Bunker, a main character of the series, is World Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself II veteran, blue-collar workerand family man. Described as a "lovable bigot", he was first seen by the American public when All in the Family premiered on January 12,where he was depicted as the head of the Bunker family. Inthe show was retooled and renamed Archie Bunker's Place ; it finally went off the air in All in the Family got many of its laughs by playing on Archie's bigotry, although the dynamic tension between Archie and his liberal son-in-law, Mike, Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself an ongoing political and social sounding board for a variety of topics.
Archie appears in all but seven episodes of the series three were missed because of a contract dispute between Carroll O'Connor and Norman Lear in Season 5.
Archie's chair is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History. Archie has a gruff, overbearing demeanor, largely defined by his bigotry towards a diverse group of individuals— blacksHispanics, "Commies"gays, hippies, Jews, Asians, Catholics, " women's libbers ", and Polish-Americans are frequent targets of his barbs.
As the show progresses, it becomes apparent that Archie's prejudice is not motivated by malice, but is rather a combination of the era and environment in which he was raised and a generalized misanthropy. Archie himself is depicted as a hard worker, loving father, and basically decent man; nevertheless, he is bad-tempered and frequently tells his long-suffering wife Edith to "stifle yourself" and "dummy up".
Series creator Norman Lear admitted that this is how his father treated Lear's mother. As the series progressed, Archie mellowed somewhat, albeit often out of necessity. In one episode, he expresses revulsion for a Ku Klux Klan -like organization which he accidentally joins.
Inthe character became the guardian of Edith's stepcousin Floyd's nine-year-old daughter, Stephanie Danielle Brisebois and came to accept her Jewish faith, even buying her a Star of David pendant.
Archie was also Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself for his frequent malapropisms and spoonerisms.
For example, he refers to Edith's gynecologist as a "groinacologist" and to Catholic priests who go around sprinkling " incest " incense on their congregation, whereas he referred to incest itself as "committing 'insects' in the family". Archie repeatedly called Richard M. By Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself show's second season, these had become dubbed "Bunkerisms", "Archie Bunkerisms", or simply "Archie-isms".
The actor who played Bunker, Carroll O'Connor, is Irish Catholic, and Norman Lear modeled the character on his Jewish father, but Bunker's own ethnicity is never explicitly stated, other than identifying him as a WASP ; over the course of the series, he mocks or belittles not just most minorities including blacks, Hispanics, Latinos, Jews, and Asiansbut also most white ethnic groups as well, including the English, Germans, Irish, and Polish.
Archie, a Christian belonging to the Episcopalian denomination, often misquotes the Bible. He takes pride in being religious, although he rarely attends church services and constantly mispronounces the name of his minister, Reverend Felcher, as "Reverend Fletcher".
When Edith inevitably corrects him, he dismisses the error with "Whatever". He is
Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself compulsive gambler, who, in earlier years, frequently lost his entire weekly paycheck in poker games, as related by Edith in episode the Gambler"; he quit only when Edith threatened to leave him, taking then three-year old Gloria with her.
When first introduced on All in the Family inArchie is the head of a family consisting of his wife Edith Jean Stapletonhis adult daughter Gloria Sally Struthersand his liberal son-in-law, college student Michael "Mike" Stivic Rob Reinerwith whom Archie disagrees on virtually everything; Archie frequently characterizes Mike Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself a "dumb Polack " and usually addresses him as "Meathead" because, in Archie's words, he is "dead from the neck up".
During the show's first five seasons, Mike and Gloria are living with Archie and Edith, so that Mike could put himself through college. Upon Mike's graduation, he and Gloria move into their own home next door, allowing Archie and Mike to interact nearly as much as they had when they were living in the same house.
Two later episodes one during season 8 and another during season 9 feature Fred played by Richard McKenzie and it is now suggested that Fred is Archie's only sibling.
Another of Fred's daughters, Linda, visited during the third season she briefly dated the Bunkers' neighbor Lionel in "Lionel Steps Out". Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself father David is said to be the only child while his mother Sarah has one brother named Roy Longstreet that Archie liked more than his own parents. Two of Archie's cousins are depicted: Oscar, who dies off-camera in the Bunker house during a visit, and cousin Bertha played by Peggy Reawho appears in the same episodeapparently a somewhat distant cousin, as Archie does not recognize her.
Archie celebrates his 50th birthday in a episode and the character is last seen on the final episode of Archie Bunker's Placeon April 4, While locked in the storeroom of Archie's Place with Mike, in the season 8 All in the Family episode "Two's a Crowd"a drunk Archie confides that as a child, his family was desperately poor, and he was teased in school Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself he wore one shoe on one foot and a boot on the other, so kids nicknamed him "Shoe-Booty".
