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Daytonians who’ve made us proud at the big Hollywood award shows

Published: Friday, January 29, 2016 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, June 08, 2018 @ 4:22 PM

If Allison Janney wins the Oscar for her role in “I, Tonya” she will be the first Daytonian to win this one of the top acting prizes. Video by Amelia Robinson

    Awards are a big measure of success in the entertainment business. And tons of former and current Miami Valley residents have been nominated for Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmy’s, Tony’s and SAG Awards

    Some have even won big!!

    Don't even get us started on those who have won or been up for Spirit AwardsCritics' Choice Awards and other notable awards.

    Check out these former and current Daytonians who have been honored by Hollywood for their contributions to the entertainment industry.

    We even threw in a few unlucky Golden Raspberry Award (also known as the Razzies) winners just because.



    In this March 29, 2017 photo, Allison Janney poses for a portrait in New York. Janney, who won Emmy Awards for her work in “The West Wing” and “Mom,” is starring in a Broadway revival of “Six Degrees of Separation.” (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)(Brian Ach/Brian Ach/Invision/AP)

    Emmy? Check.

    Golden Globe? Check..

    SAG Award? Check.

    Oscar? Check!

    This Oakwood-raised star of the big screen and small screen has TONS of awards on her shelf (including a 2017 induction into the Dayton Region Walk of Fame). She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well.

    There are too many awards to mention here, to be honest.

    Janney, a graduate of the Miami Valley School, received a 2018 Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as Tonya Harding’s mother in “I, Tonya.” She won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for the same role.

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    Obviously Janney has gotten a lot of recognition for this recent role in “I, Tonya.” But she has many other credits on her resume. 

    She has won seven Primetime Emmy Awards, including best supporting actress in a comedy series in 2014 and 2015 for her role on CBS’ “Mom.” She won an Emmy for her role as a guest actress on “Masters of Sex” in 2014. She won several Emmy awards for her role as C.J. Cregg on “The West Wing” including lead actress in a drama series in 2004 and 2002, as well as supporting actress in 2001 and 2000.

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    Beyond the wins, she received several additional Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her roles on “Mom” and “The West Wing.” 

    She was nominated for a People’s Choice Award in 2014 as favorite actress in a new TV series. She received two Tony Award nominations for her work on Broadway.

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    Ensemble cast awards: She, along with fellow Daytonians Rob Lowe and Martin Sheen, were “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won a SAG for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001-2002.

    She also won a SAG as part of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “The Help” in 2012 and “American Beauty” in 2000.

    She received cast nominations for roles in “The Hours” and “Hairspray” as well.

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    Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters at his home in Montecito, California. Winters died in 2013. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(Michael Moriatis/Michael Moriatis 805.252.3696)

    The legendary Dayton-born, Springfield-raised comic genius won an Emmy award in 1991 for supporting actor in a comedy series for his role on “Davis Rules.” He won a Grammy in 1976 in the “Best Recording for Children” category with Richard Burton and Billy Simpson. He won another Grammy in 1996 for Best Spoken Comedy Album for “Crank(y) Calls.”

    Career highlights: With a career spanning more than six decades, Winters appeared in hundreds of TV shows and films. Winters hosted several TV shows in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, and appeared on a long list of shows that includes “Laugh-In,” “Twilight Zone,” “The Muppet Show,” “Hee Haw,” “Mork & Mindy” and “Hollywood Squares.” 

    He was in more than 50 movies including “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World” and “The Loved One.” He was the voice of Grandpa Smurfs on “The Smurfs” TV series from 1986-89. He returned to voice the character in the film versions in 2011 and the sequel in 2013.

    >> PHOTOS: Comedy genius Jonathan Winters through the years

    Jonathan Winters in an October 1981 promotion for the television show "Mork & Mindy." DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(File)

    Other big award nominations: In 1964, he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role as Lennie Pike, a furniture mover, in the comedy “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”

    In 2003, he was nominated for an Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy for his role on the TV series “Life with Bonnie.”

    He received a total of 8 Grammy nominations for Best Comedy Album throughout his career.

    Other honors: In 1960, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1999, Winters became only the second person to receive the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Richard Pryor was the first recipient. He also won the Lifetime Achievement Award for the American Comedy Awards in 1987.

    Winters died in 2013 at age 87 at his home in Montecito, Calif.  

