K-Man, The - The nickname of Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) who appeared on
the sitcom SEINFELD/NBC/1990-98. Kramer was a wacky 'hipster dufus." His talents
included mooching food from his neighbor Jerry Seinfeld, and making fast
entrances into a room. He once described his eyes as "dark brown...like rich
Kal-El See - ALIENS: "Superman"
Kemo Sabe - Indian phrase meaning "Faithful Friend" or "Trusty Scout" used by
the North American Indian Tonto (Jay Silverheels), to describe his close friend
John Reid a.k.a. "The Lone Ranger" (Clayton Moore/John Hart) on the western
adventure THE LONE RANGER/ABC/1949-57. The word "Kemo Sabe" was actually
inspired by James Jewell, the director of the original Lone Ranger radio series
that debuted on January 30, 1933. It was derived from the name of a boys camp
called "Kee-Mo-Sah-Bee" established in 1911 at Mullet Lake in Michigan that was
owned by Jewell's father-in-law, Charles W. Yeager. During the 1930s "Lone
Ranger Camps" were held at this popular North Michigan campground. The camp
closed in 1941. See also -
Kentucky Jones - Dennis Weaver played Kenneth Yarborough, a horse trainer turned
veterinarian who operated a forty acre ranch in southern California on the
medical drama KENTUCKY JONES/NBC/1964-65. His nickname "Kentucky Jones" was
derived from the way he signed his name...KY Jones (KY being the initials for
the state of Kentucky).
Kid, The - The showbiz nickname of former child actor Jackie Coogan who starred
as Uncle Fester Frump on the bizarre sitcom THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ABC/1964-66.
Coogan got his nickname from the title of the silent movie The Kid released in
1921 starring Charlie Chaplin as a tramp who adopts a small child (Jackie Coogan),
learns to love him and them gives the Kid up for his own good. On the adventure
THE FALL GUY/ABC/1981-86 stuntman Colt Seavers (Lee Majors) called his business
manager and aspiring stuntman Howie Munsen (Douglas Barr) "Kid." And on the
short-lived sitcom DOUBLE RUSH/CBS/1995 elderly actor Phil Leeds played "The
Kid," a slow-moving, 75-year-old messenger who knew every shortcut in Manhattan
(after 58 years of practice). TRIVIA NOTE: When Jackie Coogan's parents were
killed in a car crash, all the money he had earned as a child actor was held
captive in a major lawsuit. Consequently, the California State Legislature
enacted the Child Actors' Bill (a.k.a. "The Coogan Act") to prevent such future
abuses to children in show business. Jackie Coogan died from cardiac arrest on
March 1, 1984, in Santa Monica Hospital. He was sixty-nine. See also - BEARS:
"Bear the chimp"
Kindest Dog in the USA See -
DOGS: "Black Tooth"
King of All Guests, The - On May 12, 1997 talk show host Rosie O'Donnell
presented comedian Martin Short, "the funniest man on the planet" (in Rosie's
opinion) with a plaque that read "King of All Guests" for appearing for the
fourth time in a year on THE ROSIE O'DONNELL SHOW/SYN/1996-2002. Martin was also
given a crown (a la Imperial Margarine), a royal scepter and a luxurious red
velvet cape. The spot ended with Rosie and Martin singing "King of the Show" (a
variation of country hit song "King of the Road" by Roger Miller).
King of Kustomizers, The - The professional nickname of automobile customizer,
George Barris. He created a number of spectacular cars for television including
the Batmobile, the Munstermobile, the Drag-u-la, and the Monkeemobile.
King of Rock 'N' Roll, The See -
HOMES & MANSIONS: "The Graceland
MUSIC & MUSICIANS: "Elvis Presley"
King of Late Night Television - Jack Paar, the emotional host of THE TONIGHT
SHOW on the NBC network was called the King of Late-Night Television during his
late night reign from 1957-62. When Johnny Carson took over as host of the
program, he proclaimed himself the Prince of Late Night Television" since the
title of "King" was already taken.
