Posted on: December 31, 2023, 02:00h.
Last updated on: December 31, 2023, 02:02h.
Legendary Las Vegas comic Shecky Greene died at his Las Vegas home on New Year’s Eve at age 97. His wife, Marie Musso Greene, revealed that the cause of death was natural. Shecky Greene, renowned for his comedy acts alongside Don Rickles and Buddy Hackett, ruled the comic scene on the Las Vegas Strip from the 1950s through the 1970s.
One of Greene’s drunken feats included crashing his Oldsmobile into the Caesars Palace fountains in 1968. This tale, among many others, became part of his act and added to his humor.
Before becoming a comedy legend in Las Vegas, Shecky Greene, originally known as Fred Sheldon Greenfield, performed in small clubs around the Midwest. His journey to stardom and his prowess on stage made him a household name in Sin City.
His innovative performance at the Riviera lounge and then at the Tropicana set the stage for future lounge acts in Las Vegas. Greene inspired, amused, and entertained people from all walks of life, ultimately demonstrating his legendary status.
His interaction with Frank Sinatra isn’t one to forget. Despite their differences, it culminated in a quite unforgettable experience.
“Frank Sinatra saved my life,” Green told crowds. “Five guys were beating me up and Frank said, ‘Okay, he’s had enough!’”