Tuesday, September 27, 2005

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By Matthew Cary

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, TV's Gilligan passed away. Nick at Night lost another legend on Sunday, Don Adams, who is best known as Maxwell Smart from the 60's TV show Get Smart, as well as the voice of Inspector Gadget.

According to an AP report, Adams died at age 82 of a lung infection late Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. His friend and former agent Bruce Tufeld stated the actor broke his hip a year ago and had been in ill health since.

Get Smart was a show that I never saw enough of, but I saw enough of it to say that it is still one of the funniest shows on TV. I don't think the show got all the credit it deserved. If you have ever heard anyone say "Sorry about that, Chief," odds are they watched Get Smart. But then again, any show created by Mel Brooks has to be funny.

Oh, and just so everyone is clear, I am not talking about the Get Smart that flopped in 1995, starring Andy Dick as the son of Maxwell Smart, Zach. Even though Don Adams was in this show as well, I do not credit the failure of this seven episode long series to him. Silly FOX. What were you thinking?

Don Adams also had a number of guest appearances on various TV shows, including Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and The Fall Guy, as well as being a regular on The Perry Como Show and the voice of Tennessee Tuxedo on the cartoon Underdog. He also voiced his own character as an exterminator on The New Scooby-Doo Movies, which puts him right up there with the great Dick Van Dyke, Joan Winters, sonny and Cher, davey Jones, and everyone's favorite landlord, Don Knotts.

(For a complete list of other shows Adams was in, click here, or to read more about his death, click here or here. Picture from TV.com)