Jeff Labrecque
January 28, 2011 AT 08:21 PM EST

Image Credit: CBS/Getty ImagesCharlie Callas, a comic staple from 1960s television variety shows and a bit player in several Mel Brooks films, has died in Las Vegas, according to the New York Times. He was 86. Callas was famous for his rubbery face and the hysterical sounds he made to accompany his jokes, and he went on to voice the animated dragon in the 1977 Disney film, Pete’s Dragon. During his long career, he opened for Frank Sinatra, roasted Don Rickles, and became possibly the only person to ever upset the unflappable Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

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