Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"The Rifleman" Producer Jules Victor Levy 2003 Hillside Cemetery


Jules Victor Levy (February 12, 1923 – May 24, 2003) was the producer of the popular television series The Rifleman, The Detectives, and The Big Valley. Levy worked in film as well.

Early years

Jules Levy was the son of Joseph L. Levy, a real estate broker, and Bessie Levy. He was raised in Beverly Hills and joined the Army Air Force to fight in World War II.



Forms Production Company

While serving under Ronald Reagan at Culver City's Hal Roach Studios, Levy met Arthur Gardner and Arnold Laven, and the three men formed a production company, Levy-Gardner-Laven. Serving in various producer capacities from the early '40s to the mid-'70s, Levy was involved with such films as the 1967 Elvis Presley musical Clambake.[1]



Television

Though he produced over 30 films in the course of his career, Levy is best known for his involvement in the hit television programs 




The Rifleman




The Big Valley




and The Detectives.[2]


Death

Jules Levy died in his Los Angeles home following an extended illness. He was 80. He is buried in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles (Garden of Abraham).[3]






References

1. JULES LEVY | Produced hit TV Westerns; 80. The San Diego Union – Tribune. San Diego, Calif.: June 6, 2003. pg. B.5
2. PASSINGS; Jules Levy, 80; Producer of TV's 'Rifleman,' Independent Films. Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, Calif.: May 28, 2003. pg. B.11
3. Distinguished Residents of Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Actor Don Gordon 1926-2017 Memorial Video


Don Gordon (November 13, 1926 – April 24, 2017) was an American film and television actor, who was sometimes billed as Donald Gordon.

His television successes began with a starring role in the 1960–1961 syndicated series The Blue Angels, based on the elite precision flight demonstration pilots of the United States Navy Blue Angels. In 1962, Gordon was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Joey Tassili on CBS's legal drama, The Defenders, starring E.G. Marshall. During 1977–1978, he co-starred in the short-lived television show Lucan.

His most notable film roles were those in which he appeared alongside his friend Steve McQueen: Bullitt, Papillon and The Towering Inferno.

Gordon's last credited film work was the 2005 documentary, Steve McQueen – The Essence of Cool. Gordon was interviewed along with several others who had worked with McQueen, with whom he was a close friend and colleague.

He died in Los Angeles on April 24 2017, aged 90, survived by a wife and daughter from a previous marriage.


Friday, May 19, 2017


William "Bill" Paxton (May 17, 1955 – February 25, 2017) was an American actor and film director. The films in which he appeared include The Terminator (1984), Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986), Predator 2 (1990), True Lies (1994), Apollo 13 (1995), Twister (1996), Titanic (1997), U-571 (2000), Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Nightcrawler (2014). Paxton also starred in the HBO drama series Big Love (2006–2011). In 2013, he received an Emmy Award nomination for his performance in the miniseries Hatfields and McCoys.

Paxton was married from 1979 to 1980 to Kelly Rowan. In 1987, he married Louise Newbury; together, they had two children, James and Lydia.

In February 2017, a few weeks prior to having cardiac surgery, and ultimately his death, Paxton stated in an interview with Marc Maron that he had a damaged heart valve, the result of suffering from rheumatic fever in his youth.

Death

On February 25, 2017, Paxton died at the age of 61 from complications following heart surgery. A representative for the family released the following statement to the press on February 26:

It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery. A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family's wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.

Paxton's cause of death was a stroke resulting from complications from his heart and aorta surgery that he underwent on February 14, 2017.

He is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills.




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Voice Actor Daws Butler 1988 Holy Cross Cemetery


Charles Dawson "Daws" Butler (November 16, 1916 – May 18, 1988) was an American voice actor who specialized in voicing animated films and television series. He worked mostly for the Hanna-Barbera animation production company where he originated the voices of many familiar characters, including Fred Flintstone, Yogi Bear, Quick Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, and Huckleberry Hound.



Early life and career

Daws Butler was born on November 16, 1916, in Toledo, Ohio, the only child of Ruth Butler and Charles Allen Butler.

The family later moved from Ohio to Oak Park, Illinois, where Butler got interested in impersonating people.[1]

In 1935, the future voice master started as an impressionist, entering multiple amateur contests and winning most of them. He had entered them, not with the intention of showing his talent, but as a personal challenge to overcome his shyness, with success. Nonetheless, Butler won professional engagements at vaudeville theaters. Later, he teamed up with fellow performers Jack Lavin and Willard Ovitz to form the comedy trio The Three Short Waves. The team played in theaters, on radio, and in nightclubs, generating positive reviews from regional critics and audiences. They dissolved their act in 1941, when Daws Butler joined the U.S. Navy as America entered World War Two. Some time after, he met his wife Myrtis during a wartime function in North Carolina.

His first voice work for an animated character came in 1948 in the animated short Short Snorts on Sports, which was produced by Screen Gems. That same year at MGM, Tex Avery hired Butler to provide the voice of a British wolf on Little Rural Riding Hood and also to narrate several of his cartoons. Throughout the late 1940s and mid-1950s, he had roles in many Avery-directed cartoons; the Fox in Out-Foxed, the narrator in The Cuckoo Clock, the Cobbler in The Peachy Cobbler, Mr. Theeves in Droopy's "Double Trouble," Mysto the Magician in Magical Maestro, John the Cab and John the B-29 Bomber in One Cab's Family and Little Johnny Jet, and Maxie in The Legend of Rockabye Point.

Starting with The Three Little Pups, Butler provided the voice for a nameless wolf that spoke in a Southern accent and whistled all the time. This character also appeared in Sheep Wrecked, Billy Boy and many more cartoons. While at MGM, Avery wanted Butler to try to do the voice of Droopy, at a time when Bill Thompson had been unavailable due to radio engagements. Instead, Butler recommended Don Messick, another actor and Butler's lifelong friend, who could imitate Thompson. Thus, Messick voiced Droopy in several shorts.[2]

In 1949, Butler landed a role in a televised puppet show created by former Warner Bros. cartoon director Bob Clampett called Time for Beany. Butler was teamed with Stan Freberg, and together they did all the voices of the puppets. Butler voiced Beany Boy and Captain Huffenpuff. Freberg voiced Cecil and Dishonest John. An entire stable of recurring characters were seen. The show's writers were Charles Shows and Lloyd Turner, whose dependably funny dialog was still always at the mercy of Butler's and Freberg's ad libs. Time for Beany ran from 1949 to 1954 and won several Emmy Awards.



