A TRIBUTE TO MARTY ALLEN

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Marty Allen

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Marty Allen
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Marty Allen (1960)
Birth name Morton David Alpern
Born (1922-03-23)March 23, 1922
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died February 12, 2018(2018-02-12) (aged 95)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television and film acting
Nationality American
Years active 1950–2018
Spouse Lorraine Trydelle (m. 1960; her death 1976),
Karon Blackwell (m. 1984)
Website Official website

Morton David Alpern (March 23, 1922 – February 12, 2018), better known as Marty Allen, was an American comedian, actor, and philanthropist. He worked as a comedy headliner in nightclubs, as a dramatic actor in television roles, and was once called “The Darling of Daytime TV”.

Allen also appeared in films, most notably in the 1966 spy comedy The Last of the Secret Agents? During his comedic career, Allen would go on tours to military hospitals and perform for veterans or active military personnel.

Allen was also a known philanthropist, donating to causes such as the American Cancer Society, The Heart Fund, March of Dimes, Fight for Sight, Cerebral Palsy, and was on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Allen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Jewish parents; Louis Alpern (from Romania/Russia), a restaurant and bar owner[3] and his wife, the former Elsie Moss.[4][5] He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1940 and was inducted into their alumni Hall Of Fame in 2009.[6]

Allen joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was stationed in Italy where he attained the rank of sergeant and earned a Soldier’s Medal for his bravery during a fire which happened while a plane was being refueled. His heroism also earned him a full-dress parade.[7]

He was married to the former Lorraine “Frenchy” Trydelle, then reservation and office manager of the Concord Resort Hotel in the Catskills,[8] from 1960 until her death in 1976.[9]

Career[edit]

During the early to the mid-1950s, Allen and his first comedy partner, Mitch DeWood, worked as an opening act for stars including Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gormé, and Nat King Cole.[1] Allen and DeWood also worked many clubs, including the Copacabana until they broke up in 1958 and went their separate ways.[10]

He then became part of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi with Steve Rossi, which resulted in a string of hit comedy albums, 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show (including the famous appearance by The Beatles on 16 February 1964,[3] during which Allen won over the Beatles fans in the audience by announcing “I’m Ringo’s mother!”),[11] and the film The Last of the Secret Agents? (1966).[12] They worked together from 1957 to 1968, parted ways amicably, and reunited for shows from the 1970s through the 1990s.[13]

In 1961 and 1962, Allen appeared on Broadway in Let It Ride! at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and then went on to perform in the pre-Broadway tour and Broadway performances of I Had a Ball in 1964.[2]

He eventually began performing dramatic roles. His debut as a serious actor came on The Big Valley television series as the hapless Waldo Diefendorfer.[14] Throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s, he made hundreds of television appearances, becoming a regular on The Hollywood Squares.[13] He appeared on Circus of the Stars, in a cameo on The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, on game shows such as Password, and in ten made-for-television movies.[12][2] He also appeared in theatrical films such as The Great Waltz (1972), Harrad Summer (1974) and A Whale of a Tale (1976).[2][12][13]

From the 1980s he and his wife, singer-songwriter Karon Kate Blackwell, teamed up to perform their musical comedy act to audiences around the country.[12] In 2007, the duo began performing at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and went on to perform at the Southpoint Casino, at Palace Station, and on cruise ships.[15] In 2015, the couple continued to perform in venues around the country to overflow crowds, at the Rampart Casino [16] and the Downtown Grand in Las Vegas.[17] In 2016, they performed at the Metropolitan Room in New York City.[18]

Charitable work[edit]

In 1968 he made a “Hello Dere” tour of military hospitals in the United States (a tour named after a catchphrase he popularized).[2] He repeated the tour annually until 1972.[13] During the tours, he talked with and entertained wounded soldiers who had just returned from Vietnam.[1] He was also involved in a number of charitable causes including the American Cancer Society, The Heart Fund, March of Dimes, Fight for Sight, Cerebral Palsy, and was on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation.[1][2]

Death[edit]

Allen died at the age of 95 on February 12, 2018 of complications from pneumonia at his home in Las Vegas. His wife and performing partner Karon Kate Blackwell was by his side.[13]

Actor (23 credits)
 2014 The Vanishing of Ethan Carter (Video Game)
Paul Prospero (voice)
 1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (TV Series)
Imperial Poogah

