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By Roger B. Harris
Published May 2 2007

  Tom Poston

Comedian, actor and all around good guy Tom Poston has died in Los Angeles after a short illness. He was 85.

Over a career that spanned more than 50 years, he appeared in countless stage, film and television productions. On stage, he appeared in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter,Golden Fleecing, Shinbone Alley, Mary,Mary, Forty Carats and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

In the movies, he was in Cold Turkey, Christmas With the Kranks and The Princess Diaries 2.

Among his many television credits, he appeared on the original Bob Newhart Show; he received three Emmy nominations as Mr. Newhart's handyman in Newhart; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in Coach; and appeared in Mork and Mindy and Grace Under Fire. He was also a regular panelist in the popular game show, To Tell the Truth.

But to television viewers of a certain age, he'll be most remembered for his work on the old Steve Allen Show. On that show, in one recurring bit, called Man in the Street, he, along with Louis Nye and Don Knotts, were asked fairly simple questions by Allen, such as "What's your name?" Poston, the Everyman of the trio, would be rendered speechless, assuming a deer in the headlights visage. For his work on Steve Allen's show, Poston won an Emmy in 1959.

Mr. Poston is survived by his wife, the actress Suzanne Pleshette, whom he married in 2001; a daughter, Francesca Poston, from his first marriage; a son Jason Poston and a daughter Hudson Poston, from his second marriage; and a sister, Rosalie Cassou.



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