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Bill Murray dotes on golf, baseball, fighting ghosts

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Dear Ken: My favorite “Saturday Night Live” star to graduate to film stardom is Bill Murray. How old is he, and is it true there may be a new “Ghostbusters” film?

Murray is 58. He caddied as a teenager and loves golf. But he is also a huge baseball nut who roots for the Cubbies. He has six sons, the oldest named Homer, and own stock in a number of minor league baseball teams.  Yes, director Harold Ramis has stated that a script is in the works for “Ghostbusters III,“ and that original stars Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis and Ernie Hudson have all said they would enjoy being onboard. Hey, they ain’t afraid of no ghosts.  Dear Ken: Please tell me where Renee Zellwegger and Nicole Kidman were born and how old they are. I know Kidman is an Aussie.

Zellwegger, Kenny Chesney’s ex,  just turned 40 and was born in Katy, Texas. The Oscar winner, for “Cold Mountain,” is a pal of Nashville-reared star Reese Witherspoon.Kidman, who lives part of the time with hubby Keith Urban in Nashville, will be 42 in June and was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. When she was 3 her parents moved back to their native Australia, where Nicole’s dad is famous as a psychologist who works with breast cancer patients. She won her Oscar for “The Hours” and is a friend of Zellwegger.

Dear Ken: How many TV series has Mark Harmon starred in?

Harmon, 57, who stars as Jethro Gibbs on “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service,” also had roles on “Sam,” “Flamingo Road,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Reasonable Doubts,” “Charlie Grace” and “Chicago Hope.” The former UCLA quarterback has been married to Dawber of “Mork and Mindy” fame for 22 years.

Dear Ken: How many movies did Walter Brennan make and how did he die?

Brennan was in about 210 films and starred in three TV series: “The Real McCoys,” “The Tycoon” and “The Guns of Will Sonnett.” The Massachusetts native and only actor to win three Oscars died at age 80 of emphysema. He was a good ’un.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via where you can also find classic films and TV shows on DVD or visit Sherlock’s Book Emporium in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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Journalist Ken Beck, a longtime resident of Wilson  County, has recently become a contributing writer for Main Street Media and its local newspaper, "The Wilson Post."

Earlier this year Beck concluded a 31-year career with "The Tennessean" where he edited the Nashville paper’s “Sunday Showcase” entertainment magazine for 25 years. Besides interviewing stars of film and television, Beck wrote Tennessee travel and feature stories and a popular Q&A entertainment column.

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