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Robert Klein

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  • Birthday: Feb 8, 1942
  • Birthplace: New York, NY
  • A graduate of Alfred University, American actor Robert Klein spent the 1960s and 1970s amassing a respectable list of stage and film credits (he played George Segal's befuddled roomie in The Owl and the Pussycat [1970]), but his bread and butter turned out to be his career as a stand-up comic. First gaining national attention as host of the 1970 TV variety series Comedy Tonight, Klein went on to transcribe his comedy routines in a series of popular record albums. A "reporter" of humor, the raspy-voiced, heavily eyebrowed Klein is at his best commenting offhandedly on the absurdities of everyday life. Some of his best routines involve the dissection of such pop-culture icons as The Little Rascals, My Little Margie, and Babe Ruth; other monologues recall such childhood experiences as civil defense drills and the first dance (complete with imitations of the Johnny Mathis records heard on the PA). Klein continued taking acting jobs into the 1970s and 1980s: one of his longer engagements during this period was in the Neil Simon Broadway musical They're Playing Our Song. In 1991, Robert Klein found himself the unofficial spokesperson for the Comedy Central cable service, hosting the weekly series Dead Comics Society and Stand Up Stand Up. He also appeared occasionally on the NBC drama Sisters. Klein continued to take small roles in respectable films throughout the late 1990s and 2000s; among his credits include Primary Colors (1998), Next Stop Wonderland (1998), and Ira & Abby (2006). In 2007 he appeared in the noted documentary Sputnik Mania, and continues to be active in film and television.

Filmography

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

24% The Mysteries of Laura
2014-2016
Leo Diamond
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
Canadian Ambassador Lester Clark
  • 2014
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Lyle Lyle Pollard
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
Guest
  • 2013
92% Royal Pains
2009-2016
  • 2013
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Dwight Stanitch
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
2010-2011
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Panelist
  • 2008
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host
  • 1978
  • 1975

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