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BACKGROUND

Born in Columbus, Ohio. Attended Bethany College, West Virginia.

Studies interrupted with the advent of WWII. Tom enlisted in the Air Corps, when the US joined the Allied Forces in 1941 as a Buck Private. He left in 1945 as a Captain. Tom trained in California, Arizona and Texas. He served in North Africa, Italy, France and England. He was present, flying on D-Day (to name one important sortie), dropping para-troopers (the preliminary forces) to open D-Day. Tom won an Air Medal for his contribution to D-Day, and in Southern France, subsequently won two more Oak leaf Medals, thereby resulting in an "Oak leaf Cluster" of Medals.
Tom is quoted in Gerald Astor's book on WWII- "The Greatest War"-Volume 2- D-Day and the Assault on Europe.
Available at Borders Books/Amazon.

WWII MEMORIAL

STUDIES: Tom was accepted, enrolled and studying at Bethany College when War broke out. While the war ended his studies there permanently, Tom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate as a Doctor of Letters, September 13, 1990, by Bethany in honor of his lifetime education, accomplishments and contributions.

After the War, Tom enrolled in "The American Academy of Dramatic Arts" in New York City, from which he graduated. The actors/directors/teachers he studied and worked with who had the greatest impact on him were Charles Jehlinger, Sanford Meisner, Paton Price and Frank Pacelli.

TELEVISION

"The Mercurian"

"Tom Corbett, Space Cadet"

Westinghouse Studio One- "No Tears for Hilda" with John Forsythe

Westinghouse Studio One- "Coriolanus"

"Thriller": hosted by Boris Karloff- "Masquerade" with Boris Karloff, Elizabeth Montgomery and John Carradine

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" with Sir Richard Burton, Maurice Evans, Viveca Lindfors and Lee Remick

"Split Personality"

3 years on the classic and incredible: "The Steve Allen Show"

"That Was The Week That Was"

Ten years of hilarity on CBS': "To Tell the Truth" with Bud Collyer, Kitty Carlysle Hart, Peggy Cass and Orson Bean.

"On the Rocks"

"We've Got Each Other"

"Murphy's Laws of Golf"

"Mork and Mindy" with Robin Williams

"The Newhart Show"

"Good Grief"

"Grace Under Fire" with Brett Butler and Dave Thomas

Tom hosted the 1955 Television show on ABC called "Entertainment" featuring Ray McKinley orchestra, with singers Marion Colby and Bob Carol.

 

Guest Starring Roles:

"Goodyear Television Playhouse"

"The Phil Silvers Show"

"Get Smart"

"Chips"

"The Bob Newhart Show"
(reoccurring role as "The Peeper")

"Night Court"

"St. Elsewhere"

"The Simpsons"

"Coach"

"Dream On" as Uncle Bouncy the Children's Clown.

"Reunited"

"Honey, I Shrunk the Kids!"

"Family Matters"

"Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman"

"Murphy Brown"

"Home Improvement"

"Coach"

"The Larry Sanders Show"

"Touched by an Angel"

"Sabrina the Teenage Witch"

"Maggie Winters"

"Just Shoot Me"

"Cosby"

"Diagnosis Murder" with dick Van Dyke

 

FILM:

"ZOTZ" with Jim Backus and Margaret Dumont

"Soldier in the Rain" with Steve McQueen, Jackie Gleason and Tuesday Weld

"The Old Dark House" with Robert Morley and Jeanette Scott

"Gentle Ben" with Dennis Weaver and Burt Reynolds

"Cold Turkey" with Bob Newhart and Dick Van Dyke

"The Happy Hooker" with Lynn Redgrave

"The Adventures of Freddie" with Harry Morgan

"Up the Academy" with Robert Downey and Barbara Bach

"Rabbit Test" with Billy Crystal

"Kippendorf's Tribe" with Richard Dreyfuss and Jenna Elfman

"Carbon Copy" with Denzel Washington

 

BROADWAY:

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To The Forum"

"Come Blow Your Horn"

"Easy Does It"

"40 Carats"

"Cyrrano de Bergerac"

"The Grand Prize"

"Romanoff and Juliet"

"Drink to Me Only"

"The Insect Comedy"

"Mary, Mary"

"Good-bye Again"

"Golden Fleecing"

"The Conquering Hero"

"King Lear"

 

REGIONAL THEATER:

(To name but a few!)

"Romeo and Juliet"

"Richard III"

"Destry Rides Again" Destry

"Mother Courage"

"Cyrano de Bergerac"-Cyrano

"Fiddler on the Roof"- Tevye

"The Odd Couple"-Felix & Oscar!

"The Crucible"

"Gates & Mills" with Tim Conway

 

 

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