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Where Are They Now - Friday, July 31, 2015

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Thanks for voting in the WATN poll. It looks like there are several votes for actress Mel Harris, who is known for her role on thirtysomething. Let's get right to it and find out what she is doing now!

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Melissa


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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--

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

Alan Thicke: Starred in the TV series "Growing Pains", appeared in the TV series "Hope and Gloria"

Chad Everett: Starred as Dr. Joe Gannon in the TV series "Medical Center"

Lou Ferrigno: Bodybuilder, starred as the Hulk in the TV show "The Incredible Hulk"

(Answer at the bottom)

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Mel Harris

Learn More About Mel Harris on Celebrity Nooz

BIRTH DATE: July 12, 1956, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

CLAIM TO FAME: She is known for roles in several TV series, including thirtysomething (1987-1991), Something So Right (1996-1998) and Stargate SG-1.

FAMILY LIFE: Her five marriages (in chronological order) include: David Silbergeld (1978-79), Brian Kilcommons (1980–82), photographer David Hume Kennerly (1983-88) (with whom she had son Byron in 1984), actor Cotter Smith (1988-96) (with whom she had daughter Madeline in April 1990) and investment banker Michael Toomey (2001-2006).

INFO: Harris is best known for playing Hope Murdoch Steadman on the 1980s television series thirtysomething (1987-1991). She has appeared with James Belushi in K-9 (1989) and with Jere Burns on the NBC sitcom Something So Right from 1996 to 1998.

Harris has also appeared on television in a number of programs including The West Wing, Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest, Dawson's Creek, Touched by an Angel and House. She had a recurring role on Stargate SG-1 as Oma Desala, played real-life victim Madge Oberholtzer in the TV mini-series Cross of Fire (1989) and starred in the Scott Turow legal thriller The Burden of Proof in 1992.

TRIVIA: Grew up in North Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated from New Brunswick High School in 1974.

As Mel Kennerly, she won quite a bit of money on the TV game show The (New) $25,000 Pyramid (1973) in September of 1985. She introduced herself as a professional dog trainer.

Trains for triathalons.

Mel is how her sister pronounced Mary-Ellen when she was very young, and the nickname stuck.

Named as one of "America's 10 Most Beautiful Women" by Harper's Bazaar in 1989.

WHERE IS SHE NOW: Most recently, she appeared in 2013-2014 on Law & Order: special Victims Unit as Eileen Switzer.

Before that, she had an uncredited role in the 2009 comedy Imagine That, which starred Eddie Murphy. She also appeared in the 2009 horror film The Lodger.

In 2007, Harris played Sylvia Capshaw on the MyNetworkTV limited-run serial Saints & Sinners.

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CREDITS:

2013-2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)...Eileen Switzer
- Amaro's One-Eighty (2014)
- Rapist Anonymous (2013)

