Friday, June 29, 2018

Blind Item #3 - Reader Blind Item - Old Hollywood

This late comedic actor who peaked in the 1960’s when he played a very popular character on a very popular TV show and also starred in movies was known for both his delivery and physical appearance.  He was also surprisingly quite the ladies man especially after he divorced his first wife and was single.  What is not publicly known is that in addition to the children he had with his wife, he sired a daughter in the late 60’s with one of his paramours.   She has only recently discovered the identity of her famous father  and is planning to write a book.

60 comments:

Tricia13 said...

Dan Rowan from Laugh In?

Tricia13 said...

Mybe Dick Martin?

Mah said...

Fred Gwynne

Nutty_Flavor said...

Don Adams, Get Smart.

loopymommy said...

I think you got it.

gauloise said...

Andy Griffith? Fred MacMurray? Eddie Albert?

J said...

Doctor Bombay

Sd Auntie said...

Both Eddie Albert's are deceased and that would be interesting.

gauloise said...

don knotts

cc423 said...

This totally sounds like Don Knotts. It would be surprising that he was a ladies man and divorced his first wife in 1964. They had 3 kids. He did not marry again till '74.

Tallulah said...

Don Knotts

LA Native said...

I was leaning toward Don Adams (known for his delivery) but he had three wives. Although its not specified here how many he ended up having, this leans towards him only having one.
Not that that means anything in Enty-speak.

OB said...

Jim Nabors!😅

Cail Corishev said...

A couple hundred pages on "My daddy was famous"? Sounds like a NYTimes bestseller.

LA Native said...

Jim Nabours and Don Knotts are great guesses

MDAnderson said...

I thought Nabors was trapped in the closet.

gauloise said...

Jim Nabors was with his partner, Stan , for 38 years before marrying after gay marriage was legalized. No wife.

Nutty_Flavor said...

In the surprisingly entertaining book "Mayflower Madam: The Secret Life of Sydney Biddle Barrows" (copyright 1986, available in the paperback section of your local third-hand bookstore), the Mayflower Madam tells the story of a popular 60s comedian who used to book the girls. They were always looking forward to seeing him because they enjoyed his work, but usually stuck to one session because he had a depressive personality in real life. I'd always assumed that was Don Adams, but it could easily be Don Knotts, too.

Interesting how the name Donald has lost popularity over the years. According to the Social Security website, it was the 6th most popular boy baby name in 1934, and the 488th most popular boy name in 2016. Of course, it might have a comeback soon because - reasons.

In related news, "Ronald" didn't have a comeback in the 1980s, but "Reagan" is now the 98th most popular name for girls.

DDonna Tarttty said...

I was going to guess Don Adams because he was a staple at the Playboy mansion. But he didn't have much of a movie career. He also won a couple Emmys for "Get Smart," and you'd think that would be part of the blind.

Don Knotts was a big TV star, made some movies that did okay but weren't blockbusters, had an even more distinctive "look" than Adams.

Andy Griffith, Fred MacMurray, Eddie Albert--handsome men. Not sure that's what's meant by "distinctive."

Jim Nabors was gay, so it's not him. I can't believe anybody who reads CDAN would guess Nabors, LOL.

riffer73 said...

Don Knotts was my first thought.

Ronald is interesting. I've known a lot of good Rons, and some bad ones, but none born after '60 or so.

Sara, Making It Work said...

I'll bet it's Don Knotts. He played a "very popular character" not the lead.

Randyman said...

I think its Don Knotts. Married three times last time 2002 to 2006 I think. That sounds like a ladies man.

Dalux247 said...

Ted Cassidy, Lurch from The Addams Family

Max Power said...

This is definitely Mr. Ed, who got with that slut Lassie. Spuds McKenzie is the offspring.

And to make sure this blind fits with every other one here, Spuds is closeted and also yachts for billionaires.

Rome said...

Buddy Ebsen was my first thought. God help me.

Rome said...

And btw... Don Knotts was also on Three’s Company in the 70’s and 80’s. I’m not sure if that was a bigger hit than the AGS, but it was still huge.

