Bill Rancic Defends His Wife Giuliana After Fashion Police Controversy: 'I Tried to Get Them to Release the Footage' 42 years, 2,191 covers and 55,436 stories from PEOPLE magazine's history for you to enjoy
- Teenager Among 3 Dead Women Found in Rancho Santa Fe Home
- Read the Cover Story: Matthew McConaughey: Love, Family & What I've Learned
- Mark Salling Child Pornography Case Delayed as Former Glee Star Seeks New Representation
- Ex Cons Triumph as Trainers at Prison Style Bootcamp in N.Y.C.
- Vicki Gunvalson Struggles to Repair RHOC Friendships: They 'Lost Respect for Me'
On Newsstands Now
- Matthew McConaughey: In His Own Words
- Jessa Duggar's Wedding Album
- Brittany Maynard's Final Days
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine
People Top 5
LAST UPDATE: Tuesday February 10, 2015 01:10PM EST
PEOPLE Top 5 are the most-viewed stories on the site over the past three days, updated every 60 minutes
- October 10, 2005
- Vol. 64
- No. 15
Don Adams: 1923-2005
The Get Smart Star Was Far Savvier Than the Goofy TV Spy He Portrayed
For fans of Adams, who died Sept. 25 of a lung infection at 82, the poetry was in his staccato, nasal delivery of lines like, "Sorry about that, Chief" and "Would you believe...?" which became national catchphrases. "I cast Don because I loved his standup act," says Smart co-creator Mel Brooks. "He had a great deal of comic subtlety. A barge of dynamite might blow up, and he would give just a small little sigh like, 'Well, we lost that one.'"
Yet while he went on to win three Emmys as Smart, reprising the role in two sequels and a short-lived 1995 FOX remake, "he longed to do serious stuff," says Adams's son-in-law, Deadwood actor Jim Beaver. "He was always saying [half-jokingly], 'Get me a meeting with Martin Scorsese.'" Offscreen, Adams, a WWII Marine veteran who fought on Guadalcanal, led an embattled personal life. The thrice-divorced father of seven was an avid gambler, according to those close to him. "He could be very devoted to his family if you reminded him about it," says his longtime friend, comic Bill Dana. "[But] Don's whole life was focused around gambling." In later years Adams suffered from a variety of ailments, including lymphoma. Then "my wife, Cecily, his fourth daughter, died last year [of cancer at 46]," says Beaver. "That was devastating. After that he seemed to take a turn for the worse." Still, his comic genius lives on in DVDs. "Don was really smart," says Brooks. "Not Maxwell Smart. He was Don Adams smart."
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
The most buzzed about stars this minute!