This series was in the vein of other 1960s and 1970s sitcoms that dealt with widowerhood, such as The Andy Griffith Show and My Three Sons. The pair developed a close rapport that translated to an off-camera friendship as well.The core cast was rounded out by Academy Award-winning actress Miyoshi Umeki, who played the role of Tom's housekeeper, Mrs.
Later, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, his parents' alma mater, and left just a few credits short of earning a degree.
He then moved to Hollywood, California, where he had a string of odd jobs that included bellhop and lifeguard.
Bixby was nominated for the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1971.
The following year, he won the Parents Without Partners Exemplary Service Award for 1972.
In 1969, Bixby starred in his second high-profile television role, as Tom Corbett in The Courtship of Eddie's Father, a comedy-drama on ABC.
The series concerned a widowed father raising a young son, managing a major syndicated magazine, and at the same time trying to re-enter the dating scene.
He became a highly regarded character actor and guest-starred in many television series, including Ben Casey, The Twilight Zone, The Andy Griffith Show, Dr. He also joined the cast of The Joey Bishop Show in 1962.
In 1963, he played a sailor with a Napoleon tattoo in the movie Irma La Douce, a romantic comedy starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley Mac Laine, directed by Billy Wilder based on the 1956 French musical.
He organized shows at a resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and in 1959 was hired to work as a model and to do commercial work for General Motors and Chrysler.