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Ernie Douglas : Do you think the house is going to miss us?

Charley O'Casey : Sure, it'll miss us. The minute we get out of sight, it's going to break right down and start to cry out of all the faucets. The neighbors will sell tickets to see the crying house.

Steve Douglas : I'd like to think the house is going to miss us, Charley.

Charley O'Casey : Look, are we going to California, or are we going to stand here waving bye-bye to a pile of lumber?

Steve Douglas : Charley's right, fellas. Let's all...let's all pile in.

Charley O'Casey : Come on, let's go. Come on, move.

Chip Douglas : [They all climb into the car.] 

Chip Douglas : Boy, Dad.

Steve Douglas : Now, Chip, when they transferred me to California, you fellas all thought it was a great idea, so... Well, there's no turning back now.

Chip Douglas : I know.

Chip Douglas : [to Ernie] 

Chip Douglas : Hey, are you crying, Ernie?

Ernie Douglas : Heck, no. Tramp just breathed on my glasses and they steamed up.




Ernie Douglas

Larry Tate
The Cable Guy
Ricky Ricardo


Cable installer (formerly)

Powers / Skills



Manipulating, stalking and antagonizing Steven as well as ruining his life.
Making friends.
Quoting television programs, videogames and movies alike.


Have Steven Kovacs as his own best friend forever.

Torment, antagonize, and manipulate Steven for rejecting their friendship (all failed).
Kidnap Robin in order to manipulate Steven.
Break and defeat Robin's date so Steven will replace him.
Have Steven been accused for stealing electric products which he himself stole (all succeeded).




Type of Villain

Obsessed Stalker

The future is now! Soon, every American home will integrate their television, phone, and computer. You'll be able to visit the Louvre on one channel, or watch female mud wrestling on another. You can do your shopping at home, or play Mortal Kombat with a friend in Vietnam. There's no end to the possibilities!
~ Chip Douglas giving an epic speech.
I can be your best friend or your worst enemy. You seem to prefer the latter.
~ Chip talking to Steven.

The Cable Guy is the titular main antagonist of the 1996 dark comedy film The Cable Guy.

He was portrayed by Jim Carrey, who also played the title character in The Mask, The Riddler in Batman Forever, The Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Count Olaf in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Steve Gray in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Dr. Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog. He was also portrayed by Cameron Starman as a child.


His real name is never actually revealed, not even in the credits. He was known under various aliases from tv sitcoms, his most used one was Ernie 'Chip' Douglas which were the children's names from My Three Sons, other names included Larry Tate (Bewitched), The Big Ragoo also known as Carmine (Laverne and Shirley) and Murray Slaughter (the Mary Tyler Moore show), George Jetson (The Jetsons) and Jean-Luc Picard (Star Trek). The Cable Guy claimed that his real name was "Ricky Ricardo" but this is undoubtedly another television reference because he does the Ricky Ricardo laugh and says "Babalú" from I Love Lucy after this.


The Cable Guy was raised in a neglectful home by his mother who worked nights and told him to stay near "Mr. Babysitter" which was what she called the television, which is effectively what raised him. He never met his father. Later in his life he became a cable installer for an unknown cable company. The company fired him for stalking customers, but he remained undeterred and still used his profession and his knowledge as a cable guy to make friends. Also at some point of his life he developed a lisp speech impediment.

Meeting Steven and Tormenting Him

Chip first met Steven Kovacs (the movie's protagonist) when he first installed his cable in his new apartment. Steven tried to bribe him with 50 dollars to get all the channels for free and he refuses the money, but accepted with the condition that they should be hang out as friends. He started off as a seemingly nice and enthusiastic guy, he first took Steven to the large Satellite dish where the company sends shows to peoples' televisions and then took him to his favorite restaurant where they had a realistic medieval duel.

However he soon became a bit of a stalker by spoiling a basketball game that Steven was having with his friends and leaving him one phone message too many on his answering machine.

