Tagged: Physically Impaired

Saturday Night Live (4)

Saturday Night Live/NBC/2008-2013 (Tiny Hands/Big Forehead)


Dooneese (played by Kristen Wiig) is one of the Maharelle Sister from Finger Lakes, who performed on THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW, a popular musical program whose reruns aired on the PBS Network. The Maharelle Sisters were a parody of the Lennon Sisters (Dianne, Peggy, Kathy, and Janet) who frequently appeared on the show.

Unlike her other sisters, Dooneese is not the most attractive gal in the group. She sports a protruding canine tooth, a very large forehead, and tiny hands the size of an infants.

When it comes time for the sisters to perform on stage, each sister takes their turn singing, with Dooneese singing last. While her sisters are always very lady like, Dooneese often makes sexual advances toward any men on the stage.

Dooneese also appeared in a musical remake of THE SOUND OF MUSIC where she appeared as a member of the Von Trapp Family.

Played by comedian Kristen Wiig, Dooneese was a recurring character on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE from 2008-2013. Her catchphrases were: “Is that bad?” and “And I’m Dooneese.”


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.


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).


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.


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.

In Living Color (4)

Mr. Macavey (David Alan Grier), a high school teacher with the responsibilities of monitoring hallways. He carried around a miniature bull horn and hobbled about on his shatter hip.

He injured himself playing an innocent game of Twister. As his character said, “Left hand. Blue dot. That’s all she wrote.”

See also: In Living Color ; In Living Color (2) ; In Living Color (3)

In Living Color (3)

IN LIVING COLOR/FOX/1990-94 (Man with only a head and feet)

The Head Detective (Damon Wayans),  strangely handicapped police officer so named because all he was…was a head sitting on a pair of shoes with a small pair of arms sprouting from his neck. He worked undercover with a police officer named Adam (Keenan Ivory Wayans) who carried “Head” around in a bowling bag.


According to the series script the Head Detective was “Built sort of like a Mr. Potato Head: his hands are attached to flexible rods which come out of his ears, and his head rests on two large floppy shoes. A gun is permanently stuck to the palm of one hand, and a police badge is permanently stuck to the palm of the other. The hands sway up and down on a flexible rod.”

See also: In Living Color In Living Color (2) ; In Living Color (4)


Twin Peaks (4)

TWIN PEAKS/ABC/1990-91 (Missing Arm)

Philip Michael Gerard (Al Strobel), a 51-year-old, one-armed traveling shoe salesman who appears in the strange town of Twin Peaks in Northwest, USA. He stayed in room 101 at the Timber Falls Hotel.


Born Feb 2, 1938, Philip was the physical manifestation of a spirit demon named MIKE. In his spirit form, MIKE, a being similar to BOB the demon, possessed many people and did all sorts of horrible deeds. Together, BOB and MIKE (whose origin was The Black Lodge) were serial murders.

But one day, MIKE decided he no longer wanted to be evil. To stop the evil, he hacked off his arm (thus Phillips’s arm). An arm which contained a tattoo with the phrase, “Come Fire Walk With Me.”

While searching for BOB the Demon, Philip told Agent Dale Cooper, he lost his arm in a car accident and that the arm sported a tattoo of “Mom.”

While Philip/MIKE sought repentance, his former partner in mayhem BOB refused to repent his wicked ways. Philip’s mission was to find and stop BOB, who was currently wreaking havoc in the town of Twin Peaks.

In the film, Fire Walk With Me (1992), the spiritual manifestation of MIKE is revealed to be the figure known previously in the series as the dwarfish man called “Man from Another Place,” who tells Cooper that he is the “arm”, the spirit (MIKE) who possessed Philip Gerard and had him commit the murders.

Note: Born in Seattle, Washington, actor Al Strobel lost his left arm in an auto accident as a teenager. He is best remembered for his recurring role as the One-Armed Man on TWIN PEAKS; Fire Walk with Me (1992);  Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014) and the 2017 reboot of the series.

See also: Twin Peaks ; Twin Peaks (2) ; Twin Peaks (3)