Comedian Charlie Callas Dead At 83

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Charlie Callas, a versatile comedian and sidekick whose zany faces and antics made him a regular for more than four decades on television, in films and on casino stages, has died in Las Vegas. He was 83.

A son, Mark Callas, tells The Associated Press that Callas died Thursday in a hospice.

Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy says the death was from natural causes.

Callas toured with Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones, and had a screen part with Jerry Lewis in “The Big Mouth” in 1967.

His facial expressions and rapid-fire comedy also made Callas a favorite on the “Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.

He also worked with Mel Brooks and was the voice of Elliot in Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon.”

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  • John Farquhar

    You forgot to metion he was a co-star in the 70s detective show “Switch” starring Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert.

  • Richard beserra

    A very funny guy who was a staple of 70’s variety tv. My early childhood for good or bad is filled with memories of Johnny Carson, Merv Griffen and Dean Martin roasts. Charlie Callas will be remembered fondly.

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