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Born: February 8, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, comedian, writer, singer, songwriter

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One of the most influential stand-up comedians to emerge from the 1970s, Robert Klein easily ranked in that decade's pantheon of comedy legends, alongside the likes of such funnymen as George Carlin and Richard Pryor. Neither bitter nor cynical, Klein made his mark on stand-up comedy with his wry, observational style. Twenty-five years after Klein debuted his hilarious take on his generation's cultural touchstones with the comedy album Child of the Fifties, echoes of Klein could be heard in the routines of many top comics of the day, most notably Jerry Seinfeld. Klein was also a Yale-trained actor who earned acclaim for his work on Broadway in musicals like "They're Playing Our Song," in addition to appearances in such films as "The Bell Jar" (1979) and as a frequent guest on TV sitcoms like "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96). One of the most pioneering and prolific stand-up comics of his generation or any other, Klein enjoyed a resurgence in popularity with the special "The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back" (HBO, 2005) - his eighth for the cable network - and followed it up with a well-received memoir of the same name in 2006. A consistent comedic presence for more than four...

One of the most influential stand-up comedians to emerge from the 1970s, Robert Klein easily ranked in that decade's pantheon of comedy legends, alongside the likes of such funnymen as George Carlin and Richard Pryor. Neither bitter nor cynical, Klein made his mark on stand-up comedy with his wry, observational style. Twenty-five years after Klein debuted his hilarious take on his generation's cultural touchstones with the comedy album Child of the Fifties, echoes of Klein could be heard in the routines of many top comics of the day, most notably Jerry Seinfeld. Klein was also a Yale-trained actor who earned acclaim for his work on Broadway in musicals like "They're Playing Our Song," in addition to appearances in such films as "The Bell Jar" (1979) and as a frequent guest on TV sitcoms like "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96). One of the most pioneering and prolific stand-up comics of his generation or any other, Klein enjoyed a resurgence in popularity with the special "The Amorous Busboy of Decatur Avenue: A Child of the Fifties Looks Back" (HBO, 2005) - his eighth for the cable network - and followed it up with a well-received memoir of the same name in 2006. A consistent comedic presence for more than four decades, Klein's significant contributions to comedy could not be overstated.

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 Reign Over Me (2007)
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 Ira & Abby (2006)
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 People I Know (2003) Dr Sandy Napier
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 How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) Phillip Warren
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 Two Weeks Notice (2002) Larry Kelson
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 Comedian (2002)
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1965:
Became a member of the famous Chicago "Second City" troupe
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Returned to New York as a seasoned member of "Second City" where he was discovered by producer Mike Nichols
1966:
Broadway musical debut, "Apple Tree"
1968:
Cast in the Broadway shows, "Morning, Noon and Night" and "New Faces of 1968"
1970:
Hosted "Comedy Tonight," the CBS summer replacement for Glen Campbell¿s show
1970:
Played George Segal's swinging roommate in "The Owl and the Pussycat," also starring Barbra Streisand
1973:
Released first album, "Child of the Fifties"; earned a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album of the Year
1973:
Performed first sold-out concert, "The First Annual Robert Klein Reunion," at Carnegie Hall
1975:
First comedian to appear in a live concert on the precedent setting Home Box Office (HBO) "On Location" series
1979:
Earned a Tony award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in "They're Playing Our Song"
1979:
Appeared opposite Julie Harris in an adaptation of Plath's autobiographical novel, "The Bell Jar"
1982:
Performed "Robert Klein at Yale" on HBO
1984:
Starred in the HBO teleplays, "Table Settings" and the classic French Farce "Pajama Tops"
1984:
Appeared in weekly segments for NBC¿s "Bloopers and Practical Jokes" exploring the streets of New York
1986:
Hosted "Robert Klein Time" (USA), a weekly talk/variety/comedy show
1991:
Hosted the highly acclaimed "Arts and Entertainment Review" (A&E)
1992:
Hosted "E! Stand-Up Sit-Down Comedy," on E! Entertainment Television
1993:
Starred in Wendy Wasserstein¿s "The Sisters Rosensweig" with Madeline Kahn and Jane Alexander
1993:
Had a recurring role on NBC¿s "Sisters" as `Big Al¿ Barker, a love interest for Swoosie Kurtz¿s character
1994:
Cast as Mr. Lobel, the neighborhood dogwalker in the ensemble film, "Mixed Nuts"
1998:
Co-starred with John Travolta and Emma Thompson in the Mike Nichols directed "Primary Colors"
2001:
Co-starred with Glen Close in the indie feature, "Safety of Objects"
2003:
Played Matthew McConaughey¿s boss in the comedy, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"
2007:
Appeared opposite Adam Sandler in the Mike Binder directed "Reign Over Me"
2007:
Cast in "Ira and Abby" a comedy feature co-starring, written and produced by Jennifer Westfeldt
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Education

DeWitt Clinton High School: Bronx , New York -
Alfred University: Alfred , New York -
Alfred University: Alfred , New York -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

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wife:
Brenda Boozler. Opera singer. Married in April 1973; divorced.

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son:
Alexander Stuart Klein. Mother, Brenda Boozler.

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