Butler briefly turned his attention to writing and voicing several TV commercials. In the 1950s, Stan Freberg asked him to help him write comedy skits for his Capitol Records albums. Their first collaboration, "St. George and the Dragon-Net" (based on Dragnet), was the first comedy record to sell over one million copies. Freberg was more of a satirist who did song parodies, but the bulk of his dialogue routines were co-written by and co-starred Butler. 



He teamed again with Freberg and actress June Foray in a CBS radio series, The Stan Freberg Show, which ran from July to October 1957 as a summer replacement for Jack Benny's program. Freberg's box-set, Tip of the Freberg (Rhino Entertainment, 1999) chronicles every aspect of Freberg's career except the cartoon voice-over work, and it showcases his career with Daws Butler.

In Mr. Magoo, the UPA theatrical animated short series for Columbia Pictures, Butler played Magoo's nephew Waldo (also voiced by Jerry Hausner at various times).

He provided the voices of many nameless Walter Lantz characters for theatrical shorts later seen on the Woody Woodpecker program. His most notable characters were the penguin Chilly Willy and his sidekick Smedley, a southern-speaking dog (the same voice used for Tex Avery's laid-back wolf character).

In 1957, after MGM had closed down their animation division, producers William Hanna and Joseph Barbera quickly formed their own company, and Daws Butler and Don Messick were on hand to provide voices. The first, The Ruff and Reddy Show, with Butler voicing Reddy, set the formula for the rest of the series of cartoons that the two helmed until the mid-1960s. He played the title roles in The Huckleberry Hound Show, The Quick Draw McGraw Show, and The Yogi Bear Show, as well as a variety of other characters.



Characters

In 1950, Daws Butler (foreground) and Stan Freberg are backstage doing both voices and puppeteering on Bob Clampett's Time for Beany (1949–1954) at KTLA in Los Angeles. Freberg operates Cecil the Seasick Sea Serpent and Dishonest John, while Butler handles Captain Huffenpuff and Beany.

The characters with voices by Butler from 1957 to 1978 included:

"Bring 'Em Back Alive" Clive
Aesop's Son (in the "Aesop and Son" segment of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show)
Fibber Fox and Alfy Gator (of Yakky Doodle)
Ali Gator (in two Lantz theatrical shorts)
Augie Doggie
Baba Looey (from Quick Draw McGraw)
Barney Rubble (from The Flintstones) (1959–1961; The Flagstones pilot and season two episodes 1, 2, 5, 6, and 9 only)
Big Gruesome
Bingo (of Banana Splits)
Brutus the Lion (of The Roman Holidays)
Cap'n Crunch
Captain Skyhook (of The Space Kidettes)
Chilly Willy
Cogswell
Colonel Pot Shot
Dixie Mouse (of Pixie and Dixie)
Elroy Jetson
Fibber Fox (of Yakky Doodle)
Fred Flintstone (1959; The Flagstones pilot only)
Gabby Gator (of Woody Woodpecker)
Gelationous Giant from The Phantom Tollbooth
Gooney the "Gooney Bird" Albatross
Hair Bear (of Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch)
Henry Orbit
Hokey Wolf
Huckleberry Hound
Hustle (of The CB Bears)
Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore (of The Funky Phantom)
Karlos K. Krinkelbein (from the 1971 animated TV special version of The Cat in the Hat)
Lambsy (of "It's the Wolf" on Cattanooga Cats)
Lippy the Lion
Loopy De Loop
Louie (from The Dogfather)
Maxie the Polar Bear
Mr. Jinks (of Pixie and Dixie)
Peter Perfect
Peter Potamus
Pug (from The Dogfather)
Quick Draw McGraw
Quisp
Raggedy Andy (in "The Great Santa Claus Caper (1978)")
Red Max
Reddy the dog (from The Ruff and Reddy Show)
Rock Slag
Rufus Ruffcut
The Whether Man, The Senses Taker, The Terrible Trivium and the Gelatinous Giant from The Phantom Tollbooth
Sgt. Blast
Smedley the dog (from the Chilly Willy cartoons)
Snagglepuss
Super Snooper and Blabber Mouse
Spike the Bulldog (of Spike and Tyke) (1949–1957)
Stick and Duke (of Posse Impossible)
Snoopy (from Snoopy Come Home)
Scooby-Dum from The Scooby-Doo Show and Laff-A-Lympics (1976–1978)
Undercover Elephant
Terrible Trivium from The Phantom Tollbooth
Whether Man from The Phantom Tollbooth
Wally Gator
Wolf (from the Droopy cartoons)
Yahooey (from Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey)
Yogi Bear


Butler would voice most of these characters for many decades, in both TV shows and in some commercials. The breakfast cereal mascot Cap'n Crunch became an icon of sorts on Saturday morning TV through many commercials produced by Jay Ward. Butler played Cap'n from the 1960s to the 1980s. He based the voice on that of character actor Charles Butterworth. In 1961, while Mel Blanc was recovering from a motor vehicle accident, Daws Butler replaced him to voice Barney Rubble in five episodes of The Flintstones (The Hit Songwriter, Droop-Along Flintstone, Fred Flintstone Woos Again, The Rock Quarry Story, The Little White Lie).

In 1964, Butler was featured as Huckleberry Hound on a 45 RPM record, "Bingo, Ringo," a comedic story combining the Beatles' drummer Ringo Starr and Lorne Greene's hit record "Ringo."

In Wacky Races, Butler provided the voices for a number of the racers, Rock Slag, Big Gruesome, the Red Max, Sgt. Blast, Peter Perfect, and Rufus Ruffcut. He voiced a penguin and a turtle in the movie Mary Poppins, his only known work for Disney. Along with Mel Blanc, Stan Freberg, Paul Frees and June Foray, Butler also provided voices for countless children's records featuring recreations of several successful Disney cartoons and films.



Inspirations

Butler based some of his voices on popular celebrities of the day. Yogi Bear began as an Art Carney impression; Butler had done a similar voice in several of Robert McKimson's films at Warner Brothers and Stan Freberg's comedy record "The Honey-Earthers." However, Butler soon changed Yogi's voice, making it much deeper and more sing-songy, thus making it a more original voice.