Chip tried to make up for it by giving Steven a large home system of a deluxe karaoke machine, CD player and a big screen television set. They then had a karaoke jam in Steven's apartment with Steven giving Chip a gift of a book to help lose his lisp, but Chip crossed the line when he allowed Steven to be with a prostitute named Heather making Steven angry because he already had a girlfriend named Robin and ended their friendship.

Chip decides to make it up to him again by beating up Robin's new boyfriend and installing free cable for her. Steven appreciates what he has done, but tells him gently that he doesn't want to be his friend.

Hurt by these words, Chip then sets out to ruin Steven's life with vengeful acts, firstly by phoning the police saying that Steven was in possession of stolen goods which was the large home system which places Steven in jail, then he is invited by Robin to a visit at Steven's parents' house where he drives him mad and uses blackmail by showing Steven a photo that he took of him and Heather that he would show to Robin if anything happened. Eventually, he pushes Steven too far when he plays a sexualized game of "Password" with the family and then whispers disturbing things to him about Robin resulting in him being punched in the face. He then leaves.

He later sent a video recording of Steven insulting his boss to every computer in the place where Steven worked resulting in Steven almost being fired and haunting him by setting off all the car alarms at once. He also appears in Steven's nightmare as a menacing figure with green eyes who is a psychopathic stalker.

He finally performs his final act of cruelty by kidnapping Robin and taking her to the same place he showed Steven many days before. When the film reaches its climax he admits that he didn't really have a plan as such and he was just going from moment to moment. He apologizes to Steven, he claims that he only wanted to be his friend but he screwed it up and that he never intended to go to such great lengths. When the police arrive Chip gets entranced by the police helicopter searchlight, he makes a speech about how his mother was never there for him and how he was practically raised by the TV, he even goes as far as to claim that he learned the facts of life from watching The Facts of Life.

Chip tries commiting suicide by throwing himself off the platform that he, Steven and Robin are on by reasoning with Steven despite Steven's promises that he would be his pal if he climbed back up that somebody has to kill the babysitter (a reference to what his mum called the TV when she worked nights). He survives the fall but destroys the dish receiver, which gives everyone a blackout screen and freedom from the TV. He makes up with Steven and Robin, before the paramedics take him away. Just before he is placed into the helicopter and flown away, Steven asks what his real name was, to which he jokingly replied "Ricardo, Ricky Ricardo" (I Love Lucy reference). A paramedic tells him he'll be alright as they fly to the hospital and he addresses him as 'buddy'. Chip asks him if he's really his buddy. He says "Yeah, sure you are". Chip gives him a happy but dark smile, implying that the paramedic is going to be his next victim.


  • It is never revealed what his true name was as he used various aliases from TV sitcoms so he was credited as Cable Guy.
  • His name is not to be confused with Larry the Cable Guy.
  • The script of the Cable Guy was original written for the late Chris Farley in the lead role but he turned it down due to scheduling difficulties.
  • The late Chris Farley, Adam Sandler, Paul Giamatti, the late Phil Hartman and the late Robin Williams were considered for the role of the Cable Guy before Jim Carrey was cast.


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Chip Douglas

This article is about the musician. For the television character, see My Three Sons. For the film character, see The Cable Guy.

Chip Douglas

Douglas with the MFQ and Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in 1965, (from left to right): Faryar, Yester, Douglas, Spector, Diltz, Hoh.

Douglas with the MFQ and Phil Spector at Gold Star Studios in 1965, (from left to right): Faryar, Yester, Douglas, Spector, Diltz, Hoh.

Birth nameDouglas Farthing Hatlelid
Born (1942-08-27) August 27, 1942 (age 79)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
InstrumentsBass guitar, guitar, keyboards
Years active1966–present
Associated acts

Musical artist

Douglas Farthing Hatlelid (born August 27, 1942), better known as Chip Douglas, is a songwriter, musician (bass, guitar and keyboards), and record producer, whose most famous work was during the 1960s. He was the bassist of the Turtles for a short period of time and the producer of some of the Monkees biggest hits, including "Daydream Believer" and "Pleasant Valley Sunday".

