Emma Thompson

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Actress • Comedian • Writer

Birth Date: April 15, 1959

Age: 64 years old

Birth Place: Paddington, London, England, UK

Spouses: Greg Wise, Kenneth Branagh

Parents: Phyllida Law, Eric Thompson

Siblings: Sophie Thompson

Growing up in England, Emma Thompson gravitated towards writing and the arts, eventually pursuing an English degree at Newnham College at Cambridge. While there, she began to find her calling to acting, especially when she joined the school's sketch comedy group that included the likes of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. As she finished her time in school, she began to work her way onto the small screen, starting to break out in the mid-1980s with roles on shows such as "Tutti Frutti" (BBC 1987) and "Fortunes of War" (BBC1 1987), the latter of which is where she met her first husband Kenneth Branagh, who she would also go on to work with on a variety of films, including "Henry V" (1989), "Dead Again" (1991), and "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993). Her role in the Anthony Hopkins-starring "Howards End" (1992) drew her much acclaim and earned Thompson numerous Best Actress accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. The following year, she joined the exclusive club of getting a nomination for two projects, in this case, for "In the Name of the Father" (1993) and "The Remains of the Day" (1993), though she won neither award. Her marriage with Branagh ended around the same time as "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) debuted, which Thompson starred in and also wrote. Both her performance and her screenplay received critical acclaim, resulting in another Oscar win, this time for Best Adapted Screenplay. Following that, Thompson focused her acting more on the small screen again, finding plaudits for her work in various miniseries and TV movies including "Wit" (HBO 2001) and "Angels in America" (HBO 2003). Around the same time, she also appeared as Professor Trelawney in multiple Harry Potter films, first in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004). That was part of her return to more mainstream movies, as she appeared in both more nuanced dramas such as "Saving Mr. Banks" (2013) and box office smashes like "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) and "Men in Black 3" (2012). In 2019, Thompson starred in the Mindy Kaling-penned comedy "Late Night" (2019) as a beleaguered late night talk show host.

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Love Actually: 20 Years Later

Self
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2022

The Legendary Angela Lansbury

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2022

An Audience With Adele

Self
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2022

Beth Rigby Interviews

Guest
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2022

Good Luck to You, Leo GrandeStream

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Nancy Stokes
Movie
2022
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Miss Trunchbull
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2022
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What's Love Got to Do with It?Stream

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Cath
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2022
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CruellaStream

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The Baroness
Movie
2021
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Inside Culture with Mary Beard

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2020

DolittleStream

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Poly
Movie
2020
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The Man With His Fingers In His Ears

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2020

Years and YearsStream

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Vivienne Rook MP
Series
2019
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Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Missing Link

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The Elder
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2019

Men in Black: InternationalStream

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Agent O
Movie
2019
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Late Night

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Katherine Newbury
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2019

Last ChristmasStream

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Petra
Movie
2019
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Last ChristmasStream

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2019
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Last ChristmasStream

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2019
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How to Build a Girl

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Amanda
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2019

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2018

Front Row

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2018

People Features

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2018

Johnny English Strikes Again

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Prime Minister
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2018

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Goneril
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2018
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The Reckoning: Hollywood's Worst Kept Secret

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Front Row Late

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen &...: Something There (From Beauty and the Beast/Audio only)

Music Performer
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2017

Adam Mitchell, Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Emma Watson

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2017

Audra McDonald, Emma Thompson & Ensemble - Beauty and the Beast (Finale) (From Beauty and the Beast/Audio Only)

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2017

Beauty and the BeastStream

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Mrs. Potts
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2017
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The Meyerowitz Stories

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Maureen
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2017

Sea Sorrow

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2017

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2017

Your Morning

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Red Nose Day

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2016

Funny Valentines

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2016

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Dr. Rawlings
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2016
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2016
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Alone in Berlin

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2016

To the Ends of the Earth

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2016

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2015

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Catherine Bryson
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2015
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BurntStream

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Dr. Rosshilde
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2015
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The Legend of Barney Thomson

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Cemolina
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2015

Box office

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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

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2014

Effie Gray

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Lady Eastlake
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2014

Effie Gray

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2014

Sold

Executive Producer
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2014

etalk's 2013 Holiday Movie Guide

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2013

The Los Angeles Times Envelope Screening Series

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2013

The Social

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2013

BAFTA: A Life in Pictures

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2013

The Love Punch

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Kate
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2013

Beautiful CreaturesStream

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Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine
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2013
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Saving Mr. BanksStream

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P.L. Travers
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2013
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Katie

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2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

David Sheehan's Summer Movie Magic

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2012

A Life in Pictures

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2012

BraveStream

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Elinor
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2012
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Men in Black 3Stream

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Agent O
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2012
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The Jonathan Ross ShowStream

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2011

Dish Nation

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2011

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2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Stream

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Sybill Trelawney
Movie
2011
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Versión española

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2010

The Song of Lunch

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She
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2010

In Conversation

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2010

Lorraine

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2010

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2010
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Nanny McPhee ReturnsStream

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2010
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Nanny McPhee ReturnsStream

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2010
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Hollywood Dailies

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2009

The Project

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2009

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2009

Skavlan

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2009

An EducationStream

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Headmistress
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2009
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The Boat That Rocked

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Charlotte
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2009

Hollywood & Dine

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2008

Brideshead Revisited

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Lady Marchmain
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2008

Last Chance Harvey

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Kate Walker
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2008

The Graham Norton ShowStream

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2007

Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixStream

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Sybil Trelawney
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2007
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The One Show

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etalk

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2006
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2005

The Martha Stewart Show

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The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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2005

Nanny McPheeStream

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2005
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Nanny McPheeStream

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2005
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The Culture Show

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2004

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Professor Trelawney
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2004
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2003
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2003

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2003
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Angels in America

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2003

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2002

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2001

Live With Regis and Kelly

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2001

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2001
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WitStream

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2001
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Maybe Baby

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2000

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1999

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1998
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1998

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1997

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1997

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1995

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1995
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1995
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1994

JuniorStream

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Dr. Diana Reddin
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1994
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Blue Boy

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1994

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1993
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Miss Kenton
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1993
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In the Name of the FatherStream

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1993
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Look Back in Anger

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1992

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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1992

Howards EndStream

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1992
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Peter's Friends

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1992

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Dead AgainStream

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1991
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The Tall Guy

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Kate
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1989

Henry VStream

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1989
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1987

Tutti Frutti

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1987

Fortunes of War

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Regreso al Infierno Verde

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1987

Assaulted Nuts

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1984

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1983

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1982

CheersStream

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1982
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Cambridge Footlights Revue

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1982

Three Plus One

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1982

Entertainment Tonight

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Live From Lincoln Center

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1976

Good Morning America

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1975

Saturday Night LiveStream

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1975

Today

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