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Packy - Real-life family nickname of actress Sally Struthers who played Gloria, the scatterbrained daughter of the working class bigot Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor) on the sitcom ALL IN THE FAMILY/CBS/1971-83 and GLORIA/CBS/1982-83. When Sally was a child she was very chubby. Her sister decided to call her "Packy"...short for "pachyderm."

Papa Bear - Radio code name used to identify American Colonel Robert Hogan (Bob Crane) when conducting secret missions for the Allies from his headquarters in POW camp Stalag 13 in Germany on the military comedy HOGAN'S HEROES/CBS/1965-71. "Mama Bear" was code name used to contact Allied submarines and "Goldilock" was used to communicate with underground resistance fighters.

Pappy - Affectionate nickname of WWII Marine pilot Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (Robert Conrad) on the military drama BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP/NBC/1976-78 coined by his fellow pilots (average age 18) because they considered anyone over the age of 35 an old man. The Pappy character is loosely based on the book Baa Baa Black Sheep written by WWII Marine Corps flying ace Gregory "Pappy" Boyington who had flown numerous flights in both Burma and the South Pacific. TRIVIA NOTE: On January 3, 1944, Pappy's kill record for downing enemy airplanes tied with the WWI record of German pilot Baron Von Richtoffen. He added two more kills before he was shot down by the Japanese. He spent the remainder of the war as a POW His Marine Corps flight record for number of kills has to this day never been matched. After suffering bouts with alcoholism and cancer, he spent his retirement years visiting local air shows and signing autographs to copies of his books which chronicle his experiences as a pilot. Baron Von Richthofen, mentioned above was the German fighter pilot who led Von Richthofen's Circus, an elite WWI German fighter squadron of brightly painted airplanes responsible for introducing new aerial team tactics which were to replace the individual one-on-one dogfight tactics of the past. Richthofen was shot down in 1918.

Patch - Nickname of the leading hunk who starred on the daytime soap opera DAYS OF OUR LIVES/NBC/1965+. Stephen Nichols played Patch, a handsome young loner who loved Kayla (Mary Beth Evans). His nickname came from the black patch he wore over his left eye which covered the scars of a knife attack. Patch normally wore a black leather jacket and uttered such classic lines as "Babe" and Hey, Dude." In 1988 Patch and Kayla tied the knot at a spectacular waterfront wedding.

Peaches - Affectionate nickname bestowed on tomboy Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence by big brother Willie Lawrence (Gary Frank) on the domestic drama FAMILY/ABC/1976-80. Peaches was also the nickname used by the father of public defender Christine Sullivan (Markie Post) to describe his daughter on the sitcom NIGHT COURT/NBC/1984-92.

Peeper, The - The college nickname of Cliff Murdock (Tom Poston) a friend of psychologist Bob Hartley on the sitcom THE BOB NEWHART SHOW/CBS/1972-78. Cliff earned his moniker for looking through binoculars into the girl's campus dormitory. Cliff was also a practical joker and once put raw pieces of chicken in Bob's sock drawer (neck, wings, thighs and gizzards). See also - "Nature's Revenge on Peeping Tom's"

Penguin - Fred Berry, the short 200-pound black actor who played the popular "Rerun" character on the sitcom WHAT'S HAPPENING!!/ABC/1976-79 and WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW!!/SYN/1985-88 was given the nickname "Penguin" by his real-life friends because when he walked, he waddled. The fantasy adventure BATMAN/ABC/1966-68 featured a tuxedo wearing villain known as The Penguin, a notorious Gotham City purveyor of perfidy played by veteran actor Burgess Meredith. The Penguin (a.k.a. "Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot") resurfaced in the sequel 1992 motion picture Batman Returns (played by Danny DeVito) and on a Fox Network animated series. See also - "Rerun" and  CLOTHING: "Elaine Vassal's Face Bra" 

Penis Von Lesbian - The tongue-in-cheek nickname of actor Dick Van Dyke given to him by fellow actors Mary Tyler Moore, Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie etc. while filming the now classic sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1960-66. Of course, the name is a play on words with the actor's own name "Dick" (Penis) "Van" (Von) "Dyke" ("Dyke" being a slang name for a Lesbian).

Penny - Childhood nickname given to actress/director Penny Marshall because she once saved pennies to buy a horse. Born 11/15/42 in the Bronx, New York, Carole Penelope Marsciarelli, a.k.a. Penny Marshall is best known for her role in the sitcom LAVERNE & SHIRLEY/ABC/1976-83. Penny's character Laverne suffered from claustrophobia, loved to mix milk and Pepsi for a drink and enjoyed sandwiches made of peanut butter and sauerkraut on raisin bread. In high school Laverne's nickname was "Dufus' DeFazio." Another Penny was "Penny" Gordon Woods played by Janet Jackson on the sitcom GOOD TIMES/CBS/1974-79. Penny was Willona Woods' adopted daughter. Penny's name was derived from Millicent. Get it -"cent", "penny." Janet Jackson later appeared as Jojo Ashton on the series A NEW KIND OF FAMILY/ABC/1979-80 as Charlene DuPrey on the series "DIFF'RENT STROKES/NBC/1978-86, and then as Cleo Hewitt on the series FAME/NBC/SYN/1982-87." On the contemporary western adventure SKY KING/ABC/1953-54 Gloria Winters played Penny King, the teenage niece of Arizona pilot-rancher Sky King (played by Kirby Grant). See also - "Muffin"

Pepper
- Nickname of police officer Lee Anne "Pepper" Anderson (Angie Dickinson), a glamorous fashion model turned police officer who worked for the Criminal Conspiracy Division of the Los Angeles Police Department on the police drama POLICE WOMAN/NBC/1974-78.

