Comedians in History (Part 4)

Events in Film & TV


Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 301 - 400 of 826

  • 1936-02-20 Larry Hovis, Wapito Wash, comedian (Gomer Pyle, Hogan's Heroes)
  • 1936-03-09 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2015)

Person of interestVaughn Meader

1936-03-20 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, born in Waterville, Maine (d. 2004)

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • 1936-05-16 Roy Hudd, English comedian (Blood Beast Terror, Vampire Beast Craves Blood)
  • 1936-06-11 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), born in Jamestown, New York (d. 1981)
  • 1936-07-06 Dave Allen, Irish comedian (Dave Allen Show), born in Firhouse, Dublin (d. 2005)
  • 1936-09-22 Art Metrano, American comedian (Amy Prentiss, Joanie Loves Chachi), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936-12-06 David Ossman, American writer and comedian (The Firesign Theatre), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1937-02-02 Tom Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show, Serial), born in NYC, New York
  • 1937-05-12 George Carlin, comedian (7 dirty words, AM & FM, Carwash), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1937-06-11 Johnny Brown, American comedian (Good Times, Leslie Uggams), born in St Petersburg, Florida

Person of interestBill Cosby

1937-07-12 Bill Cosby, American actor and comedian (Cosby Show, I Spy, Leonard Part 6), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • 1937-08-20 Jim Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, born in Heswall, England (d. 2018)
  • 1937-11-17 Peter Edward Cook, Torquay England, actor/comedian (Bedazzled)
  • 1938-03-18 Carl Gottlieb, American comedian and script writer (Ken Berry Wow Show, Jaws, The Jerk), born in NYC, New York
  • 1938-05-24 Thomas "Tommy" Chong, Canadian-American comedian, actor, and cannabis rights activist (Cheech & Chong), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1938-06-27 Tommy Cannon [Tommy Derbyshire], English comedian and singer (Cannon and Ball), born in Oldham, Lancashire, England
  • 1938-06-28 John Byner, American actor (Transylvania 6-5000) and comedian, born in NYC, New York
  • 1939-03-23 Bert Berdis, Pitts, comedian (Tim Conway Show)
  • 1939-06-30 John Fortune [John C. Wood], English satirist and comedian (Bremner, Bird and Fortune), born in Bristol, England (d. 2013)
  • 1939-08-18 Harald Heide-Steen Jr., Norwegian actor and comedian, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2008)
  • 1939-09-26 Ricky Tomlinson, English actor and comedian (Mike Bassett: England Manager), born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England

Person of interestJohn Cleese

1939-10-27 John Cleese, English actor and comedian (Monty Python), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • 1939-10-31 Tom O'Connor, English comedian, born in Bootle, Merseyside, England
  • 1939-11-20 Dick Smothers, American comedian and folk singer (The Smothers Brothers Show), born in NYC, New York
  • 1939-11-29 Peter Bergman, American comedian, (d. 2012)
  • 1940-01-19 Mike Reid, English comedian (d. 2007)
  • 1940-02-06 Jimmy Tarbuck, English comedian, born in Liverpool, United Kingdom
  • 1940-04-18 Skip Stephenson, American comedian (Real People), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 1992)
  • 1940-06-19 Paul Shane, English comedian and actor, born in Thrybergh, West Riding of Yorkshire, England (d. 2013)
  • 1940-07-17 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), born in Buxton, England (d. 2020)
  • 1940-07-28 Phil Proctor, American comedian (Firesign Theater), born in Goshen, Indiana

Person of interestRichard Pryor

1940-12-01 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), born in Peoria, Illinois (d. 2005)

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
  • 1940-12-07 Stan Boardman, English comedian, born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England
  • 1941-01-08 Graham Chapman, English comedian (Monty Python's Flying Circus), born in Leicester, England (d. 1989)
  • 1941-07-07 Bill Oddie, English comedian and ornithologist
  • 1941-08-21 Howard Lew Lewis, English comedian and actor (Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes), born in London (d. 2018)
  • 1942-02-01 Terry Jones, Welsh comedian (Monty Python), born in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales (d. 2020)
  • 1942-02-08 Robert Klein, comedian and actor (Hooper, Deadly Rivals), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1942-04-06 Phil Austin, comedian (Firesign Theater)
  • 1942-05-05 Amy Hill, American comedian and actress (Grandma-Seinfeld, Pauly Shore), born in Deadwood, South Dakota
  • 1942-08-09 David Steinberg, Canadian comedian and director (End), born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Person of interestTom Dreesen

