Tom Poston (Performer) | Playbill

Tom Poston


Blessed with a large, open face and a wide-eyed gaze that communicated gullibility and simple-mindedness, Mr. Poston made a career out of being the endearing/annoying sidekick to smarter characters. Audiences associated him most closely with Newhart. Mr. Poston played Cliff, Bob's intrusive, none-too-bright neighbor on the long-running "Bob Newhart Show" in the 1970s. He also had a regular role on the 1980s sitcom "Newhart," playing ineffective handyman George Utley, one of the various, counter-intuitive Vermonters that bedeviled Newhart's life as a country innkeeper.

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  • Born: Oct 17, 1921 in Columbus, OH
  • Death: Apr 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California

Roles (15)

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Playbill - March 1972 A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Opened March 30, 1972
  • as Prologus (Replacement)
  • as Pseudolus (Replacement)
But, Seriously... Playbill - Feb 1969 But, Seriously...
Opened February 27, 1969
  • as Walter London (Original)
Forty Carats Playbill - Dec 1968 Forty Carats
Opened December 26, 1968
  • as Billy Boylan (Replacement)
Mary, Mary Playbill - Jan 1962 Mary, Mary
Opened March 08, 1961
  • as Bob McKellaway (Replacement)
    Arrived On Nov 05, 1962
Come Blow Your Horn Playbill - February 1961 Come Blow Your Horn
Opened February 22, 1961
  • as Alan Baker (Replacement)
    Arrived On Jul 16, 1962
The Conquering Hero Playbill - Jan 1961 The Conquering Hero
Opened January 16, 1961
  • as Woodrow Truesmith (Original)
Golden Fleecing Playbill - Oct 1959 Golden Fleecing
Opened October 15, 1959
  • as Lt. Ferguson Howard (Original)
Drink to Me Only Playbill - Oct 1959 Drink to Me Only
Opened October 08, 1958
  • as Miles Pringle (Original)
Romanoff and Juliet Playbill - Nov 1957 Romanoff and Juliet
Opened October 10, 1957
  • as The General (Replacement)
Shinbone Alley Playbill - April 1957 Shinbone Alley
Opened April 13, 1957
  • as archy (Standby - Original)
Pb Listing Placeholder BROADWAY V4 Goodbye Again
Opened April 24, 1956
  • as Arthur Westlake (Original)
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter Playbill - Nov 1955 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
Opened October 13, 1955
  • as George MacCauley (Replacement)
The Grand Prize Playbill - Jan 1955 The Grand Prize
Opened January 26, 1955
  • as Edward Martin (Original)
Pb Listing Placeholder BROADWAY V4 Stockade
Opened February 04, 1954
  • as Pvt. Turnispeed (Original)

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