Comedian Marty Allen dead at 95

Comedian Marty Allen, of the comedy duo Allen & Rossi, has died at the age of 95.
Allen, who is best known for his catchphrase “hello dere”, passed away on Monday night (12Feb18) in Las Vegas from complications from pneumonia with his wife Karon Kate Blackwell by his side, his spokeswoman Candi Cazau told the Associated Press.
Allen began his career in the 1950s as an opening act for the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Nat King Cole with his partner Mitch DeWood. After that partnership ended, he teamed up with Steve Rossi and, during their time as a duo between 1957 and 1968, they released comedy records, put on numerous nightclub performances, and headlined 1966 movie The Last of the Secret Agents? They also appeared on TV around 700 times, including 40 visits to The Ed Sullivan Show, and were on the episode in which the Beatles made their American debut in 1964.
Allen then turned to more dramatic roles in the ’70s and ’80s, with appearances in TV shows The Big Valley, Night Gallery, Flying High, and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, feature films The Ballad of Billie Blue, The Great Waltz, and Cannonball Run II, plus regular appearances on game show Hollywood Squares.
Following their marriage in 1984, Allen and Blackwell became a musical comedy act which toured around the country for years, up until as recently as 2015.
He also reunited with Rossi when opportunities came in. Rossi died in 2014 at the age of 82.

by WENN

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