Don Adams Net Worth

Don Adams Net Worth is
$15 Million

Don Adams Biography

Don Adams net well worth: was an American actor, comedian, and director who had a net well worth of $15 million. Don Adams was created in NEW YORK, NY in April 1923 and passed on in September 2005. He was most widely known for playing the part of Maxwell Wise on the tv screen series Get Wise. He was raised along with his brother Richard, who also became an actor, known better as Dick Yarmy. In 1954 he received on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts and got a job on the NBC tv series The Expenses Dana Show from 1963 to 1964. He stared as Chief Maxwell Wise on the series Obtain Wise in 1995 and the voice of Inspector Device on the series Field Trip Starring Inspector Device in 1996. From then on, he started to show up as a comedian. Adams starred as Det. Lennie Crooke on it series The Companions from 1971 to 1972. Don Adams passed on on September 25, 2005 at age 82 from lymphoma and a lung contamination. From 1985 to 1988 Adams starred mainly because Howard Bannister on the tv screen series TAKE A LOOK. In addition to showing up in the series, Don Adams was also operating as its article writer and director sometimes. For his part in Get Wise Adams won three Primetime Emmy Awards and was nominated for a Golden World Award. He voiced the part of Device on the series Inspector Device from 1983 to 1985. During World Battle II, he became a member of in the usa Marine Corps and became a Marine drill instructor. He was a favorite actor, comedian and director, also known by his name Donald James Yarmy. The actor was created in 1923 and passed on in 2005. Don Adams was showing up as a Television personality for five years and during so very long, a huge component of Don Adams net well worth was accumulated. Don Adams is most likely mainly known for his part as Agent 86, Maxwell Wise, which he portrayed in the sitcom known as “Obtain Smart” in the time of 1965-1970 and once again in 1995. He reprised the function of Chief Maxwell Wise on the series Obtain Wise in 199 and the voice of Inspector Device on the series Field Trip Starring Inspector Device in 1996. Hence, these series also have added up to the entire quantity of Don Adams net worthy of, in addition to producing his name well-known. For his function as Maxwell Wise, Don Adams was nominated and awarded three Emmy Awards in the time of 1967-1969. Don Adams was also a favorite tone of voice actor. In the time of 1963-1966, he was showing up as such in the animated series known as “Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales”. Also, he got a tone of voice acting function in the animated series known as “Inspector Device”, where he was showing up from 1983 until 1985. When the next World Battle began, Don Adams became a member of america Marine Corps. Nevertheless, he didn’t serve for a long period as he was identified as having blackwater fever. He offered in the usa Marine Corps during Globe Battle II and was a Marine drill instructor. His function as Maxwell Smart earned him three Primetime Emmy Awards and brought him a nomination for a Golden World Award. Dick Yarmy grew up as a Jew, that was the faith of their dad, and Don Adams grew up as a Catholic, that was the religious beliefs of their mom. Don Adams was their studies at DeWitt Clinton SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL in NY but he dropped out and began to are a theater usher. Hence, his are a tone of voice actor also added up to the entire size of Don Adams net worthy of. Don Adams was created in 1923 in Manhattan. After he finally recovered out of this deadly disease, Don Adams became a Marine drill instructor in the usa. From 1965 to 1970 he starred as Maxwell Wise on the series Obtain Smart. He transformed his name to Don Adams mainly because that he wedded Adelaide Efantis, who was simply also a performer and her stage name was Adelaide Adams. With her, Don Adams is certainly a dad of four girls. To be able to support the family members financially, he was also working as a cafe cashier and industrial artist. When the few divorced, Don Adams still recommended to be known as Adams because auditions had been kept in the alphabetical purchase, so he generally was the first someone to become asked to come quickly to an audition space. In 1954, the actor started to appear on Television. In those days, he became successful of it competition known as “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts”. After that, he has made an appearance in many other Television shows, which not merely made him well-known, but also added up to the entire sum of Don Adams net well worth, such as for example “The Bill Dana Display” and “Get Smart”. Past due American actor, comedian, and director, Don Adams experienced around net worth of $15 million. Born in NEW YORK, NY in April 1923. Adams obtained his fame when he made an appearance as Maxwell Wise in the tv screen situation comedy Get Wise. It’s been reported that the entire estimate of Don Adams net well worth gets to 15 million dollars. He was presented on the NBC tv series The Expenses Dana Show from 1963 to 1964 after he received on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts. From 1963 to 1966, he also made an appearance in it series Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales. Adams was also presented as Howard Bannister on the tv screen series TAKE A LOOK from 1985 to 1988. Lennie Crooke on it series The Companions from 1971 to 1972. A decade later, he used the role of Device on the series Inspector Device. He played a job as Det. Adams starred in it series Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales from 1963 to 1966. He was also presented as Maxwell Wise on the series Obtain Wise from 1965 to 1970. What’s interesting about their home is that the males were raised in various spiritual. Adams was suffered from lymphoma and a lung contamination and deceased on September 25, 2005 at age 82.

