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Seinfeld actor dies: ‘Telling jokes up until the end’


Pat Cooper, a stand-up comedian well known for his appearances on Seinfeld, the movie Analyse This, and shock jock Howard Stern’s radio show, has died aged 93.

Cooper’s wife, Emily Conner, confirmed his death in a statement on Wednesday, according to The New York Times.

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The comic reportedly died at his Las Vegas home. A cause of death has not yet been released.

Steve Garrin, who produced and wrote with Cooper, also confirmed his death, writing on Facebook, “I’m heartbroken to hear the sad news of the passing of my great friend, Pat Cooper.”

Garrin told Entertainment Weekly Cooper was “telling jokes up until the end” and had “a lot of health problems”.

Jerry Seinfeld (L) and Pat Cooper attend the ‘Cop Show’ New York Premiere Party at Caroline’s On Broadway on February 23, 2015 in New York City. Credit: Getty

Cooper’s career began in the 1950s at small clubs on the East Coast, The Times reported.

He later served as the opening act for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Jerry Lewis, and appeared on multiple TV shows, including those hosted by Dean Martin and Merv Griffin.

In the late 1990s, Cooper appeared as himself on Seinfeld in an episode where he berated Jerry Seinfeld for losing a jacket and asked George Constanza: “Are you allowed to be here? Are you showbusiness?”

Cooper’s other acting jobs included roles in Analyse This, Analyze That, and the TV show L.A. Law.

He also featured alongside a host of other comedians in the notorious movie The Aristocrats, about the world’s dirtiest joke.

Pat Cooper on Seinfeld. Credit: YouTube

Cooper continued performing at clubs, casinos and the iconic Manhattan Friars Club until he retired in 2012.

Two years earlier, he published an autobiography called How Dare You Say How Dare Me!

He was nicknamed “Comedian of Outrage” for his no-holds-barred approach to comedy.

Frankie Vaughan, Liza Minnelli and Pat Cooper (at far right) perform on the This Is Tom Jones TV show in 1970 in Los Angeles, California Credit: Donaldson Collection/Getty Images

“I am a semi-name,” he told the New York Observer in 1999.

“I am not a Rodney Dangerfield.

“I am not a Bob Hope.

“I’m a consistent performer. I’m packing rooms.

“But I’m happier than Rodney will ever be.”

Pat Cooper has died aged 93. Credit: Anna Webber/WireImage

Rodney Dangerfiled died in 2004 from complications after heart surgery, aged 82.

Cooper is survived by his wife, his three sisters, his three children and five grandchildren, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tributes began pouring in for the actor and comedian on Friday.

“I don’t have enough words to say about #PatCooper,” wrote friend and fellow comedian Tammy Pescatelli.

“When I was a little girl, he was my idol.

“When I became a comedian he became my friend, and when he became my friend he became family.

“There was nothing that man wouldn’t do for you if he loved you, and I was lucky.”

A tweet about Pat Cooper from Tammy Pescatelli. Credit: Twitter/Tammy Pescatelli

“RIP #PatCooper, one of the last pioneers of old B&W television stand-ups,” one fan wrote.

“Comedy world lost a legend in #PatCooper,” wrote another.

“Do yourself a favour and look up any videos you can find of Friar’s Club roasts where Pat would crush a whole room under his thumb.”

“Very sad to hear we lost #PatCooper,” said a third.

“I met him for the 1st time in 2010, while working on The Friars Club Comedy Film Festival.

“He had us all in stitches.”

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