Actor Dabney Coleman Dies at 92
FILE - Actor Dabney Coleman, who stars in NBC's "Sooner or Later, appears in Los Angeles on Nov. 14, 1988. Coleman, the mustachioed character actor who specialized in smarmy villains like the chauvinist boss in "9 to 5" and the nasty TV director in "Tootsie," died Thursday, May 16, 2024, his daughter, Quincy Coleman, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 92. No other details were immediately available. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Actor Dabney Coleman Dies at 92

May 17th, 2024

A man named Dabney Coleman was a movie and TV star. He played bad guys in shows and movies. He was 92 years old when he died. His daughter Quincy said he died at home and was peaceful. People liked Dabney for being good at playing bad guys. He was in a funny TV show long ago where he played a mayor. In a movie called "9 to 5," he was a mean boss. He was also in a movie with Tom Hanks and in a big fire movie. Dabney won awards for his acting. He played in many movies and TV shows. Sometimes he was a funny bad guy on TV, but not all the shows were popular. He was better in some roles like a lawyer's dad and a school principal in a cartoon. Dabney was a quiet person. He said he was shy. When he was little, he liked to make up games. When he got older, he played important people in movies, like a president. He was born in Texas. When he was older, he decided to be an actor. He acted in many TV shows and movies. He has children and grandchildren. His daughter Quincy said her dad loved life and made people laugh. Dabney had a long career and many people remember him for his roles.
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. Who was Dabney Coleman?
. What kind of roles did Dabney play in shows and movies?
. What did Dabney's daughter Quincy say about him?

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Dabney Coleman was an actor in the United States. He acted in films and television. He played characters who were not nice, but people enjoyed his acting. He died at an old age. He has a family who remembers him.

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Character actor
Some actors in movies and TV shows have special jobs. They are not the main actors. They are called character actors. They act as very interesting people. They have big parts, but not the biggest. These actors can look very different from how they really are. Sometimes they have unusual faces or bodies. A character actor might have a face that we remember, but we might not know their name. Character actors are not usually the stars of the show. They don't look like the people who play the husband or wife in the story. But they are still very important. They help make the show good. One man in Chicago was in an accident and had to fix his face. After that, people in theaters could tell who he was because he looked different. Character actors don't make the movie posters. Their names are not big on the screen. But they can be very special to the movie.

Media and gender
Boys and girls look different on TV, in movies, in games, and on the internet. Groups like UNESCO work to make things better for girls and women in these places. They want to see more women making movies, TV shows, and news. A long time ago, some women writers started to ask why we mostly see stories about men. These women writers wanted more stories about everyone, not just men. They said that the way we tell stories can change how we think about boys and girls. More girls are now working in making news, but there are still more boys in charge. Some news places are trying to have the same number of boys and girls working.

Depiction of Jesus
People have made pictures of Jesus for a very long time. At first, there were different ways to show Jesus, but after a while, most pictures showed him with long hair and a beard. This made it easy to know which one was Jesus. Sometimes Jesus looks like people from the place where the picture was made. Some people think that certain pictures of Jesus are very special because they are old or because the church says so. In the past, not everyone liked pictures of Jesus. Some people said there should not be any pictures in churches. But then pictures came back. In a time called the Reformation, some people did not want pictures of Jesus again. They thought it was wrong, like praying to an idol. Today, some churches still do not have pictures of Jesus because they believe it goes against God's rules.