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March 17, 2004 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A teenage girl was found guilty Tuesday of helping two men kill popular young actor Merlin Santana, making a clean sweep for prosecutors, who earlier won convictions against her two codefendants. Monique King lied to her two accomplices by saying the actor had made sexual advances toward her; she also helped them get away after they shot Santana, said Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry P. Fidler.
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April 7, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Mickey Rooney, a celebrated child actor who embodied the All-American boy in the "Andy Hardy" films of the 1930s and '40s and became one of the era's top box-office draws, has died. He was 93. Rooney, whose roller-coaster show-business career was marked by an often-turbulent personal life, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. Cmdr. Andrew Smith of the LAPD and the L.A. County coroner's office confirmed his death. The cause was not disclosed. One of the most enduring performers in show business, he made his debut on the vaudeville stage in 1922 as a toddler and toured into his late '80s in a two-person stage show with Jan Chamberlin, his eighth wife.
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January 8, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In his private journal, Jason Michael Handy once described himself as a "pedophile, full blown. " Handy snapped more than 1,000 photos of girls at the elementary school across the street from his house, using a camera with a telephoto lens, according to court documents. He volunteered at a Malibu church, where he worked with 6-year-olds. And his job as a production assistant at one of the nation's most prominent producers of children's television programs, Nickelodeon, gave him access to child actors on and off the set, and allowed him to exchange email addresses and phone numbers with them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Richard Winton
An actor on the hit TV show "Scandal" was arrested Wednesday after prosecutors charged him with felony battery with serious bodily injury for allegedly knocking out a man and breaking his nose. Columbus Keith Short, 31, is accused of punching a man at a West Los Angeles restaurant March 15 and rendering him unconscious. Short allegedly sucker-punched the man after becoming involved in a disagreement, prosecutors allege. Short was booked by Claremont police Wednesday and released on $50,000 bail soon after.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 1991 | DAVID WALLACE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a year that has seen would-be action heroes Jeff Speakman and Brian Bosworth make well-orchestrated attempts to muscle their way into the action-adventure movie arena, Columbia Pictures is clearly betting that Jean-Claude Van Damme could be the next Chuck Norris, Steven Seagal--or even Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Double Impact," the $15-million action film in which Van Damme plays dual roles, opened well Aug. 9 and has grossed $15.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1994 | NANCY SPILLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This week Universal Studios released "The Little Rascals," a multimillion-dollar remake of the scruffy kid series that has charmed the world since its birth in 1922. This "Rascals" is remarkably faithful to the Hal Roach originals, right down to Alfalfa's cowlick, Darla's feminine mystique, Froggy's croak and the circle around Petey's eye. Even some of the original locations have been used, with filming in Burbank neighborhoods unchanged since the '20s and '30s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 1991 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Robert Young, who for 10 years served as the ideal TV patriarch in "Father Knows Best" and went on to star in "Marcus Welby, M.D.," attempted suicide at his Westlake Village home last week, authorities said Saturday. Lt. Bob Barrier, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, said Young, 83, ran a hose from the exhaust pipe to his car's interior last Saturday about 7:45 a.m. Authorities were alerted after Young called a tow truck to try to start his car.
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August 26, 1999 | COLL METCALFE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Martin Lawrence regained consciousness Wednesday after slipping into a coma caused by severe heat exhaustion, according to doctors at Columbia Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. The 34-year-old Lawrence, star of the television show "Martin" and films such as "Life," "Bad Boys" and "Nothing to Lose," collapsed and fell into a coma Sunday after returning to his Westlake Village home from a jog.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1985
Veteran character actor Rafael Campos, who got his start in the role of a juvenile delinquent in "Blackboard Jungle," has died at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital, a spokeswoman for the Woodland Hills facility confirmed Wednesday. He was 49. Campos, who died Tuesday, had been at the hospital since last December, when stomach cancer was diagnosed.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 1994 | KENT BLACK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last winter, Paul Petersen was awakened by a frantic call. "It was this kid calling from the Roxy," recalls Petersen, 48, an author and onetime child actor who played Jeff on "The Donna Reed Show" from 1958 through 1966. "He said he saw River Phoenix in one of the nightclub's bathroom stalls shooting heroin." Petersen, who for four years has been organizing support groups for former child stars and the pressure they face in an often indifferent Hollywood, sprang into action.
