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Academy Award winner once called St. Louis area home

10:09 PM, Mar 1, 2011   |    comments
  • Colin Firth. (AP File Photo)
  • Colin Firth as King George VI and Helena Bonham Carter as Queen Elizabeth in scene from movie "The King's Speech."
    
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A Chesterfield man can now say he switched roles with an Academy Award winner.

Actor Colin Firth took home the Oscar for Best Actor for his leading role in "The King's Speech" on Sunday night.

Firth and his family lived in Dave Simons' home in Florissant in the early 1970s. Their fathers' were both professors and switched jobs for a year.

Firth attended Hazelwood West Junior High while Dave Simons attended school in England.

"Colin was and he admits it himself, says I was a very precocious brat when I was here in St. Louis and no interest in acting whatsoever before he came to St. Louis," said Dave Simons, certified financial planner. "In fact, his dad wanted him to become a doctor or another profession like a lawyer and he got the acting bug here in St. Louis."

Simons says his father still keeps in contact with the Firths, but hasn't talked to them since the Oscar win.

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