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Don Adams (I) (1923–2005)


Don Adams was born in New York, to a father of Hungarian Jewish descent, and a mother of German and Irish ancestry. He had a sister, Gloria, and a brother, Dick Yarmy. He served in the U.S. Marines in World War II and contracted malaria during the fighting on Guadalcanal island. After the war he began a career as a stand-up comic. He married ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Get Smart
Get Smart Maxwell Smart / King Charles of Coronia / Floyd Darrow
(1965-1970)
Inspector Gadget
(1999)
The Partners
The Partners Det. Lennie Crooke
(1971-1972)
The Nude Bomb
The Nude Bomb Maxwell Smart
(1980)

Filmography

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 1997-2000 Pepper Ann (TV Series)
Principal Hickey
- The Finale (2000) ... Principal Hickey (voice)
- Unhappy Campers/The Search for Pepper Ann Pearson (2000) ... Principal Hickey (voice)
- Complementary Colors (2000) ... Principal Hickey
- Beyond Good and Evel/One of the Guys (1999) ... Principal Hickey (voice)
- Cocoon Gables/Green-Eyed Monster (1998) ... Principal Hickey (voice)
 1999 Inspector Gadget: Gadget's Greatest Gadgets (Video)
Inspector Gadget (segments "The Capeman Cometh", "Prince of the Gypsies", and "Gadget's Gadgets")
 1999 Inspector Gadget
Brain (voice)
 1997 Gadget Boy's Adventures in History (TV Series)
Gadget Boy (voice)
 1997 Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher (TV Series)
Principal
- Gargoyle Guys (1997) ... Principal
 1996 Field Trip Starring Inspector Gadget (TV Series)
Inspector Gadget
- Native American Culture: Plymouth Plantation (1996) ... Inspector Gadget (voice)
- Washington, D.C. (1996) ... Inspector Gadget (voice)
- Greek Islands/Los Angeles (1996) ... Inspector Gadget (voice)
- Italy (1996) ... Inspector Gadget (voice)
- Italy/Egypt (1996) ... Inspector Gadget (voice)
 1995 Gadget Boy and Heather (TV Series)
Gadget Boy
- Gadget Boy in Toyland (1995) ... Gadget Boy (voice)
- Raiders of the Lost Mummies (1995) ... Gadget Boy (voice)
 1995 Get Smart (TV Series)
Chief Maxwell Smart
- Liver Let Die (1995) ... Chief Maxwell Smart
- Wurst Enemies (1995) ... Chief Maxwell Smart
- Passenger 99 (1995) ... Chief Maxwell Smart
- Shoot Up the Charts (1995) ... Chief Maxwell Smart
- Goodbye Ms. Chip (1995) ... Chief Maxwell Smart
 1994 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Don Adams
- Charley's Millions (1994) ... Don Adams
 1992 Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas (TV Movie)
Inspector Gadget (voice)
 1989 Get Smart, Again! (TV Movie)
Maxwell Smart
 1985-1988 Check It Out (TV Series)
Howard Bannister
- For the Book (1988) ... Howard Bannister
- Educating Leslie (1988) ... Howard Bannister
- Smotherly Love (1988) ... Howard Bannister
- Losing It (1988) ... Howard Bannister
- Vote for Me (1988) ... Howard Bannister
 1987 Back to the Beach
Harbor Master
 1986 The Amazing Adventures of Inspector Gadget (Video)
Inspector Gadget (voice)
 1983-1985 Inspector Gadget (TV Series)
Gadget / Robo Gadget
- Gadget and the Red Rose (1985) ... Gadget (voice)
- Gadget and Old Lace (1985) ... Gadget (voice)
- Gadget Meets the Clan (1985) ... Gadget (voice)
- Gadget's Clean Sweep (1985) ... Gadget (voice)
- Gadget's Roma (1985) ... Gadget (voice)
 1984 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Sheriff
- Losers Weepers: Part 1 (1984) ... Sheriff
 1978-1984 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Walter Love / Sam Corey / Sidney Williams / ...
- April's Love/We Three/Happy Ending (1980) ... William Robinson
 1982 Jimmy the Kid
Harry Walker
 1980 Murder Can Hurt You! (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1980 The Nude Bomb
Maxwell Smart
