Gallagher – the long-haired comedian who left a trail of laughter, anger and crumbling watermelons in a career spanning decades – has died at the age of 76.
Raig Marquardo, in a statement identifying himself as Gallagher’s “longtime former manager,” said he died Friday at his home in Palm Springs, California, after a brief illness.
Gallagher has suffered multiple heart attacks over the years, including one shortly before a scheduled performance in Texas in 2012.
With a beret on his head and a few simple props, from an oil can to a bullwhip, man born Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr built a following nationwide in the 1970s and 80, appeared on Tonight with Johnny Carson and starred in many specials.
His actions include observational humor (“What about Easter? Whose idea is to give eggs to a jumping animal”), political commentary (“They don’t call taxes a tax. They do it.” call it a revenue enhancer”), sports invention (Synchronous Ping-Pong) and his signature “Sledge-O-Matic” destruction.
“Ladies and Gentlemen. I’m not here tonight just to make you laugh. I’m here to sell you something, and I want your special attention,” he would call in his fastest impersonation of a late-night television salesman.
“Who did the wonderful Master Tool Corporation, a subsidiary of Fly-By-Night Industries, entrust? I. To show you. The most beautiful and beautiful kitchen utensil you will ever see. “
In his hands with a sledgehammer, he will apply his entire muscle to apples, grapes, lettuce and other produce – most famously the inevitable watermelon, with front spectators bathing in every piece of food.
Gallagher, a native of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, started in 1960 as a road manager for comedian/musician Jim Stafford and quickly began performing on his own, honing his acting skills at the Comedy Store and other shows. other clubs.
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He’s not the only funny guy in the family: his younger brother Ron has become a comedian, received Leo’s original wishes and looks and acts more like his more famous brother. I made some audience members not sure who they came to see.
Leo Gallagher eventually secured a court order banning his brother from using his habits.
Elder Gallagher has become increasingly controversial in recent years, being punished for racist and homophobic remarks.
Gallagher even cut short a 2011 interview with Marc Maron after the WTF podcast host confronted him about his claims.
In 2003, Gallagher was among more than 100 candidates running in the California governor recall election, won by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Over the past decade, Gallagher has appeared in a Geico commercial and in the film The Book Of Daniel.
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