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Where Are They Now - Friday, May 25, 2018

Hello fans,

Mr. Mark E. has suggested a celebrity that I was unfamiliar with, but after extensive internet research, I have come to realize that I've seen him in so much. Weird, huh?

Today's celebrity has had a long, journeyman career. He's best know for his role as Kid Curry in the ABC television series Alias Smith and Jones. We're checking in with Mr. Ben Murphy.

Let's see what he's been doing lately. Thanks, Mark!

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See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":

Brandon Tartikoff: NBC programming guru

Pat Corley: He played bar owner Phil on the TV series "Murphy Brown" and coroner Wally Nydorf on the series "Hill Street Blues"

Edward James Olmos: He starred as teacher Jaime Escalante in the movie "Stand and Deliver", he's also appeared in the TV series "Miami Vice", and he plays Admiral Adama in the new version of the TV series "Battlestar Galactica"

(Answer at the bottom)


Ben Murphy

Learn More About Ben Murphy on Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: March 6, 1942 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA

BIRTH NAME: Benjamin Edward Castleberry Jr.

CLAIM TO FAME: Benjamin Edward Murphy is an American actor best-known for his role as Kid Curry in the ABC television series Alias Smith and Jones.

FAMILY LIFE: Murphy was married to Jeanne Davis from 1978 until They divorced in 1981.

INFO: Attended eight different colleges, including the University of Illinois to the University of the Americas in Mexico.

Apprenticed at the Pasadena Playhouse for a time.

TRIVIA: Rumor has it that Murphy ended up a front-runner for the series Alias Smith and Jones because of his close resemblance to Paul Newman.

In a career that has spanned five decades, he has starred in eight television series: The Name of the Game (1968), Alias Smith and Jones (1971), Griff (1973), Gemini Man (1976), The Chisholms (1979), Lottery! (1983), Berrenger's (1985) and Dirty Dozen: The Series (1988).

Also an avid tennis player, at one time top seeded in Southern California.

WHERE IS HE NOW: Murphy hasn't appeared in a movie or television show since 2010. He spends most of his time on the tennis court. In 2016, he consistently ranked in southern California's top ten Men's 70 Singles Seedings as well as the Men's 70 Doubles Senior Grand Prix for southern California.


2010 The Genesis Code...Professor Campbell

2007 McBride: Semper Fi (TV Movie)...General Dwight Rourke

2006 The Uniform Motion of Folly...Vincent

2006 Cold Case (TV Series)...Travis Whitman - 2006
- Debut

2005 Freezerburn...Lieutenant Manners

2004 Judging Amy (TV Series)...Brad Vickers
- My Little Runaway

1997-2004 JAG (TV Series)...Lt. Col. John Farrow / John Farrow / Capt. Neilsen
- What If (2004) ... John Farrow
- Ghosts of Christmas Past (1999) ... Capt. Neilsen
- People v. Mac (1998) ... Lt. Col. John Farrow
- The Good of the Service (1997) ... Lt. Col. John Farrow

2003 NCIS (TV Series)...Captain Veitch
- Sub Rosa

2003 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)...Reverend Henderson
- Two Girls for Every Boy

2001 The District (TV Series)...Congressman Phillip Hallett
- Lost and Found

2001 To Protect and Serve...Officer Friendly

2000 Hanging Up...Richard (scenes deleted)

1999 Pacific Blue (TV Series)...Chief Frank Swerdlow
- Swimming in the Dead Pool

1999 Seven Days (TV Series)...Col. Seth Mattinger
- HAARP Attack

1998 Air America (TV Series)...Cornelius Stratton
- Hostage Situation

1996 Litter (Short)...Dad

1996 Baywatch Nights (TV Series)...Robert Houston
- Epilogue

1996 Silk Stalkings (TV Series)...Senator Grant Hemmings
- Family Values

1995 High Sierra Search and Rescue (TV Series)...Roger Harmon
- Past, Present

1993-1995 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Series)...Ethan Cooper
- Cooper vs. Quinn: Part 2
- Cooper vs. Quinn: Part 1
- Father's Day

