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Foster Brooks
Birth: May 11, 1912
Louisville
Kentucky
Death: Dec. 20, 2001
Encino
California

Actor, Comedian. He was most famous for his ongoing portrayal of a drunken man in Las Vegas nightclub performances and television programs. Brooks' career started in radio, most notable with station WHAS (AM) in his hometown of Louisville. Brooks was a staff announcer, but his deep baritone voice was well-suited for singing as well. Brooks gained some measure of fame for his reporting of the great Ohio River flood of 1937, where he was featured on emergency broadcasts by WHAS and also WSM (AM) out of Nashville, Tennessee. In 1952. Singer Perry Como discovered Brooks in 1969, giving the comedian his major break. Como chose Brooks to open for him, and when a manager balked at the newcomer, Como threatened to refuse to perform. The manager acquiesced, and Brooks was an instant hit. Brooks regularly appeared on The Dean Martin Show (Celebrity Roast) television program in the 1970s, as well as many situation comedies, talk shows, and a few films. As his "Lovable Lush" character, Brooks usually portrayed a conventioneer who had a few too many drinks not completely falling-down drunk, but inebriated enough that he would mix up his words to comedic delight. Brooks drew upon his own battles with alcohol for his act, but the irony was that during his period of greatest fame, Brooks eschewed alcohol almost entirely. He gave up drinking to win a bet in 1964. "Fellow made me a $10 bet I couldn't quit, and I haven't had a drink since. At the time I needed the $10," Brooks said. For many years, Brooks' name was a moniker on a Louisville celebrity golf tournament benefiting Kosair Charities. (bio by: Steve Edquist ~In Memory Of Aaron & Scrappy~) 

Cause of death: Heart Failure
 
Burial:
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Jim Tipton
Record added: Apr 28, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6377201
Foster Brooks
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You are the most funniest and clean talking Comedian I have listen too. I always enjoyed seeing you on the Dean Martin Roast, Dean Martin show and the Johnny Carson tonight show. I watch those shows over and over again and still find you enjoyable to wa...(Read more)
- Dominick Sacerino
 Added: Jan. 15, 2016
Looks like the reruns of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson have found you new fans! Very funny act, and nice personality. Hope you are looking down and enjoying.
- iWontForgetYou
 Added: Jan. 3, 2016
I'm watching you RIGHT NOW Foster, on a January 1st, 1975 repeat of 'THE TONIGHT SHOW with Johnny Carson'You're soooo funny and great.R.I.P. in Heaven FOSTER BROOKS ...!!!!
- eric alver
 Added: Jan. 2, 2016
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