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Kent's News - Year 2000

The year 2000 was very interesting. I did an episode of JAG playing a judge. It was my second appearance on the show. I had done one a couple of seasons ago playing admiral Paul Whelan, who wound up dead. So I joined Catherine Bell in being resurrected and returning to the show. 

No sooner had I finished JAG then it was off to Sydney, Australia to do another episode of FARSCAPE. As many of you know I play JACK CRICHTON, father to Ben Browder's John. This was the fifth episode I have appeared in. I love the group down there. They really make me feel at home and it was good to see all of them. 

I got to come home from Sydney for a couple of days before leaving for New Orleans to do the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. My oldest daughter is the Executive Director and she assembled a great group of actors to do a reading of NIGHT OF THE IGUANA to open the festival. I got to work with Alec Baldwin, Elizabeth Ashley, Stephanie Zimbalist, my other daughter Megan and a terrific group of other actors. Then I finally got back to Hollywood and I got another JAG playing the same judge. 

In May I took my annual pilgrimage to the shrine of auto racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This was my 31st year going back to see the race. I was interviewed track side on race day by Tom Carnegie before about 400,000 fans. I saw an old friend there, actor, racer and just about the best person who has ever worked in our business, Jim Garner. Over the years I have made some wonderful friendships in Indiana. 

June was busy in a different way. I was the master of ceremonies for the Los Angeles Unified School Districts Awards gathering for their Adopt -A-School program. I also went to Las Vegas on behalf the Screen Actors Guild membership to speak at the National Council of Senior Citizens Convention about the lack of representation of older actors on television and in motion pictures. The result of my fellow actors, Lev Mailer, Paul Napier and my presentations was the passage of a resolution urging the motion picture industry to make every effort to create opportunities for seniors. 

In September,  Cynthia and I went to Indianapolis to see the first ever running of the Formula 1 U. S. Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  It was a cold rainy day but the race was a good clean event.

On October 14th,  Marty and I were presented with the Jack Webb Award at an event at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.  This is an event to promote and benefit the LA Police Historical Society

Work included a couple of small roles in feature films.  Brian Trenchard-Smith,  who directed Doomsday Rock,  called me and asked me to play a General in Magiddo-The Omega Code 2,  and Run Ronnie Run was just a hoot.  Home Depot and Rigid Tools continue to run and I have recently been doing the voiceovers for the Clorox commercials.

Marty and I were at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January.  We were there representing STOVACT,  a company that we have become aligned with.  More on that later.

January 20th was spent in Washington D.C. on behalf of the Screen Actors Guild.  The creative community is seeking protections on many fronts as new technologies continue to evolve.

Til Next Time, 

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