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Laugh-In's Dick Martin dead at 86

by Bob Sassone, posted May 25th 2008 10:59AM

Dan Rowan, Dick MartinDick Martin was the "Martin" in the comedy duo Rowan & Martin, who hosted the incredibly popular 1960s/early '70s comedy sketch show on NBC, Laugh-In. Dan Rowan, who died in 1987, was the straight man (that's Rowan on the left in the pic).

Martin also appeared in several other TV shows over the years, including Third Rock From The Sun, The Lucy Show, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Coach, Blossom, Dave's World, Baywatch, The Nanny, Diagnosis: Murder, George & Leo, The John Larroquette Show, and Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza Place. He was also in the movies The Maltese Bibby, Carbon Copy, and The Glass Bottom Boat.

Besides acting, Martin was a director as well, helming such shows as The Bob Newhart Show, Family Ties, Archie Bunker's Place, Mama's Family, In The Heat of the Night, Newhart, and Sledge Hammer.

Martin died of respiratory complications in Santa Monica last night. He was 86.

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Mark "The Hobo" Watson

Farewell, Dick. I will miss you.


May 25 2008 at 11:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was stationed at Camp Pendleton when I first saw this show.One of our sargents had a set and the whole squad bay would huddle in his cubical to what it.The guys would forgo liberty and stay on base to watch . I shall miss him.

May 25 2008 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mark "The Hobo" Watson

Dick Martin directed a vintage episode of In the Heat of the Night online on YouTube. Watch the never-before-available-on-the-Web footage and draw the conclusion
today and tonight.


May 25 2008 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff N.

All together now. "Say good night Dick".
He was a funny man, RIP Mr. Martin.

May 25 2008 at 12:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Good night, Dick.

For the last time...unfortunately. You will be missed.

May 25 2008 at 7:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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