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Tom Poston
Tom Poston
Poston in 1965.
Birthday/Birthplace Thomas Gordon Poston
(1921-10-17)October 17, 1921
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Deceased April 30, 2007(2007-04-30)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of death Respiratory failure
Profession(s) Actor
Active Years 1950–2006
  • Jean Sullivan (m. 1955; div. 1968)
  • Kay Hudson
    (m. 1968; div. 1975)
    (m. 1980; d. 1998)
  • Suzanne Pleshette (m. 2001)

Tom Poston (October 17, 1921 – April 30, 2007) was an American television and film actor. He was featured on television in a career that began in 1950. He was a contest jury, variety show host, comic actor and film, television and theater actor on Broadway.

Tom_Poston’s Biography


He was born in Columbus, Ohio. After finishing high school, Poston went to Bethany College in West Virginia, but did not graduate. Bethany College honored him with the honorary title of Doctor of Letters on September 13, 1990.

Military History

He joined the Air Corps of the United States Army in 1941 as a soldier. Poston served as a pilot at the European Theater in World War II. His device was carrying paratroopers to the Battle of Normandy. He was rewarded with the Oak Leaf Air Medal, representing a total of three Air Medals for his actions during the war. Poston served in North Africa, Italy, France and England, and reached the rank of captain. After his license, he started studying acting in New York.


In the 1950s, Poston gained recognition as a comedian “Man on the Street” (along with his colleagues Louie Nye, Wally Cox and Don Knotts) on The Steve Allen Show. For those performances, Poston won the 1959 Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a comedy series. From that moment, he worked frequently on Broadway and as a contest jury, along with regular appearances on To Tell the Truth and What’s My Line ?. Although Poston’s film career was limited to outrageous comedies (such as Zotz, by William Castle, and The Old Dark House, both in the 1960s), his television career expanded, lasting for five decades, giving him the opportunity to contribute with his comic talent to different products of the medium, such as TV movies, situation comedies, television shows, talk shows and, even, as a cartoon film bender.

Poston was a regular star of The Bob Newhart Show of the seventies. Later he played the role of Franklin Delano Bickley in Mork on the planet Ork. Great friend of Bob Newhart, Poston played George Utley, incompetent handyman from the Stratford Inn, in Newhart. He was nominated for the Emmy Award three times for his work in that series: in 1984, 1986, and 1987. He had a third role with Newhart in the series Bob.

Poston regularly participated in many other television series: House Stuff, Murphy Brown, Home Improvement, Cosby, Malcolm & amp; Eddie, ER (Emergency Room, Emergency Room …), Grace Under Fire, That ’70s Show (Those wonderful 70’s), Will & amp; Grace, and as a guest star in an episode of The Simpsons, giving voice to Capital City Goofball. He was also Art Hibke in the ABC Coach series, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1991.

In 2001 Poston was married for the third time, with actress Suzanne Pleshette, who played the character of Bob Hartley’s wife, Newhart’s character on The Bob Newhart Show. Poston continued doing secondary roles in the cinema, with two titles released in 2004, Christmas with the Kranks (A crazy Christmas) and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (Princess by surprise 2 (Spain) – The diary of the princess 2 ( Mexico), and with several television programs.In 2005, he was the character “Clown” in the NBC Committed series The musical group They Might Be Giants mentions Poston as a New York Times writer in his song “Critic Intro” In 2006 Poston was guest artist in an episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

He was married four times: with the actress Jean Sullivan, from 1955 to 1968, the date of his divorce; with Kay Hudson, from 1968 to 1975, year in which they divorced; again with Kay Hudson, from 1980 to 1998, date on which she passed away; and finally with Suzanne Pleshette, from 2001 until his death. After a brief illness, Poston died on April 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, at 85 years of age.

More Facts about Tom Poston

Whole Name Thomas Gordon Poston
AKA(s) Tom Poston, Poston, Tom
Born/Where Columbus, Ohio, USA
Born October 17, 1921
Died 2007-04-30
Lived 85 years, 6 month, 13 days
Astrological sign Libra
What He/She Does Actor
His/Her Height 6′ 1″ (1.85 m)
Relationships Suzanne Pleshette

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