Friday, July 21, 2017

RIP Ross Loney



reat Falls Tribune on July 23, 2017 Great Falls Tribune
July 23, 2017

Tucson, AZ — Ross Loney passed away May 1, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. He was the son of Laurie and Madeline Loney, and was born December 1, 1939 in Choteau, Montana. He grew up on the family ranch in Highwood, Montana and attended school there. Riding and breaking horses on the ranch, naturally, led him to the rodeo world.

He joined the RCA in 1963 and became the Rookie of the Year in saddle bronc, and, eventually ended up with a Gold card from the PRCA.

In 1965, he married Shirley Butterfield. They had two children, Renee Forbes and Josey Loney. Together they ran a branding crew out of Sahuarita, AZ, and at one point, he had an all-women crew.

He lived in California for many years and worked in the entertainment industry as an actor, wrangler, and stuntman. His credits included Little Big Man, Pocket Money, Ice Pirates, Silverado, Pale Rider, The Patriot, and many more.

He later married Marilla Lilore (Clinton). They relocated back to Great Falls where he became a hatmaker with Montana Hat Peaks.

He relocated to Tucson and continued making hats.

He had a passion for horses, guns, and telling stories. He was a talented horseman, gunsmith, and working with leather. He was kind, big-hearted man that was fun-loving. He never knew a stranger, no matter if he had known you for years or had just met you.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Madeline Edgar Loney; father, Laurie Loney; step-mother, Wilma Loney; and sister, Mary Perry.

He is survived by his daughters, Renee Forbes of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Josey Loney of Bozeman; grandchildren, Ashley Anderson (Andrew) of Grand Forks, ND, Gregory Forbes of Sierra Vista, AZ, and Jess and Hayden Roethle of Bozeman; siblings, Bill Loney (Pam), who has since passed, of White Sulphur Springs, Sharon Ruple of Great Falls, Clay Loney (Cherry) of Great Falls, and Cleve Loney (Cyndi) of Great Falls.

A celebration of life will be held on July 29 at the Eagles Lodge, 1501 9th Street South, Great Falls. Please come prepared to share any stories/pictures you might have of him.


LONEY, Ross
Born: 12/1/1939, Choteau, Montana, U.S.A.
Died: 5/1/2017, Tucson, Arizona U.S.A.

Ross Loney’s westerns – actor:
Ulzana’s Raid – 1972 (rider)
Pale Rider – 1985 (horseman)
Silverado – 1985 (Red)

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

RIP Red West



Red West, Memphis actor and friend of Elvis, dead at 81

Commercial Appeal
By John Beifuss
July 19, 2017

Red West, the longtime and sometimes critical confidante and bodyguard of Elvis Presley who became a successful film and television actor after the singer's death, died Tuesday night after suffering an aortic aneurysm at Baptist Hospital. He was 81.

Born in Bolivar,  Tennessee, the athletic Robert Gene "Red" West befriended Elvis at Humes High School, where the 6-foot-2 redhead protected the smaller pre-fame Elvis from bullies on at least a couple of occasions, according to Presley lore. He worked for Elvis for some 20 years, occasionally taking small roles in such films as “Flaming Star” and writing or co-writing such memorable Elvis songs as the 1972 hit "Separate Ways," the holiday favorite "If Every Day Was Like Christmas" and the 1975 masterpiece of infidelity, "If You Talk in Your Sleep," recorded at Stax.

West also composed or contributed to songs recorded by other artists, including Ricky Nelson, Pat Boone and Johnny Rivers. 

An ex-Marine, Golden Gloves boxer, karate instructor and genuine tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold (at least in his later years), West said it was his protective streak that motivated him to co-write "Elvis: What Happened?," a tell-all best-seller published only two weeks before Elvis' death on Aug. 16, 1977, that documented the singer’s drug dependency and unhealthy lifestyle,. West and his co-authors, fellow “Memphis Mafia” members and Elvis bodyguards Sonny West (a cousin) and David Hebler, assisted by Steve Dunleavy, a journalist, said the book was an attempt to encourage Elvis to give up his dangerous ways, but some outraged fans said the memoir was written out of spite, since the three men only a year earlier had been fired from Elvis’ employ by Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley.

