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Dear Ken: How old is Michael J. Fox, where was he born and how many children does he have? What other TV series was he a regular in besides “Family Ties”?

Michael Andrew Fox, 47, was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He replaced the “Andrew” with a “J” as a tribute to actor Michael J. Pollard.

Fox and wife Tracy Pollan have four children. They spend most of their time raising their kiddos and supporting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. His other TV series include “Palmerstown, U.S.A,” “Leo and Me” and “Spin City.”

Dear Ken: Randy Quaid, who plays Chevy Chase’s goofy cousin in the “National Lampoon Family Vacation” flicks, was in a TV series a few years ago where he played a police chief and had two brothers. Can you refresh my memory on the title?

That series, “The Brotherhood of New Poland, New Hampshire,” only lasted for a few weeks on the fall of 2003 on CBS.

Dear Ken: This one goes back a ways, but how many “Ma and Pa Kettle” movies were there? Who played Ma and Pa and what happened to them?

Ma and Pa Kettle first showed up in the film “The Egg and I” in 1947. Their characters, played by Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, proved so popular that Universal Studios spun them off into their own film series with nine movies between 1947 and 1957.

Kilbride, who died in 1964 at age 76 from injuries after being struck by a car while walking at night, was not in the final two “Kettle” films.Main died in 1975 at age 85 from cancer.

Dear Ken: How many westerns did Johnny Cash appear in?The Man in Black loved his cowboys. He starred with Kirk Douglas in the feature film “A Gunfight.”

His TV westerns included “The Last Days of Frank and Jesse James,” “Stagecoach” and the miniseries “North and South.”Cash was a guest on the western TV series “Shotgun Slade,” “Wagon Train,” “The Rebel,” “The Deputy” and “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.”

He also sang the theme song to “The Rebel” which started off with “Johnny Yuma was a rebel, he traveled alone.”

On a smaller note, Cash made a pilot for a TV series, “The Night Rider,” shot in Los Angeles in 1962 and based on his song, “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town.” When the pilot didn’t sell, a movie company stepped in and added a few more minutes so that the western could be distributed as secondary feature at drive-in theaters. Today, Bear Family Records sells the short film on DVD.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via www.sherlocksbooks.com where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson  County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

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