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Cynda Williams
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Cynda began a professional life of acting and singing after relocating to New York from her native Chicago. Her debut film MO' BETTER BLUES directed by Spike Lee, was a critical and commercial success. Blessed with a role that also required singing, her song HARLEM BLUES went #1 on the R&B charts.

That film opened the door to her next performance in Carl Franklin's ONE FALSE MOVE - the true icebreaker for Cynda's career. This break out independent film appeared on many Best Film lists and Cynda was nominated for the coveted Spirit Award.

Cynda has since appeared in numerous films including: Stewart Wade’s TRU LOVED, John Nolte’s BEAUTIFUL LOSER, Salvador Litvak's WHEN DO WE EAT, Billy Wirth's MACARTHUR PARK, P.J. Castellante's RELAX...IT'S JUST SEX, Darin Scott's CAUGHT UP and Wesley Strick's THE TIE THAT BINDS. She has also performed memorable quality television roles including: BET's HIDDEN BLESSINGS, LIFETIME'S THE COURAGE TO LOVE, HBO's DOROTHY DANDRIDGE, Oprah Winfrey's ABC miniseries, THE WEDDING and PBS' TALES OF THE CITY.

Cynda also sings and acts on stage. She most recently appeared in DREAM GIRLS, THE TALENTED TENTH, LANGSTON IS MY MAN, HOPE RUNS ETERNAL, TWILIGHT IN LOS ANGELES, 1992, MAKE EM’ LAUGH, MAKE EM’ LAUGH A CHRISTMAS CABARET, IMMEDIATE FAMILY, and DREAM GIRLS.

Cynda and Thea Camara, doing business as “Acting Up with Thea and Cynda, teach acting workshops and classes. Cynda continues creating content - writing screenplays, musicals, and plays. She looks forward to bringing her creations to life with the commercial production of these works.

She continues to sing, and accept quality roles in film, television and theatre.

Dawn Wells
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is an American actress known for playing Mary Ann Summers on the TV sitcom Gilligan's Island during its run from 1964 until 1967.

In 1959, Wells was crowned Miss Nevada and represented her state in the 1960 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Career
After moving to Hollywood, she began appearing in guest roles in such television series as 77 Sunset Strip, The Cheyenne Show on ABC, Maverick on ABC, and Bonanza on NBC, before taking on the role of Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island. She reprised her character in the various Gilligan's Island reunion specials, including three reunion movies Rescue from Gilligan's Island, The Castaways on Gilligan's Island and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island.

She also made guest appearances on TV shows including The Roaring Twenties, Wagon Train, Tales of Wells Fargo, 87th Precinct, Surfside 6, Hawaiian Eye, It's a Man's World, Laramie. Burke's Law, The Invaders, The Wild Wild West, The F.B.I., Vega$, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, ALF, Herman's Head, Three Sisters, Pastor Greg and Roseanne.

Wells had small roles in the early 1960s films Palm Springs Weekend and The New Interns and later starred with Michael Dante in the independent film Winterhawk (1975), playing a Western settler kidnapped by a Native-American chief. Other films include The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Return to Boggy Creek, Lover's Knot, Soulmates, Forever For Now and Super Sucker. In the fall of 2011 she began filming Hotel Arthritis, a comedy horror film set for release in 2012.

Following Gilligan's Island, Wells embarked on a successful theater career that is still going strong to this day. She has appeared in nearly 100 theatrical productions as of July 2009. She spent the majority of the 1970s and 1980s touring in musical theatre productions. She also had a one-woman show at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1985.

In the 1990s, she became a spokesperson for Western Union, Cuisinart, Long John Silver's, Coca-Cola and 1800collect.

In 1993, Wells published Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cookbook with co-writers Ken Beck & Jim Clark, including a foreword by Bob Denver.

In 2008, Wells came to Los Angeles to join Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of Gilligan's Island for the celebration of Schwartz' entry into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Loretta Swit
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an American stage and television actress known for her character roles. Swit is best known for her portrayal of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on M*A*S*H, for which she won two Emmy Awards.

In 1967, Swit toured with the national company of Any Wednesday, starring Gardner McKay. She continued as one of the Pigeon sisters opposite Don Rickles and Ernest Borgnine in a Los Angeles run of The Odd Couple.

In 1975, Swit played in Same Time, Next Year on Broadway opposite Ted Bessell. She also performed on Broadway in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. From there, she played Agnes Gooch in the Las Vegas version of Mame, starring Susan Hayward and later, Celeste Holm. Most recently, Swit has toured with The Vagina Monologues.

When Swit arrived in Hollywood, starting in 1969 she performed guest roles in various television series, including Hawaii Five-O (her first TV credit); Gunsmoke; Mission: Impossible; and Mannix.

M*A*S*H

The cast of M*A*S*H from Season 2, 1974 (clockwise from left): Loretta Swit, Larry Linville, Wayne Rogers, Gary Burghoff, McLean Stevenson, and Alan Alda. Starting in 1972, Swit played the sassy and beautiful blonde head nurse Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan in the television series M*A*S*H. She inherited the star-making role from actress Sally Kellerman, who portrayed Margaret O'Houlihan in the feature film. Swit was one of only four cast members to stay for all 11 seasons of the show, from 1972 to 1983 (the others being Alan Alda, Jamie Farr, and William Christopher).

She and Alda were the only actors to have been in both the pilot episode and the finale; she appeared in all but 11 of the total of 256 episodes. Swit received two Emmy Awards for her work on M*A*S*H. Later, she was also the first M*A*S*H star to visit South Korea, when she narrated the documentary Korea, the Forgotten War.

Her favorite episodes are "Hot Lips & Empty Arms", "Margaret's Engagement" and "The Nurses".

She also had a close relationship with Harry Morgan, who played Colonel Sherman T. Potter. They became neighbors, after the series ended, until his death on December 7, 2011. Swit continues to stay close to Alda, along with his wife, 3 daughters and 7 grandchildren.

