Ted Bessell

Actor, Director, Musician
Typecasting may have been his fate, but Ted Bessell enjoyed a second career as a successful television director whose life was prematurely cut short by health issues. Bessell was a classical music prodigy who played a ... Read more »
Born: 03/20/1935 in Flushing, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

That Girl 1966 - 1971, 1975 - 1976, 1986 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Arena 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Hail to the Chief 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Time Harry 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mary Tyler Moore Show 1970 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bobby Parker and Company 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ted Bessell Show 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Me and the Chimp 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Gomer Pyle USMC 1964 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Drink the Water 1969 (Movie)

Axel Magee (Actor)

Billie 1964 (Movie)

Bob Matthews (Actor)

Captain Newman, M.D. 1962 (Movie)

Carrozzo (Actor)

The Outsider 1962 (Movie)

Kid (Actor)

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (TV Show)

Actor

Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Show)

Actor

The Acorn People (TV Show)

Actor

Two on a Bench (TV Show)

Actor

What Are Best Friends For? (TV Show)

Actor

Your Money or Your Wife (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

Good Advice 1975 - 1976, 1991 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

The Naked Truth 1975 - 1976, 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

The Tracey Ullman Show 1975 - 1976, 1986 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Director

A League of Their Own 1975 - 1976, 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Director

Sibs 1975 - 1976, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Director
Other (1)

A League of Their Own 1992 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

Typecasting may have been his fate, but Ted Bessell enjoyed a second career as a successful television director whose life was prematurely cut short by health issues. Bessell was a classical music prodigy who played a recital at Carnegie Hall when he was only 12. He made his first televised appearance on a 1955 episode of the CBS police drama "The Man Behind the Badge". By the early 1960s, Bessell was landing small feature film roles in two 1961 movies, "The Outsider" and "Lover Come Back". Success came when he was hired to play college student Thomas A. "Tom-Tom" DeWitt on the 1962 NBC dramedy "It's a Man's World". Semi-recurring roles on "The Bill Dana Show" and "Gomer Pyle, United StatesM.C." preceded the part Bessell later claimed "took away the heart of me." That role would be as high-strung Donald Hollinger, Marlo Thomas's long-suffering beau in the 1966 proto-feminist sitcom, "That Girl". Bessell played the part for the show's entire five-year run. In the ensuing years, he was cast in a number of short-lived series, including 1972's wretched "Me and the Chimp" (which found Bessell sharing equal billing with a primate) and as the husband of female president Patty Duke in 1985's "Hail to the Chief". By the late 1980s, he'd started directing episodes of "The Tracy Ullman Show", eventually sharing a 1989 Emmy. Ted Bessell died from an aortic aneurysm in Los Angeles at the age of 61.

Relationships

Linnell Bessell

Wife
second wife survived him

Jo Bessell

Mother
survived him

Mary Bessell

Daughter
survived him mother Linnell Bessell

Sarah Bessell

Daughter
survived him mother Linnell Bessell

Frank Bessell

Brother
survived him

EDUCATION

Georgetown University

Washington D.C.

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
studied acting

Milestones

1995

Starred on ABC in "Hail to the Chief" co-starring Patty Duke

1980

Appeared in "Good Time Harry" a NBC comedy series

1973

Featured in "The Ted Bessell Show"

1972

Played on CBS in "Me and the Chimp"; aired for four months

1968

Co-starred with Jackie Gleason in "Don't Drink the Water"

1962

TV debut on "It's a Man's World", a NBC series

Appeared in CBS sitcom "Gomer Pyle, USMC "

Co-starred with Marlo Thomas in ABC sitcom "That Girl"

Served as producer and directed the "The Tracey Ullman Show"

Appeared in Broadway production of "Same Time, Next Year"

Bonus Trivia

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Performed a piano recital at Carnegie Hall at the age of 12.

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