Barbara Feldon

Actor, Voice actor, Talk show host
With her innate talent and drive, it was not too difficult to decode actress Barbara Feldon's formula for success. The former fashion model shot to fame as the statuesque Agent 99 on the classic spy sitcom "Get Smart" ... Read more »
Born: 03/12/1932 in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

The Last Request 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Reading Rainbow 1982 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Sons 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Something So Right 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Get Smart 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dinosaurs! 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tube Test Two 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Children of Divorce 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Life Stories 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Before and After 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Sooner or Later 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Four of Us 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Natural Look 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

No Deposit, No Return 1976 (Movie)

Carolyn (Actor)

Smile 1975 (Movie)

Brenda DiCarlo (Actor)

Dean Martin's Comedy World 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Father On Trial 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Lady Killer 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Of Men of Women 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Playmates 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Fitzwilly 1967 (Movie)

Juliet Nowell (Actor)

Profiles in Courage 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

A Vacation in Hell (TV Show)

Actor

Children of Divorce (Movie)

(Actor)

Get Smart, Again! (TV Show)

Actor

Getting Away From It All (TV Show)

Actor

Lady Killer (Movie)

(Actor)

Let's Switch (TV Show)

Actor

Paving the Way (TV Show)

Narrator

Playmates (Movie)

(Actor)

Special Edition (TV Show)

Actor

The Unforgivable Secret (TV Show)

Actor

What Are Best Friends For? (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Dinah in Search of the Ideal Man 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

With her innate talent and drive, it was not too difficult to decode actress Barbara Feldon's formula for success. The former fashion model shot to fame as the statuesque Agent 99 on the classic spy sitcom "Get Smart" (NBC, 1965-69; CBS, 1969-1970), which paired her with Don Adams as the blundering, shrill-voiced Maxwell Smart. Playing the highly competent secret agent whose looks often came in very handy during covert operations punctuated Feldon's career, but it also limited her choice in roles following the show's demise. Feldon continued to act, taking on supporting roles on various drama series and sitcoms, as well as earning recognition as a brilliant voiceover artist. Yet, it was Feldon's role as the slick and sexy Agent 99 that was forever etched in most viewers' memories, making her one of television's most unforgettable characters.

Barbara Hall was born on March 12, 1933 in Pittsburgh, PA, where she enjoyed an average middle-class upbringing. By the time she was in first grade, the already ambitious Feldon decided she was going to be an actress. Her passion for the craft continued to flourish, and in 1955, she graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's (then Carnegie Institute of Technology) drama department and moved to New York City shortly after. In between acting gigs, Feldon worked as a dancer in a Ziegfeld Follies revival. She also became a contestant on the quiz show "The $64,000 Question" (CBS, 1955-58), where she won the title prize for correctly answering all the questions in her particular area of expertise, Shakespeare. In the mid-1960s, the seductive, deep-voiced actress purred and growled her way to recognition after she appeared in a television commercial, sprawled on a tiger skin rug, staring deep into the camera and touting the praises of Top Brass cologne.

In 1964, Feldon landed a guest-starring role on the drama series "East Side/West Side" (CBS, 1963-64) and quickly caught Hollywood's attention. After a few more guest spots on television, Feldon finally won the role that would provide her with pop culture immortality - the lead role of the striking and intelligent Agent 99 on the wacky spy sitcom "Get Smart" (NBC, 1965-69; CBS, 1969-1970). Starring opposite Don Adams as the bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart, Feldon's Agent 99, though much younger, was decidedly more competent than her older counterpart who, in spite of his clumsiness, still managed to fend off their enemies and fight the forces of K.A.O.S. Feldon's character was frequently seen leaning, sitting, or slouching in the show's ongoing effort to conceal that she was slightly taller than her male co-star. After "Get Smart" wrapped production after a successful run, Feldon found it hard to shake off her Agent 99 character for years to come.

Undaunted, she continued to make TV appearances, guest starring on a number of drama series as well as taking on supporting roles in numerous made-for-TV movies, most notably the 1975 satire "Smile" (CBS) where she portrayed a prudish yet obsessive beauty contest organizer. She was a regular player on the short-lived "The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine" (ABC, 1972) and, with Jackie Cooper, co-hosted "Dean Martin's Comedy World" (NBC, 1974). Feldon also found constant work as a voiceover artist for commercials such as Nice Cough Drops and Campbell Soup, and was a regular panelist on classic game shows such as "The Hollywood Squares" (syndicated, 1965-1982) and "The $20,000 Pyramid" (syndicated, 1973-1992). In 1993, she made a rare TV appearance on the NBC comedy series "Mad About You" (1992-99), where she played a former star of a '60s spy series called "Spy Girl." Feldon reprised Agent 99 alongside Adams as Smart in the ABC reunion TV movie "Get Smart, Again!" (1989), in several episodes of the short-lived series revival "Get Smart" (Fox, 1995), and in the documentary special "Inside TV Land: Get Smart" (TV Land, 2001). She also indulged a lifelong passion for writing by penning the 2003 book Living Alone and Loving It, which chronicled the path she took to become content and comfortable while living single.

By Candy Cuenco

Relationships

Lucien Feldon

Husband
Married from 1958-1967

Burt Nodella Producer

Companion
Producer of "Get Smart" (NBC)

EDUCATION

Carnegie Institute of Technology

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1955
School named changed to Carnegie Mellon University

Milestones

2003

Authored Living Alone and Loving It, a self-help guide to assist single people of all ages live more fulfilling lives

1995

Re-teamed with Don Adams for the short-lived FOX sitcom "Get Smart!"

1993

Appeared in an episode of NBC's "Mad About You" as Diane "Spy Girl" Caldwell

1991

Guest-starred as a love interest of Sam Malone on NBC's "Cheers"

1989

Reprised role of Agent 99 in the ABC TV-movie "Get Smart, Again!"

1977

Hosted the syndicated magazine series "Special Edition"

1974

Co-hosted "Dean Martin's Comedy World" (NBC)

1972

Was regular on "The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine" (ABC)

1972

TV-movie debut, "Getting Away From It All" (ABC)

1967

Screen acting debut in "Fitzwilly"

1965

Starred as Agent 99 on the long-running sitcom "Get Smart" (NBC); show moved to CBS in its final year; earned Emmy nominations for her role in 1968 and 1969

1963

Won national attention as growling seductress on Top Brass TV commercials

1963

TV acting debut on episode of "The DuPont Show"

1957

Won the grand prize on CBS' "The $64,000 Question" in the category of William Shakespeare

Worked as a chorus dancer in Broadway musicals

Hosted "The 80's Woman" for Lifetime Channel

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