Jessica Simpson Bordais See -
BOOKS:"The Heart Held Hostage"
Jetman - Superhero character on the sitcom HE & SHE/CBS/1967-70. Jetman is the
comic-strip creation of successful cartoonist Dick Hollister (Richard Benjamin)
that was turned into a TV program of the same name. An arrogant, egotistical
actor named Oscar North (Jack Cassidy) was chosen to play Jetman in this
show-within-a-show. However, Oscar's attempts at molding the character more to
his own liking was a constant headache to Dick Hollister who supervised/wrote
the weekly scripts.
Jigsaw John - Because of the methodical way he pieced clues together at the
scene of a crime, special investigator, John St. John (Jack Warden) earned the
nickname "Jigsaw John" on the police drama JIGSAW JOHN/NBC/1976.
Jilly Dilly - The childhood nickname of Jill Taylor (Patricia Richardson), the
wife of Tim "The Toolman" Taylor (Tim Allen) on the sitcom HOME
IMPROVEMENT/ABC/1991-99. Jill's mother used to call her Jilly Dilly, but the
grown up Jill hates to here that name and urges her husband to promise "not" to
tell any one else about it.
Joan Holliday - Nom de Plume of author Joan Nash (Patricia Crowley), freelance
magazine writer and mother of four boys on the sitcom PLEASE DON'T EAT THE
Joey Pants - The childhood nickname of actor Joe Pantoliano. Born on September
12, 1951, Joey spent an impoverished childhood in Hoboken, New Jersey where he
picked up his "Joey Pants" moniker. Joey now smokes fine cigars and enjoys the
notoriety he's gained after roles in 60 movies and guest shots on the WB's
ROSWELL as Kal Langley and on HBO's THE SOPRANOS as mafia mobster Ralphy
John-Boy - The family nickname of John Walton, Jr., the eldest son of eight
children living in rural Virginia on the family drama THE WALTONS/CBS/1972-81.
When John-Boy's love interest first heard about his nickname during the
"Walton's Thanksgiving Reunion" (11/23/93), he quickly reminded her "It's a
nickname...only members of my immediate family are allowed to get away with it!"
John-Boy's brother, James Robert Walton (David W. Harper) was called Jim-Bob.
Johnny Pizza - Real-life nickname of actor John Santucci who played Pauli Taglia,
the dimwitted but brutal mobster on the crime drama CRIME STORY/NBC/1986-88.
Born in Chicago, Santucci got involved in criminal activities at a young age.
His street names were Johnny Pizza and Babe. He was eventually caught by the FBI
for jewelry theft and sentenced to prison at La Tuna Federal Correctional
Institution in Texas. Luckily, his 45-year sentence was reduced to three years
(due to a technicality) and Santucci, now a changed man, went straight. Chuck
Adamson, a former Chicago cop turned writer (he had arrested Santucci in the
past) hired him as a technical consultant on a movie project and his later role
on CRIME STORY. See also -
"The Great Wounder"
Joker, The - The green-haired criminal with the penchant for laughter who was
the arch enemy of the caped crime fighter Batman (Adam West) on the fantasy
adventure BATMAN/ABC/1966-68. Cesar Romero was cast in the role of this
chuckling crimester. The Joker (originally called The Red Hood) was a former
employee of the Monarch Playing Card Company. Jack Nicholson reprised the role
of the Joker in the blockbuster motion picture Batman (1989). In the film, the
criminal responsible for the death of Bruce Wayne's parents is dropped into a
vat of acid by Batman, only to emerge disfigured in the guise of the Joker who
then started a crime spree in Gotham City. He was ultimately defeated by Batman
and fell to his death from a church tower.
Josephine - Code name for a beautiful, blond assassin named Nikita (Peta Wilson)
on the espionage adventure LA FEMME NIKITA/USA/1997-2001. As the opening
narration of the program explained "I was falsely accused of a hideous crime and
sentenced to life in prison. One night I was taken from my cell to a place
called Section One, the most covert anti-terrorist group on the planet. Their
ends are just but their means are ruthless. If I don't play by their rules...I
die." When Nikita's phone rang and the word "Josephine" was spoken, she
reluctantly had to report for another dangerous assignment. See also -
"BEGINNING & ENDING
NARRATIONS:"La Femme Nikita"
Jungle Jack Hanna - The professional nickname of Jack Hanna, the Director of the
Columbus Zoo in Columbus Ohio (Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo since
1993). Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Jack, a former pet shop/petting zoo
operator and director of a small Florida Zoo, moved his wife, Suzi and their
three daughters to Columbus in 1978 to become the Director of Columbus Zoo,
which, at the time was rundown. Jack revitalized the zoo and now maintains his
media presence (which often comes off as an absent-minded professor persona) as
a regular guest on shows like GOOD MORNING AMERICA, LARRY KING LIVE, THE LATE
SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, HOLLYWOOD SQUARES and THE MAURY POVICH SHOW. During
his visits, he shows off cute, exotic and sometimes dangerous animals. On an
early appearance on David Letterman's show, a Beaver that Jack brought on the
show bit into his thumb and nearly severed it from his hand. Years later, Jack
mentioned that he still has no feeling in his thumb. Hanna is also the host of
JACK HANNA'S ANIMAL ADVENTURES, as well, as the author of "Monkeys on the
Interstate" (1989 - his autobiography), "Let's Go To The Petting Zoo with Jungle
Jack" (1992) and "Jungle Jack Hanna's What Zoo-Keepers Do?" (1999).
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