Born in a multicultural New York City neighborhood, comedian Don Adams joined the Marines upon the outbreak of World War II. After Guadalcanal, Adams saw little action due to a life-threatening bout of blackwater fever (malaria) that kept him out of commission until the end of the war.…more
In 1971, Don won the Clio Award for outstanding commercial direction.
Prior to his tv career, Don used to do a nightclub act with Jay Lawrence.
At the end of Get Smart, Don got to keep the Red 1965 Sunbeam Tiger which was the car his character Maxwell Smart drove. He later gave it to one of his daughters.
Don unintentionally created two of the most well known catchphrases from Get Smart: "Would you believe.." and "Sorry about that Chief".
Don's father, William Yarmy,was a Hungarian Jew who operated a few restaurants in the Bronx.
Don was a avid gambler, especially in the last years of his life.
Was only 2 inches shorter than ex-Get Smart co-star, Barbara Feldon. In order for make it appear that Adams was taller than her, he'd either stand on a small platform or Feldon would stoop down.
Adams got his first job as theater usher at age 13.
Adams dropped out of grade school when he was 13.
Don Adams was the voice of the character in Tennessee Tuxedo, in the cartoon of the same name.
He shares his birthday with Ron Perlman.
He is buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Don really didn't like the badly timed laugh track on Get Smart.
When he was initially given the script to a Get Smart episode, instead of learning the lines himself, he had a script assistant read it once or twice before the scene was filmed or rehearse.
Instead of taking $12,500 per episode like he was offered for Get Smart, he chose a smaller salary and chose to become one of the first television stars to be paid due to syndication.
He was close friends with Hugh Hefner, Playboy publisher, and played cards with him at least once a week whenever he could.
Don claims he changed his name from 'Yarmy' to 'Adams' because usually auditions go in alphabetical, which is inaccurate. But he really just took it from his first wife Adelaide Adams.
He's the cousin of actor Robert Karvelas, a fellow actor in Get Smart.
In the early days of World War II, Don joined the U.S. Marines. During his tour of duty, he contracted malaria in the Pacific Theater. This nearly killed him and he was forced to stay in hospital for a year.
He received worldwide fame for playing Maxwell Smart in Get Smart. This role also won himthree Emmy's.
He is 5' 9" (1.75 m).
Don Adam's most notable character, Maxwell Smart, was named number 86 in "Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters".
Don: Sometimes I wonder how I got into comedy at all. I did movie star impressions as a kid in high school. Somehow they just got out of hand.
Don: (on his show Get Smart) It was a special show that became a cult classic of sorts, and I made a lot of money for it. But it also hindered me career-wise because I was typed. The character was so strong, particularly because of that distinctive voice, that nobody could picture me in any other type of role.
Don: I don't want to change the thinking of the world. My purpose is to make people laugh...It would be hypocritical if I said I don't want recognition, but I've never wanted it terribly. I think I'm being honest when I say I'd rather turn my talents, whatever they are, to writing and directing.
Don: I hate performing. I don't care about being thought funny; I never did. Sometimes I wonder how I got into comedy at all.
Don: (about his characters trademark object, a shoe phone) In restaurants, people send over shoes. I'm so tired of it. I keep getting shoes.
Don: Maxwell is serious, dedicated, awkward, forgetful, pompous to a certain degree, sentimental.
Don: It was a special show that became a cult classic of sorts, and I made a lot of money for it.
Don: I've been paying alimony since I was 14 and child support since 15. That's a joke, but not by much.
Don: I'm no longer independently wealthy. I guess it's the result of too many wives, too many kids, and too much alimony.
Don: I was married awfully young and I felt trapped. My wife had been divorced and all the time we were married we were out of the Church. It wasn't until we were divorced that we became good Catholics again.
Don: I like getting married, but I don't like being married.
Don: I had a wonderful experience on the golf course today. I had a hole in nothing. Missed the ball and sank the divot.
Don: I did movie star impressions as a kid in high school. Somehow they just got out of hand.
Don: I am a quick study - I can memorize a script in an hour - but I can't remember a name three seconds. I've even forgotten my wife's name on occasion.
Don: But it also hindered me career-wise because I was typed. Nobody could picture me in any other type of role.