Don Adams

April 13, 1923 – September 25, 2005

“Missed it by THAT much.”

Don Adams (Donald Yarmy) gave life to one of the most memorable and imitated television characters of all time. In 1965, Adams was under contract with NBC, who decided he should play the role of Maxwell Smart on their new show, the Mel Brooks-created spy spoof, Get Smart. Adams took bits and catchphrases from his early stand-up days and wrapped them in a distinct speaking style to bring Agent 86 to the small screen for 5 seasons. He wrote and directed a number of episodes and won 3 Emmy awards for his portrayal. It was certainly the pinnacle of his career as the closest he got to achieving that level of success again was voicing the animated character, Inspector Gadget, throughout the 1980s and ’90s…which was really just another version of Smart if we’re being honest. Still, he worked. He retained part-ownership in Get Smart and all its syndication glory. And he lived until the age of 82, when he succumbed to lymphoma. The Old “work for almost 50 years and create one of the most enduring characters ever and live a relatively great life if you don’t count the gambling” Trick!


Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Legends – On the east side of the lake, there is a grave marked by a large, white statue of a man seated in a chair. Immediately to the south (left as you are looking toward the lake) is a smaller statue of an angel. This angel marks Don’s grave.


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