Famed Comedian in 50s-80s, Regular on 'Ed Sullivan Show' Dies Near Beloved Wife

February 13, 2018Feb 13, 2018

On late Monday night, famed comedian and actor Marty Allen passed away. He died at the age of 95 in Las Vegas.

According to his spokeswoman, Candi Cazau, Allen passed away from complications from pneumonia. Reportedly, the actor had been admitted to a Las Vegas rehab facility over the weekend when his condition worsened.

Cazau said that Allen’s wife of 34 years and performing partner, Karon Kate Blackwell, was by his side at the time of his death. Other family members were present as well.

Cazau said, “He was an incredible man, and he always seemed so young to me. He was like the Energizer bunny of entertainers.”


Allen rose to fame in the 1950s and 60s in the nightclub comedy and TV variety show scenes. His first major breakout was from his duo Allen & Rossi, with his acting partner Steve Rossi. The two were regulars on “The Ed Sullivan Show" and appeared on the "Dean Martin Show."

In 1968, the famed duo broke up and Marty Allen went on to his own acting endeavors. He accepted several roles on daytime television and made-for-TV movies. He also appeared on “The Hollywood Squares” and several other game shows.

Outside of a notable acting career, Allen reportedly was always very proud of the fact that he was a decorated World War II veteran. He was stationed in Italy with the Air Force when he helped prevent an explosion, earning him a Soldier’s Medal for Bravery.

After over half a century of acting and being a comedian, Allen performed his final show last March, the day before his 95th birthday. He would have continued performing in 2018, but the actor fell in his Las Vegas home in December and fractured his right hip.

Sadly, Marty Allen has passed away. Please be praying for his wife, family, and friends who are grieving during this time. Share your prayers here! In other recent news, a 6-time Tony and Grammy nominee just passed away after a battle with cancer. 

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