Comedian Charlie Callas Dies at 83

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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.
 
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