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Errol Flynn died old at age 50

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Dear Ken: I was a huge fan of movie star Errol Flynn during my teen years. Can you tell me when and how he died? Where was he born?

Born on the Australian island state of Tasmania, Flynn died in 1959 at the age of 50. Due to his “wicked, wicked ways,” he looked more like a 70-year-old when a massive heart attack claimed his life.

But he was one of the silver screen’s greatest swashbucklers. His best films include “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” “Captain Blood,” “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and “The Sea Hawk.” He titled his autobiography “My Wicked, Wicked Ways.”

Dear Ken: I’ve seen actor Timothy Hutton in a new TV series called “Leverage” on TNT. Wasn’t his father also a movie star and did he star in a TV series as a detective back in the 1970s?

Yes, Timothy Hutton, 48, the star of such films as “Ordinary People,” “Taps,” “Made in Heaven” and “The Dark Half,” is the son of Jim Hutton.

Jim died way too young at age 45 in 1979 of liver cancer. He starred as Ellery Queen in the 1975-1976 TV series of the same name.

Tim played sleuth Nero Wolfe’s right-hand man Archie Goodwin on TV in the 2001-2002 TV series “A Nero Wolfe Mystery.”  

Dear Ken: There was a TV movie years back that starred Lucille Ball’s daughter and was about bird-watchers. Got any idea as to the title and how old is Ball’s daughter?

You are remembering Lucie Arnaz, 57, in the 1980 TV movie “The Mating Season.” Her male co-star was Laurence Luckinbill, and they married as soon as the TV movie was completed. The two birds of a feather now share three children in their nest.  Dear Ken: What has Pierce Brosnan been up to of late? Is he British?

Brosnan, 55, is Irish. He recently starred in the film “Mama Mia!” and has three movies on his plate that could be released over the next two years: “The Greatest,” “The Ghost” and “Vanilla Gorilla.” Among other talents, Brosnan is a fire eater, a skill he learned for the circus as a teenager.

If you have a trivia question about actors, singers, movies, TV shows or pop culture, e-mail your query to Ken Beck via www.sherlocksbooks.com 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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