Early career[edit]

Douglas was raised in Hawaii and began his musical career with a folk group he formed in high school, "The Wilcox Three", modeled after The Kingston Trio. During a trip to California, they were discovered by a well-known booking agency and signed by RCA/Camden to record an album at their studios in Hollywood. He performed in the group using the name "Chip Douglas", which would be the name he would use for the rest of his career (though he would occasionally use his real name as a songwriter).

The group dissolved and Douglas, along with Cyrus Faryar and noted rock photographer Henry Diltz, formed the Modern Folk Quartet (along with musician Jerry Yester) in Los Angeles. They were signed by Warner Bros. and recorded two albums: Modern Folk Quartet and Changes. They also appeared as themselves in a nightclub scene for the Warner Bros. movie Palm Springs Weekend, starring Connie Stevens and Troy Donahue (1963). MFQ spent the next several years touring the U.S. playing college concerts.

The Modern Folk Quartet was signed by producer Phil Spector in 1966, and recorded a song, "This Could Be the Night", co-written by Spector and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. The record was not released at that time, but Douglas and Nilsson became friends. In the latter half of 1966, Douglas was a member of the short-lived Gene Clark Group, a band featuring the ex-ByrdsGene Clark, ex-Grass RootsJoel Larson, and Bill Rinehart, formerly of the Leaves. Clark disbanded the group at the end of that year without having recorded or released any records.[1]

The Turtles[edit]

When the Turtles' bassist Chuck Portz was fired from the band, Douglas was asked to take his place. His first record with them was "Happy Together", which they'd decided to record after hearing a well-worn demo that had been passed on by numerous other artists. Douglas played bass and did the arrangement that was recorded, and it became a huge hit for The Turtles, ousting the Beatles' "Penny Lane" from the #1 single position on the American pop charts.[2]

Seeing the Turtles perform at Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go in early 1967, the Monkees' Michael Nesmith approached Douglas and asked if he would like to become the new producer for the band, who were tired of the "manufactured" recording setup they were accustomed to. Douglas answered, "I've never produced a record in my life." Nesmith, who had produced album tracks for the group, but had little influence with their label Colgems Records, assured him, "Don't worry; if you're willing to quit The Turtles, I'll show you everything you need to do."[2][3]

Douglas's final appearances with the Turtles were in February 1967. He was replaced by Jim Pons of the Leaves.

The Monkees[edit]

Douglas accepted Nesmith's offer, and joined the Monkees in the studio, first to create a new single with all four Monkees playing. It couldn't be released because of a publishing restriction imposed by Screen Gems (who both produced the Monkees series and controlled their music publishing). Douglas's next Monkees project was their Headquarters album. Recorded over six steady weeks of sessions at the RCA Studios in Hollywood, Headquarters was the first album to feature the Monkees playing on every track. Douglas contributed a song, "Forget That Girl", and joined them on bass guitar in the studio. The album was released in the spring of 1967, and began a steady climb up the charts, eventually reaching #1 on Billboard's album chart, but was displaced by the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[2][3]

No singles from Headquarters were issued in the United States, but a non-album song from the same sessions, "The Girl I Knew Somewhere", reached the top 40 as a B-side. Douglas produced the hit single "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King), which featured an innovative guitar intro composed by Douglas and played by Nesmith. Douglas produced the next Monkees' album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, & Jones, Ltd., on which he also played bass. Unlike Headquarters, it was done in several different studios around the U.S. between Monkees tour dates.

Douglas also introduced members of the Monkees to new songwriters, including John Stewart, who wrote "Daydream Believer", which would become their second-biggest all-time single and was included on the 1968 album The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees. Douglas also introduced the band members to Harry Nilsson, who played them a selection of his original songs, and became friends with the band. One of the songs, "Cuddly Toy", was covered by the Monkees, and featured on both the Pisces album and an episode of their TV series. Douglas has been quoted as saying, "I like to think I gave Harry his big break, which resulted in a record deal with RCA."[citation needed]

Douglas was pleased to have made hit records with the Monkees, but was disappointed that they weren't able to erase the common misconception that The Monkees weren't actually musicians, and that the press took little notice of their accomplishments.[3]

The Turtles, revisited[edit]

As 1967 ended, the Monkees wanted to take full control of their music, and said farewell to Douglas, who became a producer for the Turtles. The first project was The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands album, the name of which was taken from the title track, co-written by Douglas and Harry Nilsson. It also included two more Turtles' top-ten hits: "Elenore" and "You Showed Me".