Cagney & Lacey

In 1981, Swit played the "Christine Cagney" role in the movie pilot for the television series Cagney & Lacey, but was precluded by contractual obligations from continuing the role. Actress Meg Foster portrayed Cagney for the first six episodes of the television series, with Sharon Gless taking over the role from that point on.

Other TV work

Swit also guest-starred in shows such as The Love Boat, Win, Lose or Draw, Gunsmoke, Match Game, Pyramid, The Muppet Show, and Hollywood Squares. On one episode of Match Game

Ellie Weingardt
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Ellie, was raised on the south side of Chicago in an area called Marquette Park with her brother and sister. Ellie performed as a child actor on stage and as a singer. Most notably with Jack and Jill Players in the fifties.

After high school she ventured to New York and performed off Broadway in "Beauty and the Beast" at the Royal Playhouse. She returned to Chicago a year later and performed in THE "Fantastics", at Roosevelt. She married and later moved to a home in Highland Park with four little ones in tow. Needing a creative outlet, her husband encouraged her to do some theater, again. She did a local theater play and fell in love all over again with the stage. A new theater company was starting out in Highland Park, and she decided to audition. She won the role of Queen Gertrude in "Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead" with the notable Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Being drawn to this life again, with four little ones was a maddening experience to say the least. Raising her kids was her first priority so she worked in a play whenever she could and took acting classes. She studied at Second City loving improvisation and pursued a voice-over career with some success. She even taught at Columbia College. Then came her first major film winning the role of the charm school teacher in "A League of Their Own" working with every major star of the day. A fitting beginning for the girl who won a trip to the Oscars on a radio show. Ellie also performs as an impersonator for corporate events as she awaits the prime film and television roles she so justly deserves.

Tim Kazurinsky
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is an American actor and screenwriter best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for his role as Carl Sweetchuck in the Police Academy films.

Kazurinsky enrolled in an improv class at The Second City, where he became a member of the mainstage troupe in 1978, refining his improvisation and acting chops under the tutelage of Del Close. Eventually, Kazurinsky caught the attention of Saturday Night Live luminary John Belushi who recommended him to the show's then-executive producer, Dick Ebersol. Ebersol was impressed with Kazurinsky and hired him as a writer and cast member in 1981.

During his three seasons on SNL, Kazurinsky was known for playing numerous characters as well as doing celebrity impersonations. Fellow cast members included Eddie Murphy, Joe Piscopo, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mary Gross. Kazurinsky was part of the show's 1984 writing team nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program. There were reports that he often clashed with Dick Ebersol regarding the show's creative direction. In 1984, Kazurinsky left SNL along with Piscopo.

Kazurinsky was cast in the 1980 Christopher Reeve/Jane Seymour film, Somewhere in Time and played Pa Greavy in the 1981 Belushi/Aykroyd comedy Neighbors. Shortly after departing Saturday Night Live, Kazurinsky co-wrote About Last Night...based on David Mamet's one act play, Sexual Perversity in Chicago. The film starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and Jim Belushiand was directed by Edward Zwick. A remake of About Last Night was released in 2014 starring comedian Kevin Hart. Kazurinsky famously portrayed Officer Carl Sweetchuck in Police Academy 2, 3 and 4.

In the 1990s, Kazurinsky guest starred in Married... with Children, Early Edition and Police Academy: The Series. In the 2000s, Kazurinsky wrote for and guest starred in comedy series such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, What About Joan?, Still Standing and According to Jim.

In 2001 Kazurinsky was one of a few people to film Prince's now-legendary impromptu performance of Let's Go Crazy at the SNL40 after party in February 2015. The video went viral following Prince's death in 2016 and was shared by numerous media outlets.

In 2017, Kazurinsky played the recurring role of Judge Emerson on NBC's Chicago Justice, and appeared as Father Timothy in Netflix's original series, Easy.
Nell Campbell
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She is best known for her role in The Rocky Horror Show and The Rocky Horror Picture Show and her song "Do the Swim"..

Campbell decided to use the name "Little Nell" as a stage name after her arrival in Britain in the early 1970s with her family. She sold clothes at Kensington Market; her stall was next to Freddie Mercury's. She also worked as a busker and her tap dancing is often noted as the reason why she was cast as Columbia in the original production of The Rocky Horror Show. She reprised the role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, released in 1975, and starred as Nurse Ansalong in the 1981 sequel, Shock Treatment.

After The Rocky Horror Picture Show, she signed a recording contract with A&M Records. Her debut single was "Stilettos and Lipstick" backed with "Do the Swim", released in 1975. She also created a disco version of the song "Fever" in 1976 which was again released backed with "Do the Swim". The b-side of both of these releases became better known, perhaps helped by a performance on British television in which she accidentally (and repeatedly) exposed her breasts. While edited out of the original broadcast in 1975, the unedited version was shown worldwide on bloopers shows (beginning with the British show It'll be Alright on the Night in 1977). Following this notoriety, another effort was made to promote the recordings made in 1975 and 1976. In 1978, a "triple B-side" titled The Musical World of Little Nell (Aquatic Teenage Sex & Squalor) was released which featured both "Do the Swim" and "Stillettos and Lipstick" along with the track "Dance that Cocktail Latin Way" (also known as "Tropical Isle") which originally appeared as the B-side of her second single from 1976. Following some success with the EP, the other two tracks, singles "Fever" and "See You Round like a Record", were released as a single but that was to be her last release on A&M. A final single, "Beauty Queen" from the film The Alternative Miss World, was released on PRE Records in 1980.

Campbell has also appeared in several stage productions, including the Off-Broadway play You Should Be So Lucky and the Broadway musical NINE. She appeared as Sandra LeMon in the British TV series Rock Follies of '77.

From the mid-1980s to 1998, Campbell owned two nightclubs in New York: Kiosk, E&O, and most famously lent her name to Nell's. Nell's was sold in 1998 to Noel Ashman and his business partner actor Chris Noth, right before she gave birth to daughter Matilda Violet in June 1998 to ex-boyfriend and business partner Eamonn Roche.

