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|Occupation||Actor and Drag racer|
Ivo was born in Denver, Colorado. His acting career began in the early 1940s, with notable performances including Cousin Arne in I Remember Mama (1948), Joey in Prejudice (1949), and William Button in Plymouth Adventure (1952). In 1955 Ivo appeared as Shelby in the "Heart of a Cheater" episode of the Lone Ranger TV show. He also appeared in Make Room for Daddy as daughter Terry's boyfriend Walter in "Terry Goes Steady" in 1958. From 1959 to 1961, Ivo appeared as Herbie Bailey on The Donna Reed Show. Tommy also appeared in the 1950 film as David in "The Lost Volcano" with Johnny Sheffield. Ivo guest starred in an episode of the syndicated adventure television series, Rescue 8 and in two episodes of Leave It To Beaver. He also guest starred on the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Sugarfoot and on the NBC western series The Tall Man. In several episodes of Father Knows Best, he played one of the Bud Anderson's friends. During the 1961–62 season, Ivo played the role of Haywood Botts in another ABC sitcom, Margie. In 1963 he appeared in the "Honeymoon Hotel" episode of the Petticoat Junction.
The car held the Drag News AA/GD et record at 8.69. The Twin Buick also was the first gas dragster to record speeds of 170, 175 and 180 mph which were Standard 1320 records as well. It was unique in appearance and won numerous races, including NASCAR's first National Drag Race. Later he designed a four-engine, four-wheel-drive dragster he called Showboat (with a quartet of Nailheads), but NHRA ruled it the first "exhibition" dragster, and he was unable to race it.
In 1963, Ivo's Barnstormer, a nitro-burning 392 Hemi-powered slingshot, purchased to replace the failed Videoliner,) became one of only two seven-second Top Fuel dragsters, so he staged a Seven Second Match Race with the other, the Greer Black Prudhomme dragster, driven by Don Prudhomme – Prudhomme won. During 1964, Ivo travelled to England, with Don Garlits and other racers, to participate in the First International Drag Festival, a six-event series that did much to promote drag racing in the United Kingdom.
- He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2005 for his drag racing career.
- Ranked No.25 on the National Hot Rod Association Top 50 Drivers, 1951–2000.
- Hot Rod, 12/86, pg. 27.
- Scherr, Elana. "Tommy Ivo's Treasures", in Hot Rod, 8/2014, pg. 76 caption.
- Scherr, p.77 caption.
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- Scherr, pp.78 caption and 83; Taylor, Thom. "T.V. Tommy Ivo Videoliner/Bushwacker", in "Beauty Beyond the Twilight Zone", p.31.
- Scherr, p. 78 caption.
- Motorsport.com (retrieved 14 September 2018)
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- Scherr, Elana. "Tommy Ivo's Treasures", in Hot Rod, 8/2014, p75-83.
- Taylor, Thom. "Beauty Beyond the Twilight Zone" in Hot Rod, April 2017, pp. 30–43.