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    (May 5, 1937-January 21, 2001)
    Born in Brooklyn, New York
    Birth name was Sanford Beresofsky
    Recorded the albums 'The Race! Race!' (1964) and 'God Save the Queens' (1972)
    Cast member of 'That Was The Week That Was' (1964-65)
    Portrayed Jack Klompus on 'Seinfeld'
    Appeared in the films 'Targets' (1968), 'If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium' (1969), 'The Out of Towners' (1970), 'Straight Time' (1978), 'Birdy' (1984), 'Broadway Danny Rose' (1984), 'Sid and Nancy' (1986), 'The Grifters' (1990), 'Leprechaun 2' (1994) and 'The Hi-Lo Country' (1998)
    Appeared on Broadway in 'Tchin Tchin' (1962), 'Arturo Ui' (1963), 'Generation' (1965) and 'Lenny' (1971)
    He claimed to have been the leader of a street gang when he was 17.
    After deciding to become a comedian, 'I immediately changed my name, my clothes and my nose.'
    He hosted the pilot for The Hollywood Squares, but was replaced by Peter Marshall when it was picked up as a series.
    He was married and divorced three times.
    Despite being straight, he recorded a gay-themed comedy album, 'God Save the Queens.'
    He was also a songwriter, with his biggest success being the Lou Rawls hit 'A Natural Man.'
    He got good reviews for his portrayals of Lenny Bruce on stage.
    He was one of several Borscht Belt veterans who appeared in the opening of Woody Allen's 'Broadway Danny Rose' and also narrated the film.
    'The Advocate' called 'God Save the Queens' 'an earnest, if now dated, attempt to break down some of the stereotypes' about homosexuality.

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