List of My Name Is Earl characters
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- 1 Main characters
- 2 Relatives of the protagonists
- 3 Earl's friends
- 4 Camden Police Department
- 5 Other characters
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
Earl Jehosephat Hickey[a] (played by Jason Lee[i]) — The titular and viewpoint character, he has a long history of petty crimes and other repugnant acts such as bullying classmates and taking advantage of others. In the opening episode, he wins a lottery scratcher but is immediately hit by a car; during his recovery where he watches a Carson Daly interview where the latter talks about karma, he realizes he has been a bad person and tries to turn his life around by making a list of all the bad things he has done and doing the good deeds to cross them off the list.[b] Although he lacks much formal education, Earl is intelligent and shows good judgement to the metaphysical and has come under the guidance of a strong moral compass provided to him by the unseen hand of karma which has made his life miserable. His conversion to following the dictates of Karma as against his own instinctual misbehavior now drives his life, as he seeks to survive by making up for his past wrongs with a self-created program of damage repair that loosely tracks some of the methods of formal 12 step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. The linkage between Earl's path and such programs is made plain by the show's title itself, which incorporates the traditional first-name only introduction by attendees at meetings (such as "My name is Earl"). Along the way, Earl often finds that his initial misdeeds have long and enduring tentacles that produce massive negative secondary side effects, but that his patchwork fixes likewise produce substantially deeper and truer benefits to initial victims than could have been imagined or engineered. Earl fears flying, needles and possible attacks from alligators in the sewer when he uses the toilet, owns a 1973 red El Camino that once belonged to his friend Frank: it has a blue driver's side door, found in a tornado. Earl was married to Joy as the series begins, and was subsequently divorced from her (he signed the papers under the influence of morphine) and married and divorced from two other women during the time line of the show, with each marriage being to a woman he barely knew at the time of their vows. Earl's father intended to name him Carl (after himself), but his cursive letter 'C' was read as an 'E' by the hospital where Earl was born. In many flashbacks, he is seen wearing an AC/DC, Metallica or Lynyrd Skynyrd shirt, often under the unbuttoned flannel shirt that is his trademark. He also appears to be incapable of keeping his eyes open when photographs are taken. Earl moved out of his parents' house on March 14, 1989 (which his father was so thrilled about that he made 3.14.89 the combination to his gun case). One episode says that Earl is allergic to cats, but the allergy is later given to Randy instead. Earl was sent to Nathanville State Penitentiary as inmate #28301-016 at the start of Season 3 for a crime Joy committed that would have been her third strike. Rather than allow her to go to prison for life and break up her family, Earl accepted the blame and rationalized his sentence as his karmic penalty for other crimes he committed that were never solved.
In the Raising Hope episode "Throw Maw Maw from the House – Part Two", it is implied that Earl died because the nursing home that Maw Maw is put in is named the "Earl J. Hickey Memorial Nursing Home".
This could just be a coincidence considering that in the pilot for Raising Hope as a reporter in the background says "A small time criminal with a long list of regrets trying to make amends" just before being unplugged and used to knock Lucy unconscious.
Randall Dew Hickey (played by Ethan Suplee[ii]) – Earl's younger brother. He is thought to be very dimwitted and simple, bordering on mild mental retardation. Described as "borderline autistic" by his elder brother for his creativity and for what a doctor once said about him (unaware the doctor was referring to autism), Randy Hickey possesses a childlike mentality that manifests as both kindness toward others, an unawareness of the potentially harmful consequences of his actions, and as occasional tantrums. He doesn't fully understand Earl's List, and sometimes resents the importance it plays in Earl's life, but he supports his campaign out of brotherly love. One of his only two revealed regular jobs Randy had was being a guard at the Nathanville State Penitentiary that Earl was sent to after pleading guilty to a kidnapping Joy committed. Randy Hickey is a huge fan of H.R. Pufnstuf. He is afraid of birds (especially chickens) and allergic to cats; he is also afraid of the Pope's mitre because he suspects there is a chicken beneath it. He has been shown to be an excellent singer (particularly at opera) many times. He also is very good at acting. He is a fan of Michael J. Fox. At one point he was married to Catalina and in love with her, but later changed his mind about that. Randy Hickey constantly falls in love with women that are too different from him and so his relationships never last. He also is shown to be a poor hand-writer. In "Very Bad Things", it is discovered that Randy also loves spray paint, on the account of the bright colors and fumes, and has even made a name for himself as Camden County's most gifted graffiti artist. This is evidenced by Randy artistically painting his name in six-foot letters on the side of a stolen truck.
