Eddie Mannix (Hail, Caesar!)

Created by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen "EDDIE MANNIX" was a real-life character, a legendary (and allegedly mob-connected) Hollywood bouncer and fixer who rose through the ranks to become a studio executive at MGM in the fifties. You may recall his appearance in the 2006 film Hollywoodland, director Allen Coulter and writer Paul Bernbaum's ambitious … Continue reading Eddie Mannix (Hail, Caesar!)

Ronnie Jackson (My Favorite Brunette)

Created by Edmund Beloin and Jack Rose "You see, I wanted to be a detective, too. It only took brains, courage, and a gun...and I had the gun." --┬áRonnie Jackson For any baby boomers or gen Xers out there who grew up in the sixties and seventies, Bob Hope is mostly remembered as a smarmy … Continue reading Ronnie Jackson (My Favorite Brunette)

Nick and Nora Charles

Created by Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) Nora: "I read where you were shot five times in the tabloids." Nick: "Not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids." -- from The Thin Man (1934 film) The glitzy adventures of Dashiell Hammett's retired private eye NICK CHARLES and his rich, beautiful (and not quite as ditzy as … Continue reading Nick and Nora Charles

Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death)

Created by Jonathan Ames Ray: "You're an idiot!" Jonathan: "Thanks for understanding." -- from "Super Ray is Mortal!!" There's something a little too self-consciously hip and edgy and meta-smug about the HBO comedy Bored to Death (2009-11),┬ábut underneath it all, there beats a warm and generous heart. I think. Jason Schwartzman stars as JONATHAN AMES, … Continue reading Jonathan Ames (Bored to Death)

Dan Albright

Created by L.B. Gregg Warning: This book contains graphic language, sex, lies, intrigue, clowns, kleptomania, anal sex, oral sex, mutual masturbation, bad driving, good cooking, and the missing head of a Justin Timberlake statue. Not for the sour of disposition. -- preface to Catch Me If You Can DAN ALBRIGHT is the private eye/love interest … Continue reading Dan Albright

Ingmar Andersson & Axel Kruse (Swedish Dicks)

Created by Peter Stormare, Glenn Lund, Peter Settman and Andrew Lowery "We're dicks. Swedish dicks." -- Axel explains it all. What could be better than one Swedish dick? Two, obviously. Or at least that's the premise of Swedish Dicks, a low-key American-Swedish comedy web/TV series. Swedish ex-pat INGMAR ANDERSSON (played by co-creator Peter Stormare) is … Continue reading Ingmar Andersson & Axel Kruse (Swedish Dicks)