Jimmy Kimmel Gives Emotional Tribute to His Late Uncle Frank (VIDEO)
by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 7th 2011 10:00AM
Jimmy Kimmel's late Uncle Frank Potenza may be gone, but he's certainly not forgotten. Last night on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' Kimmel gave an emotional, tearful tribute to his uncle, who passed away August 23 at the age of 77.
Potenza, known on the show simply as Uncle Frank, was a constant presence on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' where he worked as a security guard, commentator and occasional red carpet interviewer. He was a willing, good-natured participant in the show's comedy bits and was always smiling, even when he was the butt of a joke.
Kimmel fought through tears -- and cracked a few jokes -- during a monologue that eulogized his beloved uncle. He remembered his Uncle Frank as a New York City cop of 20 years who only made six arrests, a man who would always show up 12 hours early for anything, had been a personal bodyguard for Frank Sinatra and moved their family to Las Vegas when Kimmel was a kid.
He thanked the audience for "letting me put my crazy Uncle on television" before airing a montage, set to Sinatra's 'My Way,' that featured some of Uncle Frank's most memorable moments on the show. Check out the video tribute to Uncle Frank after the jump.
- Jimmy Kimmel and Uncle Frank
- Uncle Frank and parking lot security guard Guillermo Rodriguez
- Uncle Frank with the group.
- Uncle Frank and Jimmy share a laugh.
- Uncle Frank waves hello on the set of 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'
- Uncle Frank and Guillermo dressed in British Royal Guards uniforms for a bit.
- Guillermo dressed as Uncle Frank.
- Uncle Frank and Guillermo set up 'Uncle Frank's Showbiz Souvenir Shop' in Times Square.