Tuesday, December 10, 2013

THE SEASON STRIKES BACK....

GINGERBREAD AND STAR WARS....CAN'T GO WRONG!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

CHEWBACA

I  HAD A CHANCE TO DO A SIGNING WITH PETER MAYHEW IN BOSTON A FEW YEARS BACK....LONG LIVE CHEWIE...

Friday, November 22, 2013

Bewtiched!


50 years ago today, November 22, 1963, the magic began, as the cast assembled for the first time for the initial read through of the pilot script of "Bewitched".

Monday, November 4, 2013

TABITHA


IN THE TOP PHOTO I WAS BEING UPSTAGED BY THE WONDERFUL LISA HARTMAN WHO PLAYED MY SISTER TABITHA IN THE 1977 SERIES ON ABC.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Alderaan Pumkin

From The 501st Legion........"Look At The Size Of That Pumkin"!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

THE DARK SIDE AND THE LIGHT SIDE

WHAT HAS A DARK SIDE AND A LIGHT SIDE AND HOLDS THE GALAXY TOGETHER?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BEWITCHED!! BIRTHDAY

49 YEARS AGO TODAY.....BEWITCHED FIRST EPISODE WAS SEEN!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

THE DARKSIDE

HOW'S THIS FOR A HOT AIR BALLOON!

Monday, August 26, 2013

MY WIFE'S BOOK OUT ON AMAZON KINDLE!

 MY WIFE. BARBARA ANKRUM'S SECOND BOOK IN HER WILD WESTERN HEARTS SERIES IS OUT ON AMAZON KINDLE!..

PLEASE LIKE HER AUTHOR PAGE ON FACEBOOK...

BARBARA ANKRUM AUTHOR
 
It's up! "Renegade Bride" is up on Amazon! The second book in my Wild Western Hearts Series, is finally online! Again, it's only available on Amazon for this week, but will be on Nook sometime next week and all other venues shortly. This book was my first to be nominated for a RITA by Romance Writers of America and is really one of my favorites. I hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

FLIGHT TO MARS

My Father Morris Ankrum in the spacesuit. This still was taken for a promotional lobby card for the film "FLIGHT TO MARS"  1951.

Monday, July 15, 2013

DENNIS BURKLEY

SO SAD TO HEAR THE NEWS OF THE PASSING OF MY DEAR OLD FRIEND, ACTOR, DENNIS BURKLEY. WE MET ON THE FILM SET OF THE INDIE FILM "BUMMER" IN 1972 AND WE'VE BEEN FRIENDS EVER SINCE. GOD BLESS DENNIS AND HIS FAMILY. REST IN PEACE BIG D!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Five Easy Pieces...

My Stepfather, William Challee... in a scene from the film "Five Easy Pieces"  with Jack Nicholson. He played Jack's Father. The film was directed by Bob Rafelson. And Fred Roos was the casting director. Fred later went on to cast me as the voice of Wedge Antilles in Star Wars: A New Hope.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Chewbacca

Had a chance to do a signing with Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) in Boston a few years ago....

Gotta love Chewy!

And his sidekick...


Monday, June 24, 2013

GEORGE LUCAS MARRIES

GEORGE LUCAS AND MELLODY HOBSON MARRY OVER THE WEEKEND.
"LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT RING"!
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH THEM....

Friday, June 7, 2013

THE GIANT CLAW



 A FILM MY FATHER, MORRIS ANKRUM, WAS IN BACK IN 1957 WITH JEFF MORROW.

 

 

The Giant Claw (1957)

Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

Director:

Writers:

Stars:

Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum |

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

George on the set of  The Empire Strikes Back...

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

RAY HARRYHAUSEN

So sorry to hear the news of the passing of Ray Harryhausen. He will be missed!

Friday, April 26, 2013

MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU---AT DISNEY

For one day only, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will present a “Limited Time Magic” event for the annual, fan-proclaimed “Star Wars Day,” May 4 – a date that Star Wars fans worldwide turn into a celebratory pun, “May the Fourth Be With You!”
Separate from the month-long Star Wars Weekends special event (which begins May 17), this “Limited Time Magic” celebration features special Star Wars entertainment, characters, commemorative merchandise, a Star Wars dance party and a Star Wars-themed fireworks show to cap off the day.
You might even find yourself sitting next to Chewbacca aboard Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. Star Wars characters will make surprise appearances on the 3-D attraction to enjoy the wild journey through space alongside park guests.
A special edition of Jedi Training Academy also is planned that day, with parents invited to join their children (ages 4-12, sign-ups required on first-come basis) on-stage for the training and final showdown with the Empire.
When the sun goes down, galactic fun lights the night as Lobot (from Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back) takes over as DJ for a dance party that will be highlighted by a special Star Wars fireworks show.
“May the Fourth Be With You” “Limited Time Magic” park activities and shows are included in regular admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

ADMIRAL MOTTI REST IN PEACE

So sorry to hear the news of Richard LeParmentier's passing. I had the chance to attend several sci-fi conventions with him. He was a terrific actor and wonderful spirit.

