Random the Angel – Chicago, IL

Random is an inept angel (Jimmy Brogan) seen on the ABC fantasy comedy OUT OF THE BLUE (1979).

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In order to earn his wings, Random is assigned to a Chicago woman and her newly adopted family of unmanageable nieces and nephews after they lost their parents in a plane crash.

Random’s charges on earth included:

  • Aunt Marion (Dixie Carter).
  • Chris Richards, (Clark Brandon), a 16-year-old a sports-loving cynic.
  • Laura Richards (Olivia Barash) a 13-year-old TV and movie addict.
  • Stacey Richards (Tammy Lauren), a 10-year-old tomboy who idolizes Chris.
  • Jason Richards (Jason Keller) and Shane Richards (Shane Keller), identical 8-year-old twins who love fooling people as to who is Jason and who is Shane. Of course, they don’t fool Random the Angel.

Posing as a high school teacher, Random lives in the Richard’s home as rent-paying boarder and uses his magical powers to teach the kids lessons on life. The kids, in turn, keep Random’s real identify a secret from their Aunt Marion and Gladys, the housekeeper (Hannah Dean). A bona-fide card-carrying angel, Random loves the Chicago Cubs and plays a guitar instead of a harp.

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Random reports his progress to a heavenly supervisor named Boss Angel (Eileen Heckart).

NOTE: Mork of Ork (Robin Williams) is an old friend of Random the Angel. Apparently, the planet Ork is located near heaven. In a crossover from the series MORK & MINDY, Mork visits Random on the show’s first episode “Random’s Arrival.”

Random the Angel
c/o The Richards Family
Chicago, IL

Out of the Blue (IMDB)
Out of the Blue – Opening Theme Song

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, 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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