Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #55: Real Names of TV Characters

Real Names of 13 TV Characters

Last summer for one of my first T13s, I listed the real names of TV characters who normally used their nicknames (you can click here to see it). Since there were so many from which to choose, I decided to revisit the topic this week. When you get a load of some these character's real names (Bosco?), it's easy to see why they ditched them in favor of an alternate moniker.

1. Bosco Albert Baracus- B.A. (The A-Team)

2. Daisy May Moses- Granny (The Beverly Hillbillies)

3. Francesca Monroe King- Fancy (The Jamie Foxx Show)

4. Freddie Stubbs- Rerun (What's Happening!)

5. Gerald Lloyd Kookson III- Kookie (77 Sunset Strip)

6. George Stevens- The Kingfish (Amos & Andy)

7. Irwin Handelman- Skippy (Family Ties)

8. Millicent Gordon Woods- Penny (Good Times)

9. Sgt. Suzanne Anderson- Pepper (Police Woman)

10. Theodore Calvin- T.C. (Magnum P.I.)

11. Tracy Joseph Van Adams- Bird (Soul Food)

12. Walter Eugene O'Reilly- Radar (M*A*S*H)

13. Warren Weber- Potsie (Happy Days)

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Candy Minx said...

Loved this know what would be another similar list is pop stars who have working names as opposed to government names.

I had no idea of some of these, thanks.

I am still working on my TT list, should be done later this evening...

Yen said...

Those are great ideas! I have no idea most of them though..:D

Mine is HERE.

Lizzybeth said...

you've inspired me. gonna go add magnum p.i. to my netflix :)

happy tt!

jehara said...

bird was really tracy? again, really? how do you find this stuff out?

pussreboots said...

I'm slowly buying the entire series of Magnum PI for my collection. Happy TT.

Michelle said...

Great idea and I love the list. I had no idea these characters had nick names. Happy TT!

Candy Minx said...

Oh here I go got my TT list...

SandyCarlson said...

Daisy May? Of course! This was a fun read, Malcolm. Thanks.

Lori said...

Hey Malcom, the hubby and I cracked up at "Granny's" name. Now he wants to know what was "Jed's" name? I'm guessing Jedidiah or something along those lines (LOL).

Insights from the Grocery Cart said...

Yeah, Bosco wouldn't have worked for Mr T on the A-Team.

Mine's up too.

Happy T-13!

Anonymous said...

I always wondered what T.C. stood for. I think I may have finally seen every single Magnum PI episode...maybe.

Great post!

bernieg1 said...

That was such a good idea and a really great list. I loved number nine. Pepper was sexy and not too intimidating and yet a bit tough all in one. A real classic. I am still trying to find that show in syndication, but I do not think it is.

bernieg1 said...

Oh. LOL! I almost forgot to let you know my TT is up.

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Journeywoman said...

GREAT list.

A few to add.

David Addison Jr. (He was a junior.) Moonlighting

William (aka Spike) Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

musikal maniac said...

I knew most of these Malcolm, but I didn't know Penny's name was Millicent! Does the nickname Penny come from the "cent" in Millicent?

marcia@joyismygoal said...

how many real names can one person have?:)

BeckEye said...

B.A. pities th' fool who calls him Bosco!

The Mistress of the Dark said...

I think I did know a few of those after reading you list.

Have a great thursday :)

Toni said...

Did not know one of those but you picked some great characters from some great shows!!!

Happy TT and thanks for stopping by mine.

Meju said...

I knew a few of them...perhaps I would have used a nickname too if I were a Bosco...hee hee

Sassy Mama Bear said...

I much prefer Radar to be honest, great TT.
Happy Thursday, you can find my TTs at:
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Lori said...

Fun TT. I just have to say that seeing Rerun's smiling face gave me a grin. I loved him, whether he was called Freddie or Rerun. Miss that guy! :-)

The Gal Herself said...

Poor Granny! I am ashamed to say I never gave her full name a moment's thought until now! The question nagging me now is -- who's Granny was she? Jed's or Elly Mae's and Jethro's? Ah, the deep questions spurred by The Beverly Hillbillies! (thanks for visiting my TT)

Anonymous said...

You always come up with the best lists! Happy TT

Calliope said...

You are always very informative in the Pop culture arena. :)

I've been thinking about doing a list of supernatural detective/cops show. You know, Forever Knight, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Moonlight, etc.

- Celticlibrarian

Malcolm said...

Candy: The idea you mentioned is another one that I have been working on in my head for a future T13. The possibilities are endless.

Yen: Thanks!

Lizzybeth and Pussreboots: I've got the theme to "Magnum, P.I." playing in my head... one of my favorite themes and detective shows.

Jehara: I have quite a few reference books that helped me out with this list. I also used the Internet to help fill in some of the holes too.

Michelle: I didn't find out about some of them until I researched the Internet the day I posted this list. Thanks for visiting.

Sandy: Thanks!

Lori: I think it Jed was short for Jedidiah. It's funny because on Barnaby Jones, Barnaby's nephew was J.R. (which stood for Jedidiah Romano). I remember that Barnaby always called him Jedidiah.

Insights From the GC: With a name like Bosco, it's no wonder he developed a "Bad Attitude".

Thriving Holly: One of my favorite moments from "Magnum P.I." is the one where he asks his former POW commandant Ivan if he saw the sunrise. The ending of that episode is one of the best of any series. Did you ever watch "The Rockford Files"? I think you might like it because it's similar in tone to "Magnum P.I.". With the exception of John Hillerman, all three of the main regulars on Magnum did guest shots on Rockford.

Bernieg1: Your description of Pepper was apt. It's too bad that "Police Woman" isn't being syndicated. The last time I saw it in reruns was in the late 1990s. I may just have to get the series on DVD because I'll rot waiting for someone to rerun it again.

Journeywoman: Thanks! Spike isn't a bad addition to the list. However, David Addison from "Moonlighting" wouldn't fit on this list because he wasn't mainly known by a nickname.

Musikal Maniac: When I found out that Penny's real first name was Millicent, I was wondering the same thing as you. I'll bet that her nickname did come from the "cent" in Millicent.

Marcia: Good question. Let me ask you this. How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

BeckEye: One would have to be seriously "on the jazz" to call him Bosco.

Mistress of the D: Thanks for stopping by... it's been awhile.

Toni and Meju: Thanks for visiting.

Sassy Mama Bear: Radar is a cool as nickname. "Incoming!"

Lori: Have you ever visited If not, you might be interested to know that you can watch episodes of both "What's Happening!" and "What's Happening Now!"

The Gal Herself: Granny was Jed's mother-in-law, which made her Elly May's actual grandmother. Thanks for stopping by!

Emerald City Guy: Thanks for the kind words and for visiting!

Calliope: Thank you! I like your idea for a list of detective/supernatural shows. Another one I just thought of that might fit is "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" with Darren McGavin.

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