Campbell has written several magazine articles, including regular segments called "MamaTalks" and "FirstLook" in the now defunct Talk magazine, starting in the December 1999 issue. She returned to Australia after selling her Boerum Hill house in Brooklyn in December 2005, and is now retired and living with her daughter.

Diane Franklin
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Before she got into acting, Franklin appeared in TV commercials for Coca-Cola, Trident, Jell-O, and Maxwell House coffee.

She has worn a distinctive curly hairstyle throughout her career. Her first film role was in the 1982 film The Last American Virgin as Karen. Diane Franklin's other well known roles in movies are in the 1982 horror film Amityville II: The Possession as Patricia Montelli. She also had a role in the 1985 comedy film Better Off Dead as Monique, the foreign exchange student from France.

Franklin has appeared on some TV shows, some of which include Bay City Blues, Matlock, Freddy's Nightmares, and Providence.

Franklin sang the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium on June 1, 2004.

John Cusack

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an American actor, producer and screenwriter. He began acting in films during the 1980s. Cusack starred in films, including Better Off Dead (1985), Say Anything... (1989), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Being John Malkovich (1999), High Fidelity (2000), 1408 (2007), Igor (2008), 2012 (2009) and The Raven (2012).

Cusack began acting in films in the early 1980s. He made his breakout role in Rob Reiner's The Sure Thing (1985). He also starred in Cameron Crowe's directorial debut film, Say Anything... (1989). Cusack played a con artist in Stephen Frears' 1990 neo-noir film The Grifters. After establishing New Crime Productions, Cusack co-wrote the screenplay for and starred in George Armitage's crime film Grosse Pointe Blank(1997), in which he played an assassin who goes to his 10-year high school reunion to win back his high school sweetheart

In Spike Jonze's fantasy film Being John Malkovich (1999), Cusack played a puppeteer who finds a portal leading into the mind of the eponymous actor, John Malkovich. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Director (Jonze), Best Original Screenplay (Charlie Kaufman) and Best Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener). Cusack was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his performance in High Fidelity(2000), based on Nick Hornby's novel. In Roland Emmerich's disaster film 2012 (2009), he played a struggling novelist who attempts to survive the apocalypse and save mankind. Cusack played Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue's biopic film The Raven (2012) and starred in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars (2014)

Ari Lehman
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an American actor and performing artist. He is best known for having played Jason Voorhees as a child (who emerges from the lake) in the first Friday the 13th film.

Ari Lehman stated in his interview with Tony Vilgotsky of Gore Noir magazine (West Hollywood), he wasn't interested in building an acting career even after the huge success of Friday the 13th. Instead, he was much more interested in music. "It's all because of music. I was already very interested in music before I was in Friday the 13th, studying jazz piano with some of the top teachers around. Also, I was encouraged to develop a dynamic sense of identity at an early age, growing through challenging myself to achieve difficult tasks and important goals," he said. "My experience on the few movie sets I worked on as an actor were neither challenging nor exciting. In fact, I discovered that actors spend much of their time waiting, then say one line, and then go back to waiting, as the cameras and lights are moved around, then asked to say the same line again. It simply could not compare with the immediacy of playing music onstage!"

Ari Lehman is a notable member of the horror community and often can be seen at horror conventions all over the world. "What fascinates me in my travels, meeting so many interesting people, is seeing the rapid growth of a subculture that brings together a wide range of "dark" elements including Horror, Metal, Gothic Fashion, Dark Arts, Tattoos, Haunted Houses, Ghost Hunters, Hearse Owners, Horror Burlesque Troupes, Dark Themed Magicians, Sideshow Artists, Steampunks, the list is endless... All of these individuals refuse to be casualties of conformity. They rise up from the sedentary cemetery of society and, like reverse zombies, offer their brains to the world, in the form of artwork, music, design, acting, film making, dance, etc., bringing together a powerful creative force. I am both humbled and proud to be a part of this, and to witness this growth," he stated in the same interview in Gore Noir.

Lehman has his own heavy metal band whose name, First Jason, is based upon his role as Jason Voorhees. First Jason is a horror rock act. They released their first album, Jason is Watching! on February 13, 2009, the same day that the Friday the 13th remake was released. The band frequently tours, performing at horror film festivals and conventions, as well as metal festivals and punk/metal venues. The bass player from Chicago death metal band Macabre performs on the record and has also toured with First Jason.

Andrew Prine
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an American film, stage, and television actor. In 1962, Prine was cast in Academy Award-nominated film The Miracle Worker as Helen Keller's older brother James.

In 1962, Prine landed a lead role with Earl Holliman in the 28-episode series Wide Country, a drama about two brothers who are rodeo performers. After Wide Country, Prine continued to work throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and in such television series as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Virginian, Wagon Train, Dr. Kildare, Baretta, Hawaii Five-O, Twelve O'Clock High, and The Bionic Woman. He played Dr. Richard Kimble's brother Ray in an important first-season episode of The Fugitive.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Prine appeared in supporting roles in a number of films. Prominent among these were three films he made for director Andrew V. McLaglen: The Devil's Brigade (1968), Bandolero! (1968) and Chisum (1970).

During the 1980s and 1990s, Prine continued to work in film and television. He appeared on W.E.B., Dallas, Weird Science, Boone, and as Steven in the science-fiction miniseries V and its sequel V: The Final Battle.

Most recently, Prine has worked with director Quentin Tarantino on an Emmy-winning episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and in Saving Grace with Holly Hunter, Boston Legal, and Six Feet Under, in addition to feature films with Johnny Knoxville. The Encore Western Channel has featured him on Conversations with Andrew Prine, interviewing Hollywood actors such as Eli Wallach, Harry Carey, Jr., and Patrick Wayne, and film makers such as Mark Rydell with behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

A life member of the Actors Studio, Prine's stage work includes Long Day's Journey into Night with Charlton Heston and Deborah Kerr, The Caine Mutiny, directed by Henry Fonda, and A Distant Bell on Broadway

Ann Robinson
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an American actress and stunt horse rider, perhaps best known for her work in the film, The War of the Worlds and in the 1947 to 1970 radio and television series, Dragnet, in which she starred opposite Jack Webb.

