Peter Davison
Character actor
Peter Davison
Peter Davison is a British actor, best known for his roles as Tristan Farnon in the television version of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small, as the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, which he played from 1982 to 1984, and as David Braithwaite in At Home with the Braithwaites. Since 2011 he has been playing Henry Sharpe in Law & Order: UK.
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Two Winning Stars Propel PBS's London Revival of <i>Gypsy</i>
Huffington Post - 4 months
Imelda Staunton presses the pedal to the metal as the ultimate stage mother in the revival of Gypsy that airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on PBS. The revival actually took place last year in London, where it was filmed for the PBS Fall Arts Festival. Nor could the timing for us be better, because after our recent election campaign, a little song and dance is something we can really use. Written in 1959 from the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy helped launched the career of Stephen Sondheim, who wrote the lyrics for Jule Styne's music. "Let Me Entertain You" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses" soon became signature songs and Broadway standards, and they're well-served here by a cast that's led by Staunton (above right), but wouldn't be the same without the first-rate support of Lara Pulver (above left). Pulver plays Gypsy Rose Lee, perhaps the most famous real-life burlesque dancer of the 20th century, and the show builds up to - mild spoiler here - her triumphant emergence. ...
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'SNL' Castmember Pete Davidson Says Kid Cudi's Music Saved His Life
Yahoo News - 4 months
"I would've killed myself," the comedian-actor said during an interview with Power 105.1's 'The Breakfast Club.' "I truly believe if 'Man on the Moon' didn't come out, I wouldn't be here."
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Leslie Jones Enlists 'Mr. Robot' Crew To Help Her Track Down Nude Photo Hackers On 'SNL'
Huffington Post - 5 months
After falling victim to some disgusting hackers this summer, it seems Leslie Jones is more than ready to poke fun at her misfortunes.  The actress and comedian joked about her nude photo hack at the Emmys last month, but took things one step further on this weekend’s Season 42 premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” In a sketch that spoofed USA Network’s “Mr. Robot,” Jones enlisted the help of master hacker Elliot Alderson (played by Pete Davidson) to help her find the trolls behind her attack. After confronting Alderson in a cafe and telling him, “You need to help me find out who hacked my pics ... who got all my little nasties,” Jones ends up at fsociety’s Coney Island headquarters, where she plays Skee-Ball as Alderson tries to work his hacking magic on her dinosaur of a computer.  “You do know Windows 95, right?” Jones asks as she begins spelling out her password ― which is just “password” ― for him. After putting in the work, Alderson meets Jones on the ...
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Leslie Jones Enlists 'Mr. Robot' Crew To Help Her Track Down Nude Photo Hackers On 'SNL'
Huffington Post - 5 months
After falling victim to some disgusting hackers this summer, it seems Leslie Jones is more than ready to poke fun at her misfortunes.  The actress and comedian joked about her nude photo hack at the Emmys last month, but took things one step further on this weekend’s Season 42 premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” In a sketch that spoofed USA Network’s “Mr. Robot,” Jones enlisted the help of master hacker Elliot Alderson (played by Pete Davidson) to help her find the trolls behind her attack. After confronting Alderson in a cafe and telling him, “You need to help me find out who hacked my pics ... who got all my little nasties,” Jones ends up at fsociety’s Coney Island headquarters, where she plays Skee-Ball as Alderson tries to work his hacking magic on her dinosaur of a computer.  “You do know Windows 95, right?” Jones asks as she begins spelling out her password ― which is just “password” ― for him. After putting in the work, Alderson meets Jones on the ...
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'SNL' star Pete Davidson honors firefighter dad who died while responding to 9/11 attacks
Fox News - 6 months
"Saturday Night Live" cast member Pete Davidson is paying tribute to his late father, a New York City firefighter who died while responding to the Sept. 11 attacks.