As Elvis' friend, driver and bodyguard, West was among Presley's closest associates during the singer's meteoric rise, Army tour of duty, Hollywood stardom, late 1960s so-called comeback and 1970s decline. West's father, Newton West, died the same day as Elvis' mother, Gladys Presley, which only strengthened the men's bond. When Elvis was in the Army, West traveled to Germany to be nearer the singer, at Presley's request.

West, Elvis and others would frequently spar at the old Tennessee Karate Institute in Midtown, co-owned by West. "He was a tough son of a gun," said former kickboxing world champion Bill "Superfoot" Wallace, one of the studio's co-owners.

Prior to being fired, West and some of Presley's other bodyguards had received criticism for what the reference book "Elvis: His Life from A to Z" describes as "heavyhanded tactics" involving "too much physical persuasion," in an attempt "to keep the weirdos away from Elvis." West always defended his work for Elvis, while Vernon Presley said the firings were an attempt to cut Presley's expenses.

Post-Elvis, West became a full-time actor, earning a regular role opposite star Robert Conrad in the late 1970s series “Black Sheep Squadron" (originally titled "Baa Baa Black Sheep"), about a squadron of World War II fighter pilots.

West's most famous role was in the 1989 Patrick Swayze cult classic “Road House,” but major critical acclaim eluded him until late in life, when he landed his first top billing and the first lead role of his career in the acclaimed independent drama “Goodbye Solo” (2008), which critic Roger Ebert labeled "a masterwork" and The New York Times called "a near perfect film." 

“It took me 59 years to be an overnight success,” West told The Commercial Appeal, in a 2009 interview timed to the local release of the movie, in which he portrayed a taciturn old-timer contemplating suicide.

“I started out in this business as a stuntman, and it’s taken its toll on me,” West added. “I’ve had knee replacements, and I’ve got big calcium deposits in my neck from falling on my head so many times. So this is just in time.”

According to The Commercial Appeal, the mature West onscreen was “a sort of deglamorized Robert Mitchum -- a weary but tolerant tough guy, with Sad Sack saucer eyes that try but fail to conceal a lifetime of hard-won wisdom and painful lessons." Said “Goodbye Solo” director Ramin Bahrani of West: "I wish Clint Eastwood would quit casting himself and realize that this guy's better." 

Eastwood never called, but others did. West appeared in such movies as Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker” and Ira Sachs’ “Forty Shades of Blues,” both shot in Memphis, as well as Robert Altman’s made-in-Mississippi “Cookie’s Fortune,” Oliver Stone’s “Natural Born Killers,” Bahrani’s “At Any Price” (with Dennis Quaid), the horror sequel “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” and the true-sports story, “Glory Road.” 

On TV, he could be found in episodes of “Mannix,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,””Magnum P.I.” and  “The A-Team.” A 2015 appearance in the series “Nashville” was his final credit.

In a 2011 episode of "Memphis Beat," a TNT crime series set but not shot in Memphis, West played a cancer-stricken inmate serving time for the murder of the father of the series' star, an Elvis-impersonating police detective played by Jason Lee.

Red West and his wife, acting coach Pat West, had celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on July 1. A Messick graduate who met her husband while she was working as a secretary for Elvis, Pat West said Red had complained of pains Sunday afternoon and was taken to Baptist Hospital. Early in the evening, he died after suffering what she described as an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

“From the very start, we had a bond that was just unusual,” Pat West said of her husband. “He was just a straight shooter.”

Pat West said she and her husband usually skipped "Elvis Week," but they had been planning to participate in some activities organized this year by friend and longtime Elvis associate George Klein. "We wanted to go this year, this special year," she said, referring to the 40th anniversary of Presley's death.

