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Donald James Yarmy was born on 13th April 1923 in New York City USA, and as Don Adams was an award-winning television and voice actor, comedian, and game show host. His acting career started in 1963, with a guest role in television series “The Bill Dana Show”. He passed away in 2005.

Have you ever wondered how rich Don Adams was at the time of his death? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Adams’s net worth was as high as $15 million, an amount earned through his successful career in acting, hosting, and comedy.

Don Adams Net Worth $15 Million

Don Adams was one of three children of William and Consuelo Yarmy (nee Deiter); Don was raised in his mother’s Roman Catholic religion, while his brother Richard was raised according to their father’s Jewish religion. A high school drop-out, Don supported himself by working as an usher in a theatre, before serving in World War II, first in combat as a member of the US Marine Corps.

However, he contracted blackwater fever due to a combat wound, which forced him to spend an entire year recovering at a Navy hospital in New Zealand. Afterward, he served as a Marine drill instructor back home.

Having decided to try himself out in comedic waters, Don took on the stage name Adams, which was also the name under which his first wife Adelaide (Efantis) performed. His career as a comedian started in 1954, with his win on the talent show “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts”. After that, he appeared in “The Steve Allen Show” (1956-1960) in eleven episodes, and then became a regular on “The Perry Como Show” (1960-1963). Following this, Don branched out into acting waters, as an inept detective in the sitcom “The Bill Dana Show” (1963-1965). This would contribute to his type-casting, resulting eventually in his iconic role, that of the iconic bumbling detective Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 in the comedy spoof series “Get Smart” (1965-1970). The show made fun of the popular spy film and television series of that time, such as the James Bond movies and the TV show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” (1964-1968). Don took home three Emmy Awards for this role, and introduced numerous catchphrases into American vernacular.

Unfortunately, his ensuing projects never reached the level of fame and success that the role of Smart brought to him. He appeared in numerous television series and films, both as a guest and as a star, but his most notable subsequent part was achieved in voice acting, when he lent his voice to the eponymous detective in the animated series “Inspector Gadget” (1983-1985). He also hosted his own game show, entitled “Don Adams’ Screen Test” (1975-1976). While he continued to act at that time, most of Don’s income was earned by his work on stage and in nightclubs.

Regarding his personal life, he was thrice married and divorced, with seven children from those marriages. He firstly married Adelaide (1947-60), then Dorothy Bracken (1960-76) and thirdly Judy Luciano from 1977 to 1990. His health declined after his daughter, Cecily Adams, who was also an actress, died of lung cancer in 2004. Following a lung infection, he succumbed to bone lymphoma on 25th September 2005. Don enjoyed painting and writing poetry, though these hobbies took second seat to his greatest passion in life, gambling. He was also a history buff, with particular interest in the lives of Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler.

Full Name Don Adams
Net Worth $15 Million
Date Of Birth April 13, 1923
Died September 25, 2005, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height 1.75 m
Profession Actor
Education DeWitt Clinton High School
Nationality American
Spouse Judy Luciano (m. 1977–1990), Dorothy Bracken (m. 1960–1976), Adelaide Efantis Adams (m. 1947–1960)
Children Cecily Adams, Stacey Adams, Sean Adams, Christine Adams, Catherine Adams, Beige Adams, Caroline Adams
Parents Consuelo Morgan, William Yarmy
Siblings Dick Yarmy, Gloria Burton
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0010915/
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, TV Land Greatest Gadgets Award
Music Groups Les Humphries Singers
Nominations Primetime 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
Movies Inspector Gadget, Get Smart, Again!, Back to the Beach, Jimmy the Kid, The Nude Bomb, Gadget Boy and Heather: Along Came a Spydra
TV Shows The 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
# Trademark
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.”
# Quote
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.
# Fact
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.


Title Year Status Character
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)


Title Year Status Character
The Partners 1971 TV Series 3 episodes
Get Smart 1967-1970 TV Series 13 episodes


Title Year Status Character
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


Title Year Status Character
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


Title Year Status Character
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


Title Year Status Character
Get Smart 2008 dedicatee


Title Year Status Character
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

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Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
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

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
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)

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