Tom Poston

Actor, Game show panelist
A tall, Everyman actor with drooping eyes that somehow want to reveal more than one would think at first glance, Tom Poston has had a lengthy career on stage and TV, often on panel shows, often playing slow-witted ... Read more »
Born: 10/17/1921 in Columbus, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (77)

The Suite Life of Zack & Cody 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Committed 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

Father Zabrinsky (Actor)

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement 2004 (Movie)

Lord Palimore (Actor)

8 Simple Rules 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Good Morning, Miami 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

That '70s Show 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Becker 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 1993, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bob Newhart: The Last Sane Man 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Coach 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Cosby 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Dharma & Greg 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 1993, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

King of the Hill 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Malcolm and Eddie 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 1993, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Normal, Ohio 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Suddenly Susan 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Drew Carey Show 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ellen Show 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Lone Gunmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1990 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Maggie Winters 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

George & Leo 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Just Shoot Me 1998 (Tv Show)

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Krippendorf's Tribe 1998 (Movie)

Gordon Hargrove (Actor)

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1997 (Tv Show)

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The Steve Allen Comedy Hour 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982, 1995 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Dorf's Family Stump 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Grief 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Newhart 1982 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1990 (Tv Show)

Voice

D.C. Follies 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Voice

The New Liar's Club 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thirteenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Real Trivial Pursuit 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Mork and Mindy 1955 - 1962, 1978 - 1982 (Tv Show)

Actor

Carbon Copy 1981 (Movie)

Reverend Hayworth (Actor)

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

Actor

The Hollywood Squares 1966 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad Magazine Presents: Up the Academy 1980 (Movie)

Sisson (Actor)

Beane's of Boston 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

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The Bob Newhart Show 1972 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

We've Got Each Other 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magnificent Magnet of Santa Mesa 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Harry and Maggie 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Bobby Parker and Company 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Happy Hooker 1974 (Movie)

J Arthur Conrad (Actor)

Cold Turkey 1971 (Movie)

Mr Stopworth (Actor)

Get Smart 1965 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Soldier in the Rain 1962 (Movie)

Lt Magee (Actor)

The Old Dark House 1962 (Movie)

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The Steve Allen Show 1955 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Actor

Zotz 1961 (Movie)

Prof Jonathan Jones (Actor)

Christmas Tree 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawkins Falls, Population 6200 1950 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

City That Never Sleeps 1953 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

CHiPs (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Save the Dog! (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A tall, Everyman actor with drooping eyes that somehow want to reveal more than one would think at first glance, Tom Poston has had a lengthy career on stage and TV, often on panel shows, often playing slow-witted characters who can surprise with their bursts of logic and intelligence. In the 1980s and 90s, Poston was often seen as a sidekick to Bob Newhart, Tim Conway, and others, but it would probably surprise many to know that Poston began his career on Broadway in the Jose Ferrer production of "Cyrano de Bergerac", a role that Poston later played on several occasions.

The Cleveland native worked extensively on Broadway, notably in the satire on advertising, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" and continued working on stage with frequency into the 70s. But Poston's career solidified with his appearances on "The Tonight Show" (in its first incarnation with Steve Allen as host) and later as a regular on Allen's variety series. In the latter, for which he earned an Emmy, Poston played numerous characters, typically the befuddled common man on the street. At the same time, Poston was gaining name recognition through appearances on panel and quiz shows, and is particularly remembered for his long stint on "To Tell the Truth" (1985-67), as one of the two male regulars (Orson Bean was the other). In fact, for periods during the 60s, Poston was on panel shows and on stage, rarely "acting" as such on TV or in film.

Poston bounced back in the 70s. After supporting roles on two failed sitcoms, "On the Rocks" and "We've Got Each Other", he joined the hit ABC sitcom "Mork & Mindy" as Mr. Bickley, the grouchy downstairs neighbor. a role he played until the series' demise in 1982. He had made two guest appearances as Cliff 'The Peeper' Murdoch, Bob Hartley's college chum who inspired juvenile behavior in Hartley. on "The Bob Newhart Show" in the 70s. The chemistry between Poston and Newhart was palpable and when Newhart launched a new comedy series in 1982, Poston was cast as George Utley, his downeastern sidekick. He subsequently joined Howie Mandell in the short-lived "Good Grief" (Fox, 1990) a comedy set behind the scenes at a mortuary. Poston then joined Tim Conway as a foil for Conway's goofy Derk Dorf character in a CBS special and other incarnations, and made several memorable appearances as "Mr. Loon-ay," the school custodian, on ABC's "Family Matters", before joining the ABC hit series "Grace Under Fire" in 1995 as Floyd, the father of Russell (Dave Thomas).

Poston has occasionally appeared in TV longforms, such as the daffy miniseries "Fresno" (CBS, 1986). Early in his career he had played Trinculo in the 1960 "Hallmark Hall of Fame" rendition of Shakespeare's "The Tempest". Poston's feature film appearances have also been sporadic. He began on film as a detective in 1953's "The City That Never Sleeps" and perhaps is best remembered as the town cad in the 1971 Norman Lear comedy, "Cold Turkey".

Relationships

Margaret Poston

Mother

Richard Poston

Brother

Wilma Hudson

Wife
Married in June 1968 Remarried 1980 until her death 1998

Suzanne Pleshette Actor

Wife
Married May 11, 2001 until his death from respiratory failure April 2007

George Poston

Father

Francesca Poston

Daughter
appeared on "All My Children" as original 'Donna Beck' for a short time in the 1970s mother, Jean Sullivan

Hudson Poston

Daughter
mother, Kay Hudson

Jason Poston

Son
mother, Kay Hudson

Jean Sullivan Actor

Wife

EDUCATION

Bethany College

Bethany , West Virginia 1938 - 1940
dropped out to enlist in the US Air Force

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

2005

Played the character Clown on the NBC series "Committed"

2004

Played Lord Palimore in "Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement"

2004

Cast opposite Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis in the holiday comedy "Christmas with the Kranks"

1999

Cast in Rob Reiner's "The Story of Us" starring Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer

1995

Had role of Floyd on "Grace Under Fire"

1993

Appeared for the third time with Newhart on the short lived program "Bob" (CBS)

1990

Was series regular on the short-lived "Good Grief"

1982

Cast as caretaker George Utley on the CBS sitcom, "Newhart"; earned Emmy nominations in 1984, 1986 and 1987 for Supporting Actor in a Comedy

1979

Played Franklin Delano Bickley, the irasicble neighbor on "Mork & Mindy"

1978

TV-movie debut, "A Guide for the Married Woman"

1977

Cast as Damon Jerome, "We've Got Each Other"

1975

Played Mr. Sullivan on "On the Rocks"

1975

Played Cliff Murdock, a recurring character on the CBS show, "Newhart"

1964

Regular panelist, "To Tell the Truth"

1960

Appeared as Trinculo in "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production of "The Tempest"

1956

Was a regular on "The Steve Allen Show"

1953

Film debut, "The City That Never Sleeps"

1947

Broadway debut, "Cyrano de Bergerac"

1930

Stage debut as a tumbler in "The Flying Zebleys"

Served as a pilot in the US Air Force during WWII

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