Howard Weston "Ted" Bessell Jr. (March 20, 1935 October 6, 1996) was an American television actor and director. Ted Bessell, an actor best remembered as Marlo Thomas boyfriend on the long-running television series That Girl, has died. He appeared on such talk shows as Who Do You Trust? Thomas, daughter of comedian Danny Thomas and the wife of talk show host Phil Donahue, played an aspiring young actress in New York named Ann Marie. In the 1980s, he appeared in several other television movies, including Breaking Up Is Hard to Do and The Acorn People. [2], Bessell appeared in such feature films as McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force, and Don't Drink the Water. Sadly, Ted Bessell passed away of an aortic aneurysm in 1996 at the age of 57. Californias November election will feature 12 statewide ballot measures. In 1989, he shared an Emmy as a producer on Fox Broadcasting's The Tracey Ullman Show, which was honored as best variety or comedy program.[2]. TED Recommends. Bessell's best-known TV role was as Donald Hollinger, Marlo Thomas's boyfriend and fianc on the hit series That Girl, which ran for five seasons from 196671. Born: Howard Weston Bessell, Jr. March 20, 1935. Now Bessell is back on a successful show, this time on the other side of the camera. During the 1980s, he made an appearance in several other television movies and also played regular roles on a couple of short-lived sitcoms. Well have to get Mrs. McClusky to organize a groundswell! Why not? Your contribution is much appreciated! Ted was 61 years old at the time of death. In "That Girl," which ran from 1966 to 1971 on ABC, Bessell co-starred as Marlo Thomas's boyfriend and fianc, Newsview magazine writer Don Hollinger. Avi Rothman Is Kristen Wiig's Handsome Fianc and the Father of Her Twins Who Is He? He then was cast in the off-Broadway production of The Power of Darkness, which led to further off-Broadway work with the Blackfriars Guild. Coronavirus Update. Menu. After all, Bessell has still got the wardrobe, Final Days. [2], Bessell appeared in such feature films as McHale's Navy Joins the Air Force, and Don't Drink the Water. He was 57. Bessell along with his friend Penny Marshall were working on a big screen adaptation of Bewitched at the time of his death. He is best known for his role as Donald Hollinger, the boyfriend and eventual fianc of Marlo Thomas's character in the TV series That Girl (196671). [2] He directed and acted in stock where he appeared in a wide spectrum of theatre works ranging from Shakespeare to Jule Styne. With only limited directing experience, Bessell is responsible for 80 percent of the Ullman sketches, some of which will be seen next Sunday (April 2). In 1989, he shared an Emmy as a producer on Fox Broadcasting's The Tracey Ullman Show, which was honored as best variety or comedy program. Bessell's best-known TV role was as Donald Hollinger, Marlo Thomas's boyfriend and fianc on the hit series That Girl, which ran for five seasons from 196671. He is best known for his role as Donald Hollinger, the boyfriend and eventual fianc of Marlo Thomas' character in the TV series That Girl (19661971). Ted Bessell. He worked at ABC New York as a page (or usher) to supplement his income in the late 1950s. He appeared on such talk shows as Who Do You Trust? By the time he was appearing in That Girl, Bessells Q rating ranked him among TVs most popular men, His life off-camera wasnt going as well. When That Girl ended its run, he tried his hand at another sitcom, Me and the Chimp in which he played Mike Reynolds, a dentist who is persuaded by his children to take in a runaway chimpanzee. [3] He appeared in the TV film Your Money or Your Wife, which won the Peabody Award for Best Mystery of the Year.[2]. He also played regular roles on a pair of short-lived sitcoms, Good Time Harry and, in his last major role, Hail to the Chief, as the husband of Patty Duke's character, the fictional first female President of the United States. Mrs. He is interred inWoodlawn Memorial Cemetery, Santa Monica, California. ", Ted Bessell and chimpanzee promoting the CBS television series "Me and the Chimp" in 1971 | Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Bessell shared an Emmy as a producer on "The Tracy Ullman Show" in 1989. -- Thorsten Alteholz Ted Bessell -- L.A. Morgue Files An open letter from Whit Bissell to Ted Bessell. At first, he was preparing for a career as a classical musician. Browse the library of TED talks and speakers. Endorsement: The Times endorses Hoffman, Anderson, Henderson and Han for LACCD. Howard Weston "Ted" Bessell Jr. (March 20, 1935 October 6, 1996) was an American television actor and director. It changed my life. Except for sporadic acting and directing, Bessell withdrew from Hollywood and immersed himself in art. Bessell first went to Los Angeles in the West Coast production of Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel, for which he received great critical notices. -- What the FACT! Ted Bessell, an actor best remembered as Marlo Thomas boyfriend on the long-running television series That Girl, has died. How could you deny the public this face for 20 years? Ullman has been listening, and suddenly she has an idea. When That Girl ended its run, he tried his hand at another sitcom, Me and the Chimp in which he played Mike Reynolds, a dentist who is persuaded by his children to take in a runaway chimpanzee. The television actor and director was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center's emergency room. Born in Flushing, New York, to Howard Weston "Buster" Bessell (19041958) and his wife, Jo (19152004), Ted Bessell grew up in Manhasset, Nassau County, Long Island. 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