Jack Carter, a pioneering comic, died of respiratory failure in his Beverly Hills, Calif. home on Sunday, according to the Associated Press. He was 93 years old.
He first popped in the mainstream after appearing on Texaco Star Theatre, Milton Berle’s variety show. Carter then hosted The Jackie Gleason Show precursor Cavalcade of Stars for a year before landing his own program: The Jack Carter Show. He regularly appeared on The Hollywood Squares and The Ed Sullivan Show later in his career. More recently, Carter had guest turns on New Girl, Shameless, Parks and Recreation, and Rules of Engagement.
TV aside, Carter was also a theater mainstay, making his Broadway debut in 1946 as a replacement in the musical revue Call Me Mister. In 1956, Carter first appeared in a leading role opposite Sammy Davis Jr. in Mr. Wonderful, and soon thereafter hosted the 10th annual Tony Awards, for the show’s first televised ceremony. Carter’s other stage credits include Guys and Dolls, Top Banana, The Odd Couple, Oliver!, Little Me, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.
As for the silver screen, Carter acted in films such as Mel Brooks’ History of the World: Part I, Viva Las Vegas, The Octagon, and many more.
Carter is survived by his wife Roxanne, sons Michael and Chase, daughter Wendy, and two grandchildren Jake and Ava.
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