Versatile Comedian Charlie Callas Dies

January 28, 2011 |  by  |  Breaking News, Entertainment
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Brooklyn-born comedian and actor Charlie Callas has passed away at the age of 86 of natural causes.

Read on for details on Charlie Callas’ career…

Charlie Callas had a long and decorated career including both film and television roles. He opened for for Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas and was a favorite of Mel Brooks, who cast him in a number of films including History of the World: Part I, Silent Movie and High Anxiety, where he brilliantly played a cocker spaniel. Callas also starred as Malcolm on the television series Switch from 1975 to 1978.

But how did the funnyman get started? Charlie Callas’s career began after appearing on a 1967 episode of The Merv Griffin Show. Jerry Lewis, who was a guest that night, found Callas’ comedic hunting routine hilarious and told Griffin he had to get Callas involved in his current project. Jerry Lewis was a man of his word and after that appearance, Lewis cast the budding comedian in his film The Big Mouth.

As for his personal life, the rubber-faced comedian was married to Eve Velac and had two children.

Here’s Charlie Callas performing his hunting routine bit:

RIP Charlie Callas!


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  1. I never knew what his name was, but I remember my dad watching him.

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