Tom Poston Biography (1921-)

Born October 17, 1921, in Columbus, OH; son of George (a dairy chemist and liquor salesman) and Margaret Poston; married Jean Sullivan, 1955 (marriage ended); married Kay Hudson, June 8, 1968 (divorced, 1976), remarried, 1980; children: (first marriage) one daughter, (second marriage) one daughter, one son.Addresses: Agent: International Creative Management, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1934.

Birth Details
October 17, 1921
Columbus, Ohio, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • The Mercurian, Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, 1950
  • Toby Winfield, Hawkins Falls, Population 6200 (also known as Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel), 1953
  • Master of ceremonies, Entertainment, ABC, 1955
  • Various roles, including the perennial amnesiac, The Steve Allen Show, NBC, ABC, 1956-59, 1961
  • Panelist, To Tell the Truth, CBS, 1958-68
  • Host, Split Personality, 1959
  • That Was the Week That Was, 1964
  • Mr. Sullivan, On the Rocks, ABC, 1975-76
  • Damon Jerome, We've Got Each Other, CBS, 1977-78
  • Franklin Delano Bickley, Mork and Mindy, ABC, 1979-82
  • George Utley, Newhart, CBS, 1982-90
  • Ringo Prowley, Good Grief, Fox, 1990
  • Jerry Fleisher, Bob, CBS, 1992
  • Mr. Norton, Grace under Fire, ABC, 1995-98
  • Also appeared as a panelist on Pantomime Quiz, CBS.
  • Episodic
  • "Tangled Web," Goodyear Television Playhouse, 1955
  • Title role, "The Change in Chester," U.S. Steel Hour, CBS, 1957
  • Charlie Denham, "Masquerade," Thriller, 1961
  • Panelist, The Hollywood Squares, 1966
  • Dr. Zharko, "Shock It to Me," Get Smart, 1969
  • Cliff Murdock, The Bob Newhart Show, 1972
  • The peeper, "The Longest Good-bye," The Bob Newhart Show, 1975
  • Peeper, "Peeper-Two," The Bob Newhart Show, 1976
  • Peeper, "Enter Mrs. Peeper," The Bob Newhart Show, 1976
  • Jerry, "Vera's Mortician," Alice, 1976
  • Peeper, "You're Having My Hartley," The Bob Newhart Show, 1977
  • Bill Conner, "Quarantine," CHiPs, 1979
  • "A Fox at the Races," Crazy Like a Fox, 1986
  • Voice, D.C. Follies, PBS, 1987
  • "The Abby Singer Show," St. Elsewhere, 1988
  • The New Liar's Club, syndicated, 1988
  • Voice of the Capital City Goofball, "Dancin' Homer," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1990
  • Dr. Hibke, "Diamonds Are a Dentist's Best Friend," Coach, ABC,1991
  • Sidney "Uncle Bouncy" Barish, "Oral Sex, Lies, and Videotape," Dream On, HBO, 1993
  • "Halloween," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1993
  • Mr. Looney, "Presumed Urkel," Family Matters, ABC, 1994
  • Old Man Swenson, "Crime Story," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1994
  • Mr. Looney, "The Looney Bin," Family Matters, ABC, 1994
  • Mr. Looney, "Wedding Bell Blues," Family Matters, ABC, 1995
  • Floyd Norton, "A Night at the Opera," Grace under Fire, ABC, 1995
  • Art Hibke, "Ten Percent of Nothing," Coach, ABC, 1995
  • Floyd Norton, "Mother and Son and Father Reunion," Grace under Fire, ABC, 1995
  • Art Hibke, "Turtle World," Coach, ABC, 1995
  • The clerk, "'Twas the Flight before Christmas," Home Improvement, ABC, 1995
  • Old Man Swenson, "Office Politics," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1996
  • Ned, "The Tool Man Delivers," Home Improvement, ABC, 1996
  • Himself, "My Name Is Asher Kingsley," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO,1996
  • "Colleen's Paper," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1997
  • Officer Murdoch, "The Cameo Episode," George and Leo, CBS, 1997
  • Mortgage broker, "Witch Trash," Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, ABC, 1997
  • Ted, "Thanksgiving," Home Improvement, ABC, 1997
  • Jerome Dickey, "Long Live the King," It's Good to Be King, 1997
  • Herb, "Jack's Old Partner," Just Shoot Me, 1998
  • Ed Yablonsky, "Cry and You Cry Alone," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1998
  • Lester Mulford, "Mama's Got a Brand New Bag," Maggie Winters,1998
  • Mr. Vance, Suddenly Susan, NBC, 1998
  • Tim, "Ol' Betsy," Cosby, CBS, 1999
  • Tim, "Timerity," Cosby, CBS, 1999
  • Ghost of Uncle Cosmo, "Honey, It's the Ghostest with the Mostest," Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (also known as Disney's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show), syndicated, 1999
  • Garth Dubin, "Hot Pants," Malcolm and Eddie, UPN, 1999
  • Tom Porter, "The Roast," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1999
  • Garth Dubin, "Swooped," Malcolm and Eddie, UPN, 2000
  • Dr. Gillespie, "The Spy Who Said He Loved Me," Dharma and Greg, ABC, 2000
  • Also appeared in "Coriolanus" and "No Tears for Hilda," episodes of Westinghouse Studio One; "You Sometimes Get Rich," an episode of Playwrights '56, NBC; "The Enchanted," Play of the Week, PBS; and "The Tempest," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC; appeared in Normal, Ohio, Fox, Night Court, The Phil Silvers Show, and Reunited.
  • Movies
