Special Sub-Topic: Those Tempestuous TV Tykes And Teens
|Which young actor played the son of Herman and Lily Munster on the 1964 comedy series "The Munsters"?|
Butch Patrick. From a field of 500 acting hopefuls, 10 year old Butch Patrick was selected for the role of Herman and Lily Munster's only child, Edward "Eddie" Wolfgang Munster for the 1964 comedy series "The Munsters".
Eddie was a typical all American boy who resembled a werewolf, always dressed in his black Fauntleroy suit with short pants, and had a hairstyle with a very prominent "widow's peak".
The Munsters were a typical blue collar working family who felt they were like any other family, despite their appearances. Family patriarch Herman (Fred Gywnne) resembled a seven foot tall Frankenstein figure, his wife Lily (Yvonne De Carlo) looked like a vampire vamp, and Lily's father, referred to as Grandpa (Al Lewis) was a vampire bat who would appear as Count Dracula. Rounding out the Munster clan was Lily's Niece, Marilyn, who the family felt was cursed with bad looks. She appeared as an attractive blonde teenage girl who resembled a young Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn was played in the first 13 episodes by Beverley Owens, who was replaced by Pat Priest for the remainder of the series.
As Universal Studios produced the series and owned the rights to the classic monster movies "Dracula" (1931), "Frankenstein" (1931), and "Werewolf of London" (1935), the Munster characters were able to resemble the classic monsters.
"The Munsters" aired for two seasons (1964-1966) with 70 half hour episodes, all filmed in black and white.
The series was canceled after the second season due to continued low ratings, but found its niche in the syndicated television market, where "The Munsters" became one of the most popular rerun series.
One attraction to viewers were the classic hot-rod type vehicles used on the show. The Munster family car was a souped-up, custom-made extended hot rod known as the "Munster Koach". Grandpa drove an even faster hot rod, shaped as a coffin, called "DRAG-U-LA".
Butch Patrick, birth name Patrick Alan Lilly, was born on August 2, 1953 in Los Angeles, California.
|At the age of 14 in 1984, who was the youngest performer to win a Primetime Television Emmy Award?|
Roxana Zal. Roxana Zal won the 1984 Primetime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special" for her portrayal as a victim of family incest in the made for TV movie "Something About Amelia" (1984).
Roxana started her acting career in 1981, with a part on the TV series "Hart to Hart" (1971). It was her seventh acting job when she was cast in the role that lead to her Primetime Emmy Award.
Zal's acting resume also includes three Young Artist Award wins for 1983, "Best Young Actress Guest in a Series" for "Hart to Hart" (1979), "Best Motion Picture Actress in a Feature Film" in 1984,for her role in "Table of Five" (1983), and for "Exceptional Young Actress Starring in a Television Special or Movie of the Week" in 1987 for "CBS School break Special (1984).
Roxana Zal was born on November 8, 1969 in the Los Angeles suburb of Malibu.
|Which real-life siblings starred for the four season run of the 1994 teen orientated comedy drama series "Sweet Valley High"?|
Brittany and Cynthia Daniel. Identical twin sisters Brittany and Cynthia Daniel played Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield on the series.
Stories for the show revolved around the Wakefield twins. Their school buddies and their high school experiences in their quaint community of Sweet Valley, California.
While the two beautiful blonde sisters appeared to be identical in appearance, they were completely different in other ways. Elizabeth was a warm, fun-loving, friendly student who was always willing to accept responsibilities and duties, while her sister, Jessica, was mischievous, sometimes mean spirited, snobbish, and thought nothing of using false sincerity to get what she needed, often at the expense of others.
"Sweet Valley High" ran 88 episodes during its four season run from 1994 through 1997. The series and characters were based on the "Sweet Vally High" novel series, created by Francine Pascal, who supervised the group of ghost writers who produced 152 novels, published both in hardback and paper over a 20 year period.
Brittany Ann and Cynthia Lynn Daniel were born on March 7, 1976, in Gainesville, Florida.
|Which acting minor did not star as one of the Bradford children during the five season run of the 1977 series, "Eight Is Enough"?|
Kristy McNichol as Buddy. Kristy McNichol played the role of Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence on the 1976 ABC series "Family" and was not part of the "Eight is Enough" cast.
"Eight Is Enough" (1977) starred Dick Van Patten and Diane Hyland as parents Tom and Joan Bradford. After the first season, Joan's character was replaced by Abby (Betty Buckley), who became Tom's second wife. The eight Bradford children (from oldest to youngest) were David (Grant Goodeve), Mary (Lani O'Grady) Joanie (Laurie Walters), Susan (Susan Richardson, Nancy (Diane Kay), Elizabeth (Connie Needham), Tommy (Willie Aames), and Nicholas (Adam Rich).
The comedy drama family series "Eight Is Enough" ran for five seasons (1977-1981) with 111 episodes.
The comedy drama family series, "Family" ran for five seasons (1976-1980) with 86 episodes.
|For the entire network run of the series "Baywatch", who played the part of Hobie, the son of lifeguard lieutenant Mitch Buchannon?|
Brandon Call. Brandon Call played the role of Hobie Buchannon during the only season (22 episodes during 1989-1990) that the series aired on network television. The series was canceled by NBC following its first season.
Still seeing a future for the premise of the show, series star David Hasselhoff, along with the show's creator and executive producer, Gregory J Bonann, found new investors and supporters and produced a first run syndication package of "Baywatch", which ran for 10 years (1991-2001).
In the syndicated version of the show, 11 year old actor Jeremy Jackson was cast in the role of Hobie Buchannon, playing the part for the duration of the series.
