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DiCaprio plays Hoover in Eastwood’s ‘J. Edgar’
Dear Ken: What is Clint Eastwood’s next project? Is he through with acting?
Eastwood, 81, seems to be satisfied with simply directing these days and hasn’t acted since his 2008 film “Gran Torino.” His next project as director is “J. Edgar” which opens in November with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. Other cast members include Josh Lucas, Naomi Watts, Armi Hammer, Judi Dench, Lea Thompson and Dermot Mulroney.
Dear Ken: Is Jean Stapleton, who starred as Archie Bunker’s wife, Edith, on “All in the Family,” still living?
Yes. Born Jeanne Murray in New York City, Stapleton, 88, lives in Manhattan and is retired. The three-time Emmy Award winner and her late husband have two children. Stapleton worked on Broadway and was in such movies as “Up the Down Staircase,” “Klute,” “The Buddy System” and “Michael” and played FDR’s wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, in the TV movie “Eleanor, First Lady of the World.” Stapleton was a guest on numerous TV shows from the 1950s through the 1990s and co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in the 1990 TV series “Bagdad Café.”
Dear Ken: What happened child actor Michael Fishman, who played “Roseanne” and Dan Conner’s son, D.J., on “Roseanne”?
Fishman, who turns 30 on Oct. 22, returned to public high school when the series concluded in 1997. He was a guest on the TV series “Seinfeld” and “Walker, Texas Ranger” and in the movie “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” For the past nine years he has worked behind the scenes on TV shows doing set design and building, operating a camera and assisting directing. He was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 in the category of outstanding set design/art direction for the show “Sports Science.” He also writes, produces and plans to act again. He and his wife have two children. He says, “Even until this day, Roseanne still gives me ‘mom advice’ as well as regular advice.”
Dear Ken: Didn’t pop singer Tommy Sands make a few movies? Was he married to Frank Sinatra’s daughter?
Born in Chicago, Sands, 74, was signed to a contact at age 15 by Elvis’s manager, Col. Tom Parker and for a time was compared to Presley with whom he was a good friend. He had a few hits, such as “Teen-Age Crush” and “The Old Oaken Bucket,” but his singing and acting career waned by the late 1970s. Married to Nancy Sinatra from 1960 to 1965, Sands was in the movies “Sing, Boy, Sing,“ “Babes in Toyland,“ The Longest Day,“ “Ensign Pulver” and “None But the Brave.“