Joy Farrah Darville Hickey Turner (played by Jaime Pressly) is Earl's ex-wife who divorces him in the first episode and then marries his friend Darnell during the first season of the series.[c] Having realized that Earl had won $100,000 after he signed the papers, she spends her time plotting schemes to try to get her share.[d][e][f] She is openly scornful of Earl's List. Joy is the mother of two boys, Dodge and Earl Jr.[b] She is pessimistic, cold-hearted, stubborn and vain. She tricks Earl into marrying her when she became pregnant with another man's child, then had an affair with Darnell while she and Earl were still married. However, she is very protective of her family. She has a strong dislike for Catalina, although she ends up saving her life in the fourth season. She drives a Subaru BRAT painted with the American flag. Her catchphrases are "Oh snap!", "What the hell", and she frequently calls both Earl and Randy "Dummy". In the episode "Pinky" it is revealed that Joy and Randy were childhood sweethearts who knew each other as 'Pinky' and 'Skipper.' Eventually Joy became a surrogate mother for her estranged half sister, doing so partly out of love for the sister (during the sister's pursuit of employment as a pro wrestler) and partly as a ploy to evoke sympathy from a jury that would try Joy for inadvertently kidnapping an appliance-store employee. Joy subsequently averted her "third strike" (third felony, which would have meant a lifelong prison sentence) when the man she kidnapped died from a fold up bed malfunction, which then allowed Earl to confess to the crime as a way to prevent Joy from being split from her family. Earl accepted the much shorter sentence given him by rationalizing it as karmic retribution for the crimes he had gotten away with. Joy believed throughout the show that Little Chubby was the father of Dodge and Darnell was the father of Earl Jr. It is revealed in 'Dodges Dad' that Earl is the biological father of Dodge, but Earl Jr.'s father is never named because of the shows cancellation.
Catalina Rana Aruca (played by Nadine Velazquez)—The beautiful housekeeper at Earl and Randy's motel. She is also the number one dancer/stripper at Club Chubby, where her routine consists simply of jumping in place. She was a close friend of the late Crab Shack owner Ernie Belcher, occasionally participating in three way sex with him and Patty, the daytime hooker. She killed her mother (albeit in self-defense) in order to get to America in a crate. From season two, she shares a green card marriage with Randy, performed in her hometown, with the marriage occurring after Earl, in recognition of the huge crush Randy had on her, deliberately failed a test of manhood that was a prerequisite to marriage. The marriage to Randy de facto ended after she purposefully made the consummation of their marriage an unenjoyable experience (although she regretted her actions when she found out that Randy was a very good lover). She has a strong dislike for Joy, as Joy called her a whore when they first met. Later she softens up when Joy proves she would be willing to knock out Darnell in order to save her life. Though obviously Latin American, her specific origins were kept vague, except that she was not from Mexico and was born in a village stricken with violence and poverty. However, in the fourth season in "Earl and Joy's Anniversary" it is revealed that Catalina resided in La Paz, which may or may not be the city in Bolivia, and in other episodes it was revealed she was born in "Guadalatucky." In the same 'prequel' episode it is also revealed that she lost her virginity during an orgy with Patty, Darnell and Kenny in a phone booth when they were all avoiding a swarm of killer bees. She also seems to have an obsession with kicking the male characters in the testicles while wearing only a bikini and she has performed in several of Ernie Belcher's sex fetish videos, as did many other characters of the show.
When speaking Spanish she occasionally breaks the fourth wall by addressing the audience: In episode 1x11, "Barn Burner", Catalina tells Joy off with the following Spanish: "Quiero agradercer al publico latino que nos sintoniza todas las semanas. Y a los que no son latinos los felicito por aprender otro idioma." Which translates to: I want to thank all our Latin audience for tuning in every week. And to those that are not Latin congratulations on learning another language. In episode 1x24, "Number One", Catalina quips the following Spanish at Joy: "Con esto concluimos nuestra primera temporada de Earl. Estamos muy agradecidos con su acompanamiento y anticipamos verlos el proximo otoño." Which translates to: With this we conclude our first season of Earl. We are very grateful that you have joined us and we hope to see you next fall.