King of the "B" Movies - Republic Studios was called "King of the B Movies"
because of its cheap, quickly filmed productions such as the 1954 theatrical
release (later a syndicated television series) COMMANDO CODY, SKY MARSHAL OF THE
UNIVERSE/NBC/1955 starring Judd Holdren. Other serials cranked out by Republic:
King of the Rockets (1949), Radar Men from the Moon (1952) and Zombies of the
Stratosphere (1952) featuring an early screen role of STAR TREK's Leonard Nimoy
as a space zombie.
King of the Cowboys - The regal nickname of Roy Rogers, the star of the popular
1950s western adventure THE ROY ROGERS SHOW/NBC/1951-57. Born Leonard Franklin Slye on November 5, 1911, Roy Rogers spent his early years living in a small
town near Portsmouth Ohio; working in a shoe factory with his father in
Cincinnati; and then moving with his family to California in the depth of the
Depression in the spring of 1930. He began singing with the musical group the
Rocky Mountaineers in 1932, founded his own group The Sons of the Pioneers in
1934 and then was discovered on the lot of Republic Studios by producer Sol
Siegal. The rest is history. Roy Rogers starred in 81 westerns for Republic
Pictures and 100 filmed episodes for television. Once, New York Times critic
Jack Gould said "Mr. Rogers is billed as the ‘King of the Cowboys’ but on the
basis of the first film, he's got a piece to travel before catching up with his
rivals-Bill Boyd and Gene Autry" (excerpt review about THE ROY ROGERS SHOW
premiere episode which aired December 30, 1951). Despite his critics, Rogers
became a heroic champion of good and justice to generations of children and
adults alike. He put his boot-print in cement at Graumann's Chinese Theater on
April 21, 1949. Memorabilia from his career can be found at the Roy Rogers Dale
Evans Museum in Victorville, California. Roy Rogers died on July 6, 1998 at the
age of 86. See also - "Queen of the West"
King of the Jungle See -
King of the Mini-series - Known as "King of the Miniseries" and "Mr.
Miniseries," Hollywood's romantic leading man Richard Chamberlain made a career
out of playing larger than life characters (a sort of Charlton Heston of the
70's and 80's) in such TV productions as Centennial (1978), Shogun (1980),
Thornbirds (1983) and Casanova (1987). Earlier in his career, Richard
Chamberlain made the ladies swoon when he starred as the caring, young intern,
Dr. James Kildare on the medical drama DR. KILDARE/NBC/1961-66. In the late
1960s he left America to study classical acting in Europe, returning to become
the hottest property in glitter land. His numerous honors include winning a
Golden Globe Award for best actor in Shogun and People's Choice Award for best
actor in Thornbirds. Chamberlain made a short-lived return to series television
on the medical drama ISLAND SON/CBS/1989-90 as Dr. Daniel Kulani, an internist
working at a Honolulu hospital. TRIVIA NOTE: In the '80s, Jaclyn Smith (of
CHARLIE'S ANGELS fame) was unofficially dubbed “The Queen of Mini-series”
because of her large collection of work in the genre.
King of the United States See -
BIRDS: "Garfield the Goose"
King of the Wild Frontier – The popular nickname of the frontier explorer/Indian
fighter Davy Crockett (1786-1836) who died defending the Alamo. The Walt Disney
Studio's resurrected this backwoods character in a series of adventures starring
Fess Parker as Davy Crockett and Buddy Ebsen as his sidekick, George Russell.
