61 (passed away Oct. 6th, 1996)
Mar. 20th, 1935
Queens, New York, USA
Ted Bessell's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1963 - Captain Newman, M.D.
Guest TV Roles
Roger Bowen (segment "Love and the Roommate")
The Assistant Director
Born in New York City, Ted's early career included guest appearances in soap operas, Lover Come Back (1961) and "It's a Man's World" (1962). Ted went on to appear as "Frankie" on "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964), but his big break was as "That Guy" on the successful Marlo Thomas Television series "That Girl" (1965). As "Don Hollinger", he played the boyfriend of aspiring actress "Ann Marie". After that, he appeared in a number of short lived Television comedy series including "Me and the Chimp" (1972), "Good Time Harry" (1980) and "Hail to the Chief" (1985). After being stereotyped as the good boyfriend, Ted found jobs hard to find so he moved towards the direction and production end of Television. Ted directed episodes of "The Tracey Ullman Show" (1987) and "Sibs" (1991). At the time of his death, he was preparing to direct a movie version of the Television series "Bewitched" (1964).
- His surviving wife, Linnell Nobori, is an artist. They have two daughters, Sarah and Mary.
- Died of the same heart problem that took the life of fellow clean-cut comic actor 'John Ritter' (qv) a decade later.
- Best remembered by the public for his role as Donald Hollinger in That Girl (1966).
- Bessell moved into directing and helmed episodes of "The Tracey Ullman Show," and in 1989 shared an Emmy as a producer on Fox Broadcasting's "Tracey Ullman", which was honored as best variety or comedy program.
- He scored his biggest burst of post-"That Girl" fame in the final season of _"Mary Tyler Moore" (1970)_ (qv), playing Mary Richard's beau.
- For five years (until his death) his professional partner was 'Penny Marshall (I)' (qv) at Parkway Productions.
- One of his ex-wives is 'Donna Gordon' (qv), a well-known exotic dancer during the 1970s and 1980s. The couple divorced sometime in the 1980s.
- He and former co-star 'Marlo Thomas' (qv) were discussing a feature film remake of their 60s "That Girl" series in which the two main characters, now 25 years older, would meet again and fall in love.
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