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Tom Poston (1921–2007)


Veteran comedic actor Tom Poston, he with the bugged-out eyes that commonly accentuated a vague look of bewilderment, was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1921 and, by age nine, was appearing with an acrobatic troupe. He was attending Bethany College in West Virginia when World War II broke out and he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. He won medals for ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 2006 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (TV Series)
Merle
- Ah, Wilderness (2006) ... Merle
 2003 Beethoven's 5th (Video)
John Giles / Selig
 2003 8 Simple Rules (TV Series)
Jake
- Good Moms Gone Wild (2003) ... Jake
 2003 Good Morning, Miami (TV Series)
Lenny
- Take a Penny, Give a Penny (2003) ... Lenny
 2002 Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (TV Series)
- Not Yet Begun to Fight (2002) ... (voice)
- Allies at Last (2002) ... (voice)
- The Turtle (2002) ... (voice)
- The Intolerable Acts (2002) ... (voice)
- The Boston Tea Party (2002) ... (voice)
 2002 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Norman
- Went to a Garden Potty (2002) ... Norman
 2002 Becker (TV Series)
Joe Willakie
 2002 Apple Valley Knights (TV Series)
Justice Knight Sr.
 2001 The Ellen Show (TV Series)
Joe
- Joe (2001) ... Joe
 2001 The Lone Gunmen (TV Series)
Captain Toby / Fred Tabalowski
- The 'Cap'n Toby' Show (2001) ... Captain Toby / Fred Tabalowski
 2001 ER (TV Series)
Earl
- Fear of Commitment (2001) ... Earl
- Surrender (2001) ... Earl
 2001 King of the Hill (TV Series)
Mr. Popper
- Now Who's the Dummy? (2001) ... Mr. Popper (voice)
 2001 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)
Roscoe Harvey
- Oswald's Dad Returns (2001) ... Roscoe Harvey
 2000 Normal, Ohio (TV Series)
Stanley
- Just Another Normal Christmas (2000) ... Stanley
 2000 Dharma & Greg (TV Series)
Dr. Gillespie
- The Spy Who Said He Loved Me (2000) ... Dr. Gillespie
 1999-2000 Malcolm & Eddie (TV Series)
Garth / Garth Dubin
- Swooped (2000) ... Garth
- Hot Pants (1999) ... Garth Dubin
 1999 Diagnosis Murder (TV Series)
Tom Porter
- The Roast (1999) ... Tom Porter
 1999 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show (TV Series)
Uncle Cosmo
 1999 Cosby (TV Series)
Tim
- Timerity (1999) ... Tim
- Ol' Betsy (1999) ... Tim
 1998 Contempt of Court (TV Movie)
Coroner
 1998 Maggie Winters (TV Series)
Lester Mulford
- Mama's Got a Brand New Bag (1998) ... Lester Mulford
 1998 Suddenly Susan (TV Series)
Mr. Vance
 1998 First Date (Short)
 1998 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Ed
- Cry and You Cry Alone (1998) ... Ed
 1998 Just Shoot Me! (TV Series)
Herb
- Jack's Old Partner (1998) ... Herb
 1995-1997 Home Improvement (TV Series)
Ted / Ned / The Clerk
- Thanksgiving (1997) ... Ted
- The Tool Man Delivers (1996) ... Ned
- 'Twas the Flight Before Christmas (1995) ... The Clerk
 1997 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (TV Series)
Mortgage Banker
- Witch Trash (1997) ... Mortgage Banker
 1997 George & Leo (TV Series)
Traffic Cop
 1996 The Larry Sanders Show (TV Series)
Tom Poston
- My Name Is Asher Kingsley (1996) ... Tom Poston
 1994-1996 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Old Man Swenson
 1995 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (TV Series)
Ralph / Burly Man
- Eau de Krumm/O'Lucky Monster (1995) ... Ralph / Burly Man (voice)
 1994-1995 Family Matters (TV Series)
Mr. Looney
- The Looney Bin (1994) ... Mr. Looney
- Presumed Urkel (1994) ... Mr. Looney
 1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Series)
Mysterious 'Dead Man'
- Halloween (1993) ... Mysterious 'Dead Man'
 1990 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Capital City Goofball
- Dancin' Homer (1990) ... Capital City Goofball (voice)
 1989 Murphy's Laws of Golf (Short)
George
 1988 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Jim Morrison
- The Abby Singer Show (1988) ... Jim Morrison
 1988 Save the Dog! (TV Movie)
 1986 Fresno (TV Mini-Series)
Doc Parseghian
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Doc Parseghian
 1986 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
 1985 Hotel (TV Series)
Tommy Rooney
- Pathways (1985) ... Tommy Rooney
 1977-1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Daniel Baker / Mickey O'Day
 1982 I've Had It Up to Here (TV Movie)
 1982 King's Crossing (TV Series)
Brian Gunshore
- The Home Front (1982) ... Brian Gunshore
