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Lester "Beetlejuice" Green

"Beetlejuice" on The Howard Stern Show
Born June 2, 1968 (1968-06-02) (age 41)
Jersey City, New Jersey
Occupation Comedian and Actor
Height 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m)
Website
www.jollydwarf.com

Lester Napoleon Green (born June 2, 1968), known legally as Beetlejuice (often abbreviated to Beetle or Beet), is a frequent guest on The Howard Stern Show and a member of Stern's Wack Pack. He has appeared in feature films as well as performed voice-over work.[1] Beetlejuice has performed with various Howard Stern Show related comedians, including those that perform under The Killers of Comedy Tour banner.[2] When asked a question, Beetle typically prefaces his response by asking, "Who, Me?"

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Biography

Personal life

Beetlejuice was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to Christopher and Laura Green. Christopher, whose brother made $6000 a year working as a circus freak, tried to get his son hired by the Ringling Brothers circus in 1975, but Laura preferred to provide a proper education for Lester. The couple divorced in 1976 and Laura Green married Kevin Bourque, a local evangelical preacher and radio host. They had three children together and are still married. [3]

He is a dwarf, standing 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m) tall.[4] Beetlejuice also suffers from microcephaly, which gives him his characteristic smaller head relative to his already small body. He had to be retaught how to properly bathe himself by his manager while working on the Howard Stern show.[3] Beetlejuice's original manager Sean Rooney died July of 2009 - most likely due to complications from a stroke that he suffered a few years prior. Beetle has since moved in with Sean's brother, Bobby Rooney who is a boxer in the New Jersey area. Lester's nickname came after the film Beetlejuice in a scene featuring the title character's shrunken head.

On the October 2, 2007 broadcast of The Howard Stern Show, Jerry O'Connell revealed that he knew Lester while he was growing up. O'Connell's mother was Beetle's special-ed teacher, and Beetle was such a good student that he did special work as O'Connell's mom's "assistant." In a very popular internet video, Beetlejuice is questioned while on the set of the Bubble Boy movie. Noticeably frustrated with the interview, Beetlejuice answers all of the questions by saying "I don't know, I don't got nothin to do wit that". The video gained so much popularity that soundclips from the interview were used to create a rap remix, which can be found on YouTube. [5]

On the June 1, 2008 broadcast of The Howard Stern Show, Howard 100 News reported that Beetlejuice was approaching his 40th birthday. The Howard 100 News Team also reported that they had contacted Beetlejuice, who was aware of his approaching birthday, but claimed that he was turning 23 years old and was born in 1939.

Music career

"This Is Beetle", also known as "The Beetlejuice Song", was sung by Beetlejuice for the The Howard Stern Show in late 2004.[6] The song was recorded by Stern show producer Richard Christy, who then wrote music to accompany Beetle's raw vocals and engineered it into the full song.[7] The key lyrics to the song are "This is Beetle, he's bad as can and he knows he's the best."[8] The song, which Beetle created spontaneously in the recording studio, has been covered by the rock group Staind[9], who included the song on special editions of their album Chapter V. On September 19, 2005, Blues Traveler played their version of "This Is Beetle" on the Howard Stern Show.[8][10] Beetlejuice also recorded a song with Leslie West of Mountain, in which the main line is "Beetle. I don't know. But I look good. And I like to get laid.."

Initially, Stern was unable to broadcast this recording on his Sirius Satellite Radio program because CBS Radio owned the copyright to all of Stern's shows from K-Rock.[11] Stern and his producing staff recreated many of the more popular segments from his days on K-Rock, but attempts to recreate "This Is Beetle" were unsuccessful. However, in May 2006, Stern, Sirius, and CBS reached an agreement to sell the rights for all his K-Rock broadcasts to Sirius, thus enabling Stern to play the song.[11]

Filmography

Year Title Role
2005 True Crime: New York City (Video Game) Zeke (Voice)
2001 Bubble Boy Lil' Zip
Scary Movie 2 Shorty's Brain

See also

References

  1. ^ "Beetlejuice". Internet Movie Database. Internet Movie Database. 2007-02-09. Archived from the original on 2005-09-20. http://web.archive.org/web/20050920145421/http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1004025/. Retrieved 2007-02-10.  
  2. ^ "The Killers of Comedy". The Killers of Comedy. Ego Logic Creations. 2007-02-03. http://www.killersofcomedy.com/. Retrieved 2007-02-10.  
  3. ^ a b Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2005-06-16). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. pp. 1. http://www.howardstern.com/rundown.hs?month=June&day=16&year=2005. Retrieved 2007-02-10.  
  4. ^ "Bio (Beet)". Jolly Dwarf. JollyDwarf.com - The Official Beetlejuice Website. 2006-03-29. Archived from the original on 2006-03-07. http://web.archive.org/web/20060307065454/http://www.jollydwarf.com/html/thegang_beet.htm. Retrieved 2007-02-10.  
  5. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2007-10-02). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. pp. 1. http://www.howardstern.com/rundown.hs?j=p&d=1191384000. Retrieved 2007-10-04.  
  6. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2004-12-03). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. pp. 1. http://www.howardstern.com/rundown.hs?month=December&day=3&year=2004. Retrieved 2007-02-11.  
  7. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2005-06-17). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. pp. 1. http://www.howardstern.com/rundown.hs?month=June&day=17&year=2005. Retrieved 2007-02-10.  
  8. ^ a b Kaufman, Gil (2005-10-28). "Stern's Beetlejuice: The Jolly Dwarf With Staind, Blues Traveler In His Corner". MTV News (MTV): pp. 1. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1512503/20051028/staind.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-02-11.  
  9. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2005-08-10). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. pp. 1. http://www.howardstern.com/rundown.hs?month=August&day=10&year=2005. Retrieved 2007-02-10.  
  10. ^ Kaplan, Jason; Thomas Panasci (2005-09-19). "The Rundown". The Howard Stern Show. pp. 1. http://www.howardstern.com/rundown.hs?month=December&day=19&year=2005. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  11. ^ a b "Stern Gets Old Tapes, CBS Gets $2M". CBS News. 2006-05-25. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/05/25/entertainment/main1654391.shtml?source=RSS&attr=Business_1654391. Retrieved 2006-07-26.  
  12. ^ Jake, Paine (2007-06-27). "N.O.R.E: Hood Dreams". AllHipHop.com (Infinity, Allhiphop.com, Inc.). http://allhiphop.com/blogs/features/archive/2007/06/26/18186235.aspx. Retrieved 2007-07-04. "AllHipHop.com: To close on a funnier note: one of my favorite rap video moments from of yours is in "Grimey," when Beetle Juice throws the cereal boxes off the shelf. Tell me, was that your idea to put him in the video? N.O.R.E: Yo, man, let me tell you somethin': nobody got my idea of Beetle Juice first off."  

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