Freddie Prinze Jr. Tuesday unveiled a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for his late father, who committed suicide in 1977. The elder Prinze was a standup comic who had a successful...

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LOS ANGELES — Freddie Prinze Jr. Tuesday unveiled a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for his late father, who committed suicide in 1977.

The elder Prinze was a standup comic who had a successful run in the sitcom “Chico and the Man” before ending his life at age 22.

The younger Prinze, star of the “Scooby-Doo” movies and teen romances like “She’s All That,” was only 10 months old when his father died.

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Comedian George Lopez, who nominated the late comedian and sponsored the star, also attended the ceremony.

” ‘Chico and the Man’ inspires me today as it did back then,” said the star of TV’s “The George Lopez Show.” “This is a big day for us and his friends.”


Barry Manilow signs long-term Vegas deal


LAS VEGAS — Singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, saying it was time to end decades of touring, has announced that he had signed a long-term contract to perform at the Las Vegas Hilton, starting in February.

He will do five 90-minute shows per week over 24 nonconsecutive weeks, running into early 2006.

Manilow’s most recent tour sold more than 250,000 tickets in 22 cities. He reached the height of his popularity in the 1970s with a string of hits that included “Mandy,” “I Write the Songs,” “Weekend in New England” and “Can’t Smile Without You.”

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