BILL DANA - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 317241
Sale Price $81.00
Signing as himself and as his well-known character, "José"
Signature: "Bill Dana/José", 5x3. Bill Dana, born William Szathmary in 1924, was a decorated infantryman in World War II. A head writer for The Steve Allen Show, Dana (of Hungarian Jewish ancestry) portrayed a Hispanic character, José Jimenez, on that and many other shows (including 17 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show) over the next decade. He took the Jimenez character to his own TV show, The Bill Dana Show (1963-1965). His record, "José the Astronaut" proved popular with the real astronauts. The first words spoken to an American in space (from Deke Slayton to Alan Shepard) were, "OK, José, you're on your way." Although Dana stopped performing as Jimenez in 1970, believing the character might offend ethnic sensitivities, he received an Image Award in 1997 from the National Hispanic Media Coalition. Dana continued to write and perform for another quarter century, however. His Emmy-winning episode of All in the Family, "Sammy David Jr. Visits Archie Bunker", ranks #12 on the TV Guide list of top 100 TV episodes. He had a recurring role on The Golden Girls (1988-1991). Corners lightly worn and creased. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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