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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Comedians

    Jan Hooks: Born: 1957-04-23 - Died: 2014-10-09
    Jan Hooks was an actress and comedian best known for being a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1991. She also appeared in a number of television and film roles including: Designing Women, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, and Batman Returns.
    Skip E. Lowe: Born: 1929-06-05 - Died: 2014-09-22
    Skip E. Lowe, real name Sammy Labella, was an American talk show host. He is best known for hosting the public access show Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood, which first aired in 1978. This show, and his persona, was the inspiration behind Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick character. Lowe also appeared in a over a [...]
    Joan Rivers: Born: 1933-06-08 - Died: 2014-09-04
    Joan Rivers (real name Joan Molinksy) was an actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host. She co-hosted Fashion Police, starred in Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, and appeared in a number of films and TV shows, but was probably known best for her stand-up comedy.
    Robin Williams: Born: 1951-07-21 - Died: 2014-08-11
    Robin Williams really needs no introduction. You know who he is. He was a beloved actor and comedian, who broke out in the late 70s as Mork in Mork & Mindy, then went on to star in a slew of hugely popular films, such as Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin, [...]
    Rik Mayall: Born: 1958-03-07 - Died: 2014-06-09
    Richard “Rik” Mayall was a comedian, writer, and actor. He was known for a comedy partnership with Adrian “Ade” Edmondson as well as Drop Dead Fred (he was Fred) and numerous other projects.
    Otto Petersen: Born: 1960-07-29 - Died: 2014-04-13
    Otto Petersen was a ventriloquist known for his act Otto & George (George Dudley being his dummy). He began performing in the 70s in New York. He eventually made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Howard Stern Show, Penn & Teller’s Sin City Spectacular & Bullshit!, and Showtime’s Full Frontal Comedy. Petersen [...]
    Mickey Rooney: Born: 1920-09-23 - Died: 2014-04-06
    Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.) was an American actor and funnyman, with a career that spanned an incredible nine decades. Rooney’s time in the spotlight began in the early 1920s, and Rooney was one of the last remaining actors with ties to the silent film era. Apart from being one of the most prolific [...]
    John Pinette: Born: 1964-03-23 - Died: 2014-04-05
    John Pinette was a stand-up comedian and actor. He appeared in two Revenge of the Nerds films, as well as the Seinfeld series finale and various other movies.
    David Brenner: Born: 1936-02-04 - Died: 2014-03-15
    David Brenner was an observational comic, best known for his many appearances on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the 1970s and 80s. Brenner was also a writer, having won an Emmy for his documentary writing before entering the world of stand-up comedy.
    Tim Wilson: Born: 1961-08-05 - Died: 2014-02-26
    Tim Wilson was a stand-up comedian and country music artist. He combined both professions in his act, and put out numerous comedy albums, and often made appearances on John Boy and Billy, Big D and Bubba and Bob and Tom Show.
    Sid Caesar: Born: 1922-09-08 - Died: 2014-02-12
    Sid Caesar was a comedian and actor most well-known for the shows Your Show of Shows and Caesar’s Hour, and as Coach Calhoun in Grease. Caesar won two Emmy wards and was nominated for eight others.
    Mel Smith: Born: 03-12-1952 - Died: 19-07-2013
    Mel Smith was an actor, writer, and comedian who starred on the British comedy series Alas Smith And Jones. He was also known for his role as the Albino in “The Princess Bride” and made a guest appearance in “National Lampoon’s European Vacation”. He passed away on July 19th, 2013 of a heart attack.
    Paul Shane: Born: 1940-06-19 - Died: 2013-05-16
    Paul Shane was an English actor and comedian, best known for his role on the BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi!. He had various other film and TV roles, including Oh Doctor Beeching! and Holby City.
    Jonathan Winters: Born: 1925-11-11 - Died: 2013-04-11
    Jonathan Winters, 87, was an American comedian and actor. Winters got his start as a local radio DJ in Ohio, but he soon moved to New York City to make it as a comedian. He soon struck success by starring in a number of comedy shorts, and even had the distinction of starring in the [...]
    Yvette Wilson: Born: 1964-03-06 - Died: 2012-06-14
    Yvette Wilson was a well-known comedic actress from Los Angeles, CA. Wilson’s well-known roles include Andell Wilkerson in the UPN sitcoms of Moesha and The Parkers. She is also well-credited for her work in the House Party film series. Yvette Wilson’s first exposure to comedy on television was through short-running sitcoms called Thea and Friday; [...]
    Patrice O’Neal: Born: 1969-12-07 - Died: 2011-11-28
    O’Neal was a stand-up comedian, radio personality, and actor. He was known for his confrontational style, often times he would play couples against each other. Primarily a stand-up comic, O’Neal made his Def Comedy Jam debut in 2007. Later he performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show With David Letterman, and The [...]
