Tippler Character, Teetotaller Actor
Drinks like a fish on screen, but really never touches the stuff.
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(permanent link) added: 2012-01-30 09:13:31 sponsor: HaggisMcCrablice edited by: Westrim (last reply: 2014-09-12 18:39:38)

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A character known for having a few or being a plain fat stinking drunk is played by an actor who seldom or never consumes alcohol. A subtrope of Mean Character, Nice Actor and the rummy cousin of a Fake Brit.

Examples:

  • Hal Smith, who played town drunk Otis on The Andy Griffith Show. Griffith said years later on Larry King's show that Smith had never had a drop in his life.
  • Shemp Howard did a lot of jokes involving getting drunk, but in real life rarely drank.

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