Bill Dana

Bill Dana

Highest Rated: 17% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) (1980)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) (1980)

Birthday: Oct 5, 1924

Birthplace: Not Available

Known to millions as the easily confused, heavily accented Latino José Jimenez, Bill Dana was actually born William Szathmary-"a Jungarian Hew", explains Dana in his Jimenez dialect. A prolific comedy writer, Dana created special material for such performers as George Gobel and Don Adams throughout the 1950s. He joined the writing stable of The Steve Allen Show in 1956, making his on-camera debut as José Jimenez during a 1959 Christmas show. The sketch was predicated on the gimmick of a Puerto Rican Santa Claus whose hearty laugh came out "Jo, Jo, Jo!" The bit scored an immediate hit with the public, and soon the versatile Dana was a regular performer on the Allen show, playing a wide variety of dialect characterizations. When the Mercury space program became a hot topic, Dana cut a Grammy-nominated comedy album, José the Astronaut ("What will you do if you're lost in space?" "I plan to cry a lot") which accompanied many a genuine astronaut into the stratosphere. Dana brought his Jimenez persona to 1961's The Spike Jones Show, then appeared on a semi-regular basis as José the elevator operator on The Danny Thomas Show. This stint spun off into Dana's own sitcom in 1963, The Bill Dana Show, in which José Jimenez was employed as a bellhop at a posh New York Hotel. The series was cancelled in 1965, after which Dana continued making TV guest appearances and the occasional movie (1967's The Busy Body, 1980's The Nude Bomb, etc.). In the early 1970s, Dana was compelled to "retire" José Jimenez in the face of protests from scattered anti-defamation groups, but he still had plenty of comedy material and projects up his sleeve. One of Bill Dana's strangest endeavors of the 1980s was No Soap Radio (1982), a non sequitur-laden sitcom (with such "characters" as a boy-eating sofa!) which Dana both starred in and co-produced. He retired from acting and writing in the mid-1990s. Dana died in 2017, at age 92.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Brown Is the New Green: George Lopez and the American Dream Actor 2007
No Score Yet Lena's Holiday Cabbie 1990
No Score Yet Hungry i Reunion Actor 1981
No Score Yet Murder in Texas Actor 1981
17% The Nude Bomb (The Return of Maxwell Smart) Jonathon Levinson Seigle Screenwriter 1980
No Score Yet Guide for the Married Woman Actor 1978
No Score Yet I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? (Kill My Wife Please) Actor 1976
No Score Yet Harrad Summer Jack Schacht 1974
No Score Yet The Busy Body Archie Brody 1967

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Empty Nest
1988-1995
1994
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Guest Papa Angelo Angelo 1992
1991
1989
1988
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Jonas Fiscus 1987
1986
1985
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Mr. Mancuso Manager 1985
1981
No Score Yet Too Close for Comfort
1980-1987
Family Friend Derelict 1982
1981
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Screenwriter 1972
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Quigley 1969
1967
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Marvin Klump 1967
1965

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