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Robert W Butler
September 22, 2012
Profile and interview with Emmy Award-winning actor Eric Stonestreet. Stonestreet is a native of Kansas City, Kansas and attended Kansas State University. He credits growing up in the Midwest as inspiring...
A Kansas City Vaudeville Team Launches Its Own Showboat
Photos and article about the "Dixie Queen" steamboat built in and operating out of Kansas City as a showboat or steamboat with an on-deck vaudeville theater. Description of its owners Al Cooper and his...
After Years of Gracing City's Stages, Prominent Actress Dies of Cancer
July 12, 2006
Local actress Elizabeth Robbins died July 11, 2006, at her home at the age of 51. She was married to actor/director Mark Robbins and leaves a 12-year-old son. She had performed professionally in Kansas...
As a Child Actor Here, He Got a Start toward Broadway
Photos and biographical article about Ernest Truex (1889-1973), a movie and television actor starting out as a child actor in the play "Quo Vadis" at "the old Auditorium Theater in Kansas City" around...
Byron Lewis Shores Obituary
Obituary for Byron Lewis Shores, or Byron Shores, a former Broadway and movie actor of the 1930s-1940s, dying at the age of 50 on November 13, 1957.
Caveman, '10 Items' Actor Has Local Roots
February 26, 2009
Profile of Jewish actor and comedian, John Lehr. A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Lehr is best known for playing a wise-cracking caveman in a popular series of commercials for Geico car insurance and...
Couple Plunges into First Film
December 8, 2010
Article on Stephen and Mary Pruitt and "Works in Progress," the film they wrote and produced in Kansas City. The Pruitts used local actors and locations around the city for the film and are currently looking...
David Imboden, 87, Dies
Obituary article about David Imboden, Jr., "87, a former silent movie actor, muralist and director of the Kansas City Civic Theatre." Born in Kansas City in 1887 near Linwood and Troost Avenue as the son...
Deaths: David Calvin Imboden, Jr.
Obituary for David Calvin Imboden, Jr., or David Imboden, Jr. (~1887-1974), "87, of 2209 W. 50th, silent movie actor, artist and director of the Kansas City Civic Theatre during the 1930s."
Deaths: Mrs. Thelma Todd Goza
May 13, 1952
Photo and obituary for "Mrs. Toni Todd Goza [or Toni Todd], 32, former orchestra singer and motion picture actress," appearing in such movies as "Lost Horizon" and "Philo Vance's Secret Mission" as Toni...
Dee Wallace Phones Home
April 14, 2007
Dee Wallace, a Kansas City, Kansas, born actress, is home "to receive a lifetime achievement award from the local chapter of Women in Film and the GM Alliance." She is credited with nearly 150 acting credits...
Forty Years Ago in The Star
One paragraph about George Jessel, a theater actor and manager in Kansas City in 1927.
From Stand-up to Silver Screen
August 20, 2006
Actor and Kansas City native Emery Emery has now become a filmmaker. His documentary, "The Aristocrats," is the product of 100 hours of interviews with comedians in search of the world's filthiest joke....
Getting it Right on Broadway
June 3, 2007
Profile of Kansas City-born actor Denis O'Hare, who is currently starring in the Tony-nominated revival of "Inherit the Wind." O'Hare spent the first two years of his life in the Red Bridge neighborhood...
Glover a Genuine Celebrity
December 9, 2003
Steve Penn's commentary on Danny Glover's appearance in Kansas City and his visit to Kansas City's Genesis School. Glover's father, James Glover, was a resident of Kansas City and graduated from Lincoln...
February 27, 2005
List of Hollywood stars that originally came from the Midwest states of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
Grand Old Drag
August 5, 2007
Article spotlighting the actors and producers of the "La Cage aux Folles" show at the Unicorn Theatre (3828 Main). It also discusses how female impersonators have been entertaining Kansas City audiences...
May 9, 2005
Interview with actor Don Cheadle and his aunt, Sondra North, of Kansas City, Missouri. Cheadle got his break as the character "Mouse" in 1995's Devil in a Blue Dress, and received an Oscar nomination for...
I Changed Position and Moved into Film Immortality
October 8, 2006
Author recalls his participation in the move Article 99 as an extra during filming in Kansas City. The movie starred actors Kiefer Sutherland, Ray Liotta, Lea Thompson, Kathy Baker, John Mahoney, and Noble...
In Short, He's Hot
January 11, 2007
Feature article on Kansas City native Columbus Short who is an actor, dancer, and choreographer. His latest movie is "Stomp the Yard". He lives in Los Angeles but he still has relatives who live in the...
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