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London Aisle View: A Rose By Any Name
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Imelda Staunton in Gypsy. Photo: Johan Persson Ethel Merman. Angela Lansbury. Bernadette Peters. Patti LuPone. Imelda Staunton. One name, pretty clearly, doesn't belong on that list of larger-than-life musical comedy stars--and, thus, seems an unlikely candidate for the larger-than-life role of Rose in Gypsy. But that distinction is the key to what makes the current West End Gypsy, at the Savoy, so indomitable. Rose is, to quote her boyfriend/agent/dishrag Herbie, "a pioneer woman without a frontier." Once can find many descriptions for Ethel, Angela, Bernadette or Patti, but "pioneer woman" is a bit of a stretch. They can act the role of a pioneer woman, sure, and do so convincingly; but seeing them roam up the aisle barking "sing out, Louise" with Chowsie the dog tucked under their arm, you always felt you were watching a musical comedy star in what might potentially be the role of their lifetime. Gypsy, it says on the houseboards; but the performer in the star dressing room, ...
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Sutton schoolboy interviews THREE former Doctor Who legends
Dispatch - almost 2 years
An 11-year-old Doctor Who superfan has had his dream come true after interviewing THREE former Doctors Sylvester McCoy, Peter Davison and Colin Baker.
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'Day of the Doctor': The 3D Cinema Experience Reviewed
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I first remember watching Doctor Who aged about two, and as cliche demands, I was actually hiding behind the sofa. Family Thompson were tuned in because my dad, god rest his soul, was a huge fan, testament to the fact it was always meant to be a show for the whole family and not just kids' TV. Even before I could talk, I think I knew what a dalek was, as my dad made up various Doctor Who tales in lieu of the usual bedtime stories as I grew up, quaking under my quilt. After every episode, my mum delights in telling me, I'd go to bed and plead: "Please don't turn out the lights mummy and daddy. Daleks! Please keep the lights on!" I remember Jon Pertwee regenerating into Tom Baker, and grew up playing Doctor Who games with my godbrother and godsister - I always wanted to be Leela but invariably ended up as K-9. My godfather and dad even took all three of us Whovian kids to the Doctor Who convention at Longleat in 1983. It was possibly the best thing that ever happened to me as a child. ...
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Exclusive: Tom Baker to Appear in 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In a Huffington Post exclusive, we can announce that the Fourth is returning for the 50th. In the biggest news about the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special since David Tennant's appearance was announced last spring, actor Tom Baker revealed in a recent interview that he would be in this Saturday's 75-minute special. "I am in the special," said Baker. "I'm not supposed to tell you that, but I tell you that very willingly and specifically; the BBC told me not to tell anybody but I'm telling you straightaway." When asked to confirm, a representative from the BBC stated had this to say: "As with William Hartnell's recent appearance in the last season finale, anything is possible in Doctor Who. But nothing is certain." Baker played the fourth regeneration of the time-and-space traveling alien Time Lord, and is often named as the best version of the Doctor character since the show premiered November 23, 1963. When critically wounded, the Doctor can essentially regenerate into new ...
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Travels with the Doctor
CNN - over 3 years
Like the temporal mobility of a TARDIS, the Doctor has been with me most of my life. I first discovered him with his long scarf, bohemian look, and dark curls when I was about 6 years old. I watched the show on PBS with my Dad off and on over the years. The eeriness, green otherworldly textures and foreboding monsters grabbed me but it was the Doctor who fascinated me. Tom Baker was my Doctor. He'll always be the one, the only and the definitive to me despite discovering and appreciating other Doctors over the years. My fandom was turned up to 11, when at the age of 12, I embarked on search of British SF shows like Blake's 7, Sapphire and Steel, Quatermass, Red Dwarf, Hitchhiker's Guide and so on. This road brought me back to the Doctor, only now I was soaking it in properly. Chronologically. Canonically. The Five Doctors on VHS acted as a good reboot story for me and I was hooked again, I devoured the TARGET novelizations and New Adventures, collected the Dapol toys and started down t ...
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5 Year Whovian and Counting...
CNN - over 3 years
Hello my fellow Whovians! My name is Matthew Brewer from Fairburn GA and as I'm typing this, I'm wondering where should I begin my tale of my love of the Time Lord from from Gallifrey? Well, let's start about 5 years ago... I was in college when I overheard from a friend about it and seeing a commercial on the SciFi Channel. At first, I wasn't really interested. It took my summer break that I watched my first episode which was a repeat from series 4 called "Partners in Crime". So that would make David Tennent (aka 10th Doctor (2006 - 2009) ) my very first Doctor. And for a while, I would watch that particular series for hours and hours. And inturn, I would research about the show from Wikipedia and other fansites across the web. And from that, I would start my long going treks to Barnes and Noble to buy the Classic Series DVDs and my first two was "Time Warrior" from the Jon Pertwee years (1970-4) and "The Ark for Space" from the infamous and long running Tom Baker years (1974-81) (bo ...
