May 25, 2005

Name That Monkey

OK, it really should be “name that orangutan” or “name that ape” but can anyone here tell me:

  • What this ape’s name is and
  • Where you know it from.

I’m guessing not, but you might surprise me. Feel free to use Google.

Posted by James at May 25, 2005 2:31 PM
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He looks familiar, but I can't place him. Odd, since I don't really see a lot of orangutans.

However, I can pick Chewbacca out of a lineup. Do I get some sort of prize for that?

Posted by: Julie at May 25, 2005 2:38 PM

He looks like a Krispy Kreme spokeschimp. Or maybe someone who lives on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Posted by: Mike at May 25, 2005 2:48 PM

Isn't he our supreme leader? Oh, wait, too cute (and ther's a look of intelligence in his eye).

Posted by: Patti M. at May 25, 2005 3:22 PM

The nurse on Love, American Style.

Or maybe the sidekick on that stupid TV show about the secret agent chimp.

I didn't use Google, can you tell?

Posted by: Maggie at May 25, 2005 3:24 PM

However, I can pick Chewbacca out of a lineup. Do I get some sort of prize for that?

We can arrange for you to kiss a wookie.

Hint, he's a "she" or plays one on TV. You probably have never seen her. She's dressed a particular way. It has to do with her job. She was on a popular TV show, but is no longer. I doubt any of my readers watch this show.

Posted by: James at May 25, 2005 3:24 PM

LOL Mike, of course I can pick him out. He's the tall one!

Posted by: Julie at May 25, 2005 3:26 PM

He looks like the little guy that appears in Firefox's status bar when you install the Grease Monkey extension.

Posted by: Mike at May 25, 2005 3:30 PM

Why, I'd just as soon kiss a... hey, wait a minute!

She looks like she might be some sort of chef, but I probably never watched the show.

I like the Love, American Style idea but the pattern on the sofa pillow looks more recent than the 70's.

Posted by: Julie at May 25, 2005 4:39 PM

I think he is the monkey from the movie with Jason Alexander and Paul Ruebens... I can't remember the name of the movie, but it's set in a hotel.

Posted by: Derek at May 25, 2005 4:40 PM

Dunstan Checks In? I think that's the name of the movie you're talking about.

Actually, as far as I know, this orangutan might actually be in a number of roles, but I heard about it in a particular context. A daytime TV show.

Maggie was pretty close with her guesses. Although it weasn't a comedy show. She got the profession (close to) correct.

Posted by: James at May 25, 2005 5:38 PM

A nurse, or something like it, in a daytime series? I don't suppose it could have been Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman?

Posted by: Julie at May 25, 2005 9:03 PM

Thanks to James' hints, I did some google work and found the answer: this is Precious the Orangutan nurse on NBC's classic soap "Passions." Yes, evidently this orangutan plays someone's personal nurse on the show.

I guess I should expect this from a show that used to have a doll, Timmy, that turned into a little boy (played by a creepy little person). I remember my friends used to watch this when I was in college and were obsessed with Timmy. I'm glad to see the storylines seem to have only gotten better since the man who played Timmy died.

Posted by: jeremy at May 26, 2005 7:38 AM


It is indeed "Precious!"

Andrea, a young woman who works in our building, was telling us about it at lunch yesterday. Precious was a vodka-drinking caretaker ape of an elderly lady on the show.

It seems that there was also a story of (thankfully) unrequited love between the orangutan and one of the male cast members.

This sounded like television gold to me. However, the sad truth is that Precious is no longer on the show. Her aunt called and there were some family obligations which needed taking care of, and she had to leave her caretaking job.


I feel like I dodged a bullet.

Posted by: James at May 26, 2005 8:14 AM

In case anyone was intrigued by Timmy, the doll that at times turned into a real boy - check out these shots (the bottom lefthand photo is my fave):

I just chatted with one of my college friends about this and she wanted to make sure everyone knew that from time to time the boy Timmy liked to enjoy a "Martimmy". This must have been seriously groundbreaking television.

Posted by: jeremy at May 26, 2005 9:32 AM

I've actually seen Timmy. I must've had a tape in while running on the treadmill, and when I turned it off, there was Nanny, from Nanny and the Professor! I loved her! Only she had this creepy little kid with her, and she was in a hospital or something. I turned it off. I happened across it once again. It wasn't until the second time that I discovered that Timmy, much like Hobbes, becomes inanimate when somebody else is in the room. Wish I could do that.

Posted by: Maggie at May 26, 2005 2:58 PM

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