The workplace nickname of a balding, dyspeptic supervisor on the spy spoof GET SMART/NBC/1965-70. The “Chief” (Ed Platt) coordinated activities at CONTROL, a not-so-secret spy agency located at 123 Main Street in Washington, DC.
Operating under the alias of Harold Clark, the head of Potomac Greeting Card Company, the Chief assigned suicide missions to such trusted agents as Agent 86 (Maxwell Smart), Agent 99 (No name ever given), Agent 13 (assigned to hide inside small objects like mailbox and filing cabinets) and Fang (Control’s top canine spy).
On occasion, the Chief took on the guise of other aliases including Franklin Jiles (Editor of Concert Music Magazine); Irving (a singing waitress) and Senator Van Owen.
The Chief’s first name was Thaddeus. His last name was never disclosed.
Agent Larabee (whose catchphrase was “Right, Chief”) assisted the Chief in his day-to-day duties which included battling the bad guys at KAOS. Screw-up Agent 86 often said, “Sorry about that, Chief.”
Note: “Chief “was also the moniker of Daily Planet newspaper editor Perry White played by John Hamilton on the sci-fi series THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN/SYN/1951-57.
Perry could be heard screaming “Don’t call me, Chief” especially to cub reporter and photographer Jimmy Olsen.
Lane Smith played the role of Perry “Chief” White on the sci-fi series LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN/1993-97.