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Overview (4)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died in New York City, New York, USA  (complications from diabetes)
Birth NameLeonard Lebitsky
Nicknames Fat Jack
The Mouth That Roared

Mini Bio (1)

Jack E. Leonard was an American comedian whose sarcastic insult-based humor was imitated by Don Rickles.

Born Leonard Lebitsky on April 24, 1910, Leonard made his show business bones as a nightclub comedian and became well-known to the public for his appearances on TV variety and game show after breaking through on The Jack Paar Tonight Show (1957).

In addition to his night club act and TV gigs, he made comedy records. On the night of May 9, 1973, Leonard suffered a heart attack and collapsed just after coming off-stage at a performance at the Rainbow Room at New York's Rockefeller Center. He died in hospital early the following morning after undergoing cardiac bypass surgery. He was 63 years old.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood

Spouse (2)

Gladys Esther Westling (aka Monnet Esther Alvarez) (8 January 1970 - 11 March 1973) ( his death)
Kay Emerald (acrobat; née Katherine E. Rosen) (19?? - 21 November 1967) ( her death) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (3)

Panama straw hat, with the brim snapped up all around
Spinning the Panama hat laterally atop his bald pate
His heavy pratfalls. Thud!

Trivia (4)

One of Frank Sinatra's favorite comedians, Jack double-billed occasionally with Frank Sinatra Jr..
A frequent guest on the The Ed Sullivan Show (1948).
Leonard's wife, Monnet Alvarez, was an artist and his daughter, Brenda Leonard Cowart, is an accomplished jazz pianist who has played for such Las Vegas shows as "City Lites", "Folies Bergere" and "Lido de Paris".
Bespectacled, rotund, bald-headed American nightclub and TV comic whose forte was the art of insult, often opening his act with the line, "Good evening, opponents!".

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