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Entertainment short takes
Published: December 20, 2012
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SHORT TAKES

Thursday's birthdays

Actor John Hillerman (“Magnum P.I.”), 80.

Drummer Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat and Tears), 68.

Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss, 67.

Musician Alan Parsons, 64.

Actress Jenny Agutter, 60.

Actor Michael Badalucco (“The Practice”), 58.

Actress Blanche Baker (“Shakedown,” “Holocaust”), 56.

Singer Billy Bragg, 55.

Singer-bassist Mike Watt (The Minutemen), 55.

Actor Joel Gretsch, 49.

Country singer Kris Tyler, 48.

Singer Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), 46.

Singer David Cook (“American Idol”), 30.

Actor Jonah Hill, 29.

Singer JoJo, 22.

ENTERTAINMENT BRIEF

Actor Sean Penn compares

city in Haiti to Detroit

— As the three-year mark approaches of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed, injured and displaced hundreds of thousands of people, actor-activist Sean Penn describes life in the country's capital city.

In the January issue of Esquire magazine, Penn compares Port-au-Prince to Detroit, saying, “It's not more dangerous, it's not less dangerous.”

Penn founded a relief organization in response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He still spends about half his time there.

The two-time Oscar winner says a child with a fever in the U.S. gets medicine, a cold bath or a trip to the emergency room. In Haiti, he says, parents wait “to see if he's going to die or not.”

The January issue of Esquire goes on sale Dec. 18.

From Staff and Wire Reports