It is with a heavy heart that I have to report the sad news of the passing of Don Calfa. Don appeared in many films over the years including Weekend At Bernie’s, Chopper Chicks In Zombietown and perhaps his most beloved role as Ernie in Return Of The Living Dead.
Don was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 3, 1939. He dropped out of high school to start acting after seeing the film Rebel Without A Cause. He worked in Broadway and Off Broadway productions before setting his sights on a career in films.
He appeared in many dramatic roles over the years but he is perhaps best remembered as a comic actor in many films.
Over the course of his career he worked with such greats as Warren Betty and Jack Nicholson and directors Martin Scorsese and Stephen Spielberg.
I remember seeing Return Of The Living Dead at the theater and it went on to become not only a favorite of mine but for many other horror fans giving it a cult status.
Don was very active on the Horror Convention Circuit with his fellow ROTLD cast members who he remained friends with until his death.
The world has lost a great actor but heaven is a bit brighter today!
Guitarist Bruce Kulick was a guest at the Fanboy Expo Halloween Weekend in Knoxville Tennessee. Bruce was kind enough to sit down and talk with me for a bit about his career. We talked about his guitar heros, what it was like being in Kiss, how he got involved with Grand Funk Railroad and what the future will bring for his fans.
Yesterday at the first Days Of The Dead Convention in Louisville, I attended the screening of “Don’t Fall Asleep” featuring Diandra Lazor in the lead role of Nancy Thompson after the end of the first “Nightmare On Elm Street” movie. The screening was a huge success and everyone agreed what a great job the cast and crew did on the film. I got to sit down and talk to Diandra about the movie and how she became such a hug fan of the franchise.
If you are a regular attendee of the Days Of The Dead Conventions, you have seen Diandra Lazor. She is a huge Nightmare On Elm Street fan and usually cos-plays as the films heroine Nancy Thompson.
Diandra has put together a film that she stars in called Don’t Fall Asleep based on the Nightmare franchise. The movie is getting it’s Premiere at Days Of The Dead in Louisville, Ky Sunday, Sept 4 at Noon.
The trailer for the film looks great. Come to the screening and show your support for Diandra and independent film making!