His comedy albums "Our Hero" and "Spaghetti Sauce and Other Delights" were best-sellers on the United Artists label during the mid-1960s.
Stand-up comedian and occasional actor whose main subject matter is his Italian-American background.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 119. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
In 1973, he starred in an unsold sitcom pilot for NBC called "Patsy". He played the manager of a small Italian restaurant who must deal with his oddball relatives.
His son wrote a book called "Dear Pat Cooper".
Personal Quotes (4)
I say, when you tell the truth, you never offend nobody, particularly if you do it with dignity.
One of my sisters wanted to be an opera singer. So, we spent a few dollars to try to train her, because Italian people would like to have an opera singer in the family. But she's got trouble coughing, let alone singing. One day, she was in the shower singing 'Madame Butterfly,' three days later the Japs attacked Pearl Harbor.
One time I visited my mother and found St. Anthony's statue upside down. I say, 'Mama, why's St. Anthony upside down?' 'He don't answer my novena, he stays that way!'
When I was a boy, we had forty five statues [of saints] in my house. Ever have ninety eyes looking at you every time you have to go to the bathroom?