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Ben Vereen

It's Curtains

for My Marriage

9/19/2012 5:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Ben Vereen
has filed for divorce from his wife of 36 years ... TMZ has learned.

The Tony-Award winning Broadway legend -- who also starred as Chicken George in "Roots" -- just filed the papers in L.A. County Superior Court ... hoping to end his union with longtime wife Nancy Bruner.

The two were married back in 1976 after meeting on the set of a play -- they have several children, but they are all adults ... so child support isn't an issue.

As for spousal support, Ben doesn't think he should have to pay that either.

In the docs, Vereen blames the split on irreconcilable differences ... and says they split back in March.

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Phishie from Philly    

That's a shame. Why are you telling us this.
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Phishie from Philly

713 days ago
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DaveT    

It's Chicken George, cool!
Liked Chicken George when I was a kid in school and Roots came out, still really like Ben in that role, he's excellent with facial expressions, hard to find that in actors, Cuba Gooding Jr is the only other person who reminds me of him

713 days ago
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Anonymous    

LOL@ "As for spousal support, Ben doesn't think he should have to pay that either."

Delusional. She is going to get half of everything, and support. 36 years is a long time.

713 days ago
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Marlyn    

He probably has no money for alimony anyway- he's been a has been for years. He had a mental breakdown years ago too.

713 days ago
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Phreaky    

Maybe he'll finally tell Usher that he's his father.

713 days ago
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FLO    

She is a saint who put up with his constant screwing around and still nursed him back to health after he was hit by a car on PCH. She deserves every penny he has left,

713 days ago
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t    

TMZ, Ben Vereen has had a very successful theater career and all you can come up with is the reference to him playing Chicken George??? I swear this site is being run by a bunch of young dumb racists...

713 days ago
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DavidLemley    

36 years of marriage? Sounds like he's a better man than he played as Will Smith's dad in that one episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

713 days ago
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myopinion    

Well they have been together for a long time I guess it's time to move on!

713 days ago
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Lil' Willy From Philly    

You - think - that - he - wants - this? It - just - hap-pened!!

713 days ago
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Bill Leslie    

that's sad -- after 36 years and at age 65 what does he think he's going to find better - compromise, apologize and move on together.

713 days ago
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Quinn    

Wow, no spousal support - now I know where his Godson gets it from

713 days ago
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Bitchmaster    

She will take HALF!

713 days ago
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Sincerity    

Chances are his wife is much more financially secure than Ben Vereen which is "why" he doesn't want to pay her any spousal support. They'll probably split whatever community property they have "down the middle" and be done with it!!! It's not like he's positioned to make any major comeback.

713 days ago
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baybek8s    

Another old fart that has lost his mind.Can you say Buzz Aldrin? I only have one word for old Chicken George...HALF!

713 days ago
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