Bill Dana

Bill Dana

Highest Rated: 17% The Nude Bomb (1980)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Nude Bomb (1980)

Birthday: Oct 05, 1924

Birthplace: Quincy, Massachusetts, USA

Before even touching the world of comedy, Bill Dana had many adventures. Born William Szathmary in Massachusetts, he grew up during the 1930s during The Great Depression. As he came of age, he served in the United States Army and fought in World War II, where he earned a Bronze Star Medal for his service. Returning from war, Dana attended Emerson College, where he graduated in 1950 and then slowly started his comedic career. He was a page at NBC while he performed comedy throughout New York. In 1954, he landed his first writing job on a TV show with "The Imogene Coca Show" (NBC 1954-55), which soon led to "The Steve Allen Show" (NBC 1956-1960) and "The Spike Jones Show" (NBC 1954, CBS 1957-1961). He debuted his trademark character Jose Jimenez on "The Steve Allen Show" in 1960, and the popular comedic role eventually led to his very own sitcom: "The Bill Dana Show" (NBC 1963-65). Throughout all of this, Dana also released several comedy albums, both as himself and his Jose Jimenez persona. He continued appearing as Jose in a variety of shows across the '60s and '70s, even showing up on "Batman" (ABC 1966-68) in a humorous cameo. Later in his career, he co-wrote and appeared in the Get Smart movie "The Nude Bomb" (1980) and was a recurring character on shows such as "The Golden Girls" (NBC 1985-1992) and "St. Elsewhere" (NBC 1982-88). Dana founded the American Comedy Archives in 2005, featuring material and interviews with comedians from the past. He passed away in June 2017 at the age of 92 at his home in Nashville.


Highest Rated Movies



17% 39% The Nude Bomb Jonathan Levinson Seigle (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 11% I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now Bobo (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Female Instinct Melvin Kaplan (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 60% The Busy Body Archie Brody (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 73% Alice in Wonderland The White Knight (Voice),
- 1966


No Score Yet 94% The Golden Girls Uncle Angelo (Guest Star) 1991-1992 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Writer 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Facts of Life Hotel Manager (Guest Star) 1985 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Norm Crosby's Comedy Shop Guest 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet McMillan and Wife Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Bova (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chico and the Man Writer 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1969 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courtship of Eddie's Father Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1966


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