Bob Elliott (comedian)

Robert Brackett Elliott (born March 26, 1923) is an American comedian, formerly one-half of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray. Elliott was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the father of comedian/actor Chris Elliott.

Elliott hosted "The Bob and Ray" show from 1951 to 1953. The show starred Elliott and his long-time sidekick Ray Goulding. Elliott appeared on a number of other television programs, including "Happy Days"; "Newhart"; and "Bob & Ray, Jane, Laraine & Gilda" in 1979 (with Goulding, Jane Curtin, Laraine Newman, and Gilda Radner). He also appeared on radio with Garrison Keillor in "The American Radio Company of the Air".

In 1989, Elliott co-authored his son's mock-autobiography, "Daddy's Boy: A Son's Shocking Account of Life with a Famous Father". The junior Elliott satirized celebrity tell-all biographies by writing completely fictional and highly-sensationalized tales of his childhood as the son of a famous comedian. The conceit of the book is that the publisher's attorneys had insisted that Chris allow his father to write every other chapter of the book, so that Bob could rebut any "factual errors" Chris might have made in the preceding chapter. In his first "rebuttal" chapter, Bob professes not to have understood anything Chris wrote; he proceeds to use this and all subsequent chapters to talk about the summer he's having at his vacation cottage in Maine instead, employing the familiar Bob and Ray style of dry wit.

In 1990, Elliott portrayed Fred Peterson in the television series "Get a Life", which starred his real-life son Chris Elliott as his son in the show.

In 1994, Elliott appeared in the Tim Burton–produced film "Cabin Boy", where he played his real-life son's father once again.

In 2004, he appeared in a skit on the Air America radio program "The O'Franken Factor". He revived his classic character of field reporter Wally Ballou, interviewing international air travelers delayed at Heathrow Airport by post-9/11 security measures.

After the death of "Bob and Ray" writer Raymond Knight in 1953, Bob Elliott married his widow.

External links

*imdb name|id=0254387|name=Bob Elliott
* [ Larry Josephson's official "Bob and Ray" site]

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