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Archive for October, 2017


Tom Glynn-Carney

Glynn-Carney studied at Canon Slade School in Bolton, and went on to study Musical Theatre in Pendleton College of Performing Arts[citation needed] later on he attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he studied acting. While studying, he participated in professional stage adaptations of Peter Panand Macbeth.[3]

His first experience on television was in 2013 when he had a role in two episodes of Casualty. He secured a lead role in the BBC military drama The Last Post, launched as part of the new season Autumn 2017 content on BBC1. He plays Lance Corporal Tony Armstrong.

Since May 2017, Glynn-Carney stars in the Jez Butterworth play The Ferryman at the Royal Court Theatre.[4]

Glynn-Carney’s first film is war drama Dunkirk, which was directed by Christopher Nolan and released in July 2017. He plays Peter, the son of the captain of a civil boat that sailed to rescue British soldiers from the surrounded city Dunkirk.


Paula Raymond

Paula Raymond
Paula Raymond

Paula Raymond obituary in “The Guardian” in 2003.

Ronald Bergan’s “Guardian” obituary from 2003:

During Hollywood’s golden age, most of the large film studios kept a roster of attractive young women under contract to play the supporting wives and girlfriends of male leads, roles, in other words, that bigger stars would not take. One of them was Paula Raymond, who has died aged 79, and was mainly paid to stand around looking pretty as others carved out large pieces of the action.In 1950, however, MGM gave her the chance to co-star opposite Cary Grant in Crisis, and Robert Taylor in The Devil’s Doorway – and it looked as though Raymond, a striking brunette, might break into real stardom. Certainly in the former, the first feature by Richard Brooks, she is delightfully cool as she accompanies her brain surgeon husband (Grant) to a south American country, where the dictator (José Ferrer) needs an operation. Caught up in a revolution, the couple want to return to New York, where the chic Raymond would rather do some shopping.

Anthony Mann’s Devil’s Doorway, one of the first anti-racist westerns, had Robert Taylor as a native American, who believes that his people can live in peace and harmony with the whites – as his own romantic relationship with Paula Raymond suggests. A courageous film with a downbeat finale, it was, not surprisingly, a commercial failure, and Raymond’s memories of the production were dominated by her attempts to fend off the director’s sexual attentions.

A poster for Joseph M. Newman’s 1954 crime film ‘The Human Jungle’ starring Gary Merrill and Jan Sterling. (Photo by Movie Poster Image Art/Getty Images)

Nevertheless, a year later, she was again cast in an Anthony Mann picture, The Tall Target, though, as she explained later, “This time he left me alone; he had learned his lesson.” Playing a southern belle in the movie, she is among a group of suspicious characters on a train where detective Dick Powell is trying to stop a possible assassination attempt on President Lincoln.

Born Paula Ramona Wright in San Francisco, Raymond studied ballet, voice, music and piano as a child. On a trip to Hollywood with her Irish-born mother at the age of 13, she made her screen debut in Keep Smiling (1938), as a bratty version of Shirley Temple, with her brown hair curled and dyed blond.

After attending Hollywood high school, she studied law in San Francisco, at the same time as appearing with various theatre groups. However, she gave up her acting ambitions when she hastily married Captain Floyd Patterson, while he was on leave from the war in the Pacific. Two years later, they divorced and, to support her young daughter Raeme (who predeceased her), Raymond returned to Hollywood to take bit parts under the name of Rae Patterson.

In 1947, she was signed by Columbia, where, as Paula Raymond, she spent two years appearing in B-movies, including a number of westerns such as Challenge Of The Range (1949), starring Charles Starrett. “The films I did at Columbia featured horses, dogs and children; forget the adults. I was just filling space,” she recalled.

She was a little more visible at MGM, mainly because the films were more prestigious. In 1949, she played David Wayne’s society girlfriend in the Katherine Hepburn-Spencer Tracy comedy Adam’s Rib (1949), before her two, rare leading roles in Crisis and Devil’s Doorway. In 1950, in the Esther Williams musical The Duchess Of Idaho, she was a secretary enamoured of her wealthy playboy boss John Lund, whom she saves from the advances of fortune hunters, and in Grounds For Marriage (also 1950), she was the snooty fiancée of divorcee Van Johnson, who was unfortunately still in love with his former wife, Kathryn Grayson.