1942-09-11 Tom Dreesen, American comedian (Tim Ried's partner), born in Harvey, Illinois

Comedian Tom Dreesen
Comedian
Tom Dreesen
  • 1942-10-06 Fred Travalena, American comedian/impressionist (Buy & Cell), born in NYC, New York
  • 1942-10-07 Joy Behar [Occhiuto], American actress and comedian (The View), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1942-11-20 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2019)
  • 1942-11-24 Billy Connolly, Scotland, comedian and actor (Blue Money)
  • 1943-01-09 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), born in Huyton, United Kingdom (d. 2019)
  • 1943-03-29 Eric Idle, English comedian, actor (Monty Python), born in South Shields, England

Person of interestMichael Palin

1943-05-05 Michael Palin, English comedian (Monty Python, Fish Called Wanda), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
  • 1943-07-27 Stu Gilliam, American actor and comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1943-08-18 Martin Mull, American actor and comedian (Bad Manners, Flick, Serial), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1943-09-27 Maxwell Boyce, Welsh comedian and singer, born in Glynneath, Wales
  • 1943-10-08 Chevy Chase, American comedian and actor (SNL, Vacation, Fletch, Caddyshack), born in NYC, New York
  • 1944-01-01 Don Novello, American actor and comedian (Father Guido Sarducci-Saturday Night Live), born in Ashtabula, Ohio
  • 1944-02-26 Marilyn Michaels, American comedian (ABC Comedy Hour), born in New York City
  • 1944-03-05 Paul Sands, comedian and actor (SCTV, Story Theater, St Elsewhere), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1944-06-17 Bill Rafferty, American comedian (Laugh-In, Real People), born in Queens, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1944-08-04 Richard Belzer, KOed by Hulk Hogan/comedian (How to be a Stand Up)
  • 1944-08-30 Freek de Jonge, Dutch comedian (Neerlands Hoop), born in Westernieland, Netherlands
  • 1944-10-28 Coluche [Michel Colucci] French comedian (My Best Friend's Girl), born in Paris (d. 1986)
  • 1944-12-19 Tim Reid, Norfolk VA, American actor and comedian (Venus Flytrap-WKRP, Frank's Place)
  • 1945-07-21 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (d. 2008)

Person of interestSteve Martin

1945-08-14 Steve Martin, American comedian, banjo player, author and actor (Parenthood; The Jerk; Roxanne), born in Waco, Texas

Actor and Comedian Steve Martin
Actor and Comedian
Steve Martin
  • 1945-10-31 Brian Doyle-Murray, American comedian and actor, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1945-11-23 Steve Landesberg, comedian and actor (Barney Miller), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1946-03-14 Jasper Carrott, English comedian (Jane & the Lost City, Detectives)
  • 1946-03-31 Gabe Kaplan, American comedian and actor (Welcome Back Kotter), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1946-04-08 Stuart Pankin, comedian (Striptease, Congo, Earl-Dinosaurs), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1946-04-12 Ed O'Neill, American comedian and actor (Al Bundy-Married with Children), born in Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1946-06-21 Trond Kirkvaag, Norwegian comedian and author, born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2007)
  • 1946-06-28 Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1989)
  • 1946-07-13 Richard "Cheech" Marin, Mexican-American stand-up comedian, actor, and activist (Cheech & Chong-Up in Smoke, Nash Bridges), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1946-08-06 Masaaki Sakai, Japanese comedian
  • 1946-08-15 Tony Robinson, English actor, comedian and author, born in Homerton, London
  • 1946-10-31 Norman Lovett, English stand-up comedian and actor (Red Dwarf), born in Windsor, Berkshire, England
  • 1946-12-17 Eugene Levy, Hamilton Canada, comedian/writer (SCTV)
  • 1947-02-13 Kevin Bloody Wilson [Dennis Bryant], Australian musical comedian, born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1947-03-18 Patrick Barlow, English actor, comedian and playwright

