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Hollywood’s ‘King of Cool’ only made 30 flicks
Dear Ken: When did Steve McQueen die and what were some of his best films?
McQueen, nicknamed “the King of Cool,” died way too young at age 50 in 1980 of cancer. He had mesothelioma lung cancer and died from a heart attack after surgery to remove the malignant tumors. He leapt to fame as bounty hunter Josh Randall in the 1958-1961 TV series “Wanted: Dead or Alive.” As for his flicks, check him out in “The Blob,” “Hell Is for Heroes,” “The Magnificent Seven,” “The Great Escape,” “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Bullitt,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “The Getaway” and “The Cincinnati Kid.”
Dear Ken: How many movies did Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster make together?
Six. Those include “I Walk Alone,” “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,” “The Devil’s Disciple,” “Seven Days in May,” “The List of Adrian Messenger” and “Tough Guys.” They also appeared in the TV movie “Victory at Entebbe.”
Dear Ken: I know I saw the girl who stars as Sara in the movie “Shark Night 3D” in some TV series several years ago. Could you refresh my memory?
That would be Sara Paxton, 23, who I bet you recollect from the 2004-2006 TV series “Darcy’s Wildlife.” Paxton played Darcy. The California girl began making commercials as a child and made her movie debut at 8 in “Liar Liar.” She also co-starred in the TV series “Greetings From Tucson” and had a recurring role in “Summerland.“ And she has provided voices on “SpongeBob SquarePants.” She has the role of Audra Barkley in the film version of the TV series “The Big Valley,” which is set for a 2012 release. Linda Evans had the original role in the 1960s western that featured Barbara Stanwyck as the matriarch.
Dear Ken: Who had the hit “Moonlight Feels Right” in the mid-1970s?
That was Starbuck, a band that formed in Atlanta. The song was released in 1975 but did not become a hit until 1976 and sold three million copies. They toured from 1976 until they broke up in 1980. And may the wind blow some luck in your direction.