Strange/BBC/2002-2003 (Down’s Syndrome)
Kevin (Timmy Lang) works at a Cathedral in England as Cannon Black’s gardener, a job that enables him to spy on the Canon and find out vital information.
Kevin can sense the presence of demons and assists a defrocked priest John Strange (Richard Coyle) in fighting demonic agents in the region.
TWIN PEAKS/ABC/1990-91/2017 (Mentally Disabled)
Johnny Horne (Robert Bauer), the mentally disabled son of Benjamin Horne who lives in the rural Northwest town of Twin Peaks, USA. Robert Davenport played the role of Johnny in the series Pilot.
Johnny is the older brother of Audrey Horne (Sherlyn Fenn) who was allegedly the cause of Johnny’s disability when Audrey, as a toddler, pushed her nine-year-old brother down the stairs years earlier on Thanksgiving day.
His head trauma caused Johnny to labeled as “slow.” Audrey described him “as 27 years old but in the third grade?” Dr. Lawrence Jacoby, Johnny’s therapist later stated that Johnny’s condition was self-induced: a retreat to childhood as a result of an unknown emotional trauma.
Johnny likes to wear feathery Native American headdresses and shoot suction-cupped tipped arrows at a buffalo target.
For a time, Laura Palmer, a local teenager and homecoming queen, earned money by tutoring Johnny, who enjoyed hearing Laura read from his favorite story “Peter Pan.”
On February 24, 1989, Johnny repeatedly hit his head against a dollhouse, upset that Laura missed her tutoring appointment. He was unaware that Laura had been murdered the night before.
Later, Johnny attended Laura’s funeral without his Indian headdress. After a prayer, Johnny shouted “Amen!” Johnny carried a copy of his “Peter Pan” book to the service.
NOTE: In the 2017 revival of the series, Johnny (played by Eric Rondell) is 25 years older but still disabled. His mother, Sylvia Horne (Jan D’Arcy) straps a helmet on his head because he is prone to bang into things as he runs around the house. He had previously knocked himself unconscious when he ran into a wall.
Soon after, Richard Horne attacked/strangled and robbed Sylvia (his grandmother) during a home invasion. Johnny was helpless to assist his mother because she had tied her son a chair with ropes to keep him from further harming himself.
Extreme Ghostbusters/SYN/1997 (Wheelchair)
Garrett Miller (voiced by Jason Marsden), paraplegic member a group of teenagers known as Ghostbusters who track down supernatural entities all over New York City. Garrett was born not being able to walk and uses a wheelchair to get around. He is headstrong, enthusiastic, claustrophobic, a fan of extreme sports and studies to be a Physical Therapist so he can help the disabled.
The Ghostbusters are lead by Dr. Egon Spengler (voiced by Maurice LaMarche), who teaches a Paranormal 101 class at New York City College. He still lives in the firehouse used as the headquarters by the original Ghostbusters team. Janine Melnitz (voiced by Pat Musick), the Ghostbusters’ former receptionist assists Egon.
The remaining members of the new team recruited to battle the supernatural included:
- Kylie Griffin (voiced by Tara Charendoff), a goth girl genius with black hair and lipstick. She is an expert on the occult and lives alone with her cat.
- Eduardo Rivera (voiced by Rino Romano) , a sarcastic Latino slacker. He likes to chase the ladies, but when trouble comes, he is ready for action.
- Roland Jackson (voiced by Alfonso Ribeiro) , an African-American whiz with machinery who helps Egon maintain the Ecto-1 vehicle and Proton Packs used to capture ghosts.
- Slimer (voiced by Billy West), a hungry green ghost who used to hang out with the original Ghostbusters.
Note: EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS, as well as the animated series THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS/ABC/1986-88 (later revamped as SLIMER! AND THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS/ABC/1988-92) were spin-offs of the motion picture Ghostbusters (1984).
PASSIONS/NBC/1999-2007 (Small doll brought to life)
Timmy “Tim Tim” Lenox (Josh Ryan Evans), the diminutive companion of Tabitha Lenox, a sly, single, spell-casting witch who lived in the town of Harmony, Maine.
To assuage her loneliness, Tabitha created a 3-foot-2-inch living doll called Timmy, and while it lasted, she enjoyed the fruits of their bizarre friendship.
“Oh, the old spells were the good spells, Tim-Tim. The language is really quite beautiful: ‘May Beelzebub’s drool seal your eyelids shut.’ Ha! They don’t write them like that any more, Timmy!”
