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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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Known For

Newhart
Newhart George Utley
(1982-1990)
Christmas with the Kranks
Christmas with the Kranks Father Zabriskie
(2004)
The Old Dark House
The Old Dark House Tom Penderel
(1963)
Mork & Mindy
Mork & Mindy Mr. Bickley
(1979-1981)

Filmography

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 2006 The Suite Life of Zack and Cody (TV Series)
Merle
- Ah, Wilderness (2006) ... Merle
 2005 Committed (TV Series)
Clown
- The Perfect Person: Part 2 (2005) ... Clown
- The Perfect Person: Part 1 (2005) ... Clown
- The Burger Episode (2005) ... Clown
- The Statue Guy Episode (2005) ... Clown
- The Mother Episode (2005) ... Clown
 2004 Christmas with the Kranks
Father Zabriskie
 2003 Beethoven's 5th (Video)
John Giles / Selig
 2003 8 Simple Rules (TV Series)
Jake
- Good Moms Gone Wild (2003) ... Jake
 2002-2003 That '70s Show (TV Series)
Burt Sigurdson
- Your Time Is Gonna Come (2003) ... Burt Sigurdson
- Thank You (2002) ... Burt Sigurdson
- Heartbreaker (2002) ... Burt Sigurdson
 2003 Good Morning, Miami (TV Series)
Lenny
- Take a Penny, Leave 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
- Talking Points (2002) ... 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 Dubin
- Swooped (2000) ... Garth Dubin
- Hot Pants (1999) ... Garth Dubin
 1999 The Story of Us
Harry
 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 Rugrats (TV Series)
Roy
- Baking Dil/Hair! (1998) ... Roy (voice)
 1998 Maggie Winters (TV Series)
Lester Mulford
- Mama's Got a Brand New Bag (1998) ... Lester Mulford
 1998 Suddenly Susan (TV Series)
Mr. Vance
- Sleeping with the Enemy (1998) ... Mr. Vance
 1998 First Date (Short)
 1998 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Ed Yablonsky
- Cry and You Cry Alone (1998) ... Ed Yablonsky
 1998 Just Shoot Me! (TV Series)
Herb
- Jack's Old Partner (1998) ... Herb
 1998 Krippendorf's Tribe
Gordon Hargrove
 1995-1998 Grace Under Fire (TV Series)
Floyd Norton
- Down in the Boondocks (1998) ... Floyd Norton
- Grace Under Class (1998) ... Floyd Norton
- Fall from Grace (1998) ... Floyd Norton
- Fire in the Hole (1998) ... Floyd Norton
- Digging Up the Dirt (1998) ... Floyd Norton
 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
- The Cameo Episode (1997) ... 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
- Office Politics (1996) ... Old Man Swenson
- Crime Story (1994) ... Old Man Swenson
 1990-1995 Coach (TV Series)
Dr. Art Hibke
- Turtle World (1995) ... Dr. Art Hibke
- Ten Percent of Nothing (1995) ... Dr. Art Hibke
- Diamonds Are a Dentist's Best Friend (1991) ... Dr. Art Hibke
- Magnificent Abscession (1990) ... Dr. Art Hibke
 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
- Wedding Bell Blues (1995) ... Mr. Looney
- The Looney Bin (1994) ... Mr. Looney
- Presumed Urkel (1994) ... Mr. Looney
 1994 Big Daddy's Barbecue (TV Movie)
Virgil
 1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (TV Series)
Mysterious 'Dead Man'
- Halloween (1993) ... Mysterious 'Dead Man'
 1993 Dream On (TV Series)
Sidney 'Uncle Bouncy' Barish
- Oral Sex, Lies and Videotape (1993) ... Sidney 'Uncle Bouncy' Barish
 1992-1993 Bob (TV Series)
Jerry Fleisher
- The Entertainer (1993) ... Jerry Fleisher
- I'm Getting Remarried in the Morning (1993) ... Jerry Fleisher
- Bob and Kaye and Jerry and Patty (1993) ... Jerry Fleisher
- A Streetcar Named Congress Douglas (1992) ... Jerry Fleisher
 1990-1991 Good Grief (TV Series)
Ringo Prowley
- 13th Episode Anniversary Special (1991) ... Ringo Prowley
- The Big Bang Theory (1991) ... Ringo Prowley
