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David Brenner

David BrennerBorn: 4-Feb-1936 [1]
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA
Died: 15-Mar-2014
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Comic, Talk Show Host

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Guest on Tonight Show 158 times

Military service: US Army

Successful comedian who thrived in the 1970s and '80s. His 1976 situation comedy, Snip, was set in a beauty salon where Brenner's character worked as a hairdresser. The series was cancelled by NBC after seven episodes had been filmed but before any had aired, as the network wilted under worries about the potential public response to one of Brenner's fictional co-workers, an openly gay character.

Holds the record for most appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show: 158 times.


[1] Brenner's birth year is usually given as 1945, but a number of sources indicate 1936, though the truth is likely closer to 1936. Current Biography (1985, page 64) notes that "published sources give the year 1945, but internal evidence in those sources points in the direction of a date somewhere in the late or perhaps even middle 1930s." For years Brenner lied about his age to make his act more palatable to college students.

Father: Louis Yehuda Brenner (vaudevillian)
Mother: Estelle Anne Rosenfeld (d. 1986)
Girlfriend: Charisse Brody (cohabited 1980-83, one son)
Son: Cole Jay (b. 1982)
Wife: Elizabeth Bryan Slater (m. 19-Feb-2000, div. 2001, two sons)
Son: Slade
Son: Wyatt (b. 1998)
Wife:
Tai Babilonia (figure skater, m. 7-Mar-2011, until his death)

    University: BA Mass Communications, Temple University

    Risk Factors: Acrophobia

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    When Jews Were Funny (10-Sep-2013) · Himself
    The Aristocrats (Jan-2005) · Himself
    Worth Winning (27-Oct-1989) · Celebrity Auctioner

Official Website:
http://www.davidbrenner.net/

Author of books:
Soft Pretzels With Mustard (1983, memoir)
Revenge Is the Best Exercise (1984, jokes)
Nobody Ever Sees You Eat Tuna Fish (1986, memoir)
If God Wanted Us to Travel... (1990)


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