Douglas had performed "You Showed Me" with Gene Clark in 1966, while he was a member of the Gene Clark Group. Originally an uptempo number, the slow, moody arrangement came about by accident. Douglas was demonstrating the song for vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, on an organ whose bellows was broken, requiring him to play it slowly. Douglas told them "This isn't the way it's supposed to sound", but Kaylan and Volman disagreed, thinking the new tempo would be perfect.[4]

The Monkees, revisited[edit]

Douglas kept in touch with the Monkees and returned in 1969 to record his composition "Steam Engine" with Micky Dolenz on vocals. The song appeared in reruns of their TV show.

In 1976, Douglas re-teamed with Dolenz, Jones, and Tork to record the single, "Christmas Is My Time of Year", co-written by Douglas and Howard Kaylan. By then, Nesmith was no longer affiliated with the group.

In 1986, a Monkees reunion tour reawakened interest in the band, and Rhino Records reissued all their original albums, including their work with Douglas.

Douglas has appeared in several documentaries about the Monkees, reminiscing about his work with the band.[2][4]

Post Monkees[edit]

In 1969, Douglas produced the album Hand Sown...Home Grown, the first solo album by Douglas' then-girlfriend Linda Ronstadt.

The Modern Folk Quartet reunited in 1975 and began to perform again, often appearing at the Ice House in Pasadena, California. For several years, they teamed up with ex-Kingston Trio member Dave Guard to back him in his solo act. In the 1980s, the Modern Folk Quartet recorded several albums for a Japanese record company. They also toured Japan, where they remain popular (1988, 1990, 2003, 2005, 2011 and 2016).[5]

Douglas continues to write and produce records in a variety of genres, and divides his time between California and Hawaii.



  1. ^Douglas, Chip (February 2010). "Part One". The Strange Dave Show (Interview). Interviewed by David Harry Rosenberg. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  2. ^ abcdDouglas, Chip (February 2010). "Part Two". The Strange Dave Show (Interview). Interviewed by David Harry Rosenberg. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  3. ^ abcDouglas, Chip (February 2010). "Part Three". The Strange Dave Show (Interview). Interviewed by David Harry Rosenberg. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  4. ^ abDouglas, Chip (February 2010). "Part Four". The Strange Dave Show (Interview). Interviewed by David Harry Rosenberg. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  5. ^"Official Modern Folk Quartet website" (in Japanese). October 13, 2006. Retrieved August 1, 2017.

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As far as television shows go, My Three Sons was more than a hit show for ABC and CBS from 1960-'72 – it's an industry hall of fame production. �Stanley Livingston, who played the role of Richard “Chip” Douglas, the third son of Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray), appeared throughout the entire series. �A half century-plus [...]

