Charlie Callas, a rubber-faced comedian who cavorted on television and the nightclub circuit in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, often punctuating punch lines with sound effects emanating from his motor-mouth, died on Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 86.
A string bean of a man with a Cyrano-sized nose, Mr. Callas appeared on virtually every television variety and talk show in the days of Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Merv Griffin and Johnny Carson. He was a regular on “The Andy Williams Show” and “The ABC Comedy Hour,” a semiregular on “The Flip Wilson Show” and a co-host of “The Joey Bishop Show.”
Here are three videos in which Charlie Callas showed off his specialties:
Charlie tells a joke, with all of those weird sound effects he could make:
And here he is playing two different characters on 'The Dean Martin Roasts':
You brought a lot of joy to the small screen, Mr. Callas. Thank you. Good night and may God bless.