Lynn Aloysius Belvedere is a fictional character created by Gwen Davenport for her novel Belvedere , and later adapted for film and television. Belvedere was written in by Gwen Davenport, and concerns an English housekeeper who goes to work for a dysfunctional American family to obtain material for a best-selling book. Three films featured the character, starring Clifton Webb as Lynn Belvedere:. Harry and Tacey King hire Lynn Belvedere sight unseen as a nanny for their three young rambunctious boys, believing that "Lynn" is a woman. They are surprised that Lynn is a dapper older gentleman who has many skills and achievements. Belvedere declares that he detests children, but he quickly wins over the boys. Harry, however, is annoyed by Belvedere's superior attitude.
By Joe Puccio
When Pittsburgh sports columnist George Owens Bob Uecker and wife Marsha Ilene Graff , a new law school student, find themselves with little time to spend with their three rambunctious kids, Marsha places an ad for some household help. Enter Mr. Belvedere Christopher Hewett , a quick-witted, refined, portly English housekeeper. Despite the objections of George, Mr. Belvedere is hired and quickly sets about whipping the Owens family into shape. Belvedere premiered in and enjoyed a six season run, but has endured ever since as a symbol of its time. The story of one family trying to have it all, with some unlikely help, the show was not afraid to deal with real issues and still make us laugh.
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Streaks on the china, never mattered before, who cared? Originally created as a vehicle for Bob Uecker, an ex-Major League Baseball player and well-known sportscaster known for his self-deprecating humor and amusing Miller Lite beer commercials, Mr. Belvedere premiered in as a mid-season replacement with a commitment of only seven episodes. At the conclusion of its maiden run, the fate of the show was very much uncertain. But thanks to respectable ratings and a fervent fan base, a more comfortable episode second season was eventually ordered. As Rob Stone , who portrayed oldest child Kevin, recalled, the program was not an immediate hit. We had to earn it. But while the on-screen relationship between the butler and his young charge was humorously rocky, off-screen, the two were quite close.
The series is based on the Lynn Aloysius Belvedere character created by Gwen Davenport for her novel Belvedere , which was later adapted into the film Sitting Pretty. The series follows posh butler Lynn Belvedere as he struggles to adapt to the Owens household. The breadwinner, George Bob Uecker , is a sportswriter however, in the pilot , he worked in construction. His wife Marsha Ilene Graff is attending law school. At the show's start, older son Kevin Rob Stone is a senior in high school, daughter Heather Tracy Wells is a freshman, and Wesley Brice Beckham is in elementary school. Over the course of the series, George becomes a sportscaster a career shared with Uecker, who balanced his role as the longtime play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers while starring in the series , Marsha graduates from law school and starts a career as a lawyer, Kevin leaves for college and gets his own apartment, Heather moves up in high school, and Wesley moves up to junior high. Several episodes deal with the relationship between Wesley and Mr. Belvedere, who are always at odds with each other, with Wesley constantly antagonizing Belvedere. It is shown that deep down, however, they really love each other.