Unlike Tabitha, Timmy had a good heart and often intervened to stop her wickedness, especially when it came to Charity Standish, whom he loved for her innocence and kindness.
Unfortunately, Timmy dies from wounds inflicted by a zombie version of Charity Standish. Timmy’s heart was donated to Charity Standish to save her life.
When Timmy died, Tabitha went back to what she had done best for centuries, placing curses on the good folk of Harmony.
The spirit of Timmy made an appearance in late 2007, advising Tabitha to use good not evil to rescue her new daughter, Endora from the dark forces of Witchcraft.
Note: Born January 10, 1982 in Hayward, California, Josh Ryan Evans had a rare disease called achondroplasia (Dwarfism). He died of congenial heart failure on August 5, 2002 (at the age of 20) in San Diego, California, ironically, the same day his fictional character Timmy died on the show. The episode was filmed before Ryan entered the hospital.
“I always knew I wanted to be a character in the movies. When I was growing up, I had to have a lot of surgery, and I spent a lot of time recovering at home and in the hospital. Watching movies took me away from my problems and gave em a total escape …..My size is an asset to me. People write roles for me. If I was just another blond-haired, brown-eyed, 18-year-old actor, I’d be left unrecognized. People remember me.” – Josh Ryan Evans
Before he passed away, Josh Ryan Evans was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in 2000 and won two Soap Opera Digest Awards in 2000 and 2001. Ryan’s tombstone marker reads: “Dream Big”.
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.
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.
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
THE NEW ADDAMS FAMILY/FOX/1998-99 (Colorblind)
Lurch (John De Santis), a somber, 8-foot-tall butler with a very deep-voice who lives with eccentrics Gomez and Morticia Addams in an eerie Victorian house at 001 Cemetery Lane in Greenbriar, USA.
Lurch’s origins are sketchy. He is colorblind. He was found buried in a cemetery by Morticia Addams. He was created in a mold which broke when they made him. And he used to work as a bouncer. Lurch is also skilled at shuffling cards from a stint in Las Vegas.
A lover of music Lurch plays piano, organ, violin, flute, and mandolin but has little talent for dancing.
His catchphrases: “You Rang”, “Follow Me”, “Mail’s In”, “Yes, Mrs. Addams”, and “Ugh”.
Note: The character of Lurch (no last name) was first played by Ted Cassidy on the 1960s comedy series THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ABC/1964-1966.
See also: The Addams Family
EARLY EDITION/CBS/1996-2000 (Blind)
Marissa Clark (Shanesia Davis-Williams/costar), a beautiful black but blind receptionist who assists Gary Hobson (Kyle Chandler), a young stockbroker with a magical newspaper that reveals tomorrow’s news today.
Gary purchased Marissa a seeing-eye dog named Spike from profits won in an OTB parlor playing the horses with information taken from the future headlines in his special newspaper.
Actress Marissa Davis researched her role at a blind person with the Chicago Guild of the Blind.
THE X-FILES/FOX/1993-2002 (Missing Arm & Color-Blind)
Alex Krycek (Nicholas Lea), Soviet double agent working with C. G. B. Spender, a.k.a. the Cigarette Man (William B. Davis), a mysterious operative under orders from a shadowy organization called The Syndicate.
On the episode “Terma” Krycek lost his left arm escaping villagers who tried to help him from being a test subject at the Russian chain gang excavating rock from Tunguska, Russia.
Krycek is responsible for terminating both William Mulder, the father of FBI agent Fox Mulder and Melissa Scully, the sister of FBI agent Dana Scully.
Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) is red-green colored blind as revealed in episode “Wetwired.”
HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN/NBC/1984-89 (Quadriplegic/Paralyzed)
Scotty Wilson (James Troesh), a quadriplegic lawyer paralyzed from the neck down who moved about in a motorized wheelchair equipped with chin controls.
The Scotty character appeared for three seasons on this fantasy series about an angel from heaven who helped those in need.
Note: James Troesh broke his neck at the age of 14 when he fell off the roof of his friend’s house after accidentally hitting a high voltage wire.
Years later, Troesh’s wife, Teresa, sent a script about their love affair to Michael Landon, the program’s producer and their characters were written into a few of the show’s episodes.
Jim Troesh died on Oct. 1 2011 at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank. He was 54.
In 2008, Troesh wrote, directed and starred in the TV pilot “The Hollywood Quad.”
His other acting credits include BOSTON LEGAL, SPECIAL UNIT, NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND, RISE AND WALK: THE DENNIS BYRD STORY and AIRWOLF.