    >> OBITUARY: Dayton-born and Springfield-raised famous comic dies (2013)

    >> 10 things to know about Jonathan Winters

    Jonathan Winters and Huckleberry Hound photographed Oct. 28, 1977. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE(File)


    John Legend performs on stage during a concert following the ribbon cutting for the new John Legend Theater Sunday. Bill Lackey/Staff(Bill Lackey)

    The Springfield native and Dayton favorite has a ton of music awards on his shelf, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe and 10 Grammys, including Best New Artist in 2006.

    Legend and musician/actor Common won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for “Glory” from the movie “Selma.” The duo won the Golden Globe in the same category.

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    Legend’s Grammy wins include:

    • 2015 Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Glory” from “Selma” in collaboration with Common and Rhymefest
    • 2011 Best R&B Album with The Roots for “Wake Up!”; Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance with The Roots for “Hang On In There”; and Best R&B song for “Shine.”
    • 2009 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group along with Al Green for “Stay with Me (By the Sea).
    • 2007 Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Sly and the Family Stone, Joss Stone and Van Hunt for “Family Affair”; and Best Male R&B Performance for “Heaven.”
    • 2006 Best New Artist; Best R&B Album for “Get Lifted” and Best Male R&B Vocals for “Ordinary People.”

    Legend received a total of 28 Grammy nominations from 2006 through 2016.

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    >> PHOTOS: John Legend’s concert at Rose Music Center in 2017

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    >> WATCH: Behind the scenes of the John Legend Theater


    Martin Sheen during a portrait session at the 10th Annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 8, 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for DIFF)(Andrew H. Walker)

    Born Ramon Estevez in Dayton, Sheen has scores of acting credits on TV and the big screen including Captain Benjamin L. Willard in "Apocalypse Now" and President Josiah Bartlet on TV’s "The West Wing.”

    He has won Emmy awards, Golden Globes, SAG awards and in addition to multiple nominations.

    His top honors include: 

    A Golden Globe in 2001 for Best Actor in a TV Series-Drama for his role on “The West Wing” as well as an Emmy for Guest Actor in a Comedy in 1994 for an appearance on “Murphy Brown.”

    He also earned a 1986 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Children’s programming for a CBS Schoolbreak Special “Babies Having Babies.”

    Along with fellow Daytonians Allison Janney and Rob Lowe, Sheen was a “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001 and 2002.

    He won the SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in both of those years.

    He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    He currently plays Robert Hanson on the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie.”

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    Comedian Dave Chappelle filmed at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. for his Netflix standup special "Dave Chappelle: Equanimity," one of two specials hitting the streaming service Dec. 31. In addition to "Dave Chappelle: Equanimity," Netflix will premiere a second stand-up special, "Dave Chappelle: The Bird Revelation" on the same night. "The Bird Revelation" was filmed in November 2017 at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles.

    Dave Chappelle, who lives just outside of Yellow Springs, just won a 2018 Grammy in the Best Comedy Album category for his “The Age Of Spin” and “Deep In The Heart Of Texas.”

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    Chappelle won an Emmy in 2017 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role hosting “Saturday Night Live” just after Donald Trump’s election. He received Emmy nominations in 2004 and 2005.

    He is best known for “Chappelle’s Show,” which aired on Comedy Central from 2003-06. He walked away from the show in 2005 – and a reported $50 million contract with the network and spent some time in South Africa. He moved to a farm outside Yellow Springs. He began his comeback in 2017 and most recently signed a "20 million per release" comedy special deal with Netflix in 2016.

    >> 7 things to know about Dave Chappelle

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    Jefferson Twp. resident Keith Harrison, a Grammy Award winner, was a member of Faze-O, Heatwave and the Dazz Band. He is planning to release his first solo album.(Photo: Amelia Robinson)

    Dayton native Keith Harrison helped form the group that would be known as the Dayton funk band Faze-O while in high school. The group would later record the hit "Riding High."

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    The lifelong Miami Valley resident performed with renowned acts like Morris Day and the Time and Dayton funk godfathers the Ohio Players, among others. He was a member of the Dayton funk band Heatwave and the Cleveland-based group the Dazz Band, for which he penned the hit "Let It All Blow."

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    Harrison won a Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal Grammy Award with the Dazz Band for "Let It Whip" in 1982.

    He was inducted into the Dayton Region’s Walk of Fame in September 2015.