    Uncle Frank: Born: 1934-00-00 - Died: 2011-08-23
    Frank Potenza, better known as “Uncle Frank”, was the security guard for his nephews late night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Uncle Frank was a former New York City police officer, where he served 20 years on the force. Earlier in career he was a personal security guard for Frank Sinatra.
    Loriot: Born: 1923-11-12 - Died: 2011-08-22
    Vicco von Bülow, more commonly known under the pseudonym Loriot, was a German cartoonist, humorist, actor, writer and film director. He was probably best known for his cartoons, his two movies Ödipussi and Pappa ante Portas, and his sketch comedy show Loriot.
    Ryan Dunn: Born: 1977-06-11 - Died: 2011-06-20
    Dunn was a reality television personality who was probably best known as a member of Jackass, Viva La Bam, and Homewrecker. He was also a notable member of the CKY Crew.
    Robert Schimmel: Born: 1950-01-16 - Died: 2010-09-03
    Robert Schimmel was a famous comedian, greatly known for his controversial material and long time battle with cancer. Schimmel is listed as #76 on Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.
    Soupy Sales: Born: 1926-01-08 - Died: 2009-10-22
    Sales was a very famous comedian, actor and on air personality. He is probably best known for his children’s television show “Lunch with Soupy Sales”. The show was a series of comedy sketches with almost every skit ending with the classic pie in the face, which became Sales’ trademark.
    Fred Travalena: Born: 1942-10-06 - Died: 2009-06-28
    Travalena was a comedian who specialized in impersonations and was commonly known as “The Man of a Thousand Faces”. He began his career on “The ABC Comedy Hour” and the “Dean Martin Roasts”. Travalena also lent his voice talents to several cartoons during the 1970s. Travalena appeared at casino theaters in Las Vegas, Reno and [...]
    Gale Storm: Born: 1922-04-05 - Died: 2009-06-27
    Storm was an American actress and singer who is probably best remembered for her stints on “My Little Margie” ad “The Gale Storm Show”. When Storm was 17 two of her teachers urged her to enter the “Gateway to Hollywood” contest, broadcasting on the CBS Radio studios. First prize was a one-year contract with a [...]
    Ed McMahon: Born: 1923-03-06 - Died: 2009-06-23
    McMahon was a game show host, comedian, television personality, and probably best known as the announcer on the Tonight Show. McMahon got his start calling various bingo games in Maine when he was just 15 years old. He even put himself through college being a pitchman for vegetable slicers on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Johnny [...]
    Dom DeLuise: Born: 1933-08-01 - Died: 2009-05-04
    DeLuise was an actor, comedian, director, producer and chef. He began his career as a regular performer on the television show The Entertainers in 1964. Later, he was hired by TV producer Greg Garrison to appear periodically on the Dean Martin Show. DeLUise would go on as “Dominick the Great”, a magic act gone horribly [...]
    Danny Gans: Born: 1956-10-25 - Died: 2009-05-01
    Gans was a singer, comedian and impressionist who found success with his Las Vegas Strip performances. He had even been named Entertainer of the Year, and his show had been awarded Show of the Year. Before Gans made his way to Las Vegas, he was a professional baseball player. His knowledge of the game helped [...]
    Bea Arthur: Born: 1922-05-13 - Died: 2009-04-25
    Arthur was a comedian, singer and actress who is probably best known for her roles in the widely popular television shows Maude and The Golden Girls. In 1972 Arthur was cast as the title character in the series entitled Maude. In the series, Maude lived in the community of Tuckahoe, Westchester County, New York with [...]
    John Belushi: Born: 1949-01-24 - Died: 1982-03-05
    John Belushi is a classic American entertainer who is famous for being one of the original cast members on Saturday Night Live. He also had a legendary, yet short Hollywood acting career.
    Rudy Ray Moore: Born: 1927-03-17 - Died: 2008-10-19
    Moore was a comedian, musician, actor, and producer. He is commonly remembered for his role of Dolemite the pimp in the film Dolemite, and it’s sequel The Human Tornando. Moore released numerous comedy albums during the 60’s & 70’s. He developed a style that was said to be much more rude and crude than Redd [...]
    Richard Jeni: Born: 1957-04-14 - Died: 2007-03-10
    Jeni was a stand up comedian and actor. Jeni gained recognition through his many stand-up specials and appearances on The Tonight Show. HBO picked up his stand-up special in 1992 which was called “Richard Jeni: Platypus Man”. He also appeared in numerous movies such as The Mask, The Aristocrats, National Lampoon’s Dads Week Off, Burn, [...]