"Uncle" Milte a/k/a Mr. Television Dies at 93

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    From MSNBC.com

    Milton Berle dead

    Comedian was 93

    Comedian had colon cancer

    No other news at this time.
     
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    March 27, 2002

    Comedian Milton Berle Dies at 93

    By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    LOS ANGELES -- Milton Berle, the acerbic, cigar-smoking vaudevillian who eagerly embraced a new medium and became "Mr. Television" in the dawn of the video age, died Wednesday, a spokesman said. He was 93.

    Berle died at 2:45 p.m. at his home after a lengthy illness, publicist Warren Cowan said. Berle's wife, Lorna, and several family members were at his side.

    Berle had been under hospice care for the past few weeks. He had been diagnosed with colon cancer last year.

    "He was responsible for the television set in your home today," Cowan said. "He put television on the map."

    "Uncle Miltie" was the king of Tuesday nights, and store owners put up signs: "Closed tonight to watch Milton Berle." The program's popularity spurred sales of television sets and helped make the new technology a medium for the masses.

    At 8 p.m., four Texaco service attendants sang the "Texaco Star Theater" theme, and then came Berle, dressed for boffs: a caveman introduced as "the man with jokes from the Stone Age"; a man in a barrel "who had just paid his taxes."

    If the audience thought he looked funny in a dress, Berle was happy to oblige. Skits in drag became a trademark.
     
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    Yeah..I JUST saw this on Drudge! Uncle Miltie....damn..first Dudley now this.

    The last time I can recall a one/tow punch like this was 1990 with Sammy Davis Jr and Jim Hensin.
     
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    Milton is the last of the great comedians to come out of vaudeville in the 20s. I can think of, off hand, Jack Benny, George Burns, the Marx Brothers. JImmy Durante, George Jessel and Henny Youngman. They all made the transition to radio, then films (some of them) and finally television. (Only Bob Hope survives from this era.) They told jokes, did sketches and never uttered a four letter word. A time not to be repeated again. [​IMG]
     
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    Whoa. Been a rough day!

    RIP, Uncle Miltie. A true legend.
     
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    What a sad day for such funny guys. The world is much worse off without them and their humor.
     
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    Few comics of his legendary status left; we now have Bob Hope at nearly 100 as the last of the special breed of comic whose life spanned from vaudeville to DVD....
     
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    A sad day indeed!
     
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    ok i give up. who is dudley??
     
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    I honestly thought MB would outlive all of us. Any word on when his wonderfully tacky role as Good Time Eddie Filth in the '69 Anthony Newley film, "Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Hummpe And Find True Happiness?" may be released on DVD? Connie Kreski would be worth the price of admission
     
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    Nooooooooo!!
    Uncle Miltie was such an awesome person onstage and off. His ability to laugh at himself was one of his most endearing qualities. He brought so much joy and laughter into so many lives.........

    [​IMG]
     
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    Milton Berle was one of the few true legends of comedy, and he'll definitely be missed. May he rest in peace.
    First Dudley Moore and now this... what an incredibly sad day. [​IMG]
     
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    Berle was hilarious. I loved all of his comedy schticks. Vaudville guys had the best timing and delivery, IMO.

    Man, I'm going to really be bummed when Hope goes which could be soon at his age.
     
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    I remember seeing an original episode of THE MOD SQUAD where Mr. Berle did drama for a change. He was marvelous in this episode. Surprisngly, this episode is not listed on the IMDB. He may have done other dramatic works as well, but I am not sure of this. Some comedians are quite capable of doing great drama. Two examples that have done great drama "off of my head" IMO in the realm of Mr. Berle are Robin Williams and Jerry Lewis.
     
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    Gary, Mr. Berle indeed did many dramatic roles on TV shows.
     
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    Don't forget his appearance in a Ratt music video...
     
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    Ho looked good in women's clothes
     
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    Moderator's note: I've merged the two threads on Milton Berle. One was in Movies, and one was in TV. Given Uncle Miltie's pioneering role in the history of television, this seemed the right place to leave the merged thread.
    M.
     
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    A potential epitaph:

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