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Quick Facts

Full NameDon Adams
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthApril 13, 1923
DiedSeptember 25, 2005, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.75 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Comedian, Voice Actor, Film director, Film Editor, Television Director
EducationDeWitt Clinton High School
SpouseJudy Luciano, Dorothy Bracken, Adelaide Efantis Adams
ChildrenCecily Adams, Stacey Adams, Catherine Adams, Sean Adams, Christine Adams, Caroline Adams, Beige Adams
ParentsConsuelo Morgan, William Yarmy
SiblingsDick Yarmy, Gloria Burton
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, TV Land Greatest Gadgets Award
Music GroupsLes Humphries Singers
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Male, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role
MoviesInspector Gadget, Get Smart, Again!, Back to the Beach, Jimmy the Kid, The Nude Bomb, Gadget Boy and Heather: Along Came a Spydra
TV ShowsThe Bill Dana Show, Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales, Underdog, Get Smart, The Partners, Don Adams' Screen Test, Inspector Gadget, Gadget Boy & Heather, Pepper Ann, Check It Out!, Gadget Boy's Adventures in History

Interesting Facts

1 Adams went beyond the pilot show of Get Smart (1965), therefore, he went to the producers, and they asked Adams to look over the script, which he did mind looking at it, at the time. After the producers wrote the first episode, the producers both realized they didn't have anything to do with Adams; but, Henry knew Adams's Smart character was born.
2 Remained good friends with Barbara Feldon during and after Get Smart (1965).
3 He was known to not be a morning person.
4 Dropped out from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1941 (which was his senior year).
5 Before he was a comedian/actor, he worked as a theater usher.
6 When the pilot of Get Smart (1965) was shooting for CBS, the producers wanted Tom Poston for the role of Maxwell Smart, but when they sold it to NBC, Adams was already under contract with the network, hence, he was immediately cast in the role.
7 Daughter Cecily Adams died in 2004, and son Sean Adams died in 2006.
8 Was very good friends with: Danny Thomas, Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Dick Van Patten, Doris Roberts, Jonathan Harris, Don Rickles, Barbara Feldon, Edward Platt, Mel Brooks, Buck Henry, Bill Dana, Gordon Jump, Richard Gautier, Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin, Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, Aaron Spelling, William Schallert, James Caan and Hugh M. Hefner.
9 According to former Get Smart (1965), co-star, Barbara Feldon, Adams had an amazing memory that allowed him to take an unusual approach to filming.
10 Was only 2 inches shorter than ex-Get Smart (1965) co-star, Barbara Feldon. In order for make it appear that Adams was taller than her, he'd either stand on a small platform or Feldon would stoop down.
11 Was in a comedy team called The Young Brothers with Jay Lawrence.
12 Best remembered by the public for his starring role as "Maxwell Smart/Agent 86" on Get Smart (1965).
13 One of his duties while serving in the Marine Corps was a drill instructor.
14 His two best known roles -- Maxwell Smart and Inspector Gadget -- were both James Bond parodies. Get Smart (1965) parodied the secret agent stories, while Inspector Gadget featured the unseen villain The Claw, who is shown as an arm stroking his cat, an obvious reference to Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
15 His Agent 86 catchphrase, "Would you believe...?", became the slogan for commercials for the White Castle hamburger chain in 1992, in which he also acted.
16 In 1984, played as himself in Miller Lite Beer commercials, poking fun at his Maxwell Smart fame.
17 He died of a lung infection while undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Adams had also a bone lymphoma as a result of breaking a hip more than a year before his death. He was buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
18 Did not like the (badly timed) laugh track in Get Smart (1965).
19 One of the first (if not the first) stand up comedian to have his own sitcom.
20 Won three Emmys for bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in Get Smart (1965) and the show itself won two awards for "Best Comedy," but he was severely typecast after this and never did find another proper showcase to display his comic range.
21 Uninterested in doing the James Bond spoof Get Smart (1965) series at first, he got on board after learning that Mel Brooks and Buck Henry were involved with the pilot script. Tom Poston was the first name being considered for the role, but Adams, under contract to NBC at the time, was promoted for the job by the network.
