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Marty Allen, comic presence on talk and variety shows for 2 decades, dead at 95 – Entertainment

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Comedian and actor Marty Allen has died in Las Vegas. He was 95.

His spokeswoman Candi Cazau says Allen died Monday night of complications from pneumonia. His wife and performing partner Karon Kate Blackwell was by his side.

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.

He first found fame in the duo Allen & Rossi with partner Steve Rossi, who died in 2014. They were favourites on The Ed Sullivan Show, and appeared on the same episodes as The Beatles.

After the duo broke up in 1968, Allen took on a series of serious roles on daytime television and made-for-TV movies.

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.

Allen also regularly performed throughout his career at Las Vegas casinos.

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In this Dec. 10, 1965 file photo, the comedy team of Marty Allen, left, and Steve Rossi are shown. 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. (David F. Smith/File, Associated Press)