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Cancer Man  See - TOBACCO PRODUCTS: "The Cigarette Smoking Man"

Caped Crusader  See - BATS - "Batman"

Captain Cool - The college nickname of Adrian Monk (Tony shalhoub), a former police detective turned freelance investigator on the crime drama MONK/USA/2002-2009. Adrian earned his nickname when he attended the University of Berkeley (graduated in 1981) because he was obsessed with defrosting the refrigerator in his dorm building. Years later, when he went to his 25th reunion, he discovered the dorn freeezer covered with ice and so Adian quickly grabbed a spatula and pan to clean it up once again. Note: He lodged in Room 303. A tie on the door was the signal (babe alert) not to interfer with the roomate inside.

Captain Crunch - See "Gus-isms"

Captain Freedom - Wannabe urban superhero who roamed the inner city cop drama HILL STREET BLUES/NBC/1981-87. Wearing goggles, gloves, cape, tights and a shirt adorned with a lightning bolt, Captain Freedom (Dennis Dugan) first appeared on episode "The World According to Freedom" (1981). At the beginnng of the episode, the officers were alerted at roll call to watch out for Captain Freedom and "Throw a net over him" to keep him from interfering with police operations on the streets. When arrested, The Captain (who believed his mother lived on the Moon in a tiny bottle) told booking Det. Sgt. Mike Belker (Bruce Weitz) "I vow to give crime two black eyes and Brotherhood...I want to establish universal Brotherhood." He also said "Police are my allies. We fight crime hand in hand. Ten tons of Nitro in one fist and a neutron bomb in the other. When I walk, buildings shake and bad guys wet their pants."

Captain Freedom played by Dennis Dugan - HILL STREET BLUES

The Captain Freedom story arc ended with episode "The Captain's Last Stand" (1982) when the wacky superhero tried to convince armed robbers to cease and desist their neferious act. For his trouble, he got a shotgun blast in the gut. As the Captain lay bleeding to death on the sidewalk, Detective Belker assisted the downed hero. Before he died, the Captain pulled off one of his green gloves and passed it to Belker saying, "I'm not afraid to die. I'm eternal. I live in the alley cats and the buses. I'm the city. The Power is in the glove. It's yours now. You've got to take it." The Captain Freedom character was created by writer, Michael Wagner.

Captain Funkie Fresh - Nickname of Eddie Winslow (Darius McCrary) on the sitcom FAMILY MATTERS/ABC/CBS/1989-98 when he volunteered to work with the neighborhood watch to help fight crime.

Captain Justice - Comic book hero on the fantasy adventure ONCE A HERO/ABC/1987. This short-lived series starred Captain Justice (Jeff Lester), a fictional comic book character (Pizazz Comics) who discovers that fewer and fewer people were reading his Captain Justice comic books. Realizing that without readers his character would disappear (shades of Tinker Bell!), Captain Justice, (aka "The Crimson Crusader") left the two-dimensional world of the Forbidden Zone and entered the real world. Unfortunately, reality had its drawbacks. The Captain was now mortal, and as such, could no longer deflect bullet, fly through the air etc. Assisting our costumed stranger in a strange new world was Gumshoe (Robert Forster), a Humphrey Bogart look-alike dressed in a raincoat and hat who helped the Captain battle such baddies as Max Mayhem, Lobsterman, and Dr. Destructo. Captain Justice and friends faded quickly from sight soon after their debut. Like the comic book, this series needed viewers to survive.

