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Question.I was blown away by the season premiere of "CSI: Miami" in which Rory Cochrane's character, Tim Speedle, was killed. I was wondering if you could tell me why he decided to leave the show. Is he moving on to bigger and better things?

Answer. No, he was just tired of playing a guy named Speedle. Actually, Cochrane asked to be let go so that he could pursue movie roles. His film credits include "Dazed and Confused" and "Hart's War," and he's currently filming "A Scanner Darkly" with Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr.

Question.While reading the opening credits of "Nip/Tuck," I noticed that the co-producer's name was Jennifer Salt. Is this the same Jennifer Salt who starred on "Soap"? I always wondered what happened to her — she was so pretty and talented and funny.

Answer.That's the same Jennifer Salt. She played Eunice on "Soap" and also wrote for the A&E series "Nero Wolfe." Her most recent acting credit was the short-lived 1990 ABC series "The Marshall Chronicles."

Question.Will "Alias" with Jennifer Garner be back this season?

Answer. Yes, but not immediately. "Alias" is supposed to return to its Sunday night slot in January, after "Desperate Housewives" finishes its run.

Question.There was a very funny character on several episodes of "Cheers" who played a Frenchman after Woody's girl. I never saw his name in the credits. Recently on an episode of "NCIS" there was a bad guy played by a guy with a very similar voice. Much of the show took place in the dark, and I couldn't really tell if it was the same guy. Was it? Who is he, and what else has he done?

Answer. The actor is Anthony Cistaro, and he played a character named Henri on several "Cheers" episodes between 1990 and 1992. He has done a smattering of other TV guest shots, including episodes of "Seinfeld," "Friends" and "Angel," but he hasn't done any episode of "NCIS." He was also a regular on the syndicated "Witchboard" TV series, which ran in 2001-02.

Question.I recently found a photo I took in the 1960s from our TV screen. It was a Walt Disney show starring an actor named Roger Mobley, who was about 15. He starred in several Disney movies, most notably "Emil and the Detectives." I was wondering what happened to him.

Answer. Roger Mobley, at last report, was a pastor living in Texas. His show-biz career took off in 1955 when he played Packy Lambert on "Fury," which ran from 1955 until 1960 and in reruns on Saturday mornings through the 1960s. After that, Mobley appeared in a few movies and as 1890s cub reporter Gallegher on several episodes that aired on "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color." There was "The Adventures of Gallegher" in 1964, "The Further Adventures of Gallegher" in 1965, "Gallegher Goes West" in 1966 and "Enough of Gallegher Already" in 1967. (Just kidding about the last one.) Mobley's most recent credit is the 1980 TV movie "The Kids Who Know Too Much."

Question. I recently watched a movie on TV but didn't catch the title. It's about a man named George Eastman who gets a woman named Alice pregnant, but he is in love with a rich girl named Angela Vickers. He planned to murder Alice but couldn't go through with it when the time came. He was, however, convicted of the murder. Whoever taped the movie ended it here and I did not get to see the end, and they did not tape the title of the movie at the beginning so I have no idea what the name of this movie is. Can you please help me?

Answer. That's the 1951 film "A Place in the Sun," with Montgomery Clift as George, Shelley Winters as Alice and Elizabeth Taylor as Angela. And since it's on video and DVD, you can rent the movie and see the whole thing from beginning to end if you want.