We are deeply saddened to tell our extended families that Uncle Billy has passed. We have lost a legend of love and laughter. He was 92 years young.
We can only imagine the party that Steve Allen and The Men on the Street are having at that big writers room in the sky. WOULD YOU BELIEVE... Don Adams is crashing that party, too.
A memorial is being planned and we thank you for your love and support.
A full obituary has been posted by Bill's biographer and our goddaughter Jenni Matz at the Television Academy: Remembering Bill Dana
- With love and grace, Evy Dana
For Press articles, click here.
There is a documentary about Bill's life and career in the works. For more information, click here.
June 20, 2009
Bill Dana was honored with the Comedy Legend Award at the American Comedy Festival in Norfolk, NE.
April 18, 2009
Grand Marshall of the annual Doo Dah Parade in NJ!
October 11, 2007
Bill was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the Boston Comedy Festival’s gala in Boston. Fellow award recipients included Lewis Black, Shelley Berman, and Mort Sahl.
June 7-9, 2007
Bill was a featured celebrity at the 2007 Kennedy Space Center Convention and Autograph Show, FL
Bill was one of seven speakers honoring his friend astronaut Wally Schirra, one of the seven original Mercury astronauts at a memorial service and “Celebration of Life” at the San Diego Air & Space museum.
On May 2, Bill was interviewed at the San Francisco Performing Arts Library for an special guest series “A Conversation with Bill Dana” curated by Brad Rosenstein.
Bill attended the South Beach Comedy Festival and met with some fans you may have heard of: Jon Stewart (who headlined the festival) and from the show “Reno:911” Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.
The DVD box set Get Smart was released. The “TV Appearances and Spots” section starts off with the 6 minute “Bill Dana Show (1964)” clip that has Adams doing a “Would You Believe?” gag (and also has a commentary by Dana).
Bill performed and conducted a lecture for students and visitors at the Emerson College Alumni Weekend.
January 20, 2006
Bill performed a one-man show in Laguna Beach, CA at Leisure World.
You can see a clip from that show here.
January 20, 2006
Bill received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters at the Sportman’s Lodge in Los Angeles. On the dais were Jayne Meadows, Gary Owens, Betty White, Tom Poston, Howard Storm, Jack Riley, Hal Kanter and Shelley Berman.
From November, 2005 until June, 2007 Bill interviewed many of his friends and colleagues in the comedy world for the American Comedy Archives.
Bill and friends Shelley Berman, Dick Cavett, Dick Gregory, Louis Nye, and Mort Sahl tour the U.S with their “Comedians” tour.
For a full biography about Bill, click here.
For information please contact:
The Dana Team