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CELEBRITY Q&A - BRUCE BOXLEITNER

Q. I've long been an admirer of Bruce Boxleitner. Some background, please. - R.B., Southgate, Mich.

A. Boxleitner, 41, was born in Elgin, Ill., studied at Chicago's Goodman Theater School and worked in regional theaters before heading to California. "How the West Was Won" in 1976 was his first series. He did the minis "The Last Convertible" and "East of Eden," and series, "Bring `Em Back Alive" and "Scarecrow and Mrs. King." He's concentrated on TV movies and features since "Scarecrow" ended in 1986. His latest feature is "Kuffs."Q. Give me some statistics on Patrick McGoohan, of "The Prisoner." Is he still in the picture business? - R. Richards, Salt Lake City, Utah.

A. McGoohan was born March 19, 1926, in Astoria, N.Y., but he was raised in Great Britain and made his TV and movie debuts there. Since "The Prisoner" in 1968, he's done one U.S. TV series "Rafferty," several TV movies and features, won an Emmy for a guest role in a 1974 "Columbo."

Q. Was there more than one movie made of the play "Butterflies Are Free?" I believe I recall someone named Keir Dullea or some such. My friend thinks Eddie Albert Jr. had the lead. I recall Goldie Hawn, too. - J.L., Philadelphia, Pa.

A. Dullea was the star of the 1969 Broadway play. Edward Albert (he's never used Eddie Albert Jr.) did the 1972 movie. Hawn was in the movie. Eileen Heckart repeated her stage role as the possessive mother and won an Oscar as best supporting actress.

Q. What became of Elizabeth Hartman, who starred in "A Patch of Blue?" She seemed to have such potential, but I never saw her again. - F.M., Atlanta, Ga.

A. Hartman committed suicide in 1986. She was 45. The 1965 "Blue" was her first feature and she was nominated for an Academy Award. She made five more features: "The Group," "You're a Big Boy Now," "The Fixer," "The Beguiled" and "Walking Tall," the last in 1973. A shy, mentally troubled woman, she acted only twice more, as a voice for the animated film "The Secret of NMH" and in the 1981 touring company of the play "Morning's at Seven." She withdrew to a lonely life, under a psychiatrist's constant care, in Pittsburgh, where she plunged to her death from her fifth-floor apartment.

Q. Tell me about Scott Baio, of "Baby Talk." Where can I write him? - C.J.P., Sand Springs, Okla.

A. Baio, 31, started modeling and got into acting when his cousin, actor (now lawyer) Joey Baio, got him an agent. His TV series include "Blansky's Beauties," "Happy Days," "Who's Watching the Kids," "We're Movin'," "Joanie Loves Chachi" and "Charles in Charge." He's also done several TV dramas, "The Boy Who Drank Too Much," "Stoned" (for which he had an Emmy nomination) and several features. He's branched out into directing recently. Write: Columbia Pictures Television, 3300 Riverside Dr., Burbank, Calif. 91505.

Q. I've been trying to figure out where I have seen the new Mommy on "Baby Talk." Help, please. - S.D., Morrow, Ga.

A. Mary Page Keller, who succeeded Julia Duffy, who succeeded Connie Selleca, had a recurring role in "Life Goes On" and was a regular in two Fox series, "Duet" and "Open House." She made her TV debut in 1982 as Amanda Kinkaid in the soap "Ryan's Hope," a year later took over the role of Sally Frame in "Another World" for two years.

Q. What was the series in the '60s that starred Robert Lansing and Dana Winter about a secret agent who took another man's identity? - F.M., Youngstown, Ohio.

A. "The Man Who Never Was," seen 1966-67, borrowed the title but not the plot of a 1956 movie spy thriller.

Q. I've become a great fan of the 1970s cop drama "The Streets of San Francisco." When did it make its TV debut; how long did it run; what channel did it originally air on? How many episodes were made? - R.A., Palmdale, Calif.

A. "Streets" was seen on ABC, 1972-77. Michael Douglas, as Inspector Steve Keller, partnered Karl Malden as Lt. Mike Stone for the first four seasons. Richard Hatch, as Inspector Mike Robbins, replaced Douglas in 1976. According to the plot, Keller went off to teach. In reality, Douglas went off to become a major move actor and producer. There were 119 hour-long episodes. In January, Malden, as Stone, was back in a TV movie "Return to the Streets of San Francisco." The story line had him hunting Keller's killer with a new partner, Debrah Farentino as Inspector Sarah Burns. (Douglas was too big to stoop to a TV movie. Hatch was never mentioned.) There is talk of a series of movies.

Q. Where can I get the video of "Eight Is Enough: The Reunion"? Video stores won't order it for me. - K.M.L., Westland, Mich.

A. There is no video of the 1987 TV movie.

Q. Before my wife declares me senile, didn't Andy Griffith appear in a TV series called "Carter Country or County?" I remember him being chief of police. There was a female police officer, and the mayor was an actor who has appeared in other shows. - W.P., Philadelphia.

A. It was "Carter Country," seen 1977-79, set in the South and named to cash in on Jimmy Carter, president at the time. The late Victor French was the chief, Barbara Cason played the police woman and Richard Paul was Mayor Teddy Burnside. It was Paul's second series - his first was a game show. Since then he's done "One in a Million," "Herbie, the Love Bug" and "Hail to the Chief," all of which lasted less than a season. Griffith wasn't in "Carter Country."

Q. Settle this between my ex-boss and me: Who were the two actors who played in "Alias Smith and Jones"? - D.Y.

A. Actually there were three actors. Peter Duel and Ben Murphy were the original Smith and Jones, 1971-72. After Duel's apparent suicide in December 1971, Roger Davis took over his role as Hannibal Heyes, aka Joshua Smith.

Q. What has happened to Gary Sandy, who was Andy Travis on the original "WKRP in Cincinnati?" And where is Jan Smithers who was Bailey Quarters on the same show? - Amy Bergen

A. Sandy quit acting for a time after the first "WKRP" ended its run in 1982 but has more recently done some stage work. Smithers retired after marrying actor James Brolin in 1985.

Q. What years did "Concentration," "The Dating Game," "Fun House," "Hollywood Squares," "Wheel of Fortune" and "Tic Tac Dough" premiere. - Sky Faulconer, Sacramento, Calif.

A. In order, the debuts were: 1958, 1963, 1989, 1966, 1975, 1956 but none of the shows have had consecutive runs and there have been revivals of several, some with "The New" added to the title. "Concentration" added "Classic" in its latest incarnation.

Q. Where can I write Jackee? I'm thrilled with her new series, "Royal Family." - Tomiek, Detroit, Mich.

A. After the death of Redd Foxx in October, Eddie Murphy and Paramount, producers of "Royal Family," decided against trying to replace him (John Amos had been mentioned) instead brought in a new character to be played by Jackee, last seen as Sandra in "227." The show went on hiatus for the revamping and, so far, there has been no sign of its return. Write: Paramount Television, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, Calif. 90038-3197.

Q. Here's a challenge for you: In my youth, I was an avid viewer of "The People's Choice" starring Jackie Cooper and a talking basset hound named Cleo. Is there any though of bringing it back in syndication? Tell me the actress who played Amanda Peoples and her father Mayor Peoples? - John M. Johnston, Fort Dix, N.J.

A. Patricia Breslin was Mandy Peoples, Paul Maxey played her father. Mary Jane Croft supplied Cleo's voice. The show ran 1955-58 and it's been in syndication since. It could turn up on cable - that's where old shows go these days.