Don Adams, Missed by THAT Much and So Many Don Adams, known for TV eternity as Agent 86 on the 1960s series Get Smart!, has died at age 82. Adams played Maxwell Smart, a clueless secret agent who puzzled villains and his boss with his confusing explanations and farcical combat style.
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Don Adams, Missed by THAT Much and So Many

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(Soundbite of "Get Smart")

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

One of TV's favorite fumbling secret agents has died. Don Adams starred as Maxwell Smart, aka Agent 86, in the NBC television series "Get Smart." He was offered the part in 1965, and he made it his own, teaming up with the beautiful Agent 99 in a parody of the James Bond genre.

(Soundbite of "Get Smart")

Mr. DON ADAMS: (As Maxwell Smart) Don't tell me there's a bomb in my purse.

Unidentified Woman: There's a bomb in your purse.

Mr. ADAMS: I asked you not to tell me that.

MONTAGNE: For all its shenanigans, "Get Smart" ran for five seasons and won two Emmys for best television comedy, and the show lived on in syndication. When he died Sunday of a lung infection, actor and comedian Don Adams was 82.

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