Hy Averback

Last updated
Hy Averback
Publicity Photo of Hy Averback.jpg
Publicity Photo of Hy Averback
Born
Hyman Jack Averback

(1920-10-21)October 21, 1920
DiedOctober 14, 1997(1997-10-14) (aged 76)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
Years active1947–1992
SpouseDorothy Bridges Averback (1949–1997; his death)

Hyman Jack[ citation needed ]Averback (October 21, 1920[ citation needed ] – October 14, 1997) was an American radio, television, and film actor who eventually became a producer and director.

Contents

Early years

Born in Minneapolis, Averback moved to California with his family when he was 9. [1] Averback graduated from the Edward Clark Academy Theater in 1938 [2] and eventually got a job announcing at KMPC Beverly Hills [3] before World War II. [4]

Career

Radio

During World War II, as part of the Armed Forces Radio Service, he entertained troops in the Pacific with his program of comedy and music, where he created the character of Tokyo Mose, a lampoon of Japan's Tokyo Rose. After his discharge, his big break came when he was hired to announce the Jack Paar radio show, which replaced Jack Benny for the summer beginning June 1, 1947. He became the announcer for Bob Hope on NBC in September 1948 and announced for other NBC radio shows, The Sealtest Village Store and Let's Talk Hollywood, as well as on the Sweeney and March show on CBS in 1948 [5] and appeared as the voice of Newsweek magazine on a weekly radio show on ABC West Coast stations the same year. [6]

Averback was also an actor, appearing a number of times on the Jack Benny radio show, beginning in January 1948. [7]

In 1952, Averback starred in Secret Mission, a transcribed program "dealing with factual stories of escape from behind the Iron Curtain" on AFRS. [8] In 1955 he joined the ensemble cast of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar , playing multiple character roles in support of leading actor Bob Bailey.

Television

Doing comedy on early television, he appeared on The Saturday Night Revue (1953–54), Tonight (1955) and NBC Comedy Hour (1956). He was a series regular as Mr. Romero on the Eve Arden sitcom Our Miss Brooks and appeared on I Love Lucy and other 1950s comedies, then moved into directing at the end of the decade. He directed The Real McCoys with Richard Crenna. Crenna had been a cast member with Averback on Our Miss Brooks.

Averback also directed for The Dick Powell Show (1961–1963), Burke's Law (1963-1964), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968), The Flying Nun (1967–1970), Columbo: Suitable for Framing (1971), McCloud (1971), M*A*S*H (1972), Needles and Pins (1973), Quark (1977-1978), Matt Houston (1982–1983), The Four Seasons (1984), The Last Precinct (1986), and the miniseries Pearl (1978). For CBS, he produced Mrs. G. Goes to College (aka The Gertrude Berg Show) in the 1961–1962 season.

He co-produced the popular 1960s sitcom F Troop and supplied the voice over the loudspeaker heard on the television series M*A*S*H . His actual recording from a Bob Hope show was used in M*A*S*H episode 63, "Bombed," from season 3 where he announces himself as Hope's announcer.

Film

Averback co-narrated The Story of Life, a 62-minute sex educational film, released by Crusader Productions in June 1948. [9] It featured live action as well as animation by former Walt Disney artists Lester Novros and Robert Moore.

Film credits include his acting as Willard Alexander in The Benny Goodman Story (1956) and directing Chamber of Horrors (1966), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968), I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968), The Great Bank Robbery (1969), and Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came (1970) as well as the TV movie The New Maverick (1978) with James Garner and Jack Kelly.

Personal life

In 1969, Averback bought a home in the Racquet Club Estates neighborhood of Palm Springs, California, [10] He died on October 14, 1997 [11] and was buried in Westwood Memorial Park. [12]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jack Benny</span> American comedic entertainer (1894–1974)

Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky was an American entertainer who evolved from a modest success playing violin on the vaudeville circuit to one of the leading entertainers of the twentieth century with a highly popular comedic career in radio, television, and film. He was known for his comic timing and the ability to cause laughter with a long pause or a single expression, such as his signature exasperated summation "Well! "

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Richard Crenna</span> American actor (1926–2003)

Richard Donald Crenna was an American film, television and radio actor.

Texaco Star Theater was an American comedy-variety show, broadcast on radio from 1938 to 1949 and telecast from 1948 to 1956. It was one of the first successful examples of American television broadcasting, remembered as the show that gave Milton Berle the nickname "Mr. Television".

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jack Paar</span> American writer, radio and television comedian and talk show host (1918–2004)

Jack Harold Paar was an American talk show host, author, radio and television comedian, and film actor. He was the second host of The Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962. Time magazine's obituary of Paar reported wryly, "His fans would remember him as the fellow who split talk show history into two eras: Before Paar and Below Paar."

<i>The Jack Benny Program</i> US radio–TV comedy series

The Jack Benny Program, starring Jack Benny, is a radio-TV comedy series that ran for more than three decades and is generally regarded as a high-water mark in 20th century American comedy. He played one role throughout his radio and television careers, a caricature of himself as a minimally talented musician and penny pincher who was the butt of all the jokes. Producer Hilliard Marks was the brother of Benny's wife Mary Livingstone.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Frank Nelson (actor)</span> American comedic actor (1911–1986)

Frank Brandon Nelson was an American comedic actor best known for playing put-upon foils on radio and television, and especially for his "EEE-Yeeeeeeeeesssss?" catchphrase.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Dennis Day</span> American actor, comedian and singer (1916–1988)

Dennis Day was an American actor, comedian and singer. He was of Irish descent.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Don Wilson (announcer)</span> American radio and television announcer and actor (1900–1982)

Don Wilson was an American announcer and actor in radio and television, with a Falstaffian vocal presence, remembered best as the rotund announcer and comic foil to the star of The Jack Benny Program.

