Dear Ken: Whatever happened to western bad guy Lee Van Cleef? The beady-eyed, hawk-nosed actor was one of the greatest villains to grace the silver screen. Serving in the Navy during WWII, Van Cleef was an accountant before he got his first movie role as a bad guy in “High Noon.” His most noteworthy movies include “It Conquered the World,” “Ride Lonesome,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “For a Few Dollars More,” “The Octagon,” “Escape From New York” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. He was also a guest on dozens of TV series, mostly westerns. Van Cleef died of a heart attack in 1989 at age 64.
Dear Ken: How old was Jennifer O’Neill when she made “Summer of ’42”? How many movies has she made?O’Neill, 62, was 22 or 23 she made that 1971 hit movie. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she now lives in Nashville where she continues to act, train and show horses, write and work for charitable causes. The actress made just about 30 films and is now working on “Doonby,” which stars John Schneider. She speaks at high schools, colleges and youth groups, where she encourages abstinence and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. And O’Neill is an on-going spokesperson for the National Silent No More Awareness Campaign, as she makes regular pro-life, pro-family appearances.
Dear Ken: Where have I seen the boy who plays Jake Harper on the TV series “Two and a Half Men”?The boy is 17-year-old Angus T. Jones, a native of Austin, Texas, and I would guess you may have seen him in the hit 2002 film “The Rookie” playing the son of Dennis Quaid. His other credits include the movies “Bringing Down the House” and “See Spot Run” and the TV movies “Audrey’s Rain” and “The Christmas Blessing.” The highest-paid child star on TV knocks down $250,000 an episode.
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