Robert Chartoff was a top motion picture producer. He produced more than thirty movies. He had a knack for taking films about boxing and making them a critical success. Together with Irwin Winkler, he won an Academy Award for Best Picture for the 1976 film Rocky. He received further Oscar consideration in 1981 for co-producing Martin Scorsese’s biopic of boxer Jake La Motta. The Chartoff-Winkler movies garnered 12 wins and 40 nominations. ROBERT CHARTOFF —>
Chartoff had a hand in fine cinema created over the last five decades, including They Shoot Horses Don’t They, The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight, The Mechanic, Up the Sandbox, Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, Comes a Horseman, and the entire Rocky series. He employed top actors, such as Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Gig Young, Lee Marvin, Keenan Wynn, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand, Joe Pesci, Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, Jill Ireland, Robert DeNiro, Elliott Gould, Dennis Quaid, James Caan, Ryan O’Neal, Ed Harris, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Jason Robards, Liza Minnelli, Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, and recently, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Harrison Ford, and Helen Mirren.
Robert Chartoff was 81.
The singing voice of Chiquita Banana animation has died. Monica Lewis began her career as a vocalist with Benny Goodman’s orchestra and went onto record several jazz hits in the 1940s. In 1950, she hit Hollywood, signing an exclusive contract for music and movies with MGM. She had small roles in movies with Mickey Rooney and Red Skelton. Later, she appeared in a number of disaster films, including Earthquake and several of the Airport series of motion pictures. Lewis also guest-starred on a few television shows, such as Ironside, Marcus Welby M.D., Remington Steele, and Falcon Crest.
Never a second banana, Monica Lewis was 93.
Until next time> “never forget”