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Actor Heston fights prostate cancer

Charlton Heston is battling prostate cancer but says he is on the road to recovery after weeks of intense radiation treatments.

"It's not totally gone, but it's on the path to it," the Academy Award-winning actor said Friday from his home in the Los Angeles Santa Monica Mountains.

He said he found out about the cancer during his annual checkup and prostate screening in June. Doctors agreed to let Heston, who is active in politics and is president of the National Rifle Association, postpone radiation treatment until after the November election so he could stump for Republican candidates and continue shooting a film.

Heston, 75, underwent the treatment for six to seven weeks, finishing last month. He said he went to the hospital about 7 a.m. five days a week to receive treatment and then went to work.

Heston said he will have another checkup in several weeks. No surgery is planned, but he may undergo radioactive seed implants.

He is now shooting Town and Country, a comedy with Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton.

Berle says he feels fine

after suffering mild stroke

Comedian Milton Berle is recovering from a mild stroke he suffered last month.

The 90-year-old Berle said Thursday he feels fine although doctors have told him to cut back on his work schedule.

"The doctors say I had a mild stroke, but I don't feel it," Berle said. "I have no fear of anything, and I'm gonna have a terrific new year."

Berle's wife, Lorna, said the stroke occurred Dec. 5, but the couple "didn't really know what had happened until a couple of weeks later."

"Thin Red Line' role

may be Nolte's fiercest

Nick Nolte is known for portraying the angry.

But his role as the fiery Col. Gordon Tall in The Thin Red Line may be his fiercest yet.

"Ferocity? That's fairly easy for me to access," said the 57-year-old. "I've been delving into rage for quite some time."

Don't look for Kinnear

in chat rooms on the Net

Greg Kinnear may not be as square as the typewriter-using columnist he plays in the new romantic comedy You've Got Mail, but he says he's a far cry from a real cyber geek.

Kinnear says in an interview to air Monday on NBC's Access Hollywood that while he has checked out some chat rooms, you're not likely to find him on one.

"I've done the math, and the average chat room user can type over 65,000 words a minute and I can't compete with that so I'm staying out of the rooms," he joked.

_ Compiled from Times wires

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