Hokey Wolf began as an impression of Phil Silvers, and Snagglepuss as Bert Lahr. In fact, when Snagglepuss began appearing in commercials for Kellogg's Cocoa Krispies in 1961, Lahr threatened to sue Butler for "stealing" his voice. As part of the settlement, the disclaimer "Snagglepuss voice by Daws Butler" was required to appear on each commercial, making him the only voice actor ever to receive one in an animated TV commercial. Butler redesigned these voices, making them his own inventions. Huckleberry Hound was inspired many years earlier, in 1945, by a North Carolina neighbor of Daws' wife's family, and he had in fact been using that voice for a long time, for Avery's laid-back wolf and Lantz' Smedley.



Later life

In the 1970s, he was the voice of "Hair Bear" on Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! and a few characters in minor cartoons such as C.B. Bears. On Laff-a-Lympics, Butler was virtually the entire "Yogi Yahooey" team. He also played the title character in The Funky Phantom, as well as Louie and Pug on The Pink Panther Show. In 1977, he guest starred as Captain Numo and his lackey Schultz on the What's New, Mr. Magoo? episode "Secret Agent Magoo."

Butler remained somewhat low-key in the 1970s and 1980s until a revival of The Jetsons and Hanna-Barbera's crossover series Yogi's Treasure Hunt, both in 1985. Also in 1983, he voiced the title character, Wacky WallWalker in Deck the Halls with Wacky Walls.

In 1975, Butler began an acting workshop which spawned such talents as Nancy Cartwright, Corey Burton, Joe Bevilacqua, Bill Farmer, Pat Parris, Tony Pope, Linda Gary, Bob Bergen, Mona Marshall, Sherry Lynn, Joey Camen, writer Earl Kress and many more.

In the year of his death, The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound was released, a tour-de-force featuring most of his classic early characters.



Personal life and death

He was married to Myrtis Martin from 1943[3] to 1988, whom he had met and married while he was in the United States Navy during World War II.[4] They had four sons, David, Don, Paul, and Charles. Butler died from a heart attack on May 18, 1988.[5][6] Many of his roles were assumed by Greg Burson, who had been personally trained by Butler until his death.



Daws Butler is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery.






Legacy

Daws Butler trained many voice actors including Nancy Cartwright (the voice of Bart Simpson), Corey Burton (the voice of Dale in Chip 'n' Dale), Bill Farmer (the current voice of Goofy, Pluto, and Horace Horsecollar), Bob Bergen (voice of Porky Pig), Joe Bevilacqua (whom Butler personally taught how to do all of his characters), Greg Burson (voice of Yogi Bear and Bugs Bunny), Mona Marshall (voices in South Park), Sherry Lynn and Joey Camen. Butler's voice and scripts were a frequent part of Bevilacqua's now-defunct XM show.[7] Bevilacqua also wrote Butler's official biography, published by Bear Manor Media.[8] A new book of cartoon scripts written by Daws Butler and Joe Bevilacqua, Uncle Dunkle and Donnie: Fractured Fables, was scheduled for publication in the fall of 2009. A four-volume, 4½-hour audio set of Uncle Dunkle and Donnie was to be released simultaneously with Bevilacqua performing all 97 characters in 35 stories. Butler also trained Hal Rayle, who ultimately determined that his best-known character of Doyle Cleverlobe from Galaxy High School should sound like Elroy Jetson after he finished puberty.[9]


