Dear Ken: Where have I seen the actress who plays Lily on “How I Met Your Mother”?
Dear Ken: How many movies has Mark Wahlberg made? What was his first?
That’s Alyson Hannigan, 36, whom I bet you recognized from her role as Michelle Flaherty in three “American Pie” movies (“Pie” No. 4 may be served in 2012) or it could have been from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” where she played Willow Rosenberg. The actress, who was born in Washington, D.C., began working at age 4 in TV commercials in Atlanta and has a 1½-year-old daughter with her husband, actor Alexis Densiof.
Formerly known as musician Marky Mark, Wahlberg made his film debut in “Renaissance Man” in 1994. The father of four, 39, has since made about two dozen more, including “The Basketball Diaries,” “Fear,” “Boogie Nights,” “Three Kings,” “The Perfect Storm,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The Italian Job,” “The Lovely Bones” and “The Other Guys.” He also has served as executive producer of the TV series “In Testament,” “Entourage” and “How To Make It in America.”
Dear Ken: What happened to the actress who played Opie’s teacher, Miss Crump, on “The Andy Griffith Show”?
Kansas native Aneta Corsaut died of cancer in 1995 at age 62. In her first film role in 1958, she played the girlfriend of Steve McQueen in “The Blob.” She was a guest on many TV shows in the 1960s and 1970s, and co-starred as Head Nurse Bradley in the 1979-1982 TV series “House Calls.” She played Judge Cynthia Justin in several episodes of Griffith’s TV series “Matlock”
Dear Ken: What child actor was the original voice of Charlie Brown when they began making the “Peanuts” cartoon specials back in the 1960s?
That would be Peter Robbins, now 56, who talked for Charlie in 1965’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and the next six “Charlie Brown” TV specials. Robbins starred as Alexander, the son of Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead in the 1968 “Blondie” TV series. As of several years back he was managing real estate in California and reportedly had a dog named Snoopy.
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