According to most sources (including Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database), Red West was born on Nov. 20, 1936, which would make him 80 at the time of his death. But Pat West said his actual birthday was March 8, 1936.

In addition to his wife, West is survived by two sons, actor John Boyd West, of Tampa, Florida, and Brent West, of Memphis; a brother, Harold West of Olive Branch; and six grandchildren.
Memorial Park Funeral Home will handle services.


WEST, Red (Robert Gene West)
Born: 3/8/1936, Bolivar, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Died: 7/18/2017, Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A.

Red West’s westerns – actor:
Flaming Star – 1960 (Indian)
Bonanza (TV) – 1960 (townsman)
Maverick (TV) – 1960 (hotel doorman)
The Rebel (TV) – 1960 (townsman)
Tickle Me – 1965 (Mabel’s boyfriend)
Hondo (TV) – 1967 (townsman)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1967, 1968, 1969 (pistolero, guitar player, hooded attacker, Carl, 
     henchman
Something for a Lonely Man (TV) – 1968 (townsman)
The Wild Wild West Revisited (TV) – 1979 (barfly)
The Alamo: Thirteen Day to Glory (TV) – 1987 (Cockran)
Once Upon a Texas Train (TV) – 1988 (Bates Boley)
Billy the Kid - 1989

Sunday, July 16, 2017

RIP Martin Landau



Martin Landau, Oscar Winner for 'Ed Wood,' Dies at 89

The Hollywood Reporter
By Mike Barnes
7/16/2017

His résumé includes 'Mission: Impossible,' 'Tucker: The Man and His Dream' and 'North by Northwest.' It does not, however, include 'Star Trek.'

Martin Landau, the all-purpose actor who showcased his versatility as a master of disguise on the Mission: Impossible TV series and as a broken-down Bela Lugosi in his Oscar-winning performance in Ed Wood, has died. He was 89.

Landau, who shot to fame by playing a homosexual henchman in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 classic North by Northwest, died Saturday of "unexpected complications" after a brief stay at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

After he quit CBS’ Mission: Impossible after three seasons in 1969 because of a contract dispute, Landau’s career was on the rocks until he was picked by Francis Ford Coppola to play Abe Karatz, the business partner of visionary automaker Preston Tucker (Jeff Bridges), in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988).

Landau received a best supporting actor nomination for that performance, then backed it up the following year with another nom for starring as Judah Rosenthal, an ophthalmologist who has his mistress (Angelica Huston) killed, in Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989).

Landau lost out on Oscar night to Kevin Kline and Denzel Washington, respectively, in those years but finally prevailed for his larger-than-life portrayal of horror-movie legend Lugosi in the biopic Ed Wood (1994), directed by Tim Burton.

Landau also starred as Commander John Koenig on the 1970s science-fiction series Space: 1999 opposite his Mission: Impossible co-star Barbara Bain, his wife from 1957 until their divorce in 1993.

A former newspaper cartoonist, Landau turned down the role of Mr. Spock on the NBC series Star Trek, which went to Leonard Nimoy (who later effectively replaced Landau on Mission: Impossible after Trek was canceled).

Landau also was an admired acting teacher who taught the craft to the likes of Jack Nicholson. And in the 1950s, he was best friends with James Dean and, for several months, the boyfriend of Marilyn Monroe. “She could be wonderful, but she was incredibly insecure, to the point she could drive you crazy,” he told The New York Times in 1988.

Landau was born in Brooklyn on June 20, 1928. At age 17, he landed a job as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News, but he turned down a promotion and quit five years later to pursue acting.

“It was an impulsive move on my part to do that,” Landau told The Jewish Journal in 2013. “To become an actor was a dream I must’ve had so deeply and so strongly because I left a lucrative, well-paying job that I could do well to become an unemployed actor. It’s crazy if you think about it. To this day, I can still hear my mother’s voice saying, ‘You did what?!’ ”

In 1955, he auditioned for Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio (choosing a scene from Clifford Odets’ Clash by Night against the advice of friends), and he and Steve McQueen were the only new students accepted that year out of the 2,000-plus aspirants who had applied.