Ann Robinson doubled for Shelly Winters in the 1950 film Frenchie, starring and riding in several westerns during her career such as The Cimarron Kid (1951) with Audie Murphy, Gun Brothers (1956), and Gun Duel in Durango (1957).

Paramount signed her as an actress in the 1950s. Her first leading role was as "Sylvia Van Buren" in that studio's 1953 film, The War of the Worlds, a role she quasi-reprised in two later films, first as Dr. Van Buren in 1988's Midnight Movie Massacre and then as Dr. Sylvia Van Buren in 2005's The Naked Monster, before reprising the role again in three episodes of the 1988 War of the Worlds television series. She worked on several other films, including Imitation of Life (1959), and Julie (1956).She also had a starring role opposite Jack Webb, in the radio and television series Dragnet, which was broadcast in multiple versions between 1947 and 1970.

She has worked on numerous television shows and commercials, some in guest starring roles, including credits on episodes of Adam 12, Alfred Hitchcock, Bachelor Father, Ben Casey, Biff Baker, USA, Bob Cummings Show, Burns and Allen, Caesar Romero Series, Callie and Sons, Darren Mcgavin- Series, Days Of Our Lives, Four Star Playhouse, General Hospital, Gilligans Island, It's a Great Life, Millionaire, My Little Margie, Perry Mason, Peter Gunn, Police Woman, Rawhide, Rocky Jones Space Ranger, Roy Calhoun's series, The Texan, The Web, Victor Jory series, Waterfront, and Wyatt Earp.

She was featured in several commercials for Home Savings Of America, Toni home perms, and Chesterfield Cigarettes. She also performed a number of film voice-overs also, in English and Spanish, in both of which she is fluent. She did the leading actress' voice in To Begin Again, which won the 1984 Oscar for best foreign film. She also did loops for the Bruce Lee Series, The Dead Are Alive, Tough Guys, and Survive. In the 2005 Steven Spielberg film, War of the Worlds, she played the role of Tom Cruise's character's mother in law, the grandmother of Dakota Fanning's character.

Donald Gibb

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is an American actor, best known for his roles as the hulking, dimwitted fraternitybrother Ogre in several installments of the Revenge of the Nerds film series, as Ray Jackson in Bloodsport and as Leslie Dr. Death Krunchner on the HBOsitcom 1st & Ten.

Gibb played briefly for the San Diego Chargers before turning to acting, beginning with small, uncredited roles in Stripes and Conan the Barbarian.

Gibb is best known for his Ogre character portrayed first in Revenge of the Nerds and later in Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise and Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love. Chugging beer from a trophy, throwing nerds off fraternity buildings and competing in belching contests, Gibb gleefully played up his former days as a college football jock.

Gibb's other famous recurring role was in a string of martial arts pictures. As an American entrant named Ray Jackson, he starred alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport, and alone in the 1996 Bloodsport sequel. Gibb has appeared in more than 25 movies including Jocks and Amazon Women on the Moon. Subsequently, he also played a small role in the PC game Zork: Grand Inquisitor as the man in the third portal with Lucy and can be seen in a brief role in the film Hancock, starring Will Smith. Gibb gained notoriety on HBO's 1st & Ten, as Leslie Dr. Death Krunchner, a linebacker. Gibb played the role from 1984 until 1991, making him one of the few members of the fictional California Bulls to last the entire seven-year run. After, he played the illiterate biker Scab on the 1992 Fox sitcom Stand By Your Man, which co-starred Melissa Gilbert and Rosie O'Donnell, and played small roles in Quantum Leap, MacGyver, Magnum P.I., Night Court, Cheers, Renegade, The X-Files, The A-Team, and Step by Step

George Chakiris
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an American dancer, singer and actor. He is best known for his appearance in the film version of West Side Story as Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks gang, for which he won both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Chakiris made his film debut in 1947, in the chorus of Song of Love. For several years he appeared in small roles, usually as a dancer or a member of the chorus in various musical films. He was one of the dancers in Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" number in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and appeared as a dancer in White Christmas (1954). He can also be seen in the funeral dance in the MGM musical film Brigadoon (1954).

His biggest success came with the 1961 film West Side Story, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Bernardo, leader of the "Sharks". Prior to the film, he had appeared as "Riff", leader of the "Jets", in the West End (London) production of the same musical. This led him to be contracted by the Mirisch Company, where he made several films (including 633 Squadron with Cliff Robertson).

Chakiris was in much demand. He starred as a doctor in the film Diamond Head (1963) opposite Charlton Heston and Yvette Mimieux, and appeared alongside Yul Brynner in Flight from Ashiya and Kings of the Sun. His fee around this time was a reported $100,000 per movie.

Later he acted along with Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly in Jacques Demy's French musical Les Demoiselles de Rochefort (1967).

In addition to film, Chakiris performed on stage in London and around the U.S. and on television. In the early 1960s, he embarked on a career as a pop singer, resulting in a couple of minor hit songs. In 1960, he recorded one single with noted producer Joe Meek. He starred in the first national tour of the Stephen Sondheim musical, Company, touring as Bobby in 1971-72.

Chakiris worked more in television in the 1970s and 1980s, appearing on such series as Wonder Woman; Medical Center; Hawaii Five-O; Dallas; Murder, She Wrote; and the daytime soap opera Santa Barbara. He appeared in the final episode of The Partridge Family as an old high school boyfriend to Shirley Partridge (Shirley Jones, also a musical theater veteran). Their kiss goodbye was the final scene in the program's run.

Chakiris had a recurring role on the TV show Superboy as Professor Peterson during the first two seasons from 1988-1990.
Hal Williams
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an American actor, best known for his recurring role as Police Officer Smith ("Smitty") on Sanford and Son (1972–76) and as the patriarch Lester Jenkins, the husband of Marla Gibbs's character, on the NBC sitcom 227 (1985–90).

