Hy Averback

Hy Averback

Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Death 14 Oct 1997 (aged 76)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Rear flower garden, wall niche
Memorial ID 4181 · View Source
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Radio, Television and Film Actor, Producer and Director. He graduated from the Edward Clark Academy Theater in 1938 and eventually got a job announcing at KMPC Beverly Hills before World War II. As part of the Armed Forces Radio Service, during World War II, he entertained troops in the Pacific with his program of comedy and music, where he created the character of Tokyo Mose, a parody of Japan's Tokyo Rose. After his discharge, his big break came when he was hired to announce the Jack Paar radio show, which replaced Jack Benny for the summer beginning June 1, 1947. He became the announcer for Bob Hope on NBC in September 1948 and also announced for other NBC radio shows, The Sealtest Village Store and Let's Talk Hollywood, as well as on the Sweeney and March show on CBS in 1948 and appeared as the voice of Newsweek magazine on a weekly radio show on ABC West Coast stations the same year. He also appeared a number of times on the Jack Benny radio show beginning in January 1948. In 1952, he starred in Secret Mission, a transcribed program dealing with factual stories of escape from behind the Iron Curtain. He appeared on early television doing comedy on The Saturday Night Revue (1953-1954), Tonight (1955) and NBC Comedy Hour (1956). He was a series regular as Mr. Romero on the sitcom Our Miss Brooks and also appeared in CBS's I Love Lucy and other 1950s comedies before moving into directing at the end of that decade. He directed The Real McCoys, the Walter Brennan sitcom that aired on ABC and CBS from 1957 to 1963. Later, he shared directing duties with Richard Crenna on The Real McCoys. Crenna had also been a cast member with him on Our Miss Brooks. He also directed for The Dick Powell Show (1961–1963), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968), The Flying Nun (1967–1970), Columbo: Suitable for Framing (1971), McCloud (1971), M*A*S*H (1972), Needles and Pins (1973), Quark (1977-1978), Matt Houston (1982–1983), 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. He also co-narrated a 62-minute sex educational film, The Story of Life, released by Crusader Productions in June 1948. His film credits include his role as Willard Alexander in The Benny Goodman Story (1956), and 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.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hy Averback (21 Oct 1920–14 Oct 1997), Find a Grave Memorial no. 4181, citing Westwood Memorial Park, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .