Question: I recently watched 13 Going on 30 and saw Mark Ruffalo. He looks incredibly familiar, but I've never seen any of his other movies. Has he been on any TV shows? I would appreciate your response because it is really bugging me. Thanks! Sarah, Baltimore, Md.
Televisionary: I'm betting if you saw him on TV, it was when he played opposite Derek Cecil's Off. Mike Dorigan as Off. Zane Marinelli on UPN's The Beat, which ran from March to April in 2000, Sarah. The show also featured Poppy Montgomery (Without a Trace) and Lee Tergesen (Oz). And if you're in the market for a Ruffalo showcase, I strongly suggest You Can Count on Me, which is more than worth your time and boasts a truly great performance.
Question: Here's what might be an odd question, but I don't know the answer and I bet you do. On BJ and the Bear, why was the chimp called Bear? Rachel S., Ponca City, Okla.
Televisionary: Bear (played by a chimp named Sam) was named for late University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant, Rachel. The odd (or, at least, unexpected) part is how indie trucker BJ McCay (Greg Evigan) partnered up with his furry pal. It seems that while BJ was a POW in Vietnam, Bear saved his life by bringing him food.
Now I'm betting one of your next questions will surely be among the following: BJ was a trucker and a Vietnam vet/POW? They had the temerity to have him meet a chimp while starving? What the heck was a chimp doing there?
To which my answers are yes, yes and I don't know. Full disclosure time: I can't remember exactly what Bear was doing in Vietnam, though I understand a group of chimp vets has organized to tell everyone he never r
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