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What the Doctor Means to Me
CNN - over 3 years
Growing up I didn't have a father figure and that void was filled with the Doctor being a surrogate father figure to me. My Doctor, since I have no idea who my first was, is the Fifth Doctor Peter Davison. I have interviewed him and he is incredible. Here are the links to those interviews I did with him. http://youtu.be/vAqUAB1-LQI http://youtu.be/b08vHtSDlxw I am count myself lucky meeting him and how great of an individual he was. He really sets the standard of what it means to play the Doctor.
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What To Watch On Netflix, Part 4: Reader Recommendations
Huffington Post - over 3 years
You're really going to have to clear your schedule. I recently published three lists of recommendations for those who like to watch TV via Netflix streaming. Several dozen potential binge-worthy programs made my lists of Classic Shows, Pretty Good Bets and Overlooked Gems, but I'm not done yet. Actually, what I mean to say is, you're not done yet. I asked readers to suggest shows on Netflix worth checking out in the comment areas of each post, and dozens of you came through. Thank you! I love it when I don't have to do any work. Well played, readers! Seriously, in spite of the fact I've devoted a lot of time to watching TV, I haven't seen everything, and it's great to get input from those who have searched out worthy fare from the more obscure corners of Netflix. If you've got time to binge during the next few months, I hope that the shows below, as well as those on the three previous lists, provide something fun, interesting or perhaps even bonkersawesome. Here are the u ...
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Dragon Con = Cosplay Con 2013 part 2
CNN - over 3 years
Odds and ends from this year's Con including the 5th Doctor, Peter Davison, and cosplay from 'Harry Potter,' 'Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends,' 'American Horror Story,' 'Doctor Who' and more.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Davison
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 64
    Louis Davison plays the part of Victor in Tim Burton's film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children due for release Christmas 2016, and Joel Davison played Lord Heybrook in French Without Tears at The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond. Davison's daughter from his second marriage is actress Georgia Moffett. In December 2011 she married Scottish actor David Tennant, who played the Tenth Doctor, and has four children.
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    Davison is due to publish his autobiography, titled Is There Life Outside the Box?: An Actor Despairs, on 6 October 2016.
    More Details Hide Details In 2010, Davison was one of 48 celebrities who signed a letter warning voters against Conservative Party policy towards the BBC. On 21 April 2010, Davison appeared in a party election broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party. Quoted in The Guardian, Davison said:
    In late 2016 Davison will co-star in writer/director Daisy Aitkens' first feature-length film Fish Without Bicycles, alongside his son-in-law David Tennant.
    More Details Hide Details The film is co-produced by Davison's daughter, Georgia. In 2017 he will appear in an episode of the third series of Grantchester, playing a cricket-loving solicitor. Davison has appeared in several radio series, including the BBC Radio 4 comedy drama series King Street Junior in 1985. Davison played teacher Eric Brown, however, he left after two series and was replaced by Karl Howman (as Philip Sims). In 1995 he appeared in Change at Oglethorpe, and the following year he played Richard Stubbs in a six-part comedy called Minor Adjustment. He played Dr Anthony Webster in the comedy series Rigor Mortis on Radio 4 in 2003 and 2006, and made a guest appearance in the first episode of the second series of the BBC Radio 4 science fiction comedy series Nebulous, broadcast in April 2006, In 2008 he voiced Simon Draycott in the radio adaptation of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, and between 2012 and 2013 he played Richard Lyons in the BBC Radio 2 comedy Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully.
  • 2014
    Age 62
    His brother Joel also made his theatrical debut aged 13 in the summer of 2014, playing Jack in The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond.
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    Louis Moffett made his professional theatrical acting debut aged 14, playing Prince Edward in the 2014 Trafalgar Studios stage production of Richard III, credited as Louis Davison, having adopted his father's stage name as his own.
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    Davison played the part of Oliver Lucas in David Hare's play The Vertical Hour at the Park Theatre, London between September and October 2014.
