Tom Poston

Tom Poston, who gained fame playing a series of slow-witted, but appealing everyman characters on television, often acting as a comic foil to Bob Newhart, died April 30, 2007, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 85. Tom Poston's niche in show business was, it seems, carved out at an early stage. He first earned widespread fame on the "The Steve Allen Show" playing, among other comic creations, a doltish man on the street who could not come up with answers to a reporter's simplest questions. He won an Emmy in 1959 for his work on Allen's show.

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  • Born: Oct 17, 1921 in Columbus, OH
  • Death: Apr 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California