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Bill Dana (I) (1924–2017)

Comedian, author and composer, educated at Emerson College. He served in the US Infantry during World War II. Later, he was part of the team Dana and Wood on television and in supper clubs. As a single, he appeared on television with Martha Raye and Imogene Coca and was a writer for Steve Allen, and he also appeared in night clubs and on records. ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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The Bill Dana Show
The Bill Dana Show Jose Jimenez / Jose Jimenez - Bellhop
The Nude Bomb
The Nude Bomb Jonathan Levinson Seigle
I Want My Mummy
I Want My Mummy Jose Jimenez


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 1994 Empty Nest (TV Series)
- The Ballad of Shady Pines (1994) ... Nathan
 1991 Lena's Holiday
Armenian Cabbie
 1991 Lenny (TV Series)
- It Ain't the Heat (1991) ... Charlie
 1986-1988 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Mr. Fiscus
 1987 Sledge Hammer! (TV Series)
Dr. Weisbart
- Haven't Gun, Will Travel (1987) ... Dr. Weisbart
 1981-1985 The Facts of Life (TV Series)
Mr. Mancuso / The Hotel Manager
- It's Lonely at the Top (1985) ... Mr. Mancuso
- Teenage Marriage: Part 2 (1981) ... The Hotel Manager
 1983 Zorro and Son (TV Series)
- Wash Day (1983) ... Bernardo
- Zorro and Son (1983) ... Bernardo
 1982 I've Had It Up to Here (TV Movie)
 1981-1982 Too Close for Comfort (TV Series)
Wendell Balaban
- A Matter of Degree (1982) ... Wendell Balaban
- Rafkin's Bum (1981) ... Wendell Balaban
 1981 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Father Vincent
- Mr. Nobody/La Liberatora (1981) ... Father Vincent
 1981 Here's Boomer (TV Series)
- Make 'Em Laugh (1981) ... Angelo
 1981 Murder in Texas (TV Movie)
Bill Dana
 1979 $weepstake$ (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Sampson
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
- Great Expectations (1978) ... Doctor (as William Dana)
 1978 Vega$ (TV Series)
- Love, Laugh and Die (1978) ... Danny
 1978 A Guide for the Married Woman (TV Movie)
Ed Small
 1978 Windows, Doors & Keyholes (TV Movie)
 1977 Rosetti and Ryan (TV Series)
Hagopian / Sergeant Pete Agopian
- Is There a Lawyer in the House? (1977) ... Hagopian
- Men Who Love Women (1977) ... Sergeant Pete Agopian
 1976 The Practice (TV Series)
- A Doctor's Doctor (1976) ... Murphy
 1976 Switch (TV Series)
- Gaffing the Skim (1976) ... Obie
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Salvatore Mercadonte
- The Adventure of the Judas Tree (1976) ... Salvatore Mercadonte
 1975 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Mr. Harrington
- Aftershock (1975) ... Mr. Harrington
 1975 Police Woman (TV Series)
- Sidewinder (1975) ... Bova
 1974 Harrad Summer
Jack Schacht
 1973 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
Jose Jimenez
 1972 The Snoop Sisters (TV Series)
Melvin Kaplan
- The Female Instinct (1972) ... Melvin Kaplan
 1970 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Harvey Marshall (segment "Love and Las Vegas")
- Love and Las Vegas/Love and the Good Samaritan/Love and the Marriage Counselor (1970) ... Harvey Marshall (segment "Love and Las Vegas")
 1967-1969 Get Smart (TV Series)
Agent Quigley / Man on Street
- Supersonic Boom (1967) ... Man on Street (uncredited)
 1969 The Courtship of Eddie's Father (TV Series)
- The Littlest Kidnapper (1969) ... Policeman
 1968 That's Life (TV Series)
- The Ninth Month (1968)
 1967 The Busy Body
Archie Brody
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Marvin Klump
- The Matterhorn Affair (1967) ... Marvin Klump
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
Jose Jimenez
- The Yegg Foes in Gotham (1966) ... Jose Jimenez (uncredited)
 1966 I Want My Mummy (Short)
Jose Jimenez (voice)
 1961 The New Steve Allen Show (TV Series)
Regular / Terrified High Diver / Jose Jimenez / ...
- UCLA (1961) ... Regular
- Pacific Ocean Park (1961) ... Terrified High Diver
- Episode #1.7 (1961) ... Comedian
 1960 Swinging Spiketaculars (TV Series)
Jose Jimenez / Piano Tuner
- Episode #1.6 (1960) ... Jose Jimenez
- Episode #1.4 (1960) ... Jose Jimenez
- Episode #1.2 (1960) ... Jose Jimenez / Piano Tuner
 1960 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
José Jiménez
- Episode dated 16 May 1960 (1960) ... José Jiménez
Show Show Writer (22 credits)
Show Show Producer (5 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (58 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)

Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercials (as Jose Jiminez): Vernor's Ginger Ale. See more »

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Alternate Names:

William Dana | Jose Jimenez

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Personal Quote:

[on Ginger Rogers] She was one of the cheapest people I ever met in my life. I had written her a performance hunk on [The New Steve Allen Show (1961)] and she was going to appear in Las Vegas and these other places and she asked me to help her. When it came time for payment she gave me Soap-On-A-Rope. See more »


He owned an advertising agency with Adams and D.W. Silverstein (it represented the International House of Pancakes); was the head of a management company that counted Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass among its clients. See more »



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