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Comedian Marty Allen Dead at 95

Comedian Marty Allen Dead at 95
Comedian Marty Allen, who rose to fame as part of the comedy duo Allen & Rossi in the 1950s and ’60s, died Monday in Las Vegas. He was 95.

Allen’s spokeswoman confirmed to the Associated Press that he died of complications from pneumonia, with his wife, singer-songwriter Karon Kate Blackwell, by his side.

After beginning his career as an opening act for such stars as Nat King Cole and jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, Allen teamed up with fellow comic Steve Rossi to become the duo Allen & Rossi. They performed together from 1957 to 1968 and made more than 700 TV appearances, including 44 stints on The Ed Sullivan Show.
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Marty Allen Dies: Comedian Best Known For “Hello Dere” Was 95

Bug-eyed comedian Marty Allen, who as part of the Allen & Rossi comedy team was a television staple during the 1960s and 1970s, has died in Las Vegas. He was 95 and died from complications of pneumonia, according to his wife, Karon Kate Blackwell. Allen’s bushy black hair, somewhat wild persona, and catchphrase “Hello dere” became part of American comedy lore in the days when the Rat Pack ruled Las Vegas. Allen was part of the comedy duo of Allen & Rossi, and they…
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Marty Allen, Comedian and Game Show Regular, Dies at 95

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Marty Allen, Comedian and Game Show Regular, Dies at 95
Marty Allen, a beloved comedian and staple for TV variety shows and game shows, has died. He was 95. Allen’s spokeswoman Candi Cazau confirmed his death to the Associated Press on Monday. He died of complications from pneumonia in Las Vegas with his wife and longtime performing partner, Karon Kate Blackwell, by his side. Best known for his greeting and catchphrase “hello dere,” Allen shared the stage with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Elvis Presley, among others. Also Read: Daryle Singletary, Country Singer, Dies at 46 Born in Pittsburgh, Allen served in Italy in the Army Air Corps in World War II...
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Marty Allen, Zany Comedian With a Crazy Hairdo, Dies at 95

Marty Allen, the bubble-eyed comedian whose Brillo pad-like hair always looked as if it were trying to escape from his head, has died. He was 95.

Allen, who kept a generation laughing throughout the 1950s and '60s with his comedy partner, straight man Steve Rossi, died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia with his wife, Karon Kate Blackwell, by his side, Allen's spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

Between 1957 and 1968, Allen & Rossi — in addition to countless nightclub appearances — popped up on television on at least 700 occasions, making more than 40 visits to The Ed Sullivan...
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Marty Allen, Zany Comedian With a Crazy Hairdo, Dies at 95

Marty Allen, Zany Comedian With a Crazy Hairdo, Dies at 95
Marty Allen, the bubble-eyed comedian whose Brillo pad-like hair always looked as if it were trying to escape from his head, has died. He was 95.

Allen, who kept a generation laughing throughout the 1950s and '60s with his comedy partner, straight man Steve Rossi, died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia with his wife, Karon Kate Blackwell, by his side, Allen's spokeswoman told the Associated Press.

Between 1957 and 1968, Allen & Rossi — in addition to countless nightclub appearances — popped up on television on at least 700 occasions, making more than 40 visits to The Ed Sullivan...
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Norman Abbott, Veteran Sitcom Director, Dies at 93

Norman Abbott, Veteran Sitcom Director, Dies at 93
Norman Abbott, the nephew of comedian Bud Abbott who directed numerous 1960s and ’70s sitcoms such as “Get Smart” and “The Brady Bunch,” died July 9 in Valencia, Calif. at the age of 93.

Born in New York, Norman Abbott was raised by his mother and his uncle, Bud Abbott, the straight man of the legendary comedy team of Abbott and Costello, as well as his aunt Florence Abbott and uncle Harry Abbott of Barnum & Bailey.

Norman Abbott served in World War II in the original Navy Seals unit, and was encouraged by his uncle to join the family business. He started his five decade career in show business as a radio announcer on “The Colgate Family Hour” and as stage manager on the “I Love Lucy Show.”

He went on to direct some of television’s most loved sitcoms, including “The Jack Benny Show,” for which he won an Emmy Award in 1965. He directed numerous episodes of “Leave It To Beaver
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R.I.P. Steve Rossi Of Comedy Duo Allen & Rossi

R.I.P. Steve Rossi Of Comedy Duo Allen & Rossi
The singer-turned-comic who played Marty Allen’s straight man in one of the most popular comedy duos of the 1950s and ’60s died Sunday at a Las Vegas hospice. Steve Rossi was 82. Allen and Rossi formed in 1957 and appeared on hundreds of TV show — including Ed Sullivan dozens of times — and recorded 16 comedy albums during the heyday of recorded comedy. In the vein of Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, Rossi asked questions that were answered by Allen, and the pairing of suave singer and goofy comedian also was akin to Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. The […]
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Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

Comedian Steve Rossi Dies
Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores, told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and that Rossi was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn't in any pain. "I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him,
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Comedian Steve Rossi Dies

Comedian Steve Rossi Dies
Steve Rossi, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday at age 82. His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores told the Associated Press on Sunday that he visited the pal who introduced him to the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and he was weak from cancer of the esophagus that had spread but wasn't in any pain. "I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him," said Flores,
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Steve Martin DVD unearthes wild and crazy hidden treasures -- Exclusive Video

Steve Martin DVD unearthes wild and crazy hidden treasures -- Exclusive Video
Steve Martin has been making people laugh so hard for so long that some — especially younger audiences — might not fully appreciate just how pure and fresh his early comic work was. Before the Oscars, before Father of the Bride, before Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, even before The Jerk, Martin was a total force of nature whose main platform was television, beginning with writing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. In his wild and crazy prime, an appearance by Martin on Johnny Carson or other primetime showcase was insane, yet so carefully crafted. When he hosted Saturday Night Live or had a stand-up special,
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Betty Ford Passes Away at 93

HollywoodNews.com: The former first lady, Betty Ford, died on Friday, according to a family friend. The 93-year-old founded the Betty Ford Center, a treatment hospital for alcohol and drug addiction in California. Her death was confirmed by chairman emeritus of the Ford Foundation, Marty Allen.

According to Access Hollywood, Betty’s own “triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center.” She was reportedly modest about her accomplishments, and helped thousands of people overcome their addictions.

The wife of former president, Gerald Ford (who also died at age 93) “pressed for abortion rights and the Equal Rights Amendment”. She also fought breast cancer and suffered from severe arthritis, all while battling addictions of her own.

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Character Actor Lou Jacobi Dies

Leading character actor Lou Jacobi appeared in numerous productions on stage, film and television during his long career including several episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

He was born Louis Jacobovitch in Toronto, Canada, on December 28, 1913. He performed on stage from his youth and began his film career in England in the 1950s. One of his early film roles was as Blackie Isaacs in the 1956 fantasy A Kid for Two Farthings, about a young boy and the sickly, one-horned goat he believes is a magical unicorn.

He made his Broadway debut in the acclaimed drama The Diary of Anne Frank in 1955 as Hans Van Daan, and reprised the role in the 1959 film version. Jacobi was also seen in the 1966 spy spoof The Last of the Secret Agents? with comics Marty Allen and Steve Rossi. He was also featured in Woody Allen’s comedy Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex
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