August 16, 2010:
Guest appearance depend on schedule availability at time of Festival
Cheryl Rogers Barnett
Cheryl Rogers Barnett, who serves on the Board of the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History, is not related to our favorite patrons Jim and Beverly Rogers, but is the daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. She has written her memoir of her famous family called Cowboy Princess and also has authored a cookbook of recipes from the stars. She grew up with many and will be moderator for the one on one q and a sessions at Statham Town Hall this year. These events are new and were suggested by the fans that wanted to get to know our stars a little better. Cheryl also serves on the Museum Board.
Ernest Borgnine almost needs no introduction for almost anyone recognizes his picture and remembers one wonderful experience he gave them either in the films or on television with a memorable performance. In terms of Lone Pine, his characterization of Coley Trimble in Bad Day at Black Rock is both impressive and really quite evil. He also worked in the Randolph Scott film The Stranger Wore a Gun. Of course, it was while here on Black Rock that he was called off set to come into the lobby at the Dow to sign his contract for Marty for which he was awarded a best actor Oscar. Other feature film roles include The Wild Bunch, The Poseidon Adventure and The Dirty Dozen. He has recently completed five roles in films, and has 117 credits in feature films. It is a great honor to welcome Mr. Borgnine back to Lone Pine.
Bruce Boxleitner is noted for his television starring roles in How the West Was Won, Bring ‘Em Back alive, Scarecrow and Mrs. King and Babylon 5. An early appearance in Tron will be reprised in the reboot of the film in Tron: Legacy. His diverse talents are demonstrated in the two Sci Fi novels with western settings that he wrote: Frontier Earth and Searcher. He work as a model for Estee Lauder for Men as well having several film appearances including Gods and Generals, Dead Space: Downfall, Snakehead Terror, Legion of the Dead and The Bone Eater which contains Lone Pine second unit work although not made locally. Other television guest appearances for Mr. Boxleitner include Hawaii Five-O, Crossing Jordan, Chuck and Heroes.
Robert Dix has appeared in many classic western television series as well as horror and science fiction film throughout his career. He had guest appearances on very early in his career on Highway Patrol, Studio 57, Death Valley Days. The Rifleman and Rawhide. At the same time he appeared in such films as Love Me, or Leave Me, Forbidden Planet, I’ll Cry Tomorrow, Lone Texan, Young Jesse James and Deadwood ’78. Some of his numerous thrill fests include Horror of the Blood Monsters, Hell’s Bloody Devils, and Blood of Dracula’s Castle. Bob is the author of an autobiography, and the son of Richard Dix who worked multiple times in Lone Pine and the Eastern Sierra.
Don Edwards is headlining our Friday night concerts at 7 pm and 9 pm. Don entertained during the 2004 Festival and proved to be one of our most popular performers ever. In his music he tells tales of the day-to-day lives and emotions of those who have lived it, his ballads paint a sweeping landscape of both mind and heart, keeping alive the sights, sounds and feelings of this most American contribution to culture and art. Bobby Weaver of the National Cowboy Hall of fame said it all in summing up Edwards’ importance: "...the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today." Don brings a rare complement of knowing and loving his craft. It is an honor to have Don Edwards back for this Festival.
Ever wonder how stunt men create action on the screen, safely and make the stars they double look good? We will have the answer this year at the Festival. Diamond Farnsworth, stunt coordinator for NCIS, will return to the Festival and will do a presentation on his career and work as a coordinator for all the physical activity in various productions. By the way, Diamond was nominated for an Emmy. He has many film credits as well including Paint Your Wagon, The Big Easy, First Blood, Rambo, Dirty Harry-The Dead Pool and No Way Out.
Loren Janes again joins us to share his experiences and insights concerning stunt work and his experiences filming How the West Was Won in the Alabama Hills and also worked with Steve McQueen as his stunt double, including work with him on Nevada Smith filmed locally. Loren has attended every Festival and serves an active role as a Board member for the Lone Pine Film History Museum. He also shot "Behind the Action" candid footage on many of the films he appeared in and brings extra insight to his audiences of the making of action pictures.
A.C. Lyles has worked at Paramount longer than anyone else, and he has know all the great stars since the 1930's and called many of them close friends. He helped Lone Pine recover and screen the first film made here called The Round-Up. Most recently A.C. has served as a consultant on the award-winning and controversial western Deadwood for HBO. He has served on the Board for the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History and has for many years been a great friend to the community,
Donna Martell, initially using the stage name Donna De Mario, began her Hollywood career around Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Her western titles include Apache Rose, Twilight on the Rio Grande, Mexican Hayride, Last of the Desperadoes and Robin Hood of Monterey. She was in The Hills of Utah with Gene Autry and had small roles in Kim, The Golden Hawk and The Egyptian, which shot scenes in Death Valley. Some television western series included Bonanza, Tales of Wells Fargo, Cheyenne and Bat Masterson.
