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Also Known As: Thomas Bolin Smothers Iii, Tommy Smothers Died:
Born: February 2, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: comedian, composer, musician, actor

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Although best known as his on-stage persona of "Tommy," the gentle but easily irked half of the folk singing duo The Smothers Brothers, actor, writer and musician Tom Smothers was also one of the most socially conscious talents in Hollywood during the 1960s. With younger brother Dick, he formed a musical act that combined easy-going humor with traditional folk songs; their popularity on the nightclub circuit led to their own series, "The Smothers Brothers Show" (CBS, 1965-66). Smothers hit his true stride as an entertainer and social commentator with "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1967-69), which began life as a typical variety program based around the duo's act. But Smothers moved the focus of the show to satiric jabs at the social and political ills of the day, including the war in Vietnam and civil rights. The show came under heavy fire from the network, which censored performances by politically-charged performers and even whole episodes before pulling the plug on the program in 1969. Smothers continued to return to television over the next three decades, both as a solo act and with his brother, though none of his subsequent efforts met the same level of quality as their 1960s variety...

Although best known as his on-stage persona of "Tommy," the gentle but easily irked half of the folk singing duo The Smothers Brothers, actor, writer and musician Tom Smothers was also one of the most socially conscious talents in Hollywood during the 1960s. With younger brother Dick, he formed a musical act that combined easy-going humor with traditional folk songs; their popularity on the nightclub circuit led to their own series, "The Smothers Brothers Show" (CBS, 1965-66). Smothers hit his true stride as an entertainer and social commentator with "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" (CBS, 1967-69), which began life as a typical variety program based around the duo's act. But Smothers moved the focus of the show to satiric jabs at the social and political ills of the day, including the war in Vietnam and civil rights. The show came under heavy fire from the network, which censored performances by politically-charged performers and even whole episodes before pulling the plug on the program in 1969. Smothers continued to return to television over the next three decades, both as a solo act and with his brother, though none of his subsequent efforts met the same level of quality as their 1960s variety show. Their contributions to television were largely overshadowed by their enduring popularity as a comedy act, but the 2002 documentary "Smothered" and a special Emmy Award in 2008 served as excellent reminders that Tom Smothers' contributions to the level of political discourse on American television were immeasurable.

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2.
 Sing Your Song (2011)
3.
 Informant, The (2009)
6.
 Aristocrats, The (2005) Himself
7.
 Speed Zone (1989) Randolph
9.
 Terror at Alcatraz (1982) Bones Howard
10.
 Pandemonium (1982) Sergeant Cooper
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1959:
Made their debut as a duo of folk singers, with Tom on acoustic guitar and Dick on stand-up bass
1961:
Released their successful debut album, <i> Live at the Purple Onion</i>
1961:
Appeared regularly on "The New Steve Allen Show" (ABC)
1965:
Co-starred with brother, Dick, in the CBS comedy "The Smothers Brothers Show"
1967:
Again collaborated with his brother for the controversial CBS variety show "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"; when the show was abruptly canceled due to issues of censorship, the Brothers filed a successful breach of contract suit against the network
1969:
Played guitar on John Lennon's recording of his single "Give Peace a Chance"
1970:
Appeared on the short-lived ABC variety show "Smothers Brothers Summer Show"
1972:
Portrayed corporate-executive-turned-tap-dancing-magician Donald Beeman in Brian De Palma's "Get to Know Your Rabbit"
1975:
Debuted on NBC with the low-rated "The Smothers Brothers Show"
1977:
Appeared on Broadway and toured in the play "I Love My Wife"
1980:
Played a supporting role in the comedy film "Serial"
1980:
Re-teamed for the "The Tom and Dick Smothers Brothers Specials" I and II (NBC)
1981:
Returned to NBC with the short-lived "Fitz and Bones" an hour-long comedy/drama show about a mis-matched TV news team
1986:
Began appearing in a series of commercials for Magnavox
1988:
Took part in the CBS special "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 20th Reunion Show" (aired 21 years after the debut of the series)
1988:
Returned to CBS for a brief but successful run in "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"
1990:
Lent (uncredited) singing voice to "Tom and Tom, the Brothers Brothers" a sketch on the FOX comedy show "In Living Color"
2002:
Was the subject of the Bravo documentary "Smothered: The Censorship Struggles of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"
2005:
Appeared in the ABC TV-movie, "Once Upon a Mattress"
2005:
Appeared in "The Aristocrats" documentary, produced by comedians Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza
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Education

Redondo Union High School: Redondo Beach , California -
San José State University: San Jose , California -

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