Person of interestDavid Letterman

1947-04-12 David Letterman, American comedian (Late Night), born in Indianapolis, Indiana

Comedian and Television Host David Letterman
Comedian and Television Host
David Letterman
  • 1947-06-25 Jimmie Walker, American comedian (JJ-Good Times, At Ease), born in The Bronx, New York

Person of interestRichard Lewis

1947-06-29 Richard Lewis, American comedian (Marty Gold-Anything But Love), born in NYC, New York

Comedian Richard Lewis
Comedian
Richard Lewis

Person of interestLarry David

1947-07-02 Larry David, American actor, comedian and screenwriter (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm), born in Brooklyn, New York

Comedian and Writer Larry David
Comedian and Writer
Larry David
  • 1947-07-22 Albert Brooks, comedian (Broadcast News, Lost in America), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947-09-16 Russ Abbot [Russell A Roberts], British TV comedian (The Russ Abbot Show, September Song), born in Cheshire, England
  • 1947-10-18 Paul Chuckle, British comedian
  • 1948-02-14 Jackie Martling, "Jackie the Jokeman", comedian (Howard Stern Show)
  • 1948-02-21 Larry Ragland, comedian (Keep on Truckin'), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1948-04-23 Serge Thériault, French-Canadian comedian and actor (Ding et Dong), born in Quebec City, Canada
  • 1948-05-20 Dave Thomas, St Catherines Ontario, comedian (SCTV, Grace Under Fire)
  • 1948-07-12 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), born in Kermit, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1948-07-22 Otto Waalkes, German comedian
  • 1948-08-30 Lewis Black, American stand-up comedian (Lewis Black's Root of All Evil), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1948-09-17 John Ritter, American actor and comedian (Three's Company, It, 8 Simple Rules), born in Burbank, California (d. 2003)
  • 1949-01-17 Andy Kaufman, American comedian & actor (Latka Gravas-Taxi), born in New York City, New York (d. 1984)
  • 1949-01-24 John Belushi, American comedian & actor (SNL: Animal House: Blues Brothers), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1982)
  • 1949-04-14 Chris Langham, English comedian and actor (The Thick of It, Help), born in London, England
  • 1949-05-13 Franklyn Ajaye, American comedian and actor (Car Wash, The Jazz Singer, Bridesmaids), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1949-07-08 Frank Delima, American comedian
  • 1949-07-24 Michael Richards, American comedian (Fridays, Kramer-Seinfeld), born in Los Angeles, California

Weddings in Film & TV


Divorces in Film & TV


Deaths in Film & TV

Deaths 301 - 361 of 361

  • 2010-10-04 Norman Wisdom, English comedian (Kraft Music Hall, Trouble In Store), dies at 95
  • 2010-12-20 Steve Landesberg, American actor and comedian (b. 1945)
  • 2011-02-12 Elizabeth "Betty" Garrett, American actress, comedian, singer and dancer (All in the Family), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 91
  • 2011-03-26 Roger Abbott, Canadian comedian (Air Farce Live) (b. 1946)
  • 2011-11-29 Patrice O'Neal, American stand-up comedian, dies from stroke complications at 41
  • 2011-12-03 Dharam Devdutt "Dev" Anand, Indian comedian, actor, director and producer, dies at 88
  • 2012-03-09 Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • 2012-06-02 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), dies from esophageal cancer at 79
  • 2012-07-03 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • 2013-04-11 Jonathan Winters, American comedian (J Winters Show, Mork & Mindy), dies from natural causes at 87
  • 2013-05-16 Paul Shane, English comedian and actor, dies at 72
  • 2013-07-19 Mel Smith, English comedian and author, dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 2013-10-11 Stu Gilliam, American actor and comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company), dies at 80
  • 2013-12-31 John Fortune [John C. Wood], English satirist and comedian (Bremner, Bird and Fortune), dies at 74
  • 2014-03-15 David Brenner, American stand-up comedian and TV talk show host (Nightlife) known as a pioneer of observational comedy, dies from cancer at 78
  • 2014-04-05 John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50
  • 2014-06-09 Rik Mayall, English actor & comedian, dies from cardiac arrest at 56

Person of interestRobin Williams

2014-08-11 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), commits suicide by hanging himself at 63