    More Details Hide Details In 2015 he joined the cast of Gypsy in its West End transfer to the Savoy Theatre in London, playing the role of Herbie, alongside Imelda Staunton as Mama Rose. The role was originally played by Kevin Whately during its run in Chichester in 2014.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 59
    He appeared in an episode of the police comedy-drama New Tricks in 2011, and in 2013 he played divorcee Michael in the comedy series Pat and Cabbage, as well as appearing in an episode of the ITV detective series Lewis.
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  • 2010
    Age 58
    Throughout 2010 and 2011 he appeared as Professor Callahan in the West End production of Legally Blonde, which opened at the Savoy Theatre.
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    In November 2010, it was announced that Davison would be joining the regular cast of the UK version of Law and Order as Henry Sharpe, the Director of the London Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
    More Details Hide Details Davison's appeared from the beginning of the series' fifth season, alongside fellow Doctor Who actress Freema Agyeman.
  • 2009
    Age 57
    In October 2009, Davison was seen in a small but memorable role as a bank manager in Micro Men, a drama about the rise of the British home computer market in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and in December 2009, he played Denis Thatcher in The Queen, a docudrama on Channel 4.
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    In July 2009, he appeared in an episode of Midsomer Murders, and made a guest appearance as a teacher in Miranda Hart's sitcom, Miranda, in autumn 2009.
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    In January 2009 he appeared in Unforgiven, an ITV1 drama starring Suranne Jones.
    More Details Hide Details Davison played John Ingrams, a lawyer who helps Jones' character, Ruth Slater, find her sister after her release from prison.
  • 2007
    Age 55
    Later in 2007, he played Hubert Curtain in an episode of ITV's Agatha Christie's Marple ("At Bertram's Hotel").
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    Davison starred as Martin Chadwick, one half of an overworked couple coping with two irresponsible daughters and his senile mother at home, in the BBC Two comedy Fear, Stress and Anger in early 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The show also starred his daughter Georgia Moffett.
  • 2006
    Age 54
    In 2006 he appeared as Professor George Huntley in The Complete Guide to Parenting, and appeared as himself in the TV series Hardware.
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  • 2003
    Age 51
    Davison married his third wife, actress and writer Elizabeth Morton, in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have two sons, Louis (born 1999) and Joel (born 2001). They both appeared in The Five(ish) Doctors playing themselves.
  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 48
    Also in 2000, he appeared in the recurring role of Inspector Christmas in several episodes of Diana Rigg's Mrs Bradley Mysteries.
    More Details Hide Details The first episode, Death at the Opera, saw Davison appear with his future son-in-law (and future Doctor Who actor), David Tennant. He starred as Dangerous Davies in the television series The Last Detective (2003–2007) and as Dr Bill Shore in Distant Shores (2005–2008), both for ITV.
    It was not until 2000 that Davison returned in another major role, that of David Braithwaite in At Home with the Braithwaites.
    More Details Hide Details During convention appearances in 2013, Davison cited this as his favourite among the roles he has played.
  • 1998
    Age 46
    He guest starred in the sixth episode of the crime drama Jonathan Creek in 1998 as the son-in-law of a horror writer who was shot dead on Halloween.
    More Details Hide Details The following year he played the outgoing head teacher in the television series Hope and Glory, and appeared in Parting Shots, the last film to be directed by Michael Winner.
  • 1995
    Age 43
    Davison presented Heavenly Bodies a six-part series about astronomy broadcast on BBC1 in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details This led to him being featured on the cover of Practical Astronomy magazine.
  • 1994
    Age 42
    He also appeared as a doctor in Heartbeat episode "A Bird in the Hand", and played Squire Gordon in the 1994 film of Black Beauty.
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    In 1994 he provided the voice of Mole in The Wind in the Willows animated special Mole's Christmas.
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    Davison and Dickinson divorced in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details Davison also has two sons, Louis born 1999, and Joel born 2001, by actress and writer Elizabeth Morton. Davison has also appeared in several British sitcoms, including Holding the Fort (1980–82) and Sink or Swim (1980–82), as well as appearing in dramatic roles.
  • 1993
    Age 41
    He played Jim Huxtable in the 1993 TV movie Harnessing Peacocks, based on the novel by Mary Wesley
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 39
    He appeared in the sitcoms Fiddlers Three for ITV in 1991, and Ain't Misbehavin' in 1993 and 1995.
