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Q.: Tell me about John Ritter's movie and television career and his life. - Josh Rayfield, Haverford, Pa.

A.: Ritter's 41, son of cowboy star Tex Ritter. He was born in Burbank, Calif., studied theater arts at University of Southern California, did summer stock then made his movie debut in Disney's "The Barefoot Executive." He did many TV guest roles and had regular roles in "The Waltons," "Three's Company," "Three's a Crowd" and the recent "Hooperman." He's made many TV movies plus feature films, "Hero at Large," "They All Laughed," "The Other," "Nickelodeon," "Breakfast in Bed," "Real Men" and 1989's "Skin Deep." Ritter and wife Nancy are parents of three.Q.: I admire Brooke Theiss, Wendy of "Just the Ten of Us." Give me some info and her address. - Ed Lanzi, Westland, Mich.

A.: She's billed as Brooke d`Avergne Theiss. She's 20, born in Sherman Oaks, Calif., and started in commecials. A stint on "Growing Pains" got her the "Ten of Us" job. She dropped out of drama classes at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts to do the series. Write: Warner Bros. Television, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, Calif. 91522.

Q.: Two stars of "Just the Ten of Us," Heather Langenkamp and Brooke Theiss, both starred in the "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies. Is there any relationship? - Dan Omo, Madison Hghts, Mich.

A.: Actually, there are three "Nightmare" veterans in the series. Jo Ann Willette (Constance) was in "Nightmare II." It's coincidence.

Q.: Please list all the movies and TV series that Robert Conrad has appeared in. Also, have his sons Christian and Shane appeared in anything other than "High Mountain Rangers"? - C. F., Atlanta, Ga.

A.: Conrad's done a bundle of TV series starting with "Hawaiian Eye," 1959-63. Then came his most successful "The Wild, Wild West," 1965-69; "The D.A.," 1971-72; "Assignment Vienna," 1972-73; "Baa Baa Black Sheep/Black Sheep Squadron," 1976-78; "Centennial," 1978-79; "The Duke," 1979; "A Man Called Sloane," 1979-80; "Charley Hannah," 19085-86; "High Mountain Rangers," 1988; "Jesse Hawke," 1989. His list of movies is too long to print. Shane and Christian were in "Charley Hannah" and "Jesse Hawke," and a TV movie "Hard Knox," all starring and produced by their dad.

Q.: What are the ages now of Mason Reese and Rodney Allen Rippy? Both were featured in commercials years ago. Mrs. J. Devinney, San Antonio, Texas.

A.: Reese is now 24; Rippey, 20. Neither is in show business now although Rippy moved back to California last year, after growing up in North Carolina, in the hope of reviving his career.

Q.: My mother tells me that the young actor in "The Wonder Years," Fred Savage, is the same boy who played Mikey's brother in the Life Cereal commercials. I told my mother to make reservations now because she owes me a lunch. - Michele M. Squires, Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

A.: Enjoy. And remind Mom that time flies. Savage, 13, wasn't born when the Life Cereal commercial was orignally televised. Mikey, real name John Gilchrist, is now 21 and in college. The youngster who played his older brother was never identified.

Q.: What happens to shows that are canceled in their first season? Are they shelved or destroyed? What are the chances they'll turn up on TV somewhere? A show I liked was canceled after six shows and I'd really like to see more of it. - Dawn Pearce, Chesapeake, Va.

A.: If only six episodes were produced, chances of reruns are slim, although occasionally a batch of short-lived shows are put together and sold as a package. Best chance to see shows with limited episodes in on cable which gobbles up network and syndicated cast-offs.

Q. Who was in the cast of "It Pays to Be Ignorant"? Is it available for rerun? - J.B., Newbury Park, Calif.

A. A take-off on the intellectual "Information Please," "Ignorant" was on radio 1942-49 with a cast of ex-vaudevillian loonies that kept the laughs coming, Tom Howard, George Shelton, Harry McNaughton and Lulu McConnell. The same quartet starred in the first TV version, 1949-51. A syndicated toned-down version was available 1973-74 with Joe Flynn, JoAnne Worley, Billy Baxter and Charles Nelson Reilly. Neither is available for rerun.