July 29, 2012

Vale – Geoffrey Hughes, Lupe Ontiveros & Mary Tamm

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 7:25 pm

A trio of memorium this evening folks. We’d like to tip our hat to acknowlegde the recent passing of three film and television alumni, who have sadly passed away in the last week.

Geoffrey Hughes – 1944-2012

Geoffrey Hughes

Mr Hughes is perhaps best known to Australian viewers as Vernon Scripps in Heartbeat, the British television series which currently screen here in Australia on 7two. He also portrayed Onslow, the rough-as-leather husband to Hyacinth Bucket’s sister in Keeping Up Appearances, and he also appeared in the series The Royle Family. Among his other television appearances were episodes of Doctor Who (in the ColinBaker-era Trial Of A Timelord) and Coronation Street. His film appearances, while small, include turns in The Bofors Gun, The Virgin Soldiers, and Carry On At Your Convenience.

At the time of his passing, on July 27th, Mr Hughes was 68.

Lupe Ontiveros – 1942-2012

Lupe Ontiveros

Ms Ontiveros once claimed she’d played the role of a maid over 150 times on stage and screen, and her filmography certainly bears testament to this fact. Her most easily identifiable role is that of Rosalita in The Goonies, although she appeared in numerous other film and television roles through her career. Among her other credits, she appeared in Hill Street Blues, Who’s The Boss, Punky Brewster, Universal Soldier, King Of The Hill, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, and Our Family Wedding, among many others.

Ms Ontiveros as Rosalita in The Goonies.

Ms Ontiveros passed away on July 26th, aged 69.

Mary Tamm – 1950-2012

Mary Tamm

British actress Mary Tamm, best remembered for her portrayal of the 1st incarnation of Romana in the BBC television series Doctor Who, alongside Tom Baker, passed away on July 26th, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Although her film credits are small – she appeared in The Odessa File and The Likely Lads – Tamm would remain a favorite among Doctor Who fans.

Ms Tamm was 62.

 

Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney’s keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them.

Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman.

As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney’s love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

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