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Question: Do you know the ...

Question: Do you know the name of the actor who played the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld? My friend says it's Tony Shalhoub, but I know it's not him. Thank you! — Sarah

Televisionary: Right you are, Sarah. That was actor Larry Thomas playing the temperamental genius-with-a-ladle. If you're a fan, you might keep an eye on the reruns of The Weakest Link (see our Listings for time-and-channel details). The acidic Anne Robinson recently laid into an assortment of minor Seinfeld players, including Thomas, Phil Morris (who played Jackie Chiles) and Susan Walter (Mulva).

Just don't expect the allegedly mercurial Al Yeganeh — the real-life New York soup master upon whom the character was based, to show up singing the praises of t read more

Question: Who was the oldest ...

Question: Who was the oldest of the boys on Home Improvement, Randy or Brad? — Wanda M.

Televisionary: That'd be Brad Taylor (Zachery Ty Bryan), who was a year older than brother Randy (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) on the series, Wanda.

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Question: What was Tony ...

Question: What was Tony Shalhoub's character name in Wings? — James D.

Televisionary: Again with the Shalhoub? From 1991-97, the actor played Italian cab driver Antonio Scarpacci on the hit sitcom.

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Question: Please help me ...

Question: Please help me settle an argument. I could swear the two main actors from Adam-12 were on Dragnet before that, but my buddy says no way. Who's right? Thanks. — Bill W., Whitemarsh, Pa.

Televisionary: You are, and if you actually recall Adam-12 stars Martin Milner and Kent McCord's guest work on Dragnet, I'm impressed with your eye for detail. Both played only minor roles in the series, McCord on the TV version and Milner on both that and the earlier Dragnet radio show.

Milner played veteran Officer Pete Malloy to McCord's rookie Officer Jim Reed on Adam-12, which ran on NBC from September 1968 to August 1975. And both men owed their breaks to the late read more

Question: In the season ...

Question: In the season finale of 24, Teri Bauer (Leslie Hope) was shot. Did she die? Since there is a season two coming, can we hope to see her character alive again? Thank you. — Katie

Televisionary: Well, now that we've nearly ruined it for our overseas friends who haven't finished watching the series, let me warn them to stop reading this answer now lest they suck more of the suspense out of Fox's critically acclaimed cult phenomenon.

As fans know, poor Teri didn't live through the first-season ordeal faced by herself, her husband (Kiefer Sutherland) and their daughter (Elisha Cuthbert). And as far as Hope knows, that's the end of her character. She sai read more

Question: Can you tell me ...

Question: Can you tell me what Larry and Lana's last names were on Three's Company? Also, who played Mr. Angelino? Thanks. — Jon, Middleboro, Mass.

Televisionary: But of course. Larry's last name on the lusty sitcom was Dallas (and, even though you didn't ask, he was played by Richard Kline). Lana's last name was Shields (and she was played by Ann Wedgeworth). Frank Angelino, who supervised chef Jack Tripper (John Ritter) in the kitchen and later helped him open his own restaurant with additional money from landlord Ralph Furley (The Andy Griffith Show's read more

WILL SHE OR WON'T SHE?

Soap star-turned-Live spitfire Kelly Ripa seems to be denying a report in today's New York Post that she plans to quit All My Children when her contract expires in December. The Post said Ripa would make only sporadic appearances on the sudser. "All My Children has been and will continue to be a big part of my life," Ripa responded in a statement. "I hope to continue to appear as Hayley Santos for many years to come." read more

Jerry Maguire Star Grows Up


When we first met Jonathan Lipnicki in 1996's Jerry Maguire, he was a five year-old with spikey hair spouting cute rhetoric to Tom Cruise. Now age 11, he's fast-approaching that dangerous time when child stars go bad. So, when can we expect the pint-sized cutie to start knocking over liquor stores and stealing yachts?

"That's totally not me. I'm a goody-goody," the actor assures. "The worst thing I do is get [punished at school] for laughing. I like to laugh — that's not a crime."

Indeed, there's nothing wrong with having a sense of humor, especially when it comes to growing up in the limelight. Maybe that's what has kept Lipnicki — who this summer can be seen in the hit family flicks Like Mike and read more

FAMILY MATTERS

Ozzy Osbourne is taking a three-week break from Ozzfest to be with his wife, Sharon, as she begins chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer. He'll rejoin the tour in Denver on Aug. 22. "This has been one of the hardest decisions I've had to make, and I'm hoping that my fans will understand," Osbourne said. Meanwhile, an MTV rep tells Reuters that the second season of The Osbournes is still slated to debut in the fall, but "our primary concern is for Sharon's well-being, and we're going to take it one step at a time." read more

Chazz Palminteri: May I Have This Lap Dance?


In the unexpectedly insightful Showtime movie Women vs. Men (premiering Sunday at 8 pm/ET), bosom buddies Christine Lahti and Glenne Headley throw out their husbands, Joe Mantegna and Paul Reiser respectively, after catching them at a lap-dance club. But, director Chazz Palminteri suggests to TV Guide Online, that's no reason for the gals to get their knickers in a knot.

"My personal take on lap dancing is, if you were out with the boys and you did it once — or a few times — it's no big deal," says the married father of two, who is best known as a tough-guy actor (Bullets Over Broadway, The Usual Suspects). "If you make it a steady habit, though, and you're spending more time [with the strippers] than with your family and your wife, then it's a problem."

Despite Palminteri's liberal stance on simulated sex, the onetime Oz helmer won high marks from Women vs. Men's leading ladi read more

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