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Comedian Marty Allen dead at 95
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Miloch
2018-02-13 17:47:44 UTC
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Marty Allen, the baby-faced, bug-eyed comedian with wild black hair who was a
staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, died Monday
night. He was 95.

Allen died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia with his wife and
performing partner of the last three decades Karon Kate Blackwell by his side,
Allen's spokeswoman Candi Cazau told The Associated press.

Allen, known for his greeting and catchphrase "hello dere," was a living link
late in life to a generation of long-dead superstars with whom he shared a
stage, including Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Elvis Presley

He first found fame as half of the duo Allen & Rossi with partner Steve Rossi,
who died in 2014. Allen & Rossi appeared 44 times on "The Ed Sullivan Show,"
including the episodes where the Beatles performed and most of America watched.

"Everyone remembers those shows with The Beatles, and they were great, but we
appeared on all the shows," Allen said in 2014. "There wasn't a talk show on TV
that didn't want Allen & Rossi."

The duo appeared regularly on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" and "The
Merv Griffin Show." They also toured comedy clubs nationwide, headlined shows at
major Las Vegas casinos and released a series of hit albums until their amicable
breakup in 1968.

Allen then took on a series of serious roles on daytime television and
made-for-TV movies, and was a regular on "The Hollywood Squares" and other
celebrity-themed game shows.

He was a regular entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip for much of his life, and
tributes from there poured in Monday night.

"We have lost another iconic Las Vegas entertainer, Marty Allen," Las Vegas
magician Lance Burton tweeted. "What a funny man who brought joy to millions of
people for 95 years."

Ventriloquist and Strip luminary Terry Fator tweeted that "Las Vegas and show
business lost a legend tonight.... and I lost a friend."

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried tweeted, "Farewell to one of the funniest people
onstage and off.

Allen was born in Pittsburgh and served in Italy in the Army Air Corps in World
War II, earning a Soldier's medal for valor.

He was married to Lorraine 'Frenchy' Allen from 1960 until she died in 1976.

Then in 1984 he married Blackwell, a singer-songwriter who became his performing
partner in his last decades and acted as the goofy Allen's "straight man" just
as Rossi did half a century earlier.

He kept making crowds laugh into his mid-90s.

"It's unbelievable to be 94 years old," Marty Allen told a New York audience in
2016. "My wife says, 'What do you want for your birthday?' I told her, 'An
antique.' So she framed my birth certificate."




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2018-02-14 05:12:46 UTC
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Post by Miloch
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Marty Allen, the baby-faced, bug-eyed comedian with wild black hair who was
a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, died
Monday night. He was 95.
Allen died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia with his wife and
performing partner of the last three decades Karon Kate Blackwell by his
side, Allen's spokeswoman Candi Cazau told The Associated press.
Allen, known for his greeting and catchphrase "hello dere," was a living link
late in life to a generation of long-dead superstars with whom he shared a
stage, including Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Elvis Presley
He first found fame as half of the duo Allen & Rossi with partner Steve
Rossi, who died in 2014. Allen & Rossi appeared 44 times on "The Ed Sullivan
Show," including the episodes where the Beatles performed and most of
America watched.
"Everyone remembers those shows with The Beatles, and they were great,
but we appeared on all the shows," Allen said in 2014. "There wasn't a talk
show on TV that didn't want Allen & Rossi."
The duo appeared regularly on "The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson" and
"The Merv Griffin Show." They also toured comedy clubs nationwide, headlined
shows at major Las Vegas casinos and released a series of hit albums until
their amicable breakup in 1968.
Allen then took on a series of serious roles on daytime television and
made-for-TV movies, and was a regular on "The Hollywood Squares" and
other celebrity-themed game shows.
He was a regular entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip for much of his life, and
tributes from there poured in Monday night.
"We have lost another iconic Las Vegas entertainer, Marty Allen," Las Vegas
magician Lance Burton tweeted. "What a funny man who brought joy to
millions of people for 95 years."
Ventriloquist and Strip luminary Terry Fator tweeted that "Las Vegas and show
business lost a legend tonight.... and I lost a friend."
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried tweeted, "Farewell to one of the funniest people
onstage and off.
Allen was born in Pittsburgh and served in Italy in the Army Air Corps in
World War II, earning a Soldier's medal for valor.
He was married to Lorraine 'Frenchy' Allen from 1960 until she died in 1976.
Then in 1984 he married Blackwell, a singer-songwriter who became his
performing partner in his last decades and acted as the goofy Allen's
"straight man" just as Rossi did half a century earlier.
He kept making crowds laugh into his mid-90s.
"It's unbelievable to be 94 years old," Marty Allen told a New York audience
in 2016. "My wife says, 'What do you want for your birthday?' I told her, 'An
antique.' So she framed my birth certificate."
Brings back memories, RIP. He had a long life, seems like the short and
stocky ones often do.

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