Veteran comic actor Tom Poston passed away at his home Monday night after a brief undisclosed illness. He was 85. Poston had a staring role on two of the greatest sitcoms of all time. Most notably he played George Utley, the goofy handyman at the Startford Inn on NEWHART for 8 seasons. He was also featured as the grumpy downstairs neighbor Mr. Bickley on MORK & MINDY.
Tom Poston's television career started to take off when he was a featured actor on THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW (1956-1960). From there he made appearances in many classic shows like CHiPs, GET SMART, and THE LOVE BOAT. His numerous television roles included guest spots and reoccurring characters on shows literally from the beginning days of television up to modern day pieces of crap like 8 SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER and THAT 70'S SHOW.
Most recently he could be seen on the big screen in THE PRINCESS DIARIES 2 and CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS. Sadly, his last job was on the Disney Channel train-wreck THE SUITE LIFE OF ZACK & CODY.
But to me, he'll always be Mr. Bickley and George Utley.