Byner rose to fame during the 1966 edition of TV's "The Garry
Moore Show." He went on to join the supporting ensemble on the 1967
summer-replacement weekly "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour."
Five years later, John headlined his own five-week
summer series. He has appeared as a regular on the TV sitcoms "The
Practice" (1976) and "Soap" (1977), and can be spotted in
such lampoonish theatrical films as "Transylvania
John Byner is an accomplished impressionist
he provided the voice for the Jackie Mason-type aardvark in
Depatie-Freleng's "Ant and the Aardvark" cartoon shorts.
John Byner starred in the two hour television
movie "In The Heat of The Night" and was was chosen to star in
the final episode of the long running CBS series.
He co-starred with Mary Tyler Moore in another CBS
special "A Comedian's Salute to Ed Sullivan." John had been
invited onto the Ed Sullivan show more than 17 times.
He won his first ACE award for the "Bizarre
Show," which aired for six seasons. His second ACE award was for
the A&E series "Comedy On The Road."
He co-starred as Dr. Frankenstein in the PBS EMMY
nominated special "Lamb Chop and the Haunted Studio" starring
To add to this already impressive list, John Byner
was seen in the role of Cotton Dunn on "Silk Stalkings" for
both CBS and USA networks as well as hosting "The Bowery Boys"
series on the A&E cable network.
John will always be remembered as Detective Donahue in
the long running series "Soap" on ABC. He is always a favored
guest of David Letterman, Jay Leno and Tom Snyder.
John Byner has made millions laugh over the
years. He has shared the stage with such luminaries as: Herb Alpert,
Carol Burnett, James Ingram, Anthony Newley,
Rich, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme. He headlines in Las Vegas
and Reno several times a year and is a timeless, versatile performer.
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Jun 28, 1938
..in New York