1938 - born - June 28th, in New York City. actor, comedian, and impressionist who has had a lengthy television and movie career. His voice work includes the long-running cartoon series The Ant and the Aardvark, in which the title characters are voiced by Byner's impressions of Dean Martin, and Jackie Mason, respectively.
1966 - John Byner rose to fame during the late 60's edition of TV's The Garry Moore Show. Byner went on to join the supporting ensemble on the 1967 summer-replacement weekly The Steve Allen Comedy Hour.
1960's - On The Ed Sullivan Show, where he made one of his first early TV appearances, he mimicked Ed Sullivan as well as anyone, including the "master" Sullivan impersonator, Will Jordan. His other impressions included John Wayne and sang as Dean Martin and Johnny Mathis. His ability to mimic "Toastmaster General"
George Jesselcame in handy during his appearances on panel programs such as celebrity "roasts" and other tributes.
-Currently married to fourth wife, Anne Gaybis, he was previously divorced three times, and has
at least 4 children from his first marriage.
1967 - A episode of Get Smart, Byner played a KAOS agent who made a phone call to the Chief of CONTROL (played by Edward Platt), performed a perfect impression of President Lyndon B. Johnson, and told the Chief he was fired and replaced with agent Maxwell Smart (Don Adams). Smart, the Chief and Agent 99 (Barbara Feldon) foiled this plot to undermine CONTROL, and Byner's character was arrested.
1970 - he hosted about 25 episodes of a syndicated half-hour musical variety series called Something Else. In the late 1970s, he had a featured role as Detective Donahue on the tv series Soap.
1980s - he hosted the Canadian TV comedy series, Bizarre. That show introduced many people.
-Over the years he has done acting and also light characters in otherwise serious dramas, such as the mostly-harmless con artist "Cotton Dunn" in the 1990s cop series Silk Stalkings.
1990's - A Las Vegas headliner into the 90s. John Byner's TV contributions have included a stint as host of
a series of Bowery Boys films on the A&E cable network
-One voice of his own invention is a high-pitched, raspy voice that defies easy description. It is vaguely similar to Donald Duck, only more intelligible. He has sometimes given that voice a character to go with it, "Felix Fossididdi". It was actually a voice that he and his brother came up with, which they would sometimes use when ordering in restaurants in order to try to spook the waitress. He used the voice for the character Gurgi in the Disney animated feature film The Black Cauldron.
In 2007, he appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman's Impressionist Week 2, in a fitting situation similar to his earlier appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
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