Hy Averback

Show Count: 149
Series Count: 4
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: October 21, 1920, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Died: October 14, 1997, Los Angeles, California, USA

Hyman J. Averback, known as Hy Averback (October 21, 1920 – October 14, 1997) was an American radio, television, and film actor who eventually became a producer and director.


Averback was an announcer in Hollywood before World War II. During the War, as part of the Armed Forces Radio Service, he entertained troops in the Pacific with his program of comedy and music, where he created the character of Tokyo Mose, a lampoon of Japan's Tokyo Rose. In the post-War years, he became the announcer for Bob Hope and Jack Paar on NBC and also announced for other NBC radio shows, The Sealtest Village Store and Let's Talk Hollywood.


Doing comedy on early television, he appeared on The Saturday Night Revue (1953–54), Tonight (1955) and NBC Comedy Hour (1956). He was a series regular as Mr. Romero on the Eve Arden sitcom Our Miss Brooks and also appeared in CBS's I Love Lucy and other 1950s comedies, having moving into directing at the end of that decade. He directed The Real McCoys, the Walter Brennan sitcom which was created and produced by Irving Pincus and aired on ABC and CBS from 1957 to 1963. Later, Averback shared directing duties with Richard Crenna on The Real McCoys. Crenna had also been a cast member with Averback on Our Miss Brooks.

Averback also directed for The Dick Powell Show (1961–63), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–68), The Flying Nun (1967–70), Columbo (1971), McCloud (1971), M*A*S*H (1972),Quark (1978), Matt Houston (1982–83), The Four Seasons (1984) and the miniseries Pearl (1978). For CBS, he produced Mrs. G. Goes to College (aka The Gertrude Berg Show) in the 1961-1962 season.

He co-produced the popular 1960s sitcom F Troop and supplied the voice over the loudspeaker heard on the television series M*A*S*H. His actual recording from a Bob Hope show was used in M*A*S*H episode 63, Bombed, from season 3 where he announces himself as Hope's announcer.

An often quoted live radio blooper in the early days was that a tongue-tied announcer tried to introduce him on a show sponsored by Eversharp razor blades. What came out was, "And here's Hy Aversharp for Everback! -- er, I mean, here's Hy Averback for Eversharp!" [Possibly urban legend, but often taken as a true event.]


Film credits include directing Chamber of Horrors (1966), Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968), I Love You, Alice B. Toklas (1968), The Great Bank Robbery(1969), and Suppose They Gave A War and Nobody Came (1969) as well as the reunion TV-movie The New Maverick (1978) with James Garner and Jack Kelly.

Averback died on October 14, 1997 in Los Angeles after cardiac surgery.


Source: Wikipedia

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
Broadcast: November 20, 1947
Added: Nov 29 2015
Broadcast: 31st May 1955
Added: Apr 29 2010
Broadcast: 19th April 1954
Added: Oct 10 2009
Broadcast: 5th November 1952
Added: Mar 14 2013
Broadcast: 9th August 1950
Added: Sep 06 2007
Broadcast: 13th July 1952
Added: Jul 13 2010
Broadcast: 13th April 1953
Added: Aug 09 2009
Broadcast: September 30, 1947
Added: May 16 2020
Broadcast: 1st September 1953
Added: Sep 28 2007
Broadcast: 21st December 1950
Added: Jan 11 2013
Broadcast: 8th December 1952
Added: Dec 18 2008
Broadcast: December 23, 1947
Added: Dec 13 2015
Broadcast: March 16, 1947
Added: Apr 10 2016
Broadcast: 20th March 1949
Starring: Hy Averback, Lynn Bari
Added: Mar 20 2007
Broadcast: 10th April 1949
Added: Jul 15 2008
Broadcast: 10th August 1954
Added: Sep 05 2009
Broadcast: 27th January 1955
Added: Jan 29 2010
Broadcast: 12th April 1954
Added: Jun 13 2009
Broadcast: 22nd October 1949
Added: Dec 06 2007
Broadcast: March 2, 1954
Added: Mar 15 2021
Broadcast: 8th December 1946
Added: Dec 20 2013
Broadcast: June 2, 1950
Added: Jul 14 2020
Broadcast: 5th July 1953
Added: Nov 07 2008
Broadcast: 11th November 1954
Added: Dec 05 2009
Broadcast: 7th June 1951
Added: Jun 13 2008
Broadcast: 31st December 1949
Added: Jun 02 2012
Broadcast: 22nd March 1951
Added: Mar 21 2009
Broadcast: 6th July 1954
Added: Jul 04 2008
Broadcast: 8th August 1951
Added: Dec 06 2005
Broadcast: 30th November 1948
Added: Jan 25 2014
Broadcast: 1st June 1953
Added: Jun 30 2008