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Ted Bessell (1935–1996)


Born in New York City, Ted's early career included guest appearances in soap operas, Lover Come Back (1961) and It's a Man's World (1962). Ted went on to appear as "Frankie" on Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964), but his big break was as "That Guy" on the successful Marlo Thomas Television series That Girl (1966). As "Don Hollinger", he played the boyfriend ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Tracey Ullman Show
(1987-1990)
That Girl
That Girl Donald Hollinger / Don Blue Sky / Dr. Rex Kennedy
(1965-1971)
It's a Man's World
It's a Man's World Thomas A. 'Tom-Tom' DeWitt
(1962-1963)

Filmography

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 1986 Comedy Factory (TV Series)
Max Harrison
- The Arena (1986) ... Max Harrison
 1985 Hail to the Chief (TV Series)
Gen. Oliver Mansfield
- Episode #1.7 (1985) ... Gen. Oliver Mansfield
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Gen. Oliver Mansfield
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Gen. Oliver Mansfield
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Gen. Oliver Mansfield
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Gen. Oliver Mansfield
 1981 The Acorn People (TV Movie)
Jesse Hooten
 1980 Good Time Harry (TV Series)
Harry Jenkins
- Ben Younger (1980) ... Harry Jenkins
- Harry Kisses Death on the Mouth (1980) ... Harry Jenkins
- Play It Again, Stan (1980) ... Harry Jenkins
- The Wally Smith Story (1980) ... Harry Jenkins
- Audrey Simpson (1980) ... Harry Jenkins
 1979 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (TV Movie)
Pete McCann
 1975 Mary Tyler Moore (TV Series)
Joe Warner
- One Boyfriend Too Many (1975) ... Joe Warner
- Mary Richards Falls in Love (1975) ... Joe Warner
 1974 Bobby Parker and Company (TV Movie)
Bobby Parker
 1973 What Are Best Friends For? (TV Movie)
Paul Nesbitt
 1973 Scream, Pretty Peggy (TV Movie)
Jeffrey Elliot
 1973 The Ted Bessell Show (TV Movie)
 1972 Your Money or Your Wife (TV Movie)
Dan Cramer
 1972 Me and the Chimp (TV Series)
Mike Reynolds
- Liz's Allergy (1972) ... Mike Reynolds
- Hoop-Lah (1972) ... Mike Reynolds
- Mike's Night-In (1972) ... Mike Reynolds
- The Ghost Town (1972) ... Mike Reynolds
- The Paint Job (1972) ... Mike Reynolds
 1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Hal Powers
- Echo from Another World (1971) ... Dr. Hal Powers
 1971 Two on a Bench (TV Movie)
Preston Albright
 1971 The New Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Skip Holloway
- The Tennis Pro (1971) ... Skip Holloway
 1965-1971 That Girl (TV Series)
Donald Hollinger / Dr. Rex Kennedy / Don Blue Sky
- The Elevated Woman (1971) ... Donald Hollinger
- Soot Yourself (1971) ... Donald Hollinger
- Two for the Money (1971) ... Donald Hollinger
- Stag Party (1971) ... Donald Hollinger
- That King (1971) ... Donald Hollinger
 1969 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Roger Bowen (segment "Love and the Roommate")
- Love and the Burglar/Love and the Roommate/Love and the Wild Party (1969) ... Roger Bowen (segment "Love and the Roommate")
 1969 Don't Drink the Water
Axel Magee
 1967 Off to See the Wizard (TV Series)
Gypsy Prince
- Gypsy Colt (1967) ... Gypsy Prince
 1965-1966 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
Frankie / Jim Purcell
- Gomer, the Would-Be Hero (1966) ... Frankie
- Desk Job for a Sergeant (1966) ... Frankie
- Opie Joins the Marines (1966) ... Frankie
- Duke Slater, Night Club Comic (1966) ... Frankie
- Gomer and the Phone Company (1966) ... Frankie
 1965 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Corporal Smith
- Then Came the Mighty Hunter (1965) ... Corporal Smith
 1965 Billie
Bob Matthews
 1965 McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force
Lt. Wilbur Harkness
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Elliott Setlin
- Thou Still Unravished Bride (1965) ... Elliott Setlin
 1963-1965 The Bill Dana Show (TV Series)
Charlie / Peter
- Beauty and the Bellhop (1965) ... Charlie
- Honeymoon Suite (1963) ... Peter
 1964 The Tycoon (TV Series)
McCracken / George
- Toys in the Pentagon (1964) ... McCracken
- The Top Ten (1964) ... George
 1964 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Albert Brian
- August Is the Month Before Christmas (1964) ... Albert Brian
 1964 The Greatest Show on Earth (TV Series)
Loring Wagner
- You're All Right, Ivy (1964) ... Loring Wagner
 1964 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Davies
- Rodger Young (1964) ... Davies
 1963 Captain Newman, M.D.
Carrozzo - Patient (uncredited)
 1963 The Lieutenant (TV Series)
Jim Douglas
- Alert! (1963) ... Jim Douglas
 1962-1963 It's a Man's World (TV Series)
Thomas A. 'Tom-Tom' DeWitt
- Winter Story (1963) ... Thomas A. 'Tom-Tom' DeWitt
- Mutiny on the Elephant (1963) ... Thomas A. 'Tom-Tom' DeWitt
- The Unbalanced Line (1963) ... Thomas A. 'Tom-Tom' DeWitt
- Hour of Truth (1963) ... Thomas A. 'Tom-Tom' DeWitt
- Night Beat of the Tom-Tom (1962) ... Thomas A. 'Tom-Tom' DeWitt
 1962 Checkmate (TV Series)
The Assistant Director
- The Star System (1962) ... The Assistant Director
 1961 The Outsider
Kid (uncredited)
 1961 Lover Come Back
Elevator Operator (uncredited)
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Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Donald Hollinger made me a name but took away the heart of me.

Trivia:

His biggest burst of post-"That Girl" fame came with the role, in the next-to-last season of Mary Tyler Moore (1970), of Mary Richards's beau. See more »

Nickname:

Teddy

Star Sign:

Pisces

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