Thursday, February 11, 2016

Who Are Those Guys? - Pinkas Braun

Pinkas Braun was born in Zurich, Switzerland on January 7, 1923. Braungrew was the child of Jewish immigrants in Switzerland and at 16 years he left his business apprenticeship to become an actor. He received his acting training at the Zurich Schauspielhaus, where he was engaged from 1948 to 1956. He learned the craft of directing parallel as an assistant to Bertolt Brecht, where in Zurich he premiered his play “Mr Puntila and His Man Matti” on stage in 1948. Braun went on many tours after he founded "Jungen Truppe des Schauspielhauses” (Boys Troupe of the Theater". He then played at theaters in Austria, Germany and Israel.

Braun was always in demand as a film and television actor, mostly as a shady character. In cinema, he became known primarily for his roles in the Edgar Wallace films and their imitators. In 1966 he was the villain in the Perry Rhodan cinema “Perry Rhodan - SOS From Outer Space”. As the adventurous travel journalist Jörg Preda, Pinkas Braun wrote on his visits to exotic countries but was always involved in a variety of criminal cases. The first in the series began in 1966 in regional programs, under the titles such as "Jörg Preda", "Move with Jörg Preda" and "Jörg Preda Travels Around the World". After a twelve year break two new volumes emerged with 26 more episodes that were now called "Jörg Preda Reported". Braunn appeared in more than 120 television dramas and series, including ‘The Mysteries of Paris’ (1980), ‘Poenichen is Nowhere’ (1980) an episode of ‘Sugar Sugar’ the television series ‘Schwarz Rot Gold’ (1987), in two episodes of the crime series ‘Derrick’ and in the series of ‘Edel & Starck’ (2003). His distinctive voice made him a sought-after speaker for audio books and radio plays.

He also translated plays into German. From 1959 to the 1980s, he was the exclusive translator of the works of Edward Albee, which he as a contemporary playwright thus helped in the German breakthrough. The translations were published by S. Fischer Verlag; the daughter of the publisher he was temporarily married to

Brown had two marriages and two children, one of his wives was Anneliese Betschart. From a relationship with Karin Kernke his daughter Judith came. Both are or were working as actresses. With his partner Ingrid Resch he connected him to a diverse and for years an artistic collaboration in radio plays, poetry readings, on stage and on camera. He died after a long illness and was buried in the cemetery of the Liberal Jewish Community in Munich.

BRAUN, Pinkas [1/7/1923, Zurich, Switzerland - 6/24/2008, Munich, Bavaria, Germany] - director, stage,  radio, TV, voice actor, married to Hildegard Fischer [1916-    ] (19??-19??), married to director, actress Anneliese Betschart (Anna Luisa Betschart) [1930-1982] (195?-19??), father of ?, with Karin Kernke [1938-    ], father of actress Judith Kernke [1975-    ], founded the ‘Jungen Truppe des Schauspielhauses’.
Black Eagle of Santa Fe - 1964 (Gentleman)
Clint the Stranger - 1967 (Don Shannon)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid – English title

A 2014 British production [BFI, Creative England, Evade Films (London)]
Producer: David Wade, Victoria Asher
Director: Sam Johnson
Story: Sam Johnson
Screenplay: Sam Johnson
Cinematography: Hamish Anderson [color]
Music: Adam Smith, Chris Lukins
Running time: 15 minutes

Billy – John Bell
Christian – Jake Wheeldon
Juliette – Bethan Ashman
Kyle – Daniel Kramer
Mr. Black – David Wade
Misss. Wendy – Fuschia Sumner
Charlie – Adam Wadsworth
Alfie – Alex Pierce
Grace – Amadea West
Mrs. Gill – Andrew Harwood Mills
Jones – Milanka Brooks
M. Williams – Johnny Palmiero
Walker – Paul Andrews
Mears – Brice Stratford
Policeman – Adrian Wheeler
Alice – Eleanor Johnson
Stunt Coordinator: Brice Stratford
Stunts: Peter Gamble

Billy is a normal 15 year-old except that he lives his life as a cowboy. Dresses like one. Behaves like one. Quotes John Wayne and carries a lasso. He get’s bullied and shunned at school until the school needs a hero.

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Special Birthdays

Jacques Berthier (actor) would have been 100 today, he died in 2008.