Darnell Turner (played by Eddie Steeples)—Joy's husband,[c] and still one of Earl's best friends despite apparently impregnating Earl's then-wife Joy. He now acts as "New Daddy" to Joy's two sons. He works in the local dive, "The Crab Shack". Whenever Earl greets Darnell, he calls him "Crab Man".[b] He is well-read, having graduated from college at 14, friendly, and a talented rapper, but is actually a former assassin named Harry Monroe for a secret government organization, having been trained by his own absentee father for the job (Season 4, Episode 19: My Name Is Alias). After he refused to kill the child leader of a socialist nation, and after testifying in court against his former employers, he was placed in the witness protection program.[episode needed] Darnell demonstrates greater intelligence than those around him. A running gag within the show is that Darnell smokes marijuana. He had a sister Pam who was killed by honesty, according to Joy.[episode needed] Darnell's dad is called Thomas Monroe and works for the agency.[episode needed] Occasionally, Darnell's afro is shown to hide cell phones which self-destruct after use.[episode needed] Earl calls him Crab Man because he took so long to learn his name.[episode needed] It is revealed in the very last episode of the show that Earl Jr., generally believed to be his son, is not. In the episode "Our 'Cops' Is On" it is shown that he used to live with his supposed grandmother and grew and sold marijuana in his bedroom.[episode needed] Darnell speaks 7 languages—namely, English, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew and Hindi.[episode needed] He knows 3 combat sports that ends in "do."[episode needed]
Relatives of the protagonists
Carlton Hickey (played by Beau Bridges) is Earl and Randy's father. He first appears in "Cost Dad the Election" where he had run for mayor but lost because of Earl's shenanigans that got the latter arrested. He originally ran for mayor because of the airport flight path was directed over his residential area, causing his entire house to vibrate several times a day, which angers him very much. He is sorely disappointed in his sons and refused to have anything to do with Earl.[g] 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. 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.[episode needed]
Katherine "Kay" Hickey
Katherine "Kay" Hickey (played by Nancy Lenehan) is 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.[g] 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. It is implied that she has some issues with alcohol and strong reactions to marijuana:
Dodge Hickey (played by Louis T. Moyle) —is Joy's oldest son, born June 10, 2000. Joy was six months pregnant with him 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. In the episode "Our Other Cops Is On", it is revealed that he is a gifted athlete, according to Earl. 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 his biological father.
Earl Hickey, Jr.
Earl Hickey, Jr. (played by Trey Carlisle) is 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 Dad" revealed that Darnell was not Earl Jr.'s father. However, due to the show's cancellation, the true father was never revealed.
Mr. Turtle is Darnell's pet turtle, 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. In "Got the Babysitter Pregnant" Joy lost Mr. Turtle after leaving him on the roof of their car, from which he slid off. Joy tried to cover up her loss by replacing him with another turtle, but it died. Darnell buried him, believing him to be the authentic Mr. Turtle, but Joy confessed the truth. Later Randy and Earl find Mr. Turtle and Earl travels a considerable distance to bring Mr. Turtle back to Darnell. In "Made A Lady Think I was God", Darnell mentions that Mr. Turtle has no first name, but in "Got the Babysitter Pregnant" the grave marker of the replacement turtle reads Mr. Sydney Turtle. The marker states that Mr. Turtle was born in 1913 and is adorned with a star of David, implying that the turtle is Jewish.
Liberty Washington (played by Tamala Jones) is Joy's mixed race half-sister. They hated each other for years but eventually bonded to the point where Joy became a surrogate mother for Liberty and her husband Ray-Ray's baby. She tends to treat Ray-Ray exactly the way Joy treats Darnell: with full measures of both hostility and love.
Ray-Ray Washington (played by DJ Qualls) is Liberty's husband, who shares many character traits with Darnell. He owns a bearded dragon named "Mr. Bearded Dragon" whom he treats in the same fatherly manner that Darnell treats Mr. Turtle. His father's name was "Ray" and named him "Ray-Ray", that is why he would like to name his unborn child "Ray-Ray-Ray". In 'Midnight Bun', Joy gives birth to their daughter Ray Ray Ray Anne, after she acts as a surrogate for Liberty and Ray Ray due to Liberty wanting to have a wrestling career.
Billie Cunningham (played by Alyssa Milano) is Earl's third wife. She is a little crazy and gets very jealous of Earl spending so much time with his List instead of her. After finding inner peace in an Amish-type settlement near Camden, she not only divorced Earl but gave him $72,000 she had received after being hit by a car.
Buzz Darville (played by Blake Clark) is Joy and Liberty's father. He wouldn't let Joy date a black boy, but not because of ethnicity. Rather, he did so because the boy was her half-brother.
Connie Darville (played by Brett Butler) is Joy's mother. She faked having to take dialysis so she could gamble at an Indian casino.
Kenneth James (played by Gregg Binkley, played as a child by Andy Pessoa) is 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 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.[b] 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.[e] 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.
