Dennis Wolfberg," focusing on his relentless touring schedule.

Wolfberg was managed by George Shapiro of Shapiro/West Associates.

He headlined at comedy clubs across the country as well as working in Las Vegas and Atlantic City on a regular basis. He was twice named America's top male comic in votes by clubgoers and owners nationwide. In 1990 he won an American Comedy Award as best male standup.[1]


Wolfberg died of melanoma on October 3, 1994, aged 48. Though he battled cancer for at least two years, he continued to work through the end of August 1994. At the time of his death, he was negotiating a deal for his own TV show. 

Filmography and TV Appearances

Comedy Club Greats (2007) 
Best of the Improv Volume 4 (2002) 
Comic Strip Live!
The Clairvoyant - Comedian (1982) - aka The Killing Hour (1985) (USA: video title), aka The Killing Kind (1985) (USA: video title)
Late Night with David Letterman - Guest - 860428 (1986)
Quantum Leap
- Gooshie - "Genesis" - (1989)
- Gooshie - "The Leap Back" (1991)
- Gooshie - "Lee Harvey Oswald" (1992)
- Gooshie - "Killin' Time" (1992)
- Gooshie - "Mirror Image" (1993)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - Guest - Show #3026 (1984) and #3708 (1987)
To Tell the Truth-panelist-April 29-May 3, 1991 week of shows.
Teacher Teacher (1990) (TV short), Plot Outline: Wolfberg relived some of his finest moments as a teacher, and proves that in a tough classroom, a good sense of humor is the most essential weapon.
Frank Chindamo's Shorts - A collection of Frank Chindamo's comic short subjects, which explore modern mishaps related to such subjects as phone sex, radio psychology, jelly donuts, styling mousse, angry cats, blind dates, bondage, and Gilbert Gottfried with x-ray vision.


1. "Dennis Wolfberg, Comedian, 48, Dies". The New York Times. October 5, 1994. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
2. "Dennis Wolfberg; Gifted Stand-Up Comic Was 48". Los Angeles Times. October 5, 1994. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
3. Personal information provided by Jeannie McBride, Dennis' widow.