Solomon Family Gnome – Rutherford, OH

Solomon Family Gnome is a small white-bearded gnome statute seen on the NBC sci-fi sitcom 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN (1995-2001)


The cheery-looking gnome (about 8-inches tall) is one of many pieces of bric-a-brac in the apartment of the Solomon family – a group of aliens who have taken up residence on earth.

The gnome sports a red cap, green jacket, brown pants, black shoes and grips a tiny little axe in his hands that he uses to chop a log resting at his feet.

The original gnome used on the show was a 1950s plaster tchotchke, but rubber duplicates of the gnome were used for stunts. Because the gnome was frequently given screen close-ups, it was billed in the show’s scripts as “THE GNOME…as himself.”

The Gnome rests on the apartment’s pot-bellied stove, but can be seen in other locations from time to time.

The stars of the program have admitted to manhandling the gnome. Kristin Johnson confessed “I’ll hit French (Stewart) with it occasionally, just for the hell of it.”

Solomon Family Gnome
c/o Dick Solomon & Family
at  Mrs. Dubcek’s apartment
417 Pensdale Drive
Rutherford, Ohio

Third Rock from the Sun (IMDB)


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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