 1985 Benson (TV Series)
Blackjack Dealer

Solid Gold (1985) … Blackjack Dealer
 1984 Cannonball Run II (uncredited)
 1980 Murder Can Hurt You! (TV Movie)
Det. Starkos
 1979 Flying High (TV Series)
Aubrey

The Challenges (1979) … Aubrey
 1976 Monster Squad (TV Series)
Lorenzo Musica

Music Man (1976) … Lorenzo Musica
 1976 A Whale of a Tale
Louie
 1974 Harrad Summer
Bert Franklin
 1973 The Christmas Visit (TV Movie)
Toymaker
 1973 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
Football Player

Energy Crisis (1973) … Football Player
 1972 The Great Waltz
Johann Herbeck
 1972 Honeymoon Suite (TV Series)
 1971 Night Gallery (TV Series)
Edgar Allan Poe (segment “Quoth the Raven”)

Cool Air/Camera Obscura/Quoth the Raven (1971) … Edgar Allan Poe (segment “Quoth the Raven”)
 1970 Mister Jerico (TV Movie)
Wally
 1969 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Fontaine (segment “Love and the Athlete”)

Love and Mother/Love and the Dummies/Love and the Athlete/Love and the Shower (1969) … Fontaine (segment “Love and the Athlete”)
 1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Waldo Deifendorfer

The Jonah (1968) … Waldo Deifendorfer
 1966 The Last of the Secret Agents?
Marty Johnson
 1965 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series)
Marty Allen

Hello Dere (1965) … Marty Allen

Soundtrack (2 credits)
 1976 ABC’s Saturday Sneak Peek (TV Movie) (performer: “The Circus Comes to Mars”, “Tip-Toe thru’ the Tulips with Me” – uncredited)
 1964-1965 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (performer – 2 episodes)

Episode #19.1 (1965) … (performer: “We Love You” – uncredited)
Episode #17.20 (1964) … (performer: “Strike Up the Band” – uncredited)

Thanks (1 credit)
 1978 Flying High (TV Series) (special thanks – 1 episode)

The Marcy Connection (1978) … (special thanks)

Self (84 credits)
 2018 Hello Dere! (Video short)
Himself
 2017 Celebrity Page (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #2.181 (2017) … Himself
 2012 The Di Palma Forum at UNLV (TV Series)
Himself

Di Palma Forum at UNLV … Himself
 2012 Finding the Funny (Documentary)
Himself
 2004 Goodnight, We Love You (Documentary)
Himself
 1996 For Which He Stands
Himself
 1989 Fishing Funnies (Video short)
Himself
 1987 It’s Garry Shandling’s Show. (TV Series)
Himself

Force Boxman (1987) … Himself
 1985 Hour Magazine (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 11 July 1985 (1985) … Himself
 1983 Circus of the Stars #8 (TV Special documentary)
Himself – Performer
 1983 Tom Cottle: Up Close (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #1.77 (1983) … Himself
 1982 Circus of the Stars #7 (TV Special documentary)
Himself – Performer
 1982 Madame’s Place (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #1.43 (1982) … Himself
 1981 Circus of the Stars #6 (TV Special)
Himself
 1981 The Alan Thicke Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 16 March 1981 (1981) … Himself
 1981 The Palace (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 15 January 1981 (1981) … Himself
 1980 Circus of the Stars #5 (TV Special documentary)
Himself – Performer
 1968-1980 The Bob Braun Show (TV Series)
Himself – Guest Host / Himself – Comedian / Himself

Episode dated 26 September 1980 (1980) … Himself – Comedian
Episode dated 23 March 1979 (1979) … Himself – Guest Host
Episode dated 22 March 1979 (1979) … Himself – Guest Host
Episode dated 21 March 1979 (1979) … Himself – Guest Host
Episode dated 20 March 1979 (1979) … Himself – Guest Host
 1965-1980 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself – Comedian / Himself – Co-Host / Himself / …

Episode #20.14 (1980) … Himself
Episode #18.60 (1978) … Himself – Comedian
Episode #16.122 (1977) … Himself – Comedian
Episode #16.99 (1977) … Himself – Comedian
Episode #15.144 (1976) … Himself – Comedian
 1966-1980 The Hollywood Squares (TV Series)
Himself – Panelist / Himself – Center Square