 1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Cornelius Wieselfarber
- The Red Baron/Young at Heart (1979) ... Cornelius Wieselfarber
 1977 The Fantastic Journey (TV Series)
Air Port Announcer
- Vortex (1977) ... Air Port Announcer (uncredited)
 1976 The Love Boat (TV Movie)
Donald Richardson
 1976 Three Times Daley (TV Movie)
Bob Daley
 1973 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home (TV Series)
Don Gibson Jr.
- Don for the Defense (1973) ... Don Gibson Jr. (voice)
 1973 The New Scooby-Doo Movies (TV Series)
Don Adams
- The Exterminator (1973) ... Don Adams (voice)
 1973 Saga of Sonora (TV Movie)
The Old Cowhand / Host
 1971-1972 The Partners (TV Series)
Det. Lennie Crooke
- The 217 in 402 (1972) ... Det. Lennie Crooke
- Two in a Pen (1972) ... Det. Lennie Crooke
- Two or False (1972) ... Det. Lennie Crooke
- Magnificent Perception (1972) ... Det. Lennie Crooke
- Headlines for Higgenbottom (1972) ... Det. Lennie Crooke
 1971 Confessions of a Top Crime Buster (TV Movie)
Det. Lennie Crooke
 1965-1970 Get Smart (TV Series)
Maxwell Smart / King Charles of Coronia / Floyd Darrow
- I Am Curiously Yellow (1970) ... Maxwell Smart
- Do I Hear a Vaults? (1970) ... Maxwell Smart
- Hello, Columbus - Goodbye, America (1970) ... Maxwell Smart
- What's It All About, Algie? (1970) ... Maxwell Smart
- Smartacus (1970) ... Maxwell Smart
 1970 Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Dolf Clem
- Episode #1.9 (1970) ... Dolf Clem
 1968 Laugh-In (TV Series)
Various Roles
- Episode #1.4 (1968) ... Various Roles
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Harry
- Instant Money (1967) ... Harry
 1963-1966 Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales (TV Series)
Tennessee Tuxedo / Cousin Percy / Monkey
- Telescope Detectives (1966) ... Tennessee Tuxedo (voice)
- Samantha (1966) ... Tennessee Tuxedo (voice)
- There Auto Be a Law (1966) ... Tennessee Tuxedo (voice)
- Robot Revenge (1966) ... Tennessee Tuxedo (voice)
- Peace and Quiet (1966) ... Tennessee Tuxedo (voice)
 1963-1964 The Bill Dana Show (TV Series)
Byron Glick / Glick the Hotel Detective / Byron Glick - Hotel Detective
- Glick the Strongman (1964) ... Byron Glick
- Tonsils for Two (1964) ... Byron Glick
- We'll Get You for This (1964) ... Byron Glick
- The Suggestion Box (1964) ... Byron Glick
- Jose, the Flower Thief (1964) ... Byron Glick
 1964 Underdog (TV Series)
Tennessee Tuxedo (voice)
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Show Show Writer (5 credits)
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (77 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (10 credits)

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TV commercial: American Association of Diabetes Educators See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 3 Articles | 2 Pictorials | See more »

Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[interview with Robert DeRossi, 10/27/65] I don't want to change the thinking of the world. My purpose is to make people laugh . . . It would be hypocritical if I said I don't want recognition, but I've never wanted it terribly. I think I'm being honest when I say I'd rather turn my talents, whatever they are, to writing and directing. See more »

Trivia:

His clipped Maxwell Smart voice came from a much exaggerated takeoff on William Powell's "The Thin Man." He used to get laughs using the exact same voice years earlier on the stand-up circuit in different character set pieces--a baseball umpire, a football coach, a defense attorney. See more »

Trademark:

His "Maxwell Smart" catchphrases "Would you believe...?", "Sorry About that, Chief.", "And...loving it." and "Missed it by THAT much." See more »

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