September 01, 2011 3:59pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Sets Uncle Frank Tribute Show
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live will pay tribute to the late Uncle Frank Potenza with a special tribute show set for Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Kimmel’s uncle, a security guard on the late-night series, served as comic relief on the show for nine years before his death last month. He was 77.
The tribute episode will highlight Uncle Frank’s comedy pieces, interviews with personalities ranging from Tom Cruise to Kermit the Frog, and feature a visit from his friend and comedian, Don Rickles.
Potenza was a veteran of the Korean War and served as a New York City police officer for 20 years and private security guard in Las Vegas for 10 years. He joined Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2003.
"During his nine year run on-air, 'Uncle Frank' contributed many great moments to Jimmy Kimmel Live. He was beloved by his co-workers and considered an Uncle to all,” the show told THR at the time of his passing.
Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at midnight.