With his dark hair and penetrating blue eyes, Landau found success on New York stages in Goat Song, Stalag 17 and First Love. Hitchcock caught his performance on opening night opposite Edward G. Robinson in a road production of Middle of the Night, the first Broadway play written by Paddy Chayefsky, and cast him as the killer Leonard in North by Northwest.

In Middle of the Night, “I played a very macho guy, 180 degrees from Leonard, who I chose to play as a homosexual — very subtly — because he wanted to get rid of Eva Marie Saint with such a vengeance,” he recalled in a 2012 interview.

As the ally of James Mason and nemesis of Saint and Cary Grant, Landau plummets to his death off Mount Rushmore in the movie’s climactic scene. With his slick, sinister gleam and calculating demeanor, he attracted the notice of producers and directors.

He went on to perform for such top directors as Joseph L. Mankiewicz in Cleopatra (1963) — though he said most of his best work on that film was sent to the cutting-room floor — George Stevens in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), John Sturges in The Hallelujah Trail (1965) and Henry Hathaway in Nevada Smith (1966).

Landau met Bruce Geller, the eventual creator of Mission: Impossible, when he invited the writer to an acting class. Bain was in the class as well, and Geller wrote for them the parts of spies Rollin Hand and Cinnamon Carter. Landau earned an Emmy nomination for each of his three seasons on the series.

He could have starred in another series.

“I turned down Star Trek. It would’ve been torturous,” he said during a 2011 edition of the PBS documentary series Pioneers of Television. “I would’ve probably died playing that role. I mean, even the thought of it now upsets me. It was the antithesis of why I became an actor. I mean, to play a character that Lenny (Nimoy) was better suited for, frankly, a guy who speaks in a monotone who never gets excited, never has any guilt, never has any fear or was affected on a visceral level. Who wants to do that?”

Landau found a kindred spirit in Burton, who also cast him in Sleepy Hollow (1999) and as the voice of a Vincent Price-like science teacher in the horror-movie homage, Frankenweenie (2012).

“Tim and I don’t finish a sentence,” Landau told the Los Angeles Times in 2012. “There’s something oddly kinesthetic about it. We kind of understand each other.”

Landau played puppet master Geppetto in a pair of Pinocchio films and appeared in other films including Pork Chop Hill (1959), City Hall (1996), The X-Files: Fight the Future (1998), Rounders (1998), Edtv (1999), The Majestic (2001), Lovely, Still (2008) and Mysteria (2011).

On television, he starred in the Twilight Zone episodes “Mr. Denton on Doomsday” and “The Jeopardy Room,” played the title role in the 1999 Showtime telefilm Bonnano: A Godfather’s Story and could be found on The Untouchables, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Maverick, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Wagon Train, I Spy and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

More recently, Landau earned Emmy noms for playing the father of Anthony LaPaglia’s character on CBS’ Without a Trace and guest-starring as an out-of-touch movie producer on HBO’s Entourage. He portrayed billionaire J. Howard Marshall, the 90-year-old husband of Anna Nicole Smith, in a 2013 Lifetime biopic about the sex symbol, and starred for Atom Egoyan opposite Christopher Plummer in Remember (2015).

And Landau appeared opposite Paul Sorvino in The Last Poker Game, which premiered at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.

Landau worked as director, teacher and executive director at the Actors Studio West. He has been credited with helping to guide the talents of Huston, Warren Oates and Harry Dean Stanton in addition to Nicholson.

A documentary about his life, An Actor's Actor: The Life of Martin Landau, is in the works.

Survivors include his daughters Susie (a writer-producer) and Juliet (an actress-dancer) from his marriage to Bain; sons-in-law Roy and Deverill; sister Elinor; granddaughter Aria; and godson Dylan.


LANDAU, Martin
Born: 6/20/1928, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died: 7/15/2017, Westwood, California, U.S.A.

