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Ugly John - The nickname of captain John Black (John Orchard), an anesthesiologist stationed in Korea during the 1950s at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the first season of the military sitcom M*A*S*H/CBS/1972-83. In the movie M*A*S*H (1970) Ugly John was played by Carl Gottlieb.

Ugly Sam  See - "Salami Sam"

Ugly Naked Guy, The  See - FACELESS FAVORITES: "Friends"

Uhura - Swahili for "Freedom" and the surname of the black, female communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols) stationed on the USS Enterprise, a starship on the sci-fi series STAR TREK/NBC/1966-69 and subsequent movie sequels.

Uh-Huh! Girls, The - Three gorgeous women who responded "Uh-Huh!" to legendary bluesman Ray Charles in a series of immensely popular Diet Pepsi commercials produced in the 1990s. Culled by Pepsi from among 400 auditioning dancers, models and singers, Melaini Paul, 25, Gretchen Palmer, 28, and Darlene Dillinger, 26, debuted as backup singers in a Diet Pepsi TV ad that aired during Super Bowl Sunday 1991. They earned their nickname by lip-synching the two syllables "Uh-Huh" in the commercial spots. The Uh-Huh Girls have been occasionally mistaken for Ray Charles' real backup singers, the Raylettes. (People Weekly 12/20/93) See also - "The Pepsi-Cola Girl"

Ultraman - Teenage superhero on the sitcom MY SECRET IDENTITY/SYN/1988-91. When fourteen-year-old Andrew Clements (Jerry O'Connell) was hit by blue gamma rays while visiting the laboratory of Dr. Benjamin Jeffcoat (Derek McGrath), he was endowed with super powers and became Ultraman. Living under cover as a mild-mannered student at Briarwood High School, Andrew (a.k.a. "Ultraman") now battled evil with his newly found powers of flight, strength, and indestructibility. See also - ALIENS: "Ultraman"

Unblonde - Internet nickname for Fox Mulder's (David Duchovny) United Nations government source, Marita Covarrubias (Laurie Holden) on the fantasy drama THE X-FILES/FOX/1993-2002. Her surname means "yellow cave." See also - "Cancer Man"

Uncle Miltie - At the start of the 1949 television season on the TEXACO STAR THEATRE as he attempted to signoff his show, Milton Berle got a signal from his floor man (the program was broadcast live) that the show was running short by a few minutes. Immediately, Milton requested a chair, sat down and ad-libbed the remainder of the show as follows: "Since this is the beginning of the new season, I want to say something to any of you kiddies, who should be in bed getting a good nights rest before school tomorrow. Listen to your Uncle Miltie and kiss Mommy and daddy goodnight and go straight upstairs like good little boys and girls." The ad-libbed reference of "Uncle Miltie" caught on all over New York City. Everywhere Berle went he was greeted by thousands of newly adopted relatives. Thereafter, every show signoff contained the closing phrase, "Good night to all you boys and girls, my nephews and nieces, this is Uncle Miltie saying Good Night." The Uncle Miltie nickname became so popular that once Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, began his popular religious program by saying "Good evening, this is Uncle Fultie." See also - "Mr. Television"; "Mr. Tuesday Night" and "The Thief of Bad Gags"

Unco - The childhood nickname of Australian born actress Lucy Lawless, apparently because she was a "uncoordinated" [a klutz] as a kid. In her later years, however, Lawless put any rumors of her ability to move effectively aside when she starred as an athletically agile and might warrior and healer on the action adventure series XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS/SYN/1995-2001.

Undateable, The - On the sitcom AMEN/NBC/1986-91 Thelma Frye (Anna Maria Horsford), the hulking, and opinionated daughter of Deacon Frye, was called "the undateable" when she attended West Holmes High School. Thelma later married minister Reuben Gregory (Clifton Davis) in February of 1990. J. T. Lambert (Brandon Call) from the sitcom STEP BY STEP/ABC/1991-98 also called his stepsister, Dana Foster (Staci Keanan) "The Undateable."

Unfinished Furniture Capital Of The World, The - The satirical nickname of the fictional town of Alta Coma, California on the talk show spoof AMERICA 2-NIGHT/SYN/1978 hosted by the egocentric Barth Gimbles (Martin Mull).

Unknown Comic, The  See - FACELESS FAVORITES: - "The Gong Show"

Untouchables, The - The name of the submachine gun-totting squad of federal Treasury agents headed by Eliot Ness (Robert Stack) on the police crime drama THE UNTOUCHABLES/ABC/1959-63. The series is based on the memoirs of real-life federal agent Eliot Ness (co-written by Oscar Fraley). According to the program Ness says "What if you have a special squad, small, operating on its own; every man thoroughly investigated; brought in from all parts of the country. Men who'll spit on Capone's graft; just a few he can't buy." These men were dubbed "The Untouchables" by Chicago newspapers because they were so incorruptible, so above taking a bribe. The Untouchables included Jerry Paris as Marvin Flaherty; Nicholas Georgiade as Enrico Rossi; Abel Fernandez as Bill Youngfellow, Paul Picerni as Lee Hobson; and Steve London as Rossman. The TV pilot movie The Scarface Mob introduced the series to television and the likes of such criminal adversaries as Frank Nitti (Bruce Gordon), aka "the Enforcer", the heir to Al Capone. In 1987, Brian De Palma directed the feature film The Untouchables with Kevin Kostner as Federal Agent Eliot Ness and Robert De Niro as mobster Al Capone. Robert Stack reprised his role as Chicago crime buster in the CBS made-for-TV movie The Return of Eliot Ness that aired 11/10/91. In 1993, THE UNTOUCHABLES resurfaced in a first-run syndicated crime drama with Tom Amandes as Eliot Ness and William Forsythe as mobster Al Capone. TRIVIA NOTE: The term "Untouchables" also describes those indigent people of India who belonged to none of the main cast systems (social levels). It was believed that if a high-ranking Hindu stepped into their shadows or was touched by them they would be made unclean. This system was abolished in 1947. The "Untouchables" are now referred to as the "Scheduled Classes" or "Depressed Classes."



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