Marty Allen, Wild-Haired 'Hello Dere' Comedian, Dies At 95

Marty Allen, Wild-Haired 'Hello Dere' Comedian, Dies At 95

Allen died Monday in Las Vegas from complications of pneumonia at the age of 95.

On the first occasion, in February 1964, Mr. Allen performed a frenetic dance wearing a Beatle wig; on the second, in September 1965, he ran up and down the aisles while Rossi sang "She Loves You" (its lyrics amended to "We love you, yeah, yeah, yeah" and addressed to the audience). The pair regularly appeared on various talk shows throughout the '60s.

Beyond Sullivan, the duo were regulars on The Tonight Show and The Merv Griffin Show, and were staples on the casino and nightclub circuit.

Allen and Rossi were stars on Vegas and every variety show on TV, and attempted movie stardom with Nancy Sinatra in the 1966 spy spoof "Last of the Secret Agents".

The duo had an amicable breakup in 1968, but Allen was just getting started.

Allen made hundreds of television appearances in the '70s and '80s in serious roles and daytime televison, beginning with a role in "The Big Valley" as Waldo Diefendorfer.

He also was a regular entertainer in Las Vegas for much of his life.

"Las Vegas and show business lost a legend tonight...and I lost a friend", Terry Fator, a Vegas-based ventriloquist, wrote. "What a amusing man who brought joy to millions of people for 95 years".

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

Born Morton Alpern in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1922, the comedian served in the Army Air Corps in Italy during World War II. He was married to Lorraine "Frenchy" Allen from 1960 until her death in 1976. He is survived by his wife and performing partner of the last 30 years, Karon Kate Blackwell, who was with him when he died, his spokeswoman told The Associated Press.

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

"It's unbelievable to be 94 years old", Marty Allen told a NY 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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