Friday, January 28, 2011

Charlie Callas, R.I.P.



Nothing particularly clever to say tonight, fellow babies. I'm just here to note the passing of comedian Charlie Callas, who just died at the age of 83... or 86. (At this writing -- although it'll probably have been changed 47 times by the time you read this -- Charlie's Wikipedia entry lists both ages!)

Mr. Callas brought me a lot of laughs during (primarily) the early 1970s, when I was a high school student who had virtually no bedtime on any night that wasn't a school night. Without much social life -- hey, I was only in my early teens -- I ended up watching a lot of late-night television programming. Much of that was comprised of old movies, The Dick Cavett Show, and of course, The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.

Here's a clip of Charlie from the 1967 Jerry Lewis film, The Big Mouth, wherein Charlie did what he (arguably) did best: Acting like... well... acting like Charlie Callas!


Thanks for your time.

6 comments:

  1. He was born too soon! Spike Jones would have signed him in a heartbeat!

    RIP, Charlie!

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  2. @Megan: Reading your comment, I got this mental image of Charlie fluttering his hand inside of his sport-coat, making an appropriately ridiculous "thump-thump" noise.

    It kinda figures it would take someone's death to bring me back to my blog, huh?

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  3. good to see you SF...and may he RIP

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  4. Huh! I thought he'd died ages ago; I certainly hadn't heard news of him for a long time. And I'm with Megs, he'd have been a natural for Spike Jones' ensemble.

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  5. He really was very funny. I, like some others here, hadn't heard anything about him in a long time.

    Very nice to see you back here, Silver! xo

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  6. THat was great! I had never heard of him. Thanks for sharing it and RIP Charlie.

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