Sat 25 Sep, 2010 03:16 am
This can be from a sitcom or drama. A lead part or supporting character. It's not so much about the actor as it is about the part the actor plays. However, I suspect that the actor and the part are inextricably linked.
My first choice is a character who was brilliant, quirky, funny, sneaky, and mysterious. Also this character was always right. Who? Columbo.
Second choice is a supporting role--Ed Norton in the Honeymooners. Always funny. A good friend. A good guy. And not the brightest bulb on the chandelier. What would the show have been without him?
Mr. Spock, only half human, is in third place for me. Brilliant, a little strange, cool, and overly analytical. Again I have to wonder what the show would have been like without him.
I await your contributions.
Nate in "Six Feet Under". Such a shame about "Dirty Sexy Money". Or wait... maybe Tony Soprano.
Haven't seen Six Feet Under, contrex. But Tony Soprano. Definitely someone to consider. Complex. Evil. Violent. And I sometimes found myself rooting for him. How did that happen?
I'm throwing in another one, which is a little out there.
Oliver Dragon from Kukla, Fran, and Ollie. He was cute, endearing, funny, and goofy. I think the perfect character for a kids' show. I was a kid. I loved that goofy guy.
Right off the bat, I'd say J R Ewing from Dallas. I won't say he was the best tv character but he was and will always be one of my favorites. He was so despicable, it was comedic.
You gotta admire extreme despicability, especially if it makes you laugh. Good un, eoe.
Miss Kitty (Amanda Blake) from Gunsmoke. Her character really had a significant influence on my thoughts re women's roles is society. She was a very independent self-defining woman, sure of herself and at the same time had a marvelous loving relationship with Matt Dillon.
The Rifleman, Chuck Connors. What a dad, what a hero, and yet sensitive. Oh, and let's not forget good looking!
Hawkeye - Alan Alda
Paladin - Richard Boone
George Costanza - Jason Alexander
Elaine Bennis - Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Joe Friday - Jack Webb
Ozzie Nelson - Ozzie Nelson
I did not name a few because they have already been named
Laverne, Shirley, Lenny, Squiggy - just typing the names makes me laugh.
Joey, Phoebe from Friends
Throwing in a few more:
Barney Fife. A deputy sheriff who carries a bullet in his pocket.
Klinger. A corporal with a not-so-strong fashion sense.
Rhoda. In MN. In NY not so hot.
Fury. Loved dat horse, and unlike Lassie who was a goody-goody and who spent a considerable amount of her time rescuing Timmy from a well, Fury was a more well-rounded character.
Don't know what happened to the picture. Here's another:
thack, Sorry. I don't know who C. Montgomery Burns is. Please enlighten me.
Thanks for the enlightenment, RH.
It was because of Fury that I decided that I wanted a horse. Yes, in our tenement in the Bronx. Don't bother me with details.
Im going to have to go with PAuley Walnuts.