Don Adams

Don Adams

Age
82 (passed away Sep. 25th, 2005)
Birthday
Apr. 13th, 1923
Born in
New York City, New York, USA
Height
5' 8 1/2"

Don Adams' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Get Smart (1965) TV Show
Get Smart (1965)
Inspector Gadget TV Show
Inspector Gadget
Pepper Ann TV Show
Pepper Ann
Underdog TV Show
Underdog
Get Smart TV Show
Get Smart
Gadget Boy and Heather TV Show
Gadget Boy and Heather
Tennessee Tuxedo and his Tales TV Show
Tennessee Tuxedo and his Tales
Check It Out (CA) TV Show
Check It Out (CA)
Gadget Boy's Adventures in History TV Show
Gadget Boy's Adventures in History
The Partners TV Show
The Partners
 

Main Movie Roles

1999 - Inspector Gadget
1987 - Back to the Beach
1982 - Jimmy the Kid
1980 - The Nude Bomb

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Byron Glick
14
Walter Love
5
Himself
1
Don Gibson Jr. (Voiced)
1
Himself
1
Sheriff
1
Himself (Voiced)
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Of Irish-Hungarian heritage, New York-born Don Adams had a sister, Gloria, and a brother, Dick Yarmy. He served in the U.S. Marines in World War II and contracted malaria during the fighting on Guadalcanal island. After the war he began a career as a stand-up comic. He married singer Adelaide Adams and adopted her last name as his stage surname. They had seven children: Carolyn, Christine, Catherine, Cecily Adams, Stacey Adams (I), Sean, Beige. His television career began when he won the "Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour" (1948) talent contest. His most famous role, of course, is as bumbling, incompetent, clueless yet endearing secret agent Maxwell Smart in the classic sitcom/spy spoof "Get Smart" (1965), although he also had a career as a television director and a Broadway and theatrical dramatic actor.


TRIVIA:
  • When the pilot of _"Get Smart" (1965)_ (qv) was shooting for CBS, the producers wanted 'Tom Poston' (qv) for the role of Maxwell Smart, but when they sold it to NBC, Adams was already under contract with the network, hence, he was immediately cast in the role.
  • Buried at the beautifully restored Hollywood Forever Cemetery located at 6000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, California, USA. Plot 8, Northeast pond.
  • Daughter 'Cecily Adams' (qv) died in 2004, and son Sean Adams, died in 2006.
  • Won three Emmys for bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in _"Get Smart" (1965)_ (qv) and the show itself won two awards for "Best Comedy," but he was severely typecast after this and never did find another proper showcase to display his comic range.
  • Dropped out from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1941 (which was his senior year).
  • His clipped Maxwell Smart voice came from a much exaggerated takeoff on 'William Powell (I)' (qv)'s "The Thin Man." He used to get laughs using the exact same voice years earlier on the stand-up circuit in different character set pieces - a baseball umpire, a football coach, a defense attorney.
  • Remained good friends with 'Barbara Feldon' (qv) during and after _"Get Smart" (1965)_ (qv).
  • His TV writing partner in 1954 was comedian 'Bill Dana' (qv). Dana used Adams on his own TV show, _"The Bill Dana Show" (1963)_ (qv) from 1963 to 1965, by incorporating one of Adams' stand-up characters, inept house detective Byron Glick.


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