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Patrick E. Stockstill, a backstage “keeper of the Oscars” before they were bestowed in the annual ceremony, died May 24 in Los Angeles of complications after a heart transplant. He was 57.
Services for Stockstill, who mainly served as Academy historian, will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Forest Lawn’s Chapel of the Hills.
Stockstill began researching the history of the Academy Awards as a teenage film buff. He tracked Oscar nominees and winners by writing the information on 3×5 cards. He had amassed more than 10,000 such cards by the time he began work at the Margaret Herrick Library in 1982.
Stockstill then focused on the files related to the organization itself and the awards. In 1983, he was named Academy historian. He began the conversion of all of the information about the Academy and its awards to electronic formats. It was Stockstill who designed the database that attempts to record the whereabouts of each of the more than 2,500 Oscars awarded to date.
Bud Molin, a veteran film and television editor who edited “I Love Lucy” and worked frequently with director Carl Reiner beginning with “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died May 21 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., after being in failing health for a year. He was 81.
Molin launched an association with Desilu in 1951 as assistant editor on “Lucy” and eventually took over as editor. Among his TV and movie credits are “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour,” “I Spy,” “They Call Me Mister Tibbs!” and “Bloodline.”
Molin also edited a dozen Reiner comedy films, including “The Jerk,” “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid,” “Where’s Poppa?” and “Oh, God!”
Jim Alexander, artistic director and CEO of the Quest Theatre Company in Los Angeles, died May 25 of a heart seizure in Los Angeles. He was 50.
Alexander served as producing artistic director at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, director of public relations and marketing at Music Theatre Santa Barbara, resident director and assistant director of education at Florida Studio Theatre, resident director at the Riverside Civic Light Opera, production stage manager at Southampton Playhouse, stage manager for the 1994 national tour of “La Cage Aux Folles” and instructor of theater arts at Riverside Community College.
As an actor, he performed in more than 150 professional productions, including Broadway’s “Peter Pan” with Cathy Rigby and a national tour of “Godspell.”
Shirl Conway, an Emmy-nominated actress who was a regular on Sid Caesar’s “Caesar’s Hour” in the 1960s, died May 7 in Shelton, Wash. She was 90.
In her early 20s, she became a John Robert Powers model, appearing on the cover of Redbook magazine. She appeared on Broadway in Eddie Cantor’s “Banjo Eyes” in 1945, with Carol Channing in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” originated the role of Ruth Winters in “Plain and Fancy” from 1955-56 and toured as “Auntie Mame” in the U.S. and Australia from 1958-59.
From 1962-65, she starred as Liz Thorpe on the CBS primetime drama “The Nurses,” for which she received her Emmy nomination.
Moving to western Washington in 1972, Conway continued to appear onstage with the Seattle Repertory. She founded the Harstine Island Theatre Club, where she wrote, directed, produced and starred in countless productions into her 80s.
Alan Martin, an actor who worked on such landmark productions as “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Hair” and “The Rocky Horror Show,” died April 22 in Crestline, Calif. He was 62.
With the emergence of the “rock musical” in the late ’60s, Martin’s career took off on Broadway, off-Broadway and on national tours.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Religious Science in North Hollywood.
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