Filmography

Animated films and theatrical shorts

Year Title Roles Notes

1948 Short Snorts on Sports Screen Gems (Columbia) Theatrical short
Little Rural Riding Hood City Wolf MGM Theatrical short
1949 Out-Foxed Fox Droopy Theatrical short
Love That Pup Father (Spike) Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Jerry's Diary "Uncle Dudley" Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
1950 Punchy de Leon Crow UPA Theatrical short
The Chump Champ Master of Ceremonies Droopy Theatrical short
The Peachy Cobbler Narrator/The Cobbler MGM Theatrical short
The Cuckoo Clock Narrator (The Cat) MGM Theatrical short
The Framed Cat Spike and Tom Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
1951 Daredevil Droopy The Great Barko Droopy Theatrical short
Jerry and the Goldfish Chef Francois Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Sleepy-Time Tom Lightning Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Slicked-up Pup Spike Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Droopy's "Double Trouble" Mr. Theeves Droopy Theatrical short
1952 Gift Wrapped Narrator Sylvester and Tweety Theatrical short
Magical Maestro Mysto the Magician MGM Theatrical short
One Cab's Family John the Cab/Doctor MGM Theatrical short
A Case for Hypnosis Doctor Twiddle
Fit to Be Tied Spike Tom and Jerry short
The Dog House Spike Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
1953 That's My Pup! Spike Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Little Johnny Jet John the Bomber MGM Theatrical short
The Three Pups Wolf Droopy Theatrical short
Chilly Willy Chilly Willy Walter Lantz Theatrical short
1954 Crazy Mixed-Up Pup Samuel/The Dog/Milkman Theatrical short
Drag-A-Long Droopy Wolf Rancher/The Bull Droopy Theatrical short
Billy Boy Wolf MGM Theatrical short
Under the Counter Spy Hammerer Woody Woodpecker Theatrical short
Hic-cup Pup Spike Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Pet Peeve Tom and Spike's Owner Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
The Flea Circus Pepito MGM Theatrical short
Convict Concerto Police Officer Woody Woodpecker Theatrical short
I'm Cold Smedley Chilly Willy Theatrical short
The Farm of Tomorrow MGM Theatrical short
1955 The Legend of Rockabye Point Maxie the Polar Bear Walter Lantz Theatrical short
Pecos Pest Announcer Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Deputy Droopy Sheriff/Thief Droopy Theatrical short
Hot and Cold Penguin Smedley Chilly Willy Theatrical short
Heir-Conditioned Cat Sylvester and Tweety Theatrical short
The Tree Medic Tree Surgeon Walter Lantz Theatrical short
Sh-h-h-h-h-h Mr. Twiddle/Doctor/Hotel Manager Walter Lantz Theatrical short
Pup on a Picnic Spike Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Smarty Cat Butch Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
1956 Down Beat Bear Radio announcer Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Weasel Stop Dog Looney Tunes Theatrical short
Barbary Coast Bunny Nasty Canasta Looney Tunes Theatrical short
Wideo Wabbit Bugs Bunny doing Groucho Marx/Bugs Bunny doing Ed Norton Looney Tunes Theatrical short
Yankee Dood It Shoemaker Looney Tunes Theatrical short
Rocket-bye Baby Narrator/Joe Wilbur/Capt. Schmideo/Lecturer Merrie Melodies Theatrical short
Barbecue Brawl Spike Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Stupor Duck Narrator/Newspaper editor/Mountain climber 2 Daffy Duck Theatrical short
Magoo's Puddle Jumper Waldo Mr. Magoo Theatrical short
After the Ball Lumberjack Bear Woody Woodpecker short
Woody Meets Davy Crewcut Davy Crewcut Woody Woodpecker short
The Ostrich Egg and I Sam Walter Lantz short
Operation Cold Feet Smedley Chilly Willy short
Hold That Rock Smedley Chilly Willy short
Half-Fare Hare Ralph Kramden/Ed Norton Bugs Bunny short
The Honey-Mousers Ralph Krumden/Ned Morton Looney Tunes short
Raw! Raw! Rooster! Rhode Island Red Looney Tunes short
1957 Tops with Pops Spike Tom and Jerry Theatrical short
Tom's Photo Finish Tom's Owner/Spike Tom and Jerry short
Give and Tyke Spike/Stray Dog/Dog Catcher Spike and Tyke short
Scat Cats Spike/Spike and Tyke's Owner/Lightning and Meathead Spike and Tyke short
Blackboard Jumble Wolf Droopy short
Drafty, Isn't? Narrator/Ralph Phillips
Mucho Mouse Tom and Lightning Tom and Jerry short
Go Fly a Kit Counter Man Looney Tunes short
International Woodpecker George Washington Woody Woodpecker short
The Unbearable Salesman Bear Woody Woodpecker short
Cheese It, the Cat! Ralph Krumden/Ned Morton Looney Tunes short
Fodder and Son Windy and Breezy Walter Lantz short
1958 Mutts About Racing Announcer Droopy short
Sheep Wrecked Wolf Droopy short
Everglade Raid Al I. Gator Woody Woodpecker short
Watch the Birdie Birdwatcher Woody Woodpecker short
Tree's a Crowd Colonel Munch Woody Woodpecker short
A Bird in a Bonnet Sewer Worker Looney Tunes short
A Chilly Reception Chilly Willy Chilly Willy short
Polar Pest Chilly Willy Chilly Willy short
Little TeleVillain Smedley/Mr. Stoop/Car Salesman Chilly Willy short
A Waggily Tale Junior/Elvis/Dad/Johnny/Melvin Looney Tunes short
1959 Truant Student Windy/Breezy/Truant Officer Willoughby Walter Lantz short
The Alphabet Conspiracy Jabberwock TV movie
1001 Arabian Nights Omar the Rugmaker
Robinson Gruesome Narrator/Robinson Gruesome/Ape Walter Lantz short
Trick or Tweet Sam Sylvester and Tweety short
Yukon Have It Smedley/Caribou Lou Chilly Willy short
Merry Minstrel Magoo Waldo/Dentist UPA short
Here Today, Gone Tamale Mice Looney Tunes short
Romp in a Swamp Al I. Gator Woody Woodpecker short
1959–1964 Loopy De Loop Loopy De Loop / additional voices 48 Theatrical shorts
1960 Mice Follies Ralph Crumden/Ned Morton Looney Tunes short
Southern Fried Hospitality Narrator/Gabby Gator Walter Lantz short
1964 Mary Poppins Turtle/Penguin His only work for Disney
Hey There, It's Yogi Bear Yogi Bear / Airplane Pilot / Ranger Tom Hanna Barbera's first Animated feature film
1965 The Beary Family Charlie Beary/Junior Beary "Guess Who?" short
1970 The Phantom Tollbooth Whether Man, Senses Taker, The Terrible Trivium, The Gelatinous Giant Animated feature film
1971 The Cat in the Hat Mr. Krinklebein Animated TV special
1980 Yogi's First Christmas Yogi Bear / Snagglepuss /Huckleberry Hound / Augie Doggie Animated TV movie
1982 Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper Yogi Bear /Huckleberry Hound / Snagglepuss / Quick Draw McGraw / Mr. Jinks / Hokey Wolf / Augie Doggie /Snooper and Blabber / Dixie / Wally Gator Animated TV movie
1987 The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones Elroy Jetson / Henry Orbit /Cogswell Animated TV movie
Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose Yogi Bear / Huckleberry Hound / Quick Draw McGraw/ Snagglepuss / Augie Doggie Animated TV movie
Yogi's Great Escape Yogi Bear / Quick Draw McGraw / Wally Gator /Snagglepuss Animated TV movie
1988 Rockin' with Judy Jetson Elroy Jetson Animated TV movie
The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound Yogi Bear / Huckleberry Hound / Quick Draw McGraw/ Snagglepuss / Hokey Wolf / Peter Potamus / Baba Looey Animated TV movie
Yogi and the Invasion of the Space Bears Yogi Bear Animated TV movie



