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‘Dashing, Daring, and Debonair’ explores top male TV icons of ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

"Dashing, Daring, and Debonair: TV's Top Male Icons

"Dashing, Daring, and Debonair: TV's Top Male Icons from the 50s, 60s, and 70s" by Herbie J Pilato. Credit: Taylor Trade Publishing

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In his new book, “Dashing, Daring, and Debonair” (Taylor Trade, $27.95), television historian Herbie J Pilato dishes up short, snappy profiles on 70 of “TV’s Top Male Icons of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.” The book opens with a foreword by Adam West and is divided into eight parts, including the Jacks of All Trades like Jack Webb, Desi Arnaz and Danny Thomas, whose talents stretched to acting, producing and directing; Johnny Angels, or, more specifically, heartthrobs like Ricky Nelson and Bobby Sherman; and The Doctors, the Defenders and the Dependables which covers everyone from Alan Alda to Robert Young.

Along the way, you’ll probably learn some fun facts about some of your favorite stars. Here’s a sampling.

DON ADAMS Would you believe that the man who played bumbling Agent 86 on “Get Smart” copied William Powell’s vocal intonations as Nick Charles in the “Thin Man” films for his character’s way of speaking? Adams also thought the series’ pilot was unfunny and the show would never succeed.

SONNY BONO Though he was a comedic foil for then-wife Cher on their 1970s variety hour, Bono was an astute businessman who always thought people underestimated him. Bono was 62 when he died after a ski accident in 1998. His headstone reads: “And the beat goes on.”

RICARDO MONTALBAN The actor, who ruled over “Fantasy Island” and also extolled the virtues of “rich Corinthian leather,” was fitted with an artificial leg in his later years.

BOB NEWHART The deadpan comic-actor had many jobs before entering show business, including a copywriter, a pin spotter at a bowling alley and an accountant. At the last job, he would often add in his own money to make sure the petty cash accounts balanced.

DICK SARGENT The second Darrin on “Bewitched” was in the running for the role (along with Richard Crenna) before Darrin No. 1 Dick York was cast. York’s son, Chris, adds that his father thought Sargent was unjustly criticized for his performance on the show.

DICK VAN DYKE In a none-too-flattering nod to his turn as Bert the chimney sweep in “Mary Poppins” (1964), “a Dick Van Dyke accent” is the accepted slang term in England for bad British accents by Americans.

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