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    Keith Harrison won a Grammy as part of the Cleveland-based funk band Dazz  Band (Photo source: Keith Harrison/Facebook)(Facebook/Keith Harrison)


    Kettering-based artist Don Pendleton was part of the team that won the Grammy in the “Best Recording Package” category in 2015 for work on Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt.” CONTRIBUTED

    Kettering-based artist Don Pendleton was part of the team that won the Grammy in the “Best Recording Package” category in 2015 for work on Pearl Jam’s “Lightning Bolt.”

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    Pendleton is a native of Ravenswood, W.Va.

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    Dayton native Morgan Taylor gets a 2016 Grammy nod for his 2015 CD/DVD Gustafer Yellowgold: Dark Pie Concerns. CONTRIBUTED

    This Kettering native is a two-time Grammy nominee. Gustafer Yellowgold creator Morgan Taylor was nominated for a 2018 Grammy in the Best Children’s Album category for his “Brighter Side.”The songwriter also was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Children's Album category for 2015's "Gustafer Yellowgold: Dark Pie Concerns" CD/DVD set.

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    Taylor created Gustafer Yellowgold when he was working at Gem City Records in Dayton and was charged with decorating the marker board.

    “This yellow, cone-headed guy was spinning records, frying up frogs on the oven range and whatever crazy stuff I was thinking about,” Taylor said according to “Many years later when I was looking for an identity for the 'first person' to star in my little weird story-songs, I stuck him in there. A very natural pairing that I never even knew would come together.”

    >> Read our interview with Taylor here


    The Ohio Players. Photo: Dayton Daily News ArchiveThe celebrated Dayton funk band won the 1976 Grammy in the Best Album Package Category for Honey (Jim Ladwig was the art director).

    The celebrated Dayton funk band won the 1976 Grammy in the Best Album Package Category for Honey (Jim Ladwig was the art director).

    Formed in 1959 as the Ohio Untouchable,  The Ohio Players are best known for the songs "Fire," "Love Rollercoaster," "I Wanna be Free," "Pain," "Funky Worm," "Skin Tight," "Honey" and "Sweet Sticky Thing."

    The band was nominated for the Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Duo, Group Or Chorus Grammy for “Fire” in 1975, but lost to Earth Wind and Fire’s “Shining Star.”

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    Roger Troutman in an undated publicity photo probably from the early 1980s. Troutman, a musician and leader of the band Zapp, was shot and killed by his brother, Larry Troutman, on April 25, 1999.(Contributed photo)

    The inventive and legendary frontman for Zapp (also known as Zapp Band and Zapp & Roger) was nominated for a Grammy for “Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group” for 2Pac and Dr. Dre's single, "California Love."

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    Roy Meriwether was born in Dayton and is a Grammy-nominated jazz musician. CONTRIBUTED(handout)

    The Grammy-nominated musician is the author of one of Dayton’s greatest jazz stories. The Dayton native and soul-jazz piano legend started playing piano at age 3. He was a professional musician with his own band at age 18 and was signed to Columbia Records in his twenties. His perhaps most famous record Nubian Lady was recorded live at The Magic Carpet in Dayton.

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    Before becoming the lead singer of They Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger studied musical theatre and dance at Wright State University. She starred in the theater department's productions of Chicago and Snow Boat while at Wright State, going on to audition for the girl group around 5 years later. Scherzinger stuck with the group for 7 years, and is now featured on the NBC variety show "I Can Do That," where celebrities compete by performing unique and sometimes dangerous acts.(Gabriel Olsen)

    The Wright State University alum was nominated for a Grammy for the 2007’s "Stickwitu" with other members of the girl group Pussycat Dolls. The group lost to “My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Born in Hawaii and raised in Louisville, Scherzinger studied musical theater and dance at Wright State University before dropping out to pursue a music career. She rose to fame as lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. She went on to have a solo career and host The X Factor in the U.S. and UK.

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    Dayton native Tamika Caldwell is a singer with Anthony Brown and Group TherAPy, whose song "Worth (live)" was nominated for the 58th annual GRAMMY Awards for Best Gospel Performance/Song. Photo source: Instagram

    The Dayton native is a singer with Gospel group Anthony Brown & Group Therapy. The group’s song "Worth" was a nominee in 2016 for Best Gospel Song/Performance award.

    She attended to Colonel White High School.

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    Englewood resident and Wright State alum is up for a 2016 Grammy nomination for his work with a cappella group Vocally Challenged on their song "Bruno Mars." CONTRIBUTED

    Troy Hayes, an Englewood resident/Wright State University graduate, was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for “Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella” with his group Vocally Challenged.

