6 items from 2011
"Extra" takes a look back at Hollywood's beloved stars who passed away this year.
In Memoriam 2011Harry Morgan
"M*A*S*H" star Harry Morgan died [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/12/mash_star_harry_morgan_dead_at_96.php] at the age of 96 on December 7, after suffering from pneumonia.
Comedian Patrice O'Neal died at the age of 41 [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/charlie_sheen_others_pay_tribute_to_comedian_patrice_oneal.php] on November 29, from complications of a previous stroke.
British director Ken Russell died [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/director_ken_russell_dead_at_84.php] at the age of 84 on November 27, from a stroke.
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He was one of the last of the old school comedians. Rubber-faced Charlie Callas has died at age 83. A favorite of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Callas was a staple of variety TV in the 60s and 70s, usually incorporating sound effects to great effect into his act. Callas was not without controversy and, despite being a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, once so offended Johnny Carson that he was banned from the show- on broadcast TV! Callas also morphed into making feature films, appearing in Jerry Lewis' The Big Mouth and in several Mel Brooks films. Click here for more »
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The zany comedian best known for his work with Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, along with his many stand-up appearances on television in the 1960s and '70s, has passed away in Las Vegas at the age of 83.
Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy told the Associated Press the death was from natural causes.
Mr. Callas was a regular on "The Andy Williams Show" and "The ABC Comedy Hour." Before being permanently banned from »
Comedian Charlie Callas was indeed a funny man and much beloved by fans and friend Mel Brooks, who cast him in both "Silent Movie" and "High Anxiety." And, as a character actor, he was all over the TV dial (yes, they used to have dials) with multiple appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and cameos in everything from "The Fall Guy" to "L.A. Law."
Though, noting that news of his death is burning up the Internets, we have to ask: who are these hordes of heretofore hidden Charlie Callas fans?
Could it be the hundreds of dedicated "Pete's Dragon" groupies? Callas voiced the animated dragon, Elliott in the 1977 Disney flick. Or perhaps the cultish devotees of "Hollywood Squares," a show on which Callas made repeated appearances?
Alas, Callas' name is so close to another Charlie in the news -- Charlie Sheen -- that he's tragically been sucked in to the »
Comedian Charlie Callas has died. A staple of the Las Vegas nightclub scene for over three decades, Callas was 86. His rubber faced antics and rapid fire delivery also made him a popular guest on variety shows and late night programs such as Johnny Carson, Jackie Gleason, and Ed Sullivan. All told, Callas appeared on "The Tonight Show" more than 50 times, according to the New York Times. Callas orbited the "Rat Pack" universe, touring with Frank Sinatra and appearing on Dean Martin's various television programs and roasts. Callas also appeared sporadically in movies. »
- Brent Lang
American comedian Charlie Callas has died at the age of 86.
The veteran funnyman, who worked with Mel Brooks, Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, passed away on Thursday at a care centre in Las Vegas, according to Lvrj.com. No further details were available as WENN went to press.
Callas served in the U.S. army during World War II and later worked as a drummer before turning to stand-up comedy.
He became well-known for his TV appearances, including regular slots on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, before he was eventually banned by the host for shoving him in an attempt to generate laughs.
Callas famously voiced dragon Elliot in 1977 Disney film Pete's Dragon and and starred in Robert Wagner's 1970s detective TV show Switch. He also regularly opened for Frank Sinatra at the singer's Las Vegas shows.
He was married to Eve Velac and they were parents to two children. »
6 items from 2011
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