Passages

updated 11/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

NYPD Blue's Dennis Franz, 50, and his girlfriend of 12 years, Joanie Zeck, 46, the owner of a Los Angeles gift and promotions company, announced on Oct. 29 that they are engaged to be married. This will be the first marriage for Franz and the second for Zeck, who has two grown daughters from her previous marriage.

Actor Eric Douglas, 36, the youngest son of Kirk Douglas, was arrested Oct. 30 in Rosemead, Calif., for possession of cocaine and being under the drug's influence. Douglas, who has had previous run-ins with the law, was arrested after he argued with a Denny's restaurant manager who refused to sell him alcohol after last call. He will be arraigned Nov. 28 in municipal court in El Monte, near L.A.

Martin Lawrence, 29, star of the Fox sitcom Martin, his agent and his tour promoter were sued by Oasis Entertainment on Oct. 27 in U.S. district court in Cleveland for fraud and breach of contract in connection with Lawrence's cancellation of concert bookings in Cleveland, Atlanta and Buffalo. The company claims Lawrence has refused to refund the $182,500 they already paid him....

Gravel-voiced Wolfman Jack, 55, sued Senate candidate Michael Huffington, 47, on Oct. 26 in U.S. federal court in L.A., accusing Huffington of using the deejay's distinctive "wolf call" in TV campaign ads narrated by a character called Jackman Wolf without his permission. Wolfman Jack, whose real name is Robert Smith, said the ads misled listeners into thinking Huffington had his endorsement. A Huffington rep says, "We are very sorry that Wolfman Jack doesn't have a sense of humor."

Singer Wilbert Harrison, 65, whose rollicking 1959 song "Kansas City" was one of the biggest hits of the early rock era, died of a stroke on Oct. 26 at a nursing home in Spencer, N.C. The song, which was Harrison's version of the R&B tune "K.C. Loving," was later performed by the Beatles and James Brown, among others....

Character actor Noah Beery Jr., 81, who played Rocky, the folksy father of private eye Jim Rockford on The Rockford Files (1974-80), died Nov. 1 at his ranch near Tehachapi, Calif., six weeks after surgery for a cerebral hemorrhage. The son of actor Noah Beery and the nephew of actor Wallace Beery, Noah Jr. had a 60-year career that included roles in Sergeant York (1941) and The Spirit of St. Louis (1957).

Actor Michael J. Fox, 33, and his wife, actress Tracy Pollan, 34, are expecting their second child next spring. Their son Sam is 5.

Citing irreconcilable differences, former model Kelly ("Don't hate me because I'm beautiful") Le-Brock, 34, filed for divorce on Oct. 31 from On Deadly Ground star Steven Seagal, 42. Married seven years, the couple have three children, Annalisa, 7, Dominic, 4, and Arissa, 1.

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, 34, announced on Nov. 2 that he is leaving his job as leader of The Tonight Show band in January to tour and spend more time with his son Reese, 8. Kevin Eubanks, a bass player with the band, will serve as a temporary replacement.

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