After leaving MGM, Raymond appeared in the film for which she is pro-bably best remembered, the low budget, science-fiction cult classic, The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953). As a palaeontologist who links several sea and beach disasters to a prehistoric creature on the loose as a result of an atomic test, she provided a little glamour and romance in a picture where the actors were secondary to Ray Harryhausen’s special effects.

Raymond did not have much to do as the wife of philandering cop Gig Young in The City That Never Sleeps (1953), nor as the wife of faithful policeman Gary Merrill in The Human Jungle (1954). But in the 1950s, she was hardly off the small screen in such television series as Perry Mason, 77 Sunset Strip, The Untouchables, Maverick and Wyatt Earp. In 1962, she was involved in a car crash that required extensive facial plastic surgery. Yet within a year, she was back at work.

Aside from television appearances, Raymond made a few movies in the 1960s, including two for cheapo director Al Adamson, Blood Of Dracula’s Castle (1967), in which she played the count’s wife, and a lurid western entitled Five Bloody Graves (1969), where she was the madame of a travelling brothel.

After retiring for some years, in 1977 she got a role in a daytime US soap-opera, Days Of Our Lives, but – ever accident-prone – she tripped over a telephone cord on her third day, broke her ankle and was written out of the show. She made her last screen appearance in a mindless thriller called Mind Twister (1993).

· Paula Raymond (Paula Ramona Wright), actor, born November 23 1924; died December 31 2003


Robert Goulet

Robert Goulet
Robert Goulet

Ronald Bergan’s Guardian obituary:

Anybody who has seen the original 1960 Broadway production of Lerner and Lowe’s Camelot or heard the album of the show will never forget the two showstopping numbers delivered by Robert Goulet, who has died while awaiting a lung transplant, aged 73. The handsome singer with the rich baritone voice makes his first entrance as Lancelot singing the self-mocking C’est Moi, but later he sings the hauntingly beautiful If Ever I Would Leave You.Unfortunately, in Joshua Logan’s 1967 movie version, Franco Nero was inexplicably cast and his singing voice dubbed, thus depriving future generations of enjoying Goulet’s standout performance.

Goulet, whom Variety magazine described as “having the looks and the speaking and singing voice of the ideal Lancelot,” seemed assured of a bright future in the musical genre. Judy Garland described him as a living 8 x 10 glossy. Alas, at the time of Camelot, the sort of musical that required Goulet’s kind of powerful modulated singing was on the wane.

Camelot was the high point of his career, but he won a Tony for best actor in a musical as the paterfamilias in Kander and Ebb’s The Happy Time (1968) and, in three television productions, played Tommy Albright in Brigadoon (1966), Billy Bigelow in Carousel (1967) and Fred Graham/Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate (1968), opposite his second wife Carol Lawrence, who had played Maria in the original Broadway production of West Side Story. Around the same period, Goulet started to appear in films, mainly 1960s Hollywood farces such as Honeymoon Hotel and I’d Rather Be Rich (both 1964), after having lent his voice to the feline character of Jaune Tom, “the best mouse catcher in all of Paris”, wooing Mewsette (voiced by Judy Garland) in Gay Purr-ee (1962).

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Goulet was the son of a textile mill guard and fine amateur singer of French-Canadian extraction. After his father died, when Robert was in his teens, the family moved to Alberta, eventually settling on his grandfather’s farm 200 miles north of Edmonton. At 16, Goulet was singing with the Edmonton Symphony. His performance in Handel’s Messiah earned him a scholarship to the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

It wasn’t long before he was appearing in Showtime, Canada’s leading television variety programme, when he was dubbed “Canada’s first matinee idol”. After three years, he left for New York. A theatrical agent recommended him to the librettist Alan Jay Lerner, and composer Frederick Loewe for, Camelot.

Goulet recorded more than 50 albums, made frequent TV appearances and, in 1982, was named Las Vegas entertainer of the year. His rather old-fashioned cabaret show led to him parodying himself as the consummate lounge singer in Louis Malle’s Atlantic City (1980). “If you can’t laugh at yourself, you’re a fool,” Goulet remarked.

