Monday, September 25, 2017

RIP Jan Triska

Actor Jan Triska dies after fall from Prague bridge

Fox News
September, 25, 2017

Jan Triska, an actor who moved to the U.S. after being banned by the Czechoslovak Communist regime, has died, more than a day after he fell from Prague's iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80.

Prague theater director Jan Hrusinsky confirmed the death Monday. Triska died in Prague's military hospital overnight due to injuries from Saturday's fall, the circumstances of which are unclear.

Triska emigrated in 1977 after signing a human rights manifesto inspired by his close friend, dissident playwright Vaclav Havel.

He settled in Los Angeles and appeared in dozens of movies, including "Ragtime" and "The People vs. Larry Flynt" by his fellow Czech Milos Forman.

After the anti-Communist 1989 Velvet Revolution led by Havel, Triska regularly returned home to play in movies and theaters, including a leading role in "The Elementary School," nominated for an Academy Award.

Jan Triska
Born: 11/4/1936, Prague, Czechoslovakia
Died: 9/25/2017, Prague, Czech Republic

Jan Triska’s westerns – actor:
Úkryt cerného Billa – 1965 [narrator]
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory (TV) – 1987 (General Wolf)
Andersonville (TV) - 1996 (Captain Henry Wirz)

RIP Caesar Giovannini

Chicago Suburban Daily Herald
September 25, 2017

Caesar Giovannini was born February 26, 1925 in Chicago to Roger and Blanche (nee Marchesini) Giovannini. He died Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Arlington Heights. Caesar was an accomplished pianist and composer. He learned to play the piano when he was five years old, and by the age of eight his piano teacher recommended that he study music at the Chicago Conservatory. Upon graduating from Lane Tech High School, Caesar obtained his Bachelor of Music In Piano and Master of Music Composition, both from the Chicago Conservatory. While serving in the Navy (1945-1946), Caesar's commission was with the U.S. Navy Concert Band in Washington, D.C. In 1947, he married the love of his life, Doris Hoversten, and began his career as a pianist at NBC and ABC studios. From 1956-1959, Caesar was the Music Director for the "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" television show produced in Chicago. The 1960s took Caesar and Doris to California where he played for the top movie studios, including Universal, Columbia, 20th Century Fox, and Disney. While in Hollywood, he worked with many movie stars, including Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Betty Grable, and Barbra Streisand. In the late 1960s, he also performed with the orchestra at four Academy Awards ceremonies. Caesar's piano playing was matched by his ability to compose music. His "specialty" was concert band music, with many of his compositions still being performed today by high school bands across the country. His most popular piece is "Overture in B-Flat." Caesar completed his final composition, "Honor and Glory" in 2015. This 27 piece orchestration was dedicated to and, has already been performed and recorded by the U.S. Navy Band. Caesar loved to spend time with his family, and while living out of state would regularly send letters to his sister Lola, which were always greatly appreciated. Doris and Caesar spent their retirement years in Arizona and moved back to Arlington Heights in 2007 to be close to their family. Caesar is survived by niece Susan Decker, niece Barbara Decker (Ted) Wachholz and her children Meredith (Matt) Hodge and Teddy (Samantha) Wachholz, and niece Karen (Dean Bentley) Kupina. He was preceded in death by his wife Doris (nee Hoversten), his parents, and sister Lola (Joseph Kupina) Giovannini. Visitation Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am Funeral Service at Chapel of St. John the Beloved, Lutheran Home and Services, 800 West Oakton Street, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Interment will be Acacia Park Cemetery in Chicago. In lieu of flowers and in memory of their beloved Great Danes, Gino and Omar, memorials may be given to Great Dane Rescue, Inc., P.O. Box 5543, Plymouth, MI 48170, Funeral information and condolences can be given at or (847) 253-0168.

Born: 2/26/1925, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 9/23/2017, Arlington Heights, Illinois, U.S.A.

Caesar Giovannini’s western – musician:
Wild Rovers – 1971 [piano]

Friday, September 22, 2017

RIP Allen McCarty

Seagrove Baptist Church
September 17, 2017

R. Allen McCarty, age 76, passed away Saturday, September 16, 2017. He was born January 22, 1941 in Pampa, Texas to William and Etta Choate McCarty. Mr. McCarty was a resident of Walton County. He was Baptist by faith and a member of Seagrove Baptist Church. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. As a lifelong media professional, Mr. McCarty was on-air talent in both radio and television, a lifetime member of the Screen Actors Guild, advertising agency owner, Past Governor of American Advertising Federation District 7 and on camera host of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon for over 20 years in Baton Rouge La. Allen's love of people shown beyond jobs and titles. His greatest joy was meeting strangers and in minutes finding someone they knew in common and leaving them with big smiles and warm hearts as only Allen could do. Allen was preceded in death by his parents and his brother William Dyke McCarty. Allen is survived by his best friend and wife of 29 years Jeanne M. Carter of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida; children; Scott Allen McCarty, Casey Reed McCarty and Melissa Marie McCarty Wieczorek and husband Ben; step-children; Kristi J. Stevenson and husband John, and Gary C. Schrang; aunt, Audry Nell Waits; grandchildren; Judah Wieczorek, Maxwell Wieczorek, Cayden Denney, John Carter Stevenson, Catherine Stevenson and Savannah Stevenson. Receiving of friends will be from 10:30-11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Seagrove Baptist Church; 4915 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459. Celebration of life services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at Seagrove Baptist Church at 4915 E County Highway 30A, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459, with Reverend Gary Wiggins officiating. Attire is exactly what Allen would expect, very casual, Hawaiian shirts preferred. Flowers are being accepted or donations in Allen's memory to Seagrove Baptist Church Building Fund (address above) or Westonwood Ranch, 4390 Hwy 20 W, Freeport, FL 32439 Your gifts, your helpful actions, your thoughts and your prayers are all appreciated by the family. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign guest book at

Mc CARTY, Allen (Roy Allen McCarty)
Born: 1/22/1941, Pampa, Texas, U.S.A.
Died:  9/16/2017, Walton County, Florida, U.S.A.]