    Hayes is an associate producer and songwriter for the Detroit-based songwriting and production team PAJAM, whose producers/writers and singers make up Vocally Challenged. He toured as a teen and young adult with his father's contemporary Christian group, New Harvest, which was nominated for three Dove Awards.

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    The prolific actor was born during his father Chuck’s last year of law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

    The family moved to Dayton when Rob was just three months old and raised him in the city and surrounding areas.

    >> PHOTOS: Rob Lowe through the years

    Lowe attended Longfellow School in Dayton as well as Oakwood Junior High School before moving to Malibu, Calif., with his mother and brother, actor and director Chad Lowe.

    Along with fellow Daytonians Allison Janney and Martin Sheen, Lowe was a “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won a SAG award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001 and 2002.

    He was nominated for an Emmy award in 2001 for lead actor in a drama series for his role on “The West Wing” and received SAG Award nominations for his role in a TV movie “Killing Kennedy.”

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    Lowe has received six Golden Globe nominations from 1984-2016 for movie and TV roles including “The Grinder,” “The West Wing,” “Behind the Candelabra,” “Square Dance” and “Thursday’s Child.”

    He somehow won a Worst Supporting Actor Razzie in 1986 for “St. Elmo’s Fire.” Go figure.

    Other big roles include “The Outsiders,” “Wayne’s World,” “Austin Powers,” “Brothers & Sisters” and “Parks and Recreation.”

    He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Most recently, Lowe played Dean Sanderson on Fox’s comedy “The Grinder.”

    He currently appears on “Code Black” and is the voice of Simba on “The Lion Guard.”


    LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Actor Luke Grimes attends the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Fifty Shades Darker' at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on February 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)(Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

    The 2002 Dayton Christian High School graduate had a key role in the 2014 Clint Eastwood-directed blockbuster “American Sniper.”

    The film was nominated for Best Picture and five other awards, including Bradley Cooper for lead actor. It won only for Best Sound Editing.

    Grimes played Marc Lee, the first Navy SEAL to lose his life in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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    Grimes is known for film and TV roles in the “Fifty Shades” series, as well as “The Magnificent Seven,” “True Blood” and “Brothers & Sisters.”

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    Award-Winning Production designer Hannah Beachler will speak at Wright State on Monday, Dec. 4. SUBMITTED PHOTO(Staff Writer)

    Centerville High School alumna Hannah Beachler, a product of Wright State University's film and production design program, won praise for her work on the 2017 Oscar Best Picture “Moonlight,”as well as “Miles Ahead,” “Creed,” and “Lemonade,” a music video project from singer Beyoncé.

    Beachler was nominated in 2016 for an Emmy for Outstanding Production Design for Beyonce’s “Lemonade.”

    >> Dayton-area grad praised for work on ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Lemonade’

    She’s in the spotlight again for her work on the much-anticipated Marvel film “Black Panther.”

    >> Wright State grad plays pivotal role in ‘Black Panther’


    Yellow Springs filmmaker Julia Reichert (pictured here with filmmaker Steve Bognar) is among Chicken & Egg Pictures inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Award recipients.(Chris Stewart)

    Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar won the Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking Emmy in 2007 for their film “A Lion in the House.” 

    Reichert is also a three-time Academy Award nominee. The Yellow Springs resident’s first film, "Growing Up Female," was selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.  The longtime educator's films "Union Maids (1976)" and "Seeing Red (1983)" were nominated for Best Feature Documentary Academy Awards. 

    Her film with Bognar "The Last Truck" was about the closing of the Moraine GM truck assembly plant.“Last Truck” earned a  2010 Best Documentary Short Subjects Oscar nomination.

    The retired Wright State University film professor served as associate producer on Illinois filmmaker Edgar A. Barens’ short documentary “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.” That film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014.

    She recently won the Chicken & Egg Pictures inaugural Breakthrough Filmmaker Award recipients.



    Hollywood storyboard artist J. Todd Anderson, of Oakwood, OH.

    The New Carlisle native and Dayton-area resident has created the story board for about 20 Coen brothers movie since 1987’s "Raising Arizona."

    That includes the multiple Academy Award-winning films “Fargo” and “No Country for Old Men,” as well as the nominated films “A Serious Man,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “True Grit,” “The Man Who Wasn't There,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Barton Fink.”