"Baywatch" aired stories and adventures involving a group of Southern California lifeguards, protecting the beaches, and almost always clad in swimwear. The series help to propel actress Pamela Anderson into superstar-sex symbol status.
At its high point, "Baywatch" was said to be the most viewed television show in the world, running in 144 countries in 15 different languages. "Baywatch" also had the dubious distinction of being the longest running series (11 years) not to win a Primetime Emmy in any category.
|Who was the young actress who starred in the title role of the 1981 sitcom series "Punky Brewster"?|
Soleil Moon Frye. Soleil Moon Frye started her acting career in 1982, and was featured in several small roles in movies-made-for-TV before landing the title role as Penelope "Punky" Brewster in 1984.
In the series, Punky, along with her dog Brandon, was abandoned by her mother and left to fend for herself. The street-wise and precocious Punky found shelter in an empty apartment building where she met Henry Warnimont (George Gaynes), an elderly widower, who befriended her, became her de facto guardian and subsequently legally adopted her. Henry adjusted to his new situation with the aid of helpful neighbors and social workers.
The series highlighted the change in lifestyle for the two main characters, Punky from a wayward young child into a regular child in a loving environment and friends and Henry, from a bitter, cranky widower to a loving parent.
The series often focused on both the serious and lighter sides of the transition of both characters.
"Punky Brewster" aired for four seasons (1984-1988) with 88 episodes.
Soleil Moon Frye was nominated for and won the 1986 Young Artist Award for "Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series".
Soleil Moon Frye was born August 6, 1976 in Glendora, California.
|The highly rated series "Roseanne" featured Michael Fishman as "D.J.", the youngest of the Conner's children. What did the initials D.J. stand for?|
David Jacob. While his mother (Roseanne) usually referred to him as D.J., and his father (Dan) often called him "Deej", his given name was David Jacob.
Michael Fishman starred in the role for the entire nine season run of the show, appearing in 215 of the series' 222 episodes. Fishman was surpassed by only two cast members (Roseanne Barr and Laurie Metcalf) in episodes. He played the role from ages six through 15.
Unlike most youthful performers, Michael Fishman had no previous acting experience before being selected for the role. He met Roseanne during an audition for the role, and won her support. It was Roseanne who convinced producers that Michael would be perfect for the role.
Michael Aaron Fishman was born in Los Angeles, California on October 22, 1981.
Considered a ratings success, "Roseanne" was one of the top five rated series for the first six seasons, attaining the number one rating during its second season.
Cast members earned 17 Primetime Emmy nominations, including four wins - Laurie Metcalf in 1992, 1993, and 1994 for "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" and Roseanne Barr for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series" in 1993.
|Often spoken of but not actually seen until the eighth season of "Happy Days", who was Joanie Cunningham's best friend, who was known to be 'boy crazy'?|
Jenny. Whether it was a young Joanie Cunningham telling her family about the exploits of her best friend at the latest Junior Chipmunk Scout Troop meeting, or an older Joanie trying to calm her down, one thing was clear: Jenny Piccalo was quite mischievous as a preteen and completely 'boy crazy' as a teenager.
Cathy Silvers was featured in the role of Jenny Piccalo. Jenny was only referred to during the first seven seasons of "Happy Days". During seasons eight and nine, Silvers played in a recurring role of her character before being advanced to a full role during the 10th season.
Joanie's parents, Howard and Marion, often questioned whether or not Jenny was a good influence on their only daughter, but Jenny's charm and wacky over the top personality eventually won them over.
Born on May 27, 1961 in New York City, Cathy was the daughter of legendary comedian and TV star Phil Silvers.
|"Charlie & Company" was a short lived 1985 sitcom, starring Flip Wilson and Gladys Knight as parents in a working class family. They raised their three children on Chicago's South side. Who was featured as their youngest child, nine year old Robert?|
Jaleel White. Nine year old Jaleel White landed his first television role as Robert Richmond, the youngest family member on "Charlie & Company", which premiered in 1985. The series (featuring a blue collar African American family), which many considered was created to compete with the then successful "Cosby Show", aired for only a single season.
In 1989, Jaleel White was cast in a small role during the first season of the sitcom "Family Matters" as Steve Urkel, the next door neighbor of the Winslow family. The role turned out to be a catapult for the popularity of the nerdy character, leading to Steve Urkel becoming a regular character and a breakout success. "Family Matters", starring Reginald VelJohnson and Jo Marie Payton, aired for nine seasons, with Steve Urkel by far becoming the most popular character on the show.
Jaleel Ahmad White was born in Pasadena, California on November 27, 1976.
|For four seasons (1985-1989), young actress Tiffany Brissette starred on a first run syndication science fiction sitcom. She was considered a "small wonder" in the role. How could her on-screen character be best described?|
a robot. "Small Wonder" (1985-1989) featured Tiffany Brissette in the role as Vicki, a preteen, average girl, who was a robot. Ted Lawson, a robotic engineer, created an atomic powered robot, in the image of a small girl, then with the help of his wife and son, passed her off as a real life member of their family.
Vicki was the name used for Ted's Voice Input Child Identicant (V.I.C.I.) robot. As Vicki possessed super human strength and speed, she was programmed to maintain the actions and appearance of a child. Vicki's computer mind often interpreted spoken works in the most literal meaning, and she spoke in a mono-toned voice, but she was able to blend into the family environment.
Also starring in the series were Dick Christie as Ted Lawson, Marla Pennington as Ted's wife Joan and Jerry Supiran as the Lawson's son Jamie, who also became the big brother to Vicki.
"Small Wonder" aired 96 episodes over its four season run.
Series lead Tiffany Michelle Brissette was born in Paradise, California on December 26, 1974.
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