Saturday, September 30, 2023

"NCIS" Actor David McCallum 1933-2023 Memorial Video

David Keith McCallum (September 19, 1933 – September 25, 2023) was a Scottish actor and musician. He gained wide recognition in the 1960s for playing secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. His other notable television roles include Simon Carter in Colditz (1972–1974) and Steel in Sapphire & Steel (1979–1982). Beginning in 2003, McCallum gained renewed international popularity for his role as NCIS medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard in the American television series NCIS, which he played for 20 seasons until his death. On film, McCallum notably appeared in A Night to Remember (1958), Billy Budd (1962), and The Great Escape (1963).

On August 27, 1999, McCallum was naturalized as a United States citizen. David McCallum died at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City on September 25, 2023 of natural causes 6 days after his 90th birthday. --- Wikipedia

Friday, September 22, 2023

"The Poseidon Adventure" Actress Stella Stevens 1938-2023 Memorial Video

Stella Stevens (born Estelle Caro Eggleston; October 1, 1938 – February 17, 2023) was an American actress and model. She is also the mother of actor Andrew Stevens.

Stevens began her acting career in 1959 in film Say One for Me and won the Golden Globe Award - for "New Star of the Year." She appeared in three Playboy Pictorials and was named Playmate of the Month for January 1960. She starred in films such as Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), The Nutty Professor (1963), and The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and also appeared in several television series. Stevens also worked as film producer, director, and writer. In 1983, Stevens began a long-term relationship with rock guitarist Bob Kulick. A little over a year later, he moved into Stevens' Beverly Hills home. In March 2016, Kulick and Stevens sold her longtime Beverly Hills home, and she moved to a long-term Alzheimer's care facility in Los Angeles. Kulick often visited her there until his death on May 28, 2020. Stevens died of complications from Alzheimer's disease in Los Angeles on February 17, 2023, at the age of 84. -- Wikipedia

Friday, September 8, 2023

"Marlowe" Actress Gayle Hunnicutt 1943-2023 Memorial Video

Gayle Jenkins, Lady Jenkins (née Hunnicutt; February 6, 1943 – August 31, 2023) was an American film, television and stage actress. She made more than 30 film appearances.

Hunnicutt attended the University of California, Los Angeles on a scholarship to study English literature and theatre. She worked as a fashion model, then became an actress. During her film career, Hunnicutt was typecast as a brunette sexpot. She portrayed Emaline Fetty, a con woman trying to extort money from the Clampetts in two episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies in 1966. She co-starred with James Garner in the detective film Marlowe (1969), in which her character was a glamorous Hollywood actress. After she moved to England with husband David Hemmings in 1970, Hunnicutt was able to use the finer range of her acting. She and Hemmings co-starred in two horror films in the early 1970's, Fragment of Fear (1970) and Voices (1973). She had a prominent role as Charlotte Stant in Jack Pulman's television adaptation of Henry James's novel The Golden Bowl (1972). She played Lionel's wife in The Legend of Hell House (1973) and Tsarina Alexandra in the television miniseries Fall of Eagles (1974). She appeared as Irene Adler, opposite Jeremy Brett, in the first episode of the TV series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes ("A Scandal in Bohemia," 1984). She also appeared in another Marlowe mystery in an episode of HBO's Philip Marlowe, Private Eye (1983), this time starring Powers Boothe. She had a supporting role in the thriller Target (1985), co-starring Gene Hackman and Matt Dillon. Hunnicutt returned to the United States in 1989 to play the role of Vanessa Beaumont in Dallas until 1991. Gayle Hunnicutt died on August 31, 2023, at the age of 80. -- Wikipedia

Thursday, September 7, 2023

"The Exorcist" Director William Friedkin 1935-2023 Memorial Video

William David Friedkin (August 25, 1935 – August 7, 2023) was an American film and television director, producer, and screenwriter who was closely identified with the "New Hollywood" movement of the 1970s. Beginning his career in documentaries in the early 1960s, he directed the crime thriller film The French Connection (1971), which won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director. He then directed the horror film The Exorcist (1973), which earned him another Academy Award nomination for Best Director.

His other films included the drama The Boys in the Band (1970), the thriller Sorcerer (1977), the crime comedy drama The Brink's Job (1978), the crime thriller Cruising (1980), the neo-noir thriller To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), the psychological horror film Bug (2006), and the black comedy Killer Joe (2011).

William Friedkin died from heart failure and pneumonia at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles on August 7, 2023. He was 87 years old.

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