    Anderson appeared in Fargo as "Victim in Field.”  He is credited as the symbol for the artist formerly known as Prince. One of Tom Chaney’s fake names in True Grit was John Todd Anderson.

    Aside from the Coen brothers, Anderson has also worked on films by Jodi Foster, Frank Oz, Barry Sonnenfeld and George Clooney.


    Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas poses for a portrait in his home in Bainbridge, Ohio Monday, Nov. 17, 2003. Eszterhas, who lost part of his larynx to cancer, wrote and stars in new anti-smoking announcements for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. (AP Photo/Chris Stephens, The Plain Dealer) ** MANDATORY CREDIT **(CHRIS STEPHENS/AP)

    The Cleveland-raised screenwriter behind “Basic Instinct,” “Flashdance," “Telling Lies in America” and the instant classic Showgirls" got his start in writing as a reporter for the Journal Herald, where he was hired in 1966.  

    He talks about the time he broke two fingers in Dayton after “drinking too many beers” and crashing his car into a light post in his 2004 book "Hollywood Animal."

    Eszterhas’ films have made millions, even though they haven’t exactly been hits with the critics. 
    He’s never won an Oscar, but can claim four Razzie awards nomination in the “Worst Screenplay” category. He won the totally unsought-after award for “Showgirls” in 1995.

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    Tipp City actress lands first big-screen role in new Jennifer Aniston movie

    Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

    Carrie Wampler of Tipp City is in the film
    Carrie Wampler of Tipp City is in the film "The Yellow Bird."(Submitted)

    One of Tipp City’s daughters plays the object of Jennifer Aniston’s son’s affection in a newly released movie. 

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    Carrie Wampler, 21, plays Army medic Jenny Smith in the Alexandre Moors directed film “The Yellow Bird.” 

    Wampler has appeared in a number of  TV shows and in commercials since her family made the permanent move to Hollywood about a decade ago so Carrie and her siblings, Phillip and Christina “Cricket” Wampler, now 19 and 17, could act professionally. 

    RELATED: Tipp City siblings get their shot at Hollywood fame (July 31, 2010) 

    “The Yellow Bird” is Carrie’s first big-screen movie. 

    Her scenes were filmed in Morocco with “Solo: A Star Wars Story” star Alden Ehrenreich as Brandon Bartle and Tye Sheridan as Daniel Murphy. 

    Carrie, Phillip, Cricket and Wampler, 21, 19 and 17. Submitted.

    “Moracco was such a culture shock and fascinating,” said Wampler, the daughter of  Holly and Chris Wampler

    The recently released Iraq War action drama revolves around two young soldiers played by Ehreneich and Bartle and their mothers, Aniston and Toni Collette.


    >> Oakwood actress Allison Janney wins first Oscar

    Jason Patrick is also in the film released in select theaters on June 15. 

    It is available on DirectTV and other streaming platforms


    Being part of the movie was an experience she says she cherishes. 

    “They definitely brought out the best of my character,” Wampler said. “They were the best.”

    Wampler had a recurring role as “Brooke” on The Disney Channel's "Austin & Ally." She has guest starred on shows such as NBC's "Parks and Recreation," "Surviving Jack," "Instant Mom" and "Malibu Country."

    Many of Wampler’s family members still live in Tipp City, her grandmother Merrily Swisher included. 

    Wampler said she will always love Tipp City and all of the  Dayton area even thought she and her siblings have gone full throttle with acting careers in Hollywood. 

    It hasn’t always been easy or glamorous. 

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    “It is defiantly not a sprint. It is a marathon,” Wampler said. “(People) don’t know how hard everyone is working toward their goals.” 

    Wampler, who recently appeared with Jason Ritter in the Funny or Die web series “Tale of Titans,” said she’d love to have a role in a TV comedy series. 

    “I am not comparing myself to other people’s careers,” she said. “I want to climb my own ladder.” 

    >> Here’s what Chrissy Teigen said about her $1K tip to Centerville waitress 

    Archived photo from 2010. Phillip, Cricket and Carrie Wampler,11,9, and 13, had been chasing their acting dream for 16 months, landing 20 commercials and other projects in Los Angeles. Staff Photo by Jim Witmer(Jim Witmer)

    Despite the pressures and temptations that can often come with Hollywood, Wampler said she, her siblings and parents remain tight and focused.

    “It is a Team Wampler thing,” she said. We are not competitive. We still root for each other.” 

