Todd (RonReaco Lee), black male in a wheelchair who works at a shoe repair shop in New York City and interacts with a group of eccentric singles, including Bowie, Nate and Marni who has a “dying clown” (Tom Poston) living in her closet (he came with the apartment).
In the pilot episode, Nate arrives at a restaurant where he is expecting to have his first date with Marni, but he finds Todd sitting at the table. Nate asks Marni if she can tell Todd to go because he doesn’t want to share his first date with another person. Marni obliges, and Todd informs the waiter, he has to go. The waiter appears with a wheelchair which Todd mounts and awkwardly rolls out of the place while Nate is left to feel terrible that he just kicked out a disabled man from the restaurant.
Later, on the episode “The Return of Todd,” Todd shows up at Nate’s used record store with Marni. However, the shop is located below street level with no handicapped access since the place was built in 1933. Nate offers to carry Todd down into the store, but Todd declines and then tells Marni to shout out the names of the albums and describe what the covers look like. When it starts to rain, Todd says, “It’s my own fault for wearing suede.” At the end of the episode, Nate installs a wheelchair access ramp at the store, but, the angle is too steep and Todd speeds down the ramp and into a wall.
Some Todd Quotes From The Show
Nate Solomon: Marni suggested we do something together.
Todd: Alright, how about Saturday?
Nate Solomon: Saturday’s no good. I’m doing something.
Todd: What’s that?
Nate Solomon: Basketball.
Todd: Oh, I see. You think I can’t play basketball because I’m in a wheelchair.
Nate Solomon: No, I think you’re a great basketball player.
Todd: Why? Cause I’m black?
[Nate visits Todd to get his sneakers fixed]
Nate Solomon: They jam into my arches when I jump. You know what I’m talking about?
Todd: Oh, sure, sure! I jumped once in a dream.
Jake Malinak (Alex Desert), a black, blind man who operates the newspaper and candy concession stand inside a Bronx diner in New York City.
He is the reluctant confidant of Dr. Becker (Ted Danson), a Caucasian physician who frequents the joint and rambles on about how rotten things are in the world.
Jake lost his sight in a car accident while in high school. Both Jake and his friend (who was driving) were drinking.
Once when frustrated, Jake shouted ”Don’t screw with me. I’m blind and I sell Chiclets for a living!”
Jake was a three time National Scrabble Champion.
ALL IN THE FAMILY/CBS/1971-83 (Blind)
Mr. Edgar Van Ranseleer (Bill Quinn), an elderly blind man who regularly sat on a corner bar stool of Kelsey’s Bar and Grille, a neighborhood tavern located in Queen’s section of New York City.
He always wore a hat, dark glasses and carried a cane. When Kelsey’s was sold and renamed “Archie Bunker’s Place,” Mr. Ranseleer was still a prominent fixture.
Actor Bill Quinn was born on May 6, 1912 in New York City, New York as William Tyrrell Quinn. He died on April 29, 1994 (age 81) in Camarillo, California.