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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 27 November 1920Foraker, Shidler, Oklahoma, USA
Date of Death 8 September 2013Orland, California, USA
Birth NameCalvin Coolidge Worthington
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Cal Worthington was a famous Southern California car dealer whose TV commercials blanketed the Los Angeles area, usually at night, and were almost impossible to avoid. He had two main new-car dealerships--Worthington Ford in Long Beach and Worthington Dodge in Bellflower--but his commercials were almost exclusively about the used cars he sold on those lots ("I've got a gajillion used cars!") which is apparently where he made the vast majority of his money. His catchy jingles included the lines, "If you're looking for a better set of wheels, I will stand upon my head to beat all deals, I will stand upon my head till my ears are turning red. Go see Cal. Go see Cal. Go see Cal!" accompanied by a shot of Cal engaged in all sorts of silly antics with a variety of animals--tigers, bears, boa constrictors, etc.--he called "My dog Spot". He was investigated several times by the state Attorney General for unethical business practices, such as rolling back speedometers and "bait and switch", in which a dealer would advertise a particular car at a price far below its market value, and when potential customers showed up to see it, they would be told that the car had already been sold but "we have one here just like it" (for more money, of course). In the movie Into the Night (1985), one of his crazy commercials is shown playing on a TV in the foreground. Today, both sales and service for the L.A.-area Worthington dealerships are open 24 hours a day.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: J Wright

Spouse (4)

Anna (April 2011 - 2011) (divorced)
Bonnie Reese (1995 - 8 August 2013) (his death) (1 child)
Susan Henning (1979 - 1986) (divorced) (2 children)
Barbara (1942 - 1979) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (7)

Used to own a Chevrolet dealership in Houston, Texas (1990-1993)
Owns several car dealerships (mostly in California) and is locally famous for his near-surreal commercials in which he wears a cowboy hat and praises his cars and great deals at length while engaging in antics with various animals (bears, goats, horses, etc.) He invariably says "My dog, Spot".
Father of Rod, Barbie, Calvin, Susie and Coldren.
Ex-brother-in-law of Bunny Henning.
Ex-son-in-law of Golden Henning.
Flew B-17s on 29 missions over Germany in WWII.
The character Hal Jackson in Made in America (1993) was based on Cal Worthington. Like Worthington, Hal Jackson was shown acting alongside exotic animals in commercials for his car dealerships.

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