Marty Allen, regular comic presence on talk and variety shows for 2 decades, is dead

Thank you,Marty,for always being you. They were favourites on The Ed Sullivan Show, and appeared on the same episodes as The Beatles. He kept making crowds laugh into his mid-90s. RIP Marty Allen—

Very sad to hear the passing of #Marty Allen. First Lady Betty Ford dances with comedian Marty Allen after a State Dinner for the President and First Lady of Liberia #OTD 1976. He first found fame in the duo Allen & Rossi with partner Steve Rossi, who died in 2014. (David F. “It’s unbelievable to be 94 years old,” Marty Allen told a New York audience in 2016. Smith/File, Associated Press)

“Everyone remembers those shows with The Beatles, and they were great, but we appeared on all the shows,” Allen said in 2014.—

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 95. 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. Survived by wife of 33 years
Allen was a regular on The Hollywood Squares, the early years of Match Game and other game shows, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and other talk shows hosted by Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, Della Reese and Mike Douglas, and episodes of the Dean Martin Celebrity Roast. “There wasn’t a talk show on TV that didn’t want Allen & Rossi.”
The duo, who also released comedy albums, split up amicably in 1968, and Allen took on a series of serious roles on daytime television and made-for-TV movies. He was married to Lorraine (Frenchy) Allen from 1960, who he appeared with on the couples game show Tattletales, until she died in 1976. His wife and performing partner Karon Kate Blackwell was by his side. His spokeswoman Candi Cazau says Allen died Monday night of complications from pneumonia. “My wife says, `What do you want for your birthday?’ I told her, `An antique.’ So she framed my birth certificate.”

Honored to have had him on my podcast & grateful to have attended his 95th Birthday Celebration. The baby-faced, bug-eyed comic whose catchphrase was “hello dere” was a staple of night clubs and TV variety shows in the 1950s and 60s. 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. Allen also regularly performed throughout his career at Las Vegas casinos. He was a sweet #funny #legendary #comic and a…—

I’m saddened by the passing of Marty Allen. In this Dec. The pair performed several times on The Ed Sullivan Show, including the show on Feb. 7, 1964, in which The Beatles made their landmark appearance. Very saddened! We’ll miss you💔—

With files from CBC News

© The Associated Press, 2018 10, 1965 file photo, the comedy team of Marty Allen, left, and Steve Rossi are shown. Farewell to one of the funniest people onstage and off.