Corbett Monica

Comedian, Actor, Dance instructor
The durable Corbett Monica worked the standup comedy circuit for over 40 years, opening for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin. Born on Manhattan's Upper East Side, he relocated to St ... Read more »
Born: 06/01/1930 in St Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (5)

The Big Room 1989 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

But Seriously Folks 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Danny Rose 1984 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Grasshopper 1970 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

Call Her Mom (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The durable Corbett Monica worked the standup comedy circuit for over 40 years, opening for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin. Born on Manhattan's Upper East Side, he relocated to St Louis, MO, when he was 13. Four years later, Monica took advantage of St Louis' numerous clubs and began his standup career. After a marriage and divorce that yielded a son and was a source of comedic material, Monica entered the US Army, honing his craft while entertaining at USO clubs. During one of these gigs, he met his second wife Helen Stover. Both former dance instructors, they were married for twenty years and had five children together. Keeping his act clean, Monica often joked of his wife's lack of proficiency in the kitchen, but as an accomplished cook, she took his unfounded barbs in stride and even their divorce was amicable.

Relationships

Grandchild
had six survived him

Great-Grandchild
had two survived him

Wife
mother of his son George married briefly in late 1940s divorced

Nanette D'Aquila

Daughter
mother, Helen Stover survived him

Lenny Geiger

Brother
survived him

George Monica

Son
from his first marriage survived him

Tony Monica

Son
mother, Helen Stover survived him

Elena Monica

Daughter
mother, Helen Stover survived him

Julie Monica

Daughter
mother, Helen Stover survived him

Corbett Monica

Son
mother, Helen Stover survived him

Barbara Ortwein

Companion
survived him

Helen Stover

Wife
second wife married in 1954 divorced c. 1974 mother of Monica's five younger children

EDUCATION

dropped out of high school at age 17

Milestones

1986

Appeared in the Cinemax comedy special "But Seriously Folks" along with Shecky Greene and Jan Murray

1984

Starred in the Woody Allen film "Broadway Danny Rose"

1972

Appeared in the ABC comedy TV-movie "Call Her Mom" starring Connie Stevens

1969

Acted in the film "The Grasshopper" along with Jacqeline Bissett, Jim Brown and Joseph Cotten

1962

Played Larry Corbett on the sitcom "The Joey Bishop Show"

1942

At the age of 13, moved with family to St Louis, MO (date approximate)

Played Las Vegas, Miami and Atlantic City venues with performers including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr, Liza Minnelli and, more recently, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme

Worked as a stand-in for Freddy Roman's "Catskills on Broadway" and starred in the Atlantic City production

Grew up on Manhattan's Upper East Side

Entered the US Army and entertained at USO clubs

Frequently guest hosted NBC's "The Tonight Show"

Appeared on the "The Ed Sullivan Show" 18 times

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