He later took himself off in an episode of The Simpsons, arriving at Bart’s treehouse casino:

Goulet: “Are you sure this is the casino? Mr Burns’ casino? I think I should call my manager …”

Nelson: “Your manager says for you to shut up!”

Goulet: “Vera said that?”

Vera was Vera Novak, a Yugoslavian-born writer and artist who became Goulet’s business manager and whom he married in 1982, immediately after his divorce from Lawrence. In her 1990 memoir Carol Lawrence: the Backstage Story, she described Goulet as having a quick temper, mood swings and a drink problem. Goulet’s comment on the book was: “She was terribly angry because when I left I didn’t leave her for another woman.” Of his drinking: “I never was a run-down-in-the-gutter alcoholic. I never missed a performance.”

Goulet returned to Broadway a few times, playing King Arthur in a 1993 revival of Camelot, and took over one of the leads in La Cage aux Folles in 2005. His last performance was in the one-man show A Man and his Music, in September in Syracuse, New York.

He is survived by a daughter from his first marriage and two sons by Lawrence.

· Robert Gerard Goulet, singer and actor, born November 26 1933; died October 30 2007


James Farentino

James Farentino
James Farentino

“Independent” obituary from 2012:

The American actor James Farentino was endowed with the dashing good looks that should have made him a Hollywood leading man, but he might be remembered more for the women in his life than his screen roles. Four times married, he was also close to being four times divorced. At various times, he and his final wife, Stella, started legal action to end the marriage on the grounds of “irreconcilable differences”, only to withdraw the petitions.

Before his last marriage he had a five-year relationship with Tina Sinatra, daughter of the legendary crooner Frank. In 1994, after it had ended, he was put on probation and ordered to undergo counselling for stalking her, making harassing phone calls and violating a restraining order. Three years earlier, he had made headlines when he was arrested by police who intercepted a package of cocaine being sent to his Canadian hotel room while he was shooting the television film Miles from Nowhere. Then,in 2010, he was arrested for misdemeanour battery after allegedly trying to remove a man physically from his Hollywood home.

These torrid off-screen antics overshadowed Farentino’s acting career and gradually saw it dry up. Before the rot set in, his face was known to worldwide television audiences as Dr Nick Toscanni (1981-82) in the glossy soap Dynasty. In trying to exact revenge on Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) for his role in the death of Nick’s brother, the psychiatrist flirted with the oil tycoon’s wife, Krystle, and bedded his married daughter, Fallon. Later, the actor was seen in a cameo role as Ray Ross, the estranged father reunited with Dr Doug Ross (George Clooney), in several 1996 episodes of the medical series ER.

Farentino was born in New York in 1938, where his father was a clothing designer. He dropped out of high school and took various jobs before training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His stage début came on Broadway with the role of Pedro in The Night of the Iguana (Royale Theatre, 1961-62). He returned to Broadway in revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire (as Stanley Kowalski, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, 1973) and Death of a Salesman (as Biff, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1975).

However, he made his biggest impression on television, first taking one-off character roles in series such as Naked City (1962), The Defenders (1963), Ben Casey (1965) and The Fugitive (1967). Then he was signed up as one of the last contract performers at Universal Studios. He popped up in The Virginian (two roles, 1966, 1970), A Man Called Ironside (1967) and many other programmes, before spending three years as Neil Darrell, one of the trio of lawyers, in The Bold Ones (1969-72). He followed it by playing the globe-trotting private eye Jefferson Keyes in the short-lived Cool Million (1972-73).

Farentino was nominated for aSupporting Actor Emmy for his portrayal of Simon Peter in the epic Anglo-Italian series Jesus of Nazareth (1977). Four years later, he acted Juan Peron in the television film Evita Peron, with Faye Dunaway miscast as the heroine. Then came another starring role, Frank Chaney – alongside a hi-tech policehelicopter – in the crime drama Blue Thunder (1984), but the series was axed after a rival drama, Airwolf, took off to greater heights.

Farentino acted the managing editor Frank DeMarco in Mary (1985-86), but the star, Mary Tyler Moore, asked for the Chicago newspaper sitcom to be taken off after only 13 episodes. His next sitcom co-star, in Julie (1992), was Julie Andrews, who played an actress leaving the bright lights of Broadway for Iowa to marry a vet, but that series was also short-lived.