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Williams worked as a postal worker and corrections officer before moving to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.[1]

Williams started in the acting business in 1969. Since then, he has appeared in movies such as Paul Schrader's Hardcore, Howard Zieff's Private Benjamin (he also portrayed the role of Sgt L.C. "Ted" Ross in the television series of the same name), and Clint Eastwood's The Rookie. He was controversially fired from The Jimmy Stewart Show in 1971 at the insistence of its star, James Stewart.[2] In the early to mid-1990s, he starred in many of comic Sinbad's productions, including The Sinbad Show and The Cherokee Kid. He played the grandfather in the Bernie Mac film Guess Who.

His other television credits include Moonlight, Moesha, Suddenly Susan, Minor Adjustments, L.A. Law, Night Court, Magnum, P.I., Hill Street Blues, Gimme a Break, The Jeffersons, The Dukes of Hazzard, T.J. Hooker, The Waltons, Knots Landing, The White Shadow, What's Happening!!, Good Times, Quincy, M.E., Kung Fu, S.W.A.T., Gunsmoke, That Girl, and Sanford and Son.

Howard Platt
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an American stage and television actor, singer and director, best known for his role as "Officer Hopkins" on the TV series Sanford and Son (1972–76).

Platt has made numerous comedic and dramatic appearances on television, most recently as Rev. Weber in What About Joan? Along with his role as Hoppy on Sanford And Son, Platt has also had guest roles as Dr. Phil Newman on The Bob Newhart Show (in a total of 6 episodes), Max on Alice, Major Ted Spector on M*A*S*H, and Judge Jonathan Stockfish on Evening Shade. He portrayed 5 different characters on Barney Miller.

As a series regular he played Captain Doug March on the CBS-TV sitcom Flying High (1978–79). His many movie roles include T.R. Baskin, Nixon, The Cat from Outer Space, and Norma Jean & Marilyn.

Irene Bedard
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a Native American actress, who has played many Native American characters in a variety of films, most notably Pocahontas in the 1995 film Pocahontas.

In 2012, she started "Sleeping Lady Films" and "Waking Giants Productions" with Canadian businessman Thom Denomme. The production companies, based out of Anchorage and Santa Fe, New Mexico, are dedicated to bringing stories that are both positive and inspirational from Indian Country to the world

Bedard was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and is of Inupiat, Yupik, Inuit, Cree and Matis ancestry. Her first role was as Mary Crow Dog in the television production, Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee, which depicted the 1970s standoff between police and Native Americans, many of the Pine Ridge Reservation, at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. She is probably best known as the voice of the eponymous heroine in the Disney animated film Pocahontas and its direct-to-video sequel Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World. Bedard was also the physical model for the character. She appeared in a different take of the story in Terence Malick's 2005 film The New World, as Pocahontas's mother, Nonoma Winanuske Matatiske. Bedard attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she studied Musical Theatre. In 2005, she was cast in the television mini-series Into the West, portraying the half-Lakota, half-white adult Margaret "Light Shines" Wheeler.

Irene Bedard is known for bringing a powerful emotional presence to her characters. She was chosen in 1995 as one of People magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People'

Kathy Garver
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an American film, television, voice-over and character actress of stage, most widely known for playing Uncle Bill Davis's (played by Brian Keith) teenaged niece, Catherine "Cissy" Davis, on the popular 1960s sitcom, Family Affair. Before that, she played a slave in The Ten Commandments. Garver authored The Family Affair Cookbook and has been a TV host (Backstage with Barry and Kathy).

While studying, Garver auditioned and won the role of Uncle Bill's teenaged niece, Catherine "Cissy" Davis, the eldest sibling on the original TV series Family Affair, for CBS in 1966. Garver, who'd been a fan of Keith's since she was 10 years old and had guest-starred on Crusader, a television series he had starred in. That one guest-role paid off and Keith himself was impressed to see her grow up and become the amazing young lady that she was. She also enjoyed the wonderful on- and off-screen chemistry with Keith. She would continue playing that role until its cancellation in 1971.

She continued to keep in touch or visit Keith until his death on June 24, 1997, where she attended the funeral. Garver appeared in the Christmas episode of the later revival of Family Affair. She guest starred on numerous television series, including ABC's short-lived The Bing Crosby Show in the 1964-1965 season. Garver also provided the voice of Firestar on the Saturday morning cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. She also voiced Storm, as well as other female guest characters. In the 1990s Spider-Man cartoon series, she played the voice of Miss America. Garver's Family Affair co-star, Brian Keith, provided the voice of Uncle Ben Parker on the aforementioned Spider-Man series from the 1990s.

Garver was also the voice of Alice Mitchell in the Dennis the Menace cartoon special Mayday for Mother and Pepper in Chuck Norris: Karate Kommandos. Her other voice roles included the television series Fonz and the Happy Days Gang, The Tom & Jerry Kids Show, Droopy, Master Detective, The New Yogi Bear Show, The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show and The All-New SuperFriends Hour, the cartoon special Marvin: Baby of the Year and the anime film JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.

Garver has also produced, narrated and written lyrics and composed the music for eight audio Beatrix Potter tales and eight Mother Goose based audiotapes for Smarty Pants Inc. Her Beatrix Potter tapes have sold over two million copies and have won numerous awards. Garver has also won two Audie Awards, one for her narration of The Worlds Shortest Stories, the other in 2004 for her direction of Amy Tan in The Opposite of Fate read by the author. She has recorded books for Brilliance Audio, Dove, Listen and Live and can be downloaded at the Timber Wolf Press website. Her voice has also been heard in the films Apollo 13 (which was awarded the Academy Award for sound), Ransom, Backdraft and Jingle All the Way which were all directed by Ron Howard.