Television

Year Title Roles Notes

1957-1960 The Ruff and Reddy Show Reddy / Pinky /Ubble-Ubble /Scary Harry /Safari /Killer / Various
1958-1961 The Huckleberry Hound Show Huckleberry Hound / Yogi Bear / Dixie / Mr. Jinks / Hokey Wolf / Various
1958-1961 Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks Dixie / Mr. Jinks / additional voices
1959-1960 Rocky and His Friends Various Fairy Tale Characters
1959-1961 Quick Draw McGraw Quick Draw McGraw /Baba Looey / Snuffles / Various
1959-1961 Snooper and Blabber Super Snooper / Blabber Mouse / Various
1959-1961 Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy Augie Doggie / Snagglepuss / Various
1960 The Bugs Bunny Show Various Characters
1960-1961 Hokey Wolf Hokey Wolf
1960-1965 The Flintstones Barney Rubble / Yogi Bear / additional voices Note: He appeared in 24 episodes and he played Barney Rubble in five of those episodes and Yogi Bear in another episode.
1961-1962 The Yogi Bear Show Yogi Bear / Snagglepuss / Fibber Fox / Alfy Gator / Hokey Wolf / Huckleberry Hound / Quick Draw McGraw / Augie Daddy / Super Snooper / Blabber Mouse / Baba Louie / Dixie / Mr. Jinks / additional voices
1961-1962 Yakky Doodle Fibber Fox / The Cat / Alfy Gator
1961-1962 Snagglepuss Snagglepuss
1961 Top Cat A.T. Jazz (All That Jazz) episode: All That Jazz
1961 The Bullwinkle Show Aesop Jr. / Additional voices (voice, uncredited)
1962 Wally Gator Wally Gator / additional voices
1962 Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har Lippy the Lion / additional voices
1962/1985-1987 The Jetsons Elroy Jetson / Cogswell Coggs / Henry Orbit
1964 The Woody Woodpecker Show Chilly Willy / Andy Panda / Smedley
1964 Jonny Quest Maharaja / Corbin / Gunderson
1964-1965 The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo various voices
1964-1966 The Peter Potamus Show Peter Potamus
1964-1966 Yippee, Yappee and Yahooey Yahooey
1966 Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? The King of Hearts / The March Hare / Sportscaster TV special
1967 George of the Jungle Additional Voices
1967-1968 Off to See the Wizard Scarecrow / Tin Man / Wizard of Oz
1968 The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Hour Various Characters
1968-1969 Wacky Races Rock Slag / Big Gruesome / Red Max / Sergeant Blast / Peter Perfect / Rufus Ruffcut
1968-1969 The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Various voices
1969 The Banana Splits Adventure Hour Bingo
1969-1971 Cattanooga Cats Lambsy Divey / Crumden
1970 Harlem Globetrotters Uncredited
1971 The Funky Phantom Jonathan Wellington "Mudsy" Muddlemore/Fingers
1971 Help!... It's the Hair Bear Bunch! Hair Bear / Bumbo the Elephant / Bananas the Gorilla / Furface the Lion / Film director
1972 The New Scooby-Doo Movies Larry Fine /Curly Joe DeRita / Various Characters
1972 A Christmas Story Gumdrop TV special
1972 The Roman Holidays Brutus the Lion
1972 Yogi's Ark Lark Yogi Bear / Huckleberry Hound / Quick Draw McGraw / Snagglepuss / Wally Gator / Peter Potamus / Augie Doggie / Lippy the Lion / Dixie / Baba Looey / Lambsy / Top Cat TV special
1972 The Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park Bingo / Frog / Octopus TV special
1972 The Adventures of Robin Hoodnik Scrounger / Richard TV special
1972 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home various voices
1973 Yogi's Gang Yogi Bear / Huckleberry Hound / Quick Draw McGraw / Snagglepuss / Wally Gator / Peter Potamus / Augie Doggie / Hokey Wolf / Lippy the Lion / Baba Looey / Tantrum
1974 Hong Kong Phooey Blubber / Stick / Big Duke episode: Comedy Cowboys
1975-1986 Sesame Street Warning Cartoon Man / J Train Commentator 4 episodes
1976 The Sylvester and Tweety Show Various Characters
1976 Aesop and Son Additional Voices
1976-1977 The Scooby-Doo Show Scooby Dum episodes: The Gruesome Game of the Gator Ghoul / The Headless Horseman of Halloween / Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats / The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller
1977 Posse Impossible Hustle / Stick / Duke
1977 Laff-A-Lympics Yogi Bear / Augie Doggie / Blabber / Dirty Dalton / Dixie / Hokey Wolf / Huckleberry Hound / Mr. Jinks / Quick Draw McGraw / Scooby-Dum / Snagglepuss / Super Snooper / Wally Gator
1977 Fred Flintstone and Friends
1978 The Hanna-Barbera Happy Hour TV special
1978 Yogi's Space Race Yogi Bear / Huckleberry Hound /Quick Draw McGraw
1978 Galaxy Goof-Ups Yogi Bear / Huckleberry Hound
1978 The All-New Popeye Hour Wimpy
1978 Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue Hair Bear / Huckleberry Hound / Snagglepuss/ Yogi Bear / Quick Draw McGraw / Bingo TV special
1979 The Hanna-Barbera Hall of Fame: Yabba Dabba Doo II Himself - Various Character Voices TV special
1979 Casper's First Christmas Yogi Bear / Huckleberry Hound /Quick Draw McGraw /Snagglepuss / Augie Doggie TV special
1982 Woody Woodpecker and His Friends Various Voices
1982 Yogi Bear's All Star Comedy Christmas Caper Yogi Bear /Huckleberry Hound / Snagglepuss / Quick Draw McGraw / Mr. Jinks / Hokey Wolf / Augie Doggie / Snooper and Blabber / Dixie / Wally Gator TV special
1985-1988 Yogi's Treasure Hunt Yogi Bear /Snagglepuss /Huckleberry Hound / Quick Draw McGraw /Augie Doggie /Snooper and Blabber /Baba Looey /Undercover Elephant /Yippee Coyote /Hokey Wolf / Lippy the Lion /Mr. Jinks /Peter Potamus
1986 The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show Various Characters
1986 The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration Yogi Bear / Huckleberry Hound / Quick Draw McGraw



In popular culture

The video Daws Butler: Voice Magician is a 1987 documentary of Butler's career from his pre-MGM days on up through his teaming with Freberg in 1949 and the teaming with Don Messick in 1957. It was originally seen as a PBS pledge-drive special.

Former Butler protege Joe Bevilacqua used to host a radio series on XM Satellite Radio's Sonic Theater Channel called The Comedy-O-Rama Hour which features a regular segment called What the Butler Wrote: Scenes from the Daws Butler Workshop with rare scripts of Daws performed by his students, including Nancy Cartwright, and rare recordings of Daws himself. Bevilacqua has also co-authored (with Ben Ohmart) the authorized biography book Daws Butler, Characters Actor, and edited the book Scenes for Actors and Voices written by Daws Butler, both published by Bear Manor Media.

Butler once appeared as a contestant on Groucho Marx' You Bet Your Life. The studio audience did not recognize him until he began doing Huckleberry Hound's voice. Butler and his partner split the top prize of $10,000.

In 1985, Daws Butler was interviewed about his career on Dr. Demento's radio show.



References

1. "the Official Website of Daws Butler- BIOGRAPHY- June 2003". Dawsbutler.com. 1978-11-21.
2. "A Personal Portrait of My Mentor by Joe Bevilesqua". Dawsbutler.com.
3. http://yowpyowp.blogspot.com/2016/11/daws-at-100.html
4. "Daws Butler's biography on". S9.com.
5. Staff. "Charles 'Daws' Butler, Voice Of Yogi Bear, Many Others". Orlando Sentinel. (May 20, 1988)
6. Folkart, Burt A. "Obituaries: Daws Butler; Voice of Well-Known Cartoon Characters" Los Angeles Times (May 20, 1988)
7. "The Comedy-O-Rama Hour". Comedyorama.com.
8. Daws Butler - Characters Actor, BearManor Media
9. "The Galaxy High Website!". Galaxyhigh86.tripod.com.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Actor Powers Boothe 1948-2017 Memorial Video


Powers Allen Boothe (June 1, 1948 – May 14, 2017) was an American television and film actor. Some of his most notable roles include his Emmy-winning portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones and his turns as TV detective Philip Marlowe in the 1980s, Cy Tolliver on Deadwood, "Curly Bill" Brocious in Tombstone, Vice-President and subsequently President Noah Daniels on 24, and Lamar Wyatt in Nashville. Boothe married his college sweetheart Pam in 1969, and they had two children, Parisse and Preston. Boothe died in his sleep on the morning of May 14, 2017. He was 68.



