Tommy Ivo Movies and Career Information

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Apr 18, 1936
Tommy Ivo, also known as "TV Tommy" and "Instant Ivo" is an actor and drag racer, who was active in the 1960s racing community. In the late 1950s, Ivo raced a twin Buick nailhead-engined dragster which was the first gasoline-powered dragster to break the nine-second barrier. 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, but NHRA ruled it the first "exhibition" dragster, and he was unable to race it. From 1959 to 1961, Ivo appeared as Herbie Bailey on the ABC sitcom, The Donna Reed Show. He 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 the 1961-1962 season, Ivo played the role of Haywood Botts in another ABC sitcom, Margie.

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