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Comical co-stars of television : from Ed Norton to Kramer
Pegg, Robert, 1954-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2002]

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xi, 381 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Although some scholars credit Shakespeare with creating in Henry IV 's Falstaff the first "second banana" character (reviving him for Henry IV Part Two ), most television historians agree that the popular co-star was born in 1955 when Art Carney, as Ed Norton, first addressed Jackie Gleason with a "Hey, Ralphie-boy," on The Honeymooners. The phenomenon has proved to be one of the most enduring achievements of the American sitcom, and oftentimes so popular that the co-star becomes the star. Twenty-nine of those popular co-stars get all of the attention in this work. Each chapter focuses on one television character and the actor or actress who brought him or her to life, and provides critical analysis, biographical information and, in several instances, interviews with the actors and actresses themselves. It includes people like Art Carney of The Honeymooners, Don Knotts of The Andy Griffith Show, Ted Knight of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Max Baer of The Beverly Hillbillies, Vivian Vance and William Frawley of I Love Lucy, Ann B. Davis of The Brady Bunch, Jamie Farr of M*A*S*H, Ron Palillo of Welcome Back, Kotter, Jimmie Walker of Good Times, Tom Poston of Newhart and Michael Richards of Seinfeld, to name just a few.

Author Notes

Robert Pegg has written about television and pop culture for a variety of publications over the past twenty years. He lives in London, Ontario

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Max Baer: Jethro Bodine on The Beverly Hillbilliesp. 7
Jim J. Bullock: Monroe Ficus on Too Close for Comfortp. 16
Art Carney: Ed Norton on The Honeymoonersp. 30
Tim Conway: Ensign Charles Parker on McHale's Navyp. 52
Bill Daily: Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie; Howard Borden on The Bob Newhart Showp. 71
Ann B. Davis: Alice on The Brady Bunch; "Schultzy" on The Bob Cummings Showp. 81
Jamie Farr: Corporal Max Klinger on M*A*S*Hp. 97
William Frawley: Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy; Bub O'Casey on My Three Sonsp. 109
Gale Gordon: Theodore J. Mooney on Here's Lucy; Osgood Conklin on Our Miss Brooksp. 120
James Gregory: Inspector Luger on Barney Millerp. 130
Pat Harrington: Dwayne Schneider on One Day at a Timep. 142
Ted Knight: Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Showp. 156
Don Knotts: Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show; Ralph Furley on Three's Companyp. 173
Tom Lester: Eb Dawson on Green Acresp. 189
George Lindsey: Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Showp. 197
Dave Madden: Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family; Earl Hicks on Alicep. 207
Whitman Mayo: Grady Wilson on Sanford and Sonp. 223
Don Most: Ralph Malph on Happy Daysp. 231
Ken Osmond: Eddie Haskell on Leave it to Beaverp. 242
Ron Palillo: Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back, Kotterp. 248
Tom Poston: George Utley on Newhart; Franklin Delano Bickley on Mork and Mindyp. 255
Michael Richards: Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeldp. 269
Jack Riley: Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Showp. 285
Ronnie Schell: Duke Slater on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.p. 301
Rose Marie: Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Showp. 311
Larry Storch: Corporal Randolph Agarn on F Troopp. 320
Vivian Vance: Ethel Mertz on I Love Lucyp. 336
Jimmie Walker: "J.J." Evans on Good Timesp. 345
Fred Willard: Jerry Hubbard on Fernwood 2-Nightp. 357
Indexp. 375