<i>The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show</i> American comedy radio program (1948 to 1954)

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show, was a comedy radio program which ran on NBC from 1948 to 1954 starring Alice Faye and Phil Harris. Harris had previously become known to radio audiences as the band-leader-turned-cast-member of the same name on The Jack Benny Program while Faye had been a frequent guest on programs such as Rudy Vallée's variety shows. After becoming the breakout stars of the music and comedy variety program The Fitch Bandwagon, the show was retooled into a full situation comedy, with Harris and Faye playing fictionalized versions of themselves as a working show business couple raising two daughters in a madcap home.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bill Goodwin</span> American radio announcer and actor (1910–1958)

William Nettles Goodwin, was for many years the announcer and a recurring character of the Burns and Allen radio program, and subsequently The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television from 1950–1951. Upon his departure, he was replaced by Harry von Zell.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jack Lescoulie</span> American actor (1912–1987)

Jack Lescoulie was a radio and television announcer and host, notably on NBC's Today during the 1950s and 1960s; a newspaper source lists his date of birth as May 17, 1912. Lescoulie was also known for his voice impersonation of comedian Jack Benny.

<i>The Adventures of Maisie</i>

The Adventures of Maisie was a radio comedy series starring Ann Sothern as underemployed entertainer Maisie Ravier and a spin-off of Sothern's successful 1939–1947 Maisie movie series, based on a character created by Wilson Collison.) The series was broadcast on CBS Radio, NBC Radio, the Mutual Radio Network, and Mutual flagship radio station WHN in New York City.

Just Plain Bill was a 1932-1955 15-minute American radio drama program heard on CBS Radio and NBC Radio. It was "a story of people just like people we all know.”

<i>Command Performance</i> (radio series) US Armed Forces Radio show from 1942–49

Command Performance was a radio program which originally aired between 1942 and 1949. The program was broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network (AFRS) and transmitted by shortwave to the troops overseas—with few exceptions, it was not broadcast over domestic U.S. radio stations.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Bob Sweeney (actor and director)</span> American television director and actor

Bob Sweeney was an American actor, director and producer of radio, television and film.

Richard Allen Dudley was an American radio and television announcer once known as "the voice of NBC".

William E. Slater was an American educator, sports announcer, and radio/television personality from the 1920s through the 1950s, hosting the radio shows Twenty Questions and Luncheon at Sardi's. He was the great uncle of actor Christian Slater.

The Pepsodent Show is an American radio comedy program broadcast during the Golden Age of Radio. The program starred comedian Bob Hope and his sidekick Jerry Colonna along with Blanche Stewart and Elvia Allman as high-society crazies Brenda and Cobina as well as a continuously rotating supporting cast and musicians which included, for a time, Judy Garland, Frances Langford and Desi Arnaz and his orchestra.

<i>The Jack Carson Show</i> Radio comedy-variety program

The Jack Carson Show is an American old-time radio comedy-variety program. It was broadcast on different seasons on CBS and NBC, beginning on June 2, 1943, and ending on December 20, 1956. The program was also known as The Sealtest Village Store, and the New Jack Carson Show. It was carried on the CBC Dominion network in Canada, as well. Additionally, The Jack Carson Show is the title of a television program that was broadcast on NBC from October 22, 1954, until March 11, 1955.

<i>The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show</i> cast list

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, was an American situation comedy television series that ran for 291 episodes over eight seasons (1950–58) on CBS. The show did not become weekly until the third season. The first two seasons of the show were biweekly broadcasts, with the last episode of Season Two being broadcast three weeks after the one that preceded it. The show was based on the Burns and Allen radio show (1929–50), which first ran for three years on the BBC radio network, before airing in the United States on CBS and NBC. The radio show itself was based on the characters George Burns and Gracie Allen had developed in vaudeville. Many of the early television episodes were a re-working of the same episodes that had aired on radio.

References

  1. Kleiner, Dick (November 22, 1992). "Ask Dick Kleiner". The Index-Journal. Greenwood, S.C. p. 51. Retrieved April 23, 2015 via Newspapers.com. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  2. Los Angeles Times, January 29, 1939.
  3. Broadcasting magazine, May 8, 1944
  4. "The Start of Armed Forces Radio Service". Southwest Museum of Engineering, Communications and Computation. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  5. Daily Variety, Aug. 24, 1948
  6. Daily Variety, May 11, 1948
  7. 39 Forever, Second Edition, Part 2, by Laura Leff, 2006
  8. "AFRS Series" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 10, 1952. p. 76. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  9. Daily Variety, June 22, 1948
  10. Meeks, Eric G. (2014) [2012]. The Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes. Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. pp. 41–43. ISBN   978-1479328598.
  11. "Hy Averback, 76, TV Actor and Producer" . The New York Times . 23 October 1997. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  12. Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries