Vale: Shelley Berman

US comedian Shelley Berman, who played Larry David’s father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, has died, aged 92.

He died on Friday morning due to complications from Alzheimer’s Disease at his home in California.

Berman (pictured right) was one of the most successful stand-up comedians of the 1950s and ’60s and the first to perform at Carnegie Hall.

He appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show more than 20 times and was a guest on shows hosted by Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Dinah Shore, Perry Como, Andy Williams, and Dean Martin.

He played Larry David’s father on Curb Your Enthusiasm between 2002 and 2009, and received an Emmy nomination in 2008.

Film credits included The Best Man, Divorce American Style, Every Home Should Have One, Teen Witch, The Last Producer, Meet the Fockers, The Aristocrats, The Holiday and You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.

TV credits included Peter Gunn, The Twilight Zone, Rawhide, Bewitched, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Adam-12, MacGyver, L.A. Law, Friends, The Bernie Mac Show, Grey’s Anatomy, Entourage, Hawaii Five-0 and numerous guest appearances as the semi-senile Judge Robert Sanders on Boston Legal.

Source: Variety

5 Comments:

  1. I am really saddened by this news; in part as I so enjoyed his work on Curb; but also as I wrote to Mr Berman a few years back and he was so gracious and lovely in his reply. I told him I was an Australian and he recounted a tour of a play he did in Sydney decades before. He had such a long and varied and distinguished career. I’m sure the Curb family is in mourning with this news.

  2. I’ll always remember Shelley’s “who am I speaking to please” routine, As funny as Abbott & Costello’s “Who’s on first” classic. His humour helped shape mine back in the 60s. I got a real buzz when he first appeared on Boston Legal as the “no namby-pamby” judge. Vale – Shelley Berman.

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