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Also Known As: Donald James Yarmy Died: September 25, 2005
Born: April 13, 1923 Cause of Death: lung infection
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian, impressionist, engineer

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Don Adams made America laugh at its Cold War paranoia as the star of the hit sitcom "Get Smart" (NBC/CBS, 1965-1970). Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, the series lampooned the high-tech wizardry of NBC's "Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964-68), finding boundless comic potential in Adams' maladroit secret agent Maxwell Smart. With the series' cancellation, Adams looked forward to stretching as a performer, but shaking the slapstick stereotype proved difficult. A follow-up series, "The Partners" (NBC, 1971-72), lasted one season, as did his syndicated game show "Don Adams' Screen Test" (1975). Wealthy from his percentage in "Get Smart," which thrived in re-runs, Adams was nearly a forgotten commodity by the time Universal backed a "Get Smart" feature film. Shot as "The Return of Maxwell Smart" but retitled "The Nude Bomb" (1980) for general release, Adams' comeback was itself a bomb. A TV reunion film, "Get Smart, Again" (1989), fared better, leading to a short-lived reboot of the sitcom in 1995. Adams' death in September 2005 robbed the actor of the chance to see his creation revived by Warner Brothers in "Get Smart" (2008). Assuming the mantle and low-tech shoe-phone of Maxwell Smart, rubber-faced Steve...

Don Adams made America laugh at its Cold War paranoia as the star of the hit sitcom "Get Smart" (NBC/CBS, 1965-1970). Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, the series lampooned the high-tech wizardry of NBC's "Man from U.N.C.L.E." (1964-68), finding boundless comic potential in Adams' maladroit secret agent Maxwell Smart. With the series' cancellation, Adams looked forward to stretching as a performer, but shaking the slapstick stereotype proved difficult. A follow-up series, "The Partners" (NBC, 1971-72), lasted one season, as did his syndicated game show "Don Adams' Screen Test" (1975). Wealthy from his percentage in "Get Smart," which thrived in re-runs, Adams was nearly a forgotten commodity by the time Universal backed a "Get Smart" feature film. Shot as "The Return of Maxwell Smart" but retitled "The Nude Bomb" (1980) for general release, Adams' comeback was itself a bomb. A TV reunion film, "Get Smart, Again" (1989), fared better, leading to a short-lived reboot of the sitcom in 1995. Adams' death in September 2005 robbed the actor of the chance to see his creation revived by Warner Brothers in "Get Smart" (2008). Assuming the mantle and low-tech shoe-phone of Maxwell Smart, rubber-faced Steve Carell turned in a performance that was as much a tribute to Adams as to the original series, opening the door for a new generation of fans to discover one of American television's greatest comic talents.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Jigsaw (2002)
2.
  Shreck (1993)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Inspector Gadget (1999) Voice Of Brain (The Minion Recovery Group)
2.
 Get Smart, Again! (1989) Maxwell Smart/Agent 86
3.
4.
 Jimmy The Kid (1983) Harry Walker
5.
 Nude Bomb, The (1980) Maxwell Smart--Agent 86
6.
 Skip Tracer, The (1977)
7.
 Love Boat, The - Pilot Movie (1976) Donald Richardson
8.
 Murder Can Hurt You! (1970) Narrator
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Served in the US Marines; contracted malaria during war service
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Began show business career performing a comedy act laden with impressions
1954:
Was a winner on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts" (CBS)
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Continued performing comedy routines; act co-written with Bill Dana
1961:
First regular series "Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall" (NBC)
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Was regular on "The Bill Dana Show" (NBC)
1963:
Voiced the cartoon character Tennessee Tuxedo in "Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales" (CBS)
1965:
Starred as Maxwell Smart on NBC's "Get Smart"; show moved to CBS for its final season
1971:
Co-starred with Rupert Crosse as two bumbling policemen in NBC's "The Partners"
1973:
TV-movie debut, voiced himself in Hanna-Barbera's The New Scooby-Doo Movies, "The Exterminator" (CBS)
1975:
Hosted the syndicated "Don Adams Screen Test"
1977:
Co-starred in feature film "The Skip Tracer"
1980:
Reprise role of Maxwell Smart in feature film "The Nude Bomb"
1983:
Voiced the title character of "Inspector Gadget" in the syndicated animated series
1985:
Starred in the Canadian produced syndicated sitcom "Check It Out!"
1989:
Starred in the TV-movie "Get Smart, Again!"
1993:
Produced (also wrote and directed) the direct-to-video release "Shreck"
1994:
Reprised role of Smart in an updated version of "Get Smart" (FOX)
1995:
Lent his voice to the syndicated aminated series "Gadget Boy and Heather"
1997:
Voiced Principal Hickley in the ABC cartoon, "Pepper Ann"
1999:
Voiced Brain the dog in the end credits for the film version of "Inspector Gadget"
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Education

DeWitt Clinton High School: New York , New York - 1941

Notes

Although his father was of Hungarian-Jewish descent, Adams was raised in his mother's Roman Catholic faith and became particularly devout when seriously wounded during World War II and undergoing a religious experience which he believes saved his life.

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wife:
Adelaide Enfantis. Singer. Adams adopted her stage name when they married; divorced.
wife:
Dorothy Bracken. Dancer. Married in 1960; divorced.
wife:
Judy Luciano. Married in 1977; divorced.

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sister:
Gloria Yarmy.
brother:
Dick Yarmy. Actor. Born in 1933; died on May 5, 1992 of lung cancer.
daughter:
Carolyn Adams.
daughter:
Christine Adams.
daughter:
Catherine Adams.
daughter:
Cecily April Adams. Casting director, actor. Born on February 6, 1958; mother, Adelaide Adams; married to actor-writer Jim Beaver.
daughter:
Stacey Adams. Casting director, actor. Born June 17, 1965; mother, Dorothy Bracken.
daughter:
Beige Dawn Adams. Born in June 1979; mother, Judy Luciano.
son:
Sean Adams.
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