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Barbara Bouchet

Barbara Bouchet. Wikipedia.

Barbara Bouchet (born Barbara Gutscher, 15 August 1943) is a German-American actress and entrepreneuse who lives and works in Italy.

She has acted in more than 80 films and television episodes and founded a production company that has produced fitness videos and books. She also owns and operates a fitness studio. She appeared in Casino Royale (1967) as Miss Moneypenny, as Patrizia in Don’t Torture a Duckling (1972), The Scarlet and The Black (1983) and as Mrs. Schermerhorn in Martin Scorsese‘s Gangs of New York (2002).

Barbara Gutscher, the eldest of four siblings (two boys and two girls), was born in Reichenberg,  Sudetenland, a part of Czechoslovakia that was ceded to Nazi Germany and is today part of the Czech Republic.  After World War II, her family was placed in a resettlement camp in the American occupation zone in Germany. They were granted permission to emigrate to the United States under the humanitarian provisions of the Displaced Persons Act of 1948.

After arriving in the United States, the family lived in Five Points, California on the west side of the Central Valley and eventually settled in San Francisco, where Gutscher was raised. During the early 1960s San Francisco Bay Area television station KPIX-TV ran a show named The KPIX Dance Party and offered Gutscher the opportunity to become a member of the show’s dance group.

Bouchet began her career modelling for magazine covers and appearing in television commercials, before eventually becoming an actress. Her first acting role was a minor part in What a Way to Go! (1964), which led to a series of other roles in the 1960s. She appeared in the films John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1964), In Harm’s Way (1964), and Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966).[4]

She appeared, semi-nude, in two editions of Playboy magazine: May 1965 (stills from In Harm’s Way) and February 1967 (“The Girls of Casino Royale“).

In Casino Royale (1967), Bouchet played the role of Miss Moneypenny. In 1968, she guest-starred in the Star Trek episode “By Any Other Name” (1968), and appeared in the musical film Sweet Charity (1969) playing Ursula.

Tired of being typecast and unable to get starring roles in Hollywood, Bouchet moved to Italy in 1970 and began acting in Italian films, such as Black Belly of the Tarantulaand Sex with a Smile (40 gradi all’ombra del lenzuolo, or Forty Degrees In The Shade Of The Sheet, 1975). She starred with Gregory Peck in The Scarlet and The Black (1983), a successful TV movie. In 1985, she established a production company and started to produce a successful series of fitness books and videos. In addition, Bouchet opened a fitness studio in Rome. In 2002, Bouchet appeared in Gangs of New York, playing Mrs. Schermerhorn.

In 1974, Bouchet married Luigi Borghese, a producer, with whom she has two sons: Alessandro (b. 1976), a TV chef, and Massimiliano (b. 1989), a bartender. Her husband subsequently produced some of her later films. They separated in 2006, citing different aspirations.


Cavan Malone

Cavan Malone

Cavan Malone (25th November 1936 – 8th March 1982) was the son of the Irish tenor Danny Malone and his wife Hazel, who ran the Corona Stage School in London during World War II. On Coronation Street he appeared in February and March 1961 as Gordon Davies, husband of Joan Walker.

A former child actor he had appeared in films when he was eight, having a role in the Alec Guinness classic Kind Hearts and Coronets in 1949 and appeared on television far back as 1951. He appeared in series such as No Hiding Place and Dixon of Dock Green but appears to have quit acting in the mid-1960s after appearing in 633 Squadron.


Craig T. Nelson

Craig T. Nelson. Wikipedia.

Craig Theodore Nelson[1] (born April 4, 1944) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Hayden Fox in the television series Coach (for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series), Deputy Ward Wilson in the 1980 film Stir Crazy, Steven Freeling in the 1982 film Poltergeist, the warden in My Name is Earl, and the Superhero father Mr. Incredible in the 2004 film The Incredibles and its 2018 sequel. He also starred as Zeek Braverman in the television series Parenthood.

