Boomer TV Trivia: Get Smart

Q1. What later star of The Love Boat, had a recurring role as a KAOS agent on the original Get Smart television series?

Q2. Did Don Adams and Barbara Feldon ever marry? 

Don Adams as Maxwell Smart/Agent 86, Barbara Feldon as Agent 99, and Edward Platt as the Chief in Get Smart, below. 

get smart 1967, don adams 1967, maxwell smart, agent 86, barbara feldon 1967, agent 99, baby boomer television, septuagenarian, senior citizen, edward platt 1967, the chief(Photo: YouTube | Get Smart 1967)

Popular baby boomer television series Get Smart  ran for 5 years, from 1965-1970 and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1968 & 1969. Series star Don Adams (Maxwell Smart) got the role because NBC owned his contract. Adams won the Emmy for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Comedy in 1967, 1968 & 1969, 3 out of 5 years the show was on the air. His comedic intonations for the lines “Would you believe...”, “Missed it by that much!”, “Sorry about that, Chief”, “The Old (such-and-such) Trick“, “And … loving it,” and “I asked you not to tell me that,” turned them into popular culture catchphrases that are still used today. During his tenure on the series, Don Adams appeared in every episode and also wrote (2) and directed (13) episodes. 

don adams 1967, american actor, television, get smart, agent 86(Don Adams Photo: YouTube | Get Smart 1967)

Don Adams continued acting well into his senior years, including voice-acting the role of Inspector Gadget in the animated television series and movie of the same name. He was a septuagenarian senior citizen when he acted in Get Smart, Again (made-for-TV movie, 1989), a follow-up Get Smart television series (1995), and in guest-starring television spots and commercials. Don Adams was an octogenarian senior citizen when he died in 2005, age 82.

barbara feldon, don adams, get smart, 1960s sitcoms, tv series, agent 86, agent 99, maxwell smart Don Adams & Barbara Feldon in Get Smart. (Photo: YouTube | Get Smart)

Co-star Barbara Feldon played the beautiful and cool-headed straight man to her “Max”. Although Maxwell Smart had the most “phones” on the show (his shoe was used most often), Agent 99 also had her unique “fingernail phone”.  Feldon continued to act occasionally in movies and guest appearances on television shows after Get Smart ended. She appeared in the 1995 reprise alongside co-star Don Adams. Barbara Feldon became a senior citizen in 1998 and since then has written her autobiography Living Alone and Loving It in 2003. She lives in New York City today and has appeared in some plays, but is now essentially retired.

edward platt, get smart, the chief, american actor, 1960s sitcoms, tv series“The Chief” as played by actor Edward Platt, was the grumpy but supportive boss of Agent 99 and Maxwell Smart.

In real life, Edward Platt had appeared in several big-screen movies and television shows in the 1950’s and 1960’s, before landing the role on Get Smart.

When Get Smart ended Platt was in his 50+ years. Edward Platt went on to guest star in other television comedies until his death in 1974 from a heart attack (he was 58). 

Right, Edward Platt as the Chief on Get Smart. (Photo: YouTube | Get Smart)

A1. “Doc” on The Love Boat, actor Bernie Kopell appeared on 14 episodes of Get Smart as KAOS agent Siegfried, Vice President of Public Relations and Terror. Below, guest-stars Carol Burnett as Ozark Annie and Bernie Kopell as Siegfried, with Don Adams (center) as Agent 86 on Get Smart.

carol burnett 1967, don adams 1967, bernie kopell 1967, get smart 1967, american actors, actress, 1960s sitcoms, 1970s sitcoms, ozark annie, siegfried, agent 86(Photo: YouTube | Get Smart 1967)

Q2. While the characters played by Don Adams (Maxwell Smart) and Barbara Feldon (Agent 99) married in the 4th season of Get Smart, and the actors had great chemistry and became the best of friends during (and after) the show, they never married in real life.

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