Tom Poston

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Tom Poston
Birth name Thomas Gordon Poston
Born October 17, 1921 in Columbus, Ohio, USA
Died April 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, USA from respiratory failure
Sometimes credited as Thomas Poston
Notable Roles
Notable Episodes
Awards

Contents

Biography

Roles

Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
On the Rocks Sullivan 1975–1976 1
We've Got Each Other Damon Jerome 1977–1978 1
Mork & Mindy Franklin Bickley 1979–1981 1 2 3
Newhart George Utley 1982–1990 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Good Grief Ringo Prowley 1990–1991 1
Committed Clown 2005 1

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Lights Out
(credited as Thomas Poston)
2x13 - Dr. Heidegger's Experiment November 20, 1950
Studio One Alec Gordon 3x37 - No Tears for Hilda May 7, 1951
Studio One Sentry 3x42 - Coriolanus June 11, 1951
Lights Out
(credited as Thomas Poston)
Sir John 2x47 - The Devil in Glencairn July 16, 1951
Goodyear Television Playhouse 4x20 - Tangled Web July 3, 1955
Playwrights '56 Fletcher 1x17 - You Sometimes Get Rich May 8, 1956
Robert Montgomery Presents 7x38 - Who? May 28, 1956
The Phil Silvers Show The Lieutenant 2x05 - The Face on the Recruiting Poster October 16, 1956
The Phil Silvers Show Guard House Lieutenant 2x17 - Love That Guardhouse January 15, 1957
The United States Steel Hour Chester 4x24 - The Change in Chester July 31, 1957
Thriller Charlie Denham 2x06 - Masquerade October 30, 1961
Get Smart Dr. Zharko 4x21 - Shock It to Me March 1, 1969
The Bob Newhart Show Cliff Murdock 4x01 - The Longest Good-Bye September 13, 1975
The Bob Newhart Show Cliff Murdock 4x24 - Peeper Two February 28, 1976
The Bob Newhart Show Cliff Murdock 5x01 - Enter Mrs. Peeper September 25, 1976
The Bob Newhart Show Cliff Murdock 5x09 - The Slammer November 20, 1976
Alice Jerry 1x14 - Vera's Mortician December 25, 1976
The Bob Newhart Show Cliff Murdock 5x24 - You're Having My Hartley March 19, 1977
CHiPs Bill Conner 2x20 - Quarantine February 24, 1979
Hotel Tommy Rooney 3x04 - Pathways October 16, 1985
St. Elsewhere Jim Morrison 6x21 - The Abby Singer Show May 18, 1988
Coach Dr. Hibke 3x02 - Magnificent Abscession October 2, 1990
Coach Art Hibke 3x22 - Diamonds Are a Dentist's Best Friend April 9, 1991
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman The Corpse 2x03 - Halloween October 30, 1993
Murphy Brown Old Man Swenson 6x19 - Crime Story February 28, 1994
Grace Under Fire Floyd Norton 2x20 - A Night at the Opera March 14, 1995
Coach Art Hibke 7x23 - Ten Percent of Nothing April 4, 1995
Grace Under Fire Floyd Norton 2x23 - Mother & Son & Father Reunion May 3, 1995
Coach Art Hibke 8x08 - Turtle World November 14, 1995
Home Improvement Clerk 5x12 - 'Twas the Flight Before Christmas December 12, 1995
Murphy Brown Old Man Swenson 9x05 - Office Politics October 14, 1996
Home Improvement Ned 6x09 - The Tool Man Delivers November 19, 1996
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman The Corpse 5x17 - Colleen's Paper February 8, 1997
Grace Under Fire Floyd Norton 4x20 - Jimmy Moves In March 12, 1997
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Mortgage Broker 2x09 - Witch Trash November 14, 1997
Home Improvement Ted 7x09 - Thanksgiving November 25, 1997
Just Shoot Me Herb Stanton 2x20 - Jack's Old Partner April 9, 1998
Touched by an Angel Ed 4x22 - Cry, and You Cry Alone April 12, 1998
Suddenly Susan Mr. Vance 3x04 - Sleeping with the Enemy October 12, 1998
Diagnosis Murder Tom Porter 7x01 - The Roast September 23, 1999
Normal, Ohio Stanley 1x07 - Just Another Normal Christmas December 13, 2000
The Drew Carey Show Roscoe Harvey 6x13 - Oswald's Dad Returns January 17, 2001
ER Earl 7x12 - Surrender February 1, 2001
ER Earl 7x20 - Fear of Commitment May 3, 2001
Becker Joe 4x18 - Talking Points March 18, 2002
Will & Grace Norman 4x20 - Went to a Garden Potty April 4, 2002

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Hollywood Squares October 15-19, 1979
The Hollywood Squares June 16-20, 1980
Password Plus December 28-31, 1981
Super Password October 8-12, 1984
Super Password January 14-18, 1985
Super Password July 22-26, 1985
Super Password September 16-20, 1985
Super Password December 2-6, 1985
Super Password February 3-7, 1986
Super Password June 16-20, 1986
Super Password October 27-31, 1986
Super Password March 2-6, 1987
Super Password August 17-21, 1987
Super Password September 28-October 2, 1987
Super Password March 28-April 1, 1988
Super Password September 26-30, 1988
Super Password January 30-February 3, 1989

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

(1 Win in 5 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (1959)
The Steve Allen Show

Trivia

Tom was host of the game show Split Personality and a frequent regular on To Tell the Truth