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Norm Crosby
American comedian

Norm Crosby

Norm Crosby
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Intro American comedian
Was Comedian Actor Film actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor
Gender male
Birth 15 September 1927, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 7 November 2020, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA (aged 93 years)
Star sign Virgo
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame 1982
The details (from wikipedia)


Norman Lawrence Crosby (September 15, 1927 – November 7, 2020) was an American comedian born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was often referred to as "The Master of Malaprop".


Crosby went solo as a stand-up comedian, adopting a friendly, Blue collar, guy-next-door persona in the 1950s. Crosby refined his standup monologues by interpolating malapropisms. He first appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in December 1964. In late-1968, he co-starred on The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, an NBC twelve-week series.

In 1974, he co-hosted a Canadian variety television series, Everything Goes. From 1974 through 1984 he was on over half a dozen Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts including one of George Burns and two separate ones of Redd Foxx. From 1978 through 1981, he hosted a nationally syndicated series, The Comedy Shop, in which a mix of up-and-coming stand-up comics and vaudeville legends presented their material.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Crosby became a commercial pitchman for Anheuser-Busch Natural Light beer. During this time, he also appeared as a celebrity guest on a number of game shows, including Celebrity Bowling, Liar's Club, Tattletales, and Hollywood Squares. From 1983 until the program's dissociation with Jerry Lewis, Crosby co-hosted and contributed to the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6560 Hollywood Boulevard.. He voice the Judge in the animated film Eight Crazy Nights (2002).

Personal life

Crosby was born to a Jewish family and was raised in Dorchester, Boston, the son of Ann (née Lansky) and John Crosby. In 1966, Crosby married Joan Crane Foley. They had two children. He became a Freemason in 1956, and served as Master of at least one lodge and participated in many charitable activities. He was a member of Ionic Composite Lodge #520 in Los Angeles, California.

On November 7, 2020, Crosby died of heart failure at his home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 93.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 09 Nov 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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