Episode dated 20 June 1980 (1980) … Himself – Panelist
Episode dated 16 June 1980 (1980) … Himself – Panelist
Episode dated 18 January 1980 (1980) … Himself – Center Square
Episode dated 16 January 1980 (1980) … Himself – Center Square
Episode dated 14 January 1980 (1980) … Himself – Center Square
 1980 Steve Martin: Comedy Is Not Pretty (TV Special)
Igor
 1980 Sha Na Na (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #4.6 (1980) … Himself
 1979 Circus of the Stars #4 (TV Special documentary)
Himself – Performer
 1979 Bonkers! (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #1.2 (1979) … Himself
 1979 Circus of the Stars #3 (TV Special documentary)
Himself – Performer
 1978 The $1.98 Beauty Show (TV Series)
Himself / judge
 1977 Circus of the Stars #2 (TV Special)
Himself – Performer
 1977 Circus of the Stars (TV Special documentary)
Himself – Performer
 1976 Wonderbug (TV Series)
Himself

Lights, Camera, Wonderbug! (1976) … Himself
 1976 Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Redd Foxx (TV Special)
Himself
 1976 ABC’s Saturday Sneak Peek (TV Movie)
Himself
 1976 Dinah! (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #2.178 (1976) … Himself
Episode #2.131 (1976) … Himself
Episode #2.102 (1976) … Himself
 1976 Joys (TV Special)
Himself
 1975 The Magnificent Marble Machine (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 6 October 1975 (1975) … Himself
 1975 Celebrity Bowling (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 29 July 1975 (1975) … Himself
Show #111 (1975) … Himself
 1974-1975 Tattletales (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #2.148 (1975) … Himself (as Marty & Frenchy)
Episode #2.147 (1975) … Himself (as Marty & Frenchy)
Episode #2.146 (1975) … Himself (as Marty & Frenchy)
Episode #2.145 (1975) … Himself (as Marty & Frenchy)
Episode #2.144 (1975) … Himself (as Marty & Frenchy)
 1975 Mitzi and a Hundred Guys (TV Special)
Himself (uncredited)
 1974 The 1974 Annual Las Vegas Entertainment Awards (TV Special)
Himself – Presenter
 1966-1973 The Dean Martin Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #2.18 (1967) … Himself (as Allen & Rossi)
Episode #2.10 (1966) … Himself
 1965-1973 The Merv Griffin Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 6 September 1973 (1973) … Himself
Episode dated 23 June 1970 (1970) … Himself
Episode dated 19 June 1970 (1970) … Himself
Episode #4.142 (1967) … Himself
Episode dated 15 March 1967 (1967) … Himself
 1970-1972 The David Frost Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #4.197 (1972) … Himself
Episode #2.108 (1970) … Himself
 1971 Mooch Goes to Hollywood (TV Movie)
Himself (uncredited)
 1971 This Is Your Life (TV Series)
Himself

Earl Wilson (1971) … Himself
 1962-1971 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
Himself – Guest / Himself

Episode #10.140 (1971) … Himself
Episode #10.19 (1971) … Himself
Episode #9.14 (1970) … Himself – Guest
Episode #9.10 (1970) … Himself – Guest
Episode #8.200 (1969) … Himself
 1971 The Virginia Graham Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 14 April 1971 (1971) … Himself
 1970 Changing Scene II (TV Special)
Himself
 1961-1970 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Himself – Comedian / Himself – Audience Bow

Episode #23.26 (1970) … Himself – Comedian
Episode #21.27 (1968) … Himself – Comedian (as Allen & Rossi)
Episode #21.9 (1967) … Himself – Comedian (as Allen & Rossi)
Episode #20.5 (1966) … Himself – Comedian (as Allen & Rossi)
Episode #19.36 (1966) … Himself – Comedian (as Allen & Rossi)
 1970 He Said, She Said (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 23 March 1970 (1970) … Himself
 1969-1970 The Barbara McNair Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 1 February 1970 (1970) … Himself
Episode #1.8 (1969) … Himself
 1970 The Movie Game (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 1 February 1970 (1970) … Himself
 1969-1970 Della (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #1.160 (1970) … Himself
Episode #1.159 (1970) … Himself
Episode #1.158 (1970) … Himself
Episode #1.157 (1970) … Himself
Episode #1.156 (1970) … Himself
 1969 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 22 September 1969 (1969) … Himself
 1969 Allen Ludden’s Gallery (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #1.14 (1969) … Himself
 1969 Funny You Should Ask (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 19 May 1969 (1969) … Himself
Episode dated 24 February 1969 (1969) … Himself
 1969 The Storybook Squares (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 4 January 1969 (1969) … Himself
 1967-1968 Personality (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 2 December 1968 (1968) … Himself
Episode dated 29 January 1968 (1968) … Himself
Episode dated 3 October 1967 (1967) … Himself
Episode dated 3 July 1967 (1967) … Himself
 1968 Operation: Entertainment (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #2.7 (1968) … Himself
Episode #1.4 (1968) … Himself
 1968 George Jessel’s Here Come the Stars (TV Series)
Himself

