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Top 5 Garbage Men and Blue Collar Characters on Screen

Are there even any garbage men in movies and on TV? Actually, there are quite a few. The hard part about making this article was trying to figure out which were the most famous.

Ask your friends about these garbage men and blue collar workers to see if they know who you are talking about. You may be pleasantly surprised.

1. Mr Treeger (The Super in Friends)

An infrequent visitor but recurring character in Friends was Mr Treeger, the superintendent of the apartment building where most of the action took place. He was played by Mike Hagerty, who embodied the perfect working-class stereotype while also appearing innocent and almost vulnerable. His most memorable storyline must surely be when he asked Joey to teach him to ballroom dance for “The Super Ball”.

2. Homer Simpson (in The Simpsons)

Okay, this one is a bit of a cheat since being garbage commissioner was just one of Homer’s many jobs, but how many working class TV shows do you know that do a big song and dance number about their local garbage man?

Drawn from the “Candy Man” song in the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory,” the song detailed how garbage men in suits of white velvet would take your garbage out and do all your chores. Who can? The Garbage Man Can!

3. The Sheen Brothers Played Garbage Men

The movie “Men At Work” is the first garbage truck movie to make it into this list. Most other movies do not feature their garbage man for long enough to warrant an entry in this article, such as the scene in “Star Trek IV: The Journey Home” who saw garbage bins crushed when the Klingon Bird of Prey spaceship landed (cloaked) in Golden Gate Park.

The Sheen brothers (Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez) both play garbage men in the movie and on the posters they are stood next to a garbage truck and garbage bin. The garbage men uncover a conspiracy about illegal toxic waste dumping.

4. Sal (The Fat Guy from Futurama)

The fat man “Sal” was often depicted as a garbage man, though was also seen as a builder, construction worker, sewage treatment worker, as well as numerous other smaller roles. He is voiced by John DiMaggio, who is also a frequent bit-part player in The Simpsons, and who is also the voice of King Zog in the TV show “Disenchantment.”

Ironically, all the time while Zoidberg is renting a dumpster to live in, he is never dumped out by Sal, but instead is “dumped” by his girlfriend in the final season when she takes a job as a garbage woman.

5. The Toy Story Garbage Man Conspiracy

There is a famous garbage man in the movie Toy Story 3. He is famous because the online community has its many theories about him being the character “Sid” from the first movie. It all fits within the timeline of the three shows, especially since both he and Andy look almost the same age in both movies.

A ten-second cameo made Sid one of the most talked about garbage men since the lore behind the Star Wars Dianoga was explained. (The dianoga lived in the trash compactor entered by Hans, Luke, Leia and Chewbacca in “A New Hope”.)

Who Did We Miss?

There are plenty of people you could call garbage men in movies and on TV. Wall-E could have made the list, as could have Alfred P. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Even the Dilbert comic has a famous garbage man who is often defined as the smartest man in the universe. There were just too many garbage men to choose from.

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