Nelson was born Craig Theodore Nelson in Spokane, Washington, on April 4, 1944. He was the son of Vera Margaret (née Spindler; 1906–1971), a dancer, and Armand Gilbert Nelson (1900–1964), a businessman.

Nelson attended Lewis and Clark High School, where he played several sports, including football, baseball, and basketball.

After high school, Nelson studied at Central Washington University.  After flunking out of Central Washington University, Nelson went to Yakima Valley College and was inspired to study acting by his drama teacher, Mr. Brady. From Yakima, he went on to study drama at the University of Arizona on a scholarship.

In 1969, Nelson dropped out of school and moved to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. When he first moved to California, he took up a job as a security guard at a soap factory until finding work as a comedy writer.

Nelson began his show business career as a comedian. He was an early member of The Groundlings comedy troupe. Nelson, Barry Levinson, and Rudy De Luca formed their own comedy team and were regular performers at The Comedy Store.  In 1973, Nelson left the comedy world, explaining “the standup comedy life was pretty unfulfilling for me” and he settled in Montgomery Creek, CA where there was no electricity and no running water; “it was contentment, The Waltons, he said.[9] Nelson had different jobs during that time including janitor, plumber, carpenter, surveyor, and high school teacher. He returned to acting five years later.

He was featured as a prosecuting attorney who opposes Al Pacino in the 1979 film …And Justice for All, co-written by Levinson. In 1983, Nelson appeared in Silkwood, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep, as the high school football coach of Tom Cruise in the drama All the Right Moves and as one of the stars of director Sam Peckinpah‘s final film, The Osterman Weekend.

He has appeared in many other motion pictures (most notably the Poltergeist series) and had featured roles in five television shows (CoachCall to GloryThe DistrictMy Name Is Earl, and Parenthood). Coach ran from 1989 to 1997, with Nelson starring as college football coach Hayden Fox.

He provided the voice of Bob Parr (also known as Mr. Incredible) in the computer-animated superhero filmThe Incredibles, and returned to the role for its sequel, Incredibles 2.[10] Nelson also reprised the role again in the video games Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure and in the Disney Infinityvideo game series, except for the video game and The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer, where he was replaced by actor Richard McGonagle.[11]

During the early 1990s, he made a guest appearance in the music video for country singer Garth Brooks‘s song “We Shall Be Free”.

Nelson made a three-episode guest appearance on CSI: NY as a “nemesis” of Gary Sinise‘s Taylor.

His most recent films include 2009’s The Proposal as Ryan Reynolds‘ skeptical father, 2010’s The Company Men as a greedy CEO, and 2018‘s Book Club. From 2010 to 2015, he starred in the television show Parenthood as Ezekiel “Zeek” Braverman, the family patriarch.

Nelson stated in an interview with Glenn Beck that he had been on welfare and collected food stamps. In that same interview, he railed at taxes, government, and the lack of fiscal responsibility in society. He also stated that he was thinking about no longer paying taxes because he disapproved of public funds rescuing those struggling. “What happened to society? I go into business, I don’t make it, I go bankrupt. I’ve been on food stamps and welfare, did anybody help me out? No. No. They gave me hope, they gave me encouragement, and they gave me a vision.”

Nelson has three children from his previous marriage to Robin McCarthy. His second wife Doria Cook-Nelson is a freelance writer, president of a martial arts association, karate instructor, tai chi teacher and a former film and television actress who had a featured role in the movie musical Mame.

Nelson is a motorsports fan and an avid racer. He first participated in the 1991 Toyota Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix and finished ninth. In 1992, he founded Screaming Eagles Racing with John Christie and entered and drove a Toyota-engined Spice SE90 in the IMSA 1994 WSC, a Lexus-engined Spice SE90 in 1995 and a Ford-engined Riley & Scott MkIII in the 1996 and 1997 championships.


Andra Martin

Andra Martin. Wikipedia.

