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‘Cheyenne’ star Walker still stands tall
Dear Ken: What has happened to Clint Walker, star of the TV western “Cheyenne”? He was always one of my favorite cowboys.
The Big Guy, 83, lives in California with his wife, Susan, and is doing fine. You would most likely enjoy his web site, www.clintwalker.com, which offers you the opportunity to purchase an autographed photo from him as well as some of his movies that are on DVD, such as “The Dirty Dozen.” In December, Warner Archives released season two of “Cheyenne” on DVD as well as Walker’s 1958 western “Fort Dobbs.” To purchase those DVDs, check out www.wbshop.com. Walker, by the way, was born a twin (with sister Lucille) in Hartford, Ill., and worked on river boats, in the oil fields and as a deputy sheriff before he became an actor. During his prime, Walker stood 6-foot-6, weighed 235 pounds and had chest-waist-hips measurements of 48-32-36.
Dear Ken: Tell me some good stuff about Emma Stone of the movie “Zombieland.”
Stone, 22, was born in Scottsdale, Ariz., and began acting in local theater at age 11. Her TV credits include “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Drive,” “Medium” and “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” Her movies include “Superbad” and “The House Bunny,” and she will appear in a new “Spider-Man” flick in 2012 as Peter Parker‘s girlfriend. She is a good friend of country singer Taylor Swift.
Dear Ken: I think Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is the greatest song of all time. How did he die?
Gaye, nicknamed “The Prince of Soul,” died a day short of turning 45 in 1984. He was shot to death by his father during an argument. His father later pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
Dear Ken: How many movies did Jane Darwell make? She was absolutely fabulous as Henry Fonda’s mother in the classic “Grapes of Wrath.”
The Missouri native and Oscar winner appeared in about 200 films, from silent film days in 1913 until her last, “Mary Poppins,” in 1964. Ideal as a doting grandmother, her credits include “Little Miss Broadway,” “Jesse James,” “Gone With the Wind,” “The Devil and Daniel Webster,” “The Ox-Bow Incident,” “The Lemon Drop Kid” and “My Darling Clementine.” She once said, “I’ve played Henry Fonda’s mother so often that, whenever we run into each other, I call him ‘Son’ and he calls me ‘Ma,’ just to save time.” She died of a heart attack in 1967 at age 87.