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Subject: ARCHIVE: October 3, 1994 ~It was 25 years ago today, entertainment community lost popular google-eyed stand-up comic actor Dennis Wolfberg, losing his battle to melanoma at 48, leaving behind wife and three sons. ...
Early life ...
Born on March 29, 1946 on Long Island to Frances and Sidney Wolfberg, Wolfberg was a schoolteacher before launching
a full-time comedy career in 1979. Wolfberg attended Queens College, where he received a master's degree in clinical psychology.
Comedy career …
Wolfberg began his comedy career in New York City at the Comic Strip. Although he always wanted to be a comedian,
he auditioned as a singer, playing his Martin guitar. Fortuitously, his audition piece was the Comic Strip's
owner's favorite song: "American Pie." Wolfberg appeared twice on The Tonight Show. ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgniL9Qq3UA
...In addition, he was a frequent guest on The Merv Griffin Show, The Pat Sajak Show
and The Arsenio Hall Show. He starred in his own half-hour comedy special on HBO in 1990.
...He also had a recurring role as Gooshie on NBC's Quantum Leap, and in April 1993 Entertainment Tonight aired "A Day in the Life of Dennis Wolfberg," focusing on his relentless touring schedule. Wolfberg was managed by George Shapiro of Shapiro/West Associates. He headlined at comedy clubs across the country as well as working in Las Vegas and Atlantic City on a regular basis. He was twice named America's top male comic in votes by clubgoers and owners nationwide. In 1990 he won an American Comedy Award as best male standup.
Dennis Wolfberg died of melanoma on October 3, 1994, aged 48. Though he battled cancer for at least two years, he continued to work through the end of August 1994. At the time of his death, he was negotiating a deal for his own TV show. He was survived by comedian Jeannie McBride (married September 8, 1985) and their three sons, Daniel and twins Matthew and David. Wolfberg was buried at Hillside Memorial Jewish Cemetery in L.A. suburb of Culver City, CA. ...