December 2, 2007

December 2 | Marty Feldman

July 8, 1934 - December 2, 1982: Age 48

"The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with."

Marty Feldman was a British writer and comic actor who was instantly recognizable by his bulging, out-of-synch eyes (the result of a thyroid condition). He worked closely with all the other great comedians of 20th century, including all the cast members of Monty Python, Jim Henson and the Muppets, Tim Brooke-Jones, and Mel Brooks. In 1967 he worked with John Cleese and Graham Chapman in At Last the 1948 Show, a precursor to the genius of Monty Python. In fact several famous Python sketches are lifted from the earlier show, including Four Yorkshiremen (click to view, it's worth it!).

Feldman was a heavy smoker (5-6 packs a day), and this probably contributed to his early death of a heart attack, aggravated on by shellfish food poisoning, while filming in Mexico for the movie Yellowbeard. Earlier that day he met the cartoonist Sergio Aragones, who immortalized the meeting in DC Comic Solo #11 as "I killed Marty Feldman". You can read it here.

Here's another clip to enjoy: The Randy Footballer. Spot Michael Palin and Terry Jones among the cast.

Source: Wikipedia

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