Chuck McCann, the comedian and WPIX children’s show host, died Sunday in Los Angeles.
He was 83.
The Brooklyn-born comic began his career on “The Puppet Hotel,” a Saturday morning show in Newark, in 1959 before moving to WPIX in 1963 to host the daily “Chuck McCann Show.”
By the end of the decade, McCann was performing regularly on “The Garry Moore Show” and had appeared in the movie “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” but his career moved west to Los Angeles where he became a frequent guest on shows like “The Bob Newhart Show,” “Columbo” and “Little House on the Prairie.”
He also lent his voice to projects including “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh,” “Animaniacs,” “DuckTales” and “The Powerpuff Girls.”
The comic was also a longtime friend of Hugh Hefner and frequented the Playboy Mansion in the ‘80s.
One of McCann’s last projects was a comedy podcast with documentarian Kevin Sean Michaels called “Trump: The Last Family.”
“He was our generation’s God of Comedy,” publicist Edward Lozzi, who called himself McCann’s best friend, said in a statement to the Daily News.
“His connections to stars and showbiz range from working with his heroes Oliver & Hardy, Mae West and Cary Grant, to contemporary icons like Hugh Hefner, Howard Stern, George Schlatter, Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Stan Lee and Jerry Lewis…he knew everyone.”