Martin Landau’s westerns – actor:
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1958, 1966 (Thorp, Britton)
Lawman (TV) – 1958 (Bob Ford)
Maverick (TV) – 1958 (Mike Manning)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1958 (Jim Kelly)
Rawhide (TV) – 1959 (Cort)
Tales of Wells Fargo (TV) – 1959 (Doc Holliday)
Johnny Ringo (TV) – 1960 (Wes Tymon)
Tate (TV) – 1960 (John Chess)
Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV) – 1960 (Khorba)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1960 (preacher)
Bonanza (TV) – 1961 (Emeliano)
Outlaws (TV) – 1961 (Ranklin)
The Rifleman (TV) – 1961 (Miguel Patrone)
The Tall Man (TV) – 1961, 1962, Francisco Valdez, Father Gueselin)
Stagecoach to Dancer’s Rock – 1962 (Dade Coleman)
The Travels of Jaime McPheeters (TV) - 1963 (Cochio)
The Big Valley (TV) – 1965 (Mariano Montoya)
A Man Called Shenandoah (TV) – 1965 (Jace Miller)
Hallelujah Trail – 1966 (Chief Walks-Stooped-Over)
The Wild Wild West (TV) – 1965 (General Grimm)
Branded (TV) – 1966 (Edwin Booth)

Nevada Smith – 1966 (Jesse Coe)
A Town Called Hell – 1971 (The Colonel)
Kung Fu: The Movie (TV) – 1986 (John Martin Perkins III)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

RIP Héctor Lechuga



Mexican comedian Hector Lechuga dies

Univision
By: María de Jesús Candedo
July 13, 2017


A victim of a cardiac arrest at the age of 92, Héctor Lechuga died today at his home in Veracruz.
Héctor Lechuga was born in Orizaba, Veracruz, on April 18, 1929. He was an actor, comedian, political-humorist commentator and collaborator of different radio stations throughout his career.

The summit of his success was achieved with the program 'Ensalada de Locos', originally broadcast between 1970 and 1973. The program counted on sketches and white humor jokes where he shared credits with Manuel 'El Loco' Váldes and Alejandro Suárez .

Among his films are: Buenas noches Año Nuevo (1964), El dengue del amor (1965), La muerte es puntual (1964), Detectives o ladrones (1966), Réquiem por un canalla (1967) and Masajista de señoras (1973), Which is a classic in Mexican cinema of yesteryear.

The actor had deteriorated as a result of Alzheimer's, but that did not stop him from continuing to think about his audience. He died accompanied by his family as a result of a heart attack in his home in Veracruz.

It will be veiled at the funeral home Gayosso de Félix Cuevas, starting at 6 pm Mexico City time. Rest in peace the last comical politician of Mexico.


LECHUGA, Héctor
Born: 4/18/1929, Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico
Died: 7/13/2017, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico

Héctor Lechuga’s westerns - actor:
Rayo veloz (TV) – 1951-1954
The Braggarts – 1960 (Nieto del chaparro)
Los resbalosos – 1960
Bang bang… al hoyo - 1971