Martha Raye (1968) … Himself
 1968 The Joan Rivers Show (TV Series)
Himself

Do You Butcher Your Meat? (1968) … Himself
 1968 The Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
Himself

The Comedy Survival Kit (1968) … Himself (as Allen & Rossi)
 1968 The Woody Woodbury Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 12 February 1968 (1968) … Himself
 1967 Dream Girl of ’67 (TV Series)
Himself – Bachelor Judge

The Dream Girl of 1967 (Show No. 265) (1967) … Himself – Bachelor Judge
The Dream Girl of 1967 (Show No. 264) (1967) … Himself – Bachelor Judge
The Dream Girl of 1967 (Show No. 263) (1967) … Himself – Bachelor Judge
The Dream Girl of 1967 (Show No. 261) (1967) … Himself – Bachelor Judge
 1967 Stars for Israel (TV Movie)
Himself
 1967 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #1.17 (1967) … Himself
 1967 Las Vegas (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 1 May 1967 (1967) … Himself (as Allen & Rossi)
 1964-1967 What’s My Line? (TV Series)
Himself – Mystery Guest

Episode #17.22 (1967) … Himself – Mystery Guest
Episode dated 31 July 1966 (1966) … Himself – Mystery Guest
Episode dated 6 September 1964 (1964) … Himself – Mystery Guest
 1964-1966 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series)
Himself – Comedian / Sketch Actor

Episode #4.11 (1966) … Himself – Comedian (as Allen and Rossi)
Episode #3.27 (1966) … Himself – Comedian / Sketch Actor
Episode #3.4 (1965) … Himself – Comedian (as Allen and Rossi)
Episode #1.12 (1964) … Himself – Comedian (as Allen and Rossi)
 1966 The Linkletter Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 29 November 1966 (1966) … Himself
 1966 Where the Action Is (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #3.47 (1966) … Himself
 1966 The Face Is Familiar (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 16 July 1966 (1966) … Himself
 1966 Today (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 22 June 1966 (1966) … Himself
 1965 The Price Is Right (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 30 August 1965 (1965) … Himself
 1965 Fanfare (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #1.10 (1965) … Himself
 1965 The Match Game (TV Series)
Himself – Team Captain

Episode #3.173 (1965) … Himself – Team Captain
Episode #3.172 (1965) … Himself – Team Captain
Episode #3.171 (1965) … Himself – Team Captain
Episode #3.170 (1965) … Himself – Team Captain
Marty Allen & Steve Rossi (1965) … Himself – Team Captain
 1964 Password All-Stars (TV Series)
Himself – Celebrity Contestant

Marty Allen vs. Steve Rossi (1964) … Himself – Celebrity Contestant
 1962-1964 The Garry Moore Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #6.29 (1964) … Himself
Episode #6.12 (1963) … Himself
Episode #5.28 (1963) … Himself
Episode #5.23 (1963) … Himself
Episode #5.18 (1963) … Himself
 1964 The New Steve Allen Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode dated 29 March 1964 (1964) … Himself
 1962-1963 Talent Scouts (TV Series)
Himself – Allen & Rossi

Episode dated 17 September 1963 (1963) … Himself – Allen & Rossi
Episode dated 13 August 1963 (1963) … Himself – Allen & Rossi
Episode dated 28 August 1962 (1962) … Himself – Allen & Rossi
 1962 The Jack Paar Tonight Show (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #5.207 (1962) … Himself
Episode #5.171 (1962) … Himself
 1962 The Tonight Show (TV Series)
Himself – Comedian

Episode #1.96 (1962) … Himself – Comedian
Episode #1.60 (1962) … Himself – Comedian
 1962 I’ve Got a Secret (TV Series)
Himself – Guest

Episode dated 23 April 1962 (1962) … Himself – Guest
 1960 Val Parnell’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #6.2 (1960) … Himself
 1959-1960 Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #12.24 (1960) … Himself
Episode #12.9 (1959) … Himself

Archive footage (3 credits)
 2008 Mike Douglas: Moments & Memories (Video)
Himself
 1999 Television: The First Fifty Years (Video documentary)
Himself
 1970 The Hollywood Palace (TV Series)
Himself

Episode #7.17 (1970) … Himself
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