22 As the inept Agent 86 on Get Smart (1965) Adams used to have a script assistant read his part to him once or twice just before a scene, instead of learning his lines.
23 His clipped Maxwell Smart voice came from a much exaggerated takeoff on William Powell's "The Thin Man." He used to get laughs using the exact same voice years earlier on the stand-up circuit in different character set pieces - a baseball umpire, a football coach, a defense attorney.
24 Instead of taking a large paycheck per episode ($12,500 per week) of Get Smart (1965), Adams decided to take a smaller salary and 33% share. It paid off in spades--the show has been running in syndication for decades.
25 Had stopped performing in the postwar years and became a commercial artist because he had trouble finding stand-up work. In 1954, on a fluke, he auditioned and became a winner on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (1948). This led to TV appearances with Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan, among others, and stardom.
26 His TV writing partner in 1954 was comedian Bill Dana. Dana used Adams on his own TV show, The Bill Dana Show (1963) from 1963 to 1965, by incorporating one of Adams' stand-up characters, inept house detective Byron Glick.
27 His father was of Hungarian Jewish descent. His mother had German and Irish ancestry.
28 Was a close friend of "Playboy" publisher Hugh M. Hefner, and spent one night each week with Hefner (and other friends) playing cards.
29 Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and took part in the landings and battle at Guadalcanal, where he contracted malaria.
30 Claims he changed his last name from Yarmy to Adams because he was tired of having to go last at auditions, which, he said (inaccurately), usually went in alphabetical order. In reality, he took his stage name from his first wife, singer Adelaide Adams, with whom he shared a bill on the nightclub circuit.
31 Father-in-law of Jim Beaver.
32 He had a daughter, Cecily Adams, with his first wife, Adelaide. He also had a daughter, Stacey Adams and his only son Sean Adams, with his second wife, Dorothy. His other daughters are Carolyn, Chris, Cathy and Beige.
33 Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith; pg. 4-5. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
34 In 1999 he started to play Maxwell Smart once again, this time in a successful series of Canadian TV commercials for the "Buck-a-Call" long-distance service.
35 He was an older brother of Dick Yarmy, cousin of Robert Karvelas and brother-in-law of Alice Borden.

Net Worth & Salary

Inspector Gadget (1983) $3,500 /episode
Get Smart (1965) $4,000 /week + %


1 His clipped, nasally voice.
2 His "Maxwell Smart" catchphrases "Would you believe...?", "Sorry About that, Chief.", "And...loving it." and "Missed it by THAT much."


1 [on Get Smart (1995) and Andy Dick] I knew it wouldn't work but they offered me a lot of money. I knew after the pilot that this kid couldn't carry the show.
2 I watched Seinfeld (1989) and didn't know what the show was about. It was about nothing!
3 [on Jim Carrey] I'm not turned on by a comedian who bends over, spreads his cheeks and speaks out of his rear end.
4 [on his trademark clipped voice] It was Bill (Bill Dana) who was primarily responsible for me using that voice. Right from the beginning, he said, 'You should do all your routines in that voice.' And I said, 'But I can't stand that voice.' And he said, 'But it's funny. It makes people laugh.' And I'm, like, 'But I hate it...' For whatever reason, the delivery or whatever it is, that voice makes any situation funnier.
5 I like getting married, but I don't like being married.
6 I'm no longer independently wealthy. I guess it's the result of too many wives, too many kids and too much alimony. I've been paying alimony since I was 14 and child support since 15. That's a joke, but not by much.
7 [on Get Smart (1965)] The first few episodes I saw angered me so much I felt like throwing the TV through a window. I couldn't stand the laugh track... I didn't think so when I was making them, but some of those episodes are funny, funny shows. Some are classics. I actually laugh out loud at them now.
8 I hate performing. I don't care about being thought funny; I never did. Sometimes I wonder how I got into comedy at all. I did movie star impressions as a kid in high school. Somehow they just got out of hand.
9 In restaurants, [people] send over shoes. I'm so tired of it. I keep getting shoes.
10 [interview with Robert DeRossi, 10/27/65] I don't want to change the thinking of the world. My purpose is to make people laugh . . . It would be hypocritical if I said I don't want recognition, but I've never wanted it terribly. I think I'm being honest when I say I'd rather turn my talents, whatever they are, to writing and directing.


