Jack Carter really could do it all. He was a comedian, a director, an actor, a singer, a dancer and a beloved friend to TV lovers of the 1950s and 1960s.
Tragically, one of Carter’s representatives recently announced that the comedian died in his Beverly Hills home on Sunday due to respiratory failure.
He was 93-years-old.
Carter began his career performing in musical theater. He headlined in Vegas and opened for big names like Frank Sinatra, and even made it to Broadway before making the transition to film and television.
His Broadway credits include shows like Call Me Mister, Mr. Wonderful, Guys and Dolls, The Odd Couple, and many others. He even hosted the 10th annual Tony Awards (the first to be broadcasted on television) in 1956.
His television career was just as diverse. Besides being a standup comedian, Carter had his own show on NBC, The Jack Carter Show and was known for being a highly entertaining guest on other talk shows. Most notable, Carter was a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show and Hollywood Squares.
More recently, he’s made appearances on TV shows such as Monk, Desperate Housewives, New Girl, Family Guy, Parks and Recreation, and Shameless.
Carter is survived by his family, including his wife Roxanne, his three children, and his two grandchildren.
Our condolences to his family and loved ones, the entertainment industry has truly lost one of its greats.