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Five TV performers, characters named Hillary

George Wendt played Norm (real name: Hillary) on

George Wendt played Norm (real name: Hillary) on "Cheers." Credit: Paramount Television

As the Democrats gather in Philadelphia starting July 25, we thought we’d take a moment and ponder five TV performers or characters who share the first name of the party’s presumptive nominee:

HILLARY TATTINGER (Blythe Danner) Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom played the ex-wife of a slick restaurateur (Stephen Collins) in “Tattinger’s,” a 1988-89 show that began as a one-hour drama but was later retooled into a half-hour sitcom (renamed “Nick & Hillary”) in an (unsuccessful) attempt to attract viewers.

HILLARY BROOKE The actress played herself on the surreal “Abbott and Costello Show” (1951-52). She was a tenant in Mr. Fields’ rooming house, where Bud Abbott and Lou Costello (also playing themselves) lived. She was also the nominal love interest of Costello, whom she always addressed as “Louis.”

HILARY DUFF The teen became one of the Disney Channel’s first breakout stars as the title character in “Lizzie McGuire” (2001-04). She followed up with a successful movie, recording and writing career and now co-stars in the TV Land hit “Younger.”

HILARY SWANK Now an established (and Oscar-winning) movie star, she started out on the small screen, including the Burt Reynolds sitcom “Evening Shade” (1991-92), the forgettable “Camp Wilder” (1992-93), a recurring role on “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1997-98) and “Leaving L.A.” (1997), a drama set in the L.A.’s coroners’ office.

HILLARY NORMAN PETERSON (George Wendt) “Cheers” die-hards know that the rotund barfly’s real first name was Hillary. He was named after his grandfather, who allegedly killed a man for mocking his feminine name. (Shades of “A Boy Named Sue.”)


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