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Grand Rapids native revealed as character on Desperate Housewives

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(Grand Rapids, October 9, 2005, 6:00 p.m.) Sunday night a mysterious character is revealed on the hit show Desperate Housewives, and a West Michigan man is at the center of it.

Page Kennedy was trained as an actor in Grand Rapids and attended Grand Rapids Community College.

His character is revealed on Housewives as the man chained in the basement Betty Applewhite, played by Alfre Woodard.

Kennedy's friends say he is excited to be on such a hit show.

"I think he's a little overwhelmed," said friend Maureen Kirkwood. "I think by how big this is going to be. I think he knows his life is going to change, that this is going to be a big deal."

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Courtesy of: AOL TELEVISION, NEWS AND GOSSIP...TOP HEADLINE NEWS

Updated: 08:53 AM EDT

'Desperate Housewives' IDs Basement Guy

By LYNN ELBER, AP

APAsked if his character makes it through the season, actor Page Kennedy said, "yes," then, after a pause, "hopefully."

LOS ANGELES (Oct. 24) - With a typical "Desperate Housewives" flourish of high drama, the man locked in a Wisteria Lane basement was revealed Sunday to be a fugitive from justice.

Caleb, being held in secret by neighborhood newcomer Betty Applewhite (Alfre Woodard), may be responsible for the killing four months ago of a teenage girl in Chicago - a crime for which another man has been arrested.

"It's time we talked about her, Caleb," Betty tells him after seeing a TV news report of the arrest. "Until you start accepting responsibility for what happened, you know I can't let you out of here."

Page Kennedy, the actor playing Caleb, remained a barely glimpsed mystery figure before Sunday. He's glad to emerge from the shadows, but careful not to disclose much about his character.

"I do know that he's sweet but he can be very dangerous," Kennedy told The Associated Press.

The man's story is evolving as production continues, he said. The actor doesn't know Caleb's fate and acknowledges that others on the suburban satire have met untimely ends.

Asked if Caleb makes it through the season, Kennedy said, "Yes," then, after a pause, "Hopefully."

During Sunday's episode, Betty is seen composing a letter to Chicago police advising that an innocent person is in custody. Her son, Matthew (Mehcad Brooks), warns her that she's putting Caleb, who appears to be in his 20s and developmentally disabled, in danger.

"He's not a killer," she said. "He was confused."

"They're not gonna care how slow Caleb is. They'll just execute him," Mehcad replies. Caleb's relationship to the Applewhites is not made clear.

The murder victim was identified as a 17-year-old high school student named Melanie Foster.

Kennedy said he'll have no regrets even if his "Desperate Housewives" run turns out to be brief. He was so intent on joining the show that he let other opportunities go, including a recurring role on Showtime's "Barber Shop" and parts on WB's upcoming Rebecca Romijn series "Pepper Dennis" and on UPN's "Love, Inc."

"I needed this opportunity to play this kind of character," Kennedy said. "It isn't the kind that comes around often and it's usually played by a name (actor). This is an opportunity for me to showcase all the years of training I've had."

The hit ABC series represents the chance of "making a name for myself," he said.

Kennedy, 28, a Detroit native, studied at Western Michigan University and "fell in love with Shakespeare." He pursued his passion with graduate studies at the University of Delaware.

Working steadily since moving to Los Angeles five years ago, he's appeared in the HBO series "Six Feet Under" (he was a football player who dies of heat stroke) and made his film debut as a bad guy in 2003's "S.W.A.T." He's in the movie "In the Mix," opening on his birthday, Nov. 23.

"Desperate Housewives," which ranks among the top-rated series with about 25 million viewers weekly, represents "the biggest exposure I'll have gotten," Kennedy said.

He nearly missed out on it.

Kennedy had to finish a "Barber Shop" scene before he could audition for "Desperate Housewives" and the producers had cooperated by pushing his tryout time to the end of the day at 5 p.m. The "Barber Shop" shoot, however, ran long.

"So 5 o'clock came, then 5:45. I booked to my car and rushed from Paramount to Universal in the middle of traffic," Kennedy recalled. "When I got there they were all leaving. But they came back and watched and (series creator) Marc Cherry said it was worth the wait."

