- List of My Name Is Earl minor characters
This is a list of minor characters that have appeared at least twice on the NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl. Information on characters that have appeared only once can be found in the episode articles that they are featured in.
Carlton "Carl" Hickey
Played by Beau Bridges — Earl and Randy's father. Earl was supposed to be named after him but due to Carl's cursive writing the word "Carl" looked like "Earl" because of the extra loop on the 'C' on Earl's birth certificate. He ran for mayor twice but lost both times after Earl was arrested. Carl lives beneath an airport flight path, which causes his entire house to vibrate several times a day and angers him very much. He is sorely disappointed in his sons and at the start of the series he refused to have anything to do with Earl. However he gradually realizes his son's efforts to improve his life were sincere and he and Earl are mending their relationship (with the help of an old Mustang). He owns a gun, and has 3.14.89 (the date Earl moved out of the family home) as the combination to the gun case.
Played by Tracy Ashton — The one-legged girl from whom Earl stole a car after telling her he loved her. She works at Yummy's Donut Shop and has a fast one-armed, no-legged boyfriend named Jake (played by Cameron Clapp), whom she met while hopping after Earl's winning lottery ticket as it blew in the wind. She is still angry at Earl and had her boyfriend chase him away when he tried to apologize. Didi gets around by hopping (although she does possess a prosthetic leg, the only use it gets is when her dog humps it), whereas her boyfriend uses prosthetic limbs and is quite agile. She lives across the street from Donny Jones. She always called Earl a "Son of a Bitch" when she sees him, and chased after him. Surprisingly, she sang in the "Free Earl" video, although the video may be non canon. The exact cause of her losing a leg is unknown; however, in "Our Other Cops Is On", Didi states that "she already survived one explosion". She finally forgives Earl in the third season finale when she tells Earl to try to survive one day with only one leg.
Played by Silas Weir Mitchell — Earl's friend and fellow reformed criminal. Hot-headed Donny was wrongly convicted of attempted robbery (it was Earl wearing Donny's jersey) and served two years in prison. During his prison term, Donny began reading the Bible and subsequently found Jesus. Once Earl confessed to Donny about committing the crime, Donny forgave him on the basis he would have eventually gone to prison anyway. He has two tattoos: one of Jesus on his chest, from which he occasionally seeks advice; and one on his buttocks of Moses parting the Red Sea. Along with Earl, Randy, Joy, and Darnell, he took over a department store on January 1, 2000 after they believed that the rest of the human race had been wiped out by Y2K. (In fact, the store was simply closed for the holiday, and most of the town's inhabitants were attending a local parade.) Even though Donny has now reformed he still scares people, mainly Earl, because he has "crazy eyes".
Eric "Dodge" Hickey
Played by Louis T. Moyle — Joy's oldest son, born June 10, 2000. Joy was six months pregnant with Dodge when she and Earl got married the day after they met. In the pilot Earl tells us, "Joy didn't remember much about the boy's real father, except that he drove a Ford. So, we named him Dodge." It was thought that a friend of Earl, Frank, might be Dodge's real father in The Frank Factor. Dodge's middle name is "Chaz", named after Earl's hero, astronaut Chaz Dalton. In the season 4 episode "Dodge's Father", a DNA test showed that Earl was Dodge's biological father (Earl was drunk and wearing a mask as Joy got pregnant at a Halloween party). Dodge was never aware of the possibility that Earl was not his biological father.
Earl Hickey, Jr.
Played by Trey Carlisle — Joy and Darnell's son, born April 3, 2001. After introducing Dodge in the pilot, Earl explains, "A few years later we were having our first child from my own personal seed. Doctors had already told us he was going to come out a boy, so we went ahead and named him." But as the doctor holds up a newborn mixed-race baby, Earl gets a confused look on his face and finishes: "There he was — Earl Junior." He has a huge afro and is frequently seen playing rambunctiously with his half-brother, Dodge. Originally thought to be Darnell's child, a DNA test in the season 4 episode "Dodge's Father" revealed that Darnell was not Earl Jr.'s father. However, due to the show's cancellation, the true father was never revealed.
