The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour... Ghosts, Governments and Other Scary Things 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)
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."