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TED BESSELL BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Ted Bessell was born on March 20th, 1935 in Queens, New York with the birth name Howard Weston Bessell.  After high school he studied at Georgetown University as well as the University of Colorado and earned his degree in 1958.  He then decided to he wanted to pursue a career as an actor.   
 
He began by studying under Sanford Meisner at the neighborhood Playhouse.  Like most actors, he began as a stage actor appearing in such stage productions as, "The Power of Darkness" and acted and directed a number of other stock productions.
 
Ted then relocated to Los Angeles, California and appeared in the film, "The Outsider" (1961).  Soon he was working as a soap opera actor appearing on, "Lover Come Back" (1961) and "It's a Man's World" (1962).  Soon such television appearances followed on, "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964) and he got his big break at stardom when he was cast on the television series, "That Girl" (1966) playing, "That Guy".  This role followed with more television appearances on, "Me and the Chimp" (1972), "Good Time Harry" (1980) and "Hail to the Chief" (1985).
 
Along with being cast on a variety of television roles, Bessell also appeared in such films as, "Don't Drink the Water" (1969) and on the television movie, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" (1979).
 
As it became harder for him to get roles as an actor he decided to take a chance at directing and was involved in directing episodes of the television series, "The Tracey Ullman Show" (1987), "Sibs" (1991) and was in the process of directing the movie version of the television series, "Bewitched" (1964) when he passed away too soon before his time.
 
Throughout his lifetime he married a total of three times.  His first wife was Janeen Darrah from 1963 through 1967.  He then married Donna Gordon but this marriage was short lived.  His third wife was Linnell Mobori whom he had two children with and remained married to her until he passed away on October 6th, 1996 in Los Angeles, California after suffering from a aortic aneurysm.  He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, California. 
 

Filmography

1986 Comedy Factory
1985 Hail to the Chief 
1981 The Acorn People 
1980 Good Time Harry 
1979 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 
1975 Mary Tyler Moore
1974 Bobby Parker and Company
1973 What Are Best Friends For? 
1973 Scream, Pretty Peggy 
1973 The Ted Bessell Show
1972 Your Money or Your Wife 
1972 Me and the Chimp 
1971 Marcus Welby, M.D.
1971 Two on a Bench
1971 The New Dick Van Dyke Show 
1966-1971 That Girl 
1969 Love, American Style 
1969 Don't Drink the Water
1965-1969 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
1965 12 O'Clock High 
1965 Billie
1965 McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force 
1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 
1963-1965 The Bill Dana Show 
1964 Ben Casey 
1964 The Greatest Show on Earth
1964 The Great Adventure 
1963 Captain Newman, M.D. 
1963 The Lieutenant
1962 It's a Man's World 
1962 Checkmate
1961 The Outsider 
1961 Lover Come Back 





Matinee Classics - That Girl starring Marlo Thomas, Ted Bessell and Lew Parker


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