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Tony Danza tapped for jury duty

February 7th, 2014 3:10am EST
Tony Danza
Actor Tony Danza appeared in court on Thursday (06Feb14) for jury duty in New York.

The former Taxi star was selected to sit on a panel for a drug-sale trial in Manhattan Supreme Court, and he joked that it was nice to be on the other side of the law 30 years after he faced a judge for attacking a security guard at a New York restaurant.

He tells the New York Daily News, "I think he last time I was here was in 1984 when I was in a lot of trouble. It's a pretty ironic situation.

"I'm a big believer in our system and it does give you a bit of civic pride to come and do your duty."

Girl Claiming To Be Andy Kaufman's Daughter Just A Hoaxer

November 14th, 2013 4:01pm EST
Andy Kaufman brother says he's still alive
Could comedian Andy Kaufman still be alive? The late star's brother thinks so.

In fact, Kaufman's brother Michael claims that Andy still is with us and the he even has a daughter now.

Kaufman gave a speech during the Andy Kaufman Awards in New York City on Monday, causing speculation into whether or not Andy's death was just a big hoax he's played on everyone in order to escape the spotlight.

He said that he believes his brother faked his own death after he discovered a letter that Andy wrote while clearing out his belongings detailing how he could pull it off.

Michael claimed that in t...

Andy Kaufman's brother claims the comedian is alive

November 14th, 2013 3:20am EST
Andy Kaufman
Andy Kaufman's brother has fuelled the mystery surrounding the comedian's death by claiming the funnyman is still alive and even fathered a daughter after he is said to have lost his battle with lung cancer.

The Taxi star passed away at the age of 35 in 1984, but fans have long speculated that his death was a hoax.

Rumours about Kaufman's fate resurfaced on Monday after his brother Michael gave a bizarre speech during the annual Andy Kaufman Awards in New York City.

Michael told the audience that he believes the funnyman faked his own death, and alleged that he discovered an essay writte...

The Top 10 TV Shows That Should Be Brought Back, Rebooted Or Just Re-Run

October 5th, 2012 3:07pm EDT
Miami Vice
TV remakes are either hit-or-miss, but with hollywood lacking many new ideas (seems like every other show is a crime drama or takes place in a hospital these days) we've thought of a few classic shows that we think would make the cut and stick around for a while -- if they're done correctly.

There are a number of old shows from the 70s and 80s that have been brought back in recent years, some with all new casts and edgier than their predecessors, and others featuring some of the original cast members. Others were revamped entirely, and some casting decisions killed a couple before they wer...

Our Favorite TV Bosses In Honor Of National Boss' Day

October 17th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Favorite TV Bosses
Usually celebrated on Oct. 16, National Boss' Day is being observed today because yesterday was a Sunday.

In honor of the non-secular "holiday," Starpulse is honoring some of our favorite television bosses.

Check out the slideshow below (in no particular order), and tell us who YOUR favorite boss is!

Marilu Henner To Play Alzheimer's Sufferer In 'Unforgettable'

September 8th, 2011 8:07am EDT
Marilu Henner
Marilu Henner is returning to TV to play an Alzheimer's Disease sufferer in a new drama.

The Taxi star will play Aussie actress Poppy Montgomery's aunt in Unforgettable.

She is also a consultant on the show, which centers around a woman diagnosed with Superior Autobiographical Memory (SAM) - a rare condition Henner has.

SAM allows the actress - and Montgomery's character - to recall moments, sights and sounds from their lives in vivid fashion.

Henner is one of only six people diagnosed with the condition.

Marilu Henner Asked To Consult On New TV Drama About Hyperthymesia

June 1st, 2011 10:26pm EDT
Marilu Henner
Actress Marilu Henner has been asked to consult on a new TV drama about the rare memory condition she suffers from.

Without A Trace star Poppy Montgomery will play a crime fighter with hyperthymesia - a condition that allows her to remember every single moment in her life.

And Taxi star Henner, who is a hyperthymesia sufferer in real life, has been asked for her input so producers can make sure the series, Unforgettable, is as authentic as possible, according to TV Guide magazine.

More recent Marilu Henner headlines:

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Marilu Henner Devastated By Jeff Conaway's Death

May 29th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Marilu Henner
Actress Marilu Henner has been left devastated by the death of her Taxi co-star Jeff Conaway, after visiting the star in the hospital "almost daily" over the past few weeks.

The Grease actor was admitted to the Encino Hospital Medical Center in California on May 11 after he was found unconscious at his home.

Doctors diagnosed him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection, and he remained in a coma.

Henner and fellow Taxi co-star Tony Danza regularly visited Conaway in the hospital during his health battle and the actress has spoken of ...

'Grease' & 'Taxi' Star Jeff Conaway Dies At 60

May 27th, 2011 3:08pm EDT
Jeff Conaway
Grease star Jeff Conaway has died, a day after he was taken off life support. He was 60.

Conaway was hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center on May 11 after he was found unconscious at his California home.

The actor's spokesman Phil Brock recently revealed he was found with a cocktail of "painkillers and cold medicine in his system", and doctors went on to diagnose him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection.

He remained in a coma and his family decided to switch off his life support machine on Thursday after medics admitted h...

Dr. Drew: 'Jeff Conaway Did Not Overdose'

May 22nd, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Taxi star Jeff Conaway is in a "tenuous" state in hospital, but did not overdose on painkillers, according to TV personality Dr. Drew Pinsky.

The 60 year old, who played rocker Kenickie in the hit 1978 movie musical, has famously battled problems with cocaine, painkillers and alcohol, and was admitted to Encino Hospital Medical Center last week.

He has been diagnosed with pneumonia and was unconscious when hospitalized, with rumors suggesting he had taken an overdose of the medication he uses to aid his pain following a fall down a staircase which left him with a broken hip, a fractured n...

Jeff Conaway Hospitalized, In Critical Condition After Overdose

May 18th, 2011 10:53pm EDT
GreASE star Jeff Conaway has been hospitalized after suffering an apparent overdose.

The 60 year old, who played rocker Kenickie in the hit 1978 movie musical Grease, has famously battled problems with cocaine, painkillers and alcohol, and is in critical condition at Encino Hospital Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Conaway recently told WENN he has been struggling with pain ever since he fell down a staircase and suffered a broken hip, a fractured neck and a brain hemorrhage last year.

He has been diagnosed with pneumonia and was unconscious at press time.

Conaway's t...

Tony Danza Files For Divorce From Second Wife

March 10th, 2011 11:15pm EST
Tony Danza
Actor Tony Danza has filed for divorce from his second wife Tracy, more than four years after the couple split.

The star of hit 80s shows Taxi and Who's The Boss? separated from his wife in 2006 and he's now asking a U.S. judge to officially declare their 24-year union over.

Danza is citing irreconcilable differences for the split, according to The former couple has two daughters, Katherine, 24, and Emily, 17.

The 60 year old has since moved on to romance Andrea Micelucci, with whom he has a child.

Danza has two more kids from his first marriage to Rhonda Yeoman.

Marilu Henner Writing Book About Rare Mental Condition

January 6th, 2011 9:59pm EST
Marilu Henner
Taxi actress Marilu Henner is turning back the pages of her life for a new tell-all book, in which she'll document the rare medical condition which enables her to remember almost every day of her life in vivid detail.

The star, 58, is one of the few people in the world with superior autobiographical memory, which was first diagnosed by neurobiologist James McGaugh in 2006.

Henner was unaware of the official term for the abnormal ability until her close friend, TV journalist Lesley Stahl, began researching it for a case study about violinist Louise Owen on U.S. news show 60 Minutes - and n...

Marilu Henner Remembers Every Day Of Her Life

December 20th, 2010 2:24pm EST
Marilu Henner
Taxi actress Marilu Henner has been hiding an incredibly rare superpower - she has a medical condition which enables her to remember almost every day of her life in vivid detail.

The star, 58, is one of few people in the world with superior autobiographical memory, which was first diagnosed by neurobiologist James McGaugh in 2006.

Henner was unaware of the official term for the abnormal ability until her close friend, TV journalist Lesley Stahl, began researching it for a case study about violinist Louise Owen on 60 Minutes - and realized the similarities between the musician and the ac...

Tony Danza Interrupts Priest At Funeral

November 17th, 2010 11:13am EST
Tony Danza
Actor Tony Danza halted the funeral service of crime writer Philip Carlo on Thursday - to pay his own special tribute to his late pal.

Carlo died earlier this month aged 61 following a five-year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. The writer was laid to rest last week in Brooklyn, New York, but several funeral guests were unhappy because the service contained very few references to Carlo's life and achievements. Taxi star Danza interrupted the eulogy by taking over with his own personal speech, according to New York Post gossip column PageSix.

A source tells the publication, "Tony, who wa...

