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Robert Klein Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Feb 8, 1942
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

A graduate of Alfred University, American actor Robert Klein spent the 1960s and 1970s amassing a respectable list of stage and film credits (he played George Segal's befuddled roomie in [[Feature~V36964~The Owl and the Pussycat~theowlandthepussycat]] [1970]), but his bread and butter turned out to be his career as a stand-up comic. First gaining national attention as host of the 1970 TV variety series Comedy Tonight, Klein went on to transcribe his comedy routines in a series of popular record albums. A "reporter" of humor, the raspy-voiced, heavily eyebrowed Klein is at his best commenting offhandedly on the absurdities of everyday life. Some of his best routines involve the dissection of such pop-culture icons as The Little Rascals, [[Feature~V34076~My Little Margie~mylittlemargie[tvseries]]], and Babe Ruth; other monologues recall such childhood experiences as civil defense drills and the first dance (complete with imitations of the [[Performer~P46407~Johnny Mathis~johnnymathis]] records heard on the PA). Klein continued taking acting jobs into the 1970s and 1980s: one of his longer engagements during this period was in the [[Performer~P111573~Neil Simon~neilsimon]] Broadway musical They're Playing Our Song. In 1991, Robert Klein found himself the unofficial spokesperson for the Comedy Central cable service, hosting the weekly series [[Feature~V12714~Dead Comics Society~deadpoetssociety]] and Stand Up Stand Up. He also appeared occasionally on the NBC drama Sisters. Klein continued to take small roles in respectable films throughout the late 1990s and 2000s; among his credits include Primary Colors (1998), Next Stop Wonderland (1998), and Ira & Abby (2006). In 2007 he appeared in the noted documentary Sputnik Mania, and continues to be active in film and television. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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