Furio Scarpelli, 90, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter who co-wrote some of the best Italian comedies of the post-war period and who ventured into the spaghetti-western genre with the "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," died Wednesday at his home in Rome, his family said.
He had long suffered from heart problems.
During a decades-long, prolific partnership with Age, a screenwriter whose given name was Agenore Incrocci, Scarpelli co-wrote some of Italy's finest movies after World War II, including the iconic comedy "Big Deal on Madonna Street."
The writers' sense of humor and an unforgiving display of the vices of Italian people became the pair's trademark, and made for memorable roles and lines for actors such as Marcello Mastroianni and Vittorio Gassman.
The pair also wrote "Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo" ("The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"), the spaghetti-western classic directed by Sergio Leone and starring Clint Eastwood.
Age, who died in 2005, and Scarpelli received two Oscar nominations for best screenwriting in the 1960s, for "The Organizer" and "Casanova '70." In 1995 Scarpelli received another nomination for "Il Postino" ("The Postman"), written with his son Giacomo.
M. Edgar Rosenblum
Longtime executive director of the Long Wharf Theatre
M. Edgar Rosenblum, 78, longtime executive director of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., who was preparing the second season of the California International Theatre Festival in Calabasas, died of a heart attack April 18 at his home in Woodstock, N.Y.
Rosenblum and artistic director Arvin Brown built the Long Wharf into one of the nation's leading performance institutions, sending many productions on to Broadway. Under Rosenblum's tenure from 1970 to 1996, the theater produced back-to-back Pulitzer Prize winners in "The Shadow Box" and "The Gin Game" in the late 1970s and employed such stars as Al Pacino in "Hughie" and Mike Nichols and Elaine May in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
After Long Wharf, Rosenblum worked for Circle in the Square and Theatre for a New Audience, both in New York City, as well as the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Mass. He also was president of the League of American Resident Theaters, representing the nation's leading regional theaters.
Morton Edgar Rosenblum was born Jan. 8, 1932, in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended Lafayette and Bard colleges. He and his wife, Cornelia, ran art galleries until he turned to theater in the 1960s.
Educational film producer
Milan Herzog, 101, who produced hundreds of educational films for Encyclopaedia Britannica that were viewed in classrooms across the country, died April 20 at his home in Los Angeles.
Herzog was born Aug. 23, 1908, in Croatia and rode out World War I with his family in Yugoslavia.
From there, he pursued a law degree in Paris and later worked as a translator, journalist and judge.
PASSINGS: Furio Scarpelli, M. Edgar Rosenblum, Milan Herzog, William G. Spitzer, Christie Stanley
Furio Scarpelli, screenwriter, dies at 90; M. Edgar Rosenblum, theater director, dies at 78; Milan Herzog, educational film producer, dies at 101; William G. Spitzer, USC physicist, dies at 82; Christie Stanley, former Santa Barbara County D.A., dies at 61
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