Todd Susman

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Todd Susman
Born (1947-01-17) January 17, 1947 (age 67)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1970-present
Spouse(s) Judy Susman (divorced)

Todd Susman (born January 17, 1947) is an American actor.

Career[edit]

His better-known roles include Officer Shifflett on Newhart and the unseen P.A. system announcer on the television series M*A*S*H, a role he shared with Sal Viscuso. (He also appeared onscreen in one M*A*S*H episode, albeit as a different character.)

In the fall of 1976, he was also best known as a regular on the six-episode CBS adventure series Spencer's Pilots, starring Gene Evans and Christopher Stone. For this role, Susman mentioned he admired James Garner's portrayal in The Rockford Files for getting "into quasi-hero situations but isn't a hero".[1] Before that, Susman submitted a pilot series for Grant Tinker for MTM Enterprises about an innocent young man arriving in New York City to start his career.[2]

Susman has appeared in over one hundred different television series and commercials[3] and was also featured in the Broadway production of Hairspray, the 1971 film Star Spangled Girl, the 2007 independent film, The Big Bad Swim, and the 2009 comedy, The Flying Scissors. He also voiced the lead character in the 2002 video game Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix.

In 2012, he appeared in the original cast of the off-Broadway Westside Theatre show, "Old Jews Telling Jokes", in which Jessica Shaw of Entertainment Weekly called his portrayal "the funniest moment...delivered with a Yiddish accent as thick as schmaltz".[4] Jason Zinoman of The New York Times also complimented his performance, saying "the incongruity between content and form is perfectly tuned, and Mr. Susman benefits from resisting the urge to oversell the joke".[5] David Finkle of TheaterMania.com also said Susman "often scores simply through his feigned stoicism".[6]

In 2013, Susman, along with the Old Jews Telling Jokes cast and The Chew personality Carla Hall appeared at Carnegie Deli to unveil the "OJTJ sandwich", named for the comedy group.[7]

His ex-wife, Judy, has also been a working actor.[3] Susman, who is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, has since remarried and has three children.[8] Susman initially wanted to become a football linebacker but his five foot-nine, 165 pounds discouraged him. He then turned to acting at University of Ohio and got his first role auditioning for a butterfly.[1] In a 1971 news article, Susman mentioned he moved to Los Angeles because a friend told him he could make $500 a week as a writer. Unfortunately, the plan did not go well and he ended up making $60 a week as a writer for American International Pictures.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Buddy syndrome". St. Petersburg Times. 1976-09-16. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  2. ^ "Spencer's Pilots' Take Wing". Boca Raton News. 1976-10-01. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  3. ^ a b Garmon, M. D. (1978-04-30). "Grits, Gadsen mighty fine, says TV actor Todd Susman". The Gadsden Times. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  4. ^ Shaw, Jessica (2012-05-25). "Old Jews Telling Jokes Review". ew.com. Retrieved 2013-12-25. 
  5. ^ Zinoman, Jason (2012-05-21). "Such a Tradition of Humor, and This Is Only a Revue?". nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  6. ^ Finkle, David (2012-05-20). "Old Jews Telling Jokes Review". theatermania.com. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  7. ^ Gordon, David (2013-05-16). "The Chew's Carla Hall Unveils New Old Jews Telling Jokes Carnegie Deli Sandwich". theatermania.com. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  8. ^ "Success, at last, for actor Susman?". Observer–Reporter. 1990-02-25. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  9. ^ Beck, Marilyn (1971-06-10). "Sandy Duncan Not Right for Paramount Lead". Sarasota Journal. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 

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