Saturday, May 13, 2017

"Hitchcock" Cinematographer Robert Burks 1968 Good Shepherd Cemetery


Robert Burks, A.S.C. (July 4, 1909 – May 11, 1968) was an American cinematographer known for being proficient in virtually every genre and equally at home with black-and-white or color.


Rear Window (1954)

Career

Biography

Robert Burks was born in Chino California on July 4, 1909.[1] He was only nineteen years old in 1928 when he found his first job as a special effects technician in the Warner Brother's Lab, the industry's largest special effects facility at the time.[2] Burks' talent was evident, and he quickly rose through the ranks at Warner Bros, first promoted to assistant cameraman in 1929, and then on to operating cameraman in 1934. In 1938 Burks rose to special effects cinematographer, garnering over 30 special effect cinematography credits before he was promoted to Director of Photography in 1944.[3]

With his promotion to DP (Director of Photography), Burks, who was only thirty five years old, became the youngest fully accredited DP in the industry, working in the cinematographic unit at Warner Bros amongst the most distinguished cinematographers of the time, from James Wong Howe to Sol Polito.[3] Throughout his career at Warner Brother's leading up to this time, Burks' education and special effects experience were invaluable, as he crafted his cinematographic identity under the expertise of many of the most renowned cinematographers in the world.[4] Burks ultimately left Warner Bros alongside Alfred Hitchcock in the fall of 1953 in favor of a move to the Paramount lot, which boasted a greater breadth of resources and more established reputation at the time.[5]



Burks' first Director of Photography credit was Jammin' the Blues (1944), a short film featuring leading jazz musicians of the day. It was not until 1949 that Burks evolved into a full-time production cinematographer with his photography in The Fountainhead (1949).[4]

Burks is best known for his cinematography in a number of collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock throughout the 1950s and 1960s.[2] Though his legacy is highly intertwined with that of Hitchcock, in his twenty five years as a DP Burks' worked on an impressive 55 features.[4] Notable credits include The Fountainhead, Beyond the Forest, The Glass Menagerie, The Spirit of St. Louis, The Music Man, and A Patch of Blue.[6]



Legacy

Cinematographic Style

Burks' cinematography is most notable for its wide stylistic range, with his skills as a technician informing his photographic versatility in black and white, color, and 3-D. Such an adeptness for a wide spectrum of cinematographic technique imbued Burks with a unique ability to create a visual style that was in keeping with a specific directorial vision. Burks further enforced said strong directorial vision in his works through techniques and stylistic choices that tended to remain "invisible" to the viewer, rarely calling attention to themselves.[1] Burks filmography evidences his ease in a variety of settings, whether it be outdoors, indoors, on location or on set. Burks' talent allowed for experimentation and made him an equal opportunist, resulting in a filmography that boasts photography in black and white, color, and even 3-D not to mention a number of exemplary VistaVision films.[8]

Burks' time in the special effects lab played a large part in the meticulous planning he was known to do before he ever stepped foot on set. From the beginning of his career, Burks' was known for a high level of involvement in the pre-production of the films he worked on, something that was uncommon for cinematographers at this time. This early collaboration with the director in imagining visual style was the first step in Burks' highly organized and calculated cinematographic style. He would next utilize miniature models of each of the films sets in order to devise and elaborate plan for every lighting and camera setup in the film.[3] This high level of planning in advance bolstered Burks reputation for incredible accuracy and precision when it came to technical set ups that were often unconventional.[5] Burks' background boasted a wealth of technical knowledge that, when paired with his natural instincts for lighting and composition, employed him with an exceptional ability to take artistic risks that resulted in some of the most visually striking films of all time.[9]



Burks wide reaching accolades were recognized via a number of nominations, with four Academy Award nominations including both best black and white photography and best color photography. Burks' one and only Oscar win was for To Catch a Thief, which is renowned as "a magnificent example of VistaVision technique." [4]





When describing Burks, Byron Haskin, ASC, stated that, "his work is thoroughly excellent in every respect...[He is] honest, straightforward, resourceful and, in the true sense, a gentlemen." [4]

A closer look at Burks' cinematography in specific films best captures the wide range of his style.



Cinematography in The Wrong Man (1956)

Burks' cinematography in the black and white photography of Hitchcock's The Wrong Man has been described as "bleakly neorealist,"[2] but its precise visual style is hard to pinpoint, instead falling "somewhere between documentary realism and film noir, with elements of Italian neorealism and moments of modernist expressionism." Hitchcock initially intended the film to be highly realist and shot entirely on location in such a way that it felt incredibly documentary, a notion that is in keeping with the films basis in a true story. Ultimately, this was not the case, and The Wrong Man comes to exemplify Burks' technical flexibility, as it was shot both on location in New York City and on set in Hollywood, despite appearing to be entirely on location. The demands of on location shooting in New York required on a lighting scheme of small portable Garnelite lamps, a new invention at this time, while the remainder of the film shot in Hollywood depended on an innovative lighting scheme to imitate the naturalistic style of the on location footage.[10]

Beyond the basic level of creating uniform lighting schemes from one location to the next, Burks' lighting style was highly intertwined with the thematics and mood of the film. He frequently utilized the lighting scheme in The Wrong Man to create a cross hatched shadow that "invoked the dominant theme of imprisonment and...of crucifixion".[10] This visual style was supported by a flare for extreme camera angles and wide angle lenses that, unlike most of Burks' photography, did call attention to themselves and, in doing so, imbued the film with a notable noir quality. These highly crafted and precise technical and artistic decisions diverge from the explicitly realist documentary style Hitchcock initially sought, and rather reflect Burks' flexibility and capability to capture the essence of the narrative mood with his photography.[10]



Cinematography in The Birds (1963)

The Birds was highly reliant upon Burks' background in special effects, and is often considered to be his greatest technical achievement. Of the film's 1,500 plus shots (already three times more than the usual number of shots in a production), more than 400 were either trick or composite shots.[11] The film has an affinity for closeups, particularly of Tippi Hedren, often employing heavy diffusion and a lighting scheme that utilizes a frontal slightly off-camera key that was directional in addition to an eyelight next to the camera as well as some backlight.[12]