Andra Martin is an American actress, most notable for appearing in many television series and a few movies while a contract player for Warner Bros. in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Martin was born Sandra Rehn, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Walter Rehn.[2] She grew up near Rockford, Illinois, on her parents’ farm, graduated from Monroe Center High School, and studied dramatics for two years at Northwestern University. From there, she went to New York and worked as a model while she studied acting under Lee Strasberg. She honed her acting skills in the summer playhouse at Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania.

Martin’s film debut came in Street of Sinners (1957).  The Lady Takes a Flyer (1958) was the first film in which she was billed as Andra Martin. That same year, she appeared in the horror film The Thing That Couldn’t Die, about a 400-year-old head that uses telepathic control of various people to help him find his body. That same year, she won the Hollywood Debut Award. She was James Garner‘s leading lady in the 1959 film Up Periscope, and the daughter/secretary on the Perry Mason TV-series episode “The Case of the Prodigal Parent”. She also played the role of defendant Arlene Ferris in the 1961 episode, “The Case of the Waylaid Wolf.”

Martin played Wahleeah, a captive American Indian maiden who became the love interest of Clint Walker in Yellowstone Kelly (1959) and appeared in various television series, including Maverick in the episodes “Gun-Shy” with James Garner, “Hadley’s Hunters” with Jack Kelly, “Thunder from the North” (1960) with Roger Moore. She was also a leading lady, often more than once in different roles, in series such as The Alaskans77 Sunset StripBourbon Street BeatHawaiian EyeSurfside SixBroncoLawmanCheyenneBachelor Father, and Wagon Train, among others.

On August 30, 1958, Martin married actor Ty Hardin in North Hollywood, California —a wedding that took place despite the objections of Warner Bros. studios, for which both of them worked. They were the parents of twin sons born in 1959.

On June 23, 1962, she married David May II, heir to a chain of department stores.  They were divorced in 1968.



Maylia. Wikipedia

Gloria Suie Chin (November 10, 1925 – October 16, 2016), known professionally as Maylia Fong, was an American actress.

Fong was cast in her first film as the character Ming Ling in the 1947 romantic film Singapore, also starring Fred MacMurray, after she was spotted by the wife of producer Sidney Buchman in a Paramount canteen while visiting her sister in California. After her successful reception in Singapore, Fong portrayed a Chinese orphan in To the Ends of the Earth in 1948 starring Dick Powell and Signe Hasso. Fong then appeared in Boston Blackie’s Chinese Venture (1949), Chinatown at Midnight (1949), Call Me Mister (1951) and Return to Paradise(1953). She was one of the few Asian-American actresses working in Hollywood at the time. She was referred to as the “first Chinese starlet since Anna May Wong” by Paramount Pictures official studio publicity.

Fong was born in Detroit, Michigan. In 1947, while visiting her sister in Los Angeles she met her future husband, Benson Fong. The pair wanted to get married, but they needed a steady income, so they started a chain of restaurants called Ah Fong.

After her last film in 1953, Return to Paradise, Fong retired from acting to focus on her family. She had five children with her husband Benson. Their names are Cynthia Fong (b. 1948), Preston Oden Fong, Lori Fong (b. 1951), Pamela Fong (b. 1953), and Lisa Fong (b. 1957). Three of her five children (Pamela, Kwong, and Lisa) are also actors. Fong also had nine grandchildren at the time of her death in 2016.

Fong and her husband successfully ran a chain of Chinese restaurants in Los Angeles County called Ah Fong. In 1949, they had saved up enough money to open their first restaurant location in Hollywood, California, on Vine Street. By 1971, the chain had locations in Hollywood, AnaheimEncinoWestwood and Beverly Hills.

In 1984, the restaurant received a favorable recommendation in the Los Angeles Times as a place for Mother’s Day lunch

She and her husband stopped managing the chain in 1985, shortly before her husband’s death in 1987. In 1987, only one location remained in Hollywood and was being managed by a relative.

