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Tom Poston

Highest Rated:   50% Cold Turkey (1971)
Lowest Rated:   0% Up the Academy (1980)
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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 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
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 Normal, Ohio
2000
  • Stanley
  • 2000
No Score Yet Grace Under Fire
1993-1998
  • Floyd Norton
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
  • Actor
  • 1996
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988-1998
  • Old Man Swenson
  • 1996
  • 1994
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
  • Art Hibke Dentist Dr. Hibke
  • 1995
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet Family Matters
1989-1998
  • Mr. Looney
  • 1994
84% The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1990
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
  • Jim Morrison
  • 1988
No Score Yet Mork & Mindy
1978-1982
  • Franklin Delano Bickley
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Bill Conner
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Bob Newhart Show
1972-1978
  • Cliff Murdock
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
  • Mad Scientist
  • 1969

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