Allen McCarty’s western – actor:
Louisiana (TV) 1983 (auction bidder)

Thursday, September 21, 2017

RIP José Salcedo

The editor José Salcedo, Almodóvar's collaborator and winner of three Goya awards dies

El Mundo
September 19,2017

José Salcedo, filmmaker Pedro Almodovar and winner of three Goyas for Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown , No one will talk about us when we are dead and Everything about my mother , has died on Tuesday in Madrid at 68 years, according to informed the Film Academy.

 "The Film Academy deeply regrets the loss of José Salcedo, one of the most powerful Spanish assemblers," said the institution, which this year awarded him the Gold Medal for his career.

 Formed as an auxiliary and assistant to Pablo del Amo and Pedro del Rey, Salcedo "was one of the few proper names that, in an office as determinant for the cinema as the assembly, was always synonymous with excellence, " said the president of the Academy, Yvonne Blake.

 Blake has advanced that what should be the ceremony of delivery of the Gold Medal will become "a tribute for him and his."

 Almodóvar counted on him in all his films, from Pepi, Luci, Bom and other girls from the heap (1980) to Julieta (2016), and among his more than 150 credits, he also featured films for other directors such as Eloy de la Iglesia, Agustín Díaz Yanes, José Luis Borau, Jaime Chávarri, Pedro Olea and Gonzalo Suárez.

 He also worked for Manuel Gómez Pereira, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Santiago Tabernero, Juan Luis Iborra, Yolanda García Serrano, Josetxo San Mateo, Daniel Calparsoro and Luis Buñue , with whom he began as an assistant in Tristana .

 José Salcedo (Ciudad Real, 1949) mounted his first film at age 23.  It leaves two earrings of premiere: Oro , of Díaz Yanes and No one dies in Ambrosia , of Héctor Valdez.

 "I ride from the heart," said this technician who did not stop reinventing the medium from his desk and to which the Academy dedicates this month a cycle with some of the films in which he worked.

Salcedo José (José Salcedo Palomeque)
Born: 1949, Mestanza, Ciudad Real, Castille-La Mancha, Spain
Died: 9/19/2017, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

José Salcedo’s western – film editor:
A Night in Old Mexico - 2013

RIP Judy Parker

Entertainment Industry Mourns The Death Of Judy Parker Gaudio, Songwriter-Actress

Married 45 Years To Songwriter-Producer Bob Gaudio, Founding Member of The Four Seasons & Jersey Boys Fame

PR Newswire
September 19, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Judy Parker Gaudio (age 79), writer of Billboard chart-topping songs and Broadway hits, passed away peacefully from respiratory complications on Thursday, her husband ‪Bob Gaudio confirmed. Among her most well-known songs are "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" and "Who Loves You," which were recorded by ‪Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

Judy Parker was introduced to ‪Bob Gaudio, a founding member of The Four Seasons, in 1973 at the Motown Studios in Los Angeles, while Bob was recording a ‪Marvin Gaye/Diana Ross duet. They dated for 8 years and were married on April 5,1981. In their 45 years together, they co-wrote a number of top 5 songs for ‪Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Some of those were prominently featured in the Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys, which became the 12th longest-running musical in Broadway history.

Born and raised in Michigan, Judy was one of seven children and the daughter of an Army Colonel; she also attended Michigan State University. Before her songwriting career began, Judy pursued a career in acting and modeling, including four years working in Rome, Italy. This young Michigander adopted the Italian language and culture quite quickly.

When she moved back to the U.S. in the late 1960's, Judy secured featured roles in a number of television shows, including Batman, Bonanza, and My Three Sons. Additionally, her work in commercials included United Airlines, and a wide variety of hair products such as Breck, Halo, Prell and Lilt Home Permanent.

Of all her successes, a significant moment came for Judy when she co-wrote, with her husband, the title song for ‪Neil Diamond's 1977 NBC TV special, "Glad You're Here with Me Tonight."

Judy was an incredibly entertaining storyteller with a wicked sense of humor. Songwriting, interior decorating, and family were her loves, along with the Sunday New York Times' crossword puzzle. A woman of strong faith and philanthropic spirit, she gave generously to Samaritan's Purse and Wounded Warrior Project. Judy and Bob made homes at the San Remo on Central Park West and Montauk, NY, however, they always maintained their primary residence in Nashville, TN.

Judy Parker Gaudio passed away at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, TN ‪at 4:55 pm on her birthday. It was, ironically, within 10 minutes of her time of birth. Now, is that style or what?

Judy was preceded in death by parents, Dorothy and Wilbur Small, sister Janice McKinley, and brother, Bill Small.

She is survived by a cast of thousands.

PARKER, Judy (Judith Parker)
Born: 9/14/1938, Westland, Michigan, U.S.A.
Died: 9/14/2017, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Julie Parker’s western – actress:
Bonanza (TV) – 1967 (Julie)