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American Idol 2013 Judge Nicki Minaj is How Old - Who did Jennifer Aniston's Dad Play on TV Seies Kojak?

Jan 21, 2013
Nicki is how old?

American Idol 2013 is off and running and Nicki Minaj already has fans quizzing her on many issues, including her real age. Remember Kojak? Jennifer Aniston's real life dad had a role in that series, who did he play?

See below for the answer to that question and more in the 'Ask Stacy' column.

DEAR STACY: Ha! I'm loving Nicki Minaj on "Idol" this season. Is it true that she tried to lie about her age? How old is she, really? -- Skip B., Woodland Hills, Calif.

DEAR SKIP: A couple of years ago, Minaj and a former boyfriend were involved in an altercation in Dallas, and her real date of birth emerged on the police report -- 28, not 26 as had been claimed. The vivacious and rambunctious beauty is now 30.

DEAR STACY: Can you tell me if it's true, as a friend said, that Jennifer Aniston's father played a detective on "Kojak"? -- Kelly M., Fargo, N.D.

DEAR KELLY: No, Aniston's father, John, played the part of mobster Albert Dansek on a couple of episodes of the vintage show that starred his best friend, Telly Savalas. Savalas was also Jennifer's godfather.

DEAR STACY: Whatever became of Amanda Bearse, who played the wacky neighbor of "Married ... With Children"? -- Jackie L., Denver, Colo.

DEAR JACKIE: Bearse honed her directing skills while playing Marcy Rhoades on the sitcom, helming more than 30 episodes. She went on to direct many shows including "Reba," "Dharma & Greg," "Veronica's Closet" and "Jesse." She and Rosie O'Donnell teamed behind the scenes producing and directing "The Big Gay Sketch Show" for cable's Logo gay channel. Bearse came out as a lesbian in 1993.

DEAR STACY: Cynthia Rhodes, who played Penny in "Dirty Dancing," was very good and so beautiful. Whatever happened to her? - Steve C., Chattanooga, Tenn.

DEAR STEVE: The singer-actress, also seen in "Xanadu" and "One From the Heart," retired from her performing career to be a stay-at-home mom to her three sons with husband Richard Marx, the pop singer/songwriter.


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