Celebrity poker event May 10 to benefit UCLA Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

“Dealing for Duchenne” is a star-studded Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament and silent auction to raise money for the Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA, where researchers and physicians combine efforts to extend the lives of children with the deadly genetic disorder.

Launched seven years ago by local parents of boys affected by the disease, the annual event’s proceeds have led to promising experimental therapies they hope will one day save their children’s lives.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy strikes one in 3,500 boys, weakening their muscles until they lose the ability to move and breathe on their own. Most boys are diagnosed by age 5, confined to a wheelchair by 12 and don’t survive past 25. UCLA is the only facility west of Ohio offering clinical trials and specialized medical care to Duchenne patients.

The event will feature the following individuals:

Joel Murray
Murray, an actor whose credits include “The Artist,” “Mad Men” and “Two and a Half Men,” will emcee the event.

David Foster and The Tenors
Foster, a Grammy-winning musician and producer, and the Canadian quartet The Tenors will provide live music and entertainment.

Other celebrities scheduled to attend include:

Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”), Anna Belknap (“CSI: NY”), Majandra Delfino (“Friends With Better Lives”), Rich Eisen (NFL Network), Willie Garson (“White Collar,” “Sex and the City”), Anne Heche (“Hung,” “Six Days Seven Nights”), Brendan Hines (“Scandal”), Oliver Hudson (“Rules of Engagement”), Josh Malina (“Scandal,” “West Wing”), Kellie Martin (“Army Wives”), Tim Olyphant (“Justified,” “Hitman”), Tim Roth (“Klondike,” “Lie to Me”) Nicole Sullivan (“Cougar Town,” “Family Guy”), James Tupper (“Revenge”) and David Walton (“About a Boy”).

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About a Boy star David Walton credits his wife for his success

Actor David Walton was never quite sure what he did for a living. After all, he’d starred in several sitcoms and was viewed in Hollywood as a “romantic leading man,” but for a while he couldn’t get arrested if he panhandled on Sunset Boulevard.

“I started my part-timing right after I got ‘Cracking Up’ and that was hard because there’s this ego thing,” says Walton in the lobby lounge of a hotel here in Pasadena, California. “’I’m an actor now. I don’t need another job.’ People go, ‘What do you do for a living?’ ‘I’m an actor, a real actor. I don’t have to wait tables.’

“You say that enough because in that phase everyone says that. But what is the definition of an actor? … It was really a struggle to make a living as an actor. But I think that struggle oddly is what life’s all about, and the striving and all that stuff is important to experience, I think.”

While living in an 800 sq-ft apartment with a roommate in New York, he sold knives, catered parties and waited tables.

But the striving finally paid off 10 years later as Walton is starring in one of NBC’s brighter comedies, About a Boy, in which he plays the laidback neighbour of an uptight single mother. The comedy rolls when he begins to mentor her precocious son against her wishes — a modern take on the odd couple.

But when he was 25 Walton almost quit. “Right before 100 Questions I was training to make cold calls,” he nods.

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‘Friends With Better Lives’ Stills

I updated the gallery with additional stills from previous episodes and stills from the next two episodes.

A big thanks to Claudia for most of them.

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