Tom Poston

Tom Poston

  • Highest Rated: 50% Cold Turkey (1971)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Up the Academy (1980)
  • Birthday: Oct 17, 1921
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Though many casual observers perceive that comic actor Tom Poston was "discovered" by Steve Allen in 1956, Poston had in fact been a performer long before Allen ever set foot on a stage. At age 9, Poston was a member of the Flying Zebleys, an acrobatic troupe. After Air Force service in World War II, he began his formal acting training at the AADA. Poston made his "legit" New York stage debut in Jose Ferrer's Cyrano de Bergerac (1947). With several years of stage work under his belt, Poston was engaged to host the local New York TV variety series Entertainment (1955), and it was this effort that brought him to the attention of Steve Allen. The story goes that Poston was so flustered at his audition for Allen's TV variety series that he forgot his own name when asked. From 1956 through 1960, Poston was seen along with Louis Nye and Don Knotts as a member of the Allen stock company; appropriately, he was most often cast as a "man on the street" interviewee who could never remember his name. Poston won an Emmy for his work on Allen's show in 1959, and that same year hosted the weekday TV game show Split Personality; this gig led to a long tenure as a guest panelist on other quiz programs. In films from 1953, Poston starred in a pair of offbeat William Castle-directed comedies, Zotz (1962) and The Old Dark House (1963). Poston's TV sitcom credits include such roles as prison guard Sullivan on On the Rocks (1975), absentminded Damon Jerome on We've Got Each Other (1977), cantankerous neighbor Franklin Delano Bickley on Mork and Mindy and Ringo Crowley on Good Grief (1990). In 1982, Poston beat out Jerry Van Dyke for his most famous prime-time TV role: caretaker George Utley on Newhart. Poston died at age 85 in April 2007, of undisclosed causes. Until the time of his death, he was married to Suzanne Pleshette of The Bob Newhart Show.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

5% Christmas With the Kranks Father Zabriskie $73.8M 2004
25% The Princess Diaries 2 - Royal Engagement Lord Palimore $95.2M 2004
28% The Story of Us Harry 1999
16% Krippendorf's Tribe Gordon Harding 1998
No Score Yet A Perfect Little Murder Corman 1990
No Score Yet Murphy's Laws of Golf Actor 1989
No Score Yet Save the Dog Actor 1988
No Score Yet Carbon Copy Rev. Hayworth 1981
0% Up the Academy Sisson 1980
No Score Yet Rabbit Test Minister 1978
No Score Yet Guide for the Married Woman Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa, (The Adventures of Freddy) Actor 1977
No Score Yet The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington J. Arthur Conrad 1977
50% Cold Turkey Mr. Stopworth 1971
No Score Yet The Old Dark House Tom Penderel 1963
No Score Yet Soldier in the Rain Lt. Magee 1963
No Score Yet Zotz! Prof. Jonathan Jones 1962
No Score Yet City That Never Sleeps Detective 1953

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

40% Committed
2005
Clown
  • 2005
No Score Yet 8 Simple Rules
2002-2005
Jake
  • 2003
No Score Yet That '70s Show
1998-2006
Burt Sigurdson Burt
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Becker
1998-2004
Joe
  • 2002
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Norman
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Earl
  • 2001
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Roscoe
  • 2001
55% The Ellen Show
2001-2002
Joe
  • 2001
No Score Yet Dharma & Greg
1997-2002
Dr. Gillespie
  • 2000
16% Normal, Ohio
2000
Stanley
  • 2000
No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder
1993-2001
Tom Porter
  • 1999
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
1997-2003
  • 1998
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Ed
  • 1998
No Score Yet Suddenly Susan
1996-2000
Mr. Vance
  • 1998
  • 1996
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
Floyd Norton
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • 1996
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Old Man Swenson
  • 1996
  • 1994
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
Art Hibke Dentist Dr. Hibke
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Family Matters
1989-1998
Mr. Looney
  • 1994
100% Bob
1993
Jerry Fleisher Jerry
  • 1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Harry and the Hendersons
1991-1993
  • 1991
0% Good Grief
1990-1991
Ringo Prowley
  • 1991
  • 1990
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1990
No Score Yet Newhart
1982-1990
George Utley
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Jim Morrison
  • 1988
95% Mork & Mindy
1978-1982
Franklin Delano Bickley
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Bill Conner
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
Cliff Murdock
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Mad Scientist
  • 1969

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