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February 12, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ As commander of the Jordanian Special Forces, Prince Abdullah is used to wearing uniforms. But donning a Starfleet medical officer’s outfit was something new.

Prince Abdullah, a devoted ``Star Trek″ fan, recently filmed a guest appearance for the March 11 episode of ``Star Trek: Voyager.″

It was only a brief, non-speaking part, but for the Trekkie prince, it was the role of a lifetime.

``I would have been thrilled to visit the set but this is too much,″ the 34-year-old prince said in the Feb. 17 issue of TV Guide. ``I grew up on `Star Trek.′ In the army I was stuck in the desert for a year and a half and all we had was a TV monitor and VCR. I brought along my video collection of the original series and watched it every night.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Jackie Chan is already one of Asia’s biggest action movie stars. Now he’s making another run at the American box office.

In an appearance Sunday promoting the Feb. 23 release of his new film, ``Rumble in the Bronx,″ a crowd of 1,000 fans jammed a hotel ballroom and made it clear Chan is not entirely unknown.

``He’s the real deal,″ said Jason Smeaton, 21, who came with four buddies to see their hero in the flesh.

It’s not Chan’s first foray into Hollywood. After winning a small part in 1981′s ``Cannonball Run″ and other films, he failed to find a strong following among American audiences.

He returned to Hong Kong, where he carved out a booming career as a martial arts film star who performs all his own stunts and makes audiences laugh. His films, noted for their lack of sex and profanity, have developed a steady cult audience in the United States.

``Now I come back and see all these fans,″ Chan said. ``They followed me all these years. I realize, they’re always with me.″


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The empty nest syndrome has hit the Lloyd Bridges clan.

The 83-year-old patriarch of the acting family is selling his $1.8 million mountain getaway in the Sierra Nevada mountains, partly because his famous sons have scattered.

``It breaks our hearts to sell it, but we aren’t using it enough,″ said Dorothy Bridges, Lloyd’s wife of more than 50 years.

She said sons Jeff and Beau now spend their time elsewhere: Jeff on his Montana ranch and Beau at his home in Kauai, Hawaii.

The 5,500-square-foot home features three decks, a sauna, a spa and a private lake.

Lloyd Bridges starred in the 1950s TV series ``Sea Hunt″ and dozens of films, including ``High Noon″ and ``Airport.″


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Led Zeppelin is climbing a stairway to chart heaven.

The Recording Industry Association of America says Led Zeppelin’s fourth album _ the one with no official title but featuring ``Stairway to Heaven″ _ is now the fourth biggest-selling album ever in the United States.

Since 1971, it has sold 16 million copies.

That ranks behind only Michael Jackson’s ``Thriller″ at 24 million, ``Eagles-Their Greatest Hits″ at 22 million and Fleetwood Mac’s ``Rumours″ at 17 million.

Meanwhile, ``Cracked Rear View,″ the debut by Hootie & the Blowfish, is gaining fast. Domestic sales have reached 12 million since its release in June 1994.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Jerry Lewis says home is wherever his family is.

His wife, SanDee, the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Danielle, and two puppies are accompanying Lewis as he tours with the theater production of ``Damn Yankees.″

``Danielle is the company’s mascot,″ Lewis said. ``There’s no way in hell _ no pun intended _ I would do this if I couldn’t have my family with me. Wherever we are, that’s our home.″

The actor-comedian has five sons from his first marriage.


LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Nearly 28 years after he was arrested for trying to incite a riot at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Tom Hayden is going back.

California Democrats on Sunday voted to send Hayden, a state senator, back to the city as a delegate to the party’s national convention in August.

``I hope you’ll send me back to Chicago not out of nostalgia,″ Hayden told party members. ``I want to go back to shape the platform and send the Republicans back to the woodwork where they belong.″

Hayden, 56, made headlines in the late ’60s as a defendant in the Chicago Seven trial. He and four others were convicted of intent to riot at the 1968 convention. Their convictions were overturned.

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