News-Press from Fort Myers, Florida on November 20, 1994 · Page 168
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News-Press from Fort Myers, Florida · Page 168

Fort Myers, Florida
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Sunday, November 20, 1994
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TV QUESTIONS By NORMA CAVAZOS Knight-Ridder News Service . QUESTION: What can you tell me about Claire Danes of "My So-Called Life"? ANSWER: Claire Danes is turning heads with her portrayal of brooding 15-year-old Angela Chase on "My bo-Lanea uie, a series that is drawing critical raves but bottoming out in the ratings. Danes is from New York City, although she's now living in L.A. while working on her series. She's been com-mited to acting since an early age and first auditioned for the leading role in Life in 1992. Whatever the P V l fate tne series- Danes career 1 tm " infill seems cemented. She's nlavine the DANES part of Beth in the remake of "Little Women" with Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon. Q: Each week I watch the drama "ER." Eriq La Salle, who portrays surgeon Peter Benton, seems so familiar to me but I can't remember where I know him from. What else has he been in? A: You may have trouble pinning down where you spotted him because La Salle has appeared in numerous television, movie and stage productions. He is a graduate of New York's Juliard School and New York University's Graduate Theater program. His first TV role was of the daytime variety on "One Life to Live." Before ER, he played a another young doctor in the series "The Human Factor." Other regular TV roles include "Mariah," "Hammer and Slammer," and "Slade." He's also done a slew of TV guest roles, TV movies and feature films, including "What Price Victory," "Coming to America" and "Jacob's Ladder." Q: Please tell me if the actor Steven Hill on "Law & Order" is the same Steven Hill from the early "Mission: Impossible," and his current age. A: Hill, 70 (or 72, by some sources), played Daniel Briggs, the original leader of the Impossible Missions Force, in the first season of "Mission: Impossible" (1966-67). An Orthodox Jew, he was replaced by Peter Graves in the second season when the show's schedule conflicted with his observance of the Sabbath. The actor's dramatic career began in TV's Golden Age with performances in "For Whom the Bell Tolls" on Playhouse 90, "Man on a Mountain-top," directed by Arthur Penn and the "Sacco-Van-zetti Story." More recently, he won an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on "thirtysomething." His movie roles include "The Firm," "Billy Bathgate" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs," to name just a few. He plays District Attorney Adam Schiff on NBC's "Law & Order." Q: Please tell me who played Sergeant Preston of the Yukon. A: Richard Simmons (no, not the exercising one) starred in the 1955-58 CBS series. Rex was his horse and King his faithful Husky. Q: I would appreciate the address of A&E's "The Real West." A: Write to A&E about any of the its programs at 235 E. 45th St., New York, NY 10017. Or call 1-212-661-4500. Q: What is the name of the other movie in John Ford's trilogy which includes "Fort Apache" and "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"? A: "Rio Grande" is the third title of director Ford's cavalry trilogy. Q: I am a big fan of Ted Wass, who stars as Nick Russo on "Blossom." I have followed him since he was Danny Dallas on "Soap," but I've yet to find any personal information about him. What's Ted's date of birth and family status? Where can I write to him to tell him what a terrific actor he is? A: Although acting is his bread and butter, Wass shares Nick Russo's love of music. In his younger days, Wass spent eight years as lead singer and guitarist in a rock band, and is a professionally trained opera singer. Born Oct. 27 in Lakewood, Ohio, he grew up in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn. On the family end, Wass lives in Los Angeles with his children, Julian and Matilda. He lost his wife, actress Janet Margolin ("Take the Money" and "Run, Annie Hall"), last December to ovarian cancer. Write to him co Touchstone Television, 500 South Buena Vista St., Burbank, Calif. 91521. Q: Would you please tell us what A Martinez is doing now? He starred in Santa Barbara and L.A. Law but we can't seem to find him any more. A: Martinez's next role is opposite Connie Sell-ecca and Perry King in "She Led Two Lives" (Nov. 27 on NBC). He plays the wronged husband. Q: I've seen Ellen DeGeneres in another sitcom or movie. Would you please tell me what show she's been in? I enjoy her very much; she is a great comedian. A: The comic-turned-sitcom star made her TV series debut in 1 989-90 playing office oddball Margo Van Meter in Fox's "Open House." Then She Dlaved Nurse Nancv Marlnrrve IKJ0jZ! in "Laurie Hil1-" a network series Li hwj that died a quick death in the fall of um. jLcuciici cs mese menus of Mine," renamed "Ellen" this season, was an instant hit last spring. Q: What has happened to Regina Taylor who starred in "I'll Fly Away?" I watched every episode and they were all great. A: Although she doesn't have a regular series anymore, Taylor can next be seen guest starring in the Nov. 23 episode of "Law & Order" where she'll be reunited with her "I'll Fly Away" co-star Sam Water-ston, a regular on the NBC series. Q: Please give me some inside information on the co-host of the new show "Extra," Arthel Neville. How did she get the job, since I don't recognize her from any shows or movies? A: Neville brings a mix of broadcasting and acting to her job as co-anchor of the syndicated entertainment news show. She is the 20-something daughter of Neville Brothers keyboardist Art Neville and studied at Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas. She's acted In TV movies and daytime dramas and worked as an anchorreporter at several TV stations, including ones in New Orleans, Houston and Austin. Neville is engaged to Dallas Cowboys running back Derrick Lassie. Send your questions about TV to: TV Magazi-ne.The Dallas Morning News, Communications Center, P.O. Box655237, Dallas, Texas 75265. 3 pi DeGENERES Pagt 4New-Prss Ttltvitw, November 20 Novtmbtr 24, 1994

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