Dear Ken: My husband loves Chester on Gunsmoke. Can you provide some facts about the actor Dennis Weaver?
The Joplin, Mo., native studied drama at the University of Oklahoma where he was also a track star, and, in fact, he nearly made the U.S. Olympic team in the decathlon in 1948. Weaver served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy during WWII and later learned his craft at the Actors Studio in New York before signing a contract with Universal Studios in 1952. Of course, his big break came with the role of Marshal Dillons trusty, limping deputy which earned him an Emmy in 1959. Weaver also starred in the TV series Kentucky Jones, Gentle Ben, McCloud and Buck James. The father of three sons died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 81.
Dear Ken: We saw where singer Davy Jones of The Monkees died recently. How many Top-10 songs did The Monkees have? Did they ever hit No. 1 on the pop charts?
The Monkees sold more than 65 million records in the 1960s. They had three No. 1 songs: Im a Believer, Last Train to Clarksville and Daydream Believer. Their other Top-10 tunes were A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You, Pleasant Valley Sunday and Valleri, while Words made it to No. 11. Jones died of a heart attack at age 66 on Feb. 29 near his home in Indiantown, Fla.
Dear Ken: Whats the skinny on Elizabeth Olsen, who stars as Sarah in the movie Silent House?
Would you believe that Lizzie, 23, is kid sister of Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen of Full House fame? This Olsen began acting at 4 and was in two movies last year, Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding and Martha Marcy May Marlene. She has two more movies due soon: Red Lights and Liberal Arts and looks to be making three more: Very Good Girls, Therese Raquin and Kill Your Darlings.
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