1992 FBI: The Untold Stories (TV Series)...Agt. Jack Simpson
- Colonel Penn

1991 In the Heat of the Night (TV Series)...Tom Dalton
- The More Things Change

1991 Life Goes On (TV Series)...Jordan Parnell
- Proms and Prams

1990 Shades of LA (TV Series)...Chuck Yellin
- Shades of L.A.

1989 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)...Jack Haines
- Love Is Blind

1988 Dirty Dozen: The Series (TV Series)...Lieutenant Danko
- Baby Brigade (1988) ... Lieutenant Danko
- Heavy Duty (1988) ... Lieutenant Danko
- Don Danko (1988) ... Lieutenant Danko
- Remember St. Luc (1988) ... Lieutenant Danko
- The Dirtiest Show on Earth (1988) ... Lieutenant Danko
- Charge of the Dozen (1988) ... Lieutenant Danko
- Code Name - Romulus (1988) ... Lieutenant Danko
- Danko's Dozen (1988) ... Lieutenant Danko

1986 Stark: Mirror Image (TV Movie)...Steve Graves

1979-1986 The Love Boat (TV Series)...Matthew Saver / Nathan Paul / Brandon Sommerville / ...
- Miss Mom/Who's the Champ/Gopher's Delusion (1986) ... Nathan Paul
- Aerobic April/The Wager/Story of the Century (1984) ... Brandon Sommerville
- Hong Kong Cruise: Polly's Poker Palace/Shop Ahoy/Double Date/The Hong Kong Affair/Two Tails of a City: Part 2 (1984) ... Matthew Saver
- Hong Kong Cruise: Polly's Poker Palace/Shop Ahoy/Double Date/The Hong Kong Affair/Two Tails of a City: Part 1 (1984) ... Matthew Saver
- So Help Me Hannah/The Maid Cleans Up/C.P.R, I.O.U. (1983) ... Gregory King
- Best of Friends/Aftermath/Dream Boat (1979) ... Paul Dunbar

1985 Berrenger's (TV Series)...Paul Berrenger
All 12 episodes

1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)...Scott Lodge
- Reflections of the Mind

1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)...Alan Chamberlain
- A Lovely Little Affair

1985 Gidget's Summer Reunion (TV Movie)...Ron Levering

1985 MacGruder and Loud (TV Series)...Beauclaire
- On the Wire

1984 Hotel (TV Series)...Robbie Joe Carson
- Fantasies

1984 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)...David Carson
- Losing Touch

1983-1984 Lottery! (TV Series)...Patrick Sean Flaherty
All 17 episodes

1983 The Cradle Will Fall (TV Movie)...Dr. Richard Carroll

1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)...Terry Noble
- The Beverly Woods Social Club

1983 The Winds of War (TV Mini-Series)...Warren Henry
All 7 episodes

1983 Uncommon Valor (TV Movie)...Jim Merritt

1979-1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)...Danny Clements / Billy Blake
- Candy Kisses/Operation Breakout (1983) ... Danny Clements
- The Stripper/The Boxer (1979) ... Billy Blake

1982 Time Walker...Prof. Douglas McCadden

1982 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)...Ned Travers
- Medicine Man

1981 Unit 4 (TV Movie)...Martin Farnum

1980 The Secret War of Jackie's Girls (TV Movie)...Buck

1979-1980 The Chisholms (TV Mini-Series)...Will Chisholm
All 13 episodes

1976 Gemini Man (TV Mini-Series)...Sam Casey
All 12 episodes

1976 Riding with Death (TV Movie)...Sam Casey

1976 Bridger (TV Movie)...Kit Carson

1975 Sidecar Racers...Jeff Rayburn

1975 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)...Alan Peterson
- Four Plus Hot

1974 This Is the West That Was (TV Movie)...Wild Bill Hickok

1974 Heatwave! (TV Movie)...Frank Taylor

1973-1974 Griff (TV Series)...Mike Murdoch

1973 Runaway! (TV Movie)...Les Reever

1973 Love, American Style (TV Series)...Bart (segment "Love and the Postal Meeter")
- Love and the End of the Line/Love and the Growing Romance/Love and the Postal Meeter

1973 The Letters (TV Movie)...Joe Randolph (The Forresters Episode)

1971-1973 Alias Smith and Jones (TV Series)...Jed 'Kid' Curry (alias Thaddeus Jones)

