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'Arrested Development:' 5 fun facts about the cast
We're just hours away from the release of the fourth and final season of "Arrested Development" on Netflix, which will release all 15 episodes this Sunday.
To pass the time, fans have been hanging out at the show's traveling banana stand or rewatching the trailer on a loop, but it won't be much longer before fans will have the chance to binge-watch the fourth season in its entirety.
The show's biggest fans can tell you how many times Bluth family members have uttered the phrase, "I've made a huge mistake," but how many can tell you which cast member was born at West Point? Newsday Westchester's here to tell you five fun behind-the-scenes facts about the cast of "Arrested Development."
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1. Jason Bateman (MIchael Bluth) is married to Paul Anka's daughter, Amanda Anka. Bateman, a Rye native, told former Briarcliff Manor disc jockey Howard Stern about the family dynamic when he visited the shock-jock's studio in January. "He's an incredible father-in-law," Bateman told Stern. "[We're] very, very close."
2. Tony Hale (Buster Bluth) was born at West Point. The army brat's father taught nuclear physics to cadets there. Science!
3. Liza Minnelli (Lucille Austero) played the title role in Scarsdale High School’s 1961 production of "The Diary of Anne Frank." Newsday Westchester even has visual evidence of Minnelli's earliest acting days. Sure, you also might not have known that her godfather was lyricist Ira Gershwin, but we prefer the local connection for obvious reasons.
4. Ben Stiller (Tony Wonder) briefly was a cast member on "Saturday Night Live." Given his career highlights on TV and in movies, it's easy to forget that Stiller was a featured player during the 1988-89 season.
5. Ron Howard (narrator) had to direct Mel Gibson on a day when Gibson was Oscar-nominated for directing and Howard was snubbed. Hours after "Apollo 13" snagged seven Academy Award nods — but not one for Howard as a director — the Armonk homeowner had to direct Gibson, who was nominated for "Braveheart" in that category and others, on the set of 1996's "Ransom." Needless to say, that day was a bit awkward at the start. "So, I'm directing Mel and Gary [Sinise]," Howard told Esquire. "I'm talking to Gary about some adjustment I want him to make in the scene. And he turns to the crew and says, 'What the f--- am I listening to you for? Mel, what do you think I should do?' The perfect icebreaker. Brilliant!"
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