A formal shout-out to Spaulding, the true hero of “Caddyshack” (1980)

Who’s the best character in “Caddyshack”?  Yes, I know many out there will cite Rodney Dangerfield’s Czervik, Bill Murray’s Carl, Chevy Chase’s Ty, or … as some contrarians might say … Ted Knight’s Judge Smails … as the best character in the classic 1980 film comedy “Caddyshack.”  But in my opinion, Smails’s obnoxious grandson Spaulding is the s–t!  Spaulding is THE very definition of devolution.   He’s rich, spoiled, obnoxious, out-of-shape, and incredibly stupid.  He is literally the 3rd generation photocopy of a bad 3rd generation photocopy.  And for the limited time he’s onscreen, he’s f–king hilarious.  Major kudos to John F. Barmon Jr. for such a great performance.  This is someone who took a nothing part and made it classic.  Too bad I’ve haven’t seen Barmon do anything else.  But his Spaulding is enough to warrant a NY Times mention once he eventually leaves our mortal coil.  Raise a glass, motherf–kers to Spaulding Smails!

Spaulding gets drunk:

Spaulding picks his nose:

Spaulding places an order for lunch:

An interview with the real Spaulding several years after the fact:

All hail Spaulding!

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