Cabot's career accomplishments, in both film and television, are too great to list here. But to us, he'll always be Giles French. Mr. French watched over Cissy and Jody and Buffy and Bill for 138 episodes of "Family Affair," between 1966 and 1971. Good show, old man!
He was the original announcer on "The Tonight Show" with Steve Allen, and Rayburn later did stints as a panelist on "What's My Line" and "To Tell the Truth." But he's best known as the host "The Match Game," which originally aired from 1962 to 1969 and became an even bigger hit when it was revived in 1973.
Always and forever Will Robinson from "Lost in Space," Mumy is said to have been offered the part of Eddie Munster in "The Munsters." His parents reportedly objected to the amount of makeup required for that role, which instead went to Butch Patrick.
A Spanish flamenco guitarist, María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza was discovered by band leader Xavier Cugat. The two married despite the decades that separated them in age. Charo and her mangled English schtick appeared on "Laugh-In" and a slew of other TV shows, her trademark line being "cuchi cuchi." Whatever that means.
Weaver was actually a TV character — he was played by the actor Cliff Arquette. Yes, of that Arquette family. Arquette first appeared as the Charlie Weaver character on "The Tonight Show" in 1959, after which he rarely appeared in public as himself. His best-known TV gig was manning the lower left box on "The Hollywood Squares."
From 1962 until the show was cancelled in 1971, Kulp played the spinster Miss Jane Hathaway on "The Beverly Hillbillies." She appeared in lots of other TV series in her career, then later in life turned to politics. She lost a bid for Congress in 1984, partly because "Hillbillies" co-star Buddy Ebsen very publicly backed her opponent. Well doggies!
Charles Nelson Reilly
Despite his work on the stage (he appeared in the original Broadway productions of "Bye Bye Birdie," "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Hello, Dolly!"), Reilly will forever be remembered as that wisecracking panelist on "The Match Game."
Before landing the lead role of Arnie Nuvo in the short-lived TV show "Arnie," Bernardi played Lieutenant Jacoby in the private-eye series "Peter Gunn." Originally a stage actor, he was also the original voice of "Charlie the Tuna" and the "Jolly Green Giant."
Yep, he's the guy who made that mouth-popping sound by slapping his hand against his cheek — in practically every scene he ever appeared in!
"EEE-Yesssssssss?" Nelson practically made a career out of that dopey phrase. He appeared in everything from "I Love Lucy" to "Sanford and Son." There's even a character on "The Simpsons" called "Frank Nelson Type" (aka "The Yes Guy," voiced by Dan Castellaneta).
He might be best known for his role as Martin Lane, the father in "The Patty Duke Show," but this guy got around. A lot. Schallert played teacher Leander Pomfritt on "The Many Lives of Dobie Gillis," the admiral on "Get Smart" and Under-Secretary Nilz Baris on the beloved "Star Trek" episode "The Trouble With Tribbles."
Eric "Hoss" Cartwright died way too young. Blocker, who got his start in 1957 playing a goon in a "Three Stooges" short, was only 43 when he passed. He got his big break when he landed the role of Hoss in 1959 on "Bonanza." The series lasted until 1972, the year Blocker died of a pulmonary embolism following gall bladder surgery.
"I hear nothing! I see nothing! I know nothing!" So said — and said, and said, and said — Senior Master Sergeant Hans Georg Schultz, serial number 23781, in "Hogan's Heroes."
Theodore J. Mooney (Mr. Mooney) was a starring character in three — count 'em, three — of Lucille Ball's TV series: "The Lucy Show," "Here's Lucy" and the short-lived "Life With Lucy." Gordon had been offered the role of Fred Mertz in the original "I Love Lucy," but passed in order to continue in the role of Osgood Conklin in "Our Miss Brooks."
From 1964 to 1972, White played ad executive Larry Tate, president of the McMann and Tate advertising agency and boss to Darrin Stephens on "Bewitched." White kicked around TV some after the series ended, his final role being on an episode of "Dynasty" in 1986.
Always and forever Dr. Alfred E. Bellows from "I Dream of Jeannie."
Although he got his start playing Gene Autry's sidekick, Buttram will forever be best known as Mr. Haney (first name: Eustace) on "Green Acres."
Ron Howard's little brother also got his start on "The Andy Griffith Show," but his first regular gig was on "Gentle Ben." In 1966, Clint appeared on the original "Star Trek," as the alien Balok. His director brother has cast him in 17 of his films.
