Monday, September 26, 2005

Would You Believe...?

I would like to express my sympathy to the family and friends of Don Adams who passed away on Sunday September 25, 2005, at the age of 82.

I still remember watching Get Smart, and have tried to catch it occasionally on cable. Mr. Adams, I thank you thank you for hours of entertainment over the years.

He was born Donald James Yarmy in New York City on April 13, 1923, Tufeld said, although some sources say 1926 or '27. The actor's father was a Hungarian Jew who ran a few small restaurants in the Bronx.

In 1941, he dropped out of school to join the Marines. In Guadalcanal he survived the deadly blackwater fever and was returned to the States to become a drill instructor, acquiring the clipped delivery that served him well as a comedian.

After the war he worked in New York as a commercial artist by day, doing standup comedy in clubs at night, taking the surname of his first wife, Adelaide Adams. His following grew, and soon he was appearing on the Ed Sullivan and late-night TV shows. Bill Dana, who had helped him develop comedy routines, cast him as his sidekick on Dana's show. That led to the NBC contract and "Get Smart."

Adams, who married and divorced three times and had seven children, served as the voice for the popular cartoon series, "Inspector Gadget," as well as cartoon character Tennessee Tuxedo. In 1980, he appeared as Maxwell Smart in a feature movie, "The Nude Bomb," about a madman whose bomb destroyed people's clothing.

Adams, who had been under contract to NBC, was lukewarm about doing a spy spoof. When he learned that Mel Brooks and Buck Henry had written the pilot script, he accepted immediately.

CNN Obit.

Get Smart Theme
This is hopefully to be a feature as we also did with Bob Denver's memorial and the Gilligan's Island theme.

Baruch Dayan Emet.

Sorry about that Chief.
He will be missed. Even if he hasn't done anything new recently.
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