RIP Robert Lesko



Los Angeles Times
July 13, 2017

BUSINESS EXECUTIVE TURNED PROFESSIONAL ACTOR Robert Lesko was a true Renaissance man who had an accomplished business career, ending as a corporate officer at AT&T, and then pursued his passion as an actor in Los Angeles. As a young man, Lesko was a member of the University of Notre Dame's legendary football team. He was a man who was as comfortable in the boardroom of a Fortune 500 company as he was performing on stage or on a football or rugby team. Lesko received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1964 from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. He was a classically trained actor who received his MFA from the Catholic University of America in 1979. Surrounded by his loving family, Lesko peacefully passed away on June 26, 2017 at the Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California after a valiant battle with a rare lung disease. He was 74. Lesko's signature artistic achievement was authoring and performing his one-man show about Benjamin Franklin titled "B. Franklin," which the "Huffington Post," described as "superb" and "sublime." "Working with Bob on his triumphant drama project was joyous. He was ever diligent, cooperative, imaginative, tireless, curious, and brimming with bonhomie," said director Bjorn Johnson. According to veteran actor Eric Pierpoint, "It was an absolutely riveting night of theatre. For years Bob would talk about his fascination with Ben Franklin and the American Revolution. His painstaking research and meticulous attention to detail paid off in a truly authentic and brilliant performance of his play." Lesko was a television, film and stage actor who was a long-time member of Actors' Equity and the Screen Actors' Guild. His television and film credits include "The Young and the Restless" (CBS), "The Toy Maker," "Who Flew," "TV Virus," "The Passion According to John," "One Problem Leads to Another," "Bearskin" (PBS), and "Countdown To Looking Glass" (HBO). On Los Angeles stages he appeared in "Room Service," "Fernando," and "Both" at The Open Fist Theatre, the operetta "Charlotte: Life? Or Theatre" at the Met Theatre, and "The Heiress," "Iphigenia in Aulis," "The Circle," and an evening of one-act comedies with Circus Theatricals (now the New American Theatre). He appeared in numerous productions of the original musical "Life Begins Again." At Arena Stage in Washington, DC he appeared in "Undiscovered Country," "Galileo," and "After The Fall." Lesko also performed in "Richard III" at the Folger Shakespeare Theater and in "The Miser" and "The Tenth Man" at the Olney Theater Center. He performed in other regional theater productions in the Washington, DC area, including "Flesheaters," "Macbeth," "The Seagull," "A Man For All Seasons," "Stephan D.," "Antony and Cleopatra," and "King Lear." Residing for many years in Georgetown in Washington, DC, Robert Lesko also had a noteworthy and long career in business as a management consultant. As a corporate officer at AT&T, Lesko led AT&T's global consulting and network integration business unit. Earlier, he was a partner with Deloitte & Touche, where he led its banking consulting practice in North America, specializing in large-scale operational and information systems. He worked with clients such as Citibank, Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo), Prudential Life Insurance, Liberty Mutual, Universal Card, the Irish National Bank, National Australia Bank, and Lloyds Bank. He was a member of several corporate boards, including AT&T Solutions, Inc., AvantGo Inc., and Software A&E, Inc. Lesko also served on charitable boards at OXFAM-AMERICA, VSA arts (formerly Very Special Arts), and the Friends of the Hartke Theatre at Catholic University. He was a visiting faculty member in the graduate business programs at George Washington University and American University. For the past thirteen years he resided in Pasadena, California, with his wife Kathleen, a research scholar and writer at the Huntington Library, whose career had been at Georgetown University and the Folger Shakespeare Library. He was born on September 24, 1942 to Joseph and Irene Lesko, and was raised in Homestead, Pennsylvania, where his family operated a funeral home across the street from the historic Homestead Steel Works on the Monongahela River. Lesko is survived by his wife Kathleen, his sons Mark and Bob, their wives Karen and Sarah, his sisters Catherine and Mary Jo, his brothers Jim and Tim, and his three grandsons Risley, Dylan, and Justin. Lesko was preceded in death by his beloved brother Richard. A funeral service is scheduled for Friday, July 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 1501 Fremont Avenue, in South Pasadena, California, with a reception to follow. Msgr. Clement J. Connolly along with concelebrants Fr. Charles L. Currie, SJ, and Fr. Mark Nowel, OP, will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Lesko's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the retirement community for those in the entertainment industry at the Motion Picture & Television Fund, Wasserman Campus, Suite 220, 23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, California 91364. Note that your donation is in tribute of Robert Lesko.


LESKO, Robert (Robert Joseph Lesko)
Born: 9/24/1942, Homestead, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Died: 6/26/2017, Pasadena, California, U.S.A.

