Sunday, June 30, 2019
Bobby Castillo aka Robert Ernie "Babo" Castillo Jr. (April 18, 1955 – June 30, 2014) was an American professional baseball pitcher.
He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1977 and 1985.
He was in the bullpen for the Dodgers in the 1981 World Series, pitching one inning against the New York Yankees.
He also pitched one season in Japan for the Chunichi Dragons in 1987.
Castillo is credited with teaching his former Dodgers team-mate, Fernando Valenzuela, how to throw a screwball.
Castillo died on June 30, 2014 from cancer at the age of 59. His name is listed on the Gardens Memorial Wall at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.
1. "Dodgers' 'Babo' Castillo dies at 59". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 30, 2014.
2. "Shrine of the Eternals 2006 Induction Day Photos". Baseballreliquary.org. 2006-07-23.
3. "Mexican American Baseball". Baseballreliquary.org. 2005-04-09.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Robert Ball Watson (November 11, 1930 – June 27, 1999) credited as Bobs Watson, was an American actor and Methodist minister.
Watson was a member of the Watson Family, famous in the early days of Hollywood as being a houseful of child actors. He was brother to Coy Watson Jr., Harry, Billy, Delmar, Garry, Vivian, Gloria, and Louise, all of whom acted in motion pictures.
The family, known as "the first family of Hollywood," lived by the Echo Park area of Los Angeles and Bobs attended nearby Belmont High School.
They were honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce by placing the Watson family star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6674 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, California.
Watson was best known for his role as "Pee Wee" in the 1938 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film Boys Town and its sequel Men of Boys Town (1941), both starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney. Tracy and Watson became good friends during the making of the first film, and Watson was reportedly Tracy's last visitor before his death in 1967.
In 1939, Watson delivered a fine, tear-jerking performance as Pud, Lionel Barrymore's grandson, in the MGM film, On Borrowed Time. Watson later made guest appearances in many television programs, including The Twilight Zone, Lou Grant, The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and The Fugitive.
In addition to working in the motion pictures business, Watson went to Claremont School of Theology to become a Methodist minister, inspired from the movie Boys Town. He retired after 30 years of serving in Burbank and La Cañada, California.
Bobs Watson died of prostate cancer in 1999 at Laguna Beach, California. He is interred at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.
Life Begins (1932) - Edgar, Harry's Son (uncredited)
Life Begins at 40 (1935) - Meriwhether Son (uncredited)
Two-Fisted (1935) - Eddie - Jimmy's Boxing Partner (uncredited)
Show Boat (1936) - Willie Thomas (uncredited)
Mary of Scotland (1936) - Fisherman's Son (uncredited)
Libeled Lady (1936) - Waif (uncredited)
She's Dangerous (1937) - Small Boy
The Great O'Malley (1937) - Boy (uncredited)
Maytime (1937) - Maypole Singer (uncredited)
It Happened in Hollywood (1937) - Boy (uncredited)
In Old Chicago (1938) - Bob O'Leary as a Boy
Go Chase Yourself (1938) - Junior (uncredited)
Boys Town (1938) - Pee Wee
Young Dr. Kildare (1938) - Little Boy (uncredited)
Kentucky (1938) - Peter Goodwin - 1861
Dodge City (1939) - Harry Cole
The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939) - George Sanders
Calling Dr. Kildare (1939) - Tommy Benson (uncredited)
On Borrowed Time (1939) - Pud
Blackmail (1939) - Hank
Wyoming (1940) - Jimmy Kincaid
Dreaming Out Loud (1940) - Jimmy
Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940) - Tommy, the Crippled Child
Men of Boys Town (1941) - Pee Wee
Scattergood Pulls the Strings (1941) - Jimmy Jordan
Hit the Road (1941) - Pesky
Hi, Buddy (1943) - Tim Martin
The Bold and the Brave (1956) - Bob
Saintly Sinners (1962) - Attendant (uncredited)
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) - Clerk in Newspaper Classified Ad Department
Take Her, She's Mine (1963) - Western Union Messenger (uncredited)
First to Fight (1967) - Sgt. Maypole
Mrs. Stone's Thing (1970) - Bartender
Grand Theft Auto (1977) - Minister
1. Vallance, Tom (July 6, 1999). "Obituary: Bobs Watson". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-03-08.
2. The Los Angeles Times
3. Pool, Bob. "Star Shines Brightly for Hollywood's First Family; Movies: The Watson clan of former child actors finally receives recognition for its pioneering contribution to films." The Los Angeles Times. April 23, 1999. Metro Part B Metro Desk Page 1.
4. Pee Wee at IMDb
Goldrup, Tom and Jim (2002). Growing Up on the Set: Interviews with 39 Former Child Actors of Film and Television. McFarland & Co. pp. 303–313. ISBN 1476613702.
Holmstrom, John (1996). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995. Norwich: Michael Russell, pp. 171-172.
