Phil Silvers: Top Banana
Profile of the vaudeville and TV star who made audiences laugh, but who suffered from depression and gambling addiction. Includes interviews with Milton Berle and Jonathan Winters.
Peter Graves: Mission Accomplished
Includes a look back at Peter Graves' starring role in Mission: Impossible and his hilarious performance in Airplane!.
She became a star when she was just 14 on The Facts of Life, but she quickly learned that life can be tough. This profile of Nancy McKeon follows the popular performer's career through all its triumphs and disappointments. McKeon had a difficult transition from child star to adult actor, struggled with two sitcom failures, and just missed being cast as Monica Geller on Friends. But strong performances in TV movies helped keep her in the public's eye, and she enjoyed a four-year run in The Division. Now married with two children, McKeon plays Demi Lovato's mom on the popular Sonny with a Chance.
The veteran television actor and Montana native spent 20 plus years on prime-time television as the star of Dallas, Man From Atlantis, and Step By Step. A devoted family man, Duffy has been successfully married for more than 30 years with two sons. A loyal Buddhist, his beliefs helped him persevere through the tragic murder of his parents at their Montana tavern in 1986. Today, Duffy continues to work on the London stage, in television movies and as a voice on animated programming.
Songwriter, singer, actor, Rhodes scholar, army captain, helicopter pilot, and sex symbol! Follow the ups and downs of Kris Kristofferson's career, and listen again to his famous songs. Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris's ex-wife and daughters offer private views of this counter-culture hero.
The larger-than-life Canadian with a heart to match was known for his family-friendly fare, appearing in nearly 40 films before his untimely death at the age of 43. After college, Candy became a member of the famed Second City Comedy Troupe. The success of Second City TV propelled John to Hollywood during the height of its "Canadian Invasion." Films like The Blues Brothers and Stripes catapulted him to fame thanks to his large, lovable persona. His bright career was cut short in 1994 when, while filming on location in Mexico, Candy died from a massive heart attack. Today, he is still universally loved and remembered fondly thanks to his buffoonish jokes, infectious smile, and side-splitting impersonations.
From SCTV to Saturday Night Live and Primetime Glick to Father of the Bride, he is the man behind a host of memorable characters including Ed Grimley, Jiminy Glick, and faux entertainment legend, Jackie Rogers Jr. We'll hear from Short the inspiration behind these portraits. We'll also hear from friends and co-stars and go behind-the-scenes as he brings his one man show Fame Becomes Me--an improbable musical version of his life story--to Broadway. Additional interviews include Dave Thomas, Steve Martin, Eugene Levy, Chevy Chase, Meg Ryan, and Kurt Russell among others.
Robert Downey Jr.
Profile of one of the most gifted, prolific actors in Hollywood and one of its greatest comeback stories. At the age of twenty he joined the cast of Saturday Night Live for one season and would go on to star in several high grossing 80s movies. But then Downey was arrested in 1996 and his brushes with the law continued until 2000 when he cleaned up his act and became a regular on the television series, Ally McBeal. A Golden Globe award followed as did an Emmy nomination. Since then, Downey has put his career back in full swing and is set to star in the sci-fi adventure, Iron Man, with co-star Gwyneth Paltrow.