Bill Goodwin

Bill Goodwin

Show Count: 139
Series Count: 3
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: July 28, 1910
Old Time Radio, San Francisco, California, USA
Died: May 9, 1958, Palm Springs, California, USA
For many years, he was the announcer and a recurring character of the Burns and Allen radio program, and subsequently The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show on television from 1950-1951.

William Nettles Goodwin, known as Bill Goodwin was known for frequently promoting the item sold by the sponsor of the show (Swan Soap or Maxwell House Coffee, among others, on radio; Carnation Evaporated Milk on television). He was effective on radio in doing 'integrated commercials,' in which the advertisement was deftly woven into the show's storyline. Goodwin was best known for his amiable and fun-loving personality, for his persona on air as a 'ladies' man,' and for joking around about George Burns's appearance and age. Ironically, he died more than thirty-seven years before George Burns.

Goodwin occasionally hosted other television and theater shows, including Penny to a Million and Dollar a Minute. His last job as announcer was for NBC Radio's The Bob Hope Show (1953–1955). He acted in several movies, including The Stork Club (1945), The Jolson Story (1946), Jolson Sings Again (1949) and The Big Beat (1958) with fellow Burns and Allen regular Hans Conried.

He played the role of Sherman Billingsley in The Stork Club (1945) and that of the hotel detective in Hitchcock's Spellbound (also 1945) and appeared with Doris Day in Tea for Two (1950). His last major role was as the narrator for the animated television cartoonGerald McBoing-Boing.

His son is jazz drummer Bill Goodwin

Not long before his death, Goodwin appeared as Ed Weston in two episodes of the short-lived CBS sitcom, The Eve Arden Show. Goodwin died on May 9, 1958, at the age of forty-seven after a heart attack in Palm Springs, California. He is interred at the Desert Memorial Park in Cathedral City, California.

Source: Wikipedia

Show Count: 44
Broadcast History: 3 July 1939 to 26 June 1944, 21 July 1944 to 1 September 1944, 13 August 1944 to 26 September 1948, 6 October 1948 to 29 June 1949 and 6 October 1949 to 6 July 1950
Cast: Penny Singleton, Ann Rutherford, Alice White, Patricia Vann Cleve, Arthur Lake, Leone Ledoux, Tommy Cook, Larry Sims, Bobby Ellis, Jeffrey Silver, Marlene Aames, Norma Jean Nilsson, Joan Rae, Hanley Stafford, Elvia Allman, Frank Nelson, Arthur Q. Bryan, Harry Lang, Dix Davis, Mary Jane Croft, Veola Vonn, Lurene Tuttle, Rosemary DeCamp, Ed MacDonald, Hans Conried
Producer: Ashmead Scott
Bob Hope ShowBob Hope Show
Show Count: 47
Broadcast History: 4 January 1935 to 5 April 1935, 14 September 1935 to 3 September 1936, 9 May 1937 to 26 September 1937, 8 December 1937 to 23 March 1938, 27 September 1938 to 8 June 1948, 14 September 1948 to 13 June 1950, and 3 October 1950 to 21 April 1955
Sponsor: Emerson Drug Company, Bromo Seltzer, Atlantic Oil, Lucky Strike, Swan Soap, American Dairy, General Foods, Woodbury Soap
Cast: Bob Hope, James Melton, Jane Froman, Patricia Wilder, Frank Parker, Jerry Colonna, Blanche Stewart, Elvia Allman, Doris Day, Frances Langford, Barbara Jo Allen, Stan Kenton, Skinnay Ennis, Desi Arnaz, Les Brown
Director: Bill Lawrence, Norman Morrell, Bob Stephenson, Al Capstaff
Producer: Bill Lawrence, Norman Morrell, Bob Stephenson, Al Capstaff
Burns & AllenBurns & Allen
Show Count: 283
Broadcast History: 15 February 1932 to 13 June 1934, 19 September 1934 to 24 March 1937, 12 April 1937 to 1 August 1938, 30 September 1938 to 23 June 1939, 4 October to 1939 to 26 June 1940, 1 July 1940 to 24 March 1941, 7 October 1941 to 30 June 1942, 6 October 1942 to 25 June 1945, 20 September 1945 to 23 June 1949 and 21 September 1949 to 17 May 1950
Sponsor: Robert Burns Panatella, White Owl Cigars, Campbell Soups, Grape Nuts, Chesterfield Cigarettes, Hinds Cream, Hormel Meats, Lever Brothers, Swan Soap, Maxwell House Coffee Time, Block Drugs
Cast: Bea Benaderet, Gracie Allen, George Burns, Elvia Allman, Mel Blanc, Margaret Brayton, Sara Berner, Clarence Nash, Elliott Lewis, Mary Lee Robb, Richard Crenna, Joseph Kearns, Eric Snowden, Hal March, Gerald Mohr, Marvin Miller, Wally Maher, Doris Singleton, Dawn Bender, Tommy Bernard, Gale Gordon, Hans Conried
Director: Ed Gardner, Ralph Levy, Al Kaye
Producer: Ed Gardner, Ralph Levy, Al Kaye
Broadcast: December 9, 1947
Added: Dec 06 2015
Broadcast: May 31, 1947
Added: May 29 2016
Broadcast: March 14, 1944
Added: Apr 09 2021
Broadcast: 20th September 1945
Added: Sep 23 2007
Broadcast: December 27, 1943
Added: Dec 29 2017
Broadcast: December 8, 1938
Added: Dec 10 2020
Broadcast: April 25, 1944
Added: Sep 22 2017
Broadcast: June 27, 1944
Added: Oct 20 2017
Broadcast: August 4, 1942
Added: Aug 04 2017
Broadcast: 16th March 1946
Added: Mar 15 2011
Broadcast: June 24, 1941
Added: May 26 2017
Broadcast: September 4, 1944
Added: Sep 11 2017