New TV On DVD, Sept. 22

September 22nd, 2009 8:00am EDT
The Mentalist
A celebrated psychic-turned-detective with a powerful gift for observation investigates crimes for the California Bureau of Investigation in The Mentalist. Season 1 is now available. Also on DVD: 30 Rock season 3, Brotherhood season 3, Castle season 1, Ghost Whisperer season 4, Law and Order: SVU season 10, Taxi season 4, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles season 2, Ugly Betty season 1.

Tony Danza Lands 'Responsible' Reality Show

May 15th, 2009 9:07am EDT
Tony Danza
Actor Tony Danza is heading back to the classroom to front his own reality TV show about education.

The former Taxi star, 58, admits he is struggling to find work as an actor, so he has decided to spend a year teaching 10th grade English at a New York City school - and film it for an as-yet-untitled series. And Danza, who earned a degree in history education from Iowa's University of Dubuque before launching his acting career, insists the program will carve out a new genre for reality TV.

He says, "I was talking about going back and answering the call to service and doing someth...

Danny DeVito Calls For 'Taxi' Movie

January 30th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito is hailing a cab all the way to the movies - he wants his hit TV show Taxi to be revamped as a reunion film. The actor, who played bad-tempered boss Louie DiPalma in the beloved sitcom, wants to reteam with Christopher Lloyd, Marilu Henner, Tony Danza and the rest of the surviving cast for a movie.

He says, "It's not out of the question that down the line we could go revisit the garage and do a really good Taxi reunion movie. We love Taxi. I did five years on it. All the people on Taxi are my friends. Everybody started doing other things, so we were all separated and there...

Celebrate Christmas With The 'Man In Black' And Friends

November 24th, 2008 6:00pm EST
Johnny Cash
Shout! Factory is delighted to bring you holiday cheer with the October 7 release of the 4-DVD box set The Johnny Cash Christmas Specials 1976-1979, as well as single DVD releases of The Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1978 and 1979. The Christmas Specials of 1976 and 1977 were released in 2007. The footage on these DVDs has been unseen for 30 years, and is being made available through an exclusive agreement between Shout! Factory and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a special spotlight exhibit dedicated to Cash on Tuesday...

Workplace Romance: Costars Who Fell In Love

August 19th, 2008 12:08pm EDT
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
It is widely acknowledged that workplace romances are a definite no-no; clearly, some famous actors and actresses didn't get the memo. From classic romantic duos Bogey/Bacall and Spencer/Tracy to contemporary pairings like "Bennifer" and "Brangelina", since the inception of cinema, thespians have taken on-set relationships from reel-life to real-life.

Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland's hearts skipped a beat while filming Flatliners (1990). Tom Cruise admired a young Aussie actress named Nicole Kidman and had her cast opposite him in Days of Thunder. The movie Seven ended with Gwynet...

Gary Busey Serves As Camp Counselor

June 11th, 2008 10:37am EDT
Gary Busey
Gary Busey, rocker Steven Adler and 1980s pin-up Tawny Kitaen will join Taxi star Jeff Conaway for the second season of hard-hitting reality show "Celebrity Rehab." Conaway, who quit the show's first season days before his treatment was complete, revealed he was returning to the show to kick his dependency of painkillers on the red carpet at the TV Land Awards over the weekend.

Busey and the others seeking the help of TV psychologist Dr. Drew Pinsky checked into the televised rehab on Monday.

Busey, who claims 13 years of sobriety, is not among the troubled souls on the show - the...

Will Work For Fame: Celebrities' First Jobs

March 12th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Cindy Crawford
The "Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," singer Mary J. Blige, was goofing around in a mall as a teenager making a demo in a karaoke booth. Anchorman Stone Phillips was waiting tables. Supermodel Cindy Crawford was a college freshman shucking corn at a fair in Illinois.

We've all heard countless stories of ways ordinary people were plucked from obscurity and catapulted into stardom. Still, let's be real: Mary, Cindy and Stone are the exception, not the rule. So, how many random gigs did most celebrities weather on the rocky path to fame?

Nothing wrong with a little guyliner...

Johnny De...

Jeff Conaway Was Drunk At Three

March 8th, 2008 1:04pm EST
Jeff Conaway
Troubled Taxi star Jeff Conaway owes his alcohol addiction to a boozy childhood - he first got drunk when he was three. The actor, who is currently battling drinking, cocaine and painkiller issues, admits his family had a very liberal approach to alcohol.

He says, "My grandmother used to make beer in the bathtub and we'd drink together; we'd sit there and suck on the hose and drink this deep dark brown beer that she would make. The first time I got drunk, I was three; I drank a bottle of sherry. I thought it tasted like ice-cream."

