Category: Visually Impaired

The Deputy

The Deputy/NBC/1959-1961 (Injured Eye)

Sergeant Hapgood “Sarge” Tasker (Read Morgan), US Army Cavalry officer stationed in Silver City, Arizona during the 1880s. Sarge was in charge of the Quartermaster’s Corps Army Supply Office across the street from the Marshal’s office.

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After getting arrested for disturbing the peace during a saloon fight, Sarge befriended and occasionally helped Clay McCord (Allen Case), a local storekeeper who volunteered to be town Deputy Marshal. Clay reported to Chief Marshal of the Territory Simon Fry (Henry Fonda) stationed in Prescott, Arizona.

Sarge received the injury to his left eye during a border skirmish. He was ordered to wear an eye patch until the eye healed. His character first appeared in “Meet Sergeant Tasker” (Episode 2) during Season 2 of the series.

 

Airwolf

Airwolf/CBS/USA-1984-1988 (Injured Eye, Limps)

Alex Cord starred as Archangel, an ultra-secret government operative featured on the aviation adventure AIRWOLF/CBS/USA/1984-88.

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Michael Archangel (Code name: “Archangel”) is the director of the F.I.R.M. with a level 5 clearance. His real name is Michael Coldsmith Briggs III. He dresses in white, carries an eloquent walking cane, and wears glasses with the left eye lens shrouded in a black tint. He sometimes wears a white eye patch.

He is assisted by several gorgeous females including: Gabrielle (Belinda Bauer); Marella (Deborah Pratt); Lydia (Sandra Kronemeyer); Amanda (Kandace Kuehl) and Rhoda (Leigh Walsh).

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Archangel was recruited by the Agency to retrieve a top secret helicopter named Airwolf  (government file No. A56-7W) that was stolen by its creator/designer, Professor Moffit (Charles Henry) who intended to sell the high-tech tactical aircraft to a foreign country.

Airwolf’s capabilities included a cruising speed of 300 knots; climbing ceiling of 82,000 feet; onboard computers with topographical and vehicle identification data banks; four 30mm front mounted machine guns; two 40mm wing cannons; and bottom launched heat seeking missiles (Hellfire, Redeye, Copperheads, Sidewinder, Phoenix, Maverick, & Shrike).

During the theft of Airwolf, Moffit fired missiles into a bunker where Archangel was situated. The explosion damaged Archangel’s leg, leaving him with a limp. He also lost the sight in his left eye.

To retrieve the helicopter, Archangel assigned former Vietnam veteran pilot Stringfellow Hawke (Jan-Michael Vincent) to recover it. However, when he got it, he refused to give it back until the US War Department stepped up their efforts to find his brother who had been listed missing in action in Vietnam. Hawke hid Airwolf in a large mountain crater in the Southwest desert area called “The Valley Of The Gods.”

While Archangel negotiated the recapture of Airwolf, he used Hawke and Airwolf for a variety of secret missions.

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Dominic, Caitlin, Hawke and Archangel

The only others who knew of Airwolf’s location were Hawke’s employer, Dominic Santini (Ernest Borgnine), a veteran helicopter pilot and later in the series Caitlin O’Shannessey (Jean Bruce Scott).

Note: The USA Cable network continued the series with a cast of four new actors when CBS dropped the show in 1986. This revised program featured Stringfellow’s long-lost brother, Saint John Hawke (Barry Van Dyke), Dominic’s niece, Jo Anne “Jo” Santini (Michele Scarabelli), Major Mike Rivers (Geraint Wyn Davies), and Archangel’s replacement, Jason Locke (Anthony Sherwood) now working for “The Company.”

The biblical archangels in Christian beliefs were: Chamuel, Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel, Zadkiel, and Zophiel.

Shake It Up

Shake It Up/DISNEY CHANNEL/2010-2013 (Dyslexia)

Cecilia “CeCe” Jones (Bella Thorne), teenage girl with dyslexia who dreams of becoming a famous dancer. Born October 8, 1997, CeCe lives with her family in Apartment 3B and attends John Hughes High School. When school is out, she dances on a local teen dance show, Shake It Up, Chicago!

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Cece is spoiled, selfish, shallow, very ticklish, can sing, snores in her sleep, is claustrophobic, afraid of the dark, and a troublemaker who spends a lot of time in detention (but her heart is in the right place). Some of Cece’s funnier phrases: “Well, stuff me in an llama and call me gulasto!” and “Well, smack me in the face with a Kansas City Pickle!”

“I’m the ocean. Wild, free, unpredictable!” – Cece Jones

Because CeCe has dyslexia she initially performed poorly in school but later she finds a tutor to help her with her math homework. Gradually, her academic performance improved.

CeCe’s best friend Rocky Blue (Zendaya) is her dance partner on Shake It Up, Chicago! Rocky is the opposite of CeCe in personality, being a good student with perfect attendance who ends up doing Cece’s homework.

CeCe: Really, Rocky, you’re just going to give up because there’s an obstacle in our way? Oh there’s a tree in the road, I better turn round and go back home, I’ll discover America some other time.
Rocky: What are you talking about? Columbus came here by boat.
CeCe: Yes, because he didn’t give up!

Note: Bella Thorne who played the role of CeCe Jones also suffered from dyslexia, but that has not stopped her from becoming a successful actress, singer, model and dancer. As Bella once said, “Dyslexia might have made things more challenging but it didn’t stop me, and the challenge made me stronger.” Thorne is a spokesperson for the Dyslexia Foundation.

 

Daredevil

Daredevil/Netflix/2015-2016+ (Blind)

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), lawyer who was blinded as a youth by a chemical spill. The freak accident enhanced Matt’s other senses giving him super-human abilities.

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As an adult, Murdock practices law in New York City, by day, but, by night, he is a vigilante known as Daredevil (“The Man With No Fear”) who battles crime in Hell’s Kitchen section of the city.

Franklin “Foggy” Nelson (Elden Henson) is Murdock’s close friend and law partner. District Attorney Blake Tower (Stephen Rider) provides Daredevil with information to find and capture criminals.

Daredevil strives to rid the city of crime, especially, the criminal empire run by mob boss Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), aka “Kingpin” who is assisted by his dastardly right hand man, James Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore).

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Matt Murdock sans his red Daredevil suit

Frank Castle (John Bernthal), a former policeman turned vigilante known as the Punisher, also roams the streets of Hell’s Kitchen seeking out criminals to crush. Frank believes that Daredevil is not hard enough on crime. As Frank said, “You hit ’em and they get back up, I hit ’em and they stay down.”

Frank Castle: I gotta say, sometimes… sometimes I think you really just might be the Devil.
Daredevil: Sometimes I think I might be, too.

Elektra Natchios (Élodie Yung), a mysterious and psychopathic woman from Murdock’s past tracked him down. He was puzzled as to how she found him because he wears a mask. To which, Electra replied, “Well, you can’t mask that ass. I’d know it anywhere.”


Note: In flashback sequences, actor Skylar Gaertner plays a young Matt Murdock.

The Daredevil character made guest appearances on the Saturday morning cartoon series SPIDER-MAN AND HIS AMAZING FRIENDS/NBC/1981-1983.

Daredevil was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett. The character first appeared in Daredevil comic #1 (April 1964).

Growing Up Fisher

Growing Up Fisher/NBC/2014 (Blind)

Mel Fisher  (J.K. Simmons), blind lawyer and family man who decides to get divorced and move out of the house to live in an apartment about Griffith Street Bakery with his guide dog, Elvis – Mel’s personal GPS.

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Mel went blind when he was twelve, but he never let the fact that he could not see keep him from doing anything. Even when he probably should have, like teaching his teenage daughter how to drive or cutting down trees in the backyard with a chainsaw.

Although removed from his house, Mel keeps in constant contact with his twelve and a half year old son, Henry (Eli Baker)  whom before Elvis was his father’s human guide dog. Mel gave his son a key to his apartment so he could visit anytime. At first, Henry felt slighted that he had been outsourced by a dog, but he soon learned to love Elvis, as well.

Before his divorce, Mel hide the fact that he was blind. He never lied to anyone but he did trick them a lot. With his son, Henry at his side, they could do anything. Henry surveyed the land for his dad, told him what was where and how far away things were.

Mel’s other family members include his soon-to-be ex-wife, Joyce (Jenna Elfman) who feels she has lost her youth and wants to reclaim it; and Mel’s teenage daughter, Katie (Ava Deluca-Verley).

While living his life blind, Mel always kept a positive outlook on life. For example, when a officious counter clerk at a hotel refused to register Mel because their establishment had a strict “no animals policy” Mel was quick to point out that “California Civil Code 54.1 makes it illegal to deny lodging to any one using a service dog.  If you do not give me a room now I will sue and when the dust settles they will be calling this the Mel Fisher Hotel.” Of course, Mel got his room.


Note: On May 9, 2014, NBC canceled Growing Up Fisher after one season. Created by D.J. Nash, the semi-autobiographical series was an homage to Nash’s father who was also blind.

The Wire

The Wire/HBO/2002-2008 (Blind)

Butchie (S. Robert Morgan), “mostly blind” black man who runs his own bar in East-Side Baltimore and knows how to handle business. He also supplied Corrections Officers with the narcotics to sells inside prison.

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Despite his blindness, Butchie knew what was going in the hood. He could find you a perp, a gun, a hideout, and a loan shark. Whatever you need. He was the ghetto’s version of E.F. Hutton; when Butchie talks, others listen.

Butchie was the advisor and confidante of Omar Little (Michael Kenneth Williams), a gay street thug whose gang makes a living robbing drug dealers to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”.

When Omar left town to retire with his stolen loot, his rivals lured Omar back to Baltimore by torturing and murdering Butchie in his bar when he refused to give up Omar’s location. The perpetrators shot Butchie twice in the leg, smashed a bottle over his face and then shot a bullet to his head. Omar returned to town to get his revenge. Butchie’s last appearance was on episode “Not for Atrribution.”


Note: Actor S. Robert Morgan (like his character) is blind. He lost his sight to macular degeneration in his twenties.

Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire/HBO/2009-2014 (Disfigured/Missing Eye)

Richard Harrow (Jack Huston), loyal mercenary, marksman/sniper and employee of gangster James “Jimmy” Darmody (Michael Pitt) who is involved in bootlegging and other illegal dealings along the boardwalks of Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Harrow’s gruesomely disfigured face (upper jaw, cheekbone and missing eye) was damaged while fighting in the Army during World War I. He wears a painted tin mask molded to conceal and match the left side of his face. Harrow speaks in a low, muffled voice due to injuries to his throat.

Werewolf

WEREWOLF/FOX/1987-88 (Injured Eye)

Janos Skorzeny (Chuck Connors), an evil sea captain with a black patch over his left eye who was also a 1600-year-old werewolf.

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Once of Skorzeny’s victims was Eric Cord (John J. York), a young man who sought to hunt down and kill Shorzeny and thus end the bloodline curse that made him a werewolf as well.

Taxi (2)

TAXI/ABC/1978-83 (Blind)

Judy (Murphy Cross), a blind woman introduced in the last season of this comedy series. Her sight was later restored via a surgical operation.

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For a time, she was the girlfriend of  Louie De Palma (Danny DeVito), a tyrannical dispatch operator for the New York City based Sunshine Cab Company.

See also: Taxi