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Dear Ken: Did former N.Y. Jets quarterback Joe Namath once star in a TV sitcom? What was the title? And what movies has Terry Bradshaw been in?

Namath starred in the 1978 sitcom The Waverly Wonders, playing a washed-up pro basketball player who was teaching history and coaching the high school basketball team. It ran for five episodes before NBC threw in the towel. Namath, 68, never starred in another TV series but he did make the movies C.C. and Company, Norwood, The Last Rebel and Avalanche Express. Bradshaw, 63, former Pittsburg Steelers quarterback, made the movies Hooper and The Cannonball Run and had his best role in Failure To Launch as the father of Matthew McConaughey.

Dear Ken: Why is Olivia Wilde as Dr. Hadley no longer on House?

Wilde, 27, left the series to pursue a film career, and boy, has she. Last year she appeared in Cowboys & Aliens, The Change-Up, On the Inside and In Time. This year she works in Butter, Burt Wonderstone, Blackbird, Welcome to People and The Words. And looks like she will be in at least three flicks in 2013.

Dear Ken: Is the youngster who played Johnny Weissmullers son Boy in the old Tarzan movies still alive?

That was Johnny Sheffield, who played Weissmullers jungle lad in eight Tarzan flicks. Weissmuller picked him from 300 youths who interviewed for the role. After Weissmuller hung up his loincloth, Sheffield starred in his own series of 12 Bomba, the Jungle Boy movies from 1949 to 1955. He died in 2010 after he fell from a ladder while pruning a tree and suffering a heart attack. He recollected in an interview: Tarzan taught me to eat when I was hungry and sleep when I was tired. There werent any arguments. I did what Tarzan told me to. He gave me values. He taught me to tell the truth. Tarzan hated a liar.

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