Marty Allen

Birth name Morton David Alpern
Born March 23, 1922
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Died February 12, 2018 (aged 95)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television and film acting
Nationality American

Marty Allen (born Morton David Alpern; March 23, 1922 – February 12, 2018) was an American comedian, actor, and veteran of World War II. He worked as a comedy headliner in nightclubs, as a dramatic actor in TV roles, and was once called “The Darling of Daytime TV.” He also appeared in films.

Allen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to parents Louis and Elsie Alpern. He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1940 and was inducted into their alumni Hall Of Fame in 2009.

During the early to the mid-1950s, Allen and his first comedy partner, Mitch DeWood, worked as an opening act for such stars as Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gorme, and Nat King Cole. Allen and DeWood also worked many clubs, including the Copacabana until they broke up when? and went their separate ways.

He then became part of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi with Steve Rossi, which resulted in a string of hit comedy albums, 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show (including the famous Beatles appearance in February 1964, during which Allen won over the Beatles fans in the audience by announcing “I’m Ringo’s mother!”), and the film The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966). They worked together from 1957 to 1968, parted ways amicably, and reunited for shows from the 1970s through the 1990s.


Allen died on February 12, 2018 aged 95. According to his spokeswoman Candi Cazau, Allen died of complications from pneumonia. His wife and performing partner Karon Kate Blackwell was by his side.

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