Charles Nelson Reilly is a FIG!

At least, he was. Or, that is to say, I thought he was. Wasn’t Charles Nelso Reilly the Big Fig Newton on those cookie commercials? Did Mary Tyler Moore really start her career has a dancing pack of Lucky Strikes?

Any good stories about big stars who were featured in degrading commercials?

I remember “Big Fig,” but it was not CNR. It was a person with a very recognizable voice, and I’m sure we’d all recognize him if we could have seen him “out of fig”, but I don’t know who it was–he looked more like Rip Taylor.

CNR, however, DID dress up as a banana in the “Bic Banana” pen commercials.

Mary Tyler Moore was a dancing elf called “Happy Hotpoint” for Hotpoint brand appliances. Source:“After All”, her autobiography.

Sometimes life is so great you just gotta muss up your hair and quack like a duck!

Charles Nelson Reilly was the Bic Banana.