Bill Dana

Bill Dana was born on October 5, 1924, in Quincy, Massachusetts. Dana served in the infantry during World War II and later graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 1950 on the GI Bill. His career began as a page at ... Read more »
Born: 10/05/1924

Filmography

Actor (37)

Brown is the New Green 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Skitch Henderson at 80 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Latino Laugh Festival 1995 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Empty Nest 1955 - 1962, 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Steve Allen 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Blossom 1955 - 1962, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lena's Holiday 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Smothers Brothers Thanksgiving Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

Too Close For Comfort 1980 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Zorro and Son 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

No Soap, Radio 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

I've Had It Up to Here 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nude Bomb 1979 (Movie)

Jonathan Levinson Seigle (Actor)

Windows, Doors and Keyholes 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Allen's Laugh-Back 1975 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mitzi and a Hundred Guys 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Harrad Summer 1973 (Movie)

Jack Schacht (Actor)

The Snoop Sisters 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Las Vegas Show 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder At NBC 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

The Busy Body 1967 (Movie)

Archie Brody (Actor)

The Bill Dana Show 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Make Room For Daddy 1953 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

The Steve Allen Show 1955 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder in Texas (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (5)

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Writer

Speak Up America 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Writer

Donny and Marie 1975 - 1979 (TV Show)

Writer

The Nude Bomb 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Las Vegas Show 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (2)

Car Wash 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Producer

Don Knotts' Nice Clean, Decent, Wholesome Hour 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Bill Dana was born on October 5, 1924, in Quincy, Massachusetts. Dana served in the infantry during World War II and later graduated from Emerson College in Boston in 1950 on the GI Bill. His career began as a page at NBC studios, where he met fellow comedian Gene Wood. The two began performing at comedy clubs around New York and eventually Dana began writing routines for a comedian named Don Adams, which led to a huge career boost. In 1959, Dana became the head writer of "The Steve Allen Show" when it moved to L.A. He created the character Jose Jimenez, which would become one of his best jokes and make him a national phenomenon. Dana began to perform on "The Danny Thomas Show" and "The Martha Ray Show." In 1963 he starred in "The Bill Dana Show," in which his character Jose Jimenez becomes a bellhop at a New York hotel. The show also starred Jonathan Harris, and Don Adams as an inept detective. In 1966 Dana wrote the animated TV spoof movie "Alice in Wonderland," in which he provided the voice of the White Knight. In 1980 he wrote the script for the "Get Smart" film and "The Nude Bomb" and also scripted one of the best-known episodes of "All in the Family," "Sammy's Visit," which featured guest Sammy Davis Jr. Dana had a recurring role on "Golden Girls" and played Howie Mandell's father on "St. Elsewhere."

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