One of the greatest challenges lay in the realism of the birds themselves, which were initially all mechanical models intended to appear natural. Burks was not satisfied with the look of these fake birds, and instead proposed the use of a combination of real birds and special effects that would allow the birds to appear more realistic. Along with special effects editor Brad Hoffman, Burks used his knowledge of special effects to manipulate pre-existing footage of birds that could then be utilized in the film. In the end, Burks spent over a year planning, shooting, reshooting, and overseeing special effects on The Birds to create the masterpiece we know today.[11]

One of the film's most famous and technically impressive scenes occurs at its conclusion in the shot of the Brenner's driveway, which required a combination of thirty two different exposures as well as one of Whitlock's matte paintings. Such a shot was highly advanced for this time and evidences Burks' technical genius and undeniable aptitude for special effects.[11]

Hitchcock stated that "If Bob Burks and the rest of us hadn't been technicians ourselves the film would have cost $5 million [instead of $3 million." Brad Hoffman further lauded Burks' contribution, saying the film "never could have been made [without Burks]. It was his persistence in doing these shots over and over that made The Birds the classic it is today." [11]



Cinematography in Marnie (1964)

Marnie, the final collaboration between Hitchcock and Burks, is often referenced as Burks' greatest cinematographic achievement. The film plays with extremes of color as well as exploring the manipulation of telephoto and wide-angle lenses, garnering reactions that were equally extreme. While some lauded the film for its experimental nature, others found the radical style "audacious" and "visually clumsy." In hindsight though, the film's experimental style was ahead of its time and is highly indicative of the art cinema movement of the 1960s.[2]

In terms of color, "the film avoids warm and bright colors, instead emphasizing subdued tones that would allow for the selective use of two primary colors: red and yellow." [13] This experimentation with color was particularly effective in flashback sequences, where tones were highly desaturated to evoke the feeling of a long suppressed memory.

Burks' voyeuristic camera movement in the film was more radical than anything he had done previously, alternating between "tightly framed compositions shot with 50mm fixed lenses and striking camera moves, including backward and forward zooms, elaborate tracking shots pans, crane shots, Dutch tiles, and even the combination zoom and dolly shot." [13] These decisions were not superfluous though; despite their extreme nature, the camera movement in the film was highly calculated and fluid, ultimately reflecting a "highly effective synthesis of narrative development and artistic expression." [13]

Much like The Birds, the film toys with close ups of Tippi Hedren. According to Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto, the director gave Burks "unusual instructions about photographing her face - the camera was to come as close as possible, the lenses were almost to make love to her. For a scene in which she is kissed by Sean Connery, the close-up is so tight, the frame filled so fully with pressing lips, that the tone is virtually pornographic." [12]


Burks and Hitchcock

Burks is best known for his collaborative relationship with director Alfred Hitchcock, acting as cinematographer on twelve of Hitchcock's films in the 1950s and 1960s, which many consider to be the period of the director's greatest success.[14] Though little information on the nature of the pairs relationship was published due to Burks' untimely death, it is surmised that Burks' experience with special effects may have played a decisive factor in their partnership, as Hitchcock was known to have an affinity for special effects himself.[3]

The pair's partnership kicked off with Hitchcock's 1951 Strangers on a Train, which garnered Burks his first Oscar nomination, and spanned over 13 years concluding with Marnie in 1964.[15] The pair's collaborations include: Strangers on a Train (1951), I Confess (1953), Dial M For Murder (1954, 3-D, Warner Color), Rear Window (1954, Technicolor), To Catch a Thief (1955, VistaVision, Technicolor), The Trouble with Harry (1955, VistaVision, Technicolor), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956, VistaVision, Technicolor), The Wrong Man (1957), Vertigo (1958, VistaVision, Technicolor), North by Northwest (1958, VistaVision, Technicolor), The Birds (1963, Technicolor), and Marnie (1964, Technicolor)[4]. The variety of the aforementioned films reflect Burks' considerable range, with examples of every available format from "the black and white pseudo documentary of The Wrong Man to the numerous VistaVision color productions." [14]

Hitchcock's own high level proficiency in special effects made his directorial style a good match for Burks, allowing for cinematographic experimentation as his writing often prompted "unusual camera imagery." [4]

Hitchcock is said to have been devastated by the untimely and tragic death of Burks - many believe that if this incident had not occurred, the two would have gone on to make numerous other masterpieces together.[4]

Other Collaborators

In addition to Hitchcock, Burks did work with a number of other directors on multiple projects. Such collaborative relationships are evidenced in Burks' repeat work as DP with the following directors:[2]

Delmer Daves: To the Victor, A Kiss in the Dark, and Task Force

Don Siegel: Hitler Lives! and Star in the Night

King Vidor: The Fountainhead and Beyond the Forest

Gordon Douglas: Come Fill the Cup, Mara Maru, and So This is Love (The Grace Moore Story)

John Farrow: Hondo, The Boy from Oklahoma

Robert Mulligan: The Rat Race and The Great Imposter

Hitchcock was known to work with a close knit production team that, in addition to Burks, included production designer Robert Boyle, editor George Tomasini, costume designer Edith Head, and composer Bernard Herrmann.[14] A particularly important relationship was that of Burks and operative cameraman Leonard J. South, who worked alongside the DP on all twelve films he photographed for Hitchcock. Another important Hitchcock collaborator, screenwriter John Micael Hayes, stated that Burks "gave Hitchcock marvelous ideas [and] contributed greatly to every picture [he shot] during those years."[16]


Other Important Works

In the early years of his career as a DP at Warner Bros, Burks worked on reputable projects with esteemed directors including Task Force (Delmer Daves, 1948), The Fountainhead (King Vidor, 1949), Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949), The Glass Menagerie (Irving Rapper, 1950), and The Enforcer (Bretaigne Windust and Raoul Walsh, 1950). Burks' cinematography on The Fountainhead was recognized by the Motion Picture Academy on the short list for the ten best photographed black and white films of 1949.[3]



Death and Burial

In 1968 Burks died at the age of 58 alongside his wife, Elisabeth, in a tragic fire at their home in Huntington Harbor, California.[4][7] They are buried at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach, California. 