Garver was a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women at UCLA. She lives in Hillsborough, California, with her husband David and son Reid. On June 26, 2008, she attended the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony when Brian Keith was awarded a star posthumously; Garver gave a speech on his behalf.
Kristine DeBell
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An American actress who's most prominent film roles included playing A.L., alongside Bill Murray in the comedy Meatballs, Richard Gere's girlfriend in Bloodbrothers and Jackie Chan's girlfriend in The Big Brawl. Television roles included, The Young and the Restless, BJ and the Bear and Night Court.

Leslie Easterbrook
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an American actress known for her role as Sgt. Debbie Callahan in the Police Academy movies, and as Rhonda on Laverne & Shirley.

Easterbrook appeared in about a dozen feature films and over 300 television episodes.

One of her first notable roles was as Rhonda Lee on Laverne & Shirley. The role of Rhonda was part of the show's change of locale from Milwaukee to Hollywood.

She also appeared as Debbie Callahan, in the Police Academy movie series.

Easterbrook also appeared in Murder, She Wrote, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Baywatch, Matlock, Hunter, and The Dukes of Hazzard. In 2005, she replaced Karen Black as Mother Firefly in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects, the sequel to the 2003 horror movie, House of 1000 Corpses. In 2007, she played security guard Patty Frost in Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween. In 2008, she played as Betty in the thriller/horror film House In 2010, she starred in The Afflicted. She also appeared on Ryan's Hope as Devlin Kowalski. Her voice work has been featured in several projects, including Superman and Batman: The Animated Series.

She sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XVII
Lola Dee
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an American singer and recording artist with Mercury Records and Columbia Records labels in the 1950s and 1960s. At the age of 14, she was heard in an amateur contest and asked to audition for a network teen-aged show called "Junior Junction".

At 16 she was signed to a recording contract. She recorded over 40 sides, including the half million best seller "Only You" in 1955. Her popularity as a recording artist gave her the opportunity to tour with such stars as Bob Hope, Johnnie Ray and Jimmy Durante in the late 1950s and 1960s.
Patricia Kara
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She began her career in Chicago, before moving to Miami, Florida, New York City, and finally, her current home in Los Angeles, California. Throughout her career, she has done segments for the TV Guide Channel's coverage of the Golden Globes and the E! Network's Wild On! series (the Kentucky Derby episode).

She was also a Spring Break VJ in Lake Havasu and Panama City Beach. She has also done Three to Tango, the NPPL Super 7 World Series Paintball Tournaments on PBTV, segments for TVG, and OLN's Wakeboarding Power Hour.

She has appeared in television commercials for Coors Light, Old Navy, Bally Total Fitness, Kohl's, Ericsson mobile phones, and most recently in spots for V8 and Edison Power. She made countless TV appearances on TV shows such as MADtv, Las Vegas, All of Us, Passions, and Beverly Hills, 90210.

Kara's modeling career includes print advertisements for AT&T, FedEx, Venus Swimwear, Disney, Suave, Swiffer, 24 Hour Fitness, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Nesquik, Reebok, and Snickers.

She also graced the pages of such magazines as Stuff, Maxim, Forbes Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Shape, Fitness, Bride, Day Spa, Women's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, and the cover of Brad Schoenfeld's book Sculpting Her Body Perfect.

In 2005, she was chosen to be a model on NBC's game show, Deal or No Deal, and holds case #9. She also substituted at 4, 5, and 10.

Kara is one of only two of the show's many models hired for the daytime version of Deal or No Deal, premiering in September 2008. The other is Tameka Jacobs.

Richard Thomas
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an American actor. He is best known for his leading role as budding author John-Boy Walton in the CBS drama The Waltons, where he won one Emmy Award, and received nominations for another Emmy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

Thomas soon began his television career. In 1959, he appeared in the presentation of Ibsen's A Doll's House with Julie Harris, Christopher Plummer and Hume Cronyn. He then began acting in daytime TV, appearing in soap operas such as The Edge of Night (as Ben Schultz, 1961) and As the World Turns (as Tom Hughes, 1966-67), which were broadcast from his native Manhattan.

Thomas received his first major film roles, appearing in Winning (1969) with Paul Newman, about auto racing, and Last Summer (also 1969) with Bruce Davison and Barbara Hershey, a summer coming-of-age movie. In 1971 he starred in the Universal Pictures Hal Wallis Production Red Sky at Morning, which was a financial failure.

Thomas on the set of The Waltons, 1973.
He became nationally recognized for his portrayal of John John-Boy Walton, Jr., in the 1970s' TV series The Waltons, which was based on the real life of writer Earl Hamner, Jr. He appeared in the 1971 pilot The Homecoming, and then played the role continuously in 122 episodes until March 17, 1977. Thomas left the series and his role was taken over by Robert Wightman, but Thomas returned to the role in three Waltons TV movies, 1993-97. Thomas won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series in 1973. He enrolled in Columbia College of Columbia University as a member of the class of 1973 but left after his junior year.

In 1972, he played against type as murderer and rapist Kenneth Kinsolving in You'll Like My Mother opposite Patty Duke. He played the lead roles of Private Henry Fleming in the 1974 TV movie The Red Badge of Courage, and Paul Baumer in the 1979 TV movie All Quiet on the Western Front. In further TV movies, he played Col. Warner's younger son Jim in Roots: The Next Generations (the sequel to the Emmy-winning Roots); the title role in the biopic Living Proof: The Hank Williams, Jr., Story (1983); Will Mossup in Hobson's Choice (1983); Henry Durrie in The Master of Ballantrae (1984); Martin Campbell in Final Jeopardy (1985); and the adult Bill Denbrough in Stephen King's It (1990).

In 1980, Thomas made his first Broadway appearance in more than 12 years when he stepped in as a replacement in Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July. In 1993, he played the title role in a stage production of Richard II.

Thomas starred with Maureen O'Hara and Annette O'Toole in the Hallmark Channel movie, The Christmas Box, in 1995. O'Toole and Thomas starred in It five years earlier as the adult Beverly Marsh and adult Bill Denbrough.

Thomas has appeared in a quartet of performances at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut: Hamlet (1987), Peer Gynt (1989), Richard III (1994), and Tiny Alice (1996).

