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January 13, 1988|DEBORAH CAULFIELD | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Philanthropist Armand Hammer makes his acting debut in the Jan. 21 episode of "The Cosby Show," called "The Visit." In a segment taped last week, Hammer played the grandfather of a cancer patient and benefactor of a hospital's cancer research department. In real life, Hammer is serving a sixth term as chairman of the president's Cancer Panel and personally awards $100,000 to the scientist or scientists who have done the most each year to advance cancer research. Hammer said he considers the role a launching point for a campaign to raise $1 billion for cancer research.

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