As far as television shows go, My Three Sons was more than a hit show for ABC and CBS from 1960-'72 – it's an industry hall of fame production. �Stanley Livingston, who played the role of Richard “Chip” Douglas, the third son of Steve Douglas (Fred MacMurray), appeared throughout the entire series. �A half century-plus later, Livingston still relishes the opportunity that the show presented.
In five days, Livingston will turn 66-years-old. �Yes, Chip Douglas is senior citizen.
Like so many child actors, fans of television shows forever remember their favorites as they were. Times and lives move on for the players. My Three Sons was one of those rare programs that not only had a very successful run, but remains a hit with baby boomers, by way of nostalgia TV channels, and party conversation.
The series was the cornerstone of the ABC and CBS lineups in the 1960s. �With 380 episodes produced, My Three Sons is second only to The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as TV's longest running live-action sitcom. �Livingston and MacMurray were the only two actors in the cast who appeared throughout the entire series.
Tragically, through the evolution of television, several �childhood actors have experienced difficulty in dealing with their notoriety, and what comes with that fame. �This couldn't be further from the truth, when assessing Livingston's development.
While spending many hours at a time cooped up on a studio lot, Livingston made good use of his time at work.
“As a child actor, you're a “prisoner” on the set for eight to 10 hours a day,” says Livingston. �”You have to find ways to keep busy. Most of the time you can't make make noise.”
Knowing the required behavior at work, from a very young age, Livingston made good use of his time. �He tells of keeping busy between segments he was involved with, by using crayons, oil paints, even growing as an artist with charcoal pencils.
12 years on a sound stage gives actors, kids included, opportunities to explore hobbies outside of their “day job”. �Guitar picking was another favorite pastime for Livingston, when he wasn't “on” as Chip Douglas. �For Livingston, the electric guitar was his choice of another avenue of relaxation.
Fast-forward to the 1980′s, and for Livingston, stained glass become a passion – one which he has become highly in-demand for.
“Labeling his success with glass as a “fluke”, Livingston's beginnings literally can be traced back to his garage in California. �”It all started at my house in Laurel Canyon (West district of Los Angeles),” offers Livingston. �”I did a piece (stained glass), and hung it on the door of my garage. One day, a car pulls in my driveway, sees the unicorn, and I'm ask how much the asking price is.”
From throwing out a $100.00 offer, to the first interested driver, to a couple days later having a second motorist make another offer, Livingston knew he was on to something. �After that first $100.00 offer, to creating two additional pieces, one being an eagle and the other a mountain goat, Livingston kept busy with glass.
“I wasn't out everyday working with glass,” says Livingston, whose real-life younger brother Barry Livingston played his adopted brother Ernie on My Three Sons. �”This was around 1981 or '82.”
Although keeping busy with various acting projects, Livingston remembers closing up his stain glass “shop” for roughly six months. �With what he estimates to be 5,000 cars passing his home daily, Livingston resumed his artist passion shortly after.
“Buyers didn't know me from My Three Sons. They bought my work for what it was, not who made it”, Livingston shares. �”My work is more glass fusion.”
Livingston's acrylic over glass make up the mainly face pieces he has created. �Between 1981-'90, Livingston estimates he's sold more than 1,000 pieces of art. �”Weird,” is how Livingston �sums up his unplanned business opportunity.
The last time Livingston moved, he gave away pieces of his work.
Citing reasons of having difficulties in finding the glass he wanted (Tiffany glass is his favorite), Livingston moved on, in getting involved in new businesses.
With countless numbers making the journey to Hollywood in search of stardom, particularly concentrating on his expertise – children in the industry, Livingston �took matters in his own hands. “There was no formal program for actors. Without knowing the film industry, these people (actors) don't have the faintest clue on how to market themselves,” Livingston said during a telephone interview.
To offer what essentially became a guide to the business end to child actors, all Livingston did was round up 100 of his “best friends” in the industry, and create The Actor's Journey Project. �Two programs – one for adult actors ( 18 years of age and older) and one for parents of child and teen actors (thru 17 years of age) were assembled in 13 volumes total, available on DVD.
“Originally, this (Actor's Journey Project) �was only going to be for kids and teens,” Livingston states. �” Adults have been the most receptive. �When I was a kid, my mom didn't know the business. �I got an agent very early on.”
For Livingston, his start to Hollywood fame came about by chance, while at a swimming pool. �Working steadily in TV and movies from a young age, it was in 1959, a year before the launch of My Three Sons in 1960, that the show's cast �began to be assembled. �For Livingston, being cast as Chip Douglas took him from being a child actor to reaching 22 -years-old.
“I'm a gadget guy. �When I was on the set, I'd be doing puzzles, asking cameramen “how does this work”, and asking lighting people questions,” Livingston recalls. �”I could have been outside the set, throwing a ball against the wall. �All the (My Three Sons) crew were great to me.When it came to editing, I learned a few tricks. �I wanted to learn everything that I could; be a sponge.”
When Livingston turned 18-years-old, he formed his own production company.
In looking back at his career, particularly the My Three Sons years, Livingston sums up his experience simply – “It was an honor to do that.”


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