Pepsi-Cola Girl, The - Singer/actress Polly Bergen earned the nickname "The Pepsi-Cola Girl" when she appeared as hostess on the dramatic anthology PEPSI-COLA PLAYHOUSE/ABC/1953-55. Arlene Dahl and Anita Coley also hosted the series. See also - "The Coca-Cola Girl" and "The Diet Coke Hunk"

Perfect Fool, The - Comedian Ed Wynn, the recipient of one of the very first Emmy Awards in 1949 for "Best Live Show & Most Outstanding Live Personality," was known nationally as "The Perfect Fool," a nickname derived from the title of one of his hit comedy's which he wrote in the 1920s. Born Isaiah Edwin Leopold, he performed in vaudeville, Broadway, radio (as the "Texaco Fire Chief") and television including ALL STAR REVUE/NBC/1950-53 (comedy/variety); THE ED WYNN SHOW/CBS/1949-50 (comedy/variety); and THE ED WYNN SHOW/NBC/1958-59 (sitcom). His film roles in The Great Man (1958), Marjorie Morning Star (1958), and The Diary of Anne Frank (1959) established Ed Wynn as a acclaimed dramatic performer. Two of his finest television performances were given on the PLAYHOUSE 90 episode "Requiem for a Heavyweight" on CBS in 1956; and on the anthology series episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE/CBS/1959-65 entitled "One for the Angels" where he played an aging, sidewalk salesman, who hustled Death to delay him from taking the soul of a small child.

Pickles - The nickname of the wife of New York comedy writer Maurice "Buddy" Sorrell on the sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66. Actresses Barbara Perry and Joan Shawlee appeared in the recurring role of Buddy's shrill, blond-haired wife Pickles, a former showgirl with a bubble brain and a voracious appetite. Her maiden name was Fiona Conway.

Pig Boy - Workplace nickname of Sal (Curtis Armstrong), a half-man, half-pig researcher who worked for The World Chronicle newspaper in New York City on the occult newspaper adventure THE CHRONICLE/SCI/2001-2002. Headquartered in the basement archives of the Chronicle, Sal (who sports the snout of a pig) uses his talents as a computer hacker to locate archived stories and other pertinent bits of information needed by the newspaper's investigative reporters. Sal aggressively pursued the women on the staff and when rebuked for his behavior, he replied "What' do you expect, I'm a pig!" When criticized for his porcine condition, Sal proudly proclaims "I maybe half-pig, but I'm half-man and that's 1/4 of what I need." At the height of passion, Sal squeals like a pig.

Pinkie & Pinky - Ken Howard and Blythe Danner starred as husband and wife lawyer team, Adam "Pinky" and Amanda "Pinkie" Bonner on the sitcom ADAM'S RIB/ABC/1973 based on the romantic comedy film Adam's Rib (1949) starring Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn.

Pipeline - Island nickname of Hawaiian surfer Danny "Pipeline" Kahala (Andy Bumatai) on the drama MARKER/UPN/1995. Pipeline was also the nickname of Marilyn Tokuda who costarred as Shana "Pipeline" Akira, an innocent Eskimo-American member of an all-girl roller derby team known as "The Pittsburgh Pitts" on the sitcom THE ROLLER GIRLS/NBC/1978.

Pirate Girl, The - Clad in a sexy pirate costume, Marian Stafford "The Pirate Girl" assisted host Jan Murray on the quiz/audience participation show TREASURE HUNT/ABC/NBC/1956-58. Greta Thyssen inherited the role in 1957-58 when the program moved to the NBC network.

Pistin' Packin' Mamas - Group of all female truck drivers who operated out of Winslow County on the trucking adventure B.J. & THE BEAR/NBC/1979-81. Snow White (Laurette Spang) was the groups' leader.

Pizza Man - The affectionate nickname of Italian-American police captain Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) used by his public defender wife Joyce Davenport (Veronica Hamel) on the drama HILL STREET BLUES/NBC/1981-86. TRIVIA NOTE: On the 'The Nerds' skit on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE Bill Murray played a teenager Todd DiLaMuca who was called "Pizza Face" by his close friend Lisa Loopner (Gilda Radner). He called her "Four Eyes." On the "Our Tribe" episode on the drama NORTHERN EXPOSURE/CBS/1990-95 while Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) was looking at the moon he recalled an ER doctor friend named Mitch (a.k.a. "Pizza Face") who had the worst case of acne he had ever seen. See also - "Johnny Pizza"

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