Robert Lesko’s western – actor:
Bearskin: or The Man Who Didn’t Wash for Seven Years – 1984 (Innkeeper)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

RIP Tom Rowe



Vancouver Sun
July 12, 2017

A highly skilled film and television producer and mentor to many, Tom died peacefully while napping in his chair on Gambier Island, overlooking Howe Sound, after a day of puttering around his cabin, followed by a swim in the sea with his dog Lucky, surrounded by orcas. Predeceased by his much adored mother Yvonne (nee Makinson) and father Reginald Rowe and dear nephew James Rowe. Devoted to and loved beyond measure by his wife Vicki Gabereau and daughter Katherine Makaroff (Chris); grandsons Elliott, Avery; siblings Michael (Donna), Vicki (Daryl), Jane (Lloyd), Jim (Michelle); nieces Cooper, Maxine, Cameron, Shayna and Erin; nephews William, Robert, Corey, Bill, Tom; stepchildren Morgan Gabereau (Stephanie) and Eve Gabereau (Craig) and grandchildren Lucas, Elodie, and Blaise. Interment at Capilano View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lions Gate Hospital Foundation. Enthusiastic wake and monster rally for industry and friends to be held in the fall.


ROWE, Tom (Thomas John Rowe)
Born: 2/19/1955, Canada
Died: 7/2/2017, Gambler Island, British Columbia, Canada

Tom Rowe’s western – assistant director:
The Grey Fox - 1982

RIP David Armstrong



Memory Alpha

David Thomas "Dave" Armstrong (16 October 1924 – 13 May 2016; age 91) was the actor who played Kartan in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Operation -- Annihilate!". He filmed his scene on Wednesday 15 February 1967 at the TRW Space and Defense Park in Redondo Beach, California.

Armstrong made an uncredited appearance in the 1954 film A Star Is Born, as guest star Richard Webb. He also appeared as a reporter in the 1977 film, New York, New York. That film also featured TNG/DS9 guest actor Dick Miller. His television appearances include guest spots on Mission: Impossible, The Invaders, The Twilight Zone, and The Man from U.N.C.L.E..


ARMSTRONG, David (David Thomas Armstrong)
Born: 10/16/1924, U.S.A.
Died: 5/13/2016, U.S.A.

Daivd Armstrong’s westerns – actor:
The Restless Gun (TV) – 1957 (Zack)
Wagon Train (TV) – 1957 (Indian brave)
Heller in Pink Tights – 1960 (Achilles)
Sugarfoot (TV) – 1960 (Red Cane)
Kung Fu (TV) – 1973 (gate guard)
Blazing Saddles – 1974 (Pressman)

RIP Wally Burr



TFW 2005
By Sol Fury
July 10, 2017

It is with sadness that we report Walter “Wally” Burr, the voice director for the original Generation 1 Transformers cartoon and the 1986 Transformers the Movie, passed away yesterday, 9 July, 2017.

If you watched a cartoon in the 1980s, chances are, Wally Burr would have been the voice director, guiding the performances of the various actors to bring the show to life. His credits included not only the original Transformers, but G.I. Joe, Jem, Visionaries, Inspector Gadget, Dino Riders, Captain Caveman, Dynomutt the Dog Wonder, and the 1980s Spider-Man. His work, however, also saw him occasionally take to the other side of the recording booth, providing additional voices for some of the shows he directed; in the case of Transformers, he voiced Kremzeek, as well as Jazz, Ratchet, Seaspray, and Thundercracker in individual episodes when their regular voice actors were unavailable.

Many of us will remember Wally Burr for his work; for his reputation for perfection which has doubtless contributed to the timeless nature of many of the shows that he worked on, or simply for the happy memories of watching the shows that he was credited on working on. Some of us might remember having the pleasure of meeting him at his convention appearances.

All of us here at TFW2005 send our thoughts and best wishes to Mr Burr’s family during this time. And we come together with one voice to say, “thank you, sir, for making our childhoods so enjoyable”.


BURR, Wally (Walter Story Burr)
Born: 6/2/1924, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
Died: 7/9/2017, U.S.A.

Wally Burr’s western – director:
The New Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – 1968