Tom Smothers

Active - 1966 - 2015  |   Born - Feb 2, 1937 in New York, New York, United States  |   Genres - Comedy, Music, Children's/Family

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Best known for his plaintive, "Mom always liked you best!" and as the slightly slow-witted (on-stage that is), comical half of the Smothers Brothers, Tom Smothers also has had a sporadic solo career as an actor and performer of children's music. He made his feature film debut sans brother Dick Smothers in Get to Know Your Rabbit (1972). A master at Yo-Yo tricks, Smothers made an instructional video, The Yo-Yo Man, in 1988.

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  • Father graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and died as a Japanese POW in 1945.
  • Played guitar on John Lennon's single "Give Peace a Chance."
  • Filed a breach-of-contract suit against CBS over the wrongful termination of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1969 and won.
  • The 2002 documentary Smothered chronicled the battle with CBS censors during the production of their groundbreaking 1967-69 TV program The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
  • Received a commemorative Emmy in 2008 to honor his work as a writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1968. 
  • Is considered an expert with the yo-yo.
  • Owns the Remick Ridge Vineyards in Sonoma County, California.