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Don Adams

Name:Don Adams

Born:13 April 1923

Age:82 Years (25 September 2005)

Died:25 September 2005

Marital status:Married

Born country:New York City, New York, USA

Status: Expire

Profession: Actor

Early life: DonAdams was born Donald James Yarmy on 13 April 1923 in New York. His father, a restaurant manager, was of Hungarian Jewish descent, although DonAdams was higher in his mother’s Catholic faith. As a young boy, DonAdams often missed school, favoring to fill his days in the cinemas of 42nd Street. When he was there, he entertained his friends with his impresses of movie stars.

DonAdams left school in 1941 to join the Marines. He took part in the raid of Guadalcanal by the Pacific during the Second World War. His active military service, however, was short-lived because he contracted Blackwater fever, a serious complication of malaria. Adams spent a year recovering at a naval hospital in New Zealand before being sent to the United States to serve as a military instructor.

Personal Life:

DonAdams was married and divorced three times:

  • Adelaide “Dell” Efantis, in 1949, divorced in 1958. They have four children: actress Cecily (born 6 February 1958 and died 3 March 2004), Carolyn, Christine, and Cathy.
  • Dorothy Bracken in 1960, divorced in 1973. They had two children, Stacey Noel (born 17 June 1966) and Sean Adams (born December 4, 1970, and died 28 June 2006).
  • Judy Luciano 10 June 1977, divorced in 1990. They have a daughter, Beige Dawn Adams, born on 6 June 1979.

Don Adams get smart:Creators Buck Henry and Mel Brooks wrote Get Smart as aamusing response to all successful 1960s spy television series, such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Avengers, I Spy and It Takes a Thief. They were asked to write animitationjoining elements from two of the most popular film series at the time: the James Bond films and Pink Panther.

NBC was interested in Adams, who was under contract with the network, although he was the second choice to play Maxwell Smart (Agent 86) after Tom Poston refused the role. When it debuted in 1965, it was an immediate success.

Don Adams has endowed the character with his voice and a unique and cut style of conversation. Co-star Barbara Feldon, who played the role of Agent 99’s Smart Partner, said, “Part of the popular fervor for Agent 86 is due to the fact that Don Adams has portrayed the character so much that it was easy to imitate him”. Don Adams created many popular slogans with the character, including “Sorry, Chief”, “And … worshiping that”, “Do you want to believe?” and “I missed it a lot!” These have helped make the series a cult hit in more than 100 countries.

In addition to playing,Don Adams has also produced and directed some episodes of the series. Outside the set, he was sometimes arguing with Jay Sandrich, who was a writer. For his portrayal of Agent 86, he was nominated for the Emmys 4 consecutive seasons, between 1966 and 1969, and won 3 Emmys, for an exceptional prize. Continuous performance of an actor in a leading role in a humorous series.

Career:In the early 1950s, Don Adamsbecame friends with comedian Bill Dana, who helped him rearrange his theater character and rewrite his material. Meanwhile, Don Adamsperfected the distinct and acute nasal staccato voice that he later made famous with his character Maxwell Smart. It was Dana who urged Don Adamsto use voice, which proved to be an effective way to generate laughter during his stand-up routines.

In 1954, Don Adamswon a competition organized by Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and was invited to participate in The Tonight Show. Variety show appearances followed and he became a regular at Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall in the early 1960s. Don Adamsalso provided the voice of the 60’s penguin, Tennessee Tuxedo. He landed on NBC in 1963, playing an inept detective on The Bill Dana Show.

At the time, NBC producers were interested in launching Get Smart and contacted Don Adamsto take the title role. Trusting his particular character with his character, Adams made Get Smart extremely popular since his debut in 1965. He began airing during the James Bond spying madness created by the Cold War and seemed to hit hard. In its first two seasons, spy espionage was among the 25 most-watched TV shows.

The satirical sitcom featured Don Adamsas Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, an overflowing special agent who worked for the fictitious US counterintelligence firm CONTROL. The agency was struggling with KAOS, a perverse international organization. Intelligent constantly flouted his duties and was so hypersensitive in terms of security that he would forget to read his top-secret messages before destroying them – by eating them. Smart’s agent, Agent 99, played by Barbara Feldon, was her alter ego in the narrow sense.


  • Confessions of a Top Crime Buster, 1971
  • Saga of Sonora, 1973
  • The Nude Bomb, 1980
  • Murder Can Hurt You, 1980
  • Jimmy the Kid, 1982
  • Curtains, 1983
  • Two Top Bananas, 1987
  • Back to the Beach, 1987

Get Smart Again, 1989