Whether "Desperate Housewives" proves his big break, Kennedy is enjoying the ride.

"Alfre Woodard's my favorite actress. To meet her and have her be so kind and open and welcoming to me is a great thing," he said, adding that the rest of the female-dominated cast have been "so sweet and nice to me."

His hope is to someday gain the clout to star in a film version of his favorite play, something a bit more classic than "Desperate Housewives."

"My dream and my goal is to play Richard III," Kennedy said. "Now I just need to get someone to hire me to do Shakespeare on film."

10/24/05 01:08 EDT

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Courtesy of:CNN, ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Actor fired from 'Desperate Housewives'

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Page Kennedy, who plays a fugitive from the law on "Desperate Housewives, " was fired from the hit ABC drama for improper conduct, a series spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Kennedy, who joined the show this season, was let go Friday after a "thorough investigation by the studio" of the allegations against him, publicist Janet Daily said. "Desperate Housewives" is produced by Touchstone Television, part of The Walt Disney Co.

Details of the allegations were unavailable, Daily said. A call by The Associated Press to Kennedy's agent for comment wasn't immediately returned Tuesday.

The alleged misconduct didn't involve another cast member, a source close to the production said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Kennedy played Caleb, a character shrouded in mystery and seen only briefly as he was held captive in the basement of Wisteria Lane newcomer Betty Applewhite (Alfre Woodard). In the October 23 episode, it was revealed that Caleb may be responsible for a teenager's murder in Chicago.

The role of Caleb is being recast, Daily said. Kennedy's final appearance on the ABC series is Sunday.

In an Associated Press interview last month, Kennedy, 28, said the "Desperate Housewives" role represented the chance of "making a name for myself."

He was so intent on joining the show, he said, that he passed on other jobs, including a recurring role on Showtime's "Barber Shop" and parts on WB's upcoming Rebecca Romijn series, "Pepper Dennis," and on UPN's "Love, Inc."

"I needed this opportunity to play this kind of character," Kennedy said. "It isn't the kind that comes around often and it's usually played by a name (actor). This is an opportunity for me to showcase all the years of training I've had."

The Detroit native had appeared in the HBO series "Six Feet Under" as a football player who died of heat stroke and made his film debut as a bad guy in 2003's "S.W.A.T." He's in the movie "In the Mix," which is set to open on his birthday, November 23.

"Desperate Housewives," among the top-rated series with about 25 million viewers weekly, represents "the biggest exposure I'll have gotten," Kennedy told the AP. He lauded Woodard as his favorite actress, and said the rest of the cast "has been so sweet and nice to me."

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'Desperate' actor disputes stories

Page Kennedy says producer wanted new direction

Wednesday, November 16, 2005; Posted: 4:02 p.m. EST (21:02 GMT)

DETROIT, Michigan (AP) -- Former "Desperate Housewives" actor Page Kennedy says he wasn't fired from the hit show because of any improper behavior.

Kennedy said officials merely wanted to recast his role and that reports of him being let go for on-set nudity are false.

"There are a lot of stories that have been told, but the truth of the matter is that Touchstone (the show's producer) decided to go in a new direction, and they bought out my contract," Kennedy told the Detroit Free Press.

Publicists for the series have said Kennedy, who joined the show this season, was fired earlier this month after a "thorough investigation by the studio" of allegations of improper conduct made against him.

Kennedy, 28, said he's concerned about the damage the allegations could do to his image, at least in the short term.

"I feel that my life will be looked at under a microscope now," he told The Detroit News. "Anything that I do or am perceived to do will make news."

Kennedy played Caleb, a character shrouded in mystery and seen only briefly as he was held captive in the basement of Wisteria Lane newcomer Betty Applewhite (Alfre Woodard). The role has been recast, and Kennedy's final appearance on the ABC series aired Sunday.

Kennedy, who has appeared in the HBO series "Six Feet Under," plays a small role in the "In the Mix," which stars Usher and is set to open on November 23.

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