In 1997 and 1998, he appeared on Touched by an Angel.

In the early 2000s, he appeared in a London production of Yasmina Reza's Art with Judd Hirsch (2001); on the New York stage in The Public Theater's production of As You Like It (2005); Michael Frayn's Democracy on Broadway (2004); and the Primary Stages' production of Terrence McNally's The Stendhal Syndrome (2004).

He has served as national chairman of the Better Hearing Institute, hosted the PAX TV series It's a Miracle, and starred in the series Just Cause for the same network.

In 2006, Thomas began a national tour of Reginald Rose's acclaimed play Twelve Angry Men, along with George Wendt at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut, playing the pivotal role of Juror Eight opposite Wendt's Juror One.

Thomas has provided voiceovers in Mercedes-Benz, BB&T and Aleve commercials. In the summer of 2008, Thomas made commercials for the Zaxby's restaurant chain.

In 2009-2010, Richard Thomas was featured on Broadway in Race, a play by David Mamet. The production was directed by Mamet and included James Spader, David Alan Grier and Kerry Washington. In February and March 2011, he starred at the New York Public Theater in Timon of Athens.

Thomas has a supporting role in the FX Network Cold War drama The Americans, which debuted in January 2013. He plays Frank Gaad, an FBI counterintelligence supervisor helping to investigate KGB sleeper agents in early 1980s America.

Russ Tamblyn
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an American film and television actor and dancer, who is best known for his performance in title role of the 1958 Tom Thumb and the 1961 movie musical West Side Story as Riff, the leader of the Jets gang.

He is also known for appearing in such films as Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, The War of the Gargantuas, Peyton Place and The Haunting, as well as for his portrayal of Dr. Lawrence Jacoby in the television drama Twin Peaks.

Discovered at the age of ten by actor Lloyd Bridges after acting in a play, Tamblyn's first film appearance was a small non-speaking role in 1948's The Boy With Green Hair. He also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show as a child.

Tamblyn then portrayed the young Saul in Cecil B. DeMille's 1949 version of Samson and Delilah. He played the younger version of John Dall's character in the 1950 film noir Gun Crazy. Later the same year, he had a minor role as Elizabeth Taylor's younger brother in Father of the Bride, as well as in the sequel, released the following year, Father's Little Dividend. He also played a young soldier in boot camp in 1953's Take the High Ground!

His training as a gymnast in high school and abilities as an acrobat prepared him for his breakout role as Gideon, the youngest brother, in 1954's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.

He appeared with Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford in The Fastest Gun Alive (1956), where he performed an extraordinary "shovel" dance at a hoe-down early in the film. Though uncredited, he served as a choreographer for Elvis Presley in 1957's Jailhouse Rock. Tamblyn portrayed Norman Page in the 1957 film of Peyton Place, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Tamblyn then played Tony Baker in 1958's High School Confidential prior to his being drafted into the United States Army. His performances in film musicals have included the title role in 1958's Tom Thumb and Danny, one of the sailors in the 1955 film version of Hit the Deck. His most famous musical role was Riff, the leader of the Jets in West Side Story (1961).

In 1960, he portrayed The Cherokee Kid in Cimarron. He appeared in two 1962 MGM-Cinerama movies, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and How the West Was Won. He was seen the next year as Orm in The Long Ships, as Luke Sanderson in The Haunting, and as Lt. "Smitty" Smith in Follow the Boys. Tamblyn starred in the 1966 Japanese kaiju film War of the Gargantuas. He appeared in the horror film Necromancer in 1988.

Tamblyn played the supporting role in Neil Young's 1982 Human Highway while also credited for screenplay and choreography. Tamblyn is credited as director, choreographer and actor for Neil Young's Greendale concert tour. In 2011, he portrayed "Doc" in the action-thriller film Drive.

Television roles
From 1990–91, Tamblyn starred as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby on the David Lynch-created series Twin Peaks (alongside his "West Side Story" co-star Richard Beymer who played Ben Horne), though his scenes in the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me were cut.

In 1999, he portrayed Dr. Hayden on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, and in 2000, he appeared with his daughter Amber on another soap opera, General Hospital, as the character he portrayed ten years earlier on Twin Peaks. He also appeared on General Hospital in 1997 dancing with his daughter Amber during the Nurses Ball. In 2004 he appeared with Amber again, playing the "Dog Walker God" manifestation of God encountered by her in three episodes of Joan of Arcadia.

Tamblyn has also appeared in television series such as Tarzan, Fame (the 1980s television spin-off of the film of the same name), Quantum Leap, Nash Bridges and in Babylon 5 (episode "A Distant Star"). Russ Tamblyn also played Chuck Margaret on The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.

Tamblyn will reprise his role as Dr. Lawrence Jacoby in the upcoming Twin Peaks revival that will be released in 2017
Shirley Jones
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an American singer and actress of stage, film and television. In her six decades of show business, she has starred as wholesome characters in a number of well-known musical films, such as Oklahoma! (1955), Carousel (1956), and The Music Man (1962).

She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a vengeful prostitute in Elmer Gantry (1960). She played Shirley Partridge, the widowed mother of five children in the situation-comedy television series The Partridge Family (1970-€“74), which co-starred her real-life stepson David Cassidy, son of Jack Cassidy.

Jones impressed Rodgers and Hammerstein with her musically trained voice and she was cast as the female lead in the film adaptation of their hit musical Oklahoma! in 1955. Other film musicals quickly followed, including Carousel, April Love (1957) and The Music Man, in which she was often typecast as a wholesome, kind character. However, she won a 1960 Academy Award for her performance in Elmer Gantry portraying a woman corrupted by the title character played by Burt Lancaster. Her character becomes a prostitute who encounters her seducer years later and takes her revenge. The director, Richard Brooks, had originally fought against her being in the movie, but after seeing her first scene told her she would win an Oscar for her performance. She was reunited with Ron Howard (who had played her brother in The Music Man) in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963). Jones landed the role of a lady who fell in love with the professor in Fluffy (1965). She also has an impressive stage, including playing the title character in the Broadway musical Maggie Flynn in 1968.

