The top five Chucks on television
For whatever reason, the name Chuck has turned out to be very popular this year. On TV, Pushing Daisies has a major character named Chuck and, of course, there's the new series Chuck. in the theaters, Chuck and Larry were happily married and Dane Cook was a Chuck with extraordinary luck. All these Chuck's got me thinking (not to mention craving a hamburger) some of the greatest people on television have been named Chuck. Here are a few.
Chuck Cunningham (Happy Days)
When the Cunningham family first made their appearance, Chuck was clearly the funniest part of the family. Unfortunately as the show progressed, it became clear that there simply wasn't enough room for Chuck in the house or on the series. Chuck Cunningham lives on, however, as the most famous forgotten character of all time.
Chuck Barris (The Gong Show)
Regardless of what you may think about his career or his colorful biography, it cannot be denied that Chuck Barris left an indelible mark on the landscape of TV gameshows. The Gong Show, The Newlywed Game, and The Dating Game are some of his more famous works and, for better or worse, shows like The Bachelor and America's Got Talent owe a debt to Chuckie baby.
Chuck Campbell (Soap)
The human half of the funniest ventriloquism duo on TV, Chuck Campbell was unashamed of his reliance on his dummy, Bob. Chuck was the only regular cast member on Soap to never be featured in his own storyline. Was he insane or was he just really committed to his craft? We never found out and that was probably for the best.
Ensign Charles "Chuck" Parker (McHale's Navy)
Tim Conway will probably be best remembered for his years on The Carol Burnett Show but you owe it to yourself to watch his early work alongside Ernie Borgnine and Joe Flynn. It is a pleasure to watch Conway stand out in what is one of the best ensemble sitcoms of all time.
Chuck Jones (Looney Toons)
While he never appeared onscreen, Chuck Jones had to be on this list. Mr. Jones is responsible for one of the most recognized and well-loved collection of cartoons in the world. Not a generation goes by that doesn't find a fan of his work.