Freddie Roman, a Borscht Belt main character whose comedy has long been part of Friars Club roasts and a fixture in major nightclubs, has passed away at the age of 85. He suffered a heart attack this morning in Boynton Beach, Florida, his daughter said.
Roman had a long career in comedy, a dependable old prankster who worked countless rooms in Las Vegas and other major cities.
He was also a part of frequent Comedy Central roasts, making a few jokes about Jerry Stiller, Hugh Hefner, Drew Carey, Rob Reiner, and Chevy Chase, among others.
Roman grew up in New York City and at the age of 15 was given the opportunity to perform at the Crystal Spring Hotel in the Catskills, a venue owned by his uncle and grandfather.
He worked in the area for a while and then left show business to work for his father’s shoe store. That didn’t last long and Roman returned to comedy.
Roman appeared in the movies Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort (2012), The last laugh (2006), Bittersweet place (2005), Christ in the city (2005), find north (1998) and Sweet Lorraine (1987).
His TV appearances include guest appearances Law & Order: criminal intent, the tonight show, and Red Oak on Amazon, among others.
He was also part of the successful Broadway show Catskills on Broadway in 2003.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel, and daughter, Judi Levin.