Fong died in her sleep at her home in Costa Mesa, California, on October 16, 2016. She was survived by her five children and nine grandchildren.


Tom Stern

Tom Stern.

Tom Stern is a reliable Hollywood character actor in movies since the mid 1960s. He was married for a time to the British actress Samantha Eggar.

Actress Samantha Eggar and her husband Tom Stern at London Airport, April 14th 1965. (Photo by J. Wilds/Keystone/Getty Images)

Mario Cabre

Mario Cabre, 75, a bullfighter and actor who in 1950 was romantically linked to the late actress Ava Gardner. Cabre became widely known outside Spain for his romance with Miss Gardner during the filming of “Pandora and the Flying Dutchman,” which they made together with James Mason in the Spanish Costa Brava. During that same period Cabre and Frank Sinatra were vying for Miss Gardner’s affections. After retiring from the bullring in 1960 after a 17-year career, Cabre played leading roles in a number of Spanish films and plays. In Barcelona on Sunday of a lingering heart ailment.


Sandra Dorne

British platinum blonde with leads in 1950s, later in supporting roles, but always with special ‘presence’. Husky-voiced, “blonde bombshell” was a popular pinup early in her career. Appeared in some 35 films, many teleplays, specialized in mystery, suspense and horror titles. Married to actor Patrick Holt.


Con O’Neill

Con O’Neill

Con O’Neill. IMDB.

Con O’Neill was born in Weston-Supermare in Sumerset.   He has many fine stage performances to his credit.   He won wide acclaim for both his stage and film roles as Joe Meek in “Telstar” in 2008.

IMDB entry:

Con O’Neill was born in 1966 in Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, England. He is an actor, known for Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008), Bedrooms and Hallways (1998) and The Last Seduction II (1999). He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1989 (1988 season) for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Blood Brothers.  

Was nominated for Broadway’s 1993 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for “Blood Brothers.”   Born in England to parents from Dundalk in Ireland,he started acting at the Everyman Youth Theater in Liverpool, meeting Willy Russell, hence the ‘Blood Brothers’ connection.  

Appearing in “Telstar” at the New Ambassadors Theatre, London [July 2005]


Leigh McCloskey

Leigh McCloskey. Wikipedia

Leigh McCloskey was born in 1955 and an American actorartist and writer. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous television series and movies, including a 46-episode stint as Mitch Cooper on the popular American soap opera Dallas, and a leading role in the Dario Argento-helmed supernatural horror film Inferno.

Born in Los AngelesCalifornia, McCloskey was classically trained as an actor at the Juilliard School in Lincoln Center, New York.[citation needed] He began his professional acting career playing Billy Abbott in the original miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man. He went on to star in three nighttime television series: Executive SuiteMarried: The First Year, and performed the role of Mitch Cooper (husband of Lucy Ewing Cooper) on the CBS nighttime soap opera Dallas. McCloskey was a series regular from 1980–1982, and made brief appearances in 1985 and 1988.

McCloskey starred in made-for-television films and miniseries including The Bermuda DepthsDawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway and its sequel Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn in which he played the title role. He was given the lead role in the Italian horror film Inferno (1980) after the director’s original choice of James Woods proved to be unavailable. He starred in Trouble Shooters: Trapped Beneath the Earth and with Linda Gray (Dallas) in Accidental Meeting. He starred in the television miniseries Gone But Not Forgotten (2005). McCloskey has also appeared in the films Just One of the GuysCameron’s ClosetFraternity Vacation with Tim Robbins, and Inferno directed by Dario Argento, among others.

McCloskey has guest-starred on television series and pilots including BonesStar Trek: Deep Space NineStar Trek: VoyagerJake and the FatmanJAGLife Goes OnChicago HopeMedical Center, and many others. He has played villains on four sci-fi television series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, as well as Babylon 5 (2 parts) and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century with Dorothy Stratten. He has also appeared in a number of daytime soap operas, including Santa BarbaraGeneral HospitalThe Young and the Restless and One Life to Live.