After defying Lord Vader aboard the original Death Star, Admiral Motti became a symbol of the Empire's over-confidence. But the actor Richard LeParmentier has become a favourite amongst fans… and now, has sadly passed away.
Richard LeParmentier, who will be remembered for his role in 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope', was an accomplished actor who appeared in a number of classic films - performing alongside James Caan in the '70s classic 'Rollerball' and appearing as Lt. Santino in the animated classic, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'.
In fact, in his long career, Richard delivered a number of iconic lines… including the classic "Now that's what I call one seriously disturbed toon." But he will always be remembered for his over-confidence in the Empire. And perhaps his lack of faith (which Lord Vader found disturbing)…
This station is now the ultimate power in the universe!
I think it's safe to say that everyone remembers that iconic scene - The one where Admiral Motti foolishly stands-up to Darth Vader… only to be force-choked for his trouble. It was a brilliantly understated piece of cinema that showcased the true power of the Dark Side while highlighting the Empire's main weakness - over-confidence.
And it was Richard who took that role and made it his own. Admiral Motti may have only had a small part to play, but it was a crucial one… his cockiness and oversight being the ultimate flaw that the Rebel Alliance needed for their strike on the Death Star.
I find your lack of faith disturbing…
Of course, it was Motti's single act of defiance that created one of the most memorable scenes from 'A New Hope' - the famous Vader force-choke. It's a scene that's stayed with us some thirty years after the film's original release… and has even spawned an online craze known as 'Vadering'.
The Coventry Telegraph reports that Richard recounted that "I did the choking effect by flexing muscles in my neck. It set off a chain of events, that choking." And it was Richard's original scene that showed us exactly what the Force was capable of… especially in the hands of the Dark Side.
Born in Pittsburgh, USAbut settling down in bath, Somerset, Richard LeParmentier was a regular at 'Star Wars' conventions and will be sorely missed by friends and fans alike. Rest in peace Richard.
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Friday, April 5, 2013

BACK TO THE FUTURE

Cattle Queen of Montana was the film playing at the Essex Theater in Hill Valley, in the film Back to the Future, on November 5, 1955. My Father, Morris Ankrum, played Barbara Stanwyck's Father in the film.




Cattle Queen of Montana is a 1954 American Western film starring Barbara Stanwyck and Ronald Reagan. The supporting cast includes Jack Elam, Chubby Johnson, and Morris Ankrum, and the movie was directed by Allan Dwan.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

HOPALONG CASSIDY


Above, my Father Morris Ankrum (billed as Stephen Morris) has the drop on William 'Hoppy' Boyd in this lobby card from HILLS OF OLD WYOMING (Paramount, 1937). My Father was under contract to Paramount Studios in the late 1930's. He played the antagonist in many of the Hopalong Cassidy Western Films.  His early stage name was Stephen Morris. He later changed it to his own name.








Above from L-to-R are William Boyd, Russell Hayden,
Andy Clyde and 
Morris Ankrum (now billed as Morris Ankrum) 
in a lobby card from  
WIDE OPEN TOWN (Paramount, 1941).

Monday, March 25, 2013

EASTER JEDI







HAPPY EASTER JEDI

Monday, March 18, 2013

George and Chewie

George Lucas directing Chewie....

Friday, March 8, 2013

ZACHARIAH 1971






MY STEPFATHER, WILLIAM CHALLEE,  IN THE ROCK WESTERN FEATURE "ZACHARIAH" 1971




 FILM SOUNDTRACK ALBUM



"ZACHARIAH"  FILM CREDITS BELOW





Directed by
  George Englund
Writers
  Philip Austin
  Peter Bergman
  Hermann Hesse Novel "Siddhartha" (uncredited)
  Joe Massot
  David Ossman
  Phil Proctor
Producers
  George Englund ... producer
  Lawrence Kubik ... producer
Cast - in credits order
  John Rubinstein ... Zachariah
  Pat Quinn¹ ... Belle Starr
  Don Johnson ... Matthew
  Country Joe and the Fish ... The Crackers
  Elvin Jones ... Job Cain
  Doug Kershaw ... The Fiddler
  William Challee ... Old Man
  Robert Ball ... Stage Manager
  Dick Van Patten ... The Dude
  The James Gang¹ ... Job Cain's Band
  White Lightnin' ... Old Man's Band
  The New York Rock Ensemble ... Belle Starr's Band
Other credited cast listed alphabetically
  Peter Bergman ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
  Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Pancho the Doorman (uncredited)
  Lawrence Kubik ... Man in Bar (uncredited)
  Country Joe McDonald ... Cracker (uncredited)
  Barry Melton ... Cracker (uncredited)
  Joe Walsh ... Member of The James Gang (uncredited)
  Hank Worden ... Old Cowboy (uncredited)


Monday, March 4, 2013

Star Wars - Bounty Hunters








The Empire Strikes Back…Bounty Hunters….From left to right:
Darth Vader, Dengar, IG-88, Boba Fett, Bossk, 4-LOM and Zuckuss....

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

RETIRE OF THE JEDI








Star Wars 7 Concept art! Retire of the Jedi-by Randy Martinez. First Concept Art for Star Wars Episode 7! Han Solo and Chewbacca!



Friday, February 22, 2013

THE MUMMY









Great makeup!

Friday, February 15, 2013

KRONOS


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MY FATHER, MORRIS ANKRUM, IN THE SCI-FI FILM "KRONOS" 1957