82 (passed away Sep. 25th, 2005)
Apr. 13th, 1923
New York City, New York, USA
5' 8 1/2"
Don Adams' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1999 - Inspector Gadget
1987 - Back to the Beach
1982 - Jimmy the Kid
1980 - The Nude Bomb
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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.
- Father of 'Cecily Adams' (qv) and 'Stacey Adams (I)' (qv).
- Remained good friends with 'Barbara Feldon' (qv) during and after _"Get Smart" (1965)_ (qv).
- Was in a comedy team called The Young Brothers with 'Jay Lawrence (I)' (qv).
- Cousin of 'Robert Karvelas' (qv)
- Dropped out from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1941 (which was his senior year).
- Claims he changed his last name from Yarmy to Adams because he was tired of having to go last at auditions, which, he said (inaccurately), usually went in alphabetical order. In reality, he took his stage name from his first wife, singer Adelaide Adams, with whom he shared a bill on the nightclub circuit.
- One of the first (if not the first) stand up comedian to have his own sitcom.
- Did not like the (badly timed) laugh track in _"Get Smart" (1965)_ (qv).