Thursday, July 31, 2008

Useless Information

More TV/movie trivia for you:

Cap’n Crunch’s first name is Horatio.

Charlie Brown’s school was called Birchwood Elementary School.

Bullwinkle was named after a Ford dealer in Berkeley, CA.

Mr. Spacely’s first name on "The Jetsons” is Cosmo (Cosmo G. Spacely).

Gopher’s first name on "The Love Boat" was Burl.

Marge Simpson’s maiden name is Bouvier.

Hoss Cartwright’s first name was Eric.  Foghat once had a guitar player named Erik Cartwright.

Jughead’s full name on "The Archies" was Forsythe P. Jones III.

Krusty The Clown’s name is Herschel Krustofsky.

The full names of "Scooby-Doo" characters: Freddy Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, Norville “Shaggy” Rogers. Scooby's last name apparently was "Doo".

McLean Stevenson of "M*A*S*H" was the second cousin once removed of unsuccessful Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson.  He died the day before Roger Bowen, who played Col. Blake in the M*A*S*H movie.  McLean was named after the Illinois county he was born in.

Jean Stapleton of "All In The Family" turned down the lead role in “Murder, She Wrote” that went to Angela Lansbury.

Carrie Snodgress was nearly cast as Adrian in Rocky but lost the role because of a salary dispute.

Johnny Carson nearly got the role of Rob Petrie on the "Dick Van Dyke Show", to wit (to what?), it would've been called the "Johnny Carson Show", I suppose.

The late Spencer Tracy was offered The Penguin role on “Batman” before Burgess Meredith took it.

Bea Benaderet of "Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction" fame was nearly cast as Ethel Mertz on “I Love Lucy”.

The late Madge Blake (Aunt Harriet on “Batman”) was a contender for the role of Aunt Bee on "The Andy Griffith Show", but was under contract to do "Leave It To Beaver" (as Larry’s mother) and had to turn it down.  She later recommended her friend Frances Bavier for the role.

Late actor Jack Cassidy (David and Shaun's dad) turned down the role of Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show".  Dumbass.

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