Captain Marvel - Created by Ed Herren, the red costumed superhero, Captain Marvel debuted in Whiz Comics No.2, February, 1940. The visual concept of Captain Marvel was inspired by illustrator Charles Clarence Beck who used film star Fred MacMurray as the model for Captain Thunder (the original working title of Captain Marvel) giving him the same wavy hair, cleft chin and bone structure. The Captain's costume design was the outgrowth of an illustration Beck had previously drawn for The Student Prince operetta. Keeping the military style buttons, boots and cape and creatively adding a lightning bolt on the costume's chest area, Captain Marvel was born. Years later, the 30-minute live-action series SHAZAM!/CBS/1974-77 featured Michael Gray as the teenager character Billy Batson who transformed into superhero Captain Marvel by saying the word "Shazam!" Billy derived his powers from the individual first letters that made up the acronym SHAZAM: S (Wisdom of Solomon); H (Strength of Hercules); A (Stamina of Atlas); Z (Power of Zeus); A (Courage of Achilles); and M (Speed of Mercury). Actors John Davey (1974-76) and Jackson Bostwick (1976-77) played the role of Captain Marvel. In the Captain Marvel comics the evil villain IBAC (a.k.a. "Stinky Printwhistle") derived his powers from the initials for I (Ivan the Terrible); B (Borgia the Poisoner); A (Attila the Hun); and C (Caligula, the Emperor). Captain Marvel's other nemesis, the evil Dr. Sivana, the World's Wickedest Scientist, (from the planet Venus) called Captain Marvel "The Big Red Cheese." Sivana's full name was Thaddeus Budog Sivana whose name was derived from the Eastern Indian words "Siva" and "Nirvana." The balding gnome-like Doctor wore horned-rimmed glasses, and a white pharmacist jacket.

Captain Midnight (1) - The alias of Captain Jim Albright (a.k.a. "Guardian of the Safety of the World"), a private citizen and leader of "The Secret Squadron" on the aviation adventure CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT/CBS/1954-56. He received his nickname during WWII while as a young American pilot he returned to base after completing a dangerous mission just as the church steeple clock struck twelve midnight. Richard Webb starred as "Captain Midnight," an aviator who battled mobsters and other enemies of freedom. When the series went into syndication Captain Midnight's name was changed to JET JACKSON. The Captain Midnight character (created by Robert Murit and Wilfred Moore) originated on radio on September 30, 1940 on station WGN in Chicago. It was sponsored by Skelly Oil and later Ovaltine. Ed Prentiss, Bill Bouchey and Paul Barnes all played Captain Jim "Red" Albright, (Captain Midnight) on radio. Richard Webb died at the age of 77 from a self-inflicted wound on June 10, 1993 at his home in Van Nuys, California. He left a note saying he was despondent over a chronic respiratory problem (People Weekly 6/28/93).

Captain Midnight (2)- Code name of mysterious citizen who took over an HBO cable broadcast for four minutes in the spring of 1986 to transmit a message protesting Cable TV signal scrambling. His first broadcast message on April 20, 1986 was a simple colorbar pattern. Seven days later he again broke into the HBO transmissions during the showing of the movie The Falcon and the Snowman to reveal the written message "Good evening HBO/From Captain Midnight/$12.95 month/NOWAY!/Showtime Movie Channel Beware" Upon investigation it was discovered that this maverick media maniac was 25-year-old John R. Mac Dougall, a seller of satelite dishes. He claimed that the scrambling of cable signals by HBO (Jan 15) Showtime and Movie Channel (May 27) was killing his 2 and 1/2 year old business. He was arrested on July 25 and later was fined $5,000 and placed on one year's probation by the federal magistrates court in Jacksonville, Florida. The "Captain Midnight" scenario was the first known instance of a private citizen illegally taking control of a commercial satellite. The Federal Communications Commission closed the first illegal television "station" on October, 19, 1950. The station operated by the Tube Division of Sylvania Electric Products of Emporium, Pennsylvania had televised illegal signals/programs from WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pennsylvania from a tower atop Whitmore Mountain.

Captain Neptune  See - SUBMARINES 

Captain Nice - William Daniels (later to play heart surgeon Dr. Mark Craig on the medical series ST. ELSEWHERE/NBC/1982-88) started his early acting career as a costumed crimefighter on the superhero spoof CAPTAIN NICE/NBC/1967. Carter Nash (a.k.a. "Captain Nice") was a police chemist who accidentally discovered a liquid formula (Super Juice) which gave him extraordinary powers (flight and super strength) he used to fight evil in the guise of Captain Nice. His name was a perfect reflection of this simpleton superhero for he was a shy, naive, momma's boy. His mother (Alice Ghostley), who knew of his abilities, urged him to fight evil in a red, white and blue costume that she so lovingly made for him. The series was created/written by Buck Henry, the co-creator of the spy spoof series GET SMART/NBC/CBS/1965-70. Debuting during the same television season was similar superhero parody series called MR. TERRIFIC/NBC/1967 starring Stephen Strimpell.

