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69-Year-Old Actor Pens Open Letter to IMDb Asking Them to Correct his Age

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Recently, a woman filed a lawsuit against IMDb for publishing her real age, saying that it made her less eligible for the plum roles available to the under-40 female set. But apparently, all she had to do was write an open letter to IMDb, get it published at The Hollywood Reporter, and she would see things change with great speed.

Such was the case with actor Robert Lesser, who's note to the industry database appeared in the Reporter today. In it, he notes that he's 69 years old, but that IMDb lists him as 73. He writes:

"...when I click on my name at IMDb, the industry's bible for factual information about movies, television shows and the people who make credits are listed (more or less correctly) on the site. But IMDb informs me that Robert Lesser is a 73-year-old gentleman who was born in Los Angeles on May 28, 1938."

Lesser goes on to say that he was born nearly five years before that date, and in New York, not Los Angeles.

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At the end of his note, Lesser sort of jokingly threatens to sue: "...if you would consider changing my profile to lop just 10 years off my actual age, I could be persuaded not to sue to recover damages for all those leading-man parts lost and the mountain of earnings and royalties I would have made."

And apparently, the threat/publicity stunt worked. The letter was posted on the Reporter's website at 1:58 PST today. As of 3:18 PST, Lesser's IMDb profile reads:

Born: October 22, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA