Comedy Legend Jack Carter Dies
Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015 – 5:06 PM
Jack Carter, whose acclaimed work as a comedy legend spanned seven decades, died Sunday of respiratory failure in his Beverly Hills home at age 93.
Born in Brooklyn on June 24, 1922, he honed his comedic craft as a mimic appearing on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour radio show and then attended the Academy of Dramatic Art aspiring to be a dramatic actor.
After service in the Army during World War II, he appeared on Broadway in Call Me Mister and then on Milton Berle’s top rated TV show Texaco Star Theatre. For two years, he hosted a variety program Cavalcade Of Stars for three years had his own show The Jack Carter Show on NBC.
His theater credits included Mr. Wonderful, Top Banana, Guys and Dolls, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Born Yesterday, Critics Choice,The Odd Couple, A Hatful of Rain, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, and Oliver.
Throughout his career, Carter was a prominent presence on TV variety shows and musicals, making more than 50 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and guest starring on The Dean Martin Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, Laugh-In and. He was a frequent panelist on Match Game. He also guested on numerous TV series and took time off from his hectic night club entertaining to direct Lucille Ball’s CBS series Here’s Lucy.
He is survived by Roxanne, his wife of 44 years, sons: Michael Carter (Victoria) and Chase Carter; daughter Wendy Carter, and grandchildren Jake and Ava.