Captain Scarlet  See - POLICE & LAW ENFORCEMENT GROUPS: "Spectrum"

Captain Video - Richard Coogan (and later Al Hodges) starred as television's first sci-fi hero Captain Video (a.k.a. "an electronic wizard, master of time of space and the Guardian of the Safety of the World") who battled interplanetary villains in the 22nd century. The series CAPTAIN VIDEO AND THE VIDEO RANGERS was telecast "live" five nights a week on the Dumont network from 1949-55. Al Hodge died in 1979 in a small hotel room in New York City, a victim of poverty and alcohol. See also - POLICE & LAW ENFORCEMENT GROUPS: "The Video Rangers"

Captain Z-ro - Roy Steffins starred as Captain Z-Ro, a scientist who traveled through the infinite corridors of time and space on the sci-fi series CAPTAIN Z-RO/SYN/1954. In his rocketship ZX-99, Captain Z-ro with his assistant Jet (Bobby Trumbull) visited points in time ranging from Biblical days to the American Revolution. The series began as a 15-minute live program aired on local San Francisco station KRON-TV. In 1951, the series expanded to 30-minutes and was later syndicated nationally in 1954.

Cara Mia  See - "Bubula"

Carl "Oldie" Olsen" - On the late night talk show LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN/NBC/1993+ host Conan O'Brien occasionally interacted with a very old, bearded man called Carl "Oldie" Olson. Oldie's character was so frail looking that almost anything he did was funny to watch. He appeared in over 100 comedy spots playing such roles as a high school street tough, a rock singer, a vampire, and the world's oldest baseball player. William Preston who played Oldie was an established stage and film actor. He died in 1998. See also - "Larry 'Bud' Melman" 

Carnac the Magnificent  See - "Mr. Question Man"

Casanova of the Camera - What widow Margaret MacDonald (Rosemary DeCamp), called her photographer brother, Bob Collins on the sitcom LOVE THAT BOB/NBC/CBS/1955-59. Bob Collins was a swinging confirmed bachelor who owned a photography studio in Hollywood. He vowed to find the right girl now matter "how many girls I have to date to find her." One of Bob's requirements in a beautiful model was that their waist size not exceed 23 inches. Among the many girls he dated was Shirley Swanson (Joi Lansing), a beautiful blond model with marriage on her mind who armed herself with a perfume called "Bachelor's Doom."

Cat - Slang term used to identify female police officers teamed with a male officer, of course the males being the "Dogs." The police drama DOG & CAT/ABC/1977 used this novel description to refer to female rookie officer J.Z. Kane (Kim Basinger) who was teamed with Det. Sgt. Jack Ramsey (Lou Antonio), a veteran plainclothes officer.

Catwoman - One of Gotham City's most sensuous criminals on the fantasy adventure BATMAN/ABC/1966-68. Wearing a tight black skin of leather, Catwoman attempted to pull off a variety of "Purrrfect" crimes. Occasionally, she teamed with other nefarious no-goods as the Penguin or the Riddler to defeat their arch enemy, the caped crime fighter Batman and his sidekick the Boy wonder. Julie Newmar who formerly starred as the curvaceous female robot on the sci-fi comedy MY LIVING DOLL/CBS/1964-65 was the original Catwoman. She was later replaced by Lee Meriweather and Eartha Kitt. In the book Back To The Batcave (Berkley Books, 1994)Bob Kane the creator of the Batman comic character stated that Catwoman was originally modeled after Jean Harlow. He also related that he and writer Bill Finger chose cats as a motif not just because Catwoman was a cat burglar but also because felines were "as mysterious and unpredictable as women." Catwoman's real name was Selina Kyle. TRIVIA NOTE: In casting the part of Catwoman in the sequel motion picture Batman Returns (1992), spunky actress Sean Young, tried to audition for the role but her enthusiasm got her thrown off the Warner Brothers lot. Not one to give up easily, she later donned a black mask and appeared on THE JOAN RIVERS SHOW where she unashamedly bid for the part on national television. The role of Catwoman, however, went to the beautiful Michele Pfeiffer. Adam West once remarked that one of his favorite villains from the program had to be Catwoman because "she gave me curious stirrings in my utility belt."

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