1970 Mod Squad (TV Series)...Bob
- A Far Away Place So Near

1970 Medical Center (TV Series)...Jerry Lambert
- His Brother's Keeper

1968-1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)...Joe Sample / Joseph Sample
- Echo of a Nightmare (1970) ... Joe Sample
- The Skin Game (1970) ... Joseph Sample
- Give Till It Hurts (1969) ... Joseph Sample
- Chains of Command (1969) ... Joe Sample
- A Hard Case of the Blues (1969) ... Joseph Sample
- Breakout to a Fast Buck (1969) ... Joe Sample
- A Wrath of Angels (1969) ... Joseph Sample
- Swingers Only (1969) ... Joe Sample
- High on a Rainbow (1968) ... Joe Sample
- Ordeal (1968) ... Joe Sample
- Nightmare (1968) ... Joe Sample
- Witness (1968) ... Joe Sample

1969 Anatomy of a Crime (TV Movie)...Patrick Forrester

1969 The Thousand Plane Raid...Lt. Archer

1968 The Outsider (TV Series)...Patrick Forrester
- Tell It Like It Is... and You're Dead

1968 The Virginian (TV Series)...Mike Bradbury / Wes Manning
- The Orchard (1968) ... Mike Bradbury
- The Decision (1968) ... Wes Manning

1968 Yours, Mine and Ours...Larry

1968 It Takes a Thief (TV Series)...King Pineau
- A Matter of Royal Larceny

1967 The Graduate...Shaving Student (uncredited)

To see Then & Now pictures of Ben Murphy, visit: Celebrity Nooz


--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--

Brandon Tartikoff - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 01/13/1949 Died: 08/27/1997

Pat Corley - DEAD (Heart attack)
Born: 06/01/1930 Died: 09/11/2006

Edward James Olmos - ALIVE
Born: 02/24/1947



Zorawar Chand Bakhshi, 96, Indian Army General, lung infection.
Ivan Khristoforov (ru), 83, Russian singer.
Stephen Mindich, 74, American newspaper publisher (The Boston Phoenix), pancreatic cancer.
Richard Peck, 84, American novelist.

Vinod Bhatt, 80, Indian humourist and biographer.
Antonio Horvath, 68, Chilean civil engineer and politician, Deputy (1990-1994) and Senator (1994-2018), lymphatic cancer.
Yuriy Kutsenko, 66, Russian Soviet-era athlete, Olympic silver medalist (1980).
Carlos Lozano Guillén (es), 68, Colombian activist and political leader, cancer.
Jean-François Parot, 71, French diplomat and writer.
Luis Posada Carriles, 90, Cuban exiled anti-Castro militant, CIA agent and convicted terrorist (CORU).
Daniel Robin, 74, French wrestler, Olympic double-silver medalist (1968).
László Tábori, 86, Hungarian-born American athlete.

Tazin Ahmed, 42, Bangladeshi actress, heart attack.
Michael Banton, 91, British social scientist.
Alberto Dines, 86, Brazilian journalist (Jornal do Brasil, Grupo Abril, Observatório da Imprensa), writer and professor (Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism).
Dave Garcia, 97, American baseball coach and manager (San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers).
Júlio Pomar, 92, Portuguese painter.
Sérgio Prosdócimo, 76, Brazilian businessman, president of Coritiba Foot Ball Club, cardiac arrest.
Philip Roth, 85, American writer (Goodbye, Columbus, American Pastoral, The Human Stain), Pulitzer Prize winner (1998), heart failure.
Hafiz Siddiqi, 87, Bangladeshi academic, vice-chancellor of North South University (2003-2010).

