Bill Dana


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Steve Allen

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Steve Allen on sketches on The Tonight Show - The Question Man
Steve Allen on bringing his Tonight Show staff to his prime-time Steve Allen Show and adding some writers

Reza Badiyi

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Reza Badiyi on Bill Dana guest starring on Get Smart

Shelley Berman

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Shelley Berman on coming up with a comedy routine after riffing with Bill Dana backstage at the Hungry i in San Francisco, which became "The Traveling Man's Nightmare"

Sam Bobrick

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Sam Bobrick on working on The Bill Dana Show

Gary Owens with Emerson College

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Gary Owens on Bill Dana, Spike Jones, and Doodles Weaver

Elias Davis

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for Bill Dana as "Jose Jimenez"

Sam Denoff

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Sam Denoff on meeting Bill Dana
Sam Denoff on writing for The Steve Allen Show on ABC in 1961, with head writer Bill Dana
Sam Denoff on writing for The Bill Dana Show

Barbara Feldon

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Barbara Feldon on Get Smart writer/performer Bill Dana

Dean Hargrove

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Dean Hargrove on writing for Bill Dana

Jonathan Harris

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Jonathan Harris on playing "Mr. Phillips" on The Bill Dana Show
Jonathan Harris on the writing The Bill Dana Show and Sheldon Leonard's direction

Don Knotts

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Don Knotts on co-star/writer Bill Dana (and on the weatherman sketch on The Steve Allen Show

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on various people he worked with in his career: Bill Dana

Bill Persky

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Bill Persky on Bill Dana, who hired him and partner Sam Denoff to be writers on The New Steve Allen Show and how they got him their 10 pound spec script

David Pollock

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for Bill Dana as "Jose Jimenez"

Tom Poston

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Tom Poston on working with Bill Dana on The Steve Allen Show

Ted Rich

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Ted Rich on editing The Bill Dana Show

George Shapiro

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George Shapiro and Bill Dana on Andy Kaufman at the first American Comedy Awards
George Shapiro on clients Bill Persky and Sam Denoff getting hired by Bill Dana on The Steve Allen Show

Leonard Stern

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Bill Dana's "Jose Jiminez" character on The Steve Allen Show ; how it came about
Leonard Stern on the origin of Bill Dana's "Jose Jimenez" character

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