Bill Dana was the stage name of William Szathmary (October 5, 1924 – June 15, 2017), an American 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 José Jiménez. Dana often portrayed the Jiménez character as an astronaut. Dana was born William Szathmary in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was of Hungarian Jewish descent.
Album · 1961 · 8 Songs. Sing Along with Jose Shine on Harvest Moon.
Early in his career, Dana wrote jokes for Don Adams and Steve Allen, on whose show he served as head writer. It was for a sketch on The Steve Allen Show that Dana created Jose Jimenez, which eventually led to his own NBC sitcom, The Bill Dana Show, which aired from 1963-1965. The character’s Spanish-accented introduction, My name, Jose Jimenez, became a national catchphrase.
Bill Dana as Jose Jimenez: Greatest Bits. Bill Dana, Don Hinkley.
On The Bill Dana Show, which aired on NBC from 1963 to 1965, Mr. Dana played José Jiménez as a bumbling hotel bellhop. Bill Dana, a comedian and comedy writer whose most famous character, the bumbling, English-mangling José Jiménez, provoked anger as well as laughter, died on Thursday at his home in Nashville
Comedian Bill Dana, Who Played the Character Jose Jimenez, Dies at 92. He became a 'mascot' for the Mercury astronauts, wrote jokes for Steve Allen and Don Adams and penned one of the funniest 'All in the Family' episodes.
Comedy writer and performer Bill Dana, who won stardom in the 1950s and '60s with his character Jose Jimenez, has died. Dana recorded eight best-selling comedy albums, and made many TV appearances while continuing behind the scenes as a comedy writer. He wrote the classic "Sammy's Visit" episode of "All in the Family," which featured Sammy Davis Jr. kissing bigoted Archie Bunker on the cheek. He also ran a talent management company and an advertising agency.
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Written-By – Bill Dana
Written By – HargroveWritten-By – Dana*
- Published By – Bill Dana Publishing Co.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (A-side label): 1214
- Matrix / Runout (B-side label): 1215
- Rights Society: BMI
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