Marty Allen, comedian and daytime T.V. favorite, dies at 95

Marty Allen, the bug-eyed comic who formed one half of the hit comedic duo Allen & Rossi, died Monday night in Las Vegas at age 95.

The Associated Press confirmed the news via his spokeswoman Candi Cazau, who said that he died from complications from pneumonia with his performing partner of 30 years and wife Karon Kate Blackwell at his side.

Allen was well-known for his catchphrase “hello dere.” His career began in the 1950s, when he worked as an opening act with partner Mitch DeWood for Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gorme, and Nat King Cole. After their partnership ended, Allen joined up with Steve Rossi to form Allen & Rossi, with whom he found fame.

Allen & Rossi produced a number of hit comedy records and appeared 44 times on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” including the episode which also constituted the Beatles’ debut performance. Allen and Rossi parted ways in 1968, though they would continue to reunite for shows through the ’90s.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 04: Comedian/actor Marty Allen arrives at a memorial for Jerry Lewis at the South Point Hotel & Casino on September 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lewis died on August 20, 2017, at his home in Las Vegas at age 91. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 23: Comedian/actor Marty Allen, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement: Comedian award, poses with his trophy during the inaugural Las Vegas F.A.M.E (Film, Art, Music and Entertainment) Awards presented by the Producers Choice Honors at the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip on March 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 23: Comedian/actor Marty Allen attends the inaugural Las Vegas F.A.M.E (Film, Art, Music and Entertainment) Awards presented by the Producers Choice Honors at the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip on March 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 23: Comedian/actor Marty Allen and his wife, entertainer Karon Kate Blackwell, perform during a show celebrating his 95th birthday at the South Point Hotel & Casino on March 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 23: Comedian/actor Marty Allen performs during a show celebrating his 95th birthday at the South Point Hotel & Casino on March 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 26: Comedian/actor Marty Allen performs during a show celebrating his 94th birthday at the Rampart Casino at The Resort at Summerlin on March 26, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 23: Comedian/actor Marty Allen attends the inaugural Las Vegas F.A.M.E (Film, Art, Music and Entertainment) Awards presented by the Producers Choice Honors at the Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas Strip on March 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 26: Comedian/actor Marty Allen performs during a show celebrating his 94th birthday at the Rampart Casino at The Resort at Summerlin on March 26, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 26: Comedian/actor Marty Allen (L) and his wife, entertainer Karon Kate Blackwell, pose after a show celebrating his 94th birthday at the Rampart Casino at The Resort at Summerlin on March 26, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 26: Comedian/actor Marty Allen performs during a show celebrating his 94th birthday at the Rampart Casino at The Resort at Summerlin on March 26, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 14: Comedian Marty Allen attends Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band's Salute to the Troops Concert at the Fremont Street Experience on November 14, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 23: Actor/comedian Marty Allen jokes around during a meet and greet after his performance at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino on March 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 23: Actor/comedian Marty Allen holds up a cake to celebrate his 93rd birthday during a meet and greet after his performance at the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino on March 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 02: Actor/comedian Marty Allen arrives at ENTSpeaks at the Inspire Theatre on February 2, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actor Marty Allen attends The Hollywood Show held at The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel on Saturday October 5, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
Marty Allen attends the book party for Sidney Sheldon 'Memories Of Midnight' on August 31, 1990 at the Bistro Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Marty Allen and Karon Kate arrives at Terry Fator's one year anniversary show at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on March 13, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
Marty Allen, Nichelle Nichols and Johnny Grant during Linda Hopkins Honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 16: (L to R) Marty Allen, Ed McMahon and Rich Little stand on stage after the first annual 'Miss BestBet' competition at The Orleans Hotel & Casino April 15, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christine H. Wetzel/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS - APRIL 16: Actor/comedian Marty Allen judges the first annual 'Miss BestBet' competition at The Orleans Hotel & Casino April 15, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christine H. Wetzel/Getty Images)
Marty Allen during Century City Premiere of 'Drive Me Crazy' at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinema in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 7: Marty Allen sighted on January 7, 1981 at Stellini's Restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 22: Comedians Milton Berle and Marty Allen being photographed on April 22, 1977 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 12: Ernest Borgnine (left) with wife Tova and Marty Allen, at launch party her Tova 9 cactus masque on May 12 1978 at the in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joan Adlen/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 22: Actor Marty Allen sighted on April 22, 1977 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Marty Allen, 1970. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
MOVIE OF THE WEEK - 'Mr. Jericho' - Airdate March 3, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MARTY ALLEN;PATRICK MACNEE
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 15: THE BIG VALLEY - 'The Jonah' 11/11/68 Marty Allen, Linda Evans (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 27: THE BIG VALLEY - 'The Jonah' 11/11/68 Marty Allen, Barbara Stanwyck (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 15: THE BIG VALLEY - 'The Jonah' 11/11/68 Marty Allen (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
MOVIE OF THE WEEK - 'Mr. Jericho' - Airdate March 3, 1970. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MARTY ALLEN
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 'Love and the Athlete' - Airdate on December 1, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) PAMELA CURRAN;MARTY ALLEN
LOVE, AMERICAN STYLE - 'Love and the Athlete' - Airdate on December 1, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MARTY ALLEN
(L to R) Actor Marty Allen, Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller and Merv Griffin and Actor Peter Ustinov enjoying an entertaining coversation during the taping of the Merv Griffin Show. (Photo by Arthur Schatz/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE - Airdate: December 3, 1966. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ALLEN & ROSSI (MARTY ALLEN, L, AND STEVE ROSSI)
CANADA - MAY 30: Singer Steve Rossi and comedian Marty (Hello Dere) Allen charmed Toronto during visit to promote their latest movie The Last of the Secret Agents? (Photo by Bob Olsen/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
29th March 1966: American comedy duo Marty Allen (L) and Steve Rossi smile as they attend the benefit premiere of director Melville Shavelson's film, 'Cast a Giant Shadow,' at the DeMille Theatre, Times Square, New York City. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE - Airdate: October 9, 1965. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) ALLEN & ROSSI (STEVE ROSSI, L, AND MARTY ALLEN)
NEW YORK - MARCH 14: Marty Allen on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. Image dated March 14, 1965. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
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“Everyone remembers those shows with The Beatles, and they were great, but we appeared on all the shows,” Allen said in 2014. “There wasn’t a talk show on TV that didn’t want Allen & Rossi.”

Allen made hundreds of television appearances in the ’70s and ’80s in serious roles and daytime televison, beginning with a role in “The Big Valley” as Waldo Diefendorfer. He appeared regularly on the game show “Hollywood Squares,” as well as other game shows like “Password.”

After their marriage in 1984, Allen and Blackwell began teaming up to perform a musical comedy act around the country, landing gigs at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, the Southpoint Casino, and Palace Station. The couple performed through the new millennium, with sell-out shows in 2015.

A veteran of WWII, Allen participated in annual comedy tours of military hospitals under the “Hello Dere” moniker beginnig in 1968, and repeated the tour through 1972.

“It’s unbelievable to be 94 years old,” Marty Allen told a New York audience in 2016. “My wife says, ‘What do you want for your birthday?’ I told her, ‘An antique.’ So she framed my birth certificate.”

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