USA Today reports that Shelley Berman died in his home in Bell Canyon, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.
Alzheimer's disease was cited as the cause of death.
Shelley Berman, one of the biggest comedians in America in the 1950s and 1960s, has died at the age of 92. He performed with the Compass Players in Chicago, a forerunner of the famous Second City Theater. Berman first got the idea that comedy could be more than a string of one-liners in 1957 watching satirist Mort Sahl at the Chicago club Mister Kelly's. His 1959 comedy album, Inside Shelley Berman, became the first comedy album to receive gold status and the first non-musical album to win a Grammy.
He would eventually record six albums for Verve Records, including Outside Shelley Berman and The Edge of Shelley Berman, both of which also went gold. In 2008, he was nominated for an Emmy for the role. He also made several appearances on TV shows like, "Boston Legal", "The Blues Brothers Animated Series", "L.A. Law" and countless others - including a came on "Hannah Montana". I was not, in the strict sense of the word, a comedian.
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"I had dreams of being an actor", he said in a 1960 interview.
In addition to The Best Man, Berman appeared in such films as Divorce American Style (1967) opposite Dick Van Dyke and Debbie Reynolds; Every Home Should Have One (1970) with Marty Feldman; Teen Witch (1989); The Last Producer (2000); Meet the Fockers (2004); The Aristocrats (2005); The Holiday (2006); and, as Adam Sandler's father, in You Don't Mess With the Zohan (2008). I will have more to say in this group in the days ahead, but Sarah (who I just spoke to) wanted me to let all of Shelley's Facebook fans know about Shelley's passing. In the introduction to his 2013 book of poetry, To Laughter With Questions, Berman writes, "I have always written". That year he issued his first album, "Inside Shelley Berman".
Berman is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sarah - whom he met while studying acting at the Goodman Theatre - as well as his adopted daughter, Rachel Berman, and two grandsons.
His son Joshua, months shy of his 13th birthday, died in the mid-1970s from brain cancer.