2009 Imagine That...Maggie Johnson (uncredited)

2009 The Lodger...Margaret

2007 Cane (TV Series)...Constance Hughes
- Open and Shut (2007)

2007 Close to Home (TV Series)...Beth Murphy
- Maternal Instinct (2007)

2007 Saints & Sinners (TV Series)...Sylvia Capshaw

2006 Criminal Minds (TV Series)...Congressman Steyer
- Sex, Birth, Death (2006)

2006 CSI: NY (TV Series)...Julie Rollins
- And Here's to You, Mrs. Azrael (2006)

2006 Arc...Charlie

2006 House M.D. (TV Series)...Barbara Bardach
- Safe (2006)

2006 Cold Case (TV Series)...Grace Anderson
- Superstar (2006)

2006 E-Ring (TV Series)...U.S.Ambassador to Spain
- The General (2006)

2005 Purple Heart...Dr. Harrison

2005 Out of the Woods (TV Movie)...Beth Fleming

2005 JAG (TV Series)...Dora Cresswell
- Death at the Mosque (2005)
- Straits of Malacca (2005)

2005 Jake in Progress (TV Series)...Tally Hughes
- Ubusy? (2005)

2005 The West Wing (TV Series)...Ricky Rafferty
- Drought Conditions (2005)

2002-2005 Stargate SG-1 (TV Series)...Oma Desala

2004 Dynamite...Faye Baxter

2004 North Shore (TV Series)...Mrs. Jensen
- Illusions (2004)

2003 Hangman's Curse...Sarah Springfield

2002 Another Pretty Face (TV Movie)...Diana Downs

2002 Strong Medicine (TV Series)...Biddy Hightower
- Recovery Time (2002)

2001 The Retrievers (TV Movie)...Karen Lowry

2001 Firetrap...Cordelia Calloway

2001 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)...Kelly Rockhill
- The Lord Moves in Mysterious Ways (2001)

2000 Madigan Men (TV Series)...Dr. Ivy Castelli
- Love and Dermatology (2000)

2000 Out of Time (TV Movie)...Annie Epson

2000 Sonic Impact...Co-Pilot Jennifer Blake

1999 Dawson's Creek (TV Series)...Helen Lindley
- Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1999)

1996-1998 Something So Right (TV Series)...Carly Davis / Carly Davis-Farrell

1997 Murder, She Wrote: South by Southwest (TV Movie)...Sarah

1996 What Kind of Mother Are You?...Mrs. Laura Hyler

1996 The Outer Limits (TV Series)...Dr. Christina Markham
- Paradise (1996)

1996 A Case for Life (TV Movie)...Liz

1995 Raising Caines (TV Series)

1995 Sharon's Secret (TV Movie)...Laurel O'Connor

1995 The Secretary (TV Movie)...Ellen Bradford

1995 The Women of Spring Break (TV Movie)...Claire

1994 The Pagemaster...Claire Tyler

1994 Broken Lullaby (TV Movie)...Jordan Kirkland

1994 The Spider and the Fly (TV Movie)...Dianna Taylor

1994 Ultimate Betrayal (TV Movie)...Adult Susan Rodgers

1993 Wind Dancer...Susan Allen

1993 Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story (TV Movie)...Allison Wilcox

1993 Suture...Dr. Renee Descartes

1993 Distant Cousins...Katherine June Sullivan

1993 With Hostile Intent (TV Movie)...Kathy Arnold

1992 Child of Rage (TV Movie)...Jill Tyler

1992 Raising Cain...Sarah

1992 Grass Roots (TV Movie)...Kate Rule

1992 The Burden of Proof (TV Movie)...Sonia Klonsky

1987-1991 Thirtysomething (TV Series)...Hope Murdoch Steadman

1989 My Brother's Wife (TV Movie)...Eleanor Goldberg-Rusher

1989 Cross of Fire (TV Movie)...Madge Oberholtzer'

1989 K-9...Tracy

1988 Cameron's Closet...Nora Haley

1987 Harry's Hong Kong (TV Movie)...Fay Salerno

1987 Rags to Riches (TV Series)...Jessica
- First Love (1987)

1987 Wanted: Dead or Alive...Terry

1986 The Wizard (TV Series)...Jane Whittier
- Trouble in the Stars (1986)

1986 Heart of the City (TV Series)...Anne
- Working Without a Net (1986)

1986 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)...Girlfriend
- A Very Happy Ending (1986)

1980 M*A*S*H (TV Series)...Driver
- Cementing Relationships (1980)

1977 Phyllis (TV Series)...Weber
- Phyllis Runs the Office (1977)

To see Then & Now pictures of Mel Harris, visit: Celebrity Nooz

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--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--

Alan Thicke - ALIVE
Born: 03/01/1947

Chad Everett - DEAD (Cancer)
Born: 06/11/1937 Died: 07/24/2012

Lou Ferrigno - ALIVE
Born: 11/09/1952

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WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...

7/29
Malik Ishaq, 55-56, Pakistani Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leader, shot.
Sir Peter O'Sullevan, 97, Irish-born British horse racing commentator, cancer.
Tamarillo, 23, British eventing horse, euthanised.

