Comedian Chuck McCann dead at 83

Comedian Chuck McCann dead at 83
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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock (9059420a) Tim Conway, left, and Chuck McCann pose together at "Still Laugh In: A Toast to George Schlatter," at the Saban Theatre on in Beverly Hills, Calif Still Laugh In - A Toast to George Schlatter, Beverly Hills, USA

Los Angeles: Comedian Chuck McCann and children’s much-loved TV host is dead. He was 83.

McCann did a lot of voice-over work, was a fine Oliver Hardy impersonator and appeared in the 1968 “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter”.

He died on Sunday of congestive heart failure at a hospital here, publicist Edward Lozzi told The Hollywood Reporter.

Described as an entertainment jack-of-all-trades, McCann worked as a children’s show host, puppeteer, nightclub comic, movie actor, voice-over performer and celebrity impersonator.

He was a founding member, along with actor Orson Bean, of the Sons of the Desert, the international fan club dedicated to celebrating Laurel and Hardy.

“I did everything,” McCann told TVParty.com in a 2007 interview.

“I never closed doors. If you look at my career — if I had one — I never think of it as a career, I just look at it as things I love to do. I have just as much fun doing a 30-second commercial as I do making a movie,” he had said.

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