American comedian and actor who starred in the classic comedies The Producers and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
He served in the army during World War II and attended the University of Miami for a short period of time.
He often began his comedy performances by emerging from a pile of red bricks on stage.
He married Rita Bachner in 1946. He had four children and one grandchild.
One of his daughters married Joey Travolta.