Tom Smothers

Comedian, Actor, Composer
Although best known as his on-stage persona of "Tommy," the gentle but easily irked half of the folk singing duo The Smothers Brothers, actor, writer and musician Tom Smothers was also one of the most socially conscious ... Read more »
Born: 02/02/1937 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (79)

Roseanne for President! 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley 2012 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

Sing Your Song 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Green Room With Paul Provenza 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Informant! 2009 (Movie)

Dwayne Andreas (Actor)

The Simpsons 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Pioneers of Television 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

The U.S. vs. John Lennon 2006 (Movie)

Tom Smothers (Actor)

The Aristocrats 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Life With Bonnie 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Glen Campbell: Still on the Line 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Norm 1955 - 1962, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suddenly Susan 1955 - 1962, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Really Big Show: Ed Sullivan's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Abbott and Costello Meet Biography 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Performer

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

In Censors We Trust 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Narrator

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 7th Annual American Comedy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

This Was America... 1968 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Magazine Presents How to Be Famous 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Speed Zone 1989 (Movie)

Randolph (Actor)

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

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

Actor

What's Alan Watching? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops (07/09/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Home Is Where the Hart Is 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Benson 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Secret World of the Very Young 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

And If I'm Elected... 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Fitz & Bones 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Pandemonium 1982 (Movie)

Sergeant Cooper (Actor)

The Kingston Trio and Friends: Reunion 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Take One Starring Jonathan Winters 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Serial 1980 (Movie)

Spike (Actor)

The Kids Are Alright 1979 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Silver Bears 1978 (Movie)

Donald Luckman (Actor)

There Goes the Bride 1978 (Movie)

Timothy Westerby (Actor)

Play It Again, Uncle Sam 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Swing Out, Sweet Land 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Brothers Show 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Very First Glen Campbell Special 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Get to Know Your Rabbit 1972 (Movie)

Donald Beeman (Actor)

The Smothers Organic Prime Time Space Ride 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Return of the Smothers Brothers 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Brothers Show 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1966 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Marineland Carnival 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

The Steve Allen Show 1955 - 1962 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Mattress (TV Show)

Actor

Terror at Alcatraz (TV Show)

Actor

Timmy's Special Delivery (TV Show)

Voice
Producer (1)

The Summer Smothers Brothers Show 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Although best known as his on-stage persona of "Tommy," the gentle but easily irked half of the folk singing duo The Smothers Brothers, actor, writer and musician Tom Smothers was also one of the most socially conscious talents in Hollywood during the 1960s. With younger brother Dick, he formed a musical act that combined easy-going humor with traditional folk songs; their popularity on the nightclub circuit led to their own series, "The Smothers Brothers Show" (CBS, 1965-66). Smothers hit his true stride as an entertainer and social commentator with "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1967-69), which began life as a typical variety program based around the duo's act. But Smothers moved the focus of the show to satiric jabs at the social and political ills of the day, including the war in Vietnam and civil rights. The show came under heavy fire from the network, which censored performances by politically-charged performers and even whole episodes before pulling the plug on the program in 1969. Smothers continued to return to television over the next three decades, both as a solo act and with his brother, though none of his subsequent efforts met the same level of quality as their 1960s variety show. Their contributions to television were largely overshadowed by their enduring popularity as a comedy act, but the 2002 documentary "Smothered" and a special Emmy Award in 2008 served as excellent reminders that Tom Smothers' contributions to the level of political discourse on American television were immeasurable.

Relationships

Marcy Carriker Casting

Wife
Married in 1990

Rochelle Robley

Wife

Stephanie Shorr

Wife

Dick Smothers Actor

Brother
One half of the musical comedy team "The Smothers Brothers" appeared together on the shows, "The Smothers Brothers Show" (CBS) from 1965-1966 and "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS) from 1967-1969

Thomas Smothers

Father
A West Point graduate and Army officer who died during WWII, while being transported from a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Fukuoka, Japan, to a POW camp in Mukden, Manchuria in 1945

Ruth Smothers

Mother
Died of emphysema in 1988

Riley Smothers

Daughter
Born c. 1996 mother, Marcy Carriker

Bolyn Smothers

Son
Born c. 1993 mother, Marcy Carriker

Sherry Smothers

Sister

Thomas Smothers, IV

Son
From his first marriage

EDUCATION

Redondo Union High School

Redondo Beach , California
Was a state champion gymnast in the parallel bars

San José State University

San Jose , California

Milestones

2005

Appeared in the ABC TV-movie, "Once Upon a Mattress"

2005

Appeared in "The Aristocrats" documentary, produced by comedians Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza

2002

Was the subject of the Bravo documentary "Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

1990

Lent (uncredited) singing voice to "Tom and Tom, the Brothers Brothers" a sketch on the FOX comedy show "In Living Color"

1988

Took part in the CBS special "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 20th Reunion Show" (aired 21 years after the debut of the series)

1988

Returned to CBS for a brief but successful run in "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"

1986

Began appearing in a series of commercials for Magnavox

1981

Returned to NBC with the short-lived "Fitz and Bones" an hour-long comedy/drama show about a mis-matched TV news team

1980

Played a supporting role in the comedy film "Serial"

1980

Re-teamed for the "The Tom and Dick Smothers Brothers Specials" I and II (NBC)

1977

Appeared on Broadway and toured in the play "I Love My Wife"

1975

Debuted on NBC with the low-rated "The Smothers Brothers Show"

1972

Portrayed corporate-executive-turned-tap-dancing-magician Donald Beeman in Brian De Palma's "Get to Know Your Rabbit"

1969

Appeared on the short-lived ABC variety show "Smothers Brothers Summer Show"

1968

Played guitar on John Lennon's recording of his single "Give Peace a Chance"

1967

Again collaborated with his brother for the controversial CBS variety show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"; when the show was abruptly canceled due to issues of censorship, the Brothers filed a successful breach of contract suit against the network

1965

Co-starred with brother, Dick, in the CBS comedy "The Smothers Brothers Show"

1961

Released their successful debut album, Live at the Purple Onion

1961

Appeared regularly on "The New Steve Allen Show" (ABC)

1959

Made their debut as a duo of folk singers, with Tom on acoustic guitar and Dick on stand-up bass

Bonus Trivia

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The Smothers Brothers operate the Remick Ridge Vineyards (Remick was their mother's maiden name) in Sonoma County, California and continue to tour.

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