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 2015-01-06 Lance Percival, English actor and comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 81
  • 2015-05-23 Anne Meara, American comedian and actress (Stiller & Meara, Archie's Place, The Other Woman), mother of Ben Stiller, dies at 85
  • 2015-06-28 Jack Carter [Chakrin], American comedian and actor, dies at 93
  • 2015-10-21 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), dies at 79
  • 2016-02-02 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), dies at 92
  • 2016-02-03 Joseph Francis "Joe" Alaskey, American stand-up comedian, actor, voice artist, and impressionist (Buggs Bunny, Daffy Duck), dies from cancer at 63
  • 2016-03-24 Garry Shandling, American comedian (It's Garry Shandling's Show, Larry Sanders Show), dies at 66
  • 2016-03-31 Ronnie Corbett, British comedian (The Two Ronnies), dies at 85
  • 2016-04-20 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress, dies of cancer at 62
  • 2016-12-31 William Christopher, American comedian and actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H), dies at 84
  • 2017-01-10 Tony Rosato, Italian-born Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), dies at 63
  • 2017-02-06 "Professor" Irwin Corey, American comedian (Car Wash, Doc), dies at 102
  • 2017-03-28 Janine Sutto, French-Canadian actress and comedian (Guide de la petite vengeance), dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2017-04-06 Don Rickles, American comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), dies at 90
  • 2017-06-25 Bill Dana [William Szathmary], American comedian, characters actor (José Jiménez) and screenwriter (The Nude Bomb, The Bill Dana Show), dies at 92
  • 2017-08-19 Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), dies of heart failure at 84

Person of interestJerry Lewis

2017-08-20 Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), dies at 91

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • 2017-08-24 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2017-10-16 Sean Hughes, Irish stand-up comedian, writer and actor, dies at 51
  • 2017-11-30 Jim Nabors, American comedian, actor and singer (Gomer Pyle, Back Home Again in Indiana), dies from health complications at 87
  • 2018-01-20 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 2018-01-20 Howard Lew Lewis, English comedian and actor (Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes), dies at 76
  • 2018-03-11 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer," dies of complications from a chest infection at 90
  • 2018-03-14 Jim Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, dies at 80
  • 2018-03-30 Bill Maynard [Walter Williams], English actor (Greengrass-Heartbeat) and comedian, dies at 89
  • 2018-08-05 Charlotte Rae, American character actress, comedian, singer and dancer (Edna-Facts of Life), dies at 92
  • 2018-09-04 Bill Daily, American actor and comedian (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show), dies at 91
  • 2018-12-28 June Whitfield, English comedian and actress (Terry and June, Absolutely Fabulous), dies at 93
  • 2019-01-02 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), dies of leukemia at 76
  • 2019-01-15 Carol Channing, American actress, singer and comedian (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), dies at 97
  • 2019-05-09 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76
  • 2019-07-03 Arte Johnson, American comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 90
  • 2019-07-09 Rip Torn [Elmore Rual Torn Jr], American actor, voice artist and comedian (The Larry Sanders Show), dies at 88

Person of interestRip Taylor

2019-10-06 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), dies at 88

Comedian and Actor Rip Taylor
Comedian and Actor
Rip Taylor
  • 2020-01-21 Terry Jones, Welsh comedian (Monty Python), dies from complications of dementia at 77
  • 2020-01-28 Nicholas Parsons, British presenter, comedian and actor "the ultimate quiz show host", dies at 96
  • 2020-02-07 Orson Bean, American actor and comedian (To Tell the Truth), killed in a traffic accident at 91
  • 2020-03-29 Ken Shimura, Japanese comedian and actor (Shimura Ken no Bakatono-sama), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • 2020-04-13 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), dies of COVID-19 complications at 79

Person of interestJerry Stiller

2020-05-11 Jerry Stiller, American comedian (Frank Constanza-Seinfeld, Stiller & Meara), dies of natural causes at 92

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Comedian
Jerry Stiller
  • 2020-05-15 Fred Willard, American comedian and actor (Best In Show, Everyone Loves Raymond), dies at 86

Person of interestCarl Reiner

2020-06-29 Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor, writer and director (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 98

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner
  • 2020-07-18 Charles Papa, Kenyan comedian and actor (Papa Shirandula), dies at 58