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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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34 COMMENTS

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Raejean    

This is sad and I'm sorry it's happening. It sounds like a real marriage is breaking up.

678 days ago
17.

tedpoe    

Well, we all know that Hollywood marriages don't last. http://bit.ly/H0jj0u

678 days ago
18.

David    

I bet she's white. All black men love white women!!! But if he's been married 36 years, blacks didn't marry white women then. They just got them pregnant.

678 days ago
19.

Charles    

Zoobalee Zoo!

678 days ago
20.

Spicy mag    

Benson! Oh wait.

678 days ago
21.

billy    

Who?

678 days ago
22.

Cheryl A.    

So sad! They lasted for 36 years. They should be able to fix this.

678 days ago
23.

jayne    

After 36 years his wife deserves something. Maybe half of everything ! Sad it has to end after all these years together.

678 days ago
24.

trini    

Thirty six years is a long time to be married,could't you guys work this out,didn't wifey nurse you back to health after that horrible accident,and did she not stay with you through that gruling rehab stint?take your vows seriously ,for better or for worse,til death do us part,come un guys you could work it out!

678 days ago
25.

crystal caston    

sh who cares break up,,,, its hard to stay together.... together b happy

678 days ago
26.

Christine Garcia    

I have worked with Ben on several projects and he is an upstanding guy. I am sorry to see his marriage ending especially after that amount of time, but I am sure he did not make this decision without a lot of thought. I wish he and Nancy the best.

678 days ago
27.

Mark    

36 years of having sex with the same woman. That is CRAZY!

678 days ago
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