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Dog Whisperer studied creatures on granddads farm

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Dear Ken: How about sharing some info on Cesar Millan, TV’s “Dog Whisperer”?

Millan, 40, who became an American citizen earlier this year, was born in Mexico and spent his early years around his grandfather who was a cattle herder. Later, he and his family moved into the city, and here he got his first dog, Saluki, an Irish setter that he had for 10 years. As a boy he was inspired by such TV shows as “Lassie” and “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” and knew that he wanted to make a career working with dogs. He crossed the border into the U.S. when he was 21 and quickly made a name for himself as one who could work with aggressive dogs. That led to handling dogs for such Hollywood celebrities as Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. He has written four books, such as “Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems,” and since 2004, he has had one of the National Geographic Channel’s top-rated shows. He and his wife have two sons.   

Dear Ken: Where was Kirsten Dunst born and at what age did she begin making movies?

Dunst, 27, was born in Point Pleasant, N.J., and began working in TV commercials at the age of 3. At age 7 or 8 she appeared in her first major film, “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” and has never stopped working. She should return as Mary Jane Watson in “Spider-Man 4” in 2011.

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to pop singer Leo Sayer, who had a big hit called “When I Need You” back around 1977?

English-born singer and songwriter Sayer, 61, also had a big hit with “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” in 1976 and “More Than I Can Say” in 1982. He moved to Sydney, Australia, in 2005 and became an Australian citizen this past January. Last year he released a new album, “Don’t Wait Until Tomorrow” in the land Down Under. He performs frequently in his new country. Check out his Web site,

Dear Ken: Whatever happened to Ralph Maachio of “Karate Kid” fame?

Maachio, 47, most recently has been seen as Archie Rodriguez in the TV series “Ugly Betty.” He also has a role in the film “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.” He and his wife have a son and daughter.

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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