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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 TV Land Award TV Land Awards Greatest Gear or Admirable Apparatus Get Smart (1965)
1969 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Get Smart (1965)
1968 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Get Smart (1965)
1967 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Get Smart (1965)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Role in a Comedy Series Check It Out (1985)
1966 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best TV Star - Male Get Smart (1965)
1966 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Get Smart (1965)



Pepper Ann 1998-2000 TV Series Principal Hickey
Inspector Gadget: Gadget's Greatest Gadgets 1999 Video Inspector Gadget (segments "The Capeman Cometh", "Prince of the Gypsies", and "Gadget's Gadgets")
Inspector Gadget 1999 Brain - Really (voice)
Gadget Boy's Adventures in History 1997 TV Series Gadget Boy (voice)
Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher 1997 TV Series Principal
Field Trip Starring Inspector Gadget 1996 TV Series Inspector Gadget
Gadget Boy and Heather 1995 TV Series Gadget Boy (1995) (voice)
Get Smart 1995 TV Series Chief Maxwell Smart
Empty Nest 1994 TV Series Don Adams
Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas 1992 TV Movie Inspector Gadget (voice)
Get Smart, Again! 1989 TV Movie Maxwell Smart
Check It Out 1985-1988 TV Series Howard Bannister
Back to the Beach 1987 Harbor Master
The Amazing Adventures of Inspector Gadget 1986 Video Inspector Gadget (voice)
Inspector Gadget 1983-1985 TV Series Gadget Robo Gadget
The Fall Guy 1984 TV Series Sheriff
The Love Boat 1978-1984 TV Series Walter Love / Sam Corey / Sidney Williams / ...
Jimmy the Kid 1982 Harry Walker
Murder Can Hurt You! 1980 TV Movie Narrator (voice)
The Nude Bomb 1980 Maxwell Smart
Fantasy Island 1979 TV Series Cornelius Wieselfarber
The Love Boat 1976 TV Movie Donald Richardson
Three Times Daley 1976 TV Movie Bob Daley
Wait Till Your Father Gets Home 1973 TV Series Don Gibson Jr.
The New Scooby-Doo Movies 1973 TV Series Don Adams
Saga of Sonora 1973 TV Movie The Old Cowhand
The Partners 1971-1972 TV Series Det. Lennie Crooke
Confessions of a Top Crime Buster 1971 TV Movie Det. Lennie Crooke
Get Smart 1965-1970 TV Series Maxwell Smart / King Charles of Coronia / Floyd Darrow
Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour 1970 TV Series Dolf Clem
The Danny Thomas Hour 1967 TV Series Harry
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1966 TV Series
Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales 1963-1966 TV Series Tennessee Tuxedo / Cousin Percy / Monkey
A Secret Agent's Dilemma, or A Clear Case of Mind Over Mata Hari 1965 TV Movie Maxwell Smart - Host
The Bill Dana Show 1963-1964 TV Series Byron Glick
Underdog 1964 TV Series Tennessee Tuxedo (voice)


The Partners 1971 TV Series 3 episodes
Get Smart 1967-1970 TV Series 13 episodes


Rickles 1975 TV Movie
Don Adams' Screen Test 1975 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Partners TV Series creator - 2 episodes, 1971 - 1972 written by - 1 episode, 1971
The Don Adams Special: Hooray for Hollywood 1970 TV Movie
Get Smart 1968-1969 TV Series written by - 2 episodes


Don Adams' Screen Test 1975 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Partners 1971 TV Series executive producer - 1 episode
The Don Adams Special: Hooray for Hollywood 1970 TV Movie producer


