Tommy Ivo is a famous Hollywood actor, racer, and builder. He is also known as "TV Tommy," and has appeared in more than 200 TV shows.
Moving to Burbank
Tommy was born in Denver, Colorado in 1936. His mother had him tap dance from the time he could walk, and he enjoyed great success in local talent shows. The cold weather caused his mother, who had sever arthritis, to move to Burbank, California.
As a kid, Ivo was interested in anything mechanical in addition to the tap dancing. He disassembled his parents' clocks and watches and put them together again. He took apart his bicycle and built aviaries and clubhouses in his backyard.
TV and Movie Career
Tommy was soon pushed deeper into showbiz and at age seven entertaining at a variety of talent shows all over the Los Angeles area, where he got a part in a movie called Earl Carrol’s Vanities. Like many a movie star story, a producer spotted Tommy and he was picked for his first movie—the first of more than 100 which included "Tarzan" and the legendary "Rebel Without a Cause" with James Dean. Tommy went on to appear in more than 200 TV shows, including a recurring role on the “Donna Reed Show” as well as a staring part on the “Margie” TV series.
By the time he was 16, Tommy had stashed enough money to buy a brand new 1952 Buick Super two-door hardtop. After collecting a bunch of car brochures, Tommy and his girlfriend Nancy, decided that the Buick looked best, so he bought a bright-red Super for $3,000 while on a family vacation in Denver in the late summer of 1952.
Tommy was a member of the Road Kings of Burbank car club.
Tommy Ivo's Cars
Cars Featuring Engines Built by Tommy Ivo
Phil Cartozian's 1927 Ford Model T Roadster
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