 1981 Carbon Copy
Reverend Hayworth
 1981 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite (TV Movie)
Omar Krepps
 1980 Good Time Harry (TV Series)
Ben Younger
- Ben Younger (1980) ... Ben Younger
 1980 Up the Academy
Sisson
 1979 Beanes of Boston (TV Movie)
Frank Beane
 1979 CHiPs (TV Series)
Bill Conner
- Quarantine (1979) ... Bill Conner
 1979 $weepstake$ (TV Series)
Leeds
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Leeds
 1978 Fame (TV Movie)
Car Salesman
 1978 Flying High (TV Series)
Zarky
- The Vanishing Point (1978) ... Zarky
 1978 A Guide for the Married Woman (TV Movie)
Marty Gibson
 1978 Rabbit Test
The Minister
 1977 The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa (TV Movie)
William Bensinger
 1977 All's Fair (TV Series)
Harold Banks
- Save the Yak (1977) ... Harold Banks
 1976 Alice (TV Series)
Jerry Dittmeyer
 1976 The Second Annual Comedy Awards (TV Movie)
Absent-Minded Guy
 1975 The Happy Hooker
J. Arthur Conrad
 1975 Harry and Maggie (TV Short)
Arlo Wilson
 1974 Bobby Parker and Company (TV Movie)
His Psychiatrist
 1971 Cold Turkey
Mr. Stopworth
 1969 Get Smart (TV Series)
Dr. Zharko
- Shock It to Me (1969) ... Dr. Zharko
 1969 The Good Guys (TV Series)
Julian Brent
- The World's Second Greatest Lover (1969) ... Julian Brent
 1968 Gentle Ben (TV Series)
Joe Cardigan
- Trophy Bear (1968) ... Joe Cardigan
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Janitor / Lieutenant Courtney
- Double Jeopardy (1965) ... Janitor / Lieutenant Courtney
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Sheldon Lowell
- The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang: Part 2 (1964) ... Sheldon Lowell
- The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang: Part 1 (1964) ... Sheldon Lowell
 1963 Soldier in the Rain
Lt. Magee
 1962 Zotz!
Prof. Jonathan Jones
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Charlie Denham
- Masquerade (1961) ... Charlie Denham
 1957-1960 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
Perennial Amnesiac / Comedian- Shell Game Player / Comedian / ...
- Episode #3.13 (1957) ... Comedian- Shell Game Player
- Episode #3.11 (1957) ... Comedian
- Episode #2.38 (1957) ... Nieghbor
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Supervisor
- The Enchanted (1960) ... Supervisor
 1960 The Tempest (TV Movie)
Trinculo
 1958 The Christmas Tree (TV Movie)
Tom
 1957 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Chester
- The Change in Chester (1957) ... Chester
 1956-1957 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Guard House Lieutenant / The Lieutenant
- Love That Guardhouse (1957) ... Guard House Lieutenant
- The Face on the Recruiting Poster (1956) ... The Lieutenant
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Who? (1956)
 1956 Playwrights '56 (TV Series)
Fletcher
- You Sometimes Get Rich (1956) ... Fletcher
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- Tangled Web (1955)
 1953 City That Never Sleeps
Detective (as Thomas Poston)
 1952 Skirts Ahoy!
Walk-on (uncredited)
 1950-1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
Sir John
- The Devil in Glencairn (1951) ... Sir John (as Thomas Poston)
- Dr. Heidegger's Experiment (1950) ... (as Thomas Poston)
 1951 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Sentry / Alec Gordon
- Coriolanus (1951) ... Sentry
- No Tears for Hilda (1951) ... Alec Gordon
 1950 Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (TV Series)
The Alkarian
- The Mystery of Alkar ... The Alkarian (uncredited)
 1950 Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel (TV Series)
Toby Winfield (1953)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Written by George Axelrod. Directed by George Axelrod. Belasco Theatre (moved to The Shubert Theatre from 9 Jul 1956- 10 Nov 1956): 13 Oct 1955- 10 Nov 1956 (444 performances). Cast: Orson Bean (as "George MacCauley"), Martin Gabel (as "Irving LaSalle"), Jayne Mansfield (as "Rita Marlowe"), ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Thomas Poston

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Personal Quote:

In ways I don't like to admit, I'm a goof-up myself. It's an essential part of my character. When these guys [his TV characters] screw up, it reminds me of my own incompetence with the small frustrations of life. (in a 1983 interview) See more »

Trivia:

Next door neighbor of Shane Stanley in mid seventies. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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