“Forgotten Hollywood”- The Most Recent Interview…

Posted on June 18, 2017 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`I recently visited the Successful Aging Expo in Torrance, and was interviewed by the folks at Celebrating Act 2. I chatted about actors appearing in the Forgotten Hollywood Book Series. Click on the link:

“`Watch all other interviews at the Celebrating Act 2 website or on YouTube. Cut-and-paste the links below:




“`Bill Dana was an comedian, actor, and screenwriter. He often appeared on television shows, such as the Ed Sullivan Show, frequently in the guise of a heavily accented Bolivian character named Jose Jiménez.  The character was beloved as a fictional astronaut (right); and began his routine with:  Hello, my name Jose Jiménez. The Mercury 7 astronauts were his biggest fans. Imogene Coca was an early champion of his teleplay humor.

“`Before appearing on television on The Steve Allen Show, Dana had been a prolific comedy writer. He created stand-up routines for Don Adams, including Would you believe? humor popular on Get Smart. He wrote the classic episode of All in the Family that featured Sammy Davis Jr. smooching Archie Bunker on the cheek.

“`In 1961, he made the first of eight appearances on  The Danny Thomas Show. The Bill Dana Show ran for two seasons. He was also memorable in episodes of The Golden Girls. Plus, Dana recorded eight best-selling comedy albums.

“`The mild-mannered Bill Dana was 92.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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