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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