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Q&A: 'NCIS' actor Sean Murray quit drinking to lose weight

'NCIS' actor slimmer on purpose

My husband and I are avid followers of NCIS. We are wondering why the person who plays McGee on the show is getting so terribly thin. Is he ill?

No, Sean Murray, who plays the nerdy agent Timothy McGee on NCIS, lost the weight intentionally. He explains in a series of Twitter posts (twitter.com/SeanHMurray) that he dropped 25 pounds by going 14 months without alcohol and almost no sugar. He says he ate strictly organic.

"You can actually see me gradually lose the weight over the 24 (episodes) of Season 7," he tweeted. "Slowly, a pound every week or two. Watch the DVDs."

He may not be finished. His final tweet on the question was: "Maybe one year I come back and it's full-on McMuscles."

Murray, who will be 33 on Nov. 15, has also appeared in the TV series JAG.

'Uncle Albert' meaning unclear

The Beatles sang a song that started out "We're so sorry, Uncle Albert," then went on to other subjects. What was the song about?

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey was recorded in 1971 by Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, on the album Ram. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard chart, and McCartney won a Grammy for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists.

The song is a cornucopia of sound effects, including thunder, rain, telephone dialing, a message machine, chirping birds and a seashore.

But what the almost 5-minute-long song is about is anyone's guess. Many critics have called it nonsensical, and if you read the lyrics you might agree (they can be found at www.lyricsdepot.com/paul-mccartney/uncle-albert.html, among other places).

McCartney has said he based Uncle Albert on a relative. "He's someone I recall fondly, and when the song was coming it was like a nostalgia thing."

He also said Admiral Halsey referred to U.S. Admiral William "Bull" Halsey, who commanded the Third Fleet in the Pacific during World War II. The chorus of "hands across the water, heads across the sky" was apparently a reference to the American aid programs of World War II.

Baby is real on 'Modern Family'

On the TV show Modern Family, is the baby Lily a real baby? She never moves, and has no facial expression.

Yes, Lily Pritchett-Tucker is played by twins Jayden and Ella Hiller.

Wayne Rogers' degree in history

We are fans of Wayne Rogers, who used to be on M*A*S*H and is a regular on Fox News' Cashin' In. Does he have a business degree?

Rogers, head of Wayne Rogers & Co., an investment strategy firm, earned his bachelor's in history from Princeton University in 1954. He has said he holds no other degrees.

Q&A: 'NCIS' actor Sean Murray quit drinking to lose weight 11/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 6:19pm]

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