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March 23, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
He was a neurosurgeon, a shipping magnate, a pompous headmaster, an autocratic father: He was the self-inflated, often weaselly authority figure whose long, narrow, aristocratic face was as well-known in films and television as his name was obscure. James Rebhorn, a journeyman character actor seen most recently as the father of super-spy Carrie Mathison on "Homeland," died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., of melanoma, his wife Rebecca Linn said. He was 65. Rebhorn had more than 100 TV and movie credits, including roles in "Scent of a Woman" and "My Cousin Vinny" - both released in 1992 - and "Meet the Parents" (2000)
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March 23, 2014 | By Nita Lelyveld
One day, David Harwell's car will come. An industry bigwig will drive by the corner of La Cienega and 3rd. He'll be discovered. He'll live his Hollywood dream. Harwell feels it in his bones as he moonwalks in front of a mini-mall. He knows it as he swivels his arrow-shaped sign that reads: "CHECKS CASHED, MoneyGram, CURRENCY EXCHANGE. " When a Starline Tours bus barrels down the boulevard, passing the Beverly Center and heading his way, he steps into the street and shimmies toward the people holding up cellphones on the upper deck.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Veteran character actor James Rebhorn, known for his roles in "Homeland," "White Collar" and dozens of TV shows and films over a five-decade career, has died of melanoma, his wife, Rebecca Linn, said Sunday. Rebhorn died Friday at his home in South Orange, N.J., at the age of 65. Able to perform in comedies or dramas, as well as on stage, TV or film, the Philadelphia native racked up an impressive list of credits, including playing the father of Claire Danes' character on "Homeland.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By David Ng
"The Phantom of the Opera" has been running on Broadway for more than 25 years. This week, the musical announced a first: a black actor has been cast in the title role in the New York production. Norm Lewis will join the company of "Phantom" at the Majestic Theatre starting May 12. He will be the first black actor to take the lead role in the Broadway run of the popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, which first opened in 1988. Lewis won't be the first black actor to play the role of the Phantom.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
After a hoax report that Wayne Knight had died in a traffic accident near the New York - Pennsylvania border, the actor who played Newman on "Seinfeld" and a treacherous techie in "Jurassic Park" took humorously to his Twitter account to dispel the rumors of his sudden demise. “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed … but I am alive and well!” tweeted Knight, 58, taking a wry view of some folks' tendency to confuse him with the characters he has played.
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March 15, 2014 | By Don Heckman
Med Flory, an alto saxophonist and founder of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax in addition to being an actor who appeared on numerous TV series, has died. He was 87. His son, Rex, who cared for his father during several years of heart maladies, reported that Flory died Wednesday at his home in North Hollywood. Flory had not been professionally active over the last few years, a shift from the busy demands of a career stretching over six decades. One of Hollywood's most unusual hyphenates, he was successful in two creatively demanding arenas.
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October 27, 1999 | GLENN LOVELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Outraged friends and colleagues are rallying to the defense of late '50s screen hunk Jeff Chandler to offset damage done to his reputation by Esther William's racy bestselling autobiography, "The Million Dollar Mermaid." According to Williams, who began a love affair with Chandler during the shooting of "Raw Wind in Eden" in 1956, Chandler was "happy and secure only in women's clothing." Cross-dressing, she writes, gave the actor a sexual thrill.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 1994
A jury deliberated less than four hours Wednesday before acquitting an actor of raping a 16-year-old extra last summer on the set of "Sister Act II." The jury also found Ron Johnson, 21, not guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman, who came forward after seeing news accounts of the extra's accusations. She accused Johnson of raping her in 1992 after she met him at a house party.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2014 | By Susan King
Robert Wagner is in a reflective mood. "Movies last forever," noted the veteran actor ("Broken Lance," "The Pink Panther," the "Austin Powers" series),  but the Hollywood he once knew has all but disappeared. "I turned around, and it was all gone," Wagner, 84, said recently in Beverly Hills. Known as R.J. to his friends and colleagues, he's dapper, charming, handsome and very much cut from the same cloth as the suave characters he played in the TV series "It Takes a Thief" and "Hart to Hart," in which he and Stefanie Powers played a wealthy crime-solving couple.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Will it wind up being no sister left behind? Elizabeth Olsen is engaged, according to a report out late Wednesday, making it two Olsens down, one to go.  Sister and "Full House" alum Mary-Kate Olsen's engagement went public only two weeks ago, also courtesy of Us Weekly, which now says Elizabeth, 25, has a ring as well (though Star magazine said she's keeping the bling private). Boyd Holbrook, 32, popped the question to the "Martha Marcy May Marlene" star during a recent trip to Paris, Star reported.
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