TV's McMahon, Barry Said to be Ailing
Professional sidekick Ed McMahon is seriously ill, which is sad news for those who recall the dependable TV personality in his heyday. He was mostly known for his longtime professional relationship with Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show."
In one interview he gave Entertainment Weekly, McMahon recalled the pleasure of working with a comedian of Carson's fearless wit. As the magazine reported, Frank Sinatra once walked into the New York bar Jilly's in a foul mood after midnight and no one dared approach the notoriously rough-edged singer.
"No one except Carson, who barked, 'Goddamn it, Frank! I said 11:30!' "
Obit gossip sites also report the fragile condition of actor Gene Barry, a longtime presence on TV, film and Broadway. Usually cast in dapper TV roles -- "Bat Masterson," "Burke's Law" -- he finally broke through what he called his stereotyped persona when he played to much acclaim Georges in the 1983 B'way staging of "La Cage aux Folles." A longtime Democrat, he also played Richard Nixon in a musical about Watergate.
[As a follow up to some of the comments posted: The "Post" in Post Mortem refers to The Washington Post -- it's not meant to imply premature burial.
Post Mortem is a discussion about what's news for those who care about obituaries. McMahon's publicists are alerting a lot of reporters about his condition, so it's hardly in bad taste.]
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