Las Vegas mourns death of comedian Marty Allen

Feb 13, 2018 10:27 AM

Las Vegas lost one of its last links to its storied entertainment heyday of the 1960’s and 1970’s Monday with the death of beloved comedian Marty Allen.

He was 95.

Allen's spokeswoman Candi Cazau confirmed his death to the Associated Press. Allen succumbed to complications from pneumonia in Las Vegas with his wife of 34 years and longtime performing partner, Karon Kate Blackwell, at his bedside.

Known for his greeting and catchphrase "Hello Dere," Allen shared the stage with The Beatles, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne, Elvis Presley and numerous other entertainment greats of the era. He last performed in Las Vegas less than a year ago at the South Point and Rampart to celebrate his 95 birthday, March 23.

Allen, a Pittsburgh native, served heroically in Italy in the Army Air Corps in World War II earning a medal for valor, later finding success as part of the Allen & Rossi comedy duo with late partner Steve Rossi. Rossi died in 2014.

They were favorites on "The Ed Sullivan Show" appearing nearly four dozen times before breaking up in 1968.

Allen, in a Gaming Today interview shortly after his South Point birthday show, explained he never had to work “dirty” as so many comics do today. Allen’s comedy bits as a boxer, golfer and football player, among many others, are regarded as classics. Allen summed up his success saying, “I always just tried to do my job and get off.”

Funeral arrangements are pending.

To read the Gaming Today story on Marty Allen from April 2017, click on this link.