Comedy legend Steve Rossi dies at 82
In this photo provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, Steve Rossi is shown with his on-again-off-again comedic partner Marty Allen backstage at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas on February 16, 1966 Image by Glenn Pinkerton
Legendary comedic performer Steve Rossi died from cancer on Sunday. He was 82.
He was half of the legendary comedy team of Allen & Rossi that formed in 1957. The duo made many appearances together, including "The Ed Sullivan Show."
The family says he was surrounded by family and friends in his final days. They say they are grateful for the services of Infinity Hospice which did so much for them in the days leading to his death. They are currently preparing funeral arrangements for Rossi.
Rossi was a resident of Las Vegas. He got his big break in that city when, at the suggestion of Nat King Cole, he teamed up with the bug-eyed Allen in the late 1950s.
Allen and Rossi were known for their verbal comedy, and their routines often took the form of interviews.
The two starred in a 1966 movie titled "The Last of the Secret Agents." The movie flopped and the pair split up, amicably, in 1968.
Rossi teamed up briefly with veteran comedian Joe E. Ross, best known for his co-starring role on "Car 54, Where Are You?"
Rossi then worked with comedian Bernie Allen before reuniting with Marty Allen in 1980s. They worked off and on together until 1994.
Rossi was also a frequent guest on Howard Stern's radio show.
He is survived by his wife, a son and daughter, and two grandchildren.