"I did the 'Steve Allen Show' playing a bloke who couldn't remember his own name. The next day, the nation knew of my work. Guys in cabs would drive by and see me and yell, 'hey, hey, dummy!' So that's how powerful 'The Steve Allen Show' was as far as recognition was concerned."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, Tom Poston (1921-2007) talks about his first television appearances, including his stint as a regular on Hawkins Falls and Population 6200, which originated in Chicago. He chronicles his work on a local New York daytime show, which led to appearances as a regular on The Steve Allen Show in the "Man on the Street" sketches with Don Knotts and Louis Nye. He discusses his work with colleague Bob Newhart, including his recurring role on The Bob Newhart Show, and his regular role as handyman "George Utley" on Newhart. Other topics he discusses include his original consideration for the lead in Get Smart (before the project changed networks, nullifying his contract), his regular role on Mork & Mindy, and his relationship and marriage to actress Suzanne Pleshette. Stephen J. Abramson conducted the interview in Beverly Hills, CA on February 9, 2006.