"The Ballad of Davy Crockett" intoned the lyrics "Davy, Davy Crockett, King of
the Wild Frontier." The three original episodes which started the Davy Crockett
craze in the 1950s were Davy Crockett, Indian Fighter (12/15/54); Davy Crockett
Goes To Congress (1/26/55); and Davy Crockett At The Alamo (2/23/55). Due to
popular demand, the Disney studios produced additional programs that chronicled
Davy Crockett's earlier adventures. Born near Green County, Tennessee, the real
Davy Crockett was reputed to have killed a bear when he was only three years of
age. He served as US Representative for the state of Tennessee from 1827-31 and
1833-35 and then went to Texas to fight and die in the battle of the Alamo that
raged from February 24th to March 6, 1836. TRIVIA NOTE: In the 1990s, the
Kentucky Headhunters, a Grammy winning country rock band reprised "The Ballad of
Kingfish, The - One of television's first connivers was George "Kingfish"
Stevens (Tim Moore) from the all-black sitcom AMOS 'N ANDY/CBS/1951-53. His
nickname "Kingfish" was derived from his title as the head of the local
fraternal organization "The Mystic Knights of the Sea" located in Harlem, New
York City. Picking the pockets of his fellow lodge members through schemes and
trickery was his favorite past time, especially the most gullible of his
fraternal brothers, Andrew "Andy" Brown (Spencer Williams). When his swindles
backfired, George said "Holy Mackerel, Andy! We's got to stick
together...remember we is brothers in the great fraternity, the Mystic Knights
of the Sea." TRIVIA NOTE: Kingfish was also the nickname of the American
politician Huey Pierce Long, the governor of Louisiana from 1928-31. He was
elected to the US Senate in 1930 but later assassinated by Dr. Carl A. Weiss in
September, 1935. See also - "Lightnin'
Kit Kat - Family nickname of Catherine Margaret Rollin Lane, (Patty Duke) the
Scottish relative of Patty Lane, an American look-alike cousin on the sitcom THE
PATTY DUKE SHOW/ABC/1963-66. Cathy's father, Kenneth Lane (William Schallert),
often called her Kit Kat.
Kitten - The pet name of Kathy Anderson (Lauren Chapin) that was used by James
(Robert Young) and Margaret (Jane Wyatt) Anderson when addressing their youngest
pigtailed daughter on the sitcom FATHER KNOWS BEST/CBS/NBC/ABC/1954-63. Kathy's
brother, Bud (Billy Gray) called Kathy "Shrimp," "Squirt" and "Shrimp Boat" on
occasion. When the series was canceled, Lauren Chapin who played "Kitten" found
the real world a bit less wholesome. Falling on hard times, Lauren became a
prostitute, selling her body for heroin. She climbed out of her private Hell
when she found God and became a Christian. On an installment of the daytime talk
show OPRAH, she told the audience that when she was young, everyone told her
that she was the "best, the brightest, and the cutest. As an adult, however, she
could never live up to people's expectations. Nobody wanted to know the real
Lauren; they just wanted to know Kitten." (Esquire 8/91). On the sitcom MR.
BELVEDERE/ABC/1985-90 sportscaster George Owens (Bob Uecker) referred to his
teenage daughter Heather (Tracy Wells) as Kitten. At her 16th birthday, Heather
asked her father to stop calling her Kitten because she wasn't a kid anymore.
Later, however, she changed her mind and hugged her dad when he said "Happy
Birthday, Kitten." TRIVIA NOTE: "Kitten" was also the nickname used by Spencer
Tracy (until his death) when referring to actress Elizabeth Taylor. She was
first called "Kitten" in the movie Father of the Bride (1950) when Spencer Tracy
played her father. Tracy referred to himself as "Pops." See also -
"Bud" and "Princess"
Kodiak - The nickname of a very tall, burly member of Alaska's State Patrol who
patrolled some 50,000 square miles of rugged territory on the police drama
KODIAK/ABC/1974. Officer Cal "Kodiak" McKay (Clint Walker) earned his nickname
because his size (6' 8") reminded the local residents/Eskimos of the great
Kodiak bear that roamed the ice fields of the North. Clint Walker was quoted as
saying "I came up with the name (Kodiak) because I thought it sounded Alaskan.
Besides, I like short names."
Kookie - The nickname of Gerald Lloyd Kookson, III (Edd Byrnes), the parking lot
attendant for Dino's restaurant who regularly appeared on the detective drama 77
SUNSET STRIP/ABC/1958-64. Check out Kookie's colorful phrases at
LANGUAGES & PHRASES: "Kookie-isms"
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