Johnny Galecki now has two gay roles under his belt 1998's The Opposite of Sex and the soon-to-be-released Bounce. But the former Roseanne star says he's not a bit worried about getting typecast.
"I'd played the same character on TV for five years (Roseanne's David Healy), so I wasn't concerned about playing two consecutive gay characters," the 25-year-old actor tells The Advocate. "They [are] well-written and very different gay characters. There were more interesting aspects to the characters than their sexuality. In Bounce, it didn't come into it at all."
Bounce writer-director Don Roos tells the magazine that he actually hesitated in calling in Galecki for the role of the meddling office assistant because he didn't want to ask the actor who is heterosexual to play gay twice. "I held off. I was being protective and a little homophobic," says the openly gay Roos, who also helmed The Oppo
Former child actor turned porn star Scotty Schwartz says he's ready to hang up his G-string. The 32-year-old, who starred in 1982's The Toy and went on to become an actor/agent in the adult movie biz, tells TV Guide Online that his appearance at the Adult Video News awards show in Las Vegas on Jan. 8 will mark his official farewell from the industry.
"After 14 years of hanging out with the gang, it's time to move on," says Schwartz, who bared all in movies like Scotty's X-Rated Adventure and New Wave Hookers 5. "I just got tired of it. Like anything else, when you hang out with a group of people or have a job for a number of years, it gets tiresome."
Schwartz says he grew especially tired of his gig as an agent to several X-rated stars. "It is the most horrifying job," he says. "There's so much flakiness. They'd be late, or not show up at all. There's a small amount of drug use, and everybody drinks. All of their actions fell back on me, so I wa
Pamelyn Ferdin, the former child star best remembered as Edna Unger on The Odd Couple and as the voice of Peanuts character Lucy Van Pelt, says fans still have no problem picking her out in a crowd. As a result of the continued attention, the onetime fixture of 1970's TV with her trademark high-pitched voice and perky smile says she's considering making a comeback.
"I'm starting to think, 'Well, heck, maybe I'll think about it,'" the 41-year-old Ferdin tells TV Guide Online, adding that she doesn't regret dropping out of the public eye to become a registered nurse. "I had been in [show] business from the age of 3, and I just needed some time to be normal."
Ferdin never completely gave up performing, however. She's done plenty of voiceover work, most recently as perky little Shelly Kelly for The WB's Detention. She's also kept busy as an animal-rights activist. In fact, next month she's scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles court to a
Edward Furlong confesses it was "scary as hell" filming the scene in the gritty prison drama Animal Factory (opening in select cities Friday), in which his character is raped by Tom Arnold's. Actually, prior to shooting, Furlong couldn't understand why actor-director Steve Buscemi chose the affable comic actor to play his attacker.
"You put Tom Arnold in that situation, and [he's] a scary-looking guy he can be big and ugly and psycho-looking," the 22-year-old actor tells TV Guide Online. "But in life, he's very nice; he's very sweet."
The former T2 star says it was also strange working with oddball actor Mickey Rourke, who spent two days on the set of Animal Factory, playing a cross-dressing prisoner. "I didn't recognize him at all," he says. "I remember the read-through we did; everybody was saying, 'Mickey Rourke was so good.' I was like, 'That was Mickey Rourke?!'"
During the shoot, Furlong found himself
Kathy Garver, who played perky teen Cissy on Family Affair, admits she feels a touch of sadness whenever she catches reruns of the enduring 1960's family sitcom.
"It does bring a sadness to me but, then again, there's that memory that lives on and is right there and that I can go to," says Garver, 52, one of only two surviving cast members from the popular series (she's joined by John Whitaker, 40, who played TV brother Jody). Despite the deaths of three key cast members Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot and Anissa Jones Garver remains hopeful that there will someday be a reunion movie based on the series.
The actress-producer told TV Guide Online at the recent Hollywood Collectors and Celebrities Show that she's currently trying to win rights to produce the Family Affair pic. Rights to the project were most recently held by Sid and Marty Krofft, the producers behind the legendary 1970s kid's show H.
