Producer created 'Moneymaze,' 'One in a Million'
Don Lipp, television gameshow producer and creator died Thursday in Phoenix, Ariz., after a long illness. He was 70.Lipp created such TV gameshows as ABC’s “The Moneymaze” and “One in a Million.” Lipp’s longtime partner, Ronnie Greenberg, served as consultant on “The Moneymaze” and together they created ABC’s “The Big Showdown” and the syndicated show “On the Money.” Lipp and the late Bob Synes were the creators of “You’re in the Picture,” which starred Jackie Gleason. He also wrote for films and worked as an advertising agency executive. The exec attended Rutgers U. and served in the Army during the Korean conflict. Lipp is survived by his sons Josh and Matt, a director-producer. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at the VA National Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Rd., Scottsdale, Ariz. Hildegard Behrens Opera singer Hildegard Behrens, a three-time Grammy winner best known for her portrayal of Bruennhilde in Wagner’s “Ring Cycle,” died Aug. 18 in Tokyo of an apparent aneurism. She was 72. Behrens was set to perform in a music festival near Tokyo. The soprano, who performed 171 times at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, made her professional debut in 1971 as the countess in Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” and debuted at the Met in 1971 as Giorgetta in Puccini’s “Il Tabarro.” Known for her Wagnerian performances during the late 1980s and early ’90s, Behrens’ Met appearances included “Tristan und Isolde,” “Die Fliegende Hollander” and “Goetterdaemmerung,” where she was injured during the final scene at the Met in 1990. “Behrens had a depth of talent that went beyond her rich soprano,” said Neil Portnow, prexy and CEO of the Recording Academy. “Her dramatic acting skills combined with her unique sound established her as one of the great opera performers of our time.” Born in Germany, Behrens received a law degree from the U. of Freiburg before pursuing her music career. John Quade John Quade, who played the heavy in several Clint Eastwood movies and was the sheriff in the TV miniseries “Roots,” died Aug. 9 in Rosamond, Calif. He was 71. Quade had dozens of TV and movie roles in a career that spanned more than a quarter-century. His movies included “Papillon” and “High Plains Drifter.” However, he is perhaps best remembered as the motorcycle gang leader in the Eastwood movie “Every Which Way But Loose” and its sequel, “Any Which Way You Can.” He also played Sheriff Biggs in episodes of “Roots.” The Kansas-born Quade is survived by his wife, Gwen, six children and 10 grandchildren. – Associated Press