- The Bear (1991) ... Ringo Prowley
- Birth of a Notion (1990) ... Ringo Prowley
- Ringo Gets a Job (1990) ... Ringo Prowley
 1990 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Capital City Goofball
- Dancin' Homer (1990) ... Capital City Goofball (voice)
 1982-1990 Newhart (TV Series)
George Utley
- The Last Newhart (1990) ... George Utley
- My Husband, My Peasant (1990) ... George Utley
- Father Goose (1990) ... George Utley
- Dick and Tim (1990) ... George Utley
- Handymania (1990) ... George Utley
 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)
 1977-1987 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Tom Poston / Daniel Baker / Mickey O'Day
- Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? (1987) ... Tom Poston
 1986 Fresno (TV Mini-Series)
Doc Parseghian
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Doc Parseghian
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Doc Parseghian
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... 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
 1982 I've Had It Up to Here (TV Movie)
 1982 King's Crossing (TV Series)
Brian Gunshore
- The Home Front (1982) ... Brian Gunshore
 1979-1981 Mork & Mindy (TV Series)
Mr. Bickley
- Three the Hard Way (1981) ... Mr. Bickley
- Reflections and Regrets (1981) ... Mr. Bickley
- Mindy and Mork (1981) ... Mr. Bickley
- I Heard It Through the Morkvine (1981) ... Mr. Bickley
- Old Muggable Mork (1981) ... Mr. Bickley (credit only)
 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 Beane's 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
Minister
 1977-1978 We've Got Each Other (TV Series)
Damon Jerome
- Pumping Iron (1978) ... Damon Jerome
- The Long Vacation (1977) ... Damon Jerome
- The Magic Show (1977) ... Damon Jerome
- Miss Wonderful (1977) ... Damon Jerome
- The Oil Spill (1977) ... Damon Jerome
 1977 The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa (TV Movie)
William Bensinger
 1975-1977 The Bob Newhart Show (TV Series)
Cliff Murdock
- You're Having My Hartley (1977) ... Cliff Murdock
- The Slammer (1976) ... Cliff Murdock
- Enter Mrs. Peeper (1976) ... Cliff Murdock
- Peeper Two (1976) ... Cliff Murdock
- The Longest Good Bye (1975) ... Cliff Murdock
 1977 All's Fair (TV Series)
Harold Banks
- Save the Yak (1977) ... Harold Banks
 1976 Alice (TV Series)
Jerry Dittmeyer
- Vera's Mortician (1976) ... Jerry Dittmeyer
 1975-1976 On the Rocks (TV Series)
Mr. Sullivan
- High Noon (1976) ... Mr. Sullivan
- Free and Clear (1976) ... Mr. Sullivan
- Testing, Testing (1976) ... Mr. Sullivan
- Friendly Persuasion (1975) ... Mr. Sullivan
- The High and the Mighty: Part 2 (1975) ... Mr. Sullivan
 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
 1963 The Old Dark House
Tom Penderel
 1962 Zotz!
Prof. Jonathan Jones
 1961 Thriller (TV Series)
Charlie Denham
- Masquerade (1961) ... Charlie Denham
 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 Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
Comedian
- Episode #3.11 (1957) ... Comedian
 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: Appeared (as "Lt. Ferguson Howard") in "Golden Fleecing" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Lorenzo Semple Jr.. Incidental music by Dana Suesse. Directed by Abe Burrows. Henry Miller's Theatre: 15 Oct 1959-26 Dec 1959 (84 performances). Cast: Bob Carraway (as "Ens. Beauregard Gilliam"), Mickey Deems, Robert Elston (as "Jackson ... 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:

His first child, with first wife Jean Sullivan, is daughter Francesca Poston. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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