Marla Gibbs, who rose to fame playing a maid on The Jeffersons, asserts that in real life she has always preferred to do her own dust-busting. "I have to get up and start cleaning this place after I get off the phone," Gibbs says, referring to the interview she was giving to TV Guide Online from her Los Angeles home.
The 69-year-old mother of three says she only once hired a maid, and that was back during the original run of The Jeffersons, about 20 years ago. In some ways, Gibbs admits, having a housekeeper around made life even more complicated. "She was Chinese, and she would cook this food," she recalls, "and we had no idea what we were eating."
Gibbs still enjoys watching reruns of The Jeffersons, now a staple on cable's Nick-at-Nite and still seen on TV stations around the country through the syndicated Screen Gems Network (check local listings). "It was such a wonderful, wonderful company," says the actress, who currently kee
Despite starring roles in the CBS hospital drama City of Angels and the soon-to-be-released, big-screen romantic comedy Loving Jezebel, Hill Harper is not at all happy with the state of TV and movies today.
"I feel television has died," the actor tells TV Guide Online. "It's such a make-the-doughnuts mentality. It's about finding 48 minutes of material so you can have 12 minutes of good commercials. If they thought they could get good commercials out of 10 people being naked and spinning on their heads in the middle of an island, that's what they'll do."
Harper says there are some exceptions to the rule, including City of Angels, The Sopranos, The Practice and The West Wing. "But there are more Nash Bridges and Diagnosis Murders than there are West Wing," he complains.
If he were a TV programmer, Harper says he'd take more risks. "It doesn't take a lot of money to take risk," he says. "It just
Steve Buscemi says he had no intention of including real convicts as extras when he set out to direct the gritty prison drama Animal Factory, hitting theaters Friday. But the hardened criminals quickly won over the Fargo star when he went to scout locations at Pennsylvania's Holmsburg State Prison.
On his first day at the prison, Buscemi was blown away to find that virtually every inmate had seen him in the 1997 action pic Con Air. What the actor didn't realize at the time was that prison officials had screened the pic in the big house just prior to his arrival. Nevertheless, a bond was formed and the inmates were hired.
"We were really respectful of them, and certainly it was great for the actors to be able to have those guys to mix with," says Buscemi, who appears in the film alongside Willem Dafoe, Edward Furlong, Mickey Rourke, Tom Arnold and John Heard.
All of the real cons appearing in the movie are no
With his days as a child star and a rebellious teen well behind him, former Stand by Me kid Wil Wheaton is busy reinventing himself as a comic actor.
"I've always been told by people that I'm funny and that I have a good sense of humor and that I should take some of the passion I have for serious things and apply it to comedy," says Wheaton, 28, who's been popping up lately onstage at L.A. improv spots such as ACME Comedy Theatre and Theatresports. "I took some comedy classes and workshops, and I took to it very quickly. I found that it was something not only that I enjoyed doing but that I was good at."
Comedy isn't the only thing keeping Wheaton busy he's also raising two stepchildren, ages 9 and 11, with wife Anne. "It's always a really intense game to see who gets to play me in the Star Trek Monopoly game," jokes Wheaton, best remembered by TV audiences for his role as Cadet Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Ken Berry, a TV fixture for decades, with starring roles on shows such as F Troop and Mayberry R.F.D., says he was basically forced into retirement following the 1990 cancellation of Mama's Family, the Vicki Lawrence-led spinoff of the Carol Burnett Show.
"It wasn't my idea, but I'm retired," the 66-year-old actor told TV Guide Online at the recent Hollywood Collectors and Celebrities Show in Los Angeles. "The phone stopped ringing in the early '90s, and, finally, I just took my pension and called it a day."
Berry holds many fond memories of his work in series television. But he remains particularly enamored of his role as Capt. Wilton Parmenter on F Troop, the 1960s western spoof that first made him a star. "F Troop was like recess," recalls Berry, who starred opposite funnyman Larry Storch and late actor Forrest Tucker. Any truth to those rumors that Tucker was one of the more, er, well-endowed men in H