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Positively Tom Poston

Published: 4/30/2012

 Actor and comedian Tom Poston is seen at the Kennedy Center in this Oct. 29, 2002 file photo, in Washington for the Mark Twain Prize for Humor Award, given to Bob Newhart. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)If a TV show was funny any time in the second half of the 20th century, there's a good chance Tom Poston was involved with it. Whether he was a regular cast member, a recurring character or a one-time guest, and whether the show was a sitcom, game show, variety or talk show, chances are that Poston was there, making it funnier.

Five years after his death, we still can't stop laughing when we watch Tom Poston's work. We're offering a few of his greatest hits to give you a laugh, too.





(AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)


Tom Poston's career kicked off in the 1950s with his role on The Steve Allen Show. In 1959, he won an Emmy for his work on the show.

Poston was always a delight on game shows. Here he is with lots of hugs and a few jokes on The $25,000 Pyramid (we loved watching him chase down Dick Clark for a hug, too).

And, of course, there was his work with Bob Newhart. In the 1970s, Poston had a recurring role on The Bob Newhart Show (which also featured Poston’s future wife Suzanne Pleshette). But it is as slightly dim handyman George Utley on Newhart in the ‘80s that Poston is best-remembered. A comedy classic.

Written by Linnea Crowther



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