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Shatner hails from Montreal, Canada

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Dear Ken: Where is William Shatner from and what was his first film or TV appearance? Shatner, 78, was born in Montreal, Canada. His first credit was as a crook in an otherwise indistinguishable 1951 Canadian film, “The Butler’s Night Off.” He is an expert horseman and also speaks French. 

Dear Ken: Please tell me something about actress Christina Ricci. I remember her as a child in “Casper.”

Ricci, 29, made plenty of films before she left her teen years. Among them were “Mermaids,” “The Addams Family,” “Now and Then,” “That Darn Cat” and “The Ice Storm.” And as an adult her career continues to rock on. She is working on at least four films set to be released next year. She was born in Santa Monica, Calif., and stands 5-foot-1.  

Dear Ken: Didn’t Fred MacMurray actually have four sons in the sitcom “My Three Sons”? What were their names?

Yes. His four sons were named Mike, Robbie, Chip and Ernie Douglas. They were played by Tim Considine, Don Grady, Stanley Livingston and Barry Livingstone. The last two are real-life brothers.

Dear Ken: How old is Neil Diamond? Where was he born? Is that his real name and does he have children?

Neil Leslie Diamond, 68, was born in Brooklyn to Jewish immigrants from Poland and spent part of his boyhood in Cheyenne, Wyo. He and Barbra Streisand sang for a time in the same high school choir. He has two daughters and two sons. His son Jesse, formerly a musician, has made a name for himself as a photographer and is married to actress Sheryl Lee of  “Twin Peaks” fame.

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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