Bob Elliott (comedian)
Robert Brackett Elliott
March 26, 1923
|Died||February 2, 2016 (aged 92)|
Cundy Harbor, Maine, U.S.
Robert Brackett Elliott (March 26, 1923 – February 2, 2016) was an American comedian and actor, one-half of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray. He was the father of comedian/actor Chris Elliott and grandfather of actress and comedians Abby Elliott and Bridey Elliott. He is most remembered by the character of radio reporter Wally Ballou.
Life and career
Elliott was born in Winchester, Massachusetts, the son of Gail Marguarite (née Brackett), a needleworker, and Fred Russell Elliott, who worked in insurance. Bob Elliott served In the U.S. Army in Northern Europe in WWII. On radio, he appeared in programs with his long-time partner Ray Goulding. These were in different series and time slots over decades, beginning in the late 1940s at Boston's WHDH radio on the show Matinee with Bob and Ray.
On television, Elliott and Goulding hosted Bob and Ray from 1951 to 1953. He appeared on a number of other television programs, including Happy Days; Newhart; and Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda in 1979 (with Goulding, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman and Gilda Radner); The David Steinberg Show; and Saturday Night Live. In 1982, Elliott was in Author! Author! as Patrick Dicker. He would star in made-for-TV-Movie's such as Between Time and Timbuktu and FDR: A One Man Show. Elliott also made television commercials, and co-wrote some humor articles with Ray Goulding for Mad Magazine in the 1950s.
In 1990, Elliott portrayed a bank guard in Quick Change. In 1990, he portrayed "Fred Peterson" in the television series Get a Life, which starred Chris as his son. Four years later, the elder Elliott appeared in the Tim Burton production Cabin Boy, playing Chris's father again. In 2004, he appeared in a skit on the Air America radio program The O'Franken Factor. Elliott appeared on radio with Garrison Keillor in The American Radio Company of the Air.
Elliott married Jane Underwood in 1943. They divorced in 1953, having no children. Bob and Ray writer Raymond Knight died in 1953. In 1954, Elliott married Knight's widow, Lee (née Peppers). They were married for 58 years until her death in 2012. They had two sons, Chris Elliott and Bob Elliott Jr., and one daughter, Amy Andersen. They adopted Lee and Ray Knight's two children, Colony Elliott Santangelo and Shannon Elliott. They had 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In 1989, Elliott co-authored son Chris's mock autobiography, Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father.
Elliott died in Cundy's Harbor, Maine on February 2, 2016, from throat cancer at the age of 92.
|1959||Test Dive Buddies||Bob||Short film directed by Ed Graham Jr.|
|1960||Kid Gloves||Bob||Short film directed by Ed Graham Jr.|
|1971||Cold Turkey||Hugh Upson/David Chetley/Sandy Van Andy||Satirical comedy film directed by Norman Lear.|
|1980||Vengeance||Luke||Directed and written by Bob Bliss.|
|1981||B.C.: A Special Christmas||Peter (voice)||American animated short film directed by Vlad Goetzelman.|
|1982||Author! Author!||Patrick Dicker||American comedy drama film directed by Arthur Hiller and written by Israel Horovitz.|
|1984||Kidco||Policeman #2||Comedy film directed by Ronald F. Maxwell.|
|1987||The Gnomes' Great Adventure||Fred|
|1990||Quick Change||Bank Guard|
|1994||Cabin Boy||William Mayweather|
|1951–53||Bob and Ray||Co-Host||15-minute television series on NBC.|
|1972||Between Time and Timbuktu||Bud Williams, Jr.|
|1976||The David Steinberg Show||Guest||Episode: "Episode #1.1 (Pilot)"|
|1978||Saturday Night Live||Interviewer||Episode: "Elliott Gould/Peter Tosh"|
|1979||Happy Days||Gil Crawford||Episode: "Here Comes the Bride, Again"|
|1981||The Steve Allen Comedy Hour||Guest||Episode: "Episode #1.22"|
|1985||Trapper John, M.D.||Zeke Rainey||Episode: "A False Start"|
|1986||Action Family||The Vendor|
|1987||FDR: A One Man Show||Make-Up Man|
|1988||Coming of Age||Guest||Episode: "Hale to the Chief"|
|Newhart||Bill Loudon||Episode: "I Came, I Saw, I Sat"|
|1990–92||Get a Life||Fred Peterson||Contract role|
|1999||LateLine||Wally Van Horn||Episode: "The Minister of Television"|
|2008||King of the Hill||Edgar Hornsby (voice)||Episode: "Square-Footed Monster"|
- Keepnews, Peter; Severo, Richard (February 3, 2016). "Bob Elliott, of Bob and Ray Comedy Fame, Dies at 92". The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- McLellan, Dennis (February 3, 2016). "Bob Elliott, half of legendary radio-comedy team Bob and Ray, dies". The Seattle Times. Retrieved February 4, 2016 – via Los Angeles Times.
- "Fred Russell Elliott". Ancestry.com. Permira. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
- Bernstein, Adam (February 3, 2016). "Bob Elliott, master satirist of radio fame, dies at 92". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- Kreps, Daniel (February 3, 2016). "Bob Elliott, 'Bob and Ray' Comedian, Dead at 92". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
- Bennetts, Leslie (January 24, 1982). "Author! Author! Shoots in N.Y., N.Y." The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- Chase, Chris (July 2, 1982). "The author of Author! Author!". The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- Scott, Jay (June 19, 1982). "Author! Author! Just a Mish-Mash of Mush". The Globe and Mail. Archived from the original on February 4, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- Kroll, Jack (July 5, 1982). "Kingdom of Cute". Newsweek. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- Arnold, Gary (June 19, 1982). "Al Pacino on the Writer's Block". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 0-446-69334-0.
- Mad Magazine Contributors - Bob Elliott Retrieved 31 May 2020.
- Bacle, Ariana (February 3, 2016). "Comedian Bob Elliott dies at 92". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
- "Quick Change". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. July 13, 1990. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- "Raymond Knight". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- "Lee K. Elliott". The New York Times. April 29, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
- Elliott, Chris; Elliott, Bob (1989). Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father. Dell Publishing. ISBN 978-0385297301.
- Crain, Zac (November 25, 1999). "Handsome Dan, Automator Man". Miami New Times. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
Media related to Bob Elliott at Wikimedia Commons
- Bob Elliott at IMDb
- Larry Josephson's official Bob and Ray site
- Portland Monthly: Elliott family life in Maine
- New York Times article about the Elliot family
- Bob and Ray shows at the Internet Archive collection "Bob and Ray for the Truly Desperate" https://archive.org/details/bobandraytoaster
- Bob Elliott at The Interviews: An Oral History of Television
| Host of The Name's the Same
with Ray Goulding
April 11 - June 21, 1955