Bill ‘José Jimenez’ Dana bows out
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.