Cryer's star steady as 'Men' gets fresh

LOS ANGELES — Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer on Monday received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and thanked former co-star Charlie Sheen and the show's co-creators for intervening during the last season when troubles arose.

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Cryer, 46, was honored with the 2,449th star on the famous walkway. Among those who attended were Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre and co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Angus T. Jones.

Kutcher has replaced Sheen on TV's top-rated comedy after Lorre and the Warner Bros. studio feuded with their erratic, hard-partying star. They fired Sheen in March, cutting the series short. Sheen, however, had well wishes for his former show on Sunday during the Emmys.

After recognizing Sheen, Cryer gave props to Lorre and co-creator Lee Aronsohn who "when they saw somebody clearly in distress, they took every possible means to try and help their friend," he said. "When it came time to make the ultimate decision, which was someplace nobody wanted to go, did something that, in my belief, saved my friend Charlie Sheen's life."

Cryer made his film debut in the 1984 romantic comedy No Small Affair and was best known for his role as Phil "Duckie" Dale in Pretty in Pink before landing a spot on CBS' Two and a Half Men. He has received six consecutive Emmy nominations for supporting actor in a comedy series, winning two years ago.

Cryer also has performed on Broadway in Brighton Beach Memoirs and Torch Song Trilogy.

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It was a good weekend for Walt Disney Co., what with its ABC Entertainment unit taking home five Emmys and a reissue of its Lion King ruling the box-office jungle.

Disney's ABC snared five Emmys for its Modern Family sitcom, including best comedy series, writing and directing awards as well as statuettes won by supporting actors Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell. It was the second year that Modern Family won the Emmy for best comedy series.

Separately, Disney got a boost when its re-release of the 1994 animated classic The Lion King took in an estimated $29.3 million to lead the weekend box office — roughly double what analysts had forecast.

So what happened?

Two and a Half Men debuted on Monday night with Ashton Kutcher replacing Charlie Sheen, but details on this season's storyline have been kept top secret. To read a review of Monday's show, go to tampabay.com/features.

Cryer's star steady as 'Men' gets fresh 09/19/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:06am]

    

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