In the same episode, Mike learns that Archie was mentally and physically abused by his father, who was the source of his bigoted views. Yet, Archie then goes on to vehemently defend his father, who he claims loved him and taught him "to do good". Fred and Archie, as it is
Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself when Fred visits Archie in the "Archie's Brother" episode, had not seen each other in the 29 years since
Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself and Edith's wedding, although they apparently had communicated the years via phone two early episodes -- "Cousin Oscar" and "Lionel Steps Out"—depict phone conversations between Archie and Fredtheir long estrangement fueled because of a petty argument, apparently out of a sibling rivalry of sorts going back to their childhood.
Fred visits Archie
Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself support, because he is about to go into the hospital for a major operation, and the two apparently seem to patch things up between them.
However, in Fred's return trip to visit Archie and Edith, he arrives with a beautiful year-old wife named Katherine. This leads to a heated discussion, which erupts into an argument between Archie and Fred over May—September romances and places another strain on the relationship between Archie and Fred, who storms angrily out of the Bunker home with his teen bride. Archie and Fred apparently are estranged for the next three-plus years.
Putting a further strain on the relationship was the arrival of Fred's year-old daughter, Barbara "Billie" Denise Millerwho is also upset over her father's marriage to someone not even three years older than she is although in Bunker's PlaceBillie begins dating someone 15 years her senior.
Fred visits again for Christmas infinally revealing to everyone why he left his first wife and found love with Katherine. During a doctor's appointment it is stated that Archie had an undistinguished military record for his non-combat ground role in the Air Corpslater called the Army Air Forces, which at the time was a branch of the United States Army.
Archie often insisted that he was a member of the Air Corps. He received the Good Conduct Medal and in the All in the Family episode "Archie's Civil Rights"it is disclosed he also received the Purple Heart for being hit in his buttocks by shrapnel.
He married Edith Bunker 22 years before the first season. Later recollections of their mids courtship do not result in a consistent timeline.
On the flashback episode showing Mike and Gloria's wedding, Archie indicates to that his courtship of Edith lasted two years and hints that their relationship was not consummated until a month after their wedding night. Edith elsewhere recollects that Archie fell asleep on their wedding night and blurts out that their sex life has not been very active in recent years.
On another occasion, Edith reveals Archie's history of gambling addictionwhich caused problems in the early years of their marriage. Archie also reveals when Edith was in labor with Gloria, he took her to Bayside Hospital on the Q5 bus because " the subway don't run to Bayside". According to Edith, Archie's resentment of Mike stemmed primarily from the fact that Mike was attending college, while Archie had been forced to drop out of school during the Depression to help support his family.
Archie does not take advantage of the GI Bill to further his education, although he does attend night school to earn a high school diploma in He had to give up this dream when he left high school to enter the workforce.
His uncle got him a job on a
Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself dock after World War II, and by the s he was a foreman. A Protestant, Archie seldom attends church, despite professing strong Christian views.
The original pilot mentions that in the 22 years Archie and Edith Which tv character often advised his wife to Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself yourself married, Archie had only attended church seven times including their wedding day and that Archie had walked out of the sermon the most recent time, disgusted with the preacher's message which he perceived as leftist.
Archie is a Republican  and an outspoken supporter of Richard Nixonas well as an early supporter of Ronald Reaganwho correctly predicted Reagan's election in During the Vietnam WarArchie dismisses peace protesters as unpatriotic and has little good to say about the Civil Rights Movement.
Despite having an adversarial relationship with his black neighbors, the Jeffersonshe forms an unlikely friendship with their son Lionel, who performs various odd jobs for the Bunkers and responds to Archie's patronizing racial views with sarcastic quips that usually go over Archie's head.
The later spinoff series Hauser features a new, black family moving into Bunker's old home. The series is set in but does not indicate whether Bunker, who would have been 70 by this time, is still alive. His now-adult grandson, Joey Stivicappears briefly in the first episode of the series and references his grandfather, but doesn't state whether he's still alive at this point.
Such was the name recognition and societal influence of the Bunker character that bycommentators were discussing the "Archie Bunker vote" i. In the same year, there was a parody election campaign, complete with T-shirtscampaign buttonsand bumper stickersadvocating "Archie Bunker for President". The character's imprint on American culture is such that Archie Bunker's name was still being used in the media into describe a certain group of voters who voted in that year's U.
Norman Lear originally intended that Bunker be strongly disliked by audiences. Lear was shocked when Bunker quietly Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself a beloved figure to much of middle America. Lear thought that Bunker's opinions on Which tv character often advised his wife to stifle yourself, sex, marriage, and religion were so wrong as to represent a parody of right-wing bigotry.
He felt that Bunker's bigotry was based on his rough, working-class life experiences and that Bunker was honest and forthright in his opinions, showing an openness to changing his views if an individual treated him right. InDavis appeared in episode 21 of season 2 of All in the Familyand later appeared in episode 19 of season 1 of spin-off Archie Place.
Bunker's racist and misogynistic views were the template for the creation of Eric Cartmanone of the characters in the adult animated sitcom South Park. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bunker holding his grandson, Joey Stivic This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. April Learn how and when to remove this template message.
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