Bill ‘José Jimenez’ Dana bows out

New York Post - - NEWS -

Com­edy writer and per­former Bill Dana, who won star­dom in the 1950s and ’60s with his char­ac­ter José Jimenez, has died. He was 92.

Dana (right, in 1990) died Thurs­day at his Nashville, Tenn., home, ac­cord­ing to Emer­son Col­lege, his alma mater.

Early in his ca­reer, Dana wrote for Don Adams and for Steve Allen, on whose show he served as head writer.

It was for a sketch on “The Steve Allen Show” that Dana cre­ated José Jimenez, which even­tu­ally led to his own NBC sit­com, “The Bill Dana Show.” It aired from 1963 to 1965.

The char­ac­ter’s shy, Span­ish-ac­cented in­tro­duc­tion, “My name . . . José . . . Jimenez,” be­came a na­tional catch­phrase.

Dana also recorded eight best-sell­ing com­edy al­bums.

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