|Birth: ||Dec. 20, 1924|
Kings County (Brooklyn)
New York, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 27, 2011|
Entertainer. A popular comedian of the 1960s and 1970s, he was widely known for his rubber facial expressions, voice characterizations and trademark nervous stuttering. Born in Brooklyn, he served with the US Army during World War II, before beginning his career in entertainment, initially as a drummer with such bandleaders as Tommy Dorsey, Claude Thornhill and Buddy Rich. During the 1950s Callas began performing stand-up comedy, and backed top Las Vegas acts including Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Frank Sinatra; he later became identifiable for his appearances on "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts". TV guest spots followed on many programs including "The Monkees", "Love, American Style" and "The Love Boat"; he had a recurring part as Malcolm Argos on the series "Switch" (1975 to 1978). He frequented "The Tonight Show", but an incident with Johnny Carson in which Callas shoved the legendary TV host in an attempt to get laughs when his performance was failing led to his permanent banning of further appearances. In addition to television, he had a role in the film "The Big Mouth" (1967), lent his voice to the Disney adventure picture "Pete's Dragon" (1977), and became associated with Mel Brooks as he appeared in "Silent Movie" (1976), "High Anxiety" (1977) and "History of the World: Part I" (1981). (bio by: C.S.)
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Jan 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64783295
Loved your comedy and your work on the Dean Martin roasts. GOD BLESS you and R.I.P.|
Added: Oct. 6, 2016
Remembering you on the anniversary of your passing. May you rest in peace and may God richly bless you.|
Added: Jan. 28, 2016
Added: Jan. 27, 2016
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