Played by Jack Axelrod — An as-yet-unnamed old man who can only speak with the help of an electrolarynx, apparently because of a lifetime of smoking. He sold Randy a Quit Smoking cassette for $0.32 (Negotiated from $0.40.) He also posed as Randy's father when Randy went back to high school in Randy's Touchdown. According to a deleted scene commentary in the Season 1 episode O Karma, Where Art Thou?, Jack Axelrod does not use an electrolarynx in real life.
Played by Michael Rapaport - Helped Earl and Randy by letting them live with him. He was formerly an employee at the Crab Shack until Darnell took his place. Was arrested when he crashed into a van driven by Secret Service members (Who were dropping off Darnell) on the way back from a casino robbery while holding Howie Mandel hostage. He is currently spending 20 years in prison. His trailer is currently occupied by Joy and Darnell, and his El Camino is currently being used by Earl. He once was able to escape from jail because Randy was a guard there and let Frank go for some ice cream, without watching him. He hid money in Joy and Darnells trailer where eventually he was captured again there by Earl and Randy and taken back to prison. He once had a girlfriend who stole with him, but eventually lost her to Earl.
Played by Tim DeKay — An old friend of Earl's. Hank was on Earl's list after Earl once told an inappropriate joke at Hank's birthday party in front of his family. Hank was later arrested for trying to rob a liquor store with a crossbow, (eventually shooting himself in the arm with it) though Earl managed to cross him off the list by giving him a good day before he went away to prison. Earl ran into Hank again when Earl falsely confessed to a crime on Joy’s behalf. He and Earl had made a deal if either had wound up in prison, they would break the other out. Earl hoped Hank would not remember this, but that was the first question he asked (but later said that he did not care if he did or not). Hank was later mentioned as having broken out of prison in the episode Bounty Hunter.
Played by Abdul Goznobi - Iqball is the clerk at the Camden Market, and sold Earl the winning lottery ticket. Iqball used to speak Bengali only, relying on Patty the daytime hooker to translate for him, but in a later episode, he knew enough English to tell Darnell, Patty, Kenny and Catalina that the killer bees had left and it was safe for them to exit the phone booth. Iqball has hired Patty to give him piggyback rides.
Played by J. Lamont Pope — Jasper runs a fencing operation out of a self storage unit, selling merchandise stolen from the local mall at a discount rate. He was not able to help Earl fence silver stolen from the local library after his "silver guy" got arrested for melting down a menorah. He says the authorities said it was a hate crime, but he just hated being poor. Jasper also has a Russian mail-order bride named Tatiana (played by Jessica Cauffiel) who apparently lives in the storage unit and does not like kissing him. She has a large mole on her chin.
Jeremiah "Jerry" Hazelwood
Played by Craig T. Nelson.The Warden of Camden County, Jerry is the husband of the Governor, whom was embarrassed with his mooching, and unemployment. The last Straw was pulled when several politicians came over to their house, and he was in his underwear playing Rockband. He got a job at Homeland Security, but fired for inaccurate preparations for 9/11. He then became Warden, to which he constantly bribed Earl with time off certificates to help him run the place. He had Earl stop a gang rivalry, start a steer-straight program for kids, and has Earl start a program to mediate problems between victims and criminals. When the Warden shreds all of Earl's certificates, Earl tries to escape but fails. Earl then blackmails the Warden with information on his Porn Star days. Earls certificates are renewed and he leaves the Prison. At one point he accidentally admits to the press that his wife the Governor has a sexual addiction and that they are also having problems in their marriage and having marriage counseling.
Katherine "Kay" Hickey
Played by Nancy Lenehan — Earl and Randy's mother. She is also disappointed in Earl but is more tolerant than Carl. She is happy Earl is trying to turn his life around. She spends a lot of time dealing with Carl's battered ego. Earl's friend Ralph attempted unsuccessfully to come on to her after learning Earl had slept with Ralph's mother. At one time she had an affair with a neighbor of theirs named Clark Clark, but her husband and her make up despite that.
Played by Gregg Binkley, played as a child by Andy Pessoa — A former victim of Earl's bullying as a child, Kenny is one of the first items on his list that Earl attempts to fix (following cleaning up litter), by helping him come out as homosexual and restoring his confidence. As a result the two became friends and Kenny helps Earl with completing his list whenever he can, usually to his comedic detriment. He has a job as an assistant manager of a copy shop, which he uses to his advantage, (printing fake birth certificates and résumés, for example). He drives a powder blue Le Car which he also uses to help out Earl. After his boyfriend dumped him, Kenny asked Earl to help him become more of a manly man, which unwittingly led to both of them having a gambling addiction, though Kenny is currently seeking treatment. At the end of the third season Kenny finally gets the man of his dreams: Ex-officer Stuart Daniels.
