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UNDATED (AP) -- His widow says Robin Williams wasn't ready to tell the world he had Parkinson's disease. But if he had, he would have become the most prominent entertainer to acknowledge suffering from the debilitating illness. Michael J. Fox has been open about his battle with Parkinson's -- even starring recently in a short-lived TV sitcom about a man who had the disease. Recently, singer Linda Ronstadt said she could no longer sing because of the disease. And Muhammad Ali has been struggling with the effects of the disease for decades. His speech is all but gone and his body movements are halting and stiff.

AP Entertainment Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Robin Williams was among a number of celebrities diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. ((opens with music))

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AP Entertainment Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports several beloved entertainers have had to deal with Parkinson's disease.

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AP Entertainment Correspondent Oscar Wells Gabriel reports that Parkinson's can be a very debilitating disease.

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Excerpt of Linda Ronstadt

Here's a bit of Linda Ronstadt performing "When Will I Be Loved." The singer is among those who has Parkinson's disease.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Kellan Lutz says he saw Robin Williams as a role model for fathers. The "Twilight" star says he grew up in need of a father figure -- and "always wished" Williams was his dad. Lutz says based on the characters Williams portrayed in films like "Patch Adams" and "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Good Will Hunting," he figured "it would be fun to have that kind of dad." Lutz is also a friend of Williams' daughter, Zelda. He describes Williams' death as "crushing."

Kellan Lutz says he hopes to pattern his role as father after the kind of characters Robin Williams played.

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Kellan Lutz

Kellan Lutz says Hollywood can be a tough town for those who aren't comfortable with themselves.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Moviegoers continued to shell out for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." The rebooted reptiles took in $28 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the $16 million earned by Sylvester Stallone's "The Expendables 3," taking fourth place its debut weekend. Instead, the Marvel's "The Guardians of the Galaxy" came in second with more than $24 million in its third weekend. The buddy comedy "Let's Be Cops" landed in third with a $17 million opening. The Lois Lowry adaption "The Giver" debuted with more than $12 million.

AP correspondent Jackie Quinn reports this weekend at the movies the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" raced past a group of older big-name warriors.


LONDON (AP) -- Daniel Radcliffe doesn't get it. He says he has no idea why fans are so interested in who celebrities are dating. The "Harry Potter" actor is said to be dating Erin Drake, who co-starred with him in "Kill Your Darlings." But he says when he's asked about his love life, he tries to "give as little away as possible" -- and even then, it makes news. He says people think he's being open about his relationships when he is really trying to keep his mouth shut. Radcliffe stars in the romantic comedy "What If."

Daniel Radcliffe says he doesn't understand why people are so interested in the personal lives of celebrities.

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Daniel Radcliffe describes his reaction when he sees something about his personal life in print.


LONDON (AP) -- Jackie Chan says it will soon get to the point where he won't be doing his own stunts anymore. The action star says now that he's 60, it's time to slow down on the movie rough stuff. He says until recently he had been doing his own stunt work, but with future projects he will "let more people do it" for him. He says he can see a time when he will just do the tight shots, and let someone else deal with all the somersaults and jumping for him.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He won't have to do time. But former SNL cast member Chris Kattan will find out soon how much he will have to cough up as a result of his DUI case. He got three years' probation in the case. But he faces a separate hearing next month on damages. He ran his Mercedes into a Department of Transportation vehicle in Southern California earlier this year. The hearing will determine how much he'll have to pay the state for smashing into its vehicle.


ATKINS, Iowa (AP) -- He tells his share of corny jokes while doing the weather on "Today." Now Al Roker's mug will be shorn into a corny field in honor of his turning 60. An eastern Iowa farm has constructed a 10-acre corn maze with Roker's face and the words, "Happy 60th Al." Bloomsbury Farm in Atkins, Iowa has been picking different themes for their corn maze each year for more than a decade. Karen Peterson says she and her husband chose Roker because "he seems like a great guy." The Roker corn maze will open Labor Day and be available for exploring through Halloween.

Rewind Time

August 19, 2014 07:17 GMT

Today is Tuesday, August 19, the 231st day of 2014. There are 134 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 19, A.D. 14, Caesar Augustus, Rome's first emperor, died at age 76 after a reign lasting four decades; he was succeeded by his stepson Tiberius.