Get Smart 1967 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Jimmy Dean Show 1964 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Startime 1960 TV Series performer - 1 episode


Get Smart 2008 dedicatee


The Hollywood Palace 1968-1969 TV Series Himself - Host
The Perry Como Show 1968 TV Movie Himself
The Don Rickles Show 1968 TV Series Himself
It's Happening 1968 TV Series Himself
Where the Girls Are 1968 TV Movie Himself / Various
Laugh-In 1968 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer
The Dean Martin Show 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
First Annual All-Star Celebrity Baseball Game 1967 TV Special Himself - Celebrity
The Carol Burnett Show 1967 TV Series Himself
The Bob Hope Show 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
Everybody's Talking 1967 TV Series Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1966 TV Series Himself - Cameo
Shipstads & Johnson Ice Follies 1966 TV Special Himself - Host
You Don't Say 1966 TV Series Himself
The Andy Williams Show 1965-1966 TV Series Himself
The Match Game 1966 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
Hullabaloo 1965 TV Series Himself
The Jimmy Dean Show 1963-1964 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1960-1963 TV Series Himself - Sketch Actor / Himself / Himself - Guest / ...
The Jack Paar Program 1963 TV Series Himself
The Garry Moore Show 1961 TV Series Himself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1958-1961 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1960-1961 TV Series Himself - Comedian / Magician
Startime 1960 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956-1960 TV Series Himself - Comedian
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show 1959 TV Series Himself
The Lux Show 1958 TV Series Himself
The Esther Williams Aqua Spectacle 1956 TV Movie Himself
Salute to Baseball 1956 TV Movie Himself
Tonight! 1955 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Don Adams' 75th Birthday Roast at the Playboy Mansion 2006 Video documentary Himself
Get Smart Reunion Seminar 2006 Video documentary Himself
Biography 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV 2003 TV Special documentary Himself
NBC 75th Anniversary Special 2002 TV Special Himself
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
TV Land Presents Blast from the Past 2001 Video Game documentary Himself
Inside TV Land: Get Smart 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself
50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
Showbiz Today 1995 TV Series Himself
The First Annual Comedy Hall of Fame 1993 TV Movie Himself
Good Morning America 1989 TV Series Himself
The New Hollywood Squares 1987 TV Series Himself - Center Square
Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders 1984 TV Series Himself - Guest
Two Top Bananas 1982 TV Movie Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1975-1980 TV Series Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Comedian / Actor
Dinah! 1975-1980 TV Series Himself
All-Star Family Feud Special 1980 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
Billy 1979 TV Series Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1963-1976 TV Series Himself - Comedian
Joys 1976 TV Special Himself
Celebration: The American Spirit 1976 TV Movie Himself
Don Rickles: Buy This Tape You Hockey Puck 1975 Video documentary Himself
Rickles 1975 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1963-1975 TV Series Himself - Guest
Celebrity Bowling 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
Don Adams' Screen Test 1975 TV Series Himself - Host
Match Game 73 1974 TV Series Himself - Panelist
Celebrity Sweepstakes 1974 TV Series Himself / guest panelist
Flip 1972-1974 TV Series Himself
Milton Berle's Mad Mad Mad World of Comedy 1974 TV Movie Himself
A Couple of Dons 1973 TV Special Himself / Various Characters
The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour 1973 TV Series Himself
Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking 1972 TV Special Himself
This Is Your Life 1972 TV Series Himself
The David Frost Show 1970-1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Andy Williams Show 1971 TV Series Himself
Changing Scene III 1971 TV Special Himself
The Kraft Music Hall 1969-1970 TV Series Himself
The Many Sides of Don Rickles 1970 TV Special Himself
Playboy After Dark 1969-1970 TV Series Himself
The Don Adams Special: Hooray for Hollywood 1970 TV Movie Himself
The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1969 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series

Archive Footage

Janis: Little Girl Blue 2015 Documentary Himself
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Maxwell Smart
Entertainment Tonight 2007 TV Series Himself
The Secret History of Get Smart 2006 Video documentary short Maxwell Smart / Byron Glick
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Himself
Tvist 2005 TV Series Maxwell Smart - Agent 86
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Himself

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