36 Years Of Marriage And Several Kids Later, Ben Vereen Is Filing For Divorce

September 20, 2012  |  

Source: WENN

Ben Vereen, better remembered as “Chicken George” in Alex Haley’s classic, “Roots,” and a host of other movies is saying goodbye to the married life at the ripe old age of 65. TMZ is reporting the actor has filed for divorce from his wife after 36 years of marriage.

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.

Ben and his soon to be ex-wife had five children together, one of whom died in a car accident in 1987 when she was just 16 years old. I have a feeling things could get messy between the two, as I doubt his request to not pay spousal support after being with Nancy for 36 years will go over well.

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  • thedoggonetruth

    Ben will pop that little blue pill and the fun will begin if it already hasn’t started with someone much younger.

  • MLS2698

    Chicken George must be feelin’ himself.

  • Tracey

    Oh man, no way. I love Ben Vereen. I was love listening to him on the Original Cast Recording of Jesus Christ Superstar. He was Judas on Broadway. His voice was so awesome. I’m sad he’s divorcing.

  • realadulttalk

    36 years is a long time…but I guess if you’re unhappy then you just are. But come on Ben…after 36 years you’re just gonna let this woman go on medicaid??? Seriously?!?!?!

  • Siding wit’ da wife!

    Same old story. These $$%^%^ men go through a midlife crises and chase after some little trollop who is only after their money and forget about the WOMAN who stood by their side when they didn’t have a pot to piss in!! It turns my stomach! She SHOULD get everything she asks for in terms of alimony!!!!

  • FromUR2UB

    Oh, he’s gonna pay some spousal support. Unless the laws there have changed, CA is spousal support state.

  • After 40yrs of marriage, the only way you could leave me is in a pine box, voluntarily or involuntarily

  • Vereen might as well have stuck it out after all this time. Wiser men his age know there’s nothing waiting on the other side of the fence, not even the green grass, so they stick with what they’ve got.

  • JaneDoe

    I guess if you ain’t happy you just gotta go. Nothing wrong with that. Just hope he isn’t gonna try to relive his youth with a pyt. If so he better stay his behind home with that woman

    • status quo

      grandpa is going to find him a young 25 year old.