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  • 1988
    Age 36
    Davison reprised his role as Tristan Farnon in four more series of All Creatures Great and Small between 1988 and 1990, although he was absent from 24 episodes of the final three to play the lead in Campion, a series based on the period whodunnits of Margery Allingham.
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  • 1986
    Age 34
    In 1986 he appeared as Lance Fortescue in an episode of the BBC's Miss Marple ("A Pocketful of Rye").
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  • 1985
    Age 33
    In 1985, he appeared in an All Creatures Great and Small Christmas special, and a feature-length episode of the American show Magnum, P.I. ("Deja Vu"), set in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details Davison played Dr Stephen Daker, the central character in A Very Peculiar Practice (1986–88). Written by Andrew Davies, it concerns a university's health centre; Daker is the centre's only effective physician. The black comedy-drama ran for two series and had a sequel with A Very Polish Practice in 1992, a television film largely set in a post-communist Polish hospital.
  • 1984
    Age 32
    After Davison left Doctor Who in 1984, he immediately landed a role in Anna of the Five Towns, a period drama.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 28
    In 1980, Davison signed a contract to play the Doctor for three years, succeeding Tom Baker (the Fourth Doctor) and, at age 29, was at the time the youngest actor to have played the lead role, a record he retained for nearly thirty years until Matt Smith (the Eleventh Doctor) took the role in 2009 at age 26.
    More Details Hide Details Attracting such a high-profile actor as Davison was as much of a coup for the programme's producers as getting the role was for him, but he did not renew his contract because he feared being typecast. Patrick Troughton (who had played the Second Doctor and whom Davison had watched on the programme as a teenager) had recommended to Davison that he leave the role after three years, and Davison followed his advice. The Fifth Doctor encountered many of the Doctor's best-known adversaries, including the Daleks (in Resurrection of the Daleks) and the Cybermen (in Earthshock). After leaving Doctor Who, Davison would come back to the franchise on a few occasions. He presented the special videotape documentary release Daleks – The Early Years (1993), showcasing selected episodes of missing Dalek stories from both the First Doctor and Second Doctor's eras. Davison did, in fact, return to play the Fifth Doctor in the 1993 multi-doctor charity special Dimensions in Time and in the 1997 video game Destiny of the Doctors (audio only). He continues to reprise the role in a series of audio plays by Big Finish Productions. He returned once again in "Time Crash", a special episode written by Steven Moffat for Children in Need; in the episode, which aired on 16 November 2007, the Fifth Doctor met the Tenth Doctor, played by future son-in-law David Tennant. Tennant later presented a documentary, Come in Number Five, which examined Davison's Doctor Who years in some detail, and which was included as a special feature on the 2011 DVD re-release of Resurrection of the Daleks.
  • 1978
    Age 26
    Davison and his wife composed and performed the theme tunes to Button Moon, a children's programme broadcast in the 1980s, and Mixed Blessings, a sit-com broadcast on ITV in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Davison subsequently appeared alongside Dickinson as the Dish of the Day in the television version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 1981. The producers considered it humorous for an actor known for playing a veterinary surgeon to appear as a cow. The couple have a daughter, Georgia Moffett, born in 1984.
    In 1978, Davison's performance as the youthfully mischievous Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small made him a household name.
    More Details Hide Details Davison has said that he was mainly cast in the role because he looked as if he could be Robert Hardy's younger brother.
  • 1976
    Age 24
    In 1976, he was offered a prominent role in the 13-segment TV miniseries Love for Lydia opposite a young Jeremy Irons; the series was broadcast on ITV the following year.
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  • 1973
    Age 21
    His first television work was an episode of the BBC drama Warship, in which he made a cameo appearance in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a 1975 episode of the children's science fiction television programme The Tomorrow People, alongside American actress Sandra Dickinson, whom he married on 26 December 1978. Davison portrayed an alien named "Elmer", who arrives on Earth along with his sister (played by Dickinson) and his mother, known as "the Mama" (played by Margaret Burton). In the mid-1970s, during a lull in his acting career, Davison spent 18 months working in a tax office in Twickenham.
    In 1973, aged 21, Davison married Diane Russell.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on April 13, 1951.
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