Played by Norm Macdonald. Richard Chubby, Jr., called Little Chubby, is the owner of most businesses in Camden County including Club Chubby. He inherited the businesses after his father Big Chubby (played by Burt Reynolds) died. He was one of the most feared men in Camden until Earl hit him in the testicles and caused them to swell up and change color. In the season four finale, it was revealed that Joy believed he was Dodge's father, but a DNA test showed otherwise. Due to a medical procedure, he was mean again but took a baseball to his "meat and potatoes" to make him nice again, and then had bull testicles implanted making him mean again to run his business better.
Darnell Turner's pet Sulcata, was first seen in the episode O Karma, Where Art Thou?. He was briefly evicted from the trailer in Made a Lady Think I Was God by Joy's landlord (Randy offered to take care of him), but by the end of the episode, was welcomed back. Darnell once tried to stick his finger into his shell, but commented that "He [Mr. Turtle] didn't like it." In the episode "Got the Babysitter Pregnant" it is alluded Mr. Turtle was born in 1913 and is Jewish. Once Joy lost Mr. Turtle because she left him on the roof of their car and he slid off. Later Randy and Earl find Mr. Turtle and Earl travels all the way to bring Mr. Turtle back to Darnell.
Played by Beth Riesgraf, then-girlfriend of Jason Lee — Natalie was Earl's one-time girlfriend; her first appearance was in "Faked His Own Death". Natalie was unable to take a hint that Earl was not into her so and thus faked his own death. He later told her that her clingy personality was the real reason he faked his death. In turn, Natalie faked her own death to make Earl feel bad, and in doing so, she gained a large amount of confidence. She also appeared in "Our "Cops" Is On"; after Joy and Earl stole a police car, Joy called Natalie a slut with a megaphone and told her to get "on [the car in front of Joy] and spread [her] legs."
Played by Abdoulaye N'Gom — An African immigrant from Earl's English language class. Like other class members, he proudly greets Earl with his first English phrase: "My. Name. Is. Earl." In addition to Earl's class, he picked up much of his English from watching American television. He is known to repeatedly say, "Seacrest. Out." He has a compulsion to steal pens, and is apparently dating or married to an Asian woman. Interestingly, in the episode with Earl's birthday, Nescobar crosses an item off the list as a birthday gift for Earl, even though he has only known the "good Earl" (See The Birthday Party), although by the episode "Our Cops is on" he may have known the 'bad' Earl. In the same episode, when Earl asks him how the English lessons are coming, Nescobar replies "I speak better than you, bitch!". At Joy's trial, it is revealed that he can speak and translate Mandarin, although he claims it's a little rusty. (Abdoulaye N'Gom actually is fluent in 6 languages including Mandarin according to the My Name is Earl Season 1 DVD).
Officer Bob Smiley
Played by George Frangides — He is a short, easily excitable police officer. Officer Smiley has had a number of run-ins with Earl in various episodes with his nervousness leading to a number of misunderstandings. When it was revealed that he had a wife who died, Earl said, "Sweet, no allimony!"
Officer Stuart Daniels
Played by Mike O'Malley — Stuart came from a family of police officers, his mother and four sisters all being on the job. Unfortunately, Stuart was a horribly incompetent officer, his most humiliating incident being when he lost his badge. He was one of the officers featured on COPS in Our "Cops" Is On, where he was shown breaking up a fight between the Electrolarynx Man and Nescobar-A-Lop-Lop, confronting Donny Jones about his public nudity, and remaining blissfully unaware of Kenny James's attempts to come on to him. In contrast to his police work, Stuart was an excellent bowler, bowling a perfect game every time. He later decided bowling was his true calling and quit the police force to pursue it full-time. It is revealed in Our Other Cops is On that he's Catholic. He falls in love with his long-time gay admirer, Kenny.
