The family nickname of Letitia Lawrence (Kristy McNichol), the tomboyish teenager on the prime time soap drama FAMILY/ABC/1976-80. See also “Peaches”


Note: Buddy was also the nickname of Maurice “Buddy” Sorrell (Morey Amsterdam), a New York comedy writer for “The Alan Brady Show” on THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66.

On the sitcom CHARLES IN CHARGE/CBS/1984-85/SYN/1987-90, the inept, Buddence “Buddy” Lembeck (Willie Aames) was the best friend of Charles (Scott Baio), a college student.

The classic castaway comedy GILLIGAN’S ISLAND/CBS/1964-67 featured a skinny sailor named Gilligan (Bob Denver). His friend the Skipper (Alan Hale, Jr.) would always refer to him as his “Little Buddy.”

In the 1960s, the comedy RUN, BUDDY RUN/CBS/1966-1967 featured an “average guy” accountant named Buddy Overstreet (Jack Sheldon) who accidentally overheard mobsters planning a murder in a steam bath of someone called “Chicken Little.” Unhappy their plans were compromised, the mobsters set out to find and kill Buddy, but he keeps one step ahead of them as he runs from town to town seeking employment and trying to lay low.

Years earlier on the sitcom THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS/CBS/1959-63 Bob Denver appeared as beatnik, Maynard G. Krebs. One of his catchphrases was “Hi ya good buddy” when he spoke to his friend, Dobie Gillis (Dwayne Hickman).

And on the sitcom BRINGING UP BUDDY/CBS/1960-61, Frank Aletter starred as bachelor investment counselor, Buddy Flower.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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