David Brenner has passed away. The American comedian, actor and author did at the age of seventy eight. Known for his wide grin. the Tonight Show favorite, whose way of comedy became a staple for other stand-ups,lost is fight to Cancer on Saturday peacefully at his New York City home. His family was by his side, this is according to his friend and publicist Jeff Abraham. He had been one of the most frequent visitors to Johnny Carson’s Tonight in the 1970s and ’80s. He also had appearances on other talk shows and game shows. Brenner said,
“You don’t change the world by doing documentaries,”
In 1971 his career took off,from being almost broke to making ten thousand dollars a day.
“I never thought this was going to turn my life upside down and give me my whole future,” he told Sunday Morning.
He also tried acting in the 1976 sitcom Snip and the talk show Nightlife he hosted in 1987, and saw Jay Leno follow Carson as Tonight host. In a 1995 interview with the AP, Brenner imagined a different path with Tonight.
“I really believe that had … Johnny Carson retired in the early ’80s, then I would be sitting behind that desk,” he said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt.”
In 2000 during an interview with The Associated Press, was that he put family before stardom. He explained because of a long custody battle over his son, Cole, forced him cut down on his TV appearances.
“In a nutshell, I couldn’t work more than 50 nights a year [out of town] or I’d be an absentee father,” he said. “That was when they were giving out the talk shows, the sitcom.”
He was asked if he regretted his decision.
“I didn’t even make a decision. I didn’t even think about it. How could you not do it? I don’t mean to sound noble,” Brenner said. “Besides, I come from the slums of Philadelphia and everything in my life is profit. My downside is what most people would strive a lifetime to get to.”
He lived in Aspen, Colorado and wrote five books, including the post-9/11 I Think There’s a Terrorist in My Soup published in 2003. His last HBO special, David Brenner: Back with a Vengeance debuted live in 2000.
In a statement, his family said he left a last laugh: A final request that $100 in small bills be placed in his left sock,
“just in case tipping is recommended where I’m going.”
Besides son Cole, Brenner is survived by his wife, Ruth, sons Wyatt and Slade and a grandson, Wesley.