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Chuck McCann, New York comic, dead at 83

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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.”

The comedian was also revered for his voice acting in later years.

The comedian was also revered for his voice acting in later years.

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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.”

Joel Hodgson

@JoelGHodgson

RIP Chuck McCann. A lovely presence in the LA comedy scene for a long long time. Good-by Guy

Frank Conniff@FrankConniff

Chuck McCann’s TV show in NYC had an enormous influence on me when I was a kid. He was hilarious and I aspired to be like him. As an adult I was lucky enough to know him and he was the nicest guy ever. To me, Chuck McCann is the very definition of joy. RIP

Ken Levine@KenLevine

Sorry to hear of the passing of Chuck McCann. A very funny man and TV pioneer.

Laurel and Hardy@Stan_And_Ollie

Sad news has just reached us that Chuck McCann passed away today. Chuck was a great man and was loved by many fans around the world. May he RIP.