Conaway is hoping to kick his alcohol addiction w...

Marilu Henner Finds Miracle Cure For Husband's Cancer

January 17th, 2008 12:00pm EST
Marilu Henner
Marilu Henner saved her sex life with her new husband after ignoring crude medical advice offered as a cure for bladder cancer. The Taxi star had only just started dating Michael Brown four years ago when he was diagnosed with lung and bladder cancer, and she took him on a tour of doctors in a bid to get the right help.

She says, "I took him all over the country, to about nine doctors because I sort of do the best of east and west medicine, integrated medicine."

But the actress admits the new couple weren't always thrilled with what the experts suggested.

She adds, "We hit so...

'The Celebrity Apprentice' To Kick Off January 3

November 19th, 2007 1:05pm EST
Donald Trump
Contestants will not be vying for a job with Donald Trump, but the business-savvy celebrity contestants will be working towards a greater goal -- as they raise over a million dollars for their various charities throughout the season.

Not only will the final winner be crowned the first 'Celebrity Apprentice,' but he or she will also have the honor of delivering a $250,000 bonus check to their designated charity.

All 14 celebrities will be competing in business driven tasks around New York City, using their fame along with their proven business acumen to win challenges, while ultim...

Celebrity Birthdays, October 5

October 5th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Kate Winslet
Happy Birthday to hotel heiress Nicky Hilton, unsinkable actress Kate Winslet, hoops star Grant Hill, Queen of the Desert Guy Pearce, prolific hockey goalie Patrick Roy (1965), hockey superstar Mario Lemieux (1965), actor Daniel Baldwin (which one is he?)(1960), comedian Bernie Mac (1958), musician and humanitarian Bob Geldof (1954), English horror author Clive Barker (1952), actress Karen Allen (1951), cabbie Jeff Conaway (1950), bandleader Steve Miller (1943), actress Diahann Carroll (1935), actor Donald Pleasence (1919), and 21st President of the United States Chester A. Arthur (1829).

'Taxi' Creator Stan Daniels Dies at 72

April 12th, 2007 8:36am EDT
Stan Daniels, the TV mogul behind hit show Taxi, has died of heart failure. He was 72. The Emmy-winning writer and producer, who also worked on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dean Martin Show and The Bill Cosby Show, also co-created hit show Lily for Brenda Vaccaro.

Daniels also composed music and lyrics for Broadway shows like So Long 174th Street and Enter Laughing.

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Celebrity Birthdays, April 6

April 6th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Zach Braff
Happy Birthday to "Full House" actress Candace Cameron Bure (1976), "Scrubs" star Zach Braff (1975), actress Ari Meyers (1969), "Slither" actor Michael Rooker (1955), "Taxi" actress Marilu Henner (1952), "Cheers" actor John Ratzenberger (1947), producer/director Barry Levinson (1942), master of the pan flute Zamfir (1941), "The Empire Strikes Back" actor Billy Dee Williams (1937), country legend Merle Haggard (1937), German composer Andre Previn (1929), and legendary outlaw Butch Cassidy (1866; d. 1909).

TV Land Awards to Salute Lucille Ball, 'The Brady Bunch,' 'Taxi' & More

April 5th, 2007 1:48pm EDT
Kelly Ripa
TV Land announced today that it will salute Lucille Ball, Roots, The Brady Bunch, Taxi and Hee Haw among others at the Fifth Annual TV Land Awards hosted by Kelly Ripa on Saturday, April 14. The gala premieres on TV Land on Sunday, April 22nd at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will be rebroadcast on TV Land's sister network, Nick at Nite that same night beginning at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

All of this year's honorees are pop culture icons representing a cross-section of classic television that Boomers continue to love. Legendary comedienne Carol Burnett will bestow the Legacy of Laughter Award on Lucie Arnaz...

Celebrity Birthdays, March 15

March 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Eva Longoria
Happy Birthday to G-Unit rapper Young Buck (1981), "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria (1975), Sugar Ray singer Mark McGrath (1968), Poison singer Bret Michaels (1963), singer Terence Trent D'Arby (1962), Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider (1955), American guitarist Ry Cooder (1947), funk pioneer Sly Stone (1943), Beach Boy Mike Love (1941), Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh (1940), "Taxi" star Judd Hirsch (1935), "Reservoir Dogs" actor Lawrence Tierney (1919; d. 2002), blues legend Samuel "Lightnin'" Hopkins (1912; d. 1982), and 7th President of the United States Andrew Jackson (1767; d. ...

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