    All three Wampler children still live with their parents as they continue to pursue their goals. Cricket is a high school senior. 

    Carrie Wampler said it has been a slow climb, but one she is enjoying. 

    “If you are in it for the wrong reasons, it would be disappointing,” she said. “If you love the craft of it, you will never be disappointed.”

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    Phillip, Cricket and Carrie Wampler, 19, 17 and 21. Submitted.

    Archived photo from 2010. Phillip, Cricket and Carrie Wampler,11,9, and 13, had been chasing their acting dream for 16 months, landing 20 commercials and other projects in Los Angeles. Staff Photo by Jim Witmer(Jim Witmer)

    Carrie Wampler

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    Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

    Published: Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ 9:01 AM

    Father's Day - By the Numbers

    Happy Father's Day!

    >> Father's Day 2018: Where can dad eat free, get a discount on meals?

    Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom.

    >> Read more trending news 

    Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below:

    1. "I've always had an irrational fear of speed bumps. But don't worry, I'm slowly getting over it." – @DaddingAround

    2. "Why did the coffee go to the police? It got mugged." – @NPR

    3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns

    4. "Was going to go to the new restaurant in space. Heard their food is great, but there is no atmosphere." – @MatBest11x

    5. "Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was a salted." – @Fawcett_Matt

    6. "If a short person waves at you, is it a microwave?" – @First_Jimothy

    7. "I knew a guy who was addicted to drinking brake fluid. He said he could stop anytime." – @HouseofBoodles

    8. "How do you find Will Smith in the snow? Look for the fresh prints!!!!" – @ProducerEddie

    9. "That cow is amazing. ... She's outstanding in her field." – @GuyMcPerson309

    10. "You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose." – @Johnsense38

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    Fake kidnappers target mom after daughter posts about vacation

    Published: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 @ 6:32 AM

    Patricia Hebner
    Patricia Hebner(

    A Massachusetts mother thought her worst nightmare had come true when she was told that her daughter had been kidnapped while on vacation.

    The caller told Patricia Hebner that she needed to pay a ransom or else her daughter would be killed.

    >> Read more trending news

    It was all a scam, but a very elaborate one that had Hebner very worried about her daughter in Mexico.

    “A man came on and said, 'I have your daughter; she's in the back of the van. I'm going to kill her unless you get me some money,'” Hebner said. “There was the screaming crying. It was like, 'Mom, help me, Mom, help me, Mom.’ I said, ‘Victoria, is that you?’”

    >> Watch the news report here

    Hebner kept the scammers on the phone while she went to a neighbor’s home and had them call for police.

    “She's claiming that she got a phone number. She wants traced, that somebody may have taken her daughter,” a dispatcher said on a 911 recording of that phone call.

    Wrentham police are warning that scammers are now tracking people on social media. An Instagram post from Victoria about going away may have tipped them off.

    “I think they got into her phone and saw my number. I was her mom; they knew they can get money from me,” she said.

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    7 last minute outdoor adventures your dad will love

    Published: Friday, June 15, 2018 @ 6:00 AM

    Celebrate Father’s Day on the water with a peaceful float on the Lagoon at Eastwood MetroPark. For dads who want a longer paddle with some whitewater action, the seven-mile paddle from Eastwood MetroPark through the RiverScape River Run into downtown Dayton is the perfect paddling adventure.
    Celebrate Father’s Day on the water with a peaceful float on the Lagoon at Eastwood MetroPark. For dads who want a longer paddle with some whitewater action, the seven-mile paddle from Eastwood MetroPark through the RiverScape River Run into downtown Dayton is the perfect paddling adventure.(CONTRIBUTED)

    Father’s Day is this Sunday and if you are still trying to think of an awesome experience to share with your dad, consider an outing in one of your 18 clean, safe MetroParks.

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    Dads of all ages and interests enjoy spending time in the outdoors and as an added bonus; outdoor experiences in your Five Rivers MetroParks are free (or low cost) and help you maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. 

