Comedian Marty Allen, ‘one of the funniest people onstage and off,’ dies at 95

With his wild black hair and catchphrase “Hello, dere,” Marty Allen was a fixture on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” in TV and movie roles and, most recently, on the Las Vegas Strip.

LAS VEGAS — Marty Allen, the baby-faced, bug-eyed comedian with wild black hair who was a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, died Monday night. He was 95.

Mr. Allen died in Las Vegas of complications from pneumonia, with Karon Kate Blackwell, his wife and performing partner of the last three decades, by his side, Allen’s spokeswoman Candi Cazau told The Associated Press.

Mr. Allen, known for his greeting and catchphrase “Hello dere,” was a living link late in life to a generation of long-dead superstars with whom he shared a stage, including Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Elvis Presley

He first found fame as half of the duo Allen & Rossi with partner Steve Rossi, who died in 2014. Allen & Rossi appeared 44 times on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” including the episodes where the Beatles performed and most of America watched.

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“Everyone remembers those shows with The Beatles, and they were great, but we appeared on all the shows,” Mr. Allen said in 2014. “There wasn’t a talk show on TV that didn’t want Allen & Rossi.”

The duo appeared regularly on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” and “The Merv Griffin Show.” They also toured comedy clubs nationwide, headlined shows at major Las Vegas casinos and released a series of hit albums until their amicable breakup in 1968.

Mr. Allen then took on a series of serious roles on daytime television and made-for-TV movies, and was a regular on “The Hollywood Squares” and other celebrity-themed game shows.

He was a regular entertainer on the Las Vegas Strip for much of his life, and tributes from there poured in Monday night.

“We have lost another iconic Las Vegas entertainer, Marty…

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