Full Name: Daniel Hale Rowan

Description: Actor and Comedian, USA

Known For: Television show Rowan & Martins “Laugh-In”

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 22nd July 1922
Location Born: Beggs

Date Died: 22nd September 1987
Location Died: Siesta Key, Florida, United States of America
Cause Of Death: Lymphatic cancer

Memorial: Burial: Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
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Dan Rowan

An American comedian. He was featured in the television show Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, where he played straight man to Dick Martin.

Born on a carnival train near the small town of Beggs, Oklahoma, under the name of “Daniel Hale David”, Rowan toured with his parents, Oscar and Nellie David, who performed a singing and dancing act with the carnival.

He was orphaned at age 11, spent four traumatic years at the McClelland Home in Pueblo, Colorado, then was taken in by a foster family at age 16 and enrolled in Central High School (Pueblo, Colorado). After graduating from high school, he hitchhiked to Los Angeles, California, in 1940 and found a job in the mailroom at Paramount Pictures.

He teamed with Dick Martin and started a comedy night-club act. The team had appeared on television before, but it was not until the success of a summer special in 1967 that they found fame on Laugh-In.

In 1946 he married the 1945 Miss America first-runner-up Phyllis J. Mathis and had three children:

He and Mathis were later divorced. In 1963 Rowan married again. His second wife was Australian model Adriana Van Ballegooyen.

They divorced eight years later. In 1974 he married model and TV spokeswoman Joanna Young. Their marriage lasted until his death at their home in Manasota Key, Florida, in 1987.

Rowan retired and spent the remainder of his years between his residence in Florida and his barge in the canals of France. In his 40s he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which led him to becoming insulin dependent. He died of lymphoma in 1987 in Siesta Key, Florida.

In 1986, a book of letters written between himself and author John D. MacDonald was published entitled A Friendship: The Letters of Dan Rowan and John D. MacDonald, 1967-1974.

He died of lymphatic cancer in 1987 in Siesta Key, Florida.