Writer/producer Harvey Bullock dead at 84

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., May 1 (UPI) -- Writer/producer Harvey Bullock, who wrote several episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show," has died in Laguna Beach, Calif., at age 84.

Actor Don Knotts dead at age 81

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Three's Company" star Don Knotts has died of lung cancer in Los Angeles at age 81.

TV producer/director Luther James dead

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Pioneering African-American TV writer, producer and director Luther James has died in Los Angeles at age 76.

Top stars to voice 'Who Lost Santa's Sack'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Oscar winner Kathy Bates and Emmy winner Ed Asner will join comedian Norm McDonald in voicing the animated holiday film "Who Stole Santa's Sack?"

Actress Jean Carson dead at 82

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Veteran film and TV actress Jean Carson has died in Palm Springs, Calif., from complications of a stroke at age 82.

Ali among Medal of Freedom honorees

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Boxing legend Muhammad Ali leads a list of 14 people from entertainment, sports and government who will be given the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Andy of Mayberry alive and well in S.C.

BONNEAU, S.C., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Frankie Thompson of Bonneau, S.C., looks to Andy of Mayberry as his role model and as such has created one of the nation's premiere speed traps.

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Parrot mimics doorbell, sirens

OAK PARK, Ill., July 25 (UPI) -- A 10-year-old African grey parrot named Einstein is creating havoc for a Chicago-area woman by imitating doorbells, emergency sirens and even the phone ring.

TV dads getting richer

NEEDHAM, Mass., June 19 (UPI) -- An analysis of by Salary.com finds U.S. TV dads are working in more prosperous professions than the TV dads of the Golden Age of television.

Bill Cosby's Cliff Huxtable top TV dad

ALVISO, Calif., June 12 (UPI) -- Cliff Huxtable, played by Bill Cosby in "The Cosby Show," is the all-time top TV dad, according to a survey of U.S. adults commissioned by TiVo.

VH1: Gary Coleman top children's star

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) -- U.S. cable's VH1 has crowned Gary Coleman, of "Diff'rent Strokes" fame, the top children's star, followed by "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2005 with 212 to follow.
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Actor, director Howard Morris dead at 85

LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- Comedic actor, director and voice-over artist Howard Morris who rose to fame in the 1950s has died at his Hollywood home at the age of 85.

'Bewitched' statue bewitching Salem

SALEM, Mass., April 28 (UPI) -- Officials in Salem, Mass., site of real witch trials, are deciding whether they should allow the statue of a fictional witch to be put up in a town park.

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, June 1, the 153rd day of 2004 with 213 to follow.
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TV Land features television moguls

NEW YORK, April 17 (UPI) -- U.S. cable's TV Land is featuring a six-part documentary series entitled "TV Land Moguls," focusing on the top producers in each decade of television.

Analysis: Same-sex marriage on 'Whoopi'

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (UPI) -- The NBC comedy "Whoopi" takes on same-sex marriage in an episode this week that features arguments for and against the practice, but the show ends up more or le
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Watercooler Stories

Clay Aiken, who may be the biggest thing to hit North Carolina since Andy Griffith, is issuing personalized invitations for people to visit his hometown.
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'The Missing:' Ron Howard's horror-western

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Ron Howard's first film since winning the Best Director Oscar for "A Beautiful Mind" is the vastly different "The Missing." It's a highly fictionalized and stra

Actor Buddy Ebsen dies at 95

LOS ANGELES, July 7 (UPI) -- Buddy Ebsen, the lanky vaudeville and Broadway dancer who gained fame as a Hollywood actor in "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Barnaby Jones" and Disney's "Davy Croc

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Country Music News

Wynonna Judd born in Ashland, Ky., 1964. Bob Wills' "Sugar Moon" hits No. 1, 1947.
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During a fitting session with a movie costume design crew, actor Val Kilmer apparently walked around naked.
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Actor Ben Affleck is going all out to please his fiancée Jennifer Lopez by learning Spanish.
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