Best, Marc (1971). Those Endearing Young Charms: Child Performers of the Screen. South Brunswick and New York: Barnes & Co., pp. 256–259.
Arthur P. Jacobs (March 7, 1922 – June 27, 1973) was a press agent turned film producer responsible for such films in the 1960s and 1970s as the Planet of the Apes series, Doctor Dolittle, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Play It Again, Sam and Tom Sawyer through his company APJAC Productions.
Arthur P. Jacobs was born to a Jewish family in Los Angeles. He lost his father in a car accident in 1940 and his mother to cancer in 1959. Jacobs majored in cinema at the University of Southern California in 1942. Starting as a courier at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1943, he was promoted to their publicity department before being lured to Warner Bros. as a publicist in 1946.
In 1947, he left Warners to open his own public relations office, and in 1956 he formed The Arthur P. Jacobs Co., Inc. Among his clients were Gregory Peck, James Stewart, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe.
In 1963, Jacobs formed the feature film production company APJAC Productions, which released its first film, What a Way to Go! through 20th Century-Fox the following year. Jacobs had been able to secure financing for the project on the strength of Fox contract star Monroe's agreement to star in it, but her death in 1962 forced Jacobs to replace her with Shirley MacLaine. What a Way to Go! became one of Fox's highest-grossing releases of 1964, earning Jacobs enough credibility for the studio to finance Doctor Dolittle, ultimately a much-maligned movie that failed both critically and commercially upon its release in 1967.
Planet of the Apes, however, became a box office hit in 1968 and spawned four sequels.
At the same time, Jacobs's APJAC merged with Jerome Hellman Productions and produced the musical Goodbye, Mr Chips for Jacobs's former employer, MGM. Despite being cheaper and less troublesome to produce than Dr. Dolittle, it, too, went mostly unnoticed at the box office.
According to his wife, actress Natalie Trundy, Jacobs stated, "I will never in my lifetime make a film that cannot be seen by the whole family" and gave the rights to Midnight Cowboy to his associate, Jerome Hellman, for no fee, saying, "I will not have my name on it." Midnight Cowboy went on to win the 1969 Academy Award for Best Picture for Hellman.
In 1973, APJAC Productions was renamed APJAC International. Jacobs produced the Reader's Digest-financed Tom Sawyer, a musical which featured both a script and musical score by the Sherman Brothers. It was to be the first in a five-picture deal with the prolific composers. But on June 27, 1973, during production of the second film, Huckleberry Finn, Jacobs died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 51.
In addition to producing Huckleberry Finn, Jacobs was working on a number of projects at the same time. He had just made a pilot for a TV series, Topper Returns, starring Roddy McDowall, Stefanie Powers and John Randolph; was the Executive Producer of a Planet of the Apes TV series; and was developing a full-length science fiction feature called Voyage of the Oceanauts.
Trundy, who was filming Huckleberry Finn on location at the time of her husband's death, assumed control of APJAC Productions, and sold all rights and financial participation in the Planet of the Apes franchise to Fox, choosing to concentrate on other projects.
Arthur P. Jacobs is buried at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California.
Huckleberry Finn, 1974...aka Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn: A Musical Adaptation (USA: promotional title)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes, 1973
Tom Sawyer, 1973... aka A Musical Adaptation of Mark Twain's 'Tom Sawyer' (USA: promotional title)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, 1972
Play It Again, Sam, 1972
Escape from the Planet of the Apes, 1971
Beneath the Planet of the Apes, 1970
Goodbye, Mr. Chips, 1969
The Chairman, 1969... aka The Most Dangerous Man in the World (UK)
Planet of the Apes, 1968
Doctor Dolittle, 1967
What a Way to Go!, 1964
Topper Returns 1973 (TV) (executive producer)
1. Who Was Who in America: 1974–76, v. 6 – Marquis (Feb 1977)
2. Meyers, Jeffrey (January 19, 2012). The Genius and the Goddess: Arthur Miller and Marilyn 3. Monroe. University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition. p. 155. ISBN 9780252078545.
4. Jacobs, Hellman Merge Under APJAC Banner[permanent dead link] – 'Boxoffice' (January 16, 1967) Hall, Neale (2010), p. 186
5. p.305 Weaver, Tom Natalie Trundy Interview in Eye on Science Fiction: 20 Interviews with Classic SF and Horror Filmmakers McFarland, 01/01/2003
6. Hall, Neale (2010), p. 347
7. Beyond the Planet of the Apes – 'Famous Monsters of Filmland' No. 103 (December 1973)
8. Natalie Trundy: Monkey Business on the Planet of the Apes Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine – 'Planet of the Apes' UK Issue No. 26 (April 19, 1975)
- Hall, Sheldon; Neale, Stephen (2010). Epics, Spectacles, and Blockbusters: A Hollywood History. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 978-0-8143-3008-1.