Hemu Adhikari, 81, Indian actor (Wajood, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, Detective Naani).
Nara Almeida, 24, Brazilian model and YouTube personality, stomach cancer.
António Arnault, 82, Portuguese politician, poet and Grand Master of Grande Oriente Lusitano, Minister of Social Affairs (1978).
Aleksandr Askoldov, 85, Russian actor and film director (Commissar).
Camilo Diaz Gregorio, 78, Filipino Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Bacolod (1989-2000) and Prelate of Batanes (2003-2017).
Muhammad Fazil, 92, Pakistani Olympic sprinter (1952).
Anna Maria Ferrero, 84, Italian actress (The Violent Patriot, Bad Girls Don't Cry, Love and Larceny).
David Hesselgrave, 94, American missiologist.
Aleksandr Ivankin (ru), 65, Russian documentary film director and writer.
George Linn, 84, American basketball player (Alabama Crimson Tide).
Dovey Johnson Roundtree, 104, American civil rights activist and attorney (Keys v. Carolina Coach Co.).
Nobukazu Kuriki, 35, Japanese mountaineer, heart attack.
Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani, 78, Indian novelist.
Glenn Snoddy, 96, American engineer and inventor.
Pedro Tenorio, 84, Northern Mariana Islander politician, Governor (1982-1990, 1998-2002).
Vasilis Triantafillidis, 78, Greek comedian and singer.
Clint Walker, 90, American actor (Cheyenne, The Dirty Dozen, Small Soldiers), heart failure.
Faith Whittlesey, 79, American politician and diplomat, ambassador to Switzerland (1985-1988), cancer.
Gina Zamparelli, 59, American concert promoter, glioblastoma.

Antonio Annibale, 78, Italian footballer (Internazionale, Cesena, Pisa).
Jaroslav Brabec, 68, Czech shot putter and athletics coach.
Ramón Chao, 82, Spanish anti-Francoist journalist (Le Monde, La Voz de Galicia) and writer.
Bill Gold, 97, American film poster artist (Casablanca, The Exorcist, A Streetcar Named Desire), complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Richard N. Goodwin, 86, American political writer, cancer.
Ali Hassanein, 93, Libyan politician, last foreign minister of Kingdom of Libya (1969).
Kim Min Seung, 47, South Korean actor.
Koo Bon-moo, 73, South Korean business executive, Chairman of LG Corporation, brain tumor.
Fernando MacDowell, 72, Brazilian engineer and politician, Deputy Mayor of Rio de Janeiro (since 2017), heart attack.
Carol Mann, 77, American Hall of Fame golfer (LPGA).
Patricia Morison, 103, American actress (Kiss Me, Kate, Dressed to Kill, The Song of Bernadette).
Colin Morris, 89, British Methodist minister.
John Morroni, 63, American politician, member of the Florida House of Representatives (1992-2000), leukemia.
Ernie Page, 83, Australian politician, MLA for Waverley (1981-91) and Coogee (1991-2003).
Rolf Sand, 98, Norwegian actor.
Dieter Schnebel, 88, German composer.
Yrsa Stenius, 73, Finnish-born Swedish journalist.

Joseph Cassar, 71, Maltese diplomat, United Nations representative and Ambassador to Portugal, Italy, Libya and Russia.
Anthony Cruz, Puerto Rican-American salsa singer.
Harvey Hall, 77, American businessman and politician, Mayor of Bakersfield, California (2001-2017).
Robert Indiana, 89, American pop artist (Love) respiratory failure.
Houmane Jarir, 73, Moroccan footballer (national team, Raja Casablanca).
Maya Jribi, 58, Tunisian politician.
Bernard Lewis, 101, British-American Middle East historian.
Reggie Lucas, 65, American songwriter ("Borderline", "Never Knew Love Like This Before") and record producer, Grammy winner (1981), complications from heart disease.
Vincent McEveety, 88, American film and television director (Firecreek, The Castaway Cowboy, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo).
Thomas McGhee, 89, English footballer (Portsmouth, Reading).
John Moorfield, 74, New Zealand Maori language academic, cancer.
Giovanni Pace, 84, Italian politician, deputy (1994-2001) and President of Abruzzo (2000-2005).
Ernst Sieber, 91, Swiss pastor, founder of Sozialwerke Pfarrer Sieber.
David Treasure, 74, Australian politician, member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Gippsland East (1992-1999).
Roland Vogt, 77, German politician.
Richard Wilson, 92, British-American physicist.
Zhengzhang Shangfang, 84, Chinese linguist (reconstruction of Old Chinese).

