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Legendary 'Bob & Ray' Comedian Bob Elliot Dies at Age 92


The New York Times reports that Robert Brackett "Bob" Elliott, formerly one-half of the famed comedy duo of Bob and Ray, passed away yesterday at the age of 92 at his home in Cundy's Harbor, ME. He is the father of comedian/actor Chris Elliott and the grandfather of Abby Elliott.

On radio, Elliot appeared in programs with his long-time partner Ray Goulding. On television, Elliott and Goulding hosted The Bob and Ray show from 1951 to 1953. Elliott 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). He appeared on radio with Garrison Keillor in The American Radio Company of the Air.

In 1989, Elliott co-authored his son's mock autobiography, Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father. In 1990, Elliott portrayed "Fred Peterson" in the television series Get a Life, which starred his real-life son Chris Elliott as his son in the show. Four years later, the elder Elliott appeared in the Tim Burton-produced film Cabin Boy, where he played his real-life son's father once again. In 2004, he appeared in a skit on the Air America radio program The O'Franken Factor.

Watch a 1980's Bob and Ray appearance on NBC's 'DAVID LETTERMAN':

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