Green Man – Cicely, AL

Green Man is a 3 foot, 6 inches Eskimo troll in a buckskin suit seen on episodes of the CBS TV series NORTHERN EXPOSURE (1990-95).


Played by Phil Fondacaro, the Green Man appeared to Eskimo youth Ed Chigliak (Darren E. Burrows) while he was experiencing self-doubt.

The Green Man was a manifestation of Ed’s low self-esteem, the embodiment of Ed’s own self-loathing, Ed’s own personal Demon. As the Green Man reminded Ed, “You called me.”

The Green Man’s mission was to totally incapacitate Ed, make him begin to doubt his healing abilities and to fill his life with fear until he didn’t have enough energy to get out of a chair.

Fortunately, a local Shaman (Graham Greene) advised Ed to learn to love himself and referred to the Christian biblical text John: 1 “Love castes out fear.”

The Green Man appeared on episodes “Heal Thyself” (1993) and “Grand Prix” (1994).

NOTE: In pre-Christian Celtic mythology, the Green Man (a.k.a. “Jack-in-the-Green”) symbolized fertility, prophecy, and regeneration, (as in spring or summer). He is depicted as a bodiless head with foliage sprouting from his mouth and is traditionally a part of May Day festivals in Great Britain.

Phil Fondacaro’s other fantasy television credits included a recurring role in SABRINA, THE TEENAGE WITCH (1996) as Roland, a professional magic finder of lost things. As he crossed over from the magical realm to the earthly realm, The Wicked Witch of the West’s theme from “The Wizard of Oz” movie was heard.

Fondacaro also appeared as as a demonic red-skinned horned imp in THE TALES OF THE DARKSIDE episode “The Yattering and Jack” (2003).

His fantasy movies roles included a munchkin in “Under the Rainbow” (1981); Torok the Troll in “Troll” (1986);  and Vohnkar, a warrior dwarf in the Ron Howard film “Willow” (1988).

Green Man
c/o Ed Chigliak
Cicely, Alaska

Northern Exposure TV Series (IMDB)
Northern Exposure – “Heal Thyself” episode (Video)
Northern Exposure – Excerpt from “Grand Prix” episode (Video)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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