Mr. Tinklepants

The childhood nickname of Bill Miller (Mark Addy) on the sitcom STILL STANDING/CBS/2002-2006. He was given the name by his parents, Al Miller (Paul Sorvino) and Louise Miller (Sally Struthers).


William “Bill” Miller is a chubby, working class, married man with a beautiful (“How did he get such a Hottie?”) wife named Judy (Jami Getz), and three children whom Bill generally ignores in favor of food and TV.

His eldest son, Brian “Hops” Miller, (aka, “Brian Von Brainiac”) who attends Jefferson High School and is later admitted to the University of Chicago, is a far cry from his father who only spent six weeks in college and then rose to the heights of a toilet salesman in a Chicago department store.

Bill’s second oldest, Lauren “Barley” Miller (Renee Olstead) is a bit of a rebel and often gets caught breaking the rules. She is not as smart as her brother, Brian but she does show talent in the area of the arts and singing. Her parents believe she will end up working as a waitress.

The youngest daughter, Tina Kathleen Miller (Soleil Borda) is often obnoxious and might be what you call the “creepy child” of the family.

The Miller household is also visited by Judy’s sister Linda Michaels (Jennifer Irwin) who suffers from low-self esteem and often wears out her welcome, at least, in Bill’s eyes. Eventually, Bill gets the house back when Linda marries Perry, a singer in a Foghat cover band.


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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