Star for Donald Sutherland unveiled

Versatile actor Donald Sutherland , who has played everything from a Nazi spy to an aging astronaut, was honored Wednesday with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His star was unveiled outside the Roosevelt Hotel next to son Kiefer Sutherland's star.

The elder Sutherland, 75, joked that getting a star was better than a headstone at a cemetery.

"This marker I can actually come and visit," he said. "I could get a chair and sit here, or a bucket and a mop and clean it, and make sure that people don't step on it."

The career of Canadian-born Sutherland has spanned nearly five decades and included appearances in the movies "The Dirty Dozen," "Ordinary People" and "Space Cowboys."

He won Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role in the 1995 television crime drama "Citizen X" and another Golden Globe for his portrayal of presidential adviser Clark Clifford in the 2002 television movie "Path to War."

Jackson has surgery for ulcer

"Lord of the Rings" director Sir Peter Jackson has undergone surgery for a perforated ulcer in his native New Zealand.

Publicist Melissa Booth says Jackson was admitted to Wellington Hospital suffering from severe stomach pains and is now recovering from surgery. She said Thursday that Jackson was resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery.

Jackson's illness will delay the start of filming for "The Hobbit," the two-part prequel to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. The movies are based on novels by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Baby boy Bardem

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem are the proud parents of a baby boy.

A spokeswoman for the actress confirmed Wednesday that Cruz gave birth to a boy last week. She says "both parents and baby are doing great."

The couple were married at the beginning of July in the Bahamas.

The 36-year-old Cruz and the 41-year-old Bardem are from Spain. They appeared together in the 2008 Woody Allen romantic comedy "Vicky Cristina Barcelona." Cruz won a supporting-actress Oscar for her role.

Bardem is nominated for best actor this year for his role in the Spanish-language drama "Biutiful." He won a supporting-actor Oscar for the 2007 crime thriller "No Country for Old Men."

Stewart joins 9/11 board

Jon Stewart is joining the board of the foundation building the Sept. 11 memorial in New York.

The comedian and activist was appointed to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum board at a meeting Thursday afternoon.

The host of the Emmy-winning "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central recently used his show to champion a federal bill that provided billions of dollars to treat people who became ill after working in the ruins of the World Trade Center.

The memorial — twin reflecting pools set above the fallen towers' footprints — is set to open to the public by this Sept. 11.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Actor Alan Alda , 75... actress-singer Barbi Benton , 61... singer Sarah McLachlan , 43... singer Joey Fatone Jr. ('N Sync), 34... rapper Rick Ross , 34 ... singer Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys), 31... actor Elijah Wood , 30.