Thursday, December 1, 2011

november stiffs.

It's the time of the month where we mourn those Unwell faves that are raving in graves.

So without further ado.

November after not only spawning a monster, saw the passing of Leonard Stone, best known for his portrayal of Sam Beauregarde, the father of Golden Ticket winner Violet Beauregarde in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Spanish film actor Antonio Molino Rojo, probably most recognisable for his roles in A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More, (1965) and the The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

Munchy Margaret Field, mother of uber-milf Sally Field and star of such classics as The Man from Planet X and Captive Women.

American adult film star and sdisco diva Andrea True (AKA Inger Kissin, Singe Low, Sandra Lips, Andrea Travis and Catherine Warren), best known for the disco hit "More, More, More", released in 1976, which reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Charts in 1976.

Last month also saw the deaths of Hong Kong movie star Ricky Hui Koon-Ying who alongside his brothers, Michael and Sam, appeared in several comedy blockbusters in the '70s and '80s including The Lizard (1972), The 14 Amazons (1972), The Sugar Daddies (1973) and The Generation Gap (1973) as well as Karl Slover, one of the last surviving Munchkins.

Baron Munchausen himself, the British-born Canadian based actor John Neville.

Michal Friedman, American voice actress and singer best known for Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, , Samurai Deeper Kyo and X Men.

From the world of 'the cartoon', British animator, television and film producer Mark Hall, most famous for bringing us Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, the animated segments on the Doctor Who: The Invasion DVD and the full length The Wind in the Willows movie passed away as did Zdeněk Miler, the Czech animator and illustrator best known for his Mole (Krtek) character.

And finally it was said to see the death of The Arena's unofficial granddad and favourite British film maker the wonderful Ken Russell.

And I'd like to leave you with a quote from his letter to the British censor at the time re: The Devils "Dear John: I have cleaned up the shit from the altar and cut the orgy in half". 

Godspeed sir!

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