Michael J. Pollard
This dude was in everything — from "The Andy Griffith Show" to "I Spy" to "Star Trek." In 1959, he was cast to replace Bob Denver — aka Maynard G. Krebs on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" — who had been drafted into the Army. The plan was to make Pollard a regular on the series, playing Maynard's cousin Jerome Krebs. But then Denver was classified as 4-F, so he stayed with the show and Pollard's character only lasted one episode.
In all but two appearances, where another actor stood in for him, Silla was the guy who stood underneath the biggest mop of hair on television. He played Cousin Itt on "The Addams Family."
You probably know her as Tabitha Stephens, daughter to Samantha and Darrin on "Bewitched." But Murphy has also kicked around reality TV, once starring in "Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling."
She landed the role of Marilyn on "The Munsters" when the original Marilyn, Beverley Owen, quit the series after the first season. Priest's mom was once the U.S. Treasurer, which meant her signature appeared on American currency.
If you were a regular viewer of "The Ed Sullivan Show," you know who this guy is. A stand-up comedian, Lee appeared on "Sullivan" more than 30 times.
This mouse puppet debuted on Italian TV back in 1959, but Americans know Topo best from his countless appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The 10-inch-high puppet always ended an appearance by saying, "Eddie, kiss me goodnight," and Sullivan always obliged.
Livingston's older brother Stanley played Chip Douglas on "My Three Sons." Midway through the show's run, Barry joined the cast as Ernie Thompson, a next-door neighbor, who was eventually adopted by the Douglas family. In 2007, Livingston had a guest role in "Mad Men."
Robert "Rusty" Stevens
Sadly, Beaver Cleaver's not-so-bright classmate Larry Mondello was about as far as Stevens got in show business. After leaving the show in 1960, midway through its run, Stevens landed only a couple of small gigs. But he reprised the role of Larry for a reunion show in the '80s.
The Mod Squad
The show centered on three hippie undercover cops (Michael Cole as Peter Cochran, Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes and Clarence Williams III as Linc Hayes) and their boss (Tige Andrews as Captain Adam Greer). They didn't seem so obscure back in the day, but when's the last time you thought about any of these people?
Born Harold J. Smith, Silverheels adopted the nickname he'd had as a young lacrosse player when he started working in low-budget westerns. He later landed the iconic role of Tonto in "The Lone Ranger."
Monica Evans and Carole Shelley
Cecily and Gwendolyn Pigeon (Monica Evans and Carole Shelley) appeared in the first season of the TV sitcom based on Neil Simon's hit play "The Odd Couple." The sisters lived in the same building as Felix Unger (Tony Randall) and Oscar Madison (Jack Klugman), and the four occasionally double dated. But Evans and Shelley were written out of the series after a single season.
This guy is known for one — and only one — thing: He was the pilot of "Supercar" in the 1961-62 Supermarionation puppetry series. "Supercar" was produced by Gerry Anderson, who also did "Fireball XL5" and "Thunderbirds."
He played the title character in "Diver Dan," which started out as a comic strip but moved to TV in 1960 as a series of seven-minute shorts. Dan wore an old-fashioned diving suit and talked with fish when he was underwater. Miss Minerva (Suzanne Turner) was the beautiful mermaid. Other characters included: Baron Barracuda, Doc Sturgeon, Goldie the Goldfish and Hermit Crab.
You know him as Lionel Jefferson in "All in the Family" and its spinoff "The Jeffersons," Evans later co-created the highly successful series "Good Times." He died of throat cancer in 2006, at 57.
The owner of Spacely Space Sprockets and boss of George Jetson, Spacely (the voice of Mel Blanc) was the main antagonist in "The Jetsons." Go-to line: "Jetson! You're fired!"
It all started with the role of a young teacher in the TV comedy-drama "Room 222," but Valentine went on to have her own series, "Karen." Her guest appearances ran the gamut, from "The Hollywood Squares" to "Love, American Style" to "The Love Boat."
The woman who won an Emmy for her portrayal of wise-talking housemaid Hazel Burke in "Hazel" came to the TV series with a boatload of awards, including a Tony, a Golden Globe and an Oscar for the stage and film versions of "Come Back, Little Sheba." Not bad for a girl from Brooklyn. "Hazel," by the way, was based on a comic strip in the Saturday Evening Post.
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