OB said...

Did you not see the 😅 after "Jim Nabors"???!

Humor Me said...

Dean Martin. Yes, i know he was know originally as a singer, and Jerry Lewis.
His movies, as a solo act were along the lines of 007, and his variety show was an act based on his "life" as a swinger in the 60s.
Late, he was the host for the famous "roasts".

twounstable2 said...

Jerry Lewis.

InsideOut73 said...
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Jon Feltman said...

Fife

MeInMichigan said...

Jackie Gleason??

BlissBoo said...

Dick Van Dyke is NOT dead.

B626 said...

Yes it’s Don Knotts quite the ladies man at least I never heard woman abuser

Sagan said...

Peaked in the 60s.

Very popular character on a very popular TV show (Deputy Bernard 'Barney' P Milton Oliver Fife on 'The Andy Griffith Show')

Also starred in movies (mostly Disney movies: "The Apple Dumpling Gang/Rides Again", "Gus", No Deposit, No Return"; also "No Time For Sergeants", "Hot Lead and Cold Feet", "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken"...)

Unique delivery... (jittery-nervous pop-eyed on the big screen - "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" cameo, "The Shakiest Gun In The West", etc.)

... and appearance (scrawny pop-eyed bewilderment)

Jesse Donald Knotts, no doubt.



Selling Sanctuary said...

Don Knotts was a family friend. Ole Don was quite the player in his day.

Pope of Hollywood said...

Soupy Sales

Sd Auntie said...

Awww. I miss Don Knotts! He probably was very fun to be around. 🤣

ZantiMissKnit said...

My first thought was Don Knotts; maybe he played himself in "The Love God"?

RealRescuesDon'tDoThis said...

I'm going with Don Knotts. His appearance was definitely not what one would suspect of a ladies man.

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Morning Lorri said...

I looked into Ernest Borgnine. He was married to Ethel Merman mid 60’s. That is bumping uglies, but I digress.

They fought constantly. One night she came home from work and flaunted how the director said she had the face of a 20 year old, the legs of a 30 year old. Ernest asked “did he say anything about your old cunt?”

No, she said. He didn’t ask about you.

Jane Hanoi said...

buddy ebsen - he was movies and did tv

Brayson87 said...

People in Old Hollywood sure hated condoms.

HeatherBee said...

I’m confused. If she just discovered she had a famous father she never knew, what would she have to write about? Lessons I never learned from a man I did not know?

Laura jay said...

Gleason

MichiganMama59 said...

I read a lot about Don Knotts and Andy being with LOTS of women.

tinydancer61 said...

Yes, I think this is Don Knotts too. When he died I read that his daughter said he was quite the ladies man. Which I found odd because he is not a person I would describe as attractive plus, I thought it was odd that his daughter would call him a ladies man. Kinda weird.

AppleThief4Elliot said...

Shatner.

Aoife said...

Don Knotts.

Unknown said...

I agree with the Jackie Gleason guess.

Popular TV character - Ralph Kramden.

Also starred in movies.

Had a distinctive delivery and physical appearance.

Was married three times and had several children.

HDNYC said...

Dick Van Dyke? Super popular in the 60s. Divorced his first wife in 1984. Known for his delivery with his terrible cockney accents. Cheated on his first wife with another woman.

Hortensia said...

Red Skelton

Cuddlebutt said...

I lived for a while in the small Alabama town Jim Nabors is from. There is no acknowledgement of him at all. All because he was gay. So sad.

Tru Leigh said...

Couldn't be Don Adams because "he missed it by this much."

Pickle Rick said...

DonACONDA Knotts

JustaGuess said...

Lol

On Toward said...

This is old news. It’s Jerry Lewis. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4882456/Jerry-Lewis-illegitimate-child-lives-street.html. Dear Nty: This ‘I Am Not A Robot’ verifier is a pain in the a**. It can take 3 minutes and far too many confirmation screens to wade through; makes commenting alot more effort than it’s worth. Bah.

mfbinc said...

Don Knotts being a hollywood swordsman was well known.

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