Patty, the daytime hooker
Patricia Michelle Weezmer (played by Dale Dickey) is a prostitute in Camden County who often corresponds with Earl and the gang. She prefers to work during the daytime, exchanging sexual favors for fast food or relatively low prices, and is often arrested. 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 chairman 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, with Patty gaining entrance to Kenny's house on the asserted pretense of representing an environmental charity.[b] 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 (a client who gets piggy back rides from her) by speaking and translating Bengali. Later in the series it was revealed that Patty, Darnell, Kenny and Catalina had years earlier been involved in a telephone booth foursome during a bee swarm, and had promised each other never to mention it again, obviously leaving open the question of why Patty felt it necessary to lie to Kenny who should have known her.
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. She occasionally works part time as a waitress and as a hobby acts in a local theatre group.
Ralph Mariano (played by Giovanni Ribisi, played as a child by Tanner Maguire) is a former partner in crime and good friend 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 most observant person in the world and doesn't quite understand the whole karma lifestyle. Following in Earl's footsteps, he attempts to clean up his act by getting a job at a lamp store, only to go back to stealing the same day because he didn't win the lottery.[e] 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.
Donny Jones (played by Silas Weir Mitchell) is a friend of Earl's and a former criminal who had been wrongly convicted of attempted robbery (Earl used Donny's shirt in the robbery). During his prison sentence of two years, he began reading the Bible and 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.[d] 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 intimidates people, mainly Earl, because he has "crazy eyes" and a towering stature. In "Quit Smoking", Earl says often that "Donny is crazy."
TV's Tim Stack
TV's Tim Stack (played by Timothy Stack) is a "hometown celebrity" of Camden County who has appeared in a number of television shows. He is portrayed as an alcoholic throughout the series, and often is seen wearing the wardrobe of his character from Son of the Beach, "Notch Johnson". In "Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine", he hosts the Balboa & Sons' mother-daughter pageant.[f][iii] 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.
Nescobar-A-Lop-Lop (played by Abdoulaye N'Gom) is 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, including the catchphrase "Seacrest. Out."[h] 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.
Jasper (played by J. Lamont Pope) 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.
Frank Stump (played by Michael Rapaport) is an old friend of Earl and Randy's. He helped them out by letting them live with him in his trailer. He was formerly an employee at the Crab Shack until Darnell took his place. He 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 Darnell's trailer where eventually he was captured again there by Earl and Randy and taken back to prison. He used to date Billie, but eventually lost her to Earl.
Paco (played by Raymond Cruz) is Frank Stump's roommate and usual getaway man/partner in crime, Paco is Catalina's true love from the old country. Although he sent for her, they never quite managed to actually find each other in Camden County, causing Catalina to feel estranged and to experiment with Lesbianism, until the end of the series. On two separate occasions—once the night that Earl hooked up with Joy for an eventual Las Vegas wedding—Paco saw her on the road as he drove a getaway vehicle, only to become distracted and inadvertently plow into law enforcement vehicles, causing himself and Frank to be arrested.
Henry "Hank" Lange (played by Tim DeKay) is 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 volunteered for a prison work gang, and 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.
The character may be named after show producer Henry J. Lange, Jr.
Camden Police Department
Officer Stuart Daniels
Stuart Daniels (played by Mike O'Malley) is a former police officer. 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. He later falls in love with his long-time gay admirer, Kenny.
Officer Jeff Hoyne
Jeffrey Hoyne (played by Billy Gardell) is an overweight and incompetent police officer. He has two identical siblings, a brother, named Billy, who works as a Warehouse worker at Waadt Appliance, and an unnamed sister, both of whom are also portrayed by Gardell.
Officer Bob Smiley
Robert Smiley (played by George Frangides) is a short, easily excitable police officer. He 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 alimony!"
Officer Bobbi Bowman
Willie the One-Eyed Mailman
Willie the One-Eyed Mailman (played by Bill Suplee, father of Ethan Suplee) is a local mailman with a patch over one eye, Willie is affable but somewhat of a slacker 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.
Didi (played by Tracy Ashton) is 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.
Iqball (played by Abdul Goznobi) is the clerk at the Camden Market, who sold Earl the winning lottery ticket. Iqball used to only speak Bengali relying on Patty to translate for him, but in later episodes, he is shown speaking English, as well. Despite often hiring Patty, the pilot episode seems to indicate that he is gay (or, at least bisexual), as he is seen at the gay bar Earl and Randy take Kenny to.
Electrolarynx Guy (played by Jack Axelrod) is an 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.
