Marty Brill (comedian)

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Marty Brill
Marty Brill The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1971.JPG
Brill in 1971 publicity photo
Born(1932-05-06)May 6, 1932
DiedJanuary 23, 2021(2021-01-23) (aged 88)
OccupationActor, comedian, comedy writer, musician
Years active1951–2021
Spouse(s)Olina Brill

Martin S. Brill (May 6, 1932 – January 23, 2021) was an American comedian, writer, actor and musician who appeared regularly on 1960s and 1970s TV in both variety shows (The Ed Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show) and sitcoms (The New Dick Van Dyke Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show). In the late 1970s, Marty Brill did some writing in the 1970s for the "New Soupy Sales Show," also occasionally playing characters on the show, especially after Soupy's longtime sidekick (Clyde Adler) took ill during production of the series. He also was the lyricist for the short lived 1964 Broadway musical Cafe Crown.

Brill was born in Chicago, Illinois in May 1932. He also voiced King Koo Koo in the 1977 film Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure and sang one of the film's songs. He died in January 2021 at the age of 88.[1][2]

Discography[edit]

  • The Roving Balladeer
  • "Timber"[3]
  • James Blonde ("The Man From T.A.N.T.E.")[4]

He was involved with a comedy album called "The Other Family". This was a take-off on "The First Family" but about the Khrushchevs in the Kremlin.

He dubbed The Six Shooter into Japanese - mentioned on SiriusXM Radio Classics.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Angel, Angel, Down We Go Maitre D'
1977 Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure King Koo Koo Voice
1984 The Pope of Greenwich Village Mel
1985 Basic Training General Strombs
1987 Talking Walls Floyd (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aveleyman: Marty Brill
  2. ^ Writers Guild of America: In Memoriam 2021
  3. ^ Billboard – August 18, 1956 p.65 "Timber 72 Brill gives a dramatic reading to this folkish ode."
  4. ^ Marty Brill & Larry Foster – James Blonde ("The Man From T.A.N.T.E.") (Discogs)

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