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Ken Shapiro (I) (1942–2017)

Ken Shapiro was born on June 5, 1942 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Kenneth Roy Shapiro. He was an actor and writer, known for The Groove Tube (1974), Modern Problems (1981) and Singing Faces (1968). He was married to Kelly Hamilton,. He died on November 18, 2017 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. See full bio »

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The Groove Tube Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / Robert Elgin / Mahetma Yenta / Lionel Elgin / Dancing Man ('Just You - Just Me')
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 1982 The Discipline of D.E. (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1974 The Groove Tube
Ko-ko / Boss / 'Near You' Singer / ...
 1971 Evening News (Short)
 1968 Singing Faces (Short)
 1966 A Smell of Honey, a Swallow of Brine
Police Sergeant (uncredited)
 1955 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Josh Potter
- Miracle at Potter's Farm (1955) ... Josh Potter (as Kenny Sharpe)
 1949 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series)
- Episode #1.46 (1949) ... Kid
- Episode #1.40 (1949) ... Kid
- Episode #1.33 (1949) ... Kid
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Kenny Sharpe

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Kenneth Shapiro was born in Newark, New Jersey to parents Frank and Leona Shapiro. Kenneth Roy Shapiro was already appearing in commercials when he was two months old. Known professionally as young kid actor Kenny Sharpe, he became a child star in the days of live television in New York City, and appeared often on Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theater" as "the kid." In one memorable performance, he... See more »

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