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thing: a beautiful wife,
a healthy baby boy, suc-
cess in Broadway musicals, and many
film and television roles. The one
thing he lacks is sleep.
Ever since his wife — Sarah Jessica
Parker, star of Sex and the. City — gave
birth to James Wilke on Oct. 28,
Broderick has gotten along on what
seems like 20-second naps.
"I hate not sleeping, but my grand-
father tells me that the terrible phase
my son is going through will end
someday," he says with a mock yawn.
"I can't wait."
The truth is that the boyish 40-year-
old actor who last year finished a one-
year run on Broadway in The
Producers and wrapped production on
the telefilm Meredith Willson's The
Music Man (7-10 p.m. Sunday, Feb.
16, on ABC) wouldn't miss a moment
of his son's waking hours.
"I've done nothing for a few months
now and it has been nice to be able to
watch my wife raise our child,"
Broderick said. "I'm able to help, of
course, but I can't feed him.
"Being a dad is great. I love it. You
don't know anything about it until it
happens, then it's, like, 'What was I
waiting for?' It gives you a new focus
and the fun of watching him turn into
a person day by day."
His son was named James in
honor of his own father — the late
actor James Joseph Broderick — and
Wilke after British author Wilke
Collins, one of Charles Dickens' con-
"I loved my dad — everybody loved
my dad," he says. "Ours is such a
tight-knit family that I already have a
nephew named after my father. But
since I have two sisters, I'm the only
one with a chance to name him James
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The family bonds were tightened a
notch in Manhattan on May 19, 1997,
when Broderick married Parker in a
historic New York synagogue that is no
longer an active house of worship.
It was on a Monday night, Parker's
only day off from the play Once Upon
a Mattress. He was released from the
set of the movie Godzilla in time to
meet such wedding guests as Sylvester
Stallone and David Duchovny.
Whenever they have time at home
in New York, the couple dines with
his mother, playwright-screenwriter
She is Jewish; her late husband was
Catholic. Parker's mother is Jewish, as
well, and her father is not.
Prior to his marriage, Broderick was
engaged to Jewish actress Jennifer
Grey (daughter of entertainer Joel)
and Helen Hunt, who in one inter-
view described herself as "a quarter
Jewish" (she and Jewish actor Hank
Azaria were married by a rabbi for
what turned out to be a very brief
union before divorcing).
Broderick and Parker, meanwhile,
were married in a nonreligious civil
ceremony conducted by his sister
Janet, who as an adult became an
Back To Work
In 1996, Broderick starred in,
directed and co-produced from his
mother's screenplay the independent
feature film Infinity. Broderick learned
valuable lessons in the process.
"First of all, it's hard to tell your
mom that you don't want something,"
he sighs. "Second, you don't want to
hear anybody criticize her. Suddenly,
you're a little more sensitive than
Parker comes from a family of eight
children, so holidays usually involve
about 40 family members.
"Watching Sarah at work and play
with all her nieces and nephews,•I
always knew that she would be a great
mother. There was no doubt in my
mind. She loves it when the whole gang
comes over, the children in particular."
The couple go back to work full
time this spring. Broderick shoots a
Disney comedy with Alec Baldwin
called Providence — playing a pathetic
filmmaker under FBI control to nab a
bunch of mob guys — and Parker pol-
ishes off her highly successful run as
newspaper columnist Carrie Bradshaw