Tom Poston

poston1October 17, 1921 – April 30, 2007

Unless my research is somehow flawed, Tom Poston appeared in every television show that aired from 1950-2006.

Well, A LOT of them, anyway. Poston’s career began after he served in the Air Force during World War II (he flew planes over Normandy…and everywhere else in Europe) when he studied at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts in New York. His earliest appearances were those of the comedic “man on the street” characters on The Steve Allen Show. He also appeared on a number of panel game shows. But from there, he slowly worked his way into every living room in America. With appearances in everything from Mork & Mindy to Murphy Brown, Poston costarred or guest starred on upwards of 75 different TV shows, movies and mini-series. His most notable work was alongside good friend Bob Newhart in all of Newhart’s series over the years. In fact he won three Emmy awards for his portrayal of lovable handyman, George Utley, in CBS’s Newhart in the 1980’s. He was married 4 times to three women. The third of which was fellow The Bob Newhart Show co-star, Suzanne Pleshette.  They were married until Tom died of respitory failure at the age of 85.


Hillside Memorial Park – Culver City, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Abraham, Plot 7, Grave 6; In the small lawn space on the right side immediately in front of the mausoleum, near the curb just one row up and three spaces to the right of Suzanne’s grave.



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