Don Adams, best known as bumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart, died Sunday in Los Angeles from a lung infection. He was 82 years old.
LOS ANGELES Sep 26, 2005 – Don Adams, the wry-voiced comedian who starred as the fumbling secret agent Maxwell Smart in the 1960s television spoof of James Bond movies, “Get Smart,” has died. He was 82.
Adams died of a lung infection late Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his friend and former agent Bruce Tufeld said Monday, adding the actor broke his hip a year ago and had been in ill health since.
As the inept Agent 86 of the super-secret federal agency Control, Adams captured TV viewers with his antics in combatting the evil agents of Kaos. When his explanations failed to convince the villains or his boss, he tried another tack: “Would you believe … ?” It became a national catchphrase.
Smart was also prone to spilling things on the desk or person of his boss the chief (actor Edward Platt). Smart’s apologetic “Sorry about that, chief” also entered the American lexicon. The spy gadgets, which aped those of the Bond movies, were a popular feature, especially the pre-cell-phone telephone in a shoe.Would you believe ABC (who were first approached about the series) wanted Tom Poston (Newhart) as Maxwell Smart? It’s true. You can find that, and other interesting trivia on the series at Would You Belive?