The Count Of Monte Cristo/SYN/1955-1956 (Mute)
Jacopo (Nick Cravat), the ingenious and crafty mute sidekick of Edmond Dantes (George Dolenz) on the syndicated historical adventure THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO/SYN/1955-56. The TV series was based on the novel “The Count of Monte Cristo” (1845) by Alexander Dumas.
Dantes was falsely imprisoned for many years, but eventually escaped from his captors and with a fortune in gold and jewels found in a cave on the Isle of Monte Cristo. With a new found identity and wealth to support his needs, Dantes traveled the road of revenge back to the place of his betrayal and the woman he loved.
JOHN DOE/FOX/2002-2003 (Amnesia / Colorblindness)
John Doe (Dominic Purcell), a mysterious stranger with amnesia who surfaces in Seattle. John has an encyclopedic knowledge on seemingly every known fact, but is colorblind.
His visual condition is apparently psychological because when he sees certain objects or persons, he perceives them in color. Are these objects clues to whom he really is and from whence he came?
The Phoenix Organization, a mysterious international cabal whose silent members use sign language to communicate, believe that John Doe is some sort of a Messiah.
Note: To simulate John’s colorblind condition, objects and persons are seen in grainy black and white when seen through his eyes. Otherwise, the show is filmed in color.
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW/CBS/1951-1985 (Mute)
Wilbur Peabody (Don Knotts), a man from the town of Henderson who became mute from shock when he almost killed his foster father during the 1954 run of this popular soap opera.
Eventually, Wilbur reenacted the scene, regained his voice and was written out of the script.
Actor Don Knotts is best remembered as the bumbling, hypertensive deputy living in Mayberry, North Carolina on the rural comedy THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW/CBS/1960-68.
JESSE/NBC/1998-2000 (Refused to talk)
John “Junior” Warner (John Lehr), a deep-thinking auto mechanic from Buffalo, New York who refuses to talk “until he can find a more efficient use of the language.” He broke his silence, later in the series.
John’s sister, Jesse Warner (Christian Applegate) is a single mother with a young boy who works as a waitress at her father’s German-themed restaurant.
DOLPHIN COVE/CBS/1989 (Mute)
Katie Larson (Karron Graves) , the daughter of Michael Larson (Frank Converse) who moved to Queensland, Australia to conduct research on dolphins.
Michael’s daughter hasn’t spoken since her mother’s death. Sessions with her therapist have produced little results (she hates her therapist), but Karen soon finds solace when she learns to communicate and speak with the dolphins.
THE ADVENTURES OF SINBAD THE SAILOR/UPN/1996 (Mute)
Rongar (Oris Orhuero), a black, knife-throwing mute sailor who accompanied Sinbad the Sailor on his ancient mid-eastern voyages.
His tongue was cut out when he refused to betray his brother.
THE PRISONER/CBS/1968-69 (Mute Little Person)
Dwarf manservant (Angelo Muscat) who worked at the strange coastal resort knows as The Village which imprisoned a former espionage agent known only as Number Six.
This “silent butler” (he never spoke on the series) catered to Number Six’s every need during the life of this bizarre spy fantasy series.
On the last episode, both the butler and Number Six escaped the Village.
Note: Born on September 24, 1930 in Malta, actor Angel Muscat us also known for his roles in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and Doctor Who (1963). He died on October 10, 1977 in England.
CONAN: THE ADVENTURER/SYN/1997-98 (Mute)
Zzeben (Robert McRay) a bald, mute gladiator/wrestler companion of the mighty warrior Conan the Barbarian (Ralf Moeller) who traveled the ancient world of Cimmeria in search of adventure. Zzeben wields a staff and communicates with sign language.
Other members of the team were Otli (Danny Woodburn/costar), a clever dwarf; Bayu, a black warrior with martial arts skills; and Karella, “Queen of Thieves”(Aly Dunne).
See also: Conan the Adventurer
ZORRO/ABC/1957-59 (Deaf & Mute)
Bernardo (Gene Sheldon/costar), the deaf mute manservant of Don Diego De La Vega (Guy Williams) alias the masked swordsman, Zorro.
The mute Bernardo, the only other person who knew of Don Diego’s dual identity, faked his deafness to aid his master in thwarting the evil politicians of early California. He communicated with hand signs.
Bill Dana played Bernardo on the spoof of the original series ZORRO AND SON/CBS/1983.
In 1990, Zorro returned to television on the western series ZORRO/FAM/1990-93 starring Duncan Regehr. This time around Zorro’s mute aide was named Felipe (Juan Diego Botto).
THE STAND/ABC/1994 TV-Miniseries (Deaf-Mute)
Nick Andros (Rob Lowe) , a deaf-mute from Stephen King’s THE STAND, on ABC’s eight-hour miniseries version of his blockbuster novel.
Nick is one of the survivors of a weaponized version of influenza (called Project Blue) accidentally released in California. This super flu killed 99% of the world’s population.
At the time of the outbreak, Nick, a drifter, is traveling through the town of Shoyo, Arkansas. Nick was born in Pennsylvania (Caslin, Nebraska in the novel).
Eventually, Nick’s and other survivors reach Mother Abagail’s farm in Hemingford Home, Nebraska where she (Ruby Dee) tells them a great conflict is imminent, and they must all travel on to Boulder, Colorado to a new community founded on Mother Abagail’s teachings.
Nick is later killed in an explosion, but reappears in dreams where he actually speaks and hears as he counsels Tom Cullen (Bill Fagerbakke) , a mentally challenged survivor of the flu outbreak.
Note: In real life, Rob Lowe is completely deaf in his right ear — from an ear infection when he was five months old.
Lowe commented on his condition, saying, “The thing that really concerns me more than anything is that people think I’m rude because I don’t respond. If I’m at a sporting event, and somebody’s on the right side of me, and they go, ‘Well, how about that basket — And I just…nothing. I know there are people who think I’m the most arrogant son-of-a-bitch, but they don’t know that I just didn’t hear what they said.”