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    Here are seven fun, affordable outdoor adventures to plan with your crew this Father’s Day:

    1. Family camp out

    MetroParks are the perfect location for some family time under the stars. Camp sites are available at Possum Creek, Englewood, Germantown and Twin Creek MetroPark.(CONTRIBUTED)

    Offering both front and backcountry campsites, MetroParks are the perfect location for some family time under the stars. Camp sites are available at Possum CreekEnglewoodGermantown and Twin Creek MetroPark, and can be booked online at org/easy

    Those who want to take the National Wildlife Federation’s pledge to celebrate camping as a way to connect to nature, can camp with fellow outdoor adventurers during the Great American Campout on Saturday, June 23 from 3 p.m. to 10 a.m. at Possum Creek MetroPark. Guests can join Five Rivers MetroParks for an evening of camping, hotdogs, s’mores and hilarious dad jokes around a roaring campfire. $25/family (up to five people). Registration is required and available here

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    2. Hold your horses

    Trail rides are offered on weekends at Carriage Hill MetroPark Riding Center from June through October. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

    Explore the trails at Carriage Hill MetroPark on horseback with your dad. Horse trail rides are one hour long and are guided by experienced MetroParks staff. After the trail ride, admire the many horses at the Carriage Hill Riding Center or visit the historical farm to learn what life farm life was like in the 1890s. Spaces for trail rides are limited and require pre-registration. $30/person. Register online or call (937) 275-PARK.

    3. For foodie fathers

    Stop at the 2nd Street Market to pick up fresh, local produce, desserts, meats, breads and more, and then spend some quality time with your dad creating the perfect summer meal.(CONTRIBUTED)

    While some dads specialize in frozen pizza, many dads enjoy crafting recipes in the kitchen and cooking on the grill. Stop at the 2nd Street Market to pick up fresh, local produce, desserts, meats, breads and more, and then spend some quality time with your dad creating the perfect summer meal. Those looking for last minute goodies and kitchen staples can visit the Market on Father’s Day thanks to Sunday hours, which will continue through the winter holidays. Learn more about the Market’s offerings at org/localfood.

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    4. Gone fishing

    (Photo submitted by Kelly Kingery)

    Grab your fishing gear and head to Possum Creek MetroPark for a classic outdoor dad activity—fishing! Fishing at Argonne Lake does not require a license and is free-of-charge to park visitors. After spending the day at the lake, visit the farm animals or hike through the remnants of the Argonne Forest amusement park. Check out more locations to fish in your MetroParks here.

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    5. Hit the trails

    The Twin Valley Trail provides backpacking experiences reminiscent of other wilderness trails. Featuring beautiful hills, babbling brooks, abundant wildlife, history and small town charm, the Twin Valley Trail combines the existing trail network in Twin Creek and Germantown MetroParks with a connection to create a longer, more integrated trail system that totals more than 43 miles. PHOTO / CONTRIBUTED(Metroparks)

    Fathers who enjoy the spending time outdoors will love backpacking the 22-mile Twin Valley Trail (TVT). Just 30 minutes from downtown Dayton, the TVT offers a backpacking experience reminiscent of other wilderness trails and features beautiful hills, babbling brooks, abundant wildlife and more. The TVT combines the existing network of trails in Germantown and Twin Creek MetroParks to create a longer, more integrated trail system totaling over 43 miles throughout 2,600 acres. Backpackers can spend all day on the trails or choose to embark on a shorter hike. To plan your TVT adventure, visit org/tvt.

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    6. Plan a paddle

    Celebrate Father’s Day on the water with a peaceful float on the Lagoon at Eastwood MetroPark. For dads who want a longer paddle with some whitewater action, the seven-mile paddle from Eastwood MetroPark through the RiverScape River Run into downtown Dayton is the perfect paddling adventure.(CONTRIBUTED)

    Celebrate Father’s Day on the water with a peaceful float on the Lagoon at Eastwood MetroPark. For dads who want a longer paddle with some whitewater action, the seven-mile paddle from Eastwood MetroPark through the RiverScape River Run into downtown Dayton is the perfect paddling adventure. If you want to try something new on the water, consider attending Try Rowing Olympic Day on Saturday, June 23 at Eastwood MetroPark from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event allows participants to try the sport of rowing and connect with local rowing resources.

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    7. Get centered with yoga

    Tori Reynolds, owner of Speakeasy Yoga, is our Oct. 18 Daytonian of the Week. PHOTO / Carly Short Photography

    For dads who could use some time to de-stress, consider attending a Saturday yoga session during Fitness in the Park on June 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. at RiverScape MetroPark. Tori Reynolds of Speakeasy Yoga guides participants through this free workout under the RiverScape Pavilion. This class is for all skill levels. Bring your own water and a mat. After your yoga session, treat your dad to lunch at the 2nd Street Market or rent bikes from RiverScape Rentals and explore the nation’s largest paved trail network. 

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