Mr. Beer Belly

Just one of many names (malapropisms) given to Mr. Belvedere (Christopher Hewitt) by a scatterbrained teenage cheerleader named Angela on the sitcom MR. BELVEDERE/ABC/1985-90.


Angela Shostakovich (Michele Matheson) was the best friend of Heather Owens (Tracy Wells) whose family employed a British manservant named Mr. Lynn Aloysius Belvedere.

Whenever Angela visited the Owens household, she incorrectly called Mr. Belvedere by such ignominious misnomers as Mister Beer Belly, Mr. Bumper Sticker, Mr. Velveta, Mr. Beaver Dam or Mr. Bell Ringer. Angela initially apologized for calling Mr. Belvedere, “Mr. Velveta” saying, “Sorry, I’m not very good at names.”

Once Angela entered and won the Miss Beaver Falls Beauty Pageant. Her talent: a ventriloquism act with a dummy resembling Mr. Belvedere (which appeared in a previous episode when youngster Wesley Owens (Bruce Beckham) created the dummy while learning to master ventriloquism.


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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