Expecting Actor William Baldwin, 36, and his wife, singer-actress Chynna Phillips, 31, will welcome their first child ”in February or March,” according to Baldwin’s manager.
Charged Actor Wallace Langham, 34, with battery and committing a hate crime, Nov. 1, in L.A. According to police, Langham, who plays the sexually ambiguous character Josh on NBC’s Veronica’s Closet, allegedly punched and kicked John Luciano, 35, and shouted slurs about Luciano’s sexual orientation. In a statement, Langham’s spokesperson said that the alleged victim provoked the actor and his girlfriend in a grocery store by making offensive comments. ”It was the furthest thing from a hate crime,” said the rep. ”Mr. Langham is a strong supporter of gay-rights causes.” The actor is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 15 in L.A. Municipal Court.
Fights The King of Pop’s annus horribilis continues. In a statement, Michael Jackson, 41, disclosed Oct. 27 that several videos of him and his two children, Prince, 2, and Paris, 1, were stolen in France. According to his publicist, ”several tabloids” have been offered photos from the tapes, and Jackson’s lawyers have threatened litigation against anyone who runs them. The thief has demanded $100,000 for the return of the tapes; Jackson has said he will not pay the ransom, but will press charges.
Ailing Crooner Andy Williams, 71, from residual swelling of his vocal chords after a bout with acute laryngitis last September. Williams canceled nearly a month of performances in Branson, Mo.
Deals Universal Pictures exec Stacey Snider, 38, joined the small club of women who have led a major Hollywood studio when she was promoted to chairman, Nov. 1, in L.A. Snider had served as cochair with Brian Mulligan, 40, until her promotion, which provides for a single top exec at the studio for the first time since Casey Silver left last year…. Former Warner Bros. chairman and co-CEO Bob Daly, 62, was named chairman and CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Oct. 28, in L.A. Until August, Daly, a lifelong Dodgers fan, had teamed with Terry Semel, 56, as head of the studio and Warner Music (owned by Time Warner, EW’s corporate parent).
DEATHS Ballpark comic Max Patkin, 79, of a heart aneurysm, Oct. 30, in Paoli, Pa. Known as the Clown Prince of Baseball for more than 50 years, Patkin played himself in 1988’s Bull Durham…. Composer Frank DeVol, 88, of natural causes, Oct. 27, in Lafayette, Calif. DeVol wrote the theme music for The Brady Bunch and My Three Sons as well as more than 50 film scores, including 1959’s Pillow Talk…. Screenwriter Abraham Polonsky, 88, of a heart attack, Oct. 26, in Beverly Hills. Polonsky earned an Oscar nomination for his scrpt of 1947’s Body and Soul but was blacklisted in the early ’50s after refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee. Polonsky’s last film was 1982’s Monsignor.