In 1970, after her film roles dwindled, and after turning down the role of Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, a role that ultimately went to her best friend, Florence Henderson, Jones was more than happy to be the producers' first choice to audition for the lead role of Shirley Partridge in The Partridge Family, an ABC sitcom based loosely on the real-life musical family The Cowsills. The series focused on a young widowed mother whose five children form a pop rock group after the entire family painted its signature bus to travel. She was convinced that the combination of music and comedy would be a surefire hit. Jones realized, however, that:

The problem with Partridge though it was great for me and gave me an opportunity to stay home and raise my kids when my agents came to me and presented it to me, they said if you do a series and it becomes a hit show, you will be that character for the rest of your life and your film career will go into the toilet, which is what happened. But I have no regrets

During its first season, it became a hit and was screened in over 70 countries. Within months, Jones and her co-stars were pop culture television icons. Her real-life twenty-year-old stepson David Cassidy, who was an unknown actor at the time, played Shirley Partridge's eldest son, Keith, and became the hottest teen idol in the country. The show itself also spawned a number of records and songs performed by David and Shirley. That same year, "I Think I Love You" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 music chart, making Jones the second person, after Frank Sinatra, and the first woman to win an acting Oscar and also have a No. 1 hit on that chart.

By 1974, the ratings had declined and the series was dropped from the prime-time lineup after four seasons and 96 episodes. Though Jones was outraged about the series' cancellation,[citation needed] she held the show together. It was one of six series to be canceled that year (along with Room 222, The F.B.I., The Brady Bunch, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, and Here's Lucy) to make room for new shows.

Shirley Jones' friendship with David Cassidy's family began in the mid-to-late 1950s, when David was just six, after he learned about his father's divorce from his mother Evelyn Ward. Upon David's first meeting with Shirley before co-starring with her on The Partridge Family, he said, "The day he tells me that they're divorced, he tells me, 'We're remarried, and let me introduce you to my new wife.' He was thrilled when her first film, Oklahoma! (1955), had come out; and my dad took me to see it just see her, and I go, uh-oh, it doesn't really quite register with me, 'cause I'm in total shock, because I wanted to hate her, but the instant that I met her, I got the essence of her. She's a very warm open, sweet, good human being. She couldn't have thawed it for me – the coldness and the ice—any more than she did." Shirley was shocked to hear her real-life stepson was going to audition for the role of Keith Partridge. David said, "At the auditions, they introduced me to the lead actress (Shirley Jones) 'cause they had no idea, they had no idea. So I said, 'What are you doing here?' She looked at me and said, 'What are you doing here?' And I said, 'Well, I'm reading for the lead guy.' I said, 'What are you doing here?' She said, 'I'm the mother!'" Cassidy discussed his relationship with his stepmother on the show: "She wasn't my mother, and I can be very open, and we can speak, and we became very close friends. She was a very good role model for me, watching the way, you know, she dealt with people on the set, and watching people revere her." After the show's cancellation, Cassidy remained very close to his half-brothers and the rest of his cast mates, especially Shirley.

Cassidy appeared on many shows alongside his stepmother, including A&E Biography, TV Land Confidential, and The Today Show, and he was one of the presenters of his stepmother's Intimate Portrait on Lifetime Television, and the reality show pilot In Search of the Partridge Family, where he served as co-executive producer. The rest of the cast also celebrated the 25th, 30th, and the 35th anniversaries of The Partridge Family (although Cassidy was unavailable to attend the 25th anniversary in 1995 owing to other commitments). In addition, Jack Cassidy's death in 1976 drew Jones and Cassidy closer as Shirley's three children and stepson mourned their father.
Nathaniel Taylor

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an American television actor, best known for his recurring role as Rollo Larson in the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son.

a role he later reprised on its 1980-1981 spin-off Sanford, and later played the first version of "Jim-Jam" alongside Redd Foxx on the short lived 1986 series, The Redd Foxx Show. Later, he played Rerun's (Fred Berry) brother-in-law "Ike" in the sitcom What's Happening!!. Taylor's character "Rollo" once referred to Foxx's character "Fred G. Sanford" as, "One cold-blooded old dude." Taylor was also featured in Trouble Man starring Robert Hooks as one of Mr. Big's henchmen.
Margaret Kerry

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Born in Los Angeles, California, Lynch worked under her real name as a dancer and actor in three of the Our Gang comedy shorts. She attracted the attention of Eddie Cantor, who cast her in the role of his teenaged daughter in the film If You Knew Susie and also gave her her stage name.

She graduated from high school with honors while working on the film and would later graduate cum laude from Los Angeles City College. Television work

Still a teenager, Kerry played the role of "Sharon" in one of the first network sitcoms, The Ruggles, on ABC-TV. The show's farewell episode at the end of its three year run featured Sharon's wedding and honeymoon. Kerry also appeared in two episodes of The Andy Griffith Show.

A voiceover performer with twenty-one dialects and forty-eight character voices, Kerry provided voices on 52 episodes of the groundbreaking children's television show, Clutch Cargo, including characters "Paddlefoot" and "Spinner". She provided numerous voices and live-action lead-ins for The New Three Stooges and Space Angel animated series for Cambria Productions.

Work with Disney
Kerry answered an audition call during the planning stages of the animated feature film Peter Pan. The audition, supervised by animator Marc Davis, required her to pantomime the motions that would be animated as Tinker Bell. She won the part and spent six months at the Disney Studios on a mostly empty soundstage pantomiming the part. The studios provided props, notably a giant keyhole mounted on a stand as well as a pair of giant scissors, used in the scene where Tinker Bell became trapped in a jewelry box.

Kerry was also the animation model and voice for the red-haired mermaid in the Neverland lagoon scenes. Disney Studios released the film at the time Marilyn Monroe began to make an impact, and an urban legend falsely attributes the Tinker Bell role to her.