Plus: Star Trek's Scotty has Alzheimer's, and more

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 06, 2004 09:00 AM

RENEGED: Former PEOPLE Sexiest Man Alive Sean Connery, 73, who once vowed he would never write his memoirs, has secured a six-figure deal for his life story, to be released in fall 2005, publisher HarperCollins confirms to Reuters. “He has promised that he is going to be very frank about his entire life,” says a spokeswoman. Says Connery, who went from bodybuilding contests in his native Scotland to international fame starring as James Bond: “It’s rather scary but utterly exhilarating, and I’m looking forward to it.”

CAST: Former Baywatch actor David Hasselhoff, 51, is to make his British stage debut July 16 in the West End musical Chicago as scheming lawyer Billy Flynn, played by Richard Gere in the Oscar-winning movie. “This is not about making money – this is about following my heart, challenging myself and having fun,” Hasselhoff tells Reuters. “Billy will be like every other attorney I’ve ever known – charming until he delivers the bill.”

DIAGNOSED: Star Trek actor James Doohan, 84, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, reports Britain’s to Sky News, which also says the actor, who played Scotty, has battled Parkinson’s, diabetes and lung fibrosis. “With Jimmy it’s the loss of words,” his wife Wende said. “He is not so sick yet that he doesn’t know people. … What he had for breakfast might be an iffy thing, but golly, he could tell you all about how he got the part in Star Trek.

REBUFFED: Duke University Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewskki, 57, has turned down a five-year, $40 million job offer to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, he announced at a weekend press conference. “This decision was easier to make because you have to follow your heart,” he said, “Duke has always taken up my whole heart.”

SYNCHRONIZED: More than 1,250 radio stations across America celebrated a defining moment in rock and roll Monday by simultaneously playing “That’s All Right,” a tune recorded exactly 50 years ago by a young truck driver called Elvis Presley, reports Reuters. Influential guitarist Scotty Moore, who played on the track with Elvis (who died in 1977) kicked off the event at noon Eastern time by flipping the switch on a reel-to-reel tape at the legendary Sun Studio in Presley’s adopted home town of Memphis.

CHARGED: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off actor Jeffrey Jones, 57, is accused of failing to register as a sex offender after moving to Florida, reports AP. Jones pleaded no contest last July to a felony charge of employing a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photos. The actor was sentenced to five years’ probation and ordered to register as a sex offender and undergo counseling. On Thursday, authorities arrested Jones. He was later released on $1,000 bail, according to police records.