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George Clooney loved his pet pig Max

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Dear Ken: Can you share some biographical information on actor George Clooney? Is he married and does he have any children?

Clooney, 48, was born in Lexington, Ky. His father Nick Clooney was a TV newscaster and Cincinnati talk show host and brother of the late, great pop singer Rosemary Clooney. George was married once, to actress Talia Balsam for nearly four years, and has no children. A political liberal, he once tried out for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, loves beer and had a pet pig, Max, that lived to be 18. The star of such films as “From Dusk Til Dawn,” “One Fine Day,” “Batman & Robin,” “Three Kings,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Syriana” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, made his debut as an extra in the 1978 TV miniseries “Centennial.” He is presently filming “The American,” where he plays a professional assassin.   Dear Ken: How many of John Grisham’s books have been turned into films?

Grisham, whose books have sold more than 200 million copies, has had nine of his novels turned into films or TV movies: “The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief,” “The Client,” “A Time to Kill,” “The Rainmaker,” “The Chamber,” “A Painted House,” “The Runaway Jury” and “Skipping Christmas” as was an original screenplay, “The Gingerbread Man.” He lives with his wife Renee and their two children Ty and Shea. The family splits their time between their Victorian home on a farm in Mississippi and a plantation near Charlottesville, Va., where he is the local Little League baseball commissioner. Grisham has a new book out “Ford County,” his first collection of short stories.

Dear Ken: How many films did Maureen O’Hara make with John Wayne?

The Irish actress, 89, made five movies with Wayne. Three of them were westerns: “Rio Grande,” “McLintock!” and “Big Jake.” The other two were “The Quiet Man” and “The Wings of Eagles.” She once said, “Speaking as an actress, I wish all actors would be more like Duke (John Wayne), speaking as a person, it would be nice if all people could be honest and as genuine as he is. This is a real man.”

Dear Ken: Is Nilsson, the singer of the hit song “Everybody’s Talkin’” from the film “Midnight Cowboy,” still alive?

Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson died in 1994 at age 52 of a heart attack. He won two Grammy awards, one for the song you named and the other for “Without You.” The Beatles were huge fans of Nilsson and he was especially close to John Lennon and Ringo Starr.

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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