  • William (some sources cite Willard) Bensinger, The Magnificent MagicalMagnet of Santa Mesa (also known as The Adventures of Freddy), 1977
  • Marty Gibson, A Guide for the Married Woman, 1978
  • Omar Krepps, The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Dynamite, 1981
  • Veterinarian, Save the Dog! The Disney Channel, 1988
  • Don Corman, A Quiet Little Neighborhood, a Perfect Little Murder (also known as Darling, Let's Kill the Neighbors, Honey, Let's Kill the Neighbors, and A Perfect Little Murder), NBC, 1990
  • Specials
  • Psychiatrist, Bobby Parker and Company, 1974
  • Arlo Wilson, Harry and Maggie, 1975
  • Frank Beane, Beane's of Boston, 1979
  • I've Had It up to Here, 1981
  • The Real Trivial Pursuit, 1985
  • The Television Academy Hall of Fame, 1986
  • Comic Relief II, HBO, 1987
  • Circus of the Stars XIII (also known as The 13th Annual Circusof the Stars), 1988
  • The Hollywood Christmas Parade, syndicated, 1989
  • Dorf's Family Stump, CBS, 1991
  • Comic Relief VII, HBO, 1995
  • Also appeared in Merman on Broadway, NBC.
  • Other Television Appearances
  • Trinculo, The Tempest (also known as George Schaefer's Showcase Theatre: The Tempest), 1960
  • Doc Parseghian, Fresno (miniseries), 1986
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Title role, Cyrano de Bergerac, Alvin Theatre, 1947
  • Otakar, The Insect Comedy, City Center, New York City, 1948
  • Te Herald, King Lear, National Theatre, New York City, 1950
  • Private Turnipseed, Stockade, President Theatre, New York City, 1954
  • Edward Martin, The Grand Prize, Plymouth Theatre, New York City, 1955
  • George MacCauley, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Belasco Theatre,New York City, 1955
  • Arthur Westlake, Goodbye Again, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1956
  • Hermes, Maiden Voyage, Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, 1957
  • The Best of Burlesque Revue, Theatre at Carnegie Hall, New York City, 1957
  • The General, Romanoff and Juliet, Plymouth Theatre, New York City,1958
  • Miles Pringle, Drink to Me Only, 54th Street Theatre, New York City, 1958
  • Ferguson Howard, Golden Fleecing, Henry Miller's Theatre, NewYork City, 1959
  • Cornelius, Come Play with Me, York Playhouse, New York City, 1959
  • Woodrow Truesmith, The Conquering Hero, American National Theatreand Academy, New York City, 1961
  • Alan Baker, Come Blow Your Horn, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New YorkCity, 1962
  • Bob McKellaway, Mary, Mary, Helen Hayes Theatre, 1962
  • Easy Does It, Yonkers Playhouse, New York City, 1964
  • Jeremy Troy, The Well-Dressed Liar, Coconut Grove Playhouse, New York City, 1966
  • The Butter and Egg Man, Ivanhoe Theatre, Chicago, 1967
  • Walter London, But, Seriously ..., Henry Miller's Theatre, NewYork City, 1969
  • Billy Boylan, Forty Carats, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • Play It Again, Sam, Falmouth Playhouse, Falmouth, MA, 1971
  • Prologus and Pseudolus, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1972
  • Title role, Cyrano de Bergerac, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope,PA, 1972
  • Anything Goes, Bucks County Playhouse, 1972
  • Lovers and Other Strangers, Playhouse in the Park, Philadelphia, 1973
  • Lenny, Of Mice and Men, Bucks County Playhouse, 1973
  • Nick, The Inn People, Bucks County Playhouse, 1973
  • Chaplain, Mother Courage and Her Children, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1975
  • Romeo and Juliet, McCarter Theatre, 1975
  • Also appeared in Remember Me? New Theatre, Kansas City, MO; appeared as Tevye in a production of Fiddler on the Roof, and as both Felixand Oscar in productions of The Odd Couple; also appeared in The Crucible, Gates and Mills, and Richard III.
  • Major Tours
  • Title role, Destry Rides Again, U.S. cities, 1961
  • Any Wednesday, U.S. cities, 1967
  • F. Sherman, The Owl and the Pussycat, U.S. cities, 1971
  • Sam Nash, Jesse Kiplinger, and Roy Hubley, Plaza Suite, U.S. cities, 1971
  • Lovers and Other Strangers, U.S. cities, 1973
  • Film Appearances
  • The City That Never Sleeps, Republic, 1953
  • Professor Jonathan Jones, Zotz! Columbia, 1962
  • Tom Penderel, The Old Dark House, Columbia, 1963
  • Lieutenant Magee, Soldier in the Rain, 1963
  • Edgar Stopworth, Cold Turkey, United Artists, 1971
  • J. Arthur Conrad, The Happy Hooker, 1975
  • The minister, Rabbit Test, 1978
  • Sisson, Up the Academy (also known as The Brave Young Men of Weinberg, Mad Magazine Presents Up the Academy, and Mad Magazine's Up the Academy), 1980
  • Reverend Hayworth, Carbon Copy, 1981
  • Murphy's Laws of Golf, 1989
  • Gordon Harding (some sources cite Hargrove), Krippendorf's Tribe, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Mercurian leader, The Mercurian Invasion, Englewood Entertainment,1998
  • Harry, The Story of Us, Universal/PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, 1999
  • Also appeared in Gentle Ben.

Further Reference


    • Tom Poston Web Site,

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