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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.

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'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' to Air Uncle Frank Tribute Show

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 2nd 2011 11:15AM
Frank PotenzaTwo weeks after the passing of Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank, security guard and frequent contributor to the comedian's late night show, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' will air a special episode dedicated to Frank Potenza.

According to ABC, the tribute show will air Tue., Sept. 6, and will feature some of Frank's comedy pieces, "notable interviews with everyone from Tom Cruise to Kermit the Frog," and an appearance by comedian Don Rickles, who will reminisce about his old friend Frank.

Potenza died Aug. 23 at 77 years old. At the time, ABC released a statement saying Uncle Frank was "beloved by his co-workers and considered an uncle to all. His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone he touched."

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Jimmy Kimmel's Uncle Frank Dies at 77

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 23rd 2011 2:25PM
Uncle FrankFrank Potenza, Jimmy Kimmel's uncle who frequently appeared on his nephew's late-night talk show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!,' died this morning at 77, according to the AP.

ABC confirmed the news in a statement, saying Uncle Frank was "beloved by his co-workers and considered an uncle to all. His kindness and humor will be missed by everyone he touched."

Potenza was a New York City cop for 20 years before becoming a security guard in Las Vegas (and personal security guard to Frank Sinatra) and Manhattan. He moved to Los Angeles when his nephew hired him for a new gig as security guard/commentator on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!.'

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