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Ol' Blue Eyes - None other than the popular Italian-American singer, actor Francis "Frank" Albert Sinatra often called by his showbiz nickname "Ol' Blues Eyes." Discovered on a 1937 radio broadcast of MAJOR BOWES ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR, Frank Sinatra jumped from radio to the new medium of television in the early 1950s with a musical variety show THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW/CBS/1950-52. Winning an Oscar® for From Here To Eternity (1953) gave Sinatra a new career as an actor. He sang "Love & Marriage" (a major hit record for him) during a musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" on an episode of the NBC anthology PRODUCER'S SHOWCASE in 1955. Years later, this song was the theme song for the sitcom MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN/FOX/1987-97. Ol' Blue Eyes returned to television for a short-lived variety drama THE FRANK SINATRA SHOW/ABC/1957-58. His daughter Nancy Sinatra made her professional debut on this program on November 1, 1957. During the 1950s and 1960s Frank Sinatra guest starred on a number variety series including CLUB OASIS, THE COLGATE COMEDY HOUR, HOLLYWOOD PALACE, and MAX LIEBMAN PRESENTS. Sinatra was a regular on NBC's DEAN MARTIN PRESENTS in 1968 and in 1973 he appeared on a NBC Special entitled "Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back." He made a few rare television appearances including the NBC TV-movie Contract on Cherry Street (1977) about a New York police officer involved in an assassination conspiracy; the (2/25/87) episode of the CBS detective drama MAGNUM, P.I. as Michael Doheny, a tough, retired New York Cop investigating an unsolved murder; a cameo appearance on a 1989 episode of WHO'S THE BOSS on the ABC Network; and on ABC's Sinatra: 80 Years My Way on December 14, 1995. Ol' Blue Eyes has also been called King of the Rat Pack, Chairman of the Board, Frankie-Boy, The Pope, The Leader, The Swooner, The Voice, and The Dago. After 50 films and 200 albums Frank Sinatra died on May 14, 1998 at the age of 82. See also - "The Rat Pack

Old Barnacle, The - Pejorative nickname used by housekeeper Martha (Reta Shaw) to describe Captain Gregg (Edward Mulhare), the deceased owner of Gull Cottage on the sitcom THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR/NBC/ABC/1965-68. The ghost of Captain Gregg who haunted the house never revealed himself to Martha but she still formed a stern opinion of him from the Captain's painted portrait left in the house.

Old Lead Bottom - On the WWII military comedy MCHALES NAVY/ABC/1962-66 the rowdy crew of the PT Boat No. 73 stationed on the South Seas island of Taratupa nicknamed Captain Wallace B. Binghamton (Joe Flynn) "Old Lead Bottom" because he was constantly plotting (unsuccessfully) to get Lt. Cdr. Quinton McHale (Ernest Borgnine) and his con artist crew members transferred from his command. Old Lead Bottom's favorite sayings were "What, What, What!," “I could just scream,” "Somebody up there hates me!" and "Why me?, Why me?"

Old Man - The affectionate nickname referring to Master Po (Keye Luke), a blind Shaolin monk featured in flashback sequences on the western adventure KUNG FU/ABC/1972-75. When monk Kwai Chang Caine (David Carradine) left the Shaolin monastery he said "Goodbye Old Man. My Master." Master Po replied "What do you hear?" Caine answered "The Grasshopper." (Po's nickname for Caine). On the crime drama A MAN CALLED HAWK/ABC/1989 Moses Gunn was featured as "Old Man," a sage old black man who gave council to the mysterious man known as Hawk (Avery Brooks). When Avery Brooks later starred in the sci-fi adventure STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE/SYN/1993-99 he affectionately used the term "Old Man" when referring to a long-lived symbiant life form which co-inhabited the body of Trill Jadzia Dax (Terry Farrell), chief science officer on space station Deep Space Nine. In the golden days of television the space rangers on ROD BROWN OF THE ROCKET RANGERS/CBS/1953-54 also referred to their Commander Swift (John Boruff) as "Old Man." See also - "Grasshopper"

Old Ranger, The - The early episodes of the western anthology DEATH VALLEY DAYS/1952-75 (begun on radio in 1930) were introduced by a slender, weatherworn senior citizen known as the "Old Ranger" (Stanley Andrews) who hosted and narrated stories based on legend and lore from the Death Valley where Borax was mined (20-Mule Team Borax sponsored the show). When the Old Ranger left the series in 1965 he was replaced by a number of hosts including Ronald Reagan, Robert Taylor, Dale Robertson and Merle Haggard. TRIVIA NOTE: Stanley Andrews was the voice of Daddy Warbuck's in the early days of radio. See also - METALS & MINERALS: "Borax" and MOUNTAINS: "Death Valley" 

Old Redhead, The - Nickname of Arthur Godfrey, a folksy, easygoing red-haired radio personality (he had his own CBS radio show from 1933-1972) who hosted a number of successful TV programs in the 1950s and 1960s including TALENT SCOUTS/CBS/1948-66; ARTHUR GODFREY AND HIS FRIENDS/CBS/1949-57; ARTHUR GODFREY AND HIS UKULELE/CBS/1950; ARTHUR GODFREY TIME/CBS/1952-59; and THE ARTHUR GODFREY SHOW/CBS/1958-59; CANDID CAMERA/CBS/1960-61; and YOUR ALL-AMERICAN COLLEGE SHOW/SYN/1968-70. After years of health problems (broken pelvis, hip, and lung cancer) Godfrey died in 1983.

Old Stone Face, The  See - "The Great Stone Face"

One Who Waits - A wise 250-year-old American Indian spirit guide on the quirky rural drama NORTHERN EXPOSURE/CBS/1990-95. Played by Floyd Red Crow Westerman, One Who Waits, assisted a Native American orphan named Ed Chigliak (Darren E. Burrows) search for the identities of his natural parents. When his task was done, One Who Waits just vanished into the forest. When Ed told Dr. Joel Fleischman that he talked to a 250-year-old spiritual guide (that only Ed could see) the town's physician felt that Ed was manifesting signs of psychotic behavior.

Oprah - The first name of Oprah Winfrey, the successful host of the syndicated talk show THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW/SYN/1986+. Oprah Winfrey actually got her first name by mistake. Her parents chose the name "Orpah," named for Ruth's sister-in-law in the Book of Ruth in the Bible. But the name was misspelled on Winfrey's birth certificate and thus Orpah begat Oprah. Fans have since mistakenly called her Okra, Opal, and Opera among others. Oprah's Harpo Productions company gets its name by spelling Oprah backwards.

Original Live Test-Pattern Girl, The - In the November 6, 1954 issue of TV Guide magazine, Nanette Fabray was given the title "The Original Live-Test Pattern Girl" because of her experience (begun in 1942) with early color television presented by CBS for the Federal Communications Commission. By 1949 she had logged over 1000 hours of color television work when she appeared in the RCA color demonstration which led to the acceptance of compatible color television. Some of her TV credits included: CAESAR'S HOUR/NBC/1954-57; WESTINGHOUSE PLAYHOUSE/NBC/1961; and ONE DAY AT A TIME/CBS/1975-84.


 

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