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Dear Ken: What happened to Alfalfa of the Little Rascals? Did he make any movies besides those comedy shorts?

The child actor was killed in a fight in 1959 at age 31. He left The Little Rascals series at age 12 and continued to work in films but also bred and training hunting dogs and was a hunting guide. Among his clients were Roy Rogers, Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda. His movie credits include Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, Courage of Lassie, Its a Wonderful Life, Pat and Mike, Island in the Sky, The High and the Mighty, Track of the Cat and The Defiant Ones. He was married once, for four months. An etching of a dog on his grave maker signifies his profession as a dog breeder.

Dear Ken: Is David Janssen, who starred in The Fugitive TV series, still alive?

Janssen, who was born David Meyer, in Naponee, Neb., died of a heart attack in 1980 at age 48. Besides starring as Dr. Richard Kimble in The Fugitive, he also starred in the TV series Richard Diamond, Private Detective, OHara, U.S. Treasury and Harry O. The latter series is now on DVD. While serving in the U.S. Army he became friends with Clint Eastwood and Martin Milner. Janssens film credits include To Hell and Back, Dondi, The Green Berets, Marooned and Two-Minute Warning.

Dear Ken: Whats new with Lucy Liu of Kill Bill and Charlies Angels fame?

Liu, 43, who most recently was a guest on the TV series Southland, will co-star as Dr. Joan Watson to Jonny Lee Millers Sherlock Holmes in CBS TVs contemporary updating of the famous Arthur Conan Doyle detective. Set in the U.S., the series debuts Sept. 27.

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