Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Steve Rossi | Half of comic team, 82

Steve Rossi, 82, one half of the prolific comedy duo Allen & Rossi, which became a favorite of The Ed Sullivan Show and other TV variety shows, died Sunday.

His friend of 40 years, Michael Flores, said that he visited the pal in hospice care in Las Vegas on Friday, and he was weak from cancer of the esophagus, which had spread, but wasn't in any pain.

"I met every major entertainer in the country through Stevie, and I'm going to miss him," said Flores, who was manager of the Silver Nugget casino when Mr. Rossi was producing burlesque shows at another property, meeting through a hotel owner.

The duo appeared regularly on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show. They also toured comedy clubs nationwide and headlined shows at major Las Vegas casinos in the 1960s until they split up in 1968, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

They famously appeared on Ed Sullivan's show multiple times with the Beatles. "Everyone remembers those shows with the Beatles, and they were great, but we appeared on all the shows," Marty Allen told the Sun. "There wasn't a talk show on TV that didn't want Allen & Rossi."

"He had a fabulous life," Flores said. "He was America's guest." - AP

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