Character Actor Tom Poston Dead at 85

May 1, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Tom Poston, stage and television character actor who rose to fame with regular appearances on “The Steve Allen Show” in the 1950s, died at his home in Los Angeles Monday night. He was 85.
On the Allen show, Mr. Poston portrayed an unassuming average guy who was so nervous to be on television that he couldn’t even remember his own name. The performance won him a supporting actor Emmy in 1959.
He appeared frequently on game and panel shows and had a career resurgence in the ’70s and ’80s with regular roles on “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Newhart” and “Grace Under Fire.” He most recently appeared regularly as the clown on NBC’s “Committed.” He also performed occasional film roles.
Mr. Poston is survived by his wife, actress Susanne Pleshette, his castmate on “The Bob Newhart Show.” They wed in 2001.
(Editor: Horowitz)

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