Comedian Charlie Callas Dies at 83
The 1960s TV variety show regular who worked on television, in films and on stage for five decades passed away Thursday in Las Vegas.
Charlie Callas, a rubber-faced stand-up comedian and Mel Brooks regular who worked on television, in films and on stage for five decades, died Thursday in a Las Vegas hospice. He was 83.
Callas was a regular on TV variety shows in the 1960s, toured with Frank Sinatra and Tom Jones and was a favorite on the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, making more than 50 appearances.
A native of Brooklyn, the reed-thin Callas had bit roles in Brooks’ films Silent Movie (1976), High Anxiety (1977, as a cocker spaniel), History of the World: Part I (1981) and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995). He landed a part opposite Jerry Lewis in The Big Mouth (1967) after meeting the comic actor on a talk show and was the voice of Elliot in Disney's Pete's Dragon (1977)
Callas also was known for his role as a restaurant owner and master of disguises on Switch, a 1975-78 CBS series that starred Robert Wagner and Eddie Albert.
Other credits include such TV shows as The Munsters; The Monkees; Love, American Style; Cagey & Lacey; The Dom DeLuise Show and two Larry the Cable Guy specials.
Survivors include a son, Mark.