Legendary Comic/Actor Jackie Mason, Dead At 93

Legendary comic/actor Jackie Mason has died at 93. The Borscht Belt icon passed away at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City on Saturday, surrounded by his wife Jyll Rosenfeld and some friends.

Mason was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, but grew up in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He was ordained as a Rabbi, but gave that up to become a comedian – and a highly successful one at that, although a little controversial because of how outspoken he was about his Jewish heritage.

Mason had an Emmy-winning recurring role in “The Simpsons” as Krusty the Clown’s dad Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky. He also made several appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in the 1960s, and made his Broadway debut in 1969 with the play “A Teaspoon Every Four Hours.” In 1987, he got a special Tony Award – one of many – for his hit solo effort “Jackie Mason’s The World According to Me!,” which ran for 573 performances.

Source: New York Post