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Subject: Archive: Buddy Lester, Oct. 4, 2002


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Date Posted: Thursday, October 04, 04:55:10pm

Comedian Buddy Lester, who appeared in the Rat Pack movie " Ocean ' s 11 " and Jerry Lewis ' " The Nutty Professor, " has died at 86, according to his family.

Mr. Lester died of cancer Friday at a Los Angeles nursing home, said his son, Paul.

The Chicago-born stand-up comedian served in the Navy during World War II before finding work in television, movies, radio and on stage.

He eventually became Frank Sinatra ' s opening act in Las Vegas and appeared with the Rat Pack Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford in the 1960s films " Ocean ' s 11 " and " Sergeants 3. "

He also made numerous appearances alongside Lewis in such films as " The Patsy " (1964), " The Big Mouth " (1967), " Hardly Working " (1980) and " Cracking Up " (1983).

Among Mr. Lester ' s television credits was a recurring role on " The New Phil Silvers Show " in 1963. He also played Coley on the 1970s crime show " Starsky and Hutch " and mimicked Al Capone in the 1973 TV movie comedy " Poor Devil. "

Mr. Lester is survived by his son, a daughter, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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