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‘Family’ boy Luke a member of Mensa and Boy Scouts
Dear Ken: What can you tell us about Nolan Gould, who plays Luke on “Modern Family”?
Gould, 13, turned pro at the ripe old age of 3 making TV commercials. His film credits include “Montana,” “Space Buddies,” “Monster Heroes” and “Friends With Benefits.” He also co-starred in the Hallmark TV movie “Sweet Nothings in My Ear” and will star in the upcoming TV movie “Ghoul.” The native of Columbus, Ga., also co-stars in the 2013 flick “The To Do List.”
The teen actor collects Hot Wheels, plays with Legos and likes to swim and snorkel. He is a Boy Scout, a member of Mensa and likes to read. His older brother, Aidan, 14, is also an actor. As for his TV character, Gould says, “The best thing about Luke is that he does stuff that I would never do, like take a pogo stick on a trampoline. Luke doesn’t look before he leaps. Most people, they’ll think, will this be a good idea to jump off the roof of the plane without a parachute ? Most people would say no, you’re going to get hurt. And Luke doesn’t have that part of the brain! He’s just like, yeah, sounds fun, let’s do it!”
Dear Ken: I was told that rock singer Tina Turner was born in Tennessee. If that is true, where was she born?
The Queen of Rock and Roll, 72, was born Anna Mae Bullock in tiny Nutbush, Tenn., in Haywood County. The road between Nutbush and Brownsville, Tenn., was named the Tina Turner Highway in 2002.
Dear Ken: Who did the voice of Mighty Mouse back in the 1950s on Saturday mornings TV?
Mighty Mouse was born in 1942 as Super Mouse in a theatrical short but truly leapt to fame when “The Mighty Mouse Playhouse” debuted on CBS in late 1955. He had a mousy girlfriend named Pearl Pureheart and battled a cat villain named Oil Can Harry. In the earlier cartoons, he was voiced by Roy Halee and Tom Morrison. When the superhero rodent was revived in the 1970s and 1980s, Alan Oppenheimer and Patrick Pinney did his talking. Of course, you know when the caped flying mouse sings, “Here I come to save the day!” that means that “Mighty Mouse is on the way!”
Dear Ken: Who were the cast members of “The Phil Silvers Show”? Was that the same TV series as “You’ll Never Get Rich”? What years did it air?
The CBS sitcom, which ran from 1955 to 1959, was originally titled “You’ll Never Get Rich,” but, yes, it is the same series as “The Phil Silvers Show,” and later, when it aired in reruns it was called “Sergeant Bilko” and “Bilko.” Silvers starred as Master Sergeant Ernest Bilko, who was constantly coming up with quick, get-rich schemes. Other cast members included Allan Melvin, Harvey Lembeck, Maurice Gosfield, Paul Ford, Billy Sands and Herbie Faye.