On this date:

In 1812, the USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerriere off Nova Scotia during the War of 1812, earning the nickname "Old Ironsides."

In 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces landed at Benedict, Maryland, with the objective of capturing Washington, D.C.

In 1934, a plebiscite in Germany approved the vesting of sole executive power in Adolf Hitler.

In 1936, the first of a series of show trials orchestrated by Soviet leader Josef Stalin began in Moscow as 16 defendants faced charges of conspiring against the government (all were convicted and executed).

In 1942, during World War II, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the Germans at Dieppe, France, suffering more than 50-percent casualties.

In 1955, severe flooding in the northeastern U.S. claimed some 200 lives.

In 1964, The Beatles opened their first full-fledged U.S. tour as they performed at San Francisco's Cow Palace.

In 1974, U.S. Ambassador Rodger P. Davies was fatally wounded by a bullet that penetrated the American embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus, during a protest by Greek Cypriots.

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford won the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Kansas City.

In 1980, 301 people aboard a Saudi Arabian L-1011 died as the jetliner made a fiery emergency return to the Riyadh airport.

In 1991, Soviet hard-liners made the stunning announcement that President Mikhail S. Gorbachev had been removed from power. (The coup attempt collapsed two days later.)

Ten years ago: Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry fought back against campaign allegations of exaggerating his combat record in Vietnam, accusing President George W. Bush of using a Republican front group "to do his dirty work." Google began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, ending the day up $15.34 at $100.34. Carly Patterson won gymnastics' premier event at the Olympics in Athens, becoming the first U.S. woman to win the all-around title since Mary Lou Retton in 1984.

Five years ago: Suicide bombers struck Iraq's finance and foreign ministries, killing more than 100 people. Four members of an elite Army special operations unit were killed when their helicopter crashed on a Colorado mountain during a training mission. Don Hewitt, the TV news pioneer who'd created CBS' "60 Minutes," died at his Long Island, New York, home at age 86.

One year ago: Olympian runner Oscar Pistorius was indicted in Pretoria, South Africa, on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his home on Valentine's Day 2013; Pistorius has maintained he'd mistaken her for an intruder. A train ran over a group of Hindu pilgrims at a crowded station in eastern India, killing at least 37 people. Actor Lee Thompson Young, 29, was found dead in his North Hollywood home.

Today's Birthdays: Actor L.Q. Jones is 87. Actress Debra Paget is 81. USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Famer Renee Richards is 80. Former MLB All-Star Bobby Richardson is 79. Actress Diana Muldaur is 76. Rock musician Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 75. Singer Johnny Nash is 74. Actress Jill St. John is 74. Actor and former U.S. senator Fred Thompson is 72. Singer Billy J. Kramer is 71. Country singer-songwriter Eddy Raven is 70. Rock singer Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) is 69. Former President Bill Clinton is 68. Tipper Gore, wife of former Vice President Al Gore, is 66. Actor Jim Carter is 66. Actor Gerald McRaney is 66. Rock musician John Deacon (Queen) is 63. Actor-director Jonathan Frakes is 62. Political consultant Mary Matalin is 61. Actor Peter Gallagher is 59. Actor Adam Arkin is 58. Singer-songwriter Gary Chapman is 57. Actor Martin Donovan is 57. Pro Football Hall-of-Famer Anthony Munoz is 56. Rhythm-and-blues singer Ivan Neville is 55. Actor Eric Lutes is 52. Actor John Stamos is 51. Actress Kyra Sedgwick is 49. Actor Kevin Dillon is 49. Country singer Lee Ann Womack is 48. TV reporter Tabitha Soren is 47. Country singer-songwriter Mark McGuinn is 46. Actor Matthew Perry is 45. Country singer Clay Walker is 45. Rapper Fat Joe is 44. Olympic gold medal tennis player Mary Joe Fernandez is 43. Actress Tracie Thoms is 39. Country singer Rissi (REE'-see) Palmer is 33. Actress Erika Christensen is 32. Pop singer Missy Higgins is 31. Actress Tammin Sursok (TV: "Pretty Little Liars") is 31. Country singer Karli Osborn is 30. Olympic silver medal snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis is 29. Actor J. Evan Bonifant is 29. Rapper Romeo is 25.

Thought for Today: "Well done is quickly done." -- Caesar Augustus, Roman emperor (63 B.C.-A.D. 14).