Hugh O’Brian achieved television western immortality with his seven years as Wyatt Earp, appearing in over 150 episodes of the classic. Ida Lupino discovered Mr. O’Brian and opened the door to television and to Universal Studios to begin his film career. But he resisted the "beef cake action" roles that Hollywood tried to cast him in. These instead went to Rock Hudson. He did star in Rocketship XM, a science fiction film made in Death Valley and in Beyond the Purple Hills, Gene Autry film that shot scenes in our area. He worked in many feature length westerns including Vengeance Valley, The Lawless Breed, and Broken Lance, "paying his dues"before Wyatt Earp earned him stardom. He has the distinction of being the last man John Wayne"killed" on screen in The Shootist. Mr. O’Brian has spent many years in various philanthropic projects most notably his HOBY Leadership Development Seminars that since 1958 have trained over 375,000 high school sophomores. Mr. O’Brian has spent his life living to the best of his ability the ideals that the western genre has championed.
Paul Picerni returns to Lone Pine Film Festival. He was here in the Hollywood take on Iran, The Adventures of Hajji Baba. He graduated from Loyola University, and after one movie with Warner Brothers, got a seven year contract. He got the romantic lead in “The House of Wax,” which was the biggest money in 3 D until recently. He played Elliot Ness’ sidekick “Lee Hobson” and gained international famr]e because of the popular series “The Untouchables.” In films he made other “easterns” including The Desert Song, Omar Khayyam, and Flight to Hong Kong. Westerns he appeared in include Saddle Tramp, Cattle Town, The Bounty Hunter, and The Scalphunters. Another of his productions, along with his wife Marie, is having eight children, four girls and four boys.
Ty Power is the son of Tyrone Power who we honor this year at the Festival, and his similarity to his father is striking. Unfortunately Ty was born two months after his father’s untimely death at forty-five. Ty Power was educated at Pomona College and has appeared to good effect in small roles in big pictures, more sizable parts in lesser films. He was in Cocoon and Cocoon: the Return, Soulmates, Last Chance for Love and Love and Honor. Most recently was his role in Dreamkiller.
One of Andrew Prine’s early performance was in Advance to the Rear in which Stella Stevens starred. He worked in the episode of Have Gun Will Travel called "The Marshal’s Boy," which has a wonderfully dramatic climax up at Whitney Portal near the waterfall. Many other western films fill his credits including Texas Across the River, The Devil’s Brigade, and Bandolero! and Chisum. As the western genre faded from the big screen, his appearances were more diverse although he starred in several episodes of classic television westerns. These included Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Virginian, and Wagon Train. Mr. Prine’s abilities have been on display more recently guest-starring in C.S.I, Six Feet Under and Jag, among many others.
Sourdough will join us this year again at the Festival, opening for Don Edwards. His popular stage show combines cowboy singing, yodeling and comedy, accompaniment on accordion, guitar, ukelele and harmonica and a keen knowledge of the traditional western repertoire. Larry Kelp, noted columnist for the East Bay Express, simply puts it this way, "Sourdough Slim is the most entertaining cowboy singer-yodeler-accordionist extent." He was hoinored by the Academy of Western Artists with a Will Rogers Award for "Yodeler of the Year."
Called "a Biker, Bare-knuckled Brawler, Cowboy, Bee-Girl fighter, Vampire Hunter", William Smith will be back with us again this year. He has more than 300 film and television credits so it is impossible to do more than hit some highlights.He was a regular in Laredo, Asphalt Jungle, Zero One, Hawaii Five-O, and Wildside. His western TV guest appearances include Gunsmoke, Daniel Boone, Wagon Train, Guns of Will Sonnet, Alias Smith & Jones, The Virginian, Death Valley Days and Guns of Paradise to name just a few. He comes from a scholarly background, graduating from UCLA cum laude; he received a Masters in Russian Area Studies. Some film appearances include Maverick, Red Dawn, Any Which Way You Can, Invasion of the Bee Girls, The Thing with Two Heads, Three Guns For Texas, and an uncredited appearance in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942).
Peggy Stewart first gave much to Lone Pine and her fans, starring in two Lone Pine films. She starred here with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Utah and returned in Trail to San Antone with Gene Autry. Both films have important places in the Beverly and Jim Rogers Museum of Lone Pine Film History. The "Buick Eight" from Trail (on loan from the James E. Rogers Collection) is found in the museum along with Peggy's boots from the days when she was the "Princess of the Plains." Peggy now serves on the Museum Board of Directors and brings both enthusiasm and beauty to the Museum project.
Buck Taylor shares both his extended acting career and his artistic accomplishments in an exhibit of his paintings this weekend. Perhaps best remembered for his continuing role in Gunsmoke as Newly O’Brien, he also appeared in the series Dallas, The Greatest Show on Earth and even General Hospital. Some film features include The Wild Angels, Pony Express Rider, Cattle Annie and Little Britches, The Legend of the Lone Ranger and Alamo. Buck had starring roles in Gettysburg, Tombstone, Gods and Generals, The Wendell Baker Story and Truce. Buck brings an exhibit of paintings for sale as well as an exhibit from his personal collection. His painting appears on the cover of the Festival program, on the poster and the Tee shirt, which he generously donated the use of to the Festival.