Family Guy/FOX/1999+ (Wooden Arms/Legs and blind in one eye)
Seamus Levine (Seth McFarlane), disabled fisherman who lives in the town of Quahog, Rhode Island. Both his legs and arms are made of wood. He is also blind in his right eye and wears a black eye patch.
Seamus writes lame jokes, plays the organ, hosts a talk show, and has a habit of popping out of the shadows to warn Peter Griffin of some upcoming danger.
Hidden inside his wooden arm, Seamus carries a picture of a diseased prostate, a cat doing pull ups, a map of Middle Earth, and the band Primus in “Stewie Loves Lois.”
In the episode “The Blind Side” Seamus tells a woman (who also has wooden prosthetics), that his limbs are made of cheap plasterboard and he can’t get them wet.
When Glen Quagmire asked, ” So what, were you like, in an accident or something?” Seamus replies “No, me father was a tree.” Seamus voids a pile of acorns when he is scared.
Seamus later reported that he was a wooden puppet created my actor James Wood, claiming in a spoof of Pinocchio that James Woods did not wish hard enough and that only his head turned human. He also said that James Woods ate his arms and legs during a drunken night on the town.
While relaxing in a steam sauna with his friends, Seamus was shown to have not only two wooden legs and arms, but also his torso was made of wood.
See also – “Best of Seamus Levine” @ YouTube
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.
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).
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/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.
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/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.
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.
WINNETKA ROAD/NBC/1994 (Blind)
Father Burke (Eddie Bracken), a blind Roman Catholic priest living in the Chicago suburbs of Oak Bluff, Illinois who looked after a young boy Nickolas “Nicky” Mear.
Judy (Murphy Cross), a blind woman introduced in the last season of this comedy series. Her sight was later restored via a surgical operation.
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
STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION/SYN/1987-94 (Blind with Augmented Vision)
Starfleet Lt. Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton/costar), a black Helmsman/Engineer assigned to the 24th century starship USS Enterprise-D.
La Forge “saw” via a prosthetic device placed over his eyes called a VISOR (Visual Input Sensory Optical Reflector). The curved, silver band of metal with rows of vertical slits was attached to two blinking red implants embedded into each of his temples. Giordi’s real eyes were covered with a film of white. His artificial sight transcended normal human vision.
The powers of an alien named named “Q” once intervened to give La Forge a moment of “real” sight but Geordi refused the gift.
In the Star Trek movie Insurrection (1998), Geordi no longer needed his visor. The miracle of technology had provided him with natural sight.
Note: The Geordi character was inspired by a young man named George La Forge who suffered from muscular dystrophy. However, his affliction didn’t keep him from attending as many Star Trek conventions he could afford to go to.
He became a friend of series creator Gene Roddenberry, who made George an honorary Lieutenant in Starfleet before George died in 1975.
While creating new characters for his revival of the series Roddenberry remembered George and as a tribute to the valiant man, named the navigator of the starship, Geordi La Forge.
See also: Star Trek: The Next Generation (Picard)
Joseph “Joe” Tyson (Ken Page), a blind, black computer whiz who provides information to Jon Sable, a children’s author and vigilante.
Joe’s nickname is “Cheesecake” because Sable sends a strawberry cheesecake to Joe when he needs information (the flap of the cake box hold instructions in Braille).
“Cheesecake” imagines himself to be a stand up comedian and provides his own recorded laugh track for such occasions.
- On episode No.3 “Evangelist” Sable gives a child he found at the apartment of a murdered orphanage worker to Cheesecake to look after, while he discovers a baby selling scheme is going on at the orphanage.
- On episode No. 6 “Watchdogs” A reunion between Sable and his critically ill stepmother is interrupted when Cheesecake needs his help against a racist neighborhood watch group.
THE OTHERS/NBC/2000 (Blind)
Albert McGonagle (John Aylward), blind member of “The Others,” a paranormal research community comprised of mediums and physics each with their own special connection to the other side.
Albert has a heightened sixth sense. He uses a seeing-eye service dog (Brown German Shepherd) to navigate around town.
“They say when one sense is lost, the other sense is heightened. In my case, when a rocket grenade explosion took my natural sight, I gained my 6th sense. All I can see are psychic visions that I wish I were blind to. My visions are in the negative. The darkness appears light and the light is dark” – Albert McGonagle
The Albert McGonagle character appeared on these episodes of the series:
- Series Pilot (February 5, 2000)
- “Unnamed” (February 12, 2000)
- “Eyes” (February 19, 2000)
- “Souls on Board” (February 26, 2000)
- “1112” (March 4, 2000)
- “Luciferous” (March 11, 2000)
- “Don’t Dream It’s Over” (March 25, 2000)
- “The Ones That Lie in Wait” (April 22, 2000)
- “Life Is for the Living” (May 13, 2000)
See also: External Link – Pilot episode of THE OTHERS @ You Tube
MR. SUNSHINE/ABC/1986 (Blind)
Paul Stark (Jeffrey Tambor), a demanding, acerbic, and very bright blind college English professor who was trying to patch up his life after an unhappy marriage. Paul lost his sight in an automobile accident.
Series characters included: Grace D’Angelo (Nan Martin), Paul’s sarcastic personal secretary who warns him: “You can’t afford to be bitter; you’re not that pleasant to begin with.”; Mrs. June Swinford (Barbara Babcock), a dizzy, middle-aged landlady who has the hots for Paul; Janice Hall (Cecilia Hart), a no-nonsense female friend; and Professor Leon Walters (Leonard Frey), a haughty, but bumbling teacher colleague.
Note: The controversial series ran for 11 episodes. Some critics of the show believed many of the jokes on the program exploited the blind professor’s disability. The American Foundation of the Blind, remarked, “Let us hope that ABC has the decency to remove this throwback to the Middle Ages from the air.”
Jeffrey Tambor Tambor researched his role by studying and observing at the Braille Institute for the Blind in Los Angeles.