Filmography

Films as Special Effects Photographer[2]

Marked Woman, 1937

Brother Orchid, 1940

A Dispatch from Reuters, 1940

They Drive by Night, 1940

The Story of Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet, 1940

King's Row, 1941

Highway West, 1941

In This Our Life, 1942

Arsenic and Old Lace, 1944

Pride of the Marines, 1945

God Is My Co-Pilot, 1945

Night and Day, 1946

The Verdict, 1946

The Two Mrs. Carrolls, 1947

My Wild Irish Rose, 1947

Possessed, 1947

The Unfaithful, 1947

Cry Wolf, 1947

The Unsuspected, 1947

The Woman in White, 1948

Key Largo, 1948

Romance on the High Seas, 1948

Smart Girls Don't Talk, 1948

John Loves Mary, 1949

The Younger Brothers, 1949

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, 1952

Films as Cinematographer[2]

Jammin' the Blues, 1944

Make Your Own Bed, 1944

Escape in the Desert, 1945

Hitler Lives!, 1945

Star in the Night, 1945

To the Victor, 1948

A Kiss in the Dark, 1948

Task Force, 1949

The Fountainhead, 1949

Beyond the Forest, 1949

The Glass Menagerie, 1950

Room for One More, 1951

Close to My Heart, 1951

The Enforcer, 1951

Strangers on a Train, 1951

Tomorrow is Another Day, 1951

Come Fill the Cup, 1951

Mara Maru, 1952

I Confess, 1952

The Desert Song, 1953

Hondo, 1953

The Boy from Oklahoma, 1953

So This Is Love, 1953

Dial M for Murder, 1954

Rear Window, 1954

To Catch a Thief, 1955

The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1955

The Trouble with Harry, 1955

The Vagabond King, 1956

The Wrong Man, 1956

The Spirit of St. Louis, 1957

Vertigo, 1958

The Black Orchid, 1958

North By Northwest, 1959

But Not for Me, 1959

The Rat Race, 1960

The Great Imposter, 1960

The Pleasure of His Company, 1961

The Music Man, 1962

The Birds, 1963

Marnie, 1964

Once a Thief, 1965

A Patch of Blue, 1965

A Covenant with Death, 1966

Waterhole #3, 1967

Academy Awards[2][8]

Nominee - Best Black and White Photography Strangers on a Train 1951

Nominee - Best Color Photography Rear Window 1954

Winner - Best Color Photography To Catch a Thief 1955

Nominee - Best Black and White Photography A Patch of Blue 1965

References

1. Whitty, Stephen (2016). The Alfred Hitchcock Encyclopedia. Maryland: Roman and Littlefield. pp. 62–63.
2. Morrison, James (2006). International Directory of Films and Filmmakers. Detroit: St. James Press. pp. 135–136 – via Gale Cengage Learning.
3. Beach, Christopher (2015). A Hidden History of Film Style, Cinematographers, Directors, and the Collaborative Process. University of California Press. pp. 129–131.
4. Turner, George (1998). "Great Relationships: Robert Burks and Alfred Hitchcock". American Cinematographer. 79: 72–74 – via ProQuest.
5. Beach, Christopher (2015). A Hidden History of Film Style, Cinematographers, Directors, and the Collaborative Process. Oakland: University of California Press. p. 135.
6. "Robert Burks Biography". Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers. 
7. "Robert Burks Obituary". The New York Times. 
8. Beach, Christopher (2015). A Hidden History of Film Style: Cinematographers, Directors, and the Collaborative Process. Oakland: University of California Press. p. 201.
9. Beach, Christopher (2015). A Hidden History of Film Style, Cinematographers, Directors, and the Collaborative Process. Oakland: University of California Press. p. 152.
10. Beach, Christopher (2015). A Hidden History of Film Style, Cinematographers, Directors, and the Collaborative Process. Oakland: University of California Press. pp. 132–134.
11. Beach, Christopher (2015). A Hidden History of Film Style, Cinematographers, Directors, and the Collaborative Process. University of California Press. pp. 144–146.
12. Pizello, Stephen (2012). "Hitchcock Blonde". American Cinematographer. 10: 76–85 – via ProQuest.
13. Beach, Christopher (2015). A Hidden History of Film Style, Cinematographers, Directors, and the Collaborative Process. Oakland: University of California Press. pp. 146–150.
14. Beach, Christopher (2015). A Hidden History of Film Style, Cinematographers, Directors, and the Collaborative Process. Oakland: University of California Press. pp. 27–28.
15. Beach, Christopher (2015). A Hidden History of Film Style: Cinematographers, Directors, and the Collaborative Process. Oakland: University of California Press. p. 116.
16. Beach, Christopher (2015). A Hidden History of Film Style, Cinematographers, Directors, and the Collaborative Process. Oakland: University of California Press. 128-129

Actor Michael Parks 1940-2017 Memorial Video


Michael Parks (born Harry Samuel Parks; April 24, 1940 - May 9, 2017) was an American singer and actor. He appeared in many films and made frequent television appearances, but was probably best known as the star of the series Then Came Bronson from 1969 to 1970. In his later years Parks worked with filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Kevin Smith. Parks died on May 9, 2017 in his Los Angeles home at the age of 77. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.



Friday, May 12, 2017

"Lost Boundaries" Actor Richard H. Hylton SUICIDE? 1962 Woodlawn Cemetery


Richard H. Hylton (December 11, 1920 - May 12, 1962) was an American actor born in Collinsville, Oklahoma.



Richard H. Hylton's television credits include: "Theatre of Romance" (1949), "Pulitzer Prize Playhouse" (1950), "Spark of Genius" (1953), "Broadway Television Theatre" (1953-1954), and "The United States Steel Hour" (1954-1955).

Hylton's feature film credits include: 




LOST BOUNDARIES (1949), 




HALLS OF MONTEZUMA (1950), 




THE SECRET OF CONVICT LAKE (1951), 




FIXED BAYONETS (1951), 




and THE PRIDE OF ST. LOUIS (1952).



Richard H. Hylton died in San Francisco on May 12, 1962. He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California. 





From the IMDB:

Prior to entering films, he appeared on Broadway in such plays as "The Barretts of Wimpole Street," "Medea" and "Candida." Toured Europe in the play "Our Town" with Raymond Massey.

While most references list his cause of his death at age 41 as heart failure or heart attack, his death certificate lists "suicide" from an acute ingestion of barbiturates (his blood Phenobarbital level was 13.1 mgm%) and alcohol (blood level was 0.13%).

He was signed in Hollywood by 20th Century-Fox after making an impression on TV and in the racially themed dramatic film Lost Boundaries (1949). After a few films, however, the studio did not renew his contract due to rumors about his sexuality, and the emotionally fragile actor retreated to New York for more stage and TV work.