Dishonest John

Dishonest John (or “D.J.”) is the mustachioed villain who wears a black hat and coat and constantly caused trouble on the cartoon adventure BEANY AND CECIL/ABC/1962-1969.

D.J. is the nemesis of a little boy named Beany who travels the seven seas in the Leakin’ Lena with Captain Horatio K. Huffenpuff (“The World’s Greatest Liar”), and Cecil, a friendly sea serpent (whom Dishonest John calls a “Big Salami” or a “Tall Toad.”)

On occasion, Dishonest John assumes the guise of a flying insectoid super villain known as The Bilious Beetle, or the robotic octopus Billy the Squid.

Dishonest John catchphrase is  “Nya-ah-ahh!” His business card reads: “Dirty deeds done dirt cheap. Special rates for Sundays and holidays.”

See alsoClips of Beany and Cecil Cartoon with Dishonest John @ You Tube


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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