January 17, 1947: Todd Susman, Actor, Born in St. Louis
Todd Susman was born on January 17, 1947 in St. Louis.
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”.
Before that, Sussman submitted a pilot series for Grant Tinker for MTM Enterprises about an innocent young man arriving in New York City to start his career.
Susman has appeared in over one hundred different television series and commercials 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.