As television appearances became rarer, Farentino had a short run in the soap Melrose Place as Mr Beck, a shady character seen holding Amanda Woodward (Heather Locklear) hostage in a desolate cabin and demanding a multi-million-dollar ransom.

Most of the films in which the actor appeared were totally forgettable, although he won a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer for his role in the comedy The Pad and How to Use It (1966) as Ted, who gives his friend Bob (Brian Bedford) moral support on a first date but ends up with the young woman, Doreen (Julie Sommars), himself. Later, Farentino was seen alongside Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen in the time-travel fantasy The Final Countdown (1980).

He had only one screen role in his last 10 years, in the 2006 TV film Drive. “I’ve got a resumé that could choke a horse,” he said, curiously, in 2003. “I’m impressed by it. Producers who are casting people, they’re all in their 20s now. You show it to somebody in the motion picture industry or television, they don’t know and they don’t care.”

James Ferrantino (James Farentino), actor: born New York 24 February 1938; married 1962 Elizabeth Ashley (marriage dissolved 1965), 1966 Michele Lee Dusick (one son; marriage dissolved 1982), 1985 Deborah Mullowney (marriage dissolved 1988), 1994 Stella Torres (one son); died Los Angeles 24 January 2012.


William Daniels

William Daniels
William Daniels

William Daniels was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irene and David Daniels, although in many of his roles he has spoken with a Boston Brahmin accent, with some transatlantic influence. His father was a bricklayer.[1] He has two sisters, Jacqueline and Carol.[2]

He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945 and stationed in Italy, where he served as a disc jockey at an Army radio station. At the suggestion of Howard Lindsay, co-author of Life With Father, who recommended he use the GI Bill to attend a college with a good drama department, he enrolled at Northwestern University.[3] He graduated from Northwestern in 1949, and was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.[


Pip Torrens

Pip Torrens
Pip Torrens

Philip Dean “Pip” Torrens (born 2 June 1960) is an English actor. He is known for his role as Tommy Lascelles in the Netflix drama The Crown. His film appearances include ValiantThe Iron LadyWar Horse and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In 2017, he joined the main cast of AMC‘s Preacher.

In 2011, Torrens appeared in both episodes of an Outnumbered two-part special. In 2012 he appeared in the first episode of series 8 of Hustle as Heinz Zimmermann and also presented new gameshow The Devil’s Dinner Party. Torrens briefly appeared in an episode of Death in Paradise in 2013, as a museum guide. His film appearances include Tomorrow Never Dies as the captain of HMS Bedford, the 2001 film To End All Wars and voicework for Valiant. He also does work as a simulated patient in medical schools in the UK.Torrens was born in BromleyKent and educated at Bloxham School in Oxfordshire. He studied English Literature at Trinity College, Cambridge. His television appearances include Consenting Adults, two episodes of Doctor Who (“Human Nature“/”The Family of Blood“),[1] The Brittas EmpireGreen WingSilkThe Government Inspector (as John Scarlett), The Last Detective and DI Torrens for a few episodes in The Bill in 2001. He has also appeared in a 2008 series of British television advertisements for First Direct, with Matthew King. He appeared also in 1992 episode of Maigret with Michael Gambon

In 2013, Torrens appeared in “The Waldo Moment“, an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.

In November 2014, Torrens played the part of Richard Grenville in the BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers


Nancy Gates

Nancy Gates
Nancy Gates

“Wikipedia” entry:

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Gates,[2] Nancy Gates was born in Dallas, Texas, Gates grew up in nearby Denton, and was described as “a child wonder.”[3] A 1932 newspaper article about an Easter program at Robert E. Lee School noted, “Nancy Gates, presenting a soft-shoe number, will open the style show.”[4] That same year, she had a part in the Denton Kiddie Revue.[5]

In 1935,[6] she appeared in the production “A Kiss for Cinderella,” which starred Brenda Marshall and a minstrel show that included Ann Sheridan, both of whom were from Denton.[3] She was in show business before she finished high school, having her own radio program on WFAA in Dallas[6] for two years while she was a student at Denton High School,[7] from which she graduated.[8] Musically oriented, Gates was featured as a singer in a 1942 concert by the North Texas Teachers College stage band.[9]

Gates attended the University of Oklahoma for one year before getting married.[2]

