Don Adams


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Don Adams, the wry-voiced comedian who starred as the fumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the 1960s television spoof of James Bond movies, "Get Smart," has died. He was 82.

Adams died of a lung infection late Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his friend and former agent Bruce Tufeld said Monday, adding the actor broke his hip a year ago and had been in ill health since.

As the inept Agent 86 of the super-secret federal agency Control, Adams captured TV viewers with his antics in combatting the evil agents of Kaos. When his explanations failed to convince the villains or his boss, he tried another tack: "Would you believe...?" It became a national catchphrase.

Smart was also prone to spilling things on the desk or person of the Chief (actor Edward Platt). Smart's apologetic "Sorry about that, chief" also entered the American lexicon. The spy gadgets, which aped those of the Bond movies, were a popular feature, especially the pre-cell-phone telephone in a shoe.

Smart's beautiful partner, Agent 99, played by Barbara Felden, was as brainy as he was dense, and a plot romance led to marriage and the birth of twins later in the series.

Adams, who had been under contract to NBC, was lukewarm about doing a spy spoof. When he learned that Mel Brooks and Buck Henry had written the pilot script, he accepted immediately. "Get Smart" debuted on NBC in September 1965 and scored No. 12 among the season's most-watched series and No. 22 in its second season.

"Get Smart" twice won the Emmy for best comedy series with three Emmys for Adams as comedy actor.

Copyright © 2005 The Associated Press

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Thank you for your service to this great nation in it's time of need during WWII as a Marine on Guadalcanal. Thank you for the healing power of laughter you gave to the world in your comedy.

What a great actor,he was the greatest and definitely will be missed. I loved every minute watching him on television. RIP max

I grew up in Valley Cottage, NY in the 60's. I am sorry I don't remember their name, but a friend from school had Don Adams as an Uncle. We all thought that was very cool! I'm sorry to read of his passing. He was an icon and a great entertainer!

I remember watching reruns of Don Adams on Get Smart. I was only 6 or 7 but enjoyed it. RIP Don, thanks for the memories...

R.I.P. Don Adams, I have & watched ur first season episodes of 'Get Smart' keep us laughing in heaven.

my prayers and condolences to don adams family.he,ll be sadly missedby all who knew him including his family and friends. he was a great aCTOR. im related to don adams. he,ll be in my thoughts every day. rest in peace. I,liked his show when its on. I,ll miss his show.he should get award for being the great actor.i,wished I, could met him and did a lot of things together.

May you rest in God's hands Don Adams you always kept me laughing as a child and as an adult

Great Guy made TV special he was fun to watch ,Don is in heaven!

I watched every episode as a kid and dreamt of growing up and being a spy just like you. Thank you for so many laughs, too bad comedy isn't so funny today. You were one in a billion. Patricia, Ottawa, Ontario