Patty, the daytime hooker
Played by Dale Dickey - Patricia "Patty" Michelle Weezmer is Camden County's local prostitute. She is in poor shape and can only do service during the day. She has exchanged sexual favors for fast food and is frequently arrested as a result. She apparently has a teenage son who she is putting through hairdressing school, who may or may not be the son of the local school mascot, the Devil. She also claims to have once been hit by a chair at a wrestling match, and made it onto TV.
In the pilot episode, Earl and Randy paid Patty to have sex with Kenny, unaware that Kenny was gay. It was also implied in this episode that Earl had once given Patty as a birthday present to Randy. It was also revealed in a monologue in Season two that she possesses a Master's degree. In another episode she said that she received a 1500 on her SAT's. In Season One, Patty helps Earl converse with Iqball by speaking and translating Bengali.
Her mother is Mrs Griselda "Crazy Witch Lady" Weezmer, but Patty hasn't lived with her since her parents got divorced, and now finds it creepy when her mother watches her 'while she works'. Her father is Cherokee, and is named Chasing Squirrel. She consequently spent the first years of life on a Native American reservation, before her parent's divorce and subsequent move to Camden.
Patty was once in the Peace Corps and apparently worked in the same place where Catalina grew up as a child.
Played by Giovanni Ribisi, played as a child by Tanner Maguire — Former partner in crime of Earl's, who goes in and out of jail on an almost weekly basis. He and Earl have been friends since childhood, when Earl first taught Ralph how to steal. He isn't the smartest person in the world, doesn't quite get the whole karma thing. Following in Earl's footsteps, he attempts to go legit by getting a job at a lamp store, only to go back to stealing the same day because he didn't win the lottery. A dedicated criminal, he will do anything for $200. He has a sister who dances at Club Chubby. He also once started a short-lived rock band along with Earl and Randy. He has several tattoos, including a Yin Yang on his forearm (which was put there because he thought it was 'two tadpoles doin' it') and 'two cougars doin' it' on his ankle. He only has nine toes following an incident where he cut his pinky toe off to put in a hotdog, forcing a huge hotdog franchise pay a settlement, which was used to rebuild the local hotdog stand that he was once paid by them to burn down in the episode Stole P's HD Cart. After learning that Earl had once slept with his mother, Ralph makes him marry her to "make an honest woman" out of her in the episode Van Hickey. When Earl is sentenced to 2 years in Camden County Prison, Ralph is his cellmate, only to escape the next day by drilling a hole behind a Dolly Parton poster, make a dummy with a watermelon for the head, and leaving Earl behind. He explains in his letter that he would have let Earl come with him but he was hungry and ate the second watermelon. He is also mentioned in 'Bounty Hunter' as having a bounty for $1200 for larceny of a dog and resisting arrest.
Played by himself — A "hometown celebrity" of Camden County who has appeared in a number of TV shows. He is portrayed as an alcoholic throughout the series and is almost always seen wearing the wardrobe of his character from Son of the Beach, "Notch Johnson". In "Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine", he was the host of the Balboa & Sons' mother-daughter pageant (In a deleted scene, he "took" Catalina out to dinner, only to give the bill to her, down a pill of Viagra and offer to go back to her place). In "Y2K", he was seen at the New Year's Day parade on January 1, 2000. He also appeared in the episode "Our "Cops" Is On", in which he was pulled over for drunk driving, but the cop let him off since he had a role on Punky Brewster. Upon being pulled over, he cited his "celebrity" status and his 63 credits on IMDb (which was precise—although at the time the COPS episode was supposed to take place, it was not) as a reason to not get a ticket. Another flashback showed him as a willing potential "sugar daddy" for a very pregnant Joy, but she was grossed out when he dressed up as a baby for their tryst.
Willie the One-Eyed Mailman
Played by Bill Suplee, father of Ethan Suplee — A local mailman with a patch over one eye, Willie is friendly but somewhat lazy as he has been seen throwing mail on the floor of someone's home or simply throwing it in the garbage. His lack of depth perception has caused problems for him more than once when giving or reaching for items, such as when he was unable to pick up Earl's winning lottery ticket when it blew away in the wind. It was recently revealed he lost his eye in 2003 when he got hit with a shard of glass after Joy smashed Earl's Def Leppard picture with a bowling ball. At some times Willie has used a fake eye instead of his eye patch, only to lose it once when Joy took it and kept it from him due to the fact that it was on something that she bought at a garage sale. Eventually Willie decides just to use his patch.
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