Stephanie Adams, 47, American model (Playboy, Clairol, Venus Swimwear) and author, suicide by jumping.
Rolande Allard-Lacerte, 88, Canadian journalist and writer.
Ayad Futayyih Al-Rawi, 76, Iraqi military officer and convicted criminal, stroke.
John Ashdown-Hill, 69, British archaeologist, motor neurone disease.
Dogan Babacan, 88, Turkish football referee.
Stanislav Belikov (ru), 80, Russian football player and coach.
Billy Cannon, 80, American football player (Houston Oilers, Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs), Heisman Trophy winner (1959).
Sir John Carrick, 99, Australian politician, Minister for Education (1975-1979).
Darío Castrillón Hoyos, 88, Colombian Roman Catholic cardinal, Archbishop of Bucaramanga (1992-1996), Prefect of the Clergy (1996-2006) and President of the Ecclesia Dei (2000-2009), liver disease.
Christopher Jones, 82, Irish Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Elphin (1994-2014).
Clare Jupiter, 65, American judge, complications of a stroke.
Mumin Kanoat (ru), 86, Tajik poet.
Antonio Lupatelli, 88, Italian illustrator, writer and comics artist (Pingu, Le Storie del Bosco).
Eric McLuhan, 76, Canadian communications theorist and media ecologist.
Fred Peters, 95, American animator and comics artist (Pluto, EC Comics).
Sir Des Champs, 12, Irish racehorse, race injury.
Sun Fuling (zh), 96, Chinese politician, member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (1983-2003).
Troy Waters, 53, Australian middleweight boxer, Commonwealth champion (1987-1991), acute myeloid leukaemia.

Ezio Barbieri, 95, Italian criminal.
Bret Bearup, 56, American basketball player (University of Kentucky).
Inger Brattström, 97, Swedish writer.
Sir James Eberle, 90, British Royal Navy Admiral, Commander-in-Chief Fleet (1979-1981).
Skip Finn, 69, American Ojibwe politician, member of the Minnesota Senate for the 4th district (1991-1996).
Nicole Fontaine, 76, French lawyer and politician, President of the European Parliament (1999-2002).
Lawrence Jegen, 83, American legal scholar.
Lee Young-hee, 82, South Korean hanbok fashion designer, pneumonia.
Bill Longmore, 79, British civil servant, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (2012-2016), cancer.
Maciej Maciejewski, 103, Polish actor.
Anthony Michael Milone, 85, American Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Great Falls-Billings (1988-2006), cancer and heart disease.
Richard Pipes, 94, Polish-born American historian.
Mait Riisman, 61, Estonian water polo player, Olympic gold medalist (1980).
Tom Von Ruden, 73, American athlete.
Pawel Spiewok (pl), 77, Polish ice hockey player.
Mehdi Tabatabaei, 82, Iranian Shia cleric and politician, MP (1984-1988, 2004-2008), lung disease.

François Bréda, 62, Romanian writer and literary critic.
Joe Byrne, 64, Irish jump racing jockey, Champion Jockey (1979).
Joseph Campanella, 93, American actor (Mannix, Days of Our Lives, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre), complications from Parkinson's disease.
Nick Coleman, 67, American journalist (Star Tribune), stroke.
Richard Fork, 82, American physicist.
Nils Foss, 90, Danish civil engineer (Foss A/S), Parkinson's disease.
Camille Gira, 59, Luxembourgish politician and ecologist, member of the Chamber of Deputies (since 1994), cardiac arrest.
Elena Gremina (ru), 61, Russian scriptwriter, director and playwright.
Miriam T. Griffin, 82, American academic (Somerville College).
Tom Hadfield, 83, New Zealand rugby league player (Auckland, national team).
Yuriko Hoshi, 74, Japanese actress (Mothra vs. Godzilla; Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster).
Russell Jessop, 60, Australian footballer (Collingwood).
Andy Johnson, 65, American football player (New England Patriots).
Gérard Jouannest, 85, French pianist.
Eloísa Mafalda, 93, Brazilian actress.
Diana E. Murphy, 84, American judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit (1994-2016), U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota (1980-1994).
Lucian Pintilie, 84, Romanian film director (The Reenactment, An Unforgettable Summer, Next Stop Paradise).
Hideki Saijo, 63, Japanese singer, heart failure.
Michael Slive, 77, American college athletics commissioner (Conference USA, Southeastern Conference).
Zhao Kangmin, 82, Chinese archaeologist, discoverer of the Terracotta Army.