DEAR STACY: I was watching an episode of "Dragnet" on Antenna TV the other day. I am positive Howard Hesseman, who played Johnny Fever on "WKRP in Cincinnati," played one of the characters in it. The credits said Don Sturdy played this character. Didn't Howard go by the name Don Sturdy for a while? -- Sarah L., Huntington, Ind.
DEAR SARAH: He did indeed, and yes, that was Hesseman as the editor of an underground newspaper on the 1968 "Dragnet" episode.
DEAR STACY: Please help settle a disagreement. My friend is convinced that Hill Harper of "CSI: NY" is the same guy who appeared on "The Parkers" as Kim's gay male roommate. I say he's wrong. -- Cam N., Warren Ohio
DEAR CAM: He is wrong. It was actor Bumper Robinson who played gay roomie Bradley.
DEAR STACY: How old is Mickey Rooney and how many times married? Is he married now? -- Lois A., Spokane, Wash.
DEAR LOIS: The one-time top box office attraction is 92. He's been married to his eighth wife, Jan Chamberlain, since 1978 -- "the one marriage that took," as he describes it.
DEAR STACY: Can you tell me why Michael Jeter was mentioned at the beginning of "Polar Express"? -- Wondering, Sunnyside, N.Y.
DEAR WONDERING: The perennial Christmas favorite is dedicated to the memory of Tony and Emmy award-winning performer Jeter, who worked with Tom Hanks on "The Green Mile." He died in March of 2003 from complications of AIDS after completing voice work on "The Polar Express" -- as both the engine driver and stoker. He is also fondly remembered as Mr. Noodle's brother, Mr. Noodle, on "Sesame Street" among his many roles.
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