Veteran television and film actor Tom Poston (October 17, 1921 – April 30, 2007) played the role of Mr. Frank Bickley, Mindy's grouchy downstairs neighbor and landlord on Mork & Mindy, where he appeared in 54 episodes.
A venerable TV/film actor, voice artist, and comedian who starred mainly on television in a career that began in 1950 and that spanned six decades. He appeared as a comic actor, game show panelist, comedy/variety show host, film actor, television actor, and Broadway performer. According to USA Today Life editor Dennis Moore, Poston appeared in more TV sitcoms than any other actor. In the 1980s, he played George Utley, opposite Bob Newhart's character on the long-running CBS-TV sitcom series Newhart.
During his long career, Tom was known for his roles in many sitcoms, primarily as George Utley in the CBS-TV series Newhart from 1982 to 1990 for which he received several Emmy nominations, as well as roles in ABC-TV's Grace Under Fire and an Emmy nominated appearance in ABC-TV's Coach.
Tom was married four times, first to actress Jean Sullivan, from 1956 to 1958, with whom he has a daughter, actress Francesca Poston. In 2001, Poston married actress Suzanne Pleshette, who played the wife of Newhart's character Bob Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show, his fourth marriage. Poston had allegedly had an affair with Suzanne in 1959, while married to Sullivan. He was also married twice to Wilma Kay Hudson, from 1968-1975 and from 1980 until her death in 1998.
After a brief illness, Poston died of respiratory failure on April 30, 2007, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 85. Although Poston was not Jewish, he was interred in the Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery (a Jewish cemetery), as Pleshette, his widow, was Jewish.
- ↑ Moore, Dennis. "Which American Actor Appeared in the most TV Sitcoms?", USA Today, 5 August 2013. Retrieved on 2014-04-21.
- ↑ Fade to Black: A Book of Over 1500 Movie Obituaries, by Paul Donnelley, September 1, 2010, Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1849382465.
- ↑ Fox, Margalit. "Tom Poston, Virtuosic Comic Actor, Is Dead at 85", The New York Times, NYTimes.com, 2 May 2007. Retrieved on 2014-04-21.