Tom Poston

Tom Poston

Performer

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

Roles (15)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Playbill - March 1972 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1972)
Opened Mar 30, 1972
  • as Pseudolus (Replacement)
  • as Prologus (Replacement)
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But, Seriously... Playbill - Feb 1969 But, Seriously... (1969)
Opened Feb 27, 1969
  • as Walter London (Original)
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Forty Carats Playbill - Dec 1968 Forty Carats (1968)
Opened Dec 26, 1968
  • as Billy Boylan (Replacement)
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Mary, Mary Playbill - Jan 1962 Mary, Mary (1961)
Opened Mar 8, 1961
  • as Bob McKellaway (Replacement)
  • Arrived on Nov 5, 1962
Come Blow Your Horn Playbill - February 1961 Come Blow Your Horn (1961)
Opened Feb 22, 1961
  • as Alan Baker (Replacement)
  • Arrived on Jul 16, 1962
The Conquering Hero Playbill - Jan 1961 The Conquering Hero (1961)
Opened Jan 16, 1961
  • as Woodrow Truesmith (Original)
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Golden Fleecing Playbill - Oct 1959 Golden Fleecing (1959)
Opened Oct 15, 1959
  • as Lt. Ferguson Howard (Original)
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Drink to Me Only Playbill - Oct 1959 Drink to Me Only (1958)
Opened Oct 8, 1958
  • as Miles Pringle (Original)
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Romanoff and Juliet Playbill - Nov 1957 Romanoff and Juliet (1957)
Opened Oct 10, 1957
  • as The General (Replacement)
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Shinbone Alley Playbill - April 1957 Shinbone Alley (1957)
Opened Apr 13, 1957
  • as archy (Standby - Original)
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