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Introduction

Bradley Hitler-Smith is a former child actor who starred as Ethan on Horsin' Around and a recurring character in BoJack Horseman. His first appearance is in the pilot episode as Ethan in Season 1. His first actual present-day appearance as himself is in Still Broken, in Season 2.

Physical Appearance

Bradley has red hair, square black glasses, and crooked front teeth that stick out of his mouth. He had freckles as a child and teen.

As a child on Horsin' Around, he wore a blue, green, and red striped shirt, blue jeans, and grey sneakers.

In the last seasons of Horsin’ Around when he was seen as a teenager, he had longer hair with a goatee on his chin. he wore a light blue short-sleeved shirt with a checkered pattern, a pale yellow t-shirt under it, brown pants, and grey and white sneakers.

In the present day, Bradley's hair has receded and has a bald spot in the back of his head, he has gained weight, and has lost his freckles and now has bags under his eyes.

At Herb's funeral, he wore a black suit.

Personality

Background

History

In 1987, Bradley landed a starring role as Ethan, an orphan boy who is adopted by a horse, on Horsin' Around.

Bradley was on Horsin' Around for all nine seasons, during the show's running. He mainly got along with Herb Kazzaz, who created the show. However, Herb was fired for doing sexual acts publicly, with another male. He continued to do the show, even after Herb was fired.

His relationship with Joelle and Sarah Lynn during the time was unknown. He did seem to get annoyed when his lines and catchphrases did not get a huge reaction from the crowd, the way Sarah Lynn's catchphrase did.

He believes it is because BoJack had an affair with his mother but BoJack cannot remember. He tells BoJack that his mother Nora and his father separated because of BoJack.

Bradley left California, soon after the show ended, and as an adult owns the largest hardware store in Olympia, Washington. Following the show's cancellation, he did not keep in touch with any of his other castmates.

Season 1

He makes a cameo as Ethan in the pilot.

Season 2

In Still Broken, he reconnects with BoJack, Sarah Lynn, and Joelle at Herb's funeral. They go looking for Herb's novel. but it was stolen by Henry Winkler for being "a terrible manuscript." They all agreed not to publish it, as it would have turned Herb into a laughingstock.

Bradley and his former castmates were all annoyed by each other. He resented BoJack, for sleeping with his mother, and causing his parents to get divorced.

Season 3

In Old Acquaintance, BoJack gets a call from Sarah Lynn. She asks if he's heard about the Horsin' Around sequel, Ethan Around, that Bradley is trying to get made. BoJack is surprised by this news and is offended Bradley hadn't contacted him yet.

BoJack then calls Bradley, and questions why he didn't call him about it. Bradley tells him it was just an idea, and he wasn't actually trying to get it made. BoJack seems invested in the idea now, so Bradley tells him he's coming to Los Angeles to discuss it, as the sitcom stage has been calling him all these years. BoJack then questions Ana, asking why she let him call Bradley.

Later, At VIM, Princess Carolyn tells BoJack about the Flight of the Pegasus trilogy. Ana says that a part like that would make BoJack an actual movie star, and not just an actor. BoJack says if he gets the role, he won't have to do the Horsin' Around reboot, as he doesn't what to turn Bradley down. Ana asks if they have an offer for Pegasus, and Princess Carolyn tells her she'll get it.

Brad and BoJack have a drink at Elefante, where BoJack tells him that he can't do the show, because of his schedule. He tries to bring out various excuses to avoid doing the show, but Brad insists that they'll work around it and that the show is always possible as long BoJack wants to do it. BoJack calls Princess Carolyn in the bathroom, asking her to help him get out of it, still not wanting to turn down Bradley.

Finally, at Todd's company's New Years Party Bradley shows up. Ana then harshly tells Brad that BoJack doesn't want to do the show anymore.

After That's Too Much, Man!, Bradley doesn't seem too concerned with Sarah Lynn's death.

In That Went Well, BoJack calls Bradley and tells him that he'll do Ethan Around, the Horsin' Around reboot. BoJack and Bradley go over the script at the set of Ethan Around. BoJack then gives Ethan pointers, convincing Bradley to give his character of Ethan the best comedic lines, rather than giving them to The Horse. Bradley then agreed, "That actually went well!"

BoJack is on the set for Ethan Around and they are filming a scene. The power goes out, so BoJack talks to his costar, a little girl named Chloe. He asks her what she wants to be when she grows up, and she says that she wants to be like him: she wants to be famous.

This makes BoJack freak-out, fearing that Chloe may meet the same fate as Sarah Lynn, and as with Sarah Lynn, he could be partially responsible. BoJack then runs off the set. Before he does, Bradley asks where he's going.  BoJack replies "I don’t know."

Season 5

In The Showstopper only a picture of him is shown.

Filmography

TV Show Role
Horsin' Around Ethan
Ethan Around Ethan

Relationships

BoJack Horseman (Former Co-star/Later Friend)

Herb Kazzaz: (Friend)

Episode Appearances

Season 1

Special

BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina's Christmas Wish (as Ethan, Horsin' Around)

Season 2

Season 3

Season 5

Memorable Quotes

"Yowza yowza bo-bowza!"



"That went well!"



Trivia

  • At some point during Horsin' Arounds run, BoJack slept with Bradley's mother, Nora. Bradley's parents got a divorce as a result of this, although BoJack cannot remember the affair at all.
  • He lives in Olympia, Washington, where he owned the biggest hardware store in the city.
  • Bradley wasn't very popular during his time on the show. His jokes and catchphrases usually fell flat with the audience.
  • He had an erection, throughout one episode of the later seasons, due to Erika Eleniak being a guest star.
  • While the exact details upon Ethan Around are never elaborated upon, it can be assumed it was canceled due to BoJack's outburst. There is some key evidence pointing towards this, Bradley is among the photos put on BoJack's conspiracy board, in the episode The Showstopper.
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