Gates entered acting at a young age, receiving a contract with RKO at the age of 15, which required court approval because of her status as a minor.[10] Orson Welles screen-tested her for a role in the 1942 film The Magnificent Ambersons. Although she did not get the role, which went to Anne Baxter, the test paved the way for her future entry into film.[3] That same year she had her first credited role, in The Great Gildersleeve. In 1943 she went on contract with RKO, her first film with them being Hitler’s Children that same year. She began receiving roles in mostly B-movies, many of which were westerns or sci-fi, eventually receiving lead roles as the heroine. In 1948 she starred opposite Eddie Dean in Check Your Guns, and in 1949 she played alongside Jim BannonMarin Sais, and Emmett Lynn in an episode of the Red Ryder serial, titled Roll, Thunder, Roll. She would star in several other films over the next ten years, especially in westerns like Comanche Station (1960), and in support roles, most notably in two Frank Sinatra films, Some Came Running and Suddenly.

In total Gates starred or co-starred in 34 films and serials. She retired from acting in 1969.

Nancy Gates. Obituary in “Daily Telegraph” in 2019.

Nancy Gates, who has died aged 93, was an actress who began her career on radio, hosting her own show in Dallas while still in her early teens.

Signed to RKO at the age of 15, she worked in melodramas and crime thrillers, and was often cast as the female lead in Westerns on film and on television.

Born in Dallas, Texas, on February 1 1926, Nancy Jane Gates attended Robert E Lee School, Denton, and was described by a local newspaper as “a child wonder”. At the age of four, she was named official sweetheart of the Texas College band.

In 1933 her mother enrolled her in the Denton Dance School, where she was given a solo as part of the Denton Kiddie Revue and had a feature role in the play A Kiss for Cinderella, followed by a minstrel show in which she and a fellow “Denton Kiddie”, the future femme fatale Ann Sheridan, also starred.

By the time she entered Denton High School, Nancy already had her own radio show.

After a brief spell at the University of Oklahoma she was offered a contract by RKO Pictures. She made her debut in the jungle action adventure, The Tuttles of Tahiti (1942), starring Charles Laughton.

That year Orson Welles tested her for Lucy Morgan in The Magnificent Ambersons, but felt she was a little immature for the role, which he gave to Anne Baxter; he gave Nancy Gates a bit part.

Nancy Gates
Nancy Gates

She had her first screen kiss in the 1942 comedy The Great Gildersleeve, after she asked the director Gordon Douglas to give her character more scope.

The following year she appeared in Hitler’s Children, Edward Dmytryk’s propaganda film about the Hitler Youth, and was teamed with Charles Laughton again for the Second World War drama This Land is Mine. She was also in the sequel Gildersleeve’s Bad Day.

There followed a run of B-movies, including the comedy Bride by Mistake and The Master Race, about a Nazi agent who infiltrates a recently liberated Belgian town and tries in vain to turn the inhabitants against the Allies.

By the mid-to-late 1940s, she had slipped down the cast list, though she was busy on radio, and in 1946-47 was in the soap opera Masquerade.

In 1948 she married William Hayes, a Hollywood lawyer and pilot, whom she met when she was a passenger on one of his flights. Away from RKO, Nancy Gates freelanced, taking small roles in such films as the Cecil B DeMille circus epic The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) and the Joan Crawford drama Torch Song (1953).

By the middle of the 1950s she was concentrating more on television, though she did enjoy the distinction of shooting a ruthless killer played by Frank Sinatra in the 1954 noir thriller Suddenly. On the small screen there were parts in such shows as Maverick, Rawhide, Laramie, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Perry Mason.

In 1956 came perhaps her most memorable film, alongside Hugh Marlowe, the early sci-fi adventure World Without End, about a group of astronauts caught in a time warp who find themselves on a future planet Earth populated by mutants.

The same year she was in the crime drama Wetbacks, starring Lloyd Bridges, and the crime drama Death of a Scoundrel with George Sanders and Zsa Zsa Gabor, before being reunited two years later with Frank Sinatra in Some Came Running, co-starring Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine.

Nancy Gates retired in 1969 to spend more time with her family.

Her husband died in 1992 and she is survived by their twin daughters and two sons, who are both Hollywood producers.