Ruby Whitlow (played by Marlee Matlin) was Joy's deaf lawyer for her case of kidnapping. She had an interpreter named Doug. Earl and Ruby liked each other, and during the episode "The Trial," they go on a date and have sex afterwards. Then, Ruby finds an item on Earl's list: Earl had robbed her two years prior because she was deaf and couldn't hear him break in. Ruby then leaves Earl, but Earl impresses her when he takes the fall for Joy. This, however, makes the two drift apart.
Natalie Duckworth (played by Beth Riesgraf, then-girlfriend of Jason Lee) 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".
Jeremiah "Jerry" Hazelwood (played by Craig T. Nelson) is the Warden of Camden County, Jerry is the husband of the Governor, who 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 Guitar Hero. 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. Earl's 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.
Richard Chubby (played by Burt Reynolds) was the richest man and owner of almost all of the commercial enterprises in Camden County, including the strip club Club Chubby, the Dumpster service and an array of other businesses of various natures. He would often frighten people by substituting a vodka-filled water gun for a real handgun, but accidentally killed himself by firing the real gun into his mouth when he thought he had the vodka gun.
Richard Chubby, Jr., called "Little Chubby" (played by Norm Macdonald, reprising his 1990s Saturday Night Live impression of Reynolds) 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 kicked him in the testicles and caused them to swell up. In the season four finale, it was revealed that Joy believed he was Dodge's father, but a DNA test showed otherwise. However this could be another of his manipulations given the power he has over Camden and the medical lab where Earl sent the samples. Due to a medical procedure, he became boisterous but took a baseball to his testicles to receive good karma, and then had bull testicles implanted making him arrogant again to run his business better.
Joshua Martin (played by Josh Wolf) was a Bargain Bag store employee. He first appears in "Very Bad Things", where Earl and Joy discover him in the back of a Bargain Bag truck that the latter had stolen, after the store had refused to refund her $3000. Earl and Joy tried to help Josh escape without him being able to identify them, but they were unsuccessful and Joy was sent to prison for grand theft auto, kidnapping and assault. In "Kept a Guy Locked in a Truck", Earl decides that he should add him to the List in order to make amends for his kidnapping, but when he goes to his apartment, he discovers Josh dead, having been crushed when his retractable bed inadvertently retracted. While initially deciding to cross him off the List due to his death, Josh's spirit visits Earl and demands not to be forgotten, leading Earl to throw a funeral for Josh with various friends that he had made on the Internet.
Josh later reappears in "Our Other 'Cops' Is On!", in an episode of Cops that was shot before his kidnapping and death. In "I Won't Die with a Little Help from My Friends (Part 2)", Josh appears in Earl's coma world, ready to escort Earl to the afterlife. He makes his final appearance in "Inside Probe", in an episode filmed prior to his death but, due to Darnell, shown after his death. By recementing the floor in the women's bathroom, he plays a vital part in the death of Ernie Belcher, albeit unknowingly, as Ernie fell into the cement and drowned.
Kevin (Jonathan Walker Spencer) is a cameraman operator for the television show, COPS, who suffers from the actions of Earl, Randy and Joy, whenever Cops films in Camden County. He is married with three children.
Chunk was the nickname (real name unknown) given by Randy to a fat girl on the Camden County Cheer Squad attending Kimmi Himler's Cheer Academy. She (played by Chrissy Metz) was part of the cheer squad for Camden County when Randy and Earl arrived. She seemed displeased when she saw the two arrive, but after Randy's inspiring speech she agreed to go ahead with the competition. They performed the cheer, which ended up being more successful than any of them could have hoped for. She appears in season 4, episode 6, called "We've Got Spirit".
- "phatInside Probe, Part 1". My Name Is Earl. Season 4. Episode 25. 2009-04-30. NBC.
- "Pilot". My Name is Earl. Season 1. Episode 1. September 20, 2005. NBC.
- "Joy's Wedding". My Name Is Earl. Season 1. Episode 8.
- "Quit Smoking". My Name is Earl. Season 1. Episode 2. September 27, 2005. NBC.
- "Randy's Touchdown". My Name is Earl. Season 1. Episode 3. October 4, 2005. NBC.
- "Broke Joy's Fancy Figurine". My Name is Earl. Season 1. Episode 6. November 1, 2005. NBC.
- "Cost Dad the Election". My Name is Earl. Season 1. Episode 9.
- "Teacher Earl". My Name is Earl. Season 1. Episode 5. October 18, 2005. NBC.
- Other references
- This car is similar to the 1962 Triumph TR4 with a blue right side door in Alvin and the Chipmunks which also starred Jason Lee as Dave Seville.
- "phatInside Probe, Part 1". My Name Is Earl. Season 4. Episode 25. 2009-04-30. NBC.
- My Name is Earl: Season 1 – Deleted Scenes.