7/28
Diego Barisone, 26, Argentine footballer, traffic collision.
Jan Kulczyk, 65, Polish businessman (Kulczyk Investments),
wealthiest person in Poland, complications of heart surgery.
Abdul Latif Talukder, 75, Bangladeshi accused war criminal (Shankharikathi massacre).
Edward Natapei, 61, Ni-Vanuatu politician, President (1999), Prime Minister (2001-2004, 2008-2009, 2009-2010,
2011), MP (1983-2008).
Olubuse II, 85, Nigerian monarch, traditional ruler of Ife (since 1980).
Franciscus Xaverius Rocharjanta Prajasuta, 83, Indonesian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Banjarmasin (1983-2008), kidney failure.
Clive Rice, 66, South African cricketer, brain tumour.
Rusty Nails, 87, American children's entertainer.
Suniti Solomon, 76, Indian doctor, AIDS researcher.

7/27
Bengt-Urban Fransson (sv), 46, Swedish politician and journalist, Municipal Commissioner for Arjeplog (2002-2009).
Hans Granqvist (sv), 90, Swedish journalist and radio personality.
Rickey Grundy, 56, American gospel musician.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, 83, Indian scientist and politician, President (2002-2007), heart attack.
Bob Kauffman, 69, American basketball player and coach.
Chris Lazari, 69, Cypriot-born British property developer, heart attack.
Ivan Moravec, 84, Czech concert pianist.
Ndidani, 39, South African Maskandi singer.
Samuel Pisar, 86, Polish-born American lawyer, writer and Holocaust survivor, pneumonia.
Alina Rodriguez, 63, Cuban actress, cancer.

7/26
Richard Bass, 85, American ski executive and mountaineer, co-founder of Snowbird Ski Resort, first person to climb the Seven Summits, pulmonary fibrosis.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, American media personality and singer.
Vic Firth, 85, American musician and percussion mallet manufacturer, pancreatic cancer.
Garth George, 75, New Zealand conservative Christian columnist and anti-gay activist, cancer.
Wolfgang Gonnenwein, 82, German conductor and music director, generalintendant of Staatstheater Stuttgart (1985-1992).
Bijoy Krishna Handique, 80, Indian politician, MP for Jorhat (1991-2014), Rajya Sabha (1980-1986), Assam MLA for Jorhat (1971-1980).
Mike Kostiuk, 95, Canadian-born American football player (Cleveland Rams, Detroit Lions), heart failure.
Michael Lutz, 44, American whistleblower ("John Doe" Wisconsin State investigation of Scott Walker, et al.), suicide by gunshot.
Jeffrey S. Lyons, 75, Canadian lawyer, lobbyist and business executive, heart attack.
Flora MacDonald, 89, Canadian politician, Secretary of State for External Affairs (1979-1980), MP for Kingston and the Islands (1972-1988).
Paul Massey, 55, English businessman and convicted stabber, shot.
Robert Mosher, 94, American architect (San Diego-Coronado Bridge).
Vasili Pichul, 54, Ukrainian-born Russian film director (Little Vera).
Anzac Pikia, 35, New Zealand journalist and broadcaster (Te Karere, Te Kaea).
Leo Reise, Jr., 93, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), lung cancer.
Ann Rule, 83, American true crime author (The Stranger Beside Me), heart failure.
Joe Williams, 56, American film critic (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), traffic collision.

7/25
Jacques Andreani, 85, French diplomat.
Kalpataru Das, 67, Indian politician, member of the Rajya
Sabha (since 2014), Odisha MLA for Dharmasala (1995-2014), cancer.
R. S. Gavai, 86, Indian politician, Governor of Bihar (2006-2008), Kerala (2008-2011), member of the Rajya
Sabha (2000-2006), MP for Amravati (1998).
Ernie Lewis, 91, Welsh rugby union referee and player.
Larbi Messari, 79, Moroccan politician and diplomat, Minister of Communications (1998-2000), Ambassador to Brazil (1985-1991).
Robin Phillips, 73, British-born Canadian actor and director (Long Day's Journey into Night, Jekyll & Hyde, The Marriage of Figaro), artistic director of Stratford Shakespeare Festival (1975-1980).
Iceu Wong (id), 30, Indonesian dangdut singer, breast cancer.

7/24
Corsino Fortes, 82, Cape Verdean writer, poet and diplomat, first Ambassador to Portugal (1975-1981).
Peg Lynch, 98, American comedy writer and actress (Ethel and Albert).
Joe McMahon, 24, American television associate producer (Deadliest Catch), shot.
Jim Mitchell, 69, American state district court judge and horse breeder.
Learnard Muocha, 104, Malawian Baptist minister, President of Providence Industrial Mission (1971-1987).
Mario Sereni, 87, Italian operatic baritone.
Anand Mohan Singh, 60, Indian politician, Bihar MLA for Nokha, heart attack.
Ingrid Sischy, 63, South African magazine editor and critic, breast cancer.
Gordon Stuart, 91, Canadian-born Welsh portrait artist.
Dale Sturtz, 77, American politician, member of the Indiana House of Representatives (1992-2002).

7/23
Bob Abt, 77, American electronic retail executive, CEO of Abt Electronics, cancer.
William Wakefield Baum, 88, American Roman Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Washington (1973-1980), Cardinal (1976-2015).
Ed Griffin, 78, Canadian author, founder of Surrey International Writers' Conference, complications from a stroke.
Francis Guess, 69, American civil rights advocate and public servant, member of the U. S. Civil Rights Commission (1983-1989).
Shigeko Kubota, 77, Japanese artist, cancer.
Zainol Mahmood, 78, Malaysian financial executive, chairman of Tabung Haji and Pos Malaysia, heart attack.
Don Oberdorfer, 84, American journalist and author, Alzheimer's disease.
Doug Rowe, New Zealand musician and singer (The Flying Circus).
Jose Sazatornil, 89, Spanish actor.
Norbert Schwefel, 54, German rock musician (Schwefel).
P. A. Sebastian, Indian civil liberties activist and attorney (Bombay Riots).
Aung Thaung, 74, Burmese politician and businessman, member of the Pyithu Hluttaw for Taungtha Township (since 2011).
Akio Ueda (ja), 62, Japanese rugby player and coach, amyloidosis.
Cirilo Vila Castro (es), 78, Chilean pianist andcomposer.
James L. White, 67, American screenwriter (Ray), complications from pancreatic cancer.

7/22
Raymond Booth, 85, British wildlife artist.
Jeannette Cathy, 92, American philanthropist (WinShape Foundation).
Herschal Crow, 80, American politician, member of the Oklahoma Senate (1969-1982) and Secretary of Transportation
(2001-2003), complications following hip surgery.
Munsif Dad, 62, Pakistani politician, minister and Azad Jammu & Kashmir MLA for Kotli, cardiac arrest.
Denny Ebbers, 41, Dutch Olympic judoka (1996), brain tumor.
Christopher M. Fairman, 54, American legal scholar (Fuck: Word Taboo and Protecting Our First Amendment Liberties), cardiac arrest.
Eddie Hardin, 66, British rock musician (Spencer Davis Group) and singer-songwriter, heart attack.
Marilyn C. Jones, 88, American baseball player (AAGBPL).
Don Joyce, 71, American musician (Negativland) and radio personality (Over the Edge), heart failure.
Ebrahim Nemati, 87, Iranian volleyball coach (national team).
Loredana Nesci, 47, American lawyer, legal advice radio host (KCAA), and television contributor (The View), shot.
Daron Norwood, 49, American country music singer.
Natasha Parry, 84, British actress (Romeo and Juliet, Oh! What a Lovely War, Meetings with Remarkable Men), stroke.
A. S. Ibrahim Rowther, 64, Indian film producer (Bharathan, Karuppu Nila), kidney failure.
Simon-Pierre Saint-Hillien, 64, Haitian Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Hinche (since 2009).
Hoza'a Sherif, 54, Lebanese diplomat, Ambassador to